1102-1106 7th Street - Sarah Hughes House

The house at 1102-1106 7th Street is a modest vernacular Queen Anne with a hip roof. It square plan sits on a high concrete basement skirted by grooved plywood. The building is clad in channel drop siding. Windows are 1/1 wood double-hung with lamb's tongues. Under the front bay, there is a panel of diagonal shiplap. The inset porch has a solid rail with slender posts and brackets. At the eave are scrolled double brackets. Sheet metal hoods shelter the side entrances. The minimal stair at the front is a recent rebuild. There is some early porch infill on the rear and a garage addition. The front door is an incompatible replacement.

 

Statement of Significance: Sarah Hughes Sears was born in Wales and prior to Oregon City, she lived in New York. She married Tom Sears, a harness maker, enroute to Oregon. Sarah Hughes bought the property in 1891 and it remained in her family until 1923. Following a one year term of ownership by Glen Hankins, the property sold to R.F. Watts in 1924. Watts apparently used the house as a rental, and held it until about 1940. The house changed hands many times in the early 1940s, and in 1947 it was purchased by Charles and Lora Dicken. Dicken also used the house as a rental, with the longest tenant living in the home from approximately 1953 through 1965. This was Fred Eberly and his wife Ethel. Eberly was an equipment operator for the Clackamas County Road Department. The historic period ends with the house occupied by Edgar Worthy, who was retired by the time he occupied the house. Dicken held the property until the mid-1970s.