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Medford News: 1897

Medford-related news items from 1897. Also see descriptions of Medford and Jackson County for this year.



    In January, 1897, Rev. George N. Annes, having closed his pastorate at Ashland, accepted that at Medford. There were some 20 additions in 1897. His pastorate lasted about two years and a half, when he left for California.
Charles Hiram Mattoon, Baptist Annals of Oregon, vol. II, 1913, page 87


    INCORPORATED.--The Southern Oregon Fair Association, to hold a fair at Medford, was incorporated today at the state secretary's office, by A. S. Bliton, J. A. Whitman, I. L. Hamilton and J. W. Lawton.

Daily Capital Journal, Salem, January 11, 1897, page 4


    Judge Hanna has ordered the greater part of the Medford Distilling & Refining Company's property, which was disposed of at referee's sale, to be resold, on the ground that the price it was sold for was too low. The whisky, which went for 2 cents per gallon, is to be resold; also all of the real estate and appurtenances.

"State News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, January 12, 1897, page 3


    At the annual city election in Medford last week the following were the successful candidates: Mayor--G. H. Haskins. Trustees--Fort Hubbard, F. M. Plymale, J. R. Wilson, A. M. Woodford. Recorder--W. W. Stanfield. Treasurer--Chas. Strang. Marshal--William Churchman. The contest was a quiet one. The total vote was 334.
"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, January 18, 1897, page 3



    The name of the Western Hotel has been changed to Commercial, under its new management.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, January 29, 1897, page 7


    Work has been commenced on the racetrack at Medford's new fair grounds, and work on the buildings will be commenced as soon as material can be placed on the grounds.

"State News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, February 1, 1897, page 3


    The usual serenity of our little city was somewhat marred last Monday night about nine o'clock by a shooting affray in one of the saloons in Medford. The affair appears to have been more of an attempt to exhibit bravado spirit than to cause any serious consequences, as there was apparently little cause for the act. John Edwards and W. Eaton were in Court Hall's saloon and in some manner became involved in a dispute over some trifling matter, which ended in a rough and tumble fight. In the scuffle, Edwards drew a revolver and fired, the ball entering the fleshy part of Eaton's leg near the thigh. Immediately after the shooting, Edwards made his escape, going south. The wound which Eaton received is not serious, as he was on the streets the next morning, although the ball had not yet been removed. It is stated by those who witnessed the shooting that Edwards did not really intend to shoot Eaton, but to shoot the floor with the intention of frightening him, but this is only conjecture of which The Mail knows nothing. It is not known whether Edwards will be arrested and prosecuted or not, but he ought to be, and the authorities would serve well the community by seeing that [an] arrest is made and, if possible, a conviction secured. The man who carries a revolver is not safe in any community, but still more dangerous is the man who shoots, whether intent upon doing harm or only in jest. After the shooting Eaton was taken to Drs. Geary & Pickel's office, where the wound was dressed.
    With the glimmer of springtime, not far distant, is noticeable the accustomed each year improvements. Not the least of these is a new cut stone sidewalk which Dr. B. F. Adkins and merchant I. A. Webb are making ready to put down on Seventh Street. The stone, which are being gotten out by F. W. Wait, are now being placed on the scene of action. The pieces are about two feet square and from four to six inches thick and are to be laid in cement. They are very nicely cut and cannot fail to be the requisites of a good, substantial, "wear-resisting" walk. The walk will be placed in front of the building formerly occupied by Cranfill & Hutchison, I. A. Webb's furniture store and the Racket store. The enterprise exhibited is truly commendable, more particularly as it places on the retired list about seventy-five feet of brick walks--which walks have very few friends among pedestrians. The brick walks are all right when new, but they soon become worn and are very uneven and not a pleasant thing to walk upon.
    The second sale of the Medford Distilling and Refining Company's property, both personal and real, under order of Judge Hanna, took place last Saturday afternoon. The property sold for about $2000 more than was received for it at the first sale, although the liquor--or the greater portion of it, sold for two cents per gallon--the same price as was bid at the former sale. The distillery plant and building were bid in by B. P. Theiss for $3010--one thousand more than was bid before. Mr. Theiss also purchased all the whiskey excepting fifty-six barrels--C. W. Palm having purchased fifty-one barrels and Wm. Ulrich five barrels. The five-acre tract of land in Cottage addition was bid in by C. W. Palm for $132, and a six-acre tract in the Ish addition was sold to G. W. Bashford for $130.
    The residents on the east side of South C Street are extending to J. H. Boussum whole armsful of good will for his kindly offerings in removing from the sidewalks many impediments which came in the way of the pleasant morning stroll. Merchant Plymale has a cracking good walk, but he cannot find the time necessary for a proper grooming of certain portions of it, but we do not presume that white caps will await upon him because of this; neither will there be any gun plays--because the neighbors and Mr. Plymale are all too good-natured for this, but unless he proceeds to groom at more regular intervals, some farmer will homestead that walk and will have it planted in sugar beets one of these bright mornings.
    Owings & Dutcher received their billiard and pool tables from the East last week, and on Monday last they were placed in position and the new billiard hall opened for business. Besides these tables they have put in a stock of candies, cigars and tobacco, which will be handled in connection with the business. They have fitted up their room in good shape, and if the place is conducted on the principles which they commenced, it will doubtless receive its patronage from the lovers of this pastime.
    That new cement walk around Hotel Nash is decidedly all right--all the same Chicago, all the same Greater New York--all the same Medford, the metropolis of Southern Oregon. But there is no josh regarding that work being all right and all us Medford people, as an expression of appreciation of Capt. Nash's enterprise, should doff our "tiles" to the gentleman--and hunt for occasions to do it--and also to Adam Clinedienst and Theo. Dunn, whose hands are molding this splendid piece of work.
    Miss Eva Wilson, who has been for a long time in charge of the Postal Telegraph office in Medford, left Thursday evening for Portland, where she will remain indefinitely. She has been in very poor health for several weeks but is now improved. She was accompanied by Mrs. J. H. Bellinger, who will remain in Portland for some time and will take a course of instructions in dressmaking, after which she (Mrs. Bellinger) will return to Medford and open dressmaking parlors in this city.
    Last Friday catalogued another business change in Medford, E. P. Orser, of this place, having purchased an interest in Williams Bros.' livery stable, and the business will hereafter be conducted under the firm name of Williams & Orser. Since Mr. Orser has been a resident of Medford he has proven himself to be an honest and upright gentleman, and The Mail feels justified in saying that any confidence reposed in Mr. Orser will not be misplaced--and the same can be said of Mr. Williams.
    On Friday evening, February 12th, D. C. Herrin, grand lecturer of the A.O.U.W. of Oregon, will deliver a free lecture upon the benefits of this order--at the opera house. A musical and literary program is being prepared for the occasion in addition to this lecture. Everybody is invited to attend. Mr. Herrin is said to be a fine speaker. He was formerly a photographer in this city.
    Judge Crawford, of Grants Pass, was attacked by footpads on his way home one night last week. He was struck with some heavy instrument but jumped away, avoiding the full force of the blow, and escaped. Several such occurrences have been reported at that place recently.
    Wm. Stockman, of Brownsboro, has taken a position as one of the chief persuaders on Bellinger & Hill's dray line. He is a brother-in-law of Joe Hill and is now at work learning the tricks that are peculiar to the two main guys of this popular line.
    Liveryman I. A. Mounce is quite seriously ill at his home on North C Street. Mrs. Mounce is also quite ill. In the family's double affliction much sympathy is being expressed by the entire community. Dr. Geary is attending them.
    The Medford flour mill, which has been closed down for the past month, is again in operation--work having been resumed last Monday. The mill will be run as long as the supply of wheat will permit.
    Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Morey are the happy parents to a new girl baby which arrived at their South C Street home on Sunday last. Everybody [is] getting along nicely, and the new ray of sunshine is hailed with much joy.
    Miss Daisy Stanfield is assisting her father, Recorder W. W. Stanfield, as copyist in the city recorder's office. Miss Stanfield is a good copyist, and the books will surely be kept in a neat manner.
    Elsewhere in this paper will be found the dissolution of partnership notice of York & Jones, the real estate and insurance brokers. They will both continue in business in this city.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, February 5, 1897, page 7


