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Flewellyn's Landing, The Shadowy St. Joe, circa 1908 - St. Joe River, Idaho

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posted by Steve Shook alias Shook Photos on Friday 26th of August 2022 10:14:46 AM

FLEWELLYN'S LANDING Date: Circa 1908 Source Type: Photograph Booklet Publisher, Printer, Photographer: Augusta Anderson, Inland Printing Company Postmark: Not Applicable Remark: This photograph shows the steamship Spokane, which was a propeller-driven boat that was constructed by Sorenson and Johnson for Captain J. D. McDonald in 1901. The Spokane, utilized exclusively as an excursion ship, had a length of 100 feet and beam if 16 feet and included two staterooms and a smoking room on the lower deck. A women's lounge and men's lounge, both steam-heated, were located on the upper deck. The ship was operated by the Red Collar Line by March 1908. The Spokane was deliberately destroyed by fire during the Independence Day celebrations of 1914. It is believed that the correct spelling for this landing is Flewelling Landing. Albert Lawrence Flewelling was very active in the mining and timber industries in the St. Joe River region and held extensive ownership in real estate in California, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, and Washington. Libraries holding copies of The Shadowy St. Joe indicate that this souvenir book was published circa 1910. After researching the life of Augusta Anderson, however, it is much more likely that the book was published in 1908 or perhaps 1907. In addition, it is very likely that Augusta Anderson was neither the author of the book nor the photographer of the images contained within the book. Augusta Anderson was born circa 1885. On February 13, 1908, in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, Augusta married Fred D. Straffin. Straffin was a fairly well-known photographer who operated from a Spokane photography studio. Straffin published a souvenir book of the Potlatch lumber mill located in Potlatch, Latah County, Idaho, in 1907 that is very similar in design to The Shadowy St. Joe. Straffin also published a souvenir book of St. Maries, Benewah County, Idaho, which is located along the St. Joe River, that is also of nearly the same design as The Shadowy St. Joe. Straffin was somewhat under duress when he married Augusta Anderson. According to a news item published in the Spokane Daily Chronicle on February 8, 1908, Straffin had been “charged with the seduction of Augusta Anderson, 23 years of age…. Straffin claimed that the girl yielded readily to his request that she live with him, and denied that, except in a joking way, that he had ever promised to marry her. The girl denies these statements emphatically, alleging that she took the matter seriously. She broke down several times in court.” It is learned from a June 18, 1908, news item also published in the Spokane Daily Chronicle that Straffin and Anderson had married on February 13, 1908, so that Straffin could avoid jail and have the seduction case dismissed in superior court. This same news item mentions that Augusta was now seeking a divorce after four months of marriage because Fred had “been drunk much of the time since their marriage and has not contributed to her support.” It also notes that before the marriage that Augusta had been a waitress and specifically states that “The groom was a photographer. He offered to teach the girl the art of the offer was accepted. Before the girl had mastered her trade, however, Straffin was arrested for intimate relations with her, and was bound over to the superior court to answer to the charge.” The 1908 divorce case apparently was dismissed since there appears in the October 11, 1910, issue of The Press, published in Spokane, a notice of a pending divorce suit between Augusta and Fred D. Straffin. The Spokane Daily Chronicle’s January 19, 1911, issue reports that the divorce was granted and states that “She [August Straffin] charged that she was deserted on the day of her wedding, which occurred in Spokane in 1908, and that her husband had never contributed to her support. She was permitted to resume her maiden name, Augusta Anderson.” Augusta Straffin appears in the 1908 city directory for Spokane with Fred as the proprietor of the Rembrandt Studio, while later directories do not tie Augusta to any photography business. Collectively, this information suggests that Augusta Anderson had neither taken the photographs appearing in The Shadowy St. Joe – there is no evidence that she was fully trained as a photographer – nor had she compiled the book as an author. Rather, evidence strongly suggests that Fred D. Straffin was responsible for the development and publication of The Shadowy St. Joe and perhaps had August listed as author as an inducement to initiate or maintain an intimate relationship with her. It is possible the Augusta had taken the photographs and authored the book while Fred was occupied with drinking and desertion of his wife, but this calls into question as to how Augusta was fully trained as a photographer. Fred D. Straffin was born in 1869 and died April 23, 1917, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah; he is buried at the Salt Lake City Cemetery in an unmarked grave. His death certificate indicates that he was a widow at the time of his death, suggesting that he may have remarried after being divorced from Augusta. Little is known concerning August Anderson after her divorce from Fred. A notice of marriage licenses granted in Spokane County published in The Spokesman-Review on February 11, 1914, mentions that an Adam Noble or Spokane was granted a license to marry Augusta Anderson, also of Spokane. It is assumed that this is likely the same Augusta Anderson that married and divorced Fred D. Straffin. Sources: Anderson, Augusta. Circa 1908. The Shadowy St. Joe. Spokane, Washington: The Inland Printing Company. 54 p. Durham, N. N. 1912. Spokane and Inland Empire: History of the City of Spokane and Spokane County, Washington from its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Volume II. Chicago, Illinois: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. The Press, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington; October 11, 1910; Volume 8, Number 312, Page 7, Column 5. Column titled “Three Divorce Suits.” Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington; February 8, 1908; Volume 22, Number 139, Page 3, Column 5. Column titled “He Wronged a Woman.” Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington; June 18, 1908; Volume 22, Number 251, Page 4, Column 5. Column titled “Wedded to Dodge Jail; Divorce.” Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington; January 19, 1911; Volume 25, Number 124, Page 7, Column 6. Column titled “Deserted Bride is Given Divorce.” Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington; October 11, 1927; Volume 42, Number 18, Page 1, Column 7. Column titled “Flewelling Left $90,100 Property. County Holdings Heavy by Spokane Man Who Died in California.” The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington; December 10, 1907; Volume 25, Number 178, Page 18, Column 3. Column titled “Takes Pictures of Potlatch Mill.” The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington; February 11, 1914; Volume 31, Number 241, Page 7, Column 2. Column titled “City and County Records. Marriage Licenses.” Copyright 2022. Some rights reserved. 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