11 thoughts on “SE Main Street, 1939

  1. It looks like there was a lot of haze that day, like we have seen in recent days. Was the air like that all the time in the old days? Maybe it was just a grass field burning day? BTW, I don’t miss the field burning.

  2. Willard P. Hawley opened the first paper mill on the east bank in Oregon city in 1909.His son Willard jr. had a radio station in his house in Irvington the early 20’s and was involved in a messy divorce with many articles in the paper.

  3. Ron Kinder
    Back in the day wood was used in Stumptown to heat buildings. Also coal was very common.
    The grass seed industry was probably not even envisioned and burning of field except for actual fires were not used.
    We never burned on my family farm unless it was an accident. We did burn a lot of wood from pruning operations.

  4. The embossed message on the stop sign is “THROUGH HIGHWAY”, an extra reason for drivers approaching on Main St to come to a full stop and look out for high-speed traffic on Union Ave (part of Hwy 99E).

  5. Wig-wam burners ran twenty-four hours a day trying to get rid of the voulumes of sawdust piled high around all of the sawmills. We and most of our neighbors had hopper type sawdust burning furnaces in our basements. The sawdust was free but the delivery truck charged a small fee. Piled in our driveway about July it dried in warm summer months before we shoveled it down into the basement sawdust bin. Ahh, the smell of fresh wood filled the house. Each morning about four large scoup shovels of sawdust filled the large hopper atop the furnace and would heat the home during the day. Same routine in the late evening. The air in Portland was thick with smoke on windless days. And I believe this also contributed to the thick fog that often held grip on the city in winter.

  6. The coupe in front is a 1938 Oldsmobile. The grille and tail lights located on the belt line are the giveaways.

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