News of the Week, April 16 – 23

Oregon Spectator, April 16, 1846

The Falls Association was instituted in January, 1844, for the mutual advancement of its members, in discussion and composition, since when, many animated debates, on interesting and useful subjects, have taken place – perhaps, we might say, to animated occasionally, when the question affected our peculiar political situation; if no very weighty results have been produced, it tended at least to relieve the monotony of our drizzly winters, and something more, if we may infer from the numerous assemblage oft-times witnessed on the nights of meeting.

The essays and compositions having been preserved, we shall, with the permission of the members, occasionally cull from the repository, such as we may conceive worthy of placing in a spare column of the “Spectator,” as among the early effusions of Oregon.

From the Repository of the Falls Association.


Your flowers are fair, your fields are green,
Your summer sun hath golden sheen;
Sweet be your sleep, and soft the bed
Where ye may rest the weary head.

Though fair they be, we may not stay,
Fate bids us go – away, away;
Our homes, the tent henceforth must be –
The prairie vast, or forest tree;

The wolf may wake our poor repose,
Fear may forbid our eyes to close – the savage yell assail our ear,
And threaten all we value dear.

Though war and death, or hunger press,
Our pathway thro’ the wilderness,
May health and peace, with plenty dwell,
In your green fields – then, fare ye well.


I love thee, fair land of the far distant west,
Thy beauties, thy grandeur, thy wilderness, I love them.
And friendships have strengthen’d the tie in my breast,
And memory will treasure forever the gem.

I love the rough shores of thy thundering ocean,
And the high curling waves of thy boundless blue sea;
I love thy wild main, when the storm is in motion,
But the Home of my fathers is dearer to me.

I love thy broad rivers, majestic’ly rolling,
Their bright crystal waters away to the deep,
And to sit where the foam of thy cataract’s pouring,
Like a fiend in its wrath, o’er the rough rocky steep.

I love thy dark forest the storm never withers,
Fit emblem to sprout on the hills of the free;
I love thy stern sky, when the winter storm gathers,
But the home of my childhood is dearer to me.

I love thy high hills, and their deep dark ravines,
Where the wild beast and savage for shelter retire,
And thy weed belted prairies with carpets of gree,
Thy snow-created peaks, and thy mountains of fire.

I love thy wide wastes, and thy bleak barren sands,
‘Tis pleasure such contrasts in nature to see;
I love the parade of thy red warriors’ bands,
But the home of my childhood is dearer to me.

Fare thee well, lovely land, in wilderness reposing,
Fit garden for rearing fair forms and proud sould –
Farewell to the hills thy green valley enclosing,
In peace may they bloom, while thy blue waters roll.

For as long as may flourish thy ever-green pine,
So long may thy people be prosp’rous and free;
Be the home of the happy – then may’st not be mine,
For the scenes of my childhood are dearer to me.

(Signed) Y. O. U.

moss-sketch1Hubert Howe Bancroft, in his History of Oregon, reports that the Falls Association was also known as the Oregon Lyceum, the Falls Debating Society and the Pioneer Lyceum and Literary Club. He dates the origin of the organization to 1842. Early members included John H. Couch, Francis Pettygrove, Asa Lovejoy, Medorem Crawford and Francis Ermatinger.

Sidney Walter Moss, author of The Prairie Flower, the first book written in the Oregon Territory, read sections of the book to the group, helping establish his authorship later when the book was published in the East with Emerson Bennett shown as the author.

Oregon City Enterprise, April 21, 1876

THE CONCERT. – Oregon City has long borne a reputation for refinement and culture unsurpassed by any place, of even greater pretensions, within the boundaries of the State. During the winter, Mr. Prentice, favorably known to all vocalists in Oregon, has been training a large class of ladies and gentlemen, residents of this place, in the cultivation of their voices and ear; and on Wednesday evening last before an appreciative audience at Pope’s Hall, gave a grand concert, in which his entire class took part; their proficiency adding laurels to Oregon City’s many well won bays, and reflecting credit in its fullest sense upon the gentlemanly director. Quartets of male voices, quartets of female voices, duets and solos were all rendered in such unexceptionably good style that it is impossible for us to designate anyone in particular as being the “model scholar.” While not wishing to insinuate that the singing by few voices was not relished, we cannot refrain from giving the greatest share of praise for the success of the evening to the beautiful choruses given by the entire class. Their rich voices filling Pope’s Hall with a silvery melody that we venture to say never before echoed along it walls, it was grand. In closing we feel it incumbent to again congratulate Mr. Prentice on the entire success of the concert, and hope it may be repeated at no distant day.

Oregon City Enterprise, April 17, 1896

At the last meeting of the Canemah literary society the debate on the question that “Foreign Immigration Should be Prohibited,” was decided in favor of the negative.

Teachers Meeting.

The following is the program for the teachers’ meeting to be held at West Oregon City on Saturday, April 25th.

