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.
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.
Same pictures in the early 1900s and with the Cliff/McCann/ Sweeney home on the corner
I guess we will never know… but it sure looks like it.
Vintage Photos of the Gals — Caldwell Jamieson Dunlop Reunion – Part 4
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
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
“ 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
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
.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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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!
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…
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.
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.