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Exploring Photos with Jim Smith: Noel Haines, 1944
Noel Haines, 1944. (Jim Smith/Special)

Seen in this picture taken in 1944 is a very young Noel Haines, who died in June. Noel delivered coal from his coal yard, which took up most of the block behind the Prince of Wales Hotel. There are two lanes behind the Prince of Wales, Haines Lane and Reid Lane. Noel’s coal yard took up both these lanes. A lifelong Niagara firefighter, Noel also was once fire chief. He was one of the most outstanding men in town and was a close friend to myself and many others.