“Literature in the Country Schools”, Mrs. H. S. Gibson
“How may Attendance at School be Increased”, J. W. Gray
Discussion opened by Miss Ana Baird.
“Fads and Fadists”, Prof. H. S. Strange
Discussion opened by T. J. Gary.
Paper – “Child Study”, Prof. R. T. Robinson
Discussion opened by Mrs. L. W. McAdam
Address, Dr. W. E. Carll
Paper – “Co-relation of Study”, Prof. L. W. McAdam
Discussion opened by P. M. Weddell.
“What Shall We Do with the Lazy Boy or Girl?”, E. M. Ward
“Things that Cause the Mind to Deteriorate:, Prof. S. W. Holmes
Discussion opened by H. G. Starkweather.

The exercises will be interspersed with music and recitation.
Meeting to begin promptly at 10 o’clock in the morning. It is earnestly hoped that all the teachers in the county will be present and aid in making this a pleasant and profitable meeting. Dinner will be served at the school building by the library association.

Oregon City Courier, April 20, 1906

Front_CoverJohn Ross Fargo, tenor soloist of the First Presbyterian Church of Portland, gave a folk song recital for the members and invited guests of the Derthick Club at the home of Mrs. William Allison Huntley Friday afternoon. The hostesses of the event were Mrs. Huntley and Miss Muriel Stevens. Mr. Fargo, whose pure tenor voice is well suited to the folk song, has studied for the past year under the direction of Mrs. Imogene Harding Brodie. His interpretation of the program was thoroughly artistic, being ably assisted at the piano by Miss Martha Frances Draper, a pupil of W. Gifford Nash. The program consisted of English, Irish, Scotch and Welsh folk songs and is the first of a series of folk song programs to be given by the club. Mrs. Gilbert L. Hedges read an interesting paper on the folk songs of the British Isles. The program follows: English: With My Flocks, The Lass with the Delicate Air, Drink to Me Only. Scotch: Loch Lomond. Welsh: All Thro’ the Night. Irish: The Minstrel Boy, She is Far From the Land, Oh Breathe Not His Name, Lesbia With a Beaming Eye, The Young May Moon, While Gazing on the Moonlight.

The next meeting of the Derthick Club will be held Friday April 27, at the home of Mrs. C. G. Miller, who, with Miss Mary McIntyre, will entertain. Dryden’s ode, “The Power of Music,” will be read and the music will be interpreted.

(The Derthick Club, believed to be the oldest musical society in Oregon, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in December 1951.)

Oregon City Enterprise, April 21, 1916

“That Freshman”, One-Act Farce by Frank King, is Headliner
Music Offered in Long and Varied Program of High Order
Orchestra Furnishes Music During Hour Given to Inspection of Recently Enlarged Building – Fifteen Acts Presented.

Before over 700 persons the students and teachers of the Oregon City high school Friday night presented a program, every number of which met with an ovation of applause. The teachers, under whose direction the classes gave the performance, were greatly pleased with the success of the affair.

The school auditorium was built to accommodate 500 persons, and many were forced to stand out in the halls. The crowd was probably the greatest that has assembled in the building.

The doors were opened at 7 o’clock and for an hour the school was open to inspection while the school orchestra composed of 10 members led by Gustav Flechtner, played.

The second number on the program was the presentation of the customs of the generations dating from 1775 and was given by 15 students with the setting in Dame Fashion’s studio.

Vocal numbers by the Misses Armstrong were good and the harmony of the young women was well applauded. The operetta, “Three Wishes,” had an effective setting and showed the living room of the home of many years ago. The singing during this scene was pleasing.

Albert Roake, of the senior class, appeared on the program in the “Garden of My Heart.” Miss Ruth Hawkins, freshman, gave a reading.

The freshman girls’ quartet, composed of Misses Lageson, Staats, Blackburn and Morgan, appeared in three numbers and were roundly applauded. Linden McCausland rendered a saxophone solo, “A Perfect Day.”

Marvel Ely, plainly demonstrated that she was out to take all advantage possible of the leap year, when she appeared in her number, “When a Woman Proposes.”

The one-act comedy written by Frank King and presented under the direction of Prof. Tooze, was a credit to all concerned in its introduction. The play is based along college lines and the different parts were well taken, the line of talk of all being quick, witty and enjoyable. Thirteen of the students of the post-graduate class presented the play.

The boys high school quartet hit the patriotic chord when they gave “Don’t Bite the Hand that Feeds You.” Messrs. Myers, Batie, Armstrong and Champion composing the quartet. Miss Alice Hofman gave a vocal solo that was well received.

1601The last number on the program of 15 acts was a pageant of patriotic songs, in which about 25 of the students rendered songs of war days of long ago. The stage setting and the costumes of this act were splendid, the costumes being red, white and blue, while the scenes changed with each song. The little children during the song of “Dixie” were a big hit, as was also the scenes of Columbia and the one during the song of “Just Before the Battle, Mother,” with Albert Roake as soloist.

The whole program was so good that it would be an injustice to give any one member especial credit. The teachers of the high school can well be congratulated on the success of the bill, as also can be the students who entered into the program with a spirit that added much to its success.


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