SE Morrison Avenue, 1929

The Weatherly Building located on SE Morrison Avenue, February 26, 1929. This view is from SE Grand Avenue, looking east towards SE 6th Avenue.

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.353

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.353

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9 thoughts on “SE Morrison Avenue, 1929

  1. Was a new building (finished in ’28). Wondering about why the fire escapes only went so high? And whenever I see the year 1929, I think of the stock market/bank disaster. Sad days..

  2. George,

    Re the fire escapes only going so high. The historic picture doesn’t really show the upper floors, so I’m guessing you’re referring to the contemporary photo.

    I think I have noticed the fire escapes going around the corner of the building to continue to the top. Don’t quote me.

  3. Tinkering with the street view in the Google maps above, does show the fire escape going around the corner of the bldg.

  4. On March 17, 1928 the J.D. Pflager Cigar Store was the first store to open on the ground floor of the yet to be completed Weatherly Building. Jack Pflager (real name John Dennis Pflager) claimed to have occupied this same location since 1911, seventeen years prior the Weatherly Building being built. Jack offered cigars, cigarettes, tobacco, candies, newspapers and magazines for sale to his customers.

    One of Jack’s claims to fame was that Harmon Waley (whom he called “Whale”),
    as a young lad in his mid teens, had sold newspapers outside his cigar store in 1925. Harmon Waley along with several others, kidnapped young George Weyerhaeuser in Tacoma, Washington in the mid – 1930’s for $200,000 ransom. Jack claims to have actually talked to Harmon all the while the FBI was trying to track him down (Jack denied any knowledge of Waley’s involvement in the crime). All were eventually caught and sent to prison. A bit of irony in this story was the rumor that when Harmon Waley was released from prison in 1953 George Weyerhaeuser gave him a job at one of Weyerhaueser’s Oregon plants.

    Don’t know how long Jack continued to operate the cigar store, Newspaper ads dwindled away in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Jack died in June, 1972 at the age of 83.

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