Let's have some fun with recent history. Sally Donovan has kindly donated the 35mm slides she used to inventory the Hood River historic district in the 1990's. While what's special about our historic district is how little has changed in the last 100 years, the small changes of the last twenty years make for some fun reminiscing.
Can anyone fill in some details about the Tip Top Stoveworks? They were located at 105 Oak Street, nudged right in between Doug's Sports (then Hood River Windsurfing) and Andrew's Pizza.
There are a few more subtle changes: downtown urban renewal put the utility lines underground, replaced the streets and sidewalks, and added new street trees.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Is this where Mrs. Wirrick had her 5 and dime store. Gamble's later Western Auto was on the downhill corner. I think in there further up the street was Garrabrandt's garage. Never heard of Tip Top Stoveworks. Apparently it didn't thrive.
Charlott on 5th January 2015 @ 7:37am
There is a website called "Bizapedia" at http://www.bizapedia.com/or/TOP-HAT-STOVEWORKS-INC.html that describes this firm as an "Oregon Foreign Business Corporation filed on January 26, 1989. The company's filing status is listed as Inactive." Principals are listed as Stuart and Kathleen Sneider, from Husum, WA. Husum is a tiny community north of White Salmon 3 or 4 miles, up Route 141. Don't get any hits on "The Tinderbox Gifts" which looks to be more evocative of the store's purpose.
Jerry Larsen on 5th January 2015 @ 8:25am
This article might give you a little more information about Kathy Sneider, the original owner of Top Hat Stoveworks and now Ikote Beads.
I often visited the hardware store that Charlott mentions. I was thinking it was Coast to Coast, but Charlott is probably right about Western Auto. It was a family owned business which later moved up to where Murray's Second Hand Furniture is now located.
l.e. on 5th January 2015 @ 8:36am
I know Stuart and Cathy, personally, and remember that store well. Tinderbox gifts was Cathy's take on 'upscaling' HRiver. Stuart cleaned chimneys, sold and installed stoves, and related accessories. It was a 'classic' husband and wife small business. The Sneider's in the Snyder Building! Does anyone remember, that maybe in this building, or very nearby, in the late '70's, was the Oregon Employment Office. It was somewhere near there. Also I remember Western Auto, and their move to the Height's Murray furniture bldg.
James Holloway on 5th January 2015 @ 9:44am
We bought a gas heat stove from Stuart at top hat. And yes, it was a coast to coast, Nancy Wesche had the franchise. It was wonderf having them and Pete at Franz so close by.
Spinsur on 5th January 2015 @ 9:49am
Some information about the Snyder Building:
Frank Bancroft Snyder:
Died 1942 in Hood river
Buried at Idlewilde
married Mary Thurber
From the July 24, 1919 HR Glacier:
To whom it may concern: Be it hereby made known that the former partnership, as carried on between F. B. Snyder and B. B. Powell and known under the firm name as the Hood River Plumbing Co., is hereby dissolved, said business to be continued, however, by F. F.Snyder under the old firm name as above described and att he old location, towit: No. 105 Oak stree.
Signed F. B. Snyder."
In 1907 there is a Gould and Snyder Plumbing.
There is also a Frank Snyder married Nellie Cathryn Garrabrant Morton VanHoy in 1945
Perhaps a son of Frank B Snyder?
l.e. on 5th January 2015 @ 10:10am
I had them "re-brick" my Earth Stove. I thought that they had moved to The Dalles. The Unemployment Office was in the next block to the east. Down around Andrew's Skylight theater. The Western Auto Store was across the street from the Hood River Hotel. They later moved the store to the Heights area. I think it was where Doug's is now. The stairs are still there....
Judy on 5th January 2015 @ 10:21am
Sorry for the spelling mistakes. I didn't proof read the above, before I hit submit.
l.e. on 5th January 2015 @ 10:22am
I may be wrong, but....I think after Western Auto moved from the corner of 1st & Oak to the heights, Coast-to-Coast occupied the space for awhile.
M on 5th January 2015 @ 12:53pm
Is Doug's Sports where The DO IT Center (hardware) was? Does anyone remember the DO IT Center in the 90's?
Cathleen on 5th January 2015 @ 10:16pm
I spy a health food store ...
Steve r on 7th January 2015 @ 6:56am
I remember an unemployment office there. It was a very busy place.
Libby on 16th January 2015 @ 12:23am