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Comments and Memories About the Carleton Place Findlay Company

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Comments and Memories About the Carleton Place Findlay Company

 

 

 

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Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

 

Karen Dorman My grandfather Ben Stanzel worked there in shipping until he retired at age 72.
Terry Latham Can recall the sound as you walked by on High St. Every few windows it would change.

Dan Williams My dad Biddy Williams worked there for years along with the future Mayor’s father Cliff Flynn. Dad was secretary of the union I believe. Other memories include the Findlay’s picnics in the park by the canoe club including free hot dogs and ice cream.

Chris Gordon Drum line practice on the foundry floor (Revelliers, or as they were then, the Junior Trumpeters).  My mum worked in the office, my grandfather, Sid Stanfield, worked in the foundry.

Margaret Greer There are still steps down to the river. You can see they are just up from the person sitting on the cement wall. Our Mom use to take us down there after dinner on a hot summer’s day for a cool swim before bed.

 

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Findlays photo- David Findlay-http://www.findlayphoto.ca/findlaysltd/h824914c0#h824914c0

 

Llew Lloyd The ” Findlay Boathouse ” in the rear of the picture was the favourite swimming spot during my Mom’s childhood .

Gary Box When was the building taken down?

Bill Brunton I moved to CP in April 1972 and I remember it was in the process of being torn down then.

Gary Box Thanks Bill, I wasn’t sure I had seen it in the 50’s and 60’s…….but I must have, since we had a cottage on the Lake in the from the 1920’s to 1996 and did our shopping in CP. Mind you I was pretty young then and now I’m pretty old.

 

Michael Doyle My sister and I would deliver sandwiches to my Dad for his lunch. He worked there as a pattern-maker until he left for Montreal in 1939, at the start of the war, to work for Canadian Vickers in Montreal, which had been awarded a contract to build the PBY Flying Boat. Canadian Vickers, a sub of Vickers in England (and subsequently Canadair), was a boat builder and inasmuch as there was no aircraft manufacturer in Canada at the time large enough to handle the contract, they gave it to a boat builder.

 

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Photo- Michael Doyle

 

Doug B. McCarten We used to swim from the concrete steps as well….got caught skinny dipping at night more than once!  I guess my Mom knew where to look lol

 

Glenda Mahoney Skinny dipping of course. Was that not what the stairs  were for?

Llew Lloyd Bryon Wallace and I have referred to it as ” fat dipping ” for quite a few years now .

Doug B. McCarten Llew Lloyd that congers up a completely different image hahahaha

Doug B. McCarten The moulding shop was at the river end of the building…..


Kurt Bigras Poured iron in the moulding shop built stoves in the electrical and painted space heaters Willard Lagree was my foreman great guy

 

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Findlays photo- David Findlay-http://www.findlayphoto.ca/findlaysltd/h824914c0#h824914c0

Doug B. McCarten Spent my time in the moulding shop, electrical, enamel room, japanning room, stock room taking parts to the line…. certainly taught me a very good lesson though! I learned that I needed to go back to school because that was not the life I had envisioned….Great motivation! I loved the people though!


Norma Ford My Dad, Hilton Dorman worked as a moulder for 35 years with Findlay’s. My husband also worked on the shake-out and then as a moulder in Findlay’s Foundry. I had several Uncles and a brother who learned their trade – tool & dye maker at Findlay’s. Findlay’s Foundry was a family business for sure not just for the Findlay Family but for so many other families in Carleton Place. It was an institution. I can remember the smell of the foundry to this day and it is a very good smell.

Doug B. McCarten I agree wholeheartedly, tough tough work in the moulding shop!

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Geez Norma – your family sure did it’s time!!! The summer must have been crazy.

Mike Flint We swam to that spot many times..

Steven Flint Ya. We Did! Then strawberry milkshakes from Granny

Janis Nixon My Grampa worked there.

