Manotick and Manotick Station, Ontario, Canada
(now part of the City of Ottawa, Canada)

A Pioneer Log House on the Manotick Station Road, Lot 11, Concession 3 Built c. 1850 by James Burns and Elizabeth Walsh Photo added March 30, 2010 A Pioneer Log House on the Manotick Station Road
September 16, 2005: When the railway came through Osgoode and Gloucester Townships in the 1850's, the village of Manotick Station became important. The railway ran from Prescott to Bytown. The village is located on the border of Gloucester and Osgoode Townships (the Mitch Owens Road), a couple of miles east of the village of Manotick. ... Al Here's an e-mail from Mr. George Dask: Hello trying to find some info about the house we are in on manotick station road. We bought the house that used to be the managers house for the old manotick station rail station. Any info or books or url that might help? Best regards George Dask ___________________ Thanks to Mitchell Lafrance for the following reply: You should look-up a local history book named "The Manotick Station Story". I believe the book is available at the Nepean and Manotick libraries. I have a photocopy at home and quickly browsing through it I found the following excerpts: The first station, a two-story building, comprised the living quarters, a telegraph office and for a long time a Post Office. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson lived at the station house as agents and ran the Post Office. The original building was replaced in the late 1920's by the station house from Kemptville, which was moved on a flatbed car. In 1970 it was bought and moved to Lot 1, Concession 2 by John Oswald Fox. The T.N. Johnson family lived in the station from approx. 1885 to 1922. I don' have any other information. ... Mitchell ________________________ Good morning, Mitchell and George: Thanks for your e-mails regarding Manotick Station. It has an interesting history. My GreatGreatGrandfather built the house at the corner of Nick Adams Road and the Manotick Station Road about 1845 (it's a log home with 14 layers of siding, still lived in). My Great Uncle William Burns owned the store at Manotick Station for a few years. It was mostly in the hands of the Potvin family around the turn of the last century. The Ultimate Frisbee field, just south of the tracks, used to be owned and farmed by William Burns. When I first began researching my ancestors, people would tell me that Manotick Station was a great exporter of tea to the United States. I couldn't figure this out. Tea in Canada? It turns out that the village of Manotick Station was known as the "Pokey Moonshine Settlement" and, during prohibition in the USA, "tea" was sent to the US from here. Also, J. Edgar Hoover was a visitor to the Manotick Station area in the 1920's. My great aunt from the Stage Coach Road married his cousin, George Hoover who was a lawyer in Washington, D.C. There was a whiskey still just down the railway tracks on the west side of the Manotick Station Road. Apparently the ruins are still there. Michael Daley knows the location. By the way, Mitchell, I have a newspaper clipping from c. 1920's. The Potvin store was robbed, two of the Potvins were tied up, managed to escape, wrestled a gun from the thieves and chased them down the railway tracks. Do you have this article? If not, I could scan it send it to you. Do you mind if I add this e-mail and both of yours to our web site? Please let me know. Thanks again. ... Al
September 19, 2005: Hi Al, I would be happy to get a copy of the article. Also, go ahead and publish the emails... it's my pleasure. Manotick Station does indeed have an interesting story. I have relatives through the Redmond, Boulger / Bolger and O'Brien families. In fact there are a number of ties to me in the Manotick Station Story: 1. The picture of Robert Redmond in the Manotick Station Story is my great grandfather. Pictures of Robert and Catherine (my great grandmother) are also listed. 2. Owen Fagan, who had his picture take by the Prince of Wales was my first cousin twice removed. 3. The family picture of the Boulgers shows my great great grandparents and their children, including Catherine Boulger (married to Robert Redmond), who is my great grandmother. My great grandparents were John Boulger and Ellen O'Brien. 4. John O'brien was the brother of Ellen O'Brien, who was my great grandmother, married to John Boulger. It is a small small world... ... Mitchell ____________________ Here's a transcription of the article: From the Ottawa Citizen or the Ottawa Journal, about 1920: (from my GreatGrandmother's scrapbook (Thanks Val! ... Al)
Manotick Merchant Held Up and Robbed "Masked Men Get Away with $130 and Have Not Yet Been Located by Police"
