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Canoe Club History- 1976 Dave Findlay

Canoe Club History- 1976 Dave Findlay

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13 Jul 1976, Tue  •  Page 19

 Carleton Place’s Dave Findlay is fascinated by the Canadian amateur athletes’ drive for excellence. It explains his heavy involvement with the national paddling team and why he sought and was awarded the post of general manager for the Olympic team. “I admire those kids and what they give up to strive for that excellence,” explained Findlay. “That’s one of the reasons I’m in it and don’t think the average Canadian realizes how much these kids put into it and how much they sacrifice.

I know I never really appreciated it until about five years ago.” Findlay points out that some European nations, especially the Eastern Bloc communist countries, feel Canadian amateur athletes are hampered by the lack of financial support, although it hasn’t been a major factor this year. “The Europeans have difficulty understanding the double standard professional and amateur,” explained Findlay. “If a Canadian does well at the Olympics or any major international competition for that matter, the prestige and entertainment value is the same as if it was accomplished by a professional.”

Findlay agrees with that rationale and points out the reason for it is the preoccupation with professional sports. Unlike the Europeans, Canadians have not accepted sports as an important part of their culture. “In my opinion the definition of culture is very simple the drive for excellence, he explained. So why pQp shouldn’t our amateur athletes have the same status as those in the arts . . . artists, playwrights and performers. “Pro sports can’t reach that level because it’s big business, continued Findlay. “It’s also show business.”

The former commodore of the Canadian Canoe Association also feels amateur sport must accept some of the responsibility for its continual uphill struggle for recognition with the pros. “We haven’t been articulate enough in putting our point of view across to the media, but we’re gradually awakening. The Olympics could break it wide open for us. There’s been nothing like it in Canada.” Findlay believes the amateur athlete is often taken for granted despite the fact amateurs spend more time training and developing their skills. Although Findlay is criticial of the present situation, he also admits it’s improved significantly in recent years.

“Big industry is starting to get involved and our programs are getting better every year. There’s been a lot of improvement in a short time,” added Findlay. “While , the Americans have ample funds for some sports their paddling program is where ours was 10 years ago.” He considers travelling the biggest incentive amateur sport has to offer and he was overwhelmed by the hospitality the Czechoslovakians showed the Canadians at a recent pre-Olympic regatta. “They couldn’t do enough for us,” commented Findlay. “Canadians are something special in Czechoslovakia. They arranged special bus tours for us and provided us with ample food. They gave us tickets to the theatre and the Prague Music Festival. It was tremendous.”

The most challenging problem Findlay has encountered while on the road is finding extra food for the athletes. “Generally the food is good, but these kids need high protein diets and getting extra butter and milk can be a problem,” he explained. “Really it’s a minor complaint. I just hope we can be as good hosts to the Europeans as they’ve been to us.” He expects his prime responsibilities in Montreal will be to handle the day-today details. “Food shouldn’t be a problem, but 111 have to be sure the equipment is in good shape,” he said. “I think it’s very important to provide the athletes the best of equipment and have it in good shape. Technically, it may not mean anything it’s mental aspect which is just as important. The athlete thinks he’s got the best.”

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Bunny Bond — thanks to John Edwards


Hi Linda,

Just thought you might be interested in posting this photo since there was so much interest about Joie & Bunny Bond.

Bunny was an enthusiastic supporter of CPCC. He was in one of the great war canoe crews of the which achieved a Dominion Championship. This was a big achievement for a sport dominated by clubs from Toronto and Montreal.  In the canoeing world in Canada, everyone knows about Carleton Place!

Bunny would come to the CPCC Annual Regattas with immaculate red and white sneakers so there would be no doubt as to his loyalty.  This picture with Bunny, my Mum & Dad is taken in front of the clubhouse in use from the early ‘50’s until the new one was built in the mid-80’s. John Edwards

Thanks goes to John- he also sent this– Update on Miss Powell from CPHS- John Edwards

Joie Bond 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.   Bunny was a championship paddler with the Canoe Club in his youth.

If you have anymore memories jot them down in the comments section. Thanks!!

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Comments from “Bus accident in Carleton Place”

Comments from “Bus accident in Carleton Place”



Photo from November 21, 1955 and it was a photo from a “Bus accident in Carleton Place”–You can see Edwards store and the other brick building on the corner that is no longer there. Photo– “railroad crossing, which is near the location of a bus accident in Carleton Place.” I looked everywhere in the newspaper archives and came up with nothing.


