This Day in History

19 Aug

August 1899 – Negotiations were had regarding the Glen Oaks Orphanage. After closing due to a lack of funding, it was planned that the property be deeded to the hospital with provisions to ensure they are used for medical purposes.

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Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 49.

This Day in History

12 Aug

August 1915 – Nearly everyone in Salem with free time went to the Willamette River to swim. The municipal ferry carried passengers for five cents to a bathing beach on Minto-Brown Island.

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Vernor Martin Sackett at the “Swimmin’ ‘Ole”. Courtesy of Willamette University Archives.

Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 129.

 

This Day in History

5 Aug

August, 1900 – A “peanut war” broke out in Albany. Participants could buy three bags of the legume for 5 cents.

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Albany, Oregon First Street about 1910 36-B.57, ba007996. Oregon Historical Society

Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 54.

This Day in History

29 Jul

July, 1927 – The end of streetcar service was set for August 1st. Motor buses were to replace cars on State and Chemeketa Streets.

Refurbished interurban car 54 of Portland Railway Light and Powe

Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 191.

This Day in History

22 Jul

July, 1908 – Workmen come across an old sidewalk seven feet below ground while digging holes for telephone poles. Sim White, a long-time resident, explained that the sidewalk used to run along the bank of a swale running up Liberty Street to State Street.

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Underneath Downtown Salem

Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 91.

This Day in History

15 Jul

July, 1925 – Construction begins on Salem’s new theater, the Elsinore.

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Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 183.

This Day in History

8 Jul

July, 1895 – Mineral Springs at Sodaville in Linn county advertised itself as the most accessible mineral spring in the state with waters promoted as a cure for all diseases of the stomach, liver, and kidneys.

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Photographed: Mineral Springs College at Sodaville

Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 33.

This Day in History

1 Jul

July, 1902 – Notable Oregon Supreme Court Judge and pioneer, Reuben P. Boise, described Salem as he remembered it in 1852. He remarked that state lost money was not due to poor bookkeeping, but officials putting money in the wrong pocket.

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Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 62.

This Day in History

24 Jun

June 1935 – Approximately 1,250 pounds of dynamite was used to level the south wing of the 1876-1935 Oregon Capitol Building that had burned in April. The blast launched heavy rock as far as three blocks, broke windows of nearby buildings, damaged cars, slightly injured two people, and endangered hundreds of spectators. Don Upjohn, a columnist, remarked: “One good thing the statehouse blast did. Bruce Baxter (Willamette University president at the time) won’t have to worry about opening up the windows of Eaton Hall to air the place out during the summer.”

 

"Old" Capitol Building, Salem.

The 1876-1935 Oregon State Capitol. The South Wing is to the right, adjacent to Willamette University

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Eaton Hall, Willamette University

Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 225.

This Day in History

17 Jun

June, 1894 – The Marion County Grand Jury visited the Oregon Reform School for Boys to determine if mismanagement was occurring. They determined that management was good but suggested that “in the administration of corporal punishment there be more care taken to avoid leaving permanent marks on the person of the inmate. Also, when boys are worked in the rain that they be provided with waterproofed clothing.”

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Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 29.

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