The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


    Jesse Enyart, a former resident of this city, but at present of Medford, Ore., distinguished himself in a recent contest of the Medford Gun Club. He won nearly everything offered, getting thirty-two birds out of thirty-three sent up.
"Additional Items," Logansport (Indiana) Pharos, January 4, 1890, page 3

    J. E. Enyart of Medford visited our town during the week, on business connected with the formation of a gun club.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 16, 1892, page 3

    The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Jackson County Bank was held at Medford last Saturday, and W. I. Vawter was elected president, Wm. Slinger, vice-president and J. E. Enyart, cashier. The directors for the ensuing year are W. I. Vawter, J. E. Enyart, Wm. Slinger, A. A. Davis and C. H. Pierce. Satisfactory dividend was declared besides passing a creditable sum to surplus account. The small amount of stock yet on standing was entirely taken up by the present leading stockholders and resolutions passed to increase the capital stock as fast as the growth of the valley would justify.

Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 10, 1893, page 3

    Messrs. J. E. Enyart, M. W. Skeel, J. A. Whitman, M. L. Alford, G. W. Merriman and J. H. Redfield of Medford attended the shoot of the Ashland gun club at the granite city one day last week.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 24, 1893, page 3

    The entire community was shocked this week to learn of the sudden death at Chicago of Mrs. J. E. Enyart of this city, who departed in company with a friend two weeks ago to visit in the East and to attend the world's fair. Mrs. Enyart died suddenly on Monday last, and the first reports which reached Medford were to the effect that her death resulted from attack of the cholera. It has, however, been learned since that she died at the home of her mother in Indiana of inflammation of the stomach and bowels. Her grief-stricken husband has the heartfelt sympathy of everyone in this sad bereavement.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 19, 1893, page 3

    Much sympathy is expressed for Mr. Enyart over the death of his wife at Logansport, Ind. last week. He had but read a letter from Mrs. E. when the telegram arrived announcing her death. Mr. E. immediately started east.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 26, 1893, page 2

    On A Street and facing the north on Sixth are three fine lots owned by Mr. J. E. Enyart and upon which are built two small but neat cottages. One of these will be occupied by Mr. Enyart's parents when they shall arrive in Medford from Indiana. Mr. Enyart has been a resident of Medford for four years and is now cashier in the Jackson County Bank. He is formerly from Logansport, Indiana, where for several years he was successfully engaged in the mercantile business.
"A Write-Up--Medford in Sections," Medford Mail, July 14, 1893, page 1

    J. E. Enyart and J. A. Whitman have returned from Portland. They did some good shooting at the state sportsmen's tournament and returned with several prizes.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 14, 1893, page 3

    The recent tournament of the Ashland gun club was a success. J. E. Enyart of Medford won the gold medal, and J. H. Redfield of the same place captured the silver trophy.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 4, 1893, page 3

    J. E. Enyart returned from Portland last week weighted down with glory, medals and the coin of the realm--the same being trophies won at the shooting tournament of the Sportsmen's Association of the Northwest. There were forty contestants, from all the cities of the Northwest states and British Columbia. In the several contests Mr. Enyart won eight first prizes, five seconds, seven thirds and one fourth, aggregating in all $75. He shot second for the $350 globe trophy, and in the team shoot for the championship of the Northwest his team won the first prize and Mr. Enyart shot the greatest number of birds in the team. Considering almost any condition of affairs Mr. Enyart did himself proud, but considering that he has had no practice during the past eight or ten months he did himself proud several times. The next shoot will be at Spokane Falls, next June, at which double this year's attendance is expected. At the election of officers Mr. Enyart was made vice president.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, July 5, 1895, page 5

ENYART-CANNON.--On Wednesday evening, March 15, 1899, at the residence of Mr. Anderson Cannon, in Albany, by Rev. H. L. Reed, Mr. J. E. Enyart, of Medford, and Miss Lissie I. Cannon, of Albany.
    The ceremony was performed in the presence of a few relatives and invited friends and was nicely carried out in very pretty surroundings, the rooms being handsomely decorated for the occasion. After the ceremony a delicious wedding repast was served and the happy couple left on the overland for Medford, taking with them the best wishes of many.
States Rights Democrat, Albany, Oregon, March 24, 1899, page 4

    Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Enyart, Chas. Strang and his sister, Miss Helen Strang, and Dr. W. S. Jones left last Thursday evening for San Francisco. Their mission in the city is that of securing treatment at a hospital for Mrs. Enyart and Miss Strang. A surgical operation was performed Tuesday upon Mrs. Enyart, the operation lasting three hours, and was very serious. A letter from Mr. Strang, written Tuesday, stated that the physicians had not decided what was best to do in Miss Strang's case. The lady has been ill for three or four years, part of the time almost helpless with spinal trouble. Information received from Mr. Enyart Wednesday evening was to the effect that Mrs. Enyart was in a very precarious condition but that she was rallying some from the effects of the operation. No further news had been received up to noon yesterday. The operation performed was for the removal of an ovarian tumor, which was said by physicians to have been an unusually large one. Mr. Strang telephoned Wednesday evening that he would return Friday evening, and that he would leave his sister there for treatment for a couple or three weeks.\
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, September 14, 1900, page 6

Death of Mrs. Enyart.
    Last week these columns told of a surgical operation which was performed upon Mrs. J. E. Enyart, of this city, in San Francisco, on Tuesday. The operation was a very serious one, but had it not been performed life could not have been hoped for beyond a period of a few months, and the chances were taken, which as we all sorely regret proved fatal, and the good lady died the following Friday.
    The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Enyart in this city waited with anxiety, and a degree of foreboding, news of the operation, and after this was performed still more anxious were they for daily news as to the lady’s condition, and when Friday morning news of her death came, a cloud of sorrow spread over the entire community.
    The remains, accompanied by the bereaved husband, were taken to Albany, Oregon, passing through Medford Sunday evening, for interment. The funeral services were held at the residence of the deceased’s sister, Mrs. Maston, in that city, on Monday afternoon; interment in Masonic cemetery. The funeral was attended by only relatives of the family and a few intimate friends.
    At Medford Mr. Enyart was joined by Mrs. J. Merley and Mrs. J. H. Stewart, who accompanied him to Albany, and remained until after the funeral.
    Deceased was formerly Miss Lissie I. Cannon. She was thirty-five years of age, and was married to Mr. J. E. Enyart, of this city, cashier in the Medford Bank, in March 1899. She was a woman of high accomplishments and during her short residence in our city made a great many friends, all of whom grieve with the sorrowing husband and relatives.
    Deceased leaves to mourn her death, besides a husband, a sister, Mrs. Maston, and a brother, attorney A. N. Cannon, of Albany, and another sister, Mrs. Marvin, at Waitsburg, Wash.
    Mr. Enyart returned to Medford Tuesday evening, accompanied by Mrs. Marvin, who will remain here a few days.
Medford Mail, September 21, 1900, page 6

    J. E. Enyart returned last week from attendance at the shooting tournament at Walla Walla. He took an active part in the tournament and won a number of prizes, as well as a reputation of being one of the best marksmen in the Northwest. He also visited Spokane and other Washington towns during his absence.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, July 12, 1901, page 6
Willoughby Arrested for Forgery.
    On Friday of last week Constable T. W. Johnson left Medford for Coquille City, Oregon, with a warrant in his pocket for the arrest of G. H. Willoughby, who had been located at that place. The warrant was sworn out by J. E. Enyart, cashier of the Medford Bank, and charged Willoughby with forgery.
    Upon information being received by Mr. Enyart, who has been tracking Willoughby for nearly two years, that he was at the above-named place, he at once swore out a warrant and the officers there were notified to arrest and hold him until an officer from Jackson County could reach there. The arrest was made according to instructions, despite the fact that Willoughby insisted that he had never been in Jackson County. Upon the arrival of Constable Johnson in Coquille the identity of the prisoner was established beyond the question of a doubt and he was taken in charge by the constable and the trip to Medford was at once commenced, arriving here on Wednesday of this week.
    There are few Medford or Jackson County people who do not remember Willoughby, who was selling school supplies to the school directors of the different districts of the county a couple of years ago. He did a good business in his line; in fact he did too much business, and trouble he piled up then for himself is now, like the feathered biped, coming home to roost. He was in the habit of selling school supplies to the directors and taking in pay school warrants issued by these directors. These warrants he would afterwards sell to banks or men of means who were looking for money investments. He is now under arrest, charged with forging the names of school clerks and directors to some of these warrants, which, after the signatures had been forged, were sold to various parties in this locality, among them being the Medford Bank and G. H. Haskins. The aggregate amount of the forgeries was something over $200.
    The forgeries were committed in September, 1899. Willoughby left here about holiday time following and since then has occupied various positions in Coos County. He was bartender in Empire City for thirteen months, and at the time of his arrest was training race horses on the track at Coquille City. He is said to have conducted himself in an honest, square way while in that locality, and Constable Johnson says has seemingly made many friends among men of means, who, after the arrest, expressed a willingness to render any assistance which might be necessary. However, the charges preferred against him are of a serious nature, and it is not improbable that a penalty not small in magnitude will needs be paid before the laws of the state are satisfied.
    The prisoner was brought before Judge James Stewart Thursday at 11 o'clock for preliminary examination. He waived examination, and bonds for his appearance at the September term of circuit court were placed at $2000, which he had not secured at the time our paper is put to press. He has hopes of securing bondmen in Coquille and Empire, but it was not expected the amount would be placed at more than $500. If bonds are not secured he will be held by Sheriff Orme until court meets.
Medford Mail, July 19, 1901, page 2

