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Willamette River distress

Manuscript that recollects when Governor Clarence D. Martin called out Portland's mayor at the time, Mayor Carson, on the pollution being dumped into the Willamette River. The document goes on to point out how this is a violation of state law. Portland was not the only area affected.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Scenic view of Willamette Falls

Photograph showing water cascading down Willamette Falls in Oregon City. Industrial buildings can be seen just above the falls, with a rocky cliff and houses visible in the background. Above the waterfall is a spillway. Written one of the of large industrial buildings is "Publishers Paper Co."

Oregon City street view

Photograph showing a street lines with electric signs, street lights, and electrical lines. Part of the image is blocked at the bottom, and several vehicles can be seen on the street. Signs for "Coleman"s Electrical Appliances," "Bill West Fountain," and "Roley Real Estate" can be seen. Written on the negative is "51-799."

Freight house

Photograph of a freight house in Oregon City for the Willamette Valley Southern Railway Company (W.V.S.RY.) next to a train and railroad tracks. A train sits next to the building with “W.V.S.RY.” written on the side, and a wooden house can be seen in the background.

Oregon City paper mills

Photograph taken at a high vantage point, looking north, of paper mills in Oregon City, showing railroad tracks and the Willamette River. The Oregon City Bridge (Arch Bridge) can be seen in the distance crossing the river. Industrial buildings line the river on the opposite banks. Written on the top of a building is a large sign with “Crown Willamette Paper Company” and “Hawley Pulp and Paper Company.”

Portland General Electric Photograph Collection

  • Org. Lot 151
  • Collection
  • 1880 - 1965

Negatives documenting company activities, including electrical infrastructure, employees, power generation and distribution throughout Portland, the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Cascade Range. Additional general images include streetcars and trains, street lighting, power line installation, Rose Festival floats, office buildings, car barns and bridges. Of particular note are dam building projects at Bull Run and along the Clackamas River (1910-1930), and early electric stations in Oregon City at Willamette Falls.

Portland General Electric Company

Mrs. Pearl Billings in jail after holdup at service station

Portrait of 18-year-old Pearl Billings sitting in a chair in her cell at the Clackamas County Jail in Oregon City on Saturday, February 21, 1931. According to a story published on the front page of the Oregon Journal that day, Billings was arrested after participating in a holdup with 22-year-old William Wheeler at the Robinwood service station near Lake Oswego on February 20, 1931. During the robbery, Wheeler was shot and killed by the service station’s proprietor, R. W. LaDue. According to the story, Billings told police Wheeler had kidnapped her and she had no knowledge of plans to hold up the service station until they were inside. A cropped version of this photograph and image No. 371N1454, showing Mr. and Mrs. LaDue, accompanied the story. The photographs were published under the headline "Bandit Victim 'Gets His Man.' " This photograph had the following caption: "Mrs. Pearl Billings, companion of the dead man. She went outside and started the car's engine for the proposed escape. Mrs. Billings fled from the scene but was captured by sheriff [E. T.] Mass of Clackamas county a short while later. She is held in the county jail at Oregon City." Image note: The name “Mrs Pearl Billings” and the number 18 in a circle are written on the negative and are visible on the right side of the image.

Unidentified woman and girl outdoors, Oregon City, Thanksgiving 1908

Full-length portrait showing an unidentified woman and girl standing next to a dirt path or road in a rural area next to a log fence and a field. A second wooden fence borders a path in the background at right. The words “Thanksgiving / 1908 Oregon City” are etched by hand into the negative and are faintly visible in the lower left corner of the photograph. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

View of downtown Oregon City, Oregon

Photograph, taken from the bluff above the city, showing part of Oregon City, Oregon. At left are industrial buildings and stacks of lumber and other materials. At right are downtown Oregon City and the Oregon City Bridge over the Willamette River. The number 5 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image. This photograph may be related to image No. 371N5706.

Hawley Pulp and Paper mill, Oregon City, Oregon

Photograph, taken from a high angle, showing the Hawley Pulp and Paper Company mill on the Willamette River in Oregon City, Oregon. The view is toward the southeast. Willamette Falls is partially visible at upper left. At right, on the opposite side of the river, is the Crown Willamette Paper company mill in West Linn. The number 4 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image. This photograph may be related to image No. 371N5709.

Bust of John McLoughlin

Photograph, taken from the front, showing a bust of John McLoughlin. The bust is mounted on top of a boulder. A plaque on the front of the boulder has the text “Dr. John McLoughlin / ‘Father of Oregon’ ” at the top, followed by a timeline of McLoughlin’s notable activities. The bust is located at the Willamette Falls scenic overlook on McLoughlin Boulevard in Oregon City. Image note: The number 2270 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image.

Unidentified man on balcony overlooking Willamette Falls

Full-length portrait, taken from the side, of an unidentified man standing on a balcony overlooking Willamette Falls. The man is facing to the right. He has a beard and mustache and is wearing a hat and overcoat. See related image Nos. 379G0002, 379G0003, 379G0004, 379G0005, 379G0006, 379G0007, 379G0008, 379G0010, 379G0011, 379G0012, and 379G0017.

Unidentified man on bluff overlooking Oregon City, Oregon

Three-quarters portrait, taken from the side, of an unidentified man standing on a bluff overlooking Oregon City, Oregon. He is facing to the left and is wearing a hat and overcoat. A blanket is lying on a rock next to him. See related image Nos. 379G0002, 379G0003, 379G0004, 379G0005, 379G0006, 379G0007, 379G0009, 379G0010, 379G0011, 379G0012, and 379G0017.

Unidentified man on balcony overlooking Willamette Falls

Three-quarters portrait, taken from the side, of an unidentified man standing on a balcony overlooking Willamette Falls. He is facing right, looking toward the falls. He has a beard and mustache and is wearing a hat and overcoat. See related image Nos. 379G0002, 379G0003, 379G0004, 379G0005, 379G0006, 379G0008, 379G0009, 379G0010, 379G0011, 379G0012, and 379G0017.

Unidentified man standing outside door of John McLoughlin House, Oregon City

Full-length portrait of an unidentified man standing next to the front door of John McLoughlin’s house in Oregon City, Oregon. The man is facing ot the right and is looking upward toward a sign over the door, which reads: “Home Of Doctor John McLoughlin / Founder of Oregon City / Erected 1846.” The man has a beard and is wearing a hat, overcoat, and suit. See related image Nos. 379G0002, 379G0003, 379G0005, 379G0006, 379G0007, 379G0008, 379G0009, 379G0010, 379G0011, 379G0012, and 379G0017.