Newton Barrett (1890-1976) wrote the following about this picture in his photo scrapbook:
One of my real friends in Geneseo was Robert Cross, with whom, along with his brother Paul, I spent a number of hours. He was a camera fan, in the days when this was a much rarer hobby than now. He use blue-print paper for the prints, cheaper than regular treated paper. Here we were a couple of miles from town, at the railroad pumping station, playing near the canal, which was only partly finished. I am handing a stone to Clinton Searlye [Newton on the left, Clinton on the right], with Paul and the pump-man's two little boys looking on. About 1904.