That's Laura (Lollie) Rand, granddaughter of E.L. Smith alongside Laurence Herschner, son of Reverend and Mrs. J.L. Herschner in the Rand's yard next to the Riverside Congregational Church on State Street. Peaches were a common crop in Hood River in the early days. I don't know if it was drier here then, but peaches aren't the ideal fruit for the current Hood River climate.
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Ha! Assume that's a fence behind them. But at first glance, to me, it looks like a crane and a 60's modern building going up behind them. I guess because I created a couple of Modernism+ walking tours in Portland for the AHC, I'm seeing things. Cute kids!
Ellen on 21st July 2017 @ 9:17am
Here's some interesting stats on peaches from the the First Orchard Survey, 1908 courtesy of David Burkahrt's book "It All Began with..." 394,425 apple trees and 7,180 peach trees or 5,477 acres of apples and 100 acres of peaches. See page 56 for more info.
Ellen on 21st July 2017 @ 9:24am
While growing up my Dad had 1/2 acre of peaches that we sold at a little fruit stand on Tucker Road.
Jeff Bryant on 21st July 2017 @ 11:04am
Family lore has it that A.W. Peters started with dairy cows, but they all got sick and had to be destroyed. He switched to peaches and planted quite a few acres. He also got pigs to raise. The pigs got out and ate all the bark off the young peach trees. He wound up with apples.
Jill Stanford on 21st July 2017 @ 3:10pm
Jill, that is funny. Al was such a mild mannered wonderful man it just makes me laugh to think of all that.
Norma on 21st July 2017 @ 4:49pm
A friend from Amherst, MA told me he loved Hood River for the windsurfing and the most amazing peaches. I was puzzled. Pears and apples certainly but peaches? He said they were so famous that Seinfeld even did an episode on them - the famous Mackinaw peaches that are only available for 2 weeks out of the year. Still puzzled, I did a quick Google search and found out the Mackinaw peaches were an invention of the show's writers.
Kevin on 21st July 2017 @ 5:15pm
Great stories. I planted a peach tree here and got great peaches for a few years, but each year it became harder and harder to fight the leaf curl and I finally gave up. There are plenty of great peaches available from orchards just east of here-- I bet Kevin's friend liked to sail at "Peach Beach" and buy peaches at the Maryhill fruit stand.
Arthur on 21st July 2017 @ 5:42pm
Great peaches up on the hills behind Mosier in the late 50's.
Buzz on 21st July 2017 @ 7:45pm
My Dad's 1/2 acre of Red Haven peaches was down behind Bryant Pipe. We sold out every day we had the fruit stand open. Sometimes our stand was upside down fruit bins. We also used an old army truck or trailer for the stand.
Jeffrey Bryant on 22nd July 2017 @ 9:02am