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Fred Vincent Medynski

MEDYNSKI PASSES AFTER 40 YEARS SERVICE TO CITY
    F. V. Medynski, 82, one of Medford's most prominent citizens, a widely known engineer, and one who did much to shape the progress of Medford during the '90s and early 1900s, died yesterday at his home on North Central, following a brief illness. He had retired from active business for 31 years but continued until his death to work for the advancement of this city.
    Mr. Medynski served for a period of years on the city council, was instrumental in obtaining Medford's first water supply, and from 1890, when he arrived at the old Nash Hotel, the day after Christmas, until his death, continued to progress with the city, until his name was closely allied with the name of Medford throughout the state.
    The son of a direct descendant of Polish nobility, Mr. Medynski was born February 6, 1851, in England. His grandfather, a Polish nobleman, and his family were exiled to Siberia during the war. His father, having gone to England before the conflict, escaped this treatment, and finding the members of his family in exile upon return to Poland, went back to England to make his home. He became interpreter in the British Parliament and was noted as an engineer and builder.
    Mr. Medynski, coming to the United States as a youth, continued to Chicago, Ill. in 1871, and there entered his trade of engineering. He also owned and operated a tugboat on the Great Lakes. While in Chicago he met and married Ella Palmer, who survives him. They were married April 23, 1876, and on June 1, 1881 moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where Mr. Medynski was manager of the largest distillery in the world. Owned by Geo. W. Kidd, it paid into the United States treasury $22,000 a day and consumed products from 106,000 acres of land. The cologne spirits distilled were shipped to France for use in perfumes. While in Des Moines Mr. Medynski was colonel of the Tenth Regiment, Select Knights, A.O.U.W., which was later blended with the Tenth Regiment, U.S.A., and sent to Manila. Having started westward before the war, he had resigned his military position.
    When the Medynskis arrived in Medford, their one daughter, Mrs. Ira C. Moss of Klamath Falls, recalled today, the tracks had just been laid for the Jacksonville railroad.
    Mr. Medynski soon built and operated a distillery in which, through a partnership, his daughter stated today, he lost all he had. He then left for Alaska as chief engineer on one of the 12 riverboats of the Moran Bros. of Seattle. Sternwheelers, the boats were constructed to make the run on the Yukon River between St. Michael and Dawson during the gold rush. As an engineer, Mr. Medynski played an important role in the development of Alaska. He received and treasured the first nugget found at St. Michael. He remained in Alaska until he recovered his fortune, enduring many hardships of the northland. Nine months out of the year the riverboats stood in solid ice, which had to be sawed from the boats each morning to keep them from being crushed.
    In 1902, Mr. Medynski returned to Medford and bought and improved the property at Main and South Central, where the Medynski building now stands.
    During the more than 40 years he was known in Medford he had cultivated many friends, being a man with very high ideals and sympathy, which extended to all his friends and associates.
    Funeral services will be held from the Perl funeral parlors Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Walter Leverette, reader of the Christian Science Church, delivering the sermon.
    Pallbearers will be Cole Holmes, Wm. F. Isaacs, B. E Harder, Chas. Strang, C. W. Austin and Joe Brown.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 9, 1933, page 5


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    Tug Louie Dole, A. Waldron to F. Medynski, 11/16, $3,600.
    Tug Louie Dole, F. Medynski to W. G. Drinkwater, 5/16, $1,800.
"Vessel Transfers," Shipping News, May 4, 1878, page 6


Chicago, Illinois:
Fred Medynski, 28, machinist, born in England, father born in Poland, mother born in England
Ella Medynski, 22, wife, keeping house, born in Illinois, parents born in New York
Henriette A. Medynski, 3, daughter, born in Illinois
U.S. Census, enumerated June 5, 1880



    Walla Walla is to have a distillery and will pay $1,000 in coin and 25 acres of land for the privilege. Mr. Medynski, its projector, has signed a contract to run a distillery employing 50 men and using from 500 to 1,000 bushels of corn daily. Here is a text for the Blue Ribbon League.
"Territorial News," Washington Standard, Olympia, March 30, 1888, page 1


    The Walla Walla distillery project was a flat failure, Medynski, or whatever his name is, having gone back to continue his business of making liquor in prohibition Iowa.

"Territorial News," Washington Standard, Olympia, December 21, 1888, page 2


    F. V. Medynski, the man who proposed to start a distillery last fall, is expected here shortly to prosecute this work to completion.
"Walla Walla Notes," Morning Oregonian, January 19, 1889, page 2


CONTROLLED BY WHISKY.
Work on the Standard Spirit-Refining Plant Discontinued.

    LaSALLE, Ill., Aug. 6--Special Telegram.--The Standard Spirit Refining Company's work on the distillery building in this city was ordered discontinued today by the superintendent, F. Medynski, acting under instructions from his superior, G. W. Kidd, of New York. The walls of the structure are about finished, though only a portion of the roof has been constructed. A number of boilers, tanks and other iron work for the equipment are on the ground. Money to the amount of perhaps $100,000 has already been spent on the plant. A recently reported change in the personnel of the company in connection with for some time and apparent indifference toward business methods in the prosecution of the work leads to the impression here that the whisky trust has secured control of the concern. Ever since the enterprise was begun the trust has been fighting it through the instrumentality of Peru, which city has legislated against the feeding of cattle on its soil, and declined to allow the drainage from the distillery to pass under its streets. The cause assigned for the cessation of building operations is the hostility of Peru.
Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, Illinois, August 7, 1889, page 3



Looking for a Location for a Distillery.
    Mr. F. V. Medynski, who was the superintendent of the big distillery at Des Moines that was run out of the state of Iowa by the prohibition laws, is now on the Pacific coast looking for a location for a distillery, in the interests of a large and wealthy company now operating in Illinois. He has been at Walla Walla, Wash., and at various places in Oregon, and stopped at Grants Pass, Medford and Ashland. The company which he represents, when a location is found that is satisfactory, proposes to go into business on a large scale, using as much as 60,000 bushels of corn and a lesser quantity of rye and barley every year. The location sought is one convenient to prolific corn fields, abundance of water, oak timber for barrels, and where the transportation facilities are good. He seems much pleased with this valley, and with the neighborhood of Ashland.
Ashland Tidings, October 3, 1890, page 3


    B. Theyss [sic] and J. W. [sic] Medynski, of LaSalle, are in Walla Walla looking over the ground for the erection of a distillery. The chief difficulty in the way at present is the matter of freights and the high price of coal. They are in correspondence with the railway companies, and if satisfactory arrangements can be made there is a probability that the works will be erected. Should that be the case they will be of great benefit to farmers and will open up a profitable local market for large quantities of corn and rye, which grow to perfection here. Mr. Medynski was here two years ago with the same object, but for some reason the project fell through.
"Walla Walla News," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 23, 1890, page 10


    Messrs. Medynski and Theiss, who intend to put up a large distillery and pork-packing plant at this place, are busily at work making the necessary arrangements for the inauguration of their enterprise.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 9, 1891, page 2


Medford Distillery & Refining Co., Medynski & Theiss, proprietors.
Medynski & Theiss, (Frederick Medynski, B. Paul Theiss), proprietors, Medford Distillery & Refining Co.

R. L. Polk & Co.'s Oregon, Washington and Idaho Gazetteer and Business Directory 1891-92,
page 356


    The distillery building now being erected will be 40x160 feet, and about 60 feet high--to the peak of the roof. This will accommodate the machinery now on hand, but a similar building will be erected in the spring before active operations are begun. The institution bids fair to make an industrial center of lower C Street.
    Messrs. Medynski & Theiss advise farmers to pay attention to planting yellow corn, rye and barley in large acreage the coming spring, as the distillery intends paying higher than Chicago prices for all these cereals. Yellow corn is preferable to white for distilling purposes, and a ready market will be provided for all that can be raised.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 30, 1891, page 2


    Wm. Slinger to Medynski & Theiss, lots 1 and 2, blk 2, Cottage add. to Medford; $1.
"Real Estate Transfers," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 20, 1891, page 2


    Mr. Theiss, of the distillery force, expects to welcome his father and mother to Medford in a short time, their household goods having already been shipped from the East.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 27, 1891, page 2


    Medynski & Theiss announce that they will be ready for business by the time that harvest is over, and expect to have their buildings completed and machinery in place by the first of June.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 13, 1891, page 3


The Medford Distillery.
    In a talk with a Tidings representative this week, Mr. Medynski, of the Medford distillery, gave information of some interest, as follows: "Our distillery will be ready for operation by the time the crop is harvested. Our capacity will be 500 bushels daily although but half of that amount will be worked up at first. The product will be altogether cologne spirits, such as is used for perfumery, chemical and medicinal purposes, and will all be shipped to Portland and San Francisco. The jewelers of the United States use 64000 gallons of spirits monthly for manufacturing purposes. The people will learn to take advantage of the market we will offer them and they will be greatly benefited by it. The offal from a distillery is just as fattening for stock as the grain itself, and with about 8 lbs. of hay daily cattle fatten quicker on this feed than on any other. In order to collect the revenue--90 cents per gallon--two government officers will be stationed at the distillery continually, and it will not be allowed to operate unless the property is unencumbered by mortgages. Our building is 40x160 feet and 60 feet high. We have an 80-horsepower engine. One of the main objects of our locating here was to get out from the control of the whisky trusts, so powerful in the East."
Ashland Tidings, May 15, 1891, page 3


A Big Enterprise.
    The Medford distillery bids fair to prove the most important enterprise in its line yet inaugurated in this valley, as it will require about 500 bushels of grain per day, and will give employment to several men and teams, besides contributing largely to the success of the proposed feeding yards and packing house of Medford. Medynski & Theiss have their 40x160-foot building almost ready for occupancy, and will start up on half time immediately after harvest. The building stands 60 feet high and is an imposing structure. The output will be the foundation for fine liquors, wines and cologne spirits used largely for medicinal and manufacturing purposes, and will find a market almost entirely without this valley. Among other encouraging features of the enterprise will be the fact that two government gaugers will be on constant duty at the distillery after it starts up, and a good deal of quiet emulation is already prevailing in this vicinity as to who will get the plums.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 22, 1891, page 3


    Sallie E. Ish to Medynski & Theiss; lots 1, 2 and 3 in blk 1 of Ish add. to Medford. $300.
"Real Estate Transfers," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 29, 1891, page 3


    Medynski & Theiss, the distillery men, have been very busy during the week with their elevator building, that is now about ready for the reception of grain, and which will enable them to begin operating the plant about the 15th of September next. This business venture will prove of vast benefit to the valley in many respects, and not the least will be the fact that it will be the means of giving employment to many men who would otherwise be idle. Work for the laboring man is what brings true prosperity in the long run.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 31, 1891, page 2


Medford Distillery.
    The Medford Distillery and Refining Company, F. V. Medynski and B. P. Theiss, who have lately completed a distillery at Medford, Jackson County, have filed the necessary papers with Col. Weidler, collector of internal revenue, and will be ready to begin business about September 1. They have one still of a capacity of 2000 gallons and another of a capacity of 8000 gallons. They will start up by using 250 bushels of grain per day, which will make about 1000 gallons of spirits. They will make high wines, cologne spirits, alcohol and whisky. They will add to the capacity of the plant next year, but will go slow this season on account of scarcity of corn in that section, as they intend to use considerable corn.--[Oregonian.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 14, 1891, page 3


    Medynski & Theiss expect before another season to be able to work up the surplus crop of small peaches in this valley into peach brandy at the distillery, thus affording a market at home for what would otherwise prove worse than a total loss, by begetting a tendency to glut the foreign market with small fruit.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 21, 1891, page 2


Bring in Your Corn.
    We will buy all the corn in this valley at 50 cents per bushel on ear. We shell it ourselves.
MEDFORD DIS'G. AND REF'G. CO.       
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 18, 1891 et seq., page 3


Corn Wanted.
    The Medford Distilling and Refining Co. are ready to buy corn, and will pay 50 cents per bushel for all the corn in this valley.
MEDYNSKI & THEISS, Medford.       
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 18, 1891 et seq., page 3


    The distillery has resumed operations and will make quite a run. There will be no more scarcity of water. An internal revenue agent from California started things to moving nicely last week. Medynski & Theiss, the proprietors, will no doubt manufacture first-class goods and plenty of them.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 25, 1891, page 3


    The Medford distillery is idle, awaiting the arrival of a man from the East who knows how to make yeast.
"General News Notes," Evening Capital Journal, Salem, January 30, 1892, page 1


    The Medford Distilling and Refining Co., which lately finished the manufacture of a large quantity of superior liquors, cologne, spirits, etc., has opened a wholesale house at Medford, and is now prepared to furnish the same in quantities to suit. The gentlemen composing this company have had much experience in this line and gained an enviable reputation while in Illinois. That their goods are pure and first-class in every respect may be relied upon.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 17, 1892, page 3


    The Fourth of July in Medford was celebrated befittingly, and everybody seems happy over the result. . . . The Liberty car was a pretty sight as it wheeled along its bevy of winsome lasses. Miss Etta Medynski represented the Goddess of Liberty and Miss Fannie Haskins the Angel of Peace.
"The Glorious Fourth," Southern Oregon Mail, Medford, July 8, 1892, page 4


    Your correspondent neglected to state in his last issue that Miss Ettie Medynski and Fannie Haskins admiringly represented the goddess of liberty and angel of peace at the Medford [Fourth of July] celebration.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 15, 1892, page 3


    MEDFORD DISTILLING & REFINING COMPANY.--The above distillery was built in the fall of 1891, since which time it has been running steadily. The grounds where the plant is located, adjacent to the city, consists of twenty-two and one-half acres. The building is 40x170 feet, and about sixty-five feet high, with a storage capacity of 30,000 bushels of grain. The engine is 150 horsepower, and all the machinery and equipments connected with the plant are of the best and latest improved pattern. Much of the interior fixtures are very fine, especially the still, which is of Mr. Medynski's own design and construction. His long experience as superintendent of the International Distillery, at Des Moines, Iowa, has given him an opportunity of further and broader study, as well as greater experience of this and kindred subjects. He is a master of civil and mechanical engineering, as is shown in the design and construction of the entire plant. The firm have on hand, in their storehouse, over 600 barrels of high-proof bourbon and rye liquors. Their sales up to this time have not extended beyond the limits of the state. Their wholesale house will soon be established in Medford, and their salesmen will canvass the entire coast. The present running capacity is 500 bushels daily, but they can and will probably increase it to 1,500 bushels daily.
    The senior member of the firm, Mr. F. V. Medynski, is a native of London, England, born February 6, 1851. His parents were Vincent and Sarah (Thompson) Medynski, the former a native of Poland, the latter of English birth. They had seven children, the subject being the fourth. He served seven years' apprenticeship as machinist and marine engineering, and came to America in 1871, locating in Chicago, where he engaged in shops for a time, and later followed his profession on the lake for some two years. He was next employed at the Phoenix Distillery for three years, when he again followed engineering and piloting on the lake until 1881, when he went to Des Moines, Iowa, and was engaged at the Atlas Distillery for several months. He next took charge as superintendent of the International Distillery, in the interests of George W. Kidd, for several years, at a salary of $3,000 a year. In 1889 he went to LaSalle, Illinois, in the employ of the same gentleman, and built a distillery, which was purchased by the trust syndicate before being put into operation.
    He was married in Chicago, in April, 1876, to Ella Palmer, a native of that city. They have one daughter, Etta, and one son, deceased.
Rev. H. K. Hines, An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon, 1893, page 1148


BARTHOLOMAEUS PAUL THEISS
    B. P. Theiss is a native of Lee County, Illinois, born April 10, 1860. He was reared and educated in his native state. His parents were Godfrey and Barabe (Beever) Theiss, both natives of Germany, the mother now deceased, dying March 22, 1871. In a family of nine children, our subject was the third in order of birth. He followed farming until fifteen years of age. He then engaged in a still-house some eighteen months. The following twelve years he engaged in clerking in a merchandise house in La Salle, Illinois.
    He was married October 5, 1887, to Minnie Scott, a native of Illinois. They have one daughter, Geraldine. The family removed to Medford in 1890, where Mr. Theiss engaged in manufacturing spirits 
[with the Medford Distilling & Refining Company].
Rev. H. K. Hines, An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon, 1893, page 1148


    The distillery is now being run to its full capacity in order to get as much liquor manufactured as possible before the passage of the proposed law increasing the tax on whiskey and other distilled products by the national congress.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 13, 1893, page 3


    The distilleries over the land are filling up their warehouses, so as to have as much as possible in bond when the anticipated legislation relating to a raise in the government tax on spirits goes into effect.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 20, 1893, page 3


    The Medford distillery is running to its full capacity.

"Weekly Round-Up," Southern Oregon Mail, January 27, 1893, page 3


    Hamilton & Palm have sold lots 7 and 8, block 33 to Macy Pickering; consideration $200; and Conrad Mingus to Fred Medynski, lots 17, 18, 19 and 20, block 45, consideration $1000, all in Medford.

"Weekly Round-Up," Southern Oregon Mail, February 3, 1893, page 3


    Times are brisk about the Medford distillery, and it has for some time past been running to its full capacity.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 3, 1893, page 3


    The distillery company have finished their run for the present, and have closed down for awhile.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 10, 1893, page 3


    Conrad Mingus last week sold four lots in block 45 to Fred. Medynski for $1,000, through Hamilton & Palm.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 10, 1893, page 3


    The Medford correspondent to the Jacksonville Times erroneously stated last week that the Medford distillery had shut down operations. Such, however, is not the case. The institution is running at full blast and is advertising for more corn and rye.
"Locals Galore," Medford Mail, February 17, 1893, page 3


    Ethel Holder to Callie Palm and Mrs. F. V. Medynski; lot 15, blk 22, Medford; $150.
"Real Estate Transfers,"
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 17, 1893, page 2


    The Medford distillery managers are now after the corn crop and all the rye they can get, and those having these grains for sale should lose no time in seeing them.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 17, 1893, page 3


    Ethel Holden to Callie Palm and Mrs. F. V. Medynski, lot 15, blk 22, Medford . . . 150
"Real Estate Transfers,"
Medford Mail, February 24, 1893, page 2


    D. T. Sears of Medford aspires to be storekeeper of the Medford distillery, while Geo. R. Hammersley of Gold Hill would like to be gauger of the same institution.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 10, 1893, page 3


    Mr. Hastings, who has been acting as miller for the Medford Distilling Co. for some time past, has gone to Portland to locate.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 24, 1893, page 2


    The appointment of T. G. Spangler as U.S. gauger at Medford, vice J. A. Whiteside resigned on the 6th inst., was one of the first made by the new administration.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 31, 1893, page 2


    A. Lamb of Phoenix is now running the barley crusher at the distillery.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville,
March 31, 1893, page 3


    Wm. Angle et al. to Medynski & Theiss; south half lot 1, Cottage add. to Medford. $50.
"Real Estate Transfers," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 14, 1893, page 2


    The new sidewalk on the west side of C Street is fast being put down. This walk is to extend north from Seventh Street to the intersection of the county road, near the distillery.

    The Medford distillery office is being moved from Front Street to the Palm Building, near Hotel Clarendon.

"City Local Whirl," Medford Mail, April 21, 1893, page 3


    B. P. Theiss of the distillery has been absent on a business tour of the Northwest, and will this week do California on a similar mission.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 21, 1893, page 3


    Messrs. Palm & Medynski have purchased the Howard property on Front Street and will put the same in shape for business purposes.
"City Local Whirl," Medford Mail, May 12, 1893, page 3


     The Howard property on Front Street, recently purchased by Palm & Medynski, is being painted anew and generally refitted. The color is a very "catchy" one and is a long ways ahead of many others which come under the dull, lifeless list.
"City Local Whirl," Medford Mail, May 19, 1893, page 3


    Palm & Medynski have bought out the Howard property on Front Street and will provide themselves business quarters in the same.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 19, 1893, page 3


    Martha B. Howard to C. W. Palm, F. V. Medynski & G. W. Bashford; lot 10, & part of lot 11, blk 20, Medford. $1100..

