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Skaters Under Ice? Ring That Bell!



Photo- Mississippi Valley Textile Museum-Anglican Church when there used to be a cemetery there. Before the rectory was built. Also shown-Grieg’s and Illingsworth’s House.  1870-1871

Dec 4 1891-  Read the Almonte Gazette here

A big scare was created in town last Tuesday night, shortly after midnight, by the vigorous ringing of the fire alarm bell. A few dozen citizens dressed hurriedly and rushed for the fire station. On asking where the fire was they were told that there was no fire—that a couple of skaters were supposed to be drowned up the river, and some young men rang the alarm in older to rouse a crowd and arrange to search for’ the bodies!

The action of those who rang the alarm were condemned on all sides as an unwarranted proceeding under the circumstances. Had Mr. Tosh, the caretaker, not been ill in bed he would not have allowed it. The facts are that a couple of the young folks were skating on the river, and, the afternoon being fine and the ice good, they glided along till Appleton was reached ; then went to Carleton Place and, being too late for the evening train, came home on the Winnipeg express.



Almonte 1879-Public Archives

Meantime their relatives got very anxious, felt sure an accident had befallen the absent ones, and began to talk of arranging a search party when the thoughtless bell-ringers got in their work. When the train arrived a little later with the missing couple aboard, the agony of suspense was relieved, and all repaired homeward, consoling themselves with the thought that “ all’s well that ends well.”

But the proceedings are not likely to be repeated.


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So Where Was the Ice Palace?

The Old Carleton Place Arena

So What Did You Wear Ice Skating?

Your Carleton Place Trading Card–Meet Number 7 — Brian Trimble

The Figure Skaters of Carleton Place

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How Many People Read About Lanark County in 2016? Top Stories?




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Let’s Check Out What Happened in 2016!

So in the middle of 2016 I expanded my writing to include all of Lanark County on the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page. Here are the 2016’s year end results as of December 30 10:33 am–

In 2016 we had over 722,102 views and 590,692 visits from 131 countries who read about Lanark County (and now Quebec Eastern Townships) history.

Facebook brought in the most hits, next it was various search engines I use and then Twitter coming in second and third respectively. The top countries reading our local stories are:  Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Turks & Caicos Islands, Germany and Australia– and Mexico coming up strong this year.

Here is the deal- I can’t do this alone– no one can–it is only through sharing stories and commenting that we make history come alive! So thank you for helping get the word out about Lanark County. Now let’s keep spreading the word– we can do this!

The top 15 Stories of the Year

The Sad Remains of Law & Orders– Destroyed last Night

Was it Just a Matter of Time? The Old Barracks

In Memory of Wandering Wayne –Wayne Richards

Local Man’s Dad Was Leader of The Stopwatch Gang

The Witch of Plum Hollow – Carleton Place Grandmother

Chesswood of Carleton Place –THE MENU

The Abandoned Farm House in Carleton Place — Disappearing Farms

Did You Know About the Crotch Lake Disaster?

The Rooftop Christmas Tree in Carleton Place (2016)

Going Once- Going Twice- Carleton Place Sold to the Highest Bidder?

Aerial Images of the Old Cold War Barracks Fire-Carole and Bill Flint

The Thomas Easby Murders in 1829 — Foulest Ever in Lanark County

Patterson’s Restaurant Perth

What Happened to the House and Family on Frank Street –Part 1

Can Anyone in Carleton Place Hear Me?


Happy New Year and Thanks for reading!!  It is only through sharing stories and commenting that we make history come alive!

Linda Seccaspina

Related Reading:

How Many People Read the Tales of Carleton Place? Top Stories? 2015

There She Is–The Scarf Queens of Carleton Place 2016


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Badly Injured While Sliding On Toboggan January 14 1960



Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Mr. Desmond Vaughan met with an unfortunate accident on Sunday afternoon while tobogganing on Sadler’s Hill. He and Mrs. Vaughan, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Morrow drove out to the new slide on Sunday afternoon. The four went down the hill without any difficulty. On the next run about 3.30 p.m. the two men went down together.

Des was on the back of the toboggan and cannot clearly recall what happened. The slide was hard-packed with a crust and he said they seemed to travel at a great speed. It is though t that with the lighter load, the toboggan slewed. He was pitched off and landed on his back, suffering a break in his backbone about the waist-line.

With the help of other men who were present, he was placed on the toboggan and Dr. JR. K. Bach was called. He was brought to the R. 4 Hospital by Comba’s ambulance, still on the toboggan. He suffered considerable pain for several days but is more comfortable now. It is expected that a walking cast will be adjusted on Friday. Des was employed at the Cities Service Station and expects to be able to perform light duties in a short time.

