News of the Week, August 6 to August 12

Oregon City Enterprise, August 10, 1867

Barlow Virginia ABEAUTIFUL MONUMENT – On Wednesday last Mr. Wm. Barlow of this city, received from Mr. Young of Portland, a splendid California marble monument, nicely polished, standing nearly five feet in height, to mark the last resting spot of his deceased little daughter Virginia A. The top part of the monument has the likeness of Virginia inserted in a small octagon shaped piece of marble. The picture is set in from the back and securely fastened, the piece then being dovetailed into the front of the monument making it perfectly water and air tight. Below the picture is a nicely carved hand pointing upward. There was also four Italian marble posts to go on the top of a cut stone enclosure which Mr. B. has had erected around his cemetery lot, and which has been previously described in this paper. The who will make a most fitting memento to awaken memory of the little lost one.

(Virginia’s monument still stands in Mountain View Cemetery and the engraved hand is still clear, but her image is no longer visible.)

NARROW ESCAPE – On Monday last Capt. Geo. A. Pease of this city, ran a narrow escape of losing his life, by being wound up by his clothing in some machinery in the P. T. Company’s warehouse. He had been reaching up to put a belt on a pulley, when the skirt of his linen duster caught in a cog-wheel, winding the garment into such a strong cord that it required all the strength he possessed to free himself, which was done finally, leaving him somewhat in the condition our friend C. O. T. Williams found himself recently at the paper mill.

Oregon City Enterprise, August 6, 1897


Flying Sticks of Stovewood, Hairpulling, etc., Enliven a Justice Court

Grant B. Dimick

Grant B. Dimick, 1913, at the County Fair, where it appears things were much calmer than his day in court in 1907 turned out to be.

Wednesday was a red letter day in Justice Otto Ginglebauch’s court at Clackamas. The case, which for the time being demoralized the court, convulsed the spectators, imperiled the heads and limbs of the legal representatives present and bid fair to leave the defendant minus hair and eyes was complaint brought by E. Rounds and Mrs. Crookshank against Hermann Terwadow charging him with threatening to destroy their property and to do them bodily harm. The prosecution on behalf of the state was represented by Attorney G. B. Dimick and he has submitted his evidence, when Mr. Brownell, who was conducting the defense, called the defendant to the stand to testify on his own behalf, who proceeded to testify to all the circumstances pertaining to the merits of the case as he saw them. He also testified that he was an unfortunate son-in-law of Mrs. Crookshanks and that he had had the pleasure of living in the same house with her until about a year ago, experiencing at the same time all and singular troubles incident to living with a mother-in-law. At this stage of the proceedings Mrs. Cruikshank’s daughter, defendant’s wife, appeared on the scene and began to promiscuously bombard the audience with sticks of stove wood accompanying her efforts with a job lot of superlative epithets of vileness and obscenity, completely nonplussing and terrorizing Mr. Brownell and his client. The court soon mastered the situation and had the fusillade of wood and oaths stopped, to the manifest joy to both Mr. Brownell and his client. In the meantime Mrs. Crookshanks grasped the opportunity of satisfying a long accumulated grudge on the person of her son-in-law aforesaid and she then joined in the fray by pouncing upon the luckless fellow and by choking and scratching him to wreak her vengeance at the same time showering upon him a malediction of diabolical adjectives in the emphatic brogue of the German dialect, emphasizing her remarks by fairly and impartially raising her well beloved son-in-law toward the heavens by the disheveled hair of his head. Attorney Dimick, at this stage of the excitement, lent timely aid to the son and well-sustained the dignity of the “blessed peacemaker” between them. Order then being restored after a fashion, the defendant was discharged by order of the court and it was further ordered that he never again be seen upon Mrs. Cruikshank’s premises. Court then adjourned since die and the defendant hied himself to more peaceful surroundings while the war-like Amazons retired to meditate upon the frailty of man and his vulnerability to stove wood and profanity.

Oregon City Enterprise, August 9, 1907


Most encouraging news comes from the country and small town districts in regard to the county fair. The people everywhere are enthusiastic and many are subscribing for stock in the association. A worker at Canby reports 60 shares sold there and in that vicinity.

“There will be little difficulty in disposing of the entire amount of stock, 400 shares, right here in Oregon City,” said Captain Shaw, chairman of the committee on organization, “but we don’t wish to do that as this is to be the farmers’ fair and they should own the controlling interest in it.”

