The Spanish American War brought a surge of patriotic displays to Hood River. This group is identified as a girls' drill team, circa 1898, though I believe they are a mix of teens and women in their twenties. I'm placing this on Oak Street at the corner of 4th. You can see the butcher shop in the background with the butcher, Henry McGuire, looking on.
Here are the participants as identified (and spelled) on the photo:
Grace and Alice Graham, Bernice and Mary Foley, Grace and Bell Howel, Grace Allen, Emily Palmer, Madge Warren, Mary Wolfard, Olive Cleaver, Clara Blythe, Carrie and Lillie Shute, Mattie Bonney, Della Watson, Bertha and Alva Markley, Cora Mays, Dolla Boling, Ephriam Winans (Captain), Earl Bartmess (Drummer Boy)
We also know Earl Bartmess as the writer of this postcard.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Ephraim Winans left a lot of his family and Hood River Valley history behind him. I remember him very well as a young child, when I would go to historical type gatherings with my grandpa and/or Dad. He wrote a little booklet about him and his families life. I have a copy of it somewhere. Very interesting if you wish to read some of the Hood River Valley's history, especially the Dee area.
Those are quite the hats they have on. Such patriotism in those days.
charlott on 9th January 2014 @ 7:10am
Ahhhhh. I saw this photo last night at Arthur's presentation and wondered why we had not seen it at HHR.
A lot of history in this photo. Especially since so many names have been provided.
l.e. on 9th January 2014 @ 7:59am
I doubt that this drill team put on a performance like today's drill teams at basketball games.
l.e. on 9th January 2014 @ 8:05am
Rita and I really enjoyed your presentation last night Arthur! A bit rainy on the way home to Portland but sure worth the trip. Thanks for the presentation and invite. Twas a packed house. Arlen
Arlen Sheldrake on 9th January 2014 @ 9:36am
I discovered this site two days ago and finally tore myself away after 2 hours. I love the old photos, but the comments and knowledge of those times captured in the photos were what kept me "turning the page!" Anyway, about this photo, its hard to imagine that much flat ground on 4th and Oak.?
Dayne Weatherill on 9th January 2014 @ 2:37pm
On Dayne's prompting I rechecked the Sanborn maps to verify the location. Unfortunately there is an 1893 map and a 1902 map, so we have to extrapolate a little for 1898. By 1902 there was a butcher shop at the SE corner of 4th *and* 3rd. The one on 3rd opened after 1893. So it comes down to the house on the SW corner. In 1893 there was a house which matches this one (floorplan, # of stories) on the SW corner of 3rd, but the house on the SW corner of 4th was 2 stories. By 1902 both of these houses had been replaced by other structures.
So, I think I got it wrong in the notes-- this is most likely the corner of 3rd and Oak, not 4th and Oak.
Arthur on 9th January 2014 @ 6:05pm
I think this is a photo of Henry McGuire's mother and sister.
Henry is buried in Idlewilde as are his parents and wife Kathryn Etrican McGuire.
A bit of news in the March 7, 1902 HR Glacier, about their marriage.
Some of the names attending the wedding are the same as in this photo.
l.e. on 9th January 2014 @ 10:03pm
Grace Graham is the first name listed. Came across this bit of history about her husband Chris Bartsch in the Yukon.
And Grace's trip to the Yukon as his bride.
l.e. on 9th January 2014 @ 10:39pm