History Grab Bag
Couch and Currier grocery store 108 S Jersey ( 8527 N Lombard ) as it looked in 1950. Located behind the St Johns Drugs sign, the building was remodeled by Couch and Currier October 1922. Their store was called the Grabateria. Originally they had been located in the building where H F Clark had his first store at Alta and Jersey (Lombard).
Wilton Kibbe & Cochran were the contractors who installed the sidewalk in 1911. The name Cochran refers to the Cochran Brothers Thomas and Samuel. They built the Cochran Block with the Central Hotel in 1904. The Cochran Bros. were also contractors.
Idle Hour pool and tavern next door. Photo from Theatres of Portland.
Program from July 1934 Venetian Theater 8704 N Lombard. In 1936 it became the St Johns Theater. A copy of the February 1928 program can be seen on this page.
Another James Ross Gatton photo (circa 1911) from the St Johns Heritage Association. Gatton family moving day in St Johns, with James Ross Gatton driving the wagon. Don Nelson used this photo in his book "A Pictorial History of St Johns".
Man walking in front of what was the Multnomah Theater, which had been built in 1911. Photo taken not too long after that judging from from the lack of traffic, the only vehicle in view being horse drawn.
There is a new dealer in town, Wm. F. Gix takes over the Durant Star franchise. Harbor Motors, a Ford dealership, would later operate from this same location. Advertisement promoting their grand opening April 1926.
The Star was an automobile marque that was "assembled" by the Durant Motors Company between 1922 and 1928. Also known as the Star Car, Star was envisioned as a competitor against the Ford Model T & Chevrolet.
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