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Medford News: 1910

Medford-related news items from 1910. Also see descriptions of Medford and Jackson County for this year.



    J. Hesse Henselman, wife and son Reddy, also E. S. Henselman, all of Portland, Oregon, are spending the New Year holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Henselman.
    In the real estate transfers of last week it was reported that the Mitchell-Boeck orchard was sold to a Mrs. Joy, when in reality it was sold to Herman C. Joy of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The deal was closed by the realty firm of Cusick & Myers.
    P. S. Boyd, of Jerome, Arizona, arrived in Medford Friday evening, and so impressed is he with the city's future that he has already secured a location and will conduct a photo enlarging, framing and art goods store in the Page building on East Main Street.
    The ladies of the First Methodist Episcopal Church will receive at the home of Mrs. C. H. Corey, 325 East Jackson Street, Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 5 o'clock. Refreshments will be served and a program rendered. An offering of 25 cents will be taken.
    The blacksmithing firm of Merriman & Elliott has been dissolved. Mr. Merriman, who is the pioneer blacksmith of Medford, will continue to conduct the business.
    Clarence H. Snyder of the Snyder Motor Car Company spent Friday in Grants Pass on business.
    H. C. Stone, formerly a resident of Medford, but now located at Eugene, spent New Year's in renewing old acquaintances.
    "Big Frank," superintendent of construction on the Pacific & Eastern Railroad, spent New Year's in Medford. He reports great progress being made along construction lines on the road. He now has 150 men on his payroll.
"Social and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, January 2, 1910, page 5


Arnspiger-McKinney.
    A pretty wedding was celebrated at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry N. McKinney, near Baker City, Wednesday, when their daughter, Helen Jeanette, was married to Olen Arnspiger, of Medford. The bride is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Since leaving college she has been teaching in the public schools of Baker City. Mr. Arnspiger is also a graduate of the University of Oregon. He is now City Engineer of Medford, where he and his bride will make their home.
"Weddings," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, January 2, 1910, page 26


DESCENDANT OF ALDEN DIES
Mrs. Mary V. Moore Expires at the Age of 54 Years.

Special Telegram to The Express.
    GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Jan. 24.--Mrs. Mary V. Moore, a direct descendant of John Alden and Betsy Ross, two prominent figures in American history, died a few days ago in Ameco, this state. Mrs. Moore had been making her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Reedy, in the Mascota district of Jalisco. Mr. Reedy was, until recently, superintendent for the Lawson Mexican Development Company.
    Mrs. Moore's maiden name was Ross, and her mother was Sarah S. Alden. She was born at Binghamton, N.Y., March 4, 1856. She was the widow of Harvey Moore of Medford, Ore. Walter S. Moore of Grants Pass, Ore. and Mrs. Reedy are the only children.
Daily Express, San Antonio, Texas, January 25, 1910, page 9


    An engagement announced recently was that of Ernest Guthrie, who formerly lived in Portland, to Miss Dorothy Lee Spencer, from Vancouver, B.C. For some years past Mr. Guthrie has lived at Medford, Or., where he has an apple orchard. He is a relative of Alexander Guthrie, of Liverpool, England, of the firm of Balfour, Guthrie & Co., and a cousin of W. J. Burns.

"Society," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, February 13, 1910, page C12


A BEAUTIFUL BOOK
    Whether you are interested in fruit culture and its possibilities or not, if you are anything of a lover of the beautiful, write to E. F. Massam, Medford, Oregon, for an illustrated booklet on Medford, Oregon and information regarding the wonderful resources of the Rogue River Valley in Southern Oregon. If the beautifully illustrated prospectus received by us is any criterion of the townsfolk of Medford, or of the resources of the Rogue River Valley, then that is the only place to live on earth.
Boundary Creek Times,
Greenwood, British Columbia, February 25, 1910, page 3


