News of the Week, April 16 to April 22

Oregon City Enterprise, April 20, 1867

MR. EDITOR – Allow me space in your columns to correct a mistaken rumor relative to the charges against Mr. Wm. Whitlock. It has been stated that he has been, and is now, living with one Mrs. Partlow in San Francisco. Having been with Mr. Whitlock for the past two weeks, I know that the charge is false and without foundation. Yours &c., THOS. CHARMAN.


Mill area 1867 cropped

Mills area 1867

A meeting of the stockholders of the Oregon City Paper Manufacturing Company, was held in this city, on the 18th, for the election of directors, which has formerly been five, was reduced to three, and Messrs. A. I. Bloch, J. D. Miller and C. S. Miller were chosen. At a subsequent meeting of the directors, J. D. Miller was elected President; A. I. Bloch vice-president; and A. J. Apperson, Secretary.

The mill is now running with a full complement of operatives, and up to the capacity of the machinery, turning out several reams per day. There is now a stock on hand of some 1,500 bales. As soon as the mill can get a stock stock of straw paper ahead the manufacture of printing paper will be commenced, and sufficient stock made in order to keep the market regularly supplied. The stockholders are well pleased with the result of the venture.

MIRACULOUS ESCAPE – On Monday last Mr. C. O. T. Williams, while engaged at work in the Paper Mill of this city, met with an accident which very fortunately proved no worse than to rather unceremoniously divest him of his garments. While endeavoring to set a hoisting pry, standing with his back to an upright shaft in the “engines” room, his clothing, caught by the shaft, tightened upon him, but before he was fully aware of what caused it, he was revolving with the shaft, at the rate of several hundred revolutions a minute. By dint of great struggles, and presence of mind, he was freed without material injury.

Oregon City Enterprise, April 19, 1877

NARROW ESCAPE – Last Saturday, while crossing the river at Canemah in a leaky boat, Mrs. Jeff. Shaw, Misses Dona Shaw and Laura Fields, and a young man, met with quite an adventure. The boat sprung a leak in the center of the river and began to fill rapidly, but by great exertion the boat was brought near the shore before it sunk. The water being shallow, they made the shore safely, with the exception of Miss Fields, who has been sick for some months past, and the cold water and fright brought on a paralytic stroke from which she is not expected to recover. If the boat had sunk in the center of the river, the whole party would undoubtedly have been carried over the falls, and all found a watery grave.


  • Two hundred and ten immigrants arrived on the steamer last Tuesday.
  • A party of fishermen from this city caught 264 trout in Parrott Creek one day last week.
  • The base ballists of this city propose to take a little exercise on the grounds on the hill Saturday afternoon.
  • Two trains of emigrants, numbering respectfully 700 and 300 persons, recently left Chicago for Oregon and Washington territory.

Oregon City Enterprise, April 16, 1897


The city will improve its cemetery agreeable to recommendations made by the mayor. The Council has appointed a committee to carry out the same.

The idea is to have the present cemetery surveyed and platted, locating all occupied space on same and, staking out what vacant land there is in systematic manner. When this is done, certificates will be given all present lot owners, so they will have something to show for their title to same.

Those who have lots and burial space not enclosed or staked, can be of great assistance to the surveyor by placing stakes at the four corners of lot claimed, with names on one of the stakes or on a board. The size of lots as fixed by ordinance is 12 x 18 feet, and single burial space is 4 x 8 feet. This should be done promptly as the surveyor will soon begin.

It is hoped that all citizens will help in this manner as the cemetery is something in which all should take a pride in making it creditable to the city.


A stranger visiting Oregon City for the first time, especially if he was fresh from the cyclone districts of the East, would think Main Street had been visited by a full-grown Oklahoma cyclone. The sidewalks are lined with oil tanks, flour, 7 x 9 feet dry goods boxes, crates of cabbage, cord-wood, sacks of onions, pails of jelly, tool chests, cook stoves, hay rakes, rocking chairs, bales of hay and straw, farm plows, boxes of fish, harrows, beer kegs, cultivators, etc. There is a city ordinance prohibiting the obstructing of sidewalks with merchandise but the city authorities have been very lenient with the business men and they have trespassed upon their privilege and if the practice is not stopped before another year the sidewalks will be impassible. The peculiar thing about the whole custom is that those merchants who contend that advertising does not pay monopolize the most sidewalk space in the display of their goods.

Oregon City Enterprise, April 19, 1907


William Davis of Beavercreek precinct was granted full citizenship papers Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Davis is the first in this county to be granted citizenship under the new Federal law governing naturalization that went into effect last September. The new law makes uniform the steps necessary for citizenship and restricts the right of granting the papers to certain courts of record. Mr. Davis is a native of Wales. Hugh Matheson, a native of Scotland, Tuesday morning declared his intentions of becoming a citizen of the United States.



