This portrait bears a note by the editor of The Hood River Glacier, Joe D. Thomison, indicating Joe Dobson was formerly the city marshal in Prineville, but there is no indication of why his portrait was to be printed in the newspaper. The name sounded familiar, it turns out for good reason. It's printed on sidewalks around town. (I trust I'm not the only one who reads the names engraved in the sidewalks.)
Joe Dobson was a general contractor who worked in this area from about 1913. He worked on everything from roads to irrigation ditches to sidewalks. I don't know if any of his roads survive, but at least some of his sidewalks do. If my memory serves me there's one on May Street opposite the elementary school. Now we have a face to go with the name.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Joseph Dobson was an Englishman and he was married to a Sarah Bell Egbert. They had three children. Apparently he died here, as he is buried in Idlewilde.
My big question is, what on earth happened to his "upper lip?" Sort of drooping on one side.....
Charlott on 26th March 2019 @ 7:13am
this volkswalker also reads the sidewalk inscriptions Arthur.....so yes, you are not alone.
Arlen L Sheldrake on 26th March 2019 @ 9:07am
The Dobson family lived on May Street across from the junior high . My brother‘s best friend was a Dobson who lived around the corner from us... 8th & May street. Dobson family moved away.. my brother took a trip to Eugene to visit our Mother’s family .. Surprise... His friend Dobson, who he has not seen for years, married our Mother’s sister-in-law’s Niece.. Small World 😇
Patti on 26th March 2019 @ 11:01am