Wood & Iverson Co. Collection, 1905-1943  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Wood and Iverson Lumber Company
Wood & Iverson Co. Collection
1905-1943 (inclusive)
1 box, ( .3 linear feet)
Collection Number
This collection consists of photographs and negatives taken of the Wood & Iverson logging operations in Roosevelt and Hobart, Washington.
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Wood & Iverson Co. began in 1896 as a shingle mill operation at Roosevelt, Washington, five miles east of Snohomish on French Creek. By 1909, William Washington Wood and Ivar C. Iverson (who knew one another from working together in previous logging operations) had saved enough money to buy timber acreage at Hobart, Washington, near Issaquah. In 1915 they opened a large sawmill, complete with a blacksmith shop, a locomotive house, brick dry kilns, a log pond and a wooden flume more than half a mile long. Wood & Iverson Co. employed roughly 200 men and turned out a variety of lumber supplies, including dimension lumber, siding, molding, pipe staves, lath and shingles, and even airplane stock.

The small community of Hobart became a bona fide “company town,” offering a general store, 35 company-built houses, a three-story hotel, and a post office. Because of Hobart’s distance from any nearby banks, the company also issued its own currency -- aluminum “hickeys” that came in denominations up to $20 and which could be used not only at the general store but were also honored in Renton, Maple Valley, Issaquah and even the Seattle Hotel. When William Wood died in 1932, his son Russell took over operations. The firm was dissolved in 1945 and little remains of the old sawmill site, which is near present day S.R. 18.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of black-and-white photographs and negatives of Wood & Iverson Co. operations. Subjects include spar tree logging, steam donkeys, gas yarders, pile drivers, logging camps, exterior shots of the Wood & Iverson Co. sawmill, group shots of work crews with old-growth Cedar, and a Bucyrus Erie D-2 Diesel shovel grading for railroad. The collection also includes a panoramic view of the Wood & Iverson mill at Hobart by Darius Kinsey, and a sketch of the old Peacock farm near Hobart by W.H. Piggott.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Wood & Iverson Co. Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Description Dates
1991.82.1: Crew at Wood & Iverson Shingle Mill, including Billy Iverson
1991.82.2: Early steam and horse logging.
W.W. Wood standing near center of log in foreground.
1991.82.3: Single drum steam donkey using ground lead at Roosevelt, Wash.
1991.82.4: Hauling shingles on cross planked road to railroad siding near Monroe, Wash.
1991.82.5-8: Bucyrus Erie D-2 diesel shovel grading for Wood & Iverson logging railroad 1929
1991.82.9: Railroad grade with spar tree in background
1991.82.10: Crew, including Otto Iverson, loading logs on railroad skeleton cars 1940
1991.82.11: Crew with gas-powered yarding donkey 1941
1991.82.12: Skagit Log Co.’s log dump at Day Creek Camp 1943
1991.82.13: Government snag boat of Skagit River 1943
1991.82.14: Skagit Log Co.’s log rafting works at Day Creek Camp 1942
1991.82.15: Salvaging logs on the Skagit River for the Skagit Log Co. 1942
1991.82.16: Northern Pacific Railroad log cars loaded with logs
1991.82.17: Raising a fir spar tree at Skagit Log Co.’s Day Creek Camp 1941
1991.82.18: Gas yarder on flatcar
1991.82.19: Gas yarder and spar tree
1991.82.20: Gas yarder operating
1991.82.21: Steam locomotive and skeleton cars in winter
1991.82.22: Pile driver and railroad trestle construction
1991.82.23: Building being moved by truck during Hobart clean-up 1941
1991.82.24:  Wood & Iverson, Inc., postcard depicting the early days of the high lead (spar tree) logging at Hobart 1917
1991.82.25: Gas yarder, spar trees and heel boom for loading logs
1991.82.26: Spar tree being raised.
1991.82.27: Spar tree in final position
1991.82.28: Steam loading and yarding donkey, spar tree and crew
1991.82.29: Steam donkey, spar tree and railroad track
1991.82.30: Atlas diesel yarder on top of Tiger Mountain
1991.82.31: Skeleton railroad cars loaded with large logs
1991.82.32: Steam locomotive fighting bunkhouse fire
1991.82.33: Unfinished railroad trestle
1991.82.34: Steam jammer loading logs on railroad cars
1991.82.35: Cedar logs on tideflats (log dump)
1991.82.36: Cedar logs on tideflats
1991.82.37: The old Peacock farm near Hobart, Wash. Sketch by W.H. Piggott
1991.82.38-.41: Wood & Iverson mill crew, Hobart, Wash.
1991.82.42: Wood & Iverson Climax locomotive #2 and train
1991.82.43: Panoramic view of Wood & Iverson mill at Hobart.
Darius Kinsey (photographer)
1991.82.44: Reduced copy of .43
1991.82.45: Spar tree
1991.82.46-.47: Negative – old Wood & Iverson camp on spur east of the Campbell ranch
1991.82.48: Negative -- New road on branch of Issaquah Creek
1991.82.49: Negative -- Bunk house
1991.82.50: Negative – Man by building circa 1920
1991.82.51: Negative -- Hot water boiler for both house and laundry, Wood & Iverson, Inc. logging camp above Campbell ranch
1991.82.52: Negative -- Warren Iverson at Wood Iverson Inc. logging camp above Campbell ranch
1991.82.53: Negative – Man by building
1991.82.54: Negative – Man by building
1991.82.55: Spar tree, two steam donkeys and railroad track
1991.82.56: Russ Wood
1991.82.57: Russ Wood and Pete Peterson

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Logging—Washington (State)—Tiger Mountain Region--History
  • Lumber Camps—Washington (State)
  • Personal Names :
  • Iverson, Iver C., 1872-1945
  • Kinsey, Darius, 1869-1945
  • Wood, William Washington, 1868-1932
  • Geographical Names :
  • Washington (State), Western
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Nitrate negatives
  • Photographic prints