The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised




Phoenix News

Transcribed by Dorothy Cotton.

A VALUABLE PROPERTY
For Sale at a Reduced Price.

    The undersigned is offering to sell his entire property situated and being on the road leading from Jacksonville, O.T. to Yreka, Cal., and eight miles from the former place, the well-known flouring establishment under the style of S. M. Wait's Phoenix Mill. This mill has been built at a very great expense and is in every way what it should be: well located, well built and in first-rate running order, capable of manufacturing an article of flour not surpassed by any flouring establishment on the entire coast or in the United States. Any person desiring to make a permanent investment will do well to call and examine the property themselves, as I am bound to sell it at whatever price it will bring.
S. M. WAIT
    Phoenix Mill, October 3rd, 1856
Also on hand and for sale at the lowest market price, two hundred thousand (200,000) pounds of superfine flour, branded S. M. Wait, Phoenix Mill.
    N. B. All flour branded S. M. Wait, Phoenix Mill, O.T., I will warrant No. 1.
S. M. WAIT
Table Rock Sentinel, December 6, 1856, page 3


Gasburg
    We visited Gasburg the other day and was much pleased to see such rapid progress in improvement. The location for a county town has advantages over almost any other place, being near the center of the farming settlements on Bear, or Stuart Creek having one of the best flouring mills in the Territory, also an excellent saw mill, a tan yard, and extensive manufacturing establishments. Being located immediately on the road between Jacksonville and Yreka, at a beautiful site for a country village, with the improvements already in progress, it bids fair to become a rival to Jacksonville in point of trade; for most certainly the location has superior manufacturing advantages, and is much nearer the center of the great farming community on Bear Creek, and without doubt, if there is not something done by the citizens towards supplying the mines with water, there is no inducement to the farmers to give Jacksonville the preference over a village situate in the center of their settlement, with the advantages of water power for manufacturing purposes. It then seems to us that from present appearances, Gasburg has decidedly many advantages, and it also appears that considerable enterprise is manifested by the citizens in building it up. Then let our Jacksonville friends look to their interest, and do something that will retain the trade and  business of the county at this place for without some public enterprise, zealously prosecuted at this place, the day is not far distant when we may be compelled to transact all our county business at another point. This can be remedied if the people choose, and the sooner they commence the better it will be for our town.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 30, 1858, page 2


Notice--Settle!!
    All persons having unsettled accounts with the Phoenix Mills are requested to call immediately and SETTLE THE SAME, as I am desirous to close all the present accounts.      
S. M. WAIT
Phoenix Mills, Jan. 20, 1858
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 27, 1858, page 3

                                                      
    A number of the young men of Jacksonville went to Gasburg on Monday evening last, in pursuit of some amusement for the Fourth, but we learn that they did not enjoy themselves very hugely.

Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, July 10, 1858, page 2


    HALF MARRIED.--
At Phoenix, on Sunday the 4th, by Col. Hays, J.P., Mr. Pursley to Miss Wagner, both of that place.
    We learn that Mr. Pursley is a son of St. Crispin, who has been endeavoring to "make 'ends' meet" for eight months past, in the flourishing little town above named, and who, it is said, has conducted himself in the meantime quite respectfully. Some months since he became enamored of Miss Wagner, a respectable lady, who finally consented to wed. On Sunday evening, everything being got in readiness, the Squire bid them stand up. After the usual preliminaries, be asked the male party, "Do you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife?" The groom, who had taken some stimulants to "bring his courage up to the sticking point," and who, consequently, had no very definite idea of the proprieties of the occasion, answered, "I don't do nothin' else, old hoss!" This gave dire offense to the would-be bride, and she at once became a wouldn't-be bride. She remained, however, while the J.P., amid the suppressed merriment of the company, some sixty persons, propounded the all-important query, which she answered with a negative, and resumed her seat. In accordance with the suggestion of a friend, he left the room. He went and drank more liquor, and was soon after in a state of far advanced inebriation, when he was taken and thrown into the mill race, nearby. He afterwards received a coat of lampblack, and was subject to sundry and diverse other indignities.--Jacksonville Herald.

Oregon Statesman, Salem, July 27, 1858, page 3


Administrator's Sale
    By the virtue of an order to me directed, issued out of the Probate Court of Jackson County, State of Oregon, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder, at 10 o'clock A.M. on Saturday, the 8th day of October next, at Phoenix in said county and state, all the property both real and personal belonging to the estate of Henry H. Church, dec'd., to wit:
   The undivided half of a certain brick house and lot known as the Phoenix House and situated in the town of Phoenix, lot No. 3, block No 1.
    Of personal property, one clock, counter, scales, stoves, looking glasses, war scrip, and a variety of other articles too numerous to mention.
    Terms of sale: All sums under twenty-five dollars, cash; all over will be half cash and the other half in six months, with approved security, without interest.
    Given under my hand, the 7th day of September, 1859.
HARRISON B. OATMAN, Administrator.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 17, 1859, page 3


Information Wanted.
    Of Alexander Patterson, late of the Fremont Hotel, Gasburg. He left Yreka on the 23rd of March for his home, and was last seen at the Eagle Ranch, ten miles north of Yreka. He rode a bay pacing mare. Mr. Patterson is a small man, dark complexioned, and about 25 years of age. His former residence was in Scott's Valley, Shasta County, Cal. He was known to have with him over $2000 in gold. It is feared that he has been murdered. Any information concerning him will be gratefully received by Mr. J. P. Burnes, Fremont Hotel, Gasburg, Ogn. or at the office of the Oregon Sentinel.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, April 14, 1860, page 2


FOR SALE--THE FARMERS' MILL AT GASBURG
   The undersigned is about to remove from the state, and therefore offers for sale his fine flouring mills, at Gasburg, together with his dwelling, stables, sheds, and land adjoining, consisting of between four and a half and five acres, the right of water, &c., &c.
    The flouring mills are not surpassed in all Southern Oregon in point of eligibility of location and excellence of machinery. The supply of water is ample to drive two run of stones night and day during nine months in the year, and the mills will grind 300 bushels of wheat per day regularly. 
    For further particulars and for terms of sale, apply to the subscriber upon the premises at Gasburg.
WM. HESSE
December 24, 1859
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, April 14 and 21, 1860, page 4


    S. L. Ganar of San Bernardino, California, who was considered a nice beau in Gasburg in 1858, is here looking after war claims. He has made an independent fortune since he left Jackson County. He has a wife and four children.

