Last revised January 1, 2018
East Main from Riverside, circa 1902.
"Personal," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, January 1, 1903, page 3
LETTER FROM OREGON
R. L. Andrus Writes Entertainingly of the Trials of Locating a Timber Claim in the West.
ASHLAND, Oregon, Dec. 23.--The business of locating and entering the various kinds of land claims occupies the attention and gives employment to a large number of people in the state of Oregon. When a tract is surveyed by the government, and opened for entry, any citizen of the United States may file on a quarter section of one hundred sixty acres, according to the character of the land as agricultural, mineral or timber, and under the regulations for a nominal sum a tract of valuable land may be secured.
A large percentage of the people who come to Southern Oregon to enter land claims come from Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and many of them come in the interests of lumber firms who have been engaged in the lumber business on the Mississippi and its tributaries and who know what desirable timber land is, and what its value is. Claim agents here make it known there when there is land subject to entry.
A few weeks ago a large number came on from there who had been stirred up by the agents. They came in a rush and could hardly wait until they could secure teams, as the stages could not begin to carry them. There were judges, lawyers and army officers and a good sprinkling of women among them, all going with the expectation of making from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars on a prospective timber claim. They emptied the livery barns and hired teamsters and farmers to hurry them out to the courted forests, which lie from sixty to one hundred fifty miles east from the Southern Pacific railroad. The weather was beautiful, the roads good, the mountain scenery charming, and as all this was new and fascinating to people unaccustomed to such, they rode off in jolly loads in expectation of soon being each the owner of one hundred sixty acres of Uncle Sam's broad lands covered with towering forests of pine.
The timber claim agents who had them in charge were also happy, for they got one hundred dollars per head for locating them. Some of them are square men and do not intend to overdraw the picture in presenting the opportunities to the longing gaze of the tenderfoot, but others are more unscrupulous, and when they get to the forests they take their unsuspecting subjects one after another onto some tract heavily timbered. The parties know nothing about the lines or numbers of the lots, and when their claim is sent to the land office it may call for one miles from the one looked at. This they learn later to their great disgust and indignation and find themselves the possessor of a worthless piece of desert land. The agent always takes the precaution to get their consent to insert the number of the next best claim in case he learns that the one looked at has already been filed upon. But the claim agents do not find all of their customers of the innocent and unsuspecting class, and they do not always get the hundred dollars. Some of their customers insist upon studying maps and plots of the land, and tracing lines and consulting the land office to ascertain what lots have actually been taken, and often such return in disgust after finding that all valuable claims in a tract have been filed upon.
The trip to the timber country is no holiday excursion. It implies a ride of two hundred to three hundred miles, perhaps three in a seat in a rough spring wagon. And although the start is in a beautiful valley, high mountains soon rear their heads in the road and their rocky sides have to be climbed. The stopping places are most of them ramshackle houses, the fare warm bread and bacon, and the beds altogether too much exposed for the over-sensitive, and almost invariably preoccupied; bleached linen is not used for sheets. At the end of a trip of ten days or two weeks they get back to the line of the railroad looking decidedly rumpled, and more especially so if they have not succeeded in locating a good claim.
Many of those who go out do so in the interests of capitalists and lumber companies, but this is neither safe nor honest, for they have to perjure themselves and take the risk of exposure and prosecution with only a comparatively small sum to pay them for engaging in so hazardous an enterprise. The press of this coast has had much to say of the irregularity, not to use a harsher term, in securing claims, and it is charged that the heavy companies are in collusion with government officers and that much of the timber gets into the hands of the companies finally.
We found here an Allegany County man who is engaged in the timber business, a Mr. Willett, formerly with the Clark manufacturing establishment at Belmont, a nephew of George Willett of Friendship, and son of William Willett, an old resident of Wirt on the Richburg and Nile road. He has a neat cottage in town and is greatly taken with this climate. We spent an evening with them at their home, and although not personally acquainted felt like old friends in recalling mutual acquaintances in old Allegany.
Some of the oil country people will be pleased to hear that Mr. Aliason, a former resident of Bolivar who lived on the flats back of Mr. Hamsher's, is still alive and prospering. He has a new house on the main street, commodious, and in good style, with modern conveniences. He is a voluble talker and never tires of talking over oil country experiences. He would prefer to live there if he could have this climate to live in.
A local company here drilled a well eighteen hundred feet, when it caught fire in some way and burned up. They are about to rebuild and drill to two thousand feet. I hear that the company at Spokane, which it was reported had a good well of heavy oil, have disbanded and transferred the stock and operations to Wyoming.
We get the cheering news of the advance in oil in The Breeze and Derrick about five or six days from the time it is marked up, and sometimes the next day from the coast papers, and it makes us feel like packing our trunks and starting home to stick another well in some corner, but when we read of two feet of snow and zero weather we feel contented to defer the matter a little.
R. L. ANDRUSBolivar Breeze, Bolivar, New York, January 1, 1903, page 2
John T. Cardwell, a veteran of the Civil War, died at Cottage Grove Jan. 2d. He was a brother of the late Jas. A. Cardwell, a pioneer of Southern Oregon, and lived near Jacksonville for a short time.
Interesting services were held at the German Lutheran Church in Medford on Christmas and New Year's. The excellent programmes, which consisted of songs, recitations, dialogues, etc., were nicely rendered and duly appreciated by the many in attendance. Rev. Mr. Sack, the popular pastor, and his wife were well remembered, each receiving a number of beautiful presents.
“Local Notes,” Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 7, 1903, page 1
W. Estill Phipps, the clever young attorney, has handsomely fitted up the entire front of the second story of Lindley's building, in Medford, to accommodate the requirements of his growing practice. He has also added considerably to his library, which is one of the best in Medford. Mr. P. is painstaking and industrious, and any business entrusted to him will receive prompt and careful attention.
“Brief Mention,” Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 7, 1903, page 1
MEDFORD SQUIBS.J. Patterson, one of our county commissioners, was in Medford this morning. He is well pleased with our new steel bridge.
Dr. W. S. Jones and Chas. Strang have returned from Grave Creek, where they have been looking after their mining interests.
F. R. Knowles of Spokane, Wash., has been in Medford this week, visiting his sisters, Mesdames A. Hubbard, W. W. Woods and M. F. Parker.
Mr. and Mrs. Comegys are being visited by two sons, who live at Pullman, Wash., and are doing well. The younger leaves for his home this evening.
W. E. Case, who went to Ohio some time ago, has returned, with the intention of remaining. His health is considerably improved since he got back.
A. D. Naylor has returned from Grave Creek, where he has been employed in Capt. Nash's mines. He brings flattering reports of the mining situation.
Mr. and Mrs. West of Myrtle Creek are visiting their son, C. P. Snell, the attorney, and his family. The latter has been quite ill, but is now convalescing.
Walter Lippincott, son of W. V. Lippincott, the S.P. Co.'s clever station agent, is now located in Arizona, where he is head bookkeeper in a prominent mercantile establishment.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 7, 1903, page 2
MEDFORD SQUIBS.Mrs. L. J. Sears has returned from a visit with her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Burnett of Ashland.
Justice Plymale of Jacksonville and his daughter, Miss Kate, were in our city the forepart of the week.
Thos. Collins who is now operating for a big stock company in Lake County, is visiting his many friends in Medford.
E. D. Lewis of the American Laundry was severely injured a few days since by a nail running into his foot.
Misses Bennett and Angle, who are attending the Southern Oregon Normal School, visited with their parents Saturday and Sunday.
J. H. Armstrong, late of King County, Wash., is in Medford, and will probably locate. He is an old friend of Messrs. Eads and Davis.
J. Williams, a friend of Mr. Boyd of the new furniture store, arrived from Louisiana last week, with his family. We are pleased to learn that they will locate.
Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Maplesden returned from their trip to San Francisco Monday morning. They left their daughter in California, where she will attend school.
Henry Appel and his wife, who have been residents of this section for some time past, on Sunday left for San Francisco, their former home. They were accompanied by the best wishes of the many friends they have made during their stay here.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 7, 1903, page 4
Mrs. P. M. Dekum, of Gold Hill, spent Thursday with her son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Humason, of this city.
Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Lee, of Salem, who have been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Talent, returned home Tuesday.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, January 11, 1903, page 22
Frank Willmarth, an excellent mechanic, who recently arrived from New Mexico, has become interested with Messrs. Gault and Cook in the Medford machine shops. It makes a strong combination.
Frank A. Huffer, a prominent attorney of Tacoma, Wash., who has been visiting at Jacksonville during the past several weeks, left for California Tuesday morning.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 14, 1903, page 2
J. W. Manning of Klamath County arrived in Medford a few days since, in response to a message informing him of the serious illness of his son, Cleve. The young man is at the residence of his sister, Mrs. J. D. Fay.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 14, 1903, page 2
MEDFORD SQUIBS.J. S. Howard, the veteran civil engineer, is confined to his room with a severe attack of erysipelas.
E. G. Miller, son-in-law of Rev. W. B. Moore, and his family have become residents of Medford. They are welcome.
Mrs. M. P. Ward, mother-in-law of E. L. Gurnea, the electrician, left for the north Thursday, en route to her home at Denver.
Miss Beulah Warner left for Berkeley, Calif. Friday morning and will be gone some time, attending the University of California.
Mrs. Clara Hanley of Burns and Miss Berniece Cameron of Applegate are in Medford, guests of their sister, Mrs. L. L. Jacobs.
Miss Ida Hale arrived from San Francisco Wednesday, and will locate in Medford. She is a a sister of Dexter Hale and Jas. Mays.
Mrs. C. A. Boyden of Sheffield, Ills., mother of our esteemed fellow citizen, H. A. Boyden, the hardware merchant, arrived in Medford a few days ago, for an extended visit.
R. H. Whitehead, the capitalist, has returned from his trip to California. He visited his daughter, Miss Grace, who is attending Mills College and making rapid progress.
Dr. J. M. Keene was seen passing through town one day last week on the hurricane deck of a mustang, en route to his homestead in Big Butte district. He has since returned.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 14, 1903, page 3
MEDFORD SQUIBS.J. M. Boyd has gone to Portland to purchase goods for the new furniture store.
Al. Bell, who is now a resident of Siskiyou County, Calif., is paying Medford a visit.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 14, 1903, page 4
T. D. Conklin to John Kinerk, land near Medford . . . 1000.00
Clara M. Brown to H. H. Harvey, lt 12 and 20 ft off lt 11, blk 76, Medford . . . 10.00
William Ulrich to Jessie Worman Coss, lts 7, 8 in blk 11, Medford . . . 5.00
A. Alford to B. Paul, lts 2, 3, blk 6, Beatty's addition to Medford . . . 50.00
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 14, 1903, page 4
Capt. J. T. C. Nash has returned to Medford from Grave Creek, where he is conducting a big placer mining enterprise.
I. A. Palmer, the architect, was in town last week from Medford consulting with prospective builders in regard to plans.
J. D. Heard returned to Medford last week from Grave Creek, where he is interested in a placer proposition of excellent promise.
E. C. Pentland, who has been here for the past week soliciting for the Daily Oregonian, left on Tuesday for Salem, where he will report the legislative doings for that paper. Mrs. Pentland went to Medford Tuesday evening to visit for a few days with relatives.
"Personal," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, January 15, 1903, page 3
John H. Devlin, who got his start in Jackson County, was among us again. He is manager of the Chicago Portrait Co. for the northwest Pacific coast, and is meeting with much success.
Dr. W. L. Cameron has rented a number of rooms in the Palm-Bodge block, upstairs, which he has fitted up in handsome style and supplied with many of the most improved instruments and devices known to surgery and medicine.
Nelson Powell, who was formerly a student of our public school, has opened a shoe shop in Medford.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 21, 1903, page 1
Edward Wilkinson to M. F. Hanley, Walker property near Medford . . . 8000.00
J. H. Thorndike to Alonzo Slover, lot 2, blk 65, Medford . . . 75.00
U. S. Smith to J. C. Howard, lots 11 and 12, blk 48, Medford . . . 90.00
Lavinia Mingus to Ola Olus Hall, 6 acres adjoining Medford . . . 500.00
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 21, 1903, page 1
Geo. W. Skinner of Council Bluffs, Iowa arrived in Medford Thursday night, accompanied by seventeen others. They came for the purpose of making final proof on their timber claims, which are located in the vicinity of the Glade Fork of Applegate.
