Chinese Immigrants in McMinnville

View of basement at Old Elks Building as it would have looked

The basement of the Old Elks Building housed a Chinese restaurant from 1908 to 1920. The basement covers an area of about 9,000 square feet. Chinese immigrants who came to Oregon were forced into the most dangerous jobs and were generally mistreated.

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Adams

Sebastian C. Adams Jr., arrived in Oregon in 1850. He was known as a teacher and land surveyor. Adams married Martha McBride on February 6, 1851, in Yamhill County.   In 1854 Sebastian C. Adams was ...

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Apperson

E. C. Apperson is a native Oregonian, born in Oregon City, May 30th, 1870 and came to McMinnville in 1884. At the organization of the McMinnville National Bank in 1883, he was employed as bookkeeper. He ...

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Baker

John Gordon Baker, known locally as “Uncle John”, was born in 1818 in Madison County, Kentucky. When he was 19, he moved to Missouri and married Catherine Blevins. Catherine was born June 1, ...

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Barnekoff

F. Barnekoff

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Beary

Solomon “Dutch” Beary was the first shopkeeper in McMinnville.  He opened a general store adjacent to the Cozine’s blacksmith shop, the General Store was called “Dutch Beary’s ...

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Bladine

Bladine

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Courtemanche, L. A.

Courtemanche, L. A.

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Cozine

Samuel Cozine was born in Kentucky in 1820. He headed west to Oregon on the 1843 Wagon Train where he met his future wife, Mahala Arthur. Samuel saved up enough money to propose to Mahala and in ...

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Dielschneider, Arnold

Arnold Dielschneider

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Dielschneider, D. F.

D. F.  Dielschneider

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Dielschneider, Francis

Francis  Dielschneider

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Dielschneider, William F.

William F. Dielschneider

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Harding

Frank S. Harding

Frank S. Harding was born in Three Rivers, Michigan, March 10, 1856. He moved with his parents to Lagrange, Indiana in 1870 where he attended high school and learned the printers' trade. Harding came to Astoria, Oregon in June 1877 and worked in the office of the Astorian with D. C. Ireland.

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Hembree

Walter J. Hembree

Walter L. Hembree was a native Oregonian, born in McMinnville October 6, 1872. he was reared and educated in the public schools and college and at the Monmouth state normal.

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Hendershott

George W. Hendershott

George W. Hendershott, an honored veteran of the Civil War, was a native of Lenawee County, Michigan.

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Hodson

Orlando Hodson

Orlando Orville Hodson was born in Carthage, Indiana in 1857. He moved to Oregon in 1878 and after working two years in Salem, moved to McMinnville.

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Howorth

Samuel Howorth

Samuel Howorth, of the firm of S. Howorth & Co. of McMinnville, was the son of Daniel Howorth of Niagara Falls.

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Laughlin

Hon. Lee Laughlin

Hon. Lee Laughlin was president of the McMinnville National Bank beginning January 1897. He was vice-president from his beginning until 1897.

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Macy

Macy, W. T.

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