The lot on Mill Street, which was the cause of Mr. Louis Peterson’s resignation from the Utilities Commission a few weeks ago was sold to him for a second time by the Almonte Town Council Tuesday evening during a special session in November of 1945.
The parcel of vacant land which originally had an old crater in the middle of it was sold to Mr. Peterson some months ago by the Council for its assessed value of $240. He wished to build an extension to his ice cream plant and as the property was of no use to him or no one else the Council was overjoyed to sell it to him. At the time Mr. Peterson was a member of the Public Utilities Commission and Dr. A. A.Metcalfe who was at loggerheads with him for years took advantage of a technicality to disqualify him. Dr Metcalfe got an Ottawa lawyer to write letters to the Commission pointing out that Mr. Peterson had violated the law which forbade an elected representative to do business of any kind with the municipality. This law had been in effect for years. On the other hand it was pointed out that there were no members in other municipalities with an attitude like Metcalfes to take advantage of unseating an elected representative.
After considering the matter for a couple of weeks, Mr. Peterson, who considered the lot more important than a seat on the Commission which brought him no money, decided to resign. After he did this and became a private citizen once more he gave the town a quit claim for the lot and the Council ordered his cheque for $240 returned to him.
The lot was once again the property of the town and the Council advertised it for sale in the local paper. The only offer received was from Mr. Peterson who said he would purchase it once again at its assessed value. In the meantime the assessment for the current year had come into effect and Mr. Peterson had to pay $250 for it which was ten dollars higher than the 1944 price. This of course was neither here nor there.
At this same special meeting of the Council a bylaw was passed confirming the sale of the old Windsor Hotel property to the North Lanark Co-Operative for $1,000. Another bylaw dealt likewise with the old Belmont building which was sold to Howard Davey . (The site of the hotel on the brow of the hill on the north side of the river had something majestic about it, and Mr. Reilly’s square plan, once completed added grace and charm to the site. But to make assurance doubly sure that his hospitality would be welcome to people of the quality, he gave the hotel a name to ensure the royal flavour. On the south wall, between the windows of the third floor, he had the painters inscribe a royal name for his enterprise, WINDSOR HOUSE.) read- Mr. Reilly Founds a Hotel in Almonte
Last week Mr. P. J. Young sold his farm on the ninth line, with his stock and implements, to Mr. John Oates, who has been a resident of Almonte for the past two years or so, Mr. Young ■ taking Mr. Oates’ property on Union street in part payment for the farm. The price received by Mr. Young was $7,200. The exchange of properties was made this week, and now Mr. Young and Mr.Naismith have become residents of Almonte—a welcome addition to the Citizenship of our town. April 4 1903
All the James Greig estate property in this town is shortly to be offered for sale april 17 1903
Mr. Smith, who owned the Carleton steam laundry, has disposed of his business to Mr. Latimer, of the City New York laundry, and the latter will combine the two under the name of the Carieton Place Steam Laundry April 17 1905
Mr. Alex. R. Yuill’s sale last week was a successful one, and now the fini) Ayrshire herd of “ Meadowside Farm,” which was the oldest herd of Ayrshires in Canada and was for the past thirty-four years the winner of many prizes, is now broken up and scattered. One pleasing feature however, is that the animals all remain in the neighborhood, the ones taken furthest away being a pair of heifers bought by Mr. Robt. Metcalf, of Pakenham. The township of Ramsay still retains a large number of the animals, the Messrs. Cochran being among the largest buyers. The sale totalled $2,160.40. The farm was not sold- April 1906
The sale of the farm eSects of the late Wm. Smith, Ramsay, on Friday last was great success, particularly of the live stock. CoWs sold as high as $75, horses $175, sheep in the neighborhood of $10, and so on. The implements did not seem to be so much in demand, but the bidding on the stock-was very brisk. Mr. Jas. W. Bowes bought four head of cattle, all at good prices. April 13 1906
Mr. T. B. McGibbon, of Beckwith, last week’ sold his fine Clydesdale team to Peter McEwen, of Franktown, for the handsome sum of $400- April 13, 1905
Mr. Elias ‘Abraham was here last week from New Liskeard to purchase horses. He secured a heavy well matched span of sisters from Ben. Hilliard, paying $425 for them. His other animals, six in all, were nearly equally of superb frame and action. The Hilliard team was for the hotel ’bus ami they were clad in a $50 harness. The balance of the car was filled with oats and bay and half a dozen sets of single harness. April 1906
