News of the Week, June 18 to June 24

Oregon City Enterprise, June 22, 1867


At a regular meeting of Clackamas Base Ball Club, held on the evening of June 18th, 1867, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That the thanks of this Club be tendered to the Pioneer Base Ball Club of Portland, for their gentlemanly courtesy, generous hospitality, and manly bearing during our visit, and play with them, on the 17th inst.

Resolved, That while we regret that they were able to retain the Ball, at the close of the Match Game, these regrets are all made to vanish when we remember the manner in which they afterwards captured our stomachs and hearts.

Resolved, That we shall ever retain pleasant memories of our time with those gentlemen, and shall hereafter hope to meet them on a better contested field.

Peter T. Barclay, Secretary C. B. B. C.

Pioneer_Base_Ball_Club_The_First_Nine 1866

The Portland Pioneer Base Ball club was the first club organized in Oregon, 1866.

BASE BALL MATCH – The match of Base Ball, at Portland on last Monday, between the first nine of Clackamas club, and the first nine of the Pioneer club, was won by the latter, as follows: Pioneer nine, 78 runs; Clackamas nine, 36 runs.

The game was played with vigor throughout, and only that “our boys were out of luck” they would have brought the ball home with them. As it is we must submit, as we do with good grace, to the result. The day was very warm, yet for the two hours and 27 minutes occupied in playing, none let up. Mr. A. J. Apperson, of the club from this city, acted as umpire and received credit for his fair and impartial decisions, giving entire satisfaction to both sides.

At the conclusion of the match, 6:10 P. M., all the players with invited guests met at the Western where a superb supper was served at 8 o’clock by the Pioneers, after which the boat tooted her whistle and the 200 or more who had embarked on the excursion at 1 P. M. went on board, and at about 11 P. M. were landed safely home.

The return game will probably be played upon the grounds of the club in this city on the Fourth of July, a challenge having been sent below to that effect, at which time we trust the club of this city will win laurels yet in abeyance. Since the above was placed in type the challenge has been accepted for the 4th of July.

Oregon City Enterprise, June 21, 1877

COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES – A correspondent of the “Telegram” describing the commencement of the Willamette University at Salem last week, give the following brief sketch of Miss Lenora Ross’ essay: Miss Lenora Ross then presented her essay on “Shrines,” in which she endeavored to convey the idea that all men have their shrines, before which they worship. The idolaters of ancient time had their images and shrines, before which they worshiped; and the people of today were scarcely less idolatrous, save the exception in the things they worship. The shrines of today are numerous and varied, embracing in some instances that which ennobles, while in others degradation follows. Should we choose one of the former, all is for the best perhaps, as many of the very best of our land have devoted their whole lives to their shrines and accomplished a good work.

Lenora Ross was born in 1856. The Daughter of Dr. H. W. and Lucinda Doty Ross, she was a “beautiful and popular young woman of Oregon City” per another newspaper article. She taught school for several years after her graduation but due to ill health became an invalid and died in 1901 at her mother’s home in Portland. She is buried at Greenwood Hills Cemetery in Portland.

BASE BALL – The Clackamas and Accidental ball tossers of this city had a contest on the Clackamas grounds last Saturday afternoon, and the Accidentals came out second best. The playing on both sides was excellent, the boys making it decidedly warm for their opponents, and we predict a closer call when next they meet the enemy on the diamond field. The score stood, Clackamas 31, and the Accidentals 23.

Oregon City Enterprise, June 18, 1897

The graduating exercises of the high school took place at Shively’s opera house last Friday evening, when 27 of Oregon City’s cleverest young people received the coveted diploma, strive for with such patience and success. The opera house was prettily decorated with flowers and evergreen, with class colors and motto, “With the Ropes of the Past we Ring the Bells of the Future,” while over all floated the protecting and inspiring folds of old glory. The brightest settings of the stage, however, were the happy lads and lasses, who did honor, not only to themselves but to the faithful teachers and school officers, under whose tuition and supervision they were prepared for the day and its meed of success.

The program for the evening opened with a feeling and eloquent prayer by Rev. A. J. Montgomery, in behalf of the young people now arrived at this important turning point in their lives. Miss Marjorie Caufield then delivered the salutatory from the subject, “Activity is the Measure of Usefulness,” citing Edison and other great men of the present day as examples of activity and usefulness. Her address showed careful and thoughtful study and received full and deserved recognition. Miss Florence Morey sang “Mignon” to the very manifest delight and appreciation of the audience.

The class history was given by Esther Blanche Holden very minutely and clearly, beginning ten years ago and coming down through the several stages to commencement evening. David Thompson Meldrum was billed for the class prophecy, and he met his engagement very successfully to the delight of his classmates and the applause of the audience. Upon Mable Hanegan devolved the duty of delivering the valedictory and saying good bye to teachers and classmates, a right royally did she discharge her obligation in her essay “What a Girl Can Do for Her Country.”

Other students and their essays: Minnie Caroline Meyer “Principles of Liberty”; Guido Roscoe Charles Clark “The Natural Wonders of Oregon”; Charles Addison Babcock “The American Flag”; Orpha Adelia Cosper “Thought Makes Man a Progressive Being”; George Edward Swafford “Progress of Invention”; Frederick Cochrane Charman “Printing”’ Elinor Williams, “Marcus Whitman”; Lulu May Hankins “Cheerfulness”; Belle Smith “Hope”; Carl Gilbert Church “Aim in Life”; Abel Merease “Oregon”; Annie Laura Dungey “The Value of Forest”; Fred John Meindl “The Public School the Palladium of Liberty”; Mary Nora Curran “For Grain Will Grow From What You Sow”; Ethel May Cheney “Joan of Arc”; Walter Andrew Kruse”Charlemagne and His Work”; Maude Myrtle Winslow “Women in Politics”; Marie Marguerite Bluhm “The Irreparable Past”; Emory James Noble “Self-Reliance”; Charles Clinton Criswell “Abraham Lincoln”; Chester Roake “The Steam Engine”; Waldo Johnson Adams “Formative Influence of Habit.”

