Historic Hood River
Camp Chenowith, Oregon
It’s a little difficult to be sure what this object is. My best guess is it’s a photograph which has been augmented by an artist to provide better detail.
We know the location is Camp Chenowith in the Dalles, on July 1, 1891, and the notes on the reverse link it to the Blowers family of Hood River. The notes say:
Encampment of the Third Regt Infantry Oregon National Guard at Camp Chenowith, The Dalles, Oregon, from June 28th to July 4th inclusive. Nine companies present aggregating about 450 men. Col. T. A. Houghton in command. Company “D” Captain A.S. Blowers in command won challenge (silver) cup in competition drill. Following is a list of Field Officers of the Regiment: Colonel T. A. Houghton. Lieut. Col. G. T. Thompson. Major Jay P. Lucas. Adjutant Lieut. J. F. Haworth.// L. N. Blowers, 2nd Lieut. Co “D”.
Where was this encampment? It appears to line up pretty well with the Home Depot parking lot!
Tags: 1890s, Blowers, Camp Chenowith, Chenowith, National Guard, Oregon National Guard, the Dalles
The first issue of The Dalles Times-Mountaineer for 1891 is August 15th.
There is an article titled “Third Regiment Items”. Officers and Privates Complimented on Their Proficiency. Colonel T.A. Houghton commanding the Third Regiment, O.N.G. ……pays the following compliment to members.
Now that the dust and fatigue of our first annual encampment has passed away, the regimental commander desires to compliment….
He goes on to compliment everyone involved. 97 percent of the enrolled strength of this regiment reported for duty at Camp Chenowith.
In this July 01, 1891 issue of The Dalles Daily Chronicle, the Hood River boys are mentioned.
The June 29th issue says the camp is on the grounds of Mr. Irvine about two miles west of town. The encampment grounds are fine, being a freshly mown meadow and the city of tents with its regular streets and blocks is as pretty as possible…