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By Finn J.D. John
Special to The Chronicle 

Offbeat Oregon: The 'Hold-Up Session' of 1896-97 featured a giant house party


June 27, 2019

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Jonathan Bourne Jr., as he appeared in this 30s.

At the time of this writing, the Oregon Legislature is stuck, unable to do anything; a group of lawmakers has gone off to Idaho for the express purpose of denying the legislature's leaders a quorum.

This is not the first time this tactic has been used in Oregon - nor is it the most dramatic. Things will have to get much more lively before the current situation will be able to hold a candle to the legendary Hold-Up Session of 1896-97.

The Hold-Up Session involved several dozen state House members, a large assortment of alcoholic beverages, and - if the stories of those unfortunate enough to...

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