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  • Happy Birthday Mr Wooldridge!
    Many more too....
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    • Photograph from the book: The Rouge, A River to Run.

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      • Bob an Glen running the Skykomish River in a very early tunneled Wooldridge Plus Boat, powered by a 80hp Mariner outboard.
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        • Glen Wooldridge guiding a trip down the Rogue River. Over time he had the chance to take many celebrities and presidents down rivers. This trip it was Truman Bradley. Truman stared in many movies of the day, but his radio announcing is probably what he is best known for. The Frank Sinatra Show, The Red Skelton Program and The Burns and Allen Show, to name a few. Also notice the camera mounted on the bow, possibly the first selfie captured on film! Ok, maybe not.

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          • Photo from the early days of Wooldridge Boats and Glen Sr. Running up the Rogue River. Those were some days!


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            • Glen Wooldridge and Charley Foster during a shakedown run on the Rogue in 1947 in preparation for the 1948 trip up the Salmon River. We grow accustomed to the feat, and I think in many ways we lose the sense of amazement of what these folks were doing back then. There were no handheld radios or cellphones to call for help when you banged your prop or punched a hole in the hull of your wooden boat. No, you relied on your skills, your knowledge of the river and the good Lord seeing you through! Yeah, those were the days!


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              • Glen getting a congratulatory handshake in Salmon City after completing his 1948 run up the Salmon River.


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                • Some great pics Glen, thanks for taking the time to share.
                  He who know nothing, still knows nothing

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                  • This boat is 1 of 2 Custom Classics built in the early 80’s forlongline Halibut fishing. Powered by twin4-cyl Mercury 470 I/O engines these 25’ long 9’ beam boats were true workhorses! Check that load of fish in thelast picture!







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                    • Glen Wooldridge and Hugh Brown running on the Rogue in thelate 1940’s. Hugh owned a lumber mill inthe Apple Gate Valley. From time to timehe would get a spruce tree in at the mill and he would call up Glen. Glen liked the durability of Spruce and wouldhave those milled into 3/4” thick planks to cover the plywood hull for extraprotection! Think of it as the 1940’s version of UHMW! Ha! Boat was powered by a 33hp Evinrude.


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                      • That is still a sweet boat!

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                        • Super cool old Mercury print ad from 1951 after Glen Sr. ran the Rogue River. Classic stuff!


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                          • Glen wasn’t only a good boatman, he knew how to cook up a tastymess of vittles for his crew! Who wouldn’tlove a river boat trip by day, stakes by the fire by night! That’s real liven for sure! This photo looks to be taken in the summer of 1969.
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                            • Glen Sr during his historic running of the Salmon River.

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                              • Here at Wooldridge Boats we’ve been putting smiles on peoples faces for over 100 years and counting! Stumbled across this old picture from back in the day.


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