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Here She Comes —Miss Almonte High School January 1958

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Here She Comes —Miss Almonte High School January 1958
Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Downey of Pakenham announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathleen Ada (Downey), to Mr. David Snedden, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Snedden of Almonte. The wedding will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m., in St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Pakenham. Miss Downey is on the teaching staff of the Ontario School for the Deaf, Belleville, and Mr. Snedden is a 1961 graduate of Queen’s University in civil engineering.

1958

Miss Kathleen Downey was chosen as “Miss Almonte High School ” at the regular meeting of the Almonte Lions Club held in St Mary’s Assembly Hall on Tuesday evening in the form of a banquet at which time the six contestants in the contest were guests of the club. Judith Scott placed second and, Marilyn Robertson third in the contest which was jointly sponsored by the Almonte Chamber of Commerce and the local Lions Club.

Others vying for the honour of being the “queen” were Gayle Mohr, Dorothy Walters and Donna Rintoul. Col. E. D. P. Taylor, president of the Almonte C. of C. was present and said that this was the first time th at Almonte had ever been entered in a contest such as this. He said the winner would now go to Perth for the contest when the winners from the various towns participating in this event would try for the title of “Miss Eastern Ontario.”

His Worship, Mayor George Gomme presented th e winner and the two runners-up with suitable gifts for their part in this affair. The Mayor was acting on behalf of the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce in this capacity. Under the chairmanship of Lion Harry Gunn the judging was done by Mrs. Anigus Morrison, Almonte; Mrs. Clarke McGlashan of Bell’s Corners and John Robertson of Ottawa In the contest points were given for the following: Poise, Personality, Dress, Natural Beauty, Academic Standing, Athletic Prowess and Outside Interests.

Guest speaker for the evening was John Clarice McGlashan, of McGlashan Silverware Limited, Bell’s Corners, who was introduced by president W ard McGill and thanked by Dr. Jim Coupland. The speaker who attended the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Conference on “LabourManagement Trends,” gave a brief but interesting talk on the subject. One of the topics brought out in his talk was on “How to live, with Unions and visa versa.” Lion Stewart Lee, speaking foi the committee in charge of thel annually sponsored Public Speak-, ing Contest, announced that the event this year would be on Friday, Jan. 31st when the contestants would battle it out for the T. A. Thompson Trophy and the Almonte Lions Club prizes. The area finals are to be held in Smiths Falls in early March. Dr. Otto Schulte, speaking on behalf of th e gathering, thanked the ladies of St. Mary’s Church for catering to the banquet. Jan 1958

Sandy FranceMarilyn Syme, Mary Snedden, Rosalyn Robertson 9 read Remembering Rosy Robertson
), Iris Guthrie, Gwen Egan, ?? , Noreen Armstrong–Photo- Thanks to Isabel Fox

Iris Guthrie May Queen Almonte High School around 1959

Miss Almonte 1975

Still Looking for Memories of Theresa Galvin –Miss Almonte

Mr. Mississippi Beauty Pageant 1982 Joe Banks

Jean Duncan Lanark Dairy Queen

Remembering Rosy Robertson

1970s Lanark County Beauty Queens

Here She Comes Miss Almonte — Karen Hirst and other Notes

Here She Comes Miss Eastern Ontario –Photos

The Dark World of the Miss Civil Service Beauty Contests

  1. Here She Comes Miss Eastern Ontario –Photos
  2. Last Night I Saw Someone I Loved at the Halloween Parade
  3. Glamorous Marilyn Allen Miss Snow Queen and Others 1950s

Old Almonte Photo Collection — In Back of the D. W. Snedden Drugstore 1953

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Old Almonte Photo Collection — In Back of the D. W. Snedden Drugstore 1953
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April 1953 Almonte Gazette

While going through a box full of old photograph plates in the stockroom at the rear of D. W. Snedden’s drug store, Mr. Kenneth Johnson, who is an ardent amateur photographer, unearthed a treasure trove. Apparently the late M. R. MacFarlane, or one of his staff, followed the same hobby as Mr. Johnson. Those were the days of large cameras with glass plates almost as big as a school slate. And they made good pictures, too, as can be seen by the samples Mr. Johnson developed and which are now on display in Mr. Snedden’s drug store window. 

A reproduction of one of them appears on the top section of this page. The scenes developed from the old plates recall memories for the elder generation of this town and would be appreciated by out-of town readers of the Gazette who are no longer in the junior age group. 

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We see among them a picture of the late Dr. Hanley sitting in his buggy in front of M. R. MacFarlane’s residence on Church Street. He wears a hard-shell hat and the horse looks tired, like most doctors’ horses did in those days. 

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There are pictures of Dr, Oliver MacFarlane and Jack Taylor in the knee-length pants worn by children of that period; groups of women in long skirts and big hats of their time, few of them who can be identified; splendid scenes of the old stone bridge on Main Street, the churches of the town, the town hall, the Almonte Flour Mills with the railway bridge then supported by stone piers the old steel bridge with the arches, later to be replaced by the present one; up and down views of Elgin, Church and Country Streets, and, as the auction sale bills say, many others too numerous to mention. 

