News of the Week – April 23 to April 29

Oregon Spectator, April 29, 1847


To Sheriffs, Clerks and Judges of Election

At the general election to be held in Oregon on the first Monday in June, 1847, the following Territorial and County officers are to be elected:


COUNTY: For each county, one Treasurer, one Assessor, and three Justices of the Peace, to constitute a Board of County Commissioners.

REPRESENTATIVES: For the county of Clatsop, one; for the county of Lewis, one; for the county of Clackamas, three; for the county of Champoeg, five; for the county of Tuality; three; for the county of Yamhill, three; for the county of Polk, three.

The judges of election appointed in 1846, will hold their offices, and perform the duties of the same, until others are appointed. Vacancies occasioned by any judge refusing to act, can be filled by any justice in the county, or by the other judge or judges present at the place of voting, then the voters present can elect their judges, and the judges can appoint their clerks…

The judges may, if necessary, postpone the closing of the polls until 9 o’clock at night.

The clerks of county courts are required to provide two poll books for each precinct of their respective counties; and at the close of the polls, one of them is to be sent sealed to the clerk of the county court of the proper county; the other to be deposited with one of the judges of election.


Asa Lovejoy.
Not successful in his bid for Governor, which was won for a second two year term by George Abernethy, but did serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Territorial Government, 1849-1850.

On the seventh day after the close of the election, or sooner, if all the returns be received, the county clerk, taking to his assistance two justices of the peace of his county, shall proceed to open the returns; make a correct abstract therefrom, and give a certificate to persons having the highest number of votes for members of the house of representatives, and county officers respectively, and forward a copy of said abstract immediately to the Secretary of the Territory. FRED’C PRIGG, Secretary

In consenting to be a candidate for the office of Governor of Oregon Territory in the ensuing canvass, I place myself wholly in the hands of my friends, satisfied that they will do me justice. With the utmost confidence I leave the issue to my fellow citizens.

A. L. LOVEJOY, April 29th, 1847

Oregon City Enterprise, April 27, 1867

NEW BUILDINGS – Our contemporaries in various parts of the State seem to refer with pride to the advancement of their respective spheres in the matter of new buildings. Oregon City claims many such over and above what was had twelve months ago. The new residence built for Dr. F. Barclay, corner of Main and Sixth Streets, is the first to attract our notice. The house is of modern style, 24 by 28 feet in size, one and a half stories in height, eighteen feet walls, with kitchen 12 by 14 feet in size. It is finished in the best style throughout, as good as could possibly be done, and cost not far from $3,000. Mr. Wm. Broughton of this city was the architect and builder. The next in order is the residence of Mr. George LaRoque, on Water Street, which cost $4,600. This is a house similar to the one described above, but larger. Mr. A Mathiu was the builder. Next we will go a little beyond the city limits, to include the residence of Mr. J. T. Hunsaker, which was built by Mr. Broughton. This house is something of the order of a bracketed style – 38 feet square, with gables and bay windows. Two stories in height, lower ceilings twelve feet, upper ceilings eleven feet. In point of convenience and finish this house is equal to any in the state. It cost not far short of $7,000. Next we will refer to a fine residence on the bluff, built for Mr. John Miller, of the firm of Miller & Shattuck, at a cost of $1,600 or $1,800. Mr. Thomas Miller has also built a residence on Center Street at a cost about equal to that of Mr. John Miller. This is also of similar style to that of the above mentioned. Dr. H. W. Ross, John Meldrum, Mr. Wm. Singer, Mr. Adam Wetherston and Mr. John Myers, have each built upon the bluff, similar buildings for residences, at about the average cost of $1,800 each. Mr. Broughton has in process of erection (also upon the bluff) a really fine structure – strictly speaking of Gothic style. This will cost about $2,500. To return to the lower portion of the city we may enumerate residences built for Mr. E. B. Kelley, David Smith, John H. Schram, Robert Caufield, and William Smith – all neat, and varying in price for $1,000 to $1,600 each. The year previous Mr. W. W. Buck built a fine residence at a cost of about $4,500; Rev. P. S. Knight, John M. Bacon, John W. Lewis, Jos. B. Clark, N. W. Randall, James Dolan, Cyrus Locey, and others caused to be built the same year each one. Mr. Daniel Harvey, three, and Abel Eudy, two, all for private residences, costing from $80 to $1,800 each. These improvements do not include the Cliff House, Paper Mill, or People’s Transportation Company’s works, which occurred in the same period and cost in the aggregate about $100,000.

