I'm not entirely sure what to make of this Ella May Davidson photo (circa 1915). The child is standing with a cane in front of the Davidson Building (214-216 Cascade) and there is a red cross in the window. Perhaps this is for a Red Cross fundraising effort? Childhood diseases which are now largely eradicated left many children of this era blind or with other lifelong disabilities.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
The child doesn't appear blind, but the cane makes you wonder.
In our local cemetery there are three small graves of children from the same family who died during an 1880's diphtheria epidemic.
In the wheat fields of Goldendale there is a small fenced area enclosing six small graves of children from the same family who died, perhaps during the same diphtheria epidemic, in the 1880's.
L.E. on 28th October 2019 @ 7:49am
A reminder of the hardships of life back then. One way I visit communities is to check out gravestones in the older area of cemeteries. They tell a lot about early life, and especially the number of infants and children dying. But when you see a mother or father who dies early, it paints a whole picture of survival and hardships. In east Tennessee one graveyard had many Irish immigrants (potato famine?) but they ended up dying in the Civil War. How ironic.
nels on 28th October 2019 @ 11:22am
L. E. Where is that cemetery area in Goldendale?
Gladys on 29th October 2019 @ 7:04am
Gladys, here is a reference:
L.E. on 29th October 2019 @ 9:27am
Many years ago this was where Brooke Hull Accountants & Farmers Insurance had their offices with Diamond Fruit offices to the North. There were nice apartments upstairs.
Judy on 30th October 2019 @ 12:16am