The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

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News related to Southern Oregon Indians.

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    Recently a number of Indians on the Klamath Reservation have died of consumption. which seems to be the prevailing disease. These Indians are rapidly fading away.
"Oregon," Sacramento Daily Union, July 8, 1884, page 2

    George Justice, proprietor of a livery stable, living at Grants Pass, Jackson County, Oregon, had trouble yesterday with a young Indian. The row resulted in Justice shooting the Indian twice, inflicting wounds necessarily fatal. Both parties had been drinking heavily. It is claimed that Justice was the aggressor; that he followed the Indian, firing at him. The Indian finally drew a knife and turned on Justice, when he received the fatal shots. The wounded man is the son of Umpqua Joe, the old sub-chief of the Umpqua Indians. Justice was arrested at once, and is now in custody, awaiting the result of the Indian's injuries.
"Oregon," Sacramento Daily Union, August 2, 1884, page 4

Last revised May 27, 2023