Isaac Coffman of Forest Creek has bought S. C. Minnick's property situated on South C Street, Medford, which he will improve considerably.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 21, 1903, page 2
MEDFORD SQUIBS.Prof. N. A. Jacobs and his family will soon return from California, with the intention of locating permanently in Medford.
Mrs. Eugene Amann is being visited by her mother, Mrs. H. B. Marquis, who arrived from Crawfordsville, Oregon, one day this week.
E. Ehwegen, son of the manager of Medford's branch of Weinhard Brewing Co., is visiting his father. He is on his way from San Francisco to Valparaiso, Ind.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, who lately arrived from Bethany, Mo., are stopping in Medford. They have been making their son, who lives in Lake Creek district, a visit.
Mrs. J. W. Manning of Klamath County has returned home, after a short visit with her son Cleveland, who has been very sick. She returned home Tuesday, finding that the young man was much improved.
Mr. Washburn of Springfield, a brother-in-law of the late Wm. Butler, visited Medford one day this week, accompanied by his sister and her children, while on their way from Sawyer's Bar, Calif. to Lane County.
Olin Whitman, who lately had one of his knees dislocated by a fall while crossing the railroad track, has the injured member in a plaster cast. Dr. Keene, the attending physician, is of the opinion that the injury will not be permanent.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 21, 1903, page 3
MEDFORD SQUIBS.W. F. Monaghan, who has secured a responsible position at Ashland, was today joined by his family.
J. H. Toft, a son of Recorder Toft, has been doing editorial and typographical work on the Enquirer.
J. W. Boyd has returned from Portland, where he purchased a large assortment of furniture for this market.
R. D. Maplesden has returned from a short visit at Portland. He will soon establish himself in business in this section.
A. H. Willett of Portland, who is one of the incorporators of the Medford Drug Co., arrived in Medford Monday for a short visit.
Mrs. C. E. Wilkinson of Roxy was in Jacksonville Saturday, visiting her daughter, who is a student of St. Mary's Academy.
Robt Wiley left for San Francisco Friday, to join his father, J. W. Wiley, who is engaged in butchering at the stock yards of that city.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 21, 1903, page 4
Mrs. W. E. Good of Medford visited here a few days with her sister, Mrs. M. D. Wilson.
"Personal," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, January 22, 1903, page 3
Mrs. G. W. Mackey has been compelled to add two additional rooms to her dining parlors, in order to accommodate her growing patronage.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 28, 1903, page 1
MEDFORD SQUIBS.Dr. W. L. Cameron has rented six rooms in the Palm-Bodge block and will establish a first-class hospital at once. Full particulars will be given in our next issue.
John E. Johnson, who arrived from Madrid, Iowa not long long since, will probably remain among us some time. He has become the possessor of 160 acres of fine timber land.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 28, 1903, page 3
MEDFORD SQUIBS.Miss Florence Reynolds, who is a student of the Southern Oregon Normal School, has been on the sick list. Her mother made her a visit Saturday.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 28, 1903, page 4
Granville Naylor to Cynthia E. Naylor, ½ lots 3 and 4, blk 4, Medford . . . 25.00
Mary E. Russ to M. Trafy, lots 3, 4, 5 and 10, blk 17, Medford . . . 500.00
A. C. Nicholson to D. M. Welsh, 293 ft off e end of lot 4, blk 2, Barr's add. to Medford . . . 1000.00
D. T. Lawton to Jennie Gibson, blk 3 in Mingus subdivision . . . 1200.00
Jennie Gibson to D. Anderson, blk 3, Mingus subdivision . . . 1.00
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 28, 1903, page 4
TO ADVERTISE SOUTHERN OREGONFrank Hull, of Mackey & Hull, the photographers, has been doing some fine view work of late of Medford and vicinity. He has taken several views from the top of the water tower that show up well and from them a stranger could get a good idea as to the appearance of Medford. He has two views of this valley, taken with a very powerful telescopic lens, that are gems in the photographer’s art. They are taken from the high butte back of Jacksonville. One was taken on a day when there was a heavy fog in the valley. The fog made the valley appear like a great lake, the surface of which was broken by long, sweeping swells, or possibly more like a great snowfield. The fog was only about 300 feet deep and the surrounding hills and the mountains, with their covering of snow, stood out clear and bold in the bright sunshine that prevailed above the fog. Ashland, Medford, Jacksonville, Central Point and the places in the valley were completely hidden and only by the topography of the surrounding country could their locations be fixed. As a companion piece to this fog scene Mr. Hull took another view from the same butte of the valley when it was filled with sunshine instead of with fog. The broad, level expanse of the valley, on which Medford and the other nearby towns can be plainly seen, with Mt. Pitt, Wagner Butte and historic old Table Rock for a background, makes a view hard to equal by any of the grand scenery of the Coast. In addition to these scenes Mr. Hull has many others of pretty and interesting views of various places and points about the valley. A collection of his pictures would make an appreciated present to friends in the East as well as to be a good advertisement of this country.
Pictures One of the Most Effective Ways—A Fine Selection
Recently Prepared by a Medford Artist—Grand Fog Effect
Medford Success, January 30, 1903, page 1
Miss Bertha McPherson, who has been conducting a millinery store at Sedro-Wooley, Wash., arrived recently for a few weeks' visit with her parents.
Mrs. W. T. York and children and Mrs. H. G. Nicholson left Sunday for San Diego, Cal., where they will visit several months with their sister, Mrs. A. S. Bliton.
Mrs. W. E. MacCauley and daughter, Mrs. Leon Howard, returned Monday from San Francisco, where they have been during the past few months for the benefit of Mrs. Howard's health.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, February 1, 1903, page 22
Ernest Welch, a member of the firm of Hollis & Co., furniture dealers in Medford, is visiting in this city, accompanied by his mother. Mr. Welch was formerly engaged in the furniture business in this city, and reports business conditions favorable in Southern Oregon. He is enjoying a visit with old friends here for the first time since leaving Salem for Medford.
"Local Items in the Social Realm," The Daily Journal, Salem, February 2, 1903, page 5
W. M. Cox of Phoenix was in Medford Tuesday to visit his wife, who is being treated at Dr. Cameron's hospital.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 4, 1903, page 1
J. H. Stewart to G. F. King, lot 11, blk 15, Medford . . . 450.00
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 4, 1903, page 1
Will Merriman, a native of Jackson County, who has held the position of local agent for the Southern Pacific Company at Salem for the past two years in a most satisfactory manner, has received notice that he has been appointed to succeed F. A. Bancroft as the company's agent at Portland, to take effect as soon as the latter assumes his duties as postmaster of that city. Mr. Merriman will be succeeded at Salem by the present agent at Roseburg.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 4, 1903, page 2
Robt. J. Cameron of Applegate was the guest of his son, Dr. Cameron, Wednesday.
J. Huger, foreman of Capt. Voorhies' orchards and farms, was in Medford Wednesday.
Fred Surran is making Medford a visit, after an absence of two years in California and Nevada.
Mrs. L. J. Sears has been the guest of her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Burnett of Ashland, a few days this week.
A. C. Jacobson returned from Ashland Wednesday and resumed his position as foreman of the Success office.
Postmaster Miller of Jacksonville is in Medford, having come to meet his sister, Mrs. K. K. Kubli of Portland.
Mrs. W. D. Hanley has returned from her visit on Applegate, and is the guest of her sister, Mrs. L. L. Jacobs.
H. D. Jones, who went to Salem to accept a Senate clerkship, is reported to be quite sick. His wife and mother have joined him.
Dr. O. F. Demorest, the dentist, who has been located at Lakeview for some time, was on the southbound track Wednesday, en route home from a visit in the Willamette Valley.
Mrs. W. E. Macaulay and her daughter, Mrs. Leon Howard, have returned from San Francisco. The latter underwent a surgical operation while in the bay city, which was entirely successful.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 4, 1903, page 3
J. P. Sayles of Ashland was in Medford this week, visiting his daughter, Mrs. R. Rouse.
Fred Day has assumed the position of salesman in J. L. Demmer's grocery store on C Street.
Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Orr, having disposed of their interest here and removed to San Jose, Calif. [sic]
H. A. Nelson of the Albany Bottling Works visited with Lawton Bros., who are his cousins, one day this week.
J. Marlahan has left for his home in Siskiyou County, Calif., but expects to return soon for the purpose of locating.
Miss Amy Klum, who is connected with the telephone system of Albany, is visiting her brother, A. Klum of Medford.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 4, 1903, page 4
Mrs. L. J. Sears is visiting in Ashland this week, the guest of her daughter, Mrs. Dr. R. T. Burnett.
Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Orr left here Sunday for East Oakland, Cal., where they expect to reside permanently.
Miss Bernice Cameron, of Union, Or., arrived Wednesday to visit several days with her sister, Mrs. J. L. Jacobs
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, February 8, 1903, page 19
Street Commissioner J. A. Brandenburg and surveyor Garl T. Jones have been making surveys of the streets and vicinity of Medford with a view to bettering the street and sewerage system. If the committee will allow, about 400 feet of sewer pipe and 130 feet of wood will be put in at the lower end of the sewer where the creek has changed during the recent high waters and left the sewer. Another proposition under consideration is the grading of J Street from Seventh Street to Fourth Street. This will be a great deal of work, as the street is a very uneven one, but anyone would but need to look at the street in its present condition of mud puddles and high knolls to say at once that the only thing to be done for the health and convenience of people living in that vicinity was the grading of that street. A new culvert has recently been placed at the intersection of Fifth and C streets, which will prove a great benefit to that part of the city.
H. S. Brumble has been appointed a special policeman by Mayor Crowell, which will make two men on the day force, C. E. Eads being the other man. These special officers serve without a regular salary, they being paid like constables, for the arrests they make, the fee being one dollar. Having two men on the day force makes it more certain that an officer is at hand in case of any disturbance, as both of the men are draymen and are on the main streets much of the time. The night service is looked after by Marshal C. J. Howard, though the special police can make arrests at night as well as for the day.
"Local News Notes," Medford Success, February 10, 1903, page 2
C. H. Elmore to Henrietta S. Shearer, lots 16, 17 and 18, blk 47, Medford . . . 300.00
G. W. Isaacs to Karnes et al., lot 17, blk 21, Medford . . . 1.00
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 11, 1903, page 1
A Case of Smallpox.
Considerable of a sensation has been caused by the discovery of a case of smallpox in Medford. The sick man is Mr. Tyler, who arrived from California not long ago and occupies the Tressler residence, located in West Medford. He felt considerably indisposed Wednesday and summoned Dr. Pickel, who pronounced the disease smallpox. Steps were immediately taken to establish a strict quarantine.
The board of directors met Thursday, and as a precautionary measure decided to allow no one who has not been vaccinated to attend the public school.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 11, 1903, page 2
Almost a Conflagration.
The S.P. Co.'s depot had a narrow escape from destruction Friday morning. Only the timely arrival of Ranse Rouse and J. W. Marshall, porter of Hotel Nash, prevented a conflagration which might have resulted seriously to Medford.
It seems that the night operator had gone to the post office with the mail which arrived by railroad during the night, and left one sack behind. Mr. Lippincott, the agent, followed him to complete the delivery of the mail, leaving a coal-oil lamp burning. During their absence an explosion must have occurred, setting fire to the desk on which the lamp stood and the papers it contained.
The blaze was first discovered by Mr. Rouse, who gave the alarm. Mr. Marshall, who immediately responded by the application of some water that was near at hand and the use of an old garment, soon had the flames under control. The alarm of fire which was turned in brought both hose companies to the scene promptly, but their services were not required.
The damage done was small, although some important papers were destroyed.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 11, 1903, page 2
I. A. Palmer, the architect, was in Jacksonville Friday. He has given Southern Oregon some of the best buildings in the state.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 11, 1903, page 2
Miss Maggie Bellinger is filling the position of saleslady at the Coss Piano House.
Ed. Barker of Portland, a brother of Barker Bros. of Medford, arrived here a few days since.
A. S. Buchanan, lately of Colorado, is acting as salesman for the Coss Piano House, and doing nicely.
L. H. Davis, formerly of Los Angeles, who is an excellent watchmaker and jeweler, is doing business with B. N. Butler.
W. B. Sherman, an investor of reputation, is sojourning in Medford. We are pleased to learn that he may become one of us.
J. C. Smith, who purchased G. W. Bashford's farm, left for his present home in Siskiyou County, Calif. this morning. He will return next month, accompanied by his family.
