Methodists in Oregon

Reverend Jason Lee established the first Methodist Mission near Champoeg in 1835. By 1839 the mission had been damaged by flood waters and Lee established another farm and school in what is now downtown Salem. Lee had the sawmill built first, and with the sawed timbers built first the grist mill then his house on Broadway … More Methodists in Oregon

Lt. William A. Slacum, United States Spy in the Oregon Territory, & Chief Slacum of the Clowewalla

Lt. William A. Slacum, a Navy purser, was sent by the President, through the Department of State, as a special investigator to the Oregon Territory to investigate the Britain operations and to take stock of the tribes and the resources in the territory. Slacum was alone, except for one servant, and was not sent with … More Lt. William A. Slacum, United States Spy in the Oregon Territory, & Chief Slacum of the Clowewalla

The Demise of McLoughlin and Lee

  As a student of Oregon history the names of John McLaughlin and Jason Lee are giants. They imbue the spirit of Oregon pioneerism in all of its horrible realism. To read of their exploits, is like viewing Mt. Hood today, they are ever-present, involved in everything, and towering over the exploits of most others. … More The Demise of McLoughlin and Lee