Oregon City Enterprise, June 21, 1907


1899 Barclay school and neighborhood

Barclay School and neighborhood, 1899. The Union High School was opposed when it was offered that grades 11 and 12 could be added to the Barclay School if the surrounding districts would consolidate.

The proposition for a Union high school was overwhelmingly defeated, four districts out of six recording a majority against. The vote in the several districts was as follows:

Oregon City: Yes 39; No 9
Canemah: Yes, 9; No 0
Parkplace: Yes 5; No 85
West Oregon City: Yes 10; No 12
Willamette: Yes 13; No 19
Mt. Pleasant: Yes 1; No 6
Total: Yes 77; No 131

The surprise of the day’s vote was Mt. Pleasant, one woman in that beautiful suburb having the courage to vote for the High School.

The Union high school is of course defeated but good will come out of it for Oregon City as it makes almost certain the adoption of Superintendent McKee’s plan for adding the eleventh grade to the Barclay course. The vote was very light in Oregon City district. George A. Harding was unanimously re-elected director.

A rose and carnation society was organized in a meeting held with Mrs. Rosina Fouts, Friday afternoon, at 3 o’clock. The charter list contains 25 or 30 names. The fee of admission into the society has been placed at 25 cents. The society will meet with Mrs. George A. Harding Saturday afternoon, June 22. An election of officers resulted as follows: President, Mrs. George A. Harding; vice-president, Mrs. J. W. Norris; secretary, Mrs. Rosina Fouts; treasurer, Mrs. F. T. Barlow.

In a well played game of baseball at Willamette Falls the Oregon City Grays added another to their long list of victories by defeating the strong team of the 28th Battery, stationed at Vancouver, by the score of 4 to 3. The visitors are recognized as one of the hardest aggregations an amateur team can rub up against, and their style of playing yesterday plainly shows that they are well versed in all the little eccentricities of the national game. The result of the game came as a surprise to many people in this good old town, who while they were anxious to see the Grays come out on top after every contest, were afraid that Uncle Sam’s men were too much for them.

Oregon City Enterprise, June 22, 1917


Lloyd O. Harding, who left this city for the Presidio, San Francisco, where he enlisted in the officers’ reserve corps,has been given the commission of second Lieutenant in Company Eight, Officers’ Reserve Corps. Mr. Harding resigned is position as instructor in the Oregon City high school to enlist. He is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Harding of this city.

Elbert Charman, who has enlisted as stenographer in the engineering corps, and Earl Hutchinson, also in the engineering corps, will leave today to take up their duties at American Lake, Wash. Harold Swafford, who also enlisted, and who has gone to American Lake is supply sergeant of Company E.

Otto Shindler, of this city, has been notified by the War Department to report at Vancouver barracks and will leave this morning for that place. Mr. Shindler will be a sergeant of the first class in the medical reserve enlisted reserve corps. Of the 60 or more men called at this time form the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Shindler is the only one from Oregon.

Kent Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Wilson, of this city, who is sergeant in the hospital corps stationed at Vancouver Barracks, was in this city on Thursday, where he visited with his parents. Wilson went to Mosier a few days ago, bringing Milton N. Miller, an Oregon City young man, who was seriously injured a few days ago at Mosier, to the hospital at Vancouver Barracks, where he will receive medical attention.


Milton M. Miller, of this city, a private in a company of the Oregon National Guard on duty at a tunnel near Mosier, who was seriously injured when struck by a train recently, is improving but is still in critical condition. Private Miller, who was a student at Oregon Agricultural College before he joined the colors, was injured when he was hit on the head by a rock loosened by the passage of a train, rendering him unconscious beside the track, where he was struck by a second train. Three ribs were broken, one piercing the right lung. His arm was broken just above the wrist. He sustained a large wound on the head where the rock is said to have struck him, as well as minor bruises and lacerations on the head and body. He was rushed to a hospital at The Dalles by a comrade, who found him unconscious and who flagged the next train. The captain of the company of which he is a member and a detail of the men recently visited him and presented a flag as a token of regard. Private Miller has a brother-in-law, Lieutenant Walter L. Spaulding, with the supply company of the Third Oregon at Clackamas. His mother, who resides at Oregon City, and a sister have been with him continuously since the accident.

Milton Marion Miller recovered from his injuries. He died on December 5, 1966 in Vancouver, WA.

Shindler & Wilson also both survived the war and have been profiled previously.

Two of the men mentioned in this week’s news were from prominent pioneer families of Oregon City.

Elbert Charman was born July 15, 1896 in the Charman House at 7th and Jefferson Streets, now barely visible as the center of the Holman- Hankins-Bowerman & Waud Funeral Home. He returned to Oregon City after serving with 18th Engineers and serving two years in France and working on the Stars & Stripes newspaper. He was a graduate of Reed College, worked for Price Brothers Dry Goods and as an accountant for Reddaway Truck Lines. He died on February 3, 1980 and is buried at Mountain View Cemetery.

Lloyd Ordway Harding was the youngest son of George A. Harding and Jennie Barlow Harding. After returning from his military service “Ben”, as he was known, returned to work at the drug store his father had founded in the early days of the city. He attended the University of Oregon, graduating in 1912. He served overseas during WWI in the motor transport corps. He was elected to the Oregon City Commission in 1929 and was serving his third term as the mayor of Oregon City when he died in the VA Hospital on October 20, 1930 following an operation.


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