Bill Brown Grandfather Harvey Campbell worked in the moulding shop and my father worked there for a short time from 1969 until it closed

James R. McIsaac Used to have band practice there in the winter….

Amanda Armstrong Brandon Armstrong ‘s grandfather John Hobbs worked there

Sherri Iona I walked by it every day on my way to and from school. I remember their whistle.

 

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The Demolition of Findlays photo- David Findlay-http://www.findlayphoto.ca/findlaysltd/h824914c0#h824914c0

Cathy Paul Dulmage When I was little my Dad worked there and after I heard the whistle I would go up to the end of the sidewalk to meet him.

Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown My Mom worked there from 1961 to 1965. My Grandpa Ernie Buffam worked there for 40 years, I believe in the Molding Shop.

Bill Crawford My Grandfather was a moulder for many years. My Mum & Dad worked in the electrical dept. for several years as well. The whistle was a constant reminder of the time of day in CP.

Krista Gladish Penson My dad Max Gladish was purchasing agent. I remember as a very young child waiting for him at the High St entrance

Chris Gordon I remember your dad. My Mum Rose Marie (now Amott, then Gordon) worked for him.

Tom Edwards My dad John Edwards worked with Max, Gerry Tinslay, Moff Blaine, Flo Mace and Keith Morris in the office there as well. Remember we used to go to Appleton to visit Andy Gladish now and again and we would drive him into Carleton Place.


Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown And also my Mom.

Tom Edwards Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown I didn’t know that Jo-Anne.

 

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Findlays photo- David Findlay-http://www.findlayphoto.ca/findlaysltd/h824914c0#h824914c0

 

Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown Tom Edwards she be the quiet one like myself-1961-1965 approx

Tom Edwards Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown Dad was there from the time the Dairy closed in Almonte til Findlays closed. Likely about 1965-72.

Tom Edwards LOL I don’t think quiet would be the description either Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown. LOL

 

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Photo Bill Russell

 

Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown My grandpa Buffam was there over 40 years until it closed.

Tom Edwards My grandfather Carney O’Connor worked there forever Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown too. He worked in the plant in the moulding shop. He always talked about Sonny Ferguson who worked there with him. I remember they all bought the Irish Sweepstakes tickets. LOL.

Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown Tom Edwards aww Sonny Ferguson was a great man. My aunt was married to his brother.

Donna Mcfarlane Dad Bill Mccauley got his moulding trade at Davidsons in Ottawa and came to Findlays in 1939 had to quit in 1951 due to health.. went back in 1955 to another shop not sure if it was Enamel shop and was there til they closed

Llew Lloyd Tom Edwards I worked in the enamel shop one summer with Sonny Ferguson . What a character .

Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown Llew Lloyd that’s an understatement! Teresa Ferguson pass on the memories to Chris!

 


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Photo from the Ottawa Citizen 1972 thanks to the kindness of Marion Giles McNeely

Don McNeely and Gordon Lowe

 

 

Bill Crawford Sonny & my dad Doug wired our new house on Dufferin St. in 1959/60. I’m not sure if either of them knew what they were doing, but the place never burned down, so they must have done something right! Mum called it “the house that beer built”.

Llew Lloyd Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown i just realized my interaction with Sonny was from the year before when Brian Ford and I I worked for Cecil Robertson in the oil department and Sonny was the head of the electrical shop . The next summer I worked in the enamel shop and Jack Ferguson was one of the sprayers . He was a laugh as well . I met lots of great people there .

Tom Edwards Bill Crawford I have received many tuning ups from Maude Crawford over the years. Doug used to just laugh whenever she got going. She was best friends with my Aunt Hilda Ferguson.She was a great lady. She took me into her backyard one day and she showed me all the different plants she had. She had about 75 different types of plants and shrubs. 😍😍😍😍

Neil Larmour I played countless hours of hockey there after the factory was gone. As I’m sure 90% if people from town did

Sylvia Giles My Grandpa Gordon (Mom’s Dad)worked there in late 40’s into 50’s he worked in the mould shop and made tools for the foundry!! I think he made 5 cents an hour

Penny Trafford Posting for Garry Gibson. This is a bottle opener his Grandfather Eddie Gibson made in the mold shop. He always carried it in his pocket. Eddie worked for Findlay’s for 35 years. It was passed to Doug Gibson after his death and Doug carried it in his pocket for years, and now belongs to Garry.

