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-The First Settlers-
The first settler was Daniel Raymond. At one time it was known as "Nine
Partners' Falls" owing to nine settlers having formed a partnership to
run a mill there. It was also formerly a Temperance group to eschew all
intoxicating liquors. Its present name is in honour of the first Baron
of Dorchester, Sir Guy Carleton, who was Commander-in-Chief in America
in 1782, afterwards Governor of Quebec, up to 1796.
Many years ago gold was discovered west of the present school. For some
years much work was done with a large crew of men. Then, Miller-Gordon's
"Girls Boarding House" was built as a boarding house for the miners. The
work became intermittent, and little or no work was done for over 30 years.
Then, years ago another discovery was made at the foot of Bad Falls - and
several attempts were made to operate that mine - called "North Carleton
Gold Mine'' - but without profit.
In 1920, Miller-Gordon Mfg. Co. comprising W. E. Miller, the son Roy D.
Miller, and Winfield Gordon - (the first two from Bear River), built the
large mill and woodworking factory that stood where the store, Carleton
Co. Outfitters, stands now. They made clothes pins, dowels, washboards,
berry boxes, etc., and their products went all over the world. They brought
several families from Bear River - Wright, McSwaine, McLean, Frizzell,
etc., and several families moved to Carleton from Kemptville and Forest
Glen and Richfield.
Another part of the community worth mentioning is in the north eastern
corner of the Junction of the Forest Glen road and the road to Kemptville,
a tract of land which had been deeded to the Congregational Church in Yarmouth,
to erect thereon a Congregational Church for Carleton. As there were already
three churches at the corner it was not built, and the lot became a dumping
corner, very unsightly. After World War I, when a Branch of the Women's
Institutes was formed December, 1919, through the efforts of James D. Dennis
(son of Leonard), a prominent business man in Yarmouth, the lot was deeded
to trustees appointed by the W.I. to hold as a park for the people of Carleton.
The Institute cleared the front part, making it the beauty spot it is now.
Especially note the stone wall - laid without cement or mortar after the
fashion of the early walls built when fields were cleared - to last many
generations. It is built 3 feet below the grounds and 3 feet above, and
cost over $400.00. The people of Carleton bought and erected a monument
to those who lost their lives in World War I. A complete History of the
Park is in the Library - begun by Mrs. T. H. Flint. At the northern corner
of the Park is the beautiful little log cabin Durkee Memorial Library.
Two of the third generation of the early settlers - the Rev. Dr. J. Stanley
Durkee and Capt. Alfred R. Durkee, sons of Mr. & Mrs.. James Durkee,
and grandsons of Joseph Durkee and Leonard Dennis, wishing to show honor
to their parents and leave a living memorial, built, furnished and endowed
this library, "To the memory of those of this village whose lives have
molded other lives in righteousness - to the youth of our village and to
all the people who seek for larger knowledge truth and understanding -
to all those who shall come after us, striving to build the Kingdom of
God in this fair land." In those words it was dedicated in August 1938.
In 1947 it was placed in the hands of the Women's Institute to hold and
use for the people of Carleton.
The first mail service was between 1850-1860 - one mail a week for some
years, then twice a week - then for many years there was a daily mail service
between Brazil Lake and Carleton. The first Post Office was kept by James
Killam, in the house now owned by S. H. Miller. Later postmasters were:
Mrs. John Miller, Benjamin Annis,Edwin Crosby, Miss Jessie Miller, and
Mrs. Lydia Durkee.
Telephone Co. was formed in February 1884, with Mr. Samuel Ryerson, President;
Edwin Crosby, Secretary Treasurer, and Wm. Miller, Amial Durkee and Nathan
Hilton as Directors. It is of interest to note that the first contract
for poles, digging holes and setting was for $33 per pole. For many years,
only one phone served Carleton, and one in Kemptville. Later the services
were expanded to nearly 40 phones serviced by the company.
It is not surprising that Carleton - Temperance - should have a Temperance
Society or "Total Abstinence" as it was called then. A lodge of Independent
Order Good Templars was organized. A list of members and officers, January
1870, (and had been active for years before), might be of interest. They
Amial R. Durkee
John P. Miller
Mary D. Richardson
Lydia A. Richardson
This society continued actively for nearly 60 years more, then
it was allowed to drop.
|Historic photos on this page are, respectively in
1) Mink Lake dam, circa 1930's
2) Carleton cenotaph
3) Perry Rd., circa 1970's
4) Mink Lake during an extremely dry summer, 1960's
From: Ron Vallillee
At one time I believe R.D Miller ran a clothespin factory in Gardner's
My mother worked there!! Dorothy Vallillee
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