Tag Archives: pakenham

Clippings of Cedar Hill School

Clippings of Cedar Hill School

From the clippings of Lucy Connelly Poaps

The Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada08 Mar 1901, Fri  •  Page 7

Class Photos from Cedar Hill School

Maples of the Cedar Hill School House

LOST in Cedar Hill

The Lonely Grave of Barney Shiels of Cedar Hill

Which Pakenham School Was this?

Outhouses Need to Be Cleaned– Conditions of Our Rural School– 1897

Maples of the Cedar Hill School House | The Millstone

Dear Miss Sheehan — July 13 1905

What do you Remember About Teacher Evelyn Miller ?

Cedar Hill School House

Photo of Cedar Hill School HouseLocated at 270 Cedar Hill Road, Pakenham, Cedar Hill School House is a historic schoolhouse that has been recently renovated. It is ideal for meetings, family reunions, and small parties. It has a seating capacity of 60 people. It is equipped with kitchen and washroom facilities.

Please visit Municipal Hall Rental Rates for information on costs.

S.S. No. 1 Pakenham, 1948 – Courtesy of David Donaldson. Front: Bobby Connery, Ronald Lindsay, Jean Fulton, Bill Taylor, George Deugo, Alvin Timmins, Jack Levi 2nd Row: Fred Forsythe, Glen Timmins, Doreen Taylor, Art Levi, Stuart Timmins Back: Milton Timmins, Bill Donaldson, David Donaldson, Mervin Giles, Jim Levi, Garry Dean

Documenting Eleanor Carmel Moynihan 1897-1920

Documenting Eleanor Carmel Moynihan 1897-1920

This was on another blog today, and when I found out she died so young I had to document her so she could be remembered. The owner of the autograph book was Ethel Sole and she began it in 1908

1908 Almonte Autograph Book —T J O’Donnell-Ewart Moorhead-E. C Moynihan- Edna Blair

NameEleanor Carmel Moynihan
Birth Date1897
Death Date3 Mar 1920
CemeterySaint Marys Roman Catholic Cemetery
Burial or Cremation PlaceAlmonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Has Bio?Y
FatherJohn Patrick Moynihan
MotherMary Ann Moynihan


NameElenor Monihan[Moynihan]
Racial or Tribal OriginIrish
Birth Date31 Mar 1897
Birth PlaceOntario
Residence Date1901
Residence PlaceCanada
Relation to Head of HouseDaughter
DistrictLanark (North/Nord)
District Number80
Sub-District Number3
Dwelling Number73
Family Number73
NeighboursView others on page
Household Members (Name)AgeRelationshipJohn Monihan42HeadMary A Monihan34WifeMary Monihan8DaughterCathline Monihan6DaughterElenor Monihan4DaughterJames Monihan2Son
Name:Eleanor Mayniham
[Eleanor Moynihan
Marital status:Single
Race or Tribe:Irish
Birth Date:Mar 1897
Birth Place:Ontario
Census Year:1911
Relation to Head of House:Niece
District:Lanark North
District Number:89
Sub-District Number:10
Place of Habitation:Pakenham
Religion:Roman Catholic
Other Occupation:NG
Months at School:10
Can Read:yes
Can Write:yes
Family Number:40
Household Members:NameAgeRelationshipMargaret E Burke39HeadEleanor Mayniham14Niece
NameEleanor Carmel Moynihan
Birth Date1898
Birth PlacePakenham
Death Date4 Mar 1920
Death PlaceGlengarry, Ontario, Canada
Cause of DeathSepticemia
NameEleanor Carmel Moynihan
Death or Burial PlaceAlmonte, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
CemeterySaint Marys Roman Catholic Cemetery
Death Date03 Mar 1920
Birth Date1897
Event TypeBurial
Photograph IncludedY

Septicemia, or sepsis, is the clinical name for blood poisoning by bacteria. It is the body’s most extreme response to an infection. Sepsis that progresses to septic shock has a death rate as high as 50%, depending on the type of organism involved. Sepsis is a medical emergency and needs urgent medical treatment.

March 3, 1920 Almonte Gazette

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada03 Mar 1920, Wed  •  Page 3

CLIPPED FROMThe Lanark EraLanark, Ontario, Canada07 Aug 1912, Wed  •  Page 8

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada08 Aug 1916, Tue  •  Page 10-

Brief Life History of Patrick John

When Patrick John Moynihan was born on 22 February 1858, in Pakenham, Lanark, Ontario, Canada, his father, John Patrick Moynihan, was 27 and his mother, Mary Green, was 28. He married Mary Ann Burke on 19 January 1892, in Pakenham, Lanark, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters.

Mary Ann Burke



6 August 1866

Pakenham, Lanark, Ontario, Canada


22 April 1953

Almonte, Mississippi Mills, Lanark, Ontario, Canada

The father Patrick died in 1929.

Who was Patricia Thompson From Clayton?

