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Morning Oregonian, Saturday, October 19, 1889
This is "Children's Day."
The Old Pioneers' Gathering Yesterday
At the Exposition.
A Royal Feast on Barbecues Beef and Cider
The Music Last Night —Large Attendance
Big Gathering of Little People.
In one of his magnificent orations, made on the occasion of the laying of corner stone of the Bunker hill monument, the great Webster, fixing his gaze upon the few survivors of the war of independence, apostrophized them as "venerable men."
No more fitting term could be employed to address the pioneers of Oregon who mustered in force at the exhibition building yesterday. Not only venerable men but venerable women as well, gracious and kindly and saintly "mothers of Israel," whose mild eyes had looked motherly love on three generations of descendants. Eager to register their names among those who, through the perils of early days, had borne their part in the trials and hardships of those heroic epochs, pleased almost beyond the power of expression at meeting their old companions in the struggles and sacrifices inseparable from frontier life, exchanging merry quips over the chances of "winning a prize," bearing their three score, and, in several instances more than four score years as jauntily as "boys and girls of fifty," it was simply delightful to be privileged to be to a slight extent even as your reporter was, a participant in the work of the reception committee.
Pioneers were present from all parts of the state, Eastern, Southern, Middle and Western Oregon. The response to the invitation extended to them to be in attendance on Pioneer day was taken as a high compliment by the president and directors of the N.P.I.A. and is appreciated accordingly. These "old citizens," one and all, were lavish in their praises of the Exposition and more than one said that "it did their souls good" to see their beloved Oregon making such giant strides and so far advanced in the work of developing her practically boundless resources. The work of registering the names of these thrice welcome and honored visitors was concluded at 9 p.m., when 113 names were on the book.
The prizes were awarded as follows: The $50 worth of dry goods, offered by Olds & King, to the oldest pioneer couple present and registered was awarded to Mr. and Mrs. S. S. White of No. 348 Fourth Street, city, who are 78 years old each, were married in 1831 and came to Oregon in 1845. The second prize, an elegant silver-plated ice pitchers, offered by Olds & Summers, was awarded to Mrs. Susannah Porter, of Cornelius, Or., who is 87 years of age; came to Oregon in 1847. The third prize; a J. I. Case plow offered by Staver & Walker to the oldest unmarried pioneer farmer, was awarded to James Keller, of Washington county, who is 75 years old and came to Oregon in 1846.
Descriptive fantasse—"Millin in the Forest, Ellensberg
Cornet solo—"Alice, Where Art Thou……………sig. Liberati
March--"Our Flag to the Front"………………………Liberati
After the parade came the banquet. The bill of fare has already been published in extenso. Suffice is to say that Mr. A. H. Johnson's prize beef was cooked to a turn by Mr. Liebe, the 500 loaves of bread furnished by Mayor DeLashmutt, were flanked by Director Jeffrey's cheese and President Dekum's pickles. Sundry relishes in the shape of mustard, horseradish and tomato catsup made up the menu, while off to one side the barrel of cider furnished by the Salem Cider company did duty as a "modest quencher," to quote a favorite descriptive phrase of the late Charles Dickens. The good people fell to with a relish which would seem to indicate that they felt sure that in such case " "good digestion would want an appetite." There was a little "scrambling" for the first cuts but in a few moments from the time the first slice was handed out everything went as smooth as clock work and the hungry were fed, and good sharp ears could have heard without difficulty such expressions as, "Well, this is a picnic!" "Isn't this beef cooked to a turn?" and much more to the same effect, and it was "cut and come again," and "roast beef rare and fat and plenty of it" was furnished to all and Superintendent Scott's good right arm never failed him till the last hungry guest cried, "Hold, enough!"
In short, the impromptu barbecue, banquet, feast, or whatever any body chooses to call it, was a "pronounced success." Such was the fame achieved by the promoters of the barbecue that it was unanimously resolved by the partakers that the affair should be repeated next year and preparations may therefor be made for a feast in 1890. One thing is certain, there is not a man or woman, or boy or girl, who was a partaker of the feast of 1889 who has anything but pleasant memories thereof.
