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Missing Brother Back Home- Blakeley – Wilson History – 46 Malcolm Street

Missing Brother Back Home- Blakeley – Wilson History – 46 Malcolm Street

When Mrs. John Blakeley bid good bye to her brother 38 years ago, when she was a little girl, she was devastated. Then years later she heard that he was dead. Over 23 years ago a certificate of death issued by the Foresters of which society he was a member. Then to find him walk calmly into her home on Wednesday morning and announce himself alive was the experience of Mrs. John Blakeley, of Almonte, wife of the manager of the Yorkshire Wool Stock Company. ( Read-MIDNIGHT FIRE DESTROYS THE YORKSHIRE WOOL STOCK MILL 1923)

Mr. J. C. Wilson, the long lost brother, lives in Minneapolis. He has prospered during these long years that he was supposed to be dead. Apparently the rumor of his death arose through a similarity of names, some one of the name of J. C. Wilson having really passed away.

A week or so ago Mr. Wilson was determined to revisit Canada and see once again the members of his family. He went to Brantford where he had been ‘brought up’. When he arrived in the morning and found that his father at the age of 89 still lived in the red “brick house” of his boyhood. The old gentleman was pale and hearty. His father had never really believed that his son was dead, and when his daughter announced that a gentleman-whom he had not seen for a long time had come to visit him he asked:

“Is it my boy, Jake?”

Mrs. G. H. Fair, the sister of Mr. Wilson, who resides with her father In Brantford, accompanied her brother to Almonte. So this week in the Blakeley home in New England part of Almonte was a family gathering which renews acquaintance.

1921 Almonte

In the 1921 Census.. he was named as visiting along with his sister and her daughters from Brantford.

John Wilson65 Visitor

Name:John Blakeley
Racial or Tribal Origin:English
Marital Status:Married
Birth Year:abt 1870
Birth Place:England
Year of Immigration:1883
Residence Date:1 Jun 1921
House Number:46
Residence Street or Township:Malcolm St
Residence City, Town or Village:Town of Almonte
Residence District:Lanark
Residence Province or Territory:Ontario
Residence Country:Canada
Relation to Head of House:Head
Spouse’s Name:Emma Blakeley
Father Birth Place:England
Mother Birth Place:England
Can Speak English?:Yes
Can Speak French?:No
Can Read?:Yes
Can Write?:Yes
Months at School:31-01
Employment Type:2 Wage Earner
Nature of Work:Work?? B
Duration of Unemployment:0
Duration of Unemployment (Illness):0
Enumeration District:97
Sub-District:Almonte (Town)
Sub-District Number:42
Home Owned or Rented:Owned
Monthly Rental:BB
Class of House:Single House
Materials of Construction:Wood
Number of Rooms:6
Enumerator:Geo Fred Lee
District Description:Ward 1, Polling Division No. 2 – Comprising the remainder or balance of said Ward
Neighbours:View others on page
Line Number:29
Family Number:46
Household MembersAgeRelationshipJohn Blakeley51HeadEmma Blakeley52WifeArthur Blakeley23SonWilliam Blakeley19SonJohn J Blakeley17SonEdna Blakeley14Daughter John Wilson65 VisitorAnnas Barras26VisitorEdna Mary Barras6DaughterGrace Barras3DaughterLevere Barras1DaughterMay Morrison21Visitor
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Dec 1929, Wed  •  Page 7
The Expositor
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
16 May 1921, Mon  •  Page 1

BLAKELEY family street naming application information for the Town of Almonte– click here..

My Great Grandfather, John Blakeley, came to Almonte with his family in 1919… over a hundred years ago. He took up residence on 24 Malcolm St. in April of 1919, and managed the Shoddy Mill for about 10 years until his death in 1929.

The Almonte Gazette archives show that he was elected to the Town Council in 1921, as well as to the Board of Education in 1925. He was involved in many of the town’s activities over the years, even being named an Honorary President of the Almonte Hockey Club.

