824 CARLOADS OF FREIGHT
Few people realize the amount of business there is done at the Southern Pacific depot in Medford. Station agent Lippincott has been at work for the past few weeks making a tabulated report to the company of the volume of business done by the company in Medford for a period of twelve months. The work has required no end of patience and perseverance, but there are four men who can go through a set of books with more speed and accuracy than can Mr. Lippincott, hence it is a source of much satisfaction to give to the public any facts which he may give out, knowing as we do that not a figure lies.
If we were to tell you that for every working day during the past twelve months there has been very nearly three carloads of freight loaded or unloaded at the Medford depot you would hardly believe it, but such is the case, as is proven by Mr. Lippincott's figures.
The total number of carloads dispatched during twelve months, commencing July 1, 1900, and ending June 30, 1901, was 486, of this number 437 were in carload lots, the remaining 49 carloads being shipments made in lesser amounts than carloads. During this same length of time there were received 338 carloads, of which 217 were in carloads and 121 in less amounts than carloads. The total weight shipped out was 12,942,535 pounds; the total weight received was 9,577,465 pounds, a total of 824 carloads or 22,520,000 pounds. This amount of freight if loaded on freight cars and standing in a line would cover a distance of very nearly six miles. Following is a tabulated report of the freight handled, showing the number of carloads and the kind of freight:
FREIGHT SHIPPED OUT.
KIND NO. OF CARS
Apples . . . 45
Pears . . . 6
Dried prunes . . . 11
Barley . . . 4
Wheat . . . 122
Flour . . . 25
Feed . . . 14
Hay . . . 14
Cattle . . . 56
Hogs . . . 81
Horses . . . 4
Lumber . . . 42
Ice . . . 3
Rough stone . . . 1
Dressed stone . . . 1
Concentrates . . . 1
Junk . . . 1
Empty beer kegs . . . 1
Empty beer bottles . . . 1
Emigrant movables . . . 4
Local, in less than carloads . . . 49
Total . . . 486
KIND NO. OF CARS
Agricultural implements . . . 10
Sewer pipes . . . 1
Wheat . . . 2
Hogs . . . 2
Box stuff . . . 12
Lath . . . 3
Lumber . . . 95
Shingles . . . 6
Wood . . . 26
Beer . . . 13
Cement . . . 3
Coal . . . 1
Coal oil . . . 10
Immigrant movables . . . 4
Furniture . . . 1
Grain bags . . . 1
Ice . . . 3
Junk . . . 1
Packing house produce . . . 3
Fruit paper . . . 1
Salt . . . 11
Stoves . . . 3
Sulfur . . . 1
Vehicles . . . 3
Rough stone . . . 1
Sugar . . . 12
Merchandise in less than carloads . . . 121
Total . . . 338
Medford Mail, August 16, 1901, page 2
GOOD WORDS FOR SOUTHERN OREGON
Bloomfield, Iowa, Aug. 2, '01.
Editor Mail:--I thought it good to write you a brief letter, giving some of my impressions and observations on a recent visit to that vicinity. We arrived at Medford on May 4th. We were greatly surprised to find it a beautiful town of two or three thousand inhabitants, and all grown up in the last seventeen years. Its situation and surroundings are beautiful and picturesque beyond any conception we had formed of it, being situated in the midst of a beautiful and fertile valley, with gently rounded knolls, foothills and abrupt, wooded mountains forming pleasing features of the landscape in various directions.
The climate seems to be salubrious. According to the testimony of the inhabitants, the country is exceedingly healthful. If its merits in these respects were fully understood abroad, it would deserve attention as a health and pleasure resort equally with many places which have become famous as such.
This seems to be an era of coal oil discovery. Many new regions are attracting attention on account of these discoveries, and this region of Southern Oregon among the rest. On the farm which was the chief scene of our visit, the farm belonging to Mrs. Priscilla Evans and heirs, about five miles northeast of Medford, are strong indications of oil. On either side of a large knoll near Mrs. Evans' residence rise two springs, and we were told that the water flowing from these springs was often covered with oil to the thickness of a pane of window glass. Other places in the neighborhood showed indications of oil. Men were there while we were there, seeking to bond the land to prospect for oil.
We greatly enjoyed our five weeks' visit in the vicinity of Medford. If we should be permitted to return there in two or three years, we may find the beauty and picturesqueness of the scene marred by oil wells scattered through this once-beautiful valley, and the neat and thriving town of Medford transformed into a great, bustling oil metropolis.
MRS. CATHERINE ETHELL.Medford Mail, August 16, 1901, page 2
Walter Woods is erecting a new barn on the place he bought from Dan Gray.
Mr. W. A. Davidson of Medford, who has been working on the F.L. Ditch, came down last week to be treated by him [sic] for rheumatism.
"Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, August 16, 1901, page 5
C. O. Ramsey, the always courteous day clerk at Hotel Nash, spent Sunday at Colestin.
E. A. Hicks has moved his family to Arthur Wells' new residence, on North A Street.
Mrs. G. C. Stanley, of Ashland, was visiting her aunt, Miss Mollie Barneburg, this week.
Colonel and Mrs. H. H. Sargent left Saturday evening for Chicago, en route to Cuba where they will reside.
Robt. A. Moore, of Portland, formerly county treasurer of Jackson County, was visiting Medford friends this week.
Miss Lillie Starmer, of Alameda, Calif., arrived in Medford Saturday evening and will visit her uncle, Henry Bouton.
Mrs. W. E. Frazier, of Portland, is in Medford upon a visit to her cousin, Mrs. H. H. Howard, wife of merchant Howard.
Miss Blanche Toft, a typo in the Mail office, spent Sunday at Colestin with Miss Virgie Woodford, a furloughed Mail office typo.
J. W. Margreiter and daughter, Miss Emma, of Kansas City, Mo., arrived in Medford this week and are visiting his sister, Miss Mary Margreiter.
F. M. Bontett and sister, Mrs. Anspach, of Bussey, Iowa, are in Medford upon a visit to Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Jordan. They are brother and sister of Mrs. Jordan.
L. F. Knowlton, day operator at the Southern Pacific depot in this city, is visiting relatives in the Willamette Valley. His place here is being filled by E. A. Neal.
M. F. McGowan has sold the horses and rigs of the Union Livery Stables to Messrs. Fox & Good, the Ashland livery men, who took possession of the stables Tuesday.
Mrs. K. Snyder, of Walla Walla, Wash., arrived in Medford last week and will visit a few weeks with her brother, A. S. Wells, and family and her father, L. O. Wells.
Miss Nettie E. Ross, of Portland, is visiting in Medford, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Norris. The young lady is a sister of Miss Mae Ross, formerly a music teacher in Medford.
Mrs. Peter Dubois, of Spencer, Iowa, arrived in Medford Saturday and will visit relatives here for several weeks. The lady is a sister of Mrs. J. McPherson, Mrs. C. W. Fraley and James Wilson.
Miss Juanita Day, of Fairmount, Minn., daughter of Senator Day, of that state, arrived in Medford Sunday and will visit for a couple of weeks with her uncle, G. H. Howland, and family.
D. B. Russell and family, of Ft. Jones, Calif., are in Medford paying a visit to Prof. and Mrs. Van Scoy, parents of Mrs. Russell. Mr. Russell is figuring on the purchase of a flouring mill at Oakland, Oregon, but arrangements have not been fully completed.
Luzerne Rollison, of Portland, arrived in Medford Sunday and will visit for a week with his mother, Mrs. M. F. Parker. Mr. Rollison is quite a young man, but in spite of this fact he occupies the important position of beekeeper for the Honeyman Hardware Company.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Jacobs and daughter left Tuesday for a ten days' outing at Colestin. Lee has worked long hours and as steady as the tick of a grandfather's clock for the past year as salesman in H. H. Howard & Co.'s grocery and the rest he is now getting has been well earned.
Merchant H. U. Lumsden and family and Miss Fern Hutchison left this (Friday) morning for Pelican Bay, Crater Lake and other points of interest east of the mountains.
Fred Barneburg and Will Stewart were down on Rogue River this week with a line out for fish--many of which they gathered in. Mr. Barneburg leads the van of fishermen in this neck of the tall sugar pines--with D.H. Miller, Prof. Narregan and Billie Isaacs very closely following.
Mr. and Mrs. Sherrill and Dr. J. W. Love arrived in Medford this week from Eldorado Springs, Mo. Mrs. Sherrill and Dr. Love are sister and brother of Mrs. Snell, wife of attorney C. P. Snell. These people may decide to locate in Medford, and as they are of the kind that make up a good community, The Mail hopes their now-wavering decision may steady down to an actual stay with us and permanent anchorage.
W. E. Goodfellow, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who has been in the valley for the past three or four weeks looking after his timber interests, left Saturday evening for his home. He is well satisfied with his land, none of which he had ever seen before, and while it is on the market at $25 an acre he is not anxious to sell. His land is that tract of 25,000 acres known as the Miner land. He holds a three-fourth interest and Mr. Miner one-fourth.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Pool, of Eagle Point, were Medford visitors Monday. These people own and conduct the Eagle Point hotel, but they are desirous of disposing of it. The reason given is that they wish to move to their farm of 240 acres, which lies not a greatly way from Eagle Point, all of which will be under water supply from the Fish Lake Ditch. This water ditch, Mr. Pool avers, will be of great benefit to the farm lands along its route and nearly all of the farmers will use water. The fact is worthy of mention that these good people did not care to exchange their present vocation for that of farming until the assurance of a water supply was given them. This augurs good for the ditch company, and The Mail hopes every farmer who can possibly secure water will do so. It's a good thing and works out a big benefit to all parties interested.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, August 16, 1901, page 6
A. F. Stewart has purchased 200 acres of the Mingus land from S. M. Eby, paying a little over $11,000 therefor. The property is one and a half miles west of Medford and is some of the best land in the Rogue River Valley. Mr. Stewart, we understand, will plant the same to fruit within a couple or three years. The deal was made through the F. M. Stewart real estate agency.
N. S. Bennett, who has rented the Markley fruit dryer, is overhauling and cleaning the same preparatory to starting his fall run of fruit drying the forepart of next week.
The brick work on the new J. G. Taylor building is being vigorously pushed and it is expected will be completed before September first.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, August 16, 1901, page 6
Speaking of jolly times and jolly crowds, and the occasion and people that make them, there is nothing in the high ways of social functions which could possibly eclipse the party of Medford people which was made up last Thursday evening for a straw ride to Jacksonville. To be sure, there were no Waterbury springs or anything else that resembled things springy on the axletrees of the wagon, but the driver was duly cautious, and at the slightest sound of unrest or discomfiture from any member of the party the steeds were slowed down to a cow gait. But all this, or even more, did not, nor could not, disturb the pleasure of the occasion. The wagon, a good, solid one, with cast-iron springs and pneumatic steel tires, was beautifully decorated and illumined with Chinese lanterns, while the American flag and Dr. Darrin's hat floated from several topmost points of the lantern supports. The party took their departure from Hotel Nash, and incidental with the start off was a chorus by the entire party, accompanied by Wallace Mahoney's banjo and Charlie Gay's guitar. At Jacksonville a serenade was tendered many of the prominent families, during which Miss Jones' solos were voted the choicest bit of music of all. Following the serenade refreshments were served at the Taylor house, after which the party drove home--all declaring that they had had more than thirty cents worth of a good time. The party was made up of Dr. and Mrs. Darrin, Mrs. I. L. Hamilton, Mrs. V. McCray, Misses Jessie Cole, Mabel Jones, Ethyl England, Carrie George, Tessie Saltmarsh, Myrtle Hurst, Edith Osenbrugge, and Messrs. G. E. Kelley, Charlie Gay, C. O. Ramsey, Wallace Mahoney, J. E. Enyart and Carl Narregan. The following evening Miss Mabel Jones entertained the same party at her pleasant home in North Medford. Vocal and instrumental music were special features of the evening's entertainment--and the refreshments of ice cream and cake were delicious--all of which was only excelled by the congeniality of the surroundings and the hospitality of the hostess and her parents, Honorable and Mrs. Jones. All the pleasures of life, however, are not found beneath one rooftree or upon one lawn, neither do the people composing the above-mentioned party object to the continuance of a jolly good time when it is tendered them, and in compliance with an edict given out by Mrs. I. L. Hamilton, wife of mine host, Mr. Shorty Hamilton, the same crowd, with the addition of merchants John and Ed Van Dyke, met at the pleasant parlors of Hotel Nash on Tuesday evening and there enjoyed themselves well for several hours in vocal and instrumental music, card playing, cheerful repartee and delicious refreshments--and none were there present who did not declare the hostess a royal entertainer. After refreshments were partaken of, a serenading party was made up and several places about town were visited, where sweet strains of music were dispensed in abundance-- and the passengers on the midnight train were as well given a musical treat.
There are many good arguments which can be put up in support of the growing of fruit as against that of wheat. These arguments are nearly all known to the people of the Rogue River Valley, and it would be useless to reiterate them here, but a comparison favorable to fruit is here found, and as it is founded upon facts and logical figuring there are no premises left for dispute: Forty acres of wheat on the Asa Fordyce place, which was purchased a few months since by J. H. Stewart, thrashed out this year forty-three bushels per acre, the wheat being raised by Mr. Fordyce. This forty acres will be planted to Yellow Newtown apples next spring by Mr. Stewart, and thereby hangs a tale, or rather a reflection. This forty-three bushels is worth about $20 and is a good yield for an acre of ground, but it took two years to get it, as it was a summer fallow crop and a heavy drain was made on the soil. When the Yellow Newtowns begin to bear a full crop the number of bushels per acre will in a single year equal ten such crops of wheat, or the yield for twenty years, and in dollars, twenty such yields or the gross returns for forty years. The loss of income while the orchard is maturing, measured by the wheat standard, will be covered twice over by a single good crop. To care for and harvest one good crop of fruit will for a single year necessitate the expenditure of $150 an acre or $6,000 for the forty acres. Factory and mill will take part of this, but much the larger portion will go directly to labor here, and the community will derive as great incidental benefit from this forty acres of orchard as from a thousand acres of orchards as from a thousand acres of wheat. Soil must be carefully selected, and brain as well as brawn given to attain success in such a highly specialized industry as successful growing of fruit. Failure is certain if slovenly or careless methods are followed. Assuming thirty years as the life of an orchard on such land and in the hands of such workmen as Mr. Stewart and his son-in-law, Mr. D. R. Hill, then for thirty years labor will be largely employed, the community sustained and the owners will have something to show for a life of labor other than a very sluggish soil and a dynamic mortgage.
The Medford and Gold Hill merchandise stocks of S. Rosenthal, deceased, were sold yesterday by administrator Kenney to Max Cohen, of San Francisco, for $7,260.
J. L. Wilson--"I notice you have had an item or two on the immense crops of alfalfa which are being grown around here. Those items were all good, but you ought to see the crop that Will Gore is harvesting, out on the Ish farm. It is the second crop, and the shocks are so close together that it seems almost impossible to drive a team between. No, it has had no water--only what Nature gave it--and that wasn't much this year. There are thousands of acres in the valley that are not now growing much of anything which will be good alfalfa land when that Fish Lake Ditch puts water on it."
Thos. McAndrew is being annoyed by chicken thieves, but has decided upon a method which will either protect his chickens or exterminate the thieves. He has loaded guns which he places in his yard at convenient places for the thieves to run against. These guns are so arranged that if disturbed after once placed in position there will something drop near the muzzle end, and in all probability it will be the thief. There may be more humane ways of dealing with chicken thieves, but we doubt if there are any which will prove more effective.
Prof. W. A. Snow, the band instructor, arrived in Medford last week and has resumed his old position, that of instructor for the Medford band. Mr. Snow is a gentleman of known ability as a band tutor, and as the material he has here to work upon is good there is no good reason why Medford should not have the best band in the state--it is now the best in Southern Oregon.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, August 16, 1901, page 7
At the rate our best valley lands are being bought by orchardists and planted to trees, it will not be many years until the fruit industry of Jackson County will be far in the van of all other industries. It is a clearly demonstrated fact that fruit raising is more profitable than other farming pursuits even though they be greatly diversified. It is just as well true that all the lands of Jackson County are nor suited to fruit culture, hence it can reasonably be presumed that the orchards will never crowd other farming entirely out of existence. While the lands are being purchased for the purpose of setting them to orchards, it is noticeable that this is being done by those who already have large orchard holdings and have made money out of the business. This fact it would seem would induce new hands to take hold of the industry, but perhaps it is best for their own good and the good of the community that they do not. All men are no adapted to the business of fruit raising, and a man realizing his inability to properly handle an orchard would be committing financial suicide to make a very extensive venture in that line. A venture in a smaller way would pay proportionately well except that the same appliances would be required and the expense would ofttimes prove too great for the man with limited capital to handle and in consequence his orchards would of necessity be neglected and failure, if not absolute ruin, would be the ultimate outcome.
It is not complimentary, nor is it fair, to the fruit growers of Southern Oregon to have carloads of fruit leave the Medford station for eastern markets with large placards tacked on the cars bearing the names of Willamette Valley commission men.
Medford Mail, August 23, 1901, page 2
A Phenomenal Game.
The most remarkable game of baseball ever witnessed on an Oregon diamond, or indeed ever played by amateur teams, was that at Jacksonville on Sunday last between the Grants Pass club and a mixed team from Medford, Jacksonville and Eagle Point. Ten times each side went to the bat and ten times the scorers marked a big round goose egg for each. It was a pitcher's battle, but sharp fielding and good, heady ball playing by the balance of the teams prevented a score on several occasions. A rapid double play from Kubli, who caught Entriken's fly back of first, with three men on base and one out, and threw to Rice, who threw Pool out on third, stopped a score for Grants Pass in the tenth. Brouse's long throw from left in the ninth, of Merlin's hit, headed Down off at third and stopped another. The score was made in the eleventh when Down rapped out a two-bagger and reached home on Rice's wild pitch. The home team couldn't score in their half and the game was over. It was good ball all the way through, and neither side need be ashamed of the result. Martin struck out twenty-one men and Rice, who with Williamson, of Igerna, made the home battery ten. Three errors are credited to Grant Pass and five to the locals. Three men walked to first on Martin, two on Rice. The hits were scattering and nearly always landed in a fielder's mitt. Geo. Kelley, of Medford, umpired the game and gave universal satisfaction by his rapid and accurate decisions.
Medford Mail, August 23, 1901, page 2
Good Men Wanted.
Good men can get employment at the camp of the Fish Lake Ditch Company.
Medford Mail, August 23, 1901, page 2
Walter Robinett came down from the Fish Lake Ditch last Friday night and telephoned to Medford for a doctor for Fred Mitchell, who was taken suddenly ill caused by being jarred by a premature explosion of a blast.
"Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, August 23, 1901, page 5
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Palm returned Wednesday from their several weeks' outing at Pelican Bay.
S. S. Strayer left last week for Washington, which state he will travel over in quest of a location which may strike his fancy.
Newton and Allen King, of Pender, Neb., who have been visiting their uncle, G. P. Lindley, and family for several weeks, left for their home Monday evening.
Druggist and Mrs. G. H. Haskins are expected to return today, Friday, from their extended trip through several eastern states, during which time they have visited with friends and relatives of childhood days.
Mrs. W. H. Meeker and son, Clarence, returned last week from a six weeks' visit and outing at Pacific Grove and Del Monte, Calif. Mrs. Meeker is very much improved in health and both are enthusiastic over the delights peculiar to these famous summer resorts and the pleasures they experienced.
Mrs. C. D. McKenzie, nee Mabel Beaver, is here from Leadville, Colo., upon a visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Beaver. Her husband is a wealthy druggist in Leadville, formerly a mining man of considerable prominence.
David I. Phipps, who has been at Reno, Nevada since last December, returned to Medford last week for a few weeks' visit with relatives and friends. He will leave in September for eastern Oregon, where he will follow his former vocation, that of vaqueroing.
Mrs. W. S. Wing, of Denver, Colo., who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. E. W. Calkins, for a few weeks, left Saturday for Seattle, where she will be joined by her husband and where they will reside in the future. She was accompanied as far as Grants Pass by Mrs. Calkins.
Mrs. Belle Roderick, of Sisson, was in Medford this week, visiting her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Ingersoll. She was called home Thursday morning by a telegram telling that her husband was ill. If he is able to travel they will both come to Medford next week, where Mr. Roderick will open a barber shop.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, August 23, 1901, page 6
Mrs. Isabel Powell, who came to Jackson County a few years ago from Linn County, will conduct the Medford Academy boarding house. The Barnum property, on North D Street, has been rented for the purpose, and the lady will move into the city in about ten days. Five of her sons will attend the Academy. These same young men attended the Jacksonville school last year during Prof. Van Scoy's principalship of that school.
J. H. Ray has disposed of his stock of paints, oils and wallpaper and will leave this week with his family for Hillsboro, Or., where he has purchased an interest in a fruit dryer and vinegar plant.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, August 23, 1901, page 6
Ex-merchant G. L. Davis has accepted a position as salesman with the Portland Coffee & Spice Co. and will commence upon his duties about the first of September. The first route laid out for him is into Klamath, Coos and Curry counties, after which he will be given a run north from Ashland on the main line of the Southern Pacific. If George makes as many friends on the road in proportion with the number he will meet as he has made in Medford during his several years of business here, he will have all of Oregon saying good words for him. He is one of the best business men Medford ever had, and his friends are legion--and true blue--every one of them. There isn't a more honorable man in Oregon than is Mr. Davis, and, as is coupled with his honesty and good fellowship an indomitable propensity for hustling, there is but little doubt of his success. The house he represents is a good one, and every man in Medford is satisfied they have made no mistake in selecting Mr. Davis to sell their goods. Medford will be his headquarters.
Miss Edith Osenbrugge, with the assistance of Mr. and Mrs. F. Osenbrugge, entertained a party of friends very pleasantly at their beautiful home in West Medford last Friday evening. The lawn was beautifully lighted with Chinese lanterns, while many pieces of the house furniture had been moved to the lawn and large porches for the occasion, among which was the elegant piano, which occupied a prominent place on the porch. Music was plentiful, games were indulged in, and none the least of the amusements was the dancing indulged in on the porches and lawn Refreshments of iced lemonade and cake were served. Those present were Dr. and Mrs. Darrin, Mrs. I. L. Hamilton, Mrs. McCray, Misses Nettie Ross, Fern Norris, Lulu Porter, Ethel England, Johnnie Little, Tessie Saltmarsh, Carrie George, Myrtle Hurst, Jessie Cole, Mabel Jones, Messrs. Geo. Porter, Carl Narregan, Charlie Ramsey, Walla Mahoney, Herbert McCarthy, Geo. E. Kelley. Every member of the party declared Miss Osenbrugge and her parents very clever and interesting entertainers.
A Mail reporter heard an argument put up this week that is almost too ridiculous to be worthy of mention, but as others may be interested in knowing the extent which some pessimists will allow their imagination to run, we will give it to our readers. We were speaking of the advantages which would be derived from the construction of the new Fish Lake Ditch. When one of the party made bold the assertion that an irrigating ditch would ruin the lands of the valley to which it conveyed water, he claiming that the water would harden the soil so that grain could not grow and that it would eventually waste away. Medford people who have irrigated their gardens for the past ten or twelve years and have experienced none of the calamities predicted above will hardly believe that the farm lands of the valley will be made barren waste by supplying them with an occasional wetting.
It is a very disgusting habit, that of expectorating on the sidewalks. The many hundred feet of good, substantial cement sidewalks are a beautiful thing to look upon, but when they are bespattered with tobacco juice they are unsightly things. There ought to be an ordinance passed prohibiting spitting on sidewalks. It is a filthy habit and is very annoying to those of our townspeople who believe in cleanliness and who have a desire to keep our little city looking as pretty and tasteful as possible. Aside from being unsightly the habit is dangerous from a sanitary point of view as many disease germs find harbor in the dress skits of passing women and are in this way carried home, where firm lodgement is found for them in the person of some member of the household.
C. B. Rostel:--"I had a letter this week from my German friend, Peter Ensele, who was in Medford a few weeks ago looking for farm locations for several German families. He is at his home in Nebraska but tells me that himself and eleven other families will start for Medford by teams next spring. They have figured out that they can make big wages by coming with teams. They are coming here to buy farm lands and locate permanently. The grasshoppers, he says, are making farming in Nebraska so much of an uncertainty--and he wants no more of it. He wants you to send him your paper for a year."
H. J. Mattoon is the gentleman who is in charge of the Union Livery Stables, which were purchased last week by Mr. Fox, of Ashland. He tells that things about the place were pretty badly run down, but says Mr. Fox will make over all the rigs that are worth repairing and will add many new ones. He will also put in several head of new horses and will keep everything about the place in first-class shape. Mr. Mattoon is a liveryman of experience and proposes to do everything the right way and treat every customer square.
Messrs. L. A. Lucus & Son, harness and saddlery men of Medford, have recently issued a 48-page catalogue of the goods they handle, together with a write-up of Southern Oregon and Medford, several pages of useful information, while several pages are given up to other enterprising firms of our city. The catalogue is a credit to Messrs. Lucus & Son, and when scattered broadcast over the counties of Lake, Klamath, Josephine and Jackson cannot fail to be an instrument of profit to the tradespeople of Medford.
The iron lintels and pillars for the White-Thomas brick building have been received and are being put in position. In many of our brick buildings wood lintels are used, and while they carry the weight easily enough the shrinking of the timbers after the brick are laid on them ofttimes raises sad havoc with the entire fronts, and in some cases the brick have bulged out and fallen to the walks below. It can hardly be considered economy to use wood, especially in two- or more story buildings.
E. S. Wolfer, the tinsmith, has been busy for several days past making water pipe for Ira Wakefield's sawmill, on Clark Creek. The pipe is two feet in diameter and there are 280 feet of it--the same to be used in conveying water to Mr. Wakefield's turbine wheel, which will operate his mill. When everything is in good running shape he expects to turn out 10,000 feet of lumber per day.
Dr. Ira Phipps has rented the two front rooms over H. E. Boyden's hardware store and within a couple of weeks will open dental parlors therein. The rooms are now being papered and fitted especially for his use, City Recorder York having moved his real estate office to other rooms in the same building.
W. V. Lippincott:--"I had a letter from Mrs. Lippincott this week. She reports that Walter is very much improved. In fact his health is entirely restored, and he is able to go to work and will very soon start out with a railroad surveying party. They are at Pasadena, Calif.
The sidewalks in front of Medford's grocery and feed stores present a very inviting appearance these days. There is displayed almost every variety of fruit grown in the valley, and as there are many varieties the sight is decidedly a pretty one to look upon--and tempting as well.
Geo. F. King:--"I had a letter from Father this week .He has sold all his property and is coming to Southern Oregon, where he says he will live and die. He was out here last winter and spring. His former home was in Michigan."
A. J. Stewart will plant part of his recently acquired land to fruit this fall, he having already purchased 1000 Comice pear trees from L. E. Hoover. The land is part of the old Mingus tract and was purchased last week from S. M. Eby.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, August 23, 1901, page 7
Death of Mrs. Malvina Gore Clayton.
From the Ashland Tidings.
Mrs. Malvina Gore Clayton, after a lingering illness, died at her home, on Factory Street, Friday night, the 22nd last, aged forty-six years, five months and seventeen days. The deceased, who was a native of Jackson County, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Gore, two of the earliest pioneers of Southern Oregon, and she was born on the old homestead near Phoenix, March 5, 1855. She received her education at the Ashland academy and the Oregon state university, and was married to N. H. Clayton July 22, 1886. Her husband and two children, Lawrence and Vera, are left to mourn the loss of a loving wife and kind and affectionate mother. The funeral services were held yesterday at the home of the deceased on Factory Street at 12 o'clock and being conducted by Rev. F. G. Strange and Wm. Clyde, after which the funeral cortege was formed and wended its way to Phoenix, where additional services were held in the Presbyterian Church at that place and the interment was made in the Phoenix cemetery.
Medford Mail, August 30, 1901, page 2
CEDAR POLES WANTED.Medford Mail, September 6, 1901, page 6
The City of Medford wants fifty cedar poles. These poles must be cut from live cedar, must be 30 feet in length, peeled, straight, and must be from six to eight inches in diameter at the small end. From $2.50 to $2.75 will be paid in cash for each pole delivered at the city light plant which answers the foregoing requirements. Any number of poles from one upward may be delivered at any time by any person who can furnish the same, until the required number is received. Cash will be paid on delivery. See either the city recorder, or the mayor, or the electrician at the light plant.
Medford, August 23, 1901.
W. S. CROWELL, Mayor.
Medford Mail, August 30, 1901, page 2
Mrs. S. A. Hull and son, Frank, returned Sunday from Colestin.
Miss Mae Kellogg, of Grants Pass, is in Medford upon a visit to her sister, Mrs. John Barneburg.
