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About The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current | View Entire Issue (April 23, 1905)
THE. HOB&IK(jr OBEGONUX .SAGGED AX,. JBBSJi. 22, .10Oo.
AQUATIC SPORTS ON THE WILLAMETTE RIVER HAVE MANY DEVOTEES
CAB FN YACHT WAUNA OX CRUISE
TO ASTORIA OWNED BY NEL
SON DODGE AND J. S. TAYLOR.
' : Pt
SKYLARK. CLASS C. FAVORITE
TYPE FOR FAST SAILING ON
THE WILLAMETTE OWNED BY
LAKOTA. WINNER CLASS A, RACE 1004, BEATING MISCHIEF BY THREE MINUTES AND 19 SECONDS CHARLES CHRICHTON. SKIPFER OF LAKOTA.
OWYHEE. CLASS B. SAILING BEFORE THE WIND H. H. HASKELL, SEC
RETARY OF OREGON YACHT CLUB, OWNER AND SKIPPER.
CANOEISTS EXTOSING THEIR ARMS TO THE SUN IX ORDER TO SECURE A
DARK COAT OF TAN.
WHERE BREEZES BLOW COOL AND WAFT AWAY ONE'S TROUBLE.
OWYHEE SAILING BEFORE A LIGHT BREEZE.
WHEN CANOEISTS WERY OF PADDLING THEY SOMETIMES CATSIZE
THEIR BOAT AND ENJOY A SWIM.
CLOSE RACE BETWEEN NAIAD AND OWYHEE SOUTH OF MADISON
tQUATIC Portland is adding many.j
j handsome craft to its . pleasure j
fleet this year. Bright Spring1 j
days are bringing them out in
bevies, and the Willamette is gay with
the chug of speedy motor boats, the churn
of -white-winged sailers, the paddle-flash
of swift-gliding canoes, and the splash
of easy-pulling oars.
Last Spring and Summer the growth of
water sport was very marked; this year
its progress will be even more noticeable.
The chief rendezvous of the pleasure
fleet is the Oregon Yacht Club. There
many boats have their home. The growth
of the fleet and the increase of boating
enthusiasm have enabled the club to
build a new home. Construction has al
ready begun at "The Oaks," a short dis
tance north of Sellwood, nearly four miles
from the hear of the city, on the new
line ot the Oregon Water Power & Rail
Model of Convenience.
The new clubhouse will be a model of
convenience and an ornament to the city.
It will have cost $7500 when finished. The
structure "will be built over the river, and
pontoon floats "will lead to deep water.
It will have large quarters for rowboats
and canoes, and the anchorage "will be
ample for harboring sailboats. Stalls for
motorboatB -will be provided.
Broad verandas will surround the clubhouse-on
the three sides facing the river.
Inside the structure on the first floor will
be a large room for lounging, another
for billiards, a dressing-room for -women,
and small rooms for other purposes. The
second floor "will contain men's dressing
rooms and a-big equipment of lockers.
Officers of' the organization plan to
make the clubhouse a rendezvous not only
for persons who .find "pleasure in boating.
but also for .those who . like a ' place for
quiet retirement from the'clty. They say
that their organization will be a country
club as well as a boating club.
Gay Place at the Ohks.
"The Oaks" will soon be one of the
gayest places in the city.- Near the club
house the Oregon Water Power & Railway
Company will have spent 5100,000 within a
short time for an amusement park, after
the fashion of Coney Inland In New York.
Frequent car service will be maintained,
and the ride will take less time than that
to Mount Tabor.
The ride will be one of the best scenic
attractions this year, for it follows the
bank of the Willamette all the wayfrom
the east end of Madison-Street Bridge.
Most of the motor launches in the river
can make the run from the center of the
city to the clubhouse In half an hour, and
some of the very speedy boats will be able
to make the trip in 15 or 20 minutes.
Rapid Growth of the Club.
The Yacht Club is only six years old,
but already It is one of the favorite or
ganizations of the city. It has nearly 100
members, most of them enthusiastic boat
men. They are of the best known resi
dents of the city, including W. B. Ayer,
Charles F. Beebe, W. J. Clemens, A. A.
Courteney, Hamilton Corbett, Charles E.
Ladd, Ira F. Powers, Jr., "W. D. Wheel
wright, T. B. Wilcox, F. S. Morris, J. B.
Wolff, I. V. Woodward, S. T. Armltage,
Alfred I and Kenneth Beebe, B. C. Ball,
JI. H. Haskell, H. H. Hoyt, Charles A.