"Real Estate Transfers," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 2, 1893, page 2


    B. P. Theiss last week returned from a successful business cruise in the golden state, in the interest of the Medford Distilling Co.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 9, 1893, page 2


F. G. MEDYNSKI
    One of the prettiest residences in architectural design on this street is the one occupied by Mr. F. G. Medynski and owned by Mrs. Typton, of California. Mr. M. is one of Medford's most prominent businessmen, being one of the members of the Medford Distillery and Refining Company, an incorporate company doing business on North C Street. The cost of this plant, including stock on hand, is about $50,000. Mr. M. was formerly a resident of LaSalle, Illinois, and has resided in Medford about three years.
"Medford in Sections," Medford Mail, July 14, 1893 et seq., page 1


    Miss Mary Theiss, the school teacher, has gone to Chicago.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 14, 1893, page 3


    The Medford Distilling and Refining Company will store wheat for ranchers who have no store-room on their farms.

"All the Local News," Medford Mail, September 15, 1893, page 3


    P. B. Theiss, the Medford distilleryman, started on his California trip Monday.
"Personal and Social," Valley Record, Ashland, Oregon, December 21, 1893, page 3


    Forty thousand gallons of whisky is stored in the Medford distillery.
"News Notes," Capital Journal, Salem, January 12, 1894, page 4


    F. V. Medynski has been engaged this week in making up a big batch of yeast for the Southern Oregon Distillery. The work is being done at the Medford brewery.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, July 20, 1894, page 3



    Misses Etta Medynski, Minnie Worman, Jessie Benson, Edith Van Dyke and Messrs. Robert Faucett and E. E. Van Antwerp, of Medford, are among the applicants for teacher's certificate at Jacksonville.
"Personal," South Oregon Monitor, Medford, February 15, 1895, page 3


    The Medford, Or. distillery, which has been in litigation for the past year, has been sold at auction by the receiver, for $2,000. The original cost of the plant was $10,000.
"News of the Day," Oregon City Courier, December 18, 1896, page 2


    Mrs. F. V. Medynski is being visited by her brother, who arrived from Eau Claire, Wis. last week. He was unfortunate enough to lose his sight some years ago.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 18, 1898, page 3


    D. T. Lawton and family, Mr. and Mrs. E. Brown, Mrs. W. H. Meeker and Clarence, Mrs. F. V. Medynski and daughter, Miss Etta, and Will Bates returned Saturday from their east of the mountains trip. They report that on Sunday week snow fell to a depth of eight inches at Crater Lake.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, August 25, 1899, page 6


    F. V. Medynski, who has been absent about two years in Alaska, is expected to arrive home soon.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 19, 1899, page 2


    F. V. Medynski, who has been in Alaska for some time past, returned to home last week. He expects to go back to the frozen north.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 26, 1899, page 3

 
    Suit by F. V. Medynski against B. P. Theiss and G. W. Bashford to dissolve a partnership and for an accounting. This appeal is from an order directing the distribution of the fund arising from the sale of the property. The facts are that in the trial of a suit to dissolve a partnership between the parties hereto the referee found, in effect, that on July 18, 1890, the plaintiff, F. V. Medynski, and the defendant, B. P. Theiss, formed a co-partnership known as the Medford Distilling & Refining Company, Theiss agreeing to contribute the sum of $10,000 and Medynski his skill and experience, the result of the enterprise to be shared equally; that on March 2, 1892, the defendant G. W. Bashford contributed the sum of $5,000 to the firm's assets, securing an undivided one-sixth interest in, and becoming a member of, the partnership, it being agreed that he should not be liable for any of the prior debts of the firm, which amounted to $10,430.76; that prior to March 2, 1892, Medynski contributed to the assets of the firm the sum of $788.08 and withdrew $337, and thereafter paid in $834 and drew out $1,217.49; that prior to March 2, 1892, Theiss furnished $11,108.65 and drew out $85, and thereafter contributed $2,108.84 and withdrew $2,575.74; that Bashford supplied the sum of $5,076.98 and withdrew $174.78; and that the debts of the firm, incurred after Bashford became a member, were $2,163.72, including the sum of $560 due Medynski for labor. The court modified the report of the referee by finding that Bashford did not become a member of the firm until March 2, 1893; that the sum so paid by him was to be equally credited to Medynski and Theiss as contributions made by them; that a note executed to Mrs. B. P. Theiss April 1, 1891, for $5,500, bearing ten percent interest, the amount of which was included as a debt of the old firm, was chargeable to Theiss' account, which, by a subsequent agreement, was to be deducted from his original contribution; and thereupon decreed a dissolution of the partnership, ordered the receiver, theretofore appointed, to sell the property of the firm, and from the proceeds pay--First, the expenses of the sale and the costs and disbursements of the suit; second, the debts of the last partnership; third, one-sixth of the remainder to Bashford; and, fourth, the residue to Medynski and Theiss. The receiver having sold the partnership property, realizing therefrom the sum of $4,166.91, plaintiff assigned his claim of $560 to W. S. Crowell, who demanded of the receiver payment thereof, and upon the latter's refusal to pay the same made application to the court, which, after the time for taking an appeal from the decree had expired, ordered the receiver to pay the claim, and defendants appeal. Reversed.
"Medynski v. Theiss," Reports of Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon, volume 36, 1900, page 397


    F. V. Medynski, respondent, vs. B. P. Theiss and G. W. Bashford, appellants, from Jackson, reversed.
"Oregon Supreme Court," Morning Oregonian, Portland, February 6, 1900, page 4


    F. V. Medynski left Monday night for Alaska. This time his objective point is Cape Nome. He will join a number of acquaintances at Seattle, and the party will go into Dawson over the pass. From the terminus of the railroad at the summit of the pass they will equip themselves with several dog teams and a couple of horses and make the trip to Dawson on sleds. Mr. Medynski will remain at Dawson until river navigation opens, when he will go to Nome and there do prospecting. Mr. Medynski has spent eighteen months in this northern country and has become thoroughly conversant with the topography of the country and the requirements of man in successful quests for the yellow metal.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, March 16, 1900, page 7


East Medford precinct:
Ella Medynski, 46, born September 1853, dressmaker, married 25 years, two children--one living, born in Illinois, parents born in New York
Henrietta A. Medynski, 23, born February 1877, milliner, born in Illinois, father born in England
U.S. Census, enumerated June 20, 1900



    The procession formed at ten o'clock, near the Whitman warehouse. . . . After these came the floats of a few business houses, they being the Coss Piano House, Misses Etta Medynski and Nora Bates riding decorated bicycles and bearing a large banner upon which was lettered "Miss H. A. Medynski, Milliner." . . .
"The Fourth at Medford," Medford Mail, July 6, 1900, page 2


    F. V. Medynski returned last week from Alaska, where he spent the past season.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 22, 1900, page 3


Married-–Bates-Medynski.
    The very pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. F. V. Medynski was thrown open to their most intimate friends Wednesday evening, October 24th, to witness the marriage of their only daughter, Henrietta Amelia, to Wm. W. Bates, of this city.
    The double parlors were profusely decorated in white bunting and festoons of ivy. The corner where the happy couple stood was formed by an arch of green and white, with a white silk parasol covered with white chrysanthemums, conveying the wish that their future may be protected from all storms and that only showers of blossoms may be their lot. Potted plants and large quantities of white roses made the rooms look very handsome. The dining room was decorated in pink. The ceiling and walls were covered with a drapery of pink bunting and the tables were dainty with La France roses and pink centerpieces. The young ladies who served the luncheon were attired in pink to carry out the color scheme in this dainty bower of good cheer.
    After a vocal solo by Miss Rhinehart and a violin solo by Miss Fern Norris, to the strains of Mendelssohn’s wedding march, played by Miss Rhinehart, the groom and his best man, Robert Lawton, marched to the arch, there to await the bridal party, which came from the opposite direction. Little Ruth Norris and Loraine Lawton carried white satin ribbons which formed the aisle down which passed Miss Fannie Haskins as bridesmaid. Then came the bride on the arm of her father. She looked fair, indeed, in a white brocaded silk gown trimmed in true lovers’ knots of real lace, and wearing orange blossoms, sent by friends in California, and carrying Bride roses. The groom, attired in conventional black, stepped forward, and the marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. T. L. Crandall, followed by prayer by Rev. J. Merley, after which good wishes and congratulations were extended.
    The bride has lived in this city for several years, having finished her education in our high school, and has many friends who wish her much future happiness. The groom is a well-known young man, having been in business here for several years, and he is to be congratulated on his choice.
    After the luncheon was served the wedding cake was cut and the ring was found by Miss Maggie Bellinger in the piece she cut, which signifies that she will be the next bride. Boxes of the cake, tied with white ribbons, were given to the guests. Many presents were received, consisting of cut glass, silverware, point lace, etc.
    Those present who signed their names in the bride’s book were as follows: Rev. and Mrs. Crandall, Rev. and Mrs. J. Merley, Judge W. S. Crowell, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Norris, Prof. and Mrs. N. L. Narregan, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Haskins, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Lawton, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Meeker, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Bates, Mr. and Mrs. H. N. Butler, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Merriman; Misses Fannie Haskins, Cora and Nora Bates, Edna and Bernice Foose, May Phipps, Myrtle Lawton, Maggie Bellinger, Lillian Rhinehart, Fern and Ruth Norris, and Loraine Lawton; Messrs. Robert Lawton, Mate Biden, Clarence Meeker and Henry Bates.

