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A Meteorite or a Fuse Box? A Carleton Place Legend Part 2

A Meteorite or a Fuse Box? A Carleton Place Legend Part 2

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
27 May 1957, Mon  •  Page 40

Was it a UFO? A Meteorite or a Fuse Box? A Carleton Place Legend

this is the Buffam farmhouse now..

These photos below are from Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

“I have nothing on that house. It isn’t included in any of our maps as it is (was) just far enough out of town to be excluded. My Buffam file is just family trees. I do have the news clipping of the lightning strike of course, and that’s not the same house. The one hit by lighting was frame and had a different roof line.”

I asked Ted Hurdis

Before my time but it may have been the one before the brick place ? My family will swear it was a meteorite though not lightening. My sister Thelma Savard would know which one for sure. So I was one and in a highchair so 1957.


Putting Together Pieces About Historical Homes– John Moore’s House –Napoleon Street

Was it a UFO? A Meteorite or a Fuse Box? A Carleton Place Legend

The Story of the Old House on Princess Street

It was Friday the 13th on Napoleon Street in Carleton Place

The Mystery Streets of Carleton Place– Where was the First Train Station?

What do You Know About the Hawthorne Cottage?

What You Didn’t Know About the House on High Street

Things You Didn’t Know About the Moore House — or Maybe you Did

Putting Together Pieces About Historical Homes– John Moore’s House –Napoleon Street

Putting Together Pieces About Historical Homes–  John Moore’s House –Napoleon Street



Photo by Mike Jeays Then


Jennifer E Ferris provided this photo –Google Earth street view, zoomed in past the modern house in front of it. Now
I asked on The Tales of Carleton Place if anyone knew anything about the photo of a home on Napoleon Street in Carleton Place that Mike Jeays took years ago. It is important that we document what we remember for future generations..-Linda Seccaspina

Tom Edwards I’m not sure Linda Seccaspina, but this looks like Pearl McRaes old home on Napolean Street. She lived there with her son John. It was basically where the Mahogany Spa is now.

Ted Hurdis Pearl sounds right but the last name doesn’t sound right to me ? I’m racking my brain now !!
Donna Mcfarlane  This is on property owned by John Moore.
Author’s Note–John Moore’s land (Lot #14, SW ½) ran for a similar distance along Napoleon Street; See historical facts below.
Joann Voyce–It is currently the property of Glenn and Joan Pierce who live in the modern home on the property
John Poole- Ted, just talking to Kevin Kennedy now and he confirms that it was Pearl McRae. Her son who washed dishes at the Thruway and was killed on the overpass right beside their home riding his bicycle.
Hazel Stewart-Huneault –It was the McRaes home I believe. Not sure of the correct spelling. John was tragically killed by a car while biking on Napoleon Street, many years ago.
Dawn Jones-I remember John quite well. He worked part time at Canadian Tire on Beckwith doing odd jobs. I knew he lived with his mother.
James R. McIsaac-I used to pick up Pearl in the ambulance regularly in her later years, John was killed on Napoleon Street. He and Oscar Brazeau used to hang together: a lawn mower and bike, an occasional case of beer:)
Ted Hurdis-I don’t know why the last name Bamfor or Banford keeps coming to me ? Anybody ?
Jenn Nolan-Just asked mom….  Her name was Pearl Bamford not Pearl McRae.
Hazel Stewart-Huneault-My brother hung out a bit with Pearl’s son and he just told me that yes, Pearl’s last name was Bamford and her son John’s last name was McRae.
Barbara Plunkett- Pearl McRae lived there , and she had a son named John. I knew Pearl McRae. I worked with Pearl at Bridge Estate Manor Retirement home. She cooked the meals there,. She was quite the Lady ,and a good friend.
Hazel Stewart-Huneault-How sad for her to lose her son. 😓
Barbara Plunkett-Yes, she passed away a few years after that
Kerri Ann Doe O’Rourke-My father installed a bathtub on the front porch because they wouldn’t have it in the house! That would have been in the very early 80’s
Ray Paquette-I vaguely remember the house which was located beside what we called Dibblee’s Quarry at the end of Napoleon where it joined Lake Park Road (the 11th Concession of Beckwith). The quarry featured in our boyhood because we often swam in it in the early spring before the Mississippi warmed up.
Joann Voyce-The quarry is now part of Mahogany and has a fountain in the middle of it.
Photo by Mike Jeays Dibblee’s Quarry
As Ray Paquette said: “What I find fascinating in this post is the tale that has evolved about this home and the filling in of the “blanks” associated with it. A real community effort!” I cannot do this without you.. so thank you.
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The Moore Family settled in Beckwith Township with Land Grants from the government of 100 acres per man of age.  
At the time, William Sr. and John qualified and the grants were registered in September 26 and 28, 1819 as  Concession 11 (now Hwy. 7 intersection of Carleton Place and Beckwith Twp) by the government settlement office  (which was then situated in the new village of Richmond, in the adjoining township of Goulbourn. John Moore’s land (Lot #14, SW ½) ran for a similar distance along Napoleon Street;

John moved to Goulbourn Township in 1822 with his wifeSusannah McNeely and settled on Concession #5,  lots # 26 7 27) near Richmond.  John sold parts of his Beckwith land between 1840 and 1860 to Carleton Place  and other residents which included:  Napoleon Lavalee, Rev. Lawrence Holcroft, Joseph Bond, John Neilson,  Hugh Boulton and Nathaniel McNeely.  John still held a total of 53 acres in 1851 which half had been
cultivated but none were in crops. John left the remaining part of his Beckwith land to their daughter Jannette (wife of James Brownlee).

