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Looking for Memories of Kennedy’s Taxi

Looking for Memories of Kennedy’s Taxi

Russ Hook

Hi Linda! Thanx for posting my comments! I am back researching my Kennedy family history. Ray Kennedy who ran Kennedy’s Taxi in Carleton Place, was my uncle. I just now discovered my gramp’s history too. I saved the page. He was Joe Kennedy who married a Maud Killeen, she died, then he married her sister Mary Killeen. I’d like to find some photos too!

Ray Kennedy

Sandra Mailey I believe Ray Kennedy and his wife operated the boat rental business and the booth. She made the best hamburgers I had ever tasted!

Ted Hurdis definitely was a great place to go for a burger, fries, shake or whatever. It was the booth to everyone from town. Early on the road through the park ran right beside the front counter of the booth

Ray Paquette —Ray Kennedy and his wife operated the “canteen” in the 1950’s. In addition to the refreshments stand and boat rentals, you could buy live bait, minnows and dew worms for fishing using the rental boats. I believe that Dale Costello moored his “sea flea” there in the late ’50’s early ’60’s nad if he see this post he will make a comment. By the way, didn’t Ray drive a taxi in the “off season”?

Kevin Kennedy — it was called the booth my father and mother built it just after w.w.11 he built 32 row boats that he rented them out before the highway bridge was put in. mother run the both restaurant end of things . they stayed there until one of my older brothers near drowned then they moved to Francis street

Ted Hurdis ,Kevin Kennedy such a great part of our town history Kev. You should be very proud of what they did and accomplished , I hope you have some keepsakes it was a big part of our life back then.

Ray Paquette Kevin Kennedy I didn’t realize that your parents built it. I holds a special place in my memories of summers in Carleton Place as a youth. Did your father drive a taxi at any point or am I having a “senior moment”..

Kevin Kennedy–Yes he did he owned Kennedys taxi owned for twenty some years. My dad run it for years after the second world war. Linda there was a store he run sold hot dogs hamburger ice cream cones etc and he had about 50 row boats he rented out to all most 100 campers that stayed in the park then he made extra money when the carnivals came to town his name was Ray Kennedy thanks.

read more here–The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.

Can we provide some memories or photos? Thanks!!

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Nov 1981, Thu  •  Page 2
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Nov 1981, Thu  •  Page 2

Wendy Tilley John CorneilThat’s the dock behind where the “booth” used to be on the river at the back of the high school. In the distance on the right is the old pier where we used to swim.

I worked summers at the booth during high school, met Stomping Tom Conners there when he came to rent a boat during his playing days at the Mississippi Hotel.-Karen McGee

Dan WilliamsIf you look you can still see the stone foundation of the dock. What I don’t get is there is no sign of the pier.

When Raymond Patrick Kennedy was born on May 17, 1914, in Carleton Place, Ontario, his father, Joseph, was 27 and his mother, Catherine, was 27. He married Dorothy Florence McNeely on June 1, 1949. He died on November 25, 1997, in his hometown at the age of 83, and was buried there.

1997, Thursday November 27, The Ottawa Citizen page D8
KENNEDY, Raymond Patrick
Veteran of WW II
Former Owner of Kennedy’s Taxi
In hospital at Carleton Place, Ontario, on Tuesday, November 25th, 1997, Ray Kennedy in his 84th year. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy Florence McNeely. Loving father of Jim, Jack, Tim (Cindy) and Kelvin (Barbara). Dear brother of Cecilia, Celestine, Gerald, Edward, Pauline, Rockne, Marlene, John, Doreen, Joseph, Leo, Judy and Joanne. Predeceased by Jack, Margaret, Gerald, Walter, Clotida, Kenneth and Robert. Much loved grampa of Kris, Sara, Ryan, Travis, Darcy, Courtenay, Miranda and Rayanne. Great-grandfather of Maverick and Isaac. Resting at the ALAN R. BARKER FUNERAL HOME, McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on Thursday form 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service to be held in the chapel on Friday at 11 a.m. Rev John Bushby officiating. Cremation to follow. Donations to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Ted Bain Danny Arnstein and the Checker Cab

Shadows of Beckwith Cemeteries

Shadows of Beckwith Cemeteries


Photos- Linda Seccaspina

If you take a walk around the Dewar Cemetery that is on Glenashton Rd, in Beckwith and the Kennedy Cemetery that lies across the road there is no other place that you can understand local history better. Cemeteries are full of unfilled dreams- countless echoes of ‘should have’ or ‘could have,’ but none more powerful than the shadows that speak at these two cemeteries in Beckwith.


