Eagle Point Eaglets 1895-1898
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 NEWS.Brown and Bunson, who were here some time ago representing themselves as agent for an insurance company in Newark, N.J., have gone and landlord Pool regrets their visit to the extent of $15.
EDITOR VALLEY RECORD:
Old man Watkins, very feeble with old age, is down with intermittent fever.
Mrs. Gordon on Rogue River, just below Flounce Rock, has a serious attack of pneumonia.
Miss Millie Howlett came out from Medford Saturday to attend her mother's birthday party.
The dinner on Christmas Eve was a pleasant affair marred only by some boozily inclined, who should have been floored by the floor managers.
Mrs. Minnie Duvaul and Miss Grace Stanfield returned home last Friday and were given a reception at the Eagle Point Hotel. They leave soon for Roseburg to go into business there.
Frank Morine of Tolo visited his brother George of this place last Monday. He expects to start for Arizona in a few days.
Fred Downing of Little Butte, accompanied by his daughter, passed through Eagle Point last Wednesday. Miss Downing was just returning from a sojourn in Massachusetts, where she has been attending school.
Oscar Simpkins of Woodville was here on his way to a farm about two miles northeast of here, and the curiously inclined are interested to know what there is that is so attractive there.
Rev. E. E. Phipps, former pastor of the M.E. church at Medford, has gone into the stock business and is boarding with Charley Carney and is feeding his horses there, as it is difficult to move his hay at this time of the year.
Earl Taylor, the little boy reported last week as having been kicked by a horse, was hurt worse than at first reported, for upon examination it was found that the large bone in his left leg was broken off below the knee and the bone badly shattered. Dr. Officer had to place him under the influence of chloroform to set the fractured bone. The child is now doing well. His mother, Mrs. C. W. Taylor, was in British Columbia, having gone there for medical treatment. DICK.
Eagle Point. Dec, 31, 1894.
Valley Record, Ashland, January 3, 1895, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Eaglets.The dance given on Christmas Eve, at this place, is reported as a very pleasant affair.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Quite a number of our young people attended the entertainment at Central Point last Saturday night.
Chas. Morine, of Tolo, was here Monday visiting his brother, George, and expects to leave for Arizona in a few days.
Miss Millie Howlett came out from Medford Sunday morning, to attend a birthday party that will be duly reported next week.
Last week the heirs of Jackson Rader executed a deed to Mrs. Mary Pool of 120 acres of land, as her portion of the real estate left by her father.
Rev. E. E. Phipps, formerly pastor of the M.E. church in Medford, is stopping with Charley Carney and has his team there, being unable to move his hay at present.
Dr. Officer was recently called to attend Mrs. Gordon, living on Rogue River, below Flounce Rock. A letter received from the lady's husband states that she is improving rapidly.
Fred. Downing, of Little Butte, paid Eagle Point a visit last week. He was accompanied by his daughter, who was on her way home from Massachusetts, having been attending school in that state.
Old Mr. Watkins is suffering with intermittent fever, and is in a precarious condition, but Dr. Officer, the attending physician, thinks that with proper care he may recover, notwithstanding his old age.
On Christmas there were several little social gatherings in this vicinity. Among these was a family reunion as Geo. Brown's. Wm. Holmes and family came out from Central Point to participate in the pleasures of the occasion. There were also several little dancing parties on that day.
Miss Daisy Stanfield narrowly missed meeting with a serious accident last Friday. She had called, in company with her sister, Miss Grace, on Mrs. Howlett, and as she was going to her horse, the melted snow having made the ground slippery, she slipped and fell but fortunately was not hurt seriously.
Our community was very agreeably surprised last Wednesday night by the arrival of Miss Minnie Dauvaul and her sister, Miss Grace Stanfield. The young folks gave them a reception and candy pulling Friday night, at the Eagle Hotel. Our informant states that a "way-up" time was had. Although the party was gotten up on the spur of the moment, there was a good-sized crowd present.
Earl Taylor, the boy who was kicked by a horse, was injured more seriously than was first supposed. Upon examination it was found that the main bone of the left leg was broken just below the knee and also badly splintered. Dr. Officer attended the unfortunate lad and, placing him under the influence of chloroform, reduced the fracture. This boy is now getting along very well, considering the severity of the injury.
Some time ago I announced the arrival at the Eagle Hotel of two men by the names of Brown and Bronson, representing themselves as agents of an insurance company in Newark, N.J. They stopped at the hotel for some time, remarking that business was dull and that they could board there about as cheap as anywhere--but they have gone and now Mr. Pool, the landlord, is consoling himself with the thought that they were in debt to him only fifteen dollars when they left.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas gave a Christmas dinner to a few friends. We might name it an old folks' party, as there were nine persons present whose ages averaged sixty-three years. They were: John Lewis and wife, aged 73 and 68--well, I won't give the ages of the rest, for we might want to marry again--J. J. Fryer and wife, Mrs. A. M. Thomas, Mrs. Howlett and myself. Quite a number of younger persons were present, some of them married and a few that may be in the course of time. It was one of the most pleasant social gatherings of the season. The dinner was one of the finest it has been my privilege to partake of in several years. In fact I believe the Butte Creek country contains some of the best cooks in the county. While we were all together Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis related their experiences in the flood of '61-'62, in the Willamette Valley, which I may write up for the Medford Mail in the near future, as it is one of the most thrilling incidents in a lifetime.
My suggestion with regard to the inconvenience of attending to business in Medford, on account of the rush and jam, is causing the agitation of another subject, to wit: The laying out, opening and preparing a new road from here to Medford. In the summer we have a good enough road, but in the winter the scales are turned, for we then have a solid stretch of sticky mud for two and a half miles--from the desert through the Ish lane, one and a half miles, that is now impassable on horseback, and from the southern terminus of that lane to the northern end of the Pruett lane, one mile; and now the talk is that we must have a road commencing at or near Wm. Gregory's gate, running south to enter the Pruett lane, thereby saving at least a mile of sticky mud. The talk is this section is that if the business men of Medford expect to hold our trade, they must provide a way for us to get to Medford at all seasons of the year. As it is now, we are forced to go through fields and pastures, laying down fences and opening gates--or else go by Central Point, through that horrible lane between the Constant and Wrisley places on the one side and the Olwell orchard on the other. If we go through Central Point the merchants there will surely offer some inducements to have us stop and just look at their goods and prices--and you can guess the result. It is to the interest of the business men of Central Point to throw all their influence in favor of improving the road from Eagle Point to that place, and not improve the road to Medford; so your business men should be on the watch or they may lose a large trade from Sams Valley, Rogue River, Big and Little Butte creeks, Antelope Creek, Yankee Creek and a big portion of Big Sticky and the desert.
Medford Mail, January 4, 1895, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. Minnie Dauvaul paid Medford a business visit last Saturday.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
James Howard, of Ashland, is here visiting his brother, J. T. Howard.
The Rader brothers are feeding over 100 head of cattle and are still gathering more.
Freeland Caton, who has been in Montana for the past four years, returned to the parental roof last week.
The Gold Hill band gave an entertainment and dance New Year's night, which drew quite a crowd of pleasure-seekers.
On New Year's Day quite a number of guests partook of a sumptuous dinner and the day was spent as pleasantly as one could wish.
J. W. Smith, of Big Sticky, was in town last Saturday to see Dr. Stanfield, his family physician. Mr. Smith reports his family convalescent.
Our new teacher, Miss White, opened school Monday morning with attendance of thirty-three pupils. The lady is making a very favorable impression.
Mrs. C. W. Taylor, who has been in British Columbia for some time past, returned home last week. Her many friends extend a cordial welcome and are pleased to learn that her health is greatly improved.
Word has been received announcing the death of Mrs. John Crump, which occurred December 22, 1894, in Whatcom County, Washington. Deceased is a granddaughter of old Mr. Grimsley, of this place, and for some time lived near Eagle Point.
The death of Mrs. John Schneider has already been mentioned in the Mail, but in connection with that announcement I wish to state that while attending the funeral I learned that arrangements had been made for the three younger children to be taken charge of by friends, where they could have the care and attention that children of that age need, namely, the tender care of the fair sex.
Saturday was a lively day in Eagle Point. As an evidence of that fact let me relate that about noon I commenced to circulate a petition, asking the county court to appoint John Young, the present road supervisor of this district, for the same office for the ensuing year; while in A. J. Florey's store--[in] less than an hour's time--I secured seventeen names and while in town obtained ten more names.
The sport-loving people of this vicinity were entertained on New Year's Day by horse racing. A purse of fifteen dollars was made up, the winner of the race to draw two-thirds of the purse, the second to receive the remainder. Four saddle horses were entered. "Wig" Ashpole took first prize and John Daley second. After this race was over a small prize was offered for a pony race--distance two hundred yards, the best three in five heats.
Last Monday week was passed at our residence, that date being Mrs. Howlett's birthday. We had previously invited a number of friends to meet with us on this occasion, and in spite of the rain and mud twenty-one persons were present. Mrs. H. had two quilts in the frames ready for quilting, and the ladies went to work on these with a vim--those who could not quilt sewing carpet rags in the meanwhile. But the fun proper did not commence until after dark, when a large kettle of candy was ready to pull. As we were engaged in this pleasing occupation the hours flew by so swiftly that no one realized how near at hand was the close of the old year until Miss Millie Howlett wished them all a "Happy New Year." Soon after the guests began to disperse, after expressions of delight at the amount of pleasure they had enjoyed.
Medford Mail, January 11, 1895, page 2
Big Butte Nuggets.S. B. Edsall is quite ill.
Mr. Beck has been quite ill, but is improving slowly.
B. F. Fredenburg made a short visit in Gold Hill last week.
Amos McKee is clearing up some land for cultivation next season.
A. H. Simpson and J. H. Dyer recently killed three large panthers.
Reuben Phillips is improving his dwelling by building a new fireplace.
Miss Callie Tungate is visiting friends and relatives near Eagle Point.
Lee Grigsby spent Christmas and New Year's among Big Butte friends.
Ben Fredenburg is putting up some new buildings on his mountain ranch.
Henry Sutton is building a new residence and will soon have it completed.
Miss Daisy McNeil, of Eagle Point, spent Christmas here with her sister, Mrs. Viola Randles.
Stock raisers from the valley who have cattle in the mountains are busily engaged in gathering them.
Mr. McKee has fixed up his sawmill in good shape and will commence operating the mill in the near future.
Tom Stanley came up from the valley to attend the Christmas tree and dance, at T. H. Fredenburg's, which was a grand success.
F. M. Fredenburg has sold his home ranch, near Gold Hill. Mr. F. intends residing on Big Butte the remainder of the winter.
Ben and Jesse Fredenburg were out hunting one day recently, and it being exceedingly foggy they lost their bearings. They had no matches with which to light a fire, and consequently were almost frozen before they managed to find the way home--after a tramp of several hours.
The Christmas tree and entertainment given at T. H. Fredenburg's residence was the finest ever known in this vicinity. The tree was well loaded with presents and made a fine appearance. After the presents had been distributed an interesting program was rendered. Following this was a dance, which was well attended.
A dance was given Christmas at the residence of Henry Sutton, and a large crowd attended. Several young folks lost their way while en route to the place, but succeeded in reaching their destination before dancing was over. During the dance two young ladies got sleepy and went upstairs to go to bed. They accidentally overturned a lamp, and some of the oil run over the neck of a little girl sleeping in the room, making it very sore. A basket of eatables for the supper that night received a liberal supply of the oil and a fiddle was well greased. A daughter of Mr. McKee, while on her way to the dance, was thrown from her horse and her arm dislocated. But notwithstanding these accidents a general good time was had.
Medford Mail, January 11, 1895, page 2
BUTTE CREEK NEWS.Rev. Robt. Ennis preached here twice on Sunday.
Miss White has 38 pupils and is proving a success.
John Williscroft is grubbing more land for his orchard.
Earl Taylor is about, supporting his broken leg with crutches.
It is reported John Daley and family have moved to Josephine County.
Morine Bros. of Tolo were here last week having a partial family reunion before they left for Arizona this week.
Uncle John Lewis' eyes are causing him pain from whitewash which got into them while he was touching up a ceiling.
The roof of A. Hoyt's Obenchain stock ranch had a hole burned in it by a defective flue. The fire was extinguished before any further damage was sustained.
Valley Record, Ashland, January 17, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. Elizabeth Simon and her son, Dennie, paid Medford a visit this week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Ben Abeloose, one of our thriving farmers, took a load of fat hogs to the Southern Oregon Packing Company, in Medford, Monday.
John Daley, I understand, has moved to some place in Josephine County. At any rate, his house is vacated and his presence is greatly missed from our community.
Uncle Johnnie Lewis met with quite a serious accident one day last week. He was whitewashing the ceiling of his house when some of the lime splashed into one of his eyes, and at last reports he was suffering considerably with it.
There was a very pleasant social gathering given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Morine last Friday evening--being a partial reunion of the Morine family. Those who attended report having had a most enjoyable time.
There was a social dance given at Mr. Owen's on the edge of the desert Thursday evening. About thirteen young ladies and gentlemen were present and everything passed off pleasantly. There was also a dance at M. S. Woods' Friday night.
In spite of the heavy storms and mud, I witnessed on the streets in Medford Saturday quite a number of our citizens from this neighborhood. Among whom were J. A. Jones, one of our leading teachers; Miss Etta Griffith, recently from Sisson; Boyd Tucker, one of our chief musicians and Ben Abeloose, who was negotiating with the Southern Oregon Packing Company for the delivery of a lot of fine hogs.
I had the pleasure of visiting our schools twice last week and was highly pleased in the manner which Miss White, the teacher, starts off with her first term of school. She has the faculty of drawing from others what they know and imparting to them new ideas of her own, equal to many of the old veterans in the school work. Speaking of the school work, I raised a cyclone in a nutshell in that time I wrote about teachers drawing pay for the time they spend in the holidays, attending institutes, etc. On being accosted by an advocate of the present regime on the streets of Medford last Saturday, I suggested to him that someone answer through the columns of the Mail, as there is always two sides to every question, and let the subject be ventilated.
Medford Mail, January 18, 1895, page 2
BUTTER CREEK NEWS.I. N. Thomas is here visiting his son Charles.
Henry Booth of Salem was at the Pioneer Hotel last week.
Lin Clemens was the guest of the Rader family last week.
Cass Higinbotham was transacting business here last week.
D. P. Mathews is feeding a large lot of cattle at the home place.
Last Saturday we had a shooting match for turkeys and horse racing.
Geo. and John Daley have gone to Applegate to look after mining interests.
Mr. Hunt, of Ashland, one of our leading stock men, was here looking after his stock interests.
Mr. Elsa [sic] Dahack and wife passed through our town on their way from British Columbia to visit his parents.
Married at the residence of the bride's parents, on Rogue River, by Rev. A. C. Howlett, Jan. 18, 1895, Mr. Henry Ireland and Miss Olive E. Walden.
Adelbert Apger and his sister Mariah got quite badly hurt last week while trying to put on a back log in the fireplace. Fears were entertained that Adelbert would have the lockjaw.
We had two very interesting social gatherings here last week, one at the Eagle Hotel and the other at J. J. Fryer's. The latter was a complete surprise party. There were 32 of the neighbors came in and spent the evening very pleasantly.
Valley Record, Ashland, January 24, 1895, page 4
Eagle Point Eaglets.Lin. Clemens was the guest of the Rader family last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Born, January 18, 1895, to Mr and Mrs. Charles Taylor, a daughter.
J. N. Thomas, of Siskiyou County, Calif., is here visiting his son, Charles.
Dr. W. B. Officer reports Mrs. Charles Vinson quite ill, and also Mr. Morgan's infant.
George and John Daley have gone to Applegate, to look after mining interests there.
Saturday was a lively day in Eagle Point, there being a shooting match (for turkeys) and horse racing.
E. Dahack and wife, of British Columbia, passed through town last week, on their way to the home of the gentleman's parents, for a visit.
Rev. Kennedy failed to fill his appointment at this place last Sunday, but those present spent an hour, both morning and evening, in singing.
D. P. Mathews is feeding about 130 head of cattle at his home place, as well as a large number at other places. The Rader brothers are also feeding a large number.
Mr. Hunt, of Ashland and a leading stock raiser of the valley, was at this place last week, looking after his stock interests. He states that, notwithstanding the remarkable fine winter, stock is looking poorly.
Adelbert Apger, while putting a backlog in the fireplace a few days ago, crushed one finger so severely that it was feared lockjaw would set in. His sister, Maria, also met with a painful accident while assisting him. A sharp stick struck her in the face, cutting a deep gash.
Tuesday of last week a company of eleven gentlemen and eleven ladies met at the Eagle Point Hotel to enjoy a candy-pulling. After a space of time devoted to this pleasant occupation, the party repaired to the hall and spent a few hours tripping the light fantastic toe.
J. H. Caton, of Rogue River, was in town Thursday, in company with O. L. Walden and Henry Ireland. While in Eagle Point they had a private interview with our correspondent, which resulted in my visiting Mr. Walden's family, on the Reese place, the next day, and united in marriage Mr. Henry Ireland and Miss Olive E. Walden. The wedding was strictly private, only members of the family being present. After the ceremony we partook of a most excellent dinner.
I recently visited O. L. Walden, who lately arrived in this locality with his family, from Kansas. During my visit Mr. W. took me into his broom factory, where he manufactures a superior quality of brooms. He raises his broom corn, and says that though some say good broom corn cannot be grown in this country, he has raised as good a quality of that article here as he ever saw in the old states. By the way, Mr. Walden will be a reader of the Medford Mail for the next year.
Last Thursday night, January 17th, a surprise party was given J. J. Fryer and family. The party numbered thirty-two. Boyd Tucker furnished excellent violin music, and as he was accompanied with the organ with Miss Lottie Brown, Miss Mattie Taylor, Miss Alice Morine or Mrs. Minnie Dauvaul to manipulate the keys, you may rest assured that the music was fine. J. E. Stickel also played a few selections on the violin, in a very creditable manner. The organ was then removed to the spacious parlor and a social dance was indulged in. Games and social converse were also features of the occasion. This party was decided the crowning one of the season.
Medford Mail, January 25, 1895, page 2
BUTTE CREEK NEWS.Dr. W. B. Officer reports Henry Myers of Salt Creek quite sick with pneumonia.
Miss Millie Howlett is home from Medford sick. Dr. Stanfield is treating her.
There is quite a number of stock men coming and going to and from our town.
Jack Wrisley of Big Butte passed through town Thursday on his way to the valley.
J. E. Stickel, our leading blacksmith, is doing lots of work. He is quite an acquisition to our town.
W. F. Mitchell made a trip to Leeds (Prospect) last week. Wonder what is the attraction up there?
James Pew, the man who came so near having his neck broken by his team running away some weeks ago, is still troubled with a stiff neck and unable to do any work.
