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Taxi Rides –Beer Rides 1930’s and Local Taxi Driver “Kid (Norman) Bryce”

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Taxi Rides –Beer Rides 1930’s and Local Taxi Driver “Kid (Norman) Bryce”
Mademoiselle Decourcelle. The world’s first woman taxi driver, dressed in uniform, circa 1909

July 1939

As soon as hotels in Perth and Smiths Falls secure licence to sell beer and wine local taxi drivers will inaugurate a cheap nightly service from Almonte to those places it is understood. Word that no licences would be granted in Almonte or Carleton Place because of local option came as disappointment to thirsty people who had looked forward to beer by the glass in these towns.

Drivers of cars on the other hand, stand to benefit under the government’s ruling and will run a regular service to neighbouring towns as soon as the hotels open their beverage rooms. Whether the Premier will find some way of preventing these Almonte and Carleton Place commuters from patronizing hotels in other places remains to be seen. No representations have been made to him on that score up to the present time though it is possible something may be done about the situation in the near future. Local bootleggers, it is said, were overjoyed at the news that they were not going to have legitimate competition.

Almonte Taxi’s

memories of Almonte– Johnson’s Taxi– 1950s–Sandy France said “Don Johnson was the taxi driver in the early 50’s. Think he may have been an ex serviceman”

Linda Beaupre asks:Hello Linda, new member here. My mother’s family had cousins or uncles in the Almonte area the used to run a taxi service out of their home . I was wondering if you had any info on them , last name was Majaury and it was in the 60s?Anyone? Thank you!!

Don RaycroftYes, we used them when it was really cold to go to school. If you didn’t call them they would pick you up on the way if they thought it was too cold to be walking. Nice people.

Mary HurdisMargret and Jimmy Majaury had a taxi service.She loved chocolate and beer! He was related to my husband, his mother was Margaret Majaury. Try texting Elizabeth Dennie her mother was a sister of James if not I have a Majaury book

Laurie LadouceurThey lived at 49 Carleton street on the Island. My family is related. We purchased the house from them. We lived there for awhile

Taxi service in Carleton Place– Kid Bryce ( Norman)

January 1934
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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
29 Mar 1941, Sat  •  Page 32

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The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Sep 1930, Tue  •  Page 13

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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
01 Sep 1947, Mon  •  Page 15

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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 Jan 1994, Mon  •  Page 34

Mr. Dowdall purchased the brick building at Bridge and Emily and moved his business. Walter Stanzel later lived here and operated his taxi business. It was well known all around town that Mr. Stanzel had a pet skunk and and a pet raccoon as well. No word if they came for rides in his taxi!

Murray’s Taxi —- Frank Blakeley and other Rides

Walton’s Taxi and Did a Plane Really Land on Bridge Street? College and Bridge Street

Looking for Memories of Kennedy’s Taxi

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 1–Bud’s Taxi

Personal Memories of Downtown Local Business etc.

Did you Know? Bet You Didn’t!

. Mr. Graham who once lived here served in the War, worked for CPR and offered a Taxi Service to the town and lived in the little yellow house–…(Nichols) on Bridge Street

Ray Paquette’s Carleton Place Moment..-In the right corner of the advertisement for Howard McNeely’s Barber Shop, it mentions E. McNeely, Assistant. I wonder if that is Earl McNeely who later or perhaps prior to worked barbering with Howard Little and lived on Munro Street west of Rochester? As well, how many people remember Ned Root’s Shoe Repair beside the driveway for Stanzel’s Taxi?

