12 thoughts on “NE Roselawn Street, circa 1922

  1. I think it’s cool that at one time there were so many neighborhood stores. Now all we have is one 7-11 after another. Today’s view:

  2. Looks like the same building remodeled. Window pattern on the second floor exactly matches the original photo. The one window on the far right above the side door is gone, but you can still see the patch in the siding where it once was.

  3. You are so right, LarryBrandon. In 1960 my folks moved to NE 11th & Shaver. There was a Ma & Pa store one block up on 11th & Mason. Another one around the corner on 10th & Failing. Another one on 13th & Failing. And 3 blocks away on Fremont & 11th. There were probably others that I don’t remember.

  4. Way cool. Yup there’s a one story home that was a former corner store on N Delaware between Rosa Parks and Ainsworth that looks obviously like a former corner store that my dad and his siblings used to walk to when they grew up on Boston. Love that the building is still there (in both situations!).

  5. The address on the corner entrance to the former store was 485 Roselawn. The address on nearby entrance to the upstairs 3-room apartment was 487 1/2. The latter entrance became the remodeled 903 NE Roselawn of today as shown in Google street view sent by Larry Brandon.

    In the 1920s, according to Oregonian advertising history and city reporting, this store was known simply as Roselawn Grocery, and the owner/operator was Gustav E. Walstrom (1891-1978). At the time of this photo, he was president of the Portland Grocers and Food Merchants Association, in which he remained very active for many years in various elected capacities. He ran this corner store from at least 1915 until the 1960s. Reportedly there were three robberies at his store during 45 years from 1915 until 1960. There was also a G. Walstrom (same person?) who preached at a Swedish Methodist church in Oregon City in 1916.

  6. My mother traded at Earl’s Market on the corner of 33rd and Alberta in the 1930’s and it was identical to this one. As a little child I would be sent to the store for small items and never worry about safety. Earl was a pleasant man with black slicked hair and I remember the interior of the store as dimly lit with bare bulbs in the high ceiling and oiled fir floors. It was not self-service. Earl would fetch your order from the shelves himself and then put the items on your account if asked and the bill would be paid when your next payday came. These were the years of the Great Depression and I wonder how many families like ours were carried through by Earl.

    He carried no meat and very little fresh produce. We bought those from the butcher at 42nd and Fremont, the Hollywood district or downtown at the marvelous farmers’ market but the neighborhood stores were vital.

  7. Great post, momngriz. Most of these stores had homes in the back. Things have sadly changed for the worse as far as children’s safety goes. I’d forgotten about people ‘charging’ their purchases. In the 50s & 60s most families were still doing it. In my earliest years my family lived on SE 65th & Harold. There was an old woman who had a store on 65th & Reedway. She had big spools of paper & string for wrapping the purchases. Building’s still there.

  8. I grew up in the sixties not far from the intersection of Lombard and Vancouver (37 NE Morgan). We had Jim’s tiny supermarket, Ed’s market, Anderson’s, Hills to name a few.

  9. Momngriz…The store you mention in your post is pictured on this site. Enter “33rd and Alberta” and it should come up. It was called “Franklin’s market” in the early 60’s.

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