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Barry Trafford Penny. Your Uncle Walter worked at Findlay’s also. I think I might of been five. Remember waiting for dad to come home on the steps of our house every night. Would get the odd treat for waiting. Not sure of the year Aunt Reta would know.

Glenda Mahoney My Dad worked there for years. He made so many great friends. Findlays was a big part of our lives.

 

 

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Findlays Limited – Enamel Shop from D. Findlay click here.

Dipping ground coat in enamel shop.

Donna Mcfarlane They were like a family.. when we were burnt out in 1954 and dad was hospitalized for some time due to burns… they took up a collection and paid for the hospital stay… even though dad was not working at the time… he had to quit moulding due to his lungs.. After the fire findlays contacted dad to see if he was interested in working in another area away from the moulding shop.. he was there from 55 til they left cp

Llew Lloyd My grandfather , my mother, and all four of her brothers worked at Findlay’s for various terms . My father worked there before the war and for a short time after he returned from overseas . I worked there for two summers .

Bill Brunton Why were those steps there anyway? In that picture there isn’t one. Was there a Wharf there at some time for something unrelated to Findlays .

Bill Brunton In that picture there isn’t a dock. I meant.

Joann Voyce Lived just up the road on High St opposite the loading dock. Moved there in 1948 and the steps were there then and no dock then

Doug B. McCarten I don’t ever remember anything there just the steps….


Dan Williams I remember them dumping the snow there in winter. Salt and all!

Doug B. McCarten Yup, me too!

 

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Photo Tom Edwards–Karen Lloyd said: Lil McLaren in the striped blouse

 

 

Doug B. McCarten I can still call to mind the fragrance as I walked by, a combination of grease and sweat from the pressing room where sheet metal was formed into parts, the smell of the enamel in the dipping room and the acrid fragrance from the moulding room as the metal was poured into the moulds and as they cooled….. Because we lived just down the street, I also recall the soot like particulate that fell on my Dad’s car (cause I had to wash it lol)! The smoke 💨 stack was literally smoking at certain times. Back in the day before we ever thought about environmental issues or pollution in general.
Man, what a time, everything was so much simpler then….

 

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Llew Lloyd In the summer of 1968 Brian Ford and I worked the evening shift in the oil department . Cecil Robertson was the shop foreman . The next summer I went to see Cecil for a job , but he was full up .He told me that Jack Bittle was looking for help in the enamel shop . Just as I was leaving Cecil asked me if I had a pair of cowboy boots . When I answered yes , he said , ” wear them Jack likes tall people ” . That summer, thanks to Cecil’s advice and Ken Blackburn’s boots, I worked with another group of great guys .

Dan Williams Good one!

Doug B. McCarten Jack Bittle was a terrific guy! Perhaps because I was tall lol! I really loved working for Jack in the Enamel room! Would always ask after me long after I had left Findlays!

Llew Lloyd I have fond memories of Jack Bittle , Doug Gravelle , Vic Tinslay , Cal Drader , Jack Ferguson and Wayne Williams mom whose first name I can’t remember . There was a Sadler who went on to become a custodian at Caldwell school, a McDermid a Ramsbottom and a MacLellan there as well .

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The inner remains of Findlay’s- Photo from the Delmer Dunlop Collection at Archives Lanark


Doug B. McCarten Jack Bittle was a terrific guy! Perhaps because I was tall lol! I really loved working for Jack in the Enamel room! Would always ask after me long after I had left Findlays!

Llew Lloyd I have fond memories of Jack Bittle , Doug Gravelle , Vic Tinslay , Cal Drader , Jack Ferguson and Wayne Williams mom whose first name I can’t remember . There was a Sadler who went on to become a custodian at Caldwell school, a McDermid a Ramsbottom and a MacLellan there as well .

Doug B. McCarten Llew Lloyd thanks so much for the above list all of whom did their best to help me along….. I guess I have been gone too long…..thanks for the reminder!

Doug B. McCarten Llew Lloyd do you remember who it was who ran the japanning room who had lost a finger at work? I can see his face but no name so far! Another great guy who was a long time employee at the plant!

Llew Lloyd Doug B. McCarten Not sure you mean by the japanning room , but if that was where all the raw metal was dipped in various vats , the Sadler whose first name I can’t remember worked there . The men I remember from the oil department are Cecil Robertson , Ab Lynch , a Julian and a McNeely . Cecil Devlin was the night watchman .

Doug B. McCarten Yes, it was just off the enamel room. Dip tanks for sure….japanning is a dip process by hand in a black lacquer type liquid…. the fellow I remember lost his finger when it got caught in the cogs of a wheel attached to another piece of equipment…


Wendy LeBlanc My dad, Ken Robertson, worked in the electric stove department from after WWII until the last part of the 1950s. I have a letter sent to Dad overseas offering him work at Findlay’s when he returned to Canada. It was heavy, dirty work but Dad never seemed to mind. The reason he left the Foundry was he had passed the exam to work at the Post Office where, although the salary was less at the time, there was also less chance of a strike that could lead to a financial disaster for our family.


I worked there for the summer of 1965 following Grade 13. I did day work ( as opposed to piece work the men on the line did) with the women in the electric and gas department. The women worked as hard as the men, always worried that they might possibly run behind with the components the men needed on the line. Everyone I worked with during that summer always gave a 100% effort, and I will never forget their dedication to providing for their families.

Margaret Greer I am enjoying reading how Findlay’s played a part in the lives of Carleton Place people especially our generation.We lived right across the street and although Doug McCarten said there was a smell and some sort of soot we didn’t seem to experience it.

Llew Lloyd The morning , noon and 5 o’clock foundry whistle was a big part of those years .

Joan Stoddart If you missed the whistle Stoddart’s hounds would let you know it had happened

 

Stuart McIntosh I worked in the oil department, enamel shop and moved raw steel and also used the spray booths for piece work. Remembering Mr. Julian. Sonny Ferguson and one of the Lowe lads. Steel cage elevator moving finished stoves to top floor, spot welders, dip tanks, hand- cuffed operators(saved losing fingers) and racing down large wooden stairs at quittin time.
My mother and 2 sisters kept house for the wonderful Findlay family



Toby Randell All that remained by the time I grew up was the cement slabs where buildings once stood and the town would put ice rinks on. Dozens of kids ranging in age from 7/8 up to 18/19 would play shinny. I can remember spending hours and hours on those rinks. It was a great learning experience and I have lasting friendships with people I played with to this day.

Jayne Graham That was the best rink! Sherene Baird and I would skate there at night… me with my Karen Magnusson skates!

Llew Lloyd Bob Rintoul is credited for his work on that rink .


Gwen Spencer Swam there in my early years Changed in the building behind.
Rhonda McRae Landriault My Dad worked at Findlays till they closed..David McRae

Kurt Bigras I quit a week early to try and get work at another foundry no go


Steven Anderson Lived a block away. Remember as a wee lad the demolition. Played on it and remember seeing open stair openings. Then they were sealed up. Played hockey on the site years later!

Elisabeth Hick sadly a young man lost his life when a wall collapsed on him during the demolition

Debbie Garraway I believe it was Clarke Rothwell

Llew Lloyd This accident occurred at the Sewage Treatment Plant .

David McNeely I remember walking by Findlay’s in the winter on way to school and seeing bottles of milk sitting on the window sills to keep cold.You could also take bundles of old newspapers in and get paid.