Ross Ellis, of Dallas, Oregon, is in Medford upon a visit to his uncle, Hon. Garl T. Jones, and family.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Meeker are over at Fort Jones upon a visit to their daughters, Mesdames Bartlett and Anderson.
Mrs. J. R. Wilson and daughters, Misses Gertrude and Mabel, are visiting Glendale friends for a couple of weeks.
Mrs. J. H. McClentuck returned Tuesday to her home in Cedar Rapids, Neb., after a three weeks' visit in Medford with her brother, V. A. Broadbent, and family.
Merchant H. U. Lumsden and family returned Sunday evening from a ten days' swing around the circle--Pelican Bay, Seven Mile, Ft. Klamath and Crater Lake.
Ralph Woodford was up from Grants Pass a few days this week visiting relatives and friends. He has a good position running an ice cream parlor for the Observer newspaper man.
J. H. Downing and daughter, Miss Maud, of Central Point, were Medford visitors Tuesday. Miss Maud expects to soon commence school teaching in the Grove district, west of Medford.
George King, of Newaygo, Mich., arrived in Medford last week--and will henceforth make Southern Oregon his home. He will reside for a time on his homestead up Rogue River way. He is father to Geo. F. King, the timber land locator.
L. W. Farwell and family arrived in Medford last week from Dallas, Oregon, and are going to make Medford their future home. They brought a carload of household goods and are now housekeeping in the Shone residence.
Jeweler Elwood and family returned Wednesday from their several weeks' camping at the homestead on Elk Creek.
Capt. J. T. C. Nash left Monday evening for his mining property, near Leland.He has let a contract for digging eight miles of ditch and the construction of a wagon road, also has lumber ordered for buildings at the mine. He expects to have water on the ground and washing dirt by the middle of January.
Miss Myrtle Nicholson, who has put "types" in line for the Mail office for the past four years and a half without a vacation, is taking a two weeks' lay off--which has been well earned because of efficiency and steadiness. She is at Central Point this week, visiting relatives.
Druggist G. H. Haskins and son Leon left Monday for Berkeley, Calif., at which place Leon will attend a pharmaceutical college. Mr. Haskins, Sr. will return this week. Leon is nothing slow as a pharmacy clerk right now, but the law prescribes a regular course and diploma before persons can legally compound medicines.
Sam'l. Murray and family returned last week from their summer's stay at Crescent City, Calif. Mr. Murray is of the opinion that the coast country is all right to summer in, but when winter rains and fogs commence threatening he has another opinion, which has grown into a notion--and that is that the Rogue River Valley is several shades better than any of 'em.
Rev. J. P. Moomaw, of Eagle Point, was in Medford last Saturday. The gentleman had but recently returned from the Fish Lake Ditch camp--and was saying all kinds of pretty words for that enterprising project. He says it is a grand affair, and there can be no calculating the good it will do the valley. The ditch pessimists, he says, are becoming scarce in his part of the country.
Dr. and Mrs. C. R. Ray, of Gold Hill, were in Medford Wednesday. The doctor has but recently returned from quite an extended visit to New York City, where he went upon mining business connected with hs extensive interests around Gold Hill. He also visited the exposition. The weather, he says, was extremely tropical, and he was right glad to get back to the land where the cauldron is not always at a boiling temperature. During his absence Mrs. Ray and the children visited in Seattle.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, August 30, 1901, page 6
If a cannery was doing business in Medford this fall it would have little time for anything aside from strict business. It can hardly seem possible that all these years have gone by and no cannery. Hundreds of tons of good fruit will go to waste this season because of there being no cannery here to handle it. There is unquestionably a grand opportunity for a money-making enterprise in this line for the man who has the money and a disposition to start the project.
Messrs. W. H. Meeker & Co. have made arrangements with the Portland Portrait Company, whereby they are enabled to give with every ten dollars' worth of goods purchased at their store a life-size 16x20 portrait. These portraits are made by the best artists in the land and would be an ornament in any home. They cost you nothing. Every $10 purchase gets a portrait.
Guy Lawton has taken a position with the Vienna Bakery. He will learn the bakery business, and when Rube Patty, who is now baking, leaves for Salem a couple of months hence, Guy will have charge of the "whole bakery," so to speak. Mr. Litchfield has purchased Mr. Patty's interest in the bakery and will conduct the establishment on his own account hereafter.
It is with much regret that The Mail publishes the fact that Eugene Orr, of the firm of Weeks & Orr, orchardists, is quite seriously ill with Bright's disease of the kidneys. Dr. Pickel is attending and Mrs. Osborne is nursing. Wednesday he was somewhat improved, but at four o'clock Thursday morning a change was experienced and the symptoms were less favorable.
Jake Huger, superintendent at the Voorhies fruit orchard, reports that he is packing Bartlett pears at the rate of a carload a day and would be packing more if more pickers could be had. He expects at least twenty carloads of pears will be gathered from the orchard, and there may be thirty.
Mrs. Will Bates, we are sorry to learn, is seriously ill at the home of her mother, Mrs. Medynski, with malaria and intermittent fever. Dr. Kirchgessner is in attendance.
Miss Helen Strang, who has been sick for several years, we regret to learn, is at present very poorly and very little hope is entertained for her recovery.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, August 30, 1901, page 6
W. J. King, proprietor of the Turf Exchange saloon, has received, direct from the distillery in North Carolina, a good supply of pure white corn whiskey. Samplers of this beverage pronounced it superior to any other whiskey on the coast market. It is especially desired in preference to other brands for medical purposes.
A crowd of Ashland boys, the oldest said to be not over seventeen, was in Medford Monday evening and upon leaving town at a late hour all were beastly intoxicated. Where they secured their drink has not yet been learned, but Chief of Police Johnson is camping on a couple of trails, and if he secures positive evidence arrests will follow. It is known that some of our saloon men refused to sell them drinks--but there is evidence conclusive that they secured liquor someplace in the city. Medford is just as keen for Ashland money as from any other place, but the majority of our townspeople don't want to take it from boys in payment for whiskey. Saloon men, as a rule, make complaint that they are not permitted to pursue the even tenor of their way undisturbed--which may be true to a certain extent, but it is such open and flagrant violations of law and common decency which keeps up the trouble for them.
The wheat crop of the Rogue River Valley, we are told by one of our warehouse men, is scarcely half what it was last year, but this shortage is made up to some extent by the barley crop, which is about double that of previous years. Many of our farmers, he says, will fatten their hogs on barley this fall instead of wheat. The price now being paid for wheat is 47 cents, and he is of the opinion that there will be no material raise, at least before the first of the year. There is probably no wheat to ship out of the valley this year, and it would seem that the local demand would ensure a better price than is now offered, but the fact that the Willamette Valley has an unusually large yield this year, and the further fact that it can be shipped from there to Rogue River Valley points for eight cents a bushel will have a tendency to keep the price down.
The Ashland company's oil well is having all kinds of hard luck. "Quite a delay," says the Tidings, "was experienced in getting the necessary casing from San Francisco to protect the drill in going through quicksand. Just as the casing was in place, last week, and operations were resumed in drilling, the rope attached to the stem broke and the drill and thirty-foot stem were left 150 feet underground. A telegram was immediately sent to San Francisco for a slip socket, or grip rod, with which to fish out the stem and drill. The tools arrived last night, and the 'fishing' was done this forenoon, and at 1 o'clock the lost tools had been recovered and the drill was again steadily pounding its way downward." It is to be hoped no further mishaps will befall the operations and that success will attend the company's efforts. The finding of oil any place in the valley means the enhancement of the value of presumptive oil lands from five to twenty times their present value.
The White-Thomas brick is not going to be completed in time for occupancy by the Medford Academy, but Prof. Van Scoy is equal to the occasion and does not propose to disappoint the many students who are desirous of commencing school upon the date advertised--September 9th--and has rented temporary quarters in the same block from C. W. Palm for a couple of weeks, by which time the new building will surely be ready to move into. Mr. Van Scoy is meeting with greater success than he dared to hope for a few weeks ago. It is indeed surprising the number of friends Mr. Van Scoy has among the educators of the valley, and among those who want to be educated. There is nothing now in the way of phenomenal success for the Academy.
J. B. Sell, of Ashland, has purchased the horses and rigs of the Nash Livery Stables from D. T. Cox and has taken possession of the same. Mr. Sell is a young man of pleasant address and seemingly is a hustler for business. He says he will keep everything in good shape about the stables and promises to treat everybody strictly on the square. As two Ashland people have but recently purchased livery stables in Medford, the indications are pointing in one of two ways--either Ashland is endeavoring to absorb Medford, or her people are becoming weary of inertia and are launching out in a locality where there's "something' doin'."
One thing certain the Elite Studio, under Mr. Hunter's management, is turning out the finest portraits in photography ever made in this county. The reception room is filled with work he has done here in Medford that would be a credit to any city. Showing work to the public in posing, lighting and fine smooth retouching which shows plainly he is a master at his profession. Photos of familiar faces adorn the walls, and people come from all the towns around to have work done by the operator of the Elite Studio. He has been here but a short time, but notwithstanding he is the busiest man in Medford. If you appreciate a work of art, call at the Elite photo studio and leave your order. "A word tot he wise is sufficient."
Graham, corn meal, whole wheat flour on sale at the Russ mill, two blocks south of Hubbard Bros. implement house.
The busiest place of business in Medford these days is the Medford ice factory. All refrigerative cars in which fruit is to be shipped have to be iced before they are started on their journey. The amount of ice required for each car varies from two to four tons.
The sixteen head of horses recently purchased in Klamath County by Mr. Morris for this Fish Lake Ditch Company were taken out to the ditch camp last week and have been put to work.
C. C. Ragsdale purchased two carloads of stock hogs in the valley last week and on Monday shipped them to his farm at Williams, Calif., where they will be fattened on his large stubble fields.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, August 30, 1901, page 7
One of Wagner's Characteristics.Medford Mail, September 6, 1901, page 2
With a peculiarity characteristic of the south end of Jackson County, and especially applicable to Fred Wagner, publisher of the Ashland Tidings, the following lines appeared in the Tidings of date August [illegible]th.
"There is absolutely no truth in the reports published in some newspapers to the effect that Mr. Fred Ulen, the expert stenographer, formerly of Ashland, will teach in a Medford school during the coming winter."
Following this was an eulogy on Mr. Ulen. The whole team was made, ostensibly, to flatter Mr. Ulen, but those who know the enmity felt for the Medford Academy by certain people in the south end of the county, can easily read in the few lines above quoted the malicious and intended slap at the Academy. This flagrant abuse of the Medford Academy is not seen alone by Medford eyes, but the item's intent at injury has been noticed in other parts of the county, and people interested in the Medford school from the rural precincts have called Prof. Van Scoy's attention to the item and have renounced it as an unprincipled, dishonorable attack upon a deserving and promising institution.
As a matter of fact Prof. Ulen was engaged by Prof. Van Scoy as assistant in the Medford Academy. It is also true that this was the condition of affairs when Prof. Van Scoy issued his course of study folder, from which the newspapers gleaned the information given to the public by them. It is also true that Prof. Van Scoy, after considerable corresponding and telegraphing between himself and Mr. Ulen, consented to accept his (Ulen's) resignation, that he might accept a more lucrative position offered him by the Standard Oil Company.
However, it is probably better for the Medford Academy that Mr. Ulen did resign, as, by his doing so, a teacher his equal in all respects and superior in many, has been secured, the same being Miss Mary E. C. Hevener, of Ashland.
Miss Hevener is a graduate from the commercial department of the Ashland normal school, of the class of '97, when Prof. T. W. Miles was principal. After Prof. Miles' resignation, the young lady had charge of the commercial department of the school. Aside from being an adept in commercial school work and stenography by Miss Hevener is a fine scholar in classical branches. Her salary will be $50 per month.
The people in the south end of the county need no trouble themselves regarding the Medford Academy. It is all right and is going to be a "staying" feature in the upbuilding of our city. The Mail would suggest that they pay the strictest attention to their normal school--not forgetful of the fact that it was Prof. Van Scoy who made it what it is--or rather what it was.
Defaming Our Schools.
It has never been considered necessary for these columns to advertise to any great extent the advantages derived by students from an attendance at the Medford high school, nor is it necessary now except for the purpose of refuting misstatements which have been circulated throughout the county and which seem to have been made for the sole purpose of injuring our school and building up a school in another town of the valley. For the benefit of those in the county who may not know, we will state that there isnot a town in all Oregon outside of Portland that has better school facilities than is offered by the Medford high school. It offers a three years' course with fifteen credits in Latin and ten in German and a thorough commercial course. Students from the Medford high school have been admitted to the University of Oregon as freshmen since 1893.
The Mail learns with much regret that statements contrary to the above are being circulated throughout the county by representatives of the Southern Oregon Normal. In fact, we have been told that Vice President T. A. Hays of that institution has made such statements and has used them as an inducement in securing students for the normal. We do not know Mr. Hays; we do not know that he has made the statements which he is credited with having made, but we do know that if they were made there was not a semblance of truth in them. If they were made we would much rather believe it was done through ignorance than intent to do injury. If the normal school is in such bad straits that it is necessary to resort to the means reported to secure students, it had best commence all over again and map out a new code of procedure.
No public institution can add distinction and worth to itself by belittling other institutions of like nature. The people do not take kindly to that sort of argument.
Medford Mail, September 6, 1901, page 2
Sam'l. Richardson, of Harris, Mo., arrived in Medford last Friday and has taken a position as salesman in F. K. Deuel & Co.'s store.
Operator Knowlton returned to Medford Saturday from his outing at Newport and is now at his post at the Southern Pacific depot in this city.
Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Gregory, of Hanford, Calif., who have been visiting Medford friends for a couple or three weeks, returned to their home Monday.
E. P. Pickens came up from Montague, Calif. this week to visit his family and to assist them in moving to the Isaacs residence, corner South C and Ninth streets.
L. E. Hoover and sons, Walter and Claud, returned this week from a pleasure and business trip into Klamath County. At the Klamath Agency they sold several good orders for fruit trees, the Indians having taken a notion to growing fruit.
Mrs. E. D. Fellows returned from Portland Wednesday, her visit there having been shortened somewhat by the illness of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Howard's baby, Mrs. Fellows' grandson. The child was reported considerably improved yesterday.
Charlie Childs arrived in Medford Monday evening from Hualapai, Arizona, at which place he is telegraph operator for the Santa Fe Railroad Company. He will remain in Medford about fifteen days and upon returning he will be accompanied by his family, who have resided here during his absence in Arizona.
J. S. Howard returned Tuesday from a quite extended business visit in Portland. Mr. Howard is one of the busiest men in all Southern Oregon these times, there being so many projects and enterprises under way that require the services of a civil engineer--and J. S. seems to fill the bill in the opinion of many of the projectors.
Mrs. D. T. Lawton left Medford Monday evening for the home of her childhood, at Woodhull, New York, where she has not visited for thirty years. She will stop a day in each of the following cities: St. Paul, Minneapolis, Chicago and Detroit and several days at Buffalo. She expects to be absent two months and will also visit relatives in Pennsylvania. She is one of the Portland Telegram excursion party, and at each of the above-named cities short side trips will be made to places of interest.
Mrs. R. T. Burnett, of Ashland, is visiting her mother, Mrs. L. J. Sears.
Reuben Patty and his sister, Miss Florence, left Sunday for Salem, where they will reside.
Miss Mary Davison left Medford last week for Klamathon, where she commenced teaching a term of school Monday.
Mrs. A. S. Bliton and daughters, Loraine and Mildred, left Thursday evening for a visit with North Dakota relatives and friends.
Messrs. T. J. and F. H. Downing and Miss Lucy Downing, of Yreka, arrived in Medford Tuesday for a visit with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Downing.
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Allen, of Grants Pass, are in Medford upon a visit to Dr. and Mrs. B. F. Adkins. Mrs. Allen is a niece of Mrs. Adkins. They are here looking over the town with a possible view to locating.
Miss Adele Pickel left Medford Monday evening for Bryn Mawr, Penn., where she will take a postgraduate course in the college at that place. Miss Pickel graduated from the Oregon state university last year. She will confine her studies to English literature at the above-named college.
Merchant F. K. Deuel returned last Friday from his seven-weeks' trip to eastern cities. He was accompanied from Albany by his partner, W. B. Stevens, and from Missouri by two other parties who are partners of theirs and who conduct stores in that state. The quartet visited New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago, and in each city they bought goods for their respective stores.
Geo. F. King left Medford Monday for McCloud, Calif., at which place he will operate a traction engine for the Clark-Van Arsdale Lumber Co. Mr. King has been a resident of Medford since last winter, and during that time he has made a great many warm friends--all of whom will wish him well in his new position. He followed the business of timber locator while here and we will venture the assertion that none of the many parties he located have aught else than good words for him. He is a square, honorable man every spot in the thoroughfare and a jolly good fellow to meet.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, September 6, 1901, page 6
I wish to again announce to the public that Pletcher is the same old Pletcher, only better qualified than ever to do dental work.
During my six months' sojourn in the East I took advantage of a thorough course of instructions from some of the most scientific professors in both mechanical and operative dentistry.
I also have a new method of inserting partial dentures, whereby they can be made to approach bridge work at a very moderate cost. Call and let me show you an up-to-date piece of bridge work.
C. C. PLETCHER.
Office over Medford Bank.
The rain of last Saturday and Sunday did an immense amount of good to the valley,a nd was not of duration sufficient to do harm even to the unthreshed grain. The immense fruit crop was rinsed of accumulated dust and freshened materially, the forest fires were put out and the valley cleared of smoke. A healthier atmospheric condition now prevails--and all nature seems bright and cheerful.
Ed. Van Dyke has lost his leg [illegible].
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, September 6, 1901, page 6
The Fish Lake Irrigating Ditch Company can hardly hope to corral the entire irrigating business of the valley, nor do its members expect to, but there is one thing positively assured and that is that the commencement of the ditch has put irrigating notions into other heads and it would not be surprising if in five years' time the entire desert of many thousand acres were a fertile field of waving grain and hay. For some time past Mr. Leo Watkins, who lives about three and a half miles north of Central Point, has had irrigated ideas gyrating in his head, but not until quite recently did he get arrangements perfected to an extent which would justify any publicity being made of them. He is now, however, at work on an irrigating proposition which will put an abundance of water onto 1000 acres of this arid and semi-arid land. His idea is to build a large water wheel on Rogue River, on land which he owns, elevate it to a level with his land and then allow it to spread out over his 200 acres and a 300-acre tract joining his, which is owned by Mrs. Ganiard of Ashland, and who is interested with him in the project. The site chosen for the water wheel is three-fourths of a mile below the Bybee Bridge, near the old camping ground. A concrete foundation will be put in, and on this will be placed a water wheel sixteen feet in diameter. A chain elevator, to which will be attached sixty buckets, holding twelve gallons each, will carry the water to a height of fifty feet, at the rate of 1000 gallons a minute. From this elevation of fifty feet a natural slope will carry the water over his entire acreage. Lateral ditches made by plow furrows will suffice to reach nearly every foot of his land, very few, if any, flumes being necessary. Mr. Watkins is a wheelwright and will do all the construction work himself. It is estimated its cost will be about $800, and he intends having it ready for next season's irrigating. When the wheel is not in use raising water he expects it to do service in running a chop mill which he will put in later.
Chessmore & Myers are adding to their general feed store--near the Bear Creek bridge--a stock of provisions. They are also putting up feed sheds for freight teams and travelers, for the use of which there will be no charge.
Ernest Tressler, formerly a Medford boy, but for the past few years employed as salesman and bookkeeper for a Portland house, has secured a position as head bookkeeper for the firm of J. K .Gill & Co., wholesale and retail stationers of that city. The position is an advancement in his line of work. He has proven himself an honest, faithful and capable man of business and that his excellent traits are being rewarded is a source of much satisfaction to his many Medford friends.
G. W. Reynolds has purchased the Phipps barn from Jacob Keets and has leased the Prall stables, both of which he will conduct as feed barns. The stables gained a reputation under their former management that was not enviable, in fact it was anything but pleasant or agreeable for nearby business houses, and that a change has been made is a source of much satisfaction to the people of that locality. The present proprietor, however, is of a different turn--an honorable young man--and he will, we feel satisfied, conduct the place in a manner creditable to himself and neighbors.
Messrs. Joseph Taylor & Sons, who only a few months ago purchased fifty-two acres of orchard from the Orchard Home tract, have a fine crop of fruit this year. They are now gathering as fine peaches as were ever put on the market, and they have a good crop of excellent quality of peaches and apples coming on. A couple of years like this one, and their orchard will have more than paid for itself.
Fourteen carloads of Bartlett pears were shipped from the Medford station last week. Six hundred is the number of boxes loaded in each car, or 8,400 boxes in all, which, at the price most of the fruit has been sold, $1.25 per box in Medford, the neat little sum of $10,000 has been left among our orchardists.
It is quite true that attorney Francis Fitch has reimbursed several of his Medford creditors. Who they were and the amounts we are unable to state--but that is immaterial--the pleasantest feature of the transaction being the redeeming of the pledges to pay. The Mail is unable to learn Mr. Fitch's present post office address.
Rev. H. L. Boardman, president of the McMinnville college, who is in Medford meeting with the Baptist association and who preaches this Friday evening, was a boyhood chum of E. Russ, of this city, and was also a classmate of his in the college of which he is now president.
Messrs. Hicks & Walker placed an order Tuesday with a Vermont firm for a carload of marble monument. The wholesale price of the carload is something over $2000, and the freight on it from Vermont here will be $500. The order was given for February delivery.
No more sour bread at the Vienna Bakery.
Word comes from Elgin, Oregon, to the effect that I. A. Mounce, who has been seriously ill, has recovered his health, but that his mind his affected and he has either been taken to the insane asylum, or is going to be taken there.
The number of carloads of Bartlett pears which will be shipped from Medford this year to other states will exceed thirty, which will be greatly in excess of the number shipped last year. Already over half this number has been shipped.
Purdin's blacksmith shop--rear of Medford Bank. All work guaranteed.
Ed. Whiteside has returned from California and is now getting his wood saw in shape to commence his season's work of wood sawing about the city.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, September 6, 1901, page 7
The public schools will open Monday, September 16, 1901.
The teachers are: Gertrude Wilson, north primary; Emma Reed, south primary; Mabel Jones, 2nd grade; J. G. Wait, 3rd grade; Minnie Hockenyos, 4th grade; M. Grace Amann, 5th grade; Lizzie Ferguson, 6th grade; L. May Phipps, 7th grade; E. Gertrude Sutton, 8th grade and high school; N. L. Narregan, high school.
All primary pupils must enter at the beginning of each term.
Monday will be given to the exchange of textbooks. Bring your old books to school and there you will receive instructions as to the books you will need and the price of exchange.
All new students and those who may wish examinations of subjects in which they failed last May will be examined on Monday.
Medford Mail, September 13, 1901, page 2
I. D. PHIPPS, D.D.S.,
Offices in Adkins Block, adjoining Haskins' Drug Store. Medford, Oregon.Medford Mail, September 13, 1901, page 2
Mrs. Wm. Colvig returned Tuesday from Portland, where she has been for several weeks receiving medical treatment. She is much improved in health.
"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, September 13, 1901, page 3
Mrs. Chas. Stacey, of Medford, accompanied by her sister, Miss May Kellogg, tarried awhile with us Tuesday on their return trip from Grants Pass, where they have been visiting with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Kellogg.
"Gold Hill Items," Medford Mail, September 13, 1901, page 3
Rev. F. O. Bumpus, of Medford, is holding a revival meeting in the Baptist Church this week. All are cordially invited to attend.
Olwell Bros. and W. H. Norcross have a large number of fruit packers employed at each of their respective orchards and ship several carloads of apples each week.
"Central Point Items," Medford Mail, September 13, 1901, page 3
The Meeker brothers, formerly of Big Butte, now of Colorado, sons of A. J. Meeker, of Big Butte, spent last Monday night here, and on Tuesday, in company with their father, went to his home on Big Butte.
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, September 13, 1901, page 5
Mrs. J. R. Wilson and daughters, Gertrude and Mabel, returned Monday from their visit at Leland.
Asa Fordyce, the erstwhile Rogue River Valley farmer, now a cattle king of Klamath County, was in the Hub this week buying supplies.
J. F. Ritter left Tuesday for Montague, Calif., where he will visit for a couple or three weeks with a brother. Mr. Ritter has been troubled nearly all summer with a crippled leg, and he fears unless absolute rest is given it that a fever sore may result.
Mrs. Cora Colty, of Oregon City, arrived in Medford Tuesday and was met by J. W. Berrian, and the lady is now visiting out at the fish hatchery. She is an aunt of Mrs. Berrian.
Miss Mae Rouse left Wednesday evening for her home in St. Louis, Mo. The young lady came here a couple of months ago to visit her brother, Rance Rouse, and family and for the benefit of her health. The many friends she made here will be pleased to learn that upon her return her health was very much improved.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, September 13, 1901, page 6
W. S. Clay, of Snohomish, Wash., who had been in Medford a couple of weeks, on Saturday of last week closed a deal whereby he became the possessor of C. E. Stewart's fine orchard, located south of Medford. The purchase comprises all of Mr. Stewart's land, over 200 acres, the most of which is now a bearing orchard, together with all horses, wagons and farm implements, save one or two horses and a few minor articles which are reserved. The price paid was a good, snug sum--the exact amount not being given out by parties interested. Mr. Clay left Monday morning for his home where his family resides. Possession is to be given on or before January 1, 1902, but Mr. Clay will lose no time in moving here and be in readiness to take possession at any time. The purchase was a good one, and Mr. Clay will never have occasion to regret having become the possessor of this fine farm. The sale was made through the W. T. York real estate agency and was one of the largest deals ever made in Southern Oregon orchard property. Mr. Stewart will probably plant another orchard at some other place in the valley.
Tom Merriman has decided to open a blacksmith shop in Talent and is now at work putting up a new shop and moving his family. He has purchased a new outfit of the latest makes of tools and inside of a very short time he will be hammering iron in Talent-on-the-Bear. Tom is a first-class workman, and the people up that way are to be congratulated that so good a mechanic has decided to be one of that little town's business men.
Messrs. Mitchell Bros. have contracted with Childers Bros. for the erection of a blacksmith shop on the lot where their shop now stands. The building will be 25x84 feet in size and one story high. The rear of the building will be used by E. C. Boeck for a wagon making shop and the front for blacksmithing. Since the above was put in type the Mitchells have decided not to build before spring.
H. D. Jones and family have moved to Medford from Rock Point and will remain in Medford during the winter at least. Mr. Jones is a mine owner in Foots Creek district and will divide his time between Medford and the mine. His move to our city is made to enable his children to attend our public schools, realizing as he does that there are none better in all Southern Oregon.
Ed. Whiteside will start his steam wood saw next Monday and will continue to do business thereafter so long as there is a stick of wood in town longer than sixteen inches. This is a cheap and quick way to get your wood fixed properly for winter use--cheaper and a good bit quicker than you can do it yourself, even though your time is worth only twenty cents a day.
L. F. Lozier:--"I wish you would say to the people that I have dried fruit and pure cider vinegar for sale at my dryer, west of Medford. Oh, my, I am having lots of business. Parties have brought fruit to me to be dried from Ashland and Gold Hill, Yes, sir, that ad in your paper paid one big money. I have dried 20,000 pounds of fruit already."
N. S. Bennett, the fruit dryer man, reports that his dryer is doing a great amount of business. Says there is more fruit in the valley than he ever dreamed of and that it's coming his way in volumes most flattering.
N. B. Bradbury is at work this week putting up a fruit dryer for Charlie Pheister. The dryer is 24x36 feet in size and is some new arrangement which Charlie has hit upon as an improvement over the several old methods.
The Southern Pacific Railroad Company has placed a rain gauge near the depot, and each day when rain has fallen a record will be made of the amount. All stations on the line are provided with similar gauges.
It is told that one party in particular in the Rogue River Valley, who shipped Bartlett pears to New York City this season, realized an even $2 per box net for an entire carload.
J. N. Newes and family have moved from Talent to Medford and will reside here during the winter at least. He has rented the D. T. Lawton place, in northwest Medford.
Patrick Daily, father of School Superintendent Daily, has moved into Medford and will reside here during the winter.
Miss Maud Downing will commence a term of school in the Grove district, west of Medford, next Monday, Sept. 16th.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, September 13, 1901, page 6
Twenty wood choppers wanted. Good winter's job. Apply to F. M. Stewart, Medford.
