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Looking to Document Thomas McCann

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Looking to Document Thomas McCann

County Rd 29 Pakenham, pretty sure the first building was a blacksmith shop, now McCann’s garage. Left is General Store….Looks like the now “Nicholson’s Sundries” I think there was a fire some decades ago.

Joan ArmstrongI’m trying to remember, but I think Buddy Gordon’s drugstore was where Nicholson’s is now.

Photo courtesy ofMarilyn Snedden via the collection of Margie Argue and her late brother Dan Paige–Pakenham–

Thomas Stewart “Rock”
(Former Owner of McCann’s Garage, Pakenham, ON.)
Passed away peacefully on May 14, 2020 at the Fairview Manor (Almonte, ON.)”Rock”
Life-long resident of Pakenham, ON.,
in his 94th year.

When Newspapers Go Digital– Carlyle McCann Carleton Place — 1822 Memories

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When Newspapers Go Digital– Carlyle McCann Carleton Place — 1822 Memories

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We need our old newspapers archived and on the internet, there is no doubt about it, but it is costly and takes time. The Almonte Gazette is online, but sadly our old Carleton Place newspapers are not, due to costs. Shane Wm Edwards sent me this link about a man who is documenting newspapers online.

One computer expert working alone has built a historic newspaper site (http://fultonhistory.com) that’s orders of magnitude bigger and more popular than one created by a federal bureaucracy with millions of dollars to spend.

Armed only with a few PCs and a cheap microfilm scanner, Tom Tryniski has played David to the Library of Congress’ Goliath. Tryniski’s site, which he created in his living room in upstate New York, has grown into one of the largest historic newspaper databases in the world, with 22 million newspaper pages.

By contrast, the Library of Congress’ historic newspaper site, Chronicling America, has 5 million newspaper pages on its site while costing taxpayers about $3 per page. In January, visitors to Fultonhistory.com accessed just over 6 million pages while Chronicling America pulled fewer than 3 million views. For complete text and links, go to: http://bit.ly/YT5KcL Video written, produced, shot and edited by Jim Epstein, who also narrates. Shane warned me there was interesting things on there and it did not take long before I was hooked. I have a couple of 1000 clippings on another site I have been working on to document them and now this. LOL. Oh well all fair in love and history.

 

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The Illustrated Buffalo Express September 24 1922

 

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Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

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.

relatedreading

Reusing the Past of Carleton Place — The Morphy’s and the McCann’s

In Memory of Tom McCann

Memories of the Bracewells of Carleton Place

The “Margaret Thatcher” of Campbell Street

Reusing the Past of Carleton Place — The Morphy’s and the McCann’s

In Memory of Stuart White of Carleton Place

October 13, 1977 George W. Raeburn of Lake Ave East— Artist and C. P. R. Man

My Neighbours –Photos of the Cliff- McCann House and Springside Hall

My Neighbours –Photos of the Cliff- McCann House and Springside Hall

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My Neighbours –Photos of the Cliff- McCann House and Springside Hall

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Summer 2017- The Sweeney family lives here now and the Nephin’s bought it from Laurel McCann.

Mr. W. Cliff and his wife Susannah (Sussie) Cliff once owned this home on the corner of Lake Ave East and Campbell Street.  Mr. Cliff had once been the editor of the local Carleton Place newspaper. The Central Canadian and was said to be a very fluent and flowery writer. The local newspaper was founded in January 1876, under the sponsorship of William Bredin of Carleton Place, with William W. Cliff of Napanee as editor and publisher.  There were 1,800 persons living in Carleton Place at the time. The Man Who Received the Carleton Place Newspaper for Life

The next residents were the Cecil T. McCann family. He was the proprietor of the local downtown pool room and had once been a resident of Westport. He and his wife Laurel (Costello) had a family consisting of: Marilyn, Karen and Thomas. Laurel McCann was my friend, and if you think I am outspoken you never met Laurel. She was one of a kind, and I will forever miss her.

