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OREGON CITY, OREGON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1898.
In a Great Measure
People have to depend on the
word of the dealer as to the
quality of carpets. It is easy
to make a price cheap at the
expense of the quality. Easy
to hide the cheat, too. Only
safe way is to deal at a reliable
house, such as ours is. $5000
is our carpet investment this ,
year, patterns to please every-
body. Prices from 15 cents a
, yard and up.
BELLOMY & BUSCH,
Tlio HmiHurnvi.tahnM -
OPPOSITE COURT HOUSE
In SPRING AND SUMMER GOODS at
the PIONEER STORE of
CHARMAN & S0N--
A fall line of
Boots and Shoes,
Furnishings, Etc. v
') Dr. A. A. Barr
Scientific Optician, formerly
- of Minneapolis, has charge of
the Optical Department for
A; N. WRIGHT, the Iowa
Jeweler, 293 Morrison St., ,
'Portiandj' Oregon. 4' .
Have Ypur.Dy Examined ,
Hundreds of Housewives will tell you
that those two words sum up the good
things in bread made from
Manufactured by Portland Flouring
SOLD BY ALL GROCERS-
The Germania Market.
Is the cheapest place in the city
to buy t t t t t
FIRST-CLASS FRESH MEATS
Seventh Street, Near Depot, Oregon City.
F. J. Ohterholtz, Props. t t t
jff GROWN -j'1,"
180 FRONT ST.
las made the
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
better than ever. With over $20,000,000 in Assets
and the best contract on the market,, you can make
no mistake in placing your insurance in this Co.
We pay dividens in cash each year to reduce your
payments its the only business-like plan to insure
gjFot rates and sample policy call on or address,
H. G. COLTON, Manager,
312 and 313 Chamber of Commerce,
SINGER MILL BURNED.
The Structure a Total Loss with No
The seven-story building ihat hts
towered above the head of the Seventh
street si airway for the past 18 years was
burned to the ground last Friday morn
ing about 1:30. While this building
waB not as old as many others standing
in this city, it has cut a more or less
important figure in the history of this
town. It was completed in 1880 for a
flouring mill by William Singer, now of
Albina. Mr. Singer had the reputation
of being one of the best mill-wrights in
in Oregon, and put his best efforts into
the construction of this building. He
was assisted in the work by his son,
William Singer, jr., also a mill-wright,
who now lives in the state of Washing
ton. The frame work was solidly and
substantially built of hewed cedar and
every joint was made to fit, and when
the structure was completed at the end
of two years its handiwork was the
pride of its builders and the admiration
of the public. The mill, however, did
not prove a paying investment, and Mr.
Singer lost labor and money in the
venture. At first the machinery of the
mill was operated by the waste water
from the reservoir of the water works,
which -stood a short distance above the
mill, but one night some party or parties
blew out the dam in the reservoir. The
flood of waters from the reservoir car
ried off a lot of fattening hogs under the
mill and washed them down under the
old brewery. Then Mr. Singer used a
steam engine for motive power for
awhile, but somehow or other the mill
continued to be a non-paying invest
ment. It is said that at one time that Mr.
Singer did a pretty good business at the
mill, until he got to taking too much
toll from the farmers, who brought in
their wheat. L. O. Caples and another
party afterwards leased the mill and did
a pretty good business, until the former
was laid up for a couple of months as
the result of an accident. While Mr,
Caples was confined to his home, his
partner made the fatal mistake of taking
too-much toll and again the trade of the
farming community was lost. Since
that time. the. mill has been idle, and
had become noted as a lodging house for
tramps, and a'trysting place for not
over scrupulous lovers'. The' walls of
the building had become weather'
beaten with the rains and winds of
many winters, and was, looked upon as
an eyesore by the public.
There can be no doubt, but that the
fire was the work of an incendiary; and
on account of the conditions surrounding
the structure, it is a matter of wonder
that it has not been set on fire before.