Nelson, Fred Rasch, Charles H. Shllely,
V. A- Ballantyne, and others.
The headquarters of the club are now
on Hardtack or Hog Island, east of Ross
Island. There Its fleet of sailboats was
harbored all-Winter, and there the boats
are coming out In their Spring dress- of
bright paint and white canvas. In a few
weeks all will be moved upstream to Oak
Point. The river Is wide at that place
for sailing, the water Is deep, and the
clubhouse will be away from the path of
When the club was founded six years
ago by Gilbert Dalglelsh, Frank Young.
Bob Austin, L. V, Woodward and Seth
Catlin, its object was encouragement of
sailing. But the aims of the organiza
tion have expanded until now all kinds of
boating are looked after. The one purpose
of the club's activity is. to promote means
for recreation and pleasure. Instead of for
athletics, as such.
Past Motor Boats.
One of the most striking exhibits of
the river is the rapid increase In the num
ber of motor boats. Many of that craft
are models of ease and beauty and speed.
They skim the -water at speeds ranging
from five miles an hour to 15, arid two or
three are said to be able to plough th&
water at 17 and IS miles an hour. This
is very fast. Indeed too speedy for com
fort. Such a gait exceeds that of most
of the big steamboats that ply from Port
land to Astoria and The Dalles.
Competition between the auto-speed
boats will be very keen this year. Tha
latest and most unique addition to the
autoboat fleet is that of J. W. Campbell,
wha has Just finished a boat which hft
says will make 17 miles an hour. The
boat Is so sharp it cuts the water like a
knife, and drives through the river lik
a thing possessed of evil spirits. The
engine is a high-speed type, made of
bronze castings to stand extreme pres
sure, and Is placed- well forward in the
Hard Tussles for Speed.
Several enthusiasts are looking for a
brush with Campbell. Among them is
J. 2. Wolff, who is accused of having
been lying In -wait for Campbell for soma
Another enthusiast Is Dr. Frank G.
Freeburger. a tdentlst, who Is building a
new boat to take the place of his Emma,
and to show Its heels to other craft In
the river. W. C. Bristol, an attorney,
will soon have a new boat of high speed;
likewise Oliver P. Graham and W. J.
Clemens. For all of them. Ben Irwin's
Petite, which beat all competitors last
Fourth of July, Is waiting, and Irwin ex
pects her to keep ahead.
The largest launch in the river Is that
of Drake O'Reilly and Hunt Lewis, driven
by storage electricity. Charles H. Ladd
owns a 25-foot boat of the Racine type,
and R. M. Jennlng recently has received
a new 21-foot boat of the same model.
Charles A. and J. A. Marlltt have a
speedy launch, similar to that of J. H.
Wolff's, with a torpedoboat stern, built
roomy .for comfort. Other handsome boats
are those of Tom Robertson and F. W.
Jack Peters is building a new launch
containing a cabin, in which he expects
to take cruises and enjoy the comforts
of home. Joe Watrain is coursing the
river in a new boat which he built him
self. W. J. Clemens, commodore of the
.club, will soon have a 12-mile-an-hour
boat to take the place of his Royal.
Many Fine Sailing- Craft.
The Yacht Club's fleet of sailing boats
include several fast boats, most of them
of what is known as the "Sidewalk"
type, a model low In the water, of light
draft and large sail area. These boats
cost from 5123 to 5250 each. Several mem
bers own cabin boats, costing from 5300
to $1000 each, the best of which are the
Wauna, owned by Nelson Dodge, and J.
S. Taylor; the Muriel, owned by General
Charles F. Beebe, and the Glsmonda.
owned by F. P. Young. The cabin boats
make frequent cruises in Summer time.
Last Summer the Wauna cruised to As
toria, with Dodge and Taylor and H. H.
Hoyt, the last named of whom la now
port captain of the club.
Other boats In the cruise were the Owy
hee, the Agnes, the Zephyr, the Skylark, 1
the Swallow, the Wizard and the Alta.
These boats participated in the Astoria
The best boats of the sailing fleet are
Class A. 300 square feet of sail or less:
Jewel, Ira F. Powers, Jr.; Lakota. C. D.
Crlchton; Mischief, Kenneth Beebe; Co
quette, Hamilton Corbett; Rascal. D. F.
Class B. 300 to 500 square feet of sail:
Owyhee, H. H. Haskell; Zephyr, H. F.
Todd; Onward. W. Ryan; Syriamox, Am
brose Scott; A'gnes, J. H. Mackenzie.
