The photo caption identifies this as a bicycle party in the 1880's and the database claims this is the Brosius Drug Store, but I suspect both are incorrect. Dr. Brosius (rightmost) arrived in Hood River in 1891, just in time for the golden age of cycling. We've seen the Williams and Brosius Drug Store before, but this is not it.
In any case, we have identification for many of these Hood River cycling pioneers:
Back row: ?,?, Eva Blowers, Mrs. Sam Bartmess, Kate Earl, Mrs. Bert Graham, ?, Mrs. Johnny Nicholson, Gladys Hartley, Blanche Blowers
Front row: Dale Harrison, M. Hanna, ?, Howard Hartley, Megs Bartmess, Sam Bartmess, Ed Williams, Dr. Brosius
I believe the building was the A.S. Blowers Store. It was on the NW corner of Third and Oak, facing onto Third Street, across from Dr. Brosius' store.
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Seems this was a group of all ages. I can just see those ladies peddling around with those long skirts.
Charlott on 31st May 2012 @ 7:09am
Just back from a ride in Post Canyon?
Michael Schock on 31st May 2012 @ 9:09am
That baby on the handlebars is absolutely scarey.
nels on 31st May 2012 @ 9:54am
Post and Pint?
andrewb on 31st May 2012 @ 10:26am
I'm going to guess this is the 'before' picture, Mike-- maybe they stopped in the general store to get the 1890's version of Gu or Shot Blox (beef jerky?) Post Canyon, as I understand it, was where the early settlers got fence posts and telephone poles, so it is very likely these folks would have understood Mike's comment even if that wasn't their destination.
Arthur on 31st May 2012 @ 10:32am
What do you suppose was involved in a bicycle party?
Other than some hard pedaling up some steep dusty streets.
Neat photo and I can just imagine the little guys doing whirly gigs in front of the older folk and making them tip over.
l.e. on 31st May 2012 @ 11:24am
The Blowers store is shown in photo #234.
Is this where the First National Bank was built?
l.e. on 31st May 2012 @ 8:53pm
Good catch l.e., I wasn't sure if I had posted the Blowers store yet. That is it in #234-- you can see the distinctive Oak tree in both pictures. It's also the setting for the portrait of Miss Myra Helm, # 381. Yes, this is where the First National Bank building is today.
Arthur on 31st May 2012 @ 11:47pm
Kate Earl was a niece of Mrs. Sam Bartmess.
Mrs. Johnny Nicholson (Nickelson) is a sister to Eva and Blanche Blowers.
Gladys and Howard Hartley are brother and sister and grew up in the historic Orrin Hartley House.
l.e. on 1st June 2012 @ 5:46pm
Sam Bartmess and family came to Hood River in 1890. The 1880s date is incorrect.
Mary Bartmess Kramer on 10th June 2012 @ 8:56pm
I thought this was interesting, showing how early bicycles were important and evidently common, if there were enough to have a race.
From the September 28, 1895 The Dalles Weekly Chronicle:
The following Bicycle Races will be given by the Fair Association:
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1895
One-mile---Class A Open handicap
Saturday, Oct. 12, 1895
Half-mile for boys under 15 years of age,
Quarter-mile for ladies.
A gold medal will be given for first prize, and a silver medal for second prize in each race.
Entries close Saturday Oct. 5, 1895,
with J.O. MACK, Secy.
L.E. on 29th March 2017 @ 4:51pm