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Coos County Political Stories

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  1. Biography of Binger Hermann - August 14, 1892
  2. Coos County Development - January 1, 1868
  3. Death of Charles M. Pershbaker, State Senator - October 7, 1870
  4. Deaths at Camp Lewis, WA - July 23 1920
  5. Democrats for Greeley - September 9, 1872
  6. Election results - 1866 - April 7, 1866
  7. Improvements on the Coast - December 7, 1897
  8. Letter from Coose Bay -- The Indian difficulties in Southern Oregon continue unabated - May 2, 1856
  9. Letter from Empire City - May 12, 1854
  10. Myrtle Point Prices for Goods - November 16, 1894
  11. Organization of Granges in Coos County - November 5, 1909
  12. Roseburg to Myrtle Point Highway - October 14, 1916
  13. Saloon Ways In Oregon - August 17, 1906
  14. Survey of Timber Lands before harvest - legislation - January 15, 1870
  15. Territorial Convention of 1854 - February 15, 1854
  16. The Stage-Robber at Work - December 24, 1893
  17. U.S. Revenue Cutter- Richard Rush - February 10, 1877
  18. Union Political Party - June 13, 1868
  19. Union State Convention -1868 - March 7, 1868
  20. 1862 State Senator - May 17, 1862
  21. 1862 Election Returns - June 21, 1862
  22. Postmaster embezzlement - April 4, 1863
  23. District Court Clerk - May 26, 1854

Biography of Binger Hermann

Date: 08/14/1892
Keywords: 1859, 1864, 1866, 1871, 1874, 1884, 1892, Biography, Coos bay (region), Coquille, Douglas County, Indians, Lumber, Myrtle Point, Name-Hermann, Name-Roberts, Name-Wells, Political-House of Representatives

Binger Hermann (1843-1926) came to Oregon in 1859. There he taught school (1859-64), studied law (1864-65) and was elected to the
Oregon legislature and State Senate from Douglas County (1866-70). Hermann served as U.S. Land Agent for the Roseburg area (1871-74),
then practised law (1874-1884) before serving in the U.S. House of Representatives (1884-1892). He later developed the town of Myrtle
Point and operated Coquille City Sawmills. Hermann is represented here by a letter replying to the attorney of constituents, W.R. Wells and
Joseph Roberts, regarding an Indian depredation claim (1892) [Mss2.H552].

Part of the Small Oregon Collections, held at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.


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Coos County Development

Date: 01/16/1868
Keywords: 1868, Development, Letters, Marshfield/Coos Bay (City of), Mining-Coal, Name-Flanagan, Name-Luse, Name-Mann, Name-Pershbaker, Name-Simpson, North Bend, Political-Union/Republican, Shipbuilding, Steamer

Coos Bay - The Roseburg paper has the following:

Probably no portion of Southern Oregon has a better prospect for a prosperous future than the country boardered on the waters of Coos Bay. At the present time its appearance indicates the energy of its population. Every settler is doing something, as nature has furnished materials in abundance, upon which labor may be bestowed with profit.

Empire City, the county seat of Coos county, is situated on the south side of the Bay, about five miles from the ocean; it is a small commercial village, which presents the lively appearance that only accompanies thrift. At this point the lumbering establishment of H.H. Luce gives employment to a large number of men, and furnishes cargos for the several vessels which run to that wharf. Mr. Luce is also engaged in the construction of a light draft steamer, of a beautiful model, appropriate for the use upon the bay, or other inland waters.

North Bend, six miles further up the Bay, on the same side, is a place of an inviting appearance. The business of this point consists of Simpson's lumbering establishment, and a few neat private dwellings complete the picture.

Marshfield is the name given to the next landing three or four miles further up the Bay. Here a dozen new buildings have sprung up within the past year, including Pershbaker's steam saw mill, which has been lately completed. A steamer is being built at this place, and a new coal bank has been opened by Mr. Pershbaker, which it is thought, will be a steady and permanent source of revenue to its enterprising owner.

The coal mines owned and worked by Flanagan and Mann are a short distance above Marshfield and are said to be valuable property.

The political aspect of Coos county is unchanged. The cry of “reaction” with which the Democracy are laboring to draw the wavering into their ranks, is unheeded; and the county as usual will poll a large Republican majority in June next.

Coos Bay (News Article)
Date: 1868-01-16; Paper: Oregonian

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Death of Charles M. Pershbaker, State Senator

Date: 10/07/1870
Keywords: 1870, Merchantile, Mining-Gold, Name-Pershbaker, Political-State-Senator, Randolph

[From our own correspondent]

Salem, Wednesday, Oct. 5

Death of Senator Pershbaker.

