Written by Robert L. Matthews
posted on October 13, 2013 07:25
Thousandislandslife.com is a marvelous means for sharing information about the Thousand Islands. For those of us interested in history and particularly in photography of the Thousand Islands, can thank the TI Life team for sharing so many photographs over the past five years.
Now, with this article, I am able to share several newly discovered photographs from the AC McIntyre’s family collection.
I can thank Sarah Ellen Smith, the niece of my wife Prudence, for my involvement. Sarah met David last year at her St. Lawrence Pottery store and learned David was AC McIntyre’s great grandson. Sarah insisted David meet her “Uncle Robert” and while he was unable to do so at the time, promised to meet later. True to his word, David and I had our meeting this summer.
You may be curious as to where this information has been all these years and why did it surface now? David, the great grandson of AC McIntyre, and his wife recently sold their house and the box containing these family items was rediscovered. At the time David received the box from his mother, he put it in the attic where it was neglected for forty years. David’s mother inherited the material from her father, Duncan McIntyre, the youngest of AC and Jane McIntyre’s eight children.
According to David, the following was written by his grandfather Duncan McIntyre with a couple of dates later penciled in by David’s mother.
David never hesitated to share and agreed to my scanning the following pictures:
What else did I learn? On the marriage license both AC McIntyre and Jane Baker listed Brockville as their residence. The marriage ceremony took place in Heuvelton, New York [near Ogdensburg in St. Lawrence County]. Unfortunately the date on the license was not legible.
Also AC McIntyre had a pilot’s license which allowed him to pilot steamers on the St. Lawrence River between Cape Vincent and Ogdensburg.
Many [many, many] pictures were not labeled so it was not possible to identify much of the subject matter. Still we are fortunate that David was so willing to share because we know more about AC McIntyre today than we knew yesterday.
Note: For those of you interested in learning more about AC McIntyre and his photography, please read Tom French’s excellent TI Life article article River History in 3-D
By Robert L. Matthews
Robert L. Matthews is the author of two popular books: Glimpses of St. Lawrence Summer Life: Souvenirs from the Thousand Islands: Robert and Prudence Matthews Collection, and A History of the Thousand Islands Yacht Club, published in 2009. He and his wife Prudence (well known River artist whose work was presented in Hooked on Prudence in 2009) have one of the most extensive collections of Thousand Islands memorabilia. When not at their beautiful River cottage at Fisher’s Landing, they live in St. Petersburg, Florida.