According to newspaper articles in the Hatchet (1895) and Argus (1898), businesses in Forest Grove were thriving in our "Lively and Progressive College City."(1)

Photos of early businesses can be found of:
  • I.L. Smith & Sons - Sash & Door Factory, Main & 19th (NE Corner) - Photo

Here is an alphabetical list of "leading Forest Grove business houses" c.1895 (2):

Business Name


Bank of Forest Grove

Ora Beal

Blaker's second hand store

Chas. Dolstrum

Brown the painter

Arthur Parker

Boos & Heitzhausen's store

Lula Johnson

The Bowlby pharmacy

Ida Hatzel
"Mrs. Hiatt's millinery parlors."

Caples & Thomas

Nora Langley
"cash store"

Christian chruch V.P.S.C.E.

Miss Dolstrum

Christian church jr. V.P.S.C.E.

Amie Gray

Cornelius Mechanics

C. Anderson
Planning millcompany

Dolstrum the painter

Mr. Scroggin

Forest Grove Times

T. Ray Patterson

Gleason's gallery

Nannie Pickard

Greer's grocery

Mrs. Wm. Bellinger

Haines & Bailey's general merchandise store

Pearl Newberry

Hartrampf Bros. feed store

Dow Elston

Hinman's harness shop

Roscoe Parker

Hughes & Son's hardware store

Fred Purdin

Hyde's grocery

Ollie Elston

International Order of Good Templars (I. O. G. T.)

Rowena Pratt
fraternal order, temperance (Prohibition)

J.L. Greg's shoe store

Mrs. Anna Rice

Johnson's livery

Mr. Miller

L.C. Walker, surveyor

Iva Smigh

L.H. Albert & Co.

Leva Walker
"flour mills"

Langley & Son

Will Sparks

Michigan house

Daisy Laughlin

Miller Pharmacy

Elda Walker

Pacific University

Florence Edwards

Post Office

Cora Burden

Raymond the barber

Scott Parker

Smith's furniture store

Fannie Dolstrum

Star laundry

Will Picard

Voss harness shop

Alfred Pfunge

Ward's Drug Store

Beatie Smith

Washington County Hatchet

Neva Dallas

Wells the confectioner

Ed Sappington

Woman's Christian Temperance Union (W. T. C. U.)

Leva Walker
Moral Reform, Prohibition

Also, here is an index created by Mr. Stewart on FG businesses around the turn of the century (c1900):

fg business c1900.JPG
Descriptions of these businesses can be found in the EGS archives (Box 1/Folder 5/Position 24-44).

1. "Forest Grove is a Thriving Town - Original Seat of Learning in the Northwest - Tualatin Academy and Pacific University - Review of a Lively and Progressive College City," Hillsboro Argus, 12/15/1898. EGS Box 1, Folder 5, Position 10.
2. "Carnaval - Leading Forest Grove Business Houses Represented," Hatchet, 6/6/1895, EGS (see above) Position 9.