Old Sherwood Area Documents

Two guys knocking each other out in a brawl.

by Clyde Ray List   "The CURMUDGEON"
for the Sherwood Oregon Historical Society

Joseph Hess Memoir 1847

On the Oregon Trail in 1843-- "There was a scarcity of game about or near the road. The hunters had to go some distance from the road in search of game. On one occasion one of our hunters Bennett O'Neal a tall thin rawboned individual got off his horse to shoot some game and his horse ran off and left him. He got lost and wandered round until he struck the road back of the train after being out eight days, overtook the wagons. During the time he was lost he subsisted on herbs, and roots such scraps as he could pick."

Oregon Free Press
May 27, 1848

"We have been requested to state that in Champoeg the Canadians had a meeting on Saturday last, at the house of E. Gregoire.... On the same day another meeting was held, by the Americans, at the Waldo Settlement.... The Canadians nominated but two candidates, giving the other portion of the county the selection of two more, which they propose to support, provided their nomination is supported in turn."

Newberg Graphic
February 9, 1889

NOTE: Quoting "Fortnightly Review," a nationally syndicated column.

"I have known a child of tender years begin by pulling off the wings of flies, then proceed to bake frogs, and next take birds and bore out their eyes, and later still try to injure any child who might fall into his power. I have known such children to kick cats and dogs to death, or set light to them, or pour boiling water over them, the fiendish pleasure being increased if the young of the animals were thus reduced to starvation. The morally undeveloped child has been pointed out to me by several devout friends as a proof of the existence of the devil as well as of the truth of the doctrine of original sin...."

The Oregon Scout
July 16, 1891

"Let your child read a book for three hours. Then call him off. You may now diagnose him. He is dazed as he walks. He is very irritable with other children. Examine his tongue, and you will find his digestion is impaired. Put your hand on his head; it is hot. His eyes are full, and touched with inflammation. Sitting for a long time, he has grown weak in his back, and is leaning in his shoulders. The boy every day is tired and unstrung. If this is a habit, or if he is accustomed to five hours in school, with possibly study and reading out of school, he is already an invalid --he is on the road to a breakdown. Mark you, I do not say he will become diseased; he is diseased.... The factory for children under 12 is not so dangerous as the school house."

NOTE:The author is a disciple of Herbert Spencer.

The Newberg Graphic
Saturday, February 9, 1889

Railroad Accident. Several Persons Injured.

One of the P. & W. V. Railway Coaches Turns a Complete Sommersault.

An accident happened on the P. & W. V. railway Tuesday afternoon near Middleton, by which a passenger coach was thrown from the track and four persons injured, none of them, it is thought, seriously.

About 5 p.m., as the train for Portland was rounding a sharp curve on a trestle, one of the fish plates broke, allowing the end of a rail to spring out, and a piece was broken off. The baggage car and first coach passed over the place all right, but the rear coach was thrown from the track, breaking the link which connected it and landing right side up at the foot of the trestle.

Superintendent McGuire, who was on the platform of the car ahead, saw the car leave the track and the brakeman on it leap to the car in front. He gave the alarm and the train stopped before it had gone seventy-five feet. The four passengers in the derailed car were at once transferred to another car and the train came on to this city [Portland]. arriving at 6:45, only thirty minutes behind time.

Mrs. Charles Ray was conveyed to the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Short, No. 88 Mill street, where she was atended by Dr. Strong. She was supposed to be injured internally, but it was found that she had sustained but slight injury, the effect of a rather severe shaking up, which will cause no serious results.

Those taken to the hospital are: F.S.Barzee, a merchant of Monmouth. He has a cut on the scalp which is not serious. He will go home today. Reuben R. Gant, of Ballston, who like all the others fell first to the roof of the car and then to the bottom, striking on his side across a seat, but soon recovered from the effects of the shock and his condition is not considered dangerous.

E.A.Willey of Dayton, a harness maker, suffered a fracture of the right leg, but no other injury of consequence.

When it is considered that the car turned a complete somersault, falling about fifteen feet and allighting on its side, it is fortunate that no one was more seriously hurt.

NOTE: The Town of Middleton was one mile South of Oldtown Sherwood, where Middleton Road crosses the rails.

1893 Oregon Senate Bill 36
(Town of Sherwood Charter)
[Section 16] The town council shall have power..... to license, tax, and regulate auctioneers, taverns, peddlers, brokers, hacks, carriages, wagons, carts, drays and omnibuses, and to fix the rate for carrying persons or property; to license, tax, and regulate barrooms, billiard tables, theatricals, and other shows, exhibitions, and other amusements; and to prohibit bawdy houses, beer gardens, dance-houses, and gambling houses, and gaming;

[Section 22] The town council shall have power to remove, repress, or prevent anything which would be detrimental to the health or morals of the town, and to prevent or restrain obscene language, cursing, swearing, drunkenness, or disorderly conduct within the corporate limits; to erect, establish, and keep in repair a town jail; to provide for the restraint and employment of vagrants, and to provide for working any person sentenced to imprisonment upon the streets of the town during the term of their imprisonment.

