*William Merrick House c. 1821 – 129 Mill Street — Merrickville The third and last home of the Village founder and pioneer industrialist William Merrick. It was later owned by industrialist and foundryman William Pearson and his daughter Mary Pearson.
Lieutenant Roger Stevens, a King’s Ranger from Vermont, was the first to arrive on this land and by 1791 had started construction of his mill on the swift moving waters of the Great Falls, the future sight of Merrickville. Unfortunately, it was the falls that got the better of Stevens and he died by drowning shortly after.
AFTER William Merrick had crossed his Rubicon, he built a log cabin on the north side of the Rideau on lot 8, Concession “B” of Montague,’ and here his wife and two children came to their new home, and here the other children of a family of five boys and two girla were born, the youngest in 1813. In 1821, Merrick constructed a larger and substantial house of stone.
In those days they built for permanency. The cellar-kitchen walls are three feet thick; ground- floor walls are two and a half feet; bedroom floor, two feet and at the gable floor one foot and a half. Attached to the house in the early days was a huge wood- shed in the loft of which were built four bunks containing hay or straw placed there for Native transients.
Apparently William Merrick was on friendly terms with the nomadic Indian hunters. When Merrick’s son occupied the house, the Natives would come seeking shelter, and would explain: “This is old Merrick’s House and we have a right to stay here.” Shelter was never refused to them.
The servants lived in the basement of the William Merrick house until 1830. Then they moved upstairs over the carriage room to quarters that included indoor toilets the non-flush variety– four in a row.
Mr. William Merrick died in Merrickville in 1844 in his 82nd year. There are today in the village substantial stone buildings erected by him, one which was the original part of the Percival Plow and Stove Companys plant. The grinding mills, a carding mill and saw mill were in operation n 1844 and bequeathed to his sons; two sons receiving property on the north ride of the Rideau, and two those on the south side, and the fifth, land in Kent county, Ontario. The two daughters, who married, received money as their share of their fathers estate.
Industrialist and foundryman William Pearson bought the house in 1869 and his descendants lived here for 90 years. His niece sold the house in 1959 to a couple who had thoughts of turning the place into a nursing home. In 1972, the Milnes and their two young children moved in and then it was up for sale in 1978.
Fire of undetermined origin did damage to a garage and shed located at the rear of the Elgin Street residence of the Stafford family early Sunday morning. The alarm was phoned into the town hall about five o’clock by Mr. Reggie Salmon who resides or. Country Street to the rear of the Stafford property.
The brigade had its equipment on the scene in less than five minutes. Firemen found flames breaking out in several places in a shed and a garage behind the residence. The house itself is of brick construction. In the rear is a kitchen of frame construction and connected to that is a woodshed. Built out from the shed to form an L, is a double frame garage.
The fire was confined to the woodshed, the garage and the attic over the kitchen. Some smoke got into the main part of the residence through the open door from the kitchen but no damage was done of any account. Two cars in the garage were damaged. Two streams of water were played on the fire and the pressure was excellent.
There are four members in the family, three sisters and a brother. Several of them are in rather poor health and had to be assisted to the home of their next door neighbor, Mrs. P. J. Campbell. In this connection Constable Osborne of the local Provincial Police detail who was on night duty that week and one of the first on the scene, rendered great assistance.
Fire Chief Houston and others who investigated the fire are at a loss to account for it. Heat was provided by oil and electricity so hot ashes are ruled out and electricians say it couldn’t have been the wiring. Incendiarism to cover up theft of goods stored in the outbuildings is a theory that is entertained by the authorities although proof is lacking.
Mr. Murray Manson can boast of owning the most travelled house in this part of the country at least. Recently he purchased the house from Willard Kellough at Union Hall and Harry Metcalfe moved it with his bulldozer to its present location on the 9th line. But this is not its first trip and we are indebted to our Clayton correspondent, Mrs. Geo. Bolger, for the history of the building.
It was originally the school house in Clayton Village built in 1866 measuring 22×32 and it stood beside the present school. It was idle for some time and finally Wm. G. Robertson bought it and in those days buildings were torn down and rebuilt. Levi Blair of Pakenham assisted by Geo. Bolgetr took the house down and the materials were drawn by horses to the 3rd line of Ramsay where it was built on a foundation made by Thomas Munro and J. R. Drynan. It made a fine residence.
