On Saturday of this week the firm of Johnson and McCreary opens, its new men’s furnishings store on Mill Street. This is the most modernly appointed establishment of its kind in the town and people are invited to visit it on opening day or whenever convenient thereafter. Mr. A. C. Johnson started business here four years ago as a haberdasher in a store located in the Illingworth Block on Bridge Street.
He was successful, but his quarters were cramped and he decided to expand. After forming a partnership with his brother-inlaw, Mr. H. H. McCreary, the two partners purchased a larger frame building on Mill Street owned by the late P. J. Rooney. Previous to renovating this property it had housed two stores on the ground floor and an apartment on the second flat.
Messrs. Johnson and McCreary converted the ground floor space into one large store with modern furnishings and large plate glass^windows running along the entire front, bordered with vitrolite. The outside was covered with white asbestos siding. In a short time they changed what had been a rather ordinary looking structure on the town’s main street into a most cerditable place of business.
The firm of Johnson & . McCreary have a modern and extensive stock of men’s furnishings which the public is invited to look over, as well as the new store, in advertisements which appear on pages two and seven today. The apartment upstairs was also thoroughly renovated and will be occupied by the partners.
JOHNSON, Andrew Carson (Former owner Johnson Clothing Founding Member Almonte Fish & Game Club Past President Almonte Lions Club Member Mississippi Lodge AF/AM #147) In hospital at Ottawa with his beloved and devoted daughter Bonnie at his side on Monday, March 14, 2005. A. Carson Johnson of Almonte, age 81 years Beloved husband of the late Ottie M. McCreary and dearly loved father of Heather Morphy (Ken) of Brockville and Bonnie Johnson-Rourke (Peter) of Ottawa. Predeceased by his brothers Eldon, Willis and Howard. Very special and loved grandpa of Kimberly Ann Friends may call at the C. R. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL 127 Church Street, Almonte for visiting on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and where a complete Service including committal will be held in the Chapel on Saturday at 11 a.m., Rev. Jim Ferrier officiating. Spring interment Auld Kirk Cemetery, Almonte. Donations in memory of Carson may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada and would be appreciated by his family. Masonic members will assemble in the Chapel of the funeral home for Service Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. Published on March 16, 2005
So like it usually happens I found this clipping about Pearl Stuart from Carleton Place. Something made me want to go find out about Pearl and here is some of her story. In the 1891 Carleton Place census Pearl Stuart was 12 so she would have been 22 when she was a teacher at McCreary’s School and bought the horse. She had a brother Walton who was 5 years younger then her and her parents who lived in the family home on High Street were Jennie and NT ( whose real name was Hiram Trueman (N was a typo)) Stuart. They were staunch Methodists and her parents were born in Scotland. Hiram worked as a miller in Carleton Place.
Edith Pearl Stuart married Thomas McCann and had two sons. She named one of them after her father Hiram. She taught at McCreary’s and George H. Doucett was one of her pupils (represented the provincial and federal ridings of Lanark in eastern Ontario). McCreary School was located on Hwy. 7 just west of what used to be the Falcon Restaurant.–Read-Questions on the McCreary Settlement and the IXL Cheese Factory.
Pearl died in Almonte on the 8th of May 1956.
1956, Thursday May 17, The Almonte Gazette page 4 Mrs T.B. McCann The death occurred at her home, Ottawa Street, Tuesday, May 8th of Mrs Thomas B. McCann. She was in her 78th year and had been in failing health for two years. Mrs McCann was the former Edith Pearl Stuart, a daughter of the late Hiram T. Stuart and Jennie Morecroft of Carleton Place and originally from Fitzroy. Deceased, before her marriage, taught school, one of her charges being McCreary’s which is still operating. It was there that the youthful George H. Doucett began his educational career under the then Miss Stuart. She married Mr T.B.McCann who was a boilermakers’ foreman in the locomotive shops at Carleton Place in those days. He retired from the railway service 16 years ago, but worked at the big aluminium plant in Arvida, Que, for a few years during second world war. Mr and Mrs McCann came to live in Almonte some years ago. She leaves in addition to her husband, as son Hiram in New York City and a son, Harris in town. There are two grandchildren, Thomas and Emmett. Several sisters and one brother predeceased her. The funeral was held from the Comba Funeral Home on Thursday, may 10th, to the Auld Kirk Cemetery with Rev J Ray Anderson of the United Church, officiating at the services. Pallbearers were Messrs Wm Anderson, Wellington Hawkins, S. Geo Lowry, Nelson Simpson, John Brydges and Lloyd Watson
Thomas McCann Dies In Almonte ALMONTE (Special) The death occurred in Almonte of Thomas Beecher McCann. Born In Maniwaki, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McCann. While a young man he learned the leather making trade and was employed with the CPR for 48 years. Prior to coming to Almonte in 1949 he lived in Ottawa and other places in the Ottawa Valley. In 1904 he married the former Edith Pearl Stuart of Carleton Place who died in 1956. Surviving are two sons, Hiram C. of New York City and Harris P. McCann of Almonte, also two grandchildren. Mr. McCann took an active Interest in the community and was a member of the Oddfellows. The funeral was held from the Comba Funeral Home to the Auld Kirk Cemetery for burial. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. R. Anderson, minister of the Almonte United Church. The Ottawa Citizen Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 15 Dec 1958, Mon • Page 36
Linda – I am looking for information about the historical settlement ofMcCreary that was located Ramsay Conc3 Lot 3. There was a school located there and Claudia Smith told me that she had read that there was also a cheese factory although she couldn’t remember the document. Do you have any info about it? Laurel Cook
So I emailed Rose Mary Sarsfield and she sent me to Stuart McIntosh
Stuart McIntosh said:
McCreary School was located on Hwy. 7 just west of what used to be the Falcon Restaurant.
