About The People in the Painting

John McPherson is with his young son Stanley McPherson (age 6), meeting with Roderick Smart, the Bank Manager at the (then) Trader's Bank of Grand Valley in 1902, opening up Stanley's first bank account. Stanley is standing with his fingers in his mouth savouring a candy that his dad had given him.

This moment was caught by a local photographer (name uncertain) and went down in history as a McPherson family photo and into the Bank's archives and eventually as part of the RBC Commemorative Calendar in 2013.

Trader's Bank became the Royal Bank of Canada in Grand Valley in 1912.

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Royal Bank Painting Presentation Margaret Ooerbeek and her father Royal Bank painting Presentation Artists Margaret Ooerbeek and Julie VanAlstine Artists Margaret Ooerbeek (left) and Julie VanAlstine (right) beside painting.
Royal Bank painting Presentation
Ann McPherson, daughter-in-law of small lad in painting, addressing the occasion.
Royal Bank painting Presentation
Riverbend Artists Members and RBC staff pose with painting.
Royal Bank painting Presentation
Royal Bank Branch Manager, Josie Green, Artists, Margaret Ooerbeek and Julie VanAlstine, Riverbend executive members, Manuela and Peter Marshall and Donna Pascoe.
Royal Bank painting Presentation

Branch Manager, Josie Green, Artists Margaret Ooerbeek and Julie VanAlstine, daughter-in-law of the small boy in the painting - Ann McPherson, Riverbend executives, Manuela & Peter Marshall and Donna Pascoe, and Chair of the Historic Society, Rick Taylor












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