17 thoughts on “Cathedral Park, circa 1938

  1. If you enlarge the photo you can see the Vernon Standpipe. From an earlier photo and comment on this site ” It turns out that the white tower is actually the Vernon Standpipe, or water tank. It was on the site of the present-day Vernon Tank Playground at NE Prescott and 20th Ave. The tank was moved around the time of this photo to St. Johns and can currently be seen at N. Willamette Blvd. and Oswego Ave.”

  2. I think that may be the Whitwood Court Hotel in bottom right corner. It was already closed and waiting for demolition.

  3. If you are going to look at Cathedral Park, shouldn’t you at least be on the same side of the river as the park?

  4. I love this picture – seeing all the float houses (as my mom always called them) along the river; Linnton buildings that have been gone for ages; and a sparsely settled area (flood zone) across the river. The Depression was in full swing and the only sign of prosperity is that “fancy” car in front of the restaurant.

  5. Not to be nitpicky, but St. Johns is not possessive. No apostrophe – it might make a difference in future searches?

  6. Ann Rogers: The bridge’s name you enquired about, is in the title of this post: The St. Johns bridge.

    Susan: that wide street that you mentioned looking like a ski slope is probably N. St. Louis Ave. in St. Johns.

    The make of the car in the photo was sorta tough for me to definitively identify. The slit air vent pattern on the engine cowling resembles those found on Packard’s of this time. The toughest part was the door configuration. This car appears to be a 4-door with doors that swing open facing the rear (like cars today). The standard configuration on cars at this time was to have the rear door open facing front (suicide doors). The outside door handles on this car both appear to be on the rear of both doors. Perhaps it’s an import car?

  7. Here’s the reverse view from November of 1938. You can see the corner of the Whitwood Court Hotel in today’s shot:

  8. Bob S. Thanks for solving my car mystery. I never would have known to even search on that name, since I’ve never heard of it; thanks for sharing this knowledge.

  9. More car in photo, information: The Graham Brothers, by the time the 1937 models left the assembly line, were already in dire straits. The Depression had taken its toll on the automotive industry as a whole, and being significantly smaller than say, GM, Graham had a considerably harder time keeping its corporate head above water.Though introduced in 1936, the Cavalier–on the surface–was virtually unchanged in its sophomore year. Front-end styling changed only slightly, and the use of a different hood ornament and front bumper are two of the few telltale variations. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect is the Graham’s use of Hayes-built bodies shared with the Reo Flying Cloud beginning with the 1936 model year. In short, negotiations between the two companies resulted not in a merger, but rather permission to use the bodies at the cost of $7.50 royalty per unit.The body sits on a 116-inch wheelbase X-type frame with an I-beam axle and semi-elliptic springs up front, and a rigid axle and semi-elliptic springs at the rear. The rear springs happen to be mounted outside of the frame to help lower the center of gravity. The chassis and suspension also support a 15-gallon fuel tank at the aft end, and a naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine up front. The 199.1-cu.in six manages to grunt out 85hp at 3,300 rpm. The engine contained a device that would provide “instant lubrication” of the cylinder walls. The device, which was utilized to feed oil to the piston with the first movement of the starting engine, prevented scuffing and abrasive wear. Interestingly, a similarly equipped Cavalier attained a 23.95 mpg rating during the Gilmore Economy Run, winning its class. Yet, with a starting price of $905 for the sedan–or $935 for a Cavalier equipped with a trunk–Cavalier production stalled out at 8,250 units combined.

  10. Old guys enjoy old cars. The wondrous supercharged Graham Paige cars of that era were sexy before that term was applied to cars. I am still stuck in the 60’s with my collection.

  11. Thanks for clarifying the bridge. I just read the large print title in my email “Cathedral Park, circa 1938”. It’s an old person thing, I guess. I’ll have to put my glasses on and read it all in the future.

  12. I am looking now at a 1937 Graham Cavalier Bronze supercharged 4 door sedan, with a rear fender skirt, not on our today’s picture, otherwise exactly as our picture.

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