Historic Hood River
“Restaurant Owned by Hachiya and Kuge”
I’m having a little trouble piecing this together. The caption on the reverse is in ballpoint pen, so not contemporaneous, and says, “Restaurant owned by Hachiya and Kuge, 1915”. I find reference to a “Toby” Hachiya who was a janitor at the OR%N station, working for Mr. Fredricy. He carried the mail from the train depot to the post office. In 1915 he married Miss Moriota, and according to the Glacier would henceforth be know as Mr. Morioka, “according to the Japanese custom.” We see they had two children, both of whom died as infants, but he is referred to as a janitor at the OR&N depot until a 1922 article which describes him as the “Japanese restaurant man.”
I can’t find any reference to Mr. Kuge.
The 1916 Sanborn map shows a Japanese Restaurant on Second Street, where City Hall is now located. It would have had to move when City Hall was constructed in 1920, but I can’t find it on the 1928 map.
An undated image of the rail depot staff shows a man who looks very much like the man to the right in this image. If that match is correct, that would be Mr and Mrs. Moriota with their infant in the middle of the depot image. Unfortunately this messes up the timeline Jeffrey Bryant worked out based on Homer Yasui’s possible IDs of the man to the right in the depot image.
I think there are several strands to this snapshot of history that still need to be worked out!