News of the Week – February 28-March 5

Oregon Spectator, March 5, 1846

temperanceARDENT SPIRITS…

The Question for debate, before the “Falls Association,” on Saturday evening the 7th inst., we understand, is –

Resolved, That the tendency of the law on Ardent Spirits, is productive of more evil than good, and ought to be repealed.”

Doubtless an interesting debate will be had on this question, as it is one which the present and future interests of this entire colony are involved.

WASHINGTON BALL.

Mr. Editor – Having been present at the ball on the evening of the 24th ul., given by Capt. H. M. Knighton, I have ventured to offer a communication on the subject. I was apprehensive there would be a failure of attendance on the occasion, from a report being circulated there was to be ardent spirits served out. This speaks well for the citizens of Oregon. If they would only be as energetic in suppressing the manufacture as they are in giving their voice against the use of it, they would effect more for the cause of temperance. I can say, for one, that no one showed any signs of intoxication on the occasion, and though the room was filled, all went on smoothly and agreeably, much to the credit of Mr. K. and lady, who, I feel confident, as far as in their power, left nothing undone that would contribute to the happiness of their guests. There were three officers of H. M. S. Modeste present. I cannot give their names or rank. Not being of the select, I had not the honor to make their acquaintance.

They appeared to be, as might expected, quite gentlemanly, uniting “otia cum dignitate.”

The managers were assiduous in endeavoring to make all agreeable, and I believe, succeeded. A feeling of gaity and cheerfulness appeared to pervade the room, especially with the ladies (of whom there were not a few,) who appeared to be in the finest humor imaginable. Quite a ball, I assure you, for Oregon, and worthy the event it was intended to commemorate.

Perhaps it will not be amiss to say that, as the 22d came on the Sabbath, the ball was postponed until the 24th. Q.

leap yearOregon City Enterprise, March 3, 1876

The front pages of the early newspapers reprinted national and international news along with tidbits of information and humor…

LEAP DAY

“Young ladies have the privilege of saying anything they please during leap year,” she said, eyeing him out of the corner of her eye with a sweet look. His heart gave a great bound, and, while he wondered if she was going to ask the question which he had so long desired, and feared to do, he answered, “Yes.” “And the young men must not refuse,” said she, “No, No! How could they?” sighed he. “Well, then,” said she, “will you -” He fell on his knees and said: “Anything you ask, darling.” “Wait till I get through. Will you take a walk, and not hang around our house so much?” And he walked.

Oregon City Enterprise, February 28, 1896

LEAP YEAR BALL

There will be a grand leap year ball, given by the ladies, at Batdorf’s hall, Willamette Falls, on Saturday, February 29, 1896. Ladies, as this is our last leap year party of the season, do not fail to make good use of the opportunity and bring your best fellow, and enjoy a good time. Admission, ladies 25¢, gents without partners, 25¢.

Oregon City Courier, March 2, 1916

MISS ZORN ARRIVES

Young Lady May Not Vote until She is 84 Years Old

Tuesday, the 29th day of February, a 12 ½ pound baby daughter was born to Mrs. Henry Zorn, of Champoeg. Mrs. Zorn was visiting at the home of Miss Martha Myers, at 411 Washington Street, in Oregon City, when the stork dropped in with the little stranger. At last reports Mrs. and Miss Zorn were both doing well.

Having been born on the 29th day of February, Miss Zorn will not have another birthday until 1920. Also, if her birthdays are strictly counted when she goes to register, she will have lived 84 years before she attains the voting requirement of having passed twenty-one birthdays.

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