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The True Carleton Place Story of Joie Bond- by Jennifer Hamilton



The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Jennifer Bond Hamilton sent me this story about Joie Bond. As you know I have been trying to gather details about her and Annie Joey Cram. Thanks to Jennifer Bond Hamiltion we have a story. Thank you Jennifer– this has really made my day, week and month…

It is only through sharing that we piece together what once was and should never be forgotten.




Hello, My name is Jennifer (Bond) Hamilton. Gordon Bond was my father, Joie Bond was my aunt, my dad’s sister. The building on the main street of Carleton Place (beside the Mississippi Hotel) housed by grandmother Mimi’s wool/novelty shop on one side, my grandfather Henry’s barber shop on the other side, and living quarters for the family behind and above the shops.

As my grandmother’s health failed, Joie stayed home to care for her and took over the duties of the shop. I remember as a child my twin sister and I having a lot of fun in the “weird but wonderful” shop of treasures. In addition to wool and sewing supplies, at one time the stock also included school supplies, tea cups & saucers, figurines and other novelties. The shop was always a mess but Joie always took great pride in her appearance–dresses, hats, gloves…always neat and fashionable.





Every Christmas Joie would board the train (always first class in the diner car) and spend a few days with us in Kingston, as did my uncle Tiny (Percy) who lived in Montreal. My sister and I remember that Joie was a little superstitious especially with the color green. Hated it! A little tricky at Christmas when most wrapping paper had some green in it. We learned early on to wrap her presents in red! My parents took her to parties over the holiday season and she loved the social life, a break from her commitment to the shop in Carleton Place.

When both Joie and our uncle Lloyd who also lived in the house became ill and went to nursing homes, my father was tasked with emptying and selling the house on behalf of the family. You can only imagine the task we had ahead of us in Joie’s shop! By then, the late 70’s, the stock was quite depleted but every nook and cranny had some treasure stuffed in it (even little piles of coin here and there that hadn’t made it to the til). It took several months for my dad, sister and I (with baby in tow) to collect, sort, organize … our very own Reality TV show way ahead of its time. Joie was certainly a champion hoarder.

I’m not sure who eventually took the stock, my sister and I each knit a throw; my dad had a couple of local ladies who found homes for some things; much of it had been on the shelves for a long time, was old, dated and of little use to anyone. What I remember most about Joie (from stories passed down by my parents) is that she was once a young woman who had gone off to Business School, was ready to embark on life and likely leave Carleton Place as her sister Peggy had done, but she stayed behind to nurse her ailing mother and support her father. As the years went by she was alone much of the time, often her only social contact was through the shop.

Joie developed a reputation as being quite a ‘character’, a little strange even, especially when she became hard of hearing later in life and often seemed quite ‘out of it’. She certainly operated ‘her’ shop in her own quirky way and even became somewhat of a celebrity in the area for doing it ‘her way’.


Ted Walsh
My Mom, Barbara Walsh, bought a lot of the leftover yarn, knitting materials, threads, sewing supplies and some of the fabric when Joie closed her shop. My wife inherited half of whatever Mom did not use, and my sister, Lorna Drummond got the other half. Those materials have been used successfully for years and now my daughter has used the yarns for many projects, there was so much of it. We were very thankful to Joie Bond for all those materials.

Author’s Note– And that is why these two women, Joie Bond and Annie Joey Cram fascinate me.. they always did it their way– no matter how others were stuck in their traditional ways. My hat is off to them both. The Carleton Place Originals.

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Here’s another picture of the Xmas parade – 1970. The Ford and Dorman kids. Norma Ford– see the Bond sign? Keith Giffin– The brick house in the picture on Beckwith Street was the MacDougall family home. Mrs. MacDougall worked at the hydro office on mill st. Rollie and Ruth were the only children I knew, Rollie lives in Shawville Que. on his family farm.

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The Name is Bond—-Joie Bond



Joie Donegan BOND b: 2 JAN 1902 d: 16 MAY 1982

Still searching for information on Annie Joey Cram and Joie Donegan Bond.  As you see, and thanks to Dianne Saunders and Stephen Collie, I learned just a little bit more about her. It’s spelled Joie not Joey and all this time I had been looking for Joey not Joie– but in reality it didn’t help much– as after hours in newspaper archives I found nothing

“Stephen’s great grandmother Mary Elizabeth Bond (1864-1954) was the sister of John Henry Bond. John Henry had 7 children and Joie and Henry Lloyd were the two that you referred to. John Henry and his wife Mimi named one of their daughters after his sister Mary Elizabeth ( Stephen’s great-grandmother). Mary Elizabeth Bond-Senior married James Edward Bennett and his son James Henry Bennett was the original owner of Bennett meat Market in CP. We have a record book of their business in CP. James Henry retired and since his son had gone to war passed the business over to his brother Austin”.—Dianne Saunders


In 1895 Joie Bond’s parents wed:


August 15, 1895 – marriage

At the residence of the bride’s uncle, on August 7, by Rev. John Grenfel, Mr. J. H. Bond to Miss Mina McDonald, all of Carleton Place.

