News of the Week, June 25 to July 1

The Oregon Argus, June 27, 1857


  • The body of Mr. Bell, who was on the Portland at the time it went over the falls, was recovered this week.
  • Stone-Ware – S. M. Harris and Brother have left in our office a beautiful stone pitcher, just kind of a one adapted to a cold water office. It was made of clay discovered in this city by these enterprising workmen, after spending much money in experimenting upon clays in different parts of the country in endeavoring to find that which would make stone ware. We are truly glad that they have succeeded in their enterprise, and that we shall have in the course of few months an article manufactured at home which is hardly excelled in any country.
  • There will be a celebration in this city on the Fourth by the Sons of Temperance, the Cold Water Army, and the Sabbath Schools.

The Cold Water Army was a children’s group whose members pledged to drink cold water instead of alcohol  – see a Cold Water Army Independence Day song at the end of this blog.

A Day in Arcadia.
The unusual, and almost unprecedented, approbation given to Prof. NEWELL’S Floral concerts in Oregon City and Portland, in July 1855, and again in 1856, has induced him to prepare another, which will be presented in
ON JULY 4TH, 1857
The Festival of the Rose is founded on a custom said to prevail in a certain village, – that of crowing, with a wreath of roses, the maiden who has, during the year, been found most dutiful to her parents, and most correct in her behavior. Performance to commence at 3 P. M. Admission $1 – children, 50 cts.

Oregon City Enterprise, June 29, 1867

Fourth of July Celebration
A match game of Base Ball will be played between the Clackamas Base Ball Club of this city and the Pioneer Base Ball Club of Portland at 10 o’clock A. M., on the grounds of the Club in this city. At the conclusion of the match the admirers of the game are invited to participate in a Basket Picnic, to be held at or near the grounds of the Clackamas Base Ball Club.

BUSINESS TO BE SUSPENDED – On the Fourth of July, Thursday next, business in this city will be suspended. All trades and classes join in the movement.

Oregon City Enterprise, June 28, 1877

Independence day, the most dangerous and combustible in all the year, is not far off. Too much skyrocket patriotism should be smothered, as at this season of the year everything is dry, and most of our city houses frame. Better pitch all the firecrackers into the Willamette than run any risks of destroying our pretty town. Still a Fourth of July without fireworks is like strawberry short-cake without any strawberries; and while the procession with its marshals on prancing steed is not to be disparaged, the test of the success will be the pyrotechnic display. Its nature, and the proper place for exhibition, have been carefully weighed, and, to our mind, judicially settled. Away from the immediate contact of houses, the fireworks will be enjoyed by everybody without the depressing thought that a conflagration may result. The remarks on patriotism that it is never at its highest unless fired by gun-powder refers to the “small boy,” an institution no growing city should be without, yet a most terrible accompaniment on the Fourth of July in towns built of wood.

Our 101st Anniversary.
Every arrangement has been made for a grand celebration of the Fourth of July at the Clackamas Base Ball Grounds, in this city. Those who have the celebration in charge have been untiring in their efforts to have everything arranged for the occasion, and the programme and talent which they have secured for the day speaks well for their energy and management. The Aurora band, the very best in the State, has been engaged to furnish the music during the day, and for the dance at Pope’s Hall in the evening, and this of itself will be sufficient attraction to bring a large number from other places. The programme of the day will be substantially as follows:

    The procession will form promptly at 10 o’clock A. M. in front of the Cliff House, and march from thence through the city to the grounds in the following order: Grand Marshal, Brass Band, Officers of the day, City Clergy, City Council, Federal officials, City officials, Liberty Car, visiting Base Ball Club, Clackamas Base Ball Club, Fire Companies, citizens on foot, citizens in carriages, citizens on horseback.
    Music, by the Aurora Brass Band; “Patriotic Glee,” by the choir; prayer, by the chaplain; music, by the choir; music, by the band; reading of the Declaration of Independence; music, by the choir; oration; music, by the choir; music, by the band; benediction, by the chaplain; basket picnic; match game of baseball.
    Grand Marshal, Hon. John Myers; Assistant Grand Marshal, S. B. Califf; Deputy Marshals, Messrs. Julius Logus and Arthur Warner; Read of the Declaration of Independence, E. L. Eastham; Orator, Capt. W. H. Smallwood; Chaplain, Rev. D. B. Gray; President of the Day, Mayor Barin.
    The amusements of the day will conclude with a grand ball at Pope’s Hall in the evening, which promises to be a very enjoyable affair. The bet music in the State has been secured and the managers have made arrangements for a pleasant time.