Class C, more than 500 square feet of sail:
Skylark. Guy Armltage; Viking. Fred
Basch; Swallow, Charles Shlvely; Wizard,
L. V. Woodward.
The fastest sailers of the foregoing are
the Jewel, Lakota, Mischief. Owyhee,
Zephyr, Synaraox. Skylark, Swallow and
Wizard. They are very sturdy sailers,
and carry large areas of canvas for their
size. On breezy days they may be seen
scurrying over the river above Madison
street bridge, and passing other types
of sailing boats as If flying with wings
instead of being driven by the wind.
Canoeing is also a growing sport in
Portland's river, and the swift-flowing
tributaries of the Willamette. Large or
ders for canoes have been sent to East
ern builders, and nearly 30 fine specimens
of" that craft are yet to arrive this Spring.
Canoeists are already laying on their
proud coat of tan for the Summer sea
son. "Canoe arm" is an object -of pride
to the wielders of the paddle. Already
they are lying 'round the clubhouse bask
ing in the strong sunshine and trying to
put on color. H. E. and W. J. Lyons are
enthusiastic canoeists; also Miss Minnie
Inman and Miss Grace Potter.
appointed to prepare an entertainment to
be given Friday evening. May 5, at which
the society will act as host to the vari
ous sister state societies. No pains will
be spared In making this an occasion
long to be remembered. As there will be
but one more meeting of the society be
fore the Fair, It is urgently requested
that all Minnesotans send in their names
to the president, Isaac Staples, 162 First
street, as soon as possible, in order that
there may be a complete register of all
former Minnesotans now in Oregon.
It Is the object of the society to estab
lish a permanent organization to further
the Interests of all Minnesotans here now
and who may come In the future.
Mr. Hill, president of the Great North
ern Railway, has expressed his pleasure
in finding that there Is a society repre
senting his native state and hopes to be
able to meet with the society during the
The Minnesota papers write for informa
tion in regard to the society, and they
will publish the fact that the secretary
of the state society will be found in the
Chamber of Commerce during the Expo
sition, so that he will be able to assist
strangers In finding places of Interest and
directing them where to find all former
The Minnesota Society.
An enthusiastic meeting was held Fri
day evening by the Minnesota Society at
Allsky Halt Several committees wero
Complains of Sewers.
PORTLAND, Or., April 22. (To the Edi
tor.) In your article of yesterday en1
titled "Contributory Negligence" you
have entirely misunderstood the purport
of my letter regarding the pollution of
the river by sewage.
I neither said nor implied that the
drinking of river water by the shins'
crews was the cause of typhoid fever
among them, for It's a matter of common
knowledge that they never drink it, hav
ing either a supply on board or using one
of the city faucets. My contention was.
and is, that the discharging of sewers
close to the vessels, instead of carrying
tho pipes underground to points further
down me stream, js a constant menace to
the health of seamen In port, td say noth
ing of longshoremen and others who work
along the- water front.
I am not competent to discuss the dis
semination of disease germs, but if it oe
true, as you allege, that those of typhoid
are not "air borne," It would seem that
the outlet of the Tanner-Creek sewer
needs no repair, and that we may with
safety return to the sanitary methods of
50 years ago. The fact Is that the evil
I complain of Is a very real one, and
would not be tolerated for a moment In a
fashionable part of the city. But after
all "plain people," of whom there are a
good many in this quarter, form the ma
jority, and will no longer, I hope, con
tinue to tolerate the present system.
ARTHUR B. BBRNAYS,
Chaplain of the Seamen's Institute, 100
North Front street.
Will Preach In Gresham.
GRESHAM, Or.. April 22. (SpedaL)
Rev. J. L. McComb. one of the Chapman
evangelists, will begin a series of meet
ings here on Sunday, May 14. The meet
ings will be held in the Baptist Church
and continue for 10" days. Active prepara
tions are being made by the committee of
arrangements in charge, and the following
persons have been appointed as chairmen
of the subcommittees: Advertising and
printing, S. C. King; finance, Theo. Brug
ger; ushers, W. H. Hamilton; entertain
ment. D. Brooks. Pastors Hardlngham
and Nutley will have charge of the prayer
meetings and music
Iieaves Property to Niece.
The will of Jane Elizabeth Arnold,
who died April 15 at Cadiz, O., was ad
mitted to probate in the County Court
yesterday. The property is valued at
53250 and is devised to Kate Simmons,
a niece. George W. Allen is named a
Desertion Ground for Divorce.
The Sheriff yesterday served papers
in a divorce suit filed in Clackamas
County by Joseph Bushbaum against
Adeline Bushbaum because of desertion