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Leo J. McDiarmid — The Sportsman’s Store

Leo J. McDiarmid — The Sportsman’s Store

Christoper Trotman with thanks.. 1933 December

After the 1923 fire, the new building housed Leo. McDiarmid’s Sports on the corner of Elgin (victoria) and Bridge Street.  Guns could be purchased or repaired, and ammunition and decoys were sold. Later Cliff Caldwell and his wife Edna operated a hair salon and lived on the second floor. About 1950 George H Doucett bought the building and his insurance company operated there until the early 70s. Mr. William S. Rowat was his office manager and after he lost an eye and could no longer drive, Mr. Doucett’s nephew Allan joined the staff. Mr.and Mrs. Dan Nichols occupied the upstairs apartment and the building was later purchased by Howard McNeely who operated a barbershop at 120 Bridge.

The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum has loaned several pieces from our collection, including the curling stone seen here. It was purchased at Leo McDiarmid’s Sportsman Store, Carleton Place

This 1933 receipt from The Sportsman’s Store is a recent donation. We love their slogan: “The Sport Store of A Sporty Town”! It was owned by Leo “Sport” J. McDiarmid (1884-1967). Leo was the only one of four brothers who fought in the First War and survived. Opening the store after his return to Carleton Place, Leo also was involved in local politics. Together with his mother Mary, he unveiled the Carleton Place Cenotaph in 1924, created to honour the town’s fallen sons.–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Visit us at Lambs Down Festival on Saturday to learn all about wool!

Cram’s Tannery was located at Sussex and Campbell Streets, and owned by Albert E. Cram, who lived at 77 Lake Avenue East. This quote is from the “Do You Remember When?” newspaper column, written in February 1953 by Leo McDiarmid (he wrote under the pen name “S.C. Ribe”):

“Joe Schwerdtfeger, Pete Lever, Steve Jones and Billy Garland, who were employed at Cram’s Tannery, could whisk the wool off a sheep pelt while you were saying ‘Jack Robinson’. The pelts were put into a curing vat, the wool baled up and shipped, a lot of it to the United States.”

The “Do You Remember When?” series of entertaining and historically informative weekly newspaper articles, appeared in the Carleton Place Canadian during the 1950s. A collection of columns is available for reading at the Museum.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Mary and William McDiarmid lost three sons in the First War. Victor (age 20), Harold (age 22) on Vimy Ridge, and Arthur, who was gassed on Vimy Ridge but came home to endure hospitals and sanatoriums, before dying on January 20, 1919 at the age of 19.

When the town of Carleton Place dedicated their new War Memorial on May 24, 1924, it was Mary McDiarmid, on the arm of her only surviving veteran son Leo, who slowly but proudly walked up the path and unveiled the monument.

We will remember.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada07 Mar 1967, Tue  •  Page 28

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada28 Nov 1932, Mon  •  Page 15

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada04 Feb 1926, Thu  •  Page 12

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada14 Nov 1930, Fri  •  Page 18

CLIPPED FROMThe Weekly AdvanceKemptville, Ontario, Canada10 Mar 1927, Thu  •  Page 1

read-Annie and Ethel Pretty Bridge Accident 1927

The Derry Farm of Angus McDiarmid

F. M. McDiarmid Clothing Co — Manny Gomes sign

McDiarmid Tennis Courts Photos Photos Photos

Duncan McDiarmid — Family of the Derry

McDiarmid Family– Murals and Vimy Ridge

read-Annie and Ethel Pretty Bridge Accident 1927

New Legion Hall Carleton Place #192 –1960– Trotman Files

New Legion Hall Carleton Place #192 –1960– Trotman Files

Thanks to Christoper Trotman and family- from their Grandparents that once lived at 244 William st.

January 1960 Careton Place Gazette

Lanark and Renfrew 42nd Pipes 1996 Legion #192 News

The Story of Trenches –Fred Knight Legion Branch #99 Cowansville

My First Memory Of Remembrance Day — The Legion Kettle

Legion Week 2021- Branch 240 — Almonte– Little Olympics 1968

Legion Week 2021- Branch 192 — Carleton Place– Clippings 1960s

Steve Horan– Iconic Veteran and “The Legion Flag Man”

Remembrance Day 1970s Legion Branch 192

Support Your Local Legion!

Looking for Memories About Allan Trotman — William Street

Looking for Memories About Allan Trotman  — William Street

This is thanks to David Trotman

Hello, I was given some pictures with some clippings of my dad who grew up on 244 William st. My dad Allan Trotman is back left in baseball and centre back with his glasses taped on in the hockey picture. Unfortunately there were no names in the pictures, wondering if you would post asking the people if they can name anyone, they would be all CP boys. Allan passed away in 1967. I don’t remember my dad (I was 5)and thought it would be nice if any of the comments could give me some stories

My dad Allan Trotman is back left in baseball- Photo– David Trotman

Harry Paquette was coach of the Red Sox

august 9 1956
My Dad is centre back with his glasses taped on in the hockey picture.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
23 Sep 1967, Sat  •  Page 22
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
14 Jan 1974, Mon  •  Page 22

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
14 Jun 1950, Wed  •  Page 37

Allan was a singer

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Feb 1928, Wed  •  Page 12

Like Father like son E. Trotman

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
31 Dec 1947, Wed  •  Page 21

The Snowstorm of March 1947 – Jim Houston

The Snowstorm of March 1947 – Jim Houston
Photo Jim Houston–1947– at the 4 corners/ Lake and Bridge– Houstons who live at 11 Lake Ave East walking down Lake Ave West. It says ” Taken from service station ” I found out it was 1947

Karen McGee this is what I remember winter like in town, walking to school down Lake Ave. They didn’t plow the streets as well as they do now.

