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Dr. Johnson Downing and Ferril I Presume? Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12 a

Dr. Johnson Downing and Ferril I Presume? Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12 a

I found this online written in 2012 and it was printed in the Kemptville Advance from InsideOttawa.com.

I don’t know who it was written by as there was no name, but I thought I would document it here so we would not lose sight of it. I think it is Mary Cook by the style of writing and the mention of the farm. In fact if it was Vegas odds I would bet. I found a few clippings of Dr. Downing, so it seemed like a good addition.

Mary Cook's Memories

Mary Cook Books


The large brick house across the river was usually occupied by a doctor. Dr. MacFarlane occupied it before Dr. Chas. W. Ferrill who was a G.P. at that time and moved his practice to Cobden for a time. Dr. J.A. Johnson and his wife Ann Thompson lived there for a good number of years.



Photo- Linda Seccaspina

It was an imposing house to a young girl fresh off the farm. It sat majestically at the North end of the bridge on the Mississippi River in Carleton Place, and I thought surely someone with royal blood running through their veins must live in such a mansion. It was called “The Doctor’s House” and I learned that a Dr. Allen Johnson ran his family practice from this large brick home. I could see it from our much more humble home across the bridge, and felt then I would probably never get to see inside it.

However, something happened one wintery day that sent me scurrying across that bridge and into the doctor’s crowded waiting room. I inadvertently severed the leg of my beloved canary when cleaning its cage, and wrapping it in a face cloth and putting it in a small sewing basket, I tore across the bridge and into the red brick mansion, wailing my heart out. Dr. Johnson immediately took me and my basket into his office and performed a “surgery”. He attached two toothpicks around the little stub, wrapped them in tape, and sent me on my way. There was no charge and the little bird lived with his toothpick “prosthesis” for years! At last, I was inside the mansion across the bridge!



Photo- Linda Seccaspina

Alone, the Doctor’s House deserves a place in our history books. Add Dr. and Mrs. Allen Johnson into the mix, visiting dignitaries, and a few ghosts, and we now have a story of dedication, service and legends, about which most people of the present generation know little.

It wasn’t always brick. First, it was white frame, built by the son of the Reverend Bell, the first minister in Perth.

It is believed the present house was fashioned off a castle-like mansion seen by Dr. M. A. MacFarlane who studied in Scotland, and who purchased the property, and built the home in 1902, which is still standing today, in spite of a devastating fire in 1945. This is where Dr. MacFarlane conducted his practice and raised his family. When Dr. MacFarlane died, it remained “The Doctor’s House” when Drs. Downing and Ferrill took it over.

In 1924, a young doctor, well known in the Ottawa Valley, Dr. Allen Johnson, bought the home and with his wife Annie, established a medical practice that was to continue for the next 45 years.


Photo- Linda Seccaspina


Doctor Johnson’s contribution to Carleton Place, goes much beyond his medical practice. He was the county medical officer for many years. He was elected to council in 1929, and served as Reeve of Lanark County, and the town’s mayor.

Allen Johnson was an avid Conservative, and counted amongst his friends, members of Parliament both federal and provincial. He served the party both locally and at the county level and during every election, determined to have his member re-elected, Dr. Johnson took to the roads, rapped on doors, and generally let it be known who he was supporting.

It was to the Doctor’s House that dignitaries of every stripe were welcomed, but it was well known that Dr. Johnson’s leanings towards the Conservative party saw Tory members and Premiers more frequent visitors than representatives of other parties! Mrs. Johnson, a devoted wife, opened the Doctor’s House to dignitaries and ordinary folks alike, as her husband “collected” people much like one would collect coins or stamps. Their status or station in life meant nothing to either of the Johnsons. Pauline McGibbon, Lieutenant Governor for the Province of Ontario, on a visit to Carleton Place, rested in the turret bedroom, and on orders from her office, was served a “wee nip” of her favourite embodiment.

“The Doctor’s House” was also home to many who needed a helping hand to get back on their feet. Everyone was welcome.

Vera Hawkins, now a resident at Carleton Place Manor, worked with Dr. Johnson for many years.

“Those were the days when there were no appointments…first come, first served. We had an X-Ray machine, the only one in town, and before the hospital was built, it was often used by other doctors. It took up most of a whole room, and I had to go way down in the cellar to develop the x-rays. It was pretty primitive.

“The only room that was really private was what we called the Geranium Room and it was upstairs, and we took patients up these steep and narrow steps to be examined. In the office area, the rooms opened up on each other, so everyone had to climb these narrow steps when Dr. Johnson had to do an examination.

“But he was kindness itself, and so was Mrs. Johnson, and they were both loved by everyone. And the house was amazing. I have very fond memories of my years with Dr. Johnson,” Vera told me.


It’s Photo Friday! This crazy scene was photographed in the attic of Dr. McFarland’s home and office at 205 Bridge Street. Taken by Horace Brown in 1914, it is described by his good friend David Douglas Findlay, who wrote on the back
“this is a flashlight of me supposed to be in the DT’s (death throws?) taken in Dr. McFarland’s attic.The two ghosts are Ryan (?) McFarlane and Harry Menzies. I am supposed to be praying to them not to take me this time. That is a real human skull on the table but needless to say there is no booze in the bottle in my pocket.”



Photo- Linda Seccaspina


Dr. Johnson died suddenly at home in November 1967. He was waked at “The Doctor’s House”, and waiting in line to pay their respects were hundreds of people: simple folk, patients, and dignitaries. The line stretched from the steps leading down into the front entrance to the great house, across the bridge, and around the corner of the second block of the main street. Heading the lineup were the Honourable John Deifenbaker and his wife Olive.

After Mrs. Johnson’s death some years later, The Doctor’s House, took on a new life. It became a home and a commercial business. Where once patients lay on a black leather couch waiting to be seen, there were now weaving looms and massive arrays of coloured wools. Mississippi Black Sheep Gallery was opened by Susan and Gordon Scale, and flourished for many years.

The Scales weren’t there long when they found they weren’t alone! It all started one day when Susan was serving tea to a friend, and even though they were alone in the house, the visitor saw a man stealthily walking through the dining room. That was the first of many “sightings” and unusual happenings.

The Scales owned a black Lab and Terrier mix. One night the dog was seen tossing a ball and having it retrieved to be tossed again. There was no one there! Just the dog and an unseen being playing with their dog!

“We weren’t alarmed. But we knew without question, that we were not alone in the house,” Susan told me.

One day she actually saw an unfamiliar man walking down the driveway. “I was gardening, and I very briefly saw a short stocky man, wearing a very long reefer-type coat, like they wore in days of yore, walking in our lane.”

It wasn’t a long sighting, but long enough to confirm to Susan that a spirit had never given up “The Doctor’s House”. Was it Dr. MacFarlane? It certainly wasn’t the spirit of Dr. Johnson, who was over six feet tall! This man was very short. The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum is searching for a picture of Dr. MacFarlane to see if a match can be found.



Photo by Linda Seccaspina and from the Carleton Place Canadian files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Now, The Doctor’s House has taken on yet another life. It was recently bought by Duncan McNaughton, who, when looking for office space to expand his Project Management Business located in Ottawa, could see the stately home as a perfect fit to enlarge his operations and make available individual offices to lease.