Charles M. Pershbaker, State Senator from Douglas, Coos and Curry counties, dies at 2 o'clock this morning at the house of J.E. Strong, in this city. He came here quite ill at the beginning of the session, attended the Senate for a few minutes at a time on the first two or three days, since when he has been confined to his room constantly, and most of the time to his bed. From the first he expressed the confident conviction that he should die in a few days. His disease, as developed by post mortem examination, was of a most complicated character - enough to baffle medical skill and to render treatment hopeless. Mr. Pershbaker was born in Germany - in what State I cannot discover - in 1832. His father with his family came to the United States in 1836, and settled in Missouri. The deceased emigrated to California in 1852, and thence to Coos Bay in 1860, since which time he has lived in Coos county - for several years past at Randolph, where he carried on a merchantile business and where he owned an interest in a valuable gold mine. There are two brothers residing at Marshfield on Coos Bay - Adam, younger, and John, older than the subject of this sketch. Charles was elected in 1868 as State Senator to represent Douglas, Coos and Curry counties. His term would have expired June, 1872. In all his official relations he sustained a character for the purest integrity, and his private life was unimpeachable. No one knew him but to respect and esteem him.

As a mark of respect both Houses of the Legislature upon the announcement of his death adjourned, having first resolved to attend the funeral during the day, and the flag on the State House has been at half-mast. Informal meetings were held at 2 p.m. in each House for the purpose of making arrangements. The funeral will take place at 11 o'clock a.m. to-morrow at the Congregational Church, Rev. P.S. Knight officiating.

Mortuary Notice
Date: 1870-10-07; Paper; Oregonian

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Deaths at Camp Lewis, WA

Date: 07/23/1920
Keywords: 1920, Marshfield/Coos Bay (City of), Name-Blake, Name-Dundinger, Name-Fisher, Name-Mirrasoul, Name-Peterson, Name-Scott, Political, Vitals-Death, Vitals-Injury

Date: July 23 1920

Newspaper published in: The Idaho Post, Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

The shocking news that
Edwin G. Scott, formerly a citizen of Moscow, had been killed at Camp Lewis, Washington, by the explosion of an artillery gun in target practice, Friday evening, was received here Saturday morning by his brother Louis R. Scott, who leaves this evening for Marshfield, Oregon, home of the deceased. No particulars were contained in the telegram.

Edwin G. Scott was 36 years old and married, but had no children. He is survived by his widow, his parents, four brothers and two sisters and hundreds of friends, to whom the announcement of his sudden death will come as a rude shock.

Mr. Scott lived in Moscow four years, coming here from Garfield, where the brothers conducted a greenhouse. They bought out Lee R. Bourn, at Moscow, and operated a green house here and one in Garfield for a time, later closing the one at Garfield and devoting their energies to the Moscow house, which was built up to large proportions. In 1915, Edwin left for Marshfield, Oregon, where he conducted a greenhouse and he joined the Oregon National Guards, which forms the coast guard. The guards had gone to Camp Lewis for encampment and were engaged in target practice, it is understood, when the explosion occurred.

Louis R. Scott, brother and former partner of the deceased, leaves this evening on the O.W.R.&N. for Marshfield, Oregon. Mrs. Scott may join him there for the funeral but at present the arrangements are not known here and it is thought interment may be had in Portland. If it is Mrs. Scott will go down. Otherwise she will remain here and look after the business. The heartfelt sympathy of hundreds of friends goes out to the family.

The story of the accident which caused the death of Edwin G. Scott and two others, is contained in dispatches from Camp Lewis, dated last night. The story follows:

CAMP LEWIS, Wash.--Three Oregon militiamen were killed and four injured here today when a six-inch rifle burst on the artillery target range near camp.

The dead:

Corporal Edwin G. Scott, Marshfield, Ore.
Corporal Clyde R. Dundinger, Marshfield, Ore.
Private Ralph Fraley, Ashland, Ore.

Those injured were:

Private Herbert E. Peterson, Private Wm. J. Blake, mechanic Peter Mirrasoul, all of Marshfield, and Private Homer Elhart, Ashland. Besides these Oregon men two regular soldiers were hurt, Wagoner Fred Scott and Corporal Roy Campigetto, both of the Fifty-fifth coast artillery corps.

Surgeons reported that none of the injured men was in a serious condition.

Scott was 300 feet from the scene of the explosion when a fragment of the bursted cannon struck him.

An inquiry was ordered tonight in an effort to ascertain the cause of the explosion.

