The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Jackson County Correspondents 1903
Small-town news columns from the Medford Mail, transcribed by Dale Greenley. Thanks!
The "Jacksonville News" column is not transcribed here--Jacksonville had its own newspaper. If anyone wants to take it on, please let me know; I can send you scans.

Gold Ray News.
    Dr. Ray and family and J. D. Allsop came down from Medford Thursday evening.
    Miss Ina Ray returned from Portland Thursday, where she has been for the last few months.
    The works have had an excellent test since the dam has been completed. [illegible] water has flooded the entire dam and not injured anything in the least. The whole structure is built in a thorough workmanlike manner and is as solid as the granite itself almost, and there is no possibility of anything short of an earthquake doing any harm.
    The work on the wheel-pit at the end of the race is progressing nicely. It is now down twenty feet and will be worked out toward the river. The last high water prevented work in the pit for a day, but it soon went down, when work was resumed.
    The ferry has been improved during the last week to the extent of a half-inch steel cable, which will make it perfectly safe, under all circumstances of high water or drift, which is so plentiful during the rises. The single cable in use before was three-fourths-inch steel.
Medford Mail, December 4, 1903, page 7

Last revised June 6, 2018