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Comments from “Bus accident in Carleton Place”

Comments from “Bus accident in Carleton Place”



Photo from November 21, 1955 and it was a photo from a “Bus accident in Carleton Place”–You can see Edwards store and the other brick building on the corner that is no longer there. Photo– “railroad crossing, which is near the location of a bus accident in Carleton Place.” I looked everywhere in the newspaper archives and came up with nothing.


Ray Paquette– In those days, Valerie and John Edwards lived in the white house across from their father’s store so maybe they can add details to the bus accident, Like Ted, I can’t remember any bus accident regarding what would, in those days, be the Colonial Coach Line.


Valerie Edwards –Hi, Ray. The white house was Grandma & Grandpa Edwards, we lived in the back apartment above the store. Now, I am not quite as young as Ted but I was only 4 or 5 and have no recollection of a bus accident near there. Can’t think who might know.

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 Edwards‎ Family Photo Collection Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum William Howard Edwards Who remembers the Virginia Chocolate Bar seen here at the cash.
Ray Paquette– Valerie Edwards Sorry about that! I remember your grandfather who worked in the store with your father when I spelled Frank “Skip” Lunn as a “box boy” during the summer of circa 1957. Mrs. Eric Simpson was the cashier

Valerie Edwards-– Frank Lunn? do not recall the name. Helen Simpson, yes, fond memories

Ray Paquette–– No, Lunn. His nickname was Skip and his sister was the late Judy Brown, wife of Dave.

Dale Costello-– Ray Paquette Skip lived around the corner from us. Boyhood pals.

Marilyn Bisson-– I remember Frank Lunn and his wife Phylis. They had a daughter Judy and son Skip. They lived on Moore street about half way from the corner of Rochester and Munro.


Ray Paquette– Marilyn Bisson Skip was one of my oldest friends. His grandparents lived on Munroe Street and we first met when I was about 7 when his father was transferred from Montreal to Smiths Falls with the CPR. For a short period of time they lived with Skip’s paternal grandparents until they were able to find suitable accommodations. Skip was with me when I met my late wife for the first time and provided me with accommodations in Montreal when I visited her while she was in nursing training.

Sandra Sanderson Before my time, but we bought the white house from Mrs. Edwards, and have many wonderful memories of it. My mom worked at the store (June Lay) for many years. The brick building that is no longer there, I remember as being painted white at some point.

Linda Seccaspina–Group Admin Sandra Sanderson what was in there?

Sandra Sanderson– it was an apartment building…we always thought the alley between there and the grocery store was “spooky”…..:)

Ray Paquette– The Jinkinson family lived in the apartment on the left facing the building while Jimmy Price and his mother lived in the right for a short while in the early 1950’s. The Jinkinsons later moved to a home on Grant Street where one of the sons currently lives.

Tammy Marion– I remember it being white or whitish as well in the 1980’s sometime. Had a friend who lived in one of the apartments in it. Their apt door/ window faced the train tracks.


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The location of the original Edwards Brothers store. The gentlemen looking at the camera would have seen the old train station (current site of the Tim Hortons – 2012) behind the camera man.-  Edwards‎ Family Photo Collection Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

John Edwards– The original Edwards’ Bros. store (False front & wooden) was on the site of the “white” brick building. It was substantially renovated and added to to create the corner white brick building. The later Edwards store with the painted wall advertising was likely built after ‘the Fire’. As for the frame house across the road, J.H. Edwards married Minnie Clark (of the Beckwith 9th line) on October 27th, 1909 in St. James Anglican Church and carried her across the threshold of that house on that same day. Minnie Edwards lived there until the early seventies.

Ruth Drummond –I remember you, Sandra and Shane, my Mom(Helen Simpson worked there for years too. When the gang of us were older, Mom went to work and this was our growing up neighbourhood, We lived on Catherine street.

Julie Sadler– Did you live on Catherine or Mary Street Ruth? Three generations of my family lived in a house on Catherine Street over the years. I remember your Mom and Dad living on Mary Street. Our back yards met in a corner.

Ted Hurdis– Hahaha I remember an epic New Years party at that house. And it was freezing rain so hard we couldn’t walk on the ice on the road and sidewalk


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.

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




The Edwards Grocery Fire

What Your Mother and Father Never Told You About Carleton Place



Maureen Logan posted in the Tales of Carleton Place that she had never heard the story about her father Constable George McDonald as the fearless mermaid of Carleton Place. We say that anything posted on the internet remains forever, but really not much has changed. True, not everything is documented, but in years gone by, every little social tidbit was posted in the newspapers. Not all newspapers are archived, and sometimes you find just one sentence that leads you on to other things. Today I was researching an abduction in Carleton Place and through that one word I came upon an article that was posted on December 14th 1906 about a terrible injury to one of our local citizens.


Photo of the Edwards Farm from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum– courtesy of the Edwards family.

Right next to an advertisement of Granny Boots I would kill for was word that Mr. George Edwards was the victim of an unfortunate accident in 1906. Mr. Edwards and his son George were leaving the farm of a Mr. Wallace when he suddenly broke his right leg at the ankle, and the left leg near the knee joint. They were attempting to bring a load of hay into Carleton Place, and while perched on top of the load, one of the sleigh runners slipped off the cross-way throwing them both into the ditch.

The article stated that because the senior Edwards was of a heavier girth, he hit some stone, and the impact was so violent his leg bones snapped. It also said that due to his previous job at the C. P. R. he had suffered a bad fracture to his right thigh bone which had set him back a few weeks. The final sentence was that he was to be taken to Ottawa for hospital treatment.

I do believe George was related to Shane Edwards and maybe his Great Great Grandfather. Like Maureen, I wonder if the story was handed down through the ages or if he had ever heard this story. Some days you have to wonder how much your parents really told you. I think it’s probably about as much as we told them!


Hauling big rocks, little rocks, fence posts, firewood, poles, hay, clay for chinkin’, dirt, compost, manure, corn, fodder, wheat sheaths, ‘tators, watermelons, you name it. The different things hauled would usually dictate the design or characteristics of the sled. Some were higher off the ground, some had sides (removable or fixed), some had tail gates (removable or fixed), some had removable standards (the part that sticks up), and some were even built in such a way as to replace worn runners after a few years of heavy use on gravelly ground. And with a little “know-how” you could even assemble the entire thing without one nail…just simple wooden pegs.


 May 4, 1898—Is Maurice related to Blaine Cornell?

Dollars Worth of Gas in Carleton Place



This is a photo from the Photo Collection of Shane Wm. Edwards of Carleton Place. His private collection is to be envied.


Photo from the Photo collection of Shane Wm. Edwards  –  His Uncle Lloyd at the gas pump.

Before there were gas stations people used to buy gas out of the barrel at the grocery or hardware store. The growing demand for gas soon led to a landscape dotted with service stations. These gas stations were the first commercial buildings to be set back from the street, a revolutionary design which accommodated cars without disrupting street traffic.

Information from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum