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Bales Food originally opened in 1941 at 8402 N Lombard. Moved to 8336 N Ivanhoe January 1951 (Photo). Fire in 1965, Nov 15 1970 Bales leases to Daris (Dee) Taylor name changed to Taylor's Thriftway.
Odus Bales of Bales Thriftway July 1951
Interior of Currin's for Drugs 8438 N Lombard October 1963
This photo was taken in April of 1920. The James Arthur Hoes family lived at 7806 N Jersey, which was on the corner of Jersey and Tyler. This view of the home was taken from Tyler St. Mr Hoes had photography studios at three locations in St Johns over the years. The first was across of the street from James John School. Stack of wood on lawn is spare slabs of wood from the lumber mill used as firewood. Many home owners used this type of wood in their fireplaces prior to WWII.
Photo of the Cochran Block and Central Hotel from Risa Davis. There is an article in the April 8, 2016 issue of the St Johns Review about the Central Hotel building and plans to rebuild it. The original Central Hotel was in the building called the Cochran Block which opened in November of 1904. The Cochran Block was three stories with shops and businesses on the street floor on Jersey (Lombard) and Philadelphia. The hotel was on the upper two stories.
This is probably Gil's favorite aerial photo of St Johns. If you can see the blue circled buildings (good luck!), the first on the left is the old James John High School at Philadelphia and Syracuse, the second is the old St Johns City Hall at Burlington and Syracuse, the third is the old Central school which was in the present playground of the James John School at Lombard and Charleston and the fourth is the old French Block a group of business places on Lombard and Oswego. We're going to guess the date taken was in the mid to late 20's.
Michael Noce, long time resident of St Johns gives his views of changes being made to the town in an article from the September 1, 1977 issue of the St Johns Review. This was 39 years ago.
Here is man that Autzen stadium is named for. He is Thomas Autzen a St Johns business man. He went to what is now Oregon State University but named the stadium for his son who went to the University of Oregon. Thomas Autzen is in the front with his son Thomas Autzen, Jr in back to his left. Thomas was involved with Portland Manufacturing Co.
Late Forties or very early Fifties. Safeway where Plews is now. Photo taken in front of the old B & C department store on Lombard between Leavitt and John. Stores to the right of the Safeway are the Swanson Market and the Super Food Mart.
I am trying to find descendants of this family who lived at 7229 N Willamette Blvd. near Burr. House, built in 1906, is still there. I have come across much family information and photos of this family. Andrew O. Gren born in 1852 was married to Catherine Kerby born in 1854. They had two daughters Mildred Gren born 1872 who married Edward P. Kendall and Martha C. Gren born 1880 who never married.
Aerial picture of St Johns from a newspaper article in the late fifties showing City Hall in the center and Philadelphia and Ivanhoe as the main streets. A gas station sits where the furture Marvel building will be.
Early St Johns Waterfront about 1910. Bottom left in picture is the St Johns Ferry, bottom right is the Claremont Tavern. On the waterfront of St Johns is the Gillen-Chambers Asbestos plant and beside it the Jobes Flour mill. The large white structure in the upper left is the St Johns Water Works tower.
Float built by the Bachelor Club in 1922 won a blue ribbon in the Rose Festival Parade. Replica of the battleship Oregon. "Grit" Lind was the architect. It was covered with roses picked from the fence of the Portland Woolen Mills. The float is turning the corner at Philadelphia and Lombard which is now the north parking lot of the US Bank. The St Johns Grocery building in the background is on the corner of Leavitt and Lombard which is now the Children's Relief Center. Nine years later, in 1931, the Rose Festival floats would be going around the same corner going to the dedication of the St Johns Bridge.
Good day to leave your car at home and take the horse and buggy. Off to your left you see today the US Bank and the south parking lot. The building on the right was the old Couch and Co building, today the Marvel complex.
Schuman's Boulevard Grocery on S E corner of Willamette and Van Houton. Building was torn down many years ago.
In August of 1909 H.F. Clark buys the confectionary store from G W Simmons. In the attached photo on the left you can see G W Simmons store. It is directly across the street from where Clark had his first furniture store.
The man on top of city hall is Howard Galbraith "Mayor of St Johns" who is fixing the bell so it will ring again. Howard Galbraith is responsible for establishing Cathedral Park and championed City Hall's renovation.
Late 60's photo from Robin Smith. The gals are practicing for the parade in the north parking lot of the US Bank. Rexall Drugs (now Pattie's Home Plate) and the Cornet store (now Children's Relief Nursery-Lifeworks in the background.
July 13, 1978 - St Johns sidewalk sale.
I am posting this to see if anyone recognizes anyone in the photo. This is the Eighth Grade class of 1953 of Sitton School. This building was built in 1949. The teacher is Mrs Floy Pepper. Other teachers were Mr Larson, Mr Fleming, Mr Keith Bannister, Mrs Wiabel, Mr Imes, Mrs Cutler, and the principal was Viola Harrington. These people would all be about Seventy-Five now. Viola Harrington later become the principle at Kennedy School, retiring in 1964. Miss Harrington would often say "what's fair for one is fair for all"
Blow Fly Inn -- This is information from Allan Toelle a decedent of one of the first St Johns Donation Land Claim holders William Gatton. "Burton M. "Duce" Brooks inherited a service station and a tavern from Ross Gatton. The Blow Fly Inn 9101 N Swift Blvd was located across from the incinerator in the corner of the filbert orchard. In back of the tavern was a metals recycling lot and building where the dump pickers sold their daily treasure. I imagine that Ross Gatton also owned the section of filbert orchard to the rear" From the DMP site says that Ted Brausen owned it later.
This is a photo of the Peninsula Tunnel that goes through Mocks Bottom. There is a website with all the details - http://peninsularrtunnel.blogspot.com/
There has been discussion of many old buildings being torn down. St Johns has many old historical buildings left. This St Johns photo of around 1915 looking west from Lombard and Burlington. First street on the left is Alma, where the St Johns Theater is now. The first building on the right is now Slim's Restaurant. Slim's and the four tallest buildings on the right are still standing and were built from 1906 to 1911.The building to the right of Slim's not shown was the old St Johns Hardware store and was built in 1898.
This is a view of the side of the old H F Clark / Huk Lab building showing the original siding before they put on the plaster coating. They stripped off the coating before taking it down. One of the workers on the demolition team said the reason it came down wrong was because the building was so top heavy.
Original John Mock Home built in 1894 at 4333 N Willamette Blvd still standing. Photo from Fred Leeson (image courtesy Architectural Heritage Center). Go to the files section and download the Word file. It contains this photo and others and an article on the John Mock house by Fred Leeson is president of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation and its Architectural Heritage Center.
1918 photo of the corner of Burlington and Ivanhoe looking east. On the right is the St Johns Hotel that was built in 1907 and now home to the St Johns Denture clinic and a bicycle shop on the corner.The building on the left was tore down for the south parking lot for US Bank.
William Gillmore home built 1910 - 9232 N Syracuse about 1918. Before cement sidewalks. House is still standing. John Franklin Gillmore also lived in this house. He had a real estate office in the building where Proper Eats is located in 1918.
They just repainted this store located next to Slim's at 8641 N Lombard. In the past this building was home to Goodwill, a bowling alley and when it was built in 1912 it was a motion picture theater called the Multnomah. In this 1924 photo we see the ticket window. Hugh McCreadie who was manager of the Multnomah built the Venetian Theater in 1925 across the street at Alma and Lombard. This is the St Johns Theater now and was also once called the Northgate.
St Johns was 150 years old in 2015. James John had a portion of his land surveyed and platted into eight blocks on May 20, 1865. This was named St Johns in his honor. St Johns had established city status.
Land was one mile along the river front and one-half mile up to the plateau. James John's 1st Addition to St John was made on July 30, 1870 and James John's 2nd Addition to St Johns was made September 15, 1876. This map of St Johns is from 1891.
The old Cornet store not sure of the date. Remodel for the Children's Relief building. Robin Smith (son of Wayne Smith, the barber) shot photo on Leavitt looking at the James John school. This building was originally built in 1941.
From a June 2011 issue of the Oregonian about the 80th anniversary of the St. Johns bridge. In the top right of the picture you can see the old James John High School. The building just beyond it is the Couch and Co Store, which is now the Marvel building at Philadelphia and Ivanhoe.
1950 from Don Nelson's book "The Pictorial History of St Johns" showing Lombard at Baltimore looking east. In the left side of photo is the old St Johns Garage, torn down in 1979 and is now the new building between Marie's and Jower's. Under the Gas sign is a sign called "Eats" this must be the Snack Shack mentioned by Sharon Helgerson.
Chimney Park when it still had a Chimney. St Johns Incinerator. In the top of the photo you can see the Gatton ranch. William Gatton was one of the original Donation Land Claim holders to file in St Johns. Off to the left you can see Terminal Four. In 1941 Union Carbide bought the ranch and tore it down along with the hillside it was on to build its Electro-Metalurgical plant. The Blowfly Inn can be seen next to the large filbert tree orchard.
This Monday, June 13, 2016, will be the 85th anniversary of the opening of the St Johns Bridge. This photo shows the parade turning left from Jersey (Lombard) onto Philadelphia. The building on the right is now the North parking lot of the Peninsula US Bank. Montgomery Ward float is straight ahead. Photo from the St Johns Heritage Association.
1966 St Johns Review. It answers a lot of questions about who was in the Central Hotel building at 8602 N Lombard and when they took the top two stories off. Believe first photo is the St Johns Fruit Stand mentioned in the article. This is on the Philadelphia side of the building.
Robert Kennedy St Johns Parade May 25, 1968, less then two weeks later assassinated: June 6, 1968, Los Angeles, CA from St Johns Review May 30, 1968. He was in town with Senator Eugene McCarthy, John Glenn, and Terry Baker. See more photographs of RFK here.
September, 1943. Post 98 would later purchase what had been the National Cash Register Building from the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition.
1951 Aerial photo of St Johns showing Chimney Park in the upper right. This was when James and Weyerhaeuser streets were dirt roads. The large light area in the middle right is Sitton School playground. Lombard is the street in the middle of the photo. The top middle is the Parkside Homes housing project.
April 1952 St Johns at N Jersey (Lombard after 1960) and N Burlington showing the old Electric Trolley Bus This article from a 1952 St Johns Review. The Electric Trolley replaced the rail trolley in 1937.
February 6, 1951, gas explosion destroyed a house at 8024 N Leavitt near Central. I remember this because when it happened I was in the sixth grade at Sitton. This was during the cold war and when it blew we could hear it while in class at Sitton. We were told to get under our desks because we didn't know if the Russians had dropped a bomb. I remember going there after it happened.
1912 Crouchley Plumbing Store. James Crouchley seated, Earl Crouchley next to stove at their original location at 8928 N Lombard. The other gentlemen are unidentified salesmen. Photo from St Johns Heritage Association.
Originally established by Smith & Miner as the ‘North Bank Pharmacy’ at the French Block in 1906. The first prescription sold for 25 cents. The French Block was a two-story brick building on the corner of Lombard and Oswego. Clarence and Zula Currin purchased the store in 1909 and moved the location to a building near the corner of Jersey and Leavitt. In 1917 they upgraded their store again, this time leasing the building on 7334 N Philadelphia Ave. Their final location was at 8438 N Lombard St.
The Currin family sold the drug store in October 1961 to Elise and Wayne Hatch, who kept the old name. By the 1980s competition from larger stores was causing a dwindling clientele. Currins became a Western Union certified location to drum up more business. After 91 years the pharmacy closed in 1997. Pay Less purchased the building and stock after it closed.
1908 St Johns looking towards the old city hall in the middle. On the right is the Central Hotel called the Cochran Block. The top two stories were taken down in 1939. The buildings on the left were torn down in 1954 and later for the Peninsula U S Bank. The white building to the left of the old city hall was the Rose City Hotel. Photo from the St Johns Heritage Association.
These stairs are on Smith Street just east of Sitton School. They led to the old two story Sitton School which was torn down in 1964. The school was built in 1907 and housed the James John High School class for two years till their school was built in 1910.
Back in 1971 there were people who wanted the St Johns Landfill closed because it was polluting the Columbia River and Slough. A few of the people decided to protest and set up a "Dumpstser Diner" in the dump to make their point.
I know I am posting a lot on the old Sitton School but I know there are a lot of people who went to this school. This is Sitton School 1950 showing the two story building on left with walkway to the portable building and auditorium on Smith to the right. This was my Fourth Grade Class.
I am posting this Sanborn Insurance Co map showing the location of the old two story Sitton school with the auditorium and the portable building on Smith street. In 1953 they added an additional portable on the Hudson Street side. A history of the two story building. Built in 1907 and used until 1940 when it was used for storage and condemned. In 1942 after the war started they needed school space for all the additional worker's children. They remodeled the school and was used until the school was torn down in 1965.
Class photo of the 9th Grade class 1908 of Central School which is now James John School. This class moved to the Upper floor of the North (Sitton) school in 1908 while the future James John High School was being built at Philadelphia and Syracuse. The class moved to the new James John High School in 1910. This was the first James John High School class. James John High School became Roosevelt H S when it was opened June 30 1922.
In the photo the person in the top row at the far right near the building is the teacher of the class, Gertrude Edna Bailey Couch. She married Fred Cornelius Couch son of Kindle Calvin Couch who was mayor of St Johns in 1907.
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