This is one of the Joe Young fire department pictures. I'm not quite sure what's going on here, but it's part of a series that suggests a brush fire in the lot across the street has interrupted a nice Hood River summer day. Perhaps there was a stray July 4th firework. There's a little Norman Rockwell quality to this.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
The guy either got hit with the hose or wet his pants. Always an onlooker on a bike, who has been doing something himself. Look at his shirt.....Wonder what the bowl is for?
charlott on 16th October 2013 @ 7:13am
What an interesting photo! I'm curious to see if the locals know where this is.
I bet some of those kids might still be around.
Looks like quite a difference in years of the cars.
And what is the bowl for??
l.e. on 16th October 2013 @ 7:17am
As you can see, Charlott is always a couple of minutes ahead of me, posting her comment while I am still writing mine.
Charlott.....we will probably never get to know what the purpose of the bowl. Perhaps cookies or feeding the cat.
Arthur, I wanted to tell you nice title for the photo.
l.e. on 16th October 2013 @ 7:22am
Isn't that roughly at 4th and Prospect?
Rawhyde on 16th October 2013 @ 7:48am
car in the middle looks a lot like the 1948 Chev we had; I also believe that is Prospect. Bill? (our first home, 701 Prospect was west of here).
Joe "oil heat" Young? I think this photo is late 40s.......
Arlen Sheldrake on 16th October 2013 @ 8:08am
I love this picture. So nostalgic when life was a bit slower. It could be on a weekend since so many men are in the picture.If it was firemen they would be in uniform possibly.
nc on 16th October 2013 @ 8:25am
One woman in slacks, another in a mid calf length dress with bobby socks. The young girl's dress is cut above her knees while full length pants are still in style for the boys. Lot of short sleeves so it must have been warm. The shadows lay out to the north so it was midday and from the number of men on the streets and that they were not dressed in their Sunday best I would guess it was a Saturday. The shadows aren't too long or short so the photo may have been taken around fall equinox.
Looks like a fire hose laid along the road.
Is it just something funny the camera lens did, or is the right (east) wall and chimney of the white house leaning?
longshot on 16th October 2013 @ 9:45am
My first thought was Wilson Street?
(or maybe Hull or Pine...heights area) The white house sure looks familiar!
DeAnna on 16th October 2013 @ 10:32am
Arlen, I'm pretty sure it in not Prospect Street
Bill Seaton on 16th October 2013 @ 10:48am
To put the story together, there must have been a fire, possibly a grass fire as there are weeds towards the curb. At first they tried to put it out with the garden hose and the man in the foreground got hosed. He may have burned his hand. Then the fire dept came. Firemen were businessmen and did not have uniforms. Sort of a come as you are situation. Made for some excitement for all the neighbors. Evidently out as no one is paying much attention to the problem anymore, just talking it all over.
nels on 16th October 2013 @ 10:56am
Maybe someone was trying to burn that leopard-print shirt...couldn't blame them.
Rawhyde on 16th October 2013 @ 11:47am
I believe it's 4th st between May and June.
RHD on 16th October 2013 @ 12:15pm
I don't think it happened behind the houses. I think it, whatever it was, happened right there on the street.
The garden hose was probably already there for watering that little tree.
It could be blood on the back of the leopard print shirt guy, but what would cause blood to spatter on the back?
I'm guessing it is oil.
His hand looks like it might be cut or as nels said, maybe burned.
The guy across the street with suspenders is cleaning up something.
l.e. on 16th October 2013 @ 1:36pm
The guy with the suspenders looks like he has a fire hose trailing out behind him.
longshot on 16th October 2013 @ 1:46pm
So, Arthur, do you know the address of this location?
Bill Seaton on 16th October 2013 @ 4:33pm
I think RHD is right on the location.
Norma Jubitz Simpson on 16th October 2013 @ 6:42pm
The man in the "shirt" is Buck Dean, HR fireman and lumber broker. He loved kids and I asume he befriened the girl and got the real story. The whole neighborhood turned out and the 2 1/2 inch fire line is still charged. Let's find these two houses to add to this image.
Bill P. on 16th October 2013 @ 7:53pm
I too think the camera is facing east, across 4th, between June and May streets. A slice indeed - I count 18 people in this little photo.
Susan Baldwin on 16th October 2013 @ 9:31pm
I am convinced that I am looking at our house - 915 4th St, between May and June, before the current vinyl siding was installed. It was built in 1947. The white house seen in front looks pretty much the same today.
Maria Kollas on 16th October 2013 @ 10:38pm
Wow, I didn't expect this one to generate so much interest. The number on the house is blurry, but I read it as 915 or 925, so I'm sure Maria's ID of her house at 915 4th St is correct. The fire was in the grassy empty lot to the right, just out of the frame. There is another image which shows it clearly.
Arthur on 16th October 2013 @ 11:06pm
Those two boys with the striped shirts and light colored hair look an awful lot like Doug & Dave Henne. They lived on June near 4th.
Christie on 21st October 2013 @ 9:28am