This W. F. Laraway image from the inside of the tent at the Horticultural Fair shows the work of J & F Sealy of the Brink Haven Orchard. I found a 1920 obituary for Francis Sealy. Mr. Sealy was born in Ireland in 1861, coming to Portland at age 21. He worked as a tea inspector in Portland before coming to Hood River.
We saw the outside of this tent previously. These fairs were held every other year starting in the 1890's. I believe they were replaced by the county fair.
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He was from County Cork in Ireland. He worked for some time in his own general merchandise store in Portland. His wife was Nellie Walker. He didn't live in Hood River very long.
Many local Hood River growers participated in this Horticultural Fair.
Nellie on 27th July 2020 @ 7:09am
Sealy was part of the Sealy Dresser Grocery store in Portland.
This photo shows a window display of meat. In the background, you can see a display of fruit.
This blog tells about a modern day jewelry store in the same place as the Sealy Dresser store.
L.E. on 27th July 2020 @ 8:17am
Is this the county or state fair? Can't quite make out what the large sign is outside.
nels on 27th July 2020 @ 8:46am
This is the Hood River County Horticultural Fair. They were held every other year from the 1890's until about 1910. I will add a link to an earlier image of the outside of the tent.
ArthurB on 27th July 2020 @ 10:31am
Any idea what the apples are resting on? Rhubarb leaves?
Will on 27th July 2020 @ 11:31am
My great-grandfather always displayed his fruit at this fair from the time he came to Hood River, until it closed.
Charlott on 27th July 2020 @ 11:41am
Looks like the sign outside says Exhibit.
M.M. on 27th July 2020 @ 3:46pm
Wouldn't it be interesting to know what apple varieties are displayed in this photo?
Jeanie on 28th July 2020 @ 12:13am
Quite the variety of apples on display. No doubt a lot of those old varieties that you very seldom see grown in the Hood River area anymore.
Gladys on 28th July 2020 @ 7:37am