Union CemeteryMerrickville, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada
Mr. *S.S. Merick of Carleton Place has been gathering up various lines of produce in this vicinity and shipping them to the U.S. So far about 14,000 hop poles from the Drummond swamp near Perth and from Lanark Township have been drawn here and sent away and as many more are expected.
*S. S Merrick–The Bell Telephone company’s lines spread rapidly through southern Ontario and Quebec. The Carleton Place Herald early in 1885 reported that Mr. S. S. Merrick of Carleton Place was “obtaining 3,300 first class poles for the 106 mile contract” awarded to him for the Ottawa Valley telephone line then being built, that would connect Ottawa and Brockville, Perth, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place and points northward. The new telephone service in this district was proposed to be placed in operation with a musical programme by telephone, according to Mr. W. W. Cliff of the Carleton Place Central Canadian. —Howard Morton Brown
The Town Shocked at His Sudden and , Totally Unexpected Demtea About 6 oclock on Saturday evening last Mr. S. S. Merrick, one of our most prominent citizens went to the cellar to dose the draughts on his furnace, his last duty on this terrestrial sphere. A minute later Mrs, Merrick heard a noise below, and failing to receive a reply to her question as to what happened she entered the furnace room and found her husband prostrate on the floor, with the globeless coal oil lamp burning beside him.
Thinking he had fallen in a faint she hurriedly drew him from the blazing lamp and then threw it into the ash box for safety. A second lamp was then obtained and a supply of water, and Mrs. Merrick was endeavoring to restore her husband when Mr. John Church, a relative, who resides with the familytook over. He telephoned immediately for Dr. McIntosh, who arrived in a short time, and who on examination pronounced life extinct.
The news spread rapidly and cast a gloom over the whole town, for the deceased was well known by all classes and much esteemed. He had had a severe attack of sciatica in August from which rallied, and was about again as usual. He arrived home Thursday after a weeks absence through the country. He complained a little of the twinges of his former trouble, but nothing serious was thought of it.
On Saturday afternoon he drove his daughter to Appleton (see above) and brought his sister-in-law back in time to take train for Ottawa. He made no complaint on returning home and seemed in his usual spirits.
Samuel Starr Merrick was born in Merrickville in 1864, being a son of the late S. D. Merrick, and was thus in his 49th year. He came to Carleton Place in 1880 and engaged in business as a grain merchant. He later on built the warehouse at present occupied by Mr. F. 0. Burgess and dealt largely in all kinds of form produce, hop poles, telegraph poles, pulp wood, etc., and was well known throughout the country. He sold the grain business some years ago, but was still engaged in the timber business and also conducted a granary at Almonte.
In 1888 he married Sophie Dulmage, daughter of the late Lawrence Dulmage, of Appleton, and their union was blessed with one child, Miss Hazel, a bright girl of 14 years of age. In religion he was a Methodist, and for many years he was a trustee or a member of quarterly board. In politics he was a Liberal. Mr. Merrick always took a deep interest in municipal affairs, and was for a term or two a member of the School Board. He was a life-long Oddfellow, a member of both the Lodge and Encampment, and in the latter branch held the highest office in the gift of the members, that of Grand Patriarch. He was also representative eo the Sovereign Grand Lodge on more than one occasion. He was also a member of the Independent Order of Foresters and the Canadian Order of Chosen Friends, and in each of these Orders carried Insurance.
He held other public trusts, was secretary of the Bible Society, and identified with every enterprise promoted for the welfare of the town. Beautiful floral tributes adorned the casket, prominent among them Wreath from the Oddfellows (Stella Lodge and Erueka Camp), a Triangle from the Chosen Friends, an Anchor from the quarterly board of the Methodist Church, a Wreath from the I. O. Foresters, a Spray from Dr. Church and family, Merrickville, a Spray from the W. C. T. U., a Star from Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Warren, a Cross from Mr. and Mrs. Towsley, Ottawa, and a Spray from Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Elliot, Montreal.