BEFORE AND AFTER-100-102 BRIDGE STREET CARLETON PLACE–THE FRAME BUILDING WAS MRS. ROGER’S BOARDING HOUSE BEFORE SHE MOVED TO VICTORIA STREET AND THERE WAS A SMALL ADDITION AT THE REAR OF THIS BUILDING. THE BUILDING WAS BRICK AND CLAPBOARD AS THAT WERE USED TO CONSTRUCT MANY OF THE BRIDGE STREET BUILDINGS.
Asa Roe and his family occupied the house for a few year and then Richard Dowdall bought the property. Early in 1936 George Doucett moved his insurance office into one side and Dr. J.A. McEwen had his medical office on the other.
It was thus occupied until the early 1950s when Mr. Dowdall purchased the brick building at Bridge and Emily and moved his business. Walter Stanzel later lived here and operated his taxi business and when Dr. McEwen moved a couple blocks down Bridge Street both sides became dwellings. Penny Trafford mentioned that Mr. Stanzel had a pet skunk and I think a pet raccoon as well.
I remember taking clothing to the tailor that was on the right hand side of this building in the 80s? Last year I heard a story about a local woman who made teddy bears– and is this the same spot she was making them in? Still trying to find out the source of that information. Searching for Information– Teddy Bears Made in Carleton Place?
Ray Paquette added: My parents lived in the right side of the house before moving to an apartment in the Senior Citizen’s site at 126 Sussex Street. The Watty Stanzel ran a taxi service out of the left side for many years and I seem to recall Mrs. Cecil McCann and Ms Eileen Costello living in that side in later years.
Ray PaquetteI’m having a senior moment. Will somebody reminding me who ran Moore’s Taxi please?
Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Ernie Moore – I think.
Ray PaquetteWas that the same Ernie Moore who ran the store on Moore Street?

Nancy HudsonLinda I think the taxi driver’s name was John Moore, Ernie had the store on Moore St.
Ray PaquetteNancy Hudson I remember Watty Stanzel, Arnie McNeely, Ronnie Wing and Wib Giles but John Moore, I have no recollection of. Where did he live?
Nancy HudsonRay Paquette John Moore lived at the corner of Town Line west and Moffatt St. My Aunt and Uncle, Les and Olive Nield lived next door to him on Moffatt St

Ray PaquetteLinda Gallipeau-Johnston Ted has taken on the affectation of 2 “d’s” in his name. He is now known as Tedd. Go figure?!?!?
Doug B. McCartenRay Paquette great to see Brian and Tedd are well and enjoying life as retirees! Ask Brian if he remembers the two young ladies who were traveling through town selling magazine subscriptions? We all went back to Brian’s house to discuss our choices….. lol! I actually got a subscription for Car & Driver….. I think Brian took one of the ladies to his room to get money or something BAHAHAHA what a nice visit we had with them…….
Ray PaquetteDoug B. McCarten I sent your comment regarding the magazine sales staff to Brian who commented “…You can tell Doug that , although that little experience had slipped my mind, yes I do remember now that he mentioned it. I thought that there might have been a third guy involved but I might be wrong. I ended up getting a subscription for a year to a magazine I cared little for.Those girls were VERY good at their job.”

Ray PaquetteThere are a lot of commercial locations of earlier times that are not included on this “place mat”. Bellamy’s Restaurant, Sinclair Bros. Men’s Wear and Patterson’s Furniture to mention a few others not already noted above. I could go on but would bore most readers…
Joan StoddartRemember the rest rooms beside the Queen’s

Murray’s Taxi —- Frank Blakeley and other Rides

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Murray’s Taxi —- Frank Blakeley and other Rides
and this is me and my sister Deb sitting on Dad’s new 1958 Pontiac.
 
Here’s a throwback for you, Linda when my dad started a taxi business in Almonte.
 
