Jay Clark and Elva Ingersoll

You may recall that in my last post, The Students, the subject photograph was inscribed to Jay and the identity of Jay remained a mystery. It turned out that a fellow named Jay Clark is the subject of two other photographs obtained from the same place on the same day.

Look at the following handwriting samples. First, from “The Students”:

Detail from OSC Students back

Now, the new photograph:

Detail from JAY CLARK 1

The two handwriting samples appear to match. They may have been written at the same time with the same pen.


Alexander Jay Clark (1905-1985), who went by Jay, was the son of Clifford Campbell Clark (1879-1968) and Clara Little (1883-1969). Clifford was enumerated in the 1920 Census in Rainier, OR as a “store keeper” and his industry was listed as “Confectionary,” so that sort of dates the photograph. Jay and his brother Albert Campbell Clark (1907-1982) were born in Wisconsin. Their sister, Ruth Marie Clark, was born in 1910 in Whitman County, WA, but survived only two days. Jay married Jimmie Belle Neighbors (1909-1975) in 1932 and they had one daughter. Jay and Jimmie are buried in Mount Union Cemetery in Philomath, OR.

Clifford’s nickname was Jay. Clifford’s father was Adin Jay Clark (1855-1890). Jay had a grandson named Robert Jay.

Elva Marie Ingersoll (1905-1987) married William Douglas Mohney (1900-1981). Elva, William, and two of their three sons are buried in Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland, OR.

Below is another photograph of Jay. According to the inscription on the back it was given to him by the “Lo-Hi-Si Camp Fire Girls.” I could not find that specific camp but you can learn about the Camp Fire organization here.


Following are the reverses of the two photographs. Each one is approximately 2.5 X 3.5 inches. They were bought at an antique store in Baltimore, MD in July 2016.



Jay Clark and Elva Ingersoll

Doris Cecil Dinwiddie Crawford

Doris Cecil Dinwiddie 1893 front

Doris Cecil Dinwiddie was born in 1893 in the town of Jordan Valley, OR, and died in Austin, TX in 1968. On the back of this photograph, which will be displayed at the bottom of this post, someone wrote some helpful biographical information. She married Graydon Clemson Crawford (1893-??) in 1919 and they had two children. We’ll learn more about Doris and Graydon’s journey in upcoming posts.

Her father was Joseph Milan Dinwiddie (1851-1918). He moved to OR from Indiana with his parents in the early 1850’s and eventually farmed a “section” of land (640 acres) adjoining the town. He also operated a “first class hotel and livery barn” in the town.

There were three photographs of the Dinwiddie Ranch in the dozens of photographs I picked up at an antique store in Baltimore. Each one had a description written on the back.

Dinwiddie Ranch 3

“D Dinwiddie, Jordan Valley, Ore x Grandfather Dinwiddie, Dinwiddie Ranch” Grandfather Dinwiddie, identified by the “x” over his head, must refer to Doris’ father.

Dinwiddie Ranch 2

“Haying on Dinwiddie Ranch, Jordan Valley, Ore”

Dinwiddie Ranch 1

“Dinwiddie Ranch first feed in morning taken about 22 mch south side only 1/5 cattle in sight”

Here are two photographs of Doris’ brother, Rufus Milan Dinwiddie (1896-1974):

Rufus Dinwiddie

Rufus Dinwiddie_0001

Rufus spent April 1917-May 1919 in the U.S. Army. In the U.S. Census of 1930 Rufus was enumerated as “widowed” in the household of his father-in-law Charles H. Catlin in Kelso, WA. He married Catlin’s daughter, Florence J., in 1925 and she died in Portland, OR in 1929. He later married a woman named Margaret Edith whose maiden name I have not yet discovered.

Zora Elinor Dinwiddie (1888-1965) was Doris’ and Rufus’ big sister. In the undated photograph below she does not look someone to be trifled with. Her history is confusing. She was married to George W. Spencer in 1906 and they had three or four children before he died at some point before the U.S. Census of 1920. She married a man named Hutchinson and they had a child who was named Milan after her father. She married Robert Lantz in Reno in July 1942 and divorced him in October 1944. She married Theodore C. Baland in August 1952 in San Fransisco and that is where she died. A note on her findagrave.com memorial page, #87841940, states: Cemetery Records indicate that Zora was cremated at Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma, San Mateo County, California. However, her ashes were released to relatives. The location of her ashes is unknown.

Zora Dinwiddie.jpg

Doris had another sister, Elsie Lenore Dinwoodie (1890-1983), and two siblings who did not survive infancy.

The following is the reverse of the portrait of the lovely Doris Cecil Dinwiddie. The handwriting looks masculine, so I am guessing it was written by Doris’ son, Joseph Clemson Crawford AKA Joe Clem. We’ll learn more about him in an upcoming post.

Doris Cecil Dinwiddie 1893

Doris Cecil Dinwiddie Crawford