    Ed. Massam, one of the promoters of the Boundary Falls smelter, is now located at Medford, Ore., and is a member of the Rogue River Orchard Land Co.
"Town Topics," Boundary Creek Times, Greenwood, British Columbia, February 25, 1910, page 4


   
W. H. Rardon has opened a bakery and confectionery on the southeast corner of Main and Grape streets in Medford. The place, which was formerly occupied by A. H. Lewis, has been remodeled throughout, and a brick addition containing a large oven has been built in the rear. It is the aim of the proprietor to furnish the public with the very best of bread, cakes and pastry as well as everything in the confectionery line.
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    A. Conro Fiero and Mrs. George Harvey have purchased twenty-three acres on Medford Heights adjoining the city from C. H. Pierce, paying therefor $4600. It is the intention of the new owners to cut it up in suitable tracts and place it on the market with the view of making the Heights one of the choice residence districts of Medford.
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    Ten years ago J. F. Ritter opened a cigar and confectionery store in Medford. The town was small then, but he done a thriving business from the start, which increased with the growth of the town.
    Two years ago Owen Dunlap bought a half interest in the business, and today the firm of Ritter & Dunlap has a large store, elegantly furnished, carrying a complete stock of cigars, tobacco and confectionery. In the rear of the store a parlor is fitted with tables and easy chairs where ices, ice cream and soft drinks are served. The firm has made a host of friends in and outside of Medford and cater only to the best trade.
The Rogue, March 1910

McKeen Car at the Talent Depot, circa 1910
A McKeen car at the Talent depot circa 1910.
NEW MOTOR CAR SERVICE
S.P. to Inaugurate It Between Ashland and Grants Pass Shortly

    The long talked-of gasoline motor car service by the Southern Pacific through the Rogue River Valley will soon be a reality, according to present prospects, for one of these cars reached Roseburg last night from the north and is journeying southward toward Ashland today under its own motive power. Official notice of the service has not yet reached the officials of the company at Ashland, but it is commonly understood that a three- or four-times-a-day service between Ashland and Grants Pass will be inaugurated on or before the first of April. The car is quite a formidable affair, and it is through can make the run to Grants Pass, 40 miles, in an hour. It will have accommodations for 36 passengers or more. This car has been in service recently on one of the branch lines out of Portland and is said to have been doing good service. It is announced that two men, a motorman and a conductor, will comprise the "train" crew for its operation, but some of the local railroad men think that three or perhaps four men will be required for handling the run.
Ashland Tidings, March 24, 1910, page 1   This run was served by a McKeen car.


Gas Wanted at Medford
    Medford held a special election Monday, and by a vote of 112 ayes to 4 notes, authorized the council to grant a gas franchise for a period of thirty years. At the present time there is a proposition before the city council of our neighboring city from E. C. Anderson of Pasadena, Calif., who some time ago applied for a franchise for the installation of a gas plant. While the election Monday does not grant any rights to Anderson, it is probable that the council will give him the franchise as asked for, in which event he says he will soon begin the construction of the plant.
Ashland Tidings, March 24, 1910, page 1


Educator Ill, Hearing Delayed.
    MEDFORD, Or., March 28.--(Special.)--Owing to the illness of Professor U. G. Smith, of the Medford High School, he was unable to appear before the grand jury to prefer charges against the students who are accused of defacing the high school buildings and destroying report cards Friday night. The boys are from some of Medford's most prominent families. They will probably be called before the grand jury at the end of the week.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, March 29, 1910, page 6


Oliver to Have Tabernacle.
    MEDFORD, Or., April 3.--(Special.)--A tabernacle that will seat 1200 people is being built in Medford to be used by evangelist Oliver, who will be here to begin a six-weeks' revival on April 24.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, April 4, 1910, page 9


