It's not quite blossom time in the valley, but at least it's finally springtime. Here we have one of the Plog sisters in a pear orchard with a Chevrolet. By this period pear orchards were rapidly replacing apple orchards in the valley.
I think there was a reason pear was replacing apple.
Did it have to do with freezes?
l.e. on 22nd March 2013 @ 7:31am
Charlott....when will the pear blossoms look like this?
End of April?
l.e. on 22nd March 2013 @ 7:36am
The big freeze of 1919 wiped out a lot of apples. David Burkhart's, "It All Began with Apple Seeds," has a table showing the increase in pears starting in 1918.
Jeffrey Bryant on 22nd March 2013 @ 9:01am
Blossom time depends on the weather and the temperature. Sometimes it is earlier than others. Just up to Mother Nature. Keep in mind the blossoms progress up the valley, starting close to Hood River and later up in the Parkdale area.
charlott on 22nd March 2013 @ 9:16am
Apples grow in some pretty cold places-- upstate New York, for example. Is it our common late frosts that make pears more appropriate for our valley?
Arthur on 22nd March 2013 @ 9:39am
I wonder if this is Edna or Olga.
l.e. on 22nd March 2013 @ 1:59pm
I always come to Hood River/Parkdale for Blossom Time.
Jill Stanford on 22nd March 2013 @ 2:02pm
Where did the Plogs come from, anyway? Sweden? In Ingmar Bergman's film "The Seventh Seal" there's a man named Plog (pronounced Ploog), but that's the only other time I've heard the name,; and goodness knows we have one of every kind of Scandinavian here in Utah. Leland Plog was in first grade with me, in Henrietta Cornelius's classroom. He was small and compact, with light red hair and wore a little knitted vest over his school shirt.
Barbara on 22nd March 2013 @ 6:35pm
They came from Germany.
From the "History of the Columbia River Valley" 1928
Louis Plog emigrated in 1882 and Henrietta Rugge or Runge in 1890. They married.
In 1902 they moved to Hood River and bought 90 acres five and one half miles south of Hood River. He cleared land and planted trees turning the land into a valuable farm.
They had six children. J.E.; Walter; Olga; Edna; Harry and Louis Jr.
The article says Louis and family lived their until his death in 1921 but,
the 1910 census shows them living in Odell and the 1920 census shows them living at Heights precinct.
The census also differs on the ages but I think Olga was born 1895 and Edna 1898.
And thank you Jeffrey for all of the work you do for information about those who are buried at Idlewilde.
l.e. on 22nd March 2013 @ 7:49pm
Louis,or (Ludwig) Plog had a brother Charles who also moved to the Hood River area. He had a number of children. One of his daughters, Bertha, married Charles Tucker featured in one of the earlier HHR photos of Tucker Bridge.
I think Leland was from the Charles Plog family.
Leland passed away in 1958 in an auto accident.
I hesitate to give family history because there are many descendants of the Plog family in the area and I might give wrong information.
This photo is not from Historic Hood River, but features Edna and Olga Plog.
l.e. on 22nd March 2013 @ 8:34pm
Yes, I remember Leland well as one of our long time classmates....sounds like we have another member of the HRHS class of 59 checking Arthur's postings... Maybe some classmates actually read our class newsletter :)
Arlen Sheldrake on 23rd March 2013 @ 7:55am
I think Fred Markham reads and looks at this blog. Classmate?
Judy on 25th March 2013 @ 8:45pm
Yes, Fred is a HRHS 59 classmate. I now understand that Leland got set back a year thus being in both Barbara's and Bill/Arlen's class.
Arlen Sheldrake on 26th March 2013 @ 8:18am