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1865

April

Apr 22, 1865

war natl govt health-death  CG1 Apr 22, 1865  
[comments about assassination of' Pres. Lincoln.  also abt recent end of civil war.]

Locale-BentonCounty OT-Corvallis business item-stationery  
CG1 Apr 22, 1895
Bancroft's celebrated Writing Papers.   Hand-Made Linen fabric, comprising
Hand made note plain, gilt edge, ruled; Congress letter, plain, ruled;  Fools
Cap, plain, ruled; Legal cap ruled; Bill Cap, Broad, narrow.  Also Ladies
Note envelopes, business envelopes, wedding envelopes, other styles.
J W Souther is Sole Agent in Benton County nq   [M. mostly illegible;
only a fragment is preserved.]

December

Dec 7, 1872

Natl name-Greeley health-death  CG1 Dec 7, 1872  death Horace Greeley  

RR-outside OT-  CG1 Dec 7, 1872 
defeat of the Corvallis and Yaquina RR bill.

Racism/ethnic war  CG1 Dec 7, 1872  The Modoc War. [Indian]       

Name-Dolph politic paper RR-outside  CG1 Dec 7, 1872
Ben Holladay has sold his Bulletin to H W Scott, J N Dolph, 0 N Denny.

church school OT-  CG1 Dec 7, 1872  
Christian College;  T F Campbell, pres.  [M. note: doesn't say whether Corvallis;
must be]

Dec 14, 1872--

Dec 21, 1872

Racism/ethnic war  CG1 Dec 21, 1872  [M. all through here, comments on Modoc war.]  
[Indian ]

Disaster earthquake OT- Locale- misc-word  CG1 Dec 21, 1872  
     Earthquake in Oregon; eastern Oregon, Walla Walla, Umatilla, other; The shock was
distinctly felt in Portland and East Portland at 20 minutes before ten o'clock last Saturday
night, and furnished the "locals" with first class sensationals [sic].   No damage. ...   +  
[not felt at Corvallis and upper Willamette]  

Dec28, 1872

disaster fire OT-Portland prices  CG1  Dec 28, 1872 
great fire in Portland, losses.  city narrowly escapes general ruin; losses $500,000.

1873

January

Jan 4, 1873

RR-outside  CG1 Jan 4, 1873  [Ben Holladay talked about.]

Jan 11, 1873

Srh- Srh-canal Locale- OT  CG1 Jan 11, 1873  
through the locks of the Willamette Falls; stmr Maria Wilkins left OSN Co wharf
Portland, etc. [M.  as also Jan 18; believe the locks must be newly open.]

Jan  18, 1873

OT- Racism/ethnic war misc-word   CG1 Jan 18, 1873
Correspondent fm Newport worries that Modoc success in prolonging the war
will stir up other Indians and "encourage their infernal inclinations."  [also lengthy
on Siletz Indian troubles. also Jan25.]

RR-outside  CG1 Jan 18, 1873   Holladay still controls the railroads.   

Jan 25, 1873

Racism/ethnic war OT-  CG1 Jan 25, 1873  
[lists the forts for protection against Siletz. see also further papers.] [Indian]

February

Feb 1  --  Feb 8 ---  Feb 15 ---

Feb 22, 1873

Srh- Locale-CoosBay OT-SF  CG1 Feb 22, 1873
     Sailing vessels average ten trips a year, each, between Coos Bay and San
Francisco.  +  [M. note:  but doesn't say how many vessels in operation.]
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March

Mar 1, 1873

school novelty-woolen animal-sheep job condit OT-  CG2  Mar 1, 1873
Willamette University notes.
     While in Salem, last week, we were.., shown through the above extensive
establishment. [ head has said Salem Woolen Factory.]  Thanks to Mr. Hoyt,
and also to Mr. Wrn. Appleby, for special attention on that occasion. The
establishment is in full blast -- and gives employment to eighty or ninety
operatives.  We were pleased to note very many improvements since our last
visit.  Salem cloths, and especially the Salem blankets, have a national
reputation, and are, perhaps, unsurpassed for quality and finish in the United
States.  These mills are unable to supply the demand for their fabrics, and
hence but few pieces were on hand.  On looking over their book of specimens
of the past year, we were surprised at the variety and exquisite designs of the
various fabrics manufactured.  In this department, as in all other respects, the
enterprising proprietors of the Salem Woolen Mills keep even pace with the
best and most popular establishments at [sic] the East.  Success to the Salem
and all other woolen factories in the State.  Encourage home manufacture and
the cry of "hard times" will soon forever cease in Oregon.  Hundreds of
thousands of dollars are sent away every year for articles that should be
manufactured at home, and for this reason money is scarce.  +

Mar 8

school agric farm state prices Locale OT-  CG2 Mar 8, 1873
Legislature of Or. permanently located the State Agricultural College in
Benton co; Benton citizens promised to purchase a suitable farm; 2 yrs ago
farm 35 acres adjacent to town purchased for $4,500. $2500 been pd; $500 is
on avail, subscription, $1500 with interest remains unprovided for.  Unless
this amount promptly secured mortgage to be foreclosed, lose land, all tt paid
on it, and prob. also the College. College has actual endowment in lands worth
not less than $200,000; a late act Congress has increased this endowment to
munificent amt $600,000; when these means are made avail. College will
have annual income of not less than $40,000; then the law requires Regents to
open to all students free of tuition; earnestly ask to liquidate debt and also
purchase more land.  F A Chenoweth, B W Wilson, B F Burch: Com.   nq

Mar 15

Locale-Siuslaw coal  CG2  Mar 15, 1873  
     A four foot vein of coal has lately been found in Siuslaw valley. +

Mar 22

Srh- OT- superlative  CG2  Mar 22, 1873
Although the canal and locks on Willamette R at Oregon City completed abt 3
mo, people Upper Willamette could not realize no boat that visited them had
passed thru direct fm Portland.  This distinguished honor had been reserved
for new and elegant stmr, Governor Grover, Willamette Transportation co;  
[lengthy descr. of passing various towns.]

March 29 --

April

Apr 5 --

Apr 12, 1873

issues are missing until 1876
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1876

January

Jan 7, 1876

OT-Portland holiday Xmas NewYear paper misc-word saying
condit-outlook CG3 Jan 7, 1876
[Head:]    FROM THE METROPOLIS.
Portland, Jan 3,1876.
     The old year has been rung out with...glad and joyous greeting.  With its
many joys and sorrows, trials and triumphs,  has been forever buried, the
past, and the New Year, with its hopes and unknown future, is before us.
What it shall bring forth, no one can know. These holidays used to be glad
and joyful occasions, when in our youth, the world appeared to be one vast
playground, and
           "All the men and women merely players."
and even now they are delightful because of the glad reminiscences of days
long gone, as well as for the joy they bring to young hearts who delight in
the coming of old Santa Claus, with his presents, so brimful of happiness
and rolick [print]. But for us, the world is getting far too real to look
forward to these holidays with the zeal of youth...   The stage is
transformed into a battle-field, and the players seem like warriors who
must do or die... Then we longed hopefully for the future; now we look
regretfully into the past...
     The holidays have been well celebrated in Portland. Well loaded Christmas
trees in all the churches, and in very many private families, have brought
delight to the young folks; and the opportunities for calls upon fair
entertainers, have been well improved on by the chivalry of the city. The
merchants who have dealt in holiday wares, have had a successful season, and
are therefore happy; while the recipients of friendly remembrances, rejoice
and are glad.   +

Srh- Srh-canal condit-progress  CG3 Jan 7, 1876
Willamette River Transportation Co have sold their boats, the Locks at
Oregon City, and all property to Oregon Steam Navigation Co; a new co
organized, but same men as OSN Co; freights and passage will go up to
monopoly prices on Columbia, though Capt Scott's boats, City of
Salem and Ohio, and boats of 0.S.S. Co. [sic] ply those waters,
cannot be much danger of oppression; rumor has it purchase these
boats only part of program.  [M. other articles]

RR-outside Srh OT locale superlative  CG Jan 7, 1876  
Another rumor, that Ben Holladay has sold out all his interest in his 2 RR
and steamship lines in Oregon, to the German Roadholders, and that
Union Pacific RR will soon assume management of Oregon Railroads.
If true, this means a RR will connect Oregon with UP at Ogden; the
trade of  China and Pacific Islands with US thru Oregon; unparalleled
career before us.

holiday Xmasentertain prices OT-Gaston OT-Lafayette  CG3 Jan 7, 1876  
     The Christmas tree at Gaston, held $400 worth of presents.  Lafayette had a
$1,500 tree.  +

road wagon RR-outside OT- Srh-  CG3 Jan 7, 1876
     The completion of the wagon road following Elk creek from Drain, on the
O.& C. R.R., to the old Scottsburg road on the main Umpqua river, will
materially shorten the distance to the coast at Gardner [sic], from the
interior. In ordinary weather the through trip, connecting with the Gardner
[sic; = Gardiner] steamer at Scottsburg, can be performed in a day.   +

Mining Srh Locale OT superlative-indir  CG3  Jan 7, 1876
 Nonpareil Quicksilver mine on Calapooia creek, 9 miles east Rsbg.