E. P. Pickens, who has been in Medford for some time, visiting his family, has returned to Igerna, Calif., where he is employed at a big saw mill.
E. King, who is a member of the Jackson County Lumber Co., is at the plant, which is located on the Blecher farm, three miles south of Jacksonville.
J. Patterson, county commissioner, was at Sacramento recently, where he left his son, Clay, who will remain there some time for the benefit of his health.
Carl Rawlings, after a pleasant visit with relatives and friends living in Medford and its vicinity, left for Blackfoot, Idaho Thursday, in search of a location. We wish him success.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 11, 1903, page 3
A Sad Case.
Mr. Coleman, who with his three children lives in the northwestern part of Medford, made us a call a short time since. He informs us that his wife, who is considerably his junior, has deserted them and levanted with a younger man. Mr. Coleman, through decrepitude, is unable to provide for himself and his family, and they are in a destitute condition. Steps have been taken to relieve their wants.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 11, 1903, page 4
Mrs. P. Dekum of Gold Hill was the guest of her son, Ivan Humason, Monday.
Miss M. Matney has gone to Roseburg, to visit Mrs. Bridges, here sister, who is quite ill.
P. D. Adams of Seattle is in this section, looking for a home. We hope that he will be suited.
J. H. Brantner of Applegate is stopping in Medford. His health is poor, we are sorry to announce.
R. V. Beall of Pooh Bah was an interesting visitor Monday. He has been offered $100 an acre for his farm.
O. R. Boyles of Oregon City is in our city. He expects to become interested somewhere in this section.
E. C. Pentland, a well-known journalist, who is now a traveling representative of the Oregonian, has been in the valley during the week.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 11, 1903, page 4
T. D. Stanley, who returned to Southern Oregon last year, has become a resident of Medford.
Miss Akers is visiting her parents. She arrived from Siskiyou County, Calif. one day this week.
D. Anderson, who purchased the Morris place, is making a number of improvements that will considerably enhance its value.
M. L. Pellett, the successful horticulturist, is fitting up one of the coziest houses in Southern Oregon. J. W. Ling is doing the painting and paperhanging.
Miss Bertha McPherson, who has been visiting relatives and friends living in this section, returned this week to Sedro-Wooley, where she is engaged in the millinery business.
Claud Jones, a young man well and favorably known, has become interested with John Barneburg in the management of the City Market. They will keep a complete line of meats of the best quality, and spare no pains to please the public.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 18, 1903, page 3
N. D. Young has gone to Salem, to seek the pardon of his son, Geo. D. Young, who was sent to the penitentiary for forgery not long ago.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 18, 1903, page 3
S. C. Minnick to Isaac Coffman, property in Medford . . . 825.00
Emma C. Merriman to Sarah A. Harvey, lots 14, 15 and 16, in blk 2, Medford . . . 800.00
Clara M. and Bertin E. Brown to P. J. Halley, 30 feet off lot 11, blk 76, Medford . . . 10.00
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 18, 1903, page 4
Ed Binns, who formerly worked in Wm. Ulrich's meat market, but who has been in Grants Pass for several months, has come back to Medford and is now employed at Arnold Barneburg's market. Ed is a jolly good fellow and has many friends who are glad to see him back.--Success.
"The Local Happenings," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, February 19, 1903, page 3
F. W. Hollis, who was formerly engaged in the furniture business in this city, came down from Medford this morning to witness the closing scenes of the state legislature. Mr. Hollis is now associated with the Messrs. Welch, also of this city, in the furniture business at Medford, and reports business conditions very good in Southern Oregon.
"Personals," The Daily Journal, Salem, February 20, 1903, page 5
Young Blood Wanted.
Will Merriman, who was recently appointed freight agent of the S.P. Co. at Portland, has stirred up a hornet's nest by discharging O. P. Hoff and J. J. Tyrell, who have been in the employ of the corporation during the past twenty years. The United Brotherhood of Railroad Employees, of which the discharged men are members, has taken up their case and demands their reinstatement. The issue is clear cut and officers declare that unless the Southern Pacific takes back Hoff and Tyrell a strike may be inaugurated that will affect the entire Harriman system. "The discharge of men without cause is directly contrary to the principles of the Union," said W. R. Apperson, an officer of the United Brotherhood. "We have long anticipated the issue and are prepared for it." President Estes is in San Francisco consulting with the officials of the S.P. Co. for the purpose of inducing them to change the policy undertaken by Mr. Merriman.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 25, 1903, page 1
A. W. Shearer and his family are about to become residents of Medford. They have been citizens of Applegate and Steamboat precincts for a number of years.
J. H. Chambers of Ashland, who has met success in the lumber business, last week purchased W. W. Woods' yards in Medford. Wallace will act as his salesman for awhile.
Hon. B. F. Mulkey, president of the Southern Oregon State Normal School, who has been at Salem during the session of the legislature, representing Polk County in the state senate, has resumed his duties. Prof. Wm. Miller, school superintendent of Lane County, who taught his classes while he was gone, returned to Eugene Saturday.
Steps were taken by C. E. Stewart and I. A. Merriman for the establishment of another rural delivery route. It will begin at Medford, connecting with the county road leading to Jacksonville via West Seventh Street, deflecting to the foothills of Willow Springs precinct before it reaches the county seat; thence running through the Beall lane, and intersecting with the thoroughfare that leads from Central Point to Medford. It will accommodate a larger number of families than nearly any other route that could be selected.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 25, 1903, page 1
S. J. Richardson left for Beagle Wednesday, to visit his parents.
W. Bolton of Tempe, Calif. and his family have become residents of Medford.
Miss Prudence Angle, who was indisposed for some time, has resumed her position at F. K. Deuel & Co.'s store.
Geo. Fox, who has been attending Medford Business College, is filling the position of bookkeeper at the Jackson County Bank.
J. W. H. Bates and his family, who have been spending the winter in Medford, returned to Griffin Creek during the past week.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 25, 1903, page 3
Mrs. D. B. Russell visited several days this week in Ashland with her parents, Professor and Mrs. W. T. Van Scoy.
Charles Cox and family, of New York City, arrived Wednesday and expect to make Medford their permanent home.
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Comegys, of Snohomish, Wash., arrived recently to visit with Mr. and Mrs. George Comegys. The Messrs Comegys are brothers.
Mrs. I. A. Webb, assisted by her daughter, entertained about 30 of her friends at her pleasant home Thursday evening. Progressive conversation was the feature of the evening, and Dr. E. B. Pickel won the first prize, an illustrated book of Tennyson, having occupied the full three minutes given in which to discuss each subject. A very large leather Chinese doll, to which was attached a card and upon which was printed: "Me no talkee Melican man talk; me talkee Sing Sing" was awarded as consolation prize to H. U. Lumsden. Musical selections were rendered by Rev. Idleman, Mrs. Vawter, Miss Mabel Jones and Dr. and Mrs. Burnett. Luncheon of ice cream, cake and coffee was served, after which "Stock Exchange" served the remainder of the evening's entertainment, and Mrs. Webb and her daughter were voted royal entertainers. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. C. I. Hutchison, Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Vawter, Mr. and Mrs. H. U. Lumsden, Dr. and Mrs. E. Barton Pickel, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Hollis, Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Hubbs, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Alford, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Humason, Mrs. L. J. Sears, Mrs. J. D. Heard, Mrs. J. A. Whitman, Miss Mabel Jones, Dr. I. D. Phipps, of Medford; Mrs. Cecil Young, of Seattle; Dr. and Mrs. R. T. Burnett, Rev. L. M. Idleman and Arthur Hubbs, of Ashland.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, March 1, 1903, page 22
There are now no cases of small pox in Medford, G.A. Tyler and his family, the only persons afflicted with it, having been discharged as cured by Dr. Pickel, the attending physician.
Mrs. N. Dolsch, who has been at the Medford Hospital for treatment, has returned home, much improved.
Drs. Gale and Cameron one day last week performed a delicate operation on Mrs. H. Gilson of Sterlingville, which proved successful.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 4, 1903, page 1
I. A. Palmer, the expert architect, was at Jacksonville during the week, submitting plans and specifications for the school house that will soon be built there. It will be a handsome building and cost about $8,000. [The plans ultimately accepted were by C. H. Burggraff of Albany.]
Another operation was performed at the Medford Hospital a few days ago which, although a very dangerous one, promises to be entirely successful. It was performed by Dr. Cameron, assisted by Drs. Gale and Keene. The patient was Miss Elma Trafts, who some years ago had one of her legs hurt in such a manner as to render it useless. It was found necessary to amputate the limb at the hip.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 4, 1903, page 2
John S. Miller, ex-marshal of Medford, was a recent visitor. He is now located on Thompson Creek.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 4, 1903, page 2
MEDFORD SQUIBS.Chris Ulrich to Laura M. Hoxie, lts 5 and 6, blk 40, Medford . . . 25.00
Ed. Welch has returned from Salem. He spent several weeks very pleasantly at his former home.
J. S. Howard has returned from Gold Hill, where he has been doing some civil engineering.
F. W. Hollis of the Medford Furniture Co. has been making his many friends at Salem a visit.
Mrs. A. O. Heatherly of Central Point has been the guest of her sister, Mrs, J. C. Hall of Medford.
Chas. Roberts of Klamath County, who has been visiting his sister, Mrs. T. J. Goodwyn, left for home Wednesday.
Geo. Comegys is being visited by his brother, C. C. Comegys, a prominent citizen of Snohomish, Wash. and hs wife.
Dr. E. C. Exline has located in Medford. He comes well recommended, having been a resident of Canton, Ohio for six years.
A. C. Jacobson, foreman of the Success, has returned from Portland, to which city he accompanied his wife and other relatives, who are en route to Bloomfield, Neb. and Sioux City on a visit.
We were favored with an invitation to the wedding of Miss Minnie Talent, the amiable and accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Talent, and Ellis Bean, who is connected with the Shannon Grocery Co., a prominent business establishment of Seattle, which took place at Portland Thursday. We join their many friends in wishing them a long life of happiness and prosperity.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 4, 1903, page 3
Orchard Home Association to William Hall, lots 12 and 13, blk 3, Orchard Home Association tract . . . 500.00
Euphraitie Anderson to Henry Pohlman, lots 16, 17 and 21, blk 3, OHA tract . . . 487.50
Wm. Hall to Henry Pohlman, lots 12 and 13, blk 3, OHA tract . . . 150.00
Arthur S. Wells to Kittie Smylie, lots 7, 8 and 9, blk 4, Medford . . . 500.00
W. H. Simmons to M. Hoge, lots 1 and 2, blk 1, Medford . . . 250.00
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 4, 1903, page 4
H. H. Taylor, an enterprising citizen of Roxy precinct, a few days ago received a carload of fine Jersey cattle from Roseburg. Among them were Oregon Exile 39,871, one of the best bred bulls in the state. He will engage in dairying on a large scale.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 11, 1903, page 1
I. W. Thomas of Pooh Bah, the farmer-capitalist, was in Medford Monday.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 11, 1903, page 1
A new orchestra has been formed in Medford composed of Chas. Paine, W. H. Simmons, Mrs. J. M. Kiernan and Will. Barnum. It is a combination hard to beat, as all are excellent musicians.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 11, 1903, page 2
MEDFORD SQUIBS.W. F. Isaacs, who has been quite ill, is able to be about again. His toggery will be opened this week.
A. Childers is very sick at the residence of his son, Spencer Childers.
Wm. McCredie, foreman at DeHart's orchard, was in Medford one day this week, getting his spraying apparatus fixed.
Dr. Exline, late of Canton, Ohio, who has located in Medford, is having the rooms over J. G. Van Dyke & Co.'s store neatly fitted up for offices.
J. Huger, manager of the Voorhies orchards, has been in our city several times lately. He informs us that the last carload of apples raised there has been shipped to California.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 11, 1903, page 3
Benjamin Trafts to Laura Hoxie, lts 5 and 6, blk 40, Medford . . . 250.00
Sheriff Rader to Chris Ulrich, lts 5 and 6, blk 40, Medford . . . 4.14
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 11, 1903, page 4
STUDENTS' RAMBLING CLUB
New Organization Formed at Medford Business College.
