Alfred Lewelling, Pioneer Horticulturalist, and his Family - c. 1860


Alfred Lewelling, Pioneer Horticulturalist, and his Family - William M. Stuart

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When Henderson Lewelling brought his family to the Willamette Valley along the Oregon Trail in 1847, his 15-year-old son Alfred drove the ox-team that pulled the now famous "tree wagon", filled with over 700 fruit tree starts. The Lewelling family settled in Milwaukie, where they started an orchard that provided many early settlers with their first fruit trees.

In about 1853 Alfred and Henderson moved to California, where Alfred later managed the Fruitdale Nursery, which gave its name to the district around it. Alfred's uncle Seth stayed in Oregon to run the orchards. By 1864 Alfred and his family moved back to Milwaukie, and he is credited for starting that city's first public library in 1889.

This ambrotype photo, displayed here in its presentation case, was taken by William M. Stuart in about 1860, and shows Alfred, his wife Mary, and their three oldest children: William, Annie and Ellen.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon, from an original ambrotype.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1234
Photographer William M. Stuart
Location Milwaukie, Clackamas County, California
Subject Group Portraits
Decade 1860s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Ambrotype
Size of Original 3.5 x 4.5 inches
Photographer's Number No