Capt. Ben F. Fisher of Marshfield, whose company was handling the gun that exploded, was directing the fire, while the gun itself was in command of First Lieutenant L.C. Smith of Newport, Ore. Lieutenant Smith, who was standing near the gun, was uninjured.

A rain of shell fragments fell over a radius of 800 yards. One hundred yards away, where the company from Ashland was preparing to fire, Private Fraley was standing among a group of his companions when a piece of shell struck him in the head; killing him outright. Private Elhart was also in this group when injured. No others in the fifty Ashland men who were standing grouped about received any injury.

The dead and injured were picked up immediately by the other members of the crew and given first aid treatment until the ambulance could be summoned by the field telephone from Camp Lewis.

A message was sent at once to Gov. Ben W. Olcott of Oregon and party, who were accompanying Colonel Davis to the targets, and they hurried back to the scene of the tragedy to give their assistance.

Governor Olcott of Oregon, Colonel George A. White, adjutant general of Oregon; Colonel Davis, commanding the artillery brigade of the regular army, and the official party, including Mrs. Olcott and Mrs. White, were standing behind the cannon when the first shot was fired at 3 o'clock, and it was on the firing of the next shot a few minutes later, that the explosion occurred.

The rifle was of the 155-millimeter long range field type used by the French, but was manufactured by the United States. It had been fired only 14 times.

The coast artillerymen from Oregon had been firing all week. Up to today they used the 75-millimeter field gun, and in more than 200 shots had no mishap of any kind.


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Democrats for Greeley

Date: 09/09/1872
Keywords: 1872, Name-Greeley, Political-Democrat

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 43, Number 6688, 9 September 1872
Judging from reports received from reliable men men who reside in different parts of Douglas, Coos and Curry counties, not more than four out of five of the Democrats will vote for Greeley. In Coos county, hardly a Greeley man can be found, either Republican or Democrat.

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Election results - 1866

Date: 04/07/1866
Keywords: 1866, Name-Collver, Name-Hall, Name-Hodson, Name-Larzolere, Name-Lockhart, Name-Moody, Name-Morse, Name-Nosler, Name-Rogers, Name-Sewell, Name-Wyekoff, Political-Union/Republican

The Union ticket nominated at Empire City on the 19th ult. For Coos County, is as follows: County Judge, G. Hall; County Commissioners, A.C. Rogers and R.W. Nosler; Treasurer, Henry Wyekoff; Sherrif, A.J. Moody; Clerk, David Morse, Jr.; Assessor, Charles Larzolere; School Superintendent, Anson Rogers; Coroner, Jonathan Hodson; Union County Committee, S.D. Sewell, A.B. Collver, F.G. Lockhart.

State Items (News Article)
Date: 1866-04-07; Paper: Oregonian

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Improvements on the Coast

Date: 12/07/1897
Keywords: 1897, Chinese, Coquille, Infrastructure-Mail route, Myrtle Point, Political, River-Coquille, San Francisco

Appropriations Asked by the Secretary of the Treasury.
Four Hundred Thousand Dollars Needed for San Pedro Harbor.
Half a Millon Also Desired for the New Postoffice Building in This City.

Special Dispatch to The Call. (Call Office, Riggs House Washington, Dec. 6. )
The Secretary of the Treasury to-day submitted to Congress estimates of appropriations required for the next fiscal year, and among them were the following of especial interest to the Pacific Coast:
He asks $400,000 for the harbor at San Pedro and $500,000 for the new Postoffice building at San Francisco; also the following: Enforcement of Chinese exclusion act, $100, improving Humboldt harbor and bay, $100,000; improving harbor at Oakland, $166,500; improving Grays Harbor, Wash., $450,000; improving Petaluma Creek, Cal., $4000; improving San Joaquin River, $11,000; improving Upper Columbia and Snake rivers, Oregon and
Washington, $20,000; improving Columbia River at the Cascades, $334,260; improving Columbia River below Tongue Point, Or., $71,550; improving Columbia and Lower Willamette rivers below Portland. $300,000; improving waters of the Columbia river, $1000; improving Coquille River, Oregon, $115,000; improving Upper Coquille River between Coquille City and Myrtle Point, Or, $28,981; improving Siuslaw River, Oregon, $100,000, improving Chehalis River, Washington, $3000; improving Cowlitz River, Washington, $3000; improving Puget Sound and its tributary waters, Washington,
$25,000; improving Swinomish slough, Washington, $47,000....

