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5 hours ago
Lost Ottawa

We put Ottawa and August into a search at LAC and came up with .... the Morning Puzzler!

It concerns a radio station described as the "Chapel Street Wireless Station." Judging by the pictures it was located on an imaginary extension of Chapel south from Mann Avenue towards the old Gas Tanks near Lees. We have a few pictures of the location and equipment from 1924 and 1928.

Apart from information to the effect that the wireless station was run by Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, not much seems to be known. For example, did they do only Morse code? Who were they communicating with using all those antennae?

Mysterious ...
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This may not be very relevant to the radio station, but the location suggests that this land was once occupied by the original nine-hole course of the Ottawa Golf Club, which eventually ends up in Aylmer as the Royal Ottawa Golf Club.

Not much is known about the site at all, but there are some hints at www.rcsigs.ca/index.php/Wireless_Station_-_Ottawa_(Chapel_Street)

My father, Tom Cuthbert, served in the Signal Corps in the late 1920s. His station was somewhere near The Pas, Manitoba. My mother donated a number of pictures and artifacts to the RCCS museum in Kingston.

Amazing to see those gas tanks from another vantage point. We are still trying to clean up the mess left by those gas tanks. Apparently the ground water around Lee’s is completely contaminated.

John Rapp

This is just a stretch but, from watching old movies, it tells me they were communicating with their people in different countries.

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17 hours ago
Lost Ottawa

Lost Ottawa is on the road today, but we have a little video for you.

It's "Joshua's Bench," a piece of outdoor art you might have seen along Colonel By Drive near the bend in the canal before you get to U of O. One of those items that's lost in plain sight.

This bench was carved from a limestone boulder by artist Harley Swedler in memory of his sister Ina. The bench is named for her son Joshua.
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How beautiful Harley. What a touching memorial to a beautiful person.

Harley, the use of stone and its properties make me think of Ina in the way that her memory is forever alive. This is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful person. Congratulations on this installation and the beauty that it instills in the City of Ottawa.

That is a beautiful tribute to Ina who was a remarkable person. Harley Swedler ❀️

You created a beautiful commemoration to your sisterπŸ™Œ

Beautiful tribute to your sister!

This is a beautiful piece of art, in memory of a beautiful person. And it is in the perfect spot, with a view of the canal and practically right outside of her parent’s old doorstep. What a wonderful memorial. Harley Swedler Stuart McCarthy

Beautiful

Beautiful!

Sarah Poirier

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1 day ago
Lost Ottawa

Lost Ottawa is on the road this morning, doing one of those epic Canadian drives. We're going all the way to Windsor in one shot (now that it's legal) to see family.

So it's a good time for an auto-related picture shared by Brian Woodward, featuring a clipboard from the Belisle dealership that used to be on Montreal Road.

You can tell it's an old one. Sherwood 9-5941!
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Lost Ottawa is on the road this morning, doing one of those epic Canadian drives. Were going all the way to Windsor in one shot (now that its legal) to see family.

So its a good time for an auto-related picture shared by Brian Woodward, featuring a clipboard from the Belisle dealership that used to be on Montreal Road. 

You can tell its an old one. Sherwood 9-5941!

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Bought several vehicles from Belisle, it was sad that GM took their dealership away when they (GM) were close to bankruptcy and downsizing.

Wait - it was illegal to drive to Windsor, from Ottawa?

Safe travels!

Fond old memories. Used to see this badge on Chevrolets and Oldsmobiles everywhere....

But get this…the Audi dealer that now stands where Belisle used to be? The building is new and the street address is now 458 instead of 444, but the phone number? It’s still 749-5941. Now THAT’S pretty cool.

Bought my first new car there in 1988.

Was there 2 weeks ago

They moved a lot of new GM products, as well as the "used" vehicles, over the many years they were in business ! πŸ‘

I’ll bet Jerry, who has a 58 Chevy would love to have that ads his car was purchased from Belisle in 1958. It has the Belisle chrome piece on it.

Dernière auto que D.D. Gratton y a acheté, une Osmobile Delta Royale. 😊

Still driving my 2006 that I got from Belisle🌺

I met Diana Ayoub there. THE Diana from Paul Anka's song! She was a leasing rep at the time ✌

Antonio Pereira

Je me rappelle bien!!

