Kerry Lynn CrawfordIt was in my family for many years. I even owned it with my father and sister Kelly for a few years after my grandmother Ethel Crawford left it to us in the 1990s. Previous to that, it was the Simpson house, Great-aunt Ethel Simpson (my grand father’s aunt who raised him) and her husband Nelson ran it as as a retirement/care home maybe 1950s or 1960s. I am not sure exactly of the time frame. It always had an apartment upstairs. I recognize the clawfoot tub, curved banister, big front porch and rear view of the condos. There had been a sulkie track where the condos now reside, I would watch a man train his horse at noon and after school
Paul HodginsI remember Wally Crawford lived there. I worked for Wally at Leigh Instruments Awesome boss.That would be in the 80s
Craig WilsonWe rented the upstairs apartment in the late 90’s from an awesome couple Merv and John. They had 4 or 5 Papillon dogs. It’s definitely not a 2 bedroom apartment. Large bedroom and smallish living room. A few fun times were had trying to push the lushes up those stairs after a night at the Queens…
Chris GordonWe lived there from spring ’66 to spring ’67. At that time we had the upstairs apartment (which included the front room downstairs). It was our first home in Canada. IIRC Bob Cox and his family lived downstairs in the back apartment. We had a small garden in the back yard.
Carole FlintNote the roof ladder in the old photo. These were made of folding steel pieces. And ready for common chimney fires! Bill Flint
Karen DormanI lived across the street growing up. Mrs. Clyde Emerson lived there.
Jody TubmanSara Simpson Yeah, your birth was celebrated with a tree-planting…But I think we moved in the Fall of 1988. I remember being almost 16, and complaining that any remote chance at a social life was being yanked from me at 16. Mom also started work at Mike Fair’s earlier that year (which was the reason for moving to Franktown – equal commutes for the parental units)I think I have the bill of sale/mortgage papers for 16 Herriott in a box here.
Heather Lalonde and I often chat about our two houses trying to figure out the history and story behind them. What would you recommend to get some information about these 2 places, I known there’s a story somewhere! I also spoke to the neighbour at the other side of Heather who is closer to the mill ( Robin and Adin ) All to say that perhaps these little houses on Emily street have a connection to the mill.
The very end house was on a map of the mill in 1872. Bill and Judy’s house across from us was Hughes Saw Mill. I love that you share this historical work, really shows a labour of love. If you have any information on 90 Emily or Heather’s house (think she is 92?) Please let me know. Erin Mills
William Caldwell and his wife Margaret McCallum, grandparents of the late T. B. Caldwell, a prominent resident of Lanark Village settled here as well as James McIlraith and his wife Euphemia Stewart. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Currie of the south corner of Brightside as well as three families from the Stewart clan were residents at the Clatchan. Read–The Clachan – William Smith– The Buchanan Scrapbook
James MCILRAITH Birth: 24 DEC 1789 in Johnstone Parish, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland Death: 1881 Event: Lanark Society Settler 1821 Paisley Townhead Emigration Society Immigration: 1821 Came to Canada aboard “Earl of Buckinghamshire” Burial: Hopetown Cemetery, Lanark Co, On Married Euphemia STEWART b: 11 JUL 1788 in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, Scotland Married: 1815 Children 1. James MCILRAITH b: 13 MAR 1816 in Johnston, Renfrewshire, Scotland 2. John MCILRAITH b: 17 MAY 1818 in Linwood, Kilbarchan Parish, Renfrewshire, Scotland 3. Charles MCILRAITH b: 1 APR 1820 in Johnstown, Scotland 4. Hugh MCILRAITH b: 2 FEB 1824 5. Agnes MCILRAITH b: 13 FEB 1826 in Brightside, Lanark Co, Ontario, Canada 6. Jean Findlay MCILRAITH b: 13 FEB 1828 in Near Brightside, Lanark Twp, Lanark Co, Ont 7. Stewart MCILRAITH b: 19 JUN 1831 8. Euphemia MCILRAITH b: 14 JUN 1834
We do not have much about this house, but we will put it in rotation now so we might get some more info.
Thanks to everyone.
Jean CoylesLinda. My Great Aunt Sarah Hastie and my great uncle Alec Hastie, they were brother and sister lived there over ninety years ago maybe more. Then about 85 years ago it was sold to Richard Kidd family. Then Maurice and Rita Poirier bought it from Kidd’s approx 60 some years ago. My daughter owns it now
Linda SeccaspinaAuthorAdminJean Coyles I figured there was a Hastie in there somewhere as Gerald had his business on the other corner..
