This is a portion of some information that matches message #795 at the TERWILLIGER family forum. The message was posted on September 5, 2008. The Slavins, Mitchells, Terwilliger's and Moffett families had been neighbors at one or another...or attending the same schools and the same church...
EMMA ROSS and her sister SARAH ROSS are listed below as attending the first school in Portland, Oregon and also EMMA ROSS was at the first Sunday school at the Methodist church in the year 1848.
Here is some information on the first school(s) in Portland, Oregon:
THE FIRST SCHOOL.
The first day school of any kind in Portland was opened in the fall of 1847, by Dr. Ralph Wilcox. It was conducted in a house erected by Mr. McNemee at the foot of Taylor street... It continued probably one quarter. The names of some of the pupils are given : Frances McNemee (Mrs. E. J. Northrup,) her brothers Moses, Adam and
William; CHARLOTTE TERWILLIGER (MRS. WALTER MOFFETT) Milton Doan 's children.
Sarah, Mary, Peter and John ; Henry Hill, Helen Hill (Mrs. Wm. Powell)
J. Miller Murphy, Lucy and Charlotte Barnes, EMMA AND SARAH ROSS, ALONZO TERWILLIGER. There were, no doubt, others, but their names I have not ascertained.
Dr. Wilcox was born in East Bloomfield, Ontario county, N. Y., July 9, 1818. Graduated at Geneva Medical College, August 7, 1839. Came to Oregon in 1846. Died in Portland, April 18, 1877.
MISS CARTER'S SCHOOL.
In February, 1848, Thomas Carter and family reached Portland. In April or May of that year Miss Julia Carter (Mrs. Joseph S. Smith) opened a school in a log cabin on the corner of Second and Stark streets. She taught one quarter. She had perhaps thirty-five pupils in all. Most of those attending Dr. Wilcox's school were her pupils. These additional names are
recalled—John Cullen, Carrie Polk, the Warren girls (one now Mrs. Richard
White, the other Mrs. D. C. Coleman, deceased,) several of the Apjersons,
and two of the Pettigrew children.
In the winter of 1848 and '49. Aaron J. Hyde taught a school in what was, for years, known as the "Cooper Shop." This "cooper shop" was the only "public hall" in the town for some time. It was located on the west side of First street, between Morrison and Yamhill streets (lot 3, block 14.) This lot was sold May 12, 185,(, to Davis & Monastes for $200. It was commonly reported in those days that a former owner, one Samuel Hancock, of W. T.,
bought it for the consideration of "two pupa." A photograph of the cooper shop is in the possession of David Monastes...
source: Tenth annual report of the public schools of Portland, Oregon
I found a news article that said "Yesterday, "Pioneers Day" was an event in the record of Portland Methodism. Not only residents of Portland, but methodists of the early times from all over the state gathered to make the fifth day of the week of the golden jubilee of the Taylor-Street Methodist Church an epoch in her history...
...the pastor also called upon all those present who had been to the church before 1860 to come forward, and 19 responded. Investigation also showed that four of the members of the first Sunday school, in 1848, were present-MRS. EMMA R. SLAVEN, Mrs. Helen Powell, Mrs. Carrie J. Hibbard and MRS. CHARLOTTE CARTWRIGHT answering this call.
Ross Diary-Reminiscence of Emma Ruth Ross Slavin contributed by Joan Aldrich at
www.oregonpioneers.com a website run by Stephenie Flora.
See also letter from John Addison Slavin also contributed by Joan Aldrich.
"Pioneers in Church-Notable gathering in Taylor Street. Crusaders of Methodism Meet and Commune in the Spirit of Bygone Days". Morning Oregonian (Portland, Oregon) October 14, 1898; pg8; Issue 11, 807; Col C.