Then Mr. Robertson moved to Manitoba and the farm was sold to J. A. Erskine, then to Elvin McKay and recently to Willard Kellough. He sold it to Mr. Manson and it is to be hoped that the poor old school is allowed to rest in peace. In its day as a school, the pupils sat 10 to a bench: there were no black boards and the pupils used slates. The only men in this district who worked on the removal of the school are John R. Drynan and Geo. Bolger.
1923, Friday March 16, The Almonte Gazette front page Judge Jamieson Passes Away At The Age of Eighty Years. Late Judge Was Down Town Ten Days Before End Began Notable Career as Printer and Was Founder of Renfrew Journal Almonte Village Reev Was Noted During His Long Life for Integrity and People Spoke of Him as Good Man
His Honour Judge Jamieson, K.C., died at his residence in Almonte in the early hours of Monday morning after a short illness. He was 84 years of age. The passing of Judge Jamieson removes from the community one who was often described as “Almonte’s best citizen.” His life and work was marked by high standards of thought and conduct. He was born in the township of South Sherbrooke in Lanark County in 1839. When he was three years old his family moved to the township of North Gower in the County of Carleton. After attending the public school there for some years he finished his education at the Perth Grammar School. He learned the trade of printer in the office of the “British Standard” published in Perth. After following that trade for some years in Merrickville, Ottawa, Ogdenburg and New York, he established in the year 1858 the “Renfrew Journal” in the then village of Renfrew. He disposed of the “Renfrew Journal” the following year and began the study of law in the office of the late W.G. Buell, of Perth. After completing his law course he established a legal practice in the village of Arnprior in the year 1864. In 1866 he came to Almonte and began the practice of law here. From then on he had been one of the leading citizens of the town and county and won universal respect. In 1869 before the incorporation of Almonte as a Village he served as a councillor for the township of Ramsay. The late Daniel Galbraith, an old political opponent, but a strong personal friend, sat with him in the same council. He was elected reeve of Almonte in 1874 as Almonte was then an incorporated village.
In 1877 he was elected warden of the County of Lanark. He contested North Lanark for the House of Commons five times, first in 1873 against the late sitting member, Daniel Galbraith. He was defeated twice and elected three times. He was first elected in 1882 and retired in 1891 when he was appointed a county judge for the county of Wellington. He was made a Queen counsel in 1889. For twenty-three years he served on the bench and in 1914 he retired and came back to Almonte to live. Judge Jamieson was married in 1865 to Elizabeth Caras of Fitzroy. She died in 1918. They had five sons, three of whom survive.
Harold died at Almonte in 1916, Percy lives in Almonte, Algernon died at Guelph when he was a lad of 18, and Dr Heber and Dr Claude live in Edmonton. Since his wife’s death the Judge had made his home with Mrs. Harold Jamieson and his grandson, Mr Raymond Jamieson. The family burying ground is at the Eighth Line cemetery and there rest the remains of Mrs Joseph Jamieson, Harold Jamieson and Algernon Jamieson. Judge Jamieson’ remains will be placed with them. Judge Jamieson although he had been in failing health for some years was only ill for a few days. He was downtown on Friday March 2 and enjoyed much the warm sunshine. On Thursday March 3 he was unable to leave his room and he died on Monday morning at 2 o’clock.
The funeral took place on Wed. afternoon from his residence on Union Street. The service was held in the Methodist church and was largely attended. Rev J.T.E. Blanchard conducted the service assisted by Rev Dr McCrae and the choir of the church led the praise. Mrs Blanchard presided at the organ. After prayer by Dr McCrae there was a brief address by Mr Blanchard founded upon the text from the Book of Job: “Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age like a shock of corn cometh in its season. Mr Blanchard told of Judge Jamieson’s life and conduct his assiduous attention to duty, his high aims, his love for the church and all its works. He mentioned that for over twenty-five years he had been superintendent of the Sunday School and always in his place on Sunday morning and evening. Latterly he had not been able to be at church so regularly by he was almost always there on Sunday morning.
