Ziegler and Rankin Families Photographs and Other Material, circa 1890-1933  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Ziegler family
Rankin family
Title
Ziegler and Rankin Families Photographs and Other Material
Dates
circa 1890-1933 (inclusive)
Quantity
3 boxes plus 3 oversize folders, ( .8 linear feet)
Collection Number
1977.6486
Summary
Photographs, photo albums and papers from the Ziegler and Rankin families, who lived in Port Blakely on Bainbridge Island from approximately 1888 through the early 1900s. Along with a number of portraits of family, friends and school groups, the collection includes photographs documenting the Port Blakely Mill and company houses, the Hall Brothers shipyard and other Bainbridge Island locations.
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The collection strongly suggests that there were three Ziegler siblings: Fred, Henry and Carrie Ziegler, children of Mr. G. and Christina Ziegler.

Fred G. Ziegler was a resident of Port Blakely since 1888 and ran the Bainbridge Hotel at Port Blakely until at least 1920. After the hotel burned down on August 12, 1928, Ziegler ran a dairy with his herd of Jersey cows, whose milk he sent to the creamery in Bremerton. It was during such a delivery that Fred Ziegler died in 1931, in a drowning accident at Fletcher Bay when he accidentally backed his truck off the ferry dock. Ziegler was survived by his wife, Gertrude Zeigler, who seems to have been an active member of the Port Blakely community. The Zieglers had a son, Weldon.

Henry Ziegler worked for Port Blakely Mill and lived in the company housing with his wife M. Augusta Meins Ziegler, whom he married in 1898.

Carrie Ziegler married William Rankin, a manager of the Port Blakely Mill Company, in 1906. The Rankins had two sons, Elwood (b. 1908) and Weldon (1911- 1925), the latter dying of pneumonia at the age of 14. In 1925, the Rankin family lived in Seattle, having moved there from Port Blakely three years previously, and both sons attended Queen Anne High School. William Rankin died on June 30, 1926, after managing the Port Blakely Mill Company for the previous 25 years.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Port Blakely Mill

After failed attempts to establish mill operations at Alki and Port Orchard, Captain William Renton founded the Port Blakely Mill Company in 1864, on land he purchased at Bainbridge Island's Blakely Harbor. One of several small mills in the area, the mill's output began to increase during the 1870s, partly as a result of a large immigrant labor force. In 1872, ferry service began between Seattle and Port Blakely and in 1879, Renton persuaded Hall Brothers Shipyard to move its operation to Port Blakely. During this period, Renton built houses for the families of mill workers, bachelor dormitories and the nearby 75-room Bainbridge Hotel; he also established a daily stage between Port Blakely and Port Madison. By the 1880s Port Blakely mill had become the largest sawmill on the Pacific Coast, turning out 200,000 board feet a day. The Port Blakely Mill was damaged by fire and subsequently rebuilt in 1888 and again in 1907. Following a decline in the lumber market, the mill was closed and demolished in 1924. Today, the Islandwood center for outdoor education for school children operates on the site of the old Port Blakely Mill.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of photographs, photo albums and papers from the Ziegler and Rankin families, who lived in Port Blakely on Bainbridge Island from approximately 1888 through the early 1900s. The photographs include many portraits, including a few portraying Ziegler family members. Group portraits of school children include Ziegler children as well as many children from local immigrant families, such as the Elofsons. The photographs also document the company houses for mill employees, including the house of the Henry Ziegler family. Other photographs depict the Port Blakely Mill, office and boiler room, Hall Brothers shipyard and other Bainbridge Island locations.

The albums consist of family photographs and clippings. Albums photographs include further images of company housing, and formal and informal photographs of family and friends. Family papers include wedding announcements, letters, invitations and programs, and newspaper clippings about friends and family. A biographical booklet about Victor Hugo Elfendahl describes the life and professional career of this assistant manager of the Port Blakely Mill.

