Biography and History

Photographers June D. Drake (1880-1969) and his brother Emory Roy Drake founded Drake Brothers Studio in 1900 in Silverton, Oregon. Four years later the brothers bought out the business of W.L. Jones, a noted 19th-century Oregon pioneer photographer, and added his negatives to their inventory. The brothers operated together until 1908 when a fire destroyed their studio; very few images were salvaged. June Drake continued to photograph in a new studio until his retirement in 1960.

June Drake was a local historian interested in documenting Silverton history, though he considered his greatest achievement to be the establishment of the Silver Falls State Park. He photographed all ten of the falls from as early as 1902, and created many travel brochures, pamphlets, and postcards to raise awareness around Oregon and the Pacific Northwest of the need to protect this area from logging. Drake published many local history pieces in the Silvertonian and Silverton-Appeal newspapers.

Source: From the finding aid for C1427