Among the mourners besides the wife and daughter, are the aged mother and one brother, who were in Kingston when the end came, and and to them and the other sorrowing friends the deep sympathy of the whole community flows from the Carleton Place Herald. The Oddfellows at Carleton Place had charge of the funeral and they turned out in large numbers to pay a last tribute to their late brother.
The funeral service was conducted on Tuesday at the deceased’s late home by Bev. W. Jamieson, of this place assisted by Bev. Mr. Ellis, of Carleton Place, after which the body was taken to the station and brought here on the afternoon train. About 41 members of Balmoral Lodge, I.O. O. F. met the remains at the station and accompanied them to their last resting place in the Union cemetery.
The burned buildings were among the old landmarks of the town. They were erected many years ago by Mr. Merrick, an old pioneer of Carleton Place. It was located about where today’s Mews mall is on Landsdowne Avenue. ( these were the newer buildings built after the fire)-Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
So I looked at this photo Saturday and thought that this fence looked familiar. Once upon a time the fence at my home was like this. It looks like there picnic was my the yard as the strip of wild growth is on the Campbell Street side and you can see the Cliff/McCann/ Sweeney home on the corner of Campbell and Lake Ave East.
Same pictures in the early 1900s and with the Cliff/McCann/ Sweeney home on the corner
I guess we will never know… but it sure looks like it.
Vintage Photos of the Gals — Caldwell Jamieson Dunlop Reunion – Part 4
For a long time we have all know there were other folks that lived in this house beside the Morphys, Crams and Reaburns, but we could not figure out who. Until this morning, thanks to the kindness of Jennifer and the museum. First of all it was The Raeburns not George Ray Burn in the article. Then we find out the other owners were the Morphy’s, Merricks, Johnsons and then the Crams, and finally the Reaburns. I have lived in Springside Hall since 1981.
Thanks Jennifer for adding on more info that was not known.
In writing local history I get lots of input which is great… it’s how we get community history together. Yesterday I found out this about my home Springside Hall..
Katherine Edwards I had a old neighbor long passed away by the name of Eric Stead. When I first moved to Carleton Place over 33 years ago the population was 7, 000. He would drive me around and explain some of the history of Carleton Place. During the Great Depression your home was lost to back taxes and was sold for a low $1,000 dollars. I think that was the price.
I have history on the Morphy’s, Crams and the Raeburns that owned the house. But there were two other owners between the Morphys and after the Crams that I cannot seem to find a record of and that is probably the ones that lost the home for back taxes. The Great Depression caused hardship for Americans. In 1932, about 25 percent of the working population did not have jobs. People without jobs lost their homes because they could not pay their debts.
During the 1920s prices reached their highest level in the third quarter of 1929 before falling by 67% at the end of 1932 and hovering around that value for most of the Great Depression. The value of high‐end properties strongly co‐moved with the stock market between 1929 and 1932. A typical property bought in 1920 would have retained only 56% of its initial value in nominal terms two decades later. An investment in the stock market index (including dividends) would have outperformed an investment in a typical property (including net rental income) by a factor of 5.2 over our time period.
This had me laughing all day on Friday and it’s my giggle of the day..🙂 Julie Sadler said to me: Good morning Linda, Just read that my cousin, William Morphy, built your house and lived there. I’d like it back now please! Love you Julie… you made me smile
In your living room- Springside Hall Back row– George Raeburn, Charles Finlayson, Edgar Finlayson, Thomas Finlayson, James Finlayson Front row – Gladys Finlayson, Maye Raeburn, Elberta Finlayson, Linda ? , Bert Raeburn, Sadie Finlayson
Photo- Richard Finlayson
Springside Hall in Carleton Place has changed through the years like most older homes and I am documenting it all so down the line people will see how the house once was.
2020 same location as the photo above of the Finlayson family. The doorway was moved in 1995 during the fire renovations. Why? Because there were initially two doorways. One here and the other a few feet down. We chose the one a few feet down because it made the living room bigger.
