Ruth Shafer took this fine candid photo of Billy and "Ma" Sunday at a picnic in 1921. Billy Sunday was a professional baseball player who became a popular evangelist. While he traveled nationwide, he had a ranch in Hood River to unwind.
Ma was the power behind their ranch. She was the one that kept it going.....He actually didn't spend all that much time here. However, when he was around he was asked to preach at various churches. He was know for his long winded sermons, that could do on and on and on.
Charlott on 17th August 2016 @ 7:02am
When his parents arrived from Germany the name was Sonntag, but changed it to Sunday. His father went off to the Civil War and very early on died of pneumonia. His mother, impoverished finally sent him to an orphans home where he spent many years. He did odd jobs when he was of age and finally ended up playing baseball prior to becoming an evangelist.
"Ma"s name was Helen, but they called her Nell. Maiden name was Thompson. They had three sons....
Charlott on 17th August 2016 @ 7:30am
glad to see you posting again Charlotte! I have a question for you. How do you know all this stuff? You can't be old enough to remember all this history lol. I live in california but don't hold that against me. i am hooked on my family genealogy and many of those people lived in hood river. Most all are gone now. Anyway, thanks to all who contribute. I enjoy this site every morning.
brian murray on 17th August 2016 @ 10:13am
"Just like Billy Sunday in his shotgun ragtime band..." Grateful Dead - Ramble on Rose.
Jim Mason on 17th August 2016 @ 1:07pm
I think she gets a lot of info from other sources, historical society etc. Glad she does the work do we can enjoy it.
Judy on 17th August 2016 @ 4:02pm
I think Sunday Road is named after him. There is some of Sunday's memorabilia @ the museum.
Judy on 17th August 2016 @ 4:06pm
Yes, Sunday Road is named after him. Also, his house still remains if you know where to look on Sunday Road. I was fortunate to keep my ears peeled as a child and had a father and other family that was very knowledgeable about the area. One side of my family took up residence in Pine Grove in 1891 and the other in 1902. One portion of my family came to Klickitat Co. in 1873 and lived in the areas also of Biggs and Wasco. Both very interesting places in the old days. My family has left a wonderful paper trail concerning people and things in the area. Many wrote down a lot of information that has been inherited by me. I wrote down a lot of what I was told by family members when I was actually quite young, as was so very interested in the local area and people of old.
charlott on 18th August 2016 @ 7:08am
Found out recently that Billy Sunday, born in Iowa, spent some time in the Soldier's Orphan's Home in Davenport, Iowa, about a mile from my childhood home. Craig Bishop presented a program about him in the summer of 2018 at the German Heritage Museum in Davenport.
Ellen on 20th February 2019 @ 6:21pm
I didn't realize he was from Iowa, but I do know he visited practically every corner of the country in his preaching years.
Arthur on 20th February 2019 @ 7:38pm