Letter of B. F. Dowell, Washington, D.C., February 1, 1869, in Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 6, 1869, page 1


    FIRE AT PHOENIX.--A destructive fire occurred at Phoenix last Wednesday night, which totally destroyed the store of Reames and Sargent and a warehouse belonging to the Grangers' Mill Company, filled with flour. It is supposed to be the work of an incendiary (as no fire had been burning in the store stove the preceding afternoon), and was first discovered at about one o'clock by James R. Reames, who was awakened by a loud noise, as of a roof falling in. Upon arising to ascertain the cause, he found the store entirely on fire and already too far consumed to save anything from it. Some time afterward, when further danger was supposed to be over, a small quantity of powder stored in the cellar of the store exploded and sent the cinders flying in all directions, some of which lodged on the mill company's warehouse opposite. A small blaze was at first noticed and an attempt made to extinguish it. But the wind was blowing so strong that, in less time than it takes to tell it, the whole structure was ablaze and past saving. A horse kept in the building was rescued just in season. Sol. Sachs, agent of the Home Mutual Insurance Company, informs us that Reames and Sargent were insured in this company for $3,000. Their loss will approximate $6,000, which is a heavy blow to them. The post office and its contents were, of course, also lost. The building was owned by Solon Colver, and is estimated to be worth $1,000, with no insurance. The mill company had 100,000 pounds of flour stored in their warehouse, and their loss is placed at near $3,000, also uninsured. This conflagration came near finishing the place.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 27, 1877, page 3


    Dr. S. Whittemore, of Roseburg, has located at Phoenix.
    The "ager" is what's the matter with the Gasburgers.

    P. W. Olwell, of the Phoenix flour mills, last week sent us a sack of his new flour. Those who have sampled it pronounce it of superior quality, and not to be excelled anywhere.
    Our neighbors at Phoenix are improving fast. Among the latest additions to the town are a new butcher shop, barber shop and beer saloon. A new physician has also located there.

"Random Jottings," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, August 14, 1878, page 3



    A prize spelling bee is to take place at Colver's Hall in Phoenix this evening.
    Work will soon be commenced on a new church building at Phoenix, to be constructed by the members of the M.E. Church of that place.

"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 8, 1879, page 3



    The Good Templars are actively organizing at Phoenix and other places in the valley. Why do they avoid Jacksonville?  Is it because other places are so bad that they need immediate attention?

"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, February 12, 1879, page 3


    Quarterly Meeting.--The third quarterly meeting for Jacksonville circuit, M.E. Church, will be held at Phoenix on next Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 23. Preaching at 2 P.M. on Saturday, followed by the quarterly conference. Preaching at 11 A.M. on Sabbath, followed by the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.

Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 19, 1879, page 3


    CHRISTMAS BALL AT PHOENIX.--A ball will be given at Lavenburg's in Phoenix on Wednesday night, Christmas Eve. Good music has been secured and everything else is being done to make this an enjoyable occasion. Tickets $2.50, including supper.
    HERRIN LANE.--The graveled portion of Herrin's lane is one of the best portions of the public road between here and Phoenix, but our neighbor reported the miring of one of the stages in this lane last week. The drivers want to know where he got this information, as such an event never occurred.

Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, December 17, 1879, page 3


    Parties who attended the Christmas Ball given by Mrs. Lavenburg at Phoenix report a large attendance and an excellent time. Another will be given at the same place on New Year's Eve.

"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, December 29, 1880, page 3


    SOCIAL DANCE.--A May Day party will be held at Lavenburg's Hall in Phoenix on Monday evening, May 2nd. Good music and supper will be provided by Mrs. Lavenburg, and a general invitation is extended. Tickets $2.00.

Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, April 30, 1881, page 3


    Mrs. Lavenburg, the kind and genial hostess of the Phoenix House, maintains the old unsurpassed reputation of her hotel up to the usual high standard for comfort and hospitality. The guests are frequently entertained by choice instrumental music from an orchestra composed of Dr. Deveney and wife and others, which adds much pleasure to the entertainment of the visitors.

"On the Wing," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, December 17, 1881, page 3


    The Champion's picnic at Phoenix last Wednesday is pronounced a grand success by the large crowd of young folks that attended from this place. Festivities closed with a ball in Colver's Hall in the evening, and all present say it was a fine affair throughout. Mrs. Lavenburg furnished the supper, and as it is acknowledged that she always gives the best to be had in this locality, no further mention is necessary.

"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, May 20, 1882, page 3


    Mrs. Lavenburg will give a Christmas Ball at Phoenix on Friday December 22nd, to which everybody is invited.

"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, December 2, 1882, page 3


MARRIED.
    LOW-LAVENBURG--At Phoenix, January 1st, 1883 by Rev. Wm. Clyde, C. C. Low and Miss Lena Lavenburg.
    BROWN-LAVENBURG--At Phoenix, January 1st, 1883 by Rev. Wm. Clyde, J. P. Brown and Miss Josie Lavenburg.

Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 6, 1883, page 3


    Besides the dance at Lavenburg's  Hall at Phoenix on New Year's night there was a double wedding--C. C. Low and Miss Lena Lavenburg, and J. P. Brown and Miss Josie Lavenburg. We acknowledge receipt of compliments and wish the newly married couples much joy.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 6, 1883, page 3


Phoenix the Terminus.
    The fine weather of the present month has enabled the railroad company to push construction work to good advantage, and the graveling and ballasting is progressing so rapidly that officials of the company say the freight and passenger terminus of the road will be moved from Grants Pass to Phoenix about the first of February. This is good news, not only for Phoenix, but for all the valley. Instead of having to "stage it" and "team it" 125 miles to the railroad, as formerly, Ashland people will find the cars only eight miles away. Merchants and others here who have been delaying orders for the shipment of goods until the railroad could bring them further than Grants Pass will now forward their orders, and Phoenix will be awakened from its hitherto easygoing, sleepy air by the bustle and stir of an extensive business in the way of transferring passengers and freight. If the railroad company cannot get rails until another ship sails from New York around Cape Horn, Phoenix will be the terminus for many months, but however that may be, it will be well along in the spring before the cars run to Ashland.
Ashland Tidings, January 25, 1884, page 3


    Mrs. Lavenburg of Phoenix has retired from the hotel business.

"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, May 10, 1884, page 3


    The Lavenburg Hotel at Phoenix has been closed, and the only public eating house there now is kept by Joseph Hockett.

"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, May 17, 1884, page 3


    On Tuesday last Pat McMahon took charge of the mail line between here and Phoenix, taking the contract for a term of two years.
"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, July 5, 1884, page 3


    Mrs. D. Lavenburg, the affable hostess of the Phoenix Hotel, was in town this week.

"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 31, 1885, page 3


DEATH FROM PNEUMONIA
    Mark Conger, of Medford precinct, one of the well-known and successful farmers of the valley, died at his home on Sunday night last of lung fever, after a short illness. It is said that, in a sportive mood, he joined in a foot race at Medford on the Fourth, and overheated himself, contracting a cold which settled on his lungs and continued to grow rapidly worse until the end came. The funeral was on Monday afternoon and was largely attended, the remains being laid at rest in the cemetery at Phoenix. Deceased leaves a sorrowing wife and a family of young children to mourn his loss.
Ashland Tidings, July 23, 1885, page 3


A Hung Jury.
    The case of the estate of L. Colver vs. P. W. Olwell, a suit to recover $5000 damages for the accidental killing of Mr. Colver by defendant, came up for trial in circuit court last Thursday and was submitted to the jury Tuesday evening. The jury were out all night, and on Wednesday morning reported to the Court that they were unable to agree upon a verdict, whereupon they were discharged. They stood six for the plaintiff and six for defendant. The case will not come up for trial again at this term of court. S. B. Galey and E. B. Watson represented the plaintiff; and Messrs. Hanna, Bowditch and DePeatt were retained by defendant.
Ashland Tidings, October 23, 1885, page 3



THROUGH THE VALLEY
    In company with Jacob Wagner, the Tidings editor took a ride through a good portion of the central part of the valley last Saturday, stopping at all the towns and budding cities on the route. At nearly every town the citizens appeared to think that every other town in the valley was on its last legs, and that theirs was to be the chief city of the county. Having seen them all within a very short time, we can report that none are yet buried as completely as Pompeii and Herculaneum, and at every place there was signs of life and hope. At Talent several new buildings give the village an air of improvement and prosperity. At Phoenix little improvement is to be seen, but the town has its flouring mills and its steady, modest business and is apparently undisturbed by dreams of any mushroom growth in the immediate future.
Ashland Tidings, October 30, 1885, page 3


Meeting of Prohibition Club
    The first public meeting of the Ashland Prohibition Club since its organization was held at Myer's hall Wednesday evening, and a good audience was present. Rev. M. G. Royal was announced as the chief speaker of the evening, and made a straight Prohibition speech, asserting his belief that prohibition is the paramount question before the people, and that its only solution is through independent political action. Mr. Royal was followed by Samuel Colver, of Phoenix, who made one of his characteristic speeches, pungent and vigorous, distributing his heavy hits impartially upon all parties and all classes, except the prohibitionists. J. E. Houston, president of the club, also made a brief and pointed speech. The choir furnished choice music.
Ashland Tidings, February 26, 1886, page 3


Fire at Phoenix.
    On Monday afternoon last, the substantial dwelling house of Mr. L. A. Rose, on the county road just north of Phoenix, was entirely destroyed by fire, together with nearly all its contents. At the time the fire was discovered no one was in the house except the children. Mr. Rose was not far distant, however, and, together with others who heard the alarm, hastened to the house, but the fire spread so rapidly that nothing was saved but an organ and a trunkful of clothing. The origin of the fire is unknown, and as the flames were first seen in a room some distance from that in which fire had been kept, it is a mystery. The house and contents were insured for $1000 in the State Insurance Co., but this will probably not cover more than half the actual loss. Mr. Rose has suffered unusual misfortune of late, and has the genuine sympathy of the whole community in his troubles.
Ashland Tidings, May 28, 1886, page 3


HISTORICAL HACK
    Rogue River Courier: James W. Wimer now owns the hack in which Major General E. R. S. Canby was conveyed from the scene of his murder on the Modoc battle fields to Yreka. Mr. Colver, of Phoenix, owned the hack, and if we mistake not he was operating it at the time between the lava beds and Ashland. The seat shows two bullet holes through one end of it, which were fired from ambush at the driver, but were four inches too low to hit their mark.
Ashland Tidings, June 11, 1886, page 3


THAT HISTORICAL HACK
    Grants Pass, June 12, 1886
    Editor Tidings: Dear Sir: I am not much of a newspaper writer, but I would like to say a word in regard to the item in your last entitled "the historical hack."
    I was the driver of that hack from the time that it left Jacksonville with Gen. Canby until his corpse was delivered in Yreka, and the hack did not operate between Ashland and the Lava Beds, but was under the General's special order, and I was with him all the time until he was killed, and then I went with the body to Yreka, and from there I came home. The team and hack did belong to Mr. L. Colver at that time, but as to where the hack is now I do not know. But I do know that if there are any bullet holes in the seat they have been put there since that time. As there never was a shot fired at me or the hack while I was out there.
Yours, W. J. Cunningham
Ashland Tidings, June 18, 1886, page 3


The Fourth at Phoenix.
    The following programme has been arranged for the celebration at Phoenix on July 3rd, tomorrow.
    1. Music by the Jacksonville Silver Cornet Band
    2. Song--Phoenix Glee Club
    3. Prayer--Chaplain, Rev. A. R. Bickenbach
    4. Song--Glee Club
    5. Music--Band
    6. Reading Declaration--A. Soule
    7. Music--Band
    8. Oration--By Prof. M. G. Royal
    9. Song--Glee Club
    10. Music--Band
    There will be free dinner for all. After dinner toasts and general amusement consisting of sack races, wheelbarrow races, foot races and other games too numerous to mention.

Ashland Tidings, July 2, 1886, page 3


    Phoenix has made no pretensions of booming along with another ambitious places, but has been very noticeably improved in general appearance during the past year by new fences, new paint, etc. Among her building improvements are the following: New dwelling of L. A. Rose, costing at least $1000; new dwelling of James Collins, $500; improvement of buildings by Engel Bros., $700; addition to residence of John Edsall, $150; Samuel Robbins has in process of erection a new dwelling, $500; and other improvements are contemplated.
"Improvements in Jackson Co. in 1886,"
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 7, 1887, page 1


Phoenix Happenings.
    Mr. M. Little, one of the old pioneers and respected citizens here, attempted suicide last Friday by taking strychnine. The dose was sufficient to cause him great suffering, but fortunately not heavy enough to be fatal. The cause of his rash attempt is not known, but he was probably in a fit of temporary mental aberration through despondency.
    Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hammon, of this precinct, were given a surprise party on the night of the 4th inst., the sixth anniversary of their marriage. Of course, the occasion was one of genuine pleasure to those who participated.
    Phoenix, Apr. 6, 1887.
Ashland Tidings, April 8, 1887, page 3


    The spring term of school began last Monday with Prof. W. H. Gore as principal and Misses Mollie Merriman and Sophia Wilson as assistant teachers. Under the present corps of teachers we cannot fail to have one of the best schools in the county.
"Medford Melange," Ashland Tidings, April 8, 1887, page 3



Committed to the Asylum.
    The friends of Samuel Colver, of this county, will learn with regret that it has been necessary to commit him to the state asylum for treatment and care. For a month or more past he has acted in such a manner as to convince people here who came in contact with him that his mind was unbalanced. His special mania appears to be the purchase of real estate, and he attempted to buy a large number of farms near Phoenix before it was generally seen that he was subject to hallucinations. His wife and other relatives started on a trip east two or three weeks ago, and he was to follow them, but only went as far as Portland, where his dementia became so unmistakable that he was taken to T. W. Davenport's place near Silverton, Marion County, in the hope that quiet and rest would relieve his troubles. He continued to grow worse, however, and was taken to Salem for examination, and committed to the asylum. He was given to understand that his examination was a conference of real estate owners who would sell their property, and he sustained the principal part of the conversation during the examination. Among other things, it appeared that he had bought all of East Portland and Mount Tabor, owned all the water rights of Oregon, had $2,800,000,000 to invest in real estate.
    It is hoped that the treatment at the asylum will entirely restore his reason.

