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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Jackson County News: 1875


    Dr. Belt lately amputated the left arm of John Blattner, of Jackson County, above the elbow joint. A cancer had been formed on it and was so dangerous as to render amputation necessary.
    The quartz mill of Klippel, Beekman & Johnson, on their ledges on Rogue River, is now in working order and running constantly. Mr. Klippel, who arrived at Jacksonville from the ledge, informs the Times that they have 125 tons of quartz taken out already and that the mill is pounding it up at the rate of three tons per day.
    John Bilger, of Jacksonville, says the Times, has received from his brother, William Bilger, who is in San Francisco, another test of Galice Creek quartz. The result is obtained from fifty pounds of rock taken from the Yank ledge, and subjected to the milling process, which is a more thorough way in getting at the true value. The quartz was run through in lots of twenty-five pounds each, and the inferior quality brought $38 per ton, while the better assayed as high as $78. There is a presence of both gold and silver, as also copper, which the assayers say is a sign of good silver-bearing rock.
"Oregon News," Sacramento Daily Record-Union, March 2, 1875, page 1


    The Jacksonville Times, in giving the county court proceedings, says: "Road declared a public highway and road supervisors through which the road passes ordered to open the same and keep it in good repair." To which the Sentinel adds: "Them just be 'whopping' big supervisors and must have a good stomach if they can keep the road in good condition without 'spewing' her up."
    It is said that the English-American Company on Galice Creek are making all necessary arrangements toward pushing work forward rapidly, and that they are hiring about one hundred hands to make ditches, flumes &c., and do work generally in their gravel claims. Nicholas Thoss will superintend the work. He is also an owner in the Yank ledge and says that he has more confidence in it than ever.
    The Jacksonville Sentinel of last Saturday says: On Monday last an affray took place on Bear Creek near Deskins, and it appears that Mr. A. Humphrey, an old man, was seized by one Charles Parker and forcibly dragged some 30 or 40 yards to the creek very badly bruised and hurt. All this was done in the presence of several bystanders who, when appealed to by Mr. Humphrey for their aid and interference, did not stir a finger in his behalf. The cause for all this it seems was for words, such as "liar," between the parties. Mr. Humphrey is now at Dr. Danforth's hospital.
    The Jacksonville Sentinel says: Messrs. Wm. Bybee and John Bilger returned from Galice Creek last Sunday evening, where they have been attending to business in connection with their quartz leads--Mr. Bilger's on the Yank ledge, and Mr. Bybee's some two miles below. We understand that Mr. Bilger effected a consolidation of his and the river claim, and will commence taking out ore immediately, to have [it] worked in San Francisco. They intend running a cut across the ledge to see how it looks at a certain point. This we think is the inaugural step towards opening the Oregon bonanza, and the parties comprising this company have every confidence in the richness of the mines.
"Oregon," Morning Oregonian, Portland, July 20, 1875, page 1


    Mrs. W. C. M. [William Cortez Myers], Ashland: Your card containing the information relative to the authorship of "A Name in the Sands," is at hand. Miss Hannah F. Gould is duly credited with another gem in our memory. Please accept thanks for your kindness.
"Answers to Correspondents," The New Northwest, Portland, September 10, 1875, page 3





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