Stephen GilesAnd Gerald grew up in a house 2 doors down next to Ferrill’s
Jill SeymourWhile Caldwell Street School was gaining it’s, 1966 I believe, addition , the Grade 4s were bussed to that building for school. The only time I ever took a bus to school. I thought it was great fun. Mrs. McLellan was the teach in my class. Wonderful teacher!
Ted HurdisJill Seymour I went there too but I think the building we went to was right beside this one. It ran parallel to the town line. This building runs back from the town line.
Sharon MayI had heard about lumber storage at one time as well. When we were renovating the apartment upstairs we came across some baby booties and spindles and an old catalogue in the attic. Nothing salvageable unfortunately. I believe we purchased the building in the 70’s and Community Living has used the space for offices, day programs and the UBO (now Foundry Books on Bridge Street) over the years.
James AndersonBuilt by Eldon and Rena Johnson.Originally built as a carpenter shop/building supply and the front section was a paint supply store.Later a hardware store was built opposite it which eventually was destroyed by fire.I have a lot of great memories of this family as I grew up living next door. And chummed around with their son Bruce.
Ted WalshJohnson’s building supplies was the building next door, which might have been where the temporary school was located. 1950’s time frame when it is as open and the ARC building might have been their wood storage location.
ARC Industries– ARC Industries is a non-profit business where people with a developmental handicap work as productive members of the Ottawa area community. They closed in 2015 in all Ontario.
The folks who built 117 Townline, Carleton Place
JOHNSON, Rena Peacefully in Stoneridge Manor at Carleton Place, Ontario on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at the age of 91 years. Predeceased by her husband Eldon. Loving mother of Gary (Gail) and Bruce (Barbara). Devoted grandmother of David (Wendy), Ken (Joanne), Bev Hurdis (Bill), Greg (Michelle), Blair (Heather) and Shannon Johnson. Proud great-grandmother of Chantal Beaulieu (Joe), Stephen (Lysandra Lynch), Jeffrey, Bradley, Ashley, Nicholas, Connor, Alexis and Emily. Great-great grandmother of Emily Beaulieu and Ava Johnson. Predeceased by her brothers Kenneth, Garnett and Gilbert Potter. Friends may call at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place on Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 12 noon until funeral service in the chapel at 2 p.m. Spring interment Auld Kirk Cemetery. Donations to the Carleton Place Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. www.barkerfh.com
HAROLD ELDON JOHNSON
Harold Eldon Johnson, 136 Morphy St., Carleton Place, died at 11.30 a.m. September 10th in the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 61. Mr. Johnson was born in 1914 in Pakenham, the son of Allan Johnson and Laura Andrews. He was educated in Almonte and worked as a carpenter and contractor in Carleton Place. He married the former Rena Potter in Arnprior, June 4, 1938. Mr. Johnson attended Zion Memorial United Church. He is survived by his wife and two sons: Bruce Eldon of Richmond and Gary Winston of Carleton Place; and three brothers; Howard and Willis of Carleton Place and Carson of Almonte. Public funeral services were conducted from the chapel of the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home September 12. Rev. Kenneth Murray officiated and Mr. Johnson was buried at the Auld Kirk Cemetery, Almonte. Pallbearers were; Kenneth Morphy, Ross Marshall, Keith Potter, Brian Potter, Rod McCormick and Lloyd Anderson.
There are pages and pages to this but there is a link to click on below to find out the history. I took some of the finer posted them below on a link. Thank you to Sharon May for sending it to me. Read more here
Words from the President
Words from the President On January 6, 2016 our association celebrated its 50th anniversary: an important milestone that merits celebration and reflection. We are justifiably proud of our long tenure of serving people and communities; however, we are most proud of the impact that we have had on people’s lives, of helping to build healthy and inclusive communities, and the contribution we have made to change the public, government and institutional perceptions and responses to people with intellectual disabilities. Fifty years ago, community participation was the rarity; institutionalization and segregation was the preferred treatment and formal response to providing service. Fifty years ago, people with intellectual disabilities were not recognized legally by society; they were underestimated and labelled by their disability.
