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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Wed May 01, 2019 1:25 pm

Thank you guys I appreciate it.
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Wed May 08, 2019 10:28 am

The good ol’ days on the Kenai River with Bob Thompson and Larry Suiter owner of Freebird Fish Camp. When the Kings were big and the engines were too. Boats pictured are Wooldridge Classics.

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby Kevin Turner » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:32 am

Bravo! 100 years and still family owned is quite an achievement.
Plse forgive spelling & grammar errors. KT
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:23 am

Kevin Turner wrote:Bravo! 100 years and still family owned is quite an achievement.

Thanks KT. We're thankful.
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:41 am

Photos from Glen’s trip up the Rogue River for the Mercury sponsored film The River Beyond. Mercury gave the film a New York premier, and went on to use the photos for calendars and countless advertisements. Below is an excerpt from the book The Rogue, A RIVER TO RUN of Glen talking about one of the struggles of that trip. “We had to run back and forth some of the rougher spots so the men could get the pictures, and we were doing pretty good until we got to Upper Black Bar. We broke a motor right in two, trying to run Upper Black Bar. Fred Hale was to bring us gasoline down there, fly it in, so we got in touch with him and told him to bring us another motor. But, of course, we didn’t tell that around.”

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:58 pm

A couple of early welded sleds at Glen Sr.'s shop in Grants Pass.

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:58 am

Neat old advertisement for boat plans Glen Sr would sell back in the day. $10 what a bargain!

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby RM20 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:10 pm

Glen Rice had a hull like that when I was a kid on the Salmon River in the 60's. He ran a prop outboard with a jackass lift.
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby fowl barrels » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:36 pm

glen wooldridge wrote:The good ol’ days on the Kenai River with Bob Thompson and Larry Suiter owner of Freebird Fish Camp. When the Kings were big and the engines were too. Boats pictured are Wooldridge Classics.

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Man I love the looks of that old classic!! Does anyone have the original specs of it ?
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:35 pm

Some snap shots of Glen Sr test running an early aluminum boat, before heading up to run the powerful Hells Gate on the Fraser River. Glen fitted the 21’ sled with twin Mercury 85hp with Outboard Jets. He was 79 years old!

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:16 am

Since the early days, Wooldridge boats have been used to haul all sorts of cargo and gear! Check out some of these photos from past!

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:18 pm

Remembering what would have been Dad’s 95th Birthday today. He touched the lives of many as a family man, a friend, a mentor, a man of God. It’s safe to say that without his inspiration and steady hand at the helm, Wooldridge Boats wouldn’t be what it is today.

We miss you Dad.

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby Eagle1 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:59 pm

That's a great shot.
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:09 am

Eagle1 wrote:That's a great shot.


Thank you Sir
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:39 pm

The Rogue, A River To Run.

A Christmas Story


CHAPTER 20
By 1955 Glen had been running rivers for 40 years in just about every stage of water except high flood. He had always given way to flood waters, with the twisting rolling, uprooted trees and the debris they carried. That is why the Christmas flood of 1955 was to prove a true test of his courage and skill of boatmanship. The storm started on the weekend of December 16, with snow and freezing rains falling over the Pacific Northwest. Trees toppled under the weight of the ice, and power lines went down. Mudslides stopped traffic on some highways, many airports were closed, heavy winds and up to 2 inches of rain or general over the entire area. Grants Pass was deluged with 3.07 inches, but the water crested at only 7.8 feet about noon on Saturday, the 18th. …
On Thursday it was evident that a crisis situation was at hand. Civil defense director Lloyd Haynes, took charge of Josephine County, and what an embargo on all non-essential travel and phone calls not connected with the emergency. Eight greyhound buses with over 300 people on board were stranded when the Rogue, now at high flood stage buried the Pacific Highway under 10 feet of water at Savage Rapids Dam. In Northern California whole communities were being evacuated. All roads leading into the Rogue Valley were closed. The C and OC railroad bridge over the Rogue, just outside of Grants Pass, fell to the rivers rush. The Rogue rose to 31.1 feet, the highest since the turn-of-the-century. It had done extensive damage to Grants Pass area. Downriver, in the Lower River Road section, rescuers were using boats to remove families stranded by the flood. The governor called the National Guardsmen to duty in the Grants Pass area. The Road crested at 31.16 feet on Thursday and started dropping a little, but the small village of Galice down here from Grants Pass, was isolated because of a slide at Hog Creek. There was a bottle-neck blockage at Hellgate Canyon, causing the washout.
Fred Hale local pilot and owner of the Grants Pass Air Service, reported that on the lower Rogue, a home and the Brownell cabin at Marial had been washed away, also a cabin at Paradise Bar. Black Bar Lodge’s airstrip was gone too. By Saturday, Christmas Eve, thousands of persons had been evacuated from their homes in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The receding waters and lessening rain gave people hopes of clearing their mud filled houses and getting on with mopping up process, but reports came from the weather bureau that another storm was on its way into the area.

“When the big storm came, the day before Christmas, the sheriff, Lloyd Luis came down here and told me Bread Hale had flown into the canyon and was due back at 11 o’clock that morning and he hadn’t returned. They were somewhat concerned about it, and asked me if I would go in there in a boat and look for him.” - Glen Wooldridge Sr.

(Through out the book all bold print is in my grand dads own words)

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