Historic Hood River
End of an Era
I ran across this image while I was looking for photos of buggies. It was taken in 1901– the start of a new century, and the end of the horse an buggy era. That’s E. L. Smith in the buggy, with W. G. Eliot Jr. and Mrs. St. John looking on. The photographer was Chas. E. St. John.
If I’m not mistaken, that is Unitarian minister Rev. T. L. Eliot’s summer home “Shushula” in the background. We still haven’t found the exact location, but believe it to be somewhere in the area of Eliot Drive in the Heights. Perhaps the view of the Washington hills will help triangulate a bit. This photo makes it clear that Shushula was close enough to the NE corner of the plateau which forms the Heights to give a clear view of Burdoin Mountain.
I believe W. G. Eliot Jr. was T. L. Eliot’s son. T. L. Eliot’s nephew was the poet T. S. Eliot. This family genealogy is a bit confusing because they keep reusing the same names.
I’ve found reference to a Chas. E. St. John who was a Unitarian minister in that era, so he was probably the photographer.