Statement of Significance: John T. Searle was an employee in the Oregon City Manufacturing Company. Bertha was his second wife; his first, Ellen, died in 1904. Searle worked in the dye section of the Oregon City Woolen Mills; he eventually died of dye poisoning. Searle was related by marriage to the William Freeman family. His sister was Mary Harvey (see 906 5th Avenue). The house has some significance because of its age, and its successful alteration to a bungalow style after the turn of the century.