While retaining the integrity of the stately old home, much has been redone and made ready. Some walls have been taken down, and updates to services put in place.

And what about the spirit of someone who refuses to entirely give up residency? Well, according to Duncan McNaughton, one of his associates, unaware of the Scales experiences, says she hears someone walking upstairs. She can never find anyone, but the sounds continue.

What a life this stately old home has had! It has seen the sick being healed, and comfort given to the dying. It has housed notables and ordinary people.



Photo by Linda Seccaspina and from the Carleton Place Canadian files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

It has been devastated by fire, and restored to its original grandeur. And what of its future now? Will it continue to be a place of note? Duncan McNaughton is sure it will. He fully appreciates the integrity of the stately old house and Tiree’s Project Management Business has found the perfect location to expand. And whoever moves in, claiming a portion of this grand old home, should be prepared to share their space. There will be nothing to fear, though. Susan Scale says these are friendly spirits.

Are they really part of The Doctor’s House? Are they someone’s soul of times gone by, who wants to hang on to what once was? Perhaps they just want to make sure that the integrity of The Doctor’s House remains what it was meant to be when it was built 110 years ago!


Marg Whyte 2001– The large brick house across the river was ususally occupied by a doctor. Dr. MacFarlane occupied it before Dr. Chas. W. Ferrill who was a G.P. at that time and moved his practice to Cobden for a time. Dr. J.A. Johnson and his wife Ann Thompson lived there for a good number of years.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  13 Sep 1898, Tue,  Page 6

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  12 Jul 1937, Mon,  Page 2



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  27 Oct 1945, Sat,  Page 4

Ray Paquette- Dr. Running was my childhood GP until he decided to re-enlist in the RCAF. I was a friend of his eldest son, Gary, a graduate of RMC who followed his father into the RCAF before retiring and joining the Department of Transport. He currently lives on the West
Dr. Running maintained an office at the north east corner of Beckwith and Albert Streets. I remember the Saturday in the summer that Dr Running passed away following a massive heart attack while shopping in Carleton Place. At the time he was at his summer cottage on the Mississippi Lake.

Stephen Giles —The Running family cottage still stands down on the point at Beck (McNaughton) Shore.

Marilyn White- Gary took Ken Fournier to his dad at lunch time to have his head stitched. He fell in Miss MCrostie’s class. He was our family Dr. and he was one of a kind. Went to school with his son Ron.

Peter Iveson– We lived in Dr.Running’s house corner of Albert and Beckwith 1956 to 1960,where he was posted to Europe.



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 andScreamin’ Mamas (US

The 1945 Fire at Dr. Johnson’s Home in Carleton Place

Ghostly Images at Doctor Johnson’s House?

Carleton Place Business–Lloyd Hughes List

Comments Comments Comments–Documenting History

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 3- St. Andrew’s to Central School

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

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 5-The Little White House to the Roxy

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 6-The Eating Place to the Post Office

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 7 –Scotia Bank to the New York Cafe

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s–

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 9–Flint’s to the Blue Spot

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 11

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 11

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 11


142 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1870


Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–The Day The Wizard of Oz Came to Carleton Place


Photos-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

142 Bridge Street Carleton Place

The Queen’s is the oldest hotel that is still in operation in Carleton Place as a hotel and was originally built for Duncan McIntosh of Perth Ontario who was the father of Dr. Duncan H.McIntosh, of Carleton Place.



Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


In 1882, Mrs. M.J. Chatterton bought the hotel and operated it as the Chatterton House. Peter P. Salter doubled the size and renamed it the Queen’s Hotel. In 1889, it was repurchased and run by Mrs. Chatterton and Ab. Salter. Later it was renovated and operated by Dan Miller.


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The cost was $1.50 per day with hot water and electric lights. There were 40 new rooms and a free bus to the train. In 1937, the roof on the Queen’s Hotel blew off because of high winds and sat in the middle of Bridge Street. Dan Miller sold the Queen’s to Lloyd Ionson from Cobourg. There were 50 rooms. Miller ran the hotel from 1920-51 intermittently.

Mary Whyte remembers one of her school friends Pauline O’Keefe whose father owned the hotel at the time. When Dan Miller bought it he had a taxi business on the premises and had some year round boarders and one of them she remembered was Jabe Coombs a  foreman at Findlay’s. Later Dan’s son William and his wife Marguerite (Griffith) operated the hotel and Geoff Laycock was the next owner.


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Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


According to the museum history Miller ran it for 4 years then he sold it to Mr. Chadwick. In 1927, Miller re-obtained and ran the hotel for another 3 years and then rented it to Mr. Martin 2 years. Lindsay Thurlow was the next to operate the hotel. Mr. Miller’s sister Mrs. William Taylor took the building and changed it into apartments. Mr. Miller returned to Carleton Place in 1948 and began modernizing the hotel and providing a dining room. He changed the apartments back to hotel rooms and built 13 garages at rear and 2 apartments over a section of the garage.

When Tom Sloan was the owner of the Queen’s hotel he had a sign out front that was really worth reading:

Good Sample Rooms-Centrally Located

Commercial Rates- One dollar and a half per day

This house has been renovated all through and is one of the coziest and most enjoyable in the Ottawa Valley

Hotel Rules for Visitors

Board- 50 cents a square foot- meals extra

The hotel is convenient to all cemeteries- hearses to hire 25 cents

Guests are requested not to speak to the dumb waiter

Guests are requested not to play any games more exciting that Old Maid after 7 pm so as not to disturb the night clerk’s slumber

If the room gets too warm open the window and see the fire escape.

In case of fire you will have a hard time finding the fire escape, there ain’t any.
If you’re fond of athletics and like good jumping, lift the mattress and see the bed spring

Married men without baggage are requested to leave their wives at the office for security
Don’t worry about paying your bills; the house is supported by its foundation.

Tammy Marion —There use to be a longish narrow building at the back of the Queens at the backside of the parking lot. It was still there in 1984-85. I was told years ago that it use to be a stable back in its day – for the people’s horses when they came by horse to the Queens. Don’t know if that was true or not – but took it as if it was. It had an upper level too. In 1984 or 85 there was an apartment on that upper level as I remember Audrey Wilson living there then.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  14 Apr 1899, Fri,  Page 6


The Queen’s most iconic boarder was Wandering Wayne Richards

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In Memory of Wandering Wayne –Wayne Richards

Time Travel- Is that Wandering Wayne in this 1930 Photo?

Christmas in April – (Wandering) Wayne Richards

More than Words- Mural is Almost Finished!



Related Reading to the Queen’s Hotel

The Day The Wizard of Oz Came to Carleton Place

Carleton Place Folk Art from the Queen’s Hotel –The Millers

Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel vs the Town of Carleton Place

People of Carleton Place, Ontario — Gail Sheen-MacDonald

Part 1- Tales of the Chatteron House Corset — Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place- can be found here.

Part 2- Hell on Wheels at Lady Chatterton’s Hotel in Carleton Place– can be found here.

Part 3- I Will Take Some Opium to Go Please —The “Drug Dispensary” at the Chatterton House Hotel

Part 4- Chatterton House Hotel Registrar- George Hurdis -1884

Part 5-What the Heck was Electric Soap? Chatterton House Hotel Registrar

Part 6-The First Mosh Pits in Carleton Place — The Opera House of the Chatterton House Hotel

Part 7-All the President’s Men — Backroom Dealings in Carleton Place?

