The City of Cottage Grove Pallet Shelter Warming Center. DANA MERRYDAY/ THE CHRONICLE
It has never been easy to be “without physical means” in Cottage Grove. Being a small town, anyone new is instantly noticed and comes under increased scrutiny. In snippets of city records from the past printed in the March 28, 1927 local newspaper, are these gems:
— 1890: “Opium smoking prohibited, Minors, women, Indians, and girls are not permitted to loiter in saloons.”
— 1894: “By motion the council declared against furnishing provisions for tramps ‘unless they earn it by . . .