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MEDFORD, Or., Jan. 3, 1887.And They Do Build
EDITOR TIDINGS.--I send you herewith a partial list of the improvements made in Medford during the past year. It is as nearly accurate as I could make it, but is, of course, subject to correction. After footing the column and examining the total, you will have to admit that you were in error in stating last week that Central Point, next to Ashland, has expended more in improvements during the year than any other town in the valley.
A. L. Johnson, brick office and dwelling . . . . . . . . . . $2,000
Williams' block, two-story brick building . . . . . . . . . . 6,000
J. S. Howard, 2-story brick store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,000
Angle & Plymale, fireproof brick store . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,000
G. S. Walton, brick building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,500
Byers & Jacobs, brick hotel improvement . . . . . . . . . . 2,000
Mrs. L. Foster, millinery and dwelling (combined) . . . 1,000
H. F. Baker, Farmers Warehouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,200
S. H. Lyon, store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800
O. Holtan, tailor shop and dwelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,000
Thos. Harris, improvement on dwelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300
McGee & Zimmerman, public hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,200
J. B. Riddle, poultry yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800
A. L. Johnson, barn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500
____ Clark, dwelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,800
C. K. Fronk, dwelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 900
A. P. Talent, dwelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,000
J. W. Short, dwelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,500
N. H. West, dwelling repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
W. G. Zimmerman, ditto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
R. T. Young, dwelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,000
Wm. Edwards, dwelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,000
E. J. Pool, blacksmith shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $34,900Ashland Tidings, January 7, 1887, page 3
BUILDING NOTES."Medford Items," Ashland Tidings, September 14, 1888, page 3
It is estimated that there are no less than fifteen dwelling houses in course of construction at the present time in Medford, with numerous others in contemplation--a number of those in course of construction are nice and substantial structures, too. It is a noticeable feature that as the town grows older the buildings put up are much more substantial and look as if they were being built to stay. An estimate made this week of the value of the building improvements now going on in Medford places it at between $25,000 and $40,000, and those figures are doubtless nearly correct. This is an excellent showing for Medford.
The foundation for Adkins & Webb's new three-story brick is completed, and the brick masons are at work. It will be a handsome structure and a credit to Medford--the first three-story business house in the city.
Adkins & Webb have moved into the lower story of the Childers brick, the upper story of which will be fitted up for offices.
A handsome veneered brick residence, being built for W. H. Barr in the western part of the city, is nearing completion.
L. L. Angle is building a new residence west of the railroad.
Judge Walton has his nice new residence almost completed.
S. G. Worman's new house is nearing completion
Rev. Russ is putting up a residence on C Street.
Many New Business Houses and Residences Going Up this Year.
MEDFORD, Or., April 3.--(Special Correspondence.)--There will be considerable building and improvements here this year. Our town has experienced a steady and healthy growth, but has never been cursed with a boom. Several brick structures were erected last year, also a large number of residences, and the indications at present point to an increase in the number of substantial bricks and fine dwellings over the record of last year. W. G. Cooper has let the contract for the erection of a 25x76-foot two-story brick on his lot at the corner of Seventh and B streets, to cost $2500. M. Purdin will also erect a one-story brick in place of his present wooden blacksmith shop. Thomas McAndrew will build a brick on Seventh Street on the vacant lot west of the fence works. Numerous residences are being contracted for, and others are contemplating building, which is bound to make things pretty lively here this year. Material is very scarce, and as soon as lumber can be had building operations will be carried on at a lively and unprecedented rate.
Considering the inside and outside of the very scary condition of money matters all the country over, there can hardly be said to be a dearth in the building line in Medford. Our business seems to be moving on about as usual among the city merchants and the steady trend of the onward march of progress and improvements are noticeable. New or enlarged business, as well as increased population, requires new buildings, and the demand is being met with a sentiment of push which tends not to a backward move. There are several new buildings now underway or contemplated, a list of which we give below:
The Halley brick block, on C Street, will be ready for occupancy in a few weeks. The brick work is expected to be finished next week.
The very neat Baptist parsonage, on North C Street, is fast nearing completion. It will be a one-story cottage and when in shape to be occupied it will be one of the neatest in the city.
Postmaster Howard has just commenced the foundation for his fine two-story residence building, adjoining the Baptist parsonage on C Street. In architectural design it is promised to be second to none.
Over in the Roberts & O'Neil addition to Medford W. B. Roberts has recently sold a five-acre tract of land to a Mr. Scott, from Eastern Oregon, and that gentleman will soon commence the direction of a dwelling for himself and family, who are now camped on the ground awaiting the time when the new house is ready for occupancy.
J. R. Hardin has his new dwelling well under way, and ere the sun's rays of many more days shall have reflected the shadow of this gentleman across his path--his family will be nicely ensconced in their new and pleasant home.
The Southern Oregon [Pork] Packing Company have closed the contract with Messrs. Starr & Drisco for the erection of a 20x60 cold storage building to be built adjoining their packing house. The contract was let for $395.
A. J. Stewart is figuring on erecting a fine residence in the south and west part of town, near Prof. Narregan's place.
Medford Mail, August 11, 1893, page 3
While Medford isn't pulling herself to the front in any hurried manner, she is coming along at a pace very swift as compared with other towns and cities of the coast. One cannot walk more than a couple of blocks in any direction, in the residence portion, but that he will see new buildings springing up, and these good substantial ones.
Editorial, Medford Mail, June 8, 1894, page 2
Nearly every day we hear someone telling of the "crying need" for more buildings in which to open business on Main or Seventh Street. The "need" will be "crying" just as loud as now until suitable brick store buildings are built on North and South C Street. Property owners on this street are losing sight of their best interests by not inviting greater value to their property by putting up larger and more substantial buildings.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, August 23, 1895, page 5
A Bunch of Varied Improvements Being Made in the Metropolis of the Valley.
It hardly seems possible, yet it is a fact that Medford has continued to grow during the past two years--when times were so deucedly depressing almost everywhere else. That our city has been growing and is still doing business in that line is just as true as the fact that the farmer's wagon wheels go round and that they gyrate Medford way weighted with the products of the soil and returned equally as heavily loaded with merchandise.
No time has there been since the coming to the city of the present publishers of the Mail but that there has been a steady, sure building growth. The buildings have not been put up with a hurrah and a jump, but just fast enough to meet the demands of trade. These structures have been largely of brick, an don them has been fixed a surface of permanence that fosters not retrogression. At the present time there is a little unusual flurry of building, and it is of such nature as to omen good to our fast-developing hub city. We give below a mention of the buildings now in course of construction--and there are mechanics here sufficient in number to build them all:
B. B. Gearvis is erecting a 16x24-foot cottage on H Street, between Fifth and Sixth street.
M. W. Skeel's new residence, in Southwest Medford, is enclosed and will soon be ready for occupancy.
George Justus is building a 24x44-foot barn on the site of the building recently burned. L. M. Lyon is doing the work.
Blacksmith C. W. Milton is nearing his neat and well-built cottage to a finish. This is on West Tenth Street and will be an added beauty to that part of the city.
Joe Shone has the foundation laid for his new residence in Northeast Medford, but the gentleman is dog-blasted busy with other work that he gets but little time for his own house.
Mrs. A. A. Kellogg is arranging to remove her former store building, corner Sixth and C streets, to another part of the lot, and when an addition is made thereto use it for a residence, exclusive.
The brick work on Councilman J. R. Wilson's blacksmith shop is finished, and the carpenters are now at work laying floors and putting in windows and doors. Brooks, the tinner, is putting on the roof.
W. F. Halley has arrangements all made for the erection of a two-story brick dwelling house, corner of Fifth and G streets. It will be 24x30 and will cost something like $1500. S. Childers will do the brick work.
J. C. Ferguson's new residence across the river is pretty close onto a finish and a fine building it is. While we are mentioning it there are several fine residences in that particular locality. G. H. Williams is building Mr. Ferguson's residence.
Hon. Henry Klippel, one of our enterprising lumber merchants, has his beautiful five-room cottage, on North H Street, enclosed, and the same will soon be ready for occupancy. A more extended mention of this structure was made a couple of weeks ago.
Ed. Wilkinson's new brick block, in which Ed will carve steaks to the general liking of all who come, is fast narrowing down to a finish, so far as the brick work is concerned. This will positively be the gem of all the buildings--and of which Ed is justly proud.
J. O. Johnson, the Table Rock rancher, has purchased a tract of land just south of Dr. B. F. Adkins' residence--50 feet wide and long enough to reach to the bank of Bear Creek. Upon this land Mr. Johnson is having laid a foundation for a five-room brick cottage. The main part of the building will be 30x35 with an ell 14x24, and a porch on two sides. The structure will cost not less than $1800. S. Childers will do the brick work. W. J. Bennet, architect.
A new brick block which is soon to be erected will be situated between I. A. Webb's and W. H. Meeker & Co.'s stores, south side of Seventh Street, and will be built by Dr. B. F. Adkins and Mrs. Dennison, who each own a twenty-five-foot lot. The block will be 50x100 feet, two stories high and of brick. The first floor, of Mrs. Dennison's half, will be occupied by Mitchell, Lewis & Staver Company and J. W. Lawton's harness shop, each taking twelve feet of the twenty-five.
A few weeks ago we made mention of a new residence which L. B. Warner, the fruit tree man and insurance man--and Mail solicitor--was going to build. He now has Chas. Pheister at work laying the foundation and hopes to get the buliding up before the winter rains set in. It will be two stories high, six rooms below and three above. This will be a frame building and will cost about $1800. It will be located near attorney J. H. Whitman's residence. W. J. Bennet, architect.
Last week we spoke of the new brick residence to be built by S. Childers, Jr. This building will be quite unique in design, the verandas and porticoes being also of brick. It will be a two-story building with six rooms below and three above. The sitting room, parlor and dining room will be connected by folding doors and can all three be thrown into one room when required. The foundation for this building will be commenced within a few few days. The cost of the structure will be about $2000. W. J. Bennet, architect.
The new brick school building, which is to cost $12,000, is one of the most prominent buildings which is entitled to mention in these columns. Work on the foundation was commenced Saturday morning. The whole work of construction in its several lines will be pushed to its quickest possible completion. The contractors are Butler, Barrett and Stewart. The subcontractors: On stone work, Frank Wait; brick work, G. W. Priddy; iron work, such as bolts, ties, etc., G. F. Merriman; painting, Ling & Boardman.
Medford Mail, September 27, 1895, page 4
A TWELVE MONTHS' RECORD
Nearly $100,000 Expended in Buildings in Medford the Past Year.
A Separate Mention of Every Building Erected that Cost More than $100.
From time to time during the past year we have made a casual mention of the improvements which have been going on in Medford--as items of news--and we have at all times contended that Medford's growth was even more extensive than many would readily believe. Having ourselves been in a position in which we could but see the rapid strides which has characterized the onward march of our little city and which is rapidly bringing it to the front as one of the chief commercial cities in Oregon, and, believing that a published list of all the improvements made here during the time mentioned would result in a very agreeable surprise to many, we have this week with no little amount of labor made a true and correct compilation of all the residences and business houses erected here from October 1895 to the present date. Here is the list:
J. O. Johnson, two-story brick store building, 50 feet front and 50 feet deep. Built by S. Childers, at the contract price of $2100.
Dr. B. F. Adkins, two-story brick store building, 25 feet and 135 feet deep. Built by S. Childers, at the contract price of $3750.
F. K. Deuel, two-story brick store building, 25 feet front and 135 feet deep. Built by S. Childers, contract price $3750.
C. B. Rostel, two-story brick store building, 22 feet front and 60 feet deep. Built by S. Childers, woodwork by Brand & Campbell, contract price $2000.
G. W. Hamlin, two-story brick store building, 50 feet front and 80 feet deep. Built by S. Childers, contract price $4700.
Weeks Bros., two-story addition to furniture store, cost $200.
Crane & Childers, two-story brick livery stable, 50 feet front and 60 feet deep. Built by S. Childers at cost of $1500. Since purchased by I. A. Mounce.
G. P. Lindley, two-story brick store building, 25 feet front and 140 feet deep, cost $6000.
Ed Wilkinson, two-story brick meat market, 20 feet front and 100 feet deep. Built by S. Childers at a cost of $6000. A 40-foot addition, two-story high, is now under construction.
RESIDENCES IN MEDFORD.
J. O. Johnson, two-story brick, 9 rooms. Built by S. Childers, cost $1500.
E. E. Phipps, one-story frame, 3 rooms. Built by contractor B. F. Crouch, cost $300.
O. & S. L. Carpenter, one-story brick cottage, six rooms. Contractor S. Childers for the brick and W. F. Shawver for woodwork, cost $700.
Geo. Fox, one-story frame, 3 rooms, cost $300.
J. E. Toft, one-story frame, 4 rooms, cost $250.
Ed Phipps, one-story frame, 3 rooms, cost $200.
R. T. Lawton, one-story frame, four rooms, cost $400.
D. Brooks, two-story addition to residence and tin shop, cost $400.
Arthur Fitzgerald, two-story frame, 6 rooms, cost $700.
Wm. Barnum, two-story frame, 7 rooms. Built by contractor G. L. Schermerhorn, cost $900.
W. D. Beidleman, two-story addition, four rooms. Built by Williams and Ferguson, cost $300. Also a barn at the cost of $350.
G. L. Schermerhorn, one-story frame, 4 rooms, cost $150.
C. M. Crouch, two-story frame, 4 rooms, cost $150.
Joe Shone, one-story cottage, 7 rooms, cost $1000. Built by himself.
Mr. McKee, two-story frame, 4 rooms. Cost $250.
W. J. Marlow, one-story frame. Built by contractor E. W. Starr, cost $300.
W. R. Barrett, one-story frame, 4 rooms, cost $250. Built by himself.
J. W. Bates, one-story cottage, 4 rooms, cost $300.
W. L. Halley, two-story brick, 8 rooms. Built by S. Childers, cost $1000.
J. A. Smith, two-story frame, 5 rooms. Built by Starr & Drisko, cost $500.
Henry Klippel, one-story cottage, 7 rooms, cost $1000.
J. Osborne, two-story frame, 4 rooms, cost $425.
Mr. Grizzle, two-story box house, 5 rooms, cost $300.
J. H. Whitman, two-story frame addition, 5 rooms, cost $300.
F. K. Deuel, two-story frame, 10 rooms. Contractor Perry Stewart, contract price $1800.
J. H. Stewart, two-story frame, 12 rooms, cost $3000.
S. S. Strayer, one-story frame, 5 rooms. Built by contractor Barrett, cost $400.
F. W. Hutchison, two-story frame addition, 4 rooms. Built by E. W. Starr, cost $500.
B. N. Butler, one-story cottage, 4 rooms, cost $250.
N. Orser, two-story frame, four rooms, cost $300.
Arthur Wells, house and barn, cost $200.
L. B. Warner, two-story frame, 8 rooms, cost $1500.
Dr. C. C. Pletcher, one-story house. Reconstructed. Cost $200.
Marion Tryer, one-story frame, 4 rooms, cost $150.
A. S. Bliton, two-story frame, 7 rooms. G. W. Starr, contractor. Under course of construction, estimated cost $800.
A. H. McKay, two-story frame, 7 rooms, cost $1200.
W. L. Halley, two-story brick, under construction, 6 rooms. Contractor S. Childers, cost $800.
P. J. Halley, two-story brick, 6 rooms. Under construction. S. Childers, contractor, cost $800.
G. H. Haskins, addition to residence, reconstruction etc., cost $500.
I. A. Webb, addition to residence, brick cellar, etc., cost $250.
S. W. Speas, 14-foot addition to residence, brick. Contractor, S. Childers, cost $200.
J. T. Bates, addition to house, $100.
EAST MEDFORD RESIDENCES.Medford Mail, October 23, 1896, page 6
Walter Anderson, two-story frame, 4 rooms, cost $200.
C. Morris, one-story cottage, frame, 4 rooms. Built by contractor J. A. Eggers, cost $400.
C. Morris, two-story frame, 5 rooms. Built by contractor J. A. Eggers, cost $475.
J. C. Ferguson, two-story frame, 7 rooms. Built by contractor G. W. Williams. Cost $1500.
L. M. Lyon, two-story box, 4 rooms, cost $150.
E. E. Thompson, two-story frame, 7 rooms. Built by Springer, cost $1500.
L. H. Settles, one-story frame, 3 rooms, cost $100.
J. A. Lyon, two-story frame, 10 rooms. Built by contractor L. M. Lyon, cost $1800.
H. G. Shearer, one-story frame, 5 rooms, cost $600.
J. S. Hagey, two-story frame, 10 rooms. Built by contractor G. W. Williams, cost $1800.
A. P. Green, one-story brick, 4 rooms. Under construction. S. Childers, contractor. Contract price $700.
J. U. Willeke, two-story frame, 12 rooms. Built by contractor G. W. Williams, cost $1800.
H. Fish, one-story frame, 3 rooms. Built by contractor J. A. Eggers, cost $200.
G. W. Williams, one-story frame, 4 rooms. Built by himself, cost $300.
A. L. Ferguson, one-story frame, 3 rooms. Built by himself, cost $200.
J. R. Hardin, one-story frame, 5 rooms. Built by contractor Colby, cost $265.
S. Childers, barn. Built by himself, cost $250.
J. H. Stewart, windmill, cost $500.
F. K. Deuel, windmill, cost $150.
W. H. Parker, windmill, cost $100.
F. K. Deuel, barn. Built by J. A. Eggers, cost $600.
J. Morris, addition to second-hand store. Built by W. Eaton, cost $150.
Dr. E. Kirchgessner, windmill, cost $200.
Presbyterian Church, brick. Built by contractor N. B. Bradbury, cost $1700.
Medford public school building, built by Butler, Barrett & Stewart, brick work by G. W. Priddy, at an aggregated cost of $18,000. This building was commenced before October but was not completed until December, 1895.
Medford steam laundry, built by Wigle, cost about $500.
Repairs and improvements on city water tank and buildings, at an aggregate cost of $1700.
The compilation of the above list shows a grand total of $90,565, which have been expended in Medford within one year and which does not include a long list of minor improvements, which would, could they be properly enumerated, increase the sum total to about $100,000, which is nothing short of phenomenal and which we believe cannot be equaled by any city of its size on the Pacific coast. It gives us more causes for congratulations than one, as it has been not only the means of attracting attention from all parts of the Pacific coast, but it has furnished employment for our resident mechanics. While there has been a goodly amount of employment for our workmen during the past, we, in justice to these men, admit that there are a sufficient number of them to easily handle all the work here, and it would be a matter of regret should any number of others be attracted hither by the impression that mechanics are in demand, for it would not only be an injustice to those who reside here now, but would result disastrously to those who might be attracted here by erroneous impressions. Such is Medford's record for one year--and in times of unrest and depression.
BUILDING BOOM AT MEDFORD.
Many New Structures Intended for Business Purposes.
MEDFORD, June 7.--The demand for business locations here has greatly stimulated building. Seven brick buildings are under contract, and others are contemplated. R. H. Halley is pushing to completion a two-story brick, 50x50 feet, the lower part to be used by the Medford Mail; the upper part to be used by Mr. Halley in connection with his boarding house. J. R. Wilson is engaged on a brick structure, 46x50 feet. D. T. Lawton has under construction a fine building 50x75 feet, to be used for a carriage and implement house. Captain Nash and A. M. Helms are building separate store rooms, 25x100 feet. T. McAndrews will build a store room 25x125 feet. There is not a desirable house to rent in the city, and many newcomers are purchasing village and farm property.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, June 8, 1900, page 3
There are 1125 lineal feet of two-story brick buildings fronting or siding, on our streets; 440 feet of one-story buildings, and 155 feet of solid brick business places, or very nearly six solid blocks if strung out in a line. There are now in course of construction one fifty-foot two-story brick building and one twenty-foot brick. Where is there another town in the state with less than 2500 people that can make as good a showing?
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, July 19, 1901, page 7
One who has counted them says that there are more than 20 buildings in course of construction in Medford.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 1, 1901, page 7
Medford is not booming this spring, and it never has boomed, but there is a steady growth going on all of the time, and the number of buildings now under way in this city will compare well with any place of its size in Oregon; in fact, there are few towns that can equal it, and some that have a larger population are doing less building than is Medford.
The handsome cottage that W. H. McGowan is having erected on Oakdale Avenue is well under way. The Oregon Granite Company has the foundation almost up, and as soon as that is completed G. L. Schermerhorn, who has the contract for the woodwork, will begin putting up the building.
Architect I. A. Palmer has drawn the plans for $2000 colonial style house for L. Niedermeyer, which he will have built on land near Jacksonville, which he bought of Beekman & Reames. Mr. Niedermeyer's new house will be one of the handsomest farm residences in Jackson County.
Mr. Palmer prepared last week the plans for a well-arranged farm residence for J. Meyers, who lives on Butte Creek.
J. H. Stewart has the foundation completed for a fine residence in a grove at the old fair grounds. Owing to his inability to secure lumber, the carpenter work cannot be commenced until sometime in July.
Captain Gordon Voorhies, who purchased the J. H. Stewart Eden Valley Orchard, has let the contract to G. L. Schermerhorn to remodel the old house and to build an addition to it 23x33 feet, two stories high with a wide porch extending around it. Work will be commenced in a few days, provided the lumber can be had.
The brick block that A. J. Stewart is having erected on Eighth Street is rapidly nearing completion, and if no delays are encountered the building will be ready for occupancy about the first of July. S. Childers has the walls up and E. W. Starr is pushing the carpenter work with all possible haste and will have the roof ready in three or four days so that the bricklayers can put up the fire walls, after which the tinners will put on the tin roof. The building, which is 50x55 feet, is to have a cement floor, and it will be an ideal workroom for the cigar factory. Messrs. Palm and Whitman have leased the building, and they will move their factory as soon as it is ready for them.
Medford Mail, June 13, 1902, page 3
TWO BRICKS IN PROSPECT
Plans have been drawn and submitted for the construction of two more brick buildings on D Street within the next few months. The buildings contemplated will make a solid brick block fronting on D Street, from 7th to near 6th, and it is reported that the buildings will be constructed with a view to their adaptation to hotel purposes. The two lots north of [the] Palm-Niedermeyer building is one of the prospective sites, upon which Young & Hall are figuring on erecting a brick, and the vacant space between the Office Saloon building and the Nash stable will also be occupied by a substantial structure [the Merino Building, completed in 1907].MEDFORD LEADS ALL OTHER COAST TOWNS
The indications are that next year will see more new business blocks built in Medford than ever before in the history of the city. There are constant demands for office rooms and business places, and with the growth of the city those demands must be supplied.
Medford Mail, November 17, 1905, page 1
IN BUILDING ACTIVITY
Three New, Elegant Bank Buildings Tell an Eloquent Story
of Enterprise and Prosperity of the Substantial Kind.
There is not a town on the Pacific coast which can show more, and very few, if any, can show as much substantial improvement under way as Medford. And this despite the fact that contractors have had setback after setback, because of the scarcity of building material. This lack is due to two causes. First, the disaster of San Francisco, which has made unusually heavy demands upon all classes of material used in construction work, as well as on all kinds of skilled labor in the building trades. The other cause is to be found in the recent awakening of the whole western part of Oregon, with its consequent building activity. The many dormant communities in this part of the state that have kept in the same old rut for the last thirty years or more seem to have fallen in line at last, and awakened to a realization of the necessity of improvement and progress. New blood has been coming into the state, and is greatly responsible for this bright era just dawning. And no small share may be laid to the work of the Development Leagues of the state.MORE NEW BUILDINGS.
But among all the towns on the Pacific coast, Medford stands preeminent as an exponent of what pluck, push and perseverance may accomplish. There is no town that can show greater evidence of present prosperity and future greatness than our fair city of Medford.
FINEST ON THE COASTThough it is impossible and altogether without the scope of short sketches like these to give anything like a comprehensive idea of the construction work under way and projected, an effort will be made to show a few of the principal improvements.
Across C Street from the new Medford National [Bank], spoken of in yesterday's issue, on the northwest corner, the Jackson County Bank will erect its handsome new home, said by people who know to be the finest building of its kind projected on the coast. It will be two stories high, 36 feet on Seventh Street and 66 and a half feet on C Street. The building material to be used in the construction of this edifice is pressed brick throughout, with trimmings of terra cotta. It will present an exceedingly handsome and imposing appearance when completed. The firm of Whidden & Lewis of Portland are the architects of this building. L. L. Litherland has the brick and excavation contract, and Augel & Son the carpenter and interior finish part of the work. To superintend the work here are Mr. Ryan for Litherland and Mr. Herbert Angel on the carpenter work. Excavation is now going on for the eight-foot-deep basement, in which the furnace for heating the building will be placed.
The interior finish promises to be magnificent, conveying a sense of richness and luxuriation. The whole lower floor will be occupied by the bank, to which entrance will be had on the corner through two massive mahogany doors over a tiled vestibule. The walls will be covered with a high wainscoting, finished with marble base. The bank fixtures will be of elegant and the most modern design. The upstairs, which will be fitted up for offices, will be in keeping with the rest of the building, affording strictly up-to-date accommodations for professional men.
LARGE PLATE GLASS FRONTIt is a noteworthy and significant fact, telling its own story without need of further enlargement, that all the three banking institutions of Medford are engaged in providing for themselves new and improved quarters. An indication of prosperity few towns can boast of.
The First National Bank has acquired the Howard property on Seventh Street, formerly occupied by King Bros., and the work of reconstruction is now busily going on under the firm of Priddy & Stewart as contractors. The plans for this building, which are particularly handsome, have been prepared by Mr. L. A. Palmer, the well-known local architect. Like the other two bank buildings, this one will also use pressed brick as chief material. The west wall, with considerable alterations, will be used for the new building, but the whole front will be completely new.
One of the features of this front will be a large plate glass window, measuring 9¾x7½ feet, in the center of the building, with the entrance to the bank to the right and the stairway to the left. There will be four windows to the alley on each floor, all with mullioned upper sashes. The inside is to be finished in golden oak, with marble base. Altogether this building promises to be an ornament to the site it will occupy.
It should not be concluded from the foregoing that the east side has any kind of monopoly on improvements. West of the railroad may be found as much, and perhaps as far as projects are concerned, more doing in the building line. The structures erected here and in contemplation may not represent the big expenditures involved in the improvements on the other side, but they are all of the most substantial nature and of no mean importance as acquisitions to the business district of Medford.
WEST SIDE IMPROVEMENTSMedford Daily Tribune, June 29, 1906, page 1
The most active builder in this part of the city this year has been Mr. T. H. Moore, whose property abuts the railroad. As a monument to his faith in the future of Medford stands here a three-story brick, erected to meet the demands of a modern hostelry. He has a 42-foot frontage, which is divided between dining room and office, giving spacious accommodation to both. The brick work on this building is all completed, and three carpenters are now at work rushing the interior finish. Mr. Moore expects to have the building ready for occupancy in September. The kitchen and basement are erected separately from the main building, the former in direct connection by double swinging doors with the dining room. The hotel will have 51 bedrooms, four bath rooms, and parlors and all other conveniences of a first-class hotel.
Across the alley Mr. Moore has erected another brick of two stories,with a front of 50 feet, the whole floor devoted to two store rooms, and the upper to be used as an annex to the hotel, with which it will be connected by a covered passage between the second stories.
The year 1906 will break the record for building in Medford, both in the number and value of the buildings constructed.BANNER BUILDING YEAR OF MEDFORD'S HISTORY IS 1908
Brick buildings alone to the value of over $100,000 will have been erected by the end of the year, exclusive of the new school house.
The list includes the three-story building of the Medford National Bank, the Jackson County Bank's new home, and the building being erected [the Vawter-Brophy building] between the latter and the Hutchison & Lumsden building, the big 150x45-foot structure of Hubbard Bros. and Wallace Woods, and the two bricks being built on the west side by C. W. Palm, the additional story to Hotel Nash and the remodeling of the First National Bank building.
In addition to these buildings the Big Bend Milling Co. is considering plans for the erection of two two-story bricks on the half block owned by the company at the southeast corner of 6th and C streets.
These buildings will be 50x100 feet in size and will be finished in up-to-date style for mercantile purposes.
The contract for these buildings will be let in a short time.
The big, three-story Moore [Hotel] building, on the west side, is not included in this list, as it was intended to include only those buildings which were commenced this year, but it might be very properly included, as although it was commenced in 1905, it was not finished until this summer. The addition of this building would raise the total valuation of the brick buildings for 1906 to at least $125,000.
Besides this, numerous frame dwellings have been erected all over town. Just how many is a question.
Medford Mail, October 12, 1906, page 1
Contractors and builders have been rushing work on the many buildings in our city since the weather has settled. Besides the several business blocks that are in course of construction, there are many residences. This will be a busy year in the building line.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, April 12, 1907, page 5
A building boom has struck Medford, and there are at present more buildings in course of erection than at any one time for a number of years. The Medford Bank and the Jackson County Bank, two of the largest banking houses in southern Oregon, have recently moved into handsome new structures, just completed. A $75,000 school building, the Moore Hotel block, the Big Bend Milling Company's block and a large number of smaller structures are monuments of the prosperous growth of this southern Oregon City.
"Medford Has Things Coming," Oregon Daily Journal, Portland, April 12, 1907, page 6
MANY NEW BUILDINGS ARE UNDERWAY
Hundred and Seven New Houses and Store Buildings Being Erected and Still No Boom.
Though Medford is not boasting of a building boom, the amount of new structures now being erected are substantial proof of the growth of the city. There are by actual count 107 store buildings and residences today under construction here.
Even then the supply fails to equal the demand. Inquiries for store buildings are daily received, while there is a great dearth of houses.
Though the homeseekers from the East have not yet arrived, hotels and lodging houses are filled chockablock, and it is next to impossible to secure a house.
Medford Sun, September 27, 1907, page 1
In spite of the fact that this is the "slack" season of the year and as a general rule buildings are not being erected nor projected as rapidly as at other times, there are now in this city over fifty new dwellings--homes--in course of erection or nearing completion. These dwellings range all the way from a cottage of a few rooms to a mansion, but all represent the spirit of growth and progress of Medford. During the financial panic or since there never has been a day when the carpenters were not busy either inside or outside--as the weather permitted. Oh, we are growing a few right along, and we will grow more during the coming year.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, February 14, 1908, page 5
All of the City's Contractors Report More Work Than Ever Before--
Larger and Better Business Blocks and Residences To Be Erected.
W. D. Hazel, contractor, reports that there is a better outlook for building in Medford this spring than in any one year since he has been contracting. He says that there are many buildings contracted for at the present time and that they are much better and more costly buildings than heretofore erected in Medford.BIG BUILDING YEAR IN SIGHT
C. W. Snyder states that he has been contracting in Medford for the past four years and that this promises to be the banner year. Mr. Snyder says there is nearly double the amount of contracts placed this year than was ever placed before.
R. W. Gray, contractor, states that this will be the best year in the history of Medford for large and costly buildings and that there will be more money spent in fine business and residence properties than in any one year in Medford's history.
C. F. Collins, contractor, states that there is fully double the amount of money being spent in buildings in Medford than there was last year. Mr. Collins also states that the so-called hard times seemed to have had a good effect, for there were far more and better buildings to be put up the coming year than last.
Contractor Reinhart states that he has been rushed to the limit, and from appearances there will be more than double the amount of building this year than last. Already there is more building under construction than there was last year. Mr. Reinhart predicts that the building of this year will surpass that of last.
G. L. Schermerhorn, contractor, states that this year promises more building than any single year in the history of Medford. He says that there is more large contracts being placed now than last year.
Medford Daily Tribune, February 22, 1908, page 1
Expressions from different realty agents show it to be the belief that at present there are at least 150 residences in the course of construction throughout the city, and many more are contemplated. The principal business done by agents at present is the sale of small building lots, and nine out of ten of the lots sold, the buyers contemplate building.
"Medford Growing Fast," Medford Mail, March 20, 1908, page 4
IMPROVEMENTS ARE MANY.
This is pretty warm weather to figure on doing much, but there do be things doing in this Medford town all the time. The improvements which are now under way are progressing at a pace almost beyond comprehension.
The putting in of the curbing for the Seventh Street paving is nearly all in, and many of the sidewalks have been extended to their full width of 14 feet.
The paving of this street is expected to start in about 10 days. In this work several colored men will be employed, and the reason for this is that the material used must be applied while hot, and the colored man is the lad upon whom this intense heat has but little effect.
The cement sidewalks around the west school building are well under way.
The new high school building is progressing finely, with the brick nearly all laid for the first story.
The concrete foundation for the new department store of Deuel & Kentner is nearly all laid.
The ditcher is making good progress on the sewer, in district No. 6.
The work of hauling crushed rock for several of our side streets will undoubtedly commence about the 15th of this month.
Medford Mail, August 14, 1908, page 4
MEDFORD BUILDS RAPIDLYMEDFORD, Or., Nov. 1.--(Special.)--Two hundred new residences have been erected in Medford since the first of the year, and there is no sign of a lull in the work of putting up new buildings. A special canvass has just been completed, and the count does not include barns or outbuildings, nor the business structures.
THOUSANDS SPENT IN NEW STRUCTURES THIS YEAR.
Southern Oregon City Witnesses Vast Amount of New Building Since Last January.
In the business portion there have been erected, or are in process of construction, several substantial structures.
A two-story brick and stone building, 75x130 feet, for a department store is being erected by Deuel & Kentner, at a cost of $40,000.
A two-story building, containing three store rooms, has just been completed by J. C. Hall, at a cost of $15,000.
Warner, Wortman & Gore have added to their building, to be used as a grocery store, at a cost of $6000.
A new union livery stable is being built at a cost of $6000. The Medford Opera House is being enlarged and otherwise improved at a cost of about $6000. The ice plant has been doubled in capacity, representing in the past two years about $50,000 in improvements.
In buildings of a public nature, the Seven Day Adventists have just completed a new church. The Catholics have completed a school building costing $30,000 and are now building a church.
The most expensive building, however, to be erected is the high school, a structure which is not excelled in beauty of architecture and conveniences in the state.
In addition, a new express office by the Wells-Fargo Company, a depot built by the management of the R.R.V. Railroad and a distributing depot for the Standard Oil Company have been built.
In way of civic improvements, $65,000 has been expended for a complete water distributing system and perhaps as much more for a sewer system. The work is now under way on a contract for one mile of bitulithic paving. The construction of an entire new water system will be started as soon as the source of water supply can be determined, bonds to the amount of $365,000 having already been voted.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, November 2, 1908, page 12
There has been a wonderful amount of building done in Medford this summer, and the end is not yet by a good bit. Some idea as to the amount of building material being used may be reached when we tell you that for over two weeks last past the Woods Lumber Company has received an average of one carload of lumber each day--and there are four carloads booked to be received yet this week. The Woods Lumber Company is becoming deservedly popular with the contractors and building people of Medford--and this because of the fact that the company does as it agrees to in every instance.
"Prosperity for Medford," Medford Mail, November 13, 1908, page 4
HALF A MILLION DOLLARS
IN NEW BUILDINGS AND IMPROVEMENTS
These Figures Speak of Medford's Wonderful Growth Last Year--
No Other City in the State Can Show So Great Percentage of Increase
Friday morning this newspaper gave some statistics concerning the postal receipts of Medford post office during 1908. Saturday morning it told a few things about increase in volume in other lines of business as showing the general prosperity and growth of the city and country, and this morning it gives its readers a statement of the number and value of the business houses, dwellings, etc., which have been erected or improved during the past year. The man who was sent out to gather these statistics didn't figure that he was up against much of a job at first, but the further he went the wiser he became until he was about as pleased a man as you ever saw when he finished.
Incidentally, he found on his rounds 229 houses which ranged in cost from $750 to $3000 and over, 13 of them being over, besides a number of other structures of less value. He found that the total amount of money expended in the erection of dwellings alone reached a total of $318,600, which, we will venture to say, is a larger growth than can be shown by any similar-sized city in Oregon for the time. In compiling these figures many small structures in the various additions surrounding the city were omitted; for the reason that they are merely temporary, or makeshift dwellings, and really have no value from a commercial point of view. Still they help the population, for every one of these 25 or 30 buildings serves as the residence of a family, and these people, while they are not within the city limits, may be and should be classed as residents of the city for all practical purposes, and it is merely a question of a short time until they do become actual residents of the city.
Also, it was found that improvements on old and erection of new business buildings totaled $175,975, and there are a bunch more business buildings in sight for construction in 1909. The grand total of business and private buildings is nearly half a million--to be exact, $494,575. Besides all this, there have been seven and one-half miles of water mains laid and seven miles of sewer pipe. We have just started paving, but have nearly half a mile completed, and there will be much more of it this year. Over two miles of new cement walks have been laid, and improvements in the way of beautifying residence lots, etc., not counted in this statement are many and important.
A high school, at a cost of nearly $40,000, has been built; two new churches and the Christian tabernacle have also been erected, and the Catholic school, costing $40,000, is another one of the new structures.
[Not transcribed are a few columns of the 200+ houses, listed by owner name, number of rooms and cost, broken down by "East of Bear Creek," "Southwest" and "Northwest."]
SummaryMedford Mail, January 8, 1909, page 1
Residences between $750 and $1000 . . . . . . . . . . 43
Residences between $1000 and $2000 . . . . . . . . . 131
Residences between $2000 and $3000 . . . . . . . . . 37
Residences over $3000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
About 15 small structures ranging from $80 to $100 not included.
No. residences over $750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Residences and improvements thereto . . . . . . . . . 265
Business blocks, churches, schools, etc. . . $175,975
Residences and improvements to same . . . $218,600
Many Buildings.Just as an indication as to what is going to take place in this blooming, bustling little city of Medford in the way of buildings, The Morning Mail is going to tell you that the Medford Brick Company has already contracted for the construction of enough buildings to consume 600,000 brick. Last season this company manufactured and laid just an even million brick, but one year ago now there were no contracts signed or promises made for the use of any brick. If this be a condition upon which to base an estimate, it will be safe to predict that fully 3,000,000 brick will be manufactured and laid by this firm alone during the coming season.
Medford Mail, February 26, 1909, page 5
MANY HOUSES WILL BE BUILT
Not only is Medford enjoying a great growth in the construction of business buildings, but the activity is great in other lines of building as well.
Several hundred residences will be built during the coming summer. The lumber companies report that there is a larger demand for residence building materials this spring than for similar materials at the same season in any other year.
The contractors and carpenters tell the same story. All are busy and are figuring with prospective builders for other residences to be built later in the season. Building and loan associations by their activity are also increasing the amount of building that will be done this summer.
One lumber company alone, the Woods Lumber Company, has sold $100,000 worth of building materials for residences and repairs and additions to residences since the first of the year. This figure indicates the magnitude of the building that will be done this summer.
A few of the houses that are going up are the following:
Thomas Becket, who lives on the Jacksonville road near the corporation boundary, is building a cottage, 24x28 feet in size. This house is being built for Mrs. Hull.
In the Ross addition Lyons & Bostwick, the contractors, are building a seven-room cottage for Harry Loflin. This house is about completed.
In the Page addition, among a number of other new houses being built or about to be built is the new cottage of Oscar Lyons. This is a seven-room house.
At the end of Riverside Avenue, in South Medford, J. T. Eads is having constructed a modern two-story house. Frank Davis is the contractor.
A modern ten-room house is going up on Cottage Street, just off Seventh Street. This house belongs to L. M. Lyons.
Another residence going up on the same street is that of J. B. Liptrap. This is to be a cozy five-room cottage. The lumber for this cottage, as for the other residences described above, was furnished by the Woods Lumber Company.
Rental agents report that there is a greater demand for vacant houses than ever before and that it will be impossible to glut that market, no matter how many houses go up during the coming summer. No better indication could be secured to establish the rapid and substantial growth of Medford than the fact that it is impossible for the builders to keep up with the demand for new houses.
Medford Mail, March 12, 1909, page 8
During the Past Year
Two hundred and twenty-nine homes were erected in Medford, ranging in cost from $750 to $15,000 each.
One hundred and seventy-three thousand, three hundred and seventy-five dollars was spent in erecting new business blocks in Medford.
Medford's new high school was built at a cost of $40,000.
The Catholic College was built in Medford, costing $40,000.
Two places of worship were added to Medford's list, viz., the Catholic Church and the Christian Tabernacle.
Seven and one-half miles of water mains were laid in Medford.
Medford put in seven miles of sewer pipe.
Main Street in Medford was paved with bitulithic pavement.
More than two miles of cement sidewalk was laid in Medford.
Medford's population increased more than twelve hundred souls.
More than fifty modern dwellings are under construction at the present time.
Medford's Magazine, April 1909, page 13
Everything Indicates That Next Year Will Shatter All Building Records in City of Medford.
Next year will see all building records eclipsed in Medford, if the preparations for new buildings are any indication of what may be expected later.
Outside of the buildings for which ground has already been broken, a number are in prospect and will be erected during the coming year.
The buildings at the corner of Main and Riverside Avenue have been vacated by the tenants, and the old structures are being removed in order to clear the ground for the construction of a modern building on the site. The plans have not as yet been fully perfected for this building, but it is safe to say that it will be up to date in every respect and in keeping with the spirit of progress of the city.
Medford Lodge No. 83, I.O.O.F., has purchased 50x80 feet on Sixth Street, near Holly, adjoining the garage being constructed for the Valley Auto Company by Anderson & Green, and will put up a building of at least two stories, and perhaps four, for commercial and lodge purposes. It is the intention of the order to build a home for the lodge on this property that will compare favorably with any lodge home in the state.
Lodge No. 1168, B.P.O.E., are negotiating for property on Sixth Street, opposite the above-mentioned tract, with a view to building an Elks temple thereon. This will be another structure worthy of the growing city of Medford.
Ground has been broken for a rooming house, modern in all its features, at the junction of Apple and Fifth streets and Riverside Avenue. The house will contain 20 rooms or more.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 3, 1909, page 2
1909 WAS GREAT BUILDING YEAR
No Less Than $2,500,000 Was Expended in Medford During 1909
For New Buildings, Homes and Business Blocks.
Two million, five hundred thousand dollars was expended in the city of Medford during the past year for new buildings--residences and business blocks. And the building is continuing without abatement.
All through the business section new blocks are found. No less than ten of these large business buildings were erected, and several more started.
During 1908, 229 buildings outside of business blocks were erected in Medford, ranging in price from $750 to $14,000.
This year the number of buildings have increased to over 360, and the cost runs from the minimum of last year up.
During 1909 the several additions to the city have been building up fast, and with the exception of a few subdivisions where building restrictions were in force the houses constructed have been not on the elaborate plan. Nevertheless these cheap houses count in the upbuilding of the city, for they are built for homes by people who have come here to grow up with the country and investing not for speculation, but with the intent to increase the value of their property as their circumstances permit.
Quite a number of beautiful residences have been constructed during the past year, ranging in cost from $5000 to $10,000, and it was simply because material was short and skilled labor scarce that there were not more.
Among the new real homes which have been builded and included in the above class are W. C. Green's built on the site of the one burned in Bungalow addition; F. K. Deuel's residence and that of Porter J. Neff on Oakdale Avenue; H. E. Boyden's on North Central Avenue; George R. Lindley's on Siskiyou Heights, S. A. Nye, Bert Anderson, J. D. Heard and many others.
A conservative estimate places the amount expended for building material in the city at $1,200,000, the material is usually figured at 50 percent of the cost of the building, so there you have another million and a quarter expended for labor.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 2, 1910, page B1
POWER & REEVESMedford has experienced one of the best building years in 1910 ever seen in any town. Its development work in buildings is simply marvelous. Yet with all the buildings erected, the supply has not equaled the demand. The record of the year makes Medford the banner building town of Oregon.
