Iver Botten photographs of Silvana, Washington, 1898; circa 1900-1930  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Botten, Iver, 1872-1962
Iver Botten photographs of Silvana, Washington
1898; circa 1900-1930 (inclusive)
27 photographic prints (1 folder) ; 5"x7"
Collection Number
Photographs of Silvana, Washington and nearby farms
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Iver Botten was born in Norway on September 13, 1872. He was the fourth of eight children born to Einer and Marie Botten. Iver immigrated to the United States in 1892 with his twin brother Peder. Iver and Peder first settled in Stanwood, Washington, where they worked cutting lumber shingle bolts during the winter months. With the income he earned from his lumber job, Iver spent his summers attending classes at a Seattle business college. Upon graduating from the business college in 1897, Iver moved to Florence, Washington and opened a general store with Peder. A year and a half later, the twins bought out the Haugen & Company general store in Silvana, Washington and relocated there.

In 1899, Iver served as treasurer and Peder as president of the Salem Lutheran Church ('Little White Church on the Hill') in Silvana, Washington. Clara Prestlien, and her younger sister, Marie were also on the church's program committee roster dated May 5, 1899. Iver and Clara were married on June 14, 1899 at the Salem Lutheran Church. Shorty after, Peder and Marie were married March 18, 1900 in the same church. Iver and Clara had four children: Sylvia, Einar, Carl, and Esther.

Clara Botten died September 29, 1945 and is buried at Valley View Cemetery in Stanwood, Washington. Iver Botten died on November 8, 1962 (aged 90) in Stanwood, Washington. Peder Botten died January 27, 1940 and is buried in Bayview Cemetery in Bellingham, Washington.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of locations in and around Silvana, Washington, including the Great Northern Railway depot, Iver Botten's general store, and local churches. This collection also contains portraits of people in and around Silvana, including farmers, lumberjacks, families, and members of a local band and choir.

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Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1  Salem Lutheran Free Church, schoolhouse, and blacksmith shop next to train track in Silvana, Washington
Written on verso: Salem Lutheran Free Church with steeple added -next right- 1st school house in Silvana -extreme right- Mr. Clausen's blacksmith shop.The only blacksmith shop in Silvana, Washington at this time was owned by Soren Christian Clausen. Clausen was born in 1877 and died in 1914. He is buried in Valley View Cemetery in Standwood, Washington.
circa 1911 - 1914
1 2  Peace Lutheran Church ("The Little White Church on the Hill") on hillside, next to bridge over Stillaguamish River
"The Little White Church on the Hill" was built in 1890. Pioneer families chose to build this church on a hill due to the unpredictable flooding caused by the Stillaguamish River.
circa 1900
1 3  Logs piled on shore of river, with buildings (probably sawmill) in background circa 1900
1 4  Train on tracks at Great Northern Railway depot circa 1900 - 1907
1 5  Great Northern Railway tracks next to town buildings circa 1900 - 1907
1 6  Great Northern Railway tracks next to town buildings circa 1900 - 1907
1 7  Crowd of people standing outside the Great Northern Railway depot circa 1900 - 1910
1 8  View of the main street in Silvana from railroad depot
Businesses shown in photograph from left to right: the Hotel Northern, Botten Bros. General Store, and the Eagle Saloon
circa 1900 - 1907
1 9  Men standing outside Botten's general store circa 1908
1 10  Flooded street in front of Botten's general store circa 1908 - 1914
1 11  Logging truck outside Botten's general store circa 1915
1 12  Pacific Northwest Traction Co. interurban bus outside Botten's general store circa 1921 - 1925
1 13  Pacific Northwest Traction Co. interurban bus outside Botten's general store circa 1921 - 1925
1 14  People standing in interior of Botten's general store circa 1910 - 1925
1 15  People standing outside the Botten residence
The Botten's lived in the house behind their storefront
circa 1907
1 16  Iver Botten and Clara (Prestlien) Botten at Sarah Wold residence circa 1925-1930
1 17  Women on porch of Sarah Wold's house
Written on verso: 4 Generations - Bottom -L to R- Sarah Wold, Carrie Torgerson; Top -L to R- Sylvia Botten Moe & Clara BottenSylvia Botten Moe (Clara Botten's oldest daughter, born 1900) married Jalmer Moe June 21, 1925 and took his last name as noted in verso. Carrie Torgerson was Clara Botten/Prestlien's aunt. Sarah Wold was an officer at the Salem Lutheran Church. Sarah died November 19, 1930.
circa 1925-1930
1 18  Group of people standing outside at an event 1898 - 1920
1 19  Jens Albert Moe and Inga Johnson wedding party outside the New Salem Lutheran Free Church
Written on verso: First wedding in New Salem Lutheran Free Church 1898 (Mr. & Mrs. Jens Moe).
July 7, 1898
1 20  Members of Silvana Men's Choir circa 1915
1 21  Silvana Concert Band members outside Knutson home north of Silvana circa 1915
1 22  Homestead and farm buildings circa 1915
1 23  Men harvesting wheat with horse-drawn harvester at Botten farm circa 1915
1 24-25  Guy Jones discing soil with horse-drawn disc harrow at Prestlien farm circa 1915
1 26-27  Gilbert Breklhus, Otto Stubb, Mike Prestlien with a team of horses hauling large log circa 1915

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • General stores--Washington (State)--Silvana--Photographs
  • Lutheran church buildings--Washington (State)--Silvana--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.)--Photographs
  • Family Names :
  • Botten family--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Silvana (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)