R. Ranson, who is locating a colony in the foothills of Big Butte Creek, has gone to the valley. He reports having located two families and expects 25 or 30 more in the spring.
Our school has now 41 names enrolled. Miss White is a success. Rev. J. W. Bryant of Medford, the Southern Methodist minister in charge of the Sams Valley circuit, is here holding a protracted meeting.
Valley Record, Ashland, January 31, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Henry Myers [Henry Maury?] is quite ill with pneumonia. Dr. Officer is in attendance.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Quite a number of young men are cutting wood on the Rader farm.
David Hendry, living on Reese Creek, was purchasing supplies in Eagle Point one day last week.
Jack Wrisley, of Big Butte, passed through Eagle Point one day recently, on his way to Medford.
James Pew, who recently narrowly escaped having his neck broken as a result of his team running away, was in town last week, inquiring at the drug store for something to relieve his stiff neck.
F. W. Michael, formerly mail contractor on the route from this place to Leeds, visited the latter place last week and reports everything lovely--very little snow and the outlook encouraging.
Rev. Bryant, pastor of the M.E. Church South, in Medford, is holding a protracted meeting at his place. He preached Saturday evening and Sunday morning and evening. He was well received.
Mike Hanley, Dick Slinger, Frank Bybee and Henry Peck, who have been gathering stock, were at the Eagle Hotel one day last week. The general report is that stock on the range is looking poorly.
Miss Millie Howlett returned to the parental roof Thursday of last week to recuperate from a slight illness. (She says: "Don't say I am ill, for it might injure Medford.") She applied to Dr. Stanfield and is perceptibly better.
Much interest is being taken in our school. Miss White, our young lady teacher, will make a success. She is weeding out some of the unruly element, and the children seem to like her very much. With experience she will become a leader in her profession.
During the past week there were two socials. One of these was at John Ashpole's, a pleasant evening being spent. A dance was given at Mr. Morgan's residence, forty-five persons being present. Boyd Tucker furnished the music. A pleasant time is reported.
R. Rawson, who is engaged in locating family in the foothills on the south side of Big Butte Creek, passed through town last week on his way to the "Hub." He reports having located two families and expects to locate twenty-five or thirty others during the winter and spring.
Medford Mail, February 1, 1895, page 2
Items from Eagle Point.Geo. W. Daley Sr., who has been over on Applegate prospecting for some weeks past, returned home Monday.
Chris. Beale returned to this place Monday. He has been out to Ft. Klamath, where he has taken up a ranch.
Arrangements are being made to have a grand time here on Feb. 14th, music to be furnished by Alonzo Wimer of Ashland, the Tucker Bros. and Laura Nichols, and Mrs. P. Simons of the Pioneer Hotel gives the supper. A large crowd is expected.
B. Geary and his sister Miss Minnie returned Tuesday from John Day's River, where they have been for some time.
Miss Laura Nichols is reported on the sick list.
Mrs. Arthur Pool and son Irvin have been visiting Mrs. Evans of Sticky, Mrs. Pool's mother.
Mr. White, agent for the Home Comfort ranges, has been canvassing in this neighborhood some of late. Mrs. Rader, Mrs. Howlett and Mrs. Thomas, also Mrs. Brown and A. L. Haselton, have purchased one.
Miss Elsie Heckathorn of Jacksonville has been staying with Mrs. A. M. Thomas the last week.
Rev. Bryant of the M.E. Church South has been holding a series of meetings the past week. But as yet he has made no converts. Rev. A. C. Howlett preached to a crowded house Friday night in the absence of Rev. Bryant.
A number of stockmen have been here looking for cattle in the last week, including Homer Barron, Edward Murphy and Linn Clemens of Ashland, Frank Bybee of Jacksonville and Mike Hanley, J. W. Slinger and F. Pech of Lake Creek.
Dr. Officer made a trip to Medford Sunday, returning the next day. He was accompanied by Miss Lottie Brown as far as Central Point.
Mrs. Nellie Simpson of Big Butte was here over Thursday night, the guest of Mrs. Ashpole. She with her two children are en route for Prescott, Wash., to remain indefinitely.
Mrs. A. L. Haselton has been quite indisposed, but is recovering under the treatment of Dr. Officer.
John Inlow, who has been absent from this place for about three years, returned to his old home here Sunday. He came with his father from Talent where the latter resides. John has been in business at Monmouth, Ore.
Eli Dahack and family returned to Eagle Point Saturday; they have been in Idaho and from there they removed to Harrisburg, Or. and preferring Southern Oregon they have returned to it.
Frank Nichols came over from Central Point Saturday, where he has been attending school.
Valley Record, Ashland, February 7, 1895, page 7
BUTTE CREEK NEWS.F. W. Mitchell has a cat that is said to weigh sixteen pounds.
Will Taggart and Jack Goodlow of Leeds were here interviewing our business men.
Mrs. Nellie Perry Simpson passed through town with her two children Friday on her way to Climax, Wash.
Eli Dahack and wife and Frank Nicholas came out on the stage Saturday. Frank is attending school at Central Point.
Ben Abeloose came near losing his left eye by being thrown off of a sled onto a sharp stick. He had an ugly gash cut in his face.
Dr. Officer left on Mr. Graves' mule stage line Thursday, to be gone a few days. He expected to go as far as Portland before he returned.
John Inlow of Monmouth put in his appearance at church last night. His old schoolmates and friends were glad to see him once more.
Vol Stickel of Sterling, brother of our leading blacksmith, J. E. Stickel, is here on a visit. Miss Bird Heckathorn of Sterling is also here visiting friends.
Mrs. Helen Felton, widowed sister of the Mitchell brothers, is expected here in the near future to spend the summer among her relatives and friends. She is said to be quite wealthy.
Saturday Mrs. V. Miller (widow of the late James Miller) of Brownsboro sold fourteen acres of land in Brownsboro to John A. Miller, consideration $500, and [a] half-acre lot to Thomas Baldwin and a lot in Medford to A. L. Smith of Ashland.
Mrs. Thomas E. Nichols was visiting the family of John Ashpole Friday. Mrs. Dick [i.e., Sarah Howlett] and myself were also visiting there at the same time, and we soon discovered that Mrs. N. has greatly improved in health, and she has hopes of effecting a permanent cure. Her daughter, Miss Lol, is on the retired list again, I am sorry to say.
The protracted meeting is still in progress conducted by Rev. J. W. Bryant of the M.E. Church South. It was necessary for him to be absent Friday and Saturday nights and he requested me to fill his appointments during his temporary absence, and the two nights that I preached for him the house was filled and the most perfect order was observed, and I wish to say that if the young folks of Eagle Point are treated as gentlemen and ladies that they always act like gentlemen and ladies, at least they always do when I preach to them. Rev. Bryant put in his appearance last night and preached to a crowded house. The meeting is still in progress. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, February 7, 1895, page 7 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Eaglets.Miss Nichols is quite indisposed, we are sorry to say.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Bird Heckathorn of Sterling is the guest of Mrs. Ann M. Thomas.
Will Taggart and Jack Goodlow of Leeds paid Eagle Point a visit a short time ago.
Mrs. Nellie Perry Simpson left here on the stage Friday with her two children for Climax, Wash.
Vol. Stickel of Sterling, brother of our leading blacksmith, J. E. Stickel, is here visiting his brother.
Quite a number of our farmers are plowing and sowing grain during this cold spell in spite of the ice.
Miss Lottie Brown visited her sisters, Mrs. W. H. Holmes and Miss Cora, in Central Point last week.
Dr. Officer left here on Mr. Grieve's mule stage line for Medford, and some say that his objective point is Portland, to be absent a few days.
Mrs. Thomas E. Nichols was in our town Friday visiting the family of John Ashpole. We are glad to state that her father is greatly improved.
John Inlow put in an appearance at church last night. He has been living at Monmouth for the past few years, and is one of the young men that was raised here.
Ben Abeloose came near having his eye put out one day last week by a sled turning over and throwing him out on to a sharp stick, cutting an ugly gash just below his left eye.
Please announce that Rev. Ennis of Jacksonville, or Rev. S. S. Caldwell, the Sunday school man of the Presbyterian church, will preach here next Sunday morning and evening.
Mrs. Helen Felton, widowed sister of the Mitchell brothers, is expected to be here soon to spend the summer among her friends and relatives. She is said to be very wealthy.
Eli Dahack and wife and Frank Nichols came out from Central Point on the stage Saturday. Frank is attending school in Central Point and makes a very favorable report.
John Ashpole, our whole-souled gentleman, granger and stock-raiser, has been improving his time during the cold snap by preparing wood for next winter. John has muscle as well as brains and can use them when necessary.
Some of your readers are wondering how it is that you can get 72 new subscribers in 29 days these hard times. But all we have to do is show them the Mail and the price and the thing is explained. I asked one of the new subscribers Saturday how he liked the Mail, and his answer was, "O splendid! It's got to be the best paper in the county--worth all the rest."
I am glad to note that you are still agitating in the Mail the subject of an outlet from here to your city--the Hub, where we all trade, or at least, all want to. We now have to plod through mud, mire and private fields to get there. I wish to say to your business men that unless they get a move on themselves before another winter they will lose thousands of dollars' worth of trade.
Mrs. V. Miller of Brownsboro and her son John A. were in Eagle Point Saturday transacting business with our efficient and accommodating merchants and notary public, J. A. Florey. Mrs. Miller had deeds made out to John A. Miller for 14 acres of land in Brownsboro, consideration $500, and a one-half acre lot to Thomas Baldwin, and a lot in Medford to A. L. Smith of Ashland. We did not learn the amount paid in the last two deals.
As announced by my last Rev. J. W. Bryant, pastor of the M.E. Church South, on this circuit commenced a protracted meeting a week ago and continued it all the week and is still in progress. Friday he had to go to his family in Medford and consequently requested me to fill his appointments during his brief absence--Friday and Saturday nights. Both nights the school house was filled, the singing was excellent and the sermon worse which occupied about thirty minutes, and the behavior was without doubt as good as the most fastidious could desire. Some say that the youngsters of Eagle Point are unruly, but I wish to record the fact that their conduct was par excellent the two nights while I occupied the pulpit, and always has been whenever I preach there. On Sunday night Bro. Bryant came and preached a very good sermon to a crowded house.
Medford Mail, February 8, 1895, page 2
BUTTE CREEK NEWS.There was a social gathering at J. E. Stickel's last Thursday.
Miss Cora Brown, while visiting Mrs. W. M. Holmes at Central Point, is taking elocution lessons. She visited home last week in company with Miss Lee, and Mrs. Holmes.
Fred Mitchell, while carrying the mail to Climax, run across three coons. He treed one and with stones and clubs killed and skinned him.
Miss Alice Morine, while arranging flowers on a stand, fell, injuring herself quite badly and wrecking the stand.
Fred Chaffee of Meadows stopped at A. C. Howlett's last Thursday, looking after stock interests.
The Central Point amateurs rendered "Ten Nights in the Bar Room" to an Eagle Point audience Saturday night, acquitting themselves splendidly. Miss Isabella Whiteman, aged 7 years, rendered the drunkard's child very pathetically.
The protracted meeting closed last Tuesday night. There is no perceptible change in the moral or religious atmosphere here. I heard one of the prominent business men of Eagle Point remark that preaching to the church members was like preaching to a lot of icebergs. He seemed to think the prospect rather slim for accomplishing much in that line. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, February 14, 1895, page 1 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs Vol. Stickel came out on Mr. Grieve's stage Saturday.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Last Thursday night there was a candy pulling at J. E. Stickel's.
Joseph Rader, J. A. Jonas and R. A. Potter visited the Hub Saturday.
Miss Alice Morine, while arranging flowers on a flower stand, fell and hurt herself quite badly.
Mrs. W. H. Holmes came over from Central Point to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Brown, Saturday.
Our protracted meeting closed Tuesday night. There was no perceptible move made, but some interest manifested.
From some cause unknown to us our Presbyterian minister failed to make his appearance here Sunday, so the congregation was greatly disappointed.
Fred Chaffee, of the Meadows, took dinner with your correspondent Wednesday. He was looking after his stock interest. Fred is a wide-awake young man.
Miss Cora Brown, our organist, has been spending some time visiting her sister, Mrs. W. H. Holmes, of Central Point, and while there is taking the advantage of circumstances and taking lessons in the art of elocution. She came over to our town Tuesday, accompanied by Miss Lee, and spent the night with her parents.
Last Saturday a week ago while Fred Mitchell was carrying the mail from Climax to this place he discovered three coons. Dismounting, he played the part of a dog and soon put one of the ring-tailed "varmints" up a tree. The result was he had a package to bring home without a government stamp on it--a coon skin.
We have heard of precocious youths all of our lives, but the most remarkable one I have yet discovered is the infant son of Geo. and Francis Garret, aged two years and six months. He knows all the letters of the alphabet and can name them wherever he sees them. His father bought him a picture book as a plaything, but he does not seem to care for the pictures but readily learned all of the letters. Who can beat it?
The Central Point Dramatic Club favored us with an entertainment here Saturday night, giving us the drama "Ten Nights in a Bar Room." There was a full house and the most perfect order prevailed during the entire performance. It will not do for me to personify, but while the drunkard's child was performing her part there was breathless silence that was almost unbearable--little Isabel Whitman will be remembered in years to come by the throng that listened for every whisper. The entire performance reflects credit upon the members of the club.
Last Tuesday one of J. W. Att, of Medford, stopped overnight with "Charley" Linksweiler and in the morning to his horror and dismay discovered that the hind wheels of his hack had been removed. He repaired at once to Dr. W. W. Stanfield, the deputy district attorney, for a search warrant and a warrant for the arrest of someone for the larceny of his wheels, but as he could not think the evidence sufficiently strong enough to justify the issuing of a warrant of arrest, Mr. Att procured a hack and went on his way to Medford. What the outcome will be remains to be seen.
Medford Mail, February 15, 1895, page 2
Big Butte Nuggets.Ben Edmondson has sold his home ranch, on Big Butte.
F. M. Tungate and son, Curtis, are making rails for Jas. Watkins.
Married, Ed Simon and Miss Lottie Beale, both of Butte Creek. We wish them much happiness.
Jos. Geppert has sold his stock interests, on Big Butte, and intends to leave for Illinois in the near future.
There will be an entertainment and dance at Thos. Fredenburg's, on February 22nd, to which all are invited.
Chris. Beale is over from Klamath County and is buying up cattle. He intends to start back as soon as the snow will permit. Mr. B. says that business is prospering in Klamath County.
Medford Mail, February 15, 1895, page 2
BUTTE CREEK NEWS.John Smith's child is reported on the sick list.
Mrs. C. W. Taylor is making some improvements on her place.
Geo. Morine has opened up a blacksmith shop in the old Inlow shop.
Rev. A. J. Daley is announced to preach here next Sunday at 7 o'clock p.m.
Mrs. Thomas is repainting her residence. Boyd Tucker is the master workman.
Miss Etha Griffith has finished her visit with her mother and returned to Sisson.
Ed. F. Simon and his new wife paid friends and relatives a flying visit last Tuesday.
James Bell, the Brownsboro merchant, and Mr. Casto of Chimney Rock precinct were here last week.
L. Pate made a flying trip to Big Butte last week for Mrs. Fredenburg on account of her daughter being sick at Gold Hill.
Ed. Grigsby had his finger accidentally broken from a pick in the bands of Mr. Icher, while they were grubbing. Dr. Stanfield dressed the wound.
D. M. Simon and Frank Brown celebrated Valentine's Day by giving a dance. Thirty-one numbers were sold and Mrs. Simon of the Pioneer Hotel furnished the supper.
W. W. Miller and wife of Ashland came out last night on a visit to Mrs. Miller's parents, Uncle Johny Lewis and wife. They have a host of friends here to welcome them to their old home. Mr. Miller thinks of going to Roseburg. DICK.
Eagle Point, Feb. 17, 1895.
Valley Record, Ashland, February 21, 1895, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Eaglets.Geo Givan, of Rogue River, was in town a few days ago.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
A. J. Daley is preparing to erect a building over his hay scales.
Rev. A. J. Daley is announced to preach here next Sunday, at 7 o'clock p.m.
John Smith's child is reported to be very ill. Dr. Officer is the attending physician.
Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Simon visited Eagle Point friends and relatives Tuesday of last week.
A young man by the name of Tungate, of Big Butte, was doing business at this place a few days since.
Mrs. Anna M. Thomas is having a new coat of paint put on her residence. Boyd Tucker is doing the work.
Miss Etha Griffith, who has been visiting her mother for a few weeks, has returned to her home at Sisson, California.
Mrs. C. W. Taylor is having some substantial improvements made on her farm. Old buildings, fences, etc,. are being torn down and replaced with new ones.
The farmers have been taking advantage of the pleasant weather and have put in quite a large amount of grain, and some are already plowing for corn.
Among those from other localities who did business in Eagle Point Thursday of last week was James Bell, of Brownsboro, and Mr. Casto, of Chimney Rock Precinct.
H. Pate, of Gold Hill, was at Big Butte one day last week. On his return he was accompanied by Mrs. Fredenburg, the lady's daughter being ill at the former place.
J. J. Fryer went to Central Point Sunday to meet W. W. Miller and wife, of Ashland, who are now visiting with the lady's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Lewis. Their many friends at this place extend to them a cordial welcome.
John Williscroft had another runaway one day last week. No particular damage was done except stopping the horses too suddenly when they ran against an oak grub, and turning them end for end. Now when Mr. W. says "Whoa!" they always stop.
Edward Grigsby had one of his fingers severely injured recently while doing grubbing with Mr. Icher, the latter gentleman accidentally striking Ed's finger with the sharp point of a pick, breaking the finger. Dr. Stanfield was called and dressed the injured member.
Geo. Morine has opened a blacksmith shop in the old Inlow shop and says he is getting a fair share of patronage. We have three blacksmith shops in town, and it is claimed we have four hotels--the Pioneer, Eagle, Brown's and Mrs. Thomas'. We have a live town.
Revs. Kennedy and Downing came to Eagle Point Saturday and held a meeting that night. The next morning they had a love feast and after the morning preaching services administered the Eucharist. Sunday night Rev. Downing preached. There was a fair attendance at these meetings.
Our school is progressing finely under the management of Miss Edith White. The young lady has proven herself mistress of the situation and has won the confidence and affection of her pupils. Although she has had some of the hardest cases in her school, she still holds the reins with a firm hand, and with a little experience will become one of the leading educators in the county.