Medford Mail, October 26, 1900, page 3


Miss H. A. Medynski, millinery.
R. L. Polk & Co.'s Oregon, Washington and Alaska Gazetteer and Business Directory 1901-02,
page 225



    F. V. Medynski went to Portland Tuesday evening upon business. He is making arrangements to return to Alaska in a few weeks.
"Purely Personal,"
Medford Mail, February 1, 1901, page 6


    The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. F. V. Medynski, of this city, was the scene of much merry-making last Tuesday evening, it being the fiftieth anniversary of Mr. Medynski's birth. The event was celebrated by about thirty friends, who gathered at their home in the early hours of the evening and remained until 12 o'clock. Music, games, social concerts and other forms of amusements were indulged in, in which all present participated. Mr. Medynski expects to leave for Alaska soon, and the friends who had gathered to celebrate his birthday anniversary, later in the evening, resolved the assembly into a farewell gathering, wishing the gentleman many returns of the day and a safe and prosperous journey to and from the northern gold fields.

"City Happenings,"
Medford Mail, February 15, 1901, page 7


    A visit to the millinery parlors of H. A. Medynski & Co. will convince any lady in Medford that their stock is the most tasteful in the city and that everything in the very latest novelties and styles there abounds--and in abundance to select from.

"Additional Local," Medford Mail, April 12, 1901, page 6


    Mrs. Will Bates, we are sorry to learn, is seriously ill at the home of her mother, Mrs. Medynski, with malaria and intermittent fever. Dr. Kirchgessner is in attendance.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, August 30, 1901, page 6


    F. V. Medynski is expected home from Alaska tonight.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, September 27, 1901, page 6


    F. V. Medynski returned last Friday from his summer's stay in Alaska. He was chief engineer on one of the large river boats which ply between St. Michaels and Dawson. The season, he says, was an unusually short one because of the fact that the ice in St. Michaels Bay did not break until July 3rd, at which time there were twenty-one boats from up river waiting to get into the bay, and another reason was that because boats which were to bring freight for Dawson were tied up in the strike at San Francisco, thus cutting all the river boats down one round trip. He only made a trip and a half this season, whereas heretofore two and a half trips have been made. He left Dawson with his boat, which wintered up the river, on June 10th with his passengers, mostly gamblers who had been run out of Dawson, and eleven tons of gold, which latter was mostly consigned to Canadian banks. Only about one-third as many boats ran this year as usual, but they did as much business as before because of a pool which had been made. His boat took up the river the largest cargo ever carried, 931 tons dead weight, or 1500 tons measurement. On this trip his boat's engines consumed 186 tons of coal, at a cost of $18 per ton, and 671 cords of wood, at $8 per cord. He saw Ed. Hanley at Dawson and took fifty head of fat cattle down the river for him to Tanna, where he has a supply shop for the government post, and of which George Love is in charge. Fresh beef is worth seventy-five cents per pound straight. The White Pass & Yukon Railroad, Mr. Medynski says, is the grandest piece of engineering he ever saw, and is built through the finest scenery anywhere to be found. It is a narrow-gauge affair, and for miles and miles the roadbed was blasted out alongside of mountains of solid granite. In nine miles the road makes a raise of 1500 feet. The engines used are very heavy and the drive wheels very small. Only two cars are hauled in a train, and the fare for a ride of 108 miles is $25. The speed does not average more than three or four miles an hour, and in some places, he says, you would wish they were going slower than that.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, October 4, 1901, page 7


    F. V. Medynski, an engineer on one of the large boats between St. Michaels and Dawson during the summer months, returned Friday.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, October 6, 1901, page 18


Special Millinery Sale.
    December is the month of "sales." Everybody's object now is to purchase at rock-bottom prices. We are disposing of the remainder of our fall stock of millinery novelties. Patterns, street hats, velvets, veilings, fancies, etc., etc., at a special reduction from their former prices. Call and purchase while the opportunity lasts. H. A. Medynski & Co. Parlor back of new bank.
Medford Mail,
December 6, 1901, page 6


    F. V. Medynski was at Roseburg this week making filing upon a piece of timber land in the Rogue River timber belt.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, December 20, 1901, page 6


NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION.
United States Land Office,
    Roseburg, Oregon, Dec. 14, 1901.
    Notice is hereby given that in compliance with the provisions of the act of Congress of June 3, 1878, entitled "An act for the sale of timber lands in the states of California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington Territory," as extended to all the public land states by act of August 4, 1892,
FREDERICK V. MEDYNSKI,
of Medford, county of Jackson, state of Oregon, has this day filed in this office his sworn statement No. 1923, for the purchase of the northeast quarter of Section No. 32, Township 34 South, of Range 3 E., W.M., and will offer proof to show that the land sought is more valuable for its timber or stone than for agricultural purposes, and to establish his claim to said land before the Register and Receiver of this office at Roseburg, Oregon, on Friday, the 21st day of February, 1902. He names as witnesses: James W. Bates, J. I. Patton, William Bates and George Merriman, all of Medford, Oregon.
    Any and all persons claiming adversely the above-described lands are requested to file their claims in this office on or before said 21st day of February, 1902.
J. T. BRIDGES, Register.
Medford Mail, January 3, 1902, page 10


    F. V. Medynski, who has been at home during the past several months, left Tuesday on his annual pilgrimage to Alaska.

    The Easter millinery opening at H. A. Medynski & Co.'s will be the grandest ever seen in Southern Oregon. The ladies will miss something worth their while if they do not attend it.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 20, 1902, page 5


    F. V. Medynski left Tuesday evening for Portland and Seattle. He is undecided as to his usual annual trip to Alaska.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, March 21, 1902, page 6



EASTER MILLINERY OPENING.
MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY--MARCH 24-25-26.
    The ladies of Jacksonville and vicinity are cordially invited to call and inspect our Easter Opening Display of the finest and most stylish conceptions in spring and summer millinery that it has ever been our pleasure to bring before their notice. We have millinery at all prices and for all ages, and we are prepared to supply you with whatever you wish. Pattern hats a specialty. Millinery parlors back of Medford Bank, Medford, Or.
H. A. MEDYNSKI & CO.           
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 27, 1902, page 5


    Those who have visited the millinery parlors of H. A. Medynski & Co. are loud in their praise of the elaborate display of spring hats and millinery novelties, as well as they have a license to praise, for it is indeed a place of much beauty and taste.

"Additional Local," Medford Mail, March 28, 1902, page 6


    F. V. Medynski returned Sunday from Seattle, at which place he has been stopping for a few weeks. He will not go to Alaska this summer. He has spent three summers in that isolated land and he has it figured out that he has earned a summer at home--where there are fruits and vegetables to be had--fresh from tree and vine.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, May 2, 1902, page 6


    F. V. Medynski returned from Seattle a few days since. He will not go to Alaska this year, as he intended to.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 8, 1902, page 7


    F. V. Medynski has carpenters at work erecting a fine, large residence on the property he purchased recently from Mr. Boyd, on North C Street. The building will be 23x28 feet in size and two stories high and will be first-class in every particular. The front gable will be shingled in pretty designs, there will be porches plentiful, and altogether it will be a very convenient and pretty home. The residence formerly on the lot is now made a part of the house, the new structure being built to join onto it.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, August 8, 1902, page 7


Homestead Happenings
The old man with his gun to the forest,
His wife with her book to the stream;
The bear, deer and fish would make a good dish--
Should they happen to catch them, I mean.
--Eliza L. Palmer
   Medford (1903)
(Submitted by Henrietta A. Medynski, Medford)
"Poets' Corner," Medford Mail Tribune, September 30, 1962, page 5


H. A. Medynski & Co. (Henrietta A. and Mrs. Ella Medynski), millinery.

R. L. Polk & Co.'s Oregon and Washington Gazetteer and Business Directory 1903-04,
page 253


The Voice of Love
Hark! A voice of gentle sweetness
    Whispers to the listening ear,
Bringing joy and peace and gladness,
    Faith and hope instead of fear;
Shedding light where all was darkness,
    Happiness where all was gloom--
Just a low sweet voice which murmurs:
    I will lead you safely home.
   
Every one may hear its message
    King or beggar, high or low,
Soldiers 'mid the din of battle,
    Sailors when the tempests blow,
To the man of business worries,
    To the orphan left alone--
Comes the low sweet voice which murmurs:
    I will lead you safely home.
   
Whose the voice that comes so sweetly,
    Leaving peace along the way,
Healing all the broken-hearted,
    Cheering each so tenderly?
'Tis the voice of Love that whispers
    To the weary ones that roam;
Courage! I am with you always,
    I will lead you safely home.
--Eliza L. Palmer, Medford
    (Composed around 1904, when the author was past 80. Submitted by her niece, Mrs. Henrietta A. Medynski, Medford.)
Medford Mail Tribune, January 20, 1963, page 5


BAPTIST CHURCH.
    Preaching services usual hour in the morning. Union service at this church in the evening; sermon by Rev. Blackwell. Music at both services under direction of Mrs. Etta Bates.
F. W. CARSTENS, Pastor.
Medford Mail, August 12, 1904, page 8


H. A. Medynski & Co. (Henrietta A. and Mrs. Ella Medynski), milliners.
R. L. Polk & Co.'s Oregon and Washington Gazetteer and Business Directory 1905-06,
page 293


    Miss Edith Osenbrugge has purchased an interest in the H. A. Medynski & Co. millinery establishment. The style of the firm will not be changed.

