Offbeat Oregon

Offbeat Oregon: by Finn JD John

After frontier murder, suspect was auctioned off as a temporary slave.

IN THE FIRST month of 1852, everyone in the frontier community of Cynthian was talking about the big crime wave.Well, it was big by frontier Oregon standards. Although it was (and still is) the seat of Polk County, Cynthian — which was renamed Dallas later that same year — was a tiny place, with no more than a few hundred . . .