Medford Mail, September 13, 1901, page 6
D. E. Morris, superintendent of construction on the Fish Lake irrigating ditch, reports that eleven miles of the ditch are completed with the exception of flume and a little rock work. The graders are now working on the thirteenth mile, and seventeen miles will surely be completed this fall, which will take it to the drop on W. H. Bradshaw's place. Mr. Bradshaw has about 800 acres of land which will come under this ditch. There is a natural slope to all parts of his land from the ditch. In fact, nature seemed to have planned the land especially to be watered from this ditch. Mr. Morris further stated that the lag in work occasioned by the warm weather had been replaced with new vigor and that things were now moving along very encouragingly. The new horses are breaking in all right, and some of them are now hauling hay from east of Medford to the lands which the company has purchased, for feeding during the winter. The company has purchased sixty tons of hay at $8 per ton. Speaking of prior water rights, Mr. Morris said every legitimate right would be respected, but that no mushroom propositions or rights instituted to hinder work or on "graft" principles would be countenanced. The company now owns about 3000 acres of land in the valley, comprising arid, semi-arid and productive soils--all of which will be made productive by water from the ditch.
I. A. Webb, who for seventeen years has conducted a furniture store and undertaking parlors in this city, has sold his stock of goods and good will to Messrs. F. W. Hollis, C. R. and E. M. Welch, who were formerly engaged in a like business in Salem. The work of invoicing stock has been in progress nearly all this week, and as soon as completed possession will be given. The name which will be given the new institution will be the Medford Furniture Company. Messrs. Hollis and E. M. Welch are here and during their brief stay have impressed all whom they have met with the opinion that they are fine gentlemen and will prove themselves good citizens in both a social and business sense. The Mail believes they are gentlemen who will be found worthy of the patronage which they will receive, and that they will enjoy the good trade which Mr. Webb has been fortunate in building up in days agone. The one thing regretted by the sale of this stock of goods is the possibility of our city losing Mr. Webb and his most estimable family from our reader of good citizens. We will venture the assertion that, should they decide to move elsewhere, no family would be missed more than this one. Mr. Webb has always been one of our most solid business men and no enterprise was ever inaugurated wherein the best interests of the city were concerned that his name did not appear at the head of the contribution list, and he has always been a worker and a talker for everything that's been good for us as a town. While the head of the household has been doing so much for the town in a business way, Mrs. Webb and their daughters and son, now grown, have been keeping a constant eye on the social realm, and many there are of our townspeople who have enjoyed the pleasures of afternoons and evenings amid the beauties and congeniality of their lovely and always hospitable home.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Norris entertained a party of friends at their always hospitable and pleasant home on South C Street on Monday evening of this week. The evening's program consisted of card playing, crokinole, vocal and instrumental music. After an evening of much pleasure and a general good time refreshments, two courses, were served consisting of salads, sweet pickles, sandwiches, cheese straws and coffee and jell pudding with whipped cream and devil cake. Those present were Mrs. I. L. Hamilton and son, Mrs. McCray, Misses Edith Osenbrugge, Myrtle Hurst, Ethel England, Johnnie Little, Lulu Porter, Messrs. George Porter, G. E. Kelley, J. E. Enyart and Ellinsworth. All voted the host and hostess as entertainers of extraordinary ability and cleverness.
The Medford band is an organization unequalled in the state of Oregon. Judges of music from the principal city of our state tell us that there is not a musical organization within the borders of our land of red apples that can excel our boys in any particular. Prof. Snow, the band instructor, is unquestionably a good length ahead of the best in the land--and the Medford boys are of the material from which the best musicians are made. The open air concert last week was made up of the best music ever heard on our streets--and the boys are going to give us another treat this Friday evening. See program elsewhere in these columns.
J. R. Hardin has opened a barber shop at the rear of Chessmore & Myers feed store, near the Bear Creek bridge. California was, a short time ago, figured in Jon's mind to be about the only place on earth where man ought to live and do business, but a few weeks in the distant green (?) pasturage seems to have been ample to convince him that this is a fairly good place to plant the rooftree and swing his striped sign to the zephyrs.
Miss Estella Smith, of Ashland, has been engaged by Mrs. L. J. Sears as trimmer in her millinery store and the young lady is now at work.
Lin Purdin and Roy Richardson are over in Coos County selling pictures for the Chicago Portrait Company.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, September 13, 1901, page 7
Nearly every business house in Medford has been draped in mourning during the past week--a deserving tribute to our honored ruler--foully slain by an anarchist's hand and yellow journalism of the Examiner stripe.
Medford Mail, September 20, 1901, page 2
Death of Eugene Orr.
The death of Mr. Eugene Orr occurred on Tuesday morning of this week. Mr. Orr had been ill for just four weeks with Bright's disease of the kidneys. From the very first little hope was entertained even for temporary recovery, still everything possible in the way of medical attendance and nursing was done for him, but all to no avail--that dread disease [illegible] care and rarely ever any [illegible] of a few days [illegible]. It is thought that [illegible] last May [illegible] the malady which caused his untimely death. He had previously been in excellent health and was the picture of vigorous manhood.
Mr. Orr was born in Port Burwell, Ontario, on December [illegible]. He was married about eighteen years ago in Woodstock, Ontario to Miss Edith Weeks, who, together with an only son, now sixteen years of age, survive him. He came to Jackson County fourteen years ago and soon after was joined by his wife and child. For the past twelve years he, in company with his brother-in-law, Mr. Alfred Weeks, has very successfully conducted one of the largest fruit orchards in the valley, [illegible] now covering nearly [illegible] acres. For all these years Alf and 'Gene, as they were familiarly spoken of, have labored early and late, and have, by their wise judgment and never-ceasing energy, brought forth from Mother Earth an orchard which, for the past three or four years, has been paying them in part for their long hours of toil when they worked shoulder to shoulder for a competency of this world's goods. The demise of Mr. Orr at this time is especially [illegible] because of the fact that prosperity had just opened its [illegible] of abundance and the sunshine of ease and enjoyment for himself and family was fast dispelling the overhanging cloud of toil and inconveniences which they had performed and endured for so many years, hoping for a realization of those happy days of comfort and plenty now at hand--but, alas, to be enjoyed not.
Deceased was an honored member of Talisman Lodge No. 31, K. of P., and of the Masonic lodge, both of this city, and in both of which he was an ardent worker and a strict observer of their teachings. He was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, of this city. Mr. Orr was esteemed by all for his real worth as a citizen and neighbor. He was a most exemplary man in every respect, with a smile and glad hand for everybody. None knew Eugene Orr but to honor and respect.
Besides a wife and son, deceased leaves three brothers and three sisters, R. B. Orr, of Central Point, Oregon, Addison, William and Miss Minnie Orr, and Mrs. Meek, in Michigan, and Mrs. Collins, in Portland, and friends in every part of Southern Oregon, but none mourn more than does his business partner for so many years, Mr. Alfred Weeks.
Funeral services were held at the family residence, south of Medford, on Thursday of this week at 2 o'clock. Services were conducted under the auspices of the several lodges to which he belonged. Religious services were conducted by Revs. Hoxie and Clyde. Interment in Odd Fellows cemetery.
Medford Mail, September 20, 1901, page 2
Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Merriman moved to Talent last week, at which place they will reside.
Martin Culp, formerly a resident of Medford, now of Yreka, was visiting Medford friends this week.
Miss June Earhart left Tuesday for Portland, where she will take a course of nurse training in the Good Samaritan Hospital.
Willie Warner and Roy Mickey left Monday evening for Forest Grove, at which place they will attend the Pacific University.
Mrs. Rachel Garner, who has been visiting with relatives and friends in Medford for the past five months, left Saturday for her home in Chicago. She is a sister of Mrs. A. Pottenger.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Van Scoy, of Montague, Calif., were in Medford last week upon a visit to Prof. and Mrs. W. T. Van Scoy. Mr. Van Scoy, Jr., is operator for the Southern Pacific Company at Montague, and he was off on a month's vacation.
G. F. Mills, who was formerly assistant station agent at this place, passed through the valley Monday en route to the Willamette Valley after his family, who will go with him in about a week to their new home at Maricopa, Arizona, at which place Mr. Mills has been station agent since leaving here. His health is very much improved.
R. H. Whitehead and daughter, Miss Grace, left Wednesday for San Francisco, at which place they will meet Dr. Bohannon, the cancer specialist, and have him treat a small cancer which is growing on Miss Grace's breast. A host of friends here are hopeful that the operation will be successful and that the young lady will return entirely recovered. The cancer has not been growing long, and it is thought there is but little doubt of its successful removal.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, September 20, 1901, page 6
A. A. Davis & Co.'s warehouse, an annex to the flouring mill, took a tumble Monday afternoon. The entire underpinning gave way, and 7000 bushels of wheat and 3000 bushels of barley, together with the entire structure, dropped to the ground, a distance about three feet. The sides of the building were bulged out a considerable [omission] and a few of the sacks of wheat were bursted open, but the loss of grain is really nothing. The grain and building will be left as they are until the grain is used up, when in all probability the old building will be torn down and an elevator built in its place. The company has had in contemplation for some time the erection of a modern designed elevator and the collapsing of the warehouse will doubtless hasten its building. An elevator would do away with the custom of sacking the wheat, which is now in vogue in the valley.
There are at least two parties in Jackson County who are making good wages in catching turtles and fattening them for San Francisco markets. John J. Brown, living a mile north of Central Point, has caught from Bear Creek 200 during the past few weeks and is still gathering them in at the rate of two dozen a day. They are worth $2 a dozen on board the cars at Central Point. The age of those he has caught averages about seven years. There is another party on Rogue River who is reported to now have on land 3200 turtles which he has taken from Rogue River this season. The market for turtles is not ripe until the latter part of October and from thereupon during the cooler weather. Two caught by Mr. Brown bore marks made upon them by the Rogue River party seven years ago.
How is this for Oregon supremacy: "A car of Oregon Bartlett pears in prime condition sold in New York, September 1st, at an average of $2.65 per box. At the same time 'fancy, clear New York State Bartletts' were quoted at $3.50 and $4 per barrel, equivalent to about $1 per box." Oregon can go up against the world on fruit and beat 'em all out, notwithstanding the fact that in many cases our state is compelled to carry a California handicap. It's better than an even up guess that the pears above spoken of were gathered from Jackson County trees.
The Medford Furniture Co., successors to I. A. Webb, has been making many changes in the appearance of their salesroom this week. The walls have been newly papered and the furniture arranged is an artistic and convenient manner. Members of the firm report that they are doing a good business and that the prospects for a successful career seems assured. They are making new friends each day and seem to have a turn about them that is sure to make these friends steadfast.
A. G. Clemens and J. S. Morgan, who with their families have spent the past two months in the hay fields of Klamath County, returned to Medford last Sunday. The latter part of their stay was at Will Nicholson's ranch, where in less than two weeks these two gentlemen, with one assistant, put up 104 tons of hay. They were then treated to an oyster supper--a delicious repast prepared by Mr. Nicholson himself, which was greatly enjoyed by the whole party.
Dr. I. D. Phipps has a professional card in this issue of The Mail. Dr. Phipps has opened dental parlors in the Adkins Building, over H. E. Boyden's store. He has as finely appointed offices as there are in the city, luxuriously furnished with everything modern in furniture, and with mechanical devices necessary in his profession. The doctor is a graduate from the Chicago College of Dental Surgery, Lake Forest University.
A Mr. Finch, of Los Angeles, Calif., has purchased the Crowell fruit farm from C. Gommel, who purchased it from W. S. Crowell last winter. The price paid was $9500, which is the exact amount paid for it by Mr. Gommel. Mr. Finch is said to be a thorough orchardist and will move here with his family about the first of October and will take possession of the place. Mr. Gommel and his son-in-law, O. J. Knips, will return to Grants Pass, near which place they own farm property.
J. G. Taylor, the harness maker, has his residence in East Medford nearly completed. It is a very pretty little house and so nicely situated as to always be a treasured spot. Contractor A. C. Nicholson's master hand with hammer and saw did the work. Mr. Taylor's new brick store building is nearly ready to move into. G. W. Priddy did the brick work on this and A. C. Nicholson the carpenter work.
Mrs. Loder has her large new residence nearly completed. The structure is a credit to the part of town in which it stands and is a monument to the thrift of this honest and industrious widow lady.
Miss Lulu Porter has taken a position as saleswoman in J. G. Van Dyke's store, and Miss Sadie Amann a like position in the Medford Book Store.
Pipes, Pipes--All kinds of pipes. Big pipes, little pipes, half-grown pipes, dwarf pipes and giant pipes. Cheap pipes, costly pipes and pipes that are moderate in price. Get a pipe at Billy Isaacs' smoke house.
Rev. M. Brownrigg, pastor of the Church of Christ at Phoenix, has decided to open a photograph gallery at that place and is erecting a building for that purpose. He was engaged in photography before entering the ministry.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, September 20, 1901, page 7
It is noteworthy and entitles our locality to a shower of bouquets the fact that inside of thirty days over $80,000 of outside capital has been invested in farm, orchard and business property in and surrounding Medford. There is nothing which so plainly tells of the real worth of a community from a commercial point of view as does the investment of capital from other localities. A feature of considerable more importance than the mere investment of this money here is the fact that very little, if any, of it will be taken out of the county, but instead it will be reinvested in other properties.
Every day the importance of an seemingly absolute necessity for a railroad from Medford to the Rogue River timber belt becomes more apparent. There is an impression prevalent among many of our men of means that such a line of road could be built with local capital. There is this certainty--if twenty miles of the road can be built, enough outside money can be secured to extend it to any reasonable distance either or both ways. The advantage which such a road would be to Medford is almost beyond conception. With a line running into the vast and valuable timber belt of upper Rogue River, mills of gigantic proportions would be established. Box factories, sash and door factories and kindred other institutions that work in wood could, and doubtlessly would, be established. You say all these things would be built nearer the timber. Not so, when it is proven beyond a question of doubt that the slab wood alone will pay the expense of hauling the logs to this point. Power to operate all these things? Is that the question you asked? Why, good people, the Fish Lake Ditch Company will be able to supply power for every need. Think this matter over, you who have the interests of the locality at heart, and when you have convinced yourself that a project of the nature outlined is not catalogued with the impossibles go over and have a talk with Mr. Barnum, owner of the Medford-Jacksonville railroad. Mr. Barnum cannot built the road alone, but he owns a starter that would be good to build from at each end--and he is more anxious than any man in Jackson County to see the project take shape.
Medford Mail, September 27, 1901, page 2
Miss Anna Walker returned last week from a several months' stay with a sister at Marysville, Calif.
Stillman K. George, of Grants Pass, was in Medford Sunday upon a visit to his sister, Miss Carrie George.
Ex-merchant H. B. Nye and his father, N. B. Nye, left Monday evening for Kalispell, Montana, for a three weeks' business stay.
Billie Isaacs and Ed. Bodge were down on Rogue River the forepart of the week and caught as fine a string of fish as ever man fed upon.
Misses Clara and Mac McIntyre, of Pueblo, Colo, arrived in Medford Monday morning for a visit with their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Meeker.
Charlie Chitwood went over to Marshfield this week, at which place he has accepted a good position as pharmacist in one of the leading drug stores of that city.
Miss Erma Wigle left Sunday evening for Harrisburg, Oregon, where she will visit for a few weeks, after which she will go to Portland and keep house for her father, who now resides in that city.
Merchant Jno. Van Dyke and jeweler Elwood left yesterday for a several days' hunt up on Elk Creek.
C. L. Vincent, of San Francisco, and one of the members of the Fish Lake Irrigating Ditch Company, arrived in Medford this week and is now out at the camp making an inspection of the work.
J. H. Trusty and family, Miss Louise Purham and H. V. Childreth, of Mountain Grove, Mo., arrived in Medford Sunday morning. They have rented residence property here and will remain in our city.
Charlie Childs will leave today, Friday, for his place of business in Arizona. His family will remain in Medford until another spring, when they will join him in his new home.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Shearer, of Loveland, Colo., arrived in Medford last week and will remain here during the winter at least, and possibly permanently. Mr. Shearer is a brother of our good townsman, H. G. Shearer and Dr. J. E. Shearer.
Jesse L. Fisher came over from Klamath County last week to meet Mrs. Fisher and the babies, who had been visiting in Roseburg for several weeks. They left Tuesday for Klamath County. These people formerly conducted a restaurant in Medford.
Joe Parker, baggage man and freight agent for the Southern Pacific Company, is at Portland this week having a good time at the carnival and taking a well-earned rest. Otis Hubbard is "doing business" in Joe's several capacities at the depot--and doing it right--and satisfactorily.
Ward Webber and Ray McKinney left Friday evening for Corvallis, where they will attend the agricultural college. The former will take the regular college course and the latter will give his attention to the study of pharmacy. Both are bright young men and will surely prove themselves apt and worthy students.
F. V. Medynskis is expected home from Alaska tonight.
Mrs. F. W. Hollis arrived in Medford last week from Salem. Her husband is one of the gentlemen who purchased the I. A. Webb furniture stock. They have rented the H. G. Wortman brick cottage, on West Seventh Street. Our townsfolk will extend to these people a hearty welcome and our effort will be both in a business and social way, to make their stay in our little city a pleasant one.
Mrs. B. N. Butler, accompanied by the family physician, Dr. W. S. Jones, left last Thursday for San Francisco, where she will be treated for a chronic trouble, with which it has been her sad lot to be afflicted. The lady's many Medford friends will anxiously await news of her recovery. Word received Wednesday evening was in effect that Mrs. B. had taken one operation and that she had rallied from its effect in a manner gratifying, but that two more operations would be necessary.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, September 27, 1901, page 6
Frank C. Ladd and Gilbert Olson have purchased the Medford Racket Store stock from H. B. Nye and are now invoicing stock. Both these young men are well known in this locality, having been in Medford for several weeks at a time for the past seven or eight years. They were at one time interested in timber land up near Prospect, but have disposed of their holdings there. They are two splendid fellows and if good fellowship and honest dealings will assure trade, these two will get their share. Mr. Nye increased the stock to quite an extent during his ownership and put in several lines not usually kept in a racket store. Mr. Nye made many friends while in business here and was enjoying a good trade, but his extensive mining interests made it impossible for him to give the store the attention it required.
W. L. Orr has purchased T. H. Moore's stock of goods, consisting of boots and shoes, stationery and patent medicines, and is now in charge. Mr. Orr has rented Mr. Moore's store buildings, which is across the track, where once stood the Clarendon Hotel. He will add groceries to his present stock--and hopes to be able to get at least a goodly portion of Medford trade in his lines. Mr. Moore has rented store room in Klamath Falls and will put in a stock of groceries. Mr. Moore is a splendid gentleman and the townspeople in the city beyond the mountains will never have cause to regret his coming.
The Medford band boys went to Ashland last Friday night to play in the band contest--for the $100 prize--but they didn't get the prize--it was hanging beyond their reach. As a matter of fact it didn't hang at all--it never did hang--the management had neglected to suspend it. The boys were refused admittance to the tabernacle in which the contest was to have taken place, but they gave an open air concert which was listened to by several hundred people and was applauded heartily. They are feeling very sore over the outcome of the alleged contest and are decidedly bitter in their denunciation of the manner in which they were treated. The boys had practiced early and late in preparing themselves for what they supposed [to] be a contest of musical talent and efficiency, but instead of being permitted to contest for the prize they were refused admittance to the building. There are several points upon which the Mail is not fully conversant in connection with this matter, and as soon as we are informed more in detail we shall deal with it more at length.
Klamath Falls Republican:--"T. H. Moore, a prominent merchant of Medford, was here last week and made arrangements to engage in the grocery business at this place. He will occupy a part of the new building of The Duffy Co. He expects to have his stock here and ready for business the forepart of next month."
Apple packing will soon commence--and then the rush will be on for several weeks. The apple crop is a cracking good one this year, and the price for which the fruit is contracted is very flattering. As high as $1.25 has been paid f.o.b. cars in Medford.
Get a suit of good clothes at half price. The Rosenthal stock is being closed out. The stock is a good one, and the prices are cut squarely in two in the middle.
A few weeks ago these columns told of the sale of the J. H. Stewart fruit farm, near Medford, to Mr. Honeyman. It was Mr. DeHart, another member of the Honeyman Hardware Company, of Portland, to whom the sale was made.
Perry Stewart and family have moved from Sebastopol, Calif. to Redding, Calif. Drifting Medford way, seemingly. They'll be back here again one of these days--and their many Medford friends will be pleased thereat.
Bud Hamlin, who, with his family, left Medford a few weeks ago for the coast country, has purchased a 600-acre stock ranch, near Bandon, Coos County. The purchase includes several head of stock and all crops grown this year.
John Barneburg returned Monday from the Dead Indian country, where he has been for several weeks selecting cattle for his market in this city. He brought over sixty head of two- and three-year-old steers.
Major D. R. Andrus was out at his coal mine, near Asbestos, last week, having the water pumped from the shaft on his ledge for the purpose of inspection by Mr. Owens, the Southern Pacific mineral expert.
New baker--and a good one--at the Vienna Bakery.
Mr. and Mrs. M. Bellinger have moved to Medford from their Griffin Creek farm. They are occupying the L. T. Pierce residence, in Southwest Medford.
Judge James Stewart has taken a position as night clerk at Hotel Nash. Legal and office business requiring his attention will be looked after during the afternoon of each day.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, September 27, 1901, page 7
Sam'l. Murray left Tuesday for Josephine County, where he will do mining for some time.
Miss Sallie Maury, of Pooh Bah precinct, visited several days in Medford lately, the guest of her cousin, Mrs. J. D. Fay.
L. M. Lyon was down from Eugene Sunday and Monday. He has finished his work at Eugene and is now doing carpenter work at Roseburg. Mrs. Lyon is stopping at Corvallis.
Misses Mae and Lelah Williams, of Central Point, are now residents of Medford, the former doing dressmaking and the latter attending the Academy. They have rooms over the Brooks tin shop.
Mr. and Mrs. F. Pike, of Maxwell, Iowa, arrived in Medford a few days since and will visit with their son-in-law, L. D. Minear, and family. Dayton Elliott and Maria Elliott, of Monroe, Oregon, are also visiting Mr. Minear and family.
Miss C. Osenbrugge, of Winnipeg, who has been visiting her brother, F. Osenbrugge, and family for several weeks, left Wednesday for several California points, after which she will go to New York and from there to Germany, her old home, which she has not visited for nineteen years.
J. R. West, of Reno, Nevada, paid Medford friends a brief visit this week .The gentleman had expected to remain several months with us but business at his stock ranch was of such nature as to hasten his return. His sons have 600 head of fat cattle which they are now rounding up for the city markets.
J. J. Webb, of Roseburg, is in Medford this week upon a visit to his son-in-law, G. W. Hicks, the upholsterer. Mr. Webb owns farm property in Douglas County which he will exchange for Medford city property if an opportunity presents itself.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Perry left Sunday morning for Albany, Oregon, where they will visit relatives for a couple of weeks. Mr. Perry is figuring on bagging a goodly number of China pheasants while in that locality--and Dr. Pickel, of this city, will join him in a few days of the sport--and try the mettle in his new fifty-dollar bird dog.
Josh Patterson, of Talent, was in the city last week. Mr. Patterson is an extensive wheat raiser, and has been for years, but there's a notion in his head which is in effect that Yellow Newtown and Spitzenburg apples have a productiveness and commercial value in Southern Oregon that is flattering to the country, and somewhat envious to figure on if you're not the possessor of the trees that produce them. Josh's land would grow an excellent orchard.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, October 4, 1901, page 6
F. V. Medynski returned last Friday from his summer's stay in Alaska. He was chief engineer on one of the large river boats which ply between St. Michaels and Dawson. The season, he says, was an unusually short one because of the fact that the ice in St. Michaels Bay did not break until July 3rd, at which time there were twenty-one boats from up river waiting to get into the bay, and another reason was that because boats which were to bring freight for Dawson were tied up in the strike at San Francisco, thus cutting all the river boats down one round trip. He only made a trip and a half this season, whereas heretofore two and a half trips have been made. He left Dawson with his boat, which wintered up the river, on June 10th with his passengers, mostly gamblers who had been run out of Dawson, and eleven tons of gold, which latter was mostly consigned to Canadian banks. Only about one-third as many boats ran this year as usual, but they did as much business as before because of a pool which had been made. His boat took up the river the largest cargo ever carried, 931 tons dead weight, or 1500 tons measurement. On this trip his boat's engines consumed 186 tons of col, at a cost of $18 per ton, and 671 cords of wood, at $8 per cord. He saw Ed. Hanley at Dawson and took fifty head of fat cattle down the river for him to Tanna, where he has a supply shop for the government post, and of which George Love is in charge. Fresh beef is worth seventy-five cents per pound straight. The White Pass & Yukon Railroad, Mr. Medynski says, is the grandest piece of engineering he ever saw, and is built through the finest scenery anywhere to be found. It is a narrow-gauge affair, and for miles and miles the roadbed was blasted out alongside of mountains of solid granite. In nine miles the road makes a raise of 1500 feet. The engines used are very heavy and the drive wheels very small. Only two cars are hauled in a train, and the fare for a ride of 108 miles is $25. The speed does not average more than three or four miles an hour, and in some places, he says, you would wish they were going slower than that.
I have moved my stock of harness and saddlery from the Woolf building to my new store, near the Union livery stables, where I will be pleased to do business with former patrons--and new ones as well. I guarantee every article I put out to be as recommended or money refunded. J. G. Taylor.
Some means ought to be adopted, either by the city or the railroad company, to do away with the necessity of incoming passengers from the southbound trains being obliged to step off the cars into the mud of the street crossing near the depot. The train stops, almost invariably, at a point where passengers alighting from the car or in getting aboard are compelled to wade in mud for about two rods. This could be obviated by putting down a plank crossing between the main line and the east side track, or the train could be pulled a car length further south before the stop is made. This mud is not only deucedly unpleasant to walk in but it tends not to the good of our town in the minds of strangers who visit us.
Rogue River Valley of late has been attracting a very desirable class of immigration. No great rush is visible, but every now and then someone with the necessary "simoleons" drops in and in nearly every instance finds a piece of property or a business location to suit his taste and a transfer of interests is the result. The amount of outside capital invested in this section of late has been upward of considerable, and the end is by no means yet.
F. M. Wilson, proprietor of the Model Restaurant, commenced work this week on a new residence which he will build on his property on South C Street. The main building will be 18x26 feet in size with a 16x18-foot ell, all one story high. The buildings now on the place will be torn down and the material used in the new residence and in constructing outbuildings. It will be a neat little cottage--convenience being the prominent feature, and being handy to his business there's no good reason why Frank should not have grounds to congratulate himself because of his good fortune in possessing the property.
The Palm-Whitman Co., cigar manufacturers, have resumed work on their factory after a few weeks' layoff. They have nearly their full force of help at work and are turning out cigars at the usual rate. One of their traveling salesmen, R. U. McClennahan, has been ill for several weeks and is still unable to go on the road, but he is improving and will probably be able to resume his work in a few weeks. His route will be covered by another salesman until he recovers.
W. H. McGowan is figuring on putting up a residence this fall on his property in Southwest Medford. He owns a little over two acres of land opposite Orin Davis' home, and it is upon part of this he will build. He has not determined as yet as to style or size--but it's going to be a good one whatever may be the design. The location is a first-class one and an opportunity is offered there to make a beautiful home--and one that'll be worth big money.
J. A. Pruitt, living east of Medford, has caught the horticulture infection and is going to plant forty acres of his farm to Yellow Newtown and Spitzenburg apples. He has already ordered his trees for the planting from L. E. Hoover. His is good orchard land and in six or seven years' time he'll be boxing apples with the rest of the boys--and from that time on an annual revenue is almost assured.
J. D. Whitman, the orchardist, is having a residence built on his property, just south of the Mrs. Stevenson barn and near the Southern Pacific track. The main building will be 14x32 feet in size with an ell 14x16 feet in size, and all one story. His present residence will be occupied by his son, J. A. Whitman.
A. M. Woodford has purchased the W. T. Kame stock of boots and shoes, notions and hats and has taken possession of the same. He will close out his feed store and will give his entire attention to his new business. Mr. Woodford has a great many friends in Medford who will be glad of an opportunity to give him patronage.
D. Brooks:--"I am just finishing another 400 order of Clark's window washers. These I am sending to Idaho. I have several other orders which go to points further east. Good business? Well, yes. It keeps the old chap busy--and then there's money in it."
The Medford livery stables have consolidated and are now run under one management. The brick stables are closed and are only used for storage rooms, all business being done at the Union barns.
J. G. Taylor has moved his stock of harness and saddlery to his new brick building, on East Seventh Street, near the Union Livery Stables. He has a large and convenient room and is fast filling it with new material.
The White-Thomas building in West Medford is being rapidly pushed to completion. It is expected that the rooms destined for the use of the Medford Academy will be ready for occupancy in about two weeks.
