Column, History, Washington County

Dispatches from history: Western Washington County March 13, 1924

In this column, we take a look back one hundred years ago in western Washington County. This week, the clips come from the Washington County News-Times, published March 13, 1924.

These news clips are selected for relevancy for the geographic area our newspaper covers, and occasionally include areas in Forest Grove (a shopping, business, and transportation hub at the time) and Hillsboro (the county seat) for news events that I believe would have been of significance to rural readers of the time. They are presented as-is, and without comment. At the time, the newspapers of the day often expressed viewpoints that today would be considered racist, xenophobic, and sexist, frequently using slurs to describe ethnic groups and often stepping outside the norms of what we consider to be ethical journalism today.

Want more local history? Visit the Banks Historical Society online at for Banks-area history, and Friends of Historic Forest Grove, which often works in the Gales Creek area, online at

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