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One of the priceless pictures shows Mr. Porritt’s ancient automobile with young MacFarlane standing on the front seat. It is said to be the first horseless carriage to arrive in Almonte, and what it did to the horses can better be imagined than described. Maybe we’ll get around to printing a picture of it one of these days. The whole collection of pictures which Mr. Johnson has resurrected is most interesting and should be grouped, framed and placed in the public library or the council chamber.

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In the street scene printed above can be seen the edge of the late H. H. Cole’s store, Kelly’s Hotel which had been sold to a Mr, Me-Donald, Shorty Young’s shoe store and shoe shine, Patterson’s Drug Store, the Riddell & McAdam Building, then occupied by Wesley West; J. McKinnon’s, Shaw’s Hardware, John O’Reilly’s general store, and on the left— J . L. Hamilton, photographer, in the brick building later moved back from the street and occupied at that time as an office for Baird’s Mill, later to be used as an office for the P.U.C,, arid demolished some ten years ago; and in the distance, the clockless post office. The clock came about 1913. Read—The Mystery of the Almonte Post Office Clock –Five Minutes Fast and other Things….

Future Dr.Oliver Macfarlane- almonte.com

You can see a lot of these photos on almonte.com

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Photos of Almonte- Gail Barr

Clippings and Photos of the 1958 Almonte Turkey Fair

May 8 1945 V. E. Day in Almonte – Photos

Down by the Mississippi River- Almonte Falls Photos 50s

No Banker Left Behind – Bank of Montreal Almonte Photos

Photos of the Orange Parade Almonte 1963 — Name that Band?

More Photos of the Rosamond Water Tower

Clippings of the Robertson Warren Family — Gail McDowell

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Clippings of the Robertson Warren Family — Gail McDowell

This is my mother and father at their rental house behind the museum in Carleton Place. I am not sure of the year. Their names were Francis and Isobel (Warren)Robertson. All photos from Gail McDowell- thank you!

In 1908 my grandfather was the main salesperson for mount forest company here in mount forest ontario.He was a long time resident of Carleton Place.his name was W.J.Warren.

My uncle was killed in action and i have photos of him. His name was James (Jim) Warren from Carleton Place.

James (Jim) Snedden Warren

 Second World War Book of Remembrance

Born—May 25, 1913
Carleton Place, OntarioEnlistment:

July 19, 1940
Ottawa, Ontario

Son of William James Warren and Isobel Snedden (nee Cochrane) Warren of Carleton Place, Ontario; husband of Ordelia Giles (nee West) Warren of Ottawa, Ontario. Brother of Isobel, Jack and William, predeceased brother David. On Wednesday, September 17, 1941, Miss Hilda Cram’s class held a remembrance service in Memorial Park in Carleton Place, Ontario. All of the pupils placed flowers at the base of the cenotaph’s single shaft. Prayers were said and the oath of remembrance prayer was recited. Leonard Baird sounded ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ on the trumpet. The class was the students taught by Jimmy Warren before his enlistment for overseas service. The Town of Carleton Place remembered Sergeant Warren by naming a street in his honour.

Commemorated on Page 47 of the Second World War Book of RemembranceRequest a copy of this page.

Ordelia Giles West Early 1950s —Renfrew, Ontario, Canada- Wife

Ordelia Giles West lived in Carleton Place, Ontario, in April 1941. Ordelia Giles West married James Snedden Warren in Ottawa, Ontario, on March 18, 1941, when she was 24 years old. Her husband James Snedden passed away on June 17, 1941, in Devon, England, at the age of 28. They had been married 3 months.

James Snedden Warren - The Canadian Virtual War Memorial - Veterans Affairs  Canada

This was my grandmother,also a CP resident Isobel Robertson

When Isobel Cochrane Snedden was born on August 4, 1883, in Lanark, Ontario, her father, David, was 28, and her mother, Ellen, was 25. She married William James Warren on August 16, 1911, in her hometown. They had five children during their marriage. She died in 1983 in Ontario at the age of 100, and was buried in Almonte, Ontario. Her son James Snedden passed away on June 17, 1941, in Devon, England, at the age of 28. (see above)

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
14 Dec 1983, Wed  •  Page 37
Warren Family Grave

Newspaper Clipping– Remembered on the pages of the Ottawa Journal. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
James Snedden Warren - The Canadian Virtual War Memorial - Veterans Affairs  Canada
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Jun 1941, Mon  •  Page 12

The Winnipeg Tribune
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
30 Jun 1941, Mon  •  Page 12

Genealogy Clippings Foy Almonte

Clippings of Earl Blakeley from Frank Blakeley

Clippings from Faye Campbell — Cathy Campbell 1978

Newspaper Clippings – Bittle McGlade Kane Stinson Kelley Family Genealogy — Nikki Bittle

Musings and Clippings About the McFadden’s

Lanark Village 1913 — Clippings Old Boys Week

Dance Hall Fire Blakeney

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Dance Hall Fire Blakeney
1959

Marilyn Snedden historian.

