Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It has been so cold here lately. I really don't know if I can stand it much longer! But look at how beautiful this is:

Water levels dropped overnight and suddenly the Mississippi is full of dripping diamonds! Wow.
The iron bolt in the rock may or may not be old, but it reminds me to imagine the days when the river had so many docks on both sides - busy with industry and tourism....

These photos were taken along the trail behind the arena. Quiet and peaceful and COLD.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Forgotten Carleton Place

Every day at the museum, I come across photographs that make me realize all the things that have disapeared in Carleton Place. So many lost buildings. So much lost history.

I'll try to keep some of the remaining history alive by taking photos. Remind people of what is still there....

One of my favourite blogs is "Forgotten New York" http://www.forgotten-ny.com ...well, this will be kind of like "Forgotten Carleton Place"!

The beautiful double door above is on the north side of the old mill building by the back bridges. Originally McArthur Mill (c.1871), later Bates and Innes.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The internet is amazing!

Well! I have been volunteering at the museum in Carleton Place on Monday mornings. It has renewed my interest in researching houses in town, and in taking more "before and after" photos. This morning I googled Carleton Place images, and while scrolling down found this photograph of a woman named Charlotte Burgess (nee Weekes).

Recognize the name? She and her husband Thomas owned our house from 1886 until 1902. I wrote a post about them a while back. I didn't have the complete story though. The 1901 Census did not list all of their children.

This is Charlotte and her husband Thomas Taylor Burgess.

From the Perth Courier: "Married at the residence of the bride's father, on the 23rd Jan. 1877, by Rev. A.L. Peterson, Mr. Thomas Burgess of Carleton Place, to Miss Charlotte (Weekes), third daughter of Mr. E.F. Weekes of Lombardy."

They had seven children: Mary Jane, Lawrence, Maud, Bella (1887), Florence (1885), Loretta (1881) and Melvin (1890).

Here is Thomas again. He was a section foreman for the CPR. His brother Nathaniel lived with his family just around the corner on Brick Street.

So cool.