News of the Week, January 8 to January 14

Oregon Argus, January 10, 1857

The weather has been quite cool during the whole of this week. Snow lies on the ground to the depth of one foot, and everybody seems to have a great penchant for sleigh riding. This is a sport we never fancied; we can always get enough of that sort of pleasure by plunging our legs into a snow bank on the north side of the house, and sitting there half an hour or so.

Oregon City Enterprise, January 12, 1867

ANOTHER FLIGHT – We have seen the plan for a second flight of steps, to lead up the Bluff, from near the base of Second Street. The plan looks well, and the steps would undoubtedly be of service, in that locality. Property on the bluff is being rapidly converted to use of the citizens and the more ways there are of getting up the steep the better. We look to the time as being near at hand when some inventive genius will apply for the right to erect a steam appliance, which will serve to elevate the human kind, as well as their goods and chattels, to the upper story of the city, at a certain rate of toll.

WATER WORKS – At the last meeting of the City council a proposition was submitted, providing for the laying of street mains, the erection of fire hydrants, and a reservoir with capacity sufficient to supply the city with water, for both private and public necessities. The proposition was referred to a committee, which now has the subject under consideration. It is earnestly hoped that some action may be had for the furtherance of the project. This will be the case, most likely, if the articles of the proposal are not at variance with the city charter.

Oregon City Enterprise, January 8, 1897


Ike Lousignout, Wm. Duval and Charles Hawk were arraigned in Justice Shuebel’s court Saturday afternoon and pleaded guilty to the charge of petty larceny, having stolen 15 sheep pelts from Richard Petzold. They were fined $40 each and were committed to jail for 20 days in default of payment. The pelts were stolen Wednesday night and sold to the woolen mill the next day. The fines of these young scapegraces mean just so much money taken from the pockets of the taxpayers of Clackamas County. There should be a law enacted whereby such scamps could be worked on the streets or at a rock pile during the term of their commitment and thus enable the taxpayers to get a little remuneration for allowing such person to live in the community.

A NEW YEAR’S PRESENT – The Women’s Meade Relief Corps, No. 18, of this city has sent as a New Year’s present to the soldier’s home hospital at Roseburg two quilts, one of which is a mosaic consisting of 18 blocks, made by different members of the Corps, and bearing the name of the union soldier nearest related to the lady who furnished it, together with his rank and the name of the company in which he served.

Oregon City Enterprise, January 11, 1907


busch-1900-8th-mainThe rains of the last few days so augmented the waters of the little stream running down Seventh Street over the bluff and into the sewer under the Weinhard building that the sewer could not carry the waters Thursday afternoon and waters flooded into the basement of the Frank Busch store, causing much damage.

Back of the store is a low platform that leads to the stable and basement of the Weinhard building. As the sewer could not carry the volume of water, this low places was soon a regular lake several feet deep. The overflow could not be checked and worked its way into the basement where $15,000 of goods were stored. An attempt was made to build a cement wall to keep the water from the basement, but all efforts were in vain. In a short time 18 inches of water stood over the basement floor and only a small amount of goods had been placed above the reach of the water.

Five pumps were kept busy taking the water out but no real good was gained until the rains subsided early Friday morning.

The basement is now free of water and a good idea of the damage done can be seen. Over 300 rolls of paper were soaked before they could be taken out, besides ranges, stoves, bedsteads, wagons, shovels, spades, pitchforks, rakes, etc. A large amount of doors and windows were placed out of reach of the water but kegs of nails were so damaged as to be of no use.

Dr. Sommer’s household goods which were stored in one of the basements of the Weinhard building were partly damaged. A large number of men had been secured to take the heavy boxes out of the basement, but the flood rose so fast that only a part of the goods were taken out.

The foundation of the house of Geo. Randall of Fifth and Jefferson Streets was somewhat damaged by overflowing of the water of Thursday night’s night flood. The house stands over a culvert which carries the water of Skinner Creek of Fifth Street down the hill. So great was the volume that the water worked its way under the house, eating away the the earth under the foundation. However Mr. Randall says $10 will cover the damage done.

The high water in the dam of the Portland Flouring Mills caused a good deal of damage Sunday and early Monday morning, with the result of between 50 and 100 feet of the walk leading to the old plant of the Portland General Electric Company was carried away during Sunday night.

The water was flowing swiftly Sunday morning over the street and platform between the buildings of the flour mills and board had to be pulled up in order to let the water down under the planking and was thus kept from flowing down Main Street.

Monday morning the planking surface was so covered with a thick coat of ice that travel was not safe. One of the horses on Frank Barlow’s delivery wagons had a bad fall on the way to Canemah and the driver turned back.

Oregon City Enterprise, January 12, 1917


If the efforts of the people of Oswego, some of whom are trying to induce the legislature to authorize the annexation of 13 square miles of Clackamas County territory are successful, and the people of Estacada succeed in having the new county of Cascade carved out of Clackamas, this county will assume a somewhat amputated condition.

It was reported here Monday that the effort to secure the creation of the new county of Cascade will have the backing of delegations from a half dozen other counties, where similar schemes have been hatched and that the promoters of all of the county division and annexation plans in Oregon will work in close harmony for a common end.

The proposal to create Cascade County was placed before the people of Oregon under the initiative six years ago but failed to secure a sufficient number of votes. The people living within the boundaries of the proposed county failed to endorse the measure, through the opposition of residents of Boring and Sandy, some of whom were jealous of the ambition of Estacada to obtain the county seat and others for the reason that it is their ultimate expectation that at some time territory will be carved from Clackamas and Multnomah and a new county created, with county seat in Gresham, providing the oft mentioned plan of creating a city and county of Portland is adopted.

In the proposed county of Cascade there will be about 600 square miles, with a population of 4,500, and an assessed valuation of more than $6,000,000. The district has 17 townships, more than half of which are in the forest reserve and seven of these townships are unsurveyed. The lines does not include Boring and Sandy. The dividing line in a general way is the watershed between the Clackamas and Molalla Rivers between the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers. Part of the upper Logan territory is taken in, but none of the lower Logan district. Kelso is just outside, but the towns of Firewood, Cherryville and Springwater are in the new county.


The state legislators will not be permitted to enact measures creating Cascade County of of the eastern portion of Clackamas County or to annex 13 square miles of territory embracing the town of Oswego to Multnomah County, without a strenuous fight when the measures are considered before the senate and house committees. O. D. Eby, C. Schuebel, C. G. Huntley, Judge H. S. Anderson and B. T. McBain were appointed a committee, under a resolution adopted at a mass meeting Monday night by a unanimous vote, to carry the protest to Salem.

…The discussion covered the road question in many particulars and B. T. McBain stated that a new map of the Pacific Highway had been issued by the State Highway commission, and that the line of the highway ran west of the Willamette, leaving Oregon City and other towns between this city and Salem along the east side of the Willamette, off the route of the Pacific Highway. He declared it was high time the people of this section should be up and doing in order to preserve the advantages of this road.



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