19 thoughts on “92nd Avenue, circa 1929

  1. The Grange was up stares and a furniture store on the ground floor.

    What’s up with the badge on the guy on the right?

  2. The window sign invites us to mosey in and purchase a Davenport. Daveno as was popular here in the NW. A simpler time.

  3. Sad they’ve turned that building into such a nondescript looking place. You would think the Masons would have done something a little less drab.

  4. This area has always been run down. I think the closing of the Dwyer Plywood Mill sealed its fate. That and it think it’s in the Johnson Creek flood plain which used to rise above the banks every year. I played baseball at the Pals Boys Club, football and basketball at Lent’s park and frequented the Copper Penny more than I’d like to admit. Good times.

  5. The man on the right looks out of place. He has on a heavy coat while the others are in shirt sleeves. He’s also wearing heavy boots. It looks like a six-pointed star on his chest as well. Plus, a hat that looks like a frying plan. What’s up with him?

  6. Looks to me like he is the local motorcycle policeman wearing jodhpurs for riding and a heavy coat for dust.

  7. The entire building was built during 1907-1909 by the “The Grange” — The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry. This is a long-standing (since 1867) American fraternal order centered around advancing the economic and social interests of farmers and rural communities in general. The building opened with the lodge hall on the second floor in April 1909; maybe some lodge members operated the first floor furniture store as a fund-raising operation, or maybe the The Grange simply leased the space to some businessman. In the first half of the 20th century I suppose Lents was pretty much still a kind of market hub for outlying agricultural suburbs, hence a good site for a Grange lodge. So, I guess the Masons taking over the place today is a natural kind of evolution.

  8. Dave Brunker…Keep that bike indoors. But alas this is nothing new. Someone stole my brand new J.C. Higgins bicycle off our front porch when we as a family were eating dinner at 5 pm in broad daylight. in 1963.

  9. Addendum to above: according to local press, this Lents Grange hall was the first reinforced concrete building to be erected in the Mount Scott district (Oregon Daily Journal, 29 Aug 1908).

  10. Dave Johnson: I thought the ‘New Copper Penny’ name was to distinguish it from a previous ‘Copper Penny’ that might have still been open when the ‘New’ opened. I thought I remembered it on W. Burnside and about 20th. And, I also thought I remembered another by the Park Blocks in Downtown. As I recall one or both locations were alleged to harbor illicit activities in the 1970s or earlier. But I could not find anything, so perhaps my memory is wrong. Also, according to a Willamette Week article, “After six years he says he spent working as a folk dancer, Tzantarmas purchased a run-down pub called the Copper Penny in Lents, his home neighborhood. He soon bought all the properties on the block.” http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23510-sakis-big-bet.html

  11. John H, there was a regular radio ad for Holman’s Furniture. I can still hear it: The sound of a putt-putt motor of an old car and a high-pitched, cartoonish male voice saying, “Drive out to Holman’s……….And save.”

  12. There was a Copper Penny downtown, as well as the one out in Lents, which, i, too, spent more time than i admit to, or recall, as a 21-23 yr old. Good drinks, i seem to recall.

  13. The only Copper Penny I can remember was a coffee ship on University in Berkeley, Ca. during the 1960’s. I remember red counters with shiny copper pennies serving a life sentence encased in a Lucite like topping.

  14. There are pictures of the Copper Penny corner at 92nd and Foster being a hotel, a hardware store, a Safeway until 1940 when they moved to 91st, and then the Penny.

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