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The Christmas Fair 1974 Names Names and Names

The Christmas Fair 1974 Names Names and Names

I’m sure this is Rev. Bob McCrea (sp) from Almonte United Church with his wife Thora. She was a music teacher at Naismith in Almonte at one time.

Eric Caldwell-Great people, daughter, Ruth, ad well, my parents hosted the new United church minister and family! I allways remember, that Bob, was the fastest eater, I had ever seen!!!! Next to, my wifey, lol

November 1974

The 18th annual Christmas Fair to be sponsored by the U.C.W. of Almonte United Church will feature a Fairyland theme. Visitors will be greeted by the Fairy Queen and her helpers, costumed in a fairyland theme. The various booths will be appropriatly decorated and it should be interesting to deal directly with such fairyland characters as the Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland or the Queen of Hearts. Jolly old Santa Claus will be present with his helpers and a continuous childrens movie will be shown so that mother can shop worry free or perhaps have a cup of tea.

A musical program will be given in the Church early in the afternoon and to wind up festivities, the men’s supper will be served for the whole family. It should be a great event so let’s all go to the Fair Saturday, 23th November, starting at 2 p.m. Mrs. Raymond Jamison has been convenor of this event for 17 of it’s 18 years. It’s continuing success is a result of good organization and-hard work by the ladies of the congregation. Work groups have been meeting regularly and individuals contribute much time all year in order to prepare the many handicrafted items presented for sale at the fair booths. In recent years the men of the congregation under the leadership of Mr. Norman Sadler have  opened a handicraft booth which has been most successful.

Over the years the enthusiastic support of the people of Almonte and district has grown and so has the size of the fair. A few years ago an addition was built to the hall which permitted some additional booth space. The ‘ ladies of the church are appreciative and every year they attempt to offer something new and interesting. This year also promises to be a most enjoyable event.

November 1974

Toy Drive

In former years the United Church Women have collected Christmas gifts for children in

various families in the community. After some discussion with members of the families on the

receiving end, it was decided that a sale of good used articles and toys would be of greater benefit and value and the ” Hub ” Coordinators agreed to organize this, in cooperation with some members of the Churches inAlmonte.

In providing this service it is hoped that parents will have a better chance to fill the needs and meet the wishes of their children.For the past month Karen Jones, Joyce Lowry, Marilyn Snedden, Junie Campbell, Pat Bowden Dorothy James and Julia Thomas have been working and sorting toys for the sale at St. Paul’s Church next week. Members of

the community have been dressing dolls, repairing toys and checking puzzles.

The invitation list has been made up with the help of the Public Health Nurse, the Community and Social Service person;each church has been approached

for names of members of their congregations who may be eligible for an invitation.

Proceeds are to be used to give these children a ChristmasParty; Any used toys left over will

be sold at the Hub following the sale. Our many thanks go to all the people who have generously donated toys and helped in many ways to make this sale possible.

In Memory of David Scharf — Almonte United Church Tragedy

The Almonte Fire 1955– Almonte United Church

Fire in Zion Memorial Church January 1950

Fire in Zion Memorial Church January 1950

January 19 1950

Zion United Church, CarletonPlace, was practically destroyed in an early morning fire last Sunday. The loss is estimated at $150,000 according to present day values. Insurance of $35,000 was carried. It is understood the congregation has decided to rebuild the edifice in spite of the fact that there is another United Church in the town as is the case in Almonte. 

The caretaker of the church discovered the fire when he went to stoke the furnace about five o’clock in the morning. As he was about to leave the main body of the building at 6.45 he saw smoke curling up behind the pipe organ and when he went to investigate he found that end of the church in flames. It is thought the fire started in the boiler room because the room from which the flames broke out is located directly over the heating plant.

In the battle to quell the fire which followed one new member of the Ocean Wave brigade, Ken Drummond, was injured by a falling piece of masonry. His back was badly bruised. Another had a nail puncture through his foot. Rev. E. C. Kelloway is pastor of the church which has a membership of some 300. It is understood that an invitation to worship at Memorial Park United Church, temporarily, was passed over in favor of services in the town hall. 

Mr. H. R. Davey, local contractor and planing mill operator, was engaged on Wednesday to take lumber to the scene of the fire and make temporary repairs to the shattered roof. Mr. Davey found that the floor of the church was partly intact under a heavy layer of debris and ashes. The fine basement was not too badly damaged.

