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Medford News: 1906

Medford-related news items from 1906. Also see descriptions of Medford and Jackson County for this year.



    A change has been made in the personnel of the firm of F. K. Deuel & Co., the name and style of the new firm being Deuel & Kentner, Mr. H. C. Kentner having purchased a half interest in the business. Mr. Kentner was formerly engaged in the dry goods business in northern Missouri and since last September has been a salesman in the store in which he is now a half owner. He will have full charge of the business. Mr. Deuel has retired from active store work, for a few years at least, and will give his attention first to the enjoyment of a good rest and then to looking after other matters in which he is interested. Mr. Kentner's family will be here this month and will make Medford their future home.
    F. E. Martin and E. F. Winkler have opened a second-hand store in the old bicycle stand of F. E. Martin. They are prepared to buy all kinds of goods and will give a square deal. Call and give them a chance to bid on your goods. They are reliable and energetic young men and should be encouraged.
    Ed. Hughes has sold the Glacier Cafe to Frank Clute and A. J. Stanley. Messrs. Clute & Stanley will make some needed alterations and improvements in the cafe, and generally renovate the place. Mr. Stanley formerly conducted a lunch counter and short order restaurant in Medford with satisfaction all around. Mr. Clute is new to the business, but he can learn.
    J. G. Van Dyke & Co. are now settled in their new quarters in the Karnes & Ritter-Kelly block, and are getting their furnishings arranged in shape for business. When finally fitted up according to the intentions of the firm, the store will be one of the handsomest and most convenient in Southern Oregon. The stock is all new and fresh and strictly up-to-date in all respects.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, January 12, 1906, page 5


    Messrs. Hubbard Bros. have plans drawn for the erection of a fine two-story brick and stone building on their present business location, corner of Seventh and A streets. The building will cover the entire lot and will have a frontage of thirty feet on Seventh Street, and 140 feet on A Street, and will be fifty feet across the back, or along the alley. The foundation will be of stone with cross walls in plentiful number to well support the enormous weight which they will have to carry. The front will be of brick and cement, while the side walls will be of brick, seventeen inches thick. The first floor will be used for a show room and for storing the heavier farm implements and wagons, while the second story, which will be reached with an elevator, will be used as a storage and show room for hacks and carriages. The plans were made by architect I. A. Palmer and are very pretty while the detail work indicates strength and special design for the purpose intended. Work will be commenced on the building in early spring.
    This week another change took place in the business houses in Medford, the change being the sale of O. D. Owen of his grocery business in the Adkins building, corner of C and 7th streets, to J. P. Roberts and W. C. Reagan. Both these gentlemen are well known to Medford people, Mr. Roberts having been until quite recently a member of the hardware firm of Roberts & Garnett, while Mr. Reagan has been for the past year employed in the business of which he is now part owner. Both are thorough business men--wide-awake and up-to-date and worthy of patronage. The business will be conducted along the former lines--first-class goods and courteous treatment will be given all patrons of the establishment. Mr. Owen, whose continued ill health made it necessary that he dispose of the business, is as yet undecided just what he will do. However, he will remain in Medford, for awhile at least, and may ultimately engage in some line of business here again.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, January 26, 1906, page 5