Ashland Tidings, December 9, 1887, page 3



    Mrs. Talent, daughter of H. Close, had a very narrow escape from being killed at her father's brickyard, Phoenix, last week. While standing near the machine her dress caught in the cog wheels and drew her down onto the machine. Her clothing wound around the cog wheels so tightly that it stopped the engine. Had it not stopped as it did, in another minute she would have been killed. As it was she escaped with some very bad bruises.--Tidings.
"State and Coast," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 8, 1888, page 1


    A big handsome 40-lb. watermelon came to the Tidings office last Friday, as an evidence of what the granite hills about Ashland will grow without irrigation. It was raised on the place of Mr. S. H. Calhoun in the northwestern part of town, and grown wholly since the storm, which tore up his garden there considerably, on the 9th of July. It was the largest and finest melon received at this office this year.

Ashland Tidings, September 27, 1889, page 3


   Talent, Phoenix, Tolo and Rock Point have been provided with mail catchers, and the through express mail will hereafter only stop at those stations on flag, for passengers or other business.

"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 12, 1890, page 3


THE MYSTERY SOLVED
   The remains of Uncle Sam Colver were accidentally found by Chas Rolfe last Saturday evening. They were lying on the west shore of big Klamath Lake, near what is known as Coon Point, in the Pelican Bay country. Squire F. E. Robinson of Linkville, sitting as coroner, on Sunday morning took a jury and the witnesses abroad the steamer Rustler, and together with Judge Webster and District Attorney Colvig went to the place where the body was, 25 miles up the lake. The remains were placed in a coffin and taken to Stidham Creek, where the old pioneer was given a decent burial. Mr. Colver undoubtedly came to his death by drowning. After the horse had fallen in the bog-hole, near Howard Bay, he took the saddle off and started on foot to the place of his destination, the Spencer ranch. Being crippled at the time, he left the rough mountain road and went on the ice on the lake. After having traveled seven or eight miles in this way, he would reach a portion of the lake in which there are many hot springs, hence thin ice and holes. It being dark, he probably fell in to some one of them. When the ice broke up, the winds carried the body to where it was found. Papers on his person positively identified Colver. Besides, his left foot was crippled and done up in rags, while his skull bore the pistol marks received at the hands of ruffians in Idaho some years ago.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 26, 1891, page 3



KLAMATH COUNTY
(Linkville Star July 23)

   N. B. Nelson of Bay Center, Wash., came to town this week. He is the agent of a small colony of twelve families, and his business in Klamath County is to see whether this county contains suitable farming locations for the little colony, and is well pleased with Klamath land.
   Fifty people were refused accommodations at Edson's hotel this week, every room in the house being crowded. The proprietors contemplate building an addition to the stone building large enough to contain 65 rooms. The rush at the Truitt springs is equally as heavy.
   Mrs. J. D. Fountain and daughter left Saturday on a visit to Klamath Agency.
   Beef-buyers are becoming plenty in the Klamath basin. A. R. Cook, Bayley and Nelson, Hayes and some others are around trying to buy. This is a fine sign that the price of beef is going up, though the buyers are too artistic to present their offers in that peculiar light.
   Our safe has arrived. Now, dear delinquents, be moderate and careful about firing the coin in, and above all don't step on one another's coattails. At present we are using the cool iron chest as a receptacle for our landlady's butter, but will throw it open when the coin begins to fly in. We think the butter will then be strong enough to take care of itself.
   "Old Billy," one of the fruit wagon horses that climbed up here from Rogue River Valley this week, looks as young as any of the other horses. He was foaled when Oregon joined the Union and ceased to be a territory, but he don't mind that. With an almost colt-like step he carries his 32 years into the harness and pulls every pound of his share, and frequently a few pounds that should be pulled by the other horse. Uncle Sam Colver brought Billy's grandsire from Canada in '56. Welborn Beeson, of Talent, was the owner of Billy's sire, and the venerable "colt" came up with fruit this week under the hand of Ernest Carter. Wallace Baldwin rode the animal into this smoky basin during the Modoc war, and Wallace remembers well how energetically he scented the battle afar off and threw up his ears and kicked against the situation and the flies. As he passed along homeward this week many an old settler looked at him while a cluster of dear old recollections formed between their eyes.

Ashland Tidings, August 7, 1891, page 3



Ten Nights in a Bar Room.
   Editor Mail:--Under the auspices of "Phoenix Farmers' Alliance" the above world-renowned drama was rendered at Phoenix, in Colver's hall, Saturday evening, January 16. The players had been in drill twice per week for near two months, and the rendering showed how careful and painstaking had been the labor bestowed even in the smaller particulars, and did great credit to every actor. No better characters could have been procured had the entire state been tendered the committee to select from. Over 200 gathered at an early hour to witness the play, and all expressed themselves as more than well pleased. The cast was as follows:
    "Romane," S. H. Holt; "Swichel," Cory Taylor; "Simon Slade," Al Rose; "Mrs. Slade," Nettie Rose; "Frank Slade," Lin Kahler; "Jo Morgan," Henry Mathews; "Mrs. Morgan," Lita Colver; "May Morgan," Lena Berger; "H. Green," Arthur Furry; "Willie Hammond," Will Coleman; "Mahatable Cortright," Hattie Bliss. Receipts, $42.45, net, $35.
Chairman Committee.
Medford Mail, February 4, 1892, page 3


Box Sociable.
   There will be a Box Sociable at Phoenix in the Lavenburg Hall on March 18. A literary and musical programme will be rendered before the supper. Exercises to begin at 8 o'clock p.m. The ladies will each arrange a box of eatables and place her name in the box. Each gentleman for his part of the programme is expected to bring fifty cents to pay for the box and privilege of eating supper with the lady. All are cordially invited to attend. By order of the
        Committee.

