News of the Week, May 28 to June 3

Oregon Argus, May 30, 1857

As some seventeen boys came to my premises last Sunday, and wandered about there, leaving the bars down twice during the day, regardless of allowing the egress of mine or the ingress of other stock, this is to warn them that, as this has been persisted in for some years, if it does not cease immediately, they or their parents, or any others doing the same, will be proceeded against at law forthwith. Heman S. Buck

$2,000 REWARD!
Whereas some scoundrel attempted to burn our store on Tuesday night last, the above reward will be paid to any one who will furnish testimony that will lead to the DETECTION and CONVICTION of the person guilty of that act, or of any one who may make a similar attempt hereafter. The careful attention of all citizens is directed to this matter, who desire to escape from the wicked designs of incendiaries.
Wm. C. Dement & Co.

Oregon City Enterprise, June 1, 1867

BASE BALL – On the 24th, the grounds of the Base Ball Club in this city being ready, a very fine game was played in dedication between the First Nine playing another Nine selected, with odds of six outs to three. On Wednesday a delegation from the Club here visited Vancouver, where a match game was played between the First Nine of the Pioneer club of Portland, and Occidental Club of Vancouver. The Pioneers carried away the Ball, having made 79 runs to 62 made by the Occidental club.

ACCIDENT – On Wednesday, about noon, Mr. John Athey, a young man of this city, met with a serious accident. While employed near the mill of Messrs. Miller & Pease, erecting a scaffold for use in the construction of a flat boat for the P. T. Company, he slipped and fell some distance striking with such violence on rocks below as to break his left thigh bone. In reducing the fracture Dr. Barclay found it was necessary to put the patient under the influence of chloroform. We are glad to learn that he is now doing well, and will soon recover.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 31, 1877

BASE BALL– The Mt. Pleasant boys and the picked nine of this city met on the diamond field in this city last Saturday. Leonard Charman and Willard Latourette acted as Scorers and G. W. Church as Umpire. Promptly at 3 o’clock the game was opened, and for the first five innings it was very closely contested, the score standing 14 to 15. The picked nine made a big spurt in the sixth inning, making eleven runs and white-washing their opponents, leaving them twelve runs in the rear. From this time our boys had the game in their hands and they kept up their lick all the way through. The score stood, 20 for Mt. Pleasant and 35 for the picked nine. Everything taken into consideration, the playing on both sides was excellent, this being the first game of the season. The best of feeling prevailed throughout the game.

Oregon City Enterprise, May 28, 1897


  • W. P. Hawley, superintendent of the Crown Paper Company, returned last Thursday from an extended trip through the East where he had been to examine the latest improvements in the construction of paper mills and to inspect the latest machinery for paper-making. His company is now receiving bids for the construction of another mill building and while East Mr. Hawley purchased the necessary machinery for this addition to the plant. Mr. Hawley states that the business outlook in the East is good and that he has little fear but what times will soon be better here.
  • Sheriff Grace, Assessor Stout, E. Elliott, P. A. Fairclough and John Green went fishing in the Clackamas a few miles above Highland last Saturday. They reported on their return that they caught 583 fine trout, but that the weather was warm and they forgot to take along any salt and the fish spoiled before they could get home. It has transpired since, however, that the sheriff caught 0, Assessor 1, Mr. Elliott 2, Mr. Fairclough 6 and Mr. Green 5, which rightly combined make 583. Ever since Jonah swallowed the whale it has not been considered lying to tell fish stories.
1896 Memorial Day Parade

1895 Decoration Day Parade at 8th and Main Streets

MEMORIAL DAY – What more fitting tribute of respect can be shown the dead, than for our citizens to meet, and amid solemn and impressive ceremonies, march to the silent city and lay the floral tribute of loving hearts on the graves of our lamented dead. It must be a busy world indeed to him who cannot for one short day in all the year, lay aside the implements of toil or the cares of business and spend a short time in sacred remembrance of some dear one whose clay rests beneath the sod in the silent city of the dead. Decoration Day will outlive the gray-haired veterans who now, by common consent, conduct its beautiful ceremonies – it will die only when love of country dies, and the fabric of the republic crumbles. To scatter flowers upon their graves and care for their loved ones, is all that we can do for the men who have done so much more than that for us. When we shall cease to do that out of warm gratitude of our hearts, the republic will not deserve to exist as a nation.

