Here is a photo of my great grandfather, Otto Larson, who was a Ferry Operator on the Skagit River near Fir Island. Location: Skagit, Washington. Date: circa 1909.
Otto Larson was mentioned as being a ferry operator in an article in the Skagit River Journal: "At the upper end of Fir island was the Skagit City ferry where ferry traffic was lighter and mostly served Mount Vernon-bound horse rigs, Larson, the ferry operator, received $50 per month. Way upriver at Birdsview the pay was only $20 per month. But no wages were inflated. County commissioner Alfred Polson in the second district received $87.35 per month; Henry Thompson in third district, $120.40; E.A. Sisson, first district, $67.89. There were 12 ferries across the Skagit river [at various times]." -- Skagit River Ferries, Skagit River Journal.
The youngest person in this picture is the little girl off to the left in a group with her sisters--she's my Mor Mor, my mother's mother, Neva Semell, standing with her sisters Ruby, Hildur, and Alde. Neva's father is the man behind the wheel; her brother, Elmer Larson, is at the oars of the rowboat with more of Neva's sisters, Olga and Nora.
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