Notes indicate these "canteen girls" posing for a portrait during WW I are (l-r):
It's hard to imagine traveling from Hood River to war-torn Europe in 1918.
I am wondering if when the train stopped in Hood River, they served food and beverages to the soldiers head east. This was a common practice even during the Civil War when northern troops were headed south to their staging areas around Washington D.C.
Only one that rings a bell, Gertrude Ingalls, was a Balch. Her husband was James Ingalls.
charlott on 1st July 2014 @ 7:06am
Gladys Gilbert was one of our advisors for Rainbow Girls in the 1950s.
Norma on 1st July 2014 @ 7:08am
Do you think this picture was taken in Europe? Can't imagine a married woman going to Europe to be a canteen girl.
Buzz on 1st July 2014 @ 7:11am
Buzz, think what it mean was the soldiers traveling to Europe, not the "canteen girls."
charlott on 1st July 2014 @ 8:53am
Know that canteen girls went to Europe during WW I, but I would guess they were single.
Buzz on 1st July 2014 @ 11:49am
I suppose their location could have been any number of places in Hood River, but it does remind me of the old post office on 2nd between Oak and State.
Melody Shellman on 1st July 2014 @ 1:11pm
Don't they look "snappy"?
What a great picture.
Jill on 1st July 2014 @ 1:16pm
As far as I know, this is the only image in the collection of Gladys Reavis. I believe that we have seen some of her' postcards on the blog before. Arthur, you should consider a Gladys Reavis postcard week. You know, it's funny that you posted the image with the big hair above Gladys' head. I re-scanned the image without the hair, but now I wonder if anyone really noticed it.
Matt on 1st July 2014 @ 2:33pm
I take that back, we've also seen Gladys in the production of Robin Hood.
Matt on 1st July 2014 @ 2:36pm
Speaking of WW II, I have a 94 year old friend who worked at the ice cream shop that would have been next to HR Jewelers and was called "Andy's" after ________ Anderson. Anyone have recollections of that or possibly pictures? It would just thrill her.
nels on 1st July 2014 @ 3:19pm
Because I happen to be reading an old novel about WWI and a Red Cross worker in France, I googled "canteen workers, WWI" and found that "canteen" workers did, indeed, serve in France near the front under the auspices of the YWCA and the Red Cross. Canteen refers to the huts in which they served coffee, etc. Could the women have been identified later when their married names were known? And thanks, Norma, I had forgotten about Gladys Gilbert being an advisor to Rainbow Girls.
cg on 1st July 2014 @ 11:20pm
The ice cream place might have been one owned and/or operated by Andy Anderson. Don't know for certain.
Charlott on 2nd July 2014 @ 7:03am
The Andy Anderson I remember had a women's dress shop on Oak Street between 1st and 2nd. Bought my first formal there when he was going out of business about 1956 or 1957. He lived up the street from us on Prospect. His wife used to step out on the front porch when she wanted her sons home for dinner and blow a horn. ( trumpet?)
Norma on 2nd July 2014 @ 2:32pm
visited the military museum here in Paris a couple of days ago....reminding me of the vast slaughter that WW 1 was as was WW 2....nice museum.
Arlen Sheldrake on 4th July 2014 @ 11:31am