Bretherton, W. W. (Portland, Arlington)

W. W. Bretherton  (Portland, Arlington)
An important amateur photographer whose outstanding work is very rare. He was a civil engineer for the railroads. He made 5×8” boudoir size views in the 1880s imprinted “W. W. Bretherton, Portland Ore.” An article in the Oregonian of July 24, 1887 mentions “CAMERA CLUB. This club, which was organized about a year ago, held a meeting Wednesday night in Dr. F. B. Eaton’s office, and elected the following officers: Frank Woolsey, president; W. F. Woodward, secretary; and W. W. Bretherton, corresponding secretary. Several new members were admitted. The object of this club is to foster and encourage amateur photography.” He was mentioned in William G. Steel’s The Mountains of Oregon, (Portland, 1890) as the president of the Oregon Alpine Club Photographic Department.

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