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More on Henry Lever — Rochester Street- Alana Flint

More on Henry Lever — Rochester Street- Alana Flint

ALL Photos and TEXT Alana Flint

Hi Linda I have a few photos you may like. My Grandfather, Henry Lever (Ren) built this table. I recently had it refinished, because, as a rebellious teenager I painted it blue, then white (thickly, a little is good, more is better!). Needless to say, my Dad (Allan Lever) grounded me! The lamp on top of the table is the one my Grandmother (Caroline “Carrie”) used on the table. I had the lampshade recovered. The lamp still works and it has the original cord.

L to R: Mary Lever (McKittrick), Henry Reynolds Lever (my Grandfather), Henry Lever (my G-Grandfather), Norma Hazel Lever (Hind Giles)-Mary was my G-Grandmother

The house my Grandfather Henry Lever (Ren) built. 47 Rochester St — read- Henry Lever’s House on Rochester Street — Sherri Iona

Henry Lever’s House on Rochester Street — Sherri Iona

Henry Lever’s House on Rochester Street — Sherri Iona

Henry Lever’s House on Rochester Street — Sherri Iona

Here is another for a question. Does this house still exist? Not far from you on Rochester. My great great grandfather Henry Lever built it with his brother. I don’t recognize the names of the people in the picture, taken after 1906.

Yes Sheri it does!!!

I have a letter written by Henry in 1897 to a minister in Scotland requesting his help regarding a legal claim to the Lever estate in Manchester England. Actually just found, he built it with his son Reynolds Lever. They called him Ren.

Name:Henry Reynolds Lever
Birth Date:24 Jul 1881
Birth Place:Youlbourn Ontario
Death Date:16 Jun 1945
Death Place:Carleton Place, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father:Henry Lever
Mother:Mary Lever
Spouse:Cate Caroline Hardie
H Reynolds Lever
1945 (aged 62–63)
United Cemeteries
Beckwith, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada  Show Map
Pine Grove East

Back row Wesley and Reynolds Girls: Elsie (my great grandmother) and Maud Front: Forest(I think) Parents: Mary (McKitrick) and Henry Lever My great grandparents Elsie (Lever) and Robert Powell lived on Sarah St. Their daughter Olive was a long time French teacher at CPHS. She and her sister lived most of their lives there.

Alana Lever Flint is my cousin. Her grandfather was Ren Lever, who built and lived in house on Rochester

Should be spelled McKittrick

Carrie (Caroline) was Ren’s wife and Norma is daughter-The son I have as Forest should be Lowe Cleveland Lever

Thanks Sherri! I added all the ancestry stuff and a clipping I found..:) Linda

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Henry Lever
1923 (aged 79–80)
United Cemeteries
Beckwith, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada  Show Map
Pine Grove East
Name:Mary Lever
Marital Status:Married
Birth Year:abt 1842
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1891
Residence Place:Carleton Place, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada
Relation to Head:Wife
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
French Canadian:No
Spouse’s Name:Henery Lever
Father’s Birth Place:Ireland
Mother’s Birth Place:Ireland
Neighbours:View others on page
Household MembersAgeRelationshipHenery Lever49HeadMary Lever49WifeWesley M Lever15SonElse F Lever14DaughterEssie M Lever11DaughterHenery R Lever10SonLowe C Lever5Son
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 Jul 1911, Mon  •  Page 1

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Dancing Shoes- Sherri Iona — Judy Wing

Buttons and Quilts by Sherri Iona (Lashley)

The Mysterious Riddell— H B Montgomery House

In Memory of H B Montgomery

 Glory Days in Carleton Place-Sherri Iona (Lashley)

Glory Days of Carleton Place- Dear Miss Powell by Terry Kirkpatrick

Update on Miss Powell from CPHS- John Edwards

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada22 Mar 1906, Thu  •  Page 7

Ancestor of Salem –Rochester Street Witch

Ancestor of Salem –Rochester Street Witch





This is an update to the The Witches of Rochester Street


Want to attract a ghost? There is a well known method that worked for the Victorians and still works today. Simply buy an old house, add a vivid imagination and watch things happen.


