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Can Anyone Help? Photograph— Smith Falls

Can Anyone Help? Photograph— Smith Falls

Stéphane Langlois

Does A Daniabus in the early part of the 1800’s century sound familiar to someone ? I own a smiling picture of her and would like to know who she was !

Stéphane Langlois

Author-Daniakr smiths falls

Linda Seccaspina I just added her picture, it’s rare to see people smile on Victorian style pictures and once I carefully removed her picture, I saw what was written, 5021, A. Daniabus or Daviakis, I can read cursive only, I can’t make out the last few letters precisely

So after weeks of searching I am going to throw this out tothe whole wide world.



Thank you

Robert Carswell Tosh & Caroline Elizabeth (Powers) Tosh Home– Can you Help? Thanks to David Tosh

The House on Thomas Street — Can You Help?

Almonte Hockey Club 1930-1931 Trash Talking and Egg Hurlers — Nikki Thornton Photo Files

Almonte Hockey Club 1930-1931 Trash Talking and Egg Hurlers — Nikki Thornton Photo Files

Nikki Thornton photos

Frank Blakeley

My grandfather, Tom Blakeley, was the trainer

Joe Ryan

This picture used to be on the wall at the Almonte Hotel.The story , as I understand it, was that this team played 16 games with 15 shutouts and lost the final championship game 1-0.

Connie Ross

Eric Smith was my great Uncle, married to my grandfather’s sister, Jean Guthrie

Michael Gallagher

Bert Horton was my neighbour growing up. That season put in “Ripley’s Believe it or not”

(see below)

CLIPPED FROMThe Sun TimesOwen Sound, Ontario, Canada12 Feb 1931, Thu  •  Page 14

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada14 Mar 1931, Sat  •  Page 11

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada11 Nov 1930, Tue  •  Page 10

CLIPPED FROMThe Weekly AdvanceKemptville, Ontario, Canada12 Mar 1931, Thu  •  Page 2

CLIPPED FROMThe Weekly AdvanceKemptville, Ontario, Canada12 Mar 1931, Thu  •  Page 2

CLIPPED FROMThe Weekly AdvanceKemptville, Ontario, Canada30 Jul 1931, Thu  •  Page 2

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada21 Jul 1931, Tue  •  Page 3

CLIPPED FROMSioux City JournalSioux City, Iowa22 Apr 1931, Wed  •  Page 14

Marion Bolger — Almonte Hockey Queen 1957

Miss Almonte Hockey Queen 1957 and 1958

Your Almonte Hockey Team Champions–Who do you Know?

The Almonte Skating Rink on “The Island”

So Where Was the Ice Palace?

Almonte Bombers Vs Old Professionals December 1950

Documenting Stanzel History- Downtown– Photos

Documenting Stanzel History- Downtown– Photos

The storm I mentioned didn’t take it down on 1923 I will have to check on that date. The man in the picture is my great grandfather Stephen Stanzel.

Photos Allan Stanzel-Memories of the Ideal Candy Shop Stanzel’s TAXI next door
In 1950 Mr. Dowdall purchased the brick building at Bridge and Emily and moved his business. Walter Stanzel later lived here and operated his taxi business.

Joann VoyceI remember one of the Stanzel boys (Donnie) walking their raccoon on a leash and harness on Bridge Street

Stanzel’s shoe store-Memories of Stanzel shoe store.. Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumDo you know what this store turned into? Check the photo on the right. and OPEN today… Perfect day to get some new boots!!! Stephen William Stanzel began the business in 1888; it was later run by his sons Errol, Ross and Walter. Jim Graham purchased the business in 1958

Alos read-How Miss Miller the Milliner on Bridge Street Turned into a Stanzel Story

Remembering Errol Stanzel January 1962
Fred and Libby Stanzel White Duck Inn Genealogy
How Miss Miller the Milliner on Bridge Street Turned into a Stanzel Story
RUMOURS -Raccoon or Skunk?? Fact or Fiction- Stanzel History
The Stanzel Homes of Carleton Place
The Fred Astaire of Carleton Place — John Stanzel
Carleton Place Blind Woman Saved Four Seniors

