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Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Chapter 2 –Was it Because I Have AB Positive Blood? Element #1

Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Chapter 2 –Was it Because I Have AB Positive Blood? Element #1

Was it Because I Have AB Positive Blood? Element #1

 I was told by my doctor once that 10% of the world’s population has AB Positive blood and it’s where I get my “oddness” from. Funny, I never thought I was odd! All I knew was I didn’t want to end up in the military like my Father had daily visions of. It had come to his attention many times that I was different, and I stuck out like a sore thumb in my rural hometown in Quebec. When your father is a prominent municipal fixture, and the only electrician in town, word travels around like a bush fire that your daughter is weird or a character as they called me. Honestly, there are lots of people like myself, and then there are those that pretend not to be.

Catherine Landry ( Pennies from Heaven, Ladies Who Lunch) Me, Diane Woodward (Diane Woodward Art) and Wanita Bates ( Citizen Journalist, CBC, award winning author) at the store when it was on the ground floor where Le Chateau used to be on Rideau

My friend Wanita Bates said something once that made complete sense to me after all these years.

‘Linda, some of us have gifts to feel what is going to be in style, and you and I are one of them.” When I had my store I was way ahead of fashion trends, but when major retailers grabbed on to it and money making was involved–I was long out of it. 

So after heated arguments with my father, I left home and headed to Montreal, Quebec. I attended fashion design school on Bleury Street where I became instantly bored. Instead of great 60’s fashion and styles that I was expecting my teacher made me make pattern after pattern of 1950’s styles. After classes, I would venture into store after store, just absorbing the culture and the fashion.

After almost completing my course, I decided I needed to find a job. Well Twiggy, Mary Quant, and all the Carnaby Street styles were afloat and guess who was wearing them? My Dad was getting remarried and gave me $75 dollars to buy something for his wedding. Being the drama queen I purchased a black velvet Twiggy mini dress and a black floor length Dr. Zhivago style coat. It was a real floor duster with black faux fur trim, and Omar Sharif would have been proud.

Militmore Road, Bromont, Quebec. There I was in that Dr. Zhivago Midi coat circa 1968?? that was supposed to be the end all to me getting a job. Like the manager of Bill Blass in Montreal said to me that year,
“Kid get yourself another coat if you want a job!”
My how things have changed

So when I went for job interviews I insisted on wearing the same “ultimate”outfit I wore to the wedding. Most clothing manufactures were not into the “Carnaby look” yet and I was told time after time, “Kid, get yourself another coat”. In layman’s terms I was scaring all these fashion people with my wardrobe. Defiant, I kept wearing it. A few weeks later I got my dream job. It was working for trendy Le Chateau on Ste. Catherine Street hemming pants. It was their first store, and their clothing styles were worn by anyone who wanted to be someone. I was right up their alley– or so I thought.Sadly, I only got to work there for about 6 months, as I was basically hired for the Christmas rush. In those few months I got to meet the Montreal trendsetters, wore “Gabardine Mod” pants, and so began my lifetime eating disorder. But, it was a time I will never forget, and believe fashion has never been so exciting. Just being able to sneak into the Boiler Room on Crescent Street and watch fashion happen was mind blowing.For some reason only known to God, I was just not ‘cool” enough to work as a salesperson in their store, and rent had to be paid. In the middle of the coldest winters ever I hauled my derriere all over the Island of Montreal looking for a job.

I finally found a job at The Fine Togs Clothing Co. It was a childrens manufacture run by Blossom and her husband Hy Hyman. Actually Blossom ran the company and Hy smiled a lot and played golf. They thought I was a spunky kid and if I had stayed there, I would have probably be retiring from the company about now. They were good people.

If my grandmother Mary was my foundation for my hard working ethics, then Saul Cohen was the drywall. He expected me to arrive at 7:30 every morning and I had to ask to leave around 7:45 pm at the end of the day. The man worked me to the bone, and I just chalked it up to experience. I worked in the cutting department, sewing, swept floors, did book work, and worked in the show room. There was not one stone that he did not make me turn over, and turn over again.’Sauly” was relentless, and when he found out that my Mother had been born to a Jewish Mother  he made sure I knew about my heritage. Anytime I asked to leave early he would turn around and say to me,”Do you know how our people suffered?”.Enough said.

One day he decided that I was ready to represent the company selling their clothing line at the Place Bonaventure clothing mart. He told me I had to have, no, must wear, something conservative.So I did what every other girl my age did. I went to Sears and bought “The Suit”. It was navy blue, a box jacket complete with a knee length pleated skirt. I had red shoes and red earrings to match. That was the last time I wore something so conservative. It just wasn’t me.

I applaud Saul for everything he taught me and how someone actually got me into something that wasn’t black. Word got around the clothing market about me and I was soon hired by a competitive children’s wear company run by Palestinians. Yup, I was no peace maker between the people of Israel and Palestine, but this was a time I will never ever forget.

Patricia McCoy

Hey Linda, what a blast from the past! I still have my unique, favourite top from your store.

Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac Chapter 1

Mini Memories of Retail Stores, Au Bon Marche, Liberty Stores, Orientique, and Flash Cadilac 1976

Glitter Shine and Satin – Ottawa Fashion 1978 – Flash Cadilac

The Best Adult Brownie Recipe with a side of the Vice Squad — A Flash Cadilac Story

Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac — A Hello and Goodbye Hawaiian Short Story

Flash Cadilac -Sex Lies and Video Tape?

Stayin’ Alive — Reconnecting With the Friends of Flash Cadilac

Flashy Memories of Pandora’s Box ETC — Oh Ottawa Behave!

Remembering Nash the Slash at The Black Swan Pub

Mini Memories of Retail Stores, Au Bon Marche, Liberty Stores, Orientique, and Flash Cadilac 1976

Mini Memories of Retail Stores, Au Bon Marche, Liberty Stores, Orientique, and Flash Cadilac 1976

David Ellis–Downtown Sherbrooke’s Au Bon Marche at the corners of King & Grandes-Fourches Streets in the 1960’s

Liberty stores in Ottawa came to Ottawa from the Eastern Townships in Quebec.

Another person I owe who I am today is the late Morty Vineberg from Au Bon Marche in Sherbrooke, Quebec. I learned the retail trade from the bottom up from him, and to this day, if there is a spot for just 50 items, and I have 300; I can whip that into shape as fast as you can say “bargain designer clothes”. In those days you took pride in your work, listened and worked hard, and you learned from those that knew.

How do you explain to kids today that’s how life was? You don’t– you had to be there.


Memories of Au Bon Marche in Sherbrooke. 1969? –This was an ad for the Sherbrooke Daily Record for Au Bon Marche..Me on the left and the other model on the right– my fellow friend and Au Bon Marche employee Pauline. Worked at Le Chateau and manager of The Knack in the store. Where do those years go? Miss my Sherbrooke years and Au Bon Marche. Cherish what you have today because they disappear..

1982 flood in Sherbrooke Quebec . Le Chateau was part of Au Bon Marche as you can see the Le Chateau sign on the building.

It was 1972, and I was being transferred from Au Bon Marche in Sherbrooke, Quebec to their new Liberty Stores in the old Bingo Palace just after the Cummings Bridge in Ottawa — which connected Rideau Street to Montreal Road in Vanier. The Vinebergs, who were the owners, were taking a big chance on opening that store as gossip said Ottawa people did not cross the bridge into Vanier.

1896 Cummings Bridge

The first wooden bridge over the Rideau River was constructed in 1836 by Charles Cummings, rebuilt in 1845, and replaced in 1890 – draws settlement to the area that will become Vanier. Many merchants and civil servants take advantage of the opportunity to move out of Ottawa’s Lowertown, already densely populated. Janeville is founded in 1873, followed by Clarkstown some 20 years later. In 1909, the Ontario government merges the two settlements with Clandeboye to form the village of Eastview.

And so I was transferred to the other side of the bridge and I lived at Pestalozzi College. read-I Lived in Pestalozzi College – Life in Ottawa 1972


Liberty Stores Montreal Road Vanier

Liberty Stores 1974 – I think the gal’s name on the right was Brenda.I managed Le Knack

Liberty Stores 1974 – I think the gal’s name was Brenda.I managed Le Knack

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
02 Apr 1980, Wed  •  Page 79

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
29 Apr 1978, Sat  •  Page 9

I only worked there a few years. If remember correctly I left because there was just a lot going on at that store in Vanier and actually developed a bad case of retail anxiety.


Six months later I was working for the Orientique Company as a merchandiser and was thrilled to be working with a great couple, Irwin and Wendy Kruger that had all these neat stores in Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor. As my friend Connie said: Crinkle cotton skirts, batik printed bohemian wrap around skirts and Jesus sandals! (soaking them in water to mold them to your feet and of course) and Tie Dye Shirts. The scent of Patchouli forever in my memory.

After that it was off to open Flash Cadilac on the second floor at Rideau and Dalhousie

Ready-Steady-Go! Dear Sheila- 1976

Dear Sheila,

I am about to open within the next two weeks, hopefully. I have had a lot of issues getting a Vendor Permit because the landlord was doing renovations in another part of the building without a building permit. So Ange got mad, and that is all it took, and we are about to open. We also had to file for a Health Permit because I am selling recycled clothes. Yes, they have to check the cleanliness of your washroom to be able to sell anything that is not new. I am so excited, we have a 9:30 am appointment with the Mary Quant cosmetic rep tomorrow.

You remember how I used to wear her makeup all the time in Montreal when I worked in Le Chateau years ago. I still remember the day she was at the Oglivy store on Ste. Catherine Street and I shook her hand. I think it was even better than when I grabbed Paul McCartney’s hand in Seattle!I was telling Ange that we have set it up just like Biba was like in London, but I will never be a Biba!

I have just added a huge Japanese-style round table with seating pillows in front of the change room. This is what have so far:

Ray Straight-Leg Jeans

Old Fur Coats

Recycled Dresses

Cozy Sweaters



Russian Flowered Shawls with Fringe

Gauze Embroidered Tops


Hanes Hosiery


Recycled Suede Purses and Vests

Ballet Shoes

Mary Jane Chinese Shoes

Ballet Leotards and Tights

Japanese Fans

Paper Wallets

Feather Boas

Fur Boas I make out of Fox Tails

Cigarette Holders

Ladies Pipes

I would love to carry Laura Ashley too, but, wonder if it would go with the things I have. My dream is to go to San Francisco and touch Gunne Sax clothes designed by Jessica McClintock! I am going to put a dancing girl (with clothes on of course) in the window Thursday and Friday night to draw attention. Randy, the hairdresser has offered, but I think I will pass.

