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Pollock and Dora McDougall’s Rose Garden — 47 years later …..

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Pollock and Dora McDougall’s Rose Garden — 47 years later …..
Paradise in Hopetown 1973

Deep in Lanark County, in the township of Dalhousie, Pollock and Dora McDougall’s rose garden was the talk of the area. Located a hop, skip , and a jump near Watson’s Corners 100’s of tourists used to visit this rose garden each year. In 1973 there were 415 rose bushes and McDougall decided to specialize in Peace Roses and all were said to be of exhibition quality.–Paradise in Hopetown

In the end I never found Wilson’s Corners where the McDougall House was –Posted on October 23, 2017 

Until today June 7th, 2020– a few years later-– Today, Jennifer Ferris drove me to see the former McDougall property. There was nary a rose bush 47 years later–instead it was overgrown, but they did have a lovely garden and they were growing hops.

Dozens of farmers in the Canadian province of Ontario dove into growing hops in recent years, encouraged by an explosion of local craft breweries. Hops are an incredibly difficult crop to grow. To do it very well, you really need to babysit it as it’s a very assertive plant. I wonder what this place will look like in another 47 years.

TWO YEARS LATER

2020- house behind trees on right unvisible
growing hops now

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Lost in Hopetown — A Photo Essay

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Photo from 1973

 

Deep in Lanark County, in the township of Dalhousie, Pollock and Dora McDougall’s rose garden was the talk of the area. Located a hop, skip , and a jump near Wilson’s Corners 100’s of tourists used to visit this rose garden each year.

Local history dictates that owner Pollock McDougall was born right on this property which was originally a crown grant to original settler Ned Conroy that are buried in the family plot on the farm. Pollock’s Dad bought the property in 1886 and it consisted of over 100 acres.

In 1893 the family was stricken with Diphtheria that was being going around Lanark County and a child was lost. William McDougall saw fit to burn down the original home down after that. After exorcising the evil spirits he thought caused the Diphtheria he built a large new clapboard home and painted it yellow. In 1921 Pollock raised a band new home for his new bride Dora White of Poland, Ontario.

Stories are abound about this area and how settlers walked all that way  from Perth with their meagre belongings strapped to their back. There were three main families who settled in this are first: the Conroys, Eastons, and Shields. When the McDougalls retired from farming that was when their first cluster of Red Wonder Roses were planted and they never looked back.

In 1973 there were 415 rose bushes and he decided to specialize in Peace Roses and all were said to be of exhibition quality. There was no doubt that Pollock was proud of his roses and boasted about how many tourists from ‘out of the country’ they used to get. With his still Scottish “burr” it was assumed that there was never anything more impressive than a Scotsman and his roses as he would never be bothered by your thorns no matter what your temperament was.

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Arnold Horne You would be looking for Watsons Corners (Ottawa Journal had a typo) off 511 , turn right onto County Road 8 to get there! In Watsons Corners , turn right & follow that road to Sugar Bush Way! Then turn left at Sugar Bush Way & follow that road to where you will come to a crossroad the says Ladore road! Go straight ahead ! Windy road & you will pass a marshy area! The place that used to have all these roses is at the top of hill on right & used to be the Pollack McDougall’s! Now Kevin McLean property! No Roses there now! Hope this helps!

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Taylor Lake is a small lake connected to Clayton Lake. To get there, go west from Union Hall (junction of County Roads 9&16) three kms to Lanark Conc. 12. Turn north to the end of this road (about 11/2 km) to the end of the road at the lake. Launch your canoe at the small boat launch and circumnavigate the lake. Watch out for stumps in the bays. This lake was raised considerably two decades ago, with the reconstruction of the dam at Clayton. On the first point to your left as you launch, you can see a path of downed, dead trees, which were felled by a tornado a few years ago. Directly in a line across the lake from the boat launch is a road leaving the shore. Connecting these two points was a famous floating bridge. It was wiped out by hurricane Connie in 1964 and many of the logs can be seen on the bottom on the lake. There are several places to stop to have lunch (with permission of property owners).

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.

