The Hood River Glacier was an early weekly newspaper. This 1898 image shows Samuel Finley Blythe at the press with his son Edward Nation Blythe, while Mr. Dallas is reading a copy. We're told the arm to the right of the frame belongs to Mr. Eastman.
The Glacier started publication in 1889. Mr. Blythe purchased it in 1894, and worked to grow the newspaper significantly. He replaced the hand press we see here with a power press in 1901. Mr. Blythe sold the newspaper in 1904.
The Glacier had to compete with the Hood River News after 1909. It finally succumbed in 1933, but not before the writers of the Glacier left us a wealth of firsthand reporting on Hood River's early days.
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happy new year (and new home?) on the wall, and a bucket of ink (?) on the open wood stove!
spinsur on 13th December 2011 @ 7:31am
It must be summer time. There is no fire in the wood stove.
The Glacier is a wealth of historical information.
l.e. on 13th December 2011 @ 7:33am
Yes, I think the Glacier had just moved into this new space. We have a photo of an earlier facility which is about the size of an outhouse.
Arthur on 13th December 2011 @ 8:43am
The Hood River News began in October 1905 (but maybe it wasn't considered competition until 1909?!). Just to get the dates straight --
Esther Smith on 13th December 2011 @ 10:56am
Thanks Esther. I got the 1909 date from the "A-Z" history of HR County, but I'm sure your source is correct.
Arthur on 13th December 2011 @ 11:23am
I can promise you it's 1905 -- we have the bound copies right here! Thanks --
Esther Smith on 13th December 2011 @ 12:07pm
Perhaps the confusion on date can be explained by the fact that the HR News was called the "Hood River News-Letter" until a new owner changed its name to the Hood River News in 1909. Seems likely!
Esther Smith on 15th December 2011 @ 11:12am