The Infamous Black BirdSouthern Oregon History, Revised


    T. J. Goodwyn and C. E. Tull, of Bonanza, Klamath County, have purchased the Nash Livery Stables from Perry & Foster. The new proprietors arrived here with their families Wednesday. These gentlemen come here highly recommended, and if they prove themselves as worthy citizens as their predecessors there will never be reasons to regret their coming. Mr. Perry will remain in Medford and devote his attention to the warehouse and commission business. Mr. Foster will visit his old home at Albany, but will return to Medford later and undoubtedly make this place his home.
"Additional Local Items,"
Medford Mail, April 6, 1900, page 6

East Medford Precinct:
Charles E. Tull, 28, boarder, livery stable keeper, born April 1872 in California, father born in Missouri, mother born in Ohio
U.S. Census, enumerated June 15, 1900

    C. E. Tull:--"Yes, I have a partner--had one about a month. He is Mr. G. P. Rickey, who came here from Harrisburg, Wash. Business is good--first-class--no reason to complain."
"Echoes from the Street," Medford Mail, November 23, 1900, page 7

    Tull & Rickley on Tuesday of this week sold the Nash Livery Stable to True Cox of this city, who has assumed charge. Mr. Cox was once before engaged in the livery business in Medford in company with J. A. Jerry, and is well known to the people of Jackson County and to the traveling men, from whom he will no doubt secure a liberal patronage. We wish him success.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, June 7, 1901, page 7

    C. E. Tull came in from the irrigating ditch this week. He has been employed on the ditch since early last fall and says there are quite a number of men and teams still at work.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, January 17, 1902, page 6

    Messrs. Anderson, Tull and Haynes are stopping at the Harbaugh farm, the two former caring for the Jackson Co. Improvement Co.'s horses, and the latter for Mr. Howard's horses.
"Big Sticky Items," Medford Mail, February 7, 1902, page 5

    Chas. Tull, foreman of the Jackson County Improvement Company's fine Sticky ranch, took a load of hay to the company's camp near Lake Creek the first of the week.
"Big Sticky Items," Medford Mail, March 7, 1902, page 5

    C. E. Tull has returned to the ditch company's ranch, after hauling a load of hay to their encampment near Brownsboro.
"Big Sticky Items," Medford Mail, April 18, 1902, page 5

    There were some changes in the livery business in Medford this week. Fox & Goode have transferred the Union Livery Stables and the lease of the Nash brick barn to Chas. E. Tull, acting for D. T. Cox, and the latter has sold his interest in the C Street stables to James Scott. It is the understanding that Mr. Scott will lease the brick barn on D Street and will continue the business of the C Street stables at that point, while Mr. Cox will hold forth at the Union stables.

Medford Mail, December 12, 1902, page 2

    Charlie Tull is lying quite seriously ill at Mrs. Loder's residence in this city. His [problem] is lung trouble, and there is some fear lest he will not recover. Financially he is not in the best of circumstances, and on Wednesday morning D. E. Green and J. S. Currie, two timber locators, and friends of Tull, started out with a subscription paper among our townspeople and soon had $71 subscribed and paid. Mr. Tull has been placed in the Medford Hospital, where proper nursing and care will be given him.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, February 20, 1903, page 7

Stock Inspector.
    I have been appointed stock inspector for Jackson County by the county commissioners. Any persons knowing of stock infected with a contagious disease, or anyone wishing to have their stock inspected, will please notify me at the Union Stables, Medford.
C. E. TULL.               
Medford Mail, November 4-25, 1904, pages 2-3

    Chas. E. Tull announces that he will hereafter practice as a veterinary surgeon and dentist, and that he has opened offices at the Union Livery Stables, where he will make his headquarters. Charlie has had considerable experience in this line and expects a fair share of patronage.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, July 7, 1905, page 5

   C. E. Tull, the veterinary surgeon, has been appointed constable for Medford precinct by the county commissioners. No constable was elected at the last general election. Mr. Tull has been serving by appointment of Judge Stewart from time to time as occasion demanded. He has proven himself a fearless and thoroughly competent official.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, March 29, 1907, page 5

    C. C. Tull has rented the West Side feed stable and is now in charge of the same. Mr. Tull's large acquaintance with the farmers of the valley gives him a guarantee of a liberal patronage from that source. He will also have his veterinary office at the stables.

"Additional Local," Medford Mail, January 24, 1908, page 2

    E. S. Tull and A. B. Tull of Lakeview, Or., father and brother, respectively, of Charles Tull, the west side liveryman, are here on a visit, and since coming have decided to remain here permanently.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail, September 25, 1908, page 6

(From Thursday's daily.)
    E. F. Tull and A. S. Tull, father and brother of Charley Tull of this city, have returned to their homes in Lake County. They purchased property in Medford and will move here with their families.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail, October 9, 1908, page 5

Case Will Come Up on Monday for Trial--Claim Game Was Simply Friendly One.
    The grand jury Friday found an indictment against Chas. E. Tull for gambling, alleging that he had been engaged in playing "pitch" and "seven-up" in violation of the statutes made and provided.
    The defendant claims that the game was simply a social one and that it was not played with any article at value as a stake.
    He will be arraigned in the circuit court Monday.