    J. W. Lawton of Medford has made an assignment in favor of his creditors. Liabilities, $2,900; assets $4,200.
    A large number of farmers were in attendance at a mass meeting at Medford, called for the purpose of making arrangements for testing the sugar beet proposition in Jackson County. 75 farmers have consented to experiment with half an acre or more of beets. Merchants subscribed sufficient money to purchase the required seed.
"State News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, February 9, 1897, page 3


    It will be with a feeling of deep regret that the friends of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Priddy will learn of their sad misfortune in the death of their little fourteen-months-old child, which occurred last Tuesday, of inflammation of the lungs. The funeral was held Wednesday, from the Baptist Church, Rev. J. Merley conducting the services, after which interment was made in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Priddy have the heartfelt sympathy of the whole community in the sad affliction visited upon them. Particularly is this a sad case because it is the fourth child which they have lost, leaving none living. Their oldest child died at the age of eighteen months.
    Attorney W. H. Parker, who has been assisting County Clerk Jackson in the clerk's office in Jacksonville for the past six months, has returned to Medford and has resumed his law practice. His office at this place has been temporarily closed, but hereafter he will be found at his former place of business in the Hamlin Block.
    Last Thursday Frank Bellinger, who has been suffering with a severe case of appendicitis and was in a precarious condition, submitted to an operation, and so successful was it that he is now thought to be out of danger. The operation was performed by Drs. Geary & Pickel, and considering the advanced stage of the disease the success which attained it is very gratifying to these gentlemen and is the occasion of much rejoicing by Frank's relatives and many friends.
    Section Foreman Kelley has his crew at work this week clearing the mud away from the street crossing south of the depot and raising and ballasting the sidetrack--all of which is an improvement. Now if Joe will hitch his little army of sturdy laborers to the gable end of that depot and jerk it out of the street, and so disable it as to compel the S.P. folks to build a new and larger one, we Medford people will see to it that he is made king of this whole domain.
    We call our readers' attention to two new ads this week--J. G. Van Dyke & Co. and A. C. Tayler, the foot fitter. The former firm is talking very positively and plainly about their dollar-a-pair shoe--you could not avoid seeing their ad if you desired to. A. C. Tayler has just returned from a visit to England and while absent made a close study of the "latest in shoes," and is going to give the people of Jackson County the benefit of his newly acquired knowledge.
    F. W. Wait is engaged this week in putting in a cut stone crossing from Mr. Haskins' drug store across Seventh Street to Messrs. Cranfill & Hutchinson's store. The walk is being put in by private subscription, but for a' that it's going to be a big accommodation to others than those who subscribed.
    Married--At the residence of the bride's uncle, Samuel McGee, Sunday, Feb. 7, 1897, by Rev. J. Merley, Miss Dorthia Crosby and Edgar Hollenbeak, both of Table Rock precinct. The Mail extends its congratulations and best wishes for the young couple's prosperity and happiness.
    Boyden & Nicholson have been doing a good bit of repairing and changing around at their hardware store this week. They have been double-decking a part of the storeroom and sectionizing the same into departments--all same big department stores--New York, Chicago, Medford.
    Rev. G. N. Annes is very much pleased with the reception given him by his new congregation at Medford, and hopes for a successful pastorate there. His health has been poor since leaving Roseburg, and Mrs. Annes is only recovering from a painful illness.--Roseburg Review.
   
Mrs. A. N. Woody, of this city, is in receipt of information announcing the death of her mother, Mrs. Matilda Jarnagin, who died at Monroe, Iowa, on January 25, 1897, aged seventy-four years. She was the mother of seven children, all of whom survive her.
    Commercial travelers from the south tell us that our good friend, H. L. Gilkey, is getting on finely as a hardware drummer. They say he is getting into great favor among his fellow travelers and is well liked among the merchants.
    Theodore Huller, the tailor who has been employed in Al Reynolds' tailoring establishing for the past year, will open a tailoring business in Jacksonville next week. He is a first-class workman and will doubtless do a good business.
    M. S. Damon is making ready for the erection of a residence on his orchard home, on South A Street. When he shall have completed the structure he will move thereto from his South C Street property, which latter he has disposed of.
    The Monitor-Miner, of this place, has been organized into a stock company with a capital stock of $1200. The shares are $10 each. Dr. Kirchgessner, E. E. Phipps and G. R. Lindley are the incorporators.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, February 12, 1897, page 7


    Waldroop & Karnes have had their Crater moved to the vacant lots on the corner of C and Seventh Street and are now open for business. Dan rather reckoned without his host in sending his Crater down Main Street at the appointed time as they found, when they attempted to haul the building, that it weighed a few thousand tons more than it looked. However, when they got that big dray team of Bellinger & Hill's attached to the front extremity there was nothing to be done but either go or something "bust," and it didn't "bust"--but just sort o' went.

"News of the City," Medford Mail, February 19, 1897, page 7


Says She Was Swindled.
    The following telegram from Los Angeles, Cal. appeared in the daily papers of date February 13:
    Mrs. Harriet B. Stanley has sworn to a complaint charging E. V. Smith with having obtained money under false pretenses. According to the complainant, Smith, who is twenty-five years of age, called at her residence, ingratiated himself into her confidence, and she loaned him $300 on the representation that he was going into the lumber business. Later he began making love to her, although she is sixty years of age. He also introduced to her a woman he said was his sister. He claimed that he had purchased a cottage for $3,500, on which $700 remained due, and this was intended for her. Mrs. Stanley advanced the money and allowed him to destroy his note for $300, whereupon he and his alleged sister, who Mrs. Stanley claims was his wife, left for Chicago. They have returned, and a warrant has been issued for Smith's arrest.
    Mrs. Stanley was formerly a resident of Medford, where she still owns considerable property.

Medford Mail,
February 19, 1897, page 7


    The Medford brewery and ice works was purchased today by E. Merz, of Portland. This plant has been operated for the last three years by G. W. Bashford, who purchased it at receiver's sale. It is the only brewing and ice plant south of Albany, and has a large territory to draw from. It contains the latest improved machinery, and is valued at $15,000.

"State News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, February 26, 1897, page 2


    The Medford Brewing Company . . . incorporated today. The principal place of business is given as Medford, but the well-known signatures of Henry Weinhard, Paul Wessinger and Elias Merz are affixed to the articles, indicating that it is merely a branch of a Portland house.

"Incorporated," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, March 3, 1897, page 4


MEDFORD MURDER MYSTERY.
Son of a San Jose Couple Arrested for the Alleged Killing of a Trapper.
    MEDFORD, Or., March 22.--The coroner's inquest over the body of Gustav A. Hall, the trapper found dead near his cabin at Elk Creek, has resulted in the arrest of Lee Parsons, a young man living in that locality, on the charge of murder.
    Parsons is about 20 years old, and lived with his uncle a few miles from the scene of the shooting. He had visited Hall the day the latter was supposed to have been shot, and had taken dinner with him.
    It is supposed--and the supposition is supported by circumstantial evidence--that after eating dinner the two started out to set some traps, as Hall had a number of traps by him when found.
    Two tracks were found, as though the men had walked side by side until near the scene of the shooting. There the tracks indicated that Hall had gone ahead about fifty feet, when he was shot in the back of the head. One track was then traced back to the cabin, and thence to the Lewis farm. The boots that Parson claimed to have worn that day fit these tracks.
    Parsons is well known here. His parents lived in this city for a number of years, but moved to San Jose, Cal. three years ago, leaving him here with his uncle. No cause other than robbery can be ascribed to the shooting, and it is claimed Parsons knew that there was money in Hall's cabin. A thorough search failed to disclose anything of value in the cabin, but it was plain that the place had been entered and rifled after the shooting.

The San Francisco Call, March 23, 1897, page 4


    Farmers had a meeting at Medford Saturday in the interests of sugar beet culture, and about 100 pounds of seed was distributed for tests.

"State News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, March 23, 1897, page 2


    There is a movement on foot to build a cannery to can fish, fruit, clams, etc., at Medford.