The Blakeley descendants have had a long standing and prolific presence in Almonte over the years. My grandparents, Tom and Lillian Blakeley, raised seven children in their home at 229 Ann Street, and Uncle Bill and Aunt Clara Blakeley raised four children at 115 Colina Street.

John Blakeley’s sons, Tom, and Bill, and Bill’s son, Keith, were all longstanding members of the Almonte Fire Dept.; my grandfather Tom Blakeley retiring after 35 years in 1958, and his brother, my Uncle Bill, served for 51 years. Keith rose to the position of Deputy Chief of the Almonte-Ramsay Fire Dept. until he passed away in 1983.

My Uncles Don Blakeley and Earl Blakeley, and Bill Blakeley’s son, Wally Blakeley all served overseas, but Wally did not make it home. In a June 17, 1944 letter… 11 days after D-Day… from my Uncle Don to my grandmother while he was overseas he wrote “I bet there was quite the excitement the day we landed, eh! I’d have liked to seen one of the papers. ”. Almonte was there and was part of D-Day!! There is a graphite portrait of my Uncle Earl in the Canadian War Museum as part of an exhibit of 14 portraits of Canadian War Veterans.

My Aunt Clara Blakeley, wife of Bill Blakeley, was a Silver Cross Mother because her son, Wally, was killed in action. In addition to our family’s wartime service, in peacetime, my dad, Murray Blakeley, first served in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS New Liskeard, as well as in the mid 1950s he was a soldier in the Regular Army stationed at Camp Borden.

Our family’s service information can be verified by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 240.

My mother, Marion Blakeley, was a nurse in the Rosamond Memorial Hospital, and then in the new Almonte General Hospital when it opened in 1961. As I recall being told, she was involved in the delivery of the last baby to be born in the Rosamond Hospital, and the first baby to be born in the new hospital.

My grandmother, Lillian Blakeley, worked at the candy counter and my grandfather’s sister, Edna, worked at the ticket booth of the O’Brien Theatre for many years. Keith Blakeley, in addition to his service on the Almonte Fire Dept., was also Director of the Almonte Fair Board for a number of years. Keith and Stella Blakeley’s daughter, Bonnie, was a school teacher in Almonte and Pakenham, and their other daughter, Sherry, served on Almonte Town Council for 7 years under Mayors Dorothy Finner and Ron Pettem.

The archives of the Almonte Gazette follow the progress of myself, my siblings, and my cousins as we progressed through school year after year, as well as a number of articles telling of the happy events and the sad ones our family experienced.


Murray’s Taxi —- Frank Blakeley and other Rides

Clippings of Earl Blakeley from Frank Blakeley

Francis Shaw Pakenham Postmaster Gone Missing —Elizabeth Shaw — Residential School Teacher

Drummond Centre United Church — and The Ireton Brothers 38 Year Reunion–Names Names Names

Missing Berkeley Series – Larry Thrasher

Effie McCallum —– Missing Milliner

The Case of the Missing $900

Explosives Go Missing! Stories From Old Photos

The Missing Heir

Remembering Robert George Wilson Glen Isle 1942

Remembering Robert George Wilson Glen Isle 1942

On the 13 Jul 1942, Robert G. Wilson, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Scott Wilson of the eighth line of Ramsay, was accidentally drowned today while wading in the Mississippi river at Glen Isle. With another teen-age companion, Robert Rivington, young Wilson, a poor swimmer, was wading in the river when he fell into an eight-foot hole in the river bottom.

Rivington, who (managed to reach shore, sounded the alarm and John Cram of Glen Isle and Elmer Reid went out in a boat. After a search Cram managed to recover the body, but by then it had been in the water about two hours. Dr. A. Downing, coroner of Carleton Place, ordered the removal of the body to the Combs funeral home, Almonte. His parents moved to the district 18 months ago from the West, where they had farmed.