 

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Photo-Susan McCann

The original fireplace in the McCann home. Kate Sweeney says it no longer exists as it was replaced with less ornate bricks and stone and converted to gas. But, the amazing original French doors are still there- Kate says they are really unusual as they’re set at 90 degrees to each other. Structurally, they’re pretty unique from what she has seen.

She also added when the new extension was added the original external windows were kept, so they can see both from the kitchen and sitting room into the sun room.

 

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Cecil on the Campbell Side of the house. My house in the background.–Photo-Susan McCann

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Susan McCann’s Father burning leaves. Remember those days? You can see Springside Hall with the original fence. When we bought it- it had a white picket fence. Originally, there was concrete pillars with pipes as a fence. The carriage house is in the back and we tore it down in 1988 as it was falling down. You can see the white summer  kitchen on the back of the house. That was not there in 1981 when we bought the home. There was just a hole in the ground where it had been, and we built the stone addition and garage where it was. Photo-Susan McCann

 

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Susan McCann’s Aunt Marilyn on the front porch of the McCann home. That veranda was taken down and stored in the garage. I bought it at Laurel McCann’s auction sale when she moved. It is now my side veranda on Campbell Street.

 

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Laurel McCann’s front veranda is now my side vernada on Campbell Street.

 

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This photo was on the McCann pool room wall–Susan McCann sent this to me last night along with some photos of my home.. This is a blast from the past in Carleton Place. This would be the iconic Cecil McCann and the other old lads in the restaurant. The sign says Dorothy’s Tea Room which became The Eating Place. Photo-Susan McCann

 

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Tom Edwards Lori Rothwell. Bought lots of Howick jeans there from her and Mrs McCann at the Korner Kupboard. (She had great taste)–Elenor Rothwell is in the edge of the pic as well. Photo-Susan McCann

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Photo thanks to Wendy Healey 1973-1974

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Springside Hall was once an entire block belonging to the Morphys and the Crams. The home was built in three cycles. The Morphys  in 1867. The Crams added an addition in 1910 and my family in 1988 and 1995. The Cram family ran the local tannery on the site of the present senior building on Sussex Street. Their family consisted of a son Arthur,  who passed away in a motorcycle accident on High Street in the 1920s and two daughters.

After the Cram parents died the girls moved to McArthur Avenue into a home formerly owned by Franklin Abbot. Mr. George Raeburn a CPR station agent and his wife Mae Finlayson bought the property and later had it surveyed and sold the back portion to J. Arthur Hobbs and his wife Kaye McLeod who built a house on it. After the Raeburns, it fell into another family’s hands for a year until the bank took it over.

We bought it in 1981 and the first person I met was Muriel Simpson who just walked up to the back of a tall ladder Ange was standing on. Laurel came out of her house with her constant cigarette in hand telling Muriel to go back in the house and give us a breather LOL. Update on the Time Capsule in Springside Hall

 

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

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.

relatedreading

Reusing the Past of Carleton Place — The Morphy’s and the McCann’s

In Memory of Tom McCann

Memories of the Bracewells of Carleton Place

The “Margaret Thatcher” of Campbell Street

Reusing the Past of Carleton Place — The Morphy’s and the McCann’s

In Memory of Stuart White of Carleton Place

October 13, 1977 George W. Raeburn of Lake Ave East— Artist and C. P. R. Man

1979thanks to Joann Voyce

Killed by Lightening– Martin Rachfort

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Killed by Lightening– Martin Rachfort

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August 5–1898 —with files from the Almonte Gazette

About four o’clock last Thursday afternoon a thunderstorm passed over the section of country between here and Pakenham, and several cases of damage by lightning are reported. The most serious was the death of Mr. Martin Rachfort, a stalwart young man of 23, who had been engaged on the farm of Mr. John McCann, near Blakeney, for the previous six weeks.

