Diary of Fred Alton Haight, 1877-1966
Medford, Oregon, 1918 and 1920-21

Biographical Notes

KofP contacts:
Alfred A. Saltzman, Supreme Secretary (national): kop@earthlink.net
Grand Secretary Wylie Nichols 503-246-6174
Talisman Lodge #31 (ex-) Secretary: Robert Murphy, 2301A Upper River Road, Grants Pass, OR 97526, 541-474-7462 (in poor health; phone disconnected)
Talisman Lodge #31 (interim) Secretary: Bruce A Stevens, (541) 476-2557, 935 Walker Rd, Grants Pass, OR 97527 (talked to him 5-28-2006; will call me "soon")


1880 Census:
No Haights found in Mount Vernon

1900 Census:
Fred A. Haight, 22,  NY/NY/NY, music teacher, South First Avenue, Mount Vernon, Westchester County, New York
living with parents, Charles W. (61, NY/NY/NY, retired merchant) Palmitin (?) (60, NY/NY/NY, married 32 years)
brother Joseph S., 26, NY/NY/NY, dry goods; sisters Mabble L., 18, NY/NY/NY, student; Geneve, 15, NY/NY/NY, dropout 10th grade

1910 Census:
Fred Alton Haight, 32,  teacher: piano/orchestra, Oakland, California (April 29, 1910)
married for two years to Florence A. Haight (32, Eng/Eng/Eng, professional vocalist) NY/NY/NY; son Stanley M, 14, Nebraska/NY/Eng (wedding certificate #2783, 1909, Westchester County, New York: "Fredrick A. Haight")
1910 Census:
Charles W., 69, NY/NY/NY, retired merchant, First Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York
Palmelia, 60, NY/NY/NY, married 40 years. Had six children, four living
brother Joseph S., 35, NY/NY/NY, no profession; sisters Mabel C., 27, NY/NY/NY, no profession; Genevieve M., 25, NY/NY/NY, no profession

1914 directory: Fred A., music teacher, and Florence H. Haight, 116 S. Laurel
1916 directory: Fred living at Garnett-Corey building

1920 Census: Fred Alton Haight, 41, divorced, NY/NY/NY, music teacher, Main Street, Medford
1920 Census: Richard Chaney, 57, homeowner, no occupation, MD/MD/MD, 130 West Street, Anapolis, Maryland (roll 654, page 91)
married to Florence Chaney, 41, no occupation, Eng/Eng/Eng
daughter Lillian D. Haight, 8, CA/NY/Eng
servant (maid) Rachael Mask, 50, MD/MD/MD

1930 Census: Fred A. Haight, 53, married, NY/NY/NY, music teacher (private studio), Oregon Street, Jacksonville
married to Orrin (?) K. Haight, 33, TN/TN/TN, first married at 17 (roll 1944, p149)
daughter Francis, 9,  born KY, father born KY

Mr. and Mrs. Bolger are "artistic professional musicians well known thruout the northwest who recently located here and have purchased a small ranch east of the city." (MMT, 2-24-20, p.2) The same article states the Amphion Orchestra was "organized by Mr. and Mrs. Bolger."

anxiety attacks (9-24-20)

During the period of the diary Haight hasn't heard from his daughter for the three years since his divorce.

diary is written on loose sheets of unlined 8½x13 foolscap

1917: During the conclave of the Medford lodge of Knights of Pythias (Talisman lodge No. 31) at Crater Lake Lodge, "Professor Fred Alton Haight of Medford interpreted his Crater Lake March as a part of the evening program. Much enthusiasm was won by the presentation of his own number." (MMT, Aug. 17, 1917)

Medford's population increased 393.5% during the Orchard Boom from 1900 to 1910, to 8,849. By 1920 the population had decreased 34.9% to 5,756.
http://www.ohs.org/education/oregonhistory/narratives/subtopic.cfm?subtopic_ID=242

"Car" taken to Talent is probably that of the Interurban Autocar Co.

Started "book of original compositions" in 1913 in Oakland, California.

See #50 for details of Liberty life; also search words "sweat" and "wreck"

Christmas 1917 Florence, Dorothy and Haight were still together in Salem

Did his own laundry and ironing in Liberty rooms

4-28-1918: Left home and "wandered out to Seattle"

1-5-1920:   Has lived in Liberty Building for four years

Thoughts of suicide: March 9, 1921

Deserted by wife, child and god: 1-19-18

Living in fear: 1-26-18

Haight wrote his wife's name on 1960s envelope as "Ossie Catherine Haight." Newspaper calls her "Ossie Goode."

"Mrs. Halliday Haight" is listed as the hostess of the January 4, 1915 program of the Greater Medford Club(program, digitized online by SODA)
Medford (Oregon) Mail Tribune, Friday, 3 Jul 1925, Talent Talk:
Word has been received of the marriage of Prof. F. A. Haight of Medford and
Mrs. Ossie Goode of Jacksonville which occurred June 20. Prof. Haight has
given music lessons in Talent a great many years and is widely known here.
Former students and friends join in wishing Mr. and Mrs. Haight happiness.
Interurban Autocar Company's offices and waiting room are in the Nash Hotel (1921 Polk's)

Imperial Orchestra "made a decided hit with the dancing public." Manager is Herbert Alford (MMT 2-2-20, p.2, col.2)

herb alford sings, mmt, june 29, p. 8

Haight's mother dies March 16, 1920

4/12/1920: Has been in the West for eleven years, Majestic plays first country dance

herb alford mmt 5-29-20, p. 2, col. 3

5/8/1920: Haight was in Medford four years before he started getting playing gigs

6/13/1920: Divorced in 1917

6/20/1920: "Except for Dorothy the family I came from dies out—burned out." "Dorothy is the end of the Haights."

7/6/1920: Hasn't heard from Dorothy for three years.

11/9/1920: Joe in sanitarium; "sister" receiving bills

6/21/1921: Not declaring income taxes on his dance earnings

The new Imperial Orchestra "produces dance music of a type seldom heard in the smaller cities, and have prepared a varied program of waltzes, fox-trots and one-steps for the coming dance on Saturday." (MMT, 2-5-20, p. 2,col.2)


Farm bureau C. C. Cate expands his offices, requires Haight's studio. Will occupy the "entire north end of the fourth floor of the Liberty building." MMT 2-9-20, p. 2/1

"The office of Roland Flaharty [sic], secretary of the farm bureau and manager of the farm bureau exchange will occupy the rooms vacated by the Haight studio." MMT 2-9-20, p. 2/1

"The Haight Music Studio formerly 401 Liberty building, is now located in larger quarters in room 318, same building." Ad runs once, MMT 2-16-20 p. 2/2

"RIALTO ORCHESTRA MAKES BIG HIT" Amphion orchestra (8 musicians): Organized by Mr. (flute) and Mrs. Bolger (leader and violinist). Haight, piano; F. C. McReynolds, 'cello; E. C. Root, clarinet; T. A. Fifer, cornet; Ed White, slide trombone; E. N. Roberts, drums

KofP lodge on program on Feb. 23, 1920: "Captain A. J. Vance gave a very interesting talk about his war experiences . . . The rest of the entertainment program was made up of a piano solo by Mr. Haight, some card tricks by Jay Gore, a vocal solo by Mr. Gaylord, a social session and the serving of lunch." (MMT, 2-26-20, p. 2/2)

mention of addition of saxoponist "Ray Mischke of the new Imperial Orchestra." MMT 2-28-20, p. 2/2

