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Medford City Council Minutes 1885

The following is transcribed from the original official minutes, found in huge leather-bound volumes in the Medford City Recorder's office. Spelling, punctuation and layout have regularized only as required for clarity.

Articles of Incorporation
signed by the Governor February
the 24th A D 1885--

Adopted March 11th 1885

The first Election of Officers
was held March 25th A D 1885--

-- Officers Elected --

J. S. Howard )                        
I. J. Phipps )                    
A. Childers )     Trustees--
E. P. Geary, and )                              
W. H. Barr. )                      

R. T. Lawton -- Recorder
J. H. Redfield -- Marshal
Chas. Strang -- Treasurer
E. G. Hurt -- St. Commissioner

    Organization of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Medford, in Jackson County, and State of Oregon.

    Pursuant to Notice duly given, the Board of Trustees met at the Office of J. S. Howard Esqr. on the 28th day of March, A D 1885, for the purpose of effecting an organization.

The following officers having been duly Elected and sworn in
J. S. Howard )                        
I. J. Phipps )                    
A. Childers )     Trustees--
E. P. Geary, and )                            
W. H. Barr. )                      

R. T. Lawton -- Recorder
J. H. Redfield -- Marshal
Chas. Strang -- Treasurer
E. G. Hurt -- St. Commissioner

    The meeting was called to order and Dr. E. P. Geary chosen temporary chairman.

    Whereupon the Board proceeded to a permanent organization, by electing J. S. Howard, as their President.

    The President announced the Board duly Organized and ready for business.

    On Motion--The Recorder read the Act, Incorporation of the Town of Medford.

    On Motion--The Articles of Incorporation were placed on file, in the office of the Recorder--

    On Motion--The Board of Trustees proceed to fix the amount of Bond required of the different Officers as follows--
Recorder's Bond $500.--
 Marshals       "      $500.--
Treasurers      "      $500.--
    Street Commission      "      $500.--                 

    On Motion--A Committee of three be appointed to draft Bylaws and Ordinances and report progress at the next meeting of the Board of Trustees.--
Whereupon the President appointed as such Committee--
    A. Childers, W. H. Barr, and E. P. Geary.--

    On Motion--The Board of Trustees do now adjourn to meet on Wednesday the 1st day of April A D 1885 at 6 Oclock P M. at the office of Rufus North.--

Attest
    R. T. Lawton                                                                         J. S. Howard   President
        Recorder



April 1st 1885

Pursuant to adjournment, the Board of Trustees met at the office of R. North at 6 Oclock P.M.

Present--J. S. Howard Pres., I. J. Phipps, W. H. Barr, and A. Childers--
Absent--Dr. E. P. Geary--
--On Motion--
    The Minutes of the preceding Meeting was read and approved--

--Bonds Approved--
    The Bond of R. T. Lawton Recorder, was presented and approved.
    The Bond of E. G. Hurt, St Commissioner was presented, and approved, and
    On Motion--was ordered to be placed on file in the Recorder's Office--

--Report of Committees--
    Committees on Bylaws and Ordinances not being prepared to report, further time was granted--
--On Motion--
    The Standing rules and By-laws to govern the proceedings of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Jacksonville Oregon, Be, and are hereby adopted, as the standing rules and by-laws, to govern the proceedings of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Medford.--
    Also that the Recorder be, and is hereby authorized to secure the printing of twenty copies of said rules and by-laws.--

--On Motion--
    The Board of Trustees adjourned to meet at the call of the President--

Attest
    R. T. Lawton                                                                      J. S. Howard President--
        Recorder




April 20th 1885
--Special Meeting--
    The Board of Trustees met at their Hall on Front street at 7 Oclock P.M.--

Present--
    J. S. Howard Pres., E. P. Geary, W. H. Barr, I. J. Phipps, and A. Childers.--

    The Journal of the previous Meeting was read, and approved.--

Report of the Committee on Ordinances
    Ordinance No 1 To prevent and punish riots, disturbances, and disorderly conduct--
    The People of the Town of Medford do ordain as follows--
    Reference to this Ordinance is had on page No 3 of Record of Ordinances--
On Motion--
    Said Ordinance was read 1st, 2nd time, and on Motion was put upon its final passage--
    This Ordinance to take effect on and after its passage--
    The vote on said Ordinance was as follows to wit:
Yeas                                       Nays
J. S. Howard,                         None
W. H. Barr,
A. Childers,
I. J. Phipps, and
E. P. Geary.