The Oregon & California Railroad Company will charge full fare to this city, from any point on the road, and return free.

The Base Ball Grounds were located at 7th & Center Streets on the City Square, where McLoughlin House is now located.

Oregon City Enterprise, June 25, 1897

Picnics, Lunches, Camping Parties, Fishing Parties
All are in order now. The quality of the edibles add much to your pleasure. You can get the choicest Olives and Pickles, Potted and Deviled Ham, Salmon, Sardines, Chipped Beef, Van Camp’s and Heintz’s baked Beans, the nicest Cakes and Crackers, Wild Cherry Phosphate and Hire’s Root Beer in fact everything to be desired for such occasions. We furnish boxes and pack safely.
E. E. WILLIAMS – The Grocer.

GRAND CELEBRATION.  Monday, July 5th, At Gladstone Park, Oregon City.

  • President of the Day – Judge Wm. Galloway
  • Grand Marshals – H. E. Cross, E. E. Martin, B. S. Bellomy
  • Orator – Rev. W. K. Beane, D. D., of Portland, one of the most brilliant orators of the west.
  • Reader – Mrs. Col. R. A. Miller, who is one of our most accomplished readers, will read the Declaration of Independence.
  • Music – Mrs. Strickler, Musical Director of the Y. M. C. A., one of the best vocal teacher on the coast will have charge of the music.
  • A fine Brass Band of thirteen places will also be in attendance during afternoon and evening.


  • 11 A. M. – Oration, Reading of the Declaration, and Music at the Auditorium.
  • 2 P. M. – Basket ball game; One mile bicycle race; Five mile relay bicycle race; Half mile foot race; Base Ball game; Tug of War between Woodmen and Workmen.
  • 5 P. M. – Balloon ascension and daring Parachute jump by Prof. Hogal the celebrated aeronaut.
  • 8 P. M. – Auditorium – short speeches, musical treat consisting of solos, quartets and choruses, and fine athletic exhibition by the Athenium Club and also by the East Portland and Oregon City Y. M. C. A. teams.
  • GRAND FINALE – Prof. George Hughes, Pyrotechnist of Portland, will give a brilliant display of new and beautiful fireworks, lasting an hour.

Refreshments will be furnished by the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Y. M. C. A. at reasonable rates. A nominal admission fee of ten cents for all over ten years of age will be charged for the benefit of Y. M. C. A. of Oregon City. Everybody invited to come and spend the day at this beautiful park and assured a royal good time.

Oregon City Enterprise, June 28, 1907

1905 4th of july float 1905

1905 4th of July float, 10th & Main

The general Fourth of July committee held a meeting last night and arranged many of the details for the big celebration in Oregon City. The parade will form in the Green Point section and march south on Main Street to the basin, counter march on Main to Tenth, up Singer Hill and Upper Seventh to the City Park where the literary program will be given. The order of the parade as far as settled is as follows;

First Division: Grand Marshal F. A. Loomis; Chief of Staff; Color Bearer; Trumpeter, F. E. McArthur; Oswego Band; Separate Co. G., Oregon National Guard; Liberty Car; Grand Army of the Republic; Rose Society Float.

Second Division: Marshal; Oregon City Band
First Carriage, containing President of the Day J. E. Hedges; Reader, Miss Elva Watts; Soloist, Mrs. Imogene Harding Brodie; Orator, Hon. C. M. Idleman;
Second Carriage, containing committee of ladies on decoration.
Improved Order of the Red Men; Cataract Hose Co.; Price Bros. Float; Fountain Hose Co.; Frank Busch Float; Columbia Hook and Ladder Co.

Third Division: Marshal; Molalla Band; Hill Hose Co. No. 2; Ely Hose Co. No. 4; Best decorated Farm Wagon; Largest Family Float; Best Driving Teams; Best Single Drivers.

Prizes are offered for largest family, best teams, etc. The exercises at the park include oration by Hon. C. M. Idleman, reciting of the Declaration of Independence by Miss Watts; solo by Mrs. Brodie, chorus singing by combined choirs, music by the bands, etc.