"Additional Local," Medford Mail, February 17, 1905, page 3


Henrietta A. Medynski, milliner.
R. L. Polk & Co.'s Oregon and Washington Gazetteer and Business Directory 1907-08,
page 302


    Since our last issue went to press we have found that our account of the accident which befell Albert Johnson, the electrician, was not correct in every respect. The facts are as follows: Mrs. Etta Bates, who lives at the corner of C and Fourth streets nearby where the accident occurred, was on the second floor of her home at work when she heard the report of the power wires, which had come in contact with the telephone wires and burned off, dropping to the ground. She ran down to the street, intending to telephone to the power house, when Mr. Johnson came along and inquired what the trouble was. Upon being informed by Mrs. Bates as to the nature of the trouble, he walked to the wires, where the ends were lying in a puddle of water, stepped into the water and caught hold of one of the wires with a pair of nippers. The two wires, the water and the body of the man at once formed a circuit. Mr. Johnson was unable to drop the wire and was thrown to the ground, his limbs being distorted and the wire coming in contact with his clothing. Several persons arrived on the scene, but Mrs. Bates was apparently the only one who retained presence of mind. She picked up a stick, remembering that it was a non-conductor of electricity, and managed to beat the wire out of the nippers, escaping contact with the deadly current by a narrow margin. It was a narrow escape for Mr. Johnson, and Mrs. Bates deserves much credit for being instrumental in saving his life.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, March 22, 1907, page 5


    Eliza L. Palmer to Ella Medynski, 160 acres in section 11, township 34, range 3E.
"Real Estate Transfers," Medford Daily Tribune, May 22, 1908, page 3


    F. V. Medynski and wife are still at their homestead and improving the same very much.
"Butte Falls Items," Medford Daily Tribune, October 1, 1908, page 3


FORTUNE IN EIGHT YEARS
Success of Two Brothers in Fruit Growing Reads Like Romance

    Under ordinary circumstances there are very few people in this day and age who make a fortune in eight years--and make it honestly and at the same time make the country in which this fortune was accumulated and all the people surrounding better because of its having been made. The Morning Mail has in mind a number of fortunes which have been made in a brief space of time in the fruit industry of the Rogue River Valley, but few are there of them which are as marvelous as is the one of which we are at this time referring--the fortune of the Bates Bros.
    In the year 1900 James and William Bates purchased a tract of undeveloped land, in which there were 115 acres. The land is situated east of Medford a few miles, and at the time it was purchased but little of it was there which was not covered with chaparral and manzanita bushes and scrub oak trees. The price paid for the land was $2000. Now, these Bates boys were not only well fixed financially and it is not to be presumed that they paid the $2000 in cash right at that time--but that matters not. The boys were barbers and worked at that profession in this city. They were unlike the majority of professional men in their line--they saved their money, and after they purchased this tract of land they made of it a savings bank for their weekly earnings. Aside from being frugal and industrious, the boys were fortunate in having parents who were not afraid of honest toil, and these at once moved to the farm and began the work of carving a fortune for their sons from the crude, untilled soil of this great valley. The boys in the meantime applied themselves industriously to their profession, and from their weekly earnings from that day to this they have supplied their father, J. T. Bates, who was made superintendent of the farm, with the needed sustenance of life, the help necessary to improve the land, provide the required machinery for operating and the trees for planting--and the boys are still working at their profession--and where does the fortune come in, do you ask? Here it is: The boys have an 80-acre fruit orchard--one of the best there is in the Rogue River Valley. The orchard, which is called the "Mountain Cove," is now and for years has been spoken of as one of the most uniform and best cared-for bunch of trees in this locality.
    This year the boys shipped their first carload of fruit--a full carload of fancy pack Jonathan apples. They were shipped to New York City, but returns from their sale have not as yet been received.
    Not all their orchard is in bearing as yet, nor will it be for a few years, because of the fact that only from 500 to 1000 trees were planted during the early development of the land, but each year a block of new trees has been added to the orchard, until today there are 80 acres of growing trees, and another ten acres will be set this winter. The varieties of fruit in the orchard are Newtown and Jonathan apples, Comice, Howell and Bartlett pears.
    Still the Morning Mail has not told of the fortune the boys have made in dollars and cents, but here it is: At the prices orchards of this character in the valley are selling at, this one is worth from $800 to $1000 an acre--anyone can multiply these figures by 80, the number of acres there are in the orchard, but no person need make the boys an offer of the highest figure named--they will not sell.
    About one more year at barbering and the boys will retire from that line of work and will give their attention to growing fruit, the orchard having reached an age which will permit them to withdraw from it the weekly salaries earned at their chairs.
Medford Mail, November 13, 1908, page 1


    Palm Sunday will be observed at the Baptist Church with a special service of song. An anthem, "Jerusalem," by the excellent double quartet choir, and a solo, "The Palms," by Mrs. Will Bates, will be musical features.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail, April 9, 1909, page 2


    Col. F. V. Medynski has gone to his homestead in Butte Falls to dig for an artesian well.
Medford Mail, May 3, 1909, quoted in "20 Years Ago Today," Medford Mail Tribune, May 3, 1929, page 12


    Colonel Fred Medynski is on his homestead, but will return Wednesday to Eagle Point to meet Mrs. Medynski and Mrs. Palmer, who will return with him to the homestead, where they will spend a month or more.

"Butte Falls Items," Medford Daily Tribune, July 12, 1909, page 4



    No. 19, $149.43--M. G. Theiss, one-third, and Medynski, lot 10, block 20, in original townsite of city of Medford, Oregon, and in addition a strip of lot 11, three feet in width alongside the north line of lot 11, as recorded in county recorder's records of Jackson County, Oregon.
"Description of Property for Assessment of d'Anjou Street, Between Sixth and Eighth Streets, Medford, Oregon," Medford Daily Tribune, August 12, 1909, page 2


    Mrs. Will Bates accompanied her father, F. V. Medynski, to "Alabama," the homestead, and will remain some time with her family for a vacation.

"Butte Falls Notes," Medford Mail, August 27, 1909, page 8


    F. V. Medynski and his son-in-law, Will Bates, passed through town on Monday on the way to [the] homestead.

"Butte Falls Items," Medford Daily Tribune, October 27, 1909, page 4


    The Ladies' Guild of the Episcopal Church will hold its regular meeting Thursday afternoon at 2:30 at the home of Mrs. Etta Bates, 236 North Central Avenue.
"Society," Medford Mail Tribune, November 28, 1909, page 7


DOG POISONER AT LARGE IN CITY
F. V. Medynski, W. W. Eifert and Others Lose Valuable Animals--
Six or Eight Dogs Killed During Past Three Days.
    That vandals and dog poisoners are holding undisputed carnival in the residential portion of Medford is the charge made by a number of persons who, within the last week, suffered the loss of dogs, valuable either for their real or fancied worth, at their hands.
    Early Thursday morning F. V. Medynski of 316 North Central Street was awakened by the barking of his dog, a hound valued by its owner as a bird dog. Going to the enclosure behind his residence Mr. Medynski let the suffering animal into the house, where it was seized with convulsions a few moments later and died. A physician who was summoned pronounced strychnine poisoning as the cause of death.
    Councilman W. W. Eifert, whose residence is in the same block, also lost a dog, a valuable cocker spaniel, in the same way. Three other dogs were reported this morning to have been poisoned during the night, and the dead body of an unclaimed collie dog is lying at the corner of North Central and Fourth streets.
    Numerous chicken thefts have been reported in the same vicinity lately, and the belief prevails that these miscreants are wantonly poisoning dogs in order to make stealing easier.
    Chief of Police Shearer has been notified and is conducting an investigation.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 30, 1910, page 4


U-GO VAUDEVILLE MOVING PICTURES
Illustrated Song.
TONIGHT

Complete change. THE MARKHAMS, introducing their Irish comedy act.
Moving Pictures, latest and best.
Song by Mrs. Etta Bates.
Matinee Saturday and Sunday.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 31, 1911, page 4


    Fred Medynski is on his homestead. He is making some convenient improvements on his place.
"Butte Falls Items," Medford Mail Tribune, August 11, 1911, page 3


    Mr. and Mrs. F. V. Medynski returned a few days since from a visit to the Spokane apple show. "After visiting Spokane," said Mr. Medynski, "I can easily understand why every Spokane man who comes to Medford is a booster. They are surely live wires up that way, and when one compares what they have to boost on with what there is in Medford and the Rogue River Valley, the wonder is that Spokane is not depopulated. However, I can see a second Spokane growing up right here, and Dr. Reddy and some more of those Spokane people who have got the habit are helping to build it."
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, December 2, 1911, page 2


Fred V. Medynski, 316 N. Central
"List of Registered Voters," Medford Mail Tribune, January 7, 1913, page 3


Ella E. Medynski, 316 N. Central
Fred V. Medynski, 316 N. Central
"List of Registered Voters," Medford Sun, January 3, 1914, page 2    also
"List of Registered Voters," Medford Sun, January 1, 1915, page 3    and
"List of Registered Voters," Medford Sun, December 31, 1915, page 3


    The new city council met Tuesday night in a short and harmonious session, electing V. J. Emerick of the second ward president of the council, and transacting little business indicative of their future policy.
    The most important business was the naming of the committees for the year by Mayor Purdin as follows:
    Finance--Medynski, Sargent, Hargrave.
    Streets and roads--Sargent, Medynski, Emerick.
    Light and water--Porter, Emerick, Miles.
    Licenses--Purdin, Emerick, Porter.
    Building fire--Miles, Medynski, Hargrave.
    Health--Hargrave, Sargent, Purdin.
    (First named, chairman.)
"Emerick Elected President of New City Council," Medford Mail Tribune, January 21, 1914, page 3

PREDICTS INCREASE IN CITY'S SUPPLY
    A half million gallons increase in water from the city water supply is expected by councilman Medynski when he finishes improvements contemplated as a result of an inspection of intake and system this week. By raising the overflow valves he says the increased flow will be obtained.
    Councilman Medynski inspected the pipeline and found it in much better shape than he expected. The 600-foot tunnel was also inspected, and cave-ins found where the supporting timbers had rotted. A force of men will be sent up next week to make needed repairs, and the water system put in first-class shape at a cost of several hundred dollars.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 3, 1914, page 8


WARSAW MAY PAY MEDFORD'S CITY INDEBTEDNESS
    It is a long way from Warsaw to Medford, but the German capture of the Polish capital may result in the payment of Medford's city debt.
    In the Polish revolution of the middle '30s, one of the Polish leaders was the great-grandfather of Acting Mayor Medynski, a Polish nobleman, wealthy property owner and ardent patriot, who raised two regiments to fight for Polish freedom. The Poles met defeat and Mr. Medynski's ancestor was captured, his estate confiscated, and he himself exiled to Siberia. He escaped to England and became an English citizen.
    If the Germans carry out their announced plan of restoring the confiscated estates of the Poles to their heirs, Medford's acting mayor will be heir to an estate now exceeding $70,000,000, comprising a large part of Warsaw. If Mr. Medynski receives this property he agrees to pay Medford's paving debt, approximately a million dollars.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 10, 1915, page 2


