Anne Lang had a fine eye for portraiture. Clyde T. Bonney was a merchant in Hood River for many years. We previously saw him at his 1898 meat market. He also owned a general merchandise store called "Reciprocity Corner" on the SE corner of Oak and Third about 1900, and he served for a time as a Hood River city council member.
Bonney Meadow and Bonney Butte are named for Clyde's father, Augustus, a prominent Wasco County stock man. I don't know if Mr. Bonney kept any of his sheep in this area, but on a recent tour near Forest Road 44 I was shown a ditch associated with moving water for sheep herding in the area. Sometime after 1900 sheep in the area became controversial because of the concern they would contaminate local drinking water supplies. It was quite a hot topic of discussion in local circles. Apparently ranchers in the rest of Wasco County felt the people in Hood River were stooges for the Portland city interests. This was shortly after Portland established the Bull Run watershed on Mt. Hood.
When I was growing up there was a Bonney's in The Dalles. I can't remember exactly where or what it was, but seems had something to do with horses/stock. Wonder if there was any relationship there.
I always notice how men buttoned their coats. Just the top botton. I know looking at the Civil War photos, so many of them had this habit.
I can just visualize the mustard and catsug in that moustache. (We have to have some humor periodically)
charlott on 23rd January 2013 @ 7:05am
Full name: Clyde Temple Bonney (1874-1931)
Married: Martha C Mays in 1898
Had two daughters and a son named Rex
He died in Sisters, Oregon so I am thinking that he may have had a sheep farm in that area.
charlott on 23rd January 2013 @ 7:14am
Look at his eyes. More clear than many of today's photos.
My dad had a Bonney saddle from The Dalles. The saddle maker was probably a relative of this gentleman.
l.e. on 23rd January 2013 @ 7:30am
Arthur, can you make out the details of his lapel pin? Looks like a watch fob in his vest. Wonder why the vest is unbuttoned....jacket being unbuttoned is, I agree, according to the period style. great resolution.
Arlen Sheldrake on 23rd January 2013 @ 8:43am
I grew up in The Dalles, too, (1970s) and the Bonney name reminded me of something. A little bit of history on the Baldwin Saloon website: http://baldwinsaloon.com/our-history/
Jeff on 23rd January 2013 @ 11:07am
Arlen, the depth of field is narrow on this image so I can't make out the lapel pin. But I've posted details of the eyes which are quite extraordinary: http://flic.kr/p/dP5puc
The white flakes at this magnification are the start of "silvering" which is a deterioration of the emulsion caused by age.
Arthur on 23rd January 2013 @ 4:56pm
Thanks for the eyes Arthur.
Is this a photo of the same Clyde T Bonney?
Wasco Co. superintendent 1912-1920
Tygh Valley principal: 1920's
l.e. on 23rd January 2013 @ 8:14pm
Ooops, forgot the link to the photo.
l.e. on 23rd January 2013 @ 11:16pm
This is my great great grandfather, His daughter Margaret was my grandmother.
Michael Kimsey on 16th October 2015 @ 5:34pm
Thanks Michael for the comment. Do you have any information about the life of Clyde Bonney?
L.E. on 18th October 2015 @ 7:00am
From the August 17, 1900 HR Glacier:
Clyde T. Bonney, the busiest man in town, not having enough business to occupy his time, has purchased the Morse Bros' logging outfit below Viento and taken their contract to furnish logs for the Lost Lake Lumber Co. Mr. Bonney is a rustler.
L.E. on 19th June 2017 @ 5:16pm