June 13th, 1968 front page The Canadian
In November of 1920 an attempt to set aside a deed of ownership on certain Carleton Place Lake Ave property made by the late Mrs. Jane Nolan to her son. Thomas Frank Nolan, a few days before her death, was made in the Supreme Court of Ontario before Chief Justice Mr. William Meredith this morning. The case was the first on the list for the non-jury session.
The will of Mrs. Nolan, when read, shortly after her death on December 19, 1919 stated that the homestead was left to her daughter. Mrs. M. T. Comrie and Mrs. Lila E. Edwards and the remainder of the estate divided among her four sons.
Frank Nolan produced a deed to the homestead, dated December 3, 1919 in which his mother gave him the property and it is to set aside this deed that his two sons have taken action.
Undue Influence, misrepresentation and fraud are claimed to have been used by Frank Nolan in securing the deed. Dr. R. S. Preston, who attended Mrs. Nolan stated that she was perfectly conscious at the time. The case was proceeding when court adjourned. Mr. A. E Kripp, K.C. MP is acting for the sisters and Mr. W H. Stafford, Almonte, for Mr. Nolan.
I found the clippings below about the case, but never found out who won. Since he listed he was living on Lake Ave in one of the census’s later on, one can assume he kept the Lake Ave properties. Thomas Franklin Nolan went by the name of Franklin and his occupation was listed as a ‘washer’.
UPDATE- Thanks to Jennifer Fenwick Irwin at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum we have the following.
11 Lake Avenue West, built by Thomas Nolan.
Jennifer Fenwick Irwin– Today is known as 51 Lake Avenue West.
Name: Jane Nolan (Mother)
Marital Status: Married
Birth Year: abt 1840
Relation to Head-of-house: Wife
Religion: Church of England
French Canadian: No
Spouse’s Name: James S Nolan (carpenter)
Father’s Birth Place: Ireland
Mother’s Birth Place: Ireland
District Number: 84
District: Lanark South
Subdistrict: Carleton Place
Neighbors: View others on page
James S Nolan 50
Jane Nolan 51
Henry Nolan 27
John Nolan 25
Teresa Nolan 19 (sisters in court case)
Lila Nolan 17 (sisters in court case)
Franklin Nolan 13 (Thomas)
Fred Nolan 12
Herbert Nolan 10
Name: Thos Franklin Nolan
Birth Year: abt 1879
Birth Place: Carleton Place, Ontario
Marriage Date: 24 Nov 1904
Marriage Place: Carleton, Ontario, Canada
Father: Jos S Nolan
Mother: Jane Cunningham Nolan
Spouse: Estella Agnes Cluff
Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–Around 1950 the southeast corner of Lake Avenue and Moore Streets looked like this. Originally the site of W.A. Nichols’ Sons Lumber, it became W & S Building Supplies around 1948.
Mac’s Milk, which remains on the site today (as simply Mac’s), was built in 1988. It was then known as Waugh and Snedden.
I have always believed that the old days of “Help Thy Neighbour”, are never over. At least that was the way it worked out in Carleton Place on March 24th of 1959. That Tuesday what could have been a disastrous fire at the Nichols Lumber and Planing Mill Fast was minimized by the efficient work by the Carleton Place Ocean Wave volunteer fire brigade.
After four hours the fire was out, but the workshop and mill contained a gutted interior with windows gone and the flooring and walls eaten away. Faced with this blow, and with little insurance, Ronnie Waugh owner and recent purchaser of what was Carleton Place’s oldest business sadly surveyed the damage. Thursday followed Wednesday as a nightmare of debris had to be cleared.
Built after the fire– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Good Friday arrived and a host of good Samaritans led by Stewart Comba, president of the Canadian Legion Branch 192 turned up to help Ronnie. Over 75 Legionnaires and fellow townsmen turned out in their oldest clothes and invaded the fire-scarred buildings. Materials for repair were available from the storage sheds of the mill. Muscle, ingenuity and skill were also available from the town of Carleton Place.
The volunteers pitched in and the wreckage became beehive of activity. As the church bells in the town tolled, a group of amateur and professional carpenters enacted the Christian doctrine of “do unto others’. Flooring of one-inch hardwood was laid to take the weight of the planing machines being rapidly cleaned and overhauled. Windows that were broken and sagging were replaced, glazed and fitted.
Coffee served up by the young daughters of Mr. Waugh was consumed as the work continued. Again on Saturday the volunteers returned and the walls were repaired and framed in. The machines, newly painted, were set up and placed into position. The band of helpers carried on until dusk even though their wives had already placed uneaten suppers back in the oven to warm.
