This portrait of E.L. Smith appears to be from the archives of The Hood River News. You can see the pencil crop marks preparing it for embedding in a layout. Notes on the reverse show the editor working on the caption. Initially is was to say, "E.L. Smith, of Hood River, who recalls Republican Nomination of 1860, when Abraham Lincoln was named standard bearer of the Republican party." Blue pencil marks indicate he changed it to, "E.L. Smith, of Hood River, who knew Lincoln." I wonder how well he knew him?
This portrait was taken on Oak Street in from of the Smith Building (SE corner of Oak and 3rd).
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Was not his home what I knew growing up as Anderson Funeral Home next to the library.
My 4th great grandfather Levi Cantrall (who founded Cantrall, Illinois) was a friend of Lincoln and Lincoln was also his lawyer. I have copies of some of the legal business that Lincoln did for Levi, with his signature on them. Sure wish I had the originals.
Charlott on 24th January 2020 @ 7:11am
That's correct Charlott. E.L. and Georgiana Smith lived at the NE corner of State and 6th Street. The library was built on a combination of their former property and the 5th Street right-of-way. The house was built in 1886, and occupied by the funeral home from 1928-1967.
ArthurB on 24th January 2020 @ 9:53am