The students at the Medford Business College have organized a society known as the Twentieth Century Rambling Club. Guy Gaunyaw is president and Miss Carnell secretary. The objects of the society are recreation and to gain knowledge of the various points of interest in the vicinity of Medford. The first trip will be taken Saturday when the society will visit the sawmills and gold mines in the vicinity of Jacksonville. Later on Roxy Ann and Wagner Butte will be climbed and historic Fort Lane and Table Rock and the big dam at Tolo will be visited.--Medford Success.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, March 12, 1903, page 1
Mrs. O. Harbaugh is being visited by her niece, Mrs. Carver of Talent precinct.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 18, 1903, page 1
Mrs. F. W. Hollis left for Salem a few days since, to visit a sister of her husband, who is quite ill.
W. E. Vanluerdale and F. Priest arrived from Iowa one day this week. They are looking for a location.
Mrs. H. Van Tassell (nee Clara Hurst) of Aberdeen, Wash. is visiting her former home in Jackson County.
Mr. Elskamp, a prominent citizen of Portland, has been visiting his brother, H. J. Elskamp, one of Medford's dealers in harness, saddlery, etc.
Geo. Blackburn, the genial representative of Untermeyer of San Francisco, wholesale dealer in extracts, essences, etc., spent a few days in Medford this week. He and D. G. Karnes were boys together at Chico, Calif.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 18, 1903, page 3
Arthur S. Wells to G. W. Bashford, lot 4, and portion of lot 5, Medford . . . 550.00
Daniel Reynolds to C. E. Gaddis, property in Medford . . . 500.00
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 18, 1903, page 4
A party that was a complete surprise was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Hoover Thursday evening, in honor of their son Claud. The party met at the home of W. E. Hoover, where a wagon was carpeted with straw, and in it the people, after taking a straw ride around town for a time, drove to their destination arriving in good season and finding Claud singing as happy as a lark. As the family knew nothing of their coming, several took refreshments along, and after having a good time playing various games they brought on their eatables and in this game all took part. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Hoover chaperoned the party, and all say that it was a delightful evening. Those present were Misses Reta and Florence Reynolds, Maud McKeever, Agnes Peil, Gertrude Taylor, Emma Walden, Bertha Wyland and Letha Harden. Messrs. Bert and Tom Keizer, Worth Harvey, Roy Surrand, Omer Walden, Charles Boussum, George Howard, W. S. Edwards, G. S. Parsons and Frank H. Hull, Mr. and Mrs. W. E., Mr. and Mrs. L. E., Claud and Charley Hoover, Mrs. A. S. Wells and son Harold.
Medford's creamery is now a certainty, for Mr. Gaddis has begun active operations on his creamery. He has bought a lot on A Street one block north of Seventh Street and is now having the earth removed preparatory to putting in a basement, the scraping for which is being done by S. G. Edwards. The basement will be 24x30 feet, with stone walls and a cement floor. Over the basement a wooden structure will be erected, which will be used for offices and other purposes. The entire butter-making plant will be in the basement, where the temperature can be kept uniform, the walls of the building being made thick for that purpose. The plant will embrace the latest and the best butter-making machinery and will be of a capacity to handle the milk from 1200 cows. The creamery will be under the direct charge of G. S. Parsons, recently from Hutchinson, a town in one of the great dairying districts of Minnesota. Mr. Parsons is a bright, energetic-appearing young man, and he brings credentials of his ability as a first-class butter maker. Mr. Parsons has done nothing but creamery work since his boyhood days, and there is every assurance that under his management the Medford creamery will attain a reputation equal to that of the best creamery in the state for the fine quality of butter manufactured.
"Local News Notes," Medford Success, March 20, 1903, page 3
G. S. Parsons, of Grafton, N.D., arrived this week and will make Medford his permanent home.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, March 22, 1903, page 16
Work on the creamery that C. E. Gaddis and his associates will build in Medford has been commenced.
The News says Gold Hill is enjoying cheap meat as the result of fierce competition between Barneburg's wagon and E. C. Wells' shop. Barneburg's wagon cut the price of round and loin steak from 12½ and 15 cents per pound to 10 and 12½ cents. Wells met the cut.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 25, 1903, page 2
Miss Ella Hoover is at Jacksonville, with her sister, Miss Lizzie, who has opened a millinery store there.
Miss Hattie Loar has returned from a visit at Grants Pass, accompanied by her cousin, Mrs. W. H. Buell.
P. J. Halley, an expert mechanic, is in charge of Wolfer's plumbing establishment while the proprietor is away.
J. F. Kelly, the efficient section foreman of the Medford division, is able to be about again, after a severe attack of la grippe.
Robert Lawton and Frank Loder have resumed their positions at Dr. Ray's dam.
January 24, 1901 San Francisco Call
Rev. M. D. Wilson was in Medford Thursday. He is now a resident of Grants Pass.
Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Gorsline have returned from a visit with relatives living at Prescott, Wash.
Geo. F. Gorsline is visiting relatives living in Medford. He is employed at the Columbia mine, located in Grave Creek district.
J. Ehrman and H. L. Holgate, who reside at Heppner, Morrow County, are in Medford. They wish to establish a pork-packing house, and are looking for a location.
J. C. Smith, who purchased the Bashford place not long since, arrived from Siskiyou County, Calif. this week accompanied by his family. They have been afflicted with small pox, which detained them some time.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 25, 1903, page 3
A. H. Chessmore visited Medford last week from his orchard ranch near Grants Pass.
Geo. F. Gorsline, who is employed in the Columbia mine at Placer, has been visiting relatives in Medford recently.
Miss Cora Baker of Portland, who has been visiting in Medford with Mrs. Ivan Humason, came down to Grants Pas last Wednesday evening.
"Our Personal Column," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, March 26, 1903, page 3
Paine's Orchestra, which is composed of some of the best musicians in Medford, will give a dancing party Saturday night, April 11th, for which a large number of invitations will be issued. It will doubtless be recherche in every way.
A. W. Shearer, who now lives in Medford, has returned from Steamboat district, where he is interested in the opening of the mine which made that section famous in years gone by. H. C. Shearer and Jas. Young, who are also expert miners, are associated with him, and they feel much encouraged over the prospects.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 1, 1903, page 1
C. E. Gaddis to Dan'l. Reynolds, property in Medford . . . 1.00
Margaret Lynch to Nancy Taggart, lots from 1 to 7, blk 3, Medford . . . 200.00
A. H. Hooker to L. Woody, lot 2, blk 59, Medford . . . 100.00
Ellen G. Schoults to A. Lawrentz, lots 9 and 10, blk 3, Medford . . . 250.00
F. W. Hutchison to Margaret Lynch, lots 1 to 6, blk 1, lots 4 to 12, blk 2, lots 1 to 8, blk 3, Medford . . . 100.00
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 1, 1903, page 1
At His Old Business.
Francis Fitch, who is well remembered in Southern Oregon, is now in Mexico, accompanied by his wife. He is representing a New York syndicate in mining ventures, and seems to be in clover again. Fitch recently said that he expected to visit this section some day and make a general cleanup of his indebtedness. He is nothing if not irrepressible, and has transferred his operations to an extensive field, where his peculiar talents need not be circumscribed.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 1, 1903, page 1
John H. Hammer, a resident of Medford, has obtained a valuable patent for improvements in a machine for picking prunes and other fruit. A printed copy of this patent will be furnished free to any reader of this paper on application to Louis T. Bagger & Co., Washington, D.C. Mention this paper in writing.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 1, 1903, page 2
J. W. Prall and his wife left for Nebraska Wednesday, and may be gone several months.
H. W. Clevenger, a well-known citizen of McMinnville, is in Medford looking for a location.
Miss Lella Prim, who is attending the Medford High School, has returned to Jacksonville for a vacation.
J. M. Reddick of Oregon City, a brother of Mrs. J. D. Cook, has been visiting in Medford during the past week.
J. H. Roberts and his wife arrived from Pendleton one day this week, with the intention of locating. He is a brother of our esteemed fellow citizen, W. B. Roberts.
D. E. Morris, superintendent of the Fish Lake Ditch Co., spent a few days in Medford this week. He is inaugurating operations for the season and wishes to employ some men.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 1, 1903, page 3
Chas. Carney was in Jacksonville Thursday, soliciting for the Oregon Granite Co., which is building up a big business throughout Southern Oregon.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 8, 1903, page 2
C. P. Snell is at Salem, attending the Socialist convention.
L. M. Lyon and his family, who went to Corvallis some time ago, have returned to Medford.
Mrs. G. N. Anderson of Ashland is at Phoenix, visiting her father, John Coleman who is quite ill.
E. Beal of Clorinda, Iowa, a friend of Capt. Rawlings and M. G. Hoge, tarried in Medford one day this week.
C. G. Johnson and his wife are being visited by their daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kincaid. Will holds a responsible position with the S.P. Co.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 8, 1903, page 3
Geo. Lindley to Henry Miller, property in Medford . . . 800.00
T. F. West to Julia C. and Rose Fielder, lot 3, blk 6, Medford . . . 125.00
Medford Lodge No. 83 IOOF to Geo. R. Lindley, lot 3 and 4 in blk 40, IOOF cemetery . . . ----
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 8, 1903, page 4
MEADER'S BRUSH BURNER
Medford Man's Contrivance for Cleaning Orchards.
H. F. Meader, one of the proprietors of the Clay-Meader orchards, has invented a great labor-saving contrivance for burning brush. Every orchardist knows of the amount of work involved at pruning time in hauling the brush from the orchards to a burning place. Mr. Meader's invention is made of old wagon tires and in shape resembles a large bushel basket. It is five by eight feet in size and 2½ feet high but this, Mr. Meader says, is a little too small. The basket is arranged on a sled and is dragged about the orchard by a horse. A fire is first kindled in the basket with some light material and then the brush is gathered and piled on. The brush is quickly consumed and not enough heat is made at one time to in any way affect the trees, between the rows of which the sled is drawn.--Medford Mail.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, April 9, 1903, page 1
J. M. Rader to Wm. Faber, sheriff's deed, lots 5, 6 and 7, [sic] Medford . . . 517.00
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 15, 1903, page 1
Miss Emma Reed, who formerly taught in the Medford school, has graduated from Holmes Business college. She already occupies a good position as stenographer in the office of John Clark of Portland, wholesaler in harness, etc.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 15, 1903, page 1
Fred Fredenburg, who is well known in Southern Oregon, met with a loss by fire on the night of the 6th, at Henley, Calif., where he has been engaged in the saloon business. Two other groggeries were burned at the time. The buildings all belonged to Fredenburg. There was no insurance on anything but his property. The origin of the fire is unknown.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 15, 1903, page 2
Prof. D. Boffa was up from Medford the first of the week, looking up the matter of moving to Ashland for the purpose of giving instruction on the violin. Prof. Boffa is an artist at the business.--[Valley Record.,
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 15, 1903, page 2
F. M. McCown is visiting at his old home in the Willamette Valley.
Miss Jessie Cole is again a disciple of the art preservative, and holds a good position in the Mail office.
M. G. Smith of Cross Fork, Pa. arrived in Medford this morning. He has come for the purpose of completing a residence on his homestead claim.
Miss Ora King of Orchard Home, who is now a trained nurse, having recently graduated from a San Francisco school, has returned home a few days ago.
J. A. Perry, of the Independent Warehouse, is visiting in Linn County, his former home. He will attend the Democratic congressional convention, to be held at Albany Saturday, as a delegate.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 15, 1903, page 3
Frank Poole, late of Eagle Point, has become a resident of Medford.
Mrs. Nusbaum of Lake Creek visited her daughter, who lives in Medford, not long since.
C. E. Gaddis, manager of the Medford Creamery, returned from Roseburg a few days since.
C. E. Tull, who was quite sick, has been discharged from the Medford hospital as fully recovered.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 22, 1903, page 3
Eliza L. Palmer to L. Niedermeyer, lot 1, blk 20, Medford . . . 2500.00
John H. Stewart to A. B. Greenland, lots 8 and 9, blk 48, Medford . . . 100.00
E. D. Briggs to J. H. Chambers, lot 14, blk 47, Medford . . . 75.00
L. Niedermeyer to Eliza Palmer, lot 1, blk 20, Medford . . . 750.00
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 22, 1903, page 4
Mrs. Kate Edwards of this city is organizing a piano class in Medford.
"Our Personal Column," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, April 23, 1903, page 3
Ralph Dent, a 10-year-old boy of Medford, was accidentally struck on the head by a bat in the hands of a playmate Thursday on the public school grounds of that city. He was rendered insensible and badly hurt, but no serious harm resulted.