If you didn’t know Randy the hairdresser acrossthe hall that was another story LOLOL

Driving into Rideau Street

The early 1970s was a cruel time for Ottawa’s locally-owned department stores. Familiar companies, which had serviced Ottawa residents for generations, seemed to fall like nine pins, replaced by national chain stores. Freiman’s on Rideau Street was bought out by The Hudson Bay Company. Murphy-Gamble’s, the grand old lady of Sparks Street, became a Simpsons. Meanwhile Eaton’s moved into the Ottawa market, launching an anchor store in the new Bayshore Shopping Centre in Nepean. But perhaps no loss was felt as badly as the closure of Larocque’s, the Lowertown emporium that catered primarily to Ottawa’s francophone community. On 11 September 1971, the Ottawa Journal revealed that the venerable store, a fixture at the corner of Rideau and Dalhousie Streets for more than fifty years, would be closing its doors for good at the end of the year. Staff had already been given their notices. It was the end of an era. Read more here click

Hidden Creeks, the Bywash and Sinkholes

Documenting Mr.and Mrs. William Fest Transportation Building or—I Want Candy

Coderre Grocery Store — Remembering M. P. “Mickey” Coderre

Coderre Grocery Store — Remembering M. P.   “Mickey” Coderre

photo- almonte.com


Forty two years is more than half of the allotted span of life, but that is the length of time that Mr. M. P. Coderre has been in the grocery business on Bridge Street. Now Mr. Coderre is in the process of selling his business and property although the deal is not completed. He is holding an auction sale of household furniture on Saturday, July 28 but expects to be in town for at least a month after that date. He plans to retire and live with relatives in Ottawa.

During the 42 years he has been in business, Mr. Coderre has seen a lot of ups and downs. He often remarks that the worst days of.his career were the hungry 30’s. It was so hard to turn people down and it was also difficult to run a business with too much credit. Mr. Coderre was known to have a kindly heart and he was in a difficult position. But he also had a practical mind and helped people of little means by not allowing them to buy things that could be classed as luxury items.

He was highly regarded for his integrity and built up a solid, steady business. Mr. Coderre was an active member of the Almonte Chamber of Commerce and it was at his invitation that John Fisher of the CBC first visited Almonte and fell in love with it. He served as councillor for four years and headed the polls the first time he was elected. He served as Mayor of Almonte for one day but that is another story. He has the unusual initials of M. P. and often joked that he was the only man in Almonte entitled to use those initials without going before the county electorate.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 May 1952, Fri  •  Page 17

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 Dec 1997, Thu  •  Page 45

My father, M. P. Coderre, was born in Almonte in 1886, some 30 years after the alleged visit, but he was very knowledgeable and proud of the town’s history. He was a merchant on Bridge Street for over 40 years and during that time he served as a town councilor, mayor (for seven days) and as a member and officer of the chamber of commerce. He never missed an opportunity to talk about the famous people who came to or from Almonte. It was his persistence that brought John Fisher, later known as “Mr. Canada,” to Almonte in the early ’40s to research a radio show that he gave on Almonte. The name of that particular episode was “The general would be pleased.” The story of the town’s naming, as I heard from my father, is that by the mid-i8oos, four communities, each with its own name, had grown up around the mills that were powered by the three sets of waterfalls on the Mississippi River. Waterford was one name in 1853, but there were also the villages of Victoria and Ramsay. 

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 May 1942, Sat  •  Page 27

George E. Gomme was president of the recently re-activated Almonte Chamber of Commerce. George and his executive had one main objective in mind: to attract new industries to town and to encourage prospective builders as far away as Ottawa.

Dr. B. W. Pickering, A. McCormick; R. J. France Scott Ottawa, to settle in Almonte. Other Chamber of Commerce officers concentrating on the problem of revitalizing this once busy textile town are: Karl Paupst, vice-president; P. W. Strickland, second vice-president; C. J. Newton, secretary-treasurer and eight council members: E. S. Winslow Spragge- Dr. B.W. Pickering, Louis Peterson, M. P. Coderre, W. A MCormick, R.J. France, W.E. Scott and Albert T. Gale.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Jul 1956, Thu  •  Page 18

Starts in Almonte
Returning to his native town, Dr, Kelly practised for several years with the late Dr,. Lynch and then
hung out his shingle on Bridge Street in an office located next the store of Mr. M. P. Coderre. In 1902, he
purchased the residence and surgery of the late Dr. Burns, where he lived and practised up to the time of his retirement in 1945 when he purchased the present family home on Elgin Street

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 May 1943, Tue  •  Page 11

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
14 Nov 1942, Sat  •  Page 4

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Sep 1955, Wed  •  Page 2
Name:Michael Peter Coderre
Birth Year:abt 1886
Birth Place:Almonte. Ontario
Marriage Date:21 Nov 1932
Marriage Place:Lanark, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father:Peter Coderre
Mother:Anne Coderre
Spouse:Alice Agnes Burke

