Historic Hood River
First Graduating Class
We’re lucky to have a great story about this image from the reverse:
This is the first class to be graduated from Hood River High School after it became a four year High School (1907)
First Row, Millard Merrill, Edith Copple, Elwood Luckey, Grace Prather and Gertrude Bowe.
Second Row, Pearl Bradley, Maude Merrill, Ferdinand Struck, Bess Evans, and the High School Faculty, Mr. E. E. Coad, Mrs. Sprecher, Mr. Crouse. This is the Class of H.R.H.S. 1907.
In the spring of 1907, The Dalles High School, which had been a four year school for many years, first challenges HRHS to a number of contests. Some were held in Hood River and some in the Dalles.
The was no Columbia River Highway and participants and fans for these contests went to and from Hood River and The Dalles by Steam boats. We walked from the old Park Street School (which then housed all twelve grades)and was the only Hood River City school building) to the boat landing, near Koberg’s beach. We (about 50 students and faculty members)left Hood River on the steamer “Telephone” for our first debate with T.D.H.S. The debate was on the subject, “Shall the U.S. Gov’t. Own and operate the Railroads.” Debaters representing Hood River High were Fred Struck, Maude Merrill and Burleigh Cash. Hood River High won this first debate. We stayed overnight, next morning T.D.H.S baseball team and fans accompanied us back to H.R. and played baseball on the old field at 12th and Belmont. Some of the girls decided H.R.H.S. needed pennants, so the colors “Blue + White” were chosen by the H.S. and a half dozen girls made the first blue and white pennants- having ordered the felt from Meier and Frank in Portland. We were very proud of our little High School. I was a Soph that year. Martha (Struck) Brunquist
I had never heard of the steamer “Telephone” but it turns out it has a fascinating history well worth reading. After reading about all of its accidents, as well as its captain being arrested and fined multiple times for speeding on the river, I am surprised the residents of Hood River were comfortable entrusting their children to his care.