The Heroine of White — Lanark County 1924 –Sweeney

Putting Together Family History Through Clippings- White Pretty Harper Kirkwood

Documenting Mr.and Mrs. William Fest Transportation Building or—I Want Candy

Documenting Frank Lancaster — Painter — Carleton Place

1908 Almonte Autograph Book —T J O’Donnell-Ewart Moorhead-E. C Moynihan- Edna Blair

History Clippings of Mount Pakenham

History Clippings of Mount Pakenham

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada11 Jan 1969, Sat  •  Page 3

CLIPPED FROMNational PostToronto, Ontario, Canada30 Oct 1971, Sat  •  Page 15 WHO were the original owners of the mountain? Does anyone know? In Plum Hollow Witch and The Mountain Man of Pakenham it was said that Pakenham Mountain was part of the White Lake Mountains.. All I know.

Mount Pakenham’s official opening was December 1968

January 1969

Ski buffs throughout the Ottawa Valley are discovering one of the newest skiing havens in the Capital area. Now in its first weeks of operation. Mount Pakenham Ski Centre, a skiers paradise nestled in the heart of the tourist region 30 miles west of Ottawa, has already become a mecca for more than 700 weekend skiers. The ski centre’, carved out of a 300-acre tract of brush- land just south of the village of Pakenham and several miles west of provincial highway 29, is a dream-come-true for two veteran Ottawa ski enthusiasts.

Russ Wilson and Andy Davison, ( December 2nd, 1970. Arnprior Guide. Developers Russ Wilson and Andy Davison) two former members of Camp Fortune’s Night Riders who together at one time cross-checked endless miles of powdery ski slopes before the era of mechanical grooming aids, are partners in the$350,000 resort project. Planned in three stages, the new centre already has three half-mile downhill runs with a 300-foot vertical drop and is serviced by a 2,000-foot T bar tow. A lodge at the foot of the runs which brings skiers a panoramic view of the Ottawa Valley down along well-groomed pine-flanked slopes, provides every facility for the skier. Key to the rapidly increasing popularity of Mount Pakenham, an affiliate of the Gatineau Zone, says Russ Wilson.

The centre is within a 30-minute drive from the Capital and from the communities of Carleton Place, Perth, Smiths Falls, Almonte, Arnprior, Kanata and.Stittsville. With the first phase of the project still underway the skiing facilities are currently, best suited for beginner and intermediate skiers. “Basically what we are offering now is just good family skiing and I doubt it at this stage of the development we could please the expert,” said Russ Wilson, who is himself a qualified ski instructor.

Plans are for a place for the expert skier later in the development when snow-making facilities and additional T-bars will be installed along with floodlighting to accommodate night skiers. Ski instruction and rental equipment are available at the centre along with a comforting thought for the accident-prone enthusiast. Members of the Canada Ski patrol keep a weathered eye on the slopes seven days a week throughout the 9 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. skiing hours.

A midget ski instruction course is scheduled to start at Mount Pakenham this Sunday when 10 qualified instructors will put youngsters in the five to 15 years age group through a comprehensive six week program. Since Mount Pakenham’s inaugural opening Dec. 29, thousands of skiers have swarmed over its slopes. Last Sunday more than 500 skiers converged on the centre. One Ottawa, skier, pretty 20-year-old Martyna Onoszko, of 1819 Lorraine Avenue, said the. major attractions of the” new centre’ to her are the scenic beauty of the area and the friendly atmosphere. “Its hard to believe this Is In Ontario,” she said. The developers anticipate ‘the centre will be completed over a five-year period to become one of the most popular skiing facilities in the area. Director of ski instruction at Mount Pakenham is Mike Ballard. 

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada28 May 1970, Thu  •  Page 54

MOUNT PAKENHAM Ski area closer to becoming year-round resort Mount Pakenham

Ski Area has moved a step closer to being transformed from a winter playground into a four-season resort in the next five years. Mount Pakenham co-owner John Clifford said a $20,000 federal-provincial grant alloted Monday will cover two-thirds of the cost of a feasibility study currently underway. The owners will pay the remaining $10,000. “Without the grant, I could never afford to have a study of this magnitude done,” said Clifford. “I believe people in Eastern Ontario are looking for year-round recreation or I wouldn’t have started the study.

Clifford, the man responsible for bringing the first alpine slide to Canada, said he would like to see one installed at Mount Pakenham. The ski area is about 60 kilometres west of Ottawa. Among other ideas to be looked at in the study are a 27-hole golf course, a water slide and a condominium resort hotel. Total investment could exceed $10 million and Clifford said the study, expected to be completed next week, will tell him whether or not to proceed. But a good economic forcast is only a minor hurdle overcome. Clifford said the ideas will have to meet the approval of local municipalities, other shareholders and the land owners. At present, Mount Pakenham Ski Area includes 435 acres. The business leases another 400 acres and has an option to purchase an additional 500 acres. Clifford feels that’s adequate for the new resort.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada23 Mar 1982, Tue  •  Page 3

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada11 Feb 1985, Mon  •  Page 25


John Clifford has a dream. Picture a glittering $3-million year-round resort nestled at the bottom of Mount Pakenham, complete with 18-hole golf course and more than 200 brand new houses next to the ski hills. Impossible? Not for the man who put the Mont Ste-Marie and Mont Cascades ski centres on their feet. Clifford, who bought the Mount Pakenham ski centre, 40 kilometres west of Ottawa, in 1979, isn’t content with its seven hills, 35 km of cross-country trails within 1,200 acres, lounge and two chalets for cross-country skiers. He wants a bigger and better version on 1,900 acres with golf course, clubhouse and a 223-lot subdivision. And all he needs is 22 investors to share his dream for $30,000 each.

