13 thoughts on “Broadway, 1926

  1. Anyone know anything about Belland’s Hall? I’ve never heard of it, and I can’t find anything online. Thanks.

  2. @Paul — So far, I’ve found a document called “The Many Lives of the Crystal Ballroom” from Washington State University at:
    http://wsm.wsu.edu/stories/2014/Summer/2014summer_CrystalBallroom_sample.pdf with this on page iv: “Dad Watson holds his first old-time dance at Belland’s Hall.” The document doesn’t seem to be searchable, and is apparently a sample of the whole thing, mostly concentrating on post-1950, it looks like.

    The [Morning] Oregonian has these:

    (October 25, 1929) p. 6: OLD DANCE DATA SOUGHT … Dad Watson has received word from O.E. “Dad” Pettis, fiddler friend of Henry Ford who recently played at the Fox Broadway here and who at that time formed a friendship with Dad Watson, announcing that Pettis is in Detroit…. Incidentally, Dad Watson has set aside the coming Friday and Saturday nights for special programs at the dances in Cotillion hall….

    (January 18, 1930) p.14: ENTERTAINMENT. Dad Watson — No Jazz, Real Old-Time Dances Friday-Saturday, Cotillion Hall, 14th, Near Washington

    There were several other Historical Oregonian citations when I checked the Multnomah County Public Library’s resources, but they came up with “null” responses to my trying to link to them. Maybe “bird on the wire?”

    Google searches for Dad Watson turn up allusions to his name affiliated with McMenamins.

  3. Roaring ’20s indeed. These people probably have no way of knowing how tumultuous the next two decades would be.

  4. One interesting detail I’ve noticed in these old group photos is the relatively small number of people who wear glasses. Today it’d be a much greater percentage, but hard to verify because of contact lenses and lasix surgery. But it does seem as if our eyes are getting worse. Probably studies out there telling me I’m right or wrong…..

  5. Newspaper ads for a dancing school at “Belland’s Hall” give the location as Broadway and Main; maybe on the site of the present Schnitzer and Winningstad edifices. The owner or operator was Richard J. Belland. He was more famous for his floating dance pavilion called “The Swan,” which operated on the Willamette during the 20’s before getting wrecked in 1930 by collision with a lumber barge near Longview. Belland’s son and namesake was killed in this accident.

  6. @Liz: Thanks. My two cents worth all is from the Oregonian archive (1861-1987), searching on variants of Belland.

  7. Yes Jim, it was the same location. I found the same picture you posted with this caption ” Amato’s Supper Club, 706 SW Main, southwest corner of Broadway & Main. April 25, 1958.

  8. I’m looking for old photos of the Pearl before it was the Pearl! Any suggestions?

    On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 6:02 AM, Vintage Portland wrote:

    > Vintage Portland posted: “Portland Police Reserve dance at Belland’s Hall > on Broadway, 1926. View this image in Efiles by clicking here.” >

  9. The Pearl district was mainly an abandoned rail yard before development. You can find aerial photo’s of it on efiles.

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