Our founding mothers and fathers conceived Community Living Association, Lanark County in this environment. In the beginning, the association was formed to provide their children and others with intellectual disabilities opportunities to participate in their community and as an alternative to institutionalization. The movement evolved and grew over time reflecting its community and the people that it supported. For the first 14 years, the association was run by volunteers. Under volunteer leadership, the association opened a nursery school, elementary school, started a social enterprise (ARC Industries to teach job skills) to employ people, held special events, and advocated for community inclusion and the recognition of individuals’ rights.
The 1980s was the beginning of professionalizing the association. An executive director was hired and professional staff was gradually added to operate the increasing supports and services needed to meet the increasing numbers of people that the association supported. The association continued to grow and change through the 1980s and 1990s opening residential homes, community participation supports, family home program and other needed services. This was one of the fastest growing periods for the association. In the 2000s, the association continued to increase and improve its service and supports, and it increased the number of people that it served. Today the association employs more than 90 people and serves more than 145 people from all areas of Lanark County.
The founding of Community Living Association in Lanark County was certainly a reflection of significant shift in societal attitudes and approaches to providing supports to people with intellectual disability. The prevailing attitude in the first half of the 20th century was to isolate and institutionalize people with intellectual disability. In the 1950s many parents started to question this prevailing service philosophy and began to advocate for keeping their loved ones in their community and started organizing to deliver programs and services within their community to improve or maintain people’s quality of life. In 1963, a group of Lanark County parents began to meet to explore the possibility of organizing activities for their children. The group sought information from parents with children with intellectual disabilities across Canada. They made contact on January 31, 1964 with and sought guidance and assistance from The Ontario Association for Retarded Children (today known as Community Living Ontario) They continued to meet through 1964 and 1965. These deliberations were useful and inspired a group of parents to meet on November 8, 1965 at the Baptist Sunday School in Smiths Falls to start laying the groundwork to form a local association. The founding families were: • The Good’s • The Brady’s • The Hagar’s • The Rosevear’s • The Stewart’s • The Moulton’s • The Lesway’s
Locally, Duncan fulfilled his second term as president. It was a sad year for the Association when Joan Morgan, a part time employee was killed in a car accident. Joan was the former wife of the founding president and spent many years advocating on behalf of people with disabilities all over Canada. The Association opened the Elmsley Street and Moffatt Street residences and approved a ground-breaking position on integration of students with intellectual disabilities in the school system. The Keith Johnston Memorial Award was initiated honouring Keith who was a valuable participant at ARC Industries. The first recipient of the award was Bill Kyle of Perth. The association celebrated twenty five years in 1991 under the leadership of David Hutchingame. The Association created two bursaries for students pursuing post-secondary education in developmental services and special education. Tulsa Stratford, then of Carleton Place, received the Keith Johnston Memorial Award. In 1992, under Tom Brownell as President, the Association co-sponsored, with the Lanark Board of Education, a professional development day on integrated education for Board employees and others. The Association now supported over 90 people throughout the County by 199 and Roger Prior a well-known and loved Almonte resident was the recipient of the Keith Johnston Memorial Award followed by Weston Redden of Smiths Falls in 1993.
1993 was a monumental year in Lanark County when ARC Industries closed and was replaced by Community Support Services (CSS) throughout the County. Community Living Lanark County moved their head office into the ARC Industries building upon the closure. Many of the individuals working at ARC struggled with the demise and piecework contracts continued in the community support services locations for a time. The 90’s saw some Ottawa valley celebrities as guest speakers at the annual general meeting of the membership. These celebrities included Mike Duffy and Max Keeping – two prominent journalists. In the mid-nineties Tom Brownell continued his tenure as association president and presented the Keith Johnston Memorial Award to Greg Hobbs and the following year to Chris Purdy. 1995 saw the opening of the Used Book Outlet with a goal to provide employment opportunities and job skills training for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The Used Book Stores continues to this day and recycles donated books; stocking more than 3,000 books in its inventory. Individuals with intellectual disabilities operate and manage the store with the assistance of staff. The community supports the store by donating their used books and by becoming frequent clients of the store. This social enterprise provides an opportunity for some of the people that we support to earn additional money, learn new skills and be engaged with the community and customers. 1996 saw a change in the reins of the association with Alice Miller assuming the presidency which ran for an unprecedented six years. The association continued to recognize individuals where David Johnston of Perth and Bob McGrath of Almonte were recipients of the Keith Johnston Memorial Award. The decade ended with Jackie Barr of Perth and Nora Lee Jackson of Carleton Place were recognized as winners of the award.