Search for two masked men who last night held up and robbed Alexander Potvin of $50 is being continued by county police, but so far no clue has been obtained. Details of the robbery as given to County Police Chief Ernest Read show that shortly before midnight, Alexander Potvin was in the act of selling some farm implements to his nephew when a man suddenly stepped into the store and called upon the storekeeper and his nephew to throw up their hands. They did so, and the intruder who held a revolver called on an accomplice to come and tie their hands behind their backs. The gunmen then ordered them from the store and searched them, obtaining $50 from the storekeeper and around $80 from his nephew. After ordering the storekeeper and his nephew to remain outside the store, the two robbers re-entered and after going to the kitchen, helped themselves to food. Meanwhile, Wilfrid Potvin worked his hands loose and when the gunmen reappeared through the store door he grabbed the revolver and wrestled it from its holder. A struggle ensued during which both the masked men managed to escape from the store and fled down the railway tracks with Wilfrid Potvin behind them, shooting at the figures until the ammunition in the gun became exhausted. The last seen of the two robbers was their separating into the bush along the C.P.R. tracks. Note: The nephew's name was Frederick Potvin … Al
December 9, 2005: Hi Folks I realize that my family is not a part of yours but wondered you have any info regarding the WRIGHT family living at Manotick Station before and during WW1. Thomas William Wright and wife Jesse and sons Albert, Fred and George from England. For sure George Wright worked for the CNR railway and probably brother Fred. I cannot find anything about them anywhere and so when I found your fond remembrances on Bytown or Bust I thought you may be able to assist or suggest some places to search . Thank you ... Marlene Papineau ___________________ Yes Al please add my name. But to save you time I do not think they arrived until about 1907 or shortly thereafter. my husband's grfather was living there when he joined the Armed Forces in 1917, if that helps, his father and mother were Thomas (TOM) Wright and Jesse Wright. Thank you ... Marlene
March 12, 2007:
Lapoint's Store
(LaPointe ?) Yes Al - I believe they would have been referring to Manotick Station. I think the house right beside the tracks was once a store. I do not have the booklet on the Manotick Station Story but perhaps Mike or Dave can fill us in more. Mary _______________________________

Hi Al. David, Mary, just a quick review , those letters are great Mary. a link with the past , now, Lapointe Store, of which you write, The Fitzsimmon family operated a general store ,for many years at Manotick Station, it was purchased by William Burns (my Grandfather's brother ... Al) ,and in turn by ," Frank Lapoint," and then in 1930, ? by Alex Potvin, and today Henery Backkers Store. Hi JIM McKenna Gleasons Hotel ,-??. some where in my notes , or is just in my memory, a Gleason Family operated a Stagecoach route , out of Billings Bridge, ?? Jim ,David , do either of you have anything on that , my memory fails me ,on that , but a stagecoach ,and Hotel, seems to ring a bell, But just remember, sure'n, I've been wrong before , Michael Daley P.S. some of that Gleason family are buried in the Catholic Cemetery on Albion road,-?? ______________________________ According to Jim's original e-mail, we know that Gleason's Hotel was operating in 1877. In 1879, it appears on Belden's map of Gloucester Township, where today Walkely Road intersects Riverside Drive just south of Mooney's Bay. It was located on a small patch of land between the farm of Michael Gleeson and William Gleeson. However, I was unable to find any of the Gleasons there in the 1881 census. ... Al ______________________________ Thanks Mike for clarifying which store it was. Am I imagining about the first house past the tracks ever being a store? I could have sworn that I read that somewhere. Maybe I was dreaming. I agree that the letters are terrific. From them I just found out that my Grandmother had a crush on Johnny Summers. Are any of you familiar with him? I would assume that he was some relation of Kenny Summers right? I found this out from letters written in 1925 to my Grandmother from her girlfriend Grace O'Malley who was living in California, USA, at the time. I guess they had both boarded together in Ottawa while working for the government. A lot of the letters talk about the little things involved in farming. How much animals were sold for, how many pounds of butter were made, how many bushels of apples were taken to the market etc etc. Thanks Mary _____________________________ Hi Mary, you can stop swearing now, in 1977 I compiled an article on Manotick Station, for the 150 anniversary booklet, on ,"OSGOODE TOWNSHIP,", yes you are right, and I quote a line, from page 20 , of that booklet. [ Another store was owned by a Mrs. Bulger, You could buy tobacco, bread, small items,etc. INCLUDING A PATENT PAIL OF BEER FOR 25C, this store is no longer in business, and the building is the residence of Gerald Dolan and family.] end of quote, forgive me Mary, 30 years ago I visited Oswald and John Fox . "in search of history " where they lived in the old railway station after they had moved it, to there property, and made it livable, where it still stands today, Michael those booklets are still available.
