Historic Hood River
I’ve seen this image many times before, but this time I looked at it the same day I prepared yesterday’s image of the Davidson house for HHR. On the reverse it says, “Walter Ford” and “H. Davidson House”. It appears the house was expanded between these two images, but I believe it’s the same house at 610 Oak Street. The building next door (recently Brian’s Pourhouse, now Naked Winery) also matches, with slight alterations.
A little context for Mr. Ford: from the pages of The Hood River Glacier we know in 1907 he was in high school, participating in a game of football on roller skate. In 1910 he circumnavigated Mt. Hood with a friend, and in 1915 he was secretary of the volunteer fire department. He served in World War I, stationed at Fort Canby. And he liked chicken (letter to mother: “Expect to be home Wednesday. Have plenty of chicken.”) He married Orva Wright in 1919, and was active in the American Legion.
By coincidence we saw Walter Ford’s father, Isaac Ford also driving a wagon in this image.