The History of South River-Machar, Ontario
Clans Captured by Camera
Mr. & Mrs. Boorse, 1906
Mr. & Mrs. Boorse, 1906 Details

In this section we will be looking at the families who have lived in South River. They have been arranged in alphabetical order and by date.

In this first picture we see H. O. Boorse, who was an immigrant from Culpsville, Pennsylvania. He came to South River when he was twenty. He married Annie Cole, of South River, in 1885. H. O. was a clerk at the West End Supply Depot. In the end though, H. O. moved his family to Alberta in 1906.

Annie and Katie Bottomley, circa 1920
Annie and Katie Bottomley, circa 1920 Details

Annie and Katie are sisters-in-law. Annie's maiden name was Hadden. Annie married Percy Bottomley and Katie never married.

Mrs. Katie Bottomley, South River Area, circa 1950
Mrs. Katie Bottomley, South River Area, circa 1950 Details

Katie Bottomley (1881-1971) is the daughter of Thomas and Ellen Bottomley, who emigrated from England and settled in Machar township in 1885. Katie inherited her family's homestead from her parents. She worked on the farm with her brother, Tom. They sold it in the 1940s.

Bow Family & Friends on a Car at the Bow Farm, circa 1920
Bow Family & Friends on a Car at the Bow Farm, circa 1920 Details

This picture was taken at the Bow family farm. People in the car from left to right: Wilmer Bow (standing on mudguard), Tyson Birkett, Art Bow, Graydon Bow, Jean Bow, Gladys Bow (children lined up on running board from left), Mrs. Ran Rolston, Allan Birkett (Standing to her left), ? ?, Mrs. Allan Birkett & Alex Bow.

Carroll Family at Eagle Lake, circa 1925
Carroll Family at Eagle Lake, circa 1925 Details
The Carroll family at Eagle Lake.

Back row from left to right:? ?, Susan Vanclieaf,? ?, Mary McLeod, Anne Carroll, Lottie Vanclieaf, Martin Carroll & William John Carroll.

Middle row from left to right: Eva Commerford, ? ? & Irene Vanclieaf.

Front row from left to right: Helen Carroll, ? ?, Connie Carroll, Betty Carroll & Vern Schell

Carroll Family at Eagle Lake Cottage, circa 1935
Carroll Family at Eagle Lake Cottage, circa 1935 Details
Taken at a cottage on Eagle Lake.

Back row from left to right: Lottie (Vanclieaf) Schell, Eva Commerford, Maude (Carroll) Heffernan & Susan (Carroll) VanClieaf.

Front row from left to right: Daniel VanClieaf, Martin Carroll & Archie McLeod.

Carroll Family at Eagle Lake, circa 1940
Carroll Family at Eagle Lake, circa 1940 Details

Three generations of the Carroll Family at Eagle Lake. Grandfather Martin Carroll, grand daughter Betty Carroll, great grand daughter Geneveve Schell, daughter Maude(Carroll) Heffernan, great grandsons Lawerence & Melvin Schell

Fred and William Detta
Fred and William Detta Details
Fred Detta, the man on the left, was born October 15, 1894. William, the man on the right, was born May 10, 1900. William is buried in Rye. At the bottom "Uncle Fred and Uncle Wm Detta" is written.
Mr. William Detta Sr., circa 1920
Mr. William Detta Sr., circa 1920 Details

This is a studio portrait of William Detta. Mr. William Detta's parents and their seven children emigrated from Germany in 1884. William married Clara Schneider and built on the old family homestead, in the 1920s, a hunting lodge known as "Deer Lake Lodge." This picture is likely copy of a tintype.

Julius and Louisa Detta, circa 1900
Julius and Louisa Detta, circa 1900 Details

Julius Detta was born in Hettstedt, Germany September 28th, 1842. He died July 23rd, 1911. He is buried in Lount. Louisa Detta Sohm was born September 2nd, 1870. She died April 13th 1955. She is buried in Eagle Lake Cemetery. This looks like a copy of a tin type taken at a professional's studio.

Christian Dunker and Family, circa 1900
Christian Dunker and Family, circa 1900 Details

Christian Dunker is the elderly man in the centre. He was born in 1834, he immigrated from Germany. He died in 1906. There isn't any information on the other people in the photograph.

Clara, Emma, and Violet Epple
Clara, Emma, and Violet Epple Details

Clara, Emma and Violet Epple posing for a picture standing in the grass in front of a bush.

Erven Family in front of house and barn, circa 1930
Erven Family in front of house and barn, circa 1930 Details

A photograph of the Erven's on their family farm. The Erven family has been in Canada since the 1850s, with some of the Erven children still residing in the South River area. The Erven farm was located on Concession 5.

Erven family, circa 1940
Erven family, circa 1940 Details

Another picture of the Erven family. This time standing in front of a house. The people in the photograph are: Lois(McClaren), Emma Erven, Arlene, Henry, Louise(Sohm) & Jim Erven. Where this picture was taken there is a golf course today.

Grandpa & Grandma Gore, circa 1970
Grandpa & Grandma Gore, circa 1970 Details

A colour photograph of Grandpa and Grandma Gore standing inside a home, in front of a white anniversary cake. The Gore's pictured are possibly Jack and Frances Gore, who lived 5 miles outside of South River.

Hanson Family, 1922
Hanson Family, 1922 Details

The Hanson family, 1922. There is no information on the names of the people in the photograph.

