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Title: Young woman on E. 4th Street, across the Snodgrass & Field Lumber Yard. Charles Walline

Catalog Number: 2015.001.0032

Date (Years): 1891-1900, 1901-1910

Description:

A young woman is walking down a sidewalk in a primarily residential area. She is wearing a long, dark dress with a cinched waist and with white decorative embellishment on the bodice and collar. She is wearing a dark hat with white feathers on the crown. The street and sidewalk appear to be dirt. There are telegraph and power poles running down the street. Across the street it appears that new houses are being built. There also are towering flats of lumber from the Snodgrass & Field Lumber Yard.

It seems odd that a building-boom of middle-class homes would co-exist next to a massive lumber mill, but the photos show they did. The Snodgrass & Field Lumber Yards were located from East 4th Street to the river.

This photograph was likely taken around the 700 block of E. 4th Street, looking SE. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s McKenzie arena is now just to the right of the view shown, about halfway down the hill.

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Charles Gustavus Walline
March 30, 1874 — July 14, 1943

Charles was born March 30th, 1874 at 107 Payne Street. The house remains today as 607 Battery Place.

He was coming of age as Chattanooga experienced an economic boom during the 1890s and was witness to the first paving of Market Street, early streetcars, and the construction of the Walnut Street Bridge. By 1897 a 23-year-old Walline turned his attention to photography.  He was a listed a member of the Chattanooga Camera Club in 1897, along with the successful local commercial photographer E. L. Mudge.  Walline was also passionate about Chattanooga’s history and was listed as the ‘historian’ for the Chattanooga Half-Century Club during the group’s inaugural meeting Dec. 4, 1936.

Walline worked at D. B. Loveman & Co. for many years, and in 1918 was listed as a Department Manager. In 1920, he’s listed as Notary Public for the store.  Several images within the glass plate collection show exterior and interior shots of the Lovemans store.  

He died at age 76 at his home on South Crest Road on Missionary Ridge.

The Walline collection came in three parts.

The largest portion was sold to Picnooga by a private collector who was passing through Chattanooga within the past ten years.  The second largest part was donated by Mr. Charles Coulter who purchased them at an estate sale many years ago. The third group was purchased from a local collector who bought them on eBay a few years ago.

Many of the images in the collection are of Charles Walline’s home on Payne Street and the surrounding neighborhood.

Left, Walline in abt. 1900. Right, Charles Walline and his wife, Millie. 1930s

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