Murray’s Taxi ad in the Almonte Gazette – Thursday August 22, 1957

Some Almonte memories of Taxi service

The Millstone
April 5  · 
John Robitaille — obituary
https://millstonenews.com/john-robitaille-obituary/
Robitaille, John George
(Former owner of John’s Taxi)
March 14, 1947 – April 3, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we announce John’s peaceful passing on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the Fairview Manor in Almonte. Loving and proud father of Christine and Robert Robitaille. Cherished and devoted “poppy” of grandson, Colton. John will also be missed by his former wife and friend, Wilma Robitaille.
John is survived by his sisters, Lola, Jean and Betty and predeceased by his parents, Gordon Robitaille and Crystal Cole, as well as his siblings, Ethel, Durell, Harold, Dwayne, Rickey, Campbell, Donald and Dorothy.
We, John’s family, wish to thank Dr Rossi and the staff of the Maple Grove Unit at the Fairview Manor for their commitment to John’s care and wellbeing and for the continuous support. And, many thanks to Josh Gamble for all of his guidance and support during this difficult time.
Private interment will be held at the Auld Kirk Cemetery in Almonte at a later date. Please honour John’s life with an act of kindness.
memories of Almonte– Johnson’s Taxi– 1950s–Sandy France said “Don Johnson was the taxi driver in the early 50’s. Think he may have been an ex serviceman”
Thursday, Aprll18,·1942 Almonte Gazette–
Government inspectors are like clouds of mosquitoes in June checking up on possible infractions of the gas conservation regulations.
One inspector was checking on a number of local men who misrepresented themselves as taxi-drivers in applying for their gas rationing books and so got commercial classification.The inspector Said that the Almonte man who signed their· applications will hear from headquarters. Photo- Almonte.com
Thursday, Aprll18,·1942 Almonte Gazette–
Government inspectors are like clouds of mosquitoes in June
checking up on possible infractions of the gas conservation regulations.
One inspector was checking on a number of local men who
misrepresented themselves as taxi-drivers in applying for their gas rationing books and so got commercial classification
The inspector Said that the Almonte man who signed their· applications will hear from headquarters
Can you help? If you are from Almonte or the surrounding area so you remember?
Linda Beaupre asks:
Hello Linda, new member here. My mother’s family had cousins or uncles in the Almonte area the used to run a taxi service out of their home . I was wondering if you had any info on them , last name was Majaury and it was in the 60s?
Anyone? Thank you!!

Karen HirstMr. & Mrs. Majaury are deceased but their son David still lives in Almonte. It should be noted that Mr. & Mrs. Majaury were a very hard working family, very dedicated to their service for the town.

Don RaycroftYes, we used them when it was really cold to go to school. If you didn’t call them they would pick you up on the way if they thought it was too cold to be walking. Nice people.

Glenna KellsOh yes remember majaury’s taxi…. my mom used occasionally if she had to go somewhere in bad weather

Cathy PatersonLived on the island ! Wonderful people

Maggie LadouceurJim majury was my uncle my mother-in-law was a sister her name was Ella Majury Margaret and Jim had 2 children David and Donna they both live in this area

Mary HurdisMargret and Jimmy Majaury had a taxi service.She loved chocolate and beer! He was related to my husband, his mother was Margaret Majaury. Try texting Elizabeth Dennie her mother was a sister of James if not I have a Majaury book!

Linda BeaupreThank you all for your comments I was very young but remember visiting and they had to leave to drive taxi I was maybe 5.

Karen Hirst
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A glimpse into Ambulance Service in Almonte in 1954….
Having purchased the Scott Funeral Home from Mrs. Loretta Scott in 1954, one of two local ambulance services was operated under the new ownership by John Kerry.

Taking a trip back in time, the photo below shows the ambulance vehicle used by the Kerry Funeral Home. The service would be provided by the two local Funeral Homes in Almonte until 1961 when the province assumed full responsibility for the service.
Ambulance service was booked and called upon like you would a taxi service …. family members were phone bound 24/7.

It was an individual’s choice as to who you called and the service fee was approximately $5.00. Training was that of a First Aid Course and the service could result in every imaginable scenario that one might find themselves traveling on an ambulance cot

Related reading

Walton’s Taxi and Did a Plane Really Land on Bridge Street? College and Bridge Street

Looking for Memories of Kennedy’s Taxi

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 1–Bud’s Taxi