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Medford News: 1914

Medford-related news items from 1914. Also see descriptions of Medford and Jackson County for this year.



HOW MEDFORD MERCHANTS AND LEADING FIRMS VIEW 1914 PROSPECTS FROM PROSPERITY ANGLE; OPTIMISTIC

W. I. Vawter.
    Rogue River Valley in general and Medford in particular should and will enjoy a most prosperous year in 1914. Our lands are maintained at good prices, none of our first-class orchard properties are offered at a price less than in 1910. The fruit production should exceed that of 1913 by 25 percent. We are again doing something in the way of shipping out meat products. In 1910 we shipped in 75 carloads of potatoes; the year just closed we exported many carloads of garden products. Everything agriculturally is tending towards a stable and solvent condition which will bring in its turn a satisfactory prosperity.
The Toggery.
    The Toggery feels very optimistic as to the future business prospect of the Rogue River Valley and city of Medford. The big volume of trade this fall, and especially the past thirty days, we feel is due to the successful fruit season and is only an indication of what a few industries which furnish permanent payrolls would mean toward additional prosperity.
F. W. Street, Secretary Commercial Club.
    I have more than one reason to believe the prospects for the Rogue River Valley for 1914 will be good. The correspondence received by the Commercial Club has more life to it than a few months ago. People are really in earnest about coming to Oregon. The majority are in comparatively moderate circumstances but want assurance that while they are willing to work hard they want to know about our markets and net profits. The crop reports that have been collected for The Mail Tribune New Year edition are splendid, and 1,000 copies will be sent out to these people. We think it will be convincing, and the plans mapped out by the Commercial Club for 1914 is to give Medford a larger payroll. The public will be invited some time soon to hear Mr. D. M. Lowe of Ashland give his illustrated lecture and experiences at the Chicago land show, and if you are looking through blue glasses you will not need them after you hear him.
C. A. Meeker, Manager M.M. Department Store.
    Much is the concern of many people regarding prospects and prosperity of the Rogue River Valley for the coming year, and justly so, for perhaps there is no other country in the West so widely known and looked to as a criterion of future prospects as is this valley and Medford.
    Never in history has this valley been blessed with such abundant crops and good prices, causing all to wear an optimistic smile, not only farmer or fruit grower, but the merchant as well.
    Our business passed all previous records in 1913, and, taking a view of 1914 from all angles, one can only predict greater results for the coming year.
    Our best wish for all is a happy and a prosperous New Year.
Medford Furniture and Hardware Company.
    We are very optimistic as to future business conditions in the Rogue River Valley. Considering the condition of [the] valley at the beginning of the year 1913, we have had an exceedingly good trade. The conditions now, at the first of the new year, are much better than they were a year ago, due to a good fruit crop bringing good prices, also to the farmers raising a more diversified crop, and more stock to put on the market.
    The prospects are for more advancement in the country than in the towns, and this in itself is a very satisfactory indication to the merchant, as a town will always keep up with the country.
J. C. Mann.
    The year 1913 did not start out very promising, but it has far exceeded our expectations and has turned out to be the most prosperous one for us that we have had. We start the new year full of confidence in the future of Medford, believing that it is the best place to live, the best place to do business, and has the best people in America. There is no reason why 1914 should not be the best year for everyone. Let us do our best to make it so.
T. E. Daniels.
    In my opinion, said T. E. Daniels of the Daniels for Duds store, there never was so much reason for optimism on the part of the business man as at the present time. Locally we have passed through the trying period that every small city experiences after a rapid growth. Medford has stood the test, and in spite of all that has been said to the contrary, when compared with the other cities of the state we find our city has had its full share of business and has felt a comparatively small depression which has existed generally throughout the country since the Roosevelt panic in 1907. I am extremely optimistic in regard to the effect of the currency bill on business in the very near future, and the endorsement of the measure now that it has passed by a great number of the banks and other financial institutions of importance, I regard as evidence that we have a bright future to look forward to in business during the coming year. I have enjoyed a splendid increase in my business through the entire fall season, which to me is somewhat of "the proof of the pudding."
General Resume.
    The new year gives hope for the return of prosperity, and conditions without optimism point to, all things being equal, the most prosperous and happiest year so far recorded. The woes of 1913 were caused by man. In the readjustment now under way, the mistakes will be overcome. There was no unkind visitation of providence, nature was kind, and a new spirit of hope and optimism abides in the heart of the Rogue River Valley today with 1914 and its golden promises.
"How Medford Merchants nd Leading Firms View 1914 Prospects from Prosperity Angle; Optimistic," Medford Sun, January 1, 1914, page 6