Newberg Graphic
August 4, 1893

"The first standard guage train passed over the road last Sunday evening. It went slowly and felt its way over the bridges carefully but got through alright.... The coaches stand so much higher than the narrow guage coaches that it will be inconvenient for passengers getting on and off trains until platforms are raised."

NOTE: The Southern Pacific Railway Company was in charge by this time. The Southern Pacific merged with the Union Pacific in 1992.

Sherwood Town
Ordinance #13
August 7, 1893

"In order that the town in later years may have shade trees, it is hereby ordained that all property owners shall set out maple trees in the parking along their property. Such trees shall be set out not less than ten feet above the surface of the ground, and they shall have some kind of protection around them to keep the stock from breaking down."

Newberg Graphic
December 1, 1893

"Dock Clark is a good rustler for business and never loses an opportunity to yank a tooth. Last Saturday while on the train between here and Sherwood he relieved a passenger of a troublesome molar."

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes April 2, 1894

"On Motion of Hogan it was desided to pay the Marshal a salary of $10.00 per Month for the Months of April May & June 1894 in Order that he might better Afford to take time to look after those persons more closely that wer in the habit of Violating Town Ordinances. The Vote on this Motion Stood as follows [Meeks, Hogan, Reisner: Yes] Smock was absent when Vote was taken. On Motion the Marshal was Instructed to procure A Star for Depty Marshal and present Bill for same."

Friends Meeting Minutes,
May 25, 1895

"A communication was received from J. C. Smock stating his reasons for signing a liquor license in the town of Sherwood, and that if it was inconsistent with the discipline of the Church he asked to be released from membership. His resignation was accepted."

Anna Reisner Carrying 'Down with Rum' Sign in spite of Hecklers.

Every day some wife is mocked for seeking "...help in keeping the saloons from selling liquor to her drunken husband." --July 23, 1913

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes Nov. 2, 1895

"Mr. John Lamont President of the Telephone Company made the following proposition That in consideration of the Town of Sherwood taking 13 shairs of the Telephone Co. Stock said Company would Run the Main Line through the town, open an office, and maintain the same.

"Mr. H. H. Eyman moved that the town take 13 shares of Willamette Valley Telephone Company Stock @ $10.00 per shair. Amount $130.00. The motion carried.”

NOTE: Lamont and the $130 were never seen again! A telephone company did not serve Sherwood until 1909.

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes Jan. 20, 1896

"On motion the Recorder's action was upheld by a unanimous Vote of the Council in the matter of Ordering the Saloon of John Owens closed on the 20th day of January upon the Information made by Mrs. Anna Reisner that She believed if said Saloon was not closed that her life was in danger."

NOTE: She was wife of Sherwood’s first Mayor as well as Johnny Owen’s mother-in-law. The building was located on the corner of First and Washington, where Clancy's is today.

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes Oct. 14, 1896

"Mr. J. C. Smock was empowered to purchase Lumber and have a platform put down over the Town Well. Platform to be 12 feet square out of tongued and grooved flooring. 1 1/2 inch thick with good substructure floor joists under same, also to have a curb to rise about 30 or 36 inches above the floor 4 to 6 feet square for two sets of Buckets to draw water, Also to purchase Buckets, Rope & Pulleys for the same."

NOTE: Soon to be overshadowed by a fifty foot tall water tower prominent in many old photos.

Capital Journal [Salem, Oregon]
August 7, 1897

"CLONDYKE Seattle, Aug. 7,--The steamships Willamette and Queen are scheduled to sail today for Dyea and Skaguay [Alaska], carrying between them nearly 1,200 passengers, of whom 800 will be on the Willamette. Fourteen steamers are scheduled to sail from [Tacoma] between now and the first of September. Among those who start is W. G. Seward, a relation of Hon. Wm. H. Seward, who effected the purchase of Alaska in 1867 for $7,500,000."

Hillsboro Independent
August 5, 1898

"John Roberts on or about the 6th of July had a row with two unmarried women on the streets of Sherwood. The women threatened his arrest. Then he sauced them. One of the girls broke her parasol over his head, and the other slapped him in the face. This one he kicked and slapped the jaws of the other one. For these things a warrant was sworn out before Justice Smith charging Roberts with assault and battery-- two cases because there were two girls."

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes May 5, 1899

"On Motion M.J.Haynes was Instructed to have the Marshal notify Mr. Parrott that he must take his horse out of town when serving mares."

