News of the Week, April 9 to April 15

Oregon Spectator, April 15, 1847

NEW ARRANGEMENT – We are glad to inform our subscribers, that arrangements have been made whereby they will be enabled to receive their papers early and regularly hereafter; the Board of Director having employed a person to carry the paper to subscribers. This is something that has been desired, and which we trust will have a tendency to increase our number of subscribers.

OREGON TREATY – By the arrival of the H. B. Company’s bark Cowlitz, from England we have received a copy of the Oregon Treaty, the ratifications of which were exchanged at London on the 17th of last July. Well, we are relieved of suspense, and the long agony is over! What we published in our last issue as purporting to be the Treaty, proved to be such, although we doubted it at the time. We can say nothing for the document, but much against it. It certainly in our estimation, can never be popular with the great body of Americans in Oregon. We shall wait anxiously to see how this singular circumstance can be accounted for at home, and how this surprising and unconditional surrender of right be justified.

NOTICE – I hereby forbid all persons from trespassing in any manner whatever, upon any part or parcel of my LAND CLAIM made in 1842, and surveyed by Jesse Applegate, Esq., as per file December 16th, 1843 in the Recorder’s Office in Oregon City. All persons are also cautioned against purchasing any portion of the above claim except from the subscriber. John McLaughlin, Oregon City, April 15, 1847.

Oregon Argus, April 11, 1857

…Property has fallen twenty per cent in this city since the election last Monday.

Mr. Editor – I had supposed that the Know Nothing party was dead and buried in our town, until its claws were felt in our city election yesterday. And the men who were elected were those who have been the most loud-mouthed denouncers of that Order. They have always, (before the public), and more especially among Democrats, been hired to stigmatize it as a most foul attack upon the liberties of man, and both gag and fetters to the free exercise of those just rights of suffrage, to which all men (to whatever nation, religion, or country they may belong) are justly entitled. And yet these men under the head and front of a Know Nothing organization are pushed into office. VIDI.

(Dr. Ralph Wilcox, who had been elected Mayor by the Council in September 1856 after the resignation of Mayor Amory Holbrook, was reelected April 6, 1957. Three new Councilmen were elected James L. Love, Peter G. Stewart and Joseph N. Prescott.)

Oregon City Enterprise, April 9, 1897


This is Arbor Day and it will be appropriately observed by all the public schools of this city with appropriate exercises.

Following is the program for Friday, April 9 at the Barclay School. The exercises will commence at 1:30 p. m.:

Song – Arbor Day…School
Recitation – The Flower of Liberty…Maud Noble
Song – Swinging ‘Neath the Old Apple Tree…Six 5th grade pupils
Recitation – What We Do When We Plant a Tree…Twelve 3rd grade pupils
Reading – The Voice of Spring…Jeanette Read
Recitation – Bow Down Green Forests…Georgie Gaylord
Vocal Duet – Selected…Echo Samson and Ivy Roake
Dialogue – Little Runaways…Eight 2nd grade pupils
Song – Tree Song…Five 4th grade pupils
Recitation – My Garde…Veta Bacon
Oration – Edgar Meresse
Recitation – Planting Popcorn…Amy Thomas
Song – Red, White and Blue…School

The grounds at the Eastham School has not been graded and are in no condition for tree planting and Prof. McAdam decided to get two large palms instead, the teachers buying one and the pupils the other. A short literary program will be rendered in the afternoon.

The day will be appropriately observed by the Parkplace – Gladstone School, each of the four rooms planting a tree on the grounds. The trees will be dedicated to four of America’s greatest men. The exercises will take place in the afternoon when a suitable literary program will be given, to which the public is invited.

Prof. Strange will conduct appropriate literary exercises but will plant no trees. The grounds are nicely graded and by another year will be in excellent condition for tree planting.

FROM THE CITY COUNCIL – Special committee appointed to investigate the condition of the city cemetery reported that the grounds had not been properly laid out, that matter having been left to the discretion of the sexton and recommended that bids be received for the purchase of additional grounds either adjoining the present location or near by; and that a survey be made of the grounds and a map of the cemetery made and kept in the Recorder’s office. Report adopted.

Oregon City Enterprise, April 12, 1907

The two Clemens brothers and the Wilson boy who were arrested Sunday afternoon by Chief of Police Burns for exceeding the speed limit failed to appear before City Recorder Dimick Monday afternoon and forfeited their bail. The boys were intoxicated and were driving a horse at a furious rate on Main Street when arrested. Relatives appeared and the boys were released on five dollars bail each.

MOLALLA RAILROAD IS CORPORATION – Articles of incorporation were granted today for the Oregon City, Beaver Creek and Molalla Railway, with Thomas F. Ryan, Grant B. Dimick, W. Sherwood and E. G. Caufield as incorporators. The articles state that it is the purpose to build and operate a railway from Oregon City to Beaver Creek, Molalla, Soda Springs, Wilhoit and southern Clackamas County.


Oregon City telephone company 1918

Oregon City Telephone Company, 1918

The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company is making good progress in modernizing their system in Oregon City, and when completed this town will have one of the most up-to-date exchanges in the state. A force of five experts arrived Monday from Portland and are installing the new phones under the supervision of L. L. Phillips, who installed the new switchboards.

The new phones are much smaller than the old ones as no batteries are used on them, the ringing power being furnished by the central energy system, all the power being generated at the central office. It is unnecessary to ring for central, merely taking down the received and telling the girl that she is wanted.