Her is how it looked like in 1995 before the other doorway was discovered. Under the stairs bathroom to the right. Photo from 1983.
Here is how the doorway to the dining room looks today in 2020 going into the dining room. There was also a beveled glass in-wall dining room cedar china/ good linens cupboard on the side of the boarded up opening but it was reinstalled in the dining room to be kept as part of history’s sake.
My home Springside Hall (aka the Hi Diddle Day house) was built in different eras. The Morphy’s were no nonsense Scottish folks and a sturdy stone house in 1867 was better than having luxury.
So way before the Property Brothers existed the Crams decided to add an addition in the late 1800s early 1900s. A dining room and a galley kitchen was built as well as a servants quarters on the second level.
When we bought the house in 1981 there was still push button lighting, and we knew there had been a dumbwaiter in the galley kitchen. We noticed that a long time ago it went up to the former servants quarters and there was a wooden call button in the master bedroom at a height and location which would be within easy reach from their bed, but we could not find it even when we gut the galley kitchen walls during the fire in 1995.
If you are following my series on Richard Finlayson who once visited Springside Hall as a child on Lake Avenue East he has answered some of my questions. So I asked him if he remembered the dumbwaiter.
I do remember the dumb waiter. We were specifically reminded not to touch it as kids! I remember it having chains and pulleys. I am guessing the location of the dumb waiter would be as you stated. My mother has hazy recall of it being in kitchen as do I.
Dumbwaiters were most often used to move dishes and food when the kitchen and dining room were on different levels of the house. It is hard to keep up with the history of an older house when years of renovations have occurred. So I thank Richard Finlayson for these historical tidbits.
I love mysteries, and I love challenges especially history ones. This week I was contacted by Richard Finlayson (his Aunt was Lucinda May Finlayson Raeburn who owned my home for a long time) and the whole world about the history of my home opened up again. As a child, Richard had been to my house several times. May Raeburn was his grandfather’s sister. He remembers many details of the remarkable house, Springside Hall, ( Hi Diddle Day home) on Lake Avenue East in Carleton Place.
As some of you know there are few photos of my home or info except what the McCann family sent me and thanks to Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. We could not figure out why there were few photos of this home until the flea market find in Smiths Falls two years ago. So it is with great excitement when I find out something.
When we moved here in1981 the Summer Kitchen was torn down and we had a big hole on the Cambell Street side to deal with. The carriage house was also in the same rotten condition and that had to come down too. This is what happens to old homes if they are not taken care of and there is little you can do to save them without having money pockets deep enough to go to the ocean.
There was a back staircase, but it was a simple wood staircase painted white with a basement style window at the top. I never thought anything of it but when I was pregnant with Schuyleur 35 years ago Angelo decided to change it and took out three feet of stone wall beside the back stairs to build a new one. Again, nothing was found, so life moved on. Until— Friday when Richard Finlayson contacted me who remembered them as a child. He remembers there being a secret stairway off the dining room that was almost like a tunnel. The last time he was in my home was 1967 and he was 11 years old. His memory remembers a small (almost cupboard size) door off the dining room. It had a small narrow staircase that went to the second floor. As children it was like something from a childhood book. It may have been removed before we acquired it Richard said as I would guess it was an original servant stairway? For a child Richard said, Springside Hall was an amazing place.
So I began to wonder where the secret stairway was. I have two little doors off the dining room. One is now the bathroom under the front stairs which I found out were changed when the Crams moved in during the early 1900s. Suddenly the light bulb went off.
For years I had wondered about the weird little cupboard almost directly under the back staircase. It is a closet now, but it has a small perplexing extra space heading nowhere, and “L” shape and I could never figure out what it was. Now I know. It was the beginning of the “tiny tunnel” back staircase. Why was it so small and hidden?
