This nice interior shot shows the Kent and Garrabrant store. Newspaper ads tell us they sold confectionery, cigars, tobacco, and sporting goods from their store on the north side of Oak Street, opposite the Smith Block (3rd and Oak Street) in the early 1910s. I believe Waucoma Book Store is now at their location.
The entire right side of the store seems to be devoted to tobacco. The clock advertises Arthur Clarke, watchmaker. The decal on the door mentions Tampa, Fla. It looks like some sticky sweets in the leftmost display. I think the box says "Sweet Heart Gum" but could be wrong. There's plenty of root beer or other soft drinks. To the right of the telephone is a nice set of silverware.
Notes identify the man to the left as Herbert Garrabrant, though the newspaper refers to him as "Hugh". The man to the right is Robert (Bert) Milo Kent.
In 1914 Garrabrant partnered with Frank Parker. No word what happened to Mr. Kent. In 1917 they installed a shooting range in their basement.
Garrabrant also managed the "lower city" baseball team, which played the Heights team. I've never heard the downtown referred to that way before.
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i can tell you what happened to Kent. He died in 1919, so soon after this phoo was taken.
Frank Parker came to Hood River from Missouri and lived here all his life. His wife's name was Abbie and had one son Don.
I assume this is the same Hugh Garrabrant that had the Chevy dealership there right about where Andrews pizza a movie theatre is located.
Charlott on 17th October 2017 @ 7:09am
Looks like an old chimney that no longer has a wood stove.
L.E. on 17th October 2017 @ 7:55am
I love these store images.
Kyle on 17th October 2017 @ 8:55am
In the late 80s, Hugh Garrabrant was Hood River's District Court judge, and he was district attorney prior to that. Not sure he was old enough to be the son of this Hugh Garrabrant - maybe grandson? I remember Hugh recollecting a winter when the Columbia froze over and they could drive across it.
Jay on 17th October 2017 @ 10:38am
What is the item on the left counter to the forefront? Seems to have a nozzle to it.
nels on 17th October 2017 @ 10:44am
nels, I zoomed in to the high res scan but cannot figure out what that apparatus is. Perhaps it's some sort of soda fountain? What you see here is pretty much what I see in the high res file.
Arthur on 17th October 2017 @ 9:17pm
Several generations of Garrabrant's lived in Hood River. Daniel Garrabrant came to Hood River in 1899. His son was Hubert Wilson Garrabrant. Francis Vernon Garrabrant was the next generation, followed by Judge Hubert Vernon Garrabrant.
Jeffrey Bryant on 18th October 2017 @ 3:06am
Judge Garrabrant is married to my Dad's 2nd cousin. They live in King City, Oregon.
Jeffrey Bryant on 18th October 2017 @ 3:40am
Thanks for the memories. Jeffrey Bryant has it correctly, and I am the Grandson of FV Garrabrant, and nephew of HV Garrabrant. Jeffrey's 2nd cousin is my Aunt. Nice to meet you Jeffrey, we are related through my Aunt. The Garrabrant in this photo looks like pictures of my Great Grandfather HW Garrabrant. He would have been in his 30"s about this time, but not sure this is him - there were a bunch of Garrabrants in Hood River back then. My Aunt, Jeffrey's 2nd cousin knows the history very well, so I will follow up with her.
Brian Donohue on 3rd April 2019 @ 6:38pm
P.S. Charlott, it was my Grandfather (HV Garrabrant) that had the Chevy dealership. The man in the photo was his father. This thread is brining back a lot of memories. One of my Grandfathers best friends was a man named Hal Shelton. He ran the Pool Hall which was up the street from the Garage, as I recall. Lot's of great stories about Hal and Margaret (Hal's wife), they were great people. Back in those days, there were few restaurants and people visited each other at home rather than go "out" to eat and socialize. As a kid, I remember lots of parties around the holidays with neighbors and friends coming by regularly - those were truly the good old days.
Brian Donohue on 3rd April 2019 @ 6:45pm
Correction to above comment - FV Garrabrant had the Chevy dealership. His brother HI (Hubert Irving( Garrabrant was part owner as well.
Brian Donohue on 4th April 2019 @ 8:51am