News of the Week, April 30 to May 6

Oregon City Enterprise, May 4, 1867

BASE BALL CLUB – At a meeting of the members of the Clackamas Base Ball Club, held on the evening of the 2th inst. Hon. W. Carey Johnson was chosen President for the ensuring season. N. W. Randall, Vice President; Peter T. Barclay, Secretary and Fred Charman, Treasurer. Directors J. McWilliams, F. O. McCown, Geo. A. Sheppard. The first regular meeting will be held on Tuesday evening next May 7th and will meet thereafter bi-monthly on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

BASE BALL GUIDE – Mr. F. Roman, bookseller at Portland, has the Pacific Base Ball Guide for 1867 for sale. Its rules have been adopted by the Pacific Base Ball Convention of California.

BASE BALL – The Clackamas Base Ball Club have selected the public square east of Center Street on the Bluff, as the field for summer sport.

A DRIVE – On Tuesday last we were invited to ride in a new buggy made by W. E. Cooper & Co. of Portland for W. B. Partlow, the Pioneer Livery man of this city. The horse was one of Partlow’s best, and the buggy was unexceptionable, but, oh; horrors, what roads. We felt a very strong weakness at the stomach – or somewhere in that vicinity, several times, passing over bumps and stumps, ruts, etc. It is a fact that we have not sixteen rods of decent road within a mile of Oregon City. It there is any energy in the place, if we claim to be a town, if we would not forever be pinched by hard times, this matter of roads is one that requires urgent attention.

METEOR – On Monday night last at the hour of eleven o’clock a large meteor exploded a little southwest of the city. The explosion was not heard bur for an instant darkness was converted to day by the brilliancy of the spectacle.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 3, 1877


To the Hon. R. P. Boise, Judge of the Circuit Court for Clackamas County: We, the Grand Jurors for the April term of the above entitled court for 1877, would respectfully report to the Hon. Court our proceedings, as follows, to wit: We examined, pursuant to your instruction, the crimes that came to our knowledge. We also examined the county clerk’s and sheriff’s offices. They both are in as good condition as the circumstances will permit, and the finances of the county are well and properly conducted by those officers. The Court House building is not fit for that purpose. It is too small, the ceiling of the court room is so low and the ventilation is so poor that it is very uncomfortable; and we recommend that the County Court take some steps toward building a comfortable court house and jail. The present jail is not fit for that purpose in its present condition. The ventilation is such as to make it unhealthy for the prisoners. And we recommend that the rubbish in the yard of the jail be taken away or cleared up, and the cells be so ventilated as to make it fit for use until the county can build a new one. All of which we respectfully submit.

J. W. Caldwell, Foreman; S. M. Keenan; J. G. Foster; H. B. May; H. A. Lee; Christian Kocher; J. C. Hackett.

Dated at Oregon City, April 27, A. D. 1877

Oregon City Enterprise, May 3, 1907


A team driven by Wm. Hatton of Clear Creek frightened at escaping steam from the donkey engine at the Masonic Temple excavation, and ran madly up Main Street Thursday forenoon. The team was hitched to a dirt wagon and the bed poles made a poor footing but Hatton clung desperately to the reins, bracing his feet against the bolster.

The fine, big horses were mad with fright and ran at great speed; luckily missing the many other rigs on the street. At Fourth Street, Hatton turned the horses toward a telephone pole at the Elkhorn livery corner. Crossing the tracks swung the wagon around and helped break the force of the collision. The horses were stopped and grabbed by bystanders. Neither Hatton nor team was hurt.

The team is a magnificent one but has formed a runaway habit. Hatton had another narrow escape with them only a few days ago, while plowing. The plow struck a root, the doubletrees broke and the team plunged forward. The inch and a quarter lines around Hatton’s body fortunately parted and the team ran like possessed of seven devils.

Mr. Hatton’s brother, Forsythe, was killed in a runaway about a year ago while gathering cream for Clear Creek creamery. A runaway dashed against Hatton’s wagon overturning it and him down a high bank.


Route of the runaways. Construction site for the Masonic Temple in the foreground. 4th Street at the top of the photo just past the tall building with “DRUGS” painted on the side.


There are three ways known to be practicable and of easy grade by which Beavercreek-Molalla electric railroad can enter Oregon City. There may another rote or two that has not been gone over carefully yet.

