The history of Wooldridge Boats all started back in 1915.
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Four generation family! Glen Sr., Bob, Glen and Grant Wooldridge
Bob, Glen, Grant and Avey Wooldridge.
A place called Slim Pickin's on the Rogue River. "Here you slide through a little hole." Note the use of two oars.
Glen Sr. with one of the first Jackass motor lifts he made around 1950. They were very popular with boaters before the invention of the jet pump.
Photo taken in the 1920's or 30's on the Rogue River. The caption was..."Woman angler landing a big chinook is Mrs. Darling from Los Angeles."
On the Rogue River during an early drift trip.
Carrying the boats over the rocks at Blossom Bar before Glen Sr. blasted a path.
Glen's Hell's Gate tours.
Glen (right) and Mr. Degner at Blossom Bar during an early day, drift trip down the Rogue River. This was before Glen Sr. blasted the channel downriver, probably in the 1930's.
An example of Glen Sr. blasting boulders. This is at Clay Hill on the Rogue River.
Early tow rig, two horsepower!
Glen Senior's advertisement he had for guided trips on the Rogue River.
Glen Sr. performing a test run down the Rogue River before they used Boat No.2 up the Salmon River back in 1948.
Boat named "No.2" that Glen Sr. used on the Salmon River in 1948. Note the Evinrude motor.
Early photo of Glen Sr. on the tiller. Note the shotgun in the clients lap during hunting season.
Glen Sr. with TV star Truman Bradley, who was filming a show on the Rogue River. His career spans from the 1930's to the 50's as a radio broadcaster, actor and narrator in numerous movies. He was also host of "Science Fiction Theater" and was in a couple Charlie Chan movies.
Glen Sr. rowing an early aluminum drift boat. He built his first aluminum drift boat in 1962. Note the aluminum oars.
Glen Sr. with an early Wooldridge aluminum sled on the Rogue River.
Glen Sr. in the San Francisco Sportsman Show in 1951.
Two weeks spent with Grandfather Glen on the Rogue River. One boat was a 21' with a 302 Ford and three-stage Hamilton. The other was a 18' Center Console with a 181 Chev and a two-stage Hamilton.
Photo was taken some time in the 1980's of an old wooden boat built by Glen Sr., believed to be used on the Salmon River in the late 40's.
Photo from the 1980's of another wooden boat built by Glen Sr. and used on the Salmon River in the 1940's.
Another one of Glen Senior's wooden boats. The year of the old Suburban is somewhere between 1948 and 1953 and the photo was taken in the 1950's.
Photo of Mark Wooldridge (Glen Wooldridge's cousin) taken in about 1976-77. The boat is 16' with a 4' bottom. The motor is an in-line 6 cylinder, 150hp Mercury. He ran Hell's Gate on the Fraser and up the Thompson River with this boat.
Some early sleds at Glen Senior's shop in Grants Pass, OR. The man in the photo is Ray Arman, who worked for Glen Sr. for many years. His wife Florence Arman put the book "The Rogue A River To Run" together about the history of Glen Sr.
Glen Wooldridge Sr. with his own design of stick-steering during the hydroplane boat races on the Rogue River in Grants Pass, OR. Note the aluminum oars.
Close up shot of Glen Senior's stick-steering he designed.
Amaziah Aubery and his crew at the Almeda Mine bridge over the Rogue River. Mining equipment had to be unloaded, the boat lifted across the bridge, then reloaded for the downriver trip.
Photo taken on the Rogue River at Glen Senior's cabin. They named the bear Yogi and would feed him pancakes. The guy feeding Yogi was Glen's good friend Glenn Ballou.
Drift boat going throught Mule Creek Canyon with the front guy using a Pike Pole to keep the boat off the canyon walls.
Close up of drift boat going through Mule Creek Canyon.
Hells Gate run in 1975. Glen Sr. was 79 at the time.