Ray Paquette– In those days, Valerie and John Edwards lived in the white house across from their father’s store so maybe they can add details to the bus accident, Like Ted, I can’t remember any bus accident regarding what would, in those days, be the Colonial Coach Line.


Valerie Edwards –Hi, Ray. The white house was Grandma & Grandpa Edwards, we lived in the back apartment above the store. Now, I am not quite as young as Ted but I was only 4 or 5 and have no recollection of a bus accident near there. Can’t think who might know.

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 Edwards‎ Family Photo Collection Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum William Howard Edwards Who remembers the Virginia Chocolate Bar seen here at the cash.
Ray Paquette– Valerie Edwards Sorry about that! I remember your grandfather who worked in the store with your father when I spelled Frank “Skip” Lunn as a “box boy” during the summer of circa 1957. Mrs. Eric Simpson was the cashier

Valerie Edwards-– Frank Lunn? do not recall the name. Helen Simpson, yes, fond memories

Ray Paquette–– No, Lunn. His nickname was Skip and his sister was the late Judy Brown, wife of Dave.

Dale Costello-– Ray Paquette Skip lived around the corner from us. Boyhood pals.

Marilyn Bisson-– I remember Frank Lunn and his wife Phylis. They had a daughter Judy and son Skip. They lived on Moore street about half way from the corner of Rochester and Munro.


Ray Paquette– Marilyn Bisson Skip was one of my oldest friends. His grandparents lived on Munroe Street and we first met when I was about 7 when his father was transferred from Montreal to Smiths Falls with the CPR. For a short period of time they lived with Skip’s paternal grandparents until they were able to find suitable accommodations. Skip was with me when I met my late wife for the first time and provided me with accommodations in Montreal when I visited her while she was in nursing training.

Sandra Sanderson Before my time, but we bought the white house from Mrs. Edwards, and have many wonderful memories of it. My mom worked at the store (June Lay) for many years. The brick building that is no longer there, I remember as being painted white at some point.

Linda Seccaspina–Group Admin Sandra Sanderson what was in there?

Sandra Sanderson– it was an apartment building…we always thought the alley between there and the grocery store was “spooky”…..:)

Ray Paquette– The Jinkinson family lived in the apartment on the left facing the building while Jimmy Price and his mother lived in the right for a short while in the early 1950’s. The Jinkinsons later moved to a home on Grant Street where one of the sons currently lives.

Tammy Marion– I remember it being white or whitish as well in the 1980’s sometime. Had a friend who lived in one of the apartments in it. Their apt door/ window faced the train tracks.


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The location of the original Edwards Brothers store. The gentlemen looking at the camera would have seen the old train station (current site of the Tim Hortons – 2012) behind the camera man.-  Edwards‎ Family Photo Collection Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

John Edwards– The original Edwards’ Bros. store (False front & wooden) was on the site of the “white” brick building. It was substantially renovated and added to to create the corner white brick building. The later Edwards store with the painted wall advertising was likely built after ‘the Fire’. As for the frame house across the road, J.H. Edwards married Minnie Clark (of the Beckwith 9th line) on October 27th, 1909 in St. James Anglican Church and carried her across the threshold of that house on that same day. Minnie Edwards lived there until the early seventies.

Ruth Drummond –I remember you, Sandra and Shane, my Mom(Helen Simpson worked there for years too. When the gang of us were older, Mom went to work and this was our growing up neighbourhood, We lived on Catherine street.

Julie Sadler– Did you live on Catherine or Mary Street Ruth? Three generations of my family lived in a house on Catherine Street over the years. I remember your Mom and Dad living on Mary Street. Our back yards met in a corner.

Ted Hurdis– Hahaha I remember an epic New Years party at that house. And it was freezing rain so hard we couldn’t walk on the ice on the road and sidewalk


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)




The Edwards Grocery Fire

John Edwards Archibald Gillies and the Franktown Fire

John Edwards Archibald Gillies and the Franktown Fire



Photo by:3D Cruiser – blogger



April 28 1905–On Saturday morning at 6.30 Mr. John Edwards was burned out of house and home in Franktown. The fire started from the pipe or chimney. Only the furniture below could be saved. A heavy wind was blowing.