Julie Kirkpatrick It was taken from the old Gulf Gas Station on the corner of Lake Ave and Bridge St. Looking towards the high school. I remember that winter.

Joann Voyce Before the Texaco there was Major Hooper’s beautiful home and large green lawn

Doug Thornton Around 55 or 56 when I lived at 92 Bridge Street, across from the Royal Bank, if memory serves me correct, the snow was so deep that no vehicles could drive on Bridge Street. The snow was much deeper than that picture.

anice Bowie the first house on the right is 11 Lake Avenue WEST – we lived and ran our business (Lux Photographic Services) from 2004 to 2012 there – Loved our time in CP as well as this home! it would be lovely to know more of its history – although we did a lot of work for the CP / Beckwith Heritage museum, we were not able to get much on it – though did have a copy of the deed and it was one of the Moores who had it built (1909-1911)

Dan Williams My dad used to tell me about walking 3 miles to school on snowbanks as high as telephone poles whenever I complained about having to walk to school in a snowstorm. Don’t know what year that would have been😉

Houstons who lived at 11 Lake Ave East– This is a picture of Lake Ave East going towards my home. You can see the home on the left that is at the corner of Argyle and Lake Ave East.. my house is next so you can see trees. 1947 snowstorm. Photo Jim Houston
1947 snowstorm
1947 photo Doug McCarten photo
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Mar 1947, Tue  •  Page 12
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Mar 1947, Tue  •  Page 4


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Tragedy in Carleton Place 1919 — Spanish Flu — Trotman Family


Thanks to Jim Houston for this clipping from The Carleton Place Newspaper from March 8th 1951.

Although the flu epidemic which has swept Carleton Place as well as many other communities this year has not been characterised by fatal results due to modern science, the terrible days of 1919 have been brought to the minds of many who lost relatives and friends.

The following is a clipping published in Carleton Place newspapers during the week of February 2, 1919.

A Double Funeral

A sad pitiful spectacle rare anywhere in Canada, rarer still in Carleton Place was that of two hearses passing along Bridge Street on Monday afternoon. One contained the body of Mr. Bert. Trotman and the other that of his sister Pearl– she had died at 6 o’clock on Sunday evening, the other at 7; the daughter at her fathers and the son at his own home. Each had contracted the influenza. ( Spanish Flu)

Bert, apparently had an iron frame and it was thought he might be a conqueror. He was 28 and his sister, 23. Bert was a moulder at Findlay Bros. and the Findlay workers rallied and formed a long cortege of great length behind the hearse.

Their father, Mr. Harry Trotman is very ill. One boy, Fred was killed in an accident at the front. It will thus be seen that this family has had afflictions to a degree of suffering and sacrifice seldom recorded. Bert leaves a widow, so low as to be kept to be kept from the knowledge of her husband’s death, and two small children. Mrs. Trotman, sr., is a daughter of Mr. James Rowledge, Lake Ave.


We deeply regret to announce during Tuesday night, Mr. Harry Trotman passed away. His death is the third in the family in three days and there will be more deaths in Carleton Place. Mr. Trotman was born in England and came with his parents to Carleton Place in 1884. He was 53 years of age. One brother Richard lives in Smiths Falls. The funeral takes place this afternoon to Maplewood cemetery.

Still Later

This morning Mrs. Bert Trotman and her daughter passed away making 5 deaths in the family since Sunday evening. Since this story was published it has been learned that only the 3 youngest members of the family of 7 are living. They are” Wilfred, who resides on Bridge Street and is a retired moulder at Findlays, Ernest, residing on William Street, a moulder, and Austin who purchased a farm in Franktown in 1946.

Mrs. Lloyd Moore, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Trotman,victims of the flu, made her home with her grandmother until her marriage and now lives at Monkland, Ontario, where her husband is a cheesemaker.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Feb 1919, Tue  •  Page 13

February 16, 1951

FLU EPIDEMIC IN CANADA AIR FORCE BASE CLOSED MONTREAL, Feb. 14. (A.A.P.)Canada’s influenza epidemic, which has stricken 120,000 people and caused more than 100 deaths, struck hard in Ontario to-day. The new outbreak forced officials to close the Royal Canadian Air Force base at Aylmer, Quebec where over 30,000 children are away from school, was still the hardest hit area.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Mar 1951, Fri  •  Page 4

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Myths of History — Germs From a German U Boat Began Spanish Flu 1918

Spanish Flu 1918– Swine May Have to Wear Masks

Stanley Cup Called Off by the Spanish Flu 1919

Spanish Influenza in Lanark County from the Perth Courier — Names Names

Hey Even Journalists Can be Sick! Influenza 1918

More Family Names– Death by Influenza

Death by Influenza 1918- Any Names you Recognize?

They Lived and Died in Lanark County

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