Historic Hood River
I wonder when the last time was that Hood River didn’t have a parade on the 4th? I’ve shared images of Hood River residents marching downtown and in the Heights, on dirt roads and pavement. This image is from 2012, and shows one of my favorite events. I hope you’ve all had a chance to see this amazing equestrian display featuring dancing horses. Hopefully someone can fill in some details on the men and women who put on this display.
The Hood River Glacier from July 9 1892 tells of the parade that year:
Independence Day was appropriately celebrated here and despite the unusual wind and consequent dust the crowd was large and persistent. The parade formed on Third and Oak, with E.S. Olinger marshal of the day, and marched to the grounds. Quite a large number of carriages were in the procession principally from the valley. The plug uglies were a special feature and it is safe to say that a more astonishing outfit than that of Will Haynes, Bert Stranahan and the mule, was not seen in the universe on that day. The language is not rich enough in adjectives and adverbs to do the “toot assemble.” There was some unnecessary delay in carrying out the programme and this applies to the whole day, but with one or two exceptions, notably the football game, and the chase after the unctuous porker, it was carried out as published in the columns of the Glacier. We did not reach the grounds until after Mr. Isenberg had delivered the oration, but have heard it spoken of as a masterly effort. Mr. W.P. Watson pleased his old friends here by a short address, and Rev. Rigby gave a response to a a toast “the public schools of America,” after which the lunch baskets were brought out and interviewed to some purpose. After lunch the baseball game between local teams, followed by the tug of war, races, etc., filled up the afternoon. There were four races run by the girls being won by Clara Blythe, a daughter of Mr. W. Smith of Portland, Pauline Shelley, and Mrs. Tate’s sister, a young lady from the valley but we were unable to learn her name. The boys races were won by James Ellison, Roy Watson, and Delbert Rand. The fireworks in the evening were in charge of James Langille, and were set off on the river bank below the depot; they were creditable for so small a town and were thoroughly enjoyed by all. The band furnished excellent music, and lots of it, being on hand from early morning until the last rocket was sent up at night. Taken all in all, the celebration was a success.
I hope you all enjoy this very unusual 4th of July. I expect a very special parade and festivities next year.