This hops basket, pictured above, has a fading stencil mark on the side that reads: J.E. Krauger, Salem, Ore. While the exhibit illustrated to us the economic power of the hops industry, we hadn’t really considered the associated industries, like basket manufacturers, that also benefited from hops cultivation in the valley.
The J.E. Krauger Hop Basket Company was started by Joseph Earl Krauger around 1928. His shop, which doubled as his residence, was located at 1025 N. Commercial St. in Salem. They specialized in making wooden hop baskets, but also provided hops scoops and Quassia Wood Chips (we’re not quite sure what these were used for back in the twenties and thirties, but you can still by this tropical product today).