They say on Rochester Street in Carleton Place there is a home that pots, pans, kettles, and logs once flew about the rooms. In the late 1800s the ghosts were exorcised by a local clergy and also by a local medicine man for good measure. In later years when a former American bought the house he nailed a horseshoe to the front door, but this gentleman spent more time in the gaol than he did at his home so nothing out of the ordinary was spotted. In his later years small fires broke out in his stove and the pots and pans began to fly, so cooking became out of the question.

By this time they were convinced they were victims of a spell cast by a witch. Their youngest granddaughter in their care was sent off and the household went back to normal. Months later she returned, and things began to fly again and the granddaughter retorted that the ghosts didn’t like her Grandfather.



Former opera Hall –This woman (and tractor) are posing in front of the stone building at the corner of Bridge and William Streets – once the Opera House, a mica factory, and later, Brewer’s Retail. A mica-splitting industry of the General Electric Company was being carried on in J. R. McDiarmid’s Newman Hall in 1906 at the corner of Bridge and William Streets. Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



Sensing a way to make money he rented out Pattie’s Opera Hall advertising his Granddaughter and her gifts. The place was crowded that evening and his granddaughter showed up, but the ghosts did not. Wisely after that fiasco he kept to himself and the family grew accustomed to the daily shenanigans although it was still unnerving when a plate fell off the rack, or a door slammed for no apparent reason.

The family never realized their great great granddaughter was an ancestor of a witch they were never able to burn in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem was going through a rough patch and refugees flooded into the town following England’s war with France on American soil. The war displaced many people living in New York, Quebec, and Nova Scotia, and the extra mouths to feed in Salem put a strain on the town’s resources. This, in turn, stretched the division between Salem’s rich and poor, causing heated arguments which the local Puritans blamed on the Devil.

Even though three suspected witches were put away, the people of Salem became paranoid. In a fit of mass hysteria- and probably a dash of simply taking advantage of the situation to get rid of enemies- fingers were being pointed at supposed witches left and right, even for the mildest of offences. When the hunt ended, some 200 people had been accused of witchcraft. However, only 20 people were executed, and years later one of the witch’s ancestors became known as one of the Witches of Rochester Street, which story later came to folkloric fame in Carleton Place.

Believe it or not!


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.



Coffee Talk– Coolidge’s Penny Candy and Rochester Street– For Tom Edwards

Winter —Rochester Street Looking North– Before and After

My—- How House Values Have Changed in Carleton Place —- 10 Rochester Street

The Witches of Rochester Street

Plum Hollow Witch and The Mountain Man of Pakenham

An Interview with the Witch of Plum Hollow–Mother Barnes— The Ottawa Free Press 1891

My Grandmother was Mother Barnes-The Witch of Plum Hollow

A Bewitched Bed in Odessa

The Witch of Plum Hollow – Carleton Place Grandmother

Different Seasons of Witches in Lanark County

Local Miracle Story– Woken From a Ten Week Coma

The White Witch of Lanark County–Having the Sight




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Friday October the 13th– 6:30.. meet in front of the old Leland Hotel on Bridge Street (Scott Reid’s office) and enjoy a one hour Bridge Street walk with stories of murder mayhem and Believe it or Not!!. Some tales might not be appropriate for young ears. FREE!–




Here we go Carleton Place– Mark Your Calendars–
Friday October the 13th– 6:30.. meet in front of the old Leland Hotel on Bridge Street (Scott Reid’s office) and enjoy a one hour Bridge Street walk with stories of murder mayhem and Believe it or Not!!. Some tales might not be appropriate for young ears. FREE!–

Join us and learn about the history under your feet! This year’s St. James Cemetery Walk will take place Thursday October 19th and october 21– Museum Curator Jennfer Irwin will lead you through the gravestones and introduce you to some of our most memorable lost souls!
Be ready for a few surprises along the way….
This walk takes place in the dark on uneven ground. Please wear proper footwear and bring a small flashlight if you like.
Tickets available at the Museum, 267 Edmund Street. Two dates!!!