C. T. Nicholson has purchased the Mrs. West property, on North B Street. The price paid was $800. Mr. Nicholson will make several needed improvements about the place and will keep it for a home.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, October 4, 1901, page 7
Notice to Directors.Medford Mail, October 18, 1901, page 6
The directors of the Rogue River Valley Oil Company are hereby requested to meet at the company's office in this city on Friday, Oct. 18th, at 7:30 p.m. Matters of importance to consider.
F. M. Stewart, Secretary,Medford Mail, October 11, 1901, page 2
Fifty men wanted to pick apples at the Olwell orchards, Central Point.
Medford Mail, October 11, 1901, page 2
100 acres of farm land. Apply to Olwell Bros., Central Point.
Medford Mail, October 11, 1901, page 2
Fruit Pickers Wanted.
Five or six fruit pickers wanted at Voorhies' Eden Valley orchards.
Medford Mail, October 11, 1901, page 2
Ordered by the court that C. E. Stewart be allowed $8 rebate on his road tax for use of wide tire wagons.
"County Commissioners' Court," Medford Mail, October 11, 1901, page 2
MEN AND TEAMS WANTED.
I can give employment to eight or ten good teams, at $3 per day, and to from twenty-five to thirty good men at $1.75 per day. Apply to me at the Fish Lake Ditch camp.
D. E. MORRIS,Medford Mail, October 11, 1901, page 2
Supt of Construction.
Olwell Brothers are shipping carloads of their fine apples every week to eastern markets.
"Central Point Items," Medford Mail, October 11, 1901, page 3
Dr. Ray's brother has arrived from the East, and work will probably commence at the miens in a few weeks.
"Kanes Creek Items," Medford Mail, October 11, 1901, page 5
Rev. Hoxie will not be here again until the first Sunday in November. He is now at Salem, where he went to attend the German Baptist conference.
"Forest Creek News," Medford Mail, October 11, 1901, page 5
T. H. Moore and family left Tuesday for Klamath Falls, where Mr. Moore will engage in the grocery business.
Mrs. I. A. Mounce and her sister, Miss Minnie Wiggin, of Elgin, Oregon, were visiting Medford friends last week.
Miss Lizzie Hoover left Sunday for a business visit to several northern California towns, in which she will sell millinery.
Miss Iva Purdin, who is teaching school at Woodville, visited over Saturday and Sunday with her parents in this city.
A. E. Austin and family left Merrill, Klamath County, on Wednesday of this week. They will spend the winter in Medford.
Miss Fannie Haskins left Monday morning for San Francisco, where she will visit her brother, Leon, who is attending a pharmacy school there.
Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Baker, of Oakland, Calif., arrived in Medford Tuesday evening and will visit for a few weeks with their son, H. E. Baker, and family.
C. J. Howard, formerly Wells Fargo express agent in Medford, now an honest, horny-handed tiller of the soil in Josephine County, was visiting his many Medford friends Tuesday.
Mrs. E. Kirchgessner, wife of our good doctor, and two children left Saturday for a few weeks' stay with relatives at Howard City, South Dakota.
M. F. Loosley came up from San Francisco last week and left Wednesday in company with his brother-in-law, O. B. Bunch, for Ft. Klamath, where his family has been stopping since last spring.
Mrs. Kate Crystal and daughter, Mrs. Lewis, and family arrived in Medford last week from Sebastopol, Calif., at which place they have been residing for several months. They will reside in Medford.
Miss Hope Jenkins, of Sherburne, Minn., arrived in Medford Saturday and will visit for a month with her uncles, G. H. Howland and J. W. Lawton, and their families. The lady will visit California points before returning east.
O. B. Bunch was over from Ft. Klamath this week upon a visit to relatives and friends and to purchase winter supplies. He is doing well in his east-of-the-mountains home--laying up shekels for a rainy day and old age--which is good news to his many friends hereabouts.
Mrs. J. Hannum Jones, mother of Horace D. Jones, who has been spending the summer in Washington, arrived from the north Wednesday and will reside in Medford in the future. Mrs. Jones is the widow of the late J. Hannum Jones, the veteran editor of western Washington.
Misses Mary and Sarah Otis, of Chicago, who have been in Medford since the first of June visiting their sister, Mrs. C. A. Hubbard, returned to their home Monday evening. The ladies are very favorably impressed with our country, and we would not be surprised should they visit us again another summer.
Attorney W. H. Parker returned this week from Portland and will now reside in Medford several months at least. About November 1st he expects to open a law office in this city. He has the law reference books of which he is the author fully established and now nothing is to be done but await sales, some of which are being received almost daily.
John Gallaher, formerly of Eden precinct, this county, now of Santa Monica, Calif., is in the valley for a few weeks' business and pleasure stay. He still owns his farm in Eden precinct, which W. R. Carlton has been successfully operating for the past two or three years. Mr. Gallaher has entirely recovered his health and says he is happy in his new home.
Mrs. V. T. McCray, who has been stopping in Medford for several months, left Monday for her home in Stockton, Calif. The good lady is the wife of engineer McCray, who is civil engineer on the big Fish Lake irrigating ditch. During her stay here she has made a great many friends and all regret her departure. She is a very pleasant lady and one who makes fast friends everywhere--as a matter of fact she is a [illegible] host and several entertaining guests, in a social way.
R. H. Whitehead and daughter, Miss Grace, returned Monday evening from a three weeks' stay in San Francisco, at which place Dr. Bohannon removed a cancer from Miss Grace's side. The operation was a success in every particular, the patient not having experienced any annoyance whatever from the wound, and the cancer was entirely removed. Mr. Whitehead says the doctor is having a big run of business and that many of his cases were in bad shape but, seemingly, are getting along all right.
Sam'l. Moore, of Sutton, Nebraska, stopped off in Medford last Saturday and remained until Sunday night enjoying a visit with F. M. Wilson and family. Mr. Moore is an old-time friend of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and came direct from the home of their relatives in Nebraska. He is an extensive stock farmer but is not so wrapped up in his own country that he could not find time and a disposition to say many complimentary words for our beautiful valley--which he declared to be the prettiest and seemingly the most prosperous land he has seen since he left home.
Rev. E. E. Darby and family arrived in Medford last week from Urbana, Missouri. Mr. Darby's son, Rev. M. L. Darby, has recently been appointed to the Medford pastorate of the M.E. Church, South. The elder Mr. Darby has been compelled to retire from the ministry because of poor health, but he is of the opinion that the mild climate of Southern Oregon will prove helpful, as has been the case with both his son and daughter, who came to Oregon a few years since upon a like mission. Mr. Darby has rented the T. E. Moore residence property in Southwest Medford, but will probably buy property later.
J. D. Heard returned this week from California and Nevada. During his absence of four weeks he put in a smelter at Reno, Nevada, and one at Claraville, Calif. He expects to leave this week for Shasta County, California, where he will put in a smelter at, or near, Redding. He has organized a company, of which he is vice president, which will put in and operate the smelter. Parties owning mines hereabouts who have smelting ore can have their ore put through the smelter by shipping it to Redding. Mr. Heard is soliciting correspondence upon these lines. Milton Armstrong, brother-in-law of Mr. Heard, will have charge of the Redding smelter.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, October 11, 1901, page 6
Jeweler B. N. Butler received a telegram Wednesday from F. E. Birge, at whose home Mrs. Butler is stopping in San Francisco, telling him to come at once. Mr. Butler was at the time out hunting quail north of Central Point. His son, J. H. Butler, immediately set out in search of him and he was found and gotten to Central Point just in time to catch the southbound passenger train. No particulars have been [illegible] A letter received from her Tuesday stated that she was improving very much and would leave the hospital Tuesday and would probably be home Friday. A 'phone message received Wednesday afternoon from Mrs. Butler's physician was in effect that the lady was all right and would be home within [illegible].
Arthur Weeks has sold his [illegible] orchard, south of Medford, to C. H. Lewis, of Portland, for [illegible]. Mr. Weeks has purchased 160 acres of the Mike Hanley ranch between Jacksonville and Central Point, paying $40 an acre, and will plant it to fruit trees this winter.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, October 11, 1901, page 6
D. E. Morris, superintendent of construction on the Fish lake Ditch, was in the city this week upon business. He reports that work on the ditch has been retarded greatly since September 20th by the frequent rains. Now, however, since the weather seems to have cleared, he hopes to be able to catch up to some extent. To make this catchup it has been necessary to invest in additional machinery, and a new eight-horse plow and an Austin grader were taken from Medford to the camp this week. The plows and graders have broken ground to a point close to Ed. Mills' place, opposite the Brownsboro post office. With good weather for thirty days he hopes to reach the drop at Mr. Bradshaw's place. The two miles of unfinished ditch which has been left open during the rains will now be finished. Mr. Morris, in order to ensure the accomplishment of the work laid out for this fall, is offering employment to eight or ten good teams at $3 per day and twenty-five or thirty good men at $1.75 per day. If the drop is reached before the good weather ceases, then the teams will be put at work this side of the drop and work will thus be pushed beyond the company's expectation. A crew of thirty or forty picked men will be employed during the winter months in taking out the rock cuts, which have been left for the wet season. There are several of these cuts and rock points--in all probably three-fourths of a mile. The construction of a 600-foot flume across the south fork of Little Butte will be commenced about the 15th of this month if weather permits, and this one, together with the one across Lake Creek, of about the same length, will be hurried to completion. Several smaller flumes, together with head and waste gates, will be put in during the winter. Thirty kegs of nails and spikes, together with tools for use in this work, were taken from Medford to camp this week. A contract for hauling the necessary lumber from Clay Charley's sawmill, on the south fork of Little Butte Creek, has been let to John Willtrout. Looking at matters from all sides the progress of the work and its continuation as mapped out are indeed flattering.
There was great excitement in Ashland Wednesday evening occasioned by a report coming to town that oil had been struck in the well which is now being bored near that place. A messenger was dispatched from the well to town to inform Mr. Whitney that "something had been struck," and this was the cause of the excitement. Mr. Whitney at once left for the well and upon investigation found that the "something struck" was salty, sulphurous water, which had risen several hundred feet in the well. While this something was not oil it is a good indicator and there is now more promise than ever that oil will be struck. In Colusa County, California, where a great many oil wells are now being bored, salt water has been encountered in every well put down. Colusa County is pronounced by expert oil geologists to be the best oil region on the Pacific coast. The formations and surface indications in Jackson County are almost identical with those of Colusa County. The well at Ashland is down 850 feet, and the drill is working in sand rock. It is expected that 900-foot mark will be reached this week.
Z. Maxcy, who for the past six years has held the position of bookkeeper in the Jackson County Bank, has tendered his resignation and will soon move to his homestead on Butte Creek, where he will do farming. If Mr. Maxcy proves himself as good a farmer as he has an accountant there is little doubt of his success. He was as methodical in his work as is the ant in its movements, and few, if any, are the errors charged to him during his years of faithful service. His position in the bank has been taken by Lee Jacobs, ex-county treasurer. Mr. Jacobs is himself an expert accountant, a splendid penman and quite as full of commendable methods as is Mr. Maxcy.
Stan Aiken came down from Prospect this week and while here enlivened the town to quite an extent by giving us a runaway. His team became frightened at a bicycle while near the Simons second-hand store and ran east on Sixth Street, then south to Seventh, where they were caught after turning the hack bottom side up. In passing Mr. Purdin's place the hack was thrown astride his picket fence and the pickets were stripped from the posts the full length. Frank Hull, in endeavoring to stop the team, was thrown down and quite badly bruised but not seriously. Mr. Aiken was thrown from the hack and he, too, was injured but not badly.
Will Jackson has taken a position as assistant bookkeeper at the Medford Bank. He is a very competent young man and well versed in the duties required. His former position in Hutchison & Lumsden's general store has been taken by L. O. Howard, who was formerly with H. H. Howard & Co.'s grocery house, and his position is being filled by J. W. Shearer, who arrived here recently from the East.
J. E. Toft has his new dwelling house, near his home place, nearly completed. it is a beautiful structure--well made, artistically finished and very convenient. When completed it will be occupied by John Barneburg and family, who have moved from the farm and are residing, temporarily, in Mrs. Fielder's residence.
Horace Nicholson is nothing if not novel, even unique. His latest innovation in window displays is a dozen or more chipmunks turned loose in one of his show windows. They were caught in a trap by Robinson, the Klamath County huckster. The antics of the little fellows are attracting much attention, and as an advertising feature the window surely catches the eye.
T. H. Sayre, son of A. N. Sayre, who formerly resided in Medford, passed through the valley Tuesday evening en route from Oroville, Calif., to Tacoma, at which place the family now resides. The elder Mr. Sayre is engaged in mining enterprises in California.
J. A. Whitman has packers at work this week putting up three carloads of Winter Nelis pears. The fruit is of unusually good size this season and will undoubtedly bring a good price.
Dr. E. V. Hoover, brother of L. E. Hoover, of Medford, was elected mayor of Roseburg on Monday of this week and Elmer Bashford was elected councilman.
George Priddy is putting down new cement sidewalks in front of the Barnum and McAndrew blocks, on East Seventh Street.
"W. W. Cardwell writes from Nome that his mines are now in operation, the first day's sluicing yielding $475. Even better results are expected."--Roseburg Plaindealer.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, October 11, 1901, page 7
The Jacksonville Reading Circle spent a pleasant afternoon at the residence of Mrs. C. C. Beekman last Thursday.
"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, October 18, 1901, page 3
Coal has been discovered on the Art Furry ranch.
"Phoenix Items," Medford Mail, October 18, 1901, page 3
M. L. Pelling's apple pickers and packers, about thirty-six in number, came over last week to take charge of the fruit of the orchard purchased some weeks ago from C. E. Terrill.
"Brownsboro Items," Medford Mail, October 18, 1901, page 3
A. Betz called on your correspondent last week .He reported that J. J. Howser, of Medford, had just completed a new barn for him. The building is 40x48 feet in size.
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, October 18, 1901, page 5
Mrs. L. E. Hoover left Tuesday evening for a visit with Roseburg relatives.
Miss May Kellogg, of Grants Pass, is in Medford upon a visit to her sister, Mrs. John Barneburg.
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Phillips, of Eddyville, Iowa, arrived in Medford this week and will remain here during the winter.
Mrs. J. C. Hill, of Seattle, visited Medford relatives this week, and was in attendance at the Merriman family reunion. She returned to her home Tuesday evening.
Mrs. Britton, who has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. F. M. Jordan, and family, returned Sunday to her home at Talent.
Mrs. C. R. Maldonado, stenographer in the law offices of Hammond & Narregan, left Sunday for a week's visit with Portland friends.
Mrs. J. D. Heard was called to Etna, Calif. Sunday morning by a telegraph announcing the death of Mr. Heard's sister's husband.
Miss Daisy Smith and sister, Mrs. W. D. Jones, returned to Ft. Jones, Calif. Friday after a couple of weeks' visit with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Smith.
A. B. Greenland and family arrived in the city Tuesday from Olympia, Wash. They come for permanent residence and will probably buy a small acreage tract of land near this city.
Mrs. Eva Jewell, of Nebraska, was in Medford last week upon a visit to her brother, attorney A. S. Hammond, and family. The lady has been visiting her parents in Eugene for several weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Stout and son, Charles, of Nebraska City, Nebraska, were in Medford over Sunday upon a visit to E. Worman and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. James Jones, all of whom were near neighbors in Nebraska.
F. M. Wilson and E. D. Elwood left Saturday evening for Harrisburg, where they shot China pheasants for a couple of days. Mr. Wilson is in attendance at a meeting of the state grand lodge, K. of P., which is in session at Portland this week .He is a delegate from Talisman Lodge No. 31, of Medford.
Little Edith and Bessie Jordan are visiting their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Britton, at Talent, this week.
Rev. L. S. Harrington, of Peoria, Ill., arrived in Medford Wednesday and will preach in the Christian Church for a few Sundays. He may accept the pastorate of this church.
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Taylor arrived in Medford this week from Idaho, and are now housekeeping in Mrs. Van Antwerp's residence, on North C Street. They were accompanied here by Mr. Taylor's father, J. B. Taylor, and Mrs. Taylor's mother, Mrs. F. E. Bell.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Perry returned Saturday evening from their visit with relatives and friends at Albany. Mr. Perry reports having had great sport shooting China pheasants. He says the birds are very plentiful this season and that many of them are being killed.
J. A. Lantz, of Woodburn, Oregon, arrived in Medford Wednesday. His family is expected to arrive just as soon as he is able to secure a house in which to go to housekeeping. He has traveled all through California and Oregon during the past few months and has decided that Medford is THE place to anchor to.
George S. Parker left Wednesday evening for Tacoma, Wash., where he has accepted a lucrative position with the Chicago Portrait Company, under John Devlin, formerly of Jacksonville, who is superintendent of the Pacific coast agency for the company. Mr. Devlin has been quite solicitous for Mr. Parker's services, and it would not surprise the Mail should George be placed in a position where he can go up the ladder two or more rungs at every bound. George will make a good man at the business and the best that's attainable is none too good.
Perry Stewart and family returned to Medford Tuesday evening from California, where they have been sojourning for the past six months. They are not enthusiastic in their praise of those parts of the state where they stopped--Sebastopol and Redding. There are features of the country that are not so bad, but on a general roundup of all matters Mr. Stewart has come to the conclusion that the Rogue River Valley is a long ways ahead of 'em all. Mrs. Stewart's health has improved somewhat but she has not entirely recovered. They have concluded to make Medford their home for a time without date--and their many friends will rejoice because of their conclusion.
Mr. and Mrs. E. J. DeHart and daughter, Miss Ella, arrived in Medford last week from Portland and are now preparing for a permanent residence in our city. It was Mr. DeHart who purchased the J. H. Stewart fruit orchard in Southwest Medford, paying $15,000 therefor. Mr. DeHart is of the hardware firm of Honeyman, DeHart & Co., Portland. He has decided to try rural life in the suburbs of Medford and is seeking a rest from business turmoil and perplexities and an enjoyment of the quiet and independence of a Southern Oregon orchard home. He has moved his household effects and is now in full possession of his property. These are fine people and the coming of more like them to our locality will be of profit to the valley and pleasure to our people. Mr. DeHart has one of the finest home places in all Southern Oregon and his orchard is ranked among the first in its production of Oregon red and yellow apples.
Col. Frank H. Ray, of New York City, who is in Goold Hill upon a visit to his brother, Dr. C. R. Ray, was in Medford Tuesday upon business. Mr. Ray is several times a millionaire and is vice president of the Continental Tobacco trust. He has quite extensive interests here in company with his brother, many of which promise big returns to their promoters and of general good to Southern Oregon.
J. C. Lewis, of Bluffs, Ill., is in Southern Oregon upon a visit to his brother-in-law, Dr. C. R. Ray, and family. Mr. Lewis is very favorably impressed with our country and, if he can dispose of his Illinois property to an advantage, he will move here and invest in Southern Oregon's unequalled fruit land, and grow red and yellow apples from the pattern upon which Southern Oregon has a copyright.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, October 18, 1901, page 6
"The Queen of Hayti," which was played at the opera house last Tuesday evening, made a tremendous hit, and the company--all colored people--was the recipient of more unstinted, enthusiastic praise than has ever been the good fortune of any other troupe which has visited Medford to receive. There was something about this performance which bordered closely on opera, which the usual minstrelsy does not possess. There was just enough plot in the play to hold the attention of the vast audience which greeted them to the main part of the performance, while the specialty artists, every one of whom were artists in every sense of the word, kept the house both interested and amused. It was one of the cleanest performances ever witnessed in this city, there being not one of the stale, flat, unprofitable jokes which usually compose the greater part of a minstrel show. The jugglery was worth alone the price of admission. It is sure to say that the juggler with this company has attained a perfection in his line that will probably never be surpassed. His performance with the wooden hoops, wherein he, by some mystic power, could control their movements as he rolled them on the stage, was very interesting. The singing was also a feature deserving of more than passing notice. The male and female quartets each delivered some of the most melodious music it has ever been our good fortune to listen so, while the solos and comic songs were of the highest standard of excellency. Should the "Queen of Hayti" Company ever visit Medford again, it will, without doubt, be given a reception such as a good, clean, worthy show deserves.
Oregon fruits may be labeled as coming from California and sold in the East as such, and other of our products credited to that state, so that up to a few years ago it was the opinion of a great many eastern people there was no place on the coast fit to live in except California, but every time old Oregon gets a chance in an international exposition she carries away the honors. Commissioner Dosch, at the Buffalo exposition, recently wired the Oregonian: "The chairman of the jury on awards just informed me that Oregon received highest award for collective farm exhibits, being the finest, most comprehensive and correctly labeled display of grains and grasses and forage plants in the agricultural building, consisting of 742 bundles and 399 varieties." This is Oregon's third first prize at the exposition, one for fruits, one for wool and one for collective farm exhibits.
Chas. Phiester's prune dryer came near burning down one night last week. sparks from the furnace fell on the roof and ignited it but was very fortunately discovered and the flames were squelched before damage was done. There is almost too much money at stake this fall to allow the burning of a dryer, and too much caution cannot be used.
Jake Huger, superintendent of the Capt. Voorhies orchards, packed and shipped last week four carloads of Winter Nelis pears, and has this week commenced gathering and packing apples. The pears were shipped to eastern markets.
G. W. Isaacs has purchased enough Yellow Newtown and Spitzenburg apple trees from L. E. Hoover to plant twenty acres of land, and during the coming winter he will plant them out. His farm is two miles north and east of Medford.
A. H. Chessmore has purchased the feed store goods which A. M. Woodford had on hand when he went into the shoe business. Mr. Chessmore carries a very large stock in this line and is doing a good business.
Ed. Tryer has taken a position as salesman to the Arnold & Barneburg City Meat Market. Ed. is a first-class carver and a fine gentleman. He takes the place of Henry Orth, who has returned to Jacksonville.
Clint Stewart has purchased from his father the 200-acre tract of land, west of Medford, which the latter gentleman purchased a few months ago from Mr. Eby. The land will all be set to apple and pear trees this winter.
A. J. Stewart is having a dwelling house erected on his recently acquired land west of Medford. The building is 26x28 feet in size and one story high. Contractor A. C. Nicholson is doing the carpenter work.
The store building opposite the post office, formerly occupied by A. M. Woodford, is being repaired and will soon be occupied by Miss Lizzie Hoover, the milliner.
I. A. Webb and son, Carl, are making ready for a trip overland into California. They will go down where Ben and George Webb are and may spend the winter there.
L. A. Murphy and family are moving from their Griffin Creek ranch to Medford.
J. W. Cox, of Ashland, has opened a restaurant in the building formerly occupied by Ray & Long's paint store.
W. M. Scott, of Sams Valley, has become a resident of Medford.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, October 18, 1901, page 6
One heavy team and harness, wagon and hack, also 10 stands of bees. W. M. Scott, Medford.
A letter received this week from John Beek, Jr., gives the information that he has located at Valley, Washington, at which place he is manager of a general mercantile store, owned by the United States Marble Company, which has its marble headquarters at Spokane, and which is building up a large merchandise business at Valley. It is this company which owns the extensive and valuable marble and onyx quarries at Valley. Mr. Beek says: "I met a number of people in Spokane who were old acquaintances in Medford years ago. Lake France, who is with a company of grain buyers and is doing well; Kit Bateman, who has a wheat farm and says he is on 'Easy Street'; also John Redfield, who is selling his patent rock drill. I met A. A. Davis on his way home from Davenport, just as jolly as he used to be, and I must not forget to mention G. W. Howard, the San Francisco flour merchant, who used to live in Medford, and whom I met on his return from a business trip to the Big Bend country. Sorry I can't be at the Merriman family reunion."
Everything points toward the success of the oil drilling operations now being conducted near Ashland, and it appears to be but a matter of very short time when oil will be struck there. The well has now been sunk to a depth of nearly 900 feet, and the drill is now going through a stratum of sandstone highly impregnated with bitumen. The suction pump brings to the surface a sulphurous, salty fluid, on top of which collects a thick scum of this bituminous matter, which so throughly impregnates the formation now being penetrated. Experts are sanguine of the presence of oil, and likely lands are being eagerly sough. The surface indications in the vicinity of Medford are as good, if not better, than those near Ashland. Experts have pronounced them far superior. The prospective success of the Ashland venture has stimulated interest in this city, and if oil is struck at the Granite City it is likely that boring will be immediately commenced near here. With a number of oil wells in the valley, while it would not be exactly a "land flowing with milk and honey," but it would be filled with oil and fruit, amounting to pretty much the same thing.
A few weeks ago these columns told that H. B. Nye had sold his racket store to Messrs. Frank Ladd and Gilbert Olson. The sale was made all right and an account of stock had been made, but the stock was greater than Mr. Olson had figured it would be and was more than he could handle, financially, and he declared the deal off. It disconcerted Mr. Nye's plans somewhat but since returning from Montana he has placed orders for more goods and will conduct the business himself.
Mort Foster, who for several months has held a position as salesman in H. E. Boyden's hardware store, has decided to return to Spokane, Wash., and accept a like position with a firm there--at a good salary and a promise of an increase after a few months' service. Mort is a good salesman, understands the hardware business thoroughly and is a very pleasant gentleman with whom to do business.
The Medford Comedy Company, a newly organized aggregation of local mirth provokers, will make its debut at the opera house on Saturday evening, Oct. 19th. Jerry Foose will give a number of song and dance specialties, which he is an adept at. There will be several farces giving opportunity for Rolls Mitchell, in his character and female impersonations, George Merriman, in his Ethiopian specialties, and Tom Scott in Milesian character to display their proficiency.
Station agent W. V. Lippincott received a telegram Monday evening conveying the sad intelligence of the death of his mother at Pasadena, Calif. Mr. Lippincott left Tuesday morning. The funeral took place Thursday. Mrs. Lippincott and her son, Walter, had been in attendance at the bedside of deceased for several months.
It was six years ago this coming winter that J. A. Whitman planted 500 fruit trees on foothill land east of Medford--and it's right now, this fall--less than six years from date of planting--that he will gather $1500 worth of apples from those same trees. There is not another country in the known world that can beat this record.
D. T. Lawton left Wednesday morning for Klamath County with two Mitchell wagons and one of the new four-spring mountain hacks, made by the Mitchell, Lewis & Staver Company. Mr. Lawton has orders from east of the mountains for four more wagons, but was unable to take them this trip.
Henry Pohlman, who owns thirty acres of the Orchard Home tract, reports that he will have [illegible] pounds of dried prunes this season. He will also have about 800 boxes of apples. Mr. Pohlman is a very thoroughgoing orchardist and is right now reaping the reward for his years of faithful toil.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, October 18, 1901, page 7
We wish to inform the readers of the Mail that we have on hand about forty sets of harness and fifty saddles, which we will sell at greatly reduced figures during the next sixth days, in order to enable us to make up this winter our stock for next summer.
A nice assortment of winter robes, horse blankets and all other goods in the harness and saddlery line must also be closed out.
Remember, everything is guaranteed to be as represented. This matter will bear investigation.
Opposite Union Livery Stables, Seventh Street.
L. A. LUCUS & SON, Medford.Medford Mail, October 18, 1901, page 7
Warren Williams, lineman for the telephone company, spent two days here, this week, putting in phones.
"Central Point Items," Medford Mail, October 25, 1901, page 3
The Braden mine and mill will begin operations again the first of the month with a force of about 40 men.
"Gold Hill Items," Medford Mail, October 25, 1901, page 3
A. M. Clark, manager of one of the road graders on the big ditch, was down Sunday and reports work in progress as well as could be expected.
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, October 25, 1901, page 5
Attorney Hartson returned Tuesday evening from Lakeview. He has decided not to locate in that town and will probably continue his practice in Medford.
Capt. J. T. C. Nash left Tuesday morning for his mine near Leland. He started with [a] team, taking a full complement of housekeeping necessities--evidently intending to remain several weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Mackey returned Monday evening from quite an extended visit to friends in various parts of the Willamette Valley. They were out for a good time--and had it, according to Mr. Mackey's story--shooting China pheasants and taking pictures.
J. W. Baker, one of the proprietors of the Grants Pass steam laundry, was in Medford Wednesday upon business. The gentleman arranged while here with Bates Bros. to act as agents for their laundry. The work turned out by this concern is said to be superior to that put out by any other laundry in Oregon.
Mr. and Mrs. B. N. Butler returned Tuesday from San Francisco. Mrs. Butler has almost entirely recovered from recent surgical operations made necessary by an illness with which she had been troubled for a number of years. The operations have apparently removed the cause of her illness and now all that is necessary to restore complete health is time and rest.
Attorney W. H. Parker and family will leave tomorrow for Oakland, Calif., where the family will remain during the winter, physicians having advised the change for the benefit of Mrs. Parker's health. Mr. parker will return to Oregon and spend the winter at various places throughout the state in the interest of the law book of which he is the author.
