Historic Hood River
Hood River City Map, 1931
We’ve been wondering about the exact location of Samuel and Emma Blythe’s “Twin Oaks Fruit Farm” for a while. It was described as being on the State Road just west of town, but of course the edge of town has moved many times since 1895. This 1931 Metzger map helps us zero in on it, as it indicates the Blythe’s land holdings clearly. You can them between Cascade and May Street, east of 30th.
Since it’s hard to get oriented, I decided to make one of those “swipers” that lets you see both the 1931 map and the 2021 map at the same time. Mapping wasn’t quite as precise in 1931 as it is today, so things don’t line up perfectly, but it works pretty well. If you can, view it on a large screen. You should see a circular control at the bottom of the window which lets you move the dividing line between the old and the new maps: Map Swiper.
I shared our image of Twin Oaks Fruit Farm with a friend who lives in the neighborhood where it used to be and she directed me to this house. It is a perfect match, though with a few problems. It is not located on terrain that matches our historic images of the Blythe home, it is not on property he owned, and tax records indicate it was constructed in 1930. Samuel Blythe passed away in 1928,and Emma followed him in 1930. I believe the house was moved from the Twin Oaks Fruit Farm to its current Rocky Road location in 1930. A cursory scan of the 1930 newspapers doesn’t offer proof, but I suspect we’ll find proof eventually. This building matches the historic photographs so perfectly I am confident it is the same structure.