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

Ziegler and Rankin Families Photographs and Other Materials, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Photographs Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
1: Young man, probably Henry or Fred Ziegler
Judkins (photographer)
undated
1/2
2, 3: Gertrude Ziegler
Hamilton, Seattle (photographer)
undated
1/3
4: Maud Hemstock
undated
1/3
5: Abbie Durkin
Globe Studio , Seattle (photographer)
undated
1/3
6: Grace Gill
James & Bushnell , Seattle (photographer)
undated
1/3
7: Ellen Tobin
Nordlund's Photo Co. , Seattle (photographer)
undated
1/3
8: Chieko Shigemura
Toyo Studio , Seattle (photographer)
undated
1/4
9: Sol Asher
Urban & Rogers , Seattle (photographer)
undated
1/4
10: Mr. and Mrs. Hjellmer Anderson
Jacob , Seattle (photographer)
undated
1/4
11: Two men in bowler hats on sidewalk
undated
1/4
12: Group on horses on Las Cascadas Road
1909 December 12
1/4
13: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Connors
1911 June 11
1/5
14: Woman with fur boa
circa 1917
1/5
15-18: Individual portraits of women
Colpitts , Seattle; Boyd , Seattle; Urban & Rogers , Seattle; Wils & Vreeland , Seattle (photographer)
undated
1/6
19-21: Individual portraits of men
Bushnell , Seattle; LaPine , Seattle; Dingman Studio , Seattle (photographer)
undated
1/6
22: Couple with infant
James & Bushnell , Seattle (photographer)
undated
1/6
23: Two women and man
undated
1/6
24: Two women and man in front of horse-drawn carriage
undated
1/7
25: Ronald Eben Bucklin at five months old
1909 August 17
1/7
26: Alice Jane Carroll at two months old
Lynn & Cram , Seattle (photographer)
1909 February
1/7
27: C. Verlaine Ziegler at 11 years old
1913 September
1/7
28: Infant Georgia Franks
undated
1/7
29: Leslie Lincoln Randall at 1 year old
Mercer Studio (photographer)
1910
1/7
30-33: Individual portraits of children
Dingham , Seattle; A.T. Miles , Bremerton; Lothrop , Seattle; Christy Studio , Seattle (photographer)
undated
1/8
34: School group
1909 February 14
1/8
35:  School children
Identifications on verso
1925
1/8
36: Second grade group
Identifications on verso
undated
1/8
37: Students on steps of Woodlawn School
undated
1/8
38: Students, including Carrie Ziegler, on steps of school
Identifications on verso
undated
1/8
39: Students in front of Port Blakely School
Identifications on verso
undated
1/8b
121: Flower girls at wedding of William Rankin and Carrie Ziegler
Two of the girls are identified on verso as Helen Peterson and Kathleen Price.
1906
1/9
40: Group of women in costumes
Identifications on verso
undated
1/10 circa 1900
1/10
42: Man in office
undated
1/11
43-48: Portraits: tintypes
undated
1/12
49-57: Sailing vessels at Port Blakely Lumber Mill dock
undated
1/12 circa 1890s
1/12
60: Crane moving lumber
undated
1/13 circa 1900
1/13
62: Man at desk in Port Blakely Mill office
undated
1/14
63, 64:  Port Blakely Mill and band saw after fire
C.P. Harper (photographer)
circa 1907
1/15
65: Henry Ziegler's mill company house
undated
1/16
66: Three men, two women and child on steps of mill company house
circa 1909
1/16 circa 1900
1/16 circa 1900
1/17
69: Hotel, possibly the Port Blakely Hotel
undated
1/17
70: Hall Brothers shipyard
undated
1/18
71: Port Blakely Hall decorated for Masonic party
undated
1/18
72: Room decorated for event at Masonic Hall
undated
1/19
73-75: Greenhouses on Bainbridge Island
undated
1/20 circa 1930
1/20
77: View of Puget Sound at sunset
undated
1/20
78: Seagull with Seattle skyline in background
undated
1/20
79: Dirt road through wooded area
undated
1/21
80: Clipper ship Benjamin Packard
undated
1/21
81, 82: Clipper ship Benjamin Packard
Dale (photographer)
undated
1/22
83: Battleship before launch, probably the Nebraska
undated
1/23
84: Road around Lake Crescent on the Olympic Peninsula
undated
1/23
85: Olympic Highway Bridge on Duckabush River on the Olympic Peninsula
undated
1/24
86: 60 by 90 feet flag flying at Camp Lewis
undated
1/25
87: Members of a fraternal order posed outside commercial building
undated
1/26
88: Nooksack Indian Old Tolowie and Nooksack woman
U.P. Hadley (photographer)
circa 1903
1/26
89: Native woman weaving basket outside shack
undated
1/27
90-95: S.S. Bertha on fire in Uyak Bay, Kodiak, Alaska 6 photographic postcards
N.W.F. Co. (photographer)
1915 July 19
1/28
96-99: Exterior, interior and fish bin of Tea Harbor Packing Co. Cannery, Tea Harbor, Alaska
W.H. Case (photographer)
undated
1/29
100: View of volcano, probably in Alaska
Merrill Studio , Sitka, Alaska (photographer)
undated
1/30
101: Memorial stone markers near Union Gap, Yakima, Washington
These markers commemorate Tow-Tow-Nah-Hee, the only Indian killed in the Battle of Two Buttes
after 1917
1/30
102: Horse drawn cart in front of Ike's Place Confectionary & Pool Hall
undated
1/30
103-105: Boat Lieut. Elliott aground
undated
1/30
106, 107: Steamers near dock, probably at Port Blakely
undated
1/30
108: Ship in shipbuilding cradle
undated
1/30
109: Ship at dock, probably at Port Blakely
undated
1/30
110: Ships near dock
undated
box:oversize
OS
118: Waterfront (Port Blakely?)
1891
OS
119: Group of children in front of brick building
circa 1890s
OS
120: Launch of the five-masted schooner H.K. Hall at the Hall Brothers Shipyard, Port Blakely
Wilhelm Hester (photographer)
1901