Fortunately it favoured the English church, or that edifice would have suffered a similar fate. Franktown depends upon pumps and pails in such emergencies, but these are of no avail when a fire once secures a good headway.

Hie building was occupied for many years by the late *Archie Gillies. The village is only rarely visited in this way—the last the detraction of Mr. E. D. Edwards’ shop and home.


Perth Courier, July 22, 1881

Chirivari—Mr. Archibald Gillies of Franktown was chiravaried the other night on the occasion of his second matrimonial venture three weeks after the death of his first wife.  He bought the crowd off with a $2 bill the first night and received them the next night with a shotgun.

Archibald Gillies(Jr.) was married to Verginia Lang 29 years his junior who was the daughter of William and Margaret Moore.

Gillies Corners:
Was named after Archibald Gillies Sr., the grandfather who had an inn at Gillies Corners, west of Franktown on the settlers first road between Perth and Beckwith, was the location of the inn of Archibald Gillis, who settled there in 1819 and maintained a licenced inn for a period including from the 1830’s to the 1850’s. Although the name doesn’t show in the Historical Atlas for Lanark County, it does show a building there.

From the book: In Search of Lanark by Carol Bennett under Beckwith Township entry: “Gillies’ Corners on the old Perth road, was another thriving community at one time. It was named for Archibald Gillies, a settler of 1819 who ran an inn in that neighborhood for twenty years. It catered for the Perth to Bytown traffic when the state coach passed through the community twice daily. It was the coming of the railroad which caused the demise of this community.”


The Carleton Place Herald — December 15 1896 republished in The Almonte Gazette

A dreadful affair took place in Franktown last Thursday when a son of  *Archibald Gillies named John Gillies, aged 13 obtained a gun, loaded it with powder, placed it upon a chair, pointed it towards an open door and discharged the weapon.  The weapon rebounded, striking the child in the abdomen.  The father, hearing the report, entered the door just in time to see his son pulling himself to a lounge.  The little fellow recognized him and said,

“Father I am dying” and expired.

Young John Gillies was listed in the 1891 Canadian census, but his death was never recorded.


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal18 Oct 1905, WedPage 8




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal18 Oct 1905, WedPage 8




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How Franktown Got Its Name

The Young Olympic Hopefuls-1970’s Carleton Place Canoe Club


I did a piece on John Edwards last week, and this week I found more photos from the old Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


If you recognize anyone in these pictures– let me know


Wendy Healey–The picture you have posted with the girls war canoe has Lisa and Louise Armour, Heather Kneen, Tracey Mills, Deanna Barry, Julie Kirkpatrick, Linda Black. Probably in the back may be myself, Wendy Armstrong, Catherine Elliot, Margot Findlay, Debbie Hine, Louise Hine etc. The war canoe changed every year…






Olympian John Edwards in front



Carleton Place Mayor Eldon Henderson and Bill Morris

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Who Was Mickey Morphy? Noteworthy Paddles to Portage


Know Your Carleton Place Olympians!


The summer Olympics are almost upon us. Did you know we have a former Olympian in our midst? When I was volunteering at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum  today I found this picture from the old Carleton Place Canadian photo files at the museum.


       Photo of John Edwards-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

1975 Almonte Gazette–After four years of trying, Carlton Place’s John Edwards has won a berth on the senior Canadian canoe team. John finished first in the mens. 100ft m tre C -l event and came second in the 500 metre event in Toronto last week-end. John will participate in the senior men’s world championships in Yugoslavia this summer.


John Edwards (born July 1, 1954) is a Canadian sprint canoer who competed in the mid-1970s. At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, he was eliminated in the repechages of the C-2 1000 m event while finishing ninth in the C-1 1000 m event.

Edwards grew up paddling at the Carleton Place Canoe Club in Carleton Place, Ontario, and became the first Olympic competitor from that club when he competed in C-1 1000m and C-2 1000m at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

Edwards served as the Domestic Development Director at CanoeKayak Canada (CKC), then known as the Canadian Canoe Association, from 1999 until 2015. In that role, Edwards oversaw a period of significant evolution in the sport in Canada and around the world. Under Edwards, the number of racing clubs and the number of participants in the sport in Canada grew by an unprecedented amount. Edwards also initiated CKC’s Aboriginal Paddling Initiative and the PaddleALL program for paddlers with disabilities, and championed the expansion of opportunities for women in canoeing.