Almonte Gazette

Almonte Gazette 1960

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Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Tobogganing down “Stoddards’ Hill” on Morphy Street in Carleton Place, not far from Ottawa, circa 1912..

Rachel McRae

My Grandpa! My uncle said that their. neighbours rallied together to collect money for my Mom’s family as my Grandpa could not work at the time.


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1. The word toboggan comes from either the Algonquin word odabaggan or the Anishinabe word nobugidaban.

2. The Inuit made their toboggans out of whalebone, while other tribes used birch or tamarack. The sleds had a curved front, to ease traveling over difficult terrain, but had no runners. The design has changed little since they were first developed; today, most toboggans are made with seven boards of ash or maple, each about 2 inches wide.

3. The Russians built the first toboggan slide—a high wooden structure with an ice-covered chute—in St. Petersburg in the late 1800s.

4. Tobogganing as a sport began in Canada in the late 1800s and quickly spread. Though it was considered a “sport,” tobogganing was also high-fashion: Men wore top hats and ladies donned their best clothes for trips down the chute.

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Esso? Downtown Bridge Street Carleton Place

The White Rose Service Station in Carleton Place

Dollars Worth of Gas in Carleton Place

Before the Canadian Tire Gas Bar There Was..

Guess Who’s Coming to Almonte 1871 ?



Falls, and Woollen Mills, at Almonte, Ont.
Artist: Haberer, Eugene, Act. 1872-1891; Kilborne, M.



October 1871-Almonte Gazette

We are glad to learn that Almonte is still to continue its wonderful progress of the past ten years, and that the spirit of enterprise, which has already made it the largest manufacturing village in Ontario, is still animating our business men. Should the improvements now spoken of be carried out, next summer will see the erection of three new mills, which cannot but add largely to the present population.


Mr. A. E. Young, some time ago, purchased a site for a steam saw mill from Mr. Tooley, and has lately purchased three acres adjoining it from Mr. Robert McFarlane, for a lumber yard. Here a steam saw mill will be erected and put into operation, we are informed, next summer; and if it was only for the purpose of supplying the local requirements for building material the investment would prove a paying one.


Photo- Mississippi Valley Textile Museum


A shingle mill will be built by Mr. Gilbert Cannon near his present factory, and subsequently, probably during the following summer, another large woolen mill. We have also been favoured with a visit from some Western capitalists, who have been negotiating for the purchase of land on the bank of the river, with the intention of building a steam woolen mill. An eligible site can be secured at a reasonable figure, and we will be glad to hear o f them having closed a bargain with the owner of the property.



Photo- Mississippi Valley Textile Museum


There is plenty of room in Almonte yet, with enough water power enough to drive ten times the amount of machinery now in operation : we have a rich agricultural country surrounding us on all sides, and there is no reason why the present Village should not be, in a few years, the Town of Almonte.


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So Where Was the Ice Palace?



This week I found some great social notes about the Almonte Ice Palace. No one really seems to know much about it even though it was the place to go a very long time ago. Michael Rickley-Lancaster, curator of The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, thought that it was on *’Coleman’s  island’ in Almonte. So I searched and searched and today I found out he was absolutely right.

In the history of the Almonte Curling Club it said:

1905-A new two-sheet structure was built onto the end of the old hockey rink on Coleman’s Island. This building was condemned around 1941. Did you also know that the Almonte Curling Club played on various locations on the Mississippi River, the main one being near the fairgrounds on Water Street?


January 6, 1911– Almonte Gazette


5ea24c6b3e9c8bac9f2f1e52d0910851.jpg     The electric lights at the skating rink have been placed on the commercial line, with the result that the lights are right up to the mark in every respect, and both skaters and hockeyists are extremely pleased.

5ea24c6b3e9c8bac9f2f1e52d0910851.jpg    While skating at the rink last Thursday evening Mr. H. B. Lumsden, teller in the Bank of Montreal here, fell on the ice, fracturing some of the small bones in his left wrist. The injury necessitated a week’ s enforced  holidays for Mr. Lumsden at his home in Ottawa.

5ea24c6b3e9c8bac9f2f1e52d0910851.jpg    The Almonte Rink Company have time to induce others to keep a tab on what young people want, and this historic old town has decided that the skaters must have music and are now negotiating with a Montreal firm for the instillation of an electrically driven organ which will render the latest dreamy waltzes at a moments notice.


Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

5ea24c6b3e9c8bac9f2f1e52d0910851    Notwithstanding the fact that Carleton Place has a skating rink– a large number from the junction town attend the Almonte Ice Palace. The drive over is no doubt some inducement, but some say that the walking to Almonte is good too.


5ea24c6b3e9c8bac9f2f1e52d0910851   The innovation introduced by the Messrs. Gemmill at the Davis House (Almonte House) of furnishing light lunch, sandwiches, hot tea and coffee seems to be meeting with the favour of the public. Farmers and their wives, or families driving to town find it convenient to drop in and have a lunch in a comfortable room.

Many sleighing parties to and from from Carleton Place find it a nice place for a light supper. After-rink parties from the Almonte Ice Palace are finding it all right for a cup of tea or coffee or hot Bovril before going home.  The idea is a good one, and should be encouraged, as it is filling a want created with the advent of local option.






The old Almonte arena in the photo above stood where the new one now stands. Linda Nilson- Rogers believes the old roof caved in so they built a new one.  She said that the best thing was Fred Larose running the Canteen! He was a nice man and he would let the kids take extra creamers for your hot chocolate.

They also had these long heaters by the stands that roasted you in front while your butt froze!



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The Old Carleton Place Arena

Your Carleton Place Trading Card–Meet Number 7 — Brian Trimble

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How Much is that Doggie In the Museum?



How many pets live in museums?

For more than a century visitors have marvelled at the Hermitage Museum’s precious collections, and for just as long dozens of cats have prowled the Saint Petersburg palace’s sprawling cellars.

The felines have one main task – to root out unwanted guests: rodents. The 70-odd brigade have their claws so deep into the history of Russia’s largest museum, and one of the world’s oldest, that there is even a special feline unit dedicated to their welfare.

By the time Catherine the Great took power in 1762, the felines had become official residents. They were even dubbed the Winter Palace cats, after the royal residence that has now become part of the museum.

They survived successive wars, invasion by Napoleon’s forces and even the revolution that overthrew Tsarist rule.

During World War II, however, the cats did not make it through the 1941-1944 Nazi siege of Leningrad, the city’s name under Soviet rule. The city’s famished population had no choice but to eat their pets in order to survive.

Legend has it that the palace’s feline guard was brought back to life when World War II ended, when new recruits were brought in by train from all over Russia.

By the 1960s, there were so many cats at the Hermitage that the authorities decided it would be best to abandon them.

Yet the rat population proliferated and a few years later the cats again found their place.


Have you met Jack, who is photographed having a stretch during his shift at the Lambton Heritage Museum in Lambton Shores?


There is also this devout cat who lives in a fourteen hundred year old museum called Hagia Sophia in Turkey, guarding and preserving its religious and cultural history every single day. His name is  Gli. He is slightly cross eyed but a whole lot of cute. Besides watching guards, gardeners and keeping them supervised, Gli greets tourists and enjoys being photographed by them at the museum.



Photo from Isle of Wight County Museum licensed CC BY-SA 3.0

Of course I must add a pet ham–but it’s not just any ham (you knew I would have to throw some humour in here). This ham in particular (named, you guessed it… Ham) is 113 years old and lives in a museum in Virginia as the world’s oldest cured ham. The story goes that Ham was left to “cure” (be preserved to be eaten later) in 1902 in a meat packing plant and was forgotten. Eventually P.D. Gwaltney Jr. found it and decided to make it his pet. He had a collar made for it and took it everywhere he went. Now the ham, which you could probably still eat, sits in the museum. You used to be able to watch it on a live web cam! The ham was also featured in Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not” in 1929, 1932 and 2003.

So what about locally?

Well look who just became part of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte…

Michael Rikley-Lancaster has added something new to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, and it’s not just the new Colour Unboxed show coming up soon. (More on that this week)


Nevil is giving me “a close-up Mr. Deville”  and wondering what I could possibly add to his territory.

This is Nevil and he is our local addition to the series of “pets in museums”. Nevil is a rescue dog, about 5 years old, and has fit right in as canine curator of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum . He loves participating in the new exhibits, which I saw in action, and greeting people. Did I mention he loves lots of attention and is beloved by all at the museum?


 Michael Rikley-Lancaster and Nevil opening up the door to hallowed ground.

Animals have become stars in their own right in museums,  and they have become hugely popular with the many tourists who visit each year. Visitors also snap up souvenirs and postcards adorned with their adorable faces on sale in the museum gift shops. So who knows, maybe down the line Nevil will be gracing some coffee mugs for sale at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. You just never know!

Come say HI to Nevil and everyone at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.


Michael Rikley-Lancaster and Nevil in a Rosamond masterpiece pose.