Part 8- Who Was John Boland? Chatterton House/Queen’s Hotel Registry — The Burgess Family Dynasty

Part 9-What Happens Behind The Queen’s Hotel Stays Behind the Queen’s Hotel

part 10-John Sparrow’s Royal Parilion – Chatterton House Hotel Carleton Place

part 11-The Rules of the Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place

part 12 –He Did What? Tales of the Queen’s Hotel

The Sultans of Swing at The Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place

Things That Disappear in Carleton Place — Elgin Street and The Queen’s Hotel Sign

The Mystery Murals of The Queen’s and Mississippi Hotel

The Rules of the Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place


151 Bridge Street Carleton Place


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Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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151 Bridge Street Carleton Place

151 Bridge Street housed two stores but one side was vacant. R.D. Carmichael’s
grocery was located here. Carmichael’s was a long narrow store with a round wood stove in the back. There was a scale to weigh all bulk food and everything was put into small brown bags and tied with a string. It was mentioned in McDiarmid’s weekly column in the Canadian that a whole hank of bananas hung in the window and they became quite brown before they were all sold.

Mr. Carmichael employed his half sister Jessee McGregor, Alberta Whyte, Vera Cavers and Lorne Whyte was the delivery boy. Whyte used to call all the customers on Monday morning, took your order and delivered late that day or the very next morning. He repeated this on Thursday and Friday and the other side of the river was serviced on the between days. No money was exchanged between the delivery boy and the customer and every week you went in and either paid the bill or paid towards something towards the bill.



Photo from the Canadian Files- from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

When the entrance way and the floor of his store got so worn it became a hazard Mr. C just moved all his groceries and carried on. After R.D. Carmichael’s relocated, R.A. Beamish had a store located here. The4 manager was Eddy Lavoie who married Jean Hamilton and he employed Daisy Peckett. Later the manager was Florabelle MacPherson. A fire occurred in the early part of the 1960s totally destroying the building. The current building was erected and has housed such businesses as Vicky’s Dress Shoppe, Esquire Dress Shoppe, the Bridge Hotel, The Bridgewater Inn, and now the Bridge Street Tavern. When the building burned one of the women’s clothing stores was in operation at this site. The owner had just purchased her new stock for the upcoming season. Of course we remember that it was the home of Ballygiblin’s Restaurant for many years.




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  01 Mar 1963, Fri,  Page 1


related reading

The Fire That Almost Wiped Out Part of Bridge Street

DILL we meet again! A Tip of the Glass to Ballygiblin’s

Derek Levesque – More than Words

Meet Chef Dusty Pettes from Ballygiblins

A Charming Woman is a Busy Woman – Sherry Duquette

It’s a Mad World! View from a Carleton Place Bench


150-152 Bridge Street Carleton Place


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Photos Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



150-152 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1870

G.C. Stackhouse a dentist ran the store as a book, stationary, and variety store.
Then the store was under the ownership of John Flett (1836-1900), then by A.C.
McLean from Perth to March 1889, then by M.C. Pewtress from Hamilton Ontario. In
the 1890s, it became a soft drinks bottling plant of Adam R.G. Peden son of William
Peden (1813-1879) Carleton Place general merchant. He was Town Clerk from
1877-1921. This street corner stone building has long been divided into a bakery
and barbershop through the years.
It has had numerous businesses in its premises. In 1871 James M. Scott ran a
stationary shop (Lovell’s Dominion Directory). In 1876 a dentist G.C. Stackhouse
was located in the building (Woodburn’s Central Canada Directory). Mr. Stackhouse
seems also to have been in the jewellery trade since the Carleton Place Herald of
1878 contains an advertisement announcing his withdrawal from the trade. The
Herald announced that on March 3 rd of 1880 that Mr. John Flett was buying out Mr.
Woodcock’s Bakery and Jerry’s Bakery also operated businesses at 150 Bridge Street.  Some of their employees beside their son Roy were Viola Shannon and Dot Foxton. The man who delivered their baked goods around town daily by horse and cart was Harvey Paul.. People looked forward to the Easter season as on Holy Thursday he went around town delivering Hot Cross buns at 25 cents a dozen.

Bill W’s sister Evelyn ran a hairdressing salon in the right hand corner and the other entrance to this building was rented by Howard Mc Neely who had his barbershop  from about 1929 to the 1970s until he purchased the George Doucett building. His helper was his brother Mel and then his brother Earl. When Howard moved his store it became The Clip Joint a hair salon run by the late Barbara Lanthier and Linda Horricks Tompson until Barb moved her salon past the bridge.

Next door at one time was Ad Valiquettes Hair Dressing and later Dr. J. A. McEwen had his office there.





Dale Costello One of my favourite CP stores. Woodcocks Bakery. If you could buy the smell of fresh baked bread, you couldn’t afford it.

Joann Voyce Worked there in the summer and weekends. Started at age 14.

Doug B. McCarten Butterscotch cookies yummy my favourite!

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston I am sure every mother in town knew her kids wouldn’t move an inch if they got to watch that donut machine – we sure didn’t! I wonder what happened to that machine – whether it was saved or not???????????? – not to mention the rest of the stuff.

Ray Paquette I had the only paper route in town that made no money because my last delivery was to Woodcock’s where my proceeds were “eaten” up buying those jam filled scones!!

Joann Voyce When I worked there I learned all my great work ethics from Vi Shannon and Ethel Reese.. Two great ladies !

Jim Amy Kirkpatrick The best raisin buns and caramel cookies in the world!!!

Sherri Iona And fresh bread, when maple syrup came in

Sharron Ann Foote Donuts made in the window on Saturday mornings. 50 cents bought a dozen—allowance for the week well spent!!

Valerie Edwards Woodcock’s bakery in right corner , the best caramel cookies preferably with raisins

Llew Lloyd I remember they had a red haired baker . He was the ginger bread man. He baked cakes really fast .

Catherine Marvin Cream Puffs for 50 cents.

Penny Trafford I’m with you Cathy, Cream Puffs. My memory of them I swear I was still in a stroller, I bet they were only 10 cents! 😂

Peter Hawkins We always stopped there, on our way into town to visit my grandmother, to pick up a dozen raisin cookies.

Llew Lloyd The raisin cookies were a staple at 81 Bell . Hot cross buns at Easter were another family favourite . Remember the ladder on rails to store bread etc. on the upper shelves ?

Ted Hurdis When Wendy got pregnant for Brodie my mom went to Woodcocks and got her 4 huge cream puffs in a box.

Wendy LeBlanc- Mum did all our baking to save money but I somehow recall the delightful triangular-shaped super-flakey pastries filled with jam and sprinkled with coarse sugar. Ooh! I can still recall the taste as I write about them. I also remember cream puffs – Peggi Mace and I were students of Helen Gardiner in Grade 5 in Central School; we ran errands for her downtown nearly every day and once a week we would go to the bakery for her; she always treated us with a cream puff. I can’t think of Helen – a wonderful teacher – without thinking of cream puffs and visa versa!