Attest
    R. T.  Lawton                                                                       J. S. Howard President--
        Recorder

Committee on Ordinance Report--
    Ordinance No 2 To prevent Minors from loitering about the Depot.
    Reference to this Ordinance may be had on Page No 7 of the Record of Ordinances
    The People of the Town of Medford do Ordain as follows
On Motion--
    Said Ordinance was read 1st & 2nd time & put upon its final passage--
    Said Ordinance to take effect on & after its passage--
    The vote on the foregoing Ordinance was as follows
Yeas                                    Nays
J. S. Howard--                    None
W. H. Barr--
A. Childers--
I. J. Phipps, &
E. P. Geary--

Attest
    R. T. Lawton                                                                           J. S. Howard President
        Recorder

On Motion
    The Commissioner of Streets be and is hereby required to prepare a list of all parties required to work a highway tax within the Medford Road District and also of the delinquents.--

On Motion--
    The President of the Board is hereby requested to appoint a committee of two, to secure suitable rooms for the occupancy of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Medford and to furnish the same with suitable furniture and fixtures for the accommodation of said Board, Also to procure a place for a Lock Up, or Jail, and to report to the next meeting of the Board of Trustees.--
    Whenupon A. Childers and W. H. Barr was appointed as such committee--

--Bonds Approved--
    The Bond of Chas Strang was presented and approved--
    The Bond of J. H. Redfield was presented and approved--

--Petitions Presented--
    J. A. Whiteside and J. K. Darnell, to fix the amount for a license to run a dray--

On Motion--
    The Board of Trustees adjourned to meet at the call of the President.--

Attest
    R. T. Lawton                                                                          J. S. Howard President
        Recorder



Special Meeting
Medford Or April 22nd 1885.

    Board of Trustees met in Special Session at the Recorders Office April 22d 1885

    Present--J. S. Howard, I. J. Phipps, E. P. Geary, A. Childers and W. H. Barr--

    The Minutes of the last meeting was read and approved.--

--Report of Committees--
    The Committee, whose duty it was to locate & build a Lock up, or Jail, asks further time to report: which on motion was granted.--

Committee on Ordinance
    Report Ordinance No 3
    Entitled an Ordinance to regulate the construction of flues and Chimneys--
    Which Ordinance was read 1st & 2nd time, and on motion, put upon its final passage--
    Reference to this Ordinance is had on page No [9] of Record of Ordinance
    This Ordinance to take effect, on and after its passage--
    The vote on the foregoing ordinance was as follows--
Yeas                                  Nays
J. S. Howard,                    None.
E. P. Geary,
A. Childers,
I. J. Phipps, &
W. H. Barr--

    There being no further business before the Board,
On Motion--
    The Board adjourned to meet on Friday Eve the 24th inst. at the usual hour--

Attest
    R. T. Lawton                                                                          J. S. Howard President
        Recorder




Adjourned Meeting--
Medford April 24th, 1885--

    The Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment--

--Members Present--
    J. S. Howard, E. P. Geary, A. Childers, I. J. Phipps and W. H. Barr--

    Minutes of the last meeting read and approved.--

--Unfinished Business--

--Report of Committees--
    Committee on Specifications for the erection of a lock up or Jail ask for further time to report.
    Which on motion was granted--Also that no bid will be received for the construction of the same, unless presented in writing and sealed.--

Committee on Ordinance Reported
Ordinance No [omission]
Entitled an Ordinance Regulating the construction of flues and Chimneys
    Said Ordinance was read 1st, 2nd time, and on motion put upon its final passage--
    Reference is had to the same on Page No [omission] of the Record of Ordinances of said Town of Medford--
    This Ordinance shall be in force on and after the first day of May, AD 1885.
    The vote on the foregoing Ordinance was as follows--
Yeas                                      Nays
J. S. Howard,                        None
I. J. Phipps,
E. P. Geary,
A. Childers, &
W. H. Barr.

