Farm Family with Horses


Farm Family with Horses


A portrait of a family posed outside a modest home near Forest Grove, Oregon; possibly in or near Hillside, Gales Creek or Banks. They may be friends or neighbors of the photographer, William Alonso Clapshaw. The parents wear work clothes, with the mother in a practical striped dress and the father wearing work pants, boots, an old shirt and suspenders. The children are seated bareback on two horses, with the son in short pants and bare feet, and the daughter in a dress with tights and shoes. A dog, possibly a border collie mix, lies behind them. Their one-and-a-half story house is rustic in appearance with unpainted wood siding and plain trim. What appear to be two old tractor seats flank the door. A low hill rises behind the house. Several outbuildings, including possibly an outhouse, appear in the background. Clapshaw made the photograph by exposing half of the glass plate negative; he never exposed the other half, resulting in a blank section above this image. Flaws in the photograph are due to deterioration of the emulsion layer on the negative.
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.


Clapshaw, William Alonso, 1880-1979

Date: Display

circa 1910-1914




Photography of families


Forest Grove, Oregon


Gelatin silver negatives



Pacific University Archives