Posted tagged ‘Portland’

Chinese Pastors in Seattle to See Fair

August 25, 2009

July 3, 1909

“The Pacific Coast Chinese Baptist Ministerial Association closed its annual meeting in Portland on Thursday and some of the members arrived in Seattle yesterday on a visit to the A-Y-P fair, among them Rev. Law Chuck, pastor of the First Chinese Baptist church of San Francisco. He has only been two years in America but he is already one of the most prominent Christian workers among is countrymen on the Pacific coast. Rev. Chin Sing Goi, pastor of the First Chinese Presbyterian church of Portland, and Rev. Wong, pastor of the First Chinese Baptist church of Seattle, who is just here from the Orient to take charge of the local work among the Chinese Baptists of this city, are also in the party.”

Source: The Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 3, 1909, p.126.

Portland Students Perform on China Day, September 13, 1909

August 21, 2009

Four Chinese from Portland, Miss Moy Ling, pianist, and William Lai, Harry Ding and Thomas Hom took part in the musical exercises on China Day. The opinion was that they honored their teacher, Mrs. Marie S. Wingham and the city of Portland. A critic wrote: “William Lai is a tenor of more than ordinary ability, and when he sang “Then You’ll Remember me,” the applause was nearly deafening. The piano solo of Miss Moy Ling, a Portland High School girl, was well received. The skill with which these Chinese musicians interpreted the Western music was a surprise to the assemblage in the Auditorium.”

Source: Oregonian, Sept 19, 1909, p3; accessed from

Ah Ying and Fay Freeman Honeymoon at AYPE

August 21, 2009

The A-Y-P also attracted many Chinese from Portland and California. Ah Ying, a Chinese man and Miss Fay Freeman, a Caucasian, both of San Francisco, were married in Vancouver, Washington, on June 24, 1909. Because of laws prohibiting a marriage between Chinese and Caucasians in California and Oregon, they came to Washington. Ah Ying is a restaurant keeper, has his queue cut short, and dressed in Americanized clothes. It was noted that his bride, a milliner, age 21 was good looking and well-dressed, and was acting on her own free will. They visited the A-Y-P on their honeymoon before returning to San Francisco.

Source: Oregonian, June24 1909 p5; accessed from