Say We Are Here: Selections from the Verdell A. Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford Family Collection

The Burdines and Rutherfords in Oregon, 1895-1925

Photograph by the Columbia Studio, c. 1895

Harry Rutherford (standing), William Rutherford (seated), and Harry Vincent, c. 1895.

Eventually the Rutherford brothers established their own barber shop in Portland on NW Flanders.  African American-run businesses – including groceries, undertaking, liveries, publishers, midwifery, and tavern-keeping – provided important services to the community during the era of segregation.

W.H. and Lottie Rutherford, 1898

Photograph by Churchley of Portland, Oregon.

W.H. and Lottie Rutherford, 1898.

Burdine Family in 1913

Photograph of the Burdine family, just arrived in Coos Bay (then Marshfield), Oregon, 1913.

Left to right:  Dolores, Verdell, Alfred, mother Maggie, father Earle with son Earle on his knee.

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