Medford Mail Tribune,
December 19, 1909, page 7

    Charles E. Tull was acquitted of the charge of gambling Tuesday afternoon in the circuit court. The jury was out but a few minutes.
"Tull Is Acquitted of Gambling Charge," Medford Mail Tribune, December 21, 1909, page 4

Charles Tull ad, April 15, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune
April 15, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune

Genessee Street, Medford:
Charley E. Tull, 38, roomer, veterinary surgeon, born in California, father born in California, mother born in Kentucky
U.S. Census, enumerated May 3, 1910

    Owing, it is said, to bitter business controversies, Charles E. Tull has been indicted for manslaughter. He is charged with a criminal operation upon Mrs. Anna Stevens. Judge E. E. Kelly appears for the defense.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 12, 1911, page 2

Grand Jury Indicts Medford Man on Manslaughter Charge.
    MEDFORD, Or., Dec. 11.--(Special.)--Charles E. Tull, liveryman and veterinary surgeon, was indicted by the grand jury today on the charge of manslaughter for performing of an unlawful operation on Mrs. Anna Stevens, of Medford. He was arrested and released on $3000 bonds.
    The authorities allege that Tull committed the offense in March 1911, causing the death of Mrs. Stevens' unborn child. Mrs. Stevens' husband has been in Arizona for a long time and cannot be reached by the authorities.
    Tull, who was formerly deputy sheriff, is well known in Medford. He has filed a demurrer through his attorney, declaring the state has not sufficient facts to constitute a crime.
    The case has caused a great deal of local interest, as it involves several families and is an outgrowth of a recent charge against Al Tate, formerly Tull's partner in the livery stable business.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, December 12, 1911, page 5

Demurrer to Indictment Is Overruled and Man Charged with Manslaughter
Will Be Given Trial in the Near Future.
    Charles Tull, indicted for manslaughter on a charge of performing a criminal operation, has entered a plea of not guilty to the indictment and the case will be tried in the near future. He entered a demurrer to the indictment which was overruled. He is represented by Judge E. E. Kelly.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 19, 1911, page 2

    Charles Tull of this city and Charles Terrill of Brownsboro engaged in a street scrap in which it is said Tull was the aggressor and also the victor. The police interfered and put a stop to the row, but at noon Saturday no complaint had been filed with Justice of the Peace Taylor, and as City Magistrate Canon is out of the city, none could have been filed with him.

"Local and Personal,"
Medford Mail Tribune, January 20, 1912, page 2

NATIONAL LIVESTOCK INSURANCE ASSOCIATION OF PORTLAND--Incorporated and chartered under the laws of the state of Oregon. Insures horses and cattle against death from fire, accident or disease. Chas. E. Tull, agent, Medford, Ore. Offices West Side Stables.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 16, 1912, page 7

    The case of the state vs. Charles Tull, for manslaughter, was continued today in the circuit court to the [omission] the witnesses has left the state.
"Local and Personal,"
Medford Mail Tribune, March 25, 1912, page 2

TULL-BLAIR--At Medford, Oregon, Wednesday, May 29, 1912, by Rev. Weston F. Shields, Charles E. Tull and Ella May Blair.
Jacksonville Post, June 8, 1912, page 3

    Boyd Ambrose was indicted for embezzlement of funds belonging to Charles Tull. It is alleged that Ambrose collected several bills for Tull and failed to turn the money over.
"Four Indicted by Grand Jury,"
Medford Mail Tribune, August 30, 1912, page 6

    The case against Charles Tull, charged with manslaughter by a criminal operation, was dismissed Wednesday, for lack of evidence.
"Local and Personal,"
Medford Mail Tribune, September 6, 1912, page 2

    Charles Lebo, a real estate man, and Charles Tull, a livery stable man, had a disagreement Monday in which Tull is alleged to have taken a swing at Lebo, and as a result a warrant was issued by Justice of the Peace Glen O. Taylor, charging Tull with assault and battery. Mr. Lebo said afterward that Tull failed to land his swing, but that they wrestled about in the dirt considerable, and that his hat was broken. He swore to the complaint. The trouble occurred over a difference of opinion regarding work being done on the property of the Medford Realty & Improvement Company. The case will be heard in the justice court today.
Medford Sun, November 19, 1912, page 1