Name:Robert George Wilson
Birth Date:1928
Birth Place:Watson Sask
Death Date:12 Jul 1942
Death Place:Ramsey, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father:William Scott Wilson
Mother:Thelma Caroline Wilson
Certificate Number:023360

1942, Thursday July 16, The Almonte Gazette, front page

Glen Isle Scene Of Sad Fatality Ramsay Boy Drowned While Swimming In Mississippi River

Robert G. Wilson, 14, son of Mr and Mrs W. Scott Wilson of the 8th line of Ramsay, was drowned Sunday afternoon while swimming in the bay at Glen Isle, about two miles from Carleton Place. The youth, accompanied by a neighbour, Robert Rivington, of approximately the same age, was wading into the river when he stepped into a hole and sank out of sight. The Wilson boy was a fair swimmer and it is thought he got excited when he suddenly found himself in deep water. He is said to have gone down three times.

The Rivington lad held his footing and got safely ashore. He immediately went for aid but it was some time before he found anyone. John Cram and Elmer Reid, both of Glen Isle, guided by Rivington, rowed to the spot where the Wilson boy went down but it was almost two hours before the body was recovered. Artificial respiration was applied but when Corner Albert Downing, Carleton Place, arrived he pronounced life extinct.

Robert Wilson was born in Watson, Sask., and moved here with the family some years ago. He was popular at the High School in Almonte where he was in attendance. He is survived by his parents and a brother and sister, Lennox and Kathleen. The funeral, which was largely attended took place Tuesday afternoon from the family home to the Auld Kirk Cemetery, with Rev W.J. Scott of Bethany United Church, Almonte conducting the service. Six young friends of deceased acted at pallbearers, namely, Billy Pierce, Jack Gilmour, Jerry Guthrie, Jimmy Metcalfe, Billy Naismith and Bobby Rivington. Among the floral offerings were pieces from the Almonte High School pupils and pupils of S.S. 6 & 7, Ramsay, and the U.F.W.O. The sympathy of the whole community goes out to the bereaved parents and the brother and sister.

In Memory of Jack Wilson — The Mason’s Mason

In Memory of Jack Wilson — The Mason’s Mason


Some locals find it strange, but when the Morphy’s built my home, Springside Hall in 1867, they used the stone from the Almonte Quarry. Most Carleton Place stone homes were constructed with stone out of the Beckwith Quarry, but the quarry from Almonte was indicated on the original drawing of the house. Sadly, those two land plans went into flames during the fire of  1995.

The late great Jack Wilson who did the stonework on the Caldwell Street portion of our home in the early 90s knew that, and when my late husband argued with him that quarries didn’t matter, Jack took him to a few quarries and showed him the difference. Ange never questioned Jack’s knowledge again, and for two years Jack worked on our home cutting each stone by hand. It was almost like every stone that was placed on our home is an artistic statue the way he carefully cut the stone. As Patti Ann Giles said, “Every stone had a story”!


Springside Hall 1990s addition being added.

Sometimes Jack would stop work and chat with Stuart White across the street as Stuart had worked for Jack for many years part time. On a daily basis the cars would slow down on Campbell Street viewing the work being done and Jack would stop work and have a chat with them about what was being done. The iconic stone mason always had a story to tell and he could make you laugh like no other. One day he came up to me and said,

“We’re going to church for a month or two!”

I gave him a funny look, and when he felt he had teased me enough he explained that he would be going to repoint the stone at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian for awhile– but, we would see him again after that.

The last time I saw Jack was in a darkened hallway in the Bell Street apartments a few years ago. He still remembered me and we had a nice chat. He looked older, but there is no doubt in my mind that Jack could have still cut a stone or two as James R. McIsaac said,”Jack would always be a mason’s mason”.


Springside Hall 1990s addition being added.

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Patti Ann Giles–We have one of his masterpieces in our family room. Jack built our fireplace when we built our house 35 years ago. Every stone had a story.