"Valentine ball! Sat. Feb. 14, Medford Nat. New Imperial Orchestra. Real music! Real Floor! Real time!" MMT 2-14-20 p. 2/2

Modern Plumbing opens in Sparta Building May 15, 1920

 
According to the April 1920 telephone directory, Haight shared the building with the offices of attorneys George A. Codding, Wren E. Crews, Frank P. Farrell, Fred W. Mears, A. E. Reames; osteopaths Carlow & Carlow; physicians H. P. Hargrave and Henry Hart; eye, ear, nose and throat specialist Thompson G. Heine ("eyeglasses fitted"); dentists Van Scoyoc Brothers; insurance agents David R. Wood (MMT 3-4-20, p. 5, col. 1); dressmaker Bertha R. Haney (Mrs. Burton E. Haney); as well as the offices of the County (plant?) Pathologist, the District Home Demonstration Agent (Florence Pool), Tunnell & Edwards secretarial services; the Jackson County Farm Bureau; the Farm Bureau Cooperative Exchange; Hurd Land & Investment Co.; Metropolitan Life Insurance; George L. Treichler Motor Co.; the U.S. Weather Bureau; Mrs. Alice Holloway--and the apartments of orchardist H. W. Bingham and E. C. Carpenter.

“After the folding doors had been opened so as to throw the two lower rooms into one” [Sunnyside Hotel, Eagle Point] Eaglets, MMT May 3, 1920, p. 6

society vaudeville presented “under the auspices of the Greater Medford club”  [“Society Vaudeville at the Page,” MMT, June 10, 1920, p. 2]

"An Appeal to the 'Good Citizenship' Element of the Town of Wallkill.
"To the Voters of the Town of Wallkill:
    "Circumstances beyond your control have brought you face to face with the duty of deciding at the coming election whether or not the rising generation of this town shall continue to be subject to the temptation of seeing their elders 'step up and have something' at a public bar, with all the accompanying evils of the 'treat about' fashion.
    "If a majority of you can conscientiously say as you come out of the voting booth that you are not willing to take the responsibility of perpetuating the evil, then the time has come when the evil should be abolished.
    "Whether or not it will be depends largely on your voting as your conscience dictates.
    "All we ask is that you be thus guided in your vote, remembering that the hope of the town, as well as of the nation, is in its boys and girls.

"Jesse E. Mapes.            Williard M. Clark.
Charles H. Carey.         M. A. Peck.
R. A. Harrat.                  F. A. Haight.
Samuel Mapes.               Fred Peck.
Chas. L. Ketcham.          Harry Miller.
Robert Nelson, Jr.            Emmons Green.
Henry W. Cropsey.         Joe Walling.
Winfield H. Mapes.         Floyd Taylor."            Middletown, N.Y. Daily Argus, Feb. 22, 1897, p. 8                         


1927 newspaper profile of Fred Alton Haight:

Meet Mr. Fred Alton Haight
by Con Moran
            Recalling the saw of the poet who declared he didn’t give a whoop who made the laws of this country so long as he could pipe its ditties, it would appear that citizens of this republic were disproportionately engaged in song writing. To investigate this alarming symptom, Fred Alton Haight Medford music publisher, was interviewed by this department.
            It was learned that no fewer than 104 natives of the valley had submitted lyrics for musical arrangement. Oddly enough, for these depressing times, there are no blues singers represented in the collection. Most of the offerings are optimistic, many favouring the tenderer emotion, as seen in the recurrence of the rhyming combination, moon and June; eyes and skys. Only one bard was homesick for elsewhere, and he cried for North Dakota.
           
The composer of “Beautiful Rogue River Valley” was born at Mt. Vernon, N.Y. His father, a landscape painter, encouraged the boy to study music. Young Haight began composing at 13. He studied under private teachers and in conservatories in New York. After teaching for 30 years in New York, he came West and established a studio successively in Spokane, Seattle, Pasadena and San Jose. While in San Jose he read a press dispatch about Medford which appealed to him and he decided to look the town over. That was 16 years ago. He has been here ever since. He has two children, a married daughter and a 10-months-old boy.
            Haight was a warm admirer of the late John Philip Sousa. He exalts Jan Ignace Paderewski as the greatest of living men. Chopin is his favorite composer.
            He has composed over 300 pieces. “Beautiful Rogue River Valley,” his latest opus, was sung over KNX by the Arizona Wranglers, and to date has sold nearly 500 copies.
            In his studio is an old Steinway grand which he bought next door to Tammany hall, 20 years ago. When teaching he admonishes each beginner with “Time, tide and the bass drum wait for no man.”

 

Obituary, May 1966:

FRED A. HAIGHT, SR.
            Funeral services for Fred A. Haight Sr., 88, of 525 E. Main St., [Ashland, Oregon], who died at his home Friday, will be held at 3 P.M. Tuesday in the Ashland Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Charles Mylander of the Ashland’s Friends Church will officiate. Committal will be in the Jacksonville IOOF Cemetery.
            Fred Haight was born July 17, 1877, in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. He came to Jacksonville in 1910 and operated a music studio in Medford until 1945. In 1943 he moved to Ashland, then moved his studio to his home in 1945 where he was still active in musical education.
            He was married June 20, 1925, in Jacksonville to O. Catherine Norris, who survives.
            Other survivors include two sons, Fred A. Haight, Jr., Ashland; Stanley Haight, Island of Haiti; three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Koonce, Bryn Mawr, Penn.; Mrs. Martha Wilkins, Anaheim, Calif.; Mrs. Virginia McClure, Stockton, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
            Pallbearers will include members of the Ashland Friend’s Church.

Haight died May 6, 1966. He was buried in the IOOF section of the Jacksonville Cemetery, block 516.


Names, Places and Abbreviations in the Text
Ages, alternate spellings, populations and most other information from the 1920 Census, supplemented by the diary and city directories and newspapers. A small amount of guesswork was involved in matching the individuals cryptically identified in the diary with the correct census entry.

A.S.W.:
"All Seems Well." Telegraphic abbreviation.

Abbott:
Father of a student?

Helen Adamson:
17, daughter of Edward Adamson, bank cashier, and wife Ester, Ashland

Lillian Ahrens:
14, daughter of Melvin Ahrens, department store merchant, 516 Grant Avenue, Astoria, Oregon

Mr. Antle:
Richard F. Antle, manager of the Rialto Theatre. Partners with George Hunt. (MMT, March 11, 1920, p. 3 “New Publicity Stunt by Dick Antle Attracts”)

Applegate:
A hamlet 20 miles west of Medford by road.

Ashland:
A city 13 miles southeast of Medford, on the Southern Pacific railroad and the Pacific Highway. Population 4,283.

Margaret Anglin:
"Clearly our most eminent actress," The Nation, Sept. 25, 1920 (MMT 4-19-20, pp, 6,8; 4-20-20, p. 3, ad p. 8)

Baptist Church:
16 South Laurel, Medford

Bartney:
new pupil 1-30-1918

Beagle:
A hamlet in Sams Valley, 21 miles north of Medford by road.

