11 thoughts on “NW Flanders Street, 1971

  1. I remember viewing the Portland Fish Company in the mid 1970s, and it looked the same. Portland Fish Company was an Old Town-Skid Road-Burnside area landmark for a long time.

  2. Its address (according to The Oregonian) was 301 NW Flanders, but back in 1903 it seems to have been located near Front and Ash Streets. The Oregon Journal reported on November 11 (p. 7) that year:

    “ODORS CAUSE COMPLAINT: Health Commissioner Biersdorf has received complaint from the business men in the vicinity of Front and Ash streets against the unwholesome odors which they claim emanate from the plant of the Portland Fish company, which is situated at that point, and is investigating the situation.

    “Manager Meehan says that odors from the fish-packing plant are never pleasant, but that his company takes every measure to minimize them. He attributes the tainted atmosphere to a broken sewer and backwater rubbish underneath the rotten docks between Ash and Ankeny streets.”

    According to the same newspaper on November 4, 1905 (p. 7), “John F. Meehan, William W. Deininger and Rufus Mallory this morning filed articles of incorporation in the county clerk’s office for the Portland Fish Company. The capital stock is $25,000.”

    Many issues of the Oregonian and Oregon Journal over the years list charitable contributions made by the company (including $2.50 for the city’s Earthquake Fund in 1909), ads for machinists, and reports of status of fish varieties being caught in our rivers.

  3. According to a review of Phil Sanford’s book “Portland Confidential” by Dave Mazza and published by The Portland Alliance: “…, Portlanders can look to a certain restaurant in Chinatown favored by Portland police officers, including then Police Chief Penny Harrington and her husband — also a police officer. Rickshaw Charlie’s happened to be a front for the largest cocaine ring in the Northwest — and its owner, Bobby Lee, at least until federal agents took him away, enjoyed the endorsement of the local police from the top down. Harrington fell from grace for other reasons and the city chose not to seek who among the restaurants’ many blue-uniformed patrons knew the real occupation of Mr. Lee.”

    This seems to be corroborated by an article in Willamette Week:

  4. As horse and buggy stereotypical for occidental transportation.
    A rickshaw sterotypical of oriental transportation ?

  5. Fong Chong was a family-owned grocery store and restaurant in Old Town Chinatown, Portland, Oregon. The business opened in 1954 and initially operated as a grocery store, carrying Asian food products such as dried banana flowers, fish bladders, and instant noodles. Fong Chong became a restaurant in 1979. The menu featured barbecue (including ribs), dim sum, hum bao, glutinous rice in lotus leaves, and chicken feet. Fong Chong closed in May 2014.

    The building which housed Fong Chong (301 Northwest Fourth Avenue) was constructed in 1905.

    In 2013, Erin DeJesus included Fong Chong in Eater Portland’s list of “Portland’s Biggest Guilty Pleasure Restaurants”. In his 2016 overview of “97 long-gone Portland restaurants we wish were still around”, Grant Butler of The Oregonian said, “This longtime Chinatown restaurant was never much to look at, but in the 1980s and ‘90s, this was the place to go for some of the city’s best dim sum.”

  6. Sandy…those internetters are what they call “trolls” Don’t buy into like I did initially. This is just my opinion and mine alone. Hopefully I’m correct.

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