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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Jackson County News: 1865


    ORATORS.--It will be remembered that the people of Jackson County, Oregon imported their orator for the Fourth of July from Yreka, and that the leaguers of Yreka got theirsfrom Jacksonville. Everybody here speak in the highest terms of the oration of Mr. [Orange] Jacobs, but the Reporter of Jacksonville does not return the compliment. In its observations upon Mr. McDougal's oration delivered at Phoenix, that paper says:
    "A collection of fifty dollars was made among the generous, God-fearing 'Yoonyun' men at Phoenix on the Fourth, for the relief of Archer, who lost nearly all he had by the fire, while the same canting crew made up a purse of three hundred dollars for McDougal, one of these clerical pests who infest almost every community nowadays. This man McDougal was invited to Phoenix from Yreka to deliver the oration, and took occasion during his address to spit out a lot of Billingsgate about Copperheads, etc., which would disgrace the most abandoned fish woman that ever plied her voice and calling in the purlieus of Wapping. The reverend vilifier and calumniator was enjoying the hospitality of Democrats as well as Republicans, who were equally strangers to him, and as a stranger among men of all parties who were showing him every attention and courtesy, and were at least entitled to respect and common decency--should have restrained the reverend blackguard's tongue, if no consideration for his calling could. But when lies and slander, vilification and abuse are rewarded by a fat purse, Messrs. Howling Parsons are not proof against temptation to bear false witness. In the meantime, the man who lost his all may bear his burden as best he may. Such is puritan philanthropy and charity."
The Semi-Weekly Union, Yreka, California, July 15, 1865, page 2


    THE VISIT TO JACKSONVILLE.--During the last week several of our citizens visited Jacksonville for the purpose of participating in the celebration of the anniversary of the organization of the Odd Fellows Lodge at that place. The ceremonies consisted of a procession, oration and ball. The oration by Mr. Steele was a masterly effort, so replete with the true feeling and principles of genuine Odd Fellowship, that in this era of political animosity and party zeal it was truly gratifying. The ball was all that beauty, good fellowship and gaiety could make it, while the genial hospitality of the citizens of Jacksonville was such as forever to render the visit to the place a pleasant reminiscence. Indeed, the citizens of Jacksonville of all parties seemed to vie with each other in their attempts to render the stay of the Yrekans agreeable, and we have been requested to state that if there was any suspicion of want of appreciation of such kind treatment, it was because the visitors were treated so much better than they either expected or deserved that surprise prevented them from exhibiting the extent of their gratification.

"Home Intelligence," The Semi-Weekly Union, Yreka, California, August 26, 1865, page 3


    O. JACOBS.--This gentleman is now on a visit to our county. He is, as we have been informed, stumping the county for the Republican ticket. Mr. Jacobs is favorably spoken of by both parties in Jacksonville where he resides, and wherever he may address the people of Siskiyou County we bespeak for him a courteous reception and a respectable attention. This we can promise him as far as the Democracy are concerned. The Democracy will never permit the many excellences of the man to be obscured by the badness of the cause, and they will also remember that Mr. Jacobs is in no way responsible for the want of ability in the Republican Party, or for the occasion that has rendered his importation necessary. The leaders of the Republican Party have at length been aroused to a consciousness that their home speakers are played out. Some change had to be made, and from all that we have heard, their choice could not have fallen on one who was socially a finer gentleman.

The Semi-Weekly Union,
Yreka, California, August 26, 1865, page 2


    THE ROADS.--The roads are very heavy between this place and Jacksonville, and the stage drivers are having a rough time of it, being compelled to remain on the box about 21 hours out of the 24. We think that 60 miles is too long a drive for one man, and the agent should have a "swing driver" put on this long and difficult route. We urge this for the better comfort of the drivers.

The Semi-Weekly Union,
Yreka, California, December 9, 1865, page 3


    THE WOOLEN FACTORY.--The people of Southern Oregon will soon be accommodated with a factory for the manufacture of their wool into clothing. We hear it rumored in town, says the Jacksonville Reporter, that some of our capitalists are bestirring themselves in the matter of starting a woolen factory in this neighborhood, and for that purpose have been looking up an eligible site for the field of their operations. We understand that the neighborhood of Phoenix is likely to be the place selected. This is a move in the right direction, and if the gentlemen whose names are connected with the enterprise only exert themselves in the matter, it will not be long ere the busy hum of commerce will be familiar to the ears of the residents of Jackson County.

The Union,
Yreka, California, December 23, 1865, page 2




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