In older homes, a large household staff was often required to stay out of sight. The solution was a separate staircase in the back just for the servants to use. Obviously the Crams were not happy seeing the servants if it was that small.
One Mystery Solved– More to come– thanks to Richard Finlayson
Another mystery solved about Springside Hall, Lake Ave East in Carleton Place
Hi Linda, I just found out from my dad this weekend that the door in this pic is from the Raeburn carriage house. He used to store his Jaguar there and ended up getting the door with the original hardware. It’s now (since the early 80’s) the main entrance to our cottage. — Donovan Hastie
Photos of the Carriage House
Cecil on the Campbell Side of the house. My house in the background.–Photo-Susan McCann ( Carriage House is white building in back)
Susan McCann’s Father burning leaves. Remember those days? You can see Springside Hall with the original fence. When we bought it- it had a white picket fence. Originally, there was concrete pillars with pipes as a fence. The carriage house is in the back and we tore it down in 1988 as it was falling down. You can see the white summer kitchen on the back of the house. That was not there in 1981 when we bought the home. There was just a hole in the ground where it had been, and we built the stone addition and garage where it was. Photo-Susan McCann –( Carriage House is white building in back)
Thank you to Rick’s wife Kathleen Finlayson for joining us together.
Text by Richard Finlayson
This all started with my 32 year old corporate attorney daughter visiting us this weekend. My 88 year-old mother, Gloria, had recently given me the Finlayson family portrait above which we believe was taken in 1917. That was a year that the Spanish flu was devastating North America and it allowed me to give my daughter a historical perspective and how it relates to Covid 19. She was to be married in Chicago in May but we have postponed the wedding to next year. I told her the stories of the people in the photo. Your home, Springside Hall in Carleton Place, was a prominent piece of May Raeburn’s (Finlayson) story.
(Editor’s note– there was a dry spell in 1913 only to have it finally rain on July 25, 1913 the day after the fire. On the 26th there was a hail storm but no damages recorded. “The dry spell has been broken”– Almonte Gazette July 1913 (see more in ‘history’) .
My grandfather, Charles Mitchell Finlayson was born in 1898 and grew up on a farm in Lanark. He was the oldest of six children. He left the Finlayson family farm and attended the University of Toronto graduating from the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1922. At that time his goal was to be a doctor but he needed to study an extra year and did not have the funds to complete that extra year. He immigrated to the United States after marrying my grandmother, Gladys Rogers, who was working as a piano teacher and model in Toronto. I actually have some of her work from a Toronto newspaper. She really was quite beautiful.
They had one child, my father, Charles Albert Finlayson who was born in 1930. Gladys Finlayson passed away in 1952 and my grandfather was heartbroken. I have always felt a deep spiritual connection to my grandfather who passed away in 1961 from a heart attack after running his own pharmacy (with a soda fountain) in Detroit,Michigan.
I am one of three brothers and my memory of our grandfather was one of him being incredibly kind and he loved playing with us and sneaking chocolate Kit Kat bars when our parents weren’t looking. When he passed away, my parents learned from his customers that for years (especially during the depression) he would nurse patients in the back of his store who couldn’t afford to see a doctor. He had actually set some broken bones and in his own way was an urban country doctor.
As a child I remember visiting Carleton Place at least four times. My parents had a small travel trailer and we would camp on the shores of the Mississippi River. We would rent a boat and fish during the day. The fishing there was always phenomenal and my brothers and I were always in competition to catch the biggest and the most perch.
Your home Springside Hall on Lake Ave. East was one that leaves a lifelong impression. In my mind it was a mansion. The fine woodworking and huge porch with the large front yard was awe-inspiring! My Aunt May was a very prim and proper woman and she had dinners in the formal dining room. She would serve with fine china and silver and linen napkins (serviettes?) Our mother would give us instructions on how to be gentlemen, something we were definitely not used to! To be honest, it felt like we were visiting the Queen and King of England. I remember there being a secret stairway that was almost like a tunnel ( more on that tomorrow). For a child that house would be an amazing place.
