News of the Week, August 13 to August 19

Oregon Spectator, August 19, 1847

THE LARGEST IMMIGRATION YET – We have information by letter that there are nearly two thousand wagons on the Oregon route, all of which, with the exception of some four hundred Mormon wagons, are bound for this country. We think this rather a large estimate. One thousand wagons will do for this year.

ARRIVAL OF BISHOP BLANCHETT – The ship L’Etoile du Matin (Morning Star) Captain Menes, five and half months from Brest, France, direct, arrived in the Columbia on Saturday last, bringing as passengers Bishop Blanchett, five priests, three Jesuits, three la-brothers, two deacons and seven nuns.

Oregon City Enterprise, August 13, 1897


Justice Schuebel issued a warrant Tuesday on complaint of Grant Criteser who lives near New Era for the arrest of Amelia Barreth, charging her with horse stealing. Criteser alleges that Miss Barreth went into his pasture Monday, left an old worn-out garran in exchange for a good horse which she rode to Salem, where her parents reside, having recently removed from this county.

Chief Burns immediately telephoned to Salem and D. W. Gibson, of the Salem police force, arrested the girl at her father’s home a few miles east of the city, during the afternoon, took her to Salem, lodged her in the county jail, awaiting the arrival of Chief Burns who went up on the overland Tuesday night and brought the prisoner to this city Wednesday morning.

The arraignment was deferred until Thursday morning in order to give her father time to be present at the trial, but he failed either to come or send any word. The girl admitted she stole the horse and was sentenced to spend 25 days in jail in lieu of the $50 fine she was unable to pay.

Miss Barreth is undoubtedly a monomaniac on the horse question. A short time since she took Dr. J. W. Norris’s horse from the alley near Trembath’s saloon, in plain site of Main Street, where the Doctor had left him while he went up to his office a few minutes, and rode the animal out to her parents’ home near Jones’s sawmill, where they then resided and where the horse was found the next day. After this escapade the neighbors had her sent to the Boy’s and Girl’s Aid Society in Portland. The society put her in a good home in The Dalles but she ran away and came back to Clackamas County and stayed for a time on a farm run by a couple of men, who got rid of her as soon as they could. While on the ranch she evinced a passion for horses, catching one and riding it over the pasture whenever she could and just before she left she brought in an old plug which she claimed she had paid $5 for. The young lady has been implicated in the temporary disappearance of other horses but has never before been held to answer for her deeds.

Oregon City Enterprise, August 16, 1907


Rural Mail Courier 1902

Rural Route Mail Carrier, 1902

An examination for clerk and carrier will be held at the post office in Oregon City on August 24. Age limits, 18 to 45 years, on the date of the examination. Married women will not be admitted to the examination. Unmarried women will be admitted to the examination, but are eligible for appointment only as clerk. Applicants must be physically sound, and male applicants must not be less than 5 feet 4 inches in height without boots or shoes, and weigh not less than 125 pounds without overcoat or hat. For application blanks and for full information relative to the examination, qualifications, duties, salaries, vacations, promotions, etc., address immediately C. L. Snyder, secretary board of civil service examiners, Post Office, San Francisco, Cal.


The elimination of the Tenth Street grade crossings at the foot of Singer Hill, otherwise and more fitly known as Dead Man’s Crossing, is postponed again for months, possibly years by the Southern Pacific railway. Last winter the company showed some pretty pictures of a roadway down Singer Hill crossing the railroad tracks by means of a viaduct thence by easy stages down a steel incline to Tenth Street.

But they were only pictures. First the project was held back by avaricious property owners who actually expected the railroad company to pay them what their property is worth. Then it was postponed because of vast plans for improvement at Oregon City Mr. Harriman was hatching, and this overhead crossing would be considered when all the work was done. It was postponed again Monday night at the council meeting, when in answer to a query on the subject a letter was read from the powers that be of the S. P. that owing to other plans, etc., etc., the matter of doing away with the grade crossing at Tenth Street was postponed for several months and possibly longer.

The company would station a day flagman at the crossing if Council desired it. What seems to not only be desired but imperatively needed are gates there and at Moss Street also.

There were two communications from the S. P. One acknowledged the order to have its poles painted in accordance with city ordinance and the other told the necessary use of torpedoes and whistle in yards at night. These matters and the crossing question were referred to the special railroad committee.

Oregon City Enterprise, August 17, 1917


Mrs. Mary Barlow Wilkins, of Portland, was in Oregon City Tuesday, looking over the records of the land of Clackamas County in the vicinity of Rhododendron, near Mount Hood, where a monument is to be erected, commemorating the old Oregon trail made by the late Samuel Kimbrough Barlow in 1845. Mr. Barlow was the grandfather of Mrs. Wilkins.

The monument, which is to be of bronze, is to be in the form of a tablet 12 x 14 inches, with the following wording: “Oregon Trail, 1845, Erected by Multnomah Chapter, D. A. R.” The Multnomah Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, of which Mrs. Wilkins is regent, is to erect the monument and will dedicate the same in September.

A committee composed of Mrs. Mary Barlow Wilkins, Mrs. O. M. Ash, Mrs. Boudinot Seeley, Mrs. James N. Davis, accompanied by George H. Himes, curator of the Oregon State Historical Society, and H. J. Wilkins, made the trip to Rhododendron on August 7, for the purpose of locating distinctly a part of the original Barlow Road, which crosses Cow or Henry creeks. This having been decided, the monument will be erected at that spot, which near the Rhododendron Inn, a most picturesque spot on the Mount Hood road. Leslie Scott and George Himes, of Portland, spent a great deal of time and money during the month of May in looking over this roadway in order to find the original Barlow Road.

This organization, in 1916, erected a fountain on the Columbia River Highway, dedicating the same to the Oregon Pioneers.

End of Oregon Trail marker 1Mrs. Clara Johnson Knight, formerly of Oregon City, but now of Portland, and a committee form the Willamette Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, of Portland, visited Oregon City in July, to locate a site for a monument on the north side of the Abernethy Creek in the northern part of the city. This will also mark the Oregon Trail, and will be dedicated in this city in September with appropriate exercises near the Abernethy Bridge that spans that stream. The stone is now being carved by Frank Glennon of Oregon City.


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