This Day in History

28 Oct

Oct 1900 – Halloween was reported as “exceptionally quiet” with only two arrests made. Boys had soaped the track of the Rural Cemetery car line, and a brass cannon was found on the Capitol lawn in front of the women’s building at Willamette University with its muzzle pointing toward Professor Seely’s music department.

Crew of Asylum Ave. Line car 4 in front of Catholic Youth Bldg.,

Crew of Asylum Ave Line, ca. 1889. Courtesy of Oregon Historical Society.

Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 55.

This Day in History

21 Oct

Oct 1917 – Salem Public Library reported having 12,857 volumes on its shelves.

Salem Public Library, ca. 1912

Salem Public Library (now Oregon Civic Justice Center), ca. 1912

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

This Day in History

14 Oct

Oct 1923 – Salem home canners processed approximately 600,000 quart jars of local produce from the 1923 season.

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Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 175.

This Day in History

7 Oct

Oct 1913 – The Oregon Hygiene Society set up a tent at the fairgrounds displaying large charts displaying the need for sex education. It was among the best patronized exhibits on the grounds.

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Oregon State Fair, 1913. Courtesy of OSU Archives.

Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon: Nuggets of History from the Salem Capital Journal. pg. 119.

This Day in History

30 Sep

September 27, 1915 – Harry Minto, son of pioneer John Minto and Warden of the Oregon State Penitentiary, was shot and killed by Otto Hooker, an escaped convict. Minto had found and challenged Hooker in Albany, and the next day, Hooker was shot and mortally wounded by Patrolman A. J. Long of Portland. Long fired just as Hooker was pulling his gun.

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Harry P. Minto

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

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.