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Medford Business Directory 1891-92

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. An incorporated city of Jackson County. In the Rogue River Valley, on Bear Creek, 328 miles south of Portland, 443 north of San Francisco, and 5 east of Jacksonville, the county seat, on the Southern Pacific (East Side Division). Settled in 1884. Contains Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian churches, public school and 5 teachers, opera house seating 300, water works, fire department, weekly paper, Medford Mail (Rep.), and a private bank. Since the last issue of this work, the Medford Roller Mill, capacity 100 bbls., has been built. The Grand Central Hotel is a prominent institution. Soda bottling works and a distillery are other business establishments. The land is fertile, suited to grain and fruit. Shipments, flour, fruit and livestock. Express Wells Fargo & Co. Telegraph Western Union and Pacific Postal. Mail daily. James S. Howard, postmaster.


Adkins & Webb (Benjamin F. Adkins, Benjamin S. Webb), hardware.
Rev. M. C. Aleridge (Methodist).
Angle & Plymale (William Angle, Francis M. Plymale), general store.
Angle & Plymale Opera House, Angle & Plymale, proprietors.
Frederick Barneburg, stock raiser.
William S. Barnum, machinist.
George W. Bashford, carpenter
Brous & O'Donnell (Charles W. Brous, Donald W. O'Donnell), saloon.
A. Childers & Son, brick yard.
Clarenden Hotel, Martin Hurst, proprietor.
Columbia Fire & Marine Insurance Co., William Ulrich and D. F. Lawton, agents.
George W. Connell, mason.
Joseph Crain, stock raiser.
Willard Crawford, lawyer.
William J. Crawford, principal, public schools.
Charles O. Damon, painter.
Major S. Damon, boots & shoes and repairing.
Samuel Danielson, physician.
Ansil A. Davis,
proprietor, Medford Roller Mills.
Orin F. Demorest, dentist.
Rev. F. J. Edmunds (Presbyterian).
John C. Elder, general store.
James H. Faris, proprietor, Medford House.
Faris & Erford (James H. Faris, Jacob R. Erford), real estate.
Francis Fitch,
lawyer.
Charles K. Fronk, agent, Southern Pacific Co. and Western Union Telegraph Co.
Frank Galloway, patent fence manufacturer.
Edward P. Geary, physician.
Miss Lou Gibson, agent, Pacific Postal Telegraph Cable Co.
Julius Goldsmith, grocer.
Rev. L. D. Goodwin (Baptist).
Emerson E. Gore, fruit grower.
Grand Central Hotel, Harris & Purdin, proprietors.
Jacob G. Grossman, wheelwright.
Robert H. Halley, hardware.
Isaiah L. Hamilton, county assessor.
E. W. Hammond, nursery.
Newell Harlan.
Harris & Purdin (Thomas A. Harris, M. Purdin), proprietors, Grand Central Hotel.
John Harryman, manager, Oregon Loan & Trust Co.
George H. Haskins, drugs.
George W. Howard, mayor.
James S. Howard, general store and agent, Wells Fargo & Co.
Rev. Charles H. Hoxie (Methodist).
Hubbard Bros. (Alexis and Asahel), agricultural implements.
M. H. Huff, grocer.
Silas H. Hull, real estate.
Martin Hurst, proprietor, Clarenden House.
Clarence I. Hutchison, agent, Rogue River Valley Railroad Co.
Jackson County Bank, Vawter & Howard, proprietors.
J. O. Johnson, real estate.
Walter S. Jones, physician and surgeon.
Jason Kellogg, fruit grower.
Felix G. Kertson, publisher, Medford Mail.
Henry Klippel, real estate.
R. T. Lawton & Son (Robert T. and Dennison T.), real estate.
Miss Carrie Lumsden, music teacher.
Medford Distillery & Refining Co., 
Medynski & Theiss, proprietors.
Medford House, James H. Faris, proprietor.
Medford Mail Weekly (Rep.), Felix G. Kertson, publisher.
Medford Roller Mills, A. A. Davis, proprietor.
Medford Soda Works, W. L. Webster, proprietor.
Medynski & Theiss, (Frederick Medynski, B. Paul Theiss), proprietors, Medford Distillery & Refining Co.
Merriman & Legate (George F. Merriman, William P. H. Legate), blacksmiths.
John S. Miller, city marshal.
Miller & Strang (David H. Miller, Charles Strang), hardware.
Mitchell & Lewis Co., Wallace Wheeler, manager, agricultural implements.
New Zealand Insurance Co., C. W. Palm, agent.
Northwest Fire & Marine Insurance Co., N. A. Jacobs, agent.
Orchard Home Association, Henry Klippel, manager, fruit growers.
Oregon Loan & Trust Co., John Harryman, manager.
Pacific Postal Telegraph Cable Co., Miss Lou Gibson, agent.
Charles W. Palm, real estate.
Mrs. Ella B. Parsons, dressmaker.
Samuel S. Pentz, lawyer.
E. Barton Pickel, physician.
Roland Pryce, physician.
W. B. Roberts, councilman.
Simeon Rosenthal, gents' furnishing goods.
Edwin Russ, nursery.
David T. Sears, dry goods.
John W. Short, councilman.
C. W. Skeel & Son (Charles W. Skeel, Myron W. Skeel), contractors and builders.
William Slinger, stock raiser.
Henry Smith, general store.
John W. Smith, fruit grower.
Tennessee Smith, fruit grower.
Southern Oregon Pork Packing Co., Medford, Or.
State Insurance Co., G. W. Howard and J. E. Enyart, agents.
Joseph H. Stewart, fruit grower,.
Riley Strait, gunsmith.
William L. Townsend, barber.
William Ulrich, insurance.
Union Livery and Feed Stables,
E. Worman, proprietor.
U.S. Board of Pension Examiners, E. P. Geary, president, J. B. Waite, secretary.
Vawter & Howard, (George W. Howard, William I. Vawter), proprietors, Jackson County Bank.
John B. Waite, physician.
Herman H. Walters, saloon.
Jacob Walz, fruit grower.
Isaac A. Webb, furniture.
William L. Webster, proprietor, Medford Soda Works.
Arthur Weeks, fruit grower.
Wallace Wheeler, manager, Mitchell & Lewis.
J. D. Whitman, fruit grower.
John H. Whitman, lawyer.
E. Wilkinson, meat market.
Rev. M. A. Williams (Presbyterian).
John R. Wilson, general store.
Charles W. Wolters, bakery.
Isaac Woolf, grocer.
Herbert F. Wood, contractor and builder.
William P. Wood, harness and saddlemaker.
E. Worman, proprietor, Union Livery and Feed Stable.
Daniel S. Young, second-hand store.

R. L. Polk & Co.'s Oregon, Washington and Idaho Gazetteer and Business Directory 1891-92,
page 356     Names inverted and bbreviations spelled out to facilitate searching.




Last revised June 29, 2013