At Carleton Place on Aug. 7, at the residence of the bride’s uncle, by Rev. John Grenfell, Mr. J. H. Bond of Carleton Place, son of the late Mr . Jacob Bond to Miss Mina McDonald, niece of Mr. Thomas Stephens of Carleton Place.


Joie was born in Carleton Place, Beckwith Township, Lanark, Ontario, Canada. Records state:

Born in Carleton Place, Lanark Cty, Ontario, Canada on 2 Jan 1902 to John Henry Bond and Mima Mcdonald



1920’s machine operator– but definitely not Joie.


In the 1921 Census of Canada Joie was known as a machine operator and made 600 dollars a year. But no mention is made where she worked.

Name: Joie Bond
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Single
Age: 19
Birth Year: abt 1902
Birth Place: Ontario
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father’s name: Harry Bond
Father Birth Place: Ontario
Mother’s name: Mima Bond
Mother Birth Place: Ontario
Racial or Tribal Origin: Irish
Province or Territory: Ontario
District: Lanark
District Number: 97
Sub-district: Carleton Place (Town)
Sub-District Number: 48
City, Town or Village: Town of Carleton Place
Street or Township: Bridge St
Municipality: Carleton Place
Occupation: Machine Operator
Income: 600
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Harry Bond 44
Mima Bond 45
Joie Bond 19
Gordon Bond 16
Percy Bond 14
Margaret Bond 13
Elizabeth Bond 5
Mary Mc Donald 62


Joie’s brother, Bunny Bond, dated forever into old age, with a local gal named Dorcus Bennett.  Dorcus was called Dick, and had a twin sister, Martha Gertrude Groves who married Allan Groves. Thanks to Dianne we know now Bunny’s real name was Henry Lloyd.


Photo credit– Stephen Collie–In the Front Row are the two twins Dorcas and Martha in the white bibs *see photo information below


Jennifer Fenwick Irwin The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum does have a copy of these photos, as well as this “then and now” montage by David Robertson.




Joie died May 16, 1982.

Bond, Joie D. – In hospital at Almonte, Ontario on Sunday May 16th, 198 2 Joie D. Bond beloved daughter of the late J. H. (Harry) Bond and his wife, Mima McDonald, dear sister of Lloyd of Carleton Place and Margaret ( Mrs. P. S. Armstrong) of Calgary; predeceased by Betty, Percy and Gordon, survived by several nieces and nephews in her 81st year. Rested at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, Ontario. Service in the chapel on Wednesday at 3:00 pm. Interment St. James C emetery.

She was a resident at Twelve Acres nursing home in 1973.

Burial: 19 MAY 1982 Carleton Place, Beckwith Township, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Note: St. James’ Anglican Cemetery

*Photo Information–Thanks to Stephen Collie and Dianne Saunders…

This is the Bennett Family Photo from Christmas Day 1903 and the man in the centre holding the baby (my late uncle, Austin [Aunnie) Bennett] was James Bennett my Great Grandfather and a former Mayor of Carleton Place. To his right is his wife, my Great Grandmother Elizabeth (nee Bond)

In the Front Row are the two twins Dorcas and Martha. Not everyone was there, some were away visiting in Munster but to note in the Front Row, 2nd in from left, was my Grandfather Harry Bennett, of Bennett’s Butcher shop. Harry and his wife my grandmother Annie (nee Boyle) lived on Flora Street for years.

The house in this photo still stands on Herriott Street, at the Northeast corner of Herriott and Flora, now clad in white vinyl siding.

Interesting that the climate changed as much in the early 20th century as it does now, coats are unbuttoned and opened, women not wearing coats at all, Dorcas and Martha in their petticoats.

Stephen Collie

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Two days I wrote about Joey Cram and former Carleton Place resident Karen Julian emailed me.