March 15, 2007: Hi Mary, I don't ever recall of hearing about a store next to the railway tracks where at one time the Lamarche's lived. I believe that the Lamarche's were the last family to live in that house. There has been a general store at Manotick Station since at least the 1870's. As Mike stated, first by Fitzsimmons, then William Burns, Frank Lapointe, Alec Potvin and presently Henry Bakker. I came across information that Alec Potvin purchased this store from Frank Lapointe in 1918. This will have to be confirmed. In addition the store run by Mrs. Boulger south of Bakkers store there was also a store run by Mary Kilfoyle / Guilfoyle on the west side of the road and across from the Nevins farm, about one half mile south of Manotick Station. About 1916 she gave up the store and moved to the farm house across the railway tracks. In the 1970's there were still some old logs amongst the trees and swamp, the remains of Mary's store. May 30, 2010: Mary Kilfoyle (Guilfoyle) was murdered in the farmhouse in 1926. Mabel Redmond and Joe O'Brien - Joe O'Brien of the Limebank O'Briens was a brother of Mark O'Brien. Joe married Mabel Redmond dau. of Robert Redmond Sr. and Catherine Boulger of Lot 28, Conc. 3, R.F., Gloucester, Bowesville Road. His brother Mark married Nellie Redmond dau. of John Redmond Jr. and Mary O'Brien of the N1/2 Lot 29, Conc. 3, R.F., Gloucester, Bowesville Road. ( Mary O'Brien was of the Osgoode O'Briens). These two Redmond families, although they ended up farming almost side by side, were not related to each other. Paddy Nolan's farm was between them. However, I am related to both families - my mother was Kathleen Redmond, sister of Mabel and dau. of Robert Redmond Sr. and Catherine Boulger. I am related to the John Redmond family through the Nolan's. John Redmond Sr. was married to Mary Nolan, sister of my great-grandfather Patrick Nolan. Limebank O'Briens - The Limebank O'Briens are not related to the Osgoode O'Briens. Three O'Brien brothers and two sisters came to this area in the 1880's from Mattawa, Ont. Dick came first, buying a farm on Highway 31 just south of Greely. ( Eventually Pete Sullivan lived on this farm ). The rest of the family soon followed with Tom buying a farm on Limebank Road, ( Lot 28, Conc. 1, Gloucester ) and John ( Joe and Marks father ) also buying a farm on Limebank Road ( Lot 24, Conc. 2, Gloucester ).Denis O'Brien's son Dan still lives on this farm. John Summers - He is the father of Kenny Summers, they also lived on Limebank Road. Hope I have answered some of your questions. David Nolan
May 17, 2007: Osgoode Township, 1851 Census of Agriculture Here are the names of farmers in the Manotick Station area as they appear in the 1851 Census of Agriculture. In most cases, these folks are the original settlers in this area -- all came from Ireland. This is the first record of the settlers (together) in this area. Many of the families are on the 1863 map of Osgoode Township. however, several families, such as the Milmore family had left by 1863. The names are: David Miles / Myles Ed Cavanagh / Kavanagh Michael O'Brien Patrick Hurley Thomas Fitzgerald / Fitzsimmons Lawrence Finlay or Fenty William Morris or Munro / Munroe Thomas Brady or Bradley James O'Brien Patrick O'Brien or O'Rourke Peter Grant Lawrence Finley William Wallen or Whelan / Whalen Thomas Cook James O'Meara Patrick O'Brien Patrick Shields / O'Shields Patrick McCormick Patrick Tucker Patrick Dewan James McCallum William Murphy Thomas Murphy Owen Milmore Michael Burns married Mary Milmore Michael O'Kane / Keane Patrick Mullen Michael Mullen John Bresnahan or Bracenham John Toomy / Toomey Walter Rape (Ralph) Michael Burns or Nicholas Brennan Miles McHale / McKeal Lawrence Burns Terrence Burns Thomas Jordan Francis Evans / Nevins James Darcy James Darcy John Dailey / Daley Patrick Herbert Mathew Bren / O'Brien Ann Rowan (probably nee Farrell, wife of Charles Rowan, innkeeper, land speculator) Thomas Kilroy or McEvoy Michael Terry Patrick McEvoy John McEvoy Mathew Quinn or Martin Quinn Patrick Christopher James Downey Patrick Burns or Burk / Burke (corner of Manotick Station Road and Snake Island Road) Any suggestions to filling in the above question marks? ... Al
May 22, 2007: Thanks to Mary Quinn for sending in her suggestions for the names above. ... Al
April 1, 2008:
Map of the Village of Manotick in 1879 Source: McGill University Digital Maps Manotick Village in 1879
Names on the map are William Pettapiece, (from North Gower Township), John Potter and M. Cameron.
