Historic Hood River
Portrait at Depot
This attractive portrait was taken in front of the 1910 OR&N Company depot at Hood River.
We have some of the names, though they are in a loose script so I may be misreading some of these:
- #1 Unknown
- #2 Mr. J. H. Fredricy
- #3 Frank Higman
- #4 Mr. & Mrs. ____ + family
- #5 Frank Smith
- #6 Harold Patton
- #7 Unknown
Mr. Fredricy was a friend of Alva Day, though we do not know if Day took this image. Mr. Fredricy pops up with a surprising regularity in photos from this era. Matt’s become especially adept at picking him out of a crowd, no matter how distant or poor the focus.
We know from documents that Mr. Fredricy was the railroad agent at Hood River, so the setting of this photo at the depot is more than a coincidence. Fredricy also served on the Hood River Game Protective Association with Alva Day, as well as the Elks, and he was a big promoter of construction of a good road to Lost Lake.
I suspect “Frank Higman” is actually William O. Higman, who worked at the station with Fredricy. Perhaps this is a photo of the depot staff and family.