December 21, 2014

Is Your Missouri Ancestor In My Kucker Photo?

Minnie Smith Yates - Springfield, MO



 

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Before my grandmother Minnie Caroline Smith married Will K. Yates she had a teaching certificate for the state of Missouri.  I’m adding this photo today to share with anyone whose ancestor might be in it. Grandma Minnie is the young lady on the far right, second row down.

As you can see, the photographer’s name was Kucker and I believe he might have been in Springfield.  Since Kucker traveled around the area though, I have no proof of where this photo was taken.  This is a scan of the original photo that resides in our family pictures.  Judging by the age of my grandmother, it could have been taken around 1915-1917?

1938 Bordeaux Washington Old Growth Logs

Old Growth Fir from Bordeaux2

I found a couple additional Bordeaux – Mason County Logging Photos this week and want to share them with those of you following the history of Bordeaux, Washington on this blog.

My dad (William Gale Yates) would probably be able to tell you who the man is in this photo, but I’m sorry to say, I cannot.  Judging by the size of the photo and it’s age I do think it’s very likely that my dad took the photo. He always had his trusty Leica camera with him.  The caption on the back of the photo, written by my dad reads:

Mason County Logging Company at Bordeaux Wn.  Logged near Fuzzy Top in Capital Forest. 1938  Trucked by Betcher Trucking Aberdeen.

As you can see from the map above, Old Fuzzy Top was at about 1700 feet of elevation.  That doesn’t sound like much until you look at the Douglas fir log above and how hard it must have been to get that monster felled, cut in ‘manageable’ pieces and brought to the yard at Bordeaux to be milled.  The small map in this article was taken from a larger one of the whole Capitol Forest supplied by the Dept. of Natural Resources, WA State.

No matter how you feel about logging old growth trees now, this is what happened in 1938.  The back of this photo reads:

Logs taken out at Bordeaux, WN by Mason County Logging Co. About 1938 – Near Cedar Creek.  Trucked by Betcher Trucking, Aberdeen.

I believe what my dad was saying was that this log was hauled out of the woods near Cedar Creek and driven on logging roads by Betcher Trucking to the mill at Bordeaux.  I’m not sure of the spelling of the trucking company name.  It could have two t’s.

By no means is that log one of the biggest ever harvested, but for the times I would think it was thought of as pretty good sized.  I suppose someone could tell how old it is by looking at the photo…someone other than me!

You might also like to read:

A Visit To Old Bordeaux

This was Logging in Washington State

1904 Death on the Tracks in Bordeaux, Washington

Blog Suggestion – Shades Of The Departed

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Shades of the Departed

If you’re looking for a good top-notch history, genealogy and photography blog to read, please visit Shades of the Departed.  My friend footnote Maven is a fellow Washington state blogger whom we all thoroughly adore.

Two Upcoming Centenarian Birthdays In Our Family

Herb Harbeston

Two Hundred Years Of Living

We are delighted to say that we’ll have two people in our family turning 100 this year!  First, is my cousin Fran Prantl Harbeston’s widower Herb Harbeston who will turn 100 on May 20th.  Here’s what his son Jack wrote about his father:

“When Herb was born, in 1910, the average life expectancy was 47 years, so he has managed to beat the odds, to put it mildly.  To give you an idea of the changes Herb has seen in 100 years, consider that when he was born women couldn’t vote, there was no social security, no income taxes and no big government.”
“Homesteads of 160 acres were free, you just had to live on the land for five years and improve it.  Transportation was by horse and wagon, and trains.  Herb’s mother, Becky and her sister Millie both homesteaded in the Colombia [River] Basin about 1890.  Becky and her first husband homesteaded a wheat ranch in the Palouse, near Pullman.  Becky had to give up the homestead when her husband contracted TB, and went back home to Brandsville, Missouri, to die.  Millie settled south of Quincy, near what is now I-90, and eventually moved to Vantage where her husband operated the ferry across the Columbia River.”

“In 1932, with a wife and child, and another on the way, with no vocational skills and an unemployment rate pushing 50%, Herb migrated to Washington, staying first with Millie, and then a series of farms, which included herding sheep.  That was nearly 80 years ago. ”

May 2000 Birthday Gathering

Ten years ago (has it really been that long?) we all gathered together for a celebration of Herb’s 90th birthday, along with his sister-in-law Tracy Prantl Richardson‘s 86th.  Tracy passed away in 2007, and she is missed by all who knew her.

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Opal Breedlove Hudson

Our other centenarian is my cousin Opal Breedlove Hudson who resides out on the Washington coast in an assisted living facility.  Opal is the daughter of  Sarah Ellenor (Forrest) and Thomas John BREEDLOVE.  She was born in July of 191o near Brandsville, Missouri.  I hope to attend the celebration for Opal this year too.  We’re waiting for more definite details on dates and location.

 

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