40 NEW BUSINESS HOUSES
ESTABLISHED IN MEDFORD, 1928
Reflecting an unusual activity in the establishment of new business concerns in Medford during 1928, approximately 40 new business houses were opened, representing a large number of various lines of endeavor.
A recent survey included the following new establishments: Colyear Motor Sales, East Main; Mullin's Ladies Ready-to-Wear, East Main; Brophy's Jewelry, East Main; Lincoln Grocery, West Sixth Street; Skaggs No. 2, West Main; Shangle Studios, Medford Building; Burelson's Ready to Wear, South Central; Montgomery Ward, South Central; Music Box Radio Shop, East Main; Witham Super Service, South Riverside; Adrienne Steward $15 Store, North Central; West Side Variety, West Main; Rosenberg's Dollar Store, North Central; Cloverleaf Service Station, South Riverside; Van's Bakery, West Main; Dunlop Tire Agency, South Riverside; Jackson Cleaners, Eighth Street; Oregon Tailors, South Riverside; Medford Motor Company, South Riverside; Economy Shoe Store, North Central; Ethelwyn Hoffman Shop and Town and Country Shop, in Cooley building; Cinderella Shop, South Central; Dutch Oven, East Main; Walker's Dance Pavilion, Childers building; Heck Sign Company; State Theater, South Central; Sandwich Shop, North Bartlett; Coffee Cup, South Front; Orange Lantern, North Holly; Santford-Jones Grocery, South Central, Cloverleaf Service Station, South Riverside; Sabin and Rindt Auto Company, North Riverside, Triangle Service Station, West Main; Regina, Queen of Drinks, South Riverside; Radio Service Laboratory, South Grape; Colvig Drug Store, West Main.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 31, 1928, page C8
Number of Business Firms in City Up 28 Pct. Since '48The number of business firms in Medford has increased 28 percent during the past five years, according to figures released by Dun & Bradstreet.
The figures do not include some service and professional establishments, such as real estate brokers, barber and beauty shops, stock brokers, etc.
J. Harry White, manager of Dun & Bradstreet's Portland office, reports that in 1948 there were 577 businesses listed in Medford and the count, as of November, 1954, was 742.
County Up 28%
Jackson County showed a growth of approximately 25 percent on the same basis. Increases for other cities in the county included Ashland, 6 percent, and Rogue River, nearly 20 percent.
The figures are included in Dun & Bradstreet's November Reference Book. Six editions of the book are published annually, plus smaller state editions in January and July.
Credit reports are prepared through information furnished by businessmen, plus data gathered from suppliers, bank, courthouse records, and other sources. On the basis of the credit report, ratings are assigned and listings made in the Dun & Bradstreet Reference Book.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 26, 1954, page 1
Business Firms in Medford Show 23 Percent IncreaseThere are 12 percent more business firms in Medford today than there were seven years ago, according to figures in the 1956 reference book of Dun and Bradstreet, Inc.
J. Harry White, district manager of the Portland office of Dun and Bradstreet, noted that in 1948 there were 577 businesses listed by the firm. Today there are 710.
The reference book lists only manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and some service companies, such as laundries and gasoline service stations. White pointed out that the total number of businesses in Medford and Jackson County is actually higher than figures quoted.
About 1,500 requests for financial statements of Jackson County firms were sent out by Dun and Bradstreet, White said. About 3,000,000 requests are sent each year by the company, he said.
During 1955, White said, 486 changes were made in reference book listings of Medford businesses. The changes resulted from adding names of new firms and deleting names of discontinued firms, as well as ownership and credit rating changes.
The firm's reference book listed a 100 percent increase in businesses in Trail during 1955--from 11 in 1948 to 22 in November, 1955. Ashland had a 1 percent increase from 194 in 1948 to 196 last year; Central Point showed a 46 percent increase from 48 seven years ago to 70 last year; Jacksonville had a 41 percent increase from 17 to 24; and Rogue River had a 16 percent increase from 31 in 1948 to 36 in 1955.
