News of the Week, November 20 to November 26

Oregon City Argus, November 24, 1866
The gate keeper on the Barlow road across the Cascade mountains, furnishes us with the following summary of travel over that route for two years:
Loose cattle: 1865, 5,827.    1866, 3,955
Sheep: 1865, 13, 662.    1866, 5,644
Animals with riders: 1865, 741.    1866, 540.
Animals with packs: 1865, 351.    1866, 181.
Loose horses and mules: 1865, 699.   1866, 485.
Wagons: 1865, 541.    1866, 328.
The 541 wagons crossing in 1865, were drawn by 402 yoke of oxen, and 542 span of horses and mules – owned by immigrants. Of the wagons crossing in 1866, 134 belonged to immigrants and were drawn by 115 yoke of oxen, and 195 span of horses and mules. There has been quite a falling off this year, which is partly attributable to a reduction of rates of transportation on the Columbia, and the increase of flocks and herds east of the mountains.

PASSING WAY. – The Committee on Streets, at the last meeting of the Council, were instructed to have the fire cisterns on Main Street filled with earth. These fire cisterns were constructed years ago, for the use of the city, when McLoughlin Engine Company No. 1, was in its glory. Now, not that the city is an less exposed to fires, but that the engine company has long since ceased to exist, and the cisterns are becoming dangerous, they are ordered to be filled with earth. McLoughlin Engine Company No. 1 was organized in the year 1855. The Department then had for Chief Engineer James O;Neil; Assistant Engineer, John M. Goodwin. On the 19th of January, 1860, the Department was reorganized, and E. Milwain was elected Chief Engineer. Capt. Wm. Dierdorff was at the same time elected Foreman of McLoughlin Company No. 1; Lew. Day 1st Assistant and Arthur Warner, 2nd Assistant; W. C. Johnson, Secretary, and Thos. Charman, Treasurer. During the time of these organizations the engine probably more than paid for itself by confining a fire on two occasions to the buildings in which it originated. The engine is a relic of its day, and is yet in the city, but it is of such old fashioned construction, and requires such a large number of men to work it, that very probably it will never see service again. It is hoped that the city will soon procure an engine of modern build, and encourage the organization of a new fire department.

Oregon City Enterprise, November 24, 1876
Oregon City, Ogn., Nov. 21, 1876
The stock holders of the above named mining company met at their office on the 18th inst. and elected the following named persons as directors for one year: W. W. Myers, J. M. Frazer, T. J. McCarver, R. Hurley, M. Bell, J. A. Ruck, and David Mulkey; and after a majority of the directors were sworn in, they met and elected J. M. Frazer, President; J. A. Buck, Vice President; T. J. McCarver, Secretary; W. W. Myers, Treasurer; R. Hurley, Superintendent of the mines, and adopted a code of by-laws for their government, and made an order offering for sale nineteen thousand five hundred shares of stock at $1 per share, which stock is not assessable until an amount equal to the value to fifty thousand shares has been expended in the development of the mine, the purchase of machinery, &c., and it was ordered by the board that the work of the mine (Mulkey Lode) should be prosecuted as fast as can conveniently be done.
T. J. McCarver, Secretary
J. M. Frazer, President
The company now have provisions enough at the mine to feed several men until the 1st of April next, and have a tunnel commenced and several ton of good ore in sight, and confidently predict that before six months they will be ready to turn out bullion. They have a perpetual water power of 75 inches width, fifty feet fall on the claim and plenty of timber easy of access. The mine is located on the waters of the North Fork of the Santiam, and is easy of access for either pack animals or wagons and very little work to make roads to within ½ mile of the company propose in a short time to place their stock in the hands of some person or persons for sale, and at that time will give notice who the parties are, so that persons desiring to purchase can find it. Assays are $56 per ton silver, and 40 percent galena.
J. M. Frazer

Oregon City Enterprise, November 20, 1896
A young ladies class has been formed at the Y. M. C. A. gymnasium with Mr. Levi Johnson as instructor. Some of the class have been at work for several weeks, but a permanent organization was not effected until Wednesday of this week when Miss Winnie Graham was elected president, Miss May Kelly secretary and Miss Annie Bebb assistant secretary. Wednesday and Friday afternoons will be ladies days and on these days neither gentlemen nor spectators will be allowed to visit the gymnasium hall. There are now 25 members enrolled which is a limit for class work owing to lack of room. An active interest is already shown in all of the work as it is felt that the exercise is beneficial to all and almost a necessity to those confined in school rooms and in offices.

Thanksgiving Day the First Oregon City foot ball team, styling themselves the “Tigers,” will meet the Second eleven, known as the “Bears,” in one of the hottest contested games of the season. The boys have been training nearly everyday for the past month and are in good, hard condition. The “Bears” are a younger somewhat light team than the “Tigers” but as they are quicker and have been training harder the odds are in their favor, but outcome is by no means certain.

Interest is pretty evenly divided between the teams and each one will have a large crown of rooters to cheer their good plays. The Tigers’ cry is:

Ra, ra, ra, zip, boom ba!
Ha, ha, ha, Who are we.
We are Tigers don’t you see,
Ra, ra, ra, whoop a la!

While the Bears will be greeted with ear splitting

Boom a lac, boom a lac,Zip, ba, boom.
Boom a lac, boom a lac,
Give us room.
Bears we are, zip, ba, boom.