San Francisco Call, Dec. 7, 1987 pg.2

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Letter from Coose Bay -- The Indian difficulties in Southern Oregon continue unabated

Date: 05/02/1856
Keywords: 1856, Development, Empire City, Indians-War 1855-1856, Name-Farwell, Name-Lount, Political-State Legislature, Port Orford, River-Coquille, River-Roque, Steamer-Newport, Vitals-Death

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 11, Number 1592, 2 May 1856

Letter from Coose Bay, Oregon. - The steamer Newport, which left Coose Bay on Saturday last, arrived at San Francisco on Tuesday forenoon. The Alta is indebted to Mr. John Farwell for the following items: The Indian difficulties in Southern Oregon continue unabated. The only tribes who have not "dug up the hatchet," are those of the Umpqua and Coose Bay. On the 5th inst., an Indian known as "Pete," was taken among the Coose Bay tribe, and after having been tried, according to the mountain code, for inciting these Indians to take up arms, was hung at Empire City. He was a notorious fellow, and had been looked after for some time. It was known that large numbers of Indians were in the hills, and were supposed to be waiting for an opportunity to strike a successful blow. A company of volunteers had been raised at Coose Bay, and had left for Coquille river in search of some Indians in that quarter who had committed depredations, and after an absence of something more than a week, returned and reported that a man by the name of Lount and another, had been among them, and succeeded in prevailing upon the Indians to accompany him to the Government Reserve at Port Orford. The distance was but thirty miles, and up to the time of the steamer's sailing, nothing had been heard from him. It was feared that he had been killed, and the Indians had again returned to the mountains. The regular troops occupied the mouth of Rogue river; a few were left at Port Orford. The Territorial Government of Oregon was exerting itself in endeavoring to suppress further calamities. Along the coast, mining and all business had ceased. The settlers had left their farms, and gone into the towns.

[Transcribed by Andie Jensen]

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Letter from Empire City

Date: 05/12/1854
Keywords: 1854, Coos bay (region), Coquille Valley, Development, Empire City, Letters, Mining-Coal, Mining-Gold, Name-Marple, Political-State Legislature, Randolph, River-Coquille, Road-Territorial, Steamer-Crescent, Timber-Fir, Timber-Spruce, Timber-White Cedar, Travel

Daily Alta California, Volume 5, Number 131, 12 May 1854 - LETTER FROM EMPIRE CITY. [article]
[Leland & McCombs Express]
Yield of Coal at Coose Bay-Harbor Advantages-Gold Diggings-- Coquilla Region [sic -all as typeset]
Empire City, 0. T., May 6, 1854.
Mr. Editor.- A few weeks ago, when in San Francisco, I promised to write to you by the first opportunity on my arrival home. Having now this opportunity, I will not delay in giving you and your numerous readers a few items touching this new region, called Coose Bay. The steamer Crescent City, which has been loading here with coals, will leave this city to-morrow, for San Francisco. Her officers have met with a favorable reception; and so far as I have heard from them, they are well pleased with the harbor, and with the prospects of the surrounding country, and especially with the coal mines, which are indeed very extensive. The steamer has taken her load from Mr. Marple's mines, one mile from the bay, and it the first yield of the banks. We are anxious to learn the result of this experiment upon its qualities for steam purposes.
The coal mines belonging to Coose Bay Company are more, convenient for shipping, as they are immediately on the river, and are generally supposed to be much more valuable and extensive. They have been tested already, and pronounced good in every instance, perhaps the wealth of this new region may be said to consist in its extensive beds of coal, although it has many other advantages. The Randolph gold diggings are situated only twenty-five miles south of this place, on the coast. At low tide they are worked extensively, and pay not less than $16 to the man per day. The gold is very fine, and is secured by using quicksilver to part it from the sand. There are now about five hundred miners at work, and room sufficient for five thousand more.
The mines are on the coast, extending from this bay south to Crescent City, and I have no doubt but this summer, the tide not being as high as it has during the winter, there will be many thousand miners at work on this coast, near Randolph, and who will have to draw their principal supplies from this bay, it being accessible for ships at all seasons of the year.
New placers have also been lately discovered on Coaquil river, running parrallel with the bay, and but twenty miles up the bay. With one and a half miles land travel you reach the Coaquil river, about 20 miles from its mouth : thence travel up the river about 20 miles farther, you reach the forks of the Coaquil, where there are quite a number of miners at work on the bars of the river. Many of them are making good wages. The gold on this river is coarse ; and, from its appearance, I should judge it to yield as much as the best gold in California. It is said by many that the coast and Coaquil mines will prove as rich as any mines yet discovered on the Pacific.
The Legislature of this territory knowing the importance of this harbor and surrounding country, and of its commercial facilities, has, at its last session, passed an act to establish a territorial road from Coose Bay to Jacksonville, which town is situated on Rogue River, in the southern part of Oregon - a large and extensive mining and agricultural district. The commissioners appointed to survey and locate the road will proceed without delay. The road may be expected open for travelling about the last of this summer, which will connect as with the whole of southern Oregon, consisting of the counties of Umpqua, Douglas, Jackson, and Coose, and also with Shasta and Scott valleys - the most northern part of California. With these prospects before us, we cannot but expect this bay to become the largest commercial emporium north of San Francisco.
The facilities for lumbering purposes are as good as in any part of the world ; consisting of spruce, fir and white cedar. The cedar equals the eastern white pine for finishing purposes. Empire City is located about five miles from the entrance, and has already quite the appearance of a town The city site is well located, and gives a good view of the harbor and bay, which is about 15 feet above the level of the river - The usual rise and fall of the tide being left. The width of the river fronting the city is about two miles, and the length, which is navigable for steamers, is 30 miles. I would blow this a little more, but am afraid you would get tired reading, and would never again ask for communications. Yours, &c, E.

