I decided that I needed to figure out where the picture was taken, if I could. As it turns out, I'm sure that I do know where they are, and you'd never know it today. I can't say the location makes this photograph unique, but I'd be willing to wager that there aren't too many others like it.
To start with, given the context I was sure the shot had to be from the Stanton area. One of the males is almost certainly Harry "Dutch" Boulden, and regardless of which one it would place the date somewhere in the period of 1910-1915. Besides the people and the boat, the most interesting and potentially useful item in the shot is the house in the background. This, it turns out, was really all we needed. With the context of the area and the distinctive three chimneys visible, the backdrop is definitely the Hale-Byrnes House. Here are pictures for comparison, one of the front and one from the same angle as the old photograph.
|The historic Hale-Byrnes House|
|And from the same angle as the historic photo|
|Red line indicating the direction of the photograph|
|A map from 1881 (Hale-Byrnes House indicated by arrow)|
|Aerial photo from 1937|