The game will be called promptly at 10:30 so as not to interfere with Thanksgiving dinners and also to give those who desire an opportunity to see the home game and the Multnomah-Eugene game at 3 o’clock in Portland.

Oregon City Enterprise, November 23, 1906
Mrs. U’ren Advances Strong Reasons Against Buying the Old House.
Is there a better way to honor the memory of Dr. McLoughlin than for the city to buy the old house on upper Main Street? Let us look at the plan first from the sentimental side, which appeals to many. What is there about this unclean and tumbled down old house that savors of Dr. McLoughlin and his noble life? No one questions that it has been used as a house of prostitution and infested with vermin. Should a thing so contaminated be preserved as a monument to a great and good man?

Dr. McLoughlin lives with us in character and deeds. But if we are to have some material thing to remind us that he has been here, then by all means let it be something clean, wholesome and in keeping with the character of the man.
Another reason is offered for buying the property. It is proposed to convert this old building into a city hall. The price asked of the city is $4,000. This is said to be the value of the land, as the building has no market value. I have been told t hat $3,000 is a very moderate estimate of the amount necessary for repairs and additions. Then, what have we? A building which would be to the city a constant source of expense. We have heard it suggested that should the city father the new library, this would be a home for it. Do the fathers and mothers of our city think this building, with its degrading associations, is desirable for a library? Is it in a good location?

On the bluff, overlooking the lower town, the river and the falls, is a block of land bounded by Seventh, Eighth, Center Streets and the Singer Hill road. This block was donated to Oregon City by Dr. John McLoughlin and is one of the most convenient and beautiful sites in the city for a public building. Could we not better serve our city and honor the memory of Dr. McLoughlin by building on this site a McLoughlin Memorial City Hall and inscribing on a bronze plate at the door some of his services to Oregon and the Northwest and handing his portrait in the Council Chamber?

I respectfully submit these questions for the consideration of the voters.
Oregon City, November 20, 1906.
Signed: Mary Beharrell U’ren.

EDITORIAL: The vote on the purchase of the McLoughlin home will be far from unanimous. Suggestions for using it as a city hall and public library are not approved by the common sense of the voters. A few more suggested uses will defeat the proposition.

Oregon City Enterprise, November 24, 1916
Thanksgiving Day will be properly observed in Oregon City this year. The stores will close for the day, schools will close from Thursday to Monday, scores of family reunions are being planned for the day and the churches are arranging for Thanksgiving services. The school board decided to close the schools for four days in order to give out-of-town pupils an opportunity to go home for the annual feast.

Thanksgiving dinners will be expensive this year, according to the Department of Agriculture, but the children at the St. Agnes Baby Home at Parkplace will enjoy the national bird and all the trimmings in spite of the extraordinary high cost of living. James Petty completed arrangements Thursday for the purchase of eight turkeys to be delivered on Thanksgiving Day at the home. In addition to the turkeys, Mr. Petty will give the youngsters other delicacies, such as candy and nuts. Mr. Petty has remembered the children at the home at Parkplace for the last few years on Thanksgiving Day.

Morgan’s Grocery, Seventh Street, Oregon City
Pimento Cheese 10¢; Oysters 10¢ a can; Sour Pickles per quart, bulk, 10¢; Almonds, pound,, 25¢; Naval Oranges, dozen, 35¢; Cranberries, two quarts, 25¢; Celery, bunch, 5¢; Sweet Potatoes, 8 lbs, 25¢; Homemade Mince Meat, pound, 10¢; No. 10 can Karo Syrup, 55¢; Crown Flour, sack, $2.15; Butter, 2 lb. Roll, 85¢.

Morning Oregonian, Turkeys, Live 20¢ a pound; dressed 25¢ a pound.

President Wilson issued the annual Thanksgiving day proclamation Thursday afternoon. It follows:

By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation:
It has long been the custom of our people to turn in the fruitful autumn of the year in praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God for his many blessings and mercies to us as a nation. The year that has elapsed since we last observed our day of thanksgiving has been rich in blessings to us as a people, but the whole face of the world has been darkened by war. In the midst of our peace and happiness, our thoughts dwell with pain, disquiet upon the struggles and sufferings of the nations at war and the peoples upon whom the war has brought disaster without choice or possibility of escape on their part. We cannot think of our own happiness without thinking also of their pitiful distress.

Now, therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States of American, do appoint Thursday, the thirtieth of November, as a day of national thanksgiving and prayer, and urge and advise the people to resort to their several places of worship on that day to render thanks to Almighty God for the blessings of peace and prosperity which he has bestowed upon our beloved country in such unstinted measure. And I also urge and suggest our duty in this, our day of peace and abundance, to think in deep sympathy of the stricken people of the world upon whom the curse and terror of war has so pitilessly fallen, and to contribute of our abundant means to the relief of their sufferings. Our people could in no better way show their real attitude toward the present struggle of the nations than by contributing out of their abundance to the relief of suffering which was has brought in its train.

In witness, whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this seventeenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixteen and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and forty-first.

Woodrow Wilson
By the President
Robert Lansing, Secretary of State

April 6, 1917 America entered the Great War.

Morning Oregonian, November 30, 1916
New York, Nov. 29.
This has been a great day for the American housewife. In big cities all over the country she forced down the exorbitant price demanded for her Thanksgiving turkey in the following impressive style:
In New York, from 40 to 42, to 33 to 35 cents a pound.
In Phildelphia, from 42 cents to 33 cents.
In Chicago, from 38 to 30 cents.


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