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Myrtle Point Prices for Goods

Date: 11/16/1894
Keywords: 1892, 1893, 1894, Agriculture, Myrtle Point, Political-Democrat

Oregon's Case a Hard One.
An Oregon farmer writes as follows: In 1892 I got 20 cents per pound cash in Myrtle Point for my wool as it came from the sheep's back, I had to haul it twenty-three miles. In 1893 I shipped to San Francisco and got 15 cents, paying all charges, leaving me 13 3/4 cents per pound net. In 1894 I delivered again in Myrtle Point and received 10 cents for the same quality of wool, cut from the same flock of sheep-the first quality clothing wool-for which I got 20 cents in 1892. I forgot to state that in 1893 no merchants would handle wool at Myrtle Point. There was no cash there and all transactions were for store trade. It is the same elsewhere through this part of the country. The value of the sheep has also depreciated from one third to one half. The farmer who grows only 250 pounds of wool suffers in proportion equally with the larger farmer who raises 10,000 pounds. All the farm products have fallen in value. Live beef was worth 2 1/4 cents in 1892; it was worth only 2 cents in 1893, and 1 1/2 cents this year. The actual loss per head on the 2-year-old steers that will average 1,000 pounds gross is $ 7.50. Still there are some democratic farmers who will shut their eyes and vote the democratic ticket in the face of all these facts, but most old time farmers see things straight and are now amazed at their own former blindness.

The McCook Tribune, McCook, NE Nov. 16, 1894 pg. 2

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Organization of Granges in Coos County

Date: 11/05/1909
Keywords: 1909, Agriculture, Bandon, Political-Grange

Organizing State Grange

State Deputy Cyrus Walker Here for that Purpose

Five Granges to Klamath

Explanation of the Purposes and the Principles of this Well-Known Organization

Under the direction of the state master and the executive committee of the Oregon State Grange, State Deputy Cyrus H. Walker has come to Klamath county to organize some granges, coming at the earnest request of prominent citizens.

Deputy Walker during the month of September and part of October organized four granges in Coos county, one being at Bandon "by the sea," the most westerly grange in the United States.

He hopes to do even better in this county, putting in at least five granges, thus entitling the county to two sets of delegates to the state grange, which meets at Oregon City Tuesday, May 10, 1910.

A set of delegates consists of a husband and wife. They are allowed 10 cents per mile traveling expenses and $1 a day each during the session, which next year will likely take four days, as officers are to be elected.

The cardinal principles of the grange are co-operation, education and sociability. The grange is a farmers' organization, hence the last named often finds its highest success in the rural communities.

Young people over 14 years of age can become members.

Literary programs are the leading feature in grange meetings, and in these the young people receive a most helpful training. Women are admitted on an equal footing with men; in fact, they are given an advantage, for of the thirteen offices all can be filled with women, while there are four that men are not permitted to fill. The grange more and more is looked up to as the exponent of the farmers' opinions, hence public men are asking when important measures come before the people, "What are the granges doing to do about it?"

The Linn County Council Patrons of Husbandry, composed of delegates from Linn's fifteen granges and some in Benton county, at its last May session passed a resolution favoring a uniform state rate of 3 cents per mile on all railroad lines in Oregon. This was carried up to and endorsed by the state grange.

Some of the lines that will be affected by this measure, whould it become law, is the C. & E. from Newport to Albany and then eastward to near the summit of the Cascade mountains; the S.P. line twenty-six miles from Marshfield to Myrtle Point in Coos county, and a portion of the S.P. from Weed to Klamath Falls.

The pressure brought through the granges in the several counties most affected might secure the proposed reduction.

