Anderson Sporting Goods had its beginning when William E. Anderson was founding partner in a firm that purchased the Watt Shipp Company, at that time located in 126 South Commercial Street.
|Commercial Street looking south from State Street circa 1910-15|
Hauser Bros in 126 S. Commercial, two doors down from bank
(University of Oregon Library, click through to enlarge)
|Another view, this time with Hauser Bros only one door down|
and the RH Hunter Electrical Supply
in 126 S. Commercial (far right)
(Salem Library Historic Photos, and similar here)
|Watt Shipp sells to what became Anderson Sporting Goods|
(August 30th, 1919)
Anderson's tie here is particularly interesting as a link to a person from the first bike boom of the 1890s. Though Harvey Scott's firm is still active and had a longer span, it didn't start until the 19-teens. If Anderson was a peer of Scott's, he also had this more direct connection to that first golden age of cycling. This may not be much more than trivia, but it is interesting to note!
It turns out also that there's a connection here to the Library and its Anderson rooms. From Virginia Green's blog post on Nora Anderson:
Nora was born an Anderson and so did not have to change her name when she married William Everett Anderson, the owner of a local sporting goods store. Mr. Anderson was of a more easy-going disposition than his wife and probably was a good balance to her commanding personality. After his death [and her decline]...Harvey Fox, the succeeding owner of the Anderson business, became her guardian.Salem Pioneer Cemetery has a little more in the burial records on:
- William Everett Anderson
- Nora Anderson
- William Robert Anderson, William Everett's father
- His patent for a headlight (2011)
- His partnership with Paul Hauser (2011) and a brief note just on Hauser, Hauser Bros., and the tile entry to Wild Pear (2011)
- In the McCulley-Starkey building (2012)
- Expanding into blasting powder in 1913 (2013)
- A summary note (2014)
- Bike racing at the Fairgrounds (2015)
- Vick Bros sale and formation of Valley Motor Company (2019)
* I may or may not come back to try to figure out the exact timeline for each business in each storefront. They moved around downtown, and I'm not sure that much detail would be interesting. And as more general sporting good stores, rather than bike shops, they are less interesting for our purposes here. We'll see.
Addendum, September 2nd
|The block face today|
Thank you for this topic and great pictures. My grandfather, John Oliver Chamberlain, worked for Valley Motor Company from 1920 to 1945. He was a machinist and mechanic. In the early days car parts often had to be manufactured on site apparently. His early experience watching his father who was a blacksmith might have helped him learn the skills needed. He first worked for a lumber company in Fall City, but fell in love with cars and moved to that line of work.
I have found pictures of the house that they lived in here in Salem. It still exists over on 6th Street, but never been able to find a location for and picture of Valley Motor.
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