In one of our earliest posted Alva Day images we learned of his role in stocking fish in local lakes. L.E. found this article where Alva Day describes the entire process of a July 1915 fish stocking effort. We saw the fish leaving the train depot, and knew at Oak Grove they were transferred to horses. It looks like this is the point of transfer.
I'm not sure if that's Alva Day in the Pacific Power Model T to the left, but I know that's OWR&N Co. depot manager JH Fredricy in the foreground. They were both officers in the Game Protective Association.
The license plate seems to read 1916. Oregon plates in that era expired June 30, so a 1916 plate would be the proper one for the July 1915 trip described in the magazine article.
That poor Model-T is overloaded!
Dale Nicol on 21st November 2018 @ 7:05am
All kind of neat things to see. Anyone know where this location might be? Is the house still standing? I spy a roof line in the background on the right, a weather vane? and mail boxes that look the same as today's.
L.E. on 21st November 2018 @ 7:30am
I've never figured out how you zero in on details of these pictures but it looks like the women in the car are quite dressed up. Do you think they are part of the activity taking place or a car trying to get through?
cg on 21st November 2018 @ 7:45am
Good question, LE, and what lake would require a transfer while still on a good road?
Kenn on 21st November 2018 @ 7:47am
Looks like acetylene lights on the car to the left and no headlights at all on the car in the center.
The car in the middle does have a milk can on its running boards so I would assume that it was taking fish somewhere to be stocked.
Just talked a couple of National Park Service fish biologist last week who were doing stream surveys to see how well their efforts to eliminate non native trout were working. What was considered good in Alva's time is not necessarily considered good today.
Longshot on 21st November 2018 @ 9:34am
That is a lot of weight on that Model T rear axle. Hopefully his spokes are sound.
Based on that linked article I am guessing their route took them through Oak Grove and up Binns Hill Drive to Greenpoint. There were trails from Greenpoint to all the lakes.
The 1911 map shows Binns Hill Drive connecting all the way to Greenpoint, but I suspect the climb from Oak Grove was more suited to pack animals that autos.
Arthur on 21st November 2018 @ 10:11am
I do not understand this big effort to remove Eastern Brooke from the streams on the basis they aren’t native.
I consider them much better tasting than the native Rainbow.
Lots of food we now eat are not native such as the fruit trees we see in the background of this photo and the honeybees used to pollinate them.
L.E. on 21st November 2018 @ 9:57pm
I am probably going to complicate issues with these names, but thought I would add it.
In 1917 a Ford-438763 with registered number 36103 was registered to F. A. Eames of Union County, Oregon. During this time, his son F. E. Eames was a veterinarian living in The Dalles.
Also, during this time F. A. Eames is registered to several vehicles. I wonder if perhaps he dealt with buying and selling cars. Fredrick A. was a large land owner in the LaGrande/Baker City area.
L.E. on 22nd November 2018 @ 6:11am
L.E., There is something wrong with the records for license #36103. The car in the photo is not a Model-T since it has right hand steering and the body design is not even close.
Perhaps, F.A. Eames was a car dealer and only had once license plate he moved from car to car in order to "beat the license requirement/cost"??
Dale Nicol on 22nd November 2018 @ 7:16am
Perhaps the license plate is for some other state?
Longshot on 22nd November 2018 @ 8:23am
The car in the center definitely has an Oregon plate, expiring in June 1916, and as Dale said, definitely not a Model T. The truck with the milk pails is a Model T.
Back then you got new plates every year. I don't know if you got the same number-- seems like it would be easier to just send people the next plate on the stack. I also don't know if the registration number matched the plate number-- I wonder if a new car got a registration number, and the next plate off the stack at the DMV.
I'll see if we can get our friends at ODOT to research this question.
Model T serial numbers are easier to track. Engine #438763 was manufactured early 1914.
Arthur on 22nd November 2018 @ 10:09am