So Where Was this Picture Taken? Springside Hall? Jamieson Sisters

So Where Was this Picture Taken? Springside Hall? Jamieson Sisters

Photo Doug and Jake Caldwell- Jamieson Girls

So I looked at this photo Saturday and thought that this fence looked familiar. Once upon a time the fence at my home was like this. It looks like there picnic was my the yard as the strip of wild growth is on the Campbell Street side and you can see the Cliff/McCann/ Sweeney home on the corner of Campbell and Lake Ave East.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum 1920s (that sidewalk is sunk deep into the earth- some of it was removed for the walkway in the 90s)

Same pictures in the early 1900s and with the Cliff/McCann/ Sweeney home on the corner

Photo by Penny Trafford of being kids sitting on the fence on Argyle Street on the Springside Hall fence

I guess we will never know… but it sure looks like it.

Vintage Photos of the Gals — Caldwell Jamieson Dunlop Reunion – Part 4

Heilans Lanark Caldwell Reunion 1899 — Caldwell Jamieson Dunlop – Part 3

The White Pines of Carleton Place — Caldwell Jamieson Dunlop Reunion – Part 1

The Second Location of Darou’s Bakery in Carleton Place?–Caldwell Jamieson Dunlop Reunion – Part 2

Cecil McCann on the Campbell Side of the house. My house in the background.–Photo-Susan McCann

Stories about Springside Hall

More on Springside Hall– Other Owners

Moving Doorways– How Houses Change — Springside Hall Then and Now — Finlayson Series

The Hidden Dumbwaiter in Springside Hall –Finlayson Series

The Story of a Local Family -Finlayson- Richard Finlayson

The Case of the Disappearing Back Staircase — Springside Hall — Finlayson Series

A Houseful of Whimsy- Springside Hall 1982

Do You have a Hidden Room in Your Home?

What Did Adam Dowdall Find in My Carleton Place Yard?

The Sundial of Springside Hall

Then and Now Springside Hall 1920s-1930s Photos

Reusing the Past of Carleton Place — The Morphy’s and the McCann’s

October 13, 1977 George W. Raeburn of Lake Ave East— Artist and C. P. R. Man

My Neighbours –Photos of the Cliff- McCann House and Springside Hall

Update on the Time Capsule in Springside Hall

The Spirits Are Alive and Well

They Once Lived in My Home– The Cram Children — Margaret — Angeline “Babe” and Arthur

They Once Lived in My Home– Arthur Cram

The Morphy Cram House — Springside Hall

The Hi- Diddle-Day House of Carleton Place – Puppets on a String

Glory Days in Carleton Place– Linda Seccaspina

So Where Does the Water come from Under my House?

The Ghost Lovers of Springside Hall – A True Love Story

Do You have an Archaeological Find in Your Carleton Place Basement?

Feeling Groovy by the Lake Ave East Bridge

October 13, 1977 George W. Raeburn of Lake Ave East— Artist and C. P. R. Man

What if You Had a Fire and No One Came?

Just Another Day in Fawlty Towers — Part 2 — To Hell and Back

Just Another Day in Fawlty Towers

Dumbwaiter Calamities of Crockery

While You Were Sleeping —-The Storyland Bunny Moves to the Hi Diddle Day House

Donna Cameron Moon Photo– 1945– Balderson– Donna McFarlane

Donna Cameron Moon Photo– 1945– Balderson– Donna McFarlane
This calender has picture of Donna Cameron Moon and her brother Ken children of Donald Cameron and Anna Mcdougald of Balderson calender is intact and is 1945- Donna McFarlane

CAMERON, Kenneth John

Kenneth John Cameron beloved husband of Linda Marilyn Smith died sudden­ly at home on October 4th 1975. Ken, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cam­eron, Balderson, Ont., was born on August 8th, 1936 He attended public school in McDonald’s Corners and high school in Lanark. After leaving school, Ken farmed with his father at Balderson. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cameron, Balderson, two brothers, Doug of Balderson and Brian of Napanee, and his sister Donna (Mrs. Edward Moon), of Crosby. Ken and Linda were married in St. Paul’s United Church, Perth, on July 13 1963. They happily resided a Balderson for five years and then bought their home a 99 Dufferin Road when they resided for the next seven years. They were blessed with two children, Philip and Kelly Ann. Ken was a foreman at the Heritage Silversmiths. He was also building inspector and bylaw enforcement officer for Drummond Township. He was active in the Balderson United Church and participated with the cubs of St. Paul’s United Church. The funeral service was held from Morrow’s Funeral Home on Tuesday, Oct 7 at 2 p.m. Rev. Murray Jos? and Dr. John Stewart conducted a comforting service The pallbearers were Roger Howes of Amherstvies Al Faux, John Robertson Monty Riopelle, Paul Ber?rim and R. W. Blair, all Perth. Ken was such a devoted family man, conscientious employee and dependable friend and neighbors that he will be truly missed. The many floral tributes, donations to the Heart Fund and kindnesses shown to Ken’s family shows the high esteem in which he was held.

