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Medford News: 1909

Medford-related news items from 1909. Also see descriptions of Medford and Jackson County for this year.

EVENTS OF 1909.
A Brief Summary of Events During the Past Year,
As Recorded in the Files of The Post.
JANUARY
4--State legislature convened.
5--Fred J. Fick and Laura Richardson married.
6--R.R.V.R.R. up for hearing before the state railroad commission.
7--C. E. Roach sentenced to serve two years in the penitentiary for forgery.
9--Office building at Blue Ledge Mine destroyed by fire.
11--Ruth Rebekah Lodge installs officers.
15--M. J. P. Hughes of Butte Falls accidentally shot.
20--John Norling strikes iron ore.
21--Petitions for new charter circulated.
22--Rogue River Fruitgrower appears.
25--Henry Rowe found dead in cabin at Applegate.
25--Levi A. Stagg and Evelyn Spitzer married.
25--Dr. T. W. Hester left for Chicago on a visit.
FEBRUARY
1--David Allen and Mae Huffer married.
2--C. F. Leavenworth died.
3--Native Daughters and Sons install officers.
5--Henry Stevenson held up on county road.
6--James Hukil died at Griffin Creek.
10--Teachers' examinations held in this city.
18--Mr. Abbott buys T. J. Kenney's hardware store.
19--E. W. Andrews died near Phoenix.
22--Roy Kelly and Minnie Thompson married.
22--John Dunnington assumes charge of butcher shop.
27--W. C. Dennett buys Russell's Confectionery store.
MARCH
2--Citizens' ticket elected at city election.
10--Dr. Shaw elected president of town board.
10--Machinery from Braden Mine being installed in the Opp.
11--Peter Applegate appointed State Land Agent.
12--Mrs. R. Benedict died at Applegate.
14--First ball game of the season on local diamond.
15--Milton J. Hampton died, aged 79.
18--Chas. Dunford, Jr. brought in a fine assortment of nuggets from Poormans Creek.
23--Fire at Basye's blacksmith shop.
25--Dr. Edward W. Day died in San Francisco.
25--Circuit court in session, grand jury returned 14 indictments for unlawful possession of deer hides.
26--Gold Hill News changes hands, D. C. Boyd at the helm.
27--Attorney Reames gives history of the Putnam libel case.
APRIL
2--Ball game, Jacksonville vs. Portland.
2--Gold Hill News again changes hands, J. D. Fay in charge.
17--Medford's Magazine appears.
18--Blue Ledge Mine closed down.
20--Gus Mitchell injured at quarry.
24--D. W. Bagshaw takes charge of The Post.
29--Mrs. Harriet Davis died at Medford, aged 69.
MAY
3--Walter Lowey killed by wood saw at Wagner Creek.
12--The Williamson tract sold to J. W. Gillette.
12--Redmen's Ball.
14--Pacific & Eastern Railroad sold to John R. Allen.
15--City well down 85 feet, plenty of water in evidence.
30--Soldiers' graves in cemetery decorated.
JUNE
1--L. M. Colby killed on S.P. near Medford.
2--Farewell reception given Prof. E. B. Moore.
5--City council grants franchise to Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co.
7--E. A. Barnes and Rose A. Sly married.
9--McKee's house on Applegate burned.
10--Mrs. Vogel seriously burned.
11--Ties are shipped from this city to the Pacific & Eastern.
12--Amendment to city charter published.
14--D. E. Grant died at Salem.
15--Destructive fire at Central Point.
20--Miss Grace Bedford accidentally poisoned at Grants Pass.
21--Crater Lake road knocked out by decision of circuit court at Salem.
24--Special election held--charter amendments carried 102 to 2.
26--Four orchards in this vicinity sell for $200,000.
26--Miss Mabel Beagle died at Ruch.
27--Mrs. Fannie M. Port died, aged 65.
JULY
1--Chas. C. Sanderson and Agnes M. Ashworth married in this city.
5--Observed as Independence Day.
10-Inmate of county jail attempted suicide.
15--Walter Swartzfager killed by cars at Grants Pass.
22--Kinder Boaz died, aged 74.
AUGUST
1--Frank Ellis accidentally killed in Marble Caves.
2--Special term of circuit court convened to try the Hanley-Medford water case.
8--Julian Abbott broke an arm.
11--Max Vogt and Pauline Reuter married at The Dalles.
12--Emanuel Poole died in this city.
17--Bond elections held.
17--Supreme Court grants new trial to Walsworths.
20--Application of Charles Nickell for pardon refused by the President.
24--W. H. Leefer killed in Opp Mine.
25--Pioneers' reunion at Ashland.
SEPTEMBER
6--Circuit court convenes, a large number of cases on the docket.
8--E. H. Harriman of the S.P. dies at Arden, N.Y.
15--W. J. Boosey sentenced to 5 months in county jail.
16--Wilcox residence destroyed by fire.
16--Kiser tract sold for $32,500.
17--Soldiers and Sailors reunion this week.
18--Gold Hill News has new editor.
18--Patrick McCarthy killed by cars at Gold Ray.
24--Court adjourned owing to illness of one of the jurors.
27--Farewell reception given to Rev. Gray.
OCTOBER
4--President Taft passed through valley on S.P. train.
6--District fair at Ashland.
13--Unknown man commits suicide at Ashland.
15--Six prisoners escape from county jail.
25--Vance-Anderson Mining Co. resume operations.
25--Chas. and Norval Walsworth sentenced to serve 15 years in penitentiary.
28--John Miller commits suicide at Ashland.
NOVEMBER
1--Medford Mail and Daily Tribune consolidated under title of Mail Tribune.
6--Barnum's train ditched near Medford.
10--H. E. Conger and Emma Niedermeyer married.
19--Tronson & Guthrie awarded first prize for best carload of apples.
DECEMBER
1--Wm. Puhl sold barber shop to Frank Robinson.
8--J. S. Sawyer and Minnie McIntyre married.
13--Circuit court convened.
14--Joseph Kampbell found dead in field at Tolo.
18--Mrs. John Norris died.
19--S. H. Cook died at Applegate, aged 77.
20--Dr. Cook pronounced a "faker."
25--Elizabeth Bradburn died
31--Firemen's ball.
Jacksonville Post, January 1, 1910, page 1


