News of the Week, January 29 to February 4

Oregon Spectator, February 4, 1847

For the Spectator:


This ancient and manly game was played on our noble stream on the 26th instant, creating no small sensation to the locality, as being the first exhibition of the kind in Oregon. The curling stones were rather hurriedly made, but altho’ wanting the “polish of surface and handle,” yet by the skill of the players, they were made to reach the “tee” in good style. A friendly match (heat of 3 games) came off between a party of the officers of the H. B. M. S. Modeste, and those of the Hudson’s Bay Company, 4 of a side, on a “rink” of 22 yards; at the conclusion, victory was declared in favor of the Modeste’s by a majority of shots. The players were:

Modeste’s Officers: Capt. Baillie, Lieut. Coode, Dr. Gibson, Mr. Grant, midsh’n.

Hudson’s Bay Officers: Lowe, Sangster, Dr. Barclay, Graham

The parties afterwards partook of Curler’s fare, (beef and greens) on board the Modeste, where the evening was passed in that social and happy manner so peculiar to the fraternity, and numerous curling toasts and songs were given. A club to be called the “Vancouver Curling Club” was proposed to be instituted and cordially agreed upon.

P. S. Ogden, Esq. Patron – and we doubt not but in the winters to come the “roaring game” will have a place in the pastimes and diversions of Oregon.

Vancouver, 29th Jan., 1847

Oregon Argus, January 31, 1857


A Single Lady, of from twenty-five to thirty-five years of age, of fair personal appearance, and possessing good health, a good disposition, a tolerable education, and who is also economical, desirous of forming a matrimonial alliance with a man in good circumstances, of an agreeable disposition, and who is engaged in a lucrative business, will receive attention by addressing a note to Box 25, of the Oregon City Post Office.

In the Legislature –

January 13.


– Bill to incorporate Oregon City engrossed. (Previously incorporated under the Provisional Government)

Bill for taking the sense of the people on seat of Government passed.


– Dryer presented a petition for a law to prevent the escape of seamen from vessels while in port.

– Brown of Multnomah, and Lovejoy presented petitions relative to the liquor traffic, referred to select committee.

January 14.


– Select committee reported a bill to restrain swine from running at large after January 10th 1858.

– Bill to take the sense of the people on the seat of Government and a bill to repeal the viva voce law referred to committee of the whole.

Oregon City Courier, January 29, 1897

The Woodmen this week erected a fine monument over the grave of Henry Stock, a member who died last summer. Besides paying insurance this order erects a monument for every deceased member. This being the first in Oregon City. (St. John the Apostle Catholic Cemetery)

A patent for a beer keg guard has been granted Alexander H. Schram of Oregon City. He has assigned ½ to M. E. Moore.



Constructed in 1896-1897 for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd of the Magdalen. In 1902 the Magdalens returned to their building on Twentieth in Portland to operate a girls’s home and the Sisters of Mercy opened the St. Agnes Foundling Asylum in the building at Parkplace, later renamed St. Agnes Baby Home.

The Magdalen Home, which has been on East Twentieth and Oregon Streets, Portland, for several years past, has moved into new and commodious quarters about a mile north of Oregon City. The institution has very fine buildings in the new locality, and has besides considerable grounds surrounding it. The home has several buildings out on Oregon Street, occupying about a block of ground. They are now deserted. It is not known what will be done with the property. Then new location is regarded as an improvement over the former one, says the Oregonian. It is more retired, but is not far from East Side Railway. The institution accomplished much good work while located in Portland, which will no doubt be continued in the new building.

Oregon City Enterprise, February 1, 1907



7th & Center, early 1900s

John Adams has leased the east side of the Williams Building, corner of Center and Seventh Streets, and it is said will shortly open up a dry goods store.

Mr. Adams is one of the bidders for the main store room in the new Masonic temple, and if awarded the lease will probably move his Seventh Street stock to the new building when it is completed. Members of the Masonic building committee say the leases for the rooms in the new Temple have not been awarded.

A tea and coffee store will be shortly opened in a part of the Williams building. It will be a branch of a Seattle concern and be under the management of Mr. Parks. The interior of the Williams Building is being made ready for its new tenants.

L. G. Thompson has leased the vacant storeroom between Seeley’s grocery and Green’s barber shop on the north side of Seventh Street, and about March 1 he will open in that room a branch of his Main Street bargain store.