OCT 28th
Downtown Carleton Place Halloween Trick or Treat Day–https://www.facebook.com/events/489742168060479/

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Coffee Talk– Coolidge’s Penny Candy and Rochester Street– For Tom Edwards

Coffee Talk– Coolidge’s Penny Candy and Rochester Street– For Tom Edwards


What’s left of the foundation of Rochester Street and Santiago Street-Carleton Place–Photo-Linda Seccaspina


Tom Edwards emailed me and asked  the following:

Good morning Linda
I was out and about yesterday and I noticed at the corner of Santiago Street and Rochester Street, there is still a foundation there, small,but it is still there. I believe that may be the remains of the penny candy store that used to be in that location. I remember there used to be one there, and it reminded me that there was another one at the corner of Queen Street and Munro Street. I was just curious if any of your readers remembers these stores?

So I took it to the Tales of Carleton Place and as everyone knows– the best history is from the community– so Tom, feast your eyes on this and thank you to everyone who contributed.



Sandra Rattray Santiago and Rochester Streets corner store was Coolidges. I went there about once a week, as a young child, to buy penny candy.

Penny Trafford– I remember both these stores.

Dale Costello--I lived at 40 Rochester St and visited this little store often. That is if I wasn’t playing street hockey.

Valerie Edwards –I remember Coolidge’s too.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Oct 1952, Mon,  Page 21

Ann Stearns Rawson– That is where you could buy the rolled ice cream (vanilla, chocolate or strawberry). Went there often from our house at the end of King St. Also bought penny candy…some were 5 for 1 cent!

Shane Wm Edwards– I do remember occasionally going to Mr. Coolidge’s in the early 60s as he seemed to have if not more penny candy than my father’s store at least a different variety.  Also I want to say that the small store on Munro at Queen was run by a Mrs. Bairds(?) in the late 60s but I am not entirely sure.

Ray Paquette– Mr Coolidge lived in the brick house that is still on that corner. I suspect that I’m older than Shane which would explain our different memories of who ran the store. I remember being able to buy a coke for 5 cents in that store, 7 cents (2 cents for the “bottle”) is you wanted to drink it somewhere else other than the retail outlet.

Donna Mcfarlane– Ray Paquette I also remember the 7 cent soft drinks with the refund of 2 cents per bottle. that was the price when Shackletons opened the store at Blacks corners. I remember going to Coolidge/s store one time also.




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  27 Dec 1944, Wed,  Page 12

Ray Paquette –The convenience store at the corner of Santiago and Rochester was run by a Mr. Wilson, father of Roy “Shad” Wilson who was initially involved in selling used cars on the other corner of Santiago and Moore Street. Roy later went into real estate, initially in Carleton Place (I saw his office in one of the pictures concerning GWB McDonald Optometrist/Ernie Foote Photography) and later moved to Smiths Falls where his business in real estate continues under his name although I believe it is his son’s business now. The Wilson’s lived on the end of Grant Street in a brick house just before the boundary of the Mississippi Manor. I believe Mr. Wilson had brothers living on Peter Street.

The convenience store at the corner of Queen and Munro Streets was run by Ray Hynes and his wife. I remember it was open during the building of the hospital because me and some of the kids I hung around with would do “runs” for the construction workers during the hot summer to buy cold drinks and chocolate bars for them. In appreciation, they often tipped us a nickel and let us keep the empty pop bottles. Big money for us at the time!

Marilyn White –The Hynes like Mr. Hughes on Lake Ave W. let people charge for their groceries. Went to them often.

Carole Flint– His daughter Vera married Bower McFadden. Bill bought 2 of his rental properties from Bower and Vera.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  07 Aug 1942, Fri,  Page 1



Dale Costello– Anyone remember McLelands florists up the street from Rochester St toward Moore St. Olive McClelland and my mom were best buds. I believe Arthur McClelland was the man in charge along with Olive.

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston He had that great huge fish tank with gold fish in it – at least it looked huge when I was a kid!

Dale Costello– I loved just browsing inside, the smell was almost as good as Woodcocks bakery.

Janice Tennant Campbell– He had a banana tree too!