CAMERON, T. Donald

In hospital, Kingston on Wednesday, February 25, 1998, T. Donald Cameron, in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Anna McDougall. Loved father of Donna (Ed) Moon of Toledo and Brian (Judy) of Napanee. Predeceased by sons Douglas and Kenneth. Brother of Margaret Lowe of Carleton Place. Predeceased by sisters Catherine Duncan and Agnes McFarlane and brother Keith. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and daughter-in-law Linda Armstrong of Perth. Friends may call at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Saturday, February 28th, at 11 a.m. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. In remembrance, donations to the Great War Memorial Hospital Fund or Balderson United Church would be appreciated.

In Loving Memory of

Donald Cameron

Born July 15th, 1911

McDonalds Corners, Ontario

Passed Away February 25th, 1998 Kingston, Ontario

Services Saturday February 28th, 1998 at 11:00

Blair & Son Funeral Chapel, Perth

Clergy Dr. John Montgomery

Interment Elmwood Cemetery

Blair & Son Funeral Home

CAMERON, Douglas Donald

Peacefully in hospital, Ottawa, on Wednesday, October 8th, 1997 Douglas Donald Cameron, loved father of Prudence Cameron of Peterborough and Timothy Donald Cameron of Ottawa. Beloved son of Donald and Anna Cameron of Balderson. Dear brother of Donna (Ed) Moon of Toledo, Brian Cameron of Napanee and was predeceased by brother Kenneth Cameron. Douglas will be sadly missed by nieces nephews and friends. Friends may call at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth. Friday, October 10th from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted in Balderson United Church, Balderson, and Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment Highland Line Cemetery. In remembrance, contributions to the I.C.U. of the Ottawa General Hospital or the Highland Line Cemetery Memorial Fund would be appreciated

Describing Photos- thanks to Cathy & Terry Machin

Describing Photos- thanks to Cathy & Terry Machin
Photo-Thanks to Cathy and Terry Machin these are local photos in the Ottawa Valley–I am quite sure these are Dugald New from CP when he was working with the loggers in Ottawa and just outside with the Moore logging company– Circa 1907

A lot of rain had run into the furrows from the west side of the creek- it was a slop hole now. I’m counting on the cows wantin’ to get out and I guess it’s about time to let old … the western edge of the homestead, a place he’d concentrated the plowing. When they got to the plowed swath the horses were mired in the mud up over their grith straps. Two men were still stuck in the mud with the horses and the rest had fled into the trees“- Cracker Justice –By Janet Post

Related reading

Debunking a Postcard 1913 — Strange Ephemera

Photo-Thanks to Cathy and Terry Machin–these are local photos in the Ottawa Valley

During World War II, my dad junked out the steam engine this gear came from and sold it for scrap iron. He used this gear for a base for a mailbox stand. That’s how it was preserved.

Before they scrapped the engine, they used it to smoke meat. When they butchered, they hung the bacon and hams in front, and burned wood to smoke the meat. They would hang the country hams on a chain upstairs and my brother would use his jack knife to cut a chunk off the ham when he wanted a chew of ham.

As boys, my brother and I took the engine’s brass pieces to school and donated them to the war effort. I still have the engine’s original state inspector’s certificate; it was dated 1918.-Lawrence Torske, McIntosh, Minnesota

Related reading

Second Lieut. H. A. Powell, to Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Lowry, of Pakenham — Steam in WW1

Ernie Giles Steam Engine Man

Steam Engines– Clippings About Harold Richardson

Photos!! Who is With These Steam Engines?

