News of the Week, July 16 to July 22

Oregon City Enterprise, July 20, 1867

WATER PIPE – C. W. Pope of this city, are now busily employed in manufacturing the pipe for the Oregon City Water Works Company.

CAUTION – We would caution our lady friends owning canaries about leaving the cages in exposed places. On last Saturday a chicken hawk pounced down upon a fine singer owned by Leonard Diller, and destroyed the bird in its cage, at the door of the Lincoln Bakery, on Main Street. Such a bold stroke on the part of a wild bird is rarely seen.

A VICTORY – The return game between the Benedicts and Bachelors of Clackamas Club was played on Thursday resulting in favor of the latter by 46 points, In justice to the married men we would state that they did their best by signally failed.

As the match game between the Benedicts and Bachelors yesterday is claimed by the latter, I deem it my duty to inform you otherwise. It resulted in an even game, the Bachelors doing all the batting and scoring, and the Benedicts doing all the chasing after balls. Yours, Hercules Benedict

Benedict – a newly married man who was previously considered a confirmed bachelor, from Benedick, a character in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing.

Oregon City Enterprise, July 19, 1877

FISH COMMISSIONER – Prof. Livingtone Stone, U. S. Fish Commissioner, who was invited to this coast by the Columbia River fishermen, has been in this vicinity for several days past. He has examined the streams flowing into the Columbia, and has arrived at the conclusion that the Clackamas River is a great deal better adapted to breeding purposes than any of them. The projectors of this scheme have objected to this location, alleging that only “steel heads” ascend the Clackamas. Prof. Stone has caught several fine salmon out of this stream and sent them to the interested parties, which will prove that we can catch as fine fish here as they do even on the Columbia. The commission his highly pleased with our beautiful stream, praising its natural advantages for fish propagation in the most glowing terms, and he will endeavor to persuade the fishermen to have the breeding cages located in the Clackamas.

Since the above has been placed in type, we are informed that Prof. Stone has received a telegram from the president of the Columbia River Fishermen’s Association authorizing him to locate the fish breeding cages on the Clackamas if he thinks it is the most favorable situation. We understand that operations will be commenced next week.

Oregon City Courier, July 16, 1897


Wm. J. Bryan came from Lebanon in a special train on Monday to fill his engagement to lecture at Gladstone Park under the auspices of the Chautauqua Association. Besides his special train of 11 cars another train of 12 cars came from the west side of the river and Seattle besides several steamer loads from up the river. Fully 6,000 persons were present to hear Hon. W. J. Bryan deliver his lecture on “Bimetallism.” a more enthusiastic gathering could not have been made. He spoke for fully two hours and closest attention was paid to what he said.

OPENING DAY – People coming in – pitching tents – announcements of classes – first glimpse of professors – great lecture on Mexico by Edward Page Gaston of Chicago – base ball – Round Table – grand first night concert.

SECOND DAY – More tents – more people – enthusiastic classes – delightful lecture by Chaplain Bateman of Fort Sherman, Idaho – solo by the assembly favorite, Mrs. Bert-Mark – wonderful story “Les Miserables” by Miss Ida Benfey of New York City – great lecture on “Cuba” by Edward Page Gaston of Chicago.


Ladies’ Gymnasium Class

Prof. Edwin E. Green of Seattle arrived Monday and started classes in Physical Culture early this morning, the gentleman’s class at 8 o’clock and the ladies’ at 9 o’clock, at the old auditorium. There will also be a children’s class at 10 o’clock for all between the ages of nine and sixteen. Mrs. C. Swift of Seattle will assist Professor Green with the ladies’ class. All who can are requested to bring gymnasium suits of blouse waists and divided skirts.

The Chautauqua board have engaged the wonderful Edison Vitascope on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings of next week in addition to lectures and music. This remarkable instrument is the wonder of the age, and Edison’s crowning feat in electrical discovery. Without seeing it one can hardly imagine such possibilities of realistic action, men marching, boys snowballing, horses large as life, fire flaming and leaping, steam engines rushing with all the vivid speed and smoke of reality. It is the fad of the age to see the Vitascope, every Chautauqua this year counts itself fortunate to have it on the platform.

Oregon City Enterprise, July 19, 1907

The Oregon Grape
Dedicated to the school children of Oregon. Poem by Mrs. Eva Emery Dye, music by Father Dominic.

Sing ho, heigh ho, for the Oregon grape,
Heigh ho, for the Oregon holly,
Her beauty blooms through all our rooms,
on every day that’s jolly.
Her gay leaves tell of wedding bell
And glad Thanksgiving day,
Of Christmas chime and New Year’s time,
And merry first of May.