Mrs. A. Van Antwerp left Medford Monday evening for Portland, at which place she will keep house for her son, Earl. Earl has but recently severed his connection with the Oregonian, which was that of traveling subscription solicitor, a position which he had held for several years. His new position is that of solicitor and collector for the Collier publishing house. His field will be Washington and Oregon, with headquarters at Portland. Earl is a hustler, and the firm which employs him is indeed fortunate. His present salary is very much advanced over that paid by the Oregonian.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, October 25, 1901, page 6
E. W. Carver has taken a position as wine clerk at the Hotel Nash bar. W. F. Taggart has taken a similar position with the Medford Distilling and Refining Company, and Chas. Hay is performing like duties in W. J. King's Turf Exchange.
Thos. McAndrew is this week engaged in cutting a fourth crop of alfalfa. What do you think of that for Southern Oregon? Everything grows big and plentiful in this land of sunshine and bountiful resources.
G. W. Mackey and J. W. Hunter, the photographers, have consolidated their business and are now occupying the Elite studio in [the] Hamlin block.
Fred Slagle and Ed. Fordyce, both old-time Medford boys, will start a gents' furnishing store at Coquille City, Oregon.
Miss Gertie Johnston has taken a position as saleswoman in F. L. Cranfill's general store.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, October 25, 1901, page 6
The outlook for a successful ending to the oil boring operations at Ashland grows brighter every day. A perceptible flow of gas has been struck, which is regarded as almost certain evidence of the presence of petroleum below. The well is now cased to a depth of 900 feet with 11¾-inch casing, and the bore and casing have been reduced to 7½ inches, at which size the rest of the hole will be bored. The drill is still passing through a stratum of blue shale, and the evidences of gas grow stronger as the work proceeds. The importance to the county of striking oil cannot be overestimated. It will add another rich source of income to our already favored valley and make it, indeed, far ahead of any locality in the state.
Geo. Kurtz has closed his cigar factory and store in Medford and will leave with his family this week for Portland, where he has secured a position in a cigar factory at a salary of $100 per month. Mr. Kurtz is an industrious, honest, hard-working gentleman, but since coming to Medford he has been handicapped by a great amount of sickness in his family, and it is largely in hopes that his family's health will be improved that the change in location is being made. Their many Medford friends, and there are many of them, will wish them success and good health in their new home.
O. S. Snyder was unfortunate in having his finger cut off last week in a very peculiar manner. Himself and Frank Loder, another employee at the electric light plant, were engaged in handling wood for the engines when a large stick of four-foot wood thrown by Loder struck a similar stick in the hands of Snyder, and when the sticks came together the second finger on Snyder's right hand was most unfortunately between them and the finger was severed at the first joint. The wound was at once dressed by a physician and is healing as rapidly as could be expected.
D. W. Myers, brother-in-law of A. H. Chessmore, has purchased 160 acres of land from Eli Hogan. The land is located twelve miles east of Medford, and the price paid was $1050. Mr. Myers has moved to the place with his family. Mr. Hogan and family are now residents of this city, and Mr. H. will take up a course of study in the Medford Academy preparatory to the taking of a regular course of study next year at some medical college.
I. M. Muller, who left Medford some time ago for Oakland, Calif., is still in that city and is doing well--so well in fact that the company which employs him has promoted him to a better position and has raised his salary. Watt. Parker, formerly of Medford, is also in Oakland working at carpentering and is getting $2.50 a day with the promise of a raise--which is doing all-fired well for a boy. Watt. is a natural-born genius and is bound to do well anyplace.
The shortage of cars is working a hardship on many of our fruit growers and stock men. It has been almost impossible to get refrigerator cars for fruit shipments, and in the absence of these some growers here have been compelled to ship in ordinary freight cars. It is really too bad that this condition exists, but when every grower is gathering from four to ten carloads more fruit than he figured--nothing short of a car famine may be expected.
Monday was a busy day with the Southern Pacific band of workers at the depot in Medford. The amount of merchandise and groceries received was 110,000 pounds. All this had to be taken from the cars, each individual box or bundle weighed, checked on waybills and delivered to the draymen. Aside from this incoming freight there were shipped out two carloads of pears, one of dried prunes and one of feed.
E. S. Wolfer:--"Yes, sir, I am doing a plumbing business and doing lots of it. Here is an outfit I am putting into the new residence which Mrs. Wortman is building. I am fitting out her bathroom entire with porcelain enameled bath tub and nickel-plated trimmings. This is probably the best outfit ever put in in Medford."
J. A. Whitman will ship eighty carloads of fruit this season. Aside from the fruit from his own orchards he has purchased other crops in the valley and in every instance where picking has been in progress much more fruit is being gathered than was expected.
The crop of apples in the Olwell Bros. orchard this season will reach forty carloads. As the prevailing price is from $1 to $1.25 per box and 600 boxes comprise a carload, it does not require much of a mathematician to figure out that there'll be close onto $30,000 due the boys when a final reckoning is made.
"Dr. J. G. Goble, of Medford, was in Roseburg Oct. 9th, and received a check of $1000 from the K.O.T.M., through the record keeper of Roseburg Hive, No. 11, as the insurance carried by his wife, recently deceased."--Grants Pass Mining Journal.
H. L. Appel, of San Francisco, has purchased an half interest in J. R. Hardin's barber shop and is now doing business therein. He is said to be a fine workman.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, October 25, 1901, page 7
I can give employment to eight or ten good teams, at $3 per day. Apply to me at the Fish Lake Ditch camp.
D. E. MORRIS,Medford Mail, November 1, 1901, page 2
Supt. of Construction.
C. C. Beekman is having the foundation laid for an addition to his residence on California Street. A commodious kitchen, pantry, bathroom and other conveniences will be added.
"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, October 25, 1901, page 3
Ed. Hughes has given up the Sargent ranch, and moved to a place near Medford.
"Phoenix Items," Medford Mail, November 1, 1901, page 3
The fruit industry is causing the landowners to realize the value of their land, and there is a prospect of several hundred acres of land in this section of the county being set to fruit trees. The general impression is that within a few years Jackson County will produce as much fruit and of as good quality as any section of like size on the Pacific Slope.
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, November 1, 1901, page 5
John Griffin and family expect to move to Waldo soon, where Mr. Griffin will engage in mining business.
Miss Iva Purdin, of Medford is teaching at the Scotts' school house on Evans Creek and both scholars and patrons are well pleased with her work.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, November 1, 1901, page 5
A. Hodges, R. Noah and E. Noah, of Gold Hill, came out Monday to visit the mines.
"Galls Creek Items," Medford Mail, November 1, 1901, page 5
Mrs. D. T. Lawton returned Wednesday evening from a two months' visit to her old home in New York.
Chas. Pierce was down from Ashland a couple of days this week. He reports that his cannery has done a flourishing business this season.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bontrager, of Central Point, were in Medford last Saturday. These people left this week for Williams, Calif., where Mr. B. will be employed during the winter and at which place Mrs. B.'s brother, C. C. Ragsdale, resides.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Rice, of Wisconsin, are among the latest arrivals in Medford. They are now camping near town and will become permanent residents if a house in which to live can be secured. Mr. Rice is an experienced laundryman and may engage in that business here.
Arthur Mahoney, formerly a resident of Medford, and later a sleeping car conductor on the Southern Pacific, passed through Medford Tuesday evening en route to his home at Oakland, this state, his health having made it necessary for him to give up his position. He will spend the coming winter in the mountains of Douglas County.
J. I. Chapman, of the Meadows, was in the city yesterday upon business. Mr. Chapman came to this valley a few months ago from Arizona, and he is so well pleased with its prospects that he is using great efforts in encouraging the immigration of his friends from eastern states. He is a broom maker, and if he can secure suitable land near Medford for growing broom corn he will establish a factory in our city.
I. A. Webb and son, Carl, started, with team and hack, Thursday morning for California. They have a fine outfit, fitted especially for the occasion, and they will camp out during the entire trip. They will go direct to Covina, Calif., where Ben and George Webb are living, and after a visit there they may scatter to other parts of the state, or possibly return to Medford. Mrs. Webb, Pearl and Edith will remain in Medford.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. R. Long, of Cleghorn, Iowa, were in Medford this week upon a brief visit to their old-time Iowa friends and neighbors--the Whitmans and Hubbards.
A. S. York, a cousin of Recorder W. T. York, was in Medford over Saturday and Sunday enjoying a visit and renewing old-time acquaintance. He is subscription solicitor for the Portland Telegram--and does a good business in every town he visits. Mr. York is an old newspaper man, having served in several capacities, from "case hand" to editor-in-chief, on the San Jose Mercury. He is a very clever gentleman to meet, and his visits to our city cannot be too lavishly made to cause aught else than a warm welcome.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, November 1, 1901, page 6
M. S. Damon:--"I wish you would say for me that on Wednesday of next week the members of Chester A. Arthur Post, G.A.R., will erect monuments over the graves of departed soldiers buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery, Medford. These monuments have been sent to the post by the government for the purpose of marking the last resting places of the old boys in blue. There are seven of them to be put up in the cemetery at this place. I wish you would say further that we expect all members of the post to be present and assist in this work, and we would like to have the relatives of our dead comrades present if they can make it convenient to be there."
C. M. Allen, the gentleman who purchased the J. H. Wilson farm, near Medford, has contracted for apple trees to plant ten acres of his land. He will plant all Spitzenburgs. Delbert Terrill has also purchased apple trees for ten acres of his Brownsboro farm.
Merchant C. I. Hutchison has recently built a neat little barn on his resident property in West Medford.
Mrs. Fielder is moving from Central Point to Medford. She will occupy her residence on North B Street.
W. Polston and family have moved from Talent to Medford.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, November 1, 1901, page 6
The city council has caused the street lights on Seventh and C streets to be taken down, and electrician Gurnea has newly painted and enameled them and they are now being put up again in various parts of the city. There were forty in number formerly in use, but only twenty will be re-established, but they will be so located about the city as to be of greater service to the people than formerly were the whole forty. It is the intention to establish the new lights at street corners in some of the more remote resident portions of the city, as well as placing a sufficient number for all practical needs on the principal streets. This is a good move, and the council is entitled to credit for the proposed improvement.
A temporary suspension of drilling operations for oil at Ashland occurred last week, owing to the loss of the drill in the well at a depth of 1040 feet. Tools for raising the drill were sent from San Francisco, and "fishing" for the lost drill has been industriously going on since. The tool was caught once and raised a distance of 400 feet and then fell back. This sort of an accident is one of the most aggravating points in drilling for oil on this coast, as a greater depth than elsewhere must usually be bored before oil is struck. However, the managers of the work expect to catch the drill at any time, when operations will immediately be resumed. The prospects of success in this well have stimulated interest among other companies about Ashland, and arrangements are being made for sinking other holes in the near future.
The Hardin & Appel barber shop has changed its location from East Seventh Street to South C Street, opposite the Mail office. The proprietors are out with posters telling of the removal and inviting trade. They guarantee first-class work and are selling shaves for ten cents each and haircuts at twenty-five cents. Give the gentlemen a call and be convinced that they are as good barbers as the best, and better than many.
It costs no more to patronize a first-class laundry than it does one of the fourth-class order. The Grants Pass Laundry is strictly first-class and up-to-date in all its work. Bates Bros. at Hotel Nash barber shop are our Medford agents.
L. E. Hoover and son, Claud, left Wednesday for northern California points, where they will make delivery of fruit trees which they sold during the summer. Parties in this vicinity wishing to order fruit trees from the firm Mr. Hoover represents can do so by calling at the millinery store of Miss Lizzie Hoover, in Medford. Mr. Hoover's delivery of fruit trees in Jackson County will be made about the 20th of this month.
L. B. Brown, who lives in East Medford, has sold his apple crop to Olwell Bros., and he is now packing the fruit. He estimates that he will market fully $1000 worth of fruit from his orchard this year. Considering that there are only eight acres of land planted to orchard, the revenue is indeed a good one. His Yellow Newtowns are being packed especially for the London market.
Mr. Harper, a recent arrival from Nebraska, has taken a position in Ed. Pottenger's Central Meat Market. Mr. Harper has had several years' experience in the business and will undoubtedly hitch up well with the genial, hustling Ed.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, November 1, 1901, page 7
A very conservative estimate of the output of apples from this immediate part of the Rogue River Valley for this season is 150 carloads. There are 600 boxes to the car, or in all 90,000 boxes. The average market price on board cars here is $1 per box.
Why will not Southern people show good sense in accepting things as they are? A Richmond theatre audience hissed at the picture of President Roosevelt when it was thrown on canvas, and shouted: "Dined with a nigger!" This is a free country, and the President or any other man has the right to dine with a negro, or an Indian for that matter. The color of the skin does not make the man. It would be better for the South if it would accept the immortal declaration that "all men are created free and equal" in good faith--Eugene Guard.
Medford Mail, November 8, 1901, page 2
A. C. Nicholson and assistants, of Medford, are engaged this week in building an addition to C. C. Beekman's residence.
"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, November 8, 1901, page 3
The funeral of Hon. Henry Klippel, on Tuesday of this week, was largely attended, a great many of the pioneers coming from a distance to pay their last tribute of respect to their deceased friend. Rev. S. H. Jones, of Jacksonville, officiated at the services at the home in Medford. The large cortege was joined at the court house square by the members of the I.O.O.F. lodge, and on California Street by the members of the A.O.U.W. A large assemblage of people awaited the long procession at the cemetery, where the concluding services were conducted by the above-mentioned fraternal orders. Mayor W. S. Crowell, of Medford, gave a brief sketch of the life of the deceased brother and spoke very commendably of his many splendid characteristics, while the beautiful and impressive burial service of the I.O.O.F. was led by Silas J. Day. The singing of the hymn, "My Jesus, as Thou Wilt," by the Medford choir, [illegible] by members of the I.O.O.F., closed the sad rites, and another of the pioneer band was left to sleep peacefully beneath the wealth of beautiful flowers which covered the grave.
"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, November 8, 1901, page 3
Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Olwell and daughter have gone to Los Angeles to spend the winter.
"Central Point Items," Medford Mail, November 8, 1901, page 3
A. J. Smith, of Medford, has opened a bowling alley in the Bailey building on E Street.
"Gold Hill Items," Medford Mail, November 8, 1901, page 3
Mrs. J. T. C. Nash returned Monday from a visit to the mine near Leland.
Louis Warner is over east of the mountains delivering fruit trees.
J. W. Wiley returned to Medford Tuesday evening from Red Bluff, Calif., where he has been buying stock for several months. He will remain in Medford for some time and will follow his old vocation--that of buying stock.
Miss Beulah Warner, who is teaching school in the Neil [Creek] district, spent Saturday and Sunday with home folk in Medford. She was accompanied by two of her little pupils, Misses Mabel and Maud Kincaid.
D. W. Crosby was down from Riddle Thursday for a brief visit with his many Medford friends. He has sold out his saloon business in Riddle and is now enjoying a few days' rest--while he waits for another business opening.
Byron B. Stevens stopped off in Medford a few days this week for a visit with relatives. Mr. Stevens is a nephew of Mrs. L. S. Webber, of this city, and was en route from Albany, Oregon, where he visited other relatives, to his home at Chillicothe, Mo.
Louis Bolle was summoned by telegram to San Francisco Wednesday morning, to be at the beside of Mrs. Bolle, who is in Lane's hospital for treatment. The many friends of these good people are anxiously waiting for encouraging news from the hospital.
Henry and John Klippel, of Portland, were in Medford this week in attendance at the funeral of their father, Henry Klippel. Rev. Adam Klippel, of Portland, and Jacob Klippel, of Althouse, brothers of deceased, were also here.
W. R. King, the fifteen-year-old son of W. J. King, arrived in Medford last week from Gatesville, Texas, where he has been living with his grandmother, who died recently. The young man will remain in Medford and is now a student in the Medford Academy.
John Yarbrough, of Talent, was in the city Wednesday accompanied by his father-in-law, J. C. Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter is a quite recent arrival in this country from Idaho, where he has lived for twenty years. He is desirous of purchasing a small farm and settling down in our valley. He is accompanied here by his wife and two grown sons. This is the fifty-sixth time he has moved, but he positively declares that he will anchor for good right here in the Rogue River Valley.
Z. Maxcy left Tuesday, in company with Isaac Woolf, for his homestead, on Butte Creek, where he will remain during the winter. He took with him a full outfit of housekeeper's necessities, together with ax, pick and shovel. The Mail is no prophet, nor a son of a prophet, but we will hazard a week's salary that our good friend Zachariah will camp a year from this winter on a trail that's frequented by our living creatures than cougars, bears, squirrels and Piutes.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, November 8, 1901, page 6
F. W. Roach, who was formerly a printed in the Mail office, later a part owner in the Roseburg Plaindealer, has sold his interest to his partner, Mr. W. C. Conner, and has returned to his old home at Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Conner has associated with him in the publication of the Plaindealer Miss Laura Jones, a newspaper woman of considerable note in Oregon, and the two are now getting out the Plaindealer in better shape than ever before.
M. L. Pellett, the Talent orchardist, has had installed two of Wolfer's acetylene gas plants for use by his employees. One plant supplies eleven lights for his apple packers and another two lights for his sorters. These are used after four-thirty in the afternoon and also in the morning, thus enabling his help to put in full ten hours a day. It's quite a piece of enterprise on Mr. Pellett's part and is fully appreciated by his employees.
J. W. Cox has purchased an half interest in the Central Meat Market from the former sole proprietor, T. E. Pottenger. The firm name and style is Pottenger & Cox. Mr. Pottenger will look after the market while Mr. Cox will buy stock and look after details on the outside.
Halloween passed off in an unusually quiet manner this year, very few depredations having been committed. Last year's experience seemed to have had a salutary effect upon the mischief makers. Several gates and other small portable articles turned up missing Friday morning, but that was about all.
Ed Russ is getting his mill fitted up in good shape. He is now grinding barley and very soon he will have the necessary machinery in place for doing other kinds of grinding. If any person doubts that Mr. Russ is a genius they have but to visit his mill and be convinced that they were greatly at fault.
Capt. Gordon Voorhies is preparing to plant to trees the 240 acres of land which he recently purchased from Bud Hamlin. This land adjoins Mr. Voorhies' old orchard, and when all is planted he will have 380 acres in trees--the largest orchard tract in Southern Oregon.
The drill of the Southern Oregon Oil Company, at Ashland, which was lost in the well some days ago, has been recovered, and operations have been resumed with renewed vigor.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, November 8, 1901, page 6
A fruit buyer for the London markets, who was in Medford last week, made an assertion which might seem ambiguous to many of us who are not familiar with conditions of fruit elsewhere. The assertion was in substance that the great Rogue River Valley, in Southern Oregon, United States of America, produced a Newtown Pippin apple that could not be equalled any place in the world. Gee, but the world is a big place, but when an assertion like this comes from one who does nothing else year and year out but buy fruit for one of the best markets in the world, one can do nothing less than put it down as a cold fact, especially when there can be no motive. Hurrah for Southern Oregon's yellow apples! She's a prize winner with the whole world as a competitor. There are thousands of acres of land in Southern Oregon which will produce these apples and upon which there is not now a fruit tree growing. That horticulture is a profitable pursuit in Southern Oregon is not questioned by people who have lived here for the past five years and have noted the immense amount of money made by the growers. We cite the readers of this item who may be of doubtful mind to any of our leading growers, of whom we might mention Hon. J. H. Stewart, J. A. Whitman, Weeks & Orr, Olwell Bros., W. H. Stewart, Capt. Gordon Voorhies, M. L. Pellett, Dillon R. Hill, S. L. Bennett, W. H. Norcross, John Gore and K. Kleinhammer. These are the most extensive growers, but there are others of lesser pretentions who have also made money by raising apples.
The Medford Academy is now established in its new quarters in the White-Thomas building and may be regarded as one of the permanent institutions of the city. The growth of the school has exceeded the most sanguine expectations, and the proportion of increase bids fair to be greater rather than smaller. Every week witnesses new additions to those enrolled, until now, with the end of the first term near at hand, the students number nearly sixty--counting pupils in music, almost 100. The new quarters of the school are commodious, well lighted and convenient, and everything necessary for the successful carrying out of the school is at hand. Prof. Van Scoy is well pleased with the prospects of the undertaking, and with his able assistants in doing first-class work. The people of Medford have been generous in their support of the school and should see that the interest is kept up. "A work well begun is half done," but there should be not letup in their efforts to advance the interests of the Academy. The school will be an honor and a drawing card for our city, and we can't afford to do without it now. In the building up of good schools we are laying the foundation for a legacy which posterity will appreciate more than gold or jewels.
Chas. Pierce, one of the proprietors of the Ashland cannery, reports a fairly good season's work, but it was not nearly what it could have been had the surrounding country been able to supply enough fruit and vegetables to keep the cannery in operation at its fullest capacity. In all there were six carloads of canned product put up, of which five carloads have already been sold and shipped, leaving only one carload to supply the demand until another crop comes on. The cannery put up 1500 cans of corn, 28,000 cans and 800 gallons of tomatoes. In all they have put up 59,000 cans, including a small run of peaches and pears. The cannery is now putting up pumpkins. The inability to secure sufficient raw material at Ashland to keep the cannery running at its full capacity has demonstrated to the management the impracticability of the cannery's location, and it is not beyond a possibility that it will be moved to Medford in time for next year's run. There is not sufficient suitable land for the growing of vegetables around Ashland to ever make the project the success which its owners hope for. The greater amount of goods put up this year came from the vicinity of Talent and from between Talent and Phoenix, and it is said that the producers of these two localities would much prefer to haul their products to Medford than to Ashland because of the fact that it is a downhill pull this way while it is all uphill going to Ashland. The management have decided that the profitable vegetable belt of the valley is all the land along the Bear Creek bottom from Talent north to Tolo, and a conclusion has been about reached that a cannery located at Medford would draw business from all this scope of country, whereas, with a cannery at Ashland, it cannot hope to draw from only a small portion of the south end of the tract. The cannery put up this year one and a half tons of corn--it could have put up twenty tons could that amount have been secured. It put up forty-two tons of tomatoes--but it could have handled 100 tons or more, and it was the same with nearly all other articles that are being canned. Surely there seems no good reason why these people should waste their time on an operating scale so diminutive when it is possible for them to more than double their business.
The Mail is in receipt of a copy of a pamphlet printed for the purpose of filling a demand for accurate information concerning the scope of the proposed Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition to be held in Portland in 1905. The book is neatly and tastily gotten up and filled with illustrations of Oregon scenery, business enterprises, etc. The information contained is more accurate than some of the illustrations in the advertisements; for instance, on the back page a group of halftones is shown purporting to illustrate scenes along the line of the O.R.&N. Co.'s line, and among them is a picture of the interior of Olwell Bros.' packing house at Central Point, with Joe Olwell plainly to be recognized in the foreground. We of Southern Oregon are used to being overlooked to some extent, but when it comes to switching an establishment which will ship over fifty carloads of apples this year clear to the other end of the state, we imagine we have a "kick coming" and herewith register the same.
"It is reported from Lodi that 600 acres of orchard this year near that town yielded a net profit of $40,000. That would indicate that there is money in California fruit."--Yreka Journal. That's nothing, Brother Nixon. There is a ten-acre apple orchard, near Medford, from which there was gathered this year fruit to the value of $7000. Then there is another mixed orchard--apples and pears--of 160 acres, within four miles of Medford, from which there has been harvested this season fruit to the value of over $30,000. California, as a fruit country, was all right in years agone when she could swipe our Oregon fruit and place thereon a California label, but we've gotten on to her ways, and the honors now go where they rightly belong.
It is well worth anyone's time and trouble to go down South B Street and take a look at E. C. Boeck's strawberry patch. Here one sees great clusters of red ripe berries upon every plant and around them are green berries and blooms. Several of our townspeople have picked a few berries from their vines this fall, but we doubt if any of their vines have made a business of producing this second crop in the manner that Mr. Boeck's have. The sight is one rarely ever seen and cannot be fully appreciated until inspected.
"Burns is to have a business college, with Prof. M. E. Rigby of the Medford college at the head." The above is from the Lakeview Examiner. Mr. Rigby is not now "of the Medford college." Some six or seven years ago Mr. Rigby conducted some sort of a school in Medford, but it fizzled out and Mr. Rigby sought other fields. The Mail surely hopes he will make a success, financially at least, of his new venture at Burns.
Perry Stewart and O. S. Snyder have invented a device for holding a screen door closed and also preventing it from slamming. It is a queer sort of a contrivance with springs and grooves here and there and needs to be seen to be understood and doubtlessly used to be appreciated. The gentlemen have the article patented--and if they don't make a cold million out of it they ought to.
The car famine along the S.P. lines in Oregon seems to increase rather than diminish. It is almost impossible to secure cars for local or way freight, which is interfering considerably with sawmills and box factories along the line. The famine, however, is not confined to this coast, but is general all over the United States and is due to the immense increase in the volume of business of all kinds.
Empty barrels, old or new, for cider, vinegar, wine, for pork or beef, or any other purpose, sold at the distillery office.
Four carloads of evaporated prunes were shipped from Medford last Saturday.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, November 8, 1901, page 7
A SHORT FRUIT CANNERY TALK
Since it has been positively determined that a fruit cannery is to be established in Medford renewed interest in the enterprise is manifest on every side. In order that our people may know what to grow and expect a market for, we have asked Mr. Chas. Pierce, one of the projectors of the cannery enterprise, to furnish these columns with items bearing upon the matter, and he has this week given us the following:
"It is now settled beyond doubt that a cannery will be permanently operated in the Rogue River Valley, of a capacity at least sufficient to supply the demands of the Southern Oregon and northern California territory, with a fair prospect of our being able to reach the whole coast territory with some products.
"We are advised by the Southern Pacific officials, and our own experience has taught the same, to push such articles as do not require sugar in the canning, for trade conditions are such that on sugar we cannot hope for any reduction in existing freight rates. However, this handicap will not prevent our canning a considerable amount of pears, peaches, cherries, berries, etc., where sugar is a main component, for the local territory, and there will be occasional years when we can pack these fruits for outside territories. This year if we had been properly equipped we could have canned and sold several carloads of gallon pie apples and gallon pipe blackberries at some profit, but this requires a much more perfect organization than we were working under. Our advices are that there will be a large and steady demand for these two articles, also gallon pie peaches for many years to come, and as no sugar is required we shall not hesitate to pack them liberally when we can buy the raw material at reasonable prices.
"In this connection I would advise the planting of a largely increased acreage of blackberries in the valley. The Lawton blackberry seems best adapted to general purposes; the Kittatinny berry gives considerable promise, but is not yet thoroughly tested in this soil and climate; the Evergreen berry we particularly advise against, as it is small and unattractive and runs largely to core and seed, and comes in bearing too late for canner's use, at a time when peaches and tomatoes occupy his attention fully. It is not likely that we could ever use the Loganberry extensively for canning, though if we embrace preserving in glass later on, this berry would be in larger demand.
"Blackberry culture has proven extremely profitable at Ashland and common report is that the yield is often above $500 per acre. The entire Applegate district and portions of the Little Butte, Wagner Creek, Anderson Creek, Thompson Creek and Griffin Creek districts seem splendidly adapted for raising blackberries, not to mention a considerable part of the main valley where the water supply is reliable. We feel that this is one branch of small fruit culture we can safely encourage the grower in undertaking.
"As to strawberries we are in doubt. If any certain means of protecting against spring frosts could be devised to work economically which would materially increase the yield; there is no doubt of a cannery's ability to work up the surplus, but prices are beyond the reach of a cannery at present. The market does not warrant our encouraging a decided increased acreage in raspberries, gooseberries or currants, though a small increase would help a cannery.
"Through the Mail we shall shortly have more to say about vegetable supplies, which will always be our main [illegible] being most staples, requiring no sugar and being obtainable in quantities."
Medford Mail, November 15, 1901, page 2
J. C. Barnum, conductor on the Medford-Jacksonville railroad, returned Friday from a business trip to Portland.
"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, November 15, 1901, page 3
W. H. Norcross has shipped five carloads of his fine apples to the East, Chicago and New York City being the principal markets. He shipped two carloads to London this week, and will have enough apples to keep his full force of packers employed until Christmas. Porter Brothers have shipped five carloads in the last few days, and Olwell Brothers will not be through packing their large crop before the new year, and we have several other fruit growers that will ship quite a large quantity this fall. W. J. Freeman & J. Hughes have an immense quantity of dried prunes ready to ship.
"Central Point Items," Medford Mail, November 15, 1901, page 3
Olwell Bros. shipped three carloads of apples from the Luscomb orchard this week.
"Gold Hill Items," Medford Mail, November 15, 1901, page 3
Fred Mitchell came down from the big ditch last Sunday and reports everything progressing nicely with their work on account of the fine weather.
