News of the Week, July 10 – 16

Matters Matrimonial that introduce some well-known residents of the past…
Oregon Spectator, July 9, 1846.
(Page 2) The editor of the Polynesian is pleased to make honorable mention of the Oregon Spectator, the first number of which he had just received, and gives a summary of the contents, but speaks doubtingly of the existence of love in our land. He says: “Only imagine the advance of the country – love in the pine woods of Oregon”! We would inform our skeptical friend on that point, and appearances warrant us in saying, that Oregon is highly congenial to the soft and tender flame, and that our young folks are far from being content to imagine the ideas, as a long list would show, could we be favored with the names of all the candidates for hymeneal joys. We hope our friends up stream will take the hint. It is surprising how it makes the bachelors prick up their ears to read a few notices of marriages. Imagine love in Oregon, indeed! He says, “he shall expect to see advertised in next number, bustles and ice cream.”. As for the former articles we would inform our friend of the Polynesian, that love in Oregon is of that pure description, such as nature in her happiest mood decreed it should be, that no such superfluous evidence of bad taste is required to fan the hallowed flame; and for “ice creams,” we are but waiting for the completion of the Mt. Hood road to have constant supply on hand. Whilst our friend of the Polynesian is doubtless the truth of our advance, it is not unlikely we shall pass him and leave him in the distance.

(Page 3) HYMENEAL.
MARRIED – on Sunday evening, 28th ult. By J. M. Garrison, Esq, Capt. ROBERT NEWELL, to Miss REBECCA, eldest daughter of Samuel Newman – all of Champoeg county.
On Sunday, the 14th ult., by Rev. Mr. Boon, J. W. NESMITH, Esq., to Miss CARLINE GOFF, all of Polk county.
On the 2nd inst., by the Rev. Lewis Thompson, Mr. MITCHEL WHITLOCK, late of Clay county, Mo., to Miss MALVINA, eldest daughter of Wm. Engle, Esq., formerly of Virginia.
On Saturday, the 4th inst., at Green Point, Clackamas county, by Elder E. Fisher, Mr. WILLIAM C. DEMENT, to Miss OLIVIA JOHNSON.
In the evening of the same day, in Oregon City, by Rev. J. L. Parrish, Mr. J. B. JACKSON, to Miss SARAH PARKER.

Those familiar with Oregon history will recognize the names of Robert Newell and James Nesmith, both prominent in the early years of the Oregon Territory.

William C. Dement (1823-1865) was the second sheriff of Clackamas County, but resigned before completing his first year. He also served on the City Council. Olive Johnson Dement (1832-1884), was the daughter of pioneer missionaries Rev. Hezekiah Johnson and Elizabeth Shepherd Harris Johnson.  William and Olive Dement are buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Oregon City.

johnson_wxRev. and Mrs. Johnson are buried in the Clackamas Pioneer Cemetery with this inscription on their monument: PIONEER Baptist Missionaries, In Ohio from 1826 to 1839, Iowa to 1845, Oregon from 1845 to Life’s close. Their memory is blessed; Their works do follow them.

The “Polynesian” began publication in the Sandwich Islands in the 1840s. For more information see: Chronicling America.

Oregon City Enterprise, July 14, 1876.


The Whitlock House
1216 Jackson Street
Oregon City

On the 3rd inst., William Whitlock and Miss Annie H. Miller, both of this city, were joined together as man and wife by the Rev. G. H. Atkinson. Many friends witnessed the nuptial ceremonies, and the congratulations were no less frequent than sincere. Mr. Wm. Whitlock has the honor to have been the first white child born in Victoria, B. C., and we feel that through his life, from infancy up to his present estate of manhood, his native place has just cause to feel proud of its first born. Will, for some time past, has been the assistant county clerk, and by his obliging manner and continued courtesy has won for himself a host of friends and an enviable reputation. Our acquaintance with his wife is very slight, but from what we hear, and judging from Will’s customary good taste and sound judgment, he is to be no less congratulated on this marriage than she. We extend our very best wishes to the young couple, and join their many friends in hoping they may live to celebrate their diamond wedding and dance at it as heartily as their youngest grand child.

The editor’s wish was almost granted – William Thomas Whitlock died October 3, 1932 after 56 years of marriage to Annie, just short of the 60th year diamond anniversary. She died a few months after him, on January 23, 1933. They are buried in Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland.
William Thomas Whitlock was Mayor of Oregon City from 1888 to 1889, County Recorder from 1877 through 1882, and City Councilman in 1883, 1887 and 1889.

william and honor

William’s parents, William and Honor Marks Whitlock, are buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Oregon City. Born in England in 1825, William Whitlock, accompanied by his wife Honor (Smith), arrived at Victoria, B.C. in 1849 to assume a position as bookkeeper for the Hudson’s Bay Company. For Honor’s memoir of their trip to British Columbia from London see: Whitlock 

Oregon City Enterprise, July 10, 1896
Another wedding in Canby. This time it’s a couple of our best known and most highly respected young folks, Millard Lee and Bertha Knight. Mention having been made in last weeks Enterprise it is only necessary to state that all the good people of Canby are unanimous in wishing them all the blessings and good fortune that this life will admit.
July 3, 1896
Millard Lee, the well known bicyclist, was married to Miss Bertha Knight at Canby Wednesday. The bride is the accomplished daughter of Ex-Sheriff William Knight of Canby. Mr. and Mrs. Lee will reside at Portland.

Millard Jerome Lee (1872-1950) was the first child born in Canby after it was platted in 1870. A grandson of pioneers Philander and Anna Green Lee, Millard is buried with the other Lees in Baker Prairie Cemetery. Bertha Elizabeth Knight Lee is buried next to her sister, Mary Vesta Knight Clark, at Zion Memorial Park, Canby. The current Canby Ferry, the M. J. Lee II, and its predecessor, the M. J. Lee, were named for Millard. He was a competitive bicycle racer, operated the first bus service from Oregon City to Canby and held several elective offices.

Oregon City Enterprise, July 13, 1906
Judge Dimick had his first experience, Wednesday, in making two souls happy by tying a matrimonial knot, when he married in his court room Hattie Frazier and Hy Henderson, both of Multnomah County. The happy couple immediately repaired to a nearby liquid refreshment resort and celebrated the occasion.

Licensed to Wed.
July 11 – Maude Williams and G. A. Biglow. The groom is under 21 and his mother gave her consent to the issuance of the license.
July 11 – Hattie Frazier and Hy Henderson.


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