Attest
    R. T. Lawton                                                                           J. S. Howard President
        Recorder

Ordinance No 4
To prevent and remove nuisances--
    Said Ordinance was read 1st & 2nd time, and On Motion, was put upon its final passage--
    Reference to this ordinance is had on page No [12] in the Record of Ordinance of the Town of Medford Or
    The vote on said Ordinance was as follows Yeas J. S. Howard, I. J. Phipps, W. H. Barr, E. P. Geary & A. Childers--Nays None--
    The foregoing Ordinance shall be in force on and after its passage.--

Ordinance No 5
was reported regulating [liquor?] License & License tax
    On Motion--Said Ordinance was read first & second time & put upon its final passage--
    Reference to said Ordinance is had on Page No 16 in the Book of Ordinance for the Town of Medford Or
    This Ordinance to take Effect on and after its passage--
    The vote on said Ordinance was as follows--
    Yeas, J. S. Howard, W. H. Barr, A. Childers, E. P. Geary, & I. J. Phipps--
    Nays None--
--Unfinished Business--

--Appointment of Committees--
    On Motion--I. J. Phipps and W. H. Barr be and are hereby appointed a committee on Fire & Water for the ensuing year--
    On Motion--B. F. Adkins and A. Childers was appointed a sanitary committee for the Town of Medford for the ensuing year--
    On Motion--A committee on Streets be and are hereby appointed consisting of E. P. Geary and W. H. Barr--
    On Motion--A finance committee be appointment for the ensuing year when I. J. Phipps, W. H. Barr, and E. P. Geary was appointed such committee.--
    On Motion--The Recorder be and is hereby instructed to procure a book, & copy the names furnished by the Street Commissioner of persons liable to street and highway tax, and that he be instructed (the St Com) to collect such tax--
    On Motion--The Board of Trustees do now adjourn to meet on call of the President

Attest
    R. T. Lawton                                                                           J. S. Howard President
        Recorder



Called Meeting--
Medford May 22nd 1885--

The Board of Trustees convened at their rooms as per Call of the president at 7 Oclock P.M.

    Present A full Board.--
    Minutes of the previous meeting read and approved--

Report of Committees--
    Committee on Fire and Water ask for further time to report, which On Motion was granted
On Motion
    Said committee was instructed to procure printed notices, to be served on parties who have not complied with the provisions of Ordinance No 3 of the Town of Medford--
On Motion
    The Committee on Streets and Sidewalks be and are hereby authorized to fix and establish the grade on 7th street, and also the sidewalk on said street.--
On Motion
    A Committee of three be and hereby [are] appointed to procure the Printing of Ordinances. Also to be considered a standing committee for the ensuing year--
    On Motion J. S. Howard, W. H. Barr, and I. J. Phipps--were chosen such Committee--
--Bills Presented--
    One by J. H. Redfield for services as Marshal
    One by J. S. Howard for blankets for Jail
    One by H. Kinney for rent
    On Motion were referred to the finance committee
    On Motion--Adjourned to meet on Call--

Attest
    R. T. Lawton Recorder                                                                                President




Called Meeting
Medford June 10th 1885--

The Board of Trustees met at their Hall, on call of the President at 7 Oclock PM--

    Present J. S. Howard, I. J. Phipps, W. H. Barr, A. Childers and E. P. Geary--
    The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved--

Motions--
    On Motion--The Recorder be and is hereby instructed to post a list of the different committees on the walls of the Council room--
    On Motion--The appointment of Isaac Woolf by the President of the Board of Trustees a Special Policeman with the same authority as vested in the Marshal of said town of Medford be and is hereby approved by this Board, and that he be retained in said service until further notice--

Bills Presented--
    The Bill [of] Geo. W. Williams was presented, allowed and a warrant ordered drawn on the Treasurer for $92.00
    The Bill of J. S. Howard for necessaries for the Jail & a warrant authorized drawn on the town Treasurer for $12.25
    The Bill of Harlow Kinney for rent allowed & warrant ordered drawn for $16--
    Bill of G. H. Haskins for $1.35 referred to finance committee
    Bill of Chas. Nickell for $6.00 referred as above

Petitions Presented--
    The Petition of W. H. McAdams for a License to sell retail liquors in less quantities than a quart in the Town of Medford was presented and referred to the committee of the whole--
Report of Committees
Ordinance No 6
    To establish an initial point for grades of Streets and Sidewalks
    Said Ordinance was read 1st & 2nd time & on motion put upon its final passage--
    Reference is had to said Ordinance on Page No 21 in the Record of Ordinances for the Town of Medford--
    This Ordinance shall be in force from and after the 20th day of June AD 1885
    Those voting for the foregoing Ordinance was
Yeas                                      Nays
J. S. Howard,                        None
I. J. Phipps,
W. H. Barr,
E. P. Geary.

