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Medford City Council Minutes 1887

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



Medford January 3rd 1887

    Board of Trustees met at the office of Geo. S. Walton it being a regular meeting of said Board members present J. S. Howard, E. P. Geary, A. Childers & F. Galloway.
    Minutes of the last meeting read and Approved.
    Acct. of H. F. Wood presented and referred to committee.
    Petition of John Noland for liquor license presented petition granted and Board Approved & License ordered.
    Petition of J. B. Riddle for License to sell Liquor presented granted Board Approved and License ordered.
    Petition of Ang Carlson granted and ordered Recorded. Recorder to approve Bond and issue License by the said Carson complying with ordinance No. [illegible] of said Town.
    Ordered that recorder issue warrants on Treasurer to Judges & Clerks of Election.
    The Board then adjourned to meet at G. S. Walton['s] office on January 4 1887.


Geo. S. Walton                                                              J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                                    Mayor



Medford January 4th 1887

    Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment at Waltons Hall members present
    J. S. Howard, A. Childers, E. P. Geary.
    Minutes of last regular meeting read and approved unfinished business taken up the petition of Vrooman and Miller to sell property to the Town was taken up. The Committee on Ways and Means reported unfavorable. The whole matter was then indefinitely postponed.
    The committee on Finance reported the bill[s]
W. R. Andrews for drawing Charter  15.00
I. A. Webb bedstead for Jail  .75
James H. Barnum hog pound  3.00
James Hamlin for rent of Hall from Sept. 1st 1886 to Dec. 1st 1887  18.75 less 12.50 for building sidewalk allowed  6.25
The Bill of G. W. Crystal work on ladders  2.00
The above bills were allowed and ordered warrants drawn on Treasurer. The following bills were presented and referred to committee
H. F. Wood for lumber for crosswalks  2.40
Adkins & Webb for nails  2.00
J. N. Walter lumber and work on Road  12.50
I. Woolf work on Roads and Streets  10.75
L. Doren work on Road  1.50
John Barkdull    "   1.50
A. E. Woods      "      .75
A. G. Owen        "   3.00
Vrooman & Miller bolts for ladder  .75
    The Trustees then proceeded to canvass the returns of the Election which resulted as follows
    For Town Trustees J. S. Howard, A. Childers, G. H. Haskins, F. A. Harris & J. B. Riddle.
    For Recorder Geo. S. Walton
    For Marshal J. S. Miller
    For Treasurer Charles Wolters
    Street Commissioner J. A. Whiteside
which were declared duly Elected.
    Report of Charles Strang Treasurer received and placed on file
    Ordinance No. 42 presented and passed all the members voting yea as their names were called the ordinance passed
    The Board then adjourned to meet on the 13th day of January 1887 at Waltons Hall.

Geo. S. Walton Recorder



Medford January 13 1887

    Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment members present J. S. Howard, A. Childers and E. P. Geary
    Minutes of the last meeting read and approved.
    The Committee on Finance reported the bills referred at the last meeting correct which was allowed and ordered warrants drawn on Treas. The fiscal report of Charles Strang Treas and E. G. Hurt Street Com received and placed on file. The following Bills was presented and referred
    P. P. Prim Atty fees $20.00 for Town of Medford vs Noland & Ulrich court fees for June  10.33
    Geo. S. Walton fees as Recorder from June 24 1886 to Jan 1st 1887  55.75
    To rent of House from July 1 1886 to Sept 8th 1886  18.25
    For office for Election January 1887  2.00
    All referred to committee the Board adjourned sine die.

Geo. S. Walton Recorder                                                      J. S. Howard President



Medford January 13th 1887

    The new Board of Trustees Elected for said Town for the year 1887 met at Geo. S. Waltons office as required by the Charter of Said Town and after being sworn according to law proceeded to Elect J. S. Howard president of the Board for the ensuing year all the members present except J. B. Riddle who had been previously sworn. The President then read the standing rules and bylaws which were adopted.
    The Bonds of the following officers were then presented Read and approved and placed on file
Bond of Geo. S. Walton Recorder for $500.00
   "   John S. Miller Marshal  $500.00
   "   Charles [Wolters] Treasurer  $500.00
   "   J. A. Whiteside Street Commissioner  $300.00
after which the following committee were appointed
    Committee on Finance & Ways and Means J. B. Riddle, G. H. Haskins and A. Childers
    Committee on Sanitary G. H. Haskins & J. A. Whiteside
    Committee on Fire & Water T. A. Harris & A. Childers
    Streets A. Childers & J. B. Riddle
    The following Bills were then presented and referred
Bill of G. S. Walton for rent of office from July 1st 1886 to Sept. 8th 1886  $18.25
  "   for Election for January 3 1887  2.00
P. P. Prim Atty fees Town of Medford vs Noland & Ulrich  $20.00
Court fees the clerk of Jackson County  10.35
    The Board then adjourned

