Too bad we don't share cabinet cards with friends and family anymore. This attractive card was probably given to many Hood River families by proud parents Samuel F. and Emma Nation Blythe. The children are Clara Harriet and Edward Nation Blythe. Clara was born in 1880, so the card probably dates to the late 1880s. It bears the imprint of a Portland photo studio, so it may slightly predate the first photo studio in Hood River.
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An exceptional photo of them. So much detail in this one, from clothes to doll and carriage . I have a doll and carriage, quite a bit like this one that was given to my grandmother as a child, big wheels in back and little ones in the front. Prized possession. Those studios had some remarkable sets that they used.
Edward was born in 1879 in Hood River.
charlott on 14th June 2013 @ 7:12am
Samuel Blythe was Hood River's newspaper man. Here is some history about him.
Does anyone know where their home "Twin Oaks" is, in today's Hood River setting?
l.e. on 14th June 2013 @ 7:41am
Attend the museum and see Sam Blythe's saddle bag & small record book on display in the "Early Settler's" exhibit .
Judy on 14th June 2013 @ 7:57am
The Twin Oaks Farm that I'm familiar with is on Belmont, just north and across Belmont from the northeast corner of Westside School Playground. If I had to guess, the current house is the "new house" referenced in your rootsweb article.
spinsur on 14th June 2013 @ 8:39am
spinsur....I believe that is where Percy Manser lived during our years
on Belmont in the late 1940s-and 50s. Arlen
Arlen Sheldrake on 14th June 2013 @ 10:04am
We have several nice images of the Twin Oaks Fruit Farm from the 1890s. Not sure I can verify the location, but documentation seems to say it was a 22 acre tract purchased in the 1870s. Later in their lives the Blythes built a house on Oak Street, about 6th I believe. I'll also post photos of that house one of these days.
Arthur on 14th June 2013 @ 10:56am
From the RootsWeb page from l.e. above, " In 1877 Mr. Blythe came to Hood River seeking health. He purchased 22 acres of oak covered land on the old State road west of the city. Later 22 additional adjoining acres were bought." What was the "old State road west of the city" in 1877?
Brian on 14th June 2013 @ 1:40pm
I thought Twin Oaks was on the south side of the road west of Wal-Mart, but I could be mistaken
Jeffrey Bryant on 14th June 2013 @ 7:12pm
I'm pretty sure the old State Road = State Street as it passes through town.
Jeffrey Bryant on 14th June 2013 @ 7:15pm
I just love cabinet cards. We have some fine ones of grandpa and his brother, in sailor suits. Grandpa is still in a dress, and looks so cute you could mistake him for a girl.
What a darling picture, even if most pictures from this era look too stiff and formal. Could you imagine, trying to get the kids of today, to stand still long enough, for such a picture?! I was taking pictures of my grandkids yesterday, with a digital, and couldn't get them to sit still long enough. Some of them, still came out a blur.
Lesa on 16th June 2013 @ 12:08pm