July 11, 2008:
Henry Tomkins and Ann Hopkins, married in 1858. The bride and her father walked from their Beacon Hill farm to downtown for the wedding. Henry Tomkins, son of Peter from County Wicklow, lived at Manotick Station. Photo source: The Manotick Station Story Henry Tomkins and Ann Hopkins

February 18, 2009:
According to an article by Hugh Adami in today's Ottawa Citizen, the Manotick Station Road will be fixed and re-paved during the spring and summer of 2009. See article The Road that Takes No Prisoners. Maybe the following fellows could be enlisted to do the job. It must be a hot day -- one of the horses is wearing a straw hat. Photo source: The Manotick Station Story, inside back cover Manotick Station Road, early 1900's

April 23, 2009: Hello, I stumbled across your name on a page about Manotick Station and I was wondering if you could shed some light on something I recently saw. I often walk my dogs along the old rail line west of Manotick Station Rd , north of Gough Rd. We've seen a couple of trails that lead west off the rail line into the bush. The southernmost trail leads towards the large swamp (here is a google maps link to show you what I'm talking about):,+ON&sll=49.891235,-97.15369&sspn=34.059976,63.105469&ie=UTF8&ll=45.241083,-75.622898&spn=0.004525,0.01178&t=h&z=17&iwloc=A There is another smaller trail to the north that leads west to a small clearing, on the map you can see it just north of the swamp. While exploring this clearing I saw a rock wall at its' western edge. Could this have been a farm at some point? If so, how old would this wall be? There doesn't seem to be any building remains and it looks like it is nothing more than place for teens to have a bush party (broken beer bottles, e.g.). I did notice a very rusty iron fence where the trail met the rail line, so I'm guessing it must have been used for something at some point (hunting camp perhaps?). Any light you can shed on this would be greatly appreciated. I'm always fascinated when I stumble upon these sorts of things and am very curious about its' history. Many thanks, Rob McRae ________________________________ Good morning, Mr. McRae: Thanks for your e-mail regarding the old stone wall south of Manotick Station. I'm attaching a copy of a map dated 1879. The map shows the village of Manotick Station, the old Bytown and Prescott Railway (built c. 1854), and the names of farmers who had settled this particular area of Osgoode Township beginning in the late 1830's. The original farm lots were surveyed into 200 acre plots. You can see on the map that many of the farms have been subdivided into smaller parcels as large (mostly Catholic) farm families severed lots into smaller farms to pass on to the next generation. (more text beneath the map) The black square dots are the location of the farm houses in 1879. Possibly one of these dots is what remains of one of the early farms which you have located. Some of these farms front on the Manotick Station Road; the farms on the eastern side fronted on the Dozois Road, just to the west. Here's another bit about Manotick Station. Quoted from elsewhere on my web site. When I first began researching my ancestors, people would tell me that Manotick Station was a great exporter of tea to the United States. I couldn't figure this out. Tea in Canada? It turns out that the village of Manotick Station was known as the "Pokey Moonshine Settlement" and, during prohibition in the USA, "tea" was sent to the US from here. Also, J. Edgar Hoover was a visitor to the Manotick Station area in the 1920's. My great aunt from the Stage Coach Road married his cousin, George Hoover who was a lawyer in Washington, D.C. Any connection between J. Edgar's visits to this area and exporting whiskey to the U.S. during Prohibition? There was a train station there from about 1855 onwards and a store (maybe two). Someone had a whiskey still back in the bush. Since it was illegal to sell liquor, an ongoing raffle was set up, the winner of the "raffle" got a bottle of liquor. It seems that everyone who bought a raffle ticket was a winner of a bottle. There was a whiskey still just down the railway tracks on the west side of the Manotick Station Road. Apparently the ruins are still there. Michael Daley knows the location. Mary Kilfoyle, who was born in the 1840's, was a daughter of the Patrick Kilfoyle shown on the map. She was murdered in the 1920's at her log cabin on the Kilfoyle (Guilfoyle) farm. She's buried at Our Lady of the Visitation cemetery at South Gloucester. I have a newspaper article detailing the murder . The stone wall you discovered may be part of the old Kilfoyle house or the whiskey still. Interesting stuff! Michael Daley is an expert on this material, and in fact, all of Osgoode Township. ... Al _________________________________

