Old Time Ads Indicate High Times Lived In ’50s
Carleton Place Canadian, 13 March, 1958
By Howard Morton Brown
Vast differences exist between living conditions today and those of former Ottawa Valley generations. There are also some perhaps surprising resemblances. Some of these contrasts are brought to life in the files of this district’s long-established weekly newspapers. One of the more completely preserved, with volumes extending from the 1850’s , was published in Carleton Place. Its advertising columns offer one means of viewing almost at first hand some of the past ways of life of this region.
A few of the local advertisements of yesterday are recalled to view here. They are taken in abbreviated form from the Carleton Place Herald at the period of its first publisher.
The Lanark Herald will be published every Friday morning, at Carleton Place by James C. Poole. Subscription terms 10 shillings per annum in advance, or 12s.6d. if not paid until after six months. Rates of advertising – 6 lines or under, 2s.6d., and 7 ½ d. for each subsequent insertion; 7 to 10 lines 3s4d., and 10d. for each subsequent insertion; above 10 lines 4d. per line, first insertion, and 1 d. per line for subsequent insertions. Job printing executed.
One Thousand Sheepskins Wanted – Also all descriptions of Furs and Skins. Fresh Teas and Tobacco given in exchange. James McDiarmid, September 27, 1850.
Notice to Correspondents. We decline to publish the letter of Anti-Bed-Bug, as it contains expressions which we consider indelicate and therefore unfit for our columns. – December 13, 1850.
Died. At the Manse, in Beckwith, on Friday last, in the fiftieth year of his age, the Reverend John Smith, Minister of the Kirk in Beckwith Township. For seventeen years he has diligently and faithfully discharged the duties of his office. Mr. Smith had been in the habit of officiating both in English and Gaelic. The deceased leaves a wife and six children – April 25, 1851.
Horse vs. Cow
Carleton Place Debating Club. The question for last week, “Whether the Cow or the Horse is of most advantage to mankind,” was decided in favor of the Cow. The question for next week is whether the application of Steam or the invention of the Printing Press is of most advantage to the world. A vote of thanks was given to Mr. Johnston Neilson for the able and eloquent address with which he favored us. – Bennett Rosamond, secretary, May 8, 1851.
New York Styles
Gents, Look Here! – direct from New York – Spring and Summer Fashions for 1851. – Patrick Galvin, April 4, 1851.
Jane & Co’s. Oriental Circus will exhibit in Franktown on Saturday August 9 – at Perth on August 8 and at Richmond on August 11, 1851.
The Company on entering Town will be preceded by the Georgeous Band Car drawn by Eight Syrian Camels. Feats of Horsemanship and Contortionism. Magnificent Oriental Pageant. Admission 1s.3d. Doors open at 2 and 7.
Chest of Tea
Lost, by the subscriber on Saturday November 29, 1851, on his way from Bytown to Lanark, A Chest of Tea, marked with the initials of James and Holmes Mair. Any person leaving the same at Smith’s Hotel, or information leading to its recovery, will receive a suitable reward. – James Forgie.
Wanted. A young man of steady industrious habits, as an apprentice to the Moulding business. – Samuel Fuller, April 5, 1852.
Died, in Ramsay, on Saturday June 5, 1852, Mr. John Griffith, aged 103 years.
Not Burnt Up
Burnt Out! But Not Burnt Up!
The subscribers have again got their Foundry in operation and are ready to receive orders for Grist and Saw Mill Castings – Stoves – Ploughs – Kettles, Coolers, Waggon & Cart Boxes, Road Scrapers, etc. – Frost & Wood. Smiths Falls, March 21, 1854.
Notice. The Municipal Council of the Township of Beckwith, at their meeting held April 25th last, decided that all Fences on the public highways in the Township and on streets in Franktown and Carleton Place be removed to the full legal breadth; and that Pathmasters shall prosecute for neglect or non-compliance. – Ewen McEwen, Clerk. Franktown May 5, 1854.
Notice to Advertisers. The large circulation of 2,500 to which the Herald has now attained, renders it a valuable medium. – September 12, 1854.
Wanted. At the Herald Office, two Smart Girls, to learn to set Type, fold and address newspapers; fold, stitch and cover pamphlets, etc. Good wages will be given – June 28, 1855.
Colin Sinclair, Tailor & Clothier, Carleton Place, announces he has received a stock of Fall Goods, consisting of Broad Cloths, Cashmeres, Siberian, Lyons Cloth etc.
Tweeds – Veilings, Gloves, Neckties, Mufflers, Shirts and Shirting – Drawers, etc. – Ladies Capeing – New York and Paris Fashions for Fall 1856, just received.
New Tannery in Appleton! The subscriber will pay in cash $6 per 100 pounds for any quantity of Green Hides! Delivered at the Tannery, or will pay the Highest Market Price going during the Winter. – Peter & John Cram. Appleton, November 11, 1856.
