This is the view from W. F. Laraway's jewelry store on Oak Street (south side, between Second and Third Streets). In the foreground you can see his roll top desk and what I think is watch making or engraving equipment. Across the street is Frank A. Crams "The Up To Date Store," a long time dry goods store on Oak Street. By September of 1901 Frank Cram was advertising everything from fabric and patterns to shoes and clothing in the Glacier. On April 14, 1923 he closed the doors for good. In May of 1923 he was advertising the ale of his State Street residence "because of removal of the family from the city."
We know Cram's store was initially in a wood frame building, so this must be later in his run. To the west is a sporting goods store, which matches the 1916 Sanborn map.
While we're celebrating Frank Cram's 22 year run, I failed to note the 12th anniversary of Historic Hood River last Thursday. Within a couple of weeks HHR will be moving (virtually) to a new platform which will allow me to add some new features, clean up and modernize things a bit. For those of you interested in the details of this sort of thing, it's actually been hard to select an appropriate platform because HHR is in an unusual category: social media which is not ephemeral. While most social media is designed for casual daily chatter, HHR is collecting your individual historic knowledge... and casual daily chatter. But it's important all of your great comments stay attached to the daily posts, and continue to accumulate indefinitely. Just last week Jacquie Barone added the story of remodeling the Hood River Hotel to a 2015 post showing a 1990 image of building. The new site will allow that sort of interaction while making it a little easier for you to follow it.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
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Thanks Arthur. Looking forward to the new platform.
L.E. on 13th March 2023 @ 10:14am
greatly appreciate your efforts Arthur....this move must represent a lot of volunteer hours....and the $ outlay? at least some of us on this site would help with these costs.
Arlen L Sheldrake on 13th March 2023 @ 11:05am
No one reminded me to set Daylight Savings Time! Hopefully this will be the last time I have to do it manually. As for costs of the site: Gorge Networks has generously donated hosting for the past 12 years, but it's really not their focus. Our new site will be integrated with the full museum site, so a donation to the museum supports us in many ways: website hosting, all the archival material we burn through in the "Photo Cave", keeping our collection comfortable, etc. The site will have a "Donate" button offering options for supporting our efforts to preserve our photographic heritage.
ArthurB on 13th March 2023 @ 1:24pm
Yes, thank you Arthur for all the work you put into this fascinating site. I will look forward to clicking the "Donate" button when it is active. Now back to Frank Cram.....you wrote: "In May of 1923 he was advertising the ale of his State Street residence...." so at first, I thought he was selling beer out of his home, until I figured out that ale was a typo should have been sale. Then there is the part about "because of removal of the family from the city". This wording sounds ominous.....was Frank Cram run out of town for some reason?
kmb on 13th March 2023 @ 6:12pm
kmb, ale was indeed a typo. No evidence he was ever a brewer. The use of the term "removal from the city" to describe someone relocating was pretty common. I don't think there was any negative connotation to it. In Cram's case, there were several notes of him visiting Hood River after he left, so no reason to think he left under untoward circumstances.
ArthurB on 13th March 2023 @ 6:45pm