The original print was badly faded, stained and scratched, but I thought the image was important to share. This version has been cleaned up more than I usually do.
The H.A. York Drug Store was on the south side of Oak Street near Third. The men on the porch are identified as Henry York, S.F. Blythe, and Sam Bartmess. Mr. Blythe was the owner of the Hood River Glacier newspaper, and Mr. Bartmess owned the furniture store and funeral parlor to the west.
There are some fun advertisements on the building, though they are barely legible. There's an ad for "Dr. Miles Anti-Pain Pills/ Cure Headaches", as well as Dr. Miles Heart Cure/ The Great Heart and Liver? Tonic. I suspect the tonic had a strong dose of alcohol, though purely for medicinal purposes. While you may not know the name "Miles Laboratories" you are probably familiar with their 1931 product, Alka-Seltzer. They are now part of Bayer Corporation.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Chuckling at the fence. Looks like it might be made out of lath.
Look at that display case and the cupboards inside. Can't you just imagine what all might have been in those.
I think that is a lamp in the window sitting on the white box or whatever it is. Might be another one on the left side of the door, though somewhat of a different shape.
I think any medicine of that era had an alcohol base.
charlott on 4th February 2014 @ 7:07am
Our Hood River County History Museum has Mr. Blythe's saddle bag on display as well as other items that were in his care i.e. a newspaper delivery accounts book.
Judy on 4th February 2014 @ 10:30am
I'm guessing that fence was just to keep the chickens in.
Arthur on 4th February 2014 @ 1:03pm
Is this who York Hill is named for?
l.e. on 4th February 2014 @ 3:14pm
In the 1898 book "Pharmaceutical Era", It says, Successions: H.A. York, Hood River, Ore., by E.H. Cradlebaugh:
In this York family history, Henry was a cleric in John Cradlebaugh's drug store.
l.e. on 4th February 2014 @ 10:52pm
In 1889 John Cradlebaugh bought the town newspaper( Hood River
Glacier) from George Prather and moved the printing operations from
The Dalles to Hood River. Cradlebaugh also owned the York Drug
Store. In 1895 he sold the newspaper to Samuel Blythe and the drug
store to Charles N. Clarke, at which time it became known as Glacier
Thomas Bostwick on 30th March 2020 @ 5:16pm