The Weekly Oregon Statesman

Vol. 25. Salem, Oregon, Saturday, January 23, 1875


AT OREGON CITY:[From the Enterprise, Jan. 17.]

A new Library Association has been formed in Oregon City. A constitution and by-laws were adopted, and the following officers were chosen Directors of the new institution: A.J. Apperson, President; Rev. Mr. Sellwood and Mrs. F.O. McCowan, Vice Presidents; Jas. B. Upton, Secretary; Mrs. Heman Buck, Librarian.

Rev. Mr. Wirth, who has been preaching in this city to the Baptist congregation for the past year, left here with his wife last week, for Seattle, where he has accepted a call.

The law-firm of Johnson & McCowan have admitted Mr. I.A. Macrum to partnership, and have opened a branch office in Portland.

The County Court at its last term concluded to sell the lots belonging to the county, within the city limits.

FROM WASHINGTON COUNTY: [Hillsboro Independent, Jan. 15.]

Thermometer six degrees below zero on Wednesday morning.

On Monday a Chinaman was killed by the fall of a tree, near Newton station.

The Methodist concert has been postponed until Tuesday week, on account of cold weather.

When firing to kill a hog, John Morgan blew the cylinder out of his gun and shivered the stock all to pieces.

A five-legged sheep is to be seen among Andy Haydon's band near Centerville, and the animal appears to be in good health.

A large audience with a handsomely decorated church greeted Rev. Mr. Ellis last Thursday evening at the Congregational Church on his advent into the Grove.

The mail-coach to Portland on Wednesday, was intercepted by fallen trees which had been blown down in the storm.

FROM YAQUINA BAY: [Corvallis Democrat, Jan. 09.]

The little steamer "Mollie," Captain Smith, is making regular trips up and down the Bay, and is well liked by the traveling public.

Dixon's hotel, at Elk City, is doing a flourishing business, and is a first-class house.

The material and fixtures of the Yaquina lighthouse are to be taken down and sent to San Francisco, in accordance with orders from head-quarters.

Captain Pierce has taken charge of the light-house at Cape Blanco, and will soon move his family to that place.

The weather here is delightful. No fog, bright sunshine, and light winds are the order of the day, the clerk of the weather apparatus being in good humor.

The people are actively engaged in improving their property. Many are purchasing real estate, in anticipation of the early building of the Yaquina Railroad, for which every one, both white and Indian, has a special terminus.

FROM LANE COUNTY: [Eugene Guard and Journal.]

Owing to the severity of the weather the committee having the proposed masquerade ball in charge deemed it best to postpone it until next Wednesday evening, 20th instant.

The weather has been decidely cold for several days. On Thurday and Friday the mercury ranged between two and ten degrees above zero.

Prof. Condon's lectures during the week were very well attended notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather.

The snow began falling here Wednesday morning, with a cutting wind from the north, and continued to fall until Thurday morning. At this writing, Thurday evening, no snow has fallen during the day.

Mr. C.B. Pennington has retired from the proprietorship of the Astor House, which he has ably conducted and Messrs. Renfrew and Page have assumed control.

We hear that an infamous scoundrel attempted a dastardly ontrage uopon the person of a little girl 11 years of age, near Junction, not long since. The father went after him with a shot-gun, and ought to have had his man.

FROM BENTON COUNTY: [Corvallis Democrat and Gazette.]

The Corvallis Library Association has been in successful operation for about two years, and now numbers 63 members. The Library now consists of over 400 volumes.

On Tuesday night the mercury dropped down to 9 degrees above zero, accompanied by a piercing north wind, and on Wednesday was 2 degrees lower - which is said to be the coldest weather experienced in Corvallis for twenty years.

The new Grist Mill near this place, built by Messrs. Hurst, Kerthauer and Gray, commenced operations last Monday.

A twelve year old son of Mr. G.W. Bethers, of this county, met with a serious, and perhaps fatal accident, last Wednesday. He was hauling wood, and while descending a hill a large log rolled off the sled, and over the boy, breaking his right arm above the wrist and crushing his face and head in a fearful manner. At last accounts he was not expected to recover.

The City Council has appropriated $200 for the purpose of fitting up a Hook and Ladder Company.

The Success went down the river last Thursday, having on board the boilers and machinery of the Albany, sunk near Long Tom last week. The boat is a total loss, and will be left to rot where she lies.

UP-RIVER WEATHER: [The Albany Democrat of the 15th says:]

On Tuesday night it began snowing; snowed all night, all day Wednesday and most of Wednesdaynight, consequently yesterday morning the average depth was about six inches. The wind has been continually from the north, and the atmosphere growing colder and colder until yesterday the mercury had run down to the remarkable [for this valley] figure of 5 degrees above zero; and up to the hour of going to press last night there was no sign of moderation. Great blocks of slush ice were running in the Willamette past this city, and fears were entertained that the river will become gorged so as to endanger navigation. Altogether, things are decidedly rough.


