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The Oregonian Clock

The Oregonian newspaper newspaper was originally headquartered at SW Sixth and Alder, in downtown Portland, from 1892 to 1948. In the tower of the building featured a clock manufactured by The E. Howard Clock Co. of Boston, Mass. It is a Number 4 Heavy Duty Hour Striker, serial # 1629, made in 1892,

In 1948 The Oregonian moved to a brand new building and the old building was boarded up to be demolished. The clock was to be sold for scrap.

Dr. Sam Graf,, then head of the engineering department at Oregon State College (now OSU) bought the clock for $300 and had it moved to Corvallis where it was stored in a garage for many years until its donation to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) back in Portland, where the clock was displayed but not maintained.

In 1995, OMSI moved to a new building, and again the clock was left behind.

In 1996, finally, due to the efforts of local members of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, the clock was completely restored in every detail. It is now located to a balcony at OMSI, in a marine sciences section, running and striking. It's hard to get good photos of it, but it's really something to see in person.



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