Hood River has long enjoyed pulling out all the stops for the Fourth of July celebration. For the remainder of the week we'll count down to the Fourth with a series of photos of Independence Day celebrations past.
Here's how this image was described by the photographer, Mrs. or Mr. Max Moore:
Celebrating the 4th, 1916. Cascade Street looking west. Getting ready for the fire department hose fight.
I'm told that a hose fight entails two squads facing off with fire hoses using the streams of water to push a ball back and forth. It's a shame we don't have any action shots, but it's a safe bet some of this crowd got pretty wet.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
we need to start htose up again! westside vs. hr, parkdale vs odell, losers cook the burgers!
spinsur on 28th June 2011 @ 7:10am
Look how the men took the time to dress in suits!
l.e. on 28th June 2011 @ 7:52am
The word casual had not been coined yet, it appears. I can't say anything about the photo, but knew both Max and Arlene (Winchell) Moore. She was the daughter of very early pioneers, such as the Neal and Winchell families of Pine Grove. Her and Max owned and operated Moore Electric on the east end of Oak Street for years....She was very involved with the plight of the Indians in the area and also up river. I have seen many indians in the electric store having her explain to them some paper, usually government thing to them.
Yes, that hose fight sounds like fun between the fire departments......
Charlott on 28th June 2011 @ 8:07am
I remember being a kid in the late 70's and early 80's and riding in the back of the fire trucks in the 4th of July parade.We would have those hose fights right in the middle of town between the different departments. Someone put a stop to it due to the chance of someone getting hurt. Good memories for sure.
Russ on 28th June 2011 @ 8:22am
Was involved in many of those water fights, what a great time, guess we were having to much fun and somebody got wet that didn't like it and was stopped for "safety" reasons kind of like the candy that can no longer be tossed out because parents won't control their kids.
Jim Gray on 29th June 2011 @ 7:47am
Miss the firetruck rides and the waterfights, too. Progress is not such a good thing. Seems like for every positive it's brought to this town, we've lost 10 better things.
s on 1st July 2011 @ 10:38am
Must be a typical Hood River 4th of July because everyone is dressed in warm clothing.
Keith on 14th July 2011 @ 1:13pm