Was this found on the road?

Bought my first car there. Safe Travels Mr and Mrs Lost Ottawa!

It was Belisle motors that brought my dad to Canada from Scotland in 1966, there was a shortage of mechanics in Ottawa back then,

This is quite old, check out the phone number....SH .... Our number used to be PA9....

My dad worked there around 94. We bought a GMC Safari van from there too. I think it was a 93 model.

My grandpas car was from belisle

I bought my first car there it was a 1966 Chevelle convertible white with red top and red leather interior

Safe travels!

Bought my first car purchased at Bélisle: 1975 Chevy Vega

My dad bought his first car there in the mid 50s when we lived in Manor Park. Our phone number there was SH9-8942! I’ll never forget.

Back when car dealerships put classy chrome emblems on their cars. Then they went to stickers. Now its cheap plastic licence plate frames.

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2 days ago
Lost Ottawa

Karen Sharpe Buckshi shares an Ottawa music moment:

"March 19, 1968. Joni Mitchell played at Le Hibou (Sussex location).

I mean, that's cool enough but guess who made a bootleg of the recording???

Jimi Hendrix!!!

See the back story at:
consequence.net/.../joni-mitchell-live-box-set.../ "
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Karen Sharpe Buckshi shares an Ottawa music moment:

March 19, 1968. Joni Mitchell played at Le Hibou (Sussex location). 

I mean, thats cool enough but guess who made a bootleg of the recording???

Jimi Hendrix!!!

See the back story at:
https://consequence.net/.../joni-mitchell-live-box-set.../

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A great venue, missed by a lot of us. Loved seeing visiting performers and locals during After Hours. My fav local group was Weight. You never knew who might be joining them on stage.

I was in the front row of the Capitol theatre for the Hendrix concert that same night.

Just listened, honestly she is other worldly.....absolute perfection. Wow!

that's amazing! Huge Joni fan and I didn't know that.

This must have been the night she met Graham Nash.

I was at the Hendrix concert that night - a show I’ll never forget!

I am glad I got to quite a few concerts but not til '69 I think, so missed this great one.

I was 13 that year and my Uncle took me there one night.

many great memories of Le Hibou...Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan, Ian Tamblyn, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee...

Wow! Who knew?

I saw Bruce Cockburn perform at Le Hibou in 1972 😁

I knew he was there that night one of my favourite spots in the day to go and listen to many musicians

So cool I used to go there before Justines on a cool date lol

Harvey Glatt do you have any details to add to this story? I believe you promoted both of those shows, right?

I heard that Hendrix just finished playing a show at the old Ottawa theatre on Bank St. Jumped into a cab and headed there to record it.

Christine Shaikin.........cool.Also Graeme Monk......

I know the fellow who found the tapes in Rick Pattersons collection.

Kenneth John Bassett

Wow!!😊

I remember Le Hibou

Jimi

I saw Joni at Carleton University in 1968. Such talent! Saw others at Le Hibou.

Saw some pretty great performers there - Shawn Phillips, James Cotton, Lenny Breau, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Taj Mahal, Mike McKenna to name a few.

Wow!

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2 days ago
Lost Ottawa

I was thinking of all the sporting attire we've seen on TV during the Olympics when I came across this picture of an Ottawa cricket group in July of 1898.

I love the guy with the striped jacket and straw boater. Cricketers, does his attire mean he played a special role? Or was it just a fashion statement.

The record doesn't say where they are in Ottawa, but it reminds me of the clubhouse on the grounds of the governor general's house.

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I was thinking of all the sporting attire weve seen on TV during the Olympics when I came across this picture of an Ottawa cricket group in July of 1898.

I love the guy with the striped jacket and straw boater. Cricketers, does his attire mean he played a special role? Or was it just a fashion statement. 

The record doesnt say where they are in Ottawa, but it reminds me of the clubhouse on the grounds of the governor generals house.

