Portrait of Frank Carson, Siletz man


Portrait of Frank Carson, Siletz man


Portrait of Frank Carson, a Native American from the Siletz Agency. He entered the Forest Grove Indian Training School in September 1884. When the school relocated to Salem in 1885 (where it was renamed Chemawa Indian School), he went with it. This photograph was taken in Salem, possibly as a graduation portrait. A note on the back side states that it was taken on July 12, 1887. He is wearing the jacket of his school military dress uniform and a chain with a horseshoe charm, possibly a reference to his blacksmithing skills. He likely learned the trade at the school. He worked as a blacksmith later in life.






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[Back:] W. P. Johnson, Artist, Commerical Street, Salem, Oregon. Jul 12 1887.