Eagle Point Eaglets 1858-1894
News from Eagle Point, Oregon, mostly from the pen of A. C. Howlett. Transcribed by Connie Merriman Bissell and Rene Forncrook. Thanks!
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BUTTE CREEK, March 6, '58.Editor Sentinel:--I noticed in your issue of March 6th a communication from "J.A.G." of Magnolia, finding some fault with me for representing Butte Creek, on the ground that I am a Black Republican, or you say, "he is called a Black Republican." The first vote I ever cast in Oregon was for Joe Lane, for our Representative in Congress. I have always been a strong advocate of the Kansas-Nebraska bill, and have always believed in the doctrine of popular sovereignty, and believe the decision made in the Dred Scott case to be Constitutional and right; have always believed a negro to be inferior to a white man; and have, on several different occasions, offered to be one of four who would send one hundred dollars to assist Walker in reinstating himself President of Nicaragua, and went for the Constitution of Oregon without slavery. But I hope that the refusing to support slavery in Oregon is not the reason of Mr. J.A.G.'s calling me a Black Republican. If so, then I fear we should have to alter our Salem platform, which the Jackson convention refused to recommend.
At Butte Creek, Southern Oregon, Oct. 20th, JAMES D. PETERSON to AMERICA MATHEWS.
Sacramento Daily Union, November 12, 1859, page 2
BIRTHS.Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 2, 1861, page 2
On Butte Creek, Sunday, February 24th, the wife of HENRY BROWN, of a daughter.
A TREAT.--G. W. Rosencranz, of Butte Creek, last week sent us a sack of good-sized, delicious new potatoes, taken from the earth March 15th. 'They are the first, we believe, raised in the valley. Mr. Rosencranz planted late in the fall, and the whole of the small crop tried yielded equally well with the lot presented us. Since the experiment has resulted successfully, we presume that many of our farmers and gardeners will devote some attention to the early cultivation of this indispensable vegetable in the future.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, April 6, 1861, page 3
GRIZZLY.--David Dunlap, of Butte Creek, one day last week killed a grizzly bear in the vicinity of the Butte Creek mill, that weighed 800 pounds. He brought bruin down at the first shot. Well, David, that's a good deal of meat for one charge of powder. Editors don't eat bear meat--it makes them too ferocious.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, April 5, 1862, page 3
INDIAN TROUBLES.--Mr. J. S. Daggett informs us that Mr. Brown, who resides at the mouth of Big Butte, while herding horses within four miles of his house, between Trail and Elk creeks, on Friday evening last received information from a friendly Indian that if he did not go away from there the Indians would kill him that night. He thereupon started for the settlements on foot. The Indians were soon in hot pursuit, and Mr. Brown quickly found it necessary to throw away his shoes and coat, that he might escape. The race was kept up for about twenty miles, when Mr. Brown arrived at the home of Mr. Thomas Rainey, on Rogue River, with his feet very severely lacerated and frostbitten.
Mr. Brown has the reputation of a truthful man, and one not easily frightened, and full confidence is placed in his statements.
While we have troops in this valley, it is not thought that we will have any serious trouble with the Indians. It is well known, however, that Lalake, chief of the Klamaths, is in no very amiable mood at present, on account of his not being allowed to come into the settlements at pleasure. With all of our Indians, "good" or "bad," it is perfectly natural for them to murder and steal, if opportunity offers, and they therefore need close watching.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, November 5, 1862, page 2
NEWS.--"The Lalake Indians are creating some disturbance in Butte Creek Valley, California. Major Drew has sent a force there to keep them in check."--Statesman.
We publish the above for the benefit of the people of Southern Oregon. We would also gently hint to our cotemporary that Butte Creek Valley is in Jackson County, Oregon. We are not certain but that we shall, on some future occasion, write a learned mathematical and geographical essay, demonstrating conclusively where the southern boundary of Oregon is. We will only say, at the present time, that Jackson, Josephine, Coos, Curry and Douglas counties are all in Oregon. The Siskiyou Mountains is the southern boundary, and not the Calapooia, as some ignorantly suppose. There is said to be, at the distance of twenty-five or thirty miles east of this valley, a large basin of fertile land. Travelers who have ventured into that unknown region have given it the name of the Klamath Lake country. They say that there are two very large lakes there, and many rich and extensive valleys. The Indians are represented as hostile. Any information our northern cotemporaries can give us as to their manners, customs, habits and dispositions will be thankfully received and duly appreciated here. We will only add that the force sent by Major Drew over into California to check the Indians accomplished their mission in fine style. They not only "checked" the Indians, but they "croppered" them!Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, December 15, 1862, page 2
MAN SHOT.--A man by the name of Reese was shot on Butte Creek, in this county, on the 29th day of December last--it is not known by whom. Indeed, the whole affair is enveloped in mystery. The following is, briefly, the story told us: A stranger was seen driving off some horses. Mr. Reese went up to him, when he (the stranger) asked Reese whose horses those were; Reese answered, "Some of them are mine, and the rest are my neighbors'." The stranger remarked, "You are a d--n liar, sir, and have been stealing horses long enough, and I am going to put a stop to it." Suiting the action to the word, he deliberately leveled his rifle and fired. The ball, which was a small one, grazed the chin and passed through the neck of Reese. Reese was alive at the latest accounts, but it is thought he cannot recover. Reese is every way a worthy and honorable man. It is supposed that a crazy man, known as "Dutch Henry," is the person who did the shooting. He has not been arrested.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 3, 1863, page 3
MR. REESE, the gentleman who was shot by "Dutch Henry" on Butte Creek, on the 29th ult., is still in a dangerous condition, but strong hopes are entertained of his recovery.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 10, 1863, page 2
ANOTHER INSANE PERSON.--"Dutch Henry," alias Henry Blecher, the person who shot Mr. Reese on Butte Creek a short time since, is in custody awaiting the completion of the arrangements to send him to the insane asylum at Portland. He is hopelessly insane, and the unfortunate affair on Butte Creek shows him to be a dangerous person. If we understand the facts aright, he was sent, not long ago, from Lewiston to Portland, as an insane person; was examined by two physicians and put into jail there. He set the jail on fire, and was, by some hocus pocus, suffered to escape. He came to this county, wandered about in the mountains awhile, amusing himself by driving stock hither and thither, and now, after having dangerously wounded one of our citizens, is to be sent back to Portland, with a consequent expense to this county of over three hundred dollars. Such are the beneficent operations of our insane law! Why was he not kept at Portland while there? Did the examining physicians pronounce him sane? or was he suffered to go at large simply because, by firing the jail, he showed himself to be a dangerous man? Are none but the quiet and harmless to be kept in the state establishment?
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 10, 1863, page 2
ARRESTED.--"Crazy Henry," the man who shot Mr. Reese near Jacksonville, has been arrested and will be sent to the insane asylum. Mr. Reese is not yet out of danger.Morning Oregonian, Portland, January 16, 1863, page 3
The "Crazy Henry" Case.Morning Oregonian, Portland, January 17, 1863, page 2
OREGON STATE INSANE AND IDIOTIC ASYLUM.EDITOR OREGONIAN:
East Portland, January 16, 1863.
In the Jacksonville Sentinel of the 10th inst. appears the following article:
"ANOTHER INSANE PERSON.--'Dutch Henry,' alias Henry Bleecher, the person who shot Mr. Reese on Butte Creek a short time since, is in custody, awaiting the completion of the arrangements to send him to the insane asylum at Portland. He is hopelessly insane, and the unfortunate affair on Butte Creek shows him to be a dangerous person. If we understand the facts aright, he was sent, not long since, from Lewiston to Portland, as an insane person; was examined by two physicians and put into jail there. He set the jail on fire, and was, by some hocus pocus, suffered to escape. He came to this county, wandered about in the mountains while, amusing himself by driving stock hither and thither, and now, after having dangerously wounded one of our citizens, is to be sent back to Portland, with a consequent expense to this county of over three hundred dollars. Such are the beneficent operations of our insane law! Why was he not kept at Portland while there? Did the examining physicians pronounce him sane? or was he suffered to go at large simply because, by firing the jail, he showed himself to be a dangerous man? Are none but the quiet and harmless to be kept in the state establishment?"
In reply, I would state that on the morning after the firing of the jail, I spoke to Marshal Grooms and suggested the propriety of his making out the necessary complaint to the County Judge and have "Dutch Henry" examined as to his sanity. Mr. Grooms informed me that he was put in jail temporarily and that Mr. Arnold, Deputy Sheriff, had received a letter from Dutch Henry's brother, requesting Mr. Arnold to take care of him. Mr. Arnold summoned Drs. Davenport and Hawthorne, who pronounced him insane, whereupon Mr. Arnold said he would keep him for a day or two, and if no improvement took place, he would have him sent to the asylum. I afterwards learned that Dutch Henry had got well and left the city.
I have frequently called the attention of citizens and officers to insane persons running at large in the streets of Portland, who I considered dangerous, and they were duly committed to our asylum for treatment. We have ample accommodations for patients, and receive every one that is sent to us according to law.
Jackson County has furnished us one of the most dangerous patients that an asylum ever possessed, and this at a time when our accommodations were few for such cases. We have ministered to "his mind diseased," notwithstanding that the majority of persons who had any communication with him were fearful of being killed. This patient, John Hodgens, is now convalescing.
The "state establishment" will accommodate any kind of persons or patients who are sent to it.
Will the Jacksonville Sentinel do us justice by publishing this.
A. M. LORYEA, M.D.
INDIANS STEALING.--We learn from a reliable source that, about ten days ago, the house of a Mr. Miller, near the flouring mill on Butte Creek, was broken into by the Indians, and several hundred pounds of flour taken out. Also, a short time afterward, the house of the unfortunate Mr. Reese was broken into in like manner. Before learning of these robberies, our Indian agent had commenced to issue half-rations of flour to the Indians who had complied with the arrangements entered into for them to leave the precincts of this town and winter on Rancheria Prairie, in the Butte Creek country. Since learning of these depredations, the agent has cut off their supplies, with the hope of compelling the chiefs to deliver up the guilty parties. We understand that the agent intends to visit Rancheria Prairie the first of next week, and have a hyas close wawa [very good talk] on the subject of stealing in general. We could wish that he might convert them from the error of their ways, but our faith is not as large as the millionth part of a "mustard seed." The fact of the business is, the Indians have nothing to eat, and when hunger gnaws upon their vitals, they can snuff flour from afar, and their moral character is not sufficiently developed to make martyrs of them.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 17, 1863, page 2
"JUSTUS OF THE PIECE."--This renowned individual is supposed to have his "local habitation and name" within the boundaries of the independent state of Butte Creek. All of his bonds are payable in the "lawful money of the state of Oregon."
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, February 14, 1863, page 2
Wagon Road by Another Route.Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, February 25, 1863, page 1
Editor Sentinel.--There has been several communications in the Sentinel, lately, favoring the construction of a wagon road by way of the lakes to the mines on John Day and Powder rivers. As the route discovered last fall is not mentioned, I presume it is not generally known that the best pass found in the Cascade Range was discovered by a part of the wagon road company on their return from Canyon City last fall--Messrs. Nye, Abbott, Sessions and others. They say this pass is but a few feet higher than the country on the east side of the Cascade Range; the ascent and descent was so gradual they never knew when they crossed the summit. It is situated between Scott and Diamond peaks. The north fork of Rogue River and the west fork of Deschutes take their rise in this pass at Diamond Peak, and not at Scotts Peak as was formerly supposed. They think a road through there can be traveled as soon as the road on the east side of the mountain. As far as the grade is concerned, they say the greatest difficulty to be overcome is between Elk Creek and Flounce Rock.
Mr. Editor, you have been over this part of the route; if it is the most difficult part, you can form a pretty good idea of its practicability for a wagon road.* Ten miles from Flounce Rock the trail crosses the north fork of Rogue River, which will have to be bridged there. Nature has done her part. The river runs through a canyon of bluff rock, which is not over thirty-five to forty feet from bluff to bluff. The country on each side is perfectly level. There is plenty of timber, of the best quality, within fifty yards to build a bridge entirely above high water. The party mentioned kept a diary, in which the distance from Deschutes to Jacksonville is estimated at 110 miles. If this route should prove practicable for wagons, of which there is not the least existing doubt in the minds of the exploring party, the value of the discovery to this valley cannot be overestimated. It is in a direct course to Canyon City, and will avoid all the marshy, swampy ground that will have to be passed over to go by way of the Lakes, and it must shorten the distance a near hundred miles. As soon as this road is opened, we can furnish them the news of the day sooner than they can get it from the Dalles, and no other point can compete with us in furnishing them their supplies. But I am for any and every road that will lead us to a market for our surplus products.
TABLE ROCK.--[*Yes, sir, we have been over that part of the route frequently; and if the remaining portion is no more difficult than that between Elk Creek and Flounce Rock, there are comparatively no difficulties in the way. But the bridge over the sunless canyons of Rogue River, how about that? That the distance is much less, we do not doubt; but the absence of the bridge is a serious objection. Let this Rogue River route be thoroughly explored this summer, and if there are no difficulties in the way save the want of a bridge across the main river, the advantage it has in point of distance over the Klamath Lake route will make it the great thoroughfare for Southern Oregon, and warrant the erection of the bridge at the desired point.--Ed. Sentinel.]
DESERTED.--Four men deserted on Monday night from Camp Baker, with their horses; one of them was corporal of the guard and two of them were on post at the stables. One of the horses threw his rider and returned to camp. Their names are Corporal Garland, privates Casey, Daniels and Kerby. We warn the people of this valley against harboring or assisting deserters in any manner whatever, as the penalty is very severe. It would be well for our Butte Creek secessionists to take notice. We would also state to our merchants that it is a criminal offense to sell citizens' clothing to soldiers; we believe that some of our sympathizing seceshers in the clothing business may profit by this slight hint. All the exterior clothing that soldiers are allowed to wear is furnished them by the quartermaster.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, May 13, 1863, page 2
A class meeting or "love feast" of the Methodist Church South, on Butte Creek, in this county, lately broke up in a grand row. One Collins, the class leader, was assaulted and almost murdered by A. J. Stow, his father, brother and a Mr. Baird. The assaulting parties have been bound over to appear at the next term of the circuit court. "It is sweet to see brethren dwell together in unity."
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 9, 1864, page 2
Best Route to Fort Klamath.Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, July 9, 1864, page 1
FLOUNCE ROCK, June 12, 1864.Mr. Editor:--Myself and party left my house this day for Klamath Lake, by way of Union Peak. I had often thought that there was a good route through this way, and found it the best, so far as I went, which was over the divide about five miles, I ever saw. I found no snow on this side of the divide, and I am now satisfied it is the most practicable route to the military post that can be found.
The first day we followed the wagon road for nineteen miles to Union Creek, where we camped for the night. Next morning we followed the wagon road for one and a half miles, then took an east by northeast course, up Union Creek towards Union Peak; the first two miles was brushy, then open timber for half a mile, where we crossed the old wagon road trail; thence continued in the same course three miles and a half, to Bear Park, on Union Creek; here we encamped for the night. Next morning we started on the same course, and traveled through a growth of small black pines--no fallen timber, and the ground smooth and level as a house floor--seven miles to Crack Creek; here we found some fallen timber for a mile and a half, and found the creek running too much to the right for our course, and we struck our course east by south, direct for the north side of Union Peak. We traveled half a mile and crossed Union Creek--very light grade going down and none going up on the opposite side (good crossing). From there to the peak, a distance of five miles, it is almost level, there being no hills, gulches or fallen timber. We descended an easy grade for one mile, and encamped for the night; here we struck the Indian trail running from Klamath Lake to the peak. Next morning we followed the trail eight miles, and found it good. I think we were then within eight or ten miles of the fort, but being out of provisions we had to return. On returning, we found the distance could be shortened twelve or fifteen miles.
The distances, as near as we could calculate, are as follows: From Jacksonville to Flounce Rock, 40 miles; from Flounce Rock to Union Creek 19 miles; from Union Creek to Union Peak, 18 miles; from Union Peak to Fort Klamath, 15 miles. Total, 92 miles.
HIRAM ABBOTT & CO.
SHOOTING AFFRAY.--On last Tuesday an affray occurred between Henry Billenbrook and John Debenger on Bear Creek, five miles from town. It appeared from the testimony taken before Judge Tolman that Debenger had frequently threatened the life of Billenbrook; that on this occasion, D. attacked him with the butt of a horse whip, whereupon B. drew a revolver and fired four shots, three of them taking effect, one in each arm and one grazing his neck.
Debenger was arrested and after a trial of two days he was fined $50 and costs for an assault and bound over to keep the peace in the sum of $500.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, August 6, 1864, page 2
SPORTING.--Mr. Hiram Abbott presented us this week with a fine specimen of dried elk meat from the upper Rogue River country. In two days last week he killed six elk and eight large deer, all in splendid condition. This is the best shooting of the season.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, August 20, 1864, page 2
FUNERAL SERMON.--A funeral discourse, Saturday, March 25th, at two o'clock P.M., at the residence of Mr. Knighton, in Sams Valley, on the death of their children.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 18, 1865, page 2
FOR FT. KLAMATH.--H. Bloom and Jas. Hurd, of this town, started this week for Ft. Klamath with four freight teams. They intend going over the mountain by the Butte Creek road. A drove of cattle are going before their teams. There is, it is said, but three or four miles of snow on the summit at present.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, June 17, 1865, page 2
BEARS.--James Newland, on Butte Creek, killed six bears last week, in sight of his house.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, October 28, 1865, page 2
At his residence on Butte Creek, March 12th, F. Simpson, aged 65 years.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 17, 1866, page 2
Great difficulty was experienced at Butte Creek to get election clerks. It was finally remedied by taking a Union man from the board of judges, and appointing a Democrat in his stead. It is needless to say that the Democratic majority reached the fine figure of forty votes.
"Jackson County," Oregon Statesman, Salem, June 18, 1866, page 3
DIED.Southern Oregon Press, Jacksonville, June 15, 1867, page 2
In Butte Creek precinct, June 15, Miss Narcissa Simpson, aged 18 years.
BRIDGE ACCIDENT.--While a drove of cattle was crossing a bridge over Little Butte Creek near J. J. Fryer's place, the 14th inst., it broke down, precipitating the herd into the water below. The banks of the stream are almost perpendicular at that point, and we understand that several animals were drowned.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, July 20, 1867, page 2
FARMHOUSE BURNED.--The dwelling house of Mr. John Nichols, on Butte Creek, was burned on the 12th inst. The fire caught in the roof of the house, from the stovepipe, as is supposed. Mrs. Nichols was not well, and the menfolks came from work about noon of that day, and started a fire in the stove with dry chips, among which was quite an amount of pitch wood. The fire burned very rapidly, and is supposed that the blaze and sparks flew out at the top of the stovepipe, and a brisk breeze blowing at the time, soon enveloped the whole housetop in a mass of flames. No property was saved from the second story, and but two beds and a small amount of wearing apparel from the ground floor. The whole loss is estimated at twenty-five hundred dollars.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, July 20, 1867, page 3
ON THE MOVE.--Mr. T. G. Devens informs us that everybody out on Butte Creek is getting into a fever to move out, into the Klamath Lake country. Mr. D. has just returned from there, and says claims are being staked off every day.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, October 5, 1867, page 3
INDIANS ABOUT.--Mr. Wrisley informs us a Spaniard, herding cattle on Trail Creek, in this county, was shot at by Indians last week. The circumstances, as we heard them, are that the Mexican, while performing his duties as herder came across a rancheria of four or five Indians, who had killed some of his stock. The Mexican says he told them they must not kill his cattle, whereupon the Indians fired at him, hitting his horse. He turned and ran but had not got far before his horse fell dead. He then continued his flight on foot.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, October 19, 1867, page 3
GOOD FOR BIG BUTTE.--Smith & Howard have for sale, at their lumber yard on California Street, some of the finest sugar pine lumber ever sawed in this county. It is from Big Butte, and many of the planks are thirty-eight inches in width and without knot or blemish of any kind.
STOCK SUFFERING.--We hear that the loose stock on Butte and Trail creeks are suffering greatly from extreme cold, and from scarcity of food. One person is said to have abandoned a flock of two thousand sheep, finding it impossible to save them. In 1862 the largest amount of stock died, having become weak and unable to get food; and if stock is neglected during the cold weather, the same result may be expected.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 18, 1868, page 3
THE LOST CABIN.--The story of the "lost cabin," which has been a fruitful theme of speculation with the people of Jackson County for the last fifteen years, has been revived again. We have heard a rumor about town the past few days to the effect that Mr. Isaac Skeeters, one of the original enthusiasts, with others, have found the fabled spot; and that it is located on the head of Antelope Creek, a tributary of Butte Creek. This party say that they have found the cabin, and the pick marks made by the first discoverers on a large boulder. Mr. Skeeters' party sank a hole and obtained several "colors." The party did not get down to the bedrock, but were driven back by the snow. They propose to return in a few days to give the locality a thorough prospecting. The story is almost, if not quite, spoiled by the fact that several years since Mr. Bowen had a milk ranch on the head of Antelope, where he had built a log cabin, and was in the habit of spending the hot summer months there. Although we believe the story of the log cabin to be one of the many exciting mining stories that were set afloat in those early days, founded partly in fact and partly in imagination, yet we hope that rich diggings may be struck, and think such a thing not beyond the range of possibilities.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, February 1, 1868, page 3
A Good Joke!On Monday last, a Republican friend of ours was riding out of town, and when a short distance out, met a prominent and active Democrat from "Butte Creek." The latter was slightly excited and, mistaking our informant for a Democrat, reined in his horse and stopped him. "Look here," said he; "What in thunder do you fellows mean by cutting down Butte Creek, and allowing our precinct only two delegates? Repub. informed the angry Democrat that he knew nothing about it, and wanted to know "what was the trouble." Democrat--"Why, Butte has half as many votes as that town of Jacksonville has, and we only have two votes in the convention, while Jacksonville has got eight. I just wanted to know if that's a fair shake? It may be all right, but it looks to me like shenanigan. That's what's the matter with Hannah." "O," says Repub., "I'm on the other side of house; go into town and see your political friends." "No, you don't," says Dem., "you're one of them town fellows that wants to swindle Butte out of their candidate for sheriff, and you try to play off for a Black because you're ashamed of your trickery. You think we Butte fellows don't know our rights. You just bet your life we will have them, and have a fair show for our candidate, or 'Wake Snakes' we'll show you that Old Butte is around about election day." Our friend assured the Democrat that he was deeply impressed with a sense of the injustice done to Butte precinct; that it was evidently an oversight, and would certainly be rectified on application to the would-be leader of the Democracy. Our friend mentally ejaculated "in a horn," and the excited Democrat turned his horse's head towards town, considerably mollified but wonderfully deceived. In view of the extreme harmony among the Democracy, the above may be considered a very good joke.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, February 8, 1868, page 2
BORN.Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, February 15, 1868, page 3 J. Frank Brown.
BROWN.--In Jacksonville, Feb. 7th, to the wife of Geo. Brown, a son.
Letter from Butte.Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, February 29, 1868, page 2
We can't just understand the reasons given by our correspondent below for wishing his communication in the Sentinel. The Democracy have an organ here, and it is the paper that should reflect the sentiment of its party. We have no interest in the broil that is raging in the ranks of the opposition, and do not desire any stock in it. We publish this letter but will decline any others should they be offered, unless there be urgent reasons that we think are sufficient for their publication.
BUTTE CREEK,EDITOR SENTINEL--SIR: I am a Democrat, and I am not used to scribbling for papers. Perhaps you may think I ought to send this scrap to the Reveille, but the reason of sending to you is this: I said I was a Democrat and every man in this county knows it. If I sent a piece of my mind to that paper, I would be coaxed, wheedled and badgered by the whippers-in until the life is out of me.
Jackson Co., Ogn.
But to my letter. There are two kinds of Democrats out here on Butte, namely: The Bedrock fellows and the war Democrats, or, as they are called by the Bedrockers, "mongrels." There is a great stir among us. The Bedrock fellows believe that secession was right, and always rejoiced at rebel victories. Heretofore, the results in Jackson County has been doubtful, and these Bedrock fellows were tame and quiet. But now it is thought that the county will go for the Democratic ticket surely, and now the Bedrock men pretend to own the party and all its voters. They have attempted to stock the browbeat every precinct convention, and talk as though they had a ring in all our noses. Hyde and Linn, they say, are mongrels, and no better than blacks, and they must give way to Bedrock men. Now, I wish to say, Mr. Editor, that though I have voted the Democratic ticket all my life, no man has a ring in my nose.
HORSE DROWNED.--J. J. Fryer attempted to cross Little Butte Creek on Tuesday last with two horses and a buggy. The horses soon got into swimming water, and the buggy sinking left Mr. Fryer in the water. He struck out for the shore, and being an excellent swimmer, succeeded in reaching the opposite bank after much labor. He had but a little while before [he] pulled his coat off and he thinks if he had not done so he would have been drowned. The team floated downstream about three hundred yards where the horses became detached from the buggy, and it soon capsized and lodged against a rock. The horses floated on down, rolling over in the water, one of them being strangled, or perhaps dead before they came loose from the buggy. They lodged on a drift pile, and the live horse got out. Mr. F. cannot estimate his loss as he don't know how much damage was done to the buggy; the horse was worth one hundred and fifty dollars.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 7, 1868, page 3 Reprinted in the Salem Daily Record, March 14, 1868, page 4
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 14, 1868, page 3
FRYER-LEWIS--On Butte Creek, March 5th, by Esq. Tinkham, Mr. J. J. Fryer and Miss [Luvicia] Jane Lewis.
BUTTE CREEK.--We learn that the grazing on Butte Creek is good now. Cows are gaining rapidly, and the dairies are beginning to make butter and cheese in quantities.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, April 4, 1868, page 3
MAN SHOT.--Last Wednesday morning, James Hardes, who lives on Big Butte Creek, shot James Arnold with a rifle, the ball entering his forehead and killing him instantly. We understand that the sad affair occurred after this wise: A few days previous to the shooting, James Hardes went to Arnold's camp and got a dog belonging to him. At this meeting, hard words passed, which resulted in no serious consequences. The dog went back, and on the morning of the shooting, Hardes went after him again. The camp of Arnold was a board shanty, with one side open; and as Hardes approached the camp and came around by the open side of the shanty, Arnold saw him and jumped to the head of his bed where his rifle lay rolled up in a blanket, and commenced unrolling it, at the same time watching Hardes. Arnold unrolled the gun and was raising it to his face when Hardes shot him as above stated. Mr. D. Dunlap was present and presented his revolver at Hardes who, clubbing his rifle, struck Dunlap on the arm, severely injuring him. Dunlap then retreated with his pistol still presented. Hardes fired one shot from his pistol at Dunlap, but did not hit him. Hardes came into town the same day of the occurrence, to stand an examination, and was advised to do so by his attorney, but afterward left and has not been arrested yet. As soon as the news of the killing reached town, Sheriff Owen and a deputy started for Butte Creek to arrest Hardes, but missed meeting him on the road. Hardes married a daughter of Arnold's a few months since, but not living agreeably together, they had parted. Arnold had jumped Hardes' land claim, but was beaten by the latter in a suit before the Register and Receiver at Roseburg.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, May 30, 1868, page 3
A DESPERADO.--A Jacksonville (Oregon) paper says:
On the 27th of May, James Hardes killed James Arnold, his father-in-law, on Long Prairie, between Big and Little Butte Creek. Hardes went to the house of Arnold, armed with a Sharps rifle. Arnold, hearing a great noise among the dogs, stepped to the door and was met by Hardes, who had his gun presented. Arnold stepped back into the house, followed by Hardes, who said, "I have you now," or "I'll get even now," and fired, the ball striking Arnold in the forehead, killing him instantly. He then clubbed his rifle and attacked Mr. Dunlap, who had witnessed the affair; but with the assistance of Arnold's wife, the gun was taken from Hardes, who drew a pistol and fired at Dunlap as he retreated.
Marysville Daily Appeal, Marysville, California, June 12, 1868, page 3
SNOW.--Mr. Hanley, just in from Ft. Klamath, informs us that there is from three to five feet of snow on the mountain by the Butte Creek road. Wagons cannot go over yet, but for horses the way is good, as the snow is hard and firm.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, July 4, 1868, page 2
LARGE SALE OF CATTLE.--Mr. Swingle, of Butte Creek, sold his large band of cattle, about 800 head, to Messrs. Dow and Whittington, of Honey Lake, last week. We have not learned the price, but it is said to be very good.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, October 3, 1868, page 3
SEVERE ACCIDENT.--On last Monday, near Butte Creek, Robert Ober, a child of six years, was severely kicked on the head by a horse--laying the flesh open to the bone and breaking the outer plate of the skull, several pieces of which have been extracted. It is thought that he will recover. The patient is attended by Dr. Grube of this place.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, November 7, 1868, page 3
WAR ON BUTTE CREEK.--Several citizens of this place started out to Butte Creek last week to hunt up some stock. While camped out on Hanley's ranch, several citizens of that delightful locality came wading through the sticky mud, armed with rifles and shotguns, and warned the Jacksonvillians away. They had "heern of the smallpox" they said, "and didn't want any of it packed out thar." Our boys didn't scare worth a cent, although shooting and horse-whipping were threatened; so they stayed till they got ready to come away and are positive that they didn't leave any smallpox behind them.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, February 13, 1869, page 3
ACCIDENT.--A week ago yesterday, J. M. McIntire, of Butte Creek, undertook to lead two horses while mounted on a third, and carrying a loaded rifle. One of the horses became restive, and in trying to subdue him the rifle was in some way discharged, seriously wounding two fingers of the rider's right hand. The patient was attended by Dr. Grube, who reports him doing well.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 6, 1869, page 3
BORN.Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 20, 1869, page 2
FRYER.--On Butte Creek, March 15, 1869, to the wife of J. J. Fryer, a daughter.
Wild strawberries are plenty on Butte and Trail creeks, and several families have gone out there to rusticate.
The forests of Butte Creek are being devastated, and the range for stock being burned out by the destroying element. Some of these fires are the effects of carelessness on the part of hunters--which merits severe reprehension if not moderate punishment; but when persons wantonly set fire to the woods, for the sake of a fire--as is said to have been the case on Butte Creek, where some emigrants from Salt Lake to the Willamette Valley deliberately crossed the creek to set fire to the timber--then no punishment known to the penal code is too severe.--News.
State Rights Democrat, Albany, Oregon, August 21, 1869, page 2
DAMAGE BY FIRE.--We hear that Wm. Mathews lost about seven thousand rails last week by some parties setting fire to the timber on Butte Creek. It is complained that some excellent range in that neighborhood has been entirely burnt off and if we have a severe winter, cattle will suffer.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 4, 1869, page 2
CAMP MEETING.--A camp meeting commenced on Butte Creek yesterday, and will continue for a week or more. Bishop Marvin (M.E.S.) will be one of the officiating ministers.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 11, 1869, page 2
BEAR KILLED.--Last week Jimmy McCully killed a large brown bear on Butte Creek that had done much damage in that neighborhood. Jimmy was fortunate enough to catch it up a tree, and just as it was descending he stuck a musket against its ribs and shot it dead. Brave boy.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 18, 1869, page 3
TROUBLESOME NEIGHBOR.--The ranchmen on Butte are troubled by the depredations of a grizzly. It frequently comes down from the mountains and takes a calf for breakfast; and only a few days since regaled itself with a full-grown cow.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 18, 1869, page 3
CAMP MEETING.--The meeting on Butte Creek has been largely attended all week. Bishop Marvin preached a number of effective sermons, and several "joined religion." It will probably break up after tomorrow.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 18, 1869, page 3
SURVEYING.--Surveyor Howard started on Monday with a corps of assistants to survey the county road between here and Big Butte.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 25, 1869, page 3
GAME.--Butte Creek has for some time back been a capital place for hunting. Bears and deer abound. The mast in that vicinity being unusually plentiful is supposed to be the great attention for these animals, and has brought a good many of them to grief. Within the past few days one man is said to have killed 14 bears.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, October 23, 1869, page 3
Letter from Butte Creek.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 4, 1871, page 2
EDITOR TIMES:--Your article of last week, advocating a new mail route, suits us, but we want the route to extend to Big Butte.
We have quite an extensive settlement, and are thirty miles from a post office. We sometimes wait two months, or ever, for an opportunity of getting reading matter. Every person in the settlement would take from one to four newspapers, if they could get them regularly; as it now is, a newspaper becomes old ere we get it. We are heart and hand with you for a new mail route, and hope you will not let the matter rest until it shall have been established.
BIG BUTTE.We would say to our correspondent that we have no objections to extending the route to Big Butte. The postal agent has been written to, and will probably visit this county to look at the ground himself, and will no doubt arrange a route for the convenience of all. [ED. TIMES.]
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 2, 1871, page 3
N O T I C E
To Bridge Builders.
SEALED proposals will be received at the County Clerk's office of Jackson County, Oregon, until Monday 12 o'clock, M., September 25th, 1871, for the letting of the building of two bridges--one across Little Butte Creek, near the residence of Peter Simon; and the other across Evans Creek on the present traveled stage road. The said bridges to be built according to the plans and specifications on file in the County Clerk's office. The builders are to furnish all the materials necessary, and to construct said bridges. All bidders are required to enclose with their bids for the Butte Creek bridge a bond in the sum of $500; and all bidders for the Evans Creek bridge in the sum of $2,000, with two or more sufficient sureties in each case, to be void upon the condition that the bidder, if the contract is awarded to him, will enter into an agreement and give the necessary bonds for the faithful performance of the contract. No bids will be considered unless accompanied with the undertakings above mentioned. The sealed proposals will be opened on said day, and if deemed expedient, the contract for the construction of said bridges will be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder.
Dated Jacksonville, Oregon, August 11th, 1871.
The Jacksonville Sentinel says that the effect of the reported location of the railroad through that valley caused great excitement on Butte Creek, and the inhabitants rushed to town all bent on securing the town site location.
----There is a rumor in Jacksonville that some three hundred and fifty German Republicans, from Indiana, have secured a valuable tract of land on Little Butte Creek, where they propose to locate next summer.
Albany Register, January 26, 1872, page 8
From the Jacksonville Sentinel of Saturday: John D. Meyer, who was clerking in Bigler & Bros.' store on Little Butte Creek, was drowned in that stream on Saturday last. He left the store at 2 o'clock and went to the creek to take a bath, and not returning, the neighbors went in search of him. They found his clothes near where a large rock projected into the stream, and his body was found several hundred feet below. It is supposed that he fell and struck his head against a rock, as there was a heavy bruise on his forehead, and drowned before recovering from the concussion. Mr. Meyer was about 38 years old.
"Oregon," Oregonian, Portland, August 20, 1872, page 1
NEW GRIST MILL.--Mr. John Daley is building a first-class new grist mill on Butte Creek, which be of great benefit to that section of the county.
"Town and County," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 7, 1872, page 3
ANOTHER FIGHT WITH A BEAR.--A few days ago three brothers by the name of Obenchain, when near Eighty Acre Prairie, on Butte Creek, encountered a grizzly bear, when a fight was immediately begun, bruin showing his grit to the last. In the struggle Wash. Obenchain was thrown from his horse, and thus fell into the clutches of the enraged brute, who immediately began tearing him to pieces. He would have made short work of this but for the interference of the other two brothers, who instantly attacked him, and by a lucky shot from John's gun succeeded in putting a ball through his lungs, which weakened and soon killed him. Wash. is dangerously injured, but is under the skillful care of Dr. Aiken, who believes he will recover. He was a bear of large size, measuring thirty-eight inches across the back and is thought to have weighed at least 1200 pounds. But for the skillful use of John's rifle he would probably have proven more than a match for all three of the men; but they "fixed" him, and one of his huge paws can be seen at Dr. Aiken's office, where it is held as a trophy of the fight.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, October 5, 1872, page 3
Last Saturday evening, Washington Obenchain, who resides on Big Butte Creek, about 30 miles from Jacksonville, noticed that something had been disturbing his cattle, and on making search, found the intruder to be a very large grizzly bear. Early next morning, Mr. Obenchain, accompanied by his two brothers, took their guns and dogs and started in search of the grizzly, and the dogs succeeded in overhauling him in about four miles' travel, bringing him to a standstill. The men spurred up their horses and were soon on the ground, which is known as 80-acre prairie, dismounted, and one of them fired on him, but without any perceivable effect, except to start him for the brush. Washington Obenchain then mounted his horse and followed him into the brush, where the dogs had again brought him to bay. Mr. Obenchain, finding himself in close quarters, raised his gun and let him have a load of buckshot, which set bruin in excellent fighting humor, and he turned on him for revenge, knocking his horse from under him, and was using him up pretty fast, when the dogs, who were vigorously attacking the bear in the rear, attracted bruin's attention, saving their master from further mutilation, until one of the other men came up and gave him a dead shot, which caused him to retire in disgust, and the dogs then took satisfaction out of him. The bear was of enormous size and weight, and would weigh about 1,200 pounds. One of his forefeet measured 12 inches in length and 9 inches in width. This bear has been a pest to the citizens of that section for years. We learn from Dr. Aiken, who dressed the wounds of Mr. Obenchain, that he received twelve flesh wounds, nine of which are serious and the rest slight, the most dangerous being where the bear bit him through the legs. Mr. Obenchain is convalescing, but it is not likely that he will hanker after another bear fight soon.
TERRIFIC BEAR FIGHT.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 5, 1872, page 3 For later, mythologized, versions click here.
MEMORIAL PASSED.--A memorial to Congress passed both houses of the last legislature, petitioning for the establishment of a mail route from Jacksonville to Brownsboro, the new town on Little Butte Creek, thence by Big Butte Creek to Sams Valley and return once a week.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 2, 1872, page 2
NEW MAIL ROUTE.--There is in contemplation a new mail route from Jacksonville to Sams Valley, Butte Creek, and Manzanita, to take the place of the present one, which will accommodate more people and to better advantage, and steps are being taken to push the matter through. The contemplated route begins at Jacksonville, runs from there to Brownsboro, thence to Big Butte, thence to Hannah's ferry, from there to the Meadows on Evans Creek, from the Meadows to Hays' store in Sams Valley, and from there to Jacksonville, by way of Bybee's ferry and Manzanita. The citizens living on the above line are requested to call on Deputy Sheriff Coats, at the Sheriff's office, and give him the names of the various postmasters and post offices they desire to have appointed and established. Mr. Coats has a blank diagram to be filled out and sent on to Washington, and those interested should not hesitate or delay in this matter, but take action immediately.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 16, 1872, page 3
The Times says: "There is in contemplation a new mail route from Jacksonville to Sams Valley, Butte Creek and Manzanita, to take the place of the present one, which will accommodate more people and to better advantage, and steps are being taken to push the matter through. The contemplated route begins at Jacksonville, runs from there to Brownsboro, thence to Big Butte, thence to Hannah's ferry, from there to the Meadows on Evans Creek, from the Meadows to Hay's store in Sams Valley, and from there to Jacksonville, by the way of Bybee's ferry and Manzanita."
The New Northwest, Portland, December 6, 1872, page 3
The mail route from Jacksonville to Eagle Point has been altered so as to embrace the new post offices of Sams Valley and Brownsboro. J. W. Hays and John Bilger are postmasters respectively. The contract for carrying the mail over this route has been awarded to Kubli & Wilson, and the first trip will be made this week.
"Oregon," Oregonian, Portland, August 11, 1873, page 1
WE ARE NOW READY to receive wheat in store, and will commence grinding on the 10th inst.
Our terms for grinding will be the eighth bushel, or exchange.
DALEY & EMERY.Butte Creek Mills, Sept. 1, 1873.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 13, 1873, page 2
Daley & Emery, of the Butte Creek Mills, as will be seen elsewhere, are prepared to receive wheat in store, and were to commence grinding on the 10th inst. Their terms are reasonable.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 13, 1873, page 3
A GOOD CHANCE!THE UNDERSIGNED OFFERS for sale his one-fourth interest in the Big Butte Creek Steam Saw Mill, including three yoke of oxen, trucks, chains, etc. I offer the above at a very low figure. My terms are half cash, and half in either Stock, Grain or Lumber. For further particulars, inquire on the premises or of the undersigned.
JOSEPH PATTERSON.October 28th, 1873.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, November 29, 1873, page 4
LETTER FROM BUTTE CREEK.
BUTTE CREEK, March 4th.EDITOR TIMES:
Thinking that perhaps you and your numerous readers would like to hear from this out-of-the-way part of the world, I thought I would send you an account of what is going on here. We have had snow and mud to our full satisfaction, and the ground is so wet that we are unable to do much in the way of farming; but, while our crops are growing, some of the farmers have been taking steps for the future.
On Tuesday, the 10th inst., D. D. W. M. Buick came into our neighborhood, accompanied by a number of the Patrons of Husbandry, and according to previous arrangements, a large concourse of our citizens met them at the Eagle Point school house. After a short and impressive speech by Mr. Buick, in which he set forth the object of the grange movement, he proceeded to take the necessary steps for the organization of a grange. Upon calling over the names of the persons who had signified their desire to become members, twenty men and ten women responded, whereupon he informed them that the charter was now full; but, for the benefit of those that were anxious to be identified with the movement, he stated that he could receive a limited number as initiatory members, whereupon three men and one woman came forward, registered their names and paid the usual fee. He then politely requested those who did not desire to unite with them in the movement to retire, and after a short intermission, proceeded to organize the grange.
The following persons were elected and installed as officers for the vear; James Miller, W.M.; Peter Simon, O.; Wilson Potter, L.; George Nichols, S.; H. J. Terrill, A.S.; A. C. Howlett, C.; Levi Tinkham, T.; Joseph Cleft, Sec.; John Nichols, G.K.; Elizabeth Simon, Ceres; Elizabeth Culbertson, P.; Theodosia Culbertson, F.; Eola Nichols, L.A.S.
During the recess, arrangements were made to have a grange organized at Mound Prairie school house. On the morning of the 12th inst. a grange, composed of twenty-five men and ten women, was brought into existence, and on the 13th at 1 o'clock p.m. was started out on the great ocean of time in good working order.
The following officers were elected and installed as officers of said grange for the year: Martin Peterson, W.M.; W. J. Gregory, O.; F. Wortz, L.; A. J. Morris, S.; Jas. Beck, A.S.; J. J. Smith, C.; J. J. March, T.; L. Gregory, Sec.; E. Jones, G.K.; Mrs. S. J. Wortz, C.; Mrs. S. J. Gregory, P.; Miss L. Smith, F.; Mrs. C. Morris, L.A.S.
So you see that the Grangers are kicking up considerable dust in this neighborhood, in spite of the rain, snow and mud.
GRANGER.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 21, 1874, page 3 This sounds like A. C. Howlett.
Walt Obenchain, of Jackson County, who was badly scratched up by a grizzly bear about a year ago, had a chase after a huge black bear, last week, which had killed one of his cows. In both instances he succeeded in making meat of bruin.
Deputy Master Buick last week organized Eagle Point Grange, on Butte Creek, Jackson County. The following are the officers for the ensuing year: James Miller, W.M.; Peter Simon, O.; Wilson Potter, L.; George Nichols, S.; H. J. Terrill, A.S.; A. C. Howlett, C.; Levi Tinkham, T.; Joseph Cleft, Sec.; John Nichols, G.K.; Elizabeth Simon, Ceres; Elizabeth Culbertson, P.; Theodosia Culbertson, F.; Eola Nichols, L.A.S.
"Pacific Slopers," Albany Register, March 21, 1874, page 3
The dwelling house of Wm. Wilkinson, on Butte Creek, Jackson County, was burned to the ground Sunday evening, the 20th ult. The origin of the fire is unknown. Mrs. Wilkinson had left the house but a short time before to meet her husband, who was hunting stock, and was returning when she discovered the house to be on fire. With the exception of a few articles, everything was burned.
"Pacific Slopers," Albany Register, April 11, 1874, page 3
THE NEW WAGON ROAD.
Jackson Co., Aug. 24, 1874.EDITOR TIMES--Dear Sir:--I embrace this opportunity to give you a brief outline of my first trip to the mountains in Oregon. Notwithstanding the busy time of the year, in company with some four others, I started from M. Hanley's farm on Little Butte Creek last Monday morning, for the purpose of examining the pass through the Cascade Range at the bead of the Butte creeks, in order to ascertain the practicability of constructing a wagon road through said pass. We found that the pass is the best and nearest way to connect this valley with the valleys east of us that can be found. Mr. Hanley's farm is 28 miles from Jacksonville. It is five miles to Soda Springs, on the north prong of Little Butte; from there it is six miles to the Falls, where the Applegate railroad survey crosses the creek; from there it is nine miles to where said survey crosses the Ashland and Pelican Bay wagon road. Here the proposed road should fork, the left-hand fork leading to Fort Klamath. The right-hand fork should follow as near as practicable on the Applegate railroad survey to Mr. Stearns', near Link River, where it would intersect the Ashland road. The distance from these forks to Stearns' is 32 miles, making in all 80 miles from Jacksonville to the latter place. I think this distance can be made easier on this route than on any other that crosses the Cascade or Nevada range. It will be up one way and down the other, as there are no deep chasms to cross. We did not explore the whole route, but some of the party have been over all of it. The part we explored is said to be the most difficult portion of the whole route. I have crossed this range in three other places, and I find that a road can be made on this route for less than one-twentieth what it cost to make the Amador, Placerville or Truckee River roads in California. It is in fact but a light undertaking to make a wagon road on this route. We found not a place that will require blasting, and most of the grading will be easy. There will be but few bridges, and the most of the work will be clearing away timber.
At some future time I will try and show some of the advantages this road would be to the public.
Yours, etc., M. PETERSON.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 28, 1874, page 3
A letter from Ashland to the Sentinel says: "We have a minister here who is not afraid to work. Since his advent among us he has been engaged at chopping wood, building chimneys, &c., and is now at work building a parsonage, which he informs us will soon be completed. He is also erecting, on Butte Creek, at the home of Mr. Swingle, a 'water telegraph,' a new, novel and speedy method of bringing water from a distance. He says he can carry water by it at the rate of a mile per minute, over any kind of country, up hill or down. I will probably, in my next, give a description of the machine and its workings. Such a minister is worth helping along."
"Oregon," Morning Oregonian, Portland, December 22, 1874, page 2
On Butte Creek in Jackson, stock is looking badly, and many head will die unless they are strengthened by a little feed occasionally until spring.
"Pacific Coast Items," Albany Register, February 13, 1875, page 2
From Butte Creek.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 26, 1875, page 3
BROWNSBORO, Feb. 16th.EDITOR DEMOCRATIC TIMES:
On Friday last I attended the examination of the Brownsboro scholars (40 odd) by J. B. Farley, Esq., their teacher. The house was well filled with visitors, who seemed to be well pleased and listened with close attention to the exercises of each class.
Mr. Farley seems to be at home at a school examination. At the close he gave us a treat, in a few remarks on mathematics, which were highly interesting and received with applause.
Mr. Henry Brown congratulated the teacher upon the progress made, and the scholars for their general good behavior.
Through the kindness and liberality of Mr. James Miller, the scholars were regaled with cake and tea, and so ended a very pleasant day in Brownsboro.
ARRESTED.--A young negro, named Harris, was last week arrested on Little Butte Creek by Stephen Booth and Frank Dow, and brought to town and lodged in jail. A short time ago Manning & Ish lost a horse from the farm of Phillip Riley, and Harris was lately seen taking an animal answering his description through Brownsboro; hence his arrest. Harris had a preliminary examination before Justice Stinson on Monday, who held him to appear before the grand jury in the sum of $800 bonds, in default of which he was remanded to jail.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 30, 1875, page 3
Horrible Murder.The Roseburg Plaindealer has an account of a horrible murder that has created great excitement in Southern Oregon. An examination had been had at Jacksonville, when the following facts were developed:
McMahon, the murdered man, was a single man, living alone on his sheep ranch on Butte Creek, some sixteen miles northeast of Jacksonville. He came there in 1860 from French Prairie, in Marion County, with a small flock of sheep, which increased by purchase as well as natural increase, until the time of his death, when they numbered about 1500 head.