Bumper Fruit Crop Predicted.
    MEDFORD, Or., April 13.--(Special.)--Professor O'Gara predicts that the fruit crop this year will be the largest in the history of Rogue River Valley. The weather conditions this spring have been most favorable, and the danger from frost is practically past. All the orchards are in splendid condition, being as free from pests and disease as it is possible for them to be.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, April 14, 1910, page 6



Medford Limits Extended.
    MEDFORD, Or., May. 25.--(Special.)--By the overwhelming vote of 78 to 1, the City of Medford voted in a tract of land 60 acres in extent, southwest of the present boundary line of the city, as a part of the city. The election took place last Tuesday..
Morning Oregonian, Portland, May 27, 1910, page 6


Leave for Oregon.
    Mrs. J. M. Gurley and children will leave today for their new home in Medford, Oregon. Miss Niata Gurley will remain here and Miss Flossie Gurley will return here July 1st, and both will be here in their accustomed places in the post office.
Greenville Morning Herald, Texas, June 19, 1910, page 4


    Mrs. L. P. Black of Fort Worth, who for the past week has been the guest of Mrs. Charles Hague while visiting friends at her former home in Taylor, left Saturday for Houston, where she will visit Mrs. James G. Blaine and other friends in the Bayou City prior to her return to Fort Worth, from whence she will soon depart for her new home in Medford, Ore., where Dr. Black has located for the practice of his profession.
"Summer Resort News: Taylor," Daily Express, San Antonio, Texas, July 17, 1910, page 32


    GEORGE F. CARPENTER, a publisher of Chicago, is at the Palace with Mrs. Carpenter. Carpenter recently purchased a farm at Medford, Ore., and will make his future home on the Pacific coast.
"Persons in the News," San Francisco Call, July 22, 1910, page 6



MEDFORD'S NEW DAILY.
    No other one thing bespeaks the growth and prosperity of a community as does the patronage and success of its newspapers. By these signs is a town judged, and in this respect there is nothing wanting in Medford. With a few exceptions, our citizens are a live bunch and being that, they, as no "slow" citizens can, recognize the necessity for publicity--publicity gained by a legitimate plan.
    The first question a prospective locator asks is "how many banks and how many newspapers and are the latter well supported?" The first impression gained of a town is that induced by a perusal of the requested "copies of your city papers." Should these "open windows" of a city appear attractively prosperous? The answer is obvious.
    Citizens should therefore on their part demand that the papers representing them should be creditable ones in paper, type, proofreading and editorially. On this part, too, they should prepare attractive announcements, thus enabling the publisher to do his best. And this brings us to the new daily that let its light shine in Medford for the first time Tuesday morning of this week. That there was an insistent demand in Medford for a modern, fearless modern daily we personally know; that the Medford Sun will fill the requirements for this sort of a publication, we hope and believe is true; while any new venture is handicapped with unforeseen interferences, this is especially likely to be in spite of innumerable mishaps and the case in the newspaper world, yet drawbacks [sic], the new Medford Sun is a credit to our city and gives promise of making itself invaluable to this community. And so we bid it welcome.
Medford Saturday Review, July 23, 1910, page 10


Portland Man Buys at Medford.
    MEDFORD, Or., Aug. 10.--(Special.)--Dr. B. E. Wright, of Portland, purchased today from John M. Root and D. H. Palmer eight and one-half acres near the limits of town, paying therefor $5000 cash. The land is unimproved. Dr. Wright is heavily interested in Hood River and made this investment as the result of an automobile trip to Crater Lake a few weeks ago.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, August 11, 1910, page 5


Medford Fruit Land Brings $20,000.
    MEDFORD, Or., Aug. 11.--(Special.)--F. E. Wells, of Minneapolis, today purchased from J. A. Perry 20 acres of fruit land on the Jacksonville town road two miles west of town. The price paid for the land was $20,000. The land is partly planted to apple and pear trees. The new owner will improve the place and live on it and will commence operations immediately in building a bungalow which will be equipped with a water system, electric lights and other urban conveniences..
Morning Oregonian, Portland, August 12, 1910, page 3


DROUGHT ENDS IN SOUTH
Rogue River Valley Has First Rainfall in Five Months.
    MEDFORD, Or., Sept. 12.--(Special.)--The first rain in five months is falling in Southern Oregon tonight. The rain will be a great blessing to the Rogue River Valley, as it will clear the atmosphere of smoke, put out the forest fires and increase the size of late apples. There has been no real rain in Medford since the first of May.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, September 13, 1910, page 6


GERMAN FAMILIES COMING
Medford Man Will Divide Farm to Suit Tastes of Settlers.
    MEDFORD, Or., Sept. 18.--(Special.)--H. A. Vogel, on Saturday, bought the C. W. McClendon farm in Sams Valley, 20 miles from Medford, for $50,000. The farm contains 604 acres of land.
    Mr. Vogel intends to subdivide the property and improve each division to suit tastes of German families from Iowa, his home state, who are planning to move to Oregon in search of a milder climate.

Morning Oregonian, Portland, September 19, 1910, page 2


    In the fall of 1910 Mr. [Harry J.] Neely and associates purchased the famous Burrell orchard at Medford, Oregon, comprising six hundred and five acres, nearly all of which is in bearing. He went to Chicago and sold the greater part of this to a wealthy class, at prices ranging from one thousand to twenty-three hundred dollars an acre.
"Harry J. Neely," History of the City of Spokane and Spokane County, Washington, vol. 3, 1912, page 310

Medford's Value Doubles.
    MEDFORD, Or., Oct. 18.--(Special.)--The assessed valuation of Medford this year is $5,787,112, according to Assessor Grieve's rolls. These figures do not include the railroad valuations. Last year the valuation was $2,407,394, so that the assessed valuation of Medford has more than doubled in the past year. Ashland is assessed at $2,717,438; Gold Hill, $138,610, and Central Point, $345,995. All these towns show an increase over last year's valuation.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, October 19, 1910, page 6


Medford Workers Organize.
    MEDFORD, Or., Dec. 29.--(Special.)--The Central Labor Council of Medford has received its charter from the American Federation of Labor. Printers, painters, barbers, electrical workers, granite cutters, bricklayers, carpenters and joiners, machinists, and cooks, waiters and waitresses are represented. Musicians expect to organize soon.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, December 30, 1910, page 14


Jap Saves Laundry.
    MEDFORD, Or., Nov. 7.--(Special.)--The prompt action of a Japanese porter saved the Medford laundry from destruction by fire yesterday morning. One of the girls in the laundry had gone home leaving the current on in an electric iron. During the night the heat of the iron set fire to the table and some linen piled nearby. The Jap, passing on his way to work, shortly after midnight, turned in an alarm. The fire company, after a stubborn fight, extinguished the flames. Considerable damage was done to the floor and woodwork of the room.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, November 8, 1910, page 2


    Mrs. Herbert Johnson, after a short visit to her sister, Mrs. W. G. Owsley, left Tuesday for Medford, Oregon, to join her husband, at which place they will reside in the future.
"Locals and Personals," Aspermont Star, Aspermont, Texas, November 18, 1910, page 5