Bill Brunton I forgot about that huge pile of twisted Steel and cement that was there for what seemed like a long time. We moved to 209 Moffatt Street in 1972 and the building was still there then but not for long after. It was pretty impressive when You think how much space it took up.

 

Debra White
Hi yes my dad Wilmer white worked at findleys and than stayed on when it went to Leigh instruments and than to spar airspace. I would meet my dad for lunch in the spring and summer and we would go to the park and in the winter I would wait for him after work. I would play in the snow beside the for at the far entrance and when it was very cold I would go in and sit on the bench by the water fountain and the doors where they paint this was one of my child memories I will always cherish cause it was about my dad and I.

 

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  23 Jul 1974, Tue,  First Edition,  Page 2

 

 

 

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Memories of Findlays 1972 – “They’re Proud, Independent, and Resigned to the Loss of their Jobs”

Looking for Names- Findlay Foundry

The Inner Remains of the Findlay Foundry

From the Belly of the Findlay Plant….

Someday my Prince Will Buy Me a Cinderella Stove

Findlay’s 101 and a Personal Confession

Where Did you Learn to Swear in Carleton Place?

Funky Soul Stew was Once Cooking in Carleton Place

 

Cooking with Findlay’s — Christine Armstrong’s Inheritance and Maple Syrup Recipe

Commercial Centre Planned for Findlay Site

Walter and John Armour and A Findlay Stove

The Findlay Foundry Ltd. Closes—- The Video

 

 








Memories of Findlays 1972 – “They’re Proud, Independent, and Resigned to the Loss of their Jobs”

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Memories of Findlays 1972 – “They’re Proud, Independent, and Resigned to the Loss of their Jobs”

 

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Photo from the Ottawa Citizen 1972 thanks to the kindness of Marion Giles McNeely

 

May 20 1972

“I just can’t get it through my thick head why they are closing a plant equipped to produce like this one.” Don McNeely who had worked at Findlays for 33 years.

“It’s always been a good life here- I don’t know where I am going to get a job-there are a few possibilities.” Mr. Lowe

There were only about employee 125 cards left beside the time clock where there were once 200. The protests of unions, the public meetings, the anxious intervening of politicians, and the uproar in the House of Commons are finished. And so is Findlays.

“We were going to get another deck, but that’s out”, joked one man looking at the worn out one.–anonymous worker

 

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Photo from the Ottawa Citizen 1972 thanks to the kindness of Marion Giles McNeely

 

“There’s a sentimental attachment to the place and to fellow workers but no one is going around crying”.–anonymous worker who had been at Findlays for 16 years.

“They’re proud, independent,and resigned to the loss of their jobs. It’s management’s democratic right to close down the plant.”–anonymous worker

“I did some bricklaying work once, but it took forever to do the calculations.”-Milt who never finished Grade 6 and planned to return to school.

 

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Photo from the Ottawa Citizen 1972 thanks to the kindness of Marion Giles McNeely

 

“The only jobs you can get are ones nobody else wants. Who wants to work for $1.85 an hour.”-Alfred, an immigrant who had worked for two years at Findlays. (Findlay salary was $2.16)

“There is some possibility that the enamelling department could continue to do custom work, but we don’t know where the money would come from to finance the operation.”- Gerry 14 year veteran of Findlays

“It’s almost as if they bled this company dry to keep the other going.”  (Montmagny Plant) Gerry 14 year veteran of Findlays

 

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Photo from the Ottawa Citizen 1972 thanks to the kindness of Marion Giles McNeely

Don McNeely and Gordon Lowe

 

Mr. McNeely was considering a job in Smiths Falls but he didn’t know if he would take it because he didn’t want  to do all the highway driving.

“There isn’t much work here in town and I don’t want to travel”.–Woman who worked in the electrical assembly department for 16 years.

“Maybe things will get better–we’ll have a big party at the end. But, it’s going to be terrible not working.”– another Findlay veteran.