I am a very recently retired Captain for American Airlines. My very first flight for American took me to Ottawa and I was amazed that there is an intersection on a primary airway named Lanark. I could feel the spiritual connection every time I flew over that intersection knowing that all of my Finlayson relatives are there. Every flight out of Chicago for the next 33 years on my way to London or somewhere else in Europe brought the memories of Carleton Place.
In 2007 you ( Linda Seccaspina) and I came very close to meeting in person. I had taken a motorcycle trip of Ontario with a group of friends. We overnighted in Ottawa and my friends stayed up late in the Casino there. I got up early by myself and rode highway 7 in an attempt to find the cemetery where my relatives are all buried. My wife and I attended a family reunion in 1981 in Carleton Place and had visited the church where the cemetery was located. I could not find it. I stopped in a Mom and Pop gas station on the edge of town and filled my motorcycle. I asked the man who took my money if he knew of a church that is close by that had an adjoining cemetery . He said, “Yes, you passed one on the way in and it sits off the road at the top of the curve. Are you looking for a grave there?” I said, ” Yes, all of my relatives are buried there.” “Whats the last name?” I said Finlayson. He smiled and said,” Oh yes we know of them. That’s the right one.”
I was amazed that he knew of my family. It made me feel instantly at home. I rode over to the Boyds cemetery and visited with all the members of my family buried there. I sat there on a beautiful sunny day watching the butterflies flying around the headstones and I could feel their spirits. My great Uncle Edgar (my grandfather’s youngest brother) had been buried there in 1991. I sat there for an hour contemplating. I then got on my motorcycle and rode in to Carleton Place. It had changed so much since 1981. I was determined to find your home if it still existed.
I knew that finding the railroad track was key to my finding Springside Hall. I found the track and parked my Harley and started walking. When I found your home I gasped. It was the home but it looked so different from my memory, the architecturally correct addition you had built was amazing. Of course the limestone fencing threw me for a loop. I walked slowly around the perimeter taking in the home. I stood at the front gate and admired your English garden and the front of Aunt May’s old home. I hadn’t noticed you gardening and when you stood up it startled me as I could tell I probably startled you. I uttered a quick hello and kept walking. An tall American standing and staring at a house in motorcycle garb could be disconcerting at the least. I went back to my bike and rode past your house once more. I told my wife I was a bit angry at myself for not asking the woman in the garden if you knew of my Aunt May and Uncle George. I am thankful to know that you do.
Tomorrow!!!–The Case of the Disappearing Back Staircase — Springside Hall — Finlayson Series
I hope to find the location of their farm and would like to know if the home still exists. _ Rick Finlayson
I found the original farm was lost in a fire in a 1913 fire. Clippings below
Thanks to Rosemary Sarsfield historian and author of Clayton history-Whispers From the Past-Clayton Store, Millstreet Books in Almonte and from email@example.com of we found the farm
The one in Bowland’s cemetery would be my uncle Tom Finlayson. He was married to my father’s sister Annie Richards… I should know where they lived but will have to look it up. It was on the Old Perth Road but we were down there a couple of weeks ago and I could not see the old house. I actually was never there when I was young because my aunt was dead before I was born and I think Uncle Tom lived with one of his nephews. They only had one child Meda and she died when she was five.
So here is the land info:Charles and James Finlayson had WLot 8 Con 2 Ramsay and All of Lot !0 Con 2 There may have been two Charles, I am not sure, but Lot 10 went from Charles to James and then to Edgar who was unmarried. My uncle Tom was a brother of Edgar and Tom owned WLot 10 Con 3 Ramsay.–Thanks to Rosemary Sarsfield historian and author of Clayton history-Whispers From the Past-Clayton Store, Millstreet Books in Almonte and from firstname.lastname@example.org of we found the farm.