I believe the McCreary Cheese factory was located on the west of the Falcon on the road south of Hwy. 7 which leads to Scotch Corners. This road is on the junction of Highway 7 and Tatlock Rd. According to my cousin, the cheese factory was located on the left side of this road not far from the junction. Hope this is helpful. Ray Lowe, a supporter of the Anglican Church in Clayton could give you better information.
The McCreery family came to Lanark from County Armagh* in 1823, settling at Ramsay Twp. Con. 3 Lot 3E, next to William Hamilton Con. 4 Lot 3W who had been settled there in 1821. William MCreery Jr. (1810-1892) – the McCreerys’ second oldest son, age 11 when they arrived, would later marry Margaret Hamilton, who was 5 years old at the time. Most families came out from Ireland with friends and relatives – or knew someone already settled. One wonders if these families knew each other in Ireland. It’s hard to determine. It was common for families to indicate only their County of origin. Each came from a village, townland and parish – but these origins often remain obscure. Having failed, to date, to find parish records for the McCreerys in Armagh, I will attempt to hone in on them below – but here I will concentrate on existing Irish settlers before 1823.
The earliest migrations to this part of Ramsay Township occurred in 1820 – but before going back to that year and the settlement of Boyd’s Settlement, I will digress slightly to the settlers who arrived about the same time as William Hamilton in 1821.
William Hamilton had been settled July 21st 1821. John Hamilton had been placed at Lanark Twp. Con. 9 Lot 10W two days earlier on July 27th,William Wilson received Ramsay Twp. Con. 8 Lot 4W on the 30th and William Wallace received Ramsay Con. 7 Lot 7E one day later on July 31st. on the same day as Robert McFarlane (from Scotland) received Ramsay Con. 8 Lot 7E, and Thomas McLelland received Con. 7 Lot 7W – and James McFarland (from Scotland) received Con. 8 Lot 6E. John McIntyre (also a Scot) had received Con. 8 Lot 8E in July 21st. and Stewart and William Houston received nearby lots Con. 7 Lot 5E and Con. 7 Lot 6E on the 8th of August of the same year. Five of these families all gaining land at much the same time – the Hamiltons, the Wallaces, , the Houstons, the Wilsons and (perhaps even) the McLellands were Irish. Lacking records which might indicate that some or all of these Irish settlers came out together, or that they came from the same place
SUMMARY: My name is Brian Bailey. I grew up in Lanark County, Ontario, Canada, where my Irish ancestors landed and took root in the 1820’s. I am now 65 years old and counting. My search for my Irish roots began when I was seven years old, and came home from school asking my mother if there was anyone famous in our family. She too had been curious about this as a young person and had asked the same question to her mother – who told her that the McCreary side of our family were directly related to Thomas D’arcy McGee. My mother’s aunt, Laura (McCreary) Ferrillwho had grown up in rural Lanark in the 1880s was the self-appointed family record keeper. When I was growing up, the family held picnics at Boyd’s Settlement where the family had landed and stayed on. This study adds to my Aunt Laura’s collection of names in the 1940s. Like my mother, I am a story teller and was more interested in the story than the names and dates. This is the story (or rather part of the story) as I know it.—From Leaders of Tomorrow
Some time in 1823, it would seem just before the arrival of the Peter Robinson Settlers from Ireland, a group of Irish settlers were granted lots along what is now the Highway proceeding east into the first five or so concessions of Ramsay.