EVENTS OF 1910
As Noted in the Columns of The Post During the Year.
JANUARY
2--Funeral of Judge Silas J. Day.
2--Leslie W. Stansell married.
3--Firemen hold grand rally admit 18.
4--Two men killed by dynamite explosion at Grants Pass.
5--Mr. and Mrs. Posten leave for Oroville, Cal.
9--Harvey Crump shot at Grants Pass.
10--Rebekah Lodge installs officers.
19--L. V. Larsen and Matilda Fick married at residence of bride's parents.
24--Engineer Osgood began surveying for water system.
28--Della Rock died at home of her parents in the city.
FEBRUARY
1--Mrs. Margaret Chapman died.
1--Hon. H. K. Hanna resigns office of Circuit Judge, after serving 25 years. Members of bar present him with handsome gold watch.
1--Council meets, passes Home Telephone Co.'s franchise ordinance.
1--F. M. Calkins of Ashland appointed judge of circuit court.
10--Mass meeting nominate candidates for city offices.
9-12--Teachers' examinations held.
13--Second ball game of the season played on the local diamond.
13--Mrs. Mary Sloan, daughter of the late Geo. Ross, died at Portland.
15--Crater Lake appropriation declared unconstitutional by supreme court.
16--American Development Co. applies for franchise for electric railways over county roads.
19--Twenty members of I.O.O.F. go to Woodville to assist in instituting a new lodge.
21--Mrs. O. E. Rose of Applegate died.
22--The H. Gilson dairy farm sold to Antone Rose.
23--Mrs. C. D. Stout seriously ill.
26--Robert Rabould and Mildred Rock married.
MARCH
1--Floods in northwest causing many disasters. Landslides in Idaho and Washington.
1--Election of city officers--mayor and councilmen re-elected.
2--Rev. Chas. H. Johnston arrived from Fair Oaks, Calif., installed as pastor of the M.E. church.
2--Funeral of Mrs. Almira Sturgis held at Medford.
5--Edward Younkin adjudged insane and taken to Salem.
15--Miss Phoebe Henry died.
17--A. J. Marvin and Mrs. E. E. Boaz married.
18--"The Deacon" produced at U.S. Hall by Medford High School.
19--Rev. Ennis retained as pastor of the Presbyterian church by a unanimous vote.
19--W.C.T.U. National Tag Day.
21--Dave Thompson property opposite court house sold to Luke Ryan.
24--Mrs. G. Francis of this city died at Ashland.
25--Dwelling and store of Frank Edwards at Joe Bar burned.
26--C. E. Minier, court reporter, died at Ashland.
26--Lynn Purdin buys Central Point Record.
27--Ball game--Central Point 5, Jacksonville 15.
APRIL
1--New motor car for R.R.V.Ry. arrived, will accommodate 30.
6--Wilbur Jones and Mrs. Nellie Newbury married in Portland.
9--Luy & Keegan's safe robbed.
7--Telephone exchange moved next door to post office.
8--Country court decides to macadamize county road leading to Medford.
10--Richard Gaskin and Maud Tucker married.
12--Boy named Cody arrested on Applegate, charged with horse stealing.
13--Man named Mays found dead in bed at U.S. Hotel.
15--Mrs. W. M. Swartzfager thrown from a buggy and seriously hurt.
18--Mrs. Cantrall injured in runaway.
20--A. E. Reames moved his law office to Medford.
21--Mrs. W. R. Byrum of Central Point thrown from buggy and killed.
24--Sacred song concert at Presbyterian church.
24--Funeral of Mrs. Annie Henry.
26--Ripe strawberries gathered in a Jacksonville garden.
29--Committee started to secure right of way for new railroad to Joe Bar.
MAY
1--James Young died.
2--Jesse Thrasher murdered at Ashland.
3--Rogue River Valley Abstract Co. incorporated.
6--Robert J. Cameron died.
7--The Jacksonville Post began Vol. IV.
7--First Chinaman married.
11-William Kelley escapes from county jail.
15--Epworth League held anniversary meeting held in M.E. church.
26--Commencement exercises of public schools.
JUNE
3--Mrs. Ellen Kubli leaves for New York.
3--J. H. Huffer and family moved to Raymond, Wash.
9--Mass meeting in interest of good roads.
