New titles from La Grande, Eugene, and Portland now online!

What better way to stay warm in the coming winter months than to hunker down with Historic Oregon Newspapers online? With over 500,000 pages from 75 titles, you can search and browse to your heart’s delight, especially now that we have added four new keyword-searchable titles from La Grande, Eugene, and Portland! We could have spent hours browsing through these new papers alone, but in order to get this news out in a timely manner, below are just a few examples of content that can be found within the new additions:

  • Eugene, OR. The Eugene City Guard, from February 12, 1876 – April 21, 1900, “Established for the dissemination of Democratic principles, and to earn an honest living by the sweat of our brow:”
Advertisement clipped from The Eugene City Guard reads: "University of Oregon. Eugene. Next session begins on Monday, the 21st day of September, 1891. Tuition, free. Four courses: Classical, Scientific, Literary, and a short English course, in which there is no Latin, Greek, French or German. The English is pre-eminently a Business Course. For catalogue or other information, Address J.W. Johnson, President."

The Eugene City guard. (Eugene City, Or.) August 15, 1891, Image 4.

  • La Grande, OR. La Grande Evening Observer, from December 1, 1904 – December 13, 1911, daily newspaper covering eastern Oregon:
Clipping from the La Grande Evening Observer reads: "To make a newspaper requires many hands and several minds. Metropolitan papers can only be printed in large centers of population because of the enormous expense required. In towns the size of La Grande and other Eastern Oregon points the paper that first gives the telegraph news of the world and then confines itself to state and local news is bound to satisfy and please the people. But to do this requires an outlay of money and labor each week that few people realize. La Grande and Union and Wallowa counties are entitled to a good evening newspaper carrying telegraphic news, and that is what the Observer is today. We invite comparison with papers of other cities of this size with the full realization that no loyal La Grande man will be ashamed of the Observer."

La Grande evening observer. (La Grande, Or.) May 10, 1910, Image 1.

  • Portland, OR. The West Shore, from August 1, 1875 – March 28, 1891 and The Illustrated West Shore, from April 4, 1891 – May 2, 1891, Oregon’s first illustrated journal with roots as a booster magazine for the Pacific Northwest:
Image from The West Shore depicts a very detailed drawing of old city buildings and street, with people, horses, and carriages in the street. Caption reads, "Front Street, Portland, Looking South from Alder."

The west shore. (Portland, Or.) March 01, 1876, Image 1.

Image from the Illustrated West Shore depicts, in political cartoon fashion, Uncle Sam sleeping under a tree next to the Columbia River, with a stack of grain sacks nearby as if preparing for a flood. Three women standing in the river with shovels are indicated as representing Oregon and Washington. Caption reads: "Girls in chorus - There are no signs of his waking up. We'll have to do this ourselves."

The illustrated west shore. (Portland, Or.) April 25, 1891, Image 1.

Stay tuned for more announcements and updates to come! Happy Fall, and Happy searching!

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