The Gilbert-Vaughan Implement Company was located at the corner of 4th and Cascade, where we now see the far less interesting Elks Lodge. You can see they were making the transition from horses and wagons to automobiles. That's an early Hudson automobile-- I'm going to guess 1912 unless someone knows better.
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Wood sidewalks like this were on stringers, the one crossing the dirt street I had not seen before.. The wagons at the side of the building may be trade in or storage, I cannot imagine new ones being stored outside.
I wonder if any of this type hitching posts have been saved, one would look great in front of the museum.
Kenn on 19th November 2015 @ 8:19am
If I am ever in South Bend Indiana, which I probably won't be, but if I am...I am going to visit the Studebaker Museum.
In 1852 the Studebaker brothers opened a blacksmith shop, which later became the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company. It became the world's largest manufacturer of wagons and buggies.
In 1902 they produced an electric car and gasoline powered in 1904.
They offered a full line of both horse drawn and self propelled vehicles until 1920, when they ceased making horse drawn.
L.E. on 19th November 2015 @ 8:53am
June, 1911 HR Glacier article about the Gilbert and Vaughan Company store.
The wagons were in the basement... (stack after stack) the poles hung on hooks to the ceiling.
Someone did some great graphic work for their advertisements.
L.E. on 19th November 2015 @ 9:02am
What a nice building, when I first saw it, not knowing the address, it looked similiar to the old Franz Hardware building? Too bad this old Gilbert-Vaughan structure did not survive the trials of time. When/why did it come down?
James Holloway on 19th November 2015 @ 9:27am
The Elks lodge is really a blight architecturally. Totally from the same angle that all our schools and governmental buildings came from in the 50's and 60's- Economy Neo-Bauhaus. They work, but nobody loves them.
andyB on 19th November 2015 @ 12:52pm
Right on andyB, can't do much about days gone by, but we need talented Architectural Review boards on all new construction, esp. Commercial buildings. Hood River has some new ugly architectural examples, hopefully no more. Too bad beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but come on! Some new ugly duds on the Heights. Hey anyone know when the bricky Gilbert-Vaughan structure met it's demise?
James Holloway on 19th November 2015 @ 3:57pm
Those guys sure knew how to stack bricks. I have a chimney built in 1920 with recycled painted brick. Some day I will figure out which building they came from.
Arthur on 19th November 2015 @ 4:35pm
Do I remember right - didn't Sheppards used to sell Studebakers?
Norma Jubitz Simpson on 19th November 2015 @ 4:56pm
The Studebaker building in SE Portland had the sign "Studebaker wagons and carriages" showing well on the south side until Walt had the building painted about ten years ago.; he was not happy they painted over the sign. There is only a slight trace remaining, it is on the City Liquidators warehouse building between first, second, Morrison and Belmont on the south side. It is now a warehouse but the showroom in the NE corner is still evident by different ceiling beams and an elevator to bring down wagons from the second floor..
Kenn on 19th November 2015 @ 5:31pm
Arthur, I don’t know early auto models, but I’m pretty sure the driver is HF Davidson, and I found these two notes in the Hood River Glacier.
The Hood River News May 18, 1910 --H. F. Davidson is the latest to be effected with the buzz-wagon fever, and has purchased a new Hudson-20 from Gilbert-Vaughan.
The Hood River News Jun 8, 1910 -- H. F. Davidson has exchanged his Hudson Twenty for a larger one and is now driving a Hudson touring car, which he secured from the Gilbert-Vaughan Implement Company.
BCopper on 19th November 2015 @ 7:18pm
James, The Elks Lodge was dedicated in June 1949 with a band playing. Maybe the Gilbert Vaughan came down around then? Norma, Yesteryears in the HRN today made mention of the newest Studebaker featured at Sheppard's in 1955...The Golden Hawk. The Elks Lodge in its current condition really is an eyesore and it deadens that side of the street. Definitely not "pedestrian friendly" But it was probably well received back in its day....people were tired of the old stuff and want to be up to date with the latest modern trends.
Ellen on 20th November 2015 @ 12:58am
Just a reminder that this store was in the 1911 brochure that Arthur featured a couple of days ago. You can see the full building to the right.
In the 1908 "The Implement Age"
J.R. Nicholson, Hood River, Ore, sold his business to the Vaughan-Gilbert Implement Co.
In the 1911 "Carriage Industry" news, it says:
C. H. Vaughan, Hood River, Ore, has disposed of his interest in the Gilbert-Vaughan Implement Co. in order to resume his connection with the Butler Banking Co. Mr. Gilbert has now acquired the larger share of the capital stock and the name of the company has been changed to the Gilbert Implement Co.
In the 1912 "Carriage Industry" news:
H. T. DeWitt has bought the interest of M. H. Nickelson in the Gilbert Implement Co., Hood River, Ore.
L.E. on 20th November 2015 @ 7:55am
From an auto news magazine:
"In 1919 R.B and L.S. Bennett have purchased from C.F. Gilbert, Hood River, Ore., his automobile agency and will operate it under the name of the Bennett Motor Car Co."
That would tie in with HHR photo #695
L.E. on 22nd November 2015 @ 12:50pm