At 10:30 a.m. The procession will be formed under the direction of grand marshal Captain Fielding S. Kelly and aides, and proceed to the cemetery, where Capt. S. B. Ormsby, post department commander, will deliver the oration of the day and Judge Wm. Galloway an address on the “unknown dead.”

All our business men should close their stores Monday, at least during the exercises and as far as possible decorate their places of business, out of respect to the living as well as to the honored dead.

The cemetery has been nicely fixed up by the City Council, which has stimulated private lot owners to beautify their lots also. Our cemetery is now something to be proud of and never was in such good condition before.

Decoration Day 1895 Mountain View Cemetery

1895 Decoration Day. Masonic Section, Mountain View Cemetery. Boy facing the camera is sitting on the W. W. Buck plot, Block 65.

Oregon City, Or. May 27, 1897

I. The undersigned having been appointed marshal on occasion of the parade and ceremonies to be held in this city on Decoration Day, Monday May 31, 1897, promulgates the following orders for general information.

II. The order of march and the assignment in columns of the different organizations taking part in the parade is as follows: Oregon City band, “F” Co. 1st Regiment, Oregon National Guard; Meade Post No. 2, G.A.R.; Volunteer Firemen, United Workmen, Woodmen of the World, Woman’s Relief Corps, and citizens in carriages.

III. The column will form on Main Street facing south, and the several organizations taking part as above stated are requested to be in place by 10:15 o’clock a. m. as the column will move at 10:30 sharp.

IV. The Barclay school will be prepared to move at 9 o’clock a.m. and St. John’s School at 9:15 under escort, to the G. A. R. hall for the usual exercises prior to the general formation. The delegation from Eastham School will join the column upon its arrival at the head of Seventh Street, proceeding from there to the cemetery.

V. The following aides are hereby appointed: Dr. E. A. Sommer, chief of staff; Henry E. Smith, J. U. Campbell, Frank Walter and E. J. McKitterick. They will report to the marshal, mounted, at 10 a.m. at the armory.

By order of F. S. Kelly, Marshal; E. A. Sommer, Chief of Staff.

Decoration Day 1895 Mountain View Cemetery

1895 Decoration Day. Masonic Section, Mountain View Cemetery – possible Blocks 55 & 66

Oregon City Enterprise, May 31, 1907


The Methodist Church, which owns the building occupied by W. L. Block, will be out over $200 by the runaway of Grant Critzer’s horse Friday. Three big plate glass windows that cost $68 each put in, were smashed. The horse was tied to a post on 6th Street when it frightened at the cars, broke the strap, and ran around the block by way of Railroad Avenue. The horse being tied relieves its owner from responsibility for the damage. Mr. Critzer’s loss is plenty heavy. He was offered $200 for the horse by Dr. Strickland a few days ago, and the only reason the offer was not raised to $250 was that Critzer didn’t care to sell it. The wagon is a total loss also. Mr. Block lost about $25 worth of goods, a washing machine being smashed and goods in the window damaged. Altogether that runaway means a total loss of close to $500.

memorial day 1900 on molalla ave

1900 – Memorial Day parade to Mountain View Cemetery along the Molalla Road.

