15 thoughts on “N Lombard Street, 1962

  1. I morn the passing of neon signs, there was something special about the atmosphere they created.

    Looks like an older couple were heading upstairs to see the “doc”. He was certainly full service; Physician, Surgeon, X-ray. I’ve used single-phase x-ray generators dating back to this era; with lots of rotating dials and push-buttons. Not many dose reduction measures were in place in 1962.

  2. There are still some neons holding on at The Wishing Well. They have been in business a long time, and their online reviews are decent – they have managed to change with the times. I’ve not eaten here but I’d be interested in reading more comments about the place.

  3. I used to service cigarette vending machines. Several times been to the Wishing Well. There was one nasty kitchen !

  4. I’ve been to see Willie on stage live at least 10 times since 1974. I’m 24/7 on Sirius radio’s Willie’s Roadhouse when I can. I did find an old Portland photo of the red headed stranger on line a while back.

  5. The Wishing Well restaurant was built in 1948 per Portland maps, and the operator was Herman “Herm” DeVault and by 1963 he owned 8 establishments, including The Wishing Well–Aloha Room– Top O Park–Zayda’s– Jake’s Supper Club of Newport–DeVault’s of Seaside–DeVault’s Beaverton and DeVault’s Catering.

    The Wishing Well almost didn’t open . Oregonian September 24, 1949
    Public Hearing Ordered
    The council on a motion of commissioner Fred L Peterson ordered a public hearing into a request by Herman DeVault for a class B restaurant license which would permit serving liquor and food at DeVault’s new cafe, the Wishing Well, at 8800 N Jersey street (now Lombard)
    The council previously had approved the license request but was informed by commissioner Ormond R Bean that Capt. Frank Ervin, in charge of the St. Johns police precinct had withdrawn his support of the license on grounds the license would open the St. Johns area to a “hard liquor” establishment Peterson said he believed DeVault should have an opportunity to present his case and also asked that Capt. Ervin be present to state his views. (the OLCC issued The wishing Well a License on 10/30/49)

    Oregonian October 19, 1950— 20 Foot Mural Believed Record

    A 20 foot mural, said to be of record breaking size has been completed by Arthur Bathe, member of the Oregon Society of Artist, on a wall of The Wishing Well club at 8800 N Jersey street.
    The painting is of a traditional fire breathing Chinese dragon, with the mouth encircling the restaurant’s serving window. Several hundred individual scales were painted in varying shades of green to lend the appearance of roundness to the figure.

  6. It looks like the Man’s Shop changed location or decreased in size at some point. The City Finance in the picture is where the St Johns Vision Clinic is (recognized by the rounded wall on the left side of the entrance), which puts the old North Portland Fencing Club directly to the right of it and the Man’s Shop was one more store down on the right before it closed.

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