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The Beer Bottle Time Capsule on Emily Street?

The Beer Bottle Time Capsule on Emily Street?
Photo Adin Wesley Daigle

Hey Linda, hope all is well we found this beer bottle in the wall upstairs while renovations commence here at the Daigle house. I thought maybe someone would recognize the names on it .

It says “Crammy” “Snidley” and “Emmat”

Anyone know???

Date of the bottle?

This is a longneck bottle so after 1983….

When Canadian breweries made the switch from stubby to longneck in 1983, each company had its own distinctive bottle. The decision to switch was made for marketing reasons. Sales were flat, and the major brewers thought a new bottle shape could give sales the boost they needed.

Molson shelled out a whopping $18 million to convert its bottling machines.

Reaction to the longneck was mixed. Some beer drinkers liked the new bottle for its style and feel. Others, however, resisted the Americanization of the beer bottle and lamented the loss of the little stubby.

In a Food in Canada article titled “Bring back the stubby!” writer David Menzies reveals that the stubby was almost resurrected in 1992 when Canadian brewing companies met to re-set the standard dimensions of the longneck. The stubby was passed over, however, when focus groups showed that women preferred the longneck to the stubby.

this logo dates back to at least as early as 1861. Molson had several brands that used this crown & anchor device before 1900. And a crown & anchor design that is pretty much the same still appears on our Stock Ale brand today. Which doesn’t really answer the question about the bottle opener, since this design has been around for quite a long time

Mrs. James Lawrie and Her Ginger Beer

Mississippi Hotel Beer — Brading’s Beer

The Big Beer Store Heist in Carleton Place

Who Stole The Beer Sign in Almonte?

Preserving History- The Masonic Lodge Signatures

Preserving History- The Masonic Lodge Signatures

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Note: this is not the Carleton Place Canadian signatures– these are the ones at the back door of the Masonic Lodge on Albert Street. Thanks to Paul Todd

You might see what seems duplicate photos in this series, maybe they are — but I wanted each and every signature to be seen. Why? Paul Todd saved these signatures from being painted over as he felt this was an important part of the Lodge history– local history.

Did you know we have signatures on the walls of the Carleton Place Town Hall? Then there are the signatures from those that worked at the Carleton Place Canadian building on Bridge Street. I have written about names etched in the pews at St. James Anglican Church. Etched signatures in bricks of the Leslie girls in the back of the the Leslie/ Comba building on Bridge Street. History is everywhere if you look closely.

The importance of preserving history makes up a big part of what we have today at present and what will still happen in the future. This is the reason why I document history, why Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum does what she does. – so that children, at a young age or any age, could be aware of what has transpired ages ago and how it affected our society, culture, people, and life today.

Since I was 14, no matter where I lived, local history was number one for me. It’s all about the future remembering the past. Imagine future generations with no recollection of where they came from.  Thank you to all of you that donate photos and memories. None of us can do this without you. What great work for us all  to preserve now what may be impossible to find in just a few years.


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Author’s Notes –Linda Knight Seccaspina, is the granddaughter of Frederick J Knight (middle gentleman) and daughter of Arthur J Knight of the Cowansville, Quebec Masonic Lodge. She has been fascinated with the Masonic Lodge for as long as she can remember. Her Grandfather and Father always said “it was a secret”— and she had to take it at that. Not that she likes it.


Signature Readings

The Lanark County Quilt and its Families

Do You Know What I Found?

Before and After at The Carleton Place Canadian

The CPHS Autograph Book –Christena Rygiel

If You Squint Really Hard Can you see a Yeti?



Secret Handshakes, Glimpses of Velvet and Big Chairs –Part 1

How Religion Came to Richmond and the First Masonic Funeral

The Mystery of the Masonic Rock – Pakenham

Things You Didn’t Know About the Stella Lodge

Carleton Place Masonic Lodge Mystery

An Unpleasant Ride? Masonic Lodge– St. John’s No. 63

The Miracles of Potton Springs

The Preaching Rock of Lanark County




The Writing Could be Under Your Wallpaper

The Writing Could be Under Your Wallpaper


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Mary Jane Lancaster sent this photo that hangs at the top of her stairwell. Her father told her back in the day that her Grandpa would insist that wallpaper was signed each time it was put up in the hardest place to reach in hopes of preserving history

In the 19th century wallpaper is mass-produced and technology ceases to be a topic of interest. The number of materials used is steadily growing with the advance of technology. Wallpaper becomes widely accessible for everyone. In the Czech Republic the wallpaper boom started in the 70’s and 80’s. Wallpaper was made from a thin paper and pasted directly onto the concrete walls. Whoever tried to remove them won’t ever forget the endless and hopeless scratching.