Mr. Bergner:
Oscar T. Bergner, 38, Allison Street, Ashland, owner of the Vining Theater

Blackstone:
Magician Harry Blackstone Sr., "The Great Blackstone." [see MMT 2-23-20 p.7, 2-25-20 p.6, 20-26-20 p.6]

William J. Bolger:
54, theater flutist, 130 West Main Street, Medford

Bernice Bolger:
30, violinist, "teaches in Conservatory of Music," wife of William J. Bolger

William P. Brooks:
27, piano tuner for Palmer Piano House, North Pacific Highway, Medford (MMT 1-5-20, p. 2)

Budges:
Music students.
Alex Budge, son of Mr. And Mrs. William Budge, husband to Ruth Whitted. William’s daughter Jean just graduated from U of C. MMT, May 18, 1920, p. 2 ,col. 3

Buncom:
A hamlet in the hills above Jacksonville, 19 miles by road southwest of Medford

Butte Falls:
A town 33 miles northeast of Medford by road. Population 166.

C.S.:
Christian Science

Roland Carless: Rolland C. Carless, 16, son of William Carless, farmer, First Street, Phoenix

Central Point:
A town 5 miles northwest of Medford, on the Southern Pacific railroad and Pacific Highway. Population 582.

Florence A. Chaney:
Haight's ex-wife, remarried and living in Anapolis, Maryland

Richard G. Chaney:
Florence's current husband. The 1920 Census lists him as unemployed, but employing a maid.

Leland M. Charley:
19, farmer, son of Emogene Charley, farmer, Lake Creek

Mrs. Clark:
Musician working for Harry Howell

Jim Clarke:
James E. Clark, 35, railroad agent, First Street, Glendale

Keith M. Cole:
14, son of Charles S. Cole, warehouseman, Alder Street, Medford

W. F. and Louisa Crews:
58 and 56, 707 Ivy Street, Medford. W. F. is listed as a lawyer, general practice.
Crews letter (political) MMT Sept. 18, 1920, p. 4 signed "W. E. Crewes"
“W. E. Crews” political letters, MMT 9-20-20, p. 3; 9-21-20, p. 3
crews, 9-23-1920, p. 5


D.O.K.K.: The Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan—the recently established "fun" wing of the Knights of Pythias (MMT
2-13-20, p. 2/2)

DeVoe's:
DeVoe's Grocery and Confections, 436 West Main Street, Medford

D., Doris:
Winifred's sister, violinist. Possibly Ora D. Walker, 14, daughter of George W. Walker, orchard manager, res: 627 North Central
Lillian Haight June 21, 1914 Sunday Oregonian
Lillian Haight, June 21, 1914 Sunday Oregonian
Dorothy: Lillian Dorothy Haight, Haight's 8-year-old daughter.

Mrs. Duff:
An early teacher of Haight's in Mount Vernon, New York

Eagle Point:
A town 14 miles north of Medford, on the road to Crater Lake. Population 128.

C. L. Earsley:
58, teamster, 910 Eleventh Street, Medford

F.A.H.:
  Fred Alton Haight

Fifer:
Turner A. Fifer, 54, bank cashier/clarinet player, 921 Reddy Avenue, Medford

Shorty Garnett:
Henry C. Garnett, 52, hardware merchant, 208 Clarke Street, Medford

Garnett-Corey Building:
Garnett-Corey Building, 201 West Main Street, Medford. The Liberty Building, built 1910. According to the April 1920 telephone directory, Haight shared the building with the offices of attorneys George A. Codding, Wren E. Crews, Frank P. Farrell, Fred W. Mears, A. E. Reames; osteopaths Carlow & Carlow; physicians H. P. Hargrave and Henry Hart; eye, ear, nose and throat specialist Thompson G. Heine ("eyeglasses fitted"); dentists Van Scoyoc Brothers; insurance agents David R. Wood (MMT 3-4-20, p. 5, col. 1); dressmaker Bertha R. Haney (Mrs. Burton E. Haney); as well as the offices of the County (plant) Pathologist, the District Home Demonstration Agent (Florence Pool), Tunnell & Edwards secretarial services; the Jackson County Farm Bureau; the Farm Bureau Cooperative Exchange; Hurd Land & Investment Co.; Metropolitan Life Insurance; George L. Treichler Motor Co.; the U.S. Weather Bureau; Mrs. Alice Holloway--and the apartments of orchardist H. W. Bingham and E. C. Carpenter.

Delroy Getchell:
45, banker, 1121 Oakdale, Medford

Glendale:
A town 56 miles northwest of Medford, on the Southern Pacific railroad and Pacific Highway. Population 548.

George W. Godward:
52, high school teacher, Oregon Street, Jacksonville

Gold Hill:
A town 15 miles northwest of Medford, on the Southern Pacific railroad and Pacific Highway. Population 422.

Ed. E. Gore:
50, grocery salesman, 116 Geneva Avenue, Medford

Jay Gore:
25, farm laborer, amateur magician, son of W. H. Gore, banker, First National Bank

Mrs. Gore:
Hattie Gore, 47, piano teacher, wife of Ed. Gore (MM 12-1-1905, p. 8) "contralto" (MMT 2-11-20, p. 8)

Grants Pass:
A city 31 miles northwest of Medford, on the Southern Pacific railroad and Pacific Highway. Population 3,151.

Gusher:
A café in the Nash Hotel building on South Front Street, at Main

Ruth Haeckler:
Probably R. Beatrice Hackler, 16, daughter of S. Lorenzo Hackler, farmer, Talent

Hamson:
Pool and picture show with Hamson Jan. 1918

Rene Harrel:
Irene Harrell, 12, daughter of William A. Harrell, gardener, 518 West Second Street, Medford

Charlie Harrison:
C. W. Harrison, 34, life insurance agent, 118 Geneva Street, Medford

Mrs. Harrison:
Juanita Harrison, 28, music teacher, wife of Charlie Harrison

H., Hazel:
  Hazel and Myrtle Avery?, ages 16 and 11, living at convent (?) at 431 Eleventh Street, Medford (end of precinct 9 in census)
    Convent (sheet 2A) run by widowed Mary Davidson, 82, and divorced daughter Mary L. Wight, public school teacher
No Hazels of any last name listed in any class in any of the Medford High School yearbooks for the years 1920 through 1924. According to St. Mary's (310 W. 11th), not a 1920s graduate; unknown if she attended.

The diary says she's 19 years of age, has a younger sister, and lives within walking distance (apparently west) of Haight's studio. She "has no father, and is a high school girl." There are no Hazels of any last name listed in any class in any of the Medford High School yearbooks for the years 1920 through 1924. She could have been a St. Mary's student, but according to their records no Hazel graduated in the 1920s. The only fatherless Hazel and younger sister in the 1920 Census are Hazel and Myrtle Avery, ages 16 and 11, at 431 Eleventh Street, Medford (a block away from St. Mary's). Let's hope her age was misreporteda very common circumstance in census records. I've been unable to find further information on the Averys.

