Fonds 049 Forrest Falk fonds

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Forrest Falk fonds. — 1895-1988. — 5 cm of textual records. — 58 photographs. — 128 negatives. — 2 cards.


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Biographical Sketch

Forrest Clinton Falk was born August 23, 1895 in Sumner, Iowa. When he was six years old, he was placed in the Lutheran Orphans’ Home in Waverly, Iowa by his father, but was retrieved 2 months later by his relatives. By the time he was 15, he had rejoined his father and was working at any odd jobs he could find in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

At the age of 17, Forrest travelled as a stowaway by train up to Edson, then drove a team over the Edson trail for Leonard Beard, a settler coming to Grande Prairie with his family. They arrived in September, 1911. After filing on a quarter southeast of Clairmont and helping the Beards start a cabin, Forrest worked as a farm labourer for ranch owners such as Sproule and Cochrane. In 1912, he was joined by his father, John Frederick Falk. Father and son worked at proving up their homesteads over the next years, with Forrest working out as a ranch hand and a hauler on the trails.

On September 23, 1917, Forrest enlisted as a Private 1st Class for World War I at Deer Lodge, Montana. He fought at Cierges Fermes and Soissons in 1918, and was injured during this last raid, on August 30, 1918. After 4 ½ months in an American Red Cross hospital in St. Aignon, France, he was released.

In 1927, Mr. Falk married Edith Catherine Paige.

Custodial History

Records were donated by Margaret Wood, daughter of Forrest & Edith Falk.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of personal records and photographs; legal papers and financial records from the Falk’s homestead including his original homestead application; and papers and correspondence regarding Forrest’s tour of duty in France during World War I and his resulting injury.

The fonds has been arranged into the following series: Personal Papers, Falk Homestead, World War I Records, and Falk Family Photograph Collection.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the records.
Related records: A Bill of Sale included in personal papers relates to a saddle in the Grande Prairie Museum. Also in the museum collections is a Purple Heart World War I medal, awarded to Forrest c. Falk for Military Merit.

Table of Contents

Series 049.01 Personal Papers
Series 049.02 Falk Homestead
Series 049.03 World War I Records
Series 049.04 Falk Family Photograph collection
Series 049.01 Personal Papers. — 1895-1980. — 2 cm of textual records. — 7 photographs.

The series consists of correspondence, naturalization certificate, and copies of certificates regarding the birth and citizenship of John Frederick and Forrest Clinton Falk. Photographs include one portrait of John F. and Mary F. Falk, with their son Forrest in 1895, 1 photograph of the last home of Forrest and Edith Falk, and 4 photographs of Forrest Falk and Hazel Beard at the opening of the Smoky River Bridge in 1973. There are also four turn of the century cards from Edith Paige Falk’s family and the 1967 memoirs written by Forrest Falk for “Pioneers of the Peace”.

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Series 049.02 Falk Homestead. — 1912-1965. — 2 cm of textual records. — 23 photographs.

The series consists of receipts for work done, land, livestock and machinery; transfers and leases of land between Forrest, his father and neighbours; sale agreements and loan agreements; and 20 photographs of the homestead between 1920 and 1930. One hand-painted photograph shows the wagon with four horses which Forrest drove over the Edson Trail, and a small cash book lists prices of items purchased for grubstake in 1912, as well as later purchases and records of work done for area farmers. Two aerial photographs show the Falk farmstead as it was in the late 50s or early 60s, and a 1965 Auction Poster advertises the farm sale when the Falks retired.