Medford presents an extraordinary opportunity for those gifted with the ability to design the beautiful and unite utility with elegance, for beyond any other city of its size its people have the high-souled ambition to make it the most beautiful city in the country. Messrs. C. O. Power and R. R. Reeves, the architects, have been closely identified with Medford's architectural beauty. During the past year they have drawn plans for buildings aggregating in cost $100,000, among them being residences, bungalows, and four brick blocks. The chaste lines and splendid arrangement of the Tayler-Phipps building are theirs, the Garnett-Corey Hardware Co.'s new building and the new Palm building are among these. The preliminary plans have been drawn, and final specifications are being prepared for Dr. Page's new hotel and theater at the corner of Main and Riverside. Messrs. Power and Reeves are eminently fitted to take a leading part in the structural development of Medford, as they have had thorough training and years of practical experience. They are members of the Commercial Club and owners of city property.MEDFORD'S GREAT BUILDING RECORD
Medford Mail Tribune, January 2, 1910, page B7
BUILDING SEASON STARTS WITH RUSHNever before in the annals of Medford has the building season opened with such a rush as the present one. Last year $2,500,000 was spent in the city for new buildings, but from all indications this mark will be exceeded during 1910. Already the business blocks planned total nearly three-quarters of a million, and it is known that other buildings are contemplated for the business district, to say nothing of the myriad of dwelling houses contracted for throughout the city.
CONTRACTS TOTALING HALF MILLION HAVE BEEN LET
The greatest difficulty which is confronting prospective builders is the finding and securing of suitable sites. An instance of this is the difficulty which the local lodge of Elks and of Odd Fellows are at present experiencing. Each of these lodges are planning a home of their own, but so far have been unsuccessful in their efforts to find a suitable building location.
New Buildings.The buildings on which work is either started or will start within a few weeks are:
Building Estimated Cost
Reddy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $60,000
Masonic Temple . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45,000
Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60,000
Davis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40,000
Southern Pacific . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50,000
Natatorium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30,000
Episcopal Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30,000
Episcopal Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30,000
Telephone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,000
Medford Grocery . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25,000
Rogue River Electric . . . . . . . . . . 15,000
Medford Building Co. . . . . . . . . . 45,000
J. M. Root and Associates . . . . . . 30,000
Lodges To Build.In addition to these which have been assured it is known that the Elks are considering the erection of a building to cost between $30,000 and $40,000 ,the Odd Fellows a building of like cost, while the school board is planning the erection of a new school building on the East Side. Other possibilities include a federal building and a $40,000 hospital to be erected by the Catholic Sisters.
Much remodeling is to be done. The Garnett-Corey building, while it cannot be said to be remodeled, as it is not yet completed, will have a fourth floor. The Medford National Bank plans to spend $25,000 in building an addition to their present commodious quarters. H. E. Boyden will soon commence the entire remodeling of his building on Main Street now occupied by the Medford Hardware Company by tearing out the old front and replacing it with one up to date, using granite. The city council will also probably build an addition to the city hall, adding a third story, aside from putting up a building of the same size of the present one on the vacant lot adjoining it. The estimated cost of this improvement is $30,000.
Another New One.One of the latest announcements made by builders is that of a new building to be constructed by J. M. Root, J. E. Enyart, and F. E. Merrick, which is to be erected just east of the projected building of the Medford Building Company, and next to the Medford Laundry. This building will be a brick, three stories high, facing 55 feet on Main Street and will be 100 feet deep. It will be modern in every respect.
During the past week the contract for the new brick warehouse of the Medford Grocery Company was let. This building will stand three blocks south of the depot and will be large enough to house this concern, which is the largest wholesale grocery company in the state outside of Portland. A sidetrack has already been constructed by the Southern Pacific Company.
Freight Depot.When the Southern Pacific Company first announced its plans of moving the present depot it was stated that the freight depot would be situated two blocks south. While the estimated cost of these buildings and platforms have not been given out, attention having been paid solely to the passenger depot, it is estimated that at least $25,000 will be spent on the freight depot, work on which is to start soon.
The plans for the new opera house, which is to form a portion of the Page building on East Main, have been completed and provide for a theater modern in every respect. Charles D. Hazelrigg has spent hours with the architect outlining his needs, and when completed Medford will have as fine an opera house as is to be found in the state. The contract calls for the completion of this work October 15.
Masonic Temple.The incorporation of the Masonic Building Association is almost completed, and it is believed that work will start within two months on the new Masonic temple. This building will be at least three stories in height, the first two floors being devoted to stores and offices, the third floor being reserved by the lodge for lodge purposes.
A. A. Davis announces that he is almost ready to commence to let the contract for the construction of his new business block on the corner of Central Avenue and Sixth Street. This building, which is to cost $40,000, will be modern in every respect.
The Medford Building Company, which is to erect a large building on the corner of Riverside and Main streets, announces that it will soon commence construction work. The buildings which stood on the site have been already removed.
New School Building.While no definite announcement has been made, it is believed that this summer will see the erection of a new school building on the East Side, which has been needed for months. Another possibility is a new $40,000 hospital by the Catholic Sisters, who for some time have been considering the matter and will probably take definite action in the near future.
Contractors state that never before was there such demand in this city for the erection of new dwelling houses. Nearly 150 of these are at present in the course of construction, and every day sees some new contract let. Builders are jubilant, while lumber dealers can scarcely keep their equilibrium; they are being swamped with orders, and contractors with work.
The new Episcopal Church, the cornerstone of which is to be laid on Wednesday, March 2, 2:30 p.m., the Rt. Rev. Charles Scadding, bishop of the Oregon diocese, officiating, marks the commencement of the finest church building in the state outside of Portland, and is a red-letter day in local church circles. The evening of that day will be devoted to a public rally to be held in the opera house, for which an elaborate program has been prepared.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 22, 1910, page 2 Many of the plans mentioned above did not reach fruition, at least not in the form and on the timeline suggested above.
WHAT SEPTEMBER FINDS IN MEDFORD.
September first finds Medford maintaining its lead as the banner small city of the Northwest. Postal receipts show a gain over a year ago of sixty-eight percent. Bank clearances and deposits are nearly fifty percent greater. More and costlier buildings are under way than ever in the city's history. Railroad business has increased in proportion. The heaviest pear crop in the valley's history is being shipped, realizing the highest prices of any fruit in the eastern markets. Double the quantity of apples produced a year ago will soon be on their way east.
September first sees grading completed on the Pacific & Eastern to Butte Falls and the grade into Medford nearly completed. Construction gangs are busy laying the rails, while other contractors are rushing the extension of the Oregon Trunk down the Deschutes, across the Klamath country and the Cascades to a junction with it, thus giving Medford two transcontinental railroads.
September first this year for the first time finds Medford with the best municipal water supply of any city in the West, with a gravity system bringing water twenty-five miles from its source in the snow-capped sentinels of the Cascades, with pure water ample for a city of twenty-five thousand people. It finds Medford with a completed distributing system exceeding twenty-one miles of cast iron mains and with work begun on nine miles of main extensions.
September first finds Medford with over ten miles of bitulithic and asphalt paved streets. New contracts totaling over 280,000 square yards of pavement, with curbing and guttering, amounting to over a million dollars, the largest contract ever made on the coast, is but forty percent completed. When completed, Medford will be the best-paved city of its size anywhere.
September first witnesses work begun on a large storm sewer a mile in length to carry off the flood waters from the West Side, and the beginning of work on contracts let for nine miles of sewer extensions, making Medford the best-sewered city on the coast.
September first sees phenomenal building activity in the business district. It sees the finishing touches being put on the palatial new depot of the Southern Pacific, costing $50,000, the largest in Oregon outside of Portland. It sees the grounds around it being graded preparatory to parking [i.e., making a park.]. It witnesses the near completion of the $50,000 natatorium and its galaxy of amusements, the finest institution of its kind north of San Francisco.
September will witness the completion of the four-story brick block being erected by the Garnett-Corey Hardware Company, of the granite block erected by the Episcopal Church, of the three-story concrete building erected by the Ray brothers, of the three-story wholesale store erected by the Medford Grocery Company and of the new pressed-brick Davis block.
September first sees construction well under way on the Howard brothers' four-story reinforced concrete block [the "Woolworth" building], occupying a quarter of a block, on the six-story Medford Hotel, on the four-story Page Hotel [never built], giving Medford two first-class hotels and the best hotel accommodations of any Oregon city, and the beginning of construction of the Masonic temple, of the Root building [the Sparta building], of the Mail Tribune building, of the Westerlund block [the Holland Hotel] and several other structures, as well as innumerable residences.
Congress has appropriated $110,000 to erect a federal building in Medford, and September will see the site selected and preparations under way for its construction.
And now come the Sisters of Providence and [their] offer to erect a $100,000 hospital at Medford, providing a bonus of $10,000, to purchase the site, be raised. Half of it has been secured, and every patriotic citizen should see to it that he gives what he can afford, for by just such actions has Medford's progress been maintained.
Medford is growing by leaps and bounds. Yet rapid as the improvements are, they cannot keep pace with the demands. There is not now and has not been in five years a vacant building or a house to let. And Medford's future is brighter this first day of September than ever.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 1, 1910, page 4
Medford's Building Activity Is Breaking All Records
The seeming insatiable demand for office room, store space and hotel accommodations which has continually confronted Medford in her rapid growth from a small town to a rustling city should soon be temporarily relieved. With the completion of the business blocks now under construction, 428 rooms will be thrown upon the market for use as offices, guest chambers and store rooms. Of these, 212 are designed for business offices, while 216 will be for the accommodation of guests in the two new hotels that are under construction. The majority of the office rooms have already been rented to business firms who are now holding forth in back alley apartments or in badly cramped quarters in some of Medford's present modern business blocks.
There are over $600,000 worth of solid, permanent buildings under construction in Medford at the present time. Besides the buildings actually being built, the architects say that they are now negotiating with a number of prospective builders who have not yet made definite plans, but who will build in the near future. In addition to the stone, brick, iron and concrete structures being built in the downtown fire restricted district, Medford is witnessing an unprecedented rush in the home-building line.
The business blocks under construction number twelve. Although none of them are skyscrapers in the New York use of the term, if piled together they would nose away the clouds at the height of 36 stories. The two hotels and the Howard building are to have five stories, the Garnett-Corey four stories and the rest two and three stories.
A proper estimate of the extent of construction work being done in Medford's downtown section can be gained by the knowledge that if all the buildings being erected were one story high they would cover 112,309 square feet, or two and one-third acres. A wall made of the material that is being used in the buildings would have made an admirable protection for some medieval town.
Robert Slewing, a Californian, is the last man to have plans drawn for the erection of a business block in Medford. Clark & Foster have just drawn plans for a two-story pressed brick structure, which is to be built by Mr. Slewing at 217 West Main Street. The new building will be 25 feet wide, with a depth of 120 feet. Both floors will be used as store rooms. Clark & Foster also have just finished plans for the new Christian Science Church, which is to be erected on Oakdale Avenue. The church is to be a frame structure, costing $3500.
Medford's fine new $50,000 depot, which is the most expensive structure built by the Southern Pacific between Portland and Sacramento, will become the permanent abode of the Medford coterie of Harriman officials on the first of next month. The new depot resembles in every detail the one recently constructed at Walla Walla, a town of 30,000 people.
Contracts have been let for John M. Root's new $30,000 building and will be completed in 121 days. The structure will have an enameled brick front. The first floor will be occupied by stores, while the second will contain offices.
Both the Garnett-Corey and Rogue River Electric buildings will be ready for occupancy by the first of next month. The Garnett-Corey building, four stories high, will cost $58,250 when completed. The first floor will be occupied by the Garnett-Corey Hardware Company, while the upper three floors will be divided into 60 offices. Power & Reeves are the architects for this building.
The first floor of the Rogue River Valley Electric building, on West Main Street, is already occupied by the company owning it. The second and third floors have been divided by the architect, McIntosh, into 30 offices. There will be a cafe in the basement connected by the elevator with a roof garden on top of the building.
Power & Reeves report that the A. A. Davis building, which is being erected on North C Street for the [Big] Bend Milling Company at the cost of $45,000, will be completed within the next two months. The furniture store of Cuthbert & Co. will occupy the entire two floors of this building, which has the dimensions of 90x180 feet. The first story of this structure is extra high, having a mezzanine or balcony for storing goods. [The writer has apparently confused the Cuthbert and Davis buildings.]
The five-story Howard building, being erected on Central Avenue across from the post office, will be Medford's largest business block. The first two stories will be occupied by a department store, consisting of an amalgamation of the Medford Furniture Company and Nicholson Hardware Company. Johns & Turner, the architects, have divided the upper three floors into 70 offices. The building will cost $85,000 and will be completed by the first of the year.
The Page and the Medford hotels being erected at each end of the town both have their basement excavations finished. Within the next week contracts will be let for the buildings proper.
The Medford Hotel will be six stories high and will contain 110 guest rooms and six sample rooms, besides a dining room and appurtenances, parlors, a lounging room for men, a store, a barber shop and a billiard room. [The hotel was built at five stories; a sixth was added in the mid-1920s.] The building will be pressed brick, costing $80,000.
The Page Hotel, located on East Main and Riverside streets, is to cost $100,000 and is to be five stories high. The fifth floor, however, will not be finished immediately. This hotel will contain 100 guest rooms and will have a grill in the basement. [The Page Hotel was not built.] Both hotels will be steam heated and will have elevators. Between the Page Hotel and Bear Creek will be erected a theater as soon as the first building is completed.
The Episcopalian building, next [to] that of the Rogue River Valley Electric Company, is nearing completion under the careful superintendence of Archdeacon Chambers of Portland. The building will contain two floors. Three stores have rented the ground floor, while the upper floor is being divided into eight offices. A large meeting or dance hall and a reception room to serve at times as a dining room. The building is being erected at a cost of $32,000.
The new St. Mark's Church, next door, is not being built at present on account of lack of funds.
Porter J. Neff and J. A. Westerlund have started work upon a business block 100x130, where the residence of J. E. Enyart stands on the corner of Sixth and Fir. This building is to be the new home of the Mail Tribune.
In addition to these, a very fine new home [i.e., warehouse] has been erected by the Medford Grocery Company, just south of the present Southern Pacific depot, at a cost of $40,000.
Buildings planned for the spring include a new opera house by Dr. Page, a Masonic temple and several apartment houses, aside from a large store on the east side.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 4, 1910, page B1
MEDFORD AND ITS ERA OF BIG BUILDING
Thriving City Where Five Millions of Dollars
Is Being Invested This Year in Substantial Structures
By Charles A. Malboeuf, Manager, Medford Commercial Club
Medford looks like a city just built, torn down and rebuilt again. Streets are re-torn up in every direction, huge piles of building material block the way, and hundreds of men and horses are at work laying 16 miles of asphalt pavement. Frame structures stand astride the thoroughfares in the cause of removal from the business district and cause a still greater detour of traffic. In every quarter buildings are going up, either for business or residence purposes. Garages are to be seen on all sides. More than 350 automobiles are to be cared for, and additional sales are being made daily. Energy and activity are rampant. The Medford spirit, after the tremendous operations of the last year, has merely taken the second breath and gone at it again. Two and a half millions of dollars were spent in 1909 for buildings; this was thought enough for a city just passing the 7000 mark, but the record is to be exceeded in 1910.
Five millions will be expended before December, and the demand for space continues. Truly an era of new building has been reached, more befitting the ordinary city of 25,000 than one that has increased from 2000 to nearly 10,000 in less than three years. One six-story hotel is being erected, and another four-story structure is going up. Each will cost over $100,000. Five business structures are nearing completion. Four more have been started and more contracted for. The aggregate cost for those under construction today is not less than $750,000. Nearly $1,000,000 is being expended in dwellings, and public improvements represent over $500,000 more. Recreation is not lost sight of. One of the largest natatoriums in the United States is about completed. It will cost $60,000, and its composite features are complete in every detail. The swimming pool, 50x100 feet, required more than ten carloads of cement, and will keep a small part of the people cool for awhile. Twenty carloads of lumber are used in this huge building, and a whole carload of sash and doors are necessary to give light, access and egress. The dancing pavilion takes a solid car of maple lumber for floors alone.
Startling StatisticsThe building of a city upon solid modern lines presents some startling statistical facts. Over 1000 cars of lumber will be necessary in the construction of buildings in Medford in 1910. More than 800 cars of cement will be used. Two carloads of nails arrive each month, and the cost of building hardware and nails in the construction of residences alone will exceed $200,000. The transformation of the rough land into lawns of green has already caused the sale this year of nearly six miles of garden hose. One store alone will sell over 22,000 feet.
It is safe to say that the solidity of Medford, as well as its future prospects, were never more assured than at the present time. The 500,000 acres tributary to Medford of themselves constitute an area capable of supporting a city of 25,000 people. Back of this rich cleared land stand more than 23,000,000,000 feet of fir and pine. A great portion of this timber is on level land, making logging inexpensive and after being cleared will provide hundreds and thousands of acres suitable for all kinds of cultivation. One thousand men working every day for forty years will be insufficient to manufacture this vast amount of timber into lumber. This one great resource will support a city of 6000 people. The timber is within the range of vision from any part of the valley.
The Pacific & Eastern [Railroad] building by the Hill interest already pierces the heart of the forests and commands 8,000,000,000 feet. In less than six weeks the road will be in operation, after an expenditure of nearly $40,000 a mile of 32 miles. The empire builders officially announced that the Pacific & Eastern must and will go to a connection with the Oregon Trunk, now building, regardless of cost, and as far as men can do the work down the Deschutes River. The Hill line crossing the state east and west will connect with the Trunk System also, and Medford will be the terminus of two great transcontinental systems and the most important city between Portland and Sacramento along the Southern Pacific. The acquisition of these railroads is of immeasurable benefit to Medford and indelibly stamps its future progress. The Hill people, appreciating its great resources, are already prepared to advertise the Rogue River Valley far and wide. Local products, including the highest quality of apples and pears produced, are being shipped to the Great Northern people at Portland for their Oregon exhibit car, which will cover the entire eastern portion of the United States during the next fall, winter and spring months. The problem of securing equipment for the more than 25,000 cars of fruit that will be shipped in less than 10 years from Medford and vicinity is disposed of by the completion of three powerful railroads.
Population Growth.The fruit and agricultural resources of the valley have been fully demonstrated. More than 65,000 acres of apples and pears are now growing, and over 10,000 acres are being added every year. Two and a half million dollars will be expended in irrigation purposes, which will cover every acre in the valley and enable nearly every acre to be placed under cultivation. Upon each 10 acres a family will be supported. Electric lines, now fully capitalized and financed, will serve all corners of the district, and the great hand of transportation will be foremost in development.
Twelve months ago Medford had an estimated population of 6000 people; 8000 was the advertised population at the first of the year, but the census disclosed 9000. During the past 19 months newcomers have settled in Medford and the immediate vicinity at the rate of one person every hour day and night. Bank deposits, which increased 50 percent in 1909, further increased 40 percent the first six months in 1910. Postal receipts increased 33 percent in 1909, but for 12 months ending July 1, 1910 increased 36 percent. The fluctuation of stocks in Wall Street have no effect here. Confidence is supreme, and utmost faith in the city's growth is evident from the public improvements and building construction. Every accessory to the needs of a modern city is being displayed here. The water system, costing with the city mains nearly $500,000, is second only to Portland's famous Bull Run supply. Pure cold water from the eternal snows of Mt. McLoughlin reaches the city by gravity line 23 miles long, with a pressure of 93 pounds. The system is sufficient to anticipate a population of 30,000 people. The new sewer system is completed. The three miles of asphalt pavement completed in 1909 are being increased by 16 miles more this year. Asphalt will cover every street in the business district and the larger portion of the residence section. The main thoroughfare will be paved for a distance of more than two and a half miles long. More than 200 horses and 250 men are at work on the entire contract, which will be completed by November. A second telephone system will be in operation in a few weeks. A gas plant under construction will serve the city for illumination and cooking purposes.
The class of Medford's residences is very artistic. Bungalows generally prevail in the smaller structures. Colonial and many other styles are prominent. More than two score of residences already occupied represent a cost of from $5000 to $12,000 each. Great care and pride is being displayed in the surroundings. Natural groves of great oak trees have been selected in the location for many of the most beautiful residences. Civic pride, following in the wake of construction, predicts a city of unusual beauty. Shade trees [omission] roses that bloom nearly every month in the year are being set out, and the landscape is rapidly being transformed into magnificent footwork of velvet green. Cluster lights are being agitated for the main streets, and the acquisition of parks and beautification in general is the order.
Building Progress.The business district presents almost a solid mile of frontage. The structures are new, neat and modern. Granite and pressed brick prevail. Reinforced concrete is coming into use. The buildings now under erection will nearly all be of class A type. The new Medford Hotel, six stories in height, will cover an area 50 by 120 feet. [Hotel Medford was built at five stories; another story was added around 1925.] The four-story hotel will cover 88 by 146 feet, with basement. Both of these will be equipped with steam heating plants and telephones and electric lights, elevator system and modern grills. Building structures now range from four to six stories in height, with one contemplated at eight stories. Steel, granite, concrete, brick and stone is being used. The new Southern Pacific depot, costing $50,000, will be the largest one in the Pacific Northwest outside of Portland and indicates the confidence of the railroad people in the future of the city.
Interest from all parts of the union continues in the great fruit industry in the Rogue River Valley. The type of newcomers are of the highest class. Chicago, New York and other great eastern cities are represented in the wealthy capitalists now taking up orchards. The man of means is apparent on every side, and building improvements in the orchards are keeping stride with those in the city. Every newcomer is a booster, man and woman, and are untiring in their efforts to surround themselves with their own personal friend from their former section. Real estate values in Medford and the orchard districts have been largest on record during the past 12 months, and an immense influx of people is expected after harvest.
Carrying out its regular practice, the Rogue River [Valley] again stands prominent in high-class production in 1910. More fruit will be shipped than in any previous year, and the quality this year will be unsurpassed. The pear orchards are laden with fruit of enormous size. Picking is already under way, and many cars have been shipped. Market reports indicate the continued demand for Rogue River fruits and revenues are expected to surpass those of previous years. Not less than 300 cars of pears will go forward in the next few weeks, and about 400 cars of apples, yellow and red, will follow in September and October.
All these conditions more than justify what Medford is doing.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 11, 1910, page B1
What September Finds in Medford
September finds Medford maintaining its lead as the banner small city of the Northwest. Postal receipts show a gain over a year ago of sixty-eight percent. Bank clearances and deposits are nearly fifty percent greater. More and costlier buildings are under way than ever in the city's history. Railroad business has increased in proportion. The heaviest pear crop in the valley's history is being shipped, realizing the highest prices of any fruit in the eastern markets. Double the quantity of apples produced a year ago will soon be on their way east, while the 65,000 acres of young orchard show a most thrifty growth.