Korinek ad, February 7, 1914 Pacific Rural Press, page 181
Korinek ad, February 7, 1914 Pacific Rural Press, page 181

CIGARETTE CRUSADE ON
Medford Women to Report All Youths They See Smoking.
    MEDFORD, Or., Jan. 28.--(Special.)--Boys less than 15 years old who attempt to smoke tobacco, and particularly cigarettes, may get into trouble hereafter, for the women of the Greater Medford Club have launched a campaign to stop the violation of the smoking law.
    Mrs. F. E. Merrick, the second vice-president of the State Federation of Women's Clubs, who attended the annual meeting in Portland recently, read her report before the Greater Medford Club and urged an anti-cigarette campaign.
    The women approved the idea, and hereafter youths seen smoking will be reported.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, January 29, 1914, page 3


Rogue River Valley Shipments.

    Medford, Ore., Feb. 20.--According to a report compiled from the statistics of the Southern Pacific, the Rogue River Valley from Grants Pass to Ashland shipped 1,159 carloads of fruit in 1913, besides the berries and small fruits shipped by express. There were 669 cars of apples, 426 pears and 18 cars of peaches.
The Chicago Packer, February 21, 1914, page 19


    The first car for the street railway at Medford is expected to arrive next week.
    A class of ten from this city are learning the tango at the Nat in Medford.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, March 7, 1914, page 3


    J. K. Woods, who recently organized a lodge of the Order of Owls at Medford, was bound over to the grand jury by Justice Taylor at Medford, Thursday morning. Woods is charged with issuing checks without funds in the bank.

"Local News," Jacksonville Post, March 14, 1914, page 3


LODGE ORGANIZER ACCUSED
Supposed Official of Owls Charged with Swindle at Medford.
    MEDFORD, Or., March 13.--(Special.)--J. K. Woods, who organized a lodge of Owls here a few days ago, was arrested yesterday on a warrant sworn out by local saloon men charging him with passing checks without funds in the bank. At a preliminary hearing today he was bound over to the grand jury under $1000 bonds, and failing to obtain bondsmen, was committed to jail. The arrest aroused the suspicion of some of his brother Owls and they telegraphed to headquarters at South Bend, Ind, asking if the $100 for the charter had been received.
    The reply was that it had not. Efforts are being made to ascertain whether or not Woods has been implicated in a number of forgeries that have been reported recently. B. S. Radcliffe was swindled out of $250, Rankin Estes $10 and "Slim" Adams $45, all on checks on Eugene banks.
    An investigation is being made. Woods asserts he has money and friends in the East and if there is any shortage he will see that it is made good.

Morning Oregonian, Portland, March 14, 1914, page 10


    It is reported that actual work on the reconstruction of the Medford-Central Point highway began Thursday and that the Central Point end of the road has been closed to public travel.
    Medford papers state that the Nash Grill of that place has closed its doors owing to lack of business.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, March 21, 1914, page 3


CAR CHEERED AT MEDFORD
Line Will Be Officially Opened Today with Mayor as Motorman.
    MEDFORD, Or., March 21.--(Special.)--The people of Medford crowded the streets and yelled themselves hoarse today at the sight of the first city trolley car in actual operation. Tomorrow, with J. S. Howard, the first mayor of he city, on the front platform, the city officials and prominent business men as passengers, the official opening of the line will be made by a run from the Medford National Bank corner to the city limits. There will be only one car at present, but more will be added as soon as the traffic justifies.
    C. G. Bullis, resident manager, announced that work would start at once upon the extension of the road to the city reservoir and return, making a total of four miles.
Sunday Oregonian, Portland, March 22, 1914, page 7


    Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bowne are making plans to go to Medford, Or. and make their future home. They left Monday evening to select their residence and will leave Portland in a few weeks for the famous orchard section.
Gertrude P. Corbett, "Society News,"
Morning Oregonian, Portland, March 25, 1914, page 12


    Cars on the first interurban streetcar line at Medford began to operate March 22.

