Scott McArthur, Monmouth author and retired lawyer, worked with Ben Maxwell on the staff of the Salem Capital Journal from 1959 to 1964. McArthur was raised in Tacoma. He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound, University of Oregon, and Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. He practiced law for 40 years, and before that taught in the public schools and at Mt. Angel College, and was a writer for the Capital Journal, Albany Democrat-Herald, Associated Press and United Press International. McArthur is the author of three self-published local history books, one of them a collection of Ben Maxwell's writings.
Alonzo A. Skinner (1814-1877)
Alonzo A. Skinner was the first judge in the Pacific Northwest, although he had no courtroom and no courthouse and the laws he enforced were adopted by a legislature that had no foundation in law. Skinner was born in Portage County, Ohio, in 1814. He read law there, was admitted …
Ben Maxwell (1898-1967)
Benjamin Isaac Maxwell was a journalist and historian who recorded much of the obscure history of the Salem area. For many years a columnist with the Capitol Journal, he wrote over 3,800 columns in which he recorded events—unusual and commonplace—that occurred in the mid-Willamette Valley. He also …