May 13, 2017
Terray Harmon, Gary Conley and Lucile A. Stephens all contributed to this report.
Last week’s History Mystery, above, was scanned from a 2¼- by 3¼-inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle. The horizontal 2¼-inch size suggests the use of a semi-professional film camera. “Ghost images” of two people standing near the closest section of track suggest the use of a tripod.
Both Harmon and Conley recognized the location as the Rowena area, just west of where Meyer Park is today, about one mile west of Rowena.
The date is clearly before Bonneville Dam was built, judging by the level of the water.
The negatives were in an envelope (pictured last week) found inside a larger envelope. Harmon noted that the name on the inner envelope, “A.E. Crosby, The Dalles,” was a local drug store early in the last century. Written on the envelope was “Dr. Griffith. Trains met head on. Date of wreck unknown by A.S.”
The small envelop above was inside a larger envelope, that included a number of larger format negatives. That envelope has a note that reads “Al Sutton, 1920,” and another that reads, “To Dr. Griffith — Scenes we’ll see no more found in my stepdads boxes.” At the corner of this larger envelope is a stamp, “Grace Seabloom, 1217 E. Tenths Street, The Dalles.”