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1847 The first settler Charles Hubbard Jr, arrived. Hubbard was on the edge of French Prairie, in woods of oak and fir.
1849 Champoeg County became Marion County by legislative action on Sept. 3.
1859 on Valentines day Oregon became the 33rd State
1870 The first Hubbard store was erected.
1871 Hubbard was platted
1871 With the coming of the railroad and the growth of the town the first Post Office was opened.
1976 The first Methodist Church was established.
1887 There were 150 people. Every other lot in town was given to the railroad, as an inducement to run a line though Hubbard. 40,000 bushels of grain was shipped from Hubbard.
Land was valued at $20-$40 an acre.
1881 In addition to the Post Office there were 15 businesses, one of which one was a hotel.
1882 A bandstand was built.
1882 George Wolger bought 80 acres of the Charles Hubbard homestead and Mineral Springs, which drew people from Portland and other area’s in their horse-drawn buggies. In 1892 a big Sanitarium and bath house was built to accommodate people who came to stay for several days in order to enjoy drinking and soaking in the mineral water.
George and Ottilia Will Wolger on their Wedding day.
1884 A brick yard was built.
1891 Hubbard was granted a charter and the right to incorporate, thus town was finally incorporated, one year before the Hubbard Chapel known then as First Congregational Church came into being.
1990 A drugstore came into being.
1992 The Hubbard Chapel -The First Congregational Church of Hubbard was formed and the members stated working on building the new church.Feb 15 1994 the church received a $ 250 loan to build the church
1894 The Hubbard Chapel -The First Congregational Church of Hubbard was dedicated in October of that year.
The first Rev. Parker’s church salary was $100.
Photo of Judge W.C. Hubbard 1895
Charles Hubbard moved back to Oregon City and left his son William C Hubbard (W.C.) running the land claim. W. C. described his brief courtship to Clark Will, telling him, “I go to a dance and get married…I told my parents of my intentions of getting married and went to a dance at Parkersville. The dance continued till daylight. Miss Helen M. Cooley and I went from that dance hall across the way to the Congregational parsonage where we were married” A undated photo showing the very happy Helen C and W. C Hubbard. A 1895 photo of the 8th grade Sunday school
1900 The Catholic Church was erected.
1901 On May 2nd the Commemorative Monument bearing the names of the signers for independence, and making the Birth of the State of Oregon , was dedicated.
1904 The first electric lights in the town of Hubbard were turned on.
1908 A newspaper, The Beaver State News, went into publication. Later came the Hubbard Enterprise.
1909 By this time there were about 40 businesses, including the Hotel. A Dr. S. W. Weaver, who was a violinist, a saddlery, a millinery, an undertaker, a banker and drugstore owner ( Both the bank building and drugstore buildings are still in existence today) built the hotel was called the Commercial House, was one of the town leaders.
1915 Photo of Hubbard.
George Atkinson in his early years.
May 22 1947 possibly the most talked about and unique wedding and celebration of life occurred in the Chapel when Oscar W Cripps of Canby married Gladys Iona Cripps also from the same Canby Oregon. In our records this is the only time a uncommon last name was married to someone with the very rare same last name. They both came from the same city, and at the time Canby also had several chapels in-which the couple could wed.
60 years ago there were rumors in the church about them being close family, and they were welcome to our church because of our many accepting polices. It was agreed that the churches main duty is to serve, and wedding ceremony went on. No one ever could find out anymore about either Mr. and Ms. Cripps before or Mr. and Mrs. Cripps after the wedding. But every agreed it was unique story.
1959 The church was remolded adding a narthex, fellowship hall and kitchen. The building was also lowered several feet.
The belfry today
Hear the bells ringing
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