Klamath county will find it greatly to her advantage to have strong grange organizations, and getting in touch with those elsewhere in eastern Oregon and particularly the many in the Willamette valley, secure most helpful legislation.

A canvas is now being made to organize a grange in Klamath falls starting with not less than thirty members, a general rule of the state grange executive committee.

Persons desiring to become members of the local grange and who may not be seen by the organising deputy, can leave their names and the fee of $1 for men, 50 cents for women and six months' dues, 60 cents, in advance with J.G. Swan, county school superintendent.

To be a charter member does away with the initiatory ceremonies, persons only being obligated, and this can be done subsequently if not present when the grange is organized.

The Evening Herald, Klamath Falls, Ore Nov. 5, 1909

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Roseburg to Myrtle Point Highway

Date: 10/14/1916
Keywords: 1916, Eugene, Florence, Infrastructure-Bridges, Infrastructure-Roads, Myrtle Point, Name-Withycombe, Political-State Legislature, Roseburg

Klamath Falls Roads Endorsed by Commission

Highway Commission Recommends Seven Roads

The Dalles to Klamath Falls Highway is Geven Third Consideration in Recommending Appropriates From Federal Governmant, and the Florence - Eugene - Klamath Falls Highway Seventh Place

Salem, Oct. 11 -- The state highway
commission Wednesday afternoon agreed to indorse several projects as main roads for which forest reserve highway appropriations have been asked. The matter was brought to the attention of the board by B.J.
Finch, senior highway engineer of the federal office of public roads and
rural engineering, who has been assigned to the forest service.

The projects approved are: First, Portland to Ashland, Pacific highway; second, Portland to Ontario by way of Banker City; third, The Dalles
to Klamath Falls; fourth, Portland to Ontario, via John Day; fifth, Florence to Mitchell; sixth, Bend to Lakeview; seventh Eugene to Klamath Falls.

A Coos county delegation asked that the commission authorize the survey of a highway from Florence to Eugene, And after considerable discussion, the matter was referred to the advisory board of the commission. Amos Benson will act instead of S Benson on the advisory board, during his father's absence, it was stated.

It was explained that the grades on the Eugene-Florence highway, would be less than on Roseburg-Coquille Myrtle Point route. Coos has $ 274,000 to spend on-highways, and it is believed federal aid can be secured throught the act applying to the forest highways for the Eugene-Florence highway.

Governor Withycombe thought Eugene was well fixed, now that it had rail connections with Coos Bay, and that Roseburg was entitled to the proposed highway connections. He suggested that bridges over rivers would coat $100,000 on the Eugene-Florence highway. It was explained that it was proposed to have ferries. Acting on petitions of Coos county citizens, the commision recently provided $6,000 for a survey of the Roseburg-Myrtle Point highway, and the governor said he believe that is the project the commission should complete first.

It was explained by the delegation that it was not proposed to abandon the Roseburg-Myrtle Point highway project.

Secretary of State Olcott and State Treasurer Kay believed the matter should be investivated by the advisory board before any action was taken, and Governor Withycombe agreed.

The Evening Herald, Klamath Falls, Ore Oct. 14, 1916

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Saloon Ways In Oregon

Date: 08/17/1906
Keywords: 1906, Business, Crime, Myrtle Point, Newspaper, Political, Prohibition

Up in Oregon the saloon business sees its doom in the new county precinct
Prohibition law. In several instances liquor sellers became so crazy that they refused to obey the new law and using every technicality and subterfuge at their command persisted in defying the will of the people until popular patience was exhausted. Here is the way the Myrtle Point Enterprise the local paper of one county, expresses the sentiment of its readers on the outlawed saloon keepers' behavior in Coos
"Some of the saloon keepers of the county it is said will not comply with
the Prohibition order. It has now been almost a year since the people of the
county said by a good majority vote that the saloons would have to go. Yet
in the face of this they have been in operation through trilling technicalities They should now be closed at once and the officers should be compelled to do their duty or get out. The time to argue the merits of Prohibition is past -- the people have made known their wishes. A handful of saloon men run the county. Men who openly defy the law are not good American citizens
and should not be treated us such. They are anarchists pure and simple. If the wishes of the people are to be trampled under foot and no heed paid
to their vote then what is the use of going to the expense of holding elections? If this is to be we have no county government no laws a few
men will run things The officers, though, if they are made of the proper
stuff, will enforce the law. It doesn't make any difference what they think
of Prohibition. They are in office to do their duty and the people will expect them to do it. It is up to them."

