Historic Hood River
Arline Winchell Moore and James Slim Jim
Here is Arline Winchell Moore helping James Slim Jim with the paperwork for his patent title on 80 acres of timber east of Hood River city. The photo was taken in 1954 by Archie McKeown.
Moore was well known as a social activist. Moore Electric was a place you could go for help finding a vacuum tube for your radio or help filing government paperwork (much like Jose’s Tacos 25 years later). A decade earlier she was fighting to get local Japanese-American service members acknowledged on the County Courthouse.
You can learn much more about Arline Winchell Moore by checking out this year’s edition of the museum’s annual “Cemetery Tales.” Cemetery Tales will be live-streamed this year. Just click through to buy your tickets, and you will see actors portray not only Arline Moore, but Jose and Maria Castilla, Ray Sato, Cap McCan, Hattie Redmond, Reuben Crawford, as well as Nathaniel, Mary, and Henry Coe.
Tags: 1950s, Moore, Moore Electric, Oak Street, Slim Jim
A gutsy lady. I often wonder if I would have had the courage of Arline Winchell Moore, to publicly stand up for what I felt was right.
She had the concern of her humanitarian work affecting the family business.
Arlen L Sheldrake
for sure a real worry in a small town and the HR small town I remember L.E.
Excellent point LE. I bet there were plenty of locals who refused to patronize Moore Electric because of her willingness to speak and act as her conscience demanded.
If you google “Arline Moore” the Densho Encyclopedia has a good biography of this very special woman. Hood River could not do better than to have a memorial of some kind to her.