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McRostie’s Store Looted!!

McRostie’s Store Looted!!




Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  31 Dec 1927, Sat,  Page 3


Thanks to Joan Halpenny for sending this!!!


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ 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.





Old McRostie Had a Farm in Carleton Place

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 13

The Family of Joan Halpenny– McRostie

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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It’s Photo Friday! Elizabeth Beggs McRostie posed for a formal winter portrait at the G.E. Willis studio. It was located in the Bell Block on Bridge Street and in operation from 1884 to 1896. Eliza grew up in Watson’s Corners, worked as a seamstress, and in 1902 married Fred McRostie, who ran a grocery store here in town at the corner of Bridge and Bell Streets. They lived at 213 Moffat Street, and Elizabeth kept a daily diary until her death in 1948. Their daughter Winnifred (Winnie) was a well known school teacher in town.

1933 Carleton Place Gazette thanks to Christopher Trotman

Joan Halpenny

Owner, Fred McRostie ,back left

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


It’s Photo Friday! Today’s photo shows John and Milton Dezell at their Supertest service station sometime in the 1920s. This station was located on Bridge Street, at the corner of Bell. The accompanying sketch of the site is from a 1926 fire insurance map and clearly shows the overhang and supports. The pink (brick construction) building to its right was the McRostie Grocery store. Next to it, is 205 Bridge Street, commonly known as “the doctor’s house”.

The Family of Joan Halpenny– McRostie

The Family of Joan Halpenny– McRostie



ALL PHOTOS from Joan Halpenny’s Family Collection

Hi Linda, hope these are the kind of pictures you are looking for?

These are from my grandparents and father. I’m guessing late 1800s and early 1900 s. I have lots  but unfortunately very few have names or dates. The people in the photos would all be dead now but perhaps relatives might recognize them.
Joan Halpenny
I checked the newspaper archives and found the event that this picture was taken at and added it to the photo–August 11, 1898
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Have attached another photo. My aunt, Peggy McRostie is sitting in the front and my uncle, Frank Ward is standing at the back left side. If I have the story right, they met while performing in this play.

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  02 Feb 1942, Mon,  Page 4


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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  27 Jan 1942, Tue,  Page 21


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The first one is Peter McRosties family….he’s the one who lived in the stone house…hard to believe they could fit in so many children. My grandfather Fred, back row on the right. I noticed the newspaper article about Emma the librarian. She is third at the back on the right.

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 12 Feb 1941, Wed, Page 23
30 years as the Carleton Place Librarian



The third one,of the group of women , I have no idea about. My grandmother. Eliza ( Beggs ) McRostie is wearing the black dress,sitting in front.


011155-03, (Lanark Co.), TAYLOR, Charles Francis Ray, 26, Carleton Place, Canada, Bachelor, Merchand, s/o Wm. TAYLOR and Barbara DONALD, Presbyterian, married CRAM, Mary Maud, 27, Beckwith, Canada, Spinster, d/o Samuel G. CRAM and Mary McROSTIE, withesses were M. W. TAYLOR of Carleton Place and ALVA MOE, Sherbroke, June 2, 1903, Residence of S. G. Cram, Beckwith, Presbyterian, Rev. A. A. Scott, Carleton Place, License, June 2nd, 1903

On the Perth road, now High Street, a dozen of the village’s buildings of 1863 extended from Bridge Street along the north side of the road for a distance of about two blocks.  There was only one building on its south side, the large stone house torn down several years ago, at the corner of Water Street.  It was built in 1861 by John Sumner, merchant, who earlier at Ashton had been also a magistrate and Lieutenant Colonel of the 3rd Battalion.  Carleton Militia.  Beyond this short section of High Street was farm land, including the farms of John McRostie, Peter Cram, the Manny Nowlan estate and David Moffatt.  The stone farm houses of John McRostie and David Moffatt are now the J. H. Dack and Chamney Cook residences

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  02 Oct 1934, Tue,  Page 19


From Donna McFarlane


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Donna Mcfarlane
these were sent to me by Cheryl Baldree who was a relative
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Donna Mcfarlane— also this one of John McRostie

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ 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.





Old McRostie Had a Farm in Carleton Place

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 13


The next one is a calendar from my grandfathers store, although he had died by then and my father had taken it over.