Clifford’s company, Mount Pakenham Resort Development Ltd., now has a five-man board of directors but they need more partners. They want each partner to invest $30,000– $10,000 to buy one of the lots at the resort and the remaining $20,000 to the company to finance the expansion. There are other hurdles to clear, of course. Pakenham Township approved the project in principle last month, but further approval is needed from the Lanark County land division committee and the Ontario Municipal Board. Because the project would mean the development of some 200 acres of farmland and because houses would be built next to existing homes in the area, the provincial agriculture and environment ministries also must be consulted.

However, officials in the region are supportive of the project and the 61-year-old former national ski champion is confident the project will soon get final approval, allowing work to begin on the first nine holes of the golf course this summer. In order to provide proper grass for the greens, construction of the nine holes would take two years to complete, he said. The entire project would be phased in over about 10 years.

Clifford feels the time is ripe for a year-round recreation centre in the area because he believes more Canadians will be working a four-day work week in the near future and enjoying more leisure time. “I feel this is a fantastic area for year-round recreation since it’s so close to the city. We’re only 25 minutes from Kanata, and we’re in the middle of the high-tech industry, which is located in Kanata and Almonte and the other towns around here. “I’m positive the four-day week is coming soon and I think it will do for recreation what the five-day work week did when it was introduced in the 1950s.

“It will give people more leisure time and they’ll become more active. With the four-day week, people will want golf in the summer and skiing in the winter.” Unlike many new developments, Clifford’s scheme has drawn little opposition from residents near the site. “It would be good for business,” said John Langford, operator of the Petro-Canada service station in Pakenham. “I like the idea,” said Alma Mann, owner of Mann’s Grocery. “It should mean more business for all of us.” Don Downey, a homeowner on the 11th Line, whose house is next to the project site, said he hadn’t seen Clifford’s plans but he had heard about them and was not opposed to the scheme. “I don’t think anybody is against it.” Pakenham Township Reeve Charlie GilIan said, “If anybody is capable of putting it together, John is. “But I expect he’s going to be subject to some pretty stringent phasing-in regulations.” Gillan said he had not heard of any opposition to the scheme.

Only one person interviewed by The Citizen, a woman who lives on the 11th Line who did not want to be identified, had reservations. “The golf course would be nice, and he (Clifford) is doing a good job with the ski hill, but the subdivision would mean more houses and higher taxes.” She’s afraid taxes would be raised because city people would buy the homes and then expect city-type service in the country. “The old swimming hole wouldn’t be good enough for them; we’d have to build a municipal pool. Then we’d have to provide better school facilities and raise the standard of the water. “They don’t realize that country living is country living, and that you shouldn’t get mad if a neighbor’s cow wanders onto your front yard and eats the grass.”

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada15 Apr 1985, Mon  •  Page 3

But Clifford is used to succeeding. The former holder of national downhill, cross-country and water-skiing titles— of anybody he is capable of putting it together. John Clifford developed downhill skiing in the region in a big way after World War II when he built the first rope tow at Camp Fortune in 1915. Before that, only cross-country skiers used the hills. As well as starting the ski centres at Mont Ste-Marie and Mont Cascades, he erected the first all-steel T-bar in Canada, as well as the first double chairlift in Eastern Canada.

In 1958, he purchased Canadian distributing rights for the first snow-making machinery and he designed and installed snow-making equipment at 65 ski centres across the country. When he bought the Mount Pakenham ski centre, “there were only outdoor toilets when I arrived and only one hill was lit up for night skiing. There was no cross-country skiing and there was no lounge and the rental facilities were completely inadequate.” His first three winters there were disasters because of snow shortages, but he managed to hang on.

Today, the ski centre includes seven hills and 35 kilometres of cross-country trails within its 1,200 acres, as well as a variety of lifts and rope tows, a lounge, two chalets for cross-country skiers and warm, indoor toilets. He said the vertical drop on his hills is 280 feet, about the same as at Camp Fortune but well below the 750-foot drop at Calabogie Peaks, 50 kilometres to the west.