"Industrial Review," Jacksonville Post, March 28, 1914, page 1


    Bud Anderson, the former "Medford Hope," fought six rounds with a butcher named Swain at Redmond, Washington, Thursday evening. The contest resulted in a draw. Both men were slow and awkward.
    W. A. Walker of Medford, candidate for the Republican nomination for sheriff, was in town Tuesday in the interest of his campaign. The announcement of Mr. Walker's candidacy appears in another column of this paper.

"Local News," Jacksonville Post, April 18, 1914, page 3


    Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bowne and baby daughter are established in the F. C. Clark residence in Medford.
Gertrude P. Corbett,
"Society," Oregonian, Portland, May 10, 1914, page C2


Medford Migraines.
    Thurston Daniels, better known as Daniels for Duds, is still telling his friends how near he came to getting killed in the Elks' wreck on the N.P. 10 years ago. He was a reporter on a Portland morning paper, The Oregonian, at the time.
    G. Putnam, the General Huerta of Medford, has decided to make this city both the Northern and Southern termini of the Pacific Highway. Mr. P. cannot conceal his regret that he was not consulted when the present P.M. of Portland was named.
    District Atty. Kelly is busy working on a case out near the Bybee bridge these bright spring days.
    Jim Dinkens was in from his Asbestos ranch one day this week with a cargo of shakes. Jim reports the real estate market as brisk at Asbestos.
    B. F. Mulkey says it seems strange, somehow, with the primaries so near, not to be running for office.
    Owney Patton, our efficient ex-street commissioner, denies that he has turned down an offer to umpire in the Federal League.
     R. Ruhl, whose brother Art is risking his life to get the news for Mr. Collier's popular weekly in Mexico, was seen riding on our streets one day last week.
--BOSC.               
Morning Oregonian, Portland, May 11, 1914, page 8


    Sunday afternoon Dr. Shaw treated the editor to an auto ride to Central Point. On the return trip we examined the new paving on the Pacific Highway and found that considerable progress had been made in laying the concrete. From present appearances we judge that the work will be O.K. when completed.

"Local News," Jacksonville Post, May 16, 1914, page 3


POINTS TO PROSPEROUS TIMES.
Splendid Fruit Prospects in the Rogue River Valley.

    Medford, Ore., May 22.--B. U. Young, manager for Oregon of Producers' Fruit Co., with headquarters at this place, reports the crop situation as follows; "During the latter part of the month of March and for several nights of April and on May 1 and 2, the growers were busy fighting frost by the use of smudge pots, with which they had liberally supplied themselves. The danger from this element is now past and the weather is delightful. The fruit is developing and the trees and general conditions never have been more promising. The cold weather seemed to affect the pear crop much more seriously than the apples, and from the most careful estimates it is concluded that there will be a full half crop of pears, the Bartlett and Winter Nelis having suffered the most either from frost or lack of pollenization at the blooming time. We expect a normal crop of apples, and particularly is this true with reference to Newtown Pippins, for which this Rogue River Valley is noted.
    "The orchardists are giving every possible attention to the spraying and care of their trees and watching the development of the fruit so closely that the possibility of anything interfering now with the estimates that have been made are quite remote.
    "The marketing problem and the results of it are just now the thing that is of interest to the grower. While the Rogue River Valley fruit has maintained with the trade a position unsurpassed by any other section, it is generally understood that the financial conditions of the country will have much to do with the prices secured."
Excerpt, The Chicago Packer, May 23, 1914, page 9


