These are the children of Max and Margaret Herger of Montreal, Quebec. I used the birth dates from the censuses I have found for this family to estimate that this photograph was taken around 1891. The photographer was G.C. Arless of Montreal.
Lucky for us the following information was written on the back of the photo:
Herger family in Montreal:
Mathilda Ernestine Sk[???]y
Max and Margaret Herger were both German-born; Max, a book agent, came to the country in 1873 and Margaret in 18611. The census of 1901 provides the birth dates of the children and parents:
Max Herger, born 31 May 1859 Germany
Margaret Herger, born 25 May 1859, Germany
Matilda, born 15 Dec 1878, Ontario
Eustin, born 3 Dec 1881, Ontario
Clara, born 26 Feb 1883, Ontario
George, born 5 Jan 1886, Quebec
Bonita, born 25 Aug 1889, Quebec
The children you see above are living in Montreal, St. Laurent Ward, around the time the photo was taken2.
The youngest children, Bonita, died in Montreal in 1908, of heart failure at age 203.
George Frederick Herger served in WW14. At the time of his recruitment in 1918, he and his mother Maggie lived at 213 Waverly Street in Ottawa. His father, Max, was deceased by this time. George married Vera Eleanor Peters in Peterborough, Ontario in 19195.
William Eustin Herger made his way out to BC. He married Harriet Gertrude Lester in Vancouver on the 3rd of January 19126. He passed away on the 16 March 1956, also in Vancouver7.
If you know what happened to the other children, you are most welcome to post your comments. Thanks for reading!
UPDATE: August 11, 2018
This photograph has been reunited with a direct descendant of George Herger, the second youngest child in the photo.
1 1901 census of Canada, St. Laurent Ward, Montreal, Quebec, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 177, Sub-District A-36 p.1 (penned), dwelling 9, family 9, Max Herger family; digital image, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 1 July 2012); citing Library and Archives Canada microfilm T-6428 through T-6556.↩
2 1891 census of Canada, St. Laurent Ward, Montreal, Quebec, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 172, subdistrict St. Laurent, p.26 (penned), dwelling 51, family 51, Max Herger family; digital image, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 1 July 2012); citing Library and Archives Canada microfilm T-6290 to T-6427.↩
3 Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967, burial record for Bonita Wilhelmina Herger, Lutheran Saint John Germain, Montreal, Quebec, 1908, digital image, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 1 July 2012); citing original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.↩
4 Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918, entry for George Frederick Herger, Regimental Number 2688306, digital image,Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 1 July 2012); citing "Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918)." Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4930 - 35. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa.↩
5 "Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928," online database, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca), George Frederick Herzer and Vera Eleanora Peters, Registration No.021786, Peterborough, Ontario, 30 Sep 1919; citing original data at Archives of Ontario; citing microfilm MS932, reel 502.↩
6 "British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8Z-79B : accessed 04 Aug 2012), Wlliam Eustus Herger and Harriet Gertrude Moore, 03 Jan 1912.↩
7 William Eustin Herger, Death Registration No. 1956-09-003521 (16 Mar 1956); “British Columbia, Canada, Death Index, 1872-1990,” digital image, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 1 July 2012), citing original data: British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency. British Columbia, Canada.↩