1891 Circus Parade, 7th & Main

Circus is coming! That’s joy enough for the little folk, and very few of the older ones hear the announcement without a tingle of fond remembrance, followed by immediate plans to take their youngsters to “see the animals,” for what parent is so selfish as to deny his own children the innocent joys of youth? Mr. Norris, brother of the senior member of Norris & Rowe, was in Oregon City, Friday, contracting for grounds, feed, advertising, etc. for an exhibition of that well known show in Oregon City on Friday, May 3.

The proprietors say their show this season has many innovations and improvements. It will mark the 20th year of their co-partnership and to fittingly celebrate the occasion, the tour will be known as “The Jubilee Souvenir Season.” They have had made to their order, hundreds of thousands of costly and pretty souvenirs that will be distributed free to their patrons. It is the first season they travel in three sections of fifteen cars each, making their circus train forty-five cars in all. It was always a railroad circus and never a wagon show as all other American circuses were at their inception. The parade this year will be a gorgeous pageant. They will have more bare-back somersault riders, both male and female than ever before, and more gymnasts, acrobats, aerial and mid-air acts, trained wild and domestic animals, bicycle acts, marching Shetland ponies, drilled Arabian stallions, camels, dromedaries, llamas, hippodrome races and features of a sensational nature than they have ever presented before.

The menagerie has grown greatly by purchase and numerous births at the winter quarters. A pair of tiny cub lions, four Siberian bear cubs and a baby tigress are among the native sons and daughters of most interest. The show has the greatest spread of all new canvas that they ever exhibited under. This western circus has always received a cordial welcome here and the coming season should prove no exception.

The Albright pasture north of town has been secured for show grounds here.

Oregon City Enterprise, April 20, 1917


The board of education Wednesday night sanctioned a proposal submitted by City Superintendent Tooze to promote city gardening by the students of the schools during the spring and summer months. The principals of the three buildings will cooperate in carrying out the plans, and efforts will be made to interest as many youngsters as possible in the work.

It is proposed to start immediately and plant vegetables such as corn, potatoes and other common vegetables, such as used in every household, and which are soaring in price. It is likely that some arrangement will be made to give credit to the students making creditable showings. The work will be done out of school hours, and the help of the parents will be solicited by the teachers.

The state agricultural college has recently issued bulletins urging city gardening, and the plan of the school administrators here is the first organized effort to carry out the suggestion of the college.


let potatoes fightRetail dealers in food products rapidly are adjusting their price lists to meet the constantly increasing demands of the wholesalers, jobbers and manufacturers. Obviously retailers cannot absorb the additional charges made by the men “higher up” and quite naturally pass the cost along to the consumer. Everything is going up except salaries.

It may not be so much to the credit of Oregon that one of her principal food products, wheat, gains the doubtful distinction of being responsible for most of the food world’s aviating proclivities.

As wheat goes up, flour goes up, and along with flour go a great variety of bakery products, from spaghetti and macaroni to pie and cake. Flour is now selling at the retail stores at $2.85 for a sack of 49 pounds. The price is expected to reach $3 before the new crop is placed on the market. And the new crop isn’t apt to help the situation much, as it is due to be far below the normal in volume.

The same 49-pound sack of flour that now sells at $2.85 was only $2.15 before the United States entered into war. What the average consumer can’t figure out is the cause for this difference in price. Doubtless the grower, grain dealer, the miller, the wholesaler and the retailer all made a fair profit at $2.15. Nothing of value has been added to the flour since the price went up. No extra cost has been attached to its production or its marketing. “Who, then, gets that extra 70 cents?” is the consumers pertinent query.


The Oregon City Woolen Mills Thursday announced to their employees that a five percent bonus on their earnings will be paid to them until further notice. This bonus is in addition to the profit-sharing plan announced by the company the first of the year, and is in line with the company policy to do all they possibly can for the welfare of their employees.

The Oregon City Woolen Mills is just completing a three-story addition, size 80 by 250 feet, increasing their capacity fully sixty percent. All the latest devices for the comfort of their employees are being installed. The bonus will be in effect from April 1.


One thought on “News of the Week, April 16 to April 22

  1. What a unique “blog” to bring back interesting stories and events from the past. Your knowledge of the history of Oregon City and your research ability to find interesting facts and stories will be appreciated for many years. The presentation of the “blog” is very attention-getting and attractive. Very readable. Thank you Karin Morey of Oregon City for your efforts.


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