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The cricket pitch at Rideau Hall was usually host to the larger tournaments or whatever they call them. My Dad was an avid cricketer. I scarcely understand it. But we used to watch the big matches at Rideau Hall sometimes. In the 1970s. The players were dressed pretty much as in the picture.

def the pavilion at Rideau Hall. It's where the British and Australian High Commissions used to have their annual cricket match. I don't know if they still do. No significance to the natty attire other than if you've got it flaunt it, but I would imagine it's his school blazer. The photos below are from the High Commission "ashes" match from, i think, 2009. In the first one GBR are bowling, in the second they are batting.

A bunch of guys play cricket at the baseball diamond in the park across from our house. That is, when it's not being used for, uh, baseball. It's interesting to watch a sport that's not so common in these parts.

Oh yay - haven’t seen too many Lost Ottawa posts as of late!😊

I heard that if they tried to wear bikini bottoms, they would be fined.

Does anyone have the names of the players in photograph?

No big mystery, I think it was chilly out.

It is most likely the Cricket Pavilion at Rideau Hall, which was built in 1872. As for the hats, they were probably worn on the field to help with the sun. Notice the long sleeve shirts and pants too; also to ward off the sun. But more typically, the small caps the men have on in the bottom left are more proper to cricket.

Isnt he the referee?

Back row, third from the left: how did Ned Beatty get in there? πŸ˜‰

They don’t look like a very cheery lot. This cricket must be serious business

I've seen those jackets in the old-time movies when cricket was involved. It's probably for style but, what do I know... lol.

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3 days ago
Lost Ottawa

We put "Ottawa" and "August" into a search of LAC and came up with this picture of camping, military style, at Ottawa Air Station (otherwise known as Rockcliffe) on August 29, 1939.

Two days later, Germany would invade Poland and the horrors of WW2 would begin.

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We put Ottawa and August into a search of LAC and came up with this picture of camping, military style, at Ottawa Air Station (otherwise known as Rockcliffe) on August 29, 1939. 

Two days later, Germany would invade Poland and the horrors of WW2 would begin.

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I. Am now 91 my dad was in the air force in 1934 and rejoined in 1939 his no was r4041@

I was in the Boy Scouts, decades ago. Are the "(Lord) Mountbatten"-style tents? These seem similar in, in design, to some we used (courtesy our leader) on occasion

The Ottawa Flying Club began its activities in 1928 at Uplands. Commercial flight began in 1938. The Airforce opened up a base at the being of the Second World War that lead to an expansion which the established in 1942 of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. There was an active base there when in 1941 James Cagney came to town to make a movie called "Captian of the Clouds." Here is some history of Uplands: ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/y-is-for-yow-a-short-history-of-uplands-involving-triumph-death... www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/40/Inside-Upl...

Tents look as if left over from 1870

Interesting. Was anything going on at (what later became) Uplands Air Base at that time? Anybody got any info?

Cultural appropriation... a camping hate crime. πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

I'm sure my late father was there. We have very similar photos taken the same time and place.

There's no life like it ! 😯

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3 days ago
Lost Ottawa

Michael Davidson shares the morning puzzler with a question about these tanks sitting beside a channel of the Ottawa River at the Zibi development on the islands at Chaudiere Falls across from the War Museum. You might have seen them while biking.

Asks Michael:

"Does anybody happen to know what these tanks were for? They are sitting outside the Chaudiere Falls public viewing area likely from the paper or cardboard operations that used to be there."
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Michael Davidson shares the morning puzzler with a question about these tanks sitting beside a channel of the Ottawa River at the Zibi development on the islands at Chaudiere Falls across from the War Museum. You might have seen them while biking.

Asks Michael:
 
Does anybody happen to know what these tanks were for?  They are sitting outside the Chaudiere Falls public viewing area likely from the paper or cardboard operations that used to be there.Image attachment

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That's a lot of scrap iron... are they being kept for heritage value - machinery manufactured in Ottawa during the last century?

Bet my Dad worked on those when he was a mill wright at the paper mill

They remind me of digesters that broke down the pulp before it could be used by the paper machines. I had a summer job at CIP in Gatineau working all over the mill. Gatineau made newsprint unlike what Eddy’s was making but a lot of the processes were the same.