Michael Peter Coderre
8 May 1886Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
4 May 1961 (aged 74)Lucerne, Outaouais Region, Quebec, Canada
Saint Marys Roman Catholic Cemetery
Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada

Pakenham General Store 1987–Yvonne Hayes

Tosh’s Butcher Store 1910

Clippings McCormicks Almonte

Memories of Stedmans Almonte

Remembering the Martins — Hardware Store Almonte

McAdams Store Almonte

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

Needham’s Shoe Store in Almonte- Memories

The Best Adult Brownie Recipe with a side of the Vice Squad — A Flash Cadilac Story

The Best Adult Brownie Recipe with a side of the Vice Squad — A Flash Cadilac Story
Linda Seccaspina shares three fabulous shots from a Flash Cadillac photoshoot at Ottawa’s Skateway Roller Disco in 1979.
Writes Linda:
“The other day Lost Ottawa posted memories of Skateway on Morrison Drive, which is now Lee Valley Tools.
We did a few fashion shows there and this is one from 1979. When I look at the clothing now, I realize we were lunar years away from everyone in fashion LOLOL!
My store Flash Cadillac on Rideau Street in Ottawa was the first business in Canada to start using lycra spandex for active wear and bathing suits. I remember trudging down to New York for it, and also that the first plant to begin making cotton lycra (in the 1980s) was in Granby, Quebec.
Memories of the past… Thanks Lost Ottawa for reminding me.”

My books always include a recipe or two, and the day I found this recipe I was almost arrested by the Vice Squad. I was holding  a basic Brownie recipe the whole time while I was arguing with someone who thought he was Serpico.

Why was I arguing with him you ask?

Because, he thought I was letting children play with vibrators.

Was he kidding me?

I may be a few fries short of a Happy Meal sometimes, but that would never happen under my watch.

Flash Cadilac,  as most of you remember, had a small naughty novelty section. It wasn’t huge, and maybe all of three shelves in a plexi glass cube that had a lock on it. It was way before it’s time, and I bought everything from a place of ” ill repute” on Canal Street in New York City. It was harmless stuff in those days. A few cheezy gaping mouth rubber dolls, vibrators, creams, and lotions. Nothing  like on the scales of today.

A customer of mine got so furious I would not take back a dress she had worn a few times. I told her I would give her a credit, but no refund, as it was ready for the trash. I thought I was being more than fair. So, she did what every other angry customer does. She called the Vice Squad and told them I was allowing children to play with sex toys from the case. Because my store was so eclectic and then there were the assumptions that I was created in hell, they believed her. 

A day later after the incident, as I was carrying on a conversation clutching the recipe, a crowd of lumberjack storm troopers came busting through my store looking for the alleged toddlers playing with the battery operated devices. They ravaged the place looking for over an hour.  As I stood there arms akimbo wearing a Dolly Parton wig they tried to bust me for a gift box holding a set of gold balls.

Gold Balls?

Yes, these cracker jacks were mixed up just like I was when I first bought those things.  I thought the Harmony Balls were for hand relaxation at first. Then, I was told the hard cold truth, and realized that the strings attached to the balls were not for Eastern peace and tranquility.

So I asked them to show me where Ben Wa Balls were illegal.They couldn’t, so they moved on.

So Francois, as I shall call him, asked me why I was allowing young children to play with the pleasure goods.I began to laugh, and became furious, and said he was seizing everything that looked questionable. For another hour they pillaged every inch. All they could come up with was one lone item. It was a hot pink vibrator that had a bear climbing up a tree. Turned on, the bear went into motion. The rest you can discuss amongst yourselves. He put it barely three inches from my face and said,

“This MADAM will be seized.”

I began to laugh, and told him if he thought that looked like a realistic male penis, then he had an anatomy problem.

Off they went with the contraband vibrator never ever to be seen again. Myself? I went home and made the brownies.

So that’s today’s story girls and boys. The secret to these brownies is two things:

Do not over bake them, and the frosting. Putting the frosting on top of the hot  brownies makes it turn to a fudge consistency.

          Linda’s Adult Brownies

8 tbsp butter, margarine or whatever you use.

4 ounces of semisweet chocolate coarsely chopped up. I use chocolate chips

2 large eggs at room temperature

Pinch of salt

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 cup  chopped walnuts if you want nuts.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Lightly grease a ‘square’ pan

I melt the butter in the microwave, but you can  also melt the butter in a small sauce pan over low heat.

Next add the chocolate. I take the bowl out of the microwave and add the chips. The  I nuke it for 45 seconds. I take it out and stir and voila, they are all melted.

In a large bowl combine the eggs and salt and bet them for 30 seconds.

Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until light. About a minute or so.

Add the vanilla, the melted chocolate, and butter and beat until smooth.

With a spoon, stir in the flour until just blended. Add the walnuts if you want them and pour into prepared pan.

Bake about 25 minutes.

I wait until they are firm on top, but never crusty and pulling away from the sides of the pans.

Keep them moist people.


4 ounces of chocolate either coarsely chopped or again I use the chocolate chips.

A couple tablespoons of butter or it’s equivalent

1  1/2 cups confectioners sugar

1/4 cup of milk, cream or Carnation Milk and keep adding if needed.

