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CECIL AND LOIS GOWEN. Photograph Album; n.d., 1932-1948. .2 cu. ft.

Cecil Gowen, was from Nampa, Idaho. His wife's name was Lois, and at one time he owned the business, Cecil Gowen Welding & Blacksmithing, in Meridian, Idaho. Cecil Gowen's mother, Celia (maiden name Morden), was remarried in 1917 to George W. Fairbanks. The couple lived in Oregon and Washington before moving to Alaska. George Fairbanks was the lighthouse keeper at Saint Elias Island for twelve years. The Fairbankses later moved to Ketchikan, where they owned and worked mining claims at Thorne Arm and Moth Bay on Revillagigo Island. They also operated the Alaska Oyster Company in Ketchikan. Celia "Bunnie" Gowen Fairbanks died in Ketchikan in 1948, and George Fairbanks died in Seattle, Washington in 1951. Cecil and Lois Gowen visited his mother and stepfather in the Ketchikan area in August 1947, arriving aboard the S.S. Alaska.

The collection consists of the family and travel photograph album of Cecil and Lois Gowen. The collection consists of a xerographic copy of the original 49-page photograph album; the original 80 black and white photographic prints and one newspaper clipping from the album; 21 black and white copy negatives; and the original album cover and those pages which contain handwritten descriptions. Subjects of the photographs include: Lois and Cecil Gowen's trip to Ketchikan in August 1947, including scenes of Ketchikan and Coon Cove, the boats the Ranzo and the Stormy Petrell, a deer hunting trip, friend Jud Conkle, and the deck of the S.S. Alaska; Cecil Gowen's vacation to Fort Defiance Park, Long Beach, Mount Rainier, and Olympia, Washington in 1936; Cecil Gowen and a custom trailer he built at his welding shop in Meridian, Idaho; post card scenes of Seattle and Western Washington; and various Gowen family gatherings and portraits including Thanksgiving celebrations in Nampa, Idaho in 1936, and Ontario, Oregon in 1937.

The collection was acquired by the archives in 2002.

HMC-0561
JAS (4/2002)

List:

Pages 1-4. Ketchikan post cards; n.d. (4 b&w photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch).
1. "Air View - Ketchikan, Alaska and Boat Parade"; Schallerer photo, No. S-439; n.d. (Page 1).
2. "Mission St. from Steamers Bridge - Ketchikan, Alaska"; Schallerer photo, No. S-107; n.d. (Page 2).
3. "Thomas Basin - Ketchikan, Alaska"; Schallerer photo; No. S-109 (Page 3).
4. "Federal Bldg. - Ketchikan, Alaska"; Schallerer photo; No. S-220 (Page 4).

Page 5. "G.S.B. Ranzo" Boat near Ketchikan; June 30, 1944 (1 b&w print, 3 X 5 inch).

Page 6. "Ketchikan, Alaska"; Aug. 1947 (2 b&w prints).
1. "Chief Johnson Totem - Ketchikan, Alaska"; No. S-400; n.d. (photo post card, cropped, 3 X 5 inch).
2. "Cecil Gowen, Geo[rge] Fairbanks, Jud [Conkle]" Standing in front of totem pole; Aug. 1947 (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

Page 7. "Alaska Bound"; 1947 (3 b&w prints, 2.5 X 3.5 inch).
1. "Lois M. Gowen, 35, Cecil A. Gowen, 42, Aug. 6, 1947, Folks back yard in Boise, Idaho, Day we left for Alaska."
2. "Uncle Will, Bunnie [Celia Gowen Fairbanks], Cec" Scene at side of house in Ketchikan.
3. "Bunnie & Geo[rge Fairbanks'] house - side view, Aug. 1947, Ketchikan, Alaska."

Page 8. Ketchikan area scenes; 1947 (3 b&w prints, 2.25 X 3.25 inch).
1. "Geo. Fairbanks washing oysters at the oyster beds."
2. "Snow Ball & Jud [Conkle] & Geo. [Fairbanks]."
3. "Lois and Pet Hen" Sitting in front of Bob's shack.

Page 9. "Bunnie's Ship 'The Stormy Petrell'" Boat; n.d. (1 b&w print, 3.5 X 5.75 inch).

