June 27, 2015
A number of people recognized this view of downtown The Dalles, including Mary Batty, Jake Grossmiller, Gary Conley, Bill Johnson, Lee Langston, Lucile Stephens, Jim Lobdell, Virginia Harwood, Carolyn Homer, Owen Smith, Edward Smith and Russ Brown. The photograph was taken in November of 1948 and scanned from a 4 by 5 inch negative found in the archives of the Chronicle.
Jake Grossmiller wrote: “The History Mystery for this week is a shot taken on Brewery Grade looking west down second street. The building on the left bottom is the old Great Southern Railroad Depot, now Cannon Packer.
“The picture is late 40’s and the Depot then was a Drive-In Resturant. Later it was used as a prep kitchen by Tom Foley for the Hand-Out. My mother worked in the front part, as it was the office for Farm Chemical Fertilizers owned then by Stan Mayfield.
“The next little building to the west was Maier’s Market.
“There was a railroad spur that ran next to the Sunshine Mill, diagonally across second street behind the Chevron Service Station, the little white building just west of Maier’s Market, then west past what is now Dintys Market, across Monroe Street and behind The Dalles Iron Works. The spur then terminated at the Kerr Gifford Elevator (Hughes Feed and Grain.)
“Dominos was in the old Tum-A-Lum Lumber building and across the street and to the east was E.B.Young Sporting Goods. Where Precision Auto is now was a Texaco Service Station.”
At the time of the picture, Second Street was a two-way street and also Highway 30. Owen Smith remembered there being an ice cream shop in the Great Southern Railroad Depot/Canon Packer building, where Russ Brown also remembers being taken out to as a kid.
Mary Batty noted the mill was Sunshine Bisquit, and thanked the Chronicle for running old photographs from the past.
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