Medford Mail, March 17, 1892, page 3


A LIVELY LETTER FROM PHOENIX
Mining News from the Other Side of the Siskiyous--Spry Phoenix Locals
Phoenix, Or., May 3rd, 1892
    Your correspondent has just returned from Hungry Creek. We left Phoenix one week ago last Tuesday and the first place struck on Hungry Creek was Jim Briner's. We found Jim down in the mine hard at it with pick and shovel. He didn't look very hungry, though he said he got terrible hungry last winter when he had to pack in meat on his back from Shattuck's, a distance of eight miles, in five feet of snow. He went on snow shoes, that is, part of the time, and part of the time the snow shoes were on top--once they bucked him off and he went head foremost into a prospect hole, but he got out all right. Two Chinamen, who went out about the same time, failed to make the riffle and one has not been heard of since. Jim says there was eight feet of snow there at one time, but he stayed with it and thereby got to work early and has now finished ground sluicing and will commence to clean up this week. It will take about three or four months and he expects to take out quite a stake. One mile below Jim's is the Giddings claim. Ab. is about ready to begin operations with a hydraulic pipe. Owen Dunlap, of Phoenix, and Nick Brophy, of Talent, are working for him. Both are good hands to work, but Ab says he will have to start a pack train to keep them in grub.
    Jim Sterling has struck a rich quartz lead near the head of Hungry Creek which is considered a good one. It is 8 feet wide and he has sunk down 100 feet and it assays from $8 to $12 all the way down and across.
    A company from Salem have struck a good lead on Beaver Creek. They are here more particularly to look for one of those rich strikes we read about but never find. One of the party claims to have seen a quartz lead on Hungry Creek 30 or 40 years ago that was almost 3 feet wide and nearly half gold. He did not know then that the gold could be got out and now he can't find it, but he seems to have faith.
    We went from Briner's over to Grouse Creek where we found Bill Patterson, Cliff Payne and Ad Graham (three as good fellows as anyone could wish to meet in the mountains), all busy at work. They have their ditch all cleaned out, the hydraulic is in running order, and as soon as they get their derrick up the dirt will have to fly. Ad does the cooking and is hard to beat, but he will have to concede that Griffin can beat him making bread (the boys can explain the reason why when they come over). Cliff and Ad caught 39 trout while we were there and we had them for breakfast. There is plenty of snow in some places but not enough to hinder work. There is room for a good many men on Beaver, that is, men who are "on the work." Several places will pay from $1.50 to $2.50 a day to the man. We left on Monday, returned home Tuesday, and have [the following] for items from Phoenix:
    Mrs. Louise Culp, of Medford, has been visiting friends and relatives in Phoenix this week.
    There was a pleasant party at the residence of Wm. Gray near here last Friday night. Quite a crowd was present and everybody had a good time.
    The Thompson Bros. started their revival meetings here last Thursday night, to continue for a week or two. They are both good talkers. Bro. Kahler leads the singing, which is very good, only the Doctor sings so well his voice drowns the organ and also the voices of the lady singers, which is a little bit disappointing, for I know the women like to be heard, and when a fellow has his best girl there he wants to hear her sing.
    Geo. Wright just returned from a visit down on Rogue River.
    Jeff and Bob Deveney were down from the Ashland mine last Sunday, visiting the old folks at home.
    Mrs. Frank Towne and Mrs. J. B. Griffin visited Medford Saturday.
    Mr. Stockberger, of Williams Creek, father of Mrs. F. Towne, has been up on a visit, the first time in several years. He brought George Towne a nice pony, and George is the happiest boy in town now.
    Shady Warder and Miss Nerva Naylor visited Phoenix last Sunday.
    Mr. Henderson, formerly of Williams Creek, arrived here lately from Bakersfield, Cal., to stay.
    A curious freak of nature may be seen at the residence of John Wright in Phoenix--a calf without eyes. Although perfect in every other way, it hasn't the least semblance of an eyeball.
    Riley Hammersley has been visiting his parents at Gold Hill this week.
    Another scandal is brewing near Phoenix. It is near time to have a rest.
    John Robbing returned home to Phoenix last week from Portland. He had  been absent for some time.
    Miss Martha Williams has returned to her home in Phoenix, after spending some time at Medford with the family of Mr. Goldstone.
    Jas. Reames is getting well fast now, but Mrs. Reames is very sick at present.
    Mrs. I. Hukill is very sick with cancer in the breast.
    Chicken pox is raging mildly in Phoenix and vicinity.
    Mrs. Betty Hamlin, who has been in ill health for a year or two, is now almost entirely well and is getting along nicely notwithstanding the trouble she has passed through. Mrs. Hamlin has a multitude of friends who will be glad to know she is getting along so well.
    The people's club met last Monday May 2nd, and nominated their precinct officers. Riley Hammersley for justice of the peace and Riley Nyswaner for constable and we'll elect them and don't you forget it. Hammersley is well qualified for the position, having been there before.
    Ten Mills has a new suit of clothes. Ten comes to town pretty often nowadays, but still his best girl doesn't live here.
XXX
Ashland Tidings, May 6, 1892, page 3


"The Rally at Phoenix"
    A large number of Medford people took in the speaking at Phoenix Monday evening. Ira Wakefield was the principal speaker, and a more convincing and forcible argument was never heard. His practical way of dealing with the financial and other questions of the day is most remarkable. The beautiful grove was nicely illuminated, and a large enthusiastic crowd was in attendance.
Southern Oregon Mail, Medford, August 5, 1892, page 2


    M. H. Coleman of Phoenix has rented his farm to his son, W. R. Coleman, and will move to Wagner Creek about the 1st of Oct.

Talent News, September 15, 1892, page 2


    Mrs. Samuel Furry of Eden precinct returned home several days ago from Sutter County, Cal., where she had been visiting her daughter.

"Local and General," Southern Oregon Mail, Medford, September 16, 1892, page 3


THE SISKIYOU MASSACRE OF 1855.
    On September 24th, 1855, Harrison Oatman, Cal. Fields and I started from Phoenix with ox teams, loaded with flour for Yreka, Cal. We camped the first night on Neil Creek. The road over Siskiyou Mountains was very rough. Fields had been over the road before, but Oatman and I had not; so Fields went in the lead with his team of four yoke of oxen. We had to "double teams" up bad hills, as that was before the toll road was made.
    When we got near the summit of the mountain Fields said, "This is the last place we have to double; we will get to the top next time."
    Oatman and Fields started up while I remained with my team. When they got near the top, the Indians that were waiting in the brush fired on them, killing Fields the first fire. Oatman ran up the mountain. Just at this time a Mr. Cunningham met them, jumped out of his wagon and ran with Oatman, the Indians whooping the war whoop and shooting at the men as they ran. Cunningham was shot in the hip and fell. Oatman passed him and ran on to the top of the hill where he met a man on horseback and told him what had happened. The horseman rode back to Mountain House, three miles, for assistance. Four men, well armed, came as quick as possible. When I heard the firing I ran up to see what had happened. I was sure our men were both killed. When I got within twenty steps of the wagons I saw an Indian. He got behind a tree and pointed his gun towards me. Just then I saw another Indian on the other side of a wagon emptying flour out of the sacks. When I saw what was done I started back to my team.
    As I started, the Indian behind the tree fired at me, then I got scared and ran on to where the toll-house now stands, two miles. There I caught up with a pack train with twenty mules, in charge of a white man and a Spaniard, and informing them what had happened, asked for an animal to ride. They at once hurried their animals, declaring the Indians would kill every one of us before we could get out. I jumped on the bell horse, the men telling me to run him as fast as possible, and not let any grass grow under his feet. I had no bridle, nothing but the bell strap to guide the horse with. I whipped with a short rope and my hat, and I think I made the best time that any man and horse ever made for four miles down that mountain to where Major Barron's place now is. James Russell, now living in Ashland, was there then. Six men, armed and mounted, started to the place of the killing. I came three miles farther on, got a horse and gun and started back to join the men. They had met the men that came from the other way at the wagons, where Fields' body was found stripped of its clothing. By this time it was getting dark and they could not find Cunningham. Thirteen oxen were killed in the road. The men brought Fields' body down to my wagon, saying it was Oatman's, and that Fields' was at the house on the other side of the mountain.
    The men urged me to lie down, as I was about tired out. Men were sent to Phoenix, but no one wanted to tell Mrs. Oatman her husband was killed. Before daylight the mistake was discovered and word was at once sent to Mrs. Oatman about the trouble. At daybreak parties set out to hunt for the lost boy, Cunningham, and found him about fifty yards from the wagons, killed and his body stripped of clothing. He was brought down and buried in the Hill graveyard. Field was buried east of the present town of Talent, near Bear Creek. Harrison Oatman now lives in Portland.