Pages 10-14. Coon Cove in Ketchikan scenes; Aug. 1947 (12 b&w prints).
1. Cruising boat at Coon Cove, "Near-The-Oyster-Beds" (3.25 X 4.75 inch, Page 10).
2. "Across Bay-From-Coon Cove, Our-Oil-Land-In-Alaska, 1947" (3.25 X 5.25 inch, Page 11).
3. "This is a snap of Harry and Jud [Conkle]- on our hunting trip at 12 mile arm - about 60 miles from Ketchikan. We got four deer - Harry 2 and I 2 - and Jud didn't get any. Rain all the while we were out there." (2.75 X 4.75 inch, Page 12).
4. "Geo[rge Fairbanks] - the Ranzo and Bob's shack"; Aug. 1947 (2.25 X 3 inch, Page 12).
5. "Bob's Shack" (2.25 X 3.25 inch, Page 12).
6. "Cec on the Ranzo" (2.25 X 3 inch, Page 13).
7. "Geo. Fairbanks and June at Coon Cove" In rowboat (2.25 X 3 inch, Page 13).
8. "Jud - June in back boat - Geo, Cec & I in other boat - Coon Cove" (2.5 X 3.5 inch, Page 13).
9. "Jud Conkle's Boat, the Mars…" (2.25 X 3 inch, Page 14).
10. "House to clean oysters in at Coon Cove Bay" (2.5 X 3.5 inch, Page 14).
11. Cecil Gowen on the Ranzo (2 X 3.25 inch, Page 14).
12. "House in Ketchikan" (2.25 X 3 inch, Page 14).

Page 15. Ketchikan scenes; 1947 (2 b&w prints).
1. "At Bunnies in Ketchikan, Alaska: Cecil Gowen 43, Lois Gowen 35" (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
2. "Florence (Geo[rge's] niece), Bunnie, [&] George [Fairbanks]" (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

Pages 16-18. "Homeward Bound on the U.S.S. Alaska"; 1947 (6 b&w prints, 2.5 X 3.5 inch).
1. "Cecil" Sitting on chair on deck (Page 16).
2. "Lois" Sitting on chair on deck (Page 16).
3. Cecil Gowen standing on deck (Page 17).
4. Lois Gowen standing on deck (Page 17).
5. Men playing shuffle board on deck (Page 18).
6. Men in life vests on deck (Page 18).

Pages 19-34. Photographs of Gowen family and friends; n.d., 1936, 1937, 1942 (24 b&w prints).
1. George Fairbanks and hanging deer on hunting trip near Ketchikan (3.25 X 5.25 inch, Page 19).
2. Family portrait: "Grandpa Gowen, Arthur Gowen, Ella Gowen, and Beula Gowen" (4.5 X 6.5 inch, Page 20).
-"Mrs. Geo. W. Fairbanks, Prominent Pioneer, Died Here Labor Day"; Ketchikan Daily News; Sep. 1948 (Newspaper clipping, Page 21).
3. Portrait in front of house: "Cecil Arthur Gowen, Raymond N. Gowen, Freeman W. Gowen (Freeman's house, Thanksgiving 1936)" (1.75 X 3.25 inch, Page 21).
4. "Bunnie at Park in Ketchikan, 1942" Standing next to drinking fountain (3 X 5 inch, Page 22).
5. Woman in fur coat sitting on dock piling: "Mum was afraid the camera would miss her, so she got as close as possible in order to crowd out the sea gulls, I presume." (3.5 X 5.75 inch, Page 23).
6. Cecil Gowen and mother Celia Gowen standing at side of automobile; 1936 (3 X 5 inch, Page 24).
7. Group photo: "Bernice Gowen, Lois Gowen, Lillian Gowen, Freeman [Gowen], Raymond [Gowen], Cecil [Gowen], Dick & Bill [children], Nov. 1936 - taken at Freeman's House [Nampa, Idaho]"; 1936 (3 X 5.25 inch, Page 25).
8. Group photo of Gowen family in front of Freeman Gowen house in Nampa, Idaho: "Cecil Gowen, Lois Gowen, Lillian, Raymond, Bunnie (mother), Bernice, Freeman, Dick, Barbara"; Thanksgiving 1936 (3 X 5.25 inch, Page 26).
9. Group photo in front of Freeman Gowen house in Nampa, Idaho: "Celia Gowen Fairbanks, Betty Gowen, Geo. Fairbanks, Barbara Gowen, Bill Gowen, Dick Gowen"; Thanksgiving 1936 (3 X 5.25 inch, Page 27).
10. Group photo in front of Freeman Gowen house in Nampa, Idaho: "Betty - Barbra - Dick - Bill"; Thanksgiving 1936 (3 X 5.25 inch, Page 28).
11. Portrait of Betty Gowen in ballet dress as young girl; n.d. (1.75 X 3 inch, Page 28).
12. Celia Gowen Fairbanks standing next to model of lighthouse in Ketchikan; ca. 1942 (5 X 7.5 inch, Page 29).
13. Portrait of Barbara and Betty Gowen as young girls; n.d. (4 X 6 inch, Page 30).
14. Gowen family group photo outside corner of house; n.d. (2 X 3 inch, Page 31).
15. Gowen family group photo with small boy in foreground; n.d. (2.75 X 2.75 inch, Page 31).
16. Gowen family group photo in front of automobile; n.d. (2 X 3 inch, Page 31).
17. Gowen family group photo with tree in right background; n.d. (2 X 2.75 inch, Page 31).
18. Cecil Gowen and dog Pepper; n.d. (2.75 X 3.5 inch, Page 32).
19. Cecil gowen and older man; n.d. (2.75 X 3.5 inch, Page 32).
20. "Ce - relatives in Ontario, Oregon, Thanksgiving 1936" (2.5 X 3.5 inch, Page 33).
21. Cecil Gowen and woman at Yellowstone Park; 1937 (2 X 2.75 inch, Page 33).
22. Group family photo of relatives in Ontario, Oregon; Thanksgiving 1936 (2.5 X 3.5 inch, Page 33).
23. Group photo at Aunt Ella's house, Waitsberg, Washington: "Aunt Ella, Uncle Mac, Maxine"; Aug. 1936 (2.5 X 3.5 inch, Page 34).
24. "Aunt Ella's House, Waitsberg, Wn., 1936 (2.5 X 3.5 inch, Page 34).