School agric  CG3 Jan 7, 1876 
Prof. E B McElroy,  Mental Arithmetic, taught at Agricultural College.  Nq

Jan 14, 1876

Srh- Srh-harbor-refuge disaster climate health-indir Locale-  CG4 Jan 14, 1876
terrible disasters to coast commerce awakened necessity of having some
harbor of refuge between SF and Puget Sound. For more than 800 mi of rocky
coast, no place to go in storm; yet much shipping not only coastal, but orient
trade.  [ed. thinks there should be expenditure at Cape Foulweather to provide
harbor; other possib are Port Orford, Cape Blanco. The entrances are all river
entrances, and ships can't get over bars in storms; only recourse is to run out
to deep sea and ride out; many don't make it.   nq at all

name-Mulkey  CG4 Jan 14, 1876   Mr. Mulkey, b.

natl? world Srh novelty-wood interest locale- coal church-indir racial/ethnic?  
saying  CG4 Jan 14, 1876
      This...story we find in the Tuscumbia North Alabamian:' ...The Savannah left
Savannah, Ga., in May l8l9, for Liverpool, with a supply of pitch pine in lieu
of coal, which could not be had.  She was a sailor also, and used but little
steam until she neared the coast of Ireland, when she fired up with the
Georgia pine knots, producing a pillar of fire by night and of cloud by day,
 that demoralized the whole British nation.
     When the fire and smoke were first seen, an English Admiral sent his
cutter to the relief of what he thought was a ship on fire. The more the
gallant tars strove to reach the burning vessel to rescue its people, the more
they would not be rescued, but kept puffing right along like the devil, which
 it was thought to be, going straight to Liverpool, where it created a
commotion from thence to Johnny Groat's house.
     On learning that it was not the devil's boat, or hat his majesty was not
aboard, the British Admiralty took possession of  it and held it for weeks,
fearing that it was to be used in rescuing England's terror, the Great
Napoleon, from St. Helena. The English nation was as much afraid of
Bonaparte [sic], and prayed as earnestly for deliverance from him then, as
their Continental neighbors formerly prayed to be delivered from the Turk, the
Devil, and the Comet."  --  The South.  +  [M. the first steamer to cross the
Atlantic.]

Jan 21, 1876

RR-outside OT- Locale- condit-progress boomer name-Hogg misc-word
saying?  CG4 Jan 21, 1876
YAQUINA BAY RAILROAD.
                      ---
     Don't be startled, gentle reader! We have written the above headline so often,
that it seems stereotyped upon our very soul, and yet we do not tire of writing
it. The railroad is everything to Benton and adjoining counties, and upon its
success depends the future prosperity...of the entire Willamette Valley...  With
less than sixty miles of railroad, we are two days nearer San Francisco, and
our freights would be reduced fully one half...  
     Col T E Hogg, European capital;  local people asked to raise $100,000; one
year ago, no progress since then. nq
     ...With this short railroad, Corvallis, the beautiful shiretown [sic] of the
county, would become one of the wealthiest and most populous cities of the
State.  Without the railroad it will continue to be a healthy and lovely little
village only because of  its proximity to Albany... our citizens would do well
to heed [the facts]...and not let another season of culpable inactivity pass.  +

Jan 28, 1876

Srh-ocean Srh-ship Srh-river Srh-CoosBay Locale-CoosBay  CG4 Jan 28, 1876
 3 sailing vessels, l steamer cleared from CB last week.

Srh-ocean Srh-ship Srh-freight Srh-river Srh-CoosBay Locale-CoosBay govt
misc-word lbr  CG4 Jan 28, 1876  
schooner Arirel [as I typed it], now running  in CB lumber trade, was once the
U S revenue cutter Wm. L. Marcy.