Marshal Haynes tips his hat to man with 


Sherwood Town Council
Minutes May 10,1901

"Pres. Smock stated that the purpose for which the meeting was called was to take some action in regard to riding Bicycles on the sidewalks. It was moved and seconded to revoke the resolution to allow Bicycle riding on the sidewalk and on vote being taken motion carried. Ordered that the Recorder be instructed to post notices warning Bicycle riders to keep off the sidewalks."

Sunday Oregonian
December 28th, 1902

[Display Ad:] "Marquam Grand Theater. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Nights. December 29, 30 and 31. The Bostonians, presenting The New Robin Hood and the New Opera Sequal to 'Robin Hood:' 'Maid Marian.'"

Ordinance 45

"The Town Marshal shall exercise a vigilent care over the peace and quiet of the Town and see that all Ordinances rules and regulations of the Town is strictly observed and enforced. He [shall] take charge of the Council Chamber and keep the same in order, and before the sitting of any Council meeting have the room properly furnished with lights and fire. He must attend regularly upon the meetings of the Common council and sittings of the Recorders Court unless excused upon good and sufficient cause."

Approved, Nov. 2, 1903.
J.C.Smock. Pres.
J.E.Morback, Recorder.

Dr. Saylor presenting invoice 

to unheeding councilman while patient lies unconscious on the ground.

Town Minutes Feb. 7, 1908

"Dr.A.L.Saylor having a bill on file for $3.00 account, surgery performed on one Bud Knutson, while held for riotious and disorderly conduct on the 6th day of Jany., and it being a question by the council wheather the town was liable for this account...."

NOTE: They decided they were not.

Daily Capital Journal
June 3, 1908

"The president of one of the best known cycle factories of the east has been looking over his New York State agencles and is authority for the statement that his business has increased 60 per cent over last year. It would seem that this sort of thing is just as true of the west, north and south as it is of the east, as a phenomenal lncrease in bicycle sales is reported from every section. It is thought that the return in wheellng interest, which was begun a season or two back, was greatly assisted by the hard times. Thousands and thousands of old time riders suddenly awoke to the economy and healthy exerclse that cycling offered."

Sherwood News-Sheet
Nov. 1, 1911

"Dr. Becker, Carl Schenecker and Frank Lukes went out for a joy ride [by car] last Thursday. They headed for Portland and claim to have arrived at their destination, but there are those who doubt the veracity of the statement."

Sherwood News-Sheet
November 22, 1911

Regarding a criminal charge against a male citizen of the town for insulting a woman: "If the charge as alleged is true the defendant should be punished and that severely. If there is anything more fiendish, more heathenish to us than this our knowledge fails to comprehend it."

Sherwood News-Sheet
Dec. 20, 1911

"The Star Theatre has installed a Pathe Freres Motion Picture Machine, one of the latest and best motion picture machines manufactured, reducing the 'flicker,' so troublesome in motion pictures, to a minimum...”

Sherwood News-Sheet
March 6, 1912

"Mr. Zimmermann is an orator, logical in his argument, and has a pleasing and entertaining delivery. He pictured the youth in all his tenderness, then the young man as he is taking the first glass, following him down to the ditch and the finished product of the saloon."

NOTE: In other words, speaking in the idiom of the prohibition movement, Zimmermann warned about the evil effects of booze upon America’s youth.

modeled after a famous
1920 cartoon by Rollin Kirby.

Sherwood News-Sheet
April 17, 1912

"Monday evening a report was circulated about town that W.L.Peters had been killed by a bull. Peters lives only a short distance from town and in a very short distance of time almost the entire male population of Sherwood was on the trail for the Peters place. The report that was circulating was that he was feeding the bull and the animal got him down in the manger and gored him to death. This, however, was not true, and on the arrival of the Sherwood citizens they found that there was absolutely no foundation to the story, as Mr. Peters had not been near the beast at all that evening. All were agreeably surprised and the exclamation now is: 'Who started that story?'"

Sherwood News-Sheet
July 3, 1912

Was Struck By Train.

"Last Thursday just before the Newberg Local struck the trestle in the south part of town James Schonthal was hit by the engine and narrowly escaped death. He was attended by two physicians here then put on the train to Portland and placed in a hospital where it is said he is recovering very rapidly. Mr. Schonthal was in the employ of A.C.Kruger and has a reputation of being a good worker, but is fond of celebrating the National Holiday and imbibed a little too freely of the wet goods to be obtained in Sherwood, and had to set down on the ties to rest when he fell asleep. He is an unmarried man about the age of forty and a member of the Foresters Lodge."

NOTE: The "Foresters Lodge" was probably a fraternal health insurance society properly known as "Foresters of America." The Robin Hood theme was addressed. See: Morning Oregonian, "Foresters of America", May 1, 1901.