September sees grading completed on the Pacific & Eastern to Butte Falls and the grade into Medford nearly completed. Construction gangs are busy laying the rails, while other contractors are rushing the extension of the Oregon Trunk down the Deschutes, across the Klamath country and the Cascades to a junction with it, thus giving Medford two transcontinental railroads and opening up an immense timber district to lumber manufacturing.
September finds rival railroad engineers surveying lines from the Rogue River Valley through a rich mining district, and the largest redwood timber belt in the world, to a harbor at Crescent City.
September this year for the first time finds Medford with the best municipal water supply of any city in the West, with a gravity system bringing water twenty-five miles from its source in the snow-capped sentinels of the Cascades, with pure water ample for a city of twenty-five thousand people. It finds Medford with a completed distributing system, exceeding twenty-one miles of cast iron mains and with work begun on nine miles of main extensions.
September finds Medford with over ten miles of bitulithic and asphalt paved streets. New contracts totaling over 280,000 square yards of pavement, with curbing and guttering, amounting to over a million dollars, the largest contract ever made on the coast, is but forty percent completed. When completed, Medford will be the best-paved city of its size anywhere.
September sees phenomenal building activity in the business and residence districts. It sees the finishing touches being put on the palatial new depot of the Southern Pacific, costing $50,000, the largest in Oregon outside of Portland. It sees the grounds around it being graded preparatory to parking. It witnesses the near completion of the $50,000 natatorium and its galaxy of amusements, the finest institution of its kind north of San Francisco.
September will witness the completion of the four-story brick block being erected by the Garnett-Corey Hardware Company, of the granite block erected by the Episcopal Church, of the three-story concrete building erected by the Ray brothers [the Electric Building], of the three-story wholesale story erected by the Medford Grocery Company and of the new pressed-brick Davis block.
September sees construction well under way on the Howard brothers' four-story reinforced concrete block [i.e., the Medford Furniture & Hardware Co. Building], costing $100,000 occupying a quarter of a block, on the six-story $100,000 Medford Hotel, on the four-story $100,000 Page Hotel [This building was not built.], giving Medford two first-class hotels and the best hotel accommodations of any Oregon city, and the beginning of construction on the Root building [i.e., the Sparta Building], of the two-story 80x100-foot Mail Tribune building, and several other structures, as well as innumerable residences.
September will see the selection of a site and construction preparations under way for the new federal building, for which Congress has appropriated $110,000.
And now come the Sisters of Providence and offer to erect a $100,000 hospital at Medford, providing a bonus of $10,000, to purchase the site, be raised. Three-fourths of it has been secured.
September sees the completion of surveys, under supervision of the government good roads engineer, for an automobile boulevard to Crater Lake National Park, the scenic wonderland of the world, and contracts let for the construction of the most difficult portion of the road; paid for from a fund of $30,000 raised by public subscription by the patriotic citizens of Medford and vicinity. September also sees a survey for park improvements under way by the United States government.
Medford is growing by leaps and bounds. Yet rapid as the improvements are, they cannot keep pace with the demands. There is not now and has not been in five years a vacant building or a house to let. And Medford's future is brighter this September than ever.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 11, 1910, page B1
GREAT NUMBER OF BUILDINGS ARE UNDER WAY
Regardless of Weather Conditions Buildings Continues Unabated in Medford--
Much Improvement and Repair Under Way.
That Medford is rapidly forging to the front regardless of weather conditions; that here people are unshaken in their confidence of her future and that unprecedented prosperity has settled down to permanent business is evidenced by a building census taken Monday morning. In the parts of the city visited, it was found that crews of workmen were busy on 98 different buildings, and these buildings range from a modest bungalow to a skyscraper. Ninety-eight buildings are not all the buildings under course of construction, as not one-third of the town was covered, but there are 98 buildings under course of construction within a radius of eight blocks of the crossing of Front and Main streets. Farther out in the newer additions there are many new buildings under course of construction; these, however, have not been enumerated, but it is a conservative estimate to say they are 50 in number.
Aside from the new buildings there is an immense amount of repair and improvement work. Houses are being moved to new locations and remodeled; the sound of the hammer and the saw is everywhere to be heard. Not only are new buildings going up, but new streets are being opened, alleys improved, water pipes placed in residences, electric lights and telephones installed and the property in every way improved and modernized.
From estimates furnished by different contractors, it is learned that no less than 300 new buildings will be commenced as soon as material can be placed upon the ground. Some few of these are business buildings, but the greater portion of them are cottages, not cottages for rent, but homes for men who have located with their families within the past year. With the advent of good weather there will not be an idle carpenter, painter, plumber, bricklayer or plasterer in the city, as the work already in sight is more than the present number of workmen in the city can do on contract time.
On every hand buildings are springing up as if by magic, and although this is the poorest season for building work, the hum of the saw and sound of the hammer is hourly proclaiming that Medford is building into a permanent, progressive, prosperous and modern city.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 19, 1910, page 1
Over a Million and a Half Dollars' Worth This Year and Next Year
Will Far Exceed That Amount--Architects and Contractors
Busier by Far on Projected Work Than Last December
Architects and contractors unite in saying that Medford will see in 1911 still greater building development, and that is saying a great deal. The contractors are doing all in their power to get ready for the spring rush, and already they find themselves with contracts for many buildings to be erected next spring. A local gentleman who is prominent in the political life of Jackson County said:
"I found in my trip north recently a wonderful spirit and feeling of prosperity. Everyone is acquiring more faith in the Taft administration, and as money is loosening there will be no panic nor hard times. At Portland every contractor and architect is straining his nerves to get ready for the new building era of 1911, and already they are being flooded with orders. The railroads, every business concern, is awakening to the fact that 1911 will bring the greatest period of development work in Oregon history."
Just what these statements mean can be shown by the following list of buildings erected in 1910, with their cost as shown:
The Natatorium . . . $100,000
Medford Furniture Company . . . 75,000
Garnett-Corey Building . . . 65,000
Southern Pacific Depot . . . 50,000
St. Mark's Block . . . 4,5000
Rogue River Electric Building . . . 25,000
Davis Block . . . 30,000
Medford Grocery Building . . . 30,000
Odd Fellows' Block . . . 20,000
Anderson-Green Garage . . . 30,000
Home Telephone Building . . . 15,000
Mail Tribune Block . . . 20,000
Schmitt & Slewing Building . . . 10,000
Four hundred homes, average cost $2500 . . . 1,000,000
Total . . . $1,555,000
Besides there are the government building, the hospital and two hotels under construction:
The Page Hotel . . . $100,000
The Medford Hotel . . . 150,000
Government Building . . . 110,000
Medford Hospital . . . 90,000
Then there are two schools, one in Queen Anne addition and one on Jackson Street, each to cost $35,000-$70,000.
The Jackson Boulevard bridge, $15,000. The First National Bank and the Masons will erect buildings also.
So that the buildings erected and those under contract for 1910 was $2,090,000.
When one takes in the buildings erected and the city improvements for 1910 the total is staggering, and more so when one knows that the supply does not equal the demand.
Every architect and contractor in the city reports that he is busier and has more work in prospect for the ensuing season by far than at this time last year. December has been a much busier month in the matter of making preparations for building to be undertaken next year than was December, 1909. Various kinds of contracting work, painting, heating and finishing, is to be had in abundance, for there is more work offering than there are people to do it.
In every case the large buildings projected are larger and finer than were those of this time last year. They are going higher into the skies and are more elaborate, costly and bear the marks of permanency in every day.
The best talent in the country is being enlisted to see to the planning of these fine buildings and to their superintendence according to the ambitious plans that are being adopted by Medford's up-to-date builders and owners of business lots.
The highest grade pressed brick predominates, and for general exterior and interior finish the best in granite and wood that Oregon can produce is being used.
Medford Sun, December 30, 1910, page 1
OVER 100 PERCENT GROWTH IN BUILDING
Manager Thierolf of Big Pines Lumber Company Says Increase During 1910
Was Over 100 Percent When Compared with 1909.
With Buildings in Sight for 1911, Business This Year
Is Expected to Make Corresponding Great Increase.
Lumber and building material sales in the city of Medford, according to H. A. Thierolf, manager of the Big Pines Lumber Company, were 100 percent greater in 1910 than in the year 1909. Mr. Thierolf bases his statement on the great increase made by his own company.
The increase in 1909 over the preceding year Mr. Thierolf estimated at about 50 percent.
The actual value of the lumber used in building operations and for other purposes during 1910 is not procurable, but the increased consumption is based by the lumber merchants on the relative amount of material handled during the year.
The orders for buildings to be erected during 1911 filed so far, together with the estimates for the year based on probable increase in population and business, point to an increase for this year over last almost as great as made in 1910 over 1909.
There were more dwellings erected during the past year than ever before in the city's history. These, with the great strides made in the erection of business blocks, caused the great increase.
Brick companies also testify to the great gains made by the city in the matter of new houses. One company's business alone increased 135 percent over 1909.
The size of the new buildings being erected downtown is shown by the fact that two blocks alone required over 1,200,000 feet of lumber.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 5, 1911, page 1
A four-story building [the Liberty Building] was formally opened to the public Saturday. The building, constructed of granite, brick and concrete, was erected by a hardware company [Garnett-Corey], who occupy the first floor and basement; the three upper floors are fitted for offices, and I think all are rented.
Another four-story building is rapidly nearing completion in which the Medford Furniture and Hardware Company, now occupying three rooms the size of John W. Anderson's hardware, will have a home.
The First National Bank owners bought a site for a new home today, paying $1400 a front foot for it. A four-story building is to be erected by them.
Work is soon to begin on two six-story hotels, whose foundations were put in after we came.
The Catholics will erect a large new hospital during the year 1911.
I am of the opinion that at least three new churches will be erected this year.
The schools are crowded and two more large new buildings are to be ready for the opening of school in September. Now [we] have three new buildings. Almost one million dollars have been spent in public improvements during the past two years, as follows:
Street paving, nine miles . . . $377,615
Sidewalks . . . 74,006
Sewers . . . 116,412
Water mains . . . 90,159
Macadam roads . . . 1,597
Gravity water system . . . 275,000
Total . . . $934,789
Excerpt, J. E. Fuselman in Martinsville, Indiana Reporter, "How He Happened to Come to Medford," Medford Sun, February 1, 1911, page 5
MEDFORD BUILDING WORK EXCEEDS $5,000,000MEDFORD, Or., March 4.--(Special.)--Great strides will be made this year to make Medford a city of handsome and substantial business buildings, and local contractors and builders already have enough work guaranteed them to make certain that the figures for building for 1911 will eclipse the figures of last year.
Sunday Oregon Town Assumes Decidedly Metropolitan Aspect During 1910--
1911 Is Expected to Surpass Year Just Passed.
BY ARTHUR R. MANES.
Foremost among the buildings this year is the new federal building. For a consideration of $1 the government recently acquired a site for a new post office building on Sixth Street, and as an appropriation of $110,000 has already been obtained from Congress, work on the building will be delayed only until such time as the Treasury Department's architects are able to complete satisfactory plans.
The second in importance among the projected buildings is that already under construction for the Medford Hotel Company. According to the terms of the contract, this building, which is to cost $125,000, must be ready for occupancy by next August. It will, when completed, be the most up-to-date hotel in Southern Oregon, and every effort will be made to have it equal, insofar as possible, the newest hostelries of Portland. Another hotel, the Page Hotel, is promised for this year. This building will cost in the neighborhood of $100,000, and will be four stories high.
Hospital to Cost $100,000.The Sisters of Providence have already obtained the site for a $100,000 hospital building, and work will be commenced upon it as soon as the plans are completed. Fifty thousand dollars will be put into the building of a Masonic temple by the Masons here, and the Odd Fellows are completing a $30,000 three-story brick and cement building. About four garages will be built. The Union Meat Company branch here has received orders from the headquarters of the company in Portland to commence work upon three new cold-storage rooms, with a capacity of one car each, so that they will be ready before the coming of the warm weather.
The school board has let the contracts for two new school buildings to cost $33,000 each, and has stipulated that they be completed, with the exception of the interior work on the third stories, by August 5. Andrew Carnegie recently informed the library board that $20,000 had been set aside by him for the library building here, and a site has been obtained in the city park.
Other Buildings Promised.Chief among the other buildings promised are: The Palm building, on Main Street, $20,000; the J. M. Root building, $30,000; the Howard building, opposite the present post office, $25,000; the completion of the building on the Porter J. Neff property, the cost and style of which has not yet been determined. It is also probable that a new theater will be built this year to replace the Medford Opera House.
Apart from business blocks, approximately 500 residences are contracted for, and while these will vary greatly in design and cost, one contractor estimated that the average cost of each will be $2000. These figures are based on the average cost of residences so far built in this city.
The city last year spent over $900,000 in paving, water mains, sewers and for a gravity water system and, with the exception of the last named, contemplates duplicating this achievement this year. At the close of 1910, the city had 10 miles of bitulithic and asphalt paved streets, and it has already been decided to pave an additional nine miles this year.
The cost of paving done last year was $377,615, and there remains yet to be done work on outstanding contracts aggregating almost a million dollars. In sewers and water mains the city will spend more money this year than it did last, and an idea of what that will amount to can be gained best by considering that in sewers alone $116,142 was expended during 1910.
Medford Work $5,000,000.A conservative estimate places the value of the improvement work done in Medford during 1910 at $5,000,000. In the course of the 12 months constituting that year the city assumed a decidedly metropolitan aspect. That year saw the completion of the first four-story building to be built here and also the starting of a second. The one completed is the new home of the Garnett-Corey Hardware Company and, besides being the largest block in the city, it was the first to be equipped with elevator service.
The Home Telephone Company completed a handsome two-story building on Sixth Street; the Medford National Bank almost finished a $30,000 addition to its bank building; the Medford Grocery Company completed and moved into a new two-story brick home on Tenth and Front streets, and the Davis block [i.e., the Sparta Building], of white enamel brick trimmed with granite, was built at a cost of $40,000. The St. Mark's block, at Main and Holly streets, was completed. This building is considered the handsomest in the city. It is two stories high, cost $40,000, and is built of Southern Oregon granite.
Nineteen hundred and ten saw the completion of the Natatorium, one of the finest strictly amusement buildings in the state, and also the completion and opening to the public of one of the handsomest passenger stations on the Southern Pacific line.
Sunday Oregonian, Portland, March 5, 1911, page 68
July 2, 1911 Medford Mail Tribune
Substantial Business Blocks Going Up
As If by Magic in the Wonder City
In addition to spending close to a million dollars for paving and other public improvements, Medford will spend no less than $1,000,000 in business blocks and residences during the present building season. January 1, 1912 will find nearly 20 new business blocks erected, while the number of new homes can only be estimated. No less than 75 buildings for residence purposes are now in course of erection. In every direction streets are partially blocked by huge piles of building materials. Lumber and brick dealers have estimated that this year's record will exceed that of 1910 by 33 percent.
Hotel Medford Is Under Way.This season will see among the new building erected a modern five-story hotel, which is to be the peer of any hotel outside of Portland in the state. It will contain 100 rooms, fitted in the most modern style. The hotel, which will be known as the "Medford," came as the result of a three-year agitation for a commodious new hotel. Local business men, headed by Dr. E. Barton Pickel, member of the state board of health, subscribed to the building fund. The hotel will be opened about September 1.
Store's Home To Cost $100,000.Another of the large building blocks being erected this year is to be the home of the Medford Furniture & Hardware Company and will cost $100,000. This building will be four stories in height, of concrete, and be the largest store building of its kind in southern Oregon. It will be ready for occupancy in the fall. Finishers are now at work.
Hospital Will Have 100 Rooms.The Sisters of Providence are erecting a modern hospital in this city, to be called the "Sacred Heart Hospital," which will require 1,000,000 bricks and 30 carloads of lumber. The contract price for its erection was $120,000. It will contain 100 rooms and will be five stories in height. Business men of Medford raised $10,000 by popular subscription, purchased a lot and tendered it to the sisters as a bonus. It is to be completed by January 1. Up to date in every respect, it will be a splendid addition to the city.
In order to accommodate the great growth in numbers of school children, the school board recently let a contract for two new schoolhouses, one on the west and the other on the east side of the city. Each of these buildings will cost $40,000 and will be ready for occupancy by the first of the coming school year.
Bank Will Have $50,000 Home.The First National Bank, the first institution of its kind here to pass the million-dollar mark with its statement, having outgrown its old quarters, has had its old building, erected some years ago, torn down and has let a contract for a new building which will have a solid stone front and will cost $50,000. As this institution stands in the heart of the city, the building will be a great addition. It will be well finished inside, the marble to be used costing over $10,000.
One of the most handsome buildings erected in the city is the Sparta block, which is just ready for occupancy. It cost $30,000 and is built of white pressed brick. It stands out at the east end of Main Street, owing to a jog in the property line, and has created much comment owing to its rich appearance.
Mail Tribune Block.The Mail Tribune block has been completed and is a handsome two-story building of reinforced concrete with a white plaster finish. It is the finest newspaper office in any of the smaller cities of the Northwest. The building cost $25,000. Next to it a three-story apartment house is being erected, at an estimated cost of $40,000.
A local Masonic building association has been formed, and local Masons will soon break ground for the erection of a three-story Masonic Temple, which is to cost $50,000.
The Davis building at the corner of Central Avenue and Sixth Street is a handsome building of white brick. It is two stories in height and cost $40,000.
Many Other Business Blocks.Many other business blocks are being erected, including the following: Business college, $25,000; garage, $12,000; Slewing, $15,000; Schermerhorn, $15,000; Smith apartment house, $10,000. In addition to these the government has appropriated $110,000 with which to erect a federal building in the city.
Aside from these buildings the residences in course of erection range from the $2500 bungalow to the mansion.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 2, 1911, page B1
CITY GROWTH LARGEMEDFORD, Or., Oct 28.--(Special.)--With the definite announcement of the construction of a $50,000 powder factory, a $10,000 fruit exchange, and a $10,000 tobacco and cigar jobbing plant, the contemplation of the construction of an interurban electric system capitalized at $3,000,000 and cement plant at $360,000, Medford is facing the greatest industrial development in its history.
Medford 1911 Improvements to Reach $4,202,000.
NEW INDUSTRIES SECURED
Announcement Is Made of Building of $50,000 Powder Factory;
$10,000 Fruit Exchange and $10,000 Tobacco Plant.
The Imperial Powder Company of Chehalis, Wash., through its representative K. Storer Tice, announces that the construction of its $50,000 plant will begin within 60 days.
Pierson and Page will begin before the first of the year the construction of a produce and storage shipping plant and have secured an option on the property near the present wholesale grocery.
J. R. Smith will erect an office building and will make Medford the distributing center for tobacco and cigars in Southern Oregon.
Although the interurban and cement plants are still in formative state, it is the belief of conservative business men that both of these projects will bear fruit within the next ten days or two weeks.
At the annual meeting of the Commercial Club to be held Thursday Secretary Boos will present the following report showing that the buildings which have been constructed and the enterprises contemplated in 1911 will total more than $4,000,000. The complete list follows: Federal building, $110,000; library (Carnegie), $35,000; theater, $65,000; Masonic hall, $60,000; two bridges over Bear Creek in city limits, $45,000; Sacred Heart Hospital, $100,000; Elks Home, $30,000; two hotels, $171,000; First National Bank building, $100,000; cement plant, $360,000; Interurban Electric Railway system, $3,000,000; factories, $126,000; total, $4,202,000.
Sunday Oregonian, Portland, October 29, 1911, page 54 Few of those projects came to fruition.
1912 Bungalow Catalog
MANY BUILDINGS ARE GOING UP
Considerable activity in the building line has developed in the past week, and indications are that by the first of the year a large number of residences and small buildings will be started. Supt. Garretson of the Trail Lumber Company has contracts for a 45x75-foot store building to be erected on North Grape Street, across from the conservatory of music, and also for a one-story brick structure which W. B. Barnum will build on North Front. He also has contracts for three bungalows on Rose Avenue and one fine residence for Mr. Tackstrom on South Oakdale. The North Grape Street building will have three store rooms and will be built for the father of W. P. Mealey, the attorney.Building Outlook
Medford Mail Tribune, December 23, 1912, page 2
Many New Business Houses Planned
With splendid progress made during the year 1912, which came to an end last evening, in all lines of development and business in Medford and the Rogue River Valley, residents of city and valley are today ready to take up the work brought to hand by 1913 and with renewed vigor and courage, based on the past, continue to build a city where a few short years ago grew chaparral unmolested by the pioneer's axe, and develop latent resources, so abundant in valley and on hill.
The year 1912 was satisfactory in many respects although it was a year devoted to the completion of "unfinished business." The year saw city streets long blocked with mortar and brick cleared and more attention given to completing work started. In consequence Medford took time to catch her breath and now with the advent of the new year take up with renewed vigor the work of building a city.
Building operations totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars are planned for 1913 in the city of Medford. These buildings will include a $100,000 federal building, a $75,000 Elk temple, a $50,000 Masonic temple, a $35,000 theater, a $25,000 bonded warehouse and a number of other business blocks. Work on these buildings will start during the year, most of them in the spring. The outlook for building indicates that Medford's building era which resulted in the expenditure of $5,000,000 for new buildings during the past four years is to continue unabated.
A large number of new business houses are planning to invade Medford early in the new year which include a number of jobbing houses.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 1, 1913, page 1
MANY BUSINESS STRUCTURES RISE AT MEDFORD.MEDFORD, Or., Feb. 8.--(Special.)--If the present building programme is a criterion, Medford will witness the biggest activity in new construction this year in its history. Business buildings and dwellings now under way aggregate a total cost of nearly $200.000.
Present Construction Involves Total Cost of $200,000 New Bridge to Cost $35,000.
While Medford is making a steady growth the boom in construction is due largely to the low cost of labor as well as of materials, it is said. Many contractors declare that a property owner could build now and leave the building vacant a year and yet make a profit when the former cost of construction is considered.
Among the buildings nearing completion are the Page Theater, costing $35,000; the Medford Realty Store House, costing $42,000; Elks' Temple, costing $66,000; Mealy building, costing $6000: Kinsman building, costing $8000; Palm building, costing $8000. The new Medford bridge, which will be completed soon, will cost $35,000. In addition to business buildings, there are several residences under way.
