William J. Smith photographs, 1900-1911  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Smith, William J.
Title
William J. Smith photographs
Dates
1900-1911 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.5 linear feet, (3 containers)
Collection Number
PH025
Summary
William J. Smith (dates unknown) grew up in Detroit, Oregon, at the turn of the century, and went into the family timber business. The Smith and Smith Mill processed timber in the Macky Place area. The collection consists of 69 photographs documenting the mill, the original town of Detroit, and landscape, and include several shots of the transportation of a donkey engine across a river and up a steep slope in 1911.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.

Glass plate negatives and lantern slides are restricted due to the fragility of the format. All decisions regarding use will be at the discretion of the curator for visual materials.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Little is known about William J. Smith. He was a member of a family that ran the Smith and Smith Mill in the early days of Detroit, Oregon. Detroit was named by families who emigrated from Michigan, and the Smith family was probably one of them. Smith did business in Detroit as W.J. Smith, dealer in lumber, poles and piling, and timber lands, selling out eventually to Gareck [?]. (The original site of Detroit and Macky Place was drowned in 1955 by the construction of Detroit Dam and Detroit Lake.) Information about Smith is primarily derived from annotations provided by Mrs. Grace Ruth Smith in 1991.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The William J. Smith photographs consist of 47 glass-plate negatives and 20 prints, primarily in stereo format. The images were annotated in 1991 by a member of the family, Mrs. Grace Ruth Smith. The collection is arranged by format in three series: 1. Detroit, Oregon: Images of the vicinity of Detroit and its denizens, logging, and the Smith and Smith mill, c. 1898-1920, 2. People: Friends and family, c. 1898-1920, 3. Landscapes: Scenery, c. 1920-1983.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William J. Smith photographs, PH025_[item number], Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1 PH025_001: Smith and Smith Mill, Detroit, about 1910 [Men posed on pile of materials in lumber camp.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910
PH025_002: Smith and Smith Mill, Detroit. [View down steep wooded hillside to shacks by train tracks. See print PH025-67.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_003: Smith and Smith Mill, Detroit, looking east. [View of lumber mill in woods.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_004: Home place, Smith and Smith Mill, Detroit, looking east. [View of lumber mill in woods.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_005: Big timber, Detroit. [Two men at foot of old-growth tree.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_006: Men on logs [Three men standing on floating logs], not Smith Mill
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_007: Macky Place [View of railroad siding at backwoods lumber mill]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_008: Near Detroit [view of train track through hill cut in timber]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_009: W.A. Hoover of Detroit with fish. [Gentleman in suit stands in yard with rod, holding fish about two feet long.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_010: Boarding house at Detroit? [Two women in uniforms working in kitchen, maybe Cascade House. See print PH025-66]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_011: Detroit [Two women in yard looking over towards mill. See print PH025-68.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_012: Auntie Bob Hill looking down railroad, Detroit. [Man on cowcatcher of Engine 2, on tracks in downtwon Detroit, by Cascade House]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_013: Jim Curry, conductor; Elmer D., mails [?]; Jack Simpson, engineer; Tom Riley, brakeman. [Train crew posing in front of Engine 2]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_014: Mr. and Mrs. Hoover, Detroit. [Man and woman seated on porch of house; another woman visible in doorway.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_015: Macky Place, present site of Detroit. Moving donkey across river. [Men on bank by engine being barged over river.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1911
PH025_016: Macky Place, Santiam. [Rear view of donkey engine being hauled up steep slope.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1911
PH025_017: Macky Place, 1911-?. Donkey engine crossing river. Present site of Detroit. [Group standing on log bridge watches man barging engine across river.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1911
PH025_018: Macky Place, 1911. Moving donkey engine, present Detroit. [Engine being barged on river]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1911
PH025_019: Macky Place, about 1910. Macky's timber claim, present site of Detroit. Moving 9x11 crackerjack donkey engine made by Willamette Iron and Steel Works, Portland. [Hauling engine up steep incline in woods.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1911
PH025_020: Breitenbush (at Santiam). [Group of people at edge of pool in rocky landscape.]
Smith, William J.
1 negative
1898 c
PH025_021: Breitenbush [Woman on bank of river]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1898 c
PH025_022: Breitenbush on Santiam River [Woman on bank of river]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1898 c
PH025_023: Breitenbush Springs, about 1898 [Group posed by stairway to hot springs pool; partial image]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1898
PH025_024: Mock duel, Detroit, 1903. [Men dressed in Wild West costumes point guns at each other while women swoon.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1903
Box
2 PH025_025: Man with three deer, William John Smith. [Posed among trees with three hanging carcasses. Formerly identified as Bill Heidecke.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1920? c
PH025_026: Man with three deer, William John Smith. [Posed among trees with three hanging carcasses. Formerly identified as Bill Heidecke.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1920? c
PH025_027: Bill Heidecke, U of O. Forest ranger. [Posed among trees with three hanging deer carcasses.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1920? c
PH025_028: Harry Dunlop, 1903. [Man dressed in Wild West costumer with revolver and knife]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1903
PH025_029: Mr. and Mrs. Elroy Alexander and friends, Newport, Oregon, May 2, 1915 [Eight people on a haystack rock at coast, including two boys. Caption not completely legible.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1915
PH025_030: [Three people on rocky shore] maybe Detroit, maybe Ontario, Canada.
