Historic Hood River
I think this is one of the earlier views of Dee. I base that claim on the number of trees around the residential area on the hillside. You can barely make out rooftops scattered through the woods. Later photos show a much more sparse forest on that hillside.
I always enjoy seeing they packed the mill, hotel, log yard, log pond, and town into that space. I guess that’s a benefit of not needing an employee parking lot.
Mill towns are definitely their own unique character. The one I am most familiar with is the mill in the town of Klickitat. The school didn't have a hot lunch program because everyone went home at noon for lunch. Mill workers and school kids. If you weren't part of the mill crowd, you brought a sack lunch.
The town I Iive in was made up of the timber fallers and woods crew. You didn't need a car to drive to work. The yellow crummy came through town in the early hours of the morning, just like a school bus, and picked up the workers standing out by the road with their lunch pails. Every evening, like clock work, it brought them back.
I remember that on Friday, on a hot, dry, dusty summer day, many of the crew would get off the crummy in front of the tavern. They would get their beer and walk across the road to the grassy area across the street from the tavern. The area would be filled with dusty men, lying or sitting on the grass, laughing and talking. Hard hats and lunch pails by their side.
Some of the loggers were also farmers, so they didn't stop at the tavern. They went home and started haying.
Fascinating, L.E. Thank you.
My dad and two brothers moved into Dee in the fall of 1956 and lived in the last house north of the store we had steam heat and the rent was $30.00 a month my grandparents lived in the second house south of the store it was very hot in the summer cold in the winter we lived there for three years then moved to Dee flat I caught steelhead and salmon below the Dam and gave them away to some of the workers lots of memories.
Lee, the Archives/Research committee at the museum is in the process of collecting stories from people who lived in Dee or worked at the mill. If you, or any others reading this, would like to share you stories please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cecelia Parker Goodnight, volunteer (“volunteer” means this address gets checked once a week when we are at the museum so don't give up).