15 thoughts on “Help Us Out!

  1. I believe that is the Hesse-Erstad Iron works plant there in the background. I think one of their plants was at 826 SE Taylor although not sure about that. This might put that corner on the east side of SE 7th not the west side.

  2. Further info on Hesse-Ersted ” Their foundry and machine shop at the corner of Belmont and East Seventh streets covered a ground space of one hundred feet square and they started with a force of about thirty men. In, 1922 the business was
    reorganized and has since been conducted under the style of the Hesse-Ersted
    Iron Works. A. J. Ersted withdrew from the concern in November, 1926, and the
    present officers are: Fred Hesse, president; H. S. Mitchell, vice president;
    A. M. Mears, treasurer; and Ralph Wilbur, secretary.

    During the World war the Hesse-Ersted Iron Works required larger quarters
    in order to fill its contract with the United States shipping board and
    purchased an entire block at No. 468 East Taylor street from Whitney L. Boise,
    who was admitted to partnership in the concern at that time. The building was
    designed for use as a foundry and machine shop and is completely equipped. The
    plant is modern to the ultimate degree

  3. In reviewing the 1924 Sanborn Insurance maps, I have a high level of confidence that this view is looking Northeast at the intersection of E 7th & Salmon. The dwellings in the photo match the structure footprints on the map, and Hesse-Ersted is on the next block over. (Credit goes to Mike who provided the 468 E Taylor address – I wouldn’t have known where to start looking otherwise.)

  4. Regarding the curb cuts, the 1924 Sanborn maps did show a number of “accessory” structures on that lot. I believe that they were small garages identical to the one closest to the house in the photo. They appear to have been demolished sometime between 1924 and when this picture was taken.

    Looking at the 1924 Sanborn maps, you tend to see a lot of these little garages clumped on otherwise unused lots – I don’t know if the property owners built them and rented them out to the people in the neighborhood or what. Pretty common, though.

  5. just a thought I have when I look at this photo and the curbs and I miss the “metal edge’ they used to place on the corners, slowly disappearing these days like the rest of our history….at my work some younger, “not from here”, folks put together a photo collage history of Portland and it included things from 100 years ago and things from 15 years ago…nothing from the 1930’s – 2000.
    I firmly believe the people moving here are trying to erase and ignore our history and culture…..sorry for the rant

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