I melt the butter and chocolate the same way as the brownies in the microwave.

You do not want a thick or runny frosting.

Medium consistency, so it flows like lava on the top of the brownies.

When the brownies come out of the oven, immediately put the frosting on top. Yes, Immediately.

You need a few hours for the frosting to set, but it is so worth it.


I also can put peanut butter chips in the batter, and then sub the chocolate chips in the frosting for the peanut butter ones for a sort of peanut butter cup brownie also shown in the picture.

But those are only for a real sweet tooth as they are very sweet, but still luscious.

Memories of Flash Cadilac 174 Rideau Street Ottawa– 1976-1998

The Wall of Shame
Behind the cash register at Flash Cadilac lay the notorious Wall of Shame. There taped to the wall were 100’s of words of wisdom, and autographed photos from the “famous, and not so famous”. What no one knows is the creation of the wall began as a joke.

It was a dark Montreal smoke-filled bar on Mountain Street. Idolizing Leonard Cohen, I quoted his poetry to anyone that would listen. It was the 60’s, minds were changing, and I still considered myself part of someone’s, okay, anyone’s, Beat Generation.

Years later, on my way to a Heavy Metal Convention in Los Angeles, my friend Andrew Searle and I spotted a few celebrities on board.
Cohen himself was on our flight to Los Angeles with his much younger girlfriend Rebecca De Mornay. When the plane landed, we pushed our way to the front to get a glimpse of him.

I remember taking his hand while we both stood by the baggage turnstile, and gushed like a smitten teenager. Completely ignoring Christopher Plummer on the other side, I told him about my never ending love for him. He smiled, in that Leonard Cohen sort of way and said softly,

“My dear the years have been kind to you”.

Leonard then autographed one of my manila envelopes, and when I returned to Ottawa I cut out his autograph from the envelope and taped it to the wall. I turned, and jokingly said to my staff:

“Can you believe that man is dating someone years younger than all of us? Now, that’s a damn shame!”

And so, “The Wall of Shame” was born.


Jimmy Sweeney Bag Boy at Cliff and Muriel Black’s Grocery Store – Beth Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney Bag Boy at Cliff and Muriel Black’s Grocery Store – Beth Sweeney

All photos Beth Sweeney with thanks

Memories and pics…back in the day…
When I was a child I used to walk to Cliff and Muriel Blacks grocery store on the Townline

They were great people. My brother Jimmy Sweeney used to be a bag boy, pumped gas. I am sure there were a lot of local teens who worked there over the years. Cliff and Muriel also owned a cottage beside the one my dad built on the Mississippi Lake. Great memories! The establisment was taken over by a Mr. Livingston and in later years…a couple of great brothers took it over!

Pic of my Dad’s cottage. I was so proud of his carpentry!

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When You Needed “Variety” You Went to Art’s or the Wayside Inn 1940s — Photos

August 1949 Introducing Johnson and McCreary –Almonte

August 1949 Introducing Johnson and McCreary –Almonte

On Saturday of this week the firm of Johnson and McCreary opens, its new men’s furnishings store on Mill Street. This is the most modernly appointed establishment of its kind in the town and people are invited to visit it on opening day or whenever convenient thereafter. Mr. A. C. Johnson started business here four years ago as a haberdasher in a store located in the Illingworth Block on Bridge Street.

He was successful, but his quarters were cramped and he decided to expand. After forming a partnership with his brother-inlaw, Mr. H. H. McCreary, the two partners purchased a larger frame building on Mill Street owned by the late P. J. Rooney. Previous to renovating this property it had housed two stores on the ground floor and an apartment on the second flat.

Messrs. Johnson and McCreary converted the ground floor space into one large store with modern furnishings and large plate glass^windows running along the entire front, bordered with vitrolite. The outside was covered with white asbestos siding. In a short time they changed what had been a rather ordinary looking structure on the town’s main street into a most cerditable place of business.

The firm of Johnson & . McCreary have a modern and extensive stock of men’s furnishings which the public is invited to look over, as well as the new store, in advertisements which appear on pages two and seven today. The apartment upstairs was also thoroughly renovated and will be occupied by the partners.

JOHNSON, Andrew Carson (Former owner Johnson Clothing Founding Member Almonte Fish & Game Club Past President Almonte Lions Club Member Mississippi Lodge AF/AM #147) In hospital at Ottawa with his beloved and devoted daughter Bonnie at his side on Monday, March 14, 2005. A. Carson Johnson of Almonte, age 81 years Beloved husband of the late Ottie M. McCreary and dearly loved father of Heather Morphy (Ken) of Brockville and Bonnie Johnson-Rourke (Peter) of Ottawa. Predeceased by his brothers Eldon, Willis and Howard. Very special and loved grandpa of Kimberly Ann Friends may call at the C. R. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL 127 Church Street, Almonte for visiting on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and where a complete Service including committal will be held in the Chapel on Saturday at 11 a.m., Rev. Jim Ferrier officiating. Spring interment Auld Kirk Cemetery, Almonte. Donations in memory of Carson may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada and would be appreciated by his family. Masonic members will assemble in the Chapel of the funeral home for Service Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. Published on March 16, 2005

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

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What Was the David Harum Ice Cream Sundae Sold in Lanark County?