Auction Sale Poster, 1965
Poster
2 copies of the 1965 Auction Poster which advertised the farm sale when the Falks retired.
Location: 0049.02.26 A-B
 
(Carousel of Slides),
1 ; ;
Location: 0049.02.01
 
Repairing Roads, [1915]
2 silde, photograph; b&w; 3×5
Two Harmon boys, Cliff and Frederick Falk repairing roads in Peace River Country.
Location: 0049.02.02
 
Revillion Freres Store and Post Office, 1912
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Revillion Freres Store and Beaverlodge Post Office at Saskatoon Lake, 1912.
Location: 0049.02.03
 
Going Homesteading, 1912
2 photograph, slide; b&w; 3×5
Going homesteading, May 1912, 10 mi. N.E. of Grande Prairie. Transportation was borrowed from R. Cochrane. Floyd Totten seated, F.C. Falk standing.
Location: 0049.02.04
 
Ogden Homesteaders, 1910
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Mr and Mrs. Tom Ogden, homesteaders, spring 1910, en route from Everetts to Bingley. The Ogdens came from Boston.
Location: 0049.02.05
 
Peace River, n.d.
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Photograph of Peace River, Alberta.
Location: 0049.02.06
 
George Bredin’s Hotel, 1910
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
George Bredin’s hotel, Grande Prairie, 1910.
Location: 0049.02.07
 
Breaking on the Falk Farm, 1925
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Breaking on the Falk farm, 1925.
Location: 0049.02.08
 
Moving Granary, n.d.
2 photograph; slide; b&w;
Winter scene moving granary.
Location: 0049.02.09
 
Huge Straw Stack, 1930
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Huge straw stack at Forst Falk farm, 1930.
Location: 0049.02.10
 
Oat Crop,
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Oat crop at Forest Falk’s farm.
Location: 0049.02.11
 
Ready for Seeding,
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Ready for seeding.
Location: 0049.02.12
 
Woodshed, 1930
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Woodshed on Forest Falk farm, 1930.
Location: 0049.02.13
 
Haying,
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Haying season on the Forest Falk farm.
Location: 0049.02.14
 
Threshing Crew, 1940
3 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Threshing crew at Forest Falk’s farm, Clairmont, 1940.
Location: 0049.02.15
 
Farm Pets,
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Farm pets on Forest Falk’s farm.
Location: 0049.02.16
 
All the Essentials, [1920]
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Forest Falk farm, 1920’s. “All the Essentials.”
Location: 0049.02.17
 
“Mike” and a Dog, [1920]
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Forest Falk’s horse “Mike” with a dog on it (1892 saddle).
Location: 0049.02.18
 
Horses, [1920]
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Horses at Forest Falk’s farm near Clairmont, 1920’s.
Location: 0049.02.19
 
Making Camp on the Trail, 1912
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 4×6
Making camp on the trail, 1912.
Location: 0049.02.20
 
Steam Threshing, 1917
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Steam Threshing on Forest Falk farm, 1917 (Peace River country, Clairmont).
Location: 0049.02.21
 
Granny Beard, 1961
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Granny Beard on her 88th birthday, June 15, 1961.
Location: 0049.02.22
 
Hauling Grain, [1925-1930]
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Hauling grain across Clairmont Lake, Forest Falk farm.
Location: 0049.02.23
 
Margo Falk, 1938
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Margo Falk beside “King and Queen” cutter made from an old car.
Location: 0049.02.24
 
Cattle on Falk Farm, [1920]
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Cattle on Falk farm, 1920’s.
Location: 0049.02.25
 
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Series 049.03 World War I Records. — 1917-1933. — 1 cm of textual records.

The series consists of communications from the war department regarding the “wounded in action” of Forrest Falk, and the resultant compensation; dismissal papers such as the enlistment record and soldier’s affidavit; and a small diary used while at the American Red Cross hospital, with addresses and records of the treatment of his injury.

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Series 049.04 Falk Family Photograph collection. — 1917-1933. — 28 photographs. — 128 negatives. — 2 cards.

The series consists of 100 Falk family photographs, covering various activities including family portraits, immigration, homesteading, animals, family and friends, hunting and exploration, farming at Clairmont, and retirement.

SubSeries 049.04.01 Family Portraits. — 1 photographs. — 8 negatives.

The sub-series consists of individual portraits, one family portrait, and one gravesite.

John & Mary Falk with child Forrest, 1893
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7 in.
John F. Falk and Mary E. Falk, with their son Forrest C. Falk, born 1893 in Sumner, Iowa.
Location: 1991.03.104
 
SubSeries 049.04.02 Immigration. — [1910-1918]. — 7 photographs. — 16 negatives.

