Eagle Point Eaglets 1910-
News from Eagle Point, Oregon, from the pen of A. C. Howlett. Transcribed by Janet Monti. Thanks!
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSDied--December 19, 1909, at the residence of his father in Salena [sic] County, California, Amos Hoyt, aged 66 years, 2 months and 24 days. The deceased was a resident of Jackson County, Oregon, for quite a number of years. He is survived by his two sons and their mother, who was divorced and afterwards married Mr. Gardner, of Klamath County. His two sons are doing business in Fort Klamath. He was well and favorably known, not only in this county but also in Klamath County and Canada where he spent a few years prior to his death.
By A. C. Howlett
On Wednesday of last week George F. King and his brother came out to Eagle Point on the Pacific & Eastern, and Thursday morning Roy Smith took them up to the lower bridge on Big Butte Creek, where they camped for the purpose of cruising a lot of their timber in that section. They have ordered a team to come for them on the 10th inst.
The masquerade dance given by George Daley on the night of the 31st ult. was well attended and the supper was reported to be quite good. A sandwich supper, but the dancers complained of the dust on the floor being almost suffocating; also the crowded condition of the hall, as quite a number came out of curiosity and took up the room that belonged to those who bought tickets.
Thomas Rolfe, of Medford, came out last Saturday and remained over Sunday. He was here looking for a location as he wants to bring his family who are now in San Francisco, to this favored spot, and spend the rest of his days in our salubrious climate.
Miss Partha Smith, of Talent, came over and procured a rig last Sunday to take her to Lake Creek, where she is engaged teaching school.
There was another man blown up on the right of way of the Pacific & Eastern last Sunday, but I could not learn his name or the particulars of the accident, but learned from Dr. Holt, who attended him just after the accident, that his face was badly scratched, an ugly scalp wound and his hip badly bruised. The report came to town that he was blown about 20 feet in the air when he lit on a stump and this is the cause of the severe bruises.
Mrs. Scudder and family, of this place, but now a resident of Medford, came out last Sunday to visit Mrs. Howlett and the girls. I was away from home; also Prof. P. H. Daley and family; he and Mrs. Daley have charge of our school, and spent a part of the day Sunday visiting Mrs. Howlett and our girls. They all are reported having had a very pleasant time.
Last Saturday, January 1st, 1910, Mrs. A. N. Thomas gave a rag tacking party to a few of her old-time friends, and your Eagle Point correspondent was among those invited. There was just 17 altogether, not including Mine Hostess, Mrs. Thomas. After we had sewed rags for a carpet for awhile, you see, I bossed the job, dinner was announced and we all sat down to an old-fashioned dinner, one that makes a dyspeptic groan to contemplate eating, and spent a good long time at the table, and such a feast of good things; well after dinner we spent a few hours more in visiting and having a good time and then went to our homes wishing that we may all be permitted to eat dinner together again on January 1, 1911.
Frank Manning came out from his home on Rogue River, near Peyton, last Sunday to sign some papers before our notary public, A. J. Hogg. He reports the roads just as bad as they can be between here and his place.
A woman by the name of Robinson of San Francisco, Cal., the mother of the late Mrs. Studler, came out on the Pacific & Eastern last Monday. She was on her way up Rogue River to visit her son-in-law, but on her arrival here she met Frank Manning, of Peyton, and arranged to have Mr. Studler bring the children out as soon as the roads were so he could and have them taken to California to be cared for by his relatives.
At last accounts the steam shovel that is on the way to Fuller & Craig's camp had got to the Cromer Flat and were having trouble getting hands to work at that business as it was so disagreeable working in the frozen mud.
It was announced last Sunday that Rev. James R. Knodell, the president of Anti-Saloon League of Oregon, will lecture at the Eagle Point church on Thursday, January 13th inst., and will discuss the issues involved in the anti-saloon subject.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 6, 1910, page 4
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSAt the citizens meeting which was held here on the 4th inst. there was quite a number of those who took stock in the telephone company that had been organized at Butte Falls and an agreement was reached by which quite a number of our citizens are to have phones put in their homes, and the old telephone line from here to Central Point was turned into Butte Falls company and all who took stock became shareholders. Brown & von der Hellen turned over the old line and one hundred phones, poles and all things belonging thereto in consideration of the company allowing them two hundred and fifty dollars and they, Brown & von der Hellen, took the most of that amount in shares at $10 each. After the deal was made Wm. von der Hellen was elected one of the directors and Frank Brown was elected treasurer for the company. There was some talk of changing the name of the company to the Butte Falls, Eagle Point & Medford Telephone Company, but that was left to be decided at a future meeting. It was also understood that the Pacific Telephone Company was to put in operation an extra wire from Medford to Central [omission] Eagle Point wire so that we of Eagle Point can get Medford direct without calling up Central Point, as there has been so much trouble to get the connection with Medford there. The meeting also instructed the director, Mr. von der Hellen, to put on a force of men and put the line between here and Central Point in a good condition. Attorney John Carkin and B. H. Harris were here to represent the interest of the Butte Falls people and the different motions were passed over the line to and from Butte Falls by phone.
By A. C. Howlett
Wm. Muller and W. C. Murphy of Medford were guests at the Sunnyside Tuesday night.
Died, January 3, at his home on Little Butte Creek, August Myers, aged about 84 years. I have not been able to learn the particulars of the death or his family, but know that he leaves two sons, Henry and Husmen, and that he has been sick for some time.
A. B. Zimmerman has been appointed a freight agent in place of George Owings, who resigned at the Pacific & Eastern depot.
The tracklayers are now laying more steel and soon the inhabitants of Vestalville will be having railway communication with the outside world.
The steam shovel that has had such a time getting to Craig & Fuller's camp by the time this is in print will have reached its destination and the work on the "Big Cut" will be pushed right along.
On Wednesday the 5th, your Eagle Point correspondent took O. Adams, B. H. Harris' foreman at Butte Falls, up to his place of business, where he is superintendent of the work of putting an addition to the saw mill at that place. Messrs. Wm. Chambers and Charley Edmondson took up the same day two large sheaves, each weighing about sixteen hundred pounds, to be put in the addition to the mill. He tells me that they are making arrangements to open a bank in Butte Falls. Then they will have twenty-four families, eight bachelors' establishments and only think of it, there are seventeen young ladies of marriageable age and still eight keeping bach, four stores, one school, two teachers, eighteen pupils, a meat market, one hotel, two restaurants, one lodging house and one saw mill, two feed stables, and one law office. And since they have telephone communication with the outside world they expect to do business in earnest. They also have a project on foot to open up a country road to Prospect and thereby bring all travel to Crater Lake, etc., through that city. Speaking of country roads, through the energy and determination of some of the business men of Butte Falls they have secured a route from Eagle Point to that place by which we can travel, especially in the dry season, from here with a good load as by means of the new road. The two bad hills on the old route were cut out and now we have an easy grade around the Vestal Hill and the Rocky Hill; the grade on the new road is just fine and after the ground becomes packed we will have a fine road all the way to the Falls. The grade around Rocky Hill should be widened some and more turnouts made. Stopping at Derby on my way home I met Mr. Swihart, the Derby merchant, and he informs me that business is becoming better all the time and the principal trouble with him is to get in goods enough to supply the demand. He also tells me that a strong move is on foot to have a daily mail instead of a tri-weekly, as the subscribers to the daily Mail Tribune, as it is, can't get the news until they are old
Medford Mail Tribune, January 10, 1910, page 5
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSMr. Austin of Dudley, who had been in Medford looking after his interests there, came out last Sunday on the P.&E. train, stopped at the Sunnyside overnight and left there on Monday. He was talking of looking at some land above here on the creek, and one would infer that he would like to purchase a tract of good orchard land. He has a place near Dudley on what was formerly called the unsurveyed, and has quite a nice orchard planted there. He is one of our progressive men and is firm in the opinion that Southern Oregon is the proper place to live.
By A. C. Howlett
One of the Whitley boys, who has been in California for some time, running a donkey engine, dropped in on us Sunday evening, remaining overnight. He was on his way to their ranch near Prospect.
The many friends of John Ashpole are glad to see him on our streets again. He has been confined to his room for some time with a kidney trouble.
During the recent storm Little Butte Creek got rampant and tore about 20 feet of the dam that turns the water into the Snowy Butte millrace and S. B. Holmes has had the breach repaired. The Smith boys did the work.
Edwin C. Dohl of Minnesota, formerly an assistant in one of the banks, whose health has failed, has come to the Sunnyside to remain during the winter to try to recuperate. He thinks that this is a grand country.
J. Hartman, the bridge contractor, stopped for dinner last Monday.
Jud Edsall, the general hustler between the railroad camps near Butte Falls and Eagle Point, Medford, etc., came out Monday, and leaving his team here, went on to Medford the same day, returning Tuesday and went on up home the same night. While Mr. Hartman was here he was looking after some of the bridge work on the right of way on the P.&E. route.
Jerry Bishop and another gentleman came out from Medford last Monday, procured horses here and went on up into the tall timber.
About two weeks ago Ed Walker, who has charge of the Iowa Lumber Company's interest on Big Butte, and his family came out to spend the holidays with Mr. Walker's mother, Mrs. Loar, of Medford, last Monday and returned to their home on Tuesday.
The King Brothers, George and Charles, came out from the Big Butte country last Monday [and] took dinner at the Sunnyside, taking the train for Medford the same evening.
Deputy Sheriff William Ulrich went to Big Butte Creek last Saturday and arrested a man by the name of Wilks and brought him through town Sunday morning on their way to Jacksonville, charged with threatening the life of Z. Meeker, and Sunday night Z. Meeker, the prosecuting witness, and two of the Colby boys, John and Ray, stayed here on their way to Jacksonville to appear as witnesses in the case, returning Monday night on their way home, as there was a flaw in the indictment and the man was turned loose.
The last time I wrote I expressed the opinion that the steam shovel that parties have been trying to move to the right of way on the P.&E. would be at its destination by the time that letter was in print, but in that I was mistaken, as they have had an amount of trouble since and have progressed slowly. They only had eight steel rails when they got started, and about the time they got opposite F. J. Ayres' residence, where they had to climb a steep hill, they broke two of the rails, that leaving them only six, and as they have to have two of them under the machine all the time, leaving only four to use, it necessitates going very slowly, and having a very steep hill to climb it takes longer than I expected.
Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of visiting our school, in the principal's room, at least. Professor Daley has proved to be the right man in the right place. He had at the time I visited the school 43 children in his room and 34 in his wife's room, for Mrs. Daley is our primary teacher and Mr. Daley informed me that if he had room to take them in there would be six more come from outside of the district. But the school--well, you have seen ants or bees at work; well, the children all seemed to vie with each other to see who could do the best, and the recitations were fully up to the standard. I promised Mrs. Daley that I would visit her department next time, and I anticipate a good time there. We are planning to add another teacher next year, if not two of them.
A company of surveyors are here at this time surveying off the land bought of William Hart Hamilton of William Ulrich, and cutting it up into small tracts. Mr. Hamilton is also having a large number of fruit trees planted this winter.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 13, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSMessrs. J. W. Wakefield of the real estate firm of Brown & Wakefield of Medford, and A. C. Stock, another homeseeker, came out the first of the week looking over our country in search of orchard land.
By A. C. Howlett
Mr. and Mrs. John O'Connor, who were married in Jacksonville by Judge Neil on the 11th inst., came out on the P.&E. on the 12th and spent the night at the Sunnyside and about 10 o'clock p.m. there was a company of youngsters--I suppose boys--congregated under the window of their bedroom and gave a genuine old-fashioned charivari. The groom got up, dressed himself, went out and gave the boys some money and started them off. The next morning they started for the railroad camp, where Mr. O'Connor is at work putting in culverts.
B. H. Harris, general manager of the Butte Falls Lumber Co., and Phil Flood of Portland came out last Thursday evening on their way to Butte Falls. Mr. Flood is a member of the hardware company where the Butte Falls company gets the most of its machinery for the mills. Mr. Harris brought out with him six phones to be put up on the Butte Falls, Eagle Point and Medford Telephone Company's line, putting one in the Sunnyside Hotel--something that we have very much needed for a long time.
Earl E. Reisland and Dr. S. F. Grover of Los Angeles came into town last Friday morning, remaining overnight, and on Saturday morning started on foot for the tall timber to visit friends near Dudley and to look over some country near there for ore, copper and quicksilver. It is claimed that both abound on the headwaters of the Umpqua and the Rogue rivers.
Last Thursday Rev. J. R. Knodell, president of the Anti-Saloon League of Oregon, delivered a lecture in Eagle Point on the subject of the liquor traffic, and notwithstanding the fact that the night was very dark and stormy and mud under foot, he had a very good-sized audience.
Our meat market has closed its doors again for a short time, the management say to make some changes in the interior of the building, but they expect to open again in a few days.
Some of the citizens of Eagle Point were greatly excited when it was learned that a lot of lumber and shingles had been unloaded on the desert about a mile from the station, and the report gained considerable momentum that the depot was to be moved at once and a town built up on the desert and leave Eagle Point out in the cold. But when it was learned that the lumber and shingles were for Mr. Hoover to build bunk houses, etc., for his men who will be engaged in planting trees on his farm, some of the citizens began to breathe more easily, although there is a probability that a station will be established on the desert near the Mintor place, about four miles from here.
Mrs. Bellows arrived last Friday from Eugene and went directly up the hill to her son's residence, the Moomaw place.
Mr. Palouse received a lot of fruit trees on the P.&E. last Friday and took them to his ranch on Little Butte Creek, above town.
Mr. Harberling, who has a homestead in the tall timber, came out last Saturday on his way to Grants Pass.
Mr. Ditsworth came out from Peyton last Friday, remaining overnight with us, and Saturday morning went to Medford. He expected to go home through Sams Valley, as he has business there. He reports some sickness in his neighborhood, although those who have been afflicted are on the way to recovery.
J. W. Richardson of Peyton came out Friday and went on through to Medford the same day, returning to the Sunnyside Saturday eve.
Mr. Rolfe, of whom I made mention a short time ago, has been to Medford, procured the necessary lumber and is now building for himself a house on a tract of land he has filed on west of north of Eagle Point about one mile. He is assisted by Mr. Shadle.
I am glad to see that you, Mr. Editor, are coming out in favor of bonding the county to make good roads. The condition in which the people from the East and Middle States find our roads, especially in the winter where it takes ten to twelve hours to go a distance we should go in two or three hours, and if they should happen to want to walk up a hill to lighten the load or for exercise, and find the mud from four inches to a foot deep, and the stones and roots, and many instances stumps, in the county roads that are constantly traveled, they become disgusted with the country and come to the conclusion, and justly, too, that there is not much push about Oregonians anyhow and decide to go where the people have more pride, to say the least of it. If we can't bond the county, on account of the old obsolete constitution, then let the county court issue warrants and run the county in debt, say $150,000 or $200,000, and have the money applied toward making good roads, especially on the thoroughfares that are constantly traveled by a majority of the traveling public, and the country will soon fill up with class of people that will gladly pay their proportion of the expense.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 18, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSIt becomes my painful duty to chronicle the death of Miss Gale Draper, aged 15 years and 11 days, who died at the residence of her grandfather, Mr. Castor, near Derby. Miss Draper was a promising young girl, just blooming into womanhood, and was stopping with her grandparents attending the Derby school, and was one of the bright and promising pupils of that school, and one who will be greatly missed by her teacher and schoolmates, as well as by the whole community. She leaves a mother and brother as well as many other relatives to feel their loss. The remains were interred in the Central Point cemetery on Monday.
By A. C. Howlett
Born--On the 17th instant, to Mr. and Mrs. David Swihart, near Derby, a 12½-pound boy. The parents think that Southern Oregon is a good place for babies.
There is a man by the name of C. O. Ward in our town who has opened a watch repairing shop, first in the same room where a man has opened [omission] pairing shop, but he has lately moved into the office of the Butte Falls Lumber Company, so the readers of the Mail Tribune will see our town is coming to the front, and we expect to see several buildings go up in the spring and summer, so that there will be houses to rent for the use of people who want to take advantage of our excellent school facilities. Speaking of our school, Professor Daley reports that he has now over 80 names enrolled in his school.
Our meat market closed its doors one day last week, but promised to reopen again in a few days, but as yet there has been nothing done in that line.
I am glad to be able to say that the management of the phone company has a team at work hauling poles along the old Eagle Point-Central Point line, to repair it so that we will not have so much trouble in getting communication with Medford as what we have had.
Messrs. A. L. Cusick, Emil Carder, C. Walker and C. W. Mooney called Tuesday. Mr. Carder and Glen Fabrick, both of Medford, had purchased a tract of land lying west of Eagle Point about two miles of Luke Ryan of Jacksonville, and the three gentlemen had accompanied Mr. Carder to look at the purchase. Mr. Walker is recently from Texas and Mr. Mooney is recently from North Carolina, and they are so well pleased with the country, especially the climate, that they say that they cannot find words to express their admiration of the country. They agree with me in saying that if we will tell the plain, unvarnished truth about Southern Oregon that that is good enough.
The Butte Falls basketball team, which had been to Jacksonville to play, called at the Sunnyside on their way home last Tuesday, and although they came out second best, they feel that they are entitled to a high degree of honor for playing as well as they did. They are a fine-looking set of young men.
John Warner of Trail was a pleasant caller at the Sunnyside last Tuesday night.
Our phone line is being extended in different directions and soon we will have communication with the entire settlement.
The railroad company had a big gang of men at work for the last few days fixing the track where it was laid on the soft ground and the carpenters are putting in a long bridge at the end of the track and pushing the work on ahead as fast as they can.
The steam shovel that is destined for Craig & Fuller's camp is this morning about a quarter of a mile from its destination, so Mr. Vestal phones me. It had gotten off of the track last Sunday, and they have just got it on again, but from what I can gather along the line, they are pushing the work right along.
John Allen of Derby came out to attend the funeral of Miss Gale Draper and stopped overnight in Eagle Point. He says that hay is very scarce in that section, but he thinks there will be enough to take the stock through the winter.
Mrs. E. Holmes, who is teaching at Derby, also came out to attend the funeral of Miss Draper; in fact, there was quite a large number of people of Derby who came out on that occasion.
Born--To Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Clarno, January 11, a son.
Mrs William Abbott and her daughter, Mrs. Mae Fox, were the guests of Mrs. Howlett Wednesday evening.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 21, 1910, page 3
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSKilliam Biller and W. H. Wall, one of the new arrivals from the East, called at the Sunnyside for dinner last Thursday. They came out on the P.&E., stopped off at the Butte Creek bridge, went down the creek to look at a tract of land Mr. Miller had bought of Lonnie Duggan, and after tramping through sticky for a half a dozen miles tried to do justice to dinner, after which they took a tramp up the hill to Eagle Heights to look at what is known as the Stoddard tract. Mr. Wall seemed to be very favorably impressed with this part of the country and talked as though he would buy property here.
By A. C. Howlett
Mr. McCray, chief engineer of the Fish Lake Ditch Company, and Mr. J. L. Shaska called here for dinner last Thursday on their way up to the Fish Lake ditch. Mr. Shaska said that he was to have a gang of men go to work and clean out and enlarge the ditch so as to carry water enough to supply the demand. Mr. McCray tells me that he has the reservoir at Fish Lake arranged so as to hold a vast amount of water as a reserve and yet the dam is perfectly safe.
Rev. Stayton, the Sunday school missionary for the Baptist church, Rev. McKee, the Bible colporter for the Baptist Bible society, and Rev. La Mar, the pastor of the Baptist church at Eagle Point and Talent, were here last Thursday and Rev. Stayton gave a very interesting talk to the school children in the afternoon after school and at night gave a talk to the adults on the subject of Sunday schools.
Mrs. Martha Brown and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. George B. Brown, were pleasant guests at the Sunnyside last Thursday night. Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Howlett have been old-time friends for over 40 years, and it seemed like old times again to have them together talking over the changes that have taken place since they first became acquainted in 1864 when we were all young. They have been to Medford to have some dental work done and returned as far as Eagle Point on the P.&E.
Ira Tungate, formerly one of the forest rangers, but now a plain citizen of Medford, stayed with us last Thursday night. His health, though not good, is improving, and he thought best on account of the exposure to which the rangers are subjected that he had better resign his position.
S. H. Harnish had the misfortune to have one of his horses run a 20-penny spike nail into his foot about an inch and a half that is causing the animal a great deal of pain, and fears are entertained that he may have an attack of tetanus. He is one of his driving horses, and the loss of such an animal would be quite severe on Mr. Harnish.
Last Thursday the two Misses Ewen went to Jacksonville to take the necessary steps to try to get possession of their part of the farm that belonged to their father, who died several years ago without a moment's warning, and it is claimed that there was some irregularity in the settlement of the estate.
Mrs. S. B. Holmes went to Medford last Thursday.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 24, 1910, page 4
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSJ. P. Watt of Jerome, Idaho, was among the callers at the Sunnyside since I last wrote for the Mail Tribune. He was looking over our country with a view of locating among us. He, like all the rest of the people who come from the East and Middle West, fell in love with our climate.
By A. C. Howlett
Born--To Benjamin Brophy, January 23, 1910, a nine and one-half pound boy.
T. M. Broker of Medford was in Eagle Point overnight last Monday working in the interest of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York. Although he did not meet with the success he desired, he thought he would come back and try again.
Mr. Peyton, of Peyton post office, came out last Monday after provisions. He reports the road in a very bad condition and thinks that there ought to be some plan devised by which the people living in the mountain districts could be helped in that line.
Mr. Bowden of Butte Falls came in on the P.&E. Tuesday eve and stayed overnight. He expects to move his family to Texas this spring, as he has bought a farm there.
Mr. and Mrs. Webster, living near Peyton, came out last Sunday and the same afternoon went on to Medford, returning Monday afternoon, and on Tuesday morning started early for their home.
The road between the depot and the business part of town got so bad, and especially right at the depot, that it became necessary to do something to help it, so some of the enterprising citizens put teams and men at work hauling gravel, and by that means has helped the matter some, but the outlet from the depot is still very bad. There is some talk of putting down a plank walk so that pedestrians can get out without wading. But before that can be done we ought to procure a right of way from Mr. Hamilton, the owner of the land. There is some little talk about incorporating our village so as to make the owners of hogs in the neighborhood keep them [penned] up, but the move does not seem to take very well, as some think that if they have the power to force the hogs in the pen the next move would be to shut the cows up and then--.
James Ringer went to Jacksonville last Tuesday to attend to some business at the courthouse.
Mr. Bassett, our cobbler, went to Medford, as also did Mr. Jones our barber.
In my last I state that the Butte Falls basketball team came out second best in their game with the Jacksonville team. In that I was misinformed, as it appears that the Butte Falls team won the game with high honors.
P. W. McCuiston of Sacramento, Cal., came out on the P.&E. road Wednesday morning and your correspondent took him up to the Maney & Murphy camp at the commissary store. He is in the employment agency business and is furnishing hands for the Pacific & Eastern Railroad. Mr. Maney is one of the subcontractors and reports that they have now about 500 men employed on the work and expect, as soon as the weather settles, to put on a much larger force.
William Stalder of Peyton came out last Wednesday on his way to Jacksonville to make out a deed to the place that he has sold to Mr. Bradshaw, who is living on the Stewart place on Rogue River. He expects as soon as he can get his business settled up to take his children back to Nebraska to his mother, as he lost his wife a short time ago.
Ed Conden of Butte Falls was a guest at the Sunnyside last Wednesday night.
N. J. Wiley, a contractor and builder of Medford, and Mr. D[illegible], a livery stable man, called for supper Monday night, had their horses fed and then went on their way to Medford. Mr. Wiley was looking over the field to see the prospect for work.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 28, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSAustin Green, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fryer, celebrated his 21st birthday on the 3rd inst., and his grandparents made him a present of two valuable lots in Fryer's addition to the town of Eagle Point on that occasion.
