These strawberries were packed by the Davidson Fruit Company for shipment by rail across the country. Strawberries were one of Hood River's early agricultural exports, though by the time this picture was taken circa 1910 apples were also a major Hood River export, and pears were being introduced.
Cold weather this spring has delayed the harvest at the few remaining strawberry patches in the valley, but perhaps this photo will provide them a little encouragement. Yesterday I saw the first hints of red in my garden, so real summer weather can't be too far away.
I have 3 reddish strawberries in my patch. This is a great picture, and gives me hope that summer may actually come!
NancyR on 9th June 2011 @ 7:58am
My strawberries are still blossoms.
Just the other day I was reading a biography of Horatio Foster Davidson, who did so much for H. River's fruit industry.
l.e. on 9th June 2011 @ 8:58am
Look how the berries are packed in neat little rows! it you have a bio of Horatio Davidson - would you be willing to share a copy for the museum? It is needed for the biography files. Thx.
Connie on 13th June 2011 @ 2:07pm
Just do a search for Horatio Davidson and you will find an excellent biography.
Charlott on 17th June 2011 @ 7:09pm
For a good bio, get on Findagrave, as he is buried in Idlewilde
Charlott on 22nd June 2011 @ 7:13am
I have a picture of my great-aunt and three other women packing strawberries into containers like that at a farm her parents rented, I think in Mt. Hood. My grandmother remembers doing that--and she hated it. "Us kids had to work like the dickens!" she said.
Nancy Trotic on 1st January 2013 @ 9:03pm
Horatio Davidson was my husband's Great-Grand Father. I'd love to find more pictures!!
Lori K. Gibson on 18th September 2014 @ 2:17pm
The Hood River Glacier, January 27, 1910, page 1 has an article about stockholders of the Hood River Fruit Growers Union, representing the strawberry growers, voting to dissolve the berry growers union. They sold their warehouse and equipment to the Apple Growers Union.
Jeffrey Bryant on 18th July 2015 @ 4:50am