News of the Week, March 5 to March 11

Oregon Argus, March 7, 1857

James Buchanan, if alive, was probably inaugurated President last Wednesday. The poor man has been so harassed with office-seekers since his election that he has nearly gone crazy. Visitors at his bachelor hall at Wheatland ate up every thing in his granary and cellar, and compelled him to take up lodging at the tavern, where he let the office-hunters pay their own board bills. Besides some fifteen thousand who have applied to him in person for office, it is said that he has received six bushels of letters from distant applicants, one peck of which is said to have come from Oregon and California.

Oregon City Enterprise, March 8, 1877

CENSUS – Mr. H. J. Harding, school clerk, give us the following census of this school district: Voters 218; females over 20 years of age 200; between 4 and 20, 221; under 4, 41. Males, between 4 and 20, 183; under 4, 36. Total number of females, 443; total number of males, 446. Chinamen 80. Total population, 971.

THE PROPER THING TO DO – On Friday night last, after receipt of the news that the count of electoral votes was completed and Hayes and Wheeler declared elected, several dwellings on the bluff were brilliantly illuminated, and we are informed that among them was the dwelling house of Senator Myers.

Oregon City Enterprise, March 5, 1897


The crowning social event of the season was the grand bal masque given at the armory last Tuesday evening under the patronage of Mesdames Holman, Clark, Miller and Huntley. At least fifty couples, representing the cream of Oregon City’s social circles, gathered at the hall and indulged in the pleasures of the terpsichorean art. Every detail of preparation had been looked after in a manner that assured success. The hall was beautifully decorated with flags, festoons of bunting, ferns and Oregon grape and flowers, transforming the room into a perfect bower of beauty and loveliness. Light refreshments, nicely arranged, were served during the evening in the reception room. The music by Parson’s orchestra was perfect and the merry masquers correspondingly happy. The scene presented when the dancing began was one of great brilliancy, king, prince, duke, Indian chief, coachman, monk, colonial dame, cowboy all mingling together and keeping time to the enchanting music.

Below is a partial list of those present:

Clark Ganong, domino; Mrs. R. L. Holman, colonial dame; Mrs. W. A. Huntley, tambourine girl; W. A. Huntley, continental gentleman; Mrs. T. W. Clark, folly; Mrs. R. A. Miller, America; F. J. Louis, clown; Henry Meldrum, Indian Chief; Mrs. Henry Meldrum, Japanese lantern; Mrs. Geo. Warner, Spanish lady; R. D. Wilson, cavalier; Mrs. Clark Ganong, fairy; Mrs. Wayne Howard, night; Miss Chase, gipsy; Miss Lawrence, red; Miss Spangler, white; Miss Samuels, blue; Vera Pilsbury, poppy; Miss Bertha Goldsmith, fan; Edith Wishart, queen of frost; Sade Chase, butterfly; Mary Conyers, shepherdess; M. H. Burghardt, Jr., organ grinder;  K. Jones, Mephistopheles; Dr. Sommer, Little Bo-Peep or “any other old thing”



Capt. Apperson’s House

The members of the Enterprise Parliamentary club of Parkplace-Gladstone met at the residence of Capt. J. T. Apperson on Tuesday evening. The regular program for the evening was dispensed with and the members of the club, realizing the abuses and burdens under which the people are laboring today because of the corruption existing in the old political parties, organized the know-something party and proceeded to hold the first convention for Clackamas County.

The convention was called to order by Louis Rail, chairman of the county central committee, when the call for the convention was read by Miss Dollie Cross, secretary of the county central committee.

Temporary organization was then effected by the election of Fred Hargraves, chairman and Miss Nora Elliott, secretary.

Recess was then taken to allow the committees time to make their reports during which Mrs. J. W. Gray delighted the delegates and visitors with the rendition of a delightful solo. During the intermission, Judge Galloway, a member from the foot hills who had been quietly pulling the wires to get the nomination fro state senator, was called to outline his policy. He protested that the convention was a “cut and dried” affair, that the county delegates had been utterly ignored and gave notice that he had been whetting his knife and would make trouble if the demands of his section were not acceded to.

H. E. Cross, another country delegate with mud on his feet and hayseed in his hair, an aspirant for the nomination of joint senator, complained that he had been invited to participate in the convention but had been snubbed on every proposition he had advocated and threatened to bot and set up a “rump” convention of his delegation was not properly recognized.