Glory Days of Carleton Place–So What Happened to the Moore Steam Engine?

The Old Steam Engine Tractor on Mullet Street

James Miller Steam Engine Man from Perth

Hissing Steam, Parades and a 1930 Hearse–Pioneer Days Middleville

Shipman & Acme Engines Clippings and Notations

“Where Are They Now?” Des Moore’s Steam Engine

“Around the Local Fairs in 80 Days”? Lanark County Minor Steampunk Story

The Pembroke Lumber Company Rare Photo

The Pembroke Lumber Company Rare Photo

This is a pretty old photo taken before the fire in 1927– Id say it us the early 1900s-The historic sawmill of the Pembroke Lumber Co. built in 1860. I found it in a lot of photos I bought.

Kevin PercyLooks like “The Pembroke Livery Company” to me.

Jeff BrennanI see Pembroke Lumber Company.

.Brian SarsfieldProbably the Pembroke Lumber Company, beside the Ottawa River . Make be take prior to the fire of June 1918.

It’s the Pembroke Lumber Company pre 1918.. and all the photos will go back to the family but this one will go to the Pembroke Historical Society.. Thanks to everyone who identified the photo.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
05 Dec 1899, Tue  •  Page 6

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
10 May 1900, Thu  •  Page 7
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Apr 1902, Tue  •  Page 2
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
10 Sep 1913, Wed  •  Page 20
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Apr 1916, Wed  •  Page 13

Fire June 12,1927

PEMBROKE, Ont., June 12 1927– Fire, which it is estimated caused damage to the extent of a quarter of a million dollars Saturday, threatened to wipe out the entire industrial and business section of the town, and many buildings were saved from possible destruction only by a timely change in the direction of a stiff wind when the blaze was at its height.

The flames were fortunately confined to the yards of the Pembroke Lumber Company, where millions of feet of lumber were reduced to ashes. The cause of the fire is attributed to a bathing party of boys who used part of the lumber yards in which to dress and smoke. Between five and six million feet of lumber was destroyed. The burned area covers between twelve and fifteen acres and is flanked on either side by woodworking industries, including the yards and factories of the Canadian Match and Splint Companies, immediately to the west, but behind the path of the flames.

The scene of the fire parallels the main business street of the town only two blocks away. For three hours millions of dollars of property was in jeopardy. Scores of people removed their household effects from their homes and an hour after the alarm sounded the town generally prepared itself for the worst. It was a spectacular fire. Driven by a high northwest wind, the flames leapt from one lumber pile to another, until over three hundred were on fire. The air space used for drying purposes only served as a vacuum for the flames and the ordinary hydrant stream vanished into steam immediately it struck the outer edges of the fire.

Flames shot up hundreds of feet into the air and heavy clouds of smoke hung over the entire town and countryside. Historic Sawmill Saved. The historic sawmill of the Pembroke Lumber Co., built in 1860, and which has cut millions upon millions of feet of virgin pine of the Ottawa Valley, was saved, owing to the heroic efforts of the Pembroke and Renfrew fire departments, and of the mill workmen using their own fire-fighting equipment. This mill and other buildings and wharves along the river front repeatedly caught fire but were quickly put out.

The whole area for blocks around was thoroughly drenched, records showing that over two million gallons of water was pumped at the municipal station, not taking into account what was taken from the river by the gasoline pumpers of the Pembroke and Renfrew fire departments. It was early realized that it was a fruitless task to fight the fire proper and that efforts should be confined to saving adjoining property.

The news of the threatened conflagration spread rapidly to adjoining towns and proffers of aid came from almost every town between here and Ottawa, including Ottawa City. At five o’clock, half an hour after the fire started, Mayor Duff phoned Renfrew for assistance and the creamery town fire-fighters immediately responded, making the forty-four mile trip here in an hour and twenty minutes.

The firemen did not let up until seven o’clock this morning, meals and hot drinks being served at the scene of the fire. Several of the firemen were overcome, but were able to resume. The intense heat could be felt for blocks away. It is believed that a bathing party of small boys who used a lumber pile as a dressing shelter and smoking place, was responsible for the fire which for three hours threatened the entire town.

