Historic Hood River
Doc Welch’s Funeral
Doc Welch must have been quite a character. He was the vet at the Fashion Livery and Dray at the base of Oak Street, claimed to have known Buffalo Bill and Robert Louis Stevenson, and left instructions that he be taken to the cemetery by horse drawn hearse. When he died in 1925 Sam Bartmess took this hearse out of storage. Pallbearers are Bert Stranahan (owner of Fashion Livery and Dray), Claude Cuffeford (blacksmith), Joe Thomison (HR Glacier editor), Charlie Bell (Mt. Hood Hotel proprietor), and Emmett Thompkins.
You probably recognize the location at 6th and State. The church building is still there, as is the E.L. Smith home in the trees far right. The Bartmess mortuary building has been remodeled into the Columbia River Insurance building. The large building in the center was the Bartmess home, which is no longer there.