There is also a 45-lot subdivision at the foot of the ski hills. When completed, the expanded resort would comprise 1,960 acres and the Hilliard House, a local landmark on a hill just outside Pakenham, would become the golfers’ clubhouse. The golf club would be supported by memberships and green fees, Clifford said. His plans have drawn a favorable response from tourism officials. “John Clifford is an able operator and the government is very favorable to a four-season project,” said Jonathan Harris, a consultant with the provincial tourism ministry. He said the Eastern Ontario area is seen as having the greatest potential of any tourist region in the province and Clifford’s plan would help meet tourism targets.

Even Clifford’s closest competitor, Harold Murphy, wishes him well. “The area needs more recreation facilities to attract tourists,” said Murphy, who shares partnership of the Calabogie Peaks ski hills with other local investors. Murphy’s group is also expanding its facility to make it a year-round recreation centre. He said the group plans to develop its 2,500-foot waterfront ” on Calabogie Lake this year by building a marina, clubhouse and 50-unit hotel and providing sailing, sail-boarding and tennis facilities. The group spent $1 million on improvements to the centre’s 16 downhill ski runs, which are near the lake, in 1984. Andr6 Jean-Richard, general manager of the Mont Ste-Marie golf-ski centre 60 km north of Ottawa, said he wasn’t worried about competition from Clifford’s proposed project. “The more the merrier,” Jean-Richard said. “The more golf clubs there are the more golfers there will be, and that will mean more business for everyone.”

One of Clifford’s strong points in selling his project to Pakenham residents is that it will provide more jobs. He now employs 32 people full-time and 50 others part-time, and thinks he would need about 200 people full- and part-time when the entire project is completed. Also, local workers arnd businesses would benefit by the construction of some 220 houses because, he suggests, most of the work would be contracted to local businesses. “? As the developer, he would be responsible for building 6,550 feet of interior roads in the subdivision. It’s a big project io be taking on at 61 years of age, he admitted, and it will be his last. t And if he lives to see it completed, he will retireand enjoy his two favorite past-times: skiing and golf.

Andrea MacFarlane-Grieve


My season pass badges from 1969 and 1970.

Scot Moore


1989 Mt Pakenham ski shop! “The Shop”

Maddy Tuttle


Mt Pakenham
Ski Instructors

UPDATE-Brenda Deugo-Mills

Dad (Douglas Deugo) was one of the original owners and sold a section of his property (150 acres) to the two business men who started to develop the ski hill. An agreement between dad and the business owners was made and had been linked to the deed on the property when the transaction took place. Our father was very smart and to this day, the agreement is honoured for as long as the property is used for a ski resort. Russ Wilson and Andy Davison were the two original business owners. John Clifford came later. Russ Wilson and Andy Davison were the original founders. John bought from them at a later date and his family have had it since then. Our family skied there since the beginning…I’m impressed that Russ Wilson & Andy Davison had the vision and seeing it today, it’s an amazing family playground.

Lynne Barr

Brenda your Dad was the best!! I can’t tell you how many times Claire & I would walk from our homes in Pakenham carting our skis to the hill , ski all day with Shawn & he would drive us home💕 We were & are so lucky to have such a beautiful Ski Hill so close!!

Brenda Deugo-Mills

YES. We used to walk up to your place and put our downhill skis ⛷️ on and skate ski across the field. No drive, no problem. Such a fun part of the whole childhood memory. We always managed a drive home.

Tanya Giles

I remember it well, your Dad tried to convince us all to take up skiing. I remember trying to ski off the old deck at the house in my snow boots and an old set of boards. Perhaps a donation from the Deugo clan. It didn’t go well lol. I can still see your handsome Dad in his one piece snowsuit and my favourite hat he always wore in the cold months. Lovely man.

Lila Leach-James

According to my husband, his uncle Walter Bourk owned 50 acres of the hill but he cannot remember who he sold it to ! He remembers in the early 60’s, visiting Walters hunt camp situated there! The Bourks owned the farm that is now Pakenham Golf Club! There were owners after the Bourks before it became a golf course!

Myrna Timmins Bourk

My dad Ollie Timmins owned some of the property and some of the golf course property.

Lila Leach-James

Myrna Timmins Bourk you are correct according to Alf, the Timmins and Bourks owned a portion of it long before the others! Probably late 50’s Early 60’s someone bought the small portion to go with the entire hill! Of course. Back in early 1900s the Bourks owned where the golf course is and Alf’s mom Amy Bourk and her sisters would catch train in Pakenham to go to school in Almonte! Amy and two of her sisters became school teachers! Brother Walter attempted to farm the clay ground where golf course is and Bourk family lived in the big stone house!

Vicki Barr McDougall

Brenda Deugo-Mills Dad had the contract to clear the trees for Mount Pakenham but passed away before he could honour it. Laurie and I got skis for Christmas the year it opened and would ski to the Hill. Lots of great memories!…

Doris Quinn

My late spouse James Quinn and his brother Frank worked with the gang on making that ski hill.

The Clifford family still owns Mount Pakenham and all the info you need to know is here..CLICK

This was 2020 with my granddaughter and Sophia wth her Dad Perry who gets her thrills going down the mountain…her grandmother on the other hand LOLOL read- Misty Glen Mountain Snow Bunny Hop

Wm Lowe

“First Ski-Tow

In This District

The ski-tow erected by Norman Sadler on the farm of his brother, Nelson Sadler on the 10th line of Pakenham Township is now in operation at the week-ends.

