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Niagara Family Portrait: 1900

Niagara Family Portrait: 1900

This is a portrait of our extended family circa 1900 at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. They operated the Union Jack Canning Company which during that period canned, under the Union Jack brand, fruits and vegetables from the Niagara Peninsula such as peaches, pears, cherries, tomatoes and green beans. (Framed period labels of the cannery adorn our kitchen wall.) I remember my dad and his cousin Elizabeth from Niagara finding and opening a can of tomatoes from the cannery in the late sixties - it looked O.K - but nobody dared to try it.

Second from left in the second row is my paternal grandfather, who ran a grocery store in Niagara from the early 1910s to the 1960s - seen here with me as a kid sitting on the front store steps in the late 1950s. Next to him, the child, I believe, is the future first head of Regional Niagara government in the late-1960s. View full size.

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