This interesting picture was sent in by Bob LaRochelle of Whitney after reading The Current’s article about clergy of long ago visiting lumbermen in Valley shanties and conducting services during those trips. The picture belonged to Bob’s father (Greg LaRochelle 1923-2008) and his grandfather (Joseph LaRochelle 1887-1966) before that — both of whom were born at Golden Lake.
It looks like the scene takes place in a shanty. Notice what looks like a clothesline at the top front of the picture. Both men and women are featured in the photo and everyone appears to be well-dressed. Might the occasion be a religious service or a wedding reception? The clothes might provide a clue about the year. We would like to hear from anyone who recognizes any individuals in the photograph, or can explain what is going on.
Note to our readers: If you are interested in having a picture and story featured in The Madawaska Valley Current, please submit the information to Bob Corrigan at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject Heritage Photos) or mail your photo to Bob c/o The Current at PO Box 1097, Barry’s Bay K0J 1B0 (originals will be returned).