City of Ottawa archives

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Chris Redmond

Joann Voyce6 min. ago

Sorry Chris but it was never Zion United .They were Zion ( Presbyterian) and Memorial Park United. Zion was the Free Presbyterian as opposed to St Andrews on Bridge which was Church of Scotland

3 days ago

In that era it was simply Zion United Church — the “Memorial” came only in the 1960s when Zion (on Albert St) merged with Memorial Park United Church (on Franklin Street)

Dan Williams

3 days ago

At that time this was Memorial Park United Church. Zion United Church was where the condo’s now are at the corner of Albert and Beckwith. When they united they became Zion Memorial United Church. The church in the picture was never Zion United Church.

Ray Paquette

3 days ago

A point of correction. When that fire occurred the United Church, Zion and Memorial Park had not amalgamated. The fire occurred on a Saturday afternoon when most of the young boys who chased the fire trucks were occupied at the Roxy Theatre with the Saturday afternoon matinee, yours truly included. After the movie ended, we all left the theatre and tore down to Judson Street to watch the OWFC in action…

Joann Voyce

3 days ago

This was Memorial Park United from the union of the Methodist and Presbyterians It was originally the Methodist Church. Zion was always Zion Presbyterian until the most recent union

Bill Mains59 sec. ago

The church which burned in 1950, was Zion United Church, which was formerly Zion Presbyterian Church until it became Zion United at church Union in 1925. Memorial Park Methodist Church, became Memorial Park United Church in 1925. Memorial Park burned a few years later in the mid 1950’s and was restored. The two churches amalgamated to Zion Memorial about 1965 when the Memorial Park building became the sanctuary and the Zion building became the Christian Education building until it was sold some time after 1970.

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by Chris Redmond

The street that connects Coleman Street to the new subdivision near Walmart has a name now: Christie Street, in honour of a young man who played an unusual role in the history of Carleton Place before he died in battle in 1917.

He was John H. H. (for Hatchell Halliday) Christie, who came to the town, and to Canada, to be a student minister at the Methodist Church on Franklin Street (what’s now Zion-Memorial United Church). He was born in Ireland, in a village called Glenavy in County Antrim, and interrupted his studies to cross the ocean to help meet an urgent need.


It was a difficult time for churches in Canada, with the population growing faster than the church leadership could find ministers to look after them. The problem was worst in the western provinces, and would continue until three denominations merged to create

the United Church in 1925, but the shortage hit home in Carleton Place when Dr. J. H. Sparling, the well-liked Methodist minister, died suddenly. (To be precise, he dropped dead while out on a bicycle ride.)

The best that could be arranged for a replacement was John Christie, the 23-year-old student who came over to serve as the congregation’s minister. He was quickly very popular, perhaps especially with the mothers of daughters, and he was well known

for his charming tenor voice. Someone noted that one of his favourite hymns was “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder”. But World War I was starting, and within a year the roll call he was answering was that of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. He headed back across the Atlantic with the Canadian Expeditionary.


September 1934–Memorial Park and United Church Carleton Place

Force; starting out as a private, he was soon a corporal, then commissioned as a lieutenant, and in early 1917 he was assigned to the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. Within three weeks he was dead, killed near the village of Givenchy-en-Gohelle during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

Circumstances of Death Registers

John Christie was one of five young men from Carleton Place who never returned from Vimy. He and other fallen soldiers were remembered at a service in the Methodist Church, where the four men’s photos were displayed at the front of the sanctuary, wrapped in a Union Jack. His body was buried in La Chaudière military cemetery near Vimy.

Grave Marker

John Hatchell Halliday Christie
2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion
10th April 1917, aged 25.​
Plot VII. C. 2.

Son of the Rev. William John Christie and Emma Jane Halliday Christie, of Barnbidge, Ireland.

It took until 1918 before the Methodist church found a new minister. After the war, in the 1920s, the area near the corner of Franklin and Beckwith Streets, which had been standing empty since Carleton Place’s great fire in 1910, was developed as Memorial Park. And when the Cenotaph was put up there, one of the names engraved on it was that of the Rev. John Christie.


Newspaper Clipping

Newspaper Clipping – From the Perth Courier for 4 May 1917

Lt. Rev. John Hatchell Halliday Christie was 25 years of age when he lost his life on the second day of the Battle at Vimy Ridge. He too is buried in a Canadian war cemetery in France.