Sherwood News-Sheet
October 23, 1912

"O.A.Stillman, candidate for representative in Congress from the first District will be in Sherwood Saturday evening to deliver an address in favor of his party and candidacy. In all probability the speaking will occur on the street corner of McConnell and Hall's store.... The choir will render a few songs prior to the address and an interesting meeting is assured."

NOTE: McConnell and Hall was located at the intersection of Washington and Railroad.

Sherwood News-Sheet
July 9, 1913

• "Such drunkenness and revelry as was witnessed here on the Fourth is a disgrace to any civilized people."

• "Carlson & Sherk Store Robbed-- The robbers opened the safe which is never kept locked because of fear that it might be blown open. Then they sat down by the safe and ate a lunch of crackers and cheese."

Sherwood News-Sheet
Sept. 10, 1913

Man Holding his Head in His Hands."John Beck, who was thrown from a load of wheat a few weeks ago, causing a partial dislocation of the neck and a large scalp wound on the forehead, is slowly getting better. He is now able to be out of bed and can move his head by the use of his hands."

Town Minutes, Feb. 5, 1915

"Fire chief Fisk was present and made a report as to finding of the towns fire fighting apparatus. Mr. Fisk reported that the town needed chemicals to charge the engines as they were both needing to be charged and chemicals on hand. Also the town was without ladders, lanterns, buckets and but little hose. The Recorder was instructed to take the matter of hose and ladders up with the City of Portland, with the object in view of securing second hand ladders and hose. Upon motion A. Carlson was instructed to procure proper chemicals to charge the engines. "

"Upon motion the Marshal was instructed to put a stop to children running their little wagons and trycicles [sic] on the side-walks, as it was a menace to those using the side-walks. "

Tualatin Valley News
Feb. 22, 1918

"A Prominent Sherwood Business Man was detained in Portland over night on a business transaction. The shows were doing a big business, so he followed the crowd to one of the shows. After the show he went to the Imperial Hotel to engage a room. It was full so he was steered to the Hotel Portland. A room was engaged, and at about 12 o'clock he tucked himself away among the snow white linen for the balance of the night. The Prominent Sherwood Business Man was hardly asleep when he was attacked by a regiment of as cowardly a lot of soldiers that ever went upon a battlefield. He slipped out of bed and turned on the light and was horrified to see the bed literally covered with bed bugs and cockroaches. He retreated to the bath room, where he thought the varmints would be scarcer. He turned the hot water on. The steam limbered the bugs up and in a few moments the floor was covered with a living carpet."

Tualatin Valley News
December, 1920 (?)

"E. J. Lawrenz has just finished invoicing his Ford garage supplies. The checking must have been satisfactory, for he at once commenced to build an inside office enclosure , where he can sit comfortably in an easy chair with his feet on the desk, a 15 cent stogy between his teeth, and draw a mental picture of reaching the pearly gates in a Ford..."

Sherwood Valley News

"Friday evening's caucus was called to order by Mayor Morback who read the call and then proceeded to make a speech evidently intended to reflect credit upon his administration. He was interrupted by Councilman W. F. Young, who arose and objected to the Mayor making an electioneering speech at a nominating convention or primary election. The Mayor, however, refused to quit but proceeded in a more spirited manner and was becoming quite eloquent when Justice W. T. Hislop arose and likewise objected. Still the Mayor refused to subside but continued to improve his opportunity to let off steam, and the increased ebullition of his remarks was quite noticeable. After Hislop shouted the Mayor down, Young called for the vote and the tally was: Morback 55, Leedy 54, Hislop 1. Leedy had followed his scruples and refused to vote for himself. Mrs. Leedy had not voted at all, for the same reason."

Sherwood Valley News, 1927

• "Corn from Iowa-- Carlson & Sherk have received a car of corn from Sioux City, Iowa. Bill Fisk is standing guard over it to prevent it being appropriated by moonshiners."

• "City Smarties Disciplined-- A couple of smarties from Portland invaded Scholls one day last week and attempted to demonstrate how bad men from the city manhandle humble villagers. A couple of the humble villagers rose up and landed on the bad men, and when they got through the bad men were disciplined but were not very happy."

Sherwood Valley News
Feb. 28, 1929

"What is said to be the largest moonshine still yet to be found anywhere in the North West was captured Saturday by Sheriff Connell and deputies and state and federal officers. Four men and one woman were arrested and a large amount of mash together with a great quantity of moonshine whiskey was destroyed. The plant had a capacity of 1000 gallons every 24 hours. It had been operating for about two weeks."

NOTE: The plant was located along the Tualatin River

Tigard Sentinel
April 11, 1941

"On an April day, 1889, the Pea Vine Express, Portland to Dundee, lurched into Smockville and screeched to a halt. Car doors banged open, crewmen began to load and unload freight and mail, and, as customary, most of the passengers scrambled down the steps to get a breath of fresh air and stretch their legs on the board platform. Among them was a sprightly young fellow, some 21 years old. He walked the length of the platform a few times, looking at the low hills literally spilling over with spring color. He went back into the coach and presently he returned with a battered suitcase. He had decided to make a stopover.