A mountain trail that runs from the South Umpqua, by way of Elk Creek, crossing Rogue River at Bybee's Ferry, about ten miles above Rock Point, to McMahon's ranch. Barden seems to have been acquainted with McMahon for some time, and has been in the habit of passing over the trail to and from his ranch for years. Two or three times, before the murder, he went over there for the ostensible purpose of trying to buy his sheep. On one of these trips, Carey, his accomplice in the murder, was with him, and at Bybee's Ferry Barden first proposed to him that they should kill McMahon and take the sheep. Carey at first declined, but was finally hired by Barden to accompany him and take part in the murder.
Two days before the murder, they came to McMahon's house, stayed all night with him, returned to Bybee's Ferry where they spent the night, and the next day returned to McMahon's for the purpose of committing the murder. They did not find an opportunity to carry out their design until the afternoon, when they enticed McMahon out to look at the sheep. They all went up a gulch about a mile from the house, walking in a trail, McMahon ahead, followed by Barden, and Carey in the rear. Barden drew a revolver and shot McMahon twice in the back part of the head, just above and behind the right ear, tearing off almost the whole side of the head. He fell dead without even a groan or a struggle. They then carried him a few steps to a spot where the creek had washed out the earth from the roots of a tree, leaving barely room for the body. They then threw in the body so as to lie on the left side, covered it up with brush and leaves, and then went back to the house, where they gathered up the sheep, slept that night in the murdered man's bed, and the next day drove the sheep off the range on the way to the South Umpqua, where they kept them until their arrest.
McMahon was indebted to P. J. Ryan, of Jacksonville, about five hundred dollars, and Ryan, becoming uneasy, telegraphed to Barden to know whether the purchase money for the sheep was all paid. He answered: "Payments all made; McMahon gone to Albany to buy sheep." A short time thereafter he went to Canyonville, and in Levens' store forged a letter from McMahon to Chas. Griffin, telling him to take the things from the house and keep them until his return, and enclosed in it the key to McMahon's house. He signed the letter "Mack mahon."
This, and other circumstances, led to his arrest, and also that of Carey. The day after their arrival at Jacksonville, Carey, under promise from the District Attorney that his life should be spared, made a full confession of the murder, and described the locality in which the body could found. He made a sketch of the ground, from which no difficulty was experienced in finding the body. When found, one shoulder and foot protruded from the ground, and some varmints had got to it and disfigured it in such a manner that it presented a horrible appearance.
Perhaps, taken all in all, this is the coldest blooded and most remarkable murder yet perpetrated in Oregon. Other dark deeds are supposed to be traceable to his bloody hands, and we doubt not Carey would soon have followed those gone before.
The man Barden, the principal in this horrible butchery, is the father of a family, a member of the church, and up to the date of his crime bore an excellent character.
Greenville Democrat, Greenville, Ohio, May 12, 1875, page 1
Hiram Farlow's temporary home on Little Butte Creek, Jackson, was one day last week destroyed by fire. He resided alone, and was out hunting at the time it occurred, so nothing was saved. The property consumed consisted of grain, tools, guns, etc., the total value of which was about three hundred dollars.
"Pacific Slopers," Albany Register, November 19, 1875, page 2
NARROW ESCAPE FROM DROWNING.--W. Beeson informs us that as E. Slosson, of the Rogue River saw mill, was the other day endeavoring to ford Butte Creek, near Taylor's ferry, with a team, the current was so strong as to render it impossible to cross the stream, and came near drowning them all. Two persons with Mr. Slosson became frightened before the wagon had proceeded far and jumped out and regained the shore in safety, as also did the horses and wagon after going somewhat farther, but Slosson floated quite a distance down the creek before he caught an overhanging log and saved himself. He lost his coat, containing some money, and also a pair of blankets, which were in the wagon at the time.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 28, 1876, page 3
A PIZZARINKTUM CONUNDRUM.--If it takes two gallons of whiskey to supply Big Butte on election day, how much will it take to furnish sixteen larger precincts at the same time?
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 5, 1876, page 4
NOT CLOSED OUT.
FOR THE BENEFIT of the citizens of Butte Creek, Sams Valley and the public generally, and owing to the false statements to the effect that the store and business have been closed out at this place, the undersigned take this method of refuting those accusations by stating that the goods formerly belonging to the P. of H.* Business Association have been purchased of Helman & Fountain, of Ashland, and the business continues at the former stand at Daley & Emery's mill, on Butte Creek, independent of any corporation or association. The stock of goods consists of a general assortment of merchandise, drugs and medicines. Teams on the road are constantly enlarging the stock. Goods will be sold on as reasonable terms as anywhere in the county. Bacon, lard, wheat, oats, wool, eggs taken in exchange for goods. Reasonable credit to responsible persons--premium on all cash sales.
INLOW BROS.Eagle Point, July 31, 1876.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 17, 1876, page 3 *Patrons of Husbandry.
MILL NOTICE.Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, August 31, 1876, page 2
OUR MILL HAS BEEN MISREPRESENTED by Grangers and others saying that "we are not doing anything"; but we are doing this: We give 36 lbs. of flour, 3 lbs. of shorts and 8 lbs. of bran per bushel of good wheat. We will also pay 65 cents for wheat and pay for it in flour, ready sacked, at $18 per thousand.
DALEY & EMERY.Butte Creek, August 16, 1876.
The citizens of Eagle Point and vicinity have appointed a committee to look out a practicable route for a new wagon road near the crossing of Trail Creek, on Fort Klamath road, thence up said creek to some point on the county line, between Jackson and Douglas County, where the citizens of Douglas County propose to complete a road to form a junction with the said line on Trail Creek.
"Tidings," Weekly Bee, Portland, September 14, 1876, page 1
LAND JUMPED.--Some land jumping is going on in the vicinity of Butte Creek. Jos. Swingle's land has been squatted on by these jumpers, and one even stuck up a notice in Geo. Ratrie's orchard, claiming it and its surroundings. This land is not surveyed, but has been occupied for some time. Mr. Ratrie intends having his surveyed immediately and will then pre-empt it. Knowles, now confined in jail, is one of the persons engaged in this business.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 3, 1877, page 3
EAGLE POINT.--We learn that substantial improvements are proposed at this point on Butte Creek. The erection of a Catholic church, a store and other places of business, besides several dwellings, is being talked of. Already a good grist mill, a flourishing school, a store, etc., are in operation there, which, in connection with the improvements in view, will give considerable importance to Eagle Point.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 12, 1877, page 3
FROM EAGLE POINT.--Geo. Brown was over from Butte Creek Wednesday and reports matters progressing finely at Eagle Point. He has just completed a store house for R. H. Brown and will also build him a dwelling. The street of this place has been widened and other improvements made. A large number of teams are constantly coming for flour, which gives everything a lively appearance. Daley & Emery's mill is overcrowded with work and has orders for several weeks ahead. They have about 200,000 bushels of wheat stored, which are ground as fast as possible. The future of Eagle Point is certainly a very promising one.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 19, 1877, page 3
Big Butte Items.
Marsh, Valpey & Co. are running their new steam sawmill to its utmost capacity and turning out an immense quantity of good lumber. The mill saws 10,000 feet per day.
George A. King, who formerly manipulated the reins for the O.&C. Stage Company, has settled among us and become a granger.
Several families have settled in this neck of the woods the past season, and we now have quite a settlement.
Grass fair; game plentiful; health good; weather pleasant; business lively; money scarce; lumber a legal tender; the school in full blast.
Squire Dunlap's oldest son was thrown from a horses some time since and had his arm broken. He is now improving. Sam Cameron let a chisel drop through his foot and Wm. Parker was badly bitten by a dog.
VINDEX.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 19, 1877, page 3
BIG BUTTE ITEMS.--Our correspondent, Vindex, sends us the following news, under date of the 10th:
Wm. H. Parker has purchased the Big Butte saw mill.
Born--On November 2nd, to the wife of J. B. Swett, a daughter.
P. is the champion newspaper man in this section. He takes not less than half a dozen ones.
On account of the rainy weather the steam saw mill is not rushing business at this time, but I believe the proprietors intend to keep it running pretty much all winter.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 16, 1877, page 3
BIG BUTTE ITEMS.--"Vindex, under date of the 3rd, writes:
It is cold up here, but, thank Providence, we have plenty of fuel.
I understand that Mr. P. anticipates giving another party--perhaps on the 22nd of February.
The Butters had two free dancers during the holidays--the first at John Obenchain's on Christmas, and the other at Martin Perry's on New Year's night. Your correspondent was not a participant in the former "shakedown," but learns that it was an enjoyable affair. At Mr. Perry's both young and old tripped the light fantastic quite lively. Messrs. Laporte and Watkins were the violinists, and gave good music. The supper prepared by Mrs. Perry was just splendid, such as would have done credit to any hostess.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 11, 1878, page 3
At Eagle Point, Jackson County, some days ago, a little boy named Eddy McCord, seven or eight years of age, fell on a sharp stub of chaparral which penetrated the lower part of the body, causing a wound which the surgeon says must prove fatal.
"Oregon," Oregonian, Portland, January 29, 1878, page 1
F. X. Blanchet, Catholic pastor at Jacksonville, advertises for proposals for building a Catholic church at Eagle Point.
"Oregon," Oregonian, Portland, February 6, 1878, page 2
NEW POST OFFICE.--The petition of the citizens of Big Butte for a post office has been heeded and the Postmaster General has ordered the Brownsboro route extended eight miles further, which will give them a semi-weekly mail. The contractor, Pat. McMahon, will receive $300 additional compensation, making his contract $924 a year.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 21, 1878, page 3
The petition of the citizens of Big Butte, Jackson County, for a post office has been heeded, and the postmaster-general has ordered the Brownsboro route extended eight miles further, which will give them a semi-weekly mail.
"Oregon," Oregonian, Portland, June 24, 1878, page 1
Big Butte Items.
Our regular correspondent, under date of the 19th, sends us the following:
Cattle flourishing like the green bay horse.
Thirty-four scholars in attendance at our district school.
Marsh & Co. are rushing the wheels of their steam sawmill.
Mr. Bland's family at the steam mill have the whooping cough.
Obenchain & Cameron's lightning express brings sawlogs in lively.
We have not been "salmoned." Jim Mann's fish trap will not let them come up the stream.
Election passed off quietly. No firewater. Our judges and clerks looked as dry as smoked salmon. Twenty-seven votes cast--15 Republican and 12 Democratic. Fourteen patriots did not go to the pols to exercise the right of suffrage.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 28, 1878, page 2
Tine Sly, of Butte Creek, was thrown from his horse one day last week while going at full speed driving wild horses, and had both collar bones broken. Doctors Danforth & Robinson are the physicians in attendance.
"Random Jottings," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, July 31, 1878, page 4
EAGLE POINT.--A correspondent of that place sends us the following items: Times at Eagle Point are lively at present. Farmers are busy hauling wheat to the mill and receiving flour in exchange. Messrs. Brown and Inlow are doing a rushing business in the mercantile line. The Catholic church building is now enclosed and presents a fine appearance. Several other improvements are now in contemplation, among which is a new residence for Robert Brown. This place is bound to develop itself and become of considerable importance yet.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 25, 1878, page 3
MILL NOTICE.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 27, 1878, page 2
NOTICE IS HEREBY given that the co-partnership heretofore existing between John Daley and Eber Emery, under the firm name of Daley & Emery, in the mill business at Eagle Point, is dissolved by mutual consent, Mr. Emery retiring. All accounts due the old firm will be settled by Daley & Son, who will also settle all liabilities. The business will hereafter be conducted by A. J. Daley.
Thankful for past patronage heretofore extended, a continuance of the same is solicited for the new firm.
JOHN DALEY,Eagle Point, Aug. 19, 1878.
Considerable building is being done at Eagle Point.
Eagle Point is unusually lively, a large number of farmers hauling their wheat to mill just now.
J. T. Roloson, who has the contract for building the Catholic church at Eagle Point, informs us that the outside work is about completed, and the structure will be ready for service in about four weeks. It will be a handsome edifice.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 27, 1878, page 3
ST. FRANCIS CHURCH.--The Roman Catholic church, at Eagle Point, was dedicated by Father Blanchet last Sunday. Quite a number went out from this place to attend the services. During the weeks previous Father Blanchet offered an elegantly bound Bible to be raffled for, the proceeds to be given to the church. One hundred and twelve chances were taken, at one dollar each. Peter Amsy, of Rock Point, was the winner.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 1, 1878, page 3
Capt. Hyzer has suspended work for a few days on the Catholic church at Eagle Point and is completing the painting of [the] Odd Fellows' building in this place.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 1, 1878, page 3
Big Butte Items.Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 3, 1879, page 3
Good beef cattle scarce.
C. A. Carey is our pedagogue.
The Yellow Jacket steam mill has been shut down for the present.
Turkeys were scarce, but fat chickens suffered on Christmas day.
Big Butte is notorious for dances, but the one on Christmas night at Baldwin Sills' "capped the climax." It opened at early candle lighting and the dancers kept the "ball rolling" until 11 o'clock the next day. There were about 25 couples present, with six fiddlers and three violins. The supper was just splendid--all of which being free.
VINDEX.Big Butte, Dec. 27, 1878.
RECORDED.--The plat of J. J. Fryer's addition to Eagle Point has been recorded in the County Clerk's office and Mr. Fryer is now selling lots in the same. That place promises to be one of the most prominent business points in Southern Oregon, being situated in a healthful locality, surrounded by good farms and stock ranges and enjoying an excellent water privilege.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 17, 1879, page 3
Snow has fallen to a depth of three feet on Big Butte.
The farmers of Butte Creek are busy, the "sticky" having thawed out so as to admit of plowing.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 17, 1879, page 3
BUTTE CREEK ITEMS.
The Good Templars lodge at this place is in full blast. They initiated six new members at their last meeting.
We are having some rough weather now. Snow is four inches deep in shaded places, and it is still snowing. Stock of all kinds look well up to this time, however.
Some substantial improvements have been made near here this last fall in the way of fencing fields and clearing land. Men appear to have thrown their coats and gone to work.
M. Hanley has had nine or ten men at work about a month making rails and fencing on his stock ranch. Hanley finds if he keeps pace with his German neighbors he has got to do something.
We had plenty of opportunity to plow and sow up to freezing weather. We have been able to plow here in the foothills since the first rains. Most of the farmers have more grain in than ever before at this time.
George and Charley Jones are getting out the rest of the band of wild cattle which Frank Dow tried to get out last winter. They ran back on the ridge between the two Butte creeks. They run them off the mountain with dogs and lasso them. There are some large steers as wild as elk. It is an exciting and dangerous work; both horse and rider are sometimes brought to grass.
There are more Germans coming. Some time ago, George S. Guebner of Clear Creek, Cooper County, Mo., sent on money and had an agent enter about 500 acres of land near Brownsboro. He wishes H. R. Brown and Henry Pech to go and examine the land and report on its quality, adaptation, etc. He also asks to know if improved farms can be bought near his lands, as others are coming with him who will want to purchase. This is welcome news to us, for the Germans that are here are peaceable, stirring, energetic citizens, and it won't be long before some of them will own the best farms in the valley.
FARMER.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 17, 1879, page 3
Brownsboro, Jan. 13, 1879.
BIG BUTTE ITEMS.Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 24, 1879, page 3
School progressing finely.
The dancing mania has ceased.
Our mail comes tri-weekly now. Good.
Snow a foot deep; stock looking humble.
Ten families reside at or near the steam mill.
Those having hay will not sell any for love or money.
Over sixty children are entitled to draw school money in this district.
C. E. Parker, brother of the Doctor, will run the saw mill the coming year.
Born, to the wives of Charles and W. A. Snider and Frank Tungate, each a son.
All day long the festive hunter maketh the "welkin ring" and many a deer handeth in his "checks."
Jacob Bear, on attempting to reach our neighborhood afoot, took a "near cut," got lost and laid out one night in a snow storm.
Nineteen years ago a boy (who is now a man and resides on Big Butte) purchased a Clarke's English Grammar of 'Squire Hayden in Jacksonville. The book has been well preserved. The price was $1.25; he paid $1 down and agreed to pay the balance "sometime." A few days since he remembered that there was a balance due. He says he will pay the 'Squire the principal when he goes to town, but doesn't want to pay compound interest.
VINDEX.Big Butte, January 20, 1879.
SINGULAR EFFECT.--We learn from Mr. George Isaacs, of Butte Creek, that many of the cattle on that range have a singular disease which is ascribed to the chaparral which they are forced to eat in the absence of other feed or browse. The first symptoms developed are similar to those of drunkenness in the human beast, and a dangerously vicious disposition. Cows that are ordinarily gentle rush madly about and try to gore everything within their reach, and when exhausted stagger blindly to the ground. This spectacle among the brute creation might be a good temperance lecture.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, February 12, 1879, page 3
BIG BUTTE ITEMS.Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, April 30, 1879, page 1
Vegetation flourisheth like the green bay horse.
O! sun, beautiful sun, where hast thou gone.
Just to break the monotony one young gentleman and his inamorata go out on the Sabbath day and run foot races.
We write, pray, beseech some minister to come--not to tie the nuptial bands, but to preach for us.
Notwithstanding our educational (?) muddle, school starts off with seats well filled and Wm. H. Parker as pedagogue.
The rain still falleth, the sun doth not shine, the plow speedeth not, and the husbandman looketh down his proboscis.
Tear down the pioneer shanties. The Yellow Jacket mill will start in a few days and turn out "oodles" of lumber.
Made its advent on the 13th inst., C. P. Parker and wife are its pa and ma, and it is not a boy child.
It is reported that "Mother Winslow" will petition our county school superintendent to divide this school district so that she can educate on a peninsula to herself.
The genial "phiz" of Mr. W. A. McPherson, the Bohemian editor, was seen in our vicinity today. Object, business--perhaps to publish a newspaper on Big Butte.
A certain Butte Creek wag is making a beautiful cane and carving a Chinaman's head on it and will send and present the same to Mr. Hayes.
Ira--David Dunlap's eldest son--pulls down two hundred avoirdupois, stands six feet under the standard, wears a No. 11 shoe, made on a large last, and is only 15 years of age.
Some of us Butte Creekers are getting hungry, but then we shall make up for lost time when our beef fatten and the swine come home; when the roads dry up so we can go to the grist mill; when old red has a calf and we get a new churn; when "garden sass" comes and strawberries ripen, and the hens begin to lay eggs so we can go to market and get some sugar and trade some deer skins for terbacker. Verily there is a time for feasting as well as for fasting.
We had a "returning board" recently which "went behind the returns," "counted" two of our school directors "out" and two more in. One gentleman labored so assiduously in gathering "fraud" and "intimidation" he came near expiring, and Mother Winslow's soothing syrup had to be administered by the hogshead to resuscitate him to consciousness.
REPORTER.Big Butte, April 18th, 1879.
A ewe belonging to A. C. Howlett of Big Butte recently gave birth to a pair of lambs joined together at the breast and having but one head and two eyes. Otherwise they were perfectly formed. They died shortly after birth.
"Southern Oregon," Oregonian, Portland, July 7, 1879, page 3
CORRESPONDENCE.Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, July 23, 1879, page 1
BIG BUTTE, July 17th.Chas. Snider is seriously ill.
Ed. Smith is our champion troutist.
School will continue until the first of August.
Several thunder showers during the last few days.
A dangerous frost on the night of the 4th inst.
Pat McMahon purchased a load of hides in this vicinity yesterday.
Mr. Geo. Kennedy, formerly an employee of Pat Dunn of Ashland, is gardening extensively in this locality.
J. P. Parker had a finger accidentally and seriously cut with a knife about three weeks ago, which he will probably lose.
Mrs. Chambers of Jacksonville has been visiting her son, M. S. Perry, and family of this place for a short time and returned home yesterday.
The celebration on the Fourth at Big Butte was a success. Much credit is due the committees of arrangement and music. Mrs. Stought was at the head of the former, and Mrs. King conducted the latter. A good dinner. Ed. Smith marshal, C. A. Cary reader, W. H. Parker delivered the oration. A baseball game during the day, a "way-up" dance at night. Several Eagle Pointers were here.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.Near Flounce Rock, a romantic and secluded cove in the mountains, far up Rogue River, there are a number of settlers located and engaged in farming and stock raising. Among them is Chauncey Nye, a pioneer of territorial times. He was born in Macomb County, Michigan in 1826, but when quite young removed, with his parents, to Oakland County, Indiana, where he resided until the spring of 1850, when he crossed the plains to California. He mined for a short time near Placerville, but being attracted by the [illegible] reports from Yreka he visited [illegible] in the spring of 1851 and [illegible] the summer of that year. In the fall he left the mines and went to Salem, Marion County, where he established the first bakery ever started in that town. He remained in Salem until the spring of 1852, at which time he removed to Jackson County and engaged in mining on Jackson Creek and continued in the business until the following summer. He was elected a member of the lower house of the Territorial Legislature and served during the terms of 1853-4. He served during the Indian war of 1855 in Capt. John F. Miller's company of volunteers, part of the time as orderly sergeant. In 1865 he was married to Amarantha Burt and the family now consists of himself, wife and three children. In politics Mr. Nye is a Republican but independent when local questions are voted upon. His religious views are liberal. Unobtrusive in his manner, just in his dealings with his fellow men, he is held in high esteem by his neighbors, and all know him as a man of unquestioned integrity and a true type of a genuine pioneer.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 24, 1879, page 2
BIG BUTTE ITEMS.Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 7, 1880, page 1
Snow fell 30 inches.
A large supply of lumber on hand at steam mill.
Thermometer got down to zero one night last week.
On Christmas day Joe Wisdom shot 13 quails' heads off at 14 shots. Where is Carver?
Up to ten days ago Ben. Edmondson had killed 46 deer since the rainy season commenced.
Thus far stock have not fared as poorly as might have been anticipated.
One of our nimrods was duck hunting and got a ducking in Big Butte today; the footlog had ice on it.
We shall probably have a foot-shaking at Geo. King's on New Year's eve, no providential hindrance.
We have ten violinists on Big Butte, and not a very good place for "catgut" either.
The next time we sleigh ride we shall try our hand in the valley where the roads are more level, i.e., after we get over our Christmas "flop over."
Eggs are fifty cents apiece on Big Butte, and none to be had at that; if there were, perhaps the price would not be quite so high.
While hunting deer a few days ago a gentleman got lost, and was found sitting on a log singing, "Home, Sweet Home."
Most of our stock men are pretty well "heeled" for hay.
Hearing that liquor was good for snake bite, one of our fellows wended his course straightway to Jacksonville and laid in a supply a few days before Christmas, and while returning he froze his heels and thought they were snake bitten, and gulped down his whole supply of antidote before he got home. His wife thought the story "too thin," and vows she will cook no more mince pies.
REPORTER.Dec. 28th, 1879.
Says the Jacksonville Times: "A couple--David Hendry and Miss Altha Wilkinson--were married in Little Butte precinct the other day, the bridegroom being six feet in height and the bride only three. Some difference there." Well, hadn't there ought to be a difference?
Albany Democrat, January 30, 1880, page 2
STOCK IN JACKSON.--The outlook in this county, since the last storm, is very depressing. McMahon, the Butte Creek mail carrier, says that stock of all kinds is now dying in large numbers from exposure and starvation. Geo. Isaacs is losing cattle at the rate of fifteen per day. Cattle in a starving condition line the roads, and carcasses are becoming plenty. Wilshire has lost over 1,000 out of a band of 1,700 sheep. Pat Donegan has lost nearly 700 head; Elias Hughes, out of a band of 400, has 100 left; Farren has lost half of his large band; E. F. Walker is beginning to lose heavily. Horses, always considered the most hardy stock, are now suffering badly, and there will be a serious loss before spring. It is believed in the Butte Creek country that the loss will reach sixty percent of all kinds of stock. The result cannot now be helped, but the fact that a severe winter can visit this hitherto favored section will suggest prudence, and prompt stock raisers to provide for any possible emergency.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, February 25, 1880, page 3
BIG BUTTE ITEMS.More snow and less rain here than during any winter ever known.
A. C. Howlett's sheep have done very well.
Cattle very poor but the grass has started, and they may weather it through.
Only one dissentient in this school district on any question, so our school meeting was harmonious.
The newly elected Director is A. C. Howlett; new Clerk, Jos. Wisdom, both elected by acclamation.
Political cauldron not boiling here yet, as there are no orders from headquarters.
W. H. Parker will repair the Severance sawmill; Patterson, Marsh & Co. will add improvements to the steam mill, and it is the intention to run both in a businesslike manner.
REPORTER.Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 17, 1880, page 3
From Big Butte.
Our school meeting passed off harmoniously. A. C. Howlett was chosen director, and Joe Wisdom clerk.
W. H. Parker, having taught school for fourteen consecutive springs, has concluded to change base and try the pursuit of lumberman this year.
The leap year party, previously announced to take place at David Dunlap's, was changed to the residence of Geo. A. King. It was one of the most enjoyable social gatherings that ever assembled at this place. The supper prepared by all the ladies of our neighborhood indiscriminately was just splendid, and would have done honor to a regal board. The floor was kept warm from dusky even' till broad daylight. It was a social event long to be remembered by the participants.
VINDEX.BIG BUTTE, March 12th.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 19, 1880, page 1
STOCK ON BUTTE.--Mat Obenchain, just from a ride over the Butte Creek range, says that the loss of cattle and horses in that section may now be fairly estimated at twenty-five percent. Grass is springing up finely and he anticipates no further loss on that range.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, April 21, 1880, page 3
According to advertisement, the contracts for building three bridges were let on Wednesday last. The bidding was spirited, there being considerable competition. The bridge across Elk Creek is to be built by S. B. Hull for $1,162.50. That across Little Butte, at "Miller's," by James Miller for $930, and the bridge across the same stream at Peter Simon's, near Eagle Point, by Edwin Smith at $930. The bidding was $7.75 per lineal foot, including approaches, and for "string beam" structures which are to be covered. We hear, since the bidding, that the plan has been changed and the common "five stringer" plan is to be adopted.
"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, May 12, 1880, page 3
Butte Creek Items.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 4, 1880, page 1
Stock of all kinds doing well.
Jas. Miller has been sick, and Dr. Buck of Eagle Point has been in attendance.
Roads are drying up and lumber teams are passing to and from the Big Butte mill.
Ranchmen do not appear to be discouraged over the recent hard winer. Some of them have made many substantial improvements.
Considerable corn is being put in. There are four plows running every day on H. R. Brown's place, and everybody is busy planting.
Geo. Isaacs has about finished fencing a one-thousand-acre pasture. While working at the fence, Isaacs lost a valuable watch out of his pocket which he was unable to find.
The creek keeps very high from melting snow, which has been the cause of a good many accidents in crossing. The most serious one of which I have heard happened on last Thursday night about an hour after dark. It appears that Fred Pech while trying to cross with his family, consisting of wife and four children, the cart upset and pitched them all into the angry stream. The mother in catching for her three-year-old child let her baby slip into the water, but caught it again and succeeded in saving both. Pech, in the meantime, had the other two children, about six and nine years old, to hang to the cart, while he cut the floundering horses loose. He then safely landed the children. One of the horses made shore, but the other one is supposed to have been drowned.
APPLY THIS RULE, BY ALL MEANS.--The Sentinel, in its last issue, moralizes thusly:
"The man who will barter his vote for a drink of whiskey is not fit to be a citizen, and the candidate who will use it to advance his interests is unfit to be an official."
Quite correct, neighbor; but we wonder if this refers to those four kegs of lager beer sent to Butte Creek for a "blowout" tonight by your candidate for County Clerk?
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 4, 1880, page 3
FLYING TRIP TO EAGLE POINT.August 27th the pro temp editor of the Sentinel, in company of A. C. Jones and family and W. J. Plymale and several members of his family, took a flying trip to Butte Creek, for the purpose of attending the picnic held under the auspices of the Champions of Honor. Starting bright and early we were soon well on our way, with Eagle Point, sixteen miles away, as the objective "point." Hastening along the road in one of Plymale's superior family turnouts, our thinking faculties were soon aroused, and we as soon began to account (in a manner at least) for the increase of profanity on the part of people traveling our public roads. Gliding along smoothly, as we thought, our party was suddenly startled by a succession of irregular movements on the part of our vehicle. One by one we received a knock against our head, enabling several if not all of our company to see "stars"--a sensation by no means pleasant at seven o'clock in the morning. When we were told by our gentlemanly coachman that we had only gone through a few Oregon "chuckholes," that could not be avoided, we understood all about it, and "put up" with the chastisement, undeserved though it was. But it did not prevent us from moralizing a very little. O, who could fittingly describe the feelings of these travelers toward that neglectful road overseer, who brought all that misery upon us! Fortunately for him that he was not at that moment within reaching distance. Wouldn't he have caught "fits"? There is not the slightest excuse for such bad places to remain in the public highways, and yet these chuckholes have been there since spring. Verily the road overseer who can be unconcerned about this matter is a fit subject of prayer.
It must be confessed that the road system of Oregon is most abominable, as is abundantly attested by the destruction of property--broken wagons and worn-out draft horses. There is not another state in the Union where there is so little public spirit manifested to keep the roads in repair as Oregon. If there is any way of inducing gentlemen in charge of road work to do their duty, we would like to know it.
On our trip to Eagle Point we found other sections of the road grown over with the so-called Spanish needle weed, or in the language of Tom. Beall, dagger cockleburs. This noxious weed is worse than the Canada thistle, and if no steps are taken to exterminate it, it will be only a question of time when farming in Rogue River Valley will be rendered impossible by this wonderfully rank and thorny weed. The Oregon statute book contains a law making it obligatory upon road overseers to cut down this noxious weed wherever found in the public highways. Our own citizen, the Hon. Tom. Beall, whilst a member of the Oregon legislature, procured the passage of this good law, but to observe the immense crop of this dagger weed along most of the public highways in the valley the proof is not wanting that this is but a dead letter upon the statute book.
We reached Eagle Point sufficiently early in the day to enable us to see the sights of town and its immediate surroundings. The first thing to attract our attention was the clear, beautiful mountain stream flowing swiftly by town. Owing to the fact that the large county bridge which crosses Little Butte Creek at this point was being rebuilt and impassable, we had to ford the stream a short distance below. The rather abrupt descent into and ascent out of the steam convinced us that there is room for vast volumes of water. The melting snows of Mount Pitt, situated about twenty miles to the east of here, supplies this stream with its abundance the year round.
The topography of the earth's surface, the line belt of farming land, the splendid townsite, the magnificent water power and mild climate, all conspire to ensure a prosperous if not brilliant future. All these advantages taken into account we see good reason for the hope that animates the hearts of the proprietors of Eagle Point.
Besides, it is situated on the only practical railroad route between Roseburg and the Klamath Lake country. It is a noticeable fact, which may have escaped public attention, that the headwaters of the South Umpqua and the headwaters of Trail Creek are but a stone's throw from each other, and the two streams are separated from each other by a low divide and an easy grade. Trail Creek empties into Rogue River a short distance above Eagle Point, and the route up Little Butte and into the Klamath Lake country is no more difficult than the pass through the mountains which separate the Willamette from the Umpqua Valley, and through which the railroad is now built and running. The Trail Creek route shortens the distance between Roseburg and Linkville greatly, and is well known to the railroad authorities, the survey having been made some years ago, and has been resurveyed quite recently. This route as it proceeds southeast leaves Mount Pitt to the left. Is it any wonder that with such a favorable geographical location the citizens of Eagle Point should look to the future hopefully? Peter Simons, who is also proprietor of the Traveler's Home, is the largest land owner at Eagle Point. The plat of the town is recorded is the County Clerk's office. In platting the town we hope provision has been made to lay out according to the points of the compass, with wide streets, good-sized blocks, allowing a 20-foot alley to run through center of [the] block both from east to west and from north to south.
Eagle Point has one flouring mill, two stores, one cabinetmaking and carpenter shop, one blacksmithing and wagonmaking establishment; one school house, one house of worship (Catholic), and two places of entertainment for travelers. The public hall over the blacksmith shop supplies a want long felt, and public gatherings of any nature are held here.
There are three undershot water wheels in operation at Eagle Point, which furnish a majority of the town people with water for irrigation purposes. The one in front of Brown's store and residence is 24 feet in diameter and lifts the water 22 feet. The water is received by an air-tight box, in which it is led under the street to the premises where it raises by its own pressure, and is conducted in flumes to any part of the place or farm where wanted. The water is taken out of the ditch that furnishes Daily & Emery's mill with power. It is of very simple construction and is calculated to find many imitators.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 1, 1880, page 3
CHAMPION PICNIC.--The picnic of the Champion of Honor at Eagle Point was an enjoyable affair. It was held in the deeply shaded alder grove of Mr. McDaniel, ¾ mile above town. The exercises on the ground were of a very creditable character. The address of Mr. Jones on temperance was listened to with deep interest by the assembled multitude. It was so earnest and to the point that it will doubtless prove the means of leading many in the path of sobriety, morality, virtue. R. H. Sherrill, of the Willamette, spoke after Mr. Jones on the same subject. The basket dinner which followed was participated in by all hands. In the afternoon the Champions met in council for business connected with the order. The festivities wound up by a grand dance in which 75 couples took part, at $2 a couple, which goes to the proprietor of the hall, Arthur Poole. The representatives from Jacksonville at the dance were very numerous, in fact greater than the most sanguine Eagle Pointer had any right to expect. Dancing was kept up until five o'clock the next morning, when the dancers were forced to stop by sheer exhaustion of nature's powers.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 1, 1880, page 3
Arthur Pool, the popular hotel keeper at Eagle Point, elsewhere gives notice that he will give a social party at his new hall on Christmas Eve, to which everybody is invited. The best of music will be provided, while there will be no discount on the supper. Preceding the ball, there will be Christmas tree exercises. A good time may be anticipated at Eagle Point during the holidays.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 3, 1880, page 3
A. J. Daley of Eagle Point will soon be in receipt of considerable improved machinery for his grist mill.
A. J. Daley and John Ashpole have started a butcher shop at Eagle Point and propose furnishing that section with the best of meats.
The Eagle Point school, under the efficient management of A. H. Osborne, will close today with an exhibition, which promises to be quite interesting.
Manuel Miller of Eagle Point cut his foot severely with a hand ax while at work in his wagon shop the other day. He is temporarily laid up for repairs.
"Brief Reference," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 15, 1881, page 3
THE FOURTH AT BIG BUTTE.--Big Butte had its celebration, too, which consisted of divers amusements, an impromptu oration by W. H. Parker, the pedagogue, and a magnificent dinner spread in common by all the ladies. Then baseball, and race by gentlemen in sacks--which, for ludicrousness had not seen its like on Big Butte. It was a continuous line of fall and get up again. But an egg race by the ladies "capped the climax." Each carried an egg in a spoon. It need scarcely be said that all the eggs "drapped" but one, which was carried by a young miss, who, being the victor, carried off the prize. Our correspondent winds up by saying the glorious Fourth "wound up" with a dance at night.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, July 16, 1881, page 3
TO THE BUTTE CREEK COUNTRY.Last Saturday found us carrying out an idea we had for some weeks entertained, namely of visiting a portion of Little Butte and two of its main tributaries. We "got aboard" a cayuse pony and rode down the valley via the Hanley Hill, Central Point, crossed Bear Creek, big desert, Big Sticky to Brownsboro and East or North Fork of Little Butte, arriving at three in the afternoon at the home of Fred Downing, thirty miles from Jacksonville. The ten-mile ride across the dry desert and Big Sticky, with Old Sol all the while unmercifully beating down on our devoted head, reminded us of the country where there is no winter, and where we pray we may not go. As we rode along in the noonday heat we felt as if we were roasting in a bakeoven, and not before we had got clear across the sticky and were within a few rods of the mountain did a current of fresh air strike us and relief was afforded momentarily. Ten miles more in the heat of the afternoon, with the thermometer dancing to the tune of "99 degrees in the shade," brought us to our place of destination, as above stated, near the Hanley stock ranch, and six miles from the noted McCallister Soda Springs. Owing to our great fatigue (not being accustomed to riding a lazy cayuse), the pressure of time and other previous engagements, we had not the time to go up to McCallister's on this trip.
The newspaper man is constantly after items, whether within his own experience or that of others. On such a trip many objects of interest forced themselves upon our view. Among them is this: The tillable land in the valley is held by too few individuals, and as a consequence is not thoroughly cultivated. No good reason can be assigned for undertaking too much either at farming or at anything else. Eighty acres well tended will produce nearly as much as 160 indifferently cultivated. In many portions of the valley as well as along Butte Creek, the ripened grain was being cut, but it had the appearance as if harvest hands were scarce.
Henry Brown is one of the heaviest land owners on this creek, his fine acres stretching up and down the stream for many miles. He showed us an alfalfa patch where the productiveness of the country and the benefits of irrigation could plainly be seen. Before irrigation that patch produced three tons of hay per year, but since irrigation was applied it produces over a hundred tons a year.
Fred Downing's homestead of 160 acres is splendidly located on East or North Fork of Little Butte. A part of the land consists of a so-called "flat" or tableland, and the part bordering on the creek is to all appearances a level plain, but on a closer inspection the observer will find that the earth here rises quite rapidly. We were surprised when Mr. Downing informed us that the apparent level field before us, according to the Applegate survey, rises fully 96 feet to the mile, and the same ratio of rise is continued through the fields of Mr. Hanley's ranch. As the earth elevates, many magnificent springs burst forth from its bosom. We will mention only the two nearest. Half a mile above Hanley's ranch two contiguous springs of cool, pure water issue in such volumes as would be sufficient to set in motion the best flouring mill in the county. These waters are now partially utilized by irrigating Messrs. Hanley's, Downing's, and Henry Pegg's [Pech] ranches. The higher one ascends toward the snow line of the Cascades the more these springs multiply.
Retracing our steps we next visited Salt Fork of Little Butte, stopping at August Meyer's, a well-to-do German settler. To reach this point, we crossed a large level mountain bench which partakes very much of the nature of a desert, four miles to the north of where we had been. From Mr. Meyer we learn the story of the difficulties that he and his friends had to encounter when they came here. Just nine years ago he and friends settled in these parts. Their means having become exhausted by the extensive journey from the Fatherland to this country, they found themselves on their arrival here penniless--without homes, unable to speak the English--and far away from kindred. They were in need of everything and had nothing to pay with. Under the most trying and discouraging circumstances did they commence farming operations on Butte Creek. But with stout hearts and willing hands, and of firm trust in God, they commenced clearing, plowing, cultivating the land, putting in crops, and working for their English-speaking neighbors, until they had got a start. The persevering toil of these industrious Germans is being rewarded most abundantly. They have outlived poverty and are now able to grapple with adversity, and many of them are already now quite well to do. Their land, being well worked, produces splendidly; and judging from the number of sleek-looking cattle, horses and swine of which they are the owners we think they are on the high road to prosperity. Mr. Meyer took us through his bean, potato, onion and corn fields. He expects to harvest 7,000 pounds of white beans, and many thousand pounds of other garden truck.
Dr. William Miller has been a resident of Salt Fork of Little Butte for upward of thirteen years. He moved there with his family from the state of Iowa, and since his sojourn in the wilds of Southern Oregon has made himself useful in more ways than one. He is very popular among his neighbors, being of a whole-souled, liberal disposition, and possessed of considerable medical skill. His cancer remedy is said to be never failing, and invalids who suffer from this complaint have been known to call on him from great distances and been benefited. Dr. Miller, although in his 75th year, is still as spry as a young man of 40. The activity with which he climbs these mountains, rifle in hand, after game has often caused younger men to wonder at his physical endurance. He is very fond of the hunt. The other day in summing up the number of bears he had shot and killed since he located on Salt Fork, we were not a little surprised to find that their number was 104! He also has slain many panthers, and other wild animals of the forest, but we did not learn how many.
A very fine salt spring near Dr. Miller's ranch has furnished this stream its name. Its waters are so very saline in their character that with very little labor they can be crystallized into salt. The doctor feeds to his stock the loose saturated earth near the spring, and all seem to relish it. We failed to ascertain the exact analytical proportion of salt to every gallon of this water. But we believe with a little effort and a little capital, a salt works could be established here to supply (at least) the home market with that commodity. Dr. Miller also manufactures some excellent cheese which we sampled at friend Meyer's stable. It was first rate, and we were almost tempted to ask for a piece to take home to the editor's landlady. But as we were too modest, we didn't.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, July 30, 1881, page 2
The family of Rev. A. C. Howlett, who resides on the divide between Little and Big Butte creeks, Jackson County, is severely afflicted. All of his children, eight in number, were taken down with diphtheria some time since. Saturday a boy of 14 and on Monday another boy died of this terrible disease, and a third was not expected to live when the messenger left. Among the 5 surviving children, only 3 seem to be showing any favorable symptoms.
"Southern Oregon," Oregonian, Portland, August 10, 1881, page 1
FROM BROWNSBORO.--Considerable sore throat prevails in this neighborhood.… All of Geo. W. Isaacs' children have been down with putrid sore throat or diphtheria, but they are about over it now.…W. H. Parker's wife is quite unwell. They have gone to his mother's at Willow Springs.…There are a great many visitors at the McCallister Soda Springs. Two hundred and eighty-eight have visited it this summer. Mr. McCallister has been offered $6,000 (in property) for his claim on the spring, but refuses to take it. He asks $10,000 for it.…There is a kind of distemper that is taking off a good many colts on this range now.
CORRESPONDENT.Brownsboro, Sept. 9, 1881.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 16, 1881, page 4
WAGON ROAD MEETING AT EAGLE POINT.
At a meeting called Feb. 18, 1882, at Eagle Point, for the purpose of obtaining the sentiments of the people of Eagle Point and vicinity in regard to a wagon road to Fort Klamath, J. G. Grossman was called to the chair and H. C. Fleming chosen secretary. The chairman stated the object of the meeting to be as stated above. After remarks by Wm. Simpson, A. J. Daley, M. Peterson, James Miller, J. M. Matney, A. W. Clemens, E. Emery, Charles Griffith and A. H. Osborne, a motion was made and carried that James Miller, M. Peterson, Wm. Simpson, J. M. Matney and A. J. Daley be appointed a committee to designate the route for said road, commencing at old Camp Stuart, near H. Amy's residence, and ending at the eastern boundary line of Jackson County, and to petition the County Court to grant a survey for said road from the terminus of the county road to said eastern boundary line. On motion, our county papers were requested to publish these minutes. The meeting then adjourned sine die.
J. G. GROSSMAN, Ch'n.H. C. FLEMING, Sec'y.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 24, 1882, page 2
Wagon Road Meeting at Eagle Point.At a meeting called Feb. 18, 1882, at Eagle Point, for the purpose of obtaining the sentiments of the people of Eagle Point and vicinity in regard to a wagon road to Fort Klamath, J. G. Grossman was called to the chair and H. C. Fleming chosen as secretary. The chairman stated the object of the meeting to be as stated above. After remarks by Wm. Simpson, A. J. Daley, M. Peterson, James Miller, J. M. Matney, A. W. Clemens, E. Emery, Charles Griffith and A. H. Osborne, a motion was made and carried that James Miller, M. Peterson, Wm. Simpson, J. M. Matney and A. J. Daley be appointed a committee to designate the route for said road, commencing at old Camp Stuart, near H. Amy's residence, and ending at the eastern boundary line of Jackson County, and to petition the County Court to grant a survey for said road from the terminus of the county road to said eastern boundary line. On motion our county papers were requested to publish these minutes. The meeting then adjourned sine die.
J. G. GROSSMAN, Ch'n.H. C. FLEMING, Sec'y.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, February 25, 1882, page 3
J. M. Nichols had his horse killed under him near Eagle Point, Jackson County, on the 13th, by Ki. Matthews. The trouble grew out of Matthews' sheep feeding on Nichols' land. John, finding the sheep on his place, drove them off and started to leave when Matthews made his appearance and shot at him with his gun, striking Nichols' horse, which ran a short distance and fell in a dying condition. Matthews was afterward arrested by the constable of Little Butte precinct, who turned him over to Deputy Sheriff Seybert the next day. He has been indicted by the grand jury for an assault with intent to kill. His bail has been fixed at $1,500, in default of which he languishes in jail.
"State News," Eugene City Guard, February 25, 1882, page 1
From Bro. Peterson.
Bro. D. T. Stanley:
Enclosed please find $2.00 which you will place to Bro. Jno. Daley's credit, Eagle Point, this county.
I have been down to Redding, Shasta County, Cal., to meet our daughter and her four children, who have been residing in Galt, Sacramento County, Cal., for five years. They have come to make their home with us.
I held meetings in Ashland, Or., Cottonwood, Little Shasta and Redding, Cal. Had good attention and considerable interest manifest. Our prospects religiously are not bright here. Health is generally good. Bro. Daley of Eagle Point is afflicted with dropsy, and is not so well for a month past as he has been. Our crop prospects are not very flattering in consequence of the continuous cool weather. Our fruit is much damaged. Very little escaped the late freezes. Very few immigrants have yet settled among us. We hope for more as our railroad nears us.
Politics are looming up. Not much said in political circles on temperance. I hoped the people would arouse themselves on this subject and elect none but temperance men to office in our state; but alas! we are disappointed. But we must bear and work.
Yours, &c.,Christian Herald, Portland, June 9, 1882, page 4
T. J. Cochran, of California, father-in-law of J. F. Gregory, of Rogue River, has bought of David Ball the Stow place at the mouth of Butte Creek--230 acres for $3,500 cash. Mr. Cochran started for his present home, in California near the Nevada line, this week, and will return with his family to Jackson County in October.--Tidings.
"News Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, July 22, 1882, page 4
Eber Emery and wife, of Eagle Point, are in town. Mr. Emery says the Butte Creek people are jubilant over the order for the viewing of the county road petitioned for from that place across the mountains.
"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, August 18, 1882, page 3
Rev. F. X. Blanchet has gone to Trail Creek and Flounce Rock on a pastoral tour. While there he may extend his journey to Crater Lake.
"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, August 26, 1882, page 3
F. Ayres of Butte Creek is furnishing this market with superior shingles.
John Ashpole of Eagle Point, who was in town this week, says extensive fires are raging not far from there.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 8, 1882, page 3
James Riley, of Little Butte precinct, received injuries by being thrown from a horse on Monday last from which he died on the following Wednesday.
"Southern Oregon," Oregonian, Portland, September 28, 1882, page 4
BUTTE CREEK PROTECTIVE SOCIETY.--The first meeting of this society was held at Eagle Point on the 21st inst., and a temporary organization was formed by calling A. J. Daley to the chair and choosing W. H. Parker secretary pro tem. On motion, a committee of three, consisting of W. H. Parker, W. H. Simpson and Thos. E. Nichols was appointed to draft a constitution and by-laws, to report at next meeting. Moved to send proceedings of the meeting to our local papers for publiction. Onmotion, meeting adjourned to meet again at Eagle Point on Saturday, 28th inst., at 2 o'clock P.M., to effect a permanent organization.
A. J. DALEY, Chn.W. H. PARKER, Sec.
Ashland Tidings, October 27, 1882, page 3
Some of the enterprising farmers of Butte Creek have organized an irrigation company, and are constructing a ditch which taps Little Butte about two miles above Eagle Point. When completed, the ditch will carry 1400 inches of water, and be about four miles in length. We congratulate our Butte Creek friends upon their enterprise in this matter, and hope they may reap large returns upon their investment.
"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, May 19, 1883, page 3
EUGENE, July 23, 1883.EDITOR OREGONIAN: Dr. E. P. Geary, son of Rev. E. R. Geary of Eugene, who is located at Eagle Point, Jackson County, for the practice of his profession, performed a surgical operation on the eyes of a little blind boy near Eagle Point last winter, for the solution of cataract, which merits public notice. The operation consists in entering the pupil with a delicate instrument, and puncture the capsule crystalline lens of the eyes and letting out its opaque contents into the aqueous humor of the eye, which has the property of dissolving the lens contents, and thus clearing the pupilar space. The child was born blind, and is 8 years old. Though both eyes were restored to sight, yet to see distinctly a focal glass equal to that of the lens removed will have to be worn. This operation has attracted much interest, both as to the condition of the child, and because his mother is a poor widow. The doctor's scientific skill is fully established here, and we wish him much success in climbing up the ladder of fame.
