This marker commemorates for all time
the gracious generosity of
Ira Frost Powers
to the people of Portland
"And so thy thought, when thou art gone,
shall yet live on. - A friend of grateful man"
The Birthday Club
George L Baker W.J. Hofmann Ernest A. Sommer
Charlse P. Berg Ernest L. King Donald J. Sterling
Chris D. Bruun Dan J. Malarkey Nathan Strauss
John H. Burgard Julius L. Meier Guy W. Talbot
C. C. Colt Phil Metschan Wm. L. Thompson
Virgil A. Crum Otto W. Mielke Wm. F. Turner
Charlse E. Dant Roscoe C. Nelson Harry B. Van Duzer
Kenneth D. Dawson Emery Olmstead Dean Vincent
Franklin T. Griffith Ore L. Price Raymond B. Wilcox
Russell Hawkins Frank H. Ransom Ralph E. Williams
September Nineteen Thirty
This plaque is placed on a large rock, in an obscure partially hidden stretch of roadside on Highway 43 in Portland Oregon. Just south of the Sellwood Bridge, along the Willamette River, is Powers Marine Park. The park is between highway 43 and the river, and somewhere in the middle of that park is this rock and plaque.
according to the city of Portland's park page, was the owner of Powers Furniture around the time of the great depression, and he donated a large chunk of the land in that area to the city. The area of Tryon Creek state park, Terwilliger Blvd, and Lewis & Clark College. It is unclear whether the actual land of Powers Marine Park was part of the donation.
I do not know what "The Birthday Club" is.
Now Ira has this post on my well visited blog remembering him, along with a fairly modest plaque mostly hidden on a nondescript rock in an unmaintained or improved part of a fairly unused city park. Fame.