Medynski and Amy Box--Bout a Draw
    If one man swings at another so hard he knocks himself down, what would have happened had the blow gone home? This is what the spectators who saw the fistic bout between councilmen Amy and Medynski, in front of the Nash Hotel Monday noon, are wondering. The two city fathers engaged in a hot word bout resultant from their differing opinions over city matters, when their blood boiled over and they made a quick resort to arms. Amy swung with his right. Medynski quickly blocked and Amy was thrown off his feet by the force of his own blow. Before any further damage was done the two belligerents were separated by prosecutor E. E. Kelly and Chief Hittson, who happened to be nearby. Had it continued longer the bout might have been very interesting, as it later developed that in his younger days in England Medynski was quite a boxer, at one time boxing nineteen rounds to a draw with one of the best ring lights in England.
Medford Press, December 18, 1915, page 1


Expert Diagnoses Medford Muddle
    Medford is again attacking her financial muddle, but this time through a different agent than the dozens of "plans" offered by various Medford citizens. The Medford council has hired Col. Howard A. Hansen of Seattle, a municipal and financial expert, to diagnose their troubles and suggest a satisfactory cure. A mass meeting will be held in the neighboring city tonight and the Hansen plan explained. The Medynski plan has bobbed up again also, and a house-to-house canvass is being made by workers on its behalf. Many held it to be a satisfactory solution, and it will be voted upon at the Medford city election which is to be held January 9.
Ashland Tidings, November 27, 1916, page 1


FINANCIAL PLAN ISSUE
MEDFORD ELECTORS TO VOTE ON CHARTER AMENDMENTS.
Campaign Waged on Medynski and Hanson Systems of Providing for Obligations of City.
    MEDFORD, Or., Jan. 4.--(Special.)--Interest in the city election January 9 centers largely in the Medynski plan of refinancing the city, which was defeated a year ago and has been presented again for acceptance or rejection. This year there is a competing measure known as the Hanson plan devised by Colonel Howard Hanson, former assistant corporation counsel of Seattle.
    The Medynski plan involves the rebonding of the entire pavement debt of approximately $1,000,000 and the refunding of $370,000 already paid into the city treasury by property owners. It provides also that the paving debt should be an obligation of the city instead of the abutting property.
    The Hanson plan is a complete reorganization of the city finances, including the pavement debt, water debt and general obligations of the city. The present method of collecting paving assessments is retained, relief, however, being given in extension of time during the next 13 years and the tax levy for the next 30 years outlined which would wipe out the city indebtedness without proving to be an excessive burden upon the people.
    There are two tickets in the field, one led by F. V. Medynski, originator of the plan, for mayor; the other by C. E. Gates, former president of the Commercial Club and a prominent business man, who as mayoralty candidate favors the opposing measure.

Morning Oregonian, Portland, January 5, 1917, page 19


    I hereby announce my candidacy for the nomination for county commissioner on the Republican ticket. I stand for prudent progress in all things; am thoroughly conversant with the construction of roads, bridges and so forth, and believe in making improvements wherever and whenever necessary. Have had wide experience with men and affairs. If nominated and elected will during my term of office endeavor to conduct the affairs of said office in an efficient manner and give the taxpayers full value for every dollar expended.
F. V. MEDYNSKI.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 16, 1918, page 7


    The store room at the southwest corner of East Main Street and Central Avenue, formerly occupied by the Alco news stand, has been leased by F. V. Medynski, together with the store rooms in the rear and fronting on Central Avenue, to the Paul Electric Company for a period of five years. The company will move to the new location about March 1st.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, February 7, 1919, page 2


    OBITUARY.
    PALMER--Died at the home of [omission] North Central Ave., Eliza Lawrence Palmer at the age of 94 years, 8 months and 21 days. She was a native of New York state, having been born in 1825. She was a resident of Medford the past 25 years. The deceased leaves ones daughter, Mrs. Ella Medynski. Funeral services will be held at Perl's chapel Monday, May 24, at 2:30 p.m., services private. Interment in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 22, 1920, page 2


Three New Summer Homes to Be Built at Rocky Point
    Yesterday, a consignment of canoes and Evinrude motors for attaching to the canoes was sent to Rocky Point by A. C. Allen, William Barnum and F. V. Medynski, all of Medford, and a 14-foot pleasure Indian canoe by Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Conger of Berkeley, California, the transportation being handled by the Western Transfer of this city.
    Dr. and Mrs. Conger have for the past 12 years maintained a summer home at Rocky Point and spend the major portion of vacation time there. A. C. Allen, a well-known fruit grower and former government employee, recently sold his summer home at Rocky Point. Messrs. Allen, Barnum and Medynski will erect new cottages there within a few weeks, the supplies being ordered today from the Pelican Bay Lumber Company. Mr. Barnum is president of the Medford and Jacksonville railroad, operating out of Medford.
The Evening Herald, Klamath Falls, June 16, 1921, page 1


    Reddy's Jewelry store today completed the leasing of the Medynski building on the corner of Main and Central, where the Paul's Electric store is at present. They will remodel it and move in before the Christmas season begins.
"Local Briefs," Medford Mail Tribune, October 10, 1923, page 8


FOR SALE--Bargain: A bank vault door and equipment. See F. V. Medynski, 316 N. Central.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 3, 1923, page 7


F. V. MEDYNSKI TO BUILD NEW BUSINESS BLOCK
    A welcome improvement in the business district will be that inaugurated by F. V. Medynski when next April he will begin erecting a one-story concrete business block with 80-foot front on the west side of South Central, back to the alley, by 20 feet in depth. It will really be a continuation of the Reddy Jewelry Company building, corner of Main and Central. This will provide four more store rooms, each with a front like the Smith shoe store on North Central.
    The structure will be completed by June 1st according to present plans. Work cannot be begun until April because the present lease of the J. N. Cafe does not expire until that time. Mr. Medynski owns the full depth of the land running 140 feet from the Reddy store fronting on Main Street, back to the alley. The new structure will be so built that at a later time one or two stories can be added, when desired.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 2, 1924, page 1


HANDICRAFT SHOP TO ENLARGE STORE
    The Handicraft Shop of Medford, known to every woman in Southern Oregon, is to expand. That is the word given out today by Mrs. Bates, its proprietor, and her announcement will mean that this already popular shop will double its present floor space, taking over the storeroom now occupied by Schmidt's shoe store. And Mrs. Bates' shop is to become one of Medford's finest exclusive women's shops, too, it is understood, as the services of Frank Clark have been secured in preparing the interior plans for the enlarged Handicraft Shop.
    In April 1910 the Handicraft Shop was first established in Medford. Since that time its business has increased to large proportions, which now necessitate additional floor space. Needlework supplies, notions and gift novelties are now especially featured at this shop. It is understood that work on the new section of the store will commence in the near future.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 23, 1924, page 3


A Real Going-Out-of-Business
SALE

In order that I may withdraw from intensive business activity the Handicraft Shop is being closed out. Adrienne Steward's Women's Store will occupy this location so it will be necessary to close out a large stock in a GIGANTIC GOING-OUT-
OF-BUSINESS SALE starting Tuesday. There will be amazing reductions on BRAND NEW UP-TO-THE-MINUTE MERCHANDISE. I will personally be on hand to assist my old patrons during this sale.
MRS. WILLIAM BATES.
Handicraft Shop ad, Medford Mail Tribune, October 23, 1927, page 2


HANDICRAFT SALE BEGINS TODAY
    Attention of Southern Oregon people has been centered on the Handicraft Shop's great going-out-of-business sale, which opened at 9 o'clock this morning. The store rooms at 17 North Central Avenue were packed with bargain seekers who had come from far and wide to avail themselves of the hundreds of "specials" which were featured for the first days.
    The sale is expected to continue for several days, and a great stock of stamped and package goods, sewing materials, handkerchiefs, baby goods and gift materials will be entirely cleaned up before Adrienne Steward's women's ready-to-wear store occupies the Handicraft Shop location. Adrienne Steward has secured Mrs. William Bates, former owner and manager of the Handicraft Shop, to be on hand during the same to assist her old patrons in their shopping.
    Immediately after the Handicraft Shop going-out-of-business sale is completed, the location at 17 North Central Avenue will be completely remodeled into one of the most attractive shops in Oregon and will be occupied by Adrienne Steward's store. This new store will be an attractive addition to Medford's Central Street shopping district.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 24, 1927, page 2


HANDICRAFT SHOP WILL MOVE SOON
    The Handicraft Shop, a well-known Medford concern which was recently sold to Adrienne Steward of this city by Mrs. William Bates, has been released to Mrs. H. L. Griffiths, Mrs. Jean Campbell and Miss Zoe Griffin, well-known Medford women. The new owners have assumed charge and will launch a great cleanup sale in order to reduce the stock and facilitate moving to a new location immediately after Christmas. This sale will begin Monday morning and will continue throughout the Christmas week.
    The Handicraft Shop is one of this city's best-known women's stores, having been started several years ago by Mrs. William Bates. People from all parts of Southern Oregon and Northern California have come to Medford to do their shopping at this popular women's shop. Its present location in the Medford National Bank building will be remodeled and occupied by Adrienne Steward's exclusive women's ready-to-wear shop, and the Handicraft Shop, under new management, will move on Tuesday, December 28th, to a new location which will be announced later.
    Medford and Southern Oregon 
[omission] that Mrs. Griffiths, Mrs. Campbell and Miss Griffin have purchased this store and will continue to make it a favorite shopping place for people of this section. The new owners have all lived in this city for many years and are widely known locally. The active management of the shop will be in the hands of Mrs. Campbell and Zoe Griffin. The former was associated with Mrs. Bates in the Handicraft Shop for four years, followed by a year in Klamath Falls in charge of a store in that city and another year in Eugene engaged in preparatory work for her enterprise here. Zoe Griffin has been actively engaged in business in Medford for several years, and her wide business experience makes her well fitted to assist Mrs. Campbell in the management of the Handicraft Shop.
    In the Handicraft Shop under new management the same high-class service will be maintained as has been offered in past years. A complete line of stamped [embroidery] goods, novelties and sewing materials will be carried, and special attention will be given to baby accessories.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 18, 1927, page 7


    Rose Hockenyos et al. vs. F. V. Medynski et al.; decree.
"Around the Courthouse," Medford Mail Tribune, December 28, 1927, page 8


    Marriage licenses were issued today and yesterday at the county clerk's office to Ira C. Moss, legal, of Fresno, Calif., and Henrietta Barr [sic], legal, of Madera, Calif. . . .