The sub-series consists of photographs, slides and negatives which show settlers traveling into the region by horse, ox and train.

First Train into Grande Prairie in 1916, 1916
2 photographs; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
The first train into Grande Prairie in 1916.
Location: 1991.03.001
 
Work Train Building Track Into Grande Prairie, 1916
2 photographs; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
A work train building into Grande Prairie in Mar. 1916
Location: 1991.03.003
 
Hudson’s Bay Company at Saskatoon Lake 1910, 1910
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
Unknown persons at the Hudson’s Bay Company Post at Lake Saskatoon
Location: 1991.03.065
 
Traveling the Edson Trail, 1911
1 photograph; colour; 8 x 10 in.
Hand-painted and enlarged photograph of the Falks team and wagon coming through the bush on the Edson Trail.
Location: 1991.03.111
 
Richmond Ave Grande Prairie c. 1915, 1915 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
Looking westward down Richmond Avenue in Grande Prairie about 1915
Location: 1991.03.119
 
Richmond Ave Grande Prairie 1915, 1915
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
Looking eastward down Richmond Avenue in Grande Prairie in 1915
Location: 1991.03.120
 
Work Train Building Track Into Grande Prairie, 1916
2 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Track-laying engine building the train track into Grande Prairie in Mar. 1916
Location: 1991.03.151
 
Hazel Beard at the Smoky, 1973
1 photograph; colour; 3.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows Hazel Beard at the Smoky River with the bridge in the background. A note on the back of the photograph reads “opening of Smokey River Bridge – 1973”
Location: 1991.03.153A
 
Forrest Falk & Hazel Beard at the Smoky, 1973
1 photograph; colour; 4.25 x 3.5 in.
Image shows Forrest Falk and Hazel Beard at the Smoky River with the bridge in the background. A note on the back of the photograph reads “Opening of Smokey River Bridge – 1973”
Location: 1991.03.153B
 
SubSeries 049.04.03 Homesteading. — 1911-[1930]. — 15 photographs. — 24 negatives. — 2 postcards.

The sub-series consists of photographs, slides, negatives, and postcards which show facets of the Falks’ homesteading experiences.

Montana Style Gate, 1918-1926
2 photographs; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
The Montana style gate used for access into the Falk farmyard from 1918-1926.
Location: 1991.03.007
 
Falk Farm 1926, 1926
2 photographs; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
Plowing at the Falk farm in 1926. The farmyard is in the background
Location: 1991.03.008
 
Forrest Falk, 1915
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Forrest Falk immigrated to the Peace Country over the Edson Trail in 1911. He is shown here with horse and lariat.
Location: 1991.03.010
 
Forrest Falk and “Mike”, 1915
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 2.5 in.
Forrest Falk at the age of 18 on “Mike”, the saddle horse he rode over the Edson Trail. Photograph taken on Tom Cochrane’s farm.
Location: 1991.03.011
 
Forrest Falk on “Mike”, 1920
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk on “Mike” the saddle horse he brought over the Edson Trail. The saddle is now in Grande Prairie Museum.
Location: 1991.03.012
 
Log Barn At the Falk Farm 1920-21, 1920 c.
2 photographs; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
A new barn being built at the Falk farm about 1920-21. The roof is yet to be installed.
Location: 1991.03.013
 
Horse-Drawn Seed Drill, 1930
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Horse-drawn seed drill on the Falk farm, south-east of Clairmont.
Location: 1991.03.014
 
Forrest Falk at Butte, Montana, 1919
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Forrest Falk upon his return from the First World War, with family or friends in Butte, Montana.
Location: 1991.03.015
 
John F. Falk Frame House, 1920 c.
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Falk frame house on the farm in the early 1920s.
Location: 1991.03.016
 
Falk Farm Woodshed, 1930
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
One of the outbuildings on the Falk farm storing wood for the coming winter.
Location: 1991.03.017
 
Edith Falk, a new bride, 1927
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Edith Paige Falk, the new bride, in the grainfield outside her farm house.
Location: 1991.03.024
 