Related reading to the bakery

Wondrous! The Woodcock Bakery

Roy Woodcock Photo -Woodcock’s Bakery

Christena McEwen– The Belle of Beckwith Part 1 -“The Woodcocks”



Related reading to the Aitkenhead family

The Aitkenhead Family at 20 Frank Street in Carleton Place

What Happened to the House and Family on Frank Street –Part 1

The Aitkenhead Family at 20 Frank Street in Carleton Place

Before there was Baker Bob’s There was The Almonte Bakery

Hog’s Back Falls Ottawa –Aitkenhead Photo Collection

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

How to Make a Vintage Apron- Aitkenhead Photo Collection

No Banker Left Behind – Bank of Montreal Almonte Photos

Down by the Mississippi River- Almonte Falls Photos 50s

Are These Memories Just for Ourselves? — The Family in a Box


Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

154-160 Bridge Street Carleton Place


Vintage Carleton Place & Beckwith


Photo just outside Movshovitz’s

From the Carleton Place Review Files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Carleton Place Ambulance team leading, Steven More, Tim McIntyre, Jason Watt… Thanks Jim McUsac! He said 1992-1993?-Remember the Hospital Bed Races of Carleton Place?

154-160 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1885- Sumner Block

Valiquette’s hair dressing was in this building and later Dr. J.A. McEwen had his office
here. Max Movshovitz’s dry goods store was located in what was known as the
Sumner Building. Morbic Sumner operated a dry goods store also. The Sumner Building at 154-160 Bridge Street is on Lot 25, which is one of the larger lots on Bridge Street. In the 1960’s a large fire occurred and a parking lot took over where some of the businesses had been. So it is unclear based on land deeds if some of the businesses were located in the Sumner Building or at what is now the parking lot. Dr. Winters was a dentist and his
practice was taken over by Dr. Smith an MD. Two Stanzel sisters operated a


From the Carleton Place Review Files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

When Dr. J. A. McEwen had his office here the family lived on the corner of Franklin and Beckwith which had previously been a bank. ( see story-Cameron Ellis Building — What Happened to the Rest of it?)

When Mr. Movshovitz had their store in this building the family lived over the store with their son Isaac who was handicapped and their other children Abraham and Shirley. They were part of the Bridge Street business group for a very long time and two of their clerks were Mrs. Preston Shail (Laura Gorr) and Mrs. Earl Fleming (Emma Smith).

Next door was Godden’s Jewelry Store and then Jack Bennett opened an electric shop and
it was here that Stewart Cavers worked and learned the trade.  Later a Mr. Dunfield from Renfrew took over the shop and sometime later Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fleming turned it into living quarters.


Related reading

Magical Movshovitz Moments



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 andScreamin’ Mamas (US

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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?



Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 3- St. Andrew’s to Central School

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 3- St. Andrew’s to Central School


Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Read in the series

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

church-opendoors-1-Family-2St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church–PCCWeb Photo

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Joann Voyce said:  “Tomorrow June 4th, 2017 is the 130th anniversary of the laying of the corner stone at St Andrews and I am speaking about the history of St Andrews. Come join them!

The congregation was organized by *Rev. George Buchanan removed in 1869 from Beckwith 7th Line Presbyterian Church of Scotland to Carleton Place Old Kirk which stands at St. Paul and William Streets.  In July of 1886 John Gillies donated the land for the church. Mr. G.W. Willoughby got the contract to erect the church and Moffat and Co. did the carpentry work.

The present St. Andrew’s Church building on Bridge Street was dedicated January 1888 by Rev. D.J. MacDonnel of Toronto, and its corner stone laid by the Rev. George M. Grant, Principal of Queen’s University, and dedicated June 4 of 1887. The current Minister is Rev. Barry Carr.

In 2017 a deal is set to close on July 4,  and the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church building in Carleton Place will a new owner — Ministries Without Borders/All Nations Church. The property was listed on Feb. 17 with Tim Lee of Century 21 Explorer Realty Inc., and it attracted a lot of interest including being offered to the town. For an extended read on St Andrew’s read: For the Love of St. Andrew’s– 130th Anniversary

38 Bridge Street Carleton Place Ontario

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38 Bridge Street Carleton Place Ontario

The building at 38 Bridge Street was originally owned by a Gemmil, but no first name was given. Update Feb 15th 2021-

Scott Manning

Re: 38 Bridge Street—The original owner was James Gemmill (1818-1899) who moved to Carleton Place in 1871 after selling his Ramsay Twp. farm in Concession 11, east of Appleton. James lived here beside the old Central School for 28 years. During the 1870s and 1880s James provided Carleton Place residents with fresh produce and food supplies at his grocery shop.James’ obituary in the Ottawa Journal (30 Jan 1899) describes James in his latter years:

“For a long time he has been in poor health, and could not move far from the house, but on pleasant days, sitting in his chair on the verandah, gave and sought a social life with the passing townsfolk and neighbours of by-gone days, … his kindly word to children and demeanor to neighbours, his bluff good-humoured salutations, indexed the fuller phases of his personality.”James was born in Paisley, Scotland and came to Lanark County in 1821 with his parents, James Gemmill and Susannah Simpson, when just a young lad of 2 1/2. He died at his home at the age of 80. James and his wife Jennet Bridget were my 3G-grandparents. Thanks so much Scott!!!

For a short time in the 1920s Hassan Abdallah (known far and wide for Santa visits at his store) operated his general store in this little building next to Central School that was built circa 1890.  Later on Abdallah moved farther up the street, and it was noted that Swan’s bakery (John Swan) was here for a time as well. I have little mention of the Swan’s except that his son Al Swan played for a short time on the Carleton Place baseball team with our very iconic own “Lefty Hill” in the 30s.–


Just found this.. Clipped from The Ottawa Journal14 Nov 1899, TuePage 2

In 1936 a local ad it said that G.A. Cox ran the Central Candy Store at 24 Bridge Street–”located near Central School”.  So, whether the street numbers changed after that, or was the Central Candy store located in the empty parking lot where there were two buildings that were torn down? Hopefully we will solve that mystery, as there was no mention on Lloyd Hughes Main Street list either of a G.A. Cox..

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Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Thomas Stevenson and his half sister Miss Brisland then operated a grocery store in that location. The store was red tar paper brick back then with the big Central School fence separating the properties. After Mr. Stevenson gave up his business, Mrs. Mulvey carried on until it was turned into a residence occupied by Preston and Laura Shail. In 1975, the Shails made 38 Bridge Street into a residence and now the Smith family run a barbershop on the first floor and there are apartments on the second floor.

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Photo-Ted Hurdis–Aunt Mae bottom left and uncle Frank top right. I read somewhere that Frank had a grocery store perhaps prior to the restaurant? Sorry I don’t remember mom telling me the name. Author’s Note-Because of the “red tar paper brick appearance” of the building and the step– I am wondering if this is in front of the candy store and the windows were changed? Opinions?

Ray Paquette remembers the “Patience of Job” shown by Mrs. Mulvey as they pondered what to buy with the nickel they had, not a small sum in his youth. Everything seemed to be “2 for a penny”, or “three for a penny” so the decisions made at Mulvey’s was often our first lesson in personal financial management. The right decision could fill the little paper bag that our purchases were stowed in!

Marilyn White– Went to candy store a lot. There really were so many choices. It was great going to Central school and having the store right there. Ray is so right about her being very patient.

