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J. F. Ford Photographs, 1895-1913

By Ryan Atwood and Elizabeth Nielsen

Collection Overview

Title: J. F. Ford Photographs, 1895-1913

Predominant Dates: 1900-1910

ID: P 308

Primary Creator: Ford, J. F. (John Fletcher)

Extent: 0.15 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The J. F. Ford Photographs consist of one series.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]

Abstract

The J. F. Ford Photographs consist of images of logging and landscapes in Oregon and Washington made by J.F. (John Fletcher) Ford.  Ford was a preacher and photographer who lived in Ilwaco, Washington, from 1893 until his death in 1914.  From 1900 to 1908, he operated a photography studio in Portland, Oregon.

Images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Scope and Content Notes

The J. F. Ford Photographs consist of 49 black and white photographic prints depicting logging and landscapes in Oregon and Washington, primarily of the lower Columbia River region.  The bulk of the images show loggers and logging operations including saws and machinery; logging railroads, donkey engines, and trestles; log ponds; logging camps; and a sawmill. Several of the images are identified as being of Deep River and Big Lake (both in Washington).    Several of the photographs of logging railroads were published in Railroads in the Woods by John T. Labbe and Vernon Goe.

The collection also includes several views of Cape Disappointment at the mouth of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, Mt. Coffin, and the Columbia River.  One photograph of a family, perhaps at a logging camp, depicts two adults, a small child holding a gun, and a dog.

The Ford Photographs include a photograph of a herd of sheep in Sherman County, Oregon, and a hop field at an unidentified location.

Images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Biographical / Historical Notes

John Fletcher Ford  was a preacher and photographer who lived in Ilwaco, Washington, from 1893  until his death in 1914.  He was well known in logging camps and made many photographs of  logging operations and fishing on the lower Columbia River.

Ford was born in 1862 in Minnesota. He married in 1882 and had six children, moving to Ilwaco, Washington in 1893. A lifelong evangelist, he became a pastor in Washington and was a strong advocate for the temperance movement. In 1900 Ford began running "Foto Studio," a photography studio in Portland, and continued to do so for eight years while working with John T., Charles W., and Richard S. Ford. Ford died on February 16, 1914 in Ilwaco.



Author: Ryan Atwood

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 49 photographs; 1 box

Statement on Access: The collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These photographs were acquired by the University Archives in 2007 as part of the Gerald W. Williams Collection.  In 2016, they were separated from the Williams materials to form this separate collection.

Related Materials: The OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center houses numerous collections documenting logging in Oregon, including the Gerald. W. Williams Collection.  The University of Washington Special Collections' J.F. Ford Photograph Collection consists of images of fishing activities, logging camps, and timber activities along the lower Columbia River in Washington.  The University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives has a J.F. Ford Oregon Photograph Album with images of logging and landscapes along the Columbia River.

Preferred Citation: J.F. Ford Photographs (P 308), Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: These materials were separated from the Gerald W. Williams Collection in 2016 to form a separate collection.

Creators

Ford, J. F. (John Fletcher)
Williams, Gerald W.

People, Places, and Topics

Columbia River
Logging--Oregon.
Logging--Washington (State)
Logging railroads--Oregon.
Logging railroads--Washington (State)
Lumbering--Machinery--Oregon.
Lumbering--Machinery--Washington (State)
Lumbering--Oregon.
Lumbering--Washington (State)
Natural Resources
Pacific County (Wash.)

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Photographs, 1895-1913
The J.F. Ford Photographs consist of images of logging and landscapes in Oregon and Washington.
Item P308:01: Log being dumped into log pond, 1907
Item P308:02: Log pond, 1907
Item P308:03: Two lumberjacks next to downed tree, 1900
Item P308:04: Two men on springboards with saw felling tree, 1900
Item P308:05: Four lumberjacks in the woods, 1900
Item P308:06: Three lumberjacks with donkey engine, 1900
Item P308:07: Two lumberjacks with springboards pounding wedges into tree, 1905
Item P308:08: Three lumberjacks with axes and saw, 1900
Item P308:09: Three lumberjacks with downed tree and bucking saws, 1900
Item P308:10: Lumberjacks with saw next to tree, 1900
Item P308:11: Three lumberjacks next to downed tree, 1900
Item P308:12: Four lumberjacks with several downed trees, 1900
Item P308:13: Donkey engine at Olson's Logging Camp, Deep River, Washington, 1912
Item P308:14: Logging railroad and donkey engines at Big Lake, Washington, 1901
Item P308:15: Skyline used for moving logs in the forest, 1900
Skyline was built by Apex Transportation Company.
Item P308:16: Logs being loaded on railroad cars, 1900
Item P308:17: Three lumberjacks on bucked and chained tree, 1900
Item P308:18: Logs on railroad cars being pushed by locomotive engine, 1900
Item P308:19: Loading platform with logs next to logging railroad, 1900
Item P308:20: Locomotive engine pushing railroad cars with logs, 1900
Item P308:21: Logging railroad track in a forest, 1900
Item P308:22: Logging railroad locomotive engine, 1900
Item P308:23: Logging railroad locomotive engine with log, 1900
Item P308:24: Logs dumped from railroad car into the Columbia River, 1910
Item P308:25: Three lumberjacks next to tree with axes and two felling saws, 1910
Item P308:26: Crib trestle on the Columbia and Nehalem Valley Railroad, 1910
A bridge on the Columbia and Nehalem Valley Railroad - a logging railroad for the Peninsula Lumber Company of Portland, in the area around Columbia City, Oregon.  See companion photo in Labbe and Goe, Railroads in the Woods, p. 34.
Item P308:27: Locomotive pushing railroad cars with logs over wood trestle, 1900
Item P308:28: Log bridge (crib trestle) on the Columbia and Nehalem Valley Railroad, Columbia County, Oregon, 1910
See Labbe and Goe Railroads in the Woods, p. 35.
Item P308:29: Locomotive pulling railroad cars with logs over a crib trestle, 1900
Item P308:30: Yeon and Pelton incline below Rainier, Oregon, 1910
The incline was 3200 feet long and varied from 5 per cent to 33 per cent grade.  See companion photos in Labbe and Goe, Railroads in the Woods, p. 32 and p. 125.
Item P308:31: View of Big Lake, Washington, 1901
Item P308:32: Lumberjacks in front of logging camp building, 1900
Item P308:33: Family in front of house in a logging camp, 1910
Includes a dog and a child holding a gun.
Item P308:34: Group with R. C. Lieu (third from left), 1901
Item P308:35: Mess hall at the lumber camp at Big Lake, Washington, 1901
Item P308:36: Workers inside a sawmill, 1910
Item P308:37: Lumber company office, 1913?
Item P308:38: Logging railroad, 1910
Item P308:39: Steamers and sailing ships in harbor at Portland, Oregon, 1910
Item P308:40: Cape Disappointment lighthouse at Fort Canby, Washington at mouth of Columbia River, 1910
Item P308:41: North Head, site of new lighthouse, 1895
Item P308:42: Cape Disappointment lighthouse at Fort Canby, Washington, at mouth of Columbia River., 1910
Item P308:43: Mt. Hood from White Salmon, Washington, 1910
Item P308:44: Boat on the Columbia River with mountain in the background, 1910
Item P308:45: View of mountain, 1910
Item P308:46: Hop field, 1900
Item P308:47: Mt. Coffin on the Columbia River near Longview, Washington, 1900
Item P308:48: 1500 Sheep in Sherman County, Oregon, 1900
Item P308:49: A 500-pound sheep, 1900

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