Geo. S. Walton  Recorder                                                      J. S. Howard  Mayor



Medford Feb 7 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular meeting of Said Board
    Members present J. S Howard, A. Childers, T. A. Harris, J. B. Riddle & G. H. Haskins.
    The minutes of the last meeting read and approved the Committee on Finance reported the Bills referred to them at the meeting as correct and recommend that they be allowed which was done and ordered warrants be drawn on Treasurer also Bill of Vrooman & Miller for Stove and pipe ordered by Com. on Ways & Means for $8.40 also Bill of M. Purdin for bolts for Bridge $121.62 allowed and ordered warrants on Treas.
    Bill of John Noland for $100 .00 for rebate on Liquor License Referred to Committee on Finance
    Petition of J. C. Elder & others to grade B Street referred to Street Committee on Streets the Board then appointed a committee on Ordinances consisting of Geo. S. Walton, G. H. Haskins & T. A. Harris. Petition presented by E. P. Geary and others [to] lay sidewalk on North side of 7th Street between [illegible] county road referred to Committee on Streets
    Petition to lay street crossings referred to Street Committee. D. W. Crosby was appointed Special Police for said town ordered that the recorder burn all warrants returned canceled. The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford March 7 1887

    Board of Trustees met at the Hall it being a regular meeting members present J. S. Howard, J. B. Riddle, T. A. Harris, G. H. Haskins & A. Childers.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved the act of John Noland withdrawn the Committee on Ordinances to whom was referred the Petition to License Dogs presented ordinance No. 43 which was read and laid over the [omission]
    The Committee to whom was referred the petition on streets asked further time granted.
    Bill of T. A. Harris for sawing wood for .75 allowed an order warrant drawn on Treas.
    The following Bills was presented and referred
M. Purdin for irons for Jail  3.10
Vrooman & Miller locks and iron for Jail  2.10
Bill of J. A. Whiteside for work as Street Com from Jan 14th 1887 to March 7th 1887  $10.00
Bill of Sect. of State for Charter allowed  $12.25
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford March 15th 1887

    Board of Trustees met at the Hall by order of the President. Members present T. A. Harris, A. Childers, J. S. Howard, J. B. Riddle, G. H. Haskins.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read & approved.
    J. S. Howard then resigned his office as president of the Board and was then appointed as Mayor to hold his office until the next regular Election as provided by the amended Charter which was read and adopted by the Board of Trustees.
    The committee to whom was referred the petition for grading D Street reported by presenting Ordinance No. 44 said Ordinance was read a third time and put upon its passage all the members voting yea as the names were called.
    The ordinance passed.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford April 4th 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular meeting of Said Board all the members present minutes of the last regular meeting [read] and approved unfinished business ordered that Ordinance No. 44 be put upon its passage those voting [aye] J. B. Riddle, T. A. Harris, J. S. Howard and those voting [no] G. H Haskins, A. Childers. Having received a majority of all the votes the ordinance passed.
    Committee on Finance reported all the Bills referred to them at the last regular meeting correct and recommend the same be allowed. The Bills then were allowed and ordered warrants drawn on Treasurer.
    The quarterly report of [the] Treasurer was presented and referred to Committee on Finance.
    The Street Commission was then given a warrant to collect Road [taxes] in his district.
    Motion by Riddle that a sewer [be] built from Riddle's yards to the county Road and that Street Com be ordered to advertise and let the same with privilege to extend to Bear Creek. Ordered that the Marshal sell a rifle that was given in hand for fine in A.D. 1885.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford May 2nd 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular [meeting] of said Board.
    Members present J. S. Howard, T. A. Harris, J. B. Riddle, G. H. Haskins.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read & approved unfinished business none.
    Report of the Committee on Finance examined. The quarterly report of Town Treasurer correct.
    Act of P. O. Wilson for work and material on sewer running from Riddles Co. [illegible] to county road for $32.50 was allowed and ordered a warrant drawn on Treas. for the amount.
    Ordered that Street Commission put in a culvert from the end of the above named sewer to Bear Creek of sufficient size to carry the water from the slough that runs through Mr. Barnum's place and that [illegible] road work for the same and that the lumber be paid for by the Town.;
    Ordered that night watch receive $30 per month instead of ten and that the recorder be instructed to draw warrant for the same on the first day of each month.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford June 6 1887