Llew Lloyd– I remember the grab bags plus a jaw breaker gumball machine that had one special coloured ball in it . if that ball dropped you won a special prize.

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston– She was a sweet lady – those were the days of penny candy – imagine getting 2 3 or 4 or even 5 candies for a penny – I am surprised we could work at all in the afternoons with all the sugar buzz – oh wait! I couldn’t……and I actually do not remember a single thing about the rest of the store – just the candy display.

Carleton Place Trivial Pursuit Notes from Ted Hurdis

My other great aunt Mae Mulvey ran a restaurant right beside this building —right where the Maclyments lived.  I don’t remember what it was called though. Interesting side note she was an extra in one of the first “moving picture shows: One Million BC it was called I think. Aunt Mae had one of the first coloured televisions in town. The third one I believe hahaha it was so exciting.

Thelma Robinson was my aunt. Aunt Thelma and uncle Sandy had the candy store. Interesting side not before coming to Carleton Place Uncle Sandy also owned the Superior restaurant in Almonte.

Current Owners–Ike and Dot Smith from The Barber Shop-38 Bridge St Carleton Place — 613-818-2028.




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal03 Jun 1949, FriPage 23


-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum photo
This photo was taken looking south on Bridge Street towards the Lake Avenue intersection. We see a bicycle, early automobiles, muddy dirt road, some sort of booth set up between the Masonic Hall and the Leslie building, more greenery decorations to the left, the spire of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and lots of people, flags and banners! You can even see the upper verandas of the Mississippi Hotel in the distance!

43 Bridge Street Carleton Place The Leslie/ Comba Building


Leslie Building Bridge Street- 1887 Toronto Globe & Mail


Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

43 Bridge Street Carleton Place The Leslie/ Comba Building

This is my favourite building in Carleton Place as this three storey building is a one of a kind on Bridge Street for being the only building to have a façade of tin. 

Jacob Leslie began his furniture and undertaking business in 1873. In 1878 the records show that Leslie moved to the building at 43 Bridge Street which is located across from the Central Public School. The present building was constructed in 1895, however it sustained a fire in March 1899. The back of the building is said to have collapsed also in the 1950s but I will add that information after I talk to Blaine Cornell.

In 1915, W.H. Matthews took over Leslie’s Furniture and Undertaking and he also served as Mayor of Carleton Place between 1928 and 1929. Mr. Matthews employed Mr. Cullen and Sam Torrence, but he also hired another undertaker by the name of Ed Fleming when he moved to Carleton Place with his wife Doris. After Fleming worked with Matthews for some time he left and began his own funeral parlour on Lake Ave West.


In 1950 the building saw a change of ownership and Alan R. Barker took over and operated there until 1962 and then moved to McArthur Street.  Ray Paquette said after Mr. Matthews operated a furniture store and undertaking business he sold to Alan Barker who continued operating both businesses. One of the staff with the Matthews store was a Mr. Fulford whose son Billy was a chum of mine at Central School. A furniture business was next when Stewart Comba and his wife Edith Giles moved to the Leslie building after he moved from the Taylor block where The Blossom Shop now exists.


Comba Furniture began in the furniture business as a second hand store and at one time had one of the largest stocked stores in the Ottawa Valley. They used to carry Vilas Furniture (that was made in my hometown of Cowansville, Quebec) and ran credit for his customers. Gemmil Comba was a veteran of the first great war and his son Stewart was also a veteran of the second world war. Daughter Joan married William Collie Jr.  of Appleton in October of 1940,  and daughter Bev looked after the Record and Drape deprtment.


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The local kids shopping with their parents used to love running up the creaky stairs of the old building to the third floor and remarked that it always seemed spooky up there. Maybe that was because the embalming had always been done on the third floor when the building had been in the funeral business.

In 1948 they carried Glidden paints and many lines of goods from records, drapes, novelties, rugs, bedding ,refrigerators and electrical appliances. From all the ads I found in the newspaper archives, Comba believed in Canadian made products and he carried the Canadian made Spartan Televisions and Addison appliances.  They sold everything you needed for the home, and their personal belief was always giving good service to the people of Carleton Place.

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Joyce Murray was the 3rd registered owner of the building in 1995 (Steward Comba rented it out to others, but they were never owners of the building).  Murray’s  Furniture became known as the spot to shop when they moved into the Leslie block if you wanted something different. She admits she was thinking about the Old Canadian Tire Building on Beckwith at one point as she felt things might be better suited to one floor. But, she was personally advised not to do it because of environmental concerns, and was glad she didn’t. She sold the building in 2005 and moved her business to Murray’s Flea Market on High Street.

I wrote a story about the old Leslie building in my book Titling the Kilt and Joyce confirms there were ghosts that resided on the second floor where they used to keep the coffins in former years. Joyce told me tales of missing scissors and shadows seen on the closed circuit TV that could not be explained. But she paid them no mind, as they weren’t evil spirits because they always made sure to return the things they “borrowed”.

In 2006, the Leslie Block housed a party supply store called Let’s Party and later the Bridge Street building went under interior renovations and Little Paws Gift & Thrift is on the first floor and the upper floors are apartments.


Vicki, Noella, Joyce and Shannon


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal17 Aug 1899, ThuPage 7

Related reading

Tales From the Leslie Building

Comba’s -The Scariest Building in Carleton Place?

The Day the Comba Building Sold-Taylor Block

Walking With Ghosts — The Accidental Addiction

Ed Fleming — The First Funeral Parlour in Carleton Place

Do You Know What I Found?

Win a House in Carleton Place!

Smooth Criminals in Carleton Place –The Robberies on Bridge Street

The Emporium of Life — Joyce Murray

Blast From the Past–Remembering Alan Barker– July 4 1979

42 Bridge Street Carleton Place



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42 Bridge Street Carleton Place–Central School and the current Post Office



The children in these photos attended Central School on Bridge Street, where the post office is now located. It was taken between 1918 and 1920. Both Photos-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Circa-1842, 1870, 1962-1963

In the 1850s, parents had to pay what was called school rates and school attendance was not compulsory. The 8 room stone Central Public School was built in 1870 and then in 1876 it was rebuilt and sat in the middle of this large corner lot.

This site was the first Carleton Place Common School that replaced the original form of the 1870 central school that was originally built to form the letter T so a single teacher could watch all the pupils.  In 1919 alterations and additions were also added to the Central School.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal25 Sep 1919, ThuPage 17

In July 1, 1962 the school had to be vacated because the site had been purchased for the new post office. “The Carleton Place School Board voted to demolish the building in 1963 because of increasing maintenance costs, lack of playground space and the cost of implementing necessary changes for fire safety. The School Board received $45,000 for the property in 1962, which was used to build an eleven room addition to Caldwell Street Public School”. (Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum)

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Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–Back row: Roger Easson, Jack McLaughlin, Bobby Richardson, Brian Clifford, Bobby Besbitt, Teddy Letts, Tim Walford, Alan Dryden. Third row: Jean Baker, Joan Baker, Christine Corneil, Lan Ann Cachrane, Linda Johnston, Deborah Johnston, Linda Miner, Cathy McNeely. Second row: Brian Saunders, Allan Parier, Allan Stevens, Barry Richardson, Victor Bennett, Paul McDowall, Steven Dickie, Ricky Caylis. Front Row: Keith Jinkinson, Ruth Wilson, Diana Wilson, Raymond Coulon, Bonnie Rasinhurg, Ross Trimble, Carol Ann Dalton, Gerald Beyers. The teacher is Miss Ollie Robertson.

