11 thoughts on “Columbia Villa, circa 1942

  1. I love that Woody under the trees. Is it a Ford? Looks like a good place for a picnic. This must be a view of the land before it was developed into Columbia Villa.

  2. As the north Portland neighborhood looked prior to WWII where I grew up. My grandfather’s bit of land further west near ‘the cut’ was like this. There was still a man with a team of draft horses just to the west of where Columbia Villa was built. He would hire out to till your garden lot for spring planting. A troop of Columbia Villa children often followed his horse drawn wagon as he drove along what became Fessenden St.to his task for that day..

  3. The 1940 Ford Woody is getting a lot of attention today, and for good reason as this photo is only slightly more interesting than watching golf on television. Seriously though, a Woody like this, in very good condition can sell for $110-120k.

    I think I detect dust clouds from equipment working in the distance. Perhaps this laborer had just finished eating his lunch in his car, listening to the radio; or perhaps he was just dealing with nature in the days before Port-a-Potties.

  4. What are the shapes that resemble letters (“A”, “Y” or “X”) on the side of the said, dead possum? Is this object really a dead animal or is this a pareidolia?

  5. Pareidolia…good word! Are possum indigenous to the peninsula? I don’t recall seeing them in the 1950-60’s even in the woods around my grandparent’s, but I suppose they would have been driven into more urbanized areas as those wooded and slough areas were filled in. My son thought it looked like a weasel or ferret. Not sure why it would be white w/o snow cover.

  6. Donna– The Oregon Dept. Fish & Wildlife consider the Virginia Opossum as an invasive species that were first introduced into Oregon between 1910 and 1921. Populations were established in Northwest Oregon when they were brought here as pets or novelties and released.

    The OSU Extension Service writes that Opossums seem to profit from living in suburban areas thanks to food our yards and gardens provide., so you might expect for populations to increase along human population. However they are highly susceptible to death by automobile collisions, encounters with predators both natural and domestic (I.e. Dogs & Cats) and to periodic disease outbreaks. Opossum populations due fluctuate quite a bit due to disease, so local populations have declined for these reasons.

    The Opossums are still out there as I found the skeletal remains of one this past Sunday afternoon as I was mowing tall grass on extreme edge of my property, and it was not there when I did my last mowing in 2020.

  7. Thank you, Dennis! I didn’t see any when I was a kid, but as you say, there were more ‘wild’ places on the peninsula & they may have preferred hanging around St. Johns proper where there were easy food sources.

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