Yamhill County Town History

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    • (Source: YC Digest 5-31-21)
    • 4th of July Celebrations
      • Another tidbit of Lafayette’s July 4th history:The first recorded July 4th event I was able to find for our county took place in 1848, the year that Oregon officially became a U.S. territory.YAMHILL COUNTY MEETINGAt a meeting of the citizens of Yamhill County, held on the 14th day of June, inst., at the schoolhouse, near the dwelling house of Andrew Hembree, in pursuance to previous notice, for the purpose of making arrangements for celebrating the coming Fourth of July, Sidney Smith was chosen chairman, and Joel Perkins, secretary.Resolved, that we, the citizens of Yamhill County, will celebrate the coming fourth of July at the Yamhill Falls.Resolved, that A.J. Hembree, Wm. Dawson, and John Richardson, be a prudential committee to make all arrangements necessary for the celebration.Resolved, that Sidney Smith, Ransom Clark, Wm. Martin, John Cooper, James Fulton, J Walling, Caleb Woods, John Marble and Samuel Campbell, be a committee to procure subscriptions to said celebration.Resolved, that an invitation be extended to citizens of other counties to join in the celebration; and that the publication of these proceedings be that invitation.Resolved, that these proceedings be signed by the chairman and secretary, and sent to the “Free Press” and “Spectator” for publication.-S. Smith, Ch’n., Joel Perkins, Secretary.(Oregon Free Press, June 24, 1848)After July 4th, this little blurb showed up in the Oregon Free Press:Celebrations of the FourthThe late anniversary of American Independence was observed very generally throughout the territory, as far as we can learn, in the happiest and most appropriate manner, without the occurrence of ought to mar the harmony of the occasion. In Tualatin County, Judge Burnett was the orator of the day, and the gathering was large and joyous. In Yamhill, Judge Skinner delivered the oration to a numerous and patriotic assemblage. We hear that the festivities were altogether most agreeable and gave delightful satisfaction.(Oregon Free Press, July 8, 1848)
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