Now with the news of subscriptions to stock in the country, the committee realizes success is assured and has issued the following call for an organization meeting:

Notice is hereby given that there will be a meeting of the stock holders of the Clackamas County Fair Association, at the county court house, at 2 o’clock p. m. Tuesday, August 13, 1907, for the purpose of electing a board of directors, and for the transaction of any other business that may come up for consideration. It is quite necessary that all holders of stock be present either in person or by proxy. Proxies may be sent to the undersigned at Oregon City, at any time prior to the meeting, or to any one designated by the holder of stock. Jas. P. Shaw, chairman committee on organization.

The preparation and publishing of a premium list is the most pressing work after organization. This year’s fair will be held in Gladstone park, but it is quite uncertain where the second one will be held, for several suburbs are pulling for the permanent location. Willamette offers very desirable grounds and good car service. Mt. Pleasant can give an ideal site and they hope to have street car connection with downtown long before October, 1908. Gladstone and Parkplace have sites that would answer well, besides the Chautauqua grounds. It will be pretty hard to decide when the time comes, unless some one town can capture so large a block of stock as to be able to control the board of directors.

1913 midway at the county fair canby

Midway at the County Fair, 1913

A very successful fair was held at the Gladstone park in October 1907. In early 1908 the fair shareholders were convinced by promoters in Canby to establish a permanent site for the fair on the “Wait property” in their town. In October 1908 the now annual Clackamas County Fair opened for the first time in Canby.

Oregon City Enterprise, August 10, 1917


Phillip L. Hammond of this city, serial number 437, was the first man in Clackamas County to be given the physical examination for military service under the conscription act. Hammond was passed by the board.

During Tuesday forenoon there passed before the examiners 33 men. Of these 10 were deferred by the board to be physically unfit, and 23 were passed. Of the 23 passed by the board, 11 claimed exemption for various reasons.

(edited to Oregon City residents)...Those passed this morning were Phillip Hammond, Edgar Stewart, John Lau, Carl Newburger, Phillip Young, Samuel Phillips, Fillmore Arnold, Earl Latourette.

Oregon City residents who failed to pass: Albert Hubert, Emil Schatz, Erwin Hackett, Chester Carothers, Luie Vern Dart, Gottlieb A. Schneider, Charles Chinn.

Dr. Hugh Mount conducted the physical examination assisted by Dr. J. W. Norris, Ren L. Holsclaw and Joseph F. Kemler, of the headquarters detachment, Camp Withycombe. Sheriff W. J. Wilson is chairman of the local board and Iva M. Harrington is the clerk.


Claims for exemption from the United States military draft were filed here Wednesday by 11 men. The majority of these claims because of dependents – either a wife or children, while one claims religious scruples.

Those filing claims Wednesday (edited to Oregon City): Alva C. Hughes, #1676, age 27, married, with dependents; Ernest Whitten, #2181, age 24, married with dependents; Wallace B. Caufield, #1763, age 25, military service; Sherman E. Carleton, #2011, age 27, married with dependents.

Clarence Chandler, Milwaukie, religious reasons. Chandler bases his claims for exemption on the fact that he is a member of the International Bible Students, which organization, he says, is opposed to war.


Among the “war gardens” of this city that are attracting unusual attention are those of O. D. Eby at 910 Fourth Street and Frank Busch at Twelfth and Water Street. Mr. Eby’s lawn has been turned into a garden that will supply his family with all of the necessary potatoes for the winter’s use, beans for canning, many jars of which are already laid away in the “war cupboard” as they call it, corn stalks that are now showing the tassels of the ears that are peeping forth and almost ready for use. All kinds of vegetables ranging for the golden colored carrot to beets.

There is no ground space wasted in this garden, and Mr. Eby has given his garden the careful watching and care and has found that it pays to make your own garden even in war times, and will continue each year to enjoy the out-of-doors exercises when he arrives home from his office in this city.

Mrs. Busch has had charge of planting and caring for her garden on Twelfth and Water Streets. Here you will probably find some of the largest heads of lettuce that have been raised in this city, and they are crisp and tender. There are beets, turnips, carrots, potatoes or anything else that is to be found in a home garden. This goes to show what can be accomplished in the way of growing your own home garden with a little extra work and attention. This family will have enough vegetables on this small plot to supply the demand of Frank Busch and his son, John, who resides close by.

OD Eby apples

Apples grown by O. D. Eby


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