Photograph Albums Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
111: Photograph album
This album consists largely of images of the William Rankin and Carrie Ziegler Rankin family and friends. It includes photographs of William and Carrie Rankin, two children who are probably their sons Weldon and Elwood, and photographs of a Port Blakely Mill company house. The album also contains clippings, including several about the death of Weldon Rankin at the age of 14 from pneumonia, and about the death of William Rankin. Loose photos removed from the album are in a separate folder.
circa 1900-1925
2
112: Photograph album
The front of the album consists of portraits of several individuals. Some are recognizable as members of the Zeigler family (probably Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ziegler); others are possibly members of a Lowe family. The album also includes several images of the Port Blakely company houses, and photographs of the Hall Brothers shipyard, the U.S.S. Arizona, and church and school buildings. The back of the album contains photographs of pets, livestock and farm buildings. Loose photos removed from the album are in a separate folder.
undated
2
113: Photograph album
This album contains images of a Mrs. Brock and her family, "Aunt Lizzie Hogue" and her husband, and other individuals. Locations depicted include a hotel, houses, a cabin, Mount Rainier and Bainbridge High School. Loose photos removed from the album are in a separate folder.
undated

Papers Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
Letters to Mr. and Mrs. F.G. Ziegler
1906; 1912; undated
3 2
Invitations to Mr. and Mrs. F.G. Ziegler
circa 1900-1910
3 3
Wedding announcements and wedding invitations
Includes announcement of marriage Henry F. Ziegler to Augusta Meins on June 20, 1898 and of Carrie Ziegler to William Rankin on June 18, 1906.
1898-1911
3 4
Patent certificates to Philip Martin Low for "spark arresters"
1891 September 8; 1909 February 9
3 5
Programs
Programs for theatrical productions, luncheons and banquets, mostly in Port Blakely
1899-1933
3 6
F.G. Ziegler's copy of script for "A Regular Fix"
1899
3 7
Clippings
early 1900s
3 8
Miscellaneous
undated

Publications Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
114: Booklet of photographs of Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition buildings
circa 1909
3
115: The Cornish School General Catalog
1924-1925
3
116: At Home with the Kodak
Tips on taking photographs at home, published by the Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y.
early 1900s
3
117: Victor Hugo Elfendahl
Brief biographical booklet about the life and professional career of Elfendahl, the assistant general manager of the Port Blakely Mill Company of Seattle.
circa 1918

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Lumber industry--Washington (State)--Port Blakely
  • Mills--Washington (State)--Port Blakely
  • Shipyards--Washington (State)--Port Blakely
  • Personal Names :
  • Rankin, William
  • Ziegler, Carrie
  • Ziegler, Fred
  • Ziegler, Gertrude
  • Ziegler, Henry
  • Corporate Names :
  • Hall Brothers Shipyard (Port Blakely, Wash.)
  • Port Blakely Mill Company
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bainbridge Island (Wash.)
  • Port Blakely (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographic prints
  • Portrait photographs
  • Tintypes