News of the Week, May 7 to May 13

Oregon Spectator, May 13, 1847

The trespass “wars” expand…

I HEREBY caution all persons (particularly Gen. Alanson Husted) against trespassing in any manner whatever upon my Land Claim, situated on the bank of the Clackamas River, opposite to the Indian village, and which was recorded by me on the 18th of January 1847 – on which I am now residing. And I also caution all persons from purchasing any part or parcel of the same from said Husted, as he has no lawful title to any of said premises.

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 protion of the above claim except from the subscriber.

I HEREBY caution all person (particularly John McLoughlin) against trespassing in any manner whatever upon my Land Claim bordering on the Willamette River and lying adjacent to the town of Oregon City, which was recorded by me on the 16th day of October, 1846, an upon which I now reside. And I also caution all persons against purchasing any part or parcel of the same from said John McLoughlin or any person claiming under him, as he has no lawful title to any portion of said premises.

There will be a meeting of the Citizens of Clackamas County, on Friday evening at half past seven o’clock P. M. at the City Hotel, for the purpose of obtaining an expression of public sentiment relative to trespassing on land claims.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 11, 1867

ELECTION RETURNS – The returns of the election held for municipal officers in this city on Monday last, show that it would be utterly useless for the Democratic party to move in the matter of nominating a ticket here, farther than the mere form of an election to any man whom they might see fit to nominate for office. The Herald, of Tuesday, claims that Mr. J. R. Ralston, Democrat, was elected Mayor “over a Republican competitor.” So he was; but that paper does not choose to state the entire truth. Mr. Ralston was nominated on a Citizen’s Ticket,” and his “Republican competitor” was defeated by the vote of Union men who had been guiled into a belief that he (Mr. Warren) had not sufficient interest in the city to entitle him to their preference; because that he was Receiver at the Land Office, and hailed from Yamhill County. The Union Ticket, with the above exception, was elected.

Oregon City Brass Band 1885

Oregon City Brass Band, 1885

GOOD MUSIC – Upon the return of the steamer from the children’s picnic, Thursday, the Oregon City Brass Band enlivened the people along Main Street with several choice selections, which, we do not hesitate in the least to say, were executed in a manner scarcely less proficient than could the same number of pieces from the celebrated Infantry Band. This is no idle comment. The members of the Oregon City Brass Band are winning a name, and right worthily do they deserve it.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 10, 1877


The annual election for city officers took place last Monday, and resulted in the triumph of the entire Republican ticket. The Republicans put a straight ticket in the field, while their opponents united under the title of the “Young Men’s ticket.” Both sides manifested considerable interest in the offices of Recorder, Treasurer and Marshal. The “Young Men” did not poll the necessary number of votes, so we are called upon to chronicle their defeat, but wish them better luck next time. Good feeling prevailed throughout the day, and the defeated candidates for municipal honors take their defeat in good style.

The following is the vote for the different candidates:

Republican ticket: Mayor, L. T. Barin, 152; Recorder, Wm. Whitlock, 89; Councilmen – R. Morton, 95, P. Paquet, 99; J. Logus, 143; C. P. Church, 92; F. S. Dement, 151; H. Cochran, 102; Owen Wade, 96.

Assessor and Collector, F. M. Albright, 160; Treasurer, J. H. Strickler, 94; Marshal, T. J. Broderick, 100; City Attorney, M. C. Athey, 80.

Young Men’s ticket – Recorder, Chas. H. Caufield, 76; Councilmen Geo. Fuchs, 60; J. W. Norris, 60; H.C. Stevens, 64; W. L. White, 61; Wm. Pratt, 70. Treasurer, H. J. Harding; Marshal, E. B. Clements, 60.

The Republican nominee for Mayor was endorsed by the Young Men, also Messrs. Logus and Dement for Councilmen and F. M. Albright for Assessor and Collector.

IMPORTANT DECISION – Heretofore there has been a difference of opinion among our resident attorneys and local surveyors, as well as citizens generally, as to what survey would control in determining the boundaries of town lots in this city, some contending that the map and lines made by R. N. Short, Esq., under the direction of Dr. John McLoughlin, would control and others that the map and lines made under the direction of Surveyor-General Preston would control. At the late term of the Circuit Court the matter came directly in issue in a case tried before Hon. R. P. Boise, Judge, who held that under the 11th section of the donation law, the Surveyor-General of Oregon was the officer authorized to ascertain where the lots were located which were sold by Dr. McLoughlin before the 4th of March A. D. 1849, and that the Preston survey and map of the city, with the monuments located by him, must control in ascertaining the boundaries of lots. We regard this as setting the uncertainty in reference to the matter, and trust all our citizens will be able to conform without inconvenience to themselves in adjusting their improvements.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 7, 1897

During the month of May, Young the liveryman will take parties of three or more to the Oregon City Cemetery for 25 cents each for the round trip. Best carriages and surries in his stable used. Will call at any residence in the city.