"State News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, March 29, 1897, page 3


    Arvil Perdue of Medford, Oregon was arrested Saturday for stealing five hogs. He was sent to jail pending trial.

"State News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, April 5, 1897, page 2


    About seventy-five Jackson County, Or., farmers have agreed to put out a quarter of an acre each for the purpose of ascertaining the amount of beets the soil in that vicinity will produce, and also the amount of sugar the beets contain. Merchants of Medford have subscribed a sufficient amount to procure the necessary seed for making the test, so that the farmers will only be out the use of the land. If the test is favorable there are those who stand ready to put in a factory of a sufficient capacity to use all the beets that can be produced in the valley.
"News of the World," Ukiah Republican Press, California, April 9, 1897, page 2


    Frank Anderson, of Medford, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for burglary near Woodville, Oregon.

"State News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, April 10, 1897, page 3


    The Sardine Creek Hydraulic Mining Co., of Denver, Colo., has incorporated a branch at Medford.

"State News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, April 13, 1897, page 4


    Hotel Nash, Medford, is being renovated in first-class condition.
    A. C. Smith has purchased the Montague candy business at Medford.

"Jackson County," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, April 19, 1897, page 3


YOUNG PARSONS ACQUITTED.
Tried at Medford, Or., for the Murder of a Trapper.
    SAN JOSE, Cal., April 21.--John W. Parsons of this city today received a telegram from the authorities of Medford, Or. announcing that his son, Lee Parsons, had been acquitted of the charge of murdering Gustav A. Hall, a trapper, near that place.
    Young Parsons, who formerly resided in this city with his parents in the Richmond Building, on Second Street, and who is about 21 years of age, was arrested on the charge of murder on March 21.
    At the coroner's inquest which was held upon the dead man it was claimed that Parsons had visited him on the day he was supposed to have been shot, and that the tracks leading to the woods where the dead body had been found corresponded to his. Robbery was alleged to have been the cause of the crime. Parsons was arrested and held for trial. His friends in this city could not believe that the young man, who bore an excellent reputation, had been guilty of such a crime, and the telegram announcing his acquittal was warmly received. No particulars of the trial were given.

The San Francisco Call, April 22, 1897, page 3


    Olson Bros. are making arrangements to establish a planing mill in this city in a short time. It will be supplied with all necessary machinery for doing all kinds of work in this line. A turning lathe will also be put in. Medford is at present without a planing mill, and the contractors will doubtless be pleased to learn that those people have decided to locate here.
    C. O. Damon, formerly of Medford, is now in San Francisco, where he has secured a good paying position as bill poster. He expects to soon send for his family, which is now at Elkton, this state. F. M. Damon is also down that way. He has a position as telegraph operator at Oroville but is now taking a vacation on his wheel through all Southern California.

"A Grist of Local Haps and Mishaps," Medford Mail, April 23, 1897, page 7


    Messrs. Boyden & Nicholson, the hardware men, have leased the Adkins brick salesroom formerly occupied by Cranfill & Hutchison, and are now moving their stock thereto. The new building will give them more room and will be a much pleasanter place in which to do business. The room has been overhauled and fitted to suit the line of goods they handle. These gentlemen are building up a good business, which fact is the whyforeness of the necessity of increased space. They have a new ad in today's Mail.

"A Grist of Local Haps and Mishaps," Medford Mail, April 30, 1897, page 7


    The Monitor Miner, of Medford, is now published by a stock company under the same management as before. The company have liquidated all obligations of the old plant.

"State News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, May 8, 1897, page 3


    Rev. Eli Fisher, of Medford, has turned loose eight Chinese pheasants, one cock and seven hens, near Phoenix.
    At a meeting of the directors of the Southern Oregon district fair, in Central Point, it was decided to hold the district fair next fall at the new fair grounds near Medford, instead of at Central Point, where it has been held in the past. Medford is asked to raise $500 to meet deficiencies, should there be any, and this amount has been guaranteed.
"State News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, May 14, 1897, page 3


    A. S. Bliton has become sole manager of the Medford Mail, one of the best newspaper properties in Southern Oregon. Mr. Bliton is a high-grade business rustler.

"About Newspaper Men," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, May 18, 1897, page 2


    Alexander Stewart died at the home of his daughter-in-law, about three miles east of Medford, Wednesday, May 12, aged 88 years and 10 months.

"State News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, May 18, 1897, page 2


    Medford Miner: There are armies of gypsies and armies of the unemployed and armies of tramps, but the first army of worms has made its appearance in Medford at the property of H. Hollingsworth. They are similar to the southern tobacco worm and are in the thousands, coming, seemingly, from the northwest. It is not known how prevalent they may become, but their appearance should be watched and steps taken to destroy them.
"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, May 27, 1897, page 3


OUR BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE
BRIEFLY MENTIONED.