Arthur Gunn’s Home, 1950
1 negative; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Arthur Gunn’s log house and new frame house.
Location: 1991.03.026
 
Forrest Falk, [1919-1920]
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk on his horse “Mike” with his dog “Major” on behind.
Location: 1991.03.033
 
Gate on Falk Farm, 1918-1926
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows a gate that appears to be a Kentucky gate on Forrest Falk’s farm. Title and date range taken from the caption beneath the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.042
 
Forrest Falk Farm 8″ snow on stooks, 1936
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
There is 8″ of snow on these stooks at the Forrest Falk Farm on Sept. 13, 1936
Location: 1991.03.043
 
Threshing Machine on F. Falk Farm, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows two cars and a threshing machine in a field. Title taken from the caption below the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.048
 
Steam Tractor, 1917
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Mr. Stewart’s steam tractor, used for threshing by local farmers, was located near Bezanson.
Location: 1991.03.049
 
Stewart’s Threshing Machine, 1917
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Stewart’s Threshing Outfit at Bezanson.
Location: 1991.03.050
 
Steam Tractor threshing on Peace River farm, 1917
1 photograph; b & w; 5.5 x 3.5 in.
A photo showing a steam tractor, thresher, teams & wagons at Threshing Time on a Peace River Farm
Location: 1991.03.051
 
Breaking land on the Falk Farm, 1925
2 photographs; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
A Steel wheel McCormick Deering tractor was used to break land on the Falk farm in 1925
Location: 1991.03.062
 
Plowing with Horses, [1920]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk plowing with a two-horse team on his farm near Clairmont.
Location: 1991.03.105.031
 
Falk Homestead, [1920]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest and Edith Falk homestead near Clairmont.
Location: 1991.03.105.032
 
Horse Power Plowing – About 1928, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows a team of horses plowing a field, with a house and barn in the background. Title is taken from the caption below the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.124
 
Forrest Falk Farm, 1928-1929
2 photographs; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
Frame farm house & log outbuildings on Falk Farm.
Location: 1991.03.125
 
Hauling Hay in Winter, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows a team of four horses pulling a sleigh loaded with hay. Title taken from the caption below the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.131
 
Moving a granary, 1930 c.
3 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk moving a granary with his steel-wheeled tractor in a field of heavy snow.
Location: 1991.03.133
 
Clearing Land – F. Falk Farm, 1930
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows a man standing in front of a tractor in a field being cleared of trees. Title is taken from the caption below the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.135
 
Threshing – Falk Farm, 1940’s
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Steam Tractor running the threshing machine at Falk farm in the 1940s.
Location: 1991.03.147
 
Threshing – F. Falk Farm, 1940 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows a threshing machine operating in a field. Title is taken from the caption below the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.148
 
Garden Scene – F. Falk Farm, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows a garden with a house and outbuildings in the background. Title is taken from the caption beneath the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.149b
 
September 1936–Early Snowfall, 1936
2 photographs; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows a house and several outbuildings after an early snowfall. Title is taken from the caption written on the back of the photograph.
Location: 1991.03.152
 
Forrest Falk Farm at Clairmont, 1922
2 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows the house and several outbuildings on Forrest Falk’s farm. Title is taken from the caption below the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.164
 
Forrest Falk and his saddle horse, 1919
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk, his horse Mike, and the Saddle as they came over the Edson Trail.
Location: 1991.03.167
 
Horses with Cutter,
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Horses with Cutter
Location: 1991.03.205
 
SubSeries 049.04.04 Farm Animals. — 22 negatives.

The sub-series consists of slides and negatives showing farm animals.