PROHIBITION AND CHARTER AMENDMENT
ARE DEFEATED
    Medford stays wet, the charter amendment is beaten by a decisive majority, W. H. Canon is elected mayor by a small majority, all three candidates on the business men's and taxpayers' ticket for councilmen are elected and the library tax carries by a good majority. Such is the result of the city election held yesterday after one of the most strenuous and bitter campaigns waged in the city of Medford.
    The feature of the day was the heavy vote polled, indicating the rapid growth of Medford. A total of 910 votes were cast for the candidates for mayor. While there is no means of establishing the actual gain in votes cast as compared with the June election for the reason that the precincts in the June election do not correspond with the wards in the city election, yet every one was surprised at the largeness of the vote.
    The vote on mayor was unusually close, W. H. Canon winning over J. A. Perry by the narrow margin of 8 votes.
    The majority against prohibition was a surprise to everyone, the "wets" having the best of the balloting by a majority of 127. Contrary to all expectations the wets carried every ward, the result being the closest in the second ward, where the vote stood 163 for and 179 against.
    On the amendment to the charter to make the local option law of the state apply to Medford a hot fight was waged, and the result shows that some of the believers in prohibition were affected by the argument of "home rule," urged by those who opposed the amendment. The amendment was defeated by a majority of 167. In the third [ward] the vote was almost two to one against the amendment, standing 356 for and 523 against.
    The charter amendment to permit the levying of a tax to support and maintain a Carnegie library was carried by a majority of 132. This will enable Medford to assist in the good work of keeping Andrew Carnegie from the disgrace of dying rich.
    Some of the features of the usual election were missing in this contest owing to a partial observance of the corrupt practices act. However, the act was violated often and frequently in a quiet way, and it is safe to say that any voter who exhibited any hesitation as to the way he would vote yesterday found plenty of assistance at hand to help him reach a decision.
    According to the charter, the new city officials will enter upon their official duties ten days after the election, unless there should be some hitch.
Medford Mail, January 15, 1909, page 1



