News of the Week, October 16 to October 22

The Oregon Argus, October 18, 1856

The first Capitol building was built in Salem in 1854 but was occupied only briefly before the legislature moved their sessions to Corvallis. In late 1855 the meetings were moved back to Salem. A month later, on December 29, 1855, the Capitol building was destroyed by fire.

For the next twenty years space was leased for offices and legislative chambers in either the Nesmith Building or the Holman Building in downtown Salem. The second Capitol building was not completed until 1876.

The Territorial printer informs us that the Secretary of the Treasury has instructed Secretary Harding to “permanently rent and fit up the rooms occupied by the Assembly last year, also to sell the Windsor chairs and cheap furniture used last year and supply their place with arm and cushioned chairs,” all of which the Secretary is kindly proceeding to do. We presume every man who believes the returns from Jackson County were lost on their way to Salem, will believe that the Secretary of the Treasury has made this silly order.

As the people were so disgusted with the manner in which the clique have managed this seat of government business that they let the Oct. election “for more permanently locating the seat of government” go by default, our kind Secretary has “more permanently” located it by “permanently” renting a building and furnishing it with nice “cushioned arm chairs.” The next report will be that the Secretary of the Treasury has ordered Secretary Harding to buy a lot of silk stockings, ruffled shirts and kid gloves, with a few cases of champagne and a few boxes of cigars for the accommodation of our democratic (!) Legislators.

Morning Oregonian, October 16, 1876
The Alden Fruit Drying Co. of Oregon City was awarded the medal at the Centennial for preserved fruits. This is the third medal carried off by Oregon City.

The managers of the Alden fruit dryer at Oregon City, have a private watchman employed to watch the building for the past week, for fear that it would be burned on account of the employment of Chinese instead of white laborers.

Oregon City Enterprise, October 16, 1896.
The county court rejected all bids for a county poor farm and the matter has been postponed. The county court was divided in their opinion as to the kind of a poor farm that would be best adapted for the purposes intended. A part of the court wanted a large area of land, on which there would be room to build a city for future generations of paupers, and have room left for a wheat field and stock ranch besides, while the remainder of the court wanted a small tract that would not require much outlay of money. W. W. Myers offered about 300 acres four miles from town for $48,000, but it would cost $2,000 to fit it up. E. E. Charman offered 30 acres three miles from town for $15 per acre, which was the lowest bid.

BAECHLER ACQUITTED – Last week when the City Council revoked S. J. Baechler’s saloon license, he demanded a hearing to refute the charges made against him. On Friday night Mayor Straight called a meeting of the Council and Baechler in a rather offensive way, denied the charges brought against him, but Chief Burns added his testimony to the character of the house he had been conducting. Baechler then began to heap abuse on Chief Burns, who arrested him on a warrant charging him with the robbery of old man Egel, who conducted a bakery a couple of years ago at the rear of Shiveley’s opera house. Chief Burns had been holding the warrant all this time, with the expectation of finding the other man implicated, who had been missing since the occurrence of the robbery. Baechler’s aunt went security for his appearance Monday before Recorder Ryan. At the hearing Mr. Egel testified that early in the morning just as he was opening up his bakery two men roughly laid hold of him, and threw a sack over his head so that he could not see anything. One of the men held him while the other went through his pockets. He recognized one of the men as Sanders, who has some reputation as a crook, and thought the other was Baechler by the sound of his voice. Baechler’s relatives, however, testified that he was out of the city at the time the robbery is said to have taken place, as there was no rebutting testimony to disprove this statement, he was discharged.


Weinhard Building, circa 1900.

Oregon City Enterprise, October 19, 1906
Frank Busch, proprietor of the big house furnishing store at Eighth and Main Streets, said Saturday morning he intended putting up a private electric light and power plant, utilizing the Singer Hill creek for which he already has a franchise.

