This is George Mayweather in La Pine. He was probably an important player in the building of the canals; but I have not located the source in which he is mentioned, so I shall continue the search and edit this post later. This postcard is part of several by different photographers working in the area documenting what they hoped would be a boom in railroad, agriculture and population. The first two didn’t come, and the last is now beginning to happen a century later!
Here is a splendid view of how the Central Oregon Irrigation canals were made using horse-drawn Fresno graders to heap the pumice soil up into walled mounds on either side of the canal; here the mound on the right is natural from the hillside from which it is being carved. Of the several cards I have of this work none is signed, although there seems to be a definite record of the project. They may have been taken by Bruno Bakowski who was in the area of La Pine and Rosland at the time of construction. This was a huge undertaking, and the only power equipment I can find was used in conjunction with existing water channels such as the Little Deschutes. I hope to research this project at the Oregon Historical Society in January. This particular canal in the La Pine area is probably the W R Lateral Canal which comes from Masten Butte about seven miles southwest of La Pine. The view would probably be 1910.
This is a Bruno Bakowski photo of the J. N. Masten Lumber Company mill at La Pine; actually La Pine wasn’t established until 1910, and the mill predates that by some time. The area was then called Rosland which was on the shallow area of the Little Deschutes River. Bakowski came from Eastern Oregon and settled in Bend about 1910, when he began using Oregon Art Company which gradually supplanted his name.He was a contemporary of the other great Central Oregon postcard photographer Ole Hedlund of Madras, and their work sometimes overlapped.
This is the view of the log bridge over the Deschutes River at Rosland. The people on the bridge are probably men from the J. N. Masten Lumber Company; one of their log loading areas from the river was immediately to the right in the photo. Pringle Falls is to the left, and the river loses its tranquil nature from that point on. Serious timber was on the west bank behind the camera, and lesser lodge pole pine in the forest beyond. I will soon post some cards showing the actual operations of the J. N. Masten Lumber operation.
This is an example of the Deschutes in the area of the J. N. Masten Lumber Company. Rosland was on the Pengra Ranch, and it was replaced by the establishment of La Pine in 1910. La Pine was established further east in anticipation of the railroad which reached Bend in October, 1911; but it was not to be for La Pine, as the railroad didn’t arrive until 1931. La Pine did find itself on the Pengra-Huntington Stage Road from Bend to Klamath Falls with a branch just south of present day La Pine to Fort Rock and Lakeview. The stage road later became the Dalles-California Highway and eventually Oregon Highway 97. The name La Pine is commonly stated as being a reflection of the vast amount of pine trees native to the area; the word in French for pine tree is, however, actually Le Pin; La Pine is actually the penis. The founders evidently didn’t do well in first year French, although I have never seen this mentioned anywhere.