 

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Join us and learn about the history under your feet! This year’s St. James Cemetery Walk will take place Thursday October 19th and october 21– Museum Curator Jennfer Irwin will lead you through the gravestones and introduce you to some of our most memorable lost souls!
Be ready for a few surprises along the way….
This walk takes place in the dark on uneven ground. Please wear proper footwear and bring a small flashlight if you like.
Tickets available at the Museum, 267 Edmund Street. Two dates!!!
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OCT 28th
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October 28th The Occomores Valley Grante and Tile Event–730pm-1am Carleton Place arena-Stop by and pick up your tickets for our fundraiser dance for LAWS. They also have tickets for Hometown Hearts event at the Grand Hotel fundraiser

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The Glen Isle Bridge Case–Beckwith or Ramsay?

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Bridge across the Mississippi River to Glen Isle- Public Archives- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

 

The Glen Isle Bridge Case–June 23, 1899-Almonte Gazette

This case, which has been of considerable public interest, came up for hearing before Justice R. M. 1 Meredith at Ottawa on Monday last. The facts are briefly as follows: Glen Isle bridge crosses the north branch of the Mississippi river on the 9th concession line of Ramsay near the dividing line between Ramsay and Beckwith.

For many years the question as to which municipality ought to bear the expense of maintaining the bridge has been in dispute. The township of Ramsay claimed that the road on which the bridge is situated is used mainly by residents of Beckwith, along with the forced road across the 8th concession.

 

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The unopened part of the town line between Glen Isle and Carleton Place and the whole cost of keeping it up ought not to be borne by Ramsay ratepayers. Beckwith in the past has been assisted by grants for repairs, but of late years has refused to do it.

In June, 1898. the county council, on petition from the Beckwith council, ordered the original town line opposite the 8th concession of Ramsay to be opened up for public travel by the townships, and appointed commissioners to do the work at the cost of the townships. This would have involved a very heavy expenditure by Ramsay, as their engineer’s estimate of the cost of the work was about $10,000. Besides, under the Municipal Act it is the duty of the county councils to maintain bridges over rivers which form or cross boundary roads between municipalities, even though such roads deviate so as to be wholly within one of the townships, and under this provision Ramsay claimed that it was the duty of the county council to maintain the Glen Isle bridge.

This suit was accordingly instituted both to set aside the order of the county council for opening the original allowance and also to settle the question as to who was liable for keeping up the Glen Isle bridge. All the facts above mentioned were proved or admitted at the trial. Mr. Justice Mere­dith decided that the county council acted illegally in their attempt to open up the original town line but on the main point in the case he held that although the part of the ninth line in question and the forced road across the eighth concession are and have always been used by residents of Glen Isle and others in lieu of the original town line allowance. They do not form a “deviation” from such town line.

Within the meaning of the Municipal Act and the liability for maintaining these roads including the Glen Isle bridge rests on Ramsay. The township of Ramsay was ordered to pay the county’s costs of resisting this part of the claim. M r. G . H . Watson, Q C ., of Toronto, said M r. J. A. Allan, of Perth, acted for the county of Lan­ark: and Mr. J.T. Kirkland and Hr. M. J. McFarlane for the township of Ramsay.

2017-Glen Isle, on the Mississippi near Carleton Place and about a square mile in area, is named for Captain Thomas Glendenning who in 1821 located on a grant of land including most of the part of the island lying now in Beckwith Township.

 

 

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The Glen Isle Bridge single lane steel truss structure was built in the 50s and is the only access to Glen Isle outside Carleton Place.

Lavallee’s Creek, now smaller than in the past, and extending from Highway 15 near Carleton Place to the Mississippi at Glen Isle, was named for Napoleon Lavellee, hotel keeper and colourful local figure from 1830 to 1890 at Carleton Place.

“The Laird of Glen Isle, Mr. McDougall, and seven of his children were frequently seen at the rink on Mr. Doherty’s place in Ramsay.”–1895-Daniel McDougall and later his son Norman were farmers on Glen Isle.

Archived – Glen Isle Bridge over Mississippi River, Township of Ramsay, County of Lanark

Glendinning Burial Plot–Lot 20, Con 12, Beckwith Twp—Burials – Unknown

Glendinning Burial Plot

Lot 20, Con 12, Beckwith Twp.

Burials – Unknown

Thomas Glendinning lived on Glen Isle near Carleton Place and it is believed that his wife Jane and his daughter are buried here.  They died of Cholera.  There was an iron fence around the site, but it apparently has been ploughed over.  Thomas moved shortly afterwards to Western Ontario. 
Keith Thompson, 30 October, 2001.

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

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