10 thoughts on “N Mississippi Avenue, circa 1929

  1. Background on West Made Desk company ” Percy A. Smith was born in Portland in 1884. His father was a successful businessman, having established the Smith & Watson Iron Works when he came to Portland in 1859. Percy Smith went to school
    in Oregon, from public elementary school to high school, and he graduated from the University of Oregon. He worked as a textile engineer at the Portland Woolen Mills. In 1920, he became president of the Westmade Desk Company. Smith obtained total
    interest in the company in 1928. The company manufactured office furniture and various custom-designed products. The company sold its products in the United States and in other countries, such as South America, Australia, and New Zealand.
    By 1928, the company employed sixty people, mostly skilled workmen, and had offices and warehouses in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The plant in Portland was located at 460 Loring(1928), and it included several three story buildings, covering 45,500 square feet of space. The company was successful and Smith continued to serve as president until he retired in 1943. Besides having his furniture business, Smith was also involved with community organizations, such as the Portland Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Portland Symphony.

  2. That brick building to the leftis now ECOpdx furniture. Does anyone know anything about that buildings history? 2289 n interstate

  3. Yes Interstate would have been 99W at that time so that would be the way to the Interstate Bridge and on to Seattle.

  4. The Mississippi made a steep climb just north of here, a slow grind and I wondered about the descent or possible runaway. I’m sure these city cars did not have the magnetic brakes as on the Council Crest cars.

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