The first cheese factory was opened in the former Snedden stone home on the hill but in 1932, a building was moved from Pakenham to the north end of the bridge where a farmer’s cooperative operated the  Rosebank Cheese & Butter Co. until 1954. Then the building was converted to Nontell’s Dance Hall.  This dance hall was an exciting addition to the community until it burned to the ground a few years later.Marilyn Snedden

If you didn’t meet your dream boat tonight, there was always next week at the Dance Halls. These were wonderful places – full of hopes and dreams, full of music and song, full of youth and vitality, noise and energy.

Anticipation and hope lit up the dull days in between. Girls and boys, from all over the country, came to dance the night away. In the 1950s they waltzed and fox-trotted to the big bands and in the 60s they jived, huckle-bucked and twisted to the fabulous music.

We set off to the dance hall every weekend, hungry for excitement. When we arrived there it felt as if our world had gone from black and white to color.

In the cloakroom, we watched girls who had cycled in from the country remove their headscarves and raincoats. We watched as they backcombed their hair and applied their ‘battle red’ lipstick. Some men, in the 1950s, were known to rub goose grease onto their hair in order to style it. Later in the night, this melted under the bright lights of the dance hall. It ran down their faces and smelt terrible, I am told – for this was before my time.

Other friends remember the local carnivals, which took place in villages. Dances were held in a marquee erected in a newly mown hay field. The priest would come, armed with a blackthorn stick and hit the cocks of hay, behind which couples were engaged in ‘close kissing and embracing, repeated and prolonged.’

How can sitting on a sofa with a smartphone be compared with all the excitement of those dance hall days!

Carleton Place Canadian 1958

Classified Announcements for Dance Halls that issue 1958

Dancing Saturday Nights– Town Hall– Carleton Place–Music by CFRA ‘Happy Wanderers’ Admission-75 cents

Dance-Franktown-Friday-Thompson’s Orchestra- Refreshment Booth-Admission 75 cents

Dance every Friday Night-Appleton Community Centre Hall- Music by the Rhythm Rangers-Refreshment Booth- Admission 50 cents

Dance in Appleton Wednesday Night– Ontario Farmer’s Union-Ashton Local No. 257-Irvine’s Orchestra- Admission 50 cents

Dance – Perth Town Hall- Friday night- Rock N Roll, Modern, Round and Square Dancing  9-1:30 -Music by Jerry Badour and his Western Airs- Admission -75 cents

Ted Hurdis– I remember my dad telling me that Almonte was “dry” way back. You used to be able to get a special coke at the Superior restaurant. Also lots of spirit at Wava’s Inn dance hall back then.

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Ross Munro I was only 6 but think it was at the corner of Hwy 29 and Old Perth Road

Rita Giles Ross Munro isn’t that where “The Cedar Inn” was?
10c for a round dance, 25c for a square.

Kim Davis My mom used to go to dances there. Said it was 10 cents for a cab to get there 😁


Sherry Blakeley Udall
 My Mom talked about the Cedar Inn and the dances there all the time. Yet, I have never seen a photo of it. Anyone out there have a photo of this place?

Susan Elliott Topping Sherry Blakeley Udall My mom always says what a great dancer your Dad was!

Sherry Blakeley Udall Susan Elliott Topping Yes, he was. He was so easy to follow. He taught me how to jive, waltz, jitterbug…all so much fun!

The Dawn Patrol on Local Dance Halls

Dance Hall Days with The Coachmen

Down At the Twist and Shout–Wave’s Inn

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School — Wava McDaniel Baker

Lanark County Dance Halls 1950s, 60s & 70s

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Memories of The Old Church Halls

Back to The Future — Twisting Your Dignity Away

The Canadian Beatles aka The Beavers- Mike Duffy was their Road Manager –Bands of the 60s

Saturday Date with “Thee Deuce” in Almonte

The Coachmen Return!!! Born to be Wild Circa 1985

The Day I Tried to Long Tall Sally Paul McCartney

Kindle Fire Minutes of “Dancin the Feelin“ with James Brown

Family Heirlooms and Antiques of Mississippi Mills — Golden Jubilee 1937

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Family Heirlooms and Antiques of Mississippi Mills — Golden Jubilee 1937

Heirlooms and antiques, the property of old families in the Ottawa district, were brought together in one of the most interesting exhibits of the Ottawa Exhibition Golden Jubilee program. This exhibit, which will be located In the women’s handicrafts building in 1937. The exhibition was in the form of a parlor in a well-to-do home of 1887. To give a contrast there was another exhibit, that of a modern living room, with all the comforts and conveniences

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1887 living room

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Issue Date:
Wednesday, August 18, 1937

As the exhibition was celebrating its 50th birthday, the idea of having an exhibit to show what the “properly equipped” parlor of the year 1887 when the exhibition was first held in Ottawa, and another exhibit to show the great strides made in style and furnishings for a home, was developed by the exhibition management with the co-operation of Mrs. J. K. Kelly, of Almonte.

