News of the Week, July 23 to July 29

Oregon City Enterprise, July 27, 1867

GETTING READY FOR BUSINESS – A walk of a few hours about town on Thursday last has shown us that business will soon be resumed in all its branches in Oregon City. The Imperial Mills, which have received substantial improvements, will begin running next week. The woolen factory next month. The People’s Transportation Company have taken the Echo out of dry dock, looking as neat and trim as a new craft, and on Monday she is expected to “start up” as far as Corvallis. The Paper Mill will in all probability resume active operations inside of a month. Good crops are being harvested in the country – business is looking more brisk, east, west and south.

CHURCH MANUAL – A small pamphlet containing a manual of the Oregon City Congregational Church has been laid on the table of an up country publisher, who says: “This Church for two years past, until lately, has been officiated over by Rev. P. S. Knight. It is in a prosperous condition, having increased in membership under his ministry. The articles of faith are very brief, but embrace a great deal of religion, without containing any dogmas. It is the oldest Congregational Church probably on this coast, having been organized in 1844. Dr. Atkinson was its pastor from 1848 until 1863.

Congregational Church 1880s

Congregational Church, SE corner of 11th & Main Streets. 1880. Note the difference in land level from the church to the building just north – a creek running to the Willamette River and creating a “canyon” had to be bridged at this point in the mid-1880s to allow travel down Main Street.

SUNDAY PRACTICE – There are five churches in this city. On last Sunday we believe service was held in but one of them. There was a gay game of base ball on the bluff, though. We frequently hear it stated that the Good Templars and church people have “got this town” but really the above situation shows that the place is poor one for preachers.

Oregon City Enterprise, July 26, 1877


The flume to connect with the factory flume was completed last week, and the mill has started up again. A good many valuable articles have been found embedded in the mud at the basin, where the boats landed in times gone by. James Moore was the lucky one who found a $5 piece. Ambrose Bailey found a gold chain which he lost years ago when he was running on the boats. A bottle of good old Holland gin was the bonanza discovered by another gentleman. The forces of workmen has been reduced to about sixty, being as many as were needed as present. Wm. Hamilton had his hand badly smashed last Monday, at the dry dock, by the falling of a heavy timber.

FISH PROPAGATION – Prof. Stone is rapidly pushing the fish propagation scheme, and in a short time will have things in running order. Land has been purchased of Mr. Horace Baker, at the mouth of Clear Creek, and a force of about twenty men are engaged in placing dams across the Clackamas and Clear Creek, and erecting a hatching house. Six men are also employed in this city, making wire baskets for hatching purposes.

Weirs for the Fishery1880

Weirs for the Fish Hatchery at Clear Creek near Stone (Carver), 1880.

LOCAL NEWS – The young couple who were displaying their skill at “love making” on the river bank last Sunday evening are entitled to the thanks of a large and appreciative audience. It was an enjoyable affair to the lookers-on.

NEW INDUSTRY – Messrs. Hutson and Califf have associated themselves in a company known as the Oregon City Mop and Wringer Co., with headquarters at this place. Their shop is at the Oregon City saw mill and the office of the company opposite Pope & Co.’s. Their business is to make and sell mops – not the old fashioned back-breaking-tie-the-rag-on-hand-scalder, but a simple device that takes away the drudgery from floor cleaning, and makes the task as light as possible. Their mop has much the appearance of an ordinary mop, except that along either side of the handle and about two inches form it extends a large wire, upon which slides the cross section, the lock and rag holder. The wires are so arranged that they constitute a simple lock and when locked is ready to scrub with. To replenish, it is quickly unlocked, dipped in the water and wrung without the hands once becoming wet. It thus enables scalding water, lye or any other cleaner to be used without harm to the hands. As a window and ceiling cleaner it is unsurpassed. The company are already employed with a good many hands upon the road and establishing a good business. The operation of getting out the wood work is an interesting one. A hollow cylinder with sharp cutting sides revolves around a stick, which is firmly clamped to prevent it from turning. This stick is run through the turning machine and comes out a round handle, needing but to be polished to be ready for use. The polishing is done in a large cylinder of Mr. Hutson’s own contrivance. We may just mention in this connection that the firm take great pains to select good stout wood for handles, so that they may insure it to stand a vigorous blow in the hands of an irate spouse. Then again they claim, in talking “sale” to a man, that the mop itself is a sure wrath preventative.

Oregon City Enterprise, July 23, 1897

BOY WANTED – An industrious, wide-awake boy who wants to learn to be a printer can secure a position in the Enterprise office. A boy who smokes cigarettes or has not the ambition to make something of himself is not wanted.


