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

"Representative"
Description

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
attorneys

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).

Notes
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.