By A. C. Howlett
J. C. Brown, the dirt seller, and M. B. Glover, both of Medford, were out to our town looking over the land adjoining. Mr. Glover was looking for orchard land.
Miss Mabel Prewell and Miss Sarah Singleton were in our town last Saturday on business and calling on some of their many friends.
George Yere, who has been engaged with a party of civil engineers on the right of way of the P.&E. near Butte Falls, and John Edsall came out last Saturday, took dinner at the Sunnyside, and Mr. Yere went on to Medford the same afternoon, and Mr. Edsall took a load of supplies up to feed railroad men on. They report that those who have charge of the clearing of the right of way are getting along well with their work and by the 20th inst. they will have the whole of the right of way cleared to Butte Falls.
Mr. Fry of Little Butte Creek, Lake Creek P.O. and two of his sons called for dinner the last of the past week. One of the boys was the one who accidentally shot himself in the arm some time ago. He says that he has but little use of his arm yet, but thinks that he will eventually have the use of it to a great extent.
A lady by the name of Noland and her little boy came to Eagle Point to board last Monday. Her husband is a bridge carpenter on the P.&E. railway.
Mr. Peyton and his daughter Miss Mary, came out last Tuesday, [and] took the car for Medford the next morning. He made the round trip, Miss Peyton remaining in Medford.
Mr. Miles of Medford came out Tuesday evening, spent the night in Eagle Point and returned to Medford Wednesday eve.
Alex. Vestal was a pleasant caller in Eagle Point and reports that the steam shovel has finally got to work on the big cut near Vestal's. They have had a long and hard time moving it to its destination, but have finally succeeded.
Last Wednesday morning the railroad men who have been boarding at Eagle Point took their lunch [omission] railroad track, but they were met by the section boss, who informed them that the orders from headquarters was to suspend operations for a while on that part of the railroad where they had been working, and the result was quite a number of them started this (Thursday) morning for Medford.There were about 100 Hindus quit work Tuesday. Speaking of Hindus, there were about 12 of them came to the Sunnyside last Wednesday about noon and called for dinner. They gave orders for fried pork, no beef. Mrs. Howlett fixed a table for them in the laundry room and served them with dinner, and it might be of interest to the reader to know some of the peculiarities of these people. They all sat down and then the first thing they ate was the pork. They would each reach to the dish and take a piece of pork and eat that first, then the tomato preserves, then bread, and last potatoes, eating everything with their fingers, not using their knives at all. None of them washed their hands except the boss before eating, and after they got through they all washed clean with soap.
Fred Dunlap of Talent and two teamsters, who were hauling his household goods, stopped here last Wednesday night on their way to Mr. Dunlap's homestead on Indian Creek, near Derby.
There were three men came in Wednesday night from Pankey's logging camp, cold, hungry and tired, and called for supper, etc., and they ate as though they enjoyed it.
Your correspondent went to Sams Valley last Saturday and did not get home until Tuesday night, so am [a] little slow in getting in the news.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 4, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSAs an evidence of the progressiveness of our neighborhood and the interest taken in educational matters I will state that now, notwithstanding the fact that heretofore we have had, for some time at least, what might be called poor schools, we have one of the best schools in the valley, and as an evidence of that fact, we have now enrolled 90 names, and another evidence is that there is not a single kicker in the neighborhood, and it does one good to visit the school and see how the children vie with each other in trying to excel and trying to be good, and I am informed by the teacher that he has had several applications from young teachers for admission to our school, but have had to refuse them on the ground that there was no room, and that all of the time was taken up with those who were attending; but we expect to arrange so that the next year we will have three, if not four, teachers, and teach as high as the tenth grade, anyhow, and in the course of a short time will have a high school in Eagle Point.
By A. C. Howlett
Mrs. Barney Hinds, whose husband is one of the superintendents of construction work on the P.&E. Railroad, has moved her quarters to the Sunnyside Hotel.
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Noland, who have been guests at the Sunnyside Hotel, moved their quarters to the Iowa lumber mills on Big Butte last Sunday. Mr. Noland is going to take charge of one of the donkey engines to clear off a tract of land for the purpose of putting out an orchard, as there are about 20 or 30 acres near the Sills Spring that has but little timber on it and ought to produce fine fruit.
We have had another deal in real estate here. Mrs. Anna Tyrrel, formerly Anna Heckathorn, [sold] to G. W. Owings what is known as the old pool hall, now occupied by Frank Lewis as a pool and billiard room; consideration $600. Mr. Owings, who is now keeping the Eagle Point Hotel, says that he intends to cut it up into small rooms for a lodging house.
Miss Danna Rader, formerly saleslady in William von der Hellen's hardware and drug store, has returned to her old stand, as Mrs. Cora Officer, who has occupied the position for some time, contemplates taking a trip to Portland in the near future.
Mesdames Lottie Van Scoy and S. B. Holmes went to Medford last Saturday on the P.&E., returning the same day.
Mr. Palouse, the man who bought the Eli Dahack place, took from the P.&E. depot last Saturday a large box of fruit trees to be planted on his farm.
Mr. Paris, one of the subcontractors from Maney brothers, went to Medford on the P.&E. last Friday, returning on Saturday, stopping overnight here, and on Sunday tried to get a team to haul his supplies up to his camp, but failed, as every available horse was in use or engaged, so he had to carry what he could to the commissary store and take the chances of getting them hauled from there.
Rev. J. R. N. Bell, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Corvallis, Or., on his return trip from Los Angeles and Mexico stopped off at Medford and took the P.&E. train for Eagle Point to visit your correspondent, the first time we have met for 20 years. We have been mutual friends for the last 35 years, and though the meeting was, on my part, at least, entirely unexpected, I assure your readers it was a very agreeable surprise. We first met in Ashland where he was a southern Methodist preacher, afterward were interested in the sheep business, as well as traveled and preached together and became warm personal friends. Since then he has gone to the Presbyterians and I to the Congregationalists. For five years Mr. Bell published and edited the Roseburg Review and I was his correspondent from this place, writing over the nom de plume Uno. But it is not necessary for me to write an eulogy on such a man as Dr. J. R. N. Bell.
Last Saturday night some of our local talent gave an entertainment in Holmes' warehouse to raise funds to buy ball suits. The entertainment was well attended and gave general satisfaction. One man who was there remarked that that tall man was a professional, and a lady remarked that it, the show, was better than one we had here a short time ago, when they were all professionals; but we have sometimes those Cheap John shows that are a disgrace to the name. But they say that the people love to be bilked.
I understand that through the management of H. A. McLellan, the traveling agent for the Mail Tribune, that arrangements have been perfected to have the Mail Tribune delivered to the subscribers at Eagle Point on the same day that it is published instead of having to wait until the next night, as we have been doing. And by that arrangement the subscribers at Brownsboro and Butte Falls will get it on the next day and Lake Creek the day following, whereas the way the delivery has been made, we at Eagle Point would get it the next night after publication, Brownsboro and Butte Falls the next night after we get ours, the Lake Creek one day later still. So you see that that arrangement accommodates quite a long list of subscribers.
John Pankey and three of his men, who are working in his logging camp near Peyton, came out on the P.&E. last Saturday night, stopped at the Sunnyside overnight and Sunday went on up to camp. Mr. Pankey says that provisions cost him much, and especially hay and grain for his teams, as hay is very scarce. The roads are so bad that the expense is so great that he will not do so well as he anticipated on the contract.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 7, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSMrs. Emma Hewes of Yakima, Wa., called here last Sunday for a team to take her to her brother's, Mr. Kashan, on Antelope Creek, where she expected to spend a few days and then proceed on her way to California to visit her father.
By A. C. Howlett
Sunday, George Coran, one of the business men of Medford, called here for dinner on his return trip from the Iowa camp. He reported that everything was stirring in the hills and that people were getting ready for a vast amount of business this spring.
Mrs. W. H. Rush, wife of the superintendent of Camps Nos. 1 and 2 on the right of way of the P.&E. railroad, has changed her boarding place and taken rooms with her mother, Mrs. Hinds. Also Mr. Murphy, the section boss on the construction work of the P.&E. near the depot.
I reported in my last letter that the men had been laid off on the construction near the depot, but that was only a temporary move on account of having run out of wood for the steam shovel and could get no gravel for ballast on the road. But now they are at it again in full force.
Mrs. P. H. Daley, our primary teacher, was called to Jacksonville last Tuesday to assist in examination of the applicants for certificates to teach school, and Miss Mae Bigham is filling her place during absence.
Prof. Edgar E. Smith and wife passed through town last Monday, stopping overnight with some of their old-time friends, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Daley, and Tuesday were on to Jacksonville to attend the teachers' examination; also Miss Jennie Mahoney and Miss Leta Peelor of Butte Falls spent the night in Eagle Point on their way to try for certificates to teach.
Ira Tungate, one of Butte Falls enterprising young men, spent Monday night with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John Watkins, on his way to Jacksonville on business. He has a billiard room in Butte Falls and has ordered two pool tables to use in his business as soon as he can build a room sufficiently large for that purpose.
The many friends of Miss Lovey Jennims, who have enjoyed her company since her arrival here last fall, regret that the time has come for her departure for her old home in Iowa. She is the granddaughter of our townsman, Mr. Jordan, and since her stay among us has made many warm friends that predict she will return to our favored land soon.
Verne T. Canon, son of Mayor Canon of Medford, was a pleasant caller at Eagle Point Wednesday. He was posting bills for some of the business men of Medford.
Mr. Ditsworth of Peyton came out from Medford Tuesday night as far as Eagle Point and spent the night. Wednesday morning he went on his way home via the Reese Creek route. He brought out his stepdaughter, [omission] position in Deuel & Kentner's store as saleslady. On his way home he secured a small quantity of coal from one of the coal mines on Roxy Ann to try when he got home.
Mr. Mathews, one of Butte Falls' capitalists, came out Sunday and went to Medford after a load of goods for his brother-in-law, Mr. Massey at the Falls, remaining overnight in Eagle Point. Scott Claspil, another Butte Falls merchant, stopped here Tuesday night with your Eagle Point correspondent, having a load of goods for his store. Mr. Grigsby, another business man of Butte Falls, stopped with us on Monday Night. He was loaded with machinery for the Butte Falls mill.
There were several of the railroad men quit their jobs and went up to the Iowa mills to work but they had hardly begun work before orders came to suspend operations. There was no reason assigned so the most of the people--one a woman--came back to Eagle Point on Tuesday and some of them went to work again on the P.&E.
Fred Dunlap, formerly of Talent, who had his household goods hauled up to his homestead on Indian Creek near Derby last week, brought his family out on the P.&E. car Wednesday and spent the night in Eagle Point.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 11, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSAmong the many callers at Eagle Point since I wrote last I will note L. McLellan of Medford, County Assessor Wm. Grieve and Charles Kinsey of Wampa, Idaho. The latter two were out to look at a tract of land above here on Little Butte Creek, and Mr. Grieve was also simply smiling on his many friends out here.
By A. C. Howlett
The many friends of the Ewen sisters, Misses Clare and Ethel, are glad to learn of their good fortune in securing their part of the old home place that was taken on a mortgage while they were but small children, and now they have deeded the land to N. L. Narregan, the man who made the last purchase, the consideration being $11,000.
G. H. Wamsley and daughter, Miss Mabel, returned from an extended visit to Los Angeles and vicinity to visit his sister and other relatives. While on their trip they took a sea voyage from Los Angeles, or rather a shipping point eighteen miles from the city, to San Francisco. Miss Mabel says that she rather enjoyed the voyage but her father was rather "squeamish."
Mrs. Floyd Pierce of Forest Creek came over to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Frazer, last Saturday.
Porter Robinet arrived last week from San Francisco, his family having preceded him several months.
Mrs. Caroline Pool of Butte Falls, who has been spending the winter with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tungate of Jacksonville, came out last Saturday and went to her home at Butte Falls on Monday.
In my last I spoke of Mr. Owings having bought the old pool hall and now J. W. Smith is putting in partitions and cutting it up into bedrooms, something greatly needed in these parts.
Some of our citizens are about ready to go up in smoke or some other way, for the railroad company have actually put a switch out on the desert and are going to pull the town up there in spite of the fact that there is neither road, water nor grass or anything to raise; but if it does go we can raise vegetables to supply the new city.
Grant Harvey while running a horse with another young man last Saturday night had his horse fall, and when young Harvey struck the ground he found that his collar bone was broken and that he was pretty badly bruised up.
There has been quite a number of the employees on the railroad and the right of way for the railroad come out the past week but the most of them only temporary.
John Edsall came out last Saturday after a load of supplies for his railroad camp, the men who are getting out the timbers and building short bridges and culverts up in the timber. He reports that the contractors have the right of way cleared almost to Butte Falls.
Died--February 9, 1910, at the family residence on Reese Creek, Mrs. Jennie L. Johnson, aged 46 years, 3 months and 25 days. She was born in Monroe County, Ohio, of Quaker parents and adhered to many of the peculiar tenets of that church, although in after life she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and lived in accordance with the teachings of that denomination. I had the pleasure of visiting her a few times during her sickness and she was always ready to give a reason for the hope that was in her. She died a peaceful death and has gone to her reward. Her husband, Prof. J. C. Johnson, is now teaching second term of school in the Reese Creek district, and is universally liked by all the patrons of the school. In addition to her leaving her husband, she also leaves a young man whom they have raised, by the name of Penn. They leave no children of their own. The lady came here for her health and being sick all the time formed but few acquaintances. The remains were interred in the Central Point cemetery and religious services were conducted in the Eagle Point church by Elder J. P. Moorman, assisted by A. C. Howlett.
Your Eagle Point correspondent has been and still is on the sick list and has not been able to gather many items of news and in this connection will say to the readers of the Mail Tribune that I will not be able to go to Table Rock and Sams Valley next Sunday.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 15, 1910, page 3
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSC. W. Delin of Medford, formerly foreman of a gang of men in the construction work of the P.&E.R.R., but now having charge of another gang constructing a large building in Medford, and Mr. T. C. Fair of Kansas City, Missouri, were pleasant callers the first of the week on their way up the line. They were looking for something in the orchard line, and on their return the next day Mr. Fair expressed himself as highly pleased with our country out here and especially our climate.
By A. C. Howlett
There was another accident reported in one of our railroad camps the first of the week. In blasting on the right of way, a large stone lit on one of the tents in which were some or at least one Hindu, and he was so unfortunate as to have an arm and a collarbone broken and otherwise was badly bruised up. He was taken to the Medford hospital for treatment.
Mr. C. B. Webster of Peyton came out a few days ago and went to Medford to consult with D. Conroy with regard to his wife's health, as she has been under his treatment for some time.
Mrs. N. S. Thomason and her daughter, Mrs. Rosa Tudor came out from their camp near Vestal's last Monday and stayed overnight with us and Tuesday went to Medford, and that night Mrs. Tudor went to Portland, Mrs. Thomason returning Wednesday morning, and proceeded on her way home. Mrs. Thomason reports that the roads this side of Vestal's are absolutely impassable and that in coming out they had to travel in the bed of Rice [sic--Reese?] Creek most of the way down.
George Daley gave another dance on the 14th of this month. There was not the attendance that there used to be, but enough to have a good time.
S. B. Holmes is having the tail race of the mill cleaned out and is getting ready to grind again.
Mr. A. J. Braash of Santa Mater [sic], Col., stopped for dinner last Monday. He said that he was up here last fall to see the country and now he has come to buy land. He says that our land may appear high to us, but there is not, in his opinion, an acre of land in the vicinity of Eagle Point an acre that is not worth now $100 an acre and that it will in crease in value for some time to come.
Mrs. Ada Wallace Unruh, the president of the W.C.T.U., also chairman of the united committee to try to secure the adoption of the constitutional amendment making Oregon a dry state, spoke here last Tuesday evening to a large and enthusiastic audience on the work of the W.C.T.U. in the United States during the past thirty-five years. She also gave an address in the afternoon to the ladies and especially to the girls that are just coming to womanhood. She is a very forceful and interesting speaker and gave general satisfaction.
Our school board met last Tuesday afternoon and made the necessary arrangements to secure the same teachers that we have now, Prof. P. H. Daley and wife, for another school year at a slight advance in salary. And now the talk is that we will have to finish one or perhaps both rooms upstairs and employ another and perhaps two teachers, thus the world doth move and Eagle Point is jogging right along with the rest. We are gradually shaking off the old mossbacks and are taking our stand where we belong, in the front ranks. An amusing incident occurred in the primary department of our school last Tuesday, when Mrs. Daley, our primary teacher, returned from Jacksonville, where she had been assisting in the teacher's examination. As she passed by the school house on her way home, some of the children [saw] her through the window and they were so pleased that one had to tell the other until there was a regular demonstration. The little fellows craned their necks, clapped their hands and showed all kinds of joy over her return. No wonder the directors engaged her for another term.
Mr. Broughton, son and daughter came out last Tuesday and took the train for Texas. Mrs. Broughton will remain until the close of the school at Butte Falls, when she will join her husband in their new home.
I. B. Williams, who has been to see the country in Josephine County, especially the Illinois Valley, returned to his room at the Sunnyside last Tuesday. While gone he bought property in Grants Pass and expects to go there to live in the near future.
We have had another change in real estate here, A. B. Zimmerman, one of our merchants, having purchased the store building and land adjoining on the west and north, from A. J. Daley. The price is not given out.
Bert Higinbotham came out and spent the night with us last Tuesday. He was after provisions, for up in that healthy country, people patronize the grocer, miller and meat market in preference to doctor and drug store.
During the past few days, two or three families passed through here on their way to the hills, but I was unable to get the particulars.
S. H. Parker of Grants Pass called for dinner last Wednesday on his way to the Tronson and Guthrie orchard. He is canvassing for an orchard heat--used for keeping keeping off the frost.
Last Monday night while the dancing company were enjoying themselves dancing in the hall, some of the Christian people had a little social of their own at the residence of Mrs. Mary Ringer. The party was given by our church organist, Mrs. Ringer's daughter, Miss Mamie Wright, and there was quite a number of young folks as well as older ones invited and a general good time was had. The evening was spent until a late hour playing games, interspersed with much vocal and instrumental music and during the evening a light lunch served, when all departed for the homes wishing Miss Mamie many happy returns of St. Valentines Day.
Two of our promising young people, Mr. Austin Green and Miss Belle Maultby, had quite an experience a few days ago. Mr. Green had business up in the neighborhood of where Miss Belle lives so he very naturally called to see her and while there the arrangement was made if not before for Miss Maultby to come out to the valley with him so he arranged with the stage driver to meet him at old John Black's place on the county road from Eagle Point to the ferry and he and Mr. Green would take a cutoff and save some six or seven miles travel. So all was arranged and on the morning of the 15th they started from the home of the young lady in plenty of time to meet the stage. They crossed the river in a skiff and went on to the Black place, but that morning Mr. Watkins, the stage driver, had hired another man to drive the stage and forgot to tell him about meeting the young couple so he got in a hurry and drove faster than was usual and when the young couple arrived they found that the stage had already passed forty-five minutes before, and there they were, eight or nine miles from home and no way of communicating to their friends, but Mr. Green looked around and found a lady that would let him have a team provided he could find, catch and harness it, so he started out and found and procured the team and at night arrived safely at his grandparents, so Miss Maultby is resting a while with friends here and expects to extend her visit to Medford and visit more friends there.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 18, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSF. M. Compton of Medford came out last Thursday and spent the night at the Sunnyside, and Friday morning took a rig and started for the foothills to look at a tract of land of about 9000 acres, to be bought if suitable for orchards.
By A. C. Howlett
Dr. Cyover called on his way from a visit and business trip to the neighborhood of Dudley's, where he has been spending several weeks. He is now on his way to his home near Los Angeles. He reports a grand trip in that section.
Buel Hildreth and wife also came out from their mountain home last Thursday and were the guests of Mrs. Howlett. Mr. Hildreth reports that hay is getting very scarce about Butte Falls, and that many of them that have teams in that section are bringing them out to the valley to feed. Mr. Hildreth and wife went out to the old Maule place where Mr. Shaffer is now living, as he has a job of work there.
That little ad that I sent to the Mail Tribune the first of the week has already brought results, as Mrs. "N" has already received an offer on Friday evening.
Miss Grace Polk came out on the P.&E. last Friday, went to the Sunnyside for the night and on Friday evening Jack Florey took her as far as Butte Falls with the understanding that if she could not get someone there who is familiar with the country to take her to Dudley where she is engaged to teach school he would procure a couple of saddles and go the rest of the way on horseback, as the roads are so very bad up there that it is not considered advisable for a stranger to try to go with a rig.
George Warner also came out from Medford on the P.&E., went to the Sunnyside Hotel with the calculation that he would get a team at the Sunnyside stable to go on up to his home in the Grand Cove, but the downpour was a little too much, so he concluded to stay over another day, expecting to have better weather, but we wait to see, as I am writing now Friday evening.
Mrs. Cora Officer started last Thursday for Portland to be gone for some time.
Mr. and Mrs. von der Hellen, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Wooley, Mr. and Mrs. Porter Robinett, John Watkins, Miss Bell Maultby and your E.P. correspondent went to Medford Thursday on the P.&E., besides a large number that I did not know. There was about 20 or 25 persons in the car going both ways, and the prospect is that there will be a big run here this summer.
I. B. Williams, who has been stopping with us this winter, and has bought property in Grants Pass [and] moved his things from here Friday morning for his new home.
Mr. Dohl, who has been staying at this hostelry for several months, started Friday morning for Ashland for medical treatment. He came here for his health from South Dakota and for some time stayed on Antelope Creek. He has relatives in a bank in South Dakota, where he has worked for eight years before he came here, but failing health caused him to seek our climate, but to little benefit. James Ringer accompanied him as far as Medford, where he met with an acquaintance that went with him on to Ashland and will look after him until he is properly cared for.
Mr. Kershaw, who lives on Antelope Creek, came out to our place last Friday and brought his sister, Mrs. Emma Hayes, and her little daughter. They are now on their way to her home in San Bernardino County, California.
Ed Walker was a pleasant caller last Wednesday. He was out trying to secure hands to work at the Iowa mills, clearing land and getting it ready to put to orchard.
Mr. Rush, the superintendent of camps Nos. 1 and 2, came in Friday to visit his wife and mother-in-law and reports that the steam shovel is doing fine work, but that the constant rain keeps the ground in such condition that they can accomplish but little.
Mr. Murphy, the boss of the track gang, makes the same complaint. He says in one place on the desert where they had ballasted the track that the first time the dirt train ran over it it simply mashed it all out of shape again, but we are expecting better weather now that we have had our heavy February rains to settle the ground.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 21, 1910, page 4
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSMiss Carrie Millspaugh, district secretary for the Women's American Baptist Home Missionary Society, came out on the P.&E. last Sunday and spoke three times in the church at this place. In the afternoon she organized a women's missionary circle at this place. There was not the hearty response that ought to have been expected, as there was only $2 and a few cents raised at the missionary collection, and but few seemed to take hold of the proposition to form a circle. She is a woman of considerable ability and received a cordial greeting from the members of the church here.
By A. C. Howlett
Mr. Hammon of Trail called Sunday night on his way from Medford to his home. He has been in the goat business on Trail for some time, but has sold his band and is turning his attention to some other branch of business.
John McKee of Big Butte was a pleasant caller Monday morning. He was on his way from Medford, where he had been staying for some time, to his home.
G. H. Wamsley and daughter, Miss Mabel, were visiting at the Sunnyside last Sunday.
Thomas Grigsby came out for a load of goods the first of the week for the Butte Falls merchants.
