Who owned the Paris Fair at the time it closed? I wasn't in Hood River at the time. Know that Lance's owned it until they were killed in 1972.
Charlott on 12th January 2012 @ 7:06am
That seems to be the big mystery Charlott. Arthur shows us photos connected to the 1900 Paris World's Fair or Exposition that some one supposedly from the HR area took, and asks us if there is a connection to the opening of the Paris Fair store.
I have read about the construction of the building, which was an IOOF meeting hall with Paris Fair on the ground floor. That's about all I know.
l.e. on 12th January 2012 @ 7:48am
Paris Fair had those cool tubes that ran from downstairs to the second floor that operated on air pressure. When you paid for something downstairs the money was sent up to the second floor where change was made and sent back down the first floor. It was fun to buy stuff there.
Dan on 12th January 2012 @ 8:16am
The musuem has a nice collection of items that were purchased on the very last day of Paris Fair business operation. A few hats, etc. with the sales receipts included. My guess is that people in 1989 felt the history of this store was in their minds necessary to preserve for future generations. Dan - I have heard about those air tubes and was hoping that at some point they would surface so we can have them at the museum...but alas - no.
Connie on 12th January 2012 @ 9:26am
Another Paris Fair feature I remember from the late 1940's was their x-ray machine in the Shoe Department. You stood with your feet in the bottom of the machine and looked down through the viewer to see your feet outlined inside your new shoes. No telling how much radiation you got.
William C. Seaton on 12th January 2012 @ 9:26am
The money went back and forth through the tubes up to the mezzanine where the cashiering was done by Myrtle Nance. Very much in use at bank drive throughs this day and age. Yes, bill, recall the foot x-ray machine. Wonder what on earth it was really suppose to do. Upstairs they always had a Santa at Christmas.. My uncle was their Santa for many years as my aunt worked there.. You could get your picture taken on his lap.
Charlott on 12th January 2012 @ 10:05am
Look....no parking meters out front!!!!!!!
Charlott on 12th January 2012 @ 10:06am
and in the shoe store part, they always gave you chicklets. And let you stick your feet in the show buffer thing that polished your shoes.
CB on 13th January 2012 @ 10:38am
Judith Cunningham had her first Art Show in this building.
Ellen Dittebrandt on 13th January 2012 @ 11:35am
I remember the name of the shoe salesman. His last name was Jones. Do't know where he lived or when he left Hood River, but he had a daughter named Karen and she went to school with us for a time, but don't recall whether it was Pine Grove or Mid Valley. Lillian Hjalatain worked upstairs for many years.
Charlott on 14th January 2012 @ 2:14pm
The shoe salesman was Ron Jones....his daughters were Karen, Marsha and Kathy....not sure what school they went to. Ron and Karen are both gone....Marsha still lives in the area.
Carmy Miller on 7th February 2012 @ 10:56am
Don't forget red-headed Warren Predmore, who clerked at Paris Fair. He played in the HRHS band, too.
Barbara Parsons Bernstein on 29th February 2012 @ 1:50pm
Sad picture, I worked there right after high school for a few months in 1977.
Kirk Jansen on 9th March 2012 @ 1:03pm
I also worked there from 1968 to 1971. I was in the basement receiving merchandise and attaching tags using kind of an old linotype machine, and I also added the old paper receipts and cashiered upstairs with those great pneumatic tubes. I think Dick Lance's dad may have owned the business before he did.
Just found this great site and hope to participate when I can. PS: My dad is Marvin Turner, principal at Coe, Park, Frankton and Westside schools, and my Gramma was Lanora Frick, principal at Coe. I have great memories of HR. Thanks to all the work of the museum folks!
Thomas Turner on 12th July 2012 @ 12:20pm
I agree with my brother--a big thanks for this visual history. I remember a picture of our grandfather (Warren Frick) working in an orchard, at the old HR Museum.
[For the record, I was envious of the $1.15 or so an hour that he got having a Real Job!]
I love HR and always will.
Susan Turner on 21st November 2012 @ 10:37am
My mother, Irene Schiller worked at the Paris Fair in the 1930's. She told me about working there and being an usher at the theater in Hood River. She graduated form Hood River HS in 1936.
Her grandfather Levi Nealeigh got there on a covered wagon.
Dennis Toomey on 23rd January 2013 @ 9:45pm
Richard "Dick" Gregg Scearce, our grandfather, worked in 1925 for Highway Automobile Company, soon after he quite, and became sales manager for Paris Fair. He eventually went to work for Diamond Fruit, as a traffic manager. He worked for Paris Fair in the late 20's and early 30's.The pay was not great, but it kept his families roof over its head.
Lesa on 14th March 2013 @ 1:54pm
Dana Lance (Richard Lance's brother I believe) and his wife Ellen operated the Paris Fair after Mr. and Mrs. Lance were killed. They also owned one or two retail stores in The Dalles. My timeline is sketchy but I remember the store Petticoat Junction was in business in the early 80's.
Susan Baldwin on 18th February 2014 @ 5:30pm
I am interested in talking to anyone who has stories of Dick and Eleanor Lance, and or any childhood stories of Barbara Ann Lance. They were my grandparents, but I never knew them. Their plane went down just before I was born. I am the second of four children of Barbara Ann Lance, Dick and Eleanor's daughter. In 2003, Dana and Ellen welcomed us into their home and told us the story of our grandparents and showed us the town and the monument. I would still be also deeply interested to hear other stories of their lives. Please feel free to share with me. I can be reached at email@example.com. Thanks for the memories you've shared! :)
Loribeth Jarrell on 4th November 2016 @ 9:11pm
I remember visiting my grandmother Georgia French, who lived on Sherman Avenue. At Christmas the Paris Fair Santa would give out red net Christmas stockings with an orange, nuts in the shell and ribbon candy.
Laura Ashley-Spencer on 20th July 2017 @ 8:54am
My Grandfather George Thomson and my great Uncle Everett McCarty were the merchants who owned the Paris Fair for many years. My Father Leonard (Tommy) Thomson eventually managed the store with the help of his sister Wilma Franz. After my father died at age 41, his cousin Arlene McCarty came and ran the store.
It was eventually sold to the Lance's .I believe the cashier was named Myrtle. She was the cashier for many years. At night my Father would take a wire and carry it from one side to the other so that it someone broke in alarms would go off. That was the burglary system.
Gail W Dodson on 16th September 2019 @ 12:57pm
How did the Lances die at the same time? Was it a plane crash in Hood River or someplace else?
Barbara Parsons on 21st November 2020 @ 7:21pm
From the family stories that have been shared with me, Dick and Eleanor were on a trip to Arizona with another couple and on their return flight, their plane went down in the Northern California mountains in Jan or Feb of 1972....a search party was sent out to find them, but the plane was not located for approximately three months.
Loribeth Jarrell on 13th December 2020 @ 10:01pm