St. Valentine's Day was appropriately celebrated. Several valentines were sent during the day, and at night Dannie Simon and Frank Brown gave a dance. Boyd Tucker and a Mr. Wimer manipulated the fiddle strings, George Brown played bass viol and Miss Lol Nichols acted as organist. Those who attended enjoyed a pleasant time. An excellent supper was furnished by Mrs. Simon, of the Pioneer Hotel. Speaking of Valentine's Day brings to our mind the query, what would citizens of the eastern states think if they could have stepped into the ballroom that night and seen the wildflowers that were worn by the ladies? Yes, while our brothers and sisters in the East are suffering with the mercury at from fifteen to seventy-five degrees below zero, we, in our Italy of the United States, are picking wildflowers on the hills and valleys.
Medford Mail, February 22, 1895, page 2
BUTTE CREEK NEWS.Mrs. W. Pool is very sick.
Aaron Beck has erected a new house on his place.
John Grant is at the Pioneer teaching a class in drawing and painting.
Wm. Holmes, of the B.C.R.F. mill, was up from Central Point Sunday.
A 9-pound daughter was born to the wife of Geo. W. Daley, Jr., Feb. 24th.
School clerk Florey reports 83 children in the Eagle Point district, No. 9, this year.
Chas. Adams and Miss Minnie Howard were married Feb. 22nd by Justice A. L. Haselton.
Frank Lewis is putting a new fence and a new orchard on the land he bought of Mrs. Taylor.
Miss Jennie Heckathorn has returned from a visit with her sister, Mrs. Magerle, at Woodville.
A cattle buyer from Klamath County has been interviewing our stockmen during the past week.
J. E. Norris, a photographer, has located here and on Monday photographed a crowd of people on the bridge.
The Mound dramatic club gave a successful entertainment at the Antelope church Saturday night that is highly spoken of.
Dr. Officer was at Flounce Rock to see Chas. Knighton, who will be moved to Eagle Point to have a surgical operation performed tomorrow.
Wm. C. Daley has been here the past week readjusting one of the water wheels in the B.C.R. mills. Rev. A. J. Daley preached to a crowded house last night.
P. S. Combs and John J. Weidle of Chicago passed through last week for their prospective new city, Eldrianna, on Congressman Hermann's land on Butte Creek
Valley Record, Ashland, February 28, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. W. Pool is quite ill.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Lottie Brown visited Medford friends last week.
Wm. Holmes came over from Central Point last Sunday.
Rev. A. J. Daley preached to a crowded house Sunday evening.
Artie Nichols was hustling about in Eagle Point the first of the week.
Aaron Beck is building a new house on his place, on Antelope Creek.
John Nichols and family were visiting friends in Eagle Point last Sunday.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas and son, Charles, are visiting relatives in Jacksonville.
A cattle buyer from Klamath County has been interviewing stockmen in this neighborhood.
Some of the mischievous boys in town are making a practice of throwing stones at bicycle riders.
Born, in Eagle Point, February 24th, to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Daley, Jr., a daughter, weight nine pounds.
Jacob Shaeffer, of Jacksonville, has been visiting his sister, Mrs. Hinerqardt, residing on the old J. J. Fryer place.
Miss Jennie Heckathorn, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Magerle, of Woodville, returned home a few days ago.
A young artist by the name of John Grant is stopping at the Pioneer Hotel, and giving lessons in painting, drawing, etc.
Frank Lewis has been making some substantial improvements on his place, in the line of fencing and putting out an orchard.
A select social party was given at D. T. Ewen's last Friday--a rag tacking and dinner in the daytime and dance and supper at night.
Miss Sophia Simon and her sister, Mrs. Geo. Daley, took a trip to Round Top last week to visit their brother, Ed F. Simon, and family.
Jerry Heckathorn celebrated his birthday a few days since, by inviting a number of his friends to meet with him and partake of a nice turkey dinner.
Miss Anna Carney and a schoolmate, both of whom are attending school in Medford, came out to Butte Creek last week, to visit Miss Anna's parents.
Dr. W. B. Officer has a surgical operation to perform this week, the patient being Charles Knighton, of Flounce Rock. A full account will be given next week.
The Mound dramatic club gave a performance Saturday night, at the church on Antelope. There were about seventy-five persons present, and they speak very favorably of the entertainment.
P. S. Combs and John W. Weidle, the latter just arrived from Chicago, passed through town last week on their way to the prospective city of Eldrianna. I understand that Mr. Weidle is greatly pleased with the outlook.
Mr. Norris, a photographer who is located in the Wm. Miller house, on Sunday last photographed a group of about sixty persons at the suspension footbridge. The photo is said to be a very good one.
During the past week our notary public had considerable work in his line. He made out and had acknowledged a deed from Adam Hearney to his son, to land in California, and has been taking depositions in a divorce suit. He also reports, as clerk of school district No. 9, eighty-three children of school age.
Medford Mail, March 1, 1895, page 2
BUTTE CREEK NEWS.David Cingcade sold about 20 head of cattle to a Klamath buyer.
Rev. Ennis will preach here next Sunday at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Grand Pa Tungate of Round Top is in our valley visiting relatives.
Mr. Wright of Dead Indian Soda Springs came out for supplies a few days ago.
John Obenchain, one of our enterprising ranchmen, was doing business in our town Friday.
Our photographer took a photo of our school, and those who have seen it pronounce it fine.
John Zenny has been beautifying his premises by putting up a neat picket fence around his house.
Mrs. Clara Rader ran a nail into her hand a few days ago and is suffering a great deal on account of it.
John Watkins has undertaken to hew sixty logs to build a house, a big undertaking for him.
Lee Parsons has returned from California. Says that there is nothing to do there. He is stopping with his cousin James Lewis.
Harry Carlton was thrown from a horse last week and the result is he is carrying his hand in a sling.
Mrs. George Morine has been visiting her father and brother, Miss Cliff of Phoenix and her sister Mrs. Patterson of Ashland during the past week.
At the school meeting Monday John Nichols was elected director and A. J. Florey clerk. The new board employed J. C. Barnard to teach for four months. There were three applicants.
A family has camped on the old James Collins place on Butte Creek above the Rogue River bridge and expect to build as soon as they can haul the lumber.
James Mills of Missoula, Mo., a capitalist, and his son-in-law Dr. Lema of Clinton, Mo., are expected here about the middle of the month to locate somewhere in the valley. They have been here to see the country before.
John F. Betz of Central Point is here visiting relatives in the family of Mr. Hinerqardt. He reports that Mr. Jeffrey made the best speech of his life Saturday night at C.O. [sic] and that there is talk already of having him as our next state senator.
Our teacher, Miss Edith M. White, closed a successful term of school last Friday. The average daily attendance was 31, the best that we have had for years except one, that of Mr. Fzoh's, his being 33 at the close of the school. Some of her pupils presented her with a beautiful cup and saucer and a book as a token of their high esteem.
W. B. Kingston of Trail Creek and wife came down last Monday in company with their son Charles and wife, Charles coming to have a surgical operation performed by Dr. W. B. Officer assisted by Dr. E. P. Geary of Medford. The patient is doing as well as could be expected. They are temporarily domiciled in Dr. Officer's quarters in the Inlow house.
Valley Record, Ashland, March 7, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. John Williscroft is reported to be ill.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
John Watkins is hewing logs for a house he will build soon.
Grandpa Tungate is over from Round Top visiting relatives.
John F. Betty, of Central Point, is over here visiting relatives.
John Young has placed a neat picket fence around his house.
David Cingcade has sold about twenty head of cattle to a Klamath County buyer.
John Obenchain, of Big Butte, was doing business with our merchants last Friday.
Mr. Wright, of Dead Indian Soda Springs, was in Eagle Point last week buying supplies.
Rev. Bryant preached at this place last Saturday evening and Sunday morning and evening.
Mrs. Montgomery, of Central Point, came out on the stage Friday, on her way up Little Butte.
Rev. Robert Ennis will conduct services at this place next Sunday morning and evening at usual hours.
Miss Cora Brown returned last Saturday from a visit with her sister, Mrs. W. H. Holmes, of Central Point.
A family is camping on the old James Collins place, and they intend building as soon as lumber can be procured.
Mrs. Clara Rader had the misfortune to run a nail in her hand a few days ago, causing her considerable suffering.
Harry Carlton had the misfortune, a few days since, to be thrown from a horse and as a result is carrying one hand in a sling.
Ben Abeloose had given up the idea of putting in a crop on the Harvey place and has moved his effects to the Sam Potter place.
Miss Addie Watkins came out from Central Point last Saturday to visit relatives for a few days. She expects to spend the summer in Medford.
Mrs. Geo. Morine has been visiting her father and brother, Messrs. Clift of Phoenix, and her sister, Mrs. Patterson, of Ashland, during the past week.
Our photographer has taken a "shot" at a group of about fifty ladies and gentlemen who were standing on and around a prominent rock, situated about a mile above Eagle Point.
Dr. Pickel, of Medford, was called last Monday to perform a surgical operation upon Mrs. W. Pool, as her regular physician, Dr. Officer, was up on Rogue River attending to professional business.
The school meeting at this place passed off very quietly. There were forty-nine votes cast. John Nichols was elected director and A. J. Florey clerk. The board met and engaged J. C. Barnard to teach for four months. There were three other applicants.
Notwithstanding the busy time of year we must have our little socials. Tuesday night of last week a number of young friends of J. J. Fryer's family met at his residence, and on Thursday night following Miss Ora Woods celebrated her eighteenth birthday by giving a candy pulling.
School closed last Friday with the average attendance thirty-one, the largest average for several years with the exception of one term, which fact is good evidence that Miss White is a most excellent teacher. As a token of their high esteem some of the pupils, on the last day, presented Miss White with a beautiful cup and saucer, and a book.
James Mills, a prominent capitalist on Missoula, Mo., in expected to arrive here about the middle of this month. The gentleman has been here before and decided to locate here. His daughter, Mrs. Dr. Land, of Clinton, Mo., will accompany him. Mrs. Land is coming in advance of her husband to select and secure a home, the doctor expecting to locate in our valley for the practice of his profession. He also came out about a year ago to view out the land; thus seeing is believing, and believing causes them to act. All we ask is for capitalists to visit this valley, as they are sure to fall in love with our country.
Last Monday week Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Knighton accompanied their son, Charles, and wife to Eagle Point, to have a surgical operation performed upon the junior Mr. Knighton by Drs. Officer, of this place, and E. P. Geary, of Medford, the operation being that of removing an irreducible hernia. The operation is an intricate one and one that requires skill to successfully perform, but the patient is doing nicely and is in a fair way to recover. What a change! A very few years ago anyone wanting a surgical operation performed had to go to Portland or San Francisco, but now we can have almost anything in that line done right at home.
Medford Mail, March 8, 1895, page 2
Big Butte Nuggets.The weather is beautiful and grass is growing fine.
D. Y. Fry and family visited relatives on Big Butte last week.
C. Walker and James Dyer are trapping at the mouth of Big Butte Creek.
Geo. Beale is running his mill now and turning out some very choice lumber.
Chris Pearson is making some improvements on his ranch, in the line of new picket fencing.
Medford Mail, March 8, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek Items.Mrs. Minnie Duvaul is quite ill.
Jos. Wilson has put a gravel walk along his pharmacy.
Mrs. M. S. Perry was over from Big Butte last week.
D. M. Simon sold a lot of cattle one day last week to Mike Mayfield.
Mr. Dahack has been putting a half mile of post and board fence on his place.
Miss Lillie Temple, of Central Point, has been engaged to teach the Antelope district school.
Mike Mayfield. of the Meadows, has been in our part of the country buying up cattle, hides, pelts, etc.
Boyd Tucker returned Sunday from Ashland with his sister, Miss Joy, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Chas. Homes.
In the Lone district Mr. Snider was elected director and D. T. Ewen re-elected clerk. J. A. Jonas was selected as teacher.
Mrs. Mesler, of Trail Creek, is here taking care of her brother, Ch. Knighton, who is recovering nicely from the operation performed last week.
Robert Potter's cow found herself with a tin can tied to her tail and the result was that he had a lot of fence to repair, his barn to mend and things to straighten generally.
Old Mr. Tungate, who was 80 years old on the 2nd day of this month, walked from his home on Round Top to Eagle Point, a distance of eight miles, on that day. He is an old war veteran.
R. R. Minter, the president of the Populist Club in Lone district, was in town Saturday; he reports everything in a flourishing condition and the prospect encouraging. John Pelling was also doing business at the sane time with our business men.
Rev. S. S. Caldwell arrived Saturday and lectured in the evening on temperance to a crowded house. He organized a Sunday school with the following officers: J. A. Jonas, superintendent; J. E. Stickel, assistant superintendent; Miss Charlotte Williscroft, secretary and treasurer; Mrs. C. W. Taylor, chorister, and Mrs. J. A. Jonas, librarian. Rev. R. Ennis preached here on Sunday morning and evening to a full house.
Valley Record, Ashland, March 14, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. W. Pool's health is greatly improved.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
J. J. Fryer put is a few days last week leveling down the road.
Born, February 28, 1895, to Mr. and Mrs. Wooley, a daughter.
W. Pool and wife were doing business in Medford Saturday.
Joseph Wilson has been putting a gravel sidewalk in front of his residence.
D. M. Simon sold quite a band of cattle last week, to Mike Mayfield of the Meadows.
Miss Lottie Temple, of Central Point, has been engaged to teach in the Antelope district.
The many friends of Mrs. Minnie Dauvaul will be pained to learn that her health is very poor.
Mr. Dahack is building a half mile of new board fence on his place, north of Eagle Point.
Mike Mayfield, of Spikenard, has been in this vicinity buying beef cattle, hides, sheep pelts, etc.
As an evidence of the prosperity of our town, I will remark that a number of drummers were here during the past week.
Mrs. M. S. Perry, of Big Butte, has been down on a business trip and visiting some of her many friends in this locality.
Rev. R. Ennis preached Sunday, morning and evening, to a full house. Rev. Kennedy will occupy the pulpit next Sunday, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
At the Lone district school meeting, held last week, Mr. Schneider was elected director, and D. T. Ewen reelected clerk. J. A. Jonas has been engaged as teacher.
Boyd Tucker went to Ashland last week, and on his return was accompanied by his sister, Miss Iva, who has been spending some time with her sister, Mrs. Chas. Homes.
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Miller, of Ashland, who have been visiting friends and relatives at this place for the past two weeks, have returned home. They were accompanied by Miss Lilah Fryer.
On Sunday last J. J. Fryer's horse was standing hitched to a cart when two men on bicycles came along and the horse took fright, breaking away and completely demolishing the cart.
Mrs. Mesler, of Trail Creek, and sister of Chas. Knighton, is here assisting in caring for her brother. Mr. Knighton, I am pleased to state, is getting along finely, and it is thought that he will be able to be moved in the course of another week.
Grandpa Tungate, of Round Top, was eighty years of age on the second day of March, and on that day he walked from his house to Eagle Point, a distance of eight miles. He is as sprightly as most young men of thirty, and bids fair to live a score of years.
A letter from E. J. Story, now in England, has been received by M. S. Woods' family, in which the writer complains of the severity of the climate and that his health is very poor--while here he was as robust as could be desired--another count in favor of Jackson County, Oregon.
There was quite a commotion in town a few days ago. Someone tied a tin can to the tail of a cow owned by Robt. Potter, and the bovine became frightened and rushed through the barn and fence, leaving devastation and ruin wherever she went. The damage will amount to considerable.
Rev. S. S. Caldwell delivered a lecture at this place, Saturday evening, to a crowded house. The lecture was illustrated by sketches on canvas. On Sunday Rev. C. organized a Sunday school, and the following officers were elected: J. A. Jonas, supt.; J. E. Stickel, asst. supt.; Miss Charlotte Williscroft, sec. and treas.; Mrs. C. W. Taylor, chorister, and Mrs. Jonas, librarian.
Medford Mail, March 15, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek Items.Mrs. Minnie Duvaul has accepted a position in the Clarendon Hotel in Medford.
Born Mar. 10th, 1895 to Mr. and Mrs. Forest Moore a 13½-lb. daughter.
Rev. A. J. Daley will preach here next Sunday night at 7:30.
A family from Kansas moved into the A. G. Johnston place.
Mrs. G. W. Apger is reported in a very critical condition.
Miss Lelah Fryer, who has been visiting friends in Ashland, returned home Friday.
Ben Edmondson and wife of Big Butte were out in the valley last week.
Dr. Stanfield reports Mr. Dahack on the sick list. He fell and afterward was taken with a violent pain in his side.
Mrs. Howlett gave another of those little socials last Wednesday, inviting a few of her particular friends.
Mr. Simpkins of Woodville and Mr. Hunter of Trail Creek were attending church yesterday and last night.
Miss Altha McDowell and her grandmother Mrs. Evens were over visiting Miss Mc's mother, Mrs. Pool.
Mrs. Wm. McKee and her son, of Big Butte, were in Eagle Point on a business trip last Friday.
W. H. Bradshaw, our popular, populist county commissioner, was in our town Tuesday attending to biz and advocating the interests of the populist party.
Mrs. Vol Stickel went into George Morine's yard Friday morning to make a call and the dog attacked her, tearing her cloak and dress almost off. Some of the family heard the noise and came to the rescue or there is no telling the result.
Rev. S. S. Caldwell finished his lecture here last Monday night. His subject was "Johnnie and the Snakes." He had a crowded house and excellent order, the manner of delivering his lecture is new and very interesting. He illustrates his lecture by drawings on canvas with pastel.
Geo. W. Daley Sen. and his brother John, who have been on Applegate prospecting for some time, returned home and Mrs. John Daley also returned to her home from her father's, A. Wyland, where she has been stopping for a while. So another happy family is added to our community.
Valley Record, Ashland, March 21, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Rev. A. J. Daley will preach at this place next Sunday, at 7:30 p.m.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Lelah Fryer has returned home from a visit with friends in Ashland.
Born, March 10th, to Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Moore, a 13½-pound daughter.
County Commissioner Bradshaw was in our town one day last week doing business.
A family, recently from Kansas, moved upon the A. G. Johnston place last week.
Miss Grace Stanfield went to Medford Thursday of last week and returned Saturday.
Mrs. Wm. McKee and son, of Big Butte, were in town a few days ago, doing business.
Mrs. Minnie Dauvaul last Saturday had so far recovered as to be able to go to Medford.
Frank Nichols, who has been attending school at Central Point, has returned home and is now a pupil of the Eagle Point school.
Ben Edmondson and wife, of Big Butte, passed through Eagle Point a few days ago, on their way to the "Hub" on a trading expedition.
Your correspondent's daughter Millie came out from Medford, Saturday, to help commemorate my sixty-third birthday--the day above mentioned.
