News of the Week, September 11 to September 17.

Oregon Spectator, September 11, 1846
EMIGRANTS – Several families with their wagons have arrived in our City, and appear healthy and cheerful. They traveled over Mr. Barlow’s road, over which probably most of the emigration will come. There appears to be a general willingness on the part of the emigration to pay the required toll, only one individual, among a large company which has traveled over it, having refused to pay. Mr. Barlow is entitled to much credit and gratitude, both from the present emigration and succeeding ones, for the perseverance he has manifested in surveying out and making this road. Although we are informed that it and ought to be greatly improved. These emigrants report that the wagons will probably all arrive in town in the course of three weeks.

Reprinted from the Missouri Republican of 13th March: For Oregon – The Brig Henry, Captain Kilborn, cleared at Newburyport on the 21st ult. for the Sandwich Islands and the Columbia River. The Henry has a number of passengers for Oregon.

Oregon City Enterprise, September 11, 1896
As Oregon City has no patrol wagon, substitutes are often improvised when an obstreperous drunk is picked up, who cannot be kept on his feet. Sometimes a wheelbarrow is brought in to use, but more frequently the two-wheeled hand cart, used to carry mail between the post office and the railroad depot, serves as a “hurry up” wagon. The other night Officer Shaw put a heavily loaded drunk into the cart when the shafts flew up, spilling the prisoner out on the sidewalk. The wayward prisoner was again picked up, and conveyed to his destination, but when he came to himself the next morning he had no remembrance of having been dumped out of the municipal patrol wagon. At any rate, the United States Mail cart serves the purpose admirably as a municipal “hurry up” wagon.

THE SAME CRIPPLE. – C. F. Lauer assumed the duties of his new position today as marshal of the city. About his first official act was to arrest the extraordinary cripple who is selling lead pencils around the streets for being drunk and disorderly. This individual when drunk is quite ugly and is inclined to make the most of what weapon nature has provided him with. He is quite an original cripple, his deformity consisting in having his left leg crossed in front of his right, making his step but a few inches in length (The Dalles Chronicle)

This same object of deformity was doing Oregon City a few days ago, and after selling a few pencils proceeded to fill up in royal style. He finally became obstreperous, and Chief of Police Burns and Officer Shaw picked him up and between the two of them, carried him off to the city jail a couple of blocks away. The cripple threatened dire vengeance on the way to the city lodgings, but he was very meek and lowly the next morning when he was accorded the privilege of moving on. Later – The Salem Statesman says that on Saturday and Sunday a man who appeared to be badly crippled, his legs being crossed at the knees, was begging on the streets. On Sunday night he was arrested for vagrancy and placed in the city jail, where Drs. Shaw, Robertson and Pierce examined him yesterday for the purpose of ascertaining whether he was crippled or not, and as a result they declared him a fraud. He was turned out and ordered to leave the city, which he did.


Oregon City circa 1910. Looking down the Fifth Street stairs toward the railroad depot.

Oregon City Enterprise, September 14, 1906
Jacob Sager, aged 65 years, while seated in a chair at the O. R. & N. company’s property in this city last Thursday night, fell into the sleep that knows no awakening. Mr. Sager had for 16 years served as night-watchman of this company’s property here and it was while on duty that the summons came. Death resulted from heart disease with which the deceased had suffered for a great many years. He was a native of Germany, coming to the United States when 14 years of age and locating in Michigan. In 1881 he came to Oregon and was located in the vicinity of Oregon City until his death. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday and burial took place in a cemetery near New Era, where the wife, who died several years ago, was buried.

Mr. Sage was always doubtful of banking institutions as a secure depository for funds and for that reason his relations with banks were not very intimate. He was a hard working industrious and economical man and it was believed that he had accumulated some funds. It developed on his death that these suspicions were well founded for an old sack containing $820 in gold coin, was found hidden in a chest at the O. R. & N. office. Sager’s housekeeper, who was the only person to whom the honest German had confided the secret of the hiding place, went to the office immediately after the finding of Sager’s dead body, recovered the sack and its contents, which were deposited in a local bank.

Look Up Your Marriage Certificate and See If You are Legally Married.
If you are not positive that you have been legally married, Clackamas County’s married population had best consult their marriage certificates and see to it that the proper returns are made to the County Clerk’s office.

