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Owings Brothers


    Owings Bros. intend to open a photograph gallery in Medford before long.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 17, 1884, page 3


    Owings Bros., the traveling photographers, are now at Gold Hill, and are taking excellent pictures at very low rates. They talk of renting the upper story of P. J. Ryan's new building in this place for a gallery.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 5, 1885, page 3


    Owings Bros., the well-known photographers, are now at Medford, and are taking excellent pictures at very low rates. They invite a trial and guarantee satisfaction.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 26-August 7, 1885, page 3


    Owings Bros., the well-known photographers, are now at Applegate, and are taking excellent pictures at very low rates. They invite a trial and guarantee satisfaction.

"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 21, 1885-October 23, page 3



    H. W. Grimes, ex-marshal of Jacksonville, took charge of the U.S. Hotel last Tuesday, and the event was observed by a ball in the hall in the evening. A fair-sized crowd danced to excellent music furnished by G. D. Owings and W. R. Cook, and partook of light refreshments at midnight.

"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 23, 1893, page 3


    A number of business changes have taken place in Medford lately. S. A. Owings has sold his interest in the billiard hall to W. L. Townsend and purchased C. M. Harvey's share in the Nash livery stables; W. T. Kame, the shoe dealer, and J. Merley of the Fair have consolidated; H. L. Gilkey has sold out to his partner, Geo. L. Davis.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 5, 1898, page 3



    J. J. Owings, photographer of Crescent City, visited here last week. Mr. Owings was located here some years ago and still owns residence property here. He was quite surprised at the improvements Gold Hill has made in his absence.
Medford Mail, May 25, 1900, page 3


    G. T. Owings, of Woodville, is visiting his uncle, G. W. Owings.
"Trail Creek Items," Medford Mail, September 21, 1900, page 3


    G. W. Owings has traded his Woodville property for the Lynch property, in Medford.

"Trail Creek Items," Medford Mail, December 7, 1900, page 6



    G. W. Owings expects to go to Medford this week to remain for a week or two with his brother, who resides there.

"Trail Creek Items,"
Medford Mail, February 22, 1901, page 5


    G. W. Owings has returned home from Medford.
    Little Carrie Owings, who has been quite ill, is very much improved.
"Trail Creek Items," Medford Mail, March 8, 1901, page 5


    Jesse Richardson and Miss Madge Owings spent Wednesday with Mrs. Dora Lynch.
    G. W. Owings and family expect to move to Woodville this week, and Mrs. S. E. Inlow will again resume charge of the Trail House.

"Trail Creek Items," Medford Mail, March 29, 1901, page 5


    G. F. Owings and family, of Evans Creek, were in Medford Monday, and left on the evening southbound train for Klamathon, where they will spend the summer.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, May 24, 1901, page 6


    Two former Jackson County boys, Nat Dean, son of B. W. Dean, and a nephew of George Owings, of Jacksonville, had an adventure down on the coast of Curry County last week, while gathering murre eggs for the San Francisco market, that savored of a close call. The birds nest on the rocky islands off the coast and during the recent storms the boys happened to lose their boat while taking refuge during a squall on a rocky reef, and they were for four days exposed to the elements without food or shelter. When the rescuing party found them they were asleep from exhaustion. A companion boat with four occupants was lost in the storm and the egg gatherers all perished.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, June 21, 1901, page 7


    Miss Madge Owings, who has been quite ill for the past two weeks, is able to be in school again, we are pleased to learn.
    Jeff. Wimer has sold his mine on Wards Creek for $1200 and purchased Mrs. Owings' farm adjoining his. Consideration $900.
    G. F. Owings has gone to Glendale with his photo tent. He expects to spend the winter here with his uncle, G. W. Owings. George is turning out work that would do credit to a photographer of years of experience.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, November 1, 1901, page 5


    Mrs. G. W. Owings and daughter, Miss Madge, visited over Sunday with Mrs. Owings' mother, Mrs. C. F. Brown, near Wilderville.

