The Crag Rats posed for a Fun Friday group photo after their basketball game with the Hood River Fire Department. Bill Pattison has provided the following commentary:
In the 1930's there was a friendly rivalry between the HRFD and Crag Rats. See football photos of that era on the HR Middle School field.
In the winter of 1953 the Crag Rats challenged the FD to a basketball game in the May Street School gym. This became a total rout. The HR Fire Chief Jim Meyer called me a "turn coat" because of my dual membership. ( Another story for a future time)
The lineup starting rear left: Bill Gale, Al Lichens,(Pam's father), Hal Puddy (City of HR Public works director and former end for the SF 49ers), Next row down: Ross Hukari (Camille's father), Glenn Marsh, George Sheppard, Dick Duckwall (Duckwall-Pooley Fruit), Next row down: Bill Sheppard, Tony Krivak, Stan Clark. Next row down: Don Marsh, Bob Sheppard, Rob Hukari, Bill Pattison. Bottom row: Bernie Wertgen on top of Norm Hukari.
Lots of home town rivalries in that period. Parkdale, Odell Cascade Locks Mosier and The Dalles.
The sad part of this photo is that there are only three of us still living after fifty years.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
All I can say is WOW, what a photo..
charlott on 28th December 2012 @ 8:04am
Does not appear to be a winner or a loser. Just a lot of fun.
l.e. on 28th December 2012 @ 9:29am
There is a similar fun picture of the HRFD team which I'll post another day. Unfortunately you won't be able to identify any of them, for reasons which will be obvious when you see the picture.
Arthur on 28th December 2012 @ 12:19pm
Bill's comment about Hal Puddy led me to do a little research. He played for the 49'ers for one season (1948). After working for the City of Hood River, he became city manager for Bend Oregon, then later Port Angeles Washington. He died at 49 of a heart attack. There is a ball field in Bend named in his honor.
Arthur on 28th December 2012 @ 11:22pm
Great photo, we really look up to those 'old timers', as I call them, full of wisdom and stories........look here, they are so young and playful!!!
James on 29th December 2012 @ 12:31pm
Definitely Hal Puddy was quite the guy, but then from my perspective they all were.
They were all hard workers in their own orchards, businesses, etc.
This group of guys saved a lot of people on that mountain, who would have other wise perished had it not been for this wonderful organization.
charlott on 31st December 2012 @ 9:36am
I agree with Charlott's comments above...all good "greatest generation" guys...I showed my Dad this photo and he said he'd just made the game-winning shot, "and they all jumped me!" Hence the happy faces and victorious gestures, even his at the bottom of the heap.
Teresa on 20th March 2013 @ 2:11pm
Tony Krivak was my Uncle:)
Ginny McNeill on 6th April 2013 @ 2:04pm
Indirectly, my life was touched by the Crag Rats. In 1976, I was intoduced to a world of skiing, on the Eliot Glacier, completely different from any I had known by by Robert's son Dave and Dave's friend Robin. That day cemented my endeavor to enage in back-country skiing, at which I was still a neophyte. I had many more days of enjoyment on mountains to some extent because of the Craq Rats. But no day quite like that one.
John Cassedy on 30th June 2014 @ 12:42pm
Thanks all especially Bill Pattison for the history and comments on photo. It's a great one and so nice to see my dad from way back, and all the other Rats too.
Pamela Lichens Newman on 17th December 2014 @ 9:37pm
I'm Hal Puddy's daughter, and I just found this site. You can imagine how my face might be imitating his in this photo. I'm developing a wall on my cabin at Sunriver to honor the Crag Rats, and this picture is going up, for sure! I can't believe I'd never seen it before. Thanks to all who said such kind words about my dad.
Theresa Puddy Anderson on 18th May 2016 @ 8:48pm