The reference book listing is a condensed summary of information contained in the Dun and Bradstreet credit report, which includes the history, description and a financial record of the business.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 11, 1956, page 1
Business Firms Increase 6.6 Percent in MedfordThe number of business firms in Medford increased 6.6 percent over those in 1955, according to J. Harry White, district manager of Dun and Bradstreet Inc., Portland.
The increase is on information compiled by Dun and Bradstreet in the November 1956 Reference Book. In 1955,. Dun and Bradstreet listed 710 businesses here. compared to 757 now in Medford.
Each January Dun and Bradstreet requests business concerns throughout the United States to submit financial statements. Dun and Bradstreet requests this year total about 3,000,000.
White pointed out the Reference Book lists only manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and several service companies such as. laundries and gasoline service stations. For that reason the total number of businesses in Medford and Jackson county would be higher than the figures quoted.
White said during the past year 520 changes were made in Reference Book listings of Medford businesses. The changes resulted from adding new businesses, deleting discontinued ones and accounting for changes in ownership, trade names and credit ratings.
Businesses in other major county cities total 211 in Ashland, 65 in Central Point, and 41 in Rogue River, according to the Reference Book.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 30, 1956, page 1
More Businesses Reported in CityPortland--More business firms are listed for Medford this year than in 1956, according to J. Harry White, district manager of Dun and Bradstreet, Portland.
White said the figures were obtained from a count made for the Dun and Bradstreet reference book in November. Medford business firms total 810 this year, 51 more than the 759 total in 1956.
Ashland business firms number 208 and Central Point firms number 72, according to the book. The book does not include several service and professional businesses such as barber and beauty shops and stock and real estate brokers.
The credit reporting agency reported they mailed more than 3,000,000 requests for financial statements last year to firms listed in the book. The Portland office reported mailing about 30,000 such requests to firms in Oregon and Washington and the financial statements received provided a basis for a credit rating, White said.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 8, 1958, page 20
Fewer Businesses Listed for CountyThere are 111 fewer business concerns in Jackson County today than there were last year, according to J. Harry White, district manager of the Portland office of Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.
He reported that 1,337 firms were listed in the Dun & Bradstreet Reference Book for Jackson County in 1958, compared with 1,226 businesses listed now, a decrease of 8.3 percent.
White added that during the past year, 20,197 changes were made in the Reference Book listings of Oregon business, including 5,102 names added, 5,140 deleted, and 9,955 changes in rating of continuing businesses.
The book contains approximately 3,000,000 listings. In the new issue, Medford contains 709 listings; Ashland, 203; Central Point, 69; and Rogue River, 44.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 9, 1959, page 8
Dun, Bradstreet Book Lists 825 Medford FirmsThere are a total of 825 business in Medford, according to statistics released by J. Harry White, district manager of the Portland office of Dun and Bradstreet Inc. This total is based on a physical count of the January, 1961, edition of the Dun and Bradstreet Reference Book.
The book also lists the number of business firms in other communities of Jackson County. In addition to Medford, Ashland has 182, Central Point 65, and Rogue River 38 businesses.
The Reference Book lists those manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers who seek or grant commercial credit, but it does not include some of the service and professional businesses such as beauty shops, security dealers and real estate brokers. Therefore, the figures for total business would be higher than quoted above.
According to White, each January business concerns in all parts of the United States are asked by Dun and Bradstreet for copies of their financial statements. This year requests are being sent to approximately three million concerns.
When the owner or officer of a business enterprise, or his accountant, fills in and mails his financial statement to Dun and Bradstreet, it becomes a part of the credit report on his business and a factor in determining the credit rating of his business.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 11, 1961, page 4
793 Businesses Listed in Medford
There is a total of 793 businesses in Medford, according to J. Harry White, district manager of the Portland office of Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.
The total is based on a physical count for the November 1961 edition of the Dun & Bradstreet reference book.