Edith Falk * Clairmont Farm, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows Edith Falk with a foal, standing in front of a tractor. Title is taken from the caption beneath the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.018
 
Edith Falk on Clairmont Farm, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows Edith Falk with a foal. Title is taken from the caption beneath the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.019
 
Forrest Falk’s Horse Mike with 1982 Saddle, 1920 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
Forrest Falk’s Horse “Mike” with dog on 1892 saddle in the earl 1920’s.
Location: 1991.03.035
 
Harrowing on Falk Farm, 1938
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Worker with a team of eight horses harrowing the land on Falk farm.
Location: 1991.03.056
 
Horses and Democrat, [1920]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk with two horse team and democrat.
Location: 1991.03.105.065
 
Farm Pets – F. Falk Farm, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows a cat, a pig, and a dog eating together from a food dish. Title is taken from the caption beneath the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.138
 
On Falk Farm, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
The best horse on Falk Farm
Location: 1991.03.155
 
SubSeries 049.04.05 Family and Friends. — 1 photographs. — 20 negatives.

The sub-series consists of photographs of family and friends, often in the context of farming. Included are images of a Bennet Buggy on sleigh runners, making home-made ice cream, mowing the lawn with a push-type mower, and shoulder-high crops.

Forrest Falk at Hammonds’ Ranch, 1920
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk with the two Hammond boys and their family in April, 1920.
Location: 1991.03.025
 
” King & Queen” Cutter on Falk farm, 1938
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Margo Falk
Location: 1991.03.040
 
Kleskun Hill Ball Team, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows the members of the Kleskun Hill ball team in their uniforms. Title is taken from the caption below the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.069
 
Falk Family, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest and Edith Falk with daughter Mary and an unknown friend or relative.
Location: 1991.03.105.073
 
Winter Wood Supply, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Mary Falk as a young child in front of the huge pile of wood which was the winter wood supply on the Falk farm.
Location: 1991.03.105.074
 
Family Car & Wagon, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Mary Falk and friend beside the car and wagon used for family transportation.
Location: 1991.03.105.075
 
Making Ice Cream, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Edith Falk making ice cream with a hand-turned ice cream maker.
Location: 1991.03.105.076
 
Bumper Crop, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest and Edith Falk standing in a shoulder-high crop of oats on their farm near Clairmont.
Location: 1991.03.105.079
 
Spring Piglet, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Forrest and Edith Falk with a young piglet outside of the new barn on their farm near Clairmont.
Location: 1991.03.105.080
 
Binding Oats, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk and daughter Mary in front of the binder and crop.
Location: 1991.03.105.081
 
The Family Car, [1930]
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest and Edith Falk and daughter Mary in front of the family car, on the lane out of the farm near Clairmont.
Location: 1991.03.105.089
 
In the Oat Field, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows four people and a car in an oat field.
Location: 1991.03.128b
 
Root Pile – F. Falk Farm, 1932
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image of a child and a dog posing in front of a root pile. Title is taken from the caption below the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.134
 
SubSeries 049.04.06 Hunting and Exploration. — 11 negatives.

The sub-series consists of 11 slides of hunting and exploration photographs, including one of a large ferris wheel in Paris, France, and one of a trip to the mountains.

SubSeries 049.04.07 Farming at Clairmont. — 22 negatives.

The sub-series consists of slides showing scenes from the Falks’ years spent farming at Clairmont.

Forrest and Edith Falk, [1950]
1 negative; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Forrest and Edith Falk backed by the shelterbelt on their farm near Clairmont.
Location: 1991.03.105.106
 
Machinery & Truck on Falk Farm, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Machinery and truck used during threshing on Falk Farm.
Location: 1991.03.141
 
Falk Farm – The New Barn, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Image shows a new barn built on Forrest Falk’s farm. Title is taken from the caption below the photograph in the display.
Location: 1991.03.162
 
SubSeries 049.04.08 Retirement. — 4 photographs. — 5 negatives.

The sub-series consists of photographs and slides dating from the time after the Falks retired.

Falk’s Retirement Home, 1968
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5 in.
Retirement home of Forrest and Edith Falk.
Location: 1969.09.4
 
Forrest Falk and Hazel Beard, 1973
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk and Hazel Beard at the Smoky River, celebrating their first crossing of it in 1911.
Location: 1991.03.107
 
Sign Celebrating Crossing of Smoky River, 1973
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Close-up of sign “Our First Crossing of the Smoky River Sept. 2, 1911 (Ferry)
Location: 1991.03.109
 
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