"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, July 19, 1928, page 2



    Ella Medynski et vir to Jean Turnblade.--[Warranty deed] to lot 7, block 11, Medford.

"Real Estate Transfers," Medford Mail Tribune,June 13, 1929, page 4


Opening of Unique Cleaners Was Success
    The Unique cleaning plant was officially opened for inspection Saturday, and numerous visitors were shown through the building at 811 North Central and the offices on South Central.
    Medford's newest cleaning establishment was completed at a cost of $20,000 and is equipped throughout with the highest-type fixtures.
    Adjoining the plant in a newly constructed building is a large finishing department. All pressing, repairing and finishing will be done by the employees there, only rush orders being taken care of at the office.
    The owners of the Unique Cleaners are: Ira C. Moss, president and manager; E. G. Rosenborough and Henrietta Moss. Through an error this paper stated Friday that C. J. Chord owned and managed the Unique.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 24, 1929, page 3


    James A. Grove vs. Ira Moss et al.--For money.
"Around the Courthouse: Circuit Court," Medford Mail Tribune, March 12, 1930, page 19


316 North Central:
Frederick Medynski, 79, retired, age 25 at first marriage, born in England, father born in Poland, mother born in England, immigrated 1870, house worth $10,000
Ella Medynski, 72, wife, age 18 at first marriage, born in Illinois, parents born in New York
Ira C. Moss, 49, son-in-law, restaurant proprietor, age 47 at first marriage, born in Tennessee, parents born in Tennessee
Henrietta Moss, 48, daughter, stationery office assistant, age 23 at first marriage, born in Illinois
U.S. Census, enumerated April 2, 1930


Card of Thanks
    We wish to express our appreciation for the kindness and sympathy shown us during the illness and death of our beloved wife and mother, and for the lovely floral offerings.
J. T. Bates.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Bates.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bates.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. B. Gay.
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Hamlin.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bates.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bates.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 27, 1931, page 9


ELLA MEDYNSKI PASSES AGED 75
    Ella Palmer Medynski, aged 75, died last evening at the family home, 316 North Central Avenue, following an illness of three years. Mrs. Medynski, born at Chicago September 27, 1858, has resided in Medford since 1890.
    Her husband, F. V. Medynski, died in January last year. Mrs. Medynski is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Etta Moss of Medford.
    For three years, Mrs. Medynski was first reader at the Christian Science Church here, and has many friends in Medford.
    Christian Science services will be held at Perl's funeral home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with interment in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 12, 1934, page 1


    At the Medford Gun Club traps Sunday morning Will Bates was high with a score of 49 out of 50 targets shot at, while Geo. Porter, H. Croisant and Dr. Low each broke 46 for second place.
"Bates High Gun in Sunday Trap Shoot Scoring," Medford Mail Tribune, March 11, 1935, page 2


Medynski Estate Taxes Are $142
    An order was filed with the county clerk yesterday, fixing the state inheritance tax on the estate of Ella Medynski at $142.97. The total value of the estate is fixed at $26,000. The fixed exemption of $10,000, and additional exemptions of $2,402.84 are allowed in the order signed by the county judge.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 12, 1935, page 12


    The commission approved a petition by Ira C. Moss that lots 1 and 2 and the north 13½ feet of lot 3, block 4, Cottage Addition, be reclassified from a residential district class 1-B to a light industrial district class 5 for the purpose of constructing and maintaining thereon a laundry and dry cleaning plant. The lots are on the west side of Central Avenue north of Beatty Street. The laundry referred to is Unique Cleaners which, it was said, plans to expand its plant.
"Street Repaving, Plan to Be Put Before Council," Medford Mail Tribune, March 18, 1936, page 10


    The largest single [building] permit of the month was granted Etta Moss for the construction of a laundry at 816 North Central, at a cost of $4,000. 
"March Building Best in Medford for Many Years," Medford Mail Tribune, April 1, 1936, page 2


    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.
"Building Permits Up 400 Percent," Medford Mail Tribune, July 31, 1936, page 1


    In the mayoralty race are Mayor George W. Porter, who was persuaded to seek reelection by friends and associates; Ira C. Moss, owner of Unique Cleaners, Inc., and Elmer Leslie, plumber.
"Porter, Moss and Leslie File for Mayoralty Post," Medford Mail Tribune, September 20, 1936, page 5


20 YEARS AGO
Sept. 23, 1936 (Wednesday)

    Ira C. Moss withdraws today as a candidate for mayor of Medford.
"Flight o' Time," Medford Mail Tribune, September 23, 1956, page 4


    Ira Moss of 318 North Central Avenue received a permit this morning to change a partition in his residence at a stated cost of $50.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, April 7, 1937, page 5


Return Home from Vacation in East
    Mr. and Mrs. Will Bates are among recently returned Medford vacationists. They arrived home the latter part of last week after visiting in the East.
    Mr. and Mrs. Bates went by train to Michigan. Returning home by motor, they visited relatives in Indiana and Iowa and stopped at various resort sports, including Yellowstone Park. They were away three weeks.
"Society and Clubs,"
Medford Mail Tribune, June 14, 1937, page 3


BUSINESS CORNER AT MAIN, CENTRAL BOUGHT BY HUNTS
    Another large commercial real estate transfer was on the record books today with the announcement that the Medynski building at the southwest corner of Central Avenue and East Main Street has been sold by Mr. and Mrs. Ira C. Moss to Mr. and Mrs. George Hunt. Purchase price was said to be in the neighborhood of $38,000.
    Mr. Hunt stated the building had been bought as an investment and that no changes or developments were contemplated for the present. Six tenants occupy the building, most of the leases still having about three years to run, Mr. Hunt said.
    The building has a frontage of 25 feet on East Main Street and 140 feet on South Central Avenue, extending southward to the alley in the middle of the block. It is occupied by Young's drug store on the corner and, along Central Avenue, by the Top-Notch lunch room, Gault's shoe repair shop, Bowman beauty parlor, Bowman barber shop and the Unique Cleaners, Inc., which, with the Troy laundry, is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Moss.
    Mr. Hunt is the well-known theater operator. He has been expanding his Medford interests lately and recently purchased the Fluhrer home on the east side. He also is an officer of the Jackson County Investment Company, which recently acquired the Sparta building and contiguous property extending along East Main Street to the Bear Creek bridge.
    The four corners at Main and Central are viewed by real estate men as the most valuable properties in the downtown business section, being in the heart of the city on two important arterial streets.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 14, 1937, page 5


    To Remodel--Ira C. Moss of 315 North Central Avenue applied at the city building inspector's office yesterday for a permit to repair and remodel a residence at a stated cost of $200.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, July 20, 1937, page 9


    State Unemployment Compensation Commission vs. Ira C. Moss, et ux. For money.
"Court House News: Circuit Court," Medford Mail Tribune, January 4, 1938, page 3



    Butler Manufacturing Co., a corp., vs. Ira C. Moss et al. Recovery of personal property.
"Court House News: Circuit Court," Medford Mail Tribune, November 25, 1938, page 11



    United States vs. Ira C. Moss, et al., tax lien.
"Court House News: Circuit Court," Medford Mail Tribune, December 22, 1938, page 10


Hale Wheeler to Operate Unique and Medford Cleaners
    The Unique Cleaners, located at 20 South Central and the cleaning plant on North Central, has been leased to Hale Wheeler, according to an announcement by Ira C. Moss, owner.
    Mr. Wheeler, who is well known in Medford, is owner of the Medford Cleaners, located at 530 East Main, which he has operated for the past four years. The Medford Cleaners will continue at the present location and under Mr. Wheeler's supervision.
    The Unique, which is the largest plant of its kind in Medford, is equipped to take care of every modern cleaning and pressing requirement, according to Mr. Wheeler.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 8, 1939, page 10


    Northwest Film Ad Service, Inc. vs. Ira C. Moss, et al. For money.

"Court House News: Circuit Court," Medford Mail Tribune, April 19, 1939, page 11


MOSS TRIAL SET FOR WEDNESDAY
    Preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. tomorrow in justice of the peace court in the case of the state versus Ira C. Moss, Medford business man, and Eva Nelgen, who are charged with adultery. The complaining witness is Mrs. Moss.
    The defendants were arraigned a week ago and asked time to decide on a preliminary hearing. Yesterday afternoon they demanded the hearing, each having been at liberty under $500 bail.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 30, 1940, page 10


MRS. MOSS TELLS WHAT SHE VIEWED THROUGH WINDOW
    Charges against Ira C. Moss and Eva Nelgen were dismissed late this afternoon by Judge William R. Coleman.
    As his wife exclaimed, "Liar, liar," Ira C. Moss denied charges of adultery at a preliminary hearing in justice of the peace court this afternoon. Mrs. Moss, sitting in the courtroom, was admonished by Judge William R. Coleman to be still. The court ordered a recess shortly afterward. Eva Nelgen is a co-defendant with Moss.
    The hearing opened this morning with Charles W. Reames appearing as attorney for Moss and O. H. Bengtson for Miss Nelgen. George W. Neilson, deputy district attorney, prosecuted.
    Mrs. Moss, the first witness, gave an account of what she said she saw and heard when she observed Moss and Miss Nelgen through a kitchen window of the woman's apartment near the Troy Laundry building on North Central Avenue late on the night of April 6.
    Mrs. Moss said she could see into the house because the window shade was not hung straight and allowed vision through a space between the edge of the shade and the window frame. She testified she could also hear what went on within and declared she had lived so long with Moss she knew what was going on by the various sounds he made. She asserted she knew from familiar sounds when he was standing at the sink that he had taken out his teeth and was washing them. In similar manner she interpreted sounds after, she testified, Moss and Miss Nelgen had retired to the bedroom.
    After observing the couple from about 10 p.m. to 11:20, Mrs. Moss telephoned the police station and three city policemen came to the apartment, she testified. The policemen were detective Charles Champlin and William O'Brien and Leo Sevick. Champlin testified for the state that four to eight minutes passed before the apartment door was opened to his knocking. Moss, he said, was sitting in a chair with his hat on, shirt unbuttoned and shoes unlaced. He said he saw no grounds for an arrest and advised Mrs. Moss to consult the district attorney.
    O'Brien and Sevick corroborated Champlin.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 1, 1940, page 1