Ordinance No 7
    To Establish the grade and construct Sidewalks on the South side of 7th Street--
    Said Ordinance was read 1st & 2nd time & on motion was put upon its final passage--
    Reference is had to said Ordinance on Page No 23 in the Book of Ordinances
    This Ordinance to be in force on and after the 20th day of June AD 1885--
    The vote of the aforesaid ordinance was as follows:
Yeas.--                                Nays--none
J. S. Howard, E. P. Geary, I. J. Phipps, W. H. Barr & A. Childers--

There being no further business before the Board On Motion it was adjourned until Wednesday evening June the 17th at 7½ Oclock P.M.
Attest                                                              J. S. Howard President
    R. T. Lawton--
        Recorder--



Adjourned Meeting
Medford June 17th 1885--

    The Board of Trustees met at their Hall pursuant to adjournment June 17th 1885 at 8 Oclock PM

    Present a full Board.
    The Minutes of the Previous Meeting was read and approved

Report of Committees--
Bills Allowed--
Bill of G. H. Haskins $1.25
Bill of Chas. Nickell $6.00
Bill of J. H. Redfield was referred

Bills Presented--and referred
Bill of I. A. Webb for $7--
Bill of H. Kinney for $9--
Bill of McGinnis $7--
Bill of A. S. Johnson $10--

--Unfinished Business--
On Motion
    The Petition of W. H. McAdams for a license to retail Liquors in the Town of Medford was granted, and License to be issued by the Recorder as per Ordinance No 5--
    On Motion--The Bill [of] E. G. Hurt for labor performed on the Highway between Medford & Jacksonville be indefinitely postponed--

Ordinance Committee Report
Ordinance No 8
    An Ordinance to define the duties of the Town Recorder--
    Said Ordinance was read 1st & 2nd times and put upon its final passage--
    Reference to said ordinance is had to Page No 25 in Book of Ordinances--
    Said Ordinance to take effect on and after its passage--
    The vote on the same was as follows
Yeas J. S. Howard, I. J. Phipps, W. H. Barr, E. P. Geary & A. Childers. Nays none
Attest R.T.L.

Ordinance No 9
    To define the duties of Marshal of the Town of Medford
    Read 1st & 2nd times, and on motion put upon its final passage--
    Reference is had to said Ordinance on Page No 35 of the Record of Ordinances in the Town Recorder's Office--
    Said Ordinance to take effect on and after its passage
    The vote on the foregoing Ordinance was as follows--
Yeas                                      Nays
J. S. Howard,                        None
A. Childers,
E. P. Geary,
I. J. Phipps, &
W. H. Barr.

Attest                                                                     J. S. Howard President
    R. T. Lawton--
        Recorder--



Called Meeting
Medford July 3rd 1885--

The Board of Trustees of the town of Medford met at their Council rooms at 8 Oclock P.M.--

Present a full Board--
The Minutes of the previous meeting was read and approved.

On Motion
    M. A. McGinnis act as Recorder in the absence of the town Recorder--

Petitions Presented
    The Petition of Kenney & Wolters was presented to the Board for a License to retail Spirituous liquors in less quantities than one quart.
    On Motion the prayer of the petitioners was granted and the Recorder authorized to issue a license on compliance with the laws regulating the same.
    See Ordinance No 5 also amendments to Sec. 1 & 7 of Said Ordinance--on Pages No 53 & 56.
Bills Presented--
Bill of J. S. Howard for purchase of the Recorder's Book $11--
Referred to finance committee--

Ordinance No 20
    Fixing the time for holding regular meeting of the Board of Trustees
    Said Ordinance was read 1st & 2nd time and on Motion was put upon its final passage--
    Reference is had to said Ordinance on Page No 52 of the Book of Ordinances #2
    Said Ordinance to be in force on and after its passage--
    Those voting Ayes were J. S. Howard, W. H. Barr, A. Childers, I. J. Phipps, E. P. Geary--  Nays--none--

Attest                                                                                          J. S. Howard President
    R. T. Lawton
        Recorder--



Called Meeting--
Medford July 6, 1885--

The Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment at their Hall at 7½ Oclock P.M.

