Man of Mystery
The Man of Mystery first came to prominence in Portland’s Oregonian newspaper July 4th 1889. Reported as a masked man who appeared from nowhere to the scene of an overturned trolley on Jefferson and 19th. Witnesses say the man pulled several from the burning trolley and put out the fire with a stream of foam surging from his extended arm! He then ordered a merchant on wagon to unload his goods saying, “Take these fine citizens straight away to St. Vincent’s and be quick about it good sir.” In the commotion, no one could say when or where he went afterwards.
The masked man has resurfaced six more times since then to other opportune emergencies. Since most of these episodes have been in the vicinity of the Goose Hollow neighborhood and has been seen more than once dropping from on high with, ‘Wings of fine Spruce’ he has been dubbed The Spruce Goose. While police are happy with the results, the Goose is wanted for questioning and a reward of $20 has been offered by Police Chief Walker for any clues leading to his whereabouts.