Are These Memories Just for Ourselves? — The Family in a Box




UPDATE— The Lanark County Genealogical Society found a home for these photos and they are going back to the Zumach family in Killaloe

This is a picture of  the children that attended Central School on Bridge Street in Carleton Place where the post office stands today. They are pretty bundled up! Maybe the wood stove wasn’t throwing much heat that day? Taken in the mid 1920’s – note the bare electric bulb, inkwells, and map of North America.– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Photo Collection


Collecting pictures from days gone by can tell you a lot about how people lived. I personally collect old photos to save them from being separated, and sold by dealers. Call me eccentric- but I just feel better knowing they have a home with me– for now. Most of these pictures I have in my collection were former residents of Lanark county.

A month ago I bought/rescued a box of photos that contained one family unit. Vicki Racey and I oooh and ahhed over them, and much to my surprise they were from a well-known family tree up in “the ‘frew” area. It was at that moment I knew they had to go where others could study them. The next day I showed them to Jennifer Fenwick Irwin, our curator at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. She told me the same thing. These pictures should go back to where they originated from so they could be preserved, and family lineages could be traced.


The box contains pictures centering around three families. The Chatsicks, The Zummachs and the Zadows. Seeing there is a school and a funeral parlor named after two families it made me realize they were prominent citizens in that area.


The issue is: the families are from the Arnprior, Renfrew and Pembroke area. Which museum should they go to? There are three families. Walter Zadow had a school named after him in Arnprior, and the Zummach funeral parlour is in Killaloe. Of course we can’t forget Snake River where John Zummach was born in 1859. Or Arnprior, where some of the photos were taken.


Someone was entrusted with this box of family photos from the surrounding area and Germany. Some how it was given away to be sold. It’s not going anywhere now until I find the right museum– because what you forget, no one can retell. All you have to do is look at the picture above and see what was once a happy family and proud homestead in Renfrew County. Remember we keep love in photographs.

We had a devastating fire in 1995 in our family home and the restoration company was ready to dump all the photos. I don’t have that many as my father burned all our family photos in a can in the back yard the day my Mother was buried. In it was a hand written a Miller family tree book from Island Brook. At age 12 I had NO say in the matter — but I feel I need to have a say when I see dealers bidding against me who are only going to separate them and sell them. Call me crazy- but I have a home filled with old pictures that were thrown out years ago by many families in the area. I will protect them all and give them a home until I die.

UPDATE— The Lanark County Genealogical Society found a home for these photos and they are going back to the Zumach family in Killaloe


Good morning everyone… thank to Stuart McIntosh we have this great photo and Stuart thught I might like the hat LOLOL — Stuart says:
I found this among some old family photos with no name attached to it. ..sure wish someone could identify her.

Related Reading

Identifying a Family in a Box — The Hoelke Family

Getting the Family Paintings Home– Dr. Harold Box

When the Past Comes A Haunting- Jessie Comrie

A Time of its Own– The Mystery Photo

The Peden Family- Genealogy– Peden Saunders Sadler

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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