It looks like the Kelly Bros. Hardware building at 4th and Oak (402-406 Oak) is brand new, which would date this image to about 1920. Kelly Bros. occupied the west end and a bakery occupied the east end. Apparently the bakery lasted at that location for 50 years. Hopefully some of you will have stories about these businesses.
I'm happy the decorative tile has lasted so well. It's now occupied by Boda's Kitchen and the Frame Gallery
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When a building runs North and South, how do businesses occupy a West end and East end? I like the decorative tile also.
OrMtnMaid on 29th March 2017 @ 7:19am
Interesting that there are more trees in today's photo than in 1920.
The pedestrians are dressed a bit differently.
There is that building on the left that we saw in a previous photo that looks like it is not finished. It looks like honeycomb.
L.E. on 29th March 2017 @ 8:00am
It sure is nice seeing all of the utility wires moved underground!
Kevin on 29th March 2017 @ 10:19am
OrMtnMaid, the photo shows the eastern side of the building, there is a western side. Arthur posted the google view showing the entire southern face of the building.
L.E., the trees we see today are decorative. As the city grew, all of the random Oak trees were removed. Now a hundred years later the face of the city has changed to accommodate how the city would like to be seen by its clientele.
The honeycombed building further west was the home of the Rialto theater. Today it is a parking lot.
LMH on 29th March 2017 @ 10:34am
In the mid-1950's, I lived about half a block down the street from this building. At that time, the west side of the building housed Robertson's Hardware, and the east side had the Central Market. Below the market, was the liquor store.
Bill Seaton on 29th March 2017 @ 1:41pm
I lived in Hood River from 1950 to 1956. The store on the left side of the picture was a grocery store back then and my parents hardware store, Robertson Hardware, was right next door. Then came the movie theater. This picture brings back fond memories.
Don Robertson on 29th March 2017 @ 4:12pm
Traffic button in the middle of the intersection, overhead power lines and street lights that can be lowered from the sidewalk for bulb replacement, now only memories..
Kenn on 30th March 2017 @ 8:19am
I remember a shoe shop to the left of Central Foods. It must have moved into the Robertson Hardware space.
Norma on 30th March 2017 @ 3:21pm
Bill Pattison provided this history:
"The record I have is the beginning occupancy of the west half of the building was Kelly Hardware (another holding of Kelly Brother’s assets). In the early 1930’s Kelly sold to Arthur Kolstad (Realto Theater),Earl Weber, and my father, Fred Pattison. They named it Weber Hardware, cause it was “short and sweet”. Hard times fell on the partnership, Kolstad’s bankruptcy, and still in the Great Depression. They sold the business to Serge Gaulke i.e. Gaulke Hardware. Later Gaulke sold to Brisbane Appliance. After that I’m at a blank until the OLCC moved from the lower floor on third street to that location. "
Arthur on 30th March 2017 @ 5:39pm