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People of Almonte –Gerry Murphy Almonte OPP 1996

People of Almonte –Gerry Murphy Almonte OPP 1996

Thanks to the clippings of Lucy Connelly Post

Number 369 headed back to the station to drop the confiscated goods off. I was being either very brave or very foolish– and I didn’t feel very brave. It was apparent I wasn’t going to last long at the corner without an egg-shell shampoo. I snapped off some shots of the fire as quickly as the flash would charge, which wasn’t soon enough. Eggs started landing around my feet. The mattress in the middle street burned brighter, shards of glass could be seen in the flickering light. They were from bottles, however. A window hadn’t been torched. The sidewalks were slick with egg and the calvary, constables Gerry Murphy and Greg Dainschinko in cruiser 10-557 (no cage), pulled up

“ Have you got room for three skinned raccoons,” came Stan’s voice over 557’s radio. Read-Hanging With the Almonte Police 1984 —Joe Banks

Hanging With the Almonte Police 1984 —Joe Banks

Chief Irvine Preys on Motorists According to Almonte

Lanark County “Bad Girls”– Bank Street 1873

“Wenches” in Almonte??

Funny Friday — “Look Mac, That Ain’t No Moose” — 1966

The Great Escape from the Almonte Jail 1952

The Curse of the Old Royal Bank Building in Spencerville

Slot Machine a Go Go–1934 — Rooney’s Pool Hall

Constable Frank Rose – Moonshine, Indians, Raids, Drunks and Dances –The Buchanan Scrapbooks

Constable Frank Rose – Moonshine, Indians, Raids, Drunks and Dances –The Buchanan Scrapbooks

Rose’s funeral January 29, 1948

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

Big Frank Rose was six foot, 239 pounds, and born on a farm in Ramsay Township on the Clayton Road in 1896. His family moved to a farm in Pakenham Township where he and his brother were still boys and attended Cedar Hill School until the war broke out.

He enlisted and went overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces stationed in England until in 1919 when he returned to farming. In 1924 he became interested in the lumber trade and travelled to Dryden, ONtario and later Hamilton, Ohio where he worked in pulp and paper.

In November of 1926 he returned to Ramsay to marry his sweetheart Kathleen A. Arthur and they journeyed back to the US. In 1927 Frank became Lanark County’s first OPP officer and they returned to Almonte to await is acceptance. He began with a salary of $100 a month and if he made good it would be raised to $1200 a year increasing gradually to the max of $1800 a month.

Here are some of his diary notations:

January 20,1928

Train fare from Almonte to Cornwall- $4.00

meals- 45 cents

January 21, 1928

Raid on Gambling house.

Made an investigation in case of X impersonating an OPP officer

January 28,1928

Observation of bootlegging and gambling house at 12 midnight– all quiet

Brought X (native) from jail to police court as witness against Y for selling liquour to said native,

About 8:30 Pm proceeded to the scree of an accident..struck a horse and cutter.

Mr. X is charged with doing assault with doing bodily harm to wife

Proceeded to serve a summons but due to bad weather, left car and hired a horse and cutter

February 8th, 1928

Took observations of a number of dance halls, but found no evidence of liquor

Visited the same dance hall at midnight and told them to stop dancing and go home ( Cruisin Through the Dance Halls- From Carleton Place and Beyond!! Larry Clark)

February 29th, 1928

Proceeded to Smiths Falls Rink and remained on duty there until the visiting team left on the train about 10:40 PM

Had a tip and had to travel a great distance only to seize a half bottle of spirit.

March 2,1928

Proceeded by train to Arnprior to assist Chief Reid of Carleton Place County Police on the cases of foxes from the ranch of X.

Found no clue except a piece of veneer that had broken off cutter as it was turned about. Too late to get a train out but got a freight train about 11:35 Pm

Proceeded to Almonte to take observation of liquour conditions in pool room ( read-It Came Out of Rooney’s Pool Hall)

March 17 1928

Carleton Place to assist Prov officer JJ McGregor to raid on premises of X reported reported to be selling moonshine. No evidence. ( read about Johnny McGregor here-Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s)

April 17,1928

Proceeded to CNR station and found a man drunk in the toilet. Two tramps had lifted his watch and whatever money. Covered all rods leading out of town.

April 19, 1928

Received complaint about Mrs. X from Mr. X about a lady who had been living in their home and been making liquor from wheat. She had put all the wheat down the sewer until it filled up and then moved out.

May 1, 1928

Received call from Chief of Police Peacock from Almonte to insist him in break ins in the shops and theft at H H Coles Gents Furnishings. Found out that a strange car from Ottawa, supposed to be an Essex, had been seen. Proceeded to Ottawa and arrested X from Ireland who had confessed to Ottawa Police and brought him for trial back in Almonte.

May 30th, 1928

Proceeded to Almonte to attend picnic by request.

Received word that a band of gypsies were in Perth

July 16, 1928

Went to inquest of Reverend Father Connolly killed at railway crossing at Snedden

Proceeded to take observation of Dollar Day in Perth.

August 15,1928

Obtained search warrant to also keep tab on all trains

Search Hydro camp at Almonte for stolen goods supposed to be stolen from one Hassan Abdullah, Jewish pedlar ( Almonte and Carleton Place) Found some goods, but cold not make a court case.

Nov 19-Dec. 5th, 1928

ON Hunting Leave

Proceeded to cheese factory to investigate theft of cheese and butter.

He was a one man representative of the force and that meant long hours for him and his family. He often brought work home and sometimes he would be fingerprinting criminals on the kitchen table.

He would rather see a guilty man go free than an innocent man charged.

