The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, August 04, 1912, SECTION FOUR, Page 8, Image 52

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Big Gains in Business Opera
ations Proof of Prosper
ous Conditions Here.
Settlement of Lands Big Aid to Port-
land Realty Situation Is Satis
factory Building Activity
Continues Strong.
A review of the arious business act
ivities In Portland for July establishes
the fact that the city is making- steady
and substantial gains. Bank clearings,
postal receipts, building permits and
shipping operations showed marked in
creases over the records for the cor
responding month of last year. The
wholesale trade is better than it was a
year ago and the lumber industry has
shown a big improvement.
One of the significant features of
the present situation is the immense
amount of railroad construction in Ore
gon. Both the Hill and Harrlman lines
are spending millions of dollars in bet
terments and extensions. Much more
producing territory is being opened up
and many of the older sections are be
ing brought closer to markets by the
building of electric lines and branch
steam roads.
While development and settlement of
the rich lands in the Willamette Valley
are going on steadily, it must be re
membered that a big transformation is
taking place in Central and Eastern
Oregon. The Improvement of lands in
the Immense Central Oregon country
means much for Portland. There are
millions of acres there that can be re
claimed and made productive, but that
district will not go ahead as rapidly
as it should unless more energetic ef
forts are made to induce settlers to go
there. ' .
The commercial organizations are do
ing good work in this respect, the
railroads are doing much for the dis
trict and many land development com
panies are active. Yet, the people of
Portland do not seem to realize the
importance of the situation. It is said
that more Seattle capital is invested
in the Bend and Redmond districts
than Portland money. A great amount
of Eastern capital also has been invest
ed in the Central Oregon country dur
ing the past two years. Portland will
be directly benefited as a result of the
growth and development of the section
of the state east of the Cascades more
than any other city. Accordingly the
residents of that section feel that more
consideration should be given them on
the part of Portland people. One thing
is certain and that it that as the cen
tral part of the state grows and de
velops its natural resources it will
prove a big factor in the commercial
expansion of Portland.
With material progress being made
in all districts in Che state, it would
seem that no serious contingency could
arise to check the forward movement.
Oregon Is now harvesting the biggest
crops in her history. An Immense new
wealth is being created. This, in addi
tion to the large amounts of Eastern
capital being attracted to the state for
permanent Investments, should bring
abont the most prosperous era in Ore
gon's history.
As to the real estate situation in
Portland, there is everything to indi
cate an Increasing activity during the
remainder of the year. The realty mar
ket has held its own so far this Sum
mer. There have been few large trans
fers of downtown property, but, in
medium-priced parcels activity has
been above the average for this season
of the year.
The most notable recent deal was
the sale of the Blake, McFall Company
property at the southwest corner of
Fourth and Ankeny streets for $350.
000. The property was purchased by
8. F. Wilson, a Umatilla County bank
er, through the agency of the Colum
bia Trust Company. The parcel has
a frontage of 100 feet on Fourth street
and 125 feet on Ankeny street. It is
Improved with a modern six-story
building. Mr. Wilson acquired the
property as an Investment.
Another deal of Importance was
closed during the week in the pur
chase by the Associated Oil Company
of a large tract of water front property
south of the city limits. The tract was
acquired of E. D. Klngley for $25,000.
It has a frontage of 250 feet on the
Willamette River and has a depth of
760 feet. It is announced that a mod
ern oil plant will be established on
this site. The property will have track
age connection with the S. P. & S., thus
giving the company both rail and
water shipping facilities.
Portland continues to make a fine
showing in building operations. Dur
ing the month just closed there were
676 permits issued, with a total valua-
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tion of $1,499,126, as against 613 per
mits, with a total valuation of $1,376,
315, for July of last year. This Is a
gain of 8.2 per cent.
Seattle s building ngures ior jmj
were only $645,320, or si,io "
than Portland's totals. So far this
year Portland has been leading Seattle
in building construction by a big mar
gin. If the present ratio keeps up un
til the close of the year, Portland's
building totals should exceed those of
Seattle by nearly $10,000,000.
The total investment in new duiio-
lngs in Portland during the last seven
months reached $10,277,393. For the
corresponding period of last year the
totals were $10,958,679. While there is
still a decrease, there is every Indica
tion that the year will clos with as
big a record as that made in 1911.
There are several plans for big struc
tures under consideration now, and
with the big building projects that
are to be started during the next few
weeks, it is expected that the record
for the first nine months of the year
will surpass that for the same period
of last year.
