Silo-Filler Machine


Silo-Filler Machine


Men on a farm near Forest Grove, Oregon, fill a silo attached to a barn. The man in the bowler hat (right) is tending an engine that is driving a belt. The belt turns a wheel which is attached to a silo-filling machine (center, with tall white pipe extending vertically). The man by the silo-filling machine is feeding hay into its hopper, which the machine chops and then blows through the pipe into the silo. A third man, standing on the wagon drawn by two horses, is delivering the hay -- possibly alfalfa. This was likely to be used as livestock feed. A farm dog stands on the right, and one more man stands almost behind the silo, facing away from the camera. A pulley system is attached to the side of the barn. This photograph was probably taken in the Hillside, Gales Creek or Banks neighborhoods between 1910-1914.
This is one image from a set of glass plate negatives created by William Alonso Clapshaw. Clapshaw was a clerk and shopkeeper who lived near Forest Grove, Oregon for most of his life. He was born in 1880, probably at the family's home in the Hillside neighborhood of Forest Grove, on what is now Clapshaw Hill Road east of Gales Creek. Around 1910-1914, William took an interest in photography and created a set of glass plate negatives documenting scenes near his family's lands as well as images of himself, his friends and family members. He most likely used a silver gelatin dry plate process. The photographs were donated to the Pacific University Archives in 2023.

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circa 1910-1914




Gelatin silver negatives