We continue the countdown to Independence Day with the July 4th sack race of 1916. We're looking west on Oak Street towards the intersection of Third Street. The E.L. Smith Building is still on the SE corner today, though its facade has been modified since its days as a bank building. The building on the SW corner held a jeweler and a grocer. Just a few years later it was razed to make room for the Butler Bank Building.
Here's a more recent view of this spot.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
This picture brings a chuckle. You can just hear the sidelines cheering.
Evidently the female counterpart was not allowed to join in on the races other than standing on the sidelines, looking pretty, in their starched white dresses.
l.e. on 30th June 2011 @ 8:47am
My mother in law, even in her nineties talked with fondness about the 4th of July celebrations of her youth.
It must have been a huge event in these hard working people's lives.
l.e. on 30th June 2011 @ 8:49am
I think it was, as I have pictures of my great-grandfather's car all decked out in flags and red, white and blue heading for the 4th festivities in Hood River. Sadly, in some respects I think people were more patriotic in some aspects. Huge family get togethers to celebrate the day and what it meant.
Charlott on 30th June 2011 @ 6:07pm