Suites on Moffatt The home on Moffatt Street was renovated to provide Enhanced Supported Independent Living supports to assist individuals maintain their ability to live independently in the community. The home now boasts 4 suites providing individuals with their own living spaces as well as communal spaces to learn/maintain independent living skills.
Old Time Radio Show In 2007, CSS Carleton Place was approached by long-time resident and volunteer Dale Scott to put on an Old Time Radio Show to raise money for the service. The service was very fortunate to secure some great Lanark County talent; The Bowes Brothers, Arlene Quinn, Lyle Dillabough, and many more. Charlie Kitts was the MC of the event. The first year the venue was town hall in Carleton Place, with its older architecture and great acoustics, it had the feel of an old-time radio show. It was sold out show! The following year the show was held at Perth & District Collegiate Institute, all the performers returned to put out another fantastic show for the crowd.
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.
BY MICHAEL PRENTICE Carleton Place used to be a sleepy little town on the banks of the Mississippi River a world away from Ottawa. It’s not that way anymore. An expanding ribbon of asphalt between Ottawa and Carleton Place is set to be complete within three years, reducing the commute time for buyers impressed by small-town living and speeding the way to more affordable housing prices.
The highway improvements makes the town a more attractive place to live, and more attractive for big retailers, says Carleton Place mayor Paul Dulmage. He points out that a surge of big box-store construction is now taking place just off Highway 7 on the outskirts of town. It will include a Home Depot, Rona, Staples and Wal-Mart “I’m not sure the expanded highway will make a whole lot of difference in the time to get to and from Ottawa in off-peak hours,” says Dulmage. “But it will make travel safer, and it will make for an easier and faster journey in peak hours.” Quality of life is what brings people to live in this area, he says. “We have so much parkland and so many nature trails. It’s a lifestyle that is not easily duplicated.
What sort of existing home can you get for your money in Carleton Place? You could have bought a restored 1870s heritage home for $219,500. It was on the market for four months, and sold for the full asking price. Or a meticulously restored 1875 Victorian home sitting on the banks of the Mississippi River. The large, three-bedroom house on Moffatt Street was bought recently by a Canadian diplomat for $480,000 after being on the market for less than three months at $499,900. More modestly, a modern, three-bedroom bungalow at 308 Bridge St. in Carleton Place sold in two days earlier this month for the asking price of $189,900. Couch, a REMAX agent with offices in a magnificently-restored 1830s home in Carleton Place, says homes in all price ranges are being lifted by increased demand.
Pauline Aunger agrees. She is a Royal LePage real estate broker whose territory includes Perth, Smiths Falls and the Rideau Lakes. “The new highway will not just make Carleton Place closer to Ottawa. It will put the whole of Lanark County nearer,” says Aunger. “We are already seeing lots of people commuting daily between Lanark County and Ottawa.” The real estate market is busy, and prices have continued to rise in the past year, says Aunger. Newcomers find that small-town living is much more affordable than life in the city, she adds.
It’s cheaper to buy existing homes in and around Carleton Place than in many parts of the national capital region, says the mayor. “It depends where you look, but you could pay $329,000 for a house that might cost $450,000 in some places in the region.” Statistics support his view. The average price of 228 homes sold in or near Carleton Place last year was about $185,000 compared with an average for the greater Ottawa region of $246,000. In more rural areas near Carleton Places, prices are higher. The average sale price last year was $230,000 in Mississippi Mills and $222,000 in Beckwith. Home prices in and around Carleton Place rose last year by about six per cent, in line with increases across the entire Ottawa region. Barbara Couch, a leading real estate agent in Carleton Place, believes it’s too soon for the coming highway improvements to have had a significant impact on house prices.
“Historically speaking when a commuter town such as Carleton Place gains better access to a divided highway, ultimately reducing commuting time, the demand for homes in that community escalates, as do property prices.” The four-lane, restricted access highway, now under construction, will extend from the outskirts of Carleton Place for about 20 kilometres to the 417 interchange, west of Scotia-bank Place. It is due to be completed in 2010 at a cost of $106 million. The highway will open in stages over the next three years. The commute time from the heart of Ottawa to Carleton Place now takes about 30 minutes, if road and weather conditions are good and traffic is light. For hockey fans attending an Ottawa Senators game at Scotiabank Place, it’s about the same distance home to Carleton Place as it is to downtown Ottawa. The drive from the 417 link to Carleton Place now takes about 15 minutes under ideal driving conditions.