This just in:

1900 Census (enumerated June 13):
West Ashland Precinct
Harlow C. Messenger, 43, born June 1856, planing mill proprietor, NY/NY/NY
Bessie L., 38, born July 1861, Can/Can/Can (immigrated 1879), married 18 years, 6 children, 6 living
Son Walter J., 17, born May 1883 Oregon, at school
Son Nathan H., 13, born Sept. 1886 Oregon, at school
Son Oscar E., 11, born Oct. 1888 Oregon, at school
Daughter Hazel, 8, born Oct. 1891 Oregon, at school
Daughter Alva, 4, born Oct. 1895 Oregon
Daughter Edna, 1, Born Dec. 1898 Oregon

1900 Census (enumerated June 15-19):
Trail Precinct
Harlow C. Messenger, 43, born June 1857, Mound Precinct, carpenter, NY/NY/NY
Bessie L., 37, born July 1862, Nova Scotia/Nova Scotia/Nova Scotia (immigrated 1868)
, married 17 years, 6 children, 6 living
Son Walter J., 16, born May 1884 Oregon, at school
Son Nathan H., 13, born Sept. 1886 Oregon, at school
Son Oscar E., 11, born Oct. 1888 Oregon, at school
Daughter Hazel G., 8, born Sept. 1891 Oregon, at school
Daughter Alva H., 4, born Sept. 1895 Oregon
Daughter Edna L., 1, Born Dec. 1898 Oregon

1910 Census:
Mound Precinct
Harlow C. Messenger, 52, farmer, NY/NY/NY
Bessie L., 47, Can/Can/Can, married 27 years
Son Walter, 26, born Oregon, stationary engineer
Son Nathan H., 22, born Oregon, farmer
Daughter Hazel, 18, born Oregon
Daughter Alva, 14, born Oregon
Daughter Edna, 11, born Oregon

Sawmill Burned
    H. C. Messenger was in our office yesterday from his home at Agate.
    He informed us that his mill and lumber yard on Sams Creek burned last week Wednesday.
    The loss on the mill and yard was about $2,500.
    He was in town yesterday looking up material towards starting up again.
Central Point Herald, July 20, 1916, page 2

    Hazel and Edna Messenger are taking a course in stenography at the Medford Commercial College. Hazel is planning to form a class for piano instruction at her home this summer, but is prepared to take pupils now.
    Hazel Messenger went to Medford Tuesday evening to play at a lodge entertainment.
"Agate News Items," Central Point Herald, March 15, 1917, page 3

This Hazel does have a father, contrary to the diary. Maybe because he lived in Sams Valley Haight was unaware of him. Haight does mention, in passing, a student named Edna who "got crying" during a lesson.

1920 Census:
Sams Valley Precinct
Harlow C. Messenger, 62, sawmill operator, NY/NY/NY
Bessie L., 57, 
Nova Scotia/Nova Scotia/ME, unknown year of immigration, not a citizen
Partner Walter J., 36, born Oregon, 
sawmill operator
Partner Nathan H., 34, born Oregon, sawmill operator

    HARLOW CRANDALL MESSENGER (Thomas, Thomas Rix, Lossa, Harriet), eldest child of Harriet Newton and Ezra Messenger, born Jan. 25, 1857; married------. Residence, Ashland, Oregon.
CHILDREN:
WALTER JEROME MESSENGER, born 1883.
NATHAN MESSENGER, born 1885 (1886).
OSCAR MESSENGER, born 1887.
HAZEL MESSENGER, born Sept. 15, 1891.
ALVAH MESSENGER, born 1895.
"Tracy Genealogy," by M. L. Griswold, Mattie Liston Griswold Hunt 1900


H.C.L.: High Cost of Living. An abbreviation in common use in the years after World War I.

Harke: Henry Harcke, 40, theater manager, res: 6th Street, Grants Pass (upon January 1920 census enumeration)
“Henry Harcke left Tuesday evening for Fresno, Cal., where he has a position as an organist in one of the moving picture houses. Mr. Harcke resigned a similar place at the Page theater. His place will be taken by Miss Juenesse [sic] Butler, and her place at the Rialto will be taken by Miss Grace Brown.” [“Personal,” MMT, January 12, 1921, p. 8] Mr. Heckman: Probably Dr. William H. Heckman, 53, Central Point

Heine:
Bliss Heine, 27, musician, 916 West Tenth, Medford.
Starts "The Gem Concert Orchestra" as violinist and leader, with six other people not in the diary 3-6-20, p. 2, col. 2.
Bliss Heine article about rabbit raising, MMT, May 17, 1920, p. 8
Bliss Heine rabbit “classified” ad [“Local Briefs,” MMT, July 19, p. 2, col. 2]
Heine rabbit display ad July 24, 1920, p. 3; “now National Licensed Registrar” for rabbits.
A "Master Bliss Heine" and "Dr. and Mrs. T. G. Heine" mentioned on the Society page of the Anaconda, Montana Standard, May 5, 1901, p. 4.
A "Bliss Heine, publisher" is a member of the Advisory Board of the Song Writers and Publishers Protective association of San Francisco. Sheboygan Press, Oct. 27, 1936, p. 14
Bliss Heine wins prizes for his rabbits at state fair, MMT Oct. 1, 1920, p. 5
Born July 10, 1892, Phillipsburg, Montana.

Hello,

My name is Deanna and I was looking for information on a former friend of mine...Bliss Heine.   I went to the google search engine and put in the name of "Bliss Heine" and two items came up.   Apparently he wrote a song back in 1914 or thereabouts.   I saw your listing that had the diary of one Fred Alton Haight.  I found it most interesting.   You asked that if anyone had any information on any of the people in the diary to write and let you know...thus the reason for this email.

What I am going to say comes from a very poor memory and if I could find my notes I could give you accurate information...but hopefully this will suffice and if you want documentation then I will be more than glad to find you more "perfect" records.

I grew up in Medford Oregon and my first contact with Bliss Heine was when I was around 10 years old making it around 1949.  Mr.  Heine had a "Drum and Bugle Corps" that presented entertainment to various organizations such as the IOOF...which I believe he was a member.   Also the group marched in parades throughout the Rogue River Valley....Medford, Grants Pass, Jacksonville.    With the drum and bugle corps he had a large "baton" group of young girls (of which I was one) that we learned how to twirl and master a baton.   The girls ranged in range from about 4-16 years old. We paid .25 cents every Saturday.  Our lessons were held at the old Medford Armory which I am sure has been destroyed by now.     We also performed with the Portland Rose Festival and marched and performed in their Junior Rose Festival.

I have a picture of all the majorettes and Bliss that was taken at a competition in Klamath Falls Oregon.

I and my cousin ,who also was a student of his, often visited his home on West 10th street.  He was a bachelor and seemed to be an elderly man when we knew him....his eyes were blue and his hair was very white/gray and he was a little hunchbacked...round shoulder...stooped.   His personality was one of always being loving, patient and kind.  I never heard him raise his voice to any one.  I never saw or hear of him being angry.   I think that is why I have remembered this dear man after all these years...he was a wonderful human being.   At his home he would take us up into his room...I think he may have rented part of the house....and the room was plastered with pictures of all kinds...mostly flowers, animals, ladies from the 1900 era of dress.    It was a "busy" room and we loved looking at all the pictures and things.  It was a different world from ours...everything looked old and antiquated.     Then he would take us out to the sidewalk and we would march up and down the sidewalk to his instructions...almost military style of
marching which he incorporated into our competitions.  I remember the house being painted white with a small front porch and front of the house close to the sidewalk.   The house faced the south I believe. [This describes 916 West Tenth pretty well.]   It seemed like when you came in the front door that a flight of stairs was on the right side...a few steps up and then you turned left and went up the rest of the stairs.

