Today we’ll continue our tour of the old Baldwin Hotel, now a museum, with a bit more history. George Baldwin moved west (I have not learned yet from where) in 1872 to join his half-brother, Wallace. George was then 16, and was studying tinsmithing at the Academy in Ashland. The Academy was the forerunner to the Southern Oregon University.
Eventually, George moved to Linkville (renamed Klamath Falls in 1893), married Josephine Evangeline and started his family. His daughter, Maud, was born in 1876 and was the only girl of their five children. George became active in politics and held local offices before becoming an Oregon State Senator, an office he held for two terms.
As Maud grew up, one of her duties was to accompany her father to his social functions, a duty she was said to dislike intensely. She was the apple of her father’s eye, however, and as such was provided for very well. In 1898, Maud attended a school of photography and became a renowned photographer.
Tomorrow, part 3 of our tour.