Socialists in Clatsop County, Oregon, in 1914


The 1914 Register of Electors for Astoria and Clatsop County (a two volume set) lists political party, the place of birth, and place of residence, and naturalization information, among other bits of information, for those were registered to vote in the county. A list of those registered as "Socialist" follows. This list here doesn't include the naturalization information.

The original books are in the Clatsop County Clerk's Office in the courthouse in Astoria (the basement vault), 749 Commercial, Astoria, OR 97013. They run every other year from 1900 to 1914. Only the later books have the political party listed.

Numbers are given for the Astoria precincts starting in the west. Uniontown was 1, Alderbrook in the east was 12. (See below)

This list does not include the "refused to answer" for the registered party. Socialists may have been among that number.

Notes:

  1. Not all Finns were Socialists. More than twice as many Finns were registered as Republicans than as Socialists in 1914.
  2. Some of those listed as Socialist below joined the party, not for political concerns, but for the social activities offered (theater, orchestra, and choir). Some members left the party disagreeing over policy or other issues. Some became vocal opponents.

The information below was printed in the Summer 2000 (Volume 20, Number 3) issue of Cumtux, a publication of the Clatsop County Historical Society. The magazine is available from CCHS, 1618 Exchange, Astoria, OR 97103 for $6.00 (in the U.S.) a copy. Subscription per year (four issues) is $30 (in the U.S.). Contact CCHS for foreign rates.

Compiled by Liisa Penner.


Name

Precinct

Occupation

Age

Place/Birth

Aaltonen, John

1

fisherman

34

Finland

Aarnio, Oscar

10

sawmill man

22

Finland

Ahlskog, Isak Erik

2

salesman

34

Finland

Aho, Herman

2

tailor

48

Finland

Aho, Hilda

2

housewife

39

Finland

Alakkala, Matt

2

fisherman

32

Finland

Anderson, Aug

12

fisherman

53

Sweden

Anderson, John

2

plumber

42

Finland

Anttila, John

Hamlet

rancher

42

Russia

Anttila, John

1

merchant

31

Finland

Askeli, Henry

2

newspaper

28

Finland

Bergman, Julius

Knappa

carpenter

47

Germany

Bowman, Sara G.

7

housewife

28

Montana

Bush, Thomas

Knappa

farmer

70

England

Carlson, Estelle

Seaside

housewife

32

Iowa

Carlson, George

5

baker

27

Sweden

Cline, W. F.

Knappa

engineer

31

New York

Correr, Santford

Westport

rancher

40

Missouri

Cronin, Ella

3

housewife

36

Iowa

Culver, C. B.

Seaside

carpenter

46

Iowa

Culver, C. B.

Seaside

engineer

47

Iowa

Degernas, H. A.

Svensen

farmer

29

Russia

Dimick, C. H.

Blind Slough

logger

24

Oregon

Drift, Thos

1

fisherman

33

Finland

Dunsmon, Sara

Svensen

housewife

32

Nebraska

Dunsmoor, J. R.

Svensen

mechanic

51

Minnesota

Ek, Eliel Edward

1

tinsmith

30

Finland

Ekoos, Laurents

11

housewife

48

Norway

Ekoos, Benj.

11

teamster

51

Norway

Ennis, A. G.

Knappa

carpenter

32

Missouri

Erickson, Henrietta

New Astoria

housewife

27

N Zealand

Erikson, Matti

10

laborer

33

Finland

Falls, John

1

laborer

34

Finland

Fischer, Albert

12

fisherman

45

Sweden

Getaz, Louis

Knappa

harnessmaker

76

Switz.

Greenland, Wm.

5

painter

58

England

Gunnari, Tobias

2

bookkeeper

33

Norway

Haarala, Charles

10

millhand

42

Finland

Haglund, Chas.

Knappa

farmer

63

Sweden

Haglund, John

Knappa

logger

28

Oregon

Haglund, Victor

Knappa

logger

31

Oregon

Hahn, Robt.

5

logger

30

N Car.

Hahto, Antti

1

fisherman

22

Finland

Hahto, Salmo

1

fisherman

27

Finland

Halonen, J. M.

12

housekeeper

27

Wash.

Halonen, Matt

12

carpenter

30

Finland

Hamala, Henry

1

laborer

30

Finland

Hamala, Hilda

1

housewife

27

Finland

Hamilton, R. L.

5

longshoreman

31

Missouri

Hannula, David

1

hotel keeper

40

Finland

Harvey, Emma M.

Seaside

housewife

24

Iowa

Harvey, L. A.

Seaside

carpenter

23

Nebraska

Haycox, T. J.

Seaside

painter

74

New York

Heckard, Joseph A.

Seaside

steam engineer

45

Oregon

Heino, Henry Vaino

Hamlet

rancher

56

Finland

Heino, Walfred

10

barber

30

Finland

Hendrickson, C.

Knappa

farmer

51

Finland

Hendrickson, Jacob

1

fisherman

42

Finland

Hermer, C. F.