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World Of Mirth Authentic Carnival Poster (c.1955) 50 Rail Cars ...

To Mrs. Kelly went the credit for finding the magnificent heirlooms and antiques which were used to furnish the “parlor of 50 years ago.” Among the first settlers in what is known as Blakeney or Snedden’s Station, were members of the Snedden family who came from Rosebank, Scotland. They named the place where they settled Rosebank and it is still known by that name in that vicinity.

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Among the treasures the Snedden family brought from Scotland were brass candlesticks, brass curtain tics, pictures of Robert Burns, ‘the poet’, and of Rev. Robert Burns, who was the Presbyterian minister in the kirk where the Snedden family worshipped, a chair worked in needlepoint, a small Brussels rug and a table cover.

New Deals on One-of-a-Kind Brussels Medallion Persian Hand-Knotted ...

All these treasures were loaned by the Snedden family to help furnish the parlor. Another Scottish family coming from Braehead, near Glasgow, was the Young family. Their contribution to the parlor was a mantel clock, well over 100 years old and still keeping good time; a farmer’s seed wreath made by a granddaughter 85 years ago and a needlepoint cushion, beautifully worked. The farmer’s wreath was a work of art and few of them are in existence today.

From the descendants of James Stewart, Scottish blacksmith, the exhibition received the loan of wonderful samplers, old family pictures, walnut what-not, curtains knit years ago by a granddaughter, Jessie Stewart, and several other articles including an old family Bible. The curtains were made of cotton warp twisted and a yarn, homespun and home-dyed by another granddaughter.

The Bible originally belonged to the Tyner family of Toronto and was a wedding gift from Mrs. Robert Knowles, mother of the well known novelist. Mrs. Bower Henry, wife of the immediate past president of the Central Canada Exhibition Association contributed a fireplace almost 100 years old, which was built into the original home on the Silver Springs farm, the Henry home on the Richmond road.

A lovely student’s lamp, an outstanding example of old craftsmanship, was loaned by Mrs. Rose of Pakenham. This lamp was brought here from Baltimore more than 50 years ago.

Miss Annie Arthur, donated a feather wreath which she made when a young girl. The colors were well blended and the flowers-still had a natural appearance. This is an art which is almost lost today. Miss Arthur also loaned an organ, which was one of the first In the Almonte district and was over 85 years of age. The tone was still mellow and true.

One of the smaller ‘ pieces, a little pitcher, well over 125 years old, and a work basket, were loaned by Miss Arthur. Another pitcher and curtain poles were loaned by Mrs. Toshark. Miss K. McDougall was contributing a footstool in needlepoint, very old and beautifully worked. All the items loaned for that Golden Jubilee in 1937 were examples of a pioneer industry or art which had practically disappeared at that point.

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Rosebank, Blakeney, Norway Falls and Snedden’s Station

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Rosebank, Blakeney, Norway Falls and Snedden’s Station
Jack Snedden seeding on Lot 24E, Con. 7 Ramsay. Photo courtesy Lanark Archives.

NE 1/2, Lot 25, Conc 9, Ramsay Township, on the Mississippi River

Blakeney is one of the prettiest places anytime of the year– and especially in the Spring with the raging waters. The tiny hamlet was originally called Norway Falls because of the incredible Norway Pine trees. But, like most of the small towns here the name was changed a few times. It also became Snedden’s Mills because of the amount of industrial growth in the area and its historical beginnings with the iconic Snedden family.

Alexander Snedden became a militia officer and in 1855 gained the rank of Lieutenant colonel in command of the Ramsay battalion of Lanark Militia. His adjutant was Captain J. B. Wylie, Almonte mill owner. Around the Snedden establishment a small community grew at Norway Falls, known as Snedden’s Mills until in the eighteen fifties it was named Rosebank.

Almonte Gazette 1875

It was renamed Blakeney when the post office of the area was moved here in 1874 from Bennie’s Corners with Peter McDougall as postmaster. In the 1850s the name was changed to Rosebank, but similar to Carleton Place and its postal issue, the name Rosebank was already being used and it changed one more time to Blakeney. The nearby railway station continued to be called Snedden, and the name Rosebank also persisted.

Other early industries at Blakeney included a woollen factory, a brewery at the Pine Isles, a second sawmill and a tannery. A three storey woollen mill of stone construction operated by Peter McDougall, was built in the eighteen seventies. The flour mill at Blakeney continued to be run for some years after the turn of the century by Robert Merilees.

Did you know Blakeney once rivaled Almonte in growth? However the railway chose Almonte as their destination because of the Rosamonds and their textile mills and Blakeney lost the industry to their neighbour.

The Snedden family who came from Rosebank, Scotland, named the place where they settled Rosebank and it is still known by that name in that vicinity. Here the Reform Association conventions of the old District of Bathurst and of the United Counties of Lanark and Renfrew of the eighteen forties and early fifties were held.