"The Local Happenings," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, April 23, 1903, page 3
Wool and Mohair Market Prospects.Mr. Gurnea of Ashland has been visiting his son, E. L. Gurnea, superintendent of our light and water plant.
There is every prospect that the wool growers of Southern Oregon will have a prosperous year. Their sheep have come through the winter in good shape, despite an unusually bad season. Shearing began last Monday at some of the ranches and the clip promises to be large and of good quality. The price of wool is much better than it was last year. The price a year ago was 13 cents, and J. F. White, one of the leading Medford buyers, thinks the price will go to 15 cents as soon as the market fairly opens up.
Mohair has gone a-booming since last year, when it sold for 18 cents, while this year it will readily bring 30 cents. As goats are less expensive to feed and less liable to disease than sheep, they are becoming a very profitable stock to the farmers of this section. There is every prospect in sight that the day for cheap mohair is past for Oregon, for it is now a proven fact that the mohair of this coast ranks even better than that of the famous Angora district in Turkey, for the American breeders have succeeded in developing a goat that produces a finer and longer fiber and more free from kemp than is that from the goats of any other country in the world. Southern Oregon will in the near future become a noted section for goats, for there are thousands of acres of mountainsides and hills too steep for cultivation that will make the best of cheap pasture land. To this advantage that of the climate can be added, for the mild, equable climate of Southern Oregon, together with the pure water to be found everywhere in the hills, is especially conducive to keeping goats in the best of health.--Medford Success.
The Daily Journal, Salem, April 24, 1903, page 2
OREGON MAN'S INVENTION.
E. E. Redfield has invented and constructed a new magazine gun which is a novelty and one of the neatest and best arrangements in that line that has ever been made, says the Grants Pass Courier. The invention is more particularly for rifles of small caliber, and the one he has made is a .22, with room in the magazine for about a dozen short cartridges or about ten longs. The gun has a pistol grip, with skeleton stock. The shells are loaded near the muzzle end of the magazine, and are pressed to the breech by a spring, as in the ordinary magazine gun. One noteworthy feature of this gun is that it will work with any length of .22-caliber cartridges. A repeater to shoot cartridges of various lengths has been unknown hitherto. The shells of different lengths may be mixed in the magazine at will, and each will come up properly in its turn. There is an automatic cutoff in the magazine, which lets only one shell out at a time. When the shell comes out of the magazine a little arrangement seizes it exactly as a pair of hands would grasp a stovepipe and lifts it up to be loaded. The lever has a short stroke and is worked by the middle finger, while the first finger manipulates the trigger, giving a rapidity that is marvelous. By means of a simple arrangement the lever cocks the gun or leaves the hammer down, at the will of the operator. Practically, the machinery of the lock consists of but two pieces. The gun is a new departure, and its many advantageous features are quickly realized by sportsmen who examine it.
Medford Enquirer, April 25, 1903, page 3
The Allen Stock Co., which played at Ashland last week, is now in Jacksonville. It will fill an engagement in Medford at Wilson's Opera House next week. The troupe is highly spoken of.
Rodgers Bros.' Comedy Co., which was billed to perform in Medford Saturday night, was not allowed the privilege of doing so. A report received from Ashland to the effect that the show was of a rather "warm" nature caused the proprietor of the opera house and the authorities to discourage the appearance of the aggregation. It gave performances at Jacksonville and Gold Hill, however, and those in attendance say it was not so bad.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 29, 1903, page 1
L. Niedermeyer, who purchased the well-known Bybee farm and lives near Jacksonville, made us a call Saturday. He is one of the most progressive farmers, and has made a number of improvements to the land he has bought since coming here. Mr. N.'s good judgment has already been confirmed.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 29, 1903, page 1
Houck Bros. of Gold Hill sent a boiler and engine to the Medford Machine Shop lately, which have since been put in first-class repair.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 29, 1903, page 2
Miss Marle Gray has gone to Klamath County to teach school.
John W. Coleman has left Ashland for Dixon, Calif.,where he will operate a cannery. He is accompanied by his family.
Walter Poindexter and his family, who went to the state of Washington some time since, is now at Oregon City, where they expect to locate.
R. W. Christian, a member of the firm of Champlin & Co., who are looking for first-class dredging properties in Southern Oregon, made us a visit Wednesday.
H. J. Elskamp and his family leave for Portland in a few days. During their stay in Medford they have made numerous friends, who regret their departure and wish them good luck wherever they may go.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 29, 1903, page 3
John W. Coleman to Ashland Iron Works, property in Medford . . . 1.00
C. I. Hutchison to E. L. Owen, property in Medford . . . 300.00
Martha Murray to Rufus Cox, lot 12, blk 10, Medford . . . 1000.00
E. B. Pickel to Serena Boyd, lots 13, 14, 15 and 16, blk 2, Medford . . . 2150.00
Amelia Elmer to A. Slover, lot 1, blk 65, Medford . . . 600.00
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 29, 1903, page 4
Mrs. C. E. McPherson returned to Medford Wednesday after a visit in this city with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Utley.
"Our Personal Column," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, April 30, 1903, page 3
The Presbyterian Church of Medford has extended a call to Rev. W. F. Shields to that pastorate. Mr. Shields has been occupying the pulpit temporarily for the past two months.
Medford has been considerably annoyed by burglars lately and a number of residents have been entered and robbed. Two men were arrested, but as they could not be connected with the robberies they were discharged.
"The Local Happenings," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, April 30, 1903, page 3
Three Pines Timber Co.
The Three Pines Timber Co. was incorporated last week in Medford. The incorporators are A. E. Reames, president; Geo. E. Howland, vice-president; J. D. Cook, secretary; W. L. Vawter, treasurer.
The principal place of business of the Three Pines Timber Co. will be in Medford, the company having secured rooms in the Palm-Bodge building, which they will soon fit up for offices. The company has extensive timber holdings in both Jackson and Josephine counties and will probably develop a big lumber industry during the present season.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, April 30, 1903, page 3
Medford's latest and one of its most laudable enterprises is rapidly receiving its finishing touches at the hands of Mr. C. E. Gaddis, who, with his assistant, M. L. Parsons, is busily engaged in setting up the machinery in his creamery on A Street, preparatory to commencing operations on May 1st. The building, erected for the especial use of this new industry, and just completed, is a neat, commodious frame structure, with large, airy offices and receiving rooms on the main floor, and ample space in the basement to accommodate the vats, boiler, engine and other machinery necessary for the manufacture of first-class butter. Along with this machinery, which arrived last week, was received a large number of separators, which are being distributed among the farmers as fast as practicable, thus ensuring a large and steady patronage from the outset.
Mr. Gaddis has been identified with the creamery business in Southern Oregon for a number of years, being the owner of the Roseburg creamery, for which establishment he has drawn a considerable supply of cream from Medford and other Jackson County points. The dairy product of the Rogue River Valley has recently, however, been rapidly increasing, and as a result the Medford creamery, erected at a cost of $2000, has become a necessity, at the same time affording our dairymen a steady and convenient market.
The new creamery will be one of the best in the state, and doubtless before many weeks have passed its full capacity of 1500 pounds will be pushed to the limit daily. Mr. Parsons, the butter maker, is an old, experienced man, and a high-class product may be expected.
The Daily Journal, Salem, May 1, 1903, page 3
Success a Failure
The Success, a bright and readable little paper, published at Medford, has proved to be a failure, and announces that it is down and out. In saying goodbye it talks very sensibly and without bias concerning the situation, and among other things, says:
"With this issue the Success will be discontinued. The reason for this action is that an energetic paper, one that is outspoken and alive to the interests of the people, and which is not a time-server and the tool to some grasping combination, is out of the element here in Medford.
"And then Medford is handicapped with the feeling that the town has such superior advantages that no effort is necessary to make it the big city of Southern Oregon. There is in Medford too much of the spirit of the rich man's son, who would do nothing for himself because he felt that his advantages would enable him to outdistance the poor boy, not realizing that the poor boy's hustling would eventually be his undoing."
The Daily Journal, Salem, May 1, 1903, page 3
W. H. Maultby and his family, who have been residents of Sterlingville precinct for a number of years, have removed to Medford.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 6, 1903, page 1
J. J. Brophy, who has been a resident of Big Butte precinct for a number of years, has removed to Roxy precinct.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 6, 1903, page 1
Fred Fredenburg, who is well known throughout Southern Oregon, has been visiting his friends here. He has put up another saloon building at Henley, Calif. to replace the one recently destroyed by fire.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 6, 1903, page 2
The Medford Success, in its last issue, announces its suspension.
Mr. Meserve, the publisher, proved himself an honorable competitor and a gentleman in every sense of the term, and we sympathize with him in his misfortune. He printed a clean, interesting newspaper, and the only reason his enterprise failed was because the field was already crowded when he came, and there was no room for another paper.
Mr. Meserve has not announced what his future plans are.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 6, 1903, page 2
Ed. Van Dyke, the genial merchant, is spending the day in Ashland.
Mrs. J. A. Norman of Ashland is the guest of her mother, Mrs. E. D. Rose.
Mrs. G. A. Love of Harwood, Mo. is the guest of her daughter, Mrs. C. P. Snell.
Mrs. E. P. Pickens left for Siskiyou County, Cal. on a visit to her parents today.
Dr. E. E. Emerson, the optician, is at Chico, Cal. He may return to Medford in the near future.
W. H. Barr, who has extensive mining interests in Josephine County, has returned from a trip to them.
S. Sherman of Talent was one of our visitors Friday. He was accompanied by his brother, C. W. Sherman.
Mrs. W. H. Rickey is visiting with relatives living at Berkeley, Cal. during the absence of her husband in New York.
J. J. Howser and his family have gone to Coos County, where they expect to locate. They have our best wishes.
John R. Cook, justice of the peace of Eagle Point district, was a recent visitor. He may become a resident of Central Point.
I. A. Webb, who is engaged in the furniture business at Goldendale, Wash. with his son, Carl, returned to Medford yesterday.
Court Hall this week received a short visit from his cousin, Dr. A. C. Seely, who is surgeon of the Gleneagle, a big steamer running between Tacoma and Hong Kong.
Miss Aileen Webber has returned from Chillicothe, Mo. and is located at Albany, where she will give instructions in music. She is stopping with Mrs. W. B. Stevens.
Mrs. A. M. Vallely came down from Ashland Wednesday to organize an assembly of the United Order of Artisans, which is one of the very best fraternal organizations in existence.
Joe Parker, who has been filling the position of freight clerk at the Medford depot efficiently and to the satisfaction of all, has been transferred to Portland. C. T. McDevitt succeeds him. Joe well deserves his promotion.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 6, 1903, page 3
Miss Jessie Cole is cleverly filling the position of saleslady at Hutchison & Lumsden's mercantile establishment.
The members of the Allen Stock Co. spent Sunday in Medford, while en route to Ashland, and made many friends while here.
W. F. Taggart is acting as mixologist at the Hotel Nash bar during the absence of John Soliss, who is afflicted with rheumatism.
Marion Tryer and his wife went to Ashland this morning, to meet the former's cousin, Mrs. Day of Sacramento, Calif., who will pay them a visit.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 6, 1903, page 4
Dr. E. E. Emerson, of Medford, Or., arrived this week with his family, and purchased a home.
"Society: Chehalis," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, May 10, 1903, page 31
Chas. Meserve, late of the Medford Success, will this week issue the first number of the newspaper he intends printing in Jacksonville. He has secured quarters in Ryan's brick building, two doors east of the post office.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 13, 1903, page 1
Mrs. M. M. Johnston has sold her one-acre property, situated in South Medford, to M. Eigner of Klamath County, consideration $350. Mike will take possession about June 1st. The deal was made through the agency of M. Bellinger.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 13, 1903, page 1
Hon. J. H. Stewart during the past week received a fine automobile, and with E. D. Elwood enjoys the honor of being the Southern Oregon pioneer in that line.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 13, 1903, page 2
Capt. T. J. West of Brownsboro and his son Bert were in our city
Miss Ryal Bradbury is night operator at the telephone office, and giving general satisfaction.
Mrs. S. F. West of Myrtle Creek is the guest of her son, C.P. Snell, and his family.
W. E. and Clarence Case are in Medford today. The former will leave for his home at Medina, Ohio tomorrow.
F. C. Henderson, the clever avant courier of the Allen Stock Co., made us a pleasant call Wednesday. He left the same evening for Gold Hill.