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 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
27 Dec 1954, Mon  •  Page 22




 - The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Jun 1966, Sat  •  Page 54


The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
23 Feb 1892, Tue  •  Page 3

 - The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Jul 1952, Wed  •  Page 14

 - The Chilliwack Progress
Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
18 Sep 1907, Wed  •  Page 1


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She Said Yes to her Grandmother’s Dress

She Said Yes to her Grandmother’s  Dress



Zion-Memorial United Church

September 5 at 10:53 PM · 

“SHE SAID YES TO THE DRESS” – was on Sep. 30th @ The United Church in Carleton Place This was a fashion show of wedding dresses – 120 years right up to the present hosted by Jan Ferguson and the ladies of the United Church, and it was so well done.




Model- Gracey Patterson
It’s pretty commonplace nowadays for brides to opt for a vintage wedding dress over a brand new gown. There’s something just a little bit magical about stepping into a piece of clothing that has a whole other history of its own. Not to mention it’s usually a heck of a lot cheaper. But would you ever consider recycling your grandmother’s wedding dress for your own day? Let’s face it, fashion’s completely changed since our grandparents were young. Plus – is it just me, or have you noticed how tiny women’s waists seemed to be back in those days?!

All things considered, choosing to make part of your wedding day less about what you want and more about honouring a treasured family member, be it your grandma or your mum, could end up meaning so much more than any new dress.



This blue-ivory dress in the picture above that was featured at the United Church Fashion show was owned by Meghan Lavergne who took the top off of her Grandmothers wedding dress and made this keepsake dress. Her Grandmother was Norah Day nee Moffat.





Some of the dresses that were in the show.



Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome 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. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.

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 - ' An auctioneer's block has replaced the altar... - but asked not to be identified, said nearly...

Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 14 Jul 1980, Mon,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 3




 - PEDDLERS PARISH Antique Flea Market Carleton...



I bought the picture below from Peddlar’s Parish. The Victorian era is known to some as the Occult of Death. This was an era where the loss of a loved one was sadly far too common, but was dealt with endearing rituals. The picture below is a little girl no one knows. She died when she was yet ten years old, and her communion veil and bouquet were put into a Victorian mourning box. The picture has “tear” marks down the centre and nothing will take them out. I also have a Victorian coffee table that has all-glass sides that displayed mementos from the dead. All bought from the beloved Carleton Place flea marke


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The Lost Photos & Words- Carleton Place Fire 1910

The Almonte Fire 1955– Almonte United Church

The Almonte Fire 1955– Almonte United Church







CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada13 Sep 1955, Tue  •  Page 29

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada13 Sep 1955, Tue  •  Page 29

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada13 Sep 1955, Tue  •  Page 29

CLIPPED FROMThe Sun TimesOwen Sound, Ontario, Canada13 Sep 1955, Tue  •  Page 7


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Judge Senkler and the Almonte Fire Bug

The Almonte Fire– Bridge and Water Street 1903

Miss Eva Denault- Almonte 1911 Fire Heroine

Canadian Girls in Training

Canadian Girls in Training



Photo- Lanark & District Museum

The Explorers who met on Thursday evenings in the United Church in Cowansville, Quebec worked on getting stars and eventually the “E’ pin which promoted you to C.G.I.T. The C.J. I. T. gals wore cool middy blouses and navy  blue skirts and their meetings opened with devotion and singing followed by a small “business” meeting. Then meetings would proceed with a social portion, often consisting of games or crafts and treats. I wonder if I could say that mission statement today.



CGIT was established in 1915 by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) and the major protestant denominations in Canada as a means of promoting Christian living in girls aged 12-17. The CGIT movement was started by four young Canadian women: Winnifred Thomas, Olive Ziegler, Una Saunders, and Constance Body.

As World War One continued overseas Thomas, Ziegler, Saunders, and Body looked at the lack of leadership roles available to young women at home and the need to provide service opportunities for girls.  The four women formed the Canadian Advisory Committee on Co-Operation in Girls’ Work, financed by the YWCA, to study the interests and needs of female youth.

The Committee and CGIT movement was female dominated in its leadership and argued that girls should have opportunities equal to boys to serve their country in wartime and that training opportunities were needed for female self-betterment.


Sandy Dobie– I remember having to iron those cotton blouses. If you were a young teen in a small town you likely belonged.