W. Gerig, general superintendent of construction, came out last Monday, procured a horse and saddle at the Sunnyside stable and went as far as they have the right of way cleared, that is, almost to Butte Falls. He says that they are getting along nicely, clearing the right of way and with usual success they will have the right of way cleared by the first of March and that the men are doing fairly well at work, considering the drawbacks. The constant rain and of necessity mud makes it very disagreeable for the men, as they have no conveniences for drying their clothes and even in the camps they have mud all of the time, but he thinks that as soon as we have a little dry spell so as to settle the ground that the men will become better satisfied and work will progress more rapidly. There was a carload of steel rails went on to the front Monday and there is now a large force of men ballasting the track, making the switch on the desert and the bridge crew is busy putting in culverts and in fact things begin to look lively around.
A drummer was here last Monday all day and all night with a whole wagonload of drummer's trunks interviewing Brown & Sons, and the probabilities are that they have laid in another large stock of goods. In fact, there is scarcely a day but one of the two general merchandise stores receive new goods, and it is often the case that the customers have to wait till their team comes to trade.
Ernest Cole, now one of the railroad postal clerks on the Southern Pacific railroad, came over last Monday to gather up some of his belongings, as he has sold his land in this neighborhood. He bought 15 acres of land of Pierce & Son for $22.50 an acre and sold it with no improvements except a small house and hen house for $50 an acre. Not a bad investment for him.
Mr. Peyton came out last Monday with a team and Tuesday morning left the team at the Sunnyside stable [and] went to Medford to meet his daughter, who he expected to go home with him.
Our daughter Hattie started last Monday for Portland with our three little grandchildren that I brought down last November, as their father has improved so that they thought best to have their children come home. L. E. Smith, one of the young men who has been living with us for several years, also went at the same time to visit the McGees, Stepps, Iselis [and] Obenchains, who live in Portland.
Died--February 18, 1910, at the family residence in Butte Falls, Howard Briggs, who was born in the state of New York August 22, 1831, aged 78 years, 5 months and 20 days. At the commencement of the Civil War he joined Company G, 46th regiment, Pennsylvania volunteer infantry, and served with that company until wounded. He received an honorable discharge from said company, but as soon as he had sufficiently recovered from his wounds he helped to raise Company I, 189th New York volunteer infantry, and served as lieutenant of that company until the close of the war. He has served his country and state in several official positions. He has lived a long and upright life and has always been honored and respected wherever he has lived. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. He passed away contented and peacefully, saying that he was ready to meet his God. His son phoned for me to come and attend the funeral, but I was not physically able to go, so Rev. C. Davis went and officiated at the grave. The remains were interred in the Butte Falls cemetery on the 21st and Mr. Davis reports that there was a very large attendance at the grave. Mr. Davis also preached in the Butte schoolhouse on the same night to a large audience.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 24, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSLast Thursday I took a trip to Ashland and did not return until Monday and per necessity the Eaglets did not appear in their usual place. While in Ashland I met with quite a number of my old-time friends and had the pleasure of hearing Bro. Dr. Farris deliver his famous lecture on “The Fact of Jesus,” in the Congregational Church of that place; also some fine preaching by the same man.
By A. C. Howlett
I can see that Ashland is growing considerable and the city presents a clean and healthful appearance and that the city is extending out on the Boulevard, but there is not the stir nor the business done that there seems to be done in Medford.
Last week after I wrote I learned that Ernest Culbertson, son of Jas. Culbertson of Lake Creek, had the misfortune to have one of his eyes hurt by a piece of a knot flying as he was splitting a stick of wood and that he went to Portland to an eye specialist, and later I learned that the doctor had to remove the eye entirely and fears are entertained that he will lose the other eye. He is a young man about twenty years of age and he and the family have the sympathy of their many friends in these parts.
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Green of Medford came out on Wednesday of last week, procured a rig at the Sunnyside feed stable and went up to Mr. Geppert's, remaining until Friday on account of the heavy rain on Thursday.
There was another man crippled on the right-of-way on the P.&E. Railroad last Sunday, he having his leg broken and his back badly hurt. He was brought out on one of the railroad wagons, put on a car and taken to the hospital in Medford Sunday night.
Since my return from Ashland we have had quite a number of strangers call, among whom were W. T. Vincent, C. A. Harne, both of Medford; W. W. Wolf of Spokane, Wa.; O. Adams of Butte Falls, C. A. Russell and A. D. Warner of Medford, the last two named men out here to put in a new switchboard for our telephone system, and while they were here they put in an electric bell in the kitchen of the Sunnyside Hotel which is connected with the telephone in the main hall of the hostelry so that if anyone calls the women in the kitchen will hear and go to the phone, a great convenience.
Since I last wrote John Noland and family have quit these parts and gone to Gold Hill to work.
Mrs. B. Hindes and her daughter, Mrs. Rush, who have been boarding at the Sunnyside for several weeks, moved to Maine's camp, No. 2, where their husbands are superintending the railroad work.
When R. E. Peyton was here he reported that they had had a box social at the school house in his district for the purpose of raising money to buy more books for their school library and that they raised over $20. They don't do things by halves in that district when it comes to matters of education. That little mountain district has already turned out eight or nine teachers.
Miss Lottie Peters of Butte Falls came out last week to be treated by Dr.Holt, as she is in poor health. She is a guest of the Sunnyside and can go see the doctor every day.
Deter & Daley have opened their meat shop again, so now the citizens of Eagle Point can get fresh meat again.
There was quite a crowd of our people went to Medford Tuesday evening to attend the theater and enjoy the fun of hearing a good thing from home talent.
W. B. Anspach of Iowa came out on the P.&E. Tuesday evening and spent the night with us and is here to look for a business location.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 3, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSSince I last wrote, William von der Hellen has started the carpenters to work to build him a dwelling house.
By A. C. Howlett
E. S. Wolfer has filled an order for 16,000 strawberry plants to be planted in the Willamette Valley.
As there are a number of inquiries as to how my son-in-law, G. H. Shaw, who was accidentally shot last November, [is doing,] I will say that my daughter reports that he is getting along nicely and has passed the dangerous point, so as to be able to be around and wait on himself.
Last Wednesday Mr. and Mrs. Fred Conklin arrived from Vallejo, Cal., to go onto the Studler ranch near Peyton. Mr. Conklin is a brother of the late Mrs. Studler, and as Mr. Studler did not sell his place as he anticipated he has made the arrangement with Mr. Conklin to live with him and have Mrs. Conklin take care of the children. R. E. Peyton came out the same day and Thursday morning left the Sunnyside with them for their mountain home.
Harry Bryant, son of our townsman, while playing ball at school, had the misfortune to be struck on the nose with the ball and so Dr. Holt had the job of reducing a fractured nose to its proper position. But the nose is getting along all O.K.
Wednesday being Miss Dottie Harnish's 15th birthday, about 30 of her young friends and some of her old friends gave her a surprise party and had one of those good, old-fashioned times such as we used to enjoy when we were young. There were a number of presents presented to the young miss, and her many friends wish her many returns of like occurrences. A little incident occurred to a part of the company while on the route to the party that was not altogether pleasant. While they, four or five girls and Mrs. J. P. Moomaw, Jr., were crossing the wire suspension footbridge one strand of the cable gave way, lowering one side of the bridge, and came near frightening some of the party out of their wits. But on examination it was found to be safe, but not so convenient as it had been, but men were put to work and the break was mended, new posts planted and everything is all O.K. again.
A. B. Zimmerman, one of our progressive merchants, who bought the Daley store and lots adjoining, is fencing the lots off and putting in his early garden. He intends to put out about 60 square rods of strawberries and make a nice home for his family. He is one of the hustlers of our town, and if we can get a few such families to settle among us we will soon have a community that anyone can feel proud of.
Dave Rummel and one of his partners, John Wharton, came in from their camp, where they have had a contract to clear the right of way for the P.&E. Railway, last Thursday night, to settle up with Maney Bros. They had taken a contract to clear a strip three miles long in the right of way just this side of Butte Falls, and now they think of taking another contract to cut the wood up into two-foot lengths for the railroad company.
George Stevens and his son were up from his ranch Friday morning to see Dr. Holt. His son had bruised his hand and blood poison had set in, so the doctor had to cut it open, but now his father thinks that he will get along all right.
This (Friday) morning, as I was on my rounds to gather items of news for the Mail Tribune, I called on J. B. Montgomery, and he gave me the item that he is now the oldest stage driver in the world, being almost 80 years old; that he commenced driving stage out from Marysville, Cal., in 1850, drove two years there and then came to Jacksonville and drove out from there for 27 years. There was one driver who drove on the same route with him that was a little older, but that he died a few months ago, leaving him the oldest driver in the world, according to statistics.
William Knighton and wife, who have been spending several weeks in the Willamette Valley visiting his sister, who was sick and eventually died. They then remained until after the distribution of the property was announced and I understand that by her will he inherited a handsome fortune.
Ed Walker, business manager for the Iowa Lumber Company on Big Butte, came out last Wednesday and reports that they had started the mill to running and Mr. Baldwin of the same place came out the same day and reported that they had about twenty-five men at work and Mr. Geppert, Jr., came out Friday and said he wanted to make arrangements to stop regularly at the Sunnyside, as he was engaged to haul provisions for the Iowa Lumber Camp, so it begins to look as though they were going to do something this time.
Scott Claspil came in to the Sunnyside Friday evening and reports business lively at Butte Falls.
Rev. G. William Giboney of Medford, a Presbyterian minister, came out on the P.&E. last Thursday and procured a saddle horse at the Sunnyside and went to Butte Falls to look over the ground with an eye to organizing a church in the place, returning to the Sunnyside Friday night. He thinks the prospects rather favorable, as the people up there seem to want preaching.
J. C. Richardson of Peyton drove in last Friday night with a load of household goods. He was on his way moving to Medford, as he has rented his farm to Mr. Kinkaid for a year.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 7, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSLast Friday, as the people of Eagle Point and vicinity were preparing for dinner there came a terrible stench of a combination of sulphur and other chemicals, and we began to look around to see from whence it came and found that Little Butte Creek had turned as white as though the water was half milk, and then the good ones began to look around for the cause. Some thougth that a powerful sulphur spring has bursted into the creek, while others thought that Mount Pitt had opened up and we were having a veritable volcano, and some said that the Fish Lake Ditch Company had turned the water in from the reservoir at Fish Lake and some thought that a sulphur mine had exploded, etc., but the real cause was discovered it was found that Cephus Moomaw had started for the Bradshaw orchard with four barrels of spray dope and in crossing the creek about three or four miles above here three of the barrels had rolled out and in the smashup had bursted and the contents had so impregnated the water and air as to produce the above result. There was a young man standing in the back end of the wagon and when the barrels rolled out pushed him out and one of them struck him but owing to the depth of the water he was not hurt, but if the water had been shallow it would probably have killed him.
By A. C. Howlett
The same day and not but a few minutes before the tainted water came down, Roy Smith was riding his horse into the creek to wash him off and the horse became unmanageable and threw him off into the water, and he had not reached the house before the spray dope came. Some of our fishermen are fearful that the dope will have killed all the fish and thus put a stop to that line of sport we have on the creek.
J. C. Hood and family arrived on the P.&E. last Monday from Racine, Wis., to settle permanently among us. Mr. Hood's father-in-law, Henry James, had preceded him a short time. Mr. Hood had previously bought what is known as the Jacks place, about a mile above town.
Mrs. Colby, living above Brownsboro, came down to our town to trade last Monday, and among other articles she purchased was a bale of barbed wire, and in driving over the cobblestones in our road a short distance from the store the noise from the jolting of the wire frightened the horse and they began to run. She managed to stop them in a short distance and then one of the tugs came unhitched and that started the horses again, and in a short time the neck yoke gave way, causing the tongue to strike the ground. Then the team came loose from the hack and pulled her over the dashboard about 20 feet, and just then one of the Lewis boys came along and helped her up, but she said that she was not hurt, but the supposition is that by the next morning she would feel the effects of the fall, but it is thought that no serious damage was done.
William Perry and wife of Butte Falls came out last Sunday and were the guests of Mrs. Howlett Monday night. He reports everything in a flourishing condition in his neighborhood. He lives about three miles southwest of Butte Falls. He says that they have a fine school in their new schoolhouse. J. C. Johnson is teaching, and they expect as soon as the Iowa Lumber Company gets their large mill erected in that immediate neighborhood to have a full school, as they expect to have a full crew of men, and several of them will have families with children to go to school.
Rev. M. C. Davis, our Sunday school missionary, met me at Table Rock station last Sunday and accompanied me to Table Rock, and after I had preached gave us a good talk, and Sunday night we went to Moonville and he preached to another large congregation. We have a fine Sunday school at both of these points.
At Table Rock they are planning to build a new schoolhouse, something that is greatly needed. While at Moonville we came near having a fire. Mr. Gardner, who owns the hall and kindly threw it open for preaching and Sunday school, built a fire in the stove to warm the hall Sunday night, and shortly after he heard an unusual noise, went upstairs and found that the blaze was running out of the stovepipe and that the fire was raising the lid off the little airtight heater, but fortunately there was no damage done.
The Rogue River Orchard Land Company, who have purchased the Hamilton tract in Eagle Point, have kindly donated a strip of land 60 feet wide, beginning at the county road near the bridge and running out to the depot, and from there around to intersect the road just below the Catholic church, and the citizens turned out last Monday and moved the fence out of the middle of the strip to the outside, so now we can go directly to the depot without going through gates.
Died—On Saturday night, March 5, 1910, at Derby, the infant son of D. H. Swihart. The remains were interred in the Butte Falls Cemetery last Monday.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 9, 1910, page 4
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSA few days ago Ray Harnish went up to the high hills to help Roy Ashpole with his cattle and returned very unexpectedly, and when asked why he returned so soon, replied that five feet of snow was a little too much for him, so he came home. The deep snow in the hills this spring will ensure us a plenty of water and is a good indication of a healthy season as well as a good crop season.
By A. C. Howlett
I had the pleasure of meeting A. H. Kolset of White Rock, S.D., last Tuesday, who is here to look after his brother-in-law, J. C. Dahl, who was an invalid at the Sunnyside for some months. Mr. Kolset is cashier of the Citizens' State Bank of White Rock, S.D., and, like all the rest of the people who come from the states and territories north of us, think that we have an ideal climate here. Also J. C. Hood, the man I spoke of in my last, was instituting a comparison between our climate and that of Chicago. He said that when he left there was snow there three feet deep on a level. Who would live in such a country, when they can come to Southern Oregon and find such a climate as we have here?
The men who have been clearing the right of way for the P.&E. Railroad have been coming out for the past few days with their checks to be cashed, buying up supplies for the spring work. They all say that the work is progressing finely, considering the amount of rain we have had, but now that the winter seems to be broke, the company is pushing more men to the front. There is one thing noticeable, and that is that the Hindus are leaving and the Greeks seem to be taking their places.
Harvey Spencer of Dudley came out from Medford last Tuesday, and Wednesday morning went on up home. Scott Bruce, also of Dudley, was here a few days ago from Portland, where he had been to have his hand treated for blood poison. He cut it some months ago and blood poison set in, so that he had to go to Portland for treatment. Also Elmer Spencer of Dudley, who was operated on in Medford for appendicitis, went back to the hospital to have the wounds dressed the first of the week.
A man by the name of J. M. Morrow came in looking for relatives in a destitute condition last Tuesday. He has what a health officer of Eugene calls cancer of the jaw, and is in a terrible condition, and the next morning your correspondent started with a subscription paper and raised him $15.25 and he took the train for Portland Wednesday. He used to work for John Nichols and seemed to be highly respected.
I learn on what I think is good authority that Harry Carlton has sold 120 acres of his ranch for $16,000, and that Jo Rader has resold his farm for $42,000 and that there are several other deals on hand.
The surveyors have been busy this week laying off what is known as the Hamilton (Ulrich) tract of land in small lots, and that they will be placed on the market soon.
The carpenters are being engaged in advance here to build and the indications are that there will be quite a rush here this summer, and us old mossbacks are hoping that we will have to employ two more teachers in our school.
S. B. Holmes and the Browns are putting in a sewer system on their places and are building a septic tank, taking time by the forelock to prevent disease when the town gets full of people.
I understand that George Childreth, who has been working in the blacksmith shop with his brother Wesley, is going to Medford to live and work at brick making.
Mesdames Riddle and Maney, wives of the contractors on the P.&E. Railroad by that name, came out last Thursday and called on Mrs. Howlett. They are camped at the commissary store on the P.&E. about three miles from our depot.
E. W. Phillips, who has been spending some months trapping in the grand cave, near John Obenchain's, came out Thursday a fine lot of furs. He expects to ship them to the eastern states direct, as he says that he can realize more for them than he can here.
Mr. Deter, of the firm Deter & Daley, informs me that he has just bought 19 head of fine fatted beef cattle for the Eagle Point meat market, and that that concern is a permanent fixture.
Mrs. Maltby of Long Branch at this writing is visiting the of J. J. Tryer and her daughter, Miss Bell, who has also been visiting the same family, went up to her home last Wednesday.
Hay hauling seems to be the order of the day now, as one can see loads of hay driven onto the scales every day.
Paints, wall paper, glass. Metcalf's, 318 E. Main Street.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 13, 1910, page 11
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSSince I last wrote R. C. Lawton came out, hunted up his tract of land he had purchased off the Stoddard tract, got the material on the ground to fix his camp and by Saturday left his room at the Sunnyside Hotel for Medford to get his wife, returning on Sunday and Monday morning moved his effects onto his farm, pitched his tent and went to housekeeping. He plans to grub the land and prepare it this summer for planting and put it to orchard this coming fall. The happy young couple anticipate spending a pleasant time, camping there this summer.
By A. C. Howlett
The Pacific & Eastern Railroad Company have had their surveyors out surveying out a new line for their railroad, leaving the old track on the desert on the south side of Little Butte Creek and running up the edge of the desert, crossing Antelope Creek about one-fourth of a mile above the junction of that stream and Little Butte, running thence a northeasterly course and crossing Little Butte somewhere near, if not in, the town of Eagle Point, thus cutting out several bad curves and avoiding some very soft ground through which the present road travels. I understand that they have crossed Butte Creek in two different places. I was away from home when the surveyors got through and left the Sunnyside so did not learn where they went. I understand that there is one man through whose place the new survey runs that walked along behind the surveyors and pulled up the stakes and threw them into the creek, but we might as well buck against fate as to buck against a railroad company.
Scott Claspil and wife of Butte Falls came out on Friday of last week and bought a part, at least, of their load of goods for their store at our local stores, returning on Saturday, and Miss Lottie Peters, an invalid who has been stopping at the Sunnyside, who has lived with them for a great many years, returned to Butte Falls with them. She has greatly improved in health since her arrival here.
Mr. Marssy, another of our Butte Falls merchants, was down the last of the week and stopped on the way to Medford, returning Saturday with a part of a load of merchandise for his store, [and] proceeded on his way Saturday evening toward home.
George Childreth moved his family to Medford last week and on Monday Wm. von der Hellen moved from the house recently purchased of George Daley, Jr., by John Nichols into the home just vacated by Mr. Childreth, and thus it goes--as soon as a home is vacated by one it is filled by another, and still they come.
There never was such a demand for teams since the town of Eagle Point was started as there is now, and it seems that the demand is increasing every day.
Last Sunday there was quite a crowd came out from Medford but as I was away from home I am unable to give a list, and now as the woods in the valley are drying up the good people of the city will continue to come and enjoy the fine ride, and a large number who cannot procure rigs come up on the trains.
Tull & Schermerhorn started one of their trusted men last Saturday with a team to take a family to the Iowa camp from Medford and he got as far as John Allen's by night and Mr. Martin, the driver, was taken sick, so had to phone to Medford for help. The result was that Charley Tull went and they arrived at the Sunnyside Hotel Sunday night about 8 o'clock, but I am glad to say that Mr. Martin was feeling much better and after supper they went on to Medford. Charley says that the roads are all gone clear out of sight. Mr. Tull hired Thomas Abbott to go with him up to Allen's and take the load from there on to the Iowa camp, he returning to Sunnyside Monday afternoon about 3 o'clock.
Mr. Craig of the firm of Craig & Fuller, one of the railroad contractors, was here Monday afternoon looking for a conveyance to take his wife up to his camp.
Last Saturday afternoon, although I was hardly able to ride, I saddled my horse and started for Trail when there were two young folks anxiously looking for me, stopping over night with mine hostess, Mrs. Middlebusher. The next day about noon I started again and wended my way to John T. Zimmerlee's and after a few minutes time for preparation on the part of the young couple I was prepared to sent the following notice to the Mail Tribune: Married, by Rev. A. C. Howlett at the residence of the bride's parents Mr. Charles Blaess and Miss Minnie Zimmerlee, March 13, 1910. After the ceremony was over we all sat down to a bountiful repast. There were no invitations given out, but about all of the two families were present. I learned while in the neighborhood that their friends, and there is a lot of them, intend to give the young couple a good old charivari Sunday night.
Mr. Dupray of Butte Falls came in last Monday night from Medford on his way home and stopped with us. He informs me that he expects to close his hotel the first of April and from that time keep simply a rooming house and billiard room; that W. W. Parker and wife will open up a hotel, etc.; that business is beginning to liven up in the Falls and they are looking for lively times there in summer.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 16, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSMr. and Mrs. McFarlin of Everett, Wash., in company of E. C. Aylor of Medford, were out about the middle of the week looking at some of our orchard land.
By A. C. Howlett
A. Gridley, merchant of Edgewood, Cal., called Wednesday in company of his cousins, Jud and Thomas Edsall, the former on his way home. He had been visiting his uncle, John Edsall, of Butte Falls.
S. S. Akins also called on his way out to Medford. He is platting a part of his place at Prospect into lots and will place them on the market this spring. He seems to think that the road from Butte Falls to Prospect will prove a success and that quite a number of people will settle in the place.
Elder J. P. Moomaw met with quite a severe accident a few days ago. He was standing on a chair tacking up some screen wire around his porch and, making a misstep, he fell and hurt his back and hip quite badly.
A young man representing the Singer Sewing Machine Company stopped here last Thursday for dinner, and while hitching up his horse to the rig he became frightened and started to run, with only one of the breeching straps fastened, and the result was that after pulling the agent around the yard for quite a while, caught one of the buggy wheels on a post and pulled loose from the shaft, doing no damage except to tear off one of the straps of the shaft. Had he not been a strong man the horse would have gotten away and probably done considerable damage.
J. W. Richardson, formerly of Peyton, but now of Medford, came out this week to make a concrete wall for Mr. von der Hellen's cellar and lay a concrete wall for his new house. The wall will be of cobblestones laid in cement, and the stones projecting out making a good and ornamental foundation.
Mr. Mathew of Butte Falls came out Wednesday for his son-in-law Mr. Winningham, who has sold his place on Elk Creek and now has moved to the Falls.
Mr. Grigsby of Butte Falls was also out after a load of goods for Mr. Hughes of that place.
Mr. Reynolds of Lake Creek was a pleasant caller recently.
Mr. Netherland and Benj. Edmondson of Butte Falls were here last Thursday after machinery for the mill. Mr. Netherland, who is in charge of the mill, says that he is getting it fixed up in shape and as soon as he can get some new machinery up to replace the broken parts that they intend to go to cutting lumber, but first they have to cut some to repair the old mill to get it in shape. They anticipate doing good work this summer.
There is more land being sold in this neighborhood. Frank Nichols sold his place, consideration $4000, and his cousin Gus Nichols has sold his for $40,000. There has been quite an amount of money paid on the two places--enough to ensure a genuine sale.
Israel Patton has also sold his place in Eagle Point to Professor P. H. Daley, the principal of our school. The price is not given out.
James Ringer, our paperhanger and painter, went to Butte Falls, returning Friday. He says that he has engaged quite considerable work there in his line. He reports that the ball game between the surveyors' team, composed largely of Eagle Point and Brownsboro boys, and the Butte Falls team was an interesting game, with the result of 5 to 7 in favor of the surveyors' team.
Tree planting is being rushed in this section now, and there is more demand for teams than ever.
John Nichols has moved into his new quarters within the last few days.
Mr. D. Linn of Medford, formerly one of our boarders, was a pleasant guest Friday night.
There was a social party at A. L. Haselton's last Thursday night, given by his daughter, Miss Bessie, and because she invited some and did not invite some others, some of those who felt slighted got up an opposition party in the lower end of town, but I have not been able to learn the particulars of the one in the lower end of town, but the one given by Miss Bessie Haselton was a grand success. There were about 25 present, and those who were present report that they had a fine time, and I suppose that the other party also had a good time, as our Eagle Point young folks always do when they get together.
Porter Robinett started for San Francisco a few days ago, leaving his family here with Mrs. Robinett's brother-in-law, George W. Daley, Sr.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 21, 1910, page 4
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSElmer Spencer of Dudley, who has been in the hospital in Medford the second time this winter to be treated for appendicitis and gallstones, came out last Saturday and Sunday morning. Lon Smith took him in a buggy as far as Butte Falls, where he was to stop for the night on account of his weak condition, and Monday night a message came over the phone to the Sunnyside to try to get Dr. Conroy on the phone and have him come with all speed to his relief, as he was in a critical condition, and his many friends here are anxiously waiting for word from there.
By A. C. Howlett
Thomas Riley, one of the old pioneers of this county, and at one time one of the county commissioners, was smiling on his many friends here last Monday.
John Edsall of Butte Falls was a pleasant caller last Monday on his way to the valley.
Sunday evening A. E. McBride, Miss Constance McKilligan, Warner Caster and Miss C. G. McKilligan, all of Medford, called for supper and spent a while resting and enjoying good music, after which they started, but they--some of them, at least--expressed fears that they would get lost on the desert, although the road is plain and the moon was shining bright.
Last Saturday Misses May Howe, Grace Smith and Mable Webb were in Eagle Point on their way to Trail. They are all school teachers and have schools engaged in that region, although Miss March is teaching at Trail, but there are several schools in that section and they will find plenty to do in their line, and fine communities in which to teach.
Miss Mable Webb is recently from the state of Kentucky, and like all the rest who come from the old blizzard-ridden countries, is delighted with our delightful climate.
Our stage driver from Eagle Point to Trail had a little more than he bargained for in the way of passengers last Saturday, as he had to leave quite a number on account of room and bad roads.
Charles Burgess, who has been to Los Angeles to have cancers removed, returned the last of the week after having the operation performed, and his many friends here are rejoicing with him over his success.
I understand that Mr. Harvey and wife arrived a few days ago from Vermont and will take charge of the Dr. Page orchard in the near future; also that they are well pleased with our climate, and why shouldn't they. When they left home everything was frozen up as tight as a jug and on reaching here in a few days found the wildflowers blooming on all the hills around.
Rev. Delam, the Baptist Sunday school missionary, preached for us last Sunday night. He had preached and organized a Sunday school in Brownsboro the same day in the forenoon. I understand that he contemplates conducting a series of meetings in that place soon.
I wish here to express my thanks to Mrs. G. W. Owings, hostess of the Eagle Point Hotel, of this place, for several items of interest in this article.
Evert Culbertson of Lake Creek, who had his eye put out some time ago by a chip of wood striking his eye, and went to Portland for treatment, returned last Saturday. His sister, Miss Hazel, accompanied him from Medford and they were met here by their father, James C., and all went up home Saturday evening.
James Ringer, our expert painter, commenced to paint the house erected last fall for a cellar and laundry room for the Sunnyside last Monday, but the rain Monday night has put a stop to that kind of work.
J. O. Grey and wife and four boys, direct from Chicago, Ill., came into the Sunnyside last Monday evening via the P.&E. train. He has come to take charge of and superintend the planting and cultivating of the tracts of land recently purchased by J. H. Smith, Mr. Earl and Mr. Roberts, all of Chicago, off of a tract lying close to the town of Eagle Point and about a mile from the Tronson & Guthrie orchard. They have been having the three tracts of land planted to fruit trees this past winter, under the supervision of Mr. Bromley. Mr. Grey's advent among us with his four children will add to our school, and Mrs. Grey will be quite an addition to the female part of our society, while we are always glad to extend the hand of fellowship to such men as Mr. Grey.
Archie Thomason, his brother James, and Oscar Smith called Tuesday for dinner on their way to California. They did not say where they were going, but said that they had left railroading and were going to California. They have been cutting wood on the right of way of the P.&E. Railroad for the company, or rather the contractors, all winter, and are through with their job.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 24, 1910, page 3
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSPaul I. Vanorder, a member of the C.L.L. Company of Medford, and Ed Walker came out on Thursday of last week and Mr. V. procured a horse here, and they two went to the C.L.L. Company's mills near Butte Falls. Mr. Vanorder returned on Saturday. He reports that they have the most of the logs sawed up that they had cut when they shut down some months ago and have commenced to cut fresh ties; that they have a fine lot of lumber on hand now and will continue to cut right along.
By A. C. Howlett
Mrs. John Edsall and son-in-law and wife, Mr. and Mrs. John Conner, were pleasant callers Thursday on their way to Jacksonville.
Mrs. L. J. Greenwalt of North Yakima, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. J. R. Jackson, returned home last week.
F. R. Bollecher, deputy U.S. Marshal, came out one day last week to serve notices on the witnesses along Little Butte Creek of a contest suit testing their right to use the water of said creek for irrigating purposes.
P. H. Daley is having one of the lots he purchased of Israel Patton plowed and scraped so as to level it down, getting it ready for irrigating. He expects to build on the lot this summer and fix the place up all O.K.
The P.&E. Railroad Company has put on a new passenger car and now they are running two cars, using the old one to haul the work hands out to the grading camps.
Dr. Holt informs me that the subcontractors are getting along nicely with their work on the P.&E. right-of-way, and they think that they will have their jobs completed by the first of May.
Maney Bros. have just established another railroad camp near the school house on the Edsall flat about three miles from Butte Falls.
Craig & Fuller, subcontractors under Porter Bros., think they will have finished their contract by the first of May, so you see that the railroad work is going with a rush all along the line.
Roy Ashpole informs me that he has brought all of his cattle out from the feed yards on the headwaters of Big Butte to the low hills. That he has found one of his horses with the brand smooched so as to disfigure it and that he knows the guilty party.
Charley Sherman had his mare taken out of his pasture on the night of the 18th and he is satisfied that she was stolen. These are the first instances we have known of where horses have been stolen for a long time, but with the advent of railroads or any other enterprise that calls for many men there is always a class of fellows who exist for the purpose of living off the hard earnings of others.
George H. Stowel informs me that he has bought 120 acres of land in the old Fryer pasture of Peter Young at a consideration of $3000 and is going to move onto it [and] put it in cultivation. He has [as] fine sticky land on the tract as anyone need want. He surely got a bargain in the deal.
L. A. Murphy of Ashland was a pleasant caller last Friday afternoon. He had been to Butte Falls to see about a witnesses in a suit pending in which his wife is defendant to set aside title to a certain tract of land.
Buell Hildreth and wife stopped here on their way to Butte Falls last Friday night.
Fred Bellows, who has been living in what is known as the old Moomaw home on a farm now owned by J. H. Smith of Chicago, moved out last Friday and Mr. J. O. Grey, a new arrival from Chicago with his family, moved in on Saturday. Mr. Grey has come to take the place of Mr. Bromley who came out from Chicago last fall and has planted about forty-five acres to fruit trees this winter on the four tracts belonging to himself, Messrs. Roberts, Earl and Smith, and now he goes back and Mr. Grey takes charge of the entire tract of 80 acres.
Will Chromnel, the man who has been the bookkeeper at the Pankey logging camp on Rogue River near Peyton and had the misfortune to be caught by a falling tree and have his back badly hurt. He has returned from Medford and gone back to his former place of business.
Miss Viola Pheister of Medford, who is teaching school at Asbestos, came out on the Trail-Eagle Point stage last Thursday on her way to Medford. Sherman Oliver of Trail also came out Saturday on his way to Jacksonville to serve as a juror in the circuit court, going to Medford on the P.&E. the same afternoon.
Mrs. Klingle and her daughter, Mrs. Henry Meyer, were pleasant callers at the Sunnyside last Saturday afternoon on their way to Medford to attend church on Easter Sunday.
R. A. Vestal and Amos Ayers went to Medford Saturday afternoon to spend Sunday.
Lemon Charley and his brother Clay were smiling on their friends in Eagle Point Saturday afternoon.
Deter & Daley have put a phone in their meat market so now people who have phones can order meat, etc. without going to the shop.
A. B. Zimmerman, our accommodating freight agent of the P.&E., as well as merchant and general roustabout, reports business lively and Bison & Sons are generally busy as bees, and our blacksmith W. L. Childreth is so busy since his brother left for a job in Medford that he complains of too much work. He will have to have more help. Both hotels are kept busy and our accommodating postmaster, A. J. Florey, is kept busy most of the time, as this is the distributing post office for ten offices, not counting Medford. Frank Lewis is kept busy with his billiard [room.]
The many friends of Miss Bessie Haselton, one of our most popular teachers, are please to have her back among us again.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 28, 1910, page 8
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSOn Friday night, April 1, there will be a box social given in the Baptist Church of Eagle Point, and instead of selling the boxes to the highest bidder the old maids of the town are advertised for sale at public action. How many will be sold your correspondent is not informed, but if he is correctly informed, there will be but very few as he don't know of but one who claims to be on the lady bachelor list, and she declares that she is not on the market. Nevertheless, you better come who want to invest in the line of goods, for there may be a few that under the strain of the excitement may consent to being on the list. The old maids will be sold by weight and I hear some of the interested gentlemen talk about bidding as high as ten or fifteen cents a pound. The proceeds are to be applied to the B.Y.P.U. fund, which I suppose means bright youths popular union. But everybody come and have a good time and help the girls along in their commendable undertaking.
By A. C. Howlett
Misses Grace and Lucile Henry were callers at Eagle Point Hotel last Saturday on their way to their homestead near Brownsboro.
A man by the name of Williams, who has been around our town for some time, made a trip to Butte Falls the first of the week. He is looking over the country with a view to locating among us.
Miss Caroline Dexter, who has been visiting friends in Eagle Point for some time, returned to her home in Medford Sunday.
Carl Stout, one of the bridge carpenters of the P.&E. Railroad, who has been away for some time on account of the serious illness of his wife, returned to Eagle Point Monday and was shaking hands with his many friends in these parts. He expects to be at work soon framing the new bridge across Butte Creek on the new survey.
Mrs. Colonel Pool was the guest of her uncle, John Watkins, last Sunday night and on Monday went to Jacksonville to be appointed as guardian for her two children. Her father, Frank Tungate, was also with her at Mr. Watkins'. James Bryer also went to Medford the same day and to Jacksonville on land business.
Mr. Zemy, who has a homestead in the forks of the Rogue River, and his partner, who have been trapping during the last winter, came out on Sunday and report that they have done fairly well in their line, as they had quite a bunch of furs. They were on their way to Medford.
I. H. Cooley, one of the Medford capitalists, and owner of a young orchard about a mile above our town, was out Monday morning trying to get hands to work on his farm.
E. S. Wolfer has been engaged this week doing the plumbing work for S. B. Holmes.
The sad news came to us Sunday night that one of Mr. and Mrs. George Weeks' little children, about 2 years old, was burned to death last week, dying Sunday night [Pericilla Ellen Weeks, 3/9/1908-3/27/1910]. The report came to me that while Mr. and Mrs. Weeks were both out of the house, leaving four little children in the house, that one of the children took a grease lamp that was used as a substitute for a coal oil lamp, while they were out of the latter, and lit it, and it appears that they had set it on the floor, and the little child's clothes took fire from it. The other children gave the alarm, but before the mother could get to the child it was so badly burned that death followed Sunday night. The remains were interred in the Trail Cemetery on Monday. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Rowley. There were about 50 attended the funeral.
William Brown, Sr., a brother of our townsman, George Brown, started for his home in British Columbia last Sunday.
Last Sunday night the younger portion of our community gave an Easter entertainment in the church and for once the house was full. The evening exercises during the evening were highly spoken of. The house was beautifully decorated with flowers and I am sorry to say that many of them were blossoms off of our neighbors' pear trees.
Mr. Harvey, of whom I made mention in a former letter as taking charge of the Dr. Page orchard in this section, was placed on another orchard near Medford, and the same man still has charge of this orchard that has been here all winter.
William Gipson came our last Monday evening to call up Mr. Gerig for more men to go to Thompson's Creek camp No. 2. He says that they are rushing the work through as fast as they can and are getting along finely. He reports that Mr. Thomson, who went to Idaho for his uncles, disposed of them there and has gone to Klamath County to buy a new supply.
Jud Edsall of Butte Falls came out Monday after hay to take up home. He says that is is almost impossible to get hay up there and that some of the railroad teams had to do without hay for a whole week and that when he drove in sight with a load of hay on his wagon that every mule in the camp commenced to bray.
Young Gippert, who is hauling provisions for the Iowa camp, says that it keeps him busy hauling grub for the men.
George Stowell (Pete), who has has charge of the Hamilton place, now owned by the Oregon Orchard & Land Company, has moved onto his land that he bought of Peter Zemy, and Mr. Allen has moved from the old Ashpole place into the house formerly occupied by Mr. Stowell. Thus the people change around.
Jessie Cole, Jr., of Nevada County, California, and Mr. C. Burgess of Reese Creek called Tuesday for dinner. Mr. Burgess is the man of whom I spoke some time ago, who went to Los Angeles to have two cancers removed and one off of his lip and the other off of his throat, and he reports that the trouble is entirely over and that he is well of the cancers. His many friends congratulate him on his success.
I wish to extend my thanks to Charley Rice, a young man working at the Eagle Point Hotel, for several items in this letter, and kindly ask a continuation of these favors.
Last Tuesday Deputy Sheriff Ulrich came out and arrested Mr. Deter and Henry Daley on the charge of keeping an unclean slaughterhouse, and if you could have heard the howl of indignation that went up from the people of our quiet little village you would have though that something very serious had happened.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 31, 1910, page 7
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSThere has been another change in real estate in this section, A. H. Kirkland having sold his 100-acre tract of land, lying west of our town, to Charles Feltz, consideration $6500.
By A. C. Howlett
G. H. Wamsley has put in a new flume connected with the Snowy Butte Mill to take water to the old J. J. Fryer ditch.
W. W. Parker, the new hotel keeper of Butte Falls, was a pleasant caller Wednesday night. He reports business good in his line, that the new management is getting the mill at that place fixed up in shape and that soon they will be sawing lumber to put on the market.
Mr. Palouse, the man who bought the Eli Dahack place, was a pleasant caller Thursday. He is putting out a large orchard and seems to be the right man in the right place.
W. C. Batterson of LaMoure, N.D., came out from Central Point with Mrs. Wilkinson and children to visit her father, J. P. Moomaw. They are old-time acquaintances in the old states. Mr. Batterson is a capitalist and is looking for profitable investments.
Since I last wrote, P. H. Daley and your correspondent have put up a new line fence between their lots and Mr. Daley; also put up a new fence between his lots and I. B. Williams. Mr. Daley went to Medford on Saturday to let the contract to build his house on the lots he has been grading.
Mr. Massey, one of the Butte Falls merchants, was here since I last wrote. He was after goods for his store. He was accompanied by B. F. Morris of Butte Falls. They seem to think that their town will be a lively place this summer.
Bert Nason of Prospect arrived from a protracted visit back to his hold home in Pennsylvania last Wednesday and Thursday took the Trail stage to go to his home near Prospect.
George West and wife returned to their home in the Sunnyside Hotel last Thursday from their trip to Washington, where he has been attending the foresters' school. They say that they are glad to get back to their old home country again. Mr. West started to Butte Falls in company of Ira Tungate, who also was a pleasant guest at the Sunnyside Hotel Thursday night and Friday morning.
T. E. Pottenger, Shorty Miles and Mr. Biddle came out from Medford last Thursday in their auto to take a look at our surroundings and see old-time friends.
Died--At the home of her brother, March 31, Miss Jemima Hannah, aged 68 years, 11 months and 17 days. Miss Jemima Hanna, or “Aunt Mima,” as she was generally called, was one of the early settlers of Jackson County, having settled here in 1863, coming from her native state, Missouri, with her father, Hon. Josiah Hannah. When they first settled in the valley it was on Bear Creek, not far from where the city of Medford now stands. Later they moved and located on a farm on Rogue River about five miles below Trail, where she has lived until the day of her death. She professed the Christian religion when she was about 16 years of age, and joined the M.E. Church South and lived a devoted Christian life from then to the time God took her. During her long protracted illness, which lasted for years, she was never known to murmur or complain, but always seemed to be resigned to the will of God. She leaves her only brother. There never were but the two children, and they have always lived together, and his descendants and a large circle of friends to await the reunion in the beyond. The interment was made in the Antioch Cemetery, and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. C. Howlett on April 1, 1910.
Saturday morning a company of surveyors started from here to the hills, but they did not give out their destination, but it was learned that they were headed for the south side of Mount Pitt, and the general impression among the knowing ones was that they had been sent out by the P.&E. Railroad Company, but we will see. Speaking about the railroad company, there has been a petition circulated around town asking John H. Allen to favor the people of this town with a depot, etc., and not try to build a town upon the desert as some claim that they intend to do, but we will see. Generally the railroad companies and all other big corporations do as suits themselves best, and let the other fellow do as he can.
Our daughter, Hattie, returned from Portland last Thursday after an absence of five weeks.
There was a meeting called for the stockholders of the Butte Falls and Eagle Point Telephone Company to be held at Derby on the afternoon of the 2nd day of April at 2 o'clock, with the understanding that the secretary of the company, John Carkin, attorney-at-law, etc., was to be present with the books and try to straighten out the tangle that the company is into, but the secretary and D. H. Downey, of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, were here for dinner at about 1 o'clock the same day, and when told that they had to ride 12 miles over one of the worst roads in the state, they drew a long breath, but while they were drawing a long breath those who had gone from here and those who had come from Butte Falls were using their breath in a different manner. But I will have to give your readers the result of the meeting in my next.
Mr. Deter and Henry Daley, who were arrested for keeping an alleged unclean slaughter house, have returned to our town. They seem to think that the case will be thrown out of court, and then, they say, will be their time. What the outcome will be seems hard to foretell.
The party given in the church last Friday night proved to be a grand success. On account of the scarcity of old maids, some of the younger ones were sold, and those who were present report having had lots of fun. And to help the matter along, some of the old ladies were sold, and in some instances sold twice. The plan was to wrap the ladies in a sheet, put them on the scales and then sell them to the highest bidder. A. B. Zimmerman, one of our merchants, acted as auctioneer, and he proved to be a success. The highest price anyone brought was $4.50. In some instances, the young men were mistaken and bid on the wrong girl, and one young man told me that he had to buy two girls before he got the right one, and the other boys would run the price up. The receipts of the evening were $32.30, and this money is to be applied toward procuring better lights for the church, fixing it up generally, etc.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 4, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSThe latter part of last week Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Peyton came out from their home and stopped with us, leaving their team, went to Medford and on Saturday were met there by his cousins, A. M. and Miss Bertha Peyton. A. M. Peyton brought his wife and three children with him from Chappell, Neb. They have sold out their belongings there and have come here to look for a home. Mr. Peyton says that this is the first one of his blood relations, outside of his own father's family, that he ever saw, and he is a man of a large family. A. M. Payton says that he is going to look around and see how he likes this country before he settles.
By A. C. Howlett
A. H. Kirkland, the man whom I reported as having bought the Feltz place, about two or three miles west of our town, brought his family to the Sunnyside Hotel last Sunday, where they had taken rooms. He is accompanied by L. Langvoid. In conversation with Mr. Kirkland about the purchase of the tract, he said that he thought that he would take it, but on a more thorough examination that he concluded not to take it, and now he is looking at another tract of land on Antelope Creek.
Frank Manning came out last Sunday and brought his two youngest daughters. They were the guests of Miss Marguerite Florey Sunday night, and Monday morning they all started for their mountain home near Peyton.
Last Sunday I went to Table Rock and while there learned that the sensible people of that school district had voted to build a new school house to cost $3000, issue warrants to pay for the same and then vote a tax to pay it off with the interest gradually. They have needed a new schoolhouse there for some time and would have had one, but a few opposed it, and to try to keep peace they gave way, but now a good majority say build, and they will build. I saw as I rode along the road that a large tract of land in that belt is being put out to fruit trees.
Perry Foster came out Monday morning and took the train for Medford to close a deal with a syndicate for his place on Rogue River. The price paid was $80 an acre. I understand that there are several others of his neighbors who sold at the same time. He was accompanied as far as Eagle Point by his son Edward, and son-in-law, Henry French.
Our road supervisor, Thomas Cay, tells me that he has been scraping the roads where the mud was sufficiently dried up, but that he has hard work getting teams to work on the road, especially at the price the court authorizes him to pay.
John Ritter of Medford and his bride came out last Sunday to visit his sister, Mrs. G. W. Owings, hostess of the Eagle Point Hotel.
William Findley and Willard Owings started yesterday (Monday) with a load of supplies for Maney Bros.' new camp on the P.&E. Railway route.
Mr. Swartz and bride arrived the last of last week from Tacoma, Wash. Mr. Swartz is the general superintendent of the work of Porter Bros., on the construction work of the P.&E. Railway.
Miss Mollie Webb, the young lady school teacher of whom I made mention once before as having to go to Medford for treatment for poison oak, has recovered and has returned to take charge of her school again at Trail.
A. L. Taylor of Southern California, a representative of the Crown Medical Co. of, Ashland, O., was doing business with our druggist a few days ago.
I understand that a gentleman by the name of Nason, who has been in the employ of the P.&E. Railway Company, has been engaged to lay off the tract of land lying south of the P.&E. depot into lots and that the lots will be put on the market here soon and that there will be quite a demand for building sites in our town soon.
Benj. Edmondson, Sr., of Butte Falls, came out last Monday for a load of powder, etc., for the Butte Falls people.
Mr. Baldwin came out Monday for a load of pipe for the Crater Lake Lumber Co. (Iowa mills), as they contemplate putting in a hydraulic ram to bring water from Big Butte Creek to furnish water for their mills.
At the meeting of the stockholders of the Butte Falls & Eagle Point Telephone Co. last Saturday they elected Mr. Wilcox president, and Mr. Briggs of Butte Falls secretary, and put two men at work on the line to repair it, and now (Tuesday morning) we can talk with our neighbors at Butte Falls, and they propose to put the line in a good condition all the way from Butte Falls to Central Point.
Frank Neil, wife and little daughter were pleasant callers last Monday on their way to their home near Derby. They have been living in the county seat for some time.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 6, 1910, page 3
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSB. A. Murdock and E. J. Phillips stopped a few nights ago and report things lively up at the Pankey logging camp. Mr. Murdock has just finished building a schoolhouse in the neighborhood of the old Chauncey Nye place, near Prospect. Speaking about schoolhouses and schools, I may remark that that section of the country is the banner section for schools and school teachers. Some time ago I remarked in one of my letters that in the Peyton district they had at that time eight school teachers that in the Peyton district they raised and educated there, and they have in Prospect a high school that continues for nine months in the year and always employs A1 teachers; and let me tell you that we of Eagle Point are catching the disease, for I heard one of our business men--a married man, but no children-- say that we would soon have to enlarge out school house and employ more teachers.
