Here's Allen and Pearl Macrum at their homestead on Trout Creek Ridge. Ruth Disbrow is on the porch.
Macrum came to Hood River in 1896 and filed homestead papers for this farm that December. Pearl and Allen were married in 1902. Ruth was Pearl's sister. The March 24, 1904 Hood River Glacier reported on her visit to the Macrum homestead, so perhaps that is when this image was taken.
And now I just spent twenty minutes of my morning reading one page of an old newspaper.
Lots of good stuff in there but it sure can waste a morning.
The trees seem small for 1904. I wonder if they are regrowth from a fire.
l.e. on 23rd October 2014 @ 7:36am
From: The Hood River County Sun, Hood River, OR., August 25, 1937, page 4
"Pioneers of the Hood River Valley…" by Jeffrey Elmer
Pearl's family had traveled to HR in 1887 where Pearl's father, Algernon Disbrow, took a homestead in the Barrett District, but they didn't stay. In 1894 they returned to the Valley where Pear attended the Barrett School.
Allen Macrum came to the HR valley in 1896. He filed on a homestead on Trout Creek Ridge where he began building up an orchard.
Pearl and Allen were married Christmas Day 1902.
They had eight children, three of which were still living in 1937. By 1937 they had sold most of their property and were living on 20 acres.
The article ends with this....
"As a matter of interest is the number of people residing on their old land today. They are the families of J.W. Beam, John Princehouse, Virgle Princehouse, Ralph Clapp, Tom Barron, Roy Barnes, Ted Goens, Mike Caron, Bill Adams, Mike Smickley, Mike Pearson, Frank Wishart, Elmer Butterfield, Tom Myers, and Harry Bostwick.
It is exactly 50 years since Mrs. Allen Macrum first arrived in Hood River. Despite the elder Disbrow's early uncertainties as to where he and his family would live, eventually he was to lose all doubt. This is proven by the following verse which he wrote in his daughter's autograph album:
Don't go down South to roast
Nor way up North to shiver,
But stay right here and do not fear -
There's no place like Hood River. "
l.e. on 23rd October 2014 @ 8:34am
No chimney to be seen on the main house, but there is one on the root cellar/smoke house. Wonder if the (kitchen?) addition might have had a stove or fireplace of some sort?
longshot on 23rd October 2014 @ 10:34am
Smoke coming from a building in the rear? Where's Charlotte?Missing her comments.
nels on 23rd October 2014 @ 12:21pm
I love the ditty you shared and I can't help myself - I have one that was painted on the storefront of the Edmonds, Washington hardware store. I grew up in Edmonds from 1943-1956 and every fall my grandfather would send us a crate of apples from the ranch.
Here it is:
Edmonds is part of the charmed land
Richly endowed by nature.
Bring some of this beauty into your home
With beautiful paint and wallpaper.
Jill on 23rd October 2014 @ 1:47pm
My Grandmother was Ethel Macrum. I am looking for family. My father just passed away. Looking for surviving relatives.
Denise J Thetford on 20th April 2017 @ 9:46pm