Alexander (Sandy) Archer’s headstone is probably the most unique with his medals of the 91st Regiment of Foot once cemented into the tombstone. Unfortunately someone saw fit to steal history and they are no longer there. These old burying sites contain names of those that brought their families to a new land and drove the forests back and made them fields. If you read the headstones carefully they tell of stories of who lived a full life, or those whose lives were cut off early, whether it was in a river or a deadly epidemic. Lack of skilled medical services and fevers and consumption– this in spite of a supposed sure proof remedy of crude molasses.

There are souls from The Derry, and family names such as: Garland, Kennedys, McEwans, McDiarmids, McLarens, Kidds, Leaches, Stewarts, Livingstones and many others now lie in the cold ground. In the Kennedy cemetery lies one of the earliest graves: the widow of Donald Ferguson, whose husband perished at the age of 90 while attempting to cut a road through Richmond in the bitter winter of 1818.


Headstones marking the Kennedys: Donald, John and Robert who were great musicians that if you listen closely are still playing their bagpipes and instruments in the clan gatherings that surely still go on in the dead of night. The McDiarmid family with all their various spellings of their last name lie close to the Livingstones with a relationship from a marriage to the great David Livingstone, explorer of Africa.



If you look closely towards the Dewar homestead near the cemetery you can still see the shadows of the people that came for miles carrying vessels and immerse the crook of the staff of St. Fillion into their waters that was supposed to provide miraculous powers. Sadness cowers on one particular headstone of a 24 year-old man who had cradled grain from morning until night and then died young becoming just another tragedy of Beckwith Township.

What happened to some we will never know- the many young mothers especially. There were those with difficult births with also an important predictor of infant mortality being breastfeeding. In areas where mothers didn’t breastfeed their babies, infant mortality rates soared, sometimes reaching thirty to forty percent. Beliefs about breastfeeding differed greatly between areas, sometimes even between the local villages. Even those who intended to breastfeed had a difficult time juggling this with their normal tasks which often required them to work in the fields all day. Or maybe loneliness in the wilderness was a burden too great for their physical and mental resources. The riddle of life in those days still remains unsolved and all true stories begin and end in cemeteries.

Dewar Cemetery

Dewar’s and Kennedy’s cemeteries, located together on the eighth concession road near Ashton, were named for the Kennedy and Dewar families who came there from Pershire in 1818, the Kennedys from the parish of Dull, and the Dewars from the parish of Comrie.

Kennedy’s cemetery, the older one, is on land located in 1818 by John Kennedy and later owned by Robert Kennedy, long noted in the distsrict for his skill with the bagpipes. Robert, who came there with his parents at the age of eight, moved to Ashton and died in 1900 at Carleton Place.

The site of Dewar’s Cemetery originally was one of the clergy reserve lots, with the farms of Archibald and Peter Dewar beside it, and on the opposite side those of Finley McEwen and Malcolm Dewar. Archibald Dewar jr. son of Peter, was reeve of Beckwith for many years and died in 1916.

The Dewar families for centuries had been the recognized hereditary guardians of the staff or crozier of St. Fillan. Traditions of St. Fillan who was venerated as early as the eighth or ninth century in Glen Dochart and Strathfillan in the present Perthshire, have an important place in ancient Christianity in Scotland.

The head of the saint’s crozier, of silver gilt with a smaller crozier head of bronze enclosed in it, is reported to have been brought by Archibald Dewar to Beckwith, where its powers remained highly regarded, and to have been transferred by his eldest son to its present location at the National Museum of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

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

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.


Beckwith 1820 Census Lanark County–Who Do You Know?

The Beckwith Highlanders and “Humpy Billy” Moore

So Where is that Gnarled Oak in Beckwith?

“Teachester” Munro and the S.S. No. 9 Beckwith 11th Line East School

John Goth–Tales of Beckwith Township

Beckwith –Settlers — Sir Robert the Bruce— and Migrating Turtles

What I Did on Beckwith Heritage Days – Alexander Stewart – Ballygiblin Heroe

The Now Complete Page Turning Story of the Beckwith Grandfather Clock

Update on The Manse in Beckwith

The Manse on the 7th Line of Beckwith

Home and Garden Before Home and Garden Magazine

Desperately Seeking Information About the “Beckwith Copperhead Road”

Hobo’s and Tragedies in Beckwith

Beckwith Child Stolen by Natives

Take Me Home Beckwith Roads– Photo Essay

What Was it Like Living in Beckwith 1800s? Christina McEwen Muirhead

Beckwith Fire Department 1965 Names Names Names

They Built this Township on….