A high northwest wind which carried the covers off the lumber piles for hundreds of yards through the air and which blew directly into the business section, suddenly veered to the southwest at seven in the evening and the situation was saved. Loss Put at $350,000. E. Dunlop, president or the Pembroke Lumber Co., today stated that the lumber was all of export number one grade, cut over the last four seasons and which had not moved owing to stagnation in the lumber industry.

He placed the loss at a quarter of a million dollars and stated that his company was one hundred percent, insured. Some of the lumber destroyed had recently been sold, Mr. Dunlop said, and he did not know whether or not insurance had been placed on this by the purchasers. He corrected a report that a section of the lumber burned was the property of the J. R. Booth Company.

Sawing for this company was due to commence tomorrow morning and would be proceeded with. Sawing operations would not be interfered with by the fire, he said, his company having between six and eight weeks piling ground available outside the fire area. The burned-over yards are a mass of wreckage, the steel rails being twisted in every conceivable form by the intense heat. The fire will smoulder for days.

The Canadian Match and Splint Corporations, with an investment of over two millions, only a stone’s throw away from the origin of the fire, took every precaution. Streams of water played constantly’on their plants and lumber exceeding ten million feet of matchwood. The chemical building was emptied of Its content, which were taken out of danger. The general opinion in Pembroke today is that the town is very fortunate in having escaped a repetition of the conflagrations which visited the town In 1908 and 1918.

Both Mr. Dunlop. of the Pembroke Lumber Co., and Mr. Woodruff, general manager of the Canadian Match Co., are high in their praise of the manner In whim the situation was handled by Fire Chief Dry and his men, assisted by the Renfrew fire department.

Read about the Stewart family click here..


The town of Pembroke, about one hundred and twenty miles up the river from Ottawa, was founded in 1828 by Col. Peter White, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, who was for many years one of the principal timber merchants of the Ottawa Valley. His sons have been actively engaged in the lumber business and by their enterprise have done much to build up their native town. Hon. Peter White, born at Pembroke August 30, 1838, after receiving a business training from an Ottawa mercantile firm, entered into partnership with his brother, Andrew T. White, now deceased, as A. & P. White, and for many years carried on an extensive lumber business which is still continued under the firm name. Mr. White is known best, perhaps, as an active politician. He was elected to Parliament in the Conservative interest for North Renfrew in 1874 and, with the exception of a brief interval, represented the constituency steadily until 1896. He was chosen Speaker of the House in 1891 and held that position during a parliamentary term, until 1896, in which year he was defeated in the general election. He carried the constituency again in 1904. Mr. White is a member of the Privy Council of Canada, to which he was called in 1897. He is a director of the Pembroke Lumber Company and is prominently identified with many local commercial enterprises. His brother and business partner, Andrew T. White, was also in public life and for some time represented North Renfrew in the Ontario Legislature.

Memories of Larry Clark’s Photos- Bonds Horricks and Tombstones

Memories of Larry Clark’s Photos- Bonds Horricks and Tombstones
Bridge Street Carleton Place Salvation Army where Restroom sign is on left- Mississippi Hotel/ The Grand Hotel on right. Canadian Tire ( now Gas Bar on left) You see the building on the left next to the Moose that is now the parking lot. Joie Bonds on the right with the Export sign 1963

1962.. Photo Larry Clark— Memories? Mrs. Bond’s store next to the Mississippi was another great place to visit. Can’t really remember what would have attracted me there, other than the store was packed almost to the ceiling along the walls, and the displays were overflowing with goods. Mostly items of interest to the female population but I’m thinking she may also have sold “candy”?

Of course my memory is not perfect, so there is bound to be confusion regarding the goods being sold.

Larry Clark

Joie Bond’s store on the right

Linda HallahanVisited there often for a chat and to find cut out paper dolls as little girl.

Ted HurdisFirecrackers

Ted Hurdis Some very famous people signed that little record book Mrs. Bond kept for fireworks. People these days wouldn’t believe Elvis Presley, Don Knots and many other celebrities shopped downtown Carleton Place😎

Alison BondI had heard once that she lived on Lake ave. Can anyone confirm this?

Danielle NeilAlison Bond I believe she lived above the store.

Janet KerryLoved going there. Also this is okd as looks like there was still parking on both sides of the street.

