Historic Photograph Collections

June D. Drake photographs, c. 1905-1915.

Snowy landscape by June D. Drake.Biographical Sketch
Scope and Contents
Related Materials
Ownership

Collection number: PH031

Extent: .25 linear ft. (1 container)

Abstract

June D. Drake was a commercial photographer in Silverton, Oregon, from 1904-1960. He used his photographs of Silver Falls in an active and successful campaign to establish Silver Falls State Park in 1931. The collection consists of 28 vintage prints in studio mounts, documenting landscape and events in the Silverton area. One series shows railroad construction.

On-line finding aid

Preferred citation: [Identification of item], June D. Drake photographs, PH031-[item number], Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403-1299.

Image shown: The image shown is an untitled snowy landscape, June D. Drake photographs, PH031-02, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403-1299.

Biographical Sketch

June D. Drake was born in 1880 in Marquam, Oregon. In 1904 he married another Silverton resident, Eleanor Schoenfield. The couple had two children, Charles and Ardith. Drake was an active participant in the community, serving in several positions in city government. In 1904, Drake and his brother, Emory, established the Drake Bros. Studio, buying out the business of William L. Jones. Emory left the partnership in 1908; the same year the studio burned and many negatives were lost. June Drake built another studio in 1911.

Drake's photography documenting the spectacular Silver Falls was an important element in establishing a state park, but he also created publications advertising the beauty of the area and built signs in the area. His work was instrumental in protecting the Silver Falls area from logging and convincing legislators to create a state park, on April 2, 1931. Drake's name still appears on landmarks in the area in recognition of his work.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 28 vintage silver prints on studio mounts, most of which bear a variation of the Drake Bros. imprint. The images are not labeled and are undated, but are believed to be c.1905-1915. One series shows construction of a downtown railroad line.

Image Number Description
PH031-01 [View of Silverton in snow.]
PH031-02 [View of railroad tracks crossing a creek on a forested mountain, in snow]
PH031-03 [View of tracks on a trail in snow, among tall trees, by a rail fence]
PH031-04 [Portrait of dairy cow]
PH031-05 [Portrait of pony: Young man in suit stands in back yard with pony. The pony wears a surcingle-crupper harness, and a bitted headstall with a prize ribbon.]
PH031-06 [Portrait of pony: Young man in suit stands in back yard with pony. Pony has forefeet on a crate and is "giving a kiss"]
PH031-07 [View of flower-laden grave of Hallie Petit, b. Aug. 5, 1882, d. July 4, 1908]
PH031-08 [View of crowd in a cemetery. Possibly Petit funeral, 1908]
PH031-10 [View of procession down main street. Brass band at front. Possible cortege.]
PH031-11 [Telephone wires in snow. View down fence beside residential street.]
PH031-12 [Interior view of funeral parlor? with seven open caskets.]
PH031-13 [Harvesting crew. Steam tractor powers thresher; horse-drawn header wagons load thresher.]
PH031-14 [Harvesting crew. View of thresher shooting chaff, and belt powering thresher. Horse-drawn header wagons are unloading.]
PH031-15 [Interior view of people posed by large sheet-metal ducts made by Silverton Blow Pipe Co. Four men, woman, and child.]
PH031-16 [View of steel railway drawbridge over river. Center portion is raised and large group of men stand by control house.]
PH031-17 [View of a large Italianate brick hotel on a main street, with smoke issuing from roof. Streets decked with bunting. Trolley tracks and many autos are visible.]
PH031-18 [Two automobiles parked among tall conifers. Possibly Silver Falls, Oregon. Car has 1913 license plate.]
PH031-19 [Crew working on railroad tracks in forest. Men wear overalls and pose with shovels.]
PH031-20 [Two men plowing rocky field with two horses and two mules. Man and girl observe. One-horse gig parked nearby. Railroad construction series.]
PH031-21 [Crew working five-horse team in rocky field. Team pulls a two-man vehicle that may be a grade, with an African-American worker. One-horse gig parked nearby. Railroad construction series.]
PH031-22 [Large work crew poses with all their horse teams on rocky ground, preparing to build a railroad line. Railroad construction series.]
PH031-23 [Surfacing crew poses by mule-drawn wagon. One worker is African-American. Imposing stucco houses in background. Railroad construction series.]
PH031-24 [Work crew with shovels pose along rail bed. Ties are laid along at side. Wagons are parked on frontage road. Adams [P?]orter Opera House visible in background. Railroad construction series.]
PH031-25 [Work crew with shovels pose along rail bed. Ties are laid along at side. Wagons are parked on frontage road. Adams [P?]orter Opera House visible in background. Railroad construction series.]
PH031-26 [Crew working at gravel mine, using wheelbarrows to move gravel into large wooden building. Wagons stand on far side of building, loading from chutes. Railroad construction series.]
PH031-27 [Steam-powered production facility (mill or crusher) by railroad tracks in field. Open SP car sits on tracks. Men handle horse teams and spectators observe. Dozens of barrels visible in background.]
PH031-28 [Steam-powered production facility (mill or crusher) by railroad tracks in field. Open SP car sits on tracks. Town visible in background. Wagon advertises Snowfall Flour.]

 

Related materials

The primary collection of June D. Drake images is held by the Oregon Historical Society, Org. Lot 678.

Ownership

Publication rights: Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish images must be submitted to the Photographs Curator of Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Access restrictions: None.

Provenance: The collection was purchased from a dealer in 1982.

Processed by: Normandy S. Helmer

Date Completed: October 2004