Former Mayor Earl Riley, circa 1948

Mayors and bikes have a long history in Portland. The man sitting on the tricycle is former mayor Earl Riley. Can anyone name the other men in this image?

 

Mayor Earl Riley and city officials posing with tricycle outside City Hall, circa 1948 : A2005-005.261.21

Mayor Earl Riley and city officials posing with tricycle outside City Hall, circa 1948 : A2005-005.261.21

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10 thoughts on “Former Mayor Earl Riley, circa 1948

  1. I can’t name the other men but they all resemble my grandfather who wore a double-breasted suit, tie and a hat every day of his life.
    My guess us that at least one if them went into City politics and I look firwatd to the answers.

  2. I believe the gent to the left of Mayor Riley is future mayor Fred L. Peterson. I have no idea as to the other two, though the man second from the left looks like a pre-chemical bath Jack Nicholson version of the Joker.

  3. One thing I remember about Mayor Riley is his voice, when he spoke he sounded like he was crying. He wasn’t, of course, it was just a quirk.

  4. The photo appeared in the Sunday Oregonian, Sept 2, 1945, pg 10. Caption reads:

    “Mayor Riley, chairman of the board of Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, tries out this new specially built tricycle after accepting it on behalf of the hospital. The vehicle is geared and constructed as an exerciser for convalescents or handicapped persons. It was donated by Morris Rogoway through the International Footprinters association, “fun” organization of law enforcement officers. Left to right (standing) are Max Sagner Footprinters committee chairman; Police Chief Harry M. Niles, president of Portland Chapter, and Ray Garner, Footprinter who obtained the Tricycle.”

    oldoregon is winner with Harry Niles!

  5. Earl Riley opened a Packard dealership at 20th and West Burnside in 1949 and owned it till 1956 when he want to work at Bernard Cadillac as a salesman. Max Sagner was a new and used dealer in Portland almost till his death and his son Roger Sagner was a new and used car dealer in Portland.

  6. lefty: “The photo appeared in the Sunday Oregonian, Sept 2, 1945”

    — By way of historical context, that was the day of the formal surrender of Japan aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Just came to mind as I recently toured the Missouri. I wonder if that news would have made it into that same Sunday paper because with the time difference the ceremony would have taken place Saturday afternoon or evening Portland time.

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