"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, November 8, 1901, page 5


    Geo. D. Owings, who is again engaged in photography, has a gallery at Glendale.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 14, 1901, page 5


    G. W. Owings made a business trip to Medford Monday.
    G. F. Owings has sold his photo tent in Glendale to Mr. Weston and gone to Medford to take charge of the Geo. Mackey gallery.
    The music class consisting of Robt. Jonas, Madge Owings, Addie Jones, Bertha Cox, Hattie Van Order and the Misses Caley are making rapid strides toward success under the experienced training of Mrs. J. E. Cox.
    Robt. Jones and Miss Parker have joined the painting class of Mrs. J. E. Cox and will swell the number of beautiful landscape paintings already seen in several homes in our little town. Mrs. G. W. Owings has just finished a beautiful painting of Mt. Shasta and surrounding scenery.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 5


    G. W. Owings has six head of cattle which he would like to sell.
    G. W. Owings has rented the farm upon which he is now living to W. L. Patton, and expects to move to Medford in the near future, where Mrs. Owings and Miss Madge will learn photography.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, December 20, 1901, page 5


    G. W. Owings is in Medford assisting his nephew in the Elite Studio.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, January 10, 1902, page 3


    G. W. Owings, of Gold Hill, has been stopping in Medford the past week assisting his nephew, G. F. Owings, in operating the Elite Studio, which he purchased a few weeks ago from Mr. Hunter. Mr. Owings is doing a splendid business at his gallery, and as he is a very honorable young man, fair in his dealings and an artist of ability, there is every reason for predicting his success.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, January 17, 1902, page


    The photograph gallery now occupied by Mr. Owings will be conducted by G. W. Mackey after April 1st, he having secured the lease.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 27, 1902, page 4


    G. W. Owings returned to Medford Monday to remain some time in the interest of his business, the Elite studio.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, February 28, 1902, page 3


    Samuel Owings, father of photographer Owings, of this city, arrived here last week from Sedalia, Missouri. He expects to make this place his home.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, April 4, 1902, page 6


    G. W. Owings and family visited Mrs. O's mother, near Wilderville, last week.
    J. F.  Ritter, of Klamath County, a brother of Mrs. G. W. Owings, is here for the purpose of buying cattle. He reports cattle in fine condition and everything prosperous in Klamath County.

"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, April 25, 1902, page 3


    S. T. Owings, of the Elite Studio, Medford, is here visiting his brother, G. W. Owings.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, May 9, 1902, page 3


    S. T. Owings returned Wednesday to Medford, after a two weeks' visit with his brother, G. W. Owings, and family.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, May 16, 1902, page 3


    Mrs. Owings and son, William, were in Grants Pass last week upon business.
"Evans Creek Items," Medford Mail, May 16, 1902, page 5


     W. A. Wooliever is painting a background for J. J. Owings, the Myrtle Point photographer.
"Personal and Local," The Coast Mail, Marshfield, May 24, 1902, page 10


    The dance given last Saturday evening by John and Wm. Owings was a very pleasant affair, although the attendance was small.
"Evans Creek Items," Medford Mail, May 30, 1902, page 5


    S. T. Owings and his son, G. W. Owings, who have been conducting the Elite photograph gallery in Medford, have decided to change their place of business and today or tomorrow will leave for Yreka, Calif., where they will establish themselves and do business in a tent for a few months. They expect to travel to some extent through northern California. They have turned out good work here and they will do a good business wherever they are.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, May 30, 1902, page 7


    The Elite photograph gallery, located in Hamlin's block, is closed. We are informed that the proprietor, Mr. Owings, has left Medford.
"Local Notes,"
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 12, 1902, page 5


    Mrs. C. F. Brown visited her daughter, Mrs. G. W. Owings, Sunday.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, July 18, 1902, page 3


    David Jones and Willard Owings made a business trip to Grants Pass Tuesday.
    J. F. Ritter, of Klamath County, came in last week for a haying crew, which he secured at Grants Pass. He was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lister, of Grants Pass, and also his niece, Miss Madge Owings, of this place, who expect to remain some time and enjoy the cool weather of Klamath County.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, July 25, 1902, page 3


    Grandma Owings and her sons, G. D. and E., left Monday evening to locate near Portland.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, August 8, 1902, page 3


