Historic Hood River
Hinrichs, Pope, and Dead Horse
I have now idea if these three subjects are actually related, but here goes.
This image is from the J.W. Hinrichs family album. We don’t know who this man is, but it’s a safe bet he’s a family member (reminder to write names in your photo album). The photographer O.M. Pope had a studio in Hood River in 1891 and 1892 ($2 for a dozen cabinet cards), so I would date the image to the early 1890s. Searching The Hood River Glacier for some insight about who this might be, I came upon this fine story which gives us great insight into editor Samuel Blythe’s sense of humor:
A singular accident happened to Mr. P. D. Hinrichs one day last week. One of his horses died and he dug a pit in which to bury the carcass. While engaged in digging, the horse rolled in the pit on top of Mr. Hinrichs, and he was struck on the head by one of the horse’s hoods, which cut a gash six inches in length. Although the wound was very painful, Mr. Hinrichs kept on about as usual for a day or two. He finally sent for Dr. Barrett who sewed up the wound. Mr. Hinrichs is getting along all right, but it will be some time before he fully recovers from the kick of a dead horse.