The Singer Hill creek washes over the bluff at Eighth Street with considerable force even in July and August and during the rainy season it drops with a roar that can be heard for blocks. At that time it is estimated that 50 H. P. can be developed. Mr. Busch says he has made arrangements to turn in another stream up on the hill so that in the driest season he will have plenty of water power.

Mr. Busch says he is impelled to erect a plant of his own in order to secure satisfactory lighting service at a reasonable rate. If his plan mature he hopes to be able to furnish light for the entire Weinhard building, the other buildings on that block and power as well as light for the Oswald furniture factory, that is also owned by Mr. Busch.

Real Estate Advertisements, W. F. Schooley, “The Man who Makes Property Move.”

  • Eight lots, 7-room house, good spring water piped in house, good well, one-half block from the school, overlooks river and park of city. Price $1,250.
  • Some choice lots and improved property in Gladstone, Oregon City’s first suburb, low fare, 6 minutes ride from city. Prices reasonable.
  • Two choice lots and 7-room house in Falls View, good well and root house, all kinds of fruit. This is a snap and you had better hurry. Price $500. (Falls View was on top of the bluff in what is now the Rivercrest neighborhood.)

Oregon City Enterprise, October 20, 1916
To avoid running into a Southern Pacific train at the crossing at the foot of Singer Hill, Bennie Staats, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Staats, of Clarkes, ran into the flagman’s house Thursday morning while coming to town with a load of pigs in an automobile. The house was half wrecked, but the machine little damaged and Staats and his pigs escaped without an injury. Staats was coming down Singer Hill so fast that he was unable to stop when he saw the train.

Wet and slippery pavement on Main and Twelfth streets is blamed for a collision at 7 o’clock Wednesday night of a motorcycle driven by Dewey Kruger and a buggy driven by Mrs. C. A. Nash. Both Mrs. Nash and Mr. Kruger escaped without injury, but the horse was cut.

A number of accidents and near accidents have been reported during the last few days because of the glass-like surface of Main Street after it has been sprinkled. Horses are unable to keep on their feet, and the Portland Railway, Light & Power company’s third of the street, paved with Belgian blocks, offers the safe ground for them.

A team of large horses slipped and fell at the same time recently when they turned to make way for a coming car. The condition seems to be worse now than at any time during the winter a year ago. The council may be asked to order Lake & Knoop, street cleaning contractors, to stop sprinkling the streets. The matter has been taken up by the Clackamas County Humane Society, but a practical solution of the problem has not been worked out.

Oregon City, with filthy streets and with several cases of infantile paralysis already reported in this part of the Willamette Valley, is laying itself open to an epidemic of that dread disease, believes Dr. O. A. Welsh, county health officer.

“The origin of the disease is not definitely determined, but there is one thing certain, it seems to thrive best in unwholesome surroundings,” said Dr. Welsh Tuesday. “Oregon City with its dirty Main Street and its filthy gutters is an ideal place for the disease.”

One case of infantile paralysis in the county has already been reported to Dr. Welsh. Dan Martin, Jr. the three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Martin of Beaver Creek, has the disease in a mild form and will recover. Dr. Welsh has quarantined the Martin home.

Other Suits Filed
When William K. Rayl was married he weighed 182 pounds.
After a year of married life, he weighed on July 11, 1916, 148 pounds. This loss of weight, he alleged in a divorce complaint filed in the Clackamas County circuit court Tuesday, was due to the constant nagging of his wife, Dorris Rayl. He charges that she was jealous of him, that she called him names and unjustly accused him. Brownell & Sievers appear as Mr. Rayl’s attorneys

Because her husband made her chop wood, Mrs. Ethel M. Ferguson filed a suit for divorce against him Tuesday. They were married in Portland, September 7, 1910, and have a five-year-old child over whom she asks the custody. She also makes an allegation of non-support.

Mrs. Minnie B. Brown charges that her husband, Albert B. Brown, a railroad mail clerk, stayed way from home at night, that he scolded and nagged her, in a divorce complaint filed Tuesday. They were married May 16, 1898 in Chicago. She asks for $50 monthly alimony.


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