The prospect of years filled with comforting routine finally faded at Findlay’s and all that is left is an empty field.

Found by Bill Russell… thank you

 

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The Findlay Brothers buy the land on High Street–Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 19 Jan 1901, Sat, Page 4

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal20 Aug 1947, WedPage 20

 

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Bill Russell posted this— Yes Linda these were made at the plant on the town line. The pucks were presented to the CJOH No Stars Hockey team at a charity game held at C.P. Arena March Our team was The Findlay Outcasts. Lol

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Photo Bill Russell

Llew Lloyd– Before the Findlay brand of pans were marketed, the men in the moulding shop used to make them on the side for home use. There are still some of them around. They are unlabeled and don’t have the same finishing as the ones produced for sale to the general public .

Bill Russell– There are also some that were reproduced at the Findlay plant on Townline that can be identified by a ditto gun label gun that was attached to the pattern prior to moulding. This was a date code. 

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 Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn came to our Christmas Open House and found his father Clifford in this painting of workers at Findlay’s Limited! You never know what (or who) you’ll find at your local museum! Visit us soon!
 
 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal29 Aug 1934, WedPage 7

 

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Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–‎Findlay Plaque Unveiling 2014– Have you seen the Findlay Plaque on the old Patterson building across from the town hall?

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  23 Jul 1974, Tue,  First Edition,  Page 2

 

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Photo Tom Edwards–Karen Lloyd said: Lil McLaren in the striped blouse

 

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Have you seen the Findlay movie at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum? During WWII, a movie was filmed inside the foundry depicting the war department. The war department was created to produce ammunition boxes and grenade castings. The movie is special in the fact that it captured the large number of women employed atFindlay’s working in the war department.– Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum #strongwomen

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

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

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Looking for Names- Findlay Foundry

The Inner Remains of the Findlay Foundry

From the Belly of the Findlay Plant….

Someday my Prince Will Buy Me a Cinderella Stove

Findlay’s 101 and a Personal Confession

Where Did you Learn to Swear in Carleton Place?

Funky Soul Stew was Once Cooking in Carleton Place

 

Cooking with Findlay’s — Christine Armstrong’s Inheritance and Maple Syrup Recipe

Commercial Centre Planned for Findlay Site

Walter and John Armour and A Findlay Stove

The Findlay Foundry Ltd. Closes—- The Video

 

 

 

CLIPPED FROM
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 May 1964, Sat  •  Page 1

Findlay’s 101 and a Personal Confession

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A few have asked me why  I write very little about Findlay’s and Roy Brown. Well, not to make light of them, as they are very important to the community of Carleton Place, BUT I have always been a believer that there is way more to the history of Carleton Place than these two subjects.

I believe from the bottom of my heart that Findlay’s and Roy Brown are at the top of the Carleton Place food chain, but it is, and was, the people of Carleton Place that make the history. The citizens personally shaped the town to what it is today.

I give you Findlay’s Foundry Basic 101 with facts taken from the Ottawa Citizen archives and Howard Morton Brown. If you have any personal memories please share them as that is what I am interested in recording.

So the firm of Findlays Limited dates back to 1858 when a Scottish moulder, David Findlay, father of the late David and William Findlay, migrated to Canada from Renfrewshire Scotland. Findlay originally settled in Perth, but one day in 1860 he walked the 20 miles from Perth to Carleton Place and saw great opportunity in our fair village for a good moulder.

So he began a small foundry in an old log barn on High Street and did jobbing work, made ploughs and any castings which were needed in our community. When he began his business his working capital was barely $30.

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Photo from —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

When Findlay wanted to melt iron he sent out a call and the farmers in the vicinity came with their teams to Carleton Place over the difficult corduroy roads. Each of them took turns on an old type of merry go round horse power. Horse power took the circular sweeping motion of a horse hitched to a pole, connected to the center axis of the horse power. Through a series of gears, the device multiplied and transformed the animal’s muscle power into mechanical power.

