It's fun to go back to images I've looked at a dozen times and find new detail. This is a small corner from a Frank Patterson stereocard of Pine Grove. The note on the reverse says, "Pine Grove Grange Hall/A.F. Bickford Store looping west from Van Horn Butte." That looks like the Mt. Hood Railroad depot also.
I like that we can see the railroad, an automobile, and a horse in the same frame.
The Grange Hall naturally is shown where it sat when built. Later AGA, wished that property for their cold storage and headed by Walter Wells, the Grange was moved directly across the road to it's present location.The building was in fact turned around, because the store portion needed to face the road. The porch showing was removed and then another one installed as it shows now on the east side. I find it interesting that in that era when they did that the big building didn't crumple when they moved it.
The house we see here is "The Parsonage". Even though the church is some distance to the east past the cemetery. It is still there. Just to the north of the house would have been the hotel and then the blacksmith shop.
Too bad that little station wasn't moved across instead of torn down.
Naturally this photo was taken from the side of Van Horn Butte.
Charlott on 29th June 2017 @ 7:16am
I din't realize that the Pine Grove Grange was moved across the road. What year was that Charlott?
Kathie A. on 29th June 2017 @ 8:37am
Thanks Charlott for the great history.
No longer looks like a Pine Grove. Looks like an Apple Grove.
L.E. on 29th June 2017 @ 11:10am
Walter Wells also moved the hotel to the west across the tracks to the current location northwest of the grange. He and my Grandma Susie lived in the front of the ground floor. The old restaurant was in the back. Mrs. Duddles lived on the second floor. Most of the other stories were for storage.
Jeff Bryant on 29th June 2017 @ 11:16am
I would love to see a picture of the hotel in the original location.
Jeff Bryant on 29th June 2017 @ 11:24am
A long distance view of the same scene.
L.E. on 29th June 2017 @ 5:25pm
Why is the horse roaming the street?
Jill Stanford on 29th June 2017 @ 7:11pm
Looking for parking?
ArthurB on 29th June 2017 @ 10:11pm
The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., December 9, 1955, page 1
GRANGE NOTES 50-YR. HISTORY AT PINE GROVE
Members Honored At Tuesday Banquet
By G.S. Weber, Grange Correspondent
Rejoicing reigned supreme at the Pine Grove Grange hall on Tuesday evening of this week as a capacity audience of Grangers and their friends were assembled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of this farmers fraternity.
It was on December 6, 1905, that the 77 charter members of Pine Grove Subordinate Grange No. 356 met at the old Pine Grove schoolhouse, affixed their signature to the official charter, elected their first roster of officers, 16 in number, and were thus officially launched on a career that has endured to the present day. Thus it becomes the first subordinate Grange in Hood River county qualified to celebrate a golden anniversary.
The highlight future of this observance was the bestowing of honors and awards on 4 50-year members; 10 25-year members, 20 surviving members of the original charter list, and 13 surviving past masters out of the total of 22.
The evening's activities began with a pot luck supper at 6:30, which required two sittings in the spacious dining room, under the management of the home economics committee, including Pine Grove's famous coffee-maker, Joe Jarvis, a chore that has been his particular forte throughout the past half century.
The official program was opened at 8 p.m. under the guidance of Walter Wells, Pomona Grange master, and invocation by the Rev. Gerald Gear, pastor of the Odell and Pine Grove Methodist churches. After Wells introduced a number of distinguished guests of the occasion, among whom were Elmer McClure, state master of the Oregon State Grange; Mrs. Alta Johnson, state Grange lecturer, and her husband, Pomona master of Sherman county.
A brief address of welcome was delivered by Allen Moore, the incoming new master of Pine Grove Grange, who pinch-hit for Marian C. Wells, the 1955 master, who is seriously ill in a hospital in Rochester, Minn.
The presentation of awards was made by Earl Moore, the State Grange deputy for Hood River county. Moore began by reading the names of the 77 charter members from the original record book, and he detailed the history of the Pine Grove subordinate Grange until it had erected and dedicated its hall in late 1907. He then presented the awards.
Music for the occasion consisted of a mixed quartet, composed of Helen Croan, Lenore Merritt, Dale Scobee and Wayne Miller, Harold and Kenneth Wells appeared in a vocal duet and Helen Croan sang a solo.
Elmer McClure, Oregon state Grange master, gave the address of the evening. McClure discussed the national farm problem, and stated that he did not have the solution, but that it should be settled on an economic basis and not on a political basis.
The program was under the direction of Mildred Scobee, Grange lecturer; Ellen Moore, acting master; Susie Wells and Mary Moore, home economics chairman.
L.E. on 29th June 2017 @ 10:47pm
The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., April 28, 1939, page 1
HOOD RIVER VALLEY GRANGE HISTORY IS CELEBRATION FEATURE
.......The coming of A.I. Mason to Hood River valley in the early years of this century gave impetus to the organization of a group of six Granges in the valley in the period from December, 1905, to February, 1907. The first of these was Pine Grove Grange, No. 356. It was he who circulated a petition among his neighbors that led to the formation of that Grange in December, 1905. During the first two years of his existence, A.I. Mason served as master of this Grange, and meetings were held in homes, school-house and a fruit warehouse, until its commodious two-story hall was built at Van Horn hall was built at Van Horn station of the Mount Hood Railroad, built about the same time.......
L.E. on 29th June 2017 @ 10:55pm
Prior to Walter and Susie living in the front of the old hotel, there was a resturant that was operated by Abe Tebbs. Then Uncle Walter remodeled it into their home.
The house/hotel looked basically looks pretty much as it always did, only it had a porch running across the front which Uncle Walter closed in part of after he moved it from the other side of the track.
I can't tell you what year the Grange was moved across the road. I would imagine one could find it in the old Grange records.
There were three things that made Pine Grove what it was in the early days, or even the days of my youth and they all tended to inter-twine. That would be the Pine Grove Church, the Grange and the school.......
charlott on 30th June 2017 @ 7:10am
I think the Grange must have moved prior to November 1917. I find mention of the warehouse at Van Horn at that date.
Arthur on 30th June 2017 @ 10:13am
Walter Wells put much of his life on tape recordings, which I believe were given to the Hood River Historical Museum. He may have said when he moved the grange. I know he had moved the hotel by 1954, when he married my Grandma Susie.
Jeffrey Bryant on 1st July 2017 @ 9:11pm
In The History of Hood River County, Oregon 1852 - 1982, page 388 biography of Walter Wells, he says the grange was moved in 1946. It also housed the Bickford Grocery Store.
Jeffrey Bryant on 1st July 2017 @ 9:15pm
It was my father that made those recordings with his Uncle Walter. I totally disagree with that date of 1946 that the Grange was moved. My uncle worked on the building of the AGA building and I have a photo and it was more like the very, very early 40's. Another reason I say this is soon after my cousin Jimmy Wells returned from WWII, he and another cousin, Wayne Miller opened "The Boys" store in the front of the Grange Hall and it was and had been for some time in its present location.
charlott on 2nd July 2017 @ 6:18am
I'll need to look through the archives to find those recordings. The museum has all sorts of archaic audio media-- wire recordings, reel to reel tape, audio cassette, CD, all of which need to be transferred to modern media before they decay beyond recovery.
Arthur on 2nd July 2017 @ 10:57am