    Delroy Getchell and wife of Minneapolis are spending several days in town. Mr. Getchell is a banker and views the Rogue River Valley very favorably.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail, January 22, 1909, page 5


    Ernest Webb returned on Wednesday to Medford, where he is for the time being making his residence. During his extended visit here Mr. Webb has been a guest of four bachelors--Howard Holland. June Avery, Jr., Mr. de Schwinitz and Arnold Rothwell--who are occupying Mr. and Mrs. George Russell's home during their absence in Europe.

"Society," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, February 7, 1909, page C2


    On Monday evening, March 22, the Eta Pa Eta girls gave a farewell box party at the Bungalow Theater in honor of Miss Mildred Clemens, one of its charter members. Miss Clemens is leaving Portland to take the position of circulating manager of the Medford Tribune.
Excerpt, "Events of the Week," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, March 28, 1909, page C3


SEVENTEEN MILES OF TRENCH.
    The Jacobsen-Bade Company yesterday shipped their trench-digging outfit back to Portland, having completed their work in this city. The company has been carrying on operations in this city for about a year, and during that time has dug 17 miles of trenches, 8 miles of which were for sewerage and the remainder for water pipe.
Medford Mail, May 14, 1909, page 5


MOVING SOME BUILDINGS.
    F. E. Berdan, the Ashland house-mover, is in Medford this week moving several buildings--mostly those wooden buildings which occupy ground upon which brick and stone blocks are to be built. Among these is the residence on Grape Street South, owned by Garnett & Corey, and upon ground where a large wholesale hardware store is to be erected and for which excavations are now being made.
Medford Mail, May 28, 1909, page 1


NEW CITY MAP ISSUED BY HOWARD AND SWITZER
    Howard & Switzer have issued a complete up-to-date map of Medford, on which all additions to the city are shown. The map is the best yet published and gives the new names of streets, the dimensions of each lot as well as block and lot numbers, and contains a mass of valuable data. The maps are 36 inches square and can be obtained from Howard & Switzer for $5 apiece at their office in the Adkins block.
Southern Oregonian, Medford, July 3, 1909, page 5


    Miss Mary Couch Withington, of Greenwich, Conn., a former Portland girl, who is a great favorite here, arrived last week, and will be the guest of Mrs. W. M. Ladd for ten days, later visiting Miss Genevieve Thompson, who was a college friend at Bryn Mawr. Miss Withington is a member of one of the oldest and most prominent Portland families, who for years lived at the old residence on Salmon Street, between Fifth and Sixth streets. Miss Withington was decidedly popular when she attended the Portland Academy, and since graduating from college she has been the secretary of a finishing school in the East. She is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Withington, Mr. Withington having acted for many years as cashier at the First National Bank. She is also a granddaughter of the late Amory Holbrook, who was connected with The Oregonian in the early sixties. Miss Kate Failing will give a small tea on Monday afternoon in honor of Miss Holbrook, Mrs. Hamilton Abbot, of Vancouver, B. C, who was Miss Bess Withington, and Holbrook Withington, of Medford, are expected to arrive in Portland soon, when a reunion will be held.

"Society," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, July 11, 1909, page C2