In 1876 he began to manufacture stoves, and due to the quality of his product his business grew steadily. As the business extended and the family grew up the elder sons were associated with the father in the work and in 1885, David and William were taken into partnership under the firm name of David Findlay & Sons. David Findlay, Sr., died in 1890 and on the day of his funeral the stores had the blinds drawn as the cortege passed up Bridge Street and several flags were flown at half-mast.

The business grew from a one-man operation to employing more than 400 people in 1953. Everyone that worked in that plant had  holidays with pay, group sickness, accident and hospitalization insurance and a profit sharing plan was available to everyone in the Findlay organization. The vast foundry with worldwide appeal managed by four generations of Findlays closed in 1974.

Mike Doyle added:
Linda, I really appreciate receiving your “Findlay’s 101” – it is very dear to my family. My father, Meyer Francis Doyle worked for Findlay’s back in the 30’s. We lived not far from the foundry at 26 Joseph Street. My dad, a pattern-maker, was recruited in 1939 by Canadian Vickers in Montreal, a ship-building company, as it had just received a large contract to build a “Flying Boat”, the PBY Canso aircraft, for the war effort. His trade was very much in demand and he continued to work for Canadian Vickers through their name change to Canadair and their move to St Laurent outside of Montreal He only ever had two job in is life – Findlay’s and Canadair (today it is Bombardier). Your story and photos will be come part of my family’s history. Thank you.
 
Wendy LeBlanc added:
Whether or not family members worked there – and let’s face it, ox families did have at least one person working there – the foundry literally loomed large in the community, just by sheer size alone. But, there was no way you could escape its presence with the whistle blowing at 7:50 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 12:50 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. That whistle ran our lives during the week. Mum would have to serve dinner at 12:10 sharp and supper at 5:10 – Dad had his blackened hands to clean with SNAP before meals and it took him only 5 minutes to get home. We’d be admonished as kids to be home ‘by the whistle’ … or else! I still often think of it and actually miss it; it sure gave order to the day for the whole community.
 
Tracy Porteous-Anderson– Thank you for writing about Findlay’s. My grandfather use to work there. He made a small square frying pan among other things..He later in years gave me the small green frying pan and I still have and cherish it.
 

Marlene Springer— I remember this well having lived on Moffat Street and hearing the noon and 5 o’clock whistle, the dog behind us use to howl at that whistle. When I started to walk across town to Caldwell School in 1967 I would walk past this old brick foundry which extended from Frank Moon’s little machine shop up to Bennett’s Chev Old’s garage and showroom for the new cars. Ah memories of the good old days. I have dozen’s more that my dad knew.

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John Armour–My Grandfather, Walter Armour, worked at Findlay’s for sixty years. (I worked 25 and retired)…

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Findlay-Foundry-River-Shot

Photo from —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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Photo from —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

 

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Photo from —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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Photo from —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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Related Reading: 

Cooking with Findlay’s — Christine Armstrong’s Inheritance and Maple Syrup Recipe

Where Did you Learn to Swear in Carleton Place?

Funky Soul Stew was Once Cooking in Carleton Place

 

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Findlay Foundry plaque unveiled at 170 High Street in Carleton Place

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Text below and photo from Heritage Carleton Place

It was acquired by Findlay, a Scottish immigrant who had settled in Perth prior to arriving in Carleton Place in 1860. He first built a log cabin with his small foundry behind. Here he produced castings for ploughs and coolers. When this brick house was built in 1874, the log building became the foundry office. A memorial playground and cairn mark the sites of these original structures.

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This is part of the Findlay Memorial Cairn, located on the site of the first foundry on High Street. It gets missed, tucked away on the north side of High Street in a tiny little park with a shuffleboard court!

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  19 Jan 1901, Sat,  Page 4

 

 

CLIPPED FROM
The Sun Times
Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
30 Dec 1932, Fri  •  Page 7