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The Bear in the Middle of Clayton November 1944

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The Bear in the Middle of Clayton November 1944

In the old days a farmer was liable to find his wagon sitting astride the roof of his barn when the sun came up the morning after Halloween. This entailed more work than the boys would have cared to do in a legitimate cause. Many a young man who shined at hoeing potatoes didn’t mind doing a lot of heavy work in the interests of hilarity. The mysterious occasion—Halloween—passed off quietly in Almonte. The weather was good and the children indulged in the modern pastime of calling on their neighbors looking for treats. Owing to wartime conditions they did not fare so well this time. It was difficult for people to get candies and the old standby—peanuts —were out of the question. 

Those who were fortunate had a store of apples on hand but they were expensive this year and it was impossible for most people to hand them out with the old time prodigality. So far as is known the town was free from the old time tricks—tricks of a destructive nature. In years gone by it was the practice for the town constable to swear in a number of deputies to keep down rowdyism. Nothing like that was necessary on that Saturday night. Chief Wm. Peacock had no trouble coping with the situation because, as it turned out, there was no situation to cope with. The Clayton Bear in Clayton however was one funny incident that people there were still chuckling over. 

A well known practical joker of the village decided he would give the children a scare. In town they were going around visiting the various houses. This young man got under a buffalo robe and walked on all fours down the Road accosting the crowd of youngsters. He growled like a bear and hoped in the darkness he would be mistaken for the real McCoy. The boys and girls listened to the ferocious grunts emanating from under the buffalo robe and then they got wise. 

Arming themselves with sticks and stones they chased the bear off the road helping him along by applying kicks to that part of the robe under which they surmised a certain part of his anatomy showed. The growls of the bear changed to genuine howls of pain as the robe and its contents sought safety in flight. It is said one of the sad experiences of the bear was that his forepaws passed over a spot where cows had recently mooched along in their homeward journey with consequences that can better be imagined than described. 

And that wasn’t all. A vicious dog decided to take a hand in the game. That was the last straw so far as Bruin was concerned. He suddenly emerged from under the robe and the last seen of him he was going over a fence with more speed than any bear ever could display. 

Taking it generally the war had its effect on the observance of Halloween this year. There were fewer entertainments on that night than of yore and in the towns the absence of young people in the armed forces and in positions -which made it necessary for them to Jive, in the city was painfully apparent. 

Photos from

Rose Mary Sarsfield

 There are still a few copies of my book available for those who haven’t gotten a copy yet, or as a Christmas gift to someone with ties to Clayton. They are available at the Clayton Store, the Mill Street Books or from me. rose@sarsfield.ca

Down on Main Street– 1911-Photos- For the Discriminating and the Particular — Simpson Books

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Down on Main Street– 1911-Photos- For the Discriminating and the Particular — Simpson Books

Thanks to Ed and Shirley Simpson I am slowly going though boxes of books from the late Ed Simpson to document and after will be donated to a proper spot-Ed and Shirley’s Simpson –Historic Books — the List

Brantwood Place Sibbitt produced the now-famous brochure.Approximately 10 by 7 inches with 4 colours, the elaborate document contained numerous graphics, photographs and marketing text that bordered on hyperbole. The actual date of publication is not clear. The brochure has several references to 1911 as well as the proposed “high level” bridge over the canal at Bank St. There is also a mention of the proposed bridge from Mutchmor (Fifth Ave.) to Clegg St. – an active topic in 1912. There is no mention of Pretoria Bridge that was to be approved in 1914. So with a wee bit of inductive thinking, a good guess for the date of publication is circa 1912-13-Facts from history of Ottawa East

Annexation of many suburbs in 1907 rekindled an interest in the residential development of Ottawa East. As part of Mayor Ellis’ vision of a “Greater Ottawa”, the agricultural land between Main, Clegg and the Rideau River was now viewed by developers as having future potential.

The success of the concept was based entirely on the idea that “upscale” homebuyers would be attracted to the lots by aggressive marketing and the promise of future amenities such as a streetcar line. That was a tall order given the near isolation of Ottawa East at the time. While the swing bridge across the canal (just north of present-day Pretoria Bridge) did provide a connection to the city, it could not support the electric trolley from Elgin St. As well, questions about adequate water, sewer and electrical services had to be answered. One can only speculate how the problem of the annual spring flood was addressed.

In March of 1911, Robert A. Sibbitt and Nepean Realty Ltd. purchased the majority of the land in Concession D, Lot I (Rideau Front) for $94,000. Sibbitt’s plan was to create a huge residential subdivision and market the lots as “a residential section for the discriminating and a boulevard homesite for the particular”. He named the neighbourhood “Brantwood Place”.–Facts from history of Ottawa East

What began as a marketing ploy to establish the exclusivity of a neighbourhood later became a revered Ottawa East landmark. The Brantwood Place Stone Gates, built about 1912, became a focal point of community spirit and then ultimately, a war memorial. CLICK here for more info

Moving Doorways– How Houses Change — Springside Hall Then and Now — Finlayson Series

We will build Brick Houses in Rideau Heights For $900 to $1200!