GRAND ARMY BOYS PRESENT BRIGHT ARRAY – It was a glorious day that greeted the G. A. R. boys and ladies of the W. R. C. as they marched forth to decorate the graves of comrades gone on before, in Oregon City and vicinity. Promptly at the hour of ten the procession of old soldiers on foot and W. R. C. ladies in hacks moved forward for the occasion, marching up Main Street from Willamette Hall to Seventh Street and out that thoroughfare to Shively opera house, where the program for the day was carried to a happy conclusion. J. C. Sawyer, commander of Meade Post, No. 2, opened the program at 11 o’clock. George A. Harding made the formal announcements. The first selection – music- by the Columbia band of Oswego was a medley containing all the popular patriotic airs. Following the music Rev. E. Clarence Oakley of the First Congregational Church led in repeating the Lord’s prayer and offered the invocation. Commander J. C. Sawyer made a short address, when Mrs. Imogen Harding Brodie sang with sincere feeling “The Star Spangled Banner.” Mrs. Pearl Gregory Cartlidge gave the reading of James Whitcomb Riley’s “The Silent Victors” in a manner that made the story very real.

The oration of the day was delivered by J. J. Walters of Portland who spoke in a clear and forceful way in honor of the brave defenders of the flag. He asked that this be wholly a soldier’s day and that the graves of other departed loved ones be decked with flowers on other days, that Decoration Day may be given up entirely to the remembrance of those who fought and died for American liberty. He said Decoration Day is becoming more and more observed. At the close of prayers Mrs. Brodie sang “Taps”.

From the exercises at the Shively a line of march was again taken up and the ritualistic ceremonies of the G. A. R. and the W. R. C. concluded at Mountain View Cemetery.

Oregon City Enterprise, June 1, 1917

With one section of their new plant already in operation, the managers of the Oregon City Manufacturing Company Saturday announced that the remaining units will begin operations within a short time. The first work in the new plant very fittingly is a large order of supplies for the United States government for the use of the army and navy departments and in order to complete this work within the contract time, an additional force is to be put to work.

The weave room, was the first unit in the new building to be used but the garment factory will begin operations Monday. The building is three stories high and covers a ground space of 80 by 250 feet.

A garden contest for employees of the Crown Willamette Paper Company has been arranged and prizes announced for the best winter vegetables, the best potatoes and the best average quantity of potatoes raised on tracts of the company’s ground near the Sunset School in West Linn. Twelve acres of land have been set aside for the gardens and the land will be given out in sections 50 by 100 feet. At the end of the season, about the first of November or December, the prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • Class A – For best garden or winter vegetables: First prize, $25, second prize,$20; third prize, $15; fourth prize, $10.
  • Class B – For the largest crop of potatoes: First prize, $25; second prize, $15.
  • Class C – For the largest average quantity of potatoes raised on the patch per square yard of ground: First prize, $25; second prize $15.

Harold A. Swafford, master of Multnomah Lodge No. 1, A. F. & A. M. who is scheduled to leave soon for France, was presented with a past master’s jewel at a meeting of the lodge last night. Ordinarily this jewel is not given except after one’s term has expired, but in view of the fact that Mr. Swafford is to leave for Europe with the American engineers corps, an exception was made in his case.

Clarence L. Eaton, an attorney of this city, has enlisted in the United States Navy and will leave shortly to assume his new duties. A dozen years ago Mr. Eaton entered the law offices of Hedges and Griffith in this city and since that time has been more or less connected with the activities of Clackamas County. When Franklin T. Griffith moved his office to Portland, Mr. Eaton went with him there. When Mr. Griffith assumed the presidency of the Portland Railway, Light & Power Company, Mr. Eaton moved his law office to the Masonic Temple in this city. Mr. Eaton has the Degree of Bachelor of Laws from the University of Oregon and was admitted to practice by the supreme court of the state of Oregon in 1910, by the United States district court of Oregon in 1911 and by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1914.

Clarence Leslie Eaton, born January 2, 1889, died on August 7, 1959 and is buried at Mountain View Cemetery. His headstone shows “US Navy World Wars I & II”. He returned to his law practice in Oregon City after WWI and lived in his family home in Canemah.

Harold Alvah Swafford, born in Oregon City February 10, 1892, died in California May 2, 1944 and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale. He filled out a WWII draft registration card in 1942 while living in Los Angeles and stated that he was employed by Crown Willamette Paper Company. Transport records from WWI list him as a Second Lieutenant Co “F” 18th US Engineers, when he boarded the Iowan February 28, 1919 in St Nazaire, France for his return to the US.


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