News of the Week, February 19 to February 25

Oregon City Enterprise, February 23, 1867

THE TABLES TURNED – On Saturday last, before Justice Moore of this city, a somewhat novel case was tried, in which the prosecuting witness became the prisoner. We do not have the time or inclination to detail circumstances; so to be brief, we will sum up as follows: C. A. Cantonwine thought to put one of his neighbors where the dogs wouldn’t bite him, having assumed to vouchsafe this special protection at the expense of the State, in consideration of a feeling hostile to said neighbor, and with this object appears as the prosecuting witness on the part of the State against his neighbor, who is accused of felony, to such an extent as upon conviction would furnish him a two year’s berth at Salem. At the conclusion of examination, however, it being so positively clear that Cantonwine was maliciously prosecuting the defendant. Justice Moore decided that there was no cause of action, and taxed the costs upon the private prosecutor – Cantonwine refused to pay, and was sent to jail, almost barren of sympathy, while the action of the Court was endorsed by every law abiding citizen.

THE TWENTY-SECOND OF FEBRUARY – Yesterday was the honored anniversary of the birth of Washington – a day observed by every American citizen, with respect and reverence, so long as freedom has a home. His pure fame, is recognized and appreciated throughout the world. In many of the States, the day is by statute set apart as a holiday, and its observance as such with appropriate ceremonies, has become general. In Oregon, we are glad to know that there is a growing disposition to regard it fittingly, and that in many of our towns and cities, there were yesterday manifestations of respect to the memory of him, who was First in War, First in Peace and First in the hearts of his countrymen. The evening was observed in this city by a social reunion at the Cliff House.

Oregon City Enterprise, February 22, 1877


Cliff House, 1882

HYMENIAL – Last Saturday evening, at the Cliff House, Mr. Wm. Elliott and Miss Annie Newman were made man and wife. Rev. J. T. Huff was the officiating minister. A large number of friends were present, and a pleasant time was had. William is a good fellow, and we extend to the happy pair our heartiest congratulations, and hope that their pathway may be one of pleasantness and prosperity.

THIEVES – Some person carried off some clothing from the Cliff House last Saturday, belonging to Col. W. L. White. The clothes had been placed on the fence in the rear of the hotel to dry, and when the Colonel was ready to don himself for the wedding, they were missing. A gold pen holder and pen were also taken.

SMALL-POX – Another case of small-pox has made its appearance in this city. Mrs. A. Levy had been indisposed for some days last week, and on Saturday the doctor was called in and pronounced it to be a case of small-pox. The city authorities have taken due precaution to keep it from spreading.

CITY COUNCIL – Bills paid: W. J. Carr, small-pox nurse, $160; Dr. J. W. Norris, services in small-pox cases, $100; T. A. Hudson, medication, $18.00.

CITY COUNCIL MINUTES – Special meeting February 21, 1877 – A petition signed by a large number of citizens praying for the erection of fences or barricades around the building where the Small Pox now exists, to prevent the ingress or egress of person from the building. The petition was read and ordered filed. It was moved that the Acting Mayor in connection with the Committee on Health and Police be authorized to appoint four prominent citizens to act with the Committee, they to constitute a Board of Health. Carried.

Oregon City Enterprise, February 19, 1897

FIREMEN’S BALL – The members of the Oregon City Fire Department are preparing to give a grand ball at Weinhard’s hall on the evening of Washington’s birthday, February 22. A first class orchestra will be employed and every effort made to make this one of the most enjoyable dances ever held in Oregon City. The proceeds will go into the fund with which to defray the expenses of the Oregon City at The Dalles tournament.

PATENT FOR SALE – David F. Whitman, of Oregon City, has just received a patent on a washing machine from the commissioner of patents at Washington. It is a rotable machine having upon its inner side parallel strips provided with openings or recesses forming cups, which perform the double function of creating friction upon the clothes placed therein and of emptying the water upon the clothes as the body revolves. The body portion of the machine is rectangular in section. The work done by this machine is superior to that done by any other machine in the country and it is accomplished with a smaller outlay of time and labor than with other washing machines in use. Mr. Whitman is unable to devote his personal attention to the work of introducing his machine and therefore desires to dispose of his patent right. Full particulars can be obtained by addressing him at Ely. (Patent No. 576, 015 issued to David F. Whiteman, Oregon City, per patent register.)

Oregon City Enterprise, February 22, 1907

CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE BIG FLUME – A crew of men worked all day Sunday putting in the big flume that is to carry water from the basin to the woolen mills and city water works pumping station for motive power. A lot of material was delivered to the ground Satisfaction, and the work of construction was begun in dead earnest Sunday morning, and will be pushed to early completion. In fact, it is expected that the flume will be ready to carry water by Saturday, or the first of next week at the latest.

The flume that is now being laid upon the top of the water is 15 feet wide and eight feet in depth. When completed it will be bridged over and weighted down and sunk to the bottom of the basin. As it will lie in the bottom of the basin, a good supply of water is assured until the river reaches a low stage next summer. Should there occur a shortage then it is possible to extend the flume further up the stream to swift water. It is also considered that when the Portland General Electric Company puts in its wing dam to facilitate the construction of the new cement basin wall, that it will raise sufficient water to keep both the pumping station and the woolen mills in constant operation.

In case of emergency the water company has the big 80-horsepower electric motor where it can be installed on short notice, so there is no danger of the water supply being cut off for any extended period.

The starting up of the woolen mills means much for Oregon City, as the 350 employees that have been idle for several weeks past, will be at work again. The woolen mills will no doubt run continuously, as many orders are booked for future delivery.


A young woman with a a horsewhip and her brother-in-law standing in front of Mihlatin’s plumbing establishment, uncomplainingly receiving the hard blows that were rained down on him, was a scene witnessed by numerous spectators on Main Street about 8 o’clock Thursday evening. The man’s name is J. Christensen, a resident of Clackamas Heights, and it is alleged by those conversant with the circumstances that he had been in town for several days drinking, leaving his wife in a sick and nervous condition and uneasy as to his whereabouts. Miss DeFord, Mrs. Christensen’s sister, being cognizant of the reasons that kept him away from home, hitched a horse to a buggy and drove to Oregon City, accompanied by her father, who is partially paralyzed. When Christensen was located the father remained in the buggy and held the horse, while the young lady used the whip on her brother-in-law. After receiving his punishment, Christensen vanished from view over the stairway at the side of Roos building.

Oregon City Enterprise, February 23, 1917


Everyone knew that the Clackamas County delegation was a material part of the 29th Oregon Legislature assembly which has just closed its session. The Clackamas County members altogether introduced about 40 bills and succeeded in getting away with a large number of them.

Many things of local interest to Clackamas County happened in the session.

…Oregon City was awarded a new fish ladder which will cost $10,000.

…The biggest fight in the Legislature emanating from Clackamas County was on the Cascade County bill introduced by Representative Stephens. Enormous delegations from various parts of Clackamas County kept the session lively for a number of weeks before the bill finally was killed in the Senate.

…Oregon City commercial fishermen were hard hit when the Gill bill went through, which placed the dead line for commercial fishing at a point near Oswego. A gigantic lobby of anglers from Portland with the active assistance of the fish and game commission brought about a change in this dead line.


Women will not be given the same footing as men for jury service. Senator Huston’s substitute Senate bill 180 having been defeated by several votes this morning in the upper house. The bill provided that the question, if passed by the legislature, be submitted to a vote of the people at the next general election.


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