Smiths Falls Woman Built House With Her Own Hands — McNeil

Documenting Houses -Almonte — Marshall Street

War Time Homes Carleton Place 1946

Memories of Larry Clark’s Photos- Bonds Horricks and Tombstones

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Memories of Larry Clark’s Photos- Bonds Horricks and Tombstones
Bridge Street Carleton Place Salvation Army where Restroom sign is on left- Mississippi Hotel/ The Grand Hotel on right. Canadian Tire ( now Gas Bar on left) You see the building on the left next to the Moose that is now the parking lot. Joie Bonds on the right with the Export sign 1963

1962.. Photo Larry Clark— Memories? Mrs. Bond’s store next to the Mississippi was another great place to visit. Can’t really remember what would have attracted me there, other than the store was packed almost to the ceiling along the walls, and the displays were overflowing with goods. Mostly items of interest to the female population but I’m thinking she may also have sold “candy”?

Of course my memory is not perfect, so there is bound to be confusion regarding the goods being sold.

Larry Clark

Joie Bond’s store on the right

Linda HallahanVisited there often for a chat and to find cut out paper dolls as little girl.

Ted HurdisFirecrackers

Ted Hurdis Some very famous people signed that little record book Mrs. Bond kept for fireworks. People these days wouldn’t believe Elvis Presley, Don Knots and many other celebrities shopped downtown Carleton Place😎

Alison BondI had heard once that she lived on Lake ave. Can anyone confirm this?

Danielle NeilAlison Bond I believe she lived above the store.

Janet KerryLoved going there. Also this is okd as looks like there was still parking on both sides of the street.

Pat HortonUse to go there to buy hair ribbons

Donna Lowe WardShe sold everything. You just had to find It! 😂🤣

John EdwardsShe and her brother, Bunny, (of canoe club fame) maintained a patch of grass and perimeter garden beside the building now paved over.When we shopped for firecrackers 🧨, I thought the immense amount of dry goods piled up everywhere combined with incendiary devices was not a good idea..

Julia Waugh GuthrieIt was always a treat when we got to go there and rummage through for a treasure. 😁

Roger RattrayMrs. Bond had a great assortment of 💥 Fireworks.

Kevin LevesqueYup. Firecrackers. We had to sign a page for tracking the purchase. I was Superman that day.

John LaroseLady finger fire crackers by the hand full

Ray PaquetteMs. Bond also had a great inventory of school supplies and as it was on the way to Central School for many of us, it was a go to store for those “forgotten” items…

Danielle NeilMrs. Melba Barker used to send Janet Barker and me there to get thread, needles, and other small items. Joey was a hoarder but she only took moments to locate anything you needed!

Karen RobinsonShe had good comic books. Bought mine there.

Susan McCuan-HarronWent there to get a quill for a pioneer project for school.

Ruth SawdonRemember the steel bar across the bottom of the window and getting my tongue stuck to it in the winter….. still feel the pain.

Bill Horricks Texaco

Bill LemayEarl horricks Texaco to the left

Bill RussellBill Lemay I remember Horricks had the Esso across from the bank. The Texaco I remember Rupert St. Jean as the proprietor. Ron Armour had the Gulf station on the other corner.

Bill LemayBill Russell earl had the Texaco then the esso Morley black took over the Texaco

Bill RussellGas at 39.9 cents/Gal. or 10.54 cents/Litre.

Peter JoannouBill Russell It’s actually worse than that. You used a US gallon in that conversion (3.78l) instead of the Imperial gallon (4.54l) which was sold here. So it was actually 8.79 cents/litre. Now THAT’s inflation!

The tombstone in the Basement— read–When Wallpaper Killed You — Walls of Death

Dave HickI bought the building in 98 and found a tombstone in the basement-His name was Jacob Bond died in 1873

Danielle NeilDave Hick was it engraved?There was a coroner or funeral services business just a few buildings up the street over Stewart’s (?) furniture store.

Dave HickDanielle Neil the gravestone was broken in the 50s and taken to the store to be repaired where it got forgotten, gave the stone to Jake Gallipeau who looked after the Anglican cemetery where it was repaired and reinstatedJacob died from inhaling toxic wallpaper paste and was buried with his infant son-inda Seccaspina there is a photo in the Canadian by Jeff McGuire in 2000 I think and a story that he and I researched at the time

Ray PaquetteDanielle Neil The name of the Funeral Director was Fulford, and he was the predecessor of Alan R. Barker. I was a boyhood chum of Billy Fulton whose Dad worked in the business…