From the City Council

  • Committee on the purchase of land for cemetery purposes reported the following bids: M. M. McGeehan 2½ acres $700; F. A. Ely, 4 acres, $850; W. C. Williams, 4 acres, $600. An ordinance authorizing the purchase of land for burial purposes at a price not to exceed $250 per acre was read and ordered published.
  • Ordinance regulating use of bicycles, tricycles, velocipedes, etc. read and passed.
  • A petition for a sewerage system in the district on the hill south of Seventh Street, signed by 24 owners of property in that district, was read and referred to committee on streets and public property.
  • Matter of abating certain cesspools in the vicinity of J. Q. Adams Street referred to committee on health and police.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 10, 1907


“The bridge is unsafe. It may go down any minute. It might last for two months as it is.” That was the verdict of the Southern Pacific bridge experts brought to Oregon City Monday to inspect the suspension bridge and pass upon the plans for repairs made by J. W. Moffett and E. D. Olds.

Acting upon that opinion Commissioner Lewellen with the assent of County Judge Dimick closed the bridge to traffic Tuesday morning. A bar is placed across the entrance to the bridge and the floor planking is taken up for quite a distance at both ends of the structure. No rigs are allowed to pass over, but foot passengers are still using the bridge at their own risk. Some funny incidents are told of the closing of the bridge. A delivery wagon was marooned on the west side; several farmers and their rigs on this side. Several owners of family cows who take the animals across to the West Side pastures each morning, complained bitterly this morning of the closing order.

The bridge experts approved of the tentative plans for raising the cables and putting steel caps on the towers. This work will be proceeded with as soon as the lumber for the false work around the towers arrives. It is expected in the morning. Heavy iron tie straps have already been put on to hold the cables together when they are lifted from the towers. Some masonry work for foundation of the tower false work on the west side will have to be done.

The uncovering of the up stream cables anchored by Burmeister & Andresen’s store shows that for a space of about two feet many strands are broken in two. Mr. Lewellen says the strands don’t appear to have been rotted through, but when the tar is scraped off, a number of strands are completely broken in two. Wm. Andresen says iron water pipes back there for his building kept rotting until they finally had to put in lead pipes.


How long will the suspension bridge be closed to traffic? is the question of most concern in Oregon City business circles. If teams will not be allowed to cross for several months, it is the unanimous opinion a ferry should be started at once, and the majority of those seen by a representative of the Star Wednesday forenoon were of the opinion it was the duty of the county court to provide the ferry and for its operation. If a ferry is put on, it is likewise the general opinion it should be a free ferry.

An impression prevails around town that as far as team traffic is concerned the bridge will be closed for months. One of the best informed and conservative business men in town said he didn’t expect to see repairs completed before fall, and little or no use of the bridge this summer.

On the other hand, County Judge Dimick and Commissioner Lewellen, the latter of whom has charge of the bridge, say light traffic will be resumed in a week or two. “Just as soon as the false work is up around the tower so we have support for the cables to keep them from slipping, we expect to allow light traffic over the bridge,” said Mr. Lewellen.

County Judge Dimick said the court had not considered the matter of establishing a ferry. F. T. Barlow, grocer, is typical of the business men. He is sending goods across the river by boat and has a man hired over there to deliver.

“I am afraid it would be difficult and costly to provide landings for a ferry,” said Mayor E. G. Caufield. On this side it might land at the sand bar but it would be a hard pull up from there. On the other side the old ferry landing, or rather the approach to it, has been filled up with dirt and trash. Mr. Caufield is going over to examine it.

Charles Bolds of Milwaukie, who operated the last ferry at Oregon City, was in town Wednesday. Mr. Bolds is a pioneer of 1845, and is now well up in years and lives in Milwaukie with his daughter. H. E. Cross of this city is his step-son. Mr. Bolds’ ferry was run by strong arm power applied to long sweeps. The last trip was made the day the suspension bridge was opened.


