News of the Week, May 21 to May 27

Oregon Spectator, May 27, 1847


Pursuant to a notice, which appeared in the Spectator of the 13th inst. for the purpose of obtaining an expression of public sentiment relative to trespass on land claims, a very numerous and respectable body of citizens of Clackamas with many from other counties, assembled at the City Hotel at half past seven o’clock, P. M.

The meeting was called to order and the object explained in an appropriate address by Theo. Magruder – when on motion Capt. Kilburn was called to the Chair and F. Prigg deputed to act as Secretary.

On motion a committee of five was appointed to draft a set of resolutions expressive of the sentiment of the meeting – G. L. Curry, Noyes Smith, Theo. Magruder, A. Hood and J. M. Wair, to be said committee who after a short period presented the following preamble and resolutions:

Whereas the people of Oregon, since the settlement of the country, having lived together in peace and harmony – respecting individual rights and maintaining the supremacy of the laws, we the citizens of Clackamas County, as a portion thereof, most sincerely regretting the occasion, feel ourselves called upon at this time to make a public expression of opinion concerning the disposition recently manifested to set at defiance the laws of the land, and to violate the good will and peace of the community by trespassing upon land claims; therefore

1. Resolved, that we regard any action calculated to prejudice the claim of any citizen who has complied with the laws, as tending to violate the good faith of community and deserving of the reprobation of every honorable man.

2. Resolved, That we view the spirit of the articles of compact as such, that though there should be a chance for evasion of subterfuge, that the object of them was to secure to every citizen under said compact, his private rights of reservation of the U. S. Government, as such we view them, as such we hold them, and as such we will support them.

3. Resolved, That we shall look upon every man in any way connected with the movement now in progress, assailing the rights of citizens, as a disorganizer, whose conduct will weaken the golden bond of society and give occasion to mob law and violence.

4. Resolved, That we hold all persons who advise trespassers upon small points, relative to what they in their wisdom anticipate may be the future law regulating Land claims, as violators of our Organic Law and equally guilty.

5. Resolved, That as an order loving and law abiding community, we discountenance all men who by their actions display a want of moral principle and an utter disregard of social obligation.

6. Resolved, That in view of the approximation of the Jurisdiction of the United States, we will stand by one another in maintaining the supremacy of the laws, placing confidence in the belief that the government will afford justice to all its citizens.

7. Resolved, That in espousing the principles contained in the above resolutions, we hereunto affix our names, pledging one another to stand by the issue and support our individual rights, whatever may be the consequences.

On motion of Mr. A. Priest:

Resolved, That we will not give our votes to any man for any public office who is in any manner, shape or form connected with claim jumping.

(152 signatures attached)

Oregon City Enterprise, May 25, 1867

THE CEMETERY – On Tuesday last we visited the City Cemetery. The lot supposed to be under the care of the city is in a deplorable fix. Some time since, perhaps last year, a fire ran through the grounds destroying many of the palings surrounding private lots, and utterly ruining whatever might have existed the the shrubbery line. At present the grounds are covered with a dense growth of fern, obliterating the streets, and alley ways entirely. All that is seen appears to be disorder. We hope for the sake of the memory of the departed that this will not long be suffered to remain so. The adjoining lot, owned and controlled by the Masonic fraternity, is in much better condition, but there is room in it for great improvement. The lots appear to have been laid off without regard to system or regularity. There are a few handsome places in these grounds. The monument marking the last resting spot of Mr. Wm. C. Dement is surrounded with a neat iron fence. Mr. Wm. Barlow is making a most fitting improvement on his lot. A cut stone wall, 12 by 18 feet in extent, 2½ feet high, has lately been laid and “pointed” in the very best style by Messrs. W. J. Caldwell and Geo. Clark, upon this lot. The space inside is being filled with rich soil, and is to be sodded in proper manner or planted with shrubbery, and in the course of time it will be truly a handsome spot. It costs but a trifle to take an interest in such matters, and as it is uncharitable to suppose that the matter is attributable to negligence of friends of the deceased, we hope to record very many improvements on our next visit to the grounds soon.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 24, 1877

BARLOW ROAD – The road across the Cascade Mountains, owned by the Cascade Road & Bridge Co. is open and ready for travel. Hands are at work putting the road in good repair; also extensive improvements are being made and more to follow. Added to the splendid grade made on Laurel Hill last year, they intend making others which in all will make the best, shortest and cheapest road over the mountains. Sheep bridges are being put up on all streams. Tolls – wagons, $2; saddle animals, 50 cents; cattle, 10 cents; Sheep, 3 cents; pack animals, 25 cents.

