News from the past: September, 1895

The Washington County Hatchet's nameplate as it appeared in a September 5, 1895 edition of the paper.

WESTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY - It was a bustling time for the region. Even in the midst of a severe economic depression (the Panic of 1893 lasted into 1897), the city of Forest Grove, a cornerstone of Washington County culture and politics, was home to the Washington County Hatchet, a Republican newspaper published weekly every Thursday.

With a mix of local, state and national news, the paper chronicled events throughout the county, including in areas of interest to our readers, such as Gales Creek (or Gales City, as it was usually known), Greenville, which, at the time, dwarfed what would later become Banks (known as Wilkes at the time), Buxton, Glenwood, Mountaindale, and other rural logging and farming communities. At the time, hops reigned supreme in the . . .

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