In later years upon a trip to Medford, I went to the public library to look up some information on the microfilmed copies of the Medford Mail Tribune. I was surprised to see on the front page a notice of the death of Bliss Heine.  It was tragic and it broke my heart.   He had been found in his home next to a oil heater that apparently had gone bad and it must have caught on fire and he was burned.   He did not survive.   I have often wondered why a man so sweet and so good had to die so terribly.   He did not deserve that. I wish I could give you the date off the top of my head so you could go and read this article yourself.   I can find it however by looking up the Social Security Death Index and getting the date.   By the way, his real name may not be Bliss...but no proof... but that is the name he went by and how everyone knew him.   I will take a minute here and see if I can locate that Social Security record....

Over the years I have thought of Bliss Heine with fondness and so I decided to look into his genealogy.   Now please remember...I am doing this from memory and I can give you better details from some research I have done.

I looked up the Social Security Death Index and there is a H. Heine that was born 10 July 1892 and died in Medford on 24 March 1967.  So his first name may be Henry or Heinrich...who knows.   I believe that his parents were from New Brunswick Canada if memory serves me.

I looked up the following censuses and here is some brief information

1900 Census Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana

Hein_, Thompson G.  born May 1863 age 37 married 11 years born in Canada father: Canada  mother: Canada
--------Minnie B.  born Sep 1869 age 30 married 11 years had 2 children, 2 living  b: Canada  f. Canada  m. Canada
--------Bliss T.  born July 1892 age 7  born in Montana  f. Canada   m. Canada
--------Mildred L   born Mar 1898  age 3 born in Montana  f. Canada  m. Canada

1910 Census Butte, Silver Bow, Montana

Heine, Thomas G.  age 44 born in Canada came in 1887 to the U. S.
.......Minnie B.  age 38  two children, two living came in 1885 to U. S.
.......Bliss age 17 born in Montana
.......Mildred  L. born in Montana

1920 Census Medford, Jackson, Oregon

Heine, Thompson G.  age 56 came to U. S. in 1885?   born Canada    father: Canada   mother: Canada
--------Minnie  B.   age 51 born in Canada    father: Canada   mother: Canada
--------Bliss  age 27  born in Montana   parents: Canada
-------Mildred L. 21 born in Montana parents: Canada

(Thompson...father of Bliss Heine...died 27 Dec 1927 in Medford, Jackson, Oregon according to the Oregon Death Index.)

1930 Census Medford, Jackson, Oregon

Hei....., Minnie B. age 60 widow born in Canada
.....Bliss age 37 single  born in Canada

The family in 1930 lived at 916 West 10th Street....so says the 1930 census.

I can go back over these censuses and write down Bliss' occupations if you would like.  His father was a physician.   A Butte Montana directory says he was an oculist specialist.

On Bliss'  WWI Draft Registrationit states  that his eyes and ears were defective.   I remember well that he wore large hearing aids in both ears. This is amazing to me as this man had a love of music but he sure did not let his poor hearing stop him from being creative and in turn sharing his knowledge and giving to others.

His sister Mildred, I believe if memory serves me, was the informant on Bliss' death certificate.   Seems to me that she lived in California at the time.

Hope this helps you in your endeavors.   Please let me know if I can be of any other help.

Also, you mentioned in the listing of names a Getchell.  I went to school in Medford with a Virginia Getchell but I do not know her father's name. I will go over your list again and see if any other names pop out.

Deanna Earley Hirz
Moses Lake, Washington
hisnhirz@televar.com


Hillis: M. V. Hillis, superintendent of Medford schools.
Spent three years in Medford, ca. 1915-1918. In 1920 working for World Book Co., Yonkers, N.Y. "Former Supt. of Schools Disputes Board's Statement," MMT 3-23-20, p. 3

Hoover:
Charles Hoover, 30, dairyman, North Pacific Highway, Medford. Married to Elsie, also 30

Harry Hamilton Howell:
48, leader of the the 15-piece Rogue River Valley band (MMT, 11-29-20, p.6)
 Mother dies (MMT 4-12-20, p. 2); 15 pieces, plays first dance in Ashland (MMT, 4-12-20, p. 2, col. 3) “Violin solo, Mrs. Harry Howell.” [‘BAPTIST PARLOR RECEPTION FRIDAY, MMT June 19, 1920, p. 3]
Article about Howell’s funeral MMT, Dec. 1, 1920, p.1

“The band concert in the city park last night was much enjoyed by a large crowd of people. As usual the streets surrounding he park and library park were filled with parked autos, whose occupants joined in the applause following each band selection by blowing the horns of the cars.” [“Local Briefs,” MMT, Sept. 2, 1920, p. 2, col. 3]

“Mrs. H. H. Howell will remain in Medford and has decided to continue her music and take up stenography. Anyone desiring her services phone 545-H or call 116 West Fourth.” [“Local Briefs,” MMT, December 3, 1920, p. 2, col. 2]

Ianthe Williamson Howell was born Oct. 1873 in Chicago, IL.  The family address for many years was 9500 Wood Street, Chicago Illinois.
    parents:  William Williamson, born 1840 in Scotland, died 26 Aug 1899 in Chicago.  He worked for the Rock Island, Chicago, and Pacific Railroad.  He married Christina Murray Smith on 17 Dec. 1867 at 31 Dick Place, Edinburg, Scotland.  Christina was born Jun 1845 in Scotland and died 17 Jun 1907 in Chicago.
    Other Children:
    Alexander S. Williamson b. 1870 in IL  I believe he may have lived in CA in the 20's and 30's
    John Williamson b. 1872 no info
    Christina    b. Aug 1877 in Chicago, married Oliver O. Ogden
    Agnes       b. Nov. 1879 in Chicago, believe she never married, toured the country as actress in "The Merry Widow"
        was told Agnes died in the 40's in New York but haven't confirmed this
    William Williamson b. Aug 1885 in Chicago
    Bryce Bell Williamson b. 30 Nov 1889 in Chicago, IL.  He married Urba May Knight (two daughters, Jean Bell Williamson and Mary Williamson Barr)  Bryce and Urba divorced about 1924.  He moved around, married a 2nd time to Mary Brown.  They moved to Montana in the 40's and he died in 1966 in Browning, MT
Bryce is my grandfather but I never met him.
 
Ianthe married Harry Hamilton Howell and according to family records had Harry Hamilton Howell Jr. (called Ham) on 2 Oct 1905 in Superior, WI.  Harry Sr. was said to be a band leader and Ianthe was a concert violinist.  She is said to have toured with John Philip Souza on his Great Canadian Tour.  I have been told that she died in New York in the 40's also but don't know if this is true.
 
I don't know why Harry Howell's wife's name is said to be Florence.  He could have married a second time but probably not to another violinist.  I don't know anything about them having a daughter.
 
Do you know if any of the Howell family is still in Medford?  I would love to get in touch with them.
 