By A. C. Howlett
Percy Boothby came out the first of the week and went to Medford for seed oats to sow. He speaks encouragingly of the prospects in his section and expects soon to hear the shrill whistle of the electric car in his section, as that part of the country, upper Rogue River, is becoming noted for the fine fruit they raise.
J. F. Young, a Medford contractor, was out to our town last Wednesday looking for a contract to build somebody a house.
The contractors who have agreed to build the house for William von der Hellen commenced work on the same last Wednesday. They were detained some on account of the lumber not arriving on time.
Norman Smith of Portland was a pleasant caller on his way to visit his old-time friends Messrs. Peelor and Blanchard, who bought the Charley Knighton place near Flounce Rock. He procured a saddle horse here and went up last Thursday.
Benj. W. Harnish, an old citizen, now 80 years old, who lives on the old Joe Willson place and raises garden truck, ordered the Mail Tribune the other day. He said that he was taking the Oregonian, but that he wanted the home news; that while there was a great deal in the Oregonian, that there was but little that was of interest to the general reader.
There have been two companies of surveyors pass through our town lately. The last company, mentioned last week, stopped at Musketer Swanoff's, on Willow Creek, and the last one started Thursday morning, and they talked as though they were going to Fish Lake, but what their business was they left untold; but so many people coming and going makes business in our lively little town.
The households goods of J. O. Gray, who moved onto the old Moomaw place, arrived all O.K. on the 6th inst.
H. D. Foster, a member of the office force of the Foresters, was a pleasant caller Wednesday night on his way to the big burn on Cat Hill, near Mt. Pitt. He and John Holts, another of the United States rangers, are going to plant seed in the burn to try to reforest the land. They are going to plant a few acres this spring and then this fall plant some more to see which will be the best time to plant the seed.
A. B. Zimmerman, our local railroad agent, and one of our live merchants, has just received a new supply of necessities for the store.
Last Thursday morning as the locomotive of the P.&E. was backing in on the switch it came with such force against the ends of some lumber that was on a car that it burst out the end of the car, and that frightened Gus Rosenstat's team, that had a part of a load of lumber on, and they started to run. Gus caught the horses by the bits, but they soon got away from him. The wagon came uncoupled and off the horses went pell-mell up through town, where they were stopped by Charley Sherman. There was no damage and no one hurt.
The report that reached me this (Thursday) morning that William F. Smith had sold his tract of three acres to Ed Foster, consideration $3000. There had been no money paid, but my informants, William Knighton and G. H. Wamsley, said that they thought it a bona fide sale. Mr. Foster is a young man with a wife and two children, and they are the kind of people we like to have come among us and help along with our schools.
W. A. Robbins, traveling salesman for Ireland & Antle of Medford, and A. H. Weber, salesman for Woodard, Clark & Co., of Portland, were pleasant callers last Thursday. They were doing business with our merchants.
C. C. Kester of Bloomsburg, Pa.; J. M. McPhee, formerly of Portland, but now of Medford, and H. M. Coss of Medford were here Thursday for dinner. The two first named were looking for land and the latter was trying to find it for them.
Mr. and Mrs. Blanchard of Flounce Rock came out last Thursday after a load of supplies. Mr. Blanchard says that times have been lively all winter; that they could sell everything that they could spare right at the house and then not supply the demand. They are more than pleased with the country and with the people as well.
Charley Morine of Elk Creek dropped in Thursday night on his way home from Ashland, where he has been attending to business.
Our people are beginning to think about who they will put in for our school director next June. We want someone who will take an interest in building up the school and keep it growing.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 10, 1910, page 15
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSOne of the autos that came rushing through our quiet little village came near being wrecked last Friday evening when it came in contact with Mr. Zimmerman's dog, but the dog came out second best. He won't run ahead of another auto--that's all.
By A. C. Howlett
Mrs. Dr. Bonner of Derby and her sister-in-law, Mrs. H. L. Adams, came out from their mountain home last Saturday on horseback after a few supplies and for powder, etc., to blast out a well. They seem to be delighted with their new home in the hills.
Last Saturday Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien, formerly Mrs. Cora Officer, came out from Medford to visit her father, brothers and sisters. They were recently married in Portland, and I could not get the particulars, so did not mention the matter in the Eaglets, but will here say that her many friends here are wishing her and her husband a large share of the pleasures of life in their new relations. Well, the young folks had a dance Saturday night and kept it going until about 1 a.m Sunday, and then a company of her friends, and some who went through curiosity, collected at her brother-in-law's, H. B. Holmes, to give them an old-fashioned charivari--whooping, yelling and making all the hideous noises they could, and finally Mr. Holmes came out and ordered them away, greatly to the disappointment of the crowd.
The carpenters have the frame of William von der Hellen's house up and soon will have it closed in.
There is a report here that there has been another land sale made in these parts, or rather on Yankee Creek, but I have not the particulars this morning.
A gentleman here recently from the north brings the word that the Hill railroad that is to connect with the P.&E. will be built from Crescent City and that the Hill company will bring the material there by water and be sent on across from there, on account of the high price they have to pay for transportation over the Southern Pacific Co.'s lines, and with Hill working from Crescent City one way and the Deschutes the other we will soon have a good through road from coast to the east, independent of the Southern Pacific, and then perhaps will have better facilities for carrying on business.
Rev. Delano, a Baptist preacher, came in last Sunday and preached for Rev. Lamar Sunday night. He had a good-sized audience.
Rev. Mark C. Davis, the Sunday school missionary, came in on us last Sunday evening on the P.&E. and Monday went to Butte Falls.
Jesse Spencer of Dudley came in Sunday eve and Monday morning he started on back home. He reports that a government inspector is up in that region and is taking pictures of all the places and of the inhabitants, scrutinizing everything he sees.
E. S. Wolfer has just finished the plumbing work on the house Gus Nichols bought of Harry Carlton.
Joseph Rader, who has recently sold his farm on Antelope Creek, commenced to move to Medford last Monday morning.
We have three weeks of school yet in this term, and Professor Daley says that the school is keeping up fine; that there will be an average of over 60 during the entire term.
In going to the Reese Creek school house last Sunday I noticed that the P.&E. Railroad Company had a vast amount of timber, such as tie, bridge timbers, lumber for cattle guards, etc., on the desert north of here, and everything looks as though the work was being pushed right along, and the report from all along the line shows that we have the right man at the head offices now.
A. B. Zimmerman, one of our leading merchants, believes in the use of printer's ink, one would think if they will look at his new ad in the Weekly Mail Tribune.
Today, April 11, 1910, is a noted day in the family of one of our townsmen as well as one of our leading carpenters, as 62 years ago he was born into the world, 46 years ago today he enlisted in the Army during the Civil War and 40 years ago today he was married, and today he is learning something of the plumbing business, as he is helping E. S. Wolfer in that line.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 13, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSOn Monday, the 11th inst., after writing for the Mail Tribune, I took the stage for Butte Falls, arriving there at 6:15, where I was met by Rev. M. C. Davis and one of the Butte Falls hustlers, M. C. Mahoney. Rev. Davis had already had the announcement made that there would be preaching that night and by 7:45 the schoolroom occupied by the primary department was well filled and Mr. Davis preached and explained the cause of our visit to Butte Falls, i.e., to organize a Congregational Church, and announced preaching for the next evening, when he would read from the Congregational Church manual something of the rules and doctrine of the church. After the reading your correspondent preached and on Thursday evening we organized a church of ten members, six of whom were present, but the others were hindered from coming, but will be formally received when Mr. D. will be up there again. While we were there Rev. Delano, a Baptist minister, came up and announced that he would preach on Thursday eve, and on Thursday night Rev. Giboney stayed with us and went to Butte Falls on Friday to remain over Sunday, so while those people have been almost wholly without preaching the past winter, they have one now.
By A. C. Howlett
The Dewing company have men at work remodeling the mill and getting everything ready for business. They have a fine school, with Mr. Wright as principal, and Mrs. Barrett in charge of the primary department. While there Dad Mahoney took me all through the schoolhouse, and I tell you, it is a schoolhouse. They may well feel proud of it. The three rooms designed for the classes are all large and the auditorium or assembly room is large enough to hold almost any audience that will assemble there, while in addition they have cloak rooms, halls and closets for the use of the janitor to keep his brooms, water pot, etc., in, and the whole house is finished off in the most approved style. They have five stores (two in one building), one grocery store and a dry goods store, including the drug store, a barber shop, billiard room, soft-drink establishment and a good hotel, the View Hotel, kept by Mrs. W. W. Parker.
The sale to which I referred in my last was made, it being the J. A. Smith place on Yankee Creek, consideration $25,000. The place was bonded to William von der Hellen, and he sold it to a New York company.
The citizens of Eagle Point were greatly surprised to learn that the mail had been take from S. H. Harnish and given to the railroad company, but such is life in the Far West.
Mr. Miller, the agent for the Butte Falls Lumber Company, passed through here last Thursday on his way to Butte Falls.
Mrs. Frank Tungate of Jacksonville and her daughter, Mrs. Emma Ellison, and three of her children, came out on the P.&E. last Thursday to visit Mrs. Tungate's son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. Watkins.
A. H. Kirkland and family, of Ohio, who have been stopping at the Sunnyside for some time, started for Gold Beach, Cal., last Thursday.
I see that there are four carloads of wood pipe that have been unloaded lying along the track near our depot, for the Medford water works.
Since Sam Harnish has been deprived of carrying the mail he has come to the conclusion to subscribe for the Mail Tribune.
Mr. Moore of Elk Creek was a pleasant caller last Thursday night on his way to his home of Elk Creek. He was returning from Ashland and reports that the frost has injured the apple crop considerably.
Frank Ward, representing the Bruce Shoe Company of Portland, and Guy G. Smith, representing M. E. Smith & Co. of Omaha, Neb., were selling A. B. Zimmerman a stock of new goods last Friday.
A company of railroad surveyors came to the Sunnyside Hotel Friday night. They are going over the old track to straighten out some of the curves, etc.
Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Simpson, who have been visiting friends in San Francisco, are on their way home in Coos Bay, stopped off at Medford to visit Dr. R. C. Gale, special agent of the Department of Commerce andLabor, and family, came out to Eagle Point in an auto [and] stopped for dinner at the Sunnyside Hotel. Mr. Simpson is general manager of the Coos Bay Lumber Company, also mayor of the place. He said that wherever he goes he can hear nothing but about Medford and Rogue River Valley and the wonderful fruit we raise here. So he stopped off to see for himself, and he says that we have indeed a fine country here, and especially around Eagle Point.
Your Eagle Point correspondent would suggest that some of our merchants fix up their porches and tidy things up so that their surroundings will be more attractive.
P. H. Daley expects to have the carpenters at work on his new house next week.
There was a school entertainment at Brownsboro last Friday night, and a dance at Colby's followed. There were 12 or 15 of our young folks went from here and of course they had a good time.
Mr. Bradshaw of Peyton, who has been pruning the J. A. Smith orchard on Yankee Creek, finished his job last Friday and Saturday morning started for his home.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 18, 1910, page 5
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSJust after I was returning from the post office after mailing my last letter to the Mail Tribune, in which I made mention of the condition of some of the porches of some of the stores, I came across John Smith preparing to recover Mr. von der Hellen's porch and I could not suppress a smile, as I thought of what I had written about porches, but that illustrates the fact that great minds will run in the same channel, but there are other porches that could be improved by covering.
By A. C. Howlett
Mr. Deter and Charlie Rice started out Saturday morning to begin to repair our telephone lines between here and Central Point, and now Monday night they have the line so that we can talk again to the outside world.
Mr. Claspil of Butte Falls was here a few days ago and said that they would start two men from there to fix the line between here and that place in a short time so that we will likely have a good line of communication from Butte Falls to Medford ere long.
T. J. Parton, the gentleman who bought the Joe Rader place, was in our town last Saturday attending to business and getting acquainted with the people.
J. N. Nuller of Gold Hill was here on business last Saturday.
George Fisher, who has a farm on Indian Creek, has secured a position in Mr. Childreth's blacksmith shop as a horseshoer and general helper.
Prof. A. L. Haselton came home from his school at Dardanelles last Friday. He says that he has one more week to teach in that district and then he will go to Antioch and with the close of that term return to Dardanelles and commence another ten months' school.
R. L. Higgins (Tex) brought out a horse to the Dr. Page ranch that was bought in Medford and came over to his old boarding house for dinner.
James Runon, our boss paper hanger and painter, is finishing his work on the Jordan house and getting ready to commence on another job.
Clifford Lake, recently from Hastings, but now in the employ of Maney Bros. on the construction work of the P.&E. Railroad, was a pleasant caller last Saturday and reports that Fuller and Cray are about and will soon be leading down the right of way, that it is the intention of the company to get the ground prepared and then such work of track laying as fast as they can.
H. M. Coss came out Saturday and brought Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Busch recently of Colchester, England, to see the country and especially to see the world-renowned Tronson & Guthrie orchard. Mrs. Busch seemed to be greatly pleased with our part of the valley and especially with Butte Creek.
Born--Near Derby, to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Higinbotham, April 8, a daughter.
Bert Higinbotham, who has been engaged on the Flounce Rock ranch for some time, stopped with us Sunday night on his way to Medford. He reports everything up in that region lovely.
P. H. Daley commenced to get the material on the ground to build his new house and Messrs. Mason and Hess came over Monday and commenced to work on it.
Thomas Abbott and his mother started for Ashland Monday morning in answer to a call announcing the serious illness of his aunt, his father's youngest sister.
Our postmaster commences this Monday morning to weigh the mail matter that leaves his office on the P.&E., as that company have taken the contract to deliver the mail twice a day except on Sunday and then only once.
D. Crockett, one of the contractors on the P.&E., stopped for dinner last Monday on his way out to Medford to procure more hands to work on the P.&E. Railroad. He reports that on last Friday the cook in his camp (Thompson Bros.) went away and left fire in the camp and when he returned found everything burned up including about three hundred dollars worth of provisions and quite a number of other things, including two large tents.
Two companies of surveyors left here Monday for the hills. One company went to Butte Falls to survey the proposed new road from there to Prospect and the other to Prospect to commence to survey the proposed Crater Lake auto road. Times are getting lively here at Eagle Point.
W. P. Whitman, formerly of Portland, passed through here for Prospect a few days ago.
Jesse Enyart of the Medford National Bank and five others came out Sunday morning for breakfast at the Eagle Hotel on a fishing trip.
Miss Louise Blass and her mother are off on a trip to Woodville to visit her sister and Mrs. Blass' daughter this week.
Mr. and Mrs. William Knighton are visiting her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Mayfield of Phoenix.
Mrs. G. K. Owings was visiting the family of Wm. Taylor Sunday. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Owings were schoolmates when children. Mrs. Woody of Phoenix was also visiting Mr. Taylor at the same time. They were all schoolmates.
Mrs. Frank Brown has just returned from a visit to her sister in Jacksonville, Mrs. J. Hartman.
Robert Grey of Medford, who was in the employ of the Ray syndicate, passed the night with us last Monday on his way to the Pankey logging camp near Peyton to look after the interest of the company in that line of business. He went on the Moomaw stage.
Quite a number of our young folks went to the top of Table Rock last Sunday.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 20, 1910, page 3
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSJo Miller, a brother of John X. Miller of Trail, stopped here last Tuesday night on his way to Trail.
By A. C. Howlett
W. M. Nellis, the man who bought the Flounce Rock ranch, and Brent Higinbotham stopped here for dinner Tuesday on their way home. They report everything is lively up there.
Mr. Bradshaw, who has been living near Peyton, moved out last week and went to the George N. Smith place, on Yankee Creek, that was recently sold to a New York party.
Mrs. Jack Steward of Medford came out last Wednesday to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Harvey, of this place.
Mrs. Rice of Guthrie, Okla., mother of Mrs. Lawton, who has a tract of land near here, on the Stoddard place, came in on the P.&E. last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Lawton are living in a tent on their place and profess to be as happy as a king and queen on an English throne. Mrs. Roe is delighted with our country and especially our climate.
The same car brought Frank Morris, Jr., of San Jose, Cal. He came to visit Messrs. Fischer and Dodge on the old George Jackson place, on Rogue River.
Land buyers are coming, and land is being sold at good prices. W. F. Smith, who owned a place on the north side of Butte Creek, in the lower end of town, sold it to Frank Nichols, consideration $2700. There are four acres, more or less, and the line runs to the center of the creek, so that the actual land in the tract is about two and three-quarters or three acres, so that land in Eagle Point, you see, is bringing about $900 an acre, and still the land buyers come and keep looking for land.
William von der Hellen, one of our leading merchants and real estate dealers, has bought him an auto and been taking lessons in the art of running the machine. He spent a few days receiving instructions from a competent instructor in Medford and now is having the time of his life. He started to go to the depot of the P.&E. Railroad in the auto and in trying to dodge an elder snag he collided with a wire fence, broke one part off at the ground, pulled the fence loose for quite a distance and the next time he went to the depot he ran the auto on the other side of the elder snag. But Will is learning fast and will make a success of his undertaking.
J. W. Richardson is now at work putting up a chimney for Mr. von der Hellen in his new house. The carpenters are rushing the work along and soon he will be able to move into it.
Messrs. Nelson and Hess are getting along nicely with P. H. Daley's new house, and others are planning to build here this summer. If I am not mistaken, there will be several new houses go up here this summer. I learned today that one of our merchants was planning to build a large brick.
Last Thursday I took two men up to Fuller & Craig's camp. They are getting along fine with their work and expect to have it done according to contract. The general complaint is that they cannot get and keep hands all along the route. They come and go all the time. There were two of Murphy's gang quit work Friday because they could get better wages elsewhere. The railroad company is getting a large amount of timbers on the desert ready for use as soon as the ground is ready for the track.
Messrs. Bailey and Baker of Butte Falls are here now. Saturday morning they came over the line from Butte Falls and mended the wire where it was broken, cleared the limbs off the wire, and are now going back to place it in a good condition, and the line has been patched up between here and Central Point, so that we can kind of halfway do, but the company intends putting it in a good condition and keeping it so, as there is so much business done here we can't get along without a phone.
Next Friday will be the last day of the school, and Professor and Mrs. Daley are planning to have a good time next Friday evening. There will be a basket supper served in his yard about 6 o'clock and they will have some exercises by the children and a good time generally. Come, everybody, and bring your baskets and have a good time.
Messrs. Zimmerman and Ashpole have just received a gasoline engine and centrifugal pump and are getting ready to irrigate their gardens.
F. J. Ayers came out last Friday morning and took the train for Medford. He reports everything flourishing in his section and that they are pushing the railroad work along as fas as they can.
The report came Friday morning that there was another man blown up on the railroad and seriously hurt.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 26, 1910, page 3
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSAfter writing for the Mail Tribune last Friday night and mailing the letter on the 23rd inst., I started on horseback for the country on upper Trail Creek, noting the changes that have been made along the route. The first thing that attracted my attention was the great improvements in our road. They have been scraped and some of the worst mud holes filled up and fixed so that they presented a good appearance, and in one place the lane between Mr. Bergman's and the Ole Johnson place had been widened so that they could get along and miss the worst mud holes. Mr. Johnson has put in a neat wire fence and left the lane about sixty feet wide. Just beyond Grant Matthews has made a slight change in the road by fencing in another field, thus turning the road up a sharp steep little hill that was avoided the way the old road run, but he has fenced in a nice tract of land that will someday be put into fruit. I noticed that a family had moved onto a tract of land formerly occupied by Benjamin F. Baker and that that part of the country is looking up and the people living along the line are getting ready for the Crater Lake road. Crossing Rogue River on the free ferry and stopping at the Trail Hotel for dinner, I wended my way up the creek, noting quite an improvement in the appearance of the place formerly occupied Mr. Inlow, by now owned by a young man by the name of Lawrence. The people in the section are looking anxiously for the Crater Lake road. I remained overnight with a friend, Mr. T. C. Gaines. The next morning I wended my way up to the Trail school house, where I preached to a good-sized audience and after partaking of a lunch that had been prepared by kind friends, went to the Central school house, where I found another congregation waiting for me. After speaking I organized a Sunday school of 20 members. In my rounds I met with three of our young lady teachers; first, Miss March Kincaid who is teaching at Trail, Miss May Ditsworth who is teaching in the Gale district and Miss Rose Newland in the Central school house. There have been several additions to that neighborhood, and I am glad to note that they appear to be people of the right sort. I could note a decided improvement all along the road that I traveled and the most of them seemed to be for the best and the people all seemed happy and contented.
By A. C. Howlett
Mrs. George West went to Butte Falls last Saturday to meet her husband who is one of the forest rangers, returning on Monday.
Dr. McKnight and family, recently from Virginia, came out last Monday on the Pacific and Eastern and Tuesday took the stage for Trail where they think they may perhaps camp for awhile, but they intend to spend the summer camping near the old Tucker place. They are recent arrivals and he is like the rest of the newcomers and tells us that we don't know the value of our land or how to appreciate our climate and that all that keeps the throng of people east is that they don't know what we have here.
Charley Wilkinson and wife, who own a farm east of Medford near Roxy Ann, were pleasant callers last Monday on their way to Butte Falls. They have been spending the winter in Los Angeles, California, and recently returned.
Messrs. Zimmerman and Ashpole gasoline engine and pump in oper- [line missing] ditch that supplies the S. B. mills with water power. it seems to prove a success.
The railroad company have changed the time of arriving and leaving Eagle Point now. They arrive about the same time in the forenoon, but in the evening they arrive about 5:45 and leave at 6 p.m.
Frank Nichols and wife moved their effects from their fathers' into the place he bought of W. F. Smith last Tuesday.
Mrs. William Abbot moved her family into their mountain home last Tuesday to spend the summer.
Mr. T. H. Phillips and wife of Medford came out on the Pacific & Eastern and in the afternoon were met here by Mr. Hoefft of Lake Creek, where they have gone to spend a while visiting.
Ortin Nichols, Carl Jackson & Co. have bought out the Deter & Daley meat market and opened up business Tuesday morning. Carl wears the white apron and smiles on the customers while Artie rustles the stock for the market.
Miss Lord, a sister-in-law of Cap Miller, arrived from South Dakota, Monday, and is now visiting her sister on the old J. Carlton place.
E. D. Spina, recently of Illinois, was here Tuesday looking for a location.
Mr. Dupray of Butte Falls had three barrels of bottled beer shipped out and hauled to Butte Falls by some of their local teamsters, and the agent, Mr. A. B. Zimmerman, received a letter from him stating that when the barrels arrived there was one barrel that had been opened and twenty-five bottles were missing. But he says he has a receipt for the goods in good order.
E. J. Kiser, editor of the Valley Record of Ashland and Miss Jessie Anderson and Miss Alice Nile, all of Ashland, were pleasant callers on Mrs. Howlett last Sunday, and I regret that I was away, as I was local correspondent for eight years for the Valley Record and I should have been pleased to have met my old friend Kiser at my home.
Mr. Trowbridge of the firm of White & Trowbridge, real estate agents of Medford, came out in their auto bringing Mr. Maine and Mr. Bowman of Medford and Mr. Bonneli of Wisconsin. They had been up in the neighborhood of Brownsboro and called for dinner. Of course they were looking for land for orchards and came to the right place to find it.
Mr. Baldwin of Crater Lake Mills came out Tuesday and called at the Sunnyside for dinner and reports that the mill is doing good work, cutting down about 30,000 feet a day when they run regular.
Arthur Brown of the Rogue River magazine and Mr. T. O. Erickson of Medford called for dinner Tuesday. Mr. Brown was hustling for his magazine and met with good success.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 28, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSMr. Foster, one of the office force of the forest rangers of Medford, called on his return from a trip to the Cat Hill country a few days ago and among the incidents of interests he related was one concerning one of his brother rangers, George H. West. It appears that the said Foster has a horse that does not always do as he is told and upon the occasion referred to Mr. West and John Holtz started to take a ride in a rig with the aforesaid horse and one of Johnnie's. Everything went along smoothly until they came to one of those pole bridges that are quite common in the hills, and there the horse decided that the bridge was not safe and so refused to go and on account of the urging on the part of Johnnie the horse began to rear and plunge and kick, whereupon Johnnie aimed to get behind the seat to get farther from the horses heels and George seeing him making that move aimed to jump clear from the wagon and just as he jumped the horse gave a sudden plunge throwing West out on his side and just then the wheel struck his leg and at almost the same time tore the skin off his forehead. He was not seriously hurt but had a very close call.
By A. C. Howlett
Since Nichols, Jackson & Co. have bought out the meat market, they have been making some changes in their cold storage room. Mr. John W. Smith has been doing the carpenter work.
Since Deter and Dulcey have sold out the meat market business here, Mr. Deter has bought the lot formerly occupied by A. J. Florey, where now stands the lumber shed and yard. I understand that Mr. Florey sold the lot for $250 and that Mr. Deter is contemplating purchasing the shed and lumber that is within the yard.
Mrs. Higgins of Jacksonville was out visiting her mother Mrs. F. W. Smith the middle part of the week.
Jo Moomaw has just put his stage on the road between Eagle Point and Peyton again for the summer and fall or as long as he carries the mail.
Ham Watkins, who is carrying the mail from here to Trail, was taken sick last Tuesday on the way between Trail and Eagle Point and had to stop and get someone else to take it on in his place and Judge John Watkins took it from here to Trail where he had to lay over on Wednesday while the mail was taken to Prospect by another carrier. John says he got so tired living in the country (Trail) that he cannot stand it. Nothing but city life will do for him, so he will stay in Eagle Point.
S. A. Carlton was smiling on his many friends here last Thursday and his son J. H. was gazing around among the people to find how much they were worth and another son was gazing around to try to find out all that he could about how many there were in each family and how old they were--and it ain't fair to make the girls tell a boy like Herbert how old they are and all the particulars, but such is life when the census enumerator comes around.
R. R. Minter, our boss sheep man in these parts, was in town Thursday and reports that his sheep are doing fine and that he now has on hand about 800 lambs and anticipates having a crop of wool.
E. W. Carlton of New Jersey came out on the Pacific & Eastern last Thursday and spent the night with us and the next day went to visit an old acquaintance on the old J. H. Carlton farm, returning on Friday morning to Medford.
Mr. Mayfield and family and son John and family moved into the house recently vacated by Mrs. William Abbott Wednesday.
Dale Hazle is engaged in lathing Mr. von der Hellen's new house and Wolfer and Wamsley are doing the plumbing work.
Charley Lear, who has been working in the mines in Siskiyou County, California, called Thursday on his way to the Elk Creek mines.
Ed Welch and T. J. Yocum of Central Point were pleasant callers [in] Butte Falls country. Mr. Welch is interested in the sawmill business and was up in that country to look at the timber. He speaks in high terms of the timber and says that the Crater Lake mill is doing fine work.
The Sunnyside has just hauled out from Medford 8000 feet of lumber with which to put in four dormer windows and partition off four more bedrooms. John W. Smith, Mr. Bryant and Mr. Wamsley are doing the work.
Lee Edmondson of Derby was here last Thursday and says that he expects to move his mill from Derby up near the source of Big Butte this summer.
Artie Nichols, our meat market man, called for dinner last Thursday.
J. E. Green, T. W. Osgood and I. F. Dodge drove up Thursday in an auto for dinner about two p.m. They were a little late but got dinner all the same and after dinner went to see the world-famed Tronson & Guthrie orchard near Eagle Point, then went up the railroad to the commissary and were talking of going up to Craig & Fuller's company.
Mr. Morris, the oil well and coal man who superintended the boring of the oil well in the desert south of here about a year ago, was a pleasant caller Thursday afternoon but went on to Medford.
Thomas Abbott and Fred Bellos had quite an experience Thursday afternoon. They were plowing on the old Moomaw place and one of them laid the lines down to get a drink and about [then] the horse took a notion to go off and they went with the plow attached and when they stopped the plow was in a thicket of young oaks minus one handle and the beam bent but nobody hurt.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 3, 1910, page 3
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSOn Saturday of last week your Eagle Point correspondent went to Butte Falls. While there he preached on Saturday night and on Sunday both morning and evening. Sunday was quite a noted day, being the first of May. The boys, or rather the people of the town, had a dance on Saturday night before, and on Sunday there were two games of ball, one in the forenoon and one in the afternoon, Sunday school in the morning and preaching and the Endeavor Society and preaching in the evening, and notwithstanding the ball games and other amusements going on at the same time, [there] was a very good congregation, both Saturday night and both times on Sunday. The people of that place seem to appreciate religious services and take an interest in trying to keep them up. I can see that the town has improved since I was there last. Ira Tungate and another man have bought a frame of a building that was put up some time ago and left without being finished owing to the shutting down of the mill and general suspension of business, and now the people of the place have to go to the Iowa mill for their lumber, as the Butte Falls mill is being remodeled, but they expect to start up again very soon. The business men say that business is becoming more lively, and they are looking for a good time this summer.
By A. C. Howlett
On my way home (for I went on horseback so that I could go where [I] pleased), I spent a while at the Iowa mill and the accommodating manager of the mill--I have forgotten his name--took pains to show me all that he could around the mill. They are doing some fine work and turning out a fine lot of lumber. He informed me that they had on hand about 600,000 feet of lumber and were cutting right along, but are handicapped on account of scarcity of help. The best run was last Saturday. They cut 20,000 feet in a half a day. They are about through sawing the old logs that were cut two years ago and will soon begin on the standing timber.
On Friday last our school closed and the closing exercises was held in the upper story of the school house on account of the rain on Friday night. The Eagle Point band turned out and took part in the exercises by rendering some fine music. The children did themselves credit and showed clearly that their teachers had not neglected to do their part. After the exercises were over supper was served in one of the lower rooms that had been provided by the good ladies of the town, and about 10 o'clock the crowd, for it was a crowd, began to disperse. Some went to their homes and some went to a dance that was in progress. The school has been one of the best, if not the best, that we have had here for several years, and I am glad to be able to say that the school board have acted wisely and secured the services of Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Daley for our next fall and winter school. Who they will employ for the third teacher is not yet decided, but it is generally conceded that we will have to have three teachers from now on, as our school is increasing in size and there is so many of them that will go into the higher grades.
Mrs. Howlett reports that there was quite a number of the citizens of Medford came out in their autos for dinner last Sunday and among them was the editor of the Mail Tribune, but she was too busy to take their names, so that I am not able to make mention of them in particular. I am sorry that I was away from home, but trust that the next time I will be more fortunate and have the pleasure of meeting them at my home.
It is hardly necessary for me to mention that Dr. Reddy [and] John R. Allen were here, for that has already gone to the world; also that Dr. Keene, William and Mike Hanley passed through here the last of last week on their way to the Hanley ranch on Little Butte; in fact, there are so many people visiting our thriving little town that it keeps me guessing to keep track and decide what to write for the Mail Tribune.
Charles Bacon, our new depot agent for the P.&E. Railroad, has taken a room at the Sunnyside and gone to work in earnest, and the people, not only of this town but of the surrounding neighborhood, are glad to have an agent who can devote all his time to that branch of the business. While Mr. Zimmerman, the former agent, was well liked and gave general satisfaction, he could not devote all of his time to that work, and often parties who had to go a long distance had to wait until a late hour or else go and get him to go expressly to wait on them at the depot.
The mail route agent, he who looks over the different routes the mail carriers travel, was here a day or two ago trying to get someone to put in bids for carrying the mail over the different routes, as the bids that have been put in have been turned down on account of them being so much higher than they have been heretofore; but the authorities at headquarters don't take into account that hay and grain have raised in price from 100 to 200 percent in the last few years.
As soon as it was announced in the Mail Tribune that the town of Eagle Point was to be moved there was a party rushed into our quiet little village and wanted to engage to move houses to the new townsite, but could not get one job, as there is but one man that wants to move, and he has a stone house and can't move it.
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Peyton passed through our town last Tuesday on their way to Medford, while his cousin, Alvin Peyton, and family, spent the night at the Sunnyside.
Elmer Spencer, who has been in Medford under the care of a doctor, came out to the Sunnyside last Monday to board, as he says that he can get board enough cheaper to justify his going to Medford twice a week to see the doctor and then save money. His brother, Jesse Spencer, came out from Dudley last Tuesday and spent the night with Elmer.
I. J. Purkeypile and Pat Stidham of Central Point are here at this writing, Wednesday forenoon, wiring the new houses, getting them ready so as to have electric lights as soon as the electricity can be obtained. They have just finished wiring William von der Hellen's new house and are working on P. H. Daley's today.
James McClanahan and James Miller of Elk Creek were sojourners here Tuesday night. Mr. McC. has a sawmill on Elk Creek and says that he has now about 200,000 feet of lumber on hand, but that there is a big demand for lumber and that the people come to the mill and haul it away right along.
Dr. Holt had a man with his vacuum house cleaner out a day or two ago cleaning his house.
Deter & Daley are planning to make some substantial improvements on the lots they bought of A. J. Florey.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 6, 1910, page 3
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSOn Wednesday, May 4, Mr. Whetsel, of Whetsel Music Co. of Medford, came out, and during the afternoon went around town and invited quite a number to come to the Sunnyside Hotel to hear him give a musical entertainment on his phonograph, as he had a few with him, as well as a number of records. The result was that before we got supper over the neighbors began to come in, and with that addition to the 37 we had to supper and breakfast, we had the house well filled and the visitors remained until 11 o'clock, and then reluctantly started for home. The next day he started for Lake Creek, and when he returned Friday afternoon he had no machines in sight. The citizens of the Butte Creek seem to know when they have a good thing.
By A. C. Howlett
E. B. McGill, John F. Reardon and Hunt Hollister, all of Seattle, were among the guests Wednesday night. They did not give out their business, but were particular to inquire about the character of the soil, the timber, climate, water supply, etc., and I judged that they were thinking about investing some money in these parts, as they assured us that they would be back in a short time to enjoy the delightful climate (for it is not so warm here as it is in Medford by several degrees), pure water and fine scenery.
R. U. McClanahan called Thursday for dinner and to get acquainted with your Eagle Point correspondent. He was soliciting for the Mail Tribune and meeting with some success.
Thursday night R. E. Peyton and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Peyton, Carl Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Kincaid and son were among the pleasant callers at the Sunnyside, besides quite a number of strangers whom I did not know.
Mrs. Dr. Holt, wife of our M.D., has returned from a protracted visit with her mother in Berkeley, Cal., last Thursday. Her many friends were pleased to see her among them again.
R. H. Whitehead and Volney Webster of Medford passed through Eagle Point Friday morning on their way to Big Butte to take their annual outing and have the sport of catching and the pleasure of eating some of the fine mountain trout that live in that stream.
Jackson, Nichols & Co. have moved the slaughterhouse from the old Griffith place onto Mr. Jackson's place, above town.
Last Saturday Messrs. Harry Starr, Frank Woodard and Ed Blanchard, three traveling salesmen of Portland, representing some of the business houses of Portland, and are here in the interest of our merchants, that is, trying to get them interested in their line of business, called for dinner and when they left promised to come again when they make their return trip to this place.
Shortly after they arrived, Dr. Reddy, E. B. Randall, Mrs. Evans, H. S. Dudley and F. V. White arrived and called for dinner. While in conversation with one of them, I think that it was Mr. White, with regard to the merits and demerits of the Mail Tribune, he made the statement that there was not one city in ten of 10,000 inhabitants that could boast of so good a general newspaper and one that could exert such an influence as the Mail Tribune, and I said "Ya." There is one thing certain, the Mail Tribune gets the news. I take the Oregon Journal, but I get all the telegraphic news in the Mail Tribune the evening before I get it in the Journal. But this is a digression. Just after Dr. Reddy and his company had eaten their dinner and gone, H. M. Coss, one of Medford's live real estate men, Judge Crews and wife and Mrs. Wheeler, all of Medford, called for dinner. After dinner they took a trip to Sams Valley via Bybee's bridge, and intended to go from there via Gold Ray, Tolo, Central Point, back to Medford. For me to say that the dozens of strangers that call on us, they are all delighted with our climate and surroundings, does not exaggerate the case.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 10, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSLast Sunday was quite a busy day day at Eagle Point. One of the attractions was Sunday school and preaching in the forenoon. In the afternoon the Eagle Point ball team played ball against the Hillcrest team, with the game resulting 10 in favor of Eagle Point and 4 for the Hillcrest team. For the benefit of those who are curious to know where the Hillcrest team originated and who they are, etc., I will say they are mainly what we used to call the Big Sticky boys. There was a large crowd assembled to witness the game from different parts of the valley, and while some came merely for the sake of coming, some came to attend church, and Mr. Lamar, our Baptist minister, preached as good a sermon as I have ever had the pleasure of hearing from him. There was also another class that came to spend the day along the banks of our beautiful Little Butte Creek fishing. Some came to visit friends, etc., but the most of them came to witness the ball game. There was quite a number who brought their lunches with them, and one company of about 25 ate their lunch under the lumber shed. They had brought their freezer, cream, etc., so as to have ice cream as well as other delicacies, and notwithstanding the crowd that brought their lunch with them, both hotels were full--at least, I judge that they were both full from the fact that there were 38 took dinner at the Sunnyside, and the Sunnyside stable was filled with teams.
By A. C. Howlett
Among those I can mention as visiting the Sunnyside hostelry are H. B. Cady, Mrs. G. K. Arnold, Mrs. F. D. Cline, Mrs. H. B. Cady, Miss Hettie Cady, Miss Encie Stewart and Leonard Robinson, all of Medford. Quite a number of the foregoing attended services at the Baptist church.
E. M. Olmstead of Ashland, deputy head consul of the Modern Woodmen of America, called last Sunday and engaged a room and stated that his business was to try to effect an organization of a lodge here. He had planned that they might organize, and then the I.O.O.F. and they would go in together and build a hall to be used for a lodge room. He remained until Tuesday morning and left before I had asked him the result of the effort.
Civil engineer Osgood and Omer Murphy came out Sunday afternoon in an auto and called for a moment. They were looking for a party, unknown to your correspondent, to go to Trail.
Dr. Gale and family, John Boiner, Miss Alice Hanley and her niece, Miss Mary Hanley, were also among the guests at the Sunnyside last Sunday, and the Castor brothers of Phoenix, besides a number of whose names I did not know. Eagle Point is getting to be quite a resort for pleasure-seekers that are fond of fine scenery and good fishing.
W. L. Small of Medford came out last Sunday morning on the P.&E. to go to work with Mr. Richardson plastering William von der Hellen's new house. They will probably finish the job by the middle of this week.
Mr. Small is planning to put up a fireplace and chimney for P. H. Daley in his new house.
The carpenters are pushing the work right along on the addition to the Sunnyside.
Benj. Edmondson of Butte Falls came out last Monday after a load of goods for one of the merchants of that place.
Mr. Dupray of Butte Falls and Stanley Spencer of Dudley came out last Tuesday and went on to Medford the same afternoon on the P.&E.
Alfred Gordon came out last Tuesday and brought out a man [Mr. Freiburg] who has been cooking for the Pankey logging camp, who had been bitten by some kind of a poisonous reptile on the foot and left him at the Sunnyside for medical treatment. Dr. Holt was called and treated the foot, and this (Wednesday) morning he is resting easily.
Burt Peachey came around to visit his old-time friends last Monday.
A. H. Peachey made a business call in Eagle Point Tuesday.
Walter Wood is building a new house on his place, which will greatly improve its appearance.
C. W. Austin of Dudley came in on us Sunday evening and the next morning took the car for Medford.
Dell Hazle has just finished up a job lathing P. H. Daley's new house, and returned to Medford Tuesday evening.
Jud Edsall came out for a load of supplies for a camp of surveyors who are camped on the proposed railroad route east of Butte Falls, and to take up another crew of surveyors to be located at Fish Lake.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 13, 1910, page 7
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSE. S. Wolfer has been doing the plumbing work on P. H. Daley's new house since I wrote last and Webb & Brown, Joe Williams and Webb, Sr., are at this time (Saturday morning) plastering the house.
By A. C. Howlett
Mr. and Mrs. Ditsworth of Peyton called for dinner Wednesday on their way home from Medford, where they had been for some of their supplies and to visit her daughter, who is a saleslady in one of the dry goods stores of Medford.
Last Wednesday Fred Bellam's team, which was working for Mr. Grey on the old Moomaw place, took a notion to take a spin around our town, while Lester Abbott was arranging a bale of hay in the wagon, but just after they started Lester caught the lines, but they had got such a start that they ran a short distance and collided with an oak tree, with the result that Lester was thrown out of the wagon and his head cut slightly and his knee quite badly hurt, so that he had to lay off and go to his home near Clark's Creek.
Last Thursday Rev. M. C. Davis rode in on his bike and spent the night with us, and Friday morning started for Ashland to meet Rev. William Ewing of Boston, missionary secretary of the Congregational Church of the United States, and Howard N. Smith, state missionary for the Congregational Sunday School interests of Oregon. Rev. Davis expects to go to Butte Falls and preach on the night of the 20th of May and go from there to Central, near Trail, to assist in a basket making on the 22nd inst.
E. L. Cooley has been conducting the examination of the applicants for eighth grade certificates during the last few days, he having been appointed by the board to perform that important duty. There were seven applicants, viz.: Clara Zimmerman, Fern Daley, Grace Brown, Harry Bryant, Charles Patten, Frank Haselton and Robert Pelouse. Mr. Daley, the teacher expressed the opinion that they should all pass, and Mr. Cooley remarked that they are a class of bright children. Such children as these will make their mark in the world.
Born--May 11, to Mr. and Mrs. Linning Dugan, a 9½-pound boy.
Elmer Spencer, who has been stopping at the Sunnyside for some time and receiving treatment from Dr. Conroy of Medford, has so far recovered as to be able to return to his home near Dudley. He was taken up in one of the Sunnyside rigs last Friday.
Len E. Smith went last Thursday to Fish Lake to take Thomas Stearson and Charley Wilkinson to that region for the summer.
Mrs. R. C. Lawton reports that they have their bungalow well along and will soon have the roof on. They are planning to have their ten-acre tract well improved and have everything handy.
There has been a big rush in our town for several days and the crowd seems to increase in size and interest. There are people here every day looking for homes, and one of the mechanics who has been working on the new houses that are going up tried to buy a lot Friday on which to build, but at last accounts had not succeeded.
Last Thursday evening our daughter Tavia and four children, Mrs. G. H. Shaw of Fairview, Or., came in on us announced [sic]. She reports that her husband, who was accidentally shot last November, is getting along nicely. He has opened a grocery store and is doing well.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 17, 1910, page 6
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSMiss Bertha Ditsworth and her sister, Jane, were pleasant callers the last of the past week on their way to Medford.
By A. C. Howlett
Rev. M. C. Davis, Sunday school missionary for the Congregational Church, requests the Mail Tribune to announce that there will be a general Sunday school picnic on Children's Day, June 12 on the banks of the Rogue River, about a mile below the Bybee Bridge, entrance to the house [sic]. All the Sunday schools are invited to come and take part in the exercises.
Rev. Leadford commenced a protracted meeting here last Friday night, May 13, and expects to continue all this week.
Ball Game.Last Sunday the Medford baseball team came out and played against the Eagle Point team, with the result that Medford came out second best. There was not much interest manifested, as the crowd in town was not near as large as it was the Sunday before.
Emil Peil, Miss Nino Emery, Miss Lina Casey and Miss Ada Erb, all of Ashland, are reported to have been among the guests present at the Sunnyside last Sunday. Mr. Peil is one of the leading business men of Ashland, and the three young ladies are descendants of the old pioneer stock of Jackson County, Oregon.
Bert Higinbotham and his brother John were pleasant callers Monday. Bert went on to Medford for some household goods and John returned to his home in the Big Butte country.
Mr. Colby and two of his sons, as well as one of the Meeker boys, all of Big Butte, were pleasant callers Monday. Mr. Colby's son came out to settle up with the county court for work done on the county roads, he being one of the deputy supervisors.
Cuts Much Wood.W. E. Hammel, who owns a large tract of land on Reese Creek and had a lot of wood cut last winter, is now delivering the same to the citizens of Eagle Point.
Mr. Bailey of Butte Falls, our telephone man, has been stopping at the Sunnyside the past two days, installing our new switchboard and removing the old one out of Brown & Son's and intends to put the old one in Butte Falls. The new one is put in A. B. Zimmerman's store.
B. W. Harnish is having a water wheel put into the creek on his place to raise water for irrigating purposes. Mr. Deter is doing the work.
W. L. Childreth has taken his wife and small children up on Elk Creek to stay with his brother Henry for a while.
Serious Accident.Clasper Nelliss, son of the man who bought the Flounce Rock Ranch, had a serious accident happen to him a few days ago; in driving one of the tugs came unhooked and the horses started to run, throwing him off of his balance and after running about a hundred yards, ran into a tree and almost demolished the wagon, throwing him out and bruising him up quite badly. Just as it happened Elmer Demson of Trail happened along and stopped the team and helped him get the wagon together so that he could take it to the shop.
Elmer Demson, Miss Myrtle Peyton and Key Kincaid came out early Tuesday from Medford in an auto to try to catch the 6 o'clock stage, but reached here a little too late. They took breakfast at the S.S. ["Sunnyside"] and after breakfast started on for their home, Peyton, a distance of 26 miles. There are the kind that don't stop for trifles.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wilson, recently from Eugene, have moved onto the tract of land they bought of the Stoddard tract, known as Eagle Heights, and are preparing to build this summer.
Austin Green started for Los Angeles last Monday to join his mother and take the Christian Science treatment for his complaint.
Clyde Plymire and wife were pleasant callers Tuesday afternoon. They were on their return trip from Butte Falls, where they had been on a prospecting tour for a business location.
The Hogs Got Away.Artie Nichols, one of the firm of Nichols, Jackson & Co., while running a hog the other day fell and struck his breast against the end of a scantling, breaking one of his ribs and otherwise bruising him up.
James W. Berry, wife and daughter, Miss Ruth, and Mr. and Mrs. O. Chaffee and twins stopped at the Sunnyside Tuesday for dinner on their return trip from Butte Falls, where they had been spending a few days. Mr. Berry is now located in Medford, although they have been from Ohio but a short time, and Mr. Chaffee is engaged in business in Medford.
There was a party of men stayed at the S.S. Tuesday night, who were on their way up the country to join the railroad surveying party. They were with Jud Edsall, who is hauling provisions for the party.
C. J. Ford of Falls City, Wash., was here Tuesday night looking for a situation.
Professor P. H. Daley informed me that all of the seven applicants who applied for the eighth grade certificates passed except one, and he passed in everything except in spelling, and that he will take that in June. He was so anxious to hear that he called Superintendent Mills up on the phone and asked him. He admits himself that he was surprised at the results.
Scott Bruce, who has been spending the spring and summer on his homestead near Dudley, came out a few days ago and is engaged at his trade for Mr. Haak, and next week will go to work finishing up Mr. Jordan's house. He is engaged to build a large barn for Mr. Haak this summer.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 19, 1910, page 7
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSMiss Rosella Beneke of Butte Falls came out on the stage last Tuesday and is engaged to work for Mrs. A. J. Daley.