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Giant Tiger Photos — Where Everyone Knows Your Name — Part 1

Giant Tiger Photos — Where Everyone Knows Your Name — Part 1
Please play while viewing the photos

Sometimes you wanna go
Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came
You wanna be where you can see (ah-ah)
Our troubles are all the same (ah-ah)
You wanna be where everybody knows your name

Thanks Giant Tiger

61 Bridge Street Carleton Place–Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to Rubino’s/Giant Tiger

Sharon FordI think it is the first owner of Giant Tiger in CP. His name was Bert.

Kim Martin Elder— People have identified this as a Giant Tiger– with Betty Currie on the right.. I know you were just a sweet babe when this was taken but any ideas if this was the Bridge Street store? Anyone? Yes, it was the Bridge Street store

Giant Tiger- The Mews
The old Giant Tiger at the Mews..
Sharon Ford Photo
May 25, 2020  · 

Petya Lowes posted this yesterday…Congratulations!!!! **12 years ago today we opened the Giant Tiger on Coleman. I have been in this store since it opened–**Great pic of Ken and Helen Anderson. Really fantastic people.
Kim Martin Elder
May 25, 2020  ·

Kim Martin Elder

May 25, 2020

Petya Lowes-Linda Seccaspina
December 16, 2019  

The man called Ray 🙂

Have you noticed this on the side of Giant Tiger?I was searching for something about a Munroe child being an acrobat in the New York World’s Fair and somehow I came across this video and text from the Carleton Place Library. What happened April 9th 1917?The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought during the First World War from 9 to 12 April 1917. … The battle took place on the Western Front, in northern France. The four divisions of the Canadian Corps, fighting together for the first time, attacked the ridge from 9 to 12 April 1917 and captured it from the German army.McDiarmid Brothers— from The Carleton Place LibraryWe are so honoured and proud to share with you this local documentary prepared in 2007 to commemorate the 90thanniversary of the Battle at Vimy Ridge produced by our summer student, Emma Kinsman. The video was presented and placed at the Perth Regional Historica Fair in 2007.From the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumThe video centers on the McDiarmid brothers of Carleton Place. Four of the six McDiarmid brothers enlisted in the First World War with only 1 returning home. Harold and Victor McDiarmid were killed at Vimy Ridge, and Arthur, who returned home to die after being exposed to poisonous gas.Following the war, Mary McDiarmid and her only surviving veteran son, Leo, unveiled the Cenotaph in Carleton Place which was created to honour the town’s fallen sons.his documentary was made in 2007 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle at Vimy Ridge. It was produced by Emma Kinsman about the McDiarmid brothers of Carleton Place. Four of the sixMcDiarmid brothers enlisted in the First World War with only one returning home. Harold and Victor McDiarmid were killed at Vimy Ridge, and Arthur returned home to die after being exposed to poisonous gas. Following the war, Mary McDiarmid and her only surviving veteran son, Leo, unveiled the new Cenotaph in Carleton Place which was created to honour the town’s fallen sons.Photo—Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumThis is the second panel of the Giant Tiger Mural. It’s a full one! From left to right: Mary McDiarmid, local teacher and David Findlay, founder of the Findlay Foundry, with the Gillies McLaren sawmill and workers in the background, at center, an ariel view of Carleton Place showing the Findlay Foundry on the north bank of the river, a wagon load of stoves heading to the train station to be shipped and the CPR train bridge with a train heading north. Various lumber mills, churches and our town hall fill the background. Carleton Place has a full and varied history!–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

August 28, 2019  · Shared with PublicPublic

CP Retail News.. Seems like Giant Tiger has some new carts as demonstrated by Sophia Seccaspina LOL- Photo taken by Heather Lalonde
Petya Lowes
November 26, 2020  · 
yes that was me in the Giant tiger costume in 2014 Carleton place Santa clause Parade.
Carleton Place Community Christmas Dinner
December 17, 2019  · 
We love this Town and Community…
A Huge Thanks to Giant Tiger in Carleton Place for your amazing support and Contribution!!
We beyond appreciate it
Remember to support them

Kim Martin Elder
November 28, 2009  · 

— with Petya Thomas Lowes and Rob Lacasse.

Kim Martin Elder with Scoon
August 15, 2008 

Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

— with Rob Lacasse and Deb StGermain.

Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

— with Deb StGermain. and Wendy!!!!!
Photo- College Street and Bridge by Mike Jeays

Where everybody knows your name (where everybody knows your name)
And they’re always glad you came
Where everybody knows your name (where everybody knows your name)
And they’re always glad you came
Where everybody knows your name (where everybody knows your name)
And they’re always glad you came
Where everybody knows your name (where everybody knows your name)

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Giant Tiger Photos — Where Everyone Knows Your Name — Part 2– Thirteen Years ago..

Giant Tiger Photos — Where Everyone Knows Your Name — Part 2– Thirteen Years ago..

Play whilte looking at photos

Giant Tiger Photos —Giant Tiger Photos — Where Everyone Knows Your Name — Part 1

Kim Martin Elder shared a memory.

