City Ordinances, 1850

The following ordinances were approved by the City Council of Oregon City from August through December 1850.

Council: William K. Kilborn, Mayor; F. S. Holland, Recorder

Councilmen: Noyes Smith, Andrew Hood, Richard McMahan, Medorem Crawford and George Hanan


ordinances

 

Ord. 1st} Be it ordained that no grocer or merchant shall sell, lend, or give, or in any way dispose of any spirituous liquors as merchandise on the Sabbath.

Ord. 2ndAll persons are hereby prohibited from disturbing or in any way molesting, religious worship at any time.

Ord. 3rdAll persons are forbid riding or driving through the highways or streets of this city faster than a moderate trot, or riding or driving on the side walks.

Ord. 4th} No person or persons to have more than twelve and one half pounds of powder on their premises at any one time, and that to be kept in a tin canister. (August 29th, 1850:  On motion that the ordinance relative to the Safe Keeping of powder be suspended, until further order.)

Ord 5th} No stove pipe shall be allowed to pass through a wood partition, except the same be guarded at least two inches from the wood, by tin, iron, zinc, crockery or copper and no stove shall be placed on the floor, except on a layer of earth, brick in a box, or on a plate of tin, iron, zinc or copper. All chimneys shall be at least two feet above the roof of the house, and built of brick or stone.

Ord. 6thAll persons trading, bartering or selling goods, groceries or other merchandise shall pay to the City Collector the sum of fifty dollars per annum.

Ord. 7th} All persons selling or dispensing of any spirituous liquors in less quantities than one gallon, shall pay to the City Collector the sum of two hundred dollars per annum.

Ord. 8th} No persons are allowed to discharge fire arms within the limits of the City.  Amended December 10, 1850: Ordinance 8th is hereby amended as to allow licensed butchers the use of fire arms to kill cattle.

Ord. 9th} All nuisances are prohibited within the limits of the City.

Ord. 10th} No person shall obstruct or cause to be obstructed, any alley, street, or side-walk in the limits of the City.

Ord. 11th} All persons violating any of the above ordinances shall pay for the first offence the sum of five dollars and costs of suit. A repetition of the offence will be punished to the extent of the law.

Ord 12th} Each of the above ordinances shall take effect fifteen days from date. Oregon City, August 15th, 1850


Ord. 13thBe it hereby ordained that the City Marshal be required to arrest any and all persons who shall violate any of the City ordinance that has or may hereafter be passed. (October 15, 1850)

Ord. 14th} Be it ordained that any teamster, cartman or drayman, hauling, carrying or conveying any goods, wares, wood, produce or merchandise from any one place to another, within the limits of the corporation of Oregon City, shall pay to the City Collector the sum of Thirty dollars per annum. (November 12, 1850)

Ord. 15thBe it hereby ordained that all person butchering or selling meat within the limits of the Corporation of Oregon City shall pay to the City Collector the sum of forty dollars per annum. (November 12, 1850)

Ord 16th} Be it ordained that any person or persons, betting or receiving bets at any game of chance for money or other property and that person or persons, allowed a game of chance to be played within their premises for money or other property, shall be fined to the extent of the law for each and every offense. (December 3, 1850)

Ord. 17th} All person are forbid riding, driving or leading horses or other animals on the side walk or hitching or tying the same so that they interfere with the side walk. (December 20, 1850)

Ord 18thAll owners of swine are forbidden to allow the same to run at large within the limits of the city under penalty of the law as nuisances.  (December 20, 1850)


Violations:

September 7th, 1850: The Marshal made complaint against John Anderson for discharging fire arms in the corporation. The said Anderson was brought before the City Council and to the said charge plead guilty, whereupon he was fined five dollars and cost of suit. On motion it was carried that the fine be remitted to the said Anderson.

September 10th, 1850: The Marshal made complaint against an Indian for running a horse through the streets. Whereupon Council gave some special advice to said Indian and discharged him.

September 11th, 1850: The Marshal made complaint against Winslow Biglow for violation of ordinance Six. Whereupon said Biglow was fined five dollars and cost of suit. 1st offence.

September 11th, 1850: Sharp & Co. comes forward and plead guilty for violation ordinance sixth. Whereupon the said Sharp & Co. was fined five dollars and cost.

October 1st, 1850: Upon complaint of Charles Brown against Henry Seifert & Co. the said Brown complains that he is troubled by a nuisance on Block No. 24. It consists of a slaughter house occupied by the said Seifert and Co. Whereupon it was moved and carried that the Mayor notify the said Henry Seifert & Co. on tomorrow to remove their Slaughtering from Block No. 24 aforesaid within ten days from this date.

October 15, 1850: On Motion it was carried that the order made at a previous meeting for the removal of the Slaughter house be reconsidered. On Motion Mr. N. Smith & R. McMahan was appointed a committee to select a suitable place for building a Market House.

November 21, 1850: The City Marshal made complaint against John. L. Sands for violation Ordinance 8th for which offense the said Sands was fined five dollars and costs.

November 16, 1850: The Marshal made complaint against Beeler for violation Ord. 3rd and the said Beeler having plead guilty was fined by the City Marshal five dollars and costs. (First speeding ticket.)

December 10, 1850: On Motion it was carried that the first suit brought against S. H. L. Meek for violating Ord. 8th be enforced and other suits be discontinued provided that he pays the costs already made. Ordinance 8th is hereby amended as to allow licensed butchers the use of fire arms to kill cattle.

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