Talent News, September 15, 1892, page 1


    M. H. Coleman moved to Wagner Creek this week.

Talent News, October 1, 1892, page 2


PHOENIX SCHOOL REPORT
    For month ending Oct. 21, 1892
HIGHER DEPARTMENT
    Number enrolled 39, average attendance 36, number neither absent nor tardy 20.
    The following are the names of pupils whose average did not fall below 90 in the monthly examination: Linn Kahler, Mabel Robbins, Allie Dunlap, Lily Reames, Mollie Towne, Jessie Nyswaner, Samie Robbins, Mary Anderson, Minnie Critchlow, Lettie Stancliff, Lena Calhoun, Lily Wolters, Jane Wilson and Willie Jacks.
B. R. Stevens, Teacher
PRIMARY DEPARTMENT
    Number enrolled 48, average attendance 40, number neither absent nor tardy 12.
S. C. Sherrill, Teacher
Southern Oregon Mail, October 21, 1892, page 2


    C. S. Phelps of Phoenix traded horses the other day for the ranch of Jay Bennett of Wagner Creek.

"Local and General," Southern Oregon Mail, October 28, 1892, page 3


An Unique Display.
    Mr. John Weeks, of the firm of Weeks & Orr, gave an order for job printing to the Mail Saturday, the same being label cards for ten boxes of prunes which have been put up by this firm and are to be put in the Oregon fruit exhibit at the World's Fair at Chicago. The prunes put up are of the French variety and said to be an excellent article. The unique part of the display comes in in connection with the boxes in which this fruit is packed. Each of the ten boxes is of a different variety of wood, and all of the varieties a product of the country surrounding Medford, and are oak, alder, laurel, yew, fir, birdseye pine, red cedar, manzanita, mountain mahogany and white wood. This lumber was all carefully sawed at the Weeks Bros.' mills in Phoenix and the boxes made by the same firm.
Southern Oregon Mail, January 20, 1893, page 2


Unfortunate Mr. Hanson.
    Mr. James Hanson, who lives four and half miles south of Medford, is having just a trifle more than his share of misfortunes. Last spring sometime his arm was thrown out of joint and he was laid up with this injury all summer. In October following death entered the portals of his home and took away his kind and loving wife, and he is now compelled to take his six-year-old daughter to the children's hospital at San Francisco for treatment for hip disease. Surely this is too great a multiple of misfortunes to fall at the door of one man in so brief a time. The Mail extends sympathy, and we feel sure all Medford join us in so doing. The little girl has been at the same hospital for treatment before.
Southern Oregon Mail, January 20, 1893, page 3


    Elmer Coleman is making some substantial improvements on the Fish farm; good board and wire fence each side of the lane from the Phoenix depot out towards Jas. Reames' farm.

Talent News, March 1, 1893, page 4


    W. Beeson & Son are delivering a lot of lumber at Talent to be used by the Phoenix section men.

"Talent Talk," Medford Mail, March 3, 1893, page 1


   This section of the Rogue River Valley has an institution that for excellency in wood work we are willing to wager has not a peer in this state. The institution to which we refer is none other than the John Weeks & Son's cabinet establishment at Phoenix. An elegant specimen of this firm's work is the new bar fixture recently put in at "The Medford." The material used in their construction was Oregon oak for body work and manzanita trimmings. It is hand carved and very finely polished throughout. There is no question but that it is the most elegantly gotten up of any work of the kind in this part of the state and all credit is due any institution which is capable of executing such work.

"City Local Whirl," Medford Mail, April 7, 1893, page 3



From our special reporter.
    J. W. Prayter, who died in Ashland last week from the effect of cancer on the lip, was a former resident of Talent. He suffered intense agony from the disease for more than two years, during which time he tried a number of celebrated cancer doctors but to no avail. He attributed the cause of the cancer to a slight cut received while in a barber's chair. It is very dangerous to patronize a public barber where the razors are used by the promiscuous public, as many incurable diseases are propagated in that way.

Talent News, May 1, 1893, page 3


    Elmer Coleman is reported to have found a very rich ledge of gold-bearing rock in the vicinity of Coleman Creek, near Phoenix.

"Mines and Mining," Medford Mail, May 12, 1893, page 2



Death of H. B. Oatman, a Southern Oregon Pioneer, at Portland.
(Oregonian)

