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Looking for History on- 154 Lake Ave East –Quinn

Looking for History on- 154 Lake Ave East –Quinn


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.

James Watt

James and Margaret Watt- Carleton Place

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?

Thank you.


Starr Stewart

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.

Looking for Photos of ‘The Castle’ in Ashton

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Looking for Memories of “The Special Effects Team”

Clake’s Grocery Store Carleton Place — Looking for Info

Looking for History– 73 Morphy Street– Marc Scheppler

Looking for Info on The Happy Wanderers etc.

Hannah Florence Lark Moore — Looking for Nelda Lark or Hilda Larke

Looking for Information of the Bear Shot at Jay Playfairs

It Wasn’t the Sloop John B — Do’s and Don’ts in an Immigrant Ship -Part 2


Part 1– Rock the Boat! Lanark County or Bust! Part 1

Part 2-

It didn’t matter if it was a time of lawlessness on the sea– there were rules you had to follow if you boarded the David of London en route to Lanark County via Quebec City.


Library of Congress Archives photo

Before you boarded that ship a circular of do’s and don’t from the captain of the David of London went into the hands of every passenger:

Girls should be taught to knit coarse woolen stockings. They should also be able to spin wool and linen for family purposes. It should be mandatory that all girls know how to cut out men’s and women’s clothing.

Boys should be taught to make mall fishing nets and prepare fishing tackle suitable for lakes and rivers. A knowlege of anything useful would fill up winter nights in Canada with useful work.

Every family should have a daily worship of God as difficulties will bear hard on you for a little time, and prayer will make hardships pass away like a cloud.


Luggage of emigrants must be restricted to body and bed clothes, pots and pans, a small amount of crockery ware.

No furniture is to be carried, but the books that you might have as a personal library may be allowed.

No dogs or any pretense shall be allowed to be taken on board.

No cooking is allowed on board while the vessel is at the quay.

Sufficient furnaces for cooking shall be erected on deck, with pots and cast iron plate attached to the furnace for baking oatmeal bread on.

A small cabin containing about eight berths shall be fitted for the use of married female who may have occasion for retirement during accouchement on the passage. All adult females unmarried shall have part of the vessel assigned to them secluded during the house necessary for rest by a temporary partition either of deal boards or canvas.

No smoking or lighted candles allowed during any time betwixt decks.


England for Canada on S.S. “Numidian” of the Allan Line.- Library and Archives Canada

On the Sabbath day, public worship will be held on deck when weather permits. Family worship may be held on the same principles.

Cleanliness and moral behaviour shall be strictly enforced. When rum or other necessities are provided by the Captain, the same must be pad for on delivery.

Wonder how this worked out for them? Stay tuned to the next installment of life on the David of London with James and Margaret Watt of Carleton Place.


My Great Grandfather Alexander Arthur Knight died on Ellis Island only a few days after he finally stood on American soil.  He left his family in London on a whim of becoming a songwriter in America.

ROCKIN’ Cholera On the Trek to the New World — Part 4

Rock the Boat! Lanark County or Bust! Part 1

It Wasn’t the Sloop John B — Do’s and Don’t in an Immigrant Ship -Part 2

Riders on the Storm– Journey to Lanark County — Part 3

Rock the Boat! Lanark County or Bust! Part 1



During the Victorian years a series of immigrants arrived in significant numbers, above all the predominantly Catholic Irish. The 800,000 or so Irish moved from Ireland during the potato famine of the 1840s. Some came to Canada and found themselves living cheek by jowl with the equally poor Scottish and Canadian working classes.

Western Scotland in the early 1800’s suffered economic depression with stagnating trade, falling wages and a sharp rise in unemployment. Many were weavers who found themselves without jobs after the Napoleonic wartime demand disappeared.Soldiers returning home sought employment in a impoverished economy. Although many attempts were made, the economic distress soon escalated to public demonstrations. All this dissatisfaction led to the demand of emigration to Canada. In 1819 the first Scots petitioned the British Colonial Offices to emigrate to Upper Canada but were turned down. The reasoning was that paupers from the manufacturing areas were poor risks as settlers.


