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Image, 2017, Hockinson, Washington, click to enlarge
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Hockinson Market, Hockinson, Washington. Image taken June 30, 2017.


Hockinson ...
Hockinson is a small central Clark County community located in T3N R3E, Section 19. Five miles to the northeast is the small community of Venersborg and six miles to the southwest are the communities of Orchards and Sifton. South is the small community of Proebstel, four miles to the northwest lies the community of Battle Ground, and two miles west is the community of Brush Prairie.

Early Hockinson ...
According to "Place Names of Washington" (Hitchman, 1985):

"Hockinson:   Settlement 10 miles north of Columbia River, 3 miles east of Bush Prairie [Brush Prairie], south central Clark County. The original name was Eureka, which was used by a Norwegian Lutheran congregation for Martin Luther's exclamation when he discovered the nucleus of the religious doctrine which he founded. Old-time Norwegian residents still adhere to that name. When a post office was installed in 1890, the present name was applied, honoring the first postmaster, Ambrosius Hockinson."

According to "Names in Clark County" ("The Columbian", 2014):

"Hockinson:   The original name for this area southeast of Battle Ground was Eureka, a greek word meaning “I have found it.” The early settlers were Finns and Swedish-speaking Finns from the Aaland Islands. Ambrosius Hakanson was the first postmaster in 1884. His name was anglicized to the present spelling, and the town was named for him."


Hockinson, etc.

  • Finn Hall ...
  • Hockinson Market ...


Finn Hall ...
"Everyone who is part of the Hockinson community or lives in Brush Prairie has likely seen Finn Hall, commonly referred to as the “big white building.” The hall is located in downtown Hockinson at 16391 NE 182nd Ave. Its 8,800-square-foot, two-story frame makes it hard to miss if you’re passing by. But despite its large presence the building draws little attention to itself. Currently, there is no occupation inside. The lack of activity makes it come off as a lifeless structure, which may be true today but hasn’t always been the case.

Finn Hall was built 87 years ago in 1929 and provided many childhood memories to Hockinson’s older generations. One of those people is Betsy McBride, co-owner of La T Da Shoppe’ home decor in Camas. “I’ve lived in Hockinson my whole life,” McBride said. “It’s always been there and been one of the most distinct parts of the town.” Her love for Hockinson and things that make the place what it is like Finn Hall is ultimately what motivated McBride to take the lead in an aggressive preservation effort. Her action started when she saw a brokerage sign go up in the front lawn of the building recently. Worries about the hall’s future crept in. ...

On June 10, McBride was informed through the broker that a cash offer had been made from a church and the deal will likely close in mid-July. She mentioned that two other offers had been made, but neither could be discussed. If eventually purchased by the church, Finn Hall will likely remain intact.

In it’s lifespan the building has played home to a few different organizations. Originally, the United Finnish Kaleva Brothers & Sisters were responsible for it. According to McBride, the group used it as a grange hall, routinely hosting dances, weddings, picnics and parties. In 1997 a woman by the name of Sharon Walters bought the property and used it as a real estate selling center. Walters eventually left the Washington area and began renting the building out to both a church and blue ribbon construction at one time."


Source:    Cale Johnson (Staff Reporter), June 21, 2016, IN: "The Reflector".


Image, 2015, Hockinson, Washington, click to enlarge
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Finn Hall, Hockinson, Washington. Image taken August 3, 2015.
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Finn Hall, Hockinson, Washington. Image taken June 30, 2017.


Hockinson Market ...

"A historic 1928 building in Hockinson has turned to solar. At one time, it housed the local post office and the Hockinson Co-op Association, organized in the early 1900s by local dairy farmers. A single gas pump stood out front. Today, it’s the Hockinson Market.

Being a historic one-story made it a challenge for the owner, Jim Van Natta, to increase the market’s energy efficiency. In 1996, he bought the market, which includes an addition that he rents out. The store has 12-foot ceilings and the almost 2,000 square feet are mostly open, with a 10-seat tap room in the one-time post office at the back. When he added insulation to the outside walls, the beams and the space between the ceiling and the roof made it impossible to insulate there without damaging its look. He also replaced a dying 1970s heating and cooling system. “The fan was weak, and all the heat stayed up by the ceiling,” Van Natta said. “And I added two ductless heat pumps.”

Since then, he’s worked with Clark Public Utilities to expand the energy efficiency of the market. In doing so, he took advantage of the small business commercial incentives offered by the utility for refrigeration, LEDs, and solar. These helped reduce the cost of his improvements. ...


Source:    Clark Public Utilities, "Energy Adviser: Hockinson Market goes solar in quest for efficiency", The Columbian", August 9, 2018.


Image, 2018, Hockinson, Washington, click to enlarge
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Hockinson Market, Hockinson, Washington. Image taken September 2, 2018.
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Hockinson Market, Hockinson, Washington. Image taken September 2, 2018.


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Sources:
  • "The Columbian", 2014, "Clark History, Names in Clark County";
  • Hitchman, R., 1985, "Place Names of Washington", Washington Historical Society Press;


All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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