Mr. James Steele recently sold the Henry farm in Ramsay to Mr. Richard Burroughs, of March. The farm has witnessed several ownerships since the Canada Company secured it from the Crown. Mr. Henry bought it in 1866. Then followed, as owners, William Hughes, Peter Turner, John Moore and Mr. Rivington. Mr. Burroughs is a. first-class farmer and is sure to become a good neighbor and a prosperous business man April 1906
Mr. A. Johnston has bought Mr. Chas. Simpson’s property on Queen street, and will become a welcome citizen of Almonte. He has also taken over Mr. Simpson’s real estate auctioneer business. Mr. Simpson intends going west on account of Mrs. Simpson’s health, and she will join him when he has decided where he will locate. He and Mr. Johnston will go somewhat extensively into horse-buying for the western markets. April 27 1906
Mr. Mcllquham began on Monday morning clearing space for a brick extension of his commercial annex. April 8 1908 ( Mississippi hotel)
Mr. Mcllquham is celebrating the quarter century mark of his purchase of the Mississippi hotel. “ Watty ” has never been derogatory to the highest enterprises. Let us hope that the next .quarter will find him just as smiling and as strenuous= April 12, 1907
Mr. George Thom has broken down the middle wall of partition in his stone block on Bridge Street in Carleton Place and so throws himself into very spacious quarters for his general business ; at the same time transferring his fancy goods section into the -Bell Block, South side. april 24 1907
Mr. L. McDonald’s auction sale was held at his farm on the tenth line of Ramsay on Thursday of last week. There was a large attendance and good prices were obtained for the stock. One team of horses bought for $300 and the young cattle, of which there was a large stock, brought good prices. Messrs. McPhail purchased the farm some time ago, and will run it in connection with their present property on the tenth line. April 3 1908
Mr. Robt. MeLenahan has sold his brick residence on Lake Avenue, to Mr. Chas. Johnstone, and Mr. J. B. Elliott has disposed of his double house next door to Mr. Wm. Machin. Mr. C. Mclnitosh also disposed of the Shilson property o-n tfae same street, to W- C. Leech. April 3 1908
The auction sale at Mr.. Wallace’s last Thursday was well attended and good prices were, realized, cows bringing as high as $41. M r. C .Hollinger was the auctioneer, and Councillor Syme acted as clerk. April 1908
Malcolm H. Leininger, Lanark Village, has purchased the property and business of John White, merchant, Hopetown and moved up there on Saturday. Mr. Leininger until lately, carried on the sash, door and planning factory business with Archibald Affleck, having bought the same from Mr. W.W. Campbell-Perth Courier, Dec. 7, 1888
Perth Courier, Jan. 14, 1898–Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements—Christopher Donaldson, Lot 26, 12th Concession Bathurst. Mr. Donaldson has retired from farming and everything must be sold.
Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements: Richard T. Noonan, Lot 20, 5th Concession Burgess–Perth Courier, Feb. 19, 1897
Bonnie Mitchell is looking for.,
Hi Linda, I’m looking for any information regarding a fire at the farm of Arnold Klassen of Smiths Falls around 1970 or 1971. The only other information I have is that he was a pig farmer and lost everything in the fire. Thanks( photo is my kitchen with a Lanark County sign “Pigs for Sale”
Memories— share if you have any of farms..
Tammy MarionI remember a great vegetable stand that use to be in Franktown on the corner of Hwy#15 and #10. If I recall correctly it was a guy in a wheelchair that ran it or looked after it. Use to stop there quite often.
Tania IretonFerrier’s farm on Scotch Line. All the veggies and corn! In their back/summer kitchen I think.
BY MICHAEL PRENTICE Carleton Place used to be a sleepy little town on the banks of the Mississippi River a world away from Ottawa. It’s not that way anymore. An expanding ribbon of asphalt between Ottawa and Carleton Place is set to be complete within three years, reducing the commute time for buyers impressed by small-town living and speeding the way to more affordable housing prices.
The highway improvements makes the town a more attractive place to live, and more attractive for big retailers, says Carleton Place mayor Paul Dulmage. He points out that a surge of big box-store construction is now taking place just off Highway 7 on the outskirts of town. It will include a Home Depot, Rona, Staples and Wal-Mart “I’m not sure the expanded highway will make a whole lot of difference in the time to get to and from Ottawa in off-peak hours,” says Dulmage. “But it will make travel safer, and it will make for an easier and faster journey in peak hours.” Quality of life is what brings people to live in this area, he says. “We have so much parkland and so many nature trails. It’s a lifestyle that is not easily duplicated.