Mr. McCann had been at Pakenham, and was hurrying home to escape the impending storm when he passed Mr. Rachfort at work digging a drain some distance from the house. He shouted to him a couple of times that he had better go to the house before the storm came up. Mr. McCann took supper, and, noticing that Mr. R. did not arrive for his meal, though the usual signal had been given, he went out to see what was the matter, and found him lying dead in a lane between where he had been at work and the house.

He had been in the act of walking to the house, carrying the shovel he had been using, when a bolt of lightning struck him and killed him instantly. The straw hat he wore was torn to pieces and was scattered around where the body was found, the tongue of one of his boots was found ten feet ahead of him and both boots were badly torn.

Two small round holes were found on the left side of his head, marks showing that the electric current had skimmed along the surface of his body were also quite discernible, and a wound as of a burn on his feet showed where, the fluid had found egress, from the body. The current “ chipped” some of the silver on his watch and made an incision in the glass face, but the watch was still running when the body was found.

A brother of deceased was summoned from Sand Point, and took charge of the remains. Coroner (Dr.) Burns was notified, but did not deem’ an inquest necessary. The funeral took place on Friday j afternoon, from Undertaker Donald son’s “ morgue” to St, Mary’s church, thence to the R. C. cemetery

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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
08 Jun 1904, Wed  •  Page 4
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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
08 Jul 1908, Wed  •  Page 1

McCann’s Hotel Fire in Perth

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McCann’s Hotel Fire in Perth

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Building situated where the former Post Office Building now stands across from the Perth Town Hall. To the right was the Starland Theatre and Maloney’s Music Store. A nickel got you in and on Fridays they gave prizes to lucky number holders. Photo courtesy The Perth Museum. Photo from Perth Remembered

 

With files from the Almonte Gazette–November 11 1871

 

Dear Mary,

Since I last wrote you the town of Perth has been visited by a rather unusual occurrence—a severe fire, which broke out last Sunday afternoon in the stables in rear of *McCann’s Hotel, near the Post Office. Within fifteen minutes the hotel itself was in flames, and then the battle commenced.

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The Old Fire Hall at 53 Herriott Street. The prominent tower was added in 1883 so fire hoses could be hung to dry

The Fountain and Union engines were speedily on the spot, and every exertion was made to keep the fire from spreading. The flames burned fiercely, a perfect gale blowing at the time, and spread both ways, enveloping the house of Nicholas Brown, tailor, on one side, and that of *John Brennan, grocer, on the other. At one time it appeared as if nothing could save Kennedy’s Hotel, and if that building had once got a good start, the whole street between the Post Office and J.Cox’s corner would have been burned.

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McMartin Building: This building at the corner of Gore and Harvey Streets changed over from the St. John’s Memorial Hall in the 1970’s– Photo from All About Perth

As it was almost every building in the street was at one time burning, and it was only by the most desperate exertions and a fortunate lull in the wind that the file was confined to the houses first mentioned, While the engines were endeavouring to check the fire toward the south, a double line of men with buckets, was formed to pass water from the river to men on the roof of the brick building next the post office, and finally as night was closing in, victory crowned the efforts of the townsmen.

It is the old story—hot ashes carelessly placed in a barrel. The loss will be about three thousand dollars. None of the buildings were insured but Brennan’s, upon which there was a risk of four hundred dollars. There has not been such a fire here for years, and it is to be hoped that the Perthites will take warning now, and every man insure his property. It is quite clear now that Perth needs a good steam engine, and the Town Council will not be doing its duty if it longer delays purchasing one.