The Paper Mill was called E.B.Eddy I worked there for 12 years 8 of those in the stock prep end of things on number 14 paper machine, yes they were used for stock prep for the paper machine!

I really hope they're preserved and refurbished! Maybe paint one of them in a fun design to bring some life to the area.

Loaded them many times. They were in the wet end, although I spent most of my 20 years there in the dry end.

Great shots. About 30 years we toured inside the EB Eddy plant as part of my graphic design course. We got to see big vats of paper pulp being mixed.

I worked there a few days setting up stairs so workers could work on the hydro trubines,right on the others side of the locks,safety procedure had large pipe railing go over little holes in the floor where water exited if you slipped you were a goner,then we opened up a 14 by 14 inches cover to get into the turbine on a 12 by 12 board,just over the turbine blades ,so workers could assess them a 4 hrour job took all day cause noone could find the key to lower the beams to stop the water flow, those were the days

These hydrapulpers were made by Alexander Fleck Limited, whose home still sits at the corner of Bronson and Laurier Ave West. His firms made appliances, furnaces, and hydraulic equipment.

Part of EB Eddy setup

One of our neighbours in Crystal Beach was the chief stationary engineer at E.B.Eddy`s during the `60s and `70s, a Mr. Ladouceur who retired home with his wife to Scots Bay, Nova Scotia.

Crazy how they designed things back in the day.

I found another picture. The hydrapulper tanks were in the big building in the middle of this picture, the one with the big stack behind it. The building has now been demolished, but there wasn't much that could be done with it, since it had three 150 feet long holes in the upper floor where the paper-making machines sat. When I was first in this building, the paper-making process was being explained to us at start one machine while it was being scrapped from the other end!

Here is a picture of the hydrapulpers in situ in the basement of the Booth Mill, taken by me around 2015. As the name implies they were part of a complicated system of tanks and chests designed to add water and other chemicals to pulp before it was sprayed onto the paper-making machines to be made into paper (when pulp finally makes it onto the paper-making machine it is about 99% water, and is then squished, steamed and otherwise dried so that it will come out as paper at the other end.)

Wow! Some great information and stories! Thanks folks!

We had a post about this previously. They are hydrapulpers from the Booth Paper Mill that used to be on the upriver side of Booth Street. Here's the link: www.facebook.com/LostOttawa/posts/1936491676450047

I believe they are alien spacecraft and the children of the mother ship that stood on Alta Vista Drive.

Wilf Davis - do you guys have something like these tanks or are they old technology?

Great comments and information.

Claude Et Diane Noel ?? eb eddy?

they stand as reminders of all those killed, and graves and sites desecrated, to make industrial bytown a prosperous place for settlers.

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4 days ago
Lost Ottawa

Following up on our "tall tale" from the Ottawa Citizen about wrestler Marcel Proulx who had climbed up the 81-foot pole in Eastview on August 21 of 1957, intending to stay there 40 days and night ...

Proulx only made it 13 days and 13 hours!

Apparently a combination of depression and anger at his manager (about money) got the better of him. Around 9 pm on September 3rd, Proulx began shouting and ranting and throwing things off the top of the flagpole including a chair, his mattress, clothing, a bunch of other stuff, and one of his two telephones.

Not good for the kiddies! Given Proulx's conduct, the Eastview Lions Club had no choice. They had sponsored the flagpole-sitting as a fund-raiser, but withdrew their support.

Now they just had to get Proulx down and more hilarity ensued. No crane was available. The Eastview fire department didn't have crane that would go high enough. The Ottawa fire department wanted too much money for theirs.

Luckily, among the 2000 people who had gathered, there was a local contractor. He volunteered to have a crew erect a scaffold to the top. That's what you see in the picture, the scaffold workers with Proulx on his way down around 1:45 in the morning.

Eastview Lions swore they would never host a flagpole marathon again.
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Following up on our tall tale from the Ottawa Citizen about wrestler Marcel Proulx who had climbed up the 81-foot pole in Eastview on August 21 of 1957, intending to stay there 40 days and night  ... 

Proulx only made it 13 days and 13 hours! 

Apparently a combination of depression and anger at his manager (about money) got the better of him. Around 9 pm on September 3rd, Proulx began shouting and ranting and throwing things off the top of the flagpole including a chair, his mattress, clothing, a bunch of other stuff, and one of his two telephones.

