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    In celebration of our 100 year anniversary, we will be going through our archives and posting old pictures.
    If you have any old Wooldridge pictures (Pre 1990's), we would love to see them. Glen

    Here’s a picture we found in my grandpa’s archives. I believe it’s from the 20’s or 30’s, on the Rogue. The photo caption was…”Woman angler landing a big chinook is Mrs. Darling from Los Angeles.”


    Glen (right) and Mr. Degner at Blossom Bar during an early day drift trip down the Rogue. This was before Glen blasted the channel downriver. Probably in the 1930's.


    Here’s an example of glen blasting boulders. This is at Clay Hill on the Rogue.


    Amaziah Aubery and his crew at the Almeda Mine bridge over the Rogue. Mining equipment had to be unloaded, the boat lifted across then reloaded for the downriver trip.


    Early tow rig, two horsepower!

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    Glen,
    My family used to have a huge stack of old Alaska magazines, and Wooldridge Boats had advertisements in there. It would be way cool to post old Wooldridge Boats magazine ads. Especially the ones that included pricing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sobie2 View Post
    Glen,
    My family used to have a huge stack of old Alaska magazines, and Wooldridge Boats had advertisements in there. It would be way cool to post old Wooldridge Boats magazine ads. Especially the ones that included pricing!

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    If you can find one, please post it. Here's an ad my Grandfather had for guided trips on the Rogue. Glen

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    This is Glen Sr. performing a test run down the Rogue River before they used Boat No. 2 up the Salmon River back in 1948. Glen

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    This another picture of the same boat in 1948. Check out the Evinrude motor. Glen

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    This a Christmas card that my great grandpa Glen Wooldridge sr sent out.
    Merry Christmas all!

    Grant Wooldridge

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    Here’s an early picture of Glen Sr. on the tiller. I don’t know what they were hunting for, but with the shotgun in the clients lap, it seemed appropriate with duck season winding down. Glen

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    This pic shows Glen Sr. with TV Star Truman Bradley, who was shooting a show on the Rogue River. His career spans from the 1930’s to the 50’s as a radio broadcaster, actor and narrator in numerous movies. He was also host of “Science Fiction Theatre” and was in a couple Charlie Chan movies. Glen
    P.S. Notice the "Jack-ass" lift, which my Grandfather invented in the 40's for raising a prop motor to run in shallow water.

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    I like the old school Go Pro mounted on the bow of the boat!!!!!

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    Glen Sr. rowing an early aluminum drift boat. (Note the aluminum oars.) He built his first aluminum drift boat in 1962. Glen

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    Here's my Grandfather with a early Wooldridge welded aluminum sled on the Rogue. Glen

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    I live in Grants Pass and had the pleasure of meeting your Grandfather back in the 70's. Quite a legend!

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    I live in Grants Pass and had the pleasure of meeting your Grandfather back in the 70's. Quite a legend!
    Thank you. I'm blessed to have had him as my Grandfather.


    This is my Grandfather in the San Francisco Sportsman Show in 1951. Glen

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    Awesome! Excellent old photos! Wish I had some to contribute.

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    Not only is Wooldridge Boats celebrating 100 years as a family owned and operated business this year but 40 years ago this month my father Glen Wooldridge started working here at Wooldridge Boats with his father Bob Wooldridge!!! My father has been an innovator of industry leading ideas for the aluminum boat world since the day he stepped in. Like his grandfather who he was named after, he never shied away from opportunity to develop a new idea and go prove it in real world applications. Here is a look back in photos at some of his early special moments and adventures.


    1976 - This a couple years before I came along. This is my father Glen up on the Thompson River in British Columbia Canada, this river is the largest tributary of the Fraser River. This is my father running a back channel with my great grandfather Glen Wooldridge Sr. sitting on the bank observing. They had run from Spences Bridge up to Lake Kamloops on this trip. The year before (1975) Glen Wooldridge Sr. was the first to run Hells Gate on the Fraser at the age of 79.





    1979 – I should be about one year old at this time. Customer and now longtime friend Chuck Jones had invited my father over for a trip on the Snake River in Idaho. This is Wild Sheep rapid in Hells Canyon on the Snake River. Dad put in at Pittsburg Landing and with my Grandfather Bob Wooldridge and my Aunt Stacey in the boat they ran up to the Dam durring this trip. The boat is 21’ long, 5’ bottom and 24” sides with a 351 Ford with 3-Stage Pump.



    1980 – This is Vinegar Crk Rapid on the Salmon River in Idaho. The boat he is running is also a 21’ boat with 5’ bottom and 24” sides. (This is another trip with friend Chuck Jones) On this trip they launched at the end of the road above Riggins and ran up through Salmon Falls and back. (My Great Grandfather Glen Wooldridge Sr. was the first to run up the Salmon River from Riggins up to Salmon City in 1948 with a 20’ wood boat and 33hp Evinrude with prop!!)



    1980 – This is the same trip showing my father running up Salmon Falls.



    1982 – I was here for this one but not in this photo. This is again in Idaho though this time on the Payette River for the Western Whitewater Association Jet Boat race. We stayed with our Friends the Jones’s where Taylor (Chuck’s son) and I became friends and still are today. This photo shows my father Glen at the helm with my Grandfather Bob and my Aunt Stacey in the boat as each boat was required to have three people in it during the race. That year my father had the fastest time for the overall race averaging 62mph and also won the slalom event. The boat is also 21’ with 5’ bottom, 24” sides and powered by a small block Chevy (that our friend Dennis Newell Built) and 3-stage pump.



    1982 – This is the Skykomish River north of Seattle. This boat is a 16’ Plus outboard jet boat with my Father at the helm with my Grandfather Bob Wooldridge sitting in front of the console. They were testing the outboard jet tunnel which was revolutionary in giving a boat the ability to run in shallow water with aggressive handleing. This is the same period of time that my father came out with the Stainless Steel impeller for the outboard jet.



    Here is another great picture from the early 1980’s. This is my father running down Vinegar Crk. Rapids on the Salmon River in Idaho with a 22’ Classic, 6’ bottom, 30” sides powered by a 351 Ford and 3-stage jet.


    I hope you have enjoyed a little look back into some of my dad’s history here, there is much more to come!!
    Grant Wooldridge

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    This picture is on the Rogue River in 1975.
    We took two boats and spent a week with my Grandfather on the Rogue. One boat was a 21’ with a 302 Ford and three stage Hamilton. The other was a 18’ center console with a 181 Chev and a two stage Hamilton. Glen


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    Here’s a couple pics taken in the 80’s of a old boat my grandfather built. I believe my grandfather used this boat on the Salmon in the late 40’s. Glen



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    This is another one of Grandpa’s wooden boats. When this pic was taken, I wasn’t born, but I remember riding in the old Suburban as a grade school kid. The year of the truck is somewhere between 1948 and 53. The pic was probably taken in the 50’s. Glen

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    This is my cousin Mark Wooldridge in, I think, about 76 or 77. The boat is 16' with a 4' bottom. The motor is an in-line 6 cyl, 150 Merc. He ran Hell's Gate on the Fraser and up the Thompson with this boat. Glen

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    Great stuff Glenn.
    When your grandfather first started building with Aluminum, what welding process were they using? Any old shots of the builds?
    Really enjoy these images and the history they represent.
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    you both get dirty;
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