DEUEL & STEVENS.
GENERAL DRY GOODS.
    In every city, we believe, the dry goods business has the distinction of ranking first in position in mercantile affairs,as the goods handled are staples, supplying numberless articles of use and universally necessary. Of the houses engaged in this line of business in Medford, we assert with confidence, from general report, that none occupies a more prominent position with reference to the amount of stock carried, extent of business transacted, convenience and commodiousness of promises occupied than Messrs. Deuel & Stevens, and none are superior to them in the high standard of commercial honor upon which their operations are based. In addition to their extensive stock of dry goods, they handle boots, shoes, wallpaper and window shades, clothing, hats, caps, ladies' and gents' furnishings. They carry one of the largest and most complete lines of carpets in all the latest designs and shades.
    Their shoe department is exceptionally well selected.
    Messrs. Deuel & Stevens' great success has been made by uniform courtesy and genial treatment of visitors and customers. Medford has reason to feel proud in the possession of such a house.
THE NEW HOTEL NASH.
I. L. HAMILTON, PROPRIETOR.
    This hostelry is owned and partly managed by Mr. I. L. Hamilton, who is a genial and clever gentleman. A good hotel is a haven of rest to weary travelers. It is the temporary home of the many, and where comfort is found, good fares served, courteous and polite attention given, it is often with reluctance that the visitor or business man leaves it. Too much praise can not be bestowed on the people who know how to keep a hotel. Our host of the "Hotel Nash" answers this description, and is a successful hotel keeper, as is asserted by the numerous patrons he accommodates. Bountiful fare is provided, the rooms are comfortable, airy and cleanly kept, and in all its appointments "The Nash" is strictly first class.
C. W. PALM.
REAL ESTATE BROKER.
    Among the various commercial and mercantile industries that assist in making Medford the hub or center of Jackson County, there is none of more importance to the general community than the real estate business. It is a business requiring energy, industry and sound principles. One of the most successful agencies in this city is that of Mr. C. W. Palm, whose eminent fitness for its several branches has gained for him an extensive business. The buying and selling of real estate and the loaning of money are among the main characteristics of this business. As a gentleman, he is accorded a high position in commercial circles and is a pleasant man with whom to establish business relations. He has several very desirable tracts in quantities to suit the purchaser, ranging from $3.00 per acre up. It is safe to say that no such information regarding real estate of the Rogue River Valley generally, and Medford especially, can be obtained equal to that in Mr. Palm's office.
C. W. WOLTERS.
STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES.
    As a representative of our reliable and prosperous mercantile establishments, the grocery house of C. W. Wolters calls for special recognition among the substantial and enterprising institutions of Medford, occupying a spacious salesroom in which is displayed a full and carefully selected assortment of choice groceries, both staple and fancy, green and dried fruits, teas, coffees, spices, sugars and a full line of tobaccos and confectionery. He also handles crockery and glassware very extensively.
    Mr. Wolters has secured a large and lucrative trade, his patrons readily appreciating the advantages of dealing with a house whose representative may always be relied upon and whose efforts are directed to securing the best at the most reasonable prices.
TAYLER, THE FOOT FITTER,
Started in the retail and custom boot and shoe business in the fall of 1891, and has had a steady patronage ever since. He makes a specialty of only handling solid, reliable footwear made by the best shoemakers that this up-to-date country affords. Being a practical shoemaker, he only buys the best boots and shoes at the lowest prices, the result of which is that he has made many solid customers from the surrounding towns. Having also learned the last-making business in London, it fully qualifies him to choose boots and shoes made on foot-fitting principles. If shoes were properly fitted, corns and bunions would be unknown. Having had several years experience with Streeters Bros. of Chicago, one of the largest retail boot and shoe houses in the world, justly celebrated for handling foot-fitting boots and shoes, gives him an inside knowledge which would be hard to get in any other way, of the manufacturers who are making the best shoes at the lowest cost. Hence he is able to give to the public the benefits of his experience, which means a good shoe at the price of a shoddy one. Owning his own place of business and no partner to divide the profits with, he is able to compete with all comers.
I. A. WEBB.
FURNITURE AND CARPET.
    In giving sketches of the representative business firms of Medford in connection with the resources of the county, it gives us great pleasure to represent the house heading this sketch, which, from the magnitude of its transactions as well as the superiority of the goods carried, has attracted much trade to this city. His stock embraces furniture, carpets, window shades, house furnishing goods and wallpaper, and particular attention is given to upholstering and repairing. Those who desire superior goods at low prices will further their interests by calling upon Mr. I. A. Webb.
CRANFILL & HUTCHISON.
GENERAL MERCHANDISE.
    As an evidence of what enterprise and close application to business will accomplish, we have only to point to the establishment of Messrs. Cranfill & Hutchison. Their close connections with the manufacturers of the East and their ample capital, enabling them to buy directly from the first hands and import their own goods cheaply, is a sure evidence of their intention to provide as well for their patrons in the future as they have done in the past. They carry a general stock, embracing all the latest varieties and grades of dry goods, boots and shoes, staple and fancy groceries and notions in endless variety. We are quite sure their prices will please all patrons.
MRS. C. W. PALM.
MILLINERY.
    Among the handsome stores of Medford, one of the most complete is that conducted by Mrs. Palm. From its foundation it took a leading position among similar establishments, and now ranks as the largest in Jackson County. The store is elegantly fitted up for the tasteful display of her large stock, which embraces a complete line of millinery, straw and fancy goods, feathers, flowers, laces, veiling, ornaments, trimmed hats, etc., and in fact everything usually called for in a first-class millinery store. An experienced corps of assistants is employed who are all first-class, and no work leaves the establishment but such as has been carefully inspected and pronounced perfect and becoming. Mrs. Palm is a practical lady in this branch of business and feels great pride in seeing her patrons presenting on the street the most fashionable appearance.
MEDFORD ROLLER MILLS.
A. A. DAVIS, PROPRIETOR.
    In referring to various enterprises that are represented in this city, the Medford Roller Mills are worthy of extended notice. The mills are fully equipped with all the latest and most approved machinery for the manufacture of the full high-grade roller process flour. Their location enables them to obtain choice selected wheat such as is essential to produce a superior grade of flour that these mills have an established reputation for making.
    They also manufacture graham flour, corn meal and feed of all kinds. They have a large city trade, as well as outside, from those parties who deal in a superior grade of flour. To those who live abroad and who have not used this mill's product, we can safely commend it as being far superior to most flour, and surpassed by none for quality and whiteness.
B. N. BUTLER.
WATCHMAKER.
    There are few industries in Medford that require higher skill or more refined taste than the jewelry business. The eminent success which has attended Mr. B. N. Butler is a sufficient evidence of his thorough adaptation to its requirements. By his excellent work in the way of repairing and by fair dealing with all patrons, he has obtained the reputation of being the best in the city. Special attention is devoted to cleaning and repairing fine watches. Those doing business with Mr. Butler may be assured of such treatment as is [in] accord with a just and liberal policy.
J. BEEK & CO.
HARDWARE, IRON AND STEEL.
    The house under review was established some years ago and has attained a substantial footing in the trade and a lucrative patronage. The premises occupied are spacious and well appointed, being stocked with a full line of foreign and domestic hardware, iron and steel stoves and tinware, cutlery, fishing tackle, guns and ammunition, paints, oils and miners' supplies of all kinds. Everything in this line will be found in this establishment from the leading manufacturers and furnished to the trade at the most reasonable and considerate prices. The gentlemanly proprietors are throughly experienced in the business, and their keen perception of the wants of the trade need no higher praise than the success they have already achieved.
MEDFORD BREWING COMPANY.
PURE DISTILLED WATER ICE.
    Lager seems to have been from the earliest antiquity the alcoholic beverage that assimilates to the hygienic necessities of man, but when beer was first manufactured is wrapped in the clear chronology of the past. The beer manufactured by the Medford Brewing Company is considered in every way equal to any on the coast and is regarded with great favor by those best competent to judge, and dealers will do well to give this product a trial, being assured their customers will appreciate a beverage highly prized by all who have given it a test.
    Messrs. Weinhard & Merz, the proprietors, have but recently taken possession of this plant, and we take pleasure in recommending this firm to any and all dealers.
J. W. MARKSBURY.
GENERAL MERCHANDISE.
    In nearly every city there exist stores, which from the magnitude and variety of the stock carried, as well as the superior class of goods and the low prices they are known to quote, makes them subjects of public comment and notice.
    Such is the case with the store of J. W. Marksbury. He deals in general merchandise of all kinds, such as dry goods, ladies' and gents' furnishing goods, boots and shoes, groceries, provisions, tobaccos and cigars. Everything is arranged in the most inviting manner, and it is with full confidence that we commend it to the favorable notice of all who read this sketch.