"This April, just 52 years later, that young fellow now turned 73, is still enjoying that stopever, although the town is no longer Smockville, but Sherwood, and he's been its mayor better than 25 years. His name, just in case there's anyone who doesn't already know it, is J.E.Morback."

Letter from Superintendent of Indian Affairs Joel Palmer to the Chiefs and Head Men of the Tualatin Band of the Calapooia Indians.
March 21, 1854

"The whites are determined to settle on your land. We cannot prevent them and in a few years there will be no place left for you. Then what will you do? Will you live in the mountains like wolves? The deer and other game being killed off you will have nothing to eat, your women and children crying for food, and freezing from cold; there will be no one to care for you. I tell you this will be so. Then be wise. Take good counsel. Sell your lands. Agree to remove to such places as the Government may hereafter select for you, where they will protect you and provide for your wants."

NOTE: Palmer negotiated nine cessation treaties with the Indians of the Oregon Territory. "He was removed as superintendent in 1857 after being criticized for being too lenient with Indian policy."
–Oregon Blue Book.

New Northwest
December 4, 1874

"Mrs. Duniway then took the floor, and made a speech in which she told some rather uncomfortable truths concerning what a certain Representative had said in the Legislature. That Representative being present, became somewhat excited and replied in no very gentle terms. The scene was rather stormy for a while, but after a short time the excitement was quelled...."

NOTE:Abigail Scott Duniway spent a great deal of time in the Sherwood area. This incident was recorded in Lafayette.

Rudyard Kipling heads for the Clackamas River.

NOTE:The famous author is conducted by < wbr>two companions he calls "California" and "Portland."

California carefully lashed our fishing rods into the carriage, and the bystanders overwhelmed us with directions as to the sawmills we were to pass, the ferries we were to cross, and the sign-posts we were to seek signs from. Half a mile from the city of fifty thousand souls [Portland] we struck-- and this must be taken literally-- a plank-road that would have been a disgrace to an Irish village.

Then six miles of macadmized road showed us that the team could move. A railway ran between us and the banks of the Willamette, and another above and through the mountains. All the land was dotted with small townships, and the roads were full of farmers in their town wagons, bunches of tow-haired, boggle-eyed urchins sitting in the hay behind. The men generally looked like loafers, but their women were all well dressed. Brown hussar-braiding on a tailor-made jacket does not, however, consort with hay-wagons. Then we struck into the woods along what California called a "camina reale" --a good road,-- and Portland a "fair track." It wound in and out among fire-blackened stumps, under pine trees, along the corners of log fences, through hollows which must be hopeless marsh in the winter, and up absurd gradients. But nowhere throughout its length did I see any evidence of road-making. There was a track,-- you couldn't well get off it,-- and it was all you could do to stay on it. The dust lay a foot thick in the blind ruts, and under the dust we found bits of planking and bundles of brushwood that sent the wagon bounding into the air. Sometimes we crashed through bracken; anon where the blackberries grew rankest we found a lonely little cemetary, the wooden rails all awry, and the pitiful stumpy headstones nodding drunkenly at the soft green mulleins. Then with oaths and the sound of rent underwood a yoke of mighty bulls would swing down a "skid" road, hauling a forty-foot log along a rudely made slide. A valley full of wheat and cherry trees succeeded, and halting at a house we bought ten pounds weight of luscious black cherries for something less than a rupee and got a drink of icy-cold water for nothing, while the untended team browsed sagaciously by the roadside.

--American Notes, 1889

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes July 3, 1893

"Ordinance #12 to prohibit riding Driving or leading Animals or riding Bicycles Tricycles or Velocipedes on sidewalks read for 1st first reading and on Motion was laid over for second reading at next meeting.

"On Motion of P.T.Meeks Ordinance #7 was amended to read as follows: That all Saloons within the Corporate Limits of Town of Sherwood Shall be Closed at 10:30 Oclock P.M. sharp and remain closed for the remainder of said day.

NOTE:Closure time was later changed to 12:00

"Motion to amend Ordinance #10 to read as follows All sidewalks built hereafter shall have at least 3 to 4 X 4 sawed stringers running length wise and shall be covered with Lumber not less than 4 and not more than 8 in wide and not less than 1 1/2 in Thick. Motion carried."

Newberg Graphic
July 7, 1893

"The blocks have worked from under the sidewalks in many places, causing them to shake and sway in a very unpleasant manner. This shaking loosens the nails and in many places, besides the unpleasant rattle of loose boards, the walks are absolutely unsafe to travel unless one walks in the middle of them."

