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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sepia Saturday 119: "Work"





This week's theme on Sepia Saturday is work.  I just happened to have some family photos of people working; some are doing everyday chores and some are doing hard labor.  You may have seen a few of these before, but it was fun to group them all together into one handy spot.  

If I don't get around to visit you in a timely manner, it is because we are going to be at the coast watching our son Nigel graduate from the Job Corps ... and he is the speaker.  I'll catch up with you as soon as I can.  Thank you!

Retro Jimmy Buffett, "It's My Job":


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These guys are working hard building a tunnel.  
I think this is the one near Elkton, Oregon.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
I've posted this before, but this is my Uncle Hobart Hedrick topping a tree.  He is the little teeny bump on the tree underneath the letter "H".

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Here is my Grandpa Floyd Traylor, with a fully loaded log truck somewhere in Western Oregon.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
My father-in-law, Troy Matthews did hard work of all kinds.  When they lived on The Trinity River in California, Troy was also a logger, and a pond boss in the two pictures below:

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Earlier, in World War II, Troy was a Navy See Bee, and he is the guy with his hand on the cement lever in the photo above.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
My Great Grandfather, Benjamin E. Hedrick was a farmer.  Here he is plowing on his farm at Jack Creek Ranch in Hardscrabble.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Teaching was a career that women could have outside of the home.  This picture was taken around 1900, and here is the blog post that I wrote about it a while back McNeil "Panther Creek" School.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
My Great-Aunt Mary Davis Letsom Goodell took her spinning out to the yard.  Wonder who is hiding inside the front door?  The men behind her don't look to worried about having their picture taken.


Great-Great Aunt Myra Hedrick was a very hardworker in Drain, Oregon.  She owned a boarding house, raised turkeys, and "managed" everybody who she could get her hands on.  Your business was Aunt Myra's business.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
My Dad, Ralph, is the cook in all white.  I think that this was taken at a dance or other fun event in the Junction City High School gym.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

A woman's work is never done.  Just ask Frances; these two photos were taken in the late 1950's, Salyor, California.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Peter and Nigel work hard on washing 
our old VW bus 20 years ago.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

And, sometimes, even play can be hard work!

The next two are not sepia, but I thought that you would still enjoy them.  This is my husband Cary in the 1990's:

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

And our son-in-law, John, who is a bridge inspector:

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I could possibly have been a cop, but I NEVER could have been a bridge inspector.  Too scary!  Here is the post about John that I did last year:  "Washington Bridge Inspectors at Work".

To see some other neat old photos and read some great stories, please visit my friends over at Sepia Saturday.  You are welcome to join this fun group too.

~ Kathy M.


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19 comments:

Bob Scotney said...

I loved this collection of shots especially the logging shots and that huge spinning wheel.

BECKY said...

What awesome pictures! You are so fortunate that people in your family saved them for so many years! I envy you! Loved all of them, especially the ones of the women. THEN, when I saw the one of your son-in-law, the bridge inspector...OMG, I lost my stomach! I don't know how in the world anyone can do that kind of work!...and oh...Cary looks so handsome! Don't ya just love a guy in uniform?!

Arkansas Patti said...

That was a really facinating series of work photos. Loved them all and saw stories in each one.
That bridge work was entirely too scary.

Alan Burnett said...

I think I remember seeing one or two of these before, but most of them are new to me. It is a wonderful collection. Thanks for sharing it.

Little Nell said...

Amazing collection Kathy; how do you find them all so quickly? You must have a really good filing system. They were all worthy to be included, but I have to say the bridge inspector can have the bravery award!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Bob, thanks! The Douglas County Museum sent me the one with the spinning wheel several months ago, that was so nice of them.

Becky, thank you! You are so enthusiastic; I am very grateful to have these pictures. I think part of it is that nobody really moved much, so they didn't have a chance to get lost.

Patti, thank you ... John has my admiration; I can barely look at the pictures without getting freaked out.

Thanks, Alan. Some of them have been in slide shows that are now extinct. The Uncle Hobart one I've shown a couple of times, but it is just so cool.

Hi Nell! For this set, I only had to scan the one of Aunt Myra and the turkeys, everybody else was already on here from before. I agree with you on the bravery award, but Uncle Hobart comes in a close second, up in that tree!

Kathy

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Kathy, I hope you realize how LUCKY you are... you have such a RICH heritage! Great, great photos, I LOVE seeing the old ones like the spinning wheel, and all. And tell Cary that I REALLY like the one of him as a young man in his uniform!!!! And being the bridge inspector?? Holy Sh*t! No, I'm with you, I'd never be able to do that either. He is really to be admired!
Best,
Gloria

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Kathy: I had to come back to look at your photos... I knew I forgot something. And I did! The photo of your Dad, Ralph, when he was young, in the all-white pristine chef's outfit on the right!! He was one handsome guy!!! And I also like "Frances" (my own Mom's name too) -- she looked like a real go-getter, hard worker. As my Mom was too... must be something with the name? ;)
Again: WONDERFUL photos, Kathy. You are so lucky to have such great pictures, PLUS such wonderful hard-working relatives from years past. I know you must be so proud of them, and your strong bloodline... such integrity and hard workers.
gv xxoo

Wendy said...

This is a fascinating collection of people at work. The logging photos especially intrigue me -- I always like catching the lumberjack competitions when they come on tv.

Postcardy said...

That's a great bunch of job photos, especially the old ones.

I don't think I had heard of Jimmy Buffet that long ago. The job song I remember (at least the title) is "Take This Job and Shove It."

Christine H. said...

Kathy,
I bet the Oregon State Historical Society would love to have copies of some of your photos for their archives. Have you ever approached them?

Some of these photos give me the worst sense of vertigo. Ackk!Especially the one of your uncle way up the tree.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

So many photos--you are ambitious to get them all in one post. I would never have spotted your uncle on that tree if you had not pointed him out. These portray so many kinds of work--so interesting to look at again and again.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I had it all planned to say how much I loved the logging pictures but then I scrolled on down to find the school, the spinning wheel. In the end I loved them all!

Linda said...

A fantastic family time-line of work of all kinds. I think Myra among the turkeys is my favorite. But Mary and her spinning wheel, and the schoolhouse group photo are very special, too.

tony said...

After All That Work You Need A Break On The Coast!!!

barbara and nancy said...

This must be the most hard working family in the world. Not just JOBS but HARD JOBS ! Great bunch of photos.
Barbara

Tattered and Lost said...

Oh that yard full of turkeys looks so familiar. I'm usually chasing anywhere from a dozen to around thirty out of the yard. Then we have the 3 Tenors. Three males that hang out together and whenever you approach all three stick their necks out in unison and "gobble gobble." Sadly, I'm afraid it's now down to 2 Tenors because I haven't seen the three in awhile.

imagespast said...

Great collection of photos, but the ones of Hobart and John made me feel a bit dizzy just looking at them :-) Jo

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Thank you, everybody, I am so glad that you enjoyed them.

Kathy M.

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