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The central record. (Lancaster, Ky.) 18??-current, August 17, 1906, Image 4

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Survey of Timber Lands before harvest - legislation

Date: 01/15/1870
Keywords: 1870, Celebration-Christmas, Empire City, Letters, Lumber, Political-State Legislature, Shipbuilding, Timber, Weather

Daily Alta California, Volume 9, Number 146, 14 September 1857

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 38, Number 5867, 15 January 1870
[CORRESPONDENCE OF THE UNION.] Salem, December 30, 1869. I must wind up the business of 1869 in a proper manner, by recording for the Union the remaining history of that year, or the coming year, whose magnetic light is coursing hither on the rays of old Sol, to do Heaven knows what damage to the sons of earth, may wreak a vengeance upon me for being undutiful to its predecessor. Christmas has come and gone, not only in the appointed way, but in a very disappointing way to some, because the hopes of many were wofully [sic] disappointed at the result of the weather. The early days of Christmas week were delightfully clear, with a keen touch that converted the moisture of the atmosphere into the most fairy-like frost-work, and lent a beautiful appearance to everything in nature. The ice commenced to form on still water, so that the skaters became excited over the prospect of coming sport ; the hardware merchants sent orders abroad for skates by the raantity, and the skatists invested their loose mange in the implements of their art, and only just one more night's frost was needed to render the ice of thickness enough to bear up the mulitnde, when, lo and behold! the weather changed ; the unsympathizing south wind came hurrying along, and the howling wind and seating rain of a midwinter storm dissolved the ice and all the hopes dependant upon it. so we had no skating for Christmas, and as the season is rapidly passing away, when we have reason to expect severe weather, we lay up no hopes of coming juleps or ice-cream, arising from well-filled ice houses. The storm which commenced the day before Christmas raged mercilessly for three days ; but, for all I know to the contrary, the good people had undiminished enjoyment and unstinted pleasure in their festivals, their Christmas trees, and their home injoyments. From all sections reports reach is of merry and pleasant times, and no one seems to have suffered on account of the storm.
Various Public Matters.
I see by your Washington correspondence that a bill has been introduced and will probably pass Congress, providing for a survey of the timber lands on this coast, and the putting the same into market at an early day. This is one if the most necessary Acts to be passed for the benefit of Oregon, as well as California. Our coast region abounds in lands that are valuable for timber to be used for lumbering purposes, and great interests are already involved, for the manufacture of lumber is now carried on at a magnificent rate, and the amount of the business in the future can safely be placed at a large figure, and indicates that business as one of the surest sources of the coming wealth of the coast region where the manufacture of lumber and the successful prosecution of ship building also may be hindered if the law is to be observed forbidding the cutting of timber on unsurveyed lands, as the people cannot secure the survey of them as they desire, and enter and pay for them, as they are willing and anxious to do. I have at present in my mind the case of persons at Empire City, Coos Bay, who are arrested and threatened with the law's delays, as well as the great and even ruinous expense attending litigation, and that, too, in the prosecution of an important business that deserves to be encouraged, rather than hindered. They feel that the enforcement of the law is an outrage, as it threatens immediate ruin to a prosperous community, if compelled to stop the manufacture of lumber by which alone they prosper.

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Territorial Convention of 1854

Date: 02/15/1854
Keywords: 1854, Coos County, Crime, Name-Collver, Political-State Legislature

Territorial Convention. -
In pursuance to a call heretofore noticed, delegates from Siskiyou county, Cal., and Umpqua, Jackson, and
Coose counties, Oregon Territory, met in Convention in Jacksonville, on the 28th -January, and organised by the election of H. G. Ferris of Siskiyou, as President; E. Steel, of Yreka, and Samuel Colver of Jacksonville, Vice Presidents; and T. McF. Patten and C. S. Drew Secretaries. There were 21 delegates present, several counties not being represented at all. The convention resolved to use " every exertion to prevent the formation of a State Government in Oregon with its present boundaries." Three committees were appointed to draft memorials-1st, to Congress; 2d, to the California Legislature ; 3d, to the Oregon Legislature. A committee was also appointed "to draft a petition to circulate among the citizens of the proposed new territory- said committee to consist of the sheriffs of the said counties." The convention then adjourned to meet at Jacksonville on the third Monday of April, (the 17th.) We are of the opinion that this movement is premature. However, the people of the counties directly interested ought to be the best judges of their wants.- Shasta Courier
Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 6, Number 905, 15 February 1854

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The Stage-Robber at Work

Date: 12/24/1893
Keywords: 1893, Crime, Myrtle Point, Name-Harrington, Political, Roseburg, Travel-Stage

Roseburg, Or., Dec. 23 -- The Coos Bay stage was held up by one man last night near Myrtle Point. The robber secured the registered mail.