These were the McCrearys, the Kinchs, the Dowdalls, the Warrens and the Shepperds. Accompanying the McCrearys was Elizabeth Magee, mother of Elizabeth Magee McCreery, and grandmother of Thomas D’arcy Magee.
Thomas D’arcy McGee travelled often to Ramsay to visit his aunt Elizabeth Magee McCreery (his grandmother having already died) between 1857 when he moved to Canada and his death in 1868. A tombstone with his name on it was found in the basement of the McCreary family homestead at Ramsay III-3. But that’s neither here nor there. It is interesting that D’arcy’s daughter Mary Euphrasia McGee married a Quinn, as there were several Quinns from Ireland nearby in Ramsay. Coincidence? Files from Bytown.net
A copy of the article from the Carleton Place
paper in 1944-Brian Bailey
Did you know that one of the landmarks for Scotch Corners used to be “to turn off Highway 7 at the lXL Cheese Factory”? It was a hopping corner with traffic jams consisting of farmers waiting to get their milk weighed in and upon leaving, a quick trip to the back to the whey vat pick up some whey to feed their pigs.
Local lad Alfie Poole had the answers to the local stories in those days and there was a reason as to why this particular cheese factory was called ‘the IXL’. Seems there was a couple of cheese factories down the road and no one wanted to mix them up. There was one past the St John’s Anglican Church on the Ferguson Falls Road called the “Fair Play” and another opposite the church called the “Grab All”. These were the actual names I kid you not.
Well the farmer’s around the McCreary settlement were having none of that, and wanted to have the best cheese factory in the area. So up the factory went and it became known as the IXL but was sadly destroyed by fire in 1969.
August 18, 1979 William Gordon James
William Gordon James, R. R. # 1, Carleton Place, a former reeve of Ramsay Township and warden of Lanark County, died in Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital, Saturday, August 18, 1979 in his 73rd year after a lengthy illness. Born April 20, 1907, Gordon was the eldest of the late William E. and Annie James of the James Settlement in Lanark Township. In earlier years he spent some time surveying in the Rouyn District of Northern Quebec. At one time he played on the Union Hall Ball Team. Mr. James was active in community affairs. He was a member of Lanark Township Council, Reeve of Ramsay Township and Warden of Lanark County in 1964. He was a Past County Master of Lanark County Loyal Orange Lodge. Mr. James was an active member of St. George’s Church, Clayton, and later of St. John’s Church, Innisville. He took a keen interest in the Union Hall and IXL Cheese factories. As well as his wife, the former Wilhemena Dunlop, Mr. James is survived by one son, Charles and daughters, Eleanor (Mrs. David Aldus) R. R. # 1, Carleton Place, Marilyn, R. R. # 1, and daughter-in-law, Evelyn James. Mr. James is also survived by his grandchildren Lisz and Shelley Aldus and Marshall and Travis James. Also surviving are three brothers, Warren, Perth; Frank and John E., R. R. #2, Carleton Place and one sister, Eleanor (Mrs. Ray Bartlett), Carleton Place, as well as his aunt, Mrs. Eleanor Stewart, Calgary, Alberta. The funeral took place from the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, Carleton Place, Tuesday, August 21, 1979 to St. John’s Church, Innisville, for service at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Roger Young officiating. Interment took place in St. George’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leonard Dowdall, John Weir, George Wright, John R. W. James, Steven Bartlett and Gary Hudson.
January 11, 1980 Gertrude Elizabeth Dowdall
Gertrude Elizabeth Dowdall, wife of the late George Norman Dowdall, R. R. # 1, Carleton Place, Ontario died January 11, 1980 In Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness, age 76. Mrs. Dowdall was born in Dalhousie Township, November 28, 1903, daughter of the late Hugh McDougall and his wife, Elizabeth Fair. She received her early education at Watson’s Corners. Mrs. Dowdall was a retired Registered Nurse, a member of the first graduating class from the former Rosamond Memorial Hospital, Almonte, in 1925. She was married to the late George Norman Dowdall November 10, 1926, in the United Church, Balderson. Mr. and Mrs. Dowdall farmed in McCreary’s Settlement, near Carleton Place. Mrs. Dowdall attended St. John’s Anglican Church, Innisville and was a member of the St. John’s ACW. As well as sons Ken, St. George’s; Bill, Mel, and Leonard (Mac) Carleton Place; Donald, Forester’s Falls; Wayne, Maitland; Mrs. Dowdall is survived by daughters, Anna (Mrs. Art Ferguson) and Pearl, Newmarket; Lois (Mrs. Eric Robertson), Drummond and Doris (Mrs. E. Craig) Appleton. She is also survived by 25 grandchildren. Mrs. Dowdall is also survived by her sister, Mrs. Ruby Rodger, Perth. She was predeceased by one brother, Melville McDougall and sisters, Effie (Mrs. Lester Jamieson) Almonte and Pearl McDougall. The funeral took place from the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, Carleton Place to St. John’s Church, Innisville for Service at 2:30 p.m., January 14, 1980 with Rev. Roger A. Young officiating. Interment was St. John’s Cemetery, Innisville. The pallbearers were John Weir, Charles James, George Wright, Dan McCreary, Bob Dezell and Lloyd Code.