MOSS COMPLAINT HEARD IN COURT
    Hearing in the cross-complaint in equity of Henrietta Moss against Ira C. Moss was under way before Circuit Judge H. D. Norton in circuit court today.
    The action involves ownership of the cleaning plant equipment now occupying the corner room of the Allen Hotel, a note, and a lease of present quarters.
    In a statement to the court, attorney Charles W. Reames said the present legal step "was an outgrowth of adultery charges filed against Moss by Mrs. Moss and dismissed in justice court."
    The court during the testimony of Mrs. Moss from the witness stand cautioned counsel against "acrimonious exchanges." The plaintiff is represented by attorneys Porter J. Neff and Otto J. Frohnmayer, and the defendant by attorney Reames.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 17, 1940, page 8


MOSS PLAINT STUDIED FOLLOWING HEARING
    Hearing in the suit of Henrietta Moss against Ira C. Moss, in an equity cross-complaint involving ownership of the clothes cleaning equipment now located in the Allen Hotel corner room, was concluded yesterday before Circuit Judge H. D. Norton, who took the case under advisement pending decision.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 18, 1940, page 7


JUDGE PREJUDICED IS MOSS' CLAIM
    Ira C. Moss, defendant in a pending suit for divorce filed by Henrietta Moss, filed an affidavit of prejudice yesterday against Circuit Judge H. D. Norton, and requests the state supreme court to assign another judge to hear the trial.
    Moss, in an affidavit, declares he cannot receive a fair and impartial trial before Judge Norton.
    Moss also filed an answer to the divorce complaint, declaring the charges of his involvement with another woman are false and inspired by jealousy, and alleges cruelty and harassment by Henrietta Moss in his conduct of a cleaning business. Moss further declares he has no money to pay alimony, and that the plaintiff has an income of from $130 to $150 per month, and other resources.
    No date has been set for the trial.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 19, 1940, page 1


DIVORCE IS GRANTED TO HENRIETTA MOSS
    A decree granting Henrietta Moss a divorce from Ira C. Moss was filed today by Circuit Judge H. D. Norton. Moss did not contest the action, and default judgment was entered.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 9, 1940, page 3


    Henrietta A. Medynski to E. T. Allen et ux, Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure, Medford.

"Court House News: Deeds," Medford Mail Tribune, October 4, 1940, page 7


    The circuit court jury has been directed to report Wednesday for service in the case of George W. Kellington, assignee, against Henrietta Moss, for collection of money allegedly due on notes and contracts involved in the operation of a cleaning establishment here.
"Jury Called for Assignee's Case," Medford Mail Tribune, March 31, 1941, page 8


JURY SELECTED FOR MOSS CLAIM HEARING
    A jury was selected this morning in circuit court for the trial before Judge H. K. Hanna of the claim of George W. Kellington, assignee in bankruptcy, against Henrietta Moss. The case, expected to last two days, involves the financial affairs of a cleaning establishment operated here by the defendant and husband. The defendant is represented by attorney Porter J. Neff, the assignee by attorney Hilding Bengtson.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 2, 1941, page 3


DEFENSE TO OPEN IN MOSS HEARING
    The defense was scheduled to open sometime today in the suit of G. W. Kellington, assignee in bankruptcy, against Henrietta Moss, before a circuit court jury. Yesterday was devoted to the selection of a jury and plaintiff's testimony.
    The plaintiff contends Mrs. Moss is obligated for the payment of notes and debts on cleaning and laundry operations of Ira C. Moss, on the grounds she had an interest in the businesses. The defendant contends she had no interest, and therefore is not obligated.
    The case, which is rather involved, is expected to be in the hands of the jury by noon tomorrow. The plaintiff is represented by attorney Hilding Bengtson, and the defendant by attorney Porter J. Neff.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 3, 1941, page 9


NON-SUIT TAKEN IN PART OF CASES
    The circuit jury in the trial of George W. Kellington, assignee in bankruptcy, against Henrietta B. [sic] Moss, was dismissed yesterday afternoon, and stipulations were formulated by court and counsel.
    There were 29 causes of action listed in the complaint. On 19 of these the plaintiff took a voluntary non-suit, and on seven an involuntary non-suit was taken. The action was taken on the grounds out-of-town witnesses were not present.
    On the remaining three causes, involving personal property of Mrs. Moss, judgment was taken.
    Attorney Bengtson, for the plaintiff, said new suits would likely be filed on 26 causes.
    The action involved operations of a cleaning establishment and laundry in this city by the defendant and her husband, Ira C. Moss.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 4, 1941, page 4


NON-SUIT TAKEN IN PART OF CASES
    The circuit jury in the trial of George W. Kellington, assignee in bankruptcy, against Henrietta B. Moss, was dismissed yesterday afternoon and stipulations were formulated by court and counsel.
    There were 29 causes of action listed in the complaint. On 19 of these, the plaintiff took a voluntary non-suit, and on seven an involuntary non-suit was taken. The action was taken on the grounds out-of-town witnesses were not present.
    On the remaining three causes, involving personal property of Mrs. Moss, judgment was taken.
    Attorney Bengtson, for the plaintiff, said new suits would likely be filed on 26 causes.
    The action involved operations of a cleaning establishment and laundry in this city by the defendant and her husband, Ira C. Moss.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 4, 1941, page 4


    The Rogue River College Women's Club met recently with Mrs. Archie Pierce and were entertained during the afternoon with music and a book report.
    Mrs. Ruth MacCollister presented a review of Erma Ferguson's book, "Our Southwest," and Mrs. Henrietta Medynski played "Trade Winds" and "Raise Me Jesus" with variations on her vibraharp.
"Mrs. Pierce Has College Women," Medford Mail Tribune, February 12, 1941, page 3


DEFENSE TO OPEN IN MOSS HEARING
    The defense was scheduled to open sometime today in the suit of G. W. Kellington, assignee in bankruptcy, against Henrietta Moss, before a circuit court jury. Yesterday was devoted to the selection of a jury and plaintiff's testimony.
    The plaintiff contends Mrs. Moss is obligated for the payment of notes and debts on cleaning and laundry operations of Ira C. Moss, on the grounds she had an interest in the businesses. The defendant contends she had no interest and therefore is not obligated.
    The case, which is rather involved, is expected to be in the hands of the jury by noon tomorrow. The plaintiff is represented by attorney Hilding Bengtson, and the defendant by attorney Porter J. Neff.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 3, 1941, page 7


    Fined $1--Charged by George Mead, poundmaster, with allowing her dog to run at large, Henrietta Medynski of 316 North Central Avenue paid a $1 fine in city police court this morning.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, April 25, 1944, page 5


    [Building permit issued] to: Etta Medynski, 316 North Central Avenue, remodel bathroom, $360. . . .
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, March 11, 1945, page 5


Several bird cages, large size, 1 parrot cage. Good condition. Reasonable. Call Henrietta Medynski, 316 N. Central.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 6, 1951, page 17


On "Photo Quiz"
    To the Editor: It has been quite interesting to look at those old-time pictures in your Photo Quiz series. However, [I] am surprised at some of the identifications which have been awarded as correct, but which, as a matter of fact, were decidedly not correct. Evidently your judges were not old-time residents.
    For instance, in the No. 6 (final) Photo Quiz series, picture No. 10, the building in the right foreground is not the R.R.V.R.R. depot, as stated, but is the "Rogue River Nursery" (horticulture stock) [building] and the building at the left background, behind the locomotive, is not the S.P. depot, as stated, but is the home of the Medford Commercial Club, and exhibit building; the depot was a block north and in the present location.
    Also, [in] picture No. 4 of this same series, the building with the bay window, shown behind Mr. Beck entering his private dray, was not Swem's gift shop at that time, but was Ed Wilkinson's meat market.
    No. 5 Photo Quiz--picture No. 9 is not a picture of the Nash Hotel, nor even a picture of Medford. [She's mistaken; the photo shows the Nash Hotel building before it was enlarged to become the building of her memory.]
    No. 1 Photo Quiz, building with belfry is not the S.O. College first building, but could be the first building of the Ashland Normal School, and their later building now housing the S.O. College, where it first opened its doors many years later.
    No. 4 Photo Quiz--the picture of A. S. Bliton was when he was editor of the Medford Mail. It has always been by that name, never Southern Oregon Mail. [It was briefly named the Southern Oregon Mail before Bliton's ownership.] I was a typesetter for the paper around that time.
    Was looking forward to more pictures being shown.
    Hope you are not too "huffed" to print this.
Henrietta Medynski
316 North Central Ave.
Medford
"Communications," Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 1958, page 4


    Driver Cited--Henrietta Amelia Medynski, 316 North Central Ave., was cited for failure to yield the right of way Thursday following a collision between her vehicle and one operated by Betty Louise Kirklin, Route 3, Box 186B, on Barnett Rd. near Murphy Rd., Medford police reported.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, June 21, 1959, page 15



HENRIETTA A. MEDYNSKI
    Funeral services for Henrietta A. Medynski, 93, of 625 Stevens St., who died Saturday, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Conger-Morris downtown chapel. Mr. Alvie Cook will officiate. Entombment will be in the Eastwood Odd Fellows Cemetery with Conger-Morris Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
    Miss Medynski was born Feb. 20, 1877, in Chicago, Ill., and has lived in Southern Oregon for the past 80 years. She was the daughter of the late Frederick and Ella Medynski.
    Miss Medynski will lie in state until 8:30 o'clock tonight in the Conger-Morris downtown chapel.
    There are no known survivors.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 22, 1970, page 9



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