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71 Lake Ave West — The McGee House

71 Lake Ave West — The McGee House
Thanks to Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin- 71 Lake Ave West-Next to the Tubman funeral home.

Notice the fishing license sign on the house.

Shane Wm EdwardsI think this house was near the corner of Lake Avenue West and Napoleon Street.

Ted HurdisThat’s right it is the old Mcgee house.

Neil LarmourJennifer Richardson Lang didn’t you live in the back apartment at one point?

Jennifer AnnYes Neil Larmour Your right.

Bill BrownLois McGee lived there. Always remembered her sitting on the front porch and said hello to all that walked by. She knew me well as she was part of the Executive of the Marching Saints – I was a Saints Drummer. Fond memories

Stephen GilesThe house actually belonged to Lois’ mother, who was a friend of my grandmother. Her name was Bertha Kerr. Bertha lived on the ground floor and Lois and her daughters Bonnie and Lynne live on the second floor

Amanda ArmstrongYour grandmother likely knew my grandmothers as well then đź™‚ Bertha is a great aunt of mine, and her sister Ida Hueston is my 2nd great grandmother đź™‚

Shannon ToshBertha was my great grandmother Amanda đź™‚

Linda Gallipeau-JohnstonRemember lots of times in the summer when everyone was out on the verandah when we were walking home from school

Wendy LeBlancMy great grandparents Robert and Sarah Neelin lived there after they moved from their farm near Munster in the late 19teens or early 1920s. The Museum has a lovely photo of the house in its earlier days

Marlene Donoghue

It was a beautiful landmark, too bad time wasn’t good to it. I remember on my way to high, Lois sitting on the porch. Bonnie was in school with, still on my friend’s list!–

Jennifer Fenwick IrwinHere is the photo from the Museum’s collection. No date however.

Stephen GilesI just read the article “The Grand Old Ladies of Carleton Place” which details the birthday of Mrs.Huckshaw, the mother of Bertha Kerr (husband of Ashley) who resided here in 1950.–The Grand Old Ladies of Carleton Place

Penny TraffordBonnie ToshBonnie Tosh This was just after the fire in Dec. 1968-1969.–Ashley & Bertha Kerr owned, single home, then made into 2 apartments; then Lois McGee had ownership. The front porch was always a gathering place for neighbors & friends. The women who sat on the porch daily (which was directly in front of Napoleon St), were called the bravest women in town-because cars would race down the street & slam in their brakes at stop sign, some coming close to not stopping. There were 2 times I remember where cars did not stop & straight through porch & slam into front of house. (Always happened late at night, except once in years prior that was during day & next door neighbor save Lois from being hit.)After many many years, it was sold to John Kerry (who purchased Fleming Funeral Home, changed to Kerry’s).He renovated & added another apartment.Like · Reply · 6 mins..Bonnie ToshBonnie Tosh And Stephen Giles knows almost as much about this house & our family as I do.Thanks to him & Bill for their kind words.

Shannon ToshI remember being on the porch sitting with my grandmother all the time..pretty much every night in the summer

related reading:

107 Lake Ave West – Documenting Carleton Place Homes

Before and After on Lake Ave West — H. D. Gilmour

Threads of Morals on Lake Ave West

The Forgotten Cemetery at the End of Lake Ave West

Ed Fleming — The First Funeral Parlour in Carleton Place

The Last Man to Let you Down? Political Leanings at Local Funeral Homes?

“Sufferin” Sinders! What was Happening on Lake Ave West Today?

Whatcha’ Talkin Bout Willis? — This Old House in Carleton Place

Some Hazeldean Secrets.. Remember Chequers?

Some Hazeldean Secrets.. Remember Chequers?

Once upon a time if you wanted to eat out past the city and county lines you might have gone to Chequers just before Stittsville. The building still stands today as Cabotto’s

Originally a log farm, the gingerbread trimmed home formerly known as Chequers, Luigi’s etc etc.. on Hwy. 7 near Stittsville had quite the history. In 1824, the east side was farmed by Edward Bassett while the western side was acquired by William Kemp in 1828. William Kemp’s widow, Margaret, operated Kemp’s Tavern from her log farmhouse on the same site. The house was a lively centre for livestock auctions and fairs, where farmers and teamsters rested, fed and watered their animals along the road from Ottawa to lumber towns along the: Madawaska, Bonnechere and Mississippi rivers.

When Fenian raids from the American branch of the Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood were expected in 1866, Kemp’s became the mobilising centre where volunteer recruits formed the “Carleton Blazers” and were supplied with uniforms and arms. The raids later occurred near the American border but didn’t get this far north.

In 1868, Margaret replaced the old log tavern and built a three-storey gabled mansion. Her son John employed James Scott of Richmond who helped replace the family’s log home with the stone building which cost $5000 for the 16 room home. Her guests, however, stopped arriving after the railway bypassed Stittsville in 1871 and the stagecoach found itself out of business. While it was threatened by the Carleton County Fire of 1870, the house survived intact.

Over the intervening years, the quarry stone home has been an Anglican retreat house, and a dairy farmhouse. All of the buildings in Stittsville were destroyed in 1870 during the Great Fire, except for the stone house on the road to Hazeldean, known as Kemp’s Tavern.

