During a visit to the Oregon Historical Society, they gave me a heads-up that historical Oregonian Newspapers were available searchable online back to 1861 through to 1972. I had done searches through Newsbank a couple of years ago, but they hadn’t had that many years cataloged, so I forgot about the service. I went home and tried it that night and the text recognition actually works! I was skeptical because I haven’t had much luck with Ancestry.com’s newspaper search. Portland residents, with a Multnomah County Library card number, you can login to Newsbank to search. For best results, add quotation marks around your search terms.
I’ve found out so much more about our house history just by doing various queries in a night than by spending several afternoons in the microfiche at the Central Library downtown. I did various searches with the names of past owners and found out quite a bit, which I will post about at some point. In search of a historical photo of our house, I tried searching variations of our address, including our pre-1932 address. Unfortunately no photos came up, but several old real estate listings came up. Surprisingly, these answered several questions we’ve had about when modifications were made to the home!