Looks like it's time for a picnic at J. F. Amon's farm. The guests include (left to right) Mr. Amon, Mrs. McCoy, Gertrude Balch Ingalls, Harold Ingalls, Mary Amon, Mrs. Amon, Raymond Ingalls, Jerry? Amon. We can date this image circa 1903 because of the sad story of Raymond Ingalls (second from right). In 1910, aged 18, he suddenly took ill with infantile paralysis (polio) and died three days later. He looks like he was 10-12 in this photo.
Gertrude Ingalls maiden name was Balch, not Batch. She was a sister to Frederic Balch, who authored "Bridge of the Gods." They were basically from the Lyle, Washington area. Her husband was James Weston Ingalls, who came with his parents to Hood River from Pennsylvania as part of the Parkhurst Colony. The two sons in the photo are Raymond who died at 18 of polio and Ronald Frederick, plus their third son Harold Balch Ingalls. The Ingalls resided in the Barrett area.
I am unfamiliar with the Amon family and can't tell you which Mrs. McCoy is in the photo.
Bet that was a good "old fashioned" farm picnic...........I can just taste REAL milk and REAL butter on REAL from scratch biscuits.......................Wow!!!!!
Charlott on 11th May 2017 @ 7:17am
Constantly amazed at the knowledge posted here by Arthur and Charlott, always a highlight of my weekdays ~
Kenn on 11th May 2017 @ 9:15am
I've corrected the error Charlott identified.
I thought "real" biscuits were made with lard-- then covered with melting butter.
Arthur on 11th May 2017 @ 11:53am
I am a direct descendant of the Balch family of Beverly Mass. I have visited the Balch Hotel in Dufer a few times plus the house in Beverly which is a historical Site. I am very proud to be an ancestor of Clara Balch. Imagine my surprise when I learned of the Balch's in WA & OR
Judy on 11th May 2017 @ 8:13pm
Remember, this is early Hood River days, so don't forget the strawberry jam with the biscuits.
There is some discussion about the Balch/Ingalls family at HHR photo #381.
L.E. on 12th May 2017 @ 3:18pm
30 page article in Oregon Historical Quarterly, Winter 2016 on Frederic Balch by Richard Etulain. Ran in to Etulain at the HR Museum a couple of years ago and he was pretty indignant that few people in HR know of the man and his book.
Ellen on 12th May 2017 @ 6:25pm
Naturally REAL biscuits and pie crust for that matter are made from lard....
charlott on 16th May 2017 @ 7:04am