There has to be scandal somewhere in any story and this was a dilly. In 1910, a Carp physician Charles McGee purchased the property with plans to make it into a country estate. But in 1911, he sold the property to James Bradley who ran a prosperous dairy farm on the site until 1947. If you read the article above McGee had some marital trouble, and it was said McGee and his wife separated because of religious differences, but it looks like more than that when guns are involved.

Eventually the stone building was purchased by the Anglican Diocese for use as a retreat house. The house was later used as a farmhouse and a Catholic retreat before being opened again as a restaurant in 1977.

In 1977, John McCuaig restored the 119-year-old home to its original Gothic Revival elegance before opening Cafe Luigi. McCuaig brought its casement windows, wood doors and graceful snake design banister back to mint condition. He also retained the staggered window arrangement which has three vertical panes on the first floor, a two-pane window on the second floor and a single pane window on the third floor.

‘It was purchased in 1982 by Jose and Denise Perez, who lived with their children above the elegant restaurant. It has been a restaurant since the early 1980’s, first known as CafĂ© Luigi’s and then as The Chequers before becoming Cabotto’s. Thanks to those who’ve returned Mrs. Kemp’s tavern to the hospitality industry after more than a 130 years.

Munster Hamlet Militia Picture

October 27, 2011:

Hi Al: I am presuming that this picture might be of the Carleton Blazers but I'm not certain if there were different regiments in Munster. I note the captain is a William Garvin (see his location on 1879 map, above). 
(My Garvin connection is to John Garvin & Jessie Hogan). 

I don't know who any of the other men are in this picture. Maybe some of our readers will be able to name these men.

... Linda Falls Bytown.net

Related reading

Samuel Hawkshaw- Carleton Place–Carleton Blazers of Bells Corners

Fenians OR Ballygiblins? Fighting Irish 101

A Carleton Place Fenian Soldier’s Photo

Snippets of Stittsville 1800s

How Many Stitts of Stittsville Remain?

Stitts of Stittsville–Click here

Things You Might Not Know About Craig’s Castle — Castle Hill Farm

The Grand Old Ladies of Carleton Place




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  04 Nov 1950, Sat,  Page 24

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Martha Amelia Hawkshaw (Wilson)--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

Family History by: Amanda Armstrong

My maternal 3rd Great Grandmother was Martha Amelia Hawkshaw (Wilson). Martha was born on June 3, 1854, in Huntley Township. She was 1 of 11 children of Abraham Wilson and Georgianna Bradley and she married Samuel Hawkshaw in 1873. They had ten children and she died in 1950 here in Carleton Place. Before her death, she was dubbed the “Grand Old Lady of Carleton Place” upon entering her 97th year. She’s buried in the Anglican cemetery on the 8th Line and used to live in 51 Lake Ave West. Her daughter Ida, my 2nd Great Grandmother, also received the “Grand Old Lady of Carleton Place” title.



Martha Amelia Hawkshaw (Wilson) with Mary Amelia “Minnie” McGee (Hawkshaw), her grandson Norman McGee, and great granddaughter Alice McGee--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

I’ve also attached the only photo I have of her. The large version of this photo includes her daughter Mary Amelia “Minnie” McGee (Hawkshaw), her grandson Norman McGee, and great granddaughter Alice McGee. The quality isn’t the best with the full version, but I’ve included it anyways.


Ashley Raymond Kerr--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

Mary McGee’s other son Albert McGee married Lois Iona Kerr; Daughter of Ashley Raymond Kerr and Jane Albertha “Bertie” Hawkshaw.


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Jane Hawkshaw--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

I’m including the photo of Jane Hawkshaw, or Aunt Bertie as we called her, because I LOVE this photo and I know you will too! Bertie is the daughter referred to in the article on Martha, as the one of whom she was living with on Lake Ave. Mom, while attending Caldwell, would sometimes go over to her house for lunch. 


51 Lake Ave


-Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”


Albert McGee--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

I’ve included Bertie and Ashley’s wedding announcement, as well as photos of Ashley, Lois, and Albert. Lois use to work as a Bell Operator here in town; Photo included of her and others at work.

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-Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

Some of the ladies who were the Bell telephone operators in Carleton Place. Photo- Bonnie Tosh of Carleton Place originally gave me the names awhile ago– with  Audrey MacDougall, Eve Gilhuly, Norma McKien, Helen Smich, Lois McGee, Norma Andison, Lous MacDougall, Inez Doucett, Retah Jennings Lalonde’s Real Estate Page, Mc Pherson, Phyllis – Mc Pherson Phyllis, Shirley F Nesbitt and Joan Whalen. You can read about the telephone in Carleton Place HERE

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Lois Iona--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

Bonnie Tosh is the daughter of Lois and Albert, and she’s a dear cousin who I’ve gotten a few of these photos from. 

Thank you Amanda for all your hard work. If you would like to share family photos email me, Linda, at sav_77@yahoo.com

Related Reading:

When You Needed “Variety” You Went to Art’s or the Wayside Inn 1940s — Photos

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