Michael Lotan Does anyone remember Major Hooper who was the Postmaster. He was a decorated hero in both the Boer war and in WWI. One famous battle is covered in Brian Costello’s fine book. I found the original plan for this building at Public Works Canada when I worked there. Our PO Box was 103. Last point Major Hopper was a great man, a hero in two wars. He ran a tight ship at the PO. I knew him well. The den in his home was amazing with war memorabilia, weapons, and animal heads.
Jane Chamney Major Hooper was my great-uncle Will. He and his wife Mabel lived in a lovely English Cottage home where the Canadian Tire Gas Bar is now. My memories of Uncle Will were certainly not of a grumpy man. I loved playing with his grandchildren at his home and after his wife’s death, he even held a draw where each of us went home with a trinket or two. I came away with a china wall decoration of an old woman reading tea leaves. I still cherish it today.
1901 William H. Hooper, who had returned to Ottawa from the South African War, bought Charles C. Pelton’s Carleton Place photographic business.
1914 –WW1 broke out and within two weeks, the town’s first dozen volunteers under Captain William H. Hooper left Carleton Place.
Their parade to the railway station was attended by town officials, the Carleton Place brass band, the Renfrew pipe band and hundreds of citizens. The send off ended in the singing of Auld Lang Syne.
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Mar 1916, Sat • Page 10
Major W. H. Hooper, husband of Mabel McNeely Hooper –home after four years’ service in the first world war including two years as a prisoner in Germany, was welcomed in a reception held outdoors. Indoor meetings had been banned by reason of deaths from a world influenza epidemic.
Carleton Place Then and Now.
Canadian Gas Bar–6 Bridge Street Carleton Place
Photo from John Armour–read Before the Canadian Tire Gas Bar There Was..
This land was part of the original land grant from the Crown to Edmond Morphy. In 1839 Edmond’s son Edmond owned the land. This lot was divided and passed through many hands before it became Major Hooper and his wife’s residence in 1920. Hooper’s residence was referred to as the Raloo Cottage.
Major Hooper’s wife before she was married was Mabel McNeely. It remained in the hands of the Hooper Family until 1954 when McColl Frontenac Oils purchased the land. A gas bar and convenience store has been at this location ever since and today it is a Canadian Tire Gas Bar.
Memories today–The Old Federal Building/ Post Office-The Government built a new federal building in 1891 on Bridge Street during Mr. Struthers’ term of office. This new building called the old brown stone building was the post office for years between the Franklin street site and the present post office opened in 1963. This building also housed the Customs Office and caretaker’s apartment, and later the unemployment office. Findlay McEwen was appointed Post Master in 1907 after the death of Struthers. McEwen fulfilled the role until his death in 1920. During his term of office three rural mail deliveries were established: Ashton, Innisville, and Appleton.On the first floor was the post office with Mr. Struthers as postmaster and two ladies for clerks (The Virtue Sisters). Here too as a part of the post office was the Railway Telegraph Service (Myles Shields being CPR operator with Mina Scott).
This service later moved to its own building.Major W.H. Hooper was appointed Post Master in 1920 and served as Post Master until his retirement in 1950. During Hooper’s time if office many changes occurred.He had control of the clerk for the position of Telegraph operator until the telegraph service moved to its own building. The school children popped in daily to get warm on cold days and enjoy the steam heat. The caretaker lived on the upper floor and could be counted on to appear as soon as the children entered the building and order them out. Major Hooper was also a gruff individual and his family on the corner of Lake Ave and Bridge Street.
Rodger-Holley Gardiner My grandparents bought the building after the new post office opened and lived in the apartment behind it . My grandfather converted the first floor into offices and the other two floors into apartments (I helped a little bit). I carved this piece from white oak in memory of those wonderful days.