By A. C. Howlett
Miss Lorena Riggins of Derby returned from a visit to Ashland last Tuesday. She is now a guest of her uncle, A. B. Zimmerman.
Mr. Swihart of Derby and wife, who have been visiting relatives in Ashland, have returned to Eagle Point to spend a few days visiting before going to their home.
Israel Patton, who has been a resident of Eagle Point for the last two years, has sold his home place and last Wednesday moved his family to Butte Falls.
Mr. Bryant has been engaged the past week building and arranging a bathroom in the residence of A. J. Daley.
Bert Peachey, one of the forest rangers, who is stationed in the Dead Indian country, was here visiting his friends the past week. There seems to be something attractive to Bert around here, for he don't visit very many of his old friends when he comes around.
I had a short interview the other day with Mr. Craig, of the firm of Craig & Fuller, contractors on the Pacific & Eastern. He tells me that he has about all of the first part of his contract nearly finished and will be ready for the steel by the middle of June, but that they have sublet the contract to make the big cut, 600 feet long and 40 feet deep. He thinks that it will take quite a while to make that cut, as it is so deep that it will be hard to get the steam shovel up to it to work, but he speaks encouragingly of the prospect.
Messrs. Hitchcock and Clark recently bought the J. H. Carlton place. Mr. Hitchcock also bought the 70-acre tract from Thomas Riley, and Mr. Clark also bought a place on Big Sticky, joining the Vilas Ranch. These gentlemen are just starting in to "batch," as their cook, Mrs. Capt. Miller, and her husband have moved away.
Charley Thomas, one of our old-time friends, had quite an experience last Monday coming out from the show. He got on the P.&E. car with his family, wife and two children, and he thought he would have time to get off and get the children some ice cream, so started, and a moment later the train started and left him. So he hired an automobile to take him out, as as the auto reached here quite a while before the train did, he got out and waited for his family and the auto turned for home. After the car started and got as far as the junction, Mrs. Thomas discovered that her husband was not on the car, so got off with her two children and walked back to Medford--she in Medford and Charley in Eagle Point. When the car arrived Charley looked for his family and was informed by the conductor that they had got off at the junction and gone back. So Charley boarded the train for Medford, where he found his family waiting for him. Then they took the car again for Eagle Point at 11 o'clock p.m., reaching here about midnight, but their troubles were not ended yet. As they were walking from the station to where his team was, for they live about three or four miles from town, they had to cross a little stream of water, and Mrs. Thomas had her baby, and her foot slipped and she fell into the water, and in trying to save her baby from getting wet, she got wet herself all over. Charley, seeing the predicament his wife and baby were in, rushed into the water to help them, and so he got wet also.
Mrs. Cal Pool and her two children of Butte Falls came out last week on a business trip and to visit her uncle, John Watkins. Her brother, Ira Tungate, was also out at the same time, looking after supplies for his billiard room.
Mr. Freiburg, the man of whom I made mention in my last as being at the Sunnyside on account of a bad foot, has so far recovered as to be able to walk around again.
John Watkins has been engaged the past week ceiling a part of his house that had not been finished.
The carpenters have got through putting in the dormer windows and partitioning the upper story of the Sunnyside Hotel, and at this writing James Ringer is engaged in papering the rooms. The addition will open up three more large bedrooms that are light and airy.
John R. Allen, our railroad king, and Mr. Gerig, vice president of the company, were out Thursday looking over the road and some of the surrounding country.
Mr. and Mrs. Blanchard of Flounce Rock were guests at the Sunnyside Thursday night. He came out to buy a mower and rake and reports everything lovely up his way and that the prospects for a good crop were never better.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 22, 1910, page 15
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSMr. Rigdon, from near Brownsboro, went to Medford Saturday to meet his wife, who has been teaching school in the Willamette Valley the past eight months.
By A. C. Howlett
Mrs. George Morse of Medford and her sister, Miss Grace Stevens, of Woodville, visited G. W. Owings and family and Mrs. Findley at the Eagle Point Hotel Sunday, being old-time friends.
L. B. Ring, a retired editor from Neillsville, Wis., spent last week in Eagle Point and has now gone to spend the summer with the railroad surveyors, to decide how he likes our climate.
Miss Myra Brown of Roseburg is visiting her cousin, Mrs. A. J. Florey.
William Ulrich and wife spent Sunday with Gus Nichols and family.
Jack Florey came down from Butte Falls Friday for supplies for the surveyors.
Mrs. Chauncey Nye and daughter, Miss Elsie, mother and sister of Mrs. A. J. Florey, will return Tuesday to their old home near Prospect, after several months, visiting at Roseburg and Eagle Point.
The Baptist people gave a big baked dinner near the church Sunday and had three sermons by Rev. Tedford.
Our usually quiet town got busy last week when George Ulrich platted the Ulrich addition to Eagle Point, a prize piece of ground. Leo was seen from 5 o'clock in the morning until 10 at night with his plat under his arm and business in his eye, and within a week over $1000 worth of lots were sold.
Not long ago it was announced that Eagle Point was to be moved up on the desert. Only a few have any idea of moving.
Eagle Point has the honor of the prize onions, the prize apples and the finest water power in the county; fine soil, lovely gardens, berries, all kinds of fruits and some of the prettiest lawns anyone would wish to look at.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 25, 1910, page 3
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSEarl Reaceland and R. P. Bailey are at work repairing the telephone line between Butte Falls and Central Point via Eagle Point.
By A. C. Howlett
Miss Maggie Daley has been installed as hello girl at this point.
Since my last, which was sent by Friday's mail, I have spent a few days in the vicinity of Trail. As was announced in the Mail Tribune, Rev. M. C. Davis and myself held an all-day meeting at the Central schoolhouse and had services on Saturday night. The congregation was good and the people seemed to appreciate the preaching and Sunday school exercises.
I noticed a decided improvement in the county roads along the route. The crops are looking fine. While I was up in that region I had the pleasure of meeting some of my old-time friends. Among them was Joseph Hannah, an oldtimer, Jack Huston and family and his father and Mrs. Huston's father, E. Hammond. When we compared ages we found out that the sum of them was 246 years, or an average of 82 years. I also met W. P. Morgan and wife, old pioneers of Central Point, and they are near the octogenarian line. Jackson County must be a good place to find old people.
James Ringer is engaged in painting P. H. Daley's house.
M. M. Hamlin, recently from Washington, came in and engaged a room at the Sunnyside Monday, waiting for Jud Edsall to come out from the surveyors' camp at Fish Lake to take him out to the camp. He is a civil engineer and is going to work on the survey for the P.&E. Railroad.
Mrs. F. M. Thompson sends with this issue a card of thanks to her friends and neighbors for their kindness during her affliction in the loss of her husband recently.
A. B. Zimmerman comes out with another advertisement calling attention to a number of tracts of land he has for sale, in and outside of the town of Eagle Point.
Jesse Fredenburg of Butte Falls has been hauling out a lot of shakes for the Sunnyside Hotel to cover a new barn.
Scott Claspil and wife and Miss Lottie Peters were guests at the Sunnyside Sunday and Monday nights. They came out from their homes in Butte Falls to replenish their stock of goods.
B. F. C. Edmondson came out Sunday for two spools of wire rope for the Butte Falls mill.
George H. West, one of the forest rangers, came out Saturday to visit his family, returning on Sunday to his camp near the headwaters of Big Butte.
Gus Rosenstahl is engaged digging a well for Professor P. H. Daley. Thomas Abbott is helping him.
John McIntyre brought out a load of lumber from Hawk's mill last Monday for Mr. Wilson.
W. B. Chance, deputy commissioner and factory inspector, called on us Tuesday while on his way to Butte Falls to inspect lumber mills.
Edward Welch and Sam Rollens called for early dinner Tuesday while on their way to the Big Butte country to select a location for a sawmill. Mr. Welch informs me that they, his father, J. B. Welch, and his brother, intend to move at least one of their mills up onto the railroad right of way near Butte Falls.
George Garret, wife and family and attorney Phipps and wife came out last Sunday to visit Mrs. Howlett and the ladies. Mesdames Garrett and Phipps are two of our old neighbor girls (nee Frances and Clara Rader), having been raised near his place.
Israel Patton, who recently moved to Butte Falls, came out Tuesday night and stopped with us overnight.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 26, 1910, page 3
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSW. L. Simpson of Coos called last Wednesday night. He has been looking over the country around Peyton and Butte Falls with an eye to investing. He has great faith in the future of Rogue River Valley.
By A. C. Howlett
William Perry of Edsall's Station came over Tuesday after a load of supplies and a blacksmithing outfit.
E. S. Wolfer is putting a force of pickers in his berry patches and shipping the fruit to outside towns.
Among the many pleasant callers since I last wrote were R. B. Beeson of Medford, C. L. Dixer of Seattle, in company of H. H. Lorimer, of the Valley Land Company of Medford.
Mesdames Wm. Knighton and J. G. Briscoe of Trail were visiting friends in Eagle Point last Wednesday.
John Obenchain and William Chambers of Butte Falls came out Wednesday after a planer, edger, etc., with a two-horse wagon each, but when they came to look at the machine they found that it was altogether too large, weighing 7000 pounds so they had to call for help on the job.
Wednesday afternoon there were two men brought in from Fuller & Cray's camp who had been blown up on the works. They were badly torn up, according to foreman Murphy. Another of his gang came near being killed on the track. A few men on a handcar were going out to work and this man (he is a foreigner and we could not make out his name), let go of the handle of the car propeller to change hands, and just then Mr. Murphy put on the brake to let the men get water, and when the car slackened the man fell off in front of the car, it doubling him completely up and came very near breaking his neck, but as it happened he was not seriously hurt.
Mrs. J. W. Richardson, formerly of Peyton, but now of Medford, came out Wednesday evening on the P.&E. car and Thursday took the morning stage for her old home to put up berries for winter use.
B. W. Harnish is having a water wheel and flume put in the creek so as to irrigate his truck patch. D. W. Deter is doing the work and will use the water to irrigate his land.
A. B. Zimmerman has cut off a neat little room in the back part of his store for a telephone room and put in a window for light and [is] fixing things up in good shape.
H. M. Coss, real estate man of Medford, brought out two men, Messrs. Shook and W. A. McNair of Ashland. Mr. McNair is a druggist of Ashland and is here looking over our country to try to see our possibilities.
The P.&E. Railroad Company is pushing their work along as fast as possible, with the available force. They are sending out timber almost every day, depositing it on the desert north of our town and at the end of the track about three miles from our town. It is estimated that they have now at the switch on the desert about a half million feet of bridge timbers all ready to be framed and carried forward for construction work.
Frank A. Crisey, our county surveyor, called out last Thursday to survey two tracts of land that have recently been purchased by Deter & Daley, known as the Pool and Florey tracts. After running the lines out and establishing the corners they had the land laid off into lots 25x198 feet for business lots.
The carpenters are through with their work on the von der Hellen house and the painters are ready to go to work.
J. J. Fryer had a business call by phone to Medford Thursday afternoon.
Mrs. G. H. Shaw expects to start for her home in Fairview next Sunday.
Your Eagle Point correspondent expects to start for Wolf Creek this (Friday) morning to spend a few days and attend a wedding, and will probably find something of interest to write for the Mail Tribune.
Scott Bruce has been engaged for the last few days putting on the finishing touches on Mr. Gordon's new house.
Dalton Brophy of Central Point came out Thursday evening to look over the situation with a view to establishing a jewelry and repair shop in our town.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 29, 1910, page 15
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSFriday last I visited Wolf Creek with the family of a friend and ministerial brother, Rev. Mark C. Davis, the Sunday school missionary for the Congregational Church in Southern Oregon. In passing along over the route I noticed several changes that had taken place since last fall and especially with regard to the fruit culture, for I could notice that a number of tracts of land had been recently put to fruit and that the families along the route were turning their attention to the culture of berries, and the general appearance of things led me to the conclusion that the farmers of Rogue Valley were up to date. I also noticed that the towns presented a much neater appearance than what they did a year ago. At Grants Pass we were led to think that we had arrived at a city of some importance, as our ears were greeted with the crying of the vendors of popcorn, ice cream, Oregon apples, peanuts, etc., as well as the names and prices of fare at the different hotels. I could see that there was considerable improvements going on in the streets, but the main part of the town is so far from the railroad that I could not see much of it. At that place the sheriff of Josephine County and one of his deputies, H. N. Parker, boarded the car with Mr. McGuire, on his way to the penitentiary. Mr. Parker had his family on board, and after leaving the prisoner they intended to go on to Washington to visit friends there. By 8:30 p.m. I arrived at Wolf Creek, where I was met by Mr. Davis, and after a horseback ride of four miles reached his home, where I found preparations being made for a wedding the following Sunday.
By A. C. Howlett
Sunday morning by 9 o'clock some of the invited guests began to arrive and by 11 there were 21 of us there to enjoy the marriage festivities, and at 11:10 George L. Howard and Miss Maude Ellen Davis were joined in matrimony by her father, Rev. Mark C. Davis, under a beautiful arbor that had been arranged of evergreens and roses. After congratulations were over and the presents were presented, photos of the bride and bridegroom standing under the arbor were taken, and later a photo was taken of the entire group and then dinner was announced, and the dinner corresponded with the other arrangements. In the afternoon the young couple moved to their home that Mr. Howard had arranged in advance. Mr. Howard has a store and post office in Placer and is a young man of promise, while Mrs. Howard is a lady of fine accomplishments.
While I was away from home Geo. West, who has been in the Big Butte country, came out to visit his family and friends and started this (Tuesday) morning for his new station, Silver Camp.
There was a large crowd of Eagle Pointers went to Medford and Central Point on Decoration Day.
When I arrived at Eagle Point I found Charley and Al Morine on their way to their home on Elk Creek.
John R. Allen, of railroad fame, was the guest of Fred Palouse last Sunday.
The Phoenix ball team met the Eagle Point ball team here last Sunday and the game stood 12 to 11 in favor of Eagle Point.
There was a large crowd in town that day and there were between 50 and 60 persons took dinner at the Sunnyside, and during the day there were 118 meals eaten at the hostelry. That gives some idea of the amount of business there is done in Eagle Point sometimes. Mrs. Howlett is having a tent put up to make more bedrooms.
P. McHugh, one of the railroad contractors, stopped here Monday night and Tuesday morning procured a horse and went up on the line to look over some of the work that is to be constructed east of Butte Falls.
Miss Bertha Peachey came out on the P.&E. Monday evening and was met by her brother and went to Yankee Creek.
There is considerable complaint being made about the condition of the road between here and Brownsboro and I am requested to call attention to that part of the road through the Mail Tribune.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 1, 1910, page 6
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSWhen I wrote last I had just reached home the night before and did not have time to gather all the news of interest in our section, and among the items I had omitted to mention was that by special arrangement Rev. Le Mar, our Baptist minister, held memorial services on Sunday, May 29, and preached especially to the old soldiers, and on Sunday night the exercises at the young people's meeting were conducted with special reference to Memorial Day. Those who were in attendance report that the sermon was very appropriate to the occasion and that the young people's meeting was truly commendable.
By A. C. Howlett
Another item was that L. W. Whiting did some surveying on the north side of the creek for S. B. Holmes or William von der Hellen, surveying off some old lots and that in running the line between William Brown's lot and the one William von der Hellen bought of S. B. Holmes that he cut Mrs. Brown's flower bed off and put it on the von der Hellen lot. It is strange that after the lots have been surveyed and staked off by such renowned surveyors as J. S. Howard or his son Charles that the stakes have to be moved by every new surveyor that comes along, for no two of them run on the same lines or same angles.
While I am on the subject of Sunday work and Sunday doings I will remind the reader that on Children's Day, June 12, there will be a Sunday school picnic on Rogue River below the Bybee Bridge. The entrance to the ground will be near the Table Rock schoolhouse. Rev. Mark C. Davis will have charge of the meeting, and it is expected that there will be a number of Sunday schools represented. Mr. Davis will also preach at Central Point on Monday, the 13th, at 7:45 p.m.; Trail on the 14th, Elk Creek on the 15th, Reese Creek on the 16th, Dudley the 21st and Peyton the 22nd. Parties interested will please remember the dates.
J. F. Eaton of Medford has about finished painting Mr. von der Hellen's house.
Eugene Childers and wife (nee Miss Williams of Central Point) are visiting Benjamin Brophy and family.
J. Frank Brown, one of our leading real estate men, as well as merchant, and Mr. Miles of Medford were showing Mr. O'Neal and Mr. James around the country and called for dinner on Tuesday. Mr. Brown reports that he has recently sold what is known as the Gilchrist place, recently purchased by Mr. Bishop, to a man by the name of Knight; consideration $1. Frank said the he sold it so cheap that he was ashamed to tell.
The people of Eagle Point are going to have a bridge built across that mud hole near the station, as the money has been subscribed and as soon as the material can be put on the ground it will be built.
W. P. Wood, formerly a harness maker of Medford, has bought the squatter right to Mr. Stowell's place on the hill west of our town and moved his family onto it.
Mr. Netherland, who has charge of the Butte Falls mill, and Mr. Israel Patton came out last Wednesday after a load of supplies for the mill and horse feed.
B. G. Phares and wife came out last Thursday and took the train for Medford. Mrs. Phares will remain in Medford for a short time and her husband will start for Roseburg this (Friday) afternoon to file on his homestead on what is known as the unsurveyed.
There has been notice sent to Mrs. Howlett that there will be about 20 from that section here for dinner Friday on their way to Roseburg to make their filings tomorrow, June 4. Hiram G. Thomson and his son Fred called for dinner Thursday on their way to Lake Creek. They were taken up by S. H. Harnish.
Henry Childreth moved his family out from Elk Creek last Thursday and remained here overnight and Friday moved into what is known as the Pelling house just vacated by George Phillips, who has moved into the house just vacated by Mr. Patton.
Mr. Ling and son of Medford came out Thursday evening in a rig to do some painting for Mr. Tronson, the apple king.
Henry Hillier passed through here Thursday on his way to the Butte Falls country to look for a place to locate a sawmill.
Mr. Ash of Elk Creek came out Wednesday, left his team here and went to Medford and on Thursday evening came out and went as far as Trail that night.
Martin Spencer was among the guests at the Sunnyside last Thursday night on his way from Dudley, the unsurveyed, to Roseburg.
Mr. Austin and Mrs. Wilson of Dudley came out Thursday evening on the Eagle Point and Peyton stage, took the train for Medford and will go to Roseburg to file on their homesteads June 4.
Haying is in full blast and everybody is so busy that items are scarce.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 5, 1910, page 11
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSJ. T. Young, one of the Medford carpenters, came out to the Sunnyside to spend the night last Friday, and then went to Mr. Paine's ranch on Rogue River, the Alfalfa Garden patch, to put a track in his barn and to have an outing and catch some fish.
By A. C. Howlett
Wm. McClanahan of California, father of the sawmill man by that name on Elk Creek, called on his return trip from Elk Creek to his home in Siskiyou County.
Henry Meyers of Lake Creek reports having sold 17 head of hogs, off the range, for $329, an average of $19.95 a head, and they had cost him scarcely nothing.
Our neighbor who bought the Eli Dahack place, Mr. Palouse, lost a fine horse last week.
Mr. Huddle, one of the rangers, came out last Saturday evening, took supper and then applied for a rig to come out and get him to go to Medford, leaving his horse here, returning Tuesday morning, and then went back to Prospect the same day.
Last Saturday evening Mike Hanley applied to Mrs. Howlett to know if three or four could get breakfast by six o'clock the next morning, and she answered yes. The next morning Mr. Hanley and Wm. Whistler, with a chauffeur, came out at 6:15 a.m. and found there had already [been] nineteen eaten breakfast, but they were satisfied with what they had and went on their way rejoicing up to the Hanley ranch on Little Butte.
Sunday evening there was a crowd of the citizens of Dudley come out and stopped at the Sunnyside overnight and the next day. S. H. Harnish took a load up and your correspondent took two to Butte Falls. Among the callers were Messrs. G. W. Albert, E. Spencer, M. Spencer, B. Phares, A. J. Smoot, Wm. Spencer, H. B. Reed, John Moore, M. C. Mahoney and Mrs. Mary Albert, and later Harry and Jess Spencer. All are from the neighborhood of Dudley, and they had been to Roseburg to make filings on claims.
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Clark, who arrived from California Saturday evening on the train, got a rig at the S.S. Stable and went to Butte Falls to visit their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Morris, and on Monday your correspondent took their baggage and M. C. Mahoney and Ira Tungate up to Butte Falls. Speaking of my trip to Butte Falls, I wish to speak a word of praise for those who have had charge of the road work on that route, and especially the last three miles of the road that has been under the supervision of W. W. Parker, for where the road was made over a tract of land covered with large boulders he has removed them and made a fine, smooth road, so that anyone can ride over it with some pleasure. He seems to be the right man for the place.
I. B. Williams came up from Grants Pass the last of the week to look after his property here.
Prof. P. H. Daley went to Elk Creek to spend the summer. He will teach a small school up there. His family will follow in a few days.
S. B. Holmes and wife have gone back to Illinois to visit his relatives, and Wm. Brown and wife have gone to Portland to visit Mrs. Brown's mother and sister and brother.
Wm. Ulrich and wife were out the last of the week to make bonds and deeds to the lots he has sold in our town.
The Eagle Point ball team went over to Sticky (Hillcrest) and met the Hillcrest team, and the result was 12 to 16 in favor of the Hillcrest team.
Mr. Ruylin, one of the Medford architects, was out viewing Mr. von der Hellen's and P. H. Daley's new houses the first of the week.
Cline and Marguerita Holmes of Central Point came into the S.S. for supper Sunday night.
Mrs. Jeff Matney and son of Shale, Cal., called here for dinner Tuesday, and your correspondent took them up to her sister's, Mrs. Finley, that afternoon.
Mr. C. W. Rollins of Paso Robles, Cal., traveling salesman for Boogher, Force & Goodbar Hat Co., spent the night here Monday. He remarked that he had been in the habit of going through this valley twice a year for several years but that it was the first time he had ever been over here, and that he thought that we were in the mouth of a canyon, and was surprised to find such a large country, and when I told him that there were four school districts above here he was more surprised than ever.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 9, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSSheriff Jones and wife passed through here on Tuesday of last week on their way to Butte Falls.
By A. C. Howlett
Messrs. Bryant and Smith have commenced to put up a neat picket fence in front of the new P. H. Daley house.
Mason and Hess, the carpenters, who have been engaged on the P. H. Daley house for some weeks past, have finished their job, and James Ringer is putting on the finishing touches with the paint brush and they are today (Saturday) moving their household goods into their new and beautiful home, although they do not expect to live in it until fall, as they expect to spend the summer on Elk Creek, where Mr. D. has already gone.
I see that J. W. Grover has put up a very neat wire fence in front of his residence.
Mrs. E. L. Norwood of Los Angeles passed through here a few days ago on her way to visit her sister, Mrs. Cobley, of Butte Falls.
Mrs. John Wharton, wife of the night watchman of the Butte Falls Mill Company, spent a night and part of two days with us Thursday and Friday, on her way home. She had been to Medford to visit relatives.
Mr. Martin and John Goodwin came out with two teams and four wagons last Thursday to commence to haul the remainder of the pipe for the Medford water works. They have their headquarters at the Sunnyside.
J. C. Moore and an old-time friend of his, W. M. Lindsay, recently from Washington, and a young man by the name of H. A. Eslick of Ashland, stopped here Thursday night.
Last Friday afternoon we had an unusually hard windstorm. It blew down some of the telephone poles between here and Central Point and put the line out of commission, but A. B. Zimmerman, one of our merchants, who has the switchboard in his store, started out early Saturday morning and soon had the line in running order again.