Interesting Phenomenon Told by the Complaining Witness--Trouble over Contract
    A jury in the justice court Tuesday afternoon found Charles Tull, a livery stable man, not guilty of an assault and battery upon Charles S. Lebo, manager of the Medford Realty & Investment Company, but the minds of the jury and the approved and accepted law of evidence did not jibe. Mr. Lebo bore no marks of a fierce scrimmage and Mr. Tull was peaceful-looking, causing attorney Kelly to remark that the battle was "an Irish washerwoman dispute over a clothesline." The case took all afternoon and was full of argument.
    Evidence introduced showed that Mr. Tull had grabbed Mr. Lebo by his collar and attempted to throw him off his own land. Mr. Lebo object to this course and then both fell off a dump platform used in loading dirt wagons, the real estate man on top. Before the disagreement traveled any farther the pair were separated.
    The testimony of Mr. Lebo developed an interesting phenomenon when he testified that "Tull had swung at him, missed him, but knocked him down." Attorney Kelly for the defense tried for half an hour to unravel this riddle, but gave up. Mr. Tull spoke in the language of his business and pictured Mr. Lebo as "high-strung and fractious" [terms usually used in describing horses].
    As near as the testimony showed, the trouble arose over the wages of men employed in making improvements on the property of the Medford Realty & Improvement Company and the powers of Mr. Lebo in telling employees on his own land what to do. A man by the name of Coggins testified that he told Tull he would quit his job unless someone told him who was his "boss."
Medford Sun, November 20, 1912, page 1

    G. P. Rickley, who conducted a livery stable in Medford in company with C. E. Tull 13 years ago, is a delegate to the grand lodge of the I.O.O.F. He is engaged in merchandising at Harrisburg, Linn County.

"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, May 20, 1913, page 2

    Charles E. Tull is at Glendale where he is filling a logging contract with the owners of the saw mills operating there.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, September 3, 1913, page 4

    Sunday evening Juanita and Buster, two children of Mrs. Ella Tull, manager of the Holland Cafe, aged 13 and 12 years respectively, were kidnapped by some unknown woman and taken, it is thought, to Venice, California. Mrs. Tull, who reported the kidnapping to the police, is prostrated by her loss and is making every effort to recover the children.
    According to Mrs. Tull the woman was attracted by the two children when they attended the roundup at Ashland. She spoke to them and offered Juanita, well known for her unusually beautiful hair, a position as a movie actress. Sunday night Mrs. Tull after work returned to her home after 10 o'clock and found the house empty and her children gone. Frantic at her loss, she notified the police and started to search the neighborhood.
    Two men, according to Mrs. Tull, saw the children, a Mr. Koons who saw them near the home on Sixth Street talking to a woman, and Otto Heidenreich, athletic coach at the high school, who saw them, also accompanied by a strange woman, on Main Street Sunday evening.
    Mrs. Tull went to Ashland at once and found that three tickets had been purchased from Venice, California on the evening train which left Ashland Sunday evening. Mrs. Tull at once telegraphed the train and authorities at Sacramento to apprehend the woman, but has as yet received no notice of her arrest.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 8, 1919, page 6

Juanita and Otis Tull, July 12, 1919 Oregonian
July 12, 1919 Oregonian

    The theory that Juanita, 13 years old, and Buster, 12 years old, children of Mrs. Charles Tull by her first husband, had been kidnapped was exploded yesterday afternoon by Sheriff Chas. Terrill, who had concluded his own investigation of the case, when he announced positively that they had run away from home, and still further this morning when the Portland chief of police telephoned here to the sheriff that the runaways were in custody of the Portland police and were being held until advices were received from him. Mrs. Tull will leave tonight for Portland to bring her daughter and son home.
    It is not known just when or how the runaways happened to be picked up by the Portland police, as the long-distance message merely stated that the children were being held until further orders. When this message was given to Mrs. Tull, who had spent another sleepless night, she almost collapsed but was overjoyed to learn that the children were safe.
    About the first question she asked when she had recovered her equilibrium was whether "that moving picture woman" was with the children. She still thought that this mysterious woman, who is said to have offered Juanita a job at Venice as a moving picture actress, after praising her beauty and handsome head of hair, might have had something to do with her daughter and son running away from home, although she now thinks that the children were on their way to Prineville, Ore., to join her husband, their stepfather, who is employed as veterinary by the Twohy Bros. near there.
    Mrs. Tull emphatically denies the rumor in circulation yesterday that Juanita had forged a check for $35 on her stepfather to obtain money for herself and brother. Just before the Fourth of July, she says, Mr. Tull sent them a check for $25 for spending money over the Fourth. Herself and children talked it over and the children decided they would rather save the money to purchase a present for Mr. Tull. It was this money, their own, Mrs. Tull says that the children used to get away as far as Portland.
    Sheriff Terrill in his investigations found that Juanita and Buster had walked to Ashland on Sunday and that evening had left for the north on the train, and further that both had confided to friends their intentions of running away. The girl told friends she was anxious to get to Venice, Calif., and the boy had ambitions to go to Mexico. The sheriff further said that Juanita had told at least one friend that she had forged a check on her stepfather, to obtain going-away money.
    Putting all the facts together Sheriff Terrill decided that the sister and brother were on their way to join Mr. Tull and would be caught en route or on their arrival there, so he dropped his investigation. Chief of Police Timothy aided in the investigation
Medford Mail Tribune, July 9, 1919, page 3

