Gould-McClay Family Photographs
Elk Creek landslide, forming Goulds Lake, ca. 1894. Photograph likely by George or Hattie McClay Gould. These photographs document the early historical fire history of the Elliott State Forest. Notice the blackened snags and their varying diameters, indicating successive fires; probably 1840 and 1868 were the major events. Leaning reproduction on the perimeters of the slide likely germinated after the 1868 Coos Fire. Also note the nearly complete lack of shrubs and brush. Question: Did coho, spotted owls, and marbled murrelets: 1) adapt to these changed conditions, 2) repopulate the area after conditions became more desirable, or 3) did they only recently arrive in the Elliott in conjuntion with developing habitat conditions?
The George Gould family, including McClay in-laws, first arrived at their Elkhorn Ranch homestead in 1885. They either brought a camera with them, or purchased one shortly thereafter, and began taking photographs documenting the growth of the family, the development of their ranch, and their hunting and fishing successes. Photographs were most likely taken by George, his wife Hattie, or her sister Oela McClay: the principal adults. Other photographers were likely older family members, visiting relatives, and guests. The following selection of photographs were carefully preserved by descendants, who have agreed to their display on the Elliott Forest website for historical and educational purposes. This is only a fraction of the family's historical photographs, correspondence, written history, and other memorabilia also in the process of being digitized for archival preservation purposes and to share with a wider audience.
|Photography Paper 1, September 25, 1913||Photography Paper 2, 1913||West Fork Millicoma Valley, ca. 1886||Gould-McClay Family, Elkhorn Ranch, ca. 1886 (Rickard: 157)||Gould Family Photos w/Names, ca. 1886|
Gould Family Photo Backs, w/Listed Names, ca. 1886
|Bert, Clarence, and George Jr. , Elkhorn Ranch, ca. 1890||Lucy and Millie Gould, Elkhorn, ca. 1890||George Gould, "Cowboy at Heart"||
Bert and Horse, ca. 1905
|Elkhorn Ranch, Winter Snow, 1889 (Rickard: i)||Elkhorn Ranch, ca. 1896||Elkhorn Ranch, ca. 1896||Elkhorn Ranch House, Built 1896||Elkhorn Ranch Dining Room, ca. 1896|
|Elkhorn Ranch Sheep Pen, ca. 1896||Elkhorn Ranch, 1896||Elkhorn Ranch, Summer 1900||George and Lucy Gould, Elkhorn Cherry Tree, ca. 1905||Elkhorn Ranch House, ca. 1920|
|Tourtillot Mother and Children, May 14, 1890||Walt Tourtillot, Fishing by Elkhorn Ranch Bridge (Rickard: 159)||Gould and Tourtillot Brothers, ca. 1908||Gould and Tourtillot Brothers' Names||George Gould and Ernest Tourtillot, 1910 (Rickard: 164)|
|McClay Family, Ash Valley, ca.||Goulds Lake Landslide, ca. 1894||Goulds Lake Island, 3 Fishermen, ca. 1896 (Rickard: 162)||Goulds Lake Fishing Boat, ca. 1902||Lucy Gould, Goulds Lake, 1905 (Rickard: 16)|
Bert's Cabin, w/ George and Bert, ca. 1905
|Gould Deer Hunting Camp, ca. 1900||Deer Hunting Camp||Jessie Gray Gould, Elkhorn Ranch, ca. 1900||Baby and Buck, Elkhorn Ranch, ca. 1900|
|George Gould, Deer, and Dog||Hunting Trophies and Dog||Boy and Donkey||Boy and Automobile Machinery, ca. 1915||Allegany School, Teacher Belle Rich, ca. 1905|
|Marlow Creek Logging Camp Cooking Crew, ca. 1905||Marlow Creek Logging Camp Cooking Crew, ca. 1905||Riverview Home and Boat, Allegany, ca. 1910||California Vulcanizing Business, ca. 1915|
|Gould Family, ca. 1943||Gould Family Photo Names, ca. 1943||Clarence and David Gould, Old-Growth Log, ca. 1952||Roger Ott, Goulds Lake, 1952|
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