Some of the curlers returning from the rink last Thursday night were startled to find smoke coming out of Mr. J. Tosh’s butcher shop. On examination it was discovered that the whole interior was a roaring mass of fat-fed flames.
An alarm was given, but before the crowd arrived the flames seemed to smother themselves out, except for a small blaze in the rear, which was quenched with a few pails of water.
The fire was practically out before the engine arrived. The fire had evidently started from the stove ‘pipes or flue. Mr. Tosh had left the building just about fifteen minutes before. The fire was evidently discovered just as it commenced to burn.
The building, which is not seriously damaged, is owned by Mr. D. Williams. Mr. Tosh occupied one side and Mr. W. A. Cavers was preparing to open a grocery store in the other. The loss on the building is covered by insurance. Mr. Tosh lost all his stock of meats and canned goods, which were ruined by smoke and water. His loss will be about $400, covered by insurance.
If the flames had ever got a start in the old sheds and frame buildings adjoining, ’Almonte would have undergone another serious scorching.
Here’s a photo from 1974 of the house where my great grandparents, Robert Carswell Tosh & Caroline Elizabeth (Powers) Tosh, & their children used to live. One of their children, Winnard, wrote about it in his memoirs which I’ve included as an attachment. Winnard would be a brother of my grandfather, Alexander. I’ve never seen the house in person so I would like to know if it’s still there and if anyone has any other photos of it. It’s located on the Ninth Line of Ramsay Township. Thank you.
I think this photo was taken in Almonte but I don’t know for sure. The 3 people in the front on the left are my great grandparents, George Thomas Bond & Mary Christina (Whyte) Bond and their daughter, Florence Elsie (Bond) Tosh who would be my grandmother’s sister. If anyone knows the names of anyone else in this photo or where the photo was taken please post a reply. George Bond died in January 1947 so the photo was taken before that. Marg (Tosh) McNeely sent me this photo last year and Florence would be her mother and George & Mary would be her grandparents. Thank you.
My aunt, Caroline Catherine (Wacowich) Tosh was born 100 years ago today (July 8th) in Alberta. She married my uncle, Mervin Clark Tosh, at the Almonte Presbyterian Church in 1953 and spent the rest of her life living in Almonte. She also worked at the Almonte General Hospital for many years. She passed away in March of 2000 and is buried at the Auld Kirk Cemetery.
Here is a pic of the Robert and Carrie Tosh family.
The names were Winnard, Carrie, Hartley, Alex, Cephas,
They lived on a farm just outside of Almonte….it’s a red brick just past the Rae Side Road on the way to CP.
Allan StanleyWell well… more family pics. This time the Robert Tosh Family. The boy on the right with my Great grandmother (Caroline) is my grandfather Cephus Tosh. He had a restaurant on Mill Street in the 1950’s.
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I just want to make a correction to the photo of Robert & Carrie Tosh (my great grandparents) and their children (Alex would be my grandfather) which is at the top of this page. The name of one of the boys is Harvey not Hartley. Hartley would be the name of my father. Also, there are 6 children but only 5 names are given. The name not shown is Pearl who would be the older daughter. Thank you. David Tosh.
Here is a pic from 1924….my sister Mary Tosh was a flower girl for my aunt and uncle Harry and Ruby Nontell who at one time ran a restaurant in Almonte just up from where Stedman’s store was located.