Here's a great example of how useful it is to have the Glacier issues online. We've had this image in the collection for a long time, but there is no detail associated with it. While researching W.D. Rogers, the Hood River photographer, I came across this text in the December 17, 1903 Hood River Glacier:
G. B. Castner has been doing some advertising for Hood River in an unique way. In driving to town recently with a load of apples, he stopped in front of Rogers' art gallery and had himself, team and load photographed. On the picture is printed by the artist the words: "80 boxes apples brought $150.50." These pictures he is sending to his friends in the Eastern states where they will do the most good. Mr. Castner is one of Hood River's most successful orchardists.
That text tickled my memory, so I did a quick search of our newly digitized and keyword indexed photo collection, searching for "postcards" and "wagons". I was presented seven options including this card.
We now know the who, when, where, and why of this 111 year old postcard, none of which were present in our museum collection. What was just a pretty old image is now a useful historic document.
And while today isn't Monday, I have a quiz for you: What famous event happened on December 17th, 1903? Even though this post is about online databases, no cheating with your favorite search engine.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Just happened to have recently read a book about Orville and Wilbur..............I am not going to say what they did, so we can see who else picks up on this.
charlott on 29th July 2014 @ 7:24am
G. B. Castner was George Remer Castner, born in 1846, native of New York. Served in Co. H, 12th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War. He came to Oregon in 1894 and his orchard was located in the Belmont area. His wife was Florence Gildersleeve. He was involved in many things within the community.
charlott on 29th July 2014 @ 7:35am
Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kittyhawk.
Buzz on 29th July 2014 @ 9:05am
Yes, December 17, 1903 is generally accepted as the date of the first powered "heavier than air" flight at Kittyhawk, NC.
Arthur on 29th July 2014 @ 9:48am
I wonder if having a 'matched pair' back then was as important as having a vehicle of the popular color is now. Imagine going to town with an unmatched pair. And having a matched pair for sale would bring a better price than selling each of them separately?
nels on 29th July 2014 @ 10:29am
Without a search engine, I would have no idea what happened on December17, 1903.
And, with a search engine I was able to find out that a mere eleven years later, planes were used in the first world war. The war to end all wars.
By the start of the war in August, 1914, British airmen were part of the British Army.
l.e. on 29th July 2014 @ 3:55pm
Evidently WW I started with body armor and sabers, and ended with airplanes.
nels on 29th July 2014 @ 5:17pm
Nels, you are correct. Even in todays competition driving, it is important that the horses - or pairs - are matched. An unmatched pair meant that you were just a farmer. Loggers didn't particularly care about matching their teams, but quite a few did go for the "look". I think it just pleased them. Like chrome on a car? This is a fine looking pair -I'd be willing to bet they are related - mother/daughter? The seasoned one taught the young one. Imagine the Budweiser Clydesdales NOT matched!
Jill Stanford on 29th July 2014 @ 8:21pm
Another note about W. D. Rogers:
The Hood River Glacier, May 24, 1906, page 7
W. D. Rogers, the photographer, has purchased an automobile, the first one to be owned in Hood River. There was one here for a short time last summer, but was shipped out again.
Jeffrey Bryant on 20th September 2014 @ 8:11pm
More notes about W. D. Rogers:
The Hood River Glacier, January 26, 1895
William D. Rogers was taken violently insane Sunday night. Monday he was taken to The Dalles by Dr. Brosius and Constable Olinger. He was examined by Judge Blakeley and Dr. Brosius, and Tuesday was sent to the asylum at Salem in charge of Constable Olinger. Mr. Rogers is about 26 years of age, a photographer by occupation, and has always been known as a quiet and industrious young man.
The Hood River Glacier, February 9, 1895
W. D. Rogers writes to his father from Salem that he is much better and that he has had no bad spells since his arrival there.
The Hood River Glacier, April 13, 1895
Will Rogers writes to his father that his health is much improved and that he weighs now as much as ever he did. He sent for his photographic outfit and expects soon to go to work at his old business of photography.
The Hood River News, March 2, 1910
R. M. Dunham, an eastern man, has purchased the photograph business of W. D. Rogers.
Jeffrey Bryant on 26th July 2015 @ 6:16am