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The Bryson Craig Farm in Appleton

The Bryson Craig Farm in Appleton



This historical home is located on a charming little country road next to the Mississippi River to the southwest and connecting the Appleton Village with Highway 44. Known for many years as the Ross Craig farm — it was built in 1857 by Robert Bryson. The house appears on the Walling map of the counties of Lanark and Renfrew, and all the homes on this road once competed with each other to see who could produce the best quality home.

Some evidence points to the kitchen “ell” as being the first building, as the window trim is plain unlike the rest of the home which carries the “eyelash trim”. The floors are made from maple or pine and architectural details point out that this home was once one and a half storeys being carefully built to a two storey later on in years. The staircase is boxed in and very wide similar to the Glendinning home in Glen Isle.

The original kitchen was eventually turned into a family room and there is a minor mystery in the home. At the top of the stairs next to the master bedroom is a small room which is now a bathroom, and it was formerly either a large cupboard or a baby’s room as a peek through tiny window is on the master bedroom wall.

It is obvious that the Bryson and Craig families lived in the main house and used the smaller section for the hired help. This home is one of the rare homes in the area that has no fireplace and they probably used box stoves or ornamental Franklin stoves. William Kennedy and family bought this home from Hugh Grace who had followed the Craig tenure in 1969. It was always a farm but through the years the acreage of the property got smaller. In 1972 the Kennedy’s moved to Mattawa and any current history of the house known would be appreciated.


Along the ninth line between Shipman’s Mills and Appletree Falls located the Matthew McFarlanes, Sr. and Jr., and Thomas Patterson; while across the river along the 10th line located James Leitch, Arthur Lang, Peter McGregor, John Smith, James King, James Bryson, James Orr, Richard Dulmage, William and Robert Baird. James Bryson from Paisley and James King took Lot I11 of the 10th concession. George Bryson, a son of James, was one of the first Lanark County pioneers to go into the lumbering trade in 1836 and later, with his brother Robert, engaged in lumbering at Fort Coulonge and along the Black River in the province of Quebec. George Bryson represented Pontiac County in that province and was called to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec in 1867. The village of Bryson was named after him. During the lumbering era George Bryson and Simon Dunn established shanties throughout Ramsay and built the slide at Shipman’s Mills. There was talk of running the slide in canoes to save portage but all flunked out except Robert Bryson who with Dunn ventured the risky trip in a large pine log canoe. The canoe and crew shot down the steep incline at a rapid clip and all went well until they came to a 14 foot drop at the end of the slide into the bay below. The canoe split in two and the men were thrown into the rapids below but were rescued by onlookers.

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

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.


More Memories of The Beckwith McTavish House

History Still Lives on at The McEwen House in Beckwith

The House on a Beckwith Hill–The McTavish House and Ceiling Medallions

The House of Daughters –Stonecroft House

Update on The Manse in Beckwith

The Manse on the 7th Line of Beckwith

Home and Garden Before Home and Garden Magazine

The James Black Homestead

The Mysterious Riddell— H B Montgomery House

The Wall Mysteries of Lake Ave East -Residential Artists

The Manse on the 7th Line of Beckwith

Rescuing the Money Pits —The Other Dunlop Home with the Coffin Door

The Carleton Place House with the Coffin Door

The Apple Does Not Fall far from the Tree

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

Heh Miss Wilsonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! Carleton Place Heroe

Was This the Architect of the Findlay Homes on High Street?

The Carleton Place House That Disappeared

The McCarten House of Carleton Place

Old McRostie Had a Farm in Carleton Place

Time Capsule in the ‘Hi Diddle Day’ House?

The Louis on Sarah Street for $43,500 — Before and After– Architecture in Carleton Place

Memories of Mississippi Manor

Day in the Life of a 70’s Pattie Drive Home – The Stay at Home Mom Era

Architecture Stories: The Hotel that Stompin’ Tom Connors Saved

Dim All The Lights — The Troubled Times of the Abner Nichols Home on Bridge Street

The Brick Houses of Carleton Place

So What Happened to The Findlay House Stone?

The Stanzel Homes of Carleton Place

The Appleton Chinchilla House

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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?