Ramsay Township, Lanark County, Ont. 1918 Directory
Names are listed in the order published — most of them are in alphabetical order by first letter only, but some may be completely out of order. Please use the “Search” function of your browser to look for all occurrences of a name. Obvious errors have been noted at the end of the line [in square brackets], but numerals, especially “5” and “6”, are sometimes impossible to tell apart in the photocopies.
SCHEDULE OF POST OFFICES
6. Carleton Place
NAME No P.O. DES. CON. LOT
Aiken John 1 1 O 12 2
Aikenhead Matthew 2 1 O 9 10-11
Aitken James Jr. 3 1 O 12 2
Aitken James 4 2 O 11 1
Aitken Duncan 5 1 O 10 14
Allen William 6 1 O 8 15
Anderson Wm. 7 1 O 8 12
Andrews John 8 1 O 9 13
Armstrong Wm. 9 1 O 10 21
Armstrong John W. 10 1 T 6 24
Arthur Orel 11 4 O 11 26
Arthur Thos. S. 12 1 O 8 5
Arthur James M. 13 6 O 1 5
Arthur Wm. G. 14 1 O 10 24
Bain Daniel Jr. 15 1 O 3 16
Bain Daniel Sr. 16 1 O 4 16
Baird Robert M. 17 2 O 10 3
Barr Thomas 18 5 O 2 23
Barker James A. 19 4 O 10 25
Barker Robert 20 1 O 7 21
Barker Alex. 21 4 O 9 27
Bell Edgar 22 2 O 8 3
Bellamy John E. 23 5 O 2 23
Bickford W. H. 24 1 O 9 13
Bingham Oswald 25 4 O 10 26
Black John 26 2 O 10 3
Black Daniel J. 27 1 O 5 10
Blaney Walter 28 1 O 12 9
Boaz Charles 29 5 O 2 22 [name might be "Boes"]
Bowes John 30 1 O 8 22
Bowes James 31 1 O 7 15
Bowes Thomas 32 1 O 7 11
Bowland H. M. 33 5 O 1 17
Bowland Wm. J. 34 6 O 3 1
Brydges Charles 35 1 O 12 10
Brydges Wllbert 36 1 O 12 12
Buchanan John A. 37 4 O 10 25
Buchanan G. W. 38 2 O 10 2
Bulger Justis 39 5 O 1 22
Burke Charles 40 1 O 8 19
Burns Wm. J. [?] 41 6 T 6 5 [possibly a second blotted initial]
Camelon James 42 1 T 7 16
Camelon Arch 43 1 T 7 17
Camelon David 44 6 O 4 6
Camelon David 45 1 T 7 19
Camelon John 46 4 T 9 24
Cannon John 47 1 O 7 12
Carnochan Wm. 48 1 T 8 21
Carnohan Robert 49 6 O 3 7
Cavers Edgar 50 2 O 12 4
Chapman Joseph 51 1 O 8 6
Chapman George T. 52 6 O 8 4
Cochrane Alex. A. 53 1 T 7 22
Cochrane Peter 54 1 O 6 23
Cochrane Wm. L. 55 1 O 5 24
Code Matthew 56 6 O 2 7
Coleman Wm. 57 6 O 8 6
Colquhoun Arch 58 1 T 11 21
Corkery James 59 1 O 3 10
Coulter Charles 60 5 O 2 25
Cox Wm. 61 4 T 9 25
Cox W. H. 62 6 O 7 3
Craig Thos. Sr. 63 1 T 8 18
Craig Adams 64 1 O 10 11
Cunningham John 65 6 O 7 1
Curtis Thomas 66 6 T 1 6
Darling Fred A.C. 67 1 O 11 16
Devine Edward 68 6 O 9 2
Devine Hugh B. 69 6 O 7 7
Dezell James 70 6 O 1 1
Doherty Ernest 71 1 O 10 13
Donaldson David 72 6 T 7 4
Doucett Geo. H. 73 6 O 3 5
Dowdall Jas. E. 74 2 O 10 3
Dowdall Hiram 75 6 O 3 6
Dowdall Charles 76 6 O 2 3
Drummond Sam 77 1 O 12 9
Drynan James 78 1 O 9 7
Drynan John 79 1 O 10 15
Drynan Wm. J. 80 5 O 3 27
Drynan James 81 5 O 2 26
Duncan Edmund 82 1 O 11 10
Duncan Alex. S. 83 1 O 10 11
Duncan Wm. J. 84 1 O 11 9
Dunlop W. G. 85 1 O 1 16
Elliott Philip J. 86 1 O 1 13
Erskine John L. 87 5 O 1 23
Evans Richard 88 5 T 2 22
Evans Abraham 89 5 O 1 20
Fenlon John 90 4 O 10 25
Finlayson Thos. W. 91 1 O 2 8
Finlayson Chas. 92 1 O 2 10
James Finlayson was born on May 9 1866, in Ramsay Township, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada. Catherine was born on September 21 1867, in Drummond Township, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada.Charles had 5 siblings: Verna Agnes Finlayson, Thomas Albert Finlayson and 3 other siblings.
