Eastern Clackamas news. (Estacada, Or.) 1916-1928, April 06, 1916, Image 1

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Devoted to the Interests of Eastern Clackamas County
Formerly Estacada Progress
V olume 9,
N umber 29
Railway Company Now Working
In Obtaining Farming Data
At a meeting of the officials of
the Portland Railway Light &
Power Company a few weeks
ago, it was decided that notwith­
standing the rather quiet busi­
ness conditions and subsequent
lack of money for the expansion
o f the business, an appropriation
be made to inagurate and estab­
lish an industrial and agricultural
At present the work is confin­
ed largely to the agricultural ex­
ploitation and experimentation,
with Frank Ewing, lately of the
company’s engineering forces,
but now in charge of their Spring-
water farm, as field manager of
the department.
This important move is the out­
come o f the more or less haphaz­
ard experiments that have been
conducted by the company in
years past and fathered by such
railway officials as Traffic Mana­
ger F. D. Hunt, Property Agent
R. M. Townsend, General Super­
intendent 0. B. Coldwell and
As has been stated before, the
railway company is entering into
this campaign, knowing that the
prosperity o f their corporation is
directly linked with the success
of the people, most of whom are
in agricultural pursuits, adjacent
to their interurban line3.
The efforts at this time are a-
long pioneering lines, as before
real tangible results can be seen,
much preliminary work must be
done in the obtaining of proper
records and data on which to
base future operations.
With this idea in mind, the
company has had printed several
thousand statistical forms, sam­
ples of which are reprinted here­
with on pages 6 and 7. The fill­
ing out and obtaining of the data
from each agriculturalist in this
community onto these forms is a
vast undertaking and Manager
Ewing is now at work calling on
the farmers and compiling the
E stacada , O regon ,
In order to expedite this part
of the labor, as Mr. Ewing can
call upon but a dozen or so farm­
ers per day, all farmers are ask­
ed to please cut out the forms on
pages 6 and 7, fill same out to
the best of their ability and mail
them to Mgr. Frank Ewing, at
Estacada. If this appeal meets
' with the cooperation o f the farm­
ers as expected, it will save the
company much money, which can
be used in the furtherance of
other work in connection with
the department.
Eastern Clackamas and other
parts o f this county are fortunate
in being served by a local trans­
portation system, instead of a
transcontinental trunk system, as
the element of personal interest
is everywhere apparent in the
dealings of the Portland Railway
Light & Power Campany with its
patrons and those residing along
its lines.
In the past few years, this
part of the county especially
realizes the good that has been
done by the transportation com­
pany, in the establishment of the
Estacada Stock Yards and help
along the lines of bettering the
livestock marketing conditions.
The local and county fairs can
trace much of their success to
this same desire depressed finan­
cially to help better the farmers’
The present aid extended in
the furtherance of experimental
plantings of alfalfa; in the ac­
climatizing of corn and the dona­
tions o f high-bred, pedigreed
boars as prizes at the various
fairs is well known to all.
While it might not be fair to
announce further plans, the News
knows that it is the ultimate in­
tention of the traction company
to extend the work into the ob­
taining of better markets for
the disposal of the produce raised
along their lines, even consider­
ing the feasibility of establishing
a market of their own. This is
merely one item of the big plan,
which the company has in view
to help the farmer and help it­
The News feels safe in assur­
ing the railway officials of the
hearty support and cooperation
o f the local people in this work
and in thanking them for the
interest shown in the past.
T hursday ,
A pril 6,
Committee Appointed To
Continue Investigations
With the aid of sidewalk
benches, chairs from neighbor­
ing stores and planks set upon
empty boxes, a sufficient seating
capacity was provided at the Es­
tacada C. I. C. room, last Sun­
day afternoon to accomodate the
The very fact that a large
number of people attended this
meeting, is evidence of the in­
terest taken in the subject of the
formation of a Community or
Federated church here.
The meeting was called to or­
der by John Ely, who was re­
tained as permanent chairman.
Following an opening prayer by
Evangelist G. E. Williams, the
meeting reverted into a purely
informal discussion pro and con
of the subject at hand.
In all, eight denominations
were represented, being mem­
bers of the Christian, Methodist,
Latter Day Saints, Presbyterian,
Baptist, Congregational, Reform­
ed Christian and Catholic church­
During the course of the meet­
ing, extended or brief remarks
were made by John Ely, Walter
Givens, F. R. Guthrie, W. W.
Dillon, A. 0. Whitcomb, Mrs. D.
M. Marshall, Mrs. John Page, A.
Demoy, Rev. Spiess, Lewis Jones,
R. S. Coop, W. H. Holder and R.
M. Standish.
All speakers expressed a desire
to see such community worship
started, each realizing the advan­
tages to be gained, but many
qualifying their remarks b y
pointing out the obstacles in the
path of such a plan.
In a few instances, matters
pertaining to forms of worship
and details of theology threaten­
ed to dampen the ardor of the
gathering, but the general opin­
ion was that these mattei s can
be successfully overcome and ar­
ranged to the satisfaction of all
at later date, following action by
Many matters came up at the
meeting, which can best be han­
dled thru a committee and until
a thorough investigation has
been made of the charters and
articles of organization employed
by other communities that have
successfully established commun­
ity worship, no definite action
can be taken.
$1. P er Y ear
Beloved Old Lady At Rest
Mrs. Henry Hoffmeister, more
familiarly known as “ Grandma
Hoffmeister” passed away Sat­
urday, April 1st at the family-
home in Eagle Creek at the age
of 78 years.
Mrs. Dora Hoffmeister was
born in Germany in 1838, coming
j to this country when a child.
She was married in Pittsburg,
Pa. in the fall of ’66 and after a
residence of a few years in Kan­
sas, came west with her husband,
locating in Clackamas County,
where they have resided for the
past forty years.
In recent years, owing to ill
health, Mrs. Hoffmeister had
been unable to join with and
take the interest in the local ac­
tivities, which she would like to
have done, but with her host of
friends and cheery disposition,
t h e neighborhood enjoyments
were often brought to her home
The deceased is survived by
her husband, Henry Hoffmeister,
and five children, being Henry
and John of Damascus; Dave and
Fred of Eagle Creek and a daugh­
ter, Mrs. Lilly Ehmsen of Port­
land, and twenty grandchildren.
At the funeral services, con­
ducted by Rev. Aue, at the fam­
ily home, Monday afternoon, a
large gathering of friends, rela­
tives and neighbors paid their
last respects to the memory of
the beloved old lady.
Interment, in charge of Under­
taker Henthorn, occured at the
Forrester Cemetery at Eagle
On motion by Mr. Dillon, the
chairman was requested to ap­
point a committee of seven mem­
bers, which after obtaining ¡in­
formation from other community
or federated churches and hav­
ing outlined a form of organiza­
tion, would report at a future
public meeting, to be at such
time and place as it may later
After a day or two of delibera­
tion, Chairman Ely Tuesday ap­
pointed the following committee,
which will meet soon:
W. H.
Holder, W. W. Di Ion, D. S.
Fleming, F. B. Guthrie, A. O.
Wmtcomb and John Ely, with
R. M. Standish as chairman.