The Board of Health held an adjourned meeting on Wednesday night. A reply was read from Dr. Bryce. provincial health inspector, to a motion of enquiry from this town regarding a piggery on Emily street, of which the neighbours had made a complaint. The letter placed the matter with the scope of section 72 of the statutes, and the board accordingly ordered that the piggery was to be removed within a week.
At the end of Emily Street ( as Emily Street to Victoria Street was called Elgin Street) the piggery was called “Stinktown” as the owners boiled down food waste they found through the town and sold some of the materials they rendered to candle makers and the like and fed whatever was left to the pigs which they fattened up and sold to local butchers. The resident who was handed Section 72 tried to hide his pigs under his bed and in dressers, though the police found them. Despite attempts by the piggery owner to maintain his property and livelihoods, the village effectively shut the pig farm down that summer. July 1899
Photo from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-Bridge Street – the west side, between College and Emily/Elgin Street. No date, but c.1950. The occasion was an Orange Day parade, and landmarks include a barber shop, Chinese Laundry, the Roxy Theatre, and Carleton Lunch Bar. J. Gordon Lancaster is marching in the front row, second from left.
An unsanitary condition upon a laundry premises on Bridge street, opposite the post office also received attention. The medical health officer had ordered the complete abatement of the cause of the nuisance. No idea what it was. July 1899.
The Lees opened a Chinese Laundry in Carleton Place and Hong On had been hired as an assistant. One day Charlie Sumner was picking up his laundry when Charlotte Morrison entered with some work to be done. She asked Charlie what the proprietor’s name was. Without batting an eyelash he replied, “One Lung”. Charlotte commented that it was a particular name and could not understand why Mr. Hung On and and Mr Sumner were in fits of laughter.
Did you know? Mr.Taylor’s ( Taylor Garage on Mill Street) son Gordon spoke fluent Chinese and practised the language with the owners of the local Chinese laundry on Bridge Street. It was said Gordon was a spy for the British Secret Service and later became a missionary.