Keith’s grandparents were Archibald and Mary McDonald. Archie and Mary settled in International Falls sometime after 1905. They had migrated from the Upper Ottawa River Valley to Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota. Their children felt they were getting to old to manage their farm in Chichester, Pontiac Co., Quebec so the remainder of the family made the move to Minnesota. Two of their sons, Ronald and Alexander, were already in Minnesota. So Mary, Archie, and two other children, Jack and Nellie, moved to Minnesota around 1901.
I have so very few photographs of my great grandparents. These two photos are taken from a much larger family picture I will share in the next post. It really focuses in on their faces, clothing and personalities.
This was taken in Bemidji in 1905. My great-grandfather looks like a sea-captain in this photograph. He wasn’t a sea-captain but he was the locks master for the Culbute Locks located on the Upper Ottawa River.