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If the Falls Could Talk




No. 2 Falls-Photo from Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

Excerpt From The Almonte GazetteThe Volunteer  — by John Dunn

James Rosamond, a director of the company, and a local entrepreneur, resolved to venture additional capital to erect a woolen mill on a site beside No. 2 Falls.  It was a stone structure, five stories in height, and was the start of the Rosamond Woollen Company. Only a few years later it gave way to the great undertaking called No.1, the head office and manufacturing center for the next ninety years of the Rosamond Woollen Company at the end of Coleman’s Island.

And all during those years Almonte was known to travelers on the trains as The Woollen Town, because the Rosamond Woollen Company, the Old Red Knitting Company, the Penman Woollen Mill, Campbell’s Woollen Mill, the Yorkshire Wool Stock Mill and Wm. Thoburn’s Woollen Mills all made the flat metallic clacking of the looms as familiar a sound of Almonte as the whistle of the CPR steam locomotive.



Penman Wollen Mill-Photo from Mississippi Valley Textile Museum      


Down on Coleman’s Island, right at the end where the island abuts against the No. 1 Falls of the river, Alex Rosamond, a son of Almonte, and scion of one of the largest woolen manufacturing firms, succeeded to the office of managing Director of No. 1. It was a big undertaking, and his responsibilities affected the lives and the livelihoods of hundreds of working men and women in the town. For throughout the town, on Mill Street, in the post office, at the drive sheds outside West’s Store, the talk was always No.1. No. 1, timeless and unchanging.

     Any day, Alex Rosamond could look out his window in the front office and watch Tom Leishman’s team of big chestnut horses, glistening with health and light perspiration, their harness all polished leather marvellously offset by gleaming brass buckles and fittings, bringing yet another wagon load of bales of raw Australian wool down the hill to the loading ramp at the back of the mill. Tom held a steady hand on the lines, but the team seemed to know what was to be expected of them.

      Steadiness. That’s what it was. Everyone called it a steady town of 2200 people, spinners, weavers, dyers, loom-fixers, millwrights, carpenters, masons, stationary engineers, and all the rest.


Photo from Mississippi Valley Textile Museum     

Take Mick McKevitt for example, way down there in the boiler room beside the loading ramp. When it came to feeding steam to the big turbine power wheel resting there in its cradle as finely balanced as the works of a fine Swiss watch, Mick was like a master magician, feeling rather than knowing the right moment and the correct amount of steam to give the wheel. Steady. That was Mick all right. Real steady with live steam.

     On the way back to the freight sheds Tom Leishman’s team pulled a load of bales of another kind, and usually the full of the wagon, all wrapped in heavy kraft paper, addressed to places in the Old Country, to be shipped by CPR to Montreal and forwarding to England. And all of them bore the label:

                         Rosamond Woollen Company

                                            Almonte, Ontario

                             Makers of Fine Woollens

                                             And Worsteds


Photo from Mississippi Valley Textile Museum


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The Cost of Living is Jumping Down in Almonte





Photo from Brian Bowrin Collection


The Cost of Living is Jumping Down 45% in Almonte- Almonte Gazette--1921 May 20

Author’s Note-In 1920-1921, there was a fall in the prices of food and groceries in all the capital cities of North America

In Almonte there has been a decided drop In the prices of most staple articles from war time costs and a far greater drop than many seem to realize. For the benefit of its readers the Gazette has secured a list of the watime prices of a number of articles and the prices which prevail today. These show that there has been a drop of about 45 per cent.

Potatoes show the brggest reduction and this is by general consent one of the most important items. The cost has been lowered from $5 per bushel to 60 cents. The consumer was harder hit with potatoes than with any other article, and even as late as last year the price rose to $7.50 per bag or $5 per bushel.



Photo from the Almonte Gazette/The Millstone of J. G Hayes from Almonte


Breakfast bacon, an immense amount of which is consumed, was 70 cents per pound; today it was 50 cents, smoked roll bacon was 45 cents; now it is 32 cents. Short cut salted pork was 35 cents; It can now be got for 24 cents. Another most important reduction price is seen In flour. Whereas it was $16 per barrel it is now $10.50.

Sugar has dropped from 26 cents per pound to 12 cents, bread from 13 to 10 cents per loaf, eggs from 70 cents to 23 cents, and rice from 20 cents to 8 1-4 cents. There is no reference to fresh meats as apparently these is very little change in these prices in Almonte. It is the same with milk. Nor did the Gazette make any effort to compare the costs of canned foods of which there is a very great variety. Dry goods generally are reported to the Gazette as being down 25 per cent, and ready made clothing is also down 25 per cent. From the above figures it would appear that our farmers have been hit hard, by the reduction in prices.



