Workers at the Oak Grove Hop Yard


Workers at the Oak Grove Hop Yard


An albumen print photograph showing a group of workers standing near what appears to be a hop kiln or drying-barn, probably in the 1880s. Most of the workers are children, with boys on the left and girls on the right, with several adults interspersed. Many of the boys and some of the girls appear to be Native American. Three people are standing on a platform above, next to a pulley. A stack of wood, possibly for feeding the kiln, is on the left; and a wagon and other machinery stand on the right.

The location is identified in handwriting on the front: “Oak Grove, Hop Yard, Marion Co.” A note on the back states that this item was given “To Prof. Walker, Compliments C.A. Cook.” The “Walker” named here was most likely Samuel A.T. Walker, who served as the shoemaking instructor at Chemawa Indian School in the late 1880s; many other photographs also belonging to his family were deposited in the Pacific University Archives. Given this context, this photograph may depict Walker accompanying a work detail of boys from the school to pick hops.
[front] Oak Grove. Hop Yard. Marion Co.; [back] To Prof. Walker, Compliments C. A. Cook

Date Created

circa 1880s


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