Thanks for any information
 
Jeanie Wengeler
TJBeachbum78@aol.com
949/885-6713 cell phone
6302 W. Coast Hwy.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

April 1, 2010
I just wanted to drop a line to you to say thank you. Last fall I started doing some genealogical messing around on my husband's family. His parents died when he was in college and he'd only known one grandmother. Information was scarce to say the least.
His grandfather was Harry H. Howell, who shows up on your site in Fred Haight's diary. As if that wasn't cool enough, the best part was that in the notes you had put in an email from Jeanie Wengeler. Jeanie is related to HHH's first wife. My husband had been told that his grandmother had died in childbirth--he didn't even know her name let alone all the other information Jeanie provided. We've been in touch with Jeanie--she and my husband are second cousins! That part of the family had always wonder what had happened to Harry and Iantha's son Harry.
Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you. I can see if is a labor of love for you.
Claire Powers
clairepowers@comcast.net

Hunt: George A. Hunt, 34, owner of the Rialto Theatre; lives at Hotel Medford

Hurley:
Julian V. Hurley (MMT 3-9-20, p. 5; 3-27-20 p.6) Julien A. Hurley (MMT, March 30, 1920, p. 2, col. 1)

Imperial Orchestra: The New Imperial Orchestra debuts at the Natatorium in Medford Jan 31, 1920 with piano, banjo, sax, marimba, drums and traps. (MMT 1-30-20, p. 2) mentions: MMT 2-123-20 2/2x2, 2-17-20 2/2, 2-18-20 2/2, 2-20-20 2/2, 2-21-20 2/2, 2-24-20 2/1, 2-25-20 2/1, 2-28-20 2/1 2/2 2/3, 3-2-20 2/1. Saxophonist added 2-28-20; "Imperial 5-piece orchestra," 3-3-20 2/1

Mr. Isaacs, Mrs. Isaacs:
Toggery Bill Isaacs: “T.[Toggery] Bill Isaacs is in the best condition for the execution of a bass solo at a cantater to be held presently.” [“Ye Smudge Pot,” by Arthur Perry, MMT, December 17, 1920, p. 4]

W. F. Isaacs sings bass at Presbyterian church {“Local Briefs,” MMT, Dec. 18, 1920, p. 2, col. 2]

Mrs. Irene H. Isaacs is chairman of the music "department" of the Greater Medford Club 1914-1915 (program, digitized online by SODA)

The Isaacs are in the 1920 census under "Isaac."

ANNOUNCEMENT.
   
Mrs. Irene Hampton Isaacs has opened a studio at her residence on East Seventh Street, Medford, and will receive piano pupils.
    Mrs. Isaacs is a young musician of extraordinary ability and talent, who through years of arduous study and application has brought herself to the highest plane of musical thought and intelligence. From earliest youth her musical education has been in charge of the best masters in the East, and she has lately completed a course under Herr Herman Genss--a pupil of the great Liszt himself, and by far the greatest teacher in America.
    Herr Genss rightly claims the distinction of teaching the only absolutely correct method of pianoforte playing, and declares that without this method it is impossible for one to become an artist.
    Musically, Mrs. Isaacs has the rare charm of poetic feeling and a delicate touch united with great power, which enables her to interpret equally the airiest waltz of Chopin and to sound the depths of Beethoven. Herr Genss placed no limit on Mrs. Isaacs' art. In an interview he declared: "She can become what she will--one of the world's greatest."
Central Point Herald, January 9, 1908, page 1

Jacksonville:
A town 5 miles west of Medford. Population 489.

Mr. Janes: Carlton Janes, violinist.
“Violin solo, Mr. Carlton Janes” [“Art Exhibit To Be Held Monday Program Given,” MMT, December 11, 1920, p. 3]

Jennings:
Musician. Cecil M. is Interurban driver (1921 Polk's) res: 86 E. Jackson

Joe:
Apparently Haight's brother Joseph S. Haight, currently a patient in a sanitarium

Mr. Joy:
Fellow Knights of Pythias member.  “At the Nash hotel are registered Wm. C. Joy of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. John Dalton and A. P. Dalton of Hurley, N. M., Mrs. F. S. Lewis and True Lewis of Watkins and L. F. Murphy of Klamath Falls.” (MMT, April 5, 1920, p. 2, col. 3)--too late to be our Mr. Joy?
A “Mr. Joy” is a caller at the Sunnyside Hotel, Eagle Point. MMT, May 22, 1920, p. 6, col. 5
“Among the Medford Knights of Pythias who attended the installation of the new temple of the Dramatic Order, Knights of Khorassan, at Redding, Calif., last Saturday were B. F. Joy, John Cooper, John Palmer, L. S. Damon, W. C. Fields, B. F. Trowbridge, H. G. Wortman, A. J. Vance, James Stewart and W. R. Gaylord were accompanied by their wives. The local D.O.K.K. party arrived home Sunday evening.” [“Local Briefs,” MMT, June 28, 1920, p. 2, col. 2]
A B. F. Joy gets several newspaper references in Reno in 1903; seems to be a mining engineer.

K. of P.; K.O.P.:
The Knights of Pythias. Haight belonged to Medford's Talisman Lodge, No. 31.
Phone book consistently gives address as "West Main"; Polk's says 125 E. Main. 1907 Sanborn map shows "lodge rooms" in west half of Royal Rooms building.
"Annual roll call" meeting on 3-22: MMT 3-22-20, p. 2, col. 1
"Over 100 knights were in attendance." "Knights Pythias Roll Call Is a [sic] Entire Success," MMT 3-23-20, p. 5

Long descriptive article about D.O.K.K. ceremonial MMT Dec. 4, 1920, p. 3
Long article about election of KofP officers MMT Dec. 8, 1920, p. 1 Ethel Keith: 13, daughter of James M. Keith, logger, Talent

Helen King:
Helen M. King, 19, daughter of Joseph J. King, farmer, Phoenix-Jacksonville Road, Phoenix

Klamath Falls:
A city 76 miles east of Medford by road. Population 4,801.

Launspaugh:
Herbert G. Launspach, 26, musician of Launspach's Orchestra, 211 Jackson Street, Medford
(MMT 1-14-20, p. 2; also 1-20-20, p. 6, 1-6-20, p. 2) ("Launspach's jazz" MMT 1-15-20, p. 2) (Launspach's original bunch" 1-16-20, p. 2) ("Launspach's Orchestra" in ad, MMT 1-24-20 p. 3) Launspach orch still at it March 13, 1920

Mr. Leach:
Frederick R. Leach, pastor of First Baptist Church. Wife Helen H. Leach.
"Mrs. S. W. Leach" is widow of former Medford Baptist minister (Medford Baptist VF, SOHS)
rev. f. r. leach arrives mmt june 12, 1920, p. 4; june 14, p. 3
F. R. Leach photo MMT Sept. 4, 1920, p. 2
Leaches live at 16 South Laurel [“Local and Personal,” MMT, Jan. 10, 1921, p. 2, col. 1]

Lewis: Probably the driver of the Eagle Point jitney.
“Mrs. J. L. Davis and her two children and Miss Sophia Cooley of Rosevill, Cal., nieces of Mrs. Walter Meyer who have been visiting their aunt and uncle, came in Friday and went to Medford on their way home on the Lewis jitney.” [“Eagle Point Eaglets,” by A. C. Howlett, MMT, December 14, 1920, p. 6]

George Lewis was driving truck (EPE  Dec. 10, 1920); had a brother Harry boarding at the Sunnyside (EPE, Nov. 24, 1920). Frank Lewis had a business of some sort in EP (EPE, Dec. 3, 1920).


Leverhume:
Pianist. I may have incorrectly transcribed the name. Haight's handwriting was awful.

