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Wigrich Ranche Photographic Album, circa 1915

The Wigrich Ranche (sic) was a hops farm located in Buena Vista, Oregon, approximately 3 miles southeast of Independence in an area that was called the “Hop Center of the World” between 1900 and 1940. The Wigrich Ranche (sic) Album documents the operational and worker activities of the farm.
ID: P 352
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet
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Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: Wigrich Ranche Photographic Album (P352), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: Collection purchased in 2021.

Container List

Series 1: Photographs Add to Shelf
The photographs document the fields, facilities, processes, and people involved in the operation. Each photograph in the album has a caption, which is the title of the item. Additional description of photograph provided as needed.
Box-Folder 1.1 Add to Shelf
Item 1: Major W. Lewis Rose, Manager Add to Shelf
Item 2: The Product of the ranche (sic) Add to Shelf
Picture of hop clusters.
Item 3: The Wigrich Special Add to Shelf
Train carrying pickers.
Item 4: Major Rose and Family Add to Shelf
Major W. Lewis Rose, farm manager, with his wife Charlotte and daughter Winifred in front of their house with 2 dogs.
Item 5: Wigrich house Add to Shelf
Rose family and other man in front of house, two dogs.
Item 6: General view of the yards Add to Shelf
Includes drying kiln.
Item 7: The "upper six" dry-kiln Add to Shelf
Kiln with hops being loaded, workers, horses.
Item 8: The "big four" dry kiln Add to Shelf
Kilns and stacks of hop sacks on wagons.
Item 9: The bakery Add to Shelf
7 adults and one child in front of a building.
Item 10: The restaurant Add to Shelf
Woman in the doorway.
Item 11: The grocery store and market Add to Shelf
Group in front of store, temporary tent to the side.
Item 12: Office of the yard boss Add to Shelf
3 men on a porch, woman in 2nd floor window.
Item 13: The dance hall Add to Shelf
Item 14: The blacksmith shop Add to Shelf
Man and equipment in front of shop.
Item 15: Hops, galore Add to Shelf
Field, unharvested hop bines, 3 full baskets.
Item 16: "Vine down": result of heavy wind storms Add to Shelf
Field with pile of bines on the ground.
Item 17: Big load of the season -- 136 sacks Add to Shelf
Hops in sacks stacked on a wagon pulled by 2 horses, 2 men.
Item 18: In the furnace room of the dry-kilns Add to Shelf
Item 19: Sending green hops to the dry kilns Add to Shelf
Item 20: Tram car, entering the kiln Add to Shelf
Item 21: Examining hops after drying Add to Shelf
Item 22: Dry hops, entering the storage shed Add to Shelf
Open car of hops on trestle, 6 men, tents and fields in the background.
Item 23: Testing the hops after drying Add to Shelf
Man sniffing hops in front of large pile of hops.
Item 24: 10,000 boxes of dry hops in one pile Add to Shelf
Item 25: After the picking is over Add to Shelf
Stacks of hop baskets.
Item 26: Pickers leaving the ranche (sic) Add to Shelf
Men, women, and a child in and around a car.
Item 27: The "Wigrich Excursion" which returns the pickers to their homes Add to Shelf
Item 28: Down in the baling pit Add to Shelf
Group of men and horse, loose hops on the ground.
Item 29: Putting the crop into bales Add to Shelf
Item 30: Transporting "baled hops" to the warehouse Add to Shelf
Bales stacked onto a wagon pulled by horse, two men and a child on bales.
Item 31: Interior view of the warehouse Add to Shelf
Bales standing on end on a row.
Item 32: Loading hops on the cars at Wigrich station Add to Shelf
Train being loaded with bales, house to the side, sign with "WIGRICH."
Item 33: The accommodation train, Wigrich station Add to Shelf
People and supplies being loaded onto Northern Pacific train.
Item 34: Leaving the ranche (sic) with the season's crop Add to Shelf
Men standing in front of train on a track.
Item 35: Train leaving Independence, Oregon Add to Shelf
Train on track with town in the background.
Item 36: View of campground Add to Shelf
Multiple tents with trees around, dog in road.
Item 37: Mixing up bread for the pickers Add to Shelf
3 men in a kitchen, large bowls on top of barrels with bread rising in them.
Item 38: Awaiting the daily mail: in the grocery and post office Add to Shelf
Group inside at a counter, workers staffing store.
Item 39: Group of pickers: flashlight taken in the dance hall Add to Shelf
Item 40: Horses of the W. R. Co. Add to Shelf
Horses lined up in front of drying kiln.
Item 41: Jersey and red durham cows of the W. R. Co. Add to Shelf
Item 42: Portland China boar: W. R. Co. Add to Shelf
Item 43: Duroc Jersey boar: W. R. Co. Add to Shelf
Item 44: Ten acres set out to young orchard Add to Shelf
Field, house and barns in background.
Item 45: The loganberry patch Add to Shelf
Rows of stakes and wires for berries.
Item 46: Blowing up stumps Add to Shelf
Item 47: Clearing the land, preparatory to putting in more hops Add to Shelf
Item 48: Armenians training the hops, Arslaien Bros., contracting co. Add to Shelf
Item 49-60: Twelve views of the pickers, Divisions numbers 1 - 12 Add to Shelf
Pickers in fields.
Item 61: Views of the Willamette River Add to Shelf
Item 62: The boundary line of the Wigrich Ranche (sic) Add to Shelf
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