Edwards has also had significant influence on the sport internationally, serving as a member of the Board of the International Canoe Federation and as Chair of the ICF’s Paracanoe Committee. Edwards was the driving force behind acceptance of Paracanoe into the Paralympic Games, and his committee is charged with expanding the accessibility of the sport on a world-wide basis.

Concurrent with his employment at CKC, Edwards enjoyed a long career in politics, serving as a municipal councillor for Ramsay Ward in Mississippi Mills, Ontario for more than 17 years. He still holds that position today.

Edwards is married, with two daughters and four grandchildren.–Wikipedia

Well done John!!

NB-Andrew willows who was a paddler also made Carleton Place proud in the Olympics.

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John Edwards speaks…

Dear Linda,
Thanks for the old photo from the archives. I still have my Olympic parade uniforms! It was such a great time for me in those days. I don’t know who did the Wikipedia biography…..just one error: I was at the 1972 Munich Olympics as well.
My ‘takeaway’ from my experience was the amount of support and faith the Town of Carleton Place put into me. I was only one of the beneficiaries of this positive attitude. Many others performed way beyond what a small town of 5,000 people (1970) could expect. I think of Janet Findlay, Madeleine Montreuil, Susan Gifford(:), Roger Tuttle, Linda Tuttle, Peter Pommerville, Eric Grantner, Lynn Armour, Andrew Shepherd, Scott MacIntosh, Helen Code, Steve Bittle, John Drader, all of whom went on to become Champions of Canada, Canada Games Ontario Team members, Junior National Team members or Canadian Senior Team members.
CPCC punched way above its weight and it did so because we believed we could and the whole Town supported us. It was simply a question of faith and a positive attitude.
Between 1988 and 1993, I was Commodore and with Susan’s youth leadership was able to reinvigorate our attitude of faith in young paddlers. Two more Olympic paddlers were produced; Ryan Cuthbert and Andrew Willows (Athens & Beijing). Good coaching was always the solution.
Today CPCC paddlers are still participating in national team projects for the next generation.
Think BIG and have faith!!

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Who Was Mickey Morphy? Noteworthy Paddles to Portage

Update on Miss Powell from CPHS- John Edwards

Photo of Miss Powell from Sherri Iona-This is Olive’s pic in 1968 yearbook. Not sure what year she retired but she was there when I graduated gr 12 in fall 71.
Yesterday you read Terry Kirkpatrick’s very funny story about Carleton Place teacher Miss Powell.Today iconic Lanark County historical architect submitted his memories about our Miss Powell. You can also read more about John and his fight to keep Lanark County architecture standing in related links.

I have very fond memories of Miss Powell. I recall everyone on the first day of the Grade Nine French class being given a sheet of foolscap upon which we would write down our parent’s names (maiden names of mums), siblings, aunts, uncles, etc. Miss Powell sought to understand who you were and whether any strengths or weaknesses in acquiring French were ‘genetic’.
On occasion, there were tears as the CPHS students (usually boys!) would butcher proper Parisian French pronunciation using their God-given Lanark Cty twang. Nevertheless, there was a genuine caring for her students. For years after graduating from CPHS a group of friends (Anne Morris, Andrea Armour, Bob Young, Liana Coleman, Scott Ferguson, Nancy Ryan, and several others would go to the Powell home on Dec. 24th and sing Christmas carols. Invariably, we were invited in for Turtles as they were listening to the Carol Service from King’s College in Cambridge. THANKS, Miss Powell.

That close-knit town seems long-gone now-John Edwards


More about John Edwards and just one story about his many fights to keep just one of Lanark County buildings alive.

Sherri Iona–Funny we called them The Aunts, she and Fern. They were always together. But they were known around town as “old maids”. Sad . . . Wouldn’t happen today. As they got older, Dad took care of them. Then he died young, 64, and Aunt Joyce took over.

Sandy IwaniwI lived next to the Powell sisters when I first came to teach in Carleton Place. I started teaching in September of 1971 and they were both retired by then. I used to try to help them out when I could and spent many an afternoon listening to their stories with my cup of tee. They enjoyed having company.
Sandra RattrayI just loved Miss Powell. She was a great teacher. She also sang in the choir at our church and she treated me with extra care.

In memory of Miss Powell