For those working in Kanata’s technology hub, it’s already closer and quicker to get home to Carleton Place or Almonte than to east-end Ottawa or the Quebec suburbs. While Carleton Place is already within comfortable commuting, the highway improvements will now make other, more isolated towns a logical choice for people who want to escape big-city living. These include Perth, perhaps the prettiest and best-preserved town in the Rideau Lakes area. It has many heritage homes, some dating to the earliest European settlement of Eastern Ontario. The asphalt link may also bring new residents to Smiths Falls, a community recently devastated by news the Hershey chocolate factory will be closing.
For five years, an upscale neighbourhood of new homes has been taking shape in Carleton Place, just steps from nature trails, parkland and the Mississippi River. The first phase, of 66 homes, at Stonewater Gate is now almost complete and the second phase, Stonewater Bay on the Mississippi, is set to have an additional 200 homes. Homes in all price ranges are being lifted by increased demand. The development is by Sienna Homes, which previously had built a reputation by erecting large custom homes on two-acre lots in Dunrobin, a mostly-rural part of Kanata, where some of the region’s largest mansions are situated.
Sienna Homes owner Margret Gallo recalls the skeptical reaction of friends and associates when she planned homes for Carleton Place. There were also wary folks in town. “News of prices of our homes’ was not well received. There were those who felt the prices were too high,” says Gallo. “It took 18 months for people to understand what we were doing. If we had not been building homes of quality and style, we would not have come. Sienna Homes has raised the bar in Carleton Place.” Costs and, therefore, new home prices are about the same as similar developments in Ottawa, she says. Prices in Stonewater Bay on the Mississippi range from about $240,000 for a townhouse to $260,000 for a semi-detached adult-lifestyle bungalow. Sienna also has large single homes on the water costing close to $600,000.
Joann Voyce 84 Herriott St I believe. I have some pics taken in 1930’s near what is now 31 Herriott St Enclosed is my Great grandfather’s will from 1916 with mention of houses on Herriott St
Joann Voyce The house on the Immediate left with the veranda was in the 1950’s a nursing home where the elderly ladies did the baking and cooking and the elderly gents did the gardening. The all sat out on chairs on that veranda in the sunshine.
Joann Voyce One of the houses is now 75 Herriott St. Up on the face of the brick you can read a cement plaque with the initials WM for William Miller, For years this home was occupied by the Weedmarks and Lois (Weedmark) Bennett told me about my great grandfather’s initials being there. Another one was 98 Herriott St.
Rachel McRaeJoann Voyce that’s them! My grandfather always says he was to inherit this house but something happened with the will and he didn’t! But I never take the time to go see which one it actually is on Herriott St.
“Renting rooms in a house at a total revenue of more than is being paid for the whole place seems to be developing into a racket”.
One such case bared the fact that a tenant of a nine-roomed house in Overbrook, for which he was paying $27, asked the committee to allow him an increase of $4.25 from $21.75 for three rooms. The increase was disallowed.
A landlord in the West End who had converted a single house which formerly rented at $45, into a duplex and was occupying the lower half himself, sought permission to charge $65 for the upper duplex. He was allowed $50.
However, all landlords were not unreasonable, by any means, and wherever increases were justified in 1942, they were given–of 17 cases heard, increases were allowed to tally or partially on 15.
A summer cottage in Woodroffe renting at $175 for the season was allowed a $25 boost to $200 instead of to $250 as sought. The present lease expires this month and the increase was for next year. The judge remarked that it was early to ask for next year’s rental. “Not at all,” replied the land lady. “We have people wanting to rent it in January for the summer.” There is a cabin and garage on the property, for the same rental, and the cottage is furnished.
A single house in Lower Town which had been gutted by fire was made into three apartments. The landlord occupies one and wanted $45 each a month on the other two, claiming he spent $8,000 in remodelling. A tenant argued that it was not worth the price since there was no electric stove or refrigerator and she had to buy ice. The walls are gyproc and we hear all the noise. The rooms are small the bathroom is only 4 1-2 by feet and it has no window, so have to pay extra electricity for the ventilator,” she said, and enumerated several other things which were wrong with the apartment. When she stopped talking Judge Daly remarked dryly “Aside from all that, though, the place is all right?” Everyone, including the landlord, laughed heartily. Rental was set at $40
"I rented three rooms in the lower part of the house believing I'd pay half the rent, lights, heat, etc. I've got in two tons of coal already for it." . . . "You've got two tons of coal?" interrupted Judge E. J. Daly during a fiery case at the Rentals Committee session last night. "That's no way to do. You should pay the landlady rent and let her pay expenses. I think I'll fix it that way." The tenant got excited. "If you do. I'll never have any life with her." she said emphatically. Her landlady, who asked a boost from $15 to $30 a month for the winter months, remarked, "It used to be rooms. Then she padlocked the door so we couldn't get through, so it's a flat now. I'm supposed to be the landlady but at times I feel like the tenant." The rental was set at $23 a month the year round."