Pages 35-37. "On Vacation, 1936" (6 b&w prints, 2.5 X 3.5 inch).
1. Cecil Gowen at Fort Defiance Park, Washington (Page 35).
2. Cecil Gowen reaching into crevice in stone cliff (Page 35).
3. Cecil Gown in swimming trunks at Long Beach, Washington (Page 36).
4. Woman in swimming trunks at Long Beach, Washington (Page 36).
5. Mount Rainier Inn; Aug. 1936 (Page 37).
6. State capitol building in Olympia, Washington (Page 37).

Pages 38-43. Western Washington post cards; n.d. (6 b&w photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch).
1. "North Head Light House, Ilwaco, Wash." (Page 38).
2. "Weeding a Young Marsh" (Page 39).
3. "M.S. Kalakala" Ferry in Puget Sound (Page 40).
4. "Lake Washington Pontoon Bridge looking toward Seattle"; Johnston photo, No. 1189 (Page 41).
5. "Olympic Hotel - Seattle, Wash." (Page 42).
6. "Seattle, Wn." Aerial of downtown and waterfront; Johnston photo, No. 1169 (Page 43).

Pages 44-49. Cecil Gowen family photographs; n.d., 1932, 1941 (10 b&w prints).
1. Group photo on a saloon porch, Tijuana, Mexico: Cecil Gowen, Juanita Gowen, Elsie Gowen, Lillian Gowen, and Raymond Gowen (5 X 6.5 inch, Page 44).
2. Unidentified woman and Elsie at campground, Warm Lake; 1941 (2.5 X 3.5 inch, Page 45).
3. Older man with rifle?; n.d. (2.5 X 3.5 inch, Page 45).
4. Cecil Gowen and custom trailer he built at his welding and blacksmithing shop in Meridian, Idaho, with his 1940 Ford sedan in the background; May 1941 (2.5 X 3.5 inch, Page 46).
5. Custom trailer below sign for Cecil Gowen Welding & Blacksmithing, Meridian, Idaho; May 1941.
6. Rear view of custom trailer; May 1941 (2.5 X 3.5 inch, Page 47).
7. Rear view of custom trailer; May 1941 (2.5 X 3.5 inch, Page 47).
8. Custom trailer in front of Cecil Gowen Welding & Blacksmithing shop, Meridian, Idaho; May 1941 (4 X 6 inch, Page 48).
9. Cecil Gowen sitting on park bench at Sun Valley, Idaho; Aug. 1942 (2.5 X 3.5 inch, Page 49).
10. Raymond Gowen and wife Gwen with infant son Dickie and family dog; ca. 1932 (2.75 X 4.5 inch, Page 49).