Historic Hood River
Somehow we’ve gone through 11 years of postings without a photo of Mary or Nathaniel Coe. The Coe’s are credited as the first non-Native settlers of Hood River, arriving in 1854. We actually don’t have many photos of them, but this is a nice one.
It’s always hard to see someone in an old formal portrait as a real human being with thoughts and emotions and personality, but I can easily see this woman going into the George Crowell general store to pick up supplies or walking the deck of a steamer headed to the Dalles to sew the huge flag to celebrate the Fourth of July, 1861.
I’ll post the matching Nathaniel Coe portrait soon.