Present--J. S. Howard, . J. Phipps, A. Childers, E. P. Geary, W. H. Barr--
The Record of the preceding Meeting was read and approved--

Petitions Presented--
    The Petition of B. W. Powell & others for the erection of a sidewalk was presented and referred to Committee on Streets--

    Bills Presented & Referred
    Bill of Dr. Pryce for Service $8--
    Bill of I. Woolf Service as Policeman $7.00

Bills Allowed
    Bill of E. G. Hurt St. Com $11.00
    Bill of J. H. Redfield Marshal $5.00
    Bill of I. A. Woolf for furniture $7--
    Bill of A. L. Johnson 10.00
    Bill of G. H. Haskins Medicines 1.35
    Bill of H. Kinney Rent 9.00
    Bill of J. S. Howard 12.25
    Bill of M. A. McGinnis 7.00
    Bill of J. S. Howard 11.50
    Bill of E. G. Hurt 11.00   
Treasurer's Report--
    On Motion the Report of the Treasurer of the Town of Medford be read and placed on file in the Recorder's Office--

On Motion--
    W. H. Barr, E. P. Geary be and are hereby appointed a committee to secure the services of an attorney to act where necessary for and in behalf of the town of Medford--
On Motion--
    The Board of Trustees meet at the time of their regular Meetings, unless sooner Convened by the President

Attest                                                                                      J. S. Howard President
    R. T. Lawton
        Recorder



Regular Meeting--
Medford August 3rd 1885

The Board of Trustees was at their rooms on Front Street at 8 Oclock P.M.

Present--I. J. Phipps, J. S. Howard and A. Childers--
Absent--W. H. Barr, and E. P. Geary

The Minutes of the previous meeting read and approved--
There being business to transact that required a full Board--

On Motion
    The Board of Trustees adjourn to meet on the following Evening Aug. 4th A.D. 1885.--

Attest
    R. T. Lawton
        Recorder--
            J. S. Howard
                President



Adjourned Meeting--
Medford August 4th 1885--

The Board of Trustees met at their rooms, at 8 Oclock P.M. as per adjournment.

Present--J. S. Howard, E. P. Geary, A. Childers, I. J. Phipps, W. H. Barr--

The minutes of the previous meeting read and approved--

Report of Committees--
    Committee on Fire and Water Report having notified A. S. Johnson and F. Hubbard to erect chimneys--

    Committee on Ordinances report Ordinance No 11--
    To create the office of Special Policeman
    Which Ordinance was read 1st & 2nd time and On Motion, was put upon its final passage--
    Reference to said Ordinance is had on Page No 35 in Book of Ordinances for the Town of Medford

Ordinance No 12
    To establish a sidewalk on the north side of 7th Street--  
    Said Ordinance was passed by a unanimous vote--
    Reference to said Ordinance is had to page No 37 of Record of Ordinances

Ordinance No 13
    To prevent the obstruction of Streets, Alleys and Sidewalks--
    Said Ordinance was passed by a unanimous vote--
    Reference is made to the same on page No 39 of book of Ordinances in the Recorders Office--

Ordinance No 14
    To punish vagrants--
    Said Ordinance was passed Yeas 4 and Nays 1--
    Reference to the same is had on page No 42 in Book of Ordinances

Ordinance No 20 An Amendment to Ordinance No 5
    To regulate License & License tax
    The vote on said amendment was unanimous--
    Reference to the same is had to Page No 52 of Book of Ordinances--

Bills Presented--
Bill of Vrooman & Miller  1.00
Bill of Barr & Woods  $23 which was afterwards reduced
Bill of Isaac Woolf  2.50
Bill of Smith and Son  11.65
Bill of G. W. Williams--  9.74

Bills allowed & warrants ordered
Dr. R. Pryce--  8.00
I. Woolf--  7.50

On Motion
    The Board of Trustees do now adjourn to meet on Tuesday the 11th day of August 1885 at 8 Oclock in the afternoon--

Attest
    R. T. Lawton
        Recorder
            J. S. Howard
                President



Adjourned Meeting--
Medford August 11th 1885--

The Board of Trustees of the town of Medford met at their Hall at 7:40 P.M.--

Present a full Board

Minutes of the previous meeting read and approved--

Unfinished Business--

Report of the finance Committee
    The following Bills allowed & warrants ordered drawn on the Town Treasurer--
Bill of E. G. Hurt for labor  6.00
Bill of Barr & Woods, Lumber  4.85
Bill of I. Woolf for Police Star  2.50
Bill of G. W. Williams Lumber & work  9.74
Bill of H. Smith & Son Lumber  11.65
Bill of Vrooman Miller & Co  1.00