Marj Whyte in her notations in 2001 mentioned some teachers during her attendance at Central School. They were: Mrs. Peter Stewart, Margaret Galvin, Lillian Leach, Verna Devlin, Jennie Playfair, Margaret Sturgeon, Minnie McEwen and J.D. McAdam was the principal.

Ted Hurdis said he didn’t attend Central School, but the school used to hold tombollas there. He said he wasn’t sure about the definition of “Tombolla” but it was a fun money raiser with a kids fish pond and various other games of skill and chance. Author’s Note-To this day I still call small fairs *tombollas and no one knows what the heck I am talking about.

Marilyn White- I went there for 6 years. Boys and girls had their own entrances and the boys played on one side and girls on the other. 1952-1958. Great having candy store beside it. When you were in grade 6 which the principle taught, you got a chance to ring the bell out of the window for recess, start of school and end of school.

Ray Paquette Remember Mr. Munro the custodian? The faint smell of coal gas on a frosty winter morning accompanied by the wall of warmth as you entered the school.


Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-This clock originally hung in the front hall of the Central School on Bridge Street. Manufactured by the Ansonia Clock Company of New York, it was the school’s official timepiece. Winnifred McRostie was born in Carleton Place in 1902, attended local schools and became a teacher. She taught for many years at Central School, well past normal retirement age. Principal Alton Cassidy presented this clock to McRostie upon her retirement from teaching. It hung in her Moffat Street home until her death at the age of 98 in 2000.


sch1.jpgThe end of the Central School– Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Sirotek Construction and Company filed on the low bid at $174,470 on the Carleton Place building on the demolition of Central School and Douglas Bremmer contractors and Builders Ltd at $204,447 filed the highest tender.

The Post Office’s architectural style is not as significant as Central School was but this building still is unique as there are no other buildings constructed in a similar fashion. In 1968 an addition was added to the post office on the west side even thought it had only been built a few years prior.


*Tombola-noun. British. A game in which people pick tickets out of a revolving drum and certain tickets win immediate prizes, typically played at a fete or fair. ‘entrance includes a tombola and raffle’ mass noun ‘traditional games such as tombola or bingo

Related Reading:

The ‘Crowded House’ of Central School in Carleton Place

The Central School Piano

The Mystery in the Central School in Carleton Place

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down-Prince of Wales School High Street


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)

Read in the series

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

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Carleton Place — A Valley Town at Confederation 

In Canada’s Year of Confederation, the busy sawmill village of Carleton Place had a population of about 700 people. Many citizens were sons and daughters of the Scottish emigrants who had settled the area in the 1820’s.Most of the town’s buildings stood on the north side of the Mississippi River, with only about 12 houses on the south.

Shops on Bell, Mill and Bridge Street were open from 6 am to 10 pm and the average work day for laborers was 11 hours! Want to know more about what Carleton Place (formerly Morphy’s Falls) looked like in 1867?

Read more in the Carleton Place Community Information Guide or stop by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum and check out their summer exhibition.


Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose


Volume 2 has now started– CLICK HERE

Every day something new will be added…

6 Bridge Street Carleton Place

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Photo from John Armour


Canadian Gas Bar–6 Bridge Street Carleton Place

This land was part of the original land grant from the Crown to Edmond Morphy. In
1839 Edmond’s son Edmond owned the land. This lot was divided and passed
through many hands before it became Major Hooper and his wife’s residence in
1920. Hooper’s residence was referred to as the Raloo Cottage.

Major Hooper’s wife before she was married was Mabel McNeely. It remained in the hands of the Hooper Family until 1954 when McColl Frontenac Oils purchased the land. A gas bar and convenience store has been at this location ever since and today it is a Canadian Tire Gas Bar.

Major Hooper became Postmaster in 1920 until his retirement in 1950. During
Hooper’s time if office many changes occurred. He had control of the clerk for the
position of Telegraph operator until the telegraph service moved to its own building.

Peter Iveson- Aunt Craig, Mrs. James Craig lived at Lake and Bridge across the street, I remember the white house being torn down about 1957 and the garage station built.

Darlene Page Apparently somewhere around that area was the a cram residence it was a lodge house numbered 10 . It belonged to Peter cram and his Ellen toshack

Related Reading

Before the Canadian Tire Gas Bar There Was..

Mississippi Hotel –7 Bridge Street, Carleton Place

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Mississippi Hotel –7 Bridge Street, Carleton Place

The land was originally deeded in 1824 to Willliam Morphy one of Carleton Place’s first settlers. It was built by Napoleon Lavallee who operated it as a hotel and place for public and council meetings until 1883. Lavallee also owned and operated the Carleton House later called the Leland Hotel from 1846-70. As a major part in the life of Carleton Place, The Mississippi Hotel continued to operate as a hotel and entertainment centre under the ownership of W. Clyde McIlquham. It was built by Napoleon Lavallee and was opened by him in 1872 and he operated the hotel until 1883. Lavallee came to Carleton Place from Montreal in the early 1830s and first worked as a cooper and soon became part owner of a cooperage building.

Prior to the hotel’s construction, Lavallee owned and operated the Carleton House later called the Leland Hotel from its opening day in 1846 until 1870 – excluding 1852-3 when he and his wife Sarah were in Australia and California. When he returned to Carleton Place in 1853, Lavallee established a lime manufacturing enterprise on Napoleon Street, which he operated until 1889. He also built a large frame house on the corner of Lake Avenue West and Napoleon Street in 1881.

In 1883, he sold it to Walter McIlquham who operated it until his death in 1907. His son then succeeded him as owner and operated it until 1959. Some accounts of the history of the building describe it as being used to entertain the popular television personality “Juliette” in 1867 when she was called onto present some local awards. Apparently, a crowd of 1200 was fed and entertained in the building, hosted by such local dignitaries such as the mayor of the time Howard McNeely and Mary Cook.

Walter McIlquham purchased the Mississippi from Lavallee in 1883 and seven years later doubled its size to 56 rooms. A 1902 news item reports that William Willoughby a local stone mason was involved in the construction of the addition. In 1907, Walter’s son W. Clyde took over operations when Walter died.
In 1959, there was a disastrous fire and with the new renovations the top storey and extensive two storey verandahs were removed. David and Lorraine Lemay from Kemptville purchased the hotel in 1959 for $30,000. Lorraine Lemay was the new owner when the doors reopened in about 1964. Lemay was a great supporter of country music and was later inducted into the Ottawa valley Country Music Hall of Fame as a promoter of country music. From 1964-88 the building operated as a popular country and western establishment featuring well known entertainers from around the Ottawa Valley including Stompin’Tom Connors.Lemay was at the helm of the operation until 1985 when she sold the business to Brian Carter.

