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  • Looters of the Public Domain... Embracing a Complete Exposure of the Fraudulent System of Acquiring Titles to the Public Lands of the United States by Puter, S. A. D. and Horace Stevens
    Puter, S. A. D. and Horace Stevens
    Looters of the Public Domain... Embracing a Complete Exposure of the Fraudulent System of Acquiring Titles to the Public Lands of the United States

    First Edition

    Portland, OR: Portland Printing House, 1908. 495 pages. The author lived in Humboldt County, California (mostly on a ranch on the Mad River), and learned to cut and survey timber in the Douglas fir and redwood forests near his home. While working for a surveyor, he started selling inside information on the value of plots about to be made available to homesteaders.

    This was Puter's first exposure to the rampant fraud in government sales of timberland. About the turn of the century, he moved a couple hundred miles north, to Oregon, where he expanded his fraudulent land dealings by overtly hiring men to claim timberland and then transfer the title. The fraud eventually resulted in the indictment…

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    Portland, OR: Portland Printing House, 1908. 495 pages. The author lived in Humboldt County, California (mostly on a ranch on the Mad River), and learned to cut and survey timber in the Douglas fir and redwood forests near his home. While working for a surveyor, he started selling inside information on the value of plots about to be made available to homesteaders.

    This was Puter's first exposure to the rampant fraud in government sales of timberland. About the turn of the century, he moved a couple hundred miles north, to Oregon, where he expanded his fraudulent land dealings by overtly hiring men to claim timberland and then transfer the title. The fraud eventually resulted in the indictment of both of Oregon's Congressional representatives and one of its senators. Puter was also indicted and convicted of fraud, and he wrote this tell-all expose from the Multnomah County jail.

    The book was edited and supported by Horace Stevens, a former federal land agent, who implores the federal government to invalidate the many fraudulent timber holdings in the Northwest. Despite naming names and testifying in court, Puter's efforts to come clean had little impact. He was pardoned by Theodore Roosevelt prior to the book's publication as a reward for testifying against others in land fraud trials. An uncommon title. ISBN: B0016M36WK.

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    First edition (first printing). Rear hinge cracked, front hinge starting, cloth worn at base of spine, thus good only, but believe it or not, better than usual for this title. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 67814
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  • Three Photographs of Gold Mining on the Rogue River, Grants Pass, Oregon
    Three Photographs of Gold Mining on the Rogue River, Grants Pass, Oregon

    1910. Three photographs (one duplicate) laid down on canvas (as issued?). Roughly 9-1/4 by 7-1/4 inches. The two views are taken from opposite sides of a small inlet. The mining operation consists of a water-powered conveyor leading to two spinning drums. Water is pumped out of the drum enclosures through a tall pipe. Location and date written in pencil on the verso (back) of one of images. ISBN: 281AIB1023322.

    Medium contrast images. Generally very good. One of the duplicate images with creasing to one corner. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 103727
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  • Minutes of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Session of the Corvallis Baptist Association Held with the Deer Creek Church, Douglas County, Oregon, May 25, 1882 by Miller, W. G. (moderator) and D. Lenox (clerk)
    Miller, W. G. (moderator) and D. Lenox (clerk)
    Minutes of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Session of the Corvallis Baptist Association Held with the Deer Creek Church, Douglas County, Oregon, May 25, 1882

    First Edition

    Salem, Oregon: E. M. Waite Steam Printer and Bookbinder, 1882. 14, [2] [2 advertisements]. Printed wrappers. Minutes from the annual meeting of Baptist churches centered around Corvallis, Oregon. According to the minutes, 600 copies were ordered printed, but few have survived. OCLC reports holdings of many other annual meetings, but no, apparently, this one. ISBN: 281AIB1044531.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in wrappers (paperback). Wrappers chipped at spine and corners.

    Book ID: 228628
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  • The Portland Rose Carnival and Fiesta [Cover title: Portland Rose Show and Fiesta June 20, 21, 22, 1907] by Portland Rose Carnival and Fiesta Committee
    Portland Rose Carnival and Fiesta Committee
    The Portland Rose Carnival and Fiesta [Cover title: Portland Rose Show and Fiesta June 20, 21, 22, 1907]

    First Edition

    Portland, OR: Portland Post Card Company (Press of the Irwin-Hodson Company), 1907. 8 by 5-1/2 inches (oblong). Title page plus 30 unnumbered leaves of plates from black-and-white photographs (partly captioned). An attractive pictorial souvenir for this annual Portland celebration. Uncommon, with few holdings in OCLC. ISBN: B000X4H2PE.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback), tied with a lime-green ribbon, as issued.