WATER WORKS – At length the Oregon City Water Works Company is a fact. At a meeting of the City Council on Saturday evening last, a final accomplishment was effected and the city entered into an agreement with Messrs. Jerome, Pease and others to furnish water to street hydrants at the corners. The works will be erected the present season, and our devil is jubilant over the idea that it will not be necessary for him to pack the compound of oxygen and hydrogen very many days after the first of September.

Oregon City Enterprise, April 28, 1887

NOT THE CITY – Members of the council, state that work upon the rock crusher, which has been going of for the past month, is done at the expense of the Singer Mill property and not of the city.

NEW SCENERY – The owners of Pope’s hall have been to much pains in refitting the stage to give a better scenic effect. A new drop is well set off appropriately decorated wings. Two new paintings, one a garden the other a drawing room scene have been placed at the back, and will add much to the effect of any places that may be put on the state. The painting was done in Chicago.

EDITOR – ENTERPRISE – I am informed that Messrs. Paquet and Miller are candidates for re-election to the council and I rise for information on the point. It must be a mistake. Would any good citizen run fast after the place? They have been accused of using their little places to gain petty fees. It is not true is it? Do they really present little bills for petty personal services to the council nearly every meeting? And do they get the bills paid too? Does either of these gentlemen ever charge $1.50 for making a report of a committee of which he is a member? Or charge 25 cents for writing a letter about the rock crusher? I have heard that, but it seems unreasonable. I have heard that a member of the O. C. Fire Department once refused to turn over the office to his successor a mere boy who ought never to have been elected, and who was the competitor of the aforesaid councilman, until the boy paid him a dollar. I thought that yarn was a hard one, but the letter writing yarn beats it. None of them are true yarns are they? If these are simon-pure, good, true yarns, let us elect this pair of statesmen again and see if they won’t invent some new antics to amuse and make us great joy. The inventor of new forums of amusement is in great demand. Yours, CITIZEN

Oregon City Enterprise, April 23, 1897


Already this early in the season some twelve or fifteen buildings are in course of construction and the indications are that as many buildings will be erected in Oregon City this season as in any previous year in its history and that its reputation as one of the solid growing towns in the Willamette Valley will be fully sustained.

Chas. Gale has bought 10 acres of the Jackson tract on Molalla Avenue and will build a nice commodious residence thereon during the summer.

Thos F. Ryan expects to erect a handsome residence on his lots on center and Fifth Streets.

W. C. Cheney, formerly electrician for the Portland General Electric Company but now in charge of the electric works of the Victoria Consolidated Electric Company of Victoria, B. C., has purchased a tract of land from Judge Meldrum between the East Side Railway Company’s car line and the Willamette River, overlooking the latter and commanding a fine view of the surrounding country. Mr. Cheney has the ground all cleared and fenced and carpenters at work putting up a barn which will be used as a workshop for the men in putting up his residence. White Bros., of this city, are preparing plans for the structure. It will contain eight rooms with bath and other rooms, stone foundation and all the appliances of an up-to-date residence and when completed will be one of the handsomest suburban homes in this vicinity. Mr. Cheney expects to make this his permanent home as he prefers Oregon City to any town on the coast.

Richard Freytag has the cellar walls which are of brick, nearly completed for a seven room cottage, which he is building on his property on Main and Fourteenth Street, adjoining his store building.

