The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Jackson County Correspondents 1903
Small-town news columns from the Medford Mail, transcribed by Dale Greenley. Thanks!
The "Jacksonville News" column is not transcribed here--Jacksonville had its own newspaper. If anyone wants to take it on, please let me know; I can send you scans.

Forest Creek News.

    Stock of all kinds are doing well on the range.
    Claud Comstock is working at the Duggan mine.
    Fall wheat is coming up with prospects for a good crop.
    Buckley Bros. are feeding 75 head of beef for the winter market.
    A. W. Sturgis will operate two large giants on his placer mine during the winter.
    The New York and Western Mining Company are doing development work on the Oregon Belle.
    Lee Caton was cleaning up at last accounts. We presume he will be through before snow flies again.
    D. J. Pearce and sons will operate their plant on the north fork of Poorman's Creek this winter.
    James Armpriest sent two barrels of sauerkraut and a load of fat hogs to the Medford market last week.
    Robert McGill is here from San Francisco to superintend the Duggan mine on the upper creek. They will commence operations soon.
    Fred Sturgis and Bert Coffman have a contract widening the ditch and cleaning out the reservoir for the Tacoma Company.
    Fred Armpriest has been helping James Davies on the right-hand fork of Forest Creek, to set pipe and otherwise fix up his mine, preparatory to the winter run.
    E. J. Spalding, manager of the Tacoma mine, has moved one of his large pipes, a giant, to a point down the creek, and will operate on the high bank on the north side during the coming winter.
    Wm. Bostwick and Ira Coffman are moving pipe and setting flume lower down the creek. They will move a large amount of dirt this winter, as they will have a great deal more pressure in the new place. The ground prospects fully as well as before.
    The miners of this section are all busy fixing up their plants, preparing for a long winter's run. Snow fell on the 14th of November six inches deep, followed by ten days steady rain. Streams were swollen almost like midwinter, and miners could have been piping, had they been ready.
Medford Mail, December 4, 1903, page 7

Gold Ray News.
    Dr. Ray and family and J. D. Allsop came down from Medford Thursday evening.
    Miss Ina Ray returned from Portland Thursday, where she has been for the last few months.
    The [illegible] had an excellent test since the dam has been completed. [illegible] water has flooded the entire dam and not injured anything in the least. The whole structure is built in a thorough workman-like manner and is as solid as the granite itself almost, and there is no possibility of anything short of an earthquake doing any harm.
    The work on the wheel-pit at the end of the race is progressing nicely. It is now down twenty feet and will be worked out toward the river. The last high water prevented work in the pit for a day, but it soon went down, when work was resumed.
    The ferry has been improved during the last week to the extent of a half-inch steel cable, which will make it perfectly safe, under all circumstances of high water or drift, which is so plentiful during the rises. The single cable in use before was three-fourths-inch steel.
Medford Mail, December 4, 1903, page 7

Last revised June 6, 2018