As stated earlier it is located between the farms of Herbert Timmins and Stewart Currie and is about 500 feet in length.

This is the first time that a tow has been available in this area and it is expected that it will act as a fillip(sic) to this popular winter sport. The chief reason for this is that it is lots of fun going downhill and not so funny crow-footing it back to the top.

Those who have tried the hills are very pleased with the lay-out. Refreshments are available and a place to get warm.

For those who are not familiar with the local geography, the usual route is via the 10th line (ie) past Almonte High School, down to Blakeney, turn right, keep left of the C.P.R. tracks at Snedden and proceed two miles farther.”

The Almonte Gazette, January 7, 1960

Misty Glen Mountain Snow Bunny Hop

Plum Hollow Witch and The Mountain Man of Pakenham

Francis Shaw Pakenham Postmaster Gone Missing —Elizabeth Shaw — Residential School Teacher

The Mystery of the Masonic Rock – Pakenham

Chatterton’s Hotel Pakenham– Fire 1871

Chatterton’s Hotel Pakenham– Fire 1871

Feb 1871

The beds and stables attached to Chatterton’s Hotel Pakenham, were destroyed by fire on the morning of the 7th together with the horses, a quantity of hay,etc. The alarm soon attracted a number of people of the town and their whole exertions were turned to saving the hotel. Through the extraordinary efforts of Mr. Wm. Dicksonson and others this was eventually  accomplished. A gentleman on the Opeongo Road was the owner of a valuable team destroyed; another was owned by a party from Portage du Fort. Dr. Pickkup of Pakenham lost one horse, and the mail contractor from Pakenham to Ottawa another. April 1871

The former Commerical Hotel in Pakenham was leased by Mr. Samuel D Chatterton in 1868 from Mr. Dickson and renamed it the Ontario House.

CLIPPED FROMOttawa Daily CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada06 Jul 1872, Sat  •  Page 4

CLIPPED FROMOttawa Daily CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada21 Jul 1880, Wed  •  Page 1

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada05 Feb 1887, Sat  •  Page 3

CLIPPED FROMOttawa Daily CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada05 Sep 1871, Tue  •  Page 2

DetailSource-1871 Census

Name:Saml D Chatterton[Samuel D Chatterton]
Marital Status:Married
Origin:Scottish (Scotish)
Birth Date:1840
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Place:Pakenham, Lanark North, Ontario
District Number:80
Religion:Weslyan Methodist
Occupation:Hotel Keeper
Family Number:48
Neighbours:View others on page
Household Members (Name)AgeSaml D Chatterton31Margaret Chatterton29Estella Chatterton6Susan Chatterton1/12Harcourt Howlett33

Samuel D. Chatterton

BIRTHunknownDEATH28 Oct 1904BURIAL

Albert Street CemeteryArnprior, Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada

You Didn’t Need to Sell Whiskey to Make Money

British Hotel Pakenham –Mrs. McFarlane

Letter from Davis House to Scotts in Pakenham- Adin Daigle Collection– Where Was Davis House?

Pakenham General Store 1987–Yvonne Hayes

Pakenham General Store 1987–Yvonne Hayes


Walking into the Pakenham General Store is like turning back the clock century. “It’s the ultimate general store,” says co-owner Yvonne Hayes, surveying the vast array of modern food merchandise displayed on wooden shelves reaching to the ceiling. For a reporter searching for a Ottawa Valley general store in an of high-pressure sales glitz, the store, dating back to about 1840, is a living museum, a breath-taking blend of past and present.

From the basement storeroom where empty kerosene and coal oil drums beside modern merchandise and bark-covered pillars, to the attic where dusty century-old letters and records and 120-year-old hoop skirts sit, store is treasure trove. Wide plank floors run straight and true as the day they were laid. In chalk on a massive attic beam young girl has written her name: Leila. She was Leila Scott, a daughter of the original store family, and in the 1890s she wrote her name in secret places over the store.

In the back, amid storage sheds that once housed a tailor shop and feed and seed, there is a tiny brick shed with a peaked roof. It was the ash house where farmers brought in their wood ashes (used to make soap) to trade for merchandise. The Hayes, who bought the store 1980, recently put the store, merchandise and antiques and an adjoining six-bedroom house on the market for $375,000. John Hayes has a heart condition and can’t take carrying heavy grocery items up steep stairs much longer. Their realtor was besieged with calls and they are close to a deal.

“It was hard decision to make, but we think we have found people who will carry on the traditions.” A century ago, there were similar general stores at every country crossroads. They sold food, clothing, boots, hardware, feed and seed and farm equipment and they took eggs, butter, wood ash and farm products in barter. They handled local mail and were the nerve centres of the area, keeping everybody up to date on the latest news and gossip.

