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The Disappearance of Frank Bates

The Disappearance of Frank Bates

Almonte Gazette 1955-05-05


People in this part of Ontario were pleasantly surprised on Sunday morning to hear an announcement over C.F.R.A. to the effect that Mr. Frank Bates, clerk-treasurer of Lanark Township, who had been missing from his home at Hopetown for over a month had communicated with his relatives.


It appears that Mr. Bates, who was suffering from amnesia, was at the Empire Hotel in Winnipeg when he telephoned his brother in-law, Mr. James Wiliis of Lanark Village. Mr. Willis and his sister, Mrs. Bates, left at once for “Winnipeg and Mr. Bates came home with them.


The man whose disappearance caused such a mild sensation is a veteran of the last World War and added to the strain of his period of service, was a head injury which he received some five years ago when he was kicked by a horse.


In addition to his duties as clerk treasurer of the township, he had a farm and he was also on the staff of the unemployment insurance office in Perth. Just before he disappeared, an order had -come through from the civil -service commission making his post permanent.What puzzled the police and his friends, who prosecuted a search for Mr. Bates, was the absence of any motive. His books were in good shape and he had no more serious domestic and social anxieties than other people have in this fast moving age.


He was seen in Toronto by a man who knew him well enough to recognize him and that was the last that was known of his movements until the welcome message came from him at Winnipeg. People in this county were very sorry for his family, especially his wife. She was made acting clerk treasurer of the township during his absence and carried on the duties in a way most satisfactory.





The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 May 1955, Tue  •  Page 31



The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 May 1955, Tue  •  Page 24



The Case of the Missing $900

  1. Maybe We Should Film Oak Island in Carleton Place? The Day the Money Disappeared

  2. Photographer Finds Money in a Local Abandoned Home

  3. The Boy Who Disappeared From Beckwith–Gordon Taylor

  4. Beckwith Child Stolen by Natives

  5. Whippet– Whippet Good! What Happened to Arthur Milton Gunter?

  6. The Man who Disappeared– Stories of Dr. G. E. Kidd

  7. The Strange Disappearance of Bertha Sumner of Carleton Place

    The Man of the Walking Dead of Maberly





NAME: Frank Joseph Bates
BIRTH DATE: 08/04/1916
BIRTH PLACE: Poland Lanark County Ontario Canada
DEATH DATE: 21/08/1988
DEATH PLACE: Poland Lanark County Ontario Canada
CEMETERY: Hopetown Cemetery
BURIAL OR CREMATION PLACE: Hopetown Lanark County Ontario Canada
SPOUSE: Merle Edith Bates

What do you Know about the Prince of Wales Cairn?

What do you Know about the Prince of Wales Cairn?

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 22 Jul 1974, Mon, First Edition, Page 2


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First we lost a few skids of stone from the Findlay house on High Street that were supposed to be saved. Later I found out that the missing stone is sitting on McArthur Island along with the stone from Central School and Prince of Wales. (some of the school’s stone was used as fill to fill up the river channel next to the Gilles building down by the back bridges)

No one is aware that this cairn existed except a few, but the article above from the Ottawa Journal says it does. Saturday I drove around and around the block and saw nothing but this concrete slab. It looked like something was once in there?


David Robertson seems to remember a cairn but not at this location as pictured but down the street straight off the side of the building. “I seem to remember someone telling me the cement base pictured was a location of a water well with pump — I could be wrong”.

Bill Brunton thinks it was located right across the street from Barbara Couch’s old house and David  thinks he is right. Bill also mentioned that he thinks the cairn was once hit by a car?


Today I went back and think this is the location just on top of the wee hill as you can see the stone buried in the ground, or what is left of it.







Cairns of Carleton Place


Findlay Memorial Cairn-High Street

This is the Findlay Memorial Cairn, located on the site of the first foundry on High Street. It gets missed, tucked away on the north side of High Street in a tiny little park with a shuffleboard court! All that remains is an empty field and a cairn of a once great company. The Findlay Cairn on High Street–The Inner Remains of the Findlay Foundry


The Willis Cairn in Riverside Park-photo sent to me by Jennifer Fenwick Irwin-The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

In Riverside Park there lies a little-known site which is of some interest in the town’s history.  It is found at the extreme end of the town’s park, near Lake Avenue and close to the Mississippi River.  This was a burial ground, where members of one of the first families of settlers of the town were laid in a now unmarked graveyard. The late Alex John Duff, Beckwith farmer, that he recalled this burial ground in his youth in the 1880s as being at that time a little cemetery about 15 or 20 feet square, a gravestone in which bore the name Catin Willis.

Discovery of this site in 1946 was reported at a Carleton Place Parks Commission meeting, at which the suggestion was made that the area should be marked as a historical site by erection of a cairn. Later the remains were exhumed and moved to the United Church cemetery. – Whatcha’ Talkin Bout Willis? — This Old House in Carleton Place


The Morphy Cram on Emily Street

The Cairn above placed on the property now owned by The Bell Telephone Company, which was the original burying site for the Morphy Family, first settlers of this area. In 1819 Edmond Morphy, his wife Barbara Miller and their eight children, the first residents on the site of Carleton Place, emigrated to Upper Canada from Ireland and settled here.–Read more The Statue of Liberty of Carleton Place

MORE Cairn photos at the very end

So About that Ballygiblin Sign…. Fourteen Years Later!

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.–


The Carleton Place House That Disappeared

So What Happened to The Findlay House Stone?

Before and After with Bill Bagg and the Mississippi Gorge

Realizing How High the Mississippi River once Roared

Take Me Where the Mississippi River Once Flowed– The Hidden Mill River

Channeling John Gillies

The River Dance of the McArthur Mill in Carleton Place

The Writing on the Wall Disappeared but the Memories Don’t

Maybe We Should Film Oak Island in Carleton Place? The Day the Money Disappeared

So About that Ballygiblin Sign…. Fourteen Years Later!

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Thanks to Glenda Mahoney— Jim Mahoney– Valerie and Gary Nichols Jim Tye Reverend McDowell Cairn at Zion Memorial Church 1991