The D. and F. S. show for 1889 will be a thing of the past today, Saturday at 5 p.m. Those who have not seen the brave show of Oregon live stock will do well to drop in today. The committee work was finished today by awarding one more premium as follows:
For the best poultry exhibit at the fat stock show a prize, being a self-heating bath tub, contributed by Z. T. Wright, was awarded to Geo. O. Sloan of Forrest Grove.
At a public sale of blooded stock made at the grounds yesterday, a number of sales were made at good prices.
This week's programme.
Saturday–Children's day–the Sunday school children of the city will give a concert in the afternoon assisted by Liberati's band and the four vocalists of his combination. Children appearing at the exposition between the ages of 1 and 5 on this day will be given appropriate prizes. A Webster's unabridged and a handsome suit of clothes will be given to the heaviest boy of 10 years of age in attendance.
Sunday-Sacred concert at 3 p.m.
Closing Day of the Domestic and Fat Stock Show.
The interest and attendance at the domestic and fat stock show this season has been greater than ever before, which speaks highly for the efficient manner in which it has been conducted. The display of stock has been very fine, and clearly indicates that Oregon is destined to be one of the finest stock counties in the world. A feature of great interest in connection with the fat stock show was the display made by Staver & Walker, of the New Market block, Portland, Or., (the largest dealers of machinery and vehicles on the Pacific coast), of one of their celebrated Ross feed and ensilage cutters, which has been in operation during the week cutting feed for the stock. These cutters are guaranteed by Staver & Walker to do double the work, size for size, of any other cutter made.
Another interesting display made by this firm was one of their J. I. Case traction engines and Agitator separators, of which machines there are more in use to-day throughout the Northwest than any other style, and they are conceded by all the leading farmers and threshermen in the Northwest to be the fastest threshing and best grain-saving machines in the world. It is to the credit of Staver & Walker that they take sufficient interest in the development of the country to help along every fair or exposition that takes place, by the display of their machinery and vehicles and by substantial aid that tends largely to the success of such enterprise.
Portland Carriage and Manufacturing Company.
The Portland Carriage and Manufacturing Company, whose exhibit at the fair is attracting such general attention, carry, absolutely, the largest stock and the finest line of vehicles to be found anywhere in the Northwest. The best vehicle on exhibition at the fair is the unpainted buggy, exhibited by this company. The training cart, also manufactured by this company, is a marvel of perfection. It is so constructed that it may be used as a road cart, having a double spring, which by the simple process of detaching the foot rest and adjusting the seat may be readily converted into a training cart having a dead axle. Another feature of the display of this manufacturing company, is the exhibit of the very lightest buggy to be seen at the fair. But a visitor in order to fully understand and appreciate the superior facilities of this company for turning out the highest grade of work, should call at the warerooms at 200 and 292 Front street. Here may be found the most complete stock of first-class vehicles of all sizes and descriptions to be seen in the city. Mr. A. P. Nelson, the manager of the company, enjoys the reputation of being the finest workman and the best judge of carriage work on the Pacific coast.
It has long been the effort of W. M. Wisdom, whose drug store at the corner of First and Stark streets in this city is the most elegantly fitted and appointed in the West to cater specially to the tastes of the ladies. In this effort he has been pre-eminently successful and he has today the credit for manufacturing the greatest beautifier and preserver of the skin know to the world. Wisdom’s Robertine is at present time sold all over the United States, and its merit is attested by the testimonials of many of the leading ladies of the country. The great central feature of the east wing of the exposition building is the "Temple of Beauty," which has already been dwelt on to considerable length in these columns. It is just back of this temple that all visitors note with considerable interest the distilling and manufacture of the famous Robertine, and every lady who is in the least interested in the purity of face preparations should note carefully the care taken by Mr. Wisdom in the distilling and mixing of the ingredients of this most valuable preparation.
Genuine Alaska Seal Skins.