Messrs. Gray and Murray and their wives arrived from Siskiyou County, Cal. this week. They will locate among us, we are glad to say.
Rev. J. S. McCain, who has been very sick, is improving. He is being treated by Dr. Butler, the expert osteopath.
F. W. Knowles, who lives near Jacksonville, is visiting his daughters, Mrs. A. Hubbard, Mrs. W. W. Woods and Mrs. F. M. Parker.
Eli Pletcher and his wife, the venerable parents of Dr. C. C. Pletcher, who arrived in Medford a short time since, now think strongly of locating here.
Ellis Phillips, a grandson of G. Naylor, is visiting in Medford, the guest of his cousin, Mrs. G. F. Schermerhorn. He is engaged in railroading in the northern country.
H. J. Elkskamp and his family, who have been residents of our city during the past several months, have left Medford, and will probably locate in Eastern Oregon.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 13, 1903, page 3
R. H. Hodge, of Medford, spent several days here last week, putting in his patent stovepipe holders. He put in a great number, and he thanks the people here for their liberal patronage.
"Central Point Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 13, 1903, page 4
Wm. Faber to D. T. Lawton, lots 5, 6, 7, blk 3, Medford . . . 250.00
John Peterson to Betty Peterson, lot 10, blk 52, Medford . . . 1000.00
"County Records: Real Estate," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 13, 1903, page 4
Joseph Murphy, who recently came from Oakland, California, to take a position in Fred Luy's barber shop in Medford, and Mrs. Murphy spent Sunday in Jacksonville with Mrs. Murphy's mother, Mrs. Louise Muller.
Jacksonville Sentinel, May 15, 1903, page 5
The first number of the Sentinel, Jacksonville's new paper, has reached us. It is published by Chas. Meserve, who was editor of the late Medford Success, and in appearance it is almost an exact facsimile of that paper. It is full of news and is a good paper generally. The old town of Jacksonville has taken a new lease of life lately and is in the march of progress with the rest of Southern Oregon. The new publication has good prospects and deserves to succeed. Its name is historic, as the pioneer newspaper of Southern Oregon was the old Oregon Sentinel, published at Jacksonville many years ago.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, May 21, 1903, page 2
Miss Marie E. King, of Newaygo, Mich., arrived Thursday, and will make her home in Medford, with her father.
Mrs. C. A. Riddle, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Isaacs, several weeks, returned to Riddle Saturday.
Leon Haskins returned Friday from Berkeley, Cal., where he graduated from the California College of Pharmacy, the 14th of May.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, May 24, 1903, page 31
Mrs. Fred Miller visited in Medford during the week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Little.
Mrs. G. W. Burnett of Medford visited here last week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hoyt.
Mrs. C. A. Riddle and little son have returned to Riddle after a visit with her parents at Medford. Claude has gone into business at Riddle and they will make their home there.
"Our Personal Column," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, May 28, 1903, page 3
Mrs. Z. A. Zimmerman, of Jamestown, Kan., arrived this week to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Daily.
Mrs. W. I. Brown and daughter left Tuesday for several weeks' visit with relatives in Columbia, Tenn.
Mrs. Fred Farrier, of Salt Lake City, arrived recently to visit her husband's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Straw.
Mrs. J. L. Thorndyke left Wednesday for Baker City, where she will join her husband, who is engaged in business there.
Professor and Mrs. W. T. Van Scoy, of Ashland, visited several days here this week with their daughter Mrs. W. B. Russell.
Mrs. E. L. Hoover left Tuesday morning for her old home at Lockhart, Tex., where she will remain several months for her health and to visit relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Rickey returned Saturday from Berkeley, Cal., where Mrs. Rickey remained with her mother during Mr. Rickey's absence in the East.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, May 31, 1903, page 31
G. W. Starr and family, of Dallas, Oregon, are in Medford upon a two weeks' visit to Mr. Starr's father, contractor E. W. Starr--and the elder Mr. Starr is taking a few days layoff and is entertaining the visitors most royally.
Mrs. John Ulrich and her daughter, Miss Luty, who have been visiting cashier G. L. Lindley and family for the past month, left Sunday for their home in Godfrey, Illinois. These ladies are mother and sister respectively of Mrs. Lindley.
Mrs. M. Walker returned to Medford last week from McCloud, Calif. She will remain in Medford with her daughter, Mrs. H. C. Mackey, for a few months, when she will take up her residence in Ashland, where her son has employment.
Miss Kate E. Anderson, together with five lady assistants, were at the Halley House several days last week and this and were distributing gratuitously pound cans of Royal Baking Powder among the many housewives of our city. Miss Anderson is a sister of Wesley J. Anderson, of Climax, and on Sunday Mr. Anderson and family were in Medford paying the lady a visit.
Miss Jennie Woodford left last week for a month's visit with relatives at Portland. Upon her return she will be accompanied by her sister, Miss Myrtle, who has been living in Portland for a few years past. Miss Virgie Woodford, who has been at Coquille City for the past year, will also return to Medford about the first of July and will join Misses Myrtle and Jennie at Roseburg upon their return from Portland. Miss Virgie will resume work as typo in the Mail office.
Attorney W. H. Parker returned Monday from Oakland, Calif., and will settle down once more among his Medford friends. W. H. is of the opinion that there is no place like Southern Oregon, and that the longer you stay away the worse you want to get back. He will engage in the practice of law in Medford, having formed a partnership with attorney C. P. Snell. Mr. Parker is a gentleman well read in law, and his friends will be pleased to know that he is again to do business among them.
Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Bowen arrived in Medford Tuesday evening from San Fernando, Mexico. Mr. Bowen is a master mechanic, and for the past year has been superintendent of the Calumet-Hecla mine, at San Fernando. He is now seeking a location in a more equable climate than either the East, where he spent many years connected with large machine works, or in the South, and thinks he has found about what he wants here, if he can find an opening in his line. Mrs. Bowen is a sister of Mrs. W. L. Cameron, and they are guests of Dr. and Mrs. Cameron.
B. F. Nail, of Lincoln County, Washington, arrived in Medford the latter part of last week. Mr. Nail owns one of the finest wheat farms in the Big Bend country and is well-to-do so far as this world's goods go. He has recently disposed of other property he had in Washington and will, in all probability, invest a good sum of money in Rogue River Valley land. However, he is going to stay here the remainder of the summer and look around--and visit with his old-time Washington friend, F. E. Payne, the gentleman who is figuring on all kinds of success for his young apple and pear orchard.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, June 5, 1903, page 6
Born--On June 2, 1903, at the Medford hospital, to Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Caswell, a fine boy baby.
The helper engine from Medford to Ashland on Monday was an oil burner, the first one to be used on this division.
Born in West Medford on Friday, May 29, 1903, to Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Trowbridge, a daughter, weight 10 pounds.
J. A. Perry expects to soon commence the erection of a fine dwelling house on his lots, on West Seventh Street, just west from the M.E. Church, South.
H. B. Nye's Racket Store has recently been "dressed up" with new window decorating devices--such as make it possible to make a very pretty window display of almost any of the several lines handled by this store. Mr. Nye has also recently put in a very elaborate hat case--twenty feet in length.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, June 5, 1903, page 6
J. S. Barnett of Central Point was in Medford Thursday upon business. Mr. Barnett, together with his brother, E. H. Barnett, has established a nursery, one and a quarter mile east and north of Central Point. They have about six acres planted to nursery stock--in all about 60,000 trees. They are of the standard varieties, such as Newtown, Spitzenburg, and Bunnett's Seedling apples (the latter variety trademarked), and in pears they have the Comice, Beurre Rose, Winter Nelis and Bartlett. Aside from these varieties they have others suitable for a family orchard. All their trees are year-old tops on three-year roots. Mr. J. S. Barnett is a practical nurseryman, formerly engaged in the business in Oklahoma, and he is promising the fruit growers of this valley the very best stock procurable.
Medford's barber shops are nothing if not enterprising; besides this they watch each other closely, and if one shop installs something new the other fellows try to get the same thing or a little better. The consequence is that customers find convalescence and services in Medford tonsorial parlors equal to anything they find in the city. This is much to the good of the customers, and the barbers seem to enjoy it. Last weeks Bates Bros. put in a fine plate glass mirror the full length of the shop, upon which they are priding themselves considerably. This mirror has been in contemplation ever since they moved to their new quarters, but only lately arrived. On the other hand Fred Luy put in a fourth chair to accommodate his growing trade, and parties who have kept track of these various improvements are wondering what the next move will be.
Prof. Boffa's concert on Friday evening last was a musical event which deserved a much larger attendance than it received. The program rendered was a treat to those musically inclined. In little Bertha Boffa Medford has a child violinist who can be surpassed nowhere. She plays with a depth of feeling and execution which violinists of much larger experience and reputation might well be glad to do. Mme. Boffa's singing also was worth the price of admission. She has a clear, ringing, highly cultivated voice, which she controls perfectly.
The rock crusher, recently purchased by the county, has been put to work on the edge of the desert, to the north of that sticky strip of road east and north of Medford. Some few years ago a rock road was built for a distance of fully a mile and a half out that way, but it has never been used because of the fact that it was too rough to drive over. It is the intention now to cover this piece of road with crushed rock--which ought to make this one of the best thoroughfares in the county.
Hubbard Bros. received a carload of mowers and rakes Wednesday. This is the second car they have received within the past two months. Last year they shipped in three carloads of three implements, but the prospect of a light hay crop makes the demand somewhat slow this year.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, June 5, 1903, page 6
Mr. and Mrs. George Comegys left Monday for Thornton, Wash., to remain permanently.
G. W. Starr and family, of Dallas, Or., arrived recently to visit his parents, E. W. Starr and family.
Mr. Paul Van Scoy and wife, of Roseburg, are visiting her, the guests of Mr. Van Scoy's sister, Mrs. W. B. Russell, and family. They will leave soon for Nevada.
Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Bowen, of San Fernando, Mexico, arrived here Tuesday to visit with Mrs. Bowen's sister, Mrs. Dr. W. L. Cameron. They will visit during the summer with Dr. and Mrs. Cameron.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, June 7, 1903, page 31
Judge Prim was down from Jacksonville on Friday. The county rock crusher is in operation on the desert, but the Judge says it has not been working to its full capacity. It is supposed to crush from ten to twelve tons of rock per day, but the most that it had done so far was five or six tons. The expense of operation is between $25 and $30 per day.
Dr. E. Kirchgessner, formerly of Medford, now of San Francisco, arrived in the valley this week for a few days' stay with old-time friends, after which he will leave for his ranch in Klamath County. The doctor is having trouble with his eyes, the result of too much study, and he will remain at the ranch until he has given them a good, long rest, when he will return to the city.
John Young, of Seattle, Wash., who has been attending a meeting of the Master Plumbers Association at Los Angeles, stopped off in Medford Friday, to visit relatives. Mr. Young is an uncle of Fred Luy. He was very much impressed with the progress of the valley since he left here twenty years ago. At that time Medford was a chaparral patch, and Mr. Young was very much surprised to find so thriving a city on the ground where in his boyhood days he hunted the elusive John rabbit and the succulent quail.
B. P. Theiss was at Ashland Tuesday, in the interest of the B. P. Theiss & Co. wholesale grocery firm. The company is sole agent in Southern Oregon for the product of the Southern Oregon Cider & Vinegar Co., and part of Mr. Theiss' mission to the Granite City was to place orders for the vinegar made by the company, which is just being placed on the market. In spite of the state law against it, the most of the vinegar we get in this country has not the remotest connection with either a cider or a wine press, but is chemically made, and if one understood what chemicals were needed he could make as good, if not better, vinegar. However, the product of the S.O.C.&Y. Co. is strictly right, and it will be hard to sell anything else in Southern Oregon after this.
Chaparral somewhere in the Medford area, 1913
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, June 12, 1903, page 6
Mr. Earl C. Gaddis, of Roseburg, arrived Monday to visit his brother.
John Young, of Seattle, Wash., arrived Friday and is visiting here, the guest of his nephew, Fred Luy, and family.
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Sayles, of Ashland, visited here several days this week, the guest of their daughter, Mrs. Ranse Rouse.
Mrs. O. R. Everett, of Redlands, Cal., arrived recently to visit several months with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. N. Butler.
Mrs. H. L. Mumford and children arrived Wednesday from Forest Grove, Cal. to visit Mrs. Mumford's parents, Captain and Mrs. W. Carroll.
Hebert K. Hanna, son of Hon. H. K. Hanna, returned this week from Oakland, Cal., where he graduated from the St. Mary's College with high honors.
Mrs. J. D. Heard and daughters left Thursday morning for Steamboat, where Mr. Heard is superintending the opening of the Heard-Whitman placer gold mine.
Miss Vera Kern, who has been visiting with her sister, Mrs. George Faucett, several months, left Tuesday for Salem, where she will visit her sister, Mrs. C. L. Hurd, and then return to her home in Portland.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, June 14, 1903, page 30
June 17, 1906 Los Angeles Herald
Signor Boffa's Concert.
The musical entertainment given by Signor Boffa and family, of Medford, at the opera house on Tuesday evening was one of the best entertainments of its character which have ever been given in the town. Little Bertina Boffa is a wonderful violinist, the peculiar charm of her playing being the remarkable sweetness of tone which she produces from the instrument. The vocal solos by Mrs. Boffa were greatly enjoyed, and she was encored repeatedly.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, June 18, 1903, page 2
Frank Hull has sold out his interest in the Elite Gallery in Medford to his partner, George Mackey, and will devote his time to view work. Mr. Hull has recently bought a large lens, making his outfit complete in every respect. He will visit all sections of the Rogue River Valley and take views of its many scenic attractions, as well as to take views of buildings and other places of interest.
“Local Notes,” Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, June 19, 1903
Miss Bernice Cameron, of Union, is visiting here, the guest of her sister, Mrs. L. J. Jacobs.
Mrs. G. W. H. Davis, of Tacoma, arrived Sunday to visit her brother-in-law, A. A. Davis, and sons.
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Starr, of Corvallis, Or., who have been visiting several weeks with E. W. Starr and family, returned home Monday.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, June 21, 1903, page 31
Travis McDevitt, of Medford, is visiting at the home of his parents in this city.
"Society: Dallas," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, June 21, 1903, page 31
Mrs. Dr. H. Little, of Oakland, Or., visited her brother, W. J. Mahoney, here several days this week.
F. S. Gould and family and Mrs. Gould's mother, Mrs. S. P. Dole, left Tuesday for Grand Rapids, Mich., where they will visit during the summer.
Professor Charles H. King, of Mass City, Mich., arrived here this week. He expects to visit relatives during the summer and may locate here permanently.
Miss Bertha King, daughter of Emanuel King, of this city, who left last week for her former home in Lisbon, Mich., was married this week to Mr. Earl Thurston, who lives near Lisbon.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, June 28, 1903, page 31
Drowned While Fishing.
Medford, Or., June 29.--News has been received from Agate by telephone that John G. Van Dyke, Jr., was drowned while fishing on the Rogue River, just above Bybee's bridge, 12 miles from Medford, between 4 and 5 p.m. Sunday. He was in company with Ed. Bodge, Guy Childers and Al. Eisenhart, all of whom saw him drown, but could not get to his assistance.
Mr. Van Dyke was about 29 years old, a member of the dry goods firm of J. G. Van Dyke & Co., also a member of the city council. He was one of Medford's most popular young men, and his sudden death has cast a gloom over the entire community.
Upon receiving the news about 50 young men left here for the river in hope of recovering the body, but as yet it has not been found. He has been married about six months, and his young wife is prostrated. He also left a father, mother, brother and sisters.
The Daily Journal, Salem, June 29, 1903, page 8
Z. Maxcy, bookkeeper in Jackson County Bank, left this week for Arizona and California, where he will visit relatives several weeks.
A. M. Moore, accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. Clara Davis, left Monday for his home in Iola, Kan. Mrs. Davis will reside with her parents.
Mrs. Amos Fries, who has been visiting her mother, Mrs. W. H. Wait, left Saturday for San Francisco, where she joined her husband, Lieutenant Fries. They left for Manila Tuesday, where they will reside.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, June 30, 1903, page 19
DROWNED IN ROGUE RIVER
John Van Dyke of Medford Loses His Life Sunday.
John Van Dyke, a prominent and popular young business man of Medford, was drowned in Rogue River on Sunday at the point known as the "Big Rock," about two miles above the Bybee Bridge. He was with a fishing party, his companions being J. E. Bodge, Guy Childers and Will Isaacs, all of Medford. All of the party were equipped with hip wading boots and were in the stream. Van Dyke, who was not an experienced wader, stepped into a hole in the rock bottom of the river and the undertow carried him off his feet and swept him off into one of the deepest holes in the river. He was out of sight before his companions scarcely realized his mishap, and he never rose to the surface. Bodge hurried to the nearest telephone office and sent the news to Medford, and a searching party started immediately, but the body was not recovered until about noon Monday, and was found at a point 60 to 100 feet below where the disaster occurred.
John Van Dyke was the head of the Van Dyke mercantile firm in Medford and was a successful business man. He was the son of John G. Van Dyke, one of the well-known pioneer residents of Jackson County. He leaves a wife, formerly Miss Minnie Cox, to whom he was married less than a year ago.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, July 2, 1903, page 3
The searchers for the body of John Van Dyke are under obligations to J. G. Pendleton and Chas. Dickison for food supplies during the time they were on the river. These gentlemen dispatched a messenger to their farms with a request to their wives for anything in the eatable line to be forwarded, and the result was rations for a small army forthcoming, which were duly appreciated by the hungry crowd.
The Medford Furniture Co., Weeks & Baker of Medford and J. P. Dodge of Ashland this week purchased the stock in trade of Boyd & Conklin, who have been in business for the past several months in the White-Thomas building, on West Seventh Street, and the invoice preparatory to the formal transfer has been in progress for the past few days.
Medford Mail, July 3, 1903, page 7
Mrs. Hamilton of Medford had a very sad dream Saturday night. She dreamed that a man had come into camp, and would have fainted if she hadn't screamed so loud.
"Colestin Notes," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, July 16, 1903, page 3
MARRIED.KEENE-McCLAINE--At Silverton, Oregon, Wednesday, July 15, 1903, Miss Minnie McClaine to Dr. Clarence W. Keene, Rev. Idleman, of Portland, officiating.
After a beautiful wedding dinner the happy couple left for an extended wedding tour of the Puget Sound country, when they will proceed to Medford, where they will make their future home. The groom is a physician of Medford, and enjoys a lucrative practice there.He is a native son of Marion County, where he has many friends. The bride is a daughter of the Silverton banker, a member of the firm of Coolidge & McClaine.
The Daily Journal, Salem, July 16, 1903, page 5
The Medford Enquirer has resumed publication after a suspension of several weeks during the absence of the editor in California.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, August 6, 1903, page 2
M. S. Damon, one of Medford's prominent citizens, was severely hurt recently by being dragged by a cow. He was leading the animal which took a sudden notion to travel in another course, and Mr. Damon was thrown down and dragged for some distance. His collar bone was broken and his was severely bruised about the head and body.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, August 6, 1903, page 2
360-acre fruit and stock ranch, 3½ miles from Grants Pass, 160 fenced, 50 cleaned, 10 in orchard, fair buildings, good fruit soil, plenty of water and timber and the best outside stock range in Josephine County. Price $5.00 per acre, part cash. Call at ranch on Jones Creek or address Mrs. A. H. Chessmore, Medford, Ore.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, August 6, 1903, page 2
Mrs. Jas. Smiley and little daughter of Medford are visiting this week with her brother, A. S. Wells and family of this place.
"Wilderville Notes," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, August 20, 1903, page 2
The water company is busily shipping ice, and a number of carloads have been sent out this week. The most of the ice has gone to Medford, Ashland and other valley points, where it is being used in shipping fruit.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, August 27, 1903, page 2
Mrs. A. E. Woods of Medford visited here during the week with her sister, Mrs. G. W. Colvig.
Mrs. Claude Riddle of Riddle is visiting in Medford with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Isaacs.
Miss Lottie Little returned to Medford last week after a month's visit here with her sister, Mrs. Fred Miller.
The merry-go-round of McIntosh, Alfred & Kessler is now located in Medford and will be in this city in the near future.
"Our Personal Column," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, August 27, 1903, page 3
Will Loar, son of Mrs. C. Loar of Medford, was killed recently while working at the Golden Nugget mine near Harrison, Idaho.
"The Local Happenings," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, August 27, 1903, page 3
Honest but Indiscreet.The Medford Enquirer has suspended publication--this time for good. Should Mr. Mann embark in the newspaper business again--in some other town--he will undoubtedly not be so indiscreet as to refer to the President of these great United States as a fair specimen of the type of German bartender usually seen in the East. That was the one move which Mann made which resulted directly in his undoing. Be it said, however, to Mann's credit as a business man, he paid his honest bills, he never "grafted" for work, never resorted to dishonest, contemptible methods to secure such work. he never abused his credit to force patronage from our merchants. The Mail regrets that a man possessed of these business qualifications and principles should allow his bitter hatred for the political party in power to narrow his mind down to the idea that he could, with impunity, insult the President of the United States and then endeavor to palm it off as a joke.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, August 28, 1903, page 6
Mrs. Fred Miller and daughter, Robbie, have been visiting during the week with friends in Medford.
Miss Centenna Rothermel, of Medford, the popular queen of the recent Woodmen of the World carnival held here, and Orrin C. Whitman, of Astoria, are to be married at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. C. L. Corwin, Medford, September 8.
"Our Personal Column," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, September 3, 1903, page 3
Mrs. M. DeVaney left this morning for Portland to meet her eldest daughter, Hattie, who is coming from Montreal, Canada to Roseburg to reside. The young lady has just graduated from a school for deaf mutes at Montreal. When an infant, she lost her power of speech and hearing as a result of sickness at Medford, Oregon, and when three years of age was taken to Montreal where she has resided ever since.--Roseburg Review.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, September 10, 1903, page 3
Frank D. Andrus, of Detroit, Mich., arrived in Medford Monday to visit a few days with his brother, D. R. Andrus, and family.
Mrs. N. Langell and daughter, Mrs. Jessie Farnsworth, accompanied her daughter, Mrs. Moore, of Salem, to Grants Pass and is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Judge Hale.
L. F. Cranfill and her daughter, Miss Edyth, left Thursday for northern points. They will visit relatives at Eugene, and from there will go to Portland, where Miss Edyth will attend school at St. Helen's Hall during the winter.
A very pretty wedding occurred Tuesday, September 8, and 9 p.m., at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. C. L. Corwin, on South C Street, when her only daughter, Centenna Rothermel, was united in marriage to Orrin W. Whitman. The ceremony occurred in the parlors of the residence, which were handsomely decorated for the occasion. Rev. T. L. Crandall, of the First Baptist Church, performed the ceremony. Her brother, Homer Rothermel, gave the bride away. The wedding march was played by Mrs. E. E. Gore. Miss Johnnie Little acted as maid of honor, and Joseph Parker officiated as best man. Little Sadie Whitman, sister of the groom, was the flower girl. The bride's bouquet was caught by Miss Johnnie Little. After the ceremony delicious refreshments were served, during which time the high school band played several very pretty selections. The bride is the only and accomplished daughter of Mrs. Corwin, and very popular in Medford society, while the groom is the oldest son of Mrs. D. R. Andrus. Many beautiful presents were received. Only immediate friends and relatives were present. Mr. and Mrs. Whitman left Wednesday morning for Astoria, where they will make their home.
June 2, 1903 Oregonian
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, September 13, 1903, page 22
Ankeny's Gold Nuggets.
There was a display of gold nuggets at the Medford Bank Wednesday which was good to look upon--better to have possessed--but we are not all so fortunate in this world's possessions as H. E. Ankeny, one of the owners of the celebrated Sterling mine, and to whom the gold belonged. The value of the nuggets is between $3500 and $4000. They were all good-sized pieces, and had been picked up by hand during the cleanup process. The largest nugget weighed very nearly $140.
This represents but a very small part of the season's cleanup of this mine, in fact it is only the very coarsest pieces which have been thus gathered. The bulk of gold from this mine is made into bricks which weigh nearly $3000 each, and of these there have been a goodly number sent to the mint.--Medford Nugget.
The Daily Journal, Salem, September 14, 1903, page 5
The Jackson County Ministerial Association was organized at Medford last week. Rev. J. T. Abbott of Ashland was elected president and Rev. W. F. Shields of Medford secretary. The association meets every two months. Its next session will be in Ashland.
