Jos T. Harris Grocery, 1930

Here we have an outstanding interior view of a grocery store in the 1930s. The Jos T. Harris Grocery Store was located at 3402 SE Division Street.

Interior view of Jos T. Harris Grocery   3402 SE Division, 1930 : A2008-001.66

Interior view of Jos T. Harris Grocery 3402 SE Division, 1930 : A2008-001.66

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9 Responses to “Jos T. Harris Grocery, 1930”

  1. Chuck Says:

    When I was a kid in the 50s there was a store like that on the corner of SE 65th & Reedway. It was operating in the front of an old woman’s house. Her products were stacked the same & she used a grip at the end of a pole to get things from the top shelves. She also had large rolls of wrapping paper & spools of twine to wrap the purchases. No bags.
    There used to be a lot of ‘Mom & Pop” groceries in the city in the 50s & early 60s.

  2. Dan W. Says:

    Jos T. Harris Grocery is gone, but the building is still intact. According to Portland Maps, it was built in 1909:

    http://tinyurl.com/qda7r7g

    The current business at this address is Anders Printing. Here’s the current exterior street view:

    http://tinyurl.com/onttrhl

  3. Jill-O Says:

    Actually, that address covers both Anders Printing and Lauretta Jean’s (btw, they make some of the best pie and biscuits in town, give ‘em a try). There is an internal connecting door that was left between the two businesses on the ground floor – LJ’s coffee/cream/sugar/cups/water/napkins set up is in front of it. There is no second floor above LJ’s, just over Anders, and that plus the renovations to the outside of the building make it look like two separate buildings…but it isn’t.

  4. Brian Says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but would 3402 SE Division have been a valid address in 1930? Wasn’t the second great renumbering in 1932-3? And I thought about the outer address zone, but that was everything south of Division AND east of 42nd Ave. So either the address is the modern version to help us find the place, or 1930 is wrong. Otherwise, it would be something like 1020 SE Division.

    Side note, how odd would it have been to drive along Division (or any street south of there) and see the address 1176. Then go the next block and see 4202!

  5. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    If that really is the address, I bike past that like 6 days a week!

  6. Nancyann Larsen Says:

    My first impression was of an old time convenience store but then I remembered that in the 60’s Safeway was located in a building the size of a small auto parts store on Vaughn. https://www.google.com/maps/@45.5368,-122.706177,3a,75y,3.46h,86.83t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sX9VrmRgVpBFuG4KQjWW9FQ!2e0

  7. Kenn Says:

    Nancy, Safeway was in the Vaughn store at 2736. Their store at 2045 Division was replaced by 3016 Division.in the early 40’s.

  8. David Johnson Says:

    He was at 1020 East. Division. Was robbed on 12-18-1929. I find lots of crime when I do these Oregonian searchs.

  9. Brian Says:

    That makes more sense, thanks David Johnson for looking it up. :-)

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