The dry cedar lumber in the building
made an immense blaze, that lit up the
city for a long distance,and the efforts of
the firemen were principally directed to
keep the stairway and other buildings
in the vicinity from burning. The solid
framework of the structure remained
standing in a nenacing way, until push
ed over by the firemen, and was de
stroyed by the smouldering embers.
The building and the lots on which
it stood are now the property of Mrs.
Ina Williams, of The Dalles, a relative
by marriage to Mr. Singer. A few years
ago she was offered $1800 by W. W.
Myers for the property, but her attorney
advised her not to sell for less than
$2,000. Because' the building was an
old one and not occupied, does not
justifiy the anarchistic statement printed
in a local contemporary, which reads
as follows :
"The building has not been occupied
for some time, and it is barely possible
the fire was of incendiary origin. If
that proves to be the case the firebug
should be hunted down and presented
with the congratulations ot the entire
community on the successful termination
of his .efforts."
Such utterances as these, are an en
dorsement ot the work of firebugs, red
mouthed anarchists and cat-throat
villains. The crime of setting fire to the
Willamette or Woinhard's blocks,
would not be one whit less, than kindl
ing a flame in the Singer mill. It is
fortunate, however, that the building
burned when the rain was falling and
everything dump, or the burning brands
would have started a conflagration at a
dozen different places in the city.
Tiikv Never Speak. For 25 years,
says the Fort kind Welcome, John and
Mary Leninger, an old couple living
near Oregon City have not spoken.
They were born in the same little town
in Germany about 60 years ago, and
were devoted lovers from early child
hood. They grew up together and were
married in the village church, and had
every prospect of a long and happy mar
ried life. The husband was a carpenter
and industrious, and they concluded to
cast their lot in America. They crossed
3000 miles of ocean, and finally reached
Clackamas county, where they located,
and by strict economy and industry had
their home paid for 10 years after.
Two boys had been added to the family
Royal makea the food pure,
wholesome and delicious.
OYt MKINa POWBSR CO., NPVOHK.
167 First St
167 First St.
of two, and all concerned were prosper
ous and happy, but a cloud appeared
that has darkened their lives even until
this day. One evening the husband
came home lute, and there was a dis
agreement with his wife. Neither the
children or neighbors know the cause of
their disagreement, but from that time
on neither has spoken to the other.
They have lived in the same house, but
occupied different bed chambers, and
whi.e the wife sits on one side of the
stove with her sewing, the husband
would be on the other with his pipe and
newspapers. After the estrangement
the boys spent the greater part of the
evenings away from home, and finally
the oldest married and has a home of
his own. " Now the younser brother
has left the parental roof and lives with
his married brother. When they visit
the old home they go together, so that
while one talks to the mother, the other
is being entertained by the father. Mr.
Leninger always finds his meals ready
at one end of the table, and eats in
silence, and every Sunday morning lays
an envelope on the table addressed to
Mrs. Leninger, containing the amount
of money for the household expenses.
For 25 years they have nof spoken, to
each, other, and perhaps never , will
,It is said that they inconvenience them.
selves in many ways to avoid speaking,
and thus Jjhey live on and on. In the
midst of plenty, while a dark cloud blots
wieir very existence.
rtAs; Department Matters. Hayor
Caufield lias called an election of the
member of the Oregon City fire depart'
ment to take place on Monday. March
7th, for the purpose of electing a chief
onninoo. ! 4 l.!.f
sugiiicGi aiua aooioutub uiutii engineer.
Wallace Cole is the present chief of the
Oregon City fire department, and his
term expires when his successor is
elected and qualified. The candidates
to be voted .'for at the election are for
chief engineer, John F. Clark and Chris
Hartman ; for assistant engineer, C. M.
Mason and Dr. E. A.Somer. Following
is the roster of new officers of the various
companies of the fire departments:
Board of delegates-A. Willey, president ;
J. W. Stuart, secretary; Caleb Cross,
treasurer. Fountain Hose Company
No. 1 A. Knapp, president; J. W.