A young man by the name of John Foster, who is working on the ditch, had the misfortune to hurt his leg recently and an abscess has formed. Last Sunday Dr. Officer was summoned to give the young man treatment.
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, November 15, 1901, page 5
All the vacant houses in town and vicinity are being occupied by families. The menfolks are working on the ditch line and the children are attending school.
"Brownsboro Items," Medford Mail, November 15, 1901, page 5
A. M. Clark was in from the ditch camp yesterday for repairs, having broken one of the big graders.
Dr. Goble left Wednesday morning for Klamathon and other California points, to be absent three weeks.
S. D. Biden and family have moved to Medford from Asbestos for a few weeks. Mr. Biden has been in poor health this fall.
J. D. Heard returned from San Francisco last Saturday. He has nearly recovered from his recent serious illness.
Lin Purdin returned to Medford Saturday evening from his pilgrimage of several months in the coast country. He will remain in Medford during the winter.
Reed Hutchinson, who has been in Medford since August upon a visit to his aunt, Mrs. N. R. Johnston, and family, left Wednesday morning for his home at Harrisville, Mo.
Mrs. R. I. Everett left Thursday morning for Redlands, Calif., at which place her husband is engaged in business. She was accompanied from Ashland by Mrs. Hargadine, a sister of Mr. Everett.
W. Eaton returned last week from Galls Creek, where he has been engaged in building a dwelling house for Mrs. Lawrence. He expects to leave soon for Albert Lea, Minn., whither he goes to look after the affairs of a brother, who died a few months ago.
Mr. and Mrs. John Dunne left Thursday morning for Ft. Jones, Calif., where they will reside. Mr. Dunne recently traded his Medford property, near the Catholic Church, to Andrew Anderson for property in Ft. Jones. Mr. Anderson is a son-in-law of J. Meeker, and will move to Medford within a few months to reside.
Claud E. Jones, of Marion County, Iowa, arrived in Medford Monday and will visit for some time with his brother, Dr. W. S. Jones, and family. The doctor is expecting his father and mother to arrive here from Iowa within four or five weeks. They will remain during the winter--and for all time if the doctor's persuasive powers are of sufficient weight.
Prof. W. A. Wann, who has been in Jackson County for several weeks doing business in the interest of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York and the Bankers Life, of Des Moines, left Saturday for Eugene, where he will remain for a couple or three months, returning to Southern Oregon in early spring to resume his work here. Mr. Wann is a fine gentleman and has adopted a new method of working life insurance--the same being upon the hypothesis that the victims of agent attacks are capable of deciding for themselves whether they want life insurance--in other words he has reduced the boring capacity if the ordinary agents' auger--and the public is grateful therefor. The companies he represents are good ones, and because of this and his considerate way of doing business he wrote many policies while here.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Callahan and Mr. and Mrs. James Stall, all of Grand Forks County, North Dakota, arrived in Medford last week .Mr. Callahan has recently sold a large farm in North Dakota and will invest part of the proceeds therefrom in Jackson County soil. Both himself and his good wife are well pleased with our valley and have not as yet expressed a regret because of their coming here--nor do we think they will. People who have experienced the inconvenience of North Dakota blizzards, cyclones, dust storms, droughts and "frozen up" thermometers are no "hankering" for an opportunity to get back there when they are enabled to once get away. Mr. Callahan tells us when he left North Dakota, last week, the ground was frozen solid and so intense had been the frost that the ground was cracked open several inches in many places. There had also quite an amount of snow fallen. If this country proves to his liking his two sons-in-law will come here as soon as they can sell their lands in North Dakota. He says there are eighteen families in all that are figuring on coming to the Rogue River Valley, and if they come, Oscar Carpenter, of Medford, is responsible for it all, he having previously lived in that country and had been sending Oregon bouquets into that blizzard land for several years past. Mr. and Mrs. Stall will return to North Dakota after a few weeks and if they can dispose of their section of land there they will return here and anchor for keeps.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, November 15, 1901, page 6
I. A. Webb, who, with his son, Carl, left Medford a couple of weeks ago with [a] team for Southern California, was taken suddenly ill at Baird's Spur, a small station below Dunsmuir, Monday night with hemorrhage of the bowels. Tuesday morning a telephone message was sent to Mrs. Webb in this city, advising her of her husband's illness, and she left on the noon train that day for the above-named place, accompanied by Dr. Pickel. When they reached Dunsmuir they received a message to the effect that Mr. Webb had been put on the northbound passenger train, bound for home, and would meet them at Dunsmuir. The party reached here Wednesday morning, since which time Mr. Webb has had several more hemorrhages, but as we go to press we learn that he is resting easy and seems very much improved. This is his third spell of sickness of this nature, and strange to relate they have all occurred during the month of November.
M. M. Gault met with a serious and painful accident last Thursday. He was at work at the turning lathe in his machine shop when the end of his right thumb caught in the machinery and was almost turn off at the first joint. There was no one near to shut down the machinery, and the only way possible for Mr. Gault to extricate his hand from its perilous position was to cut off the thumb entirely, which he did with his pocket knife. It was a nervy piece of business, but it saved his whole hand from being mangled. Drs. Jones & Shearer dressed the wound, and it is getting along all right, but it will be weeks before he will be able to work.
J. D. Callahan, who arrived here this week from North Dakota, has purchased the Mrs. E. A. Ward property in West Medford. There are two and one-half acres in the chunk and it is well set to fruit. The price paid was $700. Real estate agent Stewart made the sale.
Wm. Ferguson, all the same Bill Nye, has purchased the Barnum building, [near the] corner Seventh and South A streets. He expects to rent it for a second-hand store, but this he will not do until February, at which time Mr. Chessmore's lease expires.
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Tayler are parents to a new girl baby which came to their home on Thursday of this week.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, November 15, 1901, page 6
Messrs. C. E. Williams and Joseph [illegible], of San Francisco, two heavy stockholders in the Fish Lake Irrigating Ditch Company, arrived in Medford this week and on Tuesday morning started out to make an examination of construction work done on the ditch. They expressed themselves us as being well satisfied with the progress being made and the general substantial manner in which the work is being executed. They have every reason for being satisfied. The work has been pushed with all possible dispatch consistent with thoroughness. The management has been handicapped to some extent by the non-arrival of machinery at dates expected, but aside from this few drawbacks have been experienced since work was commenced. Ground has been broken on the entire length of the ditch from its head to the Bradshaw "drop," a distance of seventeen miles, and is practically completed--except two and one-half miles on this end upon which two large Austin graders, six large plows and fifteen or twenty slip scrapers are now at work. If the present good weather continues for ten days all the work will be completed, except the rock work, which will be taken up as soon as this grading is finished. Two gangs of men, probably forty in all, will be kept at this work during the winter. The flume across the south fork of Butte Creek, which is to be 600 feet in length, is well under way and will be completed within ten days. Construction work has been commenced on the flume across Lake Creek, which is 600 feet in length and from four to fifty feet in height. It is quite probable that if good weather continues the graders and plows will be put to work below the drop, but whether or not this is done, the work is now far enough along to ensure the running of water into the valley through the ditch by the first of next May. There are now 102 men at work on the ditch and flumes. The drop referred to above is a fall in the ditch of 100 feet, and it is at this point where the company propose generating power for operating manufacturing machinery in the valley, should there be a demand for it. This drop is but fourteen miles, in an air line, from Medford. Should it be deemed advisable to transmit this power to valley points it will be done by electricity.
Our tile are now ready to deliver. Parties who have contracted for same will please call for them. Childers Bros.
The fine young orchard on the farm formerly owned by Mayor W. S. Crowell produced no fruit this season. There are twenty-three acres of land in the orchard and 1600 trees. It may be a matter of some surprise to some to know that the case is as above stated, but it will not be when we state that the orchard was not cared for properly, if at all. The owner was not wholly at fault; he was not schooled in the requirements of a bearing orchard. There is a very good object lesson here given, however, and it may be of profit to other orchardists, at least to the amateurs in this line of work. The orchard ought to have produced at least $5000 worth of merchantable apples this year, but because it was not cared for it produced nothing. The evidence is here conclusively presented that if profit is expected from an orchard attention must be given it. There is not another pursuit followed in the valley which pays a greater dividend for amount of labor and money expended than does the growing of fruit. Then again, there is nothing which resents neglect and is so sensitive thereto as is a Rogue River Valley orchard. This orchard has recently changed hands, and we are told that the new man is a thorough orchardist.
A. Brieger, the gentleman who has had the management of the Rosenthal closing-out sale, received orders last Saturday to pack the entire stock and ship at once to Portland, where it will be put with three other stocks from different towns in the state and the whole put on the Portland market. Mr. Brieger was the second manager sent here to sell out this stock and was fairly successful, but he was handicapped by not having been placed in charge at the opening. He is a capital good fellow, a perfect gentleman and a good man of business, and although his stay here was brief he made many fast friends. His salesman, A. Erb, is also a fine gentleman and one who invites rather than repulses trade, but the fates were against them both here--the business had in some way been "Jonahed."
It will not be many years until Phipps Bros. will be among our foremost orchardists. Mr. Ed. Phipps and Dr. Ira D. Phipps have associated themselves in a deal, the object of which is to grow Southern Oregon apples--red and yellow--Newtowns and Spitzenburgs. They own 100 acres of fine orchard land north and east of Medford and will this winter plant forty-five acres of it to 2100 trees, and a year later will plant the remaining fifty-five acres to the same kind of fruit. Ed will have general supervision of the orchard work and as he is very thorough and persistent in all this undertakings it goes without saying that the enterprise will prove a success. Dr. Phipps will remain in Medford and practice his profession.
Frank Hull has taken a position as salesman in H. B. Nye's Racket Store.
The company drilling for oil near Ashland has been having troubles of its own lately, but it is still hammering away with the expectation of a successful conclusion in a short time. First the drill was lost and a number of days were lost in the effort to "fish" it out. Then a piece of steel broke from the drill and could not be caught; it had to be broken in pieces and pumped out. Then the 14-foot steel jars, weighing 1,200 pounds, broke and will have to be replaced. The well is now down 1,200 feet in sand and shale.
Wm. Cook, who, with his wife, arrived in Medford last week from San Pedro, New Mexico, has purchased L. H. Settles' place in East Medford. The place contains two acres of ground and a small residence, and the price paid was $625. Mr. Settles has moved his family to Mrs. Anderson's residence, in Northwest Medford. The real estate deal was made through the F. M. Stewart real estate agency.
Merchant H. G. Nicholson is having more fun than anyone these days. He has a pair of mules which he is training to work on his delivery wagon. They are about the size of jackrabbits and weigh about 700 [pounds] each. When they get mixed up in the riggin' Horace picks them up like he would kittens and straightens them out. It is a very pretty little team, and when seen driven through the streets one is reminded of fairy tales told them in childhood days.
H. H. Mitchell has sold his interest in the Mitchell Bros. blacksmith shop to E. C. Boeck, who has conducted the wagon shop at the rear of the blacksmith shop for a number of years. Both businesses will now be conducted by Mr. Boeck and J. W. Mitchell, with Joe Caskey at one of the forges. This makes a good combination and there ought to be a good business done.
W. H. Barr is nothing slow as an orchardist, himself. His orchard has produced between six and seven thousand boxes of apples this season, and he has sold them to J. A. Whitman at the highest market price. His varieties are Newtowns, Spitzenburgs and Ben Davises.
Cashier Geo. Lindley is back at his post as cashier in the Jackson County Bank, after a severe tussle with fever.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, November 15, 1901, page 7
It is estimated, and very conservatively so, that the Jackson County fruit output will this year net the growers $240,000.
Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 2
A few weeks ago the Mail saw just grounds for paying the Roseburg Plaindealer a compliment, by saying that with W. C. Conner as editor-in-chief, and his sister-in-law, Miss Laura Jones, as news skirmisher, was a better newspaper than it had been at any previous time. Editor Conner reproduced the item in question in his Plaindealer and followed it up with this:
"No one is more competent to judge the merits or demerits of a newspaper than editor Bliton, who publishes the best weekly newspaper in the state outside of Portland, and the above compliment coming from such a source is highly appreciated by us."
Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 2
In every locality there is a class of people which is always endeavoring to kill any project or enterprise which is intended to build up the community. They are in Medford, as everywhere else. Up in Washington they call them "knockers"--and they way the treat knockers at Loomis, in the aforesaid named state, is to tar and feather them and ride them on a rail. This is not wholly in accord with modern ethics but it is very effective and one dose of the medicine, taken according to the doctor's directions, is quite enough to cure a whole community of knockers of the miserable, dog-in-the-manger disease. If one cannot say anything good of an enterprise it is more gentlemanly--and safer, in Loomis--to say nothing.
Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 2
There are now seventy-five students rolled in the Medford Academy, and it has only been running twelve weeks. Truly that is a record of which Prof. Van Scoy may well be proud--and Medford people may also look upon this almost phenomenal record with a feeling very closely akin to pride. Prof. Van Scoy made the establishment of the Academy in our city a possibility, and we people who "chipped in" made it possible for him to so establish, hence, on all sides, the Academy is a mutual affair in which we all have an interest in common--on a ratio with the good it is to our business and the city generally. The Mail would rather have the Academy located in our city than to be made a present of twenty times our contribution and have it close its doors--but there are not going to be any presents and the doors are not going to be closed--and that's good.
Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 2
The latest novelty in the social realm in Jacksonville was a "spinster tea," given by Miss Helen Colvig, at her home on Oregon Street, last Saturday afternoon. The young ladies present were dressed in the traditional spinster costumes, and each lady was required to give a history of her first courtship, also give reasons why she remained a spinster. A guessing contest was indulged in in which Miss Olive Huffer won first prize and Miss Mabel Prim consolation. Those present report a splendid time and were Misses Iris Cook, Mabel and Maud Prim, Josie Donegan, Olive Huffer, Edith Priest, Myrtle Sutton, Lillie Taylor and Bertha Orme.
"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 3
Miss Mae McIntyre spent Saturday with Medford relatives and was accompanied home by her sister. On Sunday Clarence Meeker came out and with Mr. Sandals and Miss Grace Dickison made a party to climb the lower Table Rock. They ate lunch by a blazing bonfire and report a good time in spite of fog and clouds.
"Table Rock Items," Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 3
Mrs. ish has been making some needed improvements on the buildings on her Sticky farm. Charles Milligan, of Medford, is doing the work.
"Big Sticky Items," Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 3
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.
Miss Iva Purdin, of Medford, closed a very successful term of school on Evans Creek, at the Scott school house, last Friday evening with an entertainment and box supper. The literary program and the military and doll drills did credit to both teacher and pupils.
Robt. Jonas 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
A. A. Davis left Sunday morning for San Francisco, to be absent a month or six weeks.
Hon. J. H. Stewart returned this week from a several weeks' stay at his mountain ranch on Rogue River.
Mrs. B. F. Adkins left Tuesday for San Francisco, where she will visit her daughter, Miss Ora, and acquaintances for a couple or three weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Mitchell are at Portland this week upon a visit. Mr. Mitchell expects to open a confectionery store in Medford upon his return.
Bert Sprague, his family and mother, of Wallowa, Oregon, arrived in Medford yesterday and will visit with Mr. Warden, in Eden precinct, who is father of Mrs. Sprague.
Miss Edna Wait returned to Medford last Friday from Los Angeles, Calif. Her return home at this time was occasioned by the serious illness of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Wait.
C. O. Ramsey came down from Roseburg Sunday evening, at which place he has been superintending the packing of apples for J. A. Whitman. He is now at Ashland in the same capacity.
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Moore, of Cottage Grove, arrived in Medford this week and will make this their future home. Mr. Moore is a son of the gentleman who recently purchased the West Side blacksmith shop.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Irvine, of Nebraska, arrived in Medford Tuesday morning and will visit for a few weeks with our good townspeople, W. A. Davidson and family. Mr. Irvine is a half brother of Mr. Davidson.
Surveyor J. S. Howard returned Monday from the Willow Springs district, where he has been surveying thirty-six mining claims for the Southwest Oregon Mining Company, of Portland, in the Willow Springs and Kanes Creek districts.
G. P. Lindley and W. H. Jackson returned Sunday from a two weeks' hunting trip in the Rancherie country. They report having come very near capturing several bears and mountain lions, but strange to relate--stranger than fiction, even--they saw not a single deer.
S. Bradbury left yesterday for Baird's Spur, California, whither he went to bring back I. A. Webb's team and hack, which were left there when Mr. Webb was taken sick.
Herman, Ed., George and William King, Ed. Allen and Dan'l. Erickson, all of Kent County, Michigan, arrived in Medford last week and early this week they started for the tall timber, up Prospect way, where they will locate on timber land. The King boys are brothers of C. O. King, who has been in the valley for several months, and cousins of G. F. King, the timber land locator.
J. G. Martin, of Beagle, was in Medford Saturday. The gentleman has been in poor health of late and has decided to rest from the arduous duties incident to farm pursuits. He will dispose of his farm and chattels and purchase a residence in Medford that his son may receive the benefits afforded by our excellent school facilities. Mr. Martin is a fine gentleman, and the acquisition of this excellent family to our city's population will be grounds for congratulation on our part.
Capt. J. T. Apperson, of Park Place, Oregon, arrived in Medford Sunday. The gentleman is a brother of Mrs. E. D. Fellows, of this city, and was called here by the serious illness of that lady. Since the fire a couple of weeks ago, Mrs. Fellows has been ill with nervous prostration and muscular rheumatism. Mr. Apperson is quite a prominent man in Oregon history, he being a pioneer of the '50s. He is a past regent of the Corvallis agricultural college and has been instrumental in the organization of many educational institutions. In '52 he made the then very hazardous trip from the Willamette Valley into California, traveling by stage through the Rogue River Valley, at a time when the murderous redskins were lying in wait for their white prey at every turn of the road. [There was no stage service through the Rogue Valley in 1852.]
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 6
Chas. Pierce, the gentleman who is arranging to establish and fruit and vegetable cannery in Medford, has purchased W. S. and H. M. Crowell's interest in the Palm-Whitman cigar factory in this city. Mr. Pierce is a hustling man of business, and the Mail is heartily glad he is to become a permanent resident of our city. he has progressive ideas on business lines and as well a determination to carry his projects and enterprises to a point where good is sure to come to himself and the people generally.
J. W. White has purchased the New Home sewing machine agency in this city from J. F. Kraber, together with all machines on hand and notes and accounts. Mr. White is now agent for about all the sewing machines there are made and is in a position to supply intending purchasers with any grade of machine desired from the highest priced to the cheapest.
Dr. Ira L. Arnold has commenced the erection of a neat little dwelling house on his fine property, on South C Street. The building will be 30 by 32 feet in size, one story high and will contain five rooms. Merit Clapper, a recent arrival from Medford, is the carpenter who has the contract for the erection of the building.
Miss Jessie Wait has resigned her position as teacher in our public school, because of the illness of her mother, and the board has elected Miss Lutie Ulrich to take her place. Miss Ulrich is a sister of Mrs. G. R. Lindley and arrived in Medford about a year ago from Illinois, where she followed teaching for a number of years.
During the past ten days twelve carloads of apples have been shipped from Medford. Of these three were shipped direct to London, England, two to Glasgow, Scotland, three to New York City, two to Brighton, New York, one to San Antonio, Texas, [and] one to Kansas City, Missouri.
Jos. Stall, who, with his wife, arrived in Medford last week from Grand Forks County, North Dakota, has purchased Mrs. White's residence on South C Street, and is now housekeeping therein. The price paid was $500.
A new sidewalk is being built alongside of the property which Mr. Ferguson recently purchased, corner of Seventh and A Streets. It's a big improvement, and the wonder is that it was not put in sooner.
An article from Chas. Pierce on tomato culture in the valley will appear in these columns next week. The tomato, Mr. pierce figures, will in a few years be one of the leading revenue earners in this part of the county.
I. A. Webb's condition, we are pleased to note, is somewhat improved and there are now strong hopes of his recovery, but he has been, and is still, a very sick man.
Contractor E. W. Starr is at work on the DeHart place--making several changes about the premises, chief among which is the fitting of rooms for help in the large windmill tower.
The Southern Oregon Oil Company, at Ashland, is again making progress in drilling after several vexatious delays. The well is now down 1280 feet in shale and sand.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 6
A change occurred this week in the management of one of the old established business concerns of this city when Mrs. Eliza Slinger purchased the interests of Wm. Ulrich, T. J. Kenney and S. A. Carlton in the Southern Oregon Pork Packing Company. The purchase includes the meat market, packing house and slaughter house in Medford, with their contents, between sixty and seventy head of cattle and about the same number of sheep and hogs, and gives Mrs. Slinger the controlling interest in the company. The other stockholders are Chas. Strang, Ed. Worman and W. H. Bradshaw. Ed. Binns, whose connection with the business under the former management has made him familiar with all its details, will act as manager, and will bring all the knowledge gained by his experience to bear to make the enterprise a success. Mr. Ulrich will devote his entire time now to his stock interests, in which business he will embark more extensively than at present.
It is necessary that even a news reporter get more than busy these times if he keeps tab on the new arrivals in this blooming young city of Medford. Not for years has there been so many strange people on the streets as right now. They are coming from all parts of the East, and the most pleasant feature of their coming to us people who have enjoyed the many pleasures of Southern Oregon for years is that they almost without exception purchase property soon after arriving and settle down to an enjoyment with us of the good things which the country affords. There is enough of everything that's good for man to more than go around among the present population, and we are willing to divide with those less fortunate easterners.
Dr. W. S. Jones was about town this week with a subscription paper asking for funds to repair the Bear Creek bridge at this place. He was successful in securing quite an amount which will be expected on the bridge. The city council did not feel justified in making the repairs because that the city would then be liable should accidents occur during the winter, and as the county commissioners have promised to erect a new bridge in the spring the only means at hand to make the bridge passable for the winter are those adopted by Mr. Jones. A contract for the repair of the structure has been let to E. G. Perham, of Gold Hill, and he will be at work on it very soon.
L. S. Brown has sold his orchard tract in East Medford to V. A. Broadbent. There are eight acres of land in the tract, and the price paid was $2400, a part of this consideration being an acre of land and residence, located near Mr. Hodges' place. This is a pretty big price to pay for so small a tract of land, but when we tell that Mr. Brown sold apples off of the place this season to the value of $1050 the price does not seem nearly so fabulous. The number of boxes gathered by Mr. Brown were 1132. If this is not a fairly good revenue considering the investment then the Mail's calculations are 'way shy. Mr. Brown paid $1800 for the place a little more than a year ago.
Rev. Adolph Haberly, who is now east in attendance at the funeral of his mother, has tendered his resignation as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of this city, to take effect immediately upon its acceptance by the church concern. The reverend gentleman's resignation is made because of his appointment to the position as Sunday school missionary for Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties, by the board of Sunday school work for Oregon. The work is quite to Mr. Haberly's liking, and as he is an energetic worker upon these lines there is no doubt of his success.
J. W. Cox has purchased the Model Restaurant from F. M. Wilson and is now installed as owner and manager thereof. Mr. Cox is from Ashland and has been conducting a restaurant opposite the Union stables in Medford for the past month. Mr. Wilson will start a candy kitchen in the building on Seventh Street recently vacated by Geo. Kurtz. Mr. Wilson is quite at home in the manufacturing of all kinds of candy, and there is but little doubt that he will meet the success which his product justly merits.
Medford merchants will enjoy a better holiday trade this year than ever before. Money seems more plentiful, and the people generally are in a mood to spend it.
C. W. Palm was called to Redding, Calif., on Thursday night of last week by a telegram announcing the death of his brother, H. L. Palm.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 7
All Kinds of Questions Are Asked.
People in the East and South are always asking all sorts of questions regarding Oregon. These questions are ofttimes too ridiculous to e taken seriously or answered intelligently. Below is a list received this week by one of our citizens, which we print because of the fact that there are several new ones and someone who may receive this paper in the East may want to add them to their list of foolish inquiry. There are some of the questions, however, which are such as any prospective locator would want to know, and these we will endeavor to answer. Here is the list:
"Is the climate mild?" Answer:--Yes. There is probably not a country anywhere with a more even temperature than here. The climate in Southern Oregon is a very agreeable medium between the extreme wet and fog of northern Oregon and Washington and the warm, dry climate of California. Here the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, or neither too dry nor too wet--just right for all purposes.
"What about the winter; is it long or short?" Answer:--We in reality have no winter, as the term is understood in the East. From the middle of November to April we have frequent showers of rain--from one to two days each week, with warm sunshine between and some frost at night. Rarely ever any snow in the valley. Unprotected water pipes are rarely ever frozen.
"Are the summers very warm?" Answer:--Yes. Ofttimes the temperature reaches 100 in the shade, but there are never any prostrations from heat. The atmosphere is so dry--never humid during warm weather as it is in the East--that no inconvenience is experienced and all work progresses at the same pace it does with the thermometer at 70. The nights are always cool.
"What would it cost to build a small, comfortable house?" Answer:--A five- or six-room cottage can be built for from $400 to $700. Price would depend largely upon a person's idea of comfort. A dwelling which will serve all purposes and be comfortable so far as ample protection from the weather is concerned can be built for much less than figures given above."
"What are the wages for a Chinaman servant, a cowboy, a shepherd, a cook, servants and workmen?" Answer:--Few people here employ Chinamen. Servants are an unknown quantity in most Southern Oregon families. The wages of a good farm hand range from $18 to $26 per month, and he don't usually care very much whether he herds cattle, stacks alfalfa or sprays fruit trees. The wages of a hired girl are from $2.50 to $4 per week. In most Southern Oregon homes the hired girl is the whole thing--cook, general housekeeper, washerwoman, servant (?) and companion--sometimes. In fact she is it from cellar to garret.
"What is the price of a cow, horse, sheep, mule (this isn't what he called it), pig, poultry?" Answer:--Cows are worth from $20 to $70; horses, from $35 to $125; sheep, from $2.50 to $3.50 per head; mules, about the same as horses; hogs, from $4 to $5 per hundredweight; chickens, from $2.50 to $3.50 per dozen; turkeys, 9 cents per pound; ducks, $3 per dozen; geese, $5 per dozen.
"What is the price of meat, a bag of flour, a bag of potatoes, of bread?" Answer:--Meat retails at any of Medford's three markets at from 8 to 15 cents a pound; a 50-pound "bag" of flour is worth 85 cents, a "bag" of potatoes--100 pounds--is worth from a cent to a cent and a half a pound; a loaf of bred will cost a five-cent nickel. You can buy six loaves for five nickels.
"How are sold the cattle? Do the people buy on the farm?" Answer:--Cattle are sold almost any old way at from $3.50 to $4.50 per hundredweight. People do not buy ON the farm, but city buyers buy FROM the farmers who have raised cattle ON the farm.
"Do the grazing cattle sell easily?" Answer:--Yes. Ofttimes the buyers are [illegible], but this is not general, as Southern Oregon beef is a prime article always. The buyer with the longest [illegible] always ships the longest trainloads of cattle.
"How many sheep can a shepherd keep?" Answer:--On the range two herders usually handle from 3000 to 4000.
"How many cows will a cowboy keep?" Answer:--Depends altogether on what he is doing with the cows. Ofttimes four cowboys can keep one cow very satisfactorily, then again and under different conditions 100 cows can be kept headed for the home ranch by one cowboy. Then again the number of cows a cowboy can "keep" depends upon the distinctness of the brands. As a usual thing he will keep all he can and keep himself out of the penitentiary.
"Is Medford a consequent town, and can I find the necessaries for my living and nothing too expensive?" Answer:--Yes, sir. Medford is of more consequence than a bunch lot of all the other towns of the valley--with an apology to Tolo. Medford is a town of 2500 people. Every line of business is represented here. You can buy anything you will need to live on--from a cambric needle to a threshing machine. All household necessities are very reasonable in price in Medford--cheaper in fact than in most coast towns. Prices do not vary much from those of eastern towns, except in cases of local production, where we are undoubtedly cheaper.
"Are the sheep subject to disease; do they all die off at once?" Answer:--No. There is no disease here peculiar to sheep except scab, and this succumbs very readily to treatment. They die off at once when the butcher decides he needs one for the block, or they get caught in a barbed wire fence--and these are sometimes for the block.
"Can I find in Medford the agricultural instruments necessary on a farm, and are they expensive?" Answer:--About the only agricultural "instrument" necessary on a farm is a piano, although many farmers seem happy and prosperous who have only the music of a buck saw, the crow of the family rooster and a threshing machine with which to amuse themselves. Agricultural implements, however, can be bought in Medford from one or all of three dealers and at prices as low as they can be bought for elsewhere.
Medford Mail, November 29, 1901, page 2
Miss Bertha Rose, of Phoenix, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Gus Newbury.
"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, November 29, 1901, page 3
David Ball has his photo tent in town.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, November 29, 1901, page 5
Mr. Clark, boss of the rock gang on the big ditch, was down last week and reports work progressing rapidly.
