So this ram was last seen at Wool Growers in Carleton Place in1978, and my question was: “Where is it Now?” I called the kind folks at the Real Wool Shop here in Carleton Place and they told me they thought he had moved lock, stock, and wool barrel to Almonte.
The assassination of President McKinley
This ram had indeed moved around from the 1901 Pan American Exposition where he was allegedly involved in the assassination of President McKinley, and then on to Oxford, N.S. The ram even made the 1977 Kingston Plowing Match. So, he was capable of being anywhere, but I was curious.
I called the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, and sure enough that very same Cumberland Ram is there in their permanent third floor display. History moves on and so did this ram. Yesterday is history, and sometimes tomorrow is a mystery, and once again a head scratcher is solved with a story.
Have you ever visited the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers company in Carlton Place? It is an amazing place located in the old Canadian Pacific Railway workshop and roundhouse, which was used by the railway from 1890 till 1939. The WoolGrowers Co-operative moved into the building in 1940. They process over three million pounds of wool every year and we should be proud that we as the town of Carleton Place are the only people that process wool in Canada. That’s right-all the wool come here!
For more than 70 years, 142 Franktown Road in Carleton Place has been the go-to place for wool! In 1940 the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited purchased a large, limestone building from the Canadian Pacific Railway.
The quality check man. He is the lone wolf for quality control. Can you imagine examining raw wool all day long?
Real Wool Shop supplies the discerning consumer with wool related products for men and women of all ages, from wool underwear to sheepskin slippers to coats. Seasonal fashion clothing is also available year round. The yarn department is a treat for all knitters from beginners to experienced.
Weekdays: 9:30 to 6:00 Saturday: 9:30 to 5:00 Sunday: 11:00 to 5:00
Today’s photo is of workers taking a break at the CPR Engine Repair Shops. Built in 1890 as a round house and repair shop for the Canadian Pacific Railway, it employed about 200 workers. After operations were moved to Smiths Falls, the building was purchased by the Canadian Cooperative Woolgrowers. Iron tracks from the turntable in the roundhouse were sold as scrap to help the war effort in 1940. Can you help us identify any of these men?–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
What is this sheep doing? Come on down to the Wool Growers on Saturday during Lambs Down and find out.
SATURDAY is Lambs Down at Wool Growers.(10-3). but come park at the Carleton Place Farmers Market –enjoy what we have at the market (830-1230) and take Arlee Sheet’s horse trolley over to Lambs Down. Don’t forget iconic George Chenier Sr. will be playing good old Lanark County music at the market from 10:30-12:30–
Did you know that International Knit Day is June 18th? It’s also the same day as the Lambs Down Park Festival in Carleton Place.
The Real Wool Shop at Lambs Down is involved with Knitted Knockers of Canada. Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. These soft comfortable lightweight prosthesis are available for FREE through the organization.
All of the organization’s knit “knockers” are made by volunteers and donated free of charge to women who have had a mastectomy.
The Real Wool Shop is looking for volunteer knitters to come out and knit knockers. They also carry the yarn and have the free pattern.
Contact Alison at the Real Wool Shop
Address: 142 Franktown Road, Carleton Place, ON K7C 4M7