E. R. Behlow, the furrier, with headquarters at No. 29 Washington street, in this city, has now on exhibition at the fair a bundle of genuine Alaska seal skins, London dyed, that is a great novelty to all visitors. These are the finest skins ever brought to the coast. Mr. Behlow also shows in the same exhibit some very fine silver fox, trimmed with ermine and sable, handsomely lined with cardinal satin. This gentleman has the very finest collection of furs and dressed skins of all kinds every before shown on the coast. He now regularly makes up large numbers of seal skin garments, which, owing to their conceded superiority, are ordered from all parts of the United States. A very rich effect, produced by the inlaying of the natural color in the best dyed seal, as shown in Mr. Behlow’s display at the fair, is calling for the admiration of every lady who visits the building.
There is no exhibit at the fair that is worthy of more careful attention than that of Povey Bros., who make a fine showing of art stained glass decorative work. The headquarters of this firm at No. 42 Second street should be visited by everyone from the interior now in the city, as it is one of the industries of Portland that gives promise in time of becoming one of the principal ones of the coast. These gentlemen do all kinds of art glass decorative work and their work stands as high to-day as any of the best houses in their line in the United States. They are just at the present engaged in a very large piece of work for The Portland, one of the finest hotels in the United States. Their work even finds its way into Southern California—a sufficient guarantee of its merit—and Povey Bros. are to-day doing practically all the work in their line that is ordered for any part of the Northwest.
L. B. Akin.
It is surprising how soon some men come to the front. It is now barely six months since Mr. Louisa B. Akin opened his sign painting establishment in this city and he is to-day doing a business that is second to no other in his line in the Northwest. Mr. Akin couples with his acknowledged ability as an artistic sign writer a degree of push and an energy that has already forced him to the front rank in his calling. He has now two large shops in the city located respectively at Nos. 106 and 107 Second street and he is constantly crowded to his fullest capacity. His display of work at the fair has called for the plaudits of every one who has entered the building. In style and finish it is certainly ahead of anything in his line made in the Exposition building and is worthy of the attention of all visitors.
Galvanized Iron Archway.
The exhibit of J. C. Bayer calls for the loudest praise from all visitors who pass through the immense galvanized iron archway in machinery hall. This imposing piece of architectural work was manufactured for the Cordray musee and theater of this city, and will be used as a building front in the theater. The archway is a most imposing affair and would make a magnificent entrance to any public building.
Lownsdale, Wheeler & Co.
The exhibit of Lownsdale, Wheeler & Co., proves to be a very attractive point for fair visitors. The elegantly bound volumes of standard works of history, philosophy, poetry and fiction, the beautiful albums, the many styles of fine stationery tastefully arranged, and the innumerable novelties in household brick-a-brac, all made by this firm here, combine to give a most pleasing effect.
Penter & Engs.
The exhibit of Penter & Engs is particularly noticeable on account of the great variety of useful rubber articles which are shown. This firm deals exclusively in rubber goods of every description. They have in stock at present a complete line of imported Mackintosh goods, ladies’ silk gossamer, rubber clothing for sportsmen, etc. Ladies will find it to their advantage to visit the headquarters of Penter & Engs, at 166 First street, when in search of a gossamer. From their assortment may be selected garments varying in price from seventy-five cents to twenty dollars.
There is no dealer in any part of Oregon, Washington or Idaho, who is better known among the great masses of people than H. T. Hudson, the well-known gun and sporting dealer, whose store is located at No. 93 First street in this city. Mr. Hudson to-day carries the larges and best line of guns and sporting goods of all kinds carried by any house in the Northwest. His display at the fair this year is in keeping with his usual spirit of enterprise. In addition to his showing of guns and sporting goods, with commendable enterprise he has added several novelties to his exhibit, which are of greatest interest to all visitors. It is desired here to call special attention to the famous Winchester rifle with fancy stock, fancy barrel, pistol grip and plated, carried at all times by Mr. Hudson. This is one of the greatest of "small arms" in the world and needs no extended notice in these columns to establish its claims as the best rifle made.
Particular attention is called here to the Alphabet tea, sold only by the Great Eastern Tea Company, with two large stores in this city, located respectively at Nos. 223 First, and 53 Washington streets. It is not only the extra high quality of this tea that appeals directly to the public, but the fact that with every five-pound box sold there is given with away by this enterprising company a magnificent tea or chamber set, absolutely the largest prize every before offered by any tea company in the United States. This company are also sole agents on this cost for the Russian Imperial tea in the market, more of which is sold than of any other tea in the market. Don’t forget when you call on the Great Eastern Tea Company to ask for their famous Robbin’s breakfast wafers and their Colima baking powder of which they are also the sole agents.
