Rondeau picnic Methodist SS 1900s

Old Photo: Rondeau Park Church Picnic

I grew up just a few kilometres from Rondeau Provincial Park, and worked there for a few summers. It is very interesting to see this Sunday School Picnic photo, which is not dated. All of these children must have looked forward to the traditional picnic for weeks. Do you have any fond memories of picnics…

Annie Duck and Hal Rockey

Annie Duck and Hal

A couple of distant relatives playing about a hundred years ago. This isn’t the best photo, but it caught my eye because my children are six and five, and somehow this reminds me of them, just playing outside in the sun. “Annie” appears to have a stuffed gorilla or something on her shoulders, and possibly…

20th century parade float Ontario, Canada

Victoria Day Parade – memories

To the average person today, a parade is probably not as meaningful as it was to our ancestors about a hundred years ago, or even 50 years ago. But as some of you know, I work at a national historic site in British Columbia. Every year since about 2008 I have been charged with coordinating…

1938 Donald Duck and Helene Duck

1938 snapshots

Here are a few photos from my Great Aunt, Helene Duck’s, album. It’s nice getting to see a photo of my grandfather, Donald Duck (yes, that was his name), on the left in that first photo.

Billie Duck, Morpeth Ontario, 1921

Billie Duck of Morpeth, Ontario 1919

My great-grandfather’s brother, Harvey Duck, married Leta Addeman on December 25, 1912 in Selton, Ontario. They lived in a house only a stone’s throw away from where I grew up, in a house that became “the old house” where I used to scavenge for antique china. The couple had one child, William (Billie) Henry Duck,…

My grandparents’ house

I can barely orient myself to my grandparents’ house in this photo, which is from around 1940. I spent many hours, weekly, visiting this house as a child, because it is where my grandparents lived on our shared farm. Before they lived there, my great-great grandparents, William J. Duck and his wife Mary E. Coll…