    J. J. Owings, formerly of Myrtle Point, has removed his photographic gallery to Coquille City, where he has permanently located.
    J. J. Owings, the photographer, of Coquille has some good views of the Tucker episode. Anyone wanting one can get it by sending to him.
"Personal and Local," The Coast Mail, Marshfield, October 11, 1902, page 8


Farm for Sale--
    Sixty-six acres of land and house, north of Woodville. Address Geo. P. Owings, Woodville, Oregon.
Medford Mail, October 17, 1902, page 6


    Cal. Owings, a prominent citizen of Mound district, called Wednesday.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 12, 1902, page 2


    G. W. Owings and family returned recently from Salem, accompanied by Mr. Owings' father, who has been a patient at the O.S.I.O. [sic] for several years, but is now fully recovered.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, February 23, 1906, page 8


Gold Hill News:
    Benjamin S. Owings, a farm hand employed on the DeRoboam ranch, near Woodville, committed suicide, Thursday morning, by hanging himself. Owings had for the past nine or ten years been an inmate of the insane asylum, at Salem, but was released about eighteen months ago. He had been employed at the DeRoboam place for the past two months, but during the time had never shown any signs of malady returning. Yesterday Mr. and Mrs. DeRoboam went to town and in the evening, upon their return, found Owings' body hanging to the rafters of the woodhouse, where he had hanged himself. He was 55 years old and had been a resident of this section of the country for a number of years prior to the time he was sent to the asylum.
"From County Exchanges," Medford Mail, October 18, 1907, page 2


    J. J. Owings of Coquille, the photographer, a former resident of this county, arrived in Medford Friday on a visit to his brother, George.
"Social and Personal," Medford Mail, June 13, 1908, page 4



    George Owings, the photographer of North Central Avenue, in company with Mr. Lytle of Jacksonville, left for Yreka last Monday on business.

J. G. Martin, "North Medford Items," Medford Mail, November 4, 1908, page 6



    J. J. Owings, the photographer, has returned home from his business trip to Gold Hill and Woodville.

J. G. Martin, "North Medford Notes," Medford Mail, November 27, 1908, page 7


    George Owings has the contract for the papering of Owings brothers' house on North Central Avenue.

J. G. Martin, "North Medford News," Medford Mail, December 11, 1908, page 7


    Grandma Owings of North Central Avenue is bedfast with a severe attack of pneumonia. Dr. Conroy was called. She is resting easier at this writing.

"North Medford," Medford Mail, January 22, 1909, page 8



    Geo. D. Owings, the photographer of North Central Avenue, left for Yreka, Cal. Wednesday on business.
    Mrs. Hunt, of west Medford, is stopping temporarily for a few days with Grandma Owings, who is still feeble.
    Mr. Will Owings, wife and baby, of Evans Creek, is paying an indefinite social visit with Mrs. Owings' parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil DeRoboam, of North Central Avenue.
    Mr. John Owings, of Phoenix, has accepted a position at the Burrill orchard, and his wife and baby will remain for a time with Mr. James Owings at North Central Avenue.
"North Medford Notes," Medford Mail, March 5, 1909, page 7


    G. D. Owings and Lewis Caskey have returned from Yreka, Cal. They report northern California cold and dull.
    Mr. and Mrs. W. Owings and babe left for their home on Evans Creek Monday, having enjoyed a most delightful ten days' visit with Mrs. Owings' parents, Mr. and Mrs. DeRoboam, of North Central Avenue.

"North Medford Notes," Medford Mail, March 5, 1909, page 8


    Grandma Owings' serious condition still hangs in the balance.

"North Medford Notes," Medford Mail, May 14, 1909, page 3



    George Owings of Woodville is paying a brief business visit with his uncles, George and James Owings, of North Central Avenue.
    James Owings, the photographer of North Central Avenue, went up to Jacksonville today to photograph some of the beautiful graves in the pioneer cemetery of Jacksonville.
J. G. Martin, "North Medford News," Medford Mail, June 4, 1909, page 5


    James Owings of Owings Bros. of North Central Avenue went to Yreka, Cal. on a brief business trip Thursday.
J. G. Martin, "North Medford News," Medford Mail, June 25, 1909, page 3


    J. J. Owings left Wednesday for a fortnight's visit at Yreka.
"Social and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, July 15, 1909, page 8


