We have lots of images of Oak Street looking east, but this is one of my favorites. This one probably dates to 1954, as I can see enough of the marquee at the Rialto to guess they are showing the 1953 Rita Hayward/ Charlton Heston film "The President's Lady" along with the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film "Dial M For Murder."
Here's a very similar view from 1924.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
This is nearly what I remember from the early 1960's when I was growing up. We used to get rolls of coins at the banks, sort them out, and trade them with Jerry Kramer at the Mobil station.
Jeffrey Bryant on 26th December 2012 @ 7:31am
I think this is also my favorite one as this is how I remember Oak Street with the "flying" Mobile horse and all. I see we were modernized with parking meters. Who had that hardware store, I can't recall that.
charlott on 26th December 2012 @ 8:04am
Could one of the "guys" standing in front of he HR News be "Buck" Bucheit?
Judy on 26th December 2012 @ 9:57am
Gualke Hardware was in there during the war.
PK on 26th December 2012 @ 10:21am
Great looking Studebaker sitting there!
Paul on 26th December 2012 @ 11:13am
The hardware store says "Robertson's". I'll zoom in and post some details from this photo later today.
Arthur on 26th December 2012 @ 11:39am
OK, I've posted three nice details from this photo on Flickr:
Arthur on 26th December 2012 @ 12:32pm
I keep waiting for you to show a picture of Shelton's Passtime and The Cascadian--just a block further down the street.
Bill Seaton on 26th December 2012 @ 1:42pm
The second photo is someone's plumbing truck. On its way to fix broken pipes??
I wonder if the building on the Button hill is a barn. Was there still a farm there in 1954?
l.e. on 26th December 2012 @ 4:13pm
Very nice details you posted, Arthur. On the one of the left side of Oak St., I can see the marquee for The Cascadian and just past that, I think I see the ending 'ME' of the Pastime sign. Thanks.
Bill Seaton on 26th December 2012 @ 5:22pm
As for Robertson Hardware I don't know the father's name but the son Don went to HRHS through his sophomore year ('55-'56) according to my annual. He was missing from the annual the next year. Was this the same location that was later a shoe repair shop?
Norma Jubitz Simpson on 26th December 2012 @ 5:55pm
According to the 1950 school census, Donald Robertson, age 9, was the son of Leslie D. Robertson, and lived at 317 June.
Jeffrey Bryant on 27th December 2012 @ 4:57am
Shoe repair shop that I remember was Don's Shoe Repair right up there near the Rialto Theatre. I can see his son, but can't remember his name. I know he would be in the Hood River year book. Maybe I can find Dick's and look it up.
I don't know if Button Hill was still a farm. I do recall the big Button house being there for a very long time.
charlott on 27th December 2012 @ 8:03am
Shoe repair shop belonged to Don Goodwin. He had a son that went to HRH named Dwaine.
charlott on 27th December 2012 @ 8:19am
Everyone called him Spike Goodwin
Bill Seaton on 27th December 2012 @ 8:27am
That is why I couldn't remember it................Yes, Spike
charlott on 27th December 2012 @ 2:28pm