N.H.P.Eugene City Guard, July 28, 1883, page 5
NEW OFFICERS.--The Butte Creek Protective Society met at Eagle Point last Saturday and elected the following officers to serve the ensuing year: President, A. J. Daley; vice president, Wm. H. Parker; secretary, Thos. E. Nichols; treasurer, J. M. Nichols; trustees, G. W. Isaacs, I. B. Williams, J. M. Matney; investigating committee, S. Klingle, John Ashpole, H. R. Brown, H. J. Terrill, G. W. Rice. The next meeting is to be held at Brownsboro on the first Saturday in January.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, December 1, 1883, page 3
Eagle Point.We paid Eagle Point a flying visit last Saturday and was much surprised at the improvement and activity everywhere present in that place. A dramatic entertainment the evening before by amateurs was being favorably commented upon by everyone; showing that they had talents and resources within themselves to furnish their own amusement, also on the day of our visit the Democratic primaries were held followed by the regular meeting of the woman suffrage society when we listened to earnest and eloquent addresses by by Rev. A. M. Russell of Ashland and Elder J. W. Webb of California in favor of the enfranchisement of women. The society has a large and constantly increasing membership composed of the permanent and wide-awake citizens of that section and is presided over with grace and dignity by Mrs. Thos. E. Nichols, wife of Jackson County's present Assessor. In the evening everybody, young and old, grave and gay, attended singing school, which is being successfully conducted by Prof. Whitton of Ashland. On Sunday a sermon in the forenoon and lecture in behalf of the temperance cause in the evening brought the people out again, showing them to be interested harmoniously on all of the reforms of the day. Crops and gardens in that section were growing finely with new vegetables, lettuce, radishes and onions on the tables. The air was everywhere redolent with the perfume of bursting buds of fruit and flowers blended with the rippling murmur of softly falling water--the place seemed almost a perfect vision of beauty and bloom. We would advise our readers when they get tired and misanthropic to make Eagle Point a visit and luxuriate in the hospitable homes a few days and you will return home with energies renewed and at peace with all mankind.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, April 26, 1884, page 4
ROBBERY.--One week ago last Friday night the store of R. H. Brown at Eagle Point was entered by burglars and the till robbed of about $50 in silver and a pistol. The proprietor was absent at the time, and no clue has yet been found of the thief. The entrance was effected through a window, the robber taking out a pane of glass.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, July 26, 1884, page 3
John McDaniel, of Little Butte, brother of the late Lewis McDaniel, was in town last Saturday, and expressed a determination to have the mystery of the murder solved, if possible.
"Personal," Ashland Tidings, November 28, 1884, page 3
Fred S. Aiken and several others came down from the head of Rogue River this week to prove up on their land. Streams were so high that they had to go to the headwaters of some to get across.
A man named Higinbotham from Eagle Point come to town this week and stated that he had stabbd Wm. Worlow at that place and wanted to authorities to take him in charge. The whole thing proved a hoax, however, arising from a disordered mind, caused by drink.
"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, December 27, 1884, page 3
BOUND OVER.--Frank Bills, who recently bought the saloon property of Wm. Worlow at Eagle Point, was arrested this week on three charges--selling liquor without a license, selling it to minors and for keeping a gambling house. At the preliminary examination before the Justice at that place he was bound over in the sum of $400 to appear before the grand jury and, furnishing bail, he was released from custody.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, February 7, 1885, page 3
John A. Grieve came in this week from his ranch on Fall Creek, just this side of the Klamath River. He says the people in his neighborhood are anxious to have the post office at Pioneer reopened, or else have the river bridged, so they can reach the Bogus office.
"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, March 20, 1885, page 3
Eagle Point, Jackson County.
Thinking that a note from Jackson County might be of interest to your many readers, I thought I would drop you a few lines.
We had a severe frost on the low land in the valley on the night of the 22nd, greatly to the detriment of the gardeners.
We have been having frequent showers of rain for the last two weeks and the result is the farmers and stockmen are looking pleased. Late-sown grain is doing well.
We have a flourishing lodge of the I.O.O.F. at this place, also one at Brownsboro, each numbering about forty members, and the two lodges are crippling the saloon at this place.
Eagle Point had a grand picnic on the 23rd inst. The schools of Antelope and Eagle Point districts consolidated and had a very pleasant time. We had a fine display of elocution by the pupils, a sumptuous feast of the best the land affords and in the afternoon a game of base ball in which the Eagle Point boys won the laurels.
UNO.Roseburg Review, May 29, 1885, page 3. "Uno" was A. C. Howlett.
The Eagle Point School.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 17, 1885, page 3
The whole number enrolled during the past term was sixty-seven--a number sufficient to require two departments, when a much better system of grading could be adopted. The school room needs repairs, and will doubtless receive them during vacation, which will continue about six weeks. Had it not been for sickness in the form of whooping cough the past month, our average attendance would have been far in advance of most schools formerly. We give the same, per month, below. Average daily attendance in April, 51; May, 49; June, 26. To conclude, we will say that we vacate our position as teacher after five months' steady work, with reluctance, for to us the school room, with its happy inmates, has grown homelike, and whether we ever assemble together again at our daily tasks or not we shall ever cherish in our minds sweet recollections of Eagle Point.
A. L. HASELTON.
Eagle Point, July 27, 1885.ED. REVIEW: Harvest is upon us, and in almost every direction one can hear the sound of the harvesters. The crops are much better than anyone expected, and the cry now is, what will we do with our grain?…The late rains have made thousands of bushels of grain and tons of hay so we have no fears of a famine this year.…The weather has been extremely warm in some parts of our valley for the past three weeks and the result is that scores of our citizens are going to the Soda Springs on Butte Creek. Since the Fourth it is estimated that at least ninety persons have gone to the springs for their health.…There has been and still is a great deal of sickness in the valley, and unless we have a change in the weather there will be a great deal more. But in spite of sickness and warm weather Eagle Point still continues to improve.…Grossman & Purdin are building an addition to their place of business where they expect to have a photograph gallery in the upper story and a furniture store in the lower story.
W. W. Parker has about completed his neat residence and David Hendry has put a nice fence around his premises.… The contractors for building the bridge across Rogue River are putting the material on the ground for its construction and the people begin to look forward to the time when they can go from one part of the valley to another without paying the price of a day's work for the use of a boat to cross the river, but one bridge is not enough, but we will have to wait until we can elect men as our officers of broad and liberal views that will not be influenced by party cliques or local interests. There seems to be a disposition on the part of the present board to use their influence in favor of certain localities, to the detriment of the rest of the county. But such is life.
UNO.Roseburg Review, July 31, 1885, page 3. "Uno" was A. C. Howlett.
Butte Creek Items.
Considerable sickness prevails on upper Butte Creek at this time.
Rudolph Pech, H. Pech's son, has been down with the diphtheria, but is getting well again. Dr. Whitney is attending him.
H. R. Brown's daughter, Mary, has been quite low with typhoid fever, but Dr. Geary of Medford is bringing her out all right again.
Stock of all kinds are doing splendidly. Several are going to try sheep again, now that there is a bounty on wild animals' scalps.
Lewis Hessig, a merchant at Hydesville, Cal., who is starting a dairy ranch on Klamath River, bought ten head of milch cows of H. E. Brown not long since.
A great many are taking claims on upper Butte this summer. The Bieberstedt Bros. have had a married brother come from Germany, who went onto the Burton place, while the bachelors took up other land.
Thomas Jost, an upper Butte settler, who went to San Francisco to try that place awhile, has returned, being unable to find a situation, accompanied by another German, who is negotiating for some entered land on upper Butte. Jost says there are hundreds out of employment in 'Frisco.
I am glad to announce that Mrs. M. Hanley's health is improving very much up at the McCallister Springs. This community feels a great interest in this lady's welfare. Many a poor way-worn immigrant has she sheltered and fed, and bid them return whenever they could do no better; and in early days, when fruit was scarce, she would always divide her scanty store with them.
OCCASIONAL.Brownsboro, Aug. 5.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 7, 1885, page 3
Eagle Point, August 10, 1885.ED. REVIEW: It becomes my painful duty as a reporter of the events passing in our county to report another list of accidents.… A lady named Griffin while riding in a wagon with her husband was thrown out and the fall broke her back and otherwise injured her so that she died in the course of ten or twelve hours after suffering the most intense pain. She leaves a husband and four little children in destitute circumstances to mourn her loss.… Dr. Brown of Brownsboro was thrown from his carriage near Chavner bridge on Rogue River and instantly killed.… A lady near Phoenix was thrown from a buggy and had her arm broken.… A Miss Waters of Jacksonville had her clothes take fire and although her brother saw her and as soon as possible wrapped her in a blanket, still she was badly injured.… And while I am writing up the mysterious workings of D.V. I must add that there is now a vast amount of sickness in this neighborhood. Our physician is kept busy all the time, and the reports from other parts of the county are no better and now we hear of many cases of diphtheria in different parts of the valley.…We are having very warm and smoky weather now and unless there is a change I fear the worst has not come yet.
UNO.Roseburg Review, August 14, 1885, page 3. "Uno" was A. C. Howlett.
The house on the farm of Claude Hill in Little Butte precinct, Jackson County, was destroyed by fire one day last week, as also were many of its contents. The loss will not fall much short of $1000, upon which there is no insurance.
Mr. John Mathews, one of the pioneers of Jackson County, died last Wednesday at home near Eagle Point, from typhoid fever. Mr. Mathews came to this valley at an early day in its settlement and located a home on Little Butte Creek. He died aged 70 years.
"News of the Northwest," Morning Oregonian, Portland, August 24, 1885, page 2
From Eagle Point, Jackson County.
Eagle Point has a new shoe shop.
Harvest is over and news is scarce.
E. Emery & Co. shipped another lot of wood to Portland last week.
Elder Hummer, of Wagner Creek, of the United Baptist Church of Jesus Christ, is holding a protracted meeting in the Antelope school house, which has been in progress over a week and the end is not yet. He has organized a church of ten members last week. Five more united on the 23rd.
In my last I reported a great deal of sickness in our valley; since that time one of our oldest citizens, John Mathews, colored, has passed off, leaving his aged mother, wife, fifteen children, a large number of grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn his loss. He was about sixty-seven years of age.
Dr. L. L. Whitney has purchased a tract of twenty-five acres of land in the suburbs of our town, of Wm. Taylor, consideration forty dollars per acre. He is preparing to build and make a permanent home. So you see business men from the East are coming amongst us to stay.
UNO.Roseburg Review, August 28, 1885, page 3. "Uno" was A. C. Howlett.
From Jackson County.
EDITOR REVIEW: As I commence my article this week you will pardon me if I express OUR appreciation of your excellent paper. I say OUR, for wife and daughters look for its weekly visits with all the interest they would manifest when looking for a time-honored friend, and if the REVIEW keeps on improving in the future as it has since it has been visiting our home it will, ere long, be ranked among the leading papers of the Coast.
A short time ago, I wrote that a Miss Waters was badly injured, in Jacksonville. Since that time she has died, after suffering the most excruciating pains. Her parents have the sympathy of a host of friends.
There is considerable sickness in our neighborhood, typhoid, malaria, and bilious fevers, ague and diphtheria. G. W. Ratrie, an old settler, died on the 28th of August after a protracted illness. Mr. Bloomer has the diphtheria in his family. He lost a little boy aged five years, and several others are afflicted with the terrible disease.
A man by the name of Parker, living in the Evans Creek meadows, while out riding with his little daughter, had his horse run away, throwing them both from the buggy, killing the child and badly injuring the father.
A young lady by the name of Lena Adams was thrown from her horse near here lately. Her foot caught in the stirrup, and she was dragged quite a distance, tearing her face and badly bruising her body.
Peter Simon has added another chimney to his new hotel. Eagle Point is rapidly improving and is bound to take the lead.
The excitement increases over the iron mines at Gold Hill, and the predictions are that Gold Hill will have a large increase in population ere long.
Your correspondent saw an old-fashioned threshing machine a few days ago upon Butte Creek. Two men and a boy using flails and another boy using a fork to stir the straw. Verily we are in a progressive age.
Elder Hummer closed his meeting on the 30th after protracting for two weeks. He received in all twenty-six members, thirteen by profession and the remainder from the Missionary Baptists and M.E. Church. He advocates open communion, free will, renounces all creeds, goes by the Book, teaches Calvinism to a limited extent, and is a great stickler for immersion, and has a very poor memory when attempting to quote authors.
UNO.Eagle Point, Sept. 7th.
Roseburg Review, September 11, 1885, page 3. "Uno" was A. C. Howlett.
Nine persons were baptized in Butte Creek Saturday. The ceremony was witnessed by quite an enthusiastic audience from all parts of the country.
While in Eagle Point [we] were shown a large squash raised by Geo. Brown weighing 106 pounds. Mr. Brown, by the way, can make as good cider as the next one, in witness whereof we can testify.
Butte Creek is spanned by a suspension bridge at this place for the convenience of parties wishing to partake of the soda springs. If there is any virtue in suphuretted hydrogen and magnesia this certainly must be the perennial spring of youth and beauty.
Considerable malaria is reported in this section.
"Through Southern Oregon," Roseburg Review, September 18, 1885, page 3
From Eagle Point, Jackson County.
Last Saturday we had a Sunday school picnic on Rogue River just below the new bridge, in which a number of the Sunday schools took a part. The speeches were very good, and the singing and speeches by the children were excellent.
Last Sunday night we had a temperance meeting. Rev. M. A. Williams opened it with reading two passages from the Book of Proverbs, singing and prayer, after which he led off with one of his characteristic speeches in which he presented the moral and financial phase of the subject, advanced prohibition and denounced the license system. A call was then made for Rev. A. C. Howlett, and although the call was unexpected he said that he was always ready to speak on the subject of temperance and Christianity; he presented the mental and physical side of the question and was afterward called upon to give his ideas of the hereditary effects of alcohol, which he did, showing clearly and conclusively that the effect is transmitted from parent to child, advocated prohibition and laid the sin of the liquor curse at the door of the men who vote for liquor men or to perpetuate the liquor parties. Geo. Brown, one of our merchants, was then called to the stand. He spoke of the effect of a mother's influence in his own case and that of his six brothers, and referred to the fact that our great men, our Websters, etc., have drunk their liquor, passed away, and their children have been lost sight of, but our great men, Lincolns, Garfields etc. spring from men of temperate habits. The name of A. L. Haselton was then called. He came forward and read an essay, setting forth some of the intemperate customs that prevail among the fair sex, for instance, squeezing a number-seven foot into a number-two shoe and encircling a number twenty-four waist in a no. sixteen corset, etc. We had a very enjoyable time and the exercises closed with the benediction by A. C. Howlett.
I. B. Williams' little girls, while playing on the upper floor of his new house, which is in the course of construction, fell through the unfinished part of the floor. One of them had her arm broken and one tooth knocked out, and the other was caught in a man's arms and consequently saved from being hurt.
UNO.Roseburg Review, September 25, 1885, page 3. "Uno" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.ED. REVIEW: Since my last my lip has been hanging down, and I have had the "sulks" and have been out of sorts in every way just to think after my wracking my brain to try to write something for your paper that would be of interest to the hundreds that read the REVIEW and then to have the cream of my article taken off and consigned to the wastebasket, and then a little editorial note by way of apology is simply outrageous. But you editors take great liberties and we have to submit. During the last few weeks I have been over considerable of our valley, and have some notes for the REVIEW. Our valley is filling up very fast with solid, substantial men from the East, and our towns along the railroad are building up very fast, and almost every acre of land that will do for a garden spot or a chicken ranch is being taken up, and the wonder is how so many families live in our small towns and more especially our new towns, for the soil where they are built is so poor that it will hardly sprout blackeyed peas, and still they appear to live and dress well. Medford, the principal railroad town in the valley, is steadily growing; new buildings are going up every day, and car and wagon loads of lumber are continually arriving, but the people of Medford are not satisfied with wooden shanties, they are putting up a number of substantial brick buildings, besides a number of wooden buildings.
W. S. Parker of this place cut his arm with an ax.
One M.D. of this place has had a number of cases of diphtheria this fall.
Charley Turrel, living near Brownsboro, cut his foot very badly a few days ago.
Brownsboro has a cooper shop in connection with the blacksmith and wagon shop.
Wool buyers are getting in earnest in our valley, and a large amount of wool is changing hands at from 12½ to 15 cents.
Central Point after her long struggles has at last raised her head and shows signs of life and energy; there are several new buildings going up for stores, blacksmith and wagon shops, offices, etc. besides a very large number of private residences, and it is thought that Central Point will in a short time become the leading business town of county; in fact they are talking of moving the courthouse from Jacksonville to that point. But while other points are improving, Eagle Point still holds her own. Dr. L. L. Whitney is erecting a very fine residence and is making preparations to plant about 1000 fruit trees this winter, intending to establish a cannery in the near future, and our town is steadily improving, and we expect to have a daily mail route established before long, and then it will not take from Saturday until Tuesday night to get a letter from here to the county seat.
UNO.Roseburg Review, October 16, 1885, page 3. "Uno" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT ITEMS.
Mr. Lenoir of Central Point was severely hurt a short time ago while working with a wheat cleaner.
Our enterprising miller, A. J. Daley, has just sent off his second carload of flour to parties in Grants Pass.
Mr. Purdin, one of our leading business men, moved with his family to Goose Lake on account of his health.
A young man by name of Peninger was thrown from a horse not long since and sustained serious injuries, but was improving at last accounts.
Dr. L. L. Whitney, one of our most enterprising citizens, has erected a building on his place that bids fair to be one of the neatest residences in the county.
We regret to learn that the health of one of our oldest citizens, Hon. Wm. Hoffman, is very poor, and it is feared by his intimate friends that he will be called from among us.
A move is on foot to organize a company to take Rogue River [water] out in ditches for irrigating purposes, a good move, and if the people of Oregon would use the water that is running to waste in our valley our state would soon be among the most productive states in the Union.
We have had a good old-fashioned rain in our valley during the past week, wetting the ground as the weather settles and the top of the ground dries off a little. There has been a large amount of wheat sown this fall, and the late rain will ensure a good crop.
The question of Chinese labor is creating considerable excitement in our valley; the citizens are holding meetings, passing resolutions etc., but we fear that this question will cause more trouble and expense than was at first anticipated. It seems to be no longer an open question as to whether they must go, but how to get rid of them without causing trouble with China.
There is some interest in the question as to the permanent location of the R.R. through our valley. Parties are looking for a new and more practicable route. If a new one is selected, Medford and Central Point will be left out in the cold. Speaking of Points, our Eagle Point is improving. The proprietor of the Pioneer Hotel has a first-class painter putting the finishing touches on his building.
UNO.Roseburg Review, November 13, 1885, page 3. "Uno" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point people want a daily mail between the railroad and their thriving town, and ought to have it.
James Davis, of Eagle Point, boasts of having raised three squashes which weighed 419 pounds--the heaviest weighing 159 pounds.
"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, November 20, 1885, page 3
Mrs. Amanda McDaniel has returned to Butte Creek, having been found not guilty by the jury that tried her case.
"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, November 28, 1885, page 3
Orlando Griffith, of Eagle Point, had his thumb so badly crushed under a falling hay rack the other day that amputation was necessary.
"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, December 4, 1885, page 3
EAGLE POINT ITEMS.ED. REVIEW: It has been some time since I have seen anything from this place in the REVIEW, and although there is very little doing in this part of the country on account of the rains and mud, still there is signs of life and there seems to be considerable business doing here.
We had quite an interesting time here last Wednesday night. An enterprising visitor offered a prize of five dollars to the best speller in the school district, and then the citizens made up a purse of about ten dollars to be distributed among the less fortunate. Master Emmit Clark carried off the first prize amid the applause of the large audience that had assembled to witness the contest.
A. Pool is putting up a large building; I understand that he designs it for a blacksmith shop, wagon shop and livery stable, and when the hay is out of the upper part, a dancing hall.
We had a kind of masquerade ball here on the night of the 25th inst. Quite a number were present out of curiosity, and the managers seem to be satisfied with the result.
The young folks of Antelope Creek seem to be determined to enjoy themselves this winter. They had a ball Thursday night and a bussing bee on Friday and Saturday nights, and no report of the proceedings of Sunday night.
We have had two weddings in this neighborhood during the last week on the 23rd inst., Mr. Culbertson and Miss Cora Swingle, and the other, if not in high life, was high up in the mountains, Hon. A. G. Florey of Eagle Point, and Miss Ettie A. Nye, of Flounce Rock precinct. They were married by Rev. A. C. Howlett, at the residences of the brides' parents, Dec. 25th, and if I was [as] good at description as the editor of the REVIEW, I might attempt a description of the contracting parties, but suffice it to say that the groom was dressed in the conventional black, and the bride in appearance presented the very embodiment of plainness, neatness and elegance, rich but not gaudy, evincing remarkable taste and a clear head.
I see, in an extract from the Plaindealer, that we have had considerable snow in this part of the country, and I wish you would tell the editor of the Plaindealer that he must have got things mixed--that the communication referred to must have been from Alaska instead of Jackson County, for we have had no snow or cold weather as yet, and now there is scarcely any snow visible on the top of the highest mountains, although the stock looks quite badly, on account of the long dry fall, but the grass is growing as well as could be expected.
Did you ever hear what the T.E., Rev. E. G. Michael, did with that load of poultry? The wagon, team and driver arrived in good shape, but no account of the T.E. or poultry. More anon.
UNO.Roseburg Review, January 8, 1886, page 6. "Uno" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.EDITOR REVIEW: Since my last we have had some cold weather, but little snow, and the stock is looking very bad, and in case we should have a cold rain no doubt a large number of cattle would die, for already quite a number have perished.
Our usual quiet village has been the seat of a lawsuit during the last few days, an attachment, trial of the rights of property, etc., and now tomorrow we expect to have another, and we expect to have a great display of legal talent. Speaking of legal talent brings to mind the fact that we have now in full blast "The Eagle Point Literary Society," where we have a fine display of literary qualifications of our citizens in reading, recitations, declamation and debate. It is attended by a number of our older citizens and encouraged by all of the best element of society.
Here our young folks spend a few hours in the evening in healthful and pleasant amusement.
The better portion of our community are elated over the prospect of the saloons being closed here in the near future, as it is generally known in this community that a majority of the votes are opposed to liquor being sold here.
Last Sunday Rev. M. A. Williams preached here, taking for his subject the history of the Rechabites, and making the application to our own day and nation. He first, after giving a brief history of their origin, spoke of their adherence to the principles of their fathers showing the power of parental influence, then the blessings attending filial obedience, he then took up the subject of total abstinence from intoxicating drinks and showed conclusively that the prohibitory movement in the United States was a move in the right direction showing that the use of intoxicants was largely the cause of our county indebtedness or the most of our criminal cases are attributable to that source, and that the saloon must be closed in order to save us from such exorbitant taxes. He then spoke of the fearful havoc being made among our young men by the use of liquor and smoking, referring to the number of young men that have been rejected by the examining board, who have applied for admission into the naval school, and the majority of those present felt like saying Amen.
UNO.Roseburg Review, January 29, 1886, page 4. "Uno" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.
I have been silent for a long time, and now take my pencil in hand to inform you that you must stop my paper! Yes, for you are making such a success of it that my wife reads it as soon as it comes and neglects her work and when I want her to do a little job for me, she says wait until I finish reading this article, and read it she must if I have to do without my dinner. I don't know as you have her engaged to act as agent for your paper, but I have heard her tell the neighbors that the REVIEW was worth more than all the papers together that were published in this county.
We have had some of the most pleasant winters out here that could be imagined, only think of a winter in this latitude with mercury always above zero and so little frost that geraniums, oleanders and such plants can be left out most of the time with no damage from the frosts. But with all our pleasant winter there has been considerable loss of stock on account of the lack of rain last fall to start the grass, so that the stock started into the winter poor.
Almost everybody is through farming except plowing for corn, and the present indications are that we will have an abundant harvest this year.
Bro. Roberts preached here a short time ago to a good audience, but the conduct of some of the youngsters was such as to disturb the preacher as well as the congregation, whereupon he gave them a severe reprimand.
Since my last we have organized our Prohibition Club, elected A. C. Howlett pres. and A. J. Florey as sec. The prohibitionists in this county held their convention in Medford on the 25th inst. and nominated a full ticket and eight delegates to attend the state convention. We have but little hopes of electing the entire ticket, as the Republicans and Democrats of this county are so closely allied with the whiskey power that they will unite to defeat any that will work against the curse of intemperance.
This last item brings to my mind a poem I saw in the Union Signal that I will cut out and send with the request that you publish it in your valuable paper.
G. W. Catching of Canyonville has been here visiting relatives and while here had a birthday dinner with Mr. Howlett, on the 16th of last month, each of them celebrating their 54th birthday, and he decided that it was the best dinner he had ever eaten in Oregon, and one would think so--fat turkey, ham and eggs etc., but why try to describe a dinner that Mrs. H. would prepare, and I assure you that "Lip" enjoyed it as well as anybody could as it was the first turkey he had ever eaten in Oregon, and all present expressed the wish that Bro. Bell could be here and enjoy the dinner with us.
Mrs. Uno has seen what I have written and she says you must not stop the paper.
UNO.Roseburg Review, April 16, 1886, page 3. "Uno" was A. C. Howlett.
Born--To the wife of Chas. Carney of Little Butte Creek an eleven-and-a-half-pound boy on the 14th inst. This is a grandson of our nominee on the Prohibition ticket for representative. We surely ought to elect T. J. Cochran, as well as others of our ticket.
Martin Peterson, "From Mound Ranch," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, May 21, 1886, page 3
Eagle Point Notes.ED. REVIEW: I expect that it has been so long since you have heard from your old friend "Uno" that I am almost forgotten, and if I was not such a poor hand to make apologies I would try to apologize, but as Mrs. "Uno" says I always make a botch of it, so will not attempt it. Since my last we have had a great deal of sickness in this part of the country, and in six cases it proved fatal, but general health is improving and business is becoming lively again. Our grain, as a general thing, yielded better than was anticipated and the farmer is correspondingly poorer, grain is low, wheat cleaned and sacked is selling at from fifty-three to fifty-five cents per bushel and all other kinds of grain are in the same ratio, but our fruit crop--you know this is the Italy of Oregon--is a total failure, and the few that have any are holding it so high that it is beyond the reach of the ordinary class of people; peaches 5 to 10 cents; pears, 4 to 6 cts.; blackberries, 4 to 5 cts.; plums and prunes 3 to 4 cents per pound, and everything in that line in the same proportion, so that we have to get our supplies from Douglas County. We are making some improvements in the way of building, and preparations are being made to fence considerable more land this winter.
The United Baptist Church of Jesus Christ have been holding a protracted meeting in the Antelope school house, had quite a number of accessions.
The Christian Church (Campbellites) have been holding a protracted meeting near here and also had several added to their number.
The corn crop is not so good this fall as usual--but still we will not starve--the farmers are busy gathering it and getting ready for fall sowing.
Peter Simon, proprietor of the Pioneer House, has been very sick but is improving, we are glad to state.
If you don't send this to the wastebasket I will try to write again.
UNO.Roseburg Review, September 17, 1886, page 3. "Uno" was A. C. Howlett.
The Eagle Point Mill is running day and night.
Threshing is done and people generally are doing up their fall work.
They are having quite a time with sickness at Eagle Point. Simons family are suffering the most now. There are several sick in Medford. Very little sickness in other places as far as I know
Martin Peterson, "Central Point," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, September 24, 1886, page 3
Elder M. Peterson exhibited at our office a squash raised by George Brown of Eagle Point, weighing 193 pounds. It is of the Mammoth variety and well deserves its name. Mr. Peterson sent it to the Oregon State Board of Immigration.--[Monitor.
"Local and Personal," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, October 8, 1886, page 3
Eagle Point Notes.
Eagle Point, Oct. 4, 1886.ED. REVIEW: Since my last the directors of this district have made arrangements with Prof. Edgar E. Smith to teach our fall and winter school, greatly to the satisfaction of a large majority of the patrons.
Our great [sic--grist?] mill is running night and day, grinding ten to twelve thousand pounds a day, and still the demand cannot be supplied. Most of the mills in the valley are laying still on account of the scarcity of water.
The warehouses at the different places along the R.R. are being literally packed with wheat for shipment. The wool market has opened at 18 to 20 cts. per pound and some wool has changed hands at these figures, but I have no heard of no large sales as yet.
Central Point is building up very rapidly, and everything presents the appearance of thrift and energy.
So much sickness at Eagle Point has caused a momentary stagnation in business, and some of our citizens are moving away. T. B. Higinbotham has sold his house and lot to our enterprising miller, A. J. Daley, and intends to move to the hills, and J. F. Davis is going to [the] Blackwell mines.
The demand for lumber was never so great, and the mill on Big Butte that has steam power is doing but very little, and what little they do saw is taken green from the mill. If some enterprising man would put up a portable saw mill in our forests I think he would do well.
Joseph Rader cut his foot very severely the other day and last Saturday had a valuable horse fall into a well, causing his death before he could be taken out.
The United Baptists are building an elegant church near James Matney on Dry Creek.
UNO.Roseburg Review, October 8, 1886, page 3. "Uno" was A. C. Howlett.
From Brownsboro.Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, November 5, 1886, page 3
October 27th '86.Health generally good.
We have a No. 1 school, Byron Presley, teacher.
We have been having sharp frosts but it is raining hard at present.
Robert Wade's youngest child was buried here day before yesterday.
Mrs. Frank Smith is paying Eagle Point a visit, the guest of Mrs. Mat Pool.
Mr. S. McCallister, of the Soda Springs, was in town one day this week.
Mrs. E. McCallister moved to the "burg" for the benefit of school facilities.
Mrs. H. Brown and Mrs. J. Mills took a flying trip to Ashland and Talent.
Fruit very scarce in this section, Mr. H. Brown being the only one that has any to speak of. He has about one hundred bushels.
From Brownsboro.Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, November 19, 1886, page 3
Nov. 13th '86.Cold frosty nights.
Roads getting muddy.
Grass hay is selling at $9 per ton.
Mrs. Ida Jones and her daughter Mary, of Lakeview, came to spend the winter.
Mr. Pool and family, of Medford, are paying the "Burg" a visit, the guests of Mr. Berry.
Guy Gano, who has been spending the past five months in Josephine, returned home.
A big meeting on Applegate today and tomorrow--the dedication of the new Baptist church.
Mrs. Dr. Miller and her son Frank went to Jacksonville, this week, to lay in their winter supplies.
Mr. John McCallister and family, of Wilderville, paid his mother, Mrs. E. McCallister, a visit last week.
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Brown, old residents and merchants of Eagle Point, returned home after a visit of several months to their early home, Victoria, B.C. "Welcome home."
Mr. A. J. Daley of Eagle Point precinct was in town Thursday. Mr. Daley has charge of the flouring mills at Eagle Point and is looking up business therewith connected.
"Local and Personal," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, September 2, 1887, page 3
Eagle Point Items.Harvesting has commenced.
Our merchants here are doing a lively business.
Our fruit is getting ripe and the leading question with us, is what will we do with all of our fruit and grains this year?
Since my last, Dr. Clark has moved his family into our thriving town and from the appearances will be quite an acquisition to our neighborhood.
P. Simon, our pioneer hotel keeper as well as one of our leading farmers, has had a part of his wheat cut and before we are aware of what is going on the threshers will be humming in this part of the valley.
A number of our citizens spent the fourth in Ashland, among whom were Prof. A. L. Haselton and Miss Lizzie Wilson, G. B. Mathews and Miss Amy Safford; but a few were content with going to Medford where they had a very pleasant time.
Revs. McLean and Williams held communion service here Sunday and Mr. McLean delivered a very logical and impressive discourse to a large and attentive audience. During the services a collection was taken up of $5.35 for home missions. DICK.
July 16th, 1888.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 19, 1888, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Big Butte Butternuts.Wild blackberries going, but the huckleberries are coming.
Report came this week that Dr. R. L. Parker, an old resident of this section, fell and broke two of his ribs.
Geo. Beale and a huge black bear are both laying claim to a blackberry patch, and to all appearances will end in a bloody tragedy yet.
There is considerable sickness here at present, several families being down with some kind of fever, which is thought to be either the scarlet or mountain fever.
Charley, son of C. C. Parker, while playing with the brake of a wagon, was suddenly struck by the brake flying back and hitting him in the temple. Though not considered dangerous, it is a very severe wound.
Messrs. Carson and Temple accompanied by their families and Miss Florence McDonald, all of Central Point, are rusticating on Big Butte. They speak highly of this country, claiming it has the best stock range that they have ever seen, and think Big Butte will be the place yet.
Seeing a statement in the Record some time since, that R. V. Beall of Central Point had each a fine crop of oats which he thought could not be surpassed, we want to say that we can just beat that a little on the Beall Bros.' ranch on Big Butte of which he is a part owner. Fifty acres being in oats. The height from 6 to 7 feet and yielding 133½ bushels per acre. Now beat that, Vint.
PECK'S BAD BOY.Valley Record, Ashland, August 16, 1888, page 2
EAGLE POINT NOTES.Health is generally good.
Our merchants are doing a lively business.
A. J. Daley has been repairing his grist mill.
Our boss blacksmith has been painting his residence.
Mrs. Cochran has erected a large shed on her place.
Wm. French has been supplying the market with a choice variety of watermelons.
A number of our citizens are hauling lumber, some for fencing and others for building.
Threshing has commenced in earnest and the yield of grain exceeds the expectations of the farmers.
Mr. Jonas has commenced to build for himself a large residence on the land lately purchased from E. Emery.
James Bell is one of the happiest men in this part of the country--his wife presented him with a fine son on the 7th inst.
W. W. Parker has sold his house and lot to Dr. Rivers; consideration, $375. I understand that he intends to open a drug store.
The good people of Eagle Point have reorganized the Sunday school with Dr. Clark as superintendent and Miss Emily Brown as assistant, and Miss Cecelia Brown as secretary.
One of our leading fruit raisers, J. J. Fryer, has peaches that measure 11 inches in circumference, and he says that he defies Ashland, Switzerland or any other land to excel this place, in richness of flavor, size and fineness of grain, of either peaches or prunes, or in fact any other kind of fruit.
T. A. Newman, of this precinct, is putting up a large dryer, so that he can save his large crop of fruit, especially his prunes. Speaking of prunes, a lady friend of mine picked eighteen large prunes from one twig not over one half inch in diameter. How does that correspond with the product of the older states? DICK.
August 13th, 1888.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 16, 1888, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NOTES.Jas. Culbertson of Little Butte has had to buy him a new Cleveland hat; for the reason look under the head of births.
Gus Clemens and family, formerly of this place but now of Goose Lake Valley, are here, the guests of A. J. Daley.
A. Pool, proprietor of Eagle Point Hotel, has gone to Salem, in company with Mrs. Saltmarsh, to visit his daughter.
Our town is still showing signs of life, for our merchants are doing a good business, and A. J. Daley has had to put more hands in the Butte Creek mills to meet the growing demand for flour.
The Nichols Threshing Machine Co. have just finished their part of the threshing in this immediate neighborhood, having threshed 24230 bushels, and now they have about a week's run above here.
Mr. Newman, one of our enterprising orchardists, met with a very severe loss, in having his dry house with about $25 worth of fruit burned to the ground on the night of the 17th, which leaves him with a large quantity of fruit on hand that he is unable to handle. Loss $200.
Rev. M. A. Williams failed to come to his appointment on the 3rd Sunday and Rev. Mr. Howlett preached in his place to a very attentive audience. It was announced at the close of the services that the district school would commence on the 24th inst., but for some reason, not generally known, the intended teacher, A. L. Haselton, packed up his trunk and started for Idaho on the morning of the 18th, so we are left without a teacher.
A gentleman was here list week, traveling in the interest of Page & Co. of Portland, trying to buy fruit, and he expressed his surprise to see such a quantity of fruit, of such a delicious quality, and when he was told that he could spend three or four days traveling in every direction from Eagle Point and still find the same kind of fruit and that the land was offered cheap, remarked that he knew of a number of men of means, with the nerve to invest, that would jump at the chance to buy if they only knew of the advantages found in this country.
Sept. 24th. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, September 27, 1888, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Notes.Geo. Michaels of Lake Flats is lying very low.
Died, near Bear Creek, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Linn Grigsby.
Born, the 30th day of Oct., to the wife of John Rader, a daughter.
Died, Nov. 2nd, on Little Butte Creek, Simon Klingle; aged about 55 years.
The new saw mill of Parker & Son on Round Top has commenced sawing lumber.
Some improvements still going on at Eagle Point. Dr. Rivers is painting his residence. Robt. Potter has built a nice flue for his house. Mr. Jonas has done likewise. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, November 8, 1888, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NOTES.The farmers are busy.
Grass is getting good, and stock is looking well.
The members of the Eagle Point Sunday school decided to have a Christmas tree for the benefit of the little folks.
Wilbur Ashpole, one of our merchants' sons, met with a serious accident a few days ago while working with a cow. By some means she struck him in the eye with her horn and inflicted a severe wound.
Hogs are in demand; Ezekiel Lewis, the Central Point butcher, was here a few days ago wanting to buy five hundred head for the San Francisco market, and another man is here buying hogs for the Medford market, paying five cents gross.
I learned from Mr. Hermann Meyer the other day that a company had been formed for the purpose of taking water out of Little Butte Creek, near the Kringle ford, and bring it onto the desert and Big Sticky, and that work had already commenced.
While returning from the funeral of Mr. Mauzey's little boy on the 20th of last month Mrs. Robinett came near meeting with a serious accident. Her son was driving a span of horses hitched to a spring wagon, and in passing through a fence a rail caught in one of the hind wheels of the wagon, tipping it so as to throw the seat off, precipitating them both to the ground, and as she is very heavy, weighing over 200 lbs., came near breaking her neck, but fortunately she caught on the wheel, breaking the fall and consequently no damage was done. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, December 13, 1888, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NOTE.In spite of the rain and mud our citizens are still making improvements.
On Sunday after Sabbath school the scholars met at Inlow & Ashpole's hall and practiced their pieces for Monday night.
A short time ago little Octavia Howlett met with a severe and painful, though not serious, accident, in being scalded on the head with boiling water.
Last Saturday our town was thronged with people and consequently our merchants were more than ordinarily busy selling a large variety of goods to load the Christmas tree.
Everybody is busy and our merchants are complaining that the weather is so warm that they cannot keep the butter that is being brought to market. How is that for Christmas?
Sunday night a large congregation collected at the school house to hear Rev. Quimby preach but he failed to make his appearance, so A. C. Howlett, our Prohi preacher, was called on to fill the vacancy.
Last Saturday Mr. Meeker of Big Butte precinct left here for home and about two hours afterwards his horse was found and upon search being made he was found in an insensible condition, covered with blood, in which condition he was carried home and at last account he was no better.
On Monday night the hall began to be filled with anxious children, and by 6:30 everything was in readiness and the exercises were opened by singing Merry Christmas by the Sunday school scholars, then prayer by A. C. Howlett followed by a song, and then a short address by A. C. Howlett, songs, recitations, etc. Then came Santa Claus and the distribution of presents which occupied some time, but the pleasure of the occasion was marred by a lady fainting and consequently the latter part of the program was necessarily omitted. We feel that the thanks of the community are due to the Misses Brown, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Whitney, Mrs. Hubbard and others, for the active part they took in the entertainment. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, December 27, 1888, page 2 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Killed by an Accident.George, the 15-year-old son of Geo. Brown, of Eagle Point, met with a sad fatal accident in that section last Tuesday afternoon. He was out hunting and carried a powder horn along; while crawling through some brush his shotgun went off, at the same time striking the pouch which exploded, driving both the load and the horn pouch into his leg which tore a terrible hole in the region of the thigh. J. J. Fryer, who was driving in a wagon not far distant, heard a hallowing noise, at first thought nothing of it, but finally went to the brush and found the boy about dead with a pool of blood about him. Nothing could have saved him from death, as the wound was too great.
Valley Record, Ashland, January 10, 1889, page 3
Eagle Point Notes.Miss Gladius Fryer is at present the guest of Millie Howlett.
Robt. Potter is closely confined to his house on account of the advent of a new baby boy, Dec. 31, 1888.
You have probably heard of the death of Mr. Samuel Centers before now. He was one of our old and respected citizens.
Since my last, Mrs. J. J. Fryer and daughter Lelah have gone on a visit to Mrs. F.'s oldest daughter, Mrs. John Green, of Napa Valley, Cal.
The farmers are very busy plowing and sowing grain, and the prospect is that there will be a larger amount of grain sown this season than ever before.
Geo. Wiley, of Antelope, gave a birthday party last night, it being his fourteenth birthday. A large number of his schoolmates and friends met at his father's and spent a few hours very pleasantly.
We are sorry to have to record the fact that Dr. L. L. Whitney has sold his neat little place and contemplates leaving our midst, but such is fate. The M.D.s will starve out on account of our healthy country. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, January 10, 1889, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Notes.There has been a lawsuit between two of the citizens of this precinct, Dahack vs. Wilson, over a horse valued at $50, and I understand that the costs already amounts to about $400, and the end is not yet.
Our village and the surrounding country are excited now over a big lawsuit between Dr. R. L. Parker and Horace Ish, over a calf worth about $5. They had nineteen witnesses. The costs amount to $100, thus far, and there is a fair chance for another suit for damages.
Notwithstanding the fact that the roads are muddy and the lumber green, we are still making improvements. The Mathews Bros. are making such improvements that the old homestead hardly looks natural. David Hendry has very materially improved the sidewalk facing his residence.
Young folks are having a great deal of amusement, sleigh riding, snowballing, etc. We had the pleasure of witnessing a pitched battle between a boy and girl, aged 15 and 16 respectively. All the bystanders kept clear and for the space of about 20 minutes they fought like young Spartans, neither of them willing to give up. Finally some of the bystanders proposed to call it a tie and quit, which they both cheerfully agreed to.
Since my last our quiet little village has had a sad and fatal accident to occur in its midst. I refer to the death of Master George Brown. When his death was announced a gloom seemed to settle over the entire community; he was a boy that was beloved by all who knew him. On the Thursday following his death his remains were taken to the Jacksonville cemetery followed by a large number of his old schoolmates from this place, and when the Jacksonville church bell began to toll about 150 of his schoolmates (for he for years attended the public school in Jacksonville) joined the procession, and all marched to the cemetery where the burial service was conducted by Rev. Miller of the M.E. church assisted by Rev. Quimby of the M.E. church, south. One of the greatest eulogies that could be pronounced was delivered by Mr. Miller, i.e.; "he was a good, quiet, peaceable and obedient boy beloved by all that knew him." DICK.
"Eagle Point Notes," Valley Record, Ashland, January 24, 1889, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Notes.Rev. A. C. Howlett will preach at the school house next Sunday at 7 o'clock p.m.
The farmers are all very busy sowing grain and improving the beautiful weather in getting in their crops, and the prospects are good for a very large yield of wheat the coming season.
Young folks of Liberty school district living near the school house have organized a literary society, electing Miss Wiley, president; Gus. Williams, sec'y.; John Matney, treas.; Jas. Wiley, critic. So you may expect to hear from there occasionally.
Some of the citizens of Eagle Point have taken a new departure--they have built a neat footbridge across Butte Creek opposite Mr. Adair's residence, thereby saving a walk of nearly a quarter of a mile in going to the school house for Sunday school and preaching.
Our people were treated to an exhibition last week at Inlow & Ashpole's hall to a good house, and although some of our leading business men predicted that the young folks would make so much noise that we could not hear the lecture, we wish to record, to their credit, that they surprised themselves; one could hear almost every word that was said. Miss Amy Safford was decided to be the handsomest lady, and received the album with crimson cheeks, and the cane was awarded to Claud White as the homeliest young man present. He thought that he was going to take it and walk away with it, but no, that presentation speech. Well, Claud said the next day that he would not pass through such another ordeal for $20, and keeps the cane to remind him that he is the ugliest man in the community. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, February 7, 1889, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Notes.Rev. A. C. Howlett was unable to fill his appointment on the 2nd Sunday owing to a violent attack of tonsillitis.
Elvin Adams wants the tariff taken off of dress [sic], for the reason--look under the head of "Born."
The farmers are all very busy finishing up sowing wheat, and some are through and have commenced sowing oats.
J. J. Fryer met with quite a mishap the other day. His team was standing hitched to his wagon loaded with corn in the ear, when all of a sudden they seemed to take flight, and started to run. After running about one hundred yards they came in contact with a heavy board and wire fence, through which they passed, breaking one of the posts off and one string of the wire, and pulling out enough of the staples to let the other string of wire fall to the ground so that they could pass over it, then running about a quarter of a mile further they ran into Mr. Hubbard's fence, which proved strong enough to stop them, and strange to say no damage was done to wagon or horses, but the corn was badly scattered. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, February 21, 1889, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NOTES.Since my last your correspondent has had the pleasure of visiting your beautiful city [Ashland], the first time since last fall, and I must say I never saw a place improve so rapidly--one would think that it would be necessary for our legislature to meet semiannually instead of biannually, if for no other reason than to amend the charter of your flourishing city, for the way it is growing it will soon absorb Dunsmuir and Talent and consequently the charter will have to be amended to meet the emergency.
We have had a fine rain in this part of the country, and farmers are confident of good crops.
One cause of rejoicing among our farmers is on account of the new sawmill being in full headway cutting lumber, right in hearing of our town, and the sound of the whistle seems to impart new life and vigor to our community.
J. J. Fryer had another runaway the other day, but no damage was done, except tearing the cultivator to pieces.
Mr. Jones, an old and experienced teacher who has been secured to teach the school at this place, expects to begin the term on the 25th inst.
Mr. John Pelling, one of our best citizens, met with quite a mishap a few days ago by being run over by some loose horses that happened to go into his stable while the door was temporarily left open. Although he was knocked down and run over by three or four horses, his injuries are not serious.
Miss Cora Brown is visiting friends in your city.
A. J. Daley has been putting some new machinery in his flouring mill and, consequently, is turning out an excellent quality of flour.
Mrs. Cochran and daughter, Belle, have returned from their visit to Mrs. Cochran's daughter in Nevada. They say there is no climate like that of Jackson County, Oregon.
Eagle Point, Mar. 18. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, February 28, 1889, page 1 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Notes.Miss Amanda James is attending school at the Antioch school house.
A. C. Howlett has been putting out a choice variety of fruit trees on his place.
F. B. Inlow, one of our merchants, has been to Talent to attend to his interests there.
Miss Nada Inlow, who has been attending school at Talent, has returned to our midst.
One of Jackson County's old settlers, by the name of Allen, has returned and settled in our midst.
N. A. Young and sons are putting up the fence around the Catholic meeting house of this place.
Mrs. P. Simon, the landlady of the Pioneer Hotel, has been quite sick but we are glad to state that she is convalescing.
Mrs. H. T. Severance, mother of the Nichols brothers, has been in poor health for some time but is gradually improving.
Prof. A. L. Haselton, our former pedagogue, has returned from Eastern Oregon and has been engaged to teach the school at Brownsboro.
Prof. Jonas opened our school last Monday with a good attendance and bids fair to prove a very acceptable and popular teacher, and the children are consequently happy.
Dr. L. L. Whitney, of Central Point, formerly of this place, was called to see Mrs. Marvin Woods the latter part of last week, and his old friends were glad to see him looking so hale and hearty.
I wish to congratulate you on your success in securing another correspondent, "A Reader," and hope he will continue to keep us posted in our adjoining neighborhood. We extend our [hand].
A boy by the name of Chas. Matney came to the Antelope literary society last Saturday night, hitched his "mustang" to a picket fence, and by a sudden jerk tore the panel of fence away, frightening the horses of Miss Mary Wiley and her brother George, causing the latter to be thrown, while Miss W. escaped by jumping from her horse, and the last heard of the mustang he was scattering pickets as he went, but was soon lost sight of in the darkness.
April 2, 1889. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, April 4, 1889, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.Wm. Miller, manager of the Butte Creek grist mill, has moved into the old Purdin house.
Strangers are continually visiting our thriving village. H. G. Shock has moved into our town.
John Ashpole, one of our leading merchants, is sick so that he is unable to attend to business.
