Historic Hood River
“Gus Miller House”
This house doesn’t look like it has changed much in the last 100 years, though a forest has grown up around it. This was the “Gus Miller House” when it was photographed about 1928. It is located at 436 Country Club Road. Unfortunately it does not appear in the Oregon Historic Sites Database so I don’t have more information about its history.
Gus Miller was a west side orchardist who was active in the movement to bring the Columbia River Highway to Hood River. When it opened, he ran a “truck garden” at the top of Ruthton Hill, selling his produce at the Columbia River Hotel. According to this article in the Hood River Glacier he also had stocked trout ponds there. I wonder if there are any signs of those ponds today?
Miller purchased this property from M. R. Noble circa 1920. Noble called the site “Clifton.” Country Club Road, as we know it, wasn’t built until 1922.
A curious note about Mr. Miller: in 1919 he was appointed “county road viewer.” I’m unclear what responsibilities that appointment entailed.
In a side note, Gus Miller served as a juror in the arson trial of Reverend J. L. Allen. It was quite a tangled tale.