Mrs. Spalding (probably Rachel Johonet Smith Spalding)


Mrs. Spalding (probably Rachel Johonet Smith Spalding)


A portrait of Mrs. Spalding, spelled "Mrs. Spaulding" on the back of the photo. This is most likely Rachel Johonet Smith Spalding, the second wife of Henry Harmon Spalding. Henry was a missionary who arrived in the Oregon Territory in 1836 and died in 1874. His first wife, Eliza, died in 1851. He married Rachel (the sister-in-law of another early missionary, John Smith Griffin) in 1853. Rachel died in Hillsboro, Oregon in 1880. This photograph in carte-de-visite format was taken in the studio of Dunlap & Brosius of Salem, Ohio. This studio was active in 1866, which is the probable date of the photograph (see Gagel, Ohio Photographers: 1839-1900, p. 54).

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