Martin J. McDonough is building a nice cottage on Center Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets. It will be occupied by Alex Lewthwaite.


suspension bridge 1888

Suspension Bridge, 1888

Much noise has been made lately by certain parties regarding the safety of the suspension bridge alleging that the wires strung across it by the Electric Company were the cause of the damage to the bridge from the late windstorm. They also claim that these wires overload the bridge. As to the excessive weight of these wires, that is disproved by the report of the county surveyor, who was ordered by the county court to make a measurement of the bridge and wires, for he finds the total weight of the wires and fixtures to be but 7.24 tons – the weight of two loaded wood wagons. For a bridge capable of sustaining a double line of loaded teams for its entire length, though it is never loaded to one-tenth its capacity, to be endangered by the addition of seven tons to its weight, is a statement no thorough engineer would endorse.

Oregon City Enterprise, April 26, 1907


What threatened to be a serious fire broke out Thursday morning at 10 o’clock in the rear of Mrs. Sladen’s millinery store on Seventh Street. The blaze was caused by a defective flue, and had it not been seen at the start by L. Adams, there might have been a big loss. The firemen experienced difficulty in getting water to the blaze, but when put in play the flames were immediately checked and quickly quenched. The building is owned by the Methodist Church and is insured for $500. The damage will not probably reach more than $100. A large crowd gathered on Seventh Street and in the rear of the buildings. Big volumes of smoke came through the roof of the lean-to addition where the fire caught and the hose had to be dragged over this roof to the inside wall next to the church before effective play on the blaze could be had. The Fountain Hose and the Columbia Hook and Ladder wagon were out.

Mrs Sladens Hat Shop 1897

Mrs. Sladen’s Millinery Store, 1896


Duane C. Ely had a little excitement in his general merchandise store on Seventh Street, early Saturday morning. A little fire smoldered all night in the ash box back of the stove where it is supposed a cigar stub had been dropped. Mr. Ely woke up this morning about two o’clock, and smelling smoke he began getting ready to go down stairs, but hearing people passing on the street he decided if there was anyting wrong he would have been called so went back to bed. When Mr. Ely opened the store at six o’clock this morning, the room was full of smoke and everything covered with ashes. The ash box was almost consumed and there was a hole in the floor two feet square and a fire still smoldering. The draft that came up through the floor helped in keeping it going and also in distributing the ashes. Mr. Ely thinks he appeared on the scene in the nick of time.

Oregon City Enterprise, April 27, 1917


During the two week since Uncle Sam called for men for the navy and army, many from this city have responded, especially from the Crown Willamette Paper Company and the Hawley Pulp & Paper Company. From the Crown Willamette Paper Company there were 28 enlistments, two in the aviation corps; three in the army and twenty-three in the navy. From the Hawley Pulp & Paper Company twenty-six enlisted, two in the aviation crops, three in the army and twenty-one in the navy.

These men, who have enlisted, have been offered their position with the paper companies, if they desire them, upon their return to Oregon City.

martin lawler old mans draft card wwii

Martin Henry Lawler’s “Old Man” WWII draft registration card shows that he did return to work at the mill.

Among the employees of the Crown Willamette Paper Company, who have enlisted, is Henry Lawler, age 21 years and son of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Lawler, of Oregon City. He left for the training station at Goat Island a few days ago. Since his arrival at the naval training station, he is delighted with the new work before him, and says that all of the boys from Oregon City are in the best of spirits. Archie Haverstick is also among the Oregon City boys stationed on Goat Island.


Alien Enemies May Not Have Firearms in Possession

Citizens of Germany who reside in Clackamas County must surrender all firearms and other implements of war to Sheriff Wilson under penalty of arrest. This order has been issued by the sheriff, pursuant to the proclamation of President Wilson to that effect on April 6, 1917.

The contraband articles which must be surrendered are: Any firearm, weapon or implement of war, or component part thereof, ammunition, maxim or other silencer, bomb, or explosives, or materials used in the manufacture of explosives; any aircraft or wireless apparatus, or any form of signaling device, or any form of cipher, code, or any paper, document, or book written or printed in cipher of in which there may be invisible writing.

The contraband articles will be sealed up and kept for their owners if they are surrendered in accordance with the order. They will be returned after the war. The notice was published Thursday and the time in which the articles must be handed over was announced as 24 hours after the date of publication.


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