I recently rediscovered this charming handmade album in our collection. My feelings of deja vu led me back to this earlier album by "A.J. Fletcher" of his visit to "Wild West Camp" at Lost Lake in 1902. The very distinctive handwriting and the way the ribbon was tied was very similar. Sure enough there is a small notation "A.J. Fletcher Photos" beneath the sailboat image.
The Columbia certainly was a different place before any dams or highways were built. I believe Mr. Fletcher was traveling by steamer making frequent stops, and I'll share some more of his views.
I'm not sure who Mr. (or Ms?) Fletcher was, but there was an "Allison Fletcher" (he went by "Allie") born in 1868 who lived his later life in Odell. I can't find any record of a middle initial for him, but these albums seemed to be in our records associated with his family. I believe he moved from the Portland area to Odell sometime after 1902, which could be consistent with his authorship of these fun albums.
Allison Fletcher came to H. R. from Illinois, via Portland. and was am prcjardost in the area of Odell. He was the father of Bob, Loren and Art Fletcher.
Charlott on 21st February 2018 @ 8:06am
Referring back to yesterday, Bill I hope you will write up some of your experiences with Albo Horn and share them with the museum.
Remember that everyone is invited to a Community Conversation next Monday at 2 pm at museum to share memories of people, places and events focusing on downtown Hood River. From frequent comments here, I am sure many of you have some stories to share!
cg on 21st February 2018 @ 8:39am
This photo can be added to the Fletcher tag.
I can remember trying to make a connection to the homesteading Fletcher family that I knew of in the Vancouver Clark County area, and an A.J. Fletcher photographer.
L.E. on 21st February 2018 @ 9:12am
I remember Loren. He & his wife were great dancers & not only taught locals, but worked on cruise ships also.
Judy on 21st February 2018 @ 11:48am
A.J. Fletcher must have still been living in Clark County, WA. in 1910.
This photo of the Russell School was taken by him. The school was a few miles east of Vancouver.
L.E. on 21st February 2018 @ 10:17pm
Which single stack boat is this?
Kenn on 22nd February 2018 @ 8:19am
I think it's the Bailey Gatzert. I don't think any of the other steamers had as much structure on the third level.
Arthur on 22nd February 2018 @ 10:04am