Multnomah Transit Company
Today’s photo also comes from a recent donation by Jean Mangrum. The photos come from Jean’s grandmother’s photo album. Jean’s grandparents moved to Multnomah in the late 1920s. In the early 1920s, Jean’s great uncles, Chester and Bruce Edwards, started the Portland – Multnomah Stage Company, later the Multnomah Transit Company. The brothers expanded with several more bus lines in the Portland Area, eventually selling out to the city about 1950.
Bruce Edwards is to the right of the bus in the picture above, the driver may be Chester Edwards. The empty lot to his right is where the Hoot Owl Market and Cider Mill are today. Note the Cycol Oil billboard in the background. Behind the sign is the Doty and Doerner nursery barn, a landmark in early highway guidebooks (“follow Capitol Highway left at the big barn”), and, to it’s right, a residence. We’d be interested in hearing from anyone who knows is this is the house referred to as the “Timms Family Home,” once occupied by the Kehrli family.