City Officials, 1949

Commissioner Ormond R. Bean lawn bowling with other City officials, 1949. The man in the hat is unidentified, the other man is City Parks Superintendent Harry Buckley and the woman is Director of Recreation, Dorothea Lensch.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2005-005.67.2

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2005-005.67.2


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18 thoughts on “City Officials, 1949

  1. Westmoreland Park bowling green. The Lombardy poplars in the background lined the Eastmoreland Golf Course bordering the Southern Pacific tracks. (The Shasta Daylight headed south on those tracks every morning.) Mr. Buckley lived nearby on SE 36th near Bybee. I also remember Dorothea Lensch, as she was a prominent supporter of the Portland Youth Philharmonic (then known as Portland Junior Symphony).

  2. While mostly off-topic, I thought my friends on this site would appreciate a great find from the YouTube channel of the Oregon Historical Society.

    It’s a series of home movies filmed by Raymond Rogers and is nearly exclusively footage of Portland from about the late 30s to around 1950.

    It includes footage of the Portland Hotel, a pre-preremodel of the Bickel Building, the Blue Mouse, demolition of what I think is the Columbia building (judging from the giant smokestack of the Pittock Block’s dynamo), demolition of what I believe may be the Union Block, multiple buildings that are no longer with us such as the Goodnough Building and Corbett Block. It also features A LOT of footage of the old streetcars as well as the 1948 flood.

    I say it’s MOSTLY off-topic because towards the beginning of the film, I believe there are clips of Commissioner Ormond Bean (although I initially thought it might have been Mayor Fred Peterson).

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And thanks to the Oregon Historical Society for making this available for viewing online.

  3. Brian, that’s the one that I thought may have been in the Columbia building, because of the unmistakable stack of the Pittock Block’s dynamo in the background. Other sources (including this site) tell me that’s not likely because the Columbia building was torn down in the 70s to make way for O’Bryant square. I also thought it might have been the demolition of the United Artists theater, but the proscenium arch doesn’t match.

  4. The Vicory ship shown in the opening footage, Brainerd Victory, was the last Victory ship launched at Oregon Shipbuilding on Oct, 24, 1945

  5. Interesting video. I could swear iv’e seen that engine 4449 somewhere before. I think it’s still around.

  6. I am now certain that the theater being demolished at about the 9:30 mark is the old Liberty Theater that stood on the corner of Stark and Broadway. According to the Cinematreasures website, the theater closed in 1957. This would have been one year before the construction of the Benson Hotel addition in 1958.

    At 9:50, on the far right of the screen we see what looks like early phase construction. At the 10:10 mark we have panned left and what looks to be the Stevens Building appears in the background with the Standard Insurance sign looming over it. At 10:20 we see the pigeon-hole parking structure that was located at Park & Stark.

    But what really clinches it is the proscenium arch and greek-style columns at the 10:32 mark.

  7. @Dave Johnson:

    Engine 4449 is still around. Per the information in the wikipedia link, I think this is footage of the 1958 donation of the engine to the city of Portland. You’ll notice a plaque being presented in the video that includes the words “From Southern Pacific Railroad…to the City of Portland.”

  8. 0:25: Launching of Brainerd Victory ship. (See Paul’s comment above)

    1:15: City officials(?) Ormond Bean(?) Fred Peterson(?)

    1:30: Fleet week looking North from old Morrison bridge at downtown waterfront.

    1:40: Cole Bros circus wagon passing in front of Goodnough Building and Corbett Buildings on Fifth Avenue between Yamhill and Morrison.

    1:58: Cole Bros circus.

    2:33: Footage from the lawn of Pioneer Courthouse at Fifth and Morrison looking Northeast towards the Kress Building (current site of the Beavers store).

    2:50: Looking East down Washington Street from Broadway. Notice Weiner’s clothing store on the right.

    3:05: Gasco storage tanks just off close-in SE Powell. (This is the beginning of the Engine 4449 footage. The Engine was displayed at Oaks Amusement Park).

    5:09: I’m not sure. I think this is the demolition of the People’s/Alder/Music Box Theater at 9th and Alder.

    5:55: Fleetweek, filmed from Burnside Bridge. Note the Ankeny Pumping Station at the far right.

    8:00: 1945 Victory Center set up on the Sixth Avenue side of Pioneer Courthouse.

    8:17: Interior vintage trolley.

    8:30: Boarding Trolley at 1st and Washington with (first and now demolished) Dekum Block, home of Gadsby Furniture, behind trolley car. You can also make out (from right to left) the extant Concord Building, the Grand Stable and Carriage Building and Pacific Stationary Building.

