by mmeinz

History of the people of Beaverton, Oregon – Otto Erickson and Guy Carr: Car Dealerships

January 24, 2010 in Beaverton History by mmeinz

In 1915, Otto Erickson opened Beaverton Garage, the first automobile garage in town, with a capital investment of $3,500. Later that year he became Beaverton’s Ford Agent. In 1917 he added Hillsboro to his territory and by 1918, he was the Ford agent for Washington County. By 1920, that $3,500 investment had grown to over $96,000. Otto was president of
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by jlocke

The Airport and Motion Picture Studios of Beaverton, Oregon

January 24, 2010 in Uncategorized by jlocke

The glamorous and exciting world of motion pictures changed the face of Beaverton in 1920, when Premium Picture Productions built a movie studio near Erickson Street. Local residents frequently worked as extras or had small walk-on parts. The film company made about 15 motion pictures before it went bankrupt late in 1925. When Premium Picture Productions closed down in 1925,
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by mmeinz

History of the people of Beaverton, Oregon – Alonzo Cady: Beaverton’s First Mayor

January 24, 2010 in Beaverton History by mmeinz

Alonzo Brockway Cady settled in Beaverton in 1892, bringing his family boot and shoe business with him, and in no time was the towns leading merchant. He became Beaverton’s first mayor in 1893, shortly after the town was incorporated.

by hferal

History of Beaverton, Oregon- The Bank of Beaverton

January 24, 2010 in Beaverton History by hferal

The Bank of Beaverton, the town’s first bank, was founded in 1910. In 1923 a new Spanish colonial building was constructed on the corner of Farmington and Watson. The present day occupant of the old bank building is Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

by jlocke

Women’s Suffrage in Beaverton, Oregon

January 24, 2010 in Beaverton History by jlocke

In 1912, the ladies of the Beaverton Grange cooked up a plan to help pass the Oregon vote for Woman’s Suffrage. All the men were summoned to the Grange Hall to vote on the issue, some traveling a long distance by horse and buggy. The ladies had a sumptuous potluck dinner waiting, and while the men enjoyed the meal, the
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