Friends gathered around potbelly stoves to tell jokes and discuss crops and the weather. “People only bought the weekly to see if the editor got the news right,” said one oldtimer. But good roads, the lure of big city wages and the Depression wiped out many of the traditional country stores. Most that survived close to cities were forced to specialize to stay in business.

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
21 Mar 1906, Wed  •  Page 1

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
15 Nov 1911, Wed  •  Page 1

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
22 Jan 1919, Wed  •  Page 4

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
18 Aug 1915, Wed  •  Page 1

Hot off the Press –Old Appleton Post Office & General Store –Sarah More

Appleton General Store – Names Names Names— Wesley West Appleton and Almonte Merchant

The 64 Million Dollar Question About the Hill General Store

Clydesville General Store

General Store Prices 1881 — George Dawson’s Store

Bankruptcy– Robert Greenshield’s General Store of Carleton Place

You Didn’t Need to Sell Whiskey to Make Money

You Didn’t Need to Sell Whiskey to Make Money

(The architectural beauty of the former Kemp Tavern owned by Susannah Kemp and her son John. The home was built in 1868 by Mr. Scott of Richmond. The ‘essence of a time that once was’ is captured in this Perpetua Quigley watercolour sketch and Haiku. The former tavern is now the home of Cabotto’s Restaurant on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville, Ontario.) CLICK here..

also read- Some Hazeldean Secrets.. Remember Chequers?

Most people have an idea that, rightly or wrongly, in the old days of the stopping places along the country roads, the keepers of these places made a lot more out of whiskey than they made from supplying meals and lodging to the wayfarers.

But in the opinion of Mr. Wm. Scott, of Old Chelsea, the hotelkeepers could have made a living without the sale of whiskey at all. He points out that in the early days when railroads were scarce everybody had to travel by the roads and everybody had to have horses to travel with. These horses had to be stabled.

The stables were a great source of profit to the old hotelkeepers. The stables seldom had an empty stall. It will be remembered that in the early days the hotelkeepers used to advertise their “stable accommodation.” They advertised “good yard and stabling.”

The hotel tables also paid well then. The standard price for a meal was 25 cents and at that price a meal used to pay. All kinds of food, especially meat and farm produce, was cheap. Mr. Scott maintains that while the liquor the hotelkeepers sold also paid them well, they could have done without it and have made a living.

Innisville Hotel- stands stands private hotel When an ex-railroader was charged with trespassing in Mud Lake, the court was held in a room of the Innisville Hotel. The conviction was registered and later it was quashed. Why? It was soon discovered it was illegal to use a”pub” as a court house. Here come da’ Judge! Read Back Where I came From — Innisville

The early hotel keepers sold liquor, partly for the protit, out largely because there was a demand for it. There were few people who did not “take something” fifty, sixty or seventy years ago, and consequently the stopping places had a demand for it.

There were two distilleries in operation in Carleton Place for several years. One of these was owned by Mr. Caleb Bellows and was situated where the Canada Lumber Company’s large mill once stood, near the north end of the dam. Read- Down by The Mississippi River with The Jessops

Twenty Two Dollars a Week and Mississippi Hotel Clippings

Clippings from the Lord Elgin Hotel — Babysitting and The Iron Curtain

Clippings of the Old Albion Hotel

Not Hogwarth’s —- It’s Hoggards of Ottawa! Besserer Street History

The Brunswick Hotel — The “dollar-a-day” Huckell Hotel — (Murphy-Gamble Limited)

From Carleton Place to “the Laff” — The Life and Times of Peter Prosser Salter

British Hotel Pakenham –Mrs. McFarlane

Hotels of Early Carleton Place

Did You Know we Once Had a Grand Hotel? The Grand Central Hotel

A Piece of Almonte History for Sale –A. H. Whitten- Almonte Hotel

The Almonte Hotel — 1990s More history

Banker Snedden —–James Snedden

Banker Snedden —–James Snedden

Almonte Gazette

April 7, 1882

The Late Mr. James Snedden – The chronicler of local events has at no time a sadder duty to perform than when called on to record the death of those well known to the generality of our readers, and who have to a certain extent identified themselves with the history of the locality. No face was more familiar on our streets that that of the gentleman whose death it is our sad duty to record today. Very few indeed of our readers in Almonte and the surrounding neighborhood but can recall the good-humored countenance of the man who was so well and favorably known as “Banker Snedden,” but whose smile will be seen no more.

The late Mr. James Snedden was born in the 11th line of Beckwith in 1821. About fifty-five years ago the father of the deceased removed to Ramsay, settling at Rosebank, and building the grist mill there, afterwards going into the lumbering business, and dying at Quebec of cholera about 1834. At the time of his father’s death James, who was the eldest son, was about fourteen years of age, and from that time he acted as a father to his brothers and sisters. Three brothers, James, William and John, continued to work harmoniously together until the youngest was about thirty years of age, but although they were then working each for himself, the elder brother never lost his fatherly interest in their well being.