The new phones will be installed on the new wires that were strung by the rewiring men last summer. There will only by four phones on the new party lines whereas under the old system there were often twice that number. The numbers will be altered a little after the installation of the new phones, so the company will not issue new directories till after the change is made.

The new phones are being installed at the rate of about forty a day, the business phones being the first to be put in.

The Home Telephone company is not sleeping either. At a meeting of the board of directors of the Molalla and Beaver Creek Mutual Telephone Company held Monday afternoon it was decided that they would connect with the Oregon City exchange of the Home company for a period of five years. There are quite a number of phones on this line and this enable the patrons of that line to hold communication with all parts of the county. The New Era and Canby line also voted to unite with the Home Company. With the addition of these two important lines to its system, the Home Telephone Company will have phones in all parts of the county.

Oregon City Enterprise, April 13, 1917

Oregon City is loyal to the flag. This was proved Thursday night, if it needed any proving, when 1,000 men and women citizens turned out and marched in the Elks’ Preparedness Parade, while hundreds more watched them from the sidewalks.

Soldier guards from the city’s industrial plants mingled with the crowds on the sidewalks while the heroes of ’61 marched by with feeble, but sprightly steps, offering the new generation a living example of devotion to country.

Following the parade a rousing meeting was held in Busch’s Hall, where a Preparedness league was organized with H. L. Kelly as temporary chairman. The league will meet next Wednesday night in the Commercial Club to effect permanent organization.

The parade started from Fifth and Main Streets at 7:30 p. m. Henry Streibig headed the line of march, carrying a big American flag. He was followed by the Girls’ National Honor Guard, the Grand Army of the Republic, the Boy Scouts, the Elks, the Moose, the Rifle club and hundreds of citizens.

Busch's Hall from the river 1920

Busch’s Hall (right) from the river, 1920

Reaching Busch’s Hall on Main Street, the crowd filed in until the room was full to capacity. Many went away disappointed because they could not get inside.

The program was all of a patriotic nature. Standing with bared heads, the audience joined in the singing of “America.” This was followed by “The Star Spangled Banner,” a solo by Oscar Woodfin.

The principal speaker was Colonel C. E. Dentler, U. S. A., who urged the crowd to take upon themselves the task of preparedness as individuals. “Let us show the country that Oregon is worthy of her Third regiment by giving 300 more men to its ranks,” he cried. He ended with an appeal for the united aid of the citizens of Oregon City.

James H. Carey denounced “the snake of Prussian militarism,” and it’s oppressive arrogance. He predicted that militarism would end with the deposing of the Kaiser and the election of a president for Germany. Judge Grant B. Dimick make a few remarks in presenting a flag to the Girls’ National Honor Guard. The flag was given the girls by the Spanish-American war veterans.

Features of the parade were decorated automobiles driven by W. P. Hawley, Jr., and Rev. J. W. MacCallum. Eight men from the Hawley Pulp & Paper Company carried a huge American flag. T. Osmund was grand marshal of the parade.

Two of Oregon City’s most popular young men have enlisted with Company G, now stationed at Vancouver Barracks under command of Captain Blanchard, of Oregon City. These young men are Kent Moody, only child of Mrs. H. S. Moody, of Ninth and Railroad Avenues, and Dellas (Curly) Armstrong, only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Armstrong of Ninth and Main Streets. These young men were among the most patriotic in the city, and both gave up good positions with the Miller-Parker Company. Their employers have assured the young men that their positions will be open to them when they return. Moody was recently appointed by the Miller-Parker Company as automobile salesman, and Armstrong was employed in the mechanical department, while W. R. Logus, who was general sales manager of this company when he was called to Vancouver Barracks with his company, was a few days ago appointed to captaincy. He is an uncle of Moody.

Moody has “fighting blood” in him, as his grandfather, Henry H. Moody, of Pulaski, Oswego County, New York, fought in the Civil War, and his grandfather Moody was also a soldier. He was anxious to become a member of Company G, when that company left for the Mexican border. When the United States severed diplomatic relations with Germany, and the enlisting of men commenced, his patriotism was again aroused. Being the only child, Moody realized what a sacrifice it would be for his mother to allow him to enter the service of Uncle Sam and when she finally consented he exclaimed, “Mother, I am proud of you, and you can now hold up your head and know that you have a son ready to fight for his country.”

Armstrong and Moody were given a hearty welcome by Captain Blanchard, who said to them, “Boys, I am proud of you, and glad you are with my company.”

Armstrong, who took a prominent part in the Civil War drama given at the Shively Opera House Tuesday afternoon for the benefit of the Oregon City Library and Young People’s Institute, was allowed to return home for that evening to take part. He was one of the star actors, but it was necessary to “call off” the second performance, scheduled for tonight, owing to his absence. Several others in the cast will enlist today.

Moody Kent photo

Maj. Moody from obituary

Major Kent Moody served in Germany with the 162nd Infantry. In 1924 he joined the 41st Division, Oregon National Guard, and was captain of D Company 186, Oregon City.  He was transferred to the 162nd at the beginning of WWII and served 2-1/2  years in Australia. There he became ill, and was returned to the United States early in 1944, receiving a medical discharge the following year. He died February 3, 1951 and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

“Curly” Armstrong also served with the 162nd Infantry and saw service with the American Expeditionary Forces, training in England and fighting in France. Noted for his musical talent “Curly” served as a choir director at the First Methodist Church and a member of the Oregon City Kiwanis octet, which performed throughout the Pacific Northwest. He died May 28, 1965 and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery.


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