Pat HortonUse to go there to buy hair ribbons

Donna Lowe WardShe sold everything. You just had to find It! 😂🤣

John EdwardsShe and her brother, Bunny, (of canoe club fame) maintained a patch of grass and perimeter garden beside the building now paved over.When we shopped for firecrackers 🧨, I thought the immense amount of dry goods piled up everywhere combined with incendiary devices was not a good idea..

Julia Waugh GuthrieIt was always a treat when we got to go there and rummage through for a treasure. 😁

Roger RattrayMrs. Bond had a great assortment of 💥 Fireworks.

Kevin LevesqueYup. Firecrackers. We had to sign a page for tracking the purchase. I was Superman that day.

John LaroseLady finger fire crackers by the hand full

Ray PaquetteMs. Bond also had a great inventory of school supplies and as it was on the way to Central School for many of us, it was a go to store for those “forgotten” items…

Danielle NeilMrs. Melba Barker used to send Janet Barker and me there to get thread, needles, and other small items. Joey was a hoarder but she only took moments to locate anything you needed!

Karen RobinsonShe had good comic books. Bought mine there.

Susan McCuan-HarronWent there to get a quill for a pioneer project for school.

Ruth SawdonRemember the steel bar across the bottom of the window and getting my tongue stuck to it in the winter….. still feel the pain.

Bill Horricks Texaco

Bill LemayEarl horricks Texaco to the left

Bill RussellBill Lemay I remember Horricks had the Esso across from the bank. The Texaco I remember Rupert St. Jean as the proprietor. Ron Armour had the Gulf station on the other corner.

Bill LemayBill Russell earl had the Texaco then the esso Morley black took over the Texaco

Bill RussellGas at 39.9 cents/Gal. or 10.54 cents/Litre.

Peter JoannouBill Russell It’s actually worse than that. You used a US gallon in that conversion (3.78l) instead of the Imperial gallon (4.54l) which was sold here. So it was actually 8.79 cents/litre. Now THAT’s inflation!

The tombstone in the Basement— read–When Wallpaper Killed You — Walls of Death

Dave HickI bought the building in 98 and found a tombstone in the basement-His name was Jacob Bond died in 1873

Danielle NeilDave Hick was it engraved?There was a coroner or funeral services business just a few buildings up the street over Stewart’s (?) furniture store.

Dave HickDanielle Neil the gravestone was broken in the 50s and taken to the store to be repaired where it got forgotten, gave the stone to Jake Gallipeau who looked after the Anglican cemetery where it was repaired and reinstatedJacob died from inhaling toxic wallpaper paste and was buried with his infant son-inda Seccaspina there is a photo in the Canadian by Jeff McGuire in 2000 I think and a story that he and I researched at the time

Ray PaquetteDanielle Neil The name of the Funeral Director was Fulford, and he was the predecessor of Alan R. Barker. I was a boyhood chum of Billy Fulton whose Dad worked in the business…

Related Reading

Memories of Mulvey’s Candy Store and Joie Bond — Larry Clark

The True Carleton Place Story of Joie Bond- by Jennifer Hamilton

The Name is Bond—-Joie Bond

Bond — George and James Bond

The Bond Family– Genealogy

Bond Tosh Genealogy- David Tosh

Mr. Young and Mr. Bond- Almonte History 1870s

When The Carleton Place Citizen’s Band Came Marching in to Lanark

A Story to a Picture — Thanks to David Ritchie — Barker Family

A Story to a Picture  — Thanks to David Ritchie — Barker Family

I have out this photo up a few times which was taken by the popular portrait photographer in Almonte named one James Townend. Vicki Racey has given it a home for a very long time and we never could come up with whose family it was until today. This is one of the perks of doing daily history and I thank all of you.

Hello Linda,

I hope you will forgive me for contacting you via this email address. Although, I am NOT a Facebook member, I do very much enjoy your public Tales of Almonte FB page and your WordPress blog!

I am writing because I can identify the J. Townend cover photo that you posted today, March 1. I also have a print of it. The handsome silver-bearded Scottish patriarch centre photo is my great grandfather, James Barker. The mustachioed young man, second from the right in the rear row, is my grandfather Alexander Barker, still a bachelor at the time. Both men were well known Blakeney area farmers. In fact, your Feb. 17 posting of an old Blakeney map shows James as the landowner directly adjacent to the village.