(see full song at the bottom of this blog)


Oregon City and Clackamas County recently united in the purchase of a handsome drinking fountain. It has arrived and will soon be placed in position. It will be erected at the corner of Center and Seventh Street at the corner of the Park.

And a week of mishaps…

  • William Hudson was knocked senseless by a blow on the head while trying to ride a bucking pony on Seventh Street near Nash’s stable, Tuesday noon. A crowd had contributed enough to make a good sized purse, and to win it, Hudson agreed to ride the animal without any bridle. The steed fell twice with him, and the last time falling, he struck his head on a piece of rock and was rendered unconscious. He was carried into Nash’s stable where he soon recovered. No doctor was summoned. And we will never know if he won the purse…..
  • While attempting to alight from a car at 7:30 Sunday evening, Mrs. M. brown of Elyville was thrown backwards and struck her head on the pavement. The car started before she could get off. She was brought to the Brunswick Restaurant where Dr. Carll attended to her injury, after which she was removed to her home at 615 Duane Street. She is said to be much improved.
  • Oren Cheney, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Cheney of Green Point, fell from his wheel Sunday night and broke both bones in his right wrist. The accident occurred at about 9 o’clock on Washington Street, between 13th and 14th where there is a steep incline. He was removed to the residence of J. C. Zinser, and kept there till after his injuries were set by Dr. Sommer, when he was removed to his home. Oren’s mishap will be read of with sorrow by many. He fell out of a barn some years ago and broke his leg in a manner that it did not grow together right and he was left a cripple. Sunday seems to have been a bad day for him, for while returning from Sunday School in the morning he slipped and struck his head on the sidewalk, raising a large swelling. In spite of his history of mishaps, Oren lived to age 84.
  • Miss Rena Tycer of Gladstone sustained a painful injury Wednesday afternoon at R. Freytag’s store. She was near the front glass door when her ankle turned; she sprained her ankle and thrusting out her arm to stop her fall broke the glass to pieces. She was brought to the office of Drs. Sommer & Mount where the glass was cut out of her arm.

Oregon City Enterprise, July 20, 1917


Billy Sunday, the noted baseball player-evangelist and farmer, who has adopted Hood River as his home, is to speak Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Gladstone Chautauqua.

The monster new auditorium which is to be completed tomorrow will be dedicated by Mr. Sunday before his afternoon address. The new building will seat 5,000 persons, and with the additional seating arrangements to be provided, 10,000 can be accommodated.


Scoring conditions in Portland that will permit of such laxity in the management of the hotels as is grossly evident, Major Gilbert, Chaplain of the Third Oregon regiment stationed at Camp Withycombe,speaking at the Forum hour of the Chautauqua this morning, flayed the patriotic and moral conditions in the city and said that Camp Withycombe should be protected from the influences of Portland rather than, as has been recently suggested in Portland, the opposite.

Portland as a city, he said is doing much to protect her own young men who are preparing to offer their lives in the nation’s service. Chaplain Gilbert, who speaks with the authoritative and commanding voice of a born soldier, challenged the Portland police department and accused them of being “blind as bats” in the toleration of prostitution in the city’s popular hotels.

The two cases of drunkenness found recently in the camp at Clackamas were caused by the proximity and influence of Portland, was the statement of the chaplain, who said that the influence of the city’s vice was reaching out to the camp through the agency of trips to the encampment by immoral men and women who can easily motor out from Portland.

Colonel May, in charge of the Third Oregon, was highly complimented by the major, who said that the encouragement of his superior officers was a great help and support and that the state of Oregon was to be congratulated on having a man of the moral fiber of Colonel May as head of its fighting forces.

That the response of this state to the call to arms has been a revelation to him, was the statement of the chaplain. It has been, he said, the patriotic response has made it necessary for Oregon to have but 770 men to furnish in the coming conscription.

(In the same issue a chart showing the number of soldiers to be drafted in each state to make up the 687,000 new soldiers needed for the war showed that Oregon only had to provide 717 draftees due to the large number who had already enlisted. Washington was to draft 7,296, Nevada 1,051 and Idaho 2,287 to make up their numbers.)

Camp Withycombe 1918

Camp Withycombe, 1918

The Oregon Grape…The version sung at the Chautauqua used music written by Father Dominic. I haven’t been able to locate a printed version of the song, printed in Mount Angel around 1910.

The following version of the song was printed in The Oregon Teacher, March 1912.  This version credits A. M. Sanders as the composer.

Eva Emery Dye the Oregon Grape


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