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, November 29, 1901, page 5
H. L. Orr, of Pasadena, Calif., is in Medford upon a visit to his son, W. L. Orr, the West Side merchant.
Miss Hilda McCurdy, of Glendale, a niece of merchant A. M. Woodford, is in Medford attending the Academy.
L. E. Hoover returned Monday from making his delivery of fruit trees to eastern Oregon and northern California purchasers.
J. D. Heard left Tuesday morning for a three weeks' absence in San Francisco. His business may call him to old Mexico before he returns.
Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Damon left this week for Oroville, Clif., where they will spend the winter with their son, U. M. Damon, and family.
J. M. Hatton, of Farmington, Wash., is in the valley looking over the country with a view to locating. He was formerly sheriff of Spokane County, Wash.
Mrs. E. L. Bashford and son, of Roseburg, arrived in Medford Tuesday evening and are now enjoying themselves at the home of G. W. Bashford, on Griffin Creek.
J. H. Drake and family arrived in Medford Tuesday morning from Washington, Kansas. The gentleman has bargained for a 140-acre tract of land between Medford and Phoenix. He is housekeeping in J. H. Butler's tenement house in West Medford.
Oliver Harbaugh, who was so seriously injured a few weeks ago by being thrown from a buggy, near Central Point, was in Medford Monday seemingly as hale and hearty as ever.
Mrs. S. R. Hill returned Tuesday evening from a quite extended visit to her son in Oakland, Calif. She will spend the winter in Medford with her son-in-law, attorney W. I. Vawter.
Mr. and Mrs. H. F. West, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, are in Medford upon a visit to their son, attorney C. P. Snell, and family. Mr. West is one of Douglas County's extensive prune growers and all-round prosperous farmers.
Mr. and Mrs. Dickson, of Bennett, Nebraska, are in the valley upon a visit to relatives. Mrs. Dickson is a cousin of Mrs. J. McPherson, Mrs. C. W. Fraley and James Wilson. On Monday Mr. McPherson gave the visitors a ride to the Sterling mine, where they viewed with wonder the gigantic methods adopted in placer mining.
Mrs. Al. Norman, of Ashland, enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner in Medford with her mother, Mrs. Rose.
Mrs. Elizabeth Wait and daughter, Miss Jessie, left Tuesday evening for Los Angeles, Calif., where they expect to remain during the winter, at least.
Miss Jessie Cole left Saturday morning for San Francisco, where she will remain during the coming winter. She will take a course of training as nurse in the McLean hospital in that city.
Charlie Culton returned Saturday from a three years' stay in Harney County, during which time he has been employed on a big stock ranch. He will spend the winter near Medford with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Culton.
Mrs. Harry Van Tassal, who has been visiting relatives in Medford for several weeks, returned to her home at Aberdeen, Wash., Monday evening. She was accompanied by her father, M. F. Hurst, who will spend the winter in Aberdeen.
Charlie Daily, a brother of School Superintendent Daily and son of Patrick Daily, of this city, arrived in Medford Monday from Concordia, Kan., and will make this his future home. Timothy Daily, another son of Patrick Daily, arrived last week from the same place and he, too, will reside here.
J. R. Howard was down from the Fish Lake Ditch this week. Mr. Howard has been in the employ of the ditch company since it first commenced doing business, and he likes it so well that he is praying for a few more weeks of good weather. That's the kind of a man Mr. Howard is, and that's the kind of people which composes the ditch company.
W. H. Moore and son Guy of Rosehill, Iowa, arrived in Medford last week and will, in all probability, make Southern Oregon their future home. Mr. Moore is father of Mrs. W. L. Orr, of this city. The gentleman has sold his farm property in Iowa and expects to reinvest his money here. He was in the valley a year and a half ago and remained several months, and was very favorably impressed with our country--hence his sale in Iowa and his return to the land of red apples and mild climate.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, November 29, 1901, page 6
H. C. Austin has purchased A. H. Chessmore's feed store business, and from this date on he is one of Medford's good business men. Mr. Chessmore had built up a good trade, and it is not probably that Mr. Austin will lose any of it, but as time grows apace will add to it materially. Mr. Chessmore will go to his ranch, near Grants Pass, and plant ten acres of fruit trees. There are eighty acres in his ranch, and he expects to set thirty or forty acres more to fruit just as soon as he can get the land cleared.
The Palm, Whitman & Co. cigar factory is overrun with orders just now. Last week they were over 40,000 cigars behind on orders, but have managed to reduce that to 30,000 at the present time. The company has a force of from 28 to 32 people working, and expects to increase the force to 35 or 40 during the present rush. The factory will have to turn out 100,000 cigars this month in order to catch up with the orders now filed.
H. C. Austin has rented the J. R. Wilson brick building, south of the Mail office, and will move his stock of flour and feed, which he recently purchased from A. H. Chessmore, thereto. Mr. Austin proposes to keep the most complete stock of flour, feed, and the goods that usually accompany them, in the city. He has a good location, and the fair, honest methods which he has established will surely bring him business.
J. Coberly, a recent arrival from San Jose, Calif., has purchased a residence near J. G. Van Dyke's home in South Medford and will make Medford his future home. There are several other parties in San Jose who are figuring on locating in Medford.
R. W. Gray is erecting a barn on his property in West Medford. Mr. Gray has one of the finest homes in the city, and he is continually adding more beauty and convenience to it by the erection of buildings and other improvements.
H. N. Marcy has purchased the shooting gallery from C. B. Smith. He will conduct the gallery until about the first of December, when he will go to southern California with his outfit and establish himself some place for the winter.
H. G. Nicholson's latest and most original method to attract attention to his store windows is that of putting a covey of quail there. He has seven of the birds, and they are little beauties.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, November 29, 1901, page 6
Medford Is Away Ahead.
"J. C. Wright & Co. today shipped a carload of fancy Spitzenburg apples, 650 boxes, to New York. This is the final carload this year, and this fruit is sold f.o.g. at Salem to a big wholesale firm, and it is labeled 'Oregon Fruit from the Celebrated Wallace Orchard, Salem, Ore.'"--Salem Journal.
"Salem is slow. Albany has shipped several carloads of apples east and south this fall and has several more in course of preparation."--Albany Herald.
Albany is not so swift herself. Medford has shipped "more than" several carloads of apples this year, and the shipping season is only fairly started. Over an hundred carloads have been shipped up to date--many of which have been consigned direct to London, England, and Glasgow, Scotland. New York City is only a way station for Southern Oregon apples--a transfer station, as it were, from land to water.
It is up to the Albany Herald printer, however, to explain why, in putting into type the above-quoted item from the Salem Journal, he made the leaden missiles say the apples were sold "f.o.g." when he intended to say, and should have said, f.o.b. Was this printed thusly from force of habit?
Medford Mail, November 29, 1901, page 6
Sunday morning 10,000 pounds of dressed poultry were shipped from Medford to San Francisco by Wells, Fargo & Co.'s Express, for the Thanksgiving trade. The principal consigners were F. K. Deuel & Co. and Cox & Perry. Over 15,000 pounds of poultry have been shipped so far this season through the Medford office, twice as much as has ever been sent out before at this season of the year. It is almost impossible to find any line of produce which does not show an increase in shipment this year, and this feature, we are glad to say, does not seem to be confined to Medford alone, although this city appears to show a higher percent of increase than other shipping points. We are growing, there is no doubt of it. It is not a spasmodic growth, due to booming, but a healthy, steady upward tendency, which shows solid, prosperous business conditions.
On Monday the West Side grocery store, which has been conducted by A. D. Ray for the past several months, changed hands, having been purchased by T. J. Goodwyn. Mr. Ray will go to southern California for the benefit of his health and his father, J. H. Ray, who has been assisting him in carrying on the business, will go to Coos County to look after his mining interests there. The many friends Mr. Ray has made during his residence in Medford hope that he will find success and health in his new location. The new management will conduct the business on the same lines as before--courteous treatment and full value in goods for money invested.
The supreme court on Monday handed down a decision sustaining the action of the circuit court, in what is known as the Ashland liquor cases .The defendants, Jesse Houck and Joseph Dame, were convicted before Justice Berry, of Ashland, for violating the ordinance against selling liquor in that city. They appealed to the circuit court and Judge Hanna sustained the justice. Appeal was then taken to the supreme court which has just decided as above. The effect of this decision will be to establish a precedent whereby municipal incorporations may vote the town "wet or dry" at will.
Michael Galarneau and son, of Klamath County, were in Medford Monday. The young Mr. Galarneau was afflicted with one very badly crossed eye, and it was for the purpose of having it straightened that the visit to our city was made. The operation was decidedly a delicate and difficult one owing to the fact that the eye was so badly crossed, but it was very successfully performed, and when through with the young man could see as straight ahead with it as he could with the one not afflicted. When given a mirror to look in after the operation the young fellow could hardly believe it was his own face that reflected in the glass. The operation was performed by Dr. Pickel.
Apple items have been plentiful in these columns of late--but it seems the more we write about them the better we like it. And the people don't seem to mind it either, especially when a great number of them are jingling yellow coin in their pockets--put there by those red and yellow apples. So here goes for another one. Last week, to be exact, from the 18th to the 25th, J. A. Whitman shipped thirteen carloads of apples from Medford. Eleven carloads were shipped to New York City, one to San Antonio, Texas, and one to Kansas City, Mo.
As an evidence of the wonderful profit derived from the fruit industry when orchards are properly pruned and cared for, the following case in point will fully attest: J. W. Merritt has an apple orchard of two and a half acres across Bear Creek from Central Point from which he realized $1241 this year. W. H. Norcross bought the crop for ninety cents per box and shipped 1175 boxes at $1.25 per box. This represents a value of over $1800 on two and a half acres of ground. Who will say that Southern Oregon is not a fruit country? [See correction of this paragraph printed December 6, page 2, below.]
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, November 29, 1901, page 7
Buy Useful Articles.
Some people, in fact many people, are too careless in the investment of money, and this fact is more apparent at holiday time than at any other. The womenfolk almost always know what to buy, and they, nine times out of ten, buy something really useful, and when presents are made by the dear girls and their mammas the recipients are always pleased, and all this is because the presents are either useful or will in some way very tastefully adorn some part of the house. But the men! oh, mister, they are genuine, first-class failures every time--and it's not their fault, either. From the fullness of their hearts there comes welling to the surface a desire to make someone--in fact, every member of the household--happy, but the poor fellow just naturally don't know how. The men want to do the right thing, but--alas, but--. They are not expected to know that a nice, easy rocking chair is the one thing most needful about the house for the tired wife to rest in after a day of toil; they haven't noticed that the sitting room stand is getting wobbly and that the spots on its top have been covered for years with the family Bible, and that there will needs be an extension on the Bible if all the spots are reached; they haven't noticed that the dining table is old style and that the good wife blushes with humiliation when she seats company at it; they can't see and know all these things, but if the wife would "kinder" suggest in a "sorter" offhand way at this time o' year that there was such and such an article needful, it's dollars against doughnuts she'll get them. And while we are talking on this furniture proposition we want to say to the men that if they will pry around a little they can come pretty close to finding out what the wives need, and when this is understood we are telling you further that the Medford Furniture Company can supply every want.
A Mail reporter made a thorough canvass of their entire stock on Tuesday of this week, and he's telling you right here that it's the best line of furniture ever brought to Medford. There is much of it that's so suited for Christmas gifts that no person who is looking for a gift need go away with his wants unsupplied. Among the especially good articles of this purpose we might mention seventy-five easy and very up-to-date rockers, several elegant dressing tables in birdseye maple and golden oak, with piano polish, combination bookcases and writing desks, elegant bedroom suites, the very finest line of sofas, extension tables, all kinds of stands, umbrella racks, a very large stock of all grades of carpets, and carpet sweepers to sweep 'em with, exquisite china closets, rugs, children's rockers and wagons, portieres, library tables--and we might enumerate for an hour, but this is enough to satisfy any person that they can get anything they need in the furniture line at the Medford Furniture Company's store.
Medford Mail, November 29, 1901, page 7
In the thirteen years ending June 30, 1900, according to official reports, the railroads of the United States killed 86,277 people and injured 469,027. Yet in the face of these figures, there are people whose idea of a good time is to fill up on whisky and go to sleep on the track. It is obvious error.
Medford Mail, December 6, 1901, page 2
Big Profits from Small Orchard.
Last week these columns told of the immense yield of apples from a three-acre orchard, near Central Point. Our informant was somewhat in error as to the exact amount of fruit gathered. We print this week a communication from Central Point which covers the ground completely. The communication is signed by one of the most honorable and successful citizens of that town, but the signature is not affixed to it because of very good reasons given by the writer. The item here follows:
"As an evidence of the possibilities of the fruit industry in Jackson County, the following wonderful profit from three acres of apple orchard, one mile north of Central Point, may be cited:
"The crop was bought by W. H. Norcross, an extensive fruit shipper, for 90 cents a box on the trees in the orchard. The owner, J. W. Merritt, realized $1251.90 for the season's yield, which was 1391 boxes. Mr. Norcross sold the fruit for $1.25 per box, realizing $1738.75 from three acres of ten-year-old apple trees. This shows the wonderful profit of the industry, when orchards are properly pruned, cultivated and protected from fruit pests. Jackson County is the greatest fruit-producing section of Oregon, and capitalists are arriving daily, buying up the cream of the valley and setting it to apple trees, principally Newtown Pippins and Spitzenburgs. Men who have been in the fruit business for years are purchasing more land and setting out more trees this fall. Farmers are realizing the advantages of fruit over wheat, and gradually setting their entire holdings with fruit trees."
Medford Mail, December 6, 1901, page 2
The Phoenix photo gallery is now running at full blast and cheap prices for thirty days.
"Phoenix Items," Medford Mail, December 6, 1901, page 3
P. W. Olwell left for Arizona Wednesday to join his wife, who will spend the winter there for her health.
"Central Point Items," Medford Mail, December 6, 1901, page 3
A. J. Stewart left Wednesday for El Paso, Texas, where he will spend the winter.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Stewart left Wednesday for a few weeks' visit to San Francisco.
Miss Beulah Warner, who is teaching school in the Neil district, spent Saturday in Medford with home folks.
Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Barkdull are in Medford from Humboldt County, California, upon a visit to J. W. Barkdull and family.
Mrs. Threca Shedd and son, Lawrence, returned last week from Chicago, Calif., where they have been stopping for some time.
George Merriman, Jr., left Monday for Talent, where he will learn blacksmithing with his brother, Tom, who is engaged in that line.
Gilbert Olson stopped off in Medford Tuesday for a brief stay with friends. Himself and Frank Ladd are now engaged in the racket store business in Roseburg.
G. R. Row and family and S. Nichols and family, all of Springfield, Missouri, are among the latest arrivals in Medford. They came with the intention of remaining.
W. E. Pickens came over from Montague Tuesday evening for a day's stay with home folks. Will is foreman of the Oakland Meat Company's stock ranch, near Montague, and is doing well.
Mrs. C. H. Pierce returned last week from quite an extended visit in Portland. She is now visiting relatives in Ashland, but will soon become a permanent resident of Medford, Mr. Pierce having decided to move here from Ashland.
F. H. Litchfield, who has been conducting the Vienna Bakery in Medford, having disposed of his interest therein, has returned to his former home at Salem.
Ralph Woodford came up from Grants Pass Tuesday and will remain in Medford hereafter, he having taken a position as pharmacy student in Chas. Strang's drug store.
J. A. Pruitt and family have moved to Medford from their farm east of town. They will spend the winter in town and give their children the benefits of our superior school facilities.
W. S. Clay and family arrived in Medford Wednesday evening from Snohomish, Wash. Mr. Clay is the gentleman who purchased the C. E. Stewart fruit ranch a couple of months ago.
Henry Lynch and family arrived in Medford Sunday evening from Wallowa County, Oregon. They brought household effects with them and come with the intention of remaining, provided they can find a suitable location.
G. L. Davis, the erstwhile Medford merchant, now traveling salesman for a Portland wholesale house, stopped off in Medford Saturday for a few days' stay with his family and to sell goods in the nearby towns. He reports that he is selling lots of goods and that he likes his job immensely well.
John W. Speaks and his stepson, L. N. Poindexter, of Modoc County, California, are expected to arrive in Medford the latter part of this week. The former is stepfather of, and the latter brother to, W. E. Poindexter, the Medford carpenter. These gentlemen expect to make their home in Medford.
Mrs. D. M. Knisely, of Edgerton, Ohio, arrived in Medford Wednesday evening and will remain during the winter with her uncle and aunt, Mr.and Mrs. F. M. Stewart. The lady is the wife of Dr. Knisely, a prominent dentist of Edgerton, and is here for the benefit of her health. She was accompanied by her sister, Mrs. E. B. Farley, wife of a big wholesale furniture dealer in Colorado Springs, Colo., and is here upon a visit.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, December 6, 1901, page 6
Special Millinery Sale.
December is the month of "sales." Everybody's object now is to purchase at rock-bottom prices. We are disposing of the remainder of our fall stock of millinery novelties. Patterns, street hats, velvets, veilings, fancies, etc., etc., at a special reduction from their former prices. Call and purchase while the opportunity lasts. H. A. Medynski & Co. Parlor back of new bank.
Medford Mail, December 6, 1901, page 6
H. C. Shearer, of Steamboat, this county, has purchased Billie Isaacs' Rialto cigar store and fixtures. He has moved his family to Medford and is now in possession of his new purchase. He is a very fine young man, strictly honest and not a stranger to the business world. He will surely do a good business--Billie already had it coming his way, and all Mr. Shearer has to do is to hold it. Mr. Isaacs, who has made an almost phenomenal success of this his first business venture, will be with the store for a few weeks, or until all the workings of the business have been [illegible] by Mr. Shearer, when he will engage in a different line of business in our city, the nature of which is not now ripe to give out.
Capt. Gordon Voorhies has ordered enough Yellow Newtown and Spitzenburg apple trees and Bartlett and Howard pear trees to plant the Bud Hamlin place, which he purchased a few months ago. There are about two hundred and sixty acres in the place, and it will all be planted.
Josh Patterson, living near Talent, has gotten into an apple notion and has decided to plant fifty acres of his fine wheat land to trees this winter. If Mr. Patterson don't make a success of growing apples it will be the first thing he ever failed at.
Lawrence Pickens was before Recorder York on Tuesday of this week charged with assault and battery upon Wm. Barnum. The assault was made on the street corner Saturday night. The recorder imposed a fine of $20, which was satisfied.
Work on the Bear Creek bridge was to have commenced yesterday, but the weather was just a little too moist. The need for these repairs becomes more noticeably apparent as the rainy season approaches.
The Ashland oil well is now down 1376 feet in bituminous sandstone. Operations have been delayed considerably by the breakage of tools.
The Medford flour is guaranteed to be as good as any flour, and 20 cents a barrel cheaper.
Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Gore are parents to a new girl baby, which came to their pleasant farm home on Friday, November 29th.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, December 6, 1901, page 6
Echoes from the Street.
W. W. Taylor:--"Why don't I put out an apple orchard? Well, I'll tell , Bliton, I don't know that my land is the correct thing for fruit trees, but I do know that it's good farm and stock land. My brother, Cory, and myself are going into the stock business to some extent. We bought a good-sized tract of land over in the Dead Indian country last summer which we will use for a summer range. It is south of the Lindsa boys' place and is nearly all prairie land. We now have fifty-odd head of cattle and will have more just as soon as we can get hold of them."
P. M. Kershaw:--"Here is the price of a year's subscription to the Mail. Send it to my father, Peter Kershaw, at Graysville, Illinois. He wants to know about this country, and I know of no better way to give him the whole works than to send him the paper. Send him the three last numbers with all those fruit items in. The old gentleman is getting a notion into his head that he would like to live in Oregon, and I'm helping the notion along. Why, say, this is the only place to live. People who have lived here always don't know what a paradise they have. If they were compelled to brave the rigor of old Illinois winters they'd be more appreciative."
M. L. Pellett:--"That London fruit buyer who was in the valley a few weeks ago said the Rogue River Valley produced a better grade of Newtown apples than any other country in the world. He has been in every known apple country and he ought to know, and probably does--what he is talking about. My Newtowns were a fine quality this season and sold at a good price. He offered $2.25 a box for them, but they had already been sold."
W. F. Isaacs:--"Someone, unintentionally of course, exchanged hats with me at the dance last Thursday evening. Mine was a Dunlap. The one left in its place don't fit my head bumps, and I would like right well to make an exchange."
Medford Mail, December 6, 1901, page 6
Good Bread Now.
The Boss Candy [Store] man, of Jacksonville, has bought the [Vienna] bakery. You can depend upon having good bread at all times. Cakes, etc., on hand. Wedding cake on three days' notice. Pure, fresh candies kept constantly on hand.
Medford Mail, December 6, 1901, page 6
In the practice of law as in the practice of other professions it is the closest student and the one who attends to business carefully, thoroughly and honestly to whom you naturally feel you can entrust your legal affairs with all safety. The professional man who depends wholly upon his "sheepskin" for the success of his practice soon becomes fossilized, and to all intent and purpose is a nonentity in the community. In this connection we want to say that attorney W. E. Phipps is not of this stripe. He is a hustler, and a good one. He is a close student to his law library, and there is no business entrusted to him that is not given every possible attention. He has a splendid library, and he knows its contents; he has built up a good business in our town and has done it upon honest, conscientious principles. Mr. Phipps has made a financial success of his law practice in Medford--and that's a pretty good recommend [sic] for any man in that profession, during these days of prosperity and plenty, when all litigation is at low ebb.
Wanted--Middle-aged lady to take care of invalid lady. Address W. S. Gore, Medford.
The opera house was well filled on Saturday evening to witness the athletic entertainment. There was some disappointment on account of changes in the program, but this was no fault of the management, as two local boxers who had agreed to appear failed, for some reason, to show up. L. C. Narregan made a short address defining the object of the entertainment, then H. W. and W. Jackson opened the performance with a five-round exhibition, and showed considerable cleverness. The wrestling match between Rumley and Bonar was won easily by the former, neither man showing any great proficiency. The barrel contest between Tobe Brouse and Arthur Robinson was productive of much merriment and resulted in a draw. "Kid" Gannon of Portland and Frank Freeman, of Spokane, sparred ten rounds to wind up the show. Neither man extended himself much, but there were occasional very clever bits of sparring. The contest was awarded to Freeman in the fifth round on a foul, but on mutual agreement the men went the balance of the ten rounds. The Medford band furnished excellent music for the occasion. The door receipts were over $90.
The following named seven young men--Tobe Brouse, Jack Plymale, Eugene Childers, Dale Hazel, Rube Murray, M. Adams and Art Robinson, sang louder, about four o'clock Sunday morning, than was thought by Chief of Police Johnson to be in keeping with the dignity of the city at that hour of the night, when serenades are not expected nor welcomed, and on Monday morning he filed complaints against them before Recorder York, charging them with disturbing the peace. Someone apprised the boys of what was going on, and all of them called upon the recorder, unsolicited, and paid $5 each into the city's exchequer. Some of these are not really bad boys by any means, neither are they boisterous, ordinarily, but they seem to have overstepped the boundary of law and order this time. However, this little draft on their bank accounts may have a salutary effect upon them, and it may be the best investment of $5 they ever made.
A dramatic company has been organized in Medford, and the first entertainment is booked for holiday week and will be the presentation of a three-act drama entitled "The Heart of a Hero," by McIntyre. The cast is Lin Purdin, in the lead role and the hero of the play; Emmett Barkdull is the villain. W. J. Mahoney is an estray from Si Perkins' combination; Sid Cole is a squire with dignity and gray whiskers; George Porter is a "jude" from the city; Homer Rothermel is an office boy; Mae Merriman is lead lady; Carrie George is a poor old maid, in other words a spinster, with an object but no prospect; Gertrude Wilson is an asylum inmate; Florence Toft is a coquette with dashing ways but a heart that's all right. Rehearsals are now on, and advertising matter will soon be out. Since the above item was put in type the company has made different arrangements and will put on "In the Toils" instead of the play above mentioned.
No need for Medford people to buy imported bacon. We have some very choice pieces, made from Rogue River Valley pork, and made this season. Every piece guaranteed to be fresh and wholesome. All animals which are slaughtered by us are given a thorough inspection, and not an ounce of diseased meat is either put on the block or salted. Arnold & Barneburg, proprietors of the City Market.
Medford Camp No. 90, Woodmen of the World, gave a social and entertainment at their lodge hall on Tuesday evening of this week. There were between 200 and 300 members and invited friends present, and a very pleasant evening was spent. The program consisted of an opening address by attorney C. P. Snell, piano solos by Miss Osenbrugge, vocal solo by Mrs. W. W. Bates, vocal solo by Miss Webb, vocal solo by Master Dean Morey, a violin solo by W. S. Crowell, Jr., and an address by H. Mann. M. F. Parker was master of ceremonies, and a few remarks from him fitted in very appropriately in several places. Mr. Parker is nothing if not ludicrous, and he was at his best Tuesday night. After the exercises the guests were invited into the banquet room adjoining, where plates were spread for sixty-two people at one time--and when the refreshment finish was made it was counted up that these same tables had been set and reset four times. The refreshments consisted of cold meats, sandwiches, cakes and coffee and were relished by all. After the refreshments had been partaken of to the entire satisfaction of all, a few of the young people enjoyed themselves in a merry dance for an hour or two.
The Medford Dancing Club gave an enjoyable party at the opera house on Thursday evening, November 28th. Sixty-five couples responded to the invitations issued by the ladies of the club and passed an enjoyable evening dancing to the inspiring music of Prof. Boffa's orchestra. A special train from Jacksonville brought ten couples from that place. Supper was served at the Star Restaurant and was first class in every respect. Taking it all in all it was one of the most enjoyable occasions of the kind which has ever occurred in the city.
J. H. Drake,who arrived in Medford last week from Kansas, is an experienced and longtime grower of full-blood hogs, and it is that line of business he expects to follow here if he can secure a suitable location not far from Medford. He is especially desirous of securing a location close enough to the city that his children may attend our schools. An industry such as Mr. Drake proposes establishing is surely needful in the valley, and there seems not the shadow of a doubt but that the business would prove profitable.
Bates Bros. have purchased 116 acres of land east of Medford and will plant the entire tract to fruit. The land is situated near J. A. Whitman's orchard, on the west, and is said to be soil well adapted to fruit culture. They have already ordered enough trees to set out 100 acres, and as soon as they arrive the work of planting will begin. They will put out fifty acres to Newtown Pippins and the remaining fifty to Jonathan apples and pears. The price paid for the land was $2000, and the purchase was made from T. F. Young.
At the noon hour on Tuesday last past, the rain fell almost in torrents. It is told that upon this date and even with the hour above named, one of Medford's many saleswoman, after putting on her wraps, started out for lunch in the rain with a large feather duster held high over her head--and she did not discover that it was not her umbrella she had until the rain began splashing her in the face--and about that time other clerks in the establishment had made the same discovery--and the aforesaid saleswoman looked like three-tenths of a dollar.
Henry Pohlman has purchased two acres of orchard, in the Orchard Home tract, from Wm. Hall, of Winnipeg, B.C. This gives Mr. Pohlman an orchard of twenty-five or thirty acres--and he's making money off of it, but there isn't anyone saying that he doesn't deserve the success he is having. He is a hardworking and an honest, painstaking horticulturist.
The ladies, Mrs. P. M. Williams and her mother, Mrs. E. B. Merriman, who arrived in Medford last week from Bisbee, Arizona, have decided to locate in our town and a few months hence Mr. Williams will arrive and he will at once secure property and erect a dwelling. Bisbee is a smelter town, and the smoke from it was injurious to these ladies' health--hence the move to Oregon.
A. L. Learned, of Jacksonville, proprietor of the Boss Candy Store at that place, has purchased the interest of Frank Litchfield in the Vienna Bakery and will hereafter conduct that business. Mr. Learned will run the candy store at Jacksonville, and will have an experienced baker in charge of the business here, and continue to furnish his customers with first-class goods in his line.
Sunday night the street lights were turned on for the first time this fall, and parties living on C Street from Fourth Street on the north to Twelfth on the south, and those living on Seventh as far out as the school house, could get home without danger of breaking their necks in the darkness.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, December 6, 1901, page 9
This thought is not fathered by a delusion, neither is it impracticable or impossible--an electric railway from Medford to the vast belt of timber on upper Rogue River. The Fish Lake Ditch Company will be in a position to supply all necessary power to operate such a line, while the cost of construction would be very slight as compared with the cost of a regulation railroad. Medford people, we believe, would be willing and anxious to subsidize a proposition of this kind--with one condition--that the lumber be brought to Medford in the log. You say this would necessitate the hauling of a great amount of worthless timber? That is not so. Every particle of the wood itself could be, and would be, manufactured right here in Medford into useful articles of commerce, while the bark could be used for fuel. This is no pipe dream but a matter of sound logic and a condition which may be brought about to the profit of our growing little city--and as well to the men who have gumption enough to grasp a good thing when they see it.