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_031: [Two children in front of cabin] maybe Detroit, maybe Ontario, Canada
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_032: [Three men by shack in woods] maybe Detroit, maybe Ontario, Canada
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_033: Ontario, Canada, perhaps. [Two men standing in orchard.] [Image has newspaper stuck to it.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_034: [Portrait of young girl with dolls]
Smith, William J.
1 negative
1900 c
PH025_035: Coffin Mountain, North Santiam [View of peak through trees]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
not yet assigned
PH025_036: Near Liberty River, big spruce trees. Allen Smith, Inez C. (cousin), Grace S. [Two women and boy pose in woods.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1918 c
PH025_037: Mount Hood or Mt. Jefferson [view of snowy peak up slope.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
not yet assigned
PH025_038: Mt. Jefferson [View of peak across timber]
Smith, William J.
1 negative
not yet assigned
PH025_039: Mt. Jefferson [View of peak across timber, possibly from Hunt's Cave]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
not yet assigned
PH025_040: Rogue River Gorge, upper gorge. [View of cascades]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
not yet assigned
PH025_041: Rogue River Gorge, upper gorge. [View of cascades]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
not yet assigned
PH025_042: Marion Lake [View across lake. Image spliced from three pieces of glass]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
not yet assigned
PH025_043: Lithia Park, Ashland, Oregon, 1918. Grover Smith, Inez C. (cousin), Allen Smith. [Three people in pavilion. See print PH025-60]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1918
PH025_044: State Capitol, Sacramento, California. [View of palm tree with dome in background.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
not yet assigned
PH025_045: [Large group of people posed on hill near boat ramp] near Interlocken, Michigan?
Smith, William J.
1 negative
1900 c
PH025_046: [Large group of people posed on hill near boat ramp] near Interlocken, Michigan?
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1900 c
PH025_047: Patients at State Hospital (mental) at Traverse City, Michigan. [Group of women on steps of large building.]
Smith, William J.
1 negative
1900 c
Box
3 PH025_049: Father, Willliam John Smith, with oxen, on skid road, ten years later "the Lane." [Young man with double yoke of oxen on logging road.] c. 1900.
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1900 c
PH025_050: Father's log team, about 1900, Detroit. Probably Fred Smith as driver. [Four yokes hauling logs on skid road. W. J. Smith letter head on back]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1900 c
PH025_051: Jack, from log team about 1900. [Portrait of an ox.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
not yet assigned
PH025_052: Mt. Jeff in a storm. [View across timber to peak. Possibly Hunt's Cove. See neg, PH025-39]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
not yet assigned
PH025_053: Crater Lake, Oregon, about 1960. [View from rim to island, amid snow]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1960
PH025_054: Turntable, Detroit, Oregon, before 1920. [View of town and turntable under heavy snow]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_055: Smith Rock, about 1960. [View of rocks jutting from dry landscape; river at center.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1960
PH025_056: Crooked River Gorge, Highway 97, about 1968.
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1968
PH025_057: Broken Top, Fall 1983. [View across meadow to crags, with some snow by peaks.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1983
PH025_058: Macky Creek, present site of Detroit. (A man named Best drowned here.) [View of suspension bridge across river.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1900 c
PH025_059: Detroit, about 1900. [Group of men worked with derailed train.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1900
PH025_060: Lithia Park, Ashland, Oregon, 1918. Grover Smith, Inez C. (cousin), Allen Smith. [Three people in pavilion. See neg PH025-43]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1918
PH025_061: Yoncalla, about 1980. [View of a large two-storey wooden structure, probably old coach stop.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1980
PH025_062: Seattle Exposition, 1962 [View of buildings and Space Needle.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1962
PH025_063: Detroit, "The Lane.' Grace, doll Hattie, Grandfather, and Allen, about 1911. [Elderly man holds toddler; small girl stands next to him. Former site of the Smith skid road; site of John Smith and oxen photo from 1900.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1911
PH025_064: Medford, Oregon, about 1912. William John Smith (father); Allen 3rd Alexander Smith; Allen 2nd (Grandfather) Smith; Grace Ruth Smith. [Two young children pose in orchard with father and grandfather.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1912
PH025_065: Allen Smith, a Dolly Varden, Detroit 1910. [Elderly man holding large fish.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910
PH025_066: Boarding house at Detroit? [Two women in uniforms working in kitchen, maybe Cascade House. See neg PH025-10. Unmounted stereo prints.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_067: Smith and Smith Mill, Detroit. [View down steep wooded hillside to shacks by train tracks. See neg PH025-02]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_068: Detroit [Two women in yard looking over towards mill. See neg PH025-11.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1910 c
PH025_2586: Cyclone Bill and his Eng[ine] [Ox team and driver in forest near Detroit, Oregon]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
1898 c
PH025_2587: Logging train [Logging train loaded with logs, five men standing by locomotive #2.]
Smith, William J.
1 photographic print(s)
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • City and town life--Oregon--Detroit--Photographs
  • Landscape photography--Oregon.
  • Logging--Oregon--Detroit--Photographs
  • Photographers--Oregon--Detroit
  • Sawmills--Oregon--Detroit--Photographs
  • Personal Names :
  • Smith, William J.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Detroit (Or.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Glass negatives--Oregon--1898-1920
  • Photographic prints--Oregon--1920-1983
  • Stereographs--Oregon--1920-1983