On Motion the Board adjourn to meet at the Call of the President

Attest
    R. T. Lawton--                                            J S Howard   President
        Recorder



Called Meeting--
Medford Or Sept 7 1885--

The Board of Trustees met on call of the President at the usual place of meeting 7½ PM

Present
    J. S. Howard, I. J. Phipps, and W. H. Barr.
Absent E. P. Geary and A. Childers-

Minutes of the last meeting read and approved

The business before the Board requiring a full board, It was therefore thot best to adjourn and

On Motion
    The Board of Trustees of the Town of Medford do now adjourn to meet on the evening of the 8th inst at 7½ Oclock--

Attest                                                                      J S Howard, Pres
    R. T. Lawton
        Recorder--



Adjourned Meeting--
Medford September 8th 1885

The Board of Trustees of the town of Medford met as per adjournment

Present a full Board

Minutes of the previous meeting read and approved--

Petitions Presented--
    A petition to lower the grade on the north side of Seventh Street
    Petition of R. T. Lawton & others for repairing C Street at its intersection with Seventh--
    Petition of A L Johnson & others for constructing a sidewalk on the east side of B. Street--
  
Committee on Ordinances report an amendment to Sec No 2 of Ordinance No 12
    Reference is had to Page No 45 of Book of Ordinances
    Said Amendment was passed by a unanimous vote--

On Motion the Board of Trustees adjourn to the 15th of Sept 1885 at 7 Oclock PM

Attest
    R. T. Lawton                                                       J S Howard       Presdt
        Recorder--



Adjourned Meeting--
Medford September 15th 1885

According to previous notice the Board of Trustees met at their Hall at the usual hour--

Present J. S. Howard, W. H. Barr, A. Childers, I. J. Phipps, & E. P. Geary.

Minutes of the previous meeting was read and approved--

Unfinished Business

Ordinance No 17
    Entitled an Ordinance to prevent certain animals from running at large--
On Motion--was taken from the table, and put upon its final passage  
    Reference to said Ordinance is had on page No 47 of the Book of Ordinances in the town Recorder's office.
    The foregoing Ordinance to take effect on the 1st day of October AD 1885--
    The vote on said Ordinance was as follows--
    Yeas J. S. Howard E. P. Geary A. Childers & W. H. Barr
    Nays I. J. Phipps--

Ordinance No 16
    To establish a sidewalk on the east side of D St from 7th to 8th Streets--
    On Motion was read 1st & 2nd time & on motion was put upon its final passage--
    Reference is had to said Ordinance on page No 46 of Ordinance Record in the office of the Recorder of the Town of Medford.
    Said Ordinance to take effect on & after its passage
    The vote on the foregoing Ordinance was as follows--
    Yeas J. S. Howard A. Childers, W. H. Barr I. J. Phipps & E. P. Geary--
    Nays None--

Reports on Petitions Presented of A. L. Johnson & others
    To restrain Hogs from running at large--
    Petition of R T Lawton & others to flat the street at the intersection C & 7th streets
    Petition of A. L. Johnson & others for putting down a sidewalk on the east side of D street between 6th & 7th--

Remonstrance--
    of J. K. Darnell & others, against an ordinance being passed restraining hogs from running at large, at least for one year--

Report of Finance Committee as follows--
    Bills allowed and warrants ordered drawn
Bill of G H Haskins for medicine  $1.00
Bill of H. Kinney for rent 2 month $8.00  16.00
Bill of J. H. Redfield various services  16.0
Bill of J. S. Howard Recorders Warrant Book  3.50
Bill of E. G. Hurt for road work  Indefinitely postponed--

Bills Presented
Bill of H. Kenney for Rent of council room 1 m[onth]  $8.00

On Motion
    The proposition of R. T. Lawton to donate to the Town of Medford the use of his Office during his term of Office be accepted by the Board--

On Motion
    A committee of two be appointed by the President, to confer with the RR Co in regard to the donation of a suitable Lot by said company for a town hall & other purposes
    Whereupon E. P. Geary & W. H. Barr was appointed said Committee

There being no further business before the Board

On Motion
    The Board of Trustees of the town of Medford do now adjourn to meet in regular session on the 1st Monday in October--

Attest                                                              J S Howard Presdt
    R. T. Lawton-
        Recorder--



Medford Oct 5th 1885--

The Board of Trustees met in regular session Oct 5th 1885 at 7 Ock PM

Present J. S. Howard W. H. Barr A. Childers, and E. P. Geary--
Absent I. J. Phipps--

