Historic Hood River
Lenora Hunter, Postmistress
This fine photo of Lenora Hunter, Postmistress of Mosier, was taken in September of 1914, if we can believe the calendar on the wall. In fact, her Regulator clock with day indicator tells us it was 3:15PM on the 1st. You can be pretty sure someone who kept such a tidy post office tended to her calendar and clock.
Great details includes all the typical tools of the trade: scales, rubber stamps, and scissors, as well as mailboxes stuffed with letters and newspapers. I can see that some of the residents of Mosier subscribed to the Oregonian. I’m guessing some of the other boxes hold this issue of the Mosier Bulletin. When they read it they woud have learned of the death of Pope Pius X (“hastened by grief over Great War”), as well as the completion of the two mile road from Mosier to Mayerdale, “one of the finest driveways in the state.”
Tags: 1910s, Hunter, Mosier, post office, postmaster
Information on Lenora. She was a Kansas native born in Reno County. Her parents were Robert Hill Hunter and Nancy Vestal. She had a brother named Lee. She died on 11 September 1974. She never married.
Hopefully someone will add information about Mayerdale. What and where was this?
Mayerdale also had a road down to the river to meet boats and trains, logical to have one to town for supplies, postal and community ~.
Mayerdale is a show house a couple miles east of Mayerdale along the old highway. You can go to mayerdale.com for photos and history that the current owner has made available.
If you bike east of Mosier on the historic highway you will have no doubt when you reach Mayerdale. There is a stately home at the end of the plateau, where the highway starts to climb again.
a publication by OR&N in 1908 “How to get to Mosier Oregon”…..wow….NICE that the vineyard folk have preserved this history.
In May of 1931, there was a record heat wave. The Oregonian had an article about a forest fire at Mayer Park. I didn't realize the park was that old, so looked it up. It was a large tract of land donated by Mark Mayer the founder of Mayerdale orchard.
The earliest I could find that Lenora was appointed Mosier postmaster was 1910. She was appointed throughout the years, the last date being 1944.