Medford Migraines.
    Toggery Bill last night admitted that he was the best fisherman in So. Oreg.
    Jesse Houck manages to keep cool these days, for all the hot air that you hear about a railroad to the coast. Jesse runs an ice foundry.
    W. Quisenberry, who used to be an actor and who once run for office, has settled down to agricultural pursuits. He is cultivating grape juice thirst.
    There was grand opera at the Page Theater election night. There was a large audience of artists and critics.
     This used to be the home of Bud Anderson.
--BOSC.               
Morning Oregonian, Portland, May 25, 1914, page 11


    Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gilchrist Owen are planning to leave in a week's time for their new home in Medford, Or., where Mr. Owen has extensive business interests. They are passing several days at the Hotel Benson before leaving, and Mrs. Owen is being charmingly entertained by the smart set. Mrs. James. G. Gauld presided at a charming luncheon on Friday in her honor, and on Tuesday Mrs. Maurice E. Crumpacker is planning to entertain informally for her with a tea. Several other affairs will make their last few days delightful socially.
"Society," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, May 31, 1914, page 37


    Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gilchrist Owen left last night for their new home in Medford, Or., where Mr. Owen has large timber interests. Mrs. Owen has been delightfully feted during the past few weeks, practically each day bringing forth some social compliment to this attractive young matron. On Friday evening Mr. and Mrs. Owen presided at an attractive little dinner party at the Hotel Benson, their guests including Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Robertson, Mrs. Charles Henry Davis, Jr., Miss Dorothy Huber, Irving Webster and Kurt Koehler. The party viewed the electrical parade, and later were entertained at supper at a downtown grill by Mr. Koehler.
"Society," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, June 14, 1914, page C2


    The new Medford cannery is to be ready for work June 15.
"Industrial Review," Jacksonville Post, June 23, 1914, page 2


Medford Creamery Sold.
    Medford, Ore., July 10. The Medford Creamery has been sold by Mrs. W. A. Chappell to A. A. Moody of Ashland, who has already taken charge. Mr. Moody has had wide experience in the dairy and creamery business, having operated for 15 years in Troy, N.Y., and was recently with Kent Brothers creamery at Eugene.
The Chicago Packer, July 11, 1914, page 20


     . . . one's mind wanders to the high-class barbers of Oregon. There are Bill Bates and his brothers in Medford, orchardists and timber kings. From their friendly chats with J. H. Stewart, the father of the fruit industry in the Rogue River Valley, and with timber cruisers, they took tips which did not rob them of their self-respect and which netted them thousands of dollars instead of dimes. They sold a portion of their fruit land in 1911 for $50,000 or $60,000. But despite good fortune, they continue plying their trade.
    Another barber in Medford is J. T. Summerville, a great sportsman and chum of Benninghoven, the six-foot-six-inch liquor drummer, whom he brought into the office of the Medford Mail Tribune one evening in the summer of 1910, gory in his own blood, to tell of a hand-to-hand encounter with a she bear in which he successfully disputed the possession of two cubs. The last I heard of Summerville he was mayor of Medford. [He briefly served as mayor when Mayor Eifert died.] And, mind you, Medford is no slouch of a town to be the head of: It has 20 miles of paved streets, 10,000 persons, [a] fine university club, $500,000 water system [and] the apple king of the world in 1910 or some equally distant and important date. (Spokane Fair, 1910.)
Arthur M. Geary, "Barbers of New York Not Up to Standard Set in Oregon Town," Oregonian, Portland, July 12, 1914, page 9


    Medford has had four burglaries within the past week, the last one being at the Waters' home on Eleventh Street, sometime Thursday morning.
    Manager Vance of the Home Telephone Co. of Medford was in town Friday on business regarding the proposed removal of the exchange to that city.
    The Oakdale grocery at Medford, and a small apartment house in the rear, were destroyed by fire early Friday morning. Loss about $3500, which was covered by insurance.

