Historic Hood River
Maybe not the most cheerful way to start a week, but it is tax day.
The earliest actions of the City of Hood River were to deal with issues of contagious disease. Early city council actions specified placing colored flags on your lawn to indicate someone inside was ill with smallpox, cholera, or other serious diseases. Sometime circa 1900 the city established a pest house where people could be taken to be quarantined to avoid spreading illness. This letter gives some insight into the politics of early 20th century Hood River.
We know the pest house was “west of town” but the exact location is not clear. The newspaper reported several locations under consideration at various point in history, but it’s not clear to me which site is referred to in this letter. I did learn that while at the pest house you might have been cared for “by a man known as ‘Frenchie'”.