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  19 Jun 1965, Sat,  Page 39


Valerie Edwards –Yes, in the bungalow. For me it was always a special occasion to go there.

Jim Amy Kirkpatrick-– Janice Tennant Campbell we used to go in just to see the bananas. The smell was wonderful.

Ray Paquette– Dale, do you remember when Ted Townend held a boxing competition in the back shed of your home. The championship bout pitted the late Grant McNeely against my brother Tedd who won. Ted Townend then painted “Champ” on the back of my brother’s shirt which caused my mom to go ballistic! We sure could keep ourselves amused in those days!

Dale Costello— Ray Paquette, Don’t remember the boxing matches, but it sounds like I didn’t get very far, not with Tedd and Grant as opponents. I do recall it didn’ take very much to rile your mother and she could be heard as far away as Lake Park lodge. Just loved her to death.

Lynne Johnson– I remember the one on Munro. It was around the corner from our house on Prince Street. Many decisions were made regarding the best combination of candy for 25 cents! I remember a woman with a young daughter named Bonnie perhaps? I think they lived in the attached house. The store was really just a refurbished porch. If I am not mistaken, they eventually lived across the street?

Ray Paquette– It was a refurbished porch. The house across the street was owned by the Johnsons of cedar post fame on highway 15.


Shane Wm Edwards –The small neighbourhood stores were the original convenience stores. As I recall in the mid 60s to the late 70s they usually did not carry a wide variety of goods but had the basics and children could be sent out for milk or bread or soup without having to go all the way down town to the IGA or Dominion Store or even my father’s store on Franktown Road.

But by the 70s the smaller stores were giving way to the chain convenience stores which undercut the prices of these small independent stores. Also larger fridges and home freezers meant most families could shop once a week at one of the supermarket style stores.


*Carleton Wholesale was where the seniors building is at Coleman and Lansdowne._
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 18 Apr 1959, Sat, Page 52


When Carleton Wholesale was bought out by Hudson’s Bay they were less willing to service the smaller stores with delivery and the owners had get their inventory on a cash and carry basis which was not feasible for a small store when the owner was the sole staff member. So with the competition and these challenges most of these small independent stores had disappeared by the end of the 70s.








Early Hudson Bay Company’s– Some of our Lanark families went north– northern Ontario. This is an early photo from Tom Edwards family.. He has no idea what part of his family went north.. Mobrert .It is in Northern Ontario near Marathon– This is the Hudson Bay store.


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.



*Carleton Wholesale

Keith Giffin— Carleton Wholesale was first located on Franklin St. Between Bridge St. and Beckwith St. On the right hand side,behind the brick house on the corner,the cement block building. Then they built a new place and relocated on Arthur St.

Shane Wm Edwards-– I worked there two summers, first in the warehouse and then the second summer in the office. That was probably 1972 and 1973 and it was bought by the Hudson Bay Company by 1973. I remember in 1972 the wholesale served a broad range of stores throughout Eastern Ontario and drivers had hundreds of stories of the small towns and the store owners. In 1973 we had to sent our entire inventory of watches to the new Bay store at Bayshore as their supplier was unable to get them watches for the opening of the store.

Ray Paquette The original Carleton Wholesale store was on Judson Street just off Bridge.

Marilyn White It was started and owned by George Clifford and Jan and Paul’s dad. I’m having a senior moment and can’t remember his name.

Shane Wm Edwards Dawson?

Ray Paquette Yes, Shane, I think that’s the name. Jack Bracewell was also involved in the early days of the business.

Marilyn White Shane Wm Edwards it was Mr. Dawson McDowell.

Jeremy Stinson My mother would refer to that building as the Frobisher’s Bay building. I remember being there for some event when I was a child, and it was an unpainted building and there was a clown on roller skates and an empty concrete floor.

Shane Wm Edwards Probably she said Hudson’s Bay building. It was known as Hudson’s Bay Wholesale from about 1973 until they moved a few years later into Ottawa on Colonnade Road off Merivale.
Keith Giffin They also had a access to the pool hall basement

Keith Giffin This was used for storage.