Joan Stoddart My sister and I took the train from this station into Almonte on Sat for piano lesson from Mrs Smithson on Country St in the mid forties-Very dark inside and I think benches along the wall You bought your ticket on the train

Among the treasures this family brought from Scotland were brass candlesticks, brass curtain tics, pictures of Robert Burns, ‘the poet, and of Rev. Robert Burns, who was the Presbyterian minister in the kirk where the Snedden family worshipped, a chair worked in needlepoint, a small Brussels rug and a table cover.

A discriminating traveler of 1846 wrote of “Snedden’s Hotel, which is kept in as good style as any country Inn in the Province.” Another travelling newspaper contributor of fifteen years later added in confirmation: “Who in this portion of Victoria’s domain has not heard of Snedden’s as a stopping place? Ask any teamster on the upper Ottawa and he will satisfy you as to its capabilities of rendering the traveler oblivious to the comforts of his home.” Built in the 1840’s by Alexander Snedden, the white frame structure was well know throughout the Ottawa Valley.

“Who in this portion of Victoria’s domain has not heard of Snedden’s as a stopping place,” one diarist is quoted of commenting regarding the Inn. “Ask any teamster on the Upper Ottawa and he will satisfy you as to its capabilities of rendering traveller oblivious to the comforts of his home.”

Preceded by a log building which had been destroyed by fire, the frame building operated as a stopping place until the mid 1860’s. According to the book, one of the inn’s least welcome lodgers was the man infamously known as the villain of the valley, the notorious Laird Archibald MacNabb. The authors state that MacNabb would produce a 20 pound note to pay for his lodging and since there generally was not sufficient cash on hand to provide change, he would simply walk out and say that his account was settled.

Since its closure as an inn, the building has been utilized as a residence and is now home to Alexander Snedden’s great great grandson, Earle and his family.

The Snedden’s have retained many of the original features of the stopping place including the pine interior doors and the heavy front door that boasts a deep axe scar, courtesy of a drunken patron enraged at being ejected from the premises.

Earle’s wife Marilyn has been told that lumbermen used to “roll up” in blankets and sleep in the two large rooms in the downstairs portion of the house. One of the large rooms on the second floor, she says, served as a dining room while the stopping place was operating.

The original white pine boards on the lower level are now covered by hardwood. Until the change in the 1930’s, people were able to pinpoint the location of the bar through the cigarette butts on the flooring.

The Rosebank flour mill was built by four brother, Alex., David, Jimmy and Willie Snedden. A Mr. Henderson was the first miller. John Usher purchased the mill from the Snedden brothers, and after his death, John Merilee, who came from Fallbrook bought the mill from Mrs. Usher. This was in 1888.

There used to a number of thriving mills in Blakeney, but those structures have long since been demolished.The Rosebank Woolen Mill belonged to Mr. Peter McDougall. It was a large stone building, the ruins of which are still partially standing, and was powered by a large water wheel. It was erected in 1873 and in operation under McDougall until 1901. By 1905 it was being operated by Peter Campbell who purchased the mill in 1906. In 1906 it was sold to the Blakeney Woolen Company Ltd with George C Francis as president.

The Mississippi River turned below the bridge and divided into three parts before resuming its course downstream toward Pakenham. Three dams were built across the three channels to the two Islands formed by the division. One dam served the sawmill, one served the flour mill and one the woolen mill.

The sawmill was built by William Snedden on the north side of the river. The lumber companies, MacLaren and Caldwell, floated squared timber from the upper Mississippi and the Clyde Rivers down through Rosebank, so a “slide” was built below the Peter McDougall property, which ran the logs into what is known as the Bay, a quiet pool of water below the woolen mill.

The village brewery a frame building, was north-west of the woolen mill. The early brew master was Mr. Gomersall. Later the brewery was turned into a home for Mr. Peter McDougall, owner of the woolen mill, and his family who lived there until Mr. McDougall built a brick house at the foot of “Granny” Campbell’s hill. The McDougall house is still standing.

The tannery, also a frame building, was south of the woolen factory. William Reilly was the tanner. His two sons, William and Wellington Herman became doctors and practiced in Montreal as partners. (by Helen Theimer)’

With files from–Tavern in the Town

Women’s Institute

Ottawa Citizen

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

It was not until the late 1860s that lovers of the “stanes” in the Almonte district formed a club and built rinks in the town, but at a much earlier date pioneer Scotch settlers gathered on the Mississippi river at Rosebank, four miles below Almonte, and had the time of their lives. They fished nicely rounded stones from the bed of the river, decorated them with fancy silver-mounted and ebony handles and then “curled” to their hearts’ content.