William Moore Jr.’s land (Lot#15, SW ½) was a similar section along the northeast side of the Franktown Road and extended from Lake Avenue East to Highway #7.

The Moore family was the first family to arrive and hosted the Morphy family who arrived in 1819 and  moved on to settle close to the falls.  The family who settles closest to the falls is whom the town/settlement is named.

Interesting Note–The Moore home was a single storey log cabin which burnt down and was replaced by another.  It was rumoured  that William Moore Sr. was buried on the site, which is located behind the schoolhouse on junction of Hwy. 7  at the “Welcome to Carleton Place” sign.

William Jr had been granted Concession 11 Lot 15 which he sold later and moved to Westmeath, Renfrew ON with wife Margaret Bowes and children. William Jr had a blacksmith shop and was in partnership with Caleb S Bellows (who was postmaster) and he also removed to Westmeath.  William Jr had owned the “road to the mill” later renamed Bridge St after he sold.  He also had a barn on the site of the current railroad station. Frances Moore

Help Us Identify This Couple- “The Good People of Lanark County”

Help Us Identify This Couple- “The Good People of Lanark County”


If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up they say. After I had my heart attack, the good people of Lanark County were so supportive of me. It has not been easy for me these past few months, but I insisted on keeping my writing up and specifically wrote about my heart attacks and strokes so others would see we all go through things. Because of all you I didn’t give up on bad days. You have no idea what you did for me.

There are many good folk in Lanark County that ask not for thanks, but when we hear about them they inspire us like Peter Porteous. You seldom see these folks in the newspapers– but I want to make sure they are recognized. If even just a few words, they need pats on the back and gold stars.

I had no idea how many people felt the same way and the other day I received a lovely note from Paula Theriault.

Hi Linda,

After reading your article about Peter Porteous, more specifically, your comment about people working behind the scenes, a couple people came to mind.  Both these individuals I met by chance, and you being a long time resident may know of them and their good works but, no one I’ve talked to has. So as said, your article brought them to mind.

This lady’s name unfortunately has slipped my mind. However, I’m sure you can find out. They live on Napoleon street, just a few houses up towards the highway from the 4 way stop at Arthur St.

I met this lady when I became curious about her front yard vegetable garden. I took a chance and knocked on her door to see if I could look closer at the garden. Her husband answered and invited me into their backyard to meet his wife. I learned that teenagers had planted the front garden with the directions of a farmer friend. They also invite these and other teens into their home for conversation and a meal throughout the winter

Their backyard is beautiful. They are continuing to develop it into a place of peace and relaxation that local seniors might enjoy.  All these things they do as a way to “pay it forward’ and share happiness–Paula Theriault


So I have no idea who these people are. Can someone help me so we can put a name to these good folks and add them to “The Good People of Lanark County” and give them the gold star of kindness.


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





The Secret Santa of Carleton Place– Peter Porteous

We’ll Never See a Woman Again Like That-Irene Crosbie

Marian MacFarlane — Silver Threads Among the Gold

Carleton Place Blind Woman Saved Four Seniors

The Mystery Streets of Carleton Place– Where was the First Train Station?



Carleton Place’s first train station was on Mullet Street, which was originally called Napoleon Street years ago. When Napoleon Lavalee bought land where Napoleon Street exists now- the street name changed to Mullet, and Napoleon moved to where it is currently located now, off of Lake Ave West. Lavalee’s white frame home still sits on the corner.

The original Napoleon Street once ended at William Street and the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum believes Mullet Street was named after the Mullet Family. If you look at the map closely no one knows what happened to Quarry or Louisa Street. A similar story exists for Elgin Street between Bridge and Victoria Street. These streets just disappeared.


As early as 1860 the C. P. R line from Brockville through Carleton Place to Almonte was open. When King Edward the VII, then Prince of Wales, was touring Canada he made a tedious journey to Almonte by stagecoach. On his return trip he took the train and went through Carleton Place on the way to Brockville.

The original Carleton Place station stood half-way between William Street and Town Line. (It was Town Line then not Townline) Not far from the railway crossing on Town Line was the old Tweedie home, farther west of course was the Dunlop home. Mr. Dunlop was a cabinet maker, and caskets were among the many useful items he made. The original Gillies home was on George Street and was later on occupied by Hattie McDaniel. Not far from Bridge Street were two small frame homes owned by Jake Leslie.


Carol McDonald– Our dad Desmond Moore born in 1921 built the house on the corner of the existing named streets Morphy and Mullet. He used to tell us the field near the tracks where the condos are now , he played ball in often when he was a kid. When we grew up there , the corner was Napoleon St. and Morphy. Then it’s was named Railroad and Morphy. Then it was Mullet and Morphy . So that history is going back many years. The Mullet house , and the Ferrill house were the only houses directly on Mullet St.the years I grew up therre

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