Stuart, secretary jS.R. Green, treasurer ;
A. Willey, foreman; I. Pursiful, lBt as
sistant; L. Boylan, 2nd assistant.
Cataract Hose Co. No. 2 Q. B. Dimick,
president; John F. Clark, secretary;
Walter Little, treasurer ; Wm. Sheehan,
foreman ; D. A. Dilman, assistant fore
man. Hose Company No. 3 G. W.
Church, president; W. B. Zumwalt,
secretary; W. C. Green, treasurer; J.
W. Jones, foreman; C. M. Mason, as
sistant foreman. Hook & Ladder Co.
J.W.Cole, president; A. Berry, vice
president; Willie Boylan, secretary;
Fred Metzner, treasurer; S Burford,
foreman, lloso Company No 4 C.
Schuehel, president; P. D. Ourran,
secretary; Churtes Moran, treasurer;
Charles Ely, foreman ; J. W. Grout, as
sistant foreman; W'alter Ourran, 2nd
assistant foreman; fire delegates, E.
Frost, Ferd Ourran and W. G. Hull.
No Change of Venue. Judge George,
of the Multnomah pounty circuit court,
denied a motion for a change of venue,
made by Attorney J. C. Moreland, for
the second trial of his client, Dun
Magone, for robbing Ludd's grave at
Riverside cemetery. Moreland wanted
the second trial of Dan Magone trans
ferred to Clackamas county, as he
claimed that a jury could not be secured
in Multnomah county, who did not read
the papers. And, further, that the
principal witnesses lived in Clackamas
county, and the case could be tried
with less expense than in Multnomah
county. In denying the motion Judge
George said that the people of Clacka
mas county read the papers, and that
they were as familiar with the name of
Mr. Ladd as the people of Multnomah
county. Furthermore, it would entail
additional expense to have the case
tried ii Clackamas county, as many of
the important witnesses lived in Multno
mah, and besides the prosecuting at
torney would have to go to Oregon City
Retiring from Business
Everything must be sold out at ones
Best Calicoes 3c.
" Uutmg Jbannel 4c.
Fine Bleached Muslin 4ic.
" Unbleacned " 4c.
Bleached Satin Damask
Table Linen 25c.
Red Table Linen 15c.
Large Double Blankets 5()c.
Fine dress Goods 15c.
Changeable Silks 25c.
Men's Fleece Lined Shirts 35c.
Wool Merino Shirts 40c
Ladies' Plush Capes $6 5. now $3.25
Cloth Capes $1350 " $6
Golf Cages at half price
Men's Clothing at Half Price. ,
LaceCnrtains at Half Price
and all through the store at same rate.
$20,000.00 worth to be closed oat.
to try the case.
School District Voters. State Su
perintendent Irwin is sending out cir
culars to the county superintendents, in
forming school boards who can vote at
school meetings under the law. The
circular contains the gist of the recent
decision by the supreme court. In all
districts having a population of less
than 1000 inhabitants, all parents of
children, whether they pay property
tax or not, can vote at school meetings.
However, in districts having a popula
tion of 1000, women only can vote, who
have the property qualification. As
there is over 1000 population in the
Oregon City school district, women only
can vote here who pay a property tax,
but in all the other school districts of
Clackamas county, any woman who has
children to send Jto school or pays other
than a road tax can vote at school meet
ings. Mule and female voters at school
meetings require the sume qualifications.
Teachers' Meetimo. Prof. T. J. Gary
and Miss Estelle Bracken and Murjorie
Caufield, the program committee, have
completed the arrangements for the
Clackamas County Teachers' Associa
tion, to be held at the West Oregon City
public school building next Saturday.