"Local News," Jacksonville Post, July 25, 1914, page 3



Fruit at Medford, Ore..
    Medford, Ore., July 24.--Preparations are being made for the packing of the early fruit, which will start August 1. Boxes are being made, wrapping paper secured and crews selected. Indications point to a successful year. The fruit is less diseased than last year and although not as heavy is of a finer quality.    
The Chicago Packer, July 25, 1914, page 10


    Henry Love, a Medford bootblack, left that burg Sunday afternoon without bidding some of his friends goodbye. Investigation showed that he had cashed checks for $50 without funds in the bank to meet them.

"Local News," Jacksonville Post, August 1, 1914, page 3


    Henry Love, the negro bootblack, wanted at Medford for passing bogus checks, was arrested at Yreka Wednesday.

"Local News," Jacksonville Post, August 8, 1914, page 3


Medford Migraines.
    Dr. Kirchgessner was in from Riverdale with his car this week. He is said to be trying to imitate Doc Yak in general appearance, and it is the judgment of your corr. that he is quite successful.
    A. C. Howlett, the well-known litterateur, was in from Eagle Point recently, calling on G. Putnam. Writing men like to get together and talk over the niceties of their craft.
    Fred Dodge motored down from Gold Hill the other day and reported that Johnny Reed was in just about the same condition, only more so, which his many friends here were grieved to learn. Fred S.P. motored, we should have said.
    Clarence Reames, of whom we are all proud, he having been appointed U.S. Dist. Atty. at Portland after having served one term in the State Legislature, is here on his vacation. Clarence is a brother of Evan Reames, and both are well known here and in J'ville.
    Bill Ulrich says he knows how the people of Brussels can pay that $40,000,000 that the German General wants. Just follow Jackson County's example and issue bonds, he says.
    Arthur Perry is back from his vacation, which didn't seem to do him much good.

Morning Oregonian, Portland, August 24, 1914, page 11


MEDFORD WILL HAVE NEW JEWELRY STORE
    J. W. Johnson has leased space in the Medford Book Store and will open a jewelry store there on September 15, carrying a modern stock of watches, diamonds, jewelry and silverware.
    Mr. Johnson was raised in Medford but has been in business in Spokane, Washington and Jerome, Idaho for several years. He is [a] jeweler and repairer of seventeen years experience and is glad to get back to Medford and the Rogue River Valley.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 12, 1914, page 6


Nursery for Rogue River Valley.
    Medford--Rogue River Valley is to have one of the largest nurseries in the West. The Yakima Nursery Company has leased 300 acres of land from Dr. C. R. Ray, near Tolo. Trees, shrubbery, flowers and seeds of all kinds will be grown and distributed. W. D. Ingles, president of the Yakima Nursery Company, and L. E. Hoover, of this city, consummated the deal. Ingles and Hoover have also purchased the William von der Hellen 320-acre ranch, about three miles from Eagle Point, paying $13,250.
Mosier Bulletin, Mosier, Oregon, October 9, 1914, page 5


    J. B. RIDDLE, PIONEER, DEAD
Man Who Crossed Plains in 1851 Mourned by Widow and Children.
    CANYONVILLE, Or., Oct. 12.--(Special.)--Riddle has lost one of its pioneer residents in the person of John Bouseman Riddle, who passed away at his home after a brief illness Sunday. Born in Sangamon County, Illinois, on November 9, 1844, he crossed the plains in 1851 and settled with his parents in the neighborhood of what is now the town of Riddle. At 19 years of age he married, but had the misfortune to lose his young bride and child by drowning. He married Miss Mary F. Catching, the first white child born in Douglas County, in 1867.
    He is survived by his widow and five children--Mrs. D. W. Crosby, Mrs. George F. Frater and E. W. Riddle, all of Riddle; Mellie F. Staffer, of Taft, Cal., and J. B. Riddle, of Roseburg.
    At the time of his death Mr. Riddle was the president of the Riddle State Bank, of which he was the organizer. He has served also as mayor of the town. The funeral will be held at Riddle on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, October 13, 1914, page 7



    Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bowne and little daughter, Ruth, of Medford, formerly of this city, have gone to New York to pass the winter.