Sue Johnston– I was a CGIT gal….loved the uniform

The years 1916-1917 saw the Committee attempting to determine what style of education would be most useful for Canadian girls.  The overwhelming majority of existing scholarship on religious youth education was focused on boys and the Committee hoped to design a program that reflected the needs and wants of female youth.  The first CGIT program was published in 1917 in a booklet called “Canadian Girls in Training — Suggestions for the Mid-Week Meetings of Sunday School Classes, Clubs, etc., for Teen-age Girls”.  The booklet’s popularity greatly contributed to the establishment of the CGIT movement nationwide.



Almonte gazette


The YWCA financed the CGIT movement for the first five years while it worked to become established on local, provincial, and national levels. By 1920 CGIT groups were being run across Canada and emphasized providing young women with the same opportunities that were available to young men, training girls for humanitarian service, and providing a safe space for personal and religious growth.

CGIT also served as leadership training for many young girls and the movement flourished with local groups being organized. In 1933 there were 40,000 members in 1100 communities across Canada. Retreat weekends, summer camps, leaders’ councils, and conferences sprouted up across the country providing additional leadership and skill building opportunities.

The early years of CGIT saw discussions of working with the Girl Guides of Canada however it was decided that the values of the two groups did not align.  CGIT disliked the emphasis Girl Guides placed on the accumulation of badges and competition.  Rather CGIT maintained that activities relating to physical, intellectual, religious, and service development should be undertaken for their own enjoyment and value. A Girl’s Standard issued by the CGIT provided guidelines for girls to measure themselves by and after 1920 the CGIT Purpose summed up the goals set by the organization:

As a Canadian Girl in Training
Under the leadership of Jesus
It is my purpose to
Cherish Health
Seek Truth
Know God
Serve Others
And thus, with His help,
Become the girl God would have me be.


In the 1930s the CGIT broke ground with its inclusion of sex education and its use of The Mastery of Sex by Leslie D. Weatherhead to provide appropriate sex education.  This education was often framed around the need to provide guidance for future wives and mothers.  However this emphasis on family life was frequently paired with sessions on vocations, talks from professional women, and the promotion of post-secondary education.

Author’s Note– I don’t think I remember sex education in my small rural town:)



This another photo from Kathleen Anne Palmer-O’Neil.. this is a Girls’ Conference, Iroquois Ontario, November, 1928. Looks like the CGIT (Canadian Girls In Training) to me? Anyone remember that? I know I was in them briefly.–Charles Dobie Photo

CGIT did not aim to radically change female roles in Canadian society.  Rather it aimed to promote female influence in already accepted female spheres.  It placed considerable emphasis on the role of women in Christian education, the home, and the community. CGIT provided spaces for women to engage in self-discovery, intellectual pursuits, and community leadership roles.

Membership declined nationwide following World War II but continued to thrive in numerous small communities. The community anniversary I participated in was one of those regions where CGIT continued to thrive through the 1950s and 1960s. After 1947 the movement was under the direction of the Department of Christian Education, Canadian Council of Churches. In 1976 the organization became an independent ecumenical body and is now supported by Canadian Baptist Ministries, Presbyterian Church in Canada and the United Church of Canada.  

The decline in membership can unsurprisingly be linked to the decline in mainstream church membership. Parents and youth are looking outside of the church for extracurricular activities, and leadership opportunities for young women can be found in a diverse range of organizations today.–by Krista McCracken







Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  04 Mar 1970, Wed,  Page 39



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  12 Feb 1959, Thu,  Page 20



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Mar 1947, Fri,  Page 27



Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ 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.



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The Carleton Place Men’s Choir and Douglas Halpenny — Linda’s Mailbag

The Carleton Place Men’s Choir and Douglas Halpenny — Linda’s Mailbag


May 21 1953–CONCERT BY THE CARLETON Place Male Chorus in the town hall, Carleton Place, Tuesday evening, May 26th, at 8.30 p.m. Also novelty number, “Tale of a Hat.” Admission, adults 50c, students 25c.–Almonte Gazette


Last week I posted a social note from the Almonte Gazette and Blaine Cornell commented on it wondering if there was more information about the Carleton Place Mens Choir.  I had also posted a photo on the Lanark County Genealogical Society page last week of *Douglas Halpenny. Douglas used to live in Carleton Place and began with the Carleton Place Men’s Choir and then went on to bigger things in Ottawa as a popular baratonist.

