Historic Hood River
For all the time we’ve spent talking about Hood River’s history, we haven’t spent much time talking about the people who have worked to preserve it or how our museum came to be. This image fills in a missing chapter.
In the 1910s the Hood River Pioneer Association formed, but I was never clear what happened to them or how our current county museum was created. The caption to this image, which was published in The Hood River News, explains the missing gap.
Local personalities responsible for the formation of the Hood River County Historical society and the securing of a museum in the courthouse at Hood River attended the open house Monday night. They are, left to right: E.E. Lage, past president; Mrs. Max Moore, secretary, Mrs. Nora Rumbaugh, life member of the society and former worker in the state group; Joe Horn, board member; and Mace Baldwin, member. Lage, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Rumbaugh and Horn have been members of local committees working toward the organization of the society and founding the museum during the past 20 years. Lage, Mrs. Moore and Horn were original members of the Pioneer association. Columbia Photo Supply photo.
Other material indicates the society was founded in 1949 with Percy Bucklin as its first president. The museum and the artifacts were owned by the county and housed in the county courthouse (Butler Bank Building) at this time. At another time it was located in the old Yasui store building behind the courthouse before moving down to its current location at the Hood River waterfront.
A few years ago the Hood River Heritage Council was formed to operate the museum and preserve the collection, though the building and the artifacts are still property of the county.