In England the wallpaper was so popular that in 1712 the wallpaper tax was introduced, like on other luxury items and the import was banned. The clerks would start to mark each sheet with a protection tag before pasting, adding another one after applying directly at the customer’s homes. People tried to evade this regulation and save the money, so they had the wallpaper painted at their houses before pasting and they would also falsify the tags. The situation escalated so that in 1806 the protection mark counterfeit was punished by the death penalty!



J G VOYCE  (wallpaper hanger) MARCH 29 1917–“A GREAT FALL OF SNOW THAT NIGHT”–Photo from Mary Jane Lancaster —

Llew Lloyd--Before the war and for a short time after my Father was a foreman in the moulding shop at Findlay’s Foundry . During this time and the depression he also worked part time for Jack Voyce . The 1948 signature at 249 Lake East would have been written after he started his own business, L.W. Lloyd Painting and Decorating . He was still hanging paper for people in the early 80s- The Wall Mysteries of Lake Ave East -Residential Artists

My father hung a lot of wallpaper in this town and the yardstick was one of the essential tools of the trade . Much like fabric , wallpaper came in rolls and there were so many yards in a roll . The estimate was done in yards. Once the job started the wallpaper was rolled out on the pasting board and the measuring and cutting of the individual strips was done with the yardstick . 



Picture of: J G Voyce painter and paper hanger of Carleton Place— Date is April 17/1916- grandfather of Joann Voyce- photo courtesy of Joann Voyce



The owners found  his autograph after they stripped down some layers of wallpaper at 249 Lake Ave East . There was also a signature  of  Mr. Voyce  from 1916 under 4 layers of wallpaper.




Jacob Bond was born February 18, 1837 and died May 1873 from accidental poisoning on Bridge Street. Irma Willoughby’s husband was related to the Bonds and she was working on the Bond Family tree and was able to fill in some of the blanks. She said the accidental poisoning was because of the glue in the wallpaper that was highly toxic in small-enclosed areas. It is unclear why Joseph died in July 1874.


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W.J. Muirhead’s Hardware store also sold wallpaper and paint on Bridge Street and Peter Dunlop was an employee and Ken Muirhead worked for his father before moving on to the RCMP

What do we know about Edith Knowlton from Carleton Place?-One wall of her store had happy face wallpaper–Looking for Memories of Edith Knowlton

The front half of the store was rented and occupied by a decorative painter and wall paperer Charles Whitcher. (see Pizza Pizza building) In 1901, the building was sold and rented to The McAllister Brothers Paint Company, who specialized in house painting. It evolved into theThompson Paint and Wallpaper shop, and the Thompsons who lived on Sarah Street were the parents of Dave Thompson who operated the first Imperial Oil  Service Station in town.–Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose


 - particular time period. Many wallpaper hangers...

Clipped from The News,  13 May 1977, Fri,  Page 14




Lancaster Family Genealogy




Mary Jane Lancaster said:  Kel’s Friend did the Lancaster genealogy from my Dad’s grandparents to us. We had a family reunion in July last year! The books are available for purchase.


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The door to my basement has my grandfather’s finger prints all over it.
Back in the day he was hired to make pine look like oak and mahogany.
My father had all of my grandpa’s combs for refinishing but they have been lost along the way when my father died 20 years ago. Dad was the postmaster in Almonte.

More about Lancaster Genealogy-Old Photos are Worth a Thousand Words– McDonald- Lancaster

Names Names Names of St. James Carleton Place Genealogy


This is J.G. Lancaster’s Grocery Store in 1947 – now the Eating Place in Carleton Place on Bridge Street.


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 Wall Mysteries of Lake Ave East -Residential Artists

Is Facebook now a Replacement for Public Walls?

Investigating the Basement of the Carleton Place Canadian – If These Walls Could Talk

Old Photos are Worth a Thousand Words– McDonald- Lancaster

Did You Know Who was Cooking in Back of Lancaster’s Grocery Store? Dr. Howard I Presume! – Part 3

The Mystery Murals of The Queen’s and Mississippi Hotel

So Who Painted Those Wall Murals at our Carleton Place Hotels?