Mrs. Marvin Woods has been staying in Central Point under the care of Dr. L. L. Whitney, formerly of this place.
We are still having fine showers so that we feel sure of enough of the productions of the soil to make everybody happy.
The railroad is coming; one old man has been looking out a route for it to run through his garden; another has a ¼-acre lot and he is talking of platting it and selling it by the foot.
John Adair, one of our best citizens, has gone to Carson City, Nev., his old home, whither he was called on business. We regret to see him and his amiable wife leave our midst; but so it is.
John Adair has sold his lot to J. J. Fryer; con., $550. J. J. Fryer to J. K. Green, of Napa Valley, California, 320 acres; con., $7500. Joseph Davis to Harbaugh and Slinger, 160 acres, a part of the old Stowe place; $3000.
There is considerable excitement here over the post office, there being two petitions in circulation, one in favor of the present incumbent, F. B. Inlow, which is being extensively signed, and the other in favor of A. J. Florey, our J.P., and their respective friends are at work.
Mr. D. Cingcade, who lives on the old Tinkham place, met with an accident a few days ago that came near proving fatal. He was working in his well and among the debris was a stick about 2 feet long, and in drawing it up it caught on the curbing, thereby throwing out a stone which fell about 35 feet, striking him on the side of the head, cutting a severe gash. He was drawn out covered with blood.
More anon. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, April 25, 1889, page 2 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Big Butte Blubbers.Big Butte schools are flourishing.
Miss Ada Bishop is visiting relatives here.
Plenty of spring showers the past week.
One of Jim Standley's little girls is very ill with erysipelas.
Frank Hays, who split his foot wide open with an ax about a month ago, is slowly recovering.
Asbury Beall and Chris. Beale are in Jacksonville this week as witnesses in the Dahack case.
The Mt. Pitt district will have eight months school this coming summer. How is that for the backwoods?
It is reported that Ben. Edmondson has sold his ranch to some capitalist, who will erect a sawmill, which is very much needed up here.
C. A. Chapman has sold one of his quartz mines in Colorado for $5000. It was rather a surprise to him, as he never expected to get a dollar out of it. He will remove to Ashland soon to engage in business. We regret his departure very much and Ashland will find him a business and upright man.
The stockmen of Big Butte met to discuss some plan of preventing the fatal disease of blackleg spreading among the cattle. It was resolved to distribute salt and saltpeter freely over the range. It is said to be fatal to sheep, so sheep men had better be rather cautious in bringing their sheep to this part of the country.
PECK'S BAD BOY.Valley Record, Ashland, April 25, 1889, page 3
Eagle Point Items.A. C. Howlett lost an animal of the equine species this week valued at $100.
Miss Emily Brown has gone to Washington Territory to visit relatives.
Our M.D. looks "blue" on account of the unusual good health of our neighborhood .
Mrs. Geo. Daley, of Big Butte, has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Simon.
Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Nye, of Flounce Rock precinct, are here visiting their daughter, Mrs. A. J. Florey.
J. J. Fryer is taking the preparatory steps to fence a tract of land of about 20 acres lying on both sides of Butte Creek, thereby making a continuous lane from desert to desert.
We have had a new preacher here by the name of Wood, recently from Texas, who preached to us with considerable acceptability. He comes well recommended and we wish him abundant success.
Speaking of the P.O. brings to mind the fact that one of the many aspirants for the position of postmaster, A. J. Florey, Esq., consoles himself with the thought that if he succeeds in securing the position he has a deputy already; for particulars look under the head of "Born."
Mrs. "Dick" says don't say anything about the rain this time, so I will say that the extreme moisture we are having in this part of the valley is making the little lambs skip and the cows rejoice on account of the abundance of grass and fine prospect for a large surplus of hay and grain.
The Eagle Point boom is causing quite a sensation. Every day strangers are here inquiring about our land, products, etc. Lewis Rees sold a tract of land on Butte Creek about 2 miles above here for $1900, being $11.87½ per acre, to a Californian by the name of Henry, and Wm. Wooley sold 80 acres to John Pelling for $1000.
We greatly need a daily mail from this place to a R.R. point; the amount of mail matter that passes through this office would justify the change. If we have business at the county seat and mail a letter on Saturday noon, we cannot get a reply until the next Friday, as our letter will not leave this office until Tuesday morning, reaching Jacksonville that night, but before a reply can reach Medford the next morning the mail has left for this place and the reply cannot come on until Friday. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 9, 1889, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
The Fourth At Trail Creek.Eds. Valley Record:--
Being at Trail Creek on the 4th of July, to our surprise the citizens of that mountain region had arranged a celebration to be held in a delightful grove, which had been improved and made complete and pleasant by the concerted action of the citizens of the valley, at Mr. Oliver's. At an early hour the people commenced gathering till it became a surprise us to where they all came from. The program consisted of music by the audience, after which O. J. Willard delivered an oration of considerable length, giving a full and very interesting account of the cause and events that led to the liberty and grand privileges of the citizens of our glorious Republic. After the oration the table was spread with an abundance of eatables that could not be surpassed on any public occasion of the kind. Being the first event of the kind in this locality, the ladies of this section did themselves great credit in the elegance and taste displayed in the preparation of the eatables. In the evening the young folks enjoyed themselves in a social dance at the school house, where Miss Jennie Oliver, of Ashland, is conducting a successful school.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 11, 1889, page 3
EAGLE POINT NEWS.Wm. Wiley has been building a new granary.
Health around Eagle Point is universally good.
Our town presents the appearance of a live town once more.
Miss Mamie Wiley has been sick but is some better at present writing.
Miss Celia Brown is very sick. Dr. Pryce, of Medford, is in attendance.
True Cox had the misfortune to break the axle of his steam engine last Friday.
Wm. Miller, the manager of the Butte Creek mills, is having a well bored on his lot, on which he is building a residence.
Miss Mattie Taylor, daughter of our county commissioner, started for Victoria last Sunday in company with Wm. Hanley, where she intends to remain and attend school.
W. W. Parker, while running the planer in his mill on Round Top, got his hand caught and badly cut, severing two of his fingers and otherwise injuring his hand. He has our sympathy.
Our new P.M., A. J. Florey, says that he feels like a new married man, for his wife and babies have returned from their visit to the mountains, where they have been visiting Mrs. Florey's parents in Flounce Rock precinct.
"Ma, what makes John Daley walk so high? I never saw him look so happy," was the question propounded the morning of the 19th of August by a girl to her mother. "Why, they have a fine girl and I suppose that is the reason, born on the day before."
Born--In Eagle Point, August 21, 1889, at the residence of A. J. Daley, to the wife of Ed Simon, nee Miss Frances Daley, a ten-pound boy. Ed intends to teach him to vote the Democratic ticket, and he thinks he stands a good chance to be U.S. Senator.
J. J. Fryer, the indefatigable, is making some extensive improvements in the way of tearing down, moving, rebuilding and making new. He has torn away the old porch on the Jim Davis house, moved the main building back, and [is] getting material on the ground to create a neat and commodious residence.
There is considerable excitement in our community over the prospect of having a new roller flour mill erected in our town on Fryer's addition opposite the Catholic meeting house, by a joint stock company of farmers, to be a farmer's exchange mill, thus utilizing our inexhaustible supply of water and making business more lively in general.
A. J. Daley, the owner of the Butte Creek mills, is supposed to be the happiest man on Butte Creek, if babies could make a man happy; when his family is all together he can dandle on his knee FOUR babies, all his grandchildren. When he came in the other day and looked around, saw three beds with babies in then he turned to his wife and inquired if there were babies in all the beds, and receiving an affirmative answer, he decided to send to England and get an old-fashioned English carriage, go to Ashland and buy four Shetland ponies and start out to exhibit four of the prettiest babies (their mothers think so) in the universe.
August 26th, 1889. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 29, 1889, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.Two men by the name of Geer have been in this community, drilling wells for a number of our citizens.
Mrs. Bilger, of East Portland, formerly of Jacksonville, and Mrs. Geo. Love have been visiting friends in this neighborhood.
J. J. Fryer is pushing his new house to completion as fast as possible, and when completed it will be one of the finest houses, outside of the cities, in the county.
A. J. Daley, our enterprising miller, is receiving a large amount of wheat and running the mill on full time. He is turning out some of the finest flour in the valley, if not in the state.
We have had some accessions to our village since I wrote last. A family by the name of Alford and another named Maxum have moved on the Dr. Whitney place, and from all appearances they will prove a blessing to the community.
Riley Meyers, living on the north side of Rogue River, about two and one-half miles north of the Antioch school house, had the misfortune to have his barn with all its contents burned to the ground last Wednesday morning about 7 o'clock. The whole thing is wrapped in mystery, as he was away from home at the time on the road to Akin's sawmill, and Mrs. Meyers assured me that none of the family had been to the barn that morning, but that the dog had kept barking during the morning. Her little boy, 8 or 9 years old, went to the barn to sec what the dog was barking at, and to his horror discovered that the hay in the opposite corner from the house was on fire. Mrs. Meyers, being rather a delicate woman, was powerless, and had to stand and see the barn and contents, including a new farm wagon, spring wagon, plows, etc., consumed. Mr. Meyers has the sympathy of the entire community, and it is hoped that those who have will divide with the unfortunate man. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, September 26, 1889, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Daley are here visiting their parents.
A professional painter from Medford is doing the painting on J. J. Fryer's house.
The fine rain has purified the atmosphere and the people are generally happy.
Miss Celia Brown is convalescing after a long spell of sickness, we are pleased to state.
Mr. and Mrs. Chagnon, of Tuscarora, Nev., is visiting Mrs. S.'s mother, Mrs. Cochran.
Miss Etha Griffiths has returned home after teaching a successful term of school in Flounce Rock district.
A. L. Haselton has purchased a house and lot from R. H. Brown in Eagle Point, and Mrs. Digman has gone to live with him and his wife.
Mr. Luseby and wife are in from Klamath County, visiting Mrs. L.'s sister, Mrs. John Williams. Also, Thos. Culbertson and Fred Luseby are in visiting relatives.
There is considerable building going on in this part of the valley. Mr. Story and Mr. Ewing are each building nice two-story houses on the tract of land they purchased from R. H. Brown recently.
We had a wedding in high style last Sunday, the 6th, on Rogue River, at the residence of the bride's parents. Mr. E. Baltezore, of Umatilla County, and Miss Asenath Musty, of Jackson County, were the contracting parties, Rev. A. C. Howlett officiating.
Mrs. Cochran came near having a burnout one day last week. Some clothing caught by being laid against the stovepipe, thence catching the roof, but the fire was discovered by the time it had burned through the roof, and by prompt action the flames were extinguished.
There is to be a big mass meeting at this place next Saturday in Inlow & Ashpole's Hall, to open the books and organize a company for the purpose of building a roller mill here. There is considerable interest felt in the movement, as the leaders intend to have it a farmers' exchange mill.
Some of our citizens are much elated over the prospect of a railroad from Jacksonville, via Medford, to this place, thus connecting our thriving village with the "defunct" metropolis of the county, running from here to the heavy belt of timber on Big Butte and Rogue River. The train to be propelled by electricity taken from our beautiful and never-failing stream, Little Butte.
Eagle Pt., Or. Oct. 8, 1889. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, October 10, 1889, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.Born--To the wife of J. A. Jonas, of Eagle Point, Oct. 15th, a son.
Frank Lewis is here looking for a situation and thinks of purchasing property here.
Miss Nada Inlow commenced her school near the mouth of Big Butte Creek last Monday morning.
John Green and family, of Napa Valley, have arrived and taken charge of the farm recently purchased of J. J. Fryer.
The boom has come and strangers are here looking at the many advantages we have over other towns in our valley.
J. J. Fryer has purchased the old Mike Foreman house and lot and the J. G. Grossman house and lot; consideration unknown.
J. A. Jonas has just finished a successful school in Big Butte district, and pronounces it the most desirable neighborhood he ever taught in.
One of our prominent business men was regretting that he sold some of his lots as soon as he did, but thinks that the remaining lots will increase in value so that he will not lose much in the outcome.
A prominent business man of our town predicts that Eagle Point will soon be more of a business center than Ashland! So yon may look out and make your arrangements to start a branch Valley Record in our thriving, prospective city.
Our community was thrown into a fever of excitement over the advent of a party of surveyors, making a preliminary survey for a narrow-gauge railroad from Central Point via Eagle Point to the heavy belt of timber on Big Butte Creek and Rogue River.
Died--On Trail Creek, Oct. 15th, of typhoid fever, Johnny, son of J. G. Briscoe, after a protracted illness. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. But they sorrow not as those having no hope; they look forward to the time when the deceased and loved ones shall be reunited beyond the confines of the tomb, robed in immortality.
While friends were preparing to inter the remains of Johnny Briscoe, a horse that was hitched to the vehicle containing the coffin stepped into a yellowjackets' nest and a large number of persons present were badly stung, especially the children. Miss Nannie Briscoe was so badly stung that she was hardly able to go home, and George Lynch, while trying to unhitch the horses, was kicked and knocked senseless. It was over an hour before the corpse could be interred.
Riley Meyers, who had his barn burned about two and a half miles north of the Antioch school house, is rebuilding. He says he is going to have his new home insured. Shortly after his barn was burned he had a pen about twelve feet square with some feed in it, about 200 yards from the house, set on fire, but he made out to save some lumber that he had there. He says he has a very good idea who the incendiary is, and the young rascal better make tracks for some other country or it may get too hot for him.
Eagle Point, Oct. 21. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, October 24, 1889, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.Our town is presenting an appearance of life and vigor, and everybody seems to be busy and, consequently, happy.
Our merchants seem to be doing a lively business and our grist mill is running night and day, turning out about 12,000 pounds of extra fine flour daily, and still the demand for flour cannot be supplied. Wheat is constantly pouring in by the thousands of bushels.
Speaking of grist mills, I spoke of a move being on foot to build another big roller mill, but someone has spoke of the babe being asleep, and some of the incredulous have pronounced it dead. But the sleeping, lifeless corpse has begun to kick and show signs of life that are startling to some of our old mossbacks, who thought the great water power of Butte Creek was doomed to lie dormant, and the lands forever remain unfenced. Yes, sir, Eagle Point is to have a new $10,000 roller mill, a planing mill, a big store (a new one, I mean) in spite of the old croakers. A ditch has been surveyed and the plot of land decided on to build the mill.
Rader Bros. have made some considerable improvement in the way of fencing, and judging from the amount of timber, posts, shakes and shingles that are being sold at this place, there will be a great deal of improving this fall and winter, for the time has not yet come to make fence, as the ground is too dry to drive posts.
The farmers are all busy plowing and sowing grain. I learn that Mr. Givan and son have already put in eighty acres of wheat up to Monday morning.
Two of Mrs. Perry's daughters from Big Butte, Misses Emma and Lizzie, are here attending school, and others are making arrangements to attend as soon as places can be secured to board.
A few of our enterprising citizens met at the school house last Friday night for the purpose of organizing the Eagle Point literary society, and in the course of President John Ashpole's remarks, he tried to stimulate the citizens of this place to greater effort by referring them to the society in Antelope school district, of which he spoke in the highest terms.
What has become of "A Reader"? Is he sick or has he gone up on Rogue River to secure a timber claim? We miss his notes.
J. K. Green has taken charge of his farm, and judging from the way he is tearing up things and building anew, he intends to make his mark in the neighborhood, as he is tearing down some of the old buildings, remodeling and making the old place have the appearance of life and beauty.
The Rader Bros. have put up a fine lot of steers to fatten for the market this winter.
J. G. Briscoe and his daughter, Miss Nannie, are here, Miss Nannie intending to remain several days to try to recuperate her health.
John Inlow, our young mechanic, who has been working in the defunct planing mill at Central Point, has returned to our town on a visit.
Master Arthur Morrison, who has been stopping with Josiah Hannah, on Rogue River, has returned to Eagle Pt., and intends to attend school in Antelope district--Prof. Raymond, teacher.
Eagle Pt., Or., Nov. 4, 1889. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, November 7, 1889, page 2 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.Frank Lewis has moved from Jacksonville into our midst, where he expects to permanently reside.
A prominent business lot near the new mill site is engaged, but the consideration is not yet to be made public.
John Ashpole, one of our popular merchants, has built a new wood shed. T. B. Higinbotham is building a shed for A. J. Daley to protect his stock.
Uncle Johnnie Lewis has moved into the old Grossman house and is building a barn and has the material on the ground to put a fence around the lot.
Geo. Brown has sold another house and lot to Mrs. Digman; consideration, $350. Also Eber Emery to J. J. Fryer a number of lots along the banks of Butte Creek; consideration, $200.
Mr. A. Pool, proprietor of the Eagle Point Hotel, has put a very nice portico on the front of his hotel, Mr. Phipps doing the carpentering and our young mechanic, John Inlow, doing the painting, which reflects credit on his ability as a painter.
Speaking of painting, Mr. Jack De Flannie, of Central Point, has done one of the neatest jobs of painting on Mr. Fryer's house that we have seen in the valley and Mr. Bursell, the carpenter, has made a bay window that is said to be one of the most beautiful in the valley, having done all the work himself.
The Eagle Point Literary Society elected new officers last Friday night. A. J. Daley, president; Miss Cora Brown, secretary; Miss Lelah Fryer, treasurer. About twenty names were placed on the roll and the prospects are favorable for a number of pleasant entertainments during the winter. J. J. Fryer made an eloquent speech that reflects credit on his early teachers in elocution.
Times are lively around here; everybody is up trying to do something. The railroad surveyors are around; millwrights have been making an estimate of the probable cost of the new mill to be erected; carpenters are all engaged, painters are all busy and the prospects are very favorable for a grand boom the coming summer. Real estate is changing hands, people are coming to our town and neighborhood, and you can see a broad grin on our popular merchants' faces across the street by moonlight.
Among the real estate transactions, J. K. Green has paid in full $7500 to J. J. Fryer, got his deed, has full possession and has gone to work in earnest to improve and beautify his place. He has a stump puller from Central Point and is clearing some of his brush land, aiming to get it in cultivation this season. He has concluded to let the old log house, in which his wife was born, stand, it being one of the oldest houses in the county, reroof and re-rustic it, so that his grandchildren can see the house in which their grandmother first saw the light
Nov. 18, 1889. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, November 21, 1889, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
George Daley and family have removed from Big Butte precinct to the Britt property, near Eagle Point, for the summer.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 20, 1890, page 3
EAGLE POINT NEWS.We are sorry to chronicle the fact that Thos. E. Nichols has been very sick. He is improving slowly.
We have had a death in our neighborhood since my last, Mrs. Eliza Mathews, consort of the late John Mathews, one of the early pioneers of Jackson County. She was about seventy years of age and leaves a large train of relatives to mourn her loss.
We are sorry to say that our townsman, W. W. Rivers, M.D., has decided to leave this country permanently, as his health is such that he is not able to perform the duties of his office, thereby leaving vacant a fine situation for a good physician.
J. K. Green has been moving out his fence on to the bank of Butte Creek and I understand that he has closed a road that has been traveled for the last twenty-five years, thereby discommoding a number of citizens in going to and from the grist mill, post office, etc.
Last Thursday was the day fixed upon to have a meeting for the purpose of organizing a company to build a new roller mill here, but owing to the sickness of one of our prominent citizens and the heavy losses of others, the meeting was postponed until some future time.
Our enterprising miller, A. J. Daley, has procured the services of an experienced mechanic, L. Roush, to put the rollers in his grist mill, and he has started to Leavenworth, Kansas, and Peoria, Ill., to procure the very best machinery that can be had, as he does not intend to have a mill in the valley that excels his in the manufacture of flour. It is expected that the machinery will be here by the first of May and the work will be pushed on to completion and be ready for the new crop of grain. DICK.
Eagle Point, March 31.
Valley Record, Ashland, April 3, 1890, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
ARTICLES FILED.--Articles of incorporation were filed today in the secretary of state's office by the Eagle Point Roller Mill Company, with J. J. Fryer, F. B. Inlow, J. K. Green, John Ashpole, J. A. Jonas, incorporators; capital stock, $15,000; place of business, Eagle Point, Jackson County.
Capital Journal, Salem, April 8, 1890, page 2
Articles of Incorporation of the Eagle Point Roller Mill Co. Limited, were filed in the office of the county clerk April 7, 1890. The enterprise the corporation proposes to engage in is to purchase, own and hold the necessary lands, mill site, and water power near Eagle Point, and to build, furnish, and equip thereon, mills for the manufacture of flour and other manufacturing purposes. Place of business, Eagle Point, Jackson County, Oregon; capital stock, $15,000; shares, $100 each. Incorporators: J. J. Fryer, F. B. Inlow, J. K. Green, John Ashpole, J. A. Jonas.
Valley Record, Ashland, April 10, 1890, page 3
EAGLE POINT NEWS.Grandma Daley, mother of our miller A. J. Daley, is lying very low.
Mr. Meeker is preparing to move onto his place near the mouth of Little Butte.
Mrs. N. M. Holmes, nee Emily Brown, of Jacksonville, is here visiting her relatives.
Wm. Wiley and family have moved from Medford onto their farm on Antelope Creek.
James Wooley, one of the old settlers, died April 8, 1890, of heart disease, aged 60 years.
Dr. Geary of Medford was out the other day to visit William Wooley, who is in poor health.
Rev. M. A. Williams preached here last Sunday to a large audience, and steps were taken to reorganize the Sunday school with Mr. Johnson as superintendent.
Miss Nada Inlow, daughter of F. B. Inlow, a young lady that has been raised in our village and one that we can justly feel proud of, is teaching the "young ideas how to shoot" in the Antelope school district and is giving universal satisfaction, as she [is] a favorite with both parents and pupils.
The Democratic primary was held here last Saturday, and a large number were present. Dr. W. W. Rivers was elected chairman and A. L. Haselton secretary. Thomas E. Nichols, A. Pool, John Thomas and Ed Simons were elected as delegates to attend the county convention.
Valley Record, Ashland, April 17, 1890, page 3
MILLER VS. FARMER.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:
As your readers are already apprised, a company has been organized to build a new roller mill at this place, and if not out of order I would like to offer a few thoughts for your numerous readers to reflect upon concerning mills, milling, etc. I see in an article published in the Times, in which the writer, or rather the dictator, is trying to throw cold water on the enterprise by endeavoring to make it appear, 1st, that this is not a wheat-growing country. That about all of the available wheat land is in cultivation and that there is not, nor can be, wheat enough raised to keep the mills that are already here running half of the time. I am sorry to see anyone that has his "all" in Eagle Point speak so disparagingly of our surrounding country, while the facts are plain to be seen that there are hundreds of acres of good wheat land now uncultivated and even unfenced that would produce good wheat, and will be cultivated whenever the time comes that the farmer can procure a remuneration sufficient to pay a fair profit on his labor. But the way that our mills are conducted, the farmer has little or no say as to what he shall have for his labor.
Second, "Reasoner" claims that there are six or eight mills within a half-day's travel. Now, let us see how that statement will stand scrutinizing. We have one at Eagle Point, a good one, but in the fall of the year, when the farmers want to haul their flour to market or home for family use, the mill is always so crowded that the poor farmer that can pay his store bill in flour has to wait and wait until the roads are too muddy to haul, and then he could get a load occasionally. I say could, but what is the prospect in the future? The Ashland Milling Company control the Eagle Mills, and the Medford Milling Company own the Phoenix mills, and they will not exchange unless it is a little for family use; and we fear that after the rollers are put in the Butte Creek mills they will adopt the same rule, and then what will the farmer do with his wheat? He can haul it to the mill, sell it to the miller at his own price, and buy his flour from the miller at his own price also; and he will receive 50 cents or 55 cents per bushel and pay, as they have to now in Medford, $2.50 per hundred for flour. And still "Reasoner" says that we have enough mills without building a new one!
But the farmers are waking up to the situation, and the time has come when they must and will act. "Reasoner" forgot that last fall a number of Butte Creek farmers tried for days and weeks to sell their wheat so that they could pay their store bills, but there was too much wheat for the demand. The farmers all over the country are intensely interested, and the universal verdict with them is that we have a new mill, that we must have a new mill, and that we will have a farmers' exchange mill.
But "Reasoner" sees the new mill in his dreams, and then indulges in an offshoot on education, and sees the new mill without any wheat, the massive iron rollers taken out and the old, or rather new, building converted into a mammoth school house. And that led as to think that the writer knew more about schools and school houses than he did about mills and milling.
Another thing that "Reasoner" forgot is that there are thousands of bushels of wheat sent out by rail every year, and if we have mills enough to grind all the wheat then we can keep down the trusts and monopolies in breadstuffs. More anon. DICK.
Eagle Point, April 19, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, April 24, 1890, page 1 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.H. C. Lewis, our enterprising sawmill man, has erected a new mill on Bear Creek and has it in full blast.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:
A. J. Daley is having his grist mill overhauled and [is] getting ready to put in the rollers as soon as the machinery comes.
Dr. R. L. Parker and son, W. W. Parker, have disposed of their mill property on Round Top to ex-sheriff A. S. Jacobs and a man by the name of Cormack; consideration, $2650.
The young folks meet regularly at the Antelope school house to hold their literary society, and some of the young men have adopted the plan of copying poetry to read to the young ladies on the way home as a pastime.
The summer fights have commenced. A. Pool, the constable of this precinct, and G. W. Heckathorn, but the two combatants were separated by the bystanders, greatly to the joy of both the fighters. No damage done except a little blood from Heckathorn.
J. J. Fryer, our energetic, enterprising, go-ahead townsman, expects to start on a tour among the farmers to work in the interest of the new flour roller mill in the near future. A gentleman of large experience and extensive acquaintance assures us that the farmer» in his neighborhood (on Big Sticky and south above Medford) are anxious to go into the mill, as they begin to think that "self-preservation is the first law of nature."
We had a very serious accident happen in our midst on the evening of the 19th. The infant son of Mr. J. K. Green, about 14 months old, by some means got hold of some Rough on Rats, supposed to have been thrown out while cleaning out the milk house, and had it not been for the timely efforts of Dr. Rivers, would undoubtedly have proved fatal, as the poison had taken such a hold that he lay in a continuous spasm for about six hours. But I am glad to be able to state that the child is convalescent and received no perceptible injures.
The political "tea kettle" is whooping and as primaries have been held, every man that wants office is very busy congratulating the mothers on the beauty of their children and assuring the farmers that they are the exact ones that ought to fill the various offices in the county and state. Although Butte Creek is very modest in her demands, as there are only five or six that are extremely anxious to serve the dear people, two for sheriff, one for clerk, one for assessor, one for school superintendent and one for legislative honors.
A large number of our citizens met at this place and held the regular primary meeting. Peter Simon was elected chairman and A. L. Haselton secretary. The following were elected delegates to the county convention: John Ashpole, Henry Brown, Dr. W. W. Rivers and C. W. Taylor. At the close of the meeting Dr. Rivers was called on for a speech, and in his usual smooth and impressive manner he gave a speech that was calculated to impress the audience with the necessity of union and a spirit of forbearance. He is a fine talker, and if he could be prevailed upon to remain with us would be a strong man in the Democratic ranks.
The announcement in the Record that Dr. W. W. Rivers intended to leave this part of the country for his old home in Arkansas and that a good opening was left for an M.D., brought a doctor but as he had never been on a horse's back and was in poor health, he thought the country most too rough for him to undertake, so he left in a few days. And now we want a good physician with a family to come and buy the residence of our present incumbent, Dr. Rivers, situated opposite where the new mill is to be built, and settle down for life, as this is a very desirable locality for a physician and a very good--pleasant, I mean--community in which to live. DICK.
April 28, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 1, 1890, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
We have had a fine rain, which will ensure good crops.
Born to the wife of A. L. Haselton, May 9th, 1890, a daughter.
Mrs. John Pelling, who has been in poor health for some time past, has gone to Portland, to St. Mary's hospital, for medical treatment.
Dodge & Co. have abandoned the idea of drilling a well for J. K. Green on account of the hardness of the rock and I understand that the Creed Bros. are going to undertake to finish the job.
Allow me, and through me, almost the entire community, to congratulate you on your delivery from the hands of your persecutors. and triumphant vindication of the doctrine of free speech and free press.
The machinery for A. J. Daley's mill has been delayed and has not arrived yet. In removing the old machinery from the grist mill, the workmen let a stick of timber fall on the turbine wheel and broke it so that it was necessary to send off for a section to repair the damage done, costing $35 or $40.
The Democracy are. so far as I can learn, generally satisfied with the nominations made by the county convention except for Senator; they feel that they have been imposed upon, and I have heard a number of them say that they would not vote for Charles Nickell under any circumstances, as he has always worked for self against the interest of the laboring classes.
May 13, 1890. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 15, 1890, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.The young folks had a high old time last Friday night, at the dance at this place.
H. C. Lewis has moved his family from the farm to the mill to spend the hot days of summer.
Crops are looking, generally, very well, and the prospect is that there will be a very large crop of corn raised this summer.
I understand that Mrs. John Pelling has returned from Portland, and that the physicians of St. Mary's hospital pronounce her case incurable.
The machinery for H. J. Daley's mill has arrived, and it will not be long before we have a first-class roller mill here and a good prospect for another in the near future.
Mr. Worthington is building a house and barn for Thomas Riley on a tract of land he purchased from Mart Hurst. Mr. Riley is also preparing to build considerable fence, as he has engaged 20,000 feet of fencing lumber from H. C. Lewis & Co.
Dr. W. W. Rivers expects to start to his old home in Arkansas next Thursday with his wife and children to visit Mrs. R.'s mother, thereby leaving us without a physician. So if we need any assistance in that line we will have to go to Central Point or Medford. He leaves a good field for an M.D.
Our village has been thronged with office seekers and their friends (you know "money makes the colt go") and we have had lively times for the last few days. Cameron, Alford, Charles Nickell and George Bloomer may be mentioned as among the office-seekers that have been trying to convince the dear people that they are the very ones to be their servants; and by the time this reaches you, Sam Holt, of the union party, will be here and address the citizens on the leading issues of the day.
The calculations are that Cormack & Jacobs will start their sawmill by the time this reaches you, and we expect to have good lumber, as they are men who understand the sawmill business. Speaking of sawmills, your correspondent took the time last week to spend a few hours in and around H. C. Lewis' mill, situated on Bear Creek near Central Point, and found the mill doing excellent work, as it is run up to its full capacity, turning out from 12,000 to 15,000 feet of lumber per day, of a very good quality considering that the logs are all "bull pine." The mill was visited last Friday by a number of experts in the mechanical line, and they pronounce it and its management a complete success.
One of our prominent citizens on Butte Creek is advocating the idea of having the successful candidate pay each one of the voters for the time it takes from his business, paying in proportion to the amount of his income from the office that he fills, as the candidates are selected by the "bosses," and the voters have nothing to do but walk up to the polls and vote for the men that are put on the ticket. By this means a large number of voters might vote that stay at home because they feel that none of the candidates are their choice. I remember that four years ago next election, we (I mean the clerks and judges) counted some ninety voters that did not come to the polls to vote, because they did not feel interest enough in the election to lose their time. But have it understood that every voter who votes is entitled to a fair compensation for his time, and then the laboring classes would vote and put down this "Ring monopoly." DICK.
Eagle Point, May 25, 1890.
alley Record, Ashland, May 29, 1890, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Haying is in full blast--there is a great calm in the way of news.
H. C. Lewis came near being thrown from his cart last week, striking his arm on the wheel and bruising it badly.
A. J. Daley is getting his machinery in his mill in good shape and expects by the 15th to be under full headway again.
J. A. Jonas was elected J.P. of this precinct without opposition, and A. Pool, our old constable, and Charles Edmondson were the candidates for constable. Chas. E. was elected.
The election passed off quietly at this place. We at first opened the polls in Inlow & Ashpole's warehouse, but it was soon ascertained that we would suffer with the cold so much that we decided to move to Pool's hotel, where we could have more comfortable quarters. We labor under great advantages in this precinct for want of a suitable place to hold elections, want of proper tables, etc., but the worst inconvenience is the want of a larger ballot box and the necessary election laws, as the latest copy we have was published in 1872 and consequently we are eighteen years behind the times.
Mr. J. A. Jonas closed his three months school last Friday, the 6th inst., at this place, giving very general satisfaction, and one would think that the directors had the most implicit confidence in his ability as a teacher by the number of times they visited his school during the term, for by looking over his report I see that they have not visited the school at all. The county superintendent has also been very derelict in the discharge of his official duty. Perhaps he was sick! According to his report the whole number of pupils enrolled is 48---24 boys and 24 girls; average attendance, 32. Quite a number of visitors were in attendance the last day of the school, among them Prof, A. L. Haselton and wife, Mrs. F. B. Inlow and her niece, Miss Sarah Ragsdale of Sams Valley, Miss Brown of this place, and many others.
Your correspondent left the county seat last Saturday afternoon, and from what he could learn we are to have two very conspicuous, if not important, companies pass through our little village on their way to Salt Creek (Salt Creek empties into Butte Creek a few miles above this place). As I understand the program the first company will be composed of all the candidates that were on the union-labor ticket. They are to march in double file, headed by Hon. Enoch Walker and Mrs. Josephine Crocker, with their banners flying and singing "The better days are coming by and by," etc., while the citizens along their route are to cheer them by their presence and words of condolence and the assurance that victory will yet perch on their banners. The second company is to be composed of a motley crowd of disappointed office-seekers of all political creeds and a host of hangers-on that have been using the public teat for a long tine. They are to walk in single file, with poor Ed. Charles N. [Nickell] in the lead chanting the doleful dirge "The election is past and the campaign is ended, and we are left, boo hoo, boo hoo," etc. And the masses of the voters are to hiss them, and tantalize them for putting up such men on the tickets. DICK.
Eagle Point, June 9, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, June 12, 1890, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.F. B. Inlow started to Talent with his family last Sunday, and broke the axle of his hack, so had to postpone his visit indefinitely.
Mrs. Roush, who has been sick with typhoid pneumonia, I learn has just died. Dr. Lee of Central Point was in attendance, but could not save her life.
David Hendry, our cobbler, is confined to his bed with an old sore on his leg, which causes him a great deal of pain. Dr. Lee, of Central Point, is in attendance.
Claude White, while trying to manipulate the lines of A. J. Daley's mule team, let them get the advantage of him, so we had a first-class runaway, breaking the wagon and tearing things up generally.
Died at the family residence, June 11th, 1890, Mrs. Fannie, wife of John Pelling, aged 59 years, 10 months and 24 days.
The subject of the above notice was a native of Ireland, from whence she removed to Nova Scotia, married Owen Clark and moved to Oregon, living with him for nineteen years, and raising a family of five children, three boys and two girls, one of whom now sleeps with her father and mother in the Catholic cemetery at Jacksonville. Two of the boys are doing business in Grant County, while the remaining daughter, Mrs. Penning of Gold Hill and R. Emmet Clark are residents of this county. She has been living in this neighborhood ever since her marriage to John Pelling in 1878, and her loss will be felt by her many friends who mourn her demise. She was buried according to the rites of the Catholic Church, of which she was a member. DICK.
Central Point, June 16, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, June 19, 1890, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
READY FOR A MUSEUM.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
An Enumerator Who Was Neither Insulted, Mobbed Nor Hung.
Some of my fellow census enumerators report trouble in many cases. After my pleasant experience, I| am surprised to hear such complaints.
I was out the entire month of June among the people of Big and Little Butte and received the most courteous and kindly treatment by all. Everyone I visited seemed ready and more than willing to answer every "applicable" question on the various schedules. The men who own and operate mills and shops in my field took especial pains to give full and complete answers to the questions propounded. Safes and books were opened, and every item hunted up. A. J. Daley gave me three hours of his time, when his business affairs were exceedingly pressing. Messrs. Pool, Florey and Robinett showed the same spirit.
Sawmills are especially difficult to dispose of by enumerators. Jacobs & Cormack of Round Top sawmill, if possible, outdid everyone else in kindness. Every employee in the mill followed suit and made my stay overnight one of the most pleasant of the whole sojourn. The proprietors of this mill are worthy of success, and I expect to hear of a lively trade at Round Top this season. They are a first-class firm, paying first-class wages to a first-class set of men, who have first-class timber from which first-class lumber is produced, and sold at low prices.
The Butte Creek people stand high with your correspondent.
SCOTT MORRIS,Valley Record, Ashland, July 17, 1890, page 1
Spikenard, Or., July 9, 1890.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.Peter Simon is building a new granary.
A. L. Haselton and H. G. Shock have put neat picket fences around their lots.
Everybody is busy harvesting. The wheat crop is better than at first expected.
Mr. McNeal is putting up a new house on his place in the upper end of our town.
F. B. Inlow and one of our merchants have gone to Talent, for the purpose of building a barn on his property there.
James Lewis, the engineer in H. C. Lewis' mill, quit the mill last Saturday and returned to his farm on Little Butte
J. A. Jonas, our pedagogue, is teaching school in the Big Butte district. His family accompanies him, leaving home Monday morning and returning Friday evening. They have engaged rooms with T. B. Higinbotham.
A. J. Daley has got his new roller mill under headway but is out of wheat. He is arranging to build a large warehouse adjoining his mill. He is also building a new hog pen. You, or rather we, know that all grist mills must have a hog pen as an attachment.
Peter Simon, one of cur old pioneers, started a few days ago via Portland for Germany to visit his sisters that he has not seen for forty-two years, and will try to improve his health that has been failing for some time past. He was accompanied as far as Portland by his daughter Sophia.
Dennis Simon had the misfortune to be thrown from his horse while coming down a hill on the road from J. B. Welch's mill with a load of lumber, falling in a bunch of oak grubs and hurting one of his eyes so badly that he was compelled to leave his wagon on the road. The cause of the accident was an iron bar on the brake giving way, causing the wagon to push onto the horses. DICK.
Eagle Point, July 21, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 24, 1890, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.Miss [Ella] Brown, of Roseburg, has been engaged to teach our public school.
The Misses Bailey and Brown, of Roseburg, have been the guests of Hon. A. J. Florey but are now visiting Mrs. F.'s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Nye of Flounce Rock precinct.
I sec that J. K. Green has been tearing down the old barns and sheds on his place, greatly improving the looks of the premises.
I forgot to mention in my last that A. J. Carlton and family and Miss Clara Rader returned from their trip to Crescent City greatly improved in health and weight, and from the way the trip has affected them I think that if you, Mr. Editor, would take a trip to the sea shore it would perhaps build up your emaciated form.
I see in the last Record the statement that John B. Williams, the mail contractor, has purchased property in Medford, etc., and I am requested to state authoritatively that it is not John B., but Isaac F. Williams, son of Isaac B. Williams of Central Point.
Miss Cora Brown and her brother Frank and Miss Amy Safford and Wilbur Ashpole have gone to the McAllister soda springs.
Hon. A. J. Florey, our accommodating P.M., has received the appointment of notary public and was sworn in last Saturday, August 2nd, so that we will not have to go to Jacksonville to attend to all of our business.
Last Wednesday night Mrs. A. R. Riggs, president of the W.C.T.U., favored our town with a lecture on her favorite theme, the cause of temperance and morality vs. the saloon, and although there was but a few hours' notice given, still I learn that she had a fair audience and made a very favorable impression, as your sub-reporters speak in very high terms of her as a lecturer. DICK.
Eagle Point, Aug. 4, 1890.
(Balance of items continued in our next.)
Valley Record, Ashland, August 7, 1890, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.(Continued from last issue.)
Since my last communication for the Record, your correspondent has once more had the pleasure of visiting your thriving city [Ashland] after an absence of over a year, and for me to say that I was surprised to see such a marked change for the better does not fully convey the idea, for I am unable to understand how so much improving can be done in so short a time, when times are so dull and money is so scarce, and how so many people can live and wear good clothes where so little producing is done.
Last Thursday morning your correspondent started out on to foot take a view of the city, and he walked until he reached the Record office. Found the publisher, proprietor and editor had not yet put in an appearance but found the typesetter at work at his case, spent a few moments with him very pleasantly and started for the depot in search of the editor. Failing to find him I started in a southerly direction, bearing west, and walked and walked, still seeing new sights ahead, until I came to the deliberate conclusion that a man that would try to take in the city of Ashland, the metropolis of Jackson County, on foot needs more than one short day in July to accomplish the feat. So I turned my course toward my stopping place, hitched up my team and took a fresh start; drove up one street and down another and finally started off on the Boulevard, passing fine residences, beautiful scenery, excellent orchards, gardens, etc., where but a few years ago there was nothing but a chaparral jungle--showing what skill and energy can do. Returning to the business portion of the city, I made another call on the Record office and this time found the editor in. Transacted a little business, spent a short time in pleasant chitchat and soon thereafter took our (for Mrs. Dick was with me) departure for our home, bidding farewell to our friends for another season.
We have another New Departure in our neighborhood. Ever since the memorable campaign on the woman suffrage amendment our school directors seemed to have the idea irrevocably fixed in their minds that the man was right when he told his prospective mother-in-law that after his marriage the place for his wife was to stay at home and tend to the chickens and children. They seemed to think that a woman was absolutely incapable of doing anything that required brains or muscle, and the idea that a woman could teach our school--pshaw! But time brings changes and we are getting a class of men in our country that read, and they read that about 95 percent of the teachers in our large cities are ladies, so they have came to the conclusion that our children might be taught by a lady. And another thing they have discovered and that is that the lady who has applied for our school stands a round [i.e., rung] higher on the literary ladder than anyone else we have had to teach our school, as the highest grade any of our teachers have had is a state certificate, But, lo! Miss Brown of Roseburg comes with a state diploma, so our directors have employed her to teach our fall term of school and we look for a decided improvement in the management of the same. DICK.
Eagle Point, Aug. 4, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 14, 1890, page 1 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Mr. Geo. Nichols, son of T. E. Nichols, met with quite an accident last Sunday. He had got a rig from Medford to take his best girl out riding, I understand, and the team got frightened and ran away, demolishing the buggy some considerable.
The Wiley boys and Jas. Pew have gone to the McAllister soda springs, and intend to go to Fish Lake, Twin Lakes, etc., before they return.
There was quite an excitement in the vicinity of Brownsboro last week. The infant child of John Burge [Burch?], aged about 18 months, was missing about 9 a.m. and the father and family began search but nothing could he found of it. So the neighbors were called and the quest continued all day until dark, when lanterns were procured, and the hunt was continued until midnight, when it was suspended till next morning. In the morning when Master Harry Carlton started out from home he found the child standing quietly on an old straw stack, looking as though nothing happened, fully a mile from its home.
Our citizens were shocked Monday morning on learning that the variety store of our postmaster, A. J. Florey, had been broken open, robbed and then fired. The flames were first discovered by Mrs. Geo. Brown as she was up in the night taking medicine, about midnight, when she gave the alarm, but the fire had gotten such a headway that nothing could be done but try to save the surroundings. In spite of all their efforts A. J. Daley's warehouse was consumed. Loss to A. J. Florey about $500, insured for $400; A. J. Daley's loss unknown--possibly $150 or $200. Almost the entire community sympathizes with Mr. Florey, as he is afflicted with rheumatism so that he is unable to work a great part of his time. The loss is irreparable as all of the mail matter was consumed together with his books, all the district school records and other things belonging to the school district. DICK.
Eagle Point, Aug. 12, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 14, 1890, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.M. S. Wood is building a large barn.
The grain yield is hardly up to average.
Thos. Coy has moved into the old Purdin house.
A. Pool is putting a rock foundation under his blacksmith shop.
A. J. Florey, our accommodating P.M., is preparing to build again.
Newt. Lewis and family are here from Applegate, visiting their parents.
Lightning struck a tree on the line of Mrs. Rader's fence, burning quite a number of rails.
John Ashpole, one of our merchants, has been putting an addition to his residence and otherwise beautifying his home.
Miss Etha Griffith, who has been to the McAllister soda springs, has returned and reports that the recent hail storm did a great deal of damage on Salt Creek.
Mr. Cingcade's little boy is sick with typhoid fever. Dr. Pickel, of Medford, is in attendance. Speaking of sickness, we have but little in our immediate neighborhood but considerable in the surrounding country, and if some good doctor would locate here he would find a good practice.
The farmers are generally busy threshing, hauling off their grain, etc., so that there is but little of interest to write. This year Phipps, McDaniel & Co. are doing the threshing for this neighborhood, and are giving better satisfaction than any machine that has been in this part of the country for a number of years. DICK.
Eagle Point, Aug. 26, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 28, 1890, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
[EAGLE POINT NEWS.]Mrs. J. G. Shock got a fall a few days ago, bruising her limb and side very badly.
Mrs. Howlett has been sick for several days with neuralgia.
Peter Simon, who has been on a trip to Germany, is expected home today, Monday.
A. J. Florey has four men at work on his new building, and it will be quite an addition to our town.
Mr. Mosier is sick, so that he had to have a surgical operation performed by Dr. Geary of Medford.
The post office inspector was over looking after the interest of the post office department one day last week.
Emanuel Clark, son of the late Mrs. John Pelling, has been in from Burns, Harney County, looking after his mother's estate and visiting relatives.
Miss Nada Inlow has gone to Ashland to attend the state normal school, as she is determined to succeed in making herself a first-class teacher. We wish her abundant success.
Miss Ella Brown, our new teacher from Roseburg, commenced school last Monday, and her traveling companion, Miss Frances Bailey, has secured the school in John Obenchain's neighborhood on Big Butte (a new district, I have forgotten the name).
We are pained to be under the necessity of chronicling the death of Frank, son of David and Mollie Cingcade, who departed this life Sept. 8, 1890. Deceased was born in Mono County, Cal., Jan. 25, 1880, being 10 years, 7 months and 13 days old.
Since my last this neighborhood came very near having a destructive fire. About midnight a burning sawdust pile at H. C. Lewis' sawmill branched out and ignited a pile of stove wood near the cutoff saw and from thence to the main building. A young man named Berry discovered it almost reaching to the roof, gave the alarm, and raised the mill hands and the family in a big hurry by breaking in the door of Mr. Lewis' bedroom. The excitement came near scaring Miss Millie Howlett, who was there visiting, out of her wits. DICK.
Eagle Point, Sept. 8, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, September 11, 1890, page 2 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Antelope Anglings.Mrs. Mauzey's mother is here on a visit from the Willamette Valley.
Flora Hurst, who has been in Medford for some time past, has returned home.
There will be preaching next Sunday at the church, Rev. Aleridge will preach.
George Rice, who has been down on the railroad, will return in a few days on a visit.
Mrs. James Bell and family, who have been visiting with relatives near Medford, have returned home.
Thomas A. Mauzey and family have moved to I. B. Williams' place, which they have rented for a year.
Miss Ellen Bursell is teaching the school in this district, and will give general satisfaction we believe, as she is an excellent teacher.
Joe Rader and his mother and sisters, also Harry Carleton, Rachel Stanley and Lin Clemens, returned yesterday from a trip to the soda springs and reported having had a splendid time.
We had one of the most enjoyable occasions in our midst a short time ago. I refer to the marriage of Mr. James Lewis and Miss Sarah Howlett on the 3rd inst. I hardly know where to commence, or how to describe the occasion. On Monday the invitation cards were sent out, and by 10 o'clock a.m. of the 2nd the guests began to arrive and by 12 m. about twenty-five or thirty of the friends and relatives of the family had arrived. The host, meeting each one in his usual affable manner, made everyone feel that they were welcome and at 12:15 the party congregated in the parlor, where the contracting parties, accompanied by James R. Williams of Central Point and Miss Mamie Wiley as bridesmaid and groomsman, entered and took their places, when the venerable father in his usual easy and graceful manner pronounced the ceremony making them man and wife. He made one serious blunder, however, as he forgot to kiss the bridesmaid until some minutes after; then he rectified his mistake and all went merry as ever. One thing we will say, if ever we get married again we will be sure to have Mr. Howlett say the ceremony, notwithstanding the blunder. The groom was dressed in conventional black, and the bride--well, she looked as neat and--well I will try and describe her appearance. She was dressed in a tan color cassimere trimmed with cream-colored silk and ribbon. It was made in the latest style and was exceedingly lovely. After the ceremony was over dinner was announced, and oh, my! such a dinner. The tables were loaded with everything that could tempt the taste. The bride's cake, which was baked by Mrs. Howlett, was the finest we ever saw. I will not try to tell what we had, only to say that we had almost everything that could be thought of. If you had seen the way we all ate you would have thought we had been fasting for several days. After dinner was over then each vied with the other to see how much could be enjoyed, and all seemed to pronounce the occasion a grand success. There were several handsome presents given to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis. From Mrs. G. M. and Mrs. Jno. A. Love, a lovely glass set; Nada Inlow, fruit stand; Anna Inlow, water pitcher; Mr. and Mrs. Inlow, glass set; Mamie Wiley, glass berry bowl; Geo. Love, basket of grapes; James R. Williams, mustache cup for the groom to drink coffee out of; Aletha Mauzey, cup and saucer for the bride to drink tea out of; two lovely bouquets from Nada and Ama Inlow. About 3 o'clock the guests began to depart and in the evening the happy bride and groom took their departure for their home, with the congratulations of all wishing them a long life of prosperity and happiness. A READER.