C. C. PLETCHER, D.D.S.
OFFICE IN McANDREWS BLOCK.
    Dr. Pletcher graduated from Indiana Dental College, and about three years ago he chose as his field of work Medford, where he has been successful in building up a good dental practice,with what success his host of patients both in the city and throughout the county give abundant evidence. All that skill and painstaking care, assisted by the best modern appliances, do in the dental art, is at the command of his patients.
    Dr. Pletcher will take his summer vacation about the last of June, to be gone for a few months, and we would suggest that any needing his advice would consult with him before that time. All that we can say, in conclusion, is that everything undertaken by him will be carried out on fair business principles satisfactorily to all concerned.
H. C. MACKEY.
THE LEADING PHOTOGRAPHER.
    The fidelity with which portraits are drawn by that great artist "Sol," when he is under proper control of the photographer, is truly wonderful. By continued experiments, and close and patient observation, success has been justly earned by those who have given the art their time and thought and have patiently awaited the consummation of their hopes.
    Mr. Mackey may truly be called a progressive photographer. All work leaving his establishment is strictly first-class. He has only been in the business in this city two years, but during that time, through his genial manner and courteous treatment to all patrons, his success has been phenomenal.
W. H. SIMMONS.
NEW AND SECOND HAND GOODS.
    The business history of Medford would not properly represent the enterprises of the city without some reference to the business conducted by Mr. W. H. Simmons.
    Mr. Simmons does an extensive business in new and second hand goods, furniture, crockery and glassware, pianos, organs and all kinds of musical instruments. He pays the highest market price for household goods of all description. He is a gentleman who is well known for his integrity and honorable conduct of business. We would commend our readers who may be desirous of anything in this line to call on or correspond with Mr. W. H. Simmons, and we are sure that they will be fully satisfied with quality, prices and treatment.
F. P. SMITH.
GROCERIES AND PROVISIONS.
    Of the general business of Medford a grocery business forms a very important part. Many enterprising houses are engaged in it. Among these we are pleased to mention, for the benefit of our readers both in and out of the city, the houses of Mr. F. P. Smith, who has recently purchased the store opposite Williams' Livery.
    He conducts one of the neatest stores in the city, which is fully supplied with a well-assorted stock of first-class staple and fancy groceries, provisions, dried and green fruits, tobacco and cigars. Mr. Smith is a close buyer and is satisfied with a small margin.
J. MORRIS.
THE YANKEE TRADER'S SECOND HAND STORE.
    In every city there are individual examples of men whose connection with its business pursuits, whose prominence in all matters of public enterprise, whose record for unflinching integrity, undaunted energy and untiring industry, makes them objects of special note, not alone in their homes, but wherever exalted commercial reputation is recognized and respected. The subject of this sketch is one of the above referred to. Mr. J. Morris is truly the "Yankee Trader." He makes a specialty of trading Southern Oregon lands for eastern property. He also buys and sells wagons, buggies, carts and harness, furniture, stoves, tinware, crockery and glassware. In fact anything under the sun of any value. The business enterprise which has marked the career of this gentleman is worthy of imitation.
MITCHELL, LEWIS & STAVER CO.
AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS.
    The length of time this establishment has been in Medford makes a proper subject of a few remarks in the business history of the city. They are probably one of the oldest firms in their line on the Pacific coast. They are importers and dealers in agricultural and farming machinery, portable and stationary engines, buggies, carriages, spring and farm wagons, harvesters and binders, mowers, hay rakes, seeders, plows, harrows, etc., and are sole agents in Oregon, Washington and Idaho for the celebrated Mitchell wagons. The trade of the company extends over the entire Northwest. We feel sure that small dealers and farmers will be benefited by opening up correspondence and business relations with this house.
A. J. McLEOD.
INSURANCE AND COLLECTIONS.
    In a paper circulating largely outside of the city and designed to call attention to Medford as a commercial center, we take great pleasure in giving a brief sketch of this well-known and popular agency.
    Mr. McLeod does a general fire insurance and collecting business, representing some of the best companies in the United States, and in fact, in the world. The Lion of London being one of the largest fire companies in existence. The Home of New York is a sound, staunch, reliable company, one of the best, and does a very large business in the United States. He also represents the Queen of New York and the St. Paul of St. Paul, both thoroughly reliable companies.
    Mr. McLeod, since his beginning in this business, has characterized all his transactions by honesty and fair dealing, and with a business policy [omission] has built up a large and lucrative trade.
    Non-residents having interests in Medford or vicinity should open a correspondence with him, which will be promptly answered and will prove both profitable and advantageous. Aside from his insurance business he makes collections promptly. His charges are light, and his methods are admirable for the competent and reliable management of important and responsible matters of that kind.
COMMERCIAL HOTEL.
J. W. MARKSBURY, PROPRIETOR.
    In a review of the city as a commercial center, there is perhaps no line of business more appropriate for special attention or affording more interest to those who visit the city than the accommodation of the public. The Commercial Hotel is a large building furnished with all modern conveniences, and special attention is given to commercial travelers. Their table is spread with the best the market affords. There is also a feed stable and wagon yard in connection, and the proprietor is ever ready to give all guests the best of treatment.
SOUTHERN OREGON PORK PACKING COMPANY.
    The great cry of the average man is for good meat and plenty of it (together with bread and butter ad libidum). This has led the Southern Oregon Pork Packing Co. to try to meet the demand by buying [all the] cattle they can get--that is, where they can get well-fatted stock that will produce juicy and tender meat. They deal extensively in beef, pork, mutton, veal and sausages of all kinds. They enjoy every improved facility for providing their entire trade in a prompt, neat and attractive manner, with all kinds of meat from the best stock to be found and at prices fair and reasonable.
JOHN SCHNEIDER.
RED FRONT BEER HALL.
    Among the many resorts of this city there is none that is better known than that owned by Mr. John Schneider. The main saloon is a large spacious room with modern fixtures, and in the rear is arranged private and club rooms. He handles exclusively famous Medford beer and soft drinks. He also serves lunches of all kinds. His place is orderly and well conducted and is enjoying a large patronage.
F. M. WILSON.
BAKERY AND CONFECTIONERY.
    As one of the important factors both of the manufacturing interests and of the wholesale and retail trade of the city, this enterprise takes a leading position. He manufactures all kinds and varieties of fancy biscuits, crackers, bread, ice cream and ornamental wedding cakes. He uses choice selected flour such as is adapted to his especial wants. The trade of this house is annually increasing, and he is in every respect capable of furnishing goods of the finest quality and making prices as advantageous to the trade as any other house of like nature.
"THE CRATER."
WALDROOP & KARNES, PROP'S.
    In the completion of a work of this character, every business that evinces in its conduct genuine enterprise and energy is entitled to due consideration.
    "The Crater," as it is familiarly known, handles all of the substantials and delicacies of the market. Choice fruits and confectionery, cigars and tobacco, ice cream and soda with pure fruit flavors are served in an appetizing and tasty manner. Everything about the establishment will be found first class.
    We can recommend "The Crater" to all who visit Medford. The gentlemanly proprietors take good care of their patrons and allow none to leave dissatisfied.
BOYDEN & NICHOLSON.
HARDWARE, TINWARE, STOVES.
    As an important feature in the growth and general progress of the city, the hardware trade has played no insignificant part as can be illustrated by the above house. They carry an extensive and complete stock of hardware, tinware, stoves, window glass, edged tools and cutlery, and give special attention to plumbing. They conduct business upon a fair and honorable basis, and all goods are warranted just as represented.
JACKSON COUNTY BANK.
GENERAL BANKING.
    The most reliable financial institution in the county is the Jackson County Bank, with a capital stock of $50,000. They do a general banking business, issue letters of credit on all eastern and European cities and making collections on favorable terms at all points. The officers are Wm. I. Vawter, President; B. F. Adkins, Vice President and J. E. Enyart, Cashier.
THE FAIR STORE.
J. MERLEY--NOTION DEPARTMENT.
    We desire to make mention of an enterprise which is of importance to the people both in and out of the city. The notion department of the "Fair Store" is owned by Mr. J. Merley, who carries a well-selected stock of ladies' and gents' furnishing goods and notions of all descriptions. At all times the stock is full and complete. His prices are as reasonable as can be found in any establishment of this nature. His dealings with the general public is straightforward and reliable in every particular.
J. H. MILLER--SHOE DEPARTMENT.
    This department of the "Fair Store" is owned [by] and under the able management of Mr. J. H. Miller. His stock embraces all the latest novelties in ladies' and gents' fine shoes and of all the prevailing shades and colors. The business standing and general reputation of the house, as well as the liberal manner of dealing, is a subject of the most favorable comment.
CHAS. STRANG.
DRUGS AND CHEMICALS.