FIRE – Last Friday night, about half past eleven o’clock, the slaughter house of Albright & Logus, situated on the Abernethy Creek below town, was discovered to be on fire. The fire department was called out, but it was beyond the line of the water works, and they had to leave their hose carts behind, the fire had gained too much headway for them to save anything, and it soon devoured the building and its contents. Mr. J. Logus says that workmen were engaged in the building during the early part of the evening, and they were very careful to put out their light, and he is of the opinion that it is the work of an incendiary. The loss will amount to about $600.

Cliff House

Cliff House

INCENDIARIES ABOUND – Last Friday night, while the firemen were at the slaughter house fire, some dastardly wretch tried to burn the Cliff House. The wash room was saturated with coal oil and lighted, but it was discovered by Mr. Theodore Clark, who promptly put it out with a bucket of water, before it had done any damage. The night watchman will do well to keep an eye on several suspicious characters around town.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 21, 1897

RIVER HOODLUMS – Complaint is made that the fishermen engaged in fishing in the Willamette abreast of the town have of late been making a decided nuisance of themselves. In the early evening when they go out to lay their nets they indulge in all manner of coarse and obscene language, that is spoken is such a loud voice that they are plainly heard in all the residences along the river front. As there are many people promenading along the river front and on the suspension bridge, these evening displays of billingsgate by the fishermen is very annoying, especially to the ladies. Again on returning to town in the early morning hours these hoodlums wake up all residents of the river front with their yelling and loud singing. It will be just as well for these fishermen to respect the rights of other people to go quietly about their work for unless they do, steps will be taken to see that they obey the law and conduct themselves as self-respecting men should.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 24, 1907

UNION HIGH SCHOOL – There is much antagonism being shown between the taxpayers in favor of the Union High School and those against the movement. Those against the project have been more active since the offer of the board of directors of the Oregon City schools of two rooms in the Barclay School to be used as class rooms till better quarters can be found. If the plans of those in favor of the movement are carried out, the new high school district will be formed of Oregon City, West Oregon City, Willamette, Parkplace, Mount Pleasant and Canemah. Most of the opposition seems to come from the districts outside of Oregon City, but the project would be of the most benefit to them, as some the localities have no high school grades at all, while Oregon City has a two-year course. Petitions are being circulated by those in favor of the plan, and they were successful in securing the names of many of the taxpayers.

PUSHING WORK ON THE DAM – The work of repairing the old flume at the woolen mills is completed and the workmen engaged on it have been added to the force at work constructing the new extension. The new extension, or upper portion, will be nearly 300 feet long and is being built from the new coffer dam to the old flume, further down the basin. About fifty workmen are pushing the work as fast as possible, and it is promised that the water can be turned in sometime tomorrow.

Green Point stateion 1915

Green Point Hose Company No. 5, with bell tower, east side of Main Street between 15th & 16th Streets. Hose house was expanded in 1909. Photo from 1915.

NEW HOSE COMPANY – Petitions are being circulated in Green Point asking that the signers be permitted to join the hose company that is to be organized there. At the present writing about nine have signed, but Chief Ruconich says that fifteen members are necessary before the company can organize. The required number should be procured as there is no telling when there will be need of a hose company’s services. The Oregon City Mill & Lumber Company donated the house, and it has been placed on land donated to the city by Dr. McLoughlin, and as the hose cart is already installed there, it seems that the men of the neighborhood would form a company as soon as possible. Besides the social times the members are sure to have, they are also exempt from poll tax and from being empanelled as jurymen.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 25, 1917


Adjutant General White has had prepared a concise statement of what the war census draft is and what men it covers.

It is as follows;

War Census Day – Tuesday, June 5, was named by President Wilson in his official proclamation.

Who Must Register – Every male resident between the ages of 21 and 10 years, inclusive. This includes aliens as well as Americans. Japanese, Chinese, Italians, Germans, English, Americans and men of any other nationality, who are of designated age, must register. Aliens will not be drafted for war duty, of course, but a complete record of them is desired.

Who is Exempt – No male resident between the ages of 21 and 30 years, inclusive, is exempt from registering. Those to be exempt from military service will be determined later, but first all must register.

Where to Register – Registration must be made in the home precinct of the man registering. Register at your regular voting place.

Hours for Registration – Booths, at regular voting places in each precinct will be open on war census day from 7 o’clock to 9 o’clock p. m. Don’t wait until the last moment, register early.