Sunday Oregonian, Portland, February 9, 1913, page 56
By Frank C. Clark, Architect
The building outlook for 1915 is very bright, much brighter than 1914 appeared last January.FINE STRUCTURES SHOW PROGRESS OF CITY IN 1915
The federal building will be the start, followed by several masonry buildings.
The homes that are to be built will be costly. I will mention the Delroy Getchell residence on South Oakdale Avenue, which when completed will be one of the most attractive homes in our city. The Stewart Patterson residence will be started in the latter part of the season. It is the intention to build roads to the hillside and prepare the grounds for all foundations for the home and auxiliary buildings before starting the group of buildings.
I have another residence that will undoubtedly be erected in the summer, which will cost about $12,000.00, and these homes are just the beginning of the better class of homes that will be built in this wonderful valley.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 1, 1915, page 5
While the year 1915 has been a quiet one in Medford building, substantial structures have been erected. The most costly structure, which is now nearing completion, is the new federal building, costing $110,000. It is a brick structure, three stories in height, with basement.
The most costly residence erected was that of Delroy Getchell on Oakdale Avenue, costing $15,000. Numerous smaller business blocks and residences have been erected.
The year has seen great advance in industrial lines. The Medford flour mills have been remodeled and placed in operation after years of idleness. The Medford cannery has been enlarged, with prospects of greater growth the coming year. The Medford cement brick factory has been opened. Several small factories have been started and are doing a prosperous business.
The great enterprise of the year in the valley, however, has been the irrigation enterprise of the Rogue River Canal Co. A storage dam has been built at Fish Lake at a cost of $100,000; a diversion dam has been constructed above Talent on Bear Creek, and a canal to water 2000 acres of bearing orchard is under construction. The main canal is being enlarged and extended to cover the lower end of the valley, placing 10,000 acres under water [i.e., irrigated]. The total cost of improvements under way totals a quarter million dollars.
Five thousand acres in Jackson and Josephine counties have been signed up for sugar beet culture, and a factory is expected to be erected this spring at a cost of $600,000.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 31, 1915, page 8
NEW BUILDINGS IN MEDFORD 1915 TOTALED $146,415The most extensive building program in the history of the city of Medford was completed in 1925 with an estimated total of $1,225,000, an amount over $700,000 greater than the 1924 figure. Homebuilding was a feature of the year as 156 new homes at an average cost of $2500 each were constructed. Improvements in the mill district totaled $500,000; residences over $450,000, business structures, public buildings and miscellaneous expenditures along building lines comprise the remainder, according to estimates.
From the annual report of Laurin E. Hinman, city electrical inspector, the fact is gleaned that the total cost of building operations within the city of Medford during 1915 was $146,415. Three new business buildings were erected at a cost of $115,500. Nine new residences were built at a total cost of $18,300. In addition to these items of improvement, the Barnum Hotel building and the Elks' temple were completed, adding $60,000 to the above totals. The cost of the buildings erected and additions made to others during the past year exceeds that of the year 1914 by $80,845.
"During the month of November, 1915," says the report, "a new street lighting contract was entered into by the
Excerpt, Medford Mail Tribune, March 8, 1916, page 4
1916 YEAR OF DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS
Impetus Given to Utilization of Natural Resources of Establishment of Industries and Extension of Irrigated Areas--Blue Ledge Mine in Operation--Lumber Development.
The year 1916 has witnessed the development along many lines in the Rogue River Valley. It has seen impetus given to the utilization of the resources of this section, has seen the investment of large sums of outside capital, whereby development of the valley has been and will continue to be pushed. New industries have been established and the irrigated area much extended.
Of prime importance to the Rogue River Valley from the standpoint of work given to men and of payroll money put into circulation is the beginning of operations at the plant of the Utah-Idaho Sugar Co. at Grants Pass and of the Portland Beaver Cement Co. at Gold Hill, each involving an estimate exceeding $600,000. These establishments will distribute considerably over $100,000 annually in payroll, in addition to large sums spent locally for supplies.
Promise Well for Future.These plants mean the bringing of more people to the valley, larger sales for the merchants, a better market for the farmer. These two are the beginning of the large industries, which, coupled with smaller plants, will bring a true and lasting prosperity to the section.
In Medford and vicinity, several companies are operating industrial plants with profit to themselves and the community. The Rogue River Valley Canning Company, the Knight Packing Co. and the Bagley Canning Co. have had a successful year, employing large forces of workers and distributing large sums of money to the farmers in exchange for their products. Medford yellow label canned goods, Knight's catsup and apple butter and Bagley's apple juice and other products are doing their share in putting Medford on the producing and industrial maps.
New Industries.Another year will see carried to completion the sawmill of the Applegate Lumber Co. Stock in this company was sold entirely through local subscription, and the company in addition to owning the mill and all equipment has considerable timber holdings in the hills west of Jacksonville.
With the completion of the sawmill, there will be erected in Medford a branch box factory, which will take the entire lumber output of the mill. This plant will be erected by the Ewauna Box Co. of Klamath Falls and ultimately will be the main plant of that company.
With the coming of the sawmill, there has also come the extension of the line of the Southern Oregon Traction Co. westward to tap the belts of timber. This line, it is planned, will ultimately extend about thirty miles westward to the mines of the Blue Ledge district.
Mining Revival.The year has also witnessed a revival of mining and reopening of the Blue Ledge mine. The first copper ore from the Blue Ledge mine is now being hauled with wagons and teams from the mines to Jacksonville, where it is reshipped to Tacoma, Wash. for smelting. Road funds have been voted with which to improve the roads to the Blue Ledge so that with the opening of spring hauling of ore will begin in earnest with a fleet of auto trucks, which are already on their way from eastern factories.
In Medford proper building activities have been confined during the past year largely to the erection of income properties. The exceptions to buildings of this character are the federal building, erected at a cost of $110,000 and St. Mark's Church, which cost, exclusive of lot and furnishings, in the neighborhood of $5,000.
New Buildings Erected.The appearance of Main Street has been considerably improved by the addition of new business blocks and by remodeling of old buildings. On the corner of Main and Fir has been erected a one-story white porcelain brick finished structure with a front of a half block. This building has been so constructed that with the growth of the city, other stories may be added as they are needed. This modern structure stands on the ground formerly occupied by the Hotel Moore and a number of one-story frame buildings.
DeVoe's grocery is now housed in a one-story brick building on the corner of Main and Oakdale streets. The series of frame and brick rooms adjoining the Medford Hotel, formerly occupied by the store, are now being razed.
New marble fronts have been placed in the buildings on the half block on the north side of Main Street at Fir.
The building occupied by Nurmi's Bakery, on [Front] Street, off Main, has been entirely remodeled, a front of white porcelain brick and plate glass [is] being installed. Within the building machinery has been installed for the making of bread under modern scientific methods. As an addition to Medford industries during 1916 may be cited the erection of a plant by the Rex Spray Co. This plant replaced the one burned down at Talent several years ago. The canning plant of the Knight Packing Co. was also completed during the past year.
Another improvement is the building of the Holland apartments, in connection with the Holland Hotel, which are nearing completion, at a cost of $7,000. John A. Westerlund is owner.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 30, 1916, page 1
INVEST $80,000 IN MEDFORD BUSINESS
Three new business places are rapidly being completed in this city for occupancy, involving an outlay of $80,000. Mechanics are few, compared with the number needed, and the work in each instance has been retarded on that account.
The Woolworth store building is being remodeled at considerable cost for the immense stock of five-and-ten-cent business the company hopes to do here.
The sanitarium being erected by Dr. E. H. Porter will be ready by October 1, furnished and fully equipped for business. The walls are now rapidly being completed. Dr. and Mrs. Porter made extensive purchases in San Francisco recently of the most modern equipment in every department of sanitarium work, and that stock will be ready for installation when the structure is completed.
The Rialto Theater building, involving a cost of $25,000, including all modern fixtures, machinery and furniture, will soon be ready for use, the work having been delayed somewhat at various times since it was begun by scarcity of mechanical help. Messrs. Moran & Percy, proprietors of the new playhouse, have had a force of from eight to twenty-two men at work on that structure since the 15th of May, affording a considerable payroll. Added to that is the payroll of ten to fifteen on the sanitarium work and several men in the Woolworth building.
The extensive cold-storage structure being erected by R. H. Parsons, and under lease to Ralph Bardwell, is being rushed to completion at a cost of $30,000. It will be ready for the first of the pear crop, which will probably be September 1. On this institution is a payroll of from 18 to 25 men, two shifts being worked in order to complete the contract within the prescribed time.
Not much display or noise is being made by these enterprises, but practically all of the money they are expending on improvements in Medford is outside coin of the realm. Enterprises that will bring to this city outside money to invest in permanent improvements have not been many lately. That fact makes these instances particularly noteworthy.
Medford Sun, August 10, 1917
REVIVAL OF BUILDING ON IN THE CITY
Many New Residences and Buildings Going Up in Various Parts of Medford--
Total New Construction Involves Large Investment.
Spring building operations in the city of Medford total structures representing a cash outlay of approximately $150,000, according to a survey made by architect Frank C. Clark. The improvements are mostly residential, with a large proportion in the west part of the city. The above does not include a large number of front porches and garages that are being erected from one end of the city to the other, but buildings constructed, or in course of construction, since the first of the year. This is the most substantial era of building since the boom, and bespeaks much for the future.OVER A MILLION SPENT IN NEW BUILDINGS, 1925
C. W. Palm, owner of the site at the corner of Main Street and Fir Street, has asked for figures on the construction of new buildings, but is undecided just what he will build and whether it will be this year or next spring.
"I have built a number of brick buildings in this town," said Mr. Palm Friday, "but I have saved that site until I could build a monument. I will have to build there soon, but just what it is going to be I am unable to figure out. I might build a strong two-story building over the entire site, and use the upper floors for an apartment house. Of course, if they strike oil in the valley, there is no telling how high I would get it."
Mr. Palm said he did not expect building material to go any lower than at present.
The new dining room of the Medford Elks, costing $10,000, will be ready for occupancy early in June. Improvements to the city hall totaling $6000.
A one-store flat on North Riverside, built by Mme. Jeffers, was constructed at a cost of $3500.
Mrs. Thomas, owner of the West Side Stables on Grape Street gutted by fire last February, and used as an auto storage room, will begin at once improvements aggregating $2500.
The Rogue River Canning Company is building a $10,000 structure on South Front Street. They will move their plant from the east end of the Jackson Street bridge, and be in the heart of the warehouse district with increased railroad facilities.
Additions to the Cargill Apartment House, Sixth and Ivy streets, are close to completion at a cost of $25,000, Col. Stuart, contractor, Dr. E. H. Porter, builder. They will be ready for occupancy at an early date.
On West Main Street and immediate streets the following homes are being built:
At West Main and Peach Street, W. C. McCuiston, a recent arrival from eastern Oregon, is building a $5000 home and bungalow.
H. W. Snyder, 1416 West Main Street, is remodeling and rebuilding a home at a cost of $2000.
Improvements to a building at West Main and Orange Street total $500. The place is owned by A. L. Gall.
E. C. Silliman has recently completed a $1000 bungalow near Second and Holly streets.
At Third and Holly streets Frank Netherlands is erecting a $500 concrete block house and garage with basement.
J. H. Bowman is making alterations to his home at 236 Holly Street that cost in the neighborhood of $1500.
Barnes and Moss are building a $3500 bungalow at 48 North Peach Street, and in the same block is the recently completed $5000 home of Sgt. G. Weston.
On Ross Court, Robert and William Gray are building a $5000 bungalow and garage, with all modern improvements.
South of Main Street, a populous resident section, B. B. Beeson is building a $10,000 home at 608 South Oakdale. Robert S. Bailey has just completed a $2000 home at 408 Park Avenue, and at 412 Park Avenue A. L. Barrell has a $1500 home under construction. E. J. Trowbridge has recently finished a $2800 bungalow on West Eleventh Street.
This section boasts the neatest and best-kept back yards in the city at the homes of George T. Collins and Bert Anderson on West Main Street.
On West Ninth Street Frank Salter has just finished a $3000 home, and H. G. Goodhue, on West Newtown, is remodeling a home at a cost of $1500.
On the East Side, George Porter is building a $500 storeroom.
In this section of the city some of the most beautiful homes are being erected.
C. A. Knight is building on Geneva Street a $10,000 structure, and on Minnesota Avenue Dr. M. C. Barber is erecting a handsome and modern $6500 home. Adjoining on the same street a $4500 bungalow is being built by Roy Thomas.
At 821 Sherman Street, Frank Netherlands has laid the foundation for a $5000 residence. At 1013 West Main W. A. Crary is building a $3500 home, now nearing completion.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 30, 1921, page 6
NEW BUILDING BOOM IN CITY IS UNDER WAY
The construction of new buildings, particularly residences, has received a decided stimulus in the past few weeks, as is evident from the number of new homes now being erected and from the number of plans for construction and remodeling now under consideration.
Among the new residences under construction at the present time are the C. I. Hutchison place on the corner of West Main and Ross Court which, when finished, will be one of the finest residences in the city, the bungalows under construction by Carl Bowman and Henry Callahan on South Holly Street, which promise to be very attractive and modern homes, and the new home of Estes Rankin on Kings Highway north of Oak Lodge, now in the process of erection.
Plans under consideration and upon which operations will begin soon include the construction by John M. Root on the corner of Orange and West Main streets of two buildings, one to be a combination apartment and store building and the other, which will front on Orange Street, an attractive and up-to-date bungalow.
It is also understood that J. F. Hale, who recently purchased the Stewart block, will make over the upper floor into apartments and that plans are now under way for this reconstruction.
In addition to these products the Colonial Garage on Sixth Street at the corner of Ivy is now nearing completion. The building is a reinforced concrete structure 80x100 and will be large enough to house a half a hundred cars on its concrete floor. This building is being built by Ira Schuler and "Jerry" Jerome.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 24, 1921, page 1
Building Activities in Medford Greater Than for Many Years
Building activity in Medford for 1925 bids fair to exceed all previous records--it is not the mushroom growth of a boom, but the substantial growth of expansion and prosperity.
The total amount of building permits issued in 1924 totaled $558,514, according to the city records, and for the first quarter of 1925 they reached about half that amount, with the building season just beginning.
There is more building now being done in the business district than for several years, with prospects of a number of other structures this summer.
H. U. Lumsden is erecting a one-story concrete structure with 100 feet on Sixth Street and 200 feet on Bartlett to be occupied partly by Gates and Lydiard and an auto sales room.
John W. Johnson is building a one-story concrete structure on South Bartlett which has been leased to Huggins & Robinson, Inc., Oldsmobile distributors.
Eads Brothers are clearing the lot on the first block of South Front and will erect a two-story concrete building to be occupied by the Eads Brothers Transfer & Storage Co., and Eads Second-Hand Store.
E. C. (Jerry) Jerome is building a store room on one of the lots on the Page corner at Main and South Riverside to be occupied by the Auto Supply and Parts Co.
Walter Bowne has started work on another store room fronting on Main Street just east of the Sparta Building, also owned by him.
Cooley & Neff will begin soon on a concrete building on the corner of Sixth and North Bartlett, that will be arranged in four store rooms.
A new concrete building is being erected just south of the Russ mill on South Riverside to be occupied by R. A. Skinner, who now operates the Buick Service Garage on North Holly Street.
Ground has been broken for a one-story building, 55 by 110 feet, just north of the Russ mill to be erected by John Billings for an auto sales room.
Work has commenced on the Morton Flour and Grist Mill, which will be built on the corner of Jackson and Front streets on the Southern Pacific track.
The $50,000 ice storage building for the Medford Ice & Storage Co. is nearing completion, and this company is erecting additional platforms to enable them to ice a train of cars.
The Medford Pre-Cooling & Storage Co. are rebuilding and rearranging the Archie Ash building in the south Medford factory district which will be done in time for the fruit crop this year.
The building of the Owen-Oregon Lumber Company's new mill is progressing rapidly.
There is much building in the residence district of the city, and many new homes are being erected, and architects report many more [are] being planned.
Since the road to Jacksonville has been paved a half-dozen new homes are being erected in that section. The Siskiyou Heights district, and other territory, the annexation of which will be decided at a special election soon, is also feeling the impetus of building progress.
Among the homes planned for construction this summer are by Dr. Bert R. Elliott and John Moffatt, both planning on building on the east side.
According to architect Frank C. Clark, the building permits for the year will total close to three-quarters of a million dollars, counting the construction of the proposed new high school.
"I look for a steady building period in the fall," said architect Clark, "due to the fruit crop. When this is assured people start planning homes, and want them built before winter sets in. There will be considerable building going on all summer, however. A big crop and good prices will bring new life. I know of several who are contemplating new structures and changes in their homes contingent upon this."
On every hand is to be seen repairing of homes, additions to business houses and residences, painting and a general improvement condition throughout the city and county.
Medford Sun, May 10, 1925, page C2
START NEW BUILDING PAGE THEATRE CORNER
Two building permits involving $5300 were granted by the city building department today to E. L. and Elmer Childers for the erection of a concrete business structure on East Main Street on the old Page Theatre corner and to E. A. Wait for the remodeling and addition to a house, formerly owned by Mrs. Sarah Meeker on East 9th Street and recently gutted by an early morning fire.
The Childers building will be built of reinforced concrete immediately adjoining the Modern Plumbing and Sheet Metal Works building and will have one storeroom 87 feet long and 40 feet wide.
With this building in the course of construction, but one building lot is left unoccupied in the Page corner and upon this, it is understood, plans are now under way to erect another concrete structure.
Medford Mail Tribune, November 12, 1925, page 6
Best Previous Record More Than Quadrupled During the Past 12 Months--
165 New Residences Put Up, 38 New Business Blocks
In the city 375 building permits were granted, made up of 156 for residences, 28 for business structures and 181 for remodeling, additions and repairing.
In 1915, figures show, permits totaled $146,415, with three business and nine residence structures erected. That year witnessed the completion of the Ellis building and the Barnum apartment house, together at a cost of $60,000.
This year witnessed the erection of Medford's new high school, to be completed May 1, 1926, at a cost of $185,000, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, a new city warehouse, and among other things, the disappearance of the last wooden building on Main Street, now replaced by a modern concrete structure. A new $60,000 apartment house was started last fall and will be completed in February, according to present plans. The Page Theater corner, Riverside Avenue and Main Street, where a hotel was once planned, was entirely built up with modern concrete structures, all of which are now tenanted, with the exception of two in the course of construction.
Carpenters look forward optimistically to 1926 as being better than 1925, as they claim much more building operations to be in sight. As a matter of fact, several business structures are slated for erection in the early spring.
Business and other structures erected in the city for the first half year include: O. O. Morton, mill, West Jackson Street, $5000; Wallace Woods, lumber shed, South Fir, $2000; Medford Ice and Storage Company, addition, South Front, $50,000; E. F. Power, garage, South Riverside, $4250; Jerry (E. C.) Jerome, store, South Riverside, $4000; H. U. Lumsden, concrete structure, North Bartlett Street, $5000; Earl H. Fehl, concrete building, Sixth Street, $4000; J. W. Johnson, garage, South Bartlett, $8500; Walter Bowne, garage, East Main, $4000; John Billings, garage, South Riverside, $6500; Medford Concrete Company, North Riverside, office, $500; O. L. Cornwall, store, South Riverside, $7000; and Rogue River Valley Canning Company, storage plant, South Front, $6000.
Second half includes these: Jerry Jerome, store, East Main, $6000; Guy Conner, packing house, $800; Oregon Granite Company, plant, 4th Street, $9000; Puccinelli Dehydrator, plant, North Central, $10,000; Laura M. Knight, store, East Main, $3500; Cooley and Neff, store, North Central, $11,000; H. U. Mitchell, North Riverside, $1000; I. E. Schuler, apartment house, North Oakdale, $60,000; School District No. 49, high school building, West Second Street, $116,000; Palm and Niedermeyer, store, South Front, $2500; Elmer Childers, store, East Main, $4500; Seventh Day Adventists, church, Beatty Street, $4000; Emil Mohr, store, East Main, $3500; J. A. Heston, service station, West Sixth Street, $2500; Mrs. Julia Larsen, storage garage and battery factory, South Riverside, $21,000 and the City of Medford, warehouse, West Jackson, $8000.
Building permits by the month for the year are as follows: January, $12,175; February, $17,295; March, $93,320; April, $46,958; May, $58,255; June, $45,830; July, $72,705; August, $48,214; September, $229,540; October, $47,405; November, $57,780; December, $55,135. The exact total is $774,642.
The residence permits follow:
The 181 permits granted range from $10 to several hundred in amount for repairing, remodeling and additions and are too numerous to mention, but however include a $450 addition to the Catholic Parish on Oakdale and a $700 addition to the Y.W.C.A. building on North Bartlett Street. One exception to the average was the permit issued to E. G. Trowbridge Jr. for a $2500 addition to the planing mill plant on South Grape Street. It also included repairs to the roof.
The improvements and buildings in the mill district was largely limited to the Owen-Oregon Lumber Company, sawmill and plant. During the year dry kilns were built as part of the improvement program, but a greater stride was the erection of a new and additional planing mill and a large lumber shed with car-loading facilities. The program for 1925 cost the Owen-Oregon interests approximately $500,000, and they plan to spend a like amount next year for further improvements. In fact, building promises to continue there steadily.
Although 1925 was a record-breaking year, building experts look forward to 1926 as being as good, if not better.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 31, 1925, page 6
BUILDING HERE IS ON UP GRADE
$95,365 Total Set in Month by Permits Issued for Construction
Reaching a total of $95,365 on May 27, building permits this month set an unusually high mark, with two business days left in which more permits will probably be issued.
Included in the permits were two for the erection of new business structures in Medford, and one for an expensive addition. At a cost of $45,000, the Home Telephone Company of southern Oregon will construct a new home 54x55 feet in size, of one story and basement, on Bartlett Street between Fifth and Sixth. Excavation work on the structure is now under way.
