News of the Week, February 26 to March 4

Oregon City Enterprise, March 2, 1867
Mr. J. M. Moore, City Recorder, has just completed the annual school census of this city, in accordance with existing ordinance. He has gone a little farther and obtained the exact number of residents we have all together, classified according to age and sex as follows:

Males – 561
Females -457
Total – 1,018

Number of voters – 393
Total No. between 4 and 20 – 392

A SAD BEREAVEMENT – Miss Ermina A. Holmes, youngest daughter of Wm. L. and M. A. Holmes, of this city, died of diphtheria at St. Mary’s Academy, Portland, on Tuesday the 26th, aged 16 years, 10 months and 18 days. The O. S. N. Company’s steamer Julia arrived here with the remains and bereaved friends on Thursday at about 11 o’clock, A. M. and the funeral will take place today at the residence of the family at 3 o’clock P. M. Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Oregon City Enterprise, February 26, 1897
amer2071The horseless carriage or motor vehicle, as it is variously called, is already and established fact, says the San Francisco Chronicle. Throughout France and all of southern Europe it is already in successful operation, and its advantages are so manifest that it is only a question of short time when this county, always so quick to adopt inventions of practical merit, will have introduced it and have it in active operation in its remotest country districts. At present the cost of these vehicles is slightly in advance of a high grade carriage of similar finish, and no really cheap carts or buggies are shown. But when the cost of keeping a horse, with all the ails and uncertainties attending reliance upon that noble but somewhat uncertain animal is considered and the cost and wear and tear of harness, the economy is so substantial and so manifest that no one but a rich man could afford to longer maintain his stable and buy fodder instead of five gallon cans of coal oil or gasoline.

Not only passengers, but freight as well, will soon seize upon this convenient means of transportation. Raising produce will be a very different occupation when the farmer, instead of crowding a ton or so of grain or fruit or potatoes into a clumsy wagon and dragging it over rough roads, by means of a pair or more of toil worn horses, can place it in a light vehicle, seat himself on comfortable cushions, and bowl over the road at the rate of 10 or 20 miles and hour.

But that road! Aye, there will be the rub. In the present state of the country roads, and even the main highways all over the country, the race is not by any means to the swift, and comfort and safety are often only to be assured by a snail like pace and the careful easing into chuck holes and out again, while the wheels that travel our byways are so thumped and rattled over stones and jagged rocks and that even steel tires soon wear away and must be replaced. It may be positively asserted that none-tenths of the benefits to be derived from the introduction of motor vehicles will be lost the the people at large through the condition of American roads and the utter impossibility of using them thereon. Conversely, the whole country would be benefited and enriched by placing these roads in good condition.

The motor is approaching so swiftly that the country has not time to lose in making ready for its reception. Every dollar that can be spared from the country’s revenues should be applied in this direction, for no other measure would so conduce to the nation’s welfare and profit. The United States produces within her borders almost every material of value. It has minerals in inexhaustible quantity and variety. It has oil, coal, wood, for fuel. It produces grain for the consumption of the world, and its supplies of fruit and vegetables, if properly distributed, would make its people the best fed and most comfortable of the nations. All that is needed is to provide for cheap and proper distribution. To effect this will not be enough to make a highway from ocean to ocean, as has already been proposed, but equal pains must be taken with every crossroad and country lane, with wagon track that penetrates mountain canyons or climbs to the heights where the earth yields up its hidden mineral resources to the industrious miner.



Tracks north of the city, 1890

Preparations are being made by the Southern Pacific Company to raise the track on the bottom north of this city so as to get it above the freshets of the Willamette River as well as the backwater raise from the Columbia which every few years covers the tract to such an extent as to prevent running of the trains. An extra siding has been put in at the country gravel pit and gravel train and crew of men has been put on and work was begun yesterday on the fill. There is about a half a mile of track to raise, the lowest part which will be raised over four feet. Of late years scarce a winter has gone by but what the railroad company has had its train service interfered with by high water in the Willamette River causing them much inconvenience and financial loss. With this piece of low track done away with and the other improvements made in their roadbed which are to be inaugurated during this year the Southern Pacific will be able to give an uninterrupted train service on their line passing through this place at all seasons of the year regardless of freshets or other hindrances.

