Historic Hood River
Here’s another snap from Arline Moore’s album. This is Earl Franz at Winans Station, circa 1912. Winans was a spot on the Mt. Hood Railroad near Dee.
Maybe someone ca check the genealogy, but I believe Earl Franz is the son of E.A. Franz, who opened Franz Hardware in 1908. Lots of great comments in this earlier HHR post.
Jeffrey can do a better job at this than I can, but in the 1910 Census:
Earnest A. Franz (born in Germany) and wife Dora (born in New York), sons Earl age 19, and Edgar age 16 live on West Oak St. HR.
Earnest is a retail merchant in in hardware.
In 1900 they were still living in New York where Earnest was a grocer.
In 1930 Earnest and Dora and granddaughter Dorothea are living at 116 Oak St. He is still a dealer in hardware and furniture.
Earnest passed away in 1933. Dora in 1931. Both are buried in Idlewilde.
With heavy boots and gloves, is this motorcycle paraphernalia?
And two interesting lumber bracing methods visible. Maybe a bridge?
Motorcycle! Yes, I think you're correct. We've seen those boots and gloves in several other motorcycle shots: http://historichoodriver.com/index.php?showimage=647