The early 20th century saw electricity come to the Hood River Valley. The prosperous fruit industry was quick to adopt labor saving automation such as this early Palmer Grader. This image was captured in 1912 at the Maxwelton Orchard. Hal Nesbit and Ed Dreske (sp?) are grading the fruit.
They may have had electricity, but it was still a very slow process, as fruit had to be sorted out for size. This does look so typical of the early packing houses that the majority of the orchardists had on their own property.
I do know that a man by the name of Burt Lowery was the superintendent of the Maxwelton Orchard. He had fruit experience prior to coming to Hood River from Missouri.
That is quite the lighting set up hanging from the ceiling.
charlott on 12th September 2012 @ 7:09am
I was going to say, that with electric lights, they can now work longer hours, but I'm not sure that chandelier is electric.
l.e. on 12th September 2012 @ 7:15am
Do you suppose Burton Bebe Lowry is one of the men in the photo?
This page says he was superintendent of Maxwelton Orchards in 1911.
l.e. on 12th September 2012 @ 7:56am
Have seen a photo of Lowery and it doesn't appear that he is one of those in the photo. Maybe he took the photo?
charlott on 12th September 2012 @ 8:26am
The man at the far left has to be Ed Dreske, because he looks like the oldest of the men in the photo. Dreske was born in 1877 and died as a young man of 47 years in 1924 .(At least that is my guess)
charlott on 12th September 2012 @ 8:36am
We saw Hal Nesbit in another photo: http://historichoodriver.com/index.php?showimage=162
I think he is the seated man grading the fruit in this photo, and the 5th from the left in the Pet Parade.
Arthur on 12th September 2012 @ 8:53am
The picture of Burton Lowry on that link looks like the guy on the left. Especially the ears.
JE on 12th September 2012 @ 3:27pm