The First National Bank built their impressive building at 3rd and Oak in 1910. Here we see the bank officers in 1911 or 1912 with various signs of their success in attracting depositors.
They are identified as: (seated, left to right) D. McDonald, F.S. Stanley (President), J.W. Hinrichs, C. Dethman, A.D. Moe. (standing) Copley Hinrichs (Bookkeeper), E.O. Blanchar (Cashier), V.C. Brock (Teller).
I posted a bonus image last night to answer the Mystery Monday question. Hit "previous" to back up one image and check it out.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
How very interesting to me. D. McDonald was in fact Dixon McDonald. In 1896 he was in Biggs, Oregon and in close association with my own great-grandfather. I do not know when McDonald's came to H.R. My great-grandfather went to Wasco and then came to H.R. in 1902. Naturally he was a good friend of Dixon McDonald.
Charlott on 7th February 2012 @ 7:11am
F. S. Stanley was a lumberman. He was in business with his brother-in-law Robert Smith. There was a lumber company in Hood River called Davenport Lumber, which they bought in 1905. I think Stanley ended up in Portland.
Charlott on 7th February 2012 @ 7:17am
This would be about the time banking would be going through big changes. The Federal Reserve system with a central bank is being discussed.
Gold and silver are still used.
I would guess the paper money we see on the left hand desk corner are gold and silver certificates?
l.e. on 7th February 2012 @ 7:25am
J. W. Hinrichs was an early Hood River farmer, having been born near Hamburg, Germany. He, along with his brother Peter came to America, first going to Kansas and then John eventually arrived in H. R. in 1874. He married prior to coming to Hood River. He served at the bank until his death in 1915.
Charlott on 7th February 2012 @ 7:28am
C. Dethman was Christian Dethman who along with a brot6her, John came to Hood River in 1879. He would be the patriarch of the Dethman family, of which Dethman Ridge and Dethman Road is named for. He married a local girl Emma Jetter and they spent their life on Dethman Ridge.
Charlott on 7th February 2012 @ 7:32am
Copley Hinrichs was the son of J. W. Hinrichs
Charlott on 7th February 2012 @ 7:34am
E. O. Blanchar was Edward Oliver Blanchar.
Charlott on 7th February 2012 @ 7:41am
V. C. Brock was Vingard Crawford Brock. I find this interesting as the Brock family also lived in Wasco where Vingard's mother died. I think some of these families knew each other in Sherman County. Wonder how come my great-grandfather didn't get mixed up in this, as he was involved in banking in Wasco.
Charlott on 7th February 2012 @ 7:49am
I have this picture also, A.D. Moe was my great -grandfather. I didn't know two of the men were my grand -mother Ella McDonald-Blanchar- Moe's ,father and first husband. Ella was past director of your museum. Thank you for sharing this picture.
Julie Moe on 7th February 2012 @ 8:01am
First National Bank of Hood River, the only bank in town NOT to close during the Depression. Ezra Smith and Amby Blowers were on the original Board of Directors (learned when I researched Ellen Blowers for Cemetery Tales)
Kate D on 7th February 2012 @ 8:48am
I examined the hi-res scan to see what sort of paper money is present. Lots of stacks of $5 and $10 notes. Only one note is viewed face on: a $10 note from the United States National Bank of Portland, picturing William McKinley.
Arthur on 7th February 2012 @ 9:16am
Julie, if you are related to the McDonald's I can tell you some interesting stories as Dixon McDonald and my great-grandfather were close associates and friends in Biggs. Must talk...
Charlott on 7th February 2012 @ 11:01am
Charlott, it's complicated but yes I am Anna Ellen (Ella) McDonald's,only grand-daughter. I have many fond memories of her and I would appreciate hearing more. I will leave my info with the H.R. Museum tomorrow. Thank You
Julie on 7th February 2012 @ 12:12pm