Joseph Campbell McCreery inheritted the family homestead at Ramsay Con. 3 Lot 3 and the mantle of responsibility for the McCreery family (the spelling gradually evolved to McCreary) . Joseph’s older brothers, William and John moved off to settle Montague Township, leaving Joseph in charge and he responded by becoming a scion of the community, donating land for a school and supporting his family and others. His middle name suggests that he had a Campbell grandparent. His picture (right) showed up in an unusual way. In the mid 1980’s I caught wind of an auction sale at the McCreery homestead (Ramsay Twp. Con. 3 Lot 3) when it was being sold. This picture had been found in the barn, and it was clear that none of the bidders recognized the man in the picture who had dominated life in the neighborhood for many years. I bought the picture for $2.00 – there being no other bidders – convinced that it was my great great grandfather. My mother, who had spent many summers at the homestead as a guest of his son, Hiram McCreary, did not recognize the man in the picture, but contacts with other family members resulted in other pictures of Joseph with his family (see below) making it clear that this was indeed whom I thought it might be. Joseph Campbell McCreary, a contemporary and first cousin of Thomas D’arcy McGee – married Harriet Bailey, daughter of the ill-fated schoolteacher and sister of William Bailey listed in William Magee’s will. —http://www.yclc.ca/indexzu.html
A vïllage on the C P R , in Pakenham Township, Lanark County, Ontario 30 miles east of Perth, the county seat, and 9 miles north of Almonte, the nearest bank location. It has Anglican, Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian churches and a public school.
Telegraph G N W and C P R. Telephone connection. Exp, Dom.
H H Dickson, Postmaster
Baxter M J Miss, dressmaker
Burrows J F, blacksmith
Christnlann L O, jeweler
Cowan William, shoemaker
Dack G A, propr Commercial Hotel
Dickson H H, grocer
Dickson J L, tinware
Dunnet B W, general store
Ellis .A.H, agricultural implement agent
Ellis G A, butcher
Francis J H, roller mill,
Francis & Brazeau, woolen mill
Gemmell E W, physician
Givens J, blacksmith
Grace P J, hotel
Graham. Alex, div court clerk
Graham Robert, carriagemaker
Halliday Wm, banker,
Harvey Augustine harnessmaker
Hudson William, confectioner
Lesage Alexander, boots & shoes
Lunney W J, harnessmaker
Jaynch John, cooper
1VIcClinton G, tanner
Mayne R H Mrs, grocery
Mayne & McVicar, livery
Murphy J E, physician
Pakenham Drug Co, C M Stewart, Manager
Quackenbush George, barber
Quigley J B, undertaker
Robertson J M, general store
Scott R & Son, general store
Sheehan J Mrs, hotel
Smith John, carriagemaker
Sproule Charles, blacksmith
Steen -L L Miss, milliner
Tait A H. tinsmith
Willoughby Isaac, tailor
…from 1898-99 Eastern Ontario Gazetteer and Directory
PAKENHAM, a flourishing post village in Lanark County, Ontario, on the Mississippi River, with a station on the C.P.R. , 44 miles from Ottawa. It contains 4 churches (Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian and Methodist) saw and flour mills, 1 woollen factory, 12 stores, 3 hotels, 1 bank, express and telegraph offices, etc., and has a large trade in lumber and country produce. Pop. 700 ..from Lovell’s 1906 Canada Gazetteer
Robert N. McCreary, Prominent Resident Pakenham Township (1948) – Striking tribute to the memory of Robert Nelson McCreary, M.A., whose death occurred early Sunday morning, January 30th, was paid Tuesday afternoon at the funeral which was one of the largest in the Pakenham community. The funeral was held from his late home, Pakenham township, to St. Andrew’s United Church , where Rev. H. A. Turner paid a moving tribute to Robert N. McCreary, one of the church’s elders, his devotion to his church and his life long service to the community. Rev. Alexander Mills of Arnprior assisted in the service. Born at McCreary’s, near Carleton Place on July 27th, 1867, a son of the late Joseph Campbell McCreary and Harriet Bailey, deceased received his education at Carleton Place and St. Catherines High School and later Perth Model School. He obtained his Master of Arts from Queen’s University in 1893 and for a time taught school. In April, 1898 he located on the farm where he resided until his death, which followed after a brief illness since New Years. In November, 1900 he was married at Pakenham to Edna Victoria Elliott, who passed away in August, 1946. Surviving are two sons and three daughters – Elliott