HISTORIC SKETCH OF FINDLAY’S FOUNDRY – Carleton Place Herald, June 26, 1935

In the June 1 issue of “Hardware and Metal,” an interesting write-up appears of some of the leading industries in the Ottawa Valley, and amongst them we find illustrations of the Findlay Limited plant at Carleton Place, with photo of the present president, Mr. Wm. Findlay.  There are also illustrations of Bridge Street, two good views, one of them showing Taylor’s fine block, built by the late Wm. Taylor, the founder of the business.

The article is as follows:

“The history of the firm of Findlays Limited, Carleton Place, Ont., dates back to the year 1858 when a Scottish molder, David Findlay, father of the late David Findlay and the present president of the firm, William Findlay, migrated to Canada from Renfrewshire, Scotland.  He originally settled in Perth, but found little opportunity for his trade and was forced to move elsewhere.  One day in 1860 he walked the twenty-one miles from Perth to Carleton Place, and finding in the latter village opportunity for a good molder, remained there to carry on his trade.  He started a small foundry in an old log barn, did jobbing work and made plows and any castings which were needed in the little country town at the time.  At the start his working capital consisted of thirty dollars.  His cupola he built of stones himself.  His cupola blower he also made himself and it was operated by actual horse power.  When he wanted to take off a heat he sent out a call and the farmers in the vicinity came with their teams over corduroy roads, and took turns on an old type of merry-go-round horse power.  Casting day was like an old-fashioned threshing bee on the farm.  His trade was of course chiefly with the farmers and often was the yard behind his foundry filled with sheep, pigs or sacks of grain brought in payment for castings.  One of the most interesting possessions of the present firm is a copy of the Carleton Place newspaper “The Herald,” dated April 16, 1864.  In it appears David Findlay’s quaint and formal ad as reproduced:



              Ploughs, Ploughs

                             The subscriber wishes to intimate to the Public

                             that he has on hand a quantity of first class Ploughs,

                             decided by all to be the best working ploughs in this

                             part of the country:  also, a quantity of Scotch and

                             Bytown Ploughs, also all kinds of Plough Points and

                             Land Sides, made of the hardest metal.  Always kept

                             on hand, Waggon Boxes of all sizes.  Job work done on

                             the shortest notice.


                             David Findlay.

                             Carleton Place, April 15, 1864.


It was the first advertisement of the Findlay products.  In 1876 he commenced to manufacture stoves and due to the quality of his product his business grew steadily.  He was helped in the foundry by his sons and in 1889 the two older sons, David and William, bought the business and continued by themselves.  David Findlay, Sr., died in 1890.  Both sons had had considerable outside experience and their trade continued to grow.  At first they operated as a partnership under the name of Findlay Bros., later under the name of Findlay Bros. Co. Limited, and in 1932 when members of the third generation were moving into positions of responsibility, the name was changed to its present one of Findlays Limited.

The business was built up to its present status with David Findlay as president and William Findlay as vice-president.  In August, 1934, the firm suffered the loss of its president, David Findlay, who was succeeded by William.

For years Findlay products have had wide recognition and in recent years with the development of the electric range department they have become well known in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  Today Findlays Limited offer to their customers a complete line of coal and wood stoves, heaters, gas and electric ranges, combination ranges, warm air furnace and air conditioning systems.”

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Letter From Corporal J. Horace Brown

Carleton Place Herald, December 1, 1914


By permission of the parents we are privileged to publish the following interesting letter from Corporal Brown to his parents:

Amesbury, Eng., November 13th, 1914:

Dear Mother, – You may be surprised at the change of address, but I am now in Amesbury, on picket, will likely be here about a week or longer.  We have a lovely place to stay at.  It is a private house, loaned to the government by a Captain who went to the front.  He has been killed lately, but they still have the use of the place.  It is a large house set back in lovely well-kept grounds.  There is a vegetable garden and a nice flower garden around the house, and lovely hedges and trees.  There is an open fireplace in nearly every room, including the bathroom; there are ten men counting myself in my room.  We have a clothes closet, a closet of shelves, a fireplace; and there are two large windows.  We leave the windows partially open at night.

The picket we relieved had been here three weeks.  We have a good bunch of fellows.  I do not know them personally, but I have been on fatigues or something with some of them at times and knew a few of them by sight.

We are given two shillings per day for food allowance and are living like kings.  I have rented a cot, mattress and pillow; it only costs a shilling a week for the three.  Will put some gasoline on as a precaution, and will be very comfortable.  I cleaned all up this morning, had a nice warm bath and an entire change of clothes, and am sending all my soiled ones off to the laundry.  We have cleaned the house all over, scrubbed it, and are getting a little in the line of furniture such as tables and benches.  The officers have outfitted their rooms.  It seems too good to last.

Our duty is to be at the station to see that everyone travelling has his pass, and that it is not overdue; that is Canadians, we have nothing to do with others.  We also have a town picket to keep the Canadians out of the saloons, and those without passes out of town.  One day I was on fatigue loading trucks in Amesbury; that night I was put on main guard at 12:15 and was on ‘til 8 p.m. next evening, without any meals, but that was an oversight.  I was Battalion Orderly Corporal one day.  You ask about my comfort when in camp.  I bought a pair of knee rubber boots, a raincoat and an oil stove.  We bought cocoa, herring, and other things, and were fairly comfortable.  We have had served out to us a sweater coat, a sleeping cap, a pair of boots, a pair of socks and the Oliver equipment.  It is rumored we are to have our rifles changed for the short Lee-Enfield with the long bayonet.  It is a better rifle and the magazine holds ten rounds.

Everyone from Carleton Place is well.  None of the Canadians have left for anywhere; they are in different camps on the Plain.  We get our pay twice a month, and have plenty, but when we go across we will just draw as we need it and the balance will be kept until we come back or sent to our next of kin.  I do not like the idea of the wet canteen any better than you do.  The lads were away from it in Valcartier, and now to have it and have plenty of money is the worst thing possible, but they are making punishments so strict they are cooling down some; several are being sent back to Canada.  Needless to say the boys from Carleton Place are all well behaved.  I have not received all the papers you sent.  We have no trouble getting stamps, but when we are where we cannot get them we can mark them “Active service, no stamps available,” and it will go.  Amesbury is a nice quiet little village.  The name of the house we are in is the “Amesbury House,” but put the old address on my letters.  I have my Carleton Place pennant and my silk Union Jack hung over the fireplace.  Canada pennant got torn on the way across.  I cut out the Maple Leaf and the printing and sewed it on my red sweater.  Now that I have more time I will write oftener to you and others.

With love to all,