Historic Hood River
150 years ago there was something of a population explosion in Hood River, according to this school district document. The number of legal voters jumped from 10 to 19, and the number of school aged children jumped from 10 to 38. An average of 9 students attended class daily for the 3 month term. Children were taught spelling, arithmetic, grammar, geography and reading. It looks like the single teacher was paid $105, and the value of the schoolhouse was $300.
By 1876 the population nearly doubled again with the arrival of the Methodist group known as the Parkhurst Colony (or Mansfield Pacific Colony). There was annual talk about extending the school year to six months and building a new school house, but it’s not clear to me they followed through until the 1880s, when this school was constructed on State Street.