Patrick

 

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LIVERY AND SALE STABLES.
Cameron Alex, Market Sq
Cameron Bros cor North and D’Arcy
Drennan Michael ws Gore near cor Foster
Lowe Harvey Palace Livery stable cor Drummond and Herriott
Jackman Geo, Union Hotel
*McCann John cor Harvey and Gore
McTavish Peter cor North and Gore
Rogers Wm ns Peter bet Lewis and Wilson
Wilson Richard cor North and Wilson

John Brennan, proprietor of the Wilson Hotel and general stage house, adjoining livery stable Main Street-Canada Directory for 1857-1858

Perth Directory 1851    15   41   Brown         Nicholas          30

 

Perth, Ontario, Canada –Charles Dobie
1898 – 1899 Directory

Kennedy Grace Bell res ns D’Arcy bet Gore and Drummond
Kennedy Harriett F res ns D’Arcy bet Gore and Drummond.
Kennedy J F dentist office and res ns D’Arcy bet Gore and Drummond.
Kennedy Patrick emp waterworks bds Albion Hotel
Kennedy Phillip emp car shops ne Brock bet Gore and Wilson
Kennedy T W com traveller ne D’Arcy between Gore and Drummond

INSURANCE COMPANIES- Charles Dobie
British Amer Ass Co A C Shaw agt
Caledonia Fire Ins Co Matheson & Balderson agt
Commercial Union Ass Co Jessie M Henderson agt
Confederation Life Ass John McLenaghan agent
Federal Life Ass Co F A Hall
Lanark Co Mutual Fire Ins Co Geo Ritchie agt
Liverpool London and Globe Ins Co John Code agt
London Mutual Fire Ins Co John McLenaghan agt
Northern Ass Co Matheson & Balderson agt
Ontario Mutual Life Ass Co John A Kerr agent
Phoenix Fire Ins Co of England A Meighen & Bros agt
Royal Ins Co H D Wells agt
Standard Life Ass Co Henry Taylor agt

John McCann from the McCann family files

John McCann is found with this family in the 1881 census of the town of Perth, in which he is called a mason. In the birth records of his sons Thomas (1883) and John (1886), he is also called a mason. The Smith Falls Record News of 21 Feb. 1889 reported: “The Ontario Government have appointed Mr. John McCann of Perth to be license commissioner in the stead of Mr. Samuel Garrett, resigned.” Later that year, an editorial in the Perth Courier of 8 Nov. 1889 noted, “John McCann of Perth has been appointed License Inspector for S. Lanark in place of Henry Stafford, who retired. Mr. McCann has therefore resigned his position as one of the License Commissioners. The fact that Mr. Stafford is no longer License Inspector will give great satisfaction to the Temperance business in the riding. We have every hope Mr. McCann will do his duty with vigor and zeal.” John McCann is found with this family in the 1891 census of the town of Perth, in which he is again called a mason. But in the birth records of his sons John (1893) and Joseph (1895), and in a directory published in 1898, John McCann is called a licence inspector, of Perth. In 1898 he is mentioned as a member of the Board of St. John’s Separate School [Roman Catholic], Perth. He is enumerated in the 1901 census of the town of Perth, in which he is again called a licence-inspector. However, he evidently later gave up this work and returned to a living closer to his original trade. He is perhaps the Mr. John McCann who “has sold his brick store on Gore street, in the town of Perth, to Mr. Stinson, of the Province of Quebec, who intends opening up a grocery business.” But if so, he is nevertheless likely the John McCann listed among the granite and marble dealers of Perth in a 1904 directory, and when he is was enumerated again at Perth in the 1911 census, by which time he was a widower, he is called a mason.

He was still alive on 29 Nov. 1913, when the Ottawa Citizen reported that “Mr. John McCann and daughter left on Tuesday for Renfrew to be present at the marriage of his son, Dr. [James Joseph] McCann, to Miss Divine [recte Devine] of Renfrew.  In a delayed application for a birth registration made by his daughter Anna in 1927, he is called John McCann, of Perth, building contractor, but it is not clear whether he was then alive. He has however certainly died before the appearance of a newspaper story about his son James in March 1936, which notes that this son was already known as a Liberal in his youth “because his father, John McCann, Perth contractor, made no secret of his political faith. Dr. McCann still treasures a large autographed photograph which Sir Wilfrid Laurier, revered Liberal chieftain, gave to his father as far back as 1896.

 

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun

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The Old Perth Fire Hall