1303 JQ Adams Street - Margaret King House

This 1-1/2 story vernacular house has a rectangular plan and sits on a poured concrete foundation with basement. And T-1-11 skirting. The cross gable roof is covered with composition shingles, has a wide frieze and is pierced by a chimney. The walls are covered with wood shingles grounded with a cap and water table. Windows are primarily 1/1 wood double-hung. The west half of the house has aluminum sliders. A new main entry door and the original entry door are accessed from the hipped roof corner porch.

Statement of Significance: Although stylistically this house appears to date from the early 1900s, it is not until some time between 1910 and 1915 that local tax rolls indicate improvements on the lot. In 1910, Fred J. Tooze, superintendent of the Oregon City High School, purchased four parcels in this block. He subdivided the property in 1913, and sold this lot to Margaret King the following year. Her son, Frank, an assistant librarian at the Oregon City Library, also occupied the residence. In 1922, the property was transferred to Hannah Hannibal, who continued to live in the house until its sale in 1951. The following owners, Charles and Lillian Willbanks used the house as a rental and had Charles and Elaine Dykstra as their tenants. Charles Dykstra was a salesman for the Singer Sewing Machine Company and later for the Northwest Sewing Center. He and his wife purchased the property in 1959 and continued to own it until at least the mid-1980s.