16 thoughts on “Knight Shoe Company, 1921

  1. Years ago when I renovated my shop, I went for the look of an office like this. Desks, lighting, old typewriter, etc..But the chair was too much! After a couple weeks of SB, i went down the street to Peter’s office supply and got a comfy padded chair!

    Obviously this office is downtown. I love the large window that pivots open. I wonder how long it will take a VP fan to figure the location. I’ll need more coffee this morning before I try…

  2. Oregonian – December 2, 1917 page 21 — it is listed at 342 Morrison Street

    Oregonian – June 13, 1918 page 12 — Will A. Knight was speaking at the Rotary Club about “salient facts of the leather situation and shoe trade.” Among these — “About two years ago the United States Government contracted for shoes for the Army at $1.85 a pair. … In order to conserve leather, the Government is placing limitations upon the shoe manufacturer. It is no longer permissible to manufacture shoes with tops higher than 8-1/2 inches.”

    Oregonian – July 2, 1948 — page 5, it’s listed with 712 S.W. Morrison as the address.

  3. Oregonian — December 20, 1909 page 9 — MRS. G.F. KNIGHT DEAD: Mother of Portland Men Succumbs to Old Age — Friend Pays Tribute to Her Unselfishness — Funeral WIll be Held Tomorrow. — Mrs. G.F. Knight, mother of William A. and Warren M. Knight, of the Knight Shoe Company, and Frank L. Knight, proprietor of the Knight Pickling Works, of this city, died at her home, 350 Madison street, yesterday morning at 5 o’clock, after a lingering illness due to old age.” The obituary goes on to say she and her husband lived in Iowa most of their adult lives, but she came to Portland in 1899 to “spend her last days with her three sons.”

    A very hard-to-read digital copy of the Oregonian, October 28, 1943 page 7 — Death Calls Widely Known Portland Shoe Merchant: “Will A. Knight, Portland merchant who died suddenly Wednesday in Los Angeles, was one of the nation’s recognized authorities on footwear. Before he established his own store, the Knight Shoe company in 1897, he had been employed in the shoe trade in a number of cities in various parts of the nation… He was born on July 25 ? (illegible)1872 in Ottumwa Iowa…. His home was at Knight station, Milwaukie. “

  4. mike, i am siting in the exact same chair the lady in center has – those wheels for adjusting the backrest are the key! surplussed from the vancouver barracks, it is perfect to sit in while perusing vintageportland at my sellwood-post-office desk… although the wheels have really gouged up my wood floor.

    while i also have a few of the light fixtures in this pic, i drew the line at wearing those patent button-up heels. ouch.

  5. Islander: “December 2, 1917 page 21 — it is listed at 342 Morrison Street”
    “Oregonian – July 2, 1948 — page 5, it’s listed with 712 S.W. Morrison as the address.”

    This looks to be consistent with the street renumbering in 1931-33. According to the official renumbering plan 340-42 Morrison became 708 SW Morrison, and 344 Morrison become 712 SW Morrison, so it was presumably the same building.

  6. Knight station on the electric line north of Milwaukie was the only stop put in basically for one family. Some traces of the wood waiting shelter remain.

  7. I noticed on a google view of Goose Hollow area there is a “Frank Knight City Park”. Must be the Pickle Works guy?

  8. I was wondering if this Knight was related to the pickle/canning co. Knights. One can still find Knight jars with labels in antique stores.

  9. The shoes, the plaid, the pencil sharpener on the wall, the floral arrangement, the adding machine, the scales, the employee holding the ‘phone’ with a smile…what a time, but the shoes!!!!

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