on South Holly and Grape
Notes on my neighborhood.
South Holly, looking north from the roof of St. Mary's Academy, March 1910.
Note the cart path meandering down the right of way.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, September 21, 1894, page 3
J. A. Perry has sold his residence property on South H Street to Samuel Purdy, a recent arrival from Athena, Oregon. The price paid was $1100, and possession is to be given within two weeks. This sale was made through the White & Trowbridge real estate agency. Mr. Perry expects to build a fine residence on his lots, just west from the M.E. Church, South, but he has not decided when he will commence work on it.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, November 4, 1904, page 5
George H. Church, proprietor of the Vienna Bakery, has moved his bakery to the new bake building which he has recently completed on South H Street. This building is 20x30 feet in size, and in it there is a bake room 10x12 feet in size. This is, of course, intended only for temporary quarters for all purposes save the baking of the stuffs he keeps on sale. When the new building is completed he will move back to his former location. In this new building he will have a room 20x65 feet in size. Mr. Church now has his bake stuffs on sale at the grocery stores of E. N. Warner, Crystal & Morey and W. Stringer.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, October 12, 1906, page 5
R. W. Gray: "I have a gang at work putting an addition to Mrs. Jos. Thomas' home on South Holly Street."
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail, August 21, 1908, page 5
O. V. Myers, of the firm of Cusick & Myers, yesterday purchased a fine new bungalow residence on the corner of Twelfth and Grape streets from C. B. Cameron, paying therefor $2000, which was very cheap, as the building is good and well situated.
"Personal and Local Brevity," Medford Mail, October 22, 1909, page 2
A resolution passed February 16, 1910 authorizes paving "South Holly south from Main Street to Thirteenth."
Medford city ordinance book volume 5, page 439
Ordinance number 392 lists the property owners assessed in 1910 for paving.
Medford city ordinance book volume 5
Contracts have been let by Messrs. Palm and Vawter for the erection of a couple of seven-room bungalows at the corner of Eleventh and Holly streets. Mr. Palm expects to occupy the one built for him as a residence..
"Late Local News," Medford Mail Tribune, February 7, 1910, page 8
LOTS FOR SALE.
Five very choice east front lots, on Ivy Street, three blocks from Seventh Street; ideal locations; all the advantages of Oakdale Avenue without the expense; new buildings going up all around these lots; investigate this, the only choice east front lots close in available for building. Enquire 240 S. Grape St.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 11, 1910, page 5
I HAVE ALL KINDS OF DRY CORDWDOOD FOR SALE.My best fir, $7.50 per cord. And I have some good fir for $6.50, and if you want it sawed into stovewood it will cost 50 cents per cord more. As soon as roads are better wood will be cheaper. I also do wood sawing by the cord or by the hour. I also take orders for your fall wood. I will have your wood cut now and deliver the same to you anytime next summer, and you do not have to pay for it until delivered. For further information call and see me at 421 South Grape Street, Medford, Or., or phone Main 491. C. F. Reichstein.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 11, 1910, page 6
Singer and Wheeler & Wilson sewing machines for sale and rent. Supplies and repairs for all kinds. Address 244 S. Grape. Phone 2954.
"Business Locals," Medford Mail Tribune, March 7, 1910, page 5
WANTED--Capable woman for general housework by Mrs. C. H. Glaize, 313 South Grape St.
"Help Wanted--Female," Medford Mail Tribune, March 21, 1910, page 7
DOG RUNS AMUCK ON SOUTH GRAPE
Strange Dog, Foaming at Mouth, Terrorizes Inhabitants in West Medford
and Is Dispatched by a Bullet--Owner Is Unknown.
A huge dog, evidently with a strain of collie in him, ran amuck on South Grape Street Sunday afternoon, terrorizing the residents of that section until he was dispatched by one of the inhabitants. A number of people who were on the street sought safety in flight, and 'tis said that more than one young lady climbed garden fences with great dexterity to escape the mad animal.
The dog appeared suddenly upon the street as a number of young folks were returning from the ball game. He was fairly "yelping his head off" and was foaming at the mouth. One of the residents rushed into his house, and when the rifle spoke the career of the canine was over.
The dog was a stranger and no one appears to know its owner.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 4, 1910, page 8
POSTMASTER WOODFORD MOVES HOUSE AND ALLAfter nearly 18 years' residence at the corner of Grape and Sixth streets, A. M. Woodford has taken up not only his bed, but his domicile, and while he has not literally walked, he has been following his house south along Grape Street and making sure of its location before the shades of evening fall.
Nearly 18 years ago Mr. Woodford built the house now being moved, and at that time it was "quite a ways out," being two blocks from the railroad and three blocks from the center of town.
Within the last few months Mr. Woodford's home has been almost surrounded by business buildings, so that he thought he would move out. As a consequence he has put his house on rollers and is transporting it to the corner of Thirteenth and Holly, where he hopes to be left in peace for a few years, before the growth of the city will cause him to move on.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 15, 1910, page 1
H. C. Stoddard ad, April 15, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune
ARTS AND CRAFTS.It is suggested that many devotees of the crafts are in Medford who would enjoy working together. Craftsmen follow diverse paths, suited to the individual taste, but underlying all are the principles of design necessary to each worker in order to reach true structural lines and balanced decorations. The eastern schools give this preparatory course for two to four years before the student specializes on pottery, interior decoration, wood block printing, weaving, jewelry, etc. This would not be feasible here, but it would be both possible and pleasant for the real crafts lovers to meet on stated days through the year for the purpose of joint work along some proposed line. Many of the crafts require much financial outlay and expensive tools, but interior decoration and wood block printing do not, and would make a good beginning.
This organization would be in the nature of a guild, where all could study one problem of design and then apply it to the one thing needed for "that little bungalow around the corner."
Perhaps as it strengthens we might persuade someone of the California workers to come as instructor for a short-term summer school, make the tuition normal and call on the valley's inhabitants to share the pleasure. The finest wood block printer lives very far away, but she might be coaxed to give us a small correspondence course. Perhaps the new Medford library will follow its eastern confreres and allot the guild one or two north rooms as a meeting ground.
If this guild is based on sincerity, its growth will be steady; it will draw workers here from far and near; it can hold annual exhibitions for the outsider, and it will necessarily absorb the children, many of whom love to create beauty and need only guidance in form and color.
If there are any readers who feel inspired to become charter members of this guild, will they send their name and address this week to Mrs. H. C. Stoddard, 240 South Grape street, and a meeting will be called to form a definite organization and discuss an agreeable plan for summer work. LOUISE SPINK.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 15, 1910, page 4
FOR SALE--Building formerly occupied by Snow Flake Bakery. Good location for grocery or warehouse. This is to go at any price. Enquire 529 South Grape.
FOR SALE--Best bargain in Medford. New house and barn in best residence section. Will sell with furniture at lowest figure. Terms. Call on owner at 529 South Grape.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 2, 1910, page 8
GRASS FIRE: SOUTH GRAPE CALLS FIRE DEPARTMENT
Two causes might have contributed to the grass fire which occurred at 312 South Grape Street Monday at 10:20, carelessness or accident. The former cause was perhaps the leading one, as the lots have been covered with "foxtail" and other early maturing grasses and no apparent effort has been made to keep down the growth. The grass is dry and burns like tinder, and the slightest spark sets it on fire. Before the fire department could reach the scene the flames which had started in the grass back of 312 South Grape Street had been extinguished through the timely assistance of the neighbors, but with a wind like that of Sunday afternoon there might have been things doing in that neighborhood.
