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Lloyd Hughes Carleton Place Grocer

Lloyd Hughes Carleton Place Grocer


 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Dec 1980, Mon  •  Page 3


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Photos-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



127-131 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1870

The first storey storefronts of this building have been modified from the original glass windows for easier viewing of merchandise–hence the different colours of brick. 127-131 Bridge Street has housed a number of different businesses including pharmacies, clothing stores, grocery stores, and poolrooms.

The Hughes family bought the pharmacy from Dr. Preston in 1905.

W. J. Hughes Rexall Drug store was located on the corner and Thomas Lloyd Hughes born in 1897 along with his brother Harold until they each decided to run a smaller store at the opposite  ends of town. Lloy’s store was on Moffatt Street and Harold on Lake Ave West. For 50 years they were in groceries together and then the store was sold to Thomas’s nephew and for 12 years Thomas drove a butcher wagon. There was a dark room at the rear of the store where Mr. Hughes tested your eyes for glasses. You could buy a roll of film #116 for a Brownie Box camera for 25 cents and for $1.25 he would send it away to be developed.

The folks in Carleton Place will always remember the Rexall Drug annual 1 cent sale and every local household stocked up on cough medicine, cough drops, peroxide and all sorts of liniment. Some of the clerks that worked there were: Olive Dick, Ruby Voyce, and John Briscoe and Wilbert Robertson.

Harvey Asselstine attended the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1929. In 1944, he
returned to Carleton Place and bought the drugstore at the corner of Bridge and
Franklin, from W.J. Hughes who operated it for 38 years. Betty Findlay and Mary Cook both worked at Assestine’s Pharmacy.  In the rear of Asselstine’s drug store the CPR Telegraph operated during the 1950s. Asselstine expanded his drug store and bought out Hughes Grocery. In 2006 the Athen’s Corners Restaurant  was located there.

Taber and McCrae operated a Men’s and Boy’s clothing store within Struther’s Block, which later became a pool hall  (next door) operated by Mel Barclay. Charlie Giroux, who only had one arm took over the pool hall then Ab Dowseth from Smiths Falls operated it for a short time but when McCann and Porter gained ownership they moved the pool hall to the old Bank of Commerce.

Jeremy Stinson— That corner was, for much of my childhood, the home of the Blossom Shop. Back before the one way street.




So Where Was that Sign? MacGregor’s Body Shop — Hughes Grocery — Asselstine and Shwerdtfeger’s

Carleton Place Business–Lloyd Hughes List

Carleton Place Business–Lloyd Hughes List

Carleton Place Business–Lloyd Hughes List




So we are going to begin Volume 9 on Bridge Street tomorrow night, but I want to also record online what Lloyd Hughes did in the 80s– and keep updating to it block by block as we finish one— in a separate blog. This copy was at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Business places of the early 1900s by Lloyd Hughes


Moore Street and Franktown Road (side 1)

Dunfield’s Hotel

Lees Hotel

Wilson’s Grocery

Sneddon’s Hotel

Finn Service Station Gas

Mike Moldowan Grocery also Elliot Honey & Bees

Fred Stanzel White Duck Inn- later Wava’s Inn


Moore Street and Franktown Road (side 2)

Charles Burgess Feed Store (near IDA)

C.P.R. Freight Shed and Railway Gate Shanty where the men stayed while  they opened and closed the gate as trains went by.

Carleton Place Dairy

Dr. Howard Building

Harry Coolidge Grocery

C.P.R. Stations and shops

McNeely Head Stone Works




Bridge and Lake Ave Corner (at traffic lights) (side 1)

Nichols’ Planing Mill

Mrs. Moore’s Grocery Store

Mrs. Munroe’s grocery (Golden Eagle Gas)


Bridge and Lake Ave Corner (at traffic lights) (side 2)

Leech Public School (Landsdowne)

Lorne Campbell Gas Station (old Tim Horton’s)


Bridge to Albert Street Corner (side 1)

Mississippi Hotel (McIlquam’s)

McIlquam’s Horse Livery

West Wilson Meat

Mrs. H. Bond Variety– Also Mrs. Beach Variety

H. Bond Barber

Bowland & Sutherland

Thomas Stevens Grocery

Frank McNeely Meat

Chinese Restaurant- later Mac Williams Drugs

Harry Schwerdtfeger Tobacco Shop

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Leslie’s/ Matthews Funeral Director

Leslie’s China Shop- Later Powell Grocers

John Frazer residence

Johnson’s Nickle Theatre

City Grocery

Masonic Hall

Singleton’s Tin Shop-Also Rubino and George Weir Fruit


Bridge to Albert Street (side 2)


W. Hooper Residence

Salvation Army Hall

Phillip Levine Hardware- Also David Thompson painter

Samuel Wilson Furniture

White’s Tinsmith Shop

Don Cameron Butcher

Daddy Morgan’s Music Store

Swan Bakery

Central Public School


Bridge to Franklin Street Corner (side 1)