Srh-ocean Srh-ship Srh-river Srh-CoosBay Locale-CoosBay condit-progress  
CG4 Jan 28, 1876  
There were 28 sea-going vessels in CB, at last advices.  Who says commerce
of CB going down?   

Tot-Coquille locale-Coquille church  CG4 Jan 28, 1876  
     Through the efforts of Rev. Z. Cook, a church for the use of all religious
denominations, is being built on the Coquille . +
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Mail Tot-Gardiner  CG5 Jan 28, 1876  
mail service on route from Gardiner [sic] increased to semi-weekly, to date from
Jan 16.   

coal Locale-CoosCounty misc-word?  CG5 Jan 28, 1876  
     The new coal mine in Coos county being developed by Mr. C.B. Jones
is said to promise to be equal in value to any in that carboniferous section.  +    

Tot-Marshfield Lhc-incorp condit-progress boomer?  CG5 Jan 28, 1876  
     The town of Marshfield has been incorporated about a year and in that time a
cemetery has been graded and cleared, and streets made. There are yet several
hundred dollars in the treasury.   +

RR-outside RR-dreams Locale- prices  CG5 Jan 28, 1876
[Pacific News. ]
     Roseburg Call says: "We have heard the subject of the railroad to the coast
spoken of during the past week, but what action will be taken remains to be
seen. We understand that a survey will be made next summer. A gentleman
who professes to know, says the cost for a narrow gauge railroad would not
exceed $6,000 per mile, and as the distance to tide water is not over 50 miles,
$300,000 would build the road."  +

Feb 4, 1876 --

Feb 11,1876

Mail Tot-Empire OT-Roseburg misc-word  CG5  Feb 11, 1876
     A petition is being circulated praying for a daily mail service between Empire
City and Roseburg. +

Locale-CoosBay Locale-CoosCounty road wagon home-seekers-indir land govt?
CG5 Feb 11, 1876
     Chapman's survey in Coos county embracing the line of Coos Bay wagon road,
has been approved, and the plats filed in the Roseburg land office.  +

paper Locale-CoosBay Locale-CoosCounty road wagon home-seekers-indir
land  CG5 Feb 11, 1876
     We learn from the Plaindealer that the present owner of the Coos Bay wagon
road grant positively declines to make any contracts to sell land till the patents are
issued.  +    

Health-sickness condit paper-attitude locale-Coquille[near]  CG5 Feb 1l, 1876
     Wm. Crashley and wife, living about four miles from Coquille City are in a
state not only of absolute destitution, but closely bordering upon starvation.
He has been sick since May last, and their small stock of household goods
have been exchanged for provisions till nothing is left. This matter should
receive the immediate attention of the people in that vicinity. +   

Lhc-pop census war-indir govt? Locale-Coos Locale-BentonCounty
locale-LaneCounty locale-MultnomahCounty  CG5 Feb11, 1876  
 the persons subject to military duty in 1875, Coos 454; Benton 634; Lane
l458; Multnomah 2897.

February l8, l876

Health-remedy interest food?  CG5 Feb 18, 1876
Cure for dyspepsia,
1.    Eat thrice a day.
2.    Not an atom between meals.
3.    Nothing after two o'clock but a piece of cold bread and
butter and one cup of hot drink.
4.    Spend half an hour at least in taking each meal.
5.    Cut up all meats and hard food in pea-sized pieces.
6.    Never eat enough to cause the slightest uncomfortable
sensation afterwards.
.7.    Never work or study hard within half an hour of eating.
...Hall's Journal of Health. +

health-sickness health-remedy food  CG6 Feb 18, 1876  
how to make beef tea for sick persons; l lb of the best beef cut in sm pieces;
placed in good sized open mouth bottle, pickle jar is convenient. cork bottle
loosely then set into kettle of water and kept boiling 2 hr. If bottle now
removed contains considerable quantity of fluid which may be turned off and
beef subjected to slight pressure to remove still more; in this way have
concentrated article of nutriment. May be given after seasoned, either diluted
or pure, according to condition of the stomach   [nfq but is fm Herald of
Health.]
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Food  CG6 Feb 18, 1876
Hard Gingerbread; 1 cup of molasses and sugar; 1/2 cup each of butter and
lard; 1 teaspoonful soda; l tablespoonfuI ginger;  1 cup warm water. Take
about a teaspoonful of the water and dissolve the soda, then pound 1/2
teaspoon alum, dissolve tt in a teaspoonful of water; then put in enough flour
so you can roll it out abt 1/4" thick, spread it on long tins, mark it off in
squares. Will be light and nice. Have your oven about as you would for
biscuits.   Nfq  [M note:  gingerbread bar cookie, evidently.]