This should be a lesson to all property owners to see that there is no dead grass allowed to accumulate about the premises, and it should suggest to the fire committee to exercise its authority to require the removal of such menaces to the city.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 6, 1910, page 8
BEAR RUNS WILD ON CITY STREETSFor the first time since the municipality of Medford was organized the citizens of the city have seen a black bear run wild down Main Street. Yesterday afternoon Topsy, the pet bear of D. M. Russell, made a wild dash out of his store, tipping over a palm on the way to the open street beyond. Then followed a wild stampede down Main Street. People stopped and held their breath as the bear galloped past. Dogs took up the chase, but a few swift slaps from the bruin put an end to their attempts to check her flight.
Topsy, contrary to the conviction of the people on the street, was not running for the mountains, but was simply returning to her kennel at the home of Mr. Russell on Tenth and Grape streets, where she thought it was time to receive her supper.
Topsy was captured some weeks ago in a trap on the Klamath Indian Reservation, and still bears the marks of the steel trap.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 28, 1910, page 8
If anyone knows anything in regard to Thomas E. Shelton of Rogue River War, 1885-56, please communicate with Mrs. Mary Shelton, 533 South Grape.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 15, 1911, page 12
NOISY NOISE ANNOYS MANY RESIDENTS
If a petition filed this morning with City Recorder Robert W. Telfer by residents and property holders in the vicinity of the Parkview Hotel at 123 South Holly Street meets with favor in the eyes of the city council at their next meeting, the proprietor of that hostelry will be forced to devise some new means for apprising his boarders of the fact that their provender awaits their onslaught.
The modus operandi at present in vogue at the Parkview consists of beating a large iron triangle with a large iron bar. This instrument, described in the petition as one of torture, is suspended from a tree in front of the hotel and regularly, three times each day, is caused to vibrate with unholy results by repeated whacks with the iron bar in the hands of a more enthusiastic than talented performer. At such times as the triangle shows signs of indisposition a large and discordant tin disk is substituted for it and, the petition alleges, whenever one of the boarders is known to have strayed out of earshot of one or the other of them, a duet is the result.
The time required for the rendition of each of the three numbers of the daily program rarely exceeds one minute but, asserting "That the nature of this nuisance is extremely loud, highly disagreeable and nerve-wracking," and that as the proprietor of the hotel has failed to heed previous protests, the petitioners require that the council order the chief of police to put a stop to it.
Medford Mail Tribune, weekly edition, February 2, 1911, page 3
OREGON TRAIL PIONEER DIES
Andrew Jackson Fredenburg, Aged 81 Years, Who Crossed
Continent with Family Over the Famous Oregon Trail, Passes Away at Home.
With the death Thursday afternoon of Andrew Jackson Fredenburg, aged 81 years, at the family home at Tenth and Holly streets [243 South Holly--northeast corner Tenth and Holly--block 52, lot 12], another of the earliest settlers in the state of Oregon has passed away. The end came peacefully. The funeral, under the direction of the Weeks & McGowan company, will take placed at the residence on Sunday, the Rev. A. A. Holmes officiating. Interment will follow at the I.O.O.F. cemetery.
The deceased was born in Indiana on September 30, 1830, to Isaac and Dorcas Fredenburg. At the age of 18 he moved with his parents to Missouri, and on March 18, 1857 was married to Susannah Thomas Pirtle. In 1864, with four children, the couple crossed the plains over the old Oregon Trail and later took up their residence in Baker City. They remained there one year and moved to the Willamette Valley, and in 1882 established their home in the Rogue River Valley. Two years later the family moved to Medford where, about 10 years ago, Mrs. Fredenburg died.
Mr. Fredenburg, who has long been a devoted Christian, was a member of the congregation of the Baptist Church. He is survived by nine children, namely: James Isaac Fredenburg, of Sams Valley; Mrs. Nancy J. White, of Detroit, Or.; Mrs. Mary C. Leslie, Medford; Mrs. Lucinda E. Lewis, Fossil, Or.; Charles H. Fredenburg, Sams Valley; Mrs. Minnie M. Herring, Springfield, Or.; William J. Fredenburg, Medford, and Harmon A. Fredenburg, Medford. Another, David E. Fredenburg, died in infancy.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 3, 1911, page 6
MRS. WOODFORD PASSES AWAY
Wife of Medford Postmaster Died This Morning--
Crossed Plains in 1865--Has Been a Resident of Medford Since 1884.
Mrs. A. M. Woodford, a well-known resident of Medford, died at 10 o'clock Friday morning at her home, 522 South Holly Street. Typhoid fever, together with a complication of diseases, was the cause of her death. She was taken sick Saturday afternoon and gradually grew worse.
Born in Atchison County, Kansas, March 5, 1856, she crossed the plains in a prairie schooner with her parents in 1865, and lived for some time at The Dalles, Ore., coming to Douglas County some time afterwards.
Her maiden name was Eliza Dyer. On December 27, 1875, she was married to Mr. Woodford and with her husband came to Medford in August 1884.
She was a member of the Eastern Star and was an earnest church worker, being a member of the Christian Church.
A husband and five children survive her, of whom two, Ruth and Ralph, reside here; of the others Miss Myrtle Woodford resides in Portland, Mrs. F. A. Williams in Grants Pass and Mrs. J. A. Lamb of Coquille, Ore.
John Perl is in charge of the funeral arrangements, and Rev. Matlock will have charge of the ceremonies. Funeral notice later.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 2, 1911, page 6
CITY TAKES A HAND IN POKER GAME; WINNER
One Hundred Bucks Are Copped and Now Rest in City Treasury--
Ten Coons Forfeit $10 Each--Two Remain in Jail.
POLICE RAID GAMBLING HOUSE ON SOUTH FIR
Twelve Men Are Ignominiously Dragged from Card Tables and Thrown into Jail.
The City of Medford took a hand in a nice quiet little poker game Tuesday night about 10 o'clock and came out of it $100 to the good. Officers Helms and Cingcade assisted by Constable Singler played for the city and won.
For several weeks past the people living in the vicinity of 532 South Fir Street have had their peace disturbed and their dignity ruffled by the existence and maintenance in their midst of a gambling den, conducted by colored people.
The place is a dwelling house occupied by Will Vaughn and family, colored. It has been the custom, as is stated by A. E. Powell, a nearby resident, for a number of colored men to gather there almost nightly and pass the evening in gambling and making merry until a late hour. In fact the colored people became very positive and emphatic peace breakers.
Tuesday night police officers Helms and Cingcade swooped down upon this quiet little family home at 532 South Fir Street, and when they emerged therefrom they had with them 12 colored men together with a gambling "layout" consisting of playing cards and poker chips.
Those gathered in were Jackson, W. G. Bills, J. Jones, E. B. Dyer, P. Johnson, Will Vaughn, Bert Jones, A. S. Mackey, J. W. Ross, W. Williams, H. A. Ross and William Jones. All of these except Jackson and Bills put up $10 each in cash as a guarantee of good faith and their appearance before Mayor Canon at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning. Jackson and Bills did not have the required amount of loose change in their pockets and were placed in jail.
All of the bunch who put up the bail money except H. A. Ross did not appear, and the $10 bail was declared forfeited by Mayor Canon. Ross claims not to have been gambling and that he was there to collect a bill owed him by one of his more sportive companions.
The city exchequer is $100 ahead of the game, and the little game is broken up.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 19, 1911, page 1
RACING AUTO HITS POLE
Men Thrown 20 Feet but Not Hurt, and Neither Is Car.
MEDFORD, Or., July 26.--(Special.)--Driving down Fir Street 30 miles an hour, an auto containing Frank Frazier and Jimmie Corrigan dashed into a telephone pole at Eleventh Street and threw the driver and his companion 20 feet to the side of the road.
Strangely enough neither the men nor the auto were badly injured. They were able to get their car out and drive slowly back to the garage, and now they are hiding from the police.
The accident was the result of a race against time which Frazier was making to demonstrate the superior qualities of his car.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, July 27, 1911, page 16
South Holly Residents, 1912 city directory:
at Main: Mens Club Reading Room
123 Park View
BLACKSMITH SHOP BURNS; ORIGIN MYSTERY
The blacksmith shop of Dooms & Holloway on South Holly, next to the Parkview Hotel, caught fire at 10 o'clock Friday evening. The damage amounts to $150.PAINT SHOP ON GRAPE STREET BURNS
A fine set of dies were completely destroyed and the roof burned so that it will be necessary to replace it.
The fire started in the southwest corner under a bench, and as the fire in the forge had been extinguished the owners think it was fired by someone.
About five minutes before the fire bell rang, a friend passed there and no sign of fire was then visible. The fire did not burn slowly, but the whole building was a sheet of flames in an instant.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 9, 1911, page 4
Paving operations are progressing rapidly . . . South Grape Street is finished with the exception of three intersections which are left open to make preparations for the storm sewer at that point.
"Much Progress Paving Work," Medford Mail Tribune, June 8, 1911, page 1
BURGLAR FLEES; LEAVES A FLASK
Neighbor Frightens Man Who was Attempting to Cut His Way
Through Rear Door in Evanson Home on South Grape.
Alarmed by the shouts of a man in a neighboring house, a burglar who was endeavoring to cut his way with a jackknife through the kitchen door of the home of E. A. Evanson [at 240] South Grape Street Monday night, an amateur burglar fled, leaving behind an empty flask. When frightened the man had cut through the screen and partially through the lower panel of the door. He was most unscientific in his attempt on the door, for he was not cutting near the lock but far below it. This fact, in the opinion of the police, brands him an amateur.
So much noise did the midnight marauder make that he awakened a neighbor, who began to shout lustily, frightening the burglar. Mr. and Mrs. Evanson are absent from home.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 20, 1912, page 4
There will be a tea tomorrow at Mrs. Walter McCallum's at 334 South Grape, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. All ladies interested in equal suffrage are invited. California, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Washington and Idaho women are especially invited to attend.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, May 7, 1912, page 2
FIRE BOYS TO ATTEND MRS. BOUSSUM FUNERAL
The funeral of Emma Belle Boussum, who died at her home on South Grape Street Friday afternoon, will be held from Weeks & McGowan chapel Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. As her husband, Charles Boussum, is one of the city firemen, the fire boys will attend the funeral in a body.
Mrs. Boussum was 20 years, 10 months and 16 days old at the time of her death. Her parents are living. She has been ill for some time.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 18, 1912, page 4
Mrs. Emma Belle Boussum, wife of Chas. Boussum of the Medford Fire Department.
Mrs. Boussum, nee Shirley, was born at De Beque, Colorado, June 30, 1891, and was married to Charles Boussum July 25, 1908, and died May 17, 1912. She leaves besides her husband and parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Shirley, three brothers, George S., J. Olley, and Earl L., and one sister, Jennie O., all residing at home on  South Grape Street.
The above simple announcement conveys but a slight impression of the grief felt by the husband and relatives of Mrs. Boussum over her death, nor of the sincere sympathy extended to her relatives by her more intimate acquaintances, as was manifested by their liberal contributions of floral offerings. Bell (as her acquaintances loved to call her) was a woman of rare traits of character, pure of thought, word and act, kind and loving in disposition. She made and kept friends with unusual success.
Young as she was, she has left a name and memory behind her that might well be emulated by others. Her friends so sincerely express their sorrow to her husband and relatives that they know though it was her Father's will to remove her that she has left such loving remembrances that cannot fail to comfort them in their bereavement.
The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Eldridge of the M.E. Church last Sunday afternoon at the chapel of Weeks & McGowan, members of the Medford fire department acting as pallbearers.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 20, 1912, page 4
Contractor W. J. Wiley has a new six-room bungalow [at 613] South Holly Street nearly completed. He is building this for his own use, and when completed it will be as modern and convenient as is possible for the latest architecture and construction to make it.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, July 5, 1912, page 2
W. A. Messner has purchased the Shirley property on South Grape Street and will reside there. His family has just arrived from McMinnville, Ore. Mr. Messner recently purchased land near Talent which he intends to improve.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, August 2, 1912, page 2
A fire alarm was turned in Tuesday morning about four o'clock from 301 South Grape Street, at which number Noyes and Black have a paint shop.Medford Needs Better Fire Protection
The fire boys responded promptly, but before the flames could be subdued the one-story frame building was burned beyond any possible repair. The stock of paint and tools were completely destroyed.
The origin of the fire is not known, but it is presumed to have resulted from a spontaneous combustion of old paint-besmeared rags.
This fire puts out of commission one of the oldest frame buildings used as a business house in Medford. Over twenty years ago it was built by Adkins and Webb at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue and was occupied by Adkins and Webb as a hardware store until replaced by the three-story brick building now occupied by T. E. Daniels. The building was moved south on Central Avenue and was the Medford Tribune home for several years. In the fire, about a year ago, which consumed the Enyart-Carnahan frame building on South Central Avenue, this building was badly scorched, but was repaired and moved to the corner of Tenth and Grape streets, where it met its final devastation Tuesday morning. The building was owned by C. W. Palm.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 23, 1912, page 6
To the Editor:
This does not mean that the firemen do not do their duty, and the very best they can do with their present equipment and the local experience they have had.
The only suggestion might be that they be provided with, and make a study on, during their leisure, of scientific firefighting literature and periodicals.
They do excellent work when once "on the job," but the trouble comes in getting them there in time, and the main cause of this inefficiency of methods of getting to them information and location of fires, and fire in all its features is a calamity, in which instantaneous action means everything, possibly human lives, especially when it occurs somewhat out [of town], where the telephone is the only means of communication in the absence of a regular fire alarm system
. The fire at 10th and Grape Tuesday at 3 a.m. is an example, as it was accidentally seen only after in full blast, by a person crossing Grape Street on Main, who immediately went to the one lonely alarm box installed by the old Home Telephone at the Park, but long before this, 4 Pacific receivers and two Home receivers were down, in a fruitless effort to get "central" to call up the fire hall; meanwhile, intense heat cracking our front windows, and finally got only the stupid response of half-awake operators, when the engine was already leaving the hall from the accidental police alarm.
This is too slow a process, and had telephone been the only means of alarm the adjoining residences would have been afire before the firemen would have been even out of bed, but no criticism is intended of these particular operators, as it is understood they are permitted to sleep after 12 o'clock and no one is clear and alert when awakened from sound sleep, and they can't be expected to get numbers right and think quickly.
This is where our fire protection is inefficient, and if the telephone company can't afford to keep at least one operator on duty at the board and awake at night, to instantly sound an effective alarm to the fire boys upon call, then the city should provide compensation to have this, the only means of communication available for instant use at all times by everyone in the city.
As the winter season approaches, fires will be more numerous (and as this article is being penned, word comes of another fire Wednesday morning) as stoves, lamps and lanterns are more in use, and insurance statistics show that 75 percent of the annual fires occur during the winter months, so this matter should have the immediate attention of the city council.
W. H. SEARLE.Citizens endangered by Grape Street fire.
J. J. PARKER.
E. W. LILJEGRAN.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 24, 1912, page 4
COLE--At 312 South Grape Street, Medford, March 10, 1913, Ralph Ferdinand Cole, aged 13 years, 8 months and 23 days, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Cole of this city. Funeral announcement later.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 11, 1913, page 6
JAPANESE HANDWORK LAUNDRY--Handwork wears longer, keeps clean longer, same price as machine work. We make a specialty of shirts and collars. All orders called for and delivered. Custom prices. Phone 79-J, 528 South Fir St.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 13, 1913, page 5
MAN IN LOVE SHOOTS SELF
Wounded Man Refuses to Ride in Ambulance Driven by Rival.
MEDFORD, Or., Nov. 17.--(Special.)--Disappointed because of his rejection at the hands of Vestal Hoxsey, 22 years old, and who is separated from her husband, Ed. Underhill, 27 years, employed on county road work, attempted to commit suicide today by shooting himself in the head with a Colt's .44 revolver, at 132 South Grape Street. The bullet plowed its way from the forehead to the crown of the head, inflicting only a scalp wound. According to George Hoxsey, brother of the woman, Underhill proposed marriage to her on Sunday. This was met with a refusal.
After the shooting the ambulance and Dr. Porter were called. Because the ambulance was driven by Bostwick, a rival, Underhill refused to ride in the conveyance and was placed in Dr. Porter's automobile. An examination showed only a superficial wound, and he was released from the hospital an hour later. The woman's husband, George Illington, is in California.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, November 18, 1913, page 7
W. H. Everhard sold a house and lot on South Grape to Mrs. Babue of Rapid City, S.D.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, December 13, 1913, page 2
KARNES--[Duff] G. Karnes, for many years a resident of Medford, and a pioneer of the Rogue River Valley, died at Sacred Heart Hospital Saturday of consumption and a complication of ailments. He was 51 years of age, a native of Illinois, and is survived by two sons. The funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 24, interment in the Butte Falls Cemetery, under the direction of the Odd Fellows.
Mr. Karnes was well known throughout Southern Oregon. He was for many years a parter of the late John Ritter in the cigar and confectionery business in this city. Many of the old residents and mining men knew him. At the time of his death he was conducting a rooming house on South Grape Street. He owned property in this city. Of late months his illness has compelled his confinement.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 23, 1914, page 2
Born--To Mr. and Mrs. Fred McManus of 204 South Front Street, May 3, twin girls.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, May 5, 1914, page 2
South Holly Residents, 1914 city directory:
109 Dooms & Frees blacksmiths
113 Pacific Furniture (Trowbridge)
123 Van Wyck
123 Parkview Hotel
222, 228 Gaunyaw
The condition of D. J. Mathes, auditor of the Medford National Bank, ill at his home, 140 South Holly, is very serious. He is suffering from pneumonia, which caused a weakening of the heart. Mr. Mathes has been ill the last week.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, March 30, 1915, page 2
J. C. Coker, an old-time resident of the valley, has been visiting his sister, Mrs. Carnell of South Holly. He left Wednesday morning for Portland, where he will visit with friends.
"Local and Personal," Medford Sun, April 1, 1915, page 6
There was a flue fire at the home of Mrs. Nellie Wing of 325 South Holly Street last evening.
"Local and Personal," Medford Sun, June 13, 1915, page 2
BURGLAR MAKES A BUNGLING JOB
A burglar with passkeys made a bungling job of it at the residence of E. C. Ferguson on South Holly Street last night. A member of the family heard the keys rattling stealthily in the locks of the various doors of the residence for some minutes before awakening the head of the house. He usually keeps a revolver handy, but it wasn't convenient last night, of course, and by the time he got it and opened the door the burglar was gone. His tracks showed that he wore stub-toed, broad-soled shoes. There was snow on the ground, and his footprints were traced around the house. In fact, he had made two or three round trips. Rather a bad night for bad business.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 26, 1916, page 6
COMES TO MEDFORD WITH BIG SHOW
There's only one direction in Medford today, and that is toward South Holly Street. The very air spells circus, for during the early hours of morning several trainloads of happiness reached the city via the Southern Pacific, and like the Arabs of old, a veritable city of tents were soon wafted to the breezes. Hardly had the cars been "spotted" in the yards until a multitude of souls poured forth; souls from many climes, and all with a certain work to perform. Of course, the unloading process came first, and to the delight of the small boy, the wagons and canvas-covered cages--all labeled "Dangerous"--began rolling off the cars and were hurried away to the circus grounds one after another. To the younger generation keen disappointment was felt when it was learned that Jess Willard was still sleeping peacefully in his private car and could not be viewed by the multitudes.
The parade was fully two miles in length. Tableaux wagons, floats, elephants drawing guns and other novelties abounded..
There was a Wild West section; real bonneted Indians, South American gauchos, Mexican vaqueros and the typical American cowboy were the features of this section.
A troupe of gaily clad Zouaves--drummers and buglers on foot--were in the line of march. Bands of music were plentifully scattered throughout the parade, dispensing music such as only a circus band can, and calliopes--well, there were two in line, as well as a large set of the Chimes of Normandy, presided over by an attractive young lady. It was a wonderful parade and well worth seeing.
Two performances will be given today at 2 p.m. and 8 o'clock. Doors open one hour earlier in order to give everybody an opportunity to visit the large menagerie, ostrich farm and Toyland.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 28, 1916, page 5
On arriving here [in 1866, Jesse Richardson] first rented ground on the present site of Medford and followed agricultural pursuits there for two years, and then purchased 320 acres of land three miles east of Medford and later removed to another place in the same vicinity, where he resided until 1896, when he purchased a farm at the head of Sams Valley, later retiring to Medford, where he resided at the time of his death, being at 145 South Grape Street.
"Farmed on Site of Medford in 1886," Medford Sun, October 14, 1916, page 5
ARREST COUPLE FOR VAGRANCY
On a warrant sworn out by Joe A. Thomas, who with his wife conducts a rooming house on South Holly Street [No. 222], Anna Whitman and Van Treese were arrested Tuesday afternoon, a charge of vagrancy being lodged against them. The pair are alleged to have entered the Thomas rooming house after midnight Monday night and to have occupied a room together. They were discovered Tuesday morning by Mrs. Thomas, and the issuance of the warrant followed.
The girl was released on her own recognizance, while Van Treese was lodged in the city jail until this morning, when he was transferred to Jacksonville. The case will be heard Thursday afternoon by Justice Dox.
It is probable that the charge against the woman will be dismissed. Van Treese is not expected to be dealt with so leniently, as he has a record of having passed bogus checks and appropriated cars in this vicinity during the past summer.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 3, 1917, page 6
Metz cars, 29 South Grape.
"Local and Personal," Medford Sun, April 4, 1917, page 2
A flying spark set fire to the ceiling of the Hanson & McClanahan blacksmith shop on South Fir Street this forenoon and communicated to the roof before the flames were noticed. The fire was quickly extinguished by the fire department with but little damage done. However there was much apprehension among the tenants of the surrounding stores until the danger was past.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, April 16, 1918, page 2
A large crowd of spectators is expected to be at the flying field of the Medford aeroplane on South Grape Street, opposite the ice company plant, tomorrow forenoon. From now on until Tuesday the plane will not make afternoon flights, and the forenoon flights will be from 7 to 11 a.m.
"Local Briefs," Medford Mail Tribune, July 26, 1919, page 2
RAY BLACKBURN BUYS J. T. GAGNON WOOD BUSINESS
What is generally known as the greatest comeback in Medford's history is that of Ray Blackburn, who with a broken back and whose physical condition has aroused universal sympathy here for the past two years, now becomes one of the city's business men, having embarked in the retail wood business today. He has, with the help of friends, just purchased the woodyard interests of J. T. Gagnon, including $3000 worth of wood, and will manage the business from his wheelchair.
This courageous and ambitious man of 32 years of age, who despite his awful affliction has never lost hope since the time of the accident in which his back was broken, not only hopes to make a good living for his wife and child and himself in the wood business, but also has other plans in mind in a business way. He even feels confident he will yet be able to walk.
He retains the old Gagnon woodyard locations on South Fir Street, and for the present will also take orders at 502 South Grape Street and over phone No. 519-J. He hopes to soon establish his woodyard office at a handy location on Main Street.
Mr. Blackburn was injured two years ago last August when he was operating the Jacksonville streetcar. He had just hauled a carload of logs to the Applegate lumber company mill in Medford, and was assisting the mill men to unload the logs when one of them fell on him, breaking his spine and a rib, and inflicting other injuries. His life was despaired of for a long time afterwards, but his indomitable pluck together with good medical and surgical attention finally brought him to the present stage of being able to wheel himself around in a chair. He has only been able to sit up at all since last June and has just been able to operate a wheelchair unaided for a week or so.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 13, 1920, page 6
There was born August 1, 1920, to Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Nance of 314 South Holly, an eight-pound son in the Dow Hospital. Mrs. Nance and Everett Dossie Nance are doing nicely.
"Local Briefs," Medford Mail Tribune, August 4, 1920, page 2
TWO NEW BUNGALOWS ON SOUTH HOLLY
The third block on South Holly Street is to have two more new bungalows, work on one of which has already started. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bowman purchased of C. W. Palm the second lot south of 9th Street and have begun work on a five-room modern bungalow and will push it to completion.
Henry Callahan has purchased the lot just north of Mr. Bowman's from Mr. Palm, is having plans drawn for a five-room modern bungalow, and will start work on the same in a few days.
This is one of the pretty residence streets of Medford, and these new bungalows will add much to the appearance of that block.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 1, 1921, page 6
Among the new residences under construction at the present time are . . . the bungalows under construction by Carl Bowman and Henry Callahan on South Holly Street, which promise to be very attractive and modern homes. . . .
"New Building Boom in City Is Under Way," Medford Mail Tribune, October 24, 1921, page 1
MRS. S. C. O'BRIEN
Mrs. S. C. O'Brien, 517 S. Grape, started from Keokuk, Iowa, in 1852, aged 9 years, and went to California; 45 wagons in train, all ox-teams. Stayed in California two years, then moved to Oregon in 1856. Settled near Central Point. Crossing the Platte River two men in the train were drowned. Went to California to farm. Were shipwrecked crossing the Humboldt Bar.
W. A. CORTHELL"Covered Wagon Saved by Ruse from Indians," Medford Mail Tribune, September 13, 1924
W. A. Corthell, 532 S. Fir, came from Illinois in 1873, aged 24 years, as far as Colorado. Stayed there 10 years, leaving August 8, 1881, and arriving in Baker City, Oregon, October 8th. Came to Jackson County the following spring. Had three wagons and 17 head of horses.
MEDFORD GIRL IS SANDBAGGED
WHEN WALKING TO HOME
Scream Arouses Neighbors, Who Drive Off Assailant.
Girl is Not Seriously Injured.
MEDFORD, Nov. 18.--The local police gave out the information yesterday that a 16-year-old Medford girl while on her way home between 9 and 10 o'clock last Saturday night was knocked down by an unknown man, thought to be a tramp, on South Holly Street, two blocks from Main Street.
The police [are] not giving out the girl's name in order to save her from undue notoriety.
The young lady in question, as she proceeded along Holly Street, noticed that a man apparently was following her and increasing his pace the faster she walked. She tried not to be unduly alarmed and to keep her eyes straight ahead, but suddenly [was] overcome with a feeling that she was being struck at, intuitively ducked her head and screamed.
This move was a fortunate one for her, as the man was striking out with a blunt bludgeon of some kind, thought by the police to be a "sand bag," and because of her head dodging the weapon just glanced off her head, but the impact was sufficient to knock her down, where she lay helpless for some seconds.
Her shout of terror was also fortunate, as the woman who resided in the house in front of which the occurrence took place heard it and rushed out, whereupon the assailant, after striking the blow, took to his heels.
This woman called the police and furnished them with a description of the man. Then Night Policemen Cave and Liggett searched over the city and through the railroad yards unsuccessfully for a suspect.
Ashland Daily Tidings, November 18, 1924, page 1
A. B. Rhodes, 511 South Holly, reports the theft of a 30x3½ spare tire from his car while parked on the street last night.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, January 30, 1926, page 2
W. E. Thomas will construct a five-room dwelling and garage on South Oakdale Avenue at a cost of $2000, according to a building permit issued today. Mr. Thomas has constructed several houses during the past year, and at the present time has a $15,000 four-flat apartment house under construction on South Holly Street.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, June 8, 1927, page 2
New 5-room modern bungalow, hardwood floors, fireplace, built-ins, for sale by owner at 622 S. Holly.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, June 21, 1927, page 2
The four-flat apartment house which is being constructed on South Holly Street by W. E. Thomas is expected to be ready for occupancy by July 15, according to an announcement by the builder today. Construction of the building was commenced in March and was designed to be one of the most modern in Medford.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, June 27, 1927, page 2
The new Thomas apartment house on South Grape [sic] Street is being rapidly completed and is expected to be ready for occupancy within a fortnight, according to the builder, W. E. Thomas, who planned the four-flat structure.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, July 17, 1927, page 2
A building permit was issued today to F. E. Nichols for the erection of a residence on South Holly to cost approximately $1800.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, August 11, 1927, page 2
BILLIE BREAKS LEG FOR SECOND TIME
This has been an unlucky year for Billie Wilson, eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Will H. Wilson, 132 South Grape Street. Last March Billie had his leg broken when he was run down by an automobile, and now he is in bed with another fracture of the same leg.
Monday afternoon he was in his father's store and fell down behind a counter. A doctor was called and an X-ray taken of the injury. It is not serious, however, and he will not be laid up long.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 17, 1927, page 3
LEVERETTE, Walter H., realtor; b. Vancouver, B.C. June 7, 1889; to Oregon 1920; business college; m. Alice P. Halfhill 1912; children--Doreen, Jean, Bruce. President Medford Realty Board; chairman city planning commission; vice president Medford Chamber of Commerce 1927; R.A.M.; K.T.; Scottish Rite; Shrine; I.O.O.F.; B.P.O.E.; Rotarian. Republican. Christian Scientist. Address: 527 South Holly Street, Medford, Oregon.
Who's Who in Oregon 1929-1930, Oregon City Enterprise, page 137
MEYER, Delilia Stevens, accountant; b. Eagle Point, Oregon October 7, 1900; business college; m. Vernon L. Meyer June 1, 1927. County clerk 1925-29; Rebekah; business & professional women's club. Republican. Methodist. Address: 616 S. Ivy Street, Medford, Oregon.
Who's Who in Oregon 1929-1930, Oregon City Enterprise, page 150
The completion of a deal was made by Warnock & Shelley yesterday whereby G. L. Lindley becomes the owner of the T. A. Culbertson forty-acre farm on Coker Butte Road, Mr. Culbertson getting two Medford properties in the transaction, a six-room house at 416 South Grape Street and a small property in Bunker Hill addition. Mr. Lindley has on his new property one of the best ten-acre pear blocks in the valley, plans to set out additional acreage and eventually have the entire forty in fruit. Mr. Lindley has been superintendent of the Rogue River company for several years, and his action in purchasing this orchard testifies to his faith in this valley.
"Local Orchardist Shows his Faith in Rogue River Valley," Medford Mail Tribune, January 4, 1929, page 4
TWO ARRESTED IN LIQUOR RAID ON IVY STREET
E. W. Dimick and H. W. Champ are being arraigned in the state court at Ashland this afternoon on a charge of possession of intoxicating liquor and will be held by the government for bribery as a result of the raid made at 233½ South Ivy Street this city, by city, state and federal officers about 6 o'clock last night.
Entering the establishment under search warrant last night, the officers found 11 gallons of intoxicating liquor in bottles.
Dimick and Champ offered a bribe to the officers and as a result will be held by the government on a charge of bribery. They were arrested and are being arraigned in court this afternoon.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 30, 1930, page 1
MARTHA J. GORE PASSES AT HOME
Martha J. Gore, a resident of Mefdord for the past 25 years, passed away at her home, 346 South Holly, at 4:50 p.m. Thursday at the age of 74 years.
She was born at Union Mills, Ind., July 2, 1857 and there spent the greater part of her life. During her residence here she has been active in service to the Methodist Episcopal Church.
She leaves two children, Mrs. William Bates and A. H. Miller, both well-known citizens of Medford. Also one brother, Ed G. Gruver of Union Mills, Indiana.
Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. A. G. Bennett at the Conger chapel at 2:30 Saturday. Entombment will be made in the Medford memorial mausoleum.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 6, 1932, page 4
Vern Marshall of 938 South Holly will reshingle his residence at a cost of $100. . . .
"Building in City Showing Upswing," Medford Mail Tribune, September 11, 1934, page 1
HOUSE IS GUTTED BY FIRE BLAMED ON CHIMNEY LEAK
Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Liljegran at 320 South Grape Street was gutted by fire yesterday afternoon. Roofs of the two houses adjoining to the south were ignited by sparks but were put out without damage.
The dwelling, a two-story frame construction owned by Mrs. Mary Carpenter of Glendale, Cal., was covered fully by insurance, it was stated by the Wakefield agency, in charge of the property.
The Liljegrans lost a considerable amount of furniture and household goods, none of which was covered by insurance. Some of the furniture was removed without damage and some was saved by being covered with salvage blankets by firemen. Extent of damage to the house was to be determined today or tomorrow, Mr. Wakefield said.
The fire, Chief Roy Elliott said, was caused by a defective chimney. Dinner was being cooked on the kitchen range at the time, and Chief Elliott said flames evidently escaped through the chimney in the attic.
The blaze had a good start before it was discovered. The entire roof was destroyed, and while the fire itself was confined to the upstairs the whole dwelling was damaged by smoke and water.
Shortly after the firemen returned to headquarters, the chemical crew was called to 506 Union Avenue, where a chimney fire was extinguished without damage.
Medford Mail Tribune, November 2, 1936, page 2
OTTOMANS WONDER IF THEIR CAT IS THE OLDEST IN TOWN
Lord of the manor is Duffie, who long ago took over supervision of the household at 514 South Holly Street.
"Lord, what a manner," is the way the Scottie expresses it. He has been trying to make friends with Duffie for all of the three years he has been there, but Duffie is conservative and may consider Scottie as a friend after eight or ten more years but accepts no friends on a short three years' acquaintance.
Duffie is a Persian cat. He took over the Ottoman household just 15 years ago. Bob Ottoman, a sophomore in forestry at Oregon State College, was six then and wanted a cat. Bob's father, M. Ottoman, ticket clerk for the Southern Pacific, did not want a cat, and so Bob won and they have had the cat ever since.
Bob and his sister, Ruth, teacher in the school at Talent, gave birthday parties for Duffie. They even remembered him during each Christmas holiday. Duffie always got a catnip mouse for a present, and on such occasions unbent somewhat and chased the catnip mouse round and round the tree.
Of late years, Duffie has felt that he must put away kittenish things and so the catnip mouse was discontinued. These days, Duffie confines his activities to taking a walk a few doors down the street. Reversing the usual procedure, he does his visiting during the day and is taken in at night, for Duffie is no gadabout.
Nowadays he may be seen lying in the sun on the Ottoman front porch. He hopes to attend Bob Ottoman's graduation in two years more, and the Ottomans are all hoping he will be around to join in the celebration. He is wondering if he has not the distinction of being the cat in Medford who has been longest in one family at the same location.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 30, 1937, page 10
May Turpin of 228 South Holly Street applied for a permit to repair a roof at a cost of $45.
"Building Permits Reflect Activity in Medford Area," Medford Mail Tribune, July 18, 1941, page 1
July 1942 telephone directory:
Effie Adams, 420 South Grape
D. K. Bagley, 625 South Holly
S. D. Bagley, 240 South Holly
Floyd H. Baker, 618 South Holly
W. E. Beelby, 407 South Grape
Homer M. Bell, 240 South Holly
Murray Bell, 510 South Grape
Carl Bennett, 343 South Grape
M. A. Bliss, 313 South Grape
Charity E. Boshears, 404 South Grape
M. T. Boshears, 408 South Grape
Syd I. Brown, 504 South Holly
Paul Bulkin, 516 South Grape
John A. Cederwall, 626 South Holly
M. L. Daily 228 South Ivy
Lottie Davis, 517 South Grape
Hazel C. Davis, 242 South Grape
R. W. Denman, 430 South Ivy
Frank M. Dupray, 608 South Ivy
Marie Eicher, 503 South Holly
Edward A. Evanson, 530 South Grape
Elizabeth Ferguson, 314 South Holly
Carl Fichtner, 613 South Holly
H. T. Findlay, 503 South Holly
Clara Fisher, 512 South Holly
William H. Gagnon, 508 South Grape
Pierce Green, 233 South Ivy
Aage Gribskov, 630 South Holly
Frank Gritson, 335 South Ivy
E. T. Hamm, 232 South Grape
A. V. Hardy, 516 South Ivy
Ivan Harrington, 442 South Ivy
Al Hermanson, 515 South Grape
H. S. Hinman, 336 South Holly
Frank Hull, 517 South Grape
Otto Jeldness, 525 South Grape
B. E. Johnson, 520 South Ivy
Laura Jones, 543 South Ivy
P. M. Kershaw, 311 South Holly
Louis Knips, 219 South Ivy
A. R. Leavitt, 610 South Holly
C. C. Leonard, 614 South Holly
Vada G. Lewis, 511 South Holly
Boyd C. Mabry, 243 South Holly
C. J. McGinley, 515 South Holly
Medford Ice Arena, 619 South Grape
Mrs. A. H. Miller, 346 South Holly
Howard G. Minar, 509 South Holly
Margaret Morrison, 242 South Holly
Lee Murray, 604 South Ivy
V. J. Namitz, 650 South Holly
Joe Naumes, 663 South Holly
Alta Naylor, 302 South Grape
F. E. Nichols, 622 South Holly
Jason Ottinger, 220 South Grape
M. Ottoman, 514 South Holly
C. W. Palm, 343 South Holly
BAGLEY INFANT SMOTHERS IN BED
Patricia Ann Bagley, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bagley, 625 S. Holly Street, smothered to death in the bed clothing of her crib at the family home Wednesday afternoon.
Patricia Ann was born in Medford on May 17, 1942.
Besides her parents, she leaves her sister, Susan Joan, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Burns of Salem, Oregon, and Mrs. Harriett Bagley of Portland, Oregon.
Funeral services will be held in Portland Saturday at 2 p.m. at the A. J. Rose funeral home. Perl funeral home is in charge of the local arrangements.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 24, 1942, page 2
TO BUILD GARAGE
To erect a private [garage] at 334 South Grape Street, at a cost of $150, is the application for a permit to build, presented to the building inspector's office by Lester W. Childs of the same address.
Medford News, April 14, 1944, page 1
DEATH SUMMONS SYDNEY I. BROWN,
Well-Known Officer Succumbs after Long Illness;
Funeral To Be Wednesday.
Sydney Isaac Brown, sheriff of Jackson County the last ten and one-half years, and one of southern Oregon's most widely known citizens, passed away at his home, 504 South Holly Street, Sunday evening about 7:30 o'clock.
Recitation of the Rosary will be held at the Perl Funeral Home Tuesday at 8 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at the Sacred Heart Church at 9:30 Wednesday morning with interment in Siskiyou Memorial Park. Medford Elks lodge will be in charge of services at the grave. Father Hamilton will officiate.
Active pallbearers will be William Grenbemer, Vern Smith, Jerry Pierson, Vern Hastings, Howard Gault and Paul Hanlin. Honorary pallbearers will be Eugene Thorndike, Bill von der Hellen, Charles Myers, Clatous McCredie, George Neilson and Cy Owens.
Long IllThe end came at the close of a restful day. Sheriff Brown had been gravely ill for several weeks, following major operations in a Portland hospital. The past week he had shown slight improvement. He had been under an oxygen tent for several days. To the last he showed the characteristic cheerfulness and courage which had endeared him to hundreds of Jackson County residents.
Sheriff Brown was born August 14, 1882 at Brackettsville, Kinney County, Texas, where he spent his early youth on a cattle ranch. He later followed railroading for several years. He came to this city in 1905 and immediately became identified with the business and civic life here. He was one of the founders of the Jackson County Fair Association. One of the organizers of the Jackson County Sheriff's Posse in more recent years, he was first president of that group. He was an ardent horseman all his days. He also engaged in business here, including lumbering and mining. He was a charter member of the Medford lodge of Elks.
In June, 1911, he was united in marriage to Miss Ann Cotter at San Francisco, who survives.
In Third TermAt the time of his passing he was serving his third term as sheriff of this county. He was well known in law enforcement circles throughout the state, and at one time he was an officer of the state sheriffs' association. He also helped organize the local chapter of the Footprinters. As a public official, he was known for his courtesy and coolness and helpful kindness, particularly toward juveniles who came under his care.
Besides his widow he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Dixie Trahan and Sydney Brown of this city, and Marie, of San Francisco; a son, George I., in the Seabees; two sisters, Ethelwyn Soule, Los Angeles, and Mary Noland, Salem; three brothers, Cecil, Los Angeles, Chris H., Phoenix, Ariz., and William. P., Seattle; and his mother, Mrs. W. T. Brown, Seattle; also two grandchildren.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 18, 1945, page 1
ERICKSONS SELL PLUMBING SHOP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Erickson, owners of the Modern Plumbing and Sheet Metal Co., 401 East Main Street, announced today sale of the business to Thomas Cardona, Paul Larson and Arthur Longan, all of Bremerton, Wash. The new owners will take over operation of the firm immediately, continuing under the same business name and at the present location. Their families are to arrive in Medford as soon as living accommodations can be found.
Associated with the Modern Plumbing Co. for 24 years, Mr. and Mrs. Erickson state that they have no future business plans at the present time, and will continue to make their home at 231 S. Holly Street.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 7, 1946, page 12
CULLEN, FRANK JAMES
Business Executive; Civic Leader.
b. Duluth, Minnesota, April 10, 1907; son of Frank J. Sr. and Violet (Sisk) Cullen; educated Duluth public schools; m. Neta May Wells of Roseburg, Oregon, Nov. 1, 1933; began in automobile business in Minnesota; auto salesman, Roseburg, Oregon 1930-3; agent, International Trucks 1933-38; Klamath Falls, Oregon, later Walla Walla, Washington; owner Cullen Motor and Implement Co. Medford 1940 to date; member advisory board of the Office Defense Transportation (trucks), part of panel that mapped out supplies for eleven counties during World War II; Lion; Elk; member Jackson County Sheriff's Posse; Chamber of Commerce; Republican; home 641 S. Holly; office 123 S. Riverside, Medford.
Capitol's Who's Who for Oregon 1948-49, page 137
Chamber of Commerce Executive.
b. Dighton, Kansas, May 7, 1887; son of Frank R. and Lottie (Appling) Hull; educated grade schools Stevensville and Garnet, Montana; high school Iowa; International Correspondence School (electrical engineering); m. Amelia Williams of Kelso, Wisconsin, May 27, 1907; sons Frank W. and Danny; began with Kelso (Wisc.) Water and Light Co., building water and light plant, 1899-1919; later followed electrical engineering, constructing power plants in Alaska and Northwest; salesman of oil and machine tools and for Rogue River Chevrolet Co. 1919-38; executive secretary and manager Chamber of Commerce, Medford, 1938 to date; manager Community Chest, Medford, 1934-38; appointed coordinator, civilian defense; president Oregon Chamber Executives, 1944-45; secretary-treasurer Pacific Highway Association 1945 to date; active Boy Scouts work since 1931; county chairman Keep Oregon Green (appointed by Governor); Elk; Toastmaster; Republican; Protestant; home 517 South Grape; office 123 W. Main Street, Medford.
Capitol's Who's Who for Oregon 1948-49, page 283 This is NOT Frank Hull the photographer.
Family Reunion Held Recently at Jones Home
The home of Mrs. Mary Jones, 429 North Grape Street, was the scene of a family reunion Saturday, November 1, this being the first time Mrs. Jones' sons and daughters had been together in many years.
Here were Mr. and Mrs. Arthus [sic] Jones, son and daughter-in-law from Sacramento, Calif.; two additional sons, William and Roy Jones of Medford, and her daughters, Mrs. Nettie Fleming and Mrs. Harry Hammett of Medford, and Mrs. George Loftin and Mrs. John Vara of Gold Hill.
Also present were Mrs. Roy Jones, Mr. Hammett, Mr. Loftin and Mr. Vara.
Mrs. Jones, 84 years old, is a pioneer resident of this district. She came to the Beagle district in 1884 and has resided in Jackson County since.
Medford Mail Tribune, November 9, 1947, page 4
March 13, 1958 Medford Mail Tribune
August 4, 1958 Medford Mail Tribune
Life Is Real
OLIVER R. OVERMYER
Funeral services for Lt. Col. Oliver Lewis Overmyer, 79, of 610 South Holly Street, who died in a local hospital Wednesday, will be held at Perl Funeral Home Monday at 2 p.m. Dr. D. Kirkland West, of the First Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Interment will be in the Siskiyou Memorial Park.
Col. Overmyer was born in Alabama June 16, 1880, and had been a resident of this area for 27 years.
He was a member of the Medford Elks Lodge, the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, Shrine, and a past president of the Jackson County Shrine club; a veteran of the Spanish American War; the Philippine Insurrection; of World Wars I and II.
Col. Overmyer is survived by his wife, Edna Overmyer, Medford; one son, Charles E. Overmyer, Tacoma, Wash.; one brother, Arthur D. Overmyer, and one sister, Mrs. H. L. Goodson, both of Norfolk, Va.
The Masonic Lodge AF&AM will participate in the services at the funeral home and the pallbearers will be from the Elks Lodge. They are Ralph O. Stephenson, Floyd H. Barker, A. K. Morse, Jack Walker, Glen Fabrick and R. G. Phair.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 27, 1959, page 15
To the Editor: To the one who answered my letter in Sunday's Mail Tribune, I would like to point out that no one need to worry about arousing an argument with me over religion or the Bible. Especially, too, with one who does not believe in the Bible, and has such a deep knowledge of ancient mathematics. Does the writer believe the son of God rested when he slept in the boat on the Sea of Galilee, and the disciples feared the boat was going to founder in the violent storm?
Math. 8:23. I believe life is real. And so also is the Gospel.
John F. PetersonMedford Mail Tribune, November 19, 1961, page 5
611 South Holly St.
Alonzo M. Woodford built a two-story home on 6th and Grape. Later it was moved a little south on Fir St., and still later--as the town grew--to 522 South Holly. The house is still at that location. [The Mail Tribune of April 15, 1910 (above) says the house was moved directly from Sixth and Grape to South Holly.]
M. W. Williams, undated letter, Woodford vertical file, SOHS
Tree-Climbing Feline Rescued by FiremenIt took $60,000 worth of equipment to do it, but Medford firemen were successful in a rescue effort yesterday.
They rescued a cat from a tree.
The cat's owner, whose named was not recorded, called the fire department at 1:57 p.m. to report that her pet had been up in a tree in front of 514 South Holly St. for two days and would not come down.
First a fire truck was dispatched to the scene. But the men on the truck found a ladder would be needed to get the cat down, and they didn't have one. So an aerial ladder truck had to be dispatched to complete the rescue operation.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 14, 1962, page 1
78-Year-Old Lady Still Sorts PearsThirty-nine years ago, Mrs. Catherine Jay was hired by Frank (Pug) Isaacs to sort pears for one of the local packing companies.
By MARY ALICE BRUSHA
Mail Tribune Correspondent
Superintendent of the company then was Ray Reter. The foreman was Clarence Pankey. Maggie Ping was sorting boss. The year was 1926.
Two years later, Reter acquired ownership of the company, and Mrs. Jay, or "Mom Jay," as she is affectionately called, was kept on, as were all the other employees.
This pear season, Mrs. Jay was found still at the Reter Fruit Company, seated next to the head sorter on the first machine. At the age of 78, she was still smiling, and just as chipper and alert as the first day she went to work. Although her work is somewhat easier now than in the early days, sorting pears is no child's play.
In recalling those first days, she says, the pears were placed in field boxes by the sorters. They wiped the fruit with their gloves and carefully placed it on a conveyor made of wooden rollers. The pears were carried into the washer, where they were washed, and then moved out on belts and taken to the packing bins. The hours were extremely long through the peak of the harvest. There were a lot of 10-hour days, and many nights the workers returned after supper to work until midnight, sometimes all day on Sunday.
Mrs. Jay was paid 25 cents an hour those first years.
During the last world war, she and a daughter took a full-time day job with the Kay Lithographing Company here. Through pear season, they filled in at night for the Myron Root Company. Saturdays they sorted pears at Reter's.
Children All GrownShe is the mother of three children, all grown, a son and daughter here and a daughter at Bend. She has four grandchildren, one grandson now attending the University of San Francisco. Her bright blue eyes sparkle with admiration as she talks about her family. She says she is never happier than when they drop in unexpectedly for a visit or to take her for a ride.
Much to her family's disappointment, she lives alone in apartment at 435 South Grape St. The location is ideal for her, as it is within walking distance of the packing house and she can go home for lunch. She seems to radiate with untiring energy, spending many of her off-work hours preparing tasty favorite dishes for her co-workers when they go home with her at noon.
"I actually look forward to each pear season," Mrs. Jay remarked. "There are some of us who don't see one another from season to season. It's quite exciting to hear about the new babies, the children's accomplishments, hubby's promotion and all the many other developments related to the family and home. It usually takes about a week for us to renew old acquaintances and to meet the new employees.
"The packing house at Reter's is as modern and convenient as a person could want. The working hours are shorter. This season, we had all nine-hour days. The pay is considerably higher; sorters receive $1.53 an hour. Now, we can either stand up and sort or sit down. In the early days, we stood up all through the season.
"The management, in my opinion, is unbeatable. Phil McCormick, our superintendent, and Mrs. Walter Jensen, the floor lady, are the most patient people. Regardless of all the mistakes we make, they are always willing to help us correct them. There's never a harsh word from either of them.
"Ray Reter knows all the regular employees by name. It's always a big cheery greeting. 'Hi-yah Joe,' Bob, Mary or whatever your name may be. He takes time to inquire about our welfare and members of our family. He makes a person feel like he is really important to the company. There's not another man like him," Mrs. Jay said.
Besides her family and work, she has other interests. On Sunday mornings, she is always found at the 6 o'clock mass at Sacred Heart Church.
After each packing season she takes a vacation, sometimes to relatives in Arkansas and Illinois. Idleness holds no fascination for Mrs. Jay, and this year when she returns from her visit she plans to take a job, babysitting.
As for packing pears [as opposed to sorting], Mrs. Jay says she had never tried it, but this season when she heard of some of the wages packers were making, she kind of wished she had. Cynthia Wooten at Reter's in nine hours packed 255 boxes. Norman Bursing at the Nye and Naumes packing house packed 250, also in nine. At the Myron Root company, the entire crew averaged 200 boxes a day for two consecutive days in 10-hour days. All of the packers are local. They were paid 18 to 18½ cents a box.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 12, 1965, page 7
To the Editor: Several of us here on S. Grape St. have spoken about the courtesy and consideration of those who parked up and down Grape St. when the Big Game with Grants Pass was on. After the game there was no racing of motors, screeching tires, undue slamming of car doors, honking or hollering. It was a pleasure to see the long parade of cars, and we thank them all.
(Name on file)Medford Mail Tribune, November 17, 1965, page 4
To the Editor: In the "Flight o' Time" column for ten years ago, March 18, 1956, there was an item about my son, Herman L. Duncan, and I thought perhaps you would like to hear what he has been doing in the intervening years.
He left Medford to work as production superintendent for Foremost Dairy of Portland. Then he was sent to Hong Kong, where he worked as production consultant to the British Dairy Farm Inc. After three years in the Orient he returned to the U.S. in December 1965. He is now in the employ of Fred Meyer of Portland as production manager.
Mrs. Gladys DuncanMedford Mail Tribune, March 29, 1966, page 4
333 S. Grape St.
Rose Singler, Widow of Former Sheriff, DiesMrs. Rose Regina Singler, 91, widow of Jackson County Sheriff August D. Singler, who was killed in office in 1913, died Wednesday night.
Mrs. Singler had made her home at 514 S. Grape St., Medford, for many years, moving to this city from Jacksonville, where the family settled in 1904.
A native of White Pigeon, Mich., where she was born in 1875, Mrs. Singler was married there to August D. Singler in 1898. They moved to Jackson County and made their home in Jacksonville, which was then the county seat.
Mr. Singler was constable for a number of years and was elected sheriff in 1912. He had served but a few months when he was killed in a gun duel with Lester Jones, a 19-year-old fugitive, near Jacksonville.
Mrs. Singler was left alone to rear a family of eight children. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, an active member of St. Ann's Altar Society and a former neighbor of the Royal Neighbors.
She is survived by three sons and two daughters, Valentine Singler, South Bend, Ind.; Raymond Singler, Medford; August Singler, Central Point; Mrs. Zita Maddox, Jacksonville, and Mrs. Hilda Clifford, Medford. Two sons and a daughter, Richard Singler, Rudolph Singler and Mrs. Rose Allen, preceded their mother in death. There are 27 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
The rosary will be said by the Rev. John Ilg of Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Conger Morris Chapel. The requiem mass will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Committal will be in the Medford IOOF Cemetery.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 10, 1966, page 13
A TRUE GHOST STORY
By Allen Wood
The house that this happened in is at 921 S. Holly in Medford. On New Year's we would hear noises and laughter upstairs and no one was up there. One time my dog was upstairs and he came down the stairs as fast as he could. A plastic pumpkin that we had upstairs came flying down after him. Then another time my sister was sick. She had a high fever and she felt a cold hand touch her forehead. My mother and grandmother were in the kitchen. My sister asked my mother if she or my grandma had been in there to touch her. They said, "No." At night after everyone had gone to bed, my grandma would hear the kitchen cupboard doors opening. She would call my dad downstairs and the doors would be open, but no one was down there.
Back Track II, prepared by Medford Senior High School students, May 1980, page 81
Inez J. LewisMrs. Lewis was born June 23, 1913, in Lebanon, Mo. She graduated from high school in 1931, and moved to Mill Valley, Calif., in 1937. A few months later she and several thousand others had the privilege of walking across the Golden Gate Bridge before they opened it to cars.
6/23/1913 - 6/2/2012
She moved to Medford, Ore., where she married Harry M. Lewis in 1950, who preceded her in death in 1988. After Mr. Lewis retired from Pacific Power, they traveled extensively, enjoying fishing and hunting trips. She was a generous, loving lady who helped friends and relatives throughout the years.
She was a member of Hope Christian Church, Central Point, Ore., and also a member of Olive Rebekah Lodge #28, in Medford. She was blessed with numerous friends, and especially appreciated the care she received from Connie Stanton, Cindy Anderson, and Pearl Walker with Simplicity Home Care.
She is survived by nieces and the many friends who will miss her very much. One sister and two brothers preceded her in death.
A memorial service for Mrs. Lewis will be Thursday, June 7, 2012, 11:00 a.m., at Conger-Morris Funeral Home, 767 S. Riverside, Medford.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 6, 2012, page 9 Harry Lewis moved to 242 South Holly with the fall 1949 city directory; he and Inez moved to 240 South Grape with the 1968 city directory.
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