Amusing Advertisements Published in Old Days
Carleton Place Herald
May 15, 1958
A series of glimpses of local life as seen in newspapers of the past is continued here. The time is in the days of James C. Poole, one of the town fathers and founder of the first Carleton Place newspaper. When newspapers were few the pioneer Carleton Place Herald once carried business notices of a large area of Lanark and Renfrew counties, together with advertisements of other classes and places. The few which follow, unless otherwise noted, are of Carleton Place businesses and events.
New foundry in Carleton Place. Two doors west of Mr. Pittard’s Waggonshop, on the Perth road. David Findlay, having commenced a Foundry in the above premises, begs to intimate that he is prepared to execute all kinds of Castings, such as Ploughs, Coolers, Stoves, etc., of the most modern patterns. Having worked in some of the best establishments in Scotland, the public may depend on getting their work well done. Castings exchanged for old metal or farm produce or sold cheap for cash.
A Rifle Match will be held near this village on Saturday, August 15, 1863, between the Carleton Place Rifle Company and the Infantry Company from Almonte. The Riflemen are requested to be in uniform at the armory at 6 o’clock and be in readiness to march to the station to meet the Almonters.
To Let. That building at Pine Isles, near Sneddon’s in Ramsay, known as being formerly occupied as a brewery. It is a good building and may be used for any purpose. Apply to Robert Gomersal, Bennie’s Corners, P.O., Oct. 4th, 1864.
Highest price paid in cash for wool, sheep pelts and cow hides. Cotton and woolen rags taken in exchange for tinware. Also cooking, box and parlor stoves sold cheap for cash or approved credit. Stove ovens lined. Stove pipes 12 ½ cents. William Taylor, tinsmith, September 12, 1864.
Bees! A few hives of bees for sale at the Herald Office. March 13th, 1865.
Notice – As medical accounts are too exorbitant for many families who live several miles from the village, I have resolved to reduce my charge. In future I will for half the usual fee visit any person who lives more than one mile from my office. Henceforward my motto shall be, Sempter Paratus, ever ready.
William Wilson, surgeon, July 12, 1867.
Saw logs wanted. Highest price in cash or lumber for good white oak, hard maple, black birch, white and black ash, basswood, butternut and cherry saw logs. Custom sawing.
Gillies and McLaren, December 3, 1869.
Hair Dressing Salon
The Hair Dressing Salon in Mr. McCaffrey’s building having fallen into his hands, William Chenett is prepared to execute hair dressing, hair dyeing, shaving, shampooing, the setting of razors, scissors, shears, etc. Gentlemen’s and ladies’ curling particularly attended to. He has spent a considerable park of the last 15 years in the leading establishments of New York, Montreal and Ottawa. Hair restorative always on hand.
September 14, 1869.
Hoop Skirts and Parasols
New firm, in Sumner’s stand. Dry goods, fancy flannel shirtings, hoop skirts, parasols, gloves, veils, gents’ paper collars, ladies’ do., groceries, crockery and glassware, hardware.
Carley and McEwen, April 18, 1870.
Treat Your Girls
Carleton Place Bakery. Come boys, treat your girls to temperance drinks such as lemon, vanilla, cherry, sarsaparilla, pineapple, raspberry syrups, ginger beer, etc. at McKay’s. Also oranges, apples, raisins and other fruits. Cakes, confectionaries. Picnic parties supplied. Remember the spot, under the Masonic Hall.
James McKay, May 2, 1870.
Guide to Church Services, 1870. St. James’ (Church of England) – ½ past 10 o’clock a.m. on each alternate Sabbath, and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the other Sabbath. St. Andrew’s (Church of Scotland) – 11 o’clock a.m. every Sabbath. Zion Church (Canada Presbyterian) – ½ 2 o’clock p.m. every Sabbath. Reform Presbyterian – 11 o’clock a.m., and 3 o’clock p.m., on alternate Sabbaths. Wesleyan Methodist – ½ past 10 o’clock on alternate Sabbaths, and ½ past 6 o’clock on the other Sabbath. Baptist – ½ past 2 o’clock every Sabbath. Roman Catholic – occasionally, of which notice will be given.