Faye Campbell- Just loved that man and his great masonry work. He built my our fireplaces in our home. He celebrated his 80th birthday when building our fireplaces and I made him a chocolate birthday cake

Allan Stanzel -Had the pleasure of meeting Jack through my father and helped him repair a brick chimney at my parents house and build a brick wall for behind their wood stove. Very interesting man always had some good stories to tell while working.

Wendy LeBlanc Jack was our neighbour on Bell Street for many years and we met him almost daily on our early morning walks – he must have been out as early as 5:30! A friendly, gentle man who always had a comment about the weather; when we got to know him better, he spoke about his career as a mason and his military service. I was delighted to see him at The Carleton Place Terrace, and it was good to renew our daily chats. My sympathy to the family on his loss.

Bob White Jack Wilson one of the Finest stone masons . Jack did a pile of work during his lifetime. My Dad worked for Jack for many years part time . In later years I did the same. Jack would get you to mix cement for him. Weekends on some of the Town jobs in CP . He often told us jokes during coffee breaks. RIP

Dave Hick I worked for Jack many times
He was a good friend and an outstanding mason

Jim Birtch Jack built a floor to ceiling stone fireplace in our home 39 years ago. It took him 21 days and we had great chats. A real gentleman.

Kerri Ann Doe O’Rourke Jack did the fireplace and front of our house on Napoleon Street in the early ‘70s. I still remember him nicknaming me “buck shot” 🙂

Bonnie MacLean I believe he also did the stonework on the CP sign at the corner of 7 & 15. A true artisan.

Arlene Murphy Sorry to hear about Jack….he did our fireplace on Napoleon street…did such a wonderful job…Nice, nice man.

Steve Kipp Have known Jack & Lois most of my life. Jack built our fireplace 38 years ago.
The last time I was talking to him, he was repointing brick at the corner of Bridge & Lake Ave., about 6 years ago,he always had a joke to tell. Yes he was a Mason’s Mason.
Garth Tourangeau Condolences to Rob, Greg and the entire Wilson family for their loss.

Glenda Mahoney So sorry to hear this. Jack was a masonry legend.

Greg Nephin Jack was a great man worked with him building some of the stone walls at my place when he was in his 80’s he was a hard worker even into his later years. Always had good stories and jokes and would stop by to chat when he was out for a walk.

James R. McIsaac He was a Mason’s mason.

Sarah Inglis Thank you for this, Linda. And yes, Grandpa did do the stonework on the original “Welcome to Carleton Place” sign. He was very hurt to see it go. He loved Carleton Place, and he loved being a part of its welcome and story.

Sylvia McMillan Brown Jack did work at our house on 2 occasions. He was so good at his trade; he knew in minutes what needed to be done, and completed the job within a day. A real professional and a gentleman. Bye for now, Jack.

Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown He told me a story I never forgot.
A man was slow at paying him. He told the gentleman that his fire place would never work until fully paid for.
The man tried it and it filled his house full of smoke.
So the man paid him.
That is when Jack went to the roof and threw a rock down the chimney which broke the sheet of glass that was blocking the smoke to go up the chimney!
I had the extreme pleasure of building my fireplace with him with my friend Tammy.


Peacefully, at the Carleton Place Hospital on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in his 95th year.

Predeceased by his wife Lois. Loving father of Jackie (Steve) Inglis, Greg (Tristan) Wilson and Robert (Teresa) Wilson. Proud grandfather of Sarah, Carolyn, John, Sean, Mackenzie, Alyssa and Gavin. Predeceased by his siblings Andy, Jessie, Anne, Agnes, Neil, Scott and Bob. Predeceased by his parents John and Margaret. Longtime resident of Carleton Place and well-known stonemason.

Friends may visit the family at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 1:00 until time of the service in the chapel at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Wounded Warriors Fund, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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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 andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)


The Mahoney Legacy Ends–Masonry Runs in the Blood

Putting a Face to Levi Brian, Stonemason, of Carleton Place

So What Happened to the Marble at the Tatlock Mine?

Quotes on Andrew Dickson and Local Quarries