    Mr. and Mrs. L. Barnett, of Logansport, Ind., arrived in Medford Sunday and will visit for a few weeks with friends. They are old-time friends of cashier Enyart, of the Medford Bank. They may decide to locate here.

"Purely Personal,"
Medford Mail, July 26, 1901, page 6

    Messrs. Ling & Boardman have but recently finished repapering the interior of the Medford Bank. Aside from this work the woodwork was varnished anew, new linoleum was put on the floors and divers other beautifying touches were made about the place. The general partition arrangement of the establishment has been changed somewhat, and by this cashier Enyart is given an office by himself in which he can transact the business of the bank and not interfere with the assistant cashier's work. The new arrangement adds materially to the convenience of the establishment and at the same time gives the place an appearance that's decidedly metropolitan.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, February 21, 1902, page 7

    Cashier J. E. Enyart was in Albany last week in attendance at the funeral of Mrs. A. M. Cannon, who died in that city last Thursday while undergoing a surgical operation. Mr. Cannon is a brother to the late Mrs. Enyart.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, March 7, 1902, page 6

    The shooting tournament of the Northwest Sportsmen's Association was held at Portland last week, lasting for three days. Cashier Enyart of the Medford Bank participated in the shoot and was among the winners. He was also elected vice-president of the association. The next shoot will be held at Dayton, Wash. in June 1903. Mr. Enyart was made captain of one of the squads, of which there were thirteen, of six men each. There were crack shots from all over the Northwest present, and Mr. Enyart ranked among the first on the list.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, July 4, 1902, page 7

    J. E. Enyart and A. M. Cannon will leave the first of next week for Prospect, where they will join Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Enyart and Miss Hazel Enyart, who have been there for some time, and spend a few weeks upon their homesteads.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, July 18, 1902, page 6

    Anderson M. Cannon, from Albany, and who is a brother-in-law of J. E. Enyart, has decided to become a resident of Medford and will engage in his profession, that of law, with an office probably over the Medford Bank. Mr. Cannon is a bright, energetic-appearing young man and bears a good name at Albany. The Herald, of that city, of July 16, has the following compliment for Mr. Cannon: "Anderson M. Cannon left yesterday for Medford, where he goes to locate for the practice of law. Mr. Cannon is a bright young lawyer and should make a success in his new location.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, July 25, 1902, page 7

    Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Enyart and daughter, of Logansport, Ind., arrived in Medford Wednesday evening, and on Thursday morning, in company with cashier J. E. Enyart, brother of C. A., started for Prospect, near where their parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Enyart, are holding down a homestead. The family has not been together for a number of years--hence this meeting in the tall timber of a Southern Oregon mountain homestead can be aught else than a glad one. H. W. Jackson accompanied the party with a pack of hounds, and while out he will give the Indiana gentleman a chase after bear, deer and cougar. Mr. Enyart has been a government employee in the Logansport post office for the past twenty years.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, August 15, 1902, page 6

    C. A. Enyart and family left last Friday for their home at Logansport, Indiana. Mr. Enyart is a son of Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Enyart and a brother of cashier Enyart of this city.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, September 26, 1902, page 6

    E. D. Elwood:--"No, Enyart and I didn't carry off all the purses at the Roseburg shoot, though we managed to be along near the front row most of the time. Enyart captured one first money, and I got third in another match. We were in pretty fast company, and I consider we did very well. We were treated fine and had a royal good time."

