Shared Photo: Otto Larson, historic Skagit river ferry operator at Fir Island

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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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WikiTree profile: Otto Larson
asked in Photos by Cynthia Larson G2G6 Pilot (162k points)
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Great photo and one I take a personal interest in! I live about 5 miles from Fir Island. My wife often comments, "Why don't they have ferries here like they did a hundred years ago?"
Each winter the Skagit Valley including Fir Island is home to tens of thousands of Snow Geese, Trumpeter Swans and Tundra Swans. I'm sure it was a magical place when this photo was taken and it remains so today.
answered by Bart Triesch G2G6 Pilot (214k points)
selected by Susan Laursen
I totally agree with Bart
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Fantastic Photo Quality ! .. Wonderful family Treasure and Circa History..

Barge appears to be pulled along a cable that transverses the river.

Beautiful gathering of folks inclined to the prosperous moment of making history.

The young lad's bicycle is a fine example of the newest technology.  

Two of the fairest and sizable hair ribbons astounds together with the young ladies afloat a stern.

C'est Bon Magnifique !
answered by Jerry Baraboo G2G6 Pilot (507k points)

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