As I write this it should be described that a lump has gathered in my throat. Ronnie Waugh, the grateful new owner and a man with energy and vision, summed up my thoughts when he said to the volunteers with a gashed and bleeding hand caused by broken glass during the clean-up.
“They have done in a matter of hours what money and a bank loan would take weeks to do”.
Ronnie and 10 employees were back at work in what could have been an almost derelict business thanks to the help of many unnamed volunteers and friends. Easter week was definitely proven in Carleton Place as it still does today.
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Would love to do a story if anyone has any information on the history of the house that began to move yesterday.
Lana Kokaua— It’s has been rented out to different families since we have been next door (10+ years ) and then was bought a couple years ago. Last year the owner of the property proposed a 12 unit apartment building but withdrew the application. I’m guessing due to the number of concerns brought to the town. I’m interested to see what will now be built there. Hopefully whatever is built compliments the neighborhood.
Some people have asked me what building was situated on on the present Canadian Ggas Bar location. I found this on the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum website- Please check out their website as well as their Facebook page.
Their home was called Raloo Cottage and the only picture we have is from 1954 and it was owned by Captain William Henry Vickers Hooper and his wife Mabel.
(1994.17.12b)“Come to the Irish Tea”!
Mabel Hooper sent this Irish clover shaped invitation to her neighbour Bertha Schwerdtfeger, inviting her to a Ladies Aid tea. Mabel was married to decorated war hero Captain William Henry Vickers Hooper, and lived at the corner of Bridge Street and Lake Avenue.
Her husband had served in the Boer War and later moved to Carleton Place where he worked as a photographer. During WWI he led the first contingent of Carleton Place men overseas. In April 1915 Hooper was wounded and captured by the Germans and spent a year and a half as a prisoner of war in Mainz, Germany. Upon his return home he worked as Postmaster from 1919 – 1950 and served as Mayor of Carleton Place in 1923.– Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum
For those who haven’t heard of them, shadow people are human-like shapes seen by people anywhere, any time. They are usually seen first in the peripheral vision and then when one turns his head, these figures disappear or disappear as soon as they realize they have been seen. They are also quite intriguing because they can be seen in cemeteries (often) and people’s homes (modern homes without histories), outdoors and in hospitals. As ludicrous as these descriptions sound, it gets even more eerie when people report that they are so black that they seem to suck the very light out of the spot in which they stand, as if they are solid.
In the 1930’s people claimed the house on Lake Ave East in Carleton Place was so haunted that children were afraid to walk by. It is such and innocent and beautiful home– what could have been wrong? After talking to someone who does not want to be named, I maybe have an answer.
The children that passed by on a daily basis going to school saw what a lot of others did not see. They were called Shadow People. As a 6-year-old child he began to see seeing dark black shadow people walking around inside and outside the home. He also also claimed someone would poke him as he walked by and it hurt. Other children said the same thing and would cross the street so they would not have to walk on the same side of the street as the house.
Shadow People” are dark, transparent and fleeting. From the stories I’ve read, it’s not uncommon to read that they killed themselves, were in a car accident, were the victim of a homicide, or some other pre-natural death. Even small children who were able to speak to Shadow People said that the reason they were still here is that, “They can’t go to heaven.” In other words, stuck in this lower vibrational realm.
Some Shadow People don’t want to leave until they feel something here is resolved or they are too attached to a person or place. All spirits do have more than one opportunity to move on so it’s a matter of time before they do, with or without our help. They range in color from black, to grey (most often), to white. Some said they appeared in the edges of their vision, and then when they tried to focus on them, they literally run away. The man in question said he thought one followed him home one day.
“I was 10 years old, in fourth grade. I awoke with a chill on my feet. Moved a bit to warm myself up, but it didn’t work. I sat up and looked in front of me. There I saw a shadowed figure, the felt and saw the presence of a man. The energy I got from him was sorrow. I was petrified from fear, and masked by sadness. I looked back at the end of my bed and he was gone.”
The explanation we get from skeptics and mainstream science – and who are usually people who have never experienced the shadow people phenomenon – is that it is nothing more than the active human imagination. Was it their minds playing tricks on them… or was it therefore their eyes seeing things in a fraction of a second that were not really there – but merely illusions?
There are a lot of questions about why we’re seeing shadow people as more of a modern phenomenon. One theory that is interesting is that our eyes are used to looking at screens that refresh at fast rates of speed and that perhaps we have retrained our vision to see things in the spectrum we didn’t see before.
So watch what you see when you walk around here and if you see a shadow out of the corner of your eye- it is what it is
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