10 thoughts on “N Larrabee Avenue, circa 1931

  1. Do you have any photos of Terwilligor School which opened in 1917? It’s now Sunstone Montessori on Corbett Ave.

  2. My mother shopped at the little store on the corner of 33rd and Alberta. I can turn on my inner video and see it – looking much like this store. The owner’s name was Earl and his black hair was slicked down and shiny as patent leather. He was a kind man and patient with a little girl who couldn’t choose which penny candy stick was the best color. We could charge groceries to our account and he would write it down on a pad, slipping a piece of carbon paper between the white original and the yellow copy which stayed in the pad. He filled your order while you waited at the counter. Some produce but no meat, we bought that at a market on 42nd and Fremont. I still remember the smell of the oiled, fir flooring. Wow, that was a long time ago; probably 1938 until 1942 when we moved away.

  3. Sam came from Yugoslavia to Portland in 1912 where he operated Atseff brothers grocery for 35 yrs. he passed in 1984 at age 90.

  4. D. Johnson has nailed it. Sam Atseff arrived in Portland in 1912 (via Boston) from his home town of Tetovo (now Tetova) in what is now Macedonia. When he was born in 1893 (under the name Simo Atanaseffov) Tetovo was known as Kankandelen in the Vilayet of Kosovo, then a province of the Ottoman Empire (since the 15th century). Given his name rendering, it is fairly certain he was a Slavophone Macedonian as far as ethnicity goes in this mixed-up region. His store at 1138 N. Larrabee became part of the Memorial Coliseum site. As far as can be told from city directories and census forms he resided at nearby addresses on N. Benton, N. Halsey and N. Baldwin. He lived with his brother Andrew (a restaurant owner) and his family.

  5. This is a wonderful photo. I love the old grocery stores. Really, do we need much more than what is offered here? And Richard, great research. My grandparents immigrated from Croatia (then part of the Austral-Hungarian regime) in the early 1920’s. The last name Atseff threw me as Yugoslavian, but your biography cleared up any confusion and the Anglo-sizing of his name was so very typical of immigrants then. Thank-you for sharing.

  6. Richard C. No you nailed it! Those streets like “Baldwin” that are directly north of Lombard were named after apples.

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