Minutes of the last meeting read and approved--

Unfinished Business
    The committee appointed to confer with the Manager Koehler of the O&C RR Co. in relation to securing a suitable lot for the erection of a town Hall and Jail--Presented a letter from said Koehler in reply which On Motion was ordered read and placed on file and
    On Motion said committee was discharged

On Motion
    W. H. Barr be & is hereby appointed a committee of one to secure the services of Judge Prim in case a suit should be reviewed in the circuit court at the October term in which the Town of Medford is a party

On Motion
    The Board of Trustees accept the proposition of the Ladies Aid Society of the Town of Medford to construct a Sidewalk from the Depot to the School building--   
    And the Street Commissioner is hereby instructed to put down suitable crossings of planks wherever there is street crossings between the two points mentioned

On Motion--A committee of two be and are hereby appointed to confer with C. C. Beekman of Jacksonville with a view to securing certain grounds for a Park within the corporate limits of said town of Medford by purchase or otherwise
    Whereupon J. S. Howard and W. H. Barr was appointed such committee.--

Report of Officers--
    Report of Chas Strang Treasurer of the Town of Medford, from July 6th 1885 to July 7th of the same year was read and on motion was accepted & ordered placed on file

Bills presented
Bill of J. W. Cunningham Boarding prisoners  6.00
Bill of Vrooman Miller & Co for Goods  2.75
Bill of J. H. Redfield for services  8.35
Bill of I Woolf for services  4.50

On Motion
    The Board of the Town of Medford do now adjourn to meet at its regular session unless sooner convened by the president of the Board

Attest                                                                   J S Howard Predt
    R. T. Lawton
        Recorder--



Regular Session
Medford November 2nd AD 1885

The Board of Trustees of the town of Medford met at the Recorders Office for the transaction of business at 7 PM

Present  J. S. Howard I. J. Phipps W. H. Barr A. Childers and E. P. Geary

Minutes of the last meeting read and approved--

Report of Committees
    The Finance Committee reported the following bills which were allow[ed] and warrants ordered to be drawn
Bill of Vrooman Miller & Co goods  2.75
Bill of Wm J Robinson moving Jail & hauling  15.00
Bill of E. G. Hurt work as St Com  6.00
Bill of E. G. Hurt work on Highway  15.00
Bill of H Kinney rent of Hall  8.00
Bill of I Woolf Police services  4.50

To the Hon Board of Trustees of the Town of Medford Or I your Committee appointed to employ Judge Prim to represent the town of Medford in any suit that should be brought against said Town, Have the honor to Report that I engaged the services of said Judge Prim as instructed--
    Signed W. H. Barr
    On Motion said report be & is hereby accepted, and committee discharged--

The following was also Requested
    We the Committee whose duty it was to interview C. C. Beekman in regard to securing a lot for a Public Park Most Respectfully report that Mr. Beekmans price for the Block desired is $500--if purchased by the Town for that purpose
Signed J. S. Howard and W. H. Barr
Report
The Committee on Ordinances report Ordinance No 18
    An Ordinance to improve the sanitary condition of the town of Medford, Oregon.
    Reference is had to said ordinance on Page No 49 of the Record of Ordinances
    Said Ordinance to take effect on the 8th day of November 1885
    The vote on said Ordinance was as follows
    Yeas J. S. Howard I. J. Phipps, E. P. Geary A. Childers W. H. Barr--
    Nays None--

Ordinance No 19--To Prevent Smoking Opium within its corporate limits of the Town of Medford Or
    Said Ordinance was unanimous adopted Reference is had to the same on Page No 51 of the Book of Ordinances
    Said Ordinance to take effect on the 8th day of November AD 1885--
    Those voting Yea J.S.H., I. J. Phipps, E P Geary & A Childers--

Ordinance No 20--was reported
An Amendment to Ordinance No 5 Regulating License and License tax--
    Said Ordinance was adopted by the following vote  Yeas, J. S. Howard A. Childers, & I. J. Phipps.   Nays, E. P. Geary & W. H. Barr--
    Said Ordinance to take effect on the 8th day of November AD 1885--

On Motion--The Street Commissioner be and is hereby instructed to put down a cross walk between Adkins and Webbs and A. L. Johnson corners--

There being no further business before the Board On Motion, We do now adjourn to meet at the Recorders Office at the usual hour 7½ P.M.--1st Monday in December 85

Attest                                                                      J S Howard    Presdt
    Robert T. Lawton
        Recorder



Medford December 7th 1885

The Board of Trustees of the Town of Medford met at the Recorders Office at 7 Oclock P.M.