Not good for the kiddies! Given Proulxs conduct, the Eastview Lions Club had no choice. They had sponsored the flagpole-sitting as a fund-raiser, but withdrew their support. 

Now they just had to get Proulx down and more hilarity ensued. No crane was available. The Eastview fire department didnt have crane that would go high enough. The Ottawa fire department wanted too much money for theirs. 

Luckily, among the 2000 people who had gathered, there was a local contractor. He volunteered to have a crew erect a scaffold to the top. Thats what you see in the picture, the scaffold workers with Proulx on his way down around 1:45 in the morning.

Eastview Lions swore they would never host a flagpole marathon again.

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I remember this incident !

CFRA had a crows nest. At the Ottawa Ex somewhere around 1964 not quite sure

It seems, from Wikipedia, that flagpole sitting was started by an actor named Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly. He sat on his pole for 13 hours and 13 minutes. See.ms like a funny coincidence.

13 and a half days is still quite an accomplishment.

Following my previous response, I imagine him flinging his poo like a monkey πŸ’ πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

I can imagine if he is still kicking around saying oh no, not that night brought up again!

About 1952 a flagpole sitter did his thing in Kitchener’s Victoria Park ballpark — a fad of the time. I forget his cause.

I had no idea...thanks for the post.

A professional wrestler who intended to spend a month living on top of a sign turns out to be unstable ! Who would have guessed ? 😧

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4 days ago
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A "tall tale" from the Ottawa Citizen for August 22, 1957, reporting on Marcel Proulx's life at the top of an 81-foot pole in a parking lot on Montreal Road in what was then Eastview.

Proulx had climbed up the pole August 21 with the intention of staying there the Biblical 40 days and 40 nights. He hung out in the top in a huge padded chair and slept in a chamber underneath on a mattress with two blankets. Food from a nearby restaurant was lifted up to him. So was a TV on which he only watched wrestling on Wednesdays because he himself was professional wrestler from Montreal. He sent the TV back down when he was finished with it.

Most of the time he sat up there thinking, but he also had two phones that he used to take orders for records that he would play for anyone who donated to the Eastview Lions Club who sponsored the event -- and also dispense advice to the lovelorn who would call him up.

Proulx's said his personal goal in doing the stunt was to prove his endurance and then return to the world of wrestling. He already held the world record for flagpole sitting at 32 days.

Wait for the follow up at 8 am ...
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A tall tale from the Ottawa Citizen for August 22, 1957, reporting on Marcel Proulxs life at the top of an 81-foot pole in a parking lot on Montreal Road in what was then Eastview.

Proulx had climbed up the pole August 21 with the intention of staying there the Biblical 40 days and 40 nights. He hung out in the top in a huge padded chair and slept in a chamber underneath on a mattress with two blankets. Food from a nearby restaurant was lifted up to him. So was a TV on which he only watched wrestling on Wednesdays because he himself was professional wrestler from Montreal. He sent the TV back down when he was finished with it.

Most of the time he sat up there thinking, but he also had two phones that he used to take orders for records that he would play for anyone  who donated to the Eastview Lions Club who sponsored the event -- and also dispense advice to the lovelorn who would call him up.

Proulxs said his personal goal in doing the stunt was to prove his endurance and then return to the world of wrestling. He already held the world record for flagpole sitting at 32 days. 

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Am I weird to ask what he did when he needed to relieve himself? πŸ˜†

I clearly remember that event. It was close to my house. I was around 9 years old.

Richard Larose

There was a radio broadcaster who did a flag pole sitting during the Ottawa Ex...I believe it was 1960 or 61? Can't remember his name...but it was the coolest..anyone else remember this?

Not sure, but think the LaFontaine might of been two streets up from Lacasse. Methinks that the intersection of Montreal Rd. and Lafontaine might of been the correct location.

What is a drugs and records bar?

Mankind. Once you’ve stopped hunting you have lots of time to make aliens debate our continued existence.

remember going to see this with my Dad!!!

What a strange thing ! I wish people did this sort of thing still !

How bizarre!

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