Liberty Building:
The Garnett-Cory Building, 201 West Main Street, Medford. Built 1910, still standing at the southwest corner of Main and Grape. In the Liberty building, 1920, Dr. Heine (EENT, "glasses fitted"), farm bureau, D. R. Wood & Co. insurance (2-19-20 2/3)

Liberty Theatre:
224 East Main, Medford

Leonard Lindas:
14, drummer—son of Benjamin F. Lindas (photo of Leonard p. 34 of 1923 The Crater)
B. F. Lindas letters to editor MMT July 24, 1920, p. 2; July 31, 1920, p. 3; Aug. 23, 1920, p. 4; Sept. 16, 1920, p. 3, story p. 5
“B. F. Lindas, formerly of Washington, D. C., has located in Medford and has bought a home on Center street, and pending removal into the same is a guest of Newton W. Borden.” [“Local Briefs,” MMT, July 22, 1920, p, 2, col. 2]
“B. F. Lindas and family, formerly of St. Louis, Mo., but who have resided in Washington, D.C., for several years, are in Medford and will no doubt locate here, as he and Mrs. Lindas are delighted with the country and especially Medford. They are guests of Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Borden, friends of theirs. Mr. Lindas is an attorney and also spent several years in high school work.” [“Local Briefs,” MMT, July 29, 1920, p. 2, col. 2]
“B. F. Lindas, recently from Washington, D.C., has entered partnership with Newton Borden in a law office which is situated at 107 East Main Street. Since Mr. Lindas was extensively connected with the government patent office at Washington, the Borden and Lindas law office plans to make a specialty of work connected with government departments in the line of patents, copyrights, etc.” [“Local Briefs,” MMT, August 10, 1920, p. 2, col. 5]
"B. F. Lindas to Be Speaker at Forum Meeting," MMT, September 14, 1920, p. 3
"The Slave," by B. F. Lindas, Oct. 1917 Everyman: "I am wholly for The Great Adventure. If I was momentarily confused by the little tax reform group of bolters in Atlantic City, it was only for the moment. I have no sympathy with the timid half-way measures."

B. F. Lindas writes a “playlet” [“Personals,” MMT, October 6, 1920, p. 3, col. 2; also “Southern Oregon Given High Praise by Visitors at Park-to-Park Banquet, MMT, October 6, 1920, p. 5]

b. f. lindas “Local Briefs,” MMT, Nov. 5, 1920, p. 2, col. 4; Nov. 6, 1920, p. 2, col. 3
"Leonard Lindas, of Oregon City, District Attorney of Clackamas County, was in Medford to deliver addresses at the Youth Conference at the YMCA last week. Attorney Lindas' father, Benjamin F. Lindas, ran for mayor of Medford 25 years ago, we were informed by Frank DeSouza, who said also that Mr. Lindas was his law partner the year previous to that." "Sallying Forth," by Sallie Butler, Medford News, March 8, 1951, page 2

Mr. Linn:
Eagle Point (?) city official (recorder?)--Possibly James L. Linn, 56, no profession, Eagle Point
“We had a show, vaudeville, and dance here last night, and I asked one of the men who attended and he reports that it was very good. I understand that the manager had quite a time trying to find the recorder of our town, so that he could get a permit, but he looked in vain for since J. V. McIntyre resigned several months ago we have had no recorder and the council has not met for several months.” [“Eagle Point Eaglets,” by A. C. Howlett, MMT, October 6, 1920, p. 9]

Carey F. Martin:
Salem attorney

Mrs. McCorkle:
Mrs. Genevieve McCorkle, musician, 921 South Oakdale, Medford

Thelma McDaniels:
Thelma F. McDaniel, 17, daughter of  William H. McDaniel, farmer, Applegate

Mrs. McDonald:
Mrs. Clement Macdonald elected Eagle Point treasurer, “Eagle Point Eaglets,” by A. C. Howlett, MMT, November 9, 1920, p. 7

Mrs. McDonough: Piano teacher
Mrs. A. J. McDonough, choir director, First Methodist Church choir 1923-24 (SOHS neg 599, “churches” box)

“Last Sunday evening the choir of the First Methodist church rendered the sacred cantata “Bethlehem” in a most satisfying manner. The church was filled to overflowing by a very attentive audience. The soloists as well as the chorus rendered the cantata in a most pleasing manner. Much credit is due to Mrs. May Jordan MacDonough, the director of the choir. The next concert will be given Christmas Sunday evening.” [“Local Briefs,” MMT, December 16, 1920, p. 2, col. 4]

Burton J. McPhee: Local author of "A-M-E-R-I-C-A"
MMT, October 14, 1942:
    "Burton J. McPhee, of Route No. 3, passed away at a local hospital Tuesday at 3 p.m. Mr. McPhee was born in Nova Scotia, April 21, 1876, and came to the United States in 1903, living in the East before coming to Medford.
    "Mr. McPhee loved to compose music, one piece in particular composed for band arrangement, 'The Sons of Uncle Sam,' of which he had copies printed and sent to Australia and England where it is popular.
    "He is survived by three brothers, Elroy McPhee, Calgary, Canada; Wallace McPhee, Emore,  Alberta, Canada; Robert J. McPhee, Kent, Wash., and one sister, Mrs. L. A. Hager, Alberta.
    "Funeral services will be conducted from the graveside in Siskiyou Memorial Park on Friday at 10 o'clock, Rev. Harry Hanson officiating. Perl Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements."

A New York passenger arrival list for November 16, 1896 lists a 20-year-old Burton J. McPhee's arrival on the steamer Fontabelle, arriving from Barbados. It lists his nationality as American.

A New Orleans passenger arrival list for March 26, 1906 lists a 30-year-old Burton J. McPhee's arrival on the steamer Bluefields, arriving from Bluefields, Nicaragua. It lists his "ethnic background" as Scottish.

In 1928 McPhee published "Hoover Is the Man," published by Louis H. Ross Music Co., 228 Tremont Street, Boston, Mass.

I've been unable to find McPhee, under any possible spelling of his name, in any census record.

Medford: Haight's Oregon home. Population in 1920: 5,756.

Mida McIntosh:
Mida Mackintosh, 22, pianist/teacher, 1005 West Main Street, Medford

Fred W. Mears:
46, lawyer, 401 Newtown Street, Medford

Doc Mitchel:
Harry Mitchell, 46, general practitioner, Hotel Nash (southeast corner of Main and Front), Medford

MMT: Medford Mail Tribune

Moran and Percy:
“Mrs. H. L. Percy whose husband with Arthur Moran, formerly conducted the Rialto theatre left this noon on the 4th section of No. 13 for Oakland where she will meet her husband who is now traveling for a large film producing house.” [“Local Briefs,” MMT, August 9, 1920, p. 2, col. 2]
Arthur Moran and Harold Percy opened the Rialto on September 17, 1917 and operated it until George Hunt and Richard Antle bought it in 1919. MMT, ca. 1939 clipping in Medford Theaters VF, SOHS

“The Kid from Kokomo” and “Heritage of the Desert” playing

Mt. Vernon: Mount Vernon, New York, Haight's home town.

Murphy:
A hamlet 38 miles west of Medford by road.