Related Reading

Memories of Mulvey’s Candy Store and Joie Bond — Larry Clark

The True Carleton Place Story of Joie Bond- by Jennifer Hamilton

The Name is Bond—-Joie Bond

Bond — George and James Bond

The Bond Family– Genealogy

Bond Tosh Genealogy- David Tosh

Mr. Young and Mr. Bond- Almonte History 1870s

When The Carleton Place Citizen’s Band Came Marching in to Lanark

Old Almonte Photo Collection — In Back of the D. W. Snedden Drugstore 1953

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Old Almonte Photo Collection — In Back of the D. W. Snedden Drugstore 1953
Snedden family almonte.com

April 1953 Almonte Gazette

While going through a box full of old photograph plates in the stockroom at the rear of D. W. Snedden’s drug store, Mr. Kenneth Johnson, who is an ardent amateur photographer, unearthed a treasure trove. Apparently the late M. R. MacFarlane, or one of his staff, followed the same hobby as Mr. Johnson. Those were the days of large cameras with glass plates almost as big as a school slate. And they made good pictures, too, as can be seen by the samples Mr. Johnson developed and which are now on display in Mr. Snedden’s drug store window. 

A reproduction of one of them appears on the top section of this page. The scenes developed from the old plates recall memories for the elder generation of this town and would be appreciated by out-of town readers of the Gazette who are no longer in the junior age group. 

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We see among them a picture of the late Dr. Hanley sitting in his buggy in front of M. R. MacFarlane’s residence on Church Street. He wears a hard-shell hat and the horse looks tired, like most doctors’ horses did in those days. 

Two Children In Front Of Red Mill almonte.com

There are pictures of Dr, Oliver MacFarlane and Jack Taylor in the knee-length pants worn by children of that period; groups of women in long skirts and big hats of their time, few of them who can be identified; splendid scenes of the old stone bridge on Main Street, the churches of the town, the town hall, the Almonte Flour Mills with the railway bridge then supported by stone piers the old steel bridge with the arches, later to be replaced by the present one; up and down views of Elgin, Church and Country Streets, and, as the auction sale bills say, many others too numerous to mention. 

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One of the priceless pictures shows Mr. Porritt’s ancient automobile with young MacFarlane standing on the front seat. It is said to be the first horseless carriage to arrive in Almonte, and what it did to the horses can better be imagined than described. Maybe we’ll get around to printing a picture of it one of these days. The whole collection of pictures which Mr. Johnson has resurrected is most interesting and should be grouped, framed and placed in the public library or the council chamber.

almonte.com

In the street scene printed above can be seen the edge of the late H. H. Cole’s store, Kelly’s Hotel which had been sold to a Mr, Me-Donald, Shorty Young’s shoe store and shoe shine, Patterson’s Drug Store, the Riddell & McAdam Building, then occupied by Wesley West; J. McKinnon’s, Shaw’s Hardware, John O’Reilly’s general store, and on the left— J . L. Hamilton, photographer, in the brick building later moved back from the street and occupied at that time as an office for Baird’s Mill, later to be used as an office for the P.U.C,, arid demolished some ten years ago; and in the distance, the clockless post office. The clock came about 1913. Read—The Mystery of the Almonte Post Office Clock –Five Minutes Fast and other Things….

Future Dr.Oliver Macfarlane- almonte.com

You can see a lot of these photos on almonte.com

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Photos of Almonte- Gail Barr

Clippings and Photos of the 1958 Almonte Turkey Fair

May 8 1945 V. E. Day in Almonte – Photos

Down by the Mississippi River- Almonte Falls Photos 50s

No Banker Left Behind – Bank of Montreal Almonte Photos

Photos of the Orange Parade Almonte 1963 — Name that Band?

More Photos of the Rosamond Water Tower

Stuffed Frogs and Birds — Andrew Cochrane

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Stuffed Frogs and Birds — Andrew Cochrane
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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
25 Oct 1899, Wed  •  Page 5
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Andrew Cochrane one of our local grocers lived in Carleton Place, Ontario, in 1901. When Andrew Cochrane was born on September 18, 1857, in Oxford, Ontario, his father, John, was 59 and his mother, Mary, was 39. He married Elizabeth Campbell on September 8, 1886, in Lanark, Ontario. They had five children in 10 years. He died in 1935 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 78.

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Ottawa Journal 1899

His son Edwin Rathwell was born on December 21, 1889, in Almonte, Ontario. His daughter Ida West was born on August 9, 1891, in Lanark, Ontario. His daughter Eva Burnett was born on November 4, 1894, in Lanark, Ontario. His daughter Mary Mathilda was born on March 1, 1898, in Lanark, Ontario. His son John Campbell was born on June 17, 1900, in Carleton Place, Ontario. His son John Campbell passed away on October 30, 1902, in Lanark, Ontario, at the age of 2. His mother Mary Rathwell passed away on February 7, 1906, in Carleton Place, Ontario, at the age of 88.

Victorian Taxidermy

Name That Carleton Place Butcher? FOUND!!!

Local Women Wearing Hats– Photos Chica Boom Chica Boom

Shades of The Godfather in Dr. Preston’s Office in Carleton Place

The Curious World of Bill Bagg –The Deer Heads