With over 5000 historic images now scanned, I sometimes forget what I've got on my hard drive. I should have posted this earlier in the week.
Max Moore, who we met before at the Condit Dam construction village, worked as a lineman for Pacific Power in 1913. This is how he got around the valley to fix downed power lines. I can't quite make out what he is holding up for the camera, but it may be an insulator.
Let's dedicate this post to the crews that have been working 16 hour shifts this week cleaning up the mess left by the ice storm. They may not be driving horse drawn sleighs, but I'll bet the work is no less demanding.
This tells how Max Moore, whom I knew very well, got his electrical experience to later own and operate Moore Electric on Oak Street. Wish I had of known the exciing life he had and could have picked his brain.
Yes, those linemen of both Hood River Electric Co-op and Pacific Power, aand Light, along with all the other "emergency" crews, police and neighbors who helped neighbors are all real "local heros."
Charlott on 25th January 2012 @ 7:06am
Your timing is great Arthur!
By now, many of us have regained an appreciation for these crews.
And maybe we have gained more of an appreciation for the work of these early people to bring electricity to this area.
l.e. on 25th January 2012 @ 7:47am
I love his patched jeans.
I wonder if the pole behind the horses is simply a limbed tree used as a power pole
l.e. on 25th January 2012 @ 7:50am
I am Max L Moore's granddaughter & this photo is fantastic! I never knew this side if "Granpa Moore's" early education since I wasn't born until 1944 & Granpa wasn't much for talking to kids......
Jackie (Weygandt) Shibahara on 25th January 2012 @ 10:39am
Although I have picture albums and many (lineman) memenos of my Grandfather Moore, I have never seen this picture. I have his pole-climbing spikes and a picture showing him up a power pole with them on. The spikes are configured the same as the two white stripes on the bundle under his left arm. I would like to see these items & similar power company items in a museum collection of some sort, if anyone is interested. Thank You!
Joann Sheppard on 25th January 2012 @ 2:41pm
My grandfather, Harold Bryant, was employed by Pacific Power and Light in Hood River as an Extension Engineer in the 1930's and early 1940's. I've included a link to a silver thaw article with his photo from the Hood River News.
It would be nice to know your the collection has photos of him.
Jeffrey Bryant on 25th January 2012 @ 5:59pm
The Alva Day collection has many images of Pacific Power activities in the 1920's-1940's-- I'd guess in the hundreds. Mr. Day worked for PP&L, and documented his work as he documented every aspect of his daily life. We hope to start scanning them soon. I'll keep a lookout for Harold Bryant.
Arthur on 26th January 2012 @ 8:47am