What sort of existing home can you get for your money in Carleton Place? You could have bought a restored 1870s heritage home for $219,500. It was on the market for four months, and sold for the full asking price. Or a meticulously restored 1875 Victorian home sitting on the banks of the Mississippi River. The large, three-bedroom house on Moffatt Street was bought recently by a Canadian diplomat for $480,000 after being on the market for less than three months at $499,900. More modestly, a modern, three-bedroom bungalow at 308 Bridge St. in Carleton Place sold in two days earlier this month for the asking price of $189,900. Couch, a REMAX agent with offices in a magnificently-restored 1830s home in Carleton Place, says homes in all price ranges are being lifted by increased demand.
Pauline Aunger agrees. She is a Royal LePage real estate broker whose territory includes Perth, Smiths Falls and the Rideau Lakes. “The new highway will not just make Carleton Place closer to Ottawa. It will put the whole of Lanark County nearer,” says Aunger. “We are already seeing lots of people commuting daily between Lanark County and Ottawa.” The real estate market is busy, and prices have continued to rise in the past year, says Aunger. Newcomers find that small-town living is much more affordable than life in the city, she adds.
It’s cheaper to buy existing homes in and around Carleton Place than in many parts of the national capital region, says the mayor. “It depends where you look, but you could pay $329,000 for a house that might cost $450,000 in some places in the region.” Statistics support his view. The average price of 228 homes sold in or near Carleton Place last year was about $185,000 compared with an average for the greater Ottawa region of $246,000. In more rural areas near Carleton Places, prices are higher. The average sale price last year was $230,000 in Mississippi Mills and $222,000 in Beckwith. Home prices in and around Carleton Place rose last year by about six per cent, in line with increases across the entire Ottawa region. Barbara Couch, a leading real estate agent in Carleton Place, believes it’s too soon for the coming highway improvements to have had a significant impact on house prices.
“Historically speaking when a commuter town such as Carleton Place gains better access to a divided highway, ultimately reducing commuting time, the demand for homes in that community escalates, as do property prices.” The four-lane, restricted access highway, now under construction, will extend from the outskirts of Carleton Place for about 20 kilometres to the 417 interchange, west of Scotia-bank Place. It is due to be completed in 2010 at a cost of $106 million. The highway will open in stages over the next three years. The commute time from the heart of Ottawa to Carleton Place now takes about 30 minutes, if road and weather conditions are good and traffic is light. For hockey fans attending an Ottawa Senators game at Scotiabank Place, it’s about the same distance home to Carleton Place as it is to downtown Ottawa. The drive from the 417 link to Carleton Place now takes about 15 minutes under ideal driving conditions.
For those working in Kanata’s technology hub, it’s already closer and quicker to get home to Carleton Place or Almonte than to east-end Ottawa or the Quebec suburbs. While Carleton Place is already within comfortable commuting, the highway improvements will now make other, more isolated towns a logical choice for people who want to escape big-city living. These include Perth, perhaps the prettiest and best-preserved town in the Rideau Lakes area. It has many heritage homes, some dating to the earliest European settlement of Eastern Ontario. The asphalt link may also bring new residents to Smiths Falls, a community recently devastated by news the Hershey chocolate factory will be closing.
For five years, an upscale neighbourhood of new homes has been taking shape in Carleton Place, just steps from nature trails, parkland and the Mississippi River. The first phase, of 66 homes, at Stonewater Gate is now almost complete and the second phase, Stonewater Bay on the Mississippi, is set to have an additional 200 homes. Homes in all price ranges are being lifted by increased demand. The development is by Sienna Homes, which previously had built a reputation by erecting large custom homes on two-acre lots in Dunrobin, a mostly-rural part of Kanata, where some of the region’s largest mansions are situated.
Sienna Homes owner Margret Gallo recalls the skeptical reaction of friends and associates when she planned homes for Carleton Place. There were also wary folks in town. “News of prices of our homes’ was not well received. There were those who felt the prices were too high,” says Gallo. “It took 18 months for people to understand what we were doing. If we had not been building homes of quality and style, we would not have come. Sienna Homes has raised the bar in Carleton Place.” Costs and, therefore, new home prices are about the same as similar developments in Ottawa, she says. Prices in Stonewater Bay on the Mississippi range from about $240,000 for a townhouse to $260,000 for a semi-detached adult-lifestyle bungalow. Sienna also has large single homes on the water costing close to $600,000.