This image is a bit rough, but it's what we have. "Shushula" was Dr. T. L. Eliot's summer home in Hood River.
Dr. Eliot was pastor of Portland's First Unitarian Church. In 1880 he reported to The Oregonian about his trip with a party of 11, including E.L. Smith, Newton Clark, and Milton Odell to the lake they christened "Lost Lake". It took them two days to find the lake, during which they declared they were not lost, the lake was.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Where was this house located?
Norma on 30th October 2014 @ 7:13am
T. L. Eliot was Thomas Lamb Eliot, who was married to Henrietta Mack. Married 28 November 1865 in St. Louis.
He was quite a remarkable man, graduating from the first class at Washington University in 1862. Then on to Harvard school of divinity in1865, where he crammed two years of study into one.
The word shushula is naturally and indian word. What it might mean I don't know, but there is a shushula bush in our area.
So we know where the location of this house was? Could it still be around. Anyway a beautiful old piece of architecture.
charlott on 30th October 2014 @ 7:13am
It has a very similar roof line to a house on Sherman between 10th and 11th. But I think that house was a Coe House...I think.
Rawhyde on 30th October 2014 @ 7:16am
The type of construction is called a Dutch Colonial Revival. There are a number of them in Hood River County.
charlott on 30th October 2014 @ 8:16am
I don't know where it was located, but it was referred to as their "country home".
Arthur on 30th October 2014 @ 11:42am
Since Eliot donated the land for Eliot Park, do you think the home could have been in that area?
l.e. on 30th October 2014 @ 5:34pm
From what I can tell, the ground falls away steeply to what I suspect is the east. The hills in the background could be Eastside area. Possibly at the end of Eliot Dr?
Brian on 30th October 2014 @ 5:54pm
This is about the best I can find.
From "History of Early Pioneer Families of Hood River, Oregon. Compiled by Mrs. D.M. Coon
REVERAND THOMAS LAMB ELIOT AND FAMILY D.M.C. 1878"
...."Dr. Eliot claims Portland as his residence, but Hood River has claims that cannot be ignored. When exhausted with his duties, he has come here for rest and health. In very early days he was a visitor here. In 1878 he camped six weeks on Mrs. Henderson's place. In 1880 he bought land of Lyman Smith and erected a cottage where the family spent their summers for many years, and the children grew up with love for our valley. They searched for our early wild flowers, they hunted pollywogs and crawfish in Indian Creek and caught trout in Hood River. They knew the trails down the river bank and up the steep mountain side, and there were other trails known to them, trails which led to neighboring farms where other boys and girls were found and where the big red strawberries grew. In 1889 Mr. Eliot bought 160 acres of land, known as the "Price place". It is located on the West bank of Hood River and Indian Creek forms its northern boundary. This canyon has been donated to the town of Hood River for park purposes, by Mr. and Mrs. Eliot. They built a substantial dwelling on their "Shushulah" farm and moved into it in the early summer of 1892. Every year, as regularly as the birds, they return to this lovely spot. No trees have been cut, no "improvements" made, everything is left in a state of nature, and a visitor can see what Hood River used to be, before man began to improve the land. In the early days of Hood River, when there were no churches and religious services were rare, Dr. Eliot would preach in the schoolhouse, and always there was a crowd for the people came gladly.City people are not neighborly, the Eliot family came from the city to rest and grow strong, yet they were the best of neighbors. In sickness, in health, in adversity or prosperity, they were the same kind, helpful friends as their Hood River neighbors, of many years standing, will gladly testify...."
l.e. on 30th October 2014 @ 6:24pm
That 160 acres is about 700 100' x 100' lots of some fairly valuable real estate in today's market. From the description of the "Price place", and my assumptions, the house would be overlooking the Hood River at the east end of Betty Lou Ave to Eliot Dr. 160 acres would include that area west to close to 12th St.
Brian on 30th October 2014 @ 6:51pm
Rev. Eliot's home burned down. He (and Georgiana Smith of library fame) founded a Unitarian Society, which met until 1915 at the (now home) at 9th and State. When they disbanded, they sold to the Lutherans who subsequently moved across 9th. He's a big deal in NW Unitarian Universalist circles; our regional summer camp on Hood Canal is named after him.
Paul Blackburn on 30th October 2014 @ 9:05pm