Mystery Photo Album
The following photos are mysteries looking to be solved. We will be posting photos from time to time, so please check back to see if you can contribute anything to their identification.
The family lived on Mt. Tabor in 1898 (city directory listing), so what schools served this area in 1898?
I wonder if the people would have attended East Side High School. There are photos on the Oregon Historical Society website and I also got some on Google. It seems to indicate that the school later became Washington High School. Also on Stark Street, SE. Also, why are the players all female and the ball says "Lebanon, 1904"? (JKL)
Mount Tabor Grade School The original buildings were on what is now SE 60th north of what is now SE Stark. An empty field on a bluff overlooking the new grade school is where the original buildings were. (MD)
We believe this is the Portland Academy that closed in 1916. See last slide at http://www.ohs.org/museum/exhibits/lost-portland.cfm. The article says it was a private boys school. Any other thoughts? Can you identify any of these beautiful people?
Portland Academy was an all boys school. St. Helens Hall (coed) took over the abandoned building circa 1916 to 1918. Photograph is likely of teachers and staff at school. Could be a yearbook photograph. (MD)
St. Helens Hall was entirely new to me, but I did find a news article about the school moving into the Portland Academy building in 1908. You may be right about the photos being staff, as one school was all boys and the other all girls (at least according to the news article). Or maybe they went coed before the photos were taken. Some of the people look rather young to be teachers. (Nanci)
St. Helen's Hall was an all-girl's school until 1964, when Bishop Dagwell Hall was added as a boy's school. The Hall, as St. Helen's Hall was called by its students, was housed at the old Portland Academy building until 1964 when the building was demolished to make way for I-405. The school moved to its present location in Raleigh Hills in the same year. In 1972, St. Helen's Hall and Bishop Dagwell Hall merged to become Oregon Episcopal School. My guess about the picture is that these are not faculty, because Sisters of St. John the Baptist were faculty until 1944. Since St. Helen's Hall was an all-girl's school at the time of this picture, I'm at a loss about the people in the picture. I think your best bet to find answers would be to contact Oregon Episcopal School (try the alumni office first). (Lisa)
From OES - We definitely didn’t have boys in SHH’s upper classes, and I checked our class photos from the early 1900s and none of these girls looked like any of our alums.
When, where? Possible Oregon connection?
Swan Island Airport circa 1940. Note terminal building tower and Willamette Bluff in background. The airport was used for pilot training through association with Hill Military Academy. Photograph could be WWII era given large number of instructors and students in photograph. Believe airport was on eastern edge of Swan island. (MD)
We found Picture #006 with Pictures #004 and #005 - is the lady related to the gentlemen? How'd the pictures end up in the same box?
The caption on the back shows "Zug [?] Spooner Ranch" and "Hackler Hights...looking toward Riddle." Was that Riddle, Oregon?
Name is possibly "Greg Spooner?"
We've recently been informed that Hackler Heights is about five miles south of Riddle, Oregon, according to an article in the News Review [Roseburg, Oregon], 13 Aug. 1937. The article describes a well-attended picnic at "the ranch home of Ernest Riddle," but does not mention any Spooners. Thanks, Todd, for the notes on this!
From Judith - The town of Riddle is located in Douglas County, and I see Gustavus Spooner listed in two or more 1898 claims there. I didn't read the caption on the photo as "Greg." Could it be "Gus" or something similar?
From Janelle - There are two men named Guy Spooner (27, b. Nebraska) and Guy A. Spooner (30, b. Indiana) on the 1910 census in Portland. There is also a Ruben or Rupert G Spooner in Douglas County on various docs, including the 1910 census. With the middle initial "G" he might have been nicknamed "Guy" since that seems to be a frequent Spooner name or nickname.