    James Owings, who has been in Yreka on business for the past two weeks, was called to the sick bedside of his invalid mother Friday, but was a few hours too late to see her in life again.
    Grandma Owings, the deceased, will be embalmed and lie in waiting until Tuesday to be seen by her son of Los Angeles, when she will be laid to rest beside her husband and son in the pioneer cemetery of Jacksonville.
J. G. Martin, "North Medford Notes," Medford Mail, July 16, 1909, page 3


    Mr. and Mrs. William Owings of Webb City, Missouri arrived yesterday from Los Angeles. They come to attend the funeral of Mr. Owings' mother, Mrs. Frances E. Owings, an aged lady who died on North Central Avenue Saturday evening. The funeral will take place today. Burial at Jacksonville cemetery.

"Local and Personal," Medford Mail, July 16, 1909, page 5


    James Owings of Owings Bros. returned to Yreka today for an indefinite business visit.
    Quite a number of lady friends attended the funeral of the late deceased Mrs. Francis E. Owings Tuesday in Jacksonville. Among them were Mesdames Milligan, Perry, Summerville, Buck, Caskey, Martin and the venerable Grandma Caskey.
    Those beautiful wreaths and wealth of flowers so tastefully and appropriately arranged by many thoughtful lady friends of North Central Avenue speak volumes for the love and high esteem Grandma Frances E. Owings was held in grateful remembrance.
J. G. Martin, "North Medford Notes," Medford Mail, July 23, 1909, page 3


DIED.
    OWINGS--September 29, at 2 a.m., William Owings, of neuralgia of the heart, aged 65, at his brother George Owings' residence, 706 North Central Avenue. The remains were embalmed and will await relatives from Los Angeles and elsewhere before burial.
Medford Mail, September 29, 1909, page 1


CARD OF THANKS.
    We extend our sincere thanks to the neighbors and newly made friends of North Central Avenue for the many courtesies of love and respect shown to my beloved husband and father on his late sickness and burial.
MRS. WILLIAM OWINGS AND CHILDREN--
    J. A. OWINGS,
    MRS. DR. A. C. EMES,
    MRS. J. B. MORGAN.
Medford Mail, October 6, 1909, page 1


    George Owings, Jr., of Woodville came up Friday.
    Mrs. Etna Owings of Phoenix is a visitor with her aunt, Mrs. William Owings.
    J. J. Owings of Yreka returned home Wednesday on receipt of the news of the sudden and unexpected death of his brother, William Owings.
J. G. Martin, "North Medford Notes," Medford Mail, October 8, 1909, page 3


    James Owings, of Owings Bros., is confined to his bed with a severe attack of pneumonia and la grippe.

"Social and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, November 30, 1909, page 5


    James Owings went to Central Point Sunday on important business.
    Mrs. William Owings and babies of Woodville came up Friday to pass the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. DeRoboam of North Central Avenue.
"Social and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, January 5, 1910, page 6


    James Owings, the photographer of North Central Avenue, is moving to Gold Hill.
"Social and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, April 12, 1910, page 5


    Mr. Jennings and family, of the Rex Grocery, Mr. Pederson and family of North C Street, Mrs. McKee, accompanied by J. J. Owings, the photographer of North C Street, passed last Sunday very pleasantly picnicking and taking card views of the attractive scenery along the shady banks of north Rogue River.

"Social and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, August 2, 1910, page 5



    Mrs. William Owings and children, accompanied by Miss Gertrude Owings of Jacksonville, came up Friday to enjoy a few days of city life.

J. G. Martin, "North Medford Items," Medford Mail Tribune, August 8, 1910, page 2



    James J. Owings of North Central has accepted a position in the city park.
"North Medford Items," Medford Mail Tribune, October 4, 1910, page 2


    G. W. Owings of the Eagle Point Hotel has the lumber on the ground to rearrange the rooms now occupied by Frank Lewis as a confectionery and billiard room and convert them into a general dry goods and grocery store. . . .
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail Tribune, April 30, 1911, page B3


Owings, James J. asst. supt. Medford City Park, res. w. end Humphrey
Polk's Jackson County Directory 1912, page 109



Marriage Licenses.
    J. J. Owings and Betty A. Fletcher.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 24, 1912, page 5


