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Jim Metcalfe —- Metcalfe Dairy

Jim Metcalfe  —- Metcalfe Dairy

A well-known and respected Almonte businessman and prominent member of the Almonte Lions Club, James Robert (Jim) Metcalfe, proprietor of Metcalfe Dairy for the past several years, passed away at the Almonte General Hospital on Friday, December 9th, 1977 at the age of 50 years. He had been in ill health for some time, Jim Metcalfe was a familiar figure to a great many Almonte residents.

Having been in the dairy business since 1945 he was well known both through his business’ contacts and his deep involvement with the Almonte Lions Club. Born in Almonte on June 12, 1927, he was a son of the late W. A. (Barney) Metcalfe who predeceased him on March 7th of this year and his wife, the late Mary Warren who predeceased him in 1960. Having received his education in Almonte public and secondary schools, Jim went directly into the family business following graduation.

On August 28, 1951, he was married in Almonte Presbyterian Church to the former Eileen Elizabeth New, who survives. A lp surviving are three sons: J. Edward] (Ted), George A., and John Ai, all of Almonte, and a daughter, Sharon Ann of Carleton Place. He is survived as welllby two sisters, Beth Wood of Toronto i n i Reta George of Toronto and Liverpool, England. j Much of Mr, Metcalfe’s spare time was spent serving with the Almonte Lions Club. He joined the organization in 1951, quickly becoming Lion Tamer, a position he held for many years.

He served as club president in 1956-57 and served as secretary for the past eight consecutive years prior to his death. It was in this capacity that Jim earneconsiderable respect both from his fellow club members and throughout District A-4. In 1972 he was presented with a special award by Governor Mack Hayes of Shawville as having been judged the best secretary in the District (covering all of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec) and in 1976 Governor Morley James of Carleton Place presented Jim with the special Governor’s Appreciation Award in recognition of 25 years service to Lionism and the community.

Lions from all over the District attended a special gathering at the Gamble & Comba Funeral Home last Sunday evening. Funeral services for Mr. Metcalfe were held at the funeral home on Monday, December 12th at 2.00 p.m. Rev. Archie Manson conducted the services with interment at Auld Kirk Cemetery. Pallbearers included Cameron Smithson. John Leishman, John Rooney, Carson Johnson, Jack Virgin and Carl Sadler.

Remembering Milk and Cookies –Metcalfe Dairy

A slower pace of life — click

March 6, 2012

By an Almonte ‘Native’

To stimulate discussion and relive memories……

Listen! Do you hear that? The distinctive clopping sound of a horse’s hooves as it pulls a milk wagon slowly along the street. You hurry to the window and watch the horse as it pulls then stops, and then continues along the street repeating this routine without a single command of the man in charge. The driver would enter the cart as it rolled along or stopped to fill his container and proceed to houses along the route filling orders placed outside the doors. As a kid in the 1950’s, Saturday was the best because you retrieved your hidden small half pint bottle and 5 cents and purchased fresh chocolate milk (that’s if your brother or sister hadn’t already found it and used it to get their chocolate milk). Two drivers I remember from that time were Mr. Gerry Brown and Ken Waddell. The horse seemed to know just how long to wait at each stop. This practice of house delivery still occurs in Ireland and Scotland today but a truck has replaced the horse and cart.

Two dairies delivered daily (except Sundays) around the town. Strathburn Dairy located at the north end of Malcolm St. in the New England section of town and Metcalfe’s Dairy located on King St. next to present day Naismith School.

Do you remember in winter that if the milk sat too long outside it would freeze and extend upwards pushing the paper top up and out of the bottle? The first thing after bringing the milk inside was to carefully pour the cream that had settled at the top of the bottle into a separate container.

Milk was not the only item brought to your door by horse and cart. Mr. Arnold Newton, who lived on Victoria St. (his horse was kept in the shed in his back yard) delivered bread and goodies (including candy). His horse continued its route in the same manner as the milk horses. Mr. Newton used the Blacksmith services of Mr. H. Finner whose shop was located at the present day site of Blackburn’s Garage. Others used Mr. Hickey’s Blacksmith shop located on Water St. behind today’s Canadian Café. One of the smith’s at Hickey’s was father to Mr. Ted Lemaistre, long time Mayor of Carleton Place.