Al, Many thanks for the quick reply and the great map! I would love to be able to overlay it with a current map. I've got your map open right next to a google map of the same area and I'm guessing that the Waller P.O. would be situated on what is now the northwest corner of Gough and Manotick Station Rd. (yes it is ... Al). If that's true then the rock fence and the small clearing would be the farmhouse to the west of the rail line on Pat Kilfoyles farm. If I'm reading the map correctly, it is Lot #4 on the west side of Manotick Station Rd. (I can see what you mean about the farms belonging to Irish labourers, with names like Sullivan, O'connor, Curran, etc.). I find it hard to believe anyone could make a go of farming on that land, it is very thick brush and quite swampy. But if anyone could do it, it would be the Irish. Thanks, ... Rob ________________________________ May 7, 2009: Al, I remember reading about that murder on your website, but thought it was further down the road, towards the present day sod farms. Can you give me the gist of the murder? Lovers quarrel? Robbery gone bad? I'll go back to that clearing this weekend and poke around some more to see if I can find any other remains of the farm. Thanks again, Rob _________________________________ Good evening Al, & welcome,Robert McRae, just a line , a glimpse into the past, on your map, 1879 . in regards to Waller P.O.,situated on the William HARNEY FARM 200 acres, it was 8o rod wide by a mile and quarter long the Waller post office was established July 1st 1877 , the first postmaster was Patrick Harney son , William Harney. the post was closed Oct.22, 1912, Patrick had a parcel of land off of the 200, The homestead is the black dot just west of railtrack , with the entrance off ,Gough road, it does not seem that long ago [ to me] when a Vince Harney still lived there, THE Pat Kilfoyle farm situated on the east half of that lot was what we called a square hundred ,acres,you will notice ,what we call, the," check line" dividing the east ,from the west half. the stone wall you spoke of, if it was a wall, in my view it would be , the Harney homestead, other wise it would stone fence [ I have been wrong before] in which there are many in these parts , ... Michael Daley _________________________________ Michael, Thanks for the info. I went back last evening and confirmed that it was a stone fence. I runs north-south for a few hundred feet at the western edge of the clearing, probably 500-600 feet from the rail line. I poked around but couldn't find any other remains of a house or barn. Unfortunately it turned out to be an expensive hike, as one of my dogs lost a fight with a porcupine and had to be taken to the vet's to have the quills removed from his face. My interest in this fence just cost me $300! Thanks again, Rob __________________________________ Good evening Robert, sorry to hear about your dog. The joy, and misshapes of rural living, most dogs, the encounter with a porcupine , takes only once, other dogs feels they have to get the best of that porcupine, and will look them up. it could have been skunk. I've been on this farm for, four score, and 2-3 years, my memory takes me back when ,an elusive fox, in broad daylight , would grab one of our free range ,laying hens, and take off with it. ground hogs were another source of entertainment, for farm dogs, if the ground hog moved to far from its den , it very often did not make it back, ground hogs hole, in a cow pasture, were a great spot , for a cow to step into and break a leg. In later years , when city dwellers moved from their concrete jungle , to our quiet country side , they brought with them , their city raised dogs, to roam free ,Our farm animals became a source of entertainment , for some dogs. one