Gladstone Centennial History 1887-1987
A labor union meeting in the late 1920s or early 1930s drew this large crows posing in the street in front of the Labor Temple (building on the far left) once located at 620 Delta Ave. in Gladstone. The building was built where the docks were located. In the 1930s, it was used for a meeting hall for unions such as Farm Union, A.F. of L., UAW, etc. It was called the Labor Temple, but more commonly referred to as the "Hog Wrestle." It also served as a dance hall on Friday nights. During the Depression and WPA days, money was very scarce and the crowds were large, with people of all ages, as the admission price for the dance was only 15 cents with a live local orchestra.