The Carleton Place Mens Choir’s director was William N. Stevenson who was also an *organist at the Zionist United Church. From the research I did I think they were around in the mid to late 50s. There was also a Lanark Choir too that Doug Halpenny sang in also.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal31 Oct 1952, FriPage 34



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal26 Apr 1952, SatPage 4



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal01 Mar 1956, ThuPage 4




*William Stevenson–March 7th, 1953     Willoughby – Gardiner Wedding At Zion Saturday       Zion United Church, Carleton Place, was the scene on Saturday afternoon, at three o’clock, of the marriage of Miss Irma Margaret Gardiner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gardiner, and Mr. David Willoughby, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Willoughby, all of Carleton Place. Rev. N. T. Holmes officiated in the church, which was decorated with Spring flowers and ferns. The wedding music was played by Mr. William Stevenson, and Miss Dolores New was the soloist. Given in marriage by her father the bride was attended by her sisters, Miss Nora Gardiner, as maid of honor, and Miss Marlyn Gardiner, as bridesmaid. Mr. Ivan Gardiner, brother of’ the bride, was best man and the ushers were Mr. Bill Nichols and Mr. Raymond Chambers. The bride wore a floor-length gown of white slipper- satin with a yoke and sleeves of sheer nylon net, and an overskirt of matching net. A matching headdress held her shoulder-length veil of nylon net and she carried a bouquet of red roses. Following the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents. Going away the bride wore a navy blue suit with navy and red accessories. Mr. and Mrs. Willoughby will make their home in Ottawa. Among the out-of-town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. John Snider, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Willoughby, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Willoughby, Mr. and Mrs. Darrahl Thomas,  Mr. and Mrs. Howden Day, all of Smiths Falls . Mr. Ray Warren and Diane, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Burke, Ottawa; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ireton, Mr. William Gardiner, Mr. Norman Gardiner, Perth; Miss Ann Chaput, Renfrew; Miss Marjorie Pye, Shawville; Mrs. Milford Taylor, Beechy, Sask.



*Douglas Halpenny–Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 05 May 1950, Fri, Page 20 Douglas Halpenny on the right from Lanark who was always in demand for singing.. When he wasn’t doing his chores by day he was singing by night.





*Douglas Halpenny–Clipped from The Ottawa Journal05 May 1950, FriPage 20


1951         McGill- Willows Wedding Boyd’s United Church—Boyd’s United Church was the scene of a pretty autumn wedding on Thursday, November 1st, at 12:30 o’clock, when Rev. N. T. Holmes, of Carleton Place, united in marriage Ethel Feryn, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Russell H. Willows, of Boyd’s Settlement, and John Rivington McGill, B. S. A., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. McGill, of Pakenham. The church was prettily decorated for the occasion with a bank of ferns and chrysanthemums. Mrs. Franklin Boyd played the wedding march and Mr. Douglas Halpenny was soloist. The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, looked charming in a floor-length gown of French lace over net over satin. The gown, designed on simple lines had a slightly gathered skirt from tight-fitting bodice, buttoned from waist to neckline with tiny satin-covered buttons. The small Peter Pan collar was decorated with seed pearls and sequins, and the tight-fitting sleeves ended in points over the hands. Her three-quarter length veil of net and matching French lace, fell from a tiny Juliet cap of the same material, decorated with seed pearls. She carried a cascade bouquet of American Beauty roses and lily of the valley. Miss Elva Willows, sister of the bride, was maid-of-honor, and wore a floor-length gown of pale pink frosted organza over taffeta, also designed on simple lines similar to that of the bride. Her mittens and flower headdress were in matching shade, and she carried a nosegay bouquet of pink and white chrysanthemums. The bridesmaids, Mrs. Kenneth Strong, of Carleton Place, and Miss Ellen Willows, sisters of the bride, wore gowns of pale blue frosted organza over taffeta, of similar design to that of the maid-of-honor, and their accessories were also in matching shade. They also carried nosegay bouquets of pink and white mums. Little Heather Ann Willows, sister of the bride, made a very sweet flower girl in a floor-length dress of yellow nylon, with matching bonnet. She carried a tiny nosegay of bronze and yellow baby mums. Mr. Hubert McGill, of Toronto, acted as best man for his brother, and the ushers were Mr. Wesley Craig, cousin of the bride, and Mr. Robert Rivington, cousin of the groom. Mr. Douglas Halpenny, sang “The Lord’s Prayer” prior to the ceremony, and during the signing of the register “O Perfect Love.” Following the ceremony, a reception was held for about 60 guests, after which the young couple left on a motor trip to points in the eastern United States. The bride travelled in a suit of navy blue gabardine, with white blouse and other accessories of navy blue velvet. her topcoat was of white camel hair, and she wore a corsage of American Beauty roses and



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

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


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