Here's a clean, sharp image of the Snow & Upson Blacksmith and Wagon Shop to kick off the new year. You can even make out the dandelion fuzz at the foot of the man on the left.
These men are identified as (L-R): Johnny Nicholson, Walter Upson, Jim Hunt, Pete Shively, and Norm Young. We seem to be missing a few.
We saw the W.G. Snow Blacksmith and Wagon Shop in this photo. Perhaps this is the same "Snow". The building doesn't look the same, but facades are easy to change. Or it could be a different location. Early maps show there were always several blacksmiths operating in the city, and buildings changed uses at least as often as they do today.
Check out the phone number for the freight company: 5.
It's now less than a week until my January 8th "Sense of Place" lecture at Springhouse Cellars. The title is "500 Yards: The Ghosts in Our Backyard." It consists entirely of photos taken within 500 yards of the lecture location. We really had fun at my last Sense of Place lecture, so I hope you'll drop by. This year's material is entirely new. Or is it entirely old? You know what I mean. Details here.
Definitely nice looking team.
Makes one wonder exactly how many telephones Hood River had.
Walter Upson had a wife Pearl and he came here from Indiana.
James Hunt was James Byron Hunt and his wife was Jennie Henry.
charlott on 2nd January 2014 @ 7:08am
Your online photo collection is very well done and easy to follow, the best I've seen to date. I researched your collection for post office images of any town in your county. I am a member of the Pacific Northwest Postal History Society and we've been bringing together post office photos from across our state for an archive of these photos. The archive will stay with the society and not be published as there are all kinds of credits with these photos and some people want to keep some photos private. The archive is over 2700 images at this point. Our group members have postal letters and pieces from your cities both operating and discontinued. We are a post office history group that has been together and collecting material and photos since the 1930's. Thanks Again feel free to contact me if needed. PS Your "Whiteson Bridge" Yamhill Co. photo is a gem, I'm a retired farmer who lives just west of there outside of Sheridan. Ray
Rsy Palmer on 2nd January 2014 @ 8:34am
The wagon and all the harness look pretty new. Wonder is the picture might have been taken to show off their new product?
Longshot2 on 2nd January 2014 @ 11:18am
That wagon is definitely spanking new. The teamster has on driving gauntlets as well as drivers chaps to protect his legs. Quite a smart turn-out.
Jill Stanford on 2nd January 2014 @ 4:47pm
Sorry for the bad link in the post. I was linking to a post which hasn't been posted yet, so I changed it to an older view which gives a glimpse of this building.
I checked the 1910 phone directory, and Snow and Upson have an address on 4th Street, where Double Mountain Brewery is now located.
A little trivia to explain the sign on the building: wagons generally haul goods, while carriages carry people. Mr. Hunt makes carriages, while Snow and Upson make wagons like the one you see here.
Arthur on 2nd January 2014 @ 5:16pm
My husband's grandfather, William Carstens, worked there in 1904.
Can anyone identify the possible year? Maybe the telephone number would help.
Penny Carstens on 19th November 2018 @ 9:36pm
Hood River got local telephone service in February of 1899. This photo must be after 1902, when this was still City Blacksmith. Snow & Upson bought out JR Nickleson late 1903. They were partners until at least 1913.
Arthur on 20th November 2018 @ 9:43am