Misses Sallie and Sarah Hickson Variety Stores–Frank McDiamird Men’s and Boys Clothes– Dominion Stores

Carrie Dolan Millinery and Clothing

George Moore Drugs- later Bill Pattie, Harold Wilson and Simpsons Sears

H. Abdallah Variety Store

Deachman &Weir Grocery later C.W. Moore

W. Shaw Men’s Tailor

Thomas McCaffrey Barber

Jas. Laskaris Restaurant

Royal Bank (Old Union Bank)

Bank of Ottawa , not Bank of Nova Scotia

Post Office

Canadian Tire Store

Herald Newspaper

Orange Hall

Jenkins  Ice Cream Parlour-later Ferguson Smyth Harness

Dr. James Home & Office


Bridge to Elgin/ Emily Street Corner (side 2)

Darou’s Bakery

Johnny McGregor Liquor Inspector

Dr. Preston M. D.

Mrs. Rogers Boarding House next to Fannie Coleman residence

Angus McFarlane Horse Dealer,also West’s Shoe repair,W. Stanzel & Bros.

Long row of Billboards

H. Dowdall Barber

Kelly’s Chinese Laundry

Frank Robertson and Charles Cavers Paint Shop

Dr. McDonald Dentist

Lewis & Frizell Grocery

Calvin’s Men’s wear Tailors later Howard Johnson

Albert Lowe’s Horse Livery-McGregor’s Car Garage


Bridge to Allan Street Corner (side 1)

Ar. Peden Soft Drinks also Town Clerk

Queen’s Hotel- bus that met all trains for a free ride to the hotel

Barber Shop- Fred Hughes and William Doyle

Robert White Taxi

Robert Matthie Barber

Lloyd Tetlock Plumbing and Tinsmithing

McDonald tea- only sold tea

B.Y. Williams Meat

Murray O’Dell Appliance Shop

Nat. McAllister Repairs Bicycles etc

Carleton Place Canadian -later Leo McDiarmid’s Sports Store


Bridge to Mill Street Corner (side 2)

W.J. Hughes Druggist

Taber & McRae Boys and Mens Clothes-Later a Pool Room M. Barkley

Also Hughes Grocery

Stedmans Variety Store

T. McGuire Harness- J. Craig Jeweller

Percy Hardy Music & Photo Shop- Later T. Eaton Co.

Stanzel Shoe Store

Ed. Keyes Confectionery

W.W. Taber Clothing & Dry Goods Store

Wm. Muirhead Hardware later George Eades Hardware

T. Steele Shoe Store also W. Phillps Men’s Clothing also J. Dolan Tailor

Tucker’s Jeweller alos J. Dolan Tailor

George Allan Shoes

Dr. McIntosh also Drug store

Dr. McEwen Sr. also Drug store

partial list more to come..











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 and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)




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

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 3- St. Andrew’s to Central School


Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to Rubino’s/Giant Tiger

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 5-The Little White House to the Roxy

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 6-The Eating Place to the Post Office

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 7 –Scotia Bank to the New York Cafe

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to–

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 9–Flint’s to the Blue Spot




The Lost Carleton Place Businesses — Where Bridge Street Has No Names


Chances are if you have walked down Bridge Street to the bridge, you will notice that there is a parking lot there. What was there before? There are a great many debates among those who remember, and those who do not. The Okilman fire destroyed a building and some just disappeared like Elgin Street in Carleton Place.


Lloyd Hughes wrote a detailed list of the businesses on Bridge Street that is at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. It can be viewed if you call the Museum and make an appointment. Lloyd was almost 100 when he wrote it in 1982, and it is because of him we now have verification of the floating bridge in Carleton Place.



Joann Voyce commented on one of the blog about The Queen’s Hotel roof blowing off.
“If you look to the right in this photo you can see Okilman’s Store right beside Patterson’s Store.”

The original architecture now stops after the McPherson house.


So here is a list of businesses that once filled up the empty space where the Moore House sits now— right down to the corner of Allan Street.(Queen’s Hotel)


Bridge Street from Patterson’s to Allan Street

Patterson’s & Sons Funeral Directors & Furniture

Johnson’s Theatre- 5 cents admission

Okilman’s second store (first one was on the corner of Bridge and High Street)

McPherson’s residence

Dr. Winter’s Dentist

Mr. Golden Jeweler (John Bennett Electric Shop)

Stanzel’s Millinery Shop

Morbic Dry Goods

Dr. MEwen Jr. MD

H. McNeely Barber-also William Menzie, Ross McFarlane

Woodcock’s Bakery. Mr. White sold bread and cookies.

Comment:Kevin Kennedy said: No one mentioned Moscovitches Clothing Store next to McNeelys Barber Shop– it was there in the 60s and 70s maybe the 80s

Files from the Carleton Place Canadian and photos.. all from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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