Letter to Henry E. Dosch from Sidonia V. Johnson, dated November 16, 1904, regarding the Lewis and Clark Exposition held in Portland, Oregon in 1905.
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R. J. HOLMES of Holmes Canning Co. resident, - FLETCHER LINN of Oregon Furniture Mfg. Co.
Measurer, - W. H. McMONIES of W, H. McMonies & Co. Secretary, - - C. H. McISAAC
David M. Dunne, Chairman of David M. Dunne & Co.
D, Kellaher of Great Western Yeast Co. A. H. Devers of Closset & Devers. E. H. Kilham of Howe, Davis & Kiiham. D. j. Zan of Zan Bros.
OF THE NORTHWEST v 308 Chamber of Commerce.
Telephone, Main 1401
November 16, 1904,
My dear Mr. Do sch:-Your kind favor of wctober 31st was duly received, advising as to the disposition you had made of your(?) opinion regarding "A Short History of uregon", and sure enough in the Sunday Oregonian of November 6th, advantageously placed on page 12, there appeared a very readable (?) little screed about the book. I thank you most sincerely for your kindness and promptness in the matter, and if I can ever in any way reciprocate, I trust you will give me an opportunity to do so.
Quite a number of friends an! acquaintances called my attention to the "nice little boost" which Mr, Dosch gave my book, <*c &c , but one little story in connection therewith deserves to be told, A friend whom I know very well was visiting at ray home on Sunday, the 6th (when your coramunicat ion appeared in the paper). She picked up the paper, happened to see your letter, and read it through. When she had finished she remarked, quite judicially, "Mr, Do sch writes well, doesn't he?" This Al fraud answered faintly - "Yes, he does!" "Hat man einraal gesagt 'a', 30 musz man auch sagen 'b'"I But I iiInt give it away, and I must ask you to allow me to thank you for entertaining so complimentary and commendatory an opinion of ray modest i little History of Oregon.
deferring to the enclosed newspaper clipping, and more particularly to that part of it which speaks of the necessity of supplying space for an over-flow from the Liberal Arts Building, &c: there is considerable discussion going on -here as to the failure of the L & C management to provide suitably for an exhibit of the nature of the one which at St. Louis is housed in the Educational and Social Economy Building. This building, I hear, is one of the unique ana new features of the St. Louis Fair, and should not be overlooked at the L & C Exposition, more especially as the West is proud of its interest in matters educational and generally progressive and advanced. Inquiry at headquarters here elicits the information that the L & C educational and social economy exhibit will be housed in the gallery of the Liberal Arts Building. In view of all this, when reading the clipping herewith, and seeing the suggestion that a new building is likely to be put up for Foreign Exhibits and the present Foreign Exhibits Building used as an annex to the Liberal Arts Building, it occurred to me that it might be feasible and desirable, if these changes are necessary, to re-christen the present "Foreign Exhibits Building" the "Educational and Social Economy Palace", and let it, under that name,
catch the overflow from the Liberal Arts Building* For in the Liberal Arts Building there surely will be many things that could as appropriately be placed in the Educational and Social Economy Building, Ac. The idea is that it will look well to have a building devoted to "Education and Social Economy", rather than to have two buildings going by the name of "Liberal Arts", This by way of suggestion merely - I suppose you dont get more than a thousand or two suggest ions every day. I feel for you,"but - I cant reach you!
Give my kindest regards to Mr. McIsaac, and with cordial greetings and best wishes to your good self, I remain,
Very truly yours,
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November 16, 1904
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