    Mrs. Chas. Tull left last evening for Portland to bring back her runaway daughter and son who left here Sunday and stopped over in Portland where they were taken in charge by the police, en route to join their father at Prineville. Relative to their running away and apprehension, Wednesday's Journal of that city had the following account:
    "Trailing adventure, movies and Villa, Juanita Tull, 13, and her fire-breathing brother, Olis Tull, 12, who were reported missing Sunday night from Medford, were discovered by officers Hill and Cahill Tuesday night in a rooming house at 224½ Morrison.
    "Sheriff Terrill reported to the Portland police Monday that the two children had disappeared, giving a description of them and furnishing clues. At first it was feared that they had gone to California to invade the motion picture industry, for Juanita, who has won local fame for the beauty of her hair, it is said, was convinced of her adaptability to the screen and had been considering an artistic career for some time.
    "Olis was not without ambition himself, and spoke quite freely this morning of his communications with the notorious Villa, and told of his plans to join the habitual insurrectionist in his southern retreat. Olis admitted that he was a relative of Dempsey, it is said, and explained his unusual pugilistic qualities in that way. His contempt for legal process and agents was paramount, it was said.
    "Mrs. Ella Tull, the mother of the two adventurers, was afraid the children had been kidnapped by an unidentified woman, with whom they had been associating at the Ashland Round-Up. This theory was strengthened when it was discovered that three tickets had been sold to California to a woman and two children. Money for the trip was obtained on a check sent to the children by their father.
    The children said they were on their way to Prineville, where their father has been for several days on business, and as a prelude to their adventures decided to stop over in Portland."
Medford Mail Tribune, July 10, 1919, page 6

Youth, 9, Would Join Villa, While Sister, 13, Would Become Star in Motion Pictures.
    The trail of Villa and the lure of the movies led Otis Tull, 9, fighter, and Juanita Tull, 13, beauty, from Medford to Portland in search of adventure. They were discovered in a lodging house at 224½ Morrison Street by Officers Hill and Cahill, after having been missing from their home in Medford since Sunday night.
    The mother of the two children, Mrs. Ella Tull, arrived in Portland last night to take them home. They were cared for by the juvenile court until she arrived. The children said they were on their way to Prineville to join their father, preparatory to winning fame and fortune in their chosen lines.
    When the children first disappeared it was feared they had been kidnapped. Otis has long cherished ambitions of joining the bandit Villa, and making a name for himself as a soldier of fortune. He was convinced that if he could reach Mexico, nothing could keep him from ruling the country.
    The ambitions of Juanita ran in less martial lines. The girl, who is exceedingly pretty and has beautiful hair, has long wished to set the world afire through the motion-picture field. She was on her way to the motion picture studios, though just where they were she wasn't certain. A check, recently received from their father, who is away from home on business, furnished the necessary funds for the start of the adventure.

Morning Oregonian, Portland, July 10, 1919, page 4

    Mrs. Chas. Tull arrived home from Portland this morning, to which city she left last week to bring home her runaway children, Juanita and Buster, who on their way to join their stepfather, Chas. Tull, at Prineville, stopped in Portland and were intercepted by the police. She was accompanied home by Buster, who has lost all his former ardent ambition to go to Mexico and fight bandits, and refuses to leave his mother's side. Juanita has gone with her father to Prineville for a month's visit, forgetting all her moving picture ambitions. Mr. Tull, who arrived at Portland about the same time as Mrs. Tull, has several years employment ahead at Prineville, and Mrs. Tull and the children will probably join him there in September.

Medford Mail Tribune, July 14, 1919, page 2

    Mrs. C. E. Tull held a birthday surprise party at her home, 626 West Fourth Street, this afternoon in honor of her four-year-old daughter, Mahnon, whose anniversary is today, and her 12-year-old son Buster, whose birthday comes September 27. Sixteen children were the guests.

"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune weekly, September 18, 1919, page 6

626 West Fourth Street, Medford:
Chas. E. Tull, 47, roads laborer, born in California, parents born in California
Ella Tull, 36, born in West Virginia, parents born in Virginia
Juanita Tull, 13, born in Kansas
Ooloos A. Tull, 12, born in Indiana
Agnes Mannon Tull, 4, born in Oregon
U.S. Census, enumerated January 9, 1920

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