The elegant line of brass goods shown by Dekum Bros. at the fair, is one of the most showy things in the entire building. Specially worthy of attention from every visitor, however, is the line of superior stoves made by this firm. These are by far the best stoves made to-day and for the information of all strangers now in the city it is perhaps necessary to state that Dekum Bros. are the sole agents for the "Superior." In addition to the latter stove they carry constantly in stock the Faultless heater, a heater of world-wide reputation. Their store and salesrooms, located at Nos. 107 and 111 Second and 45 Washington street, in this city, are the most complete in their line in the Northwest.
The great display of fine books and fancy stationery made this year at the fair is that of J.K. Gill & Co. This firm is to-day the oldest in this line in the Northwest, and from their long standing and the great volume of their business at the present writing they are now able to compete with any of the largest jobbers in their line, either east or west. They call particular attention to the present time to their Christmas cards and photograph albums, and their general complete stock, which comprises everything in the line of books and stationery and dealers’ supplies.
"Portland has never seen such a display before," says every visitor to the fair who has given the display of the C. W. Boynton Saw Company the west wing of the building the least attention. This company is to-day the only company in the Northwest dealing exclusively in saws and similar goods, and all the goods they sell are of the highest quality. Their famous Wondersaw is indeed a wonder, and whether it is a cross-cut, a buck or band saw, no one who ever uses one of the Boynton’s saws once will ever be persuaded to try another.
Feldenheimer, whose display of precious stones at the exposition has been the subject of such unusual comment from all visitors, carries the largest line of diamonds in the Northwest. Those stones are all of Mr. Feldenheimer’s own selection and they include some of the rarest gems ever shown on the coast. The establishment of this gentleman, located at the corner of First and Morrison streets, in this city, is one of the most attractive places in Portland, and should be seen by all visitors before returning home.
Chown & Curtis, as has been frequently mentioned before in these columns, make a most creditable showing of stoves at the exposition. It is desired here, however, to call special attention to the very full and complete line of stoves, tinware and hardware carried constantly in stock by this firm. Their store, located at Nos 212 First and 9 Salmon, is one of the largest in their line in the Northwest, and it can be stated that all the goods they carry are of the best standard makes. Be sure to visit them while in the city.
Messrs. Olds & Summers, who gave the prize of an elegant silver tilting water pitcher to the pioneer at the award in the fair building yesterday are the leading crockery dealers of the Northwest. They show at the fair this year some of the finest Havilland china goods ever before opened on the coast. One of the most attractive features of this exhibit is the lighting of their stand by lamps which has shown conclusively the real merit of coal oil as an illuminating agent when properly used.
The company making a display of this press carries them in several different styles and sizes and they will be pleased to show its merits to all visitors. It is giving the best of satisfaction whenever it is in use and is the coming press in the detached power. This firm carries at all times a very complete line of agricultural machinery of all kinds and their large sale and store rooms in this city are well worthy of an inspection by all visitors now in the city.
Waiter Bros., who make the finest showing of silk curtains at the fair ever made on the coast, and whose large salesrooms in this city are located at the corner of First and Yamhill streets, have just received a new line of Lowell body Brussels carpets, the very latest thing out. In addition to the above elegant line which they are now offering, they have a full line of Wiltons, one of the highest grade carpets in the market.
One of the landmarks, if such it can be termed, of the machinery hall of the exposition, is the "Champion Belt Power Baling Press," shown in perfect working order in the exhibit of the Mitchell & Lewis Co., 188 to 194 and 206 Front street, with the figure of the invincible "John L." on top. While this is of particular interest to farmers it is also noticed by every visitor to this last part of the building.
E. W. Moore, leading photographer of the city, who makes the finest display of photographs in the building, has added greatly to the success of the Exposition. His large gallery at No. 29 Washington street in this city is well worthy of a visit from all strangers in the city.
submitted by Jane Eves