News of the Week, January 22 to January 28

Oregon Argus, January 24, 1857

We have had a thaw out at last. The snow has disappeared and the upper country is sending down torrents of water. The river is as high as it has been for several years; too high for ferrying with the horse boat. The weather is warm enough to render our sanctum comfortable without fire.

Oregon City University

Mr. F. Johnson & Miss Julia Johnson will enter upon their second term, in the Primary Department of the Oregon City University, on Monday, the Second Day of February next.

It is to the advantage of students to enter as early in the term as possible.

A portion of time is spent every week in the teaching the rudiments of Vocal Music.

Tuition, per term of eleven weeks…$5.00

W. C. Johnson, Secretary Board of Trustees

Oregon City Enterprise, January 25, 1877


There will be six eclipses in 1877; Three of the sun, two of the moon, and one of the Democratic party.

Skatists have been enjoying themselves on the lake below town since last Sunday.

A large number were present at the dance at Canemah last Saturday night, and a splendid time was had.

Two of the little boys, belonging to the German family living over the furniture shop, are down with the small-pox.

The new boat contracted for by J. W. Cochran & Co. will draw only 9 inches of water, and will be 145 feet in length by 30 feet beam.

Oregon City Enterprise, January 25, 1907

Oregon City people are interested in the story “Oregon” recently dramatized. Its author, Mrs. June McMillen Ordway, is the daughter of Capt. James Harvey McMillen, who crossed the plains into Oregon in one of the old prairie schooners, in company with Samuel K. Barlow and his son, J. L. Barlow, in 1845. The latter are, respectively, the grandfather and father of Mrs. George A. Harding of Oregon City and the families have always been friends. Mrs. Ordway mention in her play the Barlow road over Mt. Hood which was opened by Mrs. Harding’s grandfather, Samuel K. Barlow. When the war in the Philippines broke out, George Lee Harding, son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Harding, and Elliott Weidler Ordway, son of the authoress, enlisted in the same company. Soon after, Elliott was stricken with typhoid fever and died. The boys bore such a striking resemblance to one another, Mrs. Ordway made the hero of her story and drama her son’s comrade and friend, George Lee Harding. Lee is at present in Altmont, Cal. The play is given for the first time at the Baker in Portland on the nights of January 28, 29 and 30, and number from here will attend.


bluff-before-the-elevatorA decided change and bright and cheerful spot to look at nowadays is the Southern Pacific depot on which the painters are putting on a bright yellow coat of paint. The priming of the building began Tuesday morning and in a short time the depot will assume a cheerful appearance with its Colonial yellow and the trimmings of brown. This change from the heretofore gloomy slate garb with its ghastly trimmings will indeed be striking.

The carpenters are putting the finishing touches on the trimmings and fancy work of the outside, while large crew is busy on the inside in preparation for the painters. The waiting room is also to be cheered up and brightened by a combination of colors which the boss painter says will give the room a refreshing appearance.

The officials of the company seem to have returned to the land of the living and have woke up to the fact that the people of Oregon City wish to be accommodated and that no more of the spectral colors would do. They have substituted a color – as near the natural living flesh as possible – a flesh-white with just a dash of pink.

The Southern Pacific company has been painting a few of its depots in the new colors since last July. Many other improvements around the depot will take place. A general idea of the spacious waiting room can now be had. The office will be roomy and the agents of the company will begin to think that they are once more like the rest of the citizens – free to move around within their office.

The old office and waiting room will be used as a baggage room for the storing of light freight, such as trunks and other small parcels.

Now that the partition has been taken out between the new and old freight rooms, it is easily seen that the space will be sufficient and the accommodations more nearly coinciding with the demands of the patrons. A runway has been built between the two rooms as the floors differ in height, the south freight floor corresponding to the floor of the freight cars. This will make the handling of the freight an easy matter. A platform on the outside has been built to reach to the freight cars on the siding.

The frontage of the depot or platform will also generally be improved with a better coat of granite and the same will be leveled off from the tracks to the side of the building while the embankment which runs to the foot of Seventh Street will be rearranged on a better level and a railing will be placed along the wall.

The company has also decided to give a better access to the depot and will have two stairways built; one running from the walk on the south side of Seventh Street along side of the depot to the granite platform and tracks. The other will be from the iron stairway or rather be a continuation of the frist landing running south and will thus enable people coming down the hill to reach the depot without crossing the street.

And…before you ask…The passenger and freight depot at 7th and Railroad Avenues was torn down in 1965 to make way for more parking after the Oregon City passenger stop was eliminated. The current depot building in Oregon City was a freight depot, originally located near 17th Street. After being moved to Portland it was purchased by former Mayor Dan Fowler and returned to Oregon City. It was later moved to its current location at the Amtrak stop on Washington Street. The colors are the same as those described above for the passenger depot and the newly refurbished interior is now the home of the First City Marketplace and Bistro. Stop in for coffee, great food, beer & wine:

Oregon City Enterprise, January 26, 1917


Miss Nan Cochran Carried On Train – Her Protests to No Avail

By swinging from the Anti-Division special train just as it was gaining speed Thursday afternoon, Miss Nan Cochran, Enterprise reporter, escaped from the hundred men on the train who had kidnapped her. They did carry her, bodily, from the Southern Pacific station to the train, and watched her closely until they thought the train was moving so rapidly she would not dare to jump. She landed safely, none the worse for her experience.

Miss Cochran went to the Southern Pacific station to get a list of those who made the trip. Judge Grant B. Dimick, M. J. Lee, B. T. McBain, Walter A. Beck, George Gregory, Sheriff Wilson and M. D. Latourette surrounded her, picked her up and carried her across the station yards and into the train.

“Let me down, “ demanded Miss Cochran.

“You are going to Salem with us,” one kidnapper informed her.

“I’ve got to work, “ she said, changing her plea.

“Oh, that’s all right,” replied M. J. Lee, “We’ll telephone your boss that you’re going to Salem with us.”

“I haven’t even got a pair of gloves, and I’m not dressed well enough to go up there with you,” she retorted.

Three members of the party handed her pairs of gloves – men’s gloves, it is true, but they were gloves.

They sat her down and appointed Mr. Beck, Molalla real estate man, her guardian. Sheriff Wilson stationed himself at the door of the car. The train started, her guards relaxed their vigilance, and Miss Cochran escaped.


The Cochran Sisters: (L – R)

Minnie Cochran (Mrs. Frederick Ross Charman), Stella Jeanette (Net) Cochran (Mrs.  James B. Robinson), Louise (Lou) Cochran, Harriett Cochran, “Nan” Cochran, Azalie Cochran (Mrs. John P. Keating).


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