During the late 1980s that the idea was proposed to renovate the Mississippi Hotel, so the Town Hall could be established here. However, the plan did not come to realization. During the earlier 1990s Brian Carter obtained a demolition permit because the hotel had been closed and on the market for almost two years. The only offers for purchase were coming in from oil companies wanting to tear down the Mississippi to put a gas station. Stompin’ Tom Connors wrote a letter expressing his grief at the thought of the Mississippi being torn down when all it needed was a “facelift.” Connors played at the Mississippi and said the people of Carleton Place took him in as one of their own.

In 1995 Barbara Wynne-Edwards purchased the Mississippi and renamed it The Graystones Inn. In 1996 Gerald Weller became the owner of The Graystones and changed the name to the Carleton Place Heritage Inn. In 2002 the troubles did not end for the Carleton Place Heritage Inn as it had to close its doors once more. There were plans to turn the much-loved hotel into a senior citizen retirement home. The owner at that time was Tony Kechican who purchased the hotel in 2000 from Weller.

The Seccaspina family bought it in 2010 and operated it in until 2014 when the Angelo Seccaspina died. However, with that being said the hotel was sold in 2017 and will now continue to operate as The Grand Hotel serving fine food and overnight accommodations to travelers, which was its main intent as it was all along.
Related Reading

Romancing the Mississippi Hotel

Murders and Mysteries of the Mississippi Hotel

Thieves at the Mississippi Hotel–When Crime Began to Soar

All About Lorraine Lemay –Mississippi Hotel

Architecture Stories: The Hotel that Stompin’ Tom Connors Saved

The Napoleon of Carleton Place

Grandma’s Butterscotch Pie

Mississippi Hotel Beer — Brading’s Beer

In the Mississippi Hotel Mood with Mrs. Glen Miller

The Mystery Murals of The Queen’s and Mississippi Hotel

Burnin’ Old Memories –The Mississippi Hotel Fire

Romancing the Mississippi Hotel in 1961

Where Was Linda? A Necromancer Photo Blog -Victorian Seance at the Mississippi Hotel

Spooky Night at the Seccaspina Hotel

David McIntosh –Front Desk Man at the Mississippi Hotel

Ray Paquette’s Memories- McNeely and the Mississippi Hotel and Doughnuts?

As Good As New–33 Bridge Street Carleton Place



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As Good As New–33 Bridge Street Carleton Place

In 1820 this was part of the 100-acre land grant to Edmond Morphy. Like many of the other properties on Bridge Street, it passed through a number of different owners. In 1872, a Robier sold the land to Cuthbert who in turn sold it to Kurrich or Kurrick. In 1879, the property was sold to John Gillies and in 1885 Gillies sold it to Bertha Mayhew who married Henry Schwerdtfeger. 1903 was the year that saw ownership falling into the hands of Henry Schwerdtfeger.

Harold Schwerdtfeger was also known to many as Dutchy and his clerk was Steven Jones who lived on Queen Street. Most have mentioned that his store was always tidy and neat and the walls were decorated with photos and calendars of Old Chum Tobacco.

The back room held a large round table and several chairs. Here gossip takes over, and it is often mentioned that card games took place there regularly, and many an argument could be heard out on the streets coming from the old cronies that congregated there.

The building was later occupied by Tim Rogers who operated a stationary store there by the name of Quill and Fulton and of course Charles Jay before he moved up Bridge Street operated his boot and shoe repair shop there. (Marjorie Whyte) Carole Flint said that a friend of hers, Kay Ford and her husband Norm Nichol, had a repair shop there and lived in the apartment above. That was in the late 60’s early 70’s

Shwerdtfeger sold tobacco products and paraphernalia at his store up until 1989 when the store was sold to the Lanark County Interval House. As Good as New is now located in the building.

By the way, the As Good As New building was obviously built some time after the Mac Williams building that I am located in – there are window wells in my side of the basement that are now blocked by that building.-Petra Graber–The Good Food Co.



Related Reading

The Schwerdtfegerisms of Tobacco and Gambling

Before the Schwerdtfeger Sisters – There was Aunt Sophia

So was there Money Hidden in the Schwerdtfeger House?

Bertha Schwerdtfeger — Mother of the Carleton Place Schwerdtfeger Sisters

A Letter from a Local Student Nurse 1930s

12-14 Bridge Street

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12-14 Bridge Street–Date of Construction 1890

This land was part of the original land settlement in Carleton Place that the Crown granted to Edmond Morphy. In 1839, the property belonged to Edmond Jr. and it is not clear from the information from the Land Registry office who sold the property to a Mr. Whitcher. The possibilities include James L. Murphy or a Mr. Cameron, but it is from the sales of the land after Whitcher’s ownership that are clear about the land transfers that result in the Salvation Army ownership of the property in 1922.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal03 May 1898, TuePage 7

In 1916, Whitcher sold the land to a James Steele and in 1920 Steele sold the land to Bates and Innes. The year 1922 was the year that Bates and Innes sold the land to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army may have been located at 12 Bridge Street since 1907 and rented the building and in 1922 bought it.

The Salvation Army in Carleton Place dates 65 years from 1907-1972. The doorswere closed due to lack of attendance. In 1958, the Citadel was rebuilt because a fire damaged the previous building on this site.

This site was the home of the Salvation Army for 50 years until 1972 when Aldot Ltd. purchased the land. There is a judgment on the books in 1983 and then the Victoria and Grey Trust Co. assumed ownership and sold the property to Dianne Orr.  In 1985 a Milford assumed ownership until 1990 when Milford transferred ownership to Ontario 656731. In 1991, Ontario 656731 leased the property and building to Pizza Pizza and it has been Pizza Pizza at this location to the present day until the company moved out in 2017 into a new location on Highway 7 and McNeely Ave.


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17-19 Bridge Street Carleton Place

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ThenThe Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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“Bowland & Sutherland The Palace Grocery and Crockery Store”, once located at 21 Bridge Street, and now the home of Brown and MacFarlane Glass. when I was talking to Mary Cook I asked her if the world ‘came back’ after the Depression. Was life the same? She said ” Oh it was so busy and money was flowing down the streets” In Bowlands all you could see in the window was crockery and dishes for miles.. The Palace Grocery and Crockery Store”, once located at 21 Bridge Street, and now the home of Brown and MacFarlane Glass. Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumCarleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Now 2017

17-19 Bridge Street Carleton Place

The building was built in 1860 and in 1999, Dave Hick purchased the property at 17-19 Bridge Street, was cleaning up the basement, and found the tombstone of Jacob Bond and his infant son Joseph. Jacob was born February 18, 1837 and died May 1873 from accidental poisoning.

Irma Willoughby’s husband was related to the Bonds and she was working on the Bond Family tree and was able to fill in some of the blanks. She said the accidental poisoning was because of the glue in the wallpaper that was highly toxic in small-enclosed areas. It is unclear why Joseph died in July 1874.

Jacob was the first of ten children born to Joseph and Henrietta Bond. Jacob was a shoemaker and cloth finisher. It is unknown when the tombstone was brought back to the Bond store with the intention of fixing it but how long it had been there is unclear and unknown.

The Bond store operated until the 1970s as a successful and busy mercantile establishment. Mrs. Bond’s store when first opened was only to handle a few school supplies along with post cards, needles, thread, lace etc, but she kept enlarging her stock until only she knew where to find things. Mr. Harry Bond operated a barbershop next door and it was in business a long time. Some of the barbers over the years were Ab Leach and Pat Patterson. Miss Joie/Joey Bond retired from her unique variety store in 1977. When her mom became ill, Joie/Joey took over the store. Joey’s father John started his barbershop around 1900. The Bonds lived on the premises.

