The people time forgot: Lemmie McLaughlin

Lemme McLaughlin

Lemmie McLaughlin never did go to sea like most men of the eastern districts. He was, however, known as a very hard worker, shifting between farming, fishing and handy work for other residents. This image, shot in the late 1970s, is the photo that was chosen for the cover of the book “The People Time Forgot.” Mr. McLaughlin holds an oil lantern and coffee cup; he had no electricity and had invited the photographer into his home for a cup of fresh rainwater. He passed away at the age of 72 sometime between 1987-1988.

This photograph is from the book ‘The People Time Forgot’ by George Nowak, available at the National Museum. All proceeds from the sales of the book go toward museum projects.