News of the Week, May 14 to May 20

Oregon City Argus, May 16, 1857

Just Received at the Oregon City Drug Store, direct from New York and San Francisco, a fresh supply of Drugs, Medicines, Patent Medicines, etc. which will be sold as low for cash as they can be procured in the Territory. Call and examine for yourselves and get an Almanac for 1857, gratis.

  • Jayne’s Alterative, Expectorant and Pill, Cod Liver Oil, Castor Oil and Sweet Oil
  • Mexican Mustang Liniment, G. W. Merchant’s Gargling Oil
  • Graefenberg Medicines: Dysentery syrup, consumptive balm, Pile Ointment
  • Hayman’s Dyspeptic Elixir
  • Old Dr. Jacob Townsend’s Sarsaparilla
  • Peruvian Febrifuge, for the cure of fever and ague

Oregon City Enterprise, May 18, 1867

OREGON CITY WATER WORKS – It is the intention of our townsmen Capt. George A. Pease, to leave for California today, where he goes for the purpose of obtaining water pipe for the Oregon City Water Works Company. The company are going ahead with a zeal that is very commendable, for the early completion of this much needed improvement.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 14, 1897

THE SUSPENSION BRIDGE – The repairs to the suspension bridge, under the superintendence of Sidney Smyth, were completed Monday. The bridge was built in 1888 and almost all the timbers were found to be rotten at the joints. The needle beams, bottom chords, away chords and posts were all renewed. About 12 pieces of new top chords and supporting beams resting on and between the towers were put in. All of the old washers two inches in diameter were replaced with new seven inch washers to prevent them pulling into the timbers, more than a ton of them being used for this purpose. The truss has also been braced to the cables by new tie rods bolted to the top chords which will prevent the bridge from careening in the future. Mr. Smyth also examined the towers and found them in good condition. The joints of the needle beams and chords were thoroughly coated with asphaltum to prevent them rotting in the future. These repairs make the bride practically a new structure. The entire cost of the repairs, including 35,000 feet of lumber and other materials, labor and supervision is $1,200. After drying a few weeks the entire structure will be painted.

FOR A BICYCLE PATH – If the bicycle question continues to be as popular as it is at present, it will be but a little while before the whole country will be a network of them. The Oregonian of the 10th inst. Has this to say regarding a path from Portland to this city. The citizens of Oregon City have now awakened to the advantages that will follow in the wake of a bicycle path from that city to Portland, and are taking active measures to provide one. Colonel Robert Miller, of Oregon City, was in Portland yesterday conferring with Mr. Eugene D. White concerning the project, and was promised the hearty support of Portland wheelmen. Oregon City is just about the right distance for a pleasant ride to Portland, and has many attractions to sightseers, chief among them being the beautiful falls of the Willamette. The path will probably be built through Clackamas and Gladstone, and possibly through Sellwood and Milwaukie, so that any of these hamlets can be easily reached by wheel. The path will undoubtedly be eventually extended toward Salem, and it will not be long before a branch will extend to the Clackamas hatchery. The promoters of the scheme are confident of its success, and it will probably be an accomplished fact by the end of the summer.

1900 Jacksons Bicycle Shop

1900 – First steam automobile in Oregon City and bicycles in front of Jackson’s bicycle shop.

THAT BICYCLE ORDINANCE – The bicycle ordinance passed by the City Council at the regular meeting last Wednesday, makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not less than $3 or more than $25, for any person to ride a bicycle upon or along any of the sidewalks in Oregon City, or to ride along any street or alley at a greater speed than eight miles an hour between 6 a.m. And 6 p.m. or six miles an hour between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. It is also necessary to ring your bell or sound your gong when approaching or while crossing any intersection of streets. A compliance with the provisions of this ordinance may save you trouble since Chief Burns has his weather eye open for violators thereof.

