Here's an unusual angle on the festivities of July 4th, 1916. We're looking north on Second from State toward Oak. We're right in front of the City Hall building, except it wasn't built until four years later. Image is from Arline Moore's photo album.
The sign painted on the side of the building on the SE corner of the intersection says "T.J. Kinnaird/ Staple and Fancy Groceries, Flour and Feed." Their phone number was "78".
Enjoy the parade and fireworks. Don't forget to take lots of pictures for the next 98 years.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Grandma Moore has certainly contributed a nice bunch of photos.
Interesting the railroad water tank at the bottom. Must have set just about where the viaduct goes over the railroad track.
Nice traffic jam of wagons and vehicles. I don't know for certain but it looks somewhat as if that might be the parade coming up second and then turning onto Oak?
charlott on 3rd July 2014 @ 7:04am
A few years ago the concrete pier blocks of the RR water tank were still visible under the viaduct. The newer methods of mechanically relaying rail and ballasting the ROW may have since obliterated them.
Kenn on 3rd July 2014 @ 7:36am
Wonder about road rage incidents when autos were introduced. Bet they had fun for awhile. Can hear some old-timer cussing noisy cars that were scaring his horses and loudly proclaiming they would be the ruination of the world. My condolences old-timer, I feel the same way about some "improvements" that are taking place today.
Buzz on 3rd July 2014 @ 7:52am
Wow, look at all the trees down by the water tower.
Dan on 3rd July 2014 @ 8:56am
and clear cut on the upper hill in Washington?
nels on 3rd July 2014 @ 11:34am
I VERY much like the American Flags on the two-wheel buggy and unless my eyes deceive me, it is being drawn by a matched pair and it appears as if they have a plume on their brow bands of their bridles.
Happy Fourth everyone!
Jill on 3rd July 2014 @ 3:07pm
nels, I don't think those are clear cuts on the hill. Those spots are still clear today, I suspect because the soil can't support much more than grasses.
Arthur on 3rd July 2014 @ 4:50pm
The Fourth of July is certainly historical. I hope everyone has an enjoyable one.
How many stars on the 1916 flag?
Looks like the west wind is blowing.
What is the white building at the bottom of the hill?
l.e. on 4th July 2014 @ 7:42am
a great view of the Franz Hardware building; hope you are viewing Pete. yes, a happy 4th from Disneyland Paris. Arlen
Arlen Sheldrake on 4th July 2014 @ 11:23am
This was posted at ancestry.com by Jeffrey Elmer. Since not everyone has access I will put the article here about Mr. Kinnaird drowning in the West Fork.
The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., July 17, 1918, page 1
T.J. KINNAIRD IS DROWNED IN RIVER
Hood River was shocked Saturday upon learning that TJ. Kinnaird had been drowned in the west fork of Hood River while fishing near Maple Dell. Mr. Kinnaird and Alva West left Friday on a fishing trip and late in the afternoon were trying their luck at a point just above a box canyon, where the rocky walls rose abruptly from a deep and treacherous pool. Mr. West turned away for a moment and upon preparing to resume fishing he saw that Mr. Kinnaird fallen in and was swimming near the middle of the stream. Mr. Kinnaird was a strong swimmer, but he was impeded by his clothes, a pair of heavy boots and his fish basket slunk about his neck. He was carried down into the box canyon and sought in vain to reach the shore. The nature of the banks at this point made it impossible for Mr. West to attempt a rescue. Mr. Kinnaird apparently attempted to secure a footing on a sunken island near the middle of the pool when he sank beneath the surface.
Mr. West at once preceded to summon help from Dee. Nets were spread across the stream below the pool and during the night searching parties dragged the stream and used dynamite in an effort to raise the body. Early Saturday morning their efforts proved successful. The body was brought to this city.
The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the Congregational Church with the Masonic order, of which Mr. Kinnaird had long been a member, in charge. Rev. J.L. Hershner also assisted.
Mr. Kinnaird was born 54 years ago in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He spent his boyhood and school days there, moving west to Malcolm, Iowa, when about 19 years old. He lived in Malcom for six years and there occurred his marriage to Miss Cynthia Maguire. Upon coming to the Northwest, Mr. Kinnaird engaged in railroading and was a trusted employee of the O.W.R. & N. Company for about 20 years. His last three years with the railroad were spent as station agent in Hood River and at that time he was one of the oldest employees in point of service on the companyâ€™s payroll. He resigned his position in order to engage in the transfer and livery business here. Later he formed a partnership with the late J.R. Kinsey and conducted a grocery business. When the partnership was dissolved the business was continued by Mr. Kinnaird. Of late he had been in charge of the Oregon Lumber Company store at Dee.
Mr. Kinnaird was made a Mason while living at Farmington, Washington, and continued a member of that lodge up to the time of his death. He was one of the men who were largely instrumental in securing the erection of a Masonic temple at that place and had always been a faithful and respected member of the fraternity. He was also a member of the Woodman of the World.
To all who knew him Mr. Kinnaird was known for his many excellent qualities as a citizen, husband and father. Many friends will mourn his loss and feel a ready sympathy for his wife and daughter, Miss Charlotte. One sister, Mrs. Thomas Watkins of Portland, also survives.
l.e. on 4th July 2014 @ 6:37pm
I think the white building is the old Gerdes hotel/boarding house. Lillian owned it when she was working at Franz Hardware during the 40s and 50s. Not sure of her last name. Might have been Lemming.
Norma on 5th July 2014 @ 2:38pm
my 1950s memory of the location of the Kinnaird store is that it was the location of the Bartmess/Kneeland Hardware Store....may have the name wrong Mary. That is the store where my family got their first Lionel train set. Mary, was this a remodel of this existing store or a new build?
Arlen Sheldrake on 6th July 2014 @ 10:26am
I think her name was Lillian Gerdes. She was of the Jackson line of Pine Grove.
charlott on 7th July 2014 @ 7:02am
I wonder if the speed limit ordinance had changed by 1916?
The Hood River News, April 13, 1910
An ordinance of interest to automobile owners was passed by the city council Monday night regulating their speed in the city limits and also providing that mufflers must not be taken from the machines. The limit of speed fixed by the council is ten miles an hour. When the measure came to a vote there was a division on its final passage. Councilmen Hall and Brosius voting against and Slocum and Huggins for it. As there were only four councilmen present Mayor McDonald had to cast the deciding vote and voted for its enactment.
Jeffrey Bryant on 8th August 2015 @ 8:34am
Over Forty Autos Now In Hood River
Jeffrey Bryant on 8th August 2015 @ 9:48am