    8:39: Trolley turning from Washington towards the old Morrison Bridge. The extant Waldo Block can be seen at the left in the background. This was filmed prior to the 1957/58 construction of the current Morrison Bridge.

    8:55: Interior Trolley, presumably heading over old Morrison Bridge.

    9:30: Demolition of Liberty Theater at Broadway and Stark (see my previous comment).

    10:55: Launching of Liberty Ship(?). Definitely a different launching than shown in beginning of video>

    11:59: Trolley traveling along an early Thurman Street turning onto 23rd? (street sign at 12;29 looks like it says “NW Thurman Street.”

    12:42: Trolley turns from 23rd to Burnside. Note the old Henry Thiele restaurant.

    12:54: Portland Hotel looking Northwest from Sixth and Yamhill. At 13:21 we see the Equitable Building in the distance dating this footage between 1948 and 1951.

    14:18: Rose Parade from Burnside Bridge looking directly at the White Stag block on Naito and the adjacent Bickel Building(mark “Fraser Paper Co.) in its original form (before it was remuddled and subsequently restored). Check out the White Satin Sugar sign (at 14:56) that was the genesis for today’s famous Portland Old Town/White Stag sign. 14:31 – Douglas McKay as Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade dates this footage squarely in the year 1950. 14:34: Mayor Dorothy McCullough Lee.

    15:00: Looking South up Harbor Drive toward the Public Market Building. Note the construction of the Central Fire House on the right side of the screen.

    15:15: Having a Coke and a Smile at a park (Washington?).

    15:41: Trolley heading East on Washington from Fifth. Note the Kress Building on the left and the sign for the Capital Theater down on Fourth.

    15:44: Boarding a trolley at Lone Pine Cemetery.

    16:31: Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

    17:45: The Oregon Journal’s Newsroom Dragonfly! This footage was taken in 1947 since, sadly the Journal only had the copter for less than a year before a crash took the life of C.S. Jackson, the nephew of publisher, Phillip Jackson.

    18:13: Looking Northwest from SW First and Washington prior to 1957/58.

    18:38: Rural trolley footage.

    19:29: The Blue Mouse Theater at its original home of SW Tenth and Washington before being moved into the old Capital Theater Building on Fourth Avenue and then demolished.

    19:40: Portland officials(?) at Washington(?) park. Ormond Bean or Fred Peterson?

    20:10: Trolley interior coming down from (I believe) Council Crest.

    12:25: Birds-eye view of city looking Northeast toward Lincoln High School under construction.

    20:40: Footage of open swing span of old Morrison Bridge during 1948 flood.

    20:57: Footage of raised lower deck of Steel Bridge during 1948 flood.

    21:16: Looking toward Union Station during 1948 flood.

    21:55: Looking West toward Hawthorne Bridge during 1948 flood.

    22:09 to end of video: Seattle/Puget Sound ferry?

  9. I have definitively found the location of the theater building at the 5:09 clip. It was on the SE corner of Stark and Ninth. At the beginning of the clip, you can see the unmistakable arched upper windows of the adjacent Columbia Building. The camera then pans down Ninth before turning on to Stark where we see the bulk of the Pittock Block rise into view on the right. The auditorium would have replaced the wood frame building in the attached 1913 photo.

    Now we just need to find out what the name of the theater was, if it was indeed a theater. It may have also been the auditorium of a fraternal organization hall, or even a church.

    Oh, and the location I gave for the original Blue Mouse Theater was off by a block. It was actually at 11th and Washington.

    Okay, NOW I think I can let this go. 🙂

  10. Jim…
    Re: Your posting of the home-made movies on April 8th…

    Of all the postings and comments I’ve seen on this website in the last few years, THIS wins the all-time prize for being the most interesting, the most informative and the most memory-sparking of all!
    Thank you, thank you and thank you!
    This one is definitely a keeper!

    (A funny thought occurred to me while watching one of the sequences and the raindrops were hitting the camera lens…no wonder we kinda remember everything back then in “black & white”…some of the days seemed grey because it rained a lot! Ha!)

    Oh…and it was hardly “off topic”…you could have posted it any day of the week and it would have been totally appropriate!

    Thank you again…

    Jim Kahn

  11. @Jim: The ferry at 22:09 is the old Astoria-Megler ferry leaving Astoria. It’s hard to tell from that shot, but at 23:20 on the return trip Astoria can be seen clearly. The view is looking up 14th street towards the former Astoria Hotel which is still there. The remnants of the ferry slip can still be seen today as well.

  12. Thanks, Brian.

    One other small correction to my time-stamp post above; it’s the downtown Nike store that’s in the Kress building. The Beaver store is in the Cascade building (formerly the Bedell building).

    I just hope I don’t get a strongly-worded letter from Phil Knight.

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