Historic Hood River
Who and When…
We know the who and when, but not the what and where of this Alva Day photo. His negative is annotated “3:30PM 2-9-1941”. We have a print of the same image with his notes, “From left: Park Wallace/ Joe Haviland/ “Andy” Anderson”. The background has some tantalizing clues– a riverbank with a possible railroad, a bridge crossing over, but I don’t recognize the spot. And the shovels– I’m guessing they’re digging something related to Alva Days activities promoting bird and fish habitat. Any guesses?
It was a Sunday, two hours before sunset. They don't look dirty or tired. Assuming they went to church first, this must have been some small-scale volunteer task. Park's shovel looks new and seriously undersized.
The structure along the railroad at the left side looks like it could be an icing platform, for loading ice into the roof hatches of railway refrigerator cars. The building behind would then probably be the ice house. If true, that would narrow down the possible locations dramatically.
In the 1940 census Park Wallace is living in HR. He is 45 years old and a Chevrolet car parts man.
Joe Haviland is 57 and a construction superintendent. He lives at 915 State St.
Is Andy Anderson the manager of Tum-a-Lum and one of the founders of the Crag Rats?