17 thoughts on “SW 1st Avenue, 1934

  1. Safe to say the area has changed a bit! Not so drastically once you get up into Lair Hill, but always a jolt to see the old South Auditorium neighborhood.

  2. Sadly, this area is no longer a vibrant residential neighborhood with it’s corner meat market and bakery, as it once was. It has been transformed into a corporate business park where worker bees crowd in and rush out five days a week, leaving the area a virtual “dead zone” on weekends.
    The division of labor is clearly shown in the photograph. People’s personalities come through too sometimes; like the fellow standing idle in the trench, hands gripping his shovel handle, hat cocked back and to the side – watching, listening carefully to what the foremen are saying as they look over the site. This guy knows that “knowledge is power”, he doesn’t miss a thing.
    On a more silly, comical note…the worker to the rear on the sidewalk holding his hammer, looks like he’s thinking he’d like to “bonk” one of the bosses with his hammer.

  3. 1956 Chevrolet. Back when two-tone paint jobs were not uncommon. Impala? Bel-Air? The gas tank filler tube was hidden behind the left taillight.

  4. I was trying to look up the meat business, but didn’t find it. However, I did find veal steaks being sold for 12-1/2 cents per pound advertised in The Oregonian that year, confirming what I thought the sign in our photo today says. A pound of bacon cost 50 cents then, and a quart of mayonnaise was 25 cents.

  5. Drew, My dad bought one of these Chevy Bel-Air’s (Blue/White) back in 1964 as a second car. It was in great shape and it probably would have been my first car had a drunk driver not plowed into the back of it (sending it 20 feet down the street) in the middle of the night, and driving off.

  6. Quite a story, Lou. That ‘56 was a beautiful car. But, I will say the 57s were my favorite. Pink and white. OMG!

  7. IN the 1959 photo, the Southern HOTEL businesses are empty, but some of the rooms are open to cool off the rooms. The Meat market buys live poultry. This would have been at the end of South Portland. Urban Renewal was knocking at the doors and buy properties

  8. Liz C Koessel & Frey Meat at SW 1st & Sheridan had a street address of 640 SW 1st under the old Portland address system & 2502 SW 1st on the current address system, and had relocated to 9320 SE Division by 1954. From his Oregonian obit. on 3/25/63 August E Koessel was born 1/23/1870 in Kassel Germany, and had been a Portland resident since 1888. In 1892 Mr. Koessel and Herman Frey founded Koessel & Frey Meats at 1st & Sheridan and he was active in the business until he retired in 1948, but remained active in his son’s store Market Basket.
    Here is a little story that may be related to today’s photo. Koessel & Frey had put in a claim of $67.37 for a sewer backup into the meat shop basement, but the City of Portland denied the claim because they said the sewer was blocked by chicken feathers. From the Oregonian 4/17/33 the City of Portland investigated and offered to split the claim amount since Koessel & Frey Meats had drain strainer, and the feathers may not be the entire fault for the backup.

  9. Liz C Here is what I learned about Herman Frey, of Koessel & Frey Meats from his obit. in the Oregonian on 6/26/36. Mr Frey was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 12/5/1849, and emigrated to America in 1863 at the age of 13 yrs. old, and married his wife Dora 2/5/1874 in Buffalo, NY., and they moved to Portland in 1879. Dora Frey died in 1926. At the time Herman Frey died he was living with his daughter Frances and son in law August Koessel. Yes not only were the business partners they were related by marriage, and they at 2911 SW Hood. I checked the US Census for 1900-1910-1920 and Herman Frey is listed as head of the household, and occupation as part owner meat market, and also living in his house for these 3 years are August & Frances Koessel, and 2 grandsons. In the 1930 US Census August Koessel is listed as head of household, and Herman is listed as father in law, and showing no occupation (80 yrs old), but his grandson Herbert Koessel is a salesman at the meat market.

  10. the Southern Hotel a beautiful Romanesque revival building ! to bad its gone
    would have been a great land mark building today

  11. tygerpen- When I moved to Oregon in ’70 Mrs Neushin’s pickles was still located in this area, in the basement of one of the old houses not far from where PSU now extends. Urban Renewal and freeway construction had by that time cleared out almost everything and everyone else.

  12. Growing up in SE Portland, I attended religious school on Sundays. After classes our carpool would drive through South Portland and stop at one of three places for goodies—Mosler’s Bagels (the best EVER–he went to his grave with the recipe), Korsun’s deli and the one other deli where two of my uncles worked. You’d get great cold cuts–pastrami, corned beef, tongue (not my thing), kippered salmon (which apparently doesn’t exist today in the known world). Wonderful food. And Mrs. N’s pickles were also the greatest. Sure miss those days. My grandfather’s house with adjoining tavern (York’s Tavern—which the Oregonian wrote an article about because of the pretty architecture and my blind grandfather Jack York running the place) was torn down to make way for the Stadium Freeway. He lived across the street from Ahava Sholom synagogue and a block from the original Jewish Community Center. They also were torn down because of the freeway. Thanks for your recollection!

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