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Horse-DrawivHaicks Backed Up to Dinky Station to Take Newcomer to $ 1-a-Day Hotel;
Many.. Chinameii:Sa';:Prtmihent :Men::-THenv-'Startinflr Careers of Business in Gity of 3000
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TJOW do I remember Salem
JLX as a town of about 3000
nearly as much territory as
Fourth of July, 1891. 1 remembervthe little "dinkey station
Oliver Darling was ticket agent
n 11 m 1 11. t
now lives on ooutn iwemn. i renremper me norsecar at xne
station and the driver hollering and 'several hotei'runners do
ing the same. Horse driven hackswfre backed up to the curb
and several express wagons were on hand, .bverypne seemed
to be hollering about something. Abjoy it all I . heard "Ore
gon Hotel one dollar per day." That
was the size of my pile so I went
with the runner.
He took me down Mill street to
his hotel, which was located facing
Mill street just north of the Stoltz
vinegar works of today. It did
big business. After dinner
strolled downtown and came across
the Salem hotel located where the
Bliirh theater buildintr is now. In
the block west I found Chinatown
The Chinese all wore their queues
and were very interesting to me
Salem had quite a Chinese popula
tion at that time. In this block,
I came across what was then
known as the town pump. It was
at the outer edge of the sidewalk
in front of the. Steiner tin shop
which was located where the Cen
tral pharmacy is now. There was
a watering trough there where the
farmers watered their horses.
Fire Department at .
State aiid Liberty
The building on the corner, which
has been remodeled and several
stories added to it, and is now
known as the Salem Bank of Com
merce building, .housed the fire de
partment. Across the street, where the
First National bank now. stands, I
found H. S. Gile in the grocery
business. Mr. Gile is still with us
and going strong. Farther west
in this block, I found Walter Stoltz
dishing up ice cream where the
Spa is now located. Walter start
ed the business the year before and
later sold to Mr. Myers who still
owns it. Walter , is still with us,
and making himself very much felt
in a business and civic way. A lit
tle farther west I came across Hal
Patton selling fountain pens.' He
was the fountain pen specialist. If
you mentioned fountain pens to
him, he always sold you one. Hal
was a clerk then, under his father.
The Ladd & Bush bank was
where it is today of course.
Joe Baumgartner was teller in
the bank and Oswald (Butch) West
was messenger. Joe had just re
cently been promoted from this
exalted position and now Os was
more swelled up over it than when
he was elected Governor some years
Was Aid to Newcomer
Turning north from the bank, I
crossed State street and found a
livery stable where the Salem hard
ware store is now located. Fur
ther on, I came; across the States
man office. I was looking for a
job as a printer's devil so I went
in and tackled the editor for a job.
It was our friend Bob Hendricks.
He was busy chewing gum but took
time to talk with me and through
his help I later got a job at the
State printing office. He offered
me a job on his: paper one time, but
as there were internal troubles I
very reluctantly passed up the of
fer. What Salem would be today,
had it not been for the optimistic
mind of Bob's yhich urged his pen.
cil on, we never shall know; but
there are a goodly number who
have followed I his writings, that
p.ve hjm credit for the develop
ment, of not ortly the Salem terri
inrl89ljWell, I remember.it
inhabitants, scattered over
toda - I la'iited viir :Salejif, on;.tlie:
and lived xv:er the.depot. He
I a! ' - ' a
torjribut thesWillamette-vaHey as
a wh'ole. ';-;',y', .'
CtxssingJCourtstreet, I came'.to
the'JR.M.Wade rCo. hardware
stored on itKe7porher and now known
as tjie i Ray L Farmer -Hard ware
compairy'.y":JIr. .Farmer was rather
a dudish appearing fellow at that
time, and was considered very busy
around the place. While he is the
big "if there now, he is still busy.
Lot Pierce was his side-kick. Lot
was .trying to.; make', himself look
older by coaxing along a mustache
that just would not curl. He kept
the ends frazzled out trying to curl
it.- Lot was a fine looking fellpwlFjed Lock ley Was
in those 'days-for'that matter heTMail Carrier Then
a luunjf. .lui, ivuay, is-jusc a lew-
doors, north with the Allen , Hard
ware store.- - . . 5 - y .
Bishop Ready to
Extend . Him Credit ,
I went on north ; to" . Chemeketa
street .aptl, crossed 'oVe'rto the .west
side. of. Commercial street and there
found the Salem Woolen Mills
store. , C. P. Bishop was the pro
prieto'r, and Carl Roberts was the
lone clerk. I can see Mr. Bishop
now, looking over the top of his
glasses, as, I asked him for credit.
Did I get it? You bet I did, and I
have been owing , him something
ever 'since. He - may ' be sorry he
gave me the credit, but l am glad.
Mr. Bishop 'started his store the
year ". before I arrived ' in Salem.
In the next.' block, near State, I
came .across "the - Capital. National
bank. I have broueht $50.00 from
North Dakota- with; me, and decided
to bank it' with this bank. as Joe Al
bert" was cashier. ".-'. I ; have had, a
continucrus1 aecooritf ' there ever
since: -The'First 'National bank of
today-is the successor of the old
Capital National bank. On the sec-;
ond floor, over the present Buster
Brown shoe store, August Hucke
stein was running a cigar factory
and employed several workers. He
was very much in demand those
WMOS: KEAft MAV BE Btl.N AT
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..- , . m . t wwMsjssfSi .-JJ.IW.',?. - 1 slili iiuwa rH "4 fc ji 1 1 H
days as a political campaign speak.
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Alice Steiner. Was v
LoneyHello?- Gir .
j GbJngony-soxithr,"...I came across
DrX.Strner 's drug . store on ' the
coraer; where 'the United States
National bankhuilding now 'Stands.