    Board of Trustees met at the Hall it being a regular meeting of said Board.
    Members present J. S. Howard, J. B. Riddle, G. H. Haskins, A. Childers.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved.
Bill of J. A. Whiteside Street Com for works on Roads & Streets from March 10th 1887 to June 6th 1887  $58.00
Bill of J. D. Whitman for wood  2.00
and referred to Committee on Finance
    Ordinance No. 45 to change on amend
    Ordinance No. 25 was read a third time and put upon its passage those voting [aye] A. Childers, G. H. Haskins & J. B. Riddle the ordinance passed.
    Ordered that Commission put in crossings on B & C streets the north side of 7th Street.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford July 5th 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular meeting of said Board.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved members present J. S. Howard Mayor, G. H. Haskins, J. B. Riddle.
    Bills of Whiteside & Whitman presented at the last regular meeting was reported by the Com. on Finance as correct which was allowed and ordered warrants drawn on Treas.
Bill of Geo. S. Walton Recorder for services from January 1st 1887 to July 1st 1887 for the sum of $28.70
also Bill of J. A. Whiteside Street Com for 3 days work on Streets from June 3 to July 5 1887  6.00
Bill of John S. Miller Marshal for two criminal cases and burning on[e] day  $4.50
Report of Treasurer to July 1st 1887 referred to Committee.
    The petitions of John Noland, J. B. Riddle & Ang Carlson to retail Liquors in said [town] was granted they having paid their one hundred Dollars cash into the Treasurer and filed their Bond which was approved by said Board and ordered the Recorder to issue license in accordance therewith.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford August 1st, 1887

    The Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular meeting of Said Board.
    Members present J. S. Howard Mayor, G. H Haskins and J. B. Riddle.
    Minutes of the last regular [meeting] read and approved.
    The Committee on Finance reported the report of the Treasurer of July 1st 1887 as correct which was placed on file.
    The Bills presented at the last regular meeting were reported as correct and recommended that they be allowed.
    The Bills were allowed and ordered that warrants be drawn on Treas.
    The Bill of H. Smith & Son was presented for lumber furnished Street Commissioner for the Sum of  $32.58
    Referred to Committee on Finance
    Ordered that Street Commissioner put in crossing on B Street south side of Seventh Street
    The Board adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford Sept 5 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular [meeting] members present J. S. Howard Mayor, G. H. Haskins & J. B. Riddle
    Minutes of the last regular meeting Read and approved.
    The Committee on Finance reported the Bill of H. Smith & Son as correct and recommended that it be allowed the Bill was allowed and ordered that a warrant be drawn on the Treasurer.
    The following Bills were presented and referred to Committee on Finance
    One in favor of J. N. Walter for lumber used on Streets for the Sum of  $27.45
    One in favor of Haskins & Webb for nails  $5.55
    Ordered that Street Commissioner put in crosswalk from the RR platform to intersect the one running from Riddle's House.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford Oct 3 1887

