In 1958, we held our HRHS Junior Prom in the Elks Club, which made it all the more elegant.
Bill Seaton on 28th November 2012 @ 7:40am
In our era many of the proms were held at the Elks...I guess that it may have been considered the most elegant place in Hood River, where schools could afford to have their events.
charlott on 28th November 2012 @ 8:05am
Yes, many, many stories about the Elks Club in HR. I don't remember when father John L. joined but he was a member for many years before transferring to Corvallis in 1961 and is the reason that I continue to be a member although highly inactive. I would bet he is in this picture somewhere.
That is my memory also, a pretty elegant place.
Arlen Sheldrake on 28th November 2012 @ 8:29am
Hood River is a town of beautiful buildings.
I always wondered why the Elks building is so drab, non-descript and unappealing in appearance.
l.e. on 28th November 2012 @ 8:32am
A new coat of paint in the last few years did make it more appealing plus shrubs and flowers were planted and a nice new sign. I guess you cannot please everyone.
norma on 28th November 2012 @ 8:53am
I agree with I.e., what makes the Elks are the people and events there, Not the architectural beauty. 1949 blase, who was the architect?
James on 28th November 2012 @ 9:40am
As I recall from 1949, this was considered a modern, attractive building in its day, and a big step up from the basement of the Mt. Hood Hotel where the Elks had been meeting.
Bill Seaton on 28th November 2012 @ 11:06am
It seemed odd to me that there were so few people at this event, but then I found some other shots from different angles. There was a larger group of people on the sidewalk on the other side of the street, but for some reason they had not closed off the street so everyone was clustered on the two narrow sidewalks.
Arthur on 28th November 2012 @ 4:02pm
My grandfather was an Elk --I remember he lunched there often.
Jill Stanford on 28th November 2012 @ 4:40pm
I was about 6 or 7 years old and my brother and I would get to go in and we would bounce down the stairs on our bottoms then go into the ballroom and there were some slot machines and Ester Parks would give us a few nickels to sneak into the machines she was a neat lady.
lee on 28th November 2012 @ 5:09pm
My stepfather, Johnny Van Ras, tended bar at the Elks Club. You would be surprised at the stories he can tell, maybe even ones about your relatives!
Jeffrey Bryant on 28th November 2012 @ 7:43pm
Great collection of vehicles in the back parking lot.
nels on 28th November 2012 @ 8:16pm
And looking again at the parking lot, how about that view of the Columbia....I don't remember that view from the Elks lodge.
Arlen Sheldrake on 29th November 2012 @ 10:48am
As you can see on the road, cars used to leak a lot more oil than they do now.
AndrewB on 3rd December 2012 @ 4:02pm
My great grandfather, Robert Vaughan, helped build the Elk's Club building, and is pictured seated just to the right of the platform.
Jeffrey W Bryant on 12th September 2018 @ 5:55am