He was for many years a member of the Quarterly Board and a local preacher. “He was a good man.” said Mr Blanchard.”Everybody I have spoken to about him says so. I believe it is not too much to say that Almonte has lost its best citizen and the Methodist church one of its best members.” At the close of service the body was taken to the vault at the Eighth Line cemetery there to remain until spring. The pallbearers were: Messrs W.N. Action, H.H. Cole, Percy A. Greig, Dr J.T. Kirkland, W.C. Pollock and P.J. Young. Amongst those from a distance who attended the funeral were: Dr Claude Jamieson of Edmonton; Mr Robert Jamieson of Perth; Mr Clinton Jamieson of Peterboro; Mr Archibald Jamieson of Toronto; and Dr Jamieson of Arnprior. The members of Almonte town council attended in a body.
A Prominent Figure
Speaking of the late Judge Jamieson, Judge J.H. Scott, of Perth said: “The passing of Judge Jamieson, at a ripe old age, removed a figure which for half a century had a prominent place in the public and judicial life of this province. I did not know him personally until comparatively recent years but in my early political days I was in touch with his activities in Parliament and later on I was brought into somewhat closer contact with his career as Junior County Judge of Wellington, being myself a practitioner in a nearby county. He was a painstaking and careful judge and well preserved the traditions of the Bench. He was a man of conviction with the courage to stand by his conception of what was right. Popularity in its ordinary sense was a secondary consideration to him. He liked the good opinion of his fellowmen but he preferred to secure it by his evident sincerity of purpose. And he did succeed during his public life in retaining the respect of his constituents in a marked degree. Before ascending the Bench he was for a long generation closely identified with history and progress of the County of Lanark and particularly the North Riding. He was, in a real sense, one of the ‘Old School’ and his public services ought to be gracefully remembered in this part of the Province where he was so widely known and respected. “Our Best Citizen” Mr William Thoburn, who was his oldest friend has this to say: “I said when Judge Jamieson left us to sit on the bench that Almonte had lost its best citizen. I say so again now that he has left us forever. Almonte has lost its best citizen. he was a good man. His influence for good had been very great.”
His Influence Mr Robert Paterson, of Carleton Place said: “I was a law student in Judge Jamieson’s office, and I learned to respect and admire the high principles which dominated his career. he influence strongly those who were associated with him and I know that the training he gave me and the influence he exerted had an effect all through my after life. Judge Jamieson was a good man.”
His High Ideals Mr C.J. Foy, of Perth, said: “I have just heard of the death of His Honour Judge Jamieson and I desire on ths occasion to express my appreciation of the late Judge, not only as a citizen of the County of Lanark, but also as a member of the legal profession in Ontario. As one of the younger members of the legal profession in the County of Lanark. I always held in the very highest regard the late Judge Jamieson, not only on account of his legal attainments but also on account of his high ideals of manhood. Judge Jamieson belonged to what might rightly be termed the ‘Old School’ and it is a regrettable fact that his day and generation are fast passing away. In all his dealings, whether in law or politics he was fair to his opponents and loved a manly clean encounter. He will be greatly missed by his fellow townsmen and his brothers of the legal profession and the greatest eulogy I can now bestow upon the late Judge Jamieson is – He was a Man. I extend to his sorrowing friends and relatives my most sincere sympathy.”
ALMONTE, Ontario– The extremely fine stone bouse at 80 Clyde Street here in Almonte facing the Mississippi River, was built m 1867 by Joseph Jamieson, later a Judge of the County Court of Wellington County. Brackets underneath the eaves, mansard roof, excel-. . lent trim over the large windows, the elaborate front and side verandahs and the wrought iron “widow’s walk” on the rooftop all combine to make this an outstanding example of early building. In 1893 Judge Jamieson sold the property to Alfred Greig who was in turn appointed County Court Judge for Bruce County in 1912.
His son, Percy Greig inherited the house and it was known as the Greig House until 1963 when Grant Campbell, the present owner bought it from Mrs. Percy Greig. It is interesting to note the pattern or tradition that members of the legal profesion have always occupied this house.