One hundred dollars was offered Saturday for any man to carry the mail to the steamer, and return with the San Francisco mail.

As the West Side train was going out Fourth street a sleigh filled with ladies came down at break-neck speed. As they approached the train the driver, from some cause, concluded to pass in front of it. He reined the horses diagonally across the track. As the runner struck the rail it gave way, breaking the horses loose. The driver clung to the lines, and was dragged over the dashboard. Meantime the train was thundering along, and had come within twenty yards of the sleigh. The ladies, seeing their danger, sprang from the wreck, not a moment too soon, as the pilot of the engine struck it, knocking it outside the track, a worse wreck than ever.

A couple of men attempted to cross the river with their team near Weidler's sawmill last Saturday. They had gone some four hundred feet from the shore when the watchman at the mill espied them, and he lost no time in warning them of the danger they were in. A perfect panic seized them, and with undue haste they turned their horses' heads towards shore and drove like mad until their sleigh rested once more on terra firma. Upon examination yesterday morning it was found that thehorses' hoofs had partially broken through in several places, and had they gone out fifty feet farther they would have struck a sheet of thin ice and been inevitably lost.

A son of J.N. Lawrence, of East Portland, met with a serious accident a few days since while handling a small pistol. He was under the impression that it was not loaded, and carelessly let it drop to the floor, which caused it to discharge, the ball taking effect in his right hand, breaking several bones.

On Saturday last, while Wilkie Duniway and a couple of youthful companions were crossing the Willamette on the ice, it suddenly gave way under them and precipitated the whole party into the water. Two of th boys succeeded in getting out without much difficulty, but every effort of Master Duniway seemed fruitless, as the edge of the ice gave under his weight, and benumbed and exhausted he sank beneath the tide, and would undoubtedly have been lost had it not been for aid which arrived in the nick of time. A pole was passed to him by the bystanders, and taking hold of it with a firm grasp he was pulled out in a half famished condition.


During the latter part of the present week or first of the coming week, the Portland Dramatic Association will tender a complimentary benefit to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fulford.

A young gentleman named Wilcox, accompanied by a number of youthful companions, visited the ice last evening shortly after 7 o'clock, and becoming somewhat exhilerated with the sport, Mr. Wilcox struck out, and before he knew it he struck an air hole and went through. His every effort to get out proved futile, and after being in some ten or fifteen minutes, and when quite exhausted, a boy came to his assistance and passing him a rope, he made it fast around his body, and his companions pulled him out.

On Saturday afternoon, while a party of workmen were engaged in piling flour in Henry Hewett & Co.'s warehouse, on North Front street, an immense pile containing some 1,500 halt sacks, suddenly gave way and commenced moving across the floor of the building. A gentleman well versed in the art of piling flour called to the men to climb the stanchions supporting the upper floor, and had theynot taken his advice and acted upon it promptly, they must inevitably have been crused into a shapeless mass. The building trembled violently under the moving mass and the neighbors and occupants rushed frantically into the street, firmly convinced that all the mischief was being wrought by an earthquake.

FROM JACKSONVILLE: [Sentinel, Jan. 16.]

We have been visited with a snow storm which at one time lay on the ground eight inches deep. A rain accompanied it and held out a little the longest and by Friday noon it was not more than four inches deep. It was frozen hard Friday noon, with the sun shining brightly.

The storm does not seem to have been very general, as there is almost none on Applegate.

The new machinery to be used in crushing quartz from the mine of Beekman & Co., near the mouth of Applegate, was placed on the ground on last Saturday.

They have now something more than 100 tons of ore on the dump, which it is calculated will yield fully $25 per ton. They have tested some of it in a mill and realized as high as $40 per ton. The gold is of very fine quality.

Every day adds additional proof of the fact that the country around us is filled with ledges of gold and silver-bearing quartz and more cinnabar than any other known locality of the same dimensions. Some of these ledges are known to be of exceeding richness.

At last accounts everything was lively at Linkville. They have not before had so fine a winter since the settlement of the country. Roads were clear - almost dusty for thirty miles this way, while January was as pleasant as May. Have probably struck it by this time.


James Hamlin has discovered deposits of cinnabar on his farm near town, which promise to be rich in the metal.

We learn that the well known firm of Strahan & McFadden, of Corvallis, has been retained to defend the Brown brothers at their trial next March.

Herman Helms this week showed us some fine-looking rock taken from a ledge found by Thos. Johnson on Armstrong's hill, near Jacksonville. The rock abounds in free gold.

J.B. White, formerly of Rock Point, made the snug little sum of $30,000 by a judicious investment in mining stocks at San Francisco the other day.

We learn that two gentlemen from California have discovered rich cinnabar deposits near the boundary line of Jackson and Douglas counties.

The school house near Grant's Pass was burned to the ground on the 22d of December, and its entire contents destroyed.

The quartz excitement still appears to be at its zenith. Almost every other man has been on a prospecting expedition, and some very promising ledges have been unearthed.

To Be Continued

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