Homer Davenport, of Silverton, who was to become a world-famous
cartoonist, goes the honor of suggesting to his friend Albert B.
Cavender the idea of starting the Times,
the newspaper which has come on down to the present. Cavender was
working, at the time, on the new Woodburn Independent,
just started by L. H. McMahan. Cavender came to Brownsville and,
with A. S. McDonald, issued the first number of the Times
in June 1889. McDonald was editor, and Cavender attended to the
business and mechanical ends. There was a chuckle in the line carried
across the first page, right under the title: “Devoted to the
Interests of Brownsville and Vicinity, and the Editors’ Pocket-Books.”
The pocket-books, incidentally, seem to have been fairly well filled
out, since the paper, independent politically, ran up a circulation of
700 at $2 within a year, and a copy of No. 7 in volume 2 carried 13
columns of advertising out of 28 (the paper was a seven-column quarto) -
A. Dyson, who had started the first paper, carried a 2-1/2 inch
single-column ad on the first page for his hardware store, where he also
did “repairing at short notice.” The biggest ad in the paper, a
three-column full-length display, was carried by O. P. Coshow of the
Brownsville Real Estate Agency. The paper was all printed in
Brownsville, in contrast with many of its contemporaries, whose papers
were half “patent,” printed by the old Palmer & Rey plant (later
American Type Founders Company) at Portland.
of the ads was for the Oregonian Railway Co., C. N. Scott, receiver,
which was running from Portland to Woodburn, Silverton, Brownsville, and
Coburg on the “east side,” and Dundee, Sheridan, Dallas, Monmouth,
and Airlie on the west side of the river. An item in the news columns
indicated that the woolen mills were using 300,000 pounds of wool a
who attended to the press work, commented that the old Washington
hand-press on which the Times
was printed at that time, was “a wonderful machine for physical
became the sole owner of the paper in 1892. W. A. Calder, a
school-teacher, had purchased McDonald’s interests the previous year.
Brown bought an interest in the plant in 1894 and in 1906 purchased
Cavender’s interest and conducted the newspaper for many years. Other
editors have been D. H. Talmadge, C. V. Ayerill, and Milo E.
Talmadge became more widely known as an editorial-page columnist on the Oregonian
for several years. He is recognized as one of the leading literary
craftsmen in Oregon journalism.
H. Wheeler, who wound up a long career in journalism as publisher of the
was lessee and editor of the Brownsville Times
from 1919 to 1921.