 It’s been 13 years since we moved into our “new” location and there’s been lots of changes over the years. I look at the photos and have great memories of that day. Our part timers, who seem so young back then, have all gone on to do their own things…jobs, marriages, and families of their own. I feel old now. 😄 Then there are the “lifers”. We’re still hanging in there, but we have more grey hair now and move a little slower these days. 😆 Lastly, there are the people who are no longer with us…the ones who moved onto other jobs, the lucky ones who retired and the ones we lost…Francine and Kristine, you’ll always be in our hearts.

Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

— with Ryan St Germain and Stephanie K.
Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008 
Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

The big unveiling.
Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

— with Rob Lacasse.
Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 
Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

— with Ashley Ellyce and 2 others.
Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

— with Ashley Ellyce and 2 others.
Scott Reid-Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

Ray Dulmage-Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

This is where the big guy starts to get all choked up, and we think it’s so cute.
Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 

Kim Martin Elder
Kim Martin Elder
Kim Martin Elder

Also read:

Giant Tiger Photos — Where Everyone Knows Your Name — Part 1

J. Paul’s Store in Clayton –Putting Together a Story — Joseph Paul and Margaret Rath Paul

J. Paul’s Store in Clayton –Putting Together a Story — Joseph Paul and Margaret Rath Paul
1903– Almonte gazette

All photos from Rose Mary Sarsfield book-****Whispers from the Past, History and Tales of Clayton” If you want to purchase a book please email Rose Mary Sarsfield at rose@sarsfield.ca or call me at 613-621-9300, or go to the Clayton Store, or Mill Street Books in Almonte.

I saw this ad in the 1903 Almonte Gazette and it intrigued me– so this is what I found.

According to Rose Mary Sarsfield’s book about Clayton called Whispers From the Past– Mrs. Dickenson sold her store in Clayton to Joseph Paul in the 1896. Joseph Paul and his wife Maggie ( margaret Rath) ran the store situated at the Darling Road and the Main Street. Paul put on an iron roof on the store in 1903.

In 1903 the first telephone office was situated in Mr. Paul’s store: where all messages, whether public or private will be attended to promptly. Johnnie Erskine’s father bought the store from Mr. Paul in 1905.

All photos from Rose Mary Sarsfield book-****Whispers from the Past, History and Tales of Clayton” If you want to purchase a book please email Rose Mary Sarsfield at rose@sarsfield.ca or call me at 613-621-9300, or go to the Clayton Store, or Mill Street Books in Almonte.

All photos from Rose Mary Sarsfield book-****Whispers from the Past, History and Tales of Clayton” If you want to purchase a book please email Rose Mary Sarsfield at rose@sarsfield.ca or call me at 613-621-9300, or go to the Clayton Store, or Mill Street Books in Almonte.

1921 census

Name:Joseph Paul
Racial or Tribal Origin:Canadian
Marital Status:Married
Birth Year:abt 1862
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1 Jun 1921
House Number:2
Residence Street or Township:Country
Residence City, Town or Village:Town of Almonte
Residence District:Lanark
Residence Province or Territory:Ontario
Residence Country:Canada
Relation to Head of House:Head
Spouse’s Name:Margaret Paul
Father Birth Place:Ontario
Mother Birth Place:Ontario
Can Speak English?:Yes
Can Speak French?:No
Religion:Church Of England
Can Read?:Yes
Can Write?:Yes
Months at School:X0-13
Employment Type:2 Wage Earner
Nature of Work:Fathers Farm B
Out of Work?:No
Duration of Unemployment:0
Duration of Unemployment (Illness):0
Enumeration District:97
Sub-District:Almonte (Town)
Sub-District Number:45
Home Owned or Rented:Owned
Monthly Rental:BB
Class of House:Single House
Materials of Construction:Wood
Number of Rooms:6
Enumerator:J. Paul
District Description:Ward 3, Polling Division No. 2 – Comprising the remainder or balance of the said Third Ward
Neighbours:View others on page
Line Number:3
Family Number:2
Household MembersAgeRelationshipJoseph Paul59HeadMargaret Paul65Wife

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Joseph E. Paul

DEATH1935 (aged 75–76)
BURIALSaint Pauls Anglican Church CemeteryAlmonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada

Joseph E. Paul Called By Death 1935

Former Almonte Resident Passes Away in Carleton Place.

