28 thoughts on “SE 92nd Avenue, circa 1930

  1. Still there! It is home to El Pato Felize Jr. Mexican restaurant. It looks as if the storefront has not been altered at all. FYI, they also have a cart on SE 28th St. just south of Steele. Good eats!

  2. Royal Club Coffee tin that is seen in the right side entry window, also marketed teas.
    Use of the word “Club” as part of the brand name was somewhat common (i.e. Maryland Club Coffee, Country Club Coffee, Colonial Club Coffee Meyer Bros. Owl Club Coffee, Union Club Coffee) as were references to “royalty” (i.e. as above, American Royal, Royal Dutch, Fit For A King Coffee – H.G. Hill Co., Harvest Queen Coffee).

    The “School Days” sign in the opposite window reminding folks that kids are back in school is amusing.

    “Ice Cold Melons” was a surprise. “Chicken Dinners 5 cents”, cucumbers 3 for 12 cents, bananas 3 for 25 cents…

    Mr. Menasche looked to be well organized, he even had caster wheels on his produce bins for easy movement at opening and closing. He had a nice-looking mustache and dressed very much the part. He had stout heard working arms and he had no need for a wrist watch – as it would only get in the way.

  3. I don’t know whether this grocer was part of the Menashe Family that has been in business in Portland for many decades (Menashe-Gevurtz). Very interesting photo.

  4. Robin — I just now got off the phone, having independently found the Menashe-Gevurtz firm’s website a few minutes ago. Mr. Menasche’s assistant put me through to his voice mail, so I’ve left him a message letting him know about today’s VP and asking about any connections.

  5. Thanks, Liz. That will be interesting. I went to grade school with some of the Menashe and Gevurtz kids, but I don’t know whether they’re the same family as the grocer in this very classic photo of an old-time grocery.

  6. After downloading this photo from Efiles and enlarging it looks like the spelling on the window is A. Menache not as shown here where it is spelled Menasche. Where did the letter S come from ?

  7. I just looked at Oregonian archives and on August 23, 1933 Page 5 a list businesses showed A. Menache Grocery ( with no S)

  8. I’ve gotten a few clues by searching the Multnomah County Library’s “Ancestry Library Edition” database. It leads to the 1931 Portland City Directory, where the following is listed:

    Menashe Albert (Rachel) gro 5838 92nd SE h6219 do

    The same database has a lovely family tree for Albert Menashe (fka Abraam Menache) Birth 15Apr1881, Rhodes Island, Turkey Italy [sic]. There’s an accompanying photo of that particular Albert, and to me it looks very much like the man in today’s post, but younger and without the mustache. Sources cited in that family tree include Oregon Naturalization Records, 1865-1991.

    The earliest mention in the Oregonian of an Albert Menasche associated with food is in 1920 (August 22, p. 18), where he is listed at 115 N. Sixth as one of many merchants who will sell PABST, “the Drink of Quality.”

    From these listings, it appears that the surname was spelled with, and without the “c” at times.

    One of the Menasches were associated with a building very near today’s address. The Oregonian published an article on July 17, 1940 (p. 6): “ELDERLY COUPLE RESCUED UNHURT: Fire of undetermined origin caused damage estimated at $1500 to a two-story building at 5817-5823 S.E. 92nd Avenue Tuesday…. George Miller, 63, and his wife, 61, residents upstairs, were rescued unhurt, but lost their entire personal belongings

    “The building damaged by fire included a mission and Simon Menasche dry goods store, the latter being damaged by smoke and water. Joseph Higgins, maintenance man at the building, who resides next door, injured both hands in rescuing the elderly couple.”

  9. I’m delighted to report that Mr. Albert Menashe called me after having listened to his voicemail and then visiting the VP site today. The man in the photo is his grandfather, one of seven brothers who came from Rhodes and all ended up in Portland. A custom in their family was for each man to name his first son after the paternal grandfather, so there are several Albert Menashes! (One of them is today’s caller’s son, who practices law in the same firm, Menashe & Gevurtz.)

    Mr. Menashe commented that he had not seen the photo posted on today’s VP before, but has one dated around 1911 which he’s going to send me, and when it comes, I’ll get it to the moderator in hopes it can be posted along with our comments. The photo he has was taken at the grocery store on N. 6th, which is cited in the Oregonian excerpt above (10:49 a.m.).

    I told him how glad we would be for him to submit a comment here about his connection with today’s post, and hope that when he does, he’ll untangle the various spellings of his surname for us!