The excavation of the cable anchor by the rear of Burmeister & Andresen’s store is not completed. The deeper they go the worse they find the cables. The two or three feet of bad place uncovered yesterday has grown to five or six feet and the end is not in sight. So many strands of the center cable are rotted, broken and splintered at one place it looks as if a light tap would cause the cable to fall apart.

pontoon bridge 1907

1907 Pontoon Bridge


The paper mills will at once put a pontoon bridge across from the west side to the Oregon Railway & Navigation docks for use of the mill employees. It is expected this bridge will be completed by Wednesday evening. Logs will be wired together and anchored across the stream and a deck laid on top of them.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 11, 1917


Earl Bogger, his brother, H. S. Peterson and M. W. McCormick of this city, who have been making their home at the Electric Hotel, left Thursday to enter into the service of Uncle Sam. The Bogger brothers are to enlist in the coast artillery; and Peterson and McCormick the navy. They have been employed in the paper mills of this city.


Eighty men in Clackamas County were named by Sheriff Wilson Monday to act as census marshals in the conscription census. All the men will be expected to work without pay the sheriff announced. One man was named in each district. He will be expected to choose men to help him in the work.


Clackamas County applicants who have been ordered to the training camp of the officers’ reserve corps at the Presidio are:

Earl C. Brownlee, Oregon City; Lewis P. Campbell, Milwaukie; Harry W. Crawford, Milwaukie; Edward F. Dunn, Bull Run; Lloyd O. Harding, Oregon City; C. W. Coffman, Oregon City; H. E. Williams, Oregon City; Arthur Caylor, Oregon City.


August Erickson, for many years a prominent saloon keeper of Portland, but recently proprietor of the Clackamas Tavern in this county, was arrested at an early hour yesterday morning by Sheriff Wilson at his present home at the request of his wife whom he was using as a target for a 40-40 rifle and if a cartridge had not got stuck in it he would probably had murder on his hands instead of half a dozen charges of various degrees of violating the prohibition laws of the state and the discovery of about 70 bottles of Canadian Club and imported Scotch whiskeys, kegs of home-made wine and beer and a complete bottling outfit and what is rather a novelty, two large cabinet nickel in the slot machines that were all loaded for business.

It was midnight when Sheriff Wilson received word of trouble at the Clackamas Tavern and upon arriving there found Mrs. Erickson in the road hiding from her husband, whom she said was drunk and had tried to kill her, and A. Sauvie, a neighboring rancher who boarded with them. Erickson was found drunk and rambling in his talk but quite docile and then his wife said that he was good to her when he was sober and pleaded that he be not arrested. It appears that Erickson had been drinking hard for several days and when he began to beat his wife the boarder, Sauvie, called down from his room for him to stop, thereupon Erickson went up after him and broke down the door of the room with a cleaver but Sauvie escaped through a window. Erickson then got the rifle and started after his wife and there is evidence where he fired five shots in her general direction.

Sheriff Wilson noticed several empty bottles and suspicious of a cache of it on the premises left Deputy Sheriff Frost in charge of the tavern and brought Erickson to this city and locked him up on general principles and then secured a search warrant from Prosecuting Attorney Hedges to make a full investigation. Accompanied by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Burke and Deputy Sheriff Joyner he returned and started a search. After the most careful scrutiny they could find nothing except some made wine and beer and had about concluded that they were on the wrong track until by accident a small hole was seen in the floor between two doors and out of curiosity a wire was inserted and it was found to be hollow below. A more careful investigation revealed a hidden trap door and when this was raised a concrete wine closet was found that was actually filled with different kinds of liquor and not the least important thing found there was a government liquor license for the current year.

In an outhouse was found several sacks of barley and hops, as well as the bottling outfit. The nickle in the slot machines were in the main house and and Mrs. Erickson said that “they were only used when some of the guests got stewed.”

Erickson is being held in the county jail without bonds and charges will be filed against him later when the case can be sifted out.

Sheriff Wilson brought to the city an automobile and a truck loaded with the liquor, beer and other contraband articles, and locked them up for future reference to determine the extent of Erickson’s guilt.

Prosecuting Attorney Hedges says he can already suggest seven charges to place against him and he has not given the matter much thought either. The possession of the government license is said to be under the new law prima facie evidence of guilt as a bootlegger.

In appearance Erickson is a badly broken down man and admits that he has been in pretty bad luck recently. He explains the presence of the liquor at his place by insisting that he has had it in his possession there since the state went dry and as to the manufacture of beer and wine he says that it was for his own use and he believed that he had the right to manufacture it.

In the county jail he found an old friend and companion in Martin Denny, whom he claims to have brought to Oregon many years ago to participate in a prize fight and who has made this his home ever since, to the profit of Martin and the expense of the state.


One thought on “News of the Week, May 7 to May 13

  1. I have seen similar notes in journals — in Washington County. I think there were hard feelings at times.

    Thanks for all your work.

    Ginny Mapes 25185 NW Svea Drive Hillsboro, OR 97124




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