The most spectacular detail however is the lovely, life-size “shadow board” lady on the wall at the foot of the stairs. Shadow boards, or cut-outs in wood, were used in Holland originally as decoys. Dutch houses being built flush with the streets, trouble with thieves and vandals was rife–so shadow boards were created to discourage break-ins.
The drawing-room has aTatlock marble fireplace and recessed windows with panelling which are repeated in the library on the opposite side of the house and in the dining-room at the rear. A family room has been created from the former, early privy ”accommodation” – opening off the kitchen on east side. In this room which has ”wonderful views of the river, Grant Campbell has small museum of pine pieces, artifacts and wooden ducks. In the main part of the house upstairs there are three bedrooms, the front of the original hall having been enclosed. Connected by a hallway the top of the staircase, rooms over the kitchen wing include the master, bedroom, two bathrooms and guest room.
As you know Thomas Quinn of Ferguson’s Falls led the four teams required to move this house down the frozen Mississippi River and Lake to its present site. Tragically there was a devasting fire that consumed a lot of this house in August of 2021. It is said at present that it is a complete tear down.
Today I talked to Harold “Ozzie” McNeely and he told me when he was growing up the move of this house was always in conversation. They used to go up to Ferguson Falls for business (live stock) and he remembers being shown as a child where the house once existed in that village. One of his teachers in High School was a Kennedy who owned the house as they too often spoke about this house. Ozzie said the house that was moved was very small and unlike the size it was at present. The home had an addition built on to the main small house in later years.
He said it took awhile, about a week, to move down the ice with teams of horses and the house’s port of entry to Carleton Place and High Street was Nichol’s wharf which is now Centennial Park. From there teams of horses and sleighs pulled the house to its present location through the snow.
I would like to correct some misinformation regarding the Kennedy house. My Dad, Douglas Kennedy , did teach at CPHS until 1955 when he went to Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa to teach. There had not been any previous Kennedys in the house as he bought it from a Miss Campbell in the early 50’s. My siblings and l grew up in that house and were saddened to hear of the fire and the possible demise of our childhood home. Evelyn Kennedy Julian
Corrected thanks Evelyn!
Thanks Ozzie, and he also told me there used to me a small tunnel under the RBC bank was and where the safe was. Also, the Queen’s Hotel had/ has two basements and there was one tunnel to bring the beer out to the back parking lot.
Back in 2015, Carleton Place Coun. Linda Seccaspina profiled the unique story behind the home on her blog.
Known as the Kennedy House, at the corner of Flora and High streets, the home wasn’t actually built in Carleton Place. It was moved down the frozen Mississippi River from Innisville to Carleton Place during winter around 1900 by a large group of horses and men.
“Thomas Quinn of Ferguson’s Falls led the four teams required to move this house down the frozen Mississippi River and lake to its present site,” she stated in her blog post.
Carleton Place was the home’s third location. It was originally built in 1845 on land in Ferguson’s Falls–.READ HERE
Well here’s a big change to the Neighbourhood I grew up in. This is the corner of Flora and High Streets. I remember delivering the Paper to that place in the 70’s, then some Friends bought it a lot later on. It’s strange seeing a big piece of equipment sitting on what used to be a house.
I love your blog. We’ve been in Ashton for 3 years and have gotten to know many of the older folks in town. We live in the Fleming house which is at 2005 Worley, which was a house over from the castle. ( still looking for comments and photos of ‘the castle:-Looking for Photos of ‘The Castle’ in Ashton)
Our house is often called the Ormrod house because they lived here longest, but a Fleming built it. He married Elizabeth the daughter of Neil Stewart who lived in the little red brick house on Flewellyn (a log home, clad in brick). Some of that home is from the 1840s, but some of it burned. The Stewarts were farmers and owned the big barn tucker in behind town, Fleming took over the farm when he married Elizabeth and built this triple brick house somewhere between 1880 and 1890.
We actually found love letters between Joe Ormrod and Liz McAffrey in the attic floors. Looks like there were two Flemings, at different times and two fleming homes/houses.
Also, there are a few people left here who knew Thelma Crigger. The Jinkinsons still own the garage and still live in the house next to it. The school house was built because Joe Ormrod and Jinkison raised the funds. I found newspaper ads where they were looking in Ottawa for a teacher. If you have any questions about any part of it, I may have more information. We used your blog as a starting point for a lot of research. We have a lot of artifacts. Including an orange order manual from 1914 I think.