    Harrison B. Oatman, who died at his home in Woodstock on Friday morning, was one Portland's best-known citizens, having been actively engaged in the real estate business here for more than 30 years. He was born in Courtlandt County, New York, February 26, 1826. Upon the death of his father, Harvey B. Oatman, in 1827, the family removed to Ohio, and later into Illinois. In 1847, while residing in the latter state, he met and married Miss S. R. Ross. The young couple settled upon a prairie farm near Chicago, and for several years shared in the experiences of pioneer life in the then Far West. In 1853, accompanied by his brother, Harvey B. Oatman, he emigrated to Oregon and settled on a farm near Phoenix, Jackson County. In the fall of 1855 the hardy young pioneer was engaged in supplying the miners of Northern California with flour and other provisions. The transportation facilities were limited to ox teams, and the trip over the Siskiyou Mountains from the Rogue River Valley was a rough one. While upon one of these trips Mr. Oatman's party was attacked by Indians, on September 25, 1855, and two of the members, Calvin M. Field and a young man named Cunningham, were killed. Among members of the party, Daniel F. Brittain, made his escape on the Oregon side of the mountains, while Mr. Oatman made his way to the Mountain House, on the California side, a distance of six miles from the spot where the attack was made, closely pursued for the greater part of the distance by the redskins. This was the first skirmish of the famous Rogue River Indian War, which lasted far into the next year. The long tunnel of the Oregon and California railroad penetrates the mountains directly under the spot upon the old mountain road where Mr. Oatman's party was attacked, and Oregon pioneers, while passing through the tunnel, never fail to recall Mr. Oatman's famous run for life.
    Mr. Oatman was for a time engaged in the mercantile business in Phoenix, and was also interested in the "49" mining company of Southern Oregon.
    On February 18, 1865, he was commissioned as first lieutenant in the first Oregon volunteers, and served in the army until discharged from the service, July 19, 1867. During his military life he had some experience in Indian warfare, in which he did creditably, and he ascribed his success to his pioneer training. In 1868 he came to Portland and engaged in the grocery business. In the following year he formed a partnership with Van B. DeLashmutt, who afterwards sold out his interest in the business to Frank Hackney.
    In 1871 Messrs. Oatman and DeLashmutt engaged in the real estate and brokerage business, under the firm name of DeLashmutt & Oatman, and the partnership lasted many years.
    Mr. Oatman was of a buoyant, lighthearted disposition. He made many warm friends and during his long residence in Oregon succeeded in engrafting himself into the good wishes and kindly sympathy of those who knew him. While he made no profession of Christianity, there was in his life an element that convinced others of his high purpose to deal with  his fellow men so as to command their respect and confidence. He leaves a wife, three sons and a daughter. Grandma Ross, mother of Mrs. Oatman, who has resided with her son-in-law for the past 20 years, will also mourn the loss of a kind and thoughtful son, who has made her happy in her old age.
    About two years ago Mr. Oatman suffered from a stroke of paralysis, from the effects of which he never recovered, and which rendered him unfit for business. He had just returned from a trip to California, where he had gone in search of health. His death was entirely unexpected.

Ashland Tidings, May 26, 1893, page 2. Taken from the
Sunday Oregonian, Portland, May 21, 1893, page 8.


    We took a look through Weeks Bros.' furniture factory at Phoenix recently and were surprised to see the excellent work they are turning out. They are thoroughly skilled mechanics and have had long experience in the furniture business.

Talent News, June 15, 1893, page 4


    "Big Jim" Briner and M. H. Coleman start into the mountains next Monday on a month's prospecting tour.
    B. C. Goddard, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Dean, Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Coleman and daughter Edith drank soda water at Colestine's on the Fourth.

"Local Items," Talent News, July 15, 1893, page 4


    Lewis Calhoun, a member of the Southern Oregon Pioneer Society, had the opportunity of reading his own obituary a few days ago. Although nearly 80 years of age, "Nika" promises to remain in the land of the living of sometime longer.

Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 11, 1893, page 3



    Edith Coleman, daughter of M. H. Coleman, has been very ill with malaria for several days, but is now recovering.
"Local Items,"
Talent News, September 1, 1893, page 4


MARRIED.
    At the Colver residence in Phoenix, on the 30 inst., Prof. Gus. Newbury of Jacksonville, to Miss Nellie Rose of Phoenix.
    Prof. Newbury is well known as one of the leading educators of this part of the state, at present holding a prominent position in the Ashland schools. The bride is also an excellent teacher and will teach in the Bish district the coming winter.

Talent News, September 1, 1893, page 4


   Miss Nelly Towne commenced her school in the South Wagner Creek district last Monday.
"Local Items," Talent News, October 1, 1893, page 4



In Memoriam.
    The following sketch may be interesting to the pioneers of Southern Oregon:
    In the recent death of Mrs. Mary E. Gore, the wife of Mr. E. E. Gore, of Phoenix, it is but just to record that the neighborhood has lost a noble friend, the church a wise and faithful worker, and the home a dearly beloved and trustworthy wife and mother.
    Mrs. Gore came from that sturdy, Scotch-Irish Presbyterian stock, from the north of Ireland, many of whom emigrated to this country in an early day. She was a direct descendant of the family of the Gilmours and Gibsons, who hewed out their homes in the forests of Pennsylvania, and who have been so honorably identified with the religious, educational and noble enterprises of this country in those states where they have lived. Her father, Robert Gilmour, located in Mercer County, Pa., in 1798, and when he had prepared a good home, he was married in May 1804 to Miss Nancy Smith, of Indiana County, Pa., who was also a descendant of Scotch-Irish parentage. Mrs. Gore was the youngest in a family of ten children, three sons and seven daughters, and was born Feb. 5, 1827. Her father died when she was but sixteen months old. In this Pennsylvania home she was reared and educated in the midst of a pious community and under the fostering care of the school and church. To the rural scenes and joyous experiences of her childhood home she delighted to refer. From early youth she was a lover of books and became a woman of more than ordinary ability and literary tastes. The one book, however, she prized above all others was the Bible. She was familiarly conversant with its doctrines and precepts, and loved to impart a knowledge of its precious truths to others. When nearly 18 years of age she was married to Lewis A. Rose, a man of whom she speaks of as being "eminently pious," and with whom she moved to Charleston, Iowa, where he died Sept. 20, 1846, leaving her with an infant son, who is now the present L. A. Rose, of Phoenix, Or. On Sept. 20, 1849 she was married to Mr. E. E. Gore, and with him crossed the plains, coming to this coast. They left Charleston, Iowa April 27, 1852, and arrived in the Rogue River Valley Sept. 27th of the same year. For a time their residence was in Jacksonville, Or., where Dec. 3, 1852, Walter S. Gore was born; he being the first white male child born in Jackson County.
    Mrs. Gore was the mother of ten children, five sons and five daughters, nine of whom are still living to mourn her death. She was a woman of strong and positive Christian character, and with a firm reliance upon Christ, she passed away Oct. 7, 1893. Her funeral was largely attended and took place Oct. 18th from the little church of Phoenix, of which she was a worthy member and where she loved to worship and teach in the Sabbath school. The services were of an appropriate character, and were conducted by the Rev. M. A. Williams, the aged pioneer Presbyterian minister of Southern Oregon, assisted by the present pastor of the church. The interment took place in the cemetery near the church.
    In heartfelt sympathy with the bereaved family and in the language of assured hope, we unite in saying, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."
Medford Mail, October 27, 1893, page 3, also Democratic Times, October 27, 1893, page 2



Talent Items.
From the News.
    The Talent school closed a week ago last Monday on account of scarlatina.
    Joseph Robison and wife and daughter and Jas. Helms and wife left for San Francisco today. Mr. Robison goes to get him a leg, and his wife will go on to Southern California to visit her brother.
    In sadness do we chronicle the death of Mrs. J. W. Beatty, which took place in Oakland, California, last Sunday morning. She had gone there to have a cancer removed from her side, but the operation proved too severe for her failing strength. The remains were interred in the Phoenix cemetery yesterday. Mrs. Beatty was an estimable lady whose loss will be felt by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Medford Mail, February 9, 1894, page 2



    L. H. Tucker, of Phoenix, was in Medford last Saturday doing trading. Mr. Tucker is but recently from Eastern Oregon and is living on the farm of E. K. Anderson near Phoenix, which place he contemplates purchasing.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, March 2, 1894, page 3


 
    Dr. G. B. Cole, formerly of the firm of Cole and Jones, of Medford, has located in Phoenix for the practice of his profession. The doctor has a goodly number of friends hereabouts who will be pleased to know that he has moved no further from them than Phoenix. The doctor will also carry a small stock of drugs for the accommodation of the people generally, and his own convenience.