    P. C. Bigham started up his soda bottling establishment Tuesday, with orders enough ahead to keep him busy for awhile. He has installed new and up-to-date machinery for the manufacture of all kinds of carbonated drinks and is already assured of an extensive patronage throughout the valley. Mr. Bigham will do only a wholesale business and from present appearances will be compelled in a short time to increase both his plant and the working force. Besides the carbonated waters Mr. Bigham proposes handling a high grade of eastern mineral water for the trade. There is no visible reason why this business should not prove a successful one in Medford, and The Mail wishes Mr. Bigham all kinds of good luck.
    Olmstead & Weisser, the east side painters and paper hangers, are kept pretty busy these days filling orders. They have just completed the repainting of the drop curtain at Davis opera house, filling in six new advertisements thereon in an artistic manner. Besides this they have been doing a lot of sign painting for merchants around the town, among which is that new electric sign at Smith & Molony's Medford Shoe Parlors, and signs for Monroe & Miller, Crystal & Morey, Wortman & Gore and a number of others. They are strictly up-to-date in their work and give universal satisfaction.
    D. T. Lawton has had plans drawn by architect McIntosh for a fine new home which he is now preparing to build on property he owns on North B Street, just north from the Methodist Church. The house will be 32x42 feet in size, two stories high and will contain twelve rooms, besides bathroom and closets. The design is a very pretty one and if the architect's ideas are carried out it will be surely very convenient. It is expected to cost about $2500.
    F. E. Merrick is another of those who have acquired interests in Rogue River Valley during the past year or more who have proven their faith in the future of the country by making further investments. A month ago he purchased the Nute orchard--east of Medford--and last week he completed the deal by which he becomes the owner of the J. A. Whitman orchard, adjoining his first purchase. The Whitman orchard comprises 116 acres and the purchase price of $10,000. In the 116 acres of orchard there are 800 bearing pear trees, principally Bartletts, Howell and Winter Nelis. Also there are twelve acres set to Yellow Newtowns, and twenty acres of apples in bearing. Besides this there are 100 apricot trees in bearing, and as that locality is famous for the quality of the apricots produced there Mr. Merrick is figuring on some income, at least, from this source. The character of the soil, location and sheltered position seem admirably fitted for the production of this fruit, and the quality of the production is proof enough. Mr. Merrick's case shows what acquaintance with Rogue River Valley and its capabilities will do. He had to be persuaded to invest in the first instance, and in his last investment he had to persuade the other fellow.
    The Medford Shoe Parlors are marked now by a big electric sign, painted by Olmstead & Weisser, of the west side. The electric device which operates the light is a very originally contrived little affair and is operated with one of these little alarm clocks. The owners of the shoe store do not care to light the streets at hours when there are now pedestrians on them and have arranged to have the lights shut off automatically at ten o'clock. The alarm is set, and when that hour is reached the alarm breaks an electrical connection and the light switch is thrown open--and the lights are out.
    F. E. Martin and E. F. Winkler have opened a second hand store in the old bicycle stand of F. E. Martin. They are prepared to buy all kinds of goods and will give a square deal. Call and give them a chance to bid on your goods. They are reliable and energetic young men and should be encouraged.
    The Medford Furniture Co. will soon commence putting in place in their store a new plate glass front. The entire front is to be taken out and replaced entirely of new material.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, March 23, 1906, page 5


Notice to Merchants and Citizens
    Notice is hereby given to the merchants and citizens of Medford that hereafter they must not dump, or deposit, or cause to be dumped or deposited, within the incorporate limits of the city of Medford or within the limits of the Medford road district, any offal, debris or garbage of any nature, without first securing a permit from the street commissioner.
W. S. KING,
Street Commissioner.
Medford Mail, March 23, 1906, page 5


    M. W. Wheeler and family, of Grants Pass, are occupying the W. B. Jackson residence vacated by Robert Taylor last week.
    Miss Lizzie Ferguson left last week for Pendleton, where she accepts a position as teacher in the schools. The best wishes of her many friends go with her.
    Mrs. James Boyd and son, Norris, returned last week to Bly, Oregon, after being for the winter with Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Lares, the latter being a daughter of Mrs. Boyd.
    Fred Downing has purchased of J. H. Parsons property on South C Street, west side, including two lots and a five-room cottage, consideration for the same being $1100.
    Haskell Taylor, of Helena, Mont., who has been for a short visit with his brother, Robert, and family, left Tuesday for Seattle and thence to Klondike, where he is interested.
    Gene Childers has begun the construction of a fine residence on his property recently purchased from L. G. Porter. This structure will be mostly of cement blocks and if present plans are carried out one of the prettiest homes our city affords.

"East Medford Items," Medford Mail, March 23, 1906, page 8


    E. E. Rising and family from Puyallup, Wash. arrived this noon and will make Medford their home. Mr. Rising was in Medford a week or so ago, at which time he purchased the D. T. Lawton place in North Medford.
    Arthur S. Wells completed his street sprinkling list today, and will undertake to keep them in good condition from now on, under the supervision of the water commissioner. He says that if the water holds out, he will surely keep down the dust this summer.
"Local and Personal," Medford Daily Tribune, March 23, 1906, page 4


