Monday, May 30, 2016

Canadian Bank of Commerce Great War Memorial

The plaque commemoration 170 men of the Canadian Bank of Commerce stands inside the front doors of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce building at 119 Sparks Street in Ottawa.



IN MEMORY
OF 170 MEN
OF
THE CANADIAN BANK
OF COMMERCE
WHO SERVED
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 ~ 1919


OTTAWA
BRANCH

YEOMAN-C-W-ASHBY
SGT-W-B-BALES
GNR-V-M-BRAY
PTE-C-E-CLARK
LT-W-J-DALTON
CAPT-C-G-DOWSLEY
CPL-C-T-ELLIOTT-D-C-M
GNR-W-S-FAICHNEY
+ 2NDLT-W-H-FALKNER
SGT-F-N-GISBORNE
GNR-L-R-GISBORNE
GNR-C-A-GRAVEL
BDR-A-A-MORDY
MAJOR-A-G-MORDY-D-S-O
+ LT-F-M-MURPHY
PTE-R-C-McLEAN
CAPT-H-W-POPE
LT-W-L-RICHARDS
FL-CADET-R-SHEARD-M-M
GNR-H-D-STERNS
LT-V-W-THOMPSON


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Lanark District Workers Memorial

The Lanark District Workers Memorial stands on the west side of Beckwith Street South and north of the Smiths Falls War Memorial in Smiths Falls.



In memory of all workers who have given their
lives in the performance of their work for
family and community
May this monument serve as a reminder that we
must always be aware of the hazards in our
working environment


Fight for the Living
Mourn for the Dead


LANARK DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCI, APRIL 28, 2001





Saturday, May 28, 2016

Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre and Monument

The Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre occupies the south west corner of Cornelia Street West and Elmsley Street North in Smiths Falls. The monument associated with the centre is on the west side of Elmsley Street North about half way between Cornelia Street West and Lansdowne Street East. That's where the map marker is located.






THIS COMMUNITY CENTRE IS
DEDICATED TO THE MEN OF
SMITHS FALLS

WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES
IN DEFENCE OF FREEDOM
TRUTH AND JUSTICE DURING
WORLD WAR II

1939 - 1945




AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM.


THIS PLAQUE ERECTED BY BRANCH 95, CANADIAN LEGION



Friday, May 27, 2016

Thomas D'Arcy McGee Plaque

The Thomas D'Arcy McGee Plaque occupies the wall at the east of 138 Sparks Street, the current location of Her Esthetician. The actual location of the assassination was at the doorway to Mrs. Trotter's Boarding House at 71 Sparks Street, now occupied by Interart Evaluation, Dixon Jewellers and The Astrolabe Gallery.




THOMAS D'ARCY McGEE
1825-1868

Journalist, poet, Irish patriout, Canadian statesman and Father of Confederation, McGee was born in Ireland, where he was involved in nationalist politics. Forced to flee to America in 1848, he worked for sevral years in the United States before settling in Montréal in 1857. In 1858 he was first elected to the legislature for Montréal West. An eloquent orator in support of Confederation, McGee attended the Charlottetown and Québec Conferences, and later represented Montréal West in the House of Commons until felled near this site by an assassin's bullet on April 7, 1868.

Thomas D'Arcy McGee, journaliste, poète, patriote irlandais, homme politique canadien et père de la Conféderation, est né en Irlande, où il devint nationaliste dès son jeune âge. Obligé de fuir son pays en 1848, il travailla aux États-Unis pendant plusieurs années avant de s'établir à Montréal en 1857. L'année suivante, il fut élu député à l'Assemblée législative. Partisan fervent et éloquent de la Confédération, il assista aux conférences de Charlottetown et de Québec. Il fut député de Montréal-Ouest à la Chambre des communes jusqu'à son assassinat, près d'ici, le 7 avril 1868.

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Commission des lieux et monuments historique du Canada.

Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Early Telephone 1877

The plaque, 'Early Telephone,' occupies the front wall at 11 D'Arcy Street west of Drummond Street West in Perth, Ontario.



EARLY TELEPHONE
1877
ALEXANDER MELVILLE BELL,
FATHER OF THE INVENTOR
OF THE TELEPHONE,
VISITED HERE FREQUENTLY
AND SUPPLIED THE PRIMITIVE PHONES
WHICH LINKED THIS, DR. J. F. KENNEDY'S
HOME WITH HIS DENTAL OFFICE ON
FOSTER ST. IT WAS MRS. KENNEDY'S
FATHER, REV. THOMAS PHILIP HENDERSON,
BAPTIST MINISTER IN PERTH,
1862 - '65 WHO PERSUADED
THE BELL FAMILY TO COME TO CANADA
FROM SCOTLAND IN 1870.

ERECTED 1967 BY COLIN S. FARMER.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Mammoth Cheese

The Mammoth Cheese (replica) resides in a drive through weigh scale station on the west side of Drummond Street East, between Colbourne Street and the Tay River in Perth, Ontario.




Silas Scudder Jr. says (with a yell, pointing at the
22,000 pound cheese): "Oh, Pap, there's the moon."
Dr. Scudder says: "Tut, tut, tut! Don't holler
so loud before yer know what yer talkin' about.
That hain't the moon; that's a grindstone."