Alex, later owned two other farms on either side of HWY #29, just south of the “big bend” at the Cedar Hill Side Road. One farm extended from the highway all the way down to the banks of the Mississippi. My mother, Vera Barker grew up there. Directly across the highway, on a hilltop, Alex also built a second “hired hand’s farm”. Both farm houses, all barns, outbuildings and fences were built by the Barkers from pine, cut from a 30 acre family bush lot, off of Ramsay Concession #6. In winter, my grandfather and others, felled trees and hauled logs by horse-drawn sleigh across country, more or less as “the crow lies”. You and your readers might visualize the geography better for this amazing feat of pioneer labour when I mention that I sold the bush lot recently, to the well-known neighbouring landowner, Shirley Fulton of Pancake House and Sugar Bush fame. The maples had grown in and long since replaced the original pine.

While I am at it, I should tell you of two other family tidbits relating to famous local history. In the nineteen thirties, my mother, Vera, taught at the same one room schoolhouse at Bennies Corners that James Naismith had attended. Back in the sixties, she told me that her students were still playing a game at recess that they called “duck on a rock”. The game seemed to have devolved from the rock-throwing that inspired Naismith’s basketball, to the use of broken bushel apple baskets for target practice. Sometimes, it became a more common “king of the castle” game, during which the boys rough-housed and tried to dislodge one another from the same raised stone outcrop.

And lastly, I very much enjoyed the Robert & Sharon Newton films on the history of Almonte and their follow up movie on “The Ghosts of Mississippi Mills”. In the latter, the history of Tait McKenzie and the Mill of Kintail is explored. It is mentioned that the McKenzies migrated annually between their home in Philadelphia and their summers at The Mill. Prime Mister Robert Borden even visited with them there and joked about “sleeping in the hired hand’s bed”.

Well, my mother Vera Barker, married a local Almonte town-boy, Lorne Ritchie. Lorne’s younger brother (my uncle) Howard was Tait McKenzies last hired hand. Howard told me that he chauffeured the McKenzies on what would be Tait’s last trip back to Philadelphia. It was my uncle, Howard Ritchie, who rushed to Mr. McKenzie when he heard him fall in his home in Philadelphia. It was a heart attack and Tait McKenzie died in my uncle’s arms before medical help could arrive.

Linda, please feel free to post this information as you see fit. It is anecdotal but I believe accurate history.

David Ritchie

Vancouver, BC.

David, thank you — you made my day!!!

Almonte Gazette 1899

Carleton Place High School 1933-1934 Kevin Percy

Hi Linda, I have seen some old High School photos recently. How about this one from 1933-34
Kevin Percy
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Dec 1934, Sat  •  Page 21
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
28 Jul 1934, Sat  •  Page 8

Commercial Students CPHS 1937 –Kerri Ann Doe O’Rourke

The CPHS Autograph Book –Christena Rygiel

Last Grade 13 Graduation from the old  Carleton Place High School 1918

What do you Know about the Prince of Wales Cairn?

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the Prince of Wales School

Comments About a Picture–Prince of Wales School

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down-Prince of Wales School High Street

What Will 50 Cents Get You at the Prince of Wales School?

Where Are They Now? Paul Keddy of CPHS 1970

The Time Capsule of CPHS

A Typical School Day at CPHS by Vera Griffith 1952

The Band was Amazing but the Coke Driver Let Jack Hastie Down CPHS 1951- Delmar Dunlop

Carleton Place High School–“Running CPHS Bears” 1948

1967 Carleton Place High School Grads..

High School Confidential — More Vintage Shenanigans at Carleton Place High School

Reefer Madness at Carleton Place High School

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School–Cheerleaders and Things

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School–Prom Tickets

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School –Hurdis–isms

Doo Wah Diddy Diddy —The 1964 Royalty? Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

Who Were These CPHS Students? Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School — Wava McDaniel Baker

Straight Outta Carleton Place High –Teachers 1963

The Improved Stereo Remix of 1963 –Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

If You Ever Smoked in the Boys Room—– Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

1963 Rule of Thumb for a Strong Physique — Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

The History of Mom Dancing –Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

Dissecting a Rat- Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

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