spring I kept two cows, heavy in calf fairly close to the house, till they would give birth, one morning I heard dogs barking, I knew where those cows should be , jumping on the tractor , I found two big dogs had my two cows in a corner , harassing the hell out of them, I knew where those dogs came from, A year later, [ by a farmers instinct] I went to check on cows and calves, and found two , 450 pound, heifer calves, chased by dogs, into a fence line one already dead, I loaded the other one and brought it home, called a Veterinary, we had to put it down, more recently two years ago, hearing a cow , calling me , [there is a difference, in cows bawling] when she is calling her calf ,and went she wants attention , I jumped in my four wheeler went back to the pasture, she met me at the gate I'm looking around for her 15 day old calf, its getting dark I started to walk where I thought she might have left her calf, I'm following a cow trail, and she is following me, we walked through a small bush, into a 15 acre field I continue following that trail , that cow realizing I was going in the wrong direction, she passed me and I in turn followed her, she led me to the remains of her calf , she gave a bawl , and turned and went back to the herd, I came home , got my camera went back and took a picture , that animal was stripped clean, the experts say that was a mother coyote giving her pups a lesson , Beavers flood our fields , my first view of Beaver was at Ottawa Exhibition in the 1940 -- Raccoons, , and fisher can be vicious,one time we had great cow dog, tell him to get cows in, he would, even the neighbours would borrow , when there cows would get unruly, in the winter time he had no cows to mind so he roamed free, he did not come home one night, a nephew found him on their farm, he tangled with a big Raccoon, it was a fight to the finish , they both died lying not very apart, So much for my ramblings, ... Michael Daley
October 20, 2010:
A Sunny Day in Manotick .. Enjoy 'em while we can! Looking North towards Downtown Ottawa
Rideau River at Manotick, Ontario, Canada
February 10, 2011: Here are two terrific photos of Manotick Station! Thanks to David Nolan: Hi Al, A couple of more pictures. 1 - The train station at Manotick Station, year unknown but probably in the early 1900's. 2- Pat Conlin, Robert Redmond, Paddy Conners. Taken circa 1916 - 1918 about one mile north of Manotick Station. Robert Redmond was the section foreman. Thanks, David Nolan Rideau River at Manotick, Ontario, Canada Pat Conlin, Robert Redmond and Paddy Conners, Manotick Station, c. 1916
Hi Al, Attached are some pictures from the store at Manotick Station and of area men. 1st picture - Alec Potvin, Potvin's General Store, Manotick Station and second old style gas pump. 2nd picture - Alec Potvin, his daughter Gabrielle and the first old style crank gas pump, one gallon at a time. 3rd picture - Haying at Alec Potvin's General Store, Manotick Station. 4th picture - These area men had their picture taken prior to leaving to work in the Shanty. Standing - Allan Spratt, Bill Helem, Ben Hanna. Sitting - Evie Cuddie, Allie Findlay. These men were all from the Spratt / Limebank Roads. David Nolan Alexander Potvin at Manotick Station Alexander Potvin and daughter Gabrielle at Manotick Station Alexander Potvin at Manotick Station Allan Spratt, Bill Helem, Ben Hanna, Evie Cuddie, Allie Findlay
November 30, 2016: The ship Dunbrody was a three masted barque built in Quebec in 1845 by Thomas Hamilton Oliver for the Graves family, merchants from New Ross in County Wexford, Ireland. The Graves family business, in addition to providing overseas transportation also provided a luggage chest for each family being taken off the estate. She was the first ship to bring famine emigrants from the Fitzwilliam Estate in County Wicklow to Quebec in 1845. Many of these passengers came to Bytown and Eastern Ontario and settled in Catholic communities here. For example, the Peter TOMKIN (TOMKINS) family settled about a mile from my GGGrandparents at the village of Manotick Station on the border of Gloucester and Osgoode Townships, now part of the City of Ottawa. See their farm location on the 1879 Belden digital map from McGill University, next. The farm shown here is owned by Henry Tomkins in 1879.
