News of the Week, October 2 to October 8

Oregon Argus, October 4, 1856
City Trade.
Trade is active in this city. Our streets are thronged with teams from the country much of the time, and we are glad to see that our merchants who advertise are all doing well.

adsNew Firm…New Goods.
The undersigned take this method of informing the public that they have taken the house and have purchased the entire stock and fixtures formerly used by F. S. Holland, and hope by strict attention to business to retain the patronage of the old customers and gain as many more as possible.
We are constantly in receipt of GOODS selected with the greatest care, (as to price and quality,) and are confident that our facilities will enable us to offer greater inducements to all who want the worth of their money, than any other house, in the city. W. S. Dierdorff & Co.
P. S. – GOODS exchanged an the highest market price paid for butter, eggs, bacon, chickens, flour and almost anything the farmer has for sale.

Something New.
We, in addition to our Grocery and Baking business have just received a good and well selected stock of DRY GOODS, such as calicoes, muslins, mous de laines, satinetts, tweed, Kentucky jeans &c, &c – also a good assortment of flannels, bed ticking, and drills, pocket handkerchiefs, neckerchiefs, &c. all of which we warrant to be of the best quality, and will sell as low as can be bought in any other house in the city. We say to the farmers, we can fill your bills completely, which will save you so much trouble in running around elsewhere. Call and see. CHARMAN & WARNER

Wm Holmes & Co.
(Fire Proof Brick Building)
Keep constantly on hand a full assortment of the following articles both WHOLESALE and RETAIL.

GROCERIES: A well selected assortment, in part consisting of sugar, coffee, tea, syrup, soap, candles, fruit, flour, butter, bacon, spices, pepper and salt, saleratus, soap powder, ink powder, yeast powder, gun powder, &c…
The above goods will be sold at the lowest market rates. All kinds of produce taken in exchange for goods.

Geo. Abernethy & Co., Merchants, Oregon City, O. T.
Abernethy, Clark & Co., Commission and Forwarding Merchants, San Francisco, Cal.
Will attend to selling Oregon produce, and fill orders for Goods, Groceries, &c, at the lowest rates. The patronage of the people of Oregon is respectfully solicited.

Oregon City Enterprise, October 2, 1896
WATER SUPPLY SHORT. – On Sunday the city pumps will be shut off and as a consequence the supply will be short for that day. So far as possible the mains will be supplied by water from the reservoir, but as there is but a four-inch main for three or four blocks, that as yet has not been replaced with a larger pipe to connect the reservoir with the city mains, the quantity of water will be so limited that the pressure will be very light and during the middle of the day when the most water is used there may be no water at all in some of the downtown mains. It will therefore behoove the people of Oregon City to lay in a supply of water Saturday evening to last them over Sunday. The reason for this stoppage of the pumps is that the Electric company is going to have the basin sluiced out Sunday, it having filled with sediment to such an extent during the freshets last winter that now the water is so low that it is almost impossible for a steamboat to reach the flouring mill dock. A steamboat will be employed to do the work and such a mass of mud and filth will be stirred up as to render the water unfit for use, and as the intake pipes for city pumps connect to the basin, Superintendent Howell will close the headgates early Sunday morning and thus keep the mains from filling up with sediment.

Oregon City Enterprise, October 5, 1906
Chief of Fire Department Ed McFarland intends to put the members of the Hook and Ladder company through practice drills occasionally with the new apparatus that the city recently purchased. The new ladder truck has a forty foot extension ladder that takes considerable skill in operating and it will require considerable drilling for the men to be accustomed to performing with the ladder. A practice was to have been held Friday evening, but was postponed until more of the members of the company can be collected for service.

Oregon City Courier, October 5, 1916
Library Growth is Rapid
That the City Council may be relieved of responsibility in connection with the radical steps that are proposed, Mayor Hackett has submitted a series of propositions which he believes should be considered and voted on by the people at the city election in December.

The arguments as to the possibility of passing some of the proposed measures started at the regular council meeting held last evening, but their disposition will remain until a special meeting on October 19. The questions proposed are:
Shall the municipal elevator be self-sustaining? The mayor and Councilman James Roake are the strongest advocates of this measure. Councilman Templeton and City Attorney Schuebel were set against it at the meeting last night.

Shall the city have the right to condemn property for public docks and other public purposes? There seemed to be little opposition to this proposition and it will probably be submitted to the voters.

Shall all municipal improvements be made out of the general fund? This would relieve property from special assessments for street work and such undertakings. Councilmen Metzner and Roake spoke briefly in favor of the idea while Councilman Templeton objected to it.

J. E. Hedges, chairman of the library board, prefaced a request for an increased appropriation for the support of the library by reading a report on the growth of the institution. As the library is supported by a ½ mill tax the amount cannot be increased very well. The report presented by Mr. Hedges shows a very creditable increase in the circulation of books, the number of attendants and the number of cards issued.

Dec, 1913 to Nov. 1, 1914, circulation 10,669, attendance 26, 043, Cards 2,003; Nov. 1, 1914 to Nov. 1, 1915, circulation 13, 812, attendance 29, 315, cards 2,411; Increase for year as above circulation 3,143, attendance 3,272, cards 408.
Nov. 1, 1915 to Sept. 1, 1916, circulation 14, 098, attendance 36,753, cards 2,826; increase for year as above, circulation 286, attendance 7,433, cards 415.
You will note that the above is only for eleven months.

There are three thousand volumes in the library or an increase over last year of four hundred and eighty-five. There are also thirty-six magazines.


Oregon City’s Carnegie Library 100 years ago.

The council turned the request of the Oregon City athletic club into the hands of the street committee. The club asked that the main streets be opened for the big athletic rally and carnival that is planned for a week from tomorrow. The club has taken the matter up with the street committee and will promise not to damage the streets.

Consideration of the trade of certain city property for a thirteen-acre tract in the southeastern part of the city was one of the important matters before the meeting. The city recorder was instructed to prepare a list of all city property and turn it over to the finance committee. The committee will select certain property and recommend that it be traded to the water board for the site that is wanted as a park and public playground.

Councilman Metzner last night guaranteed to improve the tract which may be acquired, making it fit for baseball and other sports, without a cent of expense to the city.

A 1917 list of Water Board assets includes 13 acres at 1st and Center Streets. The property, known as the Harry Jones property, had been purchased by the Water Board several years previously as the site of a possible sub-reservoir. The City Council voted down the proposal in June 1917. Watch next year’s news for more…


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