Can you add any memories or history? Thanks Seth for this!!
I am researching 154 Lake Ave. East, Carleton Place, where my husband Bill Quinn was raised. The home was sold about 1986. The Quinns (William Edward and Dorothy) purchased the home in 1957 from the widow Mary “Ethel” Dowsett Hill (wife of Fred). The Hill’s had purchased from the widow of Starr Easton Stewart (Elizabeth Jane Warren) in 1905.
Starr Stewart appears to be the first who lived in the home as of 1896 but I’m trying to determine who actually built the home. The land registry gets a bit tricky as there is another Elizabeth J Stewart (nee Corley? wife of Duncan) listed. There is however, James Watt (selling land? to Starr) also listed in 1896 and as he built the home across the street (155 Lake Ave), I’m wondering if he also built 154. There are quite a few similar bits of architecture in the gingerbread and scalloped siding.
Mr. James Watt, of the firm of T. Watt & Son, struck a 2:40 gait for the scene with his fire extinguisher. He got there The David of London was the last ship to sail, and it was the smallest. She carried 364 passengers, and among them was 22 year-old James Watt and his 18 year old wife Margaret soon to be residents of Carleton Place. There was also their 6 month old son John, and James’s father and his wife Marion, both in their 50s. Read more here: Riders on the Storm– Journey to Lanark County — Part 3
Of interest, William Quinn Sr. built a massive replica doll house of 154 Lake Ave East for our daughter in 1985 with the help of his neighbour Mr. Fred McTavish. Of course the McTavish family is featured prominently in the area also. Any help appreciated as we live in B.C. so difficult to access info. Thanks, Dianne Quinn
Does anyone have any history they could provide for 154 Lake Ave East?
When Eva May Stewart was born on 4 June 1891, in Carleton Place, Lanark, Ontario, Canada, her father, Starr Easton Stewart, was 27 and her mother, Elizabeth Jane Warren, was 19. She married Frank Kubat on 4 June 1917, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States. She lived in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States for about 5 years and Coral Gables, Dade, Florida Territory, United States in 1940. She died in 1943, in Dade, Florida, United States, at the age of 52.
Yesterday at 9:55 AM · Oh the nostalgia. I sometimes shed a tear driving by. My childhood home, now sitting empty and without a doubt falling apart on the inside.
It’s not technically “abandoned” I guess. Its vacant and I don’t think the inside has been maintained since 2013.
They cut the grass in the summer and if I’m not mistaken they use the barns for storage, but the home has not seen a family since June 2013 when we moved out. In the winter nobody plows the driveway, so it really looks lonely that 6 months of the year.
The farmhouse is located outside of Carleton Place, right before scotch corners road and tatlock road when you’re going westbound on highway 7.
Part of me wonders if they’re sitting on it to eventually sell to a developer, but that’s nothing more than speculation.
It’s been sad slowly watching things fall apart throughout the years. I wish they’d do something with it.
Clara AshtonTom Montreuil my mom and dad bought it in the late 90s. My mom ran her equine boarding and tack store out of it from 2001-2010ish
*I’m not recommending that anyone trespasses, it’s very much owned by someone*
Victoria WilliamsonThe golf course owns it! I’m sure some day they will add more holes for the course maybe make it into a club house.
Dawna HurdisUsed to be a beautiful home when my Grandpa owned it. So much character on the inside! Saddens me as well each time I drive by and see it deteriorating. Lots of child hood memories on that property!
helma DowdallWhen I was a child this house belonged to a Mr. and Mrs Boland. They had no family. I always thought that they had the house built but I could be wrong.
Jessica RaceyI’ve always loved this home!! I can never understand why people just leave homes to slowly deteriorate. Why not rent it out, if it’s just sitting there and someone still owns it?
