News of the Week, February 25 to March 3

  Oregon Argus, February 27, 1858

The river has been so high for the last week that few boats have been running. The Clinton, in going through Rock Island last Monday, broke her warp line, precipitating a man overboard, who was with difficulty rescued after he had disappeared a foot under water, in going down for the last time.

During the late cold weather, the mercury stood ten degrees above zero. This only lasted about five hours, when the weather moderated, and down came the snow.

A HINT – We have received a great quantity of letters the past year inquiring for particular information in regard to advertisements in The Argus and other business matters. Some of these letters contained postage stamps – these we have always answered with pleasure, although it has been something of a tax upon our time. Others have come from persons we never heard of before, and contained no stamps. For fear the writers may think their letters have miscarried, and may unjustly charge the Postmaster with neglect of duty, we have taken this method of answering them all at once: Your letters, were received, and immediately pitched under our table, as soon as we tore the wrappers off and discovered their contents.

Oregon City Enterprise, February 29, 1868

Postmaster Kelly has tendered his resignation of the office at this city, and opened a comfortable and commodious Hotel, in the house lately occupied by Mr. Daniel Harvey, on Main Street owned by him. Mr. S. D. Francis has been deputized to take charge of the Post office.

(Daniel Harvey and family lived in the home of his father-in-law, Dr. John McLoughlin.)

Our town is beginning to pick up lively. We hope that men will act together for the benefit of the public good, and see to it that the natural advantages of Oregon City are not allowed to waste forever.

Oregon City Enterprise, February 28, 1878

CLOTHES STOLEN – Some of the light-fingered gentry called at the residence of J. H. Strickler last week and stripped his clothes line. Don’t leave your clothes out doors at night if you wish to see them in the morning, as there are a large number of suspicious characters around.


  • The rain has let up and old Sol is shedding his genial rays.
  • There are 82 active members of the Oregon City Fire Department.
  • Read the sheriff’s notice in regard to taxes and govern yourself accordingly. Pay your taxes or gratify the printer by having your name in the delinquent tax list. Your loss is our gain.
  • The masquerade ball last Monday evening at Pope’s Hall was a very enjoyable affair and the attendance was large.
  • We understand that our handsome marshal, T. J. Broderick, will tender his resignation at the next meeting of the City Council.
  • The firemen will elect their Chief Engineer and Assistant next Monday. The Cataracts named Jas. Harding for Chief and D. J. Slover for Assistant. The Hook & Ladders placed in the field D. T. Rogers for Chief and Jacob Madder for Assistant. The Fountains did not make any nomination.

Oregon City Enterprise, February 25, 1898

The firemen’s ball given in Weinhard’s hall last Tuesday evening (Washington’s Birthday) was well attended. The hall was taxed to its fullest capacity with dances while many others were present as spectators. Music by Zilm’s orchestra of four pieces, from Portland, was good, and all seemed to enjoy the festivities. Since Oregon City cannot afford a paid fire department the volunteer companies are deserving of every possible encouragement.


The old Singer mill at the edge of the bluff near the Seventh Street stairs, was burned last Friday morning at about 1:30 o’clock. The building had not been occupied for many years and while the building was about seven stories high it was of no particular value, all the machinery having been taken out by “the boys.” In fact it was a constant menace to surrounding property, for it was almost daily expected that tramps would set fire to it, and had this been done during the dry season it would undoubtedly have caused other conflagrations. As the old hulk was considerably water soaked and its surroundings in the same condition no other damage was done.


Singer’s Mill, “The Rookery”, and Seventh Street Stairs prior to the fire.

Oregon City Courier, February 28, 1908


About 70 people gathered at the club room of the Mt. Pleasant Civic Improvement Club in Mt. Pleasant school house last Saturday evening and partook of the many good things the ladies of that place had brought together for the satisfaction of the inner man. The way the good viands disappeared spoke well for the quality of the salads, cold meats, the fine home-made bread, pies, and coffee with genuine cream in it. The treasury of the club was increased to the amount of $18, which will be used toward the construction of more sidewalks. The energetic people of this community have constructed at the present time something near one mile of three-foot sidewalks, and are contemplating the construction of something like another mile. They have raised the money for these walks through entertainments of various kinds and speaks well for the energy and push of the people of this neighborhood.