9--Air compressor at Opp Mine exploded.
11--Woodville incorporates.
14--Flag Day. Not generally observed.
14--John Sutton and Florence Dunlap married.
19--Jacksonville defeats Grants Pass at baseball, score 5-2.
23--Roy Ulrich and Gladys Shaw married.
27--Clairborne Neil died at Ashland, aged 89.
27--Mrs. Emma Autenreith died at Roseburg.
JULY
4--Big celebration at Jacksonville. Several thousands here.
4--Boy named Kinkle drowns in Rogue River near Woodville.
5--Thomas Smith killed by cars near Central Point.
5--City council passed ordinance for cement sidewalks.
6--L. P. Mohan and Sophie Demmer married.
13--Mrs. Elizabeth Ryan taken to hospital.
13--Weeks Bros. planing mill at Phoenix burned.
17--Forest fire on Britt's hill.
19--First number of Medford Sun.
19--Alfred Lampshire and Dollie Young married.
20--Lynn Purdin and Ivy O. Dungey married.
21--George Smith and Gertrude M. Parker married.
23--Funeral of Mrs. Barbara Newbury.
25--Judge H. K. Hanna died, aged 78.
26--Fire alarm sounded, small shack burned.
28--Leroy Ingram and Elizabeth Mann married.
AUGUST
1--Nancy Dugan sent to insane asylum.
1--Special election for water bonds; bonds carried 66 to one.
4--Socialists nominate county ticket.
8--Carl Phelps and Frances Capell married
10--Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson died at Lyden House.
12--William Spencer and Lillian Lundean married
13--Lester Davidson killed at Columbus City.
14--Forest fires raging on Wagner Creek and in vicinity of Butte Falls.
15--Wm. Louden and Addie L. Dorn married.
16--Emma Heckert died.
17--A. J. Cole and Caroline Clemens married.
18--Bank of Jacksonville elects officers, J. Wm. Bybee chosen president.
29--Funeral of Mrs. Mary Simpson-Berry.
SEPTEMBER
3--City council advertises water bonds.
5--Raydue Brown and Alice Barron married.
8--Henry D. Kubli died at his mother's home in this city.
12--Ralph Gray and Zulieme Tibbitts married.
19--Dr. J. W. Robinson and family left for Philadelphia, Pa.
20--Julian A. Mock killed Jesse Smith at Medford.
26--Pioneers hold annual reunion.
27--Postmaster Miller returned from California.
28--Mock given preliminary hearing, committed to jail.
OCTOBER
2--Mrs. S. Matthews of Butte Falls found dead in her bed.
5--Senator Ruth delivered lecture in U.S. Hall.
10--Sterling C. Minnick and Francis E. Jack married.
11--Water bonds sold to Sutherlin & Co. of Chicago.
13--George Lambert dropped dead upon the street in Medford.
15--Mayor Rose lectured in U.S. Hall.
17--Mrs. Minerva Armstrong died in this city.
17--Congressman Hawley and Jay Bowerman delivered addresses at U.S. Hall.
18--O. D. Wright and Eva Moore married.
23--Mrs. A. E. Voorhies died at Grants Pass.
25--David Cronemiller died in this city, aged 84.
26--Milton Carter, an alleged "wild man," arrested on Applegate.
NOVEMBER
1--E. S. Wilson and Ida Fick married.
3--Dr. O. N. Nelson and Mrs. M. Dox married.
5--Garrett Randolph of Buncom died.
6--Edward Wendt and Augusta Walter married.
8--General election.
14--A. E. Reames moves family to Medford.
15--George Brown of Eagle Point buried in cemetery here.
21--E. E. Gore died at Medford, aged 80.
23--Two inches of snow fell during the night.
25--City council awarded contract of water works to J. J. Mears.
DECEMBER
1--Surveys being made for the extension of the Rogue River Valley Railroad.
8--New engine for railroad arrives.
6--W. C. Deneff sold confectionery store to E. A. Thompson.
7--Twenty-five men arrived to work on the water works.
11--E. S. Brooke taken to asylum.
11--Work began on concrete building for Luke Ryan.
11--Wm. H. Cook died, aged 68.
15--Julian A. Mock sentenced to penitentiary for life.
Jacksonville Post, December 31, 1910, page 1



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