American Prices at that time

Cost of groceries in the 20’s
Bacon 1 lb. 52¢ 1920
Bacon 1 lb. 47¢ 1925
Beef Rib Roast1 lb 39¢ 1926 New York
Bread 1 lb. 12¢ 1920
Bread 1 lb. 1925
Bread 1 lb. 10¢ 1925 New York
Bread 1 lb. 10¢ 1929 Chicago
Butter 1 lb. 70¢ 1920
Butter 1 lb. 55¢ 1925
Butter 1 lb. 56¢ 1929 Chicago
Butter 1 lb. 57¢ 1925 Los Angeles
Cabbage 1 lb. 1920 WI
Carmel Wafers (1lb.) 36¢ 1924 WI
Cheese I lb. 38¢ 1926 New York
Chicken 1 lb. 39¢ 1925 New York
Chicken lb. 42¢ 1929 New York
Codfish 1 lb. 29¢ 1924 WI
Coffee 1 lb. 47¢ 1920
Coffee 1 lb. 52¢ 1925 Washington
Coffee 1 lb. 50¢ 1925
Coffee 1 lb. 45¢ 1929 New York


Chiffon Cake

1 1/8 cups sifted cake flour, plus 2 tbsp.
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. double-acting baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup salad oil
3/8 cup water (1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp.)
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. each, vanilla and lemon extract
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 cup egg whites (about 4)

Mix and sift first four ingredients. Make a well and add oil, water, egg yolks and flavorings. Beat until smooth. Add cream of tartar to egg whites. Beat until egg whites form very stiff peaks. Gently fold first mixture into egg whites until well blended. Fold, do not stir. Turn batter into ungreased 9-inch tube pan. Bake in moderate oven (325˚ F) about 1 hour or until cake springs back when touched lightly with finger. Immediately turn pan upside down, placing tube pan over neck of bottle. Let hang until cold. To remove from pan, loosen with spatula.

Strawberry Icing: To 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar add 1/8 tsp. salt and 3 1/2 tbsp. juice from crushed berries. Mix until smooth. Spread over the top and sides of cake. 

Orange Icing: Substitute orange juice for berry juice in above recipe. Add 1 tsp. grated orange rind.


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Where was Almonte’s Military Headquarters?




Almonte’s military quarters were combined with the North Lanark Agricultural Society’s main exhibition building then being erected.–Google Image



1840 – A district agricultural society, the parent of the present North Lanark Agricultural Society, was founded at a January, 1840, meeting at Carleton Place, with James Wylie of Ramsayville as president, Francis Jessop of Carleton Place as secretary and Robert Bell as treasurer.  Its activities for the improvement of farming methods and products have included from the beginning an annual exhibition, held until the late Eighteen Fifties at Carleton Place and thereafter at Almonte.  Carleton Place exhibitions were continued for some further years by a Beckwith Township agricultural society.

1945–On October 22, 1945 a group of interested farmers formed the North Lanark District Co-Operative in Almonte. At the time it was incorporated there were 185 members and the first board that was elected consisted of: E.J. Rose-Kenneth Robertson- Alva Rintoul-Bert Young-George Robertson-Robert Cochran-Vic Kellough-Frank Ryan-Jas Commery. The Co-Operative opened with machinery going in July 1946. The turn over for the fiscal year was $75,000.

In 1949 membership had risen to 316 and the turn-over was $137,000.–Lanark County Federation of Agriculture booklet–1949-1950


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Does Fabric Make You Happy? Read This!!



The usual excuses—

“I shouldn’t buy anymore fabric, if you saw the stash I already have”

“Yea! I just went through my fabric stash and got rid of so much stuff – now I can buy more”

“I don’t even know how to sew but I need at least 3 yards”

Well– read all about a woman about a woman who grew up with a textile hoarder

Her choice of material tells the story of her life growing up in the house of a hoarder. As a youth in Israel, Nedivi lived among cardboard boxes and plastic bags filled with clothes and pieces of junk collected by her mother, who appears as the image of an old woman in many of the artist’s mixed-media art.

Have you seen this on the MISSISSIPPI VALLEY TEXTILE MUSEUM website?

If you are a textile fan you can now explore their collection of over 2,000 publications!!!!

Explore their exciting research library named after the MVTM’s first curator, Mary Lettner. This library is home to over 2000 books, periodicals, sample books, and research notes of the textile industry and the Mississippi Valley.

Search the Centre’s collection.

I saw this first hand and became verklempt to put it mildly!!