A Photographic Memory
FOOD TO DIE FOR: "Oswego becomes City of good food," the Oswego Review proclaimed on Dec. 19, 1946, when the Dalh House restaurant opened its doors. Swedish immigrants John Gustaf and Freda Dahl established the family business. Their son Arthur entertained guests on the piano, and radio station KGON broadcast the music from the restaurant. The business was housed in the former Oregon Portland Cement Company clubhouse, which dated back to the 1920s. The restaurant closed in 1952, and by 1953 it had undergone an improbable transformation and reopened as the Chapel by the Lake funeral home. The building was demolished in 1957 to make way for the new million-dollar Oswego Village Shopping Center, which still stands, altered by remodels, at 11 S. State St.
"A Photographic Memory" is researched and written by Marylou Colver, founder and president of the Lake Oswego Preservation Society and author of "Lake Oswego Vignettes." Watch for more photos from Lake Oswego's past on the first Thursday of every month in The Review.