Weston, Ontario 1907 to 1920

Anson McNish was born in Lyn, Ontario, 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, and everyday life in the early 1900’s.

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. Nettie and Florence are prominent features in most of his photographs.

These photos are from the time Anson lived in Weston, Ontario from 1907 to 1920. During that time he worked at the Moffat Stove Works in Toronto. As a side note copies of these photos have been donated to the Weston Historical Society.


1-Anson McNish and his wife Antoinette Brookman


2-Main Street in Weston Ontario in 1908,Today this is the northwest corner of Weston Road and Lawrence Ave.


2a-This print of the Eagel House was published in the Evening Telegram (Toronto) July 6, 1908. It was from a pen and ink drawing attributed to Bernard J. Gloster, 1908. Water colours attributed to Owen Staples c1912. It is almost exactly the same as Anson’s photo above taken in 1908.


3-Canadian Pacific Rail Station in Weston, Ontario


4-Canadian Pacific Railway tracks- Emery, or what is now known as Humbermade.


5-Grand Trunk Railroad Bridge Weston


6-Bridge over the Humber River


7-Humber River, Weston, Ontario- the photo below is of the same location in the summer


8-Nettie McNish, Weston Ontario


9-Anson, Nettie and baby daughter Florence and Friends at a Pic Nic. They may be on a now vanished water course or possibly Humber Creek, not to be confused with the Humber River


10-Presbyterian Church, Weston


11-Presbyterian Church Interior, Weston, Ontario


12-Out for a Drive


13-Nettie McNish on the porch of their Weston Home

14-Inside the McNish home

15-Inside the McNish home

16-Inside the McNish Home

17-Bridge over the Humber River, Weston

18-Swing Bridge over the Humber River, Weston, Ontario

19-Dam on the Humber River

20-Along the Humber River, Weston, Ontario

21-Next to the Humber River, Weston, Ontario


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