L. T. Mitchler walked into the Hub saloon Wednesday evening and, with an arrogant air and manner of impudence, invited himself to a drink at the expense of the proprietor. Mr. Englund, at the time on duty, explained at length that Wednesday was not bargain day and that the resort of which he was one of the proprietors had discontinued the free list. The undesirable customer argued the point in loud words and not extra choice language – laying aside commercial usage in such matters, he insisted on his right to a limited amount of the liquid refreshment without producing the customary dime. The argument grew more and more heated, and the proprietor’s logical argument not carrying conviction to the mind of the thirsty Mitchler, Mr. Englund reminded him that outside was the streaming moonshine and and falling raindrops that were his without price and well suited to his present mood. With a tight grip on his collar the proprietor proceeded to escort his unwelcome visitor to these outside attractions and had him well on his way when, horror of horrors! the bellicose customer produced a big six-shooter, which he dizzily flourished in most every direction. A gray streak showed the line of retreat of the proprietor – a hurry-up call brought the full police force on the scene, and the hapless Mitchler, between two robust vigils of the peace, took up his halting, unsoldierlike march to the city bastile. Thus ended the romance of the thirsty hold-up man.

Oregon City Enterprise, March 1, 1918


Harry Jones, a local contractor, was awarded the contract for the erection of the employees’ hotel of 100 rooms to be built immediately by the Crown Willamette Paper Company. Mr. Jones has been the contracting business in and about Oregon City many years and has built many homes, mills and other structures. Mr. Jones expects to start Monday morning, March 25, and to turn the building over to the owners ready for occupancy not later than June 1st next. The excavation work is progressing rapidly, materials have been ordered and with the arrival of thirty or more carpenters and an equal number of rock and concrete workers, next week, the site will present a busy appearance.


Very much alive and well, Mrs. Hattie Loffler, formerly of Tacoma, for whom a search was instituted in Oregon City Thursday, appeared at the Enterprise office Friday morning. Urgent advices from Tacoma Red Cross to the effect that Mrs. Loffler, the wife of Sergeant Fred Loffler of Company F, 14th Infantry, Camp Lewis, was seriously ill in or near Oregon City, led to immediate steps on the part of the local Civilian Relief committee Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Loffler, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Walker on Molalla Avenue, read the startling story of her mysterious illness in the Morning Enterprise at the breakfast table Friday morning, and immediately came to the city to quiet any alarms concerning her fate.

According the Mrs. Loffler, a divorce suit is pending between herself and her husband, and she stated that Sergeant Loffler was well aware of the fact that she has been visiting her parents here. Why he should make an appeal through the Tacoma Red Cross however, to locate his wife, is quite a mystery to Mrs. Loffler. She has been an employee of the Rhodes department store in Tacoma until recently. She and Mr. Loffler were married in July of last year. The husband has been in the regular army for about four years.

“I do not know who the joke is on, nor do I know why it was perpetrated,” Mrs. Loffler laughingly stated Friday morning. ‘I am feeling fine, if you please, have not been sick, and came to Oregon City to visit my parents, which I am now doing.”

Mrs. Loffler stated that only recently her husband was here and tried to get her to return to Tacoma and fix up their domestic troubles. This she refused to do, she states, and is now suing for divorce.


Constable Frost took Johnnie Moore, 13-year-old son of John Moore, of Mount Pleasant, to the state training school near Salem, Monday. Johnnie got into trouble about six months ago and was paroled from the juvenile court. He is a younger brother of the famous Tom Moore, who holds the Clackamas County record for purloining other people’s motor cars, and who is now working in a Portland bakery, but who expects to enlist in the navy.


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