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Medford Business Directory 1889-90

The many discontinuities from year to year suggest that listing in this directory was by subscription; don't assume that a business' absence from this listing is necessarily evidence of its absence from Medford.


MEDFORD. Is situated in the center of the Rogue River Valley and in the heart of the fruit belt of Jackson County. It is a station on the Southern Pacific Co.'s lines in Oregon. 328 miles south of Portland and 324 [sic] north of San Francisco, and 5 east of Jacksonville, the county seat. The first house was erected in 1884. It is now an incorporated city, the present officials being: Willard Crawford, mayor; Wm. Slinger, J. W. Short, M. Purdin and D. T. Lawton, trustees; John S. Miller, marshal. It has Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Catholic and Christian churches, planing and grist mill, the latter with a capacity of 50 barrels per day, a weekly newspaper and a bank. The city is supplied with water from Bear River three miles distant [sic]. Stages daily to Jacksonville and tri-weekly to Big Butte; fares, 50 cents and $1.50. Population 2,000. Telegraph Western Union and Pacific Postal Telegraph Co. Express Wells Fargo & Co. Mail daily. David H. Miller, postmaster.

Adkins & Webb (Benjamin F. Adkins, Benjamin S. Webb), hardware.
Anderson & Woodford (George Anderson, Andrew M. Woodford), draymen.
Angle & Plymale (William Angle, Francis M. Plymale), general store.
William S. Barnum, planing mill.
Max A. Brentano,
proprietor, Grand Central Hotel.
Charles G. Brous, saloon.
A. Childers & Son (A. and Spencer C.), brick yard.
Clarenden Hotel, J. N. Fanning, proprietor.
Columbia Fire & Marine Insurance Co.
George W. Connell, mason.
William G. Cooper, saddler.
J. C. Corum, butcher.
Willard Crawford, attorney-at-law and mayor.
W. J. Crawford, principal, public schools.
Miss Mate Creed, teacher.
David W. Crosby, chief clerk, Grand Central Hotel.
George W. Crystal, blacksmith and horseshoer.
Samuel Danielson, physician.
Davis Bros. (William and George L.), flour and feed.
Orin F. Demorest, dentist.
John C. Elder, general store.
James N. Fanning, proprietor, Clarenden Hotel.
James H. Faris, proprietor, Medford House.
Faris, Johnston & Erford (James H. Faris, Andrew G. Johnston, Jacob R. Erford), real estate.
Henry Flindt, confectionery.
Follett & Fowler (Samuel R. Follett, J. Newton Fowler), furniture.
Charles K. Fronk, agent, Southern Pacific Co. and Western Union Telegraph Co.
Adolph Garrick, merchant tailor.
E. P. Geary, fruit grower, 4 miles southwest.
Julius Goldsmith, groceries.
Grand Central Hotel, M. A. Brentano, proprietor.
Jacob G. Grossman, wheelwright.
Robert H. Halley, hardware.
Isaiah L. Hamilton, manager, Union Livery and Feed Stables.
Hammond Bros., fruit growers, 5 miles south.
Thomas Harlan, proprietor, Medford Mail.
George H. Haskins, drugs.
Peter Henderson, barber.
Jacob S. Higinbotham, wagonmaker.
G. W. Howard, agent, State Insurance Co.
James S. Howard, general store and agent, Wells Fargo & Co..
Fortunatus Hubbard, agricultural implements.
Duncan A. Huling, hardware.
E. G. Hurt, fence manufacturer.
Jackson County Bank, W. I. Vawter, cashier.
Jackson & Damon (Alfred H. Jackson, Major S. Damon), boots and shoes.
J. O. Johnson, real estate and insurance.
Walter S. Jones, physician and surgeon.
Henry Klippel, real estate and notary.
Robert T. Lawton & Son (Robert T. and Dennison T.), real estate.
William L. Lewis, livery and veterinary surgeon.
Fred Luy, barber.
Rev. Eneas McLean (Presbyterian).
Medford House, James H. Faris, proprietor.
Medford Mail, Thomas Harlan, proprietor.
Medford Soda Works, William L. Webster, proprietor.
Miss Mary Merriman, teacher.
David H. Miller, postmaster.
John S. Miller, marshal.
Miller & Strang (David H. Miller, Charles Strang), hardware and drugs.
Cora D. Morris, photographer.
New Zealand Insurance Co.
Fred O'Bryant, watchmaker.
Shafer A. Owens, livery.
Pacific Fire Insurance Co., R. F. Lawton & Sons, agents.
Pacific Postal Telegraph Cable Co., Miss Kate Van Dyke, agent.
Charles W. Palm, insurance and notions.
Mrs. Ella B. Parsons, dressmaker.
Samuel S. Pentz, lawyer.
Elder M. Peterson (Christian).
Ira A. Phelps, job printer.
J. N. Phillips, lawyer.
E. Barton Pickel, physician.
Roland Pryce, physician.
Mahlon Purdin, blacksmith.
William J. Robison, drayman.
Simeon Rosenthal, general store.
David T. Sears, millinery.
Charles C. Smith, notions.
Henry Smith, general store.
J. H. Stewart, fruit grower,.
Riley Strait, gunsmith.
Miss Helen Strang, teacher.
Rev. Gwilym G. Thomas (Baptist).
William N. Turner, blacksmith.
William Ulrich, insurance agent.
Union Livery and Feed Stables,
Edward Worman, proprietor, Shorty Hamilton, manager.
Miss Kate Van Dyke, agent, Pacific Postal Telegraph Cable Co.
William I. Vawter, cashier, Jackson County Bank and insurance agent.
Jacob S. Walz, fruit grower.
Isaac A. Webb, furniture and undertaker.
William L. Webster, proprietor, Medford Soda Works.
Wells, Fargo & Co., J. S. Howard, agent.
Western Union Telegraph Co., C. K. Fronk, agent.
J. D. Whitman, fruit grower.
John H. Whitman, abstracts of land titles and lawyer.
John Wiley, restaurant
Wilkinson & Hanley (Edward Wilkinson, John A. Hanley), meat market.
Rev. M. A. Williams (Presbyterian).
Charles W. Wolters, bakery.
H. H. Wolters, saloon.
William P. Wood, saddler.
Isaac Woolf, grocer.
Edwin Worman, proprietor, Union Livery and Feed Stables, and Medford and Jacksonville stage.
Wrisley & Goddard (John B. Wrisley, Blinn C. Goddard Jr.), real estate.
Daniel S. Youngs, second-hand goods.
R. L. Polk & Co.'s Oregon, Washington and Idaho Gazetteer and Business Directory 1889-90,
page 312     Names inverted and abbreviations spelled out to facilitate searching.




Last revised June 29, 2013