The History Museum of Hood River County
Bringing the Rich History of Hood River County to Life
Here’s 411 Oak Street circa 1940. The tenants are “The Hood River News” and “American Fruit Growers.” This is now home to “Dog River Coffee” and “Sparkling Creations.”
12th March 2019 @ 07:37 AM
I wonder what it was when I first moved to the area in 1970?
12th March 2019 @ 09:13 AM
Has the roof been raised in the more recent picture or is that a false front or maybe an optical illusion?
12th March 2019 @ 09:49 AM
Great view of the roof from the library windows.
12th March 2019 @ 10:30 AM
L.E. It was still the Hood River News. It was still there when I showed up in 1980.
13th March 2019 @ 07:07 AM
When I was in high school I was on the staff of the school newspaper. If I recall correctly we put out an edition once monthly. It was printed for us by The Hood River News which was in this building at the time. I know at the start of each year our class would come down and actually watch Stuart set the type and then see it printed out. Wonder how many people have actually watched a paper go from the set up on paper to the actually printing out process. I found it very interesting. I always remember the "clicking" of the type as it fell into the proper place. Yes, the newspaper was a noisy place, but didn’t bother Stuart as he was deaf……..a family friend.
13th March 2019 @ 10:15 AM
This 40’s photo intrigues. On the one hand it has a very modern remodeled facade with nice plate glass windows for viewing the paper being printed. Newspapers made that a feature of their buildings in that era, Portland for one and my home town for another. Then the building has what looks to be a Spanish tiled overhang, a popular style into the 40’s. But then look at Arthur’s newer photo and the building has these brick columns with capitals rising above the roof line which would have been a feature of an early 20th C building. Where were they in the 40’s picture?? Did the owner go to the trouble and expense to rebuild them for authenticity? Very curious.
13th March 2019 @ 01:37 PM
Ellen, I suspect the remodel was intended to echo the Hood River Garage building across the street (Bette’s). It looks like they remodeled to an earlier era than the original building.
13th March 2019 @ 05:37 PM
We leased Kramers Shell on 4th and Oak from 1993-1998. We called it Have Fast Mart. We were really busy with Mid-Valley Market and Clem’s Country Store in Odell and Columbia Market in Cascade Locks. But good memories of our customers in all 4 places. And I even liked pumping gas!
18th March 2019 @ 12:18 PM
Arthur, well that’s cool if they remodeled to the earlier era. Wish they’d do that to a few others that were modernized in the 60’s & 70’s.
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