Rick Cook

Artist Rick Cook sent some great photos and information about his historic gallery building in Port Orford. — (See also: Rick Cook Gallery, Part II and Rick Cook Interview.)

The first time I saw a photo of my house/gallery building was at Patrick Masterson’s photo shop (Patrick Masterson has a great historical book on Port Orford available here). His shop was in the building where Joyce Spicer has her basket studio, Laughing Baskets Studio. My house was built in the 1890’s by P.J. Lindberg for Nels and Mary Nielsen. It has had two fires, once in the very early 30’s and one later circa early 60’s when the Bernal Forty family owned it.

Rick Cook (Long Shot)Rick Cook Gallery

I am trying to date this Hazeltine Bros. photo [The eldest Hazeltine Brother, Martin, died in 1903, George died in 1918]. I think it was also a postcard. Pat showed me a larger blowup. I can’t believe the great clarity. It doesn’t have the Forty House.  It does have the Marsh House up above, overlooking the port.

705 Oregon street Ca. 1905-1915Detail of Hazeltine photo

Below is a photo I took in 1978 with my ’36 Pontiac. My brother inlaw lived in [the Marsh House] for a short while.

Pontiac at Marsh HouseRick’s Pontiac at the Marsh House

Some call [the Marsh House] the Blaine Marsh House. I believe it was built 1912/1913 It was built in the Craftsman Bungalow style. Myrtle McGill Forty stated her father built the Marsh House at the North end of town, where the RV park is today. Douglas McGill built that house in 1916 for Ames Johnston.

Rick CookThanks, Rick! — website: Rick Cook Furniture

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  1. Deborah Masterson Amstead

    So Blain Marsh lived in the House during the 40’s 50’s …. My Mother Lived across the Street at the Original Castaway (not the Neptune) and my Dad Patrick Masterson lived below at the Lindberg (Masterson) house. Blain Marsh was my dads Best Man at his Wedding to my Mother Sandra Rohner at the Castaway. They had the best stomping ground as kids growing up in Port Orford.

  2. David Bassett

    Very interesting and enlightening indeed. Thank you!

  3. Deborah Amstead

    Thanks Rick for correcting me concerning this House! I stand corrected 🥰 Deborah

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