The past week was active in the
Building Inspector's office. There were
issued 187 permits, with a total valua
tion of $439,033. The largest permit
was for the Wauna apartment-house,
which Is now under way on Davis
street, near Twenty-third street This
structure will cost $200,000 and will be
the finest building of the kind In the
city. A large percentage of permits
were for dwellings.
The summary of the week s permits
is as follows:
Permits. Valuation.
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29 21.835
40 48.835
2 64.2SS
35 251.555
10 21.190
187 $430,033
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Kllllngsworth Avenue Lot to Be Im
proved With Fine Building.
An important sale in North Alblna
was the transfer oi a lot on wnicn
the Church of the Brethren stands at
Killlngsworth avenue and Borthwick
streets to a syndicate for $4500. The
purchasers plan to erect a three-story
modern building, the lower portion of
which will probably be occupied by a
bank. The names of the men interested
In the enterprise are withheld for the
present. The church will be removed
from Killlngsworth avenue, where the
noise of passing streetcars will not
disturb the congegatlons.
Many Important Improvements are
projected in this district. Work is pro
gressing on the new branch library
building, which will cose u.uuu. n
will be completed about the first of
the year. Killlngsworth avenues which
was the first street to be paved in this
district, is evidently destined to be
come a great thoroughfare. It has
been opened to East Forty-first, and
Improved for a considerable portion of
the distance.
Lents Residence Sold.
A modern two-story residence on
South Main street, Lents, belonging to
Alfred Baker, has Just been sold to J.
U Harvey, of Laurel, Or., for $6000.
The ground surrounding the house Is
80 by 113 feet in size. In the transfer
Mr. Baker secured a 60-acre tract near
Laurel, partly Improved.
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New Railroad Will Help
Build Bigger Town.
Surrounding Country Contains
Many Excellent Farms and Fine
Homes Flace Is Now Mecca
tor Auto Tourists.
Sandy, on the Mount Hood automo
bile rod, is a growing center for the
Sandy Valley. At present half a doz
en new buildings for general business
purposes are under construction there,
and the town is making rapid growth
In all lines. Sandy recently was In
corporated to provide power to police
the town.
Virtually all the travel for Western
Mount Hood passes through the place.
It has a population estimated at from
300 to 400 people. Surrounded by a
prosperous farming and fruit' district,
vast tracts of timber, water power and
other resources, Sandy has become a
place of Importance. It is 26 miles
from Portland and about 400 feet above
the Sandy River. It is connected with
the Estacada Electric Railway line by
automobile stage, which runs to Boring
In less than half an hour.
Sandy has an active Commercial
Club, which assists in locating men
seeking homes on the vacant tracts in
the immediate vicinity. Edward Bruns
is secretary of the club.
Railroad Company Seeks Franchise.
At present the Multnomah & East
ern Railway Company is seeking a
franchise through Sandy for its line,
which is to connect with the Mount
Hood Railway at Cottrell, six milos
away. Through the efforts of the
Sandy Commercial Club, a $5000 bond
was subscribed and will be paid to the
railroad company on the completion
of the line to Sandy. Surveys have been
made through Sandy and eastward to
Cherryville and beyond.
However, Sandy residents are inter
ested in getting an electric ..railway
to that place. Rights-of-way have
been secured between Cottrell and
Few places have more attractive sur
roundings. It has an elevation of about
1200 feet. The land about it is com
paratively level.
Sandy Offers Advantages.
Here Is a new $5000 graded school.
Sandy also has a $3000 Methodist
Church, a $3000 Catholic Church, Odd
fellows lodge, Rebekahs, Artisans,
Grange, Fruit Growers' Association, 11
bray. Commercial Club, and other or
ganizations. The town Is perched on
the south side of the Sandy River. can
yon and its scenery is unsurpassed.
There Is much vacant land In the
neighborhood which is held at moderate
prices. Much of the land Is logged-off
and easy to clear. The soil .is extreme-
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ly rich and deep. Many fine farms may
be seen with excellent homes. The oat
field on the east side of Sandy, owned
by A. Mlenlg. Is as fine a field of grain
as can be seen anywhere.
Many Portland men have Invested in
tracts on the bluff above Sandy, where
they have built Summer homes. Among
the most conspicuous is the Summer
home of Otto Kleeman, which stands on
the bluff. The view is beyond descrip
tion, especially toward the east, where
Mount Hood is constantly in sight.
Single Tax la Opposed.
Casper Junker, an old resident and
property owner of Sandy, is very con
fident that Sandy and Sandy Valley will
grow. Mr. Junker said that at present
the menace of single tax in Clackamas
County is having a quieting effect on
farm land in the Sandy district. In
speaking of the matter, he said:
"At present the possibility that single
tax miirht carry in this county is hav
ing a depressing effect. I own a lot of
property in Sandy, But ao not xeei nice
going ahead with improvements and
building more houses until I know
what, the outcome of the single tax
movement will be."
