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Harkson and Bingman family collection, 1875-2012

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Harkson family
Title
Harkson and Bingman family collection
Dates
1875-2012 (inclusive)
Quantity
6.1 cubic feet, (10 document cases, 4 flat boxes, 2 card file boxes, 2 oversize folders)
Collection Number
Coll 452
Summary
Written materials and photographs realted to the Harkson and Bingman families.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English, Danish


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Henry Harkson (also spelled Harksen) was born in Denmark in 1863. He came to the United States in 1883, where he met his wife, another Danish immigrant named Clara Johnson. The family moved to Portland in 1906, where Henry entered the banking and real estate business. He co-founded Otto & Harkson Realty with Louis C. Otto, and helped organize the Scandanavian-​American Bank in Portland and the Multnomah State Bank in Lents. In 1912, Harkson was appointed the Danish Vice-Consul of Oregon, an office he held until 1933, when his son Sherman became vice consul; Sherman held the position until 1948. Like his father, Sherman worked in the real estate business. Sherman Harkson's daughter Rohde married Glenn Joseph Bingman in 1946, and the two had a son and a daughter, Paul and Mary.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains the papers and photographs of the Harkson and Bingman families, as well as other families related to them, such as the Rohde and Henningson families. Papers include business records, postcard correspondence, Danish-language ephemera, and materials related to the education of Sherman Harkson, Rohda Harkson and Paul Bingman. The collection's photographs include 2 albums, loose family photographs, photographs related to the Portland Danish consul's office, and 775 black and white negatives, many of which depitct properties which did business through the Harkson family's real estate firm, Otto & Harkson Realty Company.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

Harksons and Bingman family collection, Coll 452, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series A :   Papers ,  1875-1991 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1 : Danish-related materials
Box/Folder
1/1
Loose materials from Harkson family bible
1/2
Songbook
1/3
Brochure advertising tenor Povl Bjornskjold
Brochure about Danish-born tenor Bjornskold, who lived in Portland, Oregon.
1923 November
1/4
By-Laws for Portland Lodge No. 167 of the Danish Brotherhood
Subseries 2 : Henry Harkson
Box/Folder
1/5
Passport
1/6
Ledger
1913-1923
1/7
Newspaper clippings
Subseries 3 : Sherman Harkson
Box/Folder
1/7
Newspaper clippings
1/8
Issues of "The Cardinal," Lincoln High School
1911-1912
1/9
Lincoln High School yearbook
1912
1/10
Military papers
1919-1921
1/11
Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army
1911
1/12
Stock certificates and related correpsondence
1/13
Volunteer Fire Department documents
1/14
Portland foreign consular corps roster
Lists Sherman Harkson as Danish consul.
circa 1948
1/15
Masonic and Shriner materials.
1/16
Other correspondence and ephemera
Subseries 4 : Rohda Harkson Bingman
Box/Folder
2/1
School workbook
2/2
Handwriting practice sheets
Composition books which she most likely used as a pupil at Duniway school.
2/3
Duniway School Christmas program
Used while Rohda Harkson was a pupil at Duniway School.
1935 December
2/4
Education and graduation cards and ephemera
2/5
Issue of "The Arrow of Delta Phi"
1942 May
Box 12
Scrapbook
Subseries 5 : Paul Bingman
Box/Folder
2/6
Essay on Portland's history
2/7
Birthday card
2/8
Railroad-related ephemera
2/9
Catlin-Gabel fundraising letter and notebook
1969
Subseries 6 : Other personal papers and ephemera
Box/Folder
2/10
Invitation, programs, etc. for Ronald Reagan's presidential inauguration
1981 January
2/11
Postcard correspondence
15/1
Portland Public High School summer courses brochure
1944
15/2
Loose scrapbook page with newspaper articles about Rohda and Sherman Harkson
15/4
Invitation to and program for Ronald Reagan's presidential inauguration (oversize)
1981 January
15/5
Certificates, awards, etc.
Oversize 1
Map of Eastmoreland; oversize certificates
15/6
Scarlet fever quarantine sign
Box 11
Postcard album
Subseries 7 : Business papers
Box/Folder
2/12
Otto & Harkson Realty Company documents
15/3
Otto & Harkson Realty Company - Gearhart Park plot maps
2/13
Otto & Harkson Realty Company - Michael Conrardy materials
Materials gathered for an inquiry into the inheritance tax status of American properties owned by residents of Luxembourg. Includes a letter from the Luxembourg Embassy, an identification card for Conrardy, and Conrardy's 1902 naturalization papers.