and Miriam at home, Dr. Robert H. of Arnprior, Kathleen, Mrs. E. W. Stirtan of Oakville , and Edna, Mrs. G. R. Anderson of Kingston . One brother, Hiram McCreary, ex M.L.A. of Carleton Place , is the last surviving member of a family of ten. There are four grandchildren, George and Robert Stirtan, and Nancy and William Anderson. Robert N. McCreary was an active citizen in his own community during his fifty years resident there. In 1920 he was elected as reeve of Pakenham township and for twelve years served that municipality. During that time he was elected warden of Lanark County in 1925 and was a member of the first Mothers Allowance Board and Old Age Pension Board of the county. He was honoured as first president of Lanark County Educational Association. In his own community, being a prominent dairyman, he was secretary of Pakenham Cheese and Butter Association, an office he held for over thirty years. Having served, as a trustee of S.S. No. 5, he was appointed secretary and served a quarter of a century in that office. He was a staunch Liberal in politics, on several occasions was urged to, be a candidate in the Lanark constituency. The burial service was held in Pakenham United cemetery, pallbearers being Harwood McCreary, Howard McCreary, Peter Moffatt, Elmer Ross, Charles Campbell and Dawson Kerr. Among the numerous floral offerings were wreaths from the Session of St. Andrew’s United Church , Pakenham; the Doctors and Staff of the A. & D. Memorial hospital, and Pakenham Township Council.
Many Pay Tribute To Late Douglas Harold Blair (1949) – Tribute to the memory of Douglas Harold Blair well known resident of Pakenham was paid by an exceptionally large funeral which was held on Friday July 1 with interment in Union cemetery, Pakenham. Douglas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Blair, a member of one of the oldest and best – known families of this district, died on June 28 in the A. and D. hospital, following three weeks illness, at the age of 18 years. The funeral was held form his late home to St. Andrew’s United church, Pakenham, for service. Rev. S. B. Cary of Kinburn Presbyterian church, of which he was a member, assisted by Rev. T. A. Turner conducted the service. The United choirs were in attendance. Mrs. C. H. Campbell sang Douglas ‘ favourite hymn “In the Garden”. His passing at so early an age cast a gloom over the community where he was so, deservedly popular. He was a member of St. Andrew’s church, Sunday School and Young People’s association, Kinburn, active in sports; member of Pakenham Hockey, Club and Junior farmer’s group; former member of calf club. He attended the Pakenham Public and High Schools and was a brilliant student. He helped on his father’s farm for the past four years. Douglas is survived by his parents, one sister and two brothers, Isabel, Jimmie and Ray, all of whom live at home. Included in the floral offerings were; Wreaths, Pakenham cheese and butter Co. , and cheese maker; The Junior farmer’s Club. Sprays, St. Andrew’s church, Kinburn; St. Andrew’s choir and Young Peoples Association, Kinburn; Hockey and Athletic association, Kinburn, Pakenham ball club, Pakenham Hockey club. Basket, Royal Bank. Pallbearer were six cousins; John Bradley, Dalton Bradley, Ebert Smith, Ernest Dodds, Blair Erskine and Ralph Armstrong. Friends attended from Ottawa , Renfrew, Lanark, Ferguson Falls Arnprior, Almonte, Guelph , Carp Campbell’s Bay, Shawville, and Green Mount, Maryland.
Street Improvements.— From’ the temporary manner in which our sidewalks are
being repaired, one would imagine they are not intended for use longer than this
summer. K o w d t is m .—Last Thursday evening there was a disgraceful row immediately
opposite the P. O. If our lock-up cannot be made serviceable on occasion
we would like to know what it is for.
Witches. —Because we are deriving very little and in some cases no butter from our
travelling starved cows, many believe the cream is bewitched by a maliciously inclined
man or woman, supposed to receive power from the devil. It is astonishing how many Protestants, even church members,believe as strongly in superstition than they do in the Bible. We are inclined to ask what Protestant religion is doing when superstition is cultivated to such an alarming extent, W e must be getting back near the time when the witches were burned, and perhaps in our next we can give you the gratifying news of the capture and burning of this one.
I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.