17 August 1870

It had been a dry spring and even drier summer. By mid August, little rain had fallen in four months, parching the fields and forests of eastern Ontario and western Quebec. On 17 August 1870, a work gang clearing a right-of-way along the Central Canada Railway between Pakenham and Almonte near the village of Rosebank set brush on fire along the tracks. It wasn’t the brightest of moves. With a strong wind blowing from the south, the fire quickly got out of control and spread into the neighbouring woods. Despite efforts by railway workers to douse the flames with water pumped from the nearby Mississippi River, it could not be contained. Racing northward through the tinder-dry forest, the fire sent massive columns of smoke into the air blanketing the region.

Blakeney, Ontario, Canada, Historical Map, 1879

Almonte Gazette – Aug, 27, 1927. Read the Almonte Gazette here
Robert Snedden Died Suddenly in his Office.
Prominent Merchant of Pakenham Expired After Opening Up For The Day.

Belonged to Well Known Ramsay Family. Taught School before Entering Business In Almonte and Later in Pakenham. Mr. Robert Archibald Snedden, merchant of Pakenham, and one of the most prominent business men of North Lanark, died very suddenly this Thursday (25 Aug 1927) morning in his office shortly after 8:00 o’clock. While for some time he had not been in the most robust health, his condition was never regarded as serious, nor was it contemplated that his end was so near. Shortly after opening up for business for the day he suddenly collapsed and expired immediately. He was 58 years of age. Mr. Snedden belonged to one of the most prominent families in this district.

Alexander Snedden, his grandfather, was a noted lumberman in the early days. William Snedden, his father, was also in the lumber business for a time and owned the old sawmill at Blakeney. William Snedden was a power in the Liberal political circles in his day. The late Mr. Snedden was born on the family homestead on the ninth line of Ramsay. He was a graduate of the Almonte High School and was a schoolmaster for some years and many of the residents of that district will speak of his capable care of their education when he was in charge of the Rosebank School.


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Marilyn Robertson, 17, of Almonte (left), and sister Rosalyn (Robertson), 16, proudly display the H. H. McElroy Trophy for the best inter-county demonstration in 4-H Girls’ home-making activities at the Ex. The sisters won the cup for their demonstration of “wool, the fiber and fabric”.–Thanks to Rose Mary Sarsfield we find out the Robinson was really Robertson.. and one of them is Marilyn Snedden
Catherine Snedden We are trying to figure out which Snedden family … any ideas? Before my Dad (Bill Snedden) died last year, he showed me this picture and he was not sure. It was taken on the front lawn of the house next to the house he grew up in but before Grandpa actually bought that house. The lawn in this picture was right on the corner of Church and Country sts in front of a stone house. I heard always heard it was a Snedden home but I don’t know which family. If anyone have any insight it would be much appreciated. The middle child looks like my youngest uncle but is a generation to old to be him.
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Photo from the 70s of a mill that once existed by rapids in Blakeney

Names on the map above: (also from the McGill Digital County Atlas Project)

Last Name First Name County Township Town Occupation Birthplace 

Barker  James  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Ramsay Tp., Canada  

Barker  James  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Ramsay Tp., Canada  

Black   James   Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer; Deputy Reeve of Ramsay Tp.  Glasgow, Scotland  

Bond    J.H.  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte Tinsmith  Lanark Co., Canada  

Bowland  John  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Wicklow Co., Ireland  

Coffey  John F.  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte Roman Catholic Priest  Ottawa, Canada  

Fumerton  Archibald W.  Lanark  Ramsay  Appleton General Merchant; Hotel Proprietor, Appleton  Ramsay Tp., Canada  

Galbraith  Daniel  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte Member of Parliament  Glasgow, Scotland   

Gemmill  James D.  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte Retired Merchant; Major of Militia  Lanark Co., Canada   

Gilmour  John  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte Butcher  Lanark Co., Canada   

Gilmour  William  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Scotland  

Kitson  William  Lanark  Ramsay     

Lang  John  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Ramsay Tp., Canada  

Lynch  D.P.  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte Physician and Surgeon  Allumette, Quebec, Can  

Marshall  Robert  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer; School Trustee  Lanark Co., Canada   

McCreary  Joseph  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Ireland (McCreary’s Beach on Mississippi Lake?)  

McDougall  Peter  Lanark  Ramsay  Blakeney Woollen Manufacturer, RoseBank; Postmaster, Blakeney  Perthshire, Scotland  

McFarlane  David  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Glasgow, Scotland   

McIntosh  John  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Perthshire, Scotland   

McPhail  Donald  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Argyleshire, Scotland  

Metcalf  James  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Renfrew Co., Ontario, Canada  (Metcalfe)

Miller  Duncan  Lanark  Ramsay  Appleton Carriage Manufacturer  Lanark Co., Canada   

Mostyn  William  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte Physician and Surgeon  Ireland   

Naismith  Peter  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Lanarkshire, Scotland  (Dr. James Naismith invented the game of Basketball)

Patterson  Henry  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte Chief Constable, Counties of Lanark, Renfrew and Carleton  Sligo, Ireland   

Patterson  James  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte Physician and Surgeon    

Patterson  John  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte  Glasgow, Scotland   

