The Monday mystery is to identify the location of this attractive group portrait. While you're working on it, here are the band members (at least as well as I can make out the handwriting on the print):
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
I think they are on the steps of the Post Office.
Bill Seaton on 4th March 2013 @ 7:31am
Any idea what the emblem is on their hats?
l.e. on 4th March 2013 @ 8:06am
I agree with Bill. Probably dedication of the post office building on Cascade St. If you note there are some chair on the right, probably for the digniteries who were there.
charlott on 4th March 2013 @ 8:44am
Good work-- this was, in fact, the dedication of the Post Office facility in 1936. It still looks much the same.
The emblem on the hats is a harp surrounded by laurel. I don't know what group that represents-- part B of the Monday mystery?
Arthur on 4th March 2013 @ 9:20am
But I never noticed the "finials" above the door-- I will have to look next time I am down there.
jJudy on 4th March 2013 @ 4:23pm
The harp and laurel emblem is possibly Masonic.
Brian on 4th March 2013 @ 6:52pm
I did find a connection to the Masons. Chris Nickelsen was a Mason.
Brian on 4th March 2013 @ 7:19pm
Sorry to disappoint, Judy, but the doors have been changed. The lamps are still there though.
Arthur on 4th March 2013 @ 7:50pm
It must have taken them a long time to decide where to put the new post office.
From July 30, 1916 Oregonian:
POSTOFFICE FIGHT ARISES
Hood River Splits Over Proposed New Location. The proposed removal of the local postoffice from the Masonic building, the location of the office for the past 11 years, to the Heilbronner building on a side street has met with strong protest among business men....It is declared that the Heilbronner building is not centrally enough located. "If a move is actually made to take the postoffice from its present location" said E.A. Franz a merchant, "I will get out a petition opposing it and I think that nearly all of the business men will sign it.
"The old location may be inadequate," said Mr Franz, "but we can get a suitable place, one far better than that proposed, on the main street of the city."
l.e. on 4th March 2013 @ 8:05pm
Can you tell from the IDs which one is Elmer Lafferty (my great-great-uncle--I think--anyway, my great-grandfather's brother)? In 1936 he would have been 54 years old.
Nancy Trotic on 4th March 2013 @ 10:26pm
If I had to guess which one was Elmer, I'd say the one standing directly behind the drum. He most resembles the only photo I have of him, taken about 1912.
Nancy Trotic on 4th March 2013 @ 10:29pm
Elmer Lafferty was born in 1882 and married Ethel May House, children Elma, Doris and Clifford. Is this the one?
charlott on 5th March 2013 @ 5:26am
Jesse Puddy is the 3rd man from the left in the back row.
charlott on 5th March 2013 @ 5:28am
Charlott: That's the one! Do you know the family?
Nancy Trotic on 5th March 2013 @ 7:01pm
Yes, I knew and still know some of the Puddy family.
charlott on 6th March 2013 @ 7:07am
Charlott--Whoops, I meant the Lafferty family; do you know them?
Nancy Trotic on 6th March 2013 @ 10:17am
I am thinking the band might be Knights of Pythias. I can't find a definite link to them using the harp and laurel as an emblem, but we have seen previous photos of Hood River's K of P band.
From a Sept. 13, 1919 music article: HR K. of P. Lodge organizes Band. The enthusiastic members of the HR Lodge have organized a new band of thirty members and have purchased twenty six new Halton instruments from Selberling & Lucas of Portland. The band will assist the promotion of all civic and patriotic movements.
A Francis Clyde Simpson, professional cornet player, taught in many of the schools in the area. Known as the Columbia River Music Man, he conducted the K of P band from 1914 until his death in 1943. He was also a barber in Hood River.
l.e. on 6th March 2013 @ 8:59pm
Only Lafferty's I ever heard of were over at Government Camp where they owned and operated a hotel.
charlott on 7th March 2013 @ 7:06am
Charlott, I would love to know if the hotel operators were "my" Lafferty family. If you have more info on this (first names, etc.), please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Nancy Trotic on 7th March 2013 @ 10:51am