Costing $3000, W. H. Fisher is building a garage on Riverside, which when completed will be the home of the Treichler-Child Motor Co. Concrete walls are complete for the building now. [This is likely the Crater Lake Auto building, 103 S. Riverside. Treichler Motors opened at 30 N. Holly.] A permit for $6000 was issued the F. W. Woolworth Company to make their building on [125 East] Main Street two stories in height. The front end is now that high, and the back is being made another story high.
Permits totaling $2500 were issued the Rogue River Company, which is building new fruit sheds.
Nine permits for new homes were issued, the average cost being $3350. A total of 42 permits were issued, most of them for alterations or repairs.
Jackson County News, May 28, 1926, page 1
HIGH MARK IS MADE IN JUNE BY BUILDING
Growth of Commercial Section Outstanding Feature of Month
$141,050 FOR MONTH
May Record Beaten by Big Sum; Many New Homes Now Going Up
Besting last month's total by $45,695, building permits for the month of June reached a total of $141,050, it was found when the building inspector's office closed Wednesday afternoon. A total of 49 permits were issued, of which 18 were for new structures and the balance for repairs and alterations to existing structures.
Of the permits, eight were for commercial projects, and included two large garages, remodeling the upper story of a business house into apartments, adding a story to a large Medford building, building a cold storage plant, constructing a warehouse and building a basement beneath a business house.
New WarehouseAt a cost of $8,000, Leo J. Miksche, proprietor of the Monarch Seed & Feed Company, is building a new warehouse. Wm. Henry Fluhrer, at a cost of $2,000, is putting a basement beneath his building on East Main Street. The Hotel Medford, at a cost of $900, is making improvements designed to furnish more floor space.
The Medford Ice & Cold Storage Company is building a cold storage plant costing $25,000. Costing $9,000, a large garage is being constructed on North Central between Maple and Beatty streets. Ed. Brown, at a cost of $25,000, is making an apartment above his building on Main Street.
Garage PermitE. M. Tucker is building a concrete garage, costing $7,500, at Merrick's Motor Inn. The Medford Pre-Cooling & Storage Co. built a new warehouse at a cost of $5,000.
Notable among permits issued this month were two which together totaled $45,000. One was given to Medford Lodge No. 103, A.F.&A.M. for $25,000 to complete the second story on their building on West Main, and add a third story. Greatly enlarged and improved club and lodge facilities will be afforded when the work is complete.
New HospitalThe other permit, for $20,000, was issued the Community Hospital, which will build a three-story concrete hospital, 48x60 feet, on East Main Street between Crater Lake and Geneva.
Among permits for new homes were the following: G. L. Hoffman, $3,000; E. L. Childers, $3,000; Albert Jones, $2,000; R. B. Strang, $3,500; W. R. Turner, $2,100; E. P. Shirley, $2,900; George Iverson, $2,000; Ivan M. Gaines, $4,500; Bert Newman, $2,500.
Last year at this time Medford was experiencing the greatest period of solid expansion in its history, when many commercial houses went up, in addition to many retail stores and garages. This season continued expansion of commercial houses is notable, although building retail shops last year evidently filled the present demand
Jackson County News, July 2, 1926, page 1
TOP RECORD IN BUILDING PAST YEAR
Nearly 500 New Buildings Erected in Medford Past 12 Months at Total Cost of $1,335,000--
1925 Total Is Exceeded by $110,000--List of New Structures Given.
RECORD BUILDING PERMITS
1913 . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 46,700.00In spite of the fact that the record-breaking building program of Medford in 1925 with a grand total of $1,225,000 was not generally expected to be equaled in 1926, that total was eclipsed by more than $110,000 this last year, according to carefully prepared estimates. The construction of business, industrial, lodge and church buildings predominated, with home building a close second in the number constructed. The erection of numerous family garages indicated that Medford's car-using citizenry also increased during the past 12 months.
1914 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37,435.00
1915 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,435.00
1916 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26,335.00
1917 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45,400.00
1918 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,900.00
1919 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,330.00
1920 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60,000.00
1921 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133,410.00
1922 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250,835.00
1923 (Oct. 1) . . . . . . 332,335.00
1924 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 617,304.00
1925 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,225,000.00
1926 (Nov. 23) . . . . 1,335,000.00
Of the industrial type of building, the warehouse was particularly conspicuous, with 14 structures erected in various sections of the city.
Representing the largest single investment of the year was the Stage Terminal Hotel at the corner of South Central Avenue and Eighth Street, completed at at cost said to exceed $125,000. This amount materially aided in totaling up the $885,207 building expenditures in the city itself, exclusive of the mill section, where well over $400,000 was expended for construction work at the Owen-Oregon mill and a large amount at the Tomlin box factory, both at the end of North Central Avenue, just outside the city limits.
A total of 486 building permits were issued in the city, including 140 for residences, 14 for warehouses, 36 for business houses, lodge and church buildings and the remainder for small garages, additions, repairs and remodelings. Only 375 were issued in 1925.
New Hotel Big FeatureThe completion of the Stage Terminal Hotel was the outstanding accomplishment of the year. Constructed of reinforced concrete, it is four stories high and contains approximately 72 rooms, in addition to a dining room and a stage waiting room.
The new Presbyterian Church, now under construction on South Holly Street, at a cost of $60,000 is one of the other important building projects to have been launched.
A $25,000 cold storage plant on South Fir Street was added to the Medford Ice and Storage Company's plant and was in operation to take care of a large share of the 1926 fruit crop.
Over $46,000 was expended on the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company building on North Bartlett Street, where it was completed last fall. The building is one of the newest types on the coast, and equipment valued at $150,000 is now being installed in order that the plant may be ready for operation by April 4.
The Rogue River Company remodeled their pre-cooling plant in North Medford, added up-to-date machinery and doubled the capacity of the plant. They also put in a new dipping plant and grading machinery, and improved the dehydrating plant at an expense of $35,000. This plant is operated by the Southern Oregon Sales, Inc.
New Lodge BuildingsA third story was added to the Masonic building on West Main Street at a cost of $25,000 giving the local Mason lodge one of the finest lodge and club rooms in Oregon.
The Woodmen of the World completed a $12,000 lodge structure on North Grape Street which was dedicated last fall with Governor Walter M. Pierce in attendance.
New Lumber MillsIn the neighborhood of $400,000 was invested last year by the Oregon-Oregon Lumber Company in mill construction and installation of new equipment for what is one of the largest mills in the state, which will be in operation early in March.
A large amount was also expended for the construction of a new sawmill by the Tomlin box factory to take the place of one destroyed by fire last year. The expenditures there also include a large amount for additional equipment.
Other Business StructuresOther large structures erected during the past year for business and other purposes include: C. A. Palm, $3000, Fir Street; F. W. Woolworth & Co., one-story extension, $6000, East Main Street; W. H. Fisher, garage on North Riverside, $3000; H. W. Conger, garage, $1200, North Grape; Shell Oil restroom, $600, South Riverside; W. A. Farmer, $9000, garage on North Central; E. G. Brown, $2500 for remodeling of business structure on East Main; Walter Severins, $450, electric shop on Riverside; Community Hospital, $40,000 on East Main; E. M. Tucker, $7500, garage, Riverside; Sacred Heart Hospital, $4000; John Denison, $6500, garage on Riverside; Crater Lake Hardware Company, business structure on Front, $5330; J. T. Brewer, $7000, machine shop on South Riverside; Jackson County Creamery, $5000 warehouse on Central.
Service station, J. H. Hight, $500, Central; A. C. Hubbard, basement construction on East Main, $1000; George Iverson, $15,000, apartment house on South Holly; W. E. Thomas, double store $10,000, South Grape; William Brewer, $2000 garage, on East Main; J. C. Collins, $1000 store on North Riverside; Rogue Valley Floral Company, $800 greenhouses on Franquette; Gates Auto Company, $15,000 addition on North Riverside; Advent Christian Church, new building on Jackson, $700; service station, $2000, E. A. Alcock, Riverside; garage and service station, $16,000 on South Front, by W. L. Lewis; W. Berrian, $2000, service station on Tripp Street.
The $40,000 Community Hospital annex on East Main Street is rapidly nearing completion and will triple the capacity of the institution which was established here some time ago.
The greater part of the cement has been poured for the W. L. Lewis garage on Front. The Iverson apartment house was completed some time ago, and the Gates Auto Company addition is nearly completed.
Warehouses ErectedThe following warehouses were constructed during the past year: J. J. Osenbrugge, $2700, South Front; Eads Transfer, $3000, Clark and Cherry; Eads Transfer, $1000, Clark and Cherry; Boyden Trowbridge, $900, Bartlett; C. A. Whillock, $1500, South Orange, Leo J. Miksche, $8000, South Front; Medford Pre-Cooling Plant, $5000, West Eleventh; J. J. Osenbrugge, $2000, Tenth Street; J. J. Osenbrugge, $2000, North Fir; Wallace Woods, $4000, East Jackson; J. T. Davis, $2000, Grape.
Permits by the MonthAmounts of building permits for the past year by the month are: January, $53,435; February, $48,955; March, $176,345; April, $32,410; May, $110,115; June, $141,060; July, $42,185; August, $27,905; September, $45,990; October, $96,100; November, $56,400; December, $19,305.
March was the heaviest building month of the year, as that month marked the beginning of the Terminal Hotel construction. Being outside of the city proper, no permits were needed for the mill construction, entailing its huge amounts, which are not included in the month-by-month tabulation.
New ResidencesHomes that were constructed last year were nearly all of a high type of construction. The greater share of them were equipped with the latest in electrical appliances and all other household conveniences. The construction was so widely scattered that all parts of the city enjoyed additions of new houses. Following are the houses that were constructed, showing the location and cost and giving the name of the builders:
Medford Mail Tribune, January 2, 1927, page D2
CITY ACTIVE IN BUILDING DURING 1927
Half Million Dollars Spent Already this Year--Many Business Structures Rise--
Activity in Home Building Noted.
That Medford is enjoying a continued steady growth is shown by the figures from the building department of the city records which gives a total of $470,775 as the building program for the city since the first of the year. At the present rate, this year's total in the city will exceed the high mark of 1926, which was $789,330, exclusive of sawmill construction and other large building programs just outside the city.
During the past seventh months, 335 permits have been issued, including dwellings for the greater part, in addition to public buildings, business structures, repairs and remodeling. By months, the figures are as follows: January, $54,240; February, $42,800; March, $80,683; April, $65,962; Mary, $38,747; June, $48,435; July, $106,335; August, $35,757.
Among the outstanding buildings of the year is the new city hall and temporary courthouse on North Central Avenue, which is now under construction at [a] cost exceeding $75,000. It is expected to be ready for occupancy during November, when the county offices will be moved from temporary quarters in the Armory building, where they have been located since last July following the county election which changed the seat of county government from Jacksonville to this city.
The Pantorium building on West Sixth Street is an outstanding business structure of the past seven months and gives the Pantorium Cleaning and Dyeing Works greatly added floor space and a basement, which the company did not have at their former quarters on North Fir Street. The cleaning plant was moved to its new location early this month.
A new English Lutheran church on West Fourth Street is at present under construction at a cost of $15,000 and is expected to be completed within two months. It takes the place of a wooden structure, which served the local congregation for many years.
The completion of the Cornwall Davis garage building on South Riverside Avenue took place several months ago and is now occupied by Fitch Motor Co.
To provide more space for increased business, this year numerous fruit packing houses built additions to plants amounting to several thousands of dollars. Some of the additions double the fruit packing capacity.
The construction of dwellings is keeping up with the average of other years, which is about 150 annually, 148 being constructed in 1925, 155 in 1925 and 140 in 1926.
A total of 41 public and business buildings were constructed in 1925 and 46 in 1926.
The Halley building on South Central Avenue is a new structure of brick, occupies the former site of a one-story brick building and is two stories high. It was recently completed and is now occupied by Shield's dry goods store and Taylor Millinery Shop.
Stage Terminal Hotel.Since September 1, 1926, numerous large business structures have been completed in Medford, including the Stage Terminal Hotel, which was completed at a cost of $125,000. The hotel was opened one year ago today, September 14. It is one of a chain which operates in Salem, Eugene, Roseburg and this city, where, at the latter place, the largest hotel is located.
The Lewis Super Service Station, which was completed this year by W. L. Lewis at an approximate cost of $25,000, gives Medford one of the largest and [most] up-to-date service stations in Oregon. A garage is also operated in connection with the station, which is located directly west of the Terminal Hotel on East Eighth Street.
The Presbyterian Church, constructed at a cost of $75,000, was also dedicated this year on South Holly Street. A new pipe organ, one of the largest church organs in southern Oregon, was dedicated last Sunday with befitting ceremonies. It is of a new and pleasing type of church architecture and will have an attractively landscaped yard.
The Pacific Telephone Company moved into its new quarters during the past year on North Bartlett Street, where an attractive brick building was constructed at a cost of nearly $60,000. Entirely new equipment was installed in the building at a cost which exceeded $150,000 in keeping with the importance of the station, which is one of the few that the company maintains on the Pacific coast.
One of the most important new business structures on Sixth Street, the railroad crossing of which was recently opened, is the Johnson Market building, constructed by Edgar Johnson at an approximate cost of $20,000. It is located on the corner of Sixth and Grape streets and was constructed of reinforced concrete. It houses eight different business establishments, including the Johnson fruit and vegetable market, Alexander's Reliable Grocery, People's Meat Market, Franklin Bakery, E. C. Silliman Candy Shop, Lovicia Waymack lunch counter, Ruth G. Tetherow's Easy Washer Shop salesroom and the Malone Fish and Poultry Market.
During the past year, the Monarch Seed and Feed Company constructed a new warehouse of reinforced concrete on South Fir Street. In it, the company operates considerable mill machinery for the manufacture of feeds, etc., and in addition has a great amount of storage floor space. It is one of the largest warehouses in the city.
A warehouse was also constructed by the Crater Lake Hardware Company on South Front Street to provide added stock storage space and two by the Eads Transfer Company on North Central.
A business building was erected on South Grape Street by W. E. Thomas at a cost of $15,000, showing that the continued growth of the city was reaching all parts of Medford's business section.
A second story was added onto the C. E. Gates Auto Co. building during the past year in order to provide added floor space for storage and repair work. This addition did much to improve the metropolitan appearance of North Riverside Avenue.
Garage buildings were completed during the past year for the Medford Auto Company, Tucker Garage, Armstrong Motor Company and Crater Lake Automotive Company, all of which are located on Riverside Avenue. Each building is constructed of concrete and is modern in every way.
Work is in progress at the present time on the remodeling of the Palmer Music House, giving it greater show window display space and more floor space. Display windows will be installed on the Bartlett Street side of the building, taking the place of a bare brick wall.
Representing an outlay of approximately $20,000, the Sunrise Super-Service Station was completed last February on South Riverside Avenue. In addition to the service station, there are also five three-room tourist apartments operated in connection with the station under the proprietorship of A. M. Alcock and J. A. Rowe.
During the last year, the Woodmen of the World hall on North Grape Street was completed, with dedicatory exercises held last autumn, ex-Governor Walter Pierce being the main speaker of the day. The building was constructed of concrete at a cost of $12,000.
At a cost of $25,000 a third-story addition to the Masonic temple on West Main Street was completed in the past year, giving the local Masonic lodges better and larger quarters.
The building department compiled a table recently to show improvements in Medford covering a three-year period, including work done by irrigation districts. It also includes street and sewer work and is divided into three classifications.
Talent Irrigation District (Emigrant Dam) . . . $450,000
Talent Irrigation District (Imp.) . . . 40,000
Medford Irrigation District . . . 1,250,000
Medford Building Program . . . 779,002
Medford Irrigation District (Imp.) . . . $40,000
City of Medford Water Works . . . 1,000,000
City of Medford Street Work . . . 50,000
Owen-Oregon Sawmill . . . 3,000,000
City of Medford Building Permits . . . 789,000
Medford City Hall . . . $75,000
Medford Street Paving . . . 110,000
City of Medford Sewer Work . . . 75,000
City of Medford Street Work . . . 40,000
Talent Irrigation District (Imp.) . . . 30,000
Medford Building Program . . . 470,775
Copco Power Plant (not including power line) . . . 3,000,000
Medford Mail Tribune, September 14, 1927, page C3
Predicts Record Building Year
"Medford will experience a record year for building in 1928. We are figuring on several important contracts, and there is assurance more are soon to come. Several big projects are under consideration for the business district." This is the optimistic outlook of Elmer N. Childers, who has been contracting and building for many years in Medford.
Mr. Childers has two properties of his own, comparatively new, on East Main Street, and is planning more building early in 1928.
Mr. Childers has erected many buildings, among them the new English Lutheran Church at West Fourth and North Oakdale, the second church in the city, having had the concrete contract for the new First Methodist Episcopal Church. Other recent contracts were Johnson's Market, the Pantorium, Fichtner's Garage.
Mr. Childers' foreman is R. A. Hollopeter.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 1, 1928, page G3
MARCH BUILDING GAINS OVER 1927
Building permits in Medford for the month of March have a total of $103,060, with 52 permits issued, according to figures which were compiled today by the city building department. This total reveals a decided increase over the total of March in 1927, which was $80,683, with 85 permits. Among the buildings which aided in making the month's program so large is the Conger funeral home on West Main Street, the addition of the Pinnacle packing house on South Fir and the Finley apartment house.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 31, 1928, page 2
MANY REPORTS OF FUTURE BUILDING ACTIVITY HERE
Several important realty deals and building projects are now pending in this city, one being of sufficient size to radically change the skyline of Medford.
The past week an option was taken on the Maule estate property at the corner of Ninth Street and Riverside Avenue. It is said that the Firestone Tire Company plans the erection of a tire station there. Members of the Medford Realty Board appraised the property Tuesday.
It is also understood that Union Oil Company has taken an option on the lot across the street, belonging to E. J. Emerick, with the intention of erecting a super-service station there. Mr. Emerick is now in the Middle West at the Astor estate conference for possession of property in the heart of New York.
For some time past negotiations have been under way for the purchase of the C. E. Gates building at Riverside and Sixth Street, now the home of the Ford agency. According to C. E. Gates, three or four parties are negotiating for the property. He recently purchased the Jane Kent property at Fifth and Riverside Avenue as a home for the agency, if the present property be sold.
For three months there has been talk of the erection of a ten-story office building in this city, and an auto finance company is now reported as interested in the proposition. It is now said to be marking time owing to this being "an election year."
Two sites have been considered for this structure. One is the lot on Front Street, across from the old city hall. The other is the corner of Main and Fir Street, owned and occupied by a one-story building belonging to Charles W. Palm. It has long been one of Mr. Palm's ambitions when returns would justify a heavy investment to erect a modern business structures in his home town.
A plan to place another story on the Medynski building at the corner of main Street and Central Avenue, now undergoing renovations preparatory to occupancy by Jarmin and Woods, has been abandoned.
The fall and spring building operations in this city, from the preliminary talk, promise to be the largest in history.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 12, 1928, page 2
OVER $500,000 SPENT FOR NEW BUILDINGS HERE
386 New Structures Erected in Medford Past 12 Months--
New Catholic Church and Montgomery Ward Building Among Largest Projects--
March Construction Greatest.
Only 10 percent less than the total of the preceding year, the building program in Medford, 1928, reached $535,246, with 386 permits issued during the year, including a large number for the construction of dwellings, maintaining the record Medford has made for being a homebuilding city.
Included among the larger structures completed this last year was the new Catholic Church on the corner of Tenth Street and Oakdale Avenue, constructed at an approximate cost of $45,000. Another large building constructed last year was the Walter Leverette business structure on South Central Avenue, completed at a cost of over $20,000, and now occupied by the Montgomery Ward, Burelson's and State Theater establishments, also the new Childers Building across from the old Page Theater.
Plans are being made for several large buildings next year, and the usual number of new homes, many of which are planned to be constructed by comparatively new arrivals in Medford from out-of-state points.
Excerpt, Medford Mail Tribune, December 31, 1928, page C7
BUILDING IN CITY BELIES DEPRESSION
Planned and Completed Projects Will Exceed Average Outlay--
Substantial Residences Add to Total--New Homes Planned.
Building operations in this city and valley, despite pessimistic campaign chatter and economic readjustment, have kept pace with the record of the past five years, according to Frank Clark, architect, who says, with planned and completed projects, "the year will be above the average."
Major building projects in the city this year include the new $150,000 Holly Theater, at Sixth and Holly streets, and the $120,000 airport, both designed by architect Clark.
Fall building is now under way and consists of both residential and industrial work.
Plans have been completed for the new machine shops at the Jackson County fairgrounds, and work has been started. The structure, built of steel and concrete, will cost approximately $12,000. Its dimensions will be 100 by 125 feet and will house a 12-ton traveling crane. The building will contain two huge steel doors and will be fireproof. The building will be completed this fall, and as the road program is completed the machinery will be moved to the new shops.
Residences PlannedPlans have been completed for a residence to be built by W. H. Fluhrer, Sr., on what is known as the Scheffel tract, in a section that has seen the erection of so many attractive homes the past three years. The Fluhrer home will be of the English type, finished in half-timbers. There will be 12 rooms, with all modern conveniences, commanding a rare view of the valley. The cost will be close to $8000.
The residence of C. M. Brewer, general manager of the California Oregon Power Company, in the Siskiyou Heights district, is nearing completion, and work is progressing on the country home of F. S. Townsend, located on the Dr. Conroy tract in the West Side district. This home is built in the Norman type of architecture, and will be one of the uniquely attractive homes of the valley.
On Rogue River, Captain Black and Frank M. Madison, both of San Francisco, have erected summer homes this year.
Many residents of this city are planning on building homes, the list including Gilbert Stewart.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 29, 1930, page C1
BUILDING IN CITY HITS NEW STRIDE
Building in the city of Medford this year is 75 percent ahead of the total for the fiscal year ending September 1, 1933, Frank Rogers, building inspector, announces. During the year ending Saturday, September 1, a total expenditure of $73,722 has been filed at the building department. In the same period during 1933, the sum amounted to $40,849. For the entire year of 1933, the total reached $68,939.
Electrical permits and plumbing work done so far in 1934 is double that of the same 1933 period, Mr. Rogers stated. Fifty percent of electrical work has been for range wiring, and considerable additional money has been spent for new equipment.
