James W. Mott

James W. Mott, candidate for the republican nomination for congress, is one of the outstanding figures in the public life of Oregon—a man with an established record of constructive leadership and accomplishment.

As Corporation Commissioner

As present Corporation Commissioner in the administration of Governor Meier, Mr. Mott has during the past twelve months performed the herculean job of ridding the state of financial racketeering. He has to date convicted every financial outlaw he has prosecuted, has restored the building and loan business of the state to a sound condition and has saved millions of dollars to the investors of Oregon.

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Deputy Assessor Chosen

Assessor-elect Giesler announces that he has employed Jess J. Walling, of Nampa, as deputy; although he makes the statement that the appointment may not be permanent. Mr. Walling is better known in Canyon county as the husband of Mrs. Ella M. Walling who has served the county for the past two years as superintendent of public instruction, and who this fal [sic] was re-elected to that office. He has been engaged in the butchering business at Nampa.

It is rumored at the county seat that C.B. Steunenberg, of Caldwell, son-in-law of A.J. Ettinger, of Payette, will be Sherriff-elect Thorp’s deputy.—Payette Independent.

Source: Caldwell Tribune, December 8, 1900.


At Toledo, Ore., Saturday, March 23, Mrs. Florence Toner, aged 77 years. Beloved sister of J.D. Walling of Lincoln, Grant Walling of Hopewell, Mrs. Jennie McFarland of Salem and Mrs. Alice Pomeroy of Kimberley, Idaho. Funeral Wednesday March 27, at 2 p.m. at Zena, in charge of Salem mortuary, 545 North Capitol. Interment Zena cemetery, Rev. Kantner officiating.

Source: Salem Statesman Journal, March 26, 1935.

The Politics of Printing, Part 9

Penny Walling, finding no man to vote for him, “withdraws” from the contest for printer. In doing so, he says his candidacy has had the effect of causing many more farmers to be put on the Legislative tickets. None but a two cent demagogue would attempt to excite class jealousies of this character. We don’t suppose the matter has been thought of by a nominating convention in the State, or a single member of one; and we doubt if there are any more or less farmers running for the legislature than there has been in former years. The attempt to excite that kind of suspicion and jealousy is contemptible and will be scorned by the farmers. Not five of them would have voted for him if he had remained in the field, and the discovery of this fact is what drove him out. His championship of the “farmers” is transparent. All he cares for them is to make money out of them with his paper, and the only result of his being a candidate has been to advertise his secession sympathies and expose his instinctive.

Source: Oregon Statesman, May 26, 1862.

The Politics of Printing, Part 8

We see by advertisements in some of the Northern papers that this gentleman is an independent candidate for State Printer. He says he is a Union man. If this be true, we are astounded that he did not submit his claims to the convention at Eugene. Union men were pretty well represented there, and Mr. Walling has no excuse for not presenting his claims. That farmers are entitled to a voice in the government they build up in connection with others, is to us a self evident proposition; but why a printer who works upon a paper devoted to agricultural subjects is any more entitled to the office than any other printer, we can’t see.

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The Politics of Printing, Part 7

Walling confesses to having voted for the traitor Breckinridge, but avers he is Union now. (All secession sympathizers declare that they are Union men.)  If he is, why is he running to draw off votes from a Union candidate that a secessionist may be elected.  He knows that a vote for his is a vote for the secessionist candidate.

Source: Oregon Statesman, May 5, 1862.

The Politics of Printing, Part 6

A Portland correspondent says “Little Walling talks about men being influenced by the dollar. He is not the man to throw that class of stones. Any who have had deal with him will testify that a more picayunish man never lived than Walling. A sixpence never leaves his grasp without being pinched till it is as thin as a shad scale.”

Source: Oregon Statesman, May 5, 1862.


The Politics of Printing, Part 5

Several secessionists have reported that Mr. Gordon, the Union candidate for State Printer, is likely soon to die, and a good many of them are indulging in that humane delusion. Walling, the secession [illegible] candidate for the same office, has been very industrious in peddling this report, and affects to pretend that if he “did not think Gordon would die before the election he should not run.” Mr. Gordon has been in poor health for some months, but is improving now. His physician pronounces his lungs to be entirely sound, and confidently anticipates his recovery. In short, Gordon is quite as likely to live during the coming four years as Walling is. And he will most likely live to record the merited hanging of thousands of the stripe who are predicting his death — the prediction being twice as expressive of their wishes as belief.

Source: Oregon Statesman, May 5, 1862.