Seaside

laborer

37

Indiana

Hill Oscar

2

no occ

53

Finland

Hoag, James W.

2

laborer

28

Oregon

Huotari, Chas.

10

fisherman

24

Finland

Hutchinson, Lucille

Seaside

housewife

36

Illinois

Huttula, Hannes

1

bookkeeper

28

Finland

Huttunen, Ilmari

10

laborer

33

Finland

Hyrskymurto, J. K.

1

carpenter

27

Finland

Jacobson, Aug I.

Youngs River

farmer

40

Finland

Joensuu, Oskar

Youngs River

farmer

39

Finland

Johnson, Andrew

Hamlet

rancher

57

Finland

Johnson, Ole G.

Knappa

farmer

58

Norway

Johnston, C. N.

Seaside

carpenter

56

Nebraska

Joki, Charles

1

teamster

27

Finland

Jopila, John

1

laborer

32

Finland

Josephson, Anton

P2

fisherman

35

Finland

Josephson, Signey

P2

housewife

28

Finland

Juhola, Oskari

10

fisherman

29

Finland

Juola, Antti

1

fisherman

31

Finland

Jylha, John

1

fisherman

40

Finland

Kaakinen, John H.

1

carpenter

29

Finland

Kaartinen, Anna S.

Chadwell

farmer

45

Finland

Kamera, Isak

Chadwell

farmer

49

Finland

Kamminen, Yrjo

10

laborer

26

Finland

Karhunsaari, John P.

1

fisherman

35

Finland

Karinkanto, Charles

1

fisherman

32

Finland

Kelley, Clyde

Warrenton

canneryman

--

Oregon

Kessler, L. M.

8

shingleweaver

47

Iowa

Kingam, J. J.

Seaside

blacksmith

31

Indiana

Kokko, K.

10

laborer

26

Finland

Konttas, Jacob W.

1

painter

32

Finland

Konttas, Mary

1

housewife

29

Finland

Koskela, John K.

1

fisherman

30

Finland

Koski, Israel

1

tailor

29

Finland

Kroger, Samson

12

fisherman

60

Norway

Kuivala, J. W.

10

laborer

21

Finland

Lahti, John

Svensen

carpenter

37

Finland

Lahti, Niilo

1

fisherman

24

Finland

Laito, Oscar

1

laborer

29

Finland

Lammi, Jooseppi

9

printer

23

Finland

Larsen, Hans

Warrenton

bridgetender

38

Denmark

Lassila, Paul

10

fisherman

24

Finland

Laukki, Esther

2

editor

28

Finland

Lindgren, Edward

1

shoemaker

31

Finland

Lindroos, Alex

Svensen

carpenter

32

Russia

Lindstrom, C. G.

John Day

fisherman

42

Sweden

Lindstrom, Fred

12

carpenter

55

Sweden

Loomis, G. M.

12

machinist

30

Ohio

Lopakka, Sakri

1

fisherman

30

Finland

Lundstrom, A.

1

carpenter

29

Finland

Makela, Oskar

1

laborer

27

Finland

Malo, John

2

newspaper

36

Finland

Marks, Robert M.

Seaside

laborer

53

Indiana

Martinor, John

6

cook

24

Turkey

Matlin, A.

2

fisherman

27

Oregon

Mattila, Wilho

1

laborer

22

Finland

Mattson, Matti

10

millhand

42

Finland

McCollum, E. C.

Knappa

filer

37

Oregon

McCollum, E. C.

Knappa

logger

36

Oregon

Meibohn, Gerhard

New Astoria

watchman

68

Great Brit.

Mickelson, Aug

10

logger

49

Finland

Myers, Warren P.

New Astoria

laborer

25

California

Nelson, M. E.

Knappa

farmer

45

Sweden

Ness, Ole

4

carpenter

31

Norway

Nicholson, F. A.

Seaside

engineer

55

Penn

Nicholson, Gertrude

Seaside

housewife

49

Penn

Niemela, Charles

1

fisherman

36

Finland

Niemela, Kate

1

housewife

30

Finland

Niemi, Frank

1

fisherman

32

Finland

Niemi, Karl

1

fisherman

37

Finland

Niemi, Matt E.

1

fisherman

31

Finland

Niemi, Toini

1

housewife

27

Finland

Nikula, Aino

P8

housewife

32

Finland

Nikula, Antero

P1

printer

28

Finland

Nikula, August

P8

business manager

33

Finland

Nikula, Ida

P1

housewife

21

Finland

Nilsson, E. R. E.

2

painter

48

Finland

Normand, Maria

3

clerk

47

Oregon

Olander, Nels

5

carpenter

39

Sweden

Olsen, John

1

fisherman

38

Finland

Olsen, Ole B.

12

fisherman

53

Sweden

Onkka, Alex

1

printer

21

Michigan

Overton, D. W.