That was Dr. ;R. E. Lee Steiner.
The central telephone office was
in the back ,end of the store, and
Aljce Steiner, now Mrs. Mjlton My
ers was the lone' fhello" girl. She
had a book to read to pass away
the t time.'- v
; I-crossed State "street and came
to - Dan - Fry's . drug store. " Kitty
Hargrove, now-.. Mrs. Graver,:, was
making. - pills end fixing up doses
of quinine to combat malaria fev
er so common here at that time. .
A - little farther south I saw a
sign over a : stairway that read
"Ross E.Moores &: Co. Printers."
I never stopped to size up the place
but went right, up. Yes, they, were
wanting-a-"printer's devil" and I
got the job. The shop is still do
ing business but is now located on
State street. Ross retired from
active service several years ago.
Down at the corner of Commer
cial and .Ferry, where the W. C. T.
U. headquarters are. now, I found
the postoffice. Molly Creight6n,
now Mrs. W. H. Dancy, was hand
ing out mail. Ben Taylor and Fred
Lockley were carrying mail. There
were but five carriers. Both Ben
and Fred are still alive to tell the
The Marion hotel was there. It
was called the Chemekete, and
later on the Willamette.
Across Ferry street' from the
hotel was a little old building that
housed the most fashionable cigar
istore in town. That buildiiie
looked old enough to have been the
building that housed the first store
opened in Salem by Mr. Cox. I do
not know 'its history. A livery
stable stood where the armory now
The Capital Journal was
where .The Statesman is
now. l worked on that paper a
few yeans late. Just south of this
location was another Chinese cen
ter. yThe bridge across the creek
on . South Commercial" was - covered.
Gile Then Planning
for Y.M.C.A. Here
The Y. M. C. A. was being incu
bated in the fertile brain of H. S.
Gile. It came into life in 1892. I
was present at its birth.
The state house had not at that
BEFORE STVEAM LAUNDRIES
THE LEFT WAS THE 8TEL6LOI E MARKET BL'ILUIKG
TRAFFIC LAW 1885
y ; Ay law passed : by
the : legislature ; in
1885 1 required bicy
cles ' tQ stop within
100 yards of any per
son going in the oppo
. site direction with a
team any remain sta-.
tionary until the team
-had pa s s e d. This
must have been about
the ,f ,rs traffic code. ,
, J. M. Craven shown
tin ; picture on high
j wheeled; bicycle, 1887.
time developed its dome. It had
sort of a wart on top. Waller Hall
was all there was to the Willamette
Paul : Wallace s father operated
the only cannery, which was on the
present site of the Oregon Pack
ing Co. on 12th street. Had it not
been for the large acreage of ap
ples and pears of the Wallace
farm, at that time, its operation
would not have been possible. De
bris was still, in the tree tops from
the flood of a short time before
which took out the bridge across
the Willamette river.
There were only board walks in
Salem at that time, and the' slush
in the business district was so deep
during the winter that one had to
wade in crossing the street.
TRAFFIC TROUBLE -
"Broke a Spring Just as the
Chemekete omnibus was turning
the corner at Bush's bank last
night, on its way back from the Al
bany express, a snap was heard and
the northeast corner of the machine
took a lurch to leeward. Examinr
ation revealed a busted spring, but
no other damage. The passengers
felt fortunate at not having. but a
block to walk." Statesman, Jan
9, 188(A .
"The waterworks were put in
operation on the '29th day of Sept
(1871) at 11:30 a.m. They have
since continued in. operation ' suc
cessfully, conveying the sweet and
wholesome waters of the Willam
ette through our streets.
Salem city directory, 1872.
THt LOW V.VILO-
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Photo Cronisa 8todio
iV eedlework, and
At Institute Here
The issue of April 20, 1852, had
an ad by Allen P. Miller for Prince
and Company's Improved Patent
Among other advertisers in
1852 were The Oregon Institute,
F. S. Hoyt, Principal," which said
"Drawing and needlework will be
taught the ensuing quarter and a
feacher of instrumental music is
expected shortly to arrive! from
New York. The tuition in primary
division was 4 per quarter. In
the academic division $6 per quar
ter. Bord per week $3.50 to $4.
Also Vn ad from the Tuallatin
Academy4sForest Grove,! J. N.
Keeler, Principal, G. II. Atkinson,
Adams & Company Express and
Banking House, shipped gold dust
and every variety of freight.
McClaine and Company and
T'Vault and Company, ran the Ore
gon and Shasta Express between'
Portland and Shasta Bute City.
Open River Not
New Dream; '87
Saw Plan Tried
A newspaper file revealed not
only the origins of great institu
tions but the tiirth of projects that
die in early infancy. . Back in 1887
Senator John' H. Mitchell wired
John C. Carson, president of the
senate,-that he had secured a fav
orable report on a bill appropriat
ing $500,000 for a "boat railway"
at The Dalles ' The news item ac
companying (4t, said "the passage of
this bill insures a free river, and
the means of cheap transportation
of the commerce of eastern Ore
gon." The money was appropriated and
spent, the railway used a few times
for hauling boats past the rapids
and then abandoned. r Later Celilo
canal was built, the rive- made
open; and still river navigation is
not used. . 1
"Railroad around the Cascades.
'. A. Chenoweth, Esq., is construct- .
ing a railroad around the Cascades.
t is already more than half com
pleted and will be finished in the
course of a-few weeks. It will be
of great .service to emigrants, and
all pthers who , may-have occasion
to transport, freight up or down
the river." Statesman. J
Sponsored by R. S. Wallace in
1890. $20,000 subscribed, Mr. Wal
lace subscribing $5,500 and the
Oregon Land Co. the tame amount.