From Stuart McIntosh My Aunt Ethel McIntosh Ramsbottom recalled helping her grandmother making soap. “ They saved hardwood ashes in a barrel in the winter and in the spring the barrel was set on a base so that the edge was out over it. A hole was bored in the side of the barrel near the bottom and an iron pot set on the ground under the barrel. The boys and I carried water and put it on the ashes, and as it leached the ashes, the lye collected in the iron pot.
This was put in an iron cooler along with water and grease, and boiled over a fire most of the day. It had to be stirred often, a tedious job as the cooler was set on a stone foundation with a hollow under the fire. We used a stick(often a broom handle for stirring the soap. When it was cooled enough, we put out the fire and put salt and water in the soap and left it till the next morning. At that time it would be firm enough to cut into bars and these would be set out on boards in the shed to harden.
Families such as the Peacocks, Robertsons, Ramsbottom and Campbells also settled in the Rosetta area, the first earliest recorded burial was Robert Stoddart, in 1828.
Mr. Campbell entered Victoria Hospital, Montreal, March. 27th. Before going there he had been ill four weeks, and twice in that time his life was despaired of. But he gained strength rapidly, and was doing as well as could be expected until a day or two before his removal. A week ago on Friday last he underwent an operation, which was highly successful and promised the most favorable results, but on Monday of last week he took a change for the worse, requiring a second operation the following day. He suffered intensely after this operation, but remained conscious up to the last few minutes of his life. Characteristic of his business-like turn of mind was his action in settling all his bills with the hospital authorities a few hours before his death. Deceased was a son of the late Arch. Campbell, of Lanark township, and was born forty-one years ago on the farm now occupied by Mr. John Ramsbottom, jr.
James, m. Margaret Edwards, lived on Arklan Farm, part of original grant. (Arklan) Brice, m. Margaret Elizabeth Lynch On Burgess farm, on Lake Avenue. John J., (Ashton) Arnold W. (Taxi Driver) Willard Mrs. Wm.Simpson Mrs. Ray Kennedy Mrs. Horace Coleman Mrs. Jack Yeaman (Faye) Mrs. Robert Service Brice,m. Frank, m. Jessie Boale Isabel,m. Wm.Pierce Arthur,d.,m. Margaret Erena James Kathleen,m. Barry Fraser Norman Helen,m. Eugene Bezak Mildred, m. J.A. Lynch Margaret J., m. Mr. Price Eliza Anne, m. Mr. Ramsbottom Daughter went to St. Hilda’s.m. Rev. Grant Sparling Also adopted son. Nathaniel D. Moore, Blacksmith in Carleton Place–Family now in Washington State, USA Seven Children
Monday afternoon about 4:30 a furious electric storm passed over Lanark Village and surrounding country. The tower of the Congregational church was struck at a distance of about 100 feet from the ground, the ball of fire descending and breaking its way through the corner of the church. The alarm was given, and the firemen were quickly on hand and soon bad a stream playing on the burning tower. About five o’clock the flames seemed to be checked, but tne water in the tank ran low, and again it made headway. The bose were changed on to the factory steam pump, and with this strong flow the fire was com pletely extinguished about eight o’clock. About twenty feet of the spire feB, and the remainder of it is completely rimmed out. The body of the church is badly soaked with water, and the rafters la the attic are badly burned. ~ The loss is placed at about $2,500; fully insured. Servioes win be held in the town hall next Sabbath morning
Authorities say that Monday was the hottest day for 46 years
My friends from Kinston 40 years ago visited the bank café and thought it was named after the river bank.
I explained it was the Bank of Nova Scotia. I am still banking with the same brand. And it was there that Bob Neilson bought the winning Olympic lottery ticket in 1972 that paid back a million dollars for a ten dollar ticket. I bought a ticket for the same cause at the same place
It was the Old Bank Bakery cafe before that. My Mom and sister both worked there as second jobs. First for Linda Dow and then for Mike and Marlene. Oh and before it was the cafe my Mom and sister and myself when I had to lol cleaned the Bank .
Suzanne Champagne and trilliums in wood at Shaky Maple, near Lanark village Citizen photos by Lynn Ball
The last leg of our jaunt included a luncheon stop at the Shaky Maple Restaurant at the Lanark village limits (look for the sign on the left side of the road). The food is good (especially the Queen Elizabeth coffee cake), the prices are reasonable and the Shaky Maple is open all weekend.