While the building figures listed are the actual expense, the total value of the work is near $90,000, Mr. Rogers said.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 3, 1934, page 6
BUILDING IN CITY SHOWING UPSWING
That building in the city of the Medford is on the uptrend is shown by the fact that four permits were issued by the building department at the city hall on one day, Monday, September 10.
Mrs. S. E. Edmondson of 852 West Second Street will construct an addition to her residence, at a cost of $35; Vern Marshall of 938 South Holly will reshingle his residence at a cost of $100; Roland Birkholtz of 103 South Orange will move a garage and woodshed at a cost of $50, and Don Newbury of 5 Eastwood Drive will remodel his residence at a cost of $700.
Permits during the past several months have seldom been issued at a rate of more than this number during an entire week.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 11, 1934, page 1
MEDFORD BUILDING SHOWS LARGE GAIN
DURING PAST YEAR
New Buildings and Repair Permits Total $116,713--
Remodeling of Downtown Buildings Big Factor
Building in Medford took a decided leap in 1935, as compared to 1934. A total of 181 permits representing an expenditure for new buildings and repairs in the amount of $116,713 was a jump of $17,661 over the $99,052 represented by the 156 permits issued the year before.
A check of the records in the city building department shows that much of the money spent was for the renovation of office and store buildings in the business district, with an almost equal amount spent on industrial improvements and expansions.
The largest single project was the remodeling of the building on Front Street between Eleventh and Twelfth streets into a modern cold storage unit of the Pinnacle Packing Company, with a permit of $25,000. Other industrial permits included an addition to the Southern Oregon Brewery at a cost of $2,500, and an addition to Beck's Bakery at a cost of $2,400.
The largest single business expansion was made by Mann's Department Store, which was completely remodeled inside and out at a building cost of $12,000.
Remodeling of the old Jackson County Bank building by Littrell-Moty, Inc., at a cost of $3,000, with the work on the Will Hansen building at Main and Bartlett streets following closely at $2,500. The Jackson County Building and Loan Company remodeled the second floor of their office building at a cost of $2,000, the Osteopathic Clinic hospital was remodeled at a cost of $2,000, and the Rose Grocery store was constructed at a cost of $2,000.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 3, 1936, page 1
BUILDING PERMITS UP 400 PERCENT
Building permits during the month of July, always a dull month, jumped nearly 400 percent over those of the same month last year, according to incomplete records reported by the city building department today. So far this month permits in the amount of $8170 have been issued, as compared with only $2590 for July of 1935.
The largest single permit for the month so far was issued to Mrs. Frank Gerdes of 123 Vancouver Avenue, covering the construction of an addition to the residence there. There were several small remodeling permits, most of them covering the cost of reshingling or rebuilding porches in amounts ranging from $35 to $150.
Only one new residence was listed during the month, the permit going to M. C. Wright, 833 East Jackson Street, for a home and garage at a cost of $2200. Henrietta Moss, 316 North Central Avenue, was granted a permit to construct a three-car garage with storage space overhead at a cost of $1800.
Fourteen permits were issued this month as compared to 10 issued in July 1935. The monthly total was expected to be swelled by permits granted this afternoon and tomorrow morning.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 31, 1936, page 1
MARCH BUILDING BEST IN MEDFORD FOR MANY YEARS
Building in the city of Medford last month reached a new March peak since 1931, with permits totaling $14,685 issued. During the same period last year a total of only $3,775 was reached, and in 1934 the total was even lower, being $2,030. In 1931 the total permits came to $15,170.
While the record of last month is impressive, it in no way compared with the 1928 record, when the total for March was $103,060.
Construction includes seven new homes, most of them on the east side of the city.
The largest single permit of the month was granted Etta Moss for the construction of a laundry at 816 North Central, at a cost of $4,000. A permit was granted D. D. Kay, 1206 East Main Street, for construction of a residence and garage at a cost of $3,000; E. G. Dow, 709 Park Avenue, also took out a permit for a new residence and garage, at a cost of $2,000; H. C. Goldsmith was granted a permit to build a $2,000 residence at 1616 East Main Street.
Sam Goldstine was another to take out a permit to build a residence at 1210 East Main Street, at a cost of $1,800; W. Bergman received a permit to build a residence at 816 South Riverside Avenue, at a cost of $1,000; P. L. Andrews received a permit to build a new house at 1413 Euclid Avenue, to cost $2,000.
Mattie Combs took out a permit to construct a small residence at 921 Narregan Street, at a cost of $600.
Industrial permits went to G. Kelland to repair the "Brass Rail" roadhouse, at a cost of $300, and the Morton Milling Company was granted a permit to build a new office and garage at a cost of $1,000.
The remainder of the permits granted were mainly to cover repairs and minor remodeling.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 1, 1936, page 2
Important Modernization and Expansion Projects
Carried Out During Year
The year 1937 witnessed many important changes in Medford's attractive business district, with several new construction projects and a number of buildings undergoing complete modernization and "face-lifting." One of the outstanding projects was the rebuilding of the old building at Main and Central streets by William H. Fluhrer, completed last fall.
Modern in every detail, the new Fluhrer Building is occupied on the ground floor by Reinhart and Barker's men's store, the Medford Pharmacy, Piggly Wiggly, Larry Schade's jewelry establishment, Mode O'Day women's ready-to-wear store, Buster Brown shoe store, Lewis ready-to-wear store and Biden's shoe shop.
Included among the professional men with offices in this attractive building are Clark & Keeney, architects, who handled the remodeling details; Frank P. Farrell, attorney; L. Clifton Culp, accountant, and the following doctors and dentists: Dr. A. E. Dodson, Dr. C. I. Drummond, Dr. E. R. Durno, Dr. Dwight H. Findley, Dr. C. C. Goldsberry, Dr. J. S. Johnson, Dr. Burt Lageson and Dr. Jud Rickert.
Standard Oil OccupantsOn December 30, the Standard Oil Company district offices on the third floor of the new Fluhrer Building were opened to the public.
With 2117 square feet of office space, nearly double that of the former location, the new home of the Standard Oil Company is up to the minute in every detail. Offices for officials and staff are fully air conditioned, and the newest type of lighting has been employed. The modern equipment, general layout of the offices and scheme of decorations make Standard Oil's new home one of the finest office suites between Portland and San Francisco. In these fine offices the Standard Oil Company's business will be transacted for the large southern Oregon-northern California district, of which Medford is headquarters.
Ward ExpandsEarly in 1937, Montgomery Ward completed the fine Ward store at Eighth and Bartlett [sic], one of the finest of its kind on the Pacific coast. Floor space of the former store was doubled by this expansion program, many new departments and lines of merchandise added and new facilities provided to make this a complete shopping center under one roof.
The store features three great stores under one roof. On the main floor is the dry goods, fashion and accessories department. There are found yard goods, notions, shoes, dresses, coats and furnishings for every member of the family. In all, there are 18 complete departments on the main floor.
Store No. 2, on the second floor, is complete with rugs, radios, curtains, electrical appliances and furniture for every room in the house. It is Ward's complete home furnishings store.
In the basement, called store No. 3, is the hardware department, consisting of auto accessories, heating and plumbing supplies, paints and roofing, a complete hardware assortment, and poultry and farm supplies.
Many Items StockedAll told, Montgomery Ward have on sale over 10,000 items in 29 complete departments. Wider aisles and new Daylight lamps enable buyers to discover at the counter what articles will look like in the daylight. Modern fixtures and displays will make it easier to find articles desired.
The new store has an enlarged balcony to take care of the larger office and budget departments.
Among other improvements in the store was the installation of an electric freight elevator and the building of new safety stair steps to the basement and the second floor. Also, the tire, battery and oil service shop.
Public acceptance of this new store is reflected in a 25-percent increase in 1937 business over that of the previous year. H. L. Brown, store manager, said Friday, "It has been necessary to secure additional warehouse space in a building adjoining the Craterian Theatre and in another location on South Bartlett Street to accommodate the volume of merchandise handled for our southern Oregon trade. It is most gratifying to officials of our company to note the enthusiasm in which our enlarged store has been received in this community," Brown said.
New M.M. StoreOn September 21st, 1937, the new M.M. Department Store at 220-222 East Main Street was opened to southern Oregon shoppers by Charles S. Adair and Bernie H. Williams, owners.
With modern fixtures and equipment inside and an up-to-date display front on the exterior, this store is considered one of the most beautifully appointed in the state. The front is especially modern, there being less than 20 of these designs in the United States, it is said. Two large glass windows enable the customer to see merchandise clearly from all sides. The back island display window also lets more light into the interior.
A feature of the store itself is the excellent lighting system. Many skylights make it practically a "daylight" store, the ready-to-wear and men's clothing departments being especially light, making artificial illumination entirely unnecessary. Fixtures, newly purchased and installed, are all of gum wood and mahogany made locally by the Trowbridge Cabinet works.
At the rear of the store is a modern mezzanine floor, with davenports, writing desks and a restroom where the lady customer may relax while shopping.
All aisles are wide and spacious, and display counters and cases are conveniently located so as to make shopping a pleasure. Departments are segregated with simplicity and may be easily reached.
Abbey Erects BuildingDuring June 1937, work was commenced on the $35,000 structure housing Walter W. Abbey, Inc., Nash-LaFayette dealers, at Bartlett and Ninth streets.
Constructed entirely of white concrete, the new building is 100 by 100 feet in dimension, one story tall, and one of the most beautiful structures in southern Oregon. One-half the total space is given over to an elaborately equipped shop and service department, while the show room, offices and parts department take up the remainder.
Especially beautiful is the spacious sales and show room fronting Ninth Street. Concrete floor space, 100 by 35 feet, is blocked off with huge orange and black checks. Walls and ceiling are of a cream tan finish. Lighting is furnished by four huge plate glass windows the length of the building by nine 500-watt globes of the most modern diffused indirect illumination behind opalescent glass fixtures. A giant red fireplace dominates this attractive display room.
There are two automobile entrances to the Nash-LaFayette show room, one each on Bartlett and Ninth streets and two pedestrian doors located likewise. The parts department is located near the Bartlett Street entrance and gives directly off the show room floor, as do all offices. Men's and women's restrooms are located conveniently off the show room.
The completely equipped shop and service department, 100 by 50 feet, has one entrance--on Bartlett Street--and a rear exit.
Kidd's ModernizedAnother 1937 major remodeling was undertaken by C. M. Kidd & Company, pioneer shoe concern, located at 221 East Main Street. With a smart new front, trimmed with lustrous, black Carrara glass, and completely remodeled interior and fixtures, Kidd's store is considered one of this city's most beautiful business establishments. The opening of this firm's new store was observed April 16th.
Following a fire which completely destroyed the Domestic Laundry and Zoric Cleaners, located on North Riverside, a new, modern building was erected late in 1937 with an opening celebration December 13th. The homes of Cupp's Furniture Exchange and other business firms were likewise destroyed in this fire and reconstructed during the fall season. The Sparta Building, affected in the fire, was fully redecorated.
Woolworth MovesOther important 1937 construction projects included the new, enlarged home of F. W. Woolworth Company at Sixth and Central streets, the extensive modernization of the Hotel Allen at Main and Front streets, and the remodeling of the Hansen building at Sixth and Bartlett sts., marking an expansion of Hansen Hardware. Work is now underway on the new, modern food market building on North Central Avenue, which will be occupied by J. Farrell Haws within the near future. [Haws was manager of Safeway; the market was apparently not built.]
Construction and modernization of a number of Medford service stations and apartment houses was also witnessed during the past year.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 2, 1938, page 6
PLUMBING LACK MAIN STONE IN BUILDING PATH
Representatives of Labor, Management and Builders Seek Solution of Problem.
Shortages of building materials, principally plumbing fixtures, soil pipe and electrical supplies, were held accountable for the existing housing crisis here by representatives of organized labor, management and builders at a meeting Tuesday noon at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. The group was assembled by the chamber to seek a solution to the problem of immediate housing for veterans. Diamond Flynn, director of the chamber and local electrical dealer, conducted the round table discussion.
A program of construction of modest-size homes on vacant lots in this city was suggested by Flynn and, after deliberation by those attending the meeting, a committee will be appointed at once to consider all phases and put the plan into effect if advisable. The program calls for a model home to be erected as a pattern for future construction. [The "yardstick house" at 721 Dakota was built in 24 hours on March 16.] Pressure will also be exerted in Washington at once to relieve material shortages.
City Offers HelpThe city of Medford, with City Superintendent Frank Rogers as spokesman, offered grading and installation of sewer and water if the model home plan materializes. Paul Timm, speaking for the retail merchants group of the chamber, assured fullest cooperation of local businessmen, while Trowbridge and Flynn will assist in the electrical wiring. George Beltz, speaking for the plumbers' union, pledges the cooperation of his group, and Henry Feller, business representative of the painters' local union 1124 promised the painting of the model home.
Cooperation of local electrical workers was offered by Charles Crary, business manager for this group. Food for model home workers has been offered by the Medford Elks Club.
As it is the plan to have the lawn and shrubbery installed immediately, the seed and plants were offered by Ray Miksche of the Monarch Seed and Feed Company. The roofing of the model home was assured by Wilbur D. Schmidt of roofers' local 140 of this city.
The pitfalls and material bottlenecks which are blocking building here were cited by Harry Hawk, local plumber, and Marshall Bessonette, Medford contractor. Delay in processing GI applications and shortages of needed materials were held responsible for failure to complete 150 homes now under construction in this city. Inequities in the price control setup nationally has curbed production of some of these vitally necessary materials, it was stated.
FHA AccusedEd Niles, Medford lumber dealer, reminded the meeting that "FHA bungling is also a factor in the delay in solving the current housing problem here and elsewhere." Hilding Bengtson and Eugene Thorndike spoke briefly in behalf of local financial institutions, emphasizing the fact that financing of GI homes will be forthcoming when other problems are solved.
To emphasize the urgency of the housing need by returning veterans, Mark Goldy told the group that 125 names appear upon the waiting list of the local federal housing project, and inquiries range from five to 10 daily. Ernest Scott, selective service official, said that 2,500 veterans have returned, and of this number 1,100 are family men and 500 need homes.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 13, 1946, page 4
Medford Mail Tribune, March 14, 1948, page 13
Medford Mail Tribune, October 18, 1953, page 12
Slump in Medford Building Appears to Be Slacking Off;
Survey of Permits Shows
1950 Record Year in Construction of Homes, Businesses
With three months yet to go in 1953, it appears that the decline in Medford building since the peak postwar year of 1950 is slacking off on a year-to-year basis, according to city business permit records.Building Activity in Medford Sets Record
The top year of 1950 saw the $3,551,442 total decrease by $870,833 in 1951, and drop still farther ($973,766) by the end of 1952 to a total of only $1,706,838. With three months still to go, the 1953 total has reached $1,213,291--only $493,547 less than all of last year.
Taken on a monthly basis, the drop for 1953 over 1952 from January through September amounts to only $236,669. The comparison is as follows, giving 1953 figures with the decrease or increase: January, $45,724, down $56,189; February, $131,347, down $85,410; March, $209,431, down $10,362; April, $152,455, down $28,405; May, $146,314, down $4,409; June, $149,410, up $23,631; July, $187,759, down $3,241; August, $76,455, down $91,445; and September, $114,396, up $18,961.
These total figures include both residential and business new building and remodeling, as well as minor cost items such as signs and repairs. Breaking these totals down, a comparison can be made between new houses alone and new businesses. In the residential category, 1950 is still the biggest year with 295 new residences started at a cost of $2,183,665. In 1952, this dropped to 122 residences at $1,045,000. So far this year, 73 residences have been started at a cost of $660,750.
As an aid in interpreting the cost of residential construction, a look at construction costs over a 13-year period [is] interesting. In 1940, the average cost of a new house was $2,300. This jumped to $4,400 in 1947--or almost double. By 1950 the cost was $7,400. Last year it was $8,500, and this year it's $9,000. With such a progression--almost four times in 13 years--it is rather startling to find 54 new houses being built in 1940 at a cost of $125,750, whereas only 26 percent more permits this year has cost 500 percent more.
Although fewer new residences are being constructed this year, new business construction has increased over 1952 (excluding remodeling) and is a larger percentage of the total. To the end of September this year a total of 20 new business permits were issued for a valuation of $166,505. This was a jump of $97,605 over 1952, an increase of five new businesses. In two months of this year, remodeling amounted to more than new business. In April, the total was $43,995, and in July $85,000.
1947 Big Postwar Year
The year 1947 has been the biggest postwar construction period for new businesses, despite the fact that 1950 has the largest overall total. In 1947, a total of 55 permits were issued for a $1,065,150 valuation. This dropped steadily through 1950. The latter year, 25 permits were issued for $280,000. Added to this was the Medford Plaza apartment building construction of $295,000.
It can readily be seen that a single project such as an apartment house can make a single month's total soar over a previous comparison only to settle down the next month to the average or below average. With this in mind, a one-month's comparison of August 1953 building valuation with Medford and three other southern Oregon communities will be given from the September issue of the Oregon Business Review. The amount above or below the August 1952 figure is given with last August's total: Medford, $76,445, down $91,445; Grants Pass, $128,500, up $24,585; Coos Bay, $52,850, down $56,325; and Klamath Falls, $262,510, up $170,768.
Another indicator to compare regional growth [is] bank debits, which represent the dollar value of checks drawn against the individual's deposits. According to the Oregon Business Review, about 90 percent of all goods, property and services are paid by check. The Review gives the following August statistics: southern Oregon area (six banks in Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass), $56,126,649, down 8.5 percent over August 1952, Klamath Falls-Lakeview area, five banks reporting, $29,053,768, up 5 percent, and Douglas, Coos and Curry counties, eight banks, $47,491,355, down 8 percent.
On the national scale, U.S. News and World Report's edition of Oct. 9 reported that the "building industry . . . is becoming a bit less active. New construction in August was about 6 percent below last spring. Housing starts dipped from 96,000 in July to 94,000 in August. A year ago in August, 99,000 new dwelling units were started."
As for what lies in the future, an interesting factor is the construction cost analysis by the Engineering Record publication in an Oct. 8th edition. It points out that the rate of rise in construction costs has been running down all year, with 1954's cost rise predicted to hold at 2 percent or less over the present index. At the present time, the magazine reported, "the cost rise is taking a breather." However, it noted that the present status is a temporary one, at the best, and would probably stay stabilized until next spring, when possible new wage contracts will be reflected in costs.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 18, 1953, page 12
Eight Building Permits Issued
A total of eight building permits for projects valued at $1,000 or more were issued at Medford city hall Monday.
Among them was a permit for $1,000 in remodeling issued to Ira T. Burns for the house at 433 Fairmont St.
J. L. Griffith was issued a permit for erecting a $10,000 residence at 856 Murphy Rd. Walt Young was issued one for a $4,000 project involving remodeling of a structure at 521 South Riverside Ave. for office use. C. W. Brooks was issued a permit for remodeling a storage building at 842 North Riverside Ave. into an apartment for $2,000.
Ralph Moore received a permit for adding a $1,000 storeroom to a store at 816 South Riverside Ave., and Robert Spencer one for a $1,800 addition at 294 DeBarr Ave.
Two permits for repairing residences were issued yesterday, one to Leota Tuttle for a $1,400 job at 712 West Fourth St., and one to Herbert Lingren for a $1,000 project at 42 Ross Ct.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 4, 1959, page B2
Building activity in the city of Medford apparently set a new record for the month of December, with building permits valued at nearly $1 million being issued.
A total of 92 permits, valued at $963,910, were issued during December. A building department official called the figure "truly remarkable, since building activity normally falls off during December."
Last month's total was an increase of more than $250,000 over the December 1959 total of $702,203. That month was also considered to be an exceptionally good building month.
Last month's figure was substantially higher than the December 1958 total, when $233,660 worth of permits were issued, and the December 1957 total, when only $99,765 worth of permits were issued.
Pacing last month's total was new building construction. The new buildings for which permits were taken out during December include the $533,000 J. J. Newberry department store; a $57,990 state office building addition; the $22,000 Nye and Naumes company warehouse, and a $52,000 Cedar Lodge motel restaurant.
Starts were made on 14 new residences during the month, having a combined value of $148,650. Permits to remodel or repair existing buildings totaled $84,155.
A building department official said today that the total building activity for the 1960 year should also be substantial. A year-end report will be issued within a few days.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 5, 1961, page 1
Building in City Good During 1960
A total of $5,163,951 worth of building permits were issued in the city of Medford during 1960, in what building department officials consider to be "an exceptionally good building year in Medford."
The total is not a record. It is exceeded by both 1959's record total of $10,994,944 and 1958's total of $5,778.527.
City Building Director O. R. McNeel said, however, that 1960 probably would have been a record year had it not been for the Rogue Valley Manor permit which was issued in 1959, and the Medford Shopping Center permit which was issued in 1958.
New residence construction led all other building activities in the city during the year, with starts made on 127 homes having a total value of $1,518,200. New business building construction was close behind with starts made on 23 new businesses having a total value of $1,493,600.
Construction in other building categories during the year include six new duplexes valued at $84,500; three new apartments valued at $102,000; three new churches valued at $175,400; two new motels valued at $271,656; three new institutions valued at $252,573; and three new public buildings valued at $206,051.
Also issued were 141 sign permits; 188 electrical permits; 333 plumbing permits; 36 patio permits and 11 swimming pool permits.
The total number of permits issued during the year was 1,436. A total of $27,814 was collected in fees and 15,301 inspections were made. In addition there were 97 electrical dealer's certificates issued.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 8, 1961, page 1
Medford Growth Believed Nearing Boom Proportions
Others Call It 'Accelerating'
By GREG NOKES
Mail Tribune Staff Writer
Medford is growing--of this there can be little doubt. The problem is whether to classify the growth as a boom, or, more conservatively, a period of increased expansion.
There is disagreement on this point. The manager of the Medford Chamber of Commerce cautions against thinking there will be a boom, and says the pace of growth is merely "accelerating." Others, including the local director of the state employment agency, feel the city may be on the threshold of a boom.
Whatever it is--it is already here.
Industries Not Included
Construction in Medford alone--now under under way or soon to get started--totals approximately $7,200,000. And this figure does not include several new industries in the area, which have chosen not to make public the cost of construction.
Nor does it include three Highway 99 freeway projects, for which bids will be opened Tuesday in Salem by the state highway commission. The three projects, which will take the freeway to the north Ashland interchange from Jackson St. in Medford, have an estimated value of more than $3½ million.
