News of the Week, December 4 to December 10

Oregon Spectator, December 10, 1846

From Governor Abernethy’s Message: A subject of great importance to us as a people, presents itself in our commercial regulations; that this will be a commercial nation there can be no doubt in the mind of any person, acquainted with our location, it therefore is our duty to commence preparing the way for shipping to enter our harbors. The first requisite for the mouth of the Columbia River, is a good pilot or pilots. Many ships employed in the whale fishery would no doubt enter our river and remain with us during the winter, if they were sure of obtaining a good pilot to bring them in safely over the bar, and conduct them out, when ready for sea. Vessels can, without doubt, enter and depart from the mouth of the Columbia River, with as much safety as they can the majority of sea ports in the United States; it needs only a careful pilot, well acquainted with the currents, landmarks and shoals, to make it perfectly safe for vessels to enter our port. I therefore recommend, that a branch be established at the mouth of the Columbia River, and that a board of commissioners be appointed, whose duty it shall be to examine all persons applying for license to act as pilots, as to their capability to to act. Connected with this, is the means to prevent seamen from deserting; if seamen are at liberty to leave their vessels and secrete themselves among the inhabitants, or be provided for and protected by them, until their vessels leave, we can never hop to see our ports frequented by vessels for the purpose of outfitting and obtaining supplies. I would therefore recommend that a heavy penalty be imposed on any person who shall entice a seaman to leave his ship, or who shall harbor, secrete, employ or in any wise assist a deserter. This may appear severe but when on reflection we consider that these men voluntarily entered into a contract to perform certain duties, and the the safety of the vessel they belong to, and the lives and property on board, depend on their faithfully fulfilling their contracts, the severity vanishes at once. We should consider that a vessel lightly manned, which must be the case, if part of the ships crew desert, as there are no seamen here to supply their places, runs a great risk in working out of our harbor; a risk that ship masters and ship owners will not be likely to run. Unless regulations can be made that will prevent desertion, vessels will avoid our ports, and without vessels, the produce of the farmer must remain on his hand, and in the way work an injury all around, and one that will be felt by all classes in the community.

THE PILOT LAW – We are happy to state, for the information of our friends abroad, that, agreeably to the recommendation in the Governor’s Message, Dr. Tolmie of Lewis county, has introduced a bill in the Legislature for the purpose of establishing a pilotage at the mouth of the Columbia River. The bill has passed to a third reading and will without doubt become law.

♦ The neat and trim bark Toulon, Captain N. Crosby Jr., is now safely moored along side the wharf at Portland, receiving cargo. She arrived there on Saturday morning last, and will soon take her departure for California. The Toulon is a “crack’ ship, and her officers gentlemanly and efficient.

♦ We regret to report that Mr. Robinson, a worthy and respected gentleman, second mate of the bark Toulon, was severely stabbed in the shoulder, on Sunday evening last, on board the bark, by one of the crew whose name we have not learned. The offender was a deserter from the Toulon, and had been sent on board only the day previous to the unfortunate occurrence named. He was immediately apprehended and placed in irons, and we presume will be sent to the States for trial.

Oregon City Enterprise, December 8, 1876

PACIFIC COAST – Astoria, Dec. 3 – The steam tug Gen. Canby returning from Shoalwater Bay yesterday while crossing the Columbia River bar at about one P. M. was struck by a breaker, knocking her on her beam ends, bursting her doors and windows in, filling her cabin and engine room with water and putting out her fires. The water in rushing through her cabin swept a little two-year-old daughter of Mrs. J. W. Jordan, passenger, of South Bend, out through the cabin window and overboard, and it was never seen afterwards. A child of Sidney Smith was caught while being washed out through another window. Ed. Callahan, a deck hand, was washed overboard, and after getting several yards away found a rope tangled around his foot, and catching it with his hands, drew himself on board again. The hawser and every line but one, as well as the compass, starboard anchor, cook stove and all provisions were swept out and carried away. As soon as possible, Capt. Whitcomb set the jib, which put her head seaward. In attempting to set her mainsail, it was washed overboard and lost. The ebb tide and east wind then drove her out to sea. At about 10 o’clock P. M. when about ten miles off the bar, she fell in with the bark Whistler from San Francisco, which had been lying off the bar when the Canby started to cross, and, seeing her in distress followed her out, and going alongside, took her passengers and kept her in tow until noon today, when the bar tug Astoria towed her into this port. Owing to heavy weather off shore, the bar has been unusually rough for the past three days.

A letter to the editor of The Oregonian printed December 9th credits a Captain Clements with preserving the lives of the other passengers.

