Rogue River Valley Railway
Notes on the Barnum family and the Jacksonville short line.
Passengers at the Medford depot, northeast corner Sixth and Evergreen, circa 1900
The question of building a narrow gauge railroad to connect Jacksonville with the O.&C. Railroad at Medford or Eagle Point is being favorably discussed by the business men of Jacksonville.
"Local News," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, April 3, 1885, page 3
RAILROAD FOR JACKSONVILLE.
The citizens of Jacksonville are now agitating a branch R.R. to Medford, with splendid prospects of success. A meeting has been held, officers elected and other arrangements made looking toward such an enterprise. We hope to see the project succeed. Jacksonville would do honor to a branch road. A large amount of capital has been invested in Jacksonville, and it is a good little city, full of business, beautifully located, and the county seat of as good a county as Oregon possesses, all things considered. While she may have less people and less money than some, she has an abundance of life's luxuries such as climate, fruit &c., which the more populous and rich counties of this state do not have. Keep the ball rolling and build the railroad. It was a great oversight that the O.&C.R.R. proposition was not accepted and that road secured to Jacksonville, which we were informed, the company agreed to build for a subsidy of $25,000. [Not true.] That lesson has been a serious one, and the best thing the good people of that city can do now is to build the road.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, August 13, 1886, page 2
Central Point will make a grand struggle to be the eastern terminus of the Jacksonville branch road. We hope that it will succeed.
"Central Point Pointers," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 1, 1887, page 2
W. S. Barnum, of Medford, has bought the boiler lately used in Klippel and Baumle's quartz mill and will move it to that town for use in his planing mill.
"Local News," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, October 20, 1887, page 3
March 13, 1888 Southern Oregon Transcript
Organize Company to Operate in Jackson County, Oregon.
SEATTLE, Wn., Oct. 19.--W. H. Llewellyn, J. F. Eshelman, W. W. Kirkwood, B. Converse, C. J. Eddy and R. R. Spencer have incorporated themselves into a company designated as the Jackson County Electric Railway, Light & Power Company, and filed articles in the auditor's office today. The capital stock is $50,000, divided into 500 shares of $100 each. The object of the company is to build and operate street railways from and between Medford and Jacksonville, Jackson County, Oregon, and to operate the same by such motive power as may be deemed best, and produce and sell electricity, etc.
Oregonian, Portland, October 20, 1889, page 2
The electric motor railway scheme is one of the bursted bullies of the past, and many of our citizens rejoice that the enterprise has dissolved into thin air. It is not probable that our people will ever again consider any project that does not look to a standard gauge between this place and Medford or Central Point, as the opinion has become general that a narrow-gauge railroad would be detrimental to our best interests in the end.
"Jacksonville Items," Ashland Tidings, November 22, 1889, page 2
The articles of incorporation of the Medford and Jacksonville railroad company were filed in the office of the secretary of state at Salem on the 17th instant.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 23, 1890, page 3
"Medford Items," Oregonian, Portland, December 7, 1890, page 2
MEDFORD, Or., Dec. 6.--The steel rails for the Medford-Jacksonville branch railroad have not arrived from the East, although the same have been overdue for two weeks. Everything is now ready for the rails, and as soon as they arrive the road will be pushed to completion as rapidly as possible. It is expected that "Change cars for Jacksonville" will be heard here about the first of the year. The successful carrying out of the enterprise is largely due to the liberality and generosity of Medford's prosperous and thriving citizens who so willingly and promptly raised $7500 toward the undertaking. The land along the route of this road will be divided up into five- and ten-acre tracts, planted in choice fruit trees and owned by those who desire to make themselves homes in this, the garden spot of Oregon, and will soon be able to support themselves and families from the sale of fruits, berries, etc., from their orchards. There is no speculation about the adaptability of the soil and climate of Rogue River Valley for the raising of superior fruits; it has been demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt.
112 by Dimick--To aid Jackson County to complete a railway from Jacksonville to Medford.
"Senate: Second Reading of Bills," Evening Capital Journal, Salem, January 24, 1889, page 4
Articles of incorporation were filed today . . . by the Medford & Jacksonville Railroad Company; D. Linn, A. L. Reuter, Jeremiah Nunan, A. H. Hull and John D. Whitman, incorporators; object, to build a railroad from Medford to Jacksonville; principal office, Medford.
"News from Salem," Oregonian, Portland, January 18, 1890, page 1
A Hopeful Outlook.
Hon. T. R. North of Adel, Iowa writes to friends in this county that preparations are going forward rapidly looking to the construction of the railroad from this place to Medford. Orders have been given for the rolling stock and construction material, conditioned on the successful working out of the plan, and the organization of the construction company will go forward at once. It is highly necessary that the local company perfect its organization, procure the right of way, and have everything in readiness for the speedy construction of the road when spring opens. Mr. North expects to revisit Medford about the first of April in company with others interested in the enterprise and definite action looking to immediate construction of the road will then be taken. Our citizens are a unit in the matter of building this road, and no pains should be spared to ensure its success. Let every preparation be made at once to offer tangible inducements to the capitalists to invest here.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 6, 1890, page 3
It is reported that quite a number of farmers living along the line of the proposed Jacksonville and Medford railroad have deeded a 100-foot right of way to the company. Others signify a willingness to give a fifty-foot right of way.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 24, 1890, page 3
W. S. Barnum has sold his planing mill at this place to C. W. Skeel and son.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 6, 1890, page 3
Prof. Crawford of Corvallis was at Jacksonville yesterday, looking after the scheme of building a railroad between Medford and Jacksonville.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 11, 1890, page 3
W. S. Barnum's new residence has been roofed in and will soon be ready for occupancy.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 1, 1890, page 2
JACKSONVILLE TO THE FRONT.
The Town Soon to Be Connected by Rail with Medford.
JACKSONVILLE, Or., Sept. 7.--The long-contemplated railway connection between this place and Medford is at last about to materialize. The $20,000 bonus asked by the Corvallis company to build the road has been paid in. Jacksonville and Medford have each deposited $7500 in cash, and $5000 in Jacksonville municipal bonds have been guaranteed by ten leading citizens of Jacksonville in the sum of $500 each. The original company was regularly incorporated, and Messrs. Nunan and Hill are now at Corvallis for the purpose of entering into the contract and transferring the franchise to the company. If there is no hitch in the negotiations work will commence at once and the road will be completed before snow falls.
Oregonian, Portland, September 8, 1890, page 2
AN ASSURED FACT.
It is with no small degree of satisfaction that we announce this week that the branch railroad from this place to Medford will be built, and that without delay. The contract for its construction has been duly executed and returned by Crawford, Howell & Co., who have assured our citizens that their order has been placed for new steel rails and contract signed for the delivery of the same at Medford, which is also confirmed by Honeyman, DeHart & Co., who will furnish the rails. The former also pledge themselves that grading will commence as soon as arrangements can be made for it. The unequivocal manner in which they announce "We will build the railroad" is refreshing to those of our citizens whose hearts were almost sick with deferred hope. This little five-mile connecting link between our foothill belt and the overland railroad is of far more consequence than the casual observer would suppose. It means that the county seat and its environs will once more be placed on an equal footing with other sections that have heretofore thriven largely at our expense. It means that every vacant house in Jacksonville will be tenanted before spring. It means that the county seat question will be settled forever; that the Presbyterian academy will be established here beyond cavil; that our public schools will fill up, and that the hundreds of people over the coast who have a warm spot in their hearts for the old mining town of Jacksonville will feel a yearning to return that they cannot resist, and that many prosperous horticulturists from California and the East will avail themselves of the opportunity to sit in the shade of their own vines and fig trees in the frostproof section that stretches for miles on either side of the town. It means that every acre of this favored foothill belt will in less than ten years approximate in value the fairest portions of California. With the railroad an assured fact, the development of the sandstone, limestone and quartz ledges of Jackson Creek will follow as a natural consequence. There is not a citizen of the shire town but feels that a new era of prosperity has been inaugurated and that he can prosecute his calling with brighter hopes of success. Scarcely lesser, perhaps greater, benefits must result for our neighboring town of Medford, and for the next several months the chief topic of interest to strangers passing through the valley will be the Medford and Jacksonville branch railroad. Now would be a good time to "boom" this incomparable fruit section, but it doesn't need booming. Its intrinsic merits will so recommend it to discriminating investors that if the owners of large holdings near town will but subdivide their farms and place ten- or twenty-acre tracts upon the market at a fair valuation they can rest assured of willing investors ready to set out vines or trees.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 3, 1890, page 2
Everybody feels happy since the branch railroad is an assured fact.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 24, 1890, page 2
Hurrah for our branch railroad.
Two of Staver & Walker's representatives were in town [i.e., Jacksonville] Wednesday for the purpose of establishing a branch agency. This is one of the first effects of the proposed branch railroad.
Thousands of boxes of apples and grapes from the Applegate section and the foothill regions, that are now hauled to Medford for shipment, will hereafter be loaded on the cars at this place.
Howell Bros., members of the firm who have undertaken the construction of the Jacksonville-Medford railway, arrived on the ground at the beginning of the week and are engaged in the preliminary work. Grading will commence at once and operations rushed rapidly forward.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 24, 1890, page 3
The railroad will be running between Jacksonville and Medford by Jan. 1, 1891.
The depot and warehouse of the Jacksonville-Medford railroad company will probably be located in the eastern portion of town. The final location of the site has been delayed somewhat by the exorbitant demands of certain property holders.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 24, 1890, page 3
The formal transfer of the Plymale property to the town, to be fitted for a depot for the Jacksonville and Medford railroad company, took place during the past week, and the work of clearing off the lot and neighboring ground has been going on for some days.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 12, 1890, page 3
The new year will be inaugurated by the completion of the Jacksonville-Medford railroad.
The iron for the Jacksonville-Medford railroad is expected every day. It has been delayed for some unaccountable reason.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 12, 1890, page 3
Citizens of Jacksonville should awaken to the fact that the railroad will put us on a par with the progressive railroad towns of the valley in the matter of transportation and shipping facilities, and will enable our merchants to compete on an equal footing with others for the produce trade of the valley, besides bringing our wealth of foothill fruit lands into immediate requisition. We venture the prediction that within five years an amazing acreage in the frostproof belt contiguous to the town will be planted to orchard, and that preeminently the most desirable fruit land in the valley will advance in value over 100 percent. Nowhere else in Oregon is there a more promising field for fruit culture than the lands within a radius of two miles of Jacksonville. It is high time that they were being utilized for the purpose that nature intended them.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 19, 1890, page 2
The Jacksonville and Medford railroad people have built a neat depot on the city park property, near the water tank, and, if the material comes to hand all right, will have the engine running over the route within a week.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 19, 1890, page 2
It is announced that Crawford, Howell & Co. are unable to proceed with the building of the Jacksonville-Medford railroad and have abandoned their contract. Several carloads of rails are at Medford, but, as the freight on them was not paid, the railroad company would not deliver them. This, of course, blocked operations. Mr. Honeyman, of Honeyman, DeHart & Co., Portland, who furnished the rails, is here, and it is probable that arrangements will be made to complete the road. Crawford, Howell & Co. have spent a very small amount of money, not having paid anybody or for anything. How they expect to build this road without employing some capital of their own is a mystery.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 19, 1890, page 3
Five carloads of iron for the new railroad was rushed through from Portland last Sunday morning, and the management immediately began laying the same, in order to complete the road to the county seat as soon as possible.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 19, 1890, page 3
Work was commenced on the depot in Jacksonville this week, but was stopped when Crawford, Howell & Co. could not come to time [terms?] with the railroad company. It will be located on the Plymale lot.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 19, 1890, page 3
A freight train on the Southern Pacific attempted to pass over a bridge, near Albany, one day last week, which was undergoing repairs, and the effect was that the engine got across safely, but three flatcars, one loaded with railroad iron for the Jacksonville-Medford railroad, and two with lumber, fell into the stream twenty feet below and were crushed to splinters. The other portion of the train became detached and stopped upon the brink of the chasm. No one was hurt.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 26, 1890, page 3
Much disappointment was felt by our people generally at the failure to enjoy their first ride on the new railroad on New Year's Day. When the engine was derailed on the short curve from the main track a general wail went up, and our local surveyor, J. S. Howard, raised himself several notches in the scale of public opinion by demonstrating his ability to lay out a curve that the engine could stick to under any circumstances.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 9, 1891, page 2
Mr. Buchanan, of Honeyman, DeHart & Co., who are interested in the Jacksonville-Medford R.R., informs us that the road will be completed at the earliest possible moment. The plans for a depot in Jacksonville have been submitted to the carpenters, and it will be a neat, commodious one. The road will be in good running order in a short time, and will be of much benefit to both towns, the citizens of which can well afford to wait on the contractors a reasonable time without seeking to take advantage of any breach of contract that has so far occurred.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 9, 1891, page 3
The Oregon railroad engine first brought out for use on the branch line, but afterwards discovered to be too heavy for the roadbed, has been used during the week in settling the track by the construction force. A lighter engine, for permanent use on the road, will soon arrive.
The railroad ball is voted by all who attended it as one of the pleasantest and best-managed parties which has taken place in southern Oregon for several years. Everybody was well satisfied. The music and supper are both well spoken of, while the hall, which was tastily decorated, was in the best of condition. Had the railroad arrived as expected, the attendance at the ball would have been exceedingly large.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 9, 1891, page 3
Jacksonville to Medford.
This road is now an accomplished fact, and will be in running order by the middle of the week. Another engine for temporary use, in place of one already there, and which was found too heavy for the rails, will go down from Portland this morning, and the rolling stock. It has proved a great thing for that country that Honeyman, DeHart & Co. concluded to take the road off the hands of contractors Crawford & Howell, in order to save the money they already had invested in the rails furnished. Arrangements have been made to complete the road into its Jacksonville terminus in a few days, work being in progress as fast as men and money can do it. Plans are already prepared under which stations and warehouses will be erected at both ends. It goes without saying that the road will be of incalculable benefit to the towns. The Rogue is a beautiful little valley and has great possibilities in store for it, but of course needs some capital and enterprise to develop it. The people of the Applegate district, who have hitherto been obliged to make long hauls to get their produce to market, will be greatly benefited.
No doubt exists that the road will eventually [be] extended on to the coast.
Oregonian, Portland, January 11, 1891, page 2
Surveyor Howard and his assistants, acting for the Jacksonville-Medford railroad company, have surveyed and located that portion of the road which will run up C Street to the proposed depot grounds, near W. J. Plymale's stables, as also the switches, etc., and the work of laying the ties and rails will be commenced at once. The locomotive and cars for the new line arrived this week. It will not be long before the system will be in complete running order, as no time has been lost in strengthening the track already laid, and nothing remains undone but the completion of the work at the western terminus. It will be something novel to see trains running regularly into Jacksonville. Those who have been instrumental in furthering this enterprise deserve the fullest measure of credit and will be duly rewarded, as this railroad will doubtless be of much benefit to both Medford and the county seat.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 16, 1891, page 3
Henry Blecher is engaged in hauling wood for the use of the Jacksonville-Medford railroad.
Chris Ulrich has received the contract to build the depot, etc. for the Jacksonville-Medford railroad at this end of the system. He will no doubt put up neat, substantial buildings.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 16, 1891, page 3
An Extension Spoken Of.
It is now proposed to extend the Jacksonville-Medford railroad to Eagle Point, on Butte Creek, to connect with the talked-of flume from upper Rogue River at that place, and citizens of the Butte Creek country promise substantial aid to such an enterprise. The magnificent water power at that place is a temptation to capital to invest there, of itself, and, when taken in connection with the possibilities of the lumber trade and attendant manufactures of the future, offers unparalleled inducements. There would be no question of plenty of transportation to keep a well-equipped road busy all the time.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 16, 1891, page 3
Demonstrations at Jacksonville.
JACKSONVILLE, OR., Jan. 10.--The first train over the Jacksonville & Medford reached Jacksonville today amid the greatest demonstrations of joy. J. D. Howell, one of the contractors, and all the prominent business men of Medford were on board. Deafened by booming anvils, screeching whistles, ringing bells and shouting multitudes, the Jacksonville & Medford incorporators witnessed the first trip over the new road. The train returned to Medford this evening. The greatest enthusiasm still prevails in Jacksonville. Honeyman & DeHart, half owners of the road, have let the contract for the immediate construction of the Jacksonville depot.
Oregonian, Portland, January 17, 1891, page 6
The Jacksonville-Medford railroad is being strengthened and put in fine shape. It will be a first-class road when completed.
Our railroad continues to be quite a novelty, and many are availing themselves of the opportunity to take a ride between Jacksonville and Medford. The road runs through a most beautiful stretch of country.
The locomotive made the run between Jacksonville and Medford in 20 minutes one day this week, which shows that the track is rapidly assuming a first-class condition. Mr. Ridenour is acting as engineer for the present.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 23, 1891, page 3
Two little children of Doyle Alberry, the foreman of the J.&M. railroad force, have been quite ill at Medford for some days past.
Doyle Albury, foreman of the work crew on [the] J.&M. railroad, is doing a first-rate job in ballasting the roadbed, and assures us that it will be [in] excellent condition within a month.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 30, 1891, page 2
Completing the Work.
A force of about thirty men has been engaged in completing the track and building the depot for the J.&M. Co. at this end of the line during the week. The track along C Street will not seriously damage that thoroughfare for team travel, as excellent crossings, both for teams and foot passengers, are being put in, and the street is amply wide enough for passage of teams at any point along its course. Light iron will be temporarily laid for a distance of a hundred yards on the east side of the depot grounds, in order to enable the contractors to gain access to the gravel beds in Jackson Creek for the purpose of securing gravel for ballasting the lower roadbed, but it will be replaced with the regulation size on receipt of the final consignment of iron. The depot building will be quite a neat structure, and will be completed this week.
There is already talk of extending a switch to the lime quarries on the creek above, and it is even whispered that it is being seriously discussed at headquarters whether or not it would be best to push the road on over the hill, with a view of ultimate extension to the coast. The joint resolution recommending congress to establish a harbor of refuge at Port Orford by constructing a breakwater at that point is very significant of what the future has in store for the interior counties, and should the general government move in the matter, numerous roads will be built to that point from the interior.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 30, 1891, page 3
If the entire roadbed of the J.&M.R.R. was as good as that portion inside the Jacksonville limits, it would be one of the best tracks on the coast.
A number of Ashland jurors arrived on tie tickets from Thomas' gravel bed via freight train and J.&M. flatcar transportation yesterday morning. The walking on the J.&M. is excellent in the early morning.
The work of placing cattle guards and crossings along the line of the J.&M..R.R goes rapidly forward; an excellent roadbed is being finished throughout the entire length of the road, and everything will be ready for regular traffic in the course of another week.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 30, 1891, page 3
Misses Emma Pape and Jo. Orth were the first ladies to make the trip over the Jacksonville-Medford railway, having ridden down on the cars the day the first train came through and taken a tie ticket for home in the evening. It is said to be very pleasant walking of a nice afternoon between Medford and the county seat--but has a tendency to grow monotonous late in the day.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 30, 1891, page 3
The railroad depot in Jacksonville is nearing completion. The rolling stock will soon arrive, when the road will be put in running order. It will not be long before regular trips are made on the road.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 6, 1891, page 3
The travel on our railroad is something beyond what the most sanguine expected, and it is with much satisfaction that the management sees that the road is destined to prove a money-making institution, as well as a great convenience to the inhabitants of the county at large, and to this place and Medford in particular. We always predicted that it would prove profitable if given a fair show, and the result will but bear out the prediction. The fact that the company was fit to put the price of passage at a figure that is an inducement to all to patronize the road, is largely responsible for the favorable showing made so far. In times like the present ten persons will make the trip at 20 cents for fare, where but one would feel disposed to incur the outlay at stage-fair prices. Unabated interest is taken in the arrival and departure of trains at this end of the line, and now that the depot buildings present a neat and attractive appearance, the incoming passenger forms a very good impression of the town and its resources, especially in the line of pretty girls. The last-mentioned "resource," by the way, has discovered that the up-train in the evening affords trysting opportunities even superior to her "pa's" front gate, and travel on that particular train is increasing daily.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 27, 1891, page 3
Thirty-one passengers rode on the railroad from Medford Wednesday morning.
The railroad brings many people into Jacksonville who would rarely, if ever, come here otherwise.
The R.R.V.R.R. will commence carrying freight next Monday, connection with the S.P. Co.'s track having been made.
The railroad track is being ballasted, the gravel beds deposited by Jackson Creek forming an inexhaustible fount of supply.
The railroad is now running, according to the new timetable, accommodation trains leaving here at 1 o'clock p.m. instead of 11:30 a.m. as formerly. This change is decidedly popular, as it allows considerably more time in which to transact business at the county seat.
The iron for the switch on the R.R.V. railroad at the Medford terminus has been on the ground since early last week, waiting for the arrival of the ties to complete the connection with the S.P. Freight will be handled commencing next Monday.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 27, 1891, page 3
The Jacksonville-Medford Road.
William A. Buchanan, secretary of the Thompson-DeHart Company , returned to Portland last week from Jacksonville, where he had been looking after the Jacksonville-Medford railroad, which has recently passed into the firm's hands. Speaking of the enterprise to an Oregonian reporter, he said: "The Rogue River Valley Railway Company began running its regular trains last Thursday between Jacksonville and Medford, connecting with both the northbound and southbound trains of the Southern Pacific. The owners of the line propose making it an accommodation road, and have established intermediate stations midway between the terminal points which will be of considerable benefit to the farmers of the adjoining country. The freight rates have been made low as possible, and the passenger rate for the entire distance is only 25 cents. The road will get a good deal of custom from the Applegate country and the region it immediately touches. The station houses are very pretty affairs, and quite a new style for this country at least, having been adopted from the plan of the Sunnyside motor line, of which McCaw & Martin are the architects. Already the towns are beginning to feel the effect of the railroad, and many people who would not make the trip by stage, particularly at this time of the year, are glad to avail themselves of the cheap rate and convenient mode of traveling afforded by the railroad. The owners have spared no pains to make it a first-class road in every respect. In the course of two or three weeks the new rolling stock, manufactured in the East, will arrive, and that which has been borrowed for the occasion can be dispensed with."
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 27, 1891, page 3
Rogue River Valley Railroad No. 1 during its return visit to Jacksonville, June 2009The little engine is making regular trips now. Three new cars are expected for the Rogue River Valley Railroad soon.
Thomas T. Edmunds, "Letter in Grammar Class," The Young Idea, Washington School, Medford, April 1891, page 2
The combination passenger, baggage, mail and express car has arrived and is now running on the R.R.V.R.R.
"Local Items," The Young Idea, Washington School publication, April 1891, page 3
Rogue River Valley.--The following are the officers operating this new Oregon road: W. Honeyman, Portland, Ore., President; W. A. Buchanan, Portland, Or., Secretary; E. W. DeHart, Portland, General Freight and Passenger Agent, and J. S. Howard, Medford, Or., Chief Engineer.
"Elections and Appointments," The Railroad Gazette, April 17, 1891, page 276
Rogue River Valley.--This road has been completed this year from Medford, Or., on the Southern Pacific, west to Jacksonville, and has been in operation for the last two months. All the construction work has been finished, with the exception of some ballasting. The line is about five miles long and was built by a lumber company of Portland, which owns extensive tracts of timber at Jacksonville and in southwestern Oregon.
The Railroad Gazette, April 17, 1891, page 277
Rogue River Valley.--Surveys will soon be made for a proposed extension north from Medford and Crystal [sic] Point to Eagle Point, in Jackson County, Or. The proposed extension will be about 20 miles long from Medford, but it is expected that trackage right can be secured over the Southern Pacific between Medford and Crystal Point. In that case the distance over which it will be necessary to construct the branch is 12 miles. The route is along the valley of the Rogue River, and the grading will be easy. The road now in operation extends from Jacksonville to Medford and is about five miles long. Passenger trains have only been running for a few weeks.
The Railroad Gazette, May 15, 1891, page 345
Rogue River Valley.--The incorporators are William Honeyman, E. J. DeHart, William A. Buchanan, Thomas D. Honeyman and Francis Fitch, who were interested in the old corporation.
"Elections and Appointments," The Railroad Gazette, June 5, 1891, page 398
Rogue River Valley.--Recently new articles of incorporation have been filed in Oregon under the name of the Rogue River Valley Railway & Improvement Co. to build a road between Medford, Central Point and Eagle Point, in Jackson County, Or. about 100 miles long. The capital stock is $500,000. This line is the proposed extension of the road now in operation from Jacksonville.
The Railroad Gazette, June 5, 1891, page 399
Fred. Farrier has resigned his position on the R.R.V.R.R. We learn that the train will be run without a fireman in the near future, which can probably be done.
The railroad company have fixed up their flatcar for the 4th of July, and will no doubt do a big business. The first trip was made last night, and quite a number availed themselves of taking a ride at the expense of Messrs. Ulrich and Wood, who fitted up the car.
Shortly after Wm. L. Miller, special correspondent of the Medford Mail, started from the woodpile to deliver his budget of items last Wednesday, the wind blew through his whiskers with such force as to knock off his hat. As the train was in full motion he was unable to recover his chapeau, and it was soon afterward appropriated by a tourist on his way to the soldiers' encampment at Eugene.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 3, 1891, page 3
It is estimated that the railroad company carried over 1000 people between Jacksonville and Medford on the 4th of July. John Dyar has not had much experience as a conductor, but he handled this multitude like a veteran and gave general satisfaction. This method of locomotion no doubt added much to the success of the celebration.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 10, 1891, page 2
The work of graveling the roadbed of the R.R.V.R.R. was begun this week.
The railroad extension from Medford to Eagle Point is as good as secured already, we we hope to see the dirt fly before another month rolls 'round.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 17, 1891, page 3
A horse was struck by the cowcatcher on McCarthy's engine in a field near Phoenix one day last week and knocked end over appetite, but jumped up and ran off as if nothing was the matter with him.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 7, 1891, page 3
D. W. Albury, foreman of the R.R.V.R.R. Co.'s force, has removed to Medford, as also have the men under him.
D. McCarthy, the popular engineer, is taking his summer vacation. He went to Roseburg to assist in the organization of the branch of the brotherhood of locomotive engineers this week, and was accompanied by his wife and daughter.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 7, 1891, page 3
Jackson Creek almost filled up the railroad company's gravel pit a few nights since, covering up some of the track and endangering the safety of the flatcar.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 1, 1892, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. Co.'s cars have been furnished with a stove, which proves quite comfortable during the cold weather.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 1, 1892, page 3
All of the section hands employed by the R.R.V.R.R. Co., excepting Mr. Alberry, the foreman, and J. Morris, have been discharged. A portion of the road is still in need of repair.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 8, 1892, page 3
A large number of the Medford Odd Fellows attended the installation of officers at Jacksonville last week, coming up on a special train and returning after the ceremony.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 15, 1892, page 3
Supt. Graham of the R.R.V.R.R. Co. is visiting his home in Clackamas County. His office at Medford is in charge of Mrs. W. V. Lippincott during his absence.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 22, 1892, page 3
Mr. J. W. Graham, of Graham's ferry, who has charge of the Rogue River Valley Railway, spent a couple of days last week at his home.
"Pleasant Hill Notes," Oregon City Enterprise, January 29, 1892, page 2
Want a Railroad.Eagle Point is very desirous of getting that extension of the Medford end of the R.R.V.R.R. to Butte Creek next summer, and even thus early the citizens of that section are beginning to agitate the matter lest there should be a road built up the river, via Grants Pass and Gold Hill, and leave one of the best water powers and manufacturing sites in southern Oregon sidetracked. It seems to be on the cards that a road will perforce be built from some quarter to the big timber before the lapse of very much more time, and the Butte Creek section has entirely too many advantages to recommend it to allow its people to take a back seat. That section produced the best wheat last season, and with a railroad to admit of it being profitably shipped, as also flour, the mills of that vicinity would soon have an enviable reputation all over the coast.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 5, 1892, page 3
Single fares on the Rogue River Valley R.R. have been placed at 24 cents, and round-trip tickets at 40 cents. We are unable to perceive why tickets were not put at 25 cents each way at the beginning. That is certainly a very low rate.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 12, 1892, page 3
A Salem exchange says: "The Rogue River Valley Railway Co. has applied to the board of railroad commissioners for an advance of freight rates, and they have filed a new tariff sheet for approval. This road runs between Jacksonville and Medford and is four and three-quarter miles in length, standard gauge. The president's letter, claiming that the company is not making expenses, has been filed and will be acted upon at the regular meeting of the board."
Those who thought that the idea of extending the railroad now in existence between this place and Medford, both east and westward from its present termini, would die out in time, have been mistaken in their surmises. There is much talk in the premises already, and it seems evident that the eastern company who are now contemplating the extension are in earnest in the matter. It will be a great benefit to this valley when we can not only have the coast connections, but a railroad to the head of the river as well.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 19, 1892, page 3
The prospect of having the railroad extended soon is putting new life and ambition into Medford's citizens, and we look for one of the best seasons ever known here during the coming summer. It is probable that the eastern gentlemen who have made the proposition to take hold of the R.R.V.R.R. and advance the necessary money to extend it over the Cascade Range will be here in a few weeks.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 4, 1892, page 2
Ernest Langley is filling Geo. Coulter's place as fireman of the R.R.V.R.R. while the latter is polishing up the inside of the Banquet.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 4, 1892, page 3
The travel over the R.R.V.R.R. has exceeded all expectations, more than 20,000 fares having been collected during the first year of the service. This is certainly a very good showing, as it represents an income of $4000 from this source alone. We predict that even a better report than this will be made during the coming year.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 4, 1892, page 3
The Rogue River Valley Railway Company was allowed to increase its tariff rates on merchandise between Medford and Jacksonville.
"The Railroad Commissioners," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 18, 1892, page 3
A special train went to Medford on Wednesday evening, to accommodate a large number of Jacksonville folks who went to hear the Fisk Jubilee Singers. All were delighted with the concert.
"Jacksonville Items," Ashland Tidings, April 1, 1892, page 3
Jim Linn is acting as fireman on the R.R.V.R.R., vice Ernest Langley resigned.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 29, 1892, page 3
Mrs. W. V. Lippincott is in the R.R.V.R.R. office during the absence of Mr. Graham.
"Local and General," Southern Oregon Mail, May 6, 1892, page 3
J. W. Graham, manager of the R.R.V.R.R., has returned from the Willamette Valley. Mrs. Lippincott has been filling his place at Medford quite acceptably.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 6, 1892, page 3
Democratic rally at Medford tomorrow afternoon. A special train will be run from Jacksonville, and everybody who wishes to ride can do so free of charge.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 3, 1892, page 3
The force engaged on the roadbed of the R.R.V.R.R. has been increased lately. The track has been moved in places and is straighter and more substantial than ever.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 10, 1892, page 3
The rolling stock of the R.R.V.R. Co. was thoroughly renovated during the week and presents a much improved appearance. No trains were run on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 17, 1892, page 3
Horace Nicholson has been at Jacksonville making repairs on the R.R.V.R.R. Co.'s rolling stock.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 17, 1892, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. bed is being leveled and the track straightened, which are much-needed improvements.
In consequence of the engine of the R.R.V.R.R. getting out of repair the train was stopped for a couple of days this week. Ralph Ridenhour, engineer, assisted by Horace Nicholson, of Adkins & Webb's, fixed it up as good as new and Thursday morning it came down on time. During the layoff Geo. Coulter treated the car and engine to a new coat of varnish, which makes them shine like a new silver dollar.
"Local and General," Southern Oregon Mail, June 17, 1892, page 3
John Dyar, conductor on the R.R.V.R.R., was in Roseburg and Portland last week, attending a meeting of the conductors' association. S. W. Kindle filled his place during the interim.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 24, 1892, page 3
Something got the matter with the R.R.V.R.R. engine on Monday, and it came very near not getting in before the northbound passenger had left this place.
"Local and General," Southern Oregon Mail, July 1, 1892, page 3
The new residence of W. S. Barnum on C Street is assuming proportions. W. K. Davis and S. B. McGee are the architects and builders, and doing first-class work.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 1, 1892, page 2
John Dyar, who has acted as conductor for the R.R.V.R.R. Co. since it commenced business, will soon enter the employ of the S.P. He will be succeeded on the local road by Supt. Graham..
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 1, 1892, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. engine jumped the track one day last week by running into an open switch, but the train was delayed but a short time.
"Local and General," Southern Oregon Mail, July 8, 1892, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. was kept busy carrying passengers on the 4th, making a number of extra trips during the day.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 8, 1892, page 3
J. W. Graham, superintendent of the R.R.V.R.R., is also acting as conductor, John Dyar having resigned that position in order to accept another on the S.P.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 8, 1892, page 3
A Slim Robbery.
The R.R.V.R.R. depot at this place was entered and robbed of a number of fare tickets last Tuesday night. It is evident that the burglar or burglars expected to secure some cash from the till, but in this they were disappointed and no doubt took the tickets just to take something, as they are of no possible value. Marshal Youngs says it is evident the entrance was affected through the door by a key that fit the lock, although the intention was without a doubt to make it appear for some reason the back window was used. After getting inside and finding nothing the back window was raised, the hose put in and the water turned on and left running over the desk and floor. No clue to the prowlers.
Southern Oregon Mail, July 22, 1892, page 3
D. W. Alberry has resigned his position as section boss of the R.R.V.R.R. and went north this week. His family will follow soon.
The Medford office of the R.R.V.R. Co. was burglarized last Tuesday night, but nothing of value has been missed. The miscreant turned on the water before leaving, but no damage was done.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 22, 1892, page 3
Ralph Ridenour, who has been acting as engineer for the R.R.V.R. Co., will resign on the first of the month and go north.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 22, 1892, page 3
Miss Jennie Jackson, the clever agent for the R.R.V.R. at Jacksonville, has made our town several short visits during the week.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 29, 1892, page 2
Tom Morine happened to look under the sidewalk near the R.R.V.R.R. depot one day this week, and found the tickets stolen from the little depot some time ago. It is very likely that it was getting pretty hot for the guilty party, and he thought it best to return the property.
"Local and General," Southern Oregon Mail, August 12, 1892, page 3
Ralph Ridenour still officiates as engineer of the R.R.V.R.R., having been induced to remain.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 12, 1892, page 2
Crawford, Howell & Co. have been sued on contracts made at the time of the building of the R.R.V.R.R., the amount aggregating many thousand dollars. They claim that the notes are forgeries and without consideration.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 12, 1892, page 3
The tickets lately stolen from the R.R.V.R.R. were found under the sidewalk last week by Tom Morine.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 19, 1892, page 2
An attempt was made to fire the R.R.V.R.R. Co.'s depot at Medford on Wednesday night, but fortunately it was frustrated by the arrival of the night watchman, T. W. Johnson. It seems as if the incendiary is abroad in the land. Hemp would be too good for him.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 26, 1892, page 3
Resolution of Thanks.Resolved, that we, the board of trustees of the town of Medford, for and in the name of the people of Medford, extend to the town board and citizens of Jacksonville our thanks for their help and for the use of their fire engine during the fire in our town on the morning of August 23rd; also to Supt. Graham of the R.R.V.R. Co. for his promptness in sending said fire engine to us by special train.
Done by order of the town board of Medford this 23rd day of August, 1892.
J. A. WHITESIDE, Mayor.J. H. FARIS, Recorder.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 26, 1892, page 3
Fire at Medford.
Some miscreant set the large woodpile in front of the Medford Roller Mills afire on Tuesday night, and that town was in danger for awhile. It was with the utmost difficulty that the mills were saved. The fire engine from Jacksonville was sent for and brought down by a special train, and did good service. About 150 cords of wood were burned. There seems to be no doubt that this was the work of an incendiary.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 26, 1892, page 3
The city council met in regular session last Monday night. A large number of bills were audited. Two new sidewalks were provided for: one extending from the R.R.V.R.R. depot west and one by Dr. Pickel's place of residence.
"Local and General," Southern Oregon Mail, September 9, 1892, page 3
John Dyer, ex-conductor on the Jacksonville branch, is employed on the S.P. gravel train near Grants Pass.
"Pressed Bricks," Valley Record, Ashland, September 22, 1892, page 1
Medford is paralyzed over indications that there are firebugs in the community. Besides the impression that Davis' woodpile fire was the work of a fiend, an attempt was made to fire the branch railroad depot, and on Saturday night just before 12 o'clock parties returning home from a social hop discovered that the outhouse of the new school house had been fired, undoubtedly with a fixed intention of destroying the whole building. On Sunday night the big barn and its contents, situated opposite the packing house, was burned to the ground. All these fires have left the evidences of incendiary origin, and if the parties are ever caught their necks will be utilized.
"Brevity Basket," Valley Record, Ashland, September 1, 1892, page 3
The Jacksonville branch railroad had an accident. While coming into the yard here in full speed with a heavy S.P. freight car between the engine and regular coach, the air brakes refused to work. The little engine was unequal to the occasion, and the momentum of the freight car pushed the engine clear through the yard and headlong off the end of the track into the real estate. It required four hours to get things fixed. The report that the little engine went clear through into Eagle Point country was a false alarm.
"Medford Items," Valley Record, Ashland, September 8, 1892, page 3
A force of men, under the superintendence of J. Morris, are putting the roadbed of the R.R.V.R.R. in good condition for winter.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 30, 1892, page 3
Miss Jennie Jackson, who has so efficiently and acceptably filled the position of agent for the R.R.V.R.R. and W.U. Tel. Co. at Jacksonville, resigned her position a few days since and has been succeeded by Miss Susie Turner, a competent young lady, who will doubtless also succeed in giving the fullest satisfaction.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 14, 1892, page 2
J. W. Graham, superintendent of the R.R.V.R.R., left for Portland Wednesday evening, to be gone a few days. His son is acting as conductor in the meantime.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 28, 1892, page 3
J. W. Graham, superintendent of the R.R.V.R.R., left for Portland last week, to be gone a few days. His son acted as conductor in the meantime.
"Local and General," Southern Oregon Mail, November 4, 1892, page 3
Miss Susie Turner, the popular agent of the R.R.V.R.R. and W.U. Tel. companies has returned from her visit to Ashland.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 11, 1892, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. will run a special train tomorrow, which will carry free of charge all who wish to attend the jubilee at Jacksonville.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 18, 1892, page 3
The Rogue River Valley Railway Co., whose line extends between Jacksonville and Medford, reports a total gross earning for the year [of] $3,221. The road is 5½ miles in length. Cost of road and equipment, $41,160.
"Here & There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 25, 1892, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. has reestablished its wood yard on the schoolhouse flat.
The R.R.V.R. has several men employed in ballasting and putting its road in good repair.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 9, 1892, page 3
D. W. Alberry, who filled the position of section boss for the R.R.V.R.R. Co., and afterwards went to Grants Pass, has levanted to parts unknown. He leaves a host of creditors wherever he "pitches his tent."
The passenger car of the R.R.V.R.R. Co. was on dry dock for a day or two during the forepart of the week, and the passengers and mail were hauled to Medford by the detached engine or teams from the Union Livery Stable during the interim. It was an amusing sight to see several prominent citizens riding astride the cowcatcher between termini of the road.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 23, 1892, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. now leaves Jacksonville at 4 o'clock p.m., in order to give the Medford postmaster more time in which to attend to the mail arriving from this place.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 6, 1893, page 3
Railroad Change.Considerable surprise was created locally when it was announced this week that W. S. Barnum of Medford has leased for a term of two years the rolling stock, track and privileges of the R.R.V.R.R. company, and that the road will pass under his control after the 20th inst. Barnum is one of the enterprising citizens of Medford, and as he will superintend and operate the road himself during the time that he has charge, cannot fail to make a success of the venture. As the particulars of the deal have not been made public as yet, we can only state that the terms of the lease are to the effect that all amounts realized from the operation of the road over and above a stipulated sum shall be paid to Mr. Buchanan as trustee for the company. It is rumored that E. G. Hurt of Medford will assist Mr. Barnum in operating the road.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 13, 1893, page 3
It has been reported that Mr. Barnum, the proprietor of the Medford planing mill, has leased and will operate the Medford-Jacksonville railroad, taking charge about the 20th of the present month. The exact terms of the lease have not been learned here, but it is understood that Mr. Barnum is to operate the road for a guaranteed fixed sum to be paid him by the company, the proceeds of the road to go to the company.
"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, January 13, 1893, page 3
The lessees of the R.R.V.R.R. are to pay the owners all over and above the sum of $8 per day taken in as gross receipts. The rumor that they were to pay the company the sum of $8 per day rental for the road was erroneous.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 20, 1893, page 3
The transfer of a transcontinental railway would hardly create more of a furor than did the change in the rental of the Rogue River Valley road. The rumored boycott probably has no greater extent than the minds of the few gossip vendors.
Southern Oregon Mail, January 27, 1893, page 2
W. A. Buchanan of the R.R.V.R.R. company was in the valley during the week, completing the matter of turning over the company's rolling stock and fixtures to W. S. Barnum, who will operate the road for the company during the next two years.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 27, 1893, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. trains are now running on a schedule arranged to suit the convenience of post office officials of Medford, leaving Jacksonville 15 minutes earlier than formerly, both morning and evening. Trains have been running regularly again since Monday last.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 27, 1893, page 3
"Barnum's circus is coming to town!" was the reply given the curious inquirers when they asked the cause of the great rush of people toward the Medford station about five o'clock Sunday evening.
Yes, Barnum has been having a circus, and when he steamed into town for the first time in four days, of course there was an unusual commotion among the people.
The little bobtail, that had been the all-absorbing topic of conversation for a week or more, was surrounded by upwards of an hundred people, every one of whom had probably inspected the aforesaid bobtail upwards of an hundred times.
But they wanted to see it again. They had heard rumors of war between railroad magnate and employee, and the outcome of this serious friction was watched with breathless anxiety by the traveling public at both ends of the line, and it was certainly no more than natural that the reappearance of the "little giant" in Medford after so long an absence should be greeted by a public reception.
"The Town Talker," Southern Oregon Mail, January 27, 1893, page 3
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.
Change of Administration in the Rogue River Valley Railroad.
The 20th of January was the time fixed for a change in management of the Rogue River system, but owing to a complicated condition of some of the rolling stock, all trains were tied up and the new management was unable to turn a wheel for several days.
The system is owned by a Portland company, who have demonstrated by the earnings of last year that the road is not a paying investment. On the first of the year an agreement was entered into between the company, party of the first part, and Mr. Wm. Barnum, a locomotive engineer of this city, party of the second part, by which Mr. Barnum was to take charge of the road on the 20th inst., conduct the same in the usual manner and pay all running expenses, for the consideration of eight dollars per day, to be to him in hand paid by the said company. The employees of the road consist of one section hand, an engineer, fireman and conductor. Mr. Barnum was on the ground bright and early on the morning of the 20th, and after an examination of the rolling stock, refused to take control. He wired the company to that effect, and was answered by the appearance of Mr. Buchanan, one of the owners of the road.
TWO SIDES TO THE STORY.Mr. Barnum claims that owing to an old-time rivalry between himself and the retiring engineer, the machinery of the locomotive had been tampered with in order to embarrass him in his efforts to fulfill his agreement with the company. W. R. Ridenhour, the former engineer, denies the allegation. He says it was his purpose to turn the engine over to the new management in first-class order, and as he expected Mr. Barnum to make an inspection of the machinery, he had left a few "screws loose," that the locomotive might be easily examined. This caused all the trouble, and tied up the train between here and Jacksonville for three days. At present trains are running regularly under the new management, and no further difficulty is anticipated.
Southern Oregon Mail, January 27, 1893, page 3
It is altogether probable that the Rogue River Valley short line has the youngest conductor in its employ of any railroad in the world. His age is in the immediate surroundings of twelve years. His name is John Barnum and he is a son of Wm. Barnum, an engineer on the same road. The young man is said to be taking lessons in the guttural rendition of "TICK-ETS" and pays as little attention to questions asked by passengers as does the average real man conductor.
"Weekly Round-Up," Southern Oregon Mail, January 27, 1893, page 3
Mr. Buchanan, of J.R.R. Co., is here on professional business. Mr. Barnum took charge of the railroad Saturday. The trains will run on schedule time.
"Jacksonville Items," Ashland Tidings, January 27, 1893, page 3
Rogue River Road Sold.
From Friday's Oregonian.
The Rogue River railroad, which connects Jacksonville and Medford, has been sold by Messrs. Honeyman & DeHart, of this city, to Mr. C. H. Leadbetter, a capitalist, prominently interested in the Kennewick irrigation canal. At a meeting of the directors of the road yesterday, Mr. Leadbetter was elected president, in the place of Mr. Honeyman, and his son, Mr. F. W. Leadbetter, was elected vice-president and general manager, in place of Mr. DeHart. It is the intention of the purchaser to extend the road at an early day some 25 miles east into the sugar pine forests at the headwaters of the Rogue and Butte rivers. The present line is about six miles in length, and has been paying a handsome profit during the past year.The Railroad and Big Ditch Project.
Southern Oregon Mail, February 3, 1893, page 3
Negotiations have been pending for some time past between Honeyman & DeHart, of Portland, and C. H. Leadbetter of the Kennewick Irrigation & Canal Company up in Washington, for the transfer of the stock which the former gentlemen held in the R.R.V.R.R. Co., and the transfer was effected during the last week. C. H. Leadbetter succeeds Mr. Honeyman as president, and his son, F. W. Leadbetter, is the new vice-president of the company. It is announced through the daily papers that the company now intends to extend the road at an early date to the head of the sugar pine belt at the head of Rogue River, and from the fact that speculators are already engaged in bonding tracts of land in the valley, we rather incline to the opinion that it will not be very long until the dream of a railroad transversely across this valley will be realized. The Leadbetters are the managers of the irrigation project alluded to above and have under contemplation a like system for this valley. Who knows but what we may be on the eve of a boom when least expected.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 3, 1893, page 3
Johnny Barnum, son of W. S. Barnum, collects the fares on the R.R.V.R.R. in a most satisfactory manner, and claims the distinction of being the youngest conductor on the run. He hasn't had to eject a soul as yet for nonpayment of fares.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 3, 1893, page 3
W. A. Buchanan of Portland was in Jacksonville the forepart of this week on business connected with the transfer of the R.R.V.R to W. S. Barnum. He was accompanied by Mr. Cathcart, a machinist, whose services were required in putting the company's engine in shape.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 3, 1893, page 3
Almost any kind of talk you happen to be looking for is rife in our city regarding the outcome of the transfer of the Rogue River Valley Railroad, but the conclusion arrived at in most instances is that no individual or corporation cares to tie up forty or fifty thousand dollars in five miles of railroad with no better prospects for a direct dividend than is at present showing itself in this road. With this thought in mind the sequel is easily read, and is nothing more nor less than a very probable extension from Medford to a point on the east at least as far as the sugar pine timber belt. The benefit that this will prove to be to our city can only be estimated by those familiar with the extent of this timber tract, and the various uses to which it can be put in the manufacture of fine furniture, store fixtures and other articles. With the advent of this extension, that principal manufacture of this lumber will be conducted in Medford goes without saying. The amount of money its construction and maintenance will place in circulation is of no small importance to think of in figuring on the direct benefit to be derived.
Medford Mail, February 10, 1893, page 2
An Important Proposition.At the meeting of the city council last Monday evening a proposition was submitted to the city authorities by C. H. Leadbetter and son, who have secured control of the R.R.V.R.R. and now intend to extend the road at an early date to the headwaters of Rogue River, going via Eagle Point. They are making preparations to put in a thorough system of irrigating canals in the valley, to cover all the territory lying below the level of their ditch, which will convey water from Big and Little Butte creeks, and will circle around the valley at a level a little below the town of Talent. They made a proposition to furnish Jacksonville with free water for fire, town and park purposes, and to provide faucets at $1 each for private use, provided the town will guarantee the issue of bonds to the amount of $20,000, to bear 6 percent, payable in twenty years, to be given the company as a bonus upon the completion of the work, which they will undertake to have completed and in operation by the first day of September 1894. The proposition also covers electric lights for the city and private use, at a stipulated rate per month. The company professes to be amply able to carry out the work with their own means, and only ask that the bonus be guaranteed them upon its completion. It is well worth consideration, as with an abundant supply of water and electric lights this place would yet be of great local importance, to say nothing of being the pleasantest residence locality in Oregon. The main canal of the company is intended to be over one hundred miles in length. Big Butte Creek will furnish an abundance of water.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 10, 1893, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. Co.'s track has been extended some distance up Jackson Creek, so that a fare of 25 cents can be legally charged.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 10, 1893, page 3
The fare on the R.R.V.R.R. will hereafter be fifty cents for the round trip.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 10, 1893, page 3
THE RAILROAD SITUATION.
For the past few weeks the railroad pulse in this vicinity has been beating many throbs above the normal condition. The Mail has said nothing of this important movement because that we preferred to hold over until something authentic might be arrived at. Things have not taken on such a shape that we can give them out to our readers with little fear lest we be called upon to deny the assertion made herein.
Some few weeks ago a proposition was made our people by Mr. Leadbetter and son, the gentlemen who recently purchased the Rogue River Valley Railroad, which is in substance something like this:
They agree to build, equip and operate an extension of the above-named railroad from Medford to a point known as the sugar pine belt about forty-five miles northeast from this place. They further agree to put in a system of water works for the town of Medford which will be sufficient to meet the demands of a city of 10,000 or more inhabitants and to supply sufficient power for all manufacturing interests that may develop later, as well as an irrigation canal from which they agree to water the "desert" and as much more of the valley as may be desired. And still further they agree to put in an electric light plant in Medford. They also agree that the headquarters for all these operations shall be at Medford.
In consideration for all this they ask the city of Medford to give them $40,000, but from this amount is to be deducted the value of our present water system. They to accept city warrants in payment, but not a dollar to be due or paid until the completion of all this work.
We have given you above a brief synopsis of the proposition, and by next week we hope to be able to publish the contract entire which is to be entered into by and between the city of Medford and the promoters of these projects.
A person reading the above would naturally come to the conclusion that these railroad gentlemen were figuring wholly as benefactors to the city of Medford and the Rogue River Valley. If such an idea enters your mind, dissuade yourself of the notion at once. While it is true that they will expend upwards of an half million dollars in perfecting the projects and ask in return only $40,000, it is equally as true that the revenue from these many sources will be perpetual from and after the completion of this work, but the contract is so worded that no exorbitant prices can be charged either for water or light.
In order that our city be placed in a position to accept this proposition it was necessary that a bill should pass the legislature authorizing the extension of the bonded indebtedness sufficient to meet the amount asked as a bonus. This was presented and passed both houses and by limitation became a law last Wednesday. It now becomes necessary to put the matter to a vote of the people. Notice of which will undoubtedly be published in these columns next week.
In the opinion of The Mail--and we are pleased to note that it is the opinion of nearly every resident in Medford--there should not be a dissenting vote when the time comes to cast our ballot. The one and only argument which can possibly be raised against the project might be that of increased taxes, but this is so easily put aside as to hardly give a second thought. If you are in doubt as to who will pay the taxes, sit yourself down and with pencil figure, first, the amount of money this one company will expend in the construction of buildings and placing of machinery to operate all their different projects. Having written these figures on your tablets, which will reach a sum very near the six-figure line, make a small estimate of the amount of capital the completion of these projects will invite to our city by way of manufacturing enterprises, and you have--what? A city of between 5,000 and 10,000 inhabitants, and enough taxable property to pay five times the excess which the city's bonded indebtedness will amount to at the present time.
We have endeavored during the past week to sum up what, if any, class of people will oppose the project. Surely it cannot be the land owner, who can but easily see a rapid advancement in prices of his realties and the demand increase tenfold. Neither can it be the mechanic who knows full well that the demand for his labor will be increased largely, and as the demand for labor fixes the price, his way to a ready competency is easily seen. The merchant, who has his business already established, fears not competition, but instead watches for more families to supply, knowing that the individual follows the masses. Surely he cannot object. The professional man, like unto the merchant, has served his patients or clients well, and all stand ready to recommend the long-established man in preference to the newcomer. Lastly, we all, or nearly all, of us have a little home which of necessity must advance in value and from which a price treble its present value might be realized.
The Mail fails to find one argument against the carrying out of the projects, but finds many favorable to it.
The tide in the affairs of Medford is at its flood. Will we grasp the opportunity to make this city the undisputed metropolis of Southern Oregon, or stand idly by and let the chance of a lifetime pass forever? Southern Oregon will have her metropolis, her commercial center for this resourceful section, and that soon. Medford has gotten the iron properly heated, and we must strike while it is hot. Give encouragement to every enterprise that will bring business to this city, and foster every project for the development of our tributary country; make Medford the nerve center from which all supply must radiate and toward which all demand must gravitate, and we will soon have the acknowledged metropolis of Southern Oregon.
Medford Mail, February 17, 1893, page 2
But little doubt is entertained as to the final extension of the R.R.V.R.R. to the timber belt, as the present owners are railroad men, and did not buy the road to gratify any puerile desire to own a line. It is hard to say what benefits will accrue to the valley from having a line stretching from the heart of the richest agricultural section to the vast timber belt, but it is safe to say that it will revolutionize business in this quarter of the world. The future of the Rogue River Valley is very much brighter than it was a short time ago.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 17, 1893, page 2
This place naturally feels bright over the outlook for our future, for all realize that the proposed extension of the R.R.V.R.R. will mean a great deal for Medford. It will of necessity always be the commercial center of the county, and should the line reach to the timber belt, will be the manufacturing center as well. When hundreds of people of the valley metropolis are on the payrolls of large lumber manufacturing concerns a very different condition of things will prevail in this valley from that now existing.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 17, 1893, page 3
Medford people are confident that nothing will interfere with the aqueduct and timber-railroad enterprises, of which the project was reported in [the] Tidings last week. The bill permitting the bonding of the city passing the legislature, Leadbetter & Son offer for a bonus of city bonds in the sum of $40,000 to build the railroad to the timber, and also make the big ditch to take water from upper Butte Creek and carry it to Medford, where it will have fall to furnish power for electric lights and will supply the town with water. Leadbetter & Son will also agree to take the present water works system of the town off the hands of the city at a valuation of about $10,000. The water and light business will then be in the hands of the private owners, or company, but the city council will reserve the right to establish rates. The projectors of the enterprise have also made a proposition to furnish the town of Jacksonville with water from the same ditch, and put in an electric light plant for a bonus of $20,000. Along much of its course the proposed ditch would cover land, the irrigation of which would be profitable alike to the owners thereof and to the owners of the ditch. The proposed enterprises, if successfully carried out, would add greatly to the productive resources and to the prosperity of Jackson County.Has Bought the Iron.
Ashland Tidings, February 17, 1893, page 3
Rogue River Valley.--This road, which is now in operation only between Medford and Jacksonville, Or., six miles, has been sold by the owners, Honeyman & DeHart, to C. H. Leadbetter, who is interested in the Kennewick irrigation canal. C. H. Leadbetter has been elected president, and his son, F. W. Leadbetter, general manager. It is the intention of the purchaser to extend the road at an early day some 25 miles east into the sugar pine forests at the headwaters of the Rogue and Butte rivers.
The Railroad Gazette, February 17, 1893, page 138
We All Feel Good--Naturally.
The Medford correspondent to the Jacksonville Times brings out some good points in the following:
This place naturally feels bright over the outlook for our future, for all realize that the proposed extension of the R.R.V.R.R. will mean a great deal for Medford. It will of necessity always be the commercial center of the county, and should the line reach to the timber belt, will be the manufacturing center as well. When hundreds of people of the valley metropolis are on the payrolls of large lumber manufacturing concerns a very different condition of things will prevail in this valley from that now existing.
Medford Mail, February 24, 1893, page 3
Many epithets have been applied to the bobtail engine on the Rogue River Valley Railroad, but the latest and most amusing was that used by a knight of the grip at The Medford lately. He spoke of the little engine as the peanut roaster, and everybody laughed.
The peanut roaster. February 27, 1955 Medford Mail Tribune
"The Town Talker," Medford Mail, February 24, 1893, page 3
C. H. Leadbetter, secretary of the R.R.V.R.R. Co., came up on the train yesterday.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 24, 1893, page 2
The new caboose furnished to conductor Hendricks is a great improvement on the old style, having two compartments, one each for the accommodation of the train man and such passengers as may take passage on the freight.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 3, 1893, page 3
Mr. Leadbetter is still in New York, in the interests of the R.R.V.R.R.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 3, 1893, page 3
Accident on the Short Line.
Last Saturday evening and Sunday morning the familiar whistle of Prof. Barnum's engine on the Medford-Jacksonville Short Line was not nearly so familiar as was its usual custom. Saturday noon Mr. B. pulled out of Medford with one car of freight and the passenger coach for Jacksonville. When he reached the steep grade a mile out of Jacksonville the freight car was uncoupled and left standing on the track while the passenger coach was pulled into the station, as is the usual custom. Upon returning for the freight car, and when about to make the coupling, the engine somehow became unruly and came against the freight car with a crash, which sent the bumper clear through the engine tender. Fortunately for fireman Frank Morey, in making the coupling he succeeded in placing the engine drawbar into the car bumper, thus giving him a second's time to escape before the business knuckled and went jamming into the tender. Had he not have been so fortunate he would have been instantly killed and frightfully mangled. The damage to the engine was made good again, and the train was on time Sunday night.
Medford Mail, March 17, 1893, page 3
W. A. Buchanan of the R.R.V.R.R. Co., who was in the city on business connected with the interests of Honeyman, DeHart & Co., has returned home.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 24, 1893, page 2
Messrs. Leadbetter have been heard from several times during the past week, and will return in a short time to complete arrangements for the proposed extension of the R.R.V.R.R. They have the reputation of making things go, whenever they take hold of an enterprise, and the matter of extending the railroad to the timber belt will be the first thing on the programme with them when they return.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 24, 1893, page 3
Mr. C. H. Leadbetter, president of the Rogue River Valley [railroad] system and a leader in matters pertaining to the extension of this road, was in Medford last Saturday and while here was interviewed by a Mail reporter.
What can we say to our readers regarding the railroad project? was asked by the reporter:
"You may say that Medford will get the railroad. If they don't get it this year they will next."
When and where will the survey begin?
"I will be in Medford again in two weeks. They may be long weeks--perhaps twenty days, but upon my return I will put a survey party in the field. They will begin work on the summit of the Cascades and will run a line into Medford."
Mr. Leadbetter gave the reporter many more points tending to the general good [omission?] of the enterprise, but which are as yet not intended to be made known to the public, as the publication of them might possibly retard progress in the work.
In conversation with Mr. J. S. Howard, who has been engaged to run the survey for the road, we learn that according to arrangements made between himself and Mr. Leadbetter he is to make a preliminary examination of the country in the vicinity of the north fork of Little Butte Creek to ascertain the most feasible route by which the desired point on the Cascade summit may be reached. As soon as this examination is completed a surveying party will be organized, with Mr. Howard as chief engineer, and a survey made over the route located by the examination and both ways from the summit or place of crossing the mountains. The date fixed for the examining party to start out is the second week in April, or so soon thereafter as the snow in the mountains shall have disappeared sufficiently to warrant expeditious work. The object in commencing work at the summit is that this one particular point is desired as a crossing and could not be so easily made--regarding grades--if commenced in the valley. When the survey is completed from the summit to Medford the party will return to the place of beginning and from there will run a preliminary line to Klamath Falls. It is possible Mr. Howard will go to Klamath Falls between now and the middle of April and look up a feasible approach to that city.
It is given out on good authority that Mr. Leadbetter, while in the East, purchased 1,100 tons of rails, or an amount sufficient to build twelve miles of road, and the same has been ordered shipped to Medford.
"It's a Sure Thing," Medford Mail, March 31, 1893, page
Frank Morey has resigned his position as fireman on the Rogue River Valley road, and his place is now filled by M. Tryer.
"City Local Whirl," Medford Mail, March 31, 1893, page 3
C. H. Leadbetter, one of the company which proposed to extend the R.R.V.R.R., was in Jacksonville during the week, accompanied by his wife and daughter.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 31, 1893, page 2
The prospects for the extension of the R.R.V.R.R. to the big timber on upper Rogue River are thought to be good. It is said that a thousand tons of rails have already been ordered, some of which will be used in replacing those now used between Jacksonville and Medford.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 31, 1893, page 3
Medford, Or., March 27.--C. H. Leadbetter, of Tacoma, who has been in Medford several days, proposes to build an extension to the Rogue River Valley railroad, from this city to Klamath Falls, a distance of sixty miles. An engineering corps will leave Medford in a few weeks to make a survey of the proposed line. The new road will tap the sugar pine belt for a distance of 25 miles. Mr. Leadbetter has recently returned from the East, where he purchased the iron for 12 miles of the road at Pittsburgh, Pa. He expects to have this much of the road built by August 1. It is understood here that a deal has been made by the owners of the Rogue River Valley road with the Burlington & Quincy, whereby the latter will have a coast connection.
(The C.B.&Q. has been taken in out of the cold by most of the short roads and projected roads of the Pacific Coast, but it probably never expected such luck as to be taken under the wing of the Rogue River Valley Railroad. It doesn't pay to be claiming too much in such enterprises, it rather destroys than creates public confidence.)
Ashland Tidings, March 31, 1893, page 3
M. Tryer is acting as fireman on the R.R.V.R.R.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 21, 1893, page 3
As early as 1863 Hon. Jesse Applegate made a preliminary survey for a railroad from Rogue River Valley to the Klamath Basin, over about the same route as is now contemplated, to be followed from Medford by the extension of the R.R.V.R.R. to that section. It is an entirely feasible course, and a railroad will unquestionably be built over it in the not very distant future.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 28, 1893, page 3
Six Were "Not in It."
At the special election held in Medford last Monday upon the question of issuing $40,000 city bonds to be used as a bonus for the water works and electric power and light enterprises projected by C. H. Leadbetter, the town was almost unanimously in favor of bonding, there being only six votes against it in a town of about 275 or 280.
Mayor W. I. Vawter, when in Ashland Wednesday, replying to the question when the bonds are to be issued, said he didn't know anything about that. The election only gave the city council authority to bond the city if in its judgment it is the proper thing to do. The council will now proceed to consider such proposition as may be issued by Mr. Leadbetter and will not issue any bonds until satisfied by assurances or guarantee that the projects to be subsidized are upon a solid basis of success.
It is understood that Mr. Leadbetter proposes to bring to the town a supply of water for drinking and other domestic purposes, as well as for power; that he will supply water for irrigation of lands on both sides of the valley about Medford and Jacksonville, and will establish an electric lighting system in Medford. Water for city purposes is to be supplied free during continuance of his franchise.
Ashland Tidings, April 28, 1893, page 3
Another payment on the purchase price of the Rogue River Valley Railroad was made May first--another indication which indicates that there is something substantial back of the Medford railroad possibilities.
Medford Mail, May 5, 1893, page 2
The second payment of Leadbetter & Son on the R.R.V.R.R. having been made, there seems to be little question but that the transfer will be effected in a short time and the work of extending the road commenced.
J. W. Graham, formerly superintendent of the R.R.V.R.R. Co., has gone to the Willamette Valley. Ralph Ridenour is paying him a visit at his home.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 12, 1893, page 3
The Jackson County boys employed in the extension of the Donahue system of coast railways in California write home that work is moving right along, and that the company intends extending the line to Crescent City soon. Should the proper effort be made, the road can be made to connect with the R.R.V.R., and would be of inestimable value in this valley, settling once for all the question of freights.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 12, 1893, page 3
Leadbetter & Son will start out their surveying party from this place in a short time, and work on the line of the new extension of the R.R.V.R.R. may be expected to begin soon. The gentlemen are about through with their undertakings in the northern country, and will be able to give their undivided attention to matters in this section from this time forth.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 19, 1893, page 3
The Jacksonville train ran into and killed a valuable cow belonging to Mr. Weaver, Saturday night. As the accident occurred inside the incorporate limits of Medford, it is reported no damages can be collected from the railroad company.
"City Local Whirl," Medford Mail, May 26, 1893, page 5
The R.R.V.R.R. ran over a cow belonging to Ol. Weaver, near Medford, a few days ago, and killed her. It was an unavoidable accident.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 26, 1893, page 3
The firm of Davis & Pottenger has been succeeded by J. Morris, formerly roadmaster of the R.R.V.R.R., and E. H. Fawcett, lately from the East.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 30, 1893, page 2
Real Estate Bargains.
A choice opportunity to purchase one or more small tracts of the best alfalfa or fruit land in Rogue River Valley, all under cultivation. Terms one-fifth cash, balance 5 years' time, or to suit purchaser, or a discount of 5 percent, for all cash. This tract lies about midway between Medford and Jacksonville. The R.R.V.R.R. has a station on the premises and runs through them. Title perfect. Call on or write to A. H. Maegly, the owner, 127½ First Street, Portland, Oregon.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 7, 1893, page 3
George J. Armstrong is engaged in delivering a large quantity of wood for the R.R.V.R.R. Co.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 21, 1893, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. has a new handcar of the latest pattern.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 21, 1893, page 3
Railroad Men in Medford.
A party of railroad men, including C. H. Leadbetter of North Yakima, Wash., president of the R.R.V.R.R. Co., arrived at Medford this morning. It is said that they will make a thorough investigation of the scheme of connecting southeastern Oregon with the S.P. system by the extension of the R.R.V.R.R. 'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 21, 1893, page 3
W. H. Mills, general land agent of the S.P. railway system, and C. H. Leadbetter, lessee of the R.R.V.R.R., accompanied by their families and several friends, arrived in a private car at Medford on Thursday of last week and left for the Big Butte Creek section soon afterward. The party consisted of Mr. Mills and wife, their daughters, Misses Bessie and Ardella, Misses May Denman and Alberta Bancroft, of San Francisco, C. H. Leadbetter and wife and their daughters, Misses Bertie and Sadie, of North Yakima, Wash., Geo. H. Andrews and wife of Portland, Mr. Brainerd of the Seattle Times, C. H. Leadbetter, Jr. and family of North Yakima and Louis Pittock of Portland. They camped at several places along the road, returning to Medford on Wednesday. In conversation with a representative of the Times, all expressed themselves as delighted with their trip. Mr. Mills was considerably surprised over the magnitude and value of the Butte Creek and Rogue River timber belts and spoke in high terms generally of the valley and the country he saw. He said the situation was full of possibilities, but further than that declined to say anything in reference to matters most important to us. Mr. Leadbetter, however, assured us that everything looked favorable for the extension of our railroad. He was not prepared to go into details at this time.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 28, 1893, page 3
More Bonds Redeemed.
Notwithstanding the dull times, Jacksonville continues to assert her solvency and redeem outstanding indebtedness. A call for the redemption of $500 worth of the bonds which were issued to assist in the construction of the R.R.V.R.R. has just been made. While the pioneer town of southern Oregon has no floating debt and is steadily paying her bonded indebtedness, the financial condition of many other towns in Oregon is becoming worse.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 4, 1893, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. arrives 15 minutes later than usual in the morning, as the southbound overland gets to Medford 15 minutes later than formerly.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 4, 1893, page 3
The rolling stock of the R.R.V.R.R. Co. is being overhauled, and passengers, express and mail will be hauled by stage for a short time. Mr. Sherman of Medford is repainting the passenger car, and the observation car was in use for several days. Mr. Barnum is now overhauling the engine.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 11, 1893, page 3
The rolling stock of the R.R.V.R.R. Co. has been thoroughly renovated and neatly repainted, so that it is in first-class condition again.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 18, 1893, page 3
YOUNGEST CONDUCTOR.--The youngest railroad conductor in Oregon is John Barnum. John is 13 years old and runs the train from Jacksonville to Medford. His father is the engineer, but the boy does all the business with the passengers. It was after continued persuasion that John induced his mother to allow him to lay aside knee pants this summer.
Evening Capital Journal, Salem, August 29, 1893, page 4
The R.R.V.R.R. Co., through its representative, W. S. Barnum, has suspended the midday trip heretofore made between Jacksonville and Medford, as the business would not justify its continuance. It is to be hoped that the suspension will be only temporary, as the one o'clock train was quite a convenience.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 1, 1893, page 3
Something of a Lie Itself.
The branch railroad from Jacksonville to Medford has the youngest conductor on record. He is a boy named Bailey, and he is only eight years of age. The boy's father is engineer, and the boy collects the fares.
The above is going the rounds of the state press. It is considerable of a prevarication. The young man's name is not "Bailey" but Barnum, and instead of being "eight" years old he is fourteen. His father runs the engine all right, and the boy collects the fare.
Medford Mail, September 8, 1893, page 3
Lys. Damon was at Jacksonville one day this week, filling Miss Susie Turner's place at the railroad depot.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 15, 1893, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. has been making midday trips during the progress of the soldiers' and sailors' reunion at Medford, but will not continue the same.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 22, 1893, page 3
Dr. Wait's cow was run over by the train from Jacksonville last Monday. It was an unavoidable accident, however.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 29, 1893, page 2
W. A. Buchanan of Portland, representing the owners of the R.R.V.R.R., was in Jacksonville during the past week.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 6, 1893, page 3
W. S. Barnum, who is in charge of the R.R.V.R.R., informs us that he will probably resume the midday trips which were suspended a short time since.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 6, 1893, page 3
There seems to be a possibility of the exception of the R.R.V.R.R. to Butte Creek in the near future, judging from conversations held with both W. A. Buchanan and C. H. Leadbetter. We would not be surprised if the year 1894 did not [sic] witness the connection of Jacksonville and Medford with some point on Butte Creek.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 6, 1893, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. is not troubled with brakebeam tourists. they don't like to tackle the conductor; though not big as some, he is fully as formidable.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 27, 1893, page 3
There was quite a howl around about the S.P. depot Monday morning, and not wholly without cause. Engineer Barnum had run in on the S.P. sidetrack with his engine and car to load freight for Jacksonville and had pushed several cars down over the south crossing and left them standing there while the freight loading was going on, and by so doing blocked the crossing for both man and teams--hence the howl. It's "agin" the law, Mr. Barnum, and "agin" the grain of the best dispositioned man in this city to walk several lengths in the mud.
"All the Local News," Medford Mail, October 27, 1893, page 3
Medford's Boy Conductor.
The following appeared in the November number of Lewis & Dryden's Railway and Marine Gazette, published at Portland. The engraving spoken of is a very fine picture of "Johnny" in which he appears dressed in full conductor uniform, a punch in one hand and a ticket in the other.
The accompanying engraving shows the youngest conductor in the United States. His name is John C. Barnum and he is thirteen years old. He was born in New York, but has resided in Oregon for the past nine years. His home is in Medford, Jackson County, on the Southern Pacific [railroad route]. On January 20, 1893, his father leased the Rogue River Valley Railroad, which runs from Medford to Jacksonville, a distance of five miles, and as its revenues are light, he took charge of the engine and placed his son on the train as conductor, since which time the boy has filled the place with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his father and the patrons of the line. He wears a conventional cap and uniform, with lettered brass buttons, and carries a punch. It is unnecessary to state that he is a great favorite with lady passengers.
Conductor Barnum likes his work and says that he gets along nicely except with some of the very smart drummers who are often on his train and who guy him about his inability to handle their heavy baggage. He had an amusing experience with a big fellow not long ago, but came out ahead and earned the hearty applause of a trainload of people. The big fellow thought it would be smart to play a trick on the little conductor before the crowd, and when called on for his "fare," said he had lost his ticket and was out of money. Johnny knew better, but told the smart party that he must pay his fare or get off. This was sneered at and the conductor passed on, while his would-be deadbeat snickered over the joke. Soon afterward the conductor slipped up behind the fellow, seized his hat and put it in the express chest in the baggage compartment, calmly locking the chest. The big drummer followed him and demanded the hat, but was quietly informed that it would be held until he had paid his fare. Before the train reached its destination, the fare was paid and the hat surrendered to its owner, who sneaked away amid the jeers of the crowd.
He fills his position with dignity and precision beyond his diminutive proportions, and as the danger on this road from collision is confined to an occasional brush with the hindquarters of a cow, our little conductor's responsibilities are not more exacting than his abilities.
Medford Mail, November 24, 1893, page 2
Attempted Train Wreck.A tie placed on the track between Davisville and Harbaugh's came near causing the wreck of the R.R.V.R.R. train Monday evening. The tie was evidently put there for the purpose of wrecking the train, though what could be the cause of such an action is beyond our comprehension. Robbery could not have been the motive, as very little treasure is carried on this line. Fortunately no damage was done, beyond a thorough scare to the engineer and fireman, who saw the obstruction as the engine struck it. The tie was dragged along under the engine for quite a distance, but was finally thrown off without derailing the train.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 24, 1893, page 3
Our Toy Conductor.The last issue of the Railway Gazette has a picture of Johnny Barnum, the young conductor of the R.R.V.R.R., together with a short sketch. Johnny is the youngest conductor in the United States, but arrayed in all the panoply of brass buttons and blue uniform is as imposing and dignified as the biggest of them. He does his work well.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 24, 1893, page 3
Ralph Ridenhour, who was engineer of the R.R.V.R.R. Co. for a long time, left Medford for California on Wednesday, and may go as far south as Mexico.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 24, 1893, page 3
Johnny Barnum, our juvenile conductor, has been indisposed, but is at his post again.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 24, 1893, page 2
Almost a Train Wreck.
There is almost always an item to be had from the Medford-Jacksonville shortline, but one is not often corralled of the nature of an attempt[ed] train wreck.
Last Monday as the evening train was returning to Jacksonville, and when near Harbaugh station, the engineer discovered an object on the track, but not soon enough, however, to stop his train before striking it. The train ran about fifty feet after striking the object, and when the situation was taken in a large tie, over which had been spread a considerable amount of brush, was found crowded partially under the cowcatcher and lying crossways of the track. This was removed and the train moved on without damage save a badly smashed step on the cowcatcher. The next morning when returning the train stopped at the point where the would-be train wrecker had planned to execute his hellish work and men's tracks in the soft ground were found and in great number at and nearby where the obstruction was placed on the track. As to who was the perpetrators of the deed no person seems ready to venture a guess. The tramp theory is hardly probable as they rarely ever leave the main line. Mr. Barnum can think of no one who has such evil designs upon either himself or his road.
Medford Mail, November 24, 1893, page 3
From the preparations being made at a cottage near the Times office, and the arrival of a lot of household goods, we are led to believe that Cupid has been busy again. The fireman of our railroad train "saying nothing but saws wood," in the meantime.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 1, 1893, page 3
Miss Annie Keegan is temporarily in charge of the Jacksonville telegraph office and railroad station.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 29, 1893, page 3
The youngest conductor in the United States is John C. Barnum, and he is thirteen years old. His home is in Medford, Jackson County.
"News Notes," Capital Journal, Salem, January 9, 1894, page 2
The R.R.V.R.R. will make no midday trips until further notice, we are sorry to say. This was the most convenient time for many people to go to Jacksonville and Medford
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 11, 1894, page 3
Griffin Creek also indulged in a frolic yesterday and did some damage to the R.R.V.R.R. Co.'s track, in consequence of which trains did not run for a short time. Everything is in running order again, however.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 15, 1894, page 3
Mr. Barnum of the R.R.V.R.R. took the mail to Medford on the engine, as the roadbed was in a decidedly shaky condition in some places on account of the great rainfall.
"Almost a Flood," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 15, 1894, page 3
The damage done to the R.R.V.R.R. has been repaired, and regular trips are being made again.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 18, 1894, page 3
The Medford-Jacksonville train has been running since Sunday in a catch-as-catch-can way--sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't. Griffin Creek was so rampant Sunday night that Mr. Barnum hardly deemed it safe to cross over with his train, but instead carried the mail and express from that point to Medford on his back. The east approach to the bridge was washed [away] considerably and the track settled, but by filling in with rock it was made passable. Tuesday morning it began sinking again and additional repairs were required. Monday morning he ventured across with his engine and flatcar. Trains, however, are now running on schedule time.
"Heap Plenty Rain," Medford Mail, January 19, 1894, page 3
Some of our attorneys took a tie pass from Jacksonville to Medford Saturday evening, on account of the failure of the R.R.V.R.R. to run its train. District Attorney Benson came in under a strong pull, but attorney Hammond was considerably blown and flew the track on the last quarter.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 22, 1894, page 3
Ralph Ridenhour, formerly engineer of the R.R.V.R.R., is reported to be lying ill with typhoid fever in a hospital at the city of Mexico.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 22, 1894, page 3
As high water damaged the R.R.V.R.R. Co.'s track, a wagon was used to transport the passengers and mail between Jacksonville and Medford on one or two occasions; everything is O.K. now, however.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 22, 1894, page 3
The R.R.V.R. Co. will probably establish a station in the Nickell addition to Medford, which will be quite a convenience to residents of Orchard Home and vicinity.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 25, 1894, page 3
W. A. Buchanan, of the firm of Honeyman, DeHart & Co., of Portland, was in Jacksonville yesterday on business connected with the R.R.V.R.R. He is as genial and interesting as ever.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 25, 1894, page 3
More people may be seen on the streets of Jacksonville since the R.R.V.R.R. resumed its midday trips.
We can no longer boast of the youngest conductor in the United States. Mr. Barnum having relinquished the management of the R.R.V.R.R., our "toy conductor" is out of a job. By his uniform courtesy and obliging manners Johnny made many friends among the traveling public.
Honeyman, DeHart & Co. are again in charge of the R.R.V.R.R., Mr. Barnum's contract having expired. They have engaged John Dyar to act as conductor, C. F. Lewis as engineer and M. E. Tryer as fireman, all of whom are careful, experienced and clever trainmen. Three trains a day will be run hereafter.
C. H. Leadbetter, who cut a wide swath in this valley during the past year and promised railroads and ditches galore, is one of the delusions that were. Honeyman, DeHart & Co. have resumed charge of the R.R.V.R.R., which Leadbetter purchased (?) among other things during his short flight across the financial firmament of southern Oregon.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 29, 1894, page 3
GOING TO EXTEND.
A Probable Extension of the Medford-Jacksonville Railroad to Eagle Point.
A Talk with Manager Buchanan--the Feasibility of the Proposed Extension.
W. A. Buchanan, secretary and general manager of the Medford-Jacksonville shortline, was in Medford all last week arranging for operating this line for the coming year. After having arranged all details in connection with this matter, a little of the gentleman's attention was given to an interview by a Mail reporter. The one thing of greatest importance to this locality being that of the probable extension of the shortline was broached, and it appeared to be one of the principal objects of Mr. Buchanan's visit to our city. The gentleman informed our reporter that it was the company's intentions to extend the line from Medford to Eagle Point, and that with a view to that end the company would begin figuring on its construction within sixty days, provided, however, that negotiations with other parties, which have been pending for several months, are not cleared up within that time. These negotiations are supposed to be the much talked-of Leadbetter deal, which has been hanging fire for nearly a year. The distance to Eagle Point is eleven miles, and the country which the road would pass through is not a difficult one to build over, in fact, a very easy one, as very little rough land is encountered. Engineer J. S. Howard has been asked to make estimates on the cost of grading and general construction of the road.
Should this line be built, the operating expenses would be but a trifle, if any, greater than those of the road at present, as the same crew of employees could easily make two round trips daily.
Medford Mail, February 2, 1894, page 2
Railroad Rumors.W. A. Buchanan, who recently made arrangements for the operation of the R.R.V.R.R., of which he is general manager, for the coming year, has returned to Portland. The company talk strongly of extending the road to Eagle Point and issuing bonds to raise the necessary funds. Mr. Buchanan informs us that the company is also considering the feasibility of using electric power. The extension of this road would be a matter of great benefit to the valley, as it would place us in direct communication with a number of important points. If Honeyman, DeHart & Co., who are the proprietors of the R.R.V.R.R., interest themselves in such an enterprise, its success may be depended upon.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 5, 1894, page 3
A depot will soon be built at the Orchard Home tract on the R.R.V.R.R. This will be a great convenience to the people of that section.
Leadbetter's railroad boom having died "a-born in'," the old subject of a wagon road from Paisley to Bly has been revived as a topic of conversation until something better turns up.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 5, 1894, page 3
The sound made by the whistle of the locomotive of the R.R.V.R. nowadays has a resemblance to the first attempt of a young rooster to crow, although it may be under the influence of a bad attack of la grippe.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 8, 1894, page 3
The Jacksonville cannonball, while coming from Medford Sunday afternoon, neatly decapitated one of the numerous chickens which run at large in town. The expression of surprise on the countenances of the surviving members of the flock would have been a revelation to a disciple of Delsarte, as the poultry were accustomed to having the train slack up while they sauntered over the track.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 8, 1894, page 3
J. H. Barnum of Ashland has been visiting his son, W. S. Barnum, this week; and also extended his trip to the county seat.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 12, 1894, page 2
W. A. Buchanan, superintendent of the R.R.V.R.R., came up from Portland last Saturday to investigate the cause of the late accident near Medford. He soon became satisfied that no one was at fault.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 15, 1894, page 3
W. S. Barnum will build a handsome two-story brick on the lot adjoining Redfield Bros.' gun shop in the spring.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 22, 1894, page 2
The work train of the R.R.V.R. has been engaged for the past week in hauling gravel to repair the damages done to the track by the storms of last month.
It is said that a new locomotive will soon be put on the R.R.V.R.R. and the schedule time between Jacksonville and Medford shortened considerably. The new engine will be much larger than the one now in use.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 22, 1894, page 3
W. A. Buchanan, when in Medford last week, gave some of our townspeople to understand that the Eagle Point extension of the Medford-Jacksonville shortline proposition was a considerable more than talk and that it was probable something would be done in that direction as soon as the weather became a little more settled.
Engineer Lewis is amusing his friends about Medford telling how he flushed a covey of schoolma'ams one day last week. The several teachers were intending to come over from Jacksonville on the train, but somehow they missed connections on that score and started out for Medford on foot. They were at a point a short distance this side of Jacksonville when they were met in a cut by the returning train. Mr. Lewis took in the situation and began blowing the whistle, and at about that time the teachers began to scatter up the bank. They forgot the perplexities of examination papers and tarried not, neither upon ceremonies nor the cause of fright, until they were a good safe distance from the ponderous locomotive and the seven-foot engineer.
"All the Local News," Medford Mail, February 23, 1894, page 3
W. A. Buchanan came up from Portland last Saturday to look after matters pertaining to the wreck on the Medford-Jacksonville shortline. He failed to find things in a state of general bankruptcy and instead of being perplexed over the matter he was fully satisfied the wreck was one not wrought with carelessness and complimented his employees upon the management of the road's local affairs.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, February 23, 1894, page 3
Engineer Lewis has repainted his locomotive, Jumbo, and it presents an improved appearance.
Honeyman, DeHart & Co. are seriously considering the advisability of extending the R.R.V.R.R. to Eagle Point, and the prospects for the success of the scheme seem good.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 26, 1894, page 3
C. F. Lewis, engineer of the R.R.V.R.R., and family have become residents of Jacksonville.
W. R. Ridenhour, who was in Mexico for several weeks, is again in the valley and has almost regained his health.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 26, 1894, page 3
The R.R.V.R.R. is being patronized better than ever before, and nearly every train has a goodly number of passengers. Evidently business is improving.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 1, 1894, page 3
C. F. Lewis has moved his family and households effects to Jacksonville, where he will reside so long as he pulls the throttle on the Medford-Jacksonville shortline. His place of residence is near the courthouse.
Engineer Lewis has repainted portions of the engine on the shortline. The cowcatcher is painted red--a danger signal to cows and in color similar to the gore which is sometimes spilled. Mr. Lewis expects to get a chance soon to give his engine a general overhauling, thereby improving its appearance and usefulness.
"All the Local News," Medford Mail, March 2, 1894, page 3
The Jacksonville cannonball is being renovated, and Geo. Hines is hauling passengers and mails to Medford until repairs are made. Trains will run regularly again after today.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 12, 1894, page 3
Regular trips over the R.R.V.R.R. were resumed on Tuesday morning.
H. F. Wood is filling the position of head bridge carpenter on the R.R.V.R.R.
Engineer Lewis of the R.R.V.R.R. has just finished overhauling his engine and making some needed repairs. The wheels and pilot have been painted a bright red and the little machine looks as neat as a pin.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 15, 1894, page 3
Ralph Ridenhour, who now has charge of the S.O.B.&I. Co.'s engine at Medford, is visiting in Jacksonville.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 15, 1894, page 3
The train on the Medford-Jacksonville shortline was pulled off for a couple of days this week to permit engineer Lewis to repair and paint the engine. Trains commenced running again Tuesday evening.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, March 16, 1894, page 3
The R.R.V.R. Co. announces the following schedule: Leave Jacksonville at 8:30 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m.; leave Medford at 10 a.m., 2 and 5:20 p.m. Trains will stop at Harbaugh's and other places on being signaled.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 22, 1894, page 3
T. McAndrew and W. S. Barnum are about to take preliminary steps toward the construction of new brick buildings on Seventh Street. There will be a great deal of improvement in Medford during 1894.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 2, 1894, page 2
New Freight Rates on the Shortline.
Commencing April 1st a new freight schedule went into effect on the Medford-Jacksonville shortline. Here are the new rates:
Under 100 lb. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15¢
100 lb. and under 200 lb. . . . . . 20¢
200 lb. " 300 lb. . . . . . 25¢
300 lb. " 400 lb. . . . . . 30¢
500 lb. " 1000 lb. . . . . . 10¢ per 100 lbs.
1000 lb. " 1500 lb. . . . . . 9¢ "
1500 lb. " 2000 lb. . . . . . 8¢ "
2000 lb. and upwards . . . . . . . . . . 5¢ "
Carload tariff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7.50 per car.
EASTBOUND.Same, except as to carload tariff, which is $6.50 per car.
The above rates apply to hay, grain, wood, lumber, lath, shingles, flour, sugar, mill feed, vegetables, green fruit, general hardware, iron and coal. Other commodities at special rates. Powder and other explosives double rates, to be shipped by freight train only at stated times.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, April 6, 1894 page 3
Regarding a Possible Extension.
Mr. W. A. Buchanan, representing the Rogue River Valley Railroad, was in Medford Monday upon business connected with a possible extension of this line to Eagle Point, his mission being principally that of getting an estimate of the cost of bridging Bear Creek and to ascertain about what amount in bonds could be disposed of in Medford and the county to be directly benefited. The matter of extension, Mr. Buchanan stated, had been occupying considerable attention at the head office for some time, but no definite decision would be reached inside of two or three weeks. His company, he says, is moving very cautiously in the matter and does not propose to undertake any project which will impair the general good financial standing of its stockholders. In other words, they don't propose to cripple any of their several businesses by taking upon their shoulders any additional expenditures until it is fairly well proven that the project can be made a paying one.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, April 13, 1894 page 3
Out on a Tour of Inspection.
The railroad commissioners came in from the south Wednesday morning, and from here took a spin over the Medford-Jacksonville shortline, and returning started north again the same forenoon. They are out making their occasional inspection. They found that agent Lippincott's stove took two-foot wood as well as considerable blacking--operator Gillett having worked a long ways into Tuesday night to ascertain just how much it required to produce a shine.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, April 27, 1894, page 3
A motor line is being talked of between Lebanon and Sodaville, says the Albany Democrat. It would be a fine thing, but is probably only talk. These four- or five-miles motor lines generally pay. The one from Medford to Jacksonville pays expenses and a dividend of good interest to the stockholders.
"The Day's Oregon News," Capital Journal, Salem, October 1, 1894, page 1
HONEYMAN, DE HART & CO.
The Leading Wholesale and Importing Hardware House in the Northwest.There is no better evidence of the solid and steady growth of the Northwest than the fact that Portland holds within her precincts a hardware importing house which leads older San Francisco houses a hard race in supplying the states surrounding Oregon with the commodities in which it deals. Reference is made to the progressive firm of Honeyman, DeHart & Co., whose immense establishment is located at First and Ash streets.
Able management In the firm's affairs from the time it started, in the early '40s, has had the effect of steady gain, and year by year the business has grown and prospered.
Every conceivable description of hardware is carried by this house, including the celebrated Sheffield cutlery, Peter Wright anvils and forges, Henry Disston's saws, the finest grades of mechanics' tools, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, refrigerators, aluminum goods, etc. One entire floor of the immense warehouse is devoted to the display of builders' hardware.
So complete is the system of this firm that it was recently the remark of a traveling representative of one of Chicago's leading hardware concerns that "what could not be found at a moment's notice in Honeyman, DeHart & Co.'s sample rooms, it would be useless to look for in any hardware house in the country." The success of the firm is largely due to a thorough knowledge of the art of buying. To this portion of the business Mr. DeHart devotes his entire attention. In importing Sheffield cutlery, this house leads, and by proper buying is enabled to lay down its imports in any portion of the Northwest at even less cost than Chicago merchants can land their goods in the
A retail department is also a distinct feature of the business, and occupies the corner of First and Ash streets. This store is a model in its way and is as complete in every detail as [is] the immense wholesale department.
Oregonian, Portland, January 1, 1895, page 3
ROGUE RIVER ROAD.MEDFORD, Or., Jan. 2.--For the past year a great deal has been said and written regarding the extension of the Rogue River railway, but up to about 10 days ago, nothing of a definite nature was done indicating immediate action in the matter. Last week President Honeyman and Superintendent Buchanan came up from Portland, and this week W. E. Coul and Garl T. Jones, two civil engineers of this city, were set to work on plans and estimates on an extension, and next week they will begin field work on the same. The proposed route, as near as can be learned at present, will be from a point a short distance east of Jacksonville, and will run in a northeasterly direction, crossing the Southern Pacific track a short distance north of Central Point, and from thence in the same direction into the Sams Valley country, crossing Rogue River about six miles from Central Point. It is the probable intention to tap the recently discovered coal fields in Sams Valley. This proposed extension will increase the company's roadbed about 15 miles, and will run through some of the best portions of the Rogue River Valley. Superintendent Buchanan will remain in the valley and personally oversee the work of surveying, and it is understood that active operations will be commenced a an early date. It is not definitely known whether this will leave Medford without the road or not, but most likely it will, unless a branch road is operated from Jacksonville to this city.
The Survey of Its Extension to Begin Next Week.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, January 3, 1895, page 2
The Rogue River Valley R.R. surveyors are out on the line again this week modifying their former survey at various points. We entertain the hopes of Central Point becoming a junction within six months should we get the contemplated road and Medford the county seat. Is there any possible reason why the Rogue River Valley should not enjoy their first boom this coming season? What country is more worthy of a genuine boom than the entire Rogue River Valley of Southern Oregon?
"Central Point Items," South Oregon Monitor, Medford, February 12, 1895, page 3
C. F. Lewis, engineer on the R.R.V. Railroad, is an applicant for a similar position on the new San Joaquin Valley road out from San Francisco. He had no trouble in securing scores of signatures in Medford to his recommendation this week.
"Personal," South Oregon Monitor, Medford, February 15, 1895, page 3
R. A. Graham, who for some time has been in the employ of the R.R.V. Railroad, is in Medford again for a few days.
South Oregon Monitor, Medford, February 19, 1895, page 3
Medford, Oregon July 8th, 1895Mr. R. D. Hume
I have an application before the San Francisco & San Joaquin Valley Ry. for position of locomotive engineer, and having worked for you part of time as engineer you will remember me as the man who run the donkey engine and pulled the steamer Thistle off the beach. If you will give me a sendoff by writing to some of the directors or officers of the company I feel sure of securing the place. I have been here on the Rogue River Valley Ry. for [the] past two years. Hoping you will do what you can for me, I am
Truly yoursR. D. Hume papers, Curry Historical Society
C. F. Lewis
Engineer M. M. Gault, of the Medford-Jacksonville shortline, was at Albany last week for the purpose of inspecting a locomotive which the company contemplate purchasing.
"Bits of Local Railway News," Medford Mail, October 18, 1895, page 4
Geo. Coulter is in Jacksonville this week painting the new engine recently purchased by the R.R.V. railroad.
Engineer Fred Kirkland is handling the throttle on the shortline while engineer Gault is getting the new engine ready for service.
Engineer Gault, of the Medford-Jacksonville shortline, went down to Albany last week and came up with a locomotive recently purchased of the O.C.&E. railroad company. The locomotive arrived Saturday, and was taken to Jacksonville the same day and, after some repairs and a new coat of paint, will go into active service on the run between this city and Jacksonville. The new locomotive is a full-grown machine, and is provided with a tender, which causes the company to construct a turntable at either end of the road. These will be built in a short time, and as soon as completed the new engine will take the place of the little one now in iuse, which has so long done service over this road.
"Bits of Local Railway Notes," Medford Mail, November 1, 1895, page 8
W. S. Barnum is finishing a new frame residence on D Street in North Medford.
The Monitor-Miner, Medford, July 16, 1896, page 3
It is not often than an item of anything like a serious nature is furnished by the action of the Medford-Jacksonville shortline, but on the special trip Tuesday morning two horses, which took a notion into their heads that they could walk across a trestle about a half mile from the depot and in the Jacksonville city limits, succeeded in shaking things up a little. The train was gliding along at [a] pretty good rate, when engineer Gault noticed the horses standing near the track. As the train neared them they went upon the track and started on a dead run ahead of it. When they came to the trestle they started across, but fell through and before the train could be brought to a standstill the engine struck them with sufficient force to cause the death of both. The train was backed up and the track cleared, after which it proceeded to Medford--only a few minutes behind schedule time.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, September 11, 1896, page 7
Not a thousand years, or at least not since the operation of the Medford-Jacksonville shortline has there occurred a collision of engines. The record was broken, however, in the early part of this week, when the gravel train engine, called "peanut roaster" for short, and because it is appropriate, had the audacity to claim a prior right-of-way over the ponderous locomotive that pulls the regular passenger train, resulting in a broadside collision. Engineer Gault was on the passenger engine and engineer Langley on the "roaster." In switching in the Medford yards the "roaster's" pilot locked horns with the cylinder of the mogul. Very little damage was done save the splintering of the "roaster's" horse catcher and the ruffling of the feelings of the mogul.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, January 8, 1897, page 7
The boys are having more fun than a little with engineer Gault. It came about like this: Last Saturday when he was pulling his train out of town headed for Jacksonville the coach broke loose from the train near Frank Amann's place, and the engine and one freight car went on out to Harbaugh before the goneness of the coach was noticed by Mr. Gault. This fact was considered ground sufficient to warrant a whole lot of chaffing but, parenthetically, it should be explained that the chaffing did not come from Conductor Neil nor the passengers who were compelled to await the engine's return. They just "cussed" in plain, everyday queen's English.
"A Grist of Local Haps and Mishaps," Medford Mail, December 3, 1897, page 7
The R.R.V.R. is putting its track in first-class order.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 17, 1898, page 3
Al. Young of Medford is acting as fireman of the R.R.V.R. until Pat Donegan, Jr. recovers from his serious illness.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 21, 1898, page 3
Arthur Beals is temporarily acting as fireman on the R.R.V.R.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 24, 1898, page 3
M. M. Gault is acting as conductor of the R.R.V.R. Co.'s train during F. R. Neil's absence, and Marion Tryer of Medford is chief engineer pro tempore.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 23, 1898, page 3
W. L. Barnum, a prominent citizen of Minnesota and a cousin of W. S. Barnum, is paying our town a visit.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 28, 1898, page 3
Fires in Jacksonville.Our town had two fire alarms on Tuesday the first occurring in the afternoon, at about 11:30 o'clock, when flames discovered in the roundhouse of the R.R.V.R.R. Co. The fire started in the wood in the tender of the engine, which had been cleaned out after the arrival of the 10 o'clock train. Some fire had evidently lingered in the fuel drawn from the locomotive and ignited the wood in the tender, communicated with the building. Prompt and efficient work on the part of the fire company prevented a conflagration. The damage resulting was merely nominal, a few rafters being charred and the paint on the engine scorched. The second alarm was sounded about 8:30 o'clock in the evening, and everybody turned out to fight the fire fiend. A big brush pile in the southern part of town, on land belonging to Chris. Ulrich, had been set afire, and there was no occasion for any excitement.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 28, 1898, page 3
The R.R.V.R. Co.'s water supply having become exhausted, Engineer Gault found it necessary to levy upon the wells in the neighborhood. He pumped one of them dry and is now trying to find the bottom of J. B. McGee's mining shaft.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 8, 1898, page 3
M. M. Gault, the popular engineer on the R.R.V.R.R., expects to join his family at St. Joe, Missouri, in about six weeks, where he may permanently locate. Success to him.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 29, 1898, page 3
Mr. M. M. Gault, who has for several years past been engineer on the R.R.V.R.R., has resigned his position, and will leave Oct. 1st for St. Joe, Missouri, to take a position there. Mr. Gault's family went to Missouri early in the spring to visit relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Gault have made many friends in Jacksonville, who deeply regret their contemplated change of location, and wish them abundant prosperity wherever they may go.
"Jacksonville Items," Ashland Tidings, September 8, 1898, page 3
Wm. Honeyman and W. A. Buchanan, president and secretary of the R.R.V.R., spent yesterday in Jacksonville. They inspected the line while here.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 18, 1898, page 2
A. C. Nicholson of Medford, the scientific carpenter, is putting a new floor in the R.R.V.R. Co.'s passenger coach.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 22, 1898, page 2
The R.R.V.R. Co. will run a train daily, at one o'clock, for the accommodation of those who wish to attend the district fair. Those who buy tickets of admission at the depot will be granted half fare.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 26, 1898, page 3
The headlight of the R.R.V.R. Co.'s locomotive has been fitted up with an acetylene fountain, which is a decided improvement. The rays it throws are quite brilliant.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 13, 1898, page 3
The Medford-Jacksonville shortline now has a headlight in which acetylene gas is used as the lighting agent. This is undoubtedly the first railroad in the United States to adopt this gas for headlight purposes.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, October 14, 1898, page 7
Pat Donegan, Jr., has resigned his position as fireman of the R.R.V.R., and will engage in blacksmithing.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 17, 1898, page 3
A carload of lumber was unloaded at this place this week for Max Muller, and from here it was taken to Jacksonville by team.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, November 18, 1898, page 7
The 40-cent round-trip rate on the R.R.V.R. has been discontinued, and 25 cents will be charged each way after Dec. 31st.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 19, 1898, page 3
Chas. F. Lewis, the well-known engineer, who presided at the throttle on the R.R.V.R. for some time, and has been for the past two years engineer on the Yreka Railway, died at his home in Yreka, Calif. on January 1st, and was buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Medford on Tuesday. Mr. L. was a man of many excellent parts, and leaves a wide circle of friends, who mourn his untimely death. He is survived by a wife and six children.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 5, 1899, page 2
Wm. Honeyman of Portland, senior member of the well-known firm of Honeyman, DeHart & Co., owners of the R.R.V.R., suffered a slight attack of paralysis one day last week. The Times is pleased to state that his condition is improving.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 30, 1899, page 3
Wm. Honeyman, vice-president of the firm of Honeyman, DeHart & Co., owners of the R.R.V.R., died at his residence in Portland on the 17th, of paralysis. He was first stricken on January 25th, and his death has been expected for several days. Mr. Honeyman was a native of Scotland and came to Portland in 1870, where he has since resided. He was one of the most respected and influential business men in the city, and his death is universally regretted. He leaves a wife and five children.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 20, 1899, page 3
The R.R.V.R. Co.'s engine and tender left the track on a curve in the limits of Medford last Tuesday evening, but fortunately little damage was done. A ditch had been run under the roadbed at a crossing, and when the train came along the locomotive slid off the track. It took 24 hours to put things back as they were. A very lucky accident.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 23, 1899, page 3
The railroads are running on the new schedules. The Jacksonville train now leaves for Medford at 9:30 a.m. and 3:10 p.m.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 10, 1899, page 3
W. S. Barnum is building a good-sized addition to his brick building on South A Street. It is being erected in order to give room for a new cider mill which Mr. Barnum will put in shortly, and which will turn out ten or fifteen barrels of cider a day. It will also be used for storing purposes. The dimensions of the addition are 20x30 feet.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, April 28, 1899, page 7
The fortunes of that prince of grafters, Chas. H. Leadbetter, seem to be recuperating since the spirit of speculation has been revived. He is now evolving a scheme to put an electric power plant on the north fork of the John Day River, to cost $100,000, that will transmit power to the mines in the neighborhood of Baker City. As usual, other parties are expected to furnish the money, for this wily schemer's capital consists chiefly of wind and gall. Leadbetter is well known in these parts, where he attempted several schemes a few years ago, and was for a while lessee of the R.R.V.R., whose line he promised to extend to Eagle Point and everyplace else.
"Editorial Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 8, 1899, page 2
Chris. Keegan has been acting as conductor of the R.R.V.R. during the absence of F. R. Neil, and gave general satisfaction.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 19, 1899, page 3
J. Losher of Medford is acting as fireman on the R.R.V.R.
A spark from the R.R.V.R. Co.'s engine set afire the grass in the big field southwest of Medford, as it passed through it Monday evening. The destruction of much grain and fencing was threatened for a while.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 17, 1899, page 3
The R.R.V.R. Co. is having its coach handsomely painted. Geo. Coulter of Medford, the well-known artist, is doing the work.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 20, 1899, page 3
George Coulter is painting the R.R.V.R. Co.'s coach, and the freight car is being used for the accommodation of passengers in the interim.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 27, 1899, page 3
Dr. J. B. Wait had a narrow escape Tuesday evening, while returning from Jacksonville. He was driving his rig over one of the R.R.V.R.R. Co.'s crossings in town, just in front of the train, when the tender struck his buggy and demolished it. Neither the doctor nor his horses were injured. The railroad company's employees cannot be blamed for the accident, as they did all that was possible to prevent it.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 10, 1899, page 2
The board of trustees have authorized the redemption of $200 worth of bonds issued by the town to assist in the building of the R.R.V.R.R., offered by their owner. There is money in the treasury to redeem a few more.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 10, 1899, page 3
E. E. Lyons, who has been a resident of Medford for some time, returned to Jacksonville this week, and will assume the position of roadmaster of the R.R.V. Ry.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 21, 1899, page 3
Ralph Losher, who has been firing on the R.R.V. Ry. Co.'s engine, has accepted a position in the yards of the S.P. at Ashland.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 19, 1899, page 3
The school board has purchased a parcel of land lying between the school yard and the Medford-Jacksonville railroad, paying $215 therefor.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, March 6, 1900, page 7
W. S. Barnum left Wednesday evening for Portland where he went upon business--part of which is the probable purchase of new machinery for his machine shop.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, March 16, 1900, page 6
TRANSFER OF JACKSONVILLE ROADMEDFORD, Or., March 20.--The Rogue River Valley Railroad, a short line connecting Medford and Jacksonville, has been purchased for $12,000 by W. S. Barnum, of Medford, who will assume the management on the 22d.
Father and Tito Sons Will Operate the Line as Formerly.
It requires but three men to operate the train, and this can be done by Mr. Barnum and his two sons, John and William. Mr. Barnum had charge of the road a few years ago, and at that time John, acting as conductor, was the youngest person filling that position in the United States.
Two round trips are scheduled for each day, and there are many extra trips for freight and excursions. The road is a great convenience to the public, being the only line connecting the Southern Pacific road with the county seat. Mr. Barnum is an expert engineer and first-class mechanic, so that the equipment will be kept in good running condition.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, March 21, 1900, page 4
W. S. Barnum, the new proprietor of the R.R.V.R.R., took possession of the property this morning. He will be assisted in its operation by his sons. Honeyman, DeHart & Co., the former proprietors, gave the public a first-class service, which their successor will doubtless continue.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 22, 1900, page 3
According to the Jacksonville Times, Honeyman, DeHart & Co. of Portland have sold the roadbed, rolling stock, etc., of the Rogue River Valley Ry. to W. S. Barnum, for a sum in the neighborhood of $12,000. Mr. B. will take charge of the road on Thursday. Mr. Barnum conducted the road under lease several years ago and gave entire satisfaction to the traveling public. This sale saves Jacksonville the loss of the road, as it is stated on good authority that two miles of the track and one engine had been bargained to a lumber company and that the road would have been taken up if it had not been purchased by Mr. Barnum.
"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, March 22, 1900, page 3
M. M. Gault, who has been engineer on the R.R.V.R.R. for several years, contemplates locating and engaging in business in Medford. Mr. Gault will open a machine shop there in the near future.
"Jacksonville Items," Ashland Tidings, March 22, 1900, page 3
R. A. Proudfoot returned from Portland Saturday, where he had been upon business for a week. It was largely through Mr. Proudfoot's efforts that the sale of the Jacksonville-Medford shortline was made.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, March 23, 1900, page 6
It is not every old town that can boast of having a gentleman among its citizens who owns a fully equipped railroad. In this respect Medford is in the front wagon of fame thus acquired. Mr. W. S. Barnum, of this city, is the sole and exclusive owner of the Rogue River Valley Railway, he having purchased the same last Friday, paying therefor $12,000. The road, as we understand, has not been a paying investment for some time, and it was the intention of the owners, who live in Portland, to take up the track and sell it to a lumber company in the Willamette Valley. In fact, the tearing-up process was to have commenced this week, but Mr. Barnum stepped in and purchased the track, rolling stock and all equipments, and immediately possession was given, but not until Thursday of this week did he take hold of the engine throttle and the conductor's ticket punch. Mr. Barnum will run the engine; his son, Johnny, will take tickets and another son, Willie, will fire the engine. In slang parlance Mr. Barnum and his family are the "whole thing." Mr. B. had the road under lease a few years ago--and made it pay, both himself and the owners, and no one doubts but that he can make it a revenue-producer again. The original cost of the road when built, nine years ago, together with its equipments was $40,000. Messrs. Honeyman & DeHart came into its possession a short time thereafter at an outlay of $25,000, they having furnished the rails, and were compelled to take the property to secure themselves. During the past few years a larger locomotive has been added to the rolling stock; also quite a good bit of siding has been put in, here and at Jacksonville. Some people are putting two and two together and claim they have four as the result. The first two represent Mr. Proudfoot's efforts in bringing about this sale to Mr. Barnum; the other two represent Mr. Proudfoot's extensive lumber interests in the upper Rogue River country--and the result an extension of the line to tap the big timber of the upper Rogue. There may be something besides talk in this--we don't know, but we do know, and the whole valley will agree with us, that a project of this nature would not only put the road on a paying basis but would insure the turning of many wheels of enterprise in the valley.
M. M. Gault, the Medford-Jacksonville shortline engineer, has purchased W. S. Barnum's machinery plant in Medford, and will soon become a resident of our town. Mr. Gault is a first-class machinist and one of the finest gentlemen in all Southern Oregon. He expects to very soon add a foundry to his recent purchase. That he will do a good business goes without saying.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, March 23, 1900, page 7
The Rogue River Valley Railroad, a short line connecting Medford and Jacksonville, has been purchased for $12,000 by W. S. Barnum, of Medford, who will assume the management on the 23rd.
Capital Journal, Salem, March 24, 1900, page 3
The Rogue River Valley Railway, under its present management, is being operated with better satisfaction to the public than ever before. Mr. Barnum makes it a point to extend every reasonable accommodation to his patrons, and there is much gratification expressed at the change in the management of the road. It is undeniable that private ownership and private conduct of a business of this character, where the owner is immediately and personally interested in results, will use greater effort and give better service and satisfaction than where it is under the management of employees who are more interested in their salaries than in the business under their control. There is no purpose to disparage any former management of the road, but to state a fact as to its present management. Mr. Barnum has shown so far that he will leave nothing undone to give the best service and satisfaction possible, and he should receive the most liberal patronage.
"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, May 4, 1900, page 3
It is current rumor that Mr. Barnum, owner of the Medford-Jacksonville short line, has contracted with Mr. Gorsline for the sawing of a great number of ties for his railroad. The fact that Mr. Gorsline is preparing to establish his mill someplace in the Rogue River country, and the further fact that Mr. Barnum can secure tie timber, which is needed for use between Medford and Jacksonville, at a much nearer point than Rogue River, is significant in that the ties recently contracted for could be of use to advantage only in the construction of a line of road to the timber belt on Rogue River. There is a great opportunity for good business investment in the building of a railroad to tap the immense sugar pine timber belt of the upper Rogue River, and The Mail has an opinion that Mr. Barnum will labor to that end. The owners of the sugar pine land in that country can well afford to put up a considerable amount of money as a subsidy--and we understand the larger holders of timber land have already given a guarantee of one dollar per acre--which would represent about $80,000--and they could possibly be induced to do even better than this. There are many more small holders who would gladly do apportionately as well.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, May 4, 1900, page 7
The Medford-Jacksonville shortline is hauling a considerable amount of wood from Jacksonville to Medford, for Southern Pacific engines. The wood is being piled temporarily near the shortline depot, but as soon as the wood spur is completed it will be piled in the company's wood yard.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, May 25, 1900, page 7
141 C Street, Jacksonville, Oregon:
William S. Barnum, 44, railroad engineer, born July 1855 in Canada, father born in New York, mother born in Canada
John C. Barnum, 20, railroad conductor, born September 1879 in New York
William H. Barnum, 16, railroad fireman, born October 1883 in New York
U.S. Census, enumerated June 7, 1900
Mr. Barnum is putting in all his spare time refitting and repairing the large engine, so as to have it ready for the big loads that will go to Medford on the Fourth. He is putting in new tubes and giving it a general overhauling. The platform of the tender is being put in new, and the engine will look like a new one when turned loose on the Fourth, and it will have plenty of work to do.
"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, June 22, 1900, page 3
W. S. Barnum, proprietor of the Rogue River Valley Railway, is making a number of improvements on the property. He has built a tank from which to water his engines, which have been thoroughly overhauled, replaced a number of old ties, and is getting ready to furnish the car with new wheels. Everything will be put in first-class order as soon as possible. Mr. B. is deserving of a liberal patronage, for he and his assistants are painstaking and accommodating.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 9, 1900, page 3
Chas. H. Leadbetter, who had the R.R.V.R. leased a number of years ago, with the alleged intention of extending it to the Butte Creek and Rogue River sections, is now conducting a big sawmill near Washougal, Wash. He cuts a big swath wherever he goes, but his career in southern Oregon was not such as to impress anyone with his reliability.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 16, 1900, page 3
Four more of the second series of bonds issued by our town, to assist in building the R.R.V.R., amounting to $100 each, were this week canceled by order of the board of trustees. Only three of the fifty bonds of this series are yet outstanding--and they soon will be called in--$4700 worth, together with interest, having been paid.
W. S. Barnum is making arrangements to manufacture wheels for the cars of [the] R.R.V.R., and has ordered hydraulic apparatus with which to do the work. The system is steadily being put in first-class repair.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 23, 1900, page 3
Will. Barnum, the musical mechanic and fireman of the R.R.V.R., is building himself a palatial residence near the Jacksonville depot. We have not heard the reason of this as yet.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 25, 1900, page 3
W. S. Barnum, the enterprising proprietor of the R.R.V.R., who is always making improvements, has received new wheels for the coach and a hydraulic wheel press of an ingenious pattern with which to put them on.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 1, 1900, page 3
W. S. Barnum, who has been renovating the R.R.V.R. and its rolling stock ever since he purchased it, is now fitting up the latter with new, first-class wheels. He has lately invested in a machine of the latest pattern which presses apart wheels and other machinery by hydraulic pressure, and is the only one in southern Oregon. Mr. B.'s enterprise and solicitude for the traveling public is deserving of the highest praise.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 22, 1900, page 3
That prince of fakirs, C. H. Leadbetter, who is not unknown in southern Oregon, and his son have been sued in San Francisco for a printing bill amounting to $1,640.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 17, 1901, page 5
William Barnum was called to Ashland last Friday, by the serious illness of his father, J. H. Barnum.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 14, 1901, page 2
The coach of the R.R.V.R.R. runs quite smoothly since it has been fitted with new wheels. Mr. Barnum is always making improvements, and will have a first-class road in due time.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 21, 1901, page 3
Joe Brooke of Portland, the popular representative of Honeyman, DeHart & Co., interviewed his numerous customers in southern Oregon during the past week. "Rosy" is as irresistible as ever.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 25, 1901, page 5
Tuesday an empty boxcar which was being taken to Jacksonville over the R.R.V.R.R. became uncoupled from the rest of the train, and all unbeknown to the trainmen came gliding back to Medford on a down grade at a lively clip. It successfully, though rather miraculously, rounded the several curves in the road and was making for the closed switch at the junction of the R.R.V. track with the S.P. track, when C. W. Sherman, the Penn Mutual Life Insurance man, who was standing near the track, succeeded in boarding the wild car and applying the brakes before any damage resulted. It was a rather difficult and dangerous feat for one unused to railroading to board the moving car, but had it not been stopped there would have been a grand smash-up when the car struck the closed switch.
"The large engine," Engine No. 2, at the Medford depot.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, May 3, 1901, page 7
C. W. Sherman, the Portland Life Insurance man, was presented with a life pass over the R.R.V.R.R. last week by Mr. Barnum, the owner of the road. The pass was given as a token of his appreciation of Mr. Sherman's act in boarding and stopping the wild freight car which broke loose from the train last week and came rolling back into the railroad yards at this place.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, May 10, 1901, page 7
The R.R.V.R. Co.'s coach is being renovated and repaired. The freight car is carrying passengers in the meantime.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 1, 1901, page 7
Mr. Patty, a member of the firm of Litchfield & Patty of Medford, the popular bakers, who is quite a bicyclist, made the trip between this place and Jacksonville, about five miles, in quicker time than has ever been ridden. He started with the train and beat it a few minutes.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 8, 1901, page 5
RAILROAD RATES FOR STUDENTSWill Barnum:--"You can say that the new motor car will be here by about May 1st. Then we will be ready to carry passengers between Medford and Jacksonville at any hour, day or night. Two regular trips will be made, one morning trip, leaving Jacksonville at 7:30 and Medford at 8; and one evening trip, leaving Jacksonville at 7 and Medford at 9. The car can be chartered at any time for $1.50 per trip. The fare on regular trips will be the same as train fare."
From Jacksonville to the Medford Academy
Eight students or more, attending from home, may obtain a time ticket for less than half-fare; or a less number than eight have the privilege of half-fare rate.
Medford Mail, August 16, 1901, page 6
Every day the importance of, and seemingly absolute necessity for, a railroad from Medford to the Rogue River timber belt becomes more apparent. There is an impression prevalent among many of our men of means that such a line of road could be built with local capital. There is this certainty--if twenty miles of the road can be built, enough outside money can be secured to extend it to any reasonable distance either or both ways. The advantage which such a road would be to Medford is almost beyond conception. With a line running into the vast and valuable timber belt of upper Rogue River, mills of gigantic proportions would be established. Box factories, sash and door factories and kindred other institutions that work in wood could, and doubtlessly would, be established. You say all these things would be built nearer the timber. Not so, when it is proven beyond a question of a doubt that the slab wood alone will pay the expense of hauling the logs to this point. Power to operate all these things? Is that the question you asked? Why, good people, the Fish Lake Ditch Company will be able to supply power for every need. Think this matter over, you who have the interests of the locality at heart, and when you have convinced yourself that a project of the nature outlined is not catalogued with the impossibles, go over and have a talk with Mr. Barnum, owner of the Medford-Jacksonville railroad. Mr. Barnum cannot build the road alone, but he owns a starter that would be good to build from at each end--and he is more anxious than any man in Jackson County to see the project take shape.
Medford Mail, September 27, 1901, page 2
WILL TAKE UP FRUIT FARMINGE. J. DeHart, who recently purchased the fruit farm of Hon. J. H. Stewart, one mile from the town of Medford, Jackson County, will remove there with his family on October 10. The place contains 80 acres, 65 of which are in fruit trees. There are 2000 apple trees, 800 pear trees and 200 prune trees. The trees are all bearing and in the best of condition, and the land is in the highest state of cultivation.
Prominent Business Man, E. J. DeHart, Will Go to Medford.
In making his home on this place Mr. DeHart can hardly be said to be going into farming to grow up with the country, for all the hard work and waiting has been done. The place is in one of the most beautiful sections of the state, with a most delightful climate, where every prospect pleases, and if rural felicity is to be found in Oregon it is there.
Mr. DeHart has long been a prominent factor in business circles in Portland. He went into business here in partnership with John R. Foster. In 1862 he bought out Mr. Foster's interest and conducted the business under the firm name of Jacob Underhill & Co. until 1868. He then went to San Francisco, where he was in business for five years. He then went to New York, where he stayed till 1875. In 1876 he returned here and took charge of the business of E. J. Northrop & Co. In 1878 he bought out Mr. Northrop and organized the firm of Thompson & DeHart. Later William Honeyman became his partner, and the firm of Honeyman & DeHart continued the business until Mr. DeHart sold his interest to the sons of Mr. Honeyman some 18 months ago. Mr. DeHart has always borne a first-class reputation as a business man and has hosts of warm friends who will wish him every success in his new departure.
Mr. Stewart has bought 160 acres of land just across the road from Mr. DeHart's place, where he proposes to make another fruit farm.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, October 2, 1901, page 8
There is a railroad here that has never experienced any trouble with strikes. It runs from here to Jacksonville, a distance of five miles, and is owned and operated by a man and his son. The rolling stock consists of an engine, a passenger and baggage car combined and one freight car. They make two trips a day and the road is well patronized. One thing which I cannot understand out here is that you can see anything off fifteen miles and it won't look more than half a mile distant."
Hope Jenkins, Sherburn (Minnesota) Advance, quoted in the Medford Mail, November 8, 1901, page 2
J. C. Barnum, conductor on the Medford-Jacksonville railroad, returned Friday from a business trip to Portland.
"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, November 15, 1901, page 3
Wm. Ferguson, all the same Bill Nye, has purchased the Barnum building, [near the] corner Seventh and South A streets. He expects to rent it for a second-hand store, but this he will not do until February, at which time Mr. Chessmore's lease expires.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, November 15, 1901, page 6
On Monday of this week a six-horse team which is engaged in hauling wheat from the J. A. Perry warehouse in Medford to the Moon grist mill on Applegate came very near being shuffled from the face of the earth. They were standing near the warehouse when Mr. Barnum's train pulled in from Jacksonville, and just before the train reached them the leaders "jackknifed" across the track, and one of them was struck by the cowcatcher and bruised to quite an extent, but not seriously. Had not Mr. Barnum slowed up his engine there would have been a conglomeration of horses and a pony engine scattered all over the railroad yards.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 7
Lawrence Pickens was before Recorder York on Tuesday of this week charged with assault and battery upon Wm. Barnum. The assault was made on the street corner Saturday night. The recorder imposed a fine of $20, which was satisfied.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, December 6, 1901, page 6
John Barnum left Sunday for a two weeks' stay in San Francisco.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 4
J. L. Rider and family returned to Medford Sunday after a year's stay in Ashland and are now living in West Medford. Mr. Rider will work for W. S. Barnum on his railroad.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, April 4, 1902, page 6
Wm. Barnum has added materially to the appearance of his residence, on North D Street, by enclosing it with a new picket fence.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, April 11, 1902, page 7
J. A. Wilson, an excellent mechanic, is painting the R.R.V.R.R. Co.'s coach.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 29, 1902, page 5
The first shipment of wool from this place to the new woolen mill at Eugene was made Thursday, when the Rogue River Valley train brought over from Jacksonville four tons of wool that was being shipped by J. Nunan, one of the merchants of that place.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, July 4, 1902, page 6
The R.R.V.R. Co.'s coach is being handsomely painted, in and out side, and will present a much improved appearance. Mr. Daily is the artist.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 10, 1902, page 4
Buy Timber and Will Build Mill.MEDFORD, July 8.--The Iowa Lumber Company, of Council Bluffs, Ia., has purchased 1500 acres of sugar, yellow and white pine lumber of Beekman & Linn, of Jacksonville, and will commence at once the erection of two mills. The timber is situated one mile from Jacksonville. The work on the mills and the extension of the Rogue River Valley Railroad to the timber will be begun at once. The company will erect a box factory, either at Medford or Jacksonville. A strong effort will be made to secure it for Medford.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, July 10, 1902, page 4
Henry C. Barnum died in this city Wednesday night of consumption. He was formerly a resident of California and came to Medford a year and a half ago, and has since resided here, he finding the climate more agreeable to him than that of California. He was a single man, his wife having died five years ago. He was about forty years old. He was a relative of Mrs. Stanley, formerly of this city, and a nephew of W. S. Barnum, of this city. His body was sent to Los Angeles yesterday to be buried by the side of that of his wife.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, July 18, 1902, page 6
DIED: Wednesday, July 15th, 1902, of consumption, H. C. Barnum, aged about 40 years. Deceased was a nephew of W. S. Barnum and came to Medford some two years ago from California. He was a widower, his wife having died in Los Angeles some five years ago, whither his remains were sent for interment.
Medford Enquirer, July 19, 1902, page 3
The Ashland Tidings reports the sale of the Rogue River V.R.R. to the Iowa Lumber Co. There is no foundation to this rumor as yet. There is some talk of extending the line to the big tract of timber land recently bought by Messrs. Beekman & Linn by that corporation, however.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 31, 1902, page 4
The report that Mr. Barnum had sold his Medford-Jacksonville railroad is wholly untrue, so we are informed by Mr. Barnum.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, August 1, 1902, page 7
W. S. Barnum to Bertha Barnum, lots 9, 10, 11, 12, blk 22, lots 14, 15, blk 3, lot 9, blk 24, lots 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Barnum's add, Medford, also Barnum residence--love and affection . . .
"Real Estate Transfers," Medford Mail, August 8, 1902, page 5
W. S. Barnum, president of the Rogue River Valley Railroad, is just a little sensitive when matters which bear upon the diminutiveness of certain portions of the rolling stock of his road are touched, but a climax was reached a few days since when a stranger approached one of the small engines of this road, which was standing at the depot, and asked Mr. Barnum to sell him a cup of coffee and a sandwich. Upon being told that the object he had mistaken for a coffee boiler was a railroad locomotive, the stranger apologized for his nearsightedness and narrowly escaped a vigorous kick from the toe of Mr. Barnum's right boot.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, August 15, 1902, page 7
Willie Barnum is ill with typhoid fever. Dr. Pickel is in attendance.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, September 19, 1902, page 6
Will Barnum, of the R.R.V.R.R., has been quite ill with typhoid fever.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 25, 1902, page 2
While the enterprising citizens of Medford are looking around for something upon which they might give a push forward, they might do a little work on the proposition of an extension of Mr. Barnum's shortline railroad to Eagle Point. It is not improbable that Mr. Barnum would entertain such a proposition if it was backed by something a little more substantial than talk. While it may be true that a line of road to Eagle Point would not be of material advantage to Medford, it is quite as true that a line of road built to a point so near the timber of Rogue River would not stop there, but would push its way on to the immense sugar pine and fir forests of upper Rogue River, in which event Medford would derive a lasting benefit.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, September 26, 1902, page 7
The first carload of lumber from the Iowa Lumber Co.'s mill arrived in Medford via the Rogue River Valley Railway on Tuesday. It appeared first-class in quality, was of mixed sizes, principally heavy pieces, and consigned to Gold Hill.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, October 31, 1902, page 7
W. S. Barnum left for the south on Wednesday with his son, Will, who has been advised to seek a different climate on account of acute muscular rheumatism. It is Mr. Barnum's intention to remain with him in Los Angeles for awhile, and if sufficient benefit is not derived from that locality will go to Arizona. Will had an attack of typhoid fever a few months ago and was left in a precarious condition by a relapse, which developed into rheumatism. His sufferings have been intense, and it is hoped the change of residence will bring about a complete cure.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, December 19, 1902, page 6
E. A. Langley is filling the position of engineer of the R.R.V.R. during the absence of W. S. Barnum, and giving general satisfaction.
Will Barnum, who has been quite sick for some time past, left for Arizona Wednesday, for the benefit of his health. His father accompanied him.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 24, 1902, page 2
E. A. Langley is engineer on the Medford-Jacksonville shortline, during Mr. Barnum's absence in California.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, December 26, 1902, page 6
Word was received this week from W. S. Barnum at Yuma, Arizona, that he had reached that point with his son, Will, and would remain there for some time. It had been his intention to stop in Los Angeles for a while, but he decided upon reaching that point to go on. He wrote that Will had stood the trip very well and was feeling somewhat better. Mr. Barnum may return next week if he concludes that the condition of his son will warrant his leaving him there.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, December 26, 1902, page 7
W. S. Barnum, president of the R.R.V.R., has returned from Yuma, A.T. He left his son Will., who is suffering from a kidney complaint, considerably improved.
“Local Notes,” Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 7, 1903, page 1
The waters of Griffin and Daisy creeks covered the tracks of the R.R.V.R. for some distance during the storm. On Saturday the track gave way in one place, a mile west of Medford, as the passenger coach passed over it, but fortunately no damage resulted. Travel was resumed Monday morning.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 28, 1903, page 1
Will Barnum has gone to Los Angeles and is under treatment at the California hospital.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 4, 1903, page 1
The R.R.V.R. Co.'s coach left the track Sunday afternoon, after it had reached Medford; but no one was hurt.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 18, 1903, page 1
Sunday afternoon the forward truck of the coach of the Rogue River Valley R'y. left the rails at the point where the track turns from 8th Street north. As the accident occurred on a very sharp curve the wheels which should have been on the inside rail came to rest just alongside of the outside one, and it required the services of several "jacks" and the advice of most all the bystanders to get the car back on the track, which result was accomplished Monday morning.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, February 20, 1903, page 7
A new orchestra has been formed in Medford composed of Chas. Paine, W. H. Simmons, Mrs. J. M. Kiernan and Will. Barnum. It is a combination hard to beat, as all are excellent musicians.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 11, 1903, page 2
Will Barnum, who has been at Los Angeles for the benefit of his health, has returned, considerably improved.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 11, 1903, page 3
Will Barnum is at the throttle of the R.R.V.R. during the absence of his father.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 25, 1903, page 1
Engine for Rogue River Road.
MEDFORD, Or., May 19.--(Special.)--The new engine for the Rogue River Valley Railroad, which is owned by W. T. Barnum, of this city, was purchased of the Tacoma Engine Works, and arrived this morning. It is now the general supposition that the Rogue River Valley Railroad will be extended from Jacksonville to the large copper mines situated about 30 miles southwest of Jacksonville and owned by Pat Clark, of Montana; also that it will be extended from Medford to Eagle Point, a small town 15 miles east [sic] of Medford, in order to tap the sugar pine belt which commences a few miles from that place.
Medford is steadily growing, and visitors find difficulty in obtaining suitable rooms.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, May 20, 1903, page 4
While on his northern trip W. S. Barnum invested in a first-class new locomotive for the R.R.V.R.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 1, 1903, page 1
"Street Echoes," Medford Mail, April 14, 1905, page 1
From an undated clipping.
Accident at Jacksonville.
About 2:30 Wednesday morning Tiny Cooper (known as "Sharkey") was struck by the gasoline motor car on the Jacksonville railroad and was very seriously injured. It appears that Cooper had lain down by the side of the track near the court house to rest from strenuous exertions in the proper celebration of the 4th and went to sleep with his head in close juxtaposition with the rail. The motor car came along shortly afterward and struck the sleeping man. The car was derailed, and Cooper sustained severe injuries which may yet result fatally. His lower jaw was broken in two places and he had numerous other hurts. Dr. Pickel removed several teeth and broken portions of the jawbone Thursday morning and is hopeful of recovery for the injured man.MOTOR CAR IS TO BE ORDERED
Medford Mail, July 7, 1905, page 1
Cooper Dies of His Injuries.
JACKSONVILLE, Or., July 10.--"Tine" Cooper, the young man who was run over by the gasoline motor running between Jacksonville and Medford on the morning of July 5, died Saturday, after three days of great suffering.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, July 11, 1905, page 6
The 1905 motor car at the Jacksonville depot.
John Barnum, who has been in San Francisco for the past year, in the employ of a large machinery manufacturing company as designer and draftsman, returned home Saturday, the plant of the company for which he was working having been destroyed in the earthquake. He will remain at home for a short time, and then seek employment in one of the northern cities.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, May 11, 1906, page 5
RAILROADS TO BE LINKED
Plans of Crater Lake Line's Purchasers Are Revealed.The filing of articles of incorporation by the Pacific & Eastern Railway at Salem yesterday revealed the plan of the recent purchasers of the Medford & Crater Lake Railroad to link that system to the Rogue River Valley Railroad, operating from Medford to Jacksonville. The latter road was purchased yesterday by George Estes, of Portland, trustee for the Pacific & Eastern. The price paid is understood to have been $50,000.
The property is a narrow gauge line, formerly owned and operated by Barnum & Sons, of Jacksonville, for local traffic between the cities of Medford and Jacksonville. The plan of the purchasers is to unite the Crater Lake and the Jacksonville roads into one east and west system.
George Estes, of Portland, a former railroad man, is to have charge of the properties until turned over to another manager who is to come from the East. M. C. Smith, foreman at the Albina shops of the O.R.&N., has been made master mechanic of the road by Mr. Estes, and G. W. Donnell, now roadmaster for the Southern Pacific at Roseburg, has been appointed chief engineer.
Sunday Oregonian, Portland, May 19, 1907, page 11
By a recent ruling from S.P. headquarters the Jacksonville train will no longer block the Seventh Street crossing and the passage to the exhibit building when passenger trains are due. The Jack. train will pick up freight in the afternoon instead of the morning as heretofore.
"Social and Personal," Medford Daily Tribune, June 5, 1907, page 4
The R.R.V.Ry. carried about 1800 people from Medford on the Fourth without an accident and on time as per their schedule. The P.&E. also ran excursions from Eagle Point to connect with the Jacksonville train.
A number of newspapers throughout this section "have had it on reliable authority" that the R.R.V.Ry. company will electrify their road; that they will run branch lines to every town and hamlet in Rogue River Valley, etc., etc., etc. As a matter of fact, no information of any kind has been given out. It is safe to say, however, that the line will NOT be electrified. It is true that the road will be greatly improved, with new equipment, trackage, etc., but it will be as a steam road.
"All Around the Town," Jacksonville Post, July 6, 1907, page 3
Another complaint has been received by the Railroad Commission from [State Representative B. F.] Jones, and this time he takes the Rogue River Valley Railroad Company to task for alleged inadequacy of service and accommodations generally. He says the Rogue River Railroad maintains no depot at Medford, no place to buy tickets, nor can one ship freight only at such times as the train is at Medford. At Jacksonville, he says, the same conditions exist--no bulletin board is kept, trains run when they please, no toilets on trains, track in frightful condition, the company pays no attention to trains being 14 hours late, no tariffs are posted, and the train officials charge fare and freight rates as the notion strikes them. The Railroad Commission has not received a copy of the passenger and freight tariffs from the Rogue River Railroad Company, and the matter will probably be taken up with the company officials without delay.
"Railroad Talks Back to Jones," Morning Oregonian, Portland, August 3, 1907, page 6
MAKES ROAD COME TO TIMEJACKSONVILLE, Or., Dec. 14.--(Special.)--Oswald West, of the State Railroad Commission, has held an investigation of the complaints made against the Rogue River Valley Railroad. He advised the company immediately to erect a depot and waiting room at Medford; to place a bulletin board on the depot at Medford; to build freight platforms in this city; to leave here according to schedule and to improve conditions generally.
Rogue River Valley Railroad Must Provide Depots and Facilities.
Mr. West explained to President Barnum that since he was getting his money from the public he should try to give the public value received. The condition of affairs of this road are said to have been deplorable for several years, and the people of Jacksonville and Medford will see to it in the future that better service is given them, as the Commission has agreed to take the matter in hand whenever a complaint is filed.
Sunday Oregonian, Portland, December 15, 1907, page 5
W. S. Barnum, president of the Rogue River Railway Co., is suffering from a severely sprained wrist.
"Social and Personal," Medford Daily Tribune, January 11, 1908, page 4
W. H. Barnum and wife, who have been visiting in Seattle, Portland and other northern points, returned last Tuesday to their home in this city. Mr. Barnum has made arrangements to purchase a 50-horsepower auto which will be used on the R.R.V. line. It will be a wonderful improvement over the old motor car.
Medford Mail, January 31, 1908, page 2
It will not be a great while until the city will be in a position to place crushed rock from their quarry on the other side of Jacksonville upon the streets of Medford. The grading of the spur line from the terminus of the Rogue Rive Railroad Company's tracks has been almost completed, and all that remains to be done is the ordering of the materials for the track. President Barnum of the road will leave some time during the present week for Portland, where he will purchase the rails and other material.
About ten days ago the city engineer left for Jacksonville to survey the route for the spur, and the work has been rushed since so that the grade and embankment is nearly completed. A large force of men have been doing the grading, and the watchword was "rush."
"Road Nearing Completion," Medford Mail, March 22, 1908, page 1
The old depot of the Rogue River Valley Railroad, which has stood for 18 years near the Southern Pacific tracks on Sixth Street, has been moved to a lot on North D Street, which is owned by President Barnum of the road. The depot has long been a familiar landmark in the city, and for some time that part of the city will look rather queer to those who were accustomed to see it. The new depot of the road has been completed and is a credit to the town.
"Local Happenings," Medford Mail, May 29, 1908, page 2
The new RRVRR depot, 23 West Main, in 1912.
Mr. Barnum has the connections made with his main line and was yesterday laying the iron on the spur track at the rock bunkers in West Medford.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail, November 5, 1908, page 2
Mr. Barnum is putting in a new sidetrack in the railroad yards here for use in handling rock cars.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail, November 20, 1908, page 2
Rogue River Valley Railroad Under Examination.
The state railroad commissioners will hold a business session at Jacksonville today, beginning at 11:30 o'clock. The commission will listen to such complaints as may be offered upon matters appertaining to Mr. Barnum's methods of handling the business of his railroad--the Rogue River Valley line.MUST BETTER SERVICE.
Mr. Barnum has been made the butt of considerable criticism, a good part of which The Morning Mail does not believe he is entitled to. It is a noticeable fact that since Mr. Barnum had a little trouble with Mayor Reddy and publisher Putnam, his path has not been without its thorns.
Personally, the publisher of The Morning Mail does not like Mr. Barnum a little bit, but The Morning Mail does not see in that just grounds for criticizing his methods of handling a railroad.
The railroad was a financial wreck when he bought it, and if it was that now there would be no criticism as to its management, but since Mr. Barnum has made something out of nothing, and has made the road of some value to himself and county, a howl goes out by those who may have tried to hand the "old man" a bunch that he is mistreating the public. However, his road represents something more than Forty-Seventh Series Pacific & Eastern rust-plated bonds.
Excerpted, Medford Mail, January 8, 1909, page 1
Same Old Train.
In dark ages since many years have passed,Frederick Haslund, "Joshes Handed with Lavish Hands at Banquet," Southern Oregonian, Medford, January 13, 1909, page 6 Sung to the tune of "It's Just the Same Old Moon."
Six miles an hour was considered pretty fast;
But now in nineteen hundred and nine
That's some speed on Barnum's line!
Same old wheezing engine and car
Starts for J'ville with an awful jar;
Foxy Barnum rents his whole depot
And makes us wait out in the snow.
It's just that same old train that's running
In just that same old jerky way;
No wonder we are always kicking
At the price we have to pay;
Oh, won't you tell me when we'll get there?
Oh, won't you use a little more wood?
Same little jolly, it gives one a pain;
Same little jerky, same old train.
Teddy says railroads must be controlled;
Honest voter does as he is told;
Legislature yields to people's will,
Railroad c'mission just fills the bill.
Then the c'mission comes to Jacksonville,
Calls in Barnum; also John and Will.
Asks them questions, tells them what to do;
Goes away, thinks its labors through.
It's just that same old train that's running
In just that same old jerky way;
No wonder we are always kicking
At the price we have to pay;
They didn't mind the old c'mission,
They go right on the same old way.
Same little station; folks raising Cain;
Same busted schedule; same old train.
Commission Orders Improvement by R.R.V.Ry. Co.
The state railroad commission, which was in session in Medford yesterday for the purpose of making inquiry into the charges preferred against Mr. Barnum and his Medford-Jacksonville railroad, closed their investigation yesterday forenoon and left for Myrtle Creek, where they have other matters to look after.
As a result of the investigation Mr. Barnum will be required to supply the passenger cars with drinking water and with toilets.
The depot at Medford must be ventilated;
A schedule of the arrival and departure of trains must be posted;
Motor car service must be resumed within 30 days, and about on old schedule.
All these changes or additions are to be made within 20 days, except as where otherwise specified.
Medford Mail, January 15, 1909, page 1
STATION ON SUNSET AVENUE
A new station is to be established on the Rogue River Valley Railroad on the outskirts of Medford in what is known as Sunset addition. Besides being in Sunset addition, the station will be located on Sunset Avenue and will probably be called Sunset.
The railroad company has promised to construct in the near future a switch from its main line and around this is planned to build a suburb. The new station has already one business plant to start with, and that is L. F. Lozier's cider and jelly factory.
Medford Mail, March 19, 1909, page 1
New Motive Power for Rogue River Valley Railroad in a Short Time.
That a gasoline motor car service on the Rogue River Valley Railroad between this city and Jacksonville will soon be in operation is now an assured fact.NEW CAR ORDERED
William Barnum, one of the officials of the Rogue River Valley Railroad system, will leave next week for San Francisco to place an order for a large gasoline motor car which will, it is said, be ready for delivery to this city inside of two months.
The car is to be patterned after those now regularly used by the Southern Pacific Company on the lines in the Sacramento Valley in and around Oroville and Chico. It is to cost over $6000, and will be operated by a couple of powerful gasoline engines. A compartment for light freight will be provided, while a portion of the car will be arranged for observation purposes.
The locomotive which is now in use will still be kept in service, but only for moving heavy freight. The freight train will be run so as not to interfere with the regular trips of the passenger-carrying gasoline car.
According to present plans, the motor car will leave Jacksonville every morning at 7:30 o'clock and arrive here about 8 o'clock, or a little before, depending upon the number of stops that have to be made. Regular trips will be made during the day and from five to eight opportunities given residents of this section to go over to the county seat and return.
Property owners along the line of the railroad have become greatly interested in the project and are planning to open up tracts of land for sale along the route and thus encourage homeseekers who have business interests in Medford to make their homes a couple of miles out of town. By so doing the territory between this city and Jacksonville will eventually become thickly settled and result in the ultimate merging of the two towns into practically one municipality.
In addition to the motor car service on the Rogue River Valley line, the Southern Pacific Company is planning, it is reported, to put on a gasoline car to run from Medford to Ashland and also from this city to Grants Pass. Such action upon the part of the Southern Pacific would in no way be an innovation--that company having used gasoline motor cars with great success in California for some time past.
Medford Mail, April 2, 1909, page 1
The Rogue River Valley Railroad company this week received two new flatcars and will add more in a short time. The motor car which they are expecting to put on is being held up because the factories in the East are overrun with orders and cannot just now make the engine wanted. However, the framework will be gotten ready, and when the engine arrives in San Francisco, where the car is to be built, it will soon be put in shape for use.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail, May 21, 1909, page 2
Motor Car for Rogue River Railroad Ready in Two Months
Mr. and Mrs. Will Barnum returned last night from a visit of several weeks in San Francisco and other California cities. Mr. Barnum's mission to these places was to "get wise" to the best style of a "real" motor passenger car to put into service on the Medford-Jacksonville line. He was successful in finding what he wanted--that is, he had plans and blueprints made of a car which will just fill the bill, but it will require six weeks or two months to construct it. The car will cost about $8000, and it will be a good one and capable of making a speed of 60 miles an hour. In case the travel should demand trips over the road oftener than they are now made before the new car is ready for use, the Barnums will double their present schedule and will use the present steam equipment for the service.
Medford Mail, May 28, 1909, page 1
The Rogue River Valley Railway Company has a crew of men at work on its track near the west side school, lowering and straightening the same, so that it will conform to the street grades.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail, June 18, 1909, page 2
ONE MILE LAID.Frank Kowalski (Big Frank), superintendent of the track-laying gang on the Pacific & Eastern, reported last night that he had one mile of steel laid and was now awaiting for ties with which to continue the work. The grading gang have one and a half miles more grading, ready for ties.
The Superintendent of P.&E. Reports that Much Steel Laid.
The company expects to get down 17 miles of new track this fall, but if Mr. Kowalski loses any more cars of ties in transit it is doubtful if they make it. He tells that Mr. Barnum of the Medford-Jacksonville short line now has a tracer out hunting for a lost car of ties--supposed to have been lost between Jacksonville, the shipping point, and Medford.
Medford Mail, July 23, 1909, page 2
CAR AND WAGON COLLIDE
Driver Thrown from Rig and Arm Is Fractured
The motor car of the Rogue River Valley Railroad smashed into the delivery wagon of the Medford Furniture Company about 8 o'clock yesterday forenoon, and threw the driver, Warren Butler, a distance of several feet, hurting him quite badly.TRAIN COLLIDES WITH WAGON
The boy was driving northward on Oakdale Avenue, and as there is no possible chance for anyone to see the track to the east of Oakdale on account of houses, the driver, who is only 11 years of age, was upon the track before he noticed the train, and was unable to avoid the accident.
Soft Dirt Lessened Shock.The motor struck the rear of the wagon and threw the boy into the air and away from the wagon a distance of several feet. The boy landed in the dirt, which lies inside of the curbing, on his head and shoulders, and the soil being loose perhaps saved him from more serious injuries. The wagon was damaged some, the rear axle being badly sprung and the bed racked and loosened.
Arm Fractured.As the child complained of being sore and that his arm was hurting, Dr. Shearer was called and after an examination found that the right arm was fractured near the shoulder and that his body had several other minor bruises. The jar, too, made the lad quite sick.
Several eyewitnesses said that the boy was not to blame; others say that the driver of the motor did all in his power, but all unite on the opinion that it was more the fault of the location than anything else.
Since this avenue has been paved it has been one of the most traveled streets in the city, and unusual precaution should be exercised by the trainmen and vehicle drivers. There should be a signboard put up by the railroad company, as an added precaution, and drivers, especially automobiles, should slow down before going over this crossing.
Medford Mail, October 8, 1909, page 1
March 19, 1910 San Francisco Call, page 10
Motor Car Built in San Francisco
A gasoline-driven railway car, capable of seating 30 passengers, and of developing and maintaining a speed of 40 miles per hour, has just been finished by the Ferry Garage Company of 23 Washington Street, San Francisco, for the Rogue River Valley Railroad company of Oregon. W. H. Barnum, manager of the railroad company, personally assisted in the car's construction.
Every piece of material in the car is of local manufacture, except the engine. James F. Van Loben Sels, manager of the Ferry Garage Company, has tested the car thoroughly on the Belt Line Railroad along the waterfront, and its capabilities have led him to go into the manufacture of gasoline railroad cars very largely, as his shop has peculiar advantages for handling this type of construction.
The Southern Pacific and Santa Fe operate gasoline cars in this state, but so far the coaches used have been entirely of eastern manufacture.
The contract called for a speedy and commodious car, and this has been supplied. It will run between Jacksonville and Medford in southern Oregon. Steam cars are now being operated over the six miles separating Medford from the county seat, and these will be kept in service. But the speedy gasoline car, operated at one-tenth the cost of the steam-driven vehicles, will be sent over the rails, affording a speedy passenger, mail and express service, making a round trip every hour.
The car was built at a cost of about $6,000. Its engine is 70 horsepower, four cylinder, water cooled, with three speeds forward and reverse, so that it can be run with equal facility each way. There are large compartments for mail and express. The car is so powerful that it can be used to shunt boxcars around, if necessary, or haul cars, for that matter.
Besides F. Van Loben Sels and W. H. Barnum, manager of the Rogue River Valley Railroad company, A. Olin, designer and head mechanic for the makers, took a prominent part in the construction of the car.
San Francisco Call, March 19, 1910, page 10
Medford Gets Motor Service.
MEDFORD, Or., April 1.--(Special.)--President Barnum, of the Rogue River Valley Railroad, today received a new 77-horsepower motor car, similar to the one recently put on the run from Ashland to Grants Pass by the Southern Pacific railroad. It will seat 45 passengers. This will be a great benefit to the people traveling between Medford and Jacksonville, especially when court is in session at the county seat.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, April 2, 1910, page 5
128 Oregon Street, Jacksonville, Oregon:
William H. Barnum, 26, railroad company treasurer, born in New York, father born in Canada, mother born in Illinois
Jessie Barnum, 23, wife, born in Ohio, father born in Ohio, mother Pennsylvania
William S. Barnum, 52, father, railroad company president, born in Canada, father born in Vermont, mother born in Canada
Bertha Barnum, 56, mother, born in Illinois, parents' birthplaces unknown
John C. Barnum, 30, brother, railroad company manager, born in New York
George A. Barnum, 19, brother, railroad engineer, born in Oregon
U.S. Census, enumerated April 20, 1910
R.R.V.R.R. Limited Hits Delivery Wagon at Tea and Coffee House
and Puts It Out of Business--Driver Has Narrow Escape.
Young Gray says he was hurrying down Eighth with a quick-order delivery and heard neither whistle nor bell. The rig is a solid-covered one, from which the driver can only see straight ahead. As he made the crossing the train struck the wagon, overturning it and tearing off both hind wheels. Gray was caught underneath the top and close to the heels of the horse drawing the rig. The animal did not attempt to run, fortunately for the lad.
The crossing where the accident occurred is a dangerous one, and several serious accidents have been avoided there more by luck than good management. The incoming train, however, has a full view of the crossing from Oakdale, and the expenditure of a little steam in a warning whistle this morning might have prevented the accident.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 8, 1910, page 1
GASOLINE CAR FOR ROGUE RIVER VALLEY RAILWAY
The Rogue River Valley Railway, Jacksonville, Ore., now has in operation making regular trips the gasoline motor car illustrated. The body is of wood built on a steel channel underframe. It is divided into a smoking compartment seating six passengers and a general compartment seating 22 passengers. Leaf springs 5 ft. long reinforced with coil springs under the journal boxes support the underframe on the axles and make the car ride very easily. The wheelbase is 10 ft.
The car is driven by a vertical, four-cylinder Brennan gasoline engine of 70 hp. The engine is mounted on a steel subframe below the floor line of the car body and is connected with a cone clutch on a longitudinal shaft to heavy reversible transmission gears, giving three speeds forward and three speeds reversed. Two sprocket chains are used to connect the transmission gears to the front axle. Control apparatus is mounted in each end of the car body, so that the car can be run in either direction. The car has a maximum speed of 35 m.p.h., and on regular trips has carried 48 passengers up a 1 percent grade with ease. Acetylene gas is used for lighting. The car was designed by W. H. Barnum, vice-president and treasurer of the railway, and was built by the Ferry Garage Company, of San Francisco, Cal. It cost about $5,000.
Electric Railway Journal, July 16, 1910, page 121
TO FORCE TRACK DOWN TO GRADE
Drastic Action Is Expected Soon on Part of City Dads
Against W. S. Barnum If He Doesn't Lower Rails.
W. S. Barnum, the owner of the Rogue River Valley Railroad, has thus far refused to lower his track to meet the levels of the Holly and Fir street crossings. Councilman Emerick, detailed by the city dads to see that Mr. Barnum fulfilled his contract with the city, has been unable to get action and states that he does not believe that Barnum will lower his rails until drastic action is taken by the city council.
At the next meeting of the council Mr. Emerick states he will propose an ordinance to bring Barnum to time, as the raised tracks are a menace to the people who must cross them.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 1910, page 5
TOWN SITE NEAR MEDFORD
President of Rogue River Valley Road Buys 160 Acres.
MEDFORD, Or., Dec. 27.--(Special.)--President Barnum, of the Rogue River Valley Railroad Company, has purchased 160 acres of land at Ruch, in the Applegate Valley, 20 miles west of Medford, and will promote a town site. This purchase was made because of the contemplated extension of the Rogue River Valley road, which at present runs from Medford to Jacksonville, the county seat of Jackson County.
The line has been surveyed to Ruch from Jacksonville by the Barnum interests, and in the spring it is expected that the Hill line will take up the work of continuing the road from Ruch to the coast. The line will follow Forest Creek into Ruch. The town site purchased by Mr. Barnum is situated at the junction of the Applegate River and Forest Creek. Active work is in progress on the Rogue River Valley extension, there being a force of 25 men grading the first mile out of Jacksonville.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, December 28, 1910, page 6
PLACES TIES IN PATH OF "FLYER"Owing to the fact that the recent rains had softened the roadbed, the trains are only run over that section of the road at a slow speed and this, coupled with the fact that it was daylight and the obstructions could be seen probably averted what at night might have resulted in a catastrophe.
Unknown Miscreants Attempt to Wreck the Jacksonville Limited in Broad Daylight--
Place Barrels and Ties Along Track.
Prompted either by mischief or more sinister motives, an unknown person yesterday jeopardized the lives of a trainload of passengers on the afternoon train from Jacksonville to Medford by placing a number of barrels and railroad ties along the right of way.
The identity of the guilty parties is a mystery, and no clue which could lead to their prosecution could be furnished by the railroad's employees.
Shortly after the afternoon train left Jacksonville for Medford, the engineer was forced to bring his train to a sudden stop because of an object lying between the rails. He descended and discovered an empty barrel. The train was started again, but every few hundred feet for a distance of almost a mile the train was forced to come to a stop to permit the removal of some obstruction in the form of a railroad tie or an empty barrel.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 29, 1911, page 1
ROCK TRAIN RUNS AWAYMEDFORD, Or., April 4.--(Special.)--Breaking loose from the engine while on a steep grade just beyond Jacksonville this afternoon, a heavy train loaded with rock plunged down the track for a quarter of a mile and piled up on a motor car on the Rogue River Valley Railroad. The motor contained a number of laborers, who were injured in the crash. One is thought to be hurt fatally. The motor was wrecked.
DUMP CARS RUSH DOWNHILL QUARTER OF MILE.
Laborers in Motor Bumped at Jacksonville Are Hurt--One May Die. Many Escape Crash.
The runaway train was seen in time to allow a number of the laborers to escape from the light gasoline motor, 10 or 15 of its occupants getting out of the car. Those who were in the motor when it was struck were badly shaken and bruised.
Charles Peters is said to have sustained internal injuries which may result in his death. The motor had just pulled into Jacksonville from Medford and was at the depot. The freight train had been loaded with crushed rock a quarter of a mile above the depot. In some unaccountable manner it was started on the down grade and was soon beyond control. A slight upgrade just before the depot was reached checked its speed a little.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, April 5, 1911, page 3
FREIGHT TRAIN DELAYS FLYER
Jacksonville Cannon Ball Limited Derailed--
Huge Mogul Tugs in Vain To Get it Back on Track--Second Engine Called into Service.
The Jacksonville "flyer" was considerably off schedule late Saturday afternoon on account of a derailed box car consigned to the Big Pines Lumber Company. The giant mogul tugged and snorted, and finally, with the assistance of another engine, dragged the derailed car off the switch. A resident of Jacksonville is thinking of instigating a suit against the company because 20 cents' worth of choice fish he was taking to his wife was likely to spoil.
The woes of the hungry are many, and the company will have to be careful in the future.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 7, 1911, page 3
AUTO SERVICE HELPS CITY
Jacksonville Secures More Trains Since Competition.
JACKSONVILLE, Or., June 26.--(Special.)--Jacksonville, whose growth has been so long retarded because of poor transportation facilities, has at last come into its own. V. C. Gorst, who formerly operated a passenger launch between Port Orchard and Seattle, has established an auto passenger service between Jacksonville and Medford, and it has met with such favor that he will add another machine. He makes a round trip every hour.
Shortly after the advent of Mr. Gorst the Rogue River Valley Railway increased its service and improved its accommodations, and now runs 18 trains a day.
A similar auto service between Central Point and Medford, it is said, will soon be established. There is also some talk of a freight truck service between here and Medford.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, June 27, 1911, page 3
The Rogue River Valley Railroad Company has a force of workmen engaged in lowering its track on Eighth Street, between Oakdale Avenue and Fir Street, to street level. In some places more than a foot of excavation was required.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, August 2, 1911, page 2
W. S. Barnum, president of the R.R.V. railroad, has returned from Portland with a seven-passenger automobile.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, September 1, 1911, page 2
The corner of the Niedermeyer building, formerly on the northwest corner of Eighth and Fir, was angled to accommodate the RRVRR tracks, which at this point turned from their path down the center of Eighth to parallel the Southern Pacific tracks.
Two Girls and Man, Badly Injured, Are Saved by Rival.
Pierce was speeding into Medford from Jacksonville Sunday night with his lights out and smashed into a carriage driven by Laurin Hinman, with his sister Gladys and Miss Eve Rushford. All the young folks were seriously injured, the carriage was demolished, and the horse crippled.
At his hearing before Justice Taylor it developed that the chauffeur was under the influence of liquor and he was fined $25 and costs. The authorities believe that the keen auto competition between Gorst and the Barnum Railway is responsible for much of the trouble.
Gorst, with three autos in the Jacksonville service, threatened to put the Barnum railroad out of business, so Barnum bought three 60-horsepower touring cars, cut the fare in half, and has been exerting every effort to regain supremacy in the last three weeks.
The rivalry has spread to the two cities, and Jacksonville citizens have organized a boycott against the Barnum auto, so that the railroad owner depends on visitors and Medford citizens for his patronage.
The accident was particularly galling to the Gorst faction because Barnum, who was putting on all speed to overtake his rival when the accident occurred, had the triumph of transporting the injured folk to the Hinman home.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, November 16, 1911, page 5
The Rogue River Valley Railroad Co. has placed a dray in commission in order to deliver the freight from the station to the consignees.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, June 8, 1912, page 3
The Rogue River Valley Railroad company has completed the work of lowering its tracks to the street grade on Grape Street, with the exception of hauling away surplus dirt. This will be done soon and the crossing will then be complete.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, June 11, 1912, page 2
Lumber Company Wins.
SALEM, Or., June 28.--(Special.)--The Railroad Commission, as arbitrator between the Big Pines Lumber Company and the Rogue River Valley Railroad, today made its award in a contest which had arisen over freight charges from Medford to the lumber company's plant. The charge for 500 cars of material shipped to the company was $1442, but the company alleges that this would make a charge of $1.75 a car, when the actual charge should have been $1 a car. They allege the extra 75 cents was for shipping the empty cars back from the factory to Medford. The commission as an award ordered that the railroad company repay $375 to the lumber company.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, June 29, 1912, page 6
Medford papers state that actual work on the construction of the trolley line in that town was commenced Monday. Hope it will continue.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, July 19, 1912, page 3
In a recent suit Barnum succeeded in forcing the Niedermeyer building back from the corner several feet, but the street committee believes that public safety demands that a wider space be provided, and they have set about enforcing it.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 7, 1912, page 1
The R.R.V.R. Co. has several men engaged in lowering its track at Eighth and Fir streets.
"Local and Personal,"
The 50-cent rate was the one in effect when an auto stage line between Medford and Jacksonville was instituted. Then to meet competition the fare was cut to 25 cents for the round trip.
Some time ago the auto service was discontinued, but an immediate boost in rates, though expected, did not come until now.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 19, 1912, page 6
Crew of Thirty-Five Men Working on Divide at Head of Poormans Creek--
A. Welch Said To Be Negotiating for Barnum Road.
Surveyors of Medford and Crescent City Railroad
Also Locating Line Back of Jacksonville.
The engineering corps of the newly incorporated Medford & Crescent City Railroad are busy locating the line of the projected railroad, which has no connection with the Barnum line.
It is surmised that Mr. Barnum is trying to hold the pass through the hill by grading the right-of-way. He recently bonded his railroad and surveyed an extension through Medford. It is rumored he intended to ask a franchise.
It is reported that A. Welch, promoter of the Willamette Valley traction lines now taken over by the Southern Pacific, has been negotiating with Mr. Barnum for the purchase of his railroad. This would mean its eventual acquisition by the Southern Pacific to head off the Hill lines and the proposed Medford and Crescent City Railroad.
The Southern Pacific has promised Grants Pass people to build a railroad to Crescent City at once, and negotiations are expected to be completed next week for immediate construction.
Medford Mail Tribune, November 15, 1912, page 1
John C. Barnum, general manager of the Rogue River Valley Railway, has been in California during the past few weeks.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, January 6, 1913, page 2
It seems strange to see the crowds of people going to and from Jacksonville every day when court is in session. It makes such business for the "Cannonball Express"--so named on account of the snail-like pace it travels--but doesn't reflect much credit upon the county seat hostelries.
O. H. Barnhill, "County Seat Letter," Ashland Tidings, January 9, 1913, page 7
Born, in Jacksonville, Jan. 24, to Mr. and Mrs. George Barnum, a daughter.
Mrs. W. H. Barnum of Jacksonville has been attending her mother, Mrs. W. W. Eifert, who is very sick.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, January 27, 1913, page 2
AUTO TAX ROUSES CITYMEDFORD, Or., Feb. 14.--(Special.)--Jacksonville is up in arms over a recent ruling of the City Council that auto stages running from that city to Medford should pay $20 a month tax.
Women of Jacksonville Accuse Councilmen of Bad Faith.
First, Mayor T. T. Shaw resigned, and now the women have held an indignation meeting and charge that the Council has been influenced by the Barnum Railroad, which is the only transportation line between the two places, in an effort to kill off competition.
The owners of the railroad declare they had nothing to do with the Council's action, but that it was a move calculated to protect a Jacksonville corporation against the encroachments of Medford autoists.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, February 15, 1913, page 7
The Jacksonville-Medford auto stage line discontinued its service this week. This puts it up to the R.R.V.Ry. to handle the traffic between Medford and this city.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, March 8, 1913, page 3
TROLLEY ROUTES VIEWED BY BULLIS
Messrs. Bullis spent Monday viewing proposed routes for the proposed trolley line to Siskiyou Heights. Routes examined included one past the hospital and cemetery and another out Queen Anne Addition and Highcroft. Tuesday actual survey work starts.
Application was made to the county court for a franchise over county highways, the franchise requiring the building of a mile of trolley line within two years. The matter was taken under advisement.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 19, 1913, page 2
RIP UP PAVEMENT ON EAST MAIN FOR TROLLEY LINE
Work of tearing up the pavement on East Main Street for the interurban trolley line has begun in earnest. A large gang of men are busy cutting the asphalt and concrete, rails are strung along the curb, the stone cut from Main Street toward the south is nearly completed, and indications point to speedy construction of the electric line.
Cars and other equipment have been ordered for November delivery, and prospects are that before winter the trolley line will be in operation.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 11, 1913, page 3
The Rogue River Valley Ry. Co. has overhauled the large motor car; giving it a coat of paint, repaired the woodwork, etc. This adds greatly to the appearance of the car.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, November 21, 1913, page 3
Man Found with Throat Cut. Supposed To Be Suicide.
The body was removed to Medford last night, and an inquest will be held today.
Jacksonville Post, February 7, 1914, page 3
Jacksonville Post, March 28, 1914, page 1
New Oregon Road Placed in Operation.--The line of the Southern Oregon Electric Railway in Medford, Ore., was placed in operation on March 20, 1914. C. G. Bullis, the manager of the company, has announced that work will be begun this month on the construction of a 2-mile extension through Medford to Siskiyou Heights.
Electric Railway Journal, April 4, 1914, page 791
MEDFORD PURCHASE ATTRACTSMEDFORD, Or., April 11.--W. F. Barnum and Sons, owners of the Barnum Railway, have aroused considerable interest and much speculation of late by quietly purchasing four parcels of city property in the center of the business section.
W. F. Barnum & Sons Buy Downtown Property.
These lots aggregate $50,000 in value and this sudden investment, following the rumor of the sale of the railroad to the Hill lines, tends to strengthen the belief that the property has actually changed hands and that Hill intends to extend the Pacific & Eastern to the coast.
Mr. Barnum is a conservative business man, there is no particular activity in downtown real estate, and this action is regarded therefore as significant. On the Front Street property just acquired the Barnum family announces it will erect a new $30,000 family hotel, the plans of which have already been drawn.
Sunday Oregonian, Portland, April 12, 1914, page D9
The extension of the Bullis streetcar line to the city reservoir is expected to be completed by May 15, the principal work to be completed being the stringing of the wires. C. G. Bullis said that he expected the work to be completed so the car would run over the new line a week from Sunday, but did not care to make a definite statement to this effect.
"Complete Bullis Trolley to Reservoir," Medford Mail Tribune, May 2, 1914, page 6
A runaway train on the R.R.V. railway caused a little excitement Monday evening. Failure of the brakes to hold the train was the cause. No one injured.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, May 23, 1914, page 1
Medford to Get $20,000 Hotel.
MEDFORD, Or., July 11.--(Special.)--J. C. Barnum, owner of the Barnum Railroad, between Medford and Jacksonville, has started the construction of a $20,000 hotel across from the Southern Pacific depot on Front Street. The hotel will have 40 rooms, will be three stories high and will cater to the commercial trade particularly. Mr. Barnum is a great believer in Medford's future and declares that now is the time to invest in local real estate, as a revival in business through Southern Oregon and the state is imminent.
Sunday Oregonian, Portland, July 12, 1914, page 54
W. A. BARNUM WILL MOVE TO MEDFORD
W. A. Barnum, president of the Rogue River Valley Railroad Company, has decided to move to Medford from his home in the county seat. Mr. Barnum will reside in one of his cottages on Front Street close to the proposed Barnum Hotel.
When first arriving in the valley, Mr. Barnum took up his residence in Medford in a large cottage one block from where he is now to live. After purchasing the Rogue River Valley Railroad he moved to Jacksonville. He is accumulating a great deal of city property, and this necessitates his moving.
Medford Sun, July 15, 1914, page 6
"Local and Personal," Medford Sun, August 13, 1914, page 6
Bill Barnum's little dog "Rastus" died this week. His death was due to a bite by a Medford dog afflicted with rabies.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, August 15, 1914, page 3
The Barnum railroad is applying its annual application of hot tar to the roof of its depot in this city.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, September 22, 1914, page 2
W. S. Barnum, 216 N. Front
Bertha S. Barnum, 216 N. Front
Hazel Barnum, 216 N. Front
G. A. Barnum, 216 N. Front
"List of Registered Voters," Medford Sun, January 1, 1915, page 3
The building is 50x100 in size and four stories high exclusive of basement. The basement and first-story walls are of concrete, the other three stories of white pressed brick with concrete sills and trimmings.
There are 57 rooms, all supplied with hot and cold water, and half of them with baths. There is a large basement in which is installed a steam heating plant. On the first floor there will be a large, well-appointed lobby, a dining room and kitchen, a store or sample room and barber shop. The building, when completed, will cost a little more than $30,000. The name it will carry will be "Hotel Barnum."
Medford Mail Tribune, January 1, 1915, page 4
A. C. Allen and his moving picture company of Medford were in town Tuesday staging a holdup on the Barnum railroad in the western end of the city. A number of citizens of Jacksonville were present at the scene, which was very realistic. When completed the film with others showing scenes in this valley will be sent to [the] Panama exposition at San Francisco and used in advertising Jackson County.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, April 24, 1915, page 3
The residence of William Barnum was entered Saturday night by a burglar or burglars, sometime between 7:30 and 10:30 while Mr. and Mrs. Barnum were absent at Medford. A number of boxes and toilet cases in the bedroom were ransacked and their contents turned out. About $40.00 cash and some jewelry were taken. A few half-burned matches lying on the carpet between the front door and the bedroom are the only clues so far, and indicate that entrance was made by way of the front door. At about the same time, the residence of John Barnum, brother of William, was entered, but the only articles reported missing are a couple of photographs.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, February 27, 1915, page 3
W. H. Barnum has purchased a new auto. It is a Briscoe, and the purchase was made from A. W. Walker, the company's agent at Medford.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, March 27, 1915, page 3
The moving picture brigade will journey to Jacksonville this afternoon, and enact a pioneer scene showing the holding up by a gang of bandits of the Barnum railroad. About 50 local people will be in the scene. Several views showing historic spots of the town pioneer will be included in the picture.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, April 20, 1915, page 2
Joe Snodgrass, conductor on the Bullis streetcar line in this city, returned here the last of the week from a short business trip in California.
"Local and Personal," Medford Sun, May 9, 1915, page 5
Medford Newspaper Tells of Rumors That Bullis Electric
May Merge with Barnum Road.
"Persistent street rumors are in circulation concerning the sale of the Barnum line to the Southern Oregon Traction Company (Bullis line). The price rumored was $60,000. The negotiations are still in an unformed shape, the application of the Bullis line for a crossing over the S.P. tracks at Main Street being one of the matters pending between the two lines.
"S. S. Bullis, over the telephone from Sterling this afternoon, said: 'It has been one of our intentions since building in Medford to connect with the Barnum line or have the Barnum line connect with us. It is the natural thing. Our application for a crossing on Main Street is still pending, and of course this enters into the negotiations. The matter, as far as I know, is just where it has always been.'
"John Barnum said that as far as he knew there was nothing definite regarding any transfer.
"A merger of the two lines would form a link toward the long hoped-for building of a railroad up the Applegate to the Blue Ledge, giving a rail outlet to a rich mining and agricultural country."
The rumor that the Barnum line had been sold to the Bullis interests bobs up again this morning. Regarding the same, W. H. Barnum, president of the road, said: "There is nothing doing yet, we are just dickering around a little bit." Further than this Mr. Barnum had nothing to say.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, June 22, 1915, page 2
BARNUM ROAD SOLD TO BULLIS PRICE $60,000
Actual Transfer of Property to Take Place Before July 1--
Bullis Trolley to Extend Out Main to City Limits to Connect with Barnum Road,
Which Will Be Electrified.
Deeds calling for the transfer of the Rogue River Valley Railroad (Barnum line) to the Southern Oregon Traction Company (Bullis line) were drawn Thursday, and the actual transfer of the property will take place between now and July 1. The deal, which has been hanging fire for the last six weeks, is practically closed, awaiting only the final signatures. The purchase price, as named in the deed, is $60,000.
The sale means the electrification of the Barnum line its entire length, eight miles,which includes one mile in Medford, five miles between this city and Jacksonville, and the two miles to the brickyard, and the extension on West Main Street of the present streetcar line. It also means the probable extension of the line into the Applegate and on to the Blue Ledge later.
Build Out West MainIt is the intention of the Bullis interests to build out Main Street, tapping the business and residence districts, and connecting with the main Barnum line in the suburbs. The city council at its last regular meeting granted a six months' extension on the Bullis franchise for the completion of this work. Arrangements for the crossing of the Southern Pacific tracts at Main Street have been completed between the Bullis interests, the state railroad commission and the Southern Pacific.
Work upon the electrification of the Barnum line and the Main Street extension will begin within the next two weeks, according to present plans.
A conference was held this morning between Mr. Barnum, Mr. Bullis and attorney W. I. Vawter and the deal practically closed. Immediately afterward Mr. Bullis left for the Sterling mine.
The Barnum road has been in operation for over twenty years and was built by municipal cooperation from Medford. Several deals for its transfer have all fallen through. At various times it has been reported sold, once for $125,000 and once for $80,000. The latter figure is the one generally attributed as the figure for which the Barnums held their holdings. The right of way is the most valuable part of the line, the equipment being out of date.
The deal has long been hoped for and is regarded by Medford and the Rogue River Valley as a sign for the early realization of their dream for a railroad tapping the rich agricultural and mining districts of the Applegate and Blue Ledge.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 25, 1915, page 1
As we go to press, reports are in circulation that the deal for the sale of the Barnum railroad to the Bullis interests has been closed, to take effect July 1st. It is stated that the road will be electrified and otherwise improved in the near future and that it may be extended to the Applegate country. The deal has been brewing for several months and has been watched with interest by a number of persons who think that the change of ownership will mean better service.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, June 26, 1915, page 3
ELECTRIC ROAD COMING
Barnum Road Transferred to Southern Oregon Traction Co.
New Owners Will Electrify and Improve.
The reports mentioned in our last issue concerning the reputed sale of the Rogue River Valley Railroad owned by W. S. Barnum are proved to have been founded on fact; that papers have been signed and recorded, and it is likely that the consideration price has been paid.
Two principal instruments covering the transfer have been placed on record in the office of the County Recorder, the first being in the nature of a deed from the Rogue River Valley Railroad Co. conveying the road with its franchises, equipment, etc. to W. S. Barnum, consideration $1.00, and the second instrument was a deed from W. S. Barnum and wife conveying the same property to the Southern Oregon Traction Co.; the consideration mentioned in the second conveyance is $60,000. The purchaser is the owner of the electric street railway at Medford and is commonly spoken of as "The Bullis Interests."
It is reported that the new concern will immediately proceed to electrify the road and make a number of other improvements and changes in the line and service. An extension of the road to the Applegate is spoken of as one of the probable results of the transfer. For the present the road will be operated as formerly; meanwhile, plans for the proposed improvements are under way.
Jacksonville Post, July 3, 1915, page 1
RAILROAD RUN BY FAMILY IS NO MOREMEDFORD, Or., July 3.--(Special.)--"In all the world no railroad like this" might well apply to the Barnum railroad running from Medford to Jacksonville, which on July 1 was transferred to S. S. Bullis, owner of the Southern Oregon Traction Company.
Medford-Jacksonville Line Is Transferred After Eventful 25 Years. .
SALE PRICE IS $60,000
After $25,000 Is Lost to Absconding Promoters,
City Turns Over Railway to J. C. Barnum, Who Made Run Success.
For here is a steam railroad recognized by the railroads of the United States, whose president has run the railroad's one locomotive for the last 15 years, whose vice-president is chief foreman and master mechanic. In short, brakeman and conductor, and whose secretary is also track walker, section foreman and master mechanic. In short the Barnum railroad is a strictly family institution, not only owned by the J. C. Barnum family but operated by them.
A history of this road throws an interesting side light upon the history of the Rogue River Valley, particularly Medford and Jacksonville.
City Defrauded of 25,000.Twenty-five years ago two breezy promoters came to the sleepy town of Jacksonville, and after various conferences with the City Council and street gatherings persuaded the city to raise $25,000 for a railroad to Medford.
Jacksonville was the county seat and nothing more, and Medford was barely a post office, but tales of Southern Pacific development and opportunity to sell out at a handsome figure turned the trick and the deal was put through. As soon as the promoters obtained the cash they flew to parts of the world unknown and never have been heard of since.
Checking up accounts, Jacksonville found it had some worthless bonds, five miles of track and the humiliation of being sold. It was also discovered that the steel rails secured from the Honeyman Hardware Company, of Portland, had not been paid for, and the road consequently fell into the hands of this well-known Portland concern.
Mr. Barnum Takes Charge.Here J. C. Barnum, then a young mechanic engaged in the sash and door business, stepped in and in 1893 leased the property and proceeded to operate a daily train between Medford and Jacksonville.
Mr. Barnum bought a second-hand locomotive from the Southern Pacific and with a special permit drove it himself from Portland to Medford. From that time he gradually collected more equipment until at the time of the recent sale there were on hand 10 flat cars, three locomotives, two boxcars and two passenger coaches. Extensions of two miles which can be used in reaching the Applegate Valley have been built, so that the total mileage now is about seven miles.
With his own family the entire working force, with a patience and frugality seldom excelled, the president of the company prospered as the community grew, and when the Pacific & Eastern was built by the Hill lines to Butte Falls and John R. Allen was riding on top of one of the most sensational booms ever seen in this or any other state, it was reported sold for $125,000. Now S. S. Bullis is owner of the Barnum line, the purchase price being $90,000.
The old wood-burning locomotive "Cannon Ball," so long a picturesque feature in Medford, will be relegated to the scrap heap, the line will be electrified and connected with Medford's trolley system, and the famous Barnum railroad will take its place with other relics of the pioneer days.
Sunday Oregonian, Portland, July 4, 1915, page 8
Electrification of Short Oregon Line.--It is reported that the purchase of the Rogue River Valley Railroad by the Southern Oregon Traction Company, Medford, Ore., means the electrification of the Rogue River line for its entire length, 8 miles, which includes 1 mile in Medford, 5 miles between Medford and Jacksonville, and 2 miles to the brickyard, and the extension on West Main Street of the new present line of the Southern Oregon Traction Company.
Electric Railway Journal, July 10, 1915, page 79
The old No. 6 locomotive of the R.R.V. railroad was shipped to Portland this week.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, July 31, 1915, page 3
The Barnum engine that has puffed and snorted and wheezed its way up and down the Barnum line for 20 years will puff and snort no more in this section. The old locomotive has been loaded on a flatcar and shipped to the northern part of the state, where it will be engaged in hauling logs in the Nehalem Valley. The engine, like every other human element, has begun to show the signs of time, for the cylinders leak and the piston rods are worn, and the flange on the off hind wheel is worn almost to a thread. These defects will be removed before it is again placed in commission. In the twenty years the old engine was operated here it had but one accident: It ran into and killed a cow about a thousand years old.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, August 2, 1915, page 2
A flatcar on the Jacksonville road was derailed on the Main Avenue crossing Monday evening, causing a five minutes' suspension of traffic.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, September 21, 1915, page 2
A crew of men are setting poles for electric wires along the Rogue River Valley Railroad this week. It is expected that the electrification of the line will be completed in about a month.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, September 25, 1915, page 3
The operation of the street car line in East Medford has been temporarily abandoned, and the company is devoting its attention to the construction of the line on West Main Street and the electrification of the road to this city.
The Medford street car was brought over the Rogue River Valley Railroad Wednesday and is now in the sheds of the company at this place in readiness to be put on the line as soon as the electrification of the road is completed.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, October 2, 1915, page 3
The motor car on the R.R.V. railroad ran into an auto just as it was leaving Medford on its return trip to Jacksonville Wednesday evening. The driver of the auto attempted to cross the railroad track ahead of the motor but failed to get over in time, the motor striking the rear wheel of the auto and completely demolishing it. No one was hurt, but there were some persons badly scared for a few minutes. John Barnum was driving the motor and sounded his alarm in plenty of time, but the auto driver paid no attention to the warning.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, October 30, 1915, page 3
Jacksonville has the funniest little railroad in the state, and I have seen five or six unique bits of road, too. As an attraction on [the] zone at [the exposition in] San Francisco one of the jimcrow trains could not be beaten. But this precious little road is to be lost, with all its traditions and memories. For it is understood the Hill interests have bought the track, engine and passenger equipment bag and baggage. Anyway, a force of men is busy installing electrical equipment, and soon the road to Medford will be something like a standard street railway, with a real street car operating between Jacksonville the ancient and Medford the modern.
A. H. Harris, "Community Needs of Oregon," Portland Telegram, quoted in Jacksonville Post, December 11, 1915, page 3
The 20th has gone by, and still the electric service on the R.R.V.Ry. has not been inaugurated, but will be soon.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, December 25, 1915, page 3
W. S. Barnum, 216 N. Front
Hazel Barnum, 216 N. Front
Mrs. Bertha S. Barnum, 216 N. Front
"List of Registered Voters," Medford Sun, December 31, 1915, page 3
The juice was turned on on the Bullis electric line yesterday and a trial trip made.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, January 1, 1916, page 3
The Southern Oregon Traction Company has put on a new schedule: The car now leaves here ever hour, beginning at 7:30 in the morning, and returning leaves Medford at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, etc., up to and including 10 o'clock at night. This quite an improvement over the former timetable, and the new car is much more convenient and comfortable than the old gasoline motor cars. So far there is only one complaint made by the public, and that is regarding the fare charged. It had been generally expected that with the installation of electric cars on this road the fare would be materially reduced; this has not been done, although a reduction in fare would doubtless result in increased receipts for the company.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, January 8, 1916, page 3
The Southern Oregon Traction Co. has made a rate of 5 cents each way for pupils from this city attending school at Medford. Payment is required for every school day in the month in order to get this rate.
The Southern Oregon Traction Co. is putting in a sanitary toilet and making other improvements at the depot.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, March 25, 1916, page 3
Mr. Bullis is having the poles for carrying the trolley wire moved nearer the track and is replacing the cross wire supports with metallic arms or brackets of the latest design.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, April 8, 1916, page 3
A suit has been filed in the circuit court to enjoin the city of Medford from selling the bonds for the construction of the Blue Ledge railroad. It looks like a "dog in the manger" deal.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, September 9, 1916, page 3
BULLIS TO BEGIN LAYING RAILS TO TIMBER MONDAY
At the meeting held this morning by Medford men interested in the proposed sawmill, it was decided to begin steps for the putting of the mill into operation in the near future. C. J. Semon will leave Saturday for the East. where he will look over several sawmill and logging outfits and before returning will start one of those under consideration on its way to Medford.
S. S. Bullis this afternoon announced his intention of beginning the laying of rails, for about three miles of road beyond the present western end of the line, the first of next week. A considerable stretch of the rails between Medford and Jacksonville were taken up the past week and replaced with heavier steel. The lighter steel will be used in the construction of the extension. This work will be done by Mr. Bullis without the assistance of the city, pending the settlement of the injunction proceedings brought against the city to prevent the sale of bonds for the construction of the road, which will be heard in the county court next Wednesday and from there will without doubt be carried to the supreme court.
Pending the arrival of the sawmill, Mr. Bullis stated, the logging roads will be cut out through the woods, and along the roads a large quantity of wood will be cut and put upon the Medford market. This supply, he promises, will reduce fuel prices and enable Medford people to get their firewood at a reasonable figure.
The subscriptions for the sawmill have now reached a total of $22,000, and no further solicitation for subscriptions is being made, as the directors are confident that once operations are started local people will subscribe voluntarily.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 29, 1916, page 6
The S.O. Traction Company has a force of men this week putting down new steel on the line between this city and Medford.
John Barnum, formerly of this city, is employed in the S.P. service at Dunsmuir, Cal.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, September 30, 1916, page 3
Mr. Bullis informed a representative of the Post Wednesday that good progress is being made on clearing the way for the logging road from the present terminus of the railroad near the Opp mill to the timber at the head of the creek, a distance of about two miles, and that in a few weeks they will be ready for the steel. Timber sufficient to keep the proposed mill running for two years is being secured.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, October 14, 1916, page 3
A change of time for the passenger service was made on the S.O.T. Co.'s line this week. In the afternoon the car leaves the city on the even hours instead of the half-hours as formerly. The forenoon schedule has not been changed.
Work on the grading of the Bullis logging road is progressing nicely, the graders are now beyond the Opp mill and will reach the city dam by the last of next week. The machinery for the saw mill is expected to arrive at Medford about Nov. 10.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, October 21, 1916, page 3
Mr. Bullis expects that the railroad to the timber at the head of Jackson Creek will be completed about December 10th and that the saw mill will be ready for operation by February 1st.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, October 28, 1916, page 3
Letter from President Bullis
To the Citizens of Jacksonville:--
I am asking at your hands an extension of time for the Southern Oregon Traction Company's franchise to maintain railroad tracks along the streets of your city, where now laid, because of the fact that without such it will be impossible for me to sell bonds with which to raise money to do what I hope and expect to do in building and extending this railroad, making it of real service and importance to your municipality and the whole of Jackson County as well.
I cannot conceive that you would ever elect to throw out our tracks and force a discontinuance of railroad service, but bond houses are very particular to know, before they will contract to buy bonds, as to title to rights of way and franchises through municipalities and insist that such rights, if not perpetual, shall run, at least, for a much longer time than the maturity of the mortgage.
You can confidently expect that the benefit to be derived from this railroad will increase as time goes on, and one thing after another grows with it. We shall improve the property along as we can by fixing up the buildings and grading up the street and the tracks and laying better tracks.
Hoping that we can get a favorable vote at the coming election and promising loyal support in doing what I am at all times for the upbuilding of your city,
I beg to remain,
S. S. BULLIS
Jacksonville Post, November 11, 1916, page 2
Born--To Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Barnum, Nov. 12, a twelve-pound son.
Mr. Bullis has cut down his grading crew from twenty-three to eight men.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, November 18, 1916, page 3
Joseph Gillespie was struck by the electric car and knocked off the track of the S.O. Traction Co., near the Trail mill, Friday afternoon, sustaining three broken ribs and other injuries.
The logging railroad is complete almost to the dam on Jackson Creek, and it is expected that the road will reach the timber about Feb. 1st.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, December 16, 1916, page 3
Body of Mrs. Bullis Sent East.
MEDFORD, Or., Dec. 25.--(Special.)--The body of Mrs. S. S. Bullis, wife of the president of the Southern Oregon Traction Company, who died Friday, was forwarded yesterday to her former home in Olean, N.Y. Mrs. Bullis came to Medford a year ago, shortly after Mr. Bullis purchased the Barnum railroad. She had been an invalid for many years.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, December 26, 1916, page 13
NEW LUMBER COMPANY BUYS BRITT TIMBER
The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Applegate Lumber Company was held Monday night, at which time the following officers were re-elected: President, S. S. Bullis; vice-president, C. J. Semon; secretary-treasurer, J. H. Carkin. The directors elected, in addition to the above-named officers, were C. E. Gates, E. C. Gaddis and C. M. Kidd.
The secretary reported that out of the total of $21,000 subscribed by Medford citizens, $17,000 had been collected, and the remaining $4000 would probably be collected within a few days.
A sawmill which would cost new $30,000 was purchased second hand, but in good repair, in the East by vice-president Semon and laid down in Medford for approximately $9000. In this $9000 is included the purchase price of the mill site in Medford.
The company has purchased the Emil Britt timber land of 320 acres near Jacksonville, into which S. S. Bullis is now constructing a railroad free of cost to the lumber company.
Work on the construction of the sawmill is progressing as rapidly as material can be secured. Concrete foundations for the machinery are being put in, and the framework is being put up and the excavation for the log pond is practically completed. It is expected the mill will be ready for operation within sixty or ninety days.
Negotiations with the Ewauna Box Company have not as yet been completed, but these will be closed just so soon as the mill company is in a position to guarantee the furnishing of the required amount of lumber. Options have been secured on a factory site, and the city council has agreed to furnish water for the factory's use.
Men are at work on the extension of the Bullis railroad into the timber, a distance of about two miles. The road has been graded and bridges put in on about a mile of the line, and a half mile of track has been laid. A camp has been established in the timber for the railroad construction crew, which will later be used by the logging crews.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 17, 1917, page 6 The sawmill was built in Medford on Chestnut Street, near today's intersection with Meadows Lane.
CUTTING TIES FOR EXTENDING RAILS TO LUMBER BELT
W. G. Lindley, who is logging foreman for the Applegate Lumber Company, was in Medford Friday night on business. He tells us that the logging camp is well established and he has men at work getting out railroad ties and bridge timber for the extension of the railroad into the timber.
There are now over 5000 ties cut and ready to be laid, while the bridge timber is nearly all out and on the ground ready for the bridge-building gang. There are several thousand feet of mill logs now cut ready for delivery to the mill. One donkey engine has been put in place, and another one will be brought down from Butte Falls as soon as the track is laid into the timber. About the first of February a large gang of loggers will be put to work falling timber for the sawmill.
The railroad construction work is progressing as rapidly as could be hoped for during the bad weather. There are seven trestles on the extension, three of which are completed and the track laid over them, and four more to be completed as soon as the bridge gang can make them. One of these is 300 feet in length, and some of them are seventeen feet high.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 20, 1917, page 6
The ordinance authorizing the issuance of $300,000 bonds for extending the S.O.T. Co.'s road to the mines has been declared invalid by Judge Hamilton in a recent decision.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, January 13, 1917, page 3
The Southern Oregon Traction Company has been trying out the large electric car this week.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, February 3, 1917, page 3
The Southern Oregon Traction people have been in trouble all week on the line between this city and Medford; cars have been running late, and in several instances trips have been omitted.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, February 24, 1917, page 3
Mr. and Mrs. William Barnum, who have [been] living in Medford during the winter, have returned to their home in this city. Bill says that he has visited a good many different towns, but finds no place like old Jacksonville. Incidentally, Bill proposed that the editor of the Post join him in a wood-cutting campaign this summer, but nothing doing along that line--shade trees are too remote.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, April 21, 1917, page 3
ACCIDENT ON LOGGING ROAD.
Engineer Dead, Fireman Badly Hurt.
An accident on the logging railroad, near the city dam on Jackson Creek Friday afternoon, resulted in the death of Denver Marsh the engineer, and Charles Schumpf, the fireman of the logging engine, had a leg broken and other injuries.
It seems that the engine and two cars were at the landing about a mile above the dam, the car next to the engine was loaded with logs and the second car was partly loaded when the loading crew asked to have the car moved ahead. Denver backed up and Schumpf removed the chunk with which the locomotive was blocked [and] started ahead until the rear car was at the desired place, but when he tried to stop the train the air brakes failed to work and engine and cars started down the grade at a rapidly increasing speed until near the upper end of the city reservoir, when engine and cars left the track in a general smashup.
It is said that Denver threw Schumpf off the engine but stuck to it himself, and when found was pinned under the wreck of the cab, where he was badly scalded by the steam and hot water from the boiler, his body a mass of bruises. Medical aid was summoned, and autos conveyed the injured men to the hospital at Medford, where an examination showed that there was no hopes for his life. He died at 7:15 last night.
The dead engineer was aged about 28 years. He was unmarried, lived with his parents in this city and was their principal support. He was a steady, industrious young man and had a host of friends who were shocked to hear of his death.
Reports from the hospital state that Schumpf had one leg broken but otherwise seems to be all right.
Jacksonville Post, July 21, 1917, page 3
A new schedule went into effect on the Southern Oregon Traction Co.'s line between this city and Medford August 1st, and is causing considerable dissatisfaction among the patrons of the road. The principal objection is: that the last car from Medford arrives here at about 6:30 in the evening, and anyone at Medford after the departure of that car must either walk or hire a jitney. Another objection urged is: that the first car from here in the morning fails to connect with the S.P. train at Medford.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, August 4, 1917, page 3
A new schedule was put in operation on the S.O. Traction Company's line between this city and Medford Thursday, under which the car lays over here nights. The first car in the morning leaves here at 7:30 instead of 8 o'clock as formerly. A night car leaving Medford at 10:30 on week days and at 11 o'clock Saturday and Sunday nights is another feature of the new plan. The schedule in full appears in another column of this paper.
The engine which was wrecked in the recent accident on the logging road has been placed on the track again. It has been repaired and is ready for service again.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, August 25, 1917, page 3
The gasoline motor car formerly used on the railroad between this city and Medford has been transferred to the P.&E. line from Medford to Butte Falls.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, December 22, 1917, page 3
A crossing sign has arrived and will be placed at the railroad crossing near the courthouse.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, February 23, 1918, page 3
In the case of Mayhugh vs. Southern Oregon Traction Co. on trial in the circuit court Wednesday, the jury returned a verdict awarding the plaintiff $2500 damages. Mayhugh was on one of the runaway cars which ran off the track at the switchback opposite the Opp mill last summer.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, June 1, 1918, page 3
GAGNON MILL MAKES 200,000 PEAR BOXES
The Joe Gagnon mill has 200,000 pear boxes made ready for the market, but Mr. Gagnon announces that he will keep these boxes for Medford and valley use, despite the fact that he has had several offers for the lot from distant points.
The Gagnon mill is still at work making apple boxes at the rate of 2,000 a day. The mill has just received an order for lumber for two large bungalows to be erected at Hilt.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 18, 1918, page 2
It is reported that the logging road up Jackson Creek is to be immediately torn up, and the rails and the old Climax engine have been sold to the government. The report states further that the railroad between this city and Medford is also to be pulled up and the service discontinued. We have tried to ascertain from Mr. Bullis whether the report is true or not, but up to the time of going to press have been unable to get in touch with him.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, September 14, 1918, page 3
Mr. and Mrs. William Barnum and baby are ill in bed with severe cases of the grippe at their suite in the Barnum apartments.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, October 19, 1918, page 4
The condition of Mrs. William H. Barnum, who with her two-year-old son is ill with influenza at the Sacred Heart Hospital, was not so favorable today as yesterday, but the child's condition continues to improve. It is said that Mrs. Barnum is kept in ignorance of the death of her husband in the hospital this morning, as the shock of such news would have a serious effect in her case.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, October 23, 1918, page 2
BARNUM--William Henry Barnum died at the Sacred Heart Hospital at 6:15 a.m., Oct. 23, of pneumonia, at the age of 35 years. He was born at Brushton, Franklin County, N.Y., Oct. 8, 1883, and moved with his parents to Medford in 1884. He is survived by his wife, Jessie, and son, William Laird Barnum, aged two years, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Barnum, and brothers John Barnum of Portland and George Barnum of Medford.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the I.O.O.F. cemetery in Medford. Rev. L. Myron Boozer will conduct the services.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 23, 1918, page 2
John Barnum arrived in the city this morning from Portland to attend the funeral of his brother William H. Barnum, which was held this afternoon.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, October 24, 1918, page 2
While funeral services were being held in the I.O.O.F. cemetery this afternoon at the grave over the late William H. Barnum, who died of influenza in the Sacred Heart Hospital Wednesday morning, his wife and baby son lay ill with the same disease at the hospital only a few hundred feet away from the cemetery. Mrs. Barnum's condition was improved today, she having recovered somewhat from the shock of her husband's death, and the baby continues to improve.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, October 24, 1918, page 2
The trolley car was out of commission Monday afternoon on account of the juice being turned off.
Reports are current on the street that J. T. Gagnon, the Medford lumberman, has leased the Jacksonville-Medford railroad and will operate it as a logging road, discontinuing the present passenger service. We have not been able to secure confirmation of the reports and doubt their authenticity, as such action would result in forfeiture of the franchise for use of right-of-way through this city.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, February 15, 1919, page 3
Joe Gagnon is hauling logs from his timber tract on Jackson Creek to the mill at Medford.
A Climax engine on unidentified Oregon railroad logging operation, circa 1910
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, March 29, 1919, page 3
It is reported that the railroad between this city and Medford will be turned over to Mr. Barnum in a few days.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, April 5, 1919, page 3
Possession and operation of the railroad between this city and Medford was taken over by the mortgagor, Mr. W. S. Barnum, Monday morning.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, April 12, 1919, page 3
B. L. Moses has resigned his position as motorman on the trolley line and will go to Butte Falls. J. M. Plymale is operating the car now.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, May 10, 1919, page 3
J. T. Gagnon, the Medford lumber man, has leased the railroad between this city and Medford from W. S. Barnum, the present owner, who bought it in at foreclosure sale last week. Mr. Gagnon has been in possession of the freight equipment of the road for several weeks and will take over the trolley car as soon as the sale of the road to Mr. Barnum is confirmed by the court, which it is expected will be done next week.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, June 7, 1919, page 3
MEDFORD RAILWAY LEASEDMEDFORD, Or., June 8.--(Special.)--Another chapter in the checkered career of the Jacksonville railroad was written today when J. T. Gagnon, lumber mill operator of this city, leased the road from its original owner and builder, W. T. Barnum. Gagnon states he will operate the road essentially as a supply system for his lumber mill, but will also conduct a freight and passenger business between this city and the county seat.
J. T. Gagnon Assumes Control and Announces Changes.
The new owner announces he will change the name to the Rogue River Valley Railroad, will establish a new street car schedule and repair the equipment.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, May 29, 1919, page 6
Thursday morning at the Dow hospital in Medford, a very difficult and delicate surgical operation was performed on Ray Blackburn, former motorman on [the] S.O. Traction car, who was crushed between logs while unloading a car at the Applegate Lumber Co.'s mill last summer. A section of the backbone was removed, and substitutes for the protection of the spinal cord were made to take the place of the injured vertebra which was removed.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, June 21, 1919, page 3
A change in time schedule is coming in the Rogue River Valley Railroad, formerly known as the Southern Oregon Traction Company line, the lease of which recently passed into the hands of Joe Gagnon. It was not until July 2nd that he was given custody of the street car service. Mr. Gagnon said yesterday that he is planning improvements in the service between here and Jacksonville and that the new time schedule would be published after Monday.
"Local and Personal," Medford Sun, July 13, 1919, page 2
MEDFORD SAWMILL BURNS
$25,000 Fire Laid to Incendiarism. Plan to Be Rebuilt.
MEDFORD, Or., July 24.--The Gagnon lumber mill on the outskirts of the city burned to the ground early this morning with a loss of $25,000, covered by $7000 insurance. The origin of the fire is not known, although J. T. Gagnon, the proprietor, declares it was undoubtedly of incendiary origin.
The mill will be rebuilt at once.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, July 25, 1919, page 11
The fire at Medford Thursday morning destroyed the connections on the trolley line; as a result Jacksonville has had no trolley service. Mail and passengers have been carried by auto.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, July 26, 1919, page 3
The foundation for the new Medford mill and box factory of J. T. Gagnon, to be built on the site of the plant that burned down, is in and the work of setting the machinery has begun. The work is being rushed, and the building will be erected around the machinery after the latter is all set. Another carload of machinery arrived in the city Thursday.
"Local Briefs," Medford Mail Tribune, August 15, 1919, page 2
Mrs. Will Barnum and George Barnum have returned home from Rocky Point, Pelican Bay, where they were called by the serious illness of W. S. Barnum, the well-known Medford citizen, whose condition is now much improved. He will be brought home in about two weeks and will then leave with Mrs. Barnum for Long Beach, Cal., to spend the winter. It is thought that the ocean climate will be of great benefit to his health. His recent illness resembled an attack of ptomaine poisoning.
"Local Briefs," Medford Mail Tribune, August 19, 1919, page 2
NEW GAGNON MILL BEGINS OPERATION
The Gagnon Lumber Company's mill near Jacksonville that has recently been erected commenced sawing lumber Saturday. The mill has a capacity of 25,000 feet daily and will furnish employment for a number of men. The logging camp has been running for several weeks and has a big supply of logs on hand.
Mr. Gagnon recently purchased 80 acres on which the mill is located, near the Opp mine. He will build three bungalows near the mill to accommodate three families recently moved here from Glendale to work in the mill. Two crews will be put on at once.
Medford Sun, September 21, 1919, page 4
The trolley car of the R.R.V.Ry. Co. ran into a creamery truck yesterday afternoon, spilling ice, milk cans, etc., over the landscape. No one was injured.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, October 11, 1919, page 3
J-VILLE SHORT LINE SOLD.
J. T. Gagnon Buys R.R.V.Ry. Changes Name.
J. T. Gagnon, who has held a lease on the J-ville-Medford short line for several months, has purchased the outfit, lock, stock and barrel; so latest reports have it.
Mr. Gagnon has changed the name of the road to the "Medford-Coast Railroad," and announces that he will build a line from here to the Blue Ledge, opening up all the valuable mining properties in that section. When that is completed Mr. Gagnon announces his intention of building a road to Crescent City, Calif.
Jacksonville Post, November 1, 1919, page 1
The trolley car on the Medford Coast Line is out of commission today, undergoing repairs. The company is transporting the passengers by auto.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, November 22, 1919, page 3
The Gagnon sawmill has been shut down several days recently on account of scarcity of logs. A spur from the logging railroad has been laid to the mill, and the logs will in the future be hauled on the railroad, thus ensuring a better supply during the winter season.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, December 13, 1919, page 3
The trolley car running between Medford and this city, which had been out of commission several days on account of the storm, was put back on the run this week and is now making a trip every once in a while.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, December 20, 1919, page 3
North Front Street [Barnum Hotel], Medford, Oregon:
William S. Barnum, 64, no occupation, born in Canada, father born in New York, mother born in Canada
Bertha Barnum, 65, born in New York, parents born in New York
U.S. Census, enumerated January 2, 1920
ESTABLISH JITNEY TO JACKSONVILLE
Because of the dissatisfaction of Jacksonville citizens with the service given by J. T. Gagnon with his Medford Coast Railroad streetcar between Jacksonville and this city, the city council of the county seat last night decided to invite an auto jitney to take care of the passenger traffic between the two cities. The council decided to award the jitney license to the highest bidder between now and Friday.
At the meeting last week of the newly organized Jacksonville Community Club the dissatisfactory streetcar service was discussed fully, and the Jacksonville Post in its account of the meeting contained the following:
"Mr. Johnson told of an interview with the manager of the railroad in which Mr. Gagnon stated that he did not care about the passenger business. In reply to a question as to why he did not use the engine and coach on the run, Mr. Gagnon replied that he could not spare the engine from the logging operations."
Medford Mail Tribune, January 7, 1920
239 Fifty-Second Street, Portland, Oregon:
John C. Barnum, 39, iron works draftsman, born in New York, father born in Canada, mother born in New York
Florence M., 26, born in Washington, father born in Minnesota, mother in New York
Jeannette C., 1 year and 4 months, born in Oregon
U.S. Census, enumerated January 8, 1920
J'VILLE JITNEY SERVICE STARTS, GAGNON QUITS
The new passenger transportation service between Jacksonville and Medford was begun today by the Interurban Autocar Company, which will make 12 trips daily weekdays, with an extra trip Saturday night and nine trips on Sundays.
With the inauguration of this auto service the streetcar of the Medford Coast Railroad has been sent to the boneyard for an indefinite period, having made its last round trip over the line yesterday, as J. C. Gagnon, president and manager of the road, decided to no longer operate it with jitney opposition. "I have decided to let the people of Jacksonville have their own way in this matter, inasmuch as there is no money in operating the streetcar," he said today. Mr. Gagnon will operate the railroad line between his timber holdings on Jackson Creek, near Jacksonville, and Medford solely as a logging, timber and fuel road, in the interest of his mills at Jacksonville and this city and his wood business.
The Interurban Autocar Company entered this field at the request of the Jacksonville residents because of their dissatisfaction with the streetcar service since the big storm, and the company was granted a passenger and freight carrying business license under $500 bond by the city council of Jacksonville to operate in that county seat town.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 16, 1920, page 6
THE TROLLEY-JITNEY SITUATION.
The Medford Mail Tribune of January 12 devotes nearly a column in explaining why and where the citizens of Jacksonville are doing Mr. Gagnon a grave injustice by permitting an auto line to operate between this city and Medford.
According to the article, Mr. Gagnon states that if we had only had a little patience the service would have been improved. True, there is plenty of room for improvement. We would like to inquire just what amount has been expended in keeping up the roadbed the past year.
Mr. Gagnon had ample opportunity to give us first-class service had he so desired, but showed no signs of worry when we were cut off from the world by the recent storm. During the first day of the snow he made no effort to carry the mail in either direction, and had it not been for Mr. Ulrich going after the mail we would have had none. Later Mr. Gagnon put on a Ford touring car (capacity five persons including the driver). In this he planned to carry the mail, express and passengers. For some time, however, the Ford was not used, during which time passengers, freight, etc., were transported via auto truck. Such was the auto and truck service.
Employees of the road had made remonstrances concerning the danger of using the roadbed in the present condition, but all were unheeded.
The entire article has about the same amount of truthfulness as the paragraph concerning the mail.
Of course we couldn't expect Mr. Gagnon to discontinue the logging operation in order that we might get our mail and freight, especially as he was responsible for the wood supply of Medford, but we have a perfect right to demand better service than we have had, both before and after the storm.
The company is not and has not been complying with the terms of its franchise, and we cannot see that Mr. Gagnon has given any real service.
What the people wish is service, and if Mr. Gagnon cannot provide it when his road is protected by the city, then it is time to invite competition.
Jacksonville Post, January 17, 1920, page 1
The big deal which has been pending here for several weeks for the sale by J. T. Gagnon of his Medford-Jacksonville railroad lease, mills in this city and Jacksonville and timber holdings on Jackson Creek to a syndicate of California fruit shipping concerns in which Klein, Simpson and Co., of Los Angeles, and Earl Fruit Company of the Northwest are the chief factors, has not yet been consummated. However it is understood that the syndicate still holds an option and negotiations are still on.--Mail Tribune.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, June 26, 1920, page 3
Joe T. Ganyon [sic] of Medford was a business visitor in this city Tuesday.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, July 10, 1920, page 3
Some time ago a flatcar of the Jacksonville railroad was wrecked on the side track between Sixth Street and the Medford Fruit Co. building, where it was left and has been an eyesore ever since. Complaint was made before Justice Taylor today against J. T. Gagnon, owner of the railroad, in an effort to compel him to have the car removed.--Tribune.
"Local News," Jacksonville Post, September 18, 1920, page 3
J. T. Gagnon Will Resume Car Service.
J. T. Gagnon, the well-known sawmill man and head of the Rogue River Valley Railway, has a crew of men at work repairing the roadbed, track, trolley line, etc., preparatory to putting a street car on the route between this city and Medford.
Mr. Gagnon is of the opinion that given unlimited opportunity to travel to and from their place of business, Medford men who are aware of the many advantages of Jacksonville as a place of residence will remove their families to this city. That this belief is well founded is proven by the number of newcomers who have made their homes here in recent months. Believing as he does that first-class service will result in increased population for Jacksonville, and consequently heavier traffic over his line, Mr. Gagnon, it is said, is contemplating an hourly passenger service between the two towns as soon as necessary repairs can be made.
Passenger service on the local line was discontinued more than a year ago, and rolling stock as well as roadway will require thorough overhauling before a schedule can be put in effect.
Jacksonville Post, April 2, 1921, page 3
Three New Summer Homes to Be Built at Rocky Point
Yesterday, a consignment of canoes and Evinrude motors for attaching to the canoes was sent to Rocky Point by A. C. Allen, William Barnum and F. C. [sic] Medynski, all of Medford, and a 14-foot pleasure Indian canoe by Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Conger of Berkeley, California, the transportation being handled by the Western Transfer of this city.
Dr. and Mrs. Conger have for the past 12 years maintained a summer home at Rocky Point and spend the major portion of vacation time there. A. C. Allen, a well-known fruit grower and former government employee, recently sold his summer home at Rocky Point. Messrs. Allen, Barnum and Medynski will erect new cottages there within a few weeks, the supplies being ordered today from the Pelican Bay Lumber Company. Mr. Barnum is president of the Medford and Jacksonville railroad, operating out of Medford.
The Evening Herald, Klamath Falls, June 16, 1921, page 1
FIX DAMAGE AT $50,000 IS INSURED
Gas Explosion Given As Cause by Geo. Barnum--Spreads Through Paper Chutes--
Water Floods Structure--Partially Insured--Narrow Escape for Mrs. Pearl Brown--
65 People Temporarily Homeless--Elks Help
Fire, supposed to have been caused by a gas explosion, the source of which has not yet been definitely traced, gutted the Barnum Hotel, at Front and Fifth streets, this morning, causing a damage of $50,000, partially covered by insurance. The alarm was turned in at 11:20 a.m. In the hotel, which was used as an apartment house, were 65 people, who were rendered temporarily homeless by the stubborn blaze.
The fire was first discovered by Mrs. Pearl Brown, cashier of the Page Theater, who occupied a suite in the building. She had a narrow escape. Her eyebrows were singed, and she was nearly overcome by the fumes of smoke, which poured in great black clouds from the paper chutes. The fire spread quickly, and a huge volume of black, smudgy smoke soon filled the air.
George Barnum, son of the owner of the building, J. W. S. Barnum, passed in front of the building just before the alarm was sounded, and saw no signs of fire. He talked to his father in the dwelling adjoining the hotel, and when he came out a few moments later he heard a dull boom, like a muffled explosion, and looking up saw smoke pouring from the roof. By this time dwellers were pouring out of the building. The smoke was so thick that it was impossible to linger.
It is George Barnum's theory that the fire was caused by a gas explosion, and spread to all parts of the building through the paper chutes.
The fire itself was confined to the fourth floor and the walls of the structure, but heavy damage was caused by water, which soaked the plaster, and the floors and carpets, making a total loss. The north walls of the hotel are also believed to have been damaged. Two streams of water were poured on the room, soaking all the floors. A partial list of the occupants of the building is:
R. M. Wilson,Most of the person effects of the guests of the apartment were carried out by volunteer workers, the goods being hurled from windows to the pavement where they were assembled in piles out of the reach of the water. The usual plaint of lost articles, in similar confusion was heard.
H. N. Edwards,
J. A. Calles,
George B. Alden,
Ward B. Spatz,
Miss Clara Woods,
C. R. Thomas,
George O. Roberts,
Mrs. M. M. Childs,
Mrs. E. C. Jerome,
F. E. Wahl,
Miss Kathryn Dunham,
Mrs. Towne and daughter.
In order to accommodate members of the Elks temporarily without homes, owing to the blaze, the dining room of the Elks lodge will be opened from tonight on from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the accommodation of Elks and their families. This action was taken by the trustees as an emergency move, and ahead of the time planned.
The fire department was handicapped by the lack of modern equipment and a chemical fire engine, as so often urged by citizens, would have spared considerable worry. The department with the equipment at hand saved much. There was no lack of water pressure, a stream shooting on the building from the ground with ease. Firemen on the roof with a hose were routed by the heavy fumes of smoke and gas. Only once did the flames break through the roof and then were quickly subdued. The roof itself was burned out in spots, and will necessitate a complete rebuilding.
The furnishings, etc. in the building were the property of the hotel, with the exception of private articles of furniture, most of which were saved.
The Barnum Hotel is a four-story structure, built in 1915 at a cost of $75,000, and was one of the newest of Medford buildings of any size. It is owned by J. C. Barnum, a pioneer of the city and valley, who originally built it for a hotel, but diverted it to an apartment house. He said, "I have insurance on the building, but only half enough." His son George said the exact amount of the insurance carried could not be determined until the policies were gone over.
The work of rebuilding and repairing the hotel will commence as soon as the insurance adjusters have finished their work, which is expected to take a week or ten days. Telegrams were sent this afternoon advising them of the blaze.
Those in the apartments who were deprived of their homes immediately began looking for new quarters, and some will go with friends until they are again settled.
The regular fire department was ably assisted by volunteers, conspicuous among whom were Seely Hall, Paul McDonald, Carl Y. Tengwald and others who lent valuable assistance in fighting the fire and removing goods to points of safety. Most of the goods were removed from the rooms by means of ladders to the windows, as the stairways and lobby were filled with smoke.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 4, 1921, page 1
Jacksonville Railroad Sold
J. W. Opp and Associates Take Over the Line
A deal that has been pending for several months and which is of vital importance to the people of Jacksonville and western Jackson County has finally been made, whereby the Medford-Jacksonville electric and steam railroad with all equipment has been sold by Joe Gagnon to J. W. Opp and a company of Portland capitalists. The transfer of the property is to be made next Monday, so we are informed by Mr. Opp, the well-known mining man and owner of the famous Opp gold mine one mile west of Jacksonville.
This road is about 8 miles in length, with hourly electric service between Medford and Jacksonville, a distance of 5 miles, and the logging road extending 3 miles west of here to a vast timber belt, and used in hauling logs to the sawmill west of here as well as to the Gagnon plant in Medford.
Just as soon as weather conditions will permit, it is the intention of the new owners to put the line in first-class shape, equip it with better rolling stock, including better passenger car service and numerous other improvements.
The passing of this road and property into the hands of people who are interested in the development of our mines and other resources means a great deal to western Jackson County and marks the beginning of a new era of prosperity for this entire section of country.
Abridged, Jacksonville Post, February 3, 1922, page 1
SUBSTATION FIRE PUTS JACKSONVILLE R.R. OUT OF ORDER
A fire which broke out in the electrical substation at South Chestnut and 8th streets, near the J. T. Gagnon sawmill in southwest Medford, which supplies the power for the mill and the streetcar line between this city and Jacksonville, Tuesday afternoon at 4:55 o'clock put the streetcar line out of commission for two or three weeks until repairs can be made to the electrical machinery.
In the meantime the streetcar patrons are carried between the two cities on arrangement by the streetcar management, by autos, the autos making the regular streetcar schedule. This will be continued until the power is restored to the substation.
The fire started in the electrical machinery, said to be due to overloading, and the fire department was summoned and used 150 gallons of chemicals in subduing the flames. Besides the damage to the machinery, the roof of the small brick substation structure was badly burned. The loss is estimated at $1000, and there was no insurance.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 6, 1922
TEARING UP OF JACKSONVILLE ROAD STOPPED
Work Is Stopped when Public Service Commission Intervenes
MEDFORD, Sept. 18--Yesterday afternoon City Attorney John H. Carkin received a telegram from the Public Service Commission stating that that body had ordered W. S. Barnum to discontinue tearing up the Jacksonville-Medford railroad, and that a hearing had been ordered to be held in the city hall at Medford on Friday, October 16.
This probably explains the fact that the work of dismantling the road at the Jacksonville end was not resumed yesterday.
"Injunction proceedings are expected to be started by the cities of Medford and Jacksonville today against W. S. Barnum to prevent his dismantling the Medford Coast Railway from Jacksonville to Medford before the Public Service Commission has passed on his application to dismantle the road," says a news dispatch received in Medford from Salem yesterday.
"Fred A. Williams, a Salem attorney, left Wednesday night for Jacksonville and will represent that city while John H. Carkin, Medford city attorney, will handle the case for that city. A telegram from Carkin stated that Barnum on his own initiative had begun to tear out the road."
Mr. Williams had not shown up in either this city or Jacksonville by early yesterday afternoon, nor had any court proceedings been begun so far as could be learned. However, City Attorney Carkin expected him to arrive, and felt sure that he would consult with him before beginning any legal proceedings in the names of the cities of Medford and Jacksonville.
Mr. Carkin has no plans to bring an injunction suit against Mr. Barnum and thinks that his protest sent to the Public Service Commission is sufficient. In response to his protest telegram Mr. Carkin received a wire from the commission at Salem yesterday that attorney Williams had conferred with the commission and that he would confer with him today.
The protest telegram sent to the commission by City Attorney Carkin was as follows:
"W. S. Barnum is tearing up railroad line through city of Jacksonville and if not stopped will have the five miles to the edge of Medford city limits torn up in less than a week. Dangerous as valuable right of way will immediate revert. City council at last night's meeting went on record against tearing any portion of this line up until the matter could be thoroughly presented before your commission and will stand back of you in stopping him and is willing to cooperate in working out a solution of his problem."
Ashland Daily Tidings, September 18, 1925, page 1
In addition to instructing City Treasurer Alford to retire $22,000 of the paving bonded indebtedness of the city from the $32,000 now in the city treasury, the city council last night instructed City Attorney Carkin to take steps at once towards the removal of the three side tracks of the old Jacksonville railroad, now owned by the city, extending from their connection with the Southern Pacific tracks nearly across from the passenger depot to Main Street, to a location south of Main Street. These tracks have not been used for a long time past and are unsightly.
"City Moves to Tear Up Track Old J'ville Road," Medford Mail Tribune, April 20, 1927, page 3
BARNUM HOTEL SOLD; $65,000 PRICE IS NAMED
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Goswick Purchasers--New Owners Plan Alterations
and New Name--Deal Pending for Week.
Following a week or more of negotiations, the Barnum Hotel and apartments on North Front Street was sold today by W. S. Barnum to Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Goswick for a consideration made public at $65,000. The new owners have taken possession and, according to present plans, will make improvements within a year, with the purpose of eventually changing the apartment house into a hotel, for which it was originally constructed.
The house contains 67 rooms, divided into 27 apartments, all of which are rented. It was constructed in 1915 by Mr. Barnum for a hotel, and at present has numerous hotel improvements. It is four stories high [and] is constructed of high-grade brick, making an attractive building, and is located directly across from the Southern Pacific railroad depot.
Up until a month ago, Mr. and Mrs. Goswick were the proprietors of the Hotel Nash, the lease of which they sold to L. W. Miller, who is now managing it, and had been thinking of purchasing the Barnum building for some time. Both are veterans in the hotel business, having owned and operated hotels in Portland, The Dalles and Roseburg before coming to Medford. They plan to change the name of the business, but will continue to run under the present name until the establishment has been changed into a hotel.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 12, 1927, page 1
Medford Apartment House Doomed by Fire--Water Low
Inadequate pressure in the Medford water system is handicapping the efforts of the fire department of that city in extinguishing a fire that broke out in the Barnum Apartments of Medford, according to word received here this afternoon. It is said that the apartment house, the finest of its kind in Medford, is doomed to complete destruction. Firemen, unable to play an adequate stream of water on the blazing structure, were waging an uneven battle at a late hour this afternoon.
Ashland Weekly Tidings, October 5, 1921, page 1
Work is progressing rapidly on the Barnum Hotel which was gutted by fire last September, and some of the apartments will be ready for occupancy in a week or ten days.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, December 29, 1921, page 2
INJUNCTION FILED BY W. S. BARNUM SERVED ON P.S.C.
SALEM, Ore., Sept. 24.--Two complaints in injunction proceedings, one in Multnomah County and one in Jackson County, were served on the Public Service Commission here today. . . .
In the Jackson County case W. S. Barnum, owner of the Medford-Jacksonville railroad, seeks to enjoin the commission from enforcing an order which would prevent Barnum from dismantling the road pending a hearing.
Barnum has already been enjoined by the cities of Medford and Jacksonville from dismantling the road. He claims the road is without the jurisdiction of the commission for the reason that it has not been operated as a common carrier for two years.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 24, 1925, page 9
FINAL SUMMONS TO W. S. BARNUM, PIONEER OF CITY
Wm. S. Barnum, over 73 years of age and one of Medford's best-known pioneer citizens, having been a continuous resident here for the past 44 years, died at his home at 216 North Front Street at a very early hour this morning. The remains are at the Conger funeral parlors, where funeral arrangements are being made, which will be announced later.
Mr. Barnum was a native of Danville, Canada, although he had lived in the United States for the past 71 years. He was born July 20, 1855, and resided in New York state until he located in Medford in 1884 and started a sash and door factory, which he later sold and started a machine works, which is now known as the Medford Iron Works, and which he disposed of later and then purchased the old Jacksonville railroad, which he operated for years until about five years ago he sold it to the city of Medford.
Mr. Barnum, who had led a retired life for the past 15 years, was best known for his connection with the old railroad between here and Jacksonville, and some stormy episodes in connection with his operation of it. He built the Barnum apartments, which he sold some months ago and is now known as the Hotel Grand.
He was married when 25 years old to Miss Bertha Susan Agleston in New York state, who survives him. To this union four children were born, two of whom still survive him--George Barnum of this city and John Barnum of San Francisco.
Mr. Barnum was a member of Medford lodge, R.F. and A.M., No. 103.
Medford Mail Tribune clipping dated February 28, 1928, Thomas scrapbook, SOHS M43B3
BARNUM ESTATE VALUED $41,500
W. S. Barnum, well-known Medford resident who died a short time ago, left an estate of approximately $41,150, according to papers filed at the county clerk's office asking for the appointment of appraisers and an administrator. John Barnum of San Francisco, George Barnum of Medford and Mrs. Bertha Barnum, the widow, are named as the heirs. Emil Britt, V. J. Emerick and E. M. Wilson are named as the appraisers, while Jesse Houck is named as the administrator.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 30, 1928, page 4
Medford Mail Tribune, April 27, 1929, page 5
Every vestige of the rolling stock of the old road has been taken up for junk, and for several days the old cars were burned, destroying the wood and leaving the most important portion of the cars--the iron--behind. This made up most of the four cars of junk being shipped out, one car coming from the Owen-Oregon mill and another car being picked up in various parts of the valley.
The heavier pieces were being loaded yesterday and today through the use of special equipment, while curious onlookers stood around listening to the heavy clank of old car wheels, springs and air-brake containers as they fell into the gondola, ready to start for Japan.
Undated Medford Mail Tribune clipping, Thomas scrapbook, SOHS M43B3
For Lots in Railroad Transaction
That was the gist of Mr. DeSouza's notice, but it was so diplomatically put by him that a stranger would have thought he was conferring a favor on Medford in making the demand. He was so nice about it that several of the councilmen felt like chicken thieves, although all they knew about the matter was what he told.
Not a one of them, either as common citizen or city official, had ever before been accused of swiping a lot from anyone or a town. Several contractors present also flushed at the insinuation.
The claim of Jacksonville to these lots arises from the fact that when Jacksonville deeded the lots in 1890 as the site for the Jacksonville-Medford railway the deed contained a clause that if ever the property was no longer used for railway depot purposes it would revert back to Jacksonville.
The Medford city government comes into the plot through it having purchased the right of way between Medford and Jacksonville and all the railroad rolling stock and the property in Jacksonville of the railway from the Barnums a number of years ago as the nucleus of a right of way through the valley if at any future time another railroad, especially to the Applegate and sea coast, would come into being.
There is no question but that the old railway, which has not been operated for years, is badly defunct and reverted. All that remains is the right of way. The rails, rolling equipment, etc., were sold by previous city administrations.
If the city has to give up the lots to the historic old town one ray of joy will emanate to the economy fiends on the city council and citizens' budget commission, as the city will no longer have to pay a few dollars taxes on the lots, and still have the right of way, which will not be interfered with by turning back the depot site.
As a matter of precaution the city council last night instructed its finance committee and City Attorney Farrell to investigate carefully, to see that Frank DeSouza and Jacksonville do not hornswoggle the city.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 18, 1931, page 1
One of the most unique stories concerning it, however, comes in a description of Barnum himself, who was a character if there ever was one. The Miner got it early this week from a veteran Southern Pacific passenger brakeman who knew and respected the old railroader.
Barnum, whose chief raiment consisted of an old swallow-tailed coat that had long since turned green, a two-foot beard and a dilapidated conductor's cap, had evolved a system which had much to do with the high percentage of profits his six or seven miles of railroad yielded.
Here's the dope as told by a veteran railroader who still makes the run through Medford and who announced he plans to drop over to the old town one of these days.
Barnum's old line consisted of three or four units of rolling stock; a couple passenger coaches, a few flatcars and perhaps a rickety boxcar or so.
It was back in the days when Jacksonville was in her prime and when Medford was just a muddy little station along the larger railroad that wound its way over the Siskiyous and into another world. The pike between the two cities could be traversed only by horse and buggy, and sometimes by horse alone, due to the bottomless bog that rivaled Big Sticky for impenetrability in wet weather. Horseless carriages still were cause enough to break up church when one of the contraptions went spluttering past on a Sunday morning.
Old Barnum, adorned in his swallow-tailed coat and conductor's cap, would stand on the rear platform of his string of one or two passenger coaches, yell "all aboard" and then alight to the ground. He would hurry forward to the cab of his panting engine, doff the cap and swallow-tail, heave in a few sticks of cordwood--enough to fire her up for a mile or so--wash his grimy hands in a barrel of water he always carried in the tender, set the throttle so the train would chug along about four miles an hour and then don his cap and swallow-tailed coat again.
Old Barnum would then leap to the ground, wait for the end of the coach to approach, swing to the rear platform and enter his car or cars, whatever the case might be. He would produce a punch from somewhere behind his great beard and amble off down the aisle mumbling "tickets please." When he had finished with this duty he would climb over the tender, take off the cap and coat and be fireman, engineer and owner for the rest of the run, which would be made at a 10-mile clip if he had dry wood.
In all the years Barnum operated in this manner--earning, per dollar invested, more than the crack railroads of the nation with all their high-paid executives--he never had the locomotive chug into a stray cow [not true] due, no doubt, to his well-fenced right-of-way. The old engine was trustworthy in its feeble way and always could be relied on to rattle along at a leisurely gait while the section foreman-president-fireman-engineer-conductor-brakeman collected tickets from his passengers and paused, occasionally, for an exchange of words with his many friends.
Another peculiarity of old W. S. Barnum, as told by the brakeman, was in his annual trips to Portland which, of course, were made on the Southern Pacific. Barnum used a pass, quite naturally, for there always has been a certain brotherhood among railroad presidents, but in all the years he traveled back and forth on business between southern Oregon and the northern part of the state, he never spent one cent on a railroad.
Barnum, whiskers and all, would invariably board a Southern Pacific passenger carrying a large shoe box filled with lunch. He always wore his swallow-tailed coat and he never rode a Pullman or ate in a dining car. The only money he ever spent on any railroad, so far as can be learned, W. S. Barnum spent on his own line as an investment that paid handsomely back in the days when railroads were the last word in transportation.
Paved roads and the increasing popularity of gasoline has since reduced this famous old railroad to a weed-covered right-of-way dotted here and there with a few rotting ties, rusty rails, a decayed depot and one remaining crossing sign. Barnum's Special has gone west, but not without leaving a heritage of tradition for the territory it served in its inimitable manner for many years.
The old Jacksonville railroad question, which has been a bad penny in the lives of city councils for a series of years, returned again last night in a communication from L. M. Lofland, asking that the city fence the railroad right-of-way, through which cattle are entering and damaging his property. The complaint was referred to Councilman George Porter and City Superintendent Fred Scheffel, who were instructed to seek a solution to the problem if they had to go out and build a fence.
"Hog Burner for City Hall Left Up to Committee," Medford Mail Tribune, October 19, 1932, page 3
The city will come out pretty well on the deal itself, as most of the rails will be sold at about $25 a ton. Some have been sold to the Tomlin mill, and other logging operators are dickering for the balance. Some of the rails are good 90-pound rails, and some 60 pounds.
The number of rails being salvaged is somewhat of a pleasant surprise to the city, as it was first thought there wouldn't be more than 100 tons altogether.
Davis said he is experiencing some interesting things on the job, one of them being a threat by a Jacksonville farmer to shoot him if [he] takes rails that are on the farmer's property. Davis said he believed he would leave that part of the job to the sheriff, as there weren't more than a half-dozen rails that the farmer has pulled up.
Medford News, May 14, 1937, page 1
The 1910 RRVRR motor car, rotting away circa 1930s.
Appointment of Evan Reames to Senate Recalls His Race for Congress in 1904, When Welcoming Band Got Marooned in Jacksonville
Appointment of attorney Evan Reames of Medford to the position of U.S. Senator from Oregon has brought to light many interesting goings-on of early days in Jackson County, in which Senator Reames took a leading part.
It was an incident during the year 1904, when attorney Reames was the Democratic nominee for Congress from the First Oregon District, opposed by Binger Hermann, Republican, that Fred Strang called to mind this week. Hermann defeated Reames by a narrow margin, by less votes, in fact, than were cast for Hermann in Jackson County.
Strang tells the story like this:
"Evan had just been nominated by the nominating convention in Salem, and the Democrats in the county made plans for a rousing reception for him when he got in on the train. The town band was rounded up, and I think there are about three of the boys left in town who played in that band. They are Wilson Wait, Bert Orr and myself. Prof. Narregan directed the band.
"We met the train at the old depot, where the freight depot is now [currently site of KeyBank in Medford, 2 East Main], and gave him a warm welcome. Then the Democrats suggested that we go over to Jacksonville and play for him when he got there. The chairman of the Democratic Central Committee, I've forgotten who he was, told the Barnums that if he'd take the boys over, there were about 20 of us, the central committee would pay for the fares.
"We got to Jacksonville and everything was fine. We played there and Evan made another speech, and then trouble began. John Barnum, the conductor, decided that their train was a first-class train just like Southern Pacific, and they couldn't be hauling people around on charge accounts, so they told us we couldn't ride back unless the tickets were paid for. That made it bad.
"Wally Mahoney, telegraph operator for the Southern Pacific, was with us, and he said he could run that old peanut roaster, so we all made a run for the train. All of the boys but four got on, and they locked the door, but the four of us were left on the platform. The Barnums promptly and without ceremony kicked us off, about a mile out of town.
"Then we [walked] back to Jacksonville, and went up to Evan's office. We told him about what had happened and thought he'd be good and mad and do something about it.
"Well, Evan, after we'd told him the story, leaned back in his chair and laughed and laughed. Pretty soon we got to laughing too, and all felt better. Then Evan called the livery stable and had them send over a hack and team, and he drove us back to Medford."
Strang said that a photograph of Binger Hermann, on a train platform with Theodore Roosevelt, was what defeated Evan for Congress. Hermann took the photograph all over Jackson County and used it to campaign. The Oregonian printed it too [on May 22, 1903, page 8].
Medford News, February 4, 1938, page 1
It is a pleasure to mention Dr. E. W. Barnum in this review, and we are sure that any of our readers who are in need of dental service will find him highly satisfactory.
Medford News, April 3, 1942, page 4
BERTHA S. BARNUM
Mrs. Barnum was an early pioneer of this district, having lived here for the past 60 years and having a host of friends. She had made her home with her son on Spring Street for many years. She was a lifelong member of the First Methodist Church.
Besides her children she leaves four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Geo. C. Barnum, serving in the navy; Thelma Hunt, Medford; Dr. Wm. Laird Barnum, Portland; Mrs. Jeanette Talbot, El Paso, Tex.; Cynthia and Sharon Hunt, Medford, and Bobby and Billy Barnum, Portland.
Funeral services will be conducted from Perl Funeral Home, Friday at 2:30 p.m., with the Rev. Louis C. Kirby officiating. Interment will take place in Medford Memorial Mausoleum.
Medford Mail Tribune clipping dated February 24, 1944, Thomas scrapbook, SOHS M43B3
I have been supervisor of the dental health department since July of 1947, having been elected first by the Portland District Dental Society and then by the school board. It is nice work and I enjoy it very much. In addition to this position, I conduct my private practice, am editor for the University of Oregon Dental School Alumni Association magazine, teach at the dental school, active in dental study clubs, etc., so you see I do not have much spare time.
Please accept my thanks again, for I wanted you to know that your editorial meant much more to me than did the writeup in The Journal.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 13, 1948, page 6
Mr. Hopfer has been interested in railroads since he was a small boy, and now makes model trains as a hobby. As part of his exhibit for the scout show will be pictures of the old Medford-Jacksonville line, which he acquired some time ago from an antique dealer in Oakland, Cal.
Raymond Reter, for whom Mr. Hopfer works, had a field day looking at the pictures, for Mr. Reter recognized himself in one of them. Mr. Reter lived in Jacksonville as a small boy, and recalled the days when he earned his folding money by stoking the wood-burning "tea kettles," as the little engines were called.
"The line was known as the Rogue River Valley Railroad, and it was run by the Barnum family," Mr. Reter reminisced. "William S. Barnum was president and engineer. He died during the influenza epidemic of 1918.
"George Barnum (he still lives in the county) was superintendent, chief mechanic and maybe conductor, and John Barnum was secretary-treasurer and brakeman as well, as I recall."
Mr. Reter declares the little railroad line was the only independently owned line in the country, and that it made money.
"The little Medford depot stood where the Crater Lake Motors building is now. If you look on Main Street in front of their building, you can still see part of the old railroad tracks. They extended on over to a spot near the present Big Pines Lumber Company and joined the Southern Pacific tracks there.
"The next time you go by the Davis Transfer Company, stand on the street near the Myron Root warehouse and look at the side of the transfer company's building. It has one corner cut off at an angle, because the railroad tracks went around the corner there, and the building stood close to the track. The line ran on west through the Perrydale district and up by the old courthouse in Jacksonville. The little depot in Jacksonville still stands. Remodeled a little, it now serves as residential property.
"I remember how the little engine sometimes couldn't make a slight grade near the old courthouse, and Engineer Barnum would have to back down, we'd stoke up and make a second or third try before he'd finally get past the courthouse."
A few stories about those days still survive. One is about the traveling salesman who was riding to Jacksonville one day and was annoyed at the speed of the train. "Can't you go any faster?" he demanded of one of the Barnums. "I can," came the prompt reply, "but I have to stick with the train."
Mr. Reter's second story concerns one of the Barnum brothers who decided to take a trip back East. It was the custom for the officials of railroads to exchange passes for trips, so he wrote to the Pennsylvania Railroad company asking for a pass.
Soon came the reply. It said in effect that the Pennsylvania line had looked up the Rogue Valley railroad and discovered that it was only five miles long. We don't think the official of a line only five miles long is justified in asking for passes on a line with 14,000 miles of track, said the letter.
Mr. Barnum sat down and replied, "Your railroad may be a lot longer," he is supposed to have written, "but ours is just as wide." The story says Mr. Barnum got his passes.
Olive Starcher, "Potpourri," Medford Mail Tribune, October 28, 1951
A bronze plaque will mark the site of the old Medford depot, and will be unveiled at the Crater Lake Motors building. Following that formal dedication, exercises will be held in the city park near the Medford Public Library.
Dr. Frank Haines of Southern Oregon College will give the history of the railroad, and Albert Gandt, Medford, president of the foundation, will discuss the aims and purposes of the foundation.
The Rogue River Valley Railroad, known as the "Jacksonville cannonball," was built in 1891 to connect Medford and Jacksonville. It operated for 35 years, and was an important pioneer enterprise.
Siskiyou Pioneer Sites Foundation was incorporated in 1957 as a non-profit corporation to mark and preserve the historic buildings and sites of southern Oregon. The plaque to be unveiled marks the first step in the campaign of the society to preserve the pioneer heritage.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 17, 1958, page 1
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STATEMENT AUTHORIZED FOR THE
HISTORICAL SOCIETY COLUMN
IN THE MEDFORD MAIL TRIBUNE
OR JACKSONIAN REPUBLICAN
This statement is made by John Barnum, formerly of Jacksonville, who was one of the last operators of the locomotives that ran the trains between Jacksonville and Medford, Oregon. He was the secretary and manager of the railroad, known then and through all the ownerships as the Rogue River Valley Railway Co. Mr. Barnum at present lives at 847 Walker Ave., Oakland, California.
Mr. Barnum is on his way to see Mr. Fletcher Linn in Portland and to discuss old Jacksonville days; he is in quest of writing a book upon the Jacksonville railroad and in the good old days the last railroad to Jacksonville; we hope it is not the last railroad, that there will be another. We are going to ask Mr. Barnum to state very briefly his remembrance of the old railroad and his remembrance generally, what he is going to have in his book and whether he has photographs that he will use and when his book is going to come out and whether we can help him in publishing it.
The Jacksonville railroad was completed through to Jacksonville during the year of 1890 to 1891, under the ownership of Honeyman, DeHart & Co., a hardware firm of Portland, Oregon, who were the sole owners and operators until 1900, when W. S. Barnum of Medford, father of the writer, learning that the road was about to be sold to some logging interests north of Grants Pass, immediately went to Portland and made the purchase of the line.
W. S. Barnum had three sons, John, Will and George, and as the purchase of the line took effect January 1st, 1900, the new company was formed under the same name: W. S. Barnum was made president, W. H. Barnum vice president and J. C. Barnum, the eldest son, secretary and manager.
The line was maintained and operated continuously until 1915, when it was sold to one Mr. Bullis, then owner of an electric car line through Main Street in Medford. In a year or two, foreclosure of the line took place and the road diverted [sic] back to the original owner. About that time some deal was made with Joe Gagnon, a Frenchman, who operated a lumber yard in the outskirts of Medford, who took the line and did some operating for a time, perhaps a few months, and that fell through. W. S. Barnum disposed of the rails and rolling stock to the City of Medford, and the track was then taken up and disposed of elsewhere. Almost directly after the road was sold, the writer moved to Portland and was not familiar with all the details that happened during that time.
I have a number of photographs in my home in Oakland, California, covering the time that we operated the line. The equipment consisted of some 28 cars, two of which were passenger cars and two were gasoline motor cars for passenger service. There were two locomotives in service, and a regular exchange with Southern Pacific equipment made it quite convenient more particularly in handling freight loads to and from Jacksonville. I have some of the old timetables, letterheads, tickets and tariffs that were used on the railroad during its operations.
Automobiles and truck competition somewhat hampered business of the railroad during the last two years of its operations, and general conditions and improvements along the lines of transportation resulted in complete abandonment of many short line railroads.
In the days of the early eighties, when the railroad was surveyed and built from Portland to Ashland, Oregon, it was known then as the O&C Railroad, the Oregon and California Railroad, and as it was not built by way of Jacksonville, as per the original survey, it was not long before the Jacksonville people became resentful about losing the main line and were then anxious for someone to appear and build a branch from the main line, at a connection where Medford was platted out, to Jacksonville, a distance of about five and one-half miles. After several people had attempted the project of building a branch railroad across the valley to Jacksonville, it developed in the years of 1889 and 1890. The railroad was commenced by a couple of brothers by the name of Howell, who succeeded in getting the road under way, after a bonus had been subscribed out of Jacksonville to the amount of $20,000, and the scheme worked out all right until the first shipment of rails arrived from Portland, and the builders did not have the funds in readiness to pay the freight. Rather than ship the rails back to Portland, the parties that were furnishing the rails concluded to go ahead and complete the line. A small locomotive and passenger coach was rented from the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Co. and placed in service on the line between Jacksonville and Medford, and with the light rails which were used for the road, it was rather a frail affair. The first train was put in operation in January of 1891. Locomotive No. 1, that was being built at the H. K. Porter Co. shops in Pittsburgh, Pa., didn't reach Medford until six or eight months after the railroad was completed, however; then the loaned equipment was returned to the owners in the north end of the state. Later on in the years of the road's operations other locomotives of larger capacity were purchased for the line, and as business grew more cars and equipment in general were added to the list of rolling stock.
Thank you very much, Mr. Barnum; this is extremely helpful. I am going to save this record [a phonograph record?]. I think I will give it to the museum at Jacksonville when I am through with it. It has your voice on it, your own voice, and it has your personal recollections.
Now, I have a few more questions that I would like to ask you. Would you please help me out on a few pertinent questions?
I would certainly be pleased to.
Now, one thing, would it be possible for us to have copies of your photographs of the engines and other equipment for use in the museum as an exhibit?
I would be pleased to do that.
We will do that without any expense to you if you will send the photographs insured. We will have Mr. J. Verne Shangle here in Medford, the best photographer in town, do that for you.
All right, write me and I will be glad to do whatever you require on that.
Further, we will have him make them up with the idea that in the event you want photographs for your book, the plates may be made from these photographs.
That will be fine, yes, and . . .
If you will tell us the convenient size, we will have them made for those sizes, so that they can be used in your book.
All right, I will be glad to give you that information as soon as possible.
You had better put some titles on them so that we can identify them, and then if you would please add your own signature to the identification it will make them authentic documents.
I certainly will, yes.
Another thing, would you be willing to have Mr. Shangle take a picture of you in a few minutes to be used also as a memento here in the office, as we are much interested in restoring a railroad to Jacksonville.
I will, sure. I'll be glad to do that.
Now I'd like to delve back in history. You know Mr. Ralph Moody of Salem?
No, I have never met the gentleman; I have not that I can recall.
He is one of the senior attorneys of the State of Oregon, and he has been living around this part of the country. Mrs. Moody came from down in Ashland.
I don't recall, but I . . .
He told a story up here, We had an opening of the Jacksonian, or rather the Republican headquarters, and we had him come down from Salem. He told a story of the time of the railroad, when the railroad was contemplated. The Southern Pacific, I believe, or the O&C, I believe it was, coming in here, that it was contemplated going through Jacksonville, but at the time they wanted so much money for the trackage rights that that was the reason why the railroad went through Medford.
I challenge the above statement of Mr. Moody's, in that it is incorrect, and I am therefore correcting it as follows:
The engineer in charge of locating the Oregon and California Railroad at the time it was projected and built up through the Rogue River Valley, first made his survey from Gold Hill straight through the Obenchain Gap by way of Jacksonville and around the foothills to Ashland, then he went to the Jacksonville people and made them a proposition, that if they would submit to his demands, he would see that the railroad would be built over the route where he had set his stakes, but due to the influence of one very prominent and wealthy man in Jacksonville, the demands were not met, so the engineer then through vengeance made a new survey from Gold Hill on another route by following Rogue River to Tolo and then leaving the river and straight up the valley to Phoenix and on to Ashland and then a location was made for Medford where it is today. [Click here for a page about this persistent myth.] There is much more detail pertaining to this story which I will cover in my book.
That will be fine. You are going to cover more detail in your book?
Yes, that I expect to do.
In connection with the railroad, did you ever survey a line to the coast, or contemplate such?
Not entirely to the coast, but a portion of the way.
Now, don't you think that is perfectly feasible to join for the coast?
I would think so as far as I have ever been able to obtain. There would be a feasible outlet through there.
Which port had you contemplated hooking up with?
I understand it was Crescent City or nearby. Yes, I understand Crescent City would have been the port at that time.
But now it probably would have to be an Oregon port such as Port Orford, or some [other] Oregon port.
Now where was the general route, do you remember?
Through the Applegate Valley and on to Crescent City.
Would you be willing sometime, when you have more leisure, so we could fly over the route?
Were any surveys made by your railroad?
A portion of it from Jacksonville about fifteen or twenty miles, I believe.
Who made the survey, do you know?
A couple of engineers, I don't recall their names, and I believe the plat covering the survey was turned over to the buyers of the road in 1915, and I wouldn't know whether the survey data was saved or not.
Mr. Bullis might know.
Yes, yes, he would be the only one that I could think of.
Mr. Seth Bullis' father was the one who bought the railroad?
Now then, in your long experience with local history, there was a newspaper in Jacksonville, was there not?
Yes, and at one time there were two.
What were the names of the papers?
The first one was edited by Charles Nickell and the second one by a party by the name of Bagshaw.
Would Mr. Nickell have any relatives or would there be any of those papers available?
He has a daughter in Medford by the name of Marie Ulrich.
And Mrs. Ulrich would probably have some of these old newspapers?
Possibly yes; also he has a daughter in eastern Oregon, I believe in La Grande, Oregon.
Would you do a little research for me so I can dig into some of these old newspapers?
Yes, I'd be glad to do what I can.
We'd like to get a complete file for the museum.
I think that would be a good thing.
That is just fine. Now you are going to see Mr. Linn. When are you going to leave?
I have to go to Klamath Falls for two or three days right now, and from there I will go by train to Portland, return to Klamath Falls and then drive back to Medford.
Thank you very much.
Do you remember the Huffer family? Frank Huffer? He became a lawyer in Seattle, and my father said he was one of the best admiralty lawyers that they ever had. He knew him in Jacksonville. Did he come of a prominent Jacksonville [family]?
Yes, the Huffer family was among the prominent families there, as I recall. I can remember hearing Mr. Huffer Sr. relating to my father about his mining experience during the early days in Jacksonville.
Then there was a lawyer in Seattle, who is quite famous, a man by the name of Orange Jacobs. I understand Orange Jacobs came from Jacksonville, the Jacobs family. [Jacobs lived in Southern Oregon in the 1850s and '60s. He was apparently unrelated to the later Jacobs families.] Do you remember them?
I don't recall a Jacobs family. It must have been a much earlier time than mine there. It is of course quite possible they were there and had moved away before my acquaintance in Jacksonville.
I do not know whether you knew Judge Chadwick in Washington. He was a famous lawyer, and I understand his wife came from Jacksonville. She was a Plummer. Have you ever heard of the Plummer family of Jacksonville? Mrs. Chadwick became grand worthy matron of the Eastern Star of the World and became a very famous lady and visited all the countries in the world, and it was said that she came from Jacksonville. [Emma Plummer Chadwick was worthy grand matron of the state of Washington. She lived in Jacksonville as a child.]
Then there was another fellow in Seattle, a lawyer by the name of Oran Vining, whose uncle was quite famous in Ashland, and I understand the Vining people came from Jacksonville. [The Seattle attorney was J. Orrin Vining; the Vining family lived in Ashland as far back as the 1870s.] You didn't know them at all?
Did you know the Reames family? I understand they were prominent. They were in the mercantile business also, were they not?
No, they were in the banking business. Mr. Tom Reames was a partner with C. C. Beekman, of the pioneer bank in Jacksonville. [Reames was a merchant before partnering in Beekman's bank.]
Well now, I understand that the Saks of New York City came from Jacksonville. Can you tell me anything about the Saks family? [The Saks Fifth Avenue family was unrelated to the Sachs Brothers, Jacksonville merchants.] Where would we find a record on them? Would you try to obtain something of their history? What we are trying to do, Mr. Barnum, is to get the names of the prominent people in Jacksonville, I mean the people who really have played an important part in our nation.
Now of the generals that were in the war, the Civil War, I understand General Sherman was there. [W. T. Sherman apparently only spent one night in Southern Oregon, during President Hayes' celebrated visit.] General Hooker is supposed to have laid out some roads in Josephine County, in fact he laid out the road up there on Roberts Hill where the stagecoach was always being robbed. [Lieutenant Hooker superintended construction of the military road through Southern Oregon.] Do [you] remember any of that? That was before your day? I see. Well, did you know Father [Moses A.] Williams, the old Presbyterian minister? Did you know Squire Day, the old judge that known as the hanging judge? Do you know any stories about Squire Day? Do you know whether or not he said he had a rooster court, he didn't sit on nothing? Did you ever hear that said? I understand that he prided himself on the fact that in a criminal case, in a capital offense there were no appeals sustained on his cases, because he hangs the people before the case could be tried on appeal. [Silas J. Day served as County Judge--chair of the county commissioners' court--but it's unclear if as County Judge he also served as a trial judge. See herefor an explanation of a county judge's duties. The "hanging judge" reference is apparently a joke that became accepted by younger generations as fact. See here for notes on every Jackson County hanging.]
I don't recall much about Judge Day, especially as to the court proceedings he had. I knew him and used to see him around at his office duties quite frequently when we were operating the railroad, and I knew his children, believe he had a daughter and son.
Did you ever hear of a lawyer by the name the name of Judge Prim?
Yes, I knew Judge Prim very well. He was at one time County Judge of Jackson County; that was in his latter days. He had an office in Jacksonville for a great many years, and I knew his family quite well.
Then there was some other fellow there. I've forgotten his name. Then there was the present Judge Hanna's father, the old Judge Hanna. He had a colorful and important career in Jacksonville, didn't he?
Yes, that is true. He was circuit judge for a good many years. Just how long I couldn't say, but a number of terms anyway. He had five children or more. I may not be accurate on that. There was one of the elder girls, Rose, that I knew and the three sons, Will, Herbert and Leon. Herbert and Leon attended St. Mary's College at Oakland, California, and I believe there were a couple older daughters, the names I do not know. The Hanna home was directly across the street from the Peter Britt place in Jacksonville. Peter Britt, his son and daughter, Emil and Mollie, were among the prominent families in Jacksonville, also.
Mr. Britt was supposed to have been quite a wealthy man. He was the early photographer, wasn't he? Was he also in the mining business? I won't be certain on that. He possibly might have had some connection in the mining field.
Of the children, I believe Molly is still living. [Amalia Britt died in 1954.]
That is correct. Now there must have been a lot of other people that were prominent. How about the Chinese? I understand there was a fellow by the name of Jen Ling or Linn [Gin Lin], who was a prominent Chinaman; he was the head Chinaman in Jacksonville. Did you ever hear of him? Did you ever hear of China Mary? Was there any Indians of any prominence that lived there during your days?
Not to my knowledge. I understand that there were some Indians who helped the settlers and were adopted as same as white people and had their houses there in Jacksonville, because they had helped the settlers. You do not know about that? Did you know the Ankenys who owned the Sterling mine? Is that the same Ankeny family who were bankers in Portland and Spokane? They were wealthy people, weren't they?
Now, did you know the Ishes? Did you know them? And then down in the valley was my grandfather, Michael Hanley. He was a very prominent man. Do you remember any of the early lodge people that were important? The early grand master of the lodge? Was the Odd Fellows prominent there?
And how about the fire department? Was it not a great honor to be on the volunteer fire department.
They had a famous baseball team back in the early days, didn't they? Jacksonville participated in the Civil War, didn't it? The people went into the war. You are not posted on that. How about the Spanish American War? You don't know about that. I see. Well, if you think of anything important there, any important event, it is so cloudy now with fiction and legend, that it is hard to say what is the truth anymore. Some of those old houses indicate a Southern gentility. Now, how were the Orths? They built a big brick home there. Were they Germans? They were butchers, I understand, to begin with. I wonder where they came from. You couldn't say. Well, if you can think of anything that you can add to the Jacksonville lore, let us know.
If I might add, another very prominent family in Jacksonville was the Nunan family. Jerry Nunan was one of the oldest mercantile merchants in Jacksonville. His family of five children, as I recall, were two sons and three daughters, Ed, Charley, Josephine, Fanny and Ella. Charley, the youngest son, attended school at St. Mary's College in Oakland, California, and Josephine, the oldest daughter, is the mother of Donald J. Russell, who is now the president of the Southern Pacific railroad, and by the way can boast as being the youngest president in the history of the railroad.
The clock which Mr. Barnum has submitted to the museum is a loan and is the clock that was put in the railroad station at Jacksonville in 1891 and remained there until the railroad closed. At that time the railroad station was also the telegraph station in Jacksonville, the Western Union telegraph station. It is a Seth Thomas railroad clock. There is also a trainman's lantern which Mr. Barnum himself used when he was on the railroad.
Now, going back to the railroad, there is a couple other things that I would like to ask you--Do you remember whether or not there were regular schedules between Medford and Jacksonville, that is, did the line have a regular passenger schedule?
Yes, there was a regular passenger schedule carrying mail and express as well as passengers.
Do you remember what that schedule was? Was there a morning and afternoon trip, or how many times a day?
Four and five round trips a day.
Do you remember what the fare was for the round trip?
Fifty cents for the round trip, until the last couple of years, when it was cut to forty cents a round trip.
And what was it one way between Medford and Jacksonville?
Twenty-five cents one way.
And did you charge a rate for children, or were they free?
Children under six years of age were free, over six and under twelve, half fare.
Now, this is getting down to a fine point. Did you notice that the children in Jacksonville remained under six for quite a while?
Well, I presume they would have liked to.
Did they ever bring their dogs and cats from over there to Medford?
Oh, yes, but we didn't have much trouble with that because they liked to keep them at home where they had better care.
Did you issue tickets, or how did you do it? Did you just issue tickets when they boarded the train, or did they have to have their tickets in advance?
For a while we sold tickets, and then after that, we just made it a cash fare for the trip.
Do you happen to have any of those old form tickets issued by the railroad? They would be very fine for the museum.
Yes, I have. I have some in a collection. Most are commute tickets, which we sold during the last few years, also some straight one-way and round trip.
The museum would love to have a whole case full of this sort of thing, and I'll tell you what I'll do. If you will furnish the material, I'll dedicate the case.
That will be fine.
All right. Now there is another thing. Whatever happened to the last locomotive?
I have a photograph of the last two locomotives, the No. 3 that was purchased from the S.P. along about 1913--I'm not quite sure of the date--and also the engine that was purchased in 1907 off the elevated in N.Y.--I think it was off the 6th Avenue line. I think I could produce those. I am sure I could. I have them home in my desk now.
I understand there is an old engine now someplace down in California that came from Jacksonville.
Yes, I got that information the other day, that this old No. 1, which was a saddleback built by H. K. Porter & Co. of Pittsburgh, being the original locomotive built new for the line at the time the Howell brothers started the road, can be seen at Pasadena a little later on. The party that bought that had it up at Cottage Grove for a number of years, and I understand that it is to be reconditioned into its original shape and it went through on a truck on the highway through Medford not very long ago, perhaps two or three weeks ago.
I am sorry that I missed it. We'd like to get pictures of that. Maybe we could have a replica of that made as a souvenir of Jacksonville.
You will find at the present time, I just took a gaze through the museum over there yesterday, and I saw that engine connected with a coach in two photographs on the case on the right as you enter the old courthouse.
That is interesting. Don't you think that we could have some replica models made from the pictures so that they could be made into souvenirs of Jacksonville?
Yes, I am quite certain of that. That would be accomplished, and if I could be of any aid in developing the scale of it or anything so as to get the general construction of it where it would look right I'd be pleased to do so.
That is splendid, and I think that would make a nice project for us. They are looking for something unique for Jacksonville, and that certainly would do it. We might even have some plates put out by the Wedgewood factory or some other well-known china makers that had that early railroad upon them.
Yes, yes. It seems as though that would work out good and could be taken care of all right.
I think we will have some centennial plates gotten out for Jacksonville. We could put that old railroad on some of them.
Yes, yes. I think that could be done.
We could get out some of the old buildings and put them on the plates also.
Yes, we could do that from the photographs. I have photographs of the old station and machine shop and one thing and another.
That sounds like a very nice project, and I think a very worthwhile souvenir of the good old days of Jacksonville.
Yes, and I think it would be quite interesting to the people and to the tourists.
I wonder if it would be possible to get that engine back to Jacksonville.
I don't know. That is something to work on. I think I'll go down to Los Angeles next summer. I just returned from there a couple of weeks ago, and if I do so, I could look around and make inquiries on the side. Maybe if anything could be learned where you might have some chance of procuring it, I'd be glad to get in touch with you.
I would think if we would be willing to pay a profit on the thing, it is logical that it belongs in Jacksonville. It is a foreigner down in Pasadena.
You are right. I thought of that yesterday when I was viewing the courthouse, that is, the museum. I think if that could be done, it would be fine. I was out at Denver last summer on a trip, and going when stopping off at Colorado Springs, I noticed that the Denver & Rio Grande had given the park there one of their old narrow-gauge engines. They had put it in shape and gave it a coat of paint so it looks natural and looks the way it did at the time it was built; also Alamosa has one in their park, and it is appropriate and will stand there for ages to come and it will show what the transportation was during the early mining days in Colorado and that locality. I think it is quite possible the Jacksonville engine could be rebought and placed in a similar manner.
You having had connection with the railroad would be the logical one to do it, so I am going to appoint you as a committee of one to make those inquiries. They would be more likely to listen to you than to anybody else, and you would have a [more] sentimental approach to it than we could begin to arrive at.
That is quite so.
Another thing, I think it would be nice to have a memorial plate to you and your whole family, your father, to commemorate him as well as the family and Jacksonville.
That would be very much appreciated, I am sure.
Another thing, I think we would have to have a covered building, that is, at least a roof over it so as to preserve the locomotive. It should be some attractive building so as to conform with Jacksonville style, but still have a roof but not impede the tourist attraction to it.
That would be a good idea, because then your locomotive would be preserved from rust and weather conditions.
And I think the old engine should be set on its rails as if it were ready to roll. If we could find some of those old rails or similar ones and set them in a concrete embrasure or concrete foundation and then set the engine upon the rails, giving the impression that she is all ready to go.
In doing so, you would be right in line with what Denver & Rio Grande have done in those parks I have mentioned.
If we had some cars that we could attach so the children could make that a place of rendezvous. We would then I think commemorate it as Railroad Park or Barnum Park.
Something like that would be all right. It would suit us.
Jacksonville needs a park and recreational place and beautification. They should have a fountain there, and they should have some nice trees and benches for the summer, and it would greatly add to it and during the Jubilee week it would mean a lot to people coming into town.
Correct again. I think you are right. It would be a good idea.
It is a nice thing to think about. Let us work on that.
I'll be with you in anything I can help. Just call on me.
There is another thing I wish you would do if you are going to be around here at all. That is to identify the people in these various photographs that we have of the various engines. Mr. Shangle . . . I have a photograph that I have on loan from Mrs. Coleman, of the Coleman Hardware Co. of Jacksonville . . . there are a couple of people standing by the engine. You might even be there yourself. These are not known by any of the Jacksonville people. It would be very nice if we could get the names of those people standing by these engines. In fact, that would make the pictures. It is my thought that any photographs that you lend to us for rephotographing, that you give us the names of the individuals. I would number the photographs and then give from left to right the names of the people.
Yes, I think so too. I believe that I can point out the different ones that might be standing in them. That would be interesting to anyone looking at the photographs.
Yes, and my suggestion would be that you have data typed with one of these new IBM typewriters gave give the effect of printing.
Yes, anything that would make it plainer and more legible, and stand out to the public.
You would put that directly below the photograph as an index to the photograph, giving the year they were there because that would mean more to them.
I think you are right on that. That will add to the appearance.
I am going to have to go to the clerk's office and also to Jacksonville. Would you like to accompany me?
Perhaps I can go. I will call Mrs. Barnum and find out.
All right. I will go to the clerk's office and return immediately.
I will do that.
Unidentified, undated (circa 1949) typescript interview with John Barnum, courtesy Richard Talbot. A copy is now in the possession of the Southern Oregon Historical Society.
Rogue River Valley Railway No. 1 returns, June 14, 2014
Train Engine Set to End 123-Year TripJACKSONVILLE--A locomotive that pulled the first train into town in 1891 is coming home to be displayed permanently on tracks set in the original railroad right of way below the old high school at Bigham Knoll.
By Tony Boom
for the Mail Tribune
Mel and Brooke Ashland, owners of the Bigham Knoll site, purchased H. K. Potter Company locomotive No. 1236 and will donate it to the Jacksonville Heritage Society. A crane is scheduled to lift the 10-ton unit off a trailer and set it on rails this morning.
"It's been a long time coming. We had sort of given up on it and actually put grapes in that area," said Brooke Ashland. The grapes came out to make way for rails.
The Ashlands brought the engine to town on a flatbed in June 2009 as part of the city's 150th anniversary parade.
Purchase discussion had been going on for six years with owner Dave Wilkinson of Fillmore, Calif., and when another serious buyer emerged, Wilkinson contacted the Ashlands to see if they wanted to make a deal. The purchase price was not disclosed.
"He really wanted us to have it," Ashland said. "He really thought it should be in Jacksonville."
The engine left Southern California headed for Southern Oregon on Wednesday.
Workers have installed two rails that were donated by a Medford railroad club for the display. Railroad ties were located Thursday after it appeared there were none available locally, said Ashland.
A rare wood-burning unit, the locomotive served for about three years on the route but was replaced by a more powerful unit to help trains get up grades between Jacksonville and Medford. Rogue Valley Railroad Company had been created to link the town with Medford after the main railroad line bypassed Jacksonville. Operations ceased in 1925.
The locomotive, built in 1890 in Pittsburgh, has been used in movies, as have others Wilkinson has at his Fillmore and Western Railway. After leaving Jacksonville, it served at several sites in Oregon and was salvaged following a 1913 fire. In 1946 it was purchased and moved to Fillmore.
A walking tour between the engine's new home and the original depot on Oregon Street, now the Chamber of Commerce information center, will be developed, Ashland said.
Jacksonville Heritage Society was formed in 2010 by then-President Carolyn Kingsnorth, the Ashlands and others to preserve the former Jackson County Courthouse and other historic properties during a transition period for the county-owned buildings. Jacksonville's city government took over ownership of the buildings in 2012.
"We are continuing because we want to continue to bring history back to Jacksonville," said Ashland, who is now society president. "Now that will include a train."
Planning commissioners approved locating the engine at Bigham Knoll when a campus master plan was approved in 2008. The Ashlands have developed a restaurant, business offices and other facilities on the eight-acre site. They have approval to develop additional buildings.
"People tend to forget we had a railroad for 35 years, so this brings back an important part of our history," said historian Larry Smith. "How often can history be recreated on the same spot where it used to run in 1891?"
Medford Mail Tribune, June 14, 2014, page 1
Last revised August 25, 2018