1902-1956
3/1
Otto & Harkson Realty Company - stock certificate book
3/2
The Harkraft Corporation - stock certificate book
3/3
Arctic Cold Storage Company - stock certificate book

Series B :   Photographs ,  circa 1875-2012 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1 : Prints
Box/Folder
4/1
Henry and Sherman Harkson; Danish Consulate
4/2
Sherman Harkson
4/3
Rohda Harkson - 8th Grade Class portrait Duniway School
circa 1936
4/4
Rohda Harkson Bingman - Duniway School reunion
1976
4/5
Family photographs (1)
4/6
Family photographs (2)
4/7
Family photographs (3)
4/8
Family photographs (4)
4/9
Family photographs (5)
4/10
Family photographs (6)
5/1
Family photographs (7)
5/2
Family photographs (8)
5/3
Gearhart, Oregon
Includes photographs of the Harkson residence in Gearhart.
5/4
H Bar H Ranch (1)
5/5
H Bar H Ranch (2)
5/6
H Bar H Ranch (3)
5/7
Unidentified ranch
Ranch possibly belonged to the Harkson family.
5/8
Elkhorn region, circa 1942
5/9
Arctic Cold Storage Company
5/10
Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition miniatures
5/11
Downtown Portland
circa 1937
5/12
SE Madison Apartment building
Presumably a property owned by either Henry or Sherman Harkson's realty company.
5/13
Other Portland photographs
5/14
Musical performance at unidentified bar
5/15
Unidentified ship
5/16
Train trip album pages
2 album pages from undated trip.
5/17
Postcard photographs
15/7
Oversize photographs (1)
15/8
Oversize photographs (2)
Oversize 2
Oversize photographs (3)
Box 16
Group photographs
Items restricted for preservation reasons.
Subseries 2 : Negatives
Largely derived from negative packets. Arranged in order of assigned negative number. Some, but not all, negatives have corresponding prints in the collection. In some cases, original packet is included alongside rehoused negatives.Many of the negatives appear to be of properties which did business through Sherman Harkson's realty company in the late 1940s and early 1950s; oftentimes the original packet would list several locations, and it is often unclear which image is of which location.
Access to negatives is restricted.
Box/Folder
6/1
"Winter - Wilsonville farm"
Contains negatives 1-6.
6/2
Rohda Harkson and friends in Eugene, Oregon
Contains negatives 7-21.
1944 April
6/3
"Harkson farm pictures and 4th and Taylor"
Contains negatives 22-27.
1953
6/4
Wilsonville farm
Contains negatives 28-41.
circa 1945
6/5
"Hark's farm"
Contains negatives 42-47.Farm is probably the same as one called "Wilsonville farm."
1937 May 3
6/6
"Hark's farm"
Contains negatives 48-58.
circa 1940
6/7
6th Avenue and Jefferson, Portland, Oregon
Contains negatives 59-65.
1939 March
6/8
"High warer films of Wilsonville farm"
Contains negatives 66-71.
circa 1942
6/9
Elkhorn
Contains negatives 72-79.Prints for some of these negatives in folder 5/8.
circa 1942
6/10
Hunting party at Pendleton
Contains negatives 80-85.
1935
6/11
Moore Court
Contains negatives 86-88.
1936 June
6/12
Astoria fishing trip
Contains negatives 89-106.
1948
6/13
"First pictures of Mary - Also Paul"
Contains negatives 107-116.Names refer to Rohda Harkson Bingman's children, Mary and Paul.
circa 1953
6/14
Paul Bingman
Contains negatives 117-124.
circa 1950
6/15
"Paul at beach"
Contains negatives 125-133.
circa 1950
6/16
Rohda Harkson serving U.S. Naval Hospitals in San Diego and Philadelphia
Contains negatives 134-174.
circa 1945
6/17
Solvang, California
Contains negatives 175-184.
1952
6/18
Solvang, California
Contains negatives 185-202.
circa 1952
7/1
Gearhart, Oregon
Contains negatives 203-208.Includes images of Paul Bingman.
1951
7/2
Wilsonville farm - cabin and gate
Contains negatives 209-219.
circa 1945
7/3
Christmas
Contains negatives 220-224.
circa 1950
7/4
"House pictures for office"
Contains negatives 225-230.
circa 1950
7/5
Photos of Paul Bingman for Christmas cards
Contains negatives 231-236.
circa 1952
7/6
"Paul and Rohda's party"
Contains negatives 237-253.
1951 December
7/7
"Campbell place at Zig Zag"
Contains negatives 254-257.
circa 1943
7/8
"Clatskine Farm"
Contains negatives 258-262.Farm may have belonged to an O. R, Jorgensen.
circa 1945
7/9
"Smoke house Gearhart"
Contains negatives 263-268.
