Iroquois Falls Museum volunteer Danny McIntyre is trying something new this week… in our feature about thousands of photos in the museum collection.
Occasionally, we will feature family portraits of longtime local residents.
McIntyre knows who the people are in the first one: It’s his great grandparents, William and Margaret Harkins and their family. He figures it was taken in 1952.
“Harkins family came to Iroquois Falls in 1922,” he narrates, “after being burned out during the great fire in Haileybury, and they’ve been here for a hundred years.”
The family had moved to Haileybury from Waltham, Québec.
“He was the teamster boss in the mill barn,” McIntyre says of his great grandfather’s employment with Abitibi.
William, Margaret and their son Harold are buried in the old cemetery, overlooking the Abitibi River.