Paul  John  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer; Lime Burner  Ramsay Tp., Canada  

Rae  James  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer; Tax Collector  Ireland   

Raines  Thomas W.  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte Dentist  Alabama, United States  

Robertson  James Jr.  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer; former School Trustee  Lanark Co., Canada   

Robertson  W.P.  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte School Teacher  Stirling, Scotland   

Scott  James  Lanark  Ramsay   Manufacturer of Carriages, Buggies  Prince Edward Island, Canada  

Scott  John  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte Retired from Business  Glasgow, Scotland   

Scott  William  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Armagh Co., Ireland  

Shirreff  Archibald  Lanark  Ramsay  Almonte Formerly Superintendent of Rosamond Woollen Co.  Scotland  

Sneddon  Alexander  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer; ex-Township Councillor  Ramsay Tp., Canada  (Snedden) 

Sneddon  James  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer; Lumberman  Lanark Co., Canada  

Steel  John  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Renfrewshire, Scotland   

Stewart  Duncan  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Perthshire, Scotland   

Syme  Peter T.  Lanark  Ramsay   Farmer  Dunning, Scotland  

Teskey  W. Rufus  Lanark  Ramsay  Appleton Manufacturer; Township Councillor  Lanark Co., Canada  (Palatine family) 

  The Teskeys came in 1823 from Rathkeale, County Limerick, Ireland, as part of the Peter Robinson group settlement.

Teskey  Wilton  Lanark  Ramsay   Proprietor, Appleton Flour Mills, Appleton  Ramsay Tp., Canada  

Usher  John  Lanark  Ramsay  Blakeney Proprietor, Rose Bank Mills  Antrim Co., Ireland

Bennies Corners and the Snedden Family

The Runaway Bridesmaid From Rosebank to Huntley

A Little Story About Admaston

What You Didn’t Know about Harvey’s Mills — Pakenham

So I Walked Into a Candle Holder and Blakeney-ed Out

Clippings of Bennies Corners

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Clippings of Bennies Corners

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Jan 1933, Sat  •  Page 2

 

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 and The Tales of Almonte

Bits of Bennies Corners — Names Names Names

The Bairds of Bennie’s Corners

Squirrel Massacre in Bennie’s Corners —-Yikes! Yikes! Yikes!

Taking Sexy Back with Brothel Bertie aka Edward the VII

Bennies Corners and PATRICIA ELEANOR TATE

Handwritten Notes on Bennie’s Corners

Bennies Corners and the Snedden Family

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Bennies Corners and the Snedden Family

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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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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 and The Tales of Almonte

Prominent Merchant of Pakenham Expired After Opening Up For The Day

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For my friend award winning writer Wanita Bates who used to work at the Pakenham General Store in 1977 selling and weighing everything from a few nails to a hunk of bologna!!

 

Pakenham Township was named after Sir Edward Pakenham who was the brother-in-law of the Duke of Wellington.
Pakenham:
Was a postal station from 1832. It is located on the Mississippi River. It was known as Dickson’s Mills then Pakenham Mills. In 1842 the village’s population was 250 persons. It contained 3 churches – Episcopal, Presbyterian and Methodist, post office, grist mill, saw mill, carding machine & cloth factory, four stores, a tannery, two taverns and some shops.

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The Pakenham General Store was built in 1840 and is still a functioning, multi-purpose business. From the church 1930`s Scott Bros. store and McCann`s garage (Red Indian gasoline)

 

 

Almonte Gazette – Aug, 27, 1927. Read the Almonte Gazette here
Robert Snedden Died Suddenly in his Office.
Prominent Merchant of Pakenham Expired After Opening Up For The Day.

Belonged to Well Known Ramsay Family. Taught School before Entering Business In Almonte and Later in Pakenham. Mr. Robert Archibald Snedden, merchant of Pakenham, and one of the most prominent business men of North Lanark, died very suddenly this Thursday (25 Aug 1927) morning in his office shortly after 8:00 o’clock. While for some time he had not been in the most robust health, his condition was never regarded as serious, nor was it contemplated that his end was so near. Shortly after opening up for business for the day he suddenly collapsed and expired immediately. He was 58 years of age. Mr. Snedden belonged to one of the most prominent families in this district.

 

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Scott Bros. new Chev pickup 1934

 

Alexander Snedden, his grandfather, was a noted lumberman in the early days. William Snedden, his father, was also in the lumber business for a time and owned the old sawmill at Blakeney. William Snedden was a power in the Liberal political circles in his day. The late Mr. Snedden was born on the family homestead on the ninth line of Ramsay. He was a graduate of the Almonte High School and was a school master for some years and many of the residents of that district will speak of his capable care of their education when he was in charge of the Rosebank School.

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He had a mind for business however, and for some years he conducted successfully a flour and feed store in Almonte. About thirty years ago he moved to Pakenham where he conducted the well known hardware store and general business that bears his name. Twenty five years ago he was married to Miss Mabel Needham daughter of Thomas Needham, of Pakenham. He is survived by his widow, a daughter and two sons, Mary, Donald and Fredrick all at home.

