The Early Photography of Anson McNish

Anson McNish was born in Lyn, Ontario, in 1878, the son of George McNish owner of the Lyn Agricultural Works and Almira Jane Fell.

Anson was a mechanic by trade, but also an Amateur Photographer. As an amateur photographer, Anson has given us some very fine detailed pictures with glimpses into his life and surroundings.

Anson married Antoinette (Nettie) Brookman, in Fultonville, NY on August 10, 1910. Together they had one daughter Florence Catherine who was born in 1913 and unfortunately died at the early age of 15 in 1928.

These photos are some of the very first photographs the Anson did. In these photos he shows us everyday life of his friends and family in and around the Lyn Area.

Thanks to Anson we have some great insight into this time period of the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.

 

1-Henry and Addie McNish on Main Street Lyn in 1894

 

2-Main St West, Lyn with the Methodist Church on the right and the Lyn School next to it

 

3-Main Street, Lyn looking to the East, the Blacksmith shop is the first building on the left

 

4-Main Street Lyn looking west on the left are Coon’s Bakery, Stewart’s Garage, Stores,  Taylor’s Drug Store and Stack’s Hotel

 

5-Original dam for the Lyn Pond on Main Street, the original mill is the white building on the right

 

6-Presbyterian Church on Perth St, Lyn

 

7-Presbyterian Church, Lyn – Sanctuary

 

8-Rev. Daley, Minister of the Presbyterian Church, Lyn in 1903

 

9-Old Red Saw Mill, Lyn

 

10-Blacksmith Shop, Main St, Lyn

 

11-Lyn Agricultural Works, on Main Street. Owned by George McNish. Anso worked here while he lived in Lyn

 

 

12-Gerald Hanna hauling a log to the mill, Main St., Lyn

 

13-On Perth St. looking east to Bay Street, Lyn

The Following Three Photographs taken by Anson McNish are the earliest pictures we have of the Village of Lyn taken from the Valley

14-Looking up to Lyn from the Valley, the Methodist Church steeple is on the left, the five story Mill is on the right

 

15-Looking across the Lyn Valley the Anglican Church can been on the hill on the right

 

16-Across the Lyn Valley, the mill is on the left

 

17-The Five Story Lyn Flour Mill

 

 

18-The Lyn Public School built in 1867

 

19-Lyn School Play. The second floor of the school was left open as one big room for meetings, plays etc.

 

20-The Lyn Mill Pond

 

21-The Lyn Mill Pond

 

22-Skating Party on the Lyn Mill Pond

 

23-Ice Harvest on the Lyn Mill Pond 1911

 

24-George McNish and dog Ted watering cows at the Mill Pond, directly across from St. John’s Hall
25-George McNish- Anson’s Father
26-Almira Jane Fell, Anson’s Mother

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27-Home of Henry McNish, west of Lyn

 

28-Henry and Stanley McNish

 

29-Inside of Henry McNish’s Home

 

30-Henry Manhard’s home, Lyn

 

31-Anson McNish family home on Perth Street, Lyn. Photo was taken by moonlight in December 1900 at 8 pm

 

32-Walking on Perth Street, Lyn

 

33-The McCready Farm Home, located on an abandoned side road west of the Lyn Road

 

34- Anglican Church Rectory across from the church in Lyn

 

35-Lyn Valley in the winter

 

36-Walking on the bridge over the creek on what is now the Lyn Valley Road

 

37-Gerald Hanna and Family

 

38-Gerald Hanna and Family

 

38-Gerald Hanna and Family

 

40-Harris, Stanley and Mabel Hanna

 

41-Mable Hanna

 

42-Harris Hanna 1894

 

43-Harris Hanna and Clarence Green

 

44-Edith and Sherwood Hanna 1894

 

45-Earnest Cumming

 

46-Boys with a dog sled, Main Street Lyn

 

47-Lloyd Hanna and Florence Boyd

 

 

48-James and Maggie Lee’s Home in Lyn

 

49-Albert and Alfred McCready, Lyn

 

50-Henry McNish-1905

 

51-McNish Family- 1905

 

52-Addie, Henry and Edith McNish

 

53-Pals in Lyn

 

54-Unfortunately this is a great photo without names

 

55-Another Group photo without names

 

56-Christmas at Elm Grove, Lyn in 1905

 

57-Christmas in 1906 at Springbrook, Lyn

 

58-Valentines Day Party, 1906 at the Cedars, Lyn

 

59-Friends on a fence

 

60-Farewell Gathering at G.A. Purvis, Lyn – 1907

 

61-Farewell Gathering at G.A.Purvis, Lyn- 1907

 

62-School Sled going to BCI in Brockville – 1906

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