    Street Commissioner King is having the streets cleaned this week--and, best of all, he is having the alleys cleaned. Good, clean streets are pleasant to look upon, and to drive upon, but much of the pride which our townspeople might take in this connection would go below the zero mark if the alleys are left in an unsightly condition. In this connection The Mail is going to say that the means adopted by the street committee in cleaning the streets heretofore could, and ought to be, improved upon. Heretofore, and right now for that matter, the renters on the business streets have been and are compelled to clean the street in front of their respective business places. It is hardly fair to ask them to do this, neither is it pleasant. As the work is required to be done within a given time laborers cannot always be secured, and as a result either the merchant or some of his salesmen are compelled to get out with a shovel and hoe and perform the work. A salesman at a goods counter or soda fountain is not usually equipped for street cleaning work. This work should come in with the other duties of the street commissioner and should be paid for out of the road fund.
    Mayor Bradshaw has engaged the services of Jason Ottinger as park keeper. This appointment is a very deserving one, and it will meet with the approval of every citizen of Medford who have taken an interest in the proper care of the park--and this includes all of us. It was Mr. Ottinger's efforts, under the supervision of ex-Mayor Pickel, and with the assistance of the ladies of the Lewis and Clark Club, who last year made the park the beauty spot which it now is, and, understanding as he does all the requirements, well fits him for the position. The park is very beautiful this spring, and with the care which Mr. Ottinger will give it it will retain all its beauty and add new features of loveliness as the season advances. The park keeper is also a deputy policeman and is authorized by ordinance to arrest any person who violates the park laws. Last season Mr. Ottinger made a few arrests, which fact proves that he is not afraid to perform his duties--and the conclusion is that he will be equally as vigilant this season.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, March 30, 1906, page 5


    Wilson & Higinbotham have been making a number of improvements in their C Street blacksmith shop. New tools and appliances have been added, as well as a complete woodworking department, so that they are prepared to turn out first-class work in every branch of the business. J. R. Wilson has been so long in the blacksmithing business that it has become second nature to him. He tries to get out of it once in a while, but invariably drifts back. Charley Higinbotham, his partner, is also a first-class workman.
    The Owl Pool and Billiard Hall is now conducted by Waschau Bros., R. A. Waschau having recently purchased an interest therein. The rooms have been refitted in an up-to-date manner and comprise the best billiard and pool hall in Southern Oregon. The hall is large, roomy and light, no dark corners, and is an ideal place in which to indulge in the game. Waschau Bros. intend to inaugurate a pool and billiard tournament soon.
    Messrs. Church Bros., proprietors of the Vienna Bakery, have the thanks of the whole Mail office force for a very generous supply of an assortment of excellent pies--presumably that we might enjoy some of the good things of life before starting upon our long and uncertain journey. Hard walking is oftentimes made less tiresome when the inner man has been properly attended.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, April 6, 1906, page 5

A Western Orchard Company postcard mailed December 1907
A Western Orchard Company postcard mailed December 1907

    The Western Orchard Company, through their representative, Fred Lundahl, on Wednesday purchased over 20,000 fruit trees from L. E. Hoover. There were 11,000 apples, 8000 pears and 1800 mixed trees.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, April 6, 1906, page 5


A New Enterprise.
    L. I. Reinhart, lately of New Mexico, has associated with him several citizens of Medford in the formation of a company for the purpose of manufacturing reinforced concrete building blocks. This substance is designed to take the place of brick, stone and all other building substances. It is as durable as stone and much cheaper and as cheap as brick. Imitations of stone of every description can be turned out by this process. Pillars, ornamental capitals, archways, anything which can be constructed of brick or stone can be made. It is suitable for all classes of work. In the East and in California it is rapidly taking the place of all other building material, and some of the finest and most elaborate buildings are being constructed of it. Architects everywhere recommend it very highly. It will stand a great deal more heat than brick, as has been tested.
    The company to handle this manufacturing business will be known as the Medford Cement & Construction Co., and as soon as the machinery, which has been ordered, arrives work will be commenced. Within thirty days, Mr. Reinhart estimates, he will have the plant about ready for operation. The plant will be located on Bear Creek in South Medford.
Medford Mail, April 13, 1906, page 1


Earthquake Shock Felt at Medford, Oregon.
    Medford, Oregon, April 23.--A slight but distinct earthquake shock was felt here about 2 o'clock this morning. No damage was done.
El Paso Daily Times, April 24, 1906, page 1