Owings, James J. (B. Alice) tamales 1 n 102 W. Main, res. w. end Humphrey
Polk's Jackson County Directory 1914, page 103


    Born, in Medford, May 15, to Mr. and Mrs. James Owings, a son.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, May 20, 1914, page 2


    STAR PHOTO HOUSE, J. J. Owing, Leonard Wood, cor Laurel and W. Main
1916 Medford City Directory   


    A free picture of your baby, age from 6 to 12 months. At the Star Photo Shop. Corner Main and Laurel.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, September 5, 1916, page 2



WOMAN PIONEER PASSES AWAY IN CITY, AGED 85
    Nancy Jane Brandon died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. G. F. Owings, at Medford, June 22, 1921, aged 85 years, 7 months, 10 days. Mrs. Brandon was born at Allegheny City, Pa., Nov. 12, 1936, her maiden name being Sarver. In 1853 she was married at Joliet, Ill., to Andrew Wilson Brandon, who died at Ashland, Oregon, Oct. 2, 1822.
    Seven children were born to this union; four sons and two daughters survive her, twelve grandchildren, one great-grandchild. The sons and daughters are: Charles W. Brandon, Agness, Oregon; James M. Brandon, Burns, Oregon; Frank S. Brandon, Medford, Oregon; George W. Brandon, Central Point, Oregon; Mrs. Mabel Banks, Woodburn, Oregon; Mrs. Lola Owings, Medford, Oregon. One brother, James Sarver, lives in Springfield, Illinois.
    In 1862 Mrs. Brandon crossed the plains by ox team and settled in Yolo County, California, later moving to Los Angeles County. In 1879 she moved to Oregon and settled at Ashland. In later years she has made her home with her sons and daughters at Merrill, Woodburn and Medford, Oregon. Services will be held at the Weeks-Conger Co. chapel. Interment will be in the Ashland cemetery, the date to be announced later.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 23, 1921, page 6


WANTED--By young lady, position as housekeeper for respectable gentleman. Call at J. J. Owings, West Jackson Street, about 2 blocks off paving.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 21, 1925, page 7


JAMES J. OWINGS CALLED TO REST
    James J. Owings, a resident of Jackson County for the past 50 years, died at his home in west Medford Tuesday evening.
    He was born in Missouri 76 years ago and at the age of 26 came to this county, where he was for many years engaged in the photographic business in Jacksonville and later in Medford, but retired from that business about 15 years ago.
    He leaves his wife, Alice, and four children, also a son by a former marriage.
    Funeral services will be announced by the Conger Funeral Parlors later.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 24, 1930, page 3


J. J. OWINGS IS TAKEN BY DEATH AT 76
    One of Jackson County's oldest residents and pioneers was called by death early Tuesday afternoon, when James J. Owings, 76, succumbed from a sudden illness at his home in Medford. He had lived and worked in the Rogue River Valley for over 50 years, coming here from Missouri in 1864 and conducting a photographic business in Jacksonville and later in Medford.
    He is survived by his wife, Alice Owings, and their four children, and by one son from a former marriage.
    Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Conger funeral parlors, and will be announced later.
Medford Daily News, December 24, 1930, page 6


RITES SUNDAY FOR OWINGS
    Funeral services for James J. Owings, old-time resident of this county who died in this city December 23, will be held at the Conger Funeral Parlors at 2:30 Sunday, conducted by Ensign Pack of the Salvation Army and with interment in the Jacksonville cemetery
Medford Daily News, December 26, 1930, page 5


    OWINGS--Funeral services for James J. Owings, old-time resident of Jackson County, who passed away in this city December 23, will be held at the Conger Funeral Parlors at 2:30 Sunday, conducted by Ensign Pack of the local Salvation Army. Interment will be in Jacksonville cemetery.

Medford Mail Tribune, December 27, 1930, page 2


    Owings Home--Cpl. Andrew Owings, son of Mrs. Betty Alice Owings, 521 Western Avenue, is visiting his mother on convalescent leave from Madison general hospital, Tacoma, Wash. Cpl. Owings, wearer of the purple heart, was wounded while in action in France. He will be home for 90 days.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, June 18, 1945, page 5



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