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.”







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

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.

Rifle Match

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.

Blakeney Brewery

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.

Taylor’s Tinware

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.

Newsman’s Bees

Bees!  A few hives of bees for sale at the Herald Office.  March 13th, 1865.

Medical Accounts

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.

Butternut Sawlogs

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.

Church Guide

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 Lessons

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.

Steamer Sailings

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.

New Railway

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.

Guaranteed Flour

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.

Book Store

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.

National Policy

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.

Early Closing

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.

Editorial Parrot

Parrot for Sale.  An African Grey Parrot for sale at the Herald Office.  Cheap for Cash.

November 16, 1881.

Gas Light

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.