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Lanark County Pigs on the Wing

Lanark County Pigs on the Wing



When most of the citizens of Lanark County kept a pig or two, the practice was to buy the pigs when they were  a month or two old from a farmer. They would feed them until the late fall, then slaughter them and salt the meat away for Winter.

One day William McCall came to town with a wagon full of young grunters. Knocking on doors began to go up and down the streets of Carleton Place offering his piglets for sale. Nearly all of them were black Berkshires and the best that could be bought in Lanark County. When Mr. McCall called at the home of Jim Shiels he only had three left: two Berkshires and one runt.

Jim said he would take the rest of them at the usual price of two bucks each, but Bill hung out for a price of $2.50 each as that was the price he got for the rest of them. Well, the prospective buyer stated he did not intend paying more than the going price.

It looks like a deadlock was developing and old Bill, well, he was ready to drive away, until Hollie Shiels, Jim’s son, came out to tell his father that dinner was ready. Hollie saw what was going on and took it upon himself to act as a kind of referee between the two.

He gave his Dad a wink and  told Mr. McCall that in his opinion the black Berkshires were definitely worth $2.50 a piece. A suggestion from Hollie was that his father buy the two black ones for that price, and surely Mr. McCall would throw in the runt for a dollar. Not thinking too clearly the seller thought this new deal was quite acceptable,  money was exchanged and the wheels of commerce turned once again. Mr. McCall rode down Town Line that night towards home thinking he had the best of the deal. He hadn’t been born in a barn but there was no question that no one got the best of him in the art of the deal– until he got home later and thought really about it.


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What Information Can You Add?

What Information Can You Add?
17522890_1389849087738648_4606161067111011687_n.jpgCarleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum added a new photo to the album: Photo Friday March 24
 Photo Friday: In which we publish a newly acquired photograph and ask for your help!

This week: A pickup truck with “Wm. McCall & Sons R.R. 1 Carleton Place” on the door. Man presumably shovelling gravel into said truck. Who was William McCall? Who were his sons? What sort of business did they run? Any idea where this gravel pit might have been? Thank you!-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

What do you know about this photo?  What can you tell the museum about Bill and Carrie McCall who lived on Moffatt Street? What do you remember about the business?


Ted Hurdis –I heard often about the McCall little construction business. I believe that the pit was out in Ramsay twp. I worked with Ross for years at the Carleton Place MTO. Their home was on Moffatt St. right where that new double was just built. Just north of the town line.

Janice Tennant Campbell —I grew up across from Bill and Carrie McCall on Moffatt Street. There children were Art (Wife Lena), Freda ((husband Tom Woods) and Ross. Art and Freda had married and left Moffatt Street by the time we moved there I believe.

Please  leave any memories in the comment section. Thank you!


Catherine (Carrie) Alexandra Armstrong (1903-1996) was born in  Ramsay; died in Carleton Place married  William Crozier McCall  in Drummond  in 1921– Armstrong Family    


McCALL, Catherine A. “Carrie” Armstrong Obituary

At her home in Carleton Place, Ontario on Tuesday, May 14, 1996, Catherine McCall beloved wife of the late William C. McCall, Dear mother of Freda Woods (Thomas) of Syracuse New York, Ross of Carleton Place and the late Arthur, Fond mother-in-law of Elena Tullis of Fergusons Falls, Loving grandmother of Catherine A. Woods, Connie Tyrrel (Tom) and the late Ruth Eleanor Nephin. Great-grandmother c Tom, Jim and Robbie Tyrrel, Dear sister of Alma Voege of Stanford, New York and Ann Morris of Lanark, Predeceased by brothers Tom, Bill, Herb Melvin, Edwin and his sister Ethel Johnson, Bell Millar, Margaret Rathwell and Essie Emmerson Resting at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service in the chapel on Friday at 3 p.m. Rev. John Bushby officiating. Interment Boyd’s United Cemetery, Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Eastern Star Service at the funeral home on Thursday at 4 p.m. Rebekah Service at 7 p.m

William and Carrie’s sons and daughter

McCALL, Ross James
Peacefully in hospital, Carleton Place, Ontario, on Friday, April 1, 2016, in his 89th year. Predeceased by his parents Catherine (nee Armstrong) and William McCall. Brother of the late Freda Woods and the late Arthur McCall. Fondly remembered by Jamie and Manuel Gomes. Ross was a member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge, Carleton Place and will be remembered by members and many other friends in Carleton Place.

December 1, 2005 Freda McCall Woods, 81, of Lakeland, FL and Baldwinsville, died Thursday at Oakridge Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness. She was born in Carleton Place, Ontario and lived in the Syracuse area for many years. Freda retired in 1984 from Church & Dwight in Solvay. She was a member of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church. Freda was also a member of the Order Of Eastern Star Chapter 219 Liverpool-Baldwinsville and Women of the Moose Chapter 649 in Baldwinsville. Survivors: her husband of 58 years, Thomas R. Woods; two daughters, Catherine Woods and Connie (Thomas) Tyrrell both of Baldwinsville; a brother, Ross McCall of Carleton Place; three grandchildren, Thomas C. Tyrrell, James Tyrrell, and Robert Tyrrell; nieces, nephews and cousins.

William John “Arthur” “Art” McCall
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Carrie McCall’s Brother

December 20, 1977        William John Armstrong

Mr. William John Armstrong of Innisville died December 20, 1977 at the home of his grandson, Robert Armstrong, Ottawa. He was in his 80th year, and had been in failing health for some time. He was born September 10, 1898, at Gilbert Plains, Dauphin, Manitoba, the son of an Innisville couple, John W. Armstrong and his wife, Annie Hudson. He was educated at Scotch Corners and Innisville. He resided in this district for 73 years, and prior to his retirement he was a farmer, and also worked as a truck driver for the Department of Highways, Steel’s Cartage, Carleton Place and Reynolds’ Cartage, Carleton Place. Mr. Armstrong was active in the community. He was curator of the museum at Innisville from the time of its inauguration until his death. He was Past Master of LOL No. 92, Innisville, a member of RBP, Carleton Place; Past Master of St John’s Lodge No. 63  AF and AM Carleton Place; a former member of the 100F, Carleton Place, and secretary of St John’s Cemetery Committee. Predeceased by his wife, the former Annie Gardiner. They were married at Trinity Church, Ottawa, July 18, 1923. Survivors include a son, Stanley W Armstrong, Ottawa; grandsons, Robert John Armstrong and William Edwin Armstrong, both of Ottawa; and sisters, Bella (Mrs. Ernie Miller) Pakenham; Maggie (Mrs Ernie Rathwell) Smiths Falls; Carrie (Mrs. William McCall) Carleton Place; Alma (Mrs. William Voege) New Jersey, USA; Essie , Mrs Clyde Emerson) Carleton Place and Annie ( Mrs. Carl Morris) Peterborough. Ont. He was predeceased by a sister, Ethel (Mrs. James Johnston) and two brothers, Thomas and Herb Armstrong. The funeral service took place Dec. 22, 1977 at St John’s Anglican Church, Innisville, with the Rector, Rev. Roger Young, officiating. Interment will be in St John’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were two grandsons, Robert and William Armstrong, and four nephews, John Armstrong, Gordon Miller, Robert Brydges and George Gardiner

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal02 Aug 1949, TuePage 16

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