You never know who is going to walk in the door at the museum. Recently a gentlemen dropped by with a few photos and documents, explaining he is a descendant of Horatio Davidson. We'll share some of the images he brought by this week.
We know this is Horatio Davidson, and based on his age it is circa 1900. I suspected this was a pre-Powerdale power station (1923) but wasn't sure how Davidson was related to it. The November 9, 1905 Hood River Glacier solves the mystery. It describes how this 500 horsepower power station was built for $30,000, and would soon provide 24 hour power to run 5,000 to 6,000 lights at businesses and homes in Hood River.
Tomorrow's image will explain Mr. Davidson's connection, and show conclusively that this photo is the 1905 power station.
While you are reading the front page of the November 9, 1905 Hood River Glacier check out the sad story of Hood River's 1905 football team.
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I didn't read about the football game once I saw the ad for Frazier and Son plasters. That was my greatgrandfather who was born on Prince Edward Island and made is way to Hood River by way of Wisconsin. He fought in the 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry during the Civil War. He fathered eight children, two of which were sons. I am guessing it was Joseph Frazier, Jr who worked with him as he built many of the earliest cement sidewalks in Hood River.
Norma on 30th September 2014 @ 7:50am
Was this the unit that was located in the Diamond Fruit build?
Dan on 30th September 2014 @ 1:27pm
Oops, didn't click on the link and read the article.
Dan on 30th September 2014 @ 1:31pm
The turbines in the Union Building used most of the water power to run ammonia compressors for refrigeration. There was a small electrical generator, but it is much smaller than this.
Arthur on 30th September 2014 @ 8:52pm
There is an add for a woman doctor.
Mrs. Mary Johnson M.D.
Physician and Surgeon
I would think there weren't very many of those around.
As for the photo....can't say that it is one of my favorites.
l.e. on 30th September 2014 @ 8:53pm
This doesn't have anything to do with today's photo, but....about Dr. Mary Johnson.
The original hospital in The Dalles, Oregon was started in 1901 by pioneer doctors, Dr. Belle Rinehart and Dr. Mary Powell Johnson in the Rinehart family home. In 1903, Dr. Belle Cooper Rinehart married Dr. Elmer Ferguson. They expanded their home and enlarged the hospital, which came to be known as The Dalles Hospital.
l.e. on 30th September 2014 @ 10:23pm