Capital Journal
October 4, 1893

"...in the City of Salem a few days ago only, this writer saw a lady tripped face fore most --and might had it not been for the interference of good luck, so to speak, been seriously injured by the catching on a broken off upsticking piece of plank. This occurance causing a hard fall causes the writing of these lines by a party visiting the capital. Shame to such negligence."

Hillsboro Independent
August 4, 1893

"If the lessee of a livery team wants to know how the proprietor of the stable can talk, let him overdrive a team and bring it in reeking with sweat this hot [90 Degree] weather. Words flow fast then. And the stable boy thinks aloud as he walks the horse back and forth through the street. The thoughts are not always complimentary of the man who has driven the horse."

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes October 9, 1893

"A new Ordinance was offered by Mr. Eyman which was given the Title of Ordinance #15 the object of the ordinance to prohibit fighting asault or Asault @ Battery and to Proscribe the punishment for the same. Ordinance was read and laid over untill the next meeting.

"Ordinance #16 in regard to leaving horses out in the storm was presented, read and laid over untill next meeting."

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes October 5, 1894

"On motion the Council ordered window shades for the council Room windows. On Motion J.C.Smock was ordered to procure Blinds for the windows of the Council Room, also 2 spittoons."

NOTE: Town Hall was located on today's Veteran's Park, against the alley on Main Street.

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes Mar. 1st, 1895

"Petition of G.W.Duke asking that the Council grant the Singing Class the use of Town Hall to hold Singing School not Granted."

NOTE: Probably a barber shop quartet. These "classes" usually included a keg of beer.

Hillsboro Independent
June 6, 1895

"Last Saturday evening, Sherwood, situated a short distance from Middleton, was the scene of a very expensive conflagration. The blaze originated in the building occupied by the merchandise stock of Iler & McConnell, and supposedly was caused by a defective flue. Before the flames were under control, the store building, the large hotel owned by J.E.Smock [Sic], the hall on the other side of the store and owned by Wm. Scott, a few outbuildings, and a small barber shop, were all razed to the ground. The depot was also scorched and is nearly a total loss. The total loss of the fire is estimated to be in the neighborhood of five or six thousand dollars and it is a severe blow to the thriving little town. But a small portion of the merchandise was saved. The insurance carried on stock and building is said to be $2,000. The adjusters arrived over there yesterday endeavoring to fix up the losses. The fire was first discovered about 9:30.."

NOTE: The fire occurred June 1, 1895.

Man Being Attacked by Girls with Umbrellas.

"One of the girls broke her parasol over his head..."
August 5, 1898

Man Falling Over in a Swoon.
"Our knowledge fails to comprehend it."
November 22, 1911

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes April 10, 1896

"Petition of H.L.Smock and 19 others asking the Council to Enact a Law prohibiting poultry from running at Large within the corporate Limits of the town of Sherwood."

NOTE: Henry Lee Smock is J.C. Smock's oldest son, 25 years of age on this date.

The Dalles [Oregon] Daily Chronicle
May 1, 1897

"MAY DAY'S CELEBRATION And Some Idle Thoughts It Suggests for One to Think.

"May Day is not kept in this country as in many others, and yet it is of sufficient importance to cause every American youngster at least, a desire to have a holiday and to spend it in the woods or by the stream. It ought to be a national holiday, for it comes at the time of year when everybody feels the necessity of an 'out-dooring.'"

NOTE: "The Gay Nineties" are in full swing at this moment, thanks to the discovery of gold in the Klondike.

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes July 8, 1898

"On Motion it was desided to Continue Marshal J.V.Hall's Salary at $8.00 pr Month for the Months of July, Aug. & Sept.

"And the Marshal was Instructed that he was Expected to be more Vigalent in the future and to prevent by arrest of other wise the use of Obscene Languag on the Streets Also to See that Habitual Druncards wer Either made to Leave town or be Run in to Jail the Last was not as a motion but general Instructions as to what the Council and president considered to be the Marshal's duty."

Hillsboro Independent
March 3, 1899

"Sherwood is developing into quite a manufacturing town. In addition to a cigar factory by Gardiner Bros. the Sherwood Drug Co. have recently commenced the manufacture of a full line of 'Family Remedies' and are meeting with good success in the sale of the same."

December 6, 1899

Ordinance 39 forbids "...hitching or tyeing any Horse, Mule, Ox, or Ass or any other animal to any watter pipe, Hydrant, or Hydrant Box..." belonging to the Town of Sherwood, by order of J.C. Smock, President of the Council.

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes Jan. 8,1900

"Upon canvassing the Returns it was found that... there had been forty six (46) votes counted for Town Marshal when there had been but Thirty Two (32) votes cast at the Election. Therefore it was moved... that a new Election be held within Ten days...."