“They Didn’t Fit My Dinner”—Letters from Hilda-Maberly and Appleton– – Doug B. McCarten

“They Didn’t Fit My Dinner”—Letters from Hilda-Maberly and Appleton– – Doug B. McCarten

“They Didn’t Fit My Dinner”—Letters from Hilda-Maberly and Appleton– – Doug B. McCarten


Hilda Buchanan McRostie– Doug B McCarten



Photo– Doug B McCarten




Mississippi River, Appleton, photo by Malak Karsh—North Lanark Regional Museum (2012.79.12.26)
Photographer: Malak Karsh
Donated by Eleanor Wright & Irene Dunn Thompson









1947 Appleton Women’s Institute Quilt Date: 1947
Location:  Appleton, Town of Mississippi Mills, Ontario, Canada
Credits: North Lanark Regional Museum (2012.11.1)
Donated by the Appleton Womens Institute




Text by -Hilda Buchanan McRostie– Doug B McCarten


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Moving Appleton Community Hall, photo by Irene Thompson–North Lanark Regional Museum

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The Community Hall in Appleton– North Lanark Regional Museum


McPhail Family Lineage--Click here

McPhail Annie F W Sister S 1868 32 R Ont Scotch Canadian Presb Tailoress

11733-06 Malcolm CAMERON, 30, clerk, Beckwith twp., Carleton Place, s/o Alexander CAMERON & Margaret McGREGOR, married Elizabeth McALLISTER, 28, Ireland, Carleton Place, d/o Alexander McALLISTER & Jane McCLURE, witn: J.H. EDWARDS of Carleton Place & Annie McPHAIL of Ottawa, 31 Jan 1906 at Carleton Place


Family Mysteries of Maberly — Doug B. McCarten

Local News and Farming–More Letters from Appleton 1921-Amy and George Buchanan-Doug B. McCarten

The Letters of John Buchanan and Mary Ilan–Appleton– from Doug McCarten

The Appleton Chinchilla House

The McCarten House of Carleton Place

The Witch of Plum Hollow – Carleton Place Grandmother

An Interview with the Witch of Plum Hollow–Mother Barnes— The Ottawa Free Press 1891

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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.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?

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Old McRostie Had a Farm in Carleton Place …..



I never really thought much about the little stone house that sits quietly on the end of Flora Street in Carleton Place. It wasn’t until I was doing some research about the old floating bridge that spanned the Mississippi River to the old Hawthorne Mill that I wanted to know more.

The little home that grew into a farm was built in 1840 by John McRostie. The land was first cleared by Thomas Burns, but what few know is that the grounds you see are probably the approximate upper limit of the long rapids which once existed. It has always been known among historians as the place where the Ramsay Settlers of 1821 had their last overnight camping spot before they traveled by water from north Lanark to Almonte. Locals now know it as Centennial Park. As time went on, the McRostie’s prospered and moved into more elaborate homes.


Thomas Burns held the first crown grand of 80 acres in 1828, but Robert Johnston was shown as the owner in 1829. John McRostie bought the property in 1840, built the house and it remained in the family until 1919. It was then sold to Alec McClean who actually flipped it to Daniel Sullivan. In 1923 Albert Powell took possession with the acreage at this point being drastically reduced and it was bought by Howard Dack.


Mrs. D. Findlay, Sr. (Catherine McRostie) – 1837/1933. Oldest Surviving Daughter of Carleton Place.


There is the old McRostie home on Flora Street-Shane Wm Edwards— The house in the background shows a front door with a stone surround but I seem to recall hearing that it may have added later and there are at least two other similar stone surrounds on the front door of houses in town. At one time it seems that decorative embellishments like this were sold by door to door salesmen.

The stone home didn’t come back into its own until Howard Dack bought it and proceeded to restore and renovate it. When Dack bought the house from Albert Powell in 1946 the stonework had to be completely redone including the stone trim of the front door. Old wooden shutters were attached to the windows, and the sun porch facing the river was an addition. The large fireplace that sits in the living room came from the old Captain Glendinning home on Glen Isle.


*Glendinning House in Glen Isle

The original pine floors still exist on the top floor, but all had to be replaced on the first level. Like most older homes, the enormous cedar beams in the basement are as solid as they first day they were installed. Seeing the house today, you have to stand there and remember a time gone by when it was a farm and Centennial Park was abuzz with livestock and then Ab Nichols lumber yard.

B/W Photos- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


The Glenndining  home is said to be the oldest stone house in Beckwith, this home is located on Glen Isle. It was built c. 1820 by Captain Thomas Glendinning, the man who helped incite the Ballygiblin Riots of 1824.

Glendinning, a native of England, served in the British army as a Lieutenant before retiring on half pay in Beckwith Township. According to legend, Glendinning escaped the Irish Settlers on day two of the Riots by hiding in a large chimney recess above the fireplace in this house. Unable to find him, the Irish carried on to the Morris Tavern in Carleton Place, where they broke in and damaged the now vacated tavern.