Shaky Maple, a huge new restaurant operation recently opened by two Carleton Place couples: Terry and Lynn Julian and Wayne and Dianne Shaver. It used to be a wilderness survival training school and now is a dining room and banquet hall, fully licensed. They offer Sunday brunch buffets at $5.25. There’s a Mother’s Day special at $6.25 and although the place can hold more than 300 persons, a reservation would be a good idea (259-2985). They talk about plans to open a campsite and rent canoes that will allow for.
There are long rides along the winding Clyde River in that area. The history and beauty of Lanark is something Americans seem to have discovered. When our bus arrived at the Glenayr Kitten Mills in the centre of town, an American tour bus was already there. Mill personnel said hardly a day goes by that one or more busloads of Americans don’t arrive for that tour. The setting is old. The cornerstone of the mill building says 1860. Inside the equipment is modern and baffling.
The tug-of-war over the ministry of natural resources building turned into a verbal boxing match at an all-candidates meeting here Thursday, but the 125 voters who turned out to the Shaky Maple restaurant seemed more content to watch than participate. Round one began when Liberal Ray Matthey said the proposed move of the ministry’s offices from Lanark Village to Carleton Place will result in a loss of part-time work for about 60 local farmers and about $25,000 in revenue to local merchants.
Throughout the meeting, both he and NDP candidate Cliff Bennett accused Tory MLA Doug Wiseman of bowing to the Davis government and turning a deaf ear to his constituents. “Why does he ignore the people’s wishes and cram statistics down our throats all the time?” Bennett asked. Wiseman, exasperated by the lack of time to explain the situation properly, said he had to fight to keep the building in Lanark and has been “working like the devil” to convince the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority to take over the vacant quarters.
The MCVA’s 11 full-time employees and 40 summer students “will probably bring more money to the merchants of Lanark” than the ministry’s 23 full-time workers, he said. Wiseman said his opponents “forget there’s a caucus and a leader. You can’t have 40 members going in different directions.” Nuclear energy, government assistance to the Children’s Aid Society and Interval House, doctors opting out of OH IP and provincial sales tax were also raised briefly.
On the question of job prospects in Lanark, Wiseman defended his government’s economic performance, pointing to 89 loans worth more than $15 million to industries and tourism, and 3,600 new jobs over a five-year period. He told how Lanark has benefited under his 10-year reign, citing $2.1 -million worth of improvements to Calabogie Road and grants to farmers and industries as examples. Bennett reiterated his party’s made-in-Onta-rio economic strategy, while Matthey said he would bring representatives of several municipalities together to build a community industrial park to provide better roads, communication and facilities. Matthey said tourism in the riding is being developed at the expense of agriculture, and promised to stop foreigners from buying farms and leaving them fallow.
Nice Shirley, I hear the food was really good and very friendly atmosphere!
In the early 20’s my husband was ill. Friends used to take me for a Sunday drive for a change of scenery. We would stop at Perry’s for a snack. Without fail, Perry would cook up a big order of fried mushrooms and send them home to my husband. This was his favourite treat when he was able to drop in when he was well. My husband died in 2011 and this is still a fond memory of Perry’s kindness
Hello Linda I was wondering what you could tell me about the Rothwell sawmill in Lanark
So I began to dig and this is what I found….. andif you have any memories please comment or email/
FRANK PERRIN— President ef Rothweli-Perrin Lumber Co ltd was co-founder and served as vice-president and general manager until 1957 when he became president purchased by 0 E Rathwell of Lanark and Frank Perrin of Portland and the new name established. Mr Perrin had previously served as general manager for the former company The assets of the firm consisted af a small work shop saw mill.
RAYMOND GAMBLE-Vice-president joined the staff in 1951 and has served in various capacities was elected vice-president in 1957 and appointed general manager recently a small office building and a fleet of two trucks. In 1949 the building storage apace was in creased and sash and door manufacturing plant put into operation. By this time the staff had increased to a total of fifteen From 1948 to 1958 the firm has enjoyed a steady growth.
ELDON GUTHRIE – Assistant general manager with responsibilities being sales in the show room and the territories and purchasing of building supplies every year with additional trucks and cars have been added to the fleet. At the present time the Arm operates twelve delivery trucks ranging from half-tons to tractor tandem trailers and five passenger cars. Two lift trucks have been added to the equipment in the yard for fast handling of lumber. In 1955 the firm opened a branch yard and office in Kingston and entered the prefabrication and by commencing construction of precision built quality homes.
This department has grown, until today it forms better than fifty per cent of the total volume of the company’s business. In order to consolidate assets of the firm and to create greater control. The yard and office in Kingston were sold in 1936. The addition of the dry kiln to our equipment enabled them to supply steam heat to all the buildings. The yard In the same year the site of the mill and sash factory were doubled to accommodate the precision built quality home operations.
