Having attended the temperance lecture of Dr. J.W. Watts for the last two weeks, as reporter on temperance movements in the Valley south of Salem; and also on the material resources of Linn and Lane Counties, I beg leave to state to the readers of your journal, that we came to Eugene City on the 1st inst. and the Dr. lectured for 5 consecutive nights in the Court House here to a large attentive and orderly audience. On Sunday the 5th he preached a bible discourse on temperance in the M.E. Church of this City to a large assemblage of people. These lectures have been listed to with great interest, as they were highly Scientific, logical and scriptural. He is very plain and unostentatious — in his manner; has a powerful voice, which rings out in clear tones to the farthest part of the room, and he seems to feel that the cause which he advocates is for the welfare of our race. Space will not permit me to give a record of each night’s doings, at the Court House here, though I keep such records. I will give the names of the Board of Officers of this blue ribbon club of Eugene City.
President — Professor Thomas Condon, Secretary — Mr. J.H. McClung, Chorister — L.G. Adair, Ex committee; Mr. B.F. Dorris, Mrs. J.H. McClung, Mrs. L.G.Adair, Rev. S.C. Price, Mr. Woody.
The President of this club announced last evening, that their first regular meeting would be held at the M.E. Church on next would Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock. The whole number now enrolled in this club in Eugene City is 575. No other blue ribbon club in Oregon equals this number here. This afternoon we go to Creswell, and thence to Cottage Grove, Drains Station, Oakland and Roseburg. Eugene city Jan 9, 1879 David Newsome.” Oregon State Journal (Eugene OR), Jan 11, 1879, pg. 5, col. 3. University of Oregon Knight Library Newspaper Collection.
The Eugene population about a year later when the 1880 census was taken was 1117 persons. So with enrollment of Blue Ribbon Club at 575 puts their membership to over 50% of the inhabitants of the city. Quite an impressive number wanting a dry Eugene!