    Another enterprising establishment in the drug line is that of Mr. Chas. Strang, who carries a well-assorted stock of drugs of all descriptions, pure and unadulterated chemicals, proprietary medicines, perfumeries, trusses, rubber goods, and almost an unlimited assortment of toilet and fancy articles.
    The most watchful care is exercised under all circumstances, and particular attention is paid to compounding prescriptions. We cheerfully recommend this house to the public.
A. V. REYNOLDS.
MERCHANT TAILOR.
    It is with pleasure that we call the attention of the public to the well-conducted and the stylish establishment of the above. From the superiority of his work and polite attention shown to patrons has enabled him to work himself up to one of the leading tailors in the county. His work is strictly first-class and satisfaction is guaranteed.
J. H. WHITMAN.
A WORD ABOUT LAND TITLES.

    Comparatively few people know what constitutes a perfect title to real estate, and very frequently persons invest their money in lands without knowing anything about the actual condition of the title. It is not the purpose of this article to explain what constitutes a good title; that is a question for lawyers to determine. But we wish simply to direct attention to a few simple but very important matters which are generally overlooked by people when buying and selling land or lending money on real estate security. Many persons buy and sell land in about the same offhand manner that they would buy and sell hay or horses. Everybody knows that deeds and mortgages have to be recorded, but few seem to realize that the record is really what determines the validity of the title. For example, the deed held may have been drawn by the most skillful lawyer and made perfect in every particular, but if it is not properly recorded your title is defective until the record is corrected. Perhaps there may have been a mortgage against the land and you may know that it has been paid and satisfied long ago, but unless the record shows a proper cancellation your title to the land is imperfect. Property often changes hands through the medium of sheriffs and administrators, and unless the record shows clearly that all such transfers were in all respects legal and regular the title is defective and must be perfected.
    If all who buy land or invest in mortgages would insist on a complete abstract every time, the cost would be very trifling and it would often avoid trouble and expense in the future. Mr. Whitman will furnish correct abstracts of all lands in Jackson County at reasonable rates. His office is in the rear of Jackson County Bank.
W. H. MEEKER & CO.
GENERAL MERCHANDISE.
    This establishment, which ranks among the leading houses of Medford, is one of the largest in the city. To their superior skill, able management and untiring industry is due the success which they have attained. They carry a large and varied stock of both foreign and domestic dry goods, clothing in all the latest designs, ladies' and gents' furnishing goods in endless varieties, notions and all novelties in the market. The customers of this well-known house comprise many of our best citizens, who testify to the popularity of the house. The business standing and general reputation of the house, as well as the liberal manner in which the business is conducted is a subject of most favorable comment; while, in view of its facilities and the long experience of its proprietors, it is not much to say that those forming business relations with it will secure and advance their best interests.
WILLIAMS BROS.
LIVERY AND SALES STABLES.
    One of the best appointed livery, feed and sales stables in Jackson County is that conducted by Williams Bros. Their stables are well supplied with fine buggies, carriages, hacks, horses and turnouts of every description, and gives particular care and attention to boarding horses.
    Messrs. Williams Bros. are prepared to furnish hacks or rigs night or day, upon the shortest notice, and their prices are most reasonable. Personally, nothing need be said concerning the proprietors of this establishment. The business is conducted upon the broadest basis of equity, and those dealing with them may rest assured that they will receive courteous treatment and at fair rates.
HUBBARD BROS.
AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS.
    Jackson County has no similar establishment in her midst that is more worthy of note in this issue than that of Hubbard Bros.
    This firm has, for many years, done business in Jackson County. Here can, at all times, be found one of the most complete stocks of farm machinery, threshing and harvesting machinery, agricultural and farming implements, including supplies and parts for same. Few establishments are so reputable, and so able to advance the interests of their patrons as this. The length of time they have been in business, their manner of conducting it, that is, upon so honorable and liberal basis, always pursuing a policy which may be styled the only correct one: that of absolute reliability, strict integrity and unwearing enterprise renders this firm as desirable a one to do business with as can be found in Jackson County.
J. A. WHITMAN.
BICYCLES, VEHICLES, FRUIT SHIPPER.
    Among the many industries and enterprises of Medford, the establishment of Mr. J. A. Whitman is one of the most prominent. Mr. Whitman is sole agent for the famed Crescent bicycle, which, without doubt, stands at the head today among the many different makes. He handles this wheel exclusively, because he considers it the best, and being an expert in this line, he is fully competent to judge. He is also agent for the celebrated Studebaker wagons and carriages, which are so well and favorably known that comment is unnecessary.
    Mr. Whitman is one of the largest buyers of Oregon fruit and ships in car lots to Chicago and Southern points. With the present prospects of the large crop he will probably ship 100 cars of fruit this season.
J. W. ODGERS.
DENTIST.
    Among the dentists we find Dr. J. W. Odgers. He has made his chosen profession a lifelong study. His ideas and practices are modern in every respect, making quite a specialty of bridgework, and can save any shell of a tooth. While his work is of the best, his prices are such as to meet the times. He is extremely courteous and is ever ready to give advice to any and all. His office is in the Phipps block, opposite Jackson County Bank.
DAVIS & GILKEY.
FANCY GROCERIES.
    In compiling the various industries of Medford, the retail grocery trade assumes a decided importance. Among these, Messrs. Davis & Gilkey occupy a conspicuous position. The premises are stored with a complete stock of staple and fancy groceries, flour, feed, teas, coffees and all kinds of provisions, in fact everything to be found in a first-class establishment can be purchased here at the most reasonable prices. They are extremely cordial people to deal with and employ none but competent and genial clerks. One is always assured of prompt attention, and we take pleasure in recommending this store to any who have not had the opportunity of visiting it.
HOTEL NASH BARBER SHOP.
BATES BROS., PROPRIETORS.
    One of the most necessary and convenient institutions of the times is a well-conducted barber shop, and the one to which we refer here is well known as one of the best arranged and most ably conducted establishments of its kind in Medford. Its proprietors, Messrs. Bates Bros., are artists of merit in this line. Their shop is handsomely furnished with all modern improvements and appliances, and their bath rooms are always neat, clean, and the best of service given.
S. ROSENTHAL.
CLOTHING AND GENTS' FURNISHINGS.
    The leading establishment in men's furnishings is the subject of this sketch. Coming here several years ago with a spirit of enterprise and genuine Western progressiveness, united with a far-seeing sagacity that has kept pace with the demand of the public for the line of goods here displayed. The house deals in a first-class and well-selected stock of clothing, furnishing goods, boots, shoes and miner's clothing bought direct from first hands for cash and laid down to the trade of Medford at prices which protect him from being undersold.
MRS. R. F. ANDERSON.
RESTAURANT.
    The convenience, not to say the necessity, of a first-class restaurant to the general public is best known to the people, who by lack of domestic comforts and home privileges are compelled to patronize them.
    The restaurant owned and personally managed by Mrs. R. F. Anderson is centrally located, as well as one of the most patronized. She has catered to the wants of the people for a long time, and has an established reputation. One wishing an up-to-date meal, quick service and low prices will do well to call upon Mrs. Anderson.
TURF EXCHANGE SALOON.
COURT HALL, PROPRIETOR.
    "Here's to the things of friendship, may they never rust" is a toast that is truly noble. Such is the motto of the "Turf Exchange," a well and favorably known resort opposite the Hotel Nash. Mr. Hall handles nothing but the best foreign and domestic wines, liquors and cigars. He makes a specialty of the very best of brandies and Cyrus Noble whiskey. One wishing to while away an hour will meet with courteous treatment at this popular resort.
DRS. GEARY & PICKEL.
PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS.
    That "nothing succeeds like success" is a trite aphorism which seems to have received recognition even as far back as the Dark Ages. Drs. Geary & Pickel, the subject of this sketch, have, by their industry and by virtue of their ability, placed themselves in the highest rank of the medical profession. These eminent gentlemen are both graduates from our best medical colleges and since coming to Medford have gained a very large and lucrative practice. They have successfully performed several surgical operations which were apparently impossible. Drs. Geary & Pickel are progressive men and aid all enterprises that advance the city. They are located in the Haskins building, where they have in their spacious reception rooms one of the largest and most complete libraries in the state. We commend them to the favorable notice of all readers as men of broad and liberal views and, as physicians and surgeons, there are none more worthy of note in the state of Oregon.
D. H. MILLER.
HARDWARE AND BUILDER'S MATERIAL.
    An industry of this nature when conducted as is displayed by D. H. Miller is worthy of special mention. He carries a well-selected stock of shelf and heavy hardware, stoves and builder's material, tinware, paints and oils, fishing tackle and ammunition, and makes a specialty of miner's supplies. He conducts his business on a sound basis and in a liberal manner, and we may add that the business he now controls speaks in the most expressive language of the confidence and esteem with which he is so widely and justly regarded.
J. R. ERFORD.
FLOUR AND FEED.
    We cannot well complete a list of the industries of Medford without calling attention to the establishment of Mr. J. R. Erford. He handles a large line of flour, feed, hay and grain of all kinds. The proprietor is a practical man of business and thoroughly experienced in this particular line, and we take great pleasure in commending him to all readers of the Medford Mail as a thorough, reliable and honorable merchant.
MRS. J. S. HOWARD.
GENERAL MERCHANDISE.
    Omitting nothing that contributes to a disclosure of the industries and advantages of Medford we make mention in this issue of the inducements offered to the public of the well-conducted store of Mrs. Howard. She carries a general line of dry goods and groceries, crockery and country produce. This house is truly a pioneer of Medford, having been established in the county some twenty-four years, and is well deserving of the reputation she has acquired for strict attention to business and liberality in all dealings.
Medford Mail, May 28, 1897, page 3


    The first races on Medford's new fair grounds took place on Thursday. The track was rather heavy.
    The Medford Mail gives a fifteen-column writeup of Jackson County, which gives that county what it deserves. The Mail is to be congratulated upon its effort.

