News of the Week, September 25 to October 1…


Lithograph of Oregon City
 Holden’s Dollar Magazine
February 1849
J. H. Richardson, from an original sketch

Oregon Argus, September 27, 1856
Our Mills.
The Island Mill and the new grist mill across the river are both covered and enclosed, and make quite an addition to the appearance of the City. If the flour these mills will shortly be turning out proves to be as good as they promise, we shall have something worth telling of. These mills, together with Dr. McLoughlin’s, and those of Lee & Tucker at Milwaukie, will create a demand for wheat that will keep the up-country farmers scratching the back of mother earth with a strong prospect of being rewarded for their toil.

Ordinance No. 5.
Be it ordained and established by the City Council of Oregon City, That all persons are hereby forbidden to build or assist in building bonfires within one hundred feet of any building within the corporate limits of Oregon City, and any person who shall build or assist in the building of any bonfire within one hundred feet of any building withing the corporate limits of Oregon City, upon conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum not less than five dollars and not exceeding fifty dollars, and costs of suit. R. H.Mallory, Recorder and Mayor pro tem. Oregon City, Sept. 20, 1856.

Morning Oregonian, September 24, 1866
NEW PAPER. – We have before us the Prospectus of a new paper to be issued at Oregon City the 27th of next month, to be called the OREGON CITY ENTERPRISE. This new journal will be conducted by Mr. D. C. Ireland, for the past three years the local reporter of the OREGONIAN. It will be issued weekly, and will contain twenty-eight columns. “The Enterprise will be devoted to the whole interests of the State, and especially to the interests of the State, and especially to the interests of the commercial and manufacturing public.” We bespeak for it, on behalf of our late associate, the cordial support of the people of Oregon City and of the state generally. The subscription price will be three dollars per year.

The last issue of the Oregon Argus was printed on October 26, 1863 from the paper’s new offices in Salem. Oregon City was without a local newspaper until October 27, 1866 when the Enterprise began publication. The news of 150 years ago will be added to this blog in November, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Enterprise, which through mergers and buyouts of other local newspapers, continued publication until 1992 under it’s final title, The Enterprise-Courier.

Oregon City Enterprise, September 29, 1876
An older tradition that I realized…
Gov. Hayes’ Tax Return.
The Cleveland (Ohio) Herald says: The tax return of Gov. (Rutherford B.) Hayes is a document which will bear favorable comparison with that of any citizen of the State, revealing a strict honesty and nice sense of honor, which those who know Gov. Hayes best recognize as characteristic of the man. The best evidence of the strict honesty of the return is found in the fact that it was examined by the Board of Equalization, a majority of whom were Democrats, and a special committee of one, a Democrat of high character, who made searching investigation, and reported everything perfectly correct. All the county officers were Democrats, and were satisfied of the correctness of the returns. The truth of the returns of Gov. Hayes, and the absolute falsity of some of the statements in the charge against him are known to most of the citizens of Fremont and admitted by them, without regard to party. One of them stated the whole case in a nutshell when he said that “Gov. Hayes can prove by anybody in Fremont, Democrat or Republican, that he has put in his property for the taxation above its value in money.”

Nor are traffic problems new…
A NARROW ESCAPE. – Last Wednesday morning Mrs. Capt. Jerome, accompanied by Mrs. Taylor and a little child, were riding in a buggy on the Canemah road, when the morning train came flying past and scared the horse. The animal commenced backing towards the river, and Mrs. Jerome managed to get Mrs. Taylor and the child out before the carriage touched the bank, and she only jumped out when the hind wheels were going over. The horse became entangled in the harness and was drowned. If it had not been for the wonderful presence of mind displayed by Mrs. Jerome the whole party would have most likely been carried over the bank into the rushing water, and all drowned, as no one was near to render any assistance. The buggy and harness were saved.

RUNAWAY. Last Saturday one of our farmers left his team standing on Main St. without taking the precaution to tie them. The horses desiring to look around town, went up the street at a rapid pace, and Louis Jaggars imaging that they were running away stopped them in front of the Factory.

Good news…
IMPROVING. – A correspondent from Portland informs us that Mr. Septimus Huelat, who is confined in the Asylum at East Portland, is improving rapidly.

Oregon City Enterprise, September 25, 1896
THE OREGON STATE FAIR. – Unusual preparations are being made for the regular annual state fair of the state agricultural society, which opens at Salem on Wednesday, October 7th, and closes October 13th. There will be extraordinary attractions this year, a McKinley and Bryan debate, a pioneer association barbecue, and a display of fine stock, poultry, etc., will excel any exhibition ever given. Twenty thousand dollars will be given in premiums, and the fast horses and races will be another drawing feature. Pioneer day will be observed in befitting style, and the barbecue will of on that occasion. Numerous improvements have been made in and around the grounds, among them a building for the poultry exhibit. Parsons will furnish the music, and arrangements have been perfected for special excursion rates. The admission has been placed at the low rate of 25 cents.