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Photo from Panoramio

There also remains to mourn his loss four brothers; Alexander Snedden of Pakenham; William Snedden of Lumsden, Sask.; David Snedden of Vancouver, B.C.; and Dr. Sylvester Snedden of Edmonton, Alberta. Mr. Snedden was held in very high esteem, and his sudden demise was a great shock to the whole community. The funeral will take place at 2:30 o’clock on Saturday to the Union Cemetery, Pakenham.

Perth Courier, Sept. 10, 1897

The Pakenham correspondent of the Almonte Gazette says:  “John Elliott passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 31.  The deceased was born in Bathurst on Jan. 3, 1820—77 years ago.  The late Mr. Elliott’s parents came from Cavan County, Ireland with the first settlers.  The deceased went to Pakenham 49 years ago and carried on a boot and shoe business for more than twenty years.  He then purchased a homestead and lived on it until about seven years ago when he retired to Pakenham Village.  He was also an auctioneer for many years.  He was for some time tax collector for the township of Pakenham and was one of the most successful farmers in the township being able in the declining years of his life to retire from active duties of life as well as to leave a fair competence to those depending on him.  IN 1850(?) he married Margaret Kerr of Perth, daughter of the late Dawson Kerr, a school teacher who in the early days opened a school in Perth.  To the were born twelve children all but one (who died in infancy) survive.  The family consists of seven sons:  Robert A., Winnipeg; Dawson, wholesale merchant in Winnipeg; John on the homestead in Pakenham; William A. and John H. in Pakenham township; Frederick C., barrister in West Selkirk, Manitoba; George A., barrister, Winnipeg.  There are also five daughters:  Mrs. W.A. Patterson of Carleton Place; Mrs. Dr. Jamieson of Pakenham; Mrs. W.W. Miller of Pakenham; and Edna, the youngest, at home in Pakenham.  Mrs. Elliott survives her husband and is strong and vigorous in spite of the fact that she faithfully nursed her husband through his illness which lasted for more than a year.  His disease was hardening of the spinal cord with complications.  He was a Methodist and a Conservative in politics.  The funeral took place to the Methodist Cemetery and was largely attended.  Deceased was a brother of Robert and Archibald Elliott of Perth.

 

Perth Courier, Dec. 17, 1897

From the Almonte Times of Dec. 18 we take the following obituary notice of an early settler in Pakenham Township, father of Mrs. Robert(?) Scott of this town.  “On Tuesday of this week, Ingram Scott, one of the oldest and most esteemed residents of Pakenham, passed to his reward at the age of 93(?) years.  The late Mr. Scott was born in the County of Sligo, Ireland, near the town Sligo in the year 18??.  He emigrated to Canada in 1831(?) arriving here on the 4th of July of that year and settled on a farm in Pakenham on which he lived continuously until a few years ago when he retired from active life and moved into the village.  In 1837 he married Esther Elliott, one of the pioneers of Fitzroy Township.  In September of 18??, his beloved wife passed away and since then his care devolved upon his daughter Susan who carefully attended to him.  His children numbered nine. Two (John and Thomas) died in infancy.  Margaret, the wife of Rev. W.W. Ryan, died at Three Rivers, Quebec in March of 1985(?).

The living are: David E. Scott of Port Hope; Robert Scott of Pakenham; Mathilda (Mrs. Robert Scott) of Perth; George Y. Scott of Pakenham; Eliza Jane, widow of the late Rev. J.H. Stewart of Kingston.   Susan, already mentioned, lives in Pakenham.  There are 29 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  In 18?? (1832??), the late Mr. Scott united with the Methodist Church of which he remained a faithful and consistent member until his death.  Shortly after his connection with the church he was appointed a class leader and held the office for the rest of his life.  He also served his church in the same time as a member of the Quarterly and Trust Boards and was always ready to respond to the call of these boards when people demanded it.”

 

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The Beauty of Blakeney by Jim Collins

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Blakeney is one of the prettiest places anytime of the year– and especially in the Spring with the raging waters. The tiny hamlet was originally called Norway Falls because of the incredible Norway Pine trees. But, like most of the small towns here the name was changed a few times. It became Snedden’s Mills because of the amount of industrial growth in the area and its historical beginnings with the iconic Snedden family. There used to a number of thriving mills in Blakeney, but those structures have long since been demolished.

In the 1850s the name was changed to Rosebank, but similar to Carleton Place and its postal issue, the name Rosebank was already being used and it changed one more time to Blakeney. Did you know Blakeney once rivaled Almonte in growth? However the railway chose Almonte as their destination because of the Rosamonds and their textile mills and Blakeney lost the industry to their neighbour.

This holiday weekend take the family to Blakeney and walk the trails. You will not regret it.

All Photos by Jim Collins March 2016

 

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Photo from the 70s of a mill that once existed by rapids in Blakeney

Read about Blakeney here from Bytown.net

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