DAVID FINDLAY PASSES – Carleton Place Herald, August 29, 1934

After A Long Life of Activity the Well-known Head of the Findlay Stove Foundry Goes to his Reward

Died at his home on High street, Sunday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m., David Findlay, in his 75th year.

Mr. Findlay was the eldest son of the late David Findlay, a native of Scotland, and his wife Margaret Kirkpatrick, and was born in Perth, Ont., April 4, 1860, and came with his parents whilst still an infant to Carleton Place, where he has virtually spent his entire life.

David Findlay, Sr., a moulder by trade, started business here in a small way, manufacturing plow points and farmers’ coolers and cook stoves, gradually enlarging his lines.  As the business extended and the family grew up the elder sons were associated with the father in the work and in 1885, David and William were taken into partnership under the firm name of David Findlay & Sons.  Previous to this, David, Jr. went over to the U. States, and at Albany and Boston spent some time in acquiring the advanced methods of moulding and stove manufacture.

A few years later the father retired and the sons took over the business under the firm name of Findlay Bros., and their success is evidenced by the mammoth plant that has been erected, the product of which is known from sea to sea and even beyond to the antipodes.  Two years ago the company was reorganized and became Findlays Limited with David Findlay as president and William Findlay vice-president.

David Findlay was a man of exceptional energy, with a wonderful grasp of detail, and was at all times in touch with the affairs of the business from the bottom up, and due to his effort, ably supported by his brother, is to be attributed the success they have made.

A man of generous impulses, Mr. Findlay every remembered the hospitable ways of the pioneer, and the poor and needy never went empty away from his door.  He was a Presbyterian in religion, and at the union in 1925 entered the United Church of Canada.  For many years he was superintendent in the Sunday school and always took a deep interest in the welfare of the church.  In fraternal circles he had been associated with the Oddfellows, the Masons, and the Foresters.  Although given the opportunity he never accepted municipal honors, although he did serve for a time on the Board of Education.

In politics he was a Liberal, and in 1922 was a candidate for the Dominion House in the by-election caused by the death of the late J. A. Stewart.

Fond of spo0rt of all kinds he was a generous supporter of the canoe club, hockey, and baseball.

He enjoyed prosperity quietly and bore adversity bravely.  He was a splendid citizen, filled the various relations of life as son, husband, father, brother, friend, and filled them well, who can do more?  But he is gone.  In the sunset of life.  Yet in such a death there is really no cause for grief.  His life work was done, and well done.

In 1898 Mr. Findlay was united in marriage with Miss Effie Hamilton, daughter of the late Duncan Hamilton and Mrs. Hamilton, who survives, with five sons and three daughters, viz., D. K. Findlay, barrister;  D. Hamilton Findlay, at present Mayor of the town; George E. Findlay, K. C. and H. J. Findlay; the daughters, Mrs. D. McColl, Toronto; Mrs. W. J. Phillips, Carleton Place and Miss Helen at home.  Five brothers also survive – William, George H., John K. and Thomas Findlay, Carleton Place, and Dr. Eph. Findlay of Chicago; and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Lang of Edmonton, Alta.

The funeral took place yesterday afternoon from his late residence to Pine Grove cemetery, and was very largely attended by friends and acquaintances from far and near.  The service at the home was conducted by Rev. D. C. Munro, of Memorial Park Church, of which deceased was a member.  He paid a very high tribute to his character.  The closing prayer was made by Rev. W. A. Dobson of Montreal, a former pastor of the family.

The honorary pallbearers were Messrs. C. W. Bates, Robt. C. Patterson, Wm. Baird, W. R. Caldwell, N. M. Riddell, and C. F. R. Taylor.  The bearers were the five sons and a nephew, Mr. D. D. Findlay.

In the cortege were Mr. T. L. Moffatt, president of the Moffatt Stove Co. of Weston, Ont.;  Herman Fortier, vice-pres., of P. T. Legare Ltd., Montreal;  F. M. Tobin, of Woodstock, secretary of the Stove Manufacturers Association of Canada; Herman Clare, of the Clare Stove Mfg. Co., Preston;  Stewart I. Kells, Montreal; Geo. Gray of Gray-Harris Ltd., Ottawa; W. S. Dickson, representing Can. Tube and Steel Products; Chas. Connor, of J. H. Connor & Son; Carl Morse, Dis. Freight agent, C.P.R., Ottawa; Mayor P. McCallum, Dr. Dunn, P. A. Greig, Andrew Bell, P. Jamieson, W. C. Pollock, Almonte; Judge Wilson, J. S. L. McNeely, Perth; B. H. Soper, J. A. Clark, Smiths Falls; Sheriff Crooks, Dr. C. H. Brown, Raymond Bangs, Howard Brown, Ottawa; and many others.

An immense number of floral tributes were received, mute tributes of affection and sympathy.

The stores had the blinds drawn as the cortege passed up Bridge Street and several flags were flown at half-mast.

All classes and organizations in the town were represented in those who assembled to pay tribute to one who had done so much to advance the interests of the town.

“So He giveth His beloved sleep.”






Carleton Place Herald, November 24, 1914



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What was Happening at the Carleton Place Library in 1930?




Carleton Place Herald, January 14, 1930


Very often one reads or hears the statement that this is not a reading age.

