This image from the Judson Ferguson collection has a note on the reverse indicating it was the Monroe residence on the NE corner of Cascade and 9th. Sure enough there is still a very similar looking house near that corner, although there is another small structure now to the west. Fortunately this house is in the Oregon Inventory of Historic Resources For Hood River County prepared by Sally Donovan, so we know a bit about its ownership over the years.
The inventory indicates the house was constructed in 1900, but I'm a bit suspicious of that date since this neighborhood was developed in the mid 1910s. The first owner listed is John and Nancy Monroe from 1913 to 1926. The Monroes came to Hood River from Iowa about 1878 and settled in the Pine Grove area. According to the biography Nancy bought a home in Hood River in 1892 while her husband and son stayed on their Pine Grove homestead. Nancy managed a dressmaking business in town and visited the homestead to wash, clean and cook for her husband and son. She resided in this house from 1913 until her death in 1926.
Joseph and Mattie Zane owned the house from 1926-1928.
Judson and Anna Ferguson purchased the property in 1928 and owned it until 1945. The Ferguson's lived in a much fancier house on State Street, so this must have been a rental property at that time.
You can read about Mr. Ferguson here.
That is true about the Monroe's. My great-grandfather bought the Monroe place in Pine Grove on Fir Mountain Road. The house that the Monroe men lived in was moved back and further north, so that the big family home could be built in the location of the original one. There was an old barn and a windmill, and probably some other outbuilding. The land was somewhat cleared and planted into trees, then my great-grandfather and his sons cleared most of the rest of it and planted, in that time frame apples. Later naturally the pears came into play.
John Monroe died in 1902 and that is when the son sold the farm to my great-grandfather and moved to California. Nancy Allison Sturgeon Monroe, lived in town until she died in 1926.
Charlott on 26th November 2019 @ 7:20am
Really enjoy the before and after pictures.
Kenn on 27th November 2019 @ 8:37am
I remember similar homes, a door into the formal living room and another into the kitchen area, the formal one apparently removed in a remodeling..
Kenn on 27th November 2019 @ 8:55am