The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Jackson County 1896

Talent, Ore., 4-18-'96.
    Ed Review: Those of us who have been former residents of northeastern Iowa feel ourselves highly flattered at having been visited by ex-Gov. Larrabee and family yesterday. Their car stopped over one day at Ashland, five miles south of Talent, and knowing that R. S. Barclay's folks and others of his former acquaintance lived here, he took a special and called on us.
    There are the Carters, the Millses, and other former acquaintances and neighbors of the Larrabees, at Ashland, who also were highly pleased by a visit with old-time friends of as distinguished character.
    R. S. Barclay and son, Hall, formerly farmers between Postville and Clermont, are now engaged in the merchandise business at this flourishing suburban village. The Carters, formerly bankers at Elkader, are bankers and capitalists, and D. R. and E. V. Mills are dry goods merchants at Ashland.
    This world-renowned Rogue River Valley, by some termed the Italy of Oregon, is now out in its haughtiest colors of green for a ground work, and blooms of all colors for filling. If I thought your intelligent readers would be pleased to know it, I might write a lengthy letter descriptive of this romantic region of the country. Of its perpetual snow, held back by extinct craters. Of its numerous towering cliffs of rock. Of its subterranean caves, with lakes and streams of water clear as crystal and cold as ice the year round. Of its forests, so dense being dark at midday. Of its wild animals and fishes. Of its picturesque rocks, in all colors, as if flounced to beat art. And last and most beneficent to man, our thermal climate.
    If any doubt these assertions just ask Gov. Larrabee, or anybody who has been here long enough to see around.
Very respectfully,
    S. Sherman.
The Postville Review, Postville, Iowa, April 25, 1896, page 3

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