Disposition of Klosterman Property
Essential Before Street Opening
Can Be Effected.
The property of John Clark, which
has for months stood in the way of
the opening and improvement of Oak
street between Park and Burnslde
streets, has been sold to the city. The
way is now open to proceed with the
improvement of the entire street ex
cept where it cuis imo ms prujiei tjr
of John .Klosterman, at Tenth and
BurnRida streets.
. The city paid Clark $60,000 for his
property last Monday, and the deed was
at once recorded with the County Clerk.
The property secured by the city is lot
3. and the south 10 leei oi ioi i, owcn
86, Portland.
For more than a year Clark has been
fighting the opening of Oak street, and
the taking of his property. The view
ers allowed him $44,000 for the prop
erty, but he did not consider tnis enougn,
and it was necessary for the City
Council to apropriate $16,000 out of
the general fund to make the amount
Clark secured in the State Supreme
Court an injunction against the city,
preventing it from trespassing upon his
property. It was stipulated jbefore
this injunction was secured that the
decision In the Clark case should apply
also to the Klosterman case.
The city has ' already received bids
for the hard surfacing of Oak street
with the exception of that portion held
by Klosterman and just deeded to the
city by Clark.
aiexSnT plan
Residents to Portland.
Rich Suburban Center at Southeast
ern Boundary Would Add 12,000
Residents to Portland
If the .movement to annex the Lents
district to Portland at the election next
November succeeds, it will add about
12,000 to the population of the city, be
sides a large territory east of the pres
ent boundary line at Grays Crossing.
Petitions for annexation are being
circulated by L. A. McKinley and oth
ers. In order to get the question on the
ballot at the. November election, and
although the petitions were put in cir
culation only the past week, they have
been generously signed up. The peti
tions simply ask that the annexation
question be submitted to a vote in
It is estimated that there are be
tween 12,000 and 15,000 people in the
territory between Grays Crossing and
Gilberts schoolhouse, Powell Valley
road and Johnson Creek. Lents is a
prosperous business center. It has &
public school of 22 rooms, built by the
Portland district, where between 900
and 1000 children attend. It has one
of the largest wireless stations on the
Pacific Coast.
There are three factions In Lents
one opposed to annexation but favoring
Incorporation; one favors doing nothing
at present, and the third favors annex
ation. When the question was submit
ted three years ago it was defeated by
a small majority.
At present Lents Is supplied with
Bull Run water by Portland, that ter
ritory having been taken over when
the Woodmere Water Company's plant
was purchased.
Two Lots Bring $12,000.
Lilly Trigg has sold to George 8.
Gels two lots and buildings In Arleta
Park No. 1, in the South East Side,
for $12,000. ..
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AUGUST 4, 191S.
Colonial Residence Planned for
Dr. A. S. Nichols.
Broad Verandas, Ionic and Doric
Columns Are Features Interior
to Be Highly Finished Work,
on Basement Under Way.
One of the most attractive and com
pletely modern homes In the exclusive
Portland Heights district will be built
immediately for Dr. A. S. Nichols at
the northeast corner of Twentieth and
Jackson streets.
According to the plans as prepared
by the architect, E. T. Foulkes, of
Portland and San Francisco, the ex
terior treatment of the residence will
be of strict Colonial style of architec
ture, with broad veranda and high
Ionic columns extending through two
stories and crowned by a pediment of
chase detail. A rich cornice with a
balustrade of turned balusters above
will form the termination of the ex
terior walls.
The main entrance porch will be
flanked by Doric columns and a re
cessed vestibule containing niches for
potted bay trees. The piazza will be
paved with impervious brick. The liv
ing and breakfast porch will be floored
with Welsh quarry tile. The plans call
for details characteristic of colonial
finish, such as exterior blinds, orna
mental iron grilles, leaded glass and
other features.
The first floor will contain the living
room, dining-room, library, living
porch, dining porch, together with the
servants' portion of the house and
servants' sitting-room. Hardwood fin
ish is to be used in the main rooms on
this floor.
The second floor will contain four
main bedrooms, with private and com
municating tiled bathrooms. Each bed
room will be provided, with a spacious
sleeping porch. The servants' bed
rooms, with private bathrooms, will be
located also on this floor. The attic
space will be finished and the entire
basement will be divided into store
rooms, laundry, heater room and other
At the rear of the residence will be
located a garage, thoroughly equipped,
together with the chauffeur's bedroom
and private bathroom. This building
will be carried out in the same general
style of architecture as the residonce.