Dr. Stanfield reports Mr. Dahack to be quite ill, the result of a recent fall. The doctor also states that Mrs. Geo. Apger is ill and in a rather precarious condition.
Wilbur Ashpole and Jos. Rader took a few beef cattle to Medford last week, and then the latter gentleman took a band of stock cattle, that he has been feeding, to the mountains.
Rev. S. S. Caldwell has organized a Sunday School, in John Obenchain's neighborhood, James Grieve being elected superintendent. I am informed that Mr. C.'s lecture was pronounced excellent.
Miss Altha McDowell and her grandmother, Mrs. Ewens, were visiting Miss McDowell's mother, Mrs. Pool, one day last week. Miss Altha is engaged to teach the Lone Oak school, where she has been teaching for several terms.
Last Friday morning Mrs. Vol. Stickel went into Geo. Morine's yard and Mr. Morine's dog, that has always seemed quiet and not inclined to be cross, attacked the lady, tearing her cloak and dress almost off, but fortunately some of the family heard the noise and came to the rescue.
Mrs. Howlett had a quilting and rag tacking party one day last week. A few special friends were invited, mostly married folks, and just enough young girls to give vivacity and vim to the occasion; in fact wherever Misses Grace and Daisy Stanfield are everything they can control turns into pleasure.
Dr. W. B. Officer had a quite interesting experience a few evenings ago. Four ladies came to his office, all four suffering with toothache. Each wanted one or more teeth extracted, but waited for one of the others to be first, and as a consequence all went home, each thinking what cowards the other three were in not having the nerve to have a tooth pulled.
Last week G. W. Daley, Sr., and his brother, John, who have been prospecting in the Applegate hills for some time, returned to their home in Eagle Point, and last Friday Mrs. John Daley, who has been stopping with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Wyland, on Antelope, returned home--so one more house that has been closed for some time is again made cheerful by the presence of the happy family.
Mr. Barnard, our school teacher, reports forty scholars already enrolled, and a prospect of several more names being added to the list. Word has gone out that this is a very hard school to control. Among the scholars are a few toughs, who are so cowardly that they will take advantage of a teacher if they think they can do so, but judging by the way Mr. Barnard has commenced, I think he will hold them level.
Rev. Kennedy preached here Sunday evening. The sermon was an interesting one, but I am sorry to say that the conduct of some of the young gentlemen and ladies present was such that it became necessary for Mr. K. to appeal to the audience to know whether he should attempt to proceed or give the meeting up to the hoodlums; the audience voted that order should be maintained, and I would not be surprised if I should have occasion to chronicle the names of some that had got into trouble on account of their lack of discretion.
Rev. S. S. Caldwell gave temperance lecture at this place, Monday evening of last week. The lecture was a sequel to the one he delivered Saturday evening preceding, on the subject of the proper development of our intellectual faculties. The subject Monday evening was "Johnnie and the Snakes." This lecture was illustrated with pastel sketches on canvas. Although the house was crowded there was not a person that did not speak in the highest terms of the lecture, which fact is not to be wondered at, as it was an intellectual treat.
Medford Mail, March 22, 1895, page 2
Murder in Jackson County.Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, March 25, 1897, page 3
Word was received by Coroner Kirchgessner yesterday that his services were wanted up Elk Creek, about 46 miles from Medford, to hold an inquest on the remains of Joe Hall. He and District Attorney Jeffrey left at noon for the scene.
Hall was found dead about a quarter of a mile from his cabin late Tuesday evening with a bullet hole in the back of his head. It was presumed that the assassination took place Tuesday evening. The tracks of two men were seen leading from the body of the dead man.
The deceased was a bachelor, about 45 years of age, and is said to have been a resident of that section for the past two years. It is a thinly settled part of the county and chiefly noted for deer hunting, some 2000 deer having been killed there last season. No clue or motive for the assassination is known in the valley. The people of the district get their principal living from deer slaying, and the most general grievances of the people of the district grow out of troubles of that character or the cattle and hog raising business.--Record.
Butte Creek Items.C. W. DeCarlow of Elk Creek was doing business in Eagle Point last week.
There were 41 names enrolled in our school which crowds the school house facilities.
S. B. Holmes, business manager of the Snowy Butte mills, took a trip to Central Point Saturday.
Wm. French reports having had a fire in his house that destroyed a part of the roof and a part of one side of the building. The soot had accumulated in the pipe and caused fire.
W. E. Perkins of Brownsboro, aged seventy-three years, was thrown from his horse last Friday and had three ribs broken. Dr. Officer was called and reports him getting along finely.
E. H. Lewis, Cass and Wm. Higinbotham started for the headwaters of Illinois River in Josephine County week before last, on a prospecting tour but they had to return until warmer weather.
Frank Wilmarth of Seattle, the gentleman who has rented the A. G. Johnston place, is preparing to plant quite a lot of potatoes. Our Butte bottom land is well adapted to root vegetables.
Rev. S. S. Caldwell, our Sunday school man, put in an appearance Monday on his return from Brownsboro, Lake Creek, Eldrianna, and Miss Charlotte Williscroft accompanied him to Ashland where she expects to take music lessons.
James Mills and wife arrived in Central Point last Friday, from Missoula, Mon. They engaged furnished rooms in C.P. and went immediately to housekeeping, Their daughters, Mrs. Dr. Lamb and Miss Jennie Mills, preceded them about a week. They were the guests of J. M. Lewis of Butte Creek.
There is to be some litigation in Rogue River district No. 37 over a ten-mill tax that was voted to build a new school house. There is a heap of misunderstanding and a great quantity of kicking among the taxpayers of the district. They have secured the services of Miss Edith White, our former teacher.
Valley Record, Ashland, March 28, 1895, page 4
Eagle Point Eaglets.Rev. A. J. Daley preached to a full house last night. He did not leave another appointment.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
C. C. Pletcher will be at Mrs. Simon's, Eagle Point, Or., on April 10th and 11th, fully equipped to do all classes of dental work.
C. W. DeCarlow, of Elk Creek, who is looking after A. J. Daley's interest there, was in town the forepart of last week.
Wm. French, living on Rogue River, reports that his house caught fire Saturday evening from the soot that had accumulated in the pipe and destroyed a part of the roof and a part of one side of the house.
Rev. S. S. Caldwell put in an appearance here last Monday on his way from Brownsboro, Lake Creek, Eldrianna, etc., where he had been looking after the Sunday school interest. He reports the outlook encouraging.
Miss Charlotta Williscroft, one of our estimable young ladies and secretary and treasurer of our Sunday school, has gone to Ashland for the purpose of taking music lessons. She will be greatly missed by the entire community.
E. H. Lewis, Cass and Wm. Higinbotham took a trip to the headwaters of Illinois River, Josephine County, on a prospecting tour week before last, but they encountered so much snow that they had to return before they accomplished their object.
James Mills and wife, of Missoula, Montana, arrived at Central Point last Thursday and engaged rooms there, for the time being. Their daughters, Mrs. Lamb and Miss Jimmie Mills, arrived the week before and have been the guests of Mrs. James Lewis.
Just now I wish to offer an apology for neglecting to mention the fact that Miss Gladius Fryer was also on the list of young folks that helped to make everything lovely at the quilting party here, which was mentioned in last week's Mail. It was an oversight on my part.
Frank Willmoth, of Seattle, the gentleman who has rented the A. G. Johnston place, is preparing to plant quite a crop of potatoes this spring. He represents a fair appearance and I think will be a good acquisition to our community. He also will be a constant reader of the Mail in the future.
Mr. Barnard, our teacher, has rearranged the inside of our school house, placing the blackboards in one end of the house and arranging so that the pupils sit with their backs to the door. He has now forty-three names enrolled. There is some talk of enlarging the school house, as there is not room for so many children and have justice done the teacher.
We had quite a scene at the Eagle Hotel a few nights ago when one of those sons of the proprietor, a man grown, had a violent attack of nightmare and in trying to free himself from the phantom by a desperate effort jumped out of bed and as he struck the floor he cried out at the top of his voice. His friends were greatly relieved when they found that there was nothing more serious than an attack of nightmare.
An old gentleman by the name of W. E. Perkins, aged 73, of Brownsboro, had the misfortune to be thrown from his horse last Friday and had three of his ribs broken. Dr. Officer was called and he is reported as resting very well. Dr. Officer was also called to attend to the wants of Mr. Sneider, living about three miles north of this place. He had received a blow on the head and the skull was broken, a piece about an inch square being smashed in. The cause of the accident I was unable to learn.
There is likely to be some litigation in Rogue River school district No. 37 over a ten-mill tax that was levied for the purpose of building a new school house. As it is claimed that there was some crooked work done in connection with the voting; some were deprived from voting and others voted who were not entitled to. That they need a new school house is self-evident, but some will always object. I am glad to announce that they have secured the services of an excellent teacher, Miss Edith White, our former teacher.
Medford Mail, March 29, 1895, page 2
Etna Echoes.J. A. Houston and family have returned from Beagle to their ranch near Etna.
Last Sunday week Rev. Bryant preached at the Trail Creek school house to an appreciative audience.
Miss Deedle Morrison has returned home from Talent, where she has been attending school the past winter.
Many of our farmers are building fence, clearing land, setting out fruit trees and making improvements generally.
School meeting passed of quietly which resulted in the election of J. R. Morrison, H. N. Holtan and G. H. Lynch as directors and L. J. Marck clerk.
Everybody about here is making good use of these pleasant sun shining days. Early gardens are in, and the farmers are getting their plowing about done.
Married on March 17th, at Mr. Hall's place on Trail Creek, Mr. Isaac Willard and Miss Lucinda Bassett, O. J. Willard, justice of the peace, said the words which made the happy couple one. A number of friends were invited and after the knot had been tied they all partook of an excellent dinner. Their friends extended congratulations.
Medford Mail, March 29, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Brownsboro has a thriving literary society.
A number of strangers and numerous railroad rumors were afloat here the past week.
J. A. Jonas has opened the Lone district school.
Wm. Grieve visited an attraction at Lake Flats Saturday.
Gus Samuels opened the Lake Flats school Monday.
Ex-Sheriff A. S. Jacobs was here last week.
Matt. Ish, the pioneer stockman, reports stock doing fine.
Mrs. John Daley has recovered from a siege with poison oak.
Chas. Edmondson has moved back to Big Butte with his family from Tolo.
Capt. John Black, of the Rogue River free ferry, was in town Friday.
Rev. A. C. Howlett preached to a full house Sunday.
Mrs. Howlett and Mrs. Geo. Morine visited Big Butte friends last week.
Chas. Knighton has recovered from the operation performed on him and returned home Friday.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Wooley died March 26th, aged about six months.
John W. Smith, one of the pioneer populists of the county, was in town last week, sanguine of populist success in the next election.
Vol Stickel has been to Sterling and reports that they are cleaning up for the season as they do not expect water enough to do much more mining this summer.
W. H. Bradshaw, the popular populist commissioner, was in town Saturday trying to hold his Republican friends level on some of the would-be political issues of the county; the taxes for instance.
Valley Record, Ashland, April 4, 1895, page 4
Eagle Point Eaglets.John Young's family are ill with la grippe.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. Vol. Stickel visited Central Point last week.
We are all glad to welcome Miss Cora Brown among us again.
Ex-Sheriff Jacobs was in town one day last week interviewing old friends.
County Commissioner Bradshaw was interviewing our townsmen Saturday.
J. W. Smith, of Big Sticky, was doing business in Eagle Point the latter part of last week.
Bert Higinbotham was over from Big Butte Saturday. Bert informs us that his father is ill.
J. A. Jonas, one of our popular instructors, commenced his school in the Lone district last week.
Mrs. John Daley, who has been severely afflicted with poison oak, has so far recovered as to be able to be out.
Died, March 26th, at the family residence, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. M. Wooley, aged about six weeks.
Captain John Black, of the free ferry on Rogue River, passed through town Saturday on his way from the valley.
Matt. Ish, a pioneer of Jackson County, was in town Thursday of last week. He says stock is doing well and loss has been very light.
Vol. Stickel was at the Sterling mines a few days ago. He reports that little is being done except cleaning up, as there is no prospect for much water.
A number of strangers were in our town during the last few days. That fact, coupled with the railroad rumors, causes some speculation as to railroad extension.
Geo. Morine has about got through looking after his stock and settled down to work in his blacksmith shop. By the way, George will be a reader of the Mail for the next year.
Geo. Morine and family visited Jas. Mills' family Sunday. Mrs. Morine relates that the local talent of Brownsboro gave a very interesting entertainment at that place Saturday evening.
Mr. Marlow, of Salt Creek, passed through this place last week, on his way to Medford. He expects his two married daughters, Mrs. Eugene Hitchens and Mrs. Jennie ------, here on a visit in a few days.
Chas. Knighton, of Prospect, who has been here for some time under Dr. Officer's care, has entirely recovered and returned home last Friday. Mr. K. requested me to tender his thanks to the many friends who were kind to himself and family while they were here.
Sunday evening your correspondent had the pleasure and privilege of preaching to a full house at this place, and there was marked attention and good behavior. Rev. Bryant will occupy the pulpit next Saturday evening and Sunday morning and evening, at usual hours.
Last week Mrs. A. C. Howlett and Mrs. Geo. Morine visited friends on Big Butte. Mrs. Howlett prolonged her visit until Friday, but Mrs. Morine received word that her little girl, Mabel, was ill and in consequence returned home Tuesday. Mrs. Howlett says there was a social party Wednesday evening last week, at John Obenchain's, in honor of his daughter, Mrs. Chas. Edmondson, who has moved to that locality from Tolo.
Medford Mail, April 5, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Oscar Simpkins of Woodville came out to G. W. Heckathorn's Monday.
J. G. Briscoe and two daughters, of Trail Creek, were in town last week.
Miss Sophie Simon has returned from a visit with Central Point friends.
A daughter was born to the wife of Mr. Stewart on Big Butte, April 3rd.
Peter Barneburg, Jr., and family were visiting Uncle John Lewis and wife Sunday.
Miss Ora Daley, of Chimney Rock precinct, is visiting Eagle Point relatives and friends.
John Daley has moved his family to Tolo where he and Robert Potter have taken a contract to cut cordwood for a mining company.
D. L. Newton passed through Friday taking his son Lester to commence teaching Mt. Pitt district school and Miss Althea Mauzey to open the Obenchain school.
Mrs. J. B. Welch and her son Wm., of the Meadows, and Mike Mayfield, one of the leading stockmen of that part of the country, stopped with us Thursday night.
Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of meeting T. K. Roberts, a brother pencil pusher. He appears to be a gentleman of culture and deserving the high reputation he enjoys.
Some of the hoodlums kettled Dr. Stanfield's cow one night last week and I would not be surprised at any time to learn that there were some of them boarding in the Hotel de Patterson.
Yesterday, Sunday, Prof. Barnard, our teacher, and Mrs. Nichols and Mr. and Mrs. Hawk of Central Point went on the top of Table Rock. They report having had a fine view of the surrounding country.
L. F. Lozier and wife, of Medford, held services Sunday in place of Rev. Bryant. Rev. Ennis will preach next Sunday morning and evening. The Sunday school has been reorganized, A. C. Howlett being elected to lead the Bible class and Mrs. C. W. Taylor, Elizabeth Simons and Mrs. J. A. Jonas teachers.
Valley Record, Ashland, April 11, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Our Sunday school was reorganized last Sunday.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
A. J. Daley is putting up a beautiful new picket fence in front of his residence.
Miss Ora Daley, living in the north fork of Little Butte, is here visiting friends and relatives.
J. B. Briscoe, of Trail Creek, was in town last Friday. He was accompanied by his two daughters.
Miss Sophia Simon, who has been visiting friends in Central Point, returned home the first of last week.
Mr. and Mrs. John Williscroft went to Medford Tuesday of last week, their errand being medical treatment for the lady.
Henry Myers, of Chimney Rock precinct, was in town last week. He brought a nice lot of beans, which he exchanged for goods.
Wm. Compton was over from Brownsboro the forepart of last week, looking after the interests of his school at that place.
We are informed that Mr. and Mrs. Stanard, of Big Butte, were made happy, on April 3rd, by the arrival of an eight-pound daughter.
Miss Temple, who is teaching school in the Antelope district, was in Eagle Point Sunday. She reports a good school and progressing finely.
Sunday, March 31st was Mrs. Griffiths' 67th birthday, and her daughter, Mrs. Wood, gave her mother and a few friends a birthday dinner.
Mrs. J. B. Welch and her son, William, were in Eagle Point a few days ago. The lady spoke in the highest terms of their school in the Meadows.
O. L. Walden, our broom manufacturer, living on Rogue River, passed through town a few days ago, while on his way to the valley with a lot of brooms.
A number of our young folks went to Brownsboro, last Saturday evening, to attend the meeting of the literary society at that place. They report an interesting meeting.
John Daley and family have moved temporarily to Tolo, where Mr. D. has taken a contract to cut a lot of wood for a mining company. His brother-in-law, Robt. Potter, accompanied him.
Last Saturday Prof. Barnard went to Central Point, and the next day, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Hawk and Mrs. Nichols, went to the top of Table Rock to enjoy the fine view of the surrounding country.
Mrs. M. S. Wood was thrown from her horse, a few days ago, on account of two gentlemen (?) whooping and yelling as they rode up behind her. One of them had to ride four miles to bring her horse back, to pay for his fun.
One day last week, while in Jacksonville, I met Hon. John Jeffrey and was introduced by him to T. K. Roberts, a brother pencil pusher of some note. I found him to be a gentleman worthy of the standing he occupies in literary circles.
Mrs. Geo. Morine and Mrs. H. T. Severance went to Central Point Wednesday of last week. Unfortunately they were caught out in a driving hail and rain storm, and as a result Mrs. Morine has been quite ill since that time. Her daughter Henrietta, is also ill.
You must pardon a little criticism on the Mail, but I often hear the complaint made that the paper is so large and there is so much reading matter in it that it takes too much time to read it, and there is such a long list of correspondents that every one of the readers can hear from his respective neighborhood.
L. F. Lozier and wife came out from Medford Saturday and took part in the services held here that evening, and Sunday morning Rev. Bryant gave them the eleven o'clock hour and they conducted services. In the afternoon Rev. Bryant and the writer went to the Lone school house and held services and in the evening Rev. Bryant preached at this place. Rev. Robert Ennis is expected to preach here next Sunday, morning and evening.
Medford Mail, April 12, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Miss Iva Tucker has returned to Ashland to visit with her sister, Mrs. Charles Homes.
Mr. and Mrs. Lou Tucker have been to Gold Hill on a business trip.
Miss Daisy Stanfield is visiting friends in Medford.
Lin Clemens, of Medford, is the guest of the Rader family.
