George Chinidere may be the subject of this photo, but it's full of great detail for the historian. This is one of the best views we have of the original architectural details of the Davidson Building. You can see the headquarters of the "Light and Water Company" at 216 Cascade Avenue, and "...cience....Room No.6" at 214 1/2 Cascade. There's the wood plank sidewalk, and the reflection of a long-gone brick building in the window.
We can date this image between 1905 and 1910. These tenants didn't appear in the first image of the building after construction in 1905. By 1910 "water" was no longer in the power company's name. It's a little hard to follow, but there were a series of financial transactions, an attempt to sell the water system to the city, and a prolonged lawsuit which worked its way through the courts in 1909 and 1910.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
We have seen George Tomileck Chinidere before in a photo of him probably fishing. George had a woman companion for a number of years. They could have been married according to Indian tradition. Her name was Susan George and was sometimes sadly referred to as "One Eyed Susan", so apparently she was blind in one eye. Their relationship ended when there was a squabble over another woman. George was believed to have been about 100 years old when he was found dead, having been hit by the train. He is buried in Idlewilde Cemetery and Susie is buried in the Chris-Zada Cemetery in Underwood.
I know there is a Chinidere mountain/peak in Hood River County. I would imagine that this had something to do with George.
Charlott on 13th May 2015 @ 7:14am