Natatorium:
Complex with swimming pool, theater, meeting rooms, ballrooms, 104-118 North Riverside, Medford

Optimo:
Optimo Café, 18 North Front Street, Medford. "First Anniversary" ad, MMT 3-3-20, p. 5

John Orth:
47, bank cashier, 610 Central, Medford

Page Theatre:
420 East Main, Medford. Burns in December 1923.
“The new Wurlitzer organ for the Page theater was shipped by fast freight from New York early this week and is expected to reach Medford in about two weeks, when it will be installed in the theater, the interior of which is to undergo a remodeling and redecorating.” [“Local Briefs,” MMT, September 24, 1920, p. 2, col. 2]

“The work of installing the new Wurlitzer-Jones organ in the Page theater is being delayed by the non-arrival of the skilled workmen who will put the instrument in shape.” [“Personals,” MMT< October 23, 1920, p. 8, col. 5]

“A wire was received yesterday by Geo. A. Hunt, that the installation man would arrive in the city today to install the new Wurlitzer Hope Jones organ recently purchased for the Page theatre.” [“Local Briefs,” MMT, November 1, 1920, p. 2, col. 3]

“The audience at the Page theater will be somewhat surprised tonight to find the boxes torn out and the new Hopes-Jones organ installed. However the front sides of the auditorium will present a rather delapidated condition as the lattice and other decorative work has not yet been put in place.” [“Local Briefs,” MMT, Wednesday, November 13, 1920, p. 2, col. 1]

Organ, organist, sound effects described: “New Wurlitzer Organ Installed at Page Theatre,” MMT, November 20, 1920, p. 3

Sound effects described in Local Briefs, Nov. 22, 1920, p. 2, col. 3


Reopening of theatre: “Everything Ready for Opening Page Theatre Tonight,” MMT, November 23, 1920, p. 5; “Ye Smudge Pot, MMT, Nov. 24, 1920, p. 4; “Packed House Enthuses Over Page Opening,” MMT, Nov. 24, 1920, p. 6



Mr. Palmer: Burton J. Palmer, 50, Palmer Piano House, 234 East Main, res: 211 Oakdale

Roberta Pearce:
20, office stenographer, 217 North Riverside, Medford

Peck:
Emil R. Pech, 46, meat cutter at West Side Market, 213 West Main, Medford

Peerless:
The Peerless Bakery and Lunch Room, a café at 135 West Main (at Grape Street), Medford. ad, MMT 2-14-20, p. 4

Pelicans:
Apparently an informal name for a group of friends that "meets frequently" and "hangs around"--Pythians?

Lottie Patten:
Charlotte Patton, 17, fruit peeler, daughter of Victor Patton, bank janitor, 435 Grape Street, Medford

Phoenix:
A town 4 miles southeast of Medford, on the Southern Pacific railroad and the Pacific Highway. Population 159.

Pickle:
Lyle H. Pickel, 31, truck driver for Jackson County Creamery, 504 Edwards Street. Pickel handled refreshments and transportation for country dances

Doc. Porter:
Elias H. Porter, 56, general practitioner, 321 West Sixth Street, Medford

Rader:
Local author of "U.S. Flag"
 “M. A. Rader tenders his resignation as K. R. S. as he is to move from Medford soon.” [Talisman Lodge minutes, April. 22, 1918]

Mr. Reno:
Probably Jesse K. Reno, 34, locomotive engineer, 220 Guthrie Street, Ashland

Jack Reter:
John Reter, 42, barber, Jacksonville

Rex:
Rex Café, 121 East Main Street, Medford.

Mr. Rhine:
Violinist. Possibly Harry Rhine, sausagemaker (1921 Polk's)
“Harry Rhine and Ed Ashburn of Helena, Mont., . . . are stopping at the Nash.” (MMT, May 8, 1920, p. 2, col. 4)

Rialto Theatre:
110 West Main, Medford
Reference to Rialto organist "Janice" (Jeuenesse) Butler [“Local Briefs,” MMT, September 21, 1920, p. 2, col. 1]

Roberts: E. N. Roberts, drummer with the Amphion Orchestra

Mr. Root:
Edward C. Root, music teacher, clarinet player with the Amphion Orchestra
Root’s mother’s obit MMT Aug. 30, 1920, p. 3
Root ad, Mail Tribune, 9-30-1920, p. 2

Rowley:
Probably Herbert H. Rowley (Lucille), fruit distributor, Hotel Nash
"Mr. Rawley” speaks about business [“Initial Meeting Greater M. Club Enthusiastic One,” MMT, Oct. 4, 1920, p. 5]
“Porter J. Neff and Mr. Rowley will be the speakers at a democratic meeting at Trail tonight.” [“Local Briefs,” MMT, Oct. 8, 1920, p. 2, col. 1]


Salem:
The capital of Oregon, 230 miles north of Medford, on the Southern Pacific railroad and the Pacific Highway. Population 17,679.

Sears:
Possibly William Sears, 55, highway supervisor, 727 Central Avenue, Medford. Pool with Sears Jan. 1918

Mrs. Stanard:
Ada L. Stannard, 40, widowed primary school teacher, 43 Church Street, Ashland (MMT 2-13-20, p. 7)

Stewart:
Pool with Stewart Jan. 1918

Talent:
A town 8 miles southeast of Medford, on the Southern Pacific railroad and the Pacific Highway. Population  278.

Carl Y. Tengwald:
30, manager of the Holland Hotel, Medford

Toggery:
Haberdashery at 129 East Main, Medford

Trail:
A hamlet 25 miles north of Medford, on the road to Crater Lake.

Margaret Van Scoyoc:
13, daughter of Charles Van Scoyoc, dentist, Medford

Vawter:
William I. Vawter, 25, bank bookkeeper, director of music for First Presbyterian Church, 10 Quince Street, Medford (MMT 1-10-20, p. 3)“Vocal solo, William Vawter." [‘BAPTIST PARLOR RECEPTION FRIDAY, MMT June 19, 1920, p. 3] x

Vina:
Apparently Haight's sister—Geneve/Genevieve. Married on March 23, 1920, according to the diary. Possibly Haight's
sister-in-law Alvina, wife of Joe.

Vining Theatre:
275 East Main, Ashland

Viola:
Viola M. Atkinson, 18, daughter of William E. Atkinson, barber, 533 Austin Street, Medford—waitress at the Peerless that Haight "adopted"

Mr. White:
E. A. White, trombone player with the Amphion Orchestra. Possibly Ernest White, 35, stationary engineer for a construction company, 615 North Riverside, Medford

George Wilson:
Musician, vocalist, budding songwriter with "years of experience in theatrical work"
Possibly George B. Wilson, not in 1920 Census, but in 1910 a piano dealer, 46, res 462 Allison, Ashland
“Prof. G. W. Wilson” of Derby and Portland, Eagle Point Eaglets. MMT, Dec. 21, 1920, p. 9
In 1920 (Feb. 2) Wilson lives in a "room."

W., Winifred:
Doris' sister, violinist. Possibly Winifred A. Walker, 21, doctor's office girl
Winnifred G. Read in 1920 Med high class, MMT, June 3, 1920, p. 3

Witham:
James Witham, 25, violinist from Absarokee, Montana, living until the fire at 305 South Riverside, Medford

Genevieve Wortman:
Mrs. Genevieve McCorkle, musician, 921 South Oakdale, Medford (1921 Polk's)
H. G. Wortman is Pythian in 1930:
http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/or/jackson/obits/jaqua-ernest.txt
Harry Wortman is a Pythian: "Talisman Lodge K. of P. to Hold a Rousing Meeting," MMT 3-6-20, p. 3

Billy Young: Musician or concessionaire for Eagle Point dance "Saturday night" (Sat., June 25, 1921)



Last revised July 19, 2009