1948
7/10
"Bob's house at Gearhart"
Contains negatives 269-291.
circa 1953
7/11
Galloway Dairy
Contains negatives 292-297.
circa 1950
7/12
"Bob Ashworth basement"
Contains negatives 298-308.Includes exterior images of a house, presumably Ashworth's, and an image of a boy. Negative 304 is of a boy playing a trumpet, most likely Paul Bingman, which was in original packet.
circa 1952
7/13
Beamish farm
Contains negatives 309-314.
circa 1950
7/14
"New Year's Eve Cover House"
Contains negatives 315-319.
circa 1950
7/15
"Chas Bauer House"
Contains negatives 320-322.
circa 1950
7/16
"Sohrweid McMinnville"
Contains negatives 323-328.
circa 1950
7/17
H Bar H Dude Ranch, Wren, Oregon
Contains negatives 329-359.Images were shot at multiple times, on different-sized film.
circa 1945
7/18
Unidentified house
Contains negatives 360-361.Images were found in a packe that also contained images relating the the H Bar H Ranch.
7/19
"John Arlen house / House 4210 SE 63 Ave. / Moore Court"
Contains negatives 362-367.
circa 1950
8/1
"Paul Flash Pic at Tenino / Fargo Store"
Contains negatives 368-372.
circa 1949
8/2
"Weinriess House / Cooper Farm / 200 Acres out of Newberg"
Contains negatives 373-378.
circa 1950
8/3
"Farm Pictures / Wortman, Deer Island / Schoonover / Longview"
Contains negatives 379-384.
circa 1950
8/4
"Farm van Bauel, Scapoose / Lester Allen, Rainier"
Contains negatives 385-389.
circa 1954
8/5
"Lauele Estate Bldgs. / White House Court"
Contains negatives 390-395.
1954 August
8/6
"Wren Farm and Amity"
Contains negatives 396-403.Images of the H Bar H Ranch.
circa 1945
8/7
"Stallion Dude Ranch / Hark's Farm / Cabins at Dude Ranch"
Contains negatives 404-417.
circa 1945
8/8
"Archie House / Koeppen / Jones (Vancouver) / Hauvan (Reedville) / Simonson on 174 Ave."
Contains negatives 418-423.
circa 1950
8/9
"Houses and Walnut Orchard Guild"
Contains negatives 424-429.
circa 1950
8/10
"Sickler Farm at Newberg / Niell Ranch near Wilsonville"
Contains negatives 430-435.
circa 1954
8/11
"Waldron Farm Houses / Boneth-Eckton / Copilla - 4 Plex"
Contains negatives 436-441.
circa 1950
8/12
"Solandro on Sauvies Is. / Wagner Dairy near Canby / House on SW 1st Ave. (Don)"
Contains negatives 442-447.
circa 1950
8/13
"House Weinreiss / Amoto / Sue Newton / Mrs. Block"
Contains negatives 448-453.
circa 1950
8/14
"Farm at Coltan / 4323 NE Ainsworth / 2291 SE 35th Place / Log Cabin near Scapoose"
Contains negatives 454-458.
circa 1950
8/15
"Big Farn near Dilley / Rancho on 99 Ave / Duplex 21 & Market / Small House in Sellwood"
Contains negatives 459-464.
circa 1950
8/16
"Columbia River Front / Sauvies Is. / Casey, Nelson & Hoehlen House / Deer Island" circa 1950
Contains negatives 465-471.
circa 1950
8/17
"Farms - Beck / Crook / Wilson"
Contains negatives 472-477.
circa 1950
8/18
"Bauer's End / Newberg (Rex) Farm / Jerrett See / 1849 King St. / Seattle 44 Wash"
Contains negatives 478-482.
circa 1950
8/19
"Casey & Groeger Farms"
Contains negatives 483-488.
circa 1950
8/20
"Farm Pictures - Morgan / Senko / Stovener / Goldbeck"
Contains negatives 488A-495.
circa 1950
9/1
"House and Farm 8/20/53 / Gearhart - Joe Arnold (West Union)"
Contains negatives 496-501.
1953-08
9/2
"New Year's Eve (the Ellisons) and Paul & Joe"
Contains negatives 502-510.
circa 1952
9/3
"Dairy Ranch at coast / Paul Bingman"
Contains negatives 511-521.
circa 1949
9/4
"Farm at Scio / Barn at Goble"
Contains negatives 522-527.
circa 1953
9/5
"Farm, Hedlind, White at Seaside"
Contains negatives 528-533.
circa 1953
9/6
Fred and Sherman Harkson
Contains negatives 534-537.
circa 1950
9/7
"Dairy at Turner 188 H near Salem"
Contains negatives 538-543.
circa 1950
9/8
Family pictures
Contains negatives 544-554.Original packet labeled "Flashlight at House."
circa 1953
9/9
"Lewellan Farm, La Center / White Duplex, Seaside"
Contains negatives 555-560.
