December 14-19, The News

Oregon Spectator, December 19, 1850

The Main Street House has opened under new auspices. The house has been greatly enlarged and improved. There is a new landlord, a man well calculated for business, who has taken charge of it. Now that our friend Moss has retired, it is but justice to him to say that the house has been noted for its quietness and good order, since our residence in this city. It is now, and has been entirely free from dissipation and disorder; and we have the assurance of the proprietor that it will be so conducted, in future, to meet the confidence of a discriminating and right-thinking public.

The new proprietor, Col. S. Richmond, is a gentleman of experience in the business. He is fitting up the house in such a manner as to add greatly to its convenience and comfort.


The Oregon Argus, December 15, 1855


TboxWells, Fargo & Co.’s Express,

Between Oregon, California, the Atlantic States and Europe.

Having made advantageous arrangements with the United States and Pacific Mail Steamship Companies for transportation, we are now prepared to forward Gold Dust, Bullion, Specie, Packages, Parcels and Freight, to and from N. York, N. Orleans, San Francisco, Portland, and principal towns of California and Oregon.

Our regular Semi-monthly Express between Portland and San Francisco, is dispatched by the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.’s steamship Columbia, connecting at San Francisco with our semi-monthly Express to New York and New Orleans, which is dispatched regularly on the 1st and 16th of each month, by the mail steamers and in charge of our own messengers through to destination.

Treasure insured in the best New York companies, or at Lloyd’s in London, at the option of the shippers.

J. N. Banker, Agent, Oregon City.

  • Cocoanuts, Bananas, and other tropical fruits, just received from Sandwich Islands. Charman & Warner
  • Paper Hangings, a new lot, for sale by T. Johnson
  • Just Received per C. Devens, 100 kegs Boston Syrup, 5 gals.; 75 boxes saleratus; 5000 lbs. China No. 1 Sugar; 25 boxes candles, 10 cases imperial and young hyson teas; 10 cases fine salt; 20 half barrels crushed sugar. G. Abernethy & Co.


The Weekly Enterprise, December 16, 1870


This loathsome disease has made its appearance in our city. It is in the family of Mr. N. P. Dodge. Mr. Dodge it appears, had a very light attack of the varioloid, at Aurora, a short time ago, and not thinking that it was the small-pox Mrs. Dodge went to see him, where she caught the disease. She was taken sick about two weeks ago, and last Sunday she broke out, in a very light form. Dr. Barclay has visited the house and pronounces her disease a very mild form of varioloid, and also that it is not severe enough to be liable to spread. Our city authorities have taken the necessary precautions to prevent its spreading and it behooves people to be cautious in this matter. If proper care be taken it may be confined to one house, and we hope to this single case. Those who have been exposed in any way whatever, if they feel any symptoms, should take the necessary precaution to prevent the spread of the disease and not expose themselves to others. Our citizens should resort to vaccination, which is acknowledged to be the best preventative against the small-pox, and while it does not prevent persons from taking the disease, it has a counteracting influence, and relieves the patient from much suffering. The per cent of deaths among those who have been vaccinated is very small and while it is so accessible no one should neglect this plain duty. We are informed by reliable persons that there is no need of any tears from this case, unless some other member of the family has it, and as the precaution has been taken to prevent its future expose, we may hope to soon record the fact that the disease is no longer in our midst. We call the attention of our reader to the city ordinance in this issue, and also the report of the Health Committee and be governed accordingly. Mrs. Dodge is so far recovered as to be able to be up, and should any of the rest of the family take it, Mr. and Mrs. Dodge will be able to give them proper care.

Report of the Board of Health.

Oregon City, Dec. 14, 1870.

The Board of Health, appointed by the City Council, met at the office of Dr. Saffarrans.

Present: Dr. Barclay, Dr. Saffarrans, W. W. Buck

S. D. Pope was appointed Secretary of the Board.

Dr. Barclay reported that acting in accordance with instruction received from the City Council, he had called on and seen Mr. Dodge, and would state that he found the case a mild one of varioloid.

It was resolved that the City Marshal be immediately ordered to close the alley on which Mr. Dodge resides, leaving an opening fronting Main street for passers by, and also to raise a yellow flag over said residence, to remain until further notice.

S. D. Pope, Sec’y.

CLOSED – Mrs. Martin’s select school was closed last Monday in consequence of the small-pox, and we are informed that the scholars have generally been withdrawn from the Seminary, so that it will probably be obliged to close for a short time.


The Enterprise, December 18, 1890


A town pump and street lamp are being put in at Molalla Corners.

LOST – A brown shawl on the road near Singer’s mill. Finder will be suitably rewarded by returning same to this office.

Miss Ida Paine has ordered a new piano from the east and as soon as it arrives she will organize a music class. As an instructor Miss Paine is well recommended.

Mr. Kilpatrick has the work on E. G. Caufield’s new drug store about completed and as soon as the chimneys are put in and a few other necessities completed it will be ready for occupancy.

Jos. Howell and Arthur Davis, of Canemah, are building steps from their respective residences down the hill. Canemah is certainly forging ahead and all that is lacking there now is the privileges of a city government. They can have these if they will.