The grounds are large and sightly and
much attention will be given to land
scape treatment. The residence will
cost about $35,000. Excavation for the
basement was started last week.
Summer Home Under Way.
C. M. Hyskell, of Portland, has ac
quired an acre at Oswego Lake and is
having built a fine house on the site.
It will be used as a Summer home.
Progress is being made on the new fireproof warehouse being built for the Portland Gas & Coke Com
nmv Vt the southeast corner of Second and Flanders streets. The structure occupies a quarter block and
wmybe thre. storte? hflh It is being built of reinforced concrete. The exterior will be trimmed with red
will tlr Bt"w " ,,, x : th. mont modern and complete of Its kind in the city. It will
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tember 15.
Business Structures and
dustrial Plants Are
Under Way.
Big Sums Being Expended in Con
struction of Schoolhouses In
Residence Districts Scores of
Homes Being Built.
Mid-Summer finds a number of mod
ern structures under way on the East
Side. At Kenton, on the Peninsula, the
John S. Beale Company, is erecting a
factory building for metal works of
all kinds. This structure Is north of
Columbia boulevard near the plant of
the Nicolai Door Manufacturing Com
pany. Perhaps, the most important improve
ment under way on the Peninsula is
the filling operations of the Portland
Union Stock Yards, by which the cap
acity of the present grounds occupied
by the stock yards will be more than
doubled. Owing to the growth of busi
ness of the stock yards more space is
required. The dredge Is digging out
the slough and using the material in
filling up the additional grounds. Sev
eral industries are planning to erect
plants near Kenton in the near future.
The Portland Railway, Light & Pow
er Company is erecting a new brick
car barn on East Twenty-eighth and
East Couch streets, at a cost of $40,
000. It covers 100x200 feet, and stands
on the site of the old frame build
ing recently torn down. The streetcar
company is rapidly completing its car
shops on East Seventeenth and Holgate
streets. In the South East Side. Here
the company erected three units of the
carshops two 200x200 and one 200x350
feet, all facing East Seventeenh sreet.
Shops to Cost 9400,000.
The larger building stands at the
north side and Includes a number of
departments, including the repairs and
blacksmith departments, and boiler and
machine shops. The three buildings are
separated by the streets, 60 feet wide,
filled with car tracks which converge
into all the buildings from East Seven
teenth street. Both narrow and wide
gauge lines connecting both narrow and
standard gauge divisions. Four acres
of space is occupied by the three
buildings, beside the Intervening
streets. The company owns 20 acres,
and the space not used by buildings
will be used for storing cars and
trackage. Altogether, with the cost
of buildings and equipment, the com
pany is spending about $400,000 in the
erection of these shops. By Fall they
will be in operation, and the streetcar
company can construct Its own cars in
stead of having the work done. In the
East, with the consequent delays.
Llpman-Wolfe & Company will put up
a $25,000 distributing building on East
Sixth and East Oak streets this Fall.
Mitchell, Lewis & Staver will erect a
five-story $150,000 warehouse on East
Eighth and East Gllsan streets. Work
has been started on a $25,000 combina
tion brick building on Union avenue
and Sacramento streets, Alblna. Mrs.
Elizabeth Ferguson has had plans
drawn for an apartment to be built
on Hancock street to cost about $15,
000. The Portland Seed Company will
erect a five-story brick structure on
East Alder and East First streets, at
a cost of $45,000.
Many School Bnidlngs Rise.
The Board of Education Is erecting
additions to the Montavma scnooi-
house, providing six rooms with an as
sembly hall. This will make the Monta
villa schoolhouse a 20-room building.
At the Creston building, an addition is
being erected. Also at the wooamere
hnnlhnii on the Mount Scott line.
an addition is under construction For
the Waverly-Rlchmond school on di
vision and East Thirty-ninth streets,
the district is erecting an eight-room
addition of reinforced concrete on the
north side of the present structure.
These additions represent an expendit
ure of something above $250,000, with
miir,mnt The concrete gymnasium
tr.r tiio Washington Hierh School, In
n.ntni v.aat Portland, has been finished
at a cost of $86,000. The equipment
ni n.f ihnnt s 15. 000 more. The
domestic science department also will
be installed in this buuaing.
In the matter of residences there
Is little if any abatement in this line.
Laurelhurst will have fully 400 first
class homes by the end of the present
year, representing a cost of fully $2.
000,000. Building operations in Laurel
hurst have now extended all through
the addition. In Beaumont and Almeda,
there is the same story of home-building.