Charles married Gladys Irene Finlayson (born Rogers) on Wednesday January 14,1925, at age 26 in York, Ontario. Gladys was born in 1906, in Bristol, Somerset, England.They had one son: Charles A. Finlayson.
1087-25 Charles Mitchell FINLAYSON, 26, druggist, Ontario, 51 Harcourt Ave., s/o James FINLAYSON (b. Ont) & Catherine Agnes RUTTLE, married Gladys Irene ROGERS, 18, music teacher, England, 34 Wiley Ave., d/o Albert ROGERS (b. England) & Daisy Lydia TONKIN, witn: James R. GARVIN of 85 Boulton Ave & Evelyn UNDERWOOD of 20 Earlscourt Ave., 14 Jan 1925
8260-97 John M. FINLAYSON, 33, farmer, Ramsay twp., Drummond twp., s/o Charles FINLAYSON & Mary SMITH, married Maria A. RUTTLE, 33, Drummond, same, d/o Thomas RUTTLE & Lucinda MARTIN, witn: Charles FINLAYSON of Ramsay twp & Emma RUTTLE of Drummond, 28 April 1897 at Drummond twp
6638-95 (Lanark Co): James FINLAYSON, 29, farmer, Ramsay twp., same, s/o Charles & Mary, married Catherine RUTTLE, 28, Drummond, same, d/o Thomas & Lucinda, witn: John M. FINLAYSON of Almonte & Maria RUTTLE of Innisville, 23 Oct 1895 at Drummond twp
#006650-95 (Lanark Co): Thomas R. WATCHORN, 23, yeoman, Lanark twp., same, s/o Henry WATCHORN & Nancy TAYLOR, married Mary A. FINLAYSON, 16, Lanark twp., same, d/o William FINLAYSON & Amelia CUNNINGHAM, witn: Ethel CODE of Carleton Place & Charlie FINLAYSON of Ramsay twp., 13 Nov 1895 at Lanark twp
In 1826, a long builting was found on Rea’s lot. Early teachers, Mr. Huggart and Joseph Rea, lived in a house in Greig’s field. James Greig sold one quarter acre on the eighth line, Lot 10, Concession 7, Ramsay for $4.00 and a frame building was put up. Andrew Greig sold another quarter acre of land in 1878 to enlarge the school grounds. Mrs. Pearl McCann created history when she became the first married female teacher in 1942. When S.S. No. 5 only had 5 pupils, the Board decided to amalgamate the two schools from 1945-1947. In 1963, the school was destroyed by fire and students had to temporarily attend S.S. No. 2 Ramsay. On June 30, 1960, many former students and teachers celebrated the 100th anniversary of the school. In 1970, pupils from S.S. No. 14 moved to Naismith Memorial in Almonte and the school property was sold to Edgar Finlayson for $4,500.