Miss Edith White commenced her school in Rogue River Dist. No. 37 this, Monday, morning.
Miss Mamie Wood has gone to Sisson to visit her aunt, Miss Etha Griffith.
There is considerable sickness in this community among the children.
Ben Abeloose starts today for Portland on a business trip.
A. Pool's team took a spin, with a plow attached, for a short distance but were not hurt.
Levi Dawson was here last week to have a cancer treated. He is in a bad fix.
R. A. Potter and wife have gone to Tolo on a business trip. He has been making some substantial improvements in the fencing line.
John Obenchain sent down here for $1 in small change and "Jack"' sent him 100 pennies. John is getting in a good humor again.
Miss Charlotte Williscroft, who has been stopping in Ashland for some time, taking music lessons, returned home last Friday on a visit.
Three families, who have been stopping in this neighborhood for a while, only transient, leave this morning, Mr. Vermilion for Lakeview, Mr. Charlton for Spokane and Mr. Norris for Sams Valley.
A man by the name of Howlett, living on the Kellogg place, and his son-in-law were here last week to prospect a mine, of some kind of mineral, that has been discovered on the bank of Butte Creek, but the water was so high that they could not accomplish anything.
The Owen brothers, on Big Sticky, had a runaway one day last week. The horses were hitched to a harrow; they took fright and started to run but had not gone far before they jumped a ditch about eight feet deep when the harrow came loose. The horses ran about seven miles, going through four wire fences. They were considerably damaged but will survive.
Thos. E. Nichols was in town recently and while there gave his idea of the way the populists ought to conduct themselves, in order to secure the confidence of the people; that is, deal square and honest and have the assessor assess all alike and not as has been the case heretofore to assess Mr. A.'s land at $1.25 per acre because he is rich, and assess land adjoining, of the same grade, at from $2.50 to $10 per acre. That has been done here in this precinct.
Valley Record, Ashland, April 18, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Matt. Ish, a pioneer of the valley, has been ill.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Daisy Stanfield is visiting friends in Medford.
Sim Clemens, of Medford, is here visiting Joseph Rader.
Miss Charlotta Williscroft has returned from Ashland.
R. A. Potter and wife have gone to Tolo to remain for a short time.
R. A. Potter has been improving his place--in the way of fencing.
Miss Iva Tucker is in Ashland visiting her sister, Mrs. Charles Homes.
Dr. Stanfield was taken violently ill a few nights ago, but soon recovered.
Miss Mamie Wood has gone to Sisson, Calif., to visit her aunt, Miss Etta Griffiths.
Mrs. E. Simon and Mrs. J. A. Jones did trading with Medford merchants last Friday.
Mrs. Lon Tucker made a trip to Gold Hill a week ago last Saturday, and last Saturday Mr. Tucker went there.
Mr. Beck and T. L. Linksweiler are setting posts to put up a line fence between their respective places.
Levi Dorson came over from Trail Creek, last week, for medical treatment. Dr. Officer pronounces his disease very similar to a cancer.
Ben Abeloose last week made a business trip to Medford, Central Point, Gold Hill and Grants Pass, and on Monday of this week he left for Portland.
There was a very heavy wind storm here last Wednesday week. Considerable damage was done in the way of fences being blown down, roofs torn off of outbuildings, etc.
Dr. Officer reports that Mr. Bradley's child, of Big Butte, Wm. Smith's child and Frank Taylor's child, both of Rogue River, and G. W. Howard's child of Walden, are quite ill.
Mr. Howlett and son-in-law, living on the Kellogg place, were here last Friday for the purpose of prospecting the mine of unknown mineral which was discovered on the bank of Butte Creek, but the water was so high that they were unable to accomplish their object.
Mr. Vermilion, who has been staying on the Parliament place, left Monday for Lakeview. On the same day Mr. Charlton left for Spokane, and Mr. Norris left for Sams Valley. These gentlemen have been sojourning among us temporarily, waiting for good roads.
Week before last the two Owens brothers, living on the edge of Big Sticky, had quite an experience with runaways. They were harrowing and had stopped to let their horses rest, the teams being about fifty yards apart facing each other, and then the drivers entered into conversation with each other. Just then a man came along with a pack animal, which frightened one of the teams and the horses started to run, passing so close to the other horses that the harrow struck the other harrow and turned it over onto the off horse, knocking the animal down. By the time the boys had secured that team the first one had got well under way, running through wire fences, over ditches, etc. While crossing a ditch, about eight feet deep, the horses broke loose from the harrow. They ran about seven miles before they were caught, and had passed through four wire fences on their route. They were badly scratched, and it will take some time for them to recover from the effects of their runaway. A. Pool's team also took a spin on Big Sticky a short time ago, while attached to a plow, but the plow soon came loose and the horses were not seriously injured.
Medford Mail, April 19, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Mrs. Nesler of Trail Creek is here visiting friends.
Mr. Yancey moved from the Avery Clayton place to Applegate last week.
Miss Corda Waltz and Mrs. G. W. Apger are on the sick list this week.
J. A. Jonas, who is teaching in the Lone district, reports 23 pupils in attendance.
Your correspondent "Dick" has been on the sick list a part of the past week.
Mrs. Jerry Heckathorn of Drain is visiting her brother-in-law G. W. Heckathorn.
Miss Daisy Stanfield, who has been visiting friends in Medford, returned home Wednesday.
Miss Edith White, who is teaching in the Rogue River district, was the guest of Miss Sophia Simon Sunday.
Mike Mayfield was here last week making arrangements to gather the cattle he has purchased, he expects to drive to Eastern Oregon as soon as the grass will permit.
There seems to be some kind of disease among the hogs as quite a number have died; in some cases the loss has reached as high as 66 percent. The disease case is not confined to age or sex.
Mrs. George Morine has recovered from her sickness, and expresses her gratitude to her many friends for their kindness during her illness. She has gone to Big Butte mountains to recuperate.
Mrs. A. W. Thomas and Miss Faith of the vicinity of Medford have gone to Klamath County, the former to look after the interests of her son, the late Owen Grigsby, and Miss F. to visit relatives.
Last Wednesday we had a quiet wedding in our neighborhood at the residence of the bride's parents, G. W. Heckathorn, at which time Mr. Oscar Simpkins of Woodville and Miss Jennie Heckathorn were united in marriage by Rev. Thompson of Medford. Miss Jennie will be greatly missed from our community, as she was one of the leading Christian workers and a lady of high moral and intellectual type, and her many friends here wish her a happy and prosperous journey through life.
Valley Record, Ashland, April 25, 1895, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Eaglets.Miss Corda Waltz, of Antelope, is reported ill.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. Nesler, of Trail Creek, is visiting friends in Eagle Point.
Mrs. G. W. Apger is confined to her bed with nervous prostration.
Mr. Yancy and family have moved from the Clayton place to Applegate.
Your correspondent has been ill for two days the past week--cause, inertia.
Miss Daisy Stanfield returned home Wednesday of last week from a visit in Medford.
Mrs. Jerry Heckathorn, of Drain, is visiting her brother-in-law, G. W. Heckathorn, near this place.
J. A. Jonas who is teaching school in the Lone district, reports twenty-three pupils in attendance.
Miss Edith White, teacher of the Rogue River district school, was the guest of Miss Sophia Simon last Sunday.
Mike Mayfield, that irrepressible hustler of the Meadows, has again been in our community, his errand being that of preparing to gather the cattle he has purchased. He expects to commence driving them to Eastern Oregon as soon as the growth of grass is sufficient.
A disease of some kind is prevalent among hogs in the Butte Creek country. The loss has been quite heavy, in some cases reaching as high as 66 percent. The disease is not confined to age or sex. In many cases brood sows have died and their young have been left.
Mrs. Morine has recovered her health sufficiently to enable her to go up in the Big Butte mountains, where it is hoped she will regain her usual health. The lady desires me to tender her thanks to her many friends in Eagle Point for their kindness during her late illness.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas and Miss Faith, the latter living in the vicinity of Medford, have gone to Klamath County. Mrs. Thomas has business there connected with the estate of her son, the late Owen Grigsby, and she will also visit her children living in that locality. Miss Faith as well will visit with relatives.
Wednesday of last week there was a quiet wedding, at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Heckathorn, at which time Mr. Oscar Simpkins, of Woodville, and Miss Jennie Heckathorn were united in marriage by Rev. E. E. Thompson, of Medford, This marriage will deprive us of one of our most amiable young ladies--one of our leading Christian workers and a lady in every respect. Her many friends in the vicinity will miss her from our community, but she goes to grace the home of one who we trust is worthy of so fair a bride.
Mr. Pruett and family, of Big Sticky, came over last Sunday to attend church, but were disappointed owing to a misunderstanding concerning the appointments of Rev. Kennedy, as there was an appointment for him at Antelope and Eagle Point for the same hour. He preached at this place Sunday evening. Rev. Bryant, of the M.E. Church, South, will hold services at the Mound school house next Sunday, at 3 p.m., and on May 4th and 5th will hold his third quarterly meeting, at Eagle Point next Sunday evening, at 7:30 p.m.
A few days ago I heard the remark made that scarcely anyone was now going from here to Medford, but, although I have been ill and unable to gather the news as closely as usual, I can name the following people who visited the "Hub" the latter part of last week: Mesdames C. W. Taylor, John Williscroft, E. Simon, J. A. Jonas and M. S. Wood and Joseph Rader. There were a number of others who went in that direction but those destination was unknown to me. I also heard the remark made, a short time ago, that one of the merchants of a neighboring town said that while the roads to Medford were almost impassable he did a good business, but now the farmers passed right on to Medford just as if he was not in business. That remark shows to your business men and women the necessity of securing a passable road this summer from Eagle Point to Medford.
Medford Mail, April 26, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Boyd Tucker has returned from a trip to Ashland.
We had a fine rain Saturday that was greatly needed.
John Nichols is delivering wheat at the B.C.R. mill this morning.
Corn planting is in full blast and the farmers are generally very busy.
Mr. Rayborn's team took a spin around town this morning without a driver.
Mrs. Winkle, son and daughter were interviewing A. J. Florey this morning.
Mat Ish, one of the pioneers of this county, is at the Eagle Hotel, on the sick list.
Mr. and Mrs. Clemens, living near Medford, were over Friday visiting the family of A. J. Daley.
Sam Farrar, who has been in Eastern Oregon for some time, returned to his old home on Antelope Creek last Wednesday.
Lou Tucker of the Wm. Wiley place, has rented E. E. Miner's farm near Tolo and will move in time to care for the fruit crop.
G. W. Daley and Frank Brown are putting in a new pipe, across the street from their new water wheel, for irrigating purposes.
Miss Anna Schneider, while coming from home to Eagle Point one day last week was so overcome by dizziness that she fell off of her horse twice, the second time cutting her lip quite badly.
Jeff Bell of Talent came down in company with his wife last Friday to visit Mrs. B.'s parents. He is combining business with pleasure and improving the time to buy up a lot of cattle to take to Eastern Oregon.
R. A. Potter returned from the mines near Tolo Saturday, where he is engaged on a contract cutting wood. He reports everything lively in that locality. He returns today with his father-in-law, A. J. Daley, who goes to look after his mining interests there.
George Brown, one of our merchants, went to Central Point one day last week and was taken sick there, so violently that he has not been able to come home. His son William came near having a sunstroke last Tuesday, as he was so overheated that he was almost past going, but I am glad to say that he has so far recovered as to be at himself again.
John Grieve, mail contractor and deputy assessor, was in town last week and reports that he has been assessing and looking up R.R. land in the mountains of Big and Little Butte creeks but that the work progresses slowly on account of the roughness of the country. He reports that there is a large grizzly bear in the vicinity of Mr. Farlow's on Little Butte Creek that is doing considerable damage to the stock in that region. Several attempts have been made to capture him and several weeks ago he got his foot into a large steel trap, but he was so powerful that he tore himself loose and got away. His track measures eleven inches.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 2, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. S. F. Robinett has been ill for several weeks with erysipelas.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Misses Cora Brown and Amy Safford visited Medford last week.
Our town presents a lively appearance and everybody seems to be happy.
John Nichols has been delivering wheat this week at the Butte Creek Roller Mills.
Sam Farrar has returned from an extended stay in Eastern Oregon to his old home, on Antelope.
W. E. Perkins, of Brownsboro, whose ribs were broken some time ago, is able to be around again.
Geo. Brown has taken ill while in Central Point last week and was unable to return home for several days.
Wm. Brown became overheated during the few hot days last week, but has now almost entirely recovered.
Mrs. John Caton, of Rogue River, W. E. Hutchins, of Little Butte, and Lon a and Mrs. G. W. Apger are all ill.
Mr. and Mrs. Clemens, living about a mile and a half south of Medford, were out Friday visiting the family of A. J. Daley.
G. W. Daley and Frank Brown are placing a new pipe from their water wheel to the other side of the street, for irrigation purposes.
Considerable complaint is made by our gardeners concerning the ravages of a new species of cutworm, working on young onions.
Lon Tucker has rented a place of Mr. Miner, near Tolo, and expects to move his family there in time to attend to the fruit this season.
Miss Anna Schneider, while coming to Eagle Point on horseback a few days ago, was so overcome by dizziness that she fell off her horse twice, cutting her lip quite severely.
R. A. Potter returned from the mines near Gold Hill Saturday, at which place he is interested in a wood contract. Mr. Potter and his father-in-law, A. J. Daley, left for Gold Hill the first of the week. The latter gentleman has mining interests in that section.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Bell, of Talent, came over last Friday to visit Mrs. Bell's parents, John Lewis and wife. Mr. B. combined business with pleasure while here, in the way of buying cattle. He intends moving to Eastern Oregon soon and will take the cattle with him.
Last week Deputy Assessor Grieve was in town. He has been looking up and assessing railroad land in some of the mountain precincts. The gentleman reports that the large grizzly bear which has been troubling stock on Little Butte Creek got his foot caught in a trap recently, but the trap did not hold him. The bear's foot measures eleven inches in width.
Medford Mail, May 3, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Chas. Homes was over from Ashland last week.
James Culbertson and wife visited the valley Friday.
Jeff Bell of Talent bought a number of cattle over this way last week.
Geo. Brown, who was reported sick last week at Central Point, is about again.
Ed. Hoyt and Emma Perry of Big Butte attended the May Day entertainment.
Mrs. Wm. Higinbotham died at her home last week of neuralgia of the stomach.
Mrs. A. Hoyt of Big Butte ran a sliver in her hand three weeks ago that is troubling her friends quite a little.
Some miscreant on the night of April 28th did a lot of malicious mischief at D. P. Mathews', F. W. Mitchell's and the Lone school house.
Rev. L. L. Grover of Mansfield, Penn., a relative of Wm. B. Daley, a pioneer of this county, is here looking after his mother's business interests. By request he preached a fine discourse last Sunday night.
On complaint of Lee Caton, Neil Gage and Bird Johnson were arrested and charged with stealing one neck yoke, [a] pair of doubletrees, three tops off wagon, axletree and some bolts off a reaper, all valued at $10. After a hot trial before the justice and jury, with Dr. Stanfield deputy prosecuting attorney and J. C. Barnard for the defense, the jury found defendants not guilty.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 9, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Rev. Robert Ennis will preach here next Sunday, morning and evening.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
John Heasney, who has been spending the winter here, has journeyed to Portland.
Ed. Hoyt and Miss Emma Perry, of Big Butte were attending the races and ball Wednesday.
Thomas Baldwin, formerly of Brownsboro, but recently of Prineville, returned to the Butte Creek country last week to visit his children.
Jeff Bell, of Talent, who returned home last Monday, came back Tuesday and purchased quite a lot of cattle from different parties in this neighborhood.
George Brown, one of our merchants, who was reported as being sick at Central Point last week, has so far recovered as to be able to be around again.
Mrs. A. Hoyt, of Big Butte, ran a fir splinter in her finger about three weeks ago, and has not had it removed as yet, and fears are entertained that she may have a serious time with it.
Charles Homes, of Ashland precinct, came down with his corn planter last Thursday, but owing to the ground being so wet that he could not use it, he returned yesterday to finish planting his corn at home.
Last Thursday Rev. L. L. Grover, of Mansfield, Pa., a nephew of an old man by the name of Hon. B. Dailey, an old resident of this county, put in an appearance among us. He came to look after the business of his mother, Mrs. M. E. Grover, of New York.
Among the acquaintances I met in Medford last Saturday were Riley Myers, of upper Sams Valley, Mr. Garden, of upper Rogue River, Mr. Pomeroy, of Beagle, James Culbertson and wife, of Chimney Rock, besides quite a number from our own neighborhood, all intent on buying themselves rich.
Last Sunday night some parties threw a bee hive, bees and all, over the fence at the Matthews place, cut the halter off a horse hitched at F. W. Mitchell's, turning him loose with the saddle, and went on to Lone schoolhouse, where they took the rope from the well. Next morning some school children passing the bee hive were stung quite badly.
While in Medford Saturday I met a lady friend who lives there but has relatives here, who remarked that the Medford Mail was better than a letter home, for in that she got all the news in and around Eagle Point, but the letters from home contained nothing of general interest, and that is the way we all feel about the Mail, for in it we get letters from all parts of the country.
Last Saturday a criminal case was brought before Justice Haselton, in which Neil Gage and Bird Johnson were defendants, arrested on the complaint of Lee Caton, who charged them with theft of a neck yoke and other articles from his wagon and reaper. Defendants called for a jury trial and were acquitted. It is thought by some the articles were taken by someone else and placed where found in order to injure the reputation of the defendants.
Saturday and Sunday there was held the third quarterly meeting of the M.E. Church South, for the Sams Valley circuit, but for some cause the presiding elder, Rev. J. W. Bryant, concluded to return to Medford in the afternoon and left an appointment unfilled at the Lone school house, where there was a large congregation assembled. They were greatly disappointed on account of his nonappearance. Rev. Shangle, the presiding elder, preached a fine discourse on Sunday morning.
Wednesday, May 1st, was duly celebrated here by horse racing in the daytime and a ball in the evening. There were four races on the program. The first was between Robinett's "Invincible" and Mr. Casto's "White Eagle." Invincible has been considered by her owners a world beater, but in this case she found more than her match. White Eagle came in twenty yards ahead, and 'tis said the rider, Lin Clemens, was pulling dead hard on the ribbons. The next race was between White Eagle and Walter Wood's "Discount," the latter coming out second best. There seemed to be a determination on the part of some of the sporting class in this neighborhood to beat White Eagle, so another race was made up between him and John Nichol's "Prude," but it appeared that the more White Eagle ran the better time he could make and he was declared a winner for the third time. The fourth was between W. Ashpole's "Flying Dutchman" and Joseph Brown's "Brown Filly," the Flying Dutchman winning the race. There was considerable betting on the races, on a small scale, and during the day considerable small change changed hands. There was quite a number of ladies attended the races, although they took no part in the betting. At night Frank Brown and D. M. Simon gave a dance that was well attended, there were thirty-seven numbers sold, and those who attended report having a pleasant time. The supper was served at the Pioneer, and those who partook of it report that it was excellent.
