It's hard to believe I haven't posted this yet, as this was the first negative we scanned when this project started a year and a half ago. It's still one of my favorites. We believe it is the Kresse Drug Store, though it is possible it is mislabeled.
Our drug stores have all been replaced with coffee shops, but anyone who ever sat at a soda fountain as a kid will instantly recollect the marble counters, the shiny handled dispensers, the metal cups for ice cream. The mirror to the far right suggests: "Eat a Plate of Ice Cream Every Day!" Words to live by.
The rear of the store housed Victrolas and records. The menu on the table advertises Kodak film. Display cases hold fountain pens. Is there anything in this image that isn't a museum item?
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
It sure looks like Kresse's to me. Although they no longer had the soda fountain by the 1950's
Bill Seaton on 27th November 2012 @ 7:59am
I agree with Bill, as Kresse's was a long narrow store. There was no soda fountain part when I remember it as a child.. If I remember correctly the pharmacy counter, etc. was along that back area.
No, it is a museum in itself...
charlott on 27th November 2012 @ 8:14am
The reason I'm unsure about the location is that this negative, according to our notes, was found in the basement of the Keir Drug Store in 1975. I'm a little fuzzy on which drug store was where. Can anyone fill us in on the ownership and locations of the various drug stores?
Arthur on 27th November 2012 @ 9:30am
Keir Drug store was on the corner of 2nd and Oak where the GeWhilikers is located. One of the drug stores had a revolving heated warmer with nuts. I don't think I ever got any though.
norma on 27th November 2012 @ 10:52am
When I moved here in 1987, Keir's (Fisher-Keir?) Drugstore was on Oak Street next to Hood River Stationers, not at 2nd and Oak, and I patronized it regularly. As I remember, it closed on the day the new Safeway-anchored shopping center opened out on West Cascade, with its Rite-Aid. (Although it might not have been Rite-Aid then . . .)
I still feel like a relative newcomer, yet I remember patronizing Paris Fair, JC Penny's (now Second Wind), Franz Hardware, Keir's Drugstore, and Safeway, not to mention Wells Fargo, all downtown. At least we have coffee shops.
Jay on 27th November 2012 @ 12:12pm
By the way, the photo could be Keir's - I do remember a long wooden shop, although there would be rows of shelving instead of the soda fountain.
Jay on 27th November 2012 @ 12:15pm
Must be a typo up there. Kresse was on the corner Oak & 2nd. Kier was mid-block.
PK on 27th November 2012 @ 12:38pm
Kresse was painted on the side of the building at 2nd and Oak. Maybe it still is and I just don't see it any more.
The Feb. 18th, 1936 Bend Bulletin tells about a fire in HR.
"With the thermometer standing at 10 degrees above zero and a bitter wind blowing, hood River firemen fought in freezing water today to subdue the most disastrous fire here in several years.
The firemen's clothing, the fire trucks and hoses were covered with ice and even their hair was frozen stiff....
The buildings destroyed were the Richards apartments, Marchbank cigar store and Hood River cafe. The Hood River hotel, Kresse drug store, Saches' jewelry store and J.C. Penney store were damaged by smoke."
Perhaps they remodeled and put in a soda fountain.
l.e. on 27th November 2012 @ 2:51pm
My understanding from looking at photos is that Keir Drug Store was on the S side of Oak between 2nd and 3rd, and Kresse was on the N side at the corner of 2nd. Kresse was a Rexall store, and later (early 60's) was called Fishers.
I can also add that other photos in this collection include pictures of Herman Kresse. The question is, can anyone be sure this is the Kresse Store? The evidence is circumstantial, but I'd like to be sure.
Arthur on 27th November 2012 @ 4:52pm
Keir's Drug store on the south side of Oak was wider and not as deep. I can only speak for myself, naturally, but there is no doubt in my mind that this is Kresse's, and yes Herman Kresse would have been in this one.
I never recall any mention of a soda fountain in the Keir Drug store.
charlott on 27th November 2012 @ 5:00pm
I know this won't answer the question if this is actually Kresse Drug store, but here is some information.
1. Frank Bachus opened first HR drug store in 1882.
2. In 1891 Martin Nickelsen opened a general store where Kresse Drug Store is now located.
3. Photo #245 shows 1950 Rexall Drugs and Keir's across the street.
4. #116 shows Barclays Drugs
5. #4 and #91 1911 and 1912, show the words Carl A and Drugs on the Kresse building. Don't know who Carl A is.
6. In 1921 the Druggist directory for Hood River Co. lists: Chas. N. Clarke; A.S. Keir and H.O. Kresse.
l.e. on 27th November 2012 @ 6:50pm
I remember the soda fountain in Keir's. It was on the right side, going into the store. This picture doesn't seem to be a drugstore at all-- more like books and records on all the shelves.
PK on 28th November 2012 @ 2:59pm
PK, I checked the hi-res scan to see what's on the shelves. Unfortunately the focus is not good enough to be sure, but I can say the shelves are all glass enclosed, and the objects don't look very much like books. If this is a drug store, where was the druggist? There are three framed documents above the left rear section of the store which might be certifications, so perhaps the druggist operated from that small corner.
Arthur on 28th November 2012 @ 3:54pm
Could it have been the downtown Barclay's Pharmacy on the north side of oak? I don't remember the store from my childhood years but believe it was on the 1st National Bank block... Mr. Keir sold the store to Ruth and Ernest Barclay in the 1930s. The Barclays built the Heights store (now the sewing and vacuum store on 12th) in the late 50s or early 60s I'm guessing.
Susan Baldwin on 3rd December 2012 @ 6:50pm
As I recall being told, the downtown store 'was' where the parking lot is now - next to the bank - north side of the street.
During the depression, the pharmaceutical supplier was owed some vast sum long overdue. E.F.Barclay (grandpa) worked there and was offered a deal; work off the debt and own the store. I remember in 1961-62 that the 'Heights' store was built next to Hicky's. The old mirror from the downtown store was moved to the heights store. I'd love to know where that old mirror is now.
Robert E. Barclay on 4th March 2016 @ 4:04pm
My mother was born in Hood river in 1923 and we would visit my grandparents there when I was young, she would bring home the (special green ointment) from there that was made in the pharmacy that was made to rub on your chest for colds . We still have a jar with some in it and my family loves it. Is it still being made we would like to purchase more if it's still being made.
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Robert D. Dietrich on 30th December 2016 @ 11:37am
I would like more information on this photo if anyone has any. I have a photo of my grandfather, Archie Marchbank in his shop that looks almost like this. I plan to visit Hood River to take a little history tour of my family and would love any information I could get. My dad was Terry Marchbank, in case any of you remember him (fondly I hope). firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Marchbank on 21st August 2019 @ 8:19am