Eagle Point, Sept. 8, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, September 11, 1890, page 3
EAGLE POINT NEWS.A. J. Daley, our enterprising miller, has erected a new warehouse adjoining his great mill.
Mrs. Digman is having a well bored on the lot she bought of Geo. Brown. A. Pool has built a new wood shed.
W. W. Miller, who has been the manager of the old burr mill before it was changed to a roller mill, has accepted a position in the new one, we are glad to learn.
Mr. Kirkpatrick has moved from Big Butte to our town, to take advantage of our school. Miss Edmondson, also from Big Butte, is here taking advantage of our school.
Our efficient road supervisor has had a large lot of lumber hauled out to repair our bridge across Butte Creek. Mr. Robinett has moved his blacksmith tools into Inlow & Ashpole's shop.
Miss Brown, our efficient "school marm," taught for two weeks, just long enough to show the old mossbacks that a woman can teach our school, was taken sick and had to close, but we are glad to state that she is able to resume her position and is now governing her school, as usual, by the law of kindness, and progressing finely.
Since my last we have had considerable improvement going on in our town. A. J. Florey has about completed his new store and residence combined. a neat two-story building adjoining the lot whereon the old "boss" blacksmith shop stood, but he tore that down to make room for the new building and now instead of seeing an old dilapidated shanty we see a new house and surroundings that reflects credit on our efficient postmaster.
Mr. Ed., I have been "scairt" so badly that I hardly knew whether to try to write or not, for I see that that ponderous literary compendium of knowledge, that wonderful production that emanates from the "Times" office WEAKLY has so far descended from its high and "conspicuous" place and position as to criticize an article that was published in the Record signed by your occasional correspondent from Antelope, "A Reader," because forsooth he left out an "H" in spelling the name of an article of dress, when perhaps it might have been a typographical error. But no, it happened to be a daughter of a man that helped to send him up Salt Creek, and he thought he could vent his malicious spite, but we could expect little more from a man so small as "poor Ed. C." And now Mr. Editor, enough of this, for he must fill up his contemptible sheet and as he has no correspondent from Butte Creek he could do no better.--(It was an error in the typesetting.--FOREMAN.) DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, October 9, 1890, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
EAGLE POINT NEWS.Mrs. Virgil is here visiting friends.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:
Geo. Brown has just returned from Portland.
A. J. Daley has been to Grants Pass on a business trip.
Miss Anna Inlow has returned from a visit to her aunt in Sams Valley.
John and Artie Nichols have returned from a business trip to Lake County.
Thos. E. Nichols drove a band of beef cattle to the Ashland market last week.
The candy-pulling given by Miss Cora Brown last week was a pleasant affair, of course.
John Black passed through town Monday with a small drove of beef cattle for market.
McNeal & Johnson, with a number of assistants, are repairing the bridge and getting it ready for future usefulness.
A. J. Florey has moved into his new quarters on the north side of the creek. He has also replenished his stock of goods greatly, to the joy of the little ones.
John Ashpole, one of our leading merchants, of the firm of Inlow & Ashpole, has just returned from Portland, where he has been to buy in their fall stock of goods.
I rather think that it would be to the interest of a large class of citizens in and around this place to have a good physician locate among us, and not necessitate us to go to Medford for medical aid.
Miss Brown, our schoolmarm, is teaching the best school we have had for a long time, and those who visited the school last Friday say that the declamatory exercises were superior to any we have had in Eagle Point for years.
Miss Amy Safford has been able to resume her studies at school, after a spell of typhoid fever. Dr. Pryce was in attendance. The doctor has also so far succeeded in restoring Mrs. H. G. Shock to health that she is able to get up without help.
I inadvertently omitted to state in my last that Peter Simon, one of our old-time citizens who had been to Germany to visit his relatives and regain his health, had returned, after a visit with relatives and friends in Pennsylvania. We are also pleased to state that his daughter, Miss Sophia, is convalescent, after a long siege of typhoid fever, thanks to the skill of Dr. Pryce, of Medford.
Mrs. H. Lewis, of Medford, has been visiting relatives on Butte Creek. Her brother, James M. Lewis, had a runaway last Sunday. His horse broke loose while hitched to a cart and ran over a mile through the woods, over a plank and wire fence, across Butte Creek up into our town, with scarcely a scratch and without breaking anything. The animal was finally captured by Scott Pool and Arthur Nichols. DICK.
Eagle Point, Oct. 20, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, October 23, 1890, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:
Mr. Upham and family have gone to California.
J. A. Jonas has been engaged to teach school at the mouth of Butte Creek.
Prof. Shepherd and wife, of Ashland, were here last week on a business trip.
Mr. Scott and family, of Central Point, are visiting the family of Chas. Griffith of this place.
The literary society in the Antelope school district has started up again for the long nights.
Mr. Inlow, one of our leading merchants, is at Talent superintending the construction of a building on his property there.
The entertainment given by the school on the 7th inst, by universal consent, is said to have been one of the best that has ever been in Eagle Point.
David Cingcade is preparing to build a new wood shed, in the place of the one that was blown down. A. C. Howlett is also building another wood shed, as his present one is too small.
A committee was appointed at the last meeting of the L.S. [literary society] to arrange a program for an entertainment at the Methodist church on Antelope, Christmas eve, and we anticipate a fine time.
Since my last the workmen have finished the county bridge across Butte Creek. It presents a fine appearance, and we feel safe in saying that the roof will not give way soon from the pressure of snow.
J. J. Fryer has been enlarging his enclosure by making some new fence. Chas. Griffith has also been making some improvements in that line and Mr. Hubbard has been making some improvements on his dwelling.
We have another new departure in our village. Our enterprising and accomplished teacher, Miss Ellie Brown, has introduced the question-box, where questions on almost all subjects are asked by the pupils and the answers are read on Friday afternoon.
The most of the farmers have been sowing their fall wheat for the last two or three weeks, and now they are uneasy for fear that the long continued drought will cause it to rot in the ground or to dry out so that that which has sprouted will not grow.
Mr. Ashpole, of the firm of Inlow & Ashpole, has finished his residence and the young folks gave them--Mr and Mrs. A.--a surprise party last Wednesday evening, where they spent a few hours in social amusements and then quietly repaired to their homes.
The "Eagle Point Educator," published monthly by Miss Ellie Brown and edited by Miss Amy Safford, the first number of which was issued Nov. 7, 1890, and if it was not that I fear I would be transcending the bounds of a local correspondent I would clip a few items from it, but sufficient to say that the paper presents a fine appearance and reflects credit upon the publisher, editor and correspondents. DICK.
Eagle Point, Nov. 18, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, November 20, 1890, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:
Miss Jennie Smith, of Ashland, is now the guest of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Florey.
Miss Nada Inlow, who is attending school at Ashland, was home on a visit last week.
A. C. Howlett has been sick for several days past, but is not considered dangerously so.
Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. Wright, of Central Point, have been here visiting the family of F. B. Inlow.
The young folks had a dance in Inlow & Ashpole's hall on Thanksgiving night. About thirty numbers were sold.
The dry weather is causing considerable uneasiness among the farmers, for fear that the early sown grain will dry and freeze out.
We had a week's vacation in our school last week while Miss Brown, the teacher, attended the institute at Ashland. I understand that she was very favorably impressed with your city.
A. Pool came near having two fires last week. The first broke out in the upper floor where the stove pipe passes through and was discovered by a girl of the house, who quietly reported it to a lady visitor, when the alarm of fire was given. There was no material damage done except that Miss Amy Safford, Mrs. Pool's daughter, had her hands badly burned while trying to extinguish the flames. A few days after the above related occurrence Mrs. Pool's little boy, about four or five years old, got some matches, lit a candle and by some means set fire to the window curtains, which quickly ran to the ceiling, but fortunately did no damage.
Miss Millie Howlett gave a carpet-tacking last Friday night, and had an extraordinarily fine time. There were twenty-eight of the neighbors, mostly young folks, came in and sewed and tied carpet rags until about ten o'clock, when lunch was served and the rest of the evening was spent in playing, talking, etc., until about 12 o'clock, when they all retired to their respective homes with the understanding that they would all return in the near future and sew the rest of the rags. One remarkable incident occurred, however, while Mrs. H. was busily engaged sewing. One of the young men, F. M., was desirous of having a very large ball so he kindly wound what she sewed on his ball. But that was considered legitimate by Miss M., as everything is fair in lo-- or rag-tacking. DICK.
Eagle Point, Dec. 2, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, December 11, 1890, page 1 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.Born to the wife of Mr. Ewing, near Eagle Point, Dec. 11th, a daughter.
There is considerable sickness, mostly epizootic or la grippe, but none of [the] cases seem to be serious.
Born to the wife of True Cox, on Big Sticky, Dec. 13th, a daughter. Sorry to say the mother is in a very critical condition, but the M.D. has hopes of her recovery .
There is but little improvements going on. J. J. Fryer is having a chimney built in the center of his new house. J. K. Green has put a new gate in the place of the old one near the ford.
The young folks in the vicinity of the Antelope M.E. church are making big preparations for a Christmas tree and we anticipate a grand time, which we will report if "A Reader" don't return from his trip to the timber belt, or somewhere else, and make a report.
Rev. Aleridge preached here last night from "What is a name," and held the audience spellbound for about one and a quarter hours. One of the "oldest settlers" said that "he was the first one we have had here for a long time that could hold the boys (and girls) level," but I have seen as good order before.
The Demorest contest for a silver medal, arranged by Mrs. J. G. Johnson and Miss Ellie Brown, fell through with on account of one of the contestants backing out. However, a good temperance meeting was had; three of the pupils, Misses Gladius Fryer, Amy Safford and Anna Inlow each rendered some fine pieces, and Miss Ellie Brown's power of delivery moved the audience. Rev. M. C. Aleridge was called to the stand and favored his hearers with a talk on his favorite subject. The house was crowded.
During the last week it was announced that a Mr. Rader, from Michigan, would address the citizens of this place and the surrounding country on the subject of building a flume from upper Rogue River (the sugar pine belt) to this part of the valley, for the purpose of bringing the lumber, after it is sawed, to this place or some other, the terminus to be decided in the future. But for some reason he and his colleagues failed to put in an appearance, greatly to the disappointment of the crowd that assembled. But although he, or rather they, failed to speak, the subject has been brought to the front and at no distant day the project will be a reality. DICK.
Eagle Point, Dec. 22, 1890.
Valley Record, Ashland, December 25, 1890, page 4 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.There is some sickness in this neighborhood, mostly colds.
ED. VALLEY RECORD:
Miss Mary Wiley is visiting her cousin John Wiley, near Phoenix.
A. Pool has been making some improvements in the way of building.
G. W. Rice returned from working on the railroad in Cow Creek Canyon last Saturday.
Miss Millie Howlett, Miss Laura Nichols and Miss Anna Carney have gone to Medford to attend school.
There is some improving going on. J. J. Fryer has been making some more fence, subdividing his place and arranging it with walks and a driveway. From present appearance he is going to have one of the finest flower gardens in the valley. J. K. Green, his son-in-law, has gone to California and left his farm in the care of Mr. F.
We had a wedding on the sly Sunday evening, the 25th ult. The contracting parties were Joseph Rader and Miss Rachel Stanley. Everything was kept so still that it was not known until last Sunday, a week, that they were married, and then an attempt was made to raise a charivari party but the boys were so incredulous that, after working for several hours and riding several miles, they succeeded in raising a company of five, and the bride said they did not make noise enough to wake the children that were in the house, but they bled Joe to the tune of one dollar apiece.
I have been waiting for something to turn up of interest to your readers but have been waiting in vain, for news are as scarce as $20 pieces. But we expect to have plenty of them when Merritt gets his bill through giving us or somebody else that $12,000 to build a road from here to Klamath. Oh! won't that be nice. We can just get on our mule and go right along. And then we are going to have that flume also. It is decided that Eagle Point is to be the terminus, and then we are going to have the railroad from the county seat, via Medford. Some of our farmers below here are getting uneasy for fear that the water from the flume will swell Butte Creek so that it will be like the Nile of Egypt--overflow all the banks and ruin their farms; but let it come. Some of us are so elated over the prospect of a large manufacturing city that we can hardly wait for the Hon. J.W.M. to get his bill through. DICK.
Eagle Point, Feb. 3, '91.
Valley Record, Ashland, February 5, 1891, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.A. C. Howlett had a fall from the barn loft, a few days ago, which came near breaking his arm.
ED. VALLEY RECORD:
We are glad to be able to state that John Nichols is improving, under the treatment of Dr. Stanfield.
Mrs. J. H. Caton, living on Rogue River, is quite sick. She is under the treatment of Dr. Waite, of Medford.
Horace Ish met with a very painful accident a few days since, spilling a pan of hot grease on his foot, making a severe burn, so as to confine him to his room.
Miss Ella Brown., our former teacher, has arrived and commences her school this (Monday) morning. I understand that she is to have a number of pupils from outside districts, which speaks well for her as a teacher.
There are some improvements going on. David Hendry has torn away part of his old building and has been improving the appearance of his place very much. Mr. Williscroft is putting up buildings on the land he bought of R. H. Brown.
Miss Millie Howlett, who is attending school at Medford, came home on a visit last Friday week and on Saturday night a number of her old friends gave her a genuine surprise party. They spent the evening and had a good time generally, dispersing about 1 o'clock in the morning.
A word of caution politically. You know that Gov. Pennoyer vetoed that famous road bill appropriating $6000 to build a road from this place to Klamath County. Well, in conversation with a business man of our place a few days ago he referred to the act and assured me that [that] cooked the governor's goose so far as his presidential aspirations are concerned, for this precinct would go almost solid against him. I tell you this confidentially, so that you can put him on his guard.
Some of the citizens of our town are very much wrought up on account of the Central Pointers claiming that place as the terminus of the flume and a determination on their part to leave our town out in the cold, and by way of retaliation some of our leading citizens are threatening to have a railroad extended from Medford via this place up to the timber belt, and then have the S.P. tear up their track from Gold Hill and run a line on the north side of Rogue River to a point above the lower Table Rock, crossing the river at that point and intersecting the road from Medford to this place; and some are so indignant that they threaten to have all the county roads abandoned and leave them without even a county road. DICK.
Eagle Point, March 16, 1891.
Valley Record, Ashland, March 19, 1891, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.Miss Amy Inlow paid her folks a visit last Sunday, accompanied by some of her Medford friends.
ED. VALLEY RECORD:
Miss Belle Cochran's old friends were glad to see her in our midst again after her long visit to Nevada.
The exercises of Arbor Day were indefinitely postponed, on account of so many of the children being sick with la grippe.
Prof. A. L. Haselton has been making some more improvements in the way of subdividing his lot--making three compartments.
Miss Ella Brown, our efficient teacher, was compelled to close her school last week on account of there being so much sickness in the neighborhood.
There are very few well persons in this community, in some families not enough well persons to wait on the sick; and our M.D., Dr. Stanfield, is kept quite busy.
Miss Anna Carney has returned home from Medford, where she has been attending school, and is now a pupil in our school. Miss Millie Howlett has also left the Medford school and has resumed her studies under Miss Ella Brown, our popular teacher.
You no doubt have wondered why it is that your Eagle Point correspondent has been so long silent, but if you could see him as he sits at his desk now trying to write, you would be surprised that he would even try to write or do anything else unless it would be to try to sleep, for he has been having the--well, some call it la grippe, but he thought that it was about the fifth stage of the glanders from the way it has treated him.
Last Saturday J. M. Lewis and wife had a runaway in Central Point. The lines became foul so the horses could not be managed and they ran over a large log some two feet thick, upsetting the wagon and throwing them both out and bruising them very badly. When Mrs. Lewis was picked up she was perfectly unconscious, but there was no serious harm done.
Speaking of Miss Brown's school, some of the old chronic grumblers who were opposed to her teaching predicted that she would not have twenty scholars and that she could not teach large pupils have had to throw up the sponge, for she has thirty-nine names on the roll and a number of them are grown young gentlemen and ladies. Quite a number are coming from outside of the district.
We have another scare now on hand. Some of us were afraid that the S.P.F. Co. would empty the contents of Rogue River and its tributaries into Butte Creek and submerge all the country below here. But now the fears are that the Rogue River Valley Irrigation Co. will take all the water out of Butte Creek and leave us without any, and some are proposing to raise a purse to test the constitutionality of the law, while others fear the big reservoir they contemplate building at Fish Lake may give way and we have another Johnstown affair. But we will wait and see.
George Stevens, who is working on Mr. Bradshaw's farm, had a runaway a few days ago with a span of horses hitched to a harrow. They had a lively time but no serious damage. We also had a couple of runaways in our town one day last week. A man from Lake County had his horse run away with a cart, knocking the dashboard in and breaking both shafts, and while our wheelwright was looking at the wreck and devising means to repair the damage another man, from Medford, drove up with a span of horses hitched to a covered buggy and just as he came opposite the wrecked cart the horses took fright, whirled short around, threw the driver out and dragged him under the buggy, bruised him up badly, broke the tongue off and one singletree, thus disengaging themselves from the buggy. DICK.
Eagle Point, April 14, '91.
Valley Record, Ashland, April 16, 1891, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
BIG BUTTE ITEMS.Thinking the news from this part of the country would be of some interest to your many readers, I venture to make a few remarks.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:
First, and of most importance, we are glad to say is the abating of that prevailing disease, la grippe, which has been quite severe in several families. John Obenchain was quite low with it for some length of time, but has recovered so as to be about again.
A. S. Jacobs is suffering with nervous chills. Improving slowly. Hopes to be on duty in a few days superintending the Jacobs & Cormack sawmill, which was started to run a few days ago with Mr. Dusenberry as head sawyer, Herbert Cooper engineer and a very good crew of men to rush the business along. John and George Justus are the loggers, working quite successfully. The company expects to saw one million feet of lumber this season. They have already engaged their first and second grade lumber to the S.P.D.&L. Co., to be delivered at Central Point for cash at a very good price.
Mr. Mann, from San Francisco, is making John Obenchain's (the Big Butte postmaster) his headquarters, and locating claims for different parties in the sugar pine forest on Big Butte Creek. I understand he gets $100 for each claim he locates.
The late rain makes everything look lovely. Grass on the range and elsewhere never was better, old settlers say.
Mr. Edsall is having a very large and commodious barn erected on his famous mountain ranch.
Everybody is hopeful of better times in the near future.
A. S. Jacobs and wife will reside for the summer at the Obenchain place.
Mr. Holt, a young man from Medford, is teaching quite a successful school in this district.
J. N. Stevens, cousin of A. S. Jacobs, lately of Nebraska, and family are going to spend the summer at J.&C.'s sawmill.
Mr. Holt, alliance organizer, will meet the farmers of this section at Brownsboro next Saturday for the purpose of forming an alliance at that place. Very little opposition to the organization in this neck of the woods. Low tariff is the prevailing opinion here. So mote it be.
Mr. Sargent, late of Bonanza, is putting in a nice stock of goods at Brownsboro, which is greatly needed. May success follow his efforts.
And success to the Record. Yet a few words for the good people who profess to be Christians, and aim to live it also. Your correspondent is a firm believer in pure and undefiled religion, yet does not uphold any teacher of the Word that does not bear a good reputation at home, and also abroad. DICK.
May 6, 1891.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 14, 1891, page 1 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Railroad to Eagle Point.J. S. Howard has compiled his preliminary survey of the R.R.V.R.R. from Medford to Eagle Point. The line as surveyed is 11¾ miles in length and extends through Eagle Point to 100 feet beyond the bridge of Little Butte. The proposed line after crossing the McAndrew place runs parallel with the county road, one-half mile west of it, until it strikes the northeast corner of the Crants place on the desert. It crosses Antelope just below the bridge. Mr. Howard is now engaged in setting his grade stakes, having left with his party this morning.--Medford Mail, 14th.
The articles of incorporation for $500,000 as the Rogue River Valley Railway and Improvement Co. with the above object in view were filed with the secretary of state recently by W. Honeyman, E. J. De Hart, W. A. Buchanan, T. T. Honeyman, Francis Fitch.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 21, 1891, page 1
The Eagle Point R.R.The R.R.V.R.R. & Imp. Co. have set the figure of their bonus to build from the S.P. line to Eagle Point at $12,000. They estimate the cost of building, etc., at $90,000. The Howard survey from Medford is 10⅞ miles, and Applegates from Central Point 9½ miles. A preliminary meeting was held at Medford Saturday for the purpose of bonding the town for $7500 for that bonus.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 21, 1891, page 3
A Wild Man in Butte Creek.
A wild man has been seen several times of late in the vicinity of John Obenchain's, near Big Butte, Jackson County. He is naked and takes to the woods every time he sights a human being. The nearest he was seen to the haunts of a human being was at a country school house, where it was supposed he was prowling around for some waste lunches left by the school children.
One theory is that the party is the missing Uncle Sam Colver, the last trace of whom was found seven miles north of Linkville, some months ago.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 21, 1891, page 3
A Wild Man.A number of school children and others were frightened in the upper Butte Creek section last week by the reported appearance of a wild man about the school house, who with disheveled hair and scant raiment was engaged in gathering up the fragments from the children's lunch baskets when observed, and who at once fled to the woods before any effort could be made to identify him or effect his capture. Of course there were some imaginative enough to jump to the conclusion that he was the missing Samuel Colver, who so mysteriously disappeared east of the Cascades last winter, but that theory was soon abandoned, and, as the stranger was not seen afterwards, the circumstance has ceased to excite comment. Probably some insane person is at large in that region.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 29, 1891, page 3
Eagle Point News.The railroad excitement has abated.
ED. VALLEY RECORD:
We see quite a number of strangers on our streets.
David Hendry has returned from a trip to Waldo.
Miss Jessie Langell of Jacksonville is here visiting friends.
Wm. Miller, formerly of the Butte Creek mills, has moved to Ashland.
The Matthews Bros. started with about 125 head of horses, Sunday, for Idaho.
Johnny Nichols, son of T. E. Nichols, has just returned from a business trip to Klamath County.
Chauncey Nye, one of the oldtimers, has been here with his family visiting his son-in-law, A. J. Florey.
A number of the farmers have bonded their farms to an eastern company for a limited time, but I hear of no sales of real estate.
Wm. Brown of Drain has been here visiting his sister, our teacher, and other relatives. He returned to Douglas County Sunday.
Elvin Adams and Aaron Beck tried to excel each other last Saturday a week ago, the 23rd, in being pappy. They were each presented with a new baby, both boys. Mothers and boys doing well.
We celebrated Decoration Day in a very becoming manner at this place. The Antelope and Liberty schools joined with ours and we had an excellent time notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather. Owing to the heavy rain the night before the citizens of this place decided to postpone the picnic until next Saturday. But the people from the country districts were not so easily daunted so they came on and then Miss Brown, our teacher, had to gather her school together, so that the procession was not formed until 1 o'clock p.m. Then they marched from the school house, led by the Eagle Point band with martial music, through the principal streets and thence to the grove on Butte Creek, where we had an excellent dinner. The exercises were opened by Hon. A. J. Florey of the G.A.R. delivering a short address, rehearsing some of the scenes through which the brave soldiers passed during the period between '61 and '65. The music by the Eagle Point choir was excellent. The literary exercises by the different schools was splendid, the only trouble being that, owing to the lateness of the hour when these exercises commenced, there was not time for all so that several of the best pieces had to be left out. The building of the floral monument by Miss Brown's school, representing the forty-four states, was one of the most interesting features of the occasion. But it will not do to particularize, for it would take too much time and space. The universal verdict of the community is that the children did splendidly. DICK.
Eagle Point, June 2, 1891.
Valley Record, Ashland, June 4, 1891, page 2 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.J. A. Jonas has men at work on his barn.
ED. VALLEY RECORD:
Peter Simon is in a very low state of health.
J. J. Fryer has gone to California to the bedside of his son-in-law, J. K. Green.
H. J. Burrell, a gentleman from Portland, has been here on business for some days.
A. Pool is repairing the old barber shop and putting it in shape for an office for our new M.D., Dr. Rohr.
George Jackson has had eleven men at work for some time past thinning the fruit on his trees and one of the men, Frank Lewis, told me that he picked off ten peaches at one handful. How does that that do for the fruit prospect?
The farmers are all busy cutting hay and cultivating their corn. The late rains have brought out the hay crop as well as the grain. The grain crop will not be as good as some have anticipated, but better than the two preceding years.
Since my last, we have had a regular treat in the way of a musical entertainment. The brass band from Medford came out, according to previous arrangements, bringing their dinners with them, and a number of our citizens met with them at the grove on Butte Creek and we had a splendid time. The universal verdict was that they played splendidly for a newly organized band. Come again, boys, and the next time bring the girls with you. DICK.
Eagle Point, June 16th, 1891.
Valley Record, Ashland, June 18, 1891, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.J. G. Grossman of Medford has been visiting old friends in this place.
ED. VALLEY RECORD:
Mrs. F. B. Inlow and daughter, Miss Nada, visited the old home last week.
Dr. Rohr, our M.D., had a professional call to Portland but has returned to our midst.
W. W. Parker of Big Butte has been visiting old acquaintances in this vicinity for the last few days.
Mr. Simon is still very low, having taken no nourishment for the past nine days, and now he cannot take even cold water.
Thomas E. Nichols and Mr. Simon have each bought a twine binder, and Mr. S. has already commenced to cut his wheat.
Mrs. Stewart, sister to Mrs. Taylor, wife of Commissioner Taylor, has been here on a visit for some time but has returned home.
Thomas Culbertson of Klamath County is here visiting relatives and friends. He expects to start home tomorrow, accompanied by his mother.
John Matney is in from Lake County visiting his father and family. He expects to return in a day or two, accompanied by James Wiley.
Charley Carney has quit coming to Eagle Point. Cause--he has to stay at home and play with his new daughter, a 10-pounder born June 27th.
Quite a number of the young folks from Antelope took a trip to Colestin on the Fourth. The day passed off quietly here; a few went to Jacksonville, but a number went a-berrying and picnicking.
Misses L. Nichols and Maggie Edmondson had a runaway with a horse and cart a few days ago, demolishing the cart to some extent and wounding Miss E. in one of her limbs, but not seriously.
Since my last we had some very warm weather and consequently the corn is growing finely and the grain is getting ripe. But this morning (Tuesday) it is raining again, so that we feel like we were living in Oregon once more.
A dispute arose between two ladies as to whether you, Mr. Editor, was a married man and I am requested to ascertain through the columns of the Record.
[The Record editor is single, quite innocent, but very fond of the smiles of likely ladies (widows not excepted). May Van Alystine, a Brooklyn, N.Y., elocutionist in Ashland last summer, said he reminded her very much of Henry Ward Beecher. The editor will be on exhibition at the district fair, so if the Butte Creek girls want to see a really handsome fellow, they should be on hand early.--FOREMAN.]
We have had an artist with us for a few days and some of the young folks had a regular Kentucky treat. Some of the young men invited a number of the young ladies to sit with them and have a picture of a group of eight or ten taken, to which proposition they consented and lo! after they were taken, the young gentlemen bought one apiece for themselves--and left the ladies to pay for their own. Such is life in the far West. DICK.
Eagle Point, July 7, 1891.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 9, 1891, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
About the Eagle Point Extension.Harvesting is in full blast.
Frank Taylor, living above here, had a runaway a short time ago.
Mr. Newman and wife are visiting Wm. French.
Born July 16th, 1891, to Mr. and Mrs. Chris. Wooley, a son. Dr. Rohr was in attendance.
Miss Anna Carney met with the misfortune to be thrown from her horse last Friday, but was not seriously injured.
Mr. French has been making some extensive improvements in the way of taking in more land and extending his orchard.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Rice July 20th, 1891, a daughter--a 10-pounder. The mother and child are doing well but poor George--well, he may live over it. Fortunately Dr. Stanfield was on hand and so everything went well.
On the 9th inst. we had a regular railroad meeting in the interest of the R.R.V.R.R. Co. There was quite a number of visitors from Medford and other places. Among the visitors were Drs. Geary and Pickel, J. S. Howard, Ben. Webb, J. W. Grayborn and the railroad company's attorney, Mr. Fitch. The meeting was called to order by A. J. Daley who introduced Mr. Fitch, who was, of course, prepared to make a speech. He told us that he, as attorney for the company, had no definite proposition to make as to the amount of subsidy the company would require but it was estimated that the road from Medford to Eagle Point would cost $90,000, and that the company wanted to know the feeling of the citizens on the subject. He assured us that the object of the company was to reach the timber belt and that the subsidy that they would ask for was to be paid in three installments, Oct. 1st '91, '92 and '93, and that the railroad company was to build one-third of the road before they called for one dollar of the subscription. He then called on A. J. Daley to read the subsidy agreement, and when it was read it proved to be a petition from the citizens of this vicinity to the aforesaid company to build and operate a railroad between the towns of Medford and Eagle Point and pledging themselves to pay to Vawter & Howard at the bank at Medford the amount in gold coin, set opposite their names, provided the company commences construction. Now their attorney said that the company was to build one-third of the road before they received any money, and he seemed to have anticipated trouble over that "commences construction," so he assured us that the company could not collect one cent unless they completed one-third of the road, and that all the lawyers in Jacksonville and Medford agreed with him. But we have the verbal statement of an attorney on the one hand and the printed agreement on the other, and some of us are a little tenderfooted about promising to pay on such conditions. If the railroad company intended to do the fair thing why does their hired attorney take pains to tell us that the company can't get one dollar, and that all the attorneys in Medford and Jacksonville agree with him, when the printed agreement says that they shall have one-third, provided they commence construction. Now according to agreement they can "commence construction" and draw one-third, and then next year they can "commence construction" and draw another third and then the next year draw the other third and then have an indefinite length of time to complete the road. In addition to the money subsidy the company require the citizens of Medford and Eagle Point and the intervening country to secure the right of way from one point to the other. Such is life under the McKinley bill. DICK.
Eagle Point, July 20, '91.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 23, 1891, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.Harvesting is in full blast and everybody is busy.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD.--
John Rader was thrown off of a header wagon a few days ago and badly hurt on the head and shoulders.
Mrs. James Wooley has returned to her farm near Eagle Point.
Mr. Burk of Douglas County is visiting his niece, Mrs. A. J. Florey of this place.
Mr. and Mrs. Virgin of Central Point are visiting friends here.
Mr. Graham has been securing the right of way for the R.R.V.R.R. Co. from Medford to this place. I understand that he is securing all the timber he can in the great timber belt on Rogue River and Big Butte.
H. T. Severance had the misfortune to have his barn and all his outhouses, including his buggy, horse, all his tools except a monkey wrench, two sets of double harness and one of buggy harness, 17 tons of hay, all of his chickens, in fact everything that would be found on a small but systematically kept farm, burned on the night of the 29th, at 1 o'clock a.m. There can be no clue found as to the cause of the fire. As Mr. S. is one of the most careful men in the whole community and he is not known to have an enemy, who would have done so mean and cowardly an act as to burn an old man's barn. When he discovered the fire he ran to the stable door and found that all the inside of the stable was on fire and his poor horse was completely enveloped in the flames. I learned that the property was covered by an insurance of about $200. He has bought all of the lumber he could get at Eagle Point and intends to rebuild immediately. If the wind had not been from the north he would have lost his residence also, but by hard fighting that was saved. Some of the cinders were found one mile north of where the barn stood. The entire community sympathize with him.
Eagle Point, Aug. 4, 1891. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 6, 1891, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.J. G. Grossman has been visiting his old friends at this place.
ED. VALLEY RECORD.--
H. G. Shock is reported down with the typhoid fever. Dr. Rohr is in attendance.
H. T. Severance has completed his barn on the ground where the old one was burned. John Inlow was the boss workman.
I learn that J. J. Fryer had the peaches stolen off three of his trees. The suspected parties are watched and some morning your correspondent will have to chronicle a shooting affair.
I understand that a railroad party passed through our town a few days ago and secured the services of John Daley as guide to look out a way for a railroad to the big timber, and into Klamath County.
The Farmer's Alliance man that was billed to speak here last week, I have not his name, did not speak as the small audience was composed of the citizens of our town and not farmers, so he proposed to speak at some future time.
Geo. Givan, while he was attempting to get into a header wagon, had his team start, throwing him off his balance, and sticking a tine of a pitchfork in his ankle, near the instep, passing out in the upper part of the heel, causing a very painful and serious wound.
Mr. Savage, from near Grants Pass, is in the neighborhood with his steam thresher, also Phipps & Reace are at work with their horsepower machine, and Nichols, Mathews, Pool & Co. are doing some work with their H.P. thresher. The grain is not turning out as well as was anticipated.
Mrs. Howlett, while on her way to see a sick woman in the neighborhood, discovered a large rattlesnake. Alighting from her nag, she gathered stones and dispatched his snakeship to the land of good snakes and good Indians. He had eight rattles and a button. John Rader also killed a large rattlesnake in his dooryard a few days ago that had twelve rattles and a button.
One of our leading citizens who has had the fruit stolen by some petty thieves concluded that this year he would save it so he took his bed out to the orchard and slept there three or four nights, and one day as he had nothing particular to do thought he would go out to his bed and read awhile. In a short time his attention was called to an unusual noise and upon looking around discovered a large rattlesnake in close proximity to his bed, so he concluded that the fruit might go if he had to sleep with rattlesnakes, and like one in olden times, he took up his bed and walked; and that very night his fruit was stolen. DICK.
Eagle Point, Aug. 17, 1891.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 20, 1891, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.Our post office is soon to be made a money order office.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD.--
Our P.M. and express agent reports considerable business in the express office.
We are pleased to state that the proprietor of the Eagle Hotel, A. Pool, is improving in health.
Geo. Brown, one of our merchants, has just returned from Portland where he has been to attend to business.
Miss Jennie, daughter of Geo. Heckathorn, has gone to Washington to visit her sister, Mrs. David Bull, to remain several months.
C. W. Taylor has sold the Dr. Rivers property to a lady from Nebraska. I have not learned her surname. Consideration, $650.
John Young, our efficient and accommodating road supervisor, has laid a new floor in the bridge across Antelope Creek, on the road leading from here to Central Point.
In our trip from Round Top we passed by ex-Sheriff Jacobs' sawmill and from appearance has been sawing a fine lot of lumber, and from the amount of lumber on the road somebody must be building, although there seems to be a lull in building in our town.
A short time ago a Mr. Dodge was driving a team across our bridge and a part his well-boring machine was sticking up too high when it caught against one of the crossties in the roof, tearing it loose, which frightened the horses causing them to run away, thereby tearing them almost all out; but he repaired them in a few days, so that there was no damage done.
Married at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Cormack, Oct. 18th, 1891, on Round Top, Big Butte precinct, by Rev. A. C. Howlett, Mr. William N. Marlow and Miss Fannie Cormack, all of Jackson County, Oregon. And your correspondent by special invitation was there to participate in the pleasures of the occasion and assist in trying to do justice to one of the best dinners that has been served in the precinct for lo, these many years. The guests began to assemble about 11 o'clock a.m., and by the time for the ceremony to be performed, about thirty-five of the particular friends of the bride and groom had met to bid them good cheer on their voyage through life, and at precisely 2 p.m., the friends being collected, the happy couple were pronounced husband and wife. After the usual congratulations we all filed into the dining room for dinner. But before we mention anything about the dinner I would like to give a description of the happy couple's appearance, but you know I am not an expert in that line but will say that the bride looked so SWEET that, in spite of the embarrassing surroundings, the groom snatched the first kiss. Well, the dinner--just such a one as Mrs. Cormack could get up, everything that could tempt the appetite. Well, I, or rather we, for your friend Cormack as well as your correspondent wished you could have been there and enjoyed the season with us. We lingered until after 4 p.m. and then gathering up the little Dicks and Mrs. Dick started for home, reaching there at 8 p.m. DICK.
Eagle Point, Oct. 20, 1891.
Valley Record, Ashland, October 22, 1891, page 2 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.Mrs. John K. Green has gone to San Francisco.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD.--
George W. Rice has sold his farm near this place to George E. Brown; 160 acres for $1370.
A. J. Daley, our Butte Creek miller, is receiving a large amount of corn to grind this winter.
Geo. Rice has moved from the place he sold onto the farm of his father-in-law, Jas. Matney.
Mrs. Woods, sister to Mrs. J. J. Fryer, who has been visiting relatives, has gone to Missouri to spend the winter.
Our school is progressing finely and quite a number of pupils from other districts are here attending school.
Mrs. M. A. Roundtree and her two daughters, from Washington, are here visiting the family of Jas. Matney.
We anticipate a feast on venison for two of our nimrods; Walker Lewis and Ralph Newman have gone to the mountains on a big hunt.
David Cingcade has built a new and commodious smokehouse, and from the looks of his hog pen he intends to make considerable bacon.
Mrs. J. N. Thomas has moved into the house formerly occupied by Dr. Rivers and purchased by her daughter, Mrs. Chappell of Coos County.
There is some kicking against the three-mill tax that was levied for school purposes. Perhaps the next time the taxpayers will turn out and not let a handful do the voting.
One of our promising young men, B. A. Potter, has left our community and gone to Ashland to reside and I wish to caution the young ladies of your city to be careful how they cast shy glances at him, for when it was announced that he had determined to leave us the sad countenances of some of the girls told too plainly that it was sad to be severed.
We have another "new departure" in our community. One of the honorables of Jacksonville commenced suit against a citizen of this precinct and served an attachment on certain property, but it appeared to the satisfaction of the plaintiff that the property belonged to his wife et al. so ordered the sheriff to release it from custody. The court rendered judgment for the amount and costs; but lo, now the man has gone to work for his wife and she is to pay him up in full every Saturday night so that the money cannot be garnisheed in her hands. So that somebody besides him will have to pay the costs, and let the judgment stand. DICK.
Eagle Point, Nov. 1st, 1891.
Valley Record, Ashland, November 12, 1891, page 1 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.Gus and John Nichols, sons of T. E. Nichols, returned from Eastern Oregon some time past.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD.--
Mr. and Mrs. Gates (nee Lizzie Matney) are here from Washington on a visit to her father.
Everybody that can is plowing, sowing wheat and getting ready for an abundant harvest next year.
James Wiley, John and Lewis Matney have returned to their respective parental roofs from Klamath County.
Mr.and Mrs. Roundtree have returned to their home in Washington with their family, who have been on a visit to Jas. Matney.
Prof. Haselton has opened a night school for the benefit of some of the young gentlemen and ladies, where he is teaching bookkeeping.
Eagle Point has honored itself by placing a neat footbridge in the place of two logs that were placed across a dry hollow between Inlow & Ashpole's store and the Eagle Point Hotel.
We are pleased to state that through the influence of our accommodating P.M., A. J. Florey, the citizens of Antelope and vicinity have a post office established in their midst at the residence of Mr. von der Hellen.
The Eagle Point literary society is becoming an interesting institution in Jackson County, and as the world stood still awaiting the result of the discussion of the question as to pleasure derived from pursuit or possession we are pleased to state that the question is finally settled in favor of possession; so we may reasonably expect a number of captures in the next year, as it is divisible by four.
The neighborhood south of us had an old-fashioned quilting at the residence of Jas. Matney on Dry Creek, where a large number of the friends met and spent the day quilting, eating, chatting, etc., and at night the young folks had a play party. One, and perhaps the most interesting, feature of the quilting sociable had to be omitted on account of a slight shower of rain, and that was a foot race between two ladies whose aggregate weight amounts to 437 lbs. DICK.
Eagle Point, Dec. 1, 1891.
Valley Record, Ashland, December 3, 1891, page 2 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.Happy New Year to all; adieu for this year.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD.--
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rader, Dec. 13, 1891, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Newman, Dec. 13, 1891, a daughter.
Miss Grace Stanfield of your city is visiting her father of this place.
Mr. Gates has returned from Washington and brought another man and two blooded hounds with him. They are the guests of James Matney.
Christmas Day we, that is myself, Mrs. Dick and the little Dicks were invited to a Christmas dinner, with a few others, at S. A. Potter's, son of Wilson Potter of your city, and if you had been there you could have filled that 3-foot aperture in the front of your cranium, for Mrs. P. spared no pains nor expense to get up a first-class dinner and we all enjoyed it hugely. Wish you could have been there.
Xmas has come and gone. We had a very nice entertainment connected with our Christmas tree that reflects credit on the young ladies of our town, who were the prime movers in the movement. The Xmas tree was loaded as usual with presents for the old as well as the young. You have heard of the boy who won the elephant at the raffle? Well, our M.D., Dr. Stanfield, got four on our Christmas tree, three large ones and one small one, so he proposes to go into the elephant business and sell them at four bits apiece. This is not an ad. DICK.
Eagle Point, Dec. 29, 1891.
Valley Record, Ashland, December 31, 1891, page 4 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.The snow is all gone and, in connection with a heavy downpour of rain, is making mud at a fearful rate, and with the surplus on hand before makes the "oldest inhabitant" look dubious. Travel has not entirely stopped. Occasionally a rancher may be seen wending his way to the metropolis with a load of porkers; then a merchant with a muddy hack, loaded with boxes of eggs, goes plodding along, says he can make the trip in twelve hours; it is only fourteen miles.
I. F. Williams makes daily trips with the mail and express from Central Point. He has new curtains to his hack, making it more comfortable for passengers.
Several of our young people went to Lake Creek to attend the New Year's party. They reported a good time. They were detained there a day on account of high water in some of the small streams up there but that was counted with the other enjoyments.
Dr. Stanfield has disposed of his menagerie, which was presented him on Christmas eve, at a good figure. The dealers in that kind of stock are reported bankrupt and out of business, so he will not be likely to get another consignment.
Mrs. A. G. Johnston's father and mother from Nebraska are visiting and looking at the country here. They are from a country where there never is any mud.
There was a lawsuit in Justice Johnson's court on Saturday. The particulars of the litigation have not transpired.
MICROSCOPE.Medford Mail, January 7, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point News.Mr. Inlow has returned from Talent. He still has an abiding faith in the future greatness of Eagle Point.
A. J. Daley drove a lot of fat hogs to Medford last week.
C. W. Taylor has been attending commissioners court at Jacksonville for a few days.
Mr. Fryer is mending his fences demolished by the late freshet.
Mr. Robinett is building a new blacksmith shop on the south side of the creek, not a very extensive building, but will probably serve the purpose for which it is built. B. B. Hubbard is to have a repair shop connected with it.
Dr. Parker and Prof. Ed. Smith were in town on Saturday. Prof. Smith has been engaged to teach the Central Point school.
Miss Millie Howlett spent the holiday vacation with her parents.
The Literary Society has not been heard from since Christmas. Perhaps it was only a prelude to the festivities on that occasion. We can only say is was good while it lasted.
Prof. Haselton's night school, on Monday and Wednesday evenings, is still continued and the pupils are reported as making good progress. The Professor is a good teacher.
When you meet an "old timer," if you make any remarks about the condition of the roads, you must say they are soft and pliable. They take exceptions to the word m-u-d. This is the kind of weather that brings good crops to the farmer and big nuggets of gold to the miner, therefore plenty to everybody.
Medford Mail, January 14, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point News.Grain is looking well and the stock is doing fine.
Editor VALLEY RECORD:--
Geo. W. Rice and two of his daughters, Hester and Lillie, have gone to Chico, Cal., to visit his mother.
Miss Millie Howlett, who is attending school at Medford, came home and spent New Year's Day, returning on Sunday.
J. K. Welch, the sawmill man of the Meadows, has been out on a business trip. He reports plenty of snow in the Meadows.
Mr. Gates, son-in-law of James Matney, is at the residence of the latter sick with something like the scarlet fever. Dr. Stanfield is in attendance.
Mrs. J. N. Thomas, who is living on the old Dr. Rivers place, has been making some substantial improvements on the place. A. C. Howlett has been putting an addition to his granary in the shape of a wagon shed.
I should have stated in my last that during the month of December the waters of Antelope, Dry Creek and lower Little Butte were as high as they were at any time in '61 and '62. The water washed away a great amount of fencing for James Matney and Wm. Wiley, also washed away considerable soil for D. Cingcade and Mrs. Cochran.
A. J. Florey, our P.M. and one of the leading business men of the place, has had a lot of gravel hauled and deposited in front of his piece of business and if A. Pool, one of our blacksmiths, would deposit a few loads between his shop and the office he would receive the hearty thanks of the pedestrians who have to pass along that side of the street.
Eagle Point has taken another boom. Some of the citizens took it into their wise heads to build a railroad depot and so Messrs. Robinett, Coy and Hubbard have been building a house for that purpose (or some other), about 20x40 feet and 8 feet high. The upper story is to be used as a city hall and one corner for a calaboose. They fully expect the R.R. extension from Medford to run right along by it; but in the meantime Messrs. Robinett and Hubbard expect to use it for a blacksmith and wagon shop.
I understand that the Eagle Point athletic and boxing club contemplate having another new departure. Some of them saw in the Examiner that a woman had knocked the wind out of McMahon in Indianapolis so they have decided to invite John L. Sullivan to meet a young woman of our town in the club room for a purse--the amount to be decided. They are confident that she can knock him out in less than five rounds. Verily this is a progressive age.
A short time ago one of our Butte Creek gentlemen went to Medford to see his best girl, staying until about 9 p.m., when he started for his hotel but in the darkness he mistook the ditch full of water for the sidewalk, stepped off into the water and the result was that he had to sleep in his wet clothes, took a very severe cold, and now he says that he thinks that the city dads ought to light up the town on the west side as a friend of his living on Sticky, who went to see the same girl, met with the same mishap. But your correspondent interviewed the lady in question and she says that if she can't prevail on the street commissioner to put up railings to prevent such accidents, that she will have to provide her beaux with lanterns when they come to see her when the nights are dark. DICK.
Eagle Point, Jan. 11, '92.
Valley Record, Ashland, January 14, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Big Butte Diggins.The snow has most all disappeared in our valley, but there is plenty left on the mountains.
A man by the name of L. Sullivan, who has been missing for nearly three weeks, was found a few days ago. He had taken his gun and went out for a stroll in the woods. The snow was falling fast and made it impossible for him to find his way home and he perished in the snow.
Willie Perry, of Eagle Point, spent a week at home. He was recently accompanied by Peter Simon.
Miss Lucinda Obenchain went to Central Point last Tuesday. She will probably remain there a while. L. is a bright little girl and we wish her great success.
Five buildings have gone down in the past three weeks. The amount of snow and rain has been too much for them.
Mr. G. Bishop, of Phoenix, is visiting his daughter, Mrs. Edsall, at present.
Mr. Geppert, of Davis Prairie, passed through our city last week. He informs us that instead of the wolves keeping him in the trees 25 hours, it was five days without food or blankets. Tough, wasn't it?
D. M. Simon and Willie Perry, of Eagle Point, were seen on our streets Saturday.
Miss Emogene Perry departs for Eagle Point Wednesday. She will visit friends of that place for a few days.
Libbie Perry and sister Mrs. Simpson, of Antelope, are visiting at home for a few days.
PECK'S BAD BOY.Medford Mail, January 21, 1892. page 2
Eagle Point News.Eagle Point wants a railroad, but it is a question in the minds of some whether the
R.R.V.R.R. will be built out from Medford the coming summer or not. At all
events "mum" is the word at present. If the R.R. that is going to be built from Port
Orford, or Crescent City, or any other point on the coast, eastward to intersect the
U.P. should cross the S.P. at Gold Hill (as rumor says it will), it would leave Eagle
Point three miles out in the cold, as it would probably go up Rogue River on that
side, then a "stub" road would have to be built to connect us with the main line so
as to facilitate the transportation of our products. We expect to have several
industries in operation in a short time.
