News of the Week, March 11 to March 17

Oregon City Enterprise, March 14, 1868

The Railroad Surveyors have reached a point two miles below Milwaukie and will now cease operations until the meeting of the Directors on the 24th.

On Thursday a succession of hail storms in this vicinity, of severe nature, but so far as we have been able to learn no damage followed. The sun set bright, but the night was cold and following day wet.

A brass key found on the street Thursday has been left at this office for identification.

Oregon City Enterprise, March 14, 1878

WHAT A JAIL! Last Monday afternoon Hawley, an inmate of the county jail, got tired of his quarters and thinking a breath of fresh air would be good for his health, opened the door and walked out. He was missed about 5 o’clock and a diligent search was at once instituted, but no one had seen or heard anything of him. During the evening Dan Smith, the jailer, had occasion to go to his room at Clement’s livery stable, and he was greatly surprised to find the missing man reclining on his bed taking a “snooze.” Since his recent attempt to escape Hawley has worn a 16½ pound shackle, at least the officials thought so, but he informed them that he knocked it off about three weeks ago and has since worn it for appearance sake when he had visitors.

BURGLARS STILL ABOUND – Last Friday night burglars entered L. Jaggar’s store and carried off the money drawer, containing six or seven dollars. They tried to open the safe, which contained $200, but only succeeded in spoiling the lock, so that the door had to be cut open by the proprietor next day. They effected an entrance by raising a window, and after getting in opened the front and rear doors so as to make their escape in a speedy manner. Mr. Jaggars was sleeping in the back part of the building, and was no awakened by the burglars.

DIED – It is with regret we announce the death of Polly, adopted daughter of Mr. E. B. Fellows, of Canemah, on Thursday of last week. Polly was born in Panama, and was about 25 years of age at the time of her death. She has lived in Mr. Fellows’ family for 16 years past, and was greatly beloved, and nevermore will we hear her sweet voice saying, “Polly wants a cracker.”

Oregon City Enterprise, March 11, 1898

Eastham (Eastman) School mailed 1909 C


The Directors of the Oregon City Public schools held their regular annual meeting Monday evening. Their report in substance was as follows:

After careful consideration of the matters in question we have decided to make the following changes, to take effect at the beginning of the school year:

  • First – To elect a Superintendent who shall have full and complete control over both schools and who should be responsible for their conduct and working.
  • Second – We abolished the office of Vice Principal of the Barclay school and created the office of Principal. We found that the new arrangement, by a re-adjustment of salaries, could be made without any additional cost to the district and that it would greatly strengthen the school.

We also determined that some other changes in salaries should be made in the interests of justice to the teachers and consequently increased the salaries of the two primary teachers $5.00 per month and that of the 8th grade teachers at the Barclay school $2.50 per month.

Our salary roll now stands as follows:

  • Superintendent: $1,244.00 per school year
  • Principal, Barclay: $675.00 per school year
  • Principal, Eastham: $675 per school year
  • 8th grade teachers, $40 per month
  • 2nd grade teachers, $45 per month
  • 1st grade teachers, $42.50 per month

This is an increase over last year of $112.50

A system of drainage in basement of Eastham school was put in during vacation at a cost of $140.00.

An addition to the Barclay school, playroom and schoolroom combined, was erected and equipped at a cost of $590.00

Oregon City Enterprise, March 13, 1908


The fifth week of the contest closes with Miss Justin still in the lead, but with a trifle larger majority than last week. Miss Schoenheinz passes Miss Green and swings into second place with a scanty margin to the good. Miss Caffall remains in fourth place, with a fair gain over last week. Miss Lutz makes a big jump and was on her way to the top when she accumulated a case of the mumps and had to stop. The contest will close April 7th. All coupons must reach the Enterprise on or before April 1st.


Judge Thomas F. Ryan, County School Superintendent Gary and Geo. Lazelle, comprising the committee on sites of the Clackamas County Fair Association, went to Canby Monday and inspected the site offered on the Wait tract. The offer of the people of Canby is to give the association a lease on the grounds, with a three-year option of purchase, and an agreement to subscribe for stock to the value of $1,500, providing the fair is permanently located there. The committee looked over the grounds thoroughly, with a view to making a report to the stockholders.

It is desired by those interested in the success of the project that the question of a permanent site be speedily settled, as the fair will be held in the early fall of the present year and there are many things to do prior to the actual opening of the fair. Buildings must be constructed and other important matters decided. Canby is the only place at the present time that offers a race track, but it is a debatable question whether a race course will be a distinct advantage to the fair. The residents of Oregon City are disposed to regard Gladstone Park with favor, and it is possible that Willamette will offer a site of about four acres.


Additional precautions were taken Monday night to provide for the safety of pupils to provide for the safety of the pupils of the public school of Oregon City in case of fire. Several members of the board have made rigid investigations against the safety conditions surrounding the public school buildings and while they have been found generally satisfactory, the board believes that there are yet a few matters that may be improved. Some of the doors at the exits of the Barclay and Eastham buildings open only one way, and this matter will be remedied at once by providing hinges that will allow the doors to be swung both ways and will prevent a jam in case of a sudden exit of a large number of pupils. There will be a new stairway constructed on the outside east wall of the Eastham building. This stairway will be used only in case of fire, or when fire drills are being held. The gong at the Barclay building is too small, and cannot be heard in every part of the building when there are other noises, and the board ordered the purchase of a large steamer gong that will sound an alarm that may be heard several blocks away.

Barclay School mailed 1909 C


Oregon City Enterprise, March 15, 1918


The thirteen volunteer auto drivers from Clackamas County, were started on their way to San Antonia, Texas, by the local board Thursday morning. The advices from the adjutant general’s office Wednesday night to the effect that only six of the number could be sent, brought a storm of protest from the Clackamas County huskies, and it was decided at the last minute to let them all go. They are to be part of the big division of chauffeurs who will see immediate service in France under Pershing.


Oregon City came to the front in a convincing manner when the first call was issued for field glasses for marine corps, by Sergeant Keeler who has charge of the publicity work in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Already seven people have donated glasses. Their names are Mr. Allen, Mr. Christian Schuebel, John W. Loder, Mrs. Gertrude Lewthwaite, Miss W. E. Pratt, Miss Barclay. All desiring to serve the government in this manner, can leave the glasses at the Publicity Department of the Commercial Club, where they will be turned over to the Marine Corps.


…Got a letter from Mrs. Chapman. She said she was sending me a box of candy and would send another one soon, but haven’t got any yet. They all say they have sent or are going to send.

…Well, mother, I got the sweater at last and it is a dandy. It’s the first one I’ve seen that had the neck put in right. Most of them just have a hole at the top, no difference in front or back.

…Say mother, our packages have commenced to come through and one half of them are all mashed up. Will you have an article put in the paper telling friends of soldiers to put their candies and other stuff that is mashable in cans, baking powder cans and such like. Tie the wrappings on tight and address very heavy so it can’t wear off, as some of them have the address entirely worn off. Well, Mother, will close for this time. Much love. Your son.

Sgt. J. W. Mead, Co. G, 162 U. S. Inft. A. E. F.


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