On Thursday there was an auto came rushing up to the Sunnyside Hotel containing five persons, to wit: R. L. Wilson of Chicago; Dr. and Mrs. W. G. Goffe and their daughter, Miss Cordelia Goffe, of Medford, and J. W. Dressler, one of the men of Medford that takes a pride in showing strangers the beauty and loveliness of our country. After dinner they took a spin up on the desert north of our town. They seemed to be very much pleased with our country out here, but more especially the rich bottom land of Little Butte Creek, and asked all kinds of questions about the land, soil conditions, climate, water supply, health and almost everything they could think of.
Mrs. Seward, recently from St. Louis, Mo., and her daughter, Mrs. Loomiller of Spokane, Wash., mother and sister of Mrs. Scott Bruce of Dudley, came to the Sunnyside last Friday and in the evening they were met by S. Bruce, and the arrangement was made to take them up to his home Sunday (tomorrow).
Messrs. Martin and Goodwin came in today (Saturday) with a very sick horse and called for a veterinary over the phone, but he has not arrived at this writing.
Saturday morning Mrs. Howlett and Mrs. A. N. Thomas started for Central Point to visit Mr. and Mrs. William Chambers, and also to visit Mrs. Thomas Cousen, Mrs. Mary Winegar, a sister of two of the pioneers of Jackson County, Aaron and William Chambers; also the Maury family near Jacksonville. They are old-time friends and relatives by marriage.
A company of surveyors are surveying off a tract of land on the desert north of our town and staking it off into small tracts.
G. W. Owings informed me Thursday night that he was going to build two large houses on the lots he recently purchased of William Ulrich, and that there was going to be a great deal of building going on this summer, but if there is, the readers of the Mail Tribune will be likely to know it through the Eaglets.
In my last I stated that S. B. Holmes and family had gone to Illinois to visit his relatives, etc. In the matter of place, I was misinformed, as I have learned later that they have gone to British Columbia.
John Smith and G. W. Wamsley have taken the contract to raise the Baptist church up out of the ground and put a rock foundation under it. They are quarrying out the rock and getting the material ready now.
W. L. Childreth has his brother, Henry, employed now to help him in his blacksmith shop. He now has two helpers and says that he can't keep up with the work.
Our neighbor, S. H. Harnish, I understand, has the contract for carrying the mail from here to Butte Falls, commencing July 1.
Miss Ila Lytle of Medford, who has been visiting her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Ditsworth, came into the Sunnyside Saturday evening on the Eagle Point and Peyton stage on her way to Medford.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 13, 1910, page 4
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSJust as I mailed my letter to the Mail Tribune, who should stop out of the post office but Chauncey Florey, office deputy in the assessor's office at Jacksonville. He and his wife had come out to visit his father and mother and her parents and other children. Their many friends gave them a cordial greeting, and hearty congratulations were extended to them with many well wishes.
By A. C. Howlett
Last Sunday morning your Eagle Point correspondent took a trip to Table Rock to attend the Sunday school picnic that had already been announced in the Eaglets. When I arrived on the ground, on the banks of the Rogue River, I found that Rev. Mark C. Davis, the Sunday school missionary, had already been there, and he, with the assistance of some of the neighbors, had erected a tent large enough to comfortably seat a little over a hundred persons, had the seats already arranged, a long table erected and an organ on the ground and everything ready for the entertainment. At a little past 11 a.m. services were commenced and Mr. Davis preached to a large and appreciative audience--not like they have in the cities, but about two hundred people. Before preaching he had small envelopes distributed and later they were gathered up and the result was a contribution of $11.62 toward the Sunday school cause in Oregon.
After preaching dinner was served, after which the program of the Sunday schools. The following Sunday schools were represented: Agate, Chaparral, Sams Valley and Table Rock, besides a few scattering ones from other schools. The program was simply fine; the children had been well trained and each one seemed to know just what to do and how to do it, and at the close Mr. and Mrs. Odell, Mrs. Beebe, and one other whose name I have forgotten, sang an appropriate song and when they were through the audience encored them and they sang "Jesus, Lover of My Soul," as but few can sing it, then the benediction was pronounced by Rev. Davis. After dismissal someone who had strong lungs cried out "We will have enough ice cream for everybody and everybody is invited to remain." Then the real social part of the program commenced, and the first call was for able-bodied men to man the freezers, and in a very short time Miss Mae Nealand presented your correspondent with a dish of ice cream. None of your town blue John froze but the genuine article, and thus began that part of the program and that was kept up for about an hour. We all began to scatter for our homes, but many of us will remember the Sunday school picnic of June 12, 1910, and look forward to the children's day for June 11, 1911.
Speaking about Sunday schools brings to my mind that next Monday, June 20, is school election day and it stands us in hand to see to getting a good man in for director and try to keep the old mossback set out, so that we can keep up a good school. Let everybody turn out.
Last Sunday the Table Rock ball team came over and met the Eagle Point team. They had an exciting game and did some good batting on both sides. The game stood at the close 18 to 26 in favor of the Eagle Point team.
Last Sunday night I was requested to go to Brownsboro to attend the funeral of John Hart, whose remains were found in the north fork of Little Butte Creek on Saturday, June 11. The county coroner was called and the decision rendered was that his death was accidental. It appears from what I could gather from Mr. Bradshaw, his son-in-law and others were out riding and had an attack of heart failure, as he was subject to that trouble, and fell off of his mule into the creek, as his body was found partly in the water, although his head and shoulders were out of the water. His head was badly mashed where he had struck a rock in the fall. He had been missing for some time and search was instituted. The mule was found about a half a mile from where the body was found. The interment took place on the 13th inst. in the Brownsboro Cemetery.
Mr. Hart was a native of Scotland and was born Jan. 17, 1843, aged 67 years 5 months and 24 days. He came to the United States in the same year that he was married, 1869, and settled in Waltham, Ill. Later he came to Nebraska, where he lived for ten years, finally coming to Oregon in 1895, where he has resided up to the day of his death. He has four sons and three daughters, four of whom are still living, to wit: Mrs. E. H. Tucker, Mrs. R. H. Bradshaw, William and Thomas. All except Thomas are living near Brownsboro, and he is in California. He united with the Presbyterian Church in Waltham, Ill., where he still held his membership, and also was a member of the A.O.U.W. lodge in good standing. His funeral was attended by a large number of his old neighbors and floral offering showed the high appreciation to which he was held by his neighbors. Eagle Point and Table Rock lodges of the A.O.U.W. were represented at the funeral. The family desires to extend their thanks for favors and kindness shown during their affliction.
Mr. B. Tuttle and Mr. H. Atter, two old prospectors, have been stopping with us for a short time on their way to the head of Cow Creek.
We had a little excitement in our village last Tuesday. In making some changes on the railroad the cattle guards had to be filled up and the gap was left open so that some of the town cows got into the orchard of young trees, so the foreman on the old [blank] place that now belongs to the Oregon Orchard and Land Company put a strong fence across the track, but when the train came out it was removed, but I didn't learn the particulars, but the P.&E. cars will continue to run and the town of Eagle Point will continue to grow.
C. A. Walruff of Phoenix called last Wednesday. He is in the employ of Silverton Pub. Co. of Chicago, and is soliciting for subscribers for Roosevelt's new book, his travels in Africa, and is meeting with good success.
Charley Morine came out from Medford Wednesday on his way to Elk Creek.
S. H. Harnish went Wednesday to Butte Falls to take a family that came out on the train Wednesday.
Everybody is busy, and hay hauling seems to be the order of the day.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 15, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSJames Ringer, the boss painter and paper hanger, is repainting the Sunnyside Hotel.
By A. C. Howlett
J. P. Morrow, Sr., has sold his property here and bought the old McGee place on Williams Creek, and his son, Cepheus, has already gone there to cut the hay and get ready to move.
Wm. Knighton and wife expect to go to Carson, Wash., in a few days.
Mrs. Lottie Van Scoy was a pleasant caller Thursday evening, as was also Mrs. Frank Brown and Mrs. Murphy. Their visits are always appreciated at the Sunnyside.
R. U. McClanahan, formerly in the employ of the Mail Tribune office, was a pleasant caller on his way to Thompson's railroad camp Thursday.
Wm. Holmes of Medford was out last Thursday looking up some of the old water rights and giving and taking affidavits regarding water rights in these parts. Some of the wise ones in our town predict that the Holmes Bros. are on a deal to dispose of their water right here to the Fish Lake Ditch Company, but that is all conjecture.
Misses Ada and Ora Ditsworth came out from Medford Wednesday afternoon with Mr. Alvin Peyton, one of their neighbors, and took the stage Thursday afternoon at 5:45 for their home near Peyton.
G. W. Wamsley and John W. Smith have been putting in a septic tank for Wm. von der Hellen and A. J. Daley. Mr. Deter placed in position last Friday a large reservoir to be used jointly by Messrs. von der Hellen and Daley.
A. J. Daley is having the dirt removed from under the meat market and is putting in a nice cement cellar to be used by Nicholas Jackson & Co. in connection with their meat business.
I see in one of our local papers that Hood River is boasting of her many autos and instituting a comparison between that town and Medford, and while you are talking about autos, Eagle Point is coming to the front in that line, as they are getting so common that our horses do not mind them, and since our retired merchant and capitalist, A. J. Daley, has bought one, our town is considerably enlivened by them, for his grandson, Henry, just makes the thing pop.
Mrs. P. H. Daley, our primary teacher, started Friday to Elk Creek to join her husband, who preceded her a few days, she remaining a few days to receive their new house from contractors and move her household goods into it.
Messrs. Hess & Bruce have just commenced to put up a large barn for Mr. Hank on the old R. G. Brown place.
Messrs. J. F. Elliott and D. W. Sage of Central Point, who have been on Big Butte on a pleasure trip and to catch some mountain trout from that stream, called for breakfast on their way up and stopped again on their return trip. They encountered some mud on their return trip, as they were riding their bikes, but got through in time for dinner. They caught several nice fish to bring home with them.
Several of W. E. Hammel's relatives came out on the P.&E. car Thursday and Friday and went direct to his ranch on Reese Creek. As I did not see them I am unable to give their names, but learned that his father was among the company.
Rev. M. C. Davis preached at the Reese Creek school house Thursday night to a congregation of seventy, but while he was preaching someone mischievously inclined, or else of a devilish disposition, put a knife into one of his bike wheels, and as he had promised to come to our house that night had to walk and run his bike, but he arrived by 10:20 all O.K.
Rev. Gibbons went up to Butte Falls on Friday and on Saturday Rev. Shields was to have gone to be with him to spend the Sabbath at that place. Rev. J. F. Abbott, Sunday school missionary for the M.E. Church, came out the same day (Friday) intending to have gone up to Butte Falls, but learning that Revs. Gibbons and Shields were to be there remained here and preached for us Sunday.
John W. Smith and Mr. Wamsley have raised the church building about a foot higher and put pillars under it, and the talk is that the old Ulrich property has changed hands again and that the new owner has promised to give the lot that one-half the house stands on, as when it was built the prime movers were so elated or excited that they put the building on the center of two lots, although they discovered the mistake before they had all the sills laid, and when they procure a deed to that the committee intends to have a good foundation put under the house. They also intend to have an entrance and a belfry put on and a new coat of paint, so that it will not look so much like an old deserted building.
Ed Kincaid came here today for dinner and reports that he had his horse very badly hurt a day or two ago. In jumping a log the horse jumped against the sharp end of a snag and ran it into the inside of his hind leg some eight inches, so as to render him unable to work, and Ed thinks that it is very doubtful if he recovers. He is a good horse and will be quite a loss to him.
Naylor Williams of San Jose, Ca., a nursery man, called Saturday for dinner. He came up from his home to look at some mining property at Gold Ray belonging to Dr. C. R. Ray.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 20, 1910, page 4
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSMr. and Mrs. J. J. Freeman of Peyton met at the Sunnyside last Saturday evening rather unexpectedly, Mrs. F. having come out on the Eagle Point and Peyton stage for the purpose of going to Medford to meet her husband, and he came out on the train on his way to go up to Peyton that night to see her, as he had heard that she was indisposed, and just as he was preparing to start for Peyton he learned that she was at the Sunnyside, so came over, and they remained until Tuesday and took the stage for home, she feeling much better in health.
By A. C. Howlett
J. T. Haley, who bought a part of the old Lafflin place, called Monday morning and reports that his children have scarlet fever and that his house is quarantined, and that he and a hired man are keeping batch in a tent, and that he has no way of getting word to or from his family, as the mail carrier refuses to handle the mail from the house.
Rev. Abbott, Sunday school missionary for the M.E. Church, preached Sunday night to a large audience. In the morning he lectured to the Sunday school and a few who had heard that he was to be there. His lecture in the morning was exceptionally fine and interesting to the children, as well as to the adults, and if he should happen to return to this place he would receive a cordial greeting.
T. H. Williams has taken charge of the barber shop while the proprietor, Mr. McDaniel, has gone to California on a business trip.
Our annual school meeting was held Monday. There was a good attendance, and A. B. Zimmerman was elected in the place of W. L. Childreth, whose term of office expired as director, and A. J. Florey, our accommodating postmaster, was elected clerk.
Dr. Bonner and wife and one of Fort Hubbard's boys called for dinner Monday on their way to the Big Butte country.
Mr. Rosebaugh, business manager of the firm of Hutchison & Lumsden, and young Mr. Lumsden, came out Monday in their auto, called for dinner and went on their way, but I was so busy that I only had time to say "Howdy" and they were gone.
Mrs. Levi Murphy of Ashland came out Sunday evening with her son, Orin, in his auto to pay Mrs. Howlett a visit. They are old-time friends of long ago. Mrs. A. N. Thomas, another old-time friend to the two, by special invitation called and spent the day Monday with Mrs. Howlett and Mrs. Murphy. We have all been acquainted for the last 40 years.
Jimmie Duggan, one of our prosperous farmers, is hauling lumber to build a new house.
The railroad company has moved the steam shovel onto the north side of Butte Creek, and it is working on the hill just north of the depot. The company are rushing the work along as fast as they can. Mr. Callahan was down Monday and reports that he has his part of the contract completed near the north side of Round Top. John Murphy, the foreman of the gang that is boarding at the Sunnyside, spoke for board for ten more men, making a gang of 24. There were 43 stayed here Monday night, and we had 33 horses in and around the barn to feed. So the readers of the Mail Tribune will see that there is something doing at Eagle Point.
Speaking of Eagle Point brings to my mind that the Hillcrest ball team came over last Sunday and played against the Eagle Point boys and got licked, but not quite skunked. The game stood 2 to 19 in favor of Eagle Point.
John W. Smith and G. H. Wamsley are at work raising the Sunnyside barn and putting on a new roof, increasing the storage capacity and making more stable room.
There were two men came in Monday evening with teams and engaged board and stable room at the Sunnyside. They were here to haul pipe for the Medford pipe line from Eagle Point to Wasson Canyon.
John McKee, son and daughter, Mrs. John Higinbotham, came out Tuesday, called for dinner and went on to Medford the same day.
J. C. Moore of Elk Creek and two other men came out Monday, stopped overnight with us and went on to Ashland Tuesday.
Messrs. Dodge and Layton are engaged boring a well for E. S. Wolfer. They are having some trouble on account of the gravelly formation they have to go through.
The rain and cloudy weather the past week has been worth pennies to the corn, late grain and gardens and has not hurt the hay.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 26, 1910, page 10
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSS. A. Morse of Roseburg was a pleasant caller Wednesday. He was on his way to Brownsboro on a business venture.
By A. C. Howlett
Mr. and Mrs. William Brown of this place, who have been visiting relatives and friends in Portland, returned last Tuesday night on the P.&E., but your Eagle Point correspondent did not learn of it until after he had written and posted his last letter. Their uncle, William Brown, came home with them. Mr. Brown has spent several months here the past year. He is a brother of our townsman, George Brown.
S. B. Holmes and wife have returned from an extended visit to friends and relatives in British Columbia.
Dr. Bonner and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Fred Bonner, and her son, Al, called for dinner Thursday on their way to Medford. Mrs. Bonner was on her way to her home in Nevada. She had been visiting her brother-in-law and family and his sister, Mrs. Adams, near Derby.
Al Cox of Ashland, a representative of a tea and coffee house of that place, called here Thursday on his way to the neighborhood of Derby to look at a tract of land in that section, but when he reached here decided that he would not have time to make the trip and get back to Ashland in time to meet his engagement there.
Mr. Thomson, formerly of Yankee Creek, but now of Lake Creek; James Culbertson and son of Lake Creek, were all here Thursday. They report everything in their section in a prosperous condition.
The two men, Messrs. Martin and Goodwin, are rushing the pipe to the front as fast as they can, and the pipe layers are putting it in place as fast as they can. There were two men came with teams, started to haul pipe for them, but only made one trip. They found that there was some work connected with hauling pipe, especially over some of the roads.
J. W. Grover and family have been attending the Baptist convention in Medford for the last few days. They expect to return today (Saturday).
F. L. Findley of Medford, representing the Hale Piano House of that city, was a pleasant caller Thursday. He had been up in the neighborhood of Trail and was just returning home.
The Shepard Bros. of Ashland were with us the last of last week and up to about the middle of this canvassing for the Shepard Piano House of Ashland, so you see that Eagle Point is attracting the attention of the musical element of business men.
Mrs. R. L. Sandy, a traveling woman, was here trying to arrange to secure a house to exhibit her moving picture show, but did not succeed, as Mr. Daley, who owns the dance hall, was away from home, and she failed in securing the church building for that purpose.
The report was going the rounds the other day that Mrs. T. E. Nichols had lost a handbag containing $85 in money and a $10,000 in notes and securities, but when she returned home she found the bag hanging in its place and that she had made a mistake and taken the wrong bag, one that did not have the cash and notes in it.
Mr. Vaughn of Peyton was with us last Friday night and reported that Mr. Paine, who bought the Alfred Gordon place on Rogue River, came near getting killed the other day. He was riding a wild horse and he reared up so straight that he thought that he would fall over, so leaned forward and the belt of his chaps caught on the horn of the saddle, and as the horse came down he commenced to buck, and he fastened to the horn of the saddle, and, being a heavy man, his weight hanging there caused the saddle to turn and he fast to it so that he could not clear himself from the horse, and he kicking and bucking all the time. There was a crowd of men there, but the animal was so scared that he could see nothing, but finally his belt broke and he came loose and the horse dashed through the crowd and ran about a mile before he was caught. Fortunately for Mr. Paine, he got off unhurt, but he said that he could see the horse's shoes as he would kick and strike at his head. He has come to the conclusion that he does not have riding enough to justify his riding such a horse.
Mr. Ditsworth was among the callers last Friday night, over after a load of box material to pack his berries and fruit in, and some cherries to take to Fort Klamath. He will finish out his load at home.
Jess Fredenburg came out from Butte Falls last Friday after a load of machinery for the Butte Falls saw mill. He says that this load will finish up hauling the machinery for that mill, except a new water wheel that will be put in later.
Your Eagle Point correspondent was in Medford Friday, consequently cannot give all the news this (Saturday) morning.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 27, 1910, page 2
EAGLE POINT EAGLETSLast Saturday, Messrs. Winn and Jewel of Trail, who have been living at the United States hatchery, called for dinner, and on Monday Mr. Jewel and wife called again for dinner. Mr. Jewel has charge of the United States works at the mouth of Elk Creek. He reports that they have been putting in the racks in Rogue River and are getting ready for the fall work.
By A. C. Howlett
W. W. Parker of Butte Falls and his daughter, Miss Dollie, called for dinner last Monday. Miss Dollie was just returning from a visit to Forest Grove, where she had been to visit a sick uncle, who is now convalescing. Her sister, Miss Ella Parker, started to go to Forest Grove the same day to visit relatives in that section.
Miss Laura Smith, recently from Alaska, came out from Medford on the P.&E. Railroad Saturday evening, and Sunday morning went with your Eagle Point correspondent as far as Trail, and there I had to stop to preach, and she procured a rig and went on up to her sister's, Grace, who is teaching school on Elk Creek. On Tuesday she returned to the Sunnyside on the Eagle Point and Trail stage. She says that she thinks that her sister will accompany her on her return to Alaska.
Mr. Russell of Medford and Mr. Ling, also of Medford, came out Saturday eve to take a spin in their auto, take supper, fish a little and talk to the Eagle Pointers about his candies, etc.
John Wiley and Mike Baumeister, two carpenters who came out from Medford to go to work on the new house that Mr. Brower of Ashland is building a short distance above here, spent Sunday night with us, and the next morning went on up to work on the new building. He has quite a number of carpenters at work, among whom is one of our boarders from Dudley, Harvey Spencer.
Last Sunday evening Mr. Bacon, the freight agent on the P.&E., brought his family from Grants Pass. They at present are stopping at the Sunnyside, but expect in a short time to move into the I. B. Williams home.
On my trip to Trail last Sunday we had quite an experience on the grade between the free ferry and Trail. There is a strip of road--if it is entitled to be called a road--that is so rough that it is dangerous to drive fast over, and so narrow that it is almost impossible for two teams to pass, and on that aforesaid piece of road I met an auto. Well, the question came up about backing out, for it was impossible to pass there, and upon examination found that it would be easier for me to back with my hack that to have them back over the rocks and narrow grade, so I started to back, and after backing for something like a hundred feet, came to a place where I could pull out on the side of the trail by having Miss Smith get out and have two men hold the hack to keep it from turning over, and then while I was sitting in the hack the two men stood at the horses' heads while the chauffeur guided the auto by, and then the ladies in it got out for fear of being dumped into the river, but we all got through safe without any mishaps. And that is the kind of roads that we invite strangers who come to visit our country to ride over to see our beautiful country. I think that we better do away with that old fossil of a section in our state constitution limiting the counties going in debt to $50,000 and bond the county for $100,000 or $200,00 for road purposes. But I did not intend to write an article on political economy, but simply call attention to that horrible piece of road.
J. M. Dodge, who has been engaged boring a well for E. S. Wolfer, has moved his well-boring machine to Mr. Henry's, above Brownsboro, where he is going to bore a well. The well he bored for Mr. Wolfer was a grand success. He went to a depth of 51 feet and struck a vein of water so strong that it raised to within a few feet of the surface, and came with such force that it washed the walls of the well so that the water was clear, and Mr. Wolfer and family, Mr. Dodge and helper all drank of it, and it was fine.
Mr. Dodge says that it is very seldom that they find such a vein as that, but often they have to draw the water out with a bucket to get it clear. Mr. and Mrs. Wolfer are delighted over their success in that line.
Jack Glennon of Los Angeles, a brother-in-law of G. H. Wamsley, one of our carpenters, came in on the P.&E. last Monday to pay them a visit. Miss Mabel Wamsley and her uncle paid us a visit on Monday.
Mr. Wheeler, one of the Butte Falls merchants, came out to the Sunnyside Monday night after a load of goods. Jess Fredenburg accompanied with his team. He will also take a part of his load for Mr. Briggs of Butte Falls. They are making big preparations for a high time the Fourth.
Mrs. Wright and her stepson spent the night with us Monday, and Tuesday morning took the Peyton stage for her father's, Mr. Hawk of Dudley.
One of our old-time friends, J. S. Howard, his grandson Master Robert and Mr. McGowan, all of Medford, came out Tuesday in Mr. Howard's new auto, for dinner and to try the machine. He says that it is all O.K. and that he is going to bring Mrs. Howard out to see us.
Mrs. A. H. Thomson of Lake Creek, formerly of Yankee Creek (Wellen), came out Tuesday morning just too late for the train, so spent the rest of the day with Mrs. Howlett, taking the train at 6 p.m.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 29, 1910, page 2