THE ROGUE RIVER VALLEY
AS A PRODUCER OF FINE FRUITS IT IS PROMINENT.
Around Medford Apples and Pears Are Grown Extensively,
and Grants Pass and Ashland Are Starting Well.
(Staff Correspondence.)
    Medford, Ore., Sept. 9.--This place is in the center of the Rogue River Valley, one of the noted fruit growing sections of Oregon. Everybody, almost has heard of the great Rogue River Valley, and everybody who is at all interested in fruits knows what a wonderful section this is for the production of some of the finest deciduous fruits that are grown in the great western country.
    The leading fruit crops in the vicinity of Medford are pears and apples. Other fruits are grown extensively, such as peaches, plums and grapes, but the acreage of all these is small as compared with that of pears and apples. The varieties of pears grown here are Bartlett, Comice, Winter Nelis and Anjou. The acreage of these and the amount of the shipments of each come in the order named, the Bartlett leading.
    The movement of the Bartletts to market began about August 15 and since then carlots have been going out steadily. The crop this year is unusually good and the yield is heavy. The quality, also, is fine, the fruit being of good size and remarkably clear of defects. It is estimated that the movement of pears from this station will not fall much short of 200 cars. The lowest estimate that has been put on the yield is 175 cars. This is a big increase over the shipments of last year, when the movement totaled 120 cars. This increase is partly owing to a better crop and partly to the new orchards that have come into bearing. These pears are shipped largely to New York, where they are distributed among the markets of the East or exported to England and European countries. They are of the very best carrying quality and reach even the European markets in the best of condition.
    The varieties of apples grown here are numerous, but the leaders, in the order named, are: Newtown, Spitzenburg, Jonathan, Winesap and Arkansas Black. All these varieties do well, both as to the amount of the yield and the quality. It is estimated that there will be in the neighborhood of 225 cars to ship from this station this year. The largest percent of these will be Newtowns, and they are going to be unusually fine. It is claimed that a large part of these apples run four tier now, and yet they are not nearly done growing. They are not only large but are smooth and clean, and an uncommonly large portion of them will go in the first, or fancy, pack.
    The peach crop in this immediate part of the valley is short this year, and the shipments are light. The weather last winter was unusually cold, and the peach crop suffered severely. It is the first time in years that any great damage has resulted to fruit in this section from cold weather.
    The bulk of the apples from here go to New York. From there the Newtowns are forwarded to Europe, while most of the other varieties are distributed among the markets of the Atlantic coast states.
    It is expected that of the apple shipments from Medford at least 75 cars will be Newtowns, and all of these will go into the export trade or at least practically all of them.
    Fruit lands have reached a big price in this section, but people buy them and are anxious to get them, so they must be a paying proposition. Prices are advancing all the time, and thousands of new trees are being put out every year. Medford now boasts a fruit paper of its own. It is the Rogue River Fruit Grower, published monthly, and gotten up in magazine form and beautifully illustrated. Chas. Meserve is the editor.
    The growers here have received good prices for their pears this year, and are expecting good prices for their apples. In fact, this promises to be a highly profitable season to the fruit growers of the West.
    The names of shippers who market the Medford fruits, together with some of the growers, appeared in The Packer Bulletin of September 8.
The Chicago Packer, September 11, 1909, page 6


    It has come to be accepted as an axiom that nowhere in the world does the word Welcome mean so much as in the West, and be it here recorded that nowhere in all the West could it mean more than in the beautiful little city of Medford, in the heart of the world-famous Rogue River Valley of Southern Oregon. Here, one year ago, the first informal steps of organization were taken, and here this week the sportsmen of the Pacific Slope, from Northern British Columbia to Southern California, and from the Rockies to the sea, stamped this idea with the seal of their approval and gave to
AMERICAN SPORTSMANSHIP
the greatest impetus it has ever received in the West. The good fellowship dominating this meeting began even before the advance guard arrived, when the boys headed southward from the Washington-British Columbia-Oregon circuit, in a telegram handed to Herald Riehl on the San Francisco Limited at Cottage Grove, which read: "Campfire lighted; Medford awaits Chiefs, Braves and Shooters." This in a measure prepared the pilgrims for the reception which met them Saturday morning at the hands of the Entertainment Committee, wearing a bright red badge of "The First Annual Meeting, Pacific Indians." Across the main street was a great banner with the legend: "Kalaham Kloosh Tillicum Midlite," which interpreted means: "Welcome, Good Friends, While You Tarry Here," and at other points lifelike Indian figures on canvas and the wording "Kalaham Sex," "How Are You, Friend?" and other sentiments to that effect. Although the city, in the midst of harvesting a record fruit crop, was overcrowded at the time, the guests were soon made comfortable in various hotels, and a gala week was fairly inaugurated. The stranger who could not attend, but merely reads these lines, will perhaps more readily understand to what extent the preceding sentence is true when the fact is stated that the citizens raised $800 in cash, $250 added money and $550 for special entertaining on account of this meet, to say nothing of wagonloads of fruit, free automobile service, boats for fishing and other courtesies, and the elaborate fitting up of the shooting range by the Medford Rod and Gun Club. The range  was located on a large open prairie northeast of town, on the edge of a small grove of large spreading oaks burdened with mistletoe. The shooting background was of the very best, as were also the traps, in the competent charge of Charley North. Nothing, in fact, but the weather was left as an element of chance to militate against high scores.
Excerpt, Riehl, Frank C., “Indians' Shoot: Gathering of Pacific Tribe at Medford Enthusiastic,” Sporting Life, September 25, 1909, page 29


