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.
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.
Restrictions on Access :
The collection is open to the public.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
The collection is arranged in the following series:
Acquisition Information :
The bulk of the collection was a gift from Mr. Philip L. Metschan, 1973 July 17, Library Accession 12612; and Mrs. Robert D. Mills, 1976 February 27, Library Accession 13605.Separated Materials :
Photograph albums of the Metschan family are designated Albums 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, and 413, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.Related Materials :
Photographs of members of the Metschan family can be found in the Photograph Self-Indexing Files, #742-A, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Additional papers of the Phil Metschan family can be found at the University of Oregon Library, Special Collections, Collection Ax686, Eugene, Oregon.
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