    Book ID: 132537
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  • Announcement: Limited Amount of Stock Sale. Silver King Mining Co. of Elkhorn, Ore. by Silver King Mining Co.
    Silver King Mining Co.
    Announcement: Limited Amount of Stock Sale. Silver King Mining Co. of Elkhorn, Ore.

    (Portland): Silver King Mining Co, 1920. 8 page pamphlet. 3-3/8 by 6-1/4 inches. Investment prospectus for a silver and lead mining operation located in eastern Marion County, Oregon, about 75 miles from Portland. OCLC records one copy, at Yale. ISBN: 281AIB1023759.

    Fine or nearly so in stapled wrappers with a bit of spotting at the edges.

    Book ID: 105195
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  • Oregon: The Land of Opportunity by Myeskell, C. M. (text)
    Myeskell, C. M. (text)
    Oregon: The Land of Opportunity

    Portland, OR: Portland Chamber of Commerce, 1908. 63 pages. 5-1/8 by 6-3/4 inches. Promotional pamphlet extolling the commercial virtues of Oregon. Extensively illustrated from photographs of business and industry. Color 1908 Rand McNally map of the state folded at the back. ISBN: 281AIB1028922.

    Covers somewhat grubby; some offsetting of ink on interior pages, but generally very good. Map fine.

    Book ID: 132500
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  • State Property in Danger of Being Confiscated by School Moving Bill by Lindstrom, J. O.
    Lindstrom, J. O.
    State Property in Danger of Being Confiscated by School Moving Bill

    Eugene, OR: University of Oregon, [1932]. Folder with single double-sided fold-out sheet with 9 panels of views of University of Oregon buildings and the campus. This publication was issued to fight the Zorn-MacPherson ballot initiative. The bill was pushed by the head of Oregon State College in Corvallis, who envisioned closing the University of Oregon and Western Oregon College (both colleges now universities) and consolidating facilities in Corvallis. The press discovered that the OSC chancellor who cooked up the idea only had an honorary doctorate, granted by a junior college, and he was a bigamist. Oops. The ballot initiative was outvoted 6 to 1. (See "In 1932, voters decided to keep UO in Eugene" in the Eugene Register-Guard, Mar. 28, 2017). ISBN: 281AIB1044614.

    Very good.

    Book ID: 228976
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  • Portland Oregon: Facts Regarding the Rose City
    Portland Oregon: Facts Regarding the Rose City

    [Portland, OR?]: Kiser Photographic Co, (ca. 1910). Single sheet, 3 by 37 inches, printed on both sides and folded accordion-stile to found 11 doubled-sized panels affixed to the inside front cover of the printed wrapper. Includes three panels of printed text and 18 panels of captioned Albertype views (and one blank, where the text attaches to the covers).

    A scarce pictorial souvenir from Portland. Not in OCLC, which locates similar items dated to 1911 due to the buildings shown inside. ISBN: 281AIB1044599.

    A very good copy, with some rubbing to covers and one panel with a short tear and another with a hand-written note that the sender was staying at a particular hotel. Addressed and mailed in 1910; stamp cut off.

    Book ID: 228815
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  • Echoes of the Grande Ronde by Huffman, Bert
    Huffman, Bert
    Echoes of the Grande Ronde

    La Grande, OR: Eldridge Huffman, 1934. 87 pages. Poems and historical essays about northeastern Oregon. ISBN: 281AIB0061258.

    Dampstain to one corner, else very good in wrappers (paperback).

    Book ID: 33208
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  • Brimlow, George Francis
    Harney County, Ore., and Its Range Land

    Binfords & Mort, Publishers, 1951. ISBN: B0000D5OFK.

