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Post by glen wooldridge » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:24 am

In honor of President's Day last week (Monday February 16th.), here's a couple fishing pics of President Herbert Hoover.
My Grandpa took him out several times on the Rogue. Here's an excerpt from the book The Rouge A River to Run. "President Hoover was a quiet man. He didn't talk much except maybe to ask a question about fishing. He was a good fisherman. I took him fishing several times on the upper Rogue, then he made one trip with me down river to Gold Beach..." He was the 31st. President and was in office from 1929-1933. Glen
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Post by glen wooldridge » Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:34 pm

If you go onto http://www.wooldridgeboats.com, we have the book "The Rogue A River To Run" on sale. (Click the "STORE" link.)
Normal price is $24.95. It's now on sale for only $19.95.
The book is packed with more than 180 historical photos and is a truly fascinating book about Glen Senior's life and experiences on the Rogue River. W/B
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Post by glen wooldridge » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:21 pm

Left to right: Bob Pritchett, Glen Senior, Charlie Foster.
They are at the finish of their trip up the Rogue in 1947. This was the first upriver trip.
Charlie Foster worked for Grandpa for years and Charlie’s daughter married Bruce Wooldridge, Bob Wooldridge’s brother. Bob Pritchett worked for Grandpa for years and eventually bought the guide business from Glen Sr. Glen
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Post by glen wooldridge » Thu Mar 05, 2015 4:50 pm

This pic is with Jackie Cooper (On the left), when he went down the Rogue river with Grandpa.
Jackie (1922-2011) was a child actor (One of “Our Gang’s" main character’s) who managed to make the transition to an adult acting career, working in television and as a director and producer. He’s mentioned in the book The Rogue, A River to Run, on page 97 & 138.
In this photo, they are salting fish to take home. Notice, they also have a deer hanging in the background. Glen
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Post by glen wooldridge » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:55 am

The much anticipated spring Chinook are starting to arrive at the Columbia River and its tributaries. Many anglers will anchor up in an old fashioned hog line, just like in this pic from Glen Senior’s archives. W/B
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Post by glen wooldridge » Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:02 am

This is a pic of my grandfather after he retired. To keep busy, he built some wood drift boats in his home shop.
Your looking at more than just a boat; you’re looking at a wood jig also. Glen
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Post by glen wooldridge » Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:19 pm

Hells Gate on the Fraser.
This is the first trip up the Fraser. Grandpa ran it 8 times on this day.
Here’s a quote from him on page 246 of the book, The Rogue A River To Run.
“After eight trips through, we ran out of passengers. I was kind of glad. When we left the gorge, we went about 25 miles up the Fraser to the mouth of the Thompson, where it comes out of the Black Canyon. You can look down the canyon, oh, 300 feet or more. It looks kind of spooky. Next morning we took off up that river. It was a beautiful ride. We never stopped until we got to Spence Bridge. I really believe the Thompson was the hardest to run.” Glen
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Post by glen wooldridge » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:57 pm

Here’s another Hells Gate pic. We showed it to Glen and he doesn't remember seeing it before! W/B
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Post by glen wooldridge » Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:47 pm

In 1964, Grandpa’s boat design & patterns were featured in Popular Mechanics Magazine.
He developed the wide bow for running white water. A wide bow lifts better and takes less power to go over a roller compared to a pointed bow boat pushing through a roller. In big white water situations, it doesn’t get pushed around as much. Here’s an example of Grandpa running one of his wood outboard jet boats. Glen
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Post by glen wooldridge » Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:11 pm

Here's an early boat and motor with a lot of camping gear. Glen
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Post by glen wooldridge » Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:22 am

The Spring Chinook Salmon season is starting to heat up.
I don't know when this pic was taken, but the truck my Grandfather is standing in front of, is a 36 Ford I believe.
I can tell by the wheel and hub caps (Shown in a different pic). Glen
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Post by glen wooldridge » Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:51 am

Here's an old pic of young Glen with no grey hair, when he was first coming out with stainless steel impellers, about 30 years ago. W/B
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Post by glen wooldridge » Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:11 pm

Rainie Falls on the Rogue.
This is a chute for drift boats that my Grandpa dynamited out of bedrock to line drift boats down river. Glen
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Asking Glen…What was it like for your Grandfather going down the Rogue for the first time and encountering Rainie Falls?...and he said…”Anytime he heard a lot of water noise, he pulled over and walked down to see what he had to deal with.”
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Post by glen wooldridge » Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:19 am

Happy Birthday Grandpa! Today, April 1st., is Glen Senior's 119th Birthday. This pic was taken in the late 70's. Glen
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Post by glen wooldridge » Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:22 pm

Grandpa Glen, doing what he loved to do! Glen
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Post by glen wooldridge » Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:19 pm

This is my cousin Mark in a boat he built.
My cousins Mike and Mark and their Dad Bruce, who is my uncle, built boats for years in Grants Pass after my Grandfather retired from boat building. Glen
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Close up of same pic.
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Post by glen wooldridge » Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:57 am

Bob Wooldridge back in the early 80's looking over a freshly completed work boat. Photo location is at Wooldridge Boats yard two locations ago. W/B
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Post by glen wooldridge » Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:03 pm

This pic was taken during the filming of my Grandfather running up the Rogue.
The guy to the left is Bob Pritchett, who stars in the movie with Grandpa. The boat behind Bob (with the life preserver hanging on the console) was used in the movie.
Behind my grandfather (on the right) is the back-up boat. The movie was filmed by Mercury and the pics were taken by Mercury. Glen
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Post by glen wooldridge » Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:29 pm

Little boy with a big Chinook. From Glen Sr. archives. w/b
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Post by glen wooldridge » Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:27 pm

Glen Wooldridge Sr. on the right. Breakfast is ready! w/b
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Post by glen wooldridge » Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:04 pm

Here's an old ad from my Grandfather’s archives. Glen
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The wording at the bottom says…
Wooldridge Equipment has been repeat ordered many times by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Shell Oil, U.S. Army, Morrison Knudsen in Snake River Hells Canyon, State Game and Fish Commissions like Wyoming, Oregon, Saskatschewan, Idaho, etc. and guides, fishermen, expeditions, boatmen from Venezuela to Yukon to Florida. “IT’S GUARANTEED.” Proof-tested and used for years under toughest conditions.
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Post by glen wooldridge » Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:44 pm

Another early drift boat pic. w/b
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Post by glen wooldridge » Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:12 am

Blossom Bar with a channel that my grandfather blasted.
It's been closed for a long time due to rocks rolling back in it during high spring water. Glen
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Post by welder » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:53 pm

Glen, keep it coming , this is some VERY COOL history of your Family and boating in the PNW.

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Post by glen wooldridge » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:37 am

Thanks Welder.

This is a early drift boat pic with two sets of oars. My grandfather used two sets of oars to train the person behind him. Glen
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