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Alfred Smith Woodward

Alfred Smith Woodward was born May 3, 1863 at Cascade Locks, Oregon, the third of five sons born to John and Sarah Woodward. His father had fought in the Indian wars, the last being the Modoc war of the Klamath area of Southern Oregon, and had homesteaded the area of their home at Cascade Locks. His wife Sarah was the daughter of the pioneer Ough family of the Washougal, Wn., area. She was a sister of Grace Latourell, wife of Joseph Latourell of pioneer fame, and also a sister of Mrs. Dunn who lived with her husband on the high ridge east of Troutdale and northeast of the Ed Woodard place, at one time in early pioneer days.

In early boyhood Alfred lived with his uncle, Joseph Latourell and family, his father and mother having separated, leaving the boys for the father to care for. While living with the Latourells he attended the Mountain School mentioned in Lydia Ostrand’s historical sketch of this pioneer era. The schoolhouse, as he remembered it, was near the west line of the James Deaver farm and east and a little north of the William Crowston house on what was probably Painter property at that time.

Alfred, or "Al" as he was familiarly known, grew to manhood in the Latourell Falls-Cascade Locks area and was one of the organizers of the Latourell Falls Wagon Road and Flume Co. and helped to build the wagon road and flume from Latourell Falls to Brower, a small sawmill town near the westerly foot of Larch Mountain. These were constructed as toll facilities but were financially failures as about the only traffic on the road was the supply and mail wagon operated by "Uncle" Joe Latourell and by the early closing of the Brower and Thompson Lumber Co., which was the only source of traffic for the flume.

He was married on October 22, 1888, to Amelia Elizabeth Campbell, daughter of a pioneer family who had crossed the plains by wagon train. Their first home was on the old Knapp place about a mile west of Brower where the first child, Cecelia Mildred was born April 24, 1890. They next moved to house no. 11 in Brower where Roy E. was born January 7, 1892. Al was working as edgerman at the Brower and Thompson mill at the time.

Later he was foreman of the mill at the magnificent salary of $50.00 per month. William Burkholder worked in the yard at the mill, putting the lumber down the schute into the flume which carried the lumber to the drying yard and planning mill at Latourell Falls. The capacity of the mill was about 50,000 board feet daily, and Bill, with very little assistance put the entire product down the schute into the flume.

In the summer of 1895 Al was working for a time with Uncle Joe’s seining crew on Smith Island about opposite Rooster Rock and living at Latourell Falls. Here Alice Hilda was born May 23, 1895. In the fall the family returned to Brower where Al resumed his work at the mill until 1897 when he moved to Palmer’s Mill, where Ada Gertrude was born November 11, 1897. From Palmer’s mill the family moved back to Brower and then to Maffets mill where a son, John Lester was born February 21, 1900. John lived only one month, dying on March 21, 1900.

The family moved to the old Adler farm near Corbett in 1900. Here Alfred Howard was born September 21, 1901, Stanley May 2, 1907, Lynn Addison May 28, 1911, and William Forrest August 18, 1914. William lived but a few days, passing away on August 21, 1914.

Cecelia, who was then Mrs. Earl Williams, died during the flu epidemic on November 8, 1918 and is buried at Mountain View Cemetery on the Evans place in the same plot with John and William who had died as infants. Stanley died May 27, 1940 at Portland and his ashes occupy a vault at the Portland Mausoleum.

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[Source:  Submitted by Dorothy Keefe, from a compendium of biographies hand typed and distributed by the East Multnomah Pioneer Association in about 1972, pp. 174-176.]

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