Medford Mail, May 10, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Mrs. A. J. Florey is quite sick. Dr. Stanfield is in attendance.
Mrs. Rolison of Jacksonville has been visiting Eagle Point friends.
Mrs. Minnie Duvaul has returned from Medford to remain awhile.
Mrs. G. W. Apger is in a very critical condition with cancer of the stomach.
Mr. Taggart, who has been living on Rogue River, near Flounce Rock, has moved to Talent.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas, who has taken up a homestead in Klamath County, is visiting Eagle Point.
J. H. Layman is over from Pokegama on a visit to his children. He reports times prosperous in his section.
D. M. Simon, T. L. Linksweiler, L. L. Grover and Wm. B. Daley were in Jacksonville last Wednesday.
Charley Wilkinson, who lives on the Plymire place, returned from Big Butte, where he has been looking after his stock interest.
Mrs. J. E. Stickel, who has been troubled with an abscess on one of her eyes, had it lanced Saturday. She is getting along very well.
P. B. Davis and Mike Mayfield, of the Meadows, are gathering and branding cattle at the D. P. Mathews place. They will gather about four hundred head that they have purchased.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 16, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Geo. Morine was on the sick list last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. A. J. Florey is quite sick. Dr. Stanfield is in attendance.
Mrs. Clara Rader and Wert Pool, of Antelope, were doing business in Medford Saturday.
Last Wednesday D. M. Simon and T. L. Linksweiler were at the county seat.
Rev. L. L. Grover and Wm. B. Dailey were attending to business in Jacksonville last week.
Mrs. Minnie Dauvaul, who has been stopping in Medford for some time, has returned to Eagle Point.
Mrs. Ralston, of Jacksonville, came out Saturday to visit friends in our town. She returned Monday.
Mrs. J. E. Stickel, who has been afflicted with an abscess on the eye, had it lanced last Saturday, and is getting along very well.
There were quite a number of strangers in town Monday, and the prospect is favorable for a nice batch of news next week.
P. B. Davis and Mike Mayfield, of the Meadows, are gathering and branding cattle at D. P. Matthews' place. They have bought about four hundred head.
Born--Near Brownsboro, May 8, 1895, to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Compton, twins, a boy and a girl; weight, 6½ and 5½ pounds, respectively. At last accounts mother and children were doing well.
Dr. Pickel, of Medford, was called to see Mrs. G. W. Apger, who has been sick for several weeks. He pronounced her disease cancer of the stomach. She is in a very critical condition, and little hope is entertained for her recovery.
Mr. Layman, who has been working at Pokegama, returned to his home in this neighborhood last Friday to see his children, their mother being in the asylum at Salem. He reports business lively at that locality.
Miss A. M. Thomas, who has been out in Klamath County for some weeks, returned yesterday. While there she filed on a tract of land for a homestead. She expects to return to Klamath in the near future.
The farmers have been very busy during the past week, planting corn, and with a few showers of rain, the present indications are that Butte Creek will turn out more grain and hay this year than has been produced here for years.
Medford Mail, May 17, 1895, page 2
Jackson County has a woman mail carrier, Mrs. Vol Stickel, of Eagle Point, who will carry the mail between that point and Big Butte this summer.
Arthur Nichols and Will Beale killed an immense grizzly, weighing about 1000 pounds, in Big Butte precinct, Jackson County. The brute was in that section a long time, and did much damage among the stock. The boys naturally feel proud of their feat.
"Over the State," Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, May 20, 1897, page 3
Butte Creek News.Mr. Gamble of California is visiting friends here.
Ellsworth Cameron of Corvallis is here visiting relatives.
Wm. C. Daley had his hand operated on for an abscess last week.
Mr. Fuller of Big Sticky was over visiting Ben Abeloose yesterday.
Born on Big Butte May 16, 1895 to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stanley a daughter.
Miss Cora Brown and Mrs. C. W. Taylor went to Central Point Saturday and are to return today.
P. B. Davis and Mike Mayfield started Friday with a band of 350 head of cattle for Crook County.
John Young, our efficient road supervisor, has had a force of men and teams on the road the last week.
Geo. Heckathorn was looking for a doctor last Friday to lance his hand; he was suffering with it very much.
H. B. Higinbotham passed through town Friday on his way to the county seat. He reports stock looking well.
Mr. Loosely of the Gold Hill Miner called on our correspondent Monday morning. He seems to be a very pleasant young gentleman.
Wm. Wiley and wife of Ashland came down to visit some of their numerous friends around their old home last Friday and returned home Monday.
Miss Daisy Stanfield was thrown from a buckboard yesterday on her way to the Antelope church onto her head and shoulders and came near breaking her neck but came off with only some severe bruises.
Yesterday Rev. Kennedy preached at the Antelope church and organized a S.S. with J. F. Creed Supt., Mrs. David Cingcade assistant sup., Mrs. Carney sec., Thomas Riley, treas., and Mrs. George Morine as organist.
Mrs. Emma Hornby, nee Emma Matney formerly of this place, but now of Washington, is completely paralyzed in her right side and is perfectly helpless. Her father James Matney of Gale, Klamath County, is here visiting his daughter, Mrs. Arthur Creed.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 23, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Walker Lewis and Lee Parsons took a trip to Salt Creek Friday.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. Alpine, of Siskiyou County, Calif., is sojourning here at present.
Mr. Fuller, of Big Sticky, was over to visit Ben Abeloose Sunday.
George Givan took a trip to California last week to dispose of his bacon.
John Young, our efficient road supervisor, has been working the road the past week.
It was arranged to have a crowd of young folks take a trip to Table Rock yesterday.
T. B. Higinbotham passed through our town Friday on his way to the county seat.
Born--May 16th, to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stanley, a bouncing daughter, in Big Butte precinct.
Miss Cora Brown and Mrs. C. W. Taylor went to Central Point Saturday to remain until Monday.
Elsworth Cameron, of Corvallis, a nephew of A. Pool, has been visiting relatives in this part of the country.
P. B. Davis and Mike Mayfield started Friday with a band of 350 head of cattle they had bought in this section. They are going to Crook County.
Since my last Wm. C. Daley, of the north fork of Little Butte, has had to have his hand operated on for a severe bruise, the sore having broken in two places.
George Heckathorn was in town last week looking for a doctor to lance his hand. He had bruised it with a corn planter, and was suffering considerable with it.
A young gentleman by the name of Gamble, who used to teach school in the Obenchain district, but has been in California for some time, returned last Wednesday.
Mrs. Emma Hornby, formerly of this place but now of Washington, is paralyzed in her right side so that she is perfectly helpless. Her father, James Matney, now of Gale, Klamath County, is here visiting his daughter, Mrs. Arthur Creed.
Wm. Wiley and wife, of Ashland, are here visiting some of their old neighbors. They spent Sunday night with your correspondent, and Monday morning went on their way towards home. Their many friends here gave them a cordial welcome.
Miss Daisy Stanfield, while on her way to the basket meeting at Antelope, Sunday, had the misfortune to be thrown out of the buckboard on her head and shoulders, and came near having her neck broken, but fortunately she came off with only some severe bruises.
There was quite a delegation of our citizens doing business in Medford last week, among whom were J. J. Fryer and wife, George Heckathorn and wife, John Bader and his mother, Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Boyd Tucker, Charley Thomas and his sister, Mrs. J. E. Stickel and Frank Brown. Mrs. C. Chaffee, of the Meadows, was also on the streets of Medford.
Sunday Rev. Kennedy preached to a good audience at the Antelope church, and organized a Sabbath school with the following officers: Superintendent, F. J. Creed; assistant superintendent, Mrs. David Cingcade; secretary, Mrs. Charley Carney; treasurer, Thomas Riley; organist, Mrs. George Morine. Mr. Kennedy also appointed Phil Creed, George Stevens and Thomas Riley as a committee to solicit funds to pay off the church debt.
Medford Mail, May 24, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Miss Ora Wood was visiting the family of our mail contractor, Mr. Grieve, last week.
This, Monday, morning there is snow enough at Obenchain's to cover the ground.
Miss Anna McDowell, of Brownsboro, came in on the stage from Central Point Monday.
Willis Sherrill, of Jump-off Joe, has been visiting the family of M. S. Wood, near Eagle Point.
John Watkins of Eagle Point went to Portland Monday, the 20th, to serve as a juror in the U.S. court.
Geo. Neil and A. N. Soliss, two of Jacksonville's aspiring young attorneys, made Eagle Point a visit last Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Simpkins, of Woodville, paid her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Heckathorn, a visit Monday of last week.
F. W. Mitchell has discovered a sulfur spring in the Mathew field that is said to be equal to any in the county for strength and flavor.
Court Hall and Jerry Kinney were in the Point last Friday in search of a watch one of them had lost, which was found by one of our citizens.
Hon. Chauncey Nye and family, of Prospect, came out last week and took their daughter, Mrs. A. J. Florey, and went to the valley to visit friends.
D. P. Davis and Mike Mayfield, who were reported last week as having started with a band of 350 head of cattle, are said to be having trouble on account of their cattle stampeding, as they have lost several and had several crippled by being run over.
As I was returning home from Medford last Saturday I had occasion to stop at Central Point and while there dropped into the town hall while a meeting of the populists was in session and I could not help but notice that the room was filled with some of the best element of our society--men of brain and nerve--not old broken-down politicians but firm-thinking business farmers and a few of our business men from the towns and cities.
Valley Record, Ashland, May 30, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Wm. Perry, of Big Butte, is here on business.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. Smith, of Yankee Creek, was in the Hub Thursday of last week.
Mr. von der Hellen, of Wellen, was in Medford Tuesday on last week.
There is a large amount of corn planted in the Butte Creek country this year.
Ben Abeloose took a flying trip to Grants Pass on Wednesday of last week.
Miss Anna McDowell, of Brownsboro, came in Monday on the stage from Central Point.
Willis Shrull, of Jumpoff Joe, was the guest of M. S. Wood Wednesday of last week.
Miss Ora Wood was visiting the family of Mr. Grieve, our mail carrier, last week, at Central Point.
John Watkins, of Eagle Point, left Monday of last week for Portland, to act as juror in the U.S. court.
Monday morning the citizens of Big Butte were favored with a light snow, just enough to cover the ground.
On Monday of last week Mr. and Mrs. Simpkins, of Woodville, paid Mrs. Simpkins' parents a visit, returning Tuesday.
F. W. Mitchell discovered a fine sulfur spring in the Matthews field. The water is said to be equal to any in this section on the country.
Jeff Bell, of Talent, was here recently with his son and Wilks Henry, gathering up the cattle he had purchased. He has bought about 100 head in all.
Frank Neil and A. N. Soliss, two of Jacksonville's aspiring young attorneys, were here on Thursday of last week. They were the guests of George Brown.
Court Hall and Jerry Kinney, of Central Point, were out Friday of last week, looking for a watch one of them had lost, which was found by one of our citizens.
Hon. Chauncey Nye and family, of Prospect, came out about the middle of last week, and with their daughter, Mrs. A. J. Florey, went to Medford to do their trading and to visit friends in the valley.
Charles Homes, of Ashland precinct, who came up from his home Monday of last week with his corn planter, to assist his father-in-law, Mr. Tucker, in planting corn, was taken sick and returned home last Saturday.
Messrs. Mayfield and Davis are reported as having considerable trouble with the cattle they started with last week, as they have stampeded several times and thereby they have lost several and had several crippled by being run over.
I see in the Mail that some one of your host of reporters has got our schools mixed, as it is stated that Miss Edith White is teaching the Eagle Point school. She is teaching the Rogue River district school, and Prof. J. C. Barnard is teaching our school at Eagle Point.
Mrs. Helen Little, Miss Maud Downing and Miss Nellie Leever, of Central Point, were out last Thursday enjoying a picnic dinner. They invited our teacher, Prof. J. C. Barnard, to partake of the bountiful repast with them, and as he always has an eye to business, of course he accepted the invitation.
John Young, our efficient energetic road supervisor, has been working the road between here and Brownsboro, greatly to the satisfaction of the traveling community. He is becoming more and more popular as road supervisor every year, and will do still better in the future, because he expects to read the Medford Mail.
Medford Mail, May 31, 1895, page 2
Etna Echoes.Born to Mr. and Mrs. Morrison, a twelve-pound girl baby.
Ted. Lynch is gathering up cattle that he has bought to be delivered at Medford the first of June.
Organs are all the rage here nowadays. Several of our good people have invested in those instruments.
Harvey Richardson has bought a brand new threshing machine and will be ready for business as soon as business is ready for him.
Everybody is happy over the recent rain that came just at the right time, and will do us any amount of good. Crops of all kinds are looking splendid.
I. A. Houston and family have moved from their ranch near Etna, to Beagle, and Mr. T. Ramsey and family will have charge of the ranch during the summer.
The country about here is pretty well cleared of cattle. Judging from the past experience of a few of our ranchers, everybody thought it best to dispose of their cattle now, and save them from the clutches of the hungry panther that is ever roaming the hills in search of fat beeves.
Grandpa Benson, living in the Meadows precinct, who is about 84 years old, seems to have a mania for killing bears. He has killed fifty in his lifetime, and a few days ago was out with his dogs and gun, in hopes of laying low another bruin which had recently been doing some mischief in the neighborhood.
Medford Mail, May 31, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.A. Pool is putting up a windmill on his sticky ranch.
Sam Farra started for Klamath County Friday with his stock.
Miss Millie Howlett of Medford, Miss Cora Jones of Tolo and Bert Childers of Medford spent Sunday in Eagle Point.
Rev. Father Desmarais of the Roman Catholic Church held services here Sunday last and all who heard him speak in high terms of him as a speaker. Rev. L. L. Grover preached at night. Rev. R. Ennis will preach next Sunday, morning and evening.
The 30th of May was properly celebrated in different parts of our neighborhood. A number met at Brownsboro and had a picnic dinner, the school children sang and delivered some recitations and all hands seemed to enjoy themselves very much in spite of the cool weather. At night Miss Lula Roberts had the closing exercises of her school at the Mound district, the children entertained the audience with songs, recitations, dialogues, etc., and covered themselves and Miss Lula all over with glory.
SOME LARGE STOCK SHIPMENTS.In my last I spoke of Davis and Mayfield's cattle stampeding and since then I learn that they stampeded near the summit in the snow and ran over Wilbur Ashpole's horse, killing it and thereby leaving the poor fellow afoot in the mountains. He has our sympathy, but sympathy don't do to ride to drive cattle. * * * Since writing the above I have learned that Mayfield and Davis crossed the snow with 300 head of their cattle and Pelton Bros. were laying at Union Creek with their band and some of the preceding band.
J. A. Hanley has been buying cattle for I. C. Lonergan of Idaho, in this section of the country, and Saturday the parties commenced to deliver them at the Mathews place and by Sunday night the following persons had put in their appearance with their cattle: A. Hoyt & Sons, John Tyrrell, John Sevedge, John Obenchain, Henry and Herman Myers, Geo. Nichols, Mr. Clegg, Rader Brothers, A. Terrill, Mr. McKee, of Big Butte, Rube Johnson, T. B. Higinbotham, John and Thomas E. Nichols, M. S. Wood, D. P. Mathews, George Heckathorn, Mr. Moore, of Antelope, A. J. Daley, Ed. F. Simon and W. H. Bradshaw and by this time the band reached the number of about six hundred, that added to the 350 taken out by Mayfield and Davis, 100 taken out by Jeff Bell besides a large number taken out by the Pelton brothers, Mr. Barneburg and others, runs the number up to quite an amount for Butte Creek and still there are thousands left.
Valley Record, Ashland, June 6, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.The fine rain the past week ensures us a good crop.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Rev. Robert Ennis will preach here next Sunday, morning and evening.
Our enterprising townsman, A. Pool, is erecting a windmill on his Sticky ranch, on the south side of the desert.
Last Sunday our daughter Millie, accompanied by Bert Childers, of Medford, and Miss Cora Jones, of Tolo, paid us a visit.
J. E. Stickel, one of our leading blacksmiths, took a trip on the road with Mrs. Thomas and son, to help them start their stock.
Rev. Father Desmarais, of the Roman Catholic Church, held services at this place in the forenoon, and those who had the pleasure of hearing the discourse speak of it in flattering terms. Rev. L. L. Grover preached at night to a full audience.
Sam Farrar, the young man of whom mention was made in the Mail a few weeks ago, gathered his stock together and started for Klamath County on Friday of last week. Mrs. A. M. Thomas and son Charles also started the same day for her ranch in Klamath County with a small bunch of cattle, Mrs. T. manipulating the lines over four horses, quite an undertaking for an old lady of her age.
I understand that the cattle taken out by Mayfield and Davis stampeded near the summit, running over Wilbur Ashpole's horse, leaving the poor fellow afoot in the snow, a hard way to drive cattle, and that Pelton Bros. were at Union Creek with theirs and the rest of Mayfield & Davis', waiting to cross the snow.
The 30th of May was appropriately celebrated at different points in this section of the country. Quite a goodly number assembled at Brownsboro and had a picnic dinner, with songs and recitations by the schoolchildren. Notwithstanding the cold weather, they all seemed to enjoy themselves very much. At night Miss Lulu Roberts held the closing exercises of her school at the Mound schoolhouse, and the children did themselves credit by their performance, and reflected credit on their teacher.
We had quite a spirited discussion here last Sunday on the subject of the celebration of the Fourth, some advocating one place and some another. The free dinner and free dance at Jacksonville were presented as an inducement to go there, but some one of the party suggested that the free dinner might not be so free as was advertised and--but why multiply words on the subject? It was decided that the majority of the people in this section of the country would go to Medford to celebrate, as we have always had such a good time there on the Fourth of July.