Well, there may be something in it, because the distractions are many, but it is a difficult theory to prove in Carleton Place.

When Miss McRostie presented her annual report to the Library Board last week, it showed that over 20,000 volumes had been issued to readers during 1930.

Here is proof positive that our citizens are a reading people.

It is proof too that of all our institutions the Public Library is the one that gives, if not the most instruction, at least the most pleasure, to our citizens, and gives it at the least cost.

Considering the smallness of the sum the Library Board has to administer, it is astonishing the number of volumes (over 8,000) that have been gathered through the years.

Now, it is not intended to convey that of the 20,000 odd volumes issued during 1930, all were books of deep import.  Thank goodness, that is not the case.  How awful it would be to live in a town of 4,000 people who had read over 20,000 heavy works in one year!  The thing is too frightful to contemplate.

No, while there was a goodly circulation of works of Biography, History, Poetry, Travel, Science, etc., just enough to keep us from being too tiresomely high-brow, or too lamentably low-brow, it must be confessed that works of Fiction were in the majority; our people read for enjoyment, which, after all, is the only way to read.  Instruction is a by-product, imbibed unconsciously with the enjoyment.

As you may well judge, it is a big task to keep track of the lending of 20,000 books, to say nothing of the other duties of conducting the Library.  Here is where our Librarian comes in for some well-deserved praise.  Her good nature, patience and helpfulness are proverbial.  The books are so placed in the Library that they are not easily accessible to the public.  The shelves in the reading room reach to the ceiling, and there are some thousands of volumes shut off completely in the library office.  As a result, you know what happens.  We usually go in and say, “Good evening, Miss McRostie, what have you tonight that is good?”  Then follows the usual proffering of what Miss McRostie has on hand, book after book, until a final choice is made.  This system puts an undue amount of work on the Librarian.  It narrows down the choice of books and causes unavoidable delays.

The Library Board have realized for a long time that this system is not the best one, and have set out to improve it.

Before anything was done, the assistance of the Provincial Government Library Department was asked.  The Department sent down a Library expert who spent a day going over the whole set-up.

After congratulating the Library Board on the splendid collection of books we have, this expert made the following recommendations:


  1. That an inventory of all the books in the library be made, and volumes in so tattered a condition that they are unfit for circulation should be thrown out.
  2. After this had been done, the books should be put in six foot shelves and all made accessible to the public, after being reclassified in keeping with modern Library practise.


This is a big job, but the Library Board  have tackled it, and a very enthusiastic volunteer committee of ladies, under the chairmanship of Mrs. C. W. Bates, are working every day raising a mighty dust and making splendid progress.  In this work the Board are fortunate in having the help of Mrs. David Findlay, Jr., who is trained in modern library systems.

While these changes are going on, the Library Board asks the patience of our citizens.  When the changes are made the improvement will undoubtedly be great.

Mention has been made about the smallness of the funds the Library Board have to administer.  These changes, particularly the new shelving, will require a moderate amount of expense.

To provide for this, at least in part, and to increase funds for the purchase of books, the Library Board are considering holding an entertainment of some sort, at which they expect to present some outstanding speaker.  Announcement will be made about this later, and we feel sure that if anything of this sort is done, the Library Board can count on the whole-hearted support of the town’s people.

Mississippi Mills – First & Second World War Casualties

New to the Carleton Place Public Library

Courtesy of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 240, Almonte, Ontario:



The Lost Generation of Mississippi Mills :WWI Casualties

Courtesy of the North Lanark Historical Society and the Town of Mississippi Mills:


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The Second Contingent from Carleton Place leaves for Kingston

Twelve Recruits go to Kingston from the Carleton Place Company

Carleton Place Herald, November 3, 1914


The men of the Second Contingent from Company B, 42nd Regt., twelve in all, left yesterday morning for the training camp at Kingston.  The members of the company other than those enlisted formed a body guard and escorted the expeditionary group to the station.

The recruiting was done so quietly that few in town knew what was going on or when the boys would leave for the divisional centre – in this case Kingston – so when it leaked out that the men were to leave by the 11 train yesterday morning there was quite a flurry of excitement.  The Band was hustled out, the Mayor and a quota of the Town Council assembled, and before the procession reached the depot there was quite a large gathering of citizens out to wish the ‘boys’ good luck and a safe return.

Those who left for the training camp were:

Sergt. – H. Henry,

Ptes. –

  1. W. Cooke,
  2. R. Sibbitt,
  3. F. R. Teale,
  4. S. Hamilton,
  5. C. Walford,
  6. E. Asker,
  7. Phil. Barclay,
  8. Dan O’Donovan,
  9. W. F. Campbell,
  10. A. Ronalds,
  11. J. Lush

(the last three from Appleton)

The Band played a number of times en route, and during the rest intervals the escort corps sang “It’s a Long Long Way to Tipperary.”

At the station the Mayor and Councillors and citizens generally bid the contingent a hearty good-bye and bon voyage, and the Band played “Auld Lang Syne.”  The genial Arthur handed the boys a box of the finest Havanas as they were boarding the train.

The boys carried no arms, or luggage, and were not in uniform, the intention being to outfit at Kingston.


J. Horace Brown at Salisbury Plains