A stable located on Water St. just south of the Blacksmith shop contained the horses of Mr. Alf Stanley. Mr. Stanley with a helper (in my day a Mr. E. Bandy) collected the garbage using a team of horses and a large wagon. It was really something to witness them carefully place boxes around the perimeter of the wagon to hold the loose material that was placed into the middle on the wagon. They took great pride in the building of their collections. You would never see anything left carelessly behind nor along the street. When the wagon was full it then required a long drive up Martin St. to the Town Dump located off Martin where large communication towers stand today. Mr. Stanley had a system in the dump arranging where items would be placed. His son, Ross, followed his occupation as does his grandson Peter Stanley does today.

Finally we mustn’t forget the iceman. In my day Mr. Hutt with his horse and cart delivered ice to homes where a large block of ice was carried by tongs and placed in the top of an icebox which looked much like a wooden fridge lined with metal on the inside. The concept was that the coolness of the ice would flow over the articles in the icebox and keep them from spoiling too quickly. To make sure that this worked correctly one only opened the doors when absolutely necessary, especially on a hot day. In winter the family kept the icebox in the back shed and didn’t need to purchase much ice, if any, during the coldest months. Very few families in Almonte owned an electric fridge even though they had electricity in their homes. They were just too expensive!

It’s just not the same today, is it?

John Metcalfe


Almonte Ontario Metcalfe’s Dairy

Metcalfe’s Mushrooms and other Toadstools

Fred Veenstra Buys Strathburn Dairy 1971

Remembering Milk and Cookies –Metcalfe Dairy

What did you Buy at The Dairy?

No Milk Today–My Love has Gone Away

Do You Remember Anyone Dying from Home Delivered Milk?

Remember These? The Neilson Dairy

When Corn Doesn’t Grow- Neilson Chocolate Will

Remembering Milk and Cookies –Metcalfe Dairy



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Taken at Babe Leishman’s King street Almonte Ontario– Photo from the collection of John Metcalfe

William Arnold (Barny) Metcalfe was born in Almonte and farmed and operated his dairy on the outskirts of Almonte housing development (Metcalfe Park) built on the
farm in the 2000’s. Metcalfe’s Dairy was located on King St. next to present day Naismith School. Two Almonte dairies delivered milk daily (except Sundays)


Almonte Ontario Metcalfe’s Dairy-Photo from the collection of John Metcalfe



Photo- Collection of Darryl RicePhoto from Ontario Dairys

Metcalfe’s Dairy, Almonte, round red 1⁄2 pint, – reverse “There is no substitute for milk products”


Photo from Ontario Dairys


Photo from Ontario Dairys


Return of Convictions for the Period Ending Dec. 13, 1898

E. Lambert, $20–Deteriorating Milk

Perth Courier, Oct. 17, 1877

A notable want in Perth is about being filled up.  Mr. William Mortimer has made arrangements for getting the milk from the dairy of C. A. Matheson and will serve it out to customers delivered at their door this winter and from then on.  The arrangement will be commenced in about a month from this date.  Meantime, Mr. Mortimer will call around to find out who may wish to become customers.  The milk furnished will be first class  as Mr. Matheson’s cows are notably excellent ones, while, coming from his dairy, the milk will certainly be the pure article.

Perth Courier, Nov. 30, 1888

The Hopetown Cheese Factory closed 20th November having been in operation 5 months.  The last shipment of cheese was made 13th Nov. but the patrons were settled with on the 20thnotwithstanding the trouble with gassy milk in the fore part of the season which reflects great credit on the cheese maker Mr. McVeigh that not one number of cull cheese was made the goals having always brought the highest prices at the time of sale.  The committee for engaging a cheesemaker for the ensuing year have taken no action yet in the matter not knowing whether to hire a cheesemaker on salary or commission.

Perth Courier, June 9, 1899

John Fraser of Scotch Corners is fixing up a house likewise which looks well; John Fraser finished up an ice house and cold storage this spring to keep his Saturday night and Sabbath milk in with fresh meat, butter, etc.,–it answers the purpose well and he is now building a silo for his corn; and our neighbor Archie McLean is also building a silo and shed to his bank barn; James W. Moodie is shingling his barn anew;


Perth Courier, September 9, 1898

It is reported here that O’Brien, the man recently arrested in Winnipeg and now on his way east in charge of Chief McGowan of Smith’s Falls, is a bigamist  with more than an average record of female conquests.  Up to the latest advice, the prisoner has been charged with having no less than five wives one of whom is the daughter of a prominent farmer and dairy man of this section.  O’Brien spent several winters in the vicinity of North Augusta and was looked upon as quite the ladies man.