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, October 17, 1902, page 7

    On Monday also articles of incorporation of the Southern Oregon Cider Vinegar Co. were filed with the secretary of state, the incorporators being H. B. Miller, John D. Olwell and Jos. Olwell. At a meeting held the same day, John D. Olwell was elected president, Jos. Olwell vice-president and J. E. Enyart secretary and treasurer. The capital stock of the company was placed at $5,000.
"Vinegar Plant in Operation,"
Medford Mail, October 24, 1902, page 2

    Tuesday evening C. W. Palm and J. E. Enyart had a pugilistic encounter upon the street near the Rialto cigar store, the outgrowth of a feud of long standing. After mixing [it] up a little, without particular damage to either, the belligerents were separated and agreed to bury the hatchet--for the time being. Wednesday afternoon they appeared before Recorder Toft, pled guilty and were assessed $10 each as a contribution to the city's exchequer.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, August 26, 1904, page 5

    Jesse Enyart, brother of Charles Enyart and cousin to Sheriff W. B. Enyart, left the city early this morning after visiting local relatives and former friends. Enyart, whose home is now in Medford, Oregon, where he has struck it rich since leaving Logansport eight years ago, is in the East to interest eastern capitalists in building a railroad into the Oregon forests. He has interested some local stock but is chiefly working among Chicago and Grand Rapids capitalists.
    Enyart left Logansport with but a few hundred dollars eight years ago and located in the West. Now he is well-to-do and can be considered wealthy. He is cashier of the leading bank in Medford, Ore., and is president of another bank at Gold Hill nearby. He is interested, also, in a number of valuable timber claims.
    The former local man is promoting a lumber railroad to run up to the Rogue River Valley [sic] from Medford. It will be of sixty miles' length only, but its construction will be through mountainous territory. The purpose of its construction is to be an outlet for the timber in the valley through which it passes. Fifteen miles of the line have been graded and constructed to date.
    It is estimated that there are 4,000,000,000 feet of high-grade timber in the forests to be tapped by the Rogue River Valley road. Enyart estimates that it will require 100 years to get all this timber out to the market by taking out one trainload per day. As an example of what the timber is worth, Enyart mentions a particular tree in the valley which, delivered in New York City, would be worth $3,000. Enyart himself has four claims in this valuable territory.
Logansport Journal, Logansport, Indiana, February 5, 1907, page 5

(Glendale News)
    "The Grants Pass Courier recently asked if there was anyone who could give any light regarding how Grants Pass received its name. The News has made some inquiries regarding this, and Mrs. M. Elliff, a settler of '52, tells us her version, which is no doubt the correct one. Mrs. Elliff, a young lady, then lived at which was then known as Ben Halstead's Ferry, across Rogue River, during 1853, living at the ferry, which was located about two miles from the present site of Grants Pass. This ferry was used for a number of years. She states that an Englishman by the name of Croxton bought the ferry and business from Ben Halstead and settled down there about the time of the Civil War. He was a Republican, as the new party was then called, and as the war progressed became greatly interested in the career of U. S. Grant, who was in command of the union armies near the close of the war. To show his patriotism, he named the post office and settlement Grants Pass, and as such it became one of the important posts in Southern Oregon. Mrs. Elliff also said that when she lived there there was no knowledge of the existence of such a man as Grant, though she had understood since that Grant was once on the coast, but she thinks it may have only been a rumor. The facts are as stated above, however."
    Mrs. Elliff is the mother of Mrs. J. E. Enyart of Medford.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 28, 1914, page 6

    Four-hundred-acre stock ranch for sale. The old Enyart place on Rogue River, the Crater Lake Highway. Stone house, 11 rooms and bath, some furniture, 160 acres bottom land, 120 acres irrigated, 70 acres alfalfa, 10 cattle, 6 horses, 6 hogs, chickens and turkeys. Write or see owner, Gordon C. Giffen, Trail, Oregon.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, August 23, 1917, page 2

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