Like his father, the deceased engaged in lumbering and speculation of other kinds, and was very fortunate in his pursuits, but the hard times in the lumber trade and a heavy expenditure he had been led into to improve the passage from his timber limits, caused him heavy losses. It must not, however, be supposed that he was straightened in his resources, as the widow and family are left well provided for. The deceased attended church at Rosebank on Sunday, as usual, and on Monday morning he harnessed his horse to come to Almonte. He went into the house to wash his hands, and coming out of the washroom he placed his hand on his head and exclaiming “Oh! My head!” fell on the floor in an apoplectic fit, and only rallied for a brief time in the evening, and died on Tuesday morning about six o’clock, in the 61st year of his age.

The deceased was borne to the 8th line cemetery on Thursday afternoon, the funeral being attended by a large concourse of friends and neighbors, who were unanimous in the opinion that a good husband, a loving father, a kind brother and worthy neighbor has been called away. The family have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood in their bereavement.

James died on Apirl 4, 1882 and Christina died on the 9th of Novemember 1883.

The brick house they lived in in Bennie’s Corners was made on the homestead in the brick yard owned by James. Their furniture was made by the inmates at the Kingston Penitentary.

The eldest son, David Bain Snedden after farming at Bennie’s Corners moved to Carleton Place and operated a hotel next to the train station. (with files from: from The Snedden Saga: From Lanarkshire to Lanark County Paperback – Jan. 1 1994)

Snedden Hotel on Moore Street (Franktown Road)– the building across the street used to house a rag business and was The Grand Central Hotel.. Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

In 1904 Carleton Place’s eight hotels were:

James Lee’s The Leland

Walter McIlquham’s The Mississippi Hotel

Albert Salter’s Queens Hotel

The Revere House- formerly The British Hotel

J. E. Rathwell’s Royal Hotel, formerly the Wilson House

D. B. Snedden’s

P. J. O’Briens

Victoria House

P. Salter’s Queen’s Royal at Lake Park

Read-The Old Morgan House — Ray Paquette and Gord Cross Memories

Old Almonte Photo Collection — In Back of the D. W. Snedden Drugstore 1953

Rosebank, Blakeney, Norway Falls and Snedden’s Station

Bennies Corners and the Snedden Family


A. R. G Peden Town Clerk – Adin Daigle

A. R. G Peden Town Clerk – Adin Daigle
From the Collection of Adin Daigle— It cost 7.00 to rent the upper hall in 1911 for the District Dairy Meeting

An excellent account from Kevin at the Cosgrove real Estate Company– PLEASE click here..

Rarely does a property cross our paths that excites us as much as our latest listing – 19 Allan Street. This stately riverfront Victorian three-story home is overflowing with charm and character that you just don’t get in a new build: built-in linen/china cabinet, 9-foot ceilings in main living areas, wainscoting, a dreamy second floor balcony, picturesque front porch, and even original pocket doors (yes! Pocket doors!). But this 1912 red brick beauty offers more than just old-world charm, it’s been meticulously cared for and lovingly updated throughout the years by the current owners.  The formal dining room has been where Sunday dinner has been served for an increasingly growing family over the last two decades.  

This home is more than just a beautiful property – it’s an integral piece of Carleton Place history. Edmond Morphy, one of the first European settlers to inhabit this area, built his first log cabin on this site in approximately 1820 for his wife and eight children. (It’s worth noting that Carleton Place is located on unceded Algonquin First Nation territory).Some of you may know that Carleton Place was originally named Morphy’s Falls after the Morphy family. The town’s name was later changed to what we know it to be today, in honour of a famous square in Glasgow. When the current structure, 19 Allan Street, was constructed in 1912, the Morphy family log cabin was torn down. The industrious Peden family lived in this large Victorian home, and many of the original features remain today. Historical records show that Adam Robert Graham Peden (1849-1931) made ginger beer in the basement. To this day, there is a pipe that goes a quarter the way to the river from the basement, and back then water was drawn by a hand pump. The current owners discovered some the original glass bottles which are marked “ARG Peden”, and more Peden bottles are currently on display at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum (276 Edmund Street in Carleton Place if you’d like to see them in person!).  Adam R.G. Peden owned a soft drink bottling plant at 150-152 Bridge Street, which is the modern-day location of Capital Optical Eyewear.

Read more here..click


A town landmark adjoining the home of A. R. G. Peden on Allan Street was removed when the ruins of the large log house of Edmond Morphy, a first settler at Carleton Place, were torn down.  It was said to have been built about 1820.

Municipal Affairs, 1887

The incorporation of Carleton Place as a village took place in October, 1870, with a population of 1,226. We now have about a thousand more people than most towns in the Dominion had when they designated themselves as towns by acts of incorporation. Our civic affairs are entrusted to a reeve, deputy reeve and three councillors. These at present are Reeve William Pattie (building contractor) Deputy Reeve, William Kelly, (retired hotel keeper), and Councillors James Warren (blacksmith), Alex Steele, (tinsmith and stove merchant) and Abner Nichols (planing mill owner). The clerk of the Council is A. R. G. Peden.