Thanks to Jean McPhail of Almonte, and daughter Barbara Armstrong of Kingston and Margaret Campbell of Balderson for use of the diaries and photos and Steve Forester for research. With files from Adam Fisher

Also read:

Big Frank Rose –The First OPP Officer in Lanark County

Cruisin Through the Dance Halls- From Carleton Place and Beyond!! Larry Clark

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s

It Came Out of Rooney’s Pool Hall

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

Tuesday’s Top Lanark County Story- Pigs in Dalhousie Space?



                                      The Lost Pig from Dalhousie Township disguised

Well land sakes alive– you don’t get too many stories that catch fire in Lanark County on a normal day unless— someone got lost in the bush or  they defiantly parked their pickup and spent the night in the Mississippi River.

Yesterday our local OPP put out a Tweet and it went something like this:

Do you know this pig? Can you help “Miss Piggy” find her way home? She was found wandering in Dalhousie Twp, is very friendly & misses her family. 1-888-310-1122

I took one look at that face and knew I had to do something.

Well that swine of a posting caught fire faster than you can say Tim Horton’s Pulled Pork sandwich. Later the OPP had some misgivings about posting her pictures, less one too many farmers put a false claim in on our dear pig. But, the Tweet still remained and people seem to forget that all it takes is 5 seconds to take a screenshot and have that “porker” go viral. I mean, how could you not love that pig? It was Lanark County’s very own BABE.

Pigs are great escape artists. You wouldn’t believe what they can get out of and into. They have been known to chew right through chain link fences, crawl under fences through spaces you wouldn’t think they could fit, and lift wooden poles right off their supports. Yes, they can climb if they want too and some of the smaller pigs can even jump! But this is Lanark County (Dalhousie township) ladies and gentleman– we have pigs jumpin’ all over the place here.


Photo from OPP Twitter Feed

Someone on Facebook wondered  if the pig got a ride in the OPP Cruiser. Well, ya gotta figure that poor pig was already in distress, and I hoped to heck the officer lured it with treats and a high voice. Pigs really like high voices, and they also respond well to calm and slow. Best way to catch ’em is to grab ’em, tip ’em, tie their feet with a rope, and put ’em in a wheelbarrow. Then you can cart the pig to where ever you are taking it. Last I looked I didn’t notice if we had an OPP fleet of wheelbarrows.


You can probably understand that the last thing the poor OPP officer wanted was for her to run off. They’re quick, slick and smart–and recovering them is usually a major undertaking. This is especially true in a rural area like Lanark County, where a hog can simply disappear into the woods. I have watched way too many American Horror Story episodes to know you don’t want anyone disappearing in the woods-man, woman or beast!

So let’s hope the OPP can find our BABE her family and she can go home soon. Right now she is safe on someone’s farm until her owner can be found. Best comment on over 300 shares I got after it went up? One woman said,

“I bet the pig was looking for that lost kangaroo in Watson’s Corners”.

Well all I have to say is— if this was 1869 —you would have been fined $2 for allowing a pig to run at large. Now? Well, there’s too much bacon– said no one ever. However, all of us can give a big sigh of relief that the pig voluntarily surrendered into OPP custody-and anyone who has recently lost a pig is asked to contact Lanark County OPP using the toll-free number 1-888 310-1122.

Update? The pig is being taken care of now until her rightful owner comes forward. In the meantime from all the comments I have been getting.. We would all love to have her..:)



Perth Courier, July 9, 1869

Francis Turner and William Montgomery of Perth were fined $2 each. after they allowed their pigs to run at large


Related stories….

Did They Ever Find the Kangaroo from Lanark County?

How to Catch a Pigeon in Ashton

Auctionering Without a License and Pigs on the Loose

“I Like My Chicken Fryin’ Size” said the Pig

Lobster John and Arnold the Pig in Carleton Place


Harold McKay

This iron pot has a long history.

When we had to slaughter a pig, we often took it to my Uncle Stewart Paterson’s farm, since he had a large cast iron pot that was balanced on a rock outcropping in his barnyard. The big caldren (about 4 ½ or 5 feet across) would be filled with water, and then a wood fire was lit under it. When the water was boiling, it was time for the pig’s entrance. The slaughtered pig (I will not expand on the details as to how this was done at this time), was lowered into the pot and essentially scalded. It would then be pulled after a short while, and the pig bristles (hair) would be scrapped off the carcass with long butcher knives.

Growing up on a farm was always interesting and there was something new to be learned or experienced every day.

Lanark County – Have You Seen This Woman?


Lanark County – Have You Seen This Woman?


If you wonder why the helicopters are flying over Mississippi Mills there is a big reason. Here are the details from The Lanark Era.

Uniformed officers and detectives from the Lanark County OPP, supported by members of the emergency response unit, canine unit and aerial support unit, are currently searching for a missing woman in the Town of Mississippi Mills.

Margaret Henry, 58, is believed to have left her residence on Ramsay Con. 4A, Town of Mississippi Mills at around 5 a.m. yesterday (Monday).

Margaret Henry is approximately 5’4″, 140lbs, with light brown hair, blue eyes and is believed to wearing a pink and purple sweater, purple coat and farm work boots.

The OPP is appealing to anyone who may have seen Henry or have any other useful information to contact the Lanark County detachment using the toll-free OPP 1-888-310-1122 number.

Today Margaret  has still not been found, and her neighbours are missing her waves as she drives by. A daughter is frantic about the whereabouts of her Mother– thoughts and prayers that she may be found safe and sound!

Update: Sadly Margaret’s passed away..

Read all about it here.