Bruno de Hezeta y Dudagoitia, a Spanish naval officer, began an expedition iwhose mission was to explore and extend Spanish hegemony to the Pacific Northwest. That summer, he became the first to map and record a written description of the entrance to the Columbia River.
Cornelius Gilliam (1798-1848), the namesake of Gilliam County, was killed at a camp at Upper Well Spring on the Oregon Trail by the accidental discharge of a loaded gun that caught on the rope he was pulling out of a wagon.
Ion Lewis, a noted architect, and William Marcy Whidden establish the firm of Whidden and Lewis in Portland. They will design the Portland Hotel in 1890 and many other important buildings in the region.
Famed botanist Morton Peck (1871-1959), longtime Willamette University teacher, is born in a log cabin in Iowa. During his lifetime, he will collect over 40,000 plants, 1,600 slime molds, and over 50 new species.
|Librarian Mary Frances Isom (1865-1920) begins working for the Library Association of Portland, the first tax-supported, free public library in Oregon.|
Philanthropist Hallie Brown Ford (1905-2007), who with her husband Ken would establish the Roseburg Lumber Company and the Ford Family Foundation, is born in Red Fork, near Tulsa, in Indian Territory.
|The Oregonian reports that lawyer Fern Hobbs (1883-1964), who earned $3,000 a year as private secretary to Governor Oswald West, was the highest paid of any woman in public office in the nation.|
A week before the United States entered World War I, Marian B. Towne (1880-1966) volunteered for service as a Yeoman F in the U.S. Naval Reserve, the first time that women other than nurses were admitted into the U.S. armed forces. In 1914, she would be the first woman elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.
Movie fans line up on Broadway for the opening night of the Portland Paramount Theatre (today’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall), featuring New York’s Greenwich Village Follies, musical selections from the Wurlitzer organ, and the comic silent film Feel My Pulse.
|The Dalles Dam reservoir floods Celilo Falls and a portion of Celilo Village on the Columbia River.|
Mill Ends Park in Portland, the world’s smallest park, was restored to its original location at Southwest Naito Parkway and Taylor Street after spending a month in a planter outside the city’s World Trade Center.