James and Margaret Watt- Carleton Place

Finally the British government allowed emigration to begin as they had no choice. It would reduce the number of unemployed in Scotland, and increase the proportion of British born-to American born which had been seriously reduced by the rapid rise of immigration to the USA following the American Revolution. And so began “Glasgow Committee for the Relief of the Industrious Poor” in 1820.


If you wanted to emigrate to Lanark County, the British government would pay only for your trip up river and over land from the port of Quebec City. You would also get a grand total of eight pounds, but that money would have to paid back over the course of ten years. The future residents of Lanark County would also get land grant, seed corn, tools.at cost. If you made it to Franktown, that is where the King’s Store was located to get your supplies. To pay for the sea voyage the monies were raised by public subscription or private charity.


In June of 1820– 852 people left bound for Lanark County, and in 1821 over 1800. After that it was decided by the Committee that no more applications should be received for charity, and from now on anyone wanting to emigrate would have to bear the full cost. That lovely trip included 84 days of  hanging out a lot below deck. But wait! In a 2 for 1 special you also got both land transportation from Quebec City and provisions thrown in for the one price.

On the the last free ship in 1823, the David of London carried 364 passengers and one of them was 22-year-old James Watt and his 18 year-old-wife Margaret whose son would one would day live in the house on Lake Ave East where Dr. Drake now lives. Their story on that ship was no different than anyone else in your family or mine that chose to come to Canada.

Stay tuned for the trip across the Atlantic that had no resemblance at all to a cruise ship. In fact some did not make the journey.  We have to admire how the immigrants had an obvious impact in our country in a variety of ways. In the first place, newcomers helped the industrialization process, whether in the form of working Irish and Scottish factory workers, or helping to build the infrastructure and produce the industrial goods. My Grandfather was one of them, only he chose to settle in the eastern Townships of Quebec. Each one of them worked twice as hard as anyone else and never gave up and made our country what it is.


All of us come from years of immigrants. My mother’s side came from Ireland during the potatoe famine. My father’s side came to Canada from the UK after the first world war and my grandfather helped put up the first Bell Telephone lines in all sorts of bad weather until he opened his own electrical business in Cowansville, Quebec. My children’s grandparents came over from Italy, with their grandfather having been in the Bergen Belsen concentration camp and their grandmother living in a town full of Nazi solders. We are all from families of immigrants and should never forget this.

March 21st 2022

 Our first Ukrainian families are coming this week

Carebridge Community Support has set up an account for the resettlement of people from Ukraine to Lanark County. Donations can be made via cheque (mention “Ukraine” on the note line, our address is 67 Industrial Dr., Almonte, ON, K0A 1A0), or on our website, https://carebridge.ca/donate (mention “Ukraine” in the text box as you fill in your information). Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $25.
At present we are working with the resettlement group in Carleton Place. The first family is scheduled to arrive in Canada as early as this Sunday. Others will come as soon as possible. Help us welcome these families fleeing the war in their country.
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Photos and files by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

Before and After in Carleton Place –The Doctor is in!


The present Drake family home on Lake Ave East in Carleton Place

This wood frame home cuts an elegant figure along Lake Avenue East. Built in 1896 by James Watt, and it has been a town landmark for many years. In 1897 on the town Carleton Place assessment role, the property was listed as owned by James Watt (JR) age 26, a carpenter. He came from a family of 14 children and was named after his father who was also a carpenter. James father, James Sr., was among the 2700 Scots who participated in the New Lanark Emigration of 1820-1821.

The  value of the vacant lot in 1897 was $200. In 1898, it showed that James also owned 1/2 acre on the same corner, but part of it was lots 8 and 15, which do not exist on that particular corner. If a home was to be built on said property it would be assessed as $1000 in 1898.


No date but I’d say early 1900’s.





Some people will remember there was once a kindergarten in the rear of the home run by Norma Cullen. William and Mary Ford paid a visit to Barbara Drake and told her the kindergarten room became a bedroom later on and still had the alphabet around the room.


The current owners, the Drake family,  purchased the home in 1986 and have put on an addition and completely renovated the kitchen.

Photos and info from the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place