    At the regular meeting of the Board only 2 members present not being a quorum Board adjourned to Oct 6 1887.
    Oct 6 1887 Board met pursuant to adjournment members pres[ent] J. S. Howard Mayor , G. H. Haskins and J. B. Riddle.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read [and] approved.
    Committee on Finance reported the Bills presented at the last regular meeting as correct and recommended their passage.
    On Motion they were allowed and ordered warrant[s] drawn on the Treas. for the [illegible].
    The quarterly report of the Treasurer was presented and referred to Committee on Finance.
    The Bill of J. N. Walter for lumber furnished Street Commissioner for  $32.40
    Also Bill of Ed Worman for horse and cart to carry pauper to Poor House  $1
    Referred to committee.
    Petition of G. H. Baker and others was presented to build sidewalk on the west side of C Street from 7 to 5 [streets] granted and Ordinance drawn for the same which is duly recorded and J. S. Howard was appointed to establish grade and ordinance 47 was passed by all the members present voting [aye].
    A. Childers at his own request was relieved from further duty on the Board and D. H. Miller was elected to fill his place until the regular Election and took the oath of office.
    Our Ordinance No. 2 was amended in Section No. One and two to read Children under twenty-one instead of fifteen.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford November 7th 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular meeting of said Board present Mayor J. S. Howard, Geo. H. Haskins, David Miller, T. A. Harris and J. B. Riddle.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved. The Committee on Finance reported the Bills presented at the last regular meeting as correct and recommended that they be allowed which was allowed and ordered warrants on Treas. for the amounts.
    The Bill of J. Brandenburg for [wor]k done on cross walk by a order of Street Commissioner $3.75 ordered that an Ordinance be drawn to prevent holes or piles to be put or remain under any privy in any Block in said town but boxes shall be placed under them ordered that D. Miller assist in getting up the ordinance and that the Committee on Ways and Means ascertain the wishes of the people on Street lamps and report at the next meeting.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford Nov 15 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall pursuant to adjournment.
    Members present J. S. Howard, G. H. Haskins, T. A. Harris, J. B. Riddle & D. Miller.
    Minutes of the last regular [meeting] read and approved.
    Petition from the Board of Trade presented at the last regular meeting in relation to privies was considered Ordinance No. 47 in relation to the same was presented read a 3[rd] time and put upon its passage, all the members voting [aye] as their names were called the ordinance passed.
    The Bill of J. H. Brandenburg presented at the last meeting was allowed and ordered a warrant drawn on Treas.
    Petition of Walrad & others presented to build sidewalk on the west side of C Street south of 7 Street read and referred to Committee on Streets.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford Dec 5 1887

    Board of Trustees [met] at their Hall it being a regular [meeting] of said Board members present J. S. Howard, J. B. Riddle, D. H. Miller, T. A. Harris.
    Minutes of the last called meeting read and approved. The Committee on Streets asked further time to report on the petition of Walrad & others to build sidewalk on the west side of C Street south of 7 Street granted the following Bills were then presented and referred to committee
H. Smith & Son for lumber  $16.08
Adkins & Webb for nails  $10.60
J. A. Whiteside services as street com  $32.25
A. M. Woodford work on crosswalk  $3.00
    Petition of Whiteside & others to build sidewalk on C Street referred back to committee.
    Petition of W. H. Gore and others to build sidewalk from RR to School House taken up and ordered Street Com to build a walk from RR to intersect the old walk 2 feet wide and the west end to correspond with the other and ordered to do the work [illegible].
    Ordered that the Town of Medford join with the Board of Trade in the matter of the public park. D. H. Miller was appointed to confer with Mr. Beekman in regard to the purchase of [lot] No. 77 reported that Beekman would not sell at this time.
    Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford Dec 19th 1887

    Board of Trustees [met] at their Hall it being a called meeting, members present J. S. Howard Mayor, J. B. Riddle, T. A. Harris, G. H. Haskins, D. H. Miller.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved. The Committee on Finance reported the Bills presented at the last regular meeting as correct and recommended that they be allowed. The Bills were allowed as correct and ordered warrants drawn on the Treasurer.
    The petition of Walrad and others granted and Ordinance recorded to be drawn up. Petition of Whiteside and others to build sidewalk C Street ordinance No. 48 was read and passed for the same by all the members voting [aye] as their names were called. Petition and Ordinance No. 49 was then read and put upon its passage all the members voting [aye] as their names were called the ordinance passed. The committee appointed to confer with Mr. Beekman about Block No. [omission] to build park reported that Beekman would not sell. Committee discharged.
    Petition of Noland and others to repeat Ordinance No. 47 was presented and by unanimous vote rejected ordered that those persons living outside of Blocks No. 1--15--19--2--14--20--3--13--21--12 and 22 shall have until the first of March 1888 to construct and place boxes under the same.
    The Board then ordered an Election be held [in] the Recorder's office and that the Recorder give Notice thereof that the 3[rd] day of January 1888 be the time.
    They then appointed James Brandenburg, T. A. Harris & M. S. Damon as Judges and J. A. Whiteside & C. W. Skeel as Clerks.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo. S. Walton
    Recorder




Last revised September 16, 2010
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