Oregon City Enterprise, December 4, 1896


The opera Pinafore will be given at Shively’s hall, December 10. Director, Mrs. J. H. Stricker. Accompanist, Miss Beatrice Barlow.


Audience Seating
Shively Opera House
2nd floor, 7th and Madison


It is not often our people are called upon to entertain such distinguished guests as will be with us soon.

Her Majesty’s ship, Pinafore, is expected in Port Shively December 10th. Her very popular Commander, Captain Corchran (Guy Phillips of Portland) assisted by his charming daughter Josephine (Mrs. J. H. Strickler) will tend a reception to Sir Joseph Porter, K. C. B. (W.H. Burghardt) and his crowd of admiring female relations, his sisters, and his cousins and aunts, among whom are Cousin Hebe (Miss Mattie Draper), Vera Caufield, Sade Chase, Nan Cochran, Kate Ward, Imo Harding, Nettie Walden, Mat Doolittle, Catherine Pratt, Hazel Pilsbury, Elma Albright, Pauline Campbell, Emma McGetchie, Vera Pilsbury, Lou Cochran, Jeane White.

“Little Butter-cup” (Mrs. Alex. Thomas of Portland) will be on hand as usual with her basket of “goodies” for the crew, who are boatswain, Ray Norris; boatswain’s mate, Evan Williams; midshipmate, Ivan Strickler; Ralph Rackstraw, Willie Haynes of Portland; Dick Deadeye, Charles Pope; crew, Layton Kelly, Jas. Church, Chas. Wilson, George Simmons, Treston Reed, John Hickman, Ben. Doolittle, Ralph Miller.

Box sheet at Huntley’s book store. Monday, Nov. 20. Best reserved seats, 50 cents; general admission, 35.

Oregon City Enterprise, December 7, 1906


The McLoughlin home fund voted down, Mayor Caufield, Treasurer Latourette and Councilman Knapp re-elected, Charles Pope and Fred G. Meyer newly elected – that is the net result of the municipal election held Monday.

The defeat of the plan to create a fund to purchase the old McLoughlin home was very decisive, 100 votes for to 360 against. This is not taken to indicate, however, any reluctance on the part of Oregon City to honor their old pioneer. Many who voted against the proposition declared themselves as willing to support some other movement but not this one. The total vote of 460 on this question only lacked 15 votes from equaling the total vote for councilman, indicating that this question was very important in the minds of the voters.

Mayor Caufield received a handsome endorsement, garnering 395 votes. A few scattering votes went to G. C. Brownell, C. N. Greenman and Charles Catta, though they were not candidates.

Oregon City Enterprise, December 8, 1916


The $1,000,000 addition to the plant of the Hawley Pulp & Paper Company will be completed and in operation in the first half of January, said Willard P. Hawley, Jr., Friday. All of the concrete work is done both on the mill on Main Street and the pulp mill and generating plant on the island near Station A and much machinery already is in Oregon City and some is being installed.


W. P. Hawley, Sr.

At the present time the paper company is repaving Third Street from Main to the Southern Pacific tracks. The street was torn up and the grade raised to meet the grade of the siding which the Portland Railway Light & Power Company built into the mill. Hassam is being put down.

Mr. Hawley estimated the total value of all machinery which will be put into the new plant between $400,000 and $500,000. One hundred cars are necessary to bring the machinery to Oregon City, or about five heavily loaded trains of 20 cars each. The freight bill amounts to about $30,000, as most of the machinery must be shipped here from New York and Wisconsin.

Twenty of the 32 five-foot dryers for the paper machine are already in Oregon City. The machine will turn out a sheet of paper 165 inches wide at a rate of 700 feet a minute, although it will probably never be speeded up that high. The dry end of the machine is completed in Beloit, Wis., and the wet end will soon be finished. Mr. Hawley estimates that the erection of the machine will begin in about three weeks, or as soon as the foundation plates arrive. This machine will have a greater drying capacity than any machine on the coast and will exceed the drying capacity of any paper machine in Oregon City 25 percent.

Grinders for the new mill were made in Portland and six of the eight machines are in Oregon City now. The five wet machines will be shipped in two weeks. The last cars of electrical machinery left Schenactady, N. Y., last week.

Mr. Hawley said Friday that the $6,600 generator, damaged in a fire at the new plant in the middle of the river, cannot be repaired and that it will probably be several weeks before another generator can be received here to take its place. The operation of the mill will not be delayed, however, as through an arrangement with the Portland Railway Light & Power Company electricity from that concern can be used until the paper company’s own generating plan is completed.


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