To see the benefits to be derived from that much-needed road from this section of the country to Medford, the business center of the Rogue River Valley, a person would only need to spend the time for a few hours every day for say one week on the streets of Medford, and take the names down from all parts of the valley on the north and east side of Bear Creek, and see the amount of produce that is taken into the Hub from Dry Creek, Antelope Creek, Lake Creek, Little and Big Butte creeks, Mount Pitt precinct, Upper Rogue River, Table Rock, Sams Valley, the Meadows, etc. They would see at a glance that that trade was worth looking after. It is all very nice in dry weather, but in the winter it is not so, as that almost impassable Sticky Flat is between here and Medford, and it is so much easier to go to Central Point, Jacksonville or Gold Hill than it is to plod through "sticky" for two miles and a half that notwithstanding the fact that we are satisfied we can do better in Medford than in any other place in the county, still the chances are that some of us would yield to the temptation to avoid that "horrible sticky" and go elsewhere. When your business men take into account the long list of names of our stockmen who nearly to a man go to Medford to trade, it seems to be to their interest to provide, at least in part, a road so that we can reach Medford in the winter without trespassing on the rights of others by throwing down their fences and going through their premises. To give you an idea of the amount of business which they are liable to lose by being a little tardy in this matter, I will append a partial list of the stockmen who delivered cattle to J. A. Hanley, for I. C. Lonergan, of Idaho, who has been buying for a firm in Montana: A. Hoyt & Sons, John Turrel, John Sevedge, John Obenchain, Henry and Herman Myers, George Nicholas, Mr. Clegg, Rader Bros., Adelbert Turrel, Mr. McKee, Reuben Johnson, T. B. Higinbotham, John and T. E. Nicholas, M. S. Wood, D. P. Mathews, George Heckathorn, W. H. Bradshaw, Mr. Moore of Antelope, A. J. Daley, Ed. F. Simon. It is estimated that the above-named parties have delivered nearly six hundred head of cattle, which added to the three hundred and fifty head that Mayfield and Davis took out, and a goodly number that Pelton Bros., Mr. Barneburg and Jeff Bell received for our Butte Creek country, and still there are hundreds of cattle left on our extensive range.
Medford Mail, June 7, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Miss Mary Riley is reported on the sick list.
Miss Bessie and Miss Lottie Taylor were the guests of Octavia Howlett Sunday last.
Prof. Barnard is preparing an entertainment for school closing on Friday, June 21st.
Wilbur Ashpole has returned from Klamath County, where he went with Davis and Mayfield's cattle.
F. Morgan, while engaged painting Rosenthal's new brick at Medford, cut his hand very severely Saturday.
Mrs. G. W. Heckathorn has finished a quilt that is a puzzle, a beauty and a wonder, being composed of about 1000 pieces arranged so as to present the appearance of rows of boxes.
We have a new sensation in our town; the Holiness band arrived Tuesday of last week, pitched their tents and are holding a series of meetings here. There seems to be some interest manifested.
About a week ago Miss Minnie Newman while riding on horseback without a saddle was thrown off backwards, striking on the small of her back, injuring her severely, and fears are entertained that she will never fully recover.
Last Monday and Tuesday were lively days in our quiet town. By some unforeseen occurrence, Mr. J. C. Lonergan of Idaho, the man from whom J. A. Hanley has been buying cattle, did not arrive on Saturday as was expected, so the cattle men had to hold their cattle until Monday and as he did not arrive Monday, had to hold them until Tuesday, and when he did arrive he did not bring the cash with him, and so they parleyed for some time and at last agreed to take the cattle to Medford with the understanding that they were not to be moved until all were paid for. The result was that they got their cash and came home rejoicing. During the interval the aforesaid stock men amused themselves betting on the weight of dogs, horses etc. in the forenoon and in the afternoon indulged in horse racing. There was several dollars changed hands that afternoon but they all seemed to enjoy themselves very much.
Valley Record, Ashland, June 13, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. G. W. Apger is still quite feeble.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Mary Riley is prostrated with spasms of the stomach.
Mart Pool was under the necessity of taking his wife to Medford last week for medical treatment.
Mrs. A. Pool and Mrs. George Morine were interviewing some of the Medford merchants last Wednesday.
Last Sunday Misses Bessie Brown and Lottie Taylor spent the afternoon with Miss Octavia Grace Howlett.
Wilbur Ashpole returned last week from Klamath County where he has been with Davis' and Mayfield's cattle--his horse is all O.K.
J. E. Hart and Miss Gladius Heckathorn were in Medford one day last week, Miss Gladius doing some shopping and Mr. H. getting things ready for harvest.
Vol. Stickel, who has been working on Hotel Medford for some time returned home Saturday, to remain until the house is ready for the plasterers, when he expects to resume work.
Mrs. George Heckathorn has just finished a scrap quilt which is a puzzle, a wonder and a beauty. It contains about 1000 pieces, and they are so arranged at to present the appearance of rows of boxes.
We have a new sensation in our quiet village. What is known as the Holiness band put in their appearance last Tuesday and pitched their tents and commenced to hold meetings. They are creating quite an excitement here.
Mr. Barnard, our school teacher, is preparing to have an entertainment at the close of his school, Friday, June 21st. Quite a number of the young gentlemen and ladies of our town have agreed to assist in having a good time.
About a week ago Miss Minnie Newman, living near the mouth of Butte Creek, while riding horseback without a saddle, was riding carelessly when her horse suddenly whirled around, throwing her off backwards. Striking her back, she was seriously hurt, fears being entertained that she will never fully recover.
While on the streets of Medford Saturday I met, as usual, quite a number of my old acquaintances, among whom were Charles Vinson, of Sams Valley, Geo. Stowell, of Rogue River, Geo. Morine and wife of Eagle Point, besides the host of regular patrons of the business houses of Medford who go to Medford every Saturday.
Mrs. A. Pool gave a candy pulling Tuesday night, which was attended by quite a number of the young people. Mrs. H. and myself acknowledge the receipt of an invitation to attend, but business in another direction prevented. After the candy pulling they repaired to Inlow's hall, where they indulged in a social hop for a few hours and then repaired to their homes, anticipating another candy pulling in the near future.
Some little time ago, as Eddie Mills was hunting stock in the neighborhood of Lake Creek, he heard something running through the brush, and attempted to follow to ascertain what it was, when he heard someone fall and remark "d--n the luck." This aroused his suspicions, and in looking around he discovered a small streak of smoke ascending from a thicket. Upon examination, he found the camp of two men who had disappeared from Brownsboro. They had riding and pack saddles, and from every appearance preparations were made for a journey. He reported his find in Brownsboro, when a party started out on a prospecting tour. They found the camp fire, but everything had been removed. For several nights a company of stockmen patrolled the country to guard against loss. There have been some suspicious-looking persons around Brownsboro during the past winter, and they were two of them.
Medford Mail, June 14, 1895, page 2
Brownsboro Items.L. A. Tucker, of Phoenix, was in town Friday.
O. L. Irwin, of Lake Creek, made us a business call Friday.
Mrs. Obenchain, of Big Butte, visited relatives in town Wednesday.
James Martin and Mr. Casto, of this place, visited Eagle Point Monday.
Mr. Simpson, of Big Butte, called on us Monday. He informs us that he intends to go east of the mountains soon.
Newton brothers, of Central Point, passed through town Tuesday on their way to the Big Butte country. They are hauling down shakes.
Mrs. P. Farlow, of Lake Creek, accompanied by her father, T. Baldwin, came down Monday. She is visiting with her sister, Mrs. L. A. Miller.
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Charley died last Wednesday. The bereaved family have the kindly sympathy of their many friends.
J. Oltman, artist of Tolo, spent Saturday night in town. He was on a return trip from Mt. Pitt, where he has been taking sketches of the mountain and several other picturesque mountain scenes.
Brownsboro will duly celebrate the 4th of July. One interesting feature of the program is the riding in a tournament to crown the Queen of Beauty, and also the three most successful knights in taking the rings from the hooks to receive each a prize of the first, second, and third grade, according to standing. A good time is anticipated and a hearty invitation extended to all.
Medford Mail, June 14, 1895, page 7
Butte Creek News.Haying is in full blast.
Sheriff Patterson was over last week on official business.
Claude White and Porter Robinett are haying in Siskiyou County.
Matt Ish, having somewhat recovered, has returned to the Ish ranch.
John Grieve, deputy assessor, is interviewing the taxpayers in this precinct.
Miss Millie Howlett came out from Medford with her mother Saturday, being quite ill.
Quite a frost hereabouts Saturday night. Some of the corn, potatoes and beans were badly bitten.
The remains of Thomas Davis of Upper Little Butte were taken to the Central Point cemetery Sunday.
Mr. Moore, of Sams Valley, was through this part of the country interviewing the farmers on the subject of machinery.
Ben Edmondson and son Charles passed through Tuesday with two loads of Big Butte shingles for the valley market.
James Wiley, of Ashland, a prominent populist, was here visiting friends and attending to business Friday of last week.
Mrs. D. E. Hyde, president of the Jackson County W.C.T.U., lectured in the parlor of the Eagle Hotel Friday and Saturday.
Mrs. J. O. Saltmarsh, of Sterling, came over last Saturday to visit her parents; and on Sunday Mrs. Saltmarsh, Mr. and Mrs. A. Pool, a part of the Brown family, Mrs. C. W. Taylor and family and our postmistress, Miss Amy Safford, took a trip to the free ferry, and had a picnic dinner. They report having had a pleasant time.
Valley Record, Ashland, June 20, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mr. Grieve, deputy assessor, is here interviewing the taxpayers.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Sheriff Patterson was out here last Saturday on professional business.
John Williscroft and his daughter Miss Charlotte visited Medford Saturday.
Mrs. Joseph O. Saltmarsh, of Sterling, was over Sunday to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Pool.
Haying is in full blast, and the farmers are so busy that we have but little to write about this week.
The remains of Thomas Davis, of Upper Little Butte, were taken to the Central Point Cemetery Sunday last.
James Wiley, of Ashland, was here on Friday of last week, visiting friends and attending to business matters.
Mr. Moore, of Sams Valley, passed through this neighborhood last week, traveling in the interests of the farmers, trying to supply them with machinery.
Ben Edmondson and his son Charles passed through our town one day last week with two loads of shingles, on their way from their home on Big Butte to the Hub.
Mrs. George Morine and her daughter Alice left Monday for Medford, and from there they will go to Mrs. M's father's place, where Miss Alice expects to remain for a few days.
On Friday of last week Mrs. Hyde, president of the W.C.T.U., of Ashland, made us a visit and lectured in the parlor of the Eagle Hotel, and on Saturday lectured to the children.
Mr. Mat Ish, who has been stopping at the Eagle Hotel for some time, under the treatment of Dr. W. B. Officer, returned home to the Ish ranch on Rogue River, Monday of last week.
Last Saturday our daughter Millie came home with her mother, on the sick list, but the pure Butte Creek air and country life seems to help her and I think she will be convalescent in a few days.
Tuesday of last week Claud White and Peter Robinett went to Siskiyou County, Calif., to work through haying and harvest. Claud will keep posted as to the doings of this country, as he is a constant reader on the Mail.
Last Sunday Mr. and Mrs. A. Pool, Mrs. Saltmarsh, Miss Cora Brown, Frank Brown, Miss Anna Safford, Mrs. C. W. Taylor and family, took a trip to the free ferry and had a picnic dinner. They report having had a very pleasant time.
Mrs. Sweeney, of Dry Creek, saw the item in the Eaglets with regard to Miss Minnie Newman getting thrown from her horse and the next day called to see her, and found her in an improved condition, but still complaining of her spine. Mr. S. is an old-time friend of her father's.
The outlook for crops is good, and if the frost and grasshoppers don't damage our crops this year we won't have to go to the poor house, but last Saturday night there was frost enough to whiten the corn and blacken the beans and potatoes in the low lands near the mouth of Butte Creek.
School superintendent Gus Newbury has been out in this neighborhood during the past week visiting the various schools in the surrounding districts, but I don't think he has visited our school; suppose he thinks that Prof. J. C. Barnard's school don't need any superintending--we have a fine school, although several of the pupils have had to temporarily desist from attending on account of haying and corn working.
There was a basket picnic meeting at Antelope church Sunday. There was a fair-sized audience, and all seemed to have a pleasant time. Rev. Kennedy was to have preached Sunday night, but as he had business which called him to Central Point he did not preach, but the Holiness band held a meeting in their tent and had a fair-sized audience, although there were several faces missed that are in the habit of attending church here.
Medford Mail, June 21, 1895, page 2
Brownsboro Items.Farmers are harvesting their hay in this vicinity.
F. Brown, of Eagle Point, was in town Monday. He is canvassing for the Osborne mower.
Misses Lulu Miller and Rosa Stockam, of this place, visited Medford a few days since.
Mr. Lawton, of Medford, visited this part of the country on the 12th. He was canvassing for farm machinery.
Messrs. Olwell and Jeffreys, of Central Point, passed through town on the 17th en route for the soda springs.
Mr. Whipp, the marble man of Jacksonville, was in town a few days since, soliciting orders for tombstones.
J. D. Culbertson and H. Ratrie, of Lake Creek, were in town on the 16th as also Dee and Lee Bradshaw, Carl Staley, Gus Nicholson and several others.
Mr. Chapman, formerly from Minnesota, who has been spending several weeks past with relatives here, has purchased a place adjoining Central Point, and removed his family thither a few days ago.
The procession carrying the remains of Mr. T. Davis of Lake Creek passed through town on the 16th. The interment was made in the Central Point cemetery. Kind friends tender their sympathy to the bereaved family and relatives.
Medford Mail, June 21, 1895, page 8
Etna Echoes.The late frosts did a little damage for some of us.
Mr. and Mrs. T. Ramsey made a trip to the valley one day last week.
Rev. Bryant preached at the Trail Creek school house last Sunday.
Mrs. W. A. Houston has been ill, but at the present time is much better.
John Nelson and family were visiting with Mrs. Holtan and family last Sunday.
Grandpa and Grandma Lynch went to Medford last Tuesday, returning Wednesday.
Arrangements are being made for a camp meeting on Trail Creek, which will begin about July 7th.
Our school, which commenced June 10th, under the management of Miss Helen Holtan, is progressing nicely.
Last Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Lynch were guests of our efficient postmaster and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Marck.
Misses Helen and Olena Holtan have returned home from Medford, where they have been attending school the past year.
Miss Mattie Carter, who is teaching on Trail Creek, was compelled to close her school for a few days on account of ill health.
Under the directions of our able road supervisor, Carl T. Skyrman, a good road has been opened up [to] Long Branch, from the public road to the Welch sawmill.
Two or three families, relatives of J. R. Morrison, have arrived from Washington. They are stopping with Mr. Morrison while making arrangements for locating.
Rev. A. Buchanan and Mr. N. Lee, from Myrtle Creek, were here a few days ago looking for [a] location. They were quite well pleased with our country, but did not make any definite arrangements as to locating. Mr. Buchanan is Mrs. Geo. Lynch's father.
The Antioch, Dry Creek and Long Branch schools, taught respectively by Miss Hattie Bliss, Miss Allie Carter and Miss Helen Holtan, will give a joint picnic next Friday, June 21st, on Rogue River, at the Jackson place. An extensive program has been prepared, and a jolly time is anticipated.
Medford Mail, June 21, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Ben Abeloose has gone to Shasta County to look at the country.
Misses Lula and Nellie Roberts and Mrs. F. Morgan visited our school last Wednesday.
Mrs. Mike Tucker and Miss Iva Tucker of Ashland were visiting relatives here last week.
Miss Hattie Eaton and Mrs. Little of Central Point were out visiting friends in Eagle Point Monday.
Wm. Byrum and Horace Venable and their families were visiting relatives in this neighborhood Thursday.
Our Holiness band had an addition to their number Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. Lozier joining them. They are still holding meetings in their tent.
Walter Wood ran onto a coyote on the desert a few days ago, threw his riata on it and dragged it to death, taking his scalp as an evidence of his victory. Pretty good for a boy of his age.
George Apger put out fire in the dry grass for the purpose of getting rid of the "foxtail." The result was, he lost a string of rail fence. He and his two boys and Mrs. John Rader had to fight fire for about two hours and it came near burning John Rader's barn.
Last Sunday night we were visited by a Mrs. Owen and a Miss Goss, who are traveling in the interest of the Christian Endeavor. Mrs. O. gave us a fine lecture and Miss G. some fine vocal and instrumental music. Mrs. O. is to lecture Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Our school entertainment came off as per announcement and proved to be a grand success, the best we have ever had here, as yet. The program was quite lengthy but was so systematically arranged that the vast audience did not seem to be worried, although it lasted until near midnight. Mr. Barnard, our teacher, was greatly assisted by some of our local talent, and we have some as good as there is in the county. I might name, among others, Miss Cora Brown and her brother Frank, Miss Amy Safford, our postmistress, and Mrs. C. W. Taylor, as among the prominent ones who greatly assisted Mr. B. in arranging and carrying out the program. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, June 27, 1895, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Eaglets.Miss Hattie Eaton and Mrs. Little, of Central Point, were visiting our town Monday of last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Eva Tucker and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Mike Tucker, were visiting the former's parents one day last week.
Wm. Byram and Harris Venable and their wives, of Sterling, were over Thursday of last week, visiting their relatives, the Pool families.
Our holiness band had an addition to its forces last Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. Lozier joining them. They are still holding their meetings in their tent.
Ben Abeloose started last Saturday for Shasta County, on a tour of inspection. He is trying to find a place where he can farm on a different scale from what he can do here.
Walter Wood, while riding on the desert a few days ago, ran onto a coyote, threw his riata onto it and dragged it to death and scalped it. Pretty good for a boy his age.
Miss Lulu Roberts and her sister Nellie, accompanied by Mrs. F. Morgan, visited our school Wednesday of last week. Miss Lulu is one of our promising young lady teachers.
Last Sunday night we were greeted with a lecture by a Mrs. Owen, with instrumental and vocal music by Miss Goss, who are traveling in the interest of the Christian Endeavor. Mrs. O. is a very pleasant talker and has the faculty of keeping the attention of her audience. She also lectured Monday and Tuesday night.
One day last week George Apger concluded that he would rid himself of a terrible nuisance, a kind of grass with barbed seeds which are very annoying, by setting fire among it. The result was that he lost a string of rail fence, came near burning John Rader's barn, and he and his two boys and Mrs. John Rader had to fight fire for two hours, until Adelbert Apger was completely exhausted. George says he thinks he has learned his lesson in the fire department, and that is not to put out fire in dry grass close to fences and barns.
As was announced in the Mail, our school entertainment came off on Friday of last week, and proved to be the most complete success of any entertainment which we have had here as yet. One beautiful feature of it was that all the school children, large and small, took part in it, and while Mr. Barnard deserves great credit for his perseverance and judgment in preparing the children for the occasion, we must not give him all of it, for the children themselves deserve a great deal for the manner in which they performed their part, and we must not neglect to place considerable of the credit to our local talent, for Miss Cora Brown and her brother Frank, Miss Amy Safford, our postmistress, Mrs. C. W. Taylor and others took an active part in the exercises; and I might add that we have local talent here which will compare favorably with any in the county. The spacious hall was filled so that seats commanded a premium, and although the performance lasted until nearly midnight, still everything was so arranged as to hold the attention of the audience. We had fine music on the organ and violin during the interval between plays, by Boyd Tucker on his violin and Miss Lelah Fryer on the organ. After the entertainment was over those who desired spent a short time in dancing.
