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 are sisters-in-law. Annie's maiden name was Hadden. Annie married Percy Bottomley and Katie never married.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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 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 posing for a picture standing in the grass in front of a bush.
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.
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.
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.
The Hanson family, 1922. There is no information on the names of the people in the photograph.
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.
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 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.
A photograph of Ena Holditch and her daughter Margaret counting money. The Holditch family owned a boardinghouse in South River.
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.
The wedding of Ena Holditch & Edmund Steen in 1912. The Best Man Mr. Hicks and the Maid of Honour is Miss Irwin.
Picture of Mr. & Mrs. John Maeck, outside of a log building, standing in the snow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.