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes Feb. 28th, 1902

"Owing to the unplesant and shabby condition of the Council Chamber, the matter of having same scrubbed out and new blinds put up was considered. The recorder making a proposition to hang three new blinds and scrub the building out for $1.75 was accepted, and instructed to proceed to do so at once and present bill for same."

Ordinance 43, 1903

"...it shall be unlawful for any person or persons owning or keeping any chickens ducks geese turkeys or poultry of any kind to allow or suffer the same to run at large in the Town of Sherwood."

(Signed) J.C.Smock, April 8, 1903.

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes August 7th, 1903

The "...poultry ordinance was read for the third and last time, and on motion [was] adopted as read.... The matter of sanitary conditions of the town was quite lengthy discussed, and it was decided to strictly enforce the law in regard to this matter."

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes Dec. 1, 1905.

"Motion to give the Sherwood - Middleton Band the use of the Town Hall on Sunday afternoons for Band practice until the Band can secure more permanent quarters motion carried."

Ordinance 46

"It shall be unlawful for any person or persons owning or driveing or having charge of any animal or animals attached to a wagon truck dray cart or any other vehicle to driv or cause the same to be drove over any line of hose while the same is being used for the extinguishment of fire or drill purpose this section shall apply as well to rolling stock of every description of the southern pacific co. while in operation within the corporate limits of the town of Sherwood Oregon."

Approved, Dec. 4, 1903.
J.C.Smock. Pres.
J.E.Morback, Recorder.

Town Minutes
June 6, 1908

"Upon motion Mr. N.P. Jones was appointed to act as special poliece [sic] during the FOURTH of JULY and said evening at a salary not to exceed $5.00. The Recorder was instructed to notify Mr. Jones and invest him with proper equipment in due time."

Sherwood News-Sheet
October 11, 1911

"Sherwood has the distinction of shipping more onions than any other place in the world. Great wagonloads of them have been coming into town the last few weeks, and are being shipped by the carload."

NOTE: An area between Sherwood and the Tualatin River is still called "Cipole," which is Italian for "Onions."

Sherwood News-Sheet
Nov. 8, 1911

"While driving to church last Sunday morning the team of Reinhold Kruger took fright when a tug dropped and became unmanageable, ran away and tore up things in general. The team ran down through town and was finally caught near the Congregationalist Church. Miss Schatz, who was thrown from the rig, received a broken arm."

Sherwood News-Sheet
October 25, 1911

• "Considerable complaint has been made of late of boys who seem to have nothing to do but gad the streets and shoot bean-shooters or sling-shots in a careless and reckless manner, aiming their weapons at everybody and everything that happens along their path."

• "It is a deplorable thing that troubles in a small community cannot be settled without the use of fists. Several of these little bouts have come to our ears the last week, but we hope they will not grow more numerous."

Sherwood News-Sheet
February 28, 1912

"The team of H.F.Cuthill took a dash around the streets of Sherwood last Saturday just after the noon hour, spilling two cans of cream that he had brought to town for shipment. This is about the only damage they did. They were standing untied at the depot, where the small boy was very much in evidence...."

Sherwood News-Sheet
April 10, 1912

Attempt to Wreck Train.

What appeared to be an attempt to wreck the Southern Pacific train took place on the Yamhill Division road at a point just this side of Rex Wednesday evening

It was train No.76 bound for Portland from Dallas and fortunately was running at low speed or the entire train would have been ditched. They had reached a point where the grade is considerably of a downward pitch, and where the bank is in the neighborhood of forty feet high, owing to which fact the engineer had slowed down, when suddenly they struck something that raised the engine into the air, almost turning it on its side.

Several Sherwood citizens were on the train at the time, being on their return from McMinnville, where they had gone to attend the funeral of the late A.L.Saylor, and they testify that when their coach reached this mark the jar was anything but pleasant.

The train was stopped as soon as they could get the steam off and the brakes set and the train men went back to investigate the trouble. They found somebody had driven two very large spikes in where the rails are coupled and on the upper side of the track, undoubtedly for the purpose of wrecking the train.

The train men and passengers say it was a very narrow escape and consider themselves very lucky that the engine and train didn't leave the track.

NOTE:"A small boy" is later identified as the culprit.

Sherwood News-Sheet
May 22, 1912

"Tuesday was cleanup day in deed and truth. The citizens responded to the proclamation of [Mayor Morback] joyously and with a determination to rid the little town of its rubbish. It was a task they little dreamed of. Nobody had the slightest idea that people living in Sherwood were so slack. The alleys heretofore, contrary to ordinance, were simply littered with old boards, tin cans, old shoes, shirts, hats, bed quilts, sacks, boxes, cooking utensils, bottles, wire, manure, and everything unsightly to the eye and unpleasant to the nose.... It is the first time in the town's history that a real general cleanup has taken place...."

NOTE: The Titanic sank April 15, 1912.

