The Wigrich Ranche, Independence, Ore., U.S.A.
|Creator:||Wigan, Richardson and Company Parker Studio (Salem, Or.)|
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Purchased from Charles B. Wood III, Inc. on the Winlock William Miller, Jr. Memorial Fund, 2005.
Title devised by cataloger.
Imprinted text on cover, "The Wigrich Ranche, Indpendence, Ore., U.S.A.", and "Messers. Wigan, Richardson, & Co., Hop Merchants, [London]".
Typescript captions on mounts below each photographic print.
Album of photographs distributed by Wigan, Richardson and Company, hop merchants headquartered in London, Great Britain, with photographs created by the Parker Studio, Salem, Oregon, documenting the activities of the Wigrich Ranche (sic.), a hops farm in the locality of Wigrich in the vicinity of Independence, Oregon, ca. 1910. The images consist primarily of exterior and interior views of structures, the fields, and surrounding area, in addition to images that depict pickers.
Identified portraits include a studio portrait of Major W. Lewis Rose, manager of the farm, and informal portraits of Rose with his wife and daughter in front of the main residence.
Exterior views of structures include drying kilns, storage sheds, the office of the yard boss, bakery, restaurant, grocery store, dance hall, and blacksmith shop, and usually include individuals involved with their operation.
Additional exterior views of the farm include a newly planted orchard, plants during harvest, plants damaged by heavy windstorms, a pile of baskets used in harvesting, bales of hops en route to warehouse storage, loading bales on a train at the Wigrich railroad stop, a load of harvested hops in canvas sacks on a horse drawn wagon, trains loaded with hops for transport, a group of horses used in operating the farm, a loganberry patch, the removal of tree stumps using explosives, and images of livestock on the farm consisting of Jersey and Durham cows, and Poland Chinese and Duroc Jersey boars. Other exterior views show the Willamette River and the boundary of the ranch.
Interior views of structures include a furnace room of a drying kiln, a tram car loaded with hops entering a kiln, men examining the hops harvest, hops stored in a warehouse, and men preparing bread in the bakery.
Images of workers involved in the hops harvest include group portraits of workers in the fields, a view of a tent camp, workers waiting for mail delivery at the post office in the grocery store, and workers leaving the ranch after harvest via automobile and train. An image shows Armenian workers of the Arslanian Brothers Contracting Company training newly established vines in a field.
1 album (60 photographic prints) : b & w ; 20.4 x 29.8 cm.
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