Finlayson – Richards(10 September 1924)A charming wedding was solemnized at St. George’s church, Clayton, on Wednesday of this week, the ceremony taking place at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. At that hour, Mr. Thos. W. Finlayson, a prosperous young farmer of the 2nd line of Ramsay, led to the altar Miss Alice Annie Richards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Richards, who reside a couple of miles or so from the groom’s home. Mr. H. E. Goode, of Ottawa, was groomsman, while Miss Rath, a cousin of the bride, gracefully performed the duties of bridesmaid. Rev. Robt. Turley, incumbent of the church, tied the Gordian knot in the presence of relatives of both families and a number of personal friends. At the conclusion of the ceremony an adjournment was made to the home of the bride’s parents, where a sumptuous wedding dinner awaited them, which was done full justice to. At the conclusion a couple of hours or so were spent in pleasant social intercourse, and later the newly wedded couple repaired to their home, accompanied by the goof wishes of the company for a long and prosperous voyage o’er the matrimonial sea. The gifts to the bride, who is popular with a large circle of friends, were numerous, many of them costly, and all of them useful. Since the above was place in type a Clayton correspondent sends the following additional particulars; The bride, who was tastefully dressed in white silk with an over dress of point d’esprit and white hat to match and carrying a bouquet of cream roses, entered the church leaning on the arm of her father. She was followed by her bridesmaid, Miss Mildred Rath, who wore a pretty dress of white batiste trimmed with lace and insertion and large leghorn hat, and carried a bouquet of pink roses. The groomsman was Mr. Goode of Ottawa. After the ceremony the bridal party and guests, which numbered about fifty, drove to the home of the bride’s parents, where a sumptuous dinner was served. A toast was proposed by Rev. R. Turley to which the groom replied. The bride’s going away dress was brown eoline with hat to match.
On Saturday morning, Jan. 1st., the brittle thread of life which binds the soul and body were severed and death took from our midst dear little Anna Meda (Finlayson), only child of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Finlayson of Ramsay. She was only 5 years and 9 months old, and her sudden passing away was a tremendous shock to both parents and community, as she was just three days ill. She was a very bright, cheerful and cunning child, and a great favorite with those who knew her. Just before death she repeated every word of a little prayer her mother had taught her. The funeral took place Monday, Jan. 3rd, from her father’s residence to St. George’s cemetery. The service at the house was conducted by Rev. Mr. Merrilees and at the grave by Rev. Mr. Brunet. In spite of the inclemency of the weather there was a very large funeral over seventy carriages being in the cortege. The floral tributes were: Wreaths, from Mr. and Mrs. Finlayson, parents of deceased; spray, from Mr. and Mrs. Mack Richards, spray from Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Finlayson and James and Mack Richards, uncles of deceased. The sympathy of the community goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Finlayson in their bereavement. Tender Shepherd thou hast stilled, Now Thy little lamb’s brief weeping, Oh, how peaceful, pure and mild, In Thy loving arms ’tis sleeping, And no sign of anguish sore, Heaves that little bosom more.
What’s different? House was built in 3 parts. 1867 then 1910 and then 1990. Linda drives a SUV now and no longer has theme rooms except upstairs: Hat Room, Alice in Wonderland and Puppet Room. Still have the telephone booth.
This was 2014– it’s a mass of greenery now. Old phone booth in the back.
What’s Different? Pool is closed over, no more royalty room, nor dollhouse.. Still buy old photos.. no more theme rooms except 3 upstairs.. Hat room– Puppet room and Alice in Wonderland Room
That room is all changed and Angelo has passed away.
We now have the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum in the old Victoria School on Edmund Street. A fire in 1995 changed a great deal of the house. This article was in 1982 and we moved here in 1981 and I was a member of the Carleton Place Historical Society that met once a month at the library and average attendance was about 40. I am still friends with a lot of those people who were in that society. Memories of the late Bill Bagg, Norman Paul, Bill Brebner, and Brian Costello.