Further debate was shut off by the appearance of the committee on credentials, the report of which was read by Joseph Garrow, the chairman, and showed that each of the 36 precincts in the county were represented by delegates or proxies and that all present were entitled to seats in the convention.

Permanent organization was then effected by the election of Wilbert Garrow, chairman and Miss Edna Garrow, secretary. On assuming the chair Mr. Garrow, in a neat speech, thanked the convention for the honor conferred upon him and promised the convention to render his derisions fairly and impartially.

In presenting the report on platform and resolutions the chairman, Winfred Dauchey, said the committee had spent a great deal of time in their deliberations, having burned the midnight oil and consulted in their research Caesar’s Commentaries, the Magna Charta, Blackstone, the Bible, the Oregonian and Ayer’s almanac, and that the committee felt assured the convention would, after hearing the report read, decide that it was an able and comprehensive document and would compare favorably with the immortal declaration of independence in the beauty of its diction and the grandeur of the principles enunciated. The report was then read by the secretary of the committee, Miss Dotson.

The platform, among other things, set forth the fact that ll other political parties have failed in meeting the wants and needs of the people in the matter of public trusts and private snaps; that all ties binding the members of this convention to the old political hulks now drifting helplessly upon the bleak, turbulent and tempestuous sea of political despair and despond are forever severed; that this day upon which the Know-Something party was launched shall shine in the future with a grandeur and effulgence equal to the Fourth of July and excelling Christmas and St. Patrick’s day in the morning; that the watchword of the party shall be “veni, vidi, vici” which in modern up-to-date English is “get there and stay there.”

The report also contained resolutions setting forth the fact that the men and women placed in office by this party would be celebrated throughout the land for their probity, moral rectitude and political integrity, and that the celerity, regularity and punctuality with which they would draw and distribute their salary would cause their names and fame to go sounding down the stairway of time, creating echoes which shall cause tyrants to tremble and political sycophant to retire into a state of innocuous desuetude, from which there will be neither resurrection, redemption or resuscitation; also favoring the raising of all salaries as soon as Simon would say “thumbs up” and the legislature was organized; advocating 13 months’ school in each district, increased salaries and shorter hours for teacher; the appropriating of money for supplying moss on Apperson’s lake and the propagation therein of toads and mud cats; the spreading of the elective franchise, like “Job’s comforters” over all to include women; the inclusion of prize fighting in the curriculum of our colleges and the state Chautauqua association; and concluded the with the resolution as follows:

“Whereas, deprecating as we do, as patriots of whose patriotism there is no question, the growing spirit for sordid gain that has become the dominant idea of late years of too many people, to the exclusion of all patriotic sentiments from their hearts, thus endangering the very foundation of the government of which we are all so justly proud, therefore be it resolved, that Old Glory be floated from every court house, school house and private residence in the land, and that a copy be spread upon the minutes of this convention.”

President Thomas McClelland, of Pacific University, was called upon for a few remarks and congratulated the members of the club upon the work they were doing and said he knew from experience that the training they were getting was such as would prove of great value to them in after years.

The meeting next Tuesday evening will be held at the residence of Mr. Henry Jewell in Gladstone, when the regular program will be resumed. Clark Williams will read a paper giving a sketch of the early history of Clackamas County. The debate will be on the question, Resolved, that the indications presage a longer life to the American nation than that had by any other nation.

Oregon City Enterprise, March 8, 1907


J. E. Jack, born at Marquam 47 years ago, has never been outside of the state but once and that was when he made a trip to Vancouver, Wash. However, he has made a success in business, and is deservedly popular with a wide circle of patrons and friends. Mr. Jack has one of the best established grocery stores in Oregon City located in the Ely block opposite Shively’s opera house. About four years ago he opened up business at this stand in partnership with George H. Horton, who retired about one year ago. Mr. Jack was for several years justice of the peace for the Marquam-Molalla district, and has been prominent in the councils of the Democratic party and was for four years office deputy when J. J. Cooke served as sheriff. Mr. Jack is rated by the commercial agencies as one of the safe, reliable and conservative business men of Oregon City.