The further the investigation of marriage records of this county is carried, the more careless and negligent appear the officiating magistrate or clergyman to have been in making out the proper certificate and returning the same to the office of the County Clerk as is by law required. Deputy County Clerk Sleight has just completed an examination of the marriage records of the county for the last 14 years, and finds that in that length of time 108 licenses to wed have been issued in this county on which the proper returns have not been made. Prior to 1892 there was not kept the complete record of marriages that is now required. Before the present recording system was adopted, only the certificates of marriage were preserved for record so that it is impossible to ascertain how many licenses were issued previous to the date given on which the returns were not made.

During the last few years there were issued several licenses to people well known in this city and county, on which the proper returns have never been made by the officiating clergyman. Among such are the following: Jessie Hoover and Frank Nehren, issued February 23, 1901; Julie E. Mills and J. A. Noe, March 15, 1901; and Hattie L. Taylor and Marion P. White, June 29, 1901.

The Justice of the Peace or minister performing marriage ceremonies is liable to a fine for failing to promptly return the certificates to the County Clerk’s office. The statute provides a fine of not less than $10 nor more than $50 for each five days after the 30 days following the marriage in which he is required to return the certificate, that he neglects or refuses to make the return. Since there are a number of instances in which the certificates of marriage performed ten or a dozen years ago have not yet been returned, several careless ministers and justices of the peace are liable to heavy fines.

Oregon City Enterprise, September 15, 1916
Oregon City is again in grave danger of losing its militia company.
Orders were received at Clackamas to administer the new national oath to the Third Oregon Tuesday morning. The new oath requires three years of actual service in a militia company and three years in the reserves.
Only seven men of company G, Oregon City’s contingent of civilian soldiers, took the oath. The other men refused.

O. D. Eby, president of the Commercial Club and Captain H. E. Williams were called to Clackamas to hold a conference with the men of company G. They found that a few of the men would not take the new oath, because of their duties, which they felt would keep them from serving. The balance informed the committee from Oregon City that they would not join the company again, unless there was a reorganization.
At a meeting of the Fallsarians held in the Commercial Club parlors Tuesday night, Captain Williams explained the situation to the members of the Commercial Club who were in attendance. Captain Williams declared that Mr. Eby and himself had secured the pledges of enough men, who would sign the new oath, under certain provisions, to insure the retention of the company, if the Commercial Club would lend some real support to the company.

Captain Williams was asked to tell the real cause of the trouble, as many had heard it was over Captain Blanchard, who is in command of company G.
“I have investigated all reports carefully,” said the captain, “and I find that Captain Blanchard had a pretty hard row to hoe. Early this spring when an effort was made to recruit this company, there was a great deal of talk of “rough necks” in the company. I find this to be true. From reports that I have received from other sources than company G. I find there were probably more company G men in the guard house than all the men of the entire regiment put together. Some got drunk. One company G man struck an officer. Another ran the guard down and went to town. Several others ran the guard down, and the corporal of the guard ordered them to halt and was told to “go to hell.” I do not think that Captain Blanchard should be misjudged. I have soldiered for many years with him, and I always found him to be an efficient officer. I think from reports that I hear, that he lacked diplomacy. Captain Blanchard means well, but he cannot handle men.

The boys of G company have nothing but praise for two other officers of the company and declare Lieutenants Logus and Blanchard to be the finest officers in the regiment.

An article appeared in one of the local papers signed by “Ex-Soldier.” I have not found out who this man is. It was a direct slap against me, as it asked where the company fund had gone to and I had charge of this fund. As you remember we raised over $900. A greater part of this is in the bank where we deposited it. I gave Captain Blanchard $40 before the company’s departure. While on the border Captain Blanchard drew on the fund for $200. Today I gave him $100. The relief committee borrowed some from the company fund but are now almost in a position to pay this back. Captain Blanchard told me today that he would give the Commercial Club all the receipts which he holds and have them audited and a report made.”

Individual members of the Commercial Club discussed the question and declared in favor of lending all the support possible to the up-building of the company. It was explained by Captain Williams that a company under the new federal law would mean about $7000 annually to the town. The government under the new law also builds an armory.

It was also explained by Williams that the new company, by the wish of the boys would be mustered in by Lieutenant Logus and that Captain Blanchard would not be connected with the company.

Theodore Osmund, president of the Fallsarians declared that the Commercial Club was already on record as favoring the company, and had voted the company its support and a motion was made and carried that President Eby and Captain Williams inform the members of company G that the Commercial Club was behind it and that the Fallsarians would do all in its power to aid in recruiting the company to its required strength, 65 members.

The Fallsarians were similar to the Rosarians of Portland. The group was organized by the Commercial Club to represent the city in parades and events around Oregon and act as a welcoming committee for official visitors.

And the city had to make due with the old two-story armory on the south end of Main Street for many more years as the United States enters the World War in the following year…


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