Oregon City Enterprise, March 1, 1907
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Gwynne Green, with his mind full of all sorts of the so called brave deeds of Jesse James, and Diamond Dick heroes, loaded down with his father’s revolver and several boxes of ammunition, roaming around in the hills of the West Side district from the Suspension Bridge to the school house and generally creating a reign of terror in the latest bit of sensation on record in this city.

Young Green is a lad of 14 years and has been missing from his home for several days. His latest escapades are due to the fact that he doesn’t want to go to school and when his father told him he must attend regularly he took a skip and began his tactics. He has since been roaming around through the hills of the West Side and often times has held up some people for tobacco and matches. At other times he would show up at the play grounds of the school and enjoy himself with his former schoolmates and tell them of his daring deeds out in the open wilds. Where he stays at night has not been learned but some of the missing lunches of men who are employed at the mills testify to the fact that the lad is finding something to keep his body and soul together.

His father, Clay Green, felt anxious about him Friday and persuaded some of the boys’ chums to look for the young “make believe” desperado. The boys found their man but were not allowed to advance any nearer the hiding place or fortress, and when they insisted on talking to him and asking him to return, Green fired two shots at the band. No casualties resulted however but in the afternoon the county officials were notified and a search was made for the lad Saturday morning. His whereabouts are not known although it is reported that a young fellow about Green’s age was seen Saturday noon smoking a pipe across the river and generally taking things in a cool manner.

Young Green intends to carry out his program and it is learned that he does not intend to be captured and be made to return to his home. He is saving ammunition for the officers whom he thinks will look for him and the last shell in his gun will be kept for himself in case he thinks capture stares him in the face.

The complaint for the arrest of young Green was sworn out by Mr. Burden of the West Side, whose son was shot at by the Green boy. Young Green is said to have told one of his acquaintances that he was armed for the officers but had one bullet for himself.

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Gwynne Green, the fourteen year-old lad who has been roaming around the hills of the West Side for the last week, was rounded up in a peaceable manner Sunday and has been sent to Washington where he will be taken care of by an older brother. The complaint for the arrest of young Green has been withdrawn and the lad will be given a chance to give vent to his willingness for work.

Oregon City Enterprise, March 2, 1917
The hum of machinery at the Oregon City Woolen Mills was to be heard all night last night and is scheduled to be heard 24 hours a day from now on.

Owing to the rapid increase in orders, the management has decided on a policy of doubled production, and as a result the mills will double their running time with a night shift.

As rapidly as workers can be found to man handle the machinery it will be put into operation during the night hours.

At the present time there are approximately 250 men on the payroll. An addition to the mills is being rushed to completion, and if the 24 hours service is continued after the new plant goes into operation it will mean the employment of 1,000. The necessity of obtaining skilled workers is the only thing which is likely to cause delay with the night shift.

S. Robacker, who recently returned to Oregon City from eastern Oregon, where he was in the grocery business, has bought a lot on the northeast corner of 5th and Jackson Streets and will erect a store building there where he will engage in the grocery business.

Mr. Robacker is to try a new plan. He will carry on his grocery business as what he terms a “basket grocery.” Mr. Robacker purchased the lot from Frank E. Andrews, Jr., of Portland. He will immediately start construction of his store building, expecting to have it completed and ready for business within a month.



Louis T. Barin, Jr.
Naval Aviator No. 56

The Aeronautic Corps of the Oregon Naval Militia sent five delegates to Pensacola this morning under the command of Ensign L. T. Barin, to receive three months’ course in actual flying at the United States naval station at Pensacola, Florida. They were L. S. Whittiker, R. J. Arnold, J. S. K. Skoning and A. De Bauw.

(Louis Theodore Barin, Jr., was the son of a former Mayor of Oregon City. He would continue to fly for the Navy, participating as a co-pilot in the first transatlantic flight. For more about Louis see a work in progress…Those Daring Young Men.)


Hats off to Star Spangled Banner, New National Air
“The Star-Spangled Banner” is the American national air. At least, it is as far as the United States Army is concerned, a recent order of the War Department designating Francis Scott Key’s historic composition as the national anthem. New army regulations just received here by Colonel Samuel R. Jones, United States Quartermaster, fix “The Star-Spangled Banner” definitely, under the date of January 8, 1917.


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