Elsie Reford Fishing on the Metis River
Reford, Robert Wilson
Les Amis des Jardins de Métis Collection
Elsie Reford was able to make everything appear elegant. Whether it was fishing or gardening, she was also well turned out, sporting clothing that combined function and form. This is one of the earliest photographs of Elsie Reford on the Metis River, probably taken in the early 1900s. She has just landed a large salmon just below the first bridge that her guide is lifting out of the river with his gaff. Note the size of her waist, which appears to confirm what her staff said about her in their reminiscences years later, that Elsie Reford was able to maintain a 17 inch waist for much of her life.