The St. Paul hotel has been sold to Thomas Stakley of Wasco County and the proprietor took charge of the boarding and rooming house on Sunday morning. From now on the house will be known as the “Stakely House.” Mr. Stakely is not entirely a stranger in Oregon City as he has been in this city for the last four months and had been employed in the Willamette Pulp Mill.

When seen Monday morning Mr. Stakely said that he intended to run a boarding house that would be a credit to Oregon City and it was his intention to keep it in the best of order. He will strive to overcome the name the St. Paul house acquired during the last few weeks and that will partly be done through the change of the name. The St. Paul house is to be forgotten by all, he says.

The deal was made to Mr. Stakely by Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey Trembath and they have released all claims to the business. The former proprietors, Mr. and Mrs. Trembath, will go to housekeeping for some time, and after the fishing season will start for England, Mrs. Trembath’s old home, where they will spend several month visiting relatives and friends. Mrs. Trembath was in England about a year ago and if they like the country they will remain there to make their home.

The change in proprietors of the St. Paul house recalls the doings within its walls during the last month. When seen Monday morning about the deal which transferred the business of the hotel to the new man, Mrs. Trembath was very eager to make explanations for the stories which have been current about her rooming house for some time.

“The whole trouble that has come to this house was not caused as had been reported at first by many. Many tried to make a scandal of a little disagreement. They have had a wrong idea of the condition of affairs, for money matters were at the bottom of the whole thing. After the shooting scrape which took place two weeks ago, I bought out Mr. Dicklich or rather forced him to sell as we could not stand his way of doing business. He pocketed all the money, paid only a few bills and when he went away after the scrape with the negro cook, he secured much money for board in advance and the $200 I paid him for his share of the business.”

Then the lady went on to explain that Dicklich was not in the habit of keeping books for the hotel but only for his benefit in his (Italian) language, and that he always had the money.

“You can make plain,” she said, “that the first trouble, when Mr. Trembath found Mr. Dicklish and myself conversing in the former’s room, that we were only talking over some unpaid meat bills and that had been the trouble all day, it was no wonder that when Mr. Trembath found us together that his temper got the best of him. We have been badly treated and cheated by this man Dicklich, and he has cheated us out of much money.”

About this time Mr. Trembath helped the conversation by saying that if he knew where that man was now he would have him arrested of obtaining money under false pretenses. Since his departure the owners have had to board several person gratis, as Dicklish had the cash in his pocket.

Richard, the negro cook and dishwasher is again working at the hotel and happy as a lark. He was taken out of jail by Trembath and given back his job.

Oregon City Enterprise, February 2, 1917


Another plan to split Clackamas County – the third at the present session of the Legislature – was announced today by Representative Harold C. Stevens, of Clackamas, chairman of the house committee on counties.

The boundaries of the proposed Cascade County do not take in a strip of territory along the Multnomah County line about one township wide, including the towns of Boring, Bull Run and Sandy and a large sweep of territory. The fact that the creation of Cascade would leave a long panhandle along the Multnomah County line was one of the arguments used by anti-divisionists against the creation of the new county.

Representative Stephens, while understood to be in touch with the move to annex the strip to Multnomah declined to say who would introduce the bill, It will probably come up in a few days.


Plans for a city owned and operated paving plant went aglimmering – at least for the time being – at a meeting of the council Monday night and the council started an investigation of Richmondite, for which E. D. Olds is state agent, when the council adopted the report of the street committee and decided to go to Steele Avenue in the Meldrum district and inspect Richmondite there.

The street committee reported that a paving plant would cost about $5,000 and that after buying the plant the city would have little or no money which to pave. Moreover, the committee came to the conclusion that many Oregon City streets are on a grade and not suited for the asphaltic type of paving.

Mr. Olds was at the meeting and urged an investigation of his surface, which is a patented material put down by the penetration method. He invited the council to visit the stretch of the surface in Meldrum district, the first piece of Richmondite in the state, and the invitation was accepted. No date for the visit was fixed, it being understood that the trip would be made as soon as the weather cleared up.

The council and Mayor Hackett are making a serious effort to get away form the unsatisfactory method of patching the streets in the residential districts each year with crushed rock, a method which is declared to be only temporary and costly, as well.


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