Haufschild Family, circa 1890
Haufschild Family, circa 1890 Details
The Haufschild Family around 1890.

From left to rightin the back row, William Haufschild, August Haufschild, Albert Haufschild & Robert Haufschild.

In front row, Ludwig Haufschild, Emma Haufschild & Willimena Haufschild. The Haufschild family emigrated from Germany in 1884, and settled in the South River area as farmers in 1886.

Haufschild Family, circa 1900
Haufschild Family, circa 1900 Details
A black and white photograph of Albert and Elma Haufschild and their five children.

From left to right in the back row: Esther Haufschild, Robert Haufschild, Mary Haufschild & Milton Haufschild.

In front row is Albert Haufschild, Elma Haufschild & Edward Haufschild.

The Hawthorne Family, circa 1906
The Hawthorne Family, circa 1906 Details
The Quirt family, the picture was taken around 1909.

The front row: Lewis Ardiel, Norman Hawthorne, Francis Hawthorne & Marguerite Hawthorne.

Second Row, Annie Towle, Bill Hawthorne, Curtis Church, Gordon Ardiel & Chesney Quirt.

Third row, Ida Towle, Bill Towle, Thomas Quirt, Elizabeth Ardiel, Susan Quirt, Bernie Hawthorne, Bessie Quirt & Ethel Quirt.

Back row, Susan Towle & Hezekiah Towle.

Ena Holditch & Daughter Margaret, South River, circa 1930
Ena Holditch & Daughter Margaret, South River, circa 1930 Details

A photograph of Ena Holditch and her daughter Margaret counting money. The Holditch family owned a boardinghouse in South River.

Adults and Children in a Group Picture
Adults and Children in a Group Picture Details

The Holditch family at a farm. The people in the photograph are: Samuel Alman, born 1867, Susan, born 1868, Laura, born 1870, William, born 1872, Elizabeth, born 1874, Harriet, born 1877, Theophilus, born 1877, Reginald, born 1878, Azreal, born 1882, Mabel, born 1885 & Ena 1887, Jo, born around 1890.

Wedding of Ena Holditch & Edmund Steen, 1912
Wedding of Ena Holditch & Edmund Steen, 1912 Details

The wedding of Ena Holditch & Edmund Steen in 1912. The Best Man Mr. Hicks and the Maid of Honour is Miss Irwin.

Holditch Family Reunion, 1937
Holditch Family Reunion, 1937 Details
This picture was taken at the 1937 Holditich Family Reunion. The people in the picture are: Mr. S. C. Holditch, from Norada Quebec, Mrs. J. H. Janson, from Crowborough, England, Mrs. J. W. Irwin, Orillia, Ontario, Mr. W. E. Holditch, Sudbury, Ontario, Mrs. Robert Steen, Toronto, Ontario, Mr. L. T. Holditch, Long Beach California, Mr R. E. Holditch, Toronto, Ontario, Mr. A. E. Holditch, Haileybury, Ontario, Mrs. G. L. Shivas, Grimsby, Ontario & Mrs. E. B, Steen, South River, Ontario.
Mr. & Mrs. John Maeck
Mr. & Mrs. John Maeck Details

Picture of Mr. & Mrs. John Maeck, outside of a log building, standing in the snow.

Maeck Family Picture
Maeck Family Picture Details

A picture of the Maeck Family taken around 1920. The people in the picture are Karl Maeck, Marie Maeck, Mr. & Mrs. Otto Maecka and Gordon Maeck.

The Smeltzer Family, circa 1914
The Smeltzer Family, circa 1914 Details

Photograph of the Smeltzer Family. The baby is Clifford Smeltzer. The mother is Mrs. Leslie Smeltzer. The names of the father and the elderly woman are unknown.

William Snow and Family Making Maple Syrup
William Snow and Family Making Maple Syrup Details

A photograph of the Snow family standing around pots boiling in the woods. William Snow is on the left with a yoke with two pails on it. Barbara is standing on the right in front of a cauldron with a very large spoon. There are two children in the middle of the picture. They are both carrying a bucket in their left hands. This camp is likely for making maple syrup.

Mr. & Mrs. Snow with Mrs. Snow's Sister
Mr. & Mrs. Snow with Mrs. Snow's Sister Details

Black and white photograph of three members of the Snow family. The woman on the left is Barbara Snow. In the middle is William Wilson Snow. On the right is Barbara's sister Adeline Reid. William was born June 3, 1828. He married Barbara Reid in 1869. They had ten children.

John Sohm and Family
John Sohm and Family Details

Black and white photograph of the family of John Sohm. On the left is a baby in the lap of John Sohm. The baby's name is William. In the middle is a boy named Frederick and a small girl called Cornelia. On the right is a tall boy, John Jr., standing next to a seated woman Louisa. The picture was likely taken by a professional in a studio. In addition the photograph maybe a copy of a tin type.

The Sohm Family
The Sohm Family Details

This picture has the Sohm Family sitting on a log in the woods. This was probably done in a studio with a screen and a log.

In the front row from left to right: Johannes Sohm, Hermena Sohm, Anna Elizabeth Fluckinger, Louise Greer, Louise Sohm, Frieda Sohm, John Sohm & John Sohm Jr.

In the Back row: Jake Sohm & Alfred Sohm.

Waldriff Group Photograph
Waldriff Group Photograph Details
The Waldriff family. This photograph was taken at a studio in front of a forest like screen. There are no names beyond Waldriff.
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