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Documenting Frank Lancaster — Painter — Carleton Place

Documenting Frank Lancaster — Painter — Carleton Place
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Jul 1939, Sat • Page 10

Carol Kwissa

Frank Lancaster was my grandfather all the others except for the Marshalls were my uncles from my father’s (Stan Lancaster) side .My grandfather and uncle Doug were well known local painters .

He painted Findlay, Bates,etc. and St James Church.

We lived right beside my Uncle Doug and my grandparents my grandmother taught me to bake and acceptable table manners lol.

one of the High Street Homes in Carleton Place

She told me about the accident often to explain why my grandfather had a little limp and why his leg hurt when the weather was bad. My grandfather also painted beautiful murals on the walls of “the rich people on High Street” …his words. I did see some of them they were beautiful to me as a child.

Carol Kwissa

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
23 Feb 1955, Wed  •  Page 20

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Mar 1946, Tue  •  Page 5

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
14 Nov 1944, Tue  •  Page 18

So Who Painted Those Wall Murals at our Carleton Place Hotels?

The Mystery Murals of The Queen’s and Mississippi Hotel

The Wall Mysteries of Lake Ave East -Residential Artists

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  03 May 1898, Tue,  Page 7
In 1916, Whitcher sold the land to a James Steele and in 1920 Steele sold the land to Bates and Innes. The year 1922 was the year that Bates and Innes sold the land to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army may have been located at 12 Bridge Street since 1907 and rented the building and in 1922 bought it.
The Salvation Army in Carleton Place dates 65 years from 1907-1972. The doorswere closed due to lack of attendance. In 1958, the Citadel was rebuilt because a fire damaged the previous building on this site.
This site was the home of the Salvation Army for 50 years until 1972 when Aldot Ltd. purchased the land. There is a judgment on the books in 1983 and then the Victoria and Grey Trust Co. assumed ownership and sold the property to Dianne Orr.  In 1985 a Milford assumed ownership until 1990 when Milford transferred ownership to Ontario 656731. In 1991, Ontario 656731 leased the property and building to Pizza Pizza and it has been Pizza Pizza at this location to the present day until the company moved out in 2017 into a new location on Highway 7 and McNeely Ave.

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Margaret Rosalind Whitcher — William Henry Witcher Paint Business Owner

The Writing Could be Under Your Wallpaper

The Writing Could be Under Your Wallpaper


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Mary Jane Lancaster sent this photo that hangs at the top of her stairwell. Her father told her back in the day that her Grandpa would insist that wallpaper was signed each time it was put up in the hardest place to reach in hopes of preserving history

In the 19th century wallpaper is mass-produced and technology ceases to be a topic of interest. The number of materials used is steadily growing with the advance of technology. Wallpaper becomes widely accessible for everyone. In the Czech Republic the wallpaper boom started in the 70’s and 80’s. Wallpaper was made from a thin paper and pasted directly onto the concrete walls. Whoever tried to remove them won’t ever forget the endless and hopeless scratching.

In England the wallpaper was so popular that in 1712 the wallpaper tax was introduced, like on other luxury items and the import was banned. The clerks would start to mark each sheet with a protection tag before pasting, adding another one after applying directly at the customer’s homes. People tried to evade this regulation and save the money, so they had the wallpaper painted at their houses before pasting and they would also falsify the tags. The situation escalated so that in 1806 the protection mark counterfeit was punished by the death penalty!



J G VOYCE  (wallpaper hanger) MARCH 29 1917–“A GREAT FALL OF SNOW THAT NIGHT”–Photo from Mary Jane Lancaster —

Llew Lloyd--Before the war and for a short time after my Father was a foreman in the moulding shop at Findlay’s Foundry . During this time and the depression he also worked part time for Jack Voyce . The 1948 signature at 249 Lake East would have been written after he started his own business, L.W. Lloyd Painting and Decorating . He was still hanging paper for people in the early 80s- The Wall Mysteries of Lake Ave East -Residential Artists

My father hung a lot of wallpaper in this town and the yardstick was one of the essential tools of the trade . Much like fabric , wallpaper came in rolls and there were so many yards in a roll . The estimate was done in yards. Once the job started the wallpaper was rolled out on the pasting board and the measuring and cutting of the individual strips was done with the yardstick . 



Picture of: J G Voyce painter and paper hanger of Carleton Place— Date is April 17/1916- grandfather of Joann Voyce- photo courtesy of Joann Voyce



The owners found  his autograph after they stripped down some layers of wallpaper at 249 Lake Ave East . There was also a signature  of  Mr. Voyce  from 1916 under 4 layers of wallpaper.




Jacob Bond was born February 18, 1837 and died May 1873 from accidental poisoning on Bridge Street. Irma Willoughby’s husband was related to the Bonds and she was working on the Bond Family tree and was able to fill in some of the blanks. She said the accidental poisoning was because of the glue in the wallpaper that was highly toxic in small-enclosed areas. It is unclear why Joseph died in July 1874.