So far most of the talked of plans locate the track along the Abernethy Creek, which while it is a long way around presents no obstacle in the way of grade. The chief drawback to that route is the cost of the road bed, which would have to be made for the greater part of the distance.

The second route is up the Fourteenth Street canyon where an easy grade, probably less than 3 percent at any point can be obtained from the Madison Street high bridge clear up to where the road would reach the level near Mountain View Cemetery. There would be comparatively little grading also as the road bed could be made on a shelf of the canyon side. From Madison Street to Main the grade may be greater but that fact will not be established until a survey is made.

Bother of the foregoing routes were surveyed last summer by parties supposed to working for the same interests that made the survey south from Canemah to New Era. Either is a practical route, and would give the road a terminus on the river, which some of the men behind the project consider vital, while all admit is an important consideration. The carrying of logs would form a large share of the freight traffic of the road, and there is an unlimited market for logs along the Willamette.

No matter which route is chose, the road will be a big boost for all land along or within several miles of the right of way. Lots that are now almost valueless will find ready sale at good prices, and many dollars will be added to every acre of farming land.

Willamette Valley Southern Railway full 15th and Main

Willamette Valley Southern Railway station, 15th and Main in the 1920s. Built at the Oregon City end of the line after the Abernethy Creek route was chosen, the station was at the intersection of the southern line and the Oregon City streetcar line, and was near the Southern Pacific Depot at 17th and Main and the public dock at 13th and Main.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 4, 1917


Every family in the state should be self-supporting and should raise and can enough vegetables and fruit to meet the demand for the coming winter. This is one of the plans of the department of agriculture at Washington, working through the Oregon Agricultural College. An in order that this matter should be properly brought to the attention of every family, department is sending a special train to Oregon City May 7, with lecturers from the extension department of the O. A. C.

These lecturers will tell the practical way of raising and canning enough food for the winter. T. E. May, of the extension department of the O. A. C., was in the city this morning and organized a committee to make a complete survey of the vacant lots in the city and to arrange means by which these lots should be planted in garden products. The committee includes C. F. Tooze, superintendent of the city schools; O. D. Eby, Mrs. Mary Tipton, Mayor E. C. Hackett; Mrs. C. W. Evans, Mrs. H. Straight; Mrs. G. A. Harding, Mrs. Shank, Mrs. L. L. Pickens; Mrs. J. W. Norris and Fred Johnson, secretary of the publicity committee of the Commercial Club. This committee will meet with Professor Brown of the O. A. C. next Friday and arrange for additional details.


Washington, April 28 – Both senate and house voted approval today of the administration’s proposal to raise a great army on the principle of selective conscription, voting down by overwhelming majorities the volunteer army amendments around which opponents of the administration plan had centered their fight. Tonight the selective draft bill was pressed for passage in both houses, with the indications that before morning both would approve it without material changes in the more important provision written into it by the army general staff and approved by President Wilson.

In the senate the vote on the volunteer amendment was 69 to 18 and in the house it was 279 to 96, supporters of conscription marshaling a strength which surprised even administration leaders.

Whether congress finally would accept the staff’s recommendations regarding the ages between which conscription would apply appeared more uncertain. In the senate the bill’s stipulation that men between 19 and 25 should be liable to the draft was changed to make the minimum 21 and the maximum 27. The house voted down all proposed changes in the military committee’s recommendation that the limits be fixed at 21 and 40.


Road supervisors of Clackamas County broke bread Wednesday at the Commercial Club with the Live Wires, who have for several years entertained the men who form the storm center of road activity.

…Judge Anderson took occasion to correct what he said were misstatements of the “Twelve Disciples of Road Efficiency” of the Commercial Club, who had stated the road expenditures of Clackamas County within the last 10 years to be $3,000,000. He said the total amount spent on the roads is that period would not exceed $1,500,000 and that much of the criticism directed at the road system in this county was “useless criticism.” Judge Anderson stated that in Clackamas County there are 164 miles of macadam road (layered crushed rock), 187 gravel and 90 plank. Last year, he said, the county had made 27 miles of crushed rock road, 13 miles of gravel, eight miles of plank, one and seven-tenths miles of bituminous macadam and nearly four miles of asphaltic concrete paving, besides using 17,437 cubic yards of crushed rock in repairs and re-dressing.

Pacific Hwy at Canemah 1919

Pacific Hiway at Canemah, 1919


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