The 1921 Legislative Session started 100 years ago and the afternoon paper led with some humor.
|Senator LaFollette Wakes Ups|
State Senator Alec LaFollette, in his 70s and a member of the extended family of "Fighting" Bob LaFolette of Wisconsin, though considerably more conservative, was apparently a little notorious for nodding off in his later years. (He died in 1927.)
|Full strip opens Legislative coverage|
January 17th, 1921
But the underlying mood was considerably less humorous, nothing like any exuberant "roaring 20s," but defensive and nativist.
In his opening address to the Legislature, Governor Olcott called for legislation against Japanese residents and immigrants. "Keep Oregon's Pioneer Blood Pure," ran the subhead, and Olcott is directly quoted saying, "Here in Oregon the pioneer blood flows purely and in more undiluted stream than in any other state of the union."
|Nativism, January 11th, 1921|
The papers are full of nativist sentiment.