Medford Mail, December 13, 1901, page 2
Miss Carrie Beekman, who has been visiting different points in the East for the past two months, arrived in Portland last Saturday.
"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, December 13, 1901, page 3
Elder M. Brownrigg will soon close his ministerial labors in Phoenix. He desires to finish his college course, and this cannot be done while his time is taken up in preaching. Besides this he is badly afflicted with nervousness caused by too much worry and hard study. He will try to finish his course in one year and will take photos at the same time to defray his expenses.
"Phoenix Items," Medford Mail, December 13, 1901, page 3
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Hunter left Wednesday for Medford, where they will reside for the winter.
"Gold Hill Items," Medford Mail, December 13, 1901, page 3
Geo. Jackson, of Medford, stopped at the Trail House Thursday while on his way to the west branch of Trail Creek, where he was taking a load of supplies for the King brothers.
"Trail Creek Items," Medford Mail, December 13, 1901, page 5
H. N. Marcy left Tuesday for Pasadena, Calif., at which place he will put in a shooting gallery.
Mrs. F. E. Bell, mother-in-law of F. L. Taylor, left Tuesday morning for a visit with relatives at New Ross, Ind.
J. H. Ray and daughter, Miss Clara, were at Ashland Tuesday, at which place the daughter will spend the winter with friends.
George Anderson, of Florence, Oregon, was in Medford this week upon business. He was looking for a suitable location to engage in business.
Chas. Bigham, of Gazelle, Calif., who has been visiting his uncle, John Bigham, and family, near Medford, for the past three weeks, left Saturday for his home.
Miss Anna Wait left Wednesday for Los Angeles, Calif., having been called there by the illness of her sister, Mrs. Terwilliger. Mrs. Wait is also now a resident of Los Angeles.
C. H. Hemstreet, a mechanical engineer, now with the Trescott Packing Company, of Goble, Oregon, was in Medford last week upon a visit to his brother, B. F. Hemstreet, and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Jones, parents of Dr. W. S. Jones, arrived in the city Tuesday evening from Pleasantville, Iowa. They will spend the winter here with the doctor and his family. They were met at Colestin by the doctor and his daughter, Miss Maud.
Engineer Vic McCray came in from the Fish Lake Ditch this week for a few days' business stay in the city. He returned Wednesday, accompanied by F. M. Stewart, a notary public. They will visit several farmers along the line of the ditch and secure their acknowledgments to a number of ditch contracts and rights-of-way.
Mrs. J. H. Ray, son A. D., and daughter Miss Lucy left Tuesday for San Francisco, Calif., where they will remain for the winter, in hopes that the dryer climate of that section may prove beneficial to the son's health. The young man's many friends in Medford will anxiously await for good news from him.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, December 13, 1901, page 6
J. P. True, of Griffin Creek, has sold his North Medford property to Walter S. Moore, consideration $450. Mr. Moore is a son of Harvey Moore, the West Side blacksmith, and is from Black Butte, Lane County, Oregon. The deal was made by M. Bellinger.
The new A. B. Chase chapel organ which was ordered for the Catholic Church in Jacksonville has arrived and will be on exhibition at the Coss Piano House all day Friday. The instrument is a grand affair and should be seen by all intending purchasers.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, December 13, 1901, page 6
One of the most pleasant wedding events which has been celebrated in Medford for many months took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Isaacs on Sunday, December 8, 1901, it being the occasion of the marriage of their daughter, Miss Mamie E. Isaacs, to Mr. Claud A. Riddle, of Grants Pass.
The wedding took place at three o'clock in the afternoon and was witnessed only by the immediate members of the family and a few of the bride's most intimate friends. The parlors were beautifully decorated with chrysanthemums and English ivy and the bay window was a bower of flower beauty. The ceremony was performed by Rev. S. H. Jones, of Jacksonville. The bride was beautifully attired in a dress of imported, castor-colored venetian cloth, with slight train, trimmed with applique and stitched bands of same. The corsage was trimmed with a fluffy creation of gold lace over white net and chiffon. The groom was dressed in conventional black. The bride carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums tied with white ribbon.
The bride is one of Medford's most highly esteemed young ladies and has many friends who are profuse in their congratulations.
The groom is a native of Douglas County, and is a newspaper man of considerable prominence, having been in the service of the Grants Pass Observer for some time. The happy couple left on the Sunday evening train for Grants Pass, where they will reside.
Those present aside from the members of the family were Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Rosenbaum, of Wolf Creek, Mrs. Fred Miller, of Grants Pass, Mrs. E. L. Bashford, of Roseburg, Miss Elsie Patterson, of Ashland, and Miss Carrie George, of Medford.
Medford Mail, December 13, 1901, page 6
The Southern Oregon Oil Co., which has been sinking a well near Ashland, suspended operations temporarily last Saturday. The well has reached a depth of over 1500 feet, but while the company is in condition to meet all obligations, funds were running low owing to numerous unavoidable accidents. It was deemed unwise to incur any indebtedness and so the work was shut down. At a public meeting in Ashland last Friday night nearly 4000 shares were subscribed for, and no doubt sufficient money will be raised to sink the well a few hundred feet further and demonstrate to a certainty whether oil exists at that point or not. It is to be hoped that the Ashland people will be successful in finding oil, as it would mean enhanced prosperity all over the valley. Some of this stock could probably be sold in Medford.
J. A. Perry, proprietor of the Independent Warehouse, and G. T. Faucett, agent for the Wells, Fargo & Co.'s Express, chipped in last week and had Street Commissioner Brandenburg put down a crosswalk from their places of business across Seventh Street. We will now have one crosswalk which passengers and townspeople can cross upon from the depot to the express office and the Jacksonville trains without getting ankle deep in mud. It's a commendable piece of enterprise and the Mail scribe feels like throwing a bouquet every time he happens that way. Someone wanted to know if these gentlemen intended keeping the mud cleaned from this aforesaid-mentioned walk. Their intentions are strictly in line with that sort of procedure, but suppose they don't, the people of Medford are nothing out. Didn't think about that, did you? Those depot crossings are an insult to common decency, but there seems no way of bettering them, inasmuch as the railroad company will not put in plank and we understand will not permit the city council to do so. A few feet of planking between the tracks and this kept clean of mud would be an improvement very much appreciated by passengers and townspeople.
The K. of P. boys and the K. of P. boys' girls and wives, to the number of about sixty, had a most delightful social time at lodge hall on Monday evening of this week. This was the regular meeting night of the lodge, but all business was sidetracked and the entire evening was given over to a continual round of good time. Various games of cards were played together with crokinole and other amusements. Some enjoyed a few whirls to waltz music in the banquet hall adjoining--and everybody had lots of fun--and the boys felt pretty good because they were Knights, while the ladies were elated because of the fact that they were so intimately associated with such a crowd of gallant young men--who to them are knights always, either inside or outside the lodge room. Refreshments were also furnished and were partaken of with a relish that would give Delmonico spasms.
Dr. B. F. Adkins:--"I had a letter from my brother-in-law, J. W. Howard, last week. He is over in Klamath County where he has had 600 head of cattle fattening on the succulent range grass of that county and which he has recently sold to California buyers at a good figure. He is one of the most extensive stock raisers of Eastern Oregon. Himself and family will visit us in Medford holiday week .Yes, I've been away. Went over in the Williams Creek country for a week. Mrs. Adkins and Ora returned to Medford from California on Thanksgiving day."
John Barneburg was unfortunate in having his left shoulder joint dislocated on Tuesday of this week. He was riding after cattle when one of the animals crossed the path of the horse he was riding, throwing man, horse and rider to the ground in a great mixup. Mr. B. can consider himself very fortunate that he escaped with so slight an injury. The dismembered members were placed in their proper positions by Drs. Shearer and Stephenson, and after he has carried his shoulder and arm in a sling for a couple of weeks he will be all right again.
The Ashland Normal football team sent a challenge recently to the Medford Academy team for a game on the Normal grounds on Saturday of this week. The challenge was accepted, and all arrangements had been made by the Academy for the game, but the Normal boys got "cold feet," and with "snow in their shoes" and their knees knocking together they wrote the Academy team captain on Tuesday of this week declaring the game off.
Medford people can better afford to wait a few days to have their wood sawed than to patronize an out-of-town saw. Ed. Whiteside lives in Medford. He runs a steam woodsaw--get him to saw your wood--and keep your money in Medford, and in the due course of time it may again reach your purse. If paid to outside parties there is no possible show for you ever to see it again.
D. E. Morris, superintendent of construction on the Fish Lake Ditch, was in Medford this week accompanied by Mrs. Morris, who will remain in the city a few days. Mr. Morris tells us that the grading work on the first seventeen miles of the ditch is completed, and all the teams will be laid off except a few which will be employed in hauling lumber for fluming purposes. The camp is being moved this week from near the drop back to the head of the ditch where winter quarters will be established. A force of about forty men will be kept at work for about sixty days on the rock cuts, in which time it is expected all this work can be completed. The flumes across the south fork of Little Butte and Lake creeks, the two principal flumes on the line, are practically completed. There are a few flumes of lesser proportions across gulches and small streams which will be put in during the winter. All work on the entire seventeen miles of the ditch is so far along and so nearly completed that assurance is positively given that water will be carried to the valley the middle of May 1902. Both the engineer, Mr. McCray, and Mr. Morris have been anxiously, and with some apprehension, awaiting the coming of the first hard rains of winter. There was a possibility that at some of the more critical points on hillsides and where excavations were heavy there might be a slump of the banks, but since the recent heavy rains a thorough examination of these places has been made and they are found to have withstood the strain without a suspicion of a break any place.
Olwell Bros. shipped two carloads of apples this week to Hamburg, Germany. The strict quarantine regulations established by Germany against fruit from all Pacific Coast states makes the matter of shipping to that country decidedly hazardous, as many carloads already shipped from other coast points have been rejected by the German inspectors, but to do away with any possible trouble Messrs. Olwell Bros. had each box of fruit in these two carloads inspected by A. H. Carson, horticultural commissioner and inspector for this district, and his certificate to the effect that the fruit was not pest infested accompanied the bills of lading.
J. A. Whitman has moved his place of residence to the house which for years has been the home of his father, J. D. Whitman, and is situated adjoining Medford on the south.
A fire alarm was turned in Wednesday afternoon, but upon investigation it was found to be only a chimney burning out at the Academy boarding house, on North D Street. Another alarm was turned in about 7:30 in the evening of the same day, and this, too, proved to be a chimney fire at Jimmie Jones' house. The fire department was on hand in good time at both these alleged conflagrations.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, December 13, 1901, page 7
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An ordinance was passed licensing [the] telephone company and restricting their operations as to putting up poles and attaching wires to buildings and trees. Consent must be secured from the street commissioner and interested parties before wires can be attached to any tree within the corporate limits of the city and from the owner or agent of any building. The license was placed at $100 per year, and the use of phones shall not be more than $1.50 per month.
"Meeting of City Council," Medford Mail, December 20, 1901, page 3
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
Leon Haskins came home from Berkeley, Calif. Sunday for a visit with home folks during his school vacation. The young man is taking a course in the pharmaceutical department of the University of California, and is getting along finely in his studies.
Mrs. C. L. Reeves, sister-in-law of Dr. Goble, left Sunday for a visit in Centralia, Wash. She was accompanied by Mr. Goble's little child.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm Vaughn, of Clackamas County, Oregon, were in Jackson County last week and this upon a visit to Mr. and Mrs. A. Wyland, living east of Medford. Mrs. Vaughn and Mrs. Wyland are sisters and have not seen each other before for thirty years. Mr. Vaughn crossed the plains in '48 and Mrs. Vaughn in '45. Mr. V. took a donation claim soon after his arrival in Oregon and himself and family have since resided continuously upon this same land. Eleven children have been born to them and all are living, the baby of the family being the wife of M. F. McCown, of this city. Mr. V. also has a cousin by the same name, living up Rogue River way, whom he had not seen since he left Tennessee in the '40s.
G. F. King returned this week from up Prospect way, where he located four settlers on homesteads.
F. V. Medynski was at Roseburg this week making filing upon a piece of timber land in the Rogue River timber belt.
Mrs. C. R. Welch and son and daughter, Chester and Mildred, arrived in Medford Tuesday from Salem, and will make this city their future home. Mrs. Welch is mother of E. M. Welch, of the Medford Furniture Company, and a sister of Mrs. Hollis, wife of F. W. Hollis, another member of the above-mentioned firm. These people were accompanied by L. M. Welch and son Frank, who are but recently from the East, but who also will reside in Medford; they were accompanied also by Mrs. Welch's mother. They are now housekeeping in the Dr. Kirchgessner residence on Nob Hill. Mr. C. R. Welch, who is now in business at Salem, expects to soon come to Medford to reside. He, too, is a member of the Medford Furniture Company.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, December 20, 1901, page 6
Dr. Payne has been giving hypnotic exhibitions three nights during the week at the opera house to good-sized audiences. The tests shown by the doctor are very interesting, and he displays a complete mastery of his profession. On Wednesday evening the subject, who had been sleeping in the window of the Medford Book Store, was awakened, having first been placed in a cataleptic state by Dr. Payne and then returned to a normal condition, the operator explaining each step as he proceeded. Afterward a large class was placed under the influence and they performed many laughable feats. The special features Thursday evening were "the murder trial and courtroom scene" and "the baseball match." The antics of the different subjects afford a good evening's entertainment, aside from scientific interest of the experiments. Dr. Payne expects to fill a return date here in the near future.
L. H. Faucett is having many improvements made to his fine home in Southwest Medford. An addition, in which there will be four rooms, is being built, while there is also being put up sixty feet of porch, on two sides of the main building. N. B. Bradbury has the contract and carpenters W. L. Halley and W. E. Poindexter are doing the work.
C. M. Allen, the gentleman who purchased the J. H. Wilson farm, near Medford, has a good portion of his land in readiness for tree planting, and as soon as the trees arrive they will be planted, and the foundation for another Jackson County orchard shall have been commenced.
C. H. Elmore has fifty acres of good fruit land, over near Jacksonville, upon which he now has a twenty-acre orchard, but he is not content with that and is preparing another twenty-acre tract for tree planting. The trees have been ordered and will be put out this winter. He will plant Newtown Pippin apples and Bartlett pears.
The repairs on the Bear Creek bridge at this place have been completed, and travel across it has been resumed. Next spring we may reasonably expect the county commissioners to commence work on a new structure to take the place of the old one.
At a meeting of the members of the Presbyterian Church held recently, the pastor's back salary, to the amount of $200, was raised, but the members wisely decided not to engage a new pastor until such time as they could with safety guarantee his salary and know positively from whence it was to come.
That candle in H. H. Howard & Co.'s window is attracting no end of attention. It's a whopper and is going to be lighted Christmas Eve. The printed matter in the window will tell you all about it.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, December 20, 1901, page 6
Accepted Position at Leland.
PHOENIX, Ore., Dec. 10, 1901.
EDITOR MEDFORD MAIL: Miss Carrie Sackett, one of Jackson County's best teachers, has resigned her position as teacher to the Phoenix school that she might accept the principalship of a Leland school. It was with great reluctance the patrons of the former school gave her up, as all were so interested in the work. She leaves at once for Leland.
Medford Mail, December 20, 1901, page 6
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John Barneburg:--"We had a letter from Mollie this week .She is at Dr. Burke's hospital in San Francisco, and is very much improved in health .We also heard from Will Stewart. He has been at another hospital in that city having skin grafted onto his arms and hands. The operation proved a complete success, and he has now left the hospital. His arms and hands were badly burned several years go, and they have been very troublesome to him since because of the fact that the skin would not cover the burned places. How large were the strips of skin that were grafted on? I don't remember, but they were inches wide and several inches long. They were taken from his hip. He's all right now and will probably be home soon."
D. T. Lawton, manager for the Mitchell, Lewis & Staver Co. in Medford, is having more improvements made about his place of business--the same being the partitioning off of an office [illegible] in his large display and sales department. The partition will be largely of glass, thus giving plenty of light. It will be a big improvement and a great convenience--but there's nothing too good for the Lawton boys. The Mail has secured permission from Horse Mann, the Enquirer man, to use the last sentence above printed. Hereafter, when we wish to say that Jones or Smith is a gentleman we will first secure permission from this bureau of ethics. The work on these office improvements is being executed by C. H. Elmore and it's a good job. (Permission granted.)
Ashland had a city election on Tuesday, the issue being the same as it was last year, to wit: Whether saloons should or should not be licensed. The litigation resulting from the success last year of the anti-saloon party and the consequent refusal of the city council to grant license to saloons was finally disposed of a few weeks ago by the decision of the supreme court, upholding the action of the lower courts in finding for the city in the contention. Tuesday's election resulted in electing two prohibition and two license councilmen, together with a license mayor. The two councilmen which hold over are prohibitionists--hence the town will be "dry" for another year.
T. J. Kenney, administrator of the S. Rosenthal estate, last Saturday sold the brick store building in Medford, which was part of the estate, to Fred Barneburg for $6950. Chas. Strang's bid was $6900 and Ed. Wilkinson's $5800. The property brought a good price, but the especially good location and the steady advance in the price of Medford business realty makes it almost impossible to lose on the investment. It is a good, safe place to put that amount of money--by far better than to have it scattered about the county in small loans.
Contractor A. C. Nicholson is engaged these days in building an addition to the residence of banker Beekman, in Jacksonville.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, December 20, 1901, page 7
John Barnum left Sunday for a two weeks' stay in San Francisco.
Surveyor Garl T. Jones was at Gold Hill Monday surveying out some town property for Mrs. Pryce.
Miss Edyth Cranfill, who is attending St. Mary's Academy in Jacksonville, is visiting home folks this week.
Mrs. Walter Anderson, of Slatonia, Calif., is in Medford upon a visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. Gilbert.
Mrs. John J. Wolf, of Chicago, arrived in Medford Monday and will spend the winter with her sister, Mrs. J. H. Rice, and family.
Willie Warner came home Friday from the Pacific University at Forest Grove, to spend Christmas with Medford relatives and friends.
A. H. Chessmore came up from Grants Pass Sunday evening. He has been at work on his ranch--preparing eight acres of land for tree setting.
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Howard left Sunday for Covina, Calif., where they will spend two or three months with their son-in-law, B. S. Webb, and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Kent, of Wellen, were in Medford Saturday. They were accompanied home by their daughters, Misses Lucy and Amy, who are attending the public schools in this city.
Misses Bessie and Delpha Hammond came home from Eugene Friday and will spend their holiday vacation with their parents, attorney and Mrs. A. S. Hammond. The young ladies are students in the state university.
Mrs. V. T. McCray and mother, Mrs. Harrington, of Stockton, arrived in Medford Sunday. Mrs. Harrington will remain until after the holidays and Mrs. McCray will remain for several months, or until her husband's work as engineer for the Fish Lake Ditch Company is completed.
T. J. West and son, Robert, were in from Brownsboro Saturday. As regards the Fish Lake Ditch, Mr. West is very enthusiastic. He says the camp is near his place and that the working gangs are cleaning up all work as they go now and that water will follow them in the ditch. He says the company intends pushing work and that all hands feel sure there will be water brought into the valley by the ditch by next May.
L. A. Carter, of Rollins, Calif., is in Medford upon a visit to his son, R. A. Carter, and family. Mr. Carter, Sr., was formerly a resident of Medford, but is now quite extensively engaged in mining in California, and both of his sons, R. A., of this city, and Hon. W. A., of Gold Hill, are interested with him.
Robt Locklin, of Galesburg, Ill., was in Medford for a couple of days this week. The gentleman is a brother-in-law of J. M. Kierman, who recently came here from Gazelle, Calif. He is of the opinion that this is a good place to drop anchor, and there is a possibility that he will return and invest some money in the valley.
J. M. Kierman and family arrived in Medford Sunday evening from Gazelle, Calif. They have rented I. L. Hamilton's residence on North C Street and will reside here during the winter. Their move here at this time is to enable their children to attend our public schools, which, parenthetically let us say, are without peer in all Oregon.
Mrs. D. B. Fairley, who has been here upon a visit to her sister, Mrs. F. M. Stewart, left Tuesday for Southern California, where she will visit a few weeks before returning to her home at Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her husband is quite a wealthy and prominent mining man and is at present president of the Chamber of Commerce of Colorado Springs.
Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Russell returned to Medford last Saturday from Ft. Jones, Calif., where they have resided for the past couple of years. Mr. Russell is a miller and was formerly employed in the Davis mill at this place. They still own property in Medford and expect to now make this their future home. They will remain here during the winter at least. Mr. Russell has a standing offer of his old position as miller at Ft. Jones, and he may accept it again in the spring provided nothing more lucrative and more to his liking presents itself here.
J. W. Howard and family arrived in Medford this week and will visit with Dr. B. F. Adkins and family. Mr. Howard is a brother of Mrs. Adkins. Their home is temporarily at Corvallis, Oregon, where their children are attending school. Mr. Howard has been in Klamath and Lake counties during the past summer, where he has had a large band of cattle on the range. These people were accompanied here by Mr. Seaton, father of Mrs. Howard. Some few seeks ago Mrs. Seaton met with an accident up in the Willamette Valley, the same being the overturning of a hack by which she sustained injuries from the effects of which she died a short time thereafter.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 4
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 24.--Dr. J. M. Keene and Miss Mollie Barneburg, both of Medford Or., were married in this city today at the First Presbyterian Church.
Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 4
I. A. Merriman:--"I wish you would make a call for a meeting of the farmers living in Medford for a week from next Saturday, January 4th, at 2 o'clock. I think we ought to get in and do something on that cannery proposition, and the only way we can do it is to meet and talk matters over. I am satisfied that it's a good thing and that we can well afford to take hold of it. There is a great amount of land near Medford that will produce immense crops of tomatoes and sugar corn. If a cannery is established in Medford I will put in three acres of tomatoes another season. Let us all meet on the above date and decide upon what we will do. Mr. Pierce will be there and impart the information we will need."
The football game played at Medford on Christmas Day between Medford and Jacksonville teams was one of the best games ever put up in Southern Oregon. Medford boys, who are nearly all lightweights, were victors in the first half but in the last half they just naturally weakened and could not go up against the heavier players from Jacksonville. The score stood 12 to 11 in favor of Jacksonville.
S. L. Bennett:--"If that vegetable and fruit cannery is established in Medford I will plant five acres of ground to tomatoes and sweet corn. I am satisfied that many others will do as well. Let all the farmers and fruitgrowers interested be in attendance at the meeting to be held in Medford on January 4th."
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 4
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Mrs. J. E. Cox's mother, Mrs. Gorsline, of Medford, is here visiting.
"Trail Creek Items," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 5
G. C. Miller, traveling representative for the Palm, Whitman & Co., cigar manufacturers, came in last week with a goodly number of big orders. His territory is eastern Oregon and eastern Washington, and while these sections are practically new to this firm, he did a splendid business. The quality of goods these people put up makes work easy for their traveling salesman, and when is coupled with this the fact that Mr. Miller is a hustler and is a gentleman well liked all along the line, there are really no grounds for anything but success. The company turned out over 60,000 cigars last month, and the output this month will reach over 100,000. It is expected that more help will be put on after [the] holidays. If Medford had a few more institutions of this character there would be a noticeable increase in the wage-earning capacity of our townspeople. Practically all the money paid for help comes from outside towns, which fact makes the institution manyfold better for Medford than it would be if the sale of the goods depended wholly upon a local market. A fruit cannery would be upon these same lines and would be in a ratio equally as beneficial to our immediate locality.
R. H. Whitehead:--"I had a letter from my sister, Mrs. Fitch, last Sunday. She lives at Broadhead, Wis. The thermometer has been fifteen degrees below zero there this fall, and many of her houseplants were frozen. She was out here last summer, and I wouldn't be surprised if she came again--and her husband with her--and to stay. She is asking all sorts of questions about the country and the people whom she met here, and I'm thinking the best and easiest way to answer them will be to send her the Mail. Write me a receipt for a year's subscription. Oh, that's a little diamond sparkle I purchased for that kid girl of mine for a Christmas present. It's a finger ring and a good article and put me back $35. She wanted a good one--says she can pawn it if she gets hard pushed for ready money."
It is given out from Washington that now very soon all postmasters above fourth class will be required to wear uniforms. The uniforms will be navy blue with brass buttons, and the department will furnish them. The move is not a bad one. There ought to be some out-of-the-ordinary something about a postmaster which would distinguish him from the average townspeople--as a convenience to himself and the public. Modesty forbids his wearing a placard--"I'm the postmaster"--but if the blue uniforms are worn generally by postmasters and by orders from the department, the unprinted placard will be there and can be worn without shocking the sensibility of the "I detest notoriety" make of government officials.
J. R. Erford, formerly a Medford business man, now at Boulder, Colorado, writes the Mail, enclosing a year's subscription, and says that at Boulder there were eight inches of snow on the ground on the 16th of this month, and that the thermometer stood at fourteen degrees below zero, which he says was colder by twenty-six degrees than it was in Southern Oregon. I see by "the Mail," says Mr. Erford, "that quite a number of people are settling in the Rogue River Valley, which is an indication that the country is maintaining her good reputation. I wish you, and all my Medford friends, a merry Christmas."
Paul E. Van Scoy, son of Prof. W. T. Van Scoy, of this city, who has been telegraph operator for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company at Montague, Calif., for some time, has been transferred, temporarily, to the train dispatcher's office in Ashland. He is hopeful that his Ashland position may be made permanent, and he has some promise that such will be the case. His friends hereabouts will be glad if the young man's wishes are complied with--he deserves a good position. Mrs. Van Scoy is now visiting relatives at Medford and Eagle Point.
The Medford post office clerks are nearly through with two weeks of hard work. Christmas always brings a power sight o' work to the government officials who handle Uncle Sam's mails. The Medford office, however, is well equipped with proficient help--and the patrons of the office are the beneficiaries thereby. Postmaster Merriman is one [of] the most particular and absolutely correct postmasters the Mail publisher has ever had to do with--and his clerks, Misses Mae Merriman and Rydal Bradbury, have long since caught the infection and are as painstaking as is Mr. Merriman.
Speaking about guns--(a subject which we were not speaking of at all)--Dr. Pickel has the gem implement of quail slaughter. It's a Lefever gun with gold triggers and indicators and cost just $165--even coin--and was furnished him by H. G. Nicholson, the hardware man. It is unquestionably a beauty, and the possessor of it has just reasons to presume that trespass notices will be no barrier and that with gold glimmer on his gun he ought to be licensed to shoot any old thing in any old place.
J. H. Thorndike is erecting a fine dwelling house for his own use, on his property on North I Street, between Fourth and Fifth. The building is 22x30 feet in size and one and a half stories high, with a 12x20-foot ell, and there will be ten rooms. Mr. Thorndike is doing the carpenter work himself, and the structure is now enclosed. This gentleman has added materially to the wealth and general appearance of that part of the city since his return from the mines.
A subscriber to the Mail writes from Nebraska, stating that the thermometer has registered from thirty to thirty-six degrees below zero this winter--and plenty of snow. Says we may expect himself and family and several neighbors to arrive here next summer--to stay. Says also that his family is making a vigorous kick because they are not here now.
It is expected that the Medford Academy enrollment will reach an even hundred at the opening of the winter term, after holidays. If that isn't a record to be proud of we will all have to hunt long and well to find one that is.
The cement walk put down by G. W. Priddy in front of the White-Thomas building was caught by the recent frost before it was thoroughly dried, and the entire surface will now have to be taken off and re-cemented.
W. M. Smith:--"Yes, I have been treated fairly well in the year 1901. My wheat crop did not amount to anything very great--in fact, it was 'way below the average--but, my land, my orchard made up for all the shortcomings of my cereal fields. I had a splendid crop of fruit and realized a good price--especially as to my apple crop."
Mrs. F. M. Stewart, who has been quite ill for several months past, is reported to be somewhat improved.
The Palm, Whitman Co. is putting in a water motor with which to operate the machinery in their cigar factory.
M. F. McCown has taken temporary employment with the Arnold & Barneburg City Meat Market.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 7
done with Dec. 13
Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 2
"City Council Proceedings," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 2
"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 3
"Gold Hill Items," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 3
"Central Point Items," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 3
"Phoenix Items," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 3
"Big Sticky Items," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 3
"Brownsboro Items," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 3
"Table Rock Items," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 3
"Kanes Creek Items," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 5
"Galls Creek Items," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 5
"Trail Creek Items," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 5
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 5
"Forest Creek News," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 5
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 5
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 6
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 6
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 7
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