The new sawmill of Messrs. Nichols & Son, on the north shore of the river, opposite the Hawthorn Mill, is about complete and ready for business as soon as the logs come down the river. The mill is 60 feet long, with platforms at each end, and is built upon stone piers, with room in the basement for pullies, shafting and a shingle mill.
There is a wing alongside for an engine large boiler and 65 h.p. engine. A smoke stack 70 feet high carries up the smoke. The buildings are strongly built, and covered with iron for fire protection. The machinery is already in position.
If you lived in Carleton Place in years gone by you did most of your swimming at Manny’s Point. If you got on the boom at a point where W. A. Nichols Mill stood- you only had two gaps to jump. If you were lucky you went on your way.- if not, you had a swim not where you anticipated.
Wendy LeBlanc-– Linda, are you aware of ‘The Big Rock’ which is located about 25 feet or so into the water from the pile of sawn lumber at the left of the photo? It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where it would be from this photo. The much-loved Big Rock was a destination for kids swimming across from Riverside Park before the swimming beach was built at Centennial Park. We did swim in that area – even though we were told not to by our parents – as there was no lifeguard on that side. Many happy summer hours were spent there.