When Herman Kresse was elected mayor of Hood River in the 1930s, newspaperman Joe D. Thomison borrowed this image from the Hood River Pioneer Association and added the caption,

Nov. 13.  The Mayor goes a sparking.  Herman O. Kresse, now the city’s chief executive, en route in 1910 to his fiance for a spin.

His notes indicate the image was to be returned to the Pioneer Association by May 8.  Mr. Thomison must have been a man of his word, because this image is in the museum’s collection along with many other images originally collected by the Pioneer Association.

The context gives a pretty good idea what “sparking” might mean.  I was able to verify it referred to “playing the suitor” using “Green’s Dictionary of Slang“.

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