The following gentlemen comprise the School Board : Robert Bell, chairman, Rev. Duncan McDonald (of St. Andrew’s Church), Abner Nichols, William Taylor, (hardware dealer), Peter Cram (retired tanner), S. S. Merrick, (grain dealer), A. R. G. Peden (grocer), J. Dougherty, Colin Sinclair, (merchant tailor), David Findlay (stove foundry owner), and D. Breckenridge (superintendent, Gillies woollen mill).

A. R. G. Peden – 1849/1935
Police Magistrate and Town Clerk for over 40 years.
Both photos from Rootsweb

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 Dec 1931, Thu  •  Page 12

From the Collection of Adin Daigle
From the Collection of Adin Daigle

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
31 Mar 1928, Sat  •  Page 3
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
25 May 1987, Mon  •  Page 7

The Peden Family- Genealogy– Peden Saunders Sadler

Documenting Archibald Peden — Carleton Place

Was the Devil in Peden’s Store? When Matches First Came to Carleton Place

Recollections of the Peden Store

The Sad Tale of Alexander Gillies and Peter Peden

Need History on a Pakenham House Please….

149 McFarlane Street Pakenham

Hello Linda I follow you on Facebook and I am looking for some information. Do you have any history of our house in Pakenham?

We know it is probably 100 years old. Larry Villeneuve bought it approximately 16 years ago and has done extensive renovations. Larry Villeneuve and I are located at the corner of Elizabeth and Macfarlane St. Across from the post office. At one time a Dr. lived here and Paddy Manns mother resided here. Recently I had a young woman knock on our door and she wanted to see her home that she lived in for a time. Her husband lived across the street as a child. Any help would be appreciated. Joanne Craig.

Can you help?

Thanks Linda

The Pakenham House—- Thomas Lowe House

Fire in Halls Mills — The Last of the Log Houses 1923

Pakenham 1925 Tims Family — Pneumonia Tuberculosis

British Hotel Pakenham –Mrs. McFarlane

Remembering Isabel Yuill

Remembering Isabel Yuill
11 Apr 1874Ramsay, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
30 Oct 1946 (aged 72)Pakenham, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Auld Kirk Cemetery
Mississippi Mills, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Range C, Plots 111/112
127160935 · View Source

1946, Thursday November14, The Carleton Place Canadian, page 3
Ramsay Native Died Suddenly At Pakenham

A large number of friends and relatives paid a last tribute to the memory of Miss Isabel Yuill at her funeral which was held on Friday afternoon, November 1st, from the residence of Mr W.E. Scott. On Sunday evening Miss Yuill had gone to the home of Mr and Mrs W.T. McGill, Pakenham, and her death occurred there suddenly on Wednesday morning as a result of heart seizure. Born in Ramsay Township, 72 years ago, she was a daughter of the late Robert Yuill and his wife, Agnes Taylor. Nearly all her life was spent in Almonte and district and for the past twelve years she lived at the home of Mrs Thos O’Grady, Union street, Almonte, where she carried on a dressmaking business. Miss Yuill’s death is the fourth in her immediate family in the past eight months. She is survived by one sister, Miss Maude Yuill, of Almonte, and one brother, James, of Mather, Manitoba. Rev W.J. Scott, minister of Bethany United church, of which deceased was a member, officiated at the home and at the Auld Kirk cemetery where interment was made. Among the beautiful floral tributes was a spray from Circle No 2 of Bethany United church. The pallbearers were: Messrs Frank Paul, Norman Paul, Alex Barker, Andrew Stewart, John Sutherland and Robert Templeman
Contributor: Gary J Byron (49329383) •

1911 Census

Name:Bell Yuill
Marital status:Single
Race or Tribe:Scotch (Scotish)
Birth Date:Apr 1875
Birth Place:Ontario
Census Year:1911
Relation to Head of House:Sister
District:Lanark North
District Number:89
Sub-District:12 – Ramsay Poll 1
Sub-District Number:12
Other Occupation:NG
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
Family Number:25
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:NameAgeRobert M Yuill34Agnes E Yuill34Robert Yuill76Bell Yuill36Maud Yuill30
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Jul 1938, Mon  •  Page 10

Cora Munro Yuill — Arthur Yuill — For Glenda Mahoney with Love

Conversations with Agatha Yuill –The Buchanan Scrapbook

Walter Mather Yuill — Died at age 28
The Robbing of the Honey Pot- Andrew Cochrane Ramsay Yuill
Clippings of Mrs. Joseph Yuill – Margaret Yuill
Ralph and Iris Yuill
The Hart Children of Lanark — Laurie Yuill

Notes on Alexander and Joseph Yuill
Mrs. Joseph Yuill of Ramsay Makes Butter
Middleville Photos — Laurie Yuill

Turning Back to the Clock Agnes “Aggie” Yuill– The Buchanan Scrapbook

Archie Yuill –The Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings