You may have seen this one before, as it has been reproduced many times. It captures three of Hood River's pioneer citizens: George Tomileck Chinidere, David Allen Turner, and E.L. Smith. We've previously seen George Chinidere in several images, and we've seen E.L. Smith's general store. This photo was taken in front of the E. L. Smith Building at 3rd and Oak.
Chinidere lived in this area since his birth, possibly in 1817. Turner came to Hood River in 1861, Smith arrived in 1876.
The E.L. Smith building was constructed in 1904. Turner was the first of these three to pass away in 1916, bracketing the dates for the image to a 12 year period.
No mystery to solve this Monday, but the sign above the pioneers may hold another clue to the location of the dental office in a mystery posted a few weeks ago. Is that a sign for the dental office of Dr. H. D. Pineo? Unfortunately, even with Photoshop alchemy I can only convince myself that the first letter is H or W, and the final letter is probably an O. The second letter looks more like an R to me than a D, but it's pretty sketchy. I'll bet we get a conclusive answer when the Hood River Glacier comes online, as I'm sure the comings and goings in prime downtown commercial space were followed closely.
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The E. H. Hartwig was Edward Henry Hartwig. He originally was from Wisconsin. He was the father of three daughters, Edetha, Kathleen and Mavis. Wife was Ethel. There was a period of time he was the mayor of Hood River.
There was also a law suit brought against him and others in Hood River. Had something to do with water.
I bet Dave Turner's cane was homemade from a fruit branch on his property.
I notice that George has his pant legs tied down.
charlott on 25th November 2013 @ 7:08am
I'm sure this 1915 article has been linked here before. Memories by David A. Turner.
I wonder where the 1915 Pioneer Reunion took place because supposedly all three of these people were at the reunion.
l.e. on 25th November 2013 @ 8:46am
Why can't Hood River name streets after HR Pioneers anymore? It seems we as a people have lost the "nack"
Judy on 26th November 2013 @ 2:08pm
I knew E.L. Smith's store was in the Frankton area but wasn't sure where.
This article about Henry Howe says....
" In November of 1880, E.L Smith, former acting-governor of Washington Territory, was opening the first real store in this region. It was located where the Country Club Drive joins with the Columbia River Highway today. Howe had had a little experience as a store clerk in Nebraska, and Smith engaged him to set the merchandise in order. But Howe remained there to become the first clerk in the first store in Hood River."
L.E. on 28th July 2015 @ 8:55am
I've queued up a picture of the Calkins homestead which shows the Smith homestead in the background. I'm not sure if his first store was at his house or nearby.
Arthur on 28th July 2015 @ 9:18am