gardner273Duane C. Ely, who carries the largest stocks of general merchandise in the city, started in business at Elyville in the corporate limits of Oregon City 20 years ago, In company with his brother, George V. Ely, he started with a small stock of goods, and by close attention to details built up an immense business. The two Ely boys came to Oregon City 28 years ago and immediately after finishing their courses in the public schools here launched into business on their own account. Nine years ago after occupying a room in the Shively block for short time, they erected a large building at the corner of Madison and Seventh Streets with a half block frontage. The business has continued to grow and more warehouse rooms will soon be added. Everything from a needle to a threshing machine is kept in this establishment except groceries. George V. Ely retired from the business a few years ago and now has a large store at Seventh and Monroe Streets, where he makes a specialty of catering to the grocery trade, although he carries other lines. Duane C. Ely lays his success to the fact that he has always kept the best stock it matters not whether it is a buggy, plow, shoe, an article of clothing or anything in the dry goods or hardware departments.


Inside Oregon City Iron Works

James Roake and his two sons, J. A. and William Roake established the Oregon City Iron Works at the corner of Fourth and Water Streets 18 years ago, and it has since continued to be one of the industrial institutions giving regular employment to many hands. The business is still carried on at the old stand by the enterprising young business man, J. A. Roake. James Roake, the father, has retired and William is located in California. Several times the plant has been enlarged to keep up with the demands of an increasing business, and orders for machinery parts to be made according to patterns are being received from points outside the state. It is an institution that keeps considerable money at home that would otherwise go to Portland.

Oregon City Enterprise, March 9, 1917


Deputy District Attorney Tom Burke and Justice of the Peace John N. Sievers stood on the back platform of the train on their way to their homes in Gladstone Tuesday evening when the 5:30 car left Eighth and Main Streets. There was nothing unusual about this. The only unusual feature about the entire car was two Austrians, one of whom was lit up like Broadway, N. Y.

But when the car reached Fourteenth Street unusual things began to happen. A third Austrian boarded the car. He carried two suitcases. And in these days of bombs and booze, suitcases are ever suspicious. The ignited Austrian, on spying his countryman, rushed to the platform and carefully assisted him in getting the suitcases aboard. He brought them back to the rear platform and put them down at Siever’s feet.

“I’ll bet there’s booze in them,” said Sievers. “Sure,” replied Burke.

Then turning to the newcomer he asked “How much booze have got in there.”

“I dunno,” replied the other. “It’s his.” He indicated the celebrating brother.

Burke gave the suitcase an inquisitive kick. The result was a very decided and very suspicious clink.

“I guess we’d better all get off here,” said the deputy district attorney.

The Austrians made no complaint. With the three unfortunates between them Burke and Sievers processioned down the aisle, carrying the suitcases. The car was in an uproar.

On the commons at Gladstone the men asked the Austrians to open the suitcases. They complied in the case of exhibit A, but when it came to exhibit B the beliquored Austrian couldn’t find the key. Burke suggested something about jail and the key made a magical appearance. Five quarts of win were exposed.

Five minutes later a large crowd was left behind in Gladstone and the peace officers and attached Austrians boarded the car back to Oregon City, where Constable Jack Frost was called in to sign a warrant drawn by Burke under the new prohibition statute.

Questioning indicated that the inebriated member of the group was the only really guilty in the attempted exportation of wine so he was the only one arrested. He said he was on his way to Portland to catch a train for Chicago.

“If you are let off with a fine will you leave Oregon City right away and not come back?” asked Sievers.

“Good-a bye!” returned the Austrian with concentrated eloquence.

“All right,” replied the justice. And he fined him $50. The liquor was confiscated.

The name of the man who was fined was Morhor Broitoz; the other two were Phillip Misley and Aurea Rolak. All three worked at Crown Willamette mills and lived at Fourteenth and Jackson Streets.


Purchase of a fire truck and the establishment of a paid fire departments were authorized by the voters Monday. The election ran almost as closely as it was possible for it to run, a bare plurality of two votes deciding the fight.

The vote:
First Ward: 96 For, 88 Against
Second Ward: 152 For, 106 Against
Third Ward: 28 For, 81 Against
Total: 277 For, 275 Against

The election was held for the purpose of putting the proposition of a $4,000 appropriation up to the people. Citizens have contributed the additional amount necessary for the purchase of the truck and equipment.


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