This Day in History

23 Sep

September 1917 – The Salem City Council formally accepted the deed to Bush Pasture as a gift. They agreed that the property would remain exactly as it was during the lifetime of Miss Sally Bush.

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Scenes from Bush’s Pasture Park – Image Courtesy of Willamette University Archives

Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 140.

This Day in History

16 Sep

September 1916 – Willamette University faculty imposed strict rules on student conduct. Students were required to attend daily chapel in Waller Hall, and any student using intoxicants or tobacco were to sever their relationship with the university. Students were also forbidden to hold dances and were advised not to dance anywhere.

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Basement Bar – Photo Courtesy of Willamette University Archives

Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 135.

This Day in History

9 Sep

September 1890 – Considerable complaints had circulated Salem regarding steam traction engines chuffling through the streets. These engines were known to scare horses and thereby endanger human life.

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Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 11.

This Day in History

2 Sep

September 1913 – The Steelhammer family left Woodburn with their two children. Over a particularly bad strech of road, John Jr. was thrown out of the car. The family noticed four miles down the road and immediately turned the car around to speed back toward Woodburn. After three miles, they find the boy running toward the car, laughing and uninjured.

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An automobile near the Old Capitol Building

Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 118.

This Day in History

26 Aug

August 1888 – Four yoke (wooden beams) of oxen and their driver camped for the night on North Commercial. A crowd of spectators formed around the unusual sight.

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Commercial and Court Streets looking northeast

Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 3.

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.