Here’s a fascinating website– http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu To quote the July 28 Heritage listserv:  “More than 180,000 pages from 18 Oregon newspapers are now available online through the University of Oregon newly launched website Historic Oregon Newspapers. The site provides unprecedented access to ‘first-draft’ historical materials originally published by Oregon journalists between 1846 and 1922, program officials said.      

“These primary source materials provide a unique window into the life of Oregon communities a century or more ago.  In their own voices, early Oregonians tell the story of the state’s industrial, agricultural and social development. We can revisit the ways that people in our state viewed and responded to major national and international news events of the day. There is also a great deal of information on topics such as race relations in early Oregon, the woman’s suffrage movement, the pioneer days, Native peoples, urbanization, the emergence of environmental values … the list goes on and on.”

 “Content at Historic Oregon Newspapers is drawn from widely circulated titles like the Portland Oregonian and Salem Capital Journal, short-lived regional papers like the Sumpter Miner and Jacksonville Oregon Sentinel, and community-of-interest titles such as the first African-American paper in the state, the Portland New Age, and Abigail Scott Duniway’s suffragist journal, the New Northwest.”

 Came across the story of Sechowa, erroneously called Petowya, the woman who remembered Lewis & Clark.  She told how her father got his name from being treated by William Clark for an inflamed knee.  She also described the tragic fate of Lewis & Clark’s friend, Walúulapam chieftain Yellépit, who later had himself buried alive with his last son. 

I was looking for the Oregonian interview with tribal elder Mollie Minthorn who witnessed so much of our history in her 100+ years at the turn of the 20th century but haven’t yet found it.

Oregonian Children's Page

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