Cement Plant in Operation.
    The Medford Cement & Construction Co. commenced operations last week, manufacturing reinforced cement blocks for building purposes. At present the plant is being operated on a small scale, owing to the difficulty the company has had in securing a location, and the fact that it is almost impossible to secure Portland cement, which enters materially into the construction of the blocks. The first named difficulty they expect to overcome shortly, and the cement proposition will likely adjust itself as soon as the big California factories, which were damaged by the earthquake, shall have resumed business.
    This is the first introduction of the reinforced concrete block for building purposes in Southern Oregon, and the manufacturers expect it to become the popular building material. With cement selling at a normal figure they claim that the material they manufacture is nearly, if not quite, as cheap as brick and much more durable, besides other advantages which they claim for it. One is that the fact of the blocks being hollow makes the building cooler in summer and warmer in winter by means of the ventilation afforded by these air spaces. Another is that all pipes and wires can be run through these hollow blocks, so that neither need show either on the outside of the building.
    The company is now engaged in getting out blocks for the construction of a two-story, 22x25-foot building to be erected by Smith & Molony in the rear of their store, and expect to complete the contract in a short time. The lower story of this building will consist of 12-inch blocks and the upper of 8-inch blocks. The rear will present the appearance of the natural rough stone, while the sides will be smooth to admit of them being used as partition walls should additions be made.
    The company also has orders for blocks for foundations for several new frame dwellings to be built in Medford and vicinity shortly.
Medford Mail, May 11, 1906, page 1


    C. C. Taylor has sold his 400-acre farm, east of Medford, to the Western Oregon Orchard Company, the consideration being nearly $20,000. The deal and the transfer of the property was made through Fred Lundahl, the company's representative in Medford. The company expects to plant the major portion of the farm to orchard and make it a part of their great orchard tract. Mr. Taylor, who has lived on the farm all his life, expects to buy a smaller tract of land, near Medford, and engage in growing fancy stock.
    C. H. Martin, who has been operating a milk route in Medford for a year or more, has leased his place and sold some of his stock to Mr. Calhoun, of Phoenix, and Mr. Calhoun will continue the route. Mr. Martin, together with his family, left Tuesday for Ft. Klamath, where he has land and stock interests which require his attention. He took twenty-five head of milch cows with him.
    Smith & Molony, proprietors of the Medford Shoe Parlors, are arranging for the construction of a 22x25 extension to their store building. This extension is made necessary by the growth of the business, for which more room is required. The extension will be built of the reinforced cement blocks being manufactured by the Medford Concrete & Construction Co.
    A. W. Countryman, the shoemaker, has opened a shoe repairing shop in Mr. Eads' second hand store, on the West Side. Mr. Countryman is a cripple, has but recently recovered from sickness, is said to be a good workman, has a family to support, is honest, sober and industrious--and deserves your patronage.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, May 11, 1906, page 5


CATHOLIC SCHOOL AT MEDFORD
Citizens of Southern Oregon Town Asked to Give Site.
    MEDFORD, Or., May 24.--(Special.)--At a meeting of the Commercial Club last evening the subject discussed was regarding ways and means of acquiring a site for the Catholic school. Archbishop Christie has practically promised that, if Medford will give a site, a Catholic boarding school will be established here. The site that pleased the archbishop most was a five-acre tract belonging to Mr. Hutchinson. The price is $300 per acre, or $1500 for the five acres, which sum is proposed to be raised by popular subscription.
    The committee, which consists of Dr. J. M. Keene, John D. Olwell, Dr. J. F. Reddy, E. Hafer, George L. Davis and D. H. Miller, will commence work tomorrow on the fund account.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, May 25, 1906, page 6


    Mrs. E. H. Burke is a guest  for 10 days of her sister, Mrs. Hunt Lewis, at the Lewis ranch, at Medford.

"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, August 19, 1906, page 26


    Mrs. E. H. Brooke and Miss Margretta Brooke are home again from a three weeks' visit at Medford, Or. with Mrs. Brooke's sister, Mrs. Hunt Lewis.

"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, August 19, 1906, page 26


    The Southern Pacific R.R. Co. has given out news that 10,000 Dunkards are heading for California from the states of Ohio, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri. A large colony is to be located in Butte Creek Valley, this county, where the Dunkards have purchased 10,000 acres of the Miller tract. They will locate two towns on the projected line of the S.P.R. Co., which is to run to Klamath Falls, Ore. They also intend, it is said, to increase their colony in size, and make Butte Creek Valley the largest Dunkard settlement in the world.--Yreka Journal.
"A Brief Record of Local Events," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, October 19, 1906, page 5



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