Historic Hood River
Davenport Bros. Mill
Here’s a mill we haven’t seen before. It is identified as the Davenport Bros. mill at Parkdale in 1903. Notes indicate Emory Davenport is on the left, and Helen is the baby on the knee of a worker near the cooks.
The Davenport Bros. business interests are difficult to track because they were so widespread. I find mention of mills in Odell and Nelson Creek in 1902, at Parkertown and Green Point in 1904, with the Ruthton mill shortly thereafter. In 1896 they had a mill at the head of the irrigation ditch which was being built to water the orchards of the valley.
The newspapers of the era had a nasty habit of describing locations in very generic terms. While “the head of the ditch” may have meant something in 1896, it’s not as clear today. I’ve been searching in vain for geotags on our images, but for now we’ll have to settle for this one being “Parkdale, maybe.”