In Rose City Park a number of
residences are being put along the
edge of Almeda avenue, which skirts
the hill. Several fine homes are under
way in Irvington and Holaday Addi
tions, Eastmoreland and other portions
of the East Side.
Store Building Planned.
Plans have been drawn for a one
story reinforced concrete building.
Tth architect, expect, to have the building ready for the owner, by Sep-
54x105 feet in sise, with a full base
ment, by Architect W. A. Duke, for
W. F. Woodard, to be built at Archer
Place in the South East Side. The in
terior will he of heavy mill construc
tion. It will contain five store rooml
with heavy plate glass store windows.
Vincent Jones Realty Co. to HandU
Fine River Acreage.
V. Vincent Jones, formerly asoclated
with the Fred A. Jacobs Company, and
H. N. Aldrich, a former merchant of
Bridal Veil,. Oregon, have formed a
partnership under the name of the
Vincent Jones Realty Compan', and
will have offices in the Spalding
Tha new firm has taken over 172
acres adjoining Linnton, belonging to
the Linnton Realty Company, and will
handle the sale of the property upon a
profit-sharing basis. The front 21 acres
of this property is already platted as
Waldmerp, and contains three fine resi
dences with three more in course of
construction. Improvements are all in,
including winding gradod streets, side
walks, curbs and water system. The
owners have signed a contract to es
tablish an automolillo bus service to
meet the cars of the United Railways
and run over a rpgular route through
the property. The service will be
maintained free of charge to the resi
dents of the tract for a period of five
years. It is the intention to erect
homes of the better class, and also to
build for purchasers on easy terms of
"Waldmere affords naturally beauti
ful terraces such as are now being
made to order at tremendous expense
on the hills nearer the center of the
city. It is a 25-minute ride on the
cars of the United Railways, which
run hourly until midnight," said Mr.
"These gently sloping hills fronting
the river, the city and the mountains
afford fine views, and present a variety
of opportunities for building homes,
with ideal suburban surroundings,
which are to bo taken advantage of
to the fullest extent by the owners
and developers. Many of the sites are
larger than the ordinary 50xl00-lot,
ranging up to a half-acre or an acre in
size, and at the price at which It Is
proposed to sell the property it will be
possible for one who loves beauty in
his surroundings to gratify that taste
to the fullest extent and have from
two to five times the amount of ground
for the money that is possible any
where else within a similar radius.
"An experienced and competent land
scape architect will be employed to
design plats for each residence site,
showing the most feasible layout for
each one in order to secure the maxi
mum of beauty, with a minimum of
expense. Nothing is to be left undone
to make Waldmere the choicest of all
close-in, desirable and high-class resi
dence districts, combining every city
convenience with ideal suburban sur
Dr. E. D. Connell Establishes Fine
Home in Suburbs.
One of the most unique and attractlvt
suburban' homes built this year has
Just been completed for Dr. E. Dewltt
Cornell. The house is situated on a
sightly place near Shattuck Station,
about five miles from the city.
The house contains "eight sleeping
porches, each of which is provided witb
a dressing-room. The living-room i
30x40 feet and is of artistic finish. At
one end of this room is a large fire
place. Everything in connection witb
the house is modern. Casement win
dows, ten feet in width, are special
features of the living-room. A largs
garage has also boen completed.
There are about six acres in the
tract. A natural grove occupies th
portion of the tract where the build
ings are located. Dr. Cornell plans
to make additional Improvements this
year. When his plans are carried to
completion. Dr. Cornell expects to havs
one of the finest country places neai
Residents of Brentwood Want ErroJ
c. Heights Extension.
Work will be started soon on the ex.
tension of a carllne from the present
terminus of the Eastmoreland line,
through Errol Heights. The resldenti
of Brentwood adjoining Errol Heights
are contemplating the organization ol
an association to support the plan ol
securing the proposed extension foi
that district. It will be the ultlmat
aim to have the extension run through
the Mount Scott district. If this ex
tension Is built, two street carlinej
will be provided for a rapidly-growing
Lot Sales Closed.
T, C. Anderson bought two lota in
Monefee's Addition, of Theodore Con
ick for $1900. Mr. Anderson is well
known as a house builder, and he will
start the erection of two residences
at once. Scott & Beesley made the
sale. This firm sold an acre at Park
Rose to B. R. Gray for $1500. L. A.
Chaterson also bought an acre in Park
Rose for $1500, on which he will erect
a home.
Alameda Park Home Sold.
S. A. Johnston has purchased from
the Alameda Land Company a house
and lot in Alameda Park, the consid
eration being $8500. The house was
completed recently and Is a modern
and attractive home.