EDITORIAL – The City Council, in their deference to a few anti-bicycle cranks and a desire to suppress a few scorchers, rather over-reached themselves in their bicycle ordinance. So sweeping is its provisions that there is little likelihood of its being enforced. In the first place the respectable bicyclists, who number every wheel rider in this city except about a dozen fool boys and men, who ought to be allowed to break their necks at the earliest moment possible for they are of no use now nor never will be to the community, will do nothing toward assisting in enforcing the ordinance and without their help the one-man police force of Oregon City will be powerless, for he cannot be in all parts of the city at once. Had the ordinance been reasonable and sensible in its requirements there would have been no trouble in enforcing it, but as it is, it but adds another to the list of ordinances now on the records that are at first winked at by the authorities and then totally overlooked and relegated to the waste basket.

bicycle ad Charman Bros

Oregon City Enterprise, May 17, 1907

ROOMS OFFERED FOR UNION HIGH SCHOOL – At the meeting of the directors of the Oregon City school district, Monday night, the board voted to offer two rooms in the Barclay building now occupied by the ninth and tenth grades for free use for a year by the Union High School if one is decreed by the voters at the coming election. The law requires the location of the building in which the proposed Union High School is to be held, to be named in the petitions calling for an election. These petitions are being prepared and this offer by the board will simplify matters. That will give the new district a year in which to provide a building.

It is believe three rooms will take care of the Union High School the first year though it is likely to have more than the 90 students that are anticipated. Superintendence McKee says that 20 of the 23 members of this year’s graduating class would probably return. There are 40 pupils in the eighth grade at the Eastham School and 17 in the ninth. The west side will furnish one pupil for the Tenth and two for the ninth grade, while Willamette will send eight or nine pupils, a remarkable number, size of school considered. Then there are Canemah, Mount Pleasant and Parkplace districts to add their quota.


Oregon City now boasts of a militia company and also hopes that with a few weeks’ training Separate Company G, will be one of the best drilled companies in the state. Captain Knapp, quartermaster of the Third regiment, mustered the men in the service at the Armory Hall Monday night. Several of the men failed to appear in answer to the orders issued, but enough were present to make the required 50. After the mustering Franklin Loomis was chosen captain of the company. He selected William R. Logus as first lieutenant and Charles E. Burns as second lieutenant. The non-commissioned officers will be appointed at the next meeting which takes place at 8 o’clock next Monday night in the same hall.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 18, 1917


L. J. Bronaugh, son of Judge E. C. Bronaugh, of Jennings Lodge, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon near Oak Grove, by motorcycle officer H. E. Meads, on a charge of exceeding the speed limit. Monday afternoon Mr. Bronaugh appeared before Justice John N. Sievers and paid a fine of $10., the first tine to result from the activities of Clackamas County’s new speed regulator. Officer Meads, who was formerly a member of the Portland motorcycle police squad, was added to the county’s police force Saturday afternoon to regulate the speed of motor vehicles in this county. G. F. Nickerson of Gladstone, arrested on the same charge by Meads, will appear before Judge Sievers this morning. Miss D. Shirley was also fined $10 Monday by Judge Kelso of Milwaukie for speeding near Milwaukie Sunday afternoon.


Gerald W. Warner and Blake Bowland of this city, went to Portland on Saturday, where they made application to join the engineer enlisted reserve corps of construction and railway maintenance for service in France. This regiment will consist of two battalions of three companies each, and will see service as soon as recruited. Bowland has had several years of experience in railroad work before coming to Oregon City, his experience being in the east. He is the son of Professor and Mrs. J. R. Bowland. Gerald Warner is the only child of Mrs. Augusta Warner of this city and has had much experience in railroad and engineer work. He was employed for some time by the Willamette Valley Southern Railway Company; Moffatt & Parker and others in this city, and was well supplied with the recommendations from those for whom he has been employed. Warner was a member of Company G when that company was ordered to the Mexican border.

  • J. Blake Bowland died September 15, 1971 and is buried in Willamette National Cemetery. His headstone notes “Sgt. U. S. Army”.
  • Gerald WarnerGerald William Warner died December 30, 1935 and is buried at Lone Fir Cemetery. The request for a military headstone shows his rank as Machine Mate 2nd class, U. S. Navy. He is buried in the “Fireman’s Cemetery” section.



Major William S. Gilbert officiates, at the marriage of his tenth war bride Saturday at Vancouver Barracks. The couple were Earle N. Oliphant, actor-cook of the machine gun company, and Miss Florence Draper of Oregon City. Cook Oliphant and his bride left at once for the home of bride’s parents. Cook Oliphant, who is 24, has been a soldier of fortune. Lately he has been an actor and cowboy. Most of the years before coming to Oregon were spend on the Mexican border.

  • Earl Norman Oliphant, Cook, U. S. Army, died January 11, 1965 and is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery.
  • Florence Draper Oliphant died December 17, 1952 in Alameda, California. Looks this was a successful “war bride” marriage.

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