CZAR BUYS OREGON FARM
Emperor's Representative Will Buy Orchard Near Medford.
    MEDFORD, Or., Oct. 15.--(Special.)--After inspection of the famous orchards of the Yakima, Wenatchee, Hood River and Santa Clara Valleys, Anton Petroskicvich, lord of the outer chamber, and Peter Petohoff, lord of the inner chamber of the court of the Czar of Russia, have selected the Rogue River Valley for the location of the royal orchard. Both were here this week.
    "We spent several months," said they, "in looking over the different fruit sections and to report on the advisability of having a royal orchard in America, and to suggest the location of that orchard. After careful investigation, our choice narrowed to two valleys besides this one, but, after full information and investigation, we decided to advocate selection in the Rogue River Valley on account of the superior qualities of the fruit in every way.
    "As soon as we receive word as to the decision of the minister of the financial department we will be ready to buy and we have an eye on a piece of land which is just what we want. It is set to Bartletts at present, but we will have a number of acres set to the prize varieties of pears of this section and to Newtown and Spitzenburg apples."

Morning Oregonian, Portland, October 16, 1909, page 1


OREGON PEAR GROWING.
Some Remarkable Profits Reported During the Season Just Ended.
    Medford, Ore.--A good illustration of what young pear orchards will yield when properly cared for is shown by the returns from the Hillcrest Orchard. In Bartletts, 440 7-year-old trees, covering 5.86 acres, yielded 1,489 boxes, or 3.38 boxes per tree, or 253.92 boxes per acre, which netted an average per box of $1.93, or a net return of $490.40 per acre. All expenses did not exceed $50 an acre, leaving a profit of $440 per acre.
    In Howells, 342 7-year-old trees, covering 4.56 acres, yielded 1,393 boxes, 4.07 boxes to the tree, 305.48 boxes to the acre. The average net returns were $2.35 per box, or $2.373.55, at the rate of $717.88 per acre. The cost per acre is estimated by the owner at $50, making a net profit of $667.88 per acre.
    What an old pear orchard will do is shown by the yield of the Buckeye Orchard, near Talent, owned by W. G. Estep. From 8 acres of Bartletts Mr. Estep grossed in New York and Chicago $10,750, or $7,000 net, a profit of $850 an acre.
    Fred Hopkins' Snowy Butte Orchard at Central Point is also an example of what pears will do in the Rogue River Valley. From 16½ acres $2,000 worth of Bartlett and Fall Butter pears were marketed, and $15,000 worth of Winter Nelis pears sold, a total of $17,000 for 16½ acres, or over $1,000 an acre.
    When complete records from the Burrell, Bear Creek, Gore and other orchards will be found to exceed even these figures, each having pear orchards whose net yield approximates $1,500 an acre.
    As not over 2,000 acres of the 50,000 acres planted around Medford are in bearing, and as this fractional bearing acreage is in most instances paying all expenses for caring for the entire planted acreage and in addition making money for the owners, the above figures offer a suggestion of what the profits of local fruit growers will be within a few years, but to realize the fullest returns fruit men must cooperate in all the essential details of the business. Uniform pack and systematic marketing are as essential to the pear and apple industry as to the circus fruit industry of California.
The Chicago Packer, December 4, 1909, page 5





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