Registration of Absentees – If you find you will be unavoidably absent from your home precinct on war census day, you should apply at the earliest possible date to the county clerk of the county in which you may be at the time, whether in Oregon or elsewhere, who will fill out your registration card. He will then give you the card, which you must mail to the registrar of your home precinct, in care of the sheriff of your home county, in time to reach the registrar by war census day. The burden of having your card reach the registrar of your home precinct by war census day is on you.

Registration of the Sick – Men of military age who are too ill to go to the voting booth to register must send a competent person, before war census day to the county clerk to explain the circumstances, and secure instructions from the federal regulations which these officials will receive from the government.

Penalties – The penalty for failing to appear to register, or for giving false, misleading or incorrect answers is imprisonment. There is no alternative of a fine.


Governor James Withycombe, in announcing that he would issue a proclamation making “Registration Day,” June 5, a legal holiday in the state said:

“I hope that the state will assist in making the day a magnificent demonstration of the unity of our country,” said the governor. “Every individual who wishes to serve and to bring about the power of exhibition of a morally and patriotically united nation, both for the stimulation of our side of the case and the depression of the morale of our adversary, can contribute by helping make the day a great day in history.”


Because he was arrested at about 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon instead of after midnight Sunday, J. C. Brauchman, who was taken into custody by Motorcycle Officer H. E. Meades on a charge of speeding his car, escaped with a fine of $50 instead of receiving a penitentiary sentence from Justice Kelso of Milwaukie today. Brauchman was arrested by County Motorcycle Officer H. E. Meades near Milwaukie Sunday afternoon, charged with operating his automobile at a speed of approximately 40 miles an hour while he was in an intoxicated condition. Under the new state law, effective at midnight Sunday, Brauchman would have been liable to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $500 or to a penitentiary sentence, for the new law makes the driving of an automobile while intoxicated, a felony.


Charles Graham, salesman for the Huntley Drug Company, is another of Oregon City’s young men to hear the call to the colors, and has made an application to be enrolled in the ambulance corps that is being recruited for service with General Pershing’s division in France. He will take his physical examination Wednesday. The ambulance corps is being fitted out under the direction of Dr. Green, of Portland, and is expected to be en route for Europe within two months.

Mitchell Story, the third member of the Morning Enterprise force to answer his country’s call, has applied for enlistment in the navy.


O. C. Shindler, an employee of the Harding Drug Company of Oregon City, enlisted in the medical reserve corps of the United States Army Tuesday with the rank of Sergeant of the first class. Mr. Shindler took the examination for the post three weeks ago and went to Vancouver Tuesday to enlist, upon notification from the war department.

Harry Edward Seiler, a member of the Oregon City Fire Department, who enlisted in the Navy some time ago has been notified to report on May 30.

More on this week’s enlistees:

Charles Graham was born June 1, 1894 in Ontario, Canada. He emigrated to America in 1908 and became a naturalized citizen on May 9, 1918 at Camp Lewis in Washington. He married in 1920 and moved to Tillamook. He died May 6, 1968. A newspaper article published in the Oregonian quoted from a letter to his mother in Portland, and identified him as Sergeant Charles Graham of the 363rd Field Hospital Company in France.

Mitchell Edward Story was born July 28, 1896 in Oregon City. The Enterprise announced his return to Oregon City in June 1919 and noted that he has served on a transport, having made several trips to Europe. He returned to work at the Enterprise after the war and later moved to California where he died March 1, 1983.

Otto Celestine Shindler was born July 20, 1894 in Milwaukie, OR. He died in Bandon, Oregon on July 16, 1954. His headstone reads “Otto C. Shinder, Oregon, Captain MAC – RES, World War I. The application for military headstone shows Army Sanitary Corps, Evac. Hospital #37, enlistments 5/22/1917 and 9/22/1918, Honorable Discharge dates 9/21/1918 and 7/8/1919. It also lists him as a 1st Lieutenant.

Harry Edward Seiler was born December 16, 1887 in Massachusetts. He died August 3, 1925 at the Veterans Hospital in Walla Walla, WA. He was a member of Fountain Hose Company No. 1 in Oregon City. He was elected to a one year term as the Fire Chief in March 1920. In June 1922, Fire Captain Seiler was severely burned by an electric wire while fighting a barn fire in Oregon City. In attempting to get to the other side of the barn from where he had been manning a hose, he stepped on an arcing 5,000 volt line. He was unconscious for two hours and had a large hole burned to the bone in his leg.

His obituary in the Oregonian does not list a cause of death. He is buried in Mountain View Cemetery.


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