"The Local Happenings," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, September 17, 1903, page 3
Mrs. W. A. Hicks and children, of Sacramento, Cal., arrived recently to visit E. A. Hicks and family.
John W. George, of Eugene, visited his sister, Miss Carrie George, several days this week on his way to Stockton, Cal., where he expects to attend school during the winter.
Miss Aileen Webber, of Albany, Or., visited friends here several days this week on the way to Ashland, where she has been elected musical instructor at the normal school.
Herman Crowell, of the United States steamship Adams, which is at present stationed at Mare Island, arrived Monday to visit his wife and children and his father, Mayor W. S. Crowell. He was accompanied by C. Stamon. They are at present hunting deer east of Medford.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, September 20, 1903, page 22
THE LOST RING IS FOUND
And Now a Romance Should Follow.
A few weeks ago, Miss Elsie Tucker, one of the young lady packers at the Clay & Meader orchards, was unfortunate in having a gold ring slip from her finger while packing pears, and as she could not tell which box of fruit it had fallen into [it] was given up as lost. Under date of September 5th, A. J. Roadhouse, a fruit and vegetable dealer in Jennings, Louisiana, writes Messrs. Clay & Meader as follows:--"Will you please ask packer No. 3 if she lost a piece of jewelry in packing a box of Bartlett pears? If so, let me know and I will send it to her." Thus it seems that the ring has fallen into the hands of an honest man and that the young lady will have it returned to her.--Medford Mail.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, September 24, 1903, page 2
S. Hoyt visited his daughters, Mrs. T. W. Johnson and Mrs. Burnett, in Medford last week.
"Our Personal Column," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, September 24, 1903, page 3
Miss Olah Mickey left Sunday for Cottage Grove, Or., where she has been elected as one of the teachers in the public schools.
F. L. Cranfill returned Tuesday from two weeks' visit with his parents in Eugene, Or., on the way from Portland.
John W. George, of Eugene, Or., visited his sister, Miss Carrie George, several days this week. He left Saturday for Stockton, Cal., where he will resume his college studies.
Rev. E. A. Childs and family of Eugene arrived Monday to take charge of the congregations of the Christian Church at Medford and Ashland during the coming year.
G. W. White, formerly of Medford, later a banker in Coquille City, and his son, Floyd, of Myrtle Point, arrived Wednesday and are visiting old friends of Medford.
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Towner and children, of Byron Center, Mich., arrived recently and are visiting Mrs. Towner's sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. George T. Richards.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, September 27, 1903, page 22
Mrs. S. A. Griffith of Wilderville was in Medford last week looking after her ranch property
Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Andrews, of Galice Creek, are visiting relatives in Medford. Mrs. Andrews is a relative of Wm. Vogeli, of Medford. Mr. Andrews is connected with the Old Channel Mining Company of Galice Creek.
"Our Personal Column," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, October 8, 1903, page 3
Mrs. Pratt left yesterday for Springfield on her way to Medford, where she expects to make her future home with her daughter, Mrs. R. C. Blackwell, who will shortly leave for that place.
"South Salem Personals," The Daily Journal, Salem, October 9, 1903, page 5
Rev. and Mrs. R. C. Blackwell and children leave today for Medford, where they expect to make their future home, as Mr. Blackwell was appointed pastor of the Methodist Church at that place. Mr. Blackwell's family will be greatly missed in South Salem, where they have resided the last four years, and made many friends who wish them success in their new field of labor.
"South Salem Personals," The Daily Journal, Salem, October 12, 1903, page 5
An Eye to Wrapping Paper.
The annual visitation of Klamath Indians to Medford commenced this week, several families having come in to do their fall trading during the past few days. There are also a large number of teams on the road. This has become a trade which the Medford merchants have come to rely on every fall, and it amounts to no small sum. Besides that, it is cash on the nail. Indeed, some of the older Indians have a system that they insist upon following, and which has the effect of prolonging the transaction to a considerable extent. Instead of handing in his order, having it filled and then paying in a lump, the red man selects an article, has it wrapped up and pays for it. Then another article is purchased in the same manner. No matter how large the bill is it must be purchased in this way. This makes the transaction slow, but it is the only way.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, October 16, 1903, page 6
A very pretty wedding took place on Wednesday evening, October 28, at 8:30 o'clock at the home of the bride's parents in West Medford, the contracting parties being Mr. J. A. Lamb, of Coquille City, and Miss Virginia A. Woodford, of this city. The bridal party entered the parlors to the strains of Lohengrin's Wedding March, played by Miss Grace Amann, and took their positions under a canopy of autumn leaves, intermixed with purple grapes, where the ceremony was performed by Rev. H. C. Brown. The bride looked charming in a dress of white crepe de chine over white taffeta silk, and carried a bouquet of La France roses. Only relatives and immediate friends of both parties were present. Many beautiful and useful presents were received. The bride is the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Woodford; also one of Medford's accomplished and society young ladies. The groom is a prosperous and popular young hardware merchant of Coquille. Mr. and Mrs. Lamb left Thursday morning for Coquille City, where they will be at home to their many friends here and at Coquille after November 1.
"Society Personals," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, November 1, 1903, page 21
Caught a Wild Goose.
W. J. Mahoney captured a wild goose on the streets of Medford last Saturday. The bird, in flying over, struck a telephone wire, fell to the ground, and was unable to rise again. Wallie happened to be right there, and gave chase. The goose fled for awhile and then suddenly stopped. Mahoney, unable to check himself in time, took a header over the goose, but was up again in time to catch it before it could get away.--Medford Mail.
The Daily Journal, Salem, November 7, 1903, page 5
I. L. Hamilton left Tuesday for Lincoln, Neb., to attend the bedside of his sick brother.
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Frideger, of Weston, O., arrived Sunday, and will remain here permanently.
I. A. Webb arrived from Goldendale, Wash. recently, to visit relatives and friends several days this week.
H. G. Shearer left Monday for his old home in Bradyville, Ia., and he will visit his brother in Greeley, Colo. while on the way.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, November 15, 1903, page 23
Two Aged Insane.
Mrs. Emma Northrup, of Medford, was received in the asylum this morning on a commitment from Jackson County. She is 70 years old, and her insanity is said to be due to trouble with a former husband, from whom she was divorced. J. E. Barkdull and Mrs. W. D. Hazel brought the old lady to the asylum, and her estate will be charged with $10 a month for her care.
George Dixon, a stock buyer of Medford, was also received this morning from Klamath County. His insanity is said to be the result of a debauch. He is 61 years old, and has a mother at Grants Pass. Herbert Baldwin and J. C. Carnahan brought the man to Salem.
The Daily Journal, Salem, November 19, 1903, page 5
LAUNDRY FOR MEDFORDJ. V. Baker, proprietor of the Grants Pass steam laundry, was in Medford lust week upon business. Mr. Banker has leased his laundry in Grants Pass to J. J. Hansen, one of the best boys that ever planted foot on Oregon soil, and he is doing all kinds of business. He is working 13 people and pays $100 a month rent for the establishment. It requires a good business to do that. Mr. Baker was in Medford figuring with parties with the intention of putting in a first-class laundry plant here. If he is successful in securing the property he wants, he will do this. His plant, complete, has already been purchased--to be put in here or at some other point. This is unquestionably the best laundry field there is in all Oregon, and if Mr. Baker does not get in and do business right quickly, a home company will be organized for that purpose within the next few weeks. Mr. Baker is a good laundry man, and a hustler for business.--Mail.
J. W Baker Expects to Start One.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, December 3, 1903, page 1
MEDFORD PREVARICATORSThe Medford branch of the Ancient Order of Prevaricators held a social session one day this week. The audience was regaled with some marvelous stories of deeds in "flood and field," and finally the discussion turned on dog stories. One member had known a shepherd dog to bay a wounded deer for three days, and when found, the dog had worn a path in the earth around the deer so deep that his (the dog's) back was just visible. Another had had a dog which ran a bear into a cave in the early fall, and when the owner accidentally stumbled upon the pair in the spring, the bear and dog had settled all immediate personal difficulties and were quietly sleeping nose to nose. After a few recitatives of truthful occurrences, among them being one of a Dakota fox that had climbed a wheat stalk, and thus escaped from the hounds, the new member told of a greyhound he had once owned. The dog was in full career, chasing a wounded deer, and was almost ready to catch his quarry, when the deer made a sudden turn around a big fir tree. The dog instinctively turned with the deer, but did not notice the tree, and struck it fairly in the center. So great was his speed that he telescoped himself against that tree and from being a long, lank greyhound, became a hound of phenomenal shape, being nearly three feet high and only 12 inches long, and was never any good for speed afterward. The members of the club, by mutual assent, adjourned after this story, and a niche is being prepared alongside of the bust of Baron Munchausen in the association club rooms for the reception of the effigy of the new member, who cannot last long at the pace he has inaugurated.--Mail.
Held a Session Last Week in Thai City.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, December 3, 1903, page 1
Dr. Louis Bundy, who has been visiting relatives in and around Eugene several weeks, returned Wednesday.
Harry B. Myers arrived from Los Angeles Friday and will visit until the first of the year with his parents.
I. J. Straw, of Yreka, accompanied by his mother, Mrs. N. M. Straw, arrived in Medford Friday. Mrs. Straw will spend the winter with her daughter, Miss Lulu.
"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, December 6, 1903, page 22
The recital given at the I.O.O.F. hall Tuesday evening by Mrs. Hemenway and Miss Jones for the benefit of the Christian Church, was well attended and very enjoyable. The program consisted of readings by Mrs. Hemenway, whose work is thoroughly enjoyed and vocal solos by Miss Mabel Jones of Medford, whose singing is thoroughly enjoyed by all. The ladies served lunch after the program and a social time was enjoyed.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, December 10, 1903, page 5
BOYS WANT GOLDSALEM, Dec. 15.--(Special.)--The famous Jackson County suit over the right to $7000 in gold found buried in a tin can at Medford was tried in the Supreme Court today. The case was taken under advisement. The suit was brought by two boys, W. O. and C. P. Danielson, to recover from W. B. Roberts, Mary Roberts, D. Roberts, Eva Roberts and P. B. O'Neill the $7000 which they claim to have found.
Found by Them in a Medford Chicken-House.
REWARDED WITH TEN CENTS
Suit in Supreme Court Is on the Grounds That the Money Was Lost,
and That the Owner Did Not Get It.
The story of the plaintiffs as related to the Supreme Court is that in March, 1894, the Danielson boys were employed by the Roberts family to clean out an old chicken-house having no floor. While W. O. Danielson was shoveling with a long-bladed spade he ran the point of it against a hard substance some three inches beneath the surface of the ground. On digging this out he found it to be a rusty old tin can, and upon attempting to throw it upon a wheelbarrow with other rubbish he was unable to do so because of its weight.
Investigation disclosed that the can, of about a half-gallon capacity, was filled with gold coins in the denominations of $5, 10 and $20. The coins had first been placed in old tobacco sacks and then packed compactly in the can, filling the receptacle to within a half-inch of the top. The can was buried beneath three inches of earth and some four to six inches of compost had accumulated on top of this. The boys carried the treasure to the Roberts house, where surprise was at first expressed, but immediately it was claimed that Mary Roberts had some time before hidden the money in the place where it was found, and that it belonged to her. The money was turned over to the Roberts family and nothing further done until August, 1903, when this suit was brought by the boys to recover the money, on the grounds that it was lost property, that they had found it and that they were entitled to it as against all the world except the owner.
The defendants denied that there was more than $1000 in the can, and alleged that some time before the boys were employed to clean the chicken-house Mary Roberts had buried the money there, and that at no time had the money been lost. The defendants won in the trial in the Circuit Court, apparently upon the theory that the money had not been lost, for the question presented in the Supreme Court is whether the plaintiffs had sufficiently alleged and proved that the money had been lost. In their closing remarks to the Supreme Court the attorneys for the boys gave vent to their feelings as follows:
"Defendants and the parents of the plaintiffs belonged to the same church, and defendant D. Roberts, after taking the treasure from the boys and urging them to secrecy, 'liberally' rewarded them with 5 cents each and the prediction that the Lord would bless them. From this the inference is easy that these 'pious' defendants, who attempt to show themselves tin-can, henhouse bankers, have taken literally the Biblical declaration that 'Unto him that hath shall be given, and from him that hath not shall be taken even that which he hath.'"
Morning Oregonian, Portland, December 16, 1903, page 4