Present J. S. Howard I. J. Phipps A. Childers, and E. P. Geary--

Minutes of the previous meeting read and approved--

Bills Presented--
D. H. Miller Judge of Election  2.00
J. A. Whiteside Judge of Election  2.00
S. W. Foster Clerk of Election  2.00
Milton Maule Clerk of Election  2.00
A. E. Woods Judge of Election  2.00
I. Woolf Services as St Com & Police  10.25
O. H. Johnson Painting & varnishing table  1.00
Adkins & Webb Bill of Mds  4.55
M. A. McGinnis for Printing  $25 referred to com on printing--

Report of Committees
The Committee on Ordinances report

Ordinance No 21
    To regulate Town Marshal and Police of the town of Medford
    Said Ordinance was unanimously adopted
    Reference is had to the same on Page No 55 of Book of Ordinances--
    Said Ordinance to take effect on and after its passage--
    Those voting Yea were J. S. Howard I. J. Phipps E. P. Geary and A. Childers--

Ordinance No 22
    To amend Sec 7 of Ordinance No 5 Entitled an Ordinance to Regulate License & License tax--
    Said Ordinance was adopted by a unanimous vote-
    Reference to the same is had on Page No 56 of the Record of Ordinances
    This Ordinance to take effect on and after it passage
    Those voting Aye were J. S. Howard I. J. Phipps A. Childers, & E. P. Geary--

Petitions Presented--
    W. H. McAdams & Co for a license to sell Liquors in less quantities than one gallon--
    Kenney and Wolters for a license to sell liquors in less quantities than one gallon--
    Said petitions were granted upon condition that said petitioners fully and implicitly comply with the provisions of Ordinance No 5 and its amendments in such cases made and provided--

There being no further business before the Board of Trustees
On Motion
    We do now adjourn to meet on the Eve of the 14 inst at 7 Oclock PM at the Recorders Office on the North Side of 7th St

Attest
    R. T. Lawton
        Recorder                                                       J S Howard     President



Adjourned Meeting
December 14th 1885--

The Board [of] Trustees of the Town of Medford Met at the Recorders Office at the usual hour, as per adjournment

Present J. S. Howard I. J. Phipps E. P. Geary and A. Childers--

Minutes of the previous meeting was read and approved--

Bills Presented--
I. H. Redfield for services  $11.35

Report of Finance Committee
Bill of Adkins & Webb for goods  4.65
Bill of Milton Maule Clk  2.00
Bill of O H Johnson  1.00
Bill of D H Miller Judge of Elc  2.00
Bill of A E Woods Judge of Elc  2.00
Bill of J A Whiteside Judge of Elc  2.00
Bill of S W Foster Clk of Elc  2.00
Bill of John Barkdull Policeman  1.50
Bill of I Woolf St Com & Policeman  10.50

On Motion
    The following persons were appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Medford as Judges and Clerks of Election, to take place in said Town on the 4th day of January AD 1886, it being the 1st Monday in said Month.
    For Judges--Geo. S. Walton, A. E. Woods, & I. A. Webb.
    For Clerks--S. W. Foster and A. M. Woodford--

On Motion--
    The Street Commissioner be and is hereby instructed to lay down a sidewalk across the alleys between W. W. Chilcott and Wm Ulrich lots on the north side of street--

On Motion--
    The Street Commissioner be and is hereby instructed to raise, or cause to be raised, the sidewalk in front of F. Hubbard's Agricultural ware room on lot 2 in block 14 on the South Side of Seventh Street--

On Motion--
    The Street Commissioner be and is hereby instructed to put in a box constructed of plank at the intersection of 7th and C Street and cover the same with gravel, so as to be in good condition for the traveling public--

On Motion--
    A. Childers & I. J. Phipps be and are hereby appointed a Committee to secure a suitable place to erect a pound, for the benefit of the town of Medford and make the necessary arrangements for enclosing the same & putting in order for occupancy--

There being no further business before the Board,
On Motion
    We do now adjourn to meet at the call of the President of the Board at the usual time and place--
J S Howard  President
Attest
    R. T. Lawton
        Recorder



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