Ann Stearns Rawson We lived near the one on Queen & Munro (King St.). At one time it was owned by Wentworth Marshall (Marsh) and his wife Audrey.

Debbie Roy My aunt and uncle, Ray and Isobel Hynes owned the store on Munro and Queen Streets from the late 1950’s to when they sold it to Wentworth.

Dale Costello Also, many a late night card game was played in this facility. Too young to be invited.

Linda Seccaspina oh don’t whisper that too loud mentioned it once and some were not happy..history is history

Dale Costello I have all the names in my memory bank. What am I offered for silence? LOL

Linda Seccaspina I will use you for backup if I need you LOL


Buddyzee Fisher– Does anyone know who owns this spot now?? Would love to run my metal detector around this site.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  26 May 1948, Wed,  Page 1




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  24 Jun 1942, Wed,  Page 20



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  07 May 1956, Mon,  Page 6




Pour Some Sugar on Me! The Demise of the Penny Candy

Candy Stores Shoes and Plungers– Ray Paquette

The Candy Man — George Dummert

Winter —Rochester Street Looking North– Before and After

My—- How House Values Have Changed in Carleton Place —- 10 Rochester Street

The Witches of Rochester Street

Sometimes You Need to Just Walk Your Potatoe



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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?


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Where Was One of the Open Air Rinks in Carleton Place?


One of the most popular open air rinks in Carleton Place  was on Rochester Street in the late 1800s. The Carleton Place Citizen Band furnished the music for several carnivals held there and were paid a whopping $5.00 for each event.

Well, it was a step up from them getting a rate of 20 cents each to the whole band for a full meal at Dobbie’s Hotel in the Village of Lanark I tell you.


Back row (l-r): Louis Levy, Don Wilson, Howard Nichols, Doug Brown, ?
Jack MacGregor, ?, Clinton Drader, Bert Raeburn, Herb Moore
?, Buzzy Campbell, Art Drader, Ted Graham, ?, Jim Cavers
Gary Costello, Fred Francis, Allen Wing, Roy Wilson, Jack Peckett, ?
Norm Shannon, Horace Seadman, ?, Ted Pearce

This photograph of Rochester Street looking north below was taken from the corner of Santiago Street in the 1940’s. Both photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum added this.


This map dates to 1868 with updates in red done in 1873. Rochester Street didn’t exist in 1868 “This has become the division line by length of occupation”. The name Rochester is pencilled in red in the 1873 update along with “this part of Street laid out by third parties”

The stream crossing under 12 Con. (now Lake Avenue) had A BRIDGE! (at corner of Beckwith Street). This stream still runs, mostly underground, but is visible in backyards along Argyle Street, and then again along Sussex Avenue.

Also interesting: property belonging to J. P. Moore, at the top of the triangle near where Moore and Lake meet. That’s the original site of the Moore House, now located on Bridge Street and home to the Carleton PlaceCarleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Conall

Alana Flint I don’t recall it, so it may pre-date our time. I wonder if it might have been at the top of the Peter Street corner. It would not likely have been as big as a hockey rink.


1972 map



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  11 Nov 1897, Thu,  Page 7

Father: John Holmes Lever, Mother: Janet Hart Lane

His son Arnold Hart Lever born in 1903 married 13 Aug. 1930 in New Liskeard, aged 26, Arnold’s birthplace: Carleton Place, Ontario. His occupation: Carpenter, Religion: Presbyterian

1911 census

John H Leaver Head M Ontario
Janet Leaver Wife F Ontario
Ethel Leaver Daughter F Ontario
Arnold Leaver Son M Ontario
Isabelle Leaver Daughter F Ontario
George Leaver Son M Ontario
Thomas Leaver Father M Ontario
Andrew Dunlop Boarder M Ontario

Winter —Rochester Street Looking North– Before and After




This photograph of Rochester Street looking north was taken from the corner of Santiago Street in the 1940’s. Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



This photograph of Rochester Street looking north was taken from the corner of Santiago Street in 2015– Photo by Linda Seccaspina


Related reading:

My—- How House Values Have Changed in Carleton Place —- 10 Rochester Street

The Witches of Rochester Street