San Francisco Call, Dec. 24, 1893

Harrington Convicted.
Roseburg, Or. Dec.23 -- V.L. Harrington, ex-treasurer of Douglas County, who was convicted of the larceny of public funds, was today sentenced to three years in the penitentiary and to pay a fine of $45, 981, twice the amount of his shortage. The Coos Bay stage was held up by a lone highwayman last night near Myrtle Point, the robber secured the registered mail.
St. Paul daily globe. (Saint Paul, Minn.) 1884-1896, December 24, 1893, Image 1

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U.S. Revenue Cutter- Richard Rush

Date: 02/10/1877
Keywords: 1877, Coos bay (region), Cutter-richard Rush, Political, San Francisco

ARRIVED-The U.S. revenue cutter, Richard Rush, arrived in port yesterday morning. Following is her list of officers: 1st. Lieutenant, M.A. HEALY, Commanding; 2nd Lieutenant, H.A. HAND; 2nd Lieutenant, H.B. ROGERS; Chief Engineer, James A. DOYLE; 1st Assistant, Andrew DOLLY; 2nd Assistant, M.G. MARSILLIOT. We acknowledge a call from Lt. HAND, and learn that the Rush sailed from San Francisco Tuesday, stopped at all the intermediate ports, and will probably extend her trip to Coos Bay and the Columbia River. Lt. HAND thinks Humboldt Bar rather jumpy, and while lying outside, the officers tried in vain to discover the place where vessels were expected to cross.

Daily Humboldt Times, Eureka, CA
February 10, 1877

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Union Political Party

Date: 06/13/1868
Keywords: 1868, Name-Logan, Political-Union/Republican

Logan has 80 majority in Coos and Curry counties. This is a considerable Union gain since the last election.

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Union State Convention -1868

Date: 03/07/1868
Keywords: 1868, Coos County, Curry County, Political-Union/Republican

The Union State Convention is hereby called to meet at Salem, Marion County, Orgon, on the 2th day of March, A.D. 1868, for the purpose of nominating a candidate for Congress, to be voted for at the onsuing June election, three Presidential Electors, Delegates to the Union National Convention, and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the Convention.

The following is the number of Delegates to which each county is entitle under the apportionment of the Union State Central Committee, namely:

Baker county, 3
Benton, 5
Clackamas, 7
Clatsop, 1
Coos, 1
Curry, 1
Columbia, 1
Douglas, 6
Grant, 6
Jackson, 6
Josephine, 2
Lane, 6
Linn, 10
Marion, 14
Multnomah, 12
Polk, 6
Tillamook, 1
Umatilla, 3
Union, 3
Washington, 5
Wasco, 8
Yamhill, 6

Union State Convention (News Article)
Date: 1868-03-07; Paper: Oregonian

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1862 State Senator

Date: Saturday, May 17, 1862
Keywords: 1862, Coos County, Curry County, Umpqua County, Douglas County, state senator

State Senator – Last week we mentioned Drew, as running for State Senator for Umpqua Coose and Curry counties.  Since, we have it upon the authority of a reliable Douglas Democrat, that George M. Scudder is the Union candidate for that position.  We have but little acquaintance with either of the gentlemen, but suppose that either is competent yet it would be much better that one of them should with draw and avoid any division of the Union vote.  Mr. Scudder has been recommended by some of the most prominent men in those counties who have pledged him their support irrestpective of all party prejudice.

The State Republican (Eugene City, OR)
Saturday, May 17, 1862

1862 Election Results

Election Returns

Umpqua – Official – McBride, 154; Wait, 32

Gibbs, 14; Miller, 24
May, 152; Vining, 26
Cook, 155; Greer, 22
Gordon, 157; Noltner, 22
Thayer, 138; Slater, 22

Total vote for Senator in Umpqua, Coose and Curry:

                               Umpqua    Coose        Curry        Total
J. W. Drew                162           39               36           237
G. M. Scudder            9             27               79           115
Jesse Applegate        -              22                 -              22

Postmaster Embezzlement

Date: Saturday, April 4, 1863

George B. Camman, Postmaster at Empire City, Coos county, Oregon, was arraigned before Judge Deady, on the charge of having embezzled or detained letters in his office.  He was held to bail for his appearance.

The State Republican (Eugene City, OR)
Saturday, April 4, 1863

District Court appointment

We learn that Amos E. Rogers, Esq., has been appointed Clerk of the United States District Court, for Coose county, O.T.

The Umpqua Weekly Gazette (Scottsburg, OT)
Friday, May 26, 1854


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