Hi Linda,

Isn’t Annie Joey Cram the same lady that had a store in Carleton Place? Her store was cluttered and her cash register was an old cigar box. I used to shop there all the time for yarn as she had a wonderful selection. I don’t remember what else she had in that cluttered store but she was such fun to talk too. Please let me know if I have the right Joey Cram – I don’t think there could have been two like her.

Karen Julian
Formerly of CP now in Straffordville ON


I asked Sandy Baird and she said no, that was Joey Bond. Her store was located just past the dry cleaners (Godfre’s) and before the lane way next to the hotel. Everyone wondered how she could find anything in her store.

She also didn’t recall anyone taking over from Joey Bond. Maybe briefly to get the stock down.  The building never burned down, and it is a wonder though it did not with all the stuff she had.

Sandie said had a brother nicknamed Bunny. She had heard his proper name once but cannot recall it. Bunny Bond dated forever into old age, with a local gal named Dorcus Bennett.  Dorcus was called Dick, had a twin sister, Martha Gertrude Groves who married Allan Groves.  Dorcus was Sandie’s father in law’s (Dr. Forbes Baird)assistant and after I tracked her down found out she made 600 bucks a year as an assistant in 1921.  She was also documented as being a volunteer for our local hospital board auxiliary.

The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum has nothing on her.. so I am looking for info.


Tom–I remember Joey Bonds store very well. We were kids and went over there to get our firecrackers. She also sold us caps, and cap guns. She was never in the store and she was deaf. You had to ring the bell 10 times before she heard it, and you had to stand and write notes back and forth of what you wanted.

Valerie Edwards– Joey Bond was in the former Miss Hickson’s store when I was in school. Remember going there to get the gold & garnet ribbons we used to pin to our shoulder. She had an eclectic stock, sounds like what you listed for Miss Hickson, sort of. Things were piled all over. Beside her shop was Uncle Abe’s Barber Shop. He was a relative but have misplaced his last name in my memory. Remember the shop being piled high with all sorts & I think she still had the bell that rang when you opened the door. Uncle Abe’s barber shop was next door (taxi office there now).

Nancy Hudson–My mother was a dressmaker in Carleton Place in the 1950’s. I remember being sent to Joey Bond’s to get a spool of thread or ribbon ,etc. She was sure to have it if it could not be found else wear. Amazingly she could put her hand on whatever I was looking for among the clutter.. it had to be seen to be believed. I think her brother Bunny was a championship paddler with the Canoe Club in his youth.

Ted HurdisHahaha, I remember this well. We would go in to buy firecrackers and Joey would make us sign for them. She had a book or ledger and the names in it were hilarious. We would sign Dick Tracy, Robin Hood , you name it !


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November 1954


Ray Paquette Somehow I can’t see Chief Cornell prosecuting offenders who used the side of the street to let off firecrackers with the exception of incidents where the firecrackers were tossed at cars and the perpetrator was identified.

Bill Russell I know for a fact Elvis Presley also signed that little book…..

Tom–OMG Ted. I forgot about that, but that is hilarious. I do remember that book and some of the names in it. When Bruce and Dave and Bob all went in there after a game of road hockey in the post office yard, we would all get firecrackers and no one who wrote names in the book, were anywhere close to who we really were. I always had to take her a note from mom and dad, but usually one of the lads would write the note for me because I was younger than you guys. I can remember being in there with them, and we would stand there ringing the bell and waiting for her to hear it and have her finally come out of her back room to serve you. Then we would have to pass notes back and forth 10 times before we finally got what we wanted.

Ross Nichols–Around ’72 my parents would be concerned about Joie and when I as teenager I would check in her and report back to my parents (she would talk my ear off). In one month the store went from the old store to a very modern store (but the shelves were very sparse). One problem was she has lost the use of her legs, but she refused leave the store.


Lloyd Hughes posted the following stores location on Bridge

H Bond barber

Mrs. H Bond Variety (formerly Mrs. Beach, formerly Miss Hickson)
Dorcas Bennett in the 1921 Census of Canada

Name: Dorcas Bennett
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Single
Age: 24
Birth Year: abt 1897
Birth Place: Ontario
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father’s name: John Bennett
Father Birth Place: Ontario
Mother’s name: Eliza Bennett
Mother Birth Place: Ontario
Racial or Tribal Origin: English
Province or Territory: Ontario
District: Lanark
District Number: 97
Sub-district: Carleton Place (Town)
Sub-District Number: 47
City, Town or Village: Town of Carleton Place
Street or Township: Herriott St
Municipality: Carleton Place
Occupation: Dentiste Arnd
Income: 600