Morrison Bridge, circa 1910

A funeral procession across the Morrison Bridge, circa 1910. The deceased was not identified.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, funeral procession across the Morrison Bridge, A2001-083, circa 1910.

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, funeral procession across the Morrison Bridge, A2001-083, circa 1910.


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27 thoughts on “Morrison Bridge, circa 1910

  1. I don’t think so. David Campbell was interred at Riverview, so I don’t think the cortege crossed the river.

  2. I wonder if it could be the 1908 funeral of Henry Shaffer, a longshoreman shot by a police officer. The Oregonian article mentions the large procession crossing the Steel Bridge, proceeding to Second and Morrison, then using streetcars to proceed to Rose City Cemetery.

  3. someone familiar with old uniforms needs to chime in… to me, they look like firemen, but perhaps the police wore dress hats like that?

    i can’t see police escorting anyone they shot – not unless they were lined up en masse, expecting trouble from the other longshoremen!

  4. I was just going to mention the “fire” ref in efiles. Is it me or do the other carriages appear to be carrying cargo? Multiple deaths? This might also support why it was news worthy.

  5. The efiles record date is 12/31/1910, so presumably the photo was taken sometime in 1910? Thus pre-David Campbell’s death (June 26, 1911). Both the streetcar signage which shows Mt. Tabor line and the proximity of the wharf buildings in the distance (with signs Cement Co., and roses and tress) suggest the procession crossing from from west to east. Perhaps the procession is another fallen fireman or the passing of a former high ranking fire officer.

    (It is interesting that the Morning Oregonian accounts states that David Campbell’s procession drew an estimated 150,000).

  6. Ok, great speculation here, but I’ll throw it out there fire consideration.
    1910 was the year of great forest fires in the NW. News accounts at the time report thick smoke in Portland and on the Columbia. (Supported by smoke in the photo although the city was pretty polluted all the time back then).
    Found this however:
    PORTLAND, Aug. 26.— 1t is estimated that in Clarke .’and “Cowlitz counties, Washington, $2,000,000 no more than represents the aggregate -loss by forest fires this season. ■ Eight’, hundred persons have been rendered homeless, and 2,000 men have been, thrown out- of work temporarily. Nowhere in the <listrict around Portland or Vancouver, Wash., has there yet been known ' loss of life. Six men, 'however, are; believed to" be. dead at Wild Boy camp' near Vancouver.

  7. Think I really found it!

    June 20th 1910:
    FIREMEN ATTEND FUNERAL Detail of 60 at Services for Late Frank B. Harrington. The funeral of Prank B. Harrington, assistant chief of the Portland volunteer fire department years ago, was attended yesterday by a detail of 50 men from the Portland Fire Department under Chiefs Laudenklos and Dowell. The firemen escorted the body from Holman’s chapel, where the funeral service was held, to the Morrison-street bridge, whence the funeral proceeded to Lone Fir Cemetery. Rev. T. B. Grlswold preached the sermon yesterday afternoon. The service was attended by many friends, among them Mayor Simon, ex-Fire Chiefs Jordan and Doblebower and members of the Ex empt Firemen’s Association. Among many beautiful floral pieces were those from Mayor Simon, the Exempt Firemen’s As sociation and friends of the Portland Po lice Department. The pallbearers were: C. C. Dobelbower,’ C. A. Allsky, W. W. Sweeney, Captain AV. R. Kerrigan, G. Castendieck and John Barry, all veteran firemen and friends of Mr. Harrington for many years. He died Thursday night.

  8. looks like brian found it – june gloom and all!
    amusingly, i spent about an hour looking for ‘funeral’ ‘firemen’ and
    ‘morrison bridge.’ never thought of ‘morrison-street bridge!’

    also, turns out lots of boiler firemen died back then… not exactly a profession one reads about now.

  9. Wow! Great research Brian … and all.
    I very much enjoyed all the contributions in this thread.
    This building boom period following the Lewis and Clark Exposition is my favorite.

  10. I know the post had been settled but another clue for future reference is the paddle wheel steamer lines use the West side to dock, East side is almost all deep water or industrial ships & boats. As in any other generalization there are exceptions

  11. I think Brian is correct, the photographer was probably on the gate keepers cabin. A man on each end closed the gates to traffic and denied us a ride on the swing span.

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