In 1957 a new shaving baler built and installed enabled FRANK WOODS sales representative in the Kingston area to turn another byproduct of planing mill into saleable merchandise. The showroom was tripled’ in size and modernized to become one of the finest in Eastern Ontario. There has been an increase instaff from four to sixty-eight The number of trucks increased from two to fourteen including thre tractor trailers and the output of lumber from a very modest beginning in 1948 to over six million board feet in 1957. The growth of the firm has added several new homes to the community in the last ten years.
The Mazinaw-Lanark Sustainable Forest License (Number 542621) was signed on October 30, 2002 by Mazinaw-Lanark Forest Inc. of Cloyne Ontario. It was amended May 22, 2003. The SFL is intended to provide timber to the following existing forest resource processing facilities of the shareholders or associated with the shareholders of the Mazinaw-Lanark Forest Inc: Chapter Three 49 Domtar Inc. located at Cornwall Norampac Inc. located at Trenton Lavern Heideman & Sons Limited located at Eganville Dament & Charles Lumber Mfg. Ltd. and Herb. Shaw and Sons Limited located at Pembroke George Stein Limited located at Palmer Rapids Gulick Forest Products Ltd. located at Palmer Rapids O.E. Rothwell Lumber Co. Ltd. located at Lanark and M.J. Umpherson Lumber Co. Ltd. Located at Lanark
Sale of Rothwell Logging Mill Building & Equipment b) Bidders are instructed to include an up to date WSIB certificate and an insurance certificate for general liability in the amount of $5,000,000 adding the Township as an additional insured. c) Bids must be addressed to Chelsea Dawes, Manager of Facilities/Community Affairs The Township of Lanark Highlands, 75 George St. Lanark, Ontario K0G 1X0, and must be received by the Township no later than the Closing Date and Closing Time of: 10:00 am (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) On February 14th, 2020
Perhaps had we as residents done a better job of supporting our local business, Drysdales, D&B Shoe Store, Home Hardware, The Kitten Mills, OE Rothwell, Playfair Woodproducts and many others the town would be in better shape. I was guilty of “price” shopping outside of my community as many others were as well. If we want to rebuild Lanark we have to show we will support it. I buy all I can in the village and going forward will continue too. A hard lesson that almost killed a town of great people but Lanark and its residents are the toughest I’ve ever met and I believe it will eventually bounce back.
Well now I can remember the woolen mill and George Young’s furniture store with caskets in the back room. 1960s.
Employees who worked for OE Rothwell
The Perth Courier Obituary 1985, Wednesday April 10 Ivan Lawrence Closs
The village of Lanark and surrounding area was shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Mr. Ivan Closs at the Great War Memorial Hospital, Perth. Mr. Closs has been hospitalized for two weeks following a heart attack. He was making excellent progress towards recovery when a second massive coronary claimed his life on Sunday, November 11, 1984. Born in Lavant Township, March 15, 1927, Ivan Lawrence Closs was a son of the late Benjamin Closs and his late wife, the former Jenny Napier. He received his early education at Flower Station. On October 17, 1951, he married to Barbara M. Closs of Lavant Township, who survives with one son, Leslie J. Closs, daughter-in-law Rose and one grandson, John B. Closs, of Kingston. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Emma James of Perth and Mrs. Lyla Garrett of Clyde Forks. He was predeceased by one brother, John L. Closs of Flower Station. The late Mr. Closs was employed for 23 years by the Canadian Pacific Railway During this period he worked at Arden. Flower Station, Renfrew and Havelock. After leaving C.P.R. he returned to Lanark and worked for the O. E. Rothwell Lumber Company, Central Wire and Cable, Perth, Canadian International Paper Company, Smiths Falls and for past seven years with the Ministry of Natural Resources. He was a member of St. Andrew’s United Church Lanark. He also belonged to Evergreen Masonic Lodge, No. 209, Lanark, and to the Order of the Eastern Star, Royal Tay, No. 193, Perth and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 244 Perth. An Eastern Star Service was held on Monday evening, November 12, 1984 which was largely attended. The funeral was held on Tuesday, November 13, 1984, at the Young Funeral Home, Lanark. The service was conducted by Rev James M. Whyte of Central Lanark Charge, with interment in Hopetown Cemetery. Pallbearers were six nephews. Gordon Closs, Clarence (Buddy) Closs, Winston Wayne and Thomas James and Ron Garrett. Flower-bearers were nieces and nephews of the deceased. The many floral arrangements, contributions to charitable organizations and the large number of people who called at the Funeral Home to pay their respect were testimony to the esteem in which Ivan was held in the community.