[Ed. note: Here's another post from a History Museum volunteer. Hope you enjoy it while I enjoy another day off.]
This image of Mr. Sydney Babson and his family was taken about 1913 in front of the family home near Parkdale, Oregon. Sydney Gorman Babson was born in New York and came to Hood River about 1907. His travels took him to a rough undeveloped area in the shadow of Mt. Hood that would become his lifetime home. He bought the west eighty acres of the Knight homestead five miles south of the Mt. Hood post office.
In 1908 Mr. Babson began clearing the land along with his brother Rea Edwin. They planted one of the first commercial apple and pears orchards in the area. In the fall of the same year Sydney went to New Jersey to marry his sweetheart Grace Campbell. After their marriage, they returned to Parkdale and to their new home built by Lou Baldwin.
Sydney and Grace had three children. Arthur Clifford was born in 1909 and Sydney Gorman, Jr. was born in 1912. Both are in this family photo. Mary Hague was born in 1915. The family operated Avalon Orchards and Sydney was named â€œOrchardist of the Yearâ€? in 1960.
The horses are in good shape! I wonder why the front wagon wheels are smaller than the back.
It looks like an Oak? post is used to support the porch.
l.e. on 20th July 2011 @ 9:12am
The wagon must have been used for hauling freight. Or apples and pears.
It looks like two kitchen chairs were used for seats.
And the lady up front appears to be a bit nervous.
Not only are the horses in good shape but probably a bit frisky.
l.e. on 20th July 2011 @ 9:17am
Smaller front wheels allow a shorter turning radius. If this wagon were to maintain the same turning radius with wheels the same diameter as the rear wheels, the front axle would have to be much longer-- or, the wagon made considerably narrower.
Paul Kollas on 21st July 2011 @ 1:31pm
Care of horses were generally foremost in farmers minds in that era and earlier. They were the "bread and butter" of farmers. Teams did the plowing, hauling, etc. Without those "teams" the farmers life was nothing.
Charlott on 21st July 2011 @ 7:14pm
Sure, that makes sense Paul.
I just read the obituary for Arthur Clifford, in the San Francisco Gate newspaper and Mr. Sydney Babson did an article for the Oregon Historical Quarterly about settling in the upper Hood River Valley. Vol. 70, No. 1 Mar., 1969 pp 50-55.
Quite an industrious family.
l.e. on 21st July 2011 @ 9:11pm