This image may document the uniting of two retail powerhouses of Hood River in the twentieth century.  The automobile with 1917 Oregon tags is a work vehicle of EA Franz Co., the longtime Hood River hardware store.  The man on the rear fender has a pretty good resemblance to Earl Franz.  Earl’s brother Edgar married Wilma Thomson, so I’ll go out on a limb and say this image includes (L-R) Edgar Franz, Wilma Thomson, Dora Belle Thomson, and George Thomson.  Wilma would have been roughly 20 and Edgar 23 at the time of this photograph.

You can read about Edgar and Wilma’s 1915 wedding in this Hood River Glacier article.

Edgar and Earl Franz were sons of Earnest A Franz, who found E.A. Franz Co. in 1908.

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