Sunday, April 21, 2013

Recent Corbett Fire Burns the Home of Charles Post!

Charles Post built his family home to enjoy the beautiful Gorge area and the lifestyle it offered. Many say that he put in an overabundance of windows in the three story home to capture as many views as possible. After several years, the Sprague family purchased the home and property on Wand Road from the Post family. In the early 1970's, Paul and Ethel Tomlin's son who had grown up just across the road purchased the home from the Sprague family. Eventually Paul and Ethel sold their home and property to Phil "Big Bear" and his wife, Judy DuFresne and they bought the the original home of Charles Post from their son. Paul and Ethel grew older and their daughter Starla and husband Thomas Daniels moved in and raised their four children in the home. On Valentine's Day this year, the home had a chimney fire during the day. The family immediately called 911, but the fire spread rapidly and burned most everything. It was a devastating loss for Starla and Thomas as well as their daughter and two grandchildren who were living with them. Soon the Daniels family will be able to rebuild. Starla's nephew will be charge of the re-build and they will keep a historic look to the exterior but will create more spacious rooms on the interior. Hoping they could salvage some of the framing, they were recently told by experts that this will not be possible, and they will use just the foundation.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Who was Charles Post??!

Charles Post purchased 10 acres of land on "Cabbage Hill" in 1910. He and his son then built a family home. In 1912, he set up a portable studio close to the Chanticleer Point Inn in the Gorge. Fortuituously, for the historian, Mr Post's photos and sketchings provide an unequalled pictorial record of the Gorge before, during and after the construction of the Columbia River Highway, which commenced in the fall of 1913 and was completed in the fall of 1915. Charles W. "Wes" Post was born in Portland on Jan. 2, 1915. He had a sister nearly five years older, and his mother gave birth to another child in 1918. Edith died during the delivery and so did the baby. Father Frank decided to let his young children, Lillian and Wes now live with their grandparents on the acreage that they had purchased for $500.00 in the Corbett area. They named their homestead "Mayview" after the daughter that had died shortly after they made the move to the Gorge from Illinois. Wes Post's grandfather was a renowned artist that had completed artwork for the Chicago World's Fair in 1896. Together Wes and his grandfather traveled extensively up and down the Gorge, sketching and taking photos of the Gorge. Wes' grandfather died unexpectedly at age 64 and the children were left under the sole care of their aging grandmother, Rosa Post. Wes graduated from Corbett High in 1932 and his grandmother died shortly thereafter. His sister Lillian had already graduated and married by this time. This information comes from "Living East of the Sandy, Volumes 1 and 2" by Clarence Mershon.