Historic Hood River
904 State Street
This fine house at 904 State Street looks pretty much the same today, though the urban forest has grown around it. If you don’t recognize it, it’s the house on the corner of State and 9th with the stump carved into a bear who offers wise sayings which change on a regular basis. Does anyone know the story behind the bear or his (her?) sayings?
An old caption on the reverse in what looks to me like Pansy DeWitt’s handwriting says “9th and State, Katherine and Rex.” We know from the Oregon Historic Sites Database entry this house was built by W.J. Baker in 1907, and later sold to the church across the street for use as a parsonage. The DeWitt’s lived next door, at 912 State Street (later Herman Kresse’s house) from 1908-1911. W.J. Baker was Pansy DeWitt’s father, so they were living next door to their in-laws for those years. We learned about W.J. Baker here. I believe “Katherine” was Pansy’s sister, Katherine Baker.