  • The Waverly bicycle is the talk of the town. Call at Charman’s Drug Store. Get a catalogue and examine the wheel.
  • It takes more than “red circus paint and nickel trimmings” to make a good bicycle. Dware of those that have that “tin rattle.” Buy the Waverly and you get the best.
  • The Waverly bicycle has no repair shop. They are built to stand the rough roads, and not to adorn the repair shop. Ride a Waverly and set the pace. Catalogue free at Charman’s Drug Store.
  • CRESCENT – $75 AND $50. Crescent “Honest Value” and “Standard Price” have forced every bicycle make in the U. S. to reduce their prices. Buy a bicycle with a history and reputation back of it. Western Wheel Works, Makers; New York and Chicago.
  • $12 buys a good bicycle at Young’s second hand store first door north of Pope & Co’s hardware store.

Oregon City Enterprise, July 26, 1907


The tent burglar is again working, and but for the aggressive chase given him by a woman Thursday night, he would have made another haul.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse George and family of this city have taken to a canvas house for the summer. Between the hours of 1 and 2 Friday a. m., Mrs. George was aroused by someone striking a match in the tent. She asked who it was, but the intruder quickly blew out the match. Sure by this move that the party was an intruder, Mrs. George again demanded who was there, and receiving no answer, she started after him, whereupon he ran out of the tent, closely pursued by Mrs. George. In his haste he failed to notice the ropes of the tent, and fell sprawling over these, which shook the tent in a manner that aroused all the sleepers. Quickly jumping up the would be thief ran in the direction of the S. P. Railroad track and made good his escape.

Mr. George went to the family residence and armed himself with a “smoke wagon” of considerable diameter and awaited the return of the marauder, but strange to say, he failed to return.


D. J. Bryan, rear brakeman on the southbound S. P. freight that arrives in this city at 11 o’clock, was struck in the face by glass and as a result may lose his eyesight. A number of boys were playing near the trestle in Green Point when the train went by and started throwing rocks at the caboose. One of the rocks struck a window and the broken glass cut the face of Bryan, who was in the car, and seriously injured one of his eyes. He was brought to Drs. Carll & Meissner’s office, where his sufferings were alleviated as far as possible, after which he was taken to a Portland hospital.

Oregon City Enterprise, July 27, 1917


An elm tree pest has struck Oregon City and is causing much concern among owners of elm trees here. The firs tree to be attacked in this city are the trees in the library park, there being 12 in all, and the elm beetle is destroying the trees, so that the matter has been taken up with Mayor E. C. Hackett by Mrs. Bertha Adams, the librarian, and the City Council will at once take steps to prevent the spread of the beetle. The elm tree beetle resembles a black caterpillar, and is very destructive to trees of this kind. Great havoc is being done by the pests throughout the city. The elm tree beetle is a native of Europe, and first made its appearance at Baltimore, Md., as early as 1834.


Announcement of the sale of the Martin “5, 10 and 15 cent store” in this city to the Woolworth company of Chicago and New York was made here today following the receipt of a telegram by H. L. Martin from the Woolworth company, clinching the bargain. The new owners have announced that while they do not intend to assume active management until January 1, they will begin improvements soon and have signed a 10-year lease on the building owned by Frank Jagger for the store room. The improvement planned is a store room on the rear of the building 30 by 20 feet.


Troops of the Oregon National Guard, 2500 strong, will mobilize today.

Every officer and soldier has received his preliminary instructions, which call for the assembly of all troops as their home armories promptly at 6 o’clock this morning. The next step will be their concentration within a few days at Fort Stevens, near the mouth of the Columbia River, and at Camp Withycombe, Clackamas, Or.

The men of the Oregon Coast Artillery will proceed as soon as possible to Fort Stevens, where they will drill with the big guns. It is the general feeling that men in this branch eventually will see service in France in the handling of heavy field artillery. The other troops mobilizing today will be sent to Camp Withycombe to remain until they can be thoroughly outfitted and equipped. Fully 700 of the men have no uniforms, no equipment of any kind, and not even mess kits.

It was for this reason that the previous orders issued by the War Department that they should proceed to the cantonment at Palo Alto, Cal., were changed to provide for their staying at Camp Withycombe, where the Third Oregon Infantry has been in camp for some months, until they are really in readiness to leave.

The troops affected by today’s mobilization include the 12 companies of the Oregon Coast Artiller, with the headquarters, band and sanitary troops attached; headquarters and Troops A, B, and C, First separate battalion, Engineers; Field Hospital No. 1, and separate Batteries A and B, Field Artillery.

All the Portland troops will assemble at the Portland Armory. They will be fed in restaurants during the mobilization period. General White has overcome the lack of quarters by arranging that each Portland man in the various commands here shall take one of the men of his company from outside the city to his home at night.

Until the concentration at Camp Withycombe, the troops will be permitted to go home at night to sleep, as there are no quarters for them at the armory.

All Nation Guard troops are to be drafted into the Federal service August 5. This is a formality that must be complied with, so they can be ordered to service outside the United States.



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