"Society," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, October 18, 1914, page C3



    The new Hoke cannery at Medford has closed its first season and has been able to pay a dividend of 6 percent, a very unusual result of the first year's operation of a cooperative concern. The cannery put up 35,000 cases of Rogue River fruits and vegetables during the season, and the management expects to at least double this record next year.

"Portland Letter," Jacksonville Post, November 28, 1914, page 1


    Medford--Owens Bros. of Eau Claire, Wis. are planning to build a sawmill on Bear Creek.

"Industrial Review," Jacksonville Post, December 5, 1914, page 1


NEW MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
SOON WILL LOCATE IN PORTLAND
The Korinek Veterinary Remedy Co. Will Move Plant from Medford.

    The Korinek Veterinary Remedy Company, backed by capital supplied largely by local investors, has decided to remove its plant from Medford and locate in Portland in the Kenton factory district. The company manufactures veterinary remedies of various kinds, and in addition stocks foods and tonics for livestock and poultry.
    The company is headed by Dr. Chas. J. Korinek, for two terms state veterinarian, and the former president of the State Veterinary Association. He started the factory at Medford about a year ago.
    Owing to the rapid growth of business it was decided to remove to Portland, where better transportation facilities obtain and advantage can be taken of favorable freight rates.
    Local investors, headed by W. H. Hurlburt, former president of the Oregon Water Power & Railroad Company, have supplied the necessary capital to secure a factory site and build a comprehensive establishment. The company is the only one of its kind on the Pacific Coast.
Oregon Journal, Portland, December 5, 1914, page 1



Medford Produce House Burns.
    Medford, Ore., Dec. 24.--Fire caused a loss of $5,000 last week when it destroyed the warehouse of the Rogue River Fruit and Produce Association occupied by the Medford Egg and Poultry Company. T. J. Gardner stated the fire consumed 700 chickens and turkeys intended for the Christmas trade. The plant was fully covered by insurance.
The Chicago Packer, December 26, 1914, page 5


NINETEEN FIFTEEN.
    Nineteen fifteen finds the Rogue River Valley entering a new epoch--an era of intensive and diversified farming and of industrial awakening through development of natural resources.
    The days of the old year witnessed the inauguration of a campaign for the creation of an irrigation district under the Carey Act in order to place the entire valley under water. They saw an organized effort to secure the location of a beet sugar factory through the signing up of required acreage of sugar beets. They marked the launching of a plan for the construction of a lumber and box factory along cooperative lines. Nineteen fifteen will see all of these efforts pushed toward completion.
    During 1914, a cooperative cannery was built and successfully operated at Medford, and cooperative marketing agencies firmly established. Steady progress has been made in the construction of the $600,000 cement plant at Gold Hill. Several of the largest mines, neglected for several years, are again in operation and yielding profitably. Others are under development. More land is under cultivation than ever before, and still there are vast tracts of idle land.
    The year 1914 has witnessed the construction of the Pacific Highway over the Siskiyou Mountains at a cost of $150,000, and the paving of the highway from Ashland to Central Point--a distance of fifteen miles--the first paved highway in Oregon. It has seen the improvement of fifty miles of postal highway and much permanent work on the Crater Lake road and other county highways.
    Nineteen fifteen finds a large part of the young orchard area coming into bearing, and the long wait between planting and fruition over for many fruit growers. It sees fruit crop prospects the brightest for years, the largest wheat acreage planted, the more attention paid to dairying, hog raising and poultry than in the valley's history. In brief, the valley is on a healthier and sounder business basis than for several years.
    Nineteen fifteen finds Medford the best paved, lighted, watered and sewered city of its size in the West--the most metropolitan city in Oregon, with the most cosmopolitan population, located amid picturesque hills in the most beautiful of valleys, with a climate that mingles the best of California with Oregon.
    Hoping that nineteen fifteen realizes every wish for the future, the Mail Tribune wishes one and all a happy New Year.

Medford Mail Tribune, January 1, 1915, page 3




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