Updated: Jul 19
This photo must have been taken in 1910 on Jefferson Street in Walla Walla Washington.
Great Grandfather, Amos Blue 220.127.116.11.1.11, in the rocking chair, migrated to Oregon from Illinois in 1851 with the Capt. Thomas Clark wagon train. He first settled in Jackson County, Oregon.
Grandfather James W. Blue 18.104.22.168.1.11.3, born in Jackson County, Oregon. Married Martha Jane Ramsey in Oaksdale, Whitman County, Washington in 1887. Five of my uncles are in the photo.
My oldest uncle, Harrison Blue 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199, died in 1909 at the age of 19 in Nez Perce, Idaho.
My Mother Essie May Blue 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 the last child and the only girl, was born in Walla Walla on November 14, 1911.
This story will focus on the boy on the left in the rocking chair, Albert J. Blue 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168
"Blue in The Saddle"
Adding color to this story is this oil painting by Molly Fenton, a western artist, originally from Montana. She was also a picture framer and became a business partner in my Western Images art gallery and eventually purchased the gallery from me. As you will see, all the images came from the following newspaper article in the Walla Walla Union Bulletin in 1979 when Albert was 76 years old.
Albert spent most of his life in and around Walla Walla and participated in many county fairs by riding his horses in parades or driving the stage coach and entertaining kids. His son Walter, who has been my barber for many years, has followed his example by becoming a clown in countless parades in the area over the years and will probably be a subject for a future blog.
Albert belonged to a local horse group that once had him driving the stage coach and delivered mail from Walla Walla through the Blue Mountains to Joseph Oregon, to promote and celebrate Chief Joseph Days.
Albert loved horses but he also loved people and telling jokes and stories and laughing.
Buried at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens - Right across the street from Fort Walla Walla Park and the Fort Walla Walla Museum which occupies land that was part of Fort Walla Walla.
Albert Jasper Blue was one of the last of the old time cowboys of the Walla Walla area and a real
character; they loved him in New York when his daughter, Helen Blue Molnar, took him shopping.