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Oddities About Mayors of Carleton Place — Clothing Choices — Fancy Man and Draw of the Hat

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Oddities About Mayors of Carleton Place — Clothing Choices — Fancy Man and Draw of the Hat
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 May 1950, Tue  •  Page 5

Mayor does not take kindly to remarks about his clothing- says he will quit

Bill Prime was the youngest Mayor of Carleton Place at 32– and he also worked as assistant manager of the Brewer’s Retail store.

Johnny McGregor still buster and Fancy Man –Mayor with Landslide Vote

Also Johnny McGregor at 110 Bridge Street ( George’s Pizza) Stillbuster, Vet and fancy man— Whenever a raid was to be carried out Johnny had to present and he would be transported to the scene of the crime by Kidd Bryce Taxi and word on the street was there were never too many successful raid. He was mayor with 2 years experience in 1935– with a landslide vote.

March 17 1928

Constable Frank Rose callled to Carleton Place to assist Prov officer JJ McGregor to raid on premises of X reported reported to be selling moonshine. No evidence. ( read about Johnny McGregor here-Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s)

Johnny J. McGregor — Still Buster and Mayor

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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
08 Nov 1911, Wed  •  Page 1


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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
10 Jun 1982, Thu  •  Page 8

Mayor is Chosen from a draw from a hat

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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
25 Nov 1980, Tue  •  Page 3

Lady Luck will decide this town’s next mayor Monday, when a name is drawn out of a hat, ending the vote deadlock discovered by a judicial recount Wednesday. County court Justice John Ma-theson spent nine hours recounting the votes cast Nov. 10 for Melba Barker and Allan Code, and declared a dead heat. Each polled 1,007 ballots, the first tie for the mayor’s job in the town’s 161-year history. Barker, 32, was initially declared the winner election night, with a slim majority of 1,012 votes to 1,005 for Code. Outgoing Mayor Ted LeMaistre finished third, with 332 votes. An error discovered the next day changed Barker’s victory margin to four votes, dropping her to 1,009. Code applied for a judicial recount. During Wednesday’s recount. Justice Matheson discovered two extra votes for Code and two less for Barker, setting the stage for the draw, as set forth under the Municipal Election Act. While the two tied candidates have two days to decide whether to seek a judicial recount by the Supreme Court of Canada, both indicated Wednesday they are prepared to try their luck. The Municipal Election Act directs that the names of the tied candidates be written on separate pieces of equal size paper and placed in a box. The name drawn is the winner’s. Barker, a two-term council member, would become the first woman mayor in the town’s history should her name be drawn. “I’ll be glad when it’s settled,” she said from her home late Wednesday. “It has been a suspenseful situation and I certainly was hoping it wouldn’t be that way (a tie).” Code, 48, a 13-year council veteran, was less than enthusiastic about the draw. He doubted he’d seek a Supreme Court recount. Town clerk and chief returning officer Keith Morris said there is no alternative to the draw.

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read-The Squeaker Election — November 1980 Carleton Pl

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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Nov 1991, Fri  •  Page 3

Clippings and Photos of Mayors of Carleton Place …

Johnny J. McGregor — Still Buster and Mayor

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Johnny J. McGregor — Still Buster Mayor and Fancy Man

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Johnny J. McGregor — Still Buster Mayor and Fancy Man

110 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1870

The façade of 110 Bridge Street has probably been renovated since it was initially built, and the original structure was probably was made of clapboard and later on stucco was put on to replace the clapboard. Originally, the building was the office of John (Johnny) J. McGregor, who was the county sheriff, commonly called doctor, but certainly was not a doctor of any kind. Carleton Place was ‘dry’ in his days but there still was a good number of bootleggers. Johnny was short in stature and wore a long fur coat in the winter that dragged through the snow like a western rustler.

Whenever a raid was to be carried out Johnny had to present and he would be transported to the scene of the crime by Kidd Bryce Taxi and word on the street was there were never too many successful raids.

In 1907 he became a license Inspector tor for the north riding of Lanark, and nine years later was placed in charge of the entire county. For a number of years he was a member of the provincial police, a position he retained until , until he became mayor in 1934. He was a warm friend of Dr. R. F. Preston, first mayor of Carleton Place, a bachelor until death and a reputed fancy man

March 17 1928

Constable Frank Rose callled to Carleton Place to assist Prov officer JJ McGregor to raid on premises of X reported reported to be selling moonshine. No evidence. ( read about Johnny McGregor here-Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s)

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
29 Dec 1934, Sat  •  Page 25

J. W. Bengough, noted Canadian cartoonist, entertained a Town Hall audience with his skill, making such sketches of local celebrities as Reeve William Pattie at his desk, Dr. J. J. McGregor extracting a horses’ tooth, Arthur Burgess in his automobile, William Miller in a horse deal, and Tom Bolger with his hotel bus at the railway depot.

SUSPECTED HOG CHOLERA. Numerous reports came to our notice where hog cholera was suspected. I visited many farms both in Ontario and Quebec, but found sickness in swine principally due to injudicious feeding or to bad hygienic surroundings, often both these conditions combined. Pneumonia and verminous bronchitis were very prevalent, the cold damp spring and summer being particularly favourable for these maladies. Many cases of gastric troubles, both chronic and acute, were seen. A farmer near Toronto, who was feeding his pigs on hotel swill which contained strong alkalies (powdered soaps which are used in washing dishes), had over one hundred sick and unthrifty pigs. I also saw many lame and crippled hogs, their condition being due to feeding largely on highly carbonaceous foods. GLANDERS. During the outbreak of glanders in the city of Ottawa and vicinity, I have assisted in the inspection and also the testing with mallein of suspected cases. I have tested thirty-two horses, five of which reacted. Seven horses that showed marked symptoms of glanders were destroyed without having to resort to the test. I have inspected a large number of horses clinically in and around Ottawa and Hull, being suspected cases reported to us by the city police and others. Dr. J. J. McGregor, of Carleton Place, Ont;, reported two cases of glanders to the department. I visited Carleton Place and found two well marked cases of glanders. Both horses were destroyed, and the premises properly disinfected.


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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 Mar 1929, Wed  •  Page 12

Brother of Mrs. J McFarlane

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The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Aug 1937, Sat  •  Page 27

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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
06 Aug 1907, Tue  •  Page 12

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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 May 1907, Sat  •  Page 19

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Thanks to Ron Shawone of our iconic history writers.. Please check out his books.

1870 – Born: July 13, 1870, Carleton Place, s/o James McGregor (1837-????) & Isabel Collins (1839-1907)

1896 – Graduated Ontario Veterinary College, Toronto

1897 – Appointed Federal Government Border Inspector of Livestock Contagious Disease.

c1900 – Opened Veterinary Practice, Carleton Place (“practiced for 20 years” – c1920)

1907 – Appointed (Liquor) License Inspector, Lanark County North Riding

1916 – Appointed (Liquor) License Inspector, all of Lanark County

1921 – Census, John J. McGregor, occupation “Inspector”.

c1927 – Appointed “An officer with special authority and jurisdiction all over Ontario” (C. P. Canadian 1935) i.e., June 1, 1927 … “For a number of years, he was a member of the provincial police …” (Ottawa Journal 1934)

1932 – Retired from Provincial Police (OPP)

1932 – Elected to Carleton Place Town Council

1935 – Elected Mayor of Carleton Place

1940 – Died 18 June 1940, Carleton Place (Death Cert occupation “Officer Provincial Police”)

all from Ron Shaw

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