Knappa

engineer

60

California

Paakkola, Jaakko

1

fisherman

27

Finland

Pakanen, Henry

2

laborer

24

Finland

Pakkala, Henry

10

laborer

28

Finland

Palo, Olaf

2

fisherman

44

Finland

Parras, John Emil

1

editor

30

Finland

Partanen, John

1

laborer

61

Finland

Pealle, J. A.

8

no occup

75

Finland

Peltola, Jalmar

10

laborer

29

Finland

Peterson, Ada

3

housewife

25

Illinois

Peterson, E. M.

Seaside

clerk

23

California

Peterson, R.

3

carpenter

34

Sweden

Rannells, D. N.

12

bookkeeper

24

Oregon

Rautio, Karl

1

janitor

28

Finland

Reeves, Elizabeth

Seaside

housewife

39

Kansas

Reeves, J. W.

Seaside

laborer

48

Iowa

Reinikka, Jack

1

fisherman

31

Finland

Richter, H. G.

Knappa

farmer

40

Missouri

Rouva, Chas

11

fisherman

52

Finland

Ryttonen, Ilmari

1

fisherman

26

Finland

Saari, Andrew

1

fisherman

30

Finland

Salmela, Carl J.

1

fisherman

35

Finland

Sandberg, John

1

fisherman

26

Finland

Siitanen, Heikki P.

1

laborer

21

Finland

Sjogren, Albertina

New Astoria

housekeeper

29

Oregon

Sloan, S.

Seaside

housewife

43

Missouri

Sloop, B. J.

3

merchant

43

Illinois

Sloper, Grace

Svensen

housewife

32

Oregon

Sloper, L. W.

Svensen

farmer

40

Oregon

Smith, W. W.

Seaside

laborer

36

Vermont

Spencer, Allen

Jewell

farmer

63

Iowa

Spongberg, A. E.

12

blacksmith

35

Sweden

Steele, W. Z. G.

Knappa

merchant

44

KY

Stevens, B. F.

Seaside

real estate

63

Illinois

Swander, R. C.

Knappa

carpenter

58

Ohio

Swanson, Eskil

4

painter

28

Sweden

Swanson, Otto A.

1

laborer

27

Finland

Thompson, August

1

carpenter

56

Finland

Thompson, C. W.

Seaside

retired

73

Penn

Thompson, E. M.

3

engineer

31

Missouri

Thompson, Mary

1

housewife

44

Norway

Tilbakka, Martha

3

tailor

41

Finland

Toivonen, Edward

1

laborer

27

Finland

Toyra, August

1

 

31

Finland

Turja, John

Svensen

laborer

36

Russia

Turva, F. A.

9

fisherman

28

Finland

Van Hyning, Florence

Clatsop

housewife

36

Ohio

Wainio, Waino W.

1

manager & treas.

34

Finland

Wainio, Wilhelmina

1

housewife

30

Finland

Weaver, A.

Knappa

laborer

54

England

Welch, J. F.

6

tailor

56

Illinois

Wiinamaki, John

10

clerk

31

Finland

Wiljamaa, John E.

1

painter

29

Finland

Wilkerson, J. E.

Warrenton

farmer

45

Virginia

Wilkerson, Martha

Warrenton

housewife

45

Illinois

Wilson, W.

2

fireman

29

Oregon

Wirta, William

1

sailor

29

Finland

Wood, L. B.

Warrenton

farmer

47

Oregon

Wuori, Antti

1

laborer

29

Finland

Yoder, L. H.

Seaside

carpenter

38

Missouri

Young, Elizabeth

12

housewife

70

Michigan

 

Out of 201 people in Clatsop County registered as Socialists, 105 were born in Finland, over 52 percent of the total. Twelve were born in Sweden, seven in Norway and four in Russia. (Those who gave Russia as their place of birth may actually have been born in Finland.) Seven people were born in Missouri and five in Illinois.

Precinct 1 is in the west end of Astoria (Uniontown) and 12 is in the Alderbrook area, on the east end. The rest fall in between. The precincts were defined as follows:

Precinct 1 - Smith Point, Taylor, Columbia streets, etc.
Precinct 2 - Flavel, W. Bond, 1st Street, Washington St., etc.
Precinct 3 - 3rd through the west side of 7th Street
Precinct 4 - east side of 7th through the west side of 9th Street
Precinct 5 - east side of 9th through the west side of 11th Street
Precinct 6 - east side of 11th through the west side of 12th Street
Precinct 7 - east side of 12th through the west side of 14th Street
Precinct 8 - east side of 14th through the west side of 16th Street
Precinct 9 - east side of 16th through 21st Street
Precinct 10 - 29th through 31st streets
Precinct 11 - 33rd through the west side of 38th Street
Precinct 12 - east side of 38th through 53rd streets

The east and west ends of Astoria were the areas with the greatest numbers of voters in the Socialist and Temperance parties. Scandinavians and Finns made up most of the population in those areas. The central part of Astoria was home to large numbers of native born residents along with people from England, Scotland, and Germany.