Oregon City Enterprise, December 14, 1900


Title Page – Read the book online at Stories of Oregon (Google Books)


Mrs. Eva Emery Dye’s “Stories of Oregon” dedicated to the native daughters of Oregon presents in fascinating style the history in detail of the state of Oregon from the discovery of the Pacific to the time of completing the first trans-continental railway across the continent. The book is full of interest, surpassing anything of the kind ever published on Oregon and is admirably arranged to arouse the curiosity of the youth to profitable research into things pertaining to the history, organization and growth of the state of Oregon.


The ladies of St. Paul’s Guild will hold their annual bazaar at Willamette hall, on Monday evening, December 17. Will have for sale a number of useful and ornamental articles, home made candies, prettily dressed dolls. At the doll’s booth will be an elegant display of doll’s millinery, each hat a selection of the milliner’s art. For the amusement of the young people a few hours will be given to dancing, which gentlemen will be charged 25 cents.

Refreshments, consisting of mince, pumpkin pies, doughnuts and coffee, will be served for fifteen cents.

Admission free. The ladies will also hold an afternoon sale, to which there will be no admission, on the same day.


Oregon City Courier, December 16, 1910


New Structure by Frank Busch Will Be Ready for Grand Ball in January

The fine new dance hall being built by Frank Busch in the rear of his big house furnishing establishment, on the banks of the river, is nearing completion and is intended to have the same ready for the first grand ball some time the latter part of January.

In the construction of this hall Mr. Busch has looked to the supreme comfort and pleasure of the dancers, having the finest floors, high ceiling, elevated music platform, dressing rooms, banquet hall, with kitchen and everything needful for a crowd to have a very enjoyable time. On two sides of the building he has constructed a nine foot balcony that will be provided with proper railings and is heavily supported, which may be used in good weather for outdoor banquets, with a very decided Venice effect.

In the construction throughout Mr. Busch has gone the limit to make the entire proposition safe and attractive, looking well to the light and ventilation in the windows using imported stained glass. The hall will be one of Oregon City’s attractions when completed.

(West side of Main Street between 11th & 12th.)


1914 Christmas Seal – first used in the United States 1907, to raise funds for the treatment of tuberculosis.

The Woman’s Club, who are selling Red Cross stamps for the purpose of securing money to support the tuberculosis patients in the state of Oregon, has placed this charge in the hands of Miss Clara Fields, who will greatly appreciate the services of any young lady who wishes to aid in this good cause by assisting in selling these stamps. Any young lady who is willing to give up a little spare time will please call up Miss Fields at Main 3711, or Mrs. J. W. Norris at Main 48, who will be very much pleased to have their assistance.


Oregon City Enterprise, December 17, 1920

mt hood loop highwayMT. HOOD LOOP IS NEW WONDER ROAD

The Mount Hood loop highway is built, and Mount Hood, queen snow peak of Oregon, will be the most accessible glacial peak of the Pacific Coast. Already Mount Hood draws hundreds of recreationists annually over roads pioneer in character and constructed primarily for horse-drawn vehicles. Despite the heavy grades, more than fifty cars have visited Cloud Cap Inn, set at the foot of Elliot glacier and overlooking broad snowfields, on a single day this season.

The grandeur of views of the great Northwest’s forests, unbroken expanses of wild hinterland and a sight of green wheatfields of Eastern Oregon is drawing many parties of climbers to the summit of Hood each weekend.


Two robbers were caught red handed about 3:30 o’clock Wednesday morning by Night Officer Surfus as they attempted to leave the C. C. Store on Main street here with about $200 worth of loot. The yeggs gained entrance through the door at the rear of the store by breaking in the glass and reaching the lock. When arraigned before Judge Stipp later in the afternoon, the robbers gave their names as Joe Larkis and Epstacle Duarte and said that they resided in Portland. They are being held in the county jail awaiting sentencing.

Officer Surfus, when making his rounds about 3:00 o’clock Wednesday morning, discovered the men in the C. C. Store piling goods from the shelves onto the floor ready for a get-away. Surfus waited until the men attempted to leave the building with the goods and nabbed them as they came out the rear entrance. The men had all sorts of articles from the store packed in a large bundle, including sweaters, coats, silks, scarfs and rain coats. The officer placed the men in jail and this morning they were turned over to Sheriff Wilson and the district attorney’s office.

J. C. Cochran, manager of the C. C. Store, was called in to identify the loot, and after checking over the articles taken, estimated the value of the goods at about $200. A $40 fur coat was placed upon the floor of the store by the yeggs who filled the coat with all manner of silks, etc., and after making a bundle of the garment, left it lying where they had placed it, probably meaning to come back and get the bundle, or an accomplice was in the neighborhood at the time, who would pick it up.

Earlier in the day, a clerk at the C. C. Store noticed the men in the store looking around, and notified Cochran, the manager that they were acting suspicious. Another man accompanying the other two, was standing outside of the store at the time waiting for them to come out. It is thought that he made a get-away at the time Surfus nabbed the other two.


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