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Dec 1942, Fri • Page 24
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
27 Mar 1942, Fri • Page 22
A tenant of two rooms in Center Town won a $5 a month reduction from $15 when he explained that others in the house had to pass through the room he ate in on their way to the toilet which was just beside his room. "There's no light and no ventilation in it." he said. "You'd better have the sanitary inspector there." J. C. G Herwig told him. "The Same Thing." Explaining that his tenant expected to be married but went to war instead, "it's about the same thing." a lawyer sought a changeover from $10 a month with $4 worth of services, to $25 a month without services. The tenant who had a three-year lease helped fix up the place and agreed to pay SI 8 a month before he discovered ht'd have to go before the committee to have it ratified. "But you're asking$23 a month?" the judge asked the landlord's mother. "Yes," she replied, "when my son found I'd have to come here for him he said I'd better ask more to pay for my trouble." The judge chuckled, "Well, well, ask and ye shall receive, eh?" The tenant said the place was not worth any more. "It's on posts. It has no foundation, the walls are not finished and there's no furnace or hot water . . . but there are cockroaches!" Rental was set at $20 a month. Judge Daly encountered some more interesting cases.
In April of 1946 she bought a house on Frank Street in Carleton Place complete with hardwood floors. They really enjoyed the new space after dealing with three people in one bedroom for a few years. Marian and I both smiled as we talked about the first electric (mechanical) washing machine she bought. I remember my Grandmother telling me the same story about hers and how it made life easier for a lot of women. Her sister babysat and lived with Marian until Muriel married in June of 1947. When her sister minded her son, Marian played cards, bowled, and enjoyed fellowship with women her own age at our local Zion Memorial Church.Marian MacFarlane
“We wanted a good view of the pond and we didn’t want a room that would collect sun and heat at the times of day we’re most likely to use it in the evenings and on weekends. Besides, the evening sun lights up the far shore of the pond and it’s a spectacular view.” Working from architectural drawings, Parent built a scale model of his new home out of cardboard.
The heating system is forced air electric with a heat pump that Parent estimates saves one-third on the annual fuel bill. The monthly hydro bill for the 3,000 square foot home is $100. Parent decided on 400 amp service and there’s room to add more, he says. The couple also installed a central vacuum system in the laundry room.
At the southeastern end of the ground floor, Parent placed a large airy kitchen and a dining room with sliding glass doors that lead out to a stone patio, and a family room overlooking the lake. The kitchen, like the foyer and ground floor hall, is covered in red clay tiles. It also stainless steel cupboards.
A sunken living room and entrance foyer occupy the next level. The 27 foot by 16 foot living room has corner windows overlooking the lake of a yet to be installed fireplace. Three bedrooms, sauna and bathroom occupy the third floor. The ensuite master bedroom has a large bath and a separate dressing area with oodles of storage for suitcases and clothing. A small angular window gives the room plenty of natural light.
The fourth level is Parent’s hideaway a two-tiered studio with plenty of room for drafting tables and book cases as well as a photography darkroom. Off the studio is the home’s only sun deck. “We didn’t want decks to obstruct the views of the-pond,” says Renee Parent. “We preferred to walk out of doors into a completely natural setting.”
It took the couple three years and $100,000 (including the cost of the land) to build the house. “We didn’t go to a contractor because of the complexity of the design,” says Parent. “We had a builder put in the foundation and the skeleton frame then we took over.”
The couple spent one winter living in the lowest level while they tackled the insulation and drywall. A drywaller contractor was hired to do all the joints, a task Parent felt unequal to attempt. Though they haven’t kept a complete accounting of their expenditures, the Parents say the custom built windows cost $6,000 and the heating system was another $4,000 to $5,000. They figure it will cost an additional $10,000 to completely finish their home. “Materials have skyrocketed in the last two years. The replacement value of this place is about $185,000 and we just couldn’t afford to build it now,” says Parent.