"State News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, May 29, 1897, page 3


    Judge Stanfield, of the Medford justice court, on Tuesday fined Deputy District Attorney White, attorney S. S. Pentz and Robt Jeffrey $5 each for contempt of court. White is one of the leading populists of the county, Pentz is the late Democratic candidate for district attorney and Jeffrey is the brother of the populist district attorney. White and Pentz were engaged on a case in the local court, and in passing their compliments back and forth one called the other a liar. Attorney Pentz denied it and grappled White around the neck, it is said, a regular Corbett-Fitzsimmons "physical culture exhibition" following. Young Jeffrey attempted to coach the deputy district attorney and was fined for his trouble, along with the principals. The escapade is said to have given another setback to the "union of reform forces."

"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, June 3, 1897, page 3


    Dr. E. Kirchgessner, the populist coroner of Jackson County, publishes a card in a Medford paper, denying the report that he is not a regularly registered physician.
    Attorneys Pentz and White and Bob Jeffrey, who were fined in Justice Stanfield's court at Medford last week for indulging in a fistfight, had their fines remitted, supposedly on account of the prominence of the parties involved.
    The almond orchard of C. E. Stewart of Eden precinct, which comprises about 2000 five-year-old trees, is reported to present one of the prettiest orchard scenes in the valley with its well-loaded and well-cared-for trees, and from present prospects ought to yield the owner a fair return for his industry.
    Medford people will undoubtedly be in attendance at the Fourth of July celebration at Jacksonville. These same people will, without a doubt, attend the Chautauqua at Ashland. The Southern Oregon district fair will be held at Medford this fall. Will the citizens of these two towns propose to be with us upon the fair occasion?--Medford Mail.
    We'll be fair with you, Bliton; but the Chautauqua comes first, remember--Medford must set the pace this time.
"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, June 7, 1897, page 3


    The Barneburgs drove out about 250 head of cattle to their range in the Deadwood section beyond Dead Indian last week for summer ranging. They have added some improvements at their Deadwood ranch this season, fencing up 300 acres of the ranch there.

"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, June 10, 1897, page 3



    Miss Mollie High of this city is visiting her aunt, Miss Mollie Barneburg, at Medford.
    Miss Esther Silsby has discontinued giving vocal instruction in Medford until next September.
    I. A. Mounce has purchased an interest in the billiard hall and confectionery store of A. O. Young at Medford.

“Local,” Town Talk, Ashland, June 12, 1897, page 7


Medford's Latest.
    Miss Elva Galloway is visiting friends in Portland.
    J. H. Butler has moved into his new residence in west Medford.
    Born—In this city to Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Lance, Jr., June 5, 1897, a son.
    Mrs. J. H. Bellinger left for Portland last Saturday to be gone for some time.
    Miss Letha Hardin is visiting the families of James McDougal and Mrs. Penning near Gold Hill.
    A. A. Roberts of Sisson, Cal. has rented the residence of Sherman Orton and has moved his family into the same.
    Mrs. Lucy Hall and Miss Mattie McGee left Wednesday morning for a several months visit with friends in Paradise, Mo.

Town Talk, Ashland, June 12, 1897, page 12


    The large barn on the farm of A. Harbaugh, 2½ miles west of Medford, burned to the ground Sunday night, together with 40 tons of hay. The origin of the fire is unknown. The loss is $1000, and the insurance $400.

"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, June 17, 1897, page 3


    A business transaction of some importance in the valley was completed at Central Point Saturday when the Central Point flouring mills changed hands. The purchasers, being W. J. Virgin of the Ashland mills in partnership with W. I. Vawter, the well-known Medford banker.
    As I. J. Phipps of Medford was returning home from the Normal commencement exercises at Ashland last Thursday evening with his family, Mrs. Mayor Haskins and Mrs. Sayre, his team took freight and ran away, upsetting the hack and quite seriously injuring Miss May Phipps and Mrs. Haskins and bruising several others of the party, though none were dangerously injured.

"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, June 21, 1897, page 3


    W. E. Jacobs of Ashland and G. W. Bashford of Medford have purchased the Rose flouring mills at Roseburg, the deal having been negotiated the first of the week by W. J. Virgin and Mr. Bashford. Mr. Jacobs and E. L. Bashford, it is understood, will take supervision of the business and fit up the property in first-class modern style. The consideration was $7000.

"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, June 24, 1897, page 3


    D. W. Crosby, of Medford, has gone to Walla Walla, Wash., to take a position in a hotel there.

"Here and There," Ashland Tidings, July 1, 1897, page 2


    Mrs. Tayler, wife of A. C. Tayler of Medford, died rather suddenly on Sunday evening. She had been ill for some time but was recovering and had been pronounced out of danger when she was taken suddenly worse and died shortly thereafter. Deceased was a native of Gosport, England, and was in her 31st year. She leaves several small children.

"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, July 1, 1897, page 3


Still Winning.
    Jesse Enyart, of Medford, Oregon, in a letter to his brother Charley, the mail carrier, states that he had just returned from the annual shooting tournament of the Northwestern Sportsmen's Association at Anaconda, Montana. Mr. Enyart is vice president of the club, and at this meeting added much to his fame as a good marksman and captured nearly two hundred dollars in cash prizes. He would have done much better had it not been for the inclement weather. Snow covered the ground the first two days of the shoot.
Logansport Reporter, Indiana, July 6, 1897, page 8



    In the excitement of a horse race at Medford, several persons rushed onto the track, and the horse which jockey Merritt was riding ran over them, some of whom may die.
"Oregon," Mountain Democrat, Placerville, California, July 17, 1897, page 2


    Mrs. J. C. Hill of Medford, Ore., together with her children, went to Seattle Sunday. They came in last week from Bremer where they had been visiting relatives. Mrs. Hill is very low with consumption.
Chehalis Bee, Washington, July 23, 1897, page 6


    E. D. Elwood, formerly of Newberg, Ore., opened a store at Medford, Ore.
    H. A. Myers is having a building remodeled at Medford, Ore., which when completed he will occupy with a stock of jewelry.
"Pacific Northwest," The Jewelers' Circular, July 28, 1897, page 29


    The following are the Medford teachers: Prof. Gregory, principal, $100 per month; Miss Elva Galloway, vice-principal, $50 per month; Miss Minnie Coleman, primary; $25; Miss Elsie Roof, assistant primary, $25. All the other teachers except Miss Grace Foster, who resigned, are retained at a salary of $30 per month, namely: Misses Bessie Wait, Mary Davidson, Adella Pickel, Ellen Bursell, Robin Warner and Mrs. Mary Peters.
"Oregon Department," Northwest Journal of Education, September 1897, page 15


    J. A. Anderson, of Medford, has received an analysis from the chemist in the Spreckels sugar factory showing a high quality in beets grown by him.

Daily Capital Journal, Salem, September 20, 1897, page 2


    B. N. Bunch, of Medford, fell Oct. 25 on Sterling Creek, and his right leg was broken below the knee. He and another own a mine in that section, and had just completed arrangements to begin work today. Mr. Bunch took a pan of dirt and started to the creek to wash it. He tripped on a small stick lying across the path and fell. He was brought to Medford on a lumber wagon, a distance of 14 miles, arriving here late at night, when the fracture was reduced, and he is now resting easy. Mr. Bunch is over 60 years old, which makes the accident all the more serious.

Daily Capital Journal, Salem, October 26, 1897, page 1


    The match between hunters from Medford and Jacksonville last week was won by the sportsmen from Jacksonville. Although the day was wet and rather unfavorable, some very good scores were made, as follows: Jacksonville--A. E. and Will Reames, 416 points; George E. Neuber and Charles Prim, 153; J. S. Orth and H. D. Kubli, 201; H. Pape and K. Kubli 540. Total points for team, 1310. Medford--John Beek and Charles Perdue, 107 points; J. E. Enyart and Bert Brandenburg, 158; J. A. Whitman and J. D. Heard, 243; F. Wilson and W. Simmons, 123. Total points for the team, 631. The game killed by both sides consisted of 321 quail, 4 ducks, 25 doves, 3 gray squirrels, 26 rabbits, 3 snipes, 10 sparrow hawks, 7 large hawks.