Businesses in other Jackson County communities included Ashland 172, Central Point 73, and Gold Hill 25.
White said that during January, business concerns in all parts of the United States are asked by Dun & Bradstreet for copies of their financial statements. This year requests are being sent to approximately 3 million business concerns.
In addition to listing the businesses in various communities, the Dun & Bradstreet reference book also includes a credit report. This is used by businessmen who may want to evaluate a credit risk as well as by such firms as insurance companies.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 4, 1962, page 1
Dun and Bradstreet Report Lists FirmsMedford business firms total 777, according to the annual statement of Dun and Bradstreet Inc.
According to J. Harry White, district manager of the Portland office, there are l,257 manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in this area. The figures are from the Dun and Bradstreet Reference Book for January, 1963.
Business firms in other principal communities of Jackson County show Ashland 178, Central Point 73, White City 25, Talent 28, and Eagle Point 22.
The Dun and Bradstreet Reference Book lists those manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers who seek or grant commercial credit, but it does not include some of the service and professional businesses such as beauty and barber shops, security dealers and real estate brokers. Therefore, the figures for total businesses in the United States would be higher than the 3.000,000 contacted by Dun and Bradstreet.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 15, 1963, page 3
Notices Mailed to Former BusinessesWhat's in a name?
Under New Program
Plenty, if the name is for a firm in business and identifies it for its customers. New living trends are reflected in many of the business names on file in the Jackson County Clerk's office.
Many of them came to light recently as 5,848 notices were mailed by the clerk's office to individuals named on certificates when business names are assumed.
This is the first step in a program under a new law passed by the 1963 legislature which provides for the filing of the certificates with the Corporation Commissioner in Salem. County Clerk Marvin Madden first notifies all businesses no longer believed to be in business or no longer using the name, telling them to reregister within a 60-day period or the name will be canceled.
Started in 1913Business names are on file in Jackson County from June, 1913, and the office has numbers to 13,300, which includes certificates, amendments and retirements.
Certificate Number 1 was issued to Medford Sheet Metal Works and Number 4 to Hubbard Brothers. Other early filings are for livery stables, harness shops, and related businesses. World War II is marked by Number 1391 for Contractors Medford Cantonment, for construction of the U.S. Army cantonment and facilities at Camp White.
Later Madden will notify all known operating businesses by certified mail that they must register their name with the Corporation Commissioner. Forms and instructions will accompany this notice, he said.
Done Without FeeThe county clerk explained that if reregistration is wished by any business, this may be done without fee and the name will be retained in the file of active businesses.
In the initial mailing, businesses known to be in operation were not notified. They will be notified by certified mail later. The first mailing, by regular mail, is to save the county the cost of sending certified letters to those businesses no longer operating.
The entire program will cost several thousand dollars, Madden explained, but noted that part of this will be reimbursed by the Corporation Commissioner's office next year.
In the initial mailing last week notices were sent to Balfour, Guthrie and Co., Liverpool and London, England; Jacksonville Post, Rogue River Valley Cigar Works, Oregon Central Cigar Factory, Sons of Italy Inn, Ice Arena Coffee Shop, and the Medford Military Tailors.
A check of some of the early certificates issued in the county shows Oregon Hotel, Ashland, Number 22, and the Nash Hotel Barber Shop, Number 65.
Other names assumed by businesses and groups through the years include M&D Asthma Remedy Co., Phoenix Mercantile Co., Ashland Mills, Ashland Livery Stable, Talent Drug and Furniture Co., Mercantile Adjustment Co., Medford Hike [sic] and Junk Co., New York Hair Dressing Parlors, Cascade Stage Line, Bend-Medford Stages, Eastern Supply Co., harness, shoe and bicycle; Medford Harness Co., False Friends' Club and the Fanny Fit Co.
The records also reflect business sales. High on this list is Woodland Heights Market, which has 25 filings on record signifying sales.
Medford Mail Tribune, November 10, 1963, page 1
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