The hose races will be held on South Main Street at 2 o’clock. There will be five races, wet test. The foot races, fat man’s race, hurdle races and other land sports will be held on North Main Street. The motor boat race will be pulled off in the forenoon, while other boat and swimming races will follow the land sports. Daylight fireworks in both forenoon and afternoon and a grand display of the firey kind at 8 p.m. on the hill just north of the west entrance of the bridge.

The Oregon Water Power and Home Telephone Companies promised to have Main Street in as good condition as possible – bricks and barrels removed and street swept.

Note: The newspaper also reported that nearly $1,000 had been collected from residents and businesses to support the celebration.

  • Left, 1911 – 4th of July Parade coming up Singer Hill.
  • Right, 1915 – 4th of July Parade at 6th and Main Streets.

Oregon City Enterprise, June 29, 1917

The total subscriptions of Clackamas County for the Red Cross fund was not available at a late hour last night, for contributions were still being received. The amount reported to headquarters is about $12,000 with the amount in Oregon City forming about $7,000 of this. There are over a hundred districts that have not filed complete reports. Among the subscribers Tuesday were the Elks Lodge, $100; Mason, $25.00; Rebekahs, $10; I. O. O. F.., $25; Woodmen of the World, $20; Commercial Club, $50.

At a meeting of the Mount Pleasant Rose society at the home of Mrs. A. C. Warner, of Mount Pleasant on Thursday evening the matter of the annual rose show was discussed. It had previously been announced that this society would hold its annual rose show during the month of June, but at this meeting it was decided to hold a flower show instead, with a small admission to be charged, and this to go toward the Red Cross society. Not only roses that are grown in Mount Pleasant, but all kinds of wild flowers and ferns will be shown. A committee will arrange the flowers and ferns for the show. There will be no classification of flowers. The flower show will be held on the evening of July 2 at the Mount Pleasant schoolhouse. A strawberry fete for the benefit of the Red Cross society will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Warner on Wednesday evening, June 27th.

Fred Gio, a well known young man of this city, and only son of Mrs. M. Gio, of Oregon City, will leave this evening for the Presidio, Monterey, California, where he goes into training in the Eighth Telegraph Battalion Signal Corps, and will be a member of Company E. Mr. Gio has resided in this city for about a year, and since coming to this city has made a host of friends. He came from Wallace, Idaho, having been employed by the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company in that city for eight years and was transferred to this city, having been connected with the company until enlisting six weeks ago. He has received orders to report at once to Monterey. Mr. Gio is the only young man from this county who has enlisted in the signal service corps at Monterey.

Private First Class Fred Albert Gio is shown in a passenger list with Co. E, 411th Telegraph Battalion, for transport 10, leaving Hoboken, New Jersey for Europe on February 18, 1918. He returned to Oregon City after WWI. On April 27, 1942, at age 54, he completed an “Old Man’s” WWII Registration card, reporting his address as 314 High Street, and his employer as Pacific Telephone Telegraph Company. He died in December 18, 1948 and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Tune — “Yankee Doodle”
Cold water is the drink for me,
Of all the drinks, the best sir;
Your grog, of whate’er name it be
I dare not for to taste, sir.

Give me dame nature’s only drink,
And I can make it do, sir;
Then what care I what other think,—
The best that ever grew, sir.

Your artificial drinks are made,
The appetite to please, sir,
And help along the honest (?) trade,
Of those who live at ease, sir.

Your logwood wine is very fine,
I think they call it “Port,” sir;
You’ll know it by this certain sign,
Its roughness in the throat, sir,

’Tis true that yankees are most shrewd,
And wooden nutmegs make, sir;
But who’d have thought Port wine was brew’d
This side the big salt lake, sir.

We need not send to Portugal,
Nor go to good old Spain, sir;
The best of wine is at our call,
Port, Lisbon, or Champaigne, sir.

They’ll make us any kind we choose,
Without the aid of grape, sir;
And when ’tis done, will not refuse
A price to make it take, sir.

Some love to swig New England rum,
And some do Cider choose, sir;
But, so they only make “drunk come,”
No matter what they use, sir.

But I’ll not touch the poisonous stuff,
Since all the brooks are free, sir;
Give me cold water, ‘tis enough,
That cannot injure me, sir.
The Cold Water Melodies, and Washingtonian Songster, 1842


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