The total valuation of building permits issued in Medford during the first three months of 1964 is $2,069,012. City Building Superintendent O. R. McNeel says that "from all indications" he thinks the city will beat its record construction year set in 1959, when $10,248,720 worth of building permits were issued.
Nearly all aspects of the valley's economy seem to be feeling the effects of the stimulated growth. But this is particularly true with the tourist and plywood industries.
Four new motel developments having a cumulative valuation of $2,200,000 are under construction or soon will be. They are the Alpine Village, the Thunderbird Motel, the Imperial "400" Motel and the Medford Hotel addition. When completed they will increase the total number of motel units in the city from 303 to 535.
Two new plywood mills are under construction--the Medford Corporation mill and the Elk Lumber Company mill. These will create an estimated 400 new jobs in the area.
Other smaller industries now under construction in the area include a potato byproduct manufacturing plant in Central Point, which will employ 10 persons, and a cooperative warehouse in the Mason-Ehrman tract north of Medford which also will employ 10 persons.
Other new and sizable industries are being rumored for the Medford area, and at least one of them appears it will locate here in the near future.
New home building is keeping pace with the rest of the growth. Since Jan. 1, the city building department has issued 30 permits having a total valuation of about $360,000 for new residences--both single-family and duplexes.
Also two apartment developments are proposed for the shopping center area, one of them having 43 units.
A complete list of the other announced projects in the Medford area would take considerable space. But some of the major ones are:
--A $1,200,000 addition to Rogue Valley hospital.
--A $250,000 medical center building to be erected near the hospital.
--A convalescent hospital near the shopping center.
--A new Newberry's department store at the shopping center.
--A new First Federal Savings and Loan building, costing about $100,000.
--The new St. Mary's High School near Barneburg Hill.
--The $2 million federal building, now proposed for property south of 10th St.
--Matlack's new shopping center on West Main St., representing an initial investment of $150,000.
--The addition to the Pacific Telephone-Northwest building. (The building addition will cost $117,000, and the investment in new equipment will be more than $1 million.)
--The Jackson County Extension Service building on Stewart Ave., costing approximately $120,000.
Other recent announcements which are indicative of the overall growth in the area are a proposed new golf course, a proposed private tennis club and the construction by the city of a new bridge across Bear Creek at Fourth St.
Some of the new buildings and businesses in Medford that have already been completed should be mentioned, because they too are a part of the city's growth.
These would include the Rogue Valley Manor, the new Jackson County Federal Savings and Loan Association building, a roller skating rink south of Medford, the new Standard Insurance Company building, the recent addition to The Mall building, the new Army and Navy Reserve building, the new city swimming pool and the new Thunderbird Market.
Incidental to Growth
Then there is the freeway. The multi-million-dollar highway is actually incidental to the growth of Medford, since it would have been built here whether or not the area was growing.
But it will nevertheless benefit the local economy considerably, since local labor will be used, and much of the vast amount of highway materials will be purchased locally.
And, it should prove an inducement for the location of new business here, particularly those businesses connected with the tourist industry.
This would be an impressive list for any city. For Medford (pop. 24,456) it represents probably one of the greatest construction booms since the infamous years of 1909-1912.
Chamber of Commerce Manager Don McNeil does not think the present pace of construction will continue. He feels that the great amount of construction that is currently going [on] came about by coincidence and that it will level off in the near future.
McNeil does believe that Medford is one of the fastest-growing spots in the Pacific Northwest, and he said that Medford is gaining a reputation as being a boom city throughout Oregon and Washington.
This reputation alone could conceivably attract other new businesses here which think there is a boom and want to get in on it. If this did happen, McNeil was not sure that it would be a good thing.
Enthusiastic About Medford
McNeil's note of caution should not be interpreted as pessimism, for he is as enthusiastic about Medford and its future as anyone.
He thinks, however, that industrial growth will come from within, rather than without. Jobs in the valley have been increasing at an average of 350 per year during the last 10 years, and McNeil said 90 percent of these jobs are from the expansion and diversification of local industry.
He cited Bear Creek Orchards' entrance into the fiberglass trailer business and the expansion of the Jeddeloh Bros. Sweed Mills at Gold Hill as examples of this.
"On the Threshold"
On the subject of population, McNeil believes that Medford and the Rogue Valley "are on the threshold of the greatest influx of population we've ever known," with much of this influx coming from the Los Angeles area.
He gained this belief while working for Oregon at a recent vacation travel show in Los Angeles. He said these persons are not only seeking the area as a place for a vacation, but also as a place to relocate. Many of them should be job-producers rather than job-seekers, he said.
While noting that some persons are predicting that Medford will have a population of 50,000 by 1970, McNeil said his own "conservative guess" would fix the population of Medford "and the suburban area" at about 53,000 by 1970.
Unemployment in Area
Unemployment still runs rampant in the valley, but there are indications that it is going down. John Patton, state employment director for this area, said that 14 percent of the 60 percent of the workers who are covered by unemployment compensation are now out of work.
However, this represents a slight decrease from the 14 to 16 percent unemployed averaging for the preceding months. It would be virtually impossible to arrive at an exact count of the total available labor force in the county, but Patton said he would estimate it [at] about 25,000.
All in all, Patton forecast what looks like a reasonable year, "maybe a very good one." He is one of those who is predicting a possible boom in the valley.
Not everyone is in agreement that the city is pushing ahead. Some persons will say that what Medford is getting now it has needed for a long time, and that we are merely "catching up."
But anybody and everybody knows that something is going on, and they will be watching the next few months with considerable interest.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 9, 1961, page 1
Medford Building Has Biggest Year
The Medford Building Department closed out its biggest year in history, 1964, by issuing 1,974 permits for construction valued at $11,417,121, according to John T. Holmer, director. The department received $45,735.41 in fees.
The year 1959 came nearest with its $10 million, the year in which the Rogue Valley Manor was constructed, he said, which accounted for $4 million itself.
The month of December 1964 also established a record, with a total valuation of $2,626,255, Holmer said.
Permits were issued Thursday to Jack Dumas to erect a dwelling at 321 Hillhouse Ave. at an estimated cost of $26,000; to F. E. Samson to erect a sign at 711 E. Jackson St. at an estimated cost of $7,000 and to install a sprinkler system at 235 N. Front St. at an estimated cost of $1,200, and to the W. L. Moore Construction Co. to build a residence at 1501 Johnson St., at an estimated cost of $13,000.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 1, 1965, page B4
Building Permits at New April High
Issuance of a permit for the construction of the Hawaiian Apartments at 224 N. Ivy St., at an estimated cost of $123,000, this morning brought the total building permit valuation to $1,002,430 for the month of April, according to John T. Holmer, building safety director.
Fees collected this month, Holmer stated, amount to $3,768.75, and the number of permits issued totaled 150.
"This is the highest April total in history," Holmer related. It is the first time $1 million has been reached or surpassed during the month of April.
Last year, 152 permits were issued in April, and the valuation totaled $818,815. The previous year 170 permits were issued, and the valuation was $465,726. In 1961, permit valuation amounted to $597.410 on 132 permits, Holmer commented.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 30, 1965, page 1
1965 Construction in Medford Tops $10.7 Million
The Medford Building Department issued 1,936 permits during 1965 for $10,764,031 worth of construction, according to the annual report issued by John T. Holmer, director of building safety.
The city collected $58,232.26 in fees.
The valuation for 1965 was less than what it was in 1964, Holmer said, which was $11,417,121 on 1,976 permits. For 1963, 1,783 permits were issued with a valuation of $7,076,148, and the previous year's total was 1,486 permits issued and a building valuation of $5,991,195.
Several permits were issued last year for buildings valued over $100,000. They included: U.S. National Bank building $887,430; addition to Rogue Valley Hospital $772,000; Witham Parts Service Station and Restaurant $386,000; 24-unit apartment building on Royal Avenue $223,000; 16-unit apartment building on North Ivy Street $123,000; city water department reservoir $480,000; addition to Medford Clinic $134,000; Eagles Lodge $102,000 and American Linen Company building on Ellen Avenue $175,000.
202 New HomesThe department issued 202 permits for new single-family dwellings at a total valuation of $3,457,474, and 20 new apartment buildings with 157 units, at a total valuation of $1,149,625.
Remodeling permits numbered 227 for single family, at $343,219, and for professional buildings, 35 were issued at a valuation of $234,370. Sixty-two permits were issued for stores and mercantile buildings at a valuation of $193,157.
The report indicated that 63 dwellings were demolished and one triplex and eight dwellings within the city were moved.
A permit was issued for a 59-unit trailer park at a valuation of $89,000 and two antennas, a park fountain and an elevator were constructed and installed.
Swimming pool permits totaled seven, valued at $27,550, 244 permits were issued for fence construction at a valuation of $42,091, and 137 permits for signs were issued valued at $14,350, Holmer explained.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 5, 1966, page 12
Building Permits Top $14 Million
The City of Medford issued 1,994 building permits at a total valuation of $14,082,917 during the 1965-66 fiscal year, it was announced today.
This is an increase of more than $2.3 million over last year, and an increase of 96 permits issued, according to the building department's report.
Major permits taken out were for: an addition to Providence Hospital, $161,773; the Pacific Northwest Bell Building, $374,000; a Volkswagen agency garage and office on Biddle Road, $175,000; the new city hall building, $1,346,700; a new wing at Rogue Valley Hospital, $772,000; the new high school, $3,289,960; a store building at Crater Lake Avenue and Roberts Road, $147,000; a 12-unit apartment building on Bennett Avenue, $102,000; the American Linen Company building, $175,000; and a restaurant and service station at $146,000.
Permits for new single family dwellings totaled 201.
Building permit fees collected by the city during the fiscal year totaled $64,120.65.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 6, 1966, page 1
Look into First Building Permits of City Shows Cost Differences
By EVA HAMILTON
Mail Tribune Staff Writer
Anyone want to take a trip backward--into Medford's building history? If so, there is a simple means of travel available at City Hall. It isn't a time machine of science fiction variety. Just a simple little book. It contains the first building permits issued by the City of Medford.
Building began in advance of the permits, as is usually the case in cities, just as zoning usually follows development of the countryside.
Book 1 of Medford building permits is labeled "Oct. 27, 1913 to Feb. 16, 1921."
The first permit in the book was issued to a former Medford mayor, George W. Porter, 826 Minnesota Ave.
The permit called for construction of a frame store building at a cost of approximately $600. The location was on the south side of East Main Street between Almond and Tripp streets. It housed a bakery, originally, Porter, who served as mayor during the 1930s, recalls.
Buildings AddedThree more buildings were added to it to form a complex occupied by a grocery, a cleaning establishment and a shoe shop. All were later demolished, and what is now the East Side Market building was constructed in their place.
E. T. Foss, then city recorder, issued the permits in the early 1900s. The process was much the same as it is today in the Building Safety Department. The real difference is in the price.
Buildings which still stand as some of the city's largest business establishments and clubs were estimated to cost less than a moderately priced home today, according to the original permits.
The Elks Temple, for instance, was listed at a cost of $35,000 in the permit issued Dec. 17, 1913. The construction at that time was to include 12 rooms. Frank C. Clark was the architect.
Permit for construction of a residence on the east side of Beatty Street was issued to Mr. and Mrs. William Stine. It was to be a five-room house, and the estimated cost was $800.
Gain in PopularityThe automobile was gaining in popularity, but there was still a need for livery stables in Medford, the book of permits revealed. On Nov. 19, 1913 a permit was issued to F. and A. C. Hubbard for construction of a livery stable on the east side of South Riverside between Eighth and Ninth streets at a cost of $6,000.
A few days later, however, C. W. Palm received a permit to build a garage on South Fir Street between Main and Eighth streets at a cost of $3,000.
More permits for garage construction appeared the following year. The estimated costs varied from $75 to $4,000.
Popular prices for residences continued to be $1,000 and $1,600. Some were estimated to cost as little as $500.
In June 1914, W. S. Barnum, whose name appeared frequently in the book as building increased in the city, was granted permission to build a brick hotel of 42 rooms on North Front Street, estimated cost $20,000. It is known today as the Grand Hotel.
In the permit for the hotel this statement appeared for the first time in the book: "Subject to approval of the building and fire committee."
May 1915, Eli Dahack was recipient of a permit to construct a garage on North Riverside between Fifth and Sixth streets at a cost of $4,000.
Medford was definitely growing up and moving into the machine age, but the rural atmosphere still endured. Wolff Brothers received permission July 1, 1915 to construct a barn on the north side of West 11th Street between Orange and Hamilton. The application was signed by Fred Wolff.
That same year one of the city's most attractive residences was licensed for construction. Delroy Getchell gave $6,000 as the "approximately correct" estimated cost of an 11-room two-story house on South Oakdale at Stewart Avenue. The resulting structure was for many years the Getchell home and is today home to Dr. and Mrs. Leroy C. Jensen and family.
History RevivedInteresting history for a few who still remember the days of gaiety which accompanied the westward migration of many young blades, attracted by the fruit boom, is revived by another permit issued to the late Delroy Getchell, Medford banker. It was for construction of a cement business building on the south side of West Main Street between Fir and Grape. The $10,000 cost included the wrecking of two upper stories of the Moore Hotel building where social life had centered.
To 1967 boards of numerous churches struggling with building budgets today the price listed in 1916 for construction of St. Mark's Episcopal Church on North Oakdale probably seems ludicrous. The brick structure, according to the authentic permit in the little book, was to cost $5,000.
But this was an enormous sum compared to the cost of a packing plant construction, for which a permit was issued to Knight Packing Company. The total was $1,500 for the building to be located on South Front Street between 13th and Boyd streets.
The name of A. S. Rosenbaum, for many years district freight and passenger agent for the Southern Pacific in Medford, also appears in the list of recipients of 1916 permits. His called for construction of a brick store building on the north side of West Main Street between Ivy and Oakdale.
Familiar NameAnother familiar name in the list of permits is that of C. E. Gates, a former Medford mayor. In 1916 he was granted a permit to construct brick shops on North Riverside between East Main and Sixth streets. In 1920, he received permits to construct a concrete building on Riverside Avenue between East Main and Sixth streets at an approximate cost of $25,000, and for a seven-room, two-story residence at the corner of Queen Anne Avenue and Academy Place for an estimated total of $10,000.
In 1917, permits were issued for two large constructions, one to Dr. E. H. Porter for construction of a four-story brick building of 20 rooms on West Sixth Street, at an estimated cost of $15,000; the other to Hillcrest Orchard Company for a concrete warehouse and basement between 11th and 12th streets, estimated cost $20,000.
In 1921, E. H. Porter's name appeared again as an applicant for more building at the West Sixth Street location. The permit called for addition of 24 rooms at a cost of $12,000. The construction is now known as Cargill Court Apartments.
Show Upward TrendAnother permit was also issued in 1921 to the Medford Elks Lodge, calling for additional construction on North Central at a cost of $10,000. Prices were beginning to show the upward trend.
The first permit signed by M. L. Alford as city recorder was issued Aug. 2, 1917. It was to the F. W. Woolworth Company and provided for the remodeling of a store building on the north side of East Main Street between Front and Central at a cost of $1,000. J. F. Morrill was named as the building owner.
The last permit in the book was issued to Rogue River Valley Canning Company, S. S. Bullis, president. It was for construction of a two-story building between 11th and 13th streets. The six-room construction was estimated to cost $15,000.
The permit was numbered 94, representing the total number of buildings constructed in Medford in the span of years from Oct. 27, 1913 to Feb. 16, 1921.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 26, 1967, page D1
Optimism Expressed by Region's Builders
By Fred Youmans
Mail Tribune Staff Writer
A guarded optimism concerning future construction activities in the Rogue Valley has been expressed by a number of building officials and area contractors.
The words are tempered by the realization that the economy is still feeling the effects of a two-year building slump, triggered by "tight" money, which produced a sharp decline in new privately financed construction.
In the meantime, tax-supported projects--in Medford, primarily, the new $3.5 million senior high school, a $2.7 million supplemental water supply system, and the $1.3 million city hall building--have more than filled the vacuum and kept many builders and tradesmen working almost continuously.
But a renaissance of private-funded building is now being evidenced, with plans for new lumber-related industries at White City and huge motel-convention center complexes at Medford among the highlights. Blueprints are again spiraling off the boards of architects, and home building--an important gauge to the local economy--is in the midst of a strong comeback.
Indicate ReboundIn Medford, projects now under way or on the drawing board indicate a possible healthy rebound from two seasons of much inactivity. The nadir was expressed when the city building department reported a four-year low in valuation of building permits during 1967.
School and city projects (except for a $1.5 million development of the Medford-Jackson County Airport) have been accomplished for the present. But witness the spate of private enterprise.
A nursing and convalescent home, a downtown two-story office building, a pediatric clinic, two multi-unit apartment complexes, new churches, and an array of service stations have been built or are now being built in the city.
Prominent on the drawing boards are plans for two huge motel complexes--the 130-unit Red Lion in the downtown area and the 128-unit Holiday Inn near the north freeway interchange--each representing total investments well over $1 million.
Others PlannedAlso ticketed for the future are a soft drink bottling plant, two downtown area restaurants, several neighborhood convenience markets, a plywood testing plant, and more service stations. Held up for various reasons, but always likely to burst into full reality, are two proposed multi-million-dollar shopping centers--the Rogue Center near the north freeway interchange and the Grandview Mall near the new high school.
Remodeling and additions of existing businesses, including banks and motels, plus continued activity by subdividers have further brightened the picture.
Delbert C. Bates, acting director of the Medford Building Department, expects "no big jobs" (excluding the motels) during the year, "but I'm not too discouraged." The key, Bates feels, "is whether money to build is available or not." If funds are handy, "the building trend should move upward," he said. "We should nonetheless have at least as good a year as last year."
Earle Chamberlain, superintendent of the Ashland Building Division, reports "not much going on presently, exclusive of residential building or remodeling" in Ashland. Chamberlain, however, like Bates, foresees improvement.
"As an example, we used to get from zero to one permit per month for residential building; now we get about four to five permits monthly," the Ashland building official said. Chamberlain did admit, however, the yearly total of permits, including commercial building, "was half again now as that of two years ago."
Prime construction projects during the past year at Ashland, except for the continuing building boom at Southern Oregon College, have been a specialty printing company and a 24-unit apartment structure. "The schools, both city and SOC, have kept many builders busy, but private finance may look more favorable to Ashland in the future," Chamberlain hoped.
Like Medford, valuation of building permits nosedived in Ashland during the past year--resulting a 24 percent decline from the 1966 figure. The same situation was reported in Central Point.
At White City, however, it appears to be a different story. A major recent addition to the center of the area's industry, White City Industrial Park, was the Tomkins-Johnson Co., manufacturers of hydraulic cylinders. Plant additions for growth were erected at both Rogue Valley Plywood, Inc., and Forest Industries.
Three firms are now building at White City: companies dealing with manufacture of corrugated wood byproducts, laminated plywood, and cut stock and molding. All are expected to be at least in partial operation by the year's end.
David M. Irving, vice president and general manager of White City Corporation, predicts construction activities amounting from $750,000 to $1 million each year for the next few years at White City. Such an estimated valuation of new or extended operations was reached during 1967, a slow year elsewhere.
"The unknown factor seems to be what the government is going to do regarding the proposed surtax--and also to what point interest rates will level off," Irving said.
White City, nonetheless, appears vigorously to continue to prepare for the future. "A new distribution system, coupled with Medford's water treatment plant and its potential of 65 million gallons daily, will soon provide White City with a new source of water, one which will ease the way for location of firms dealing with plastics and chemicals," Irving said.
"Also, a decision is expected by the U.S. Supreme Court on the legality of forming port authorities for industrial parks," he added. (Such an authority could issue industrial revenue bonds for financing, certain to lure potential tenants.)
Long-Range Program"Things are not strictly happening overnight at White City," Irving stressed. "We're looking at a long-range program with expectations of very substantial growth involving both separation of light and heavy industry and further diversification in the lumber industry."
Optimism by the White City Corporation officials was matched in part by the men most directly affected by the future of construction, the area's builders.
William B. Breeden, vice president of Rogue Valley Construction Co., said 1967 was a good year for his firm. "It could have been a lot better year, true, but I'm always optimistic about the area," he added. "As for the future, there seems to be business here or business waiting."
Walter A. Graff Jr., of Graff & James Contractors, admitted a recent personal change of opinion. "Three months ago, I was really pessimistic, especially after the closure of Timber Products," Graff said. "I'm a little more optimistic now. The general picture looks better."
Construction ShiftsSchool construction has shifted from Medford to Ashland and Central Point now, Graff added. "There appears to be still a lot of work involving education, but it seems like we're building every place but Medford."
Jack R. Batzer, of Batzer Construction, although admitting adopting a "wait-and-see" attitude concerning the government and the surtax, was otherwise optimistic.
"There seems to be lots of money around now, but no takers," Batzer admitted. "This is because there is a lot of frankly 'scare talk,' too, which causes a holding pattern to construction.
"But we just mustn't think negative," he continued. "There is a most amazing gung-ho business attitude from Eugene northward, while the recession area from Roseburg to Redding is limping along on a restrictive basis.
"Remember, though, that this valley has never had a depression," Batzer said. "We've had our problems, sure, but the laws of supply and demand are certain to even out. This old valley has always hung in there."
Something Going OnA growing potential and demand for construction was mentioned by Fred Morlan of Medford Builders Exchange, who keeps abreast of continuing architectural developments. "Basically, the general construction trades should find something going on every day, according to a trend during the past three to six months," Morlan said.
Winter traditionally is a slow period, but Morlan, on the basis of architects' work, foresaw a breakthrough in the spring. "If inquiries develop--and it looks real good--this spring could present the best growth seen during the past two years," he said.
"A year ago, people were hesitant, holding back," declared Morlan, echoing Batzer. "But they found out one can't stand still in this day and age. There seems to be a progressiveness in the construction field now. On the commercial side, there is the same amount of volume of activity, but it concerns diversified industry."
That progressiveness, coupled with Batzer's fundamental faith in "the old valley"--plus the hard realities of developing projects--should be reason enough for an optimistic outlook.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 14, 1968, page B1
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