paper Lhc Srh- Srh-dredging RR-outside invest improv govt  CG6 Feb 18, 1876
     The Coos County Record learned that Messrs. Carr, Crocker [sic; no comma]
Stanford, Mills, Cornwall and other prominent politicians and capitalists
of San Francisco, are taking a deep interest in the improvement of the Coos
bay bar, and are bringing their influence to bear m upon the U. S. senators and
representatives for the state of California to work for an appropriation from
the present congress for that purpose.  +

Racism/ethnic condit Outlook RR-Outside Srh- Srh-canal locale- paper-attitude
boomer  CG6 Feb 18, 1876  
     The people along the line of the proposed Monroe and Corvallis canal are all
on tiptoe about the matter. Who will take the lead in the matter, and suggest
time and place for a meeting of those interested? The matter should be
attended to at once. The advantages of' such canal are so apparent to every
citizen of the county, that it seems like nonsense to urge its construction.
It can be built at much less expense than people imagine. Plenty of Chinese
labor at hand. Let this canal be built, and a new life and vigor will be infused
into every department of business. Build this canal and the southern portion
of Benton and the northern and western portion of Lane county will find a
ready market, at remunerative prices, for their products. Build this canal
and the Yaquina and West side railroad [sic] will be completed within two
years. Now is the time to move in this grand enterprise.  +

Feb 25, 1876

school state locale- people-attitude superlative  CG 6-6a Feb 25, 1876
Rev. J H Babcock, genr'l supt.  The state institution for the education of the
blind, located at Salem, has in the past year enjoyed a period of unparalled
prosperity and success. It is desireable sic] that every blind person of suitable age
should have the benefit of such education as can only be obtained in institutions
especially adapted.  Nq

March

March 3, 1876

Srh- locale-CoosBay misc-word-ult  CG 7 Mar 3, 1876  
     Eight vessels sailed in over Coos Bay bar on the 17th ult. without the aid of a tug.  +

health-sickness locale-CoosBay  CG7  Mar 3, 1876  
     There has been considerable sickness on Coos Bay for some weeks past.  +  

Srh-river Srh-ocean Srh-ship Srh-UmpquaRiver Locale-UmpquaRiver Tot-
Gardiner  CG7 Mar 3, 1876  
     The steamer Fearless last week took the schooner 0rient out of the Umpqua,
and going five miles to sea got the schooner Sarah and towed her into Gardiner.  +

Srh-ocean Srh-ship Srh-YaquinaBay Srh-CaptWinant disaster shipwreck condit
locale-YaquinaBay prices  CG7  Mar 3, 1876
     We learn from Capt. Winant that the schr. Lizzie, lost at Yaquina recently,
was insured for $5,000. There was no insurance, however, on the cargo,
which was worth about $500, and subject to the general average, in such
cases, after deducting proceeds of sale of wreck. Her crew, which went
down the coast, has not been heard from.   +

March 17, 1876

Food  misc-word-saleratus  CG7 Mar 17, 1876  
poor man's cake; 1 c. sugar, 1 c milk, l tablesp. butter; l tsp dry cream of
tarter; 1 tsp soda dissolved in the milk; 1 egg; a little cinnamon; flour to make
as thick as pound cake.       /
 Indian Rusk; 2 light cups Indian meal; 1 c white flour; 1 tsp saleratus; enough
sour or buttermilk to dissolve 1 c sweet milk; stir in 3/4 c molasses.

Mar 24,1876

Srh- Srh-canal locale- OT  CG 7  Mar 24, 1876
[lengthy article on proposed canal  Corvallis and Long Tom.]  A similar
enterprise is on foot in the southwestern part of Lane county by which they
propose to bring the Willamette out at some point near Springfield and empty
the same into the Long Tom river...

RR-outside locale-  [M. note:  all these papers have articles abt the proposed
Yaquina - Corvallis RR.]

Mar 31, 1876.

Road wagon mud mail misc-word? Locale-CoosCounty CG7 Mar 31, 1876  
     The Coos Bay wagon road is in a very bad condition, and the mud is hub
deep; consequently the mail carrier is dubbed General Growler.  +   [M.  is this a
take off on Governor Grover or something?]