On the program will be a song, "Mount
Vernon Bells," y the association ; sup
plementary reading, by MUs Ilarrietta
Dotson, of Park place; Cllmato in Geog
raphy, by Prof. J. U. Zinser, Oregon
City; boIos, by Mrs. J. H. Strickler;
Interest and Attention, by Prof. A. C.
StrangOn of Orient; solo, by Howard
Strickler; an address, by Dr. T. W.
Butler. A most interesting meeting is
expected, and a large attendance of
teachers is earnestly desired. Since the
above was in type Prof. Heritage lias
been secured for the meeting.
Mihh Pij.bhury'h Pary. Miss Vera
Pilsbury gave a delightful progressive
hearts party Monday evening at the resi
dence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. G,
Pilsbury, corner of Seventh and Water
streets. Ladies only, were invited, but
the party proved a sociul success. The
parlors were tastily decorated and Miss
Pilsbury was assisted in entertaining the
guests by Misses Elma Albright, Laura
Pope and Mario Pratt. Miss Mary Con
yers won the first prize in the progres
sive hearts games, and Miss Amy Kelly
was awarded the booby prize. Follow
ing is a list of those who were present:
Misses May, Mina and Amy Kelly, Neita
McCarver, Pauline Campbell, Vera Cau-'
field, Ednotta Chase, Imogene Harding,
Lucy Stanton of Roseburg.Ora Spongier,
Erma Lawrence, Greta Strickler, Edith
Wishart, Mamie Lewthwaite, Laura
Beatie, Mary Oonyers, Vera Pikbury,
Ina Chase, Kate Warde, Mattie Draper,
Nettie Walden, Mertie Stevens, Ella
Williams, Mrs. E. E. Williams, Mrs.
Chas. Miller, Mrs. Wm. Androsen, Mrs.
C. G. Huntley, Mrs. W. A. Huntley,
Mrs. Harper, Mrs. F. T. Griffith, Mrs.
Alex Lewthwaito, Mrs. T. A. Pope,
Mrs. T. M. Miller, Mrs. R. A. Miller,
Mrs. L. L. Pickens.
Miss Foutb' Party. Miss Betta Fouts
gave a very entertaining progressive
whist party Tuesday evening at the
residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
T. W. Fouts, on the corner of Fifth and
H igh streets. Four prizes were awarded ,
two to the ladies and two to the gontle
men. Ed Allen and Miss Elma Albright
won the first prizes, and E. A. Chapman
and Miss Emma McG etch ie, the booby
prizes- Refreshments were served, and
the gathering was one of the pleasant
social occasions of the season. Thote
present were Misses Kate Warde, Pau
lino Campbell, Mamie and Alice Lewth
waito, lino Harding, Lucy Stanton of
Roseburg.Elma Albright, May Wishart,
Mattie Draper, Clara Warner, Ina Chase,
Mario Pratt, Josephine Chase, Emma
McGotchie und Betta Fouts; Messrs.
E. A. Chapman, Chas. W. Pope, Ed
Allen, John and William Lewthwaite,
Grafton Cheney, Will Burghardt, Her
man K. Jones and James Church.
A Suri'risb Party. One of the notable
gatherings of recent date wus the party
given Master W. Edward Rauch at the
residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
W.J. Rauch, at Gladstone last Satur
day evening. Tho parlors were tustily
decorated with evergreens, house plants
and Oregon grapes, and the program
consisted of games, music and a splendid
lunch. The young people enjoyed
themselves immensely, and among thope
who wore present were: Misses Daisy
and Juliette Cross, Florence Longnocker,
Pearl Opdycke, Mubello Etters, Maude
Sandstorm, Jennie Hurgreaves, Etta
Simmons, Nettie and Ella Rauch;
Masters Fred W. Parker, Dale Seuvers,
William Rivers, Alvah Wltzig. Willie
Hargreaves Ralph Parker, W. Edward
Rauch ; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Ranch.
Justice court blanks 15 cents per dozen
at Coubiek office.