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-Yonge Mills, a popular fishing area- 1905


2-Old Stone Church at Yonge Mills


3-Presbyterian Church at Caintown


4-Presbyterian Church at Mallorytown, Ontario


5-Nunn’s Falls (Lyn Falls)


6-Market Square, Brockville


7-Fullerton’s On King St. East, Brockville


8-Morristown, NY across the St.Lawrence from Brockville, ONtario


9-Grain Elevator at Prescott, Ontario


10-St. Lawrence Skiffs on the St. Lawrence River


11-The Steamer Kingston, on the St Lawrence River


12-Camp Jolly, Charleston Lake


13-Pic Nic at Charleston Lake


14-A good day’s catch


15-Cat and Kittens



16-Pic Nic at Hudson’s Point on the St. Lawrence


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: