The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Phoenix News

News items from Phoenix correspondents. Transcribed by Dorothy Cotton.

    Phoenix again takes the liberty to trespass on your good nature.
    Phoenix still wants a shoemaker.
    Phoenix is prospering. It needs a newspaper office.
    Messrs. Torry and Co. are getting their material for a new blacksmith shop.
    Phoenix needs a carpenter shop. Mr. Cato would do well to take off his coat and go to work.
    Mr. Brawley is also getting ready to build a store. He intends to keep books, stationery and drugs.
    Several private dwellings are nearly completed. Houses are in demand; not an empty dwelling in town.
    The weather is fine and the roads are good. All those that are not ready for winter,  should rise early and work late while the sun shines.
    Messrs. C. S. Sargent and Co are receiving their new goods. All those in need of dry goods and groceries will find Coney prepared to wait on them "cheap for cash."
    At this season of the year fairs are being held all over the various States and counties, and the question is often asked why Jackson County does not have an annual fair. Now is the time to agitate the matter. Commence now and get those together who are interested and have them elect officers and regularly organize, and offer premiums that will induce the people to take a lively interest in such matters and compete for the prizes, etc.

Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, October 23, 1878

    Phoenix Or. June 25, 1888. The weather suits us.
    Mrs. Pres. Anderson is having built a neat and commodious house, which will soon be ready for occupancy. 
    Mrs. P. W. Olwell has gone east for a two months' visit. The people of Phoenix join in wishing her a pleasant visit.
   The school house will be completed in about two weeks. This is a nice building and is evidence that the people here are awake to the best interests of the town. A bell is the next thing in order.
   The fruit trees and gardens are trying to out-rival each other. Ditto base ball nines. Dislocated thumbs should not be laughed at--the time is near when the new peaches and the doctors will get in their work simultaneously.
   On Wednesday of last week Dr. E. P. Geary, of Medford, was called to this place to perform an operation on the eye of Mr. Wright, who is in his 79th year and has been totally blind for the past two years, not being able to distinguish daylight from darkness. The doctor found it necessary to remove the lens from the eye, which he did successfully. The patient is getting along splendidly and can distinguish objects about the room. As soon as the eye gains strength enough, a glass will be furnished, to suit the case, when it is thought Mr. Wright can read ordinary print. This is the third case of this kind in this valley the doctor has treated, and all with the best results. Dr. Pryce assisted in the operation.

Ashland Tidings, June 29, 1888

    I see by your last week's paper that you would like a correspondent at Phoenix, so Manafraidofabear will take his pencil and paper and creep out and see what he can find to interest the readers of your interesting paper, and if he fails to fill the bill please mark his MS. N.G. and return to him by express C.O.D., which he will not pay for and consequently will never get so here goes: Mrs. J. B. Griffin paid her father, Mr. Naylor, a visit last week.
    Mr. G. Stoups paid Ashland a visit Friday and Saturday on business.
    Mrs. A. Lamb, who has been on the sick list, is able to be around again.
    Miss Myrtle Griffin spent Saturday and Sunday with Miss Etta Bishop.
    Everybody is making garden. We all now have plenty of lettuce and greens.
    Gen. Wright was down on Rogue River last week visiting his aunt, Mr. Matthews.
    Arthur Hunt, of the Dead Indian country, was in Phoenix one day this week.
    Mrs. John Wright, who has been very ill for a week or two, is able to be around again.
    Miss Callie Steadman has been paying friends at Ashland a visit during the week.
    Baseball and boxing matches are all the rage in Phoenix. Some of the boys are adepts.
    A store that would take in exchange for goods for farmers produce would do a good business in Phoenix.
    Tom Short and his brother Billy are mining on Coleman Gulch. They also claim to have struck a rich quartz lead.
    Eben Carver and Dick Payne visited Phoenix last Saturday and took part in the ball game. Both are good players.
    Mr. Calhoun, of this place, has bought a house and three lots of Frank Towne and will remain in Phoenix permanently.
    Riley Nyswaner, of this precinct, was called to Table Rock last Saturday to visit his son, John, who is very sick with fever.
    Israel Patton and Jess Parker have their sluices in the old '49 [mine] race and are busy at work cleaning up, with big expectations.
    The furniture manufacturing establishment at this place is now running steady, and turning out a large amount of good furniture.
    Ed. Hamlin, who has been attending school here, returned home Friday evening to remain, school having commenced there last Monday.
    Elmer Coleman is fencing in a large lot of land for Thos. Fish, of San Francisco, with a plank and barbed wire fence, and is doing a good job.
    Mr. A. Lamb, who is running the barley crusher at the Medford distillery, now returns home to Phoenix in the evening and back in the morning.
    James Briner, a prominent miner from Beaver, Calif. is here on a visit. Jim has a good claim on Beaver Creek, just below the Patterson boys.
    Theodore Engle is clearing off considerable of his land near Phoenix and making improvements in many ways. He is a hustler and no mistaking the fact.
    The public school is flourishing under the management of Messrs. Sherrill and Stevens, nearly everyone agreeing that it is the best school taught here in many years.
    Wm. Gray was down from the Patterson ranch last Saturday and Sunday, visiting with his family, who have been listed among the sick the past week, but are better now.
    Several Phoenixites visited Medford this week on business. Our people know where to get the best bargains, and consequently nearly all go there to trade--and save money by so doing.
    A jumper from jump town slid into Phoenix the other day, and after blowing around quite a good deal the boys concluded to go him one, therefore made a match between him and Billy Short, Jr., who beat him easily. Jumper, next time you strike the boys of Phoenix be sure you know the length of your jump.
    Tayler, the Medford shoe man, is having J. B. Griffin tan a fine Angora goat skin for him, with the fur on, for a rug. Griffin can do those jobs up in a style most pleasing--if anyone should ask you.
    Mrs. B. Hamlin was visiting friends in Phoenix Friday. A petition is out for a county road to run through between her land and Tennessee Smith's farm. A remonstrance will probably follow.
    Riley Hammersley, who has been prospecting on Jump-Off Joe, returned home Wednesday. Riley thinks he has struck it rich, having found a ledge that will assay several hundred dollars to the ton. He went back Thursday.
    Mrs. McKay and daughter, of Woodstock, Ontario, who have been visiting relatives here, started for their home last week, going by way of Los Angeles, thence to Chicago and from there home. They intend to be on the road about three months.
    John Norton has bought three lots of Joe Smith and two of Mrs. Robert Gray, and is busy fixing them up in first-class style. John has been on the farm a long time and now he has concluded to come to town and rest awhile, and also give his children the benefit of the school here.
    We learn that Gus Epps has commenced suit against J. Wiley to recover $250 damages on account of a hog belonging to Wiley having attacked and bitten a horse, on the leg, belonging to Epps. The outcome of the suit is looked forward to with considerable interest by many people here.
    A resident of Phoenix was over on Griffin Creek on a trading expedition a few days ago, and in his rounds happened along by Jerry True's place and struck him for a trade. The trade was made wherein the Phoenixite was to get two sacks, or four bushels, of wheat. He drove round to the granary and proceeded to fill up four sacks to the brim with wheat, never thinking but that a sack held but one bushel, when there were two put in each sack. The Phoenixite saw the point, but he wasn't saying a word. The wheat was put in a wagon and driven away. The next day the two gentlemen met in Medford and Mr. True was accosted with, "How is wheat selling out your way?" In the meantime he had posted Judge Walton and several others and all enjoyed the joke hugely but Jerry who didn't even smile. He remarked, however, that they couldn't catch the same coon in the same trap twice. I expect you will hear from the Crooked Creek Crank on this item but don't give him a hearing.
Medford Mail, March 17, 1893, page 2

    Mrs. A. Lamb paid Ashland a visit Saturday.
    J. B. Hendershott was in town a few days ago with his fine horse.
    Mr. and Mrs. John Wright were up to Ashland last Friday on business.
    Miss Ida Naylor was visiting her sister, Mrs. J. B. Griffin, in Phoenix, on last Sunday.
    James Briner has returned to Beaver Creek, after a pleasant visit with friends here.
    Mrs. Riley Nyswaner was visiting in Phoenix last Saturday, the guest of Mrs. John Wright.
    Mr. Ship and I. Calhoun, of Antelope district, were over this week visiting relatives and friends.
    There are several idle men around Phoenix, who no doubt will get work when the railroad starts.
    Marion Stewart is having several acres of oak grubs taken off his ranch, to be replaced with fruit trees.
    School will close next Friday. An entertainment will be given at that time by the scholars. Everybody should attend.
    Mr. Calhoun has taken possession of the property he bought in Phoenix, and moved his household effects in the first of the week.
    Melvin Naylor came in from Jenny Creek last Sunday. He reports lots of snow out there yet and about three or four feet on the summit.
    Miss Lily Critchlow was up from Medford Sunday to spend a day with her mother. Miss Anna was also down from Ashland to visit her mother.
    Harry Mathes went over on Applegate last week, where his father is feeding a large lot of cattle. He reports lots of snow and a bad outlook for the stock.
    Mr. A. Tassel went down to Medford Saturday to consult Dr. Stoddard in regard to his eye, which is affected with catarrh and gives him a great deal of trouble.
    I. W. Wiley delivered several head of fat cattle to Hosley D. Murphy, of the Ashland meat market, last week, that he had been feeding for them for several months. They were in fine condition. A remonstrance is out against a county road being established through the land of Mrs. Hamlin and Mr. Bennett. The latter has only ten acres, set out in fruit, and the road would be a great damage.
    Harry Delong, who arrived here a few days ago, contemplates erecting a first-class shingle mill somewhere in the valley. There is no question but what it would be a paying investment.
    Miss Mina Stoups, who has been at Ashland for several months, staying with her uncle's family, H. B. Carter, returned home this week to remain.
    Mrs. Robert Deveney has gone to Ashland to remain a short time with her daughter, Mrs. Wolters. In the meantime Mr. Col. Steadman has taken charge of affairs in the Deveney household during her absence.
    Mrs. B. C. Goddard, an old settler and highly respected lady, living near Talent, died last Saturday and was buried Sunday, in the Talent cemetery. Deceased was the mother of  Mrs. H. Coleman, who lives near here.
    Capt. Smith, who owns a twenty-acre tract one mile below Phoenix, is having the same grubbed out and intends putting out fruit. The captain is getting along in years, but manages to get in a whole lot of work as time goes on.
    A number of Phoenixites are making arrangements to visit the C.C.C. ["Crooked Creek Crank," the Griffin Creek correspondent] immediately, to get garden seeds to plant, as the climate here is so much later than Crooked Creek, we imagine that fresh seeds raised this year are the best to put out.
    We hope your last week's correspondent from Talent will continue his communications to 
the Mail, as Phoenixites are glad to hear from there, especially from so good a writer, also C.C.C.'s items are well received here, many having acquaintances on Griffin Creek.
    A young hoodlum, whose parents are said to reside at Sisson, and who has been making Phoenix his headquarters for some time, made an attempt to hold up our express agent, Mr. Soule, last Saturday evening. It was just dark and when Mr. Soule was going from the depot to town that the attempted holdup performance was enacted. While passing the warehouse Mr. S. was confronted by the lad and demanded to hold up his hands, at the same time producing a revolver. Mr. S. didn't hold up as readily as was expected, but instead compelled the would-be Jesse of the James gang to show up from his hiding place, under the warehouse, and remove his mask. The mask was turned over to Manafraidofabear to be used as a protection against the festive bruin family. The boy has a hard name and had better absquatulate, vamoose the ranch. He has since left here.

Medford Mail, March 31, 1893 supplement, page 1

    Mrs. Robert Deveney, who has been at Ashland for a couple of weeks with her daughter, Mrs. Wolters, returned home Tuesday.
    Oscar Phillips and wife, of Lincoln, Neb., arrived at Medford Tuesday for a visit of a few weeks with relatives here, after which they will visit his father at Seattle and return home about the 10th of May.
    John Nyswaner was over from his ranch on Rogue River last Monday after hay, as none can be had on that side of the river.
    John Edsall, of this place, lost several head of cattle lately that he was having fed on Butte Creek. He thinks some disease had got among them, as they were in good order. Other parties living in that neighborhood have also lost quite a number.
    I saw by Medford Mail that garden sass on Crooked Creek had gone to seed, so I took a trip over there the other day to get some fresh seeds, but failed to find any garden truck at all, so came to the conclusion that it must have been last year, and the Crooked Creek writer got tangled up in a last year's almanac.
    Wm. Gray and family moved back to the Patterson ranch last week, but will return to Phoenix when school begins.
    School closed last Friday. Only four scholars received diplomas of honor for not missing a day. They were Clyde Lamb, Ira Anderson, Abbie Griffin and Nettie Reames.
    Miss Mina Stoups will probably teach a subscription school here this spring. She has already about twenty scholars promised.
    Several Phoenixites have been subpoenaed as witnesses in the lawsuit between Wiley and Epps, which is liable to cost more than a whole band of such horses are worth.
    Stub Wakefield, who has a homestead up on Wagner Creek, came down this week to crack jokes with the Phoenix boys, who are always happy when Stub is around.
    The young chap who tried to hold up the express agent here last week, skipped out the next day, and it is to be hoped he will never show up here again. He is a "bad egg."
    John Wright left for Kansas last Sunday morning. He goes on business and will be absent about a month.
    Weeks Bros., of this place, have just finished and put in place one of the finest bars in the county for Landlord Purdin, of the Medford hotel. It was nearly all of hardwood and finely finished.

Ashland Tidings, April 7, 1893, page 2

    Wm. Gray has moved his family back to the Patterson ranch to remain until school commences here again.
    There is a dancing party given at Hamlin's hall every two weeks, on Saturday night, which is well attended.
    Both churches were decorated in fine shape Easter Sunday, and after the proper exercises, eggs were passed around to all the little folks.
    The two persons who visited the fortune teller one day last week came back feeling worse than before they went, as she gave them straight goods.
    Jessie Parker and Israel Patton, who have been at work on the '49 [mine] race, have concluded to give it up, as the gold is too hard to save, besides they want to prospect for quartz.
    John Nyswaner was over from his ranch near Table Rock last Monday after hay--something he says which cannot be had on that side of the river neither for love nor money.
    Manafraidofabear is thinking some of going along with J. S. Howard on his surveying expedition. But Howard will have to agree to keep the bears away from the camp.
    A horse belonging to Mr. Rivers, the sewing machine agent at this place, got his hind foot fastened in the rope around his neck and choked himself to death one day last week.
    Arthur Hunt moved his band of cattle from the Joe Anderson ranch last week up to the Ed Myers pasture, which he has rented until he can move them over the mountains to his Dead Indian ranch.
    Quite a number of Phoenix young folks attended a party at Mr. Wiley's one night last week, and report a nice time. Manafraidofabear wouldn't have gone only he was more afraid of Wiley on the checker layout than he is of a bear.
    John Wright started on a trip to his old home in Kansas last Sunday. Mr. Wright is going on business and will be gone about a month, if he don't get caught in a blizzard. His many friends here wish him a pleasant trip and safe return.

Medford Mail, April 7, 1893, page 1

    J. Edsall and wife paid Wallace Bishop's people a visit Sunday.
    Miss Lena Hamlin spent Sunday in Phoenix, the guest of Myrtle Griffin.
    Charley Anderson has returned home after an absence of several months in California.
    Nellie Towne went up to Soda Springs district Monday to commence a term of school.
    Oscar Phillips and wife, A.D. Naylor and Miss Minerva Naylor, were at Phoenix on a visit Sunday.
    Jeff Deveney came over from the Spencer mine Friday to remain awhile in Phoenix with the old folks.
    Billy Morgan, of Fort Klamath, was in Phoenix one day this week, having made the trip on horseback by way of Ager.
    Arthur Hunt passed through Phoenix Tuesday on his way to deliver some cattle he had sold to Peter Barneburg.
    Miss Mina Stoups commenced school here last Monday, with twenty-two scholars enrolled. It is a subscription school.
    Chas. Harvey had his nibs, the Jack, in Medford last Saturday. The animal is a beauty to look upon and is by far the finest one in the country.
    Rev. Father Williams, accompanied by Will Jacks, went up to Ashland Tuesday to attend the meeting of the Southern Oregon Presbytery at that place.
    Several residents of Phoenix were at the county seat Thursday and Friday of last week to testify in the Epps-Wiley case, which was decided in favor of the defendant.
    John Griffin and J. Patton were out prospecting a few days ago. They found a quartz lead but haven't found out how many thousand dollars it will go to the ton yet.
    Billy Short, Dick Payne and Eben Carver went down to Central Point Saturday night to attend the ball at that place. They report having had a time that was out o' sight.
    The best roads in the country were between here and Medford before the last storm, owing to the efforts of our supervisor, Mr. L. A. Rose, who had them all smoothed down nicely, but they were in as bad a fix as ever two days after the storm began.
    Mr. Ship was over from his ranch on Antelope Creek, Tuesday, stopping at Mr. Calhoun's. Mr. Ship found thirty bee trees in his neighborhood last year, and of course thinks this is a good country in which to make permanent residence, as he came from Kansas.

Medford Mail, April 14, 1893 supplement, page 1

    E. W. Carver, the big real estate owner near Phoenix, was in Medford Tuesday.
    Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Griffin were out to spend Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Nyswaner.
    Revival services are being conducted by Rev. Oglesby and Presiding Elder Kohler.
    The young folks had a pleasant time at the social dance at Hamlin's hall Saturday evening.
    Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and Willis Griffin and wife, of Griffin Creek, were visiting in Phoenix Sunday.
    Reno Goddard, of Wagner Creek, has rented Hub Coleman's mines near here and is busy working them.
    Several ladies called on Manafraidofabear Sunday evening, but he is not like C.C.C., afraidofawoman.
    Fanny Dunlap, of Gold Hill, came up a few days ago to remain a while with her aunt, Mrs. Riley Hammersley.
    Joe Wright, while hammering on something with a hatchet Tuesday evening, made a miss lick and cut his hand severely
    John Mills, whose eye was so severely injured about a month ago, is rapidly improving, although the chances were against him for awhile.
    Mrs. Cal. Steadman, who is staying with the family of Mr. Jackson at Eagle mill, came down to pay her parents a visit Saturday and Sunday.
    We were in error last week in stating that Miss Towne would teach the Soda Springs school; it is in the Wagner Creek district that she will teach.
    Tim Burnett, who had the misfortune to get his fingers mashed in a grubbing machine about three months ago, is still carrying his hand in a sling.
    Hugh Briner, one of the Ashland boys--not of the 400 spoken of in the Record--was down several days this week, paying his sister Mrs. Elmer Coleman a visit.
    Miss Rose Harris of Ashland, and her sister, Mrs. Sulloway, of Sisson, California, were down visiting friends near Phoenix a few days the latter part of last week.
    The many friends here of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. White, of Woodville, were shocked to hear of their  misfortune last week, and all express the deepest sympathy for them.
    A curiosity may be seen in Phoenix at Mr. John Wright's place, and is a calf, now a year old, without any eyes, only two small, white dots where the eyes should be, but not the least semblance of an eyeball.
    When John Edsall arose Friday morning he found one of his best horses dead in the barn--cause unknown. This falls very heavily on Mr. E., as he is hardly able to afford the loss and it as well breaks up his team.
    John Wright who left here for Kansas a short time ago, arrived at Frankfort in just four days after leaving here and we learn is having a good time visiting with his relatives. He will be back in about three weeks.
    Billy Short, Iode Smith, Clarence Dunlap, Owen Short and Carver Smith all walked up to the depot Sunday and back again, but don't tell anybody that they promised Manafraidofabear a cigar from each one if he would put an item in about them this week.
    C. S. Sargent arrived here from Klamath Falls Monday evening for a visit with his wife, who resides here on account of her health. She is afflicted with the asthma and cannot live in a high altitude. "Cooney" is one of Klamath Falls' most popular merchants.
    Miss Maud Weeks, of this place, makes a trip to Medford every morning and attends to her father's store at that place, and back in the evening, besides helping with the housework morning and evening. Show us another girl like that in Rogue River Valley?  We'd like to hear of her.
    Welborn Beeson called on Manafraidofabear one day last week and took dinner, which was cooked by M., as his wife was away from home, but as M. has done a good deal of that kind of business between times, while being chased by bear, it didn't put him out much. He was also entertained by some of Mr. Beeson's pioneer stories which we are always glad to listen to.

Medford Mail, April 21, 1893 supplement, page 1

(Too late for last week.)
    Cooney Sargent left for Klamath Falls Monday.
    J. W. Wiley went up to Ashland Tuesday, on business.
    Miss Alta and Ida Naylor spent Sunday in Phoenix, visiting Mrs. J. B. Griffin.
    Mr. Henry Griffin and Edmond Redpath paid Phoenix a visit one day last week.
    L. A. Rose has just finished putting in ten acres of alfalfa on some of his finest land.
    There will be a dance at Phoenix on the 28th of April. Everybody is invited to attend.
    The farmers are taking advantage of the pleasant weather and are busy making garden.
    Mr. J. Miles of Washington was paying this section a visit last week. He is an uncle of Mrs. J. Anderson.
    Miss Belle Nyswaner went over on Rogue River Wednesday to visit her brother's family for a short time.
    Capt. Smith has the finest garden of anybody near Phoenix. The Capt. knows how to make garden to perfection.
    John Nyswaner was in Phoenix Tuesday with a load of J. O. Hanna's pottery, which is of a superior quality and sells readily.
    J. B. Griffin and Arthur Hunt took a trip out to Dead Indian last Saturday, and found too much snow to be comfortable, so they did not stay long.
    Hank Calhoun, who has been working for L.A. Rose all winter, is going to commence training his fine horse, Soliccoffen, shortly. He thinks he can make him go in 2:40.
    A large band of horses and mules passed through Phoenix Wednesday, going north. Some of them looked like they had been run through a threshing machine.
    Mrs. C. T. Payne had quite a runaway Tuesday while on her way to Medford. Just below Al. Rose's she met a man hauling a cow on a sled, which frightened the horse, and he started back towards Phoenix at a furious rate and finally brought up between Cottler's and the blacksmith shop, smashing the buggy, but Mrs. Payne escaped without injury.
    The Epworth League held their regular election last Tuesday and elected the following officers: Mrs. Dr. Kahler, president; Mrs. Wakefield, first vice president; Mabel Robins, second vice president; Mary Robins, third vice president; Frank Robins, fourth vice president. This is all the Robins in attendance or probably there would have been a Robins for fifth vice president. Lily Critchlow was elected secretary and Laura Burnett treasurer.

Medford Mail, May 5, 1893, page 1

    Lena Dunlap was down from Ashland to visit her parents last week.
    Mr. J. Bull, of Gold Hill, paid Phoenix a visit Saturday night and Sunday.
    Mrs. J. B. Griffin is spending the week with her sisters, Misses Ida and Alta Naylor.
    John Edsall is going to Big Butte in a few days, after what cattle he has left up there.
    A number of Phoenixites visited the teacher's institute at Medford, and came back well pleased.
    Bob Deveney returned from the mines near Scotts Bar this week, the same having proved a failure.
    Fanny Dunlap, who has been with her aunt in Phoenix for some time, returned home to Gold Hill Sunday.
    Mr. Robins, of this place, has moved over on the Shook place, across Bear Creek, to remain during the summer.
    J. W. Wiley took a trip to Ashland with butter Tuesday, which was hard to dispose of as the market is glutted.
    Riley Hammersley left for Jump-Off Joe with his family last Sunday. They go to stay at least through the summer.
    Bill Smith and another man are prospecting a quartz ledge near Phoenix which looks well, and we hope will turn out rich.
    Owen Dunlap left for Beaver Creek last Saturday to commence work in the mines for Patterson and Payne. He will probably remain all summer.
    Mr. Briggs, of Medford, is going out into the woods hunting before long with Manafraidofabear. He says he wants to kill a bear, but I am afraid he has picked on the wrong man this time to help him out.
    Dick Blackwood says Harvey had already sold his mules he took down to California, at a profit of $108 on the head. But we think Dick drew on his imagination too quick this time, as we learn Harvey hasn't sold any yet.
    George and John Justus are hauling a large amount of wood from J. Harvey's place near here. Both seem to be popular if a fellow can judge by the number of ladies that ride to Medford and back on the wood wagon. Manafraidofabear saw no less than four on one wagon the other day.

Medford Mail, May 12, 1893, page 4

    Harry Mathes drove a bunch of cattle out on the range a few days ago.
    Jeff Deveney is over from the Spencer mine, to remain awhile.
    Miss Lena Dunlap, who has been stopping with Mr. Briggs' family in Ashland, came home Tuesday to stay.
    Mrs. Cal. Steadman has been down on a visit from the Eagle Mills.
    Rumor has it that wedding bells, so soft and clear, will soon be ringing in our ear, as a prominent young rancher who lives a few miles out of town has captured the heart and claims the hand of one of Phoenix' fair, accomplished and highly estimable young ladies.
    The dance at Hamlin's hall last Friday night was a success so far as the Phoenixites were in, as nearly all the young folks were on hand and behaved themselves splendidly and had a good time in spite of the fact that there were several young fellows from Talent who had too much bug juice aboard and made themselves ridiculous, not only in the ball room but by congregating on the outside where their whiskey bottles were located and swearing, howling, tearing off packets, firing pistols and conducting themselves in regular Comanche style. Mr. Weeks, Mrs. Lavenburg and others suffered by their cussedness which was entirely uncalled for, and strong talk of arrest is made. Anyhow, their names will be given if they are not careful.
    Riley Hammersley, the quartz king, came up from Jump-Off Joe Sunday to make arrangements to move his family down to the mines. They are at present building an arrastra to work the ore as it is so easy worked that it will hardly be worthwhile to take a mill in there until they find out how extensive the lead is. Every indication goes to show a bonanza--anyhow, they have several thousand in sight even if the ledge should pinch out at any time.
    Misses Ida and Alta Naylor were up to attend the ball Friday evening.
    Frank Robbins preached at the Methodist church here Sunday evening. Frank is a new beginner but, nevertheless, does well.

Ashland Tidings, May 5, 1893, page 2

    Capt. Smith is ornamenting his place with a new picket and wire fence, which helps the looks of things wonderfully. The Captain will get there all right and have as nice a home as anybody in a few years.
    Mrs. J. B. Griffin is spending a week with her sisters, Ida and Alta Naylor, at their father's farm of Griffin Creek.
    Wm. Griffin, of Grants Pass, and J. Wilson of Griffin Creek paid Phoenix a visit Sunday.
    Owen Dunlap left Saturday for Beaver Creek to work in the mine for Patterson and Payne.
    Mr. Loyd's family, who have been in Phoenix during the winter, will soon join him on the Klamath near Pokegama.
    Geo. and John Justus are hauling a large amount of dry wood to Medford from J. Harvey's place, which they will probably stow away until winter, and then it will command a good price.
    Wm. Gray and wife were down to Phoenix Sunday.
    Somebody is out a swarm of bees by not attending to business during the warm day Saturday. A swarm was seen by J. Griffin to pass over on its way to the mountains, which he followed, and after running after them a mile rounded them up on a pine bush, and proceeded to gobble the whole business. So if anyone can prove them and will pay for that run, etc. he can get the shooting match.
    Several Phoenixites were down to attend the Institute, at Medford, and all came back well pleased.
    Mr. I. Bull, of Gold Hill, was in Phoenix Saturday night and Sunday, the guest of R. Hammersley.
    The quartz fever has struck Phoenix, ker-slap, and we already have several millionaire miners that are to be.
    Fanny Dunlap, who has been staying with her aunt for some time in Phoenix, returned home to Gold Hill Sunday.
    Bob Deveney, who went over to Scotts Bar to work in the mines for Walters and Johnson, returned home Friday.
    Riley Hammersley moved his family to Jump-Off Joe this week, to remain at the mine during the summer.
    There is strong talk of starting an Alliance store at Phoenix in the near future, something that is badly needed, as people are getting tired of having to go to Medford for every small article needed.
    Miss Amanda Payne returned home from Medford Saturday, where she had been visiting her brother.
    A spring wagon and a good set of hack harness for sale cheap. Inquire of J. Martin at the harness shop.

Ashland Tidings, May 12, 1893, page 2

    J. W. Wiley had quite a runaway at Medford Tuesday but came off with only a few scratches, but smashed the wagon up some, breaking the tongue, etc.
    Jim Edsall spent a day or two in Ashland this week.
    Mrs. Dollarhide, Mrs. Mingus and two daughters, also Miss Anna Dollarhide were down Wednesday evening to attend the wedding.
    Barbara Crosby spent a couple of days in Phoenix this week visiting.
    Miss Lena Hamlin has been spending a week at Talent.
    John Edsall went up to Butte Creek Sunday to bring his cattle down. His family accompanied him to pay old friends in that section a visit.
    Mr. Hoyt, of Roxy Ann, went up on Big Butte on a professional trip Monday, among the cattle and horse men.
    Mrs. J. B. Griffin returned home Wednesday from a pleasant visit with her sister on Griffin Creek.
    Tom Hammersley was up from Jump-Off Joe Monday. He says he has found a rich lead near where his brother Riley is located, which goes thirty dollars to the ton.
    John Griffin and Mr. Jo Biggs, of Illinois, went up on Butte Creek last week after bear, but failed to "get there Eli" and came back disgusted.
    Jim Bell, formerly of Big Sticky, has bought the store in Brownsboro and intends keeping a good line of goods for that section of the country.

Ashland Tidings, May 19, 1893, page 2

     Miss Lena Hamlin has been at Talent the past week, the guest of Miss Crosby.
    Miss Barbara Crosby, of Talent, was visiting in Phoenix last Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Mr. and Mrs. Rivers went to Jacksonville Friday to witness the band concert, as did several others.
    The Phoenix Alliance [store] is in a flourishing condition, 42 members on the roll and more coming right along.
    Mr. Hoyt, who lives near Roxy Ann, took a trip up in the Butte country this week, on professional business.
    A horse belonging to John Wright got into a barbed wire fence last Sunday and was badly cut up in consequence.
    Farmers up in the Big Butte country are just sowing their grain, which looks rather odd to a man from the valley.
    John Edsall and family, of this place, went up to Big Butte Sunday after Mr. Edsall's cattle and to pay old friends in that section a visit.
    James Bell has purchased the store at Brownsboro of Mr. Hess and intends keeping everything needed by the people in that section. Mr. Hess will soon start for Modoc County with a band of cattle which he purchased from Mr. Bell.
    Mr. Biggs, of Medford, and J. B. Griffin, of Phoenix, went up to Big Butte last week on a bear hunt, but failed to rake 'em in, as Griffin was so afraid of a bear he wouldn't leave camp and Biggs didn't know how to find them. So they came back hungry, as one of Edmundson's bear dogs got into their lunch and ate it all up--they both came back disgusted.
    While on Butte Creek last week we visited the store of Geo. Brown at Eagle Point, which is well stocked with goods, and well-arranged and neat as any store in the county. We know George sells lots of goods by the empty boxes we saw in another room, anyway he gave us a nice big box for a grub box that the fellow just down the street a short distance wanted to charge just a trifle for, only 25 cents, but we couldn't see it. George is doing well in Eagle Point and we are glad of it.

Medford Mail, May 19, 1893, page 1

    Mrs. Warren Howard, while walking down the track Sunday, was hit near the eye with a rock from a sling thrown by her little boy, which knocked her senseless for a while and it was some time before she was able to walk. The boys had better quit before anyone else gets hurt.
    Jim Smith has rented two acres of land of Dick Blackwood, on Bear Creek, and will put it in corn and garden truck.
    John Griffin has put a barbed wire around his field to protect it from the ravages of the festive cayuses, who are not satisfied with plenty of good grass on the outside, but break down fences to get something better.
    Miss Jessie Stoups, who has been at Portland for the past two years with her aunt, returned home Tuesday and will stay.
    Mr. Carver Smith, of this place, intends starting for Umatilla Co. in a few days to act as agent for the Flour Bin Co. Carver will make a good one.
    Miss Saltmarsh, of Sterling precinct, has been visiting Mrs. Colver this week.
    James Reames was at Jacksonville Saturday.
    There was a dance at Phoenix Friday night. Four girls only were present but lots of boys.
    Several Phoenixites attended the protracted meeting at Talent last week.
    Enos. Carver, Dick Payne and Lily Reames spent Saturday evening with Miss Myrtle Griffin.
    Mrs. Cal Steadman has returned home from the Eagle Mills to remain.
    Mr. Weeks, of the furniture manufactory, got badly jolted up a few days ago by a plank breaking and letting him fall several feet down into a hole by the side of the water wheel. His head and shoulders were bruised up pretty badly but no bones broken.
    John Norton and wife were over Tuesday taking the weeds out of his garden. John is going to make a nice place out of his Phoenix property.
    Mr. Stouts visited Ashland Wednesday.

Ashland Tidings, May 26, 1893, page 2

    Dance--in Phoenix--on Saturday night--attendance slim.
    Several Phoenixites attended the protracted meeting at Talent last week.
    Mrs. Cal. Steadman has returned home from the Eagle mills to remain.
    James Reames, of Phoenix, was over at Jacksonville doing a whirl at business last Saturday.
    Enos Carver, Dick Payne and Miss Lillie Reames spent Saturday evening with Miss Myrtle Griffin.
    Jeff Deveney left last week for a trip to Montana, and will visit the world's fair before returning home.
    Mrs. J. Griffin returned home Wednesday from a several days' visit to her father's ranch on Griffin Creek.
    Miss Saltmarsh, of Sterling precinct, has been paying Mr. Bose's folks a visit this week, and also Mrs. Colver.
   Miss Jesse Stamps, who has been at Portland with her aunt for the past two years, returned home Tuesday, and will remain.
    John B. Griffin is putting a barb wire fence around his field this week to keep out the breachy cayuses which infest this precinct.
    Jim Smith has rented two acres of Dick Blackwood on the Bear Creek bottom, which he will put out to garden truck and corn.
    Mrs. Lamb and Miss Lena Dunlap paid Medford a visit Friday and came near getting stuck in the mud with the horse and buggy.
   We learn that Patterson Bros. on Beaver Creek have their mines in first-class running order and started the hydraulic last Tuesday.
   Carver Smith will start in about a week for the Umatilla County to act as agent for the Flour Bin Co. in that section. Carver is a rustler, and the company did well to secure his services.  
    The Colver-Ferry wedding was quite a grand affair, about 60 or 70 guests being present. A fine supper was one of the features of the occasion, which was enjoyed by those present, and some valuable gifts were presented to the couple. The wedding march was played by Miss Lena Dunlap in fine style; in fact everything was lovely and the boys failed to charivari.
    Mr. Weeks, of this place, got pretty badly hurt last Thursday in the furniture manufactory; he stepped on a board over the shaft where the water wheel is and it broke, letting him fall to the bottom some distance below; he was bruised severely about the head and shoulders, but is getting along all right now; by the way it was a narrow escape.
    Jim Briner, the irrepressible, who has a big home on Beaver Creek, came over Wednesday to remain awhile. The high water washed everything out over there and he has to wait now until the water goes down before he can do anything; in the meantime will pay his friends in Rogue River Valley a visit. He has lots of friends who are always glad to see him.
    Mrs. Warren Howard, while walking down the track on last Sunday, was hit in the head with a sling shot by her little boy who was throwing rocks out of it just for fun, but it wasn't so funny for his mother who lay [by the] side of the track for an hour or two before she was able to walk; it has got to be a common pastime for the boys around town to be throwing continually with their slings, large as well as small boys, and nothing more dangerous could be used. Now boys, it is a good time to stop before we have a worse accident to record.

Medford Mail, May 26, 1893, page 1

Phoenix Flashes.

    Well, Mr. Editor, Manafraidofabear has got back to Phoenix, and the first thing to do I suppose, is to send items to the Mail.
    A party of bear hunters left Phoenix Monday for Big Applegate.
    Bert Ankell and Miss Bell Nyswaner paid Medford a visit Sunday.
    John Calhoun came over from Lake Creek Sunday to pay his brother a visit.
    J. W. Wiley has brought all his cattle in from the mountains. They are looking fine.
    Nellie Towne is teaching school in the Wagner Creek district and is getting along fine.
    Owen Dunlap returned from the Beaver Creek mines last week and will remain in Phoenix.
    Every house in Phoenix is occupied, and more people here almost every day inquiring for houses.
    Mrs. Lamb has the boss cow in Phoenix. She makes a pound of butter a day, and good butter too, and don't you forget.
    Jim Briner has gone over to his cinnabar mine to remain, having already packed in the necessary supplies for the winter.
    John Wright has been down on Rogue River to see his brother-in-law, Milo Mathews, who is very sick, we are sorry to learn.
    Laura Wright, who has been stopping with Mr. Briggs' family at Ashland, visited her home in Phoenix last Saturday and Sunday.
    Mesdames Blackwood and Foudray paid Medford a visit Saturday. People of Phoenix know where to go to do their trading and nearly all go to Medford.
    John B. Griffin and family moved in from the Dead Indian country last week and took charge of the Lavenburg property, which they rented for a year.
    Riley Hammersley, after a great deal of trouble, has got things in a shape to get his money in a short time, notwithstanding the stringency of the hard times.
    The la grippe has taken hold of several residents of Phoenix and is handling them exceedingly rough. James Smith, Tom Edsall, Ed Foudray, Mr. Calhoun and wife, and several others have it bad and more to hear from.
    I will take this opportunity to call the attention of the county court to a defective bridge in the Herrin lane, nearly in front of the Herrin house. This bridge is in a dangerous condition and may be the cause of an accident unless repaired immediately.
    Theo. Eagle, one of the best rustlers that ever struck the country, is clearing up a large tract of land near Phoenix, which will be valuable fruit land when cleared, and besides furnishes employment for several men. A few more men like Theodore in Phoenix, and how she'd boom.
    Miss Mina and Jessie Stoups, of this place, have earned a good many dollars this summer picking and packing fruit for J. H. Stewart. They walk down and back every day, a distance of two miles, which shows the energy and pluck the Phoenix girls have and also explains the reason why they are sought from far and near by farmers, doctors and even professors, and if not by preachers, then preachers' sons, who know that these are the kind that make good wives.
    As jolly a crowd of young people as ever tripped the light fantastic toe assembled at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. B Griffin Saturday evening and danced until the clock struck twelve, after which the crowd dispersed, all declaring they had a good time, and
Manafraidofabear, who was peeping through a crack in the door, can testify that everything passed off pleasantly. Among those present were, ladies--Lena Dunlap, Mina Stoups, Jessie Nyswaner, Bell Nyswaner, Mary Stancliff, Lizzie Critchlow, Myrtle Griffin; Gentlemen--John Nyswaner, Riley Hammersley, Bert and Chas. Ankell, Enos Carver, Geo. Clift, Bennie Stoups, Arthur Rose, Snider Dunlap and Ora Kahler.
Medford Mail, November 24, 1893, page 2

Phoenix Flashes.
    Riley and John Nyswaner paid Medford a visit Tuesday.
    Miss Allie Dunlap is recovering from a severe attack of nervous prostration.
    Mrs. T. B. Houston, of Thompson Creek, is paying relatives near Phoenix a visit.
    Lena Dunlap and Ora Kahler spent Thanksgiving (Pennoyer's day) at Central Point.
    Mrs. Stoups, of Phoenix, has been on the sick list for nearly a month, but is now recovering.
    Melvin Naylor and wife, of Jenny Creek, passed through Phoenix last Saturday on their way to the Naylor ranch, near Medford.
    Will and Elmer Coleman took sixteen head of fine fat hogs to Medford Tuesday which they disposed of to J. W. Hockersmith, at a good price.
    I. Broden, of Lake County, arrived last week and moved into the Marton house for the winter. He is looking for a location for a blacksmith shop, and will probably open up a shop here.
    You will have to send up extra copies of 
the Mail this week. If the demand is like it was last week there will not be enough to go around. Probably "Phoenix Items" have something to do with it.
    Several residents of Phoenix were at Medford this week, as usual, to do their trading, where they find a market for anything they have to sell, and can buy anything they want at a reasonable figure.
    Crit Tolman has taken one of John Griffin's fine young dogs to train for bear. He will train him with his famous bear dog, "Ranger," which he recently brought from Alaska, and which is undoubtedly the best bear dog in Southern Oregon.
    Riley Hammersley, Crit Tolman and John Griffin returned home from Applegate Monday, where they had been on a week's hunt with parties from Medford, but bear skins were as scarce as hen's teeth. Too much rain, not much hunt.
    An entertainment was given at Lavenburg hall Monday evening by local talent for the benefit of the Methodist Church, which we learn was well attended, and was first-class, but not being present we are unable to give an extended account.
    Bud and Ed Hamlin are making arrangements to give a grand ball on Christmas night. Due notice will probably be given through the columns of 
the Mail. Betty and Elsie Hamlin will provide supper, and it is safe to say that it will be first-class in every respect.
    Mrs. Betty Hamlin, who has a ranch near Phoenix, sold a number of fine hogs to J. W. Hockersmith this week, and has several left to deliver in a few days. She has nearly 100 head of nice hogs which she intends to have ready for market next year, and has several hundred bushels of corn to feed them on. Mrs. Hamlin has proven herself to be a good manager of a farm, and will make money where lots of men would go behind.
    Last week we mentioned the fact that there was a bridge in the Herrin lane which needed attention, and called the attention of the county court to it. When we wrote the item we did not know that L. A. Rose of Phoenix was supervisor of the district in which the bridge was located, or we would have informed him personally of the fact, and it would have been fixed all right, but the fact is Mr. Rose has such a large district to look after that it is impossible for him to know whenever a plank is out of place unless informed by someone who travels the road, but he is always ready to fix them up as soon as he is informed of their condition, and we will venture the assertion that he keeps the roads in his district in as good shape as any district in any county, large or small.

Medford Mail, December 1, 1893, page 5


Phoenix Flashes.
(Received too late for last week.)

    Miss Ida Naylor paid Phoenix a visit Sunday.
    Owen Dunlap and J. Griffin were in Ashland Friday.
    Riley Hammersley went to Gold Hill Thursday evening on business.
    Will Wright, of Coos County, arrived in Phoenix lately to remain through the winter.
    Bennie Stoups and Lawrence Griffin are down with the grip; so is Riley Hammersley's family.
    James Morgan, formerly of Phoenix, passed through on his way back to Klamath County Friday.
     Rufus Phelps, of Lake County, Oregon, was in Phoenix Saturday visiting his sister, Mrs. Hammersley.
    Several residents of Phoenix were down to attend the people's party meeting at Medford Saturday.
    Born:--Near Phoenix, Nov. 4th, to Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Payne, Jr., a daughter. "Champ" was able to be around next day.
    Cara Taylor and wife spent Sunday and Monday visiting relatives in Phoenix. They were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Newbury.
    Dickey Payne was over Tuesday evening to attend the entertainment. Dickey's hearty laugh encourages the performers wonderfully.
    Wm. Breese, Welborn Beeson and Miss Rosa Waters were down from Talent Friday to attend a meeting of the County Alliance at Phoenix.
    Messrs. Bert and Chas. Hukell, John Nyswaner, Jessie and Bell Nyswaner, Lily Reames and Lizzie Critchlow all went over to attend the ball at Eagle Point on Thanksgiving night, and say they had a time, out o' sight, and a superb supper.
    A fellow was through here on Thanksgiving Day trying to sell venison, but the citizens would not buy, as they know it was out of season.
    Bear Creek has been hammering away at its banks furiously the past week, diminishing the number of acres of land in some places near Phoenix.
    School will be out in about three weeks, a fact to be regretted as the teachers, Messrs. Sherril and Stevens, are first class and the scholars are advancing rapidly.
    The dance at Phoenix Thursday evening proved a failure owing to some misunderstanding between the parties getting it up, but they will make it all right Christmas.
    We have a baker in town, but still we have to bake our own bread, and we also have mills but they won't make the flour, but we will still be happy when the robins sing.
    The entertainment given by the Epworth League Tuesday evening was simply immense. A large crowd was present, and those who were not present missed a grand treat.
    The party of young folks who went from here to attend the ball at Eagle Point on Thanksgiving night got lost on the desert and after wandering around for some time finally brought up at Jack Montgomery's place and hired Jack to act as pilot. They had not proceeded far, however, until Jack discovered that he was lost also, and after roaming the desert for nearly four hours finally reached their destination at twelve o'clock. This is a good joke on Jack, who is supposed to know the desert like a book.
    Ranger and Tacie, two dogs belonging to Crit Tolman and John Griffin, concluded to take a bear hunt last Saturday, and when near the Hope ledge on Wagner Creek jumped a large black bear which gave them a lively chase and terrific fight for about a mile when he concluded to climb a tree to escape the punishment his hindquarters were receiving from their fierce attacks. They were followed by Crit Tolman, Nim Long and Bob Shaw. When near the tree bruin thought he would make a break for liberty, but before he reached the ground the crack of Crit's rifle was heard, and his bearship landed at the foot of the tree limp and lifeless. The boys say he is one of the largest of the black species that has been seen on Wagner Creek for years.

Medford Mail, December 15, 1893,  page 2


Phoenix Flashes.
    Mart Baker paid Ashland a visit a few days ago.
    Born--To the wife of John Edsall, Dec. 15th, a son.
    J. Wiley went to Ashland Wednesday, peddling beef.
    Jeff Deveney has returned from Montana to remain awhile.
    Carver Smith has been seriously ill, but is convalescent now.
    Mrs. James Reames and daughter, Lily, paid Jacksonville a visit Friday.
    John Wright, who has been at the county seat as a juror, spent Saturday and Sunday at home.
    There was a social dance at the residence of Geo Epps Thursday evening, which was a very pleasant affair.
    The grippe is still on the rampage. Your correspondent has been down for a solid week, but is able to be around now.
    Mr. and Mrs. Lamb has our thanks for a basket of fine pears, which tasted good to a fellow just getting over the grippe.
    Crit Tolman and Riley Hammersley killed another fine black bear a few days ago. Ranger, Crit's famous bear dog, tracked him about ten miles and finally overhauled him, and he had to climb.
    The county court should make an allowance for Uncle Bennie Smith, who is old and feeble and is now being taken care of by his daughter-in-law, who has a large family to take care of, and is really unable to do so.

Medford Mail, December 22, 1893, page 2

Phoenix Flashes.
    Belle Nyswaner has been on the sick list for a week or two.
    School will be out next Friday and the children will be happy.
    Ora Kahler has been under the weather, but is able to be around.
    L. A. Rose and Ed. Foudray paid a visit to Medford Wednesday.
    Miss Lena Dunlap is at Ashland stopping with the family of Mr. Barnum.
    Miss Mina Stoups went to Jacksonville Wednesday to attend the teachers examination.
    Lon. Walbridge has moved his family into one of Frank Towne's houses on Main Street.  
    Jake Calhoun went over to Lake Creek to try his hand at fishing last week but failed to catch 'em.
    J. Wright has been a calling with catarrh on his hand for a week or two, but is getting the best of it now.
    Hank Calhoun came over from Lake Creek to attend the ball. The dance would be a failure without Hank.
    Chas. Hukell cut one of his toes off the other day, but didn't do it purposely. He went down to Medford and had it stuck on again, and he is getting along fine now.
    Mrs. John Wright is down at Woodville this week. George and Laura Wright also went down to attend the funeral of their uncle, Milo Mathews, who was buried at Rock Point Sunday.
    Chas. Wolgamott has bought twenty acres of the Fish land and has already built him a house and began to clear his land. We heard somebody say that someone was going into partnership with Charley, but we don't know who that is.
    Gus Epps has opened a boot and shoe store in Phoenix, with candy and nuts on the side. Gus is a first-class shoemaker and has been rushed with work since he started up, by the people hereabouts, who find it quite convenient to have a shoe shop in their midst.
    Look out for a wedding notice soon; this time though it will be one of Phoenix' good-looking young men, and highly respected too, I should say, and one of Medford's fair young ladies. It isn't often that Phoenix girls has to take a back seat, but Medford knocks 'em this time.
    News reached here Saturday morning of the death of Milo Mathews at his residence near Woodville. He had been sick for several months, and his death was not unexpected. Milo drove stage through this valley for several years, and was considered one of the best and most careful drivers on the road. He leaves many friends to mourn his demise, and many an old knight of the whip will drop a tear to his memory.
    Enos Carver came near getting swamped in Bear Creek while attempting to cross. He got below the regular ford and his horse went in all over. Enos cut the traces and the horse went out on one side and Enos on the other, the buggy remaining in the quicksand As the horse refused to come over to Enos, Enos had to wade over to the horse, and as it was after dark and extremely cold, it was anything but a pleasant experience.
    The ball given here on the 14th of February, by Geo. Epps and E. Carver, was a success in every particular, and a large crowd was on hand. Forty-seven tickets were sold. All the beauty of Phoenix and the surrounding country was on hand. The supper was gotten up by Mrs. Epps, the music was furnished by E. Carver, Reno Goddard and C. Dunlap and was excellent. Elmer Coleman was floor manager and performed his duty satisfactorily to everybody.
    Prof. Newbury, the tall sycamore of Phoenix, got ducked while trying to cross Bear Creek. The horse he was riding became unmanageable and went in where it was so deep that the water struck the professor under the chin, that's pretty deep you know, when it does that, of course the horse was out of sight, but there happened to be a tall cottonwood tree standing out in the water and the professor made a grab and caught some of the topmost branches and pulled himself up high and dry, as good luck would have it, but hold on, I was going to explain how he got out to dry land, but if anyone wants to know, let them ask the professor and he will no doubt explain. While we think about it we will say right here that Mr. Newbury is making arrangements to build a nice new house in Phoenix in a short time, and will become a permanent resident.
    The Farmers Alliance held an open meeting here last Tuesday evening which was attended by a large crowd, in fact the hall was packed full, and an interesting program was introduced and carried out. The first after singing being a recitation by Miss Rose Grisom, a talented young lady who arrived here from California last fall, entitled "The Women of Mormlehead," [sic--"Skipper Ireson's Ride"?] which was well rendered and in a manner that could not be exceeded, and brought down thundering applause from the audience, then a debate in which Carter, Smith, E. Carver, and Frank Robbins took the affirmative and J. Wiley, A. C. Smith and Elmer Coleman the negative. Resolved, that cigarette smoking is more injurious than novel reading. This debate was interesting. One speaker brought down the house by reading from a document that the nicotine came out through the pores of the skin of a cigarette fiend, and wanted to know who ever heard of a girl reading novels until it leaked out through the pores of the skin. It is needless to say that the affirmative won. Judges, D. Kahler, B. Stevens, Miss Nellie Towne. After other exercises the evening's entertainment wound up with a recitation by Miss Frances Grisom, entitled "Flossy," which was listened to with rapt attention by the audience and was highly applauded. Everyone enjoyed the entertainment, and praises could be heard on every side.

Medford Mail, March 2, 1894, page 4

Phoenix Flashes.
    Gus Epps was at Medford Monday.
    Charley Hukell paid Medford a visit Sunday.
    Born--April 10, 1894, to the wife of H. Berger, a son.
    J. B. Griffin has gone to the Hammersley mine to work.
    Mrs. A. Lamb paid Medford a visit one day this week.
    Miss Belle Nyswaner paid friends in Talent a visit Sunday.
    Mrs. Griffin and Miss Neva Naylor paid Medford a visit Friday.
    Misses Ida and Bertha Naylor paid Phoenix a short visit Sunday.
    Miss Orpha Griffin was the guest of Miss Lena Hamlin Saturday.
    Owen Dunlap started for the Hammersley mines Friday, where he is going to work.
    Mr. Joe Bradford, who has been visiting his sister, Mrs. Wright, started for his home in Kansas Friday.
    Mr. Kirby's child, that was so seriously burned, is still in a critical condition, but there are hopes of its recovery.
    Eben Carver, Charley Short, Walter Stancliff and Jode Smith attended the miners' dance at Ashland last Saturday night.
    There was a play party gotten up at Mrs. Smalley's by Effie Wright and Lizzie Critchlow Monday evening. There was not a very large crowd, but just enough to have a nice time.

Medford Mail, April 20, 1894, page 2
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