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    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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    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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    This is a pic of my grandfather after he retired. To keep busy, he built some wood drift boats at his home shop.
    Your looking at more than just a boat; you’re looking at a wood jig also. Glen

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    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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    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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    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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    Here's an early boat and motor with a lot of camping gear. Glen

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    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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    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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    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

    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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    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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    Grandpa Glen, doing what he loved to do! Glen

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    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



    Close up of same pic.

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    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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    Must have been about the time Suspension seats came to use...

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Wooldridge View Post
    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



    Close up of same pic.

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    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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    These are just such neat pictures. What a great family history!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whelenator View Post
    These are just such neat pictures. What a great family history!
    Thank you. I'm glad you are enjoying them. Here's another early drift boat picture on the Rogue. Glen

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    Little boy with a big Chinook. From Glen Sr. archives. w/b

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    Glen Wooldridge Sr. on the right. Breakfast is ready! w/b

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