Talk of the Town
"It is in good preservation,
of excellent quality and
has all the taste, flavour
and strength of ripe old
cheese. Considering the
length of time since it
was made, now nearly two
years, the distance it has
traveled by land and water,
and the heat it was
subjected to in Chicago,
it is surprising how well it
has kept. In all respects
this cheese must be
pronounced as a marvel of
the cheesemaker's art..."
Guelph Mercury (Grit)
May, 1894

Over 100 years since it was
produced, the Mammoth
Cheese was the most
celebrated cheese
in the world for nearly
a century
Courtesy of Perth Museum

In 2007, the Rideau Canal
proudly joined the Mammoth
Cheese on the world=stage
when it was designated as a
UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Mammth Cheese was more talked about and written about than any other single exhibit at Chicago's World Fair in 1893. Judged to be near perfection, the cheese garnered 95 points out of a possible score of 100 points, receiving a diploma and a bronze medal.

Sir Thomas Lipton - the British tea king, purchased the world-renowned cheese and shipped it overseas to London, England via Liverpool. Upon arrival, Mr. Lipton claimed he no longer wanted his large trophy, as quality of flavour had been lost in the Atlantic crossing. A prominent importer of Canadian cheese from Tooley Steet snatched up the chance to turn it over to London caterer Mr. Jubal Webb who cut it up with considerable ceremony in the spring of 1894. The High Commissioner for Canada, Sir Charles Tupper, and other notables were present. It was deemed that the Mammoth Cheese was indeed - aged to perfection. Shortly after, eighty pounds of the world-famous cheese was sent back to Ottawa where smaller samples were widely distributed and received high praise, followed by a fresh wave of publicity.

Pride in Lanark County's agricultural giant has continued over the years in ongoing Mammoth Cheese celebrations. Visit Matheson House - Home of the Perth Museum to see the winning medal, original promotional items and an authentic piece of the "Canadian Mite".


Tay River Trail
First Drive-thru

Going Bananas
"In 1927, J. Quattrocchi
Wholesale company imported
the first-ever carload of
bananas to this area.
Every time we received
a banana shipment at the
CPR rail yards in Perth,
we would weigh our empty
truck here at the scales,
and then bring it back and
weigh it again loaded
to see if we were charged
for the right amount.
This went on biweekly
from April to October from
1927-1941, then almost
weekly, year round until
1951 when we built
a banana storage room
at our new warehouse
in Smiths Falls."
Gus Quattrocchi

The first set of weigh scales was located behind Town Hall. This is the site of the second weigh scale station, operated from 1900-1960 by the Town of Perth. Trucks and wagons laden with good would enter from Drummond Street, drive onto the scales to ge weighed and exit onto what was then-called Baby Street.

Knowing the weight of products was important for many reasons - from the government levying taxes on goods to vehicle licensing and for setting trade prices. Farmers weighed-in their loads of dairy goods and produce such as grain and vegetables. Local merchants confirmed the weight of products such as coal, timber, potash before shipping via Tay Canal, rail or road to far-reaching markets. Deliveries were also weighed for accuracy by importers - the most exotic being the banana making its Perth debut in 1927.

There was always something interesting coming and going on here. It was a hub - a place for both social and business interaction. Current trading prices, the season's crops, and new technology were discussed, and often there was laughter over a shared joke with neighbours and friends.


PRESENTED BY THE LANARK COUNTY CHEESE PRODUCERS
IN RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION OF THE SERVICES OF
ALL THOSE WHO THROUGH LEGILATIVE, EDUCATIONAL,
COMMERCIAL, OR INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP OR ACTIVITY
DID LAY THE FOUNDATION AND DID GUIDE THE UPBUILDING
OF THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IN CANADA

UNVEILED NOV. 6, 1943 BY DR.J.A.RUDDICK, DAIRY COMMISSIONER FOR
CANADA 1905 TO 1932, ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMEMORATION OF THE
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAKING, NEAR THIS SITE IN 1892 OF THE
WORLD'S LARGEST CHEESE WEIGHING 22,000 POUNDS

THE NATIONAL DAIRY COUNCIL OF CANADA








Sunday, May 22, 2016

Great War Memorial at Smiths Falls Library

The small memorial, a cenotaph, of the Great War, 1914 to 1918 stands to the north of the Smiths Falls Public Library at the base of the 'X' formed by formed by Beckwith Street North crossing Elmsley Street North.



IN
MEMORY
OF
OUR BRAVE DEAD
1914-1918

S.W. GILROY
C.B. CARTON
G. FIELDS
J.B. PERKINS
W.H. COOKE
F. FUMERTON
S. HOLLAND
J. McGILL
G. ROBINSON
T. POWELL
J. McSHANE

ERECTED BY THE
LADIES AUXILIARY
TO THE G.W.V.A.

R. HENDERSON
J. CONDIE
R. DAVIDSON
E. DOBSON
C. EDMUNDS
B. GRANT
O. HYSLOP
H. QUACKENBUSH
S. MARTIN
J.D. SHEARER
H. SPLANE
J.J. GIBBONS
C. STILLWELL
L.A. WARK

THEIR GLORY
SHALL NEVER DIE

H. POLK
E. MEGART
R.H. PRIOR
N. WEBB
R. O'BRIEN
S. WOOD
R. HURLBERT
K. DELABOUCH
D.A. GOUGHTON
E.C. MacGREGOR
C. MURDOCK
D. COPPOLA
A. ROWLAND
S. GOUGH

O. WEEDMARK
S. MANSFIELD
W.B. CRAIG
C.R. PALMER
W. SPEIGHT
J.A. SHEPPARD
H. CHALMERS
A. CONNELL
D. LUCAS
L. LUCAS
E. PHILLIPS
A.L. RILEY
NURSING SISTER
MENACH