John Henry Root was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Root. John attended S. S. #9 Erin Township beginning in 1859. On 11 July 1894, John married Martha Ellen Reed (3 April 1871 – 31 October 1922) who was the daughter of Nathaniel and Nancy Reed. John Henry had a brother named David Oscar Root (1872-1937) who was married to Gertrude Eloise Nicholasina Watson (1879-1945). David and Gertrude has five children together; Ernest Robert Watson Root (10 October 1902 – 26 October 1979), David Nicholas Root (05 November 1905 – 30 March 1989), John Henry Haines Root (17 October 1908 – 17 November 1991), Ebenezer Hames Haines Root (28 September 1910 – 07 June 2001), and Gertrude Martha Elizabeth Root (15 August 1921 – 1921). John Henry Haines Root attended Awrey School, S.S. #9 Erin Twp., and Hillsburgh Baptist Church. He was elected M.P.P. in 1951, representing Wellington-Dufferin; he retired in 1975; he served on the Ontario Water Resources Commission and Hearing Boards. He married Lillie Matilda Toop (30 July 1906 – 5 October 1997) in Almonte, Ontario on 20 July 1932. John and Lillie met while she was teaching in Wellington County.
Lillie was a schoolteacher from 1928-1932. She was born in Almonte, Lanark County to Walter Augustus (Gus) Toop and Margaret A. Lawford. She attended S. S. #6 Ramsay Township in Lanark County, beginning in 1913. She started her teaching career on Manitoulin Island in 1928 until 1931. She then moved to Wellington County where she was the principal of the two roomed Hillsburgh Public School, and also taught senior students from 1931-1932.
John and Lillie lived in Erin Township on concession 3, lot 20. They had six children; John Bennett Root (24 May 1933 – 19 February 2016), Ada Lillie Marie Root (27 June 1934 – 4 September 1936), Evelyn Margaret Eloise Root (18 July 1938 – 23 May 2017), George David Walter Root (15 August 1939 – ), Robert Orville Winston Root (11 November 1943 – ), and Alfred Clayton Henry Root (25 August 1948 – )
Margaret Martin with “Irene’s Kids”— The original Art’s Variety on Townline Road, then known as Wayside Inn when owned by my Great-Grandparent’s Arthur & Della Toop (owners from 1939-1948). Photo was taken in the early-mid 1940’s. My Grandmother Margaret Martin (nee Toop) standing with friends in the back row on the left. From-When You Needed “Variety” You Went to Art’s or the Wayside Inn 1940s — Photos
For those who have grown up on William Street in Carleton Place, we all know of the ‘Old Stone House’ at the very end of the road. Here is what it once was, as her Grandmother Margaret & her friends “raided” the house. Even then, this house was empty-and for my Grandmother & her friends, this was a wonderful playhouse. Early-Mid 1940’s–Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin” From–The Mystery Ruins of Carleton Place- Photos by Adam Dowdall
Remember Art’s on Townline which is NOW MacEwen’s Gas?
This was the place to go and see your neighbours, grab a cup of coffee, weekend groceries and get your lotto. Bill Brunton mentioned:”don’t forget the Beckwith Butcher that was on the right hand side!” This photo is from January 2012–the last photo of Art’s before it was gone.Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”
As you know I go “kookoo for coconuts” when I see photos. Photos tell us so much about history, and now that we can document them online we can see them anytime we want and hopefully forever. Thank you Amanda Armstrong for sharing these with us and a big hug to your “Gram”.
If you have photos send them to me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share history with the world.
Lizzie Brunton just emailed–“I was thinking about old stores in CP today. My first cashier job was at Art’s Variety on Townline. I miss that place, Art was a great boss. That store had everything from fruits, vegetables, deli meat to fireworks lol.
Great view of what William Street use to look like. With a view of Wayside Inn in the back, and a very bare Townline Road. Taken late 1940’s, Della Toop standing in front of the landmark tree at our family’s house. -Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”
Kim Martin Elder— And a quick side note…before it became Art’s Variety, it was known as Riverview. That was the name when Livingstones owned it.
Rick Redmond– And even before that it was owned and operated by the Black family in the 1950’s.
Another great shot of Wayside Inn –1940’s —-Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin” The little boy is William (Billy) Purdon taken in front of the store when his parents Gilbert & Mary Purdon owned it
Early 1940’s in front of Wayside Inn (Art’s Variety). Dalton Jelly with my Grandmother Margaret Martin (nee Toop)--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”
My Great-Grandmother Della Toop in front of the Wayside Inn sign with my Grandmother Margaret on the left, with the view of William Street in the back. Early 1940’s–Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”
The original Art’s Variety, then known as Wayside Inn when owned by my Great-Grandparent’s Arthur & Della Toop (owners from 1939-1948). Photo was taken in the early-mid 1940’s. My Grandmother Margaret Martin (nee Toop) standing with friends.Standing with her are Valda (Spinks) Blackburn, Orlene (Walters) Hamilton & her brother Barry Walters. Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”
Again thank you Amanda and Margaret Martin for your generosity.
Tina LaRocqueI was one of those kids. I ended up babysitting for him instead cause I wasn’t very good at the store part
Rick SchnauferI think Livingstones owned it in the early to mid 70ks before Art Diotte bought it around 76
Sue Black-Parks ColtonMy grandparents Cliff and Muriel Black owned the store at one point, they had a fresh meat counter, a lunch counter, I think it was in the mid 60’s they had it. My Dad Morley Black would deliver groceries.