Sydney Trask attended Oregon Agricultural College for 2 academic years (1894/95 and 1895/96). The first year he studied the agricultural course and the second year the mechanical. He married Josephine A. (Josie) Moses in 1898. For the first few years following their marriage, they lived in several different Willamette Valley towns but returned to Corvallis where Trask was a businessman.
Before coming to Corvallis in about 1894, Trask had worked as a photographer for the railroad in eastern Oregon. S. E. Trask and Co. had a photographic studio "over the Post Office" [imprint on P096:250] in Corvallis probably during the late 1890s.
Trask was born in 1878 in Rockford, Illinois. As a boy he moved with his parents to Cascade Locks (Wasco County), Oregon. He moved to Pasadena, California, in late 1955 to be near his son and died there on 13 January 1956.
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