14 thoughts on “NE Knott Street, 1981

  1. Solid house, still standing sentinel over this rather lovely inner intersection NE Knott and 17th. Some beautiful trees. This 2009 shot, on a clear lovely winter day, gives the best look at the normally leaf shrouded home.

  2. I grew up in the area and had a friend who lived a couple of blocks from this house. Lots of lovely large old houses and a couple of mansions in the area.

  3. According to Past Portland, the address of this house was 635 Knott Street before the renaming project. It was built in 1911.

    The Oregonian has several entries with that address: On September 20, 1912 (p. 11): “POLITICAL EQUALITY LEAGUE MEETS TONIGHT: A parlor meeting under the auspices of the Political Equality League will be held at the home of Mrs. Walter Richardson, 625 Knott street, today at 2:30 P.M. Women of that vicinity are especially invited and the members of the league requested to be present. Mrs. Senn, Mrs. Woodruff and Mrs. Hidden will be speakers.”

    There were numerous ads for a housekeeper during the next several years. One (April 20, 1913 p. 13) reads: GENERAL housework. German preferred. Phone E. 1871” Three years later (April 23, 1916) “$30 for general housework. Take Irvington car.” By 1921 (March 16, p. 17) “EXP. GIRL wanted for general housework, all electrical equipment, $40 month.” A few months later (June 11, p. 17): the housework ad had raised the salary to $50 and mentioned electrical equipment and a washing machine.
    And a handful of ads ran for several weeks like this one(November 3, 1913): LOST – Gold breastpin set with pearls. Sunburst, small diamond in center, between 3d and Alder… Reward. 635 Knott. Phone East 1871.

    In 1920 (April 11, p. 8) there’s an article the VP automobile aficionados would love. There are two pictures of a car driving through water. “The pictures were taken by W.W. Richardson of 635 Knott street and his son, W.V. Richardson, on a recent trip north over the highway in their Chandler car. [A description of a spot on Smith Hill follows, along with a comment that a farmer at the spot was making “quite a nice little income towing cars at a flat charge of $5, whether for 50 feet or 500.”] Being experienced motorists, they drove their powerful Chandler through without being towed, though it was a real test of both driving and of car. … The RIchardsons advise motorists to stay home until the weather settles and the highway becomes more passable.”

    “Miss Lela Wilson Richardson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Richardson, 635 Knott street, and Henry Loomis Strong of Seattle were married at the bride’s home August 14…. Mrs. Strong is a graduate of the National Park seminary of Maryland.” (September 6, 1925, p. 40)

    The house was advertised for sale on July 17, 1932 (p. 23) for $12,500, “8 rms, triple garage.”

  4. “The house was advertised for sale on July 17, 1932 (p. 23) for $12,500, ‘8 rms, triple garage.'”

    According to the BLS CPI calculator $12,500 in July 1932 would be a little over $272,000 today.

    The Zillow estimate on the value of that house today is over $1.3 million.

  5. I love Knott street and the whole neighborhood, I did not grow up there but always admired it. This house is sweet.

  6. There are several news stories about “Political Equality League” meetings in 1912 which was the women’s suffrage movement fighting for the right to vote. In the November 1912 election women gained the right to vote in Oregon state elections.

    It is some what interesting that Walter Wilson Richardson on US Census records from 1900 until his death in 1954 he always list his occupation as farmer, even when living on NE Knott. Mabel Richardson’s obit from the Walla Walla WA. newspaper in 1949 states that she was visiting Portland when she died and that Walter & Mabel had returned to Garfield County after living in Portland.

  7. Liz though you would interested to learn a little about the ladies of the equity league. After winning the right to vote in Oregon all registered to vote in Multnomah County in 1913-1914.

    Helen Miller Senn was a University teacher in Portland and her husband was a lawyer she died 3/27/1974. (10/6/1881-3/27/1974)

    Anne Bryce Woodruff was the treasurer of the Portland equal suffrage league. Anne & her husband Charles moved to San Francisco in 1920 and she died on January 31, 1941 (3/13/1869-1/31/1941)

    Maria L T Hidden was a very active woman with many mentions in the newspaper. Maria L T Hidden ran for District 18 rep. in the Oregon legislature but did not win in a field of 40 candidates and she died on 5/30/1924 at 77 years old.

  8. Dennis — As I had time only to check the Historical Oregonian, I’m glad you spent time on the newer issues. Great work! I did see an ad yesterday (in the February 14, 1918 Oregonian, p. 17) that corroborates your finding about Richardson’s being a farmer: “WANTED — Elderly man to do chores on wheat farm in Eastern Washington. 635 Knott st. Phone East 1871.”

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