Dave HickThe attic is full of guano and the house has virtually no insulation knob and tube wiring an outdated oil furnace single pane windowsHowever it would be a great candidate for a complete overhaul
Tanis CordickDave Hick we were u set the assumption the owner of the golf course had bought it and was going to use the house as a clubhouse, I’m guessing that’s not the case
Dave HickTanis Cordick i did an inspection on it before the golf course bought itBarn is in good shapeGood deal on the land because house needed lots of work
There was a clause somewhere that stopped anybody building anything in that side lot that would block the view down Moore street from the kitchen window of the original owners. It looks like that house beside is far enough back to meet that clause. There was a car dealer there for a while and a headstone place at one time. Every now and again someone would take the front porch off coming around that curve. Dad fixed that by replacing the wooden front porch with a cement one. We had 3 chestnut trees in the yard that I used to climb. One of which was near the back porch so I could get out my bedroom window and climb down. Not that I ever needed to. As well as the big red maple. Charlie Costello’s BP was across the road and I used to pump gas there. Funny thing is we all smoked then and I can remember filling tanks while having a ciggy. Mom bought groceries across the road at Coolidge’s and I used to charge the odd pack on her account. Told Mr Coolidge they were for mom.
Kristin FitzpatrickDan thanks for sharing your story!! It’s so cool hearing all these histories.Really makes me want to know even more about our old place……. although the very coolest thing I know I heard from a woman (sadly now with Alzheimer’s) but on a “good day” her husband drove her here and she was able to remember a lot. She was actually born in the house, in 1920…. her brother too a few years later! She remembered that 2 of our additions weren’t there, and which was her bedroom window. The story was cut short sadly, but it was very cool for sure!
Ray PaquetteWhen I lived as a boy (until aged 12) in the big brick building south of this, the home was owned by Mrs. Griffiths. I certainly remember the chestnut trees and the car lot was owned/run/managed by Roy “Shad” Wilson who later was in real estate in Smiths Falls. His father ran the corner store, at Santiago and Moore before Mr. Coolidge….
Dan WilliamsRay PaquetteKristin Fitzpatrick Mrs Griffiths was the lady who passed away I think before we bought it. Not sure though. Whoever it was had a beautiful player piano that mom wanted to buy but money was tight. After all the mortgage which was paid to Mrs Mervin MacPherson was a whole $58.06. I used to walk it up to MacPherson’s on Antrim street once a month, cash from the time I was 12. Funny, that reminds me is it still notmal for a lady to become Mrs so and so and give up her name when she marries. Mom’s name was Rita but she always sgined things Mrs Omar Williams jr.
Norma FordDan Williams I don’t believe it was a law but something women did back then. My Mom always signed by Mrs. Hilton Dorman and it really angered me. She had a name. I was finally able to get her to sign Mrs. Harriet Dorman in the middle sixties but I couldn’t get her to drop the Mrs. It was just something they were raised with. I think it took the suffragette era to change the way women regarded themselves even
Jeff LevesqueThe O’Meara’s lived there for a long time – maybe 20 or more years. Gary, the Father, was a postal worker in town for a long time. Played in a small band with Pat Wilbond, Nick Williams and others. Amy Margret should be able to fill in the blanks.
Michelle GroulxIt is unfortunate that most of the physical history of this house is gone or hidden.I’m a purist and there are few actual century homes around that haven’t been ruined by ripping out wood, dividing rooms, discarding floors for fake floors, changing out to horrible window choices, paint in garish colours etc.As a historian and anthropologist, this vexes me to no end.
Allan WilliamsThat does look like my grandparent’s house. The last time I visited was in the 1970s. My Dad was Ken Williams.
thanks to Mark for sending this. One by one we will get some history on these homes..
My neighbour remembers the home looking like this in the 50s
This is our home. Wondering if anyone has any info to share. Would appreciate any history. The sketch was given to us by a previous owner–Marc Scheppler
Other Homes on Morphy Street
Jeremy StinsonDez Moore’s place. He once said when he built it, it was a mile to town via the road. Townline didn’t exist. He mentioned that Mullet St. Didnt make it to George St.This house is beside the Legion.
Carol McDonaldA little more info on 151 Morphy St.home. Many years back Mr Bolton and Mrs Flora Bolton lived there and likely the people I. The picture are Mr and Mrs Bolton and an aunt that lived with them. Flora Bolton had a daughter married to Stewart Ormrod and they had a daughter who is Mrs Eleanor Code.