Dennis Nord, now of Golet, California, has provided the Chieftain with more information about Nord Motor Court in last week’s Out of the Past. Mr. Nord writes that:
Bill Harris (my brother-in-law) said you were looking for information about the picture you featured a couple of weeks ago with the Nord Motor Court (Bill sent it to us).
You asked about the car, it’s a 49 Ford 4door. The motel belonged to my parents from 1946 until they retired sometime in early 70’s. Arleta and I grew up there and Meleese Cook (eldest sibling) was ready for college when we moved there. Arleta is now in Sherwood, Oregon and I live near Santa Barbara, California, while Meleese is deceased.
The designation “Motor Court” was changed to “motel” about 1955 and the sign was re-worded then too. The small store was run by my parents until they leased to Al Jenkins for many years, operating as the Corner Grocery. Once it was a gas station and the old pump island was out front.
Carolyn Maasdam added that the Nord Motor Court was on North Street in Enterprise where today’s Country Inn is, just east of Heavenly’s. It stayed open for about 20 years, she said.