Joseph Patrick Dunne, the Glebe Outlook and the Glebe Municipal Association, Part 2



The man pictured above, Joseph Patrick Dunne, was the co-founder and vice-president of the Glebe Municipal Association and co-publisher of the Glebe Outlook newspaper.  Just by chance, while I was researching something else at the City of Ottawa Archives, I stumbled across a copy of a newspaper that I knew nothing about:  The Glebe Outlook, from April 1st, 1928.  No Joke!

“Let us develop our community spirit by patronizing our home places of business. Let us help our neighbours first.” Thus the editor of the Glebe Outlook stated in this issue. Also, as you can see below, there was a brief commemoration of the man, J.P. Dunne, who embodied this spirit.

Dunne was described as “being a kindly and altruistic spirit..identified with several charitable and fraternal organizations..” So he was a charter member and first secretary of the Ottawa council of the Knights of Columbus; President of the board of  Patrick’s Asylum (1925-28): member of St. Vincent de Paul Society; Ottawa Fish and Game Club, and the Ottawa Lawn Bowling Club.  Also, the paper stated that he “took a deep interest in municipal questions…”

The Glebe Outlook appears to have been publishing since 1927 (there is a copy of a second issue for that year, a page of which was reproduced for readers in the 1973 Glebe Report) and was issued twice a month and delivered free to 3000 + houses in the neighbourhood.  So far, there is no indication as to when the Glebe Municipal Association started, but the suggestion from the Dunne obituary would suggest not long before that, perhaps mid-1920s.

So far, no other copies of the paper have been found after this date, so it is hard to say how long it was is in operation.  There is a reference to the GMA in the Ottawa Citizen in 1931, so we know that the association was around for at least that long.  But there is a black hole related to community activities for nearly 40 years.

The Glebe Community Association officially formed in 1967, a short-lived newspaper called the Glebe News was published 1970-71, and then the Glebe Report began publishing in 1973.

As you can see below, the Glebe Outlook was simple but effective: it generally had editorial content in the middle column and advertisements for Glebe businesses was generally on the outside columns. It is probably best to present the paper – all four pages – for you to see as is.

Note: In the next post, I’ll be looking at the life of Joseph P. Dunne in more detail, and talk about the house where he once lived.





The Glebe Outlook: The Glebe’s First Community Newspaper, Part 1

A few months ago, this intrepid GlebeSite researcher stumbled across some most interesting documents at the City of Ottawa Archives. Here was a letter, see below, advertising the merits of the Glebe Outlook newspaper. Not only that, but it was published by the Glebe Municipal Association. Attached with the letter was a copy of the Glebe Outlook, and the date? April 1928! So there was real evidence of community activism long before the Glebe Community Association was founded in 1967, and the Glebe Report in 1973.

More to come about the origins of the GMA and GO, and one of its founders!


The Smart House, 15 Linden Terrace


The house you see above was built in 1913 by the Glebe builder William D. Hopper.  In 1915, the house was sold to the Ottawa lawyer Russell Smart.  Smart was a self- made-lawyer who had joined the law firm of Featherstonehaugh in 1904 at age 19. He was called to the bar of Quebec in 1911 and made a partner in the law firm in 1913. The firm later became known as Smart and Biggar/Featherstonehaugh. Smart lived a restless life, living in no less than nine different houses, all in better parts of Ottawa as his career improved.  There was also a summer house on Kingsmere Lake, with Mackenzie King as a neighbour, as seen here at his Kingswood cottage in the early 1920s!

Russell Smart’s daughter  Elizabeth was born in 1913, and spent about four years of her early childhood, from 1915-1919, at 15 Linden Terrace. The house was large enough to hold large parties, and Elizabeth’s mother Louie obliged by holding some of the best, and so the household became know as “an oasis in a cultural desert” for people of all walks of life.  The house itself is an over the top rendition of the Georgian Revival, with large Gone -With-The-Wind columns supporting a second storey balcony over a central front entrance.

This street was right next to the Ottawa Improvement Commission’s Patterson Creek Park, and had been advertised as an ideal place to build in this 1911 ad in the Ottawa Citizen:

Here is the pagoda bridge that would have been one of the little girl’s views:

 Central Park would have been a wonderful place for a child to visit, under supervision from an adult:

And and here is what the street looked like from the Canal Driveway in the 1920s, shortly after the Smarts had moved on.

Despite the short time that Elizabeth was here, perhaps this beautified landscape had an impact on the later literary imagination of the writer. At age 11, an illness confined her to a bed for several months, and this is when she started writing, keeping a daily journal.  She would continue to keep journals all her life, recording the world as she saw it, and maybe the frequent moves as a child gave her special insight in seeing the human condition. Here is a copy of her journal from 1933.

At age 15, she compiled all her early poetry, stories,plays and illustrations into the following juvenalia work:

She was also a very good watercolour artist:

 Here is an iamge of Smart in 1942:

For as you may or may not know, Elizabeth is most famous for her first book, “By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept”, perhaps one of the memorable titles in modern literature.  Here is what the original cover page looked like when it came out in 1945:

Elizabeth Smart lived in many places until her death in 1986, and you can find out more about her literary career and manuscripts, at Library and Archives Canada.  Who knew that this celebrated writer not only lived in the Glebe, but also in an area that is still boasts one of the neighbourhood’s more beautiful streetscapes?!