    Very Good

    Book ID: 82835
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  • A Down-Easter in the Far West: The Reminiscence of James Neall in Oregon & California, 1845-50 by Neall, James
    Neall, James
    A Down-Easter in the Far West: The Reminiscence of James Neall in Oregon & California, 1845-50

    First Edition

    Ashland: 1977. 132 pages. Publication of the Oregon Book Society, no. 5. One of 350 copies printed by Sherwood and Katharine Grover at the Grace Hoper Press in Aptos, California. Neall's memoirs were edited by Martin Schmitt and K. Keith Richard. ISBN: B0006CP8FE.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a very good example of the unprinted dust jacket, with minor loss to the spine head and a bit grubby on the rear panel where the clear glassine jacket is missing a 7 by 2-1/2 inch piece. Copy number 217.

    Book ID: 244340
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  • Frozen Music: A History of Portland Architecture by Bosker, Gideon and Lena Lencek
    Bosker, Gideon and Lena Lencek
    Frozen Music: A History of Portland Architecture

    First Edition

    Portland: The Press of the Oregon Historical Society, 1985. 331 pages. Numerous B/W photographic illustrations. 11.25 x 8.75 inches. ISBN: 9780875951645.

    Signed by seven individuals on half-title page including Bob Packard, Ray Becker and others (cannot read other signatures, see photo). A very good copy in white cloth covers with title in silver on front cover and spine. Slight soiling to covers. In very good dust jacket with edge and corner wear and small edge chips. Covers slightly faded.

    Book ID: 265443
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  • Old Oregon by University of Oregon
    University of Oregon
    Old Oregon

    Eugene, Oregon: University of Oregon, 1924. 30 pages. Promotional material of the university; heavily illustrated with photographs. ISBN: B00GK9ADZC.

    Near fine in wrappers.

    Book ID: 93102
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  • Nelson, Earl M. (editor)
    Pioneer History of North Lincoln County, Oregon. Volume I.

    First Edition

    McMinnville, Oregon: The Telephone Register Publishing Company, 1951. 170 pages. The book consists of short historical essays compiled and written by members of the North Lincoln Pioneer and Historical Association. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. ISBN: B00C5UTLC6.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a good only dust jacket. Book with minor edge and corner wear. Dust jacket , price-clipped, with 1" chip missing at top of spine and on rear lower panel, some water staining and tape repairs to folds.

    Book ID: 83892
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  • In Memoriam to the University of Oregon Men Who Died in the World War by University of Oregon
    University of Oregon
    In Memoriam to the University of Oregon Men Who Died in the World War

    First Edition

    Eugene: University of Oregon, 1924. Unpaginated, 18 pages. Photographs and names of 38 men with names of an additional ten men. Published to honor the war dead and to promote contributions for the planned Memorial Court around which new buildings will be built on campus. ISBN: 281AIB1048331.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback).

    Book ID: 263359
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  • Lorenz, Claudia Spink
    Time of My Life. Klamath County Museum Reseearch Papers No.4.

    Klamath falls: Klamath County Museum, 1969. The book is a collection of independent vignettes of Mrs. Claudia Spink Lorenz's personal recollections and stories told to her by her parents. ISBN: B001RBDP1W.

    Very Good

    Book ID: 61021
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  • Smith, Lucia Rogers and Margaret Rogers Maier
    Lookingglass: Emma's Little Patch of Ground

    First Edition

    (N. Pl.): Lucia Rogers Smith and Margaret Rogers Maier, 1990. 252 pages. The story of a small hamlet in the Umpqua Valley of Oregon. Black-and-white photographic illustrations. ISBN: B000YGJJA2.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in wrappers (paperback).

    Book ID: 78155
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  • Bakken, Lavola J.
    Lone Rock Free State: A Collection of Histroical Adventures and Incidents in Oregon's North Umpqua Valley 1850 to 1910

    Myrtle Creek, Orgon: The Mail Printers, 1970. ISBN: B002DFPZRI.

    Very Good

    Book ID: 143304
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  • Hotel Oregon Brochure
    Hotel Oregon Brochure

    Portland, OR: (ca. 1920). Small four-panel brochure, printed in two colors, about the Hotel Oregon, at Seventh and Park Streets. Dated based on Portland population, which is given as 255,000. It was 258,000 in the 1920 census. ISBN: 281AIB1044562.

    Near fine.

    Book ID: 228729
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  • Greetings from Oregon [Promotional Pamphlet]

    San Francisco: Edward Mitchell, (n.d. but ca. 1910-1920). 15 leaves with mounted reproductions of black-and-white photographs. ISBN: 281AIB1037129.

    Very Good

    Book ID: 182736
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