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W.J. Muirhead’s Hardware store also sold wallpaper and paint on Bridge Street and Peter Dunlop was an employee and Ken Muirhead worked for his father before moving on to the RCMP

What do we know about Edith Knowlton from Carleton Place?-One wall of her store had happy face wallpaper–Looking for Memories of Edith Knowlton

The front half of the store was rented and occupied by a decorative painter and wall paperer Charles Whitcher. (see Pizza Pizza building) In 1901, the building was sold and rented to The McAllister Brothers Paint Company, who specialized in house painting. It evolved into theThompson Paint and Wallpaper shop, and the Thompsons who lived on Sarah Street were the parents of Dave Thompson who operated the first Imperial Oil  Service Station in town.–Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose


 - particular time period. Many wallpaper hangers...

Clipped from The News,  13 May 1977, Fri,  Page 14




Lancaster Family Genealogy




Mary Jane Lancaster said:  Kel’s Friend did the Lancaster genealogy from my Dad’s grandparents to us. We had a family reunion in July last year! The books are available for purchase.


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The door to my basement has my grandfather’s finger prints all over it.
Back in the day he was hired to make pine look like oak and mahogany.
My father had all of my grandpa’s combs for refinishing but they have been lost along the way when my father died 20 years ago. Dad was the postmaster in Almonte.

More about Lancaster Genealogy-Old Photos are Worth a Thousand Words– McDonald- Lancaster

Names Names Names of St. James Carleton Place Genealogy


This is J.G. Lancaster’s Grocery Store in 1947 – now the Eating Place in Carleton Place on Bridge Street.


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 Wall Mysteries of Lake Ave East -Residential Artists

Is Facebook now a Replacement for Public Walls?

Investigating the Basement of the Carleton Place Canadian – If These Walls Could Talk

Old Photos are Worth a Thousand Words– McDonald- Lancaster

Did You Know Who was Cooking in Back of Lancaster’s Grocery Store? Dr. Howard I Presume! – Part 3

The Mystery Murals of The Queen’s and Mississippi Hotel

So Who Painted Those Wall Murals at our Carleton Place Hotels?

Thimbles in Their Nose?

Thimbles in Their Nose?



Cornwall Community Museum – WordPress.com

It seems that the thing to do in the late 1800s was to swallow a thimble. I counted at least 34 news items about swallowing a thimble. Here is a local story.

Almonte Gazette–May 7 1897

*Dr. Birkett, of Montreal, has succeeded in removing a large tailor’s thimble from the nose of Miss Annie McDonell, a teacher in the Lancaster. Miss McDonell swallowed the thimble when she was a little child, eighteen years ago in public school. Evidently it remained lodged in the passage between the nose and the throat where it was found. It caused her , considerable throat trouble for same time past. Surgeons say the case is almost without a parallel. The surgery was done by Dr. Birkett in Cornwall.

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The Indiana Progress05 Feb 1874, ThuPage 6



The Daily News19 Nov 1906, MonPage 1



The dawn of the Victorian era marked the start of thimble collecting. Roads had improved and people began to tour. The Great Exhibition, a kind of world’s fair, was held in Hyde Park, London and attracted large crowds. A commemorative thimble was issued to mark the event. The concept of commemorative thimbles caught on with collectors. It was also at this time that advertising thimbles became popular.

In Victorian times, a silver thimble was regarded as a highly appropriate gift especially for a man to give a woman. Victoria women carried a chain-like device called a chatelaine, to which sewing items such as small scissors and a needle case could be attached. Thimbles were enclosed in a decorative thimble case that could be attached to this device as well. Sometimes the couple would remove the cap from a thimble so it could be used as a ring.

We are all aware that sewing is the primary use of the thimble. But did you know that a slightly larger thimble, usually two ounces, was used to measure spirits? And did you know that 19th century prostitutes used them to tap on their clients’ windows and Victorian schoolmistresses used them to knock recalcitrant students on the head?



*Did you know that Dr. Birkett began the Department of Otolaryngologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital and had no assistant for the first two years but W. H. Jamieson was appointed clinical assistant in 1900 1864-1932 he graduated in honours at the age of 22 from McGill University with Golden Honours


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 11 Apr 1936, Sat,
  3. Page 2



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A Story of Sewing Past

Were You the King of King’s Castle in Carleton Place? Linda’s Mailbag

How to Make a Vintage Apron- Aitkenhead Photo Collection

Singer Sewing Machines and Scandals

One Village? One Sewing Needle!


Old Photos are Worth a Thousand Words– McDonald- Lancaster


Family pictures, no matter who or what they are can give us an insight to the past. The backgrounds of photos especially give us a great glimpse to once was. Photographic images serve as powerful records of people, events, and places. They evoke ideas or emotions in ways that words alone cannot.

The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum is always looking for photos for their archives to help keep the past of Carleton Place alive.

Lanark Archives  looks for information to research family roots and to learn more about where their ancestors lived. Local historians and genealogists, families, church groups and school children use the Archives.

Every picture tells a story


The following is a few pictures from the gallery of old photographs of the McDonald family.

Every research project has a starting point, and in this case, that point begins with Alfred McDonald and his wife Esther Lancaster. On their website, you’ll learn more about their story and other related branches of the family.


If you are looking for other family history documents or information, please visit The McDonalds website.


John Joseph Lancaster (center) – Carleton Place – 1914

162453444.LSVBRpuNJohn Joseph Lancaster with Graham Lusher – in Carleton Place – undated





 John Lancaster in Carleton Place in 1918 – father of Esther Lancaster (McDonald)