1954 August
9/10
"Farm Films - 'Childs' / Annakos / Molalla"
Contains negatives 561-566.
circa 1950
9/11
"Bostrom 40 Acre Farm / Scott Fortner 20 Acres / Anieker House on Harold Ave. / Filling Station Attendent [sic] by Shell Station"
Contains negatives 567-572
circa 1950
9/12
"Pictures at Rohda's House with Mrs. Garretson"
Contains negatives 573-584.
circa 1952
9/13
"10 Acres Orchard / Mrs. Margaret Brown, Scapoose / Card Farm off Foster Road / Rekdohl on Hume Court"
Contains negatives 585-590.
circa 1950
9/14
"Robitsch / Paul's Train"
Contains negatives 591-597.
circa 1954
9/15
Zosel family
Contains negatives 598-603.
circa 1950
9/16
"Durst on Drift Creek"
Contains negatives 604-609.
circa 1937
9/17
Bob Henningson residence, Gearhart
Contains negatives 610-612.
circa 1950
9/18
"Paul, Mary & Matthew / Paul & Cannon / Paul's Birthday / Christmas Cards"
Contains negatives 613-632.
circa 1954
9/19
"Dude Ranch"
Contains negatives 633-638.Images are presumably of H Bar H Ranch.
1942 October
9/20
"New Cat at Wilsonville Farm (Also Machine Shed)"
Contains negatives 639-647."Cat" in title refers to Caterpillar tractor.
1948 March
9/21
"Picture of Office / Dayton & Dallas Farms / Mrs. Johnson House off Barbur Blvd"
Contains negatives 648-653.
circa 1950
9/22
"Seaside Court and Paul"
Contains negatives 654-659.
circa 1951
9/23
"Ocean Lake and 3107 S.E. Capitol"
Contains negatives 660-667.
circa 1937
9/24
"Farm Pictures - Harmon / Brown / Goble and 7939 S.W. 11th"
Contains negatives 668-673.
circa 1950
10/1
"Mike / Geo Peterson / Aok Grove Group"
Contains negatives 674-679.
circa 1950
10/2
"Gearhart and one of Rohda's birthday parties"
Contains negatives 680-685.
1932 February
10/3
Gearhart, Oregon
Contains negatives 686-705.
circa 1951
10/4
"Farm Pictures / Gearhart Houses"
Contains negatives 706-717.
circa 1950
10/5
"Mike Farms 61 Acres Deer Island Orchards Farm"
Contains negatives 718-721.
circa 1950
10/6
"Mrs. Spuiney, Beaverton / Weihe, 162 Ave / Mrs. Baker, Wilsonville / H. M. Nixon, Sherwood"
Contains negatives 722-727.
1956 March
10/7
"Rogers Jewell / Netting on Willamette / Puget Island / Bonny Farm"
Contains negatives 728-733.
circa 1950
10/8
"Bill Kochs, 8 Acres / Mrs. Ogan / Pusaten 8 Folex"
Contains negatives 734-739.
circa 1950
10/9
"Fauver Dairy / DeBuhr - 40 Acres / J. H. Carter, 10 Acres near Richfield Wn"
Contains negatives 740-745.
circa 1950
10/10
"Mrs. Winninghaul (Clackamas) / W. F. Henningson Farm / Jo Jergen Farm, Canby / Mrs. Brighouse (Sherwood)"
Contains negatives 746-751.
circa 1950
10/11
"Mrs. Block House / Pincin House / Barreth & Twelt / Rodak Farm / Busey [Farm]"
Contains negatives 752-757.
circa 1950
10/12
"Geo Peterson House / England 50 A S of Hillsboro / 132 Acres near Redland"
Contains negatives 758-761.
circa 1950
10/13
"Inside House at Beach / La Velle's House / Doctor's Clinic / Inside Bauer's House"
Contains negatives 762-771.
circa 1950
10/14
Individual Negatives
Contains negatives 772-774.Negatives are as follows:
  • 772: Henry Harkson and four others, circa 1933
  • 773: "McDonaugh at Farm," August 1937
  • 774: Rohda Harkson and Jean Hoover in Eugene, Oregon, circa 1942
circa 1933; 1937 August; circa 1942
Subseries 3 : Albums
Box/Folder
Box 13
Album
circa 1910-1935
Box 14
Loose album pages
1918-1948 (bulk 1942-1948)