Sam Oliver's Seining Grounds near the Mouth of the Columbia - c. 1890


Sam Oliver's Seining Grounds near the Mouth of the Columbia - Andrew B. Paxton

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Born about 1833 in Italy, Sam Oliver was active in taking salmon from the Columbia since at least 1875, when he put up 1200 barrels of salted salmon. In 1895, at the age of about 62, he placed an ad in the Astorian paper offering his seining grounds near Pillar Rock for sale (deeded from the State of Oregon) with a dock 100x40 feet, a newly-built house, six horses, two seines and boats.

This photo was taken about five years before that ad. It seems likely the shorter man in the middle next to the dog is Sam Oliver. He died in Woodland in 1921.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1206
Photographer Andrew B. Paxton
Location Astoria, Columbia River, Clatsop County
Subject Fishing, Group Portraits, Horses, Mules and Oxen
Decade 1890s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 7.4 x 9.4 inches
Photographer's Number No