Man-Traps and Spring Guns
The Subscriber Hereby forbids any person Trespassing on his property, being the west half of Lot 23, Concession 6, Ramsay, because from depradations thereon committed he has been under the necessity of placing Man-Traps and Spring Guns. Any person thereby injured will have himself to blame. John B_____; Ramsay, December 10, 1857.
W. R. Godkin would announce that he has set up his apparatus for a few days at Lavallee’s Hotel, Carleton Place. He has a mammoth camera, expressly for taking side-light pictures. He is now taking Pictures such as Melan Types, Cameotypes, Photographs, Sphereotypes and Ambro types. He has a new quick-working camera for all kinds of weather. Mrs. Godkin is alsto taking likenesses at the residence of Trueman Raymond, Almonte. – January 7, 1858.
Lothrup’s Annual Auction Sale will commence at Carleton Place on January 12, 1858 at the Hotel of Mr. Lavallee, when will be opened for sale, an extensive assortment of goods consisting in part of 120 Chests Tea, 10 Kegs Tobacco, 50 bags Almonds, Walnuts and Filberts, 30 Boxes Raisins, 25 Boxes Pipes, 10 Boxes Starch, 20 Boxes Blue; also 30 cases dry goods suitable for the Season amounting to nearly £10,000 which must be sold.
A Trotting Match will come off February 3, 1858 at Mr. Nicholas Dickson’s Landing on the Mississippi River near Carleton Place. One mile heats for any horse owned in Ramsay, Drummond or Beckwith, for one set of Cutter Harness with $20 for the first class horses, and £2 for the second class horses under 5 years. Entrance Fee 5 shillings; Judges Abraham Code, Innisville; John Wilson, Ramsay; John Roberts, Beckwith.
Good Old Corner
John Sumner having leased the premises owned by Robert Bell Esq. and lately occupied by Messrs. Campbell & Morphy, will reopen the same January 21, 1858 with and entirely new stock of Dry Goods selected by himself during the last season when in Great Britain. – No Liquors will be sold on the premises except High Wines by the Cask, any quantity of which he will sell low for cash only. Come and pay a visit to the good old Corner and remember your old Friend.
Six Months Credit
We the undersigned merchants hereby give public notice that, in order to shorten the length of credits that are given, their terms will be: Accounts to become due and payable on the 1st of August and the 1st of February in each and every year, and that interest thereafter will be charged until paid. May 1st, 1858.
Almonte: James H. Wylie, John Menzies, Matthew Anderson, McFarlane & Anderson, H. W. Rea.
Clayton: Wm. Leary & Co., Thos. Coulter & Co., Wm. Wesley Austin.
Carleton Place: John Sumner, Tennant & Struthers, John Dewar.
The ‘Old Favorite Miller’ has left the Victoria Mills (Almonte) and is now in Carleton Place Mills where he can give the greatest satisfaction to the public. – Hugh Boulton, September 2, 1858.
Furniture and Coffin Makers
Owing to my absence from Carleton Place for a time, Mr. John Hogg has been employed to conduct the Cabinet Business formerly carried on by me in this place. His experience in Montreal, Toronto and Perth and thorough knowledge of Cabinet making will enable him to produce the newest styles and best of workmanship. As Undertakers they will as usual be ready to wait on those who may require their services. – Wm. J. Bell & Co. April 7, 1859.
Liquor and Groceries
Look Here! Liquors and Groceries – Stock consists of Champagne, Wine, Brandy, Rum, Spirits, Scotch Malt, Old Tom, Gin, Proof Whiskey, High Wines, by the barrel or otherwise, Lemon Syrup and Beer, and Quite an assortment of groceries. Cash or Farmers Produce taken in Payment. – William Kelly, June 13, 1859.
First Arrival by Railway Direct to Carleton Place! Teas, Teas, part of the Cargo of the Ship ‘Gauntlet’, from China, 112 Boxes and 48 Catties – Also a large stock of Harvest Tools – Also by the same conveyance a further supply of fancy and staple Dry Goods and a very full assortment of Shelf Hardware, Crockery, etc. – A. McArthur, June 30, 1859.
Ramsay Lead Miners
Ramsay Mining Company. Miners Wanted – good wages – Application to be made to Mr. E. H. Parsons at the office of the Commercial Advertiser, Montreal. – E. H. Parsons, Secretary, July 28, 1859.
Cheap Excursion to Brockville on Thursday August 25th. Fare from Almonte, Carleotn Place, Franktown, and back, only One Dollar!
Leave Almonte 7:30 a.m., Carleton Place 8:00 a.m., smiths Falls 9:15 a.m., arriving at Brockville 11 a.m. Returning will leave Brockville at 4:45 p.m., reaching Almonte at 8 p.m. – Robert Watson, Managing Director, Brockville & Ottawa Railway, Brockville, August 16, 1859.
Notice is Hereby Given that Malachia McAuliffe ran away from this office before the end of his term of apprenticeship, and that any person hiring or harboring him will be prosecuted according to law. – Herald Office, January 2, 1860.
Deer Hounds $25
Deer Hounds for Sale. A few first rate Hounds, well trained to deer hunting. Price £5 each. – Herald Office, January 6, 1860.