  10. Liz C. The Oregon Journal used to separate spellings on March 24, 1960 for funeral notice (Menashe) and Obit. (Menache)

    Albert Menache

    Funeral for Albert Menache 79, 6219 SE 92nd ave. will be 1 pm Friday at Holman Mortuary. Interment will be in Ahavai Sholom Cemetery. Menache was a native of Island Rhodes, and come to the Portland area about 45 years ago. Until his retirement he operated a grocery store at Lents. Surviving are his widow Rachel , three sons Sam, Soloman and Isaac, and a daughter Mrs. Fortuna Menashe, all of Portland.

  11. The photo of Albert Menache is my grandfather. I sent it to my first cousins and none of them had ever seen that photo. I thank Liz C for sending the email to me along with a nice voice message. My grandfather lived three blocks south of the grocery store on 92nd and we visited him every Sunday growing up. As part of our family tradition, my father and his siblings named their sons Albert after my grandfather. So growing up there were three Albert Menashes about my age. This caused some confusion … in a good way growing up … especially since two of us were lawyers. Thanks for all the nice comments and emails I have received. I have now signed up for this website and look forward to joining the Blog.
    Albert A Menashe

  12. I’m confused. This image of the Lents Pharmacy is from 1932 and at the corner of Foster and 92nd, and I would have thought Mr. Menache’s grocery would be next door. Which corner was this?

  13. Liz C if you would kindly contact Mr. Menashe again and inquire if any of his relatives owned property, a duplex at 2300 SW 5th Ave & Sherman St. My parents rented the South half 2307 SW 5th Ave from around 1953-54 till 1960 urban renewall forced us to move to the SE part of town.

  14. Great research, everybody! I was a high school classmate of Shawn Menashe’s at Lincoln H.S. in the ’90s. He’s now a lawyer with the family firm. Good guy.

  15. viking58 — As Mr. Menashe has commented in this string, I’m hoping he’s subscribed to the followup comments himself and can respond to you. I’ll check later, and if he hasn’t responded, I’ll send him an email to alert him to your question.

  16. Igor the Lents Pharmacy was on the NW corner of SE 92nd & Foster Rd. The street on the right is SE 92 looking North, and the grocery operated by Mr, Menache is out of frame on the right side of this photo.

  17. Viking58…
    I’m not sure which relative may have owned real estate on Southwest 23rd and Sherman.
    I grew up on Southwest Broadway and 20th. I had several aunts and uncles living within a block or two of our home. We lived directly next-door to my other grandfather whose last name was Hasson. He also owned a grocery store. My two grandfathers were friends in Rhodes, Greece, and came to America about the same time. My parents oldest siblings were born in Rhodes and mom and dad were born in Portland in 1920 and 1927 respectively.
    We had many communal meals per week with all my aunts, uncles and cousins. It was a wild, fun, and memorable time. The south park blocks were what the area was called. It was all Italian and Jewish people. Then, with urban renewal, the Italians moved to inner SE Portland and primarily Ladd’s Addition and the Jewish people tended to migrate out towards Raleigh Hills. We moved near Alpenrose dairy. I went to first grade it Shattuck school across the street from my house which is now part of Portland State. Going to Lance every Sunday to visit my grandfather Menashe felt like driving to California. But with the love we received it was well worth it.
    It was such a different time then…

  18. Hi Albert. Thanks for all the family info. My Sis, Mary and I, lived near Alpenrose and went to Hayhurst elementary from when it opened in 1955 til the early ’60s. We think we knew you and other Menashe kids there. We also knew a boy named irwin Gevurtz. Did you go to Hayhurst? Yes, it was a very different time.

  19. Robin,
    I went to Hayhurst from the middle of 1st grade thru 8th grade. That was from Dec. 1956-June 1963. Irwin Gevurtz was in my class. I am married to another classmate, Julie DuVall. There was a Robin Thompson that I recall at Hayhurst. Is that you?

  20. Yes, that is me. You may have known my sis, Mary. She is a couple years younger than me and probably in your class. She played violin in Mrs. Hatfield’s school orchestra. You may recall that at the annual Christmas concert, because there were quite a few Jewish kids in our school, Mrs. Hatfield directed a combined Christmas & Hanukkah holiday program. We performed traditional Christmas carols and also sang songs about the dreidel, the Hanukkah bush, etc. It was lots of fun and unusual for that time. Great to connect with you again, Albert!

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