Editor's note.  Although eventually this page will list ALL of the keywords in the OLD NEWS FILES section, the list is presently not very complete.  Also, most of the newspaper issues haven't been fully keyworded yet.


RACISM,.  Attitude toward race is very different today than it was 100+ years ago.
Racism usually indicates a bias, disdain or mistrust against persons from some other
races or ethnic cultures.  In general, "foreigners" (other than the English or Scottish, or
sometimes Scandinavian), seemed to be looked down on. Many with less education
or natural status were judged undesirable.  As successive waves of immigrants came
to America, gradually the groups who had been here longer were less disdained than
the newcomers..  At varying times, signifying someone as Irish, Italian, or even
German, could be a slur.  Conversely, the words just announced a person's
origins.  It was as common for newspapers -- at least in this part of Oregon -- to state:
Will Smith, colored, or Mike Fiero, the Italian, as it was to say George Banks from
Chicago, or Mr. Nash the Englishman.  Sometimes we have no way of separating the
slurs from the facts.  But we do know that much of the populace did not hold in high
regard the Native Americans (who were then always called Indians), Asians, Mexicans,
and black persons.  Therefore, my keyword "racism" signifies all items about the aforementioned races.  It may also just signify the fact of other nationalities, religious, or ethnic groups.  For
sometime we are unable to separate the slurs from the facts.  (In some documents, I've changed the keyword to racism/ethnic.)

SRH stands for Shipping, rivers, and harbors.
In some issues I've used the further subdivisions:
Srh-ocean    Srh-ship   Srh-Capt____ [of seagoing vessel] Srh-dock  Srh-harbor  Srh-freight  Srh-trade (such as the Orient trade or the coasting trade (regularly scheduled sailing trips up
and down parts of the U. S. Coast.)

Srh-river Srh-[name of River] Srh-Capt____ [of riverboat]  Srh-dock  Srh-harbor
    Srh-dredging (to deepen shipping channel) Srh-boat

Some entries carry both Srh-(creek, river, bay: a waterway for commerce and travel),
and the same designation for a town or geographical area.  (Such as Locale-LampeyCreek
and Srh-LampeyCreek;Srh-CoosBay and Locale-CoosBay.)

Towns and Locales.  
TOT-followed by name (or abbr.) of town signifies villages and hamlets on Oregon's South
Coast.  OT-followed by name or abbr indicates a town or hamlet beyond this region, even
in another part of US or the world.  Locale-(followed by name or abbr.) identifies some
other geographical landmark or location. Sometimes Tot-, OT-, or Locale- (with hyphen,
and a space between hyphen and next keyword, means there are multiple name
designations within an item.)  It is often well to search under both the consolidated
name (CoqR, or CoquilleR, or Coquille River; LowerR or lowerRiver. L.R. or LR; upperR or
upperRiver or U.R or UR ) and the name or entry as it is likely to appear in text: (on the Coquille,
Coquille Valley, Coquille river Lower river.)   epqthe Lower River, Upp tras  t

Hyphens or converged words are adopted merely to regularize and fit the constraints of
the database.  Thus, misc-word is a classification under the subject misc (miscellaneous).
Novelty- (followed by a noun) is one example of an novelty enterprise, that is, not common
retail busines or heavy industry.  (Novelty-brick: brick making; novelty-grist, grist or flour mill
(as opposed to a lumber mill).  Movelty-wood is not regular sawmilling of commercial
lumber, but such commodities as matchwood (the sticks, or blanks from which to saw
matchsticks) to make matches; novelty-broom, the manufacture of broomhandles, or
sometimes entire brooms.  

Lbr, mill, sawmill, logging and timber lands designate industry in timber harvest and

RR-CBR, or RR-local, denotes the local shortline railroad service;  RR-outside refers
to railroads or spur line beyond the South Coast of Oregon.  Sometimes RR category
is further broken down into RR-physical (the cars locomotives and tracks, car shops
or roundhouses).  RR-depot, the buildings maintained for passengers and freight-check.
RR-spur, branch tracks off the main line, which are likely to be logging railroads or
connections to access isolted towns or help get products to market

Coal  any reference to coal: veins, operations, fuel.  In many of the documents it's
currently presented as other-coal.  Beaver Hill coal, from the largest coal mine in
Southwest Oregon, has its own keywords, commonly Beaver Hill, BH, BH coal, etc.

Of course not all keywords or sub-words appear in every document.