Butte Creek is not going to be satisfied with a back seat much longer; with its
superior advantages and resources.
The best wheat raised in Southern Oregon was raised in Butte Creek Valley. Thousands of bushels were shipped out of the county for lack of milling capacity
to use it, and the best of the water power waiting to be utilized in that direction. Our
extensive fruit interests suffered loss in the absence of canneries and dryers, which
would bring wholesale dealers to distribute it to the outside world.
What company of capitalists will furnish the financial driving wheel to set all this
machinery in motion has not transpired, but that it will materialize at no distant day
is certain. If the R.R.V.R.R. Co. lets this plum slip through its fingers some other
company will be the gainer. Has Medford nothing to say in this matter?
We have had three days of delightful sunshine, but the mud is still here.
The new blacksmith shop is nearly completed and will be occupied in a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. D. T. Ewing have another little daughter in their home.
Harry Carlton is carrying his arm in a sling, as the result of being kicked by a
A dramatic company is being organized from members of the literary society.
They have a spelling contest at school on Friday afternoons, the losing side
furnishing taffy for a candy party in the evening.
Postmaster Florey is having more shelving put in his store to accommodate his
Rev. Mr. Thompson, who preaches at the Antelope church at 11 o'clock,
preaches here in the evening. Last Sunday was his first, and as the appointment was
not generally known, he had a small audience, but a large attendance is assured
OCCASIONAL.Medford Mail, January 28, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point News.Mrs. Wm. Mitchell who went to San Francisco about three months since to work at dressmaking, died of pneumonia, at the home of her sister, near Stockton, last Friday. She leaves a husband and two children--boys, aged twelve and fourteen years. They have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.
There is some sickness in town.
Mr. Ashpole is recovering from an attack of la grippe. Several others have had slight attacks.
Mrs. Masters is sick with pneumonia at the home of her mother, Mrs. Thomas.
Among the business ventures that have struck Eagle Point are a drug store, a new doctor, and a newspaper.
It is refreshing to know that [the] R.R.V.R.R. is reviving.
OCCASIONAL.Medford Mail, February 4, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point Items.Miss May Grigsby is off on a visit to her sister.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
The farmers are beginning to plow after the long wet spell.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jas. M. Lewis Jan. 29, 1892, a 10-lb. boy.
Miss Gladius Fryer has gone to California to live with her sister, Mrs. J. K. Green.
Mrs. Ashpole returned from Portland last Tuesday, where she has been for some time nursing her sister.
Mrs. Marsters, who had been at Drain for some weeks past, returned last Monday and is now sick at her mother's (Mrs. Thomas) with la grippe.
John Ashpole has been confined to the house for several days with la grippe. In fact there are a number of cases in the neighborhood, but none seem to be serious.
Mr. Mitchell left yesterday (Sunday) morning in answer to a summons to attend the sickbed of his wife, who has been in California some months for medical treatment.
Our town has a new sign--The City Drug Store--on the building that used to be used for a saloon that froze out, Jos. Wilson having moved his drugstore from Central Point. I understand that Dr. Terry of Central Point also intends to move here.
Sam. A. Potter is making a neat fence around his dwelling. Jos. Rader is placing a post and board fence in the place of the old rail fence. Thus the old-timers are giving way to the march of civilization. Mrs. Simon is also putting a new board fence between her residence and the Eagle Hotel. T. L. Linksweiler (Charley) is also making a new fence on the north side of Antelope Creek. Geo. Brown is fencing the place he purchased from Geo. Rice. DICK.
Eagle Point, Feb. 1, 1892.
Valley Record, Ashland, February 4, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.Good weather soon makes good roads, and they are beginning to dry up and put on a smooth face, as if they had never "cut up" so.
The city drug store has opened up in good shape and makes a bright spot in its rather dingy surroundings.
Dr. Terry, from Central Point, has moved his family here and occupies the
last house that was for rent. But some more will be built soon. Now, if these new acquisitions can stand a certain amount of "freezing out" they will succeed. The business atmosphere of Eagle Point will not always be so frigid. There is a better time coming.
Farmers hereabouts are plowing for spring crops, hoping for another bountiful harvest.
The sick are convalescent, and no new cases. The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rader died recently. It had been ailing from its birth.
A little daughter is reported at Justice A. G. Johnston's, born Jan. 29th.
Mr. and Mrs. Eddy, of Pendleton, who have been visiting at Commissioner Taylor's, have returned home.
The newspaper rumor was premature.
Miss Linda Owen, from out on the desert, and Miss Annie Carney, from the district west of here, are attending school and boarding at home, the former coming six miles and the latter four. They come on horseback. Miss Owen was a pupil of Prof. Haselton's when he taught at the Liberty school.
Mr. Larkin, who went to England to look after a fortune, arrived safely, and has sent some very interesting illustrated papers to his friend, Mr. Fryer, illustrating English life.
The Eagle Point merchants have a more satisfied look since people can come to town.
A. J. Daley sends an occasional load of flour and feed to the railroad.
OCCASIONAL.Medford Mail, February 11, 1892, page 2
An Anxious Town.
Eagle Point is full of anxiety about a possible extension of the R.R.V.R.R. The citizens want the road extended to [the] Butte Creek region, but fear a road might scoot down to Gold Hill and Grants Pass, and leave the owners of the Butte Creek water-power mill sites to do a large job of weeping. There is but little doubt that a road will pierce the big timber there pretty soon, but it will also pierce Eagle Point hearts if it don't go to the place where the eagles descended to take water.--Klamath Star.
Medford Mail, February 18, 1892, page 3
Eagle Point News.Prophets are prophesying, flume builders are surveying, railroad projectors and property owners are considering the bonus business, while the doubtful and unconcerned are looking on with a quizzical smile saying, Solomon built a great temple, with no flume to float the big cedars of Lebanon, nor railroad to transport the iron and brass and silver and gold and precious stones to Jerusalem. And moreover, Oregonians have lived and prospered, and grown rich, with no flume or railroad within thousands of miles, and that Butte Creek is better without these innovations. These last are called "ol' fogies" and "mossbacks."
The world moves, and Butte Creek is a part and parcel of this great universe, and when the edict comes to "move on" no intercession or plea of previous condition of prosperity can stay the impetus.
Small grain is all sown, gardens are being made, and farmers are plowing for corn; the merchants and tradesmen are doing a thriving business, and all seem contented and happy.
Rev. Mr. Thompson preached here Sunday evening.
One more week of school will close the winter term, which has been satisfactory to teacher, pupils and patrons.
There have been a few cases of influenza, but all are reported recovering.
A. J. Daley took a business trip to Grants Pass last week. His teams have resumed their usual trips to the railroad with flour and feed.
Medford Mail, February 25, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point Items.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
J. F. Howard, the man who bought the Dr. Whitney property, is here on a business tour.
Frank Stevenson of Applegate has been the guest of Mrs. J. N. Thomas during the forepart of the week.
Mrs. G. W. Rice is down with the "grip," also Mr. McNeal is on the sick list. Dr. Stanfield is in attendance.
Misses Grace and Daisy Stanfield, who have been here for some time keeping house for their father Dr. S. and attending school, have returned to Ashland.
County Surveyor Applegate with a party of men have been surveying a route for that memorable flume from somewhere to Central Point. The survey runs a little west of the old J. J. Fryer farm.
During the past two weeks the farmers have been straining every nerve to take advantage of the beautiful weather and the result will be an abundant harvest, as there is a greater amount of wheat put in up to date in this vicinity than has been for years.
The young ladies of this place concluded to celebrate St. Valentine's Day in advance so on Friday night the 12th inst. they hunted up a young gentleman apiece and took them to Inlow & Ashpole's hall to have a leap year's dance. They also invited several young gents besides as there were not enough young ladies to escort all the gents. The ladies had prepared refreshments enough for all and anticipated a splendid time; but the lemonade and soda water had such an exhilarating effect on some of the young gents that they became so boisterous that it became necessary to invite them to retire from the ball room, and while retiring one of them aimed to steady himself by holding on to the banisters and by mistake took the banisters with him. And after the noisy element was removed they serenaded the young ladies by yelling and howling like a pack of demons from pandemonia, but the noise soon subsided as one after another went to sleep. The next morning there were seven hatless youths hunting for somebody who had more than one hat. After quiet was restored the rest of the company spent a few hours very pleasantly.
Your correspondent took a spin around town last Saturday to take in the burg and see and hear what he could. As he passed by the new blacksmith shop he found that the proprietor, Mr. Robinett, was busy as usual and reports business lively in his line. The next man of note was James Parks, formerly of Central Point but located in our town, having charge of the Pool blacksmith shop where he had some of the boys trying to knock the toes off of some of the horseshoes he had been putting up, by throwing them against a peg. But it was no go. They were put there by a mechanic who understood his business, for he warrants all his work. We next called in at the City Drug Store where we met the proprietor, J. Wilson, as pleasant as usual and Dr. Terry, our new M.D., recently from Central Point. They report business lively and much better than at Central Point. Passing from thence to Inlow & Ashpole's store we found that Mr. I. was up to his place at Talent but John Ashpole, our old county assessor, was busy for quite a while waiting upon customers; while there we heard his name mentioned as a good man for sheriff. In the store we met with Charley Foster, son of Perry Foster, who lives in Sams Valley near Beagle post office who had come over here to buy his supplies. Can you tell why it is that people come from Sams Valley over here to trade? It must be on account of the largeheartedness of our business men. Almost opposite Inlow & Ashpole's store is the post office and a general notion store kept by one of the leading citizens of the place, A. J. Florey. He reports the prospects encouraging, although he has quite a lot of valentines on hand yet. I also met Dr. Stanfield here. He reports some sickness in the community, but he is the very picture of health himself. Next in order I called on our boss miller, A. J. Daley, and spent a few minutes with him. In spite of the rumor that he was out of wheat some weeks ago he has been running constantly for the last two weeks; keeps his dry land schooner, Claude White, captain, constantly running between here and the railroad as he furnishes a large part of the flour that is consumed in Central Point, Tolo, Gold Hill, Rock Point, Grants Pass and beyond. He sent a carload of flour to Merlin a few days ago, and has quite a lot of wheat on hand now. After tearing myself away from our friend D., for he was in a talkative mood, I then entered the store of Mr. Geo. Brown. Don't you tell him, but I could hardly get in for the goods were piled on every side. He had just received a large lot of hardware, etc. He told me that he had a large lot of boots, shoes, etc., on the way from Boston. As he buys direct from the manufacturers for cash, he can sell way down. I intended to have called on the proprietors of our two hotels, Mrs. Simons and A. Pool, as I was on a "biz" trip for the Record, but time failed me. And now Mr. Editor if it won't make you blush, I will tell you that the people say that they like the Record because the editor is so fearless.
Eagle Point, Feb. 22, '92. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, February 25, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.Since the much talked-of extension of the R.R.V.R.R. to Eagle Point is almost assured, there have been many inquiries by the people in distant localities as to where Eagle Point is, and what [are] its prospective advantages. To those who may chance to read the Mail this information is given.
Eagle Point is fourteen miles northeast from Medford, on Little Butte Creek, which, by the way, has some of the best water powers in Oregon. It has one roller flouring mill, of large capacity, two stores of general merchandise, two of confectionery, one drug store, two physicians, two hotels, two blacksmith shops, with wagon repair shops connected. It has one church building and one school house. It numbers about 150 inhabitants. The surrounding country--the Butte Creek Valley--contains some of the best farming and fruit lands in the state. It is well known that the best wheat raised in the Rogue River Valley was from Butte Creek. This we have now. After the advent of the iron horse we will tell more about it.
This delightful weather makes all nature rejoice, animate and inanimate.
The visitors from a distance are returning to their homes. Mrs. A. G. Johnston's father, mother and brother, Mr. and Mrs. Adams, and son have departed for their home in Nebraska. Mrs. Guerin and children, who have been visiting her parents, have returned to Portland. Mr. Howard, of Sisson, has been here looking after his property, returning home several days since.
Cora Brown is visiting in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Thomas and daughter, Mrs. Chappell, have gone on a tour through Idaho and Montana.
A. J. Daley went to Grants Pass on [the] 7th inst. on business.
A lawsuit took place here last Friday in which Horace Ish, as plaintiff, had to pay the cost.
MICROSCOPE.Medford Mail, March 10, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point Items.A. Pool has been making a new chicken yard.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Inlow & Ashpole have just received a fine lot of hardware.
J. Parks has ornamented his blacksmith shop with a new sign.
A. Pool starts to Portland tomorrow (Tuesday) for medical treatment.
Mrs. Ashpole is visiting the family of W. F. Wilkinson of Big Butte precinct.
G. Brown showed me some of his boots and shoes he had just received from Boston. They are nice.
Mr. Cormack passed through our town on his way from the county seat, where he had been as a witness for Jeff Conover--in proving up on his homestead.
Mrs. Moore died March 3rd in Manzanita precinct, after a lingering illness of nearly a year. She leaves a husband and six children. The deceased was beloved by a large circle of friends.
I saw our old friend T. E. Nichols delivering wheat at Daley's mill last Saturday. Mr. D. informed me that he had just purchased 1000 bushels. He is running his mill every day and has a large lot of flour on hand now. He starts today for Grants Pass and beyond.
We had an interesting lawsuit in Justice Johnston's court last Friday. A man by the name of Riddle sued Horace Ish for the sum of $140. Judge Neil for the plaintiff and Dr. Stanfield for the defendant. Those who were present say that the M.D. makes the Jacksonville lawyers scratch their heads, for he understands law as well as they do, and he can't talk--oh,. no! Judgment was rendered for plaintiff for $82.
Since my last Prof. A. L. Haselton has closed the winter term of our school and on Monday morning following he, assisted by Frank H. Brown, commenced tearing down the house he had been occupying and moving the material onto the adjoining lot. He then with the material, and some new, put a neat addition onto the building that Dr. Stanfield had been living in, thereby changing the appearance of that part of the town very materially. Dr. Stanfield has moved into the brand-new Daley house. I understand that he has bought himself a neat rig, so that he can go when called for.
AN EGG-SUCKING TAXPAYER.The tax collector has been here taking in the ''shekels'' to help keep up the expenses of our county, and rather a laughable occurrence took place in Inlow & Ashpole's store. One of the citizens lacked ten cents of having money enough to pay his taxes in full so he brought one dozen eggs to the store, whereupon the following dialogue ensued: Merchant--"Well, B., what do you want to do with those eggs?" B.--''l want to sell them for ten cents each, to raise money enough to pay my taxes." Merchant--"Well, we are not in the habit of paying cash for eggs so I can't do it." John Nichols was sitting on the counter, and he remarked: "B., If you will suck the dozen eggs I will give you the ten cents." Whereupon B. got down on his knees and began sucking the eggs and in a few moments had swallowed the contents of the dozen eggs and John N. was out his ten cents, and B. had the full benefit of the eggs, took his ten cents, paid his taxes and went on his way rejoicing. The next day he came to the store again and John Ashpole asked him how he felt. He replied "pretty good, but I don't want any more eggs." … This subject of collecting taxes brings to my mind a statement made to me by one of our most reliable business men, a man who is well posted in our county affairs. The statement was--and he gave the name of one of the leading business men of Jacksonville as his authority--that the indebtedness of Jackson County reaches the enormous sum of $178,000. Who wonders that the farmers are beginning to think of doing something else beside electing the old political hacks to attend to the county affairs. I also learned that during the last year the county has gone behind $8000. And with an indebtedness of $178,000 at say 8 percent interest, which would amount to $14,280, and a deficiency of $8000 a year, how long will it be before we will all have to sell not only eggs but everything that the farmer produces, to keep up the expenses of the county? DICK.
Eagle Point, March 7, 1892.
Valley Record, Ashland, March 10, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News,In writing up our town last week the post office was left out. It is now a money order office, and we have daily mail from Central Point. It is the distributing office for Antelope, Brownsboro and Leeds; triweekly to Brownsboro, twice a week to Antelope and Leeds.
The spring term of school commences on the 14th inst., Prof. Haselton, teacher.
At an annual school meeting J. J. Fryer was elected director in place of B. B. Hubbard, whose term expired. A. J. Florey was re-elected clerk.
A new school house is talked of.
Mr. Haselton has improved his place by making his two dwelling houses into one.
A. C. Howlett has a man and a wheelbarrow engaged in gathering rock.
Mr. Pool, of the Eagle Hotel, who has been in poor health for some time, has gone to Portland for medical advice.
Mr. Inlow, sometimes of Eagle Point and sometimes of Talent, is sojourning at the latter place at present.
Rev. Starns preached here on Sunday, the 13th, morning and evening.
The Revs. Thompson are here to commence revival meetings here on the 20th inst., to continue two weeks or more.
The Sunday school, which has been closed since November, will commence again soon, with A. G. Johnston as superintendent.
This warm weather is bringing fruit trees into bloom. Early peaches, almonds and apricots are in full bloom now.
The merchants are replenishing their stock of goods for the spring trade.
Commercial travelers are numerous these days, and some are very industrious, not even resting on Sunday.
MICROSCOPE.Medford Mail, March 17, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point News.Delightful weather and a prospect of bountiful crops bring contentment and happiness to the dwellers in the valley.
Mr. Severance has sold his property here to Rev. Mr. Starns, who expects to occupy it the coming week.
The revival meetings conducted by the Revs. Thompson commenced on Sunday evening, as announced some time since. The school house was overcrowded, and the meetings will hereafter be held in the hall.
At the Republican primary the delegates were: George Brown, H. Severance, J. J. Fryer and D. Carlton.
Dr. Whitney and family, formerly of this place, but now of Grants Pass, were the guests of B. B. Hubbard several days during the last week. The Doctor is in feeble health, with not much hope for improvement.
Mr. Pool has returned from Portland, not much better for the trip.
A. J. Daley is shipping flour and feed to Grants Pass.
MICROSCOPE.Medford Mail, March 24, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point Items.Dr. Stanfield complains that it is distressingly healthy.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Our school opened on the 14th, Prof. A. L. Haselton in the chair.
H. T. Severance has sold his house and lot to Rev. Starns. Consideration, $1000.
S. A. Potter has been making some improvements by fencing and beautifying his yard.
Joe Rader is putting up a board fence on the line between the Rader and the Ish land.
The little son of Mr. Waltz fell on a stone last Thursday and cut his head very badly.
F. B. Inlow has put in his appearance again, having been at Talent for some time looking after his interests there.
Isaac Williams, our accommodating mail carrier, has arrived, as he always does, on time, rain or shine, hot or cold.
The Republicans are about played out in this precinct, as they had to go to the Democratic Party for a secretary for their primary.
Bill Potter, son of S. A., has invented a new style of gate hinge, not patented, that may someday be used to a considerable extent where beauty is not a prerequisite.
Mrs. Foster, formerly Mrs. McNeal (nee Miss Johnson), who has been absent 31 years, returned to our midst a few days ago and is now visiting her mother, Mrs. Wicks, on Rogue River.
While playing with some other boys at school Monday Lee Bradshaw got tangled in a rope and was tripped up, throwing him on the back of his head, and cutting and bruising him very badly.
The alliance is cutting a wide swath among the farmers in this community. They are initiating from ten to twelve at every meeting, I understand (I wasn't there). You old hard-shelled Democrats had better look out. THERE MAY BE A MOUSE IN THE MEAL BARREL.
One of my neighbors came by last Saturday and remarked that the Republicans had met in primary and sent four of their smartest men to Jacksonville to try to find out what they were to do. They sent J. J. Fryer, S. A. Carlton, George Brown and H. T. Severance as delegates to the convention.
Dr. L. L. Whitney, one of our old practitioners, came up from Grants Pass accompanied by his wife, daughter-in-law Mrs. Geo. W. and her two children and Grandma Burtrick to visit Mrs. Hubbard, Mrs. Whitney's sister, and their many friends here. The doctor's health is so poor that he has had to quit practicing. His many friends here were glad to see him once more.
When it was announced one day last week that Inlow & Ashpole had received a new assortment of furnishing goods and George Brown a fine assortment of hats, there was a general rush among the young folks that came near resulting in something serious. A young lady made a SMASH on a young man, and a young man lost his h--- not his hat this time. The final result later on.
Last Saturday Mrs. Howlett gave a quilting and dinner in honor of her husband's sixtieth birthday, and notwithstanding the heavy rain in the forenoon there were enough ladies assembled to quilt over two large quilts and have one of the most enjoyable times of the season. Miss Millie, their daughter, who is attending school at Medford, came home and participated in the pleasures of the occasion.
Rev. Mr. Thompson is here holding a protracted meeting. On Sunday night the school house was so packed that it was necessary to provide more seats, so they carried in all the available seats, benches. boxes, etc., and finally one MAN brought in a dozen eggs and SET on them, so your correspondent was informed. Later--The Methodists have moved from the school house to the dance hall, and are going to procure more seats from the M.E. church at Antelope.
We have had another sensation in Eagle Point. A man who gave his name as Winser, claiming to be a member of the firm by that name at Port Orford, accompanied by a half-breed Indian that he claimed to have adopted, made his advent in our midst representing himself as a railroad man working in the interest of the R.R.V.R.R. Co. with a view to extending the railroad from Jacksonville to Port Orford on the west and to Eastern Oregon on the east via EAGLE POINT, claiming to have arranged a meeting of the stockholders for Tuesday the 15th, when the plans would be completed to have the work commence at once. And he was ready to buy up all the vacant lots, a few buildings, a mill site and a few farms that would be close to the line of the railroad. The result was that he was one of the great men of the earth. HE WAS DINED. HE WAS WINED--and real estate jumped up from 50 to 75 percent, and we could see the broad smiles on the benign countenances of our business men--when lo! Dan Simon began to make inquiries for him. It was found that he and his half-breed had met in the suburbs of the town and disappeared without paying his board bill at the Pioneer Hotel. Now the supposition is that he is evading the officers of the law. DICK.
Eagle Point, March 21, '92.
Valley Record, Ashland, March 24, 1892, page 2 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.We are having some refreshing showers of rain, which is good for the small grain and grass. Gardens that were planted early are growing nicely.
Rev. Starns has taken possession of the place he bought of Mr. Severance.
The revival meetings are progressing satisfactorily. The Revs. Thompson went to their appointments at Medford and Central Point on Sunday, returning here on Monday. Rev. Starns held services in their absence.
George Brown and A. Severance attended the county convention at Jacksonville on Saturday.
Cora Brown returned home on Sunday.
Dr. Whitney made another trip out here from Grants Pass, on business, Tuesday.
There are no serious cases of sickness in this vicinity at present, though it is evident that the Eagle Point correspondent of the Valley Record has a sour stomach, which causes him to break out in slurs. Religious meetings and political gatherings seem to be the object at which his fusillade of venom is directed.
MICROSCOPE.Medford Mail, March 31, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point Items.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Frank Brown is the boss mechanic.
A. J. Daley is still receiving wheat and running the grist mill all the time.
Mrs. Lou Chappell returned to her home in Marshfield, Coos County, on the 2nd inst.
Mrs. Simon, hostess of the Pioneer Hotel, has been putting on some of the finishing touches on her fine house.
Our general health is excellent. Dr. Stanfield reports three cases, but none serious; but Dr. Terry reports business very fair in his drug store.
Mrs. James Parks, wife of one of our leading blacksmiths, has moved from Central Point to join her husband here. They are boarding at the Eagle Point Hotel.
When I announced in my last the action of the Republicans in their primary and that they had to go to the Democratic Party for secretary, it raised as much of a commotion as it would to throw a potato into a June bug's nest; why, the Democrats are vowing vengeance and say that they will retaliate, they will have a secretary from the Republican Party; in fact, I heard one of the leading, and perhaps one of the most influential among them suggest to Hon. A. J. Florey that his services might be acceptable; and some say if they can't get a Republican they will get a prohi. And I will tell you, confidentially you know, that your correspondent has already been interviewed on the subject, but the honors and compensation were not sufficient.
About a month ago Mrs. A. M. Thomas and her daughter, Mrs. Lou Chappell, started from here to visit their relatives and see the country. They traveled via Sacramento to Winnemucca, Nev., and from there to Paradise to visit Mrs. T.'s son, L. C. Grigsby, who used to be well known in this valley but [is] now interested in mining. He has been absent from here for thirteen years. From there to Ogden--the air must be fine, for they were required to pay $3.50 for breathing it four hours. They then passed through Utah and Idaho to Silver Bow, Mont., to see a daughter, Mrs. Wm. Davis, and returned via Portland, stopping at Melwe [sic] to see another daughter, Mrs. Henry Conn. Mrs. Thomas' son, Owen Grigsby, returned with her after an absence of two years in Montana.
The politicians are around in full force. The People's Party held their primary here last Saturday and notwithstanding the rain and mud, still the town was packed and those who claim to know say that most of the people on upper Butte Creek, Lake Creek, Antelope and Dry creeks are members of the People's Party. The meeting was called to order by A. S. Jacobs, and Wm. Terrill was appointed secretary. W. H. Bradshaw was elected chairman. The object of the meeting being stated, the members proceeded to elect delegates to the county convention. Wm. Terrill, A. S. Jacobs, James Wiley, F. J. Riley, J. A. Miller, Thos. Baldwin and S. A. Potter were elected as delegates. They then proceeded to elect five as a precinct committee. They were Jas. Kent, A. S. Jacobs, W. H. Bradshaw, Wm. Terrill, W. M. Marsters. Marsters elected as member of the central county committee. The chairman then spoke on the subject of the nomination of precinct officers. There seemed to be a diversity of opinion as to how they were to be nominated. Geo. Brown, Chas. Griffith, Wm. Terrill and others spoke on the subject. No nominations made.
If it will not be too straining on your sensitive nerves I wish to let your many readers know how your valuable paper stands in this part of the country, and if you think that it may have a serious effect just hand this page over to the foreman; he can stand it I know. While looking around town for something to write about, I happened to overhear (I was not eavesdropping, but in a crowd on Inlow & Ashpole's porch) one of our merchants remark to a mechanic, "I used to always, as soon as the mail came in, grab the ------ the first thing, but now I go for the Valley Record, for it is the leading paper of the county." I heard another of our leading men remark that "The Valley Record was the cleanest paper in the county." I heard another one of our merchants remark "The Valley Record was the only paper in the county that dares to speak out what the editor thought was right, and expose corruption." I also heard a young lady remark that "The Valley Record is the newsiest paper in the county, for it had such a good corps of correspondents." And last week while A. J. Florey, our P.M., was distributing the mail he remarked, "I wonder why it is that Kaiser is sending so many of the Valley Records to the Republicans here, and your agent remarked that he was getting a great many Republicans to take the Valley Record now."
While the Thompson brothers were conducting a meeting on the night of the 30th, two men rode up to the house where the meetings were being held, for it was a protracted meeting, and yelled and shouted, driving by the place some half dozen times and finally fired off a shooting iron. When Constable Pool went out and put a stop to their noise, and the next morning Rev. E. L. Thompson swore out a warrant for the arrest of H. L. Kenney, a saloon keeper at Gold Hill and G. B. Mathews of this place in Justice A. G. Johnston's court, and they were placed in the hands of Officer Pool, whereupon he started for Central Point after his men, whom he found without any trouble. They appeared the next morning and pleaded guilty to the charge of disturbing a congregation of worshipers and were fined $10.00 each and cost, the cost amounting to $21.30, pretty dear fun. A very large part of the community sympathize with Mr. Mathews, for they are satisfied that he was like "Poor Tray" in bad company. Your cor. had an interview with him after the trial was over and ascertained the following: He had just returned from Portland and Mr. Kenney provided a team and accompanied him home from Central Point, and on the way they both imbibed too freely of whiskey and K. done the driving, with the above result. Heretofore Mr. M. has been in the habit of attending religious and social meetings and has always been looked upon as a quiet and orderly young man. The night of the arrest, Hezekiah Mathews, an older brother of G. B. Mathews, was with him in A. Pool's hotel [and] he remarked that he was going over to the hall, where the meeting was being held, and if the preacher spoke to him he would slap him in the mouth; whereupon Mr. Pool advised him not to go but he left the house and a very few moments after a crashing sound was heard, the sound was caused by a stone being thrown through the window, breaking the sash, knocking a board off that was nailed across the window and striking the ceiling (the meeting was held in the upper story). Justice Johnston appointed John Watkins as constable and he started out for his man, but it was so dark that nothing could be seen; but while he and Pool were standing near the hotel they heard someone step on the end of the porch and Mr. P. returned and found H. Mathews in the room. The next morning he was arrested and tried, found guilty and sentenced to pay a fine of $10 and costs, amounting in all to about $30. So you see that the citizens of this place intend to enforce the law and if the hoodlums intend to disturb a meeting they had better have the necessary cash to pay their fine and costs, for public sentiment will not permit any violation of law of that kind. At the close of the trial Rev. Thompson announced that the meetings would be discontinued. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, April 7, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.Thompson brothers have resumed their meetings at this place. Dr. Kahler of Phoenix is here superintending the musical department.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
N. A. Young, one of our enterprising farmers, is replacing his old rail fence with boards and wire. Thus the march of civilization is marching on.
Last Saturday as per announcement in the Valley Record the Democracy of Little Butte precinct met at Inlow & Ashpole's hall for the purpose of holding their primary, but there seemed a disposition on the part of SOME OF THE LEADERS to procrastinate the time of the meeting; but after several futile efforts on the part of others of the LEADERS on the other side (for, as it is in all political gatherings, there were two sides to the question) the crowd assembled at 3 p.m. instead of 1 p.m. as per announcement. The meeting was called to order by Hon. John Ashpole and T. A. Mauzey was elected chairman, with Lee Caton secretary. After stating the object of the meeting, to wit: to elect five delegates to attend the county convention, etc., the question was asked how they were to vote and the chair said, by voice; whereupon J. Ashpole moved that the voting be done by ballot. The motion being put there were but a VERY few said aye; but the chair decided, without calling for the noes, that the motion was carried. Whereupon someone suggested that the noes be called for, as there were but two or three votes in the affirmative; but the chair stuck to his decision and said that it did not require but two or three votes.
Then a call was made for nominations and two sets of delegates were nominated, to wit: the Parker delegates and the Colvig delegates. Then came the naming of the tellers--Mr. Ewen, ONE OF THE CANDIDATES, and Frank Lewis. The result was D. T. Ewen, James Bell, John Ashpole, G. W. Heckathorn and John Young were elected as delegates.
They did not succeed in getting a Republican or prohi to act as secretary, but they made a bold move and succeeded in getting a rank Republican on the ticket as a candidate for delegate, but he was as completely snowed under as the prohis were at the Central Point meeting of the People's Party. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, April 14, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
ETNA DEMOCRATS.EDITOR SOUTHERN OREGON MAIL:
DEAR SIR:--The Democrats in Flounce Rock precinct, at their primaries, held on Saturday the 9th inst., had a turnout of just three men, one of which was a People's Party man, who happened to be passing by at the time. They made our credentials and sent them to a neighbor who happened to be absent. Imagine their chagrin when they discovered that the neighbor was in attendance on the People's Party convention at Central Point as a delegate. We are having a little fun at their expense just now.
P. P. MANN.ETNA, April 16, 1892.
Southern Oregon Mail, April 22, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point Items.Dr. Stanfield's son is here visiting his father and sister.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Born to Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Smith, on Antelope Creek, April 25th, 1892, a daughter.
H. T. Severance, accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. John Rader, have gone to California to visit friends and relatives.
There seems to be considerable complaining of colds, etc., although there are no serious cases reported. Dr. Terry reports J. G. Shock and T. A. Mauzey on the sick list but both are convalescing.
Dr. Stanfield was hurriedly called to the residence of Clay Charley, near Brownsboro, on the morning of the 30th, and when he returned reported that an eight-pound boy was born in the family and that the parents had christened him Ben Harrison.
Will Potter, son of S. A. Potter, went out gunning a few days ago and ran across a swarm of bees on a low bush and on looking around found a large swarm in an oak tree with a fine lot of honey. He is a chip of the old block, son of Wilson Potter of Ashland, the noted bee hunter.
There seems to be considerable excitement over the question as to who will be our next sheriff and unless the two old parties bring out some of their best men W. H. Bradshaw will likely have to move to Jacksonville, on his way to the poor house, as our next sheriff, for he will poll the full strength of his party and capture a large number on the outside, for he is extremely popular and is gaining ground every day.
The Thompson Bros. closed their meeting on Friday the 22nd, at which time they organized a class of twelve--five by letter. They also baptized five others that expect to join the Presbyterians. On the next Wednesday evening they had a jubilee singing conducted by Dr. Kahler assisted by the Eagle Point choir. Miss Cora Brown was organist; the singing was splendid, as it well might be with Miss Cora at the organ. It was universally conceded that the Eagle Point singers, led by Prof. A. G. Johnston, excelled themselves; in fact everybody was well pleased.
Since writing the foregoing Rev. Edmonds of Medford, the Presbyterian minister, has been among us and preached an excellent sermon on Sunday last and received the five referred to into the communion of that church.
There is a rural school district adjoining Eagle Point district where the boys have waged war against mice, lizards, etc. Some time ago they had a woman teacher and the boys got into the habit of catching mice, lizards, etc., and carrying them into the school room and turning them loose to have a little fun, and the schoolmarm would sit and look complacently on while the aforesaid boys would RUN THEM DOWN and put them out. But things have changed. The directors employed a young lady from Medford and the first mouse that was brought in somebody got a thr-- got hurt, so some of the larger boys tried it and she used them the same way. She says that she is a cross between the Irish and Scotch and now the boys guard the door for fear a mouse might crawl in.
As was announced in the Record last week the Democrats and Republicans both held their primaries at this place on Saturday, the 30th inst. The Republicans went to the school house to hold their meeting and there seemed to be no especial excitement on their part. The meeting was called to order by A. J. Daley, George Brown was called to the chair and A. L. Haselton was chosen as secretary. The following gentlemen were elected as delegates to attend the county convention next Friday: Geo. Brown, J. A. Jonas, John Daley and Frank Ayres. Notwithstanding there was no excitement on the part of the Republicans it was not the case with the Democrats, for they were out in full force and after the usual amount of buttonholing, etc., and several calls and a vast amount of music on the organ by Prof. A. Pool the meeting was finally called to order about 3 p.m. and then the fun commenced. The meeting was called to order by John Nichols, who nominated John Ashpole as chairman. Dr. D. G. Terry was chosen secretary. When the nominations were called for, each party had their tickets made out and there were eleven names placed in nomination (one by an outsider) and then the voting commenced; and the way the votes run showed plainly that somebody had done some systematic organizing. They elected two of the alliance men; one of them took an active part in the people's primary. There is some talk whether he will dig up the $50 or go to jail. The delegates elected were: J. Compton, Delbert Terrill, George Heckathorn, Geo. Rice and Joseph Rader. The race was close, as the vote from twenty to twenty-nine. If they had met at the time appointed, 1 o'clock instead of 3, there would have been at least sixty Democratic voters. One of the defunct delegates agreed to pay your correspondent a nickel if he would name the nominee for sheriff. I'll have one nickel sure. TALK ABOUT THE FREE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE. Bah! DICK.
Eagle Point, May 2, 1892.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 5, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.Since my last your correspondent has visited the county seat and it happened to be on the day that the Democrats held their convention, and of course I went to the courthouse to take in the whole, AS FAR AS AN OUTSIDER could, but it appeared that the CONVENTION HAD BEEN HELD THE NIGHT BEFORE OR SOME TIME PREVIOUS, for a more cut-and-dried affair I never saw. Our delegates were all there, with their COUNSEL, some of the "instructionists," and everything seemed to be going on smoothly until after dinner, when one of the delegates from Medford arose in his place to elicit some information when he was snatched so completely bald-headed by the chairman that that night his wife mistook his head for a white silk pincushion. We draw the veil for the present. One of his friends drove to either apologize or explain but before he proceeded far he was cut off below the knees, and from that on no one dared to speak except those that were authorized to do so. Then the nominations for representatives were declared in order, and strange to relate, amid all the combined wisdom of that mighty throng of about seventy-five delegates (there were some proxies) with all the suggestions of the lobby members, there could be but THREE men found that are capable of representing the dear people of Jackson County; but one for county judge; but one for commissioner; but one for clerk; but one for recorder; but one for treasurer; but one for school superintendent; but one for coroner and but one for surveyor--and several of them have traveled the road up Salt River so often that one of them as he passed me seemed to say "Never mind, Mr. Dick, I have traveled the road up Salt River so often that I can borrow flour on the road." One noticeable feature of the program seemed to an outsider to be the determination on the part of the BOSS and his assistants to concentrate the nominations in and around Jacksonville. They only have five on the county ticket and four on the state and judicial ticket living in the town of Jacksonville--entirely ignoring Medford, Rock Point, Foots Creek, in fact all of the lower Rogue River precincts, Sams Valley, all of the Butte Creek, Antelope, Dry Creek, Big Butte and upper Rogue River country--and still expect the Democrats to vote the ticket. Some of the Democrats are talking of circulating a petition requesting the few candidates that live outside of Jacksonville to resign and request the central committee to appoint the rest of the ticket from Jacksonville. And if they can't find Democrats enough, to take a few of the RING Republicans, as they will answer the purpose just as well. I have been a resident of Jackson County a quarter of a century and I never saw a ticket so universally condemned as the one palmed off on the people last Thursday. But enough of this at present.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
(You didn't, eh. But bless your dear soul, Dick, you should have remained over and seen the Republican convention held the next day. The Democratic convention was a happy family reunion compared to the monkey and parrot of a time the Republican convention had. The Republicans fought each other with as vile methods as the Democrats ever did in the palmy days of 400 majority.--RECORD REPORTER.)
On last Monday some of the sporting class met at the Lake Creek race course on Little Butte to try the speed of some of the local race horses, to run 600 yards and repeat, for a purse of $13.50. The following entries were made: 1st, Indian, belonging to Dick Slinger; 2nd, Lake Creek Baldy, belonging to James Culbertson; 3rd. Dude, belonging to Dan Simon of Eagle Point. At the word they all started well and Indian began to lead off, winning the first heat by a short distance. But the bystanders thought that if Dan Simon (he rode his own horse) had not pulled so hard on the reins that Dude would have come out ahead. The second heat Dude won by a short distance, and then they blanketed him and sent him down the track in order to have time to make some bets. But it was no go; although Dude's friends offered to wager $30 to $10 still they could not find any of the friends of Indian or Lake Creek Baldy to take the bet, for they discovered that Dude was like "The Tinner's Jule"--a regular singed cat. Dude won the third heat easily. So you see we have some fast horses at Eagle Point, as well as slow politicians.
Speaking about horses reminds me that our friend "Dolt" Carlton has left the political arena and is now in the horse business, for I saw him exhibiting his fine stallion the other day that he stands at the Pioneer Hotel stables. He is a beauty.
A short time ago word went out through the Record that Geo. Brown, one of our merchants, had received a fine assortment of ladies' hats, that had been selected by his daughter Miss Cecilia in the Portland market and the other day while your correspondent was in the store a lady came in and called for four hats, for herself and three daughters. Whereupon Mr. Brown informed her that the bats referred to were all gone and that they kept sending orders off to have them come by express as they kept having calls and they thought the trade was so near supplied that they did not think it would be necessary to order another large lot. The result was that the aforesaid lady had to wear her old hat amid all the new ones the next Sunday.
One day last week our irrepressible and indefatigable mail contractor Isaac Williams came into town loaded with boxes, bags, candy buckets, etc., drove up to the post office kept by A. J. Florey and there unloaded a full assortment of candies, nuts, tobacco, cigars and, in fact, you can hardly think of anything that is kept in a first-class variety store but you would find it in that load. For A. J. Florey is one of our live men. He is the factotum in his line from P.M. through the merchandise line up to a notary public.
Notwithstanding the talk about another grist mill, still A. J. Daley reports trade brisk. A Mr. Newton has been hauling a lot of wheat from Dr. DeBar's farm to the mill to exchange for flour during the past week. He is sending flour and feed by the carload to Myrtle Creek and some as far as Winchester in Douglas County; also to Gold Hill and Ashland, and he claims that he is turning out as good flour as there is in the county.
Last Friday while Dan Simon and Frank Brown were riding on Round Top they heard an unearthly noise. At first they thought it was a panther but riding out where the noise seemed to come from they discovered one of Mr. Cormack's boys suffering with a violent fit. They took charge of him and carried him to his father's house, but on the road he partially recovered and was at himself again.
We are sorry to state that Prof. Haselton has had to close his school on account of poor health, but Dr. Stanfield reports him improving and we trust that he will be able to resume his duties in the school room ere long.
Delbert Apger has gone into the business of catching skunks for their pelts, which he sells readily at thirty-five cents apiece. The women in the poultry business are going to vote him a medal.
Some of our citizens are talking of making preparations to celebrate the coming Fourth of July in fine style at this place. A meeting is called of those interested for next Monday night, the 16th, at Inlow & Ashpole's hall to appoint committees, etc.
Several of our young folks went to Big Butte last Friday night to attend a dance that was given to raise money to procure seats, etc., for the school house. They report a fine time, good supper, receipts $31. The supper was prepared by Mrs. Derby. Miss Amy Safford met with a rather painful accident. In stepping out the door to go to supper she made a misstep and sprained her ankle very badly but is recovering the use of her limb again.
Last Saturday night Messrs. Deming and Wisner addressed the voters of this place on the political issues of the day. Mr. Deming showed how the English capitalists had by intrigue and bribery influenced legislation to enrich the rich, pauperize the poor. Showing how in the last two decades the millionaires had accumulated wealth and driven thousands out into the world as tramps. And through corrupt means about ONE SIXTH of our entire domain belongs to railroad companies, syndicates and English capitalists. Mr. Wisner reviewed the finance question, showing the necessity of having more money in circulation.
Eagle Point, May 9, '92. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 12, 1892, page 2 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point News.Rev. Oglesby, of the M.E. church south, preached here Sunday evening.
There is talk of moving the Antelope M.E. church building to Eagle Point.
Our teacher, Mr. Haselton, has been in attendance at the institute in Grants Pass the past week.
Mr. Shock is quite sick with fever. Dr. Terry is in attendance. No other cases of serious illness, although the coughing epidemic is spreading.
Some improvements are going on. Dr. Stanfield is going to build a residence here soon. B. B. Hubbard is preparing to build an addition to his house.
Rain and frost, and frost and rain, is the weather report for April, but the Butte Creek region is proof against either. With the exception of peaches in a few localities the frost has done no great damage.
The farmers are hoping for better weather this month and as tradesmen, doctors, lawyers, priests and politicians are dependent upon them for their daily bread, they too are anxious that Old Sol should put on a smiling face.
The Presbyterians had communion services last Sunday when five of the Methodist converts united with that church. They were baptized the week previous by the Methodist minister, Rev. E. E. Thompson. These two denominations now have an equal number of members here.
Your correspondent took a trip to Grants Pass last Friday and Saturday, returning by way of Sams Valley, the land of big wheat fields and orchards. These tell the story that "the frost looks forth on still clear nights" there as well as along down the valley. The grain fields and orchards in our own Butte Creek Valley have evidently escaped the injury from frost and cold rains better than the lower valleys, as harvest time will tell.
MICROSCOPE.Southern Oregon Mail, May 13, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point Items.Business is getting lively in our town.
Mrs. Thomas has got the lumber on the ground to finish her residence.
Born in Eagle Point May 9, 1892, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lewis, a daughter.
A. J. Florey, G. Brown and Inlow & Ashpole are each receiving new goods in their line.
J. M. McCall and W. H. Atkinson of Ashland are here today hunting up their friends.
Prof. Haselton, who has been sick for some time, has resumed his duties in the school room.
Max Muller and Mr. Kahler were out smiling on the people a few days ago. They were the guests of Mrs. Simon of the Pioneer Hotel.
F. B. Inlow has had his residence rewhitewashed, also the front part of his store. A. Pool has also had the inside of his hotel covered with a coat of whitewash hard finish. Geo. Mauzey is the boss workman.
Geo. Merriman has been over to Eagle Point and his Republican admirers say that he forgot to pass around the cigars, and they intend to reciprocate by not forgetting him on the 6th of June. He is so certain of going up Salt River that he does not intend to spend any of his good money for cigars, etc. for the masses. The fight is between Bradshaw and Pelton; G. M. is hardly known.
The candidates are buzzing around and where they can't come themselves they are sending their friends, and as an index of the political outlook, I will state that I understand that Will Hanley was out last week with a complete electioneering outfit for the Republicans in one side of his buggy and another for the Democrats in the other. He is, or was, working against some of the Republican nominees, and some of the Democrats. His buggy attracted considerable attention, but none of the prohibitionists seemed to participate. I understand that Judge Neil was out in the country and when an inquiry was made for him, it was announced that he was so sure of his election that he had turned his attention to the honorable vocation of shearing sheep for recreation. Hes the kind of man we want among the farmers.
Last Saturday night a good number of the ladies and gentlemen of this place and vicinity met, as per announcement in the Record, at Inlow & Ashpole's hall and decided to have a good, old-fashioned celebration on the Fourth of July next. Frank Brown was called to the chair and A. C. Howlett acted as secretary. The following committees were elected:
On finance, Dan Simon, A. Pool, A. J. Florey, Miss Amy Safford, Miss Lottie Brown and Mrs. Pool. On grounds, Frank Brown, Scott Pool, A. J. Daley, A. C. Howlett, and J. J. Fryer. On music, Geo. Daley, A. G. Johnston, Miss Cora Brown, Mrs. C. W. Taylor. On program, Geo. Brown, A. J. Florey, John Ashpole, A. L. Haselton, Geo. Apger, J. A. Jonas and John Watkins. On races, Gus Nichols, Dan Simon, Geo. Mauzey, F. Brown, J. Heckathorn and Jo. Rader. Committee to select an orator and reader, George Brown, J. J. Fryer and A. C. Howlett. We anticipate a fine time, and if you, Mr. Editor, could be with us you would meet a host of your admirers. DICK.
Eagle Point, May 21, 1892.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 26, 1892, page 2 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.B. B. Hubbard is enlarging his residence.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Wm. Wiley, wife and daughter, Mary, have been visiting relatives near Phoenix.
Frank Brown is at work on Mr. Thomas' house, and from the plan it will be the neatest house in our town.
A. J. Daley made a flying trip to California last week. He is now shipping a quantity of flour to the county seat.
Miss Mabel Woodford, who is teaching school near the mouth of Little Butte, has been engaged for another month; she is giving very general satisfaction.
The rain has ceased at last and the warm weather is making everything in the vegetable kingdom to flourish and the present prospect is that this year will be one of the noted years for crops in Jackson County.
On the 25th ult. the combined wisdom, intelligence and patriotism of the Democracy met at Inlow & Ashpole's hall to explain to our citizens some of the intricacies of the political labyrinth of the present campaign. Among the most prominent characters present were Col. Bowditch, W. H. Parker, Geo. Bloomer, Robert Miller, Charles Nickell, E. R. Owen, U. S. Mitchell and your correspondent, "Dick." The meeting was well attended, there being quite a number of the People's Party men on hand and a few Republicans. The meeting was called to order by Judge Neil, who favored us with a good practical talk on the subject of the finances of the county. He said that he did not propose to shirk any of the responsibility. He then stated that when he came into the office of county judge that there was an indebtedness of $98,000, with the interest amounting to $20,000, which brought it up to about $120,000. And that now it only amounted to $133,000 and by the 1st of July it would reach about $145,000. He then showed how the debt had accumulated by building bridges, roads, repairing jail, etc. He then gave an account of the manner the county poor were provided for, etc., and finally wound up by giving an account of how the county board had raised the taxes on the railroad company's land, rolling stock, etc., thereby increasing their taxes about $9.000; and informing us that it took a LAWYER to attend to the COMPLICATED duties of the office. On the whole he made a favorable impression and I think gained several friends by his speech.
The next speaker was U. S. Mitchell, of Grants Pass. He apologized for his apparent want of preparation on the ground that he was not expecting to be called on at that time to speak as he thought that Col. Bowditch was to follow Judge Neil, but he said some very good things showing how the money sharks are accumulating wealth and by a system of class legislation the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. That the increase of a circulating medium in the shape of money, whether gold, silver or paper, would not necessarily help our condition, as we are absolutely at the mercy of the great corporations, trusts and syndicates.and charged the Republican Party with the blame.
Col. Bowditch next spoke on the subject of indirect taxation, dwelt at some length upon the subject of the tariff, eulogized Cleveland as one of the most daring reformers of the age, daring to advocate what he thought was right even if he knew that it would bring defeat in the presidential contest. Showed that the Republican Party is responsible for the strikes for bread. He also called special attention to the fact that the tariff was so arranged that the common necessities of life and what the laboring classes had to have was taxed heavy, while the things that the rich enjoyed were comparatively exempt.
Col. R. A. Miller was then called for. Although we had heard one short and two long speeches still, when the name of Robt. Miller was called all eyes were turned to the speaker. He told us that the Republicans no longer canvassed the county by making speeches and whenever one of them did attempt to make a speech he ALWAYS acted on the DEFENSIVE, continually APOLOGIZING for the mistakes they had made. (And still they claim to be the AGGRESSIVE and PROGRESSIVE party.--COR.) When he began to arraign the Republican Party the Republicans present could not stand the fire, but retreated in "good order." Although Mr. Miller's speech was short he showed that he was master of his subject and the audience was sorry that he was so brief.
W. H. Parker closed the exercises of the evening with a characteristic speech. He handled the subject just as he used the maul and ax when he used to make rails and saw lumber on Butte Creek--without gloves--and convinced his hearers that if the system of robbery that has been carried on for the last twenty years, whereby we and our children are relieved of our land and homes, and our living, is not checked that we, as a nation so far as our independence is concerned, will soon be counted among the things of the past.
Before leaving the subject I must be permitted to relate an incident that happened on the way from Jacksonville here. Along the road there lives an accomplished young widow, an acquaintance of Col. M. So the Col. and Mr. Parker called at the gate to pay their respects and you know Col. M. is recognized as the very embodiment of politeness, and the aforesaid widow very thoughtfully carried out a pitcher of water and a glass. Mr. P. drank but the Col. remarked that he seldom drank water; that he had a bottle of nice wine along, and accompanying the remark with the act drew it from his valise, emptied the water on the ground and filled the lady's pitcher with the wine, and that afternoon the widow and her sister stayed at home and drank to the health of Col. Robert Miller while their mother went to hear his speech. He had heard Geo. Bloomer say that for a man to be successful in politics he must always be popular with the ladies.
If it was not for that ponderous thumbnail of Charley Nickell's I would relate an incident that occurred here while on an electioneering tour, and as I told him that l would intercede with A. J. Daley, our miller, to keep flour enough on hand to to last him on his trip "up Salt Creek" he may not be too hard on Dick for telling the joke. He met with one of our verdant youths and the following dialogue ensued: Approaching the youth and extending his hand he remarked:
You are Mrs. ------- son, I believe.
C.N.--I thought I recognized you. You used to be in the office considerable when your mother lived in Jacksonville.
V.Y.--Oh, yes, I was there every once in a while.
C.N.--Let me see, you must be a voter by this time.
V.Y.--Yes sir, l am just of age.
C.N.--And what ticket will you vote?
V.Y.--Democratic without a scratch.
C.N.--Good, that is right. Come and have a cigar (exit both into Florey's variety store) and V.Y. smiles as he places a 5¢ cigar in his mouth, while C.N counts one more vote. V.Y. goes to his mother, who has the family record, and is informed that he is but nineteen years old.
Eagle Point, May 30, 1892. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, June 2, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Brownsboro Items.Thinking that perhaps a few strokes of the quill from our little burg might be of some interest to a least some of your many readers. I will drop you a few lines political and otherwise.
Notwithstanding the political excitement, our friend Geo. Morine's hammer may be heard at almost all hours of the day ringing on his anvil, which speaks well both for George and the surrounding neighborhood.
Mr. Smith, our merchant, has moved into his new store house, and is displaying a nice stock of goods and selling at very reasonable prices.
Our postmaster, Johnny Miller, is making many substantial improvements on his beautiful little place in this burg.
Our school is progressing nicely under the management of Miss Gibson.
Our old friend, Thos. Baldwin, is hitting some hard licks in the way of improvements on his town property. He will also hit some terrible hard licks on the day of election, and don't you forget it.
Crops good. Fruit very scarce.
Politics booming. The Times says that the People's ticket is losing ground. I can assure all your readers that this is not the case. On the contrary the People's ticket is gaining all the time. Truth is mighty and will prevail. Many souls are being converted and made happy.
The Democrats had an appointment to speak at Lake Creek last Thursday. We were informed by one of the speakers that A. J. Daley and A. W. Cormack was all the audience they had. People are getting tired of this old political trash that has been dished up to them for the last twenty-seven years without a single pledge or promise having ever been redeemed. Fellow citizens, stand fast to your colors and you will elect every man on the People's ticket. Don't get discouraged. Your prospects are bright. Your cause is just, honorable and right, and victory is yours beyond doubt.
This campaign has been and is being conducted by the People's Party in a fair, honorable way, entirely devoid to any dirty, smutty campaign lies on any of the other candidates. We do not try to gain votes by lying on some of the other candidates. Dirty little campaign lies will not win as some will soon find out, to their sorrow. One of the fundamental principles of our party is to respect a fallen foe.
We were over in Eagle Point a few days ago and was surprised to hear a man that is a candidate for a precinct office, circulating some dirty little stuff on Mr. Bradshaw, to the effect that Bradshaw had employed certain parties to electioneer for him, and this little batch of soreheads went so far as to say that they intended to have these things published. I think it very doubtful about their finding a paper that will lower its dignity to such an extent as to publish such a batch of nonsense. Now Mr. Editor, I can assure everyone of your readers that all this campaign hash in regard to Mr. Bradshaw is false. Every single word of it, and further the parties that started these yarns are not noted for truth and veracity, even outside of a political campaign. Mr. Bradshaw is too well known to be injured by any story they can dish up. In fact I believe they are making him votes, as all gentlemen of all parties become disgusted with such trash. I hope that none of our party will be led astray by anything that is likely to appear in this week's issue of the opposition papers, but stand fast. Vote the ticket. We can boast of a good ticket clear through, and we can elect it.
INDEX.Medford Mail, June 3, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point Items.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
The election is passing off very quietly.
Died, June 2, 1892, on Yankee Creek, the wife of Charles Morine.
Dr. Terry has just made his appearance on the street again after his accident.
Mr. McDonald and son, of Tolo, are assisting Frank Brown on Mrs. Thomas' house.
Mrs. Thomas is looking for her nephew, F. F. Price, who is coming from Indian Territory soon, on a visit.
It is getting quite fashionable of late for two young folks to hold up a fence or a gate, one on each side. To make a success it is essential that one should be a gent and the other a lady.
We have had another railroad sensation in our town. Mr. Cole and Judge Linsey of Omaha have been taking in the country engineering with regard to the most practicable way to pass through the mountains to the east of us, about the timber, etc., and some of our citizens are jubilant over the prospect of early communication with the coast.
Miss Sarah Bliss closed her school in the Antelope district. The closing exercises were very interesting. The patrons of the school had a picnic, children had dialogues, recitations and singing. Bill Potter spoke one of his comic pieces which caused considerable amusement. After the adjournment Lee Bradshaw started home and his horse commenced "bucking" and threw him off but done no damage.
A meeting of the citizens of this place was called for last Saturday night and a communication was read from Samuel March requesting us to hold our celebration with the people of Sams Valley, on Rogue River, but as the meeting was not generally known another was called to meet tomorrow--Tuesday--night. But from the general tone the prospect is that we will meet at our own ground on Butte Creek, just below our town.
Last week I gave an account of Col. Robert Miller's success with a young widow in this part of the county; but last Saturday he did not succeed so well. After Mrs. Lease got through speaking at Medford and Mr. Hubble had tried to speak but was taken sick, Col. Miller was called for. He came forward and spoke for a few minutes, but he did not feel easy, judging from his looks. He left Mrs. Lease's speech and began criticizing some remarks that Mr. Wakefield made, but was called to order, and when the Kansas cyclone got through with him he very much resembled a haycock after it had been struck by an Oregon whirlwind. He goes on the principle that it is better to suffer an honorable defeat than to act the part of a coward and run. You know he said he would not run.
A young man in our midst met with a very embarrassing, though not painful, accident a few days ago. He was at the home of a young lady, and in moving around, as young gents sometimes do, he caught his pants on a nail, tearing the leg thereof from bottom to top. The young lady's sister happened to be standing by and she asked if he wanted a pin and he replied yes, a dozen of them, so she ran to procure the necessary article, but in her hurry grabbed a block of matches and ran to the young man's relief; but on handing them to him she discovered her mistake. Her younger sister was in her room dressing to take a walk with the young man, so she returned to her room and procured the pins, thus enabling him to repair the rent. About this time the young lady appeared and asked the young gent if he was ready for the walk; he blushingly replied that he was not prepared to go. He was afraid the wind would blow the pins out of place and he would be left.
Eagle Point, June 6th, 1892. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, June 9, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Trail Creek Trinkets.Weather dry and cold, frost in June.
Small grain looking well.
Our schools are all in good progress.
Long Branch school is taught by Miss Dora Buchanan and is giving the best of satisfaction.
The rumor is spreading around here that there will be a Fourth of July picnic at Etna, conducted under the Farmer's Alliance and all will be invited to attend. A large bowery is talked of for the dancers.
The several schools will unite on the Fourth at Etna and give an exhibition.
L.J.M.Southern Oregon Mail, June 10, 1892, page 3
Eagle Point News.The smoke of battle has cleared away--the battle of the ballots. The smoke of the "best Havanas" and the fumes of "old rye" no longer perfume the pure mountain air of Eagle Point. The election passed off very quietly. Political differences of opinion had been discussed and settled in the electioneering days beforehand. Everything seems satisfactory except the office of justice of the peace, which is a "little mixed." Your correspondent, who is not a politician, feels sure that the country is safe. For how could it be otherwise when three or four political parties are looking so anxiously after its welfare.
The carpenter's hammer and saw is heard early and late on all sides. Blacksmiths are kept busy repairing farm implements. Wagon repairs are also in demand. Dry weather and rough roads are not healthy for wagons, Merchants are doing a thriving business, which is always the case when a good crop is anticipated. Everything depends upon the farmer, then why should he not rule the universe? Echo answers why?
The weather has been cloudy and cool the last week and hay makers are wishing for sunshine. The alfalfa crop was saved in good condition and was very heavy. A large acreage was newly sown to this crop in this vicinity last spring and the season has been favorable for its growth.
A number of railroad men from Omaha, Neb., were here recently, and one of our citizens took them up into a high mountain and showed them all the cities of Jackson County, but is not known if he offered to give any of them in exchange for a railroad to Eagle Point.
The closing of our school for the summer vacation is later than usual by reason of the sickness of the teacher Mr. Haselton. Since his recovery no cases of serious sickness are reported.
Arrangements are being made to celebrate the nation's birthday in the beautiful grove near town known as the "old camp ground," notice of which will be published in due time.
Postal service has been increased at the post office, but Postmaster Florey is equal to the demand.
MICROSCOPE.Southern Oregon Mail, June 17, 1892, page 1
Eagle Point Items.N. A. Young has built him a nice, large stone milk house.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Mrs. Wm. Miller, of Ashland, is here visiting her parents.
Owen Grigsby, Claud White and Jeff Conover have gone to Siskiyou County, California.
Miss Alta Brown, of Medford, has been the guest of Miss Millie Howlett for the past week.
Mrs. Clara Marsters has gone to Douglas County to spend the summer with her sister, Mrs. Conn.
Miss Myrtle Woodford, one of our promising young lady teachers, was also the guest of Miss Millie Howlett an Sunday last.
Yesterday a messenger arrived in town in search of medical aid for Lee and Lillie Black, son and daughter of John Black, who are very ill.
A. J. Florey's store looks as though it had been struck on the inside by a cyclone. He keeps sending off orders but he sells so cheap and you know Jack is so clever that the boys will come back and spend their nickels with him.
There was a change of real estate in this community last week. W. M. Marsters deeded his place on Yankee Creek to Mr. Shipps, and the latter deeded property in Arkansas to W. M. Marsters' daughter, Miss Nora J. Marsters, aged seven years.
Miss Amy Inlow, who has been visiting her sister, who is teaching in the Lake Creek district, had her face so badly poisoned with poison oak that it became necessary to call for medical aid. Her brother, F. Inlow, is home from San Francisco on a visit.
Irvin Pool, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Pool of the Eagle Point Hotel, aged about seven or eight years, was thrown from a horse last Sunday afternoon and badly bruised and received several gashes on his head and body. Dr. Terry was summoned and dressed the wounds, and discovered there were no bones broken.
Since the election returns have been made public, and said returns show that Judge Webster is hopelessly snowed under. The people that thought as the judge did, that the Valley Record had no influence, have come to the conclusion that the Record not only has some influence, but that it is a power not to be trifled with, and as an evidence it is growing in favor and influence every day.
The election passed off very quietly, and we had one of the best illustrations of buttonhole electioneering as done by one of the candidates for justice of the peace; he knows everybody and he proposed to 65 of the voters that if they would vote for him for justice of the peace, he would vote for their favorite candidates and the result was he captured the vote for justice and voted--as he pleased, of course.
Mrs. M. A. Thomas met with rather an unpleasant and expensive accident a few days ago. She had bought a new horse, hired a cart and had hitched up for a drive. Mrs. T. and her daughter were seated in the cart and gave the horse the word to go, instead of which he quietly lay down on the shafts, completely demolishing them, so she was disappointed in taking her ride and had to repair the damage.
I understand that John McDaniel, who has been living at the mouth of Indian Creek, has sold his stock to the Mathews Bros. and moved to Montana. Another sad commentary on the action of our leading politicians, in suppressing the circulation of money, and we might write a notice and post it on the fence which will read something like this: "Consumed by a Mortgage."
We have been visited by some more of those needful, but expensive gents, called "drummers," representing business houses in Chicago, Boston and New York, and Geo. Brown had to order another supply of boots and shoes from Chicago and Boston, and ready-made clothing from New York. He says as soon as his son Frank gets through with his job on Mrs. Thomas' house, he is going to have an addition built onto his store as he has not room to show his goods. That speaks volumes for our town.
We are pained to be under the necessity of announcing the fact that Miss Cora Brown, our organist and one of our most highly esteemed, promising and accomplished young ladies, will leave us today to spend a few days in Jacksonville visiting her sister, Mrs. Wm. Holmes, and then proceed to British Columbia to visit her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown, and if it were not for some attractions here we would entertain fears that she would never return. But we live in hope.
The finance committee have made progress enough so as to ensure a grand time on the fourth, and the committee on programme met last Saturday night and made out a programme for the occasion, which are as follows: President of the day, W. W Stanfield; grand marshal, A. J. Daley; chaplain, Thomas Starns; orator, Gus Newbury; reader of declaration, A. C. Howlett.
Programme: 1. Song by the Eagle Point Glee Club. 2. Prayer by the chaplain. 3. Song by the club. 4. Reading the declaration. 5. Oration. 6. Song by the club. 7. Dinner, 8. Fat men's race. 9. Sack race. 10. Ladies' foot race. 11. Baby show. 12. Catching a greased pig. 13. Climbing a slick pole.
There will be arrangements made so that the young folks can amuse themselves dancing, etc. There will be a basket dinner. All are invited to come and bring their baskets full of good things to eat. The Lewis Orchestra will furnish music for the ball at night. DICK.
Eagle Point, June 20th, 1892.
Valley Record, Ashland, June 23, 1892, page 2 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Etna Items.Beautiful weather at present. Crops doing well. Fruit crop medium.
Mountain pheasants prefer the river bottoms to the high altitudes this year.
Cattle are being gathered preparatory to be driven on the mountain range.
The melting snow in the mountains keeps Rogue River about bank full most of the time.
Keep your mind on Etna's 4th of July. Basket dinner picnic and bowery ball in the evening.
Bybee's band of sheep passed through here en route for the mountains last week. Other bands will soon follow.
Our old neighbor, John McDaniel, left his old home here on June 14th, en route for Montana overland with two teams, John Dupree as escort.
Though not elected, our People's Party candidate for commissioner is jubilant over the ground gained in so short a time. Try again, we are bound to succeed in the near future.
Only a slight inquiry as to who is elected, as it remains between the old parties there is not much difference as to who gets there.
L.J.M. [Postmaster Lewis J. Marck]Southern Oregon Mail, June 24, 1892, page 4
Eagle Point News.Crops will not be as good as last year but we hope for a fair average.
We are having some very hot weather even here in Eagle Point. What must it be out in the big valley?
Our school closed on Friday, the 24th inst., with one of its characteristic entertainments, very creditable to teachers and scholars.
Mr. Layton, who came here some time since to look at the country, has concluded to remain. He has been occupying the J. K. Green residence.
Miss Cora Brown has gone to Victoria, B.C., to visit her uncle Robert Brown, and farther on in the provinces to remain with other relatives indefinitely.
The program for the 4th of July celebration is out. Mr. Gus Newberry, of Jacksonville, will deliver an oration. The Eagle Point glee club will furnish the music. They will probably depend upon Medford for fireworks, and adjourn to some convenient place to watch Roxy Ann.
The friends of Mr. Green are gratified to learn that he is regaining his mental faculties. He has been in the insane asylum at Stockton, Cal., about a year. His wife, who has charge of a large dressmaking establishment at San Jose, sends this welcome news to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Tryer.
The music we hear nowadays is made by the mower and hay rake with the farmers, the saw and hammer of the carpenters and hammer and tongs of the blacksmith. A gladsome symphony, made more so when we reflect that in the years to come this sturdy yeomanry will direct the affairs of our vast domain, politically, financially and socially, for the edict has gone forth.
Prof. Haselton will teach the Antelope school during our summer vacation.
MICROSCOPE.Southern Oregon Mail, July 1, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point Items.Since my last Prof. A. L. Haselton has closed his school, and on the Friday evening on which it closed he gave an entertainment that reflected great credit on the teacher and pupils. The exercises were opened with music by the Eagle Point glee club, after which Dr. D. G. Terry, one of our physicians, gave us an address on the subject of education that proved to be a perfect literary treat. He impressed on the minds of his hearers the necessity of THOUGHT as well as perusing books--referring us to quite a number of the great men of the world who have written their name high on the pinnacle of fame by their persistence. He also referred to the FACT that we should be VERY CAREFUL about the EARLY training of the children. Spoke of a certain class of WOULD-BE TEACHERS that are palmed off on the people of the rural districts that are utterly unqualified and the great amount of work to be done, in UNDOING the work that is done by that class of teachers. He referred to two, one a boy in his teens who is frequently seen on the streets of his native town, intoxicated, that does not understand the first principles of the branches he is required to teach, having never passed through FRACTIONS and could not explain to his class why he could not multiply twenty-five dollars by twenty-five dollars, etc. He also referred to a girl who is classed among the teachers, scarcely in her teens, that secured a position as teacher on account of the influence of a rich uncle that lived in the district, who is utterly unqualified for the position. He justly claimed that none should be allowed to teach except those who were thoroughly qualified. And your correspondent was like "Aunt Samanthy," came very near speaking right out in "meetin'" and saying AMEN. At the close of the speech we had dialogues, recitations, singing and finally a review of history by the class for a prize. The prompt answers showed thorough preparation. Merrit Brown carried off the prize and the honor of being the head of the class. One little thing occurred to mar the pleasure of the occasion with your correspondent. While Dr. Terry was delivering his address one of the "Little Dicks," the youngest one, was taken sick, but Mrs. D. promptly called on our other M.D., Dr. Stanfield, who, with his usual success, afforded immediate relief.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Speaking of Dr. Stanfield reminds me that he came near meeting with a serious accident on Sunday, the 26th of last month. Mrs. S. A. Potter was taken violently sick, and while Dr. S. was driving very fast one of his lines gave way and his horse became unmanageable, running in a circle for quite awhile, when the horse was finally stopped by Wm. Potter.
On last Saturday a number of our citizens met at the picnic ground for the purpose of raising the flagpole on which the emblem of our great nation will be unfurled to the breeze on our natal day--today.
We have had another change in our business here. The firm of Inlow & Ashpole is dissolved, Mr. Ashpole retiring, leaving Mr. F. B. Inlow as sole proprietor. He has replenished his stock of goods and is still ordering more, as he expects to keep a full assortment and says he is going to sell at prices to suit the times. We wish him abundant success.
In spite of the cry of hard times and "worse a-coming" I see that our boss miller, A. J. Daley, is still buying wheat, having purchased three hundred bushels of S. A. Carlton.
Speaking of the subject of wheat, Mr. F. B. Inlow in an interview with your correspondent stated that he had in the last few days traveled over a large portion of Rogue River Valley and that although the prospect for wheat was not flattering, still in some portions of the valley the wheat looked very well; but he thought that in proportion to the acreage the Butte Creek Valley was up to, if not ahead of, anything he had seen.
Harvesting has already commenced. Dan Simon, son of the hostess of the Pioneer Hotel, that old and reliable house, started his binder last week and S. F. Robinett, our leading blacksmith and machinist, has been putting A. C. Howlett's binder in running order and he expects to start it tomorrow (Tuesday). I see that Mr. Robinett is getting the necessary machinery to do all kinds of work and we can recommend him as a first-class mechanic. He says that he intends to keep everything in his line so that we will not have to go to ASHLAND to get spokes, fellers and iron to repair a wagon. N. A. Young had the misfortune to break a wheel of his large wagon one day last week and went to Central Point for spokes, 2½ inch, to fill a wheel. Could not get them. Went to Medford--the metropolis--and made out to get eight, instead of fourteen. But we expect in the near future to be able to procure anything of the kind here, as Mr. R. intends to carry a full line and keep a good wagon maker.
Wm. Everest of Chehalem Valley, an uncle of Mrs. S. A. Potter, is here visiting his niece.
Jas. Hart, son of Mrs. Jas. Wooley, is here on a visit to his mother. He expects to remain a week or so.
We have had quite a time among the young folks during the past week, bleaching. I will give the process as used by some of the YOUNG MEN, as well as the ladies for the benefit of your readers, if it won't affect your advertising of Swansdown, Lilly White, etc. The process is to take one quart of wheat bran, wet, soft so as not to run, plaster it on the face and hands at night about half an inch thick. Cover the face with some soft leather, leaving holes for the eyes, nose and mouth and insert the hands in thick yarn mittens, or an old sock leg will do and let it remain all night, then during the day avoid the sun and when it is necessary to go out always wear a large hat or sunbonnet.
Since the advent of Thomas Coy's 10-lb. boy he has concluded to build him a house, and has got the material on the ground.
Speaking of babies your correspondent was mistaken in the sex of Mrs. Frank Lewis' baby. It is a boy--and Frank is getting better; he may live.
Last Sunday a week ago there was a young couple in our town concluded to take a ride in a cart--the young lady driving--and as they were crossing Butte Creek, at the ford, she drove into water where it was rather deep, so that the water began to wet the soles of her shoes, and then her stockings, and then--well, they both got wet to the knees, the lady meantime screaming and her beau laughing. But fortunately the horse turned downstream into shallow water and they got out without any serious accident. The next time she is going to cross a creek she will go to the bridge, or let the gent drive.
Geo. Daley, who has been off on a prospecting tour for some time, returned last Thursday.
Mrs. D. J. S. Pearce and family of Forest Creek is here visiting her sister-in-law, Mrs. M. A. Thomas.
Speckles is here. The boys can gather their tin pans, bells, etc.
We are sorry to say that Rev. Thomas Starns is sick, unable to attend the celebration today. DICK.
Eagle Point, July 4, 1892.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 7, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Our celebration on the Fourth was the most complete success of anything we have had for many years. The procession formed opposite Brown's store about 10 a.m., led by "the Daley brass band," wherein two ladies took part, and marched to the picnic ground just below the ford, where a large crowd was in waiting. The martial music was soul-inspiring. The assemblage was called to order by the president of the day, Dr. Stanfield, and the exercises were opened with music by the Eagle Point glee club, Mr. Denham, a gentleman from England, acting as organist. (It made us feel like shaking hands to see an English citizen take so active a part in celebrating our national birthday, but he seemed to enter into the spirit of the occasion with a will.) After which prayer was offered by the chaplain, Rev. A. C. Howlett. (I will remark here that Rev. Thomas Starns, the chaplain, was sick and so a change was made in the arrangements, and Rev. A. C. Howlett was appointed chaplain and Prof. A. L. Haselton as reader instead of Mr. Howlett.) Then we had another song by the glee club, then came the reading of the Declaration by Prof. A. L. Haselton and all who know the professor know that it was well rendered. Another song and then after a few well-chosen remarks by the president, Dr. Stanfield, Mr. Gus Newbury, the orator of the day, was introduced. For me to attempt to give a synopsis of the speech would fail to convey even a faint idea of it, as it is necessary to hear and SEE the speaker to get anything like a correct idea of it. Several old men of standing pronounced it one of the best Fourth of July orations they ever heard. He left the old RUTS and presented new thoughts. There was nothing narrow about it, unless it was to be taken in literal dimensions and then we would have to reverse the order of things and call the LENGTH the BREADTH, and then we could have stood a much wider speech. Everybody seemed to be well pleased with it. After the oration it was announced that we were to have a baby show next. And then what a scene! A young lady who contemplates marriage at an early day made a wild stampede and borrowed a boy for the occasion, and your correspondent rushed around frantically to find his little Dick, but Mrs. D., knowing his lack of discretion, laid the little darling under a bench so that she could not be found. Also a young fellow was going to exhibit his best girl, as the president announced that all under fifteen, of the fairer sex, would be admitted, but when it was announced that Charles Linksweiler, John Pelling and David Hendry were to be the judges the young man weakened, and your correspondent could not find his baby, so the baby show was declared a DRAW GAME. The fat men's race was then called and Dr. S. and N. A. Young were ruled out on account of their emaciated condition, so it was decided that A. J. Florey and your correspondent were the only two men who could pass the test as fat men and Mr. Florey's respect for an old, rheumatic creature like your correspondent prevented him from entering the race, so that was indefinitely postponed. We then had music by the glee club, and dinner was announced. I wish to extend the thanks of the entire community to the glee club and the Daley brass band for their assistance in the musical line, for their performances were highly appreciated. Well, I don't know what kind of a dinner was served for it was a regular picnic but everybody seemed to be satisfied, and from what I could see on the half dozen tables I saw spread there was enough to feed a hungry EDITOR--and we would have been glad if you could have been there to have enjoyed the festivities with us. About 3 p.m. it was announced that the horse races would take place at the track in C. W Taylor's field, whereupon almost the entire crowd dispersed, most of them going to see the races. But before we leave the ground we must be permitted to say a word with regard to the general good behavior. Grand Marshal A. J. Daley and his two assistants, John Daley and Ed. Simon, showed their ability to carry out their part, for I heard a number of ladies compliment them very highly.
Although the races do not properly belong to the celebration, still it may be and no doubt is of interest to some of your numerous readers to know what went on in that department, so I will give it as reported by one of the BOYS present: The first race was a 600-yard race, best two in three. There were three entries for a purse of $25, with the entrance fee of $5 added. 1st, Dude, entered by Dan Simon; 2nd, Antelope, by Geo. Mauzey; 3rd, Carrie M., by Arthur Pool. Dude won the first two heats in succession, so there were but two heats run. There was a horse that they christened Highflyer, from the neighborhood of Talent, that was ruled out by the committee on the ground that he was a blooded horse and the race was for SCRUBS ONLY. The second race was a pony race for a purse of $16 and entrance fee of $3 each, single dash of 300 yards. 1st entry, Snip, entered by R. E. Smith; 2nd, Modoc Maid, by Gus Nichols; 3rd, Ten Cent, by Artie Pool. Race won by Modoc Maid. It is claimed that the proceedings in this race were not as straight as the track and I understand that another race was to be run by Modoc Maid and Snip yesterday--Sunday. I may hear the result before this goes to press. The third race was the novelty race for a purse of $19.50 and entrance fee of $3, 600 yards, the purse to be divided as follows: The first to reach the 200-yard stake one-third of the purse, the 400-yard stake one-third and the one that reached the 600-yard stake the remainder. The following entries were made: Slim Jim, entered by J. M. Garret; Indian, J. W. Slinger; Snip, Roll Smith; Podonkey, John Nichols, Jr. Podonkey won the 200 and 600-yard stake. Slim Jim the 400-yard by a few inches. There were then a number of saddle horse races that don't go in this report.
The final windup of the celebration was that Mrs. Thomas' cow came home with a fine calf--christened Gen. Weaver.
At night the fun-loving portion of the community, at least quite a number of them, met at Inlow's hall to "Trip the light fantastic toe" and an old gentleman reported that it was one of the finest dances he ever attended. There were forty numbers sold. The music by the Lewis orchestra, assisted by Geo. Brown on his bass viol, was pronounced par excellence and the supper prepared by Mrs. A. Pool was superb. Taking the day and night altogether, the 4th of July 1892 will be long remembered.
----Frank Brown and Mr. McDonnell of Tolo are erecting Thomas Coy's house.
A. J. Florey has renewed his bonds as notary public, F. B. Inlow surety.
A. J. Daley is still buying wheat, having purchased 1200 bushels of W. H. Bradshaw.
We are sorry to state that Mrs. B. B. Hubbard is sorely afflicted with rheumatism.
Married in Jacksonville July 4th, Mr. Randles and Miss Viola McNeil of Eagle Point.
John Rader got a wild oat in his ear last Thursday and had to go to Medford to have it extracted.
We are sorry to state that Miss Watkins is sick with bilious fever. Dr. Terry is in attendance.
Dr. Stanfield was called a few days ago to see Mrs. H. C. Lewis of Drain, who is here visiting her parents.
Mr. Gates and family, accompanied by his sister-in-law, Miss Emma Matney, have returned to Washington.
We are having some changes in real estate here. A Miss Watkins purchased a lot from J. J. Fryer, consideration $30. Her father, John Watkins, expects to build on it soon.
We have an addition to our sport in our town. The young men have organized a baseball club and they expect to compete with any of the "nines" in the valley for the belt. We wish them success.
The race between Modoc Maid and Snip was run and won by Modoc Maid, a mock race; $10 on a side. There was a foot race between Frank Smith and Scott Pool, $50 on a side, won by Smith by 18 inches.
Mrs. A. J. Florey has gone to the Flounce Rock country to visit her parents and quite a number of the curiously inclined are wondering what is meant by that sign hanging over the post office door--"Wanted, a good housekeeper." Inquire of A.J.F., post office block, lower floor.
I see that our merchants, Mr. Brown and also F. B. Inlow, are receiving new goods. They are also receiving from the mountains quite a lot of shakes, shingles and posts. Mr. Inlow is also anxious that his old friends should come and see him as he wants to settle up the old score and start anew. See ad. elsewhere.
Arthur Pool met with quite an accident a few days ago. He was riding on his binder when the seat broke down, precipitating him to the ground and falling on his head and shoulders he came very near breaking his neck. And after he had repaired the break and started again it gave way in another place and came near breaking his leg--but he is getting around again.
A little incident occurred on the Fourth that I must not omit. The morning of the 4th Mr. Johnston, the leader of the choir, took the organ belonging to the citizens of the town down to the grove to use at the celebration and thinking it would be needed at night for the dance left it on the ground, expecting that some of the ball-goers would go and get it. But no, so the next day inquiry was made for it and Mr. J. and one or two others started out to look it up, when lo, it could not be found. If you see anything of anyone carrying an organ through Ashland branded E.P.L.S., have Sheriff Pelton take charge of it until the authorities here are notified.
We had another splash in Butte Creek a few days ago. You know that Young America don't like to always follow the old beaten track. One day last week Walter Robinett, son of our leading blacksmith, aged about 12 years, took Mr. Starns and family over to the camp meeting on Bear Creek and on returning started to cross the creek at the ford, but he was not satisfied to follow the plain track, but must venture a little higher up the stream. Presently F. Brown heard someone halloing for help while he was at work on Mrs. Thomas' house and looking in the direction of the noise he saw Walter Robinett coming out of the creek, his horses and wagon wet all over and the water streaming from his wagon box. He, like some others, got TOO HIGH.
Eagle Point, July 11, '92. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 14, 1892, page 2 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Etna Items.Beautiful weather for haying.
Spring wheat and oats are all cut for hay.
A splendid time was had at Etna on the 4th of July. Long Branch school, with Miss Dora Buchanan teacher, took the lead and captured the admiration of the audience, creating continual merriment during the exercises. The opening song, "Come to the Mountains," was well selected for the occasion. Upper Trail Creek responded with a hymn. The oration of the day being almost a failure, it was succeeded with merry speeches and declamations and songs. Finally at 3 o'clock the bowery was cleared and dancing began and lasted until daylight, the next morning, when all, happy over the pleasant time they had, started for their various homes. The surrounding country was well represented. A good turnout for the first time.
L.J.M.Southern Oregon Mail, July 15, 1892, page 4
Eagle Point Items.Since my last everything has been exceedingly quiet. The farmers are generally very busy with their harvest and consequently business is rather dull and news is scarce.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Quite a number of our citizens went over to the camp meeting Sunday and Sunday before last, and on Sunday the 10th inst. quite a number of our pleasure-loving citizens had a picnic on Rogue River, among whom were Messrs. C. W. Taylor, ------ Ewen and their families, Messrs. Richards and Denham recently from England, George Brown and family, Miss Amy Safford et al. They spent the day very pleasantly walking, fishing, chatting, etc. Miss Celia Brown was the most successful fisher, as she caught two nice trout.
A CHAPTER OF ACCIDENTS.On Sunday the 10th while returning from camp meeting Wm. Gregory, Jr., accompanied by Miss Zuda Owens had the misfortune to have his team, hitched to a buggy, run away, dashing against a tree and precipitating both from the buggy. Fortunately Miss Owens was but slightly hurt but Mr. Gregory was unconscious for several hours.
On the following Wednesday while John Ashpole and family were at the camp meeting their little boy, Roy, aged about four or five years attempted to climb into the wagon. The horses started, throwing him to the ground, thereby breaking his arm near the shoulder.
About the same time Charles Parker's daughter, Hattie, living above Brownsboro and aged 13 or 14 years, was thrown or fell from a horse, breaking both bones in her arm and dislocating her elbow. Dr. Terry of Eagle Point was summoned but by the time he arrived her arm was very badly swollen. She was doing well at last accounts.
Near the same time Mr. Moore, an old gentleman living on the edge of the "desert" near Central Point, was on his way to the soda springs on Little Butte and driving along the wheel of the wagon struck a rock or stump, throwing him from the seat to the ground and bruising him very badly but fortunately breaking no bones.
The last accident I have to chronicle in this chapter is not so serious. It was simply an accident caused by lack of judgment. One of the young MEN that applied the "bleaching process" referred to in my last spread the plaster on so thick that when he removed it the reaction was so great that he took cold, throwing him into a fever, but we are pleased to state that he is now convalescent.
----It was not the same young man who accompanied a young lady home a few evenings ago and when asked by the old gentleman to put up his horse, replied that he had not time. But it took them both to hold the horse, although it was perfectly gentle. He stayed an hour, and they spent part of the time reading fortunes through the window by lamplight. The old gent says that the next time he comes home with his girl he has got to put his horse up or he will set the dogs on him.
We had quite a sensation in Eagle Point a few evenings ago. Three ladies and a young man undertook to make a team go that didn't want to, and they resorted to all kinds of means to persuade the balky horses to go--but they said no go. Finally they called a young blacksmith to the rescue and he, by the use of a chain, got them started. I did not learn the mode of procedure, but THEY WENT! Yes, they went through the streets like Jehu of old, the ladies encouraging them with all their power by word and--the ladies came out ahead, of course. Did you ever know a woman to fail in what she set her head to do?
Mrs. Stella Fry, nee Stella Wiley, accompanied by her son Clinton aged two months, is here visiting her relatives, Wm. Wiley and others. Mrs. Lou Chappell of Marshfield, Coos County, is here visiting her mother, Mrs. M. A. Thomas.
Mrs. Morgan of Austin, Nev., is here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Betz of Rogue River.
Mr. Dodge, one of the well borers of the valley, has been drilling a well for W. H. Bradshaw and after he reached a depth of sixty feet his drill got fast and after trying for some time to get it loose finally put in a blast to try to loosen it. But the blast cut the rope that was attached to the drill, leaving the drill fast in the bottom of the well. After an unsuccessful attempt to draw the water out a professional was called in, who examined the water and decided that the drill would not injure it for family use, so Mr. Bradshaw accepted the well. The drill was worth $150--a heavy loss for Mr. Dodge.
Miss Sarah Magerle of Pleasant Creek is stopping with Mrs. A. Pool, of the Eagle Point Hotel.
As an evidence of the advantage of advertising in the Record, my calling attention to that notice over the P.O. caused such a rush that A.J.F. did not have time to eat, and for fear he might offend someone he decided to board at the hotel for the present at least. And several wanted to know how it happened that Mr. Inlow put his "ad." in the Record and were informed that the Record has become the leading paper of the county, having a larger circulation in this part of the country than any other paper and is so reliable that the masses of the people look for it as a hungry boy would for his dinner.
Dan Simon of the Pioneer Hotel has finished cutting grain and expects to start his thresher next Wednesday.
Since my last Mrs. A. J. Daley and her son-in-law, Ed. Simon, have both been sick but Dr. Stanfield was called and they are improving.
Speaking of sickness, I had occasion to call in at Dr. Terry's drugstore last Saturday and it looked as though it had been taking some of the Doctor's medicine--it looked so gaunt--but he is replenishing his stock.
Thomas Coy informs me that the workmen who have been at work on his house have quit, temporarily, to build a large barn for A. J. Daley on Round Top; he having them engaged prior to their taking the job of building Mr. Coy's house.
George Hoyt, living near Medford, had a runaway last Friday. His team was hitched to a wagon and he was carrying a box of tools in one hand and holding the lines in the other, and in descending a little slope the horses discovered that they had the advantage of him and started to run when he threw the box of tools to the ground and tried to stop them. But they had got the start and made a circuit several times around the barn and came near throwing George off of the wagon, but he held to the post in the center of the hay rack until he succeeded in stopping the team.
Miss Anderson, daughter of Thomas Anderson, is the guest of S. F. Robinett.
Gus Nichols, son of T. E. Nichols, started for Eastern Oregon last week. DICK.
Eagle Point, July 18, 1892.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 21, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.EDITOR RECORD: There has nothing of note transpired since my last, and still I see before me quite a budget of "notes."
Miss Effie Griffith, one of our accomplished young ladies, has gone to Sisson to try a high altitude for her health.
Mr. Clayton, a gentleman recently from Wash., who came here a short time ago to see the country, was so much pleased with our surroundings that he returned to Wash. and brought his effects over wagon road to this place, where he intends to purchase property--we welcome him and his estimable wife to our midst.
F. M. Burtrick and wife of Chicago came here one day last week to visit his stepmother, Grandma Burtrick, who is stopping with her niece, Mrs. B. B. Hubbard. They spent the night at the Pioneer Hotel; urgent business called him to San Francisco the next day, so his sojourn was short. His relatives were taken by surprise, as he came unannounced.
On Saturday last, the 16th inst., Dillard Martin, an aged settler of Sams Valley, died at his granddaughter's, Mrs. Smalley, at the old Dave Dunlap place on Big Butte. He lived to a good old age, being near 80 when he died.
It was announced that Mrs. Riggs was to lecture on the subject of temperance and organize a W.C.T.U. on last Tuesday night, but for some reason she did not arrive until Wednesday, when she addressed a very fair audience and organized a "union," with Mrs. Charles Carnery as president, Mrs. Starns, vice-president; Miss Jennie Heckathorn, cor. secretary, and Mrs. A. Pool, treasurer. Those who heard her lecture spoke in high terms of it.
Stallions are commanding a premium here now. A short time ago A. Pool traded one for some real estate on the edge of Big Sticky; and J. Daley has traded one of his for the two houses occupied by Dr. Terry as a drug store. and the one occupied as a confectionery and lunch house by John Watkins. Consideration $500.
G. F. McKee of Applegate has traded for what is known as the Jim Dunlap property on Big Butte. Consideration $5. I understand that all the Dunlaps except Dave are going to emigrate to some other country.
James M. Lewis last Saturday killed a very large rattlesnake, measuring over three feet in length and nearly three inches in diameter and having nine rattles and a button. The reptile was lying in the road near the old J. J. Fryer barn. He thinks one of his horses stepped on it as he was going along the road.
Daisy Stanfield has been very sick with pneumonia, but we are glad to state that she is improving at the present writing.
Gus Newbury and School Superintendent Price stopped at the Eagle Point Hotel last Friday night. Supt. Price had been visiting some of the schools in the rural districts.
Joe Hockersmith, of Ashland, has been here on a business trip.
I see that we are to have an entertainment here next Saturday night, given by a company from Phoenix.
Mrs. F. B. Inlow returned from Portland last Thursday.
Miss Nada Inlow will commence her third term of school in the Lake Flat district on the 1st of August. She is one of our Eagle Point young ladies that we may well feel proud of.
J. A. Jonas closes his fifth term of school in the Green Mountain district next Friday.
As an evidence of our prosperity in business the mechanics are all busy, and Mr. Robinett is preparing to put on an addition of forty feet to his already large blacksmith and wagon shop.
B. B. Hubbard is also putting on an addition to his residence.
Rev. Edmonds. the Presbyterian minister of Medford, was with us yesterday (Sunday) and preached in the morning and evening. His sermons were highly entertaining and instructive; and were greatly appreciated. In the absence of Miss Cora Brown, the organist, Miss Mattie Taylor, daughter of ex-County Commissioner Taylor, occupied the organ stool. And, although she has just turned into her teens she handled the keys of the organ with a master hand, showing clearly that she had improved by the instruction she had received. By the time she reaches maturity she will be a perfect mistress of the profession.
We are sorry to state that those estimable old ladies, Mrs. B. B. Hubbard and Mrs. Starns, are both sick. Also Mrs. Starns' son, Jesse S., is down with a bilious attack.
Week before last I sent the following notice to the Record, but for some cause it was not published: "Born to Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Carlton, near Eagle Point, July 4th, 1892, a son." And as they named him after your correspondent--"Dick"--I am anxious to see it in print. DICK.
Eagle Point, Oregon, July 25, 1892.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 28, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.The famous calf with such a high-sounding name, referred to by the correspondent of the Valley Record, is still shouting to its bovine mother for the nourishment necessary to the development of a full-fledged thoroughbred.
Some changes have taken place in property ownership. A. J. Daley has bought the drug store and saloon buildings, for what purpose rumor saith not.
F. M. Burdick, a representative of the wholesale house of the J. V. Farwell company, of Chicago, is here visiting his mother, Mrs. L. K. Burdick, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Hubbard. He is accompanied by his wife. They came by the Northern Pacific and will return by the Denver and Rio Grande and Salt Lake. They are much pleased with the Rogue River Valley and contemplate a visit to this coast next year. They were doing business in Medford on Friday.
MICROSCOPE.Southern Oregon Mail, July 29, 1892, page 3
Etna Items.Destructive fires raging everywhere in the woods.
While the valley people are rushing for the mountains, we are enjoying cool pleasant weather up here.
Hunting and fishing is the daily program nowadays. Some very nice silver trout are being taken with hook and line.
An old gentleman by the name of David Miller came here from Gridley, Cal., recently, intending to rent Col. Johnson's ranch, and took sick shortly after his arrival, but it was thought seriously, and on August 8 was feeling quite well. On the 9th Col. Johnson came up from Medford to complete the contract, and while conversing Mr. Miller was taken suddenly ill and was assisted to his bed, where he lay apparently at ease, then taking two long breaths, expired. Help was summoned but to no avail. The remains were buried on the 10th on Col. Johnson's ranch. The personal effects of the deceased are in charge of a committee. He leaves a son at Gridley, Cal., and a daughter at Roseburg, Ore., to mourn his death. He was supposed to have been about 73. Parties wishing further information will please write to or see in person L. J. Marck, at Etna post office, Jackson County, Oregon.
Southern Oregon Mail, August 19, 1892, page 2
Good Reports.C. M. Pence, one of the industrious ranchers in the vicinity of Etna, called Tuesday before starting for home and entertained us with some surprising and encouraging reports of the way the People's Party is going to scoop everything up that way in November. There reports are almost of daily occurrence. Our good friends drop in and one and all are enthusiastic over the number of converts made since the spring campaign. Thus from these reports on every hand it is plain to be seen that the victory of the People's Party will be complete.
Southern Oregon Mail, September 9, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Fish are said to be quite plentiful in Antelope Creek, and numerous parties are engaged in corralling the beauties.
Blacksmith Robinett reports plow lays rolling his way with such velocity as to keep him hurrying mightily to keep ahead of his work.
I saw 'Squire Johnson hurrying around town this week with a bundle of papers under his arm--evidently the legal mill was getting in shape to turn out a grist.
The small people--the REAL little folks--had a pleasant party at Mr. C. W. Taylor's place Monday night. Knowing the hospitality of Mr. Taylor's people, we will vouch for their having had a most enjoyable evening. Mr. and Mrs. T. are entertainers of the right stamp.
Nearly the whole farming community here rolled up their coat sleeves and are now turning themselves loose at plowing. Very little wheat was sown hereabouts last fall, owing to the lateness of the usual rainfall, but most of them declare that wheat sown in February will "pan out" as well as that sown in the fall.
(Too late for last week.)Rev. Starns preached at Eagle Point last Sunday evening.
Dr. Stanfield reports the health of this neighborhood in good shape.
Mr. Williscroft has put out about five hundred apple trees this winter.
The young people are having dances every week at Eagle Point and Brownsboro alternately.
Thinking a few items from Eagle Point would interest some of your reader, I venture to send you some.
We have had cold, frosty mornings here for ten days past, with some fog. Thermometer stands at about 20 above at sunrise.
A petition has been sent to the county superintendent of schools asking him to retrain our Eagle Point teacher in the matter of having older scholars hear the younger classes recite. The attendance at school is about forty scholars.
TALKO.Southern Oregon Mail, February 3, 1893, page 1
Eagle Point Eaglets.Six inches of snow.
John Ashpole and wife, who have been to Portland for a month, have returned.
He ought to be Happy if He Hath Heaps of Hay--Let 'er go H or Gallagher, either.
Feed is scarce. Mountain ranchers are bringing their stock down to the valley to feed.
A detached and delayed company of that surprise party got in on C. W. Taylor again last Friday night.
Had a shooting match and raffle in town last Saturday afternoon. Shot for chickens, turkeys, coin and various articles. Geo. Heckathorn got in some good shots with his rifle and was rewarded accordingly. A pony was raffled off. Bill Norton was the lucky man.
TALKO.Southern Oregon Mail, February 10, 1893, page 3
An Important Proposition.Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 10, 1893, page 3
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.
Eagle Point Eaglets.The roads are as muddy now as they ever get.
A few hours of sunshine every day indicate the near approach of spring.
Mr. Haselton, the teacher of our school, had a spelling bee last Friday night.
The jackrabbits are quite numerous here and are doing some damage to young fruit trees.
It is reported that Dave Mim's dogs killed a coyote one night last week. Dave has a band of sheep, which probably accounts for the presence of the coyote in that neighborhood.
Your readers in this section are well pleased with the change in the makeup and material of the Mail, and if the editor has struck a gait that he can maintain, we think that he can "git there Eli," and no mistake about it.
TALKO.Southern Oregon Mail, February 17, 1893, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. A. J. Florey has been on the sick list, but is recovering.
A little child of Geo. Daily has had erysipelas for a few days.
Grandma Burdick is very sick with something like the dropsy
Dan and Sophie Simmons paid a flying trip to Medford last Thursday.
Merchant Smith, of Brownsboro, has sold out his store and will leave soon.
Mr. Crump had a cow so badly gored by another that he had to shoot it.
Miss Emma Perry, who has been at Medford for two weeks under medical care, has been brought to Eagle Point on her way home to Big Butte.