Glen Wooldridge in 1976 running a back channel on the Thompson River with Glen Sr. sitting on the bank observing. They had run from Spence's Bridge up to Lake Kamloops on this trip. The boat is 21' long, 5' bottom & 24' sides w/ a 351 Ford w/ a 3-stage pump.
Taken in 1951 by Mercury Marine. The man in the boat is Bob Pritchett, who worked for Glen for years and ultimately bought Glen's guiding service.
Mercury Marine used pictures taken for advertisements and made a movie of this upriver Rogue trip.
They flew Glen and Sadie to New York, to premiere the movie and go to the New York Boat Show.
You can read about this in chapter 19 of The Rogue, A River To Run book.
Glen Sr. at his boat yard.
Glen Sr. gassing up an old Evinrude from the 1940's.
Ginger Rogers with Glen Sr.
She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1940 for her performance in Kitty Foyle. Read about her and the trips she made with Glen Sr. in the book...The Rogue-A River to Run, starting on pg. 138.
Ginger Rogers with Glen Sr.
Read about her trips down the Rogue River with Glen in the book,
The Rogue-A River to Run. ...."I think one of the best guests we ever had on a trip was Ginger Rogers..." Glen Sr.
This is the end of a float trip down the Rogue. They had to power down to Gold Beach for the last few miles. Notice the inner tube (lower right) used to help tow as a shock absorber, so not to jerk so hard.
Glen Senior's boat shop about 1 block away from his house. Notice the Jackass motor lift on the back of the transom.
Close up of Glen Sr. in his shop with the Jackass lift.
Hell's Gate on the Fraser River. This is the first trip up the Fraser. Glen Sr. ran it 8 times that day.
Too keep busy after he retired, Glen Sr. would build drift boats in his home shop.
Old fashioned hog line on the Rogue.
Jackie Cooper (On the left) went down the Rogue River with Glen Sr. He's mentioned in the book, The Rogue A River to Run on pages 97 and 138.
Left to right: Bob Pritchett, Glen Sr. and Charlie Foster. They are at the finish of their first upriver trip on the Rogue in 1947.
Glen Sr. running one of his wooden outboard jet boats with the wide bow that he designed.
An early boat with a lot of camping gear.
Hells Gate photo
Glen Sr. with a 35.5 lb. spring Chinook salmon he caught on the Rogue River using a copper spoon.
Young Glen with no grey hair, when he was first coming out with stainless steel impellers, about 30 years ago.
Ranie Falls on the Rogue. This is a chute for drift boats that Glen Sr. dynamited out of bedrock to line drift boats down river.
Glen Senior. Photo taken in the late 70's.
Glen Sr. doing what he loved to do!
Glen's cousin Mark in a boat he built. His cousin Mike, Mark and their Dad Bruce (who is Glen's Uncle), built boats for years in Grants Pass after Glen Sr. retired from boat building.
Close up of cousin Mark's boat he built.
Bob Wooldridge back in the early 80's looking over a freshly completed work boat. Location is at Wooldridge Boats yard, two locations ago.
This Pic was taken during the filming of Glen Sr. running up the Rogue. The guy to the left is Bob Pritchett, who stars in the movie with Glen Sr. The boat behind Bob (with the life preserver hanging on the console) was used in the movie. Behind Glen Sr., is the back-up boat. The movie was filmed by Mercury and the photos were taken by Mercury.
Little boy with a big Chinook. From Glen Sr. archives.
Glen Wooldridge Sr. on the right. Breakfast is ready!
An old ad from Glen Sr. archives.
Another early drift boat pic.
Blossom Bar with a channel that Glen Sr. blasted. It's been closed for a long time due to rocks rolling back in it during high spring water.
Early drift boat pic with two sets of oars. Glen Sr. used two sets of oars to train the person behind him.
Portaging a boat in low water.
Photos from the early 80's showing a 42' work boat with twin outboards being prepped, loaded and shipped to the Yukon River in Alaska.
Black Bar Lodge. Glen Sr. is on the right.
Hal and Bea Witherwox built Black Bar Lodge in about 1935.
Glen Sr. Cleaning fish