    Mr. Hughes, recently from Texas, and now residing with his family at Phoenix, met with an accident Tuesday morning which came near resulting fatally. He was crossing the millrace and stepped onto the side of a board which turned under his foot and he was thrown down, striking his left side on the upturned edge of the board. One rib was broken and a contusion of the kidney and spleen was caused. His life was despaired of during all of Tuesday and the night following, but he was reported a little easier Wednesday noon and the hemorrhage, caused by the contusion, somewhat less. Dr. Cole is attending him.

"News of the City," Medford Mail, June 1, 1894, page 3


 
    Jesse Cotton, residing near Coquille, over on the coast, is visiting his son, J. P. Cotton, and family, up at Phoenix. Mr. Cotton is figuring on disposing of his ranch property on the coast and moving to the Rogue River Valley.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, July 6, 1894, page 3

  
    Died--The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Lamb, of Phoenix, died yesterday morning, February 14, 1895, aged about 8 years. Deceased was sick only since Sunday, and Dr. Wait was called Wednesday and found a case of malignant diphtheria too far advanced to be checked. No other cases are reported in the vicinity.

South Oregon Monitor, February 15, 1895, page 3
 Southern Oregon Historical Society Research Library M77F2


Diphtheria at Phoenix.
    Since the death of Mr. and Mrs. A. Lamb's little girl, last week, from malignant diphtheria two more cases are reported. One is that of little Clifford Beckett, aged 4 or 5 years, and the other is an 8-year-old son of Mr. Norton's. Both are considered serious, and great precautions are being taken to prevent the spreading of the dreadful disease. Some of the new remedy for this disease, anti-toxin, was sent for but could not be procured at Portland.
South Oregon Monitor, February 19, 1895, page 3
 Southern Oregon Historical Society Research Library M77F2


    Mr. Daniel Sowash died of grippe at the home of his son-in-law, W. W. Estes, near Talent, on Tuesday of this week. Deceased was seventy-three years of age and has lived in Jackson County for two and a half years. He was born in Pennsylvania but later moved to Missouri, where he united with the Odd Fellows order about forty years ago, and at the time of his death was a member of Longwood Lodge of Longwood, Missouri. Funeral services were held Wednesday and interment was made in the Phoenix cemetery.

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


    Ira Dunlap is working in James Hukill's blacksmith shop at Phoenix.
     Weeks Bros. of Phoenix recently completed an elegant counter for Gen. Vaupel of Ashland. It is a handsome piece of work.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 21, 1898, page 3


    Geo. E. Weber, deputy organizer of the Woodmen of the World, organized a camp at Phoenix last week, with the assistance of a number of the members of Medford camp. The following officers were elected: Council commander, E. G. Coleman; advisor commander, W. R. Coleman; banker, F. W. Weeks; clerk and camp physician, Dr. H. P. Hargrave; escort, Sam'l. Murphy; watchman, A. S. Furry; sentry, J. C. Smith; managers, C. P. Good, C. Carey, John Wright.

"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 25, 1898, page 3


    E. W. Carver of Phoenix has purchased the wagon and bicycle business of J. A. Whitman. The latter will remain with the business for a time, and then enter the employ of the Earl Fruit Co.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 28, 1898, page 3


    A. J. Stevens of Phoenix, last week sold 25 acres of land to the Southern Oregon Cooperative Association, which was incorporated a short time since, and whose object is the acquirement of property to be operated on the socialistic or communistic plan. It is its intention to secure 1000 acres of land in one body, if possible. The stockholders are Wm. Abbott, H. D. Chamberlain, Jas. Tate, Dr. D. Brower, William Will and Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Stevens.

"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 27, 1898, page 3


    Dr. H. P. Hargrave, the popular physician, and Miss Maud Weeks, the amiable and accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Weeks of Phoenix, will be united in matrimony on the 29th. The Times extends congratulations and best wishes in advance.

"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 10, 1899, page 3



 FASHIONABLE WEDDING.
    PHOENIX, OR., April 30, 1899.
    A very pretty wedding took place yesterday evening. The bride is Florence Maude Weeks, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Weeks, and the groom H. Percival Hargrave, M.D., son of Mr. Wm. Hargrave, postmaster at Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the appointed hour, seven o'clock, Mendelssohn's Wedding March was played as the bride entered the drawing room, accompanied by her father and Miss Grace Rose, who was met by the groom under a perfect bower of roses and blossoms. The young people stood while the Rev. Mr. Clyde, D.D., performed the marriage ceremony.
    The bride looked charming and pretty in a gown of ivory white brocade satin, en train, trimmed with chiffon, and carried a bouquet of white carnations and maidenhair ferns. Miss Grace Rose, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Rose, carried the ring. She looked sweet, dressed in a white mousseline de soie, and carried pink roses. The groom was unattended. Immediately after the ceremony the guests went into the dining room, where they partook of a "grand souper de marriage." The rooms were profusely decorated with white lilacs and roses, sent from Oakland, Calif. The evening was spent socially by the friends of the young couple, who desired at once to felicitate them on the evening and to behold the happiness of one of Jackson County's charming young ladies; and the numerous gifts shown testify as to their popularity. The doctor has been a resident of Phoenix for the past three years. He has won the confidence and esteem of the people, and is most popular. Dr. and Mrs. Pickel, Mr. and Mrs. Orr, Mr. and Mrs. McGowan, Medford; Mr. and Mrs. Mathes and daughter, Ashland; County Clerk Newbury and wife, Jacksonville; Miss Gertrude Weeks, Oakland, Calif. and Miss Macwhinnie, Woodstock, Ontario. Mr. and Mrs. Hargrave have taken the pretty Newbury cottage. Mrs. Hargrave will be at home after May the eighth.

Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 1, 1899, page 3


Visiting Scenes of Long Ago.
    MEDFORD, Or., Sept. 11.--Mrs. Wait, of Dayton, Wash., an early resident of Jackson County, but who has not been here for the past 40 years, is visiting in Medford, and will be the guest of old pioneers in many parts of the valley. Her husband at one time owned the Napoleon Evans donation land claim of 640 acres, on a part of which the town of Medford is now built. He built the flouring mills at Phoenix in 1855. Mrs. Wait crossed the plains in '52, and was here during all the Indian wars.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, September 12, 1900, page 4


               
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