December in Oregon History

 

 

1801

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Joseph Lane (1801-1881), the first governor of Oregon Territory, is born near Asheville, North Carolina, on December 14.

 


1805

The Lewis and Clark Expedition begins construction of Fort Clatsop on December 9.


1813

The officers of the Racoon and the men of the North West Company formally claimed Fort Astoria and the surrounding countryside for the British crown on December 13.


1850

The first steamboat built on the Willamette River, the Lot Whitcomb, is launched from Milwaukie on December 25.


1852

George Flavel (1823-1893), a sea captain and businessman, attempts to rescue forty-two people from the General Warren, which sank off the coast of Astoria.


1860

Edward D. Baker (1811-1861), a Douglas Democrat and close friend of Abraham Lincoln’s, takes his seat in Congress as the senator from Oregon.


1866

The Champagne Riot broke out in Douglas County on December 25.


1867

Arlington The exclusive, all-male Arlington Club is founded in Portland on December 9.

1877

Wilhelm Keil (1812-1877), the leader of the Aurora Colony, dies.


1885

Louise Mohan Bryant (1885-1936), journalist and wife of John Reed, is born on December 5.


1889

A group of real estate developers, led by Zephen Job and Miles Wilkins, incorporate the Corvallis Street Railway Company on December 17.


1904

A federal grand jury in Portland indicts John Mitchell on December 31, charging that he had accepted a bribe in exchange for influencing the General Land Office to approve fraudulent homestead patents.


1908

albany streetcar The Portland, Eugene and Eastern Railway acquires the Albany Street Railway on December 31.

1913

Governor Oswald West orders Baker County Sheriff Ed Rand to close Copperfield’s three saloons by December 26 in response to charges of illegal liquor sales and gambling.


1933

Workers at the Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington, launch the heavy cruiser Astoria on December 16.


1936

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an executive order establishing the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge on December 21.

 

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Lumberjack Leonard Wallulis (1902-1977) was a finalist in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not contest in Portland, shaving with a double-bitted axe.

 


1941

The Portland City Council creates the Housing Authority of Portland (HAP) on December 11 to rebuild the city's rundown housing and to create new housing for the war workers.


1945

The Portland Symphonic Choir, led by C. Robert Zimmerman, performs its first major concert.


1959

John Litster, the founder of Oregon Vortex and House of Mystery in Gold Hill, dies on December 4.


1960

The Oregon Lumber Company sells the Bates mill and townsite to the Edward Hines Lumber Company on December 30.


1964

Cutler City votes to join Oceanlake, Delake, Nelscott, and Taft to form the municipality of Lincoln City.


1974

The Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) adopts the state planning goals, as directed by Senate Bill 100.


1986

Schwab Mildred Schwab (1917-1999), longtime Portland city commissioner, retires.

 

1989

Clyde Drexler (1962-), who played for the Portland Trail Blazers from 1983 to 1995, scores his ten thousandth career point on December 26.


2003

Keiko, an orca whale who lived for a time at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, beached himself and died of pneumonia on December 12.


2007

Floodwaters rise in Vernonia, destroying and damaging hundreds of buildings.