OT-Corvallis  CG7 Mar 31, 1876  [article on what may be seen in Corvallis.]

April

Apr 7

Misc item-apparel  CG7 Apr 7, 1876
to wash black calico: to boiler full of strong soap suds put 2 handfulls
logwood chips, let boil 1/2 hr; strain. free garment fm spots of grease, wet
thoroughly; put into boiler and let boil several minutes; rinse in clear, cold
water till water colorless.  nq

food  CG7 Apr 7, 1876
 recipe for fried cake. 2 cupfuls sour cream, 2 cupfuls sour milk, 4 eggs, l
tsp.cinnimon [as I typed it], 2 tsp soda, l cupful sugar.

Racism/ethnic condit paper-attitude? people-attitude Locale-Alsea Locale-Siletz
home-seekers  CG7 Apr 7, 1876
[Head:]    The Siletz Reservation.
The abandonment of the Alsea reservation by the Indians and its occupancy
by white settlers would be a great public benefit and would not work hardship
on the poor Indians. nq   [lengthy.]
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[Not keyworded yet]
CG 7a Apr 14, 1876

     The tug Fearless was beached at Empire last Monday for the purpose of putting a new propeller on her.  +

     The North Pacific Coal Mining Company of Coos county will probably be forced into bankruptcy by its creditors in California.  +

     Scarcely is the ink dry about telling abt schnr Lizzie wreck and now have another wreck, the Capt. Medeau.  Master Capt Madison, says not fault of bar or harbor; loss falls heavily on Oneata mills.  Letter to editor pleading for a steam tug for Yaquina; fm Capt J J Winant of the Lizzie; need this to get the ships over the bar.

Apr 21, 1876

[M. was there a heading such as Coos County news and items below were on this list?]
     There were six liquor licenses granted by the county court of Coos county on the 5th.

Wm Noble and O. Hilborn killed an elk about 1 mi. from Marshfield; animal said to been largest ever seen that vicinity.

     On Wednesday of last week there were three schooners lying at the mouth of the Umpqua waiting to go to sea.  +

The Marshfield school district Coos co. reports 225 persons entitled to share the public funds of $461.75 for school purposes nfq

     Mr. Kruse of Coos Bay, has taken a force of men over to the mouth of the Umpqua for the purpose of taking the schooner Sparrow off the beach and repairing her for service.  +

[M. note.  Most of these papers have some articles abt the Siletz Reservation. And/or the Yaquina RR.]

asking for completion of the Winemucca RR; mentions C P Huntington of Central Pacific RR co. [lengthy]

Apr 28, 1876 –

May 5, 1876

Benton county republican ticket; for representative: James Chambers, R.A. Benfell [sic], Tolbert  Carter. For Sheriff Sol King. The rest are county officers only.  For school supt E B McElroy.

     The schooner Albert & Edward, Capt. Ericksen, which was formerly in the Coos bay trade, was capsized on the 18th ult., on Humboldt bar, and only one man saved. +

The steam tug Alpha, of Coos bay has been sold to parties in San Francisco, and will be used in San Francisco bay as tender to a dredger.  +

May 12, 1876

Republican state ticket; for congress, Richard Williams, Multhnomah co; presidential electors, W H O'Dell, Dr. J W Watts, J C Cartright. delegates to republ. natl convention J C Tolman, J B David, S C VanHouten, J H Foster, H J Hines, H W Scott; joint senator Polk-Benton, James F Holman.

On the night of the 3rd the extensive woolen mills, Salem, valued $125,000, destroyed by fire; origin not known, supposed by spontaneous combustion. bldg was 200 x 54 ft, 3 stories, contained 6 sets machinery; total value $125,000; insurance $82,500.  fire gained such headway before alarm given impossible to save any machinery. heavy loss not only to owners, the 100's thrown out of employment in city of Salem, but the entire state. The value of the water power will ensure the rebuilding of mill. Was with great difficulty that flames kept fm crossing the street and igniting the other side.  A part of this mill was built in 1857.
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CG7b May 12, 1876