Daily Capital Journal, Salem, November 19, 1897, page 2


    The Klamath County Indians have been trading in Medford the last week in large numbers, and they were well supplied with money. One family recently bought four silk dresses.
"Oregon News Notes," Omaha Daily Bee, Nebraska, November 22, 1897, page 5


    At Medford a potato social was recently given, at which about fifteen bushels of potatoes were received. The potatoes contributed were given to the poor of the city. This is a novel scheme.
"State News,"
Daily Capital Journal, Salem, November 29, 1897, page 2


MARRIED.
BARTLE-JOHNSON--In Yreka, November 24, 1897, John Bartle of Siskiyou and Emma Johnson of Medford, Or.
The San Francisco Call, November 29, 1897, page 11


    Prof. G. A. Gregory, another Doane college boy, and for years a teacher in Gates College, Nebraska, has been for three years superintendent of the schools of Medford, Ore.
H. Bross, "A Little Journey to Portland," Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, December 6, 1897, page 8


    There have been shipped from Medford station this season thus far about 40 carloads of apples, and there remains yet to be shipped about 20 carloads more of merchantable apples. This includes fruit hauled from Applegate and surrounding country. Two carloads of dried fruits of different varieties have been shipped eastward from that station, too, and about eight carloads more remain to be shipped, says the Ashland Tidings.
"Local Notes," Lincoln County Leader, Toledo, Oregon, December 7, 1897, page 4


    W. Stewart has sued the Southern Oregon Packing Co. before Justice Jones' court, in Medford, for $230.35, alleged to be due for 30 head of hogs, and obtained judgment for the amount with costs.
    E. W. Williams and S. Rosenthal have begun a suit against E. A. L. Smith and have asked for the appointment of a receiver for the Gold Hill Mercantile Co. Judge H. K. Hanna has Harry Hosler of Medford in charge temporarily.
    Medford lodge No. 103, A.E.&A.M., at its last regular meeting elected the following officers for the approaching Masonic year: J. E. Enyart, W.M.; J. A. Whitman, S.W.; H. U. Lumsden, J.W.; Zach Maxcy, treasurer, W. V. Lippincott, secretary; J. K. Darnell, tyler.
    Medford camp No. 90, Woodmen of the World, has chosen the following officers for the new year: F. W. Wait, C.C.; P. Stewart, A.L.; F. M. Wilson, banker; George E. Weber, clerk; A. S. Wells, escort; G. W. Priddy, watchman; A. C. Smith, sentry; L. E. Hoover, past consul.
    Following are the new officers of Talisman lodge No. 31, K. of P., of Medford: A. C. Hubbard, chancellor commander; J. H. Butler, vice-chancellor; F. M. Wilson, prelate; W. W. Woods, M. of W.; F. J. Wait, K. of R.&S.; W. S. Jones, M. of F.; J. E. Enyart, M. of E.; James Bates, M. at A.; E. Orr, I.G.; H. C. Mackey, O.G.
"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, December 9, 1897, page 3


SHE LABORS FOR LOVED CALIFORNIA.
    The inhabitants of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia have recently been given an opportunity to learn something about California, its multitudinous resources, its glorious climate and its unsurpassed scenery, which they were not slow to take advantage of.
    Miss Helen Kelleher, the distinguished young elocutionist, has just completed a tour of the Northwest, during which she delivered her delightful lecture on "Picturesque California" to no less than 23,000 people. Miss Kelleher began her tour on October 1 and lectured to forty-four audiences in forty of the principal cities and towns, returning to her home in this city the 4th inst.
    Her tour was under the direction of fifty prominent citizens of all parts of California, who have the welfare of the state at heart and adopted this novel plan of placing its advantages before our northern neighbors.
    The lecture was illustrated by 200 stereoptical views in colors, thrown upon a screen 22 by 22 feet, and besides displaying the scenic wonders, gave excellent representations of the leading cities and towns, the great orchards and vineyards and the mining industry. Aside from the natural wonders of the state, Miss Kelleher says the view that everywhere creates the most admiration and wonder was that of the Claus Spreckels building, the new home of The Call. Few had ever seen such an imposing piece of architecture, and scarcely anybody was aware that such a magnificent structure could be found west of Chicago.
    "I was aware that the people of Oregon and Washington were intensely loyal to their respective states," said Miss Kelleher last evening, "and I began my tour half fearful that my lecture would be coolly received. I was most agreeably surprised, however, for everywhere I went I was greeted with big houses, and at many places people were turned away. At Seattle 3300 people attended my two lectures, and at Portland, Tacoma, Victoria and the other large towns the houses were in proportion. At Medford, Or., a town of 1400 inhabitants, 800 attended the lecture, over half the population, and the hall would not accommodate all who applied for admission.
    "What gratified me most was the interest manifested in California. As a rule at the beginning of the lecture audiences were rather indifferent, but as the different views were thrown on the screen they became enthusiastic over the varied resources of the state, and at the close of each lecture I was plied with questions regarding different sections. I have had as many as 300 people waiting to question me about California after the conclusion of a lecture.
    "I feel sure that my tour will result in material good to the state, for although the northern people are fairly prosperous, they are beginning to realize that there is a land to the south of them that is fairer and more promising than their own can ever possibly be. All during my trip and since my return I have been deluged with letters of inquiry from people who heard my lecture."
    Miss Kelleher is preparing for a tour that will begin soon after the first of the year and will extend through the East to the Atlantic Seaboard, covering a period of five or six months. Only the larger cities will be visited, and Miss Keller expects to deliver not less than 150 lectures. With the splendid views with which she illustrates her lecture this will be one of the best advertisements the state has ever had in the East and will doubtless be of great benefit.
    Miss Kelleher is a California girl and is gifted with rare elocutionary abilities. Added to this she has a beautiful face, fine figure and a most charming personality, which combine to win over her audiences at once. The lecture she delivers on "Picturesque California" was written by herself and is one of the most entertaining as well as instructive discourses ever listened to. During the Christian Endeavor convention in this city last summer Miss Kelleher delivered her lecture to an audience of 10,000 people, and was the recipient of a flattering reception by her auditors.
The San Francisco Call, December 9, 1897, page 5


    Dr. E. B. Pickel of Medford has purchased the interest of his partner, Dr. E. P. Geary, and also the elegant home of the latter. It is said that Dr. Geary will go to California and locate in one of the large cities and devote his attention to the special line of the eye.
    The G.A.R. post of Medford elected the following officers on the 11th inst.: H. Hooker, commander; R. N. Johnson, S.V.C.; W. H. McGee, J.V.C.; L. Wiggins, surgeon; G. C. Noble, chaplain; A. T. Drisco, Q.M.; W. K. Davis, O.D.; Dwight Andrus, O.G.; J. G. Grossman, guard.
"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, December 20, 1897, page 3


Chas. Gray to LaFayette Wiggin; land in tp 37s, r2w . . . $125.00
August Carlson and wife, Oliver Harbaugh and wife to T. Hubbard and A. C. Hubbard; lt 17, blk 3, Medford . . . 440.90
Geo. H. Andrews to Maria Plumerth; lots 11, 12, blk 1, Medford . . . 100.00

"Real Estate Transactions," Ashland Tidings, December 20, 1897, page 3



    G. G. Gammans of Portland, and G. W. White of Medford were made notaries today.

"State House News," Daily Capital Journal, Salem, December 29, 1897, page 1


MISS JUNE STEWART AT THE POINT OF DEATH.
She Is Stricken with Fever at Her Father's Home in Oregon.
    Miss June Stewart, a young lady exceedingly popular in this city, lies at the point of death at her father's home in Medford, Oregon. She was stricken with typhoid fever and though constantly under medical attention, her condition failed to improve, until now there is no hope for recovery and the end is momentarily expected.
    Miss Stewart's sister, Mrs. Weeks, of Highland Park, left last evening for Medford, hoping to reach the bedside before the end came.
    Miss Stewart is a member of the Tenth Avenue Baptist Church and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. She is both handsome and talented, and her sweet disposition readily won her friends wherever she went.
    The unfortunate young lady expected to spend the holidays in Oakland with her sister.
Oakland Tribune, December 31, 1897, page 2



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