Definitely an industry of the past. Oregon City Woolen Mills!!
I raised sheep as a kid, but more as a hobby than a business.
A huge industry during WWI. Instead of hauling oil, railroad cars hauled sheep.
Now, people turn their nose up at the idea of wearing wool or eating lamb and sheep are considered damaging to the environment.
I consider them a very versatile animal. Meat, clothing and milk.
But not very bright!
L.E. on 10th June 2016 @ 7:33am
My Great Grandfather, Joseph Brunner was the head dyer at the Woolen Mills in Oregon City.
Kathie Alley on 10th June 2016 @ 7:55am
My first sheep was an old ewe that my dad brought home from the Portland Stock Yards. She was a pet and called a Judas Sheep.
When train loads of sheep would come in, she would lead them down the ramp to the pens.
L.E. on 10th June 2016 @ 8:03am
Still miss the feeling of wool on skin. My favorite were Pendelton wool shirts. But gave them up when I left home and didn't have mom to take care of my clothes anymore.
Buzz on 10th June 2016 @ 9:17am
My husband HAD to have his Pendleton shirts. Always got a new one for Christmas and his birthday. He had one that got so old and bad, my Mom had to take it, put leather patches on the sleeves and turn the collar. Just wouldn't give up that old blue Pendleton shirt....
Charlott on 10th June 2016 @ 2:31pm
Lots of guys love their Pendleton shirts nearly to death. Mother told me once that going to Paris Fair was a highlight for new school clothes and watching her mother and Grandmother shop for the "Latest".
Jill Stanford on 10th June 2016 @ 4:51pm
Reading the history of both the Pendleton Company and Oregon City Company is interesting.
It sounds like you could tell the difference between their blankets as far as color and design.
L.E. on 13th June 2016 @ 4:31pm
A lot of wool was brought in and weighed at Pendleton. The shirts aren't that hard to care for. Yes, you can tell the two companies by their design on the blanket. Check out the underground next time you are in Pendleton. Sorry to see Paris Fair go. It was a nice store. Times change.
Judy on 13th June 2016 @ 7:47pm
Here's one of a set of 20 WF Laraway lantern slides that were also probably shown at the Rialto. The entire set can be seen in the same fb album. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=110672588996963&set=a.110671445663744.13626.100001626679958&type=3&theater
Dean Fletcher on 29th March 2017 @ 11:02am