Perth Courier, Jan. 20, 1933

Mr. and Mrs. James Allen, Erwin Apartments, Gore Street, quietly celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on Thursday of this week.  On Jan. 19, 1883, Mr. Allen was married to Janet Ann Wilson at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson, Sr., Scotch Line, by the late Rev. Malcolm MacGillivray of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Perth.  The groomsman was  Abraham Ferrier and the bridesmaid was Martha Wilson, afterwards married to Mr. Ferrier and since deceased.  After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Allen resided on the Scotch Line where he conducted a blacksmith business up to 1913 when he sold the business and he and Mrs. Allen came to Perth to reside on Foster Street.  Mr. Allen was the representative of a firm dealing in dairy supplies and also represented several cheese factories as salesman on the Perth Cheese Board.  Mr. and Mrs. Allen lived for four years in Winnipeg but returned to Perth three years ago.  Their union was blessed with two sons, Ray (or Roy?)  Allen of Winnipeg and the late Melville Allen.  Mr. and Mrs. Allen are enjoying splendid health. At the time of their Silver Wedding anniversary 25 years ago, Mr. Allen was a reeve in North Burgess.  The Courier of Jan. 1, 1908 stated in reference to the reception at their home:  “A large number of their friends and relatives were present and made the evening pass pleasantly, all wishing Mr. and Mrs. Allen felicitations and the hope that they will live to enjoy their Golden Wedding event”.

JOHN BRADY – At St. Francis Hospital, Smiths Falls , on March 31, 1966 , the death occurred of John Brady, following an illness of several months.  The late Mr. Brady was born on June 7, 1876 , on the third line of Bathurst , a son of the late Patrick Brady and Mary Hogan.  During his early life he conducted a dairy business in Perth , later farmed near Balderson.  For the past twenty years, he resided in Perth .  On September 19, 1899 , he united in marriage to Clarah? Theresa Young at St. John’s R.C. Church by Rev. Father Davis.  To this union were born eleven children, two daughters and nine sons, of whom eight survive: (Marie) Mrs. Charles Doyle, Perth, (Aileen) Mrs. Owen Woodward, Detroit; Hugh, Perth, Patrick, Detroit; Edward, Casterville; William, Verona; Arthur, Smiths Falls; Francis, Kingston.  Predeceased by three sons, Daniel, Philip and James.  41 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, a sister Mrs. Daniel O’Neil, survives.  Deceased sisters and brothers were; Mrs. Samuel Crawford, Mrs. Peter Jackman, Mrs. John Mackler, Mrs. Louis Pennett, Daniel, William, Thomas and Richard.  The late Mr. Brady was well known and a highly respected citizen, a member of St. John’s R.C. Church .  His largely attended funeral took place from Blair and Son Funeral Home on Monday, April 4th to St. John’s R.C. Church , where Requiem High Mass was sung by Msgr. H.J. Farrell at 9 a.m. with Father Thomas Brady and Father Shea, in the Sanctuary.  Many spiritual and floral offerings testified to the respect in which he was held.  Pallbearers were: James Brady, Patrick Brady, Lawrence Brady, Edward Pennett, Arnold Jackman (nephew) and Jack Brady, (grandson).  Those from a distance attending the funeral included, Rev. Father Collins, Chesterville; Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Brady and son, Jack of Detroit; Mr. and Mrs. Owen Woodward, daughter Debora of Detroit; Mrs. Thomas McGarry, North Bay; Mrs. Mary Raino, Toronto; Mr. Arnold Jackson, Toronto; Mr. Tom Williams, Toronto; Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Doyle, Toronto, and many others from surrounding distances.  ( 14 Apr 1966 pg 14)


Oatmeal Cookies to go along with the milk

Oatmeal Drop Cookies—Remember–Before there was Baker Bob’s There was The Almonte Bakery

adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book

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Makes about 36 cookies 

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup milk chocolate (such as Lindt), cut into coarse chunks


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees (original recipe calls for 400, but I found that 350 worked better for me).
  2. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, and molasses thoroughly.
  3. Stir the flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon together; blend in bit by bit with the wet ingredients until incorporated.
  4. Stir in oats, nuts, and chocolate. Use either a cookie scoop or spoon to drop dough by rounded spoonfuls about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. (original recipe calls for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees)


Related reading:

A SLOWER PACE OF LIFE (all about dairys)–By an Almonte ‘Native’ –The Millstone

Treasured Memories of Fred and the Maple Leaf Dairy

No Milk Today–My Love has Gone Away

Do You Remember Anyone Dying from Home Delivered Milk?

Remember These? The Neilson Dairy

When Corn Doesn’t Grow- Neilson Chocolate Will

In Memory of Wandering Wayne –Wayne Richards

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