A petition is circulating to congress asking for appropriation $100,000 for mouth of Coq. R. [advantages to be attained and resources developed by improvement to Coq R.] nq  The Coquille river is represented as a beautiful stream, having very much the appearance of a natural canal; deep, still, placid, its banks steep and overhung with woods, not a rock, shoal, rapids, or other obstruction to navigation, save a few snags that can be easily removed, if necessary. This will average 150 yards wide for 30 miles from its mouth, and navigable for that distance by vessels drawing 14 feet of water, and by light draught steamers for 20 miles more.
     It is claimed, by this petition, that the natural outlet of this river is at its own mouth, and not through the proposed canal to connect with Coos Bay, at an estimated cost of $349,596.76; as responsible parties can be found who will undertake to improve them mouth of the river in a satisfactory manner for one-third of the money. If the statements of this petition are true, of which we have no doubt, the appropriation should be made without delay and the work of improvement commenced at an early day. +

     Marshfield is taking steps to celebrate the fourth of July at that place. +

The light from the burning Willamette Woolen Mill, at Salem, on morning of 2nd,distinctly seen at Albany, 20 mi. distant nfq

May 19, 1876

W S Hill, Coos Bay, been appointed deputy US Marshal for district of Oregon.

May 26, 1876

James F. Watson, Roseburg, republican candidate judge 2nd judicial district.  [also lists a judge Burnett.]

[article: Old Rome and New Romans, by Joaquin Miller; very lengthy, travelog describing what he saw in Rome.]

June 2, 1876

recipe; French rolls; 2 qts sifted flour; lump of lard abt size of egg; one a little larger of butter; stir into flour same as in making pastry. when well stirred add blood-warm [sic] water or pref. milk and water in to mix. add a little salt,1/2 teacupful homemade yeast or 3 T. baker's yeast. Mix in evening as for bread; let rise: 10 or 15 min. will suffice if oven sufficiently heated. Good bread is made in the same way, with a proportionally small quantity of lard and butter.

cracked wheat pudding; 1 Q unskimmed milk; 1 gill cracked wheat, uncooked; 1 gill sugar; sm. piece stick cinnamon. Place in oven, medium heat; when half done stir in crust and leave it to form another, which will brown. Try when it is done by tasting grain of wheat, which must be very soft; makes delicious cream pudding.

for croup; take knife or grater; grate or shave tsp. alum mixed with 2 x quantity of sugar to make palatable; administer as quickly as possible; effects will be magical, as almost instantaneously relief will be afforded. Nq

Flax seed lemonade; good for colds. Pour 1 qt boiling water over 4 t. flax seed; steep, not boil for 3 hrs; cover closely while steeping, then strain, sweeten to taste, add juice of 2 lemons, putting in more water if too thick to be agreeable. nq

CG7c June 9, 1876
 
     There is talk of a large hotel being built in Empire City.  +

     The stage which runs from Coos City to Roseburg is making regular trips. +

[Col. Kinney  is  mentioned in connection with canal fm Corvallis to Long Tom.] [M. note: river.] [Nq at all] [M. note. Any connection is unknown with Major Kinney of later Coos fame.]

June 16, 1876 –

June 23, 1876 

Judge Watson won over Hazard for 2nd judicial district judge.  [other election returns given, but not for whole state, doesn't include Coos, but just some counties around Benton.]

June 30, 1876 –

July

July 7, 1876
     Capt. Bray, superintendent of the Black Sand Gold Mine, Coos county, reports the mine in good condition, and says the sand grows richer as he goes on in the vein. +

Portland observance of Grand Centennial Celebration celebrating Declaration of Independence, July 4 1876. nq at all
     ...For several days previous, notwithstanding the high water which prevented large numbers from attending, the city was thronged with people, but on Monday every steamer, railroad line and wheeled vehicle [sic] that could be commanded, far and near, was laid under contribution, [sic] by ingathering multitudes, until the entire city limits presented the appearance of a swaying mass of human beings, such as was never witnessed in the metropolis, and only excelled by the grand and gorgeous pageant which formed, in regular order, as prescribed by the programme, at ten 10 o'clock a.m., on Tuesday, under the direction of Al. Zeider, grand marshal.  +
military divisions, bands, firemen and their engines, civic and secret societies, other kinds of bands. exercises at the grounds very interesting.  The display of fireworks in the evening was grand indeed and witnessed by an immense assemblage of people [12,000 to 15,000.]  [as I typed it.]  It was the finest display of fireworks ever witnessed in Oregon. The city was most beautifully, lavishly decorated with flags, flowers, and evergreen wreaths.   Nfq

July 7, 1876
[General Custer killed.]  [lengthy]

[M. handwritten note: Nothing in subsequent papers of interest [to my research].]
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