“A sidewalk should be built from 6th street to the depot on the east side of the track. When the overland stops, the passengers invariably have to jump out in the mud and this is not very pleasant, especially during the night. Then the city is cussed up hill and down although the railroad company is to blame. We suggest that the city council take action on the matter at its next regular meeting and request the S.P. Company to build the walk. Both trains change engines here and passengers have to wait for their departure before they can cross. If a walk was built along the track as suggested, all this annoyance would be avoided. We have no doubt but what the S.P. would cheerfully build the walk if requested by the council.” Junction City Times Dec. 26, 1892, pg. 5, col. 3.
Sometimes we take for granted our nice paved streets, sidewalks and driveways. Sure we complain about the occasional pot holes – but their inconvenience cannot be compared to the constant mud that our early Lane County residents had to endure. The never ending rain, the tracks of the horse and buggies must have made the streets nearly impossible to navigate in the winter. So a well planned community with wood plank sidewalks were a luxury and made a good impression on the new arrivals.
Name, issue date, page number, death place, cemetery (if listed)
STINE, J.H. 5 DEC 1891 5 WHITESON OR
COOK, N.C. 5 DEC 1891 5 WHITESON OR
CAUGHLIN, JAMES 5 DEC 1891 5 WOLF CREEK OR
HAUM, N. 19 DEC 1891 5 PORTLAND OR
MOUNTS, NEWTON 26 DEC 1891 4 SMITHFIELD OR
Items of note: J.H. Stine shot by N.C. Cook, then kills himself. “It was surmised that both men had been drinking”. Mr. Stine was the founder and former editor of the Brownsville Times and Lebanon Express. James Caughlin, a brakeman was killed in a train wreck by tunnel # 9 near Wolf Creek. His body, was “sent east”. S. P. Gilmore retires from grocery business and sells to E.B. Handsaker, JCT Dec. 19, 1891, pg. 5. Voters pass an $ 800. tax levy for local JC schools. JCT Dec. 19, 1891, pg. 5. Newton Mounts dies of blood poisoning. Arlington Hotel – new carpets and furnishings have arrived JCT Dec. 26, 1891, pg. 5.