In 2006, 17-19 Bridge Street was a Christian Book Store and H & R Block. Now it is home to H&R Block and Bud’s Taxi.

Related reading

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

The True Carleton Place Story of Joie Bond- by Jennifer Hamilton

The Name is Bond—-Joie Bond

Looking for information on Joey Bond

Before the Stompin Tom Mural….There Was

20 Bridge Street, Carleton Place





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20 Bridge Street, Carleton Place

Built Circa 1860-1870

While many different people owned and occupied this building, it is referred to as the Levine Store, as Philip Levine and his wife rented the store from the Mayor of the day, G. Arthur Burgess, in 1921 and bought it in 1926. Levine’s store began as a dry goods store but changed gradually to a second hand shop as the used metal parts business was found to be more lucrative. The business operated for many years and the place came to be owned by the Levine’s daughter Shirley Sheinfleld who sold it in 1983.

In 1871 there is a record of a Yeoman,  and Peter Grant, living on the site. A labourer named James Brownlee bought the house in 1872 but in 1873, he had to move out and rented the place to William H. Farrell who was a bandleader. In 1876, John McEwen and family purchased the store. McEwen was a weaver from Scotland and is registered in the census of 1851-2 as a resident of Carleton Place.His family continued to live there after his death in 1887 until 1901.

The front half of the store was rented and occupied by a decorative painter and wall paperer Charles Whitcher. (see Pizza Pizza building) In 1901, the building was sold and rented to The McAllister Brothers Paint Company, who specialized in house painting. It evolved into theThompson Paint and Wallpaper shop, and the Thompsons who lived on Sarah Street were the parents of Dave Thompson who operated the first Imperial Oil  Service Station in town.


After that several people owned the property. A barber named Henry Bond (see Bond store) bought it in 1914 and George Arthur Burgess former Mayor of Carleton Place bought it in 1921. He did not live on the premises but rented it to persons operating a dry goods business.

The building changed hands many times, but became known as the Levine Store from 1921 when Philip Levine and his wife operated a dry goods store and alfer a second hand shop. The building remained in the Levine Family until 1983. In February 1986 there was a destructive fire but thankfully the building was rebuilt to match the original. It then became Boomers, and now The Thirsty Moose.

Related Reading

Before The Moose in Carleton Place There Was—

Does anyone still Have Fun at the Moose?

The Day The Moose in Carleton Place Burned Down

Boomers of Carleton Place

How to Paint “The Moose”

The Carleton Place Dump War

Woodstock in Carleton Place– Let the Tambourines Play and — And About That Junk Pile!

21 Bridge Street

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Now–Brown & MacFarlane Glass Co Inc

21 Bridge Street

This building was built circa 1870 and in 1906 Thomas Stevens had a new store at this location, which was called The Palace Grocery. In 1920, Stevens sold out to Bowland and Sutherland. Bowland and Sutherland Grocery store had a small China shop on the right of the grocery store.

Additions to Bowland and Sutherland — Mr. Sutherland had dark hair and his partner Rube Bowland was the one that carried on most of the business. He was well liked and was most noted for wearing a wig which he seemed to wear in all directions. They ran a small China shop on the right side of the grocery shop and the late Marjorie Whyte remembers buying a whole brand new Royal Doulton tea service for $12.00.

Lloyd Hughes was the delivery boy and helper, and later on Duncan Hobbs was the clerk and Hazel Cleland put in a few years too. Bowlands eventually gave up the china shop and rented it out Harold Warren from Perth who was a watch repairman and later Mel Covell ran it. Rube Bowland had three daughters and one son. Daughter Kaye Bowland was killed in a car accident in Granby, Quebec along with Hilda Morphy. (files from Marjorie Whyte)

In 1951, Townend Plumbing and Heating was located in the building. In 2006, the building was part of the dry cleaners (Carleton Cleaners) located at 27 Bridge Street. Today the business Brown & MacFarlane Glass Co Inc is located there.


1924 Carleton Place ad


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal11 Aug 1941, MonPage 22


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal03 Jan 1942, SatPage 6


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal26 Nov 1931, ThuPage 13

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

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



Carleton Place — A Valley Town at Confederation 

In Canada’s Year of Confederation, the busy sawmill village of Carleton Place had a population of about 700 people. Many citizens were sons and daughters of the Scottish emigrants who had settled the area in the 1820’s.Most of the town’s buildings stood on the north side of the Mississippi River, with only about 12 houses on the south.

Shops on Bell, Mill and Bridge Street were open from 6 am to 10 pm and the average work day for laborers was 11 hours! Want to know more about what Carleton Place (formerly Morphy’s Falls) looked like in 1867?

Read more in the Carleton Place Community Information Guide or stop by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum and check out their summer exhibition.

At the corner of Lake Ave East and Bridge Street- before Canadian Tire —Rick Roberts
BTW, the ‘car wash’ at the Texaco station involved a bucket, a sponge and a garden hose ( this is a first-hand account 🙂

Then and Now–SRC– Ray’s Recollections

Then and Now–SRC– Ray’s Recollections


Comment From–Arthur Street The Burgess House and Dangerous Places- Ray Paquette

This house always fascinated me. When I was a lad the Burgess home was owned by a Mr. Feltham (sic) who ran a rag business out of a former hotel on the west side of Moore Street in the area beside Interval house that was torn down in the 1950’s and replaced with a Cities Service gas station.–Ray Paquette

My memory of that lot where Sal’s Place is situated is much earlier when there was a large brick building that was owned by a Mr. Feltham (sic) who ran a “rags and cloth” business. He and his family lived in the large home east of the CPDMH which is currently an apartment block. He drove a large late ’40s or early ’50s Packard.

Behind the main building was a storage shed which we use to climb onto the roof to watch the trains on the track directly behind the lot.Ray Paquette


Snedden Hotel on Moore Street (Franktown Road)– the building across the street used to house a rag business. Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



Looking at the two buildings from another direction–Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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SRC Music Store in Carleton Place, Ontario–124 Moore St where the large building once stood and once was a Cities Service gas station.

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

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.


Dr Howard was also located in the back of that empty property near Wool Growers.

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Dr. Howard, who claimed to have been descended from one of the original 13 Barons of England, was a big man, soft spoken, and used to relate to me about his turkey hunting trips in the U.S.A.  He had a law suit with the Montreal Daily Star and lost.  The Star published a pamphlet about him and distributed it to the householders of Carleton Place.

Did You Know Who was Cooking in Back of Lancaster’s Grocery Store? Dr. Howard I Presume! – Part 3

Part 1- Dr. G. S. Howard of Carleton Place — Just Call Me Master!

The Shenanigans of Dr. Howard of Carleton Place – Part 2


Another Demolished Building of Carleton Place –Gone Baby Gone!

Arthur Street The Burgess House and Dangerous Places- Ray Paquette

Ray Paquette’s Memories- McNeely and the Mississippi Hotel and Doughnuts?

The Devlins and Weldon Armour– Ray Paquette

Signed Sealed and Delivered with Tom New — Ray Paquette

Candy Stores Shoes and Plungers– Ray Paquette