Medford Mail, June 28, 1895, page 2
Trail Creek Items.Ed. Bingham has returned home from Klamath County.
Mr. Severance has nailed up his house and left for other parts.
Johnson Bros. have completed their irrigating ditch on Elk Creek.
Miss Hattie Briscoe has returned home from a visit to her sister at Antioch.
J. G. Briscoe, H. Vogeli, Levi Dawson and A. Hall are each erecting new barns.
Mr. A. Hunter has returned from Klamath County and is now busy engaged in harvesting.
Mr. H. Richardson has bought a threshing machine, and will make preparations for threshing.
Mrs. S. P. Oliver presented Mr. Oliver with a baby girl recently, weighing eleven and [a] half pounds.
Mr. Wm. Cushman had a colt killed by a panther, and Mr. Lawson also had a calf killed in like manner.
Mrs. Nelson presented to Mr. Nelson a fine daughter. Mr. N. is erecting a new barn, and has also erected a water wheel for the purpose of irrigating.
Medford Mail, June 28, 1895, page 2
M.E. Church, South, Camp Meeting.Our good friend, Capt. Vogeli, of Trail, this county, sends us this notice for publication.
Please insert in your valuable paper that a camp meeting will be held on Trail Creek, above the mouth of Canyon Creek, commencing on the 5th of July, by the M.E. Church, South. All denominations are cordially invited to attend and take part in the meeting. All reverend gentlemen are especially invited.
Medford Mail, June 28, 1895, page 4
Butte Creek News.Miss Henrietta Morine is stopping with John Miller's family at Brownsboro.
Liberty school house had a hat trimming social and dance and supper June 21st. The affair was conducted by Misses Zuda Owens, Lydia Owens, Maud and Julia Hill and was a success.
Miss Temple of Central Point closed her school in the Antelope district last Friday and that night Mr. Stevens gave a dance to show the high appreciation they had of her services as a teacher.
G, W. Smith of Yankee Creek has about sixty stands of bees and has taken out 600 lbs. of honey this season. He is one of our live men that don't believe in sending off for things that can be raised at home.
Mrs. E. H. Lewis of Butte Creek has a tidy that was made in A.D. 1771 by her great great grandmother; she raised the flax, spun the thread and wove the tidy, and in weaving it wove in her own name and the date of the manufacturing of the tidy.
There was another fire near the mouth of Butte Creek; this time it was Mr. Newman's fence. Someone put out fire in the foxtail and the result was a lot of fencing was destroyed. Mr. Givan repaired the damage although he denies having put out the fire.
Mrs. L. W. Owen of Durham, Butte Creek, Cal., and Miss May Goss the singer gave an entertainment Monday night. The music was fine, Miss Cora Brown and Mrs. C. W. Taylor, our star musicians, assisted in the affair. Mrs. Owens delivered a lecture on "Love, Courtship and Marriage" Tuesday night.
Last Saturday as Miss Mattie Taylor, daughter of C. W. Taylor, went out of the door she discovered a large rattlesnake coiled up on the porch, and calling her mother, she brought the gun to bear on his snakeship and sent him to the land where all the good snakes are. She killed one a short time ago with a hatchet, cutting him in two in the middle.
J. J. Fryer and family, Boyd Tucker and Vol Stickel and wife went up Rogue River on a pleasure and fishing trip Sunday and while there a little girl of George Stowell's about four years old fell into the river but was rescued by Miss Lelah Fryer. About the same time J. E. Stickel and wife were fishing in Butte Creek and a few moments after they returned to the house, they missed their little Varian aged about 2 years, and upon searching for her found her in the water up to her waist; fortunately there was but little current or the child would have been washed off and drowned.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 4, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. Minnie Dauvaul is reported on the sick list.
[BY A. C. HOWLETT]
J. H. Caton and wife were in Medford Saturday.
Mrs. John Lewis is confined to her bed with heart trouble.
Elmer Higinbotham and Bert Nichols started Sunday for Klamath County, to work during the summer.
Lin Grigsby's little daughter had her arm broken on Saturday of last week. Also during the past week Mr. Bilyeu's son, living on Rogue River, had his arm broken.
Miss Temple closed her school in Antelope district on Friday of last week, and that night Mr. Stevens gave a dance as an expression of their high appreciation of her services.
I have to chronicle another fire. This time Mr. Newman's fence was burned by setting fire to the "foxtail." It is not definitely known who set out the fire, but it is thought Mr. Givan did it; at any rate he repaired the damage by replacing the fence.
Mrs. E. H. Lewis, of Butte Creek, has a tidy that was made by her great-grandmother in 1771. She raised the flax, spun the thread, wove the fabric, and in weaving inserted the name of the maker and the date. It is a perfect beauty, and shows what our mothers could do.
Last Saturday, as Miss Mattie Taylor was going out of the back door of the house, she discovered a large rattlesnake coiled on the back porch. She called her mother, who soon brought her gun to bear upon his snakeship and dispatched him. She killed another rattler a short time ago with a hatchet; in fact she has killed several in the past few years.
G. W. Smith, of Yankee Creek, went to Medford one day last week with a large lot of chickens and 100 pounds of honey. He don't believe in sending off to some other country for supplies. He has sixty stands of bees and has taken out 600 pounds of honey this season thus far, and it is not an uncommon thing for him to take 100 dozen eggs a week to Medford.
J. J. Fryer and daughters, Boyd Tucker, Vol. Stickel and wife went up on Rogue River Sunday on a fishing and pleasure trip. They caught a number on fine trout. While there Geo. Stowell's little girl, about 4 years of age, fell into the river, but Miss Lelah Fryer discovered and rescued the child. While this was going on J. E. Stickel and wife and baby two years old were fishing in Butte Creek, and shortly after returning to the house they missed the baby, little Varian, and immediately commenced search, finding her in the creek up to her waist, fishing. Fortunately, there was but little current, or the child would have been swept away and drowned.
As announced in my last, Mrs. L. W. Owen, of Durham, Calif., and Miss May Goss were to treat us to an entertainment on Monday and Tuesday nights--well on Monday night the house was crowded and she gave us a lecture on the subject, "The Two Sides of Life," that was truly grand, taking her subject to illustrate her lecture from two scenes in Jackson County. In connection with her lecture we had some of the finest music, Miss Goss as organist, and with her fine cultivated voice sang solos. Mrs. Owen sang several of the plantation songs. They were assisted by Miss Cora Brown and Mrs. C. H. Tayler, of Eagle Point, and I will remark right here that Mrs. Tayler is acknowledged to be one of the finest soprano singers in the country; in fact, she stands, in estimation of those who have heard her sing, as among the best in the state. On Tuesday night Mrs. O. gave a lecture on the subject of "Love, Courtship and Marriage." A person to fully appreciate and enjoy the treat must hear her for themselves.
----"A Friend" sends me the following items.
Mr. Swanson, of Antelope, is quite ill.
Miss Jessie Gregory has gone to California to spend the summer with friends.
Miss Henrietta Morine has gone to Brownsboro to live with John Miller and family.
Miss Lulu Roberts, of Big Sticky, contemplates a visit to eastern friends in the near future.
A hat social was given at the Liberty school house on Friday night, June 21st. Each lady took a hat and trimming and supper for two. Each gentleman ate supper with the lady who trimmed the hat he drew. Dancing was indulged in until near the break of day, when they returned to their respective homes. The committee of arrangements was as follows: Misses Zuda and Lydia Owens, Maud and Julia Hill. The ladies conducted the exercises in a very creditable manner and it is expected that the friends in the vicinity of Liberty will give another hat social in the near future. ("A Friend" will please give me the real name for my own protection. Many thanks.)
Medford Mail, July 5, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Walker Lewis fell through a hay rack last Friday and came near unjointing his hip.
Dr. Officer, while riding fast to see a patient, was caught by a limb, dragged from his horse and came near breaking his leg.
J. J. Fryer and family, Boyd Tucker and Volney Stickel and wife went to Big Butte last Saturday on a fishing excursion.
Jess Neff of Central Point passed through our town last Tuesday on a return trip from a fishing excursion on Rogue River.
Miss Edith May White closes her school today (Monday) in Rogue River district. Her little sister Clarens came out on the Fourth to spend a few days with her.
Mrs. E. Simon of the Pioneer Hotel gave a select party at her house on the night of the Fourth. Boyd Tucker furnished the music. The company danced until one o'clock a.m.
A. Hoyt and sons have finished caring for their hay crop on the Peter Britt place above Eagle Point, and have returned to their home on Big Butte. They were forced to cut their oats full green on account of the ravages of the grasshoppers.
A. Pool, wife and son Irvin and A. C. Howlett and family went to the Southern Methodist camp meeting on Trail Creek Sunday. There were about 125 persons present at the 11 o'clock services. At the close of the sermon, Rev. Shangle called for those who desired to be saved to come forward and occupy a seat designated for the purpose. There were twenty-one came forward, all of them persons of mature age; some of them grey-haired sinners. In the afternoon there were five conversions and six accessions to the church--five of whom were baptized in the altar. While on the way we had to cross the free ferry, and while we have a good substantial boat there is one serious defect to which I wish to call the attention of the county court, and that is the lack of fastenings to prevent teams from backing off of the boat. A couple of chains with suitable locks could be put there with a trifling expense and might save the lives and property of persons crossing the river, and possibly save the county a bill of damages. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 11, 1895, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Eaglets.The night of the Fourth Mrs. Simon, of the Pioneer, gave a select dancing party to a few invited friends.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
J. J. Fryer and family, Boyd Tucker, Vol Stickel and wife went to Big Butte last Saturday on a fishing excursion.
Dr. W. B. Officer, while going to see a patient, was caught under a limb, dragged from his horse and came near breaking his leg.
Jess Neff, of Central Point, passed through town Tuesday of last week on his return from Rogue River where he has been on a fishing tour.
A. Hoyt and sons, of Big Butte, have finished putting up their hay on the Peter Britt place above Eagle Point and have returned to their home.
Miss Edith May White closes her school today, Monday, in the Rogue River district; her little sister, Clarice, came out on the Fourth to visit her at her boarding house. Mrs. J. M. Lewis' they [sic] also visited the family of Mrs. E. Simpson during her sojourn in the Rural district.
Sunday myself and family, Mrs. A. Pool and little son Irving took a trip up Trail Creek to attend camp meeting held there by Rev. J. W. Bryant, of Medford, the presiding elder of this circuit, Rev. Shangle, the presiding elder of the district and Rev. Wallis, of Myrtle Creek. We arrived there just before the close of the eleven o'clock sermon by Rev. Shangle. At the close of his sermon he made a call for those desiring to be saved and wished interest in prayers of the church to come forward and occupy a seat designated. The result was that 21 came forward, some of them old white-headed sires, and all of them were persons of mature age; it was an affecting scene. In the course of the afternoon services there were five conversions and six additions to the church and five were baptized. The camp ground is situated at the junction of Canyon and Trail creeks, and the citizens deserve great credit for the enterprise and public spirit they have manifested. There was in the neighborhood of 125 persons at the eleven o'clock services and the very best of order was observed. There we met several old-time acquaintances of years gone by. While on the way we passed over the road to the free ferry, and I must say that our road supervisor, John Zenny, deserves a great deal of credit for the condition in which he keeps the county road, and which we have a good boat for a ferry. There is one glaring defect to which I wish to call the attention of the county court and that is the lack of any fastenings on the boat to prevent frightened horses from backing vehicles off into the water. A couple of good chains with proper hooks, which would cost but a trifle, might save the lives and property of someone, and perhaps the county a bill, for the boat is not safe in that regard.
Medford Mail, July 12, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Miss Mamie Wood returned from Sisson last Tuesday.
Ben Abeloose returned from a trip to Shasta County, Cal., on Tuesday of last week.
Harvesting is in full blast and it is "nip and tuck" between the harvester and the grasshoppers to see which will get the best of the crops.
While Joseph Rader was using a grapple hay fork the spring failed to work and in readjusting the fork he stuck the needle through his foot, penetrating the sole of his shoe. He put some liniment on it and is getting along all right.
Robert and Walker Lewis and Lee Parson went out on a hunt last week, returning on Thursday. They went as far as Flounce Rock but killed no game. An old man in that vicinity killed a deer and divided with them, so they did not have to go hungry.
Wilbur and Roy Ashpole, Willie and Merrill Brown started for the Dead Indian Soda Springs on Thursday of last week. M. S. Wood's family also started for the McAllister Springs about the same time and a number of our young folks expect to go this week.
While Dr. Stanfield was on his way up Little Butte Creek to visit a patient, his dog "Coxey" got after a rabbit and in his hurry ran against the horse's hind legs, and as quick as a flash he commenced to kick,
tearing away the dashboard, throwing the old Doctor out onto his head and shoulders, on the rocks, bruising him quite badly and demolishing the buckboard to a considerable extent.
A young man by the name of Winkle, who is living with Indian Jo Brown, started on a hunt with Jo B., and as he was getting into the wagon, he having placed his double barrel shotgun, loaded with twelve buckshot in each barrel, in the front and with the breech resting on the dashboard and the barrels resting on the seat, he placed his hand over the muzzle of the gun and just then the horse started, causing the gun to discharge, the contents of one barrel passing through the palm of his hand, tearing away the flesh but breaking no bones.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 18, 1895, page 3
Big Butte News.John A. Baker was in Ashland the past week on a business trip.
Wm. Chambers, Jr., and wife have gone to Ft. Klamath to work for John Irwin.
James Baker and wife of Wood River spent the 4th visiting relatives and friends at Big Butte.
The infant daughter of Andrew Stanley, son-in-law of Robt. Wright, died of whooping cough last Thursday.
The infant child of Coul Gearier, aged about one year, died at Brownsboro, of fever caused by whooping cough.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 18, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.M. S. Wood's family are at McAllister Soda Springs this week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Mattie Taylor is visiting with Miss Lottie Brown, of Central Point.
Mrs. Wm. Homes, of Central Point, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Brown.
Mrs. C. W. Taylor and Miss Cora Brown paid a visit in Central Point the forepart on the week.
Harvesting is in full blast, but crops have been considerably damaged by the grasshoppers. In some places they are destroying the fruit trees.
Miss Mamie Woods returned from Sisson Tuesday of last week, where she has been for several weeks with her cousin Miss Etta Griffith.
Last Tuesday Ben Abeloose returned from his trip to Shasta County, Calif., where he went to look for a location. He may go there this fall, as he is favorably impressed with the surroundings.
Last week Wig and Ray Ashpole, Willie and Merritt Brown started for Dead Indian Springs, and this week Frank Brown and his sister and a number of other ladies expect to start for this popular summer resort.
The Lewis brothers, Robert and Walker and Lee Parsons, started the first of last week on a hunt and were gone four days--an old hunter near Flounce Rock killed a deer and divided with them, so they got some meat.
Last Sunday Rev. Ennis preached two very interesting sermons for us, and at the close of the morning service he administered the Eucharist. After the Sunday morning services, Rev. Ennis, Mrs. C. W. Taylor and son Carl, Miss Bessie Brown and Miss Lottie Taylor and a crowd of five from Medford, consisting of Miss Myrtle Woodford, a representative of the Mail, Miss Mamie Nicholson, our daughter, Millie, and Mr. Smith, of the Palace candy store, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Lewis and two children and a friend of ours from over in the valley, repaired to our house, where Mrs. H. had previously prepared dinner, and spent the afternoon as pleasantly as one could wish. The party from Medford had brought an ice cream freezer and ice with them and we had ice cream and cake. Mrs. Taylor and Miss Myrtle Woodford furnished some excellent vocal music.
I have quite a list of accidents to chronicle this week; a young man by the name of Winkle, aged about sixteen years, got his hand badly shot. He and Mr. Brown started for a hunt and in placing a gun in the wagon he put his hand over the muzzle and about that time the team started and in the movement the trigger caught something and the gun was discharged, the entire charge passing through his hand, tearing away all the flesh, but no bones broken. Dr. Officer was called and dressed the wound, and at last accounts he was doing well.
ACCIDENT NO. 2.--While Joseph Rader was raising a grapple hay fork the spring gave way and he attempted to readjust the fork and by some means stuck the needle of the fork through his foot; the needle penetrated his shoe sole.
ACCIDENT NO. 3--Report comes that Mrs. Samuel Ringle was burned out and lost almost all of her household goods.
ACCIDENT NO. 4--While Dr. Stanfield was riding up Butte Creek to see a patient recently in his buckboard he met with quite a serious accident. His dog was running after a rabbit and in his hurry and flurry ran against the horses' hind legs and as quick as a flash the horse commenced to kick, knocking off the dashboard, throwing the doctor out on his head and shoulders, bruising him up quite badly, breaking the buckboard and smashing things up generally.
Medford Mail, July 19, 1895, page 2
Brownsboro Items.Mr. Ferguson, of Big Butte, was doing business in town Tuesday.
Joe Davis, accompanied by Mrs. T. Davis, Misses Farlow and Hutchins, of Lake Creek, called in town Tuesday.
Miss Lulu Miller and Mr. Wm. Stockam, of this place, were married, in Medford, on the eighth. The best wishes of their friends are extended.
Isaac Merriman and family, accompanied by friends, made a call in town Tuesday. They are on a trip to the McAllister soda springs. The water of these springs is quite noted for medical purposes, bringing health and strength to the weary invalids. It is also surrounded by rugged and beautiful mountain scenery and with its other natural facilities makes it a favorite resort also for pleasure seekers.
The Fourth of July was duly celebrated in Brownsboro to the fullest extent that the weather would permit. In the programme the piece "Our Country's Flag," rendered by the seven little girls, Misses Donna, Mabel and Bessie Bell, Pearl Casto, Nora, Edna and Hazel Charley, followed by the song "Red White and Blue" was especially commended. Dr. Stanfield, of Eagle Point, delivered the oration in his unique and entertaining manner. The successful knight in the tournament was Mr. Hoyt, of Big Butte, while others did good riding. The evening races and ball at night also claim their just merits as contributing to the pleasant entertainments.
Medford Mail, July 19, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Miss Allie Watkins is stopping with Mrs. J. E. Stickel at present.
Mrs. Geo. Morine is visiting friends in the vicinity of Brownsboro.
Boyd Tucker has gone to Ashland precinct to remain indefinitely.
Mrs. E. Simon and her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Daley, were in Medford Wednesday.
Vol. Stickel and wife have gone to keep house for the Ish brothers on Rogue River.
Col. R. F. Maury is at the Dead Indian Soda Springs. He expects to remain about six weeks.
John Baker and wife of Big Butte passed through here Saturday on their way to