Mr. Graham and surveyor Howard were visitors in our town last week. They went up Little Butte Creek toward Mount Pitt as far as the snow would permit.
Everybody is greatly elated over the prospects for a railroad from Medford and some are insisting that [the] Central Point flume will be built also. If such a wave of prosperity should strike Eagle Point its many attractions and advantages as a farming and fruit section would not be left in a dark corner any longer.
The school meeting notice in Eagle Point district notifies the voter that a proposition to bond the district for $1,500 for the purpose of building a new school house will be voted upon. It is proposed to build and equip a two-story building for a graded school in Eagle Point. The enterprise and forethought of the present school board are to be commended and we hope there will not be a dissenting voice to the above proposition.
TALKO.Medford Mail, March 3, 1893, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.The party last Friday night was well attended.
La grippe victims this week are Miss Lizzie Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Parliament and a little son of Mr. Crump.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Caton were visitors to our town on Friday last. Mr. Caton reports good success with that new stump puller.
Ladies of Butte Creek are hunting in all the corners and boxes for garden seeds. Garden making is the order of business this fine weather.
The school district north of here on the river is building a new school house [with a] 20x30 box frame--a great improvement over the present school house.
The Central Point Flume Co. was represented in our town last Saturday by F. T. Fradenburg and the engineer of the company. They assured our citizens that the flume would be put in.
P. C. Parliament and wife have disposed of all their personal property here and were packed up ready to start for South Dakota, but were taken suddenly with "grippe" and had to postpone the trip indefinitely. They expected to make their future home in that country.
The school meeting passed off quietly. A good attendance on hand. The voters chose Mr. John Williscroft as director in place of M. S. Wood, whose term expired. The new board of directors have engaged Mr. E. P. Elliott, a teacher of much experience, and who holds a first-class certificate from California. The three months' term commences two weeks hence, and the wages agreed upon are $50 per month. The vote upon the bond question was postponed for one year.
TALKO.Medford Mail, March 10, 1893, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.A lady lecturer delivered a lecture in Eagle Point last Thursday eventing. Subject: Foreign missions.… Rev. Starns preached to us on Saturday evening and Rev. Downing on Sunday morning and evening.… Del. Terrill, from Brownsboro, was on our streets Saturday.… The boys are organizing a baseball nine and are already discussing the important question, who shall we challenge?.… The mill company has been enlarging and otherwise improving the mill race and are anxiously awaiting an improved condition of the roads so they can lessen their immense pile of flour and feed already on hand.… Phil Parliament and family started for Waterville, S.D. last week. They expect to make that place their future home. The good wishes of their many friends here go with them.… A. S. Johnson, a real estate man of Medford, was showing this part of the country to a gentleman from Illinois last week.… Those afflicted with the grippe this week are Mrs. Crump, Wm. Betz, Mrs. Williscroft, John Watkins, Gus Nichols, and Mr. Elliott.… The school will be delayed one week on account of Mr. Elliott's illness.… Ben. Higinbotham was down from the mountains last week.… Ed. Simmons is down from his Round Top ranch and says that his cattle came through in excellent condition, having lost but one.… The flume surveyors have crossed Little Butte Creek, about two miles above town, and are now out on Reese Creek. There are six in the party.… The people around here are hardly as sanguine as they might be regarding the Central Point flume. We are all anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Medford railroad project. We believe that the cheapest and best way to get the lumber out of these mountains is by rail.
Medford Mail, March 24, 1893, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Quite a wind and rain storm passed over this section on Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. Holmes, of Jacksonville, was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Brown, here last week.
Mr. Jonas, one of our resident school teachers, has taken a school in the district north of here.
Bob Potter is getting out foundation rock for S. Robinett, who is building a nice little barn, 30x40 feet.
M. S. Wood has sold to Thos. Nichols a band of stock hogs. Mr. Nichols will fat them for the June market.
A. L. Haselton, our ex-teacher and also resident here, has taken the school over on Antelope for the spring term.
Mr. Elliott is giving excellent satisfaction in the school and we predict for him another term right here in the same line.
Prof. Camble [Campbell? Gamble?] passed through town on Saturday last on his way to Big Butte, where he is engaged to teach the district school.
D. P. Dodge, the man who penetrates the cavity of mother earth for pure water, was rustling for business in these parts last week.
S. H. Holt was in this vicinity last week distributing Medford Business College journals and otherwise working up an interest in that institution.
The flume survey party have run one line up Rogue River, and have returned to the mouth of Reese Creek, and have commenced a line up that creek.
A petition to the county commissioners, soliciting aid to improve the wagon road from Central Point north to the bridge across Rogue River, was circulated and quite generally signed in this locality.
Mrs. Iler's two little girls, aged 6 and 8 years, are to be sent to the orphans' home as soon as the committee appointed have secured enough money to bear the expenses of the trip. Mrs. Doc. Whitney, who is here visiting with her mother, has the matter in charge.
The party here last Friday evening was well attended. Some visitors to the ball games stayed over to enjoy the fun. The ball game above referred to was a game played here between the Phoenix boys and the Eaglets. The game resulted in favor of the visitors.
TALKO.Medford Mail, April 7, 1893, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Our "Doctor Terry" has left for parts unknown. His family is here yet.
Mrs. C. W. Taylor has been quite sick for several days, but is better now. Dan Simmons is also on the sick list.
E. J. Storey has been re-sowing some of his fall grain. "Sticky" farmers have been much hindered this spring in seeding, on account of the wet weather.
John Winningham, while splitting pickets for John Daley, up on Elk Creek, received a severe cut on the wrist, severing an artery. He came down for medical assistance.
The Simon family, mother, three sons and two daughters, were greatly and agreeably surprised by the arrival of John Simon, of Colorado. John has been away for twenty-two years. He stayed away so long that he did not know his brothers and sisters, who were quite small children when he went away; in fact two of them, Peter and Sophia, were born after he left home, and even his mother did not know him. There were but three houses in Eagle Point when he used to tramp these hills. John is a miner and operates a good silver mine in Colorado, but says he is coming back to Jackson County to live.
Medford Mail, April 14, 1893, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Sheriff Pelton and his deputy passed through town on Saturday.
Jas. Fryer, who has been sick for a couple of weeks, is now able to be about again.
Miss Jennie Heckathorn, who has been making a visit of a couple of months at her sister's, Mrs. Megley's, has got home again.
H. L. Pech, of Prospect, was down here attending to his farm that he bought last fall. Mr. Pech says that the grass is much better and further advanced at his Prospect ranch than is is here.
We had two heavy frosts here last week. It will thin out the early-blooming peaches a little. On the whole, the frost will do more good than harm, as the majority of the bloom is not enough advanced to be injured unless by a hard freeze.
An immense hotel is being put up at Prospect for the accommodation of travelers to Crater Lake. There is some talk of putting up another somewhere about the mouth of Elk Creek. It will be two and one-half days by stage from the railroad to Crater Lake, hence it will be necessary to have two stopping places for travelers.
TALKO.Medford Mail, April 21, 1893, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Miss Lottie Brown is visiting with her sister in Jacksonville.
Constable Pool visited Brownsboro on official business a few days ago.
Frank Brown is going to take the road for the Economy Flour Bin soon.
Sydney Smith, of Brownsboro, was doing business in justice's court last week.
Doctor Stanfield was called to Brownsboro on a professional visit last Friday night.
Teachers Jonas, Elliott and Haselton were attending the institute at Medford last week.
Grandma Burdick has been removed to Grants Pass by her daughter, Mrs. Doc. Whitney.
Rev. Oglesby preached here last Sunday. Sabbath school was organized also at the same time.
Messrs. Severence, Tryer, Shock, Taylor, Brown, Daley and Pool were attending court at Jacksonville last week.
The mill company are putting in some improvements in the shape of an additional small wheel for light work. They are now digging the tail race.
Your correspondent met "Dick" of the Valley Record while he was making his roundup of items last week. Dick is an itemizer of no small dimensions.
The subscription for the purpose of sending the little Iler girls to the orphans' home is progressing. Ten dollars was yet wanting when your correspondent saw the paper.
The store at Brownsboro has changed hands once more, Mr. Hess retiring in favor of Jas. Bell, who has moved down and will dispense good things to the needy at the old stand.
Jerry Heckathorn has been with the flume surveyors for a month. They are now on Rocky Hill at the head of Reese Creek. The surveyors have three pets in camp, three little cubs. The old bear and cubs were run up a tree; the old one got away, but they cut the tree down and got the little inexperienced ones.
Your correspondent saw a curiosity the other day. It was a three-legged chicken, and the property of Miss Mattie Taylor. The leg extraordinary is attached to the chicken between the two natural legs. The "extra" is full size and shape except the division of the toes, otherwise the little chick is healthy and well formed. It is of the Wyandotte persuasion, and if it lives it will make a kicker.
TALKO.Medford Mail, May 12, 1893, page 4
Eagle Point Eaglets.Spring chickens and strawberries are ripe.
The Medford baseball team are to play the Eaglets this afternoon.
A sewing machine agent is finding customers for his goods in this neighborhood.
The Central Point vocalists were out here to entertain our music-loving public a few nights ago.
Miss Cora Brown is expected home in a few days after an absence of twelve months in Portland.
A slight frost last week nipped the corn leaves, potato tops and tomato plants, but did no serious damage.
Wm. Daley is doing the carpenter work at the mill. A machinist from Illinois is putting in the mill machinery.
Many of our people are attending the Methodist protracted meeting now being held at Antelope church by Rev. Starns, assisted by Rev. Moore.
The Decoration Day exercises are in progress as I write. There are five schools represented, and they are having a nice time with decorations, martial and vocal music.
John Williscroft has filed a water right of 3000 inches to be taken out of Little Butte Creek for mill and manufacturing purposes. He gets a fall of 25 feet in one-half mile.
We came nearly having a pugilistic exercise at the post office on Sunday. If it had not been for the extreme good nature of one of the parties we might have had a good item this week.
A. O. Rose, J. B. Cannon and C. A. Sprandel, from Roseburg, passed up Little Butte Creek last Saturday, bound for Crater Lake and Fish Lake, on a hunting and prospecting tour. They are anxious to supply themselves with venison and very anxious to find a bear. They have two very good hunting hounds along, and after doing up the eastern part on Jackson County will pass on to Klamath Falls, thence to Lakeview.
TALKO.Medford Mail, June 2, 1893, page 1
Eagle Point Eaglets.Hay harvest is here in full force.
Young potatoes will do to use now.
The young ladies of Eagle Point are forming a baseball club.
Eli Dahack has been quite sick for the last week but is much better now.
Geo. Brown and wife are expecting to start for the world's fair before long.
Thos. Nichols has moved his stock sales from Eagle Point to his ranch.
There was a slight frost on the night of the 8th and 11th of this month. No harm done.
Mr. Daley is putting in stock scales in the Point for the accommodation of the public.
The Eagle Point irrigation company have started their ditch to running for the season's work.
Miss Lizzie Crump stepped on a bed of hot coals of fire and her feet were severely burned. She is able to be about again.
Dan Simon and Park Denim have taken an agency for the Economy Flour Bin and have gone to Umatilla County to canvass for the same.
Rev. Oglesby, of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, preached at the school house in the forenoon last Sunday and at the Mound school house in the afternoon.
The protracted meeting being held by Revs. Starns and Moore is at Antelope church and not Eagle Point, as stated in the personal columns of the Mail last week.
Miss Cora Brown, who has been in Portland for eleven months past, arrived home last Saturday accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Guerin and children, of Portland. Mrs. Guerin is visiting at Jacksonville this week.
Mr. C. B. Callender, a student of San Francisco theological seminary, who is organizing Sunday schools in Southern Oregon, visited the Eagle Point school last Sunday in [the] forenoon and went to Brownsboro and started a Sunday school there in the afternoon. He goes from here to Grants Pass, via Sams Valley.
TALKO.Medford Mail, June 23, 1893, page 1
Eagle Point Eaglets.Frank Lewis cut eight acres on hay last Sunday.
Dolph Carleton had a sick horse in town last Friday.
Geo. Brown and Mr. Pool made a flying trip to Jacksonville last week.
John Williscroft was acting as constable in Justice Court last week.
Jack Compton was in town with a lot of nice strawberries on Friday.
Judge J. W. Ward, of Medford, was visiting relatives at Eagle Point last week.
Attorney Colvig, of Jacksonville, was attending Justice Court at Eagle Point on Friday of last week.
Ben Wilkinson and wife, who live in the Big Butte country, were visiting in Eagle Point over Sunday.
Horace Ish's cattle camp over on Big Butte was burned down last week and all the cabin contained was lost.
The house of Mr. Ingleman, over on Big Butte, was broken into during his absence and his provisions, bedding and a few carpenter tools were stolen.
Rev. F. J. Edmunds, of Klamath Falls, preached to an appreciative audience in the school house in Eagle Point last Sunday at 11 a.m.
Ed. Simon was peddling some very good beef last week. He expects to make it his business to keep the town and vicinity in good, fresh meat all summer.
A party consisting of Jas. Fryer, wife and two daughters, Mrs. Thomas, son and daughter, Miss Cora Brown, Miss Lottie Brown and Miss Mattie Taylor, went to the mountains near old Round Top last week, in quest of strawberries--were out three days and nights--and got what they went after.
Rain commenced falling at midnight on last Wednesday night and continued steadily until noon the next day, had a good soaking rain and was duly appreciated by our people.
We learn through private sources that the fruit crop of Northern California is a failure, that what was a promising crop early in the spring has now disappeared from the orchards through the agency of hot winds. Why will people stay in that scorching, baked and sunburnt country spending their time, money and energy trying to raise fruit, when here in Southern Oregon where we have no hot winds (or cold ones either) and where all kinds of fruit is easily and cheaply produced?
TALKO.Medford Mail, June 30, 1893, page 4
Eagle Point Eaglets.Surveyor Howard was at work up Rogue River on Tuesday of last week.
Unless it warms up pretty soon this summer will go on record as the cool one.
Court Hall, of Central Point, who rides a velocipede, came out winner in a race with the stage to our town last Thursday.
Mrs. D. T. Ewen and children, who have been visiting at Flounce Rock, up on Rogue River, with relatives, have returned home.
The bill poster for the big show at Medford was here ornamenting the side of Mr. Pool's barn with the highly colored wonders of the show.
Wheat harvest is here, and there will not be near so many bushels threshed this year as common as nearly everything was converted into hay.
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton started for Washington state last Wednesday for a short visit to Mrs. Clayton's mother. Ed. Richards has charge of the ranch during their absence.
Sam'l. Potter has had charge of a party of land hunters and home seekers for three or four days. They are from Minnesota, and have fallen into the right hands, as Sam knows all the hills and valleys of this beautiful country.
Rev. F. J. Edmunds preached a fine sermon to our people at the school house last Sunday at 11, and will be with us again on next Sunday at [the] same hour, and if properly supported will accept this as a field of work for next year.
G. Mathews, the lately married, is hauling in lots of lumber on to his place, for the purpose of adding to his house--building a wood shed and smokehouse. If married life brings such spirit on improvement along with it, it would be well for a few more of our old batches to get hitched in with a partner for life.
A party of lady botanists were camped over the Fourth at Mr. Crump's place. They were from California and were securing samples of every shrub and flower, which will be sent to the college students of Germany and Spain. They procured some splendid specimens of dog-fennel and tar weed which they preserved--roots, branches and flowers.
We are pleased to read the assurance of the Mail in regard to the proposed railroad, and if it should strike our little town it would afford us the conveniences of travel and easy communication with the rest of the world, besides inducing a healthy emigration to our cheap lands and stock ranges. We do not boast of any mines, but for fruit and grain farming no part of Jackson County excels Eagle Point and vicinity, and we have unlimited water for power and irrigation.
TALKOMedford Mail, July 21, 1893, page 4
Eagle Point Eaglets.The funeral of Mrs. Baldwin occurred at Brownsboro last Friday.
Several families were attending camp meeting at Central Point last Sunday.
Rev. Edmunds preached again on last Sunday and left an appointment for next Sunday also.
The first ripe peaches were picked last week and are like the first few big drops before a shower--much noticed.
The railroad party passed here in good order last Friday, and camped two miles above Eagle Point for the night.
Grandpa and Grandma Lewis were made glad on Sunday by the arrival of their relatives, Mrs. McDaniels, son and daughter, and Mrs. T. Barneburg.
Married--at Squire Johnstons, on Thursday the 20th of July, James H. Baker and Miss Emma Tungate, all of Big Butte. The young couple have the best wishes of their many friends.
Married--At the residence of the officiating minister, Rev. A. C. Howlett, July 23, 1893, John A. Baker of Lake County, and Miss Sarah M. Simpson, of Big Butte precinct, Willow Creek.
----Died July 20, 1893, at the family residence in Brownsboro, Jackson County, Oregon, Mrs. Jane A. Baldwin, wife of Thomas Baldwin, aged 65 years, 3 months, 13 days. The subject of the above notice was born in the state of Pennsylvania, April 7, 1828, and was married on the 7th of June, 1849. She has been a resident of the state of Oregon for a number of years, having lived in Brownsboro and vicinity long enough to win the affection and confidence of a large circle of friends. She leaves a number of grown children and a devoted husband to await the grand reunion beyond the confines of the tomb.
Dearest mother, thou hast left us,A. C. H.
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Medford Mail, July 28, 1893, page 4
Eagle Point Eaglets.Miss Eva Lain, of Hamburg, Calif., is here upon a visit to Miss Evans.
That was a right social dance the young people had a Eagle Point last Saturday night. Everything passed off smoothly--no whiskey, consequently no carousing.
Miss Nichols, of Sams Valley, recently returned from the Big Butte country at which place she has been to visit her stepfather, H. H. Mitchell, who is teaching school in that locality.
Mr. Peyton has a cousin visiting him from Kansas. The gentleman is now at Leeds for a brief visit. He is clear gone on the Rogue River Valley and wants to locate here. The opportunity is his as is also a hearty welcome.
Died:--On August 4th, Arthur, five-year-old son of Frank and Elizabeth Ditsworth. Funeral took place at Grandpa Betz', on Rogue River, last Saturday. About three weeks ago the young fellow was playing in the road and pushing a stick in the dust, holding one end against him. The stick struck a stone and so bruised his person as to cause an abscess to form in his stomach and from the effects of which he died.
TALKOMedford Mail, August 11, 1893, page 1 supplement
Eagle Point Items.John Rader has been building an addition to his large granary.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Mrs. Digman is very low and doubts are entertained of her recovery.
We are pleased to state that Miss Daisy Stanfield is gradually improving.
B. B. Hubbard and Mrs. M. A. Thomas have each had a well bored by Mr. Dodge.
The entertainment referred to in my last was well attended and was quite a creditable affair.
J. A. Jonas is getting out lumber to finish his barn, and is putting a new coat of paint on his dwelling.
Died August 5th near Eagle Point on the old Stow place, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. F. Morgan, aged about 5 months.
Since Mrs. A. J. Florey's return from the mountains she looks several years younger and appears to be greatly improved in general health.
The young ladies of this place have procured a croquet set and now they entertain the young men moonlight nights in Mrs. Simon's front yard.
In a former article I stated that Miss Cora Brown had gone to British Columbia to visit her aunt. In that latter fact I was mistaken. She had gone to live with an uncle who is in business in Revelstoke, B.C., and she speaks of that country in high terms.
Quite a number of our citizens have gone to the soda springs this last week, among whom are C. W. Taylor and family, Mr. Williscroft and family, A. J. Carlton, W. H. Bradshaw, and their families, Miss Sophia Simon of the Pioneer Hotel and Miss Lou Nichols.
H. T. Severance has gone with Geo. Heckathorn to the soda springs on the north fork of Butte Creek, where he intends to remain about three weeks when he expects to be joined by his daughter, Mrs. John Rader, and then they expect to go to the soda springs on the south fork of Little Butte.
The Central Point baseball club met the Eagle Point baseball club last Sunday (yesterday) and had a very pleasant and interesting game on the grounds of the latter. The game was won by the Central Point boys by three tallies; but the Eagle Point boys are said to have played remarkably well for new beginners, as some of them were novices at the business. One of them informed your correspondent that he never struck at a ball before in his life.
In spite of the cry of hard times there seems to be considerable business doing. Geo. Brown, one of our leading merchants, is receiving a large stock of goods from Chicago, New York and San Francisco, and A. J. Florey has got to get more goods or our children will have to do without candy and nuts, and the boys and men will have to do without tobacco and cigars, and the ladies will have to do without their little notions; but Jack always replenishes in time. Dr. Terry of the City Drug Store sends off a large order for goods in his line this week.
I see by the Record that you, Mr. Editor, have been visiting Sams Valley and I just thought that if you would do as Robt. Westrop of Central Point did that you might IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH and get fleshy, as he did. He came over a short time ago to drink from the famous sulfur springs of A. J. Daley, and he assured your correspondent that he had not drunk of the water but a few days when he felt like a new man. In fact it had such an exhilarating effect and he felt so much at home, that he got a move on foot to improve our streets by clearing away a lot of posts and rubbish of different kinds and tried to get VOLUNTEERS TO PICK UP THE LOOSE STONES IN THE STREETS AND HAUL THEM OFF. But the public-spirited men of our town had gone a-fishing and at last accounts the stones were still there, but I think if he continues to drink of that sulfur water he will succeed.
We have had another lawsuit in Justice Johnston's court. A family feud. Mrs. James Dunlap was assaulted by her husband who knocked her down and then his mother, "Old Rhoda," jumped on her with her feet, stamping her on the breast and kicking her on the legs, etc., and otherwise maltreating her; whereupon Mr. Meeker SEEMED to make a move as though he was going to interfere when Old Dave Dunlap struck him on the face and then Mr. Carter, a stepson of Mr. Meeker, interfered and got his finger badly bit. Dave Dunlap is now under arrest and "Old Rhoda" and Jim Dunlap are sentenced to pay a fine of fifty dollars each, having pleaded guilty. Dave called for a jury trial and his case comes up today (Monday). The general opinion seems to be that the taxpayers might as well support them in the county jail as in the poorhouse; but then the additional expense of constable, justice and witness fees might have been avoided. If there could be some way such creatures could be made to work they would not perhaps go so far, and save the taxpayers the money and the community the disgrace. I am glad that it was not in our neighborhood but in Big Butte. DICK.
Eagle Point, Aug. 8, 1892.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 11, 1892, page 2 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Fred Price has returned to his home in Washington.
Mrs. Stella Fry has returned to her home near Albany.
Simons & Brown are threshing all the grain in the Butte Creek country.
Mrs. Digman is improving somewhat under the treatment of Dr. Stanfield.
We have another lawsuit on hand, a case of assault and battery. The taxpayers can foot the bill.
I understand that the U.S. marshal is after one of our citizens on Big Butte for cutting timber on government land. Spite work.
T. E. Nichols and other members of the family have had Mr. Dodge bore a well sixty feet deep in the family burying ground so that they can water the shrubbery, etc.
Mrs. H. G. Shock has had a fine blooded chicken hatched by a new process, in her bureau drawer. She accidentally turned it just enough to make it hatch by the even temperature of our climate.
In my last I inadvertently omitted to state that J. J. Fryer was with the party at the soda springs. Since then they have returned greatly improved in appearance, as they look the very picture of health.
In my last I stated that Justice Johnston fined James Dunlap and his mother, Old Rhoda, $50 each, but he found after that that there was a limit and so he placed the fine at $20 each and cost. The taxpayers have to foot the bill and the parties are at large. The cost in the three cases amounted to the neighborhood of $120.
ANOTHER CHAPTER OF ACCIDENTS.Wm. French, Jr., in coming from the sawmill (Jacobs') had the misfortune to break his wagon, but no one was hurt.
Joseph Wilson, our druggist, procured a wagon and hay rack the other day for the purpose of hauling some hay but his team became unmanageable and ran away, throwing him from the wagon, the wheel running over his face and bruising and cutting him very badly. He is now under the care of Dr. D. G. Terry. DICK.
Eagle Point, Aug. 15, 1892.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 18, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
The flouring mill is running night and day.
Eagle Point Eaglets.
Mrs. John Daley, from Elk Creek, is at the Point visiting her many friends.
Sam Robinett and family are going to the coast for a few days visit and rest.
Two threshing machines are in the neighborhood and another in expected soon.
Assessor Long is placing a valuation on all property, visible and otherwise, that he can find in this precinct this week.
A post office fight is on. Two petitions are in circulation and each of them gives the applicant on the other one a black eye.
Wheat is not turning out as good as usual. Mr. Jonas reports 31 bushels to the acre, which is the best yield heard of so far around here.
A petition to the directors of the Eagle Point school is in circulation requesting them not to hire A. L. Haselton as teacher of the Eagle Point school.
The Misses Gallaher, sisters of Mrs. Snyder, one from Portland and the other from Pittsburgh, Pa., via the world's fair, were visiting in this vicinity last week.
Walker Lewis had the misfortune to get one of his eyes badly hurt last week. He was repairing a header box and a piece of wire struck him in the eye. Dr. Geary afforded him some relief.
The day was hot, the shade was tempting. Frank Lewis lay down to rest, a four-bit piece rolled out of his pocket and fell down a crack in "sticky." Frank had to get a pick, grubbing hoe and a shovel and work his way down three feet before he recovered the silver.
Mrs. Geo. Brown started for Portland last Friday to visit her daughter. Mr. Brown will arrange his business so as to follow in about a week, and then they will go on the the world's fair at Chicago. They will visit relatives in Chicago, and Mrs. Brown will see her mother whom she has not seen for thirty-five years
TALKO.Medford Mail, August 25, 1893, page 1
Eagle Point Items.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Miss Chambers, from Round Top, is visiting friends in Eagle Point.
John Watkins is getting the material on the ground to build on the south side of the creek.
Mrs. John Rader and her father, H. T. Severance, have gone to the Dead Indian Soda Springs.
I am sorry to be under the necessity of reporting Mrs. Frank Lewis and Mrs. Starns on the sick list
Geo. Brown, one of our leading merchants, has just received a large lot of salt, having shipped it by the carload.
Geo. Heckathorn has been putting an addition to his barn. He believes in providing for and taking care of his stock.
Mrs. Dr. Stanfield was called Saturday morning to Sisson to the bedside of her daughter Grace, who is reported sick at that place.
I learn that Mr. Buchanan and others interested in railroad affairs are spending awhile in the neighborhood of Fish Lake, near Mount Pitt.
J. A. Jonas, one of our leading educators, who has been teaching school on Big Butte, is getting out material to subdivide his place and go into the hog business on a more extensive scale.
There has been a man here supposed to he interested in the fisheries at the mouth of Rogue River (I did not learn his name), looking for a place to put in a hatchery. He examined the mouth of Big Butte and pronounced it an excellent place.
Dr. D. G. Terry is making preparations to build a new store house on the south side of Little Butte Creek. He is doing a lively business in his line. He reports a few cases of sickness among whom are Nick Young, Jr., who is improving very rapidly, and Mrs. Johnston.
Misses Ida Matney and Mamie Wiley and Messrs. J. W. Pew, George and Clinton Wiley have gone to Crater Lake and I understand that they intend to return via old Fort Klamath, where Miss Mamie Wiley expects to remain awhile visiting friends in Klamath County.
John Ashpole, who until recently has been one of our leading merchants, has donned the checkered shirt and jumper and is giving lessons in manual labor. He will never go to the poor house, unless he has charge of the poor house of Eagle Point county [sic] when it is built.
My calling attention to the stones in our streets has caused some of our business men to make a move in that direction. I understand that F. B. Inlow and A. J. Florey, two of our enterprising business men, had them removed so that the street presents quite a clean appearance.
A. J. Daley, our boss miller, reports that he is receiving quite a lot of new wheat. He having bought the house wherein John Watkins kept his confectionery and lunch house has had it moved to where the old post office building was burned, had it painted and fitted up for an office for Dr. Stanfield.
Quite a number of our citizens have been trying the Dead Indian Soda Springs the past week and the proprietor of the Eagle Point Hotel, A. Pool, got so fat that he could hardly get home. He speaks in the highest terms of the soda water there. He had the company of John Nichols and family, Dr. D. G. Terry's family and others and had a splendid time.
Last Friday night while the threshing machine crowd of Simon & Brown were at S. A. Potter's his two boys and a neighbor boy began playing pranks and Benton Pool threatened to have them arrested, for mischief, and scared Billy Potter so that he ran off and laid out all night without coat or hat and had a general search for him, but to no avail until after the machine had gone, when he emerged from his hiding place. One of Sam's neighbors, Geo. Rice, proposed to sell Sam a bell so that he could bell him in the future.
There is some talk among our citizens of having the county of Jackson, state of Oregon divided so as to give Jacksonville the court house, POOR HOUSE and COUNTY DEBT and Eagle Point county (that is to be the name of the new county) all of that portion of the old county lying on the east side of Bear Creek, including Sams Valley and upper Rogue River and have the county seat of the new county at Eagle Point. Won't that be nice? Then all of us can have an OFFICE, and we can run a new debt until we have a little more than we can carry and then we can divide again and give Sams Valley the debt and start anew. We will have to build a COURT HOUSE anyway, for we have so much legal business to attend to here that it has become necessary to have a deputy district attorney appointed. Our new district attorney was over to attend the Meeker, Dunlap, Allen (Old Rhoda), Carter trial and appointed our old standby, Dr. Stanfield, as his deputy for this part of the judicial district, which embraces four precincts. Since my last we have had another case of assault and pounding, Messrs. Cook and Edmonds of Big Butte. Cook was fined $5 and costs, amounting to $20 in all. He paid his fine. DICK.
Eagle Point, Aug. 22, 1892.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 25, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Eaglets.Chauncey Nye, of Flounce Rock, is visiting with his daughter, Mrs. A. J. Storey.
Mr. von der Hellen, the postmaster of Wellen, was in Eagle Point the first of the week.
D. T. Ewen and family and E. J. Storey have been rusticating in the hills for a week.
Mr. Obenchain, the genial postmaster of Big Butte, was doing business in our town on Monday.
Mrs. Henry Brown sold 700 bushels of her old wheat in order to make room for the new crop to be threshed soon.
E. J. Storey thinks he will have 20 tons of Hungarian prunes on his few trees. The neighbors are drying them on the shares.
Rev. Edmunds preached to a full house last Sunday, and announced that he would be away during all the month of September.
Mr. Bell, merchant and postmaster of Brownsboro, was having some wheels repaired at Eagle Point blacksmith shop on Monday.
Jerry Heckathorn reports that Eagle Point berries are plenty in the mountains. Three of their party gathered twenty gallons in three hours.
Doctor Stanfield reports the sick of the community as all doing well. Slight attacks of fever is the general complaint, caused perhaps by the hot weather.
----I see by yours of the 25th of Aug. where you speak of having a branch of a French prune tree that has grown just nine feet, etc. Now I have in my orchard prunes that were grafted the 19th day of March, 1892, that are literally loaded with fruit, and the branches have to be propped to keep them from breaking. If you don't believe it, come over and eat some of the prunes and see for yourself.
A. C. HOWLETT.Medford Mail, September 1, 1893, page 1 supplement
Eagle Point Items.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Bert Kenney of Gold Hill has been here visiting the Mathews family.
Mr. Digman is reported as improving under the treatment of Dr. Terry.
Dr. Geary was called to see the sick child of C. W. Taylor last Saturday night.
Quite a number of our young folks of both sexes are going to Grants Pass to the hop yards to work.
Mrs. Emery of Gold Hill has been visiting Mrs. Inlow at Talent, and the two spent a day in our midst.
Mr. Geo. Magerle, Sr., of Woodville and his daughter Sarah have been visiting the family of Geo. Heckathorn.
Messrs. Newt. Wilson, Plymale, Wilkinson and others passed through town on their way to the huckleberry patch on Rogue River.
Mrs. Guerin of Portland, aged 75 years, is visiting the family of Geo. Brown at this place, also Miss Celia Brown is visiting her parents here.
Dr. Stanfield was called a few nights ago to see Mr. Heckathorn's child on Salt Creek and the next night to see our old friend Mr. Cormack on Round Top.
Some miscreant or miscreants a few days ago took Mrs. Lewis' boat on Rogue River, cutting the chain, broke the rudder and filled the boat with water.
Charles Scott of Linn County, son of the sheriff of that county, has been here visiting the family of T. E. Nichols. He returned home last Friday.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Garret, at the residence of Mrs. Garret's mother near Eagle Point, a son. I am sorry to have to state that Mrs. G. is in a very critical condition. Drs. Geary and Pryce of Medford are in attendance.
There is considerable sickness reported by our two M.D.'s. Mrs. Minnie M. Duvaul has been called from her home in California to the bedside of her sister Daisy, daughter of Dr. Stanfield of this place, but we are pleased to state that at this writing she is convalescent.
Gus Nichols is reported on the sick list. Lizzie Matthews is very low, but is gradually improving under the treatment of Dr. Terry. A. J. Florey's little child had an abscess on his neck and the poor little thing suffered a great deal, but Dr. Terry lanced it and it is now doing well.
The five-year-old daughter of G. W. McKee, living on Big Butte, was taken suddenly sick on the morning of the 26th of last month and that evening she was a corpse. The sudden and unexpected death almost made the mother crazy. They have the sympathy of those by whom they are surrounded.
In spite of the fact that grain is below bedrock prices and no money in circulation, our merchants are constantly receiving new goods. Mr. Williams, our mail contractor, has been coming in loaded down with freight and passengers. During the last week he has brought goods for F. B. Inlow and Geo. Brown from Portland and Boston and an assortment from all parts for our energetic P.M., A. J. Florey.
The subject is being discussed by the farmers, to a great extent, as to whether they can raise wheat at 48 cents, oats at 30 cents per bushel and barley at 70 cents per hundred and live, and exchange 60 pounds of good CLEAN wheat for 38 pounds unsacked or 34 pounds sacked of flour. The farmers look very blue. Since my last most of the farmers have threshed in the Butte Creek country but the crops have not yielded as well as expected.
About four weeks ago W. B. Daley. aged 78, put out fire on Trail Creek to burn around some pickets he had to protect them from an approaching fire that was raging. The fire getting the advantage of him, he fought against it until he became exhausted when he fell and burned his hands very badly, and last Saturday night he attempted to cross Rogue River in a skiff and it is supposed that he became dizzy and fell over . He was found by Wm. French in the woods in a delirious state, taken to the house and cared for, but shortly after arrival at the house he suffered a paralytic stroke, rendering him almost speechless. Mr. F. sent the next day for Mr. Howlett to come for him, and he is now at his home with Mr. H. in a bad condition. DICK.
Eagle Point, Sept. 5, 1892.
Valley Record, Ashland, September 8, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Eaglets.Had a nice little shower on Tuesday morning.
Jonas and Potter are on the sick list this week.
Miss Amy Safford is going to attend the business college at Medford for one term.
Mrs. A. G. Johnston and children have been spending the week in Medford, visiting relatives and friends.
Miss Alva McDonald was visiting at her mother's, Mrs. Pool, over Sunday. She commenced a term of school at the Lone Tree school house on last Monday.
Mr. Grieve had the misfortune to lose one of his dry houses by fire, on last Friday morning, and it had six or eight hundred pounds of fruit in it. He is repairing and rebuilding it.
Your correspondent had the pleasure of sampling some of the nicest peaches in the world lately. They are the product of W. C. Taylor's fine orchard. They are of the Briggs seedling variety and as large as the largest.
Many hogs are changing hands now. Consideration, 4 cents. Mrs. Simmons sold fifty head to W. H. Bradshaw. M. S. Wood sold his to Plymale of Medford. The low price of wheat will induce many farmers to feed their wheat to hogs.
John Velby, a traveling photographer, has erected his tent in the yard at the Pioneer Hotel. He is from Eugene, via Gold Hill and Sams Valley--will be here about ten days, and goes from here to Medford. The quality of his work insures him a good trade.
TALKO.Medford Mail, September 15, 1893, page 1 supplement
Eagle Point Items.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
W. W. Parker and family of Big Butte have been visiting friends and relatives in this neighborhood.
Geo. Rice, who has been living with his father-in-law, James Matney, was to have started last Saturday for Washington with his family.
Chris Wooley has torn down the old family residence that has been standing for nearly forty years and intends to erect a new home on the site.
Mrs. Lyman Adams (nee Jane Matney) has returned from Klamath County to stay with her father, James Matney. Her husband expects to cone in in a few weeks.
Frank Parker, son of C. Parker of Gold Hill, accidentally shot himself in the leg last Monday morning. The wound is not considered serious, but is very painful.
Mrs. Manuel Miller of Ashland has been here several days visiting her father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. A. Pool. Her husband came down and they went to Brownsboro to visit relatives there.
Geo. Wiley and James Pew, a part of the party that went to Klamath County via Crater Lake, returned a few days ago. Clinton and Miss Mary Wiley remained for awhile. Mr. Pew reports the crop as very fair and the fruit crop very good.
A few days ago, while Miss Lela Fryer was picking blackberries on the old Fryer farm, she heard an unusual noise and looking in the direction from which it came saw a large rattlesnake. She THOUGHT SHE GAVE ONE SCREAM, and so she did, for when her father got to her she had got over a barbed wire fence and was standing in the middle of the road screaming, snake! snake! at the top of her voice. Her father soon dispatched his snakeship and peace was restored, but she is very cautious how she picks blackberries.
Last Tuesday evening Miss Mary Grigsby, one of our most accomplished and fascinating young ladies, left for Roseburg to be married to Mr. J. E. Stickel, of Oakland. A number of friends met at her mother's to bid her good speed and a happy journey through life. Mrs. A. L. Haselton and J. J. Fryer each presented her with beautiful wreaths of natural flowers, and your correspondent joins with a host of friends in wishing that the honeymoon may last until the sun of life shall have set in the ripe old age of mature years.
Since my last, business called me to the Eagle Mills and there I met with our old townsman and friend, W. W. Miller. After a warm shake of the hand and a few minutes' talk on the political outlook and taking his name and money as a subscriber for the "people's paper," the Valley Record, he took me through the mill, showing me all of its workings from the time the wheat goes into the cleaner to where it comes out A-1 flour (at least Mrs. Dick says that it is). Mr. Miller planned the entire arrangement of the machinery, having Case's system of rollers, and superintended the erection of it and now is the "boss" MILLER. While he was superintending the entire business he also lent a helping hand in the putting [of] everything in the proper place. He reports that the mill is kept busy night and day and since putting the new machinery in the mill they have shipped about 150,000 lbs. of flour to different parts of the valley.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Hoyt, Mr. and Mrs. Squires and daughter, Mr. Barnum, Ed. and John Hoyt and Miss Millie Howlett have just returned from a trip to the mountains. Had a fine time at Four-Mile Lake, one of the grandest scenes of the trip. While there the Big Butte folks gave them a grand reception. A fine dance at Mr. Barnum's, a fine supper and a time long to be remembered. It was discovered that most of the berries were on the opposite side of the lake and a man of another crowd started to ford the lake but found that it was like THE EAGLE POINT FORD, too deep for safe fording, so he retreated in good order. Some of the crowd report that the deer are so thick that you can hit them with a stick--after they are dead. One of the young ladies who is very fond of milk carried a bottle along with the hope that she could get some on the trip and just this side of Big Butte she saw a big red STEER, so she called HIM. Sue is a town girl. The rest of the crowd had their own fun at her expense--but they had a fine time.
Eagle Point, Sept. 12, '92. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, September 15, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Since my last nothing has happened of any special note, but still a number of SMALL items that go to make up an article for the news-loving public.
Dr. Terry reports Mrs. H. G. Shock on the sick list.
Thomas Starns has moved to Central Point camp ground.
Geo. Brown was in Gold Hill last Friday and reports Frank Parker doing well.
Prof. J. A. Jonas has removed a straw shed he had and is putting an addition to his barn.
Mrs. M. A. Thomas started last week for Portland to consult a physician as to her ailment.
I see that A. J. Daley is receiving considerable wheat and keeps his dry land schooner constantly flying between here and the railroad.
Mr. Clayton, the gentleman who moved from Washington a short time ago, has purchased 20-acre tract of land from Charley Linksweiler, consideration $1200.
We had the pleasure of meeting W. F. Wilkinson, of Big Butte, the other day; he had been to Medford to do some trading, taking home a supply of fruit for winter use.
W. M. Holmes, our county recorder, passed through town on the way to his ranch on Elk Creek. He was accompanied to the latter place by his brother-in-law, Frank Brown.
Prof. A. L. Haselton has been getting his crop of vegetables stored and marketed, his winter's wood up and everything in readiness to commence teaching our school by the first of October.
About four weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. John Ashpole, while driving to Central Point, found a flour sack containing a dress and apron for a girl about twelve years of age, and as their girls are all BOYS they have no use for them, and would like to find the owner.
Some of the ladies of this place are talking of organizing a society for the prevention of cruelty to dumb animals, as once in a while a man forgets that dumb brutes have feeling and knock them down with clubs and then beat them after they are down. Shame!
I am sorry to state that there is considerable sickness in this neighborhood, Frank Louis' family, Mrs. A. L. Haselton, and J. K. Green's little boy being reported on the sick list, and Dr. Stanfield tells me that he has had three severe cases of fever in his family; he also reports Mrs. Robinett as being sick with an attack of fever.
Last Saturday morning A. Pool had the misfortune to lose a valuable work horse. He was harnessed for work and had on an over check rein and the horse's mouth being sore and the rein very tight, he was rather slow in being led, whereupon Artie Pool, who was leading the animal, gave him a jerk causing him to rear up and falling backward, crushed his skull on the stones.
Since Mr. Hermann told us that there was so much money in circulation, over thirty-two dollars per capita, business is, or looks as though it was, looking up. A. J. Florey has to get more goods to replenish his stock. Mr. Inlow has received a fine lot of groceries and has a half carload of salt at Central Point so we can have salt enough to salt our cows provided they are not sold to pay old debts.
I see in one of our Southern Oregon papers a long list of property advertised for sale for delinquent taxes, and I heard it remarked that if times kept growing tighter that in the course of a few years the whole of Jackson County would be sold for taxes in spite of the statement of Hon. Binger Hermann that the times are better
and money more plentiful than it has been since the close of the war.
We had a little stir in our town last Friday. James Gregory was hauling wheat to the mill at Eagle Point, and after he had unloaded, Johnnie Williams, son of our mail contractor, started from the post office with the Brownsboro and Big Butte mail on horseback; the horse began to "buck" and Johnnie got off and just as the horse was passing the team the mail sack came off the saddle, frightening the team; it ran about half a mile and was overtaken by a horseman, no damage was done except to break the wagon bed.
Dan Simon, one of our most enterprising and energetic young men, who has been engaged with Frank Brown in the threshing machine business this summer on Butte, Antelope and Dry Creek, also on Rogue River, started last week for Klamath County to engage threshing there; he started to go via Big Butte and Pelican Bay, but when he got as far as BIG BUTTE HE STAYED ALL NIGHT, and learned that the fires were so bad that it was dangerous to go that route so he returned and went via Ashland and Linkville. He expects to take his thresher out soon if he can get grain enough to justify and run it the rest of the season. He reports having had a good run this season. We wish him abundant success.
We have had another record broken in our neighborhood. Mrs. Charles Griffith has beat the professional skunk and squirrel killer. During the last three weeks she has killed five skunks, ten squirrels, three rats, one rabbit and one chicken, all caught in one trap and she is nearly seventy years of age; if we had a few more such women we could raise more chickens and wheat. Speaking about chickens, Mrs. Howlett and a hawk had a COMBAT the other day over a chicken and the hawk came out, as things generally do that have a combat with the women, SECOND BEST. The hawk tried to take a chicken, whereupon Mrs. H. threw a stone at it, disabling it so that it could hardly fly, and then a race for life ensued, but with the assistance of her shepherd dog she succeeded in bringing him to bay and then with stones and other missiles she dispatched it to the land where good hawks never steal chickens. It measured three feet from tip to tip.
Eagle Point, Sept. 19th, 1892. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, September 22, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Is It Forgery?
ETNA, OR., Oct. 8th, '92.Editor Southern Oregon Mail:
`Recorder Holmes informed me that someone has changed the heading of some of those petitions asking the county board to place the school superintendent's salary to where it was when elected--by interlining and marking out so as to make them ask the board to increase his salary to $1,000 per annum. I don't think Mr. Price would approve of such a method, which, to say the least, looks like forgery; for who knows whether those petitions were changed before or after they were signed. However, I think it is more than probable that they were changed after they were signed. I DEMAND that the names of those on petitions so changed be published, so that if there has been forgery committed, it may come to light. I hope Mr. Price, or some of his friends, will look after this matter at once. If it is forgery, the public should know it.
HARVEY RICHARDSON.Southern Oregon Mail, Medford, October 14, 1892, page 2
Eagle Point Items.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
T. B. Higinbotham has been putting a car track in J. J, Fryer's barn and assisting A. C. Howlett in erecting a machine house and shed over his chicken feed.
Died Oct. 16th, 1892, on Big Butte, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fredenburg. aged about 2 years, their last child. They have the sympathy of the entire community.
Miss Edith Newton of Central Point is teaching school on the east side of Big Butte and last Sunday Jesse Starns went up and organized a Sunday school in that neighborhood.
There was a man through here week before last that claimed to be an organ cleaner. He stopped at the Pioneer Hotel and from what I can learn he is the same man that is advertised in some of the papers north of here as a "bilk."
Charles Edmondson, living on Big Butte, is confined to his bed with a violent fever. Also Cari Gilbert of the same neighborhood is prostrate with the same disease. Mary Pearson, wife of Chris. Pearson, has been quite ill, but we are pleased to state that she is now convalescent.
I noted some time ago that Mrs. Thomas had had a well bored on her lot at this place and now she informs us that when she pumps out any considerable amount of water that the water in the lower part of the well is as SALT as the water in the ocean. Can some scientist tell us the cause?
Since A. J. Daley has gone out of the mill business (temporarily) he is dealing in fine stock and he now two fine registered Durham bulls and a number of Poland China hogs, so we may expect to see something fine, as he is a progressive man and takes a commendable pride in raising fine stock.
The new firm has taken charge of the Butte Creek Roller Mills and the farmers are anxiously waiting to see whether the change will be for the better or no, whether they will continue to take 22-00 for toll or adopt a different system. A great many of our best business farmers seem to think that the new mill at Central Point will make a change for the better.
Some of your townsfolk, Mrs. Wilson Potter and her son Roscoe, Mrs. Lindsey and her son Charles with an Ashland team and bus have been here visiting S. A. Potter, A. C. Howlett and Mrs. C. Rader and enjoying the pleasure of a fishing and bunting excursion. On Friday afternoon Mrs. L. and her son, Mrs. P. and her son, Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Potter and their three children and Mrs. Howlett and her three little girls and Miss Emma Perry all got into the bus, took in the town and then went fishing. A young woman on seeing the bus for a moment thought she was in Portland, but soon realized that it was a bus in Eagle Point. Well they went a-fishing and they kept so DEATHLY STILL that the fish were afraid to move. Only think of five women, six children and three men keeping so still as to paralyze the fish! The result was that they caught no fish that afternoon. They stayed from Thursday until Saturday and the boys fished every night and most of the day. They would get one suit of clothes wet and then another until they got them all wet, and then hang them up in the rain to dry. The Ashland boys are not experts at gigging fish but they carried ten fine large ones home with them, and they promise to return next fall on another fishing tour. DICK.
Eagle Point, Oct. 17, 1892.
Valley Record, Ashland, October 20, 1892, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Items.EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:--
Mrs. W. W. Parker, of Big Butte, is here visiting relatives.
Mr. Clayton has put up a neat residence on the land purchased of Charley Linksweiler.
"Grandma" Daley is having her house plastered and otherwise improved in appearance.
Mr. and Mrs. Saltmarsh have been over from Sterling visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Pool, of the Eagle Point Hotel.
T. B. Higinbotham has been at work on Thomas Coy's residence, putting on some of the finishing touches and Frank Brown has been building Coy a barn.
Bennie Parker, son of W. W. Parker, jumped off a low shed at his uncle's, E. E. Smith, and either sprained or dislocated his ankle. He is unable to walk even with a crutch.
The cider drinkers are re