SCHOOL BEGINS MONDAY. – Both the Oregon City schools begin Monday, and it will be of interest to patrons to know of something concerning the division lines of the district. The division line of the Oregon City school district begins on the southern boundary at the bluff, thence along the bluff to Fifth street; along Fifth Street to Adams Street; along Adams Street to Seventh Street; along Seventh Street to J. Q. Adams Street; along J. Q. Adams Street to Ninth Street; along Ninth to Harrison Street to the city limits.
Pupils in the first, second, third and fourth grades living south and east of the line, must report at the Eastham building, and those living north and west of the line must report at the Barclay building. All pupils in the fifth, seventh, ninth and tenth grades must report at the Barclay building. All pupils in the sixth and eighth grades must report at the Eastham building.

Oregon City Enterprise, September 28, 1906
By the merest chance in the world George Schwartz, the eleven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Schwartz, who live at Fourteenth and Jackson Streets, escaped sudden death, this Wednesday, noon, from falling from the bridge over the gulch just north of the Barclay school. At noon, after school closed, George, in company with several boy companions, attempted to cross the bridge which is in the course of construction and which is not yet ready for passengers. The spaces between some of the timbers and supports were too great for the boy, and on running to jump over them he slipped and fell below amongst a lot of timbers and bridge material. He is said to have fallen about 30 feet and struck on the back of the neck, which rendered him senseless, and it was thought that he was dead. Dr. Mount was called at once and, after examination, said that no bones were broken, and that, although there might be some internal injuries, the boy should probably recover shortly. Such a fall would kill a grown man but usually children have better fortune than their elders and it is hoped that this will not prove to be an exception to the rule.

Side notes:


Y. M. C. A. building
11th & Main Streets

  • Captain Phillips and Grant Olds, well known employees of the Willamette Pulp & Paper mills, will start a roller skating rink in the Y. M. C. A. building about October 15.
  • The City Council has ordered some work done that one part of the city at least is very thankful for. The rock ledge on Washington and Eighth Streets is being taken out and the rock will be crushed by the city for use on the streets. This ledge has long been a barrier to people living on either side of Washington Street and when ti is taken away free access can be had in either direction. Formerly when a person in the north part of town wanted to go to the south part this edge was an obstacle, which required the person to go around either by way of Center Street or Adams Street, both of which are inconvenient in that section of the city.
  • By order of the City Council the police will strictly enforce the dog tax ordinance. A canine minus tag is liable to summary arrest, and the absence of the tag will be considered prima facie evidence of guilt. Owners of valuable dogs, and all dogs are valuable in the eyes of their owners, should take notice and get a tag from Recorder Dimick.

Oregon City Enterprise, September 29, 1916
Much machinery for the big addition to the plant of the Hawley Pulp and Paper Company has arrived in Oregon City. The generators for the plant which will be situated on Main Street south of Third are in the paper company’s warehouse and this week parts of the high pressure boilers were received. The massive engine already is in the basement of the building.

Work is progressing satisfactorily both on the Main Street building and on the structure which will arise back of Mill A out in the river. Generators and pulp-making machinery will be installed in the mill to raise near Mill A. Work here was rushed so that the foundations would be laid and the rock work completed before high water. Damage from high water is no longer feared. The concrete walls of the machine room of the Main Street building have been completed and work is well started on the second story walls of the finishing room. The mill will be completed soon after the first of the year, believe the contractors.

Portland and San Francisco Men Are Now in Full Control
C. H. Caufield, president of the Bank of Oregon City, Thursday night announced the names of the men who will in the future control the bank, the oldest in the county and one of the largest in the north Willamette Valley.

James K. Moffitt, vice-president and cashier of the First National Bank of San Francisco; C. D. Braun, manager of the Blake-McFall Company, Portland; Will T. Wright, vice-president of the Scandinavian American Bank, Portland, and George H. Tracy, assistant state bank examiner, represent the new owners. The sale of a majority of the stock in the bank was announced over a week ago, but at that time the names of the new owners were not made public.

Mr. Caufield’s statement, which explains the change and outlines briefly the plans of the bank, follows:

In connection with the change of ownership the Bank of Oregon City, recently announce, the purchasers of the controlling interest are now made public. Chester D. Phillips, who has been with the bank representing the San Francisco interests, will assume the position of cashier when vacated by E. G. Caufield. It is announced that the only other change in the officials of the bank at this time will be the addition of Mr. Tracy as active vice-president and the addition of Mr. Tracy, Mr. Braun and Mr. Wright to the board of directors. It is also proposed to increase the stock of the bank at once.

Until the annual meeting in January C. H. Caufield will continue to hold the position of president and will retain an interest in the bank, it being the purpose of the new management to continue Mr. Caufield as chairman of the board of directors and a director.


U. S. National Bank, 1940s

The men coming into the bank are well known and highly regarded in banking and financial circles, and have become interested in the Bank of Oregon City knowing its well established reputation as one of Oregon’s foremost financial institutions. The past policy of the bank for conservatism and protection of its depositors and clients’ interests will be followed by the new management, and with an increase of capital the bank’s field of operation can be extended. Locally the new interests are regarded as adding strength to the institution and the announcement of the gentlemen interested is an agreeable surprise to all concerned.

In March 1930 the Bank of Oregon City was purchase by the United States National Bank. Established by the Charles H. Caufield in 1881, the bank was located in the Myers Building at the corner of 6th and Main Streets for 50 years. The bank moved to 7th and Main in 1931 after taking over the assets of the Bank of Commerce which had closed in April that year.


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