Family in a Model T car


Family in a Model T car


Four people seated in a car, probably near Forest Grove or Gales Creek, Oregon circa 1910-1914. These may be members of the Clapshaw Family, who lived in the Hillside neighborhood northwest of Forest Grove. Two older people, possibly William and Laura Clapshaw, sit in the back seat. Two younger people are seated in the front, with a boy of around 14 years old at the steering wheel. A forest is in the background, with one large tree behind the car. The car is a Model T, with the "Ford" brand faintly visible on the front grill. The branding on the smooth, light-colored tires reads: "Firestone Clincher Tire ... Garber [?] Co. Akron O."
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, 1880-1978

Date: Display

circa 1910-1914




Ford Model T automobile
Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
Antique and classic automobiles
Photography of families


Forest Grove, Oregon
Gales Creek, Oregon


Gelatin silver negatives



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