Farms at Manotick Station, Ontario, Canada - Henry Tomkin, Tomkins)
The ship Dunbrody is often mentioned in the book "Surplus People" by Irish historian Jim Rees. See more information on our web page about the Great Famine emigration to the Ottawa area. Some of the early emigrants, like the Tomkins family are noted on our Wicklow Emigrants web page. ... Al
May 30, 2019: Source for the following picture and text block is National Capital Heritage, page 192. Keywords: Moss Kent Dickinson, 5 Rideau Gate, Mayor of Ottawa, Barnabas Dickinson, Dickinson's Landing, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Moss Kent Dickinson also lived at 5 Rideau Gate - see picture on our New Edinburgh web page.
The Dickinson House pic Dickinson House Text

August 1, 2019: Source for the following picture and text block is National Capital Heritage, page 190. Keywords: Moss Kent Dickinson, Joseph Merrill Currier, Thomas Langrell, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, National Capital Commission. Moss Kent Dickinson lived at 5 Rideau Gate - see picture on our New Edinburgh web page.
Manotick Mill Pic Manotick Mill Text

New September 28, 2019: Thanks to Kathy Atkins for the following photograph of the Palace Hotel in Manotick, Ontario. Mary Quinn and Michael Daley have both added some detail about this hotel. Palace Hotel at Manotick, Ontario, Canada Good after noon , Al & Mary I am trying to re-write a note , that I Wrote to you last tuesday in regards to The Palace Hotel. this computer is forever being updated, it loses me? {in regards to receiving ,sending & Saving e-mails,etc } Yes I knew where the Palace Hotel was and have seen the picture , an impressive looking building, I got to Know Mr McLean after he built the new store,and 10 years later he sold to Alan Armstrong, I was in Manotick the morning Armstrong store burnt, sad to say Mrs Armstrong was out of the building went back upstairs to find some thing but failed to return , It was a sad day in Manotick. {1961} I knew of Barney McCarney that married Peter Doyle's Widow ,he also operated the stage coach from Manotick to the train station . Al Your Uncle Bill Herbert's mother was Annie Elizabeth Doyle, daughter of Peter Doyle and Ann Bergin married Feb 4 1896 to Thomas Herbert , son of Michael Herbert and Ellen Nash. for now, ... Michael Daley ___________________________________________________ Hi Al - great to hear from you. I found this article on the Manotick Directory: Manotick Walking Tour 1 15. Palace Hotel, 5539 Main Street / former Royal Bank In 1864, John McIntyre purchased the property from Joseph Currier who was the partner of Moss Dickinson. McIntyre apparently moved from Long Island Locks Village and built the Manotick Hotel sometime before 1869. Between 1869 and 1874 it is not clear what took place, but records show that in 1874 Peter Doyle bought the business and operated it as the Doyle House Hotel, until it was destroyed by fire in 1876. Records show that Doyle rebuilt and this time a more imposing edifice. It is described as a brick structure with verandahs on two stories across the full width of the Main Street facade. In 1878, Mr. Doyle fell from a load of hay when his horses bolted, and he was trampled to death. One of his barkeepers, Barney McCarney, took over the hotel and soon married Doyle's widow. Peter Doyle Jr. later became the proprietor of the Doyle House and eventually sold the building in 1905 to Dennis Clarke, who renovated it and changed the name to the Palace Hotel. A mysterious fire destroyed this hotel on a warm summer evening in 1917. The next building on the lot was a store, operated by A. Paradis and Son for the United Farmers Co-operative during the early 1920s and owned by the Manotick Realty Company. This store was leased to George McLean in 1929; it too was destroyed by fire, in 1937. Mr. McLean then bought the lot and built a new store with living quarters above. Ten years later, McLean sold the business to Alan Armstrong, who operated the store until it was the victim of a spectacular fire in 1961. The Royal Bank of Canada then bought the lot, erected the present structure and moved into the building in 1963. ... Mary Quinn

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