After a somewhat brief illness Mr. Joseph E. Paul, on of our esteemed citizens, passed away at his home on William Street, in the early hours of Sunday morning, of a heart affection. Mr. Paul was in his 76th year. He was born in Admaston, Renfrew County, in December, 1859, a son of the late Robert L. Paul and his wife Sarah Houston. After receiving his early schooling he took a commercial course in a Brockville College and later went into business in Clayton village, which he conducted successfully for some years. After disposing of this business he moved to Almonte, where he resided for many years and about three years ago came to Carleton Place. Mr. Paul was twice married, his first wife, Margaret Rath predeceased him, leaving three sons – Robert, Clare, and Everett. Clare enlisted in the Great War and became one of Canada’s heroes who gave their lives for the cause of democracy. Robert died four years ago, and Everett, whose home is in Montreal, was at his bather bedside when the final summons came. Three years ago, Mr. Paul married Isabella Wilson Butler, who predeceased him by some 13 months. One brother and three sisters survive – W. B. Paul, of Stittsville, Mrs. Geo. Robertson and Mrs. Alex Rath of Clayton, and Mrs. Wm. Robertson of Haileybury. Mr. Paul was a member of the Anglican Church and a member of the Masonic Order belonging to Mississippi Lodge, Almonte. He was fond of music, had been a former member of the Almonte Band and was latterly a member of the Band her, and the members of both these organizations attended at the funeral and paid the last tribute of respect to their late comrade. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon to St. James Church, where the service was conducted by Rev. Mr. Bruce, assisted by Rev. J. J. Lowe of Almonte. Before leaving the home the Masons conducted a brief service. At St. Paul’s cemetery, Almonte, the Masonic service was concluded by Bros. D. B. Taylor, Dr. W. M. Johnson and Ernest Adams. The pallbearers were Bros. D. B. Talor, John Lindsay, Ed. Nicholson, Edgar Lee, Thos. Barclay and Chas. Baird. Many floral tributes were received. Amongst them, Wreaths from: Mississippi Lodge No. 147, A. F. and A. M., Almonte, Carleton Place Horticultural Society and the Carleton Place Band. Among those present from out of town were Mrs. R. Paul, Mrs. J. J. Dunlop and Mrs. J. A. Charbonneau, of Ottawa, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson, Mr. Harry Wilson and Mrs. Dr. Samis of Lanark.

Joseph Paul’s second wife

Mrs. Joseph Paul

Another of our native born citizens passed to her reward on Wednesday last in the person of Mrs. Joseph Paul, William street. Mrs. Paul the youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wilson, her maiden name Isabella Bell Wilson. She was twice married, her first husband William Butler of Drummond, who died some ten years ago. Two years ago last April she married Mr Joseph Paul, of Almonte, and since their marriage they have made their home in Carleton Place. Mrs. Paul had been ailing for some time, but her death was not thought so near and the final message came as quite a shock to her family. A life long member of the Anglican Church and a zealous worker in St. James congregation, Mrs. Paul was widely known and highly respected. She Is survived by her husband, one brother, Mr. Robert Wilson of Lanark., and two sisters Mrs. John McArton of Ramsay and Mrs. Margaret Bourk of Carleton Place, who have the sympathy of many friends in their bereavement. The funeral took place on Friday afternoon to St. James Church and cemetery and was largely attended. The service was conducted by the rector, Rev. C. L. G. Bruce. The pallbearers were Messrs; Robt. Wilson, J. A. McArton, W. B. Paul, 0. M. Warren, D. R. McNeely and H. Bowland. Many beautiful floral tributes were received. Among those from a distance who were present were Mr. Wm. Moore and the Miss Moore of Brockville; Mr. and Mrs. R. Wilson and Mrs. Dr. Charbonneau of Lanark; Miss M. Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Dunlop of Ottawa; Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Paul and Mrs. F. Bradley of Stittsville, and many from Almonte, Clayton, Ramsay and other places. Carleton Place Herald. 

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Clayton Ontario History
November 9, 2019  · 

Arthur Clare Paul was the son of Joseph Paul and Margaret Rath who owned the store for a time in Clayton. Clare was born August 13, 1893. He enlisted in Toronto on October 13, 1915. He was a Gunner with the 9th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery. He died at Passchendaele, West Flanders, Belgium.He was buried in the Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.

Clippings McCormicks Almonte

Clippings McCormicks Almonte
March 1970 Almonte Gazette
should read Tosh’s restaurant
1976 Blast from the Past from Grace Drummond

Judy CressmanMy Mom , Genny Southwell, worked there for a while.

Lisa Stanley SheehanOur neighbour Myrtle Walker , can’t recall if Grace was there too?

Arlene SavardLoved that store, great friendly staff

Judy Reid HamreMy grade 12 grad dress came from there – not that our grad was anything other than a gathering in the gym to walk across the stage, receive your diploma and sit down.

Gwen HazelwoodMcCormicks Ladies Wear. (Where I bought my wedding dress.😊)

Peggy ByrneYep, bought half slips at McCormick’s Ladies Wear in downtown Almonte.

Karen HirstHarry Gunn’s grocery was called Red & White. Mr. Gunn later bought McCormicks Ladies Wear lower Mill ST., it was later purchased by Geoff and Peggy Hirst—building is now where Lee Valley is located.

oan ArmstrongA lot of memories, I wish I could remember it all ….Irval motors where Don Coady is, oh – before that Snedden’s drugstore, NS Lee Hardware – across the street Peterson’s Icecream, Hydro office – McCormick’s ladies wear, Proctor’s shoe store on corner of Brae and Mill.BMO, I forgot Carnegie’s drug store before now😊The Misses Hogans had a military shop somewhere in the area of Baker Bob’s today.Going past BMO all I can remember is Needham’s shoe store, Graham’s drugstore, The Superior.Of course the Pool room corner where Subway was (across from Keepsakes:Cashmere Rose)A garageLots of ???StedmansI hope someone can fill in the blanks.Oh, forgot the Almonte Gazette!

Mary Sterling JarickWhen I came to Canada, we lived above McCormick’s store for about 3 years before moving to Water Street

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
02 Dec 1954, Thu  •  Page 41

38 mill street almonte

Lucy Connelly Poaps scrapbooks..