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Phil Metschan family papers, 1855-1963

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Metschan, Phil
Title
Phil Metschan family papers
Dates
1855-1963 (inclusive)
1880-1925 (bulk)
Quantity
1 cubic foot (1 document case, 1 card file box, 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
Mss 882
Summary
Papers of the family of Phil Metschan, Oregon State Treasurer and owner of the Imperial Hotel in Portland. Materials include diaries, notebooks, correspondence, ephemera, certificates, 1930 election materials, and a scrapbook. Family members represented include Phil Metschan, Phil Metschan, Jr., Marie C. Metschan, Anna Metschan Cattanach, and Lillian and Jesse Evans Flanders.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English, German


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Phil Metschan (1840-1920), came to the U.S. from Germany at the age of 14, in 1854. After living in Cincinnati, Ohio, Leavenworth, Kansas, and Leadville, Colorado, he traveled overland to Sacramento, California, in 1861. He came to Portland, Oregon, shortly afterwards, and ran a bakery until it was destroyed by the flood of 1862. He moved to Canyon City, running a store and becoming involved in state politics. In the 1860s he married Maria (Marie) Catharina Schaume (1841-1895), a native of Germany who had come to the U.S. in 1864 and had lived in San Francisco before coming to Canyon City. From 1891 to 1899 Phil Metschan lived in Salem and served as Oregon State Treasurer, and in 1899 he purchased the Imperial Hotel in Portland. A new Imperial Hotel was built at the corner of SW Broadway and Stark in 1910 and run by Metschan and his son Phil, Junior. Among the Metschan's nine children were Phil Metschan, Jr., Frank F. Metschan, Edward L. Metschan, Anna Metschan Cattanach, and Lillian Metschan Flanders (wife of Jesse Evans Flanders). Phil Metschan, Jr., was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor of Oregon in 1930.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Materials include diaries, notebooks, correspondence, ephemera, certificates, and a scrapbook. Letters, 1862-1928, are from Canyon City, Heppner, and Portland, and relate to family and personal matters, courtship, and the hotel business. A transcript of a letter from Phil Metschan, 1862, provides details on his journey to the west coast and activities in Portland. Also included is a file of condolence letters on the death of Marie Metschan, 1895. Papers of Marie Metschan include: confirmation certificate, 1855; passport, 1863; and a diary from Canyon City, 1866. Diaries of Phil Metschan date from 1861-1918 and include his travel diary from a tour of Europe, 1908. Papers of Anna Metschan Cattanach include autograph books and a scrapbook of clippings relating to family and friends. Among the materials relating to the Imperial Hotel in Portland are a set of menus, and a special supplement to the Oregon Journal, 1910. The collection also contains numerous family certificates, such as a Masonic confirmation, 1867; certificate of high priesthood, 1885; and certificate of election as State Treasurer, 1891. A title abstract to a lot in the Irvington section of Portland can be found in the Flanders family materials. A folder of election ephemera documents the 1930 run for governor by Phil Metschan, Jr.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Phil Metschan family papers, Mss882, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series A:  General papers and scrapbook, 1855-1963Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Canyon City High School yearbook, Joaquin
1920
1/2
Clippings on Phil Metschan
1907-1950
1/3
Correspondence
1862-1928
1/4
Death of Mrs. Marie C. Metschan--Letters of condolence
1895
1/5
Documents
1886-1937
1/6
Election materials, Phil Metschan, Jr.
1930
1/7
Ephemera
1899-1937
1/8
Flanders family materials, including title abstract to lot in Irvington
1914-1963
1/9
Imperial Hotel menus
1911-1917; undated
1/10
Scrapbook
1884-1939
1/11
Westshore
circa 1880

Series B:  Diaries and other booklets, 1855-1934Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
Account book, Phil Metschan
1907
2/2
Autograph book, Anna Metschan Cattanach
1883
2/3
Autograph book, Anna Metschan Cattanach
1886
2/4
Confirmation certificate, Marie C. Metschan
1855
2/5
Diary, Phil Metschan (in German)
1861
2/6
Diary, Max Metschan (no entries)
1903
2/7
Diary, Phil Metschan, European tour
1908
2/8
Diary, Phil Metschan
1915
2/9
Diary, Phil Metschan
1916
2/10
Diary, Phil Metschan
1917
2/11
Diary, Phil Metschan
1918
2/12
Maria C. Metschan, notebook (in German)
undated
2/13
Taschen-Liederbuch (book of German song lyrics)
circa 1870

Series C:  Oversize materials, 1863-1938Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
item
1
Oregon Historical Society membership certificate for Phil Metschan
1901
2
Masonic certificate for Phil Metschan, representative of Grand Council of Connecticut
1893
3
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Maryland, certificate to Phil Metschan
1897
4
Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, certificate to Phil Metschan
1891
5
Masonic certificate to Phil Metschan
1867
6
Passport for Marie C. Schaume (Mrs. Metschan), Darmstadt
1863
7
Grand Decoration of Chivalry certificate to Phil Metschan
1888
8
Certificate of election as State Treasurer to Phil Metschan
1890
9
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association membership to Phil Metschan
1909
10
Royal Arch Masons, certificate of high priesthood for Phil Metschan
1885
11
Royal Opera House, Dresden, broadside
1908
12
Oregon Journal supplement on Imperial Hotel
1910 January 2
13
Blue Mountain Eagle, Canyon City
1936 January 17
14
Blue Mountain Eagle, Canyon City
1938 August 26