18 thoughts on “NE 68th Avenue, circa 1912

  1. I love the inclusion of the family pets on this one!

    E-files says this is the Rangar residence. According to Past Portland, there wasn’t a listing for 603 NE 68th, but 604 NE 68th used to be 138 6th Street N. A search in the Historical Oregonian database didn’t yield anything for that vicinity, nor for the name Rangar (other than newer articles with people of East Indian origin).

    In 1946 the house was advertised for sale “5 rms. and nook, $6900. New a.-c, gas furnace, full cement bsmt., laundry trays, 100×110 ft. landsc. lot, 6 fruit trees, garden space, fish pond, nice shrubs.” (Oregonian, July 14, 1946, p. 26)

    In April 1979, the Oregonian ran this ad in several issues: “BUS & SHOPPING — Close at hand are only two of the nice features about the location of this comfortable 2 bedroom home at 603 NE 68th. Priced at only $41,500.”

    And today, the website Homes.com lists it this way: “This Single Family Residence … was last sold on 01/01/1993 for [$]57,000.00. This property was originally built in 1900.” The site says it has 4 beds, 2 baths, and is 1,632 square feet.

  2. The woman on the left with her arms crossed and unsmiling face definitely displays her displeasure and the black cat on the post adds to her sinister appearance.

  3. This is a rare example of a pyrimidal-roofed “Four Square House” reduced in size and missing its second floor. If you can visualize an expanded unadorned version of this house, it would be similar to the many, many 4-square houses built in Portland between 1900 and 1920. 4-Squares were the antithesis of the fussy over-adorned Victorian house. In this regard many consider 4-squares to be the first “Modern” style.

  4. Still waiting for the current location and ‘street view’ of this house. I’m still looking for it and I’ve factored in the great 1931 Street Renaming/numbering (which led me to NE 68th and Sandy area) and I can’t find the house (even looked for the unique pyramidal roof from aerials). I’m not clever enough. Help me out!

  5. Nice work Cody! There was no renumbering and they reworked the roof, but I think you nailed it. Thanks!

  6. This house at 603 NE 68th had a old address of 137 E 68th as shown on plumbing permits from 1910 thru 1928. In the Oregonian on December 5, 1909 page 10 this classified ad appeared under houses for rent. 5 Room cottage, 137 68th st., Montavilla car line, $12

    The 1910 US Census shows that 36 year old Frank & Ruth Prink and their 4 children were living at 137 E 68th, but I could not locate anyone with the surname of Rangar living in Oregon from 1900-1940.

  7. Excellent sleuthing, Dennis! Earlier today, I’d come across the funeral notice of Charlotte A. Anderson of the 603 NE 68th address, published in the Oregonian on several days in February, 1963.

  8. I’m not convinced about the current address. The roof of the house at that address is markedly different, the chimney has disappeared, and the windows on the south side are different in size compared with the identically sized windows in today’s. I don’t see any permits in portlandmaps.com that would indicate such a radical remodel.

  9. I’d guess the photo was taken an overcast morning after church. The older couple with the sheltie were the parents of the younger man standing near his wife. That’s the wife’s cat perched on the fence. The wife doesn’t like her mother-in-law much and she’s annoyed with her husband because he’s just invited his parents to stay over for coffee and cookies at their house; she’d spent “quite enough time with them already”.

  10. @ssssteven – The link posted by Cody shows a radically altered house to what it originally looked like. It’s a very good chance this 1920’s house looked much like the house in the VP post. All respect to the owner, it was not a sensitive remodel. Judging by the general layout of the house and the address, I think it’s a good guess this was the place.

  11. They look like a wonderful family that could have been laughing, uproariously, 5 minutes before this picture was taken. They got a cat to stand on that post, for Gods sakes. It was a different time. Photos were a different deal. Formal. They’re trying to be serious… I can tell the older guy sees The humor in the situation.

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