I was walking around town last week when I stumbled upon this century old piece of concrete. I'm sure I've stepped on it dozens of times without noticing it. Do you know where it is? For extra credit, what is "H Taylor" and "The Handy Corner?"
A small hint... H. Taylor turned out to be the key to the location of another Mystery Monday post.
The Handy Corner was a grocery and feed store owned by Hubbard Taylor. It was sold to George P. Christie June 1910. this much I know.
OrMtnMaid on 11th May 2015 @ 10:56am
Well Arthur...I think it is very fitting that you stumbled upon this piece of concrete.
Now you can tell us where it is in relation to photo #510.
As OrMtnMaid says, Hubbard Taylor sold out in 1910, but this adds a bit more to the mystery.
In the March 9, 1922 Glacier, H. Taylor has an add for groceries and says The Handy Corner is selling out. He says..."I intend to quit the grocery business."
Did he get the Feed Store back and turn it into a Grocery Store?
L.E. on 11th May 2015 @ 11:22am
I guess I'll give it to you. Hubbard Taylor had a feed store and later grocery at the corner of Belmont and 12th Street in the Heights from the early 1900s through 1922. This concrete patch still survives in front of "True Gorge Artisans" fireplace store, most recently Shortt Supply.
When this was known as Handy Corner the baseball field was right across the street. In the 1905 Sanborn map this was the corner of "Stranahan Avenue" and "County Road." That stretch of Stranahan had 3 grocers, a butcher, a bakery, a blacksmith, 2 general stores, a luncheonette and a barber.
As L.E. observed #510 shows the construction of the road across Indian Creek. I am not sure what sort of crossing Indian Creek had in the days of "The Handy Corner" but this was definitely the most southerly point of commerce in the city. No Roseauers or the Ranch Drive In back then!
Arthur on 11th May 2015 @ 6:10pm
A little background on Hubbard Taylor...
He was the son of Perry Barnett and Amanda Zarhala Barnett.
Born on 28 December 1871 in Warrick County, Indiana. On 23 October 1894 he married Lulu E. Matthews in Warrick County, Indiana. Their first daughter Jewel was born there, before they came to Hood River, where their second daughter Alice arrived.
After he left Hood River he moved to Portland where he remained until his death on 19 February 1949, followed by Lulu. Both are buried in the Historic Columbian Cemetery.
Charlott on 12th May 2015 @ 6:18am
I would love to see a view of the crossing over Indian Cr. towards Rosauers before it was all infilled. Was it a bridge? Too bad infilling is so cheap, it really cuts off the natural corridors.
andyb on 12th May 2015 @ 10:13am
The Hood River Glacier, September 2, 1909
The new cement walks which are being laid on the Heights are a big improvement to that part of town and worth double the cost to the abutting property, as well as to the convenience and comfort of the public.
Jeffrey Bryant on 7th June 2015 @ 7:18am
The Hood River News, January 5, 1910
"The City Engineer's report showed that over 3,000 feet of cement walk had been laid during the past year, which included curbing."
Jeffrey Bryant on 26th June 2015 @ 4:01am
The Hood River Glacier, January 6, 1910
THREE FOURTHS MILE OF CEMENT WALK
At the regular council meeting held Monday night, City Engineer Morse reported that there had been 3760 feet of cement sidewalks laid in the city of Hood River during the year just closed. This is nearly three quarters of a mile and in the case of most of it cement curb was built at the same time. This is a great improvement when it is considered that a year ago Hood River had only about 800 feet of cement sidewalks in its corporate limits.
Jeffrey Bryant on 28th June 2015 @ 8:14pm
The Hood River Glacier, June 27, 1912, page 4
Both sides of Twelfth street are now flanked by sidewalks, the last being in front of the lot of J. T. Clink.
Jeffrey Bryant on 5th October 2017 @ 4:08am