Sherwood News-Sheet
July 31, 1912

"Sewer Gas Complaint Explored by Council--There were five or six in the party, each in turn getting on their hands and knees and putting their nose with in three or four inches of the sewer outlet, but all declaring they witnessed no stench from the flow. The water from this outlet was absolutely clear, much more so than was the water in the little creek a few feet away."
Town Father Sniffing Sewer Pipe.

Sherwood News-Sheet
April 30, 1913

"The Clarke Comedy Co. blew into town a few days ago and put on quite a show in Buck's Hall. Some say it was good and others say it was not so pleasing. They had a fair sized audience, however, and managed to get out of town with considerable money, while they left but precious little."

NOTE: Buck's Hall was the funeral parlor.

Sherwood News-Sheet
July 23, 1913

"Scarcely a day goes by that Governor West does not receive in person or by letter the tearful petition of some wife for help in keeping the saloons from selling liquor to her drunken husband. They plead helplessness, and say they are mocked at every turn when they try to save their husbands from themselves and the saloon. The cry of hungry children and the tears of destitute wives accomplish little or nothing, the governor is told over and over again. The husbands continue to get liquor.”

Sherwood Town Council
Minutes Jan. 21, 1915

"Mr. Robbins representing one of the pool rooms was present, and asked permission of the council to allow boys from the age of 18 up to frequent pool rooms and take part in the games. The council advised him they were not in the law violating business, and the mayor especially, stated that he took an oath to enforce all the laws of the State and the Town of Sherwood, and so long as he was Mayor of the Town it would be his object and purpose to strictly enforce all the laws."

Sherwood News-Sheet 1917

"Why not place your order for a Ford at once? Runabout, $345; Touring Car, $360; Coupe let, $505; Town Car, $595; Sedan, $645; One-ton Truck Chassis, $600. These prices f.o.b. Detroit. Your order will have our prompt attention. --E. J. Lawrenz, Agent."

Emil Lawrenz Leaning into the Counter, like a Priest at the Altar.
Emil Lawrenz, Sherwood

Tualatin Valley News
April 16, 1920

"Sherwood has entered the Portland Baseball Association in what is known as the Tri-State League, which includes the best independent teams of Portland, also Salem, Woodburn, Astoria, and Camas Washington. Outside of the Pacific Coast League, this is the strongest baseball organization in the State."

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and a Batter in Position

Tualatin Valley News

"There is no need for garages and car barns in Sherwood so long as there is room around and in front of the News office for every coughing, sputtering, unmuffled old car or truck to keep blowing off all times of the night to keep people awake."

Sherwood News-Sheet
April 19, 1928

"Charivari Party Visit Newlyweds.

Now, Ed [Rasmussen] is a modest, retiring young man and he was loath to accept the invitation, but when he was told what would be done to him unless he joined the musicians he decided to participate in the festival of noise. The band surrounded the domicile of the newly-weds and the festivities started." The couple was escorted to the soda fountain at Sherwood Pharmacy for ice cream and singing.

Oregon Journal
March 30, 1933

Interview of John Chapman, Blacksmith

"It looked for awhile as if horses and buggies had gone into the discard, but now you will see lots of farms being plowed with horses in place of tractors, and you can see an occasional team on the road."

NOTE: Chapman Road is named after John Chapman

Sherwood News-Sheet
April 27, 1939

Semi-Centennial Address, J.E.Morback

"About five years after the [Portland Pressed Brick Yard] shut down [in 1896] the streets got their first dolling up in the form of a brick-bat dressing. Not having equipment to roll them down, it made the streets so rough you could hardly walk or drive over them. I think it was at this time that Mayor Smock reported to the council he had to suspend the street work on account of shortage of labor. Those must have been the good old days we hear about."

Portrait of Joe Morback in His Prime.

Tigard Times
April 11, 1941

Sherwood's Quarter Century Mayor Tells of Pea Vine Express.

"....And the Pea Vine Express is no more, because that unballasted narrow guage line was replaced by a standard gauge with a gravel roadbed long since [1889, when J.E. Morback rode it into town]. But what fun and good natured railery that wood burning midget provided the patrons while it operated. The name Pea Vine was tacked on because the unballasted track had a way of zigging here, zagging there, when the rains softened up the ground-- crooked as a pea vine. Speed was out of the question. Sometimes would-be passengers spent most of the day waiting at the depot, watching for a gist of fir smoke to herald the Pea Vine's approach, then went home disgusted as choretime and no train approached. They started calling it the Try Weekly finally-- try and make a round trip to Portland in a week! Frequently, when it stopped along the line to load cordwood fuel, all male passengers, at the risk of getting pitch all over their Sunday best, turned out and helped load."

NOTE:For a complete history of this railroad see "The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society"Volume XX June, 1919 Number 2.

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