Music. The undersigned has just opened a music store opposite Metcalfe’s Hotel. He has on hand all kinds of musical instruments, sheet music and stationery. J. C. Bonner, band master, teacher of piano, melodeon, organ, voice, thorough bass and harmony, Violin, etc.
May 11, 1870.
The Steamer Enterprise will leave her wharf at Carleton Place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1 o’clock for Innisville, returning in time for the train going south. Also every Friday evening at 7 o’clock will leave for a pleasure trip round the lakes.
John Craigie, agent, May 11, 1870.
Canada Central Railway. The section of this railway between Ottawa and Carleton Place, forming with its connections a through Broad Gauge route between Ottawa and the west, will be open for traffic on September 16, 1870.
H. Abbott, Managing Director, Ottawa.
The subscribers having leased the Carleton Mills for a term of years are prepared to do custom grinding on the shortest notice. Flour, Bran, Hash, etc. for sale. Wanted, a large quantity of Wheat, also Oats, Peas, Corn, etc., highest prices paid. Orders delivered free of charge. We guarantee our flour to give entire satisfaction. Caldwell & Brown. April 16, 1871.
Town Hall Tenders
Sealed tenders will be received by the undersigned up to September 30, 1871 for the building and finishing of a Town Hall and Lock-Up in the village of Carleton Place – the building to be completed by September 1, 1872.
John Graham, Wm. Kelly, Dr. Wilson, Building Committee.
Credit and Depression
A. McArthur & Son, Carleton Place. –
Believing that too much credit has been one of the main causes of the depression which is now felt throughout the country, we are prepared to sell for Cash or Short Date on approved Credit, at prices to suit the times.
A. McArthur, W. B. McArthur, March 1, 1879.
Having brought out the Stock in Trade of Mr. Stackhouse, I am about making large additions to the stock, which will be sold at Lowest Living Prices. Books, Stationery, Jewelry and Fancy Goods in large variety.
John Flett, March 31, 1880.
Reputation of the Town
Those Editors and Professional men that persist in going to the Junction twice daily should get a good fitting suit at Sumner’s Old Stand and keep up the reputation of the town, in the tailoring line at least, especially as Bob will sell them a suit so cheap. Also dress shirts at a great bargain. Come in, gentlemen, and try ‘em on.
Robert McDiarmid & Co., April 28, 1880.
New Goods. Owing to the benefit arriving from the National Policy I am adding a choice assortment of staple Dry Goods to my large stock of Groceries, Boots & Shoes, Crockery, etc. –
Fred Hollingsworth, June 2, 1880.
News Office Canaries
Canary Birds, warranted first class singers, for sale at the Herald Office.
June 9, 1880.
Lost. Some Tame Canary Birds. As they will fly into some house, their return to the Herald Office will be thankfully received and suitable rewarded.
June 28, 1880.
Olympian World Wonders
Pullman & Hamilton’s Electric Lighted Great London Seven-Fold Confederation of Equine, Pantominic, Educated Animal and Olympian World Wonders will exhibit at Carleton Place, Ontario, Friday October 8th, 1880. It presents for the first time to the Canadian Public the Great Electric Light. It cost $30,000, requires a 30 horse-power engine, a 40 horse-power boiler, and miles of Copper Cable Conductors. It exceeds the power of 240,000 Gas lights.
The following number of the business men of Carleton Place have agreed to close their stores and shops at 8 o’clock every evening except Saturdays, during the months of June, July and August.
– Wm. McDiarmid, James L. Murphy, Robert McDiarmid & Co., A. McArthur & Sons, James S. Galvin, Colin Sinclair & Son, Alex Sibitt, Stewart & Code, John Flett, George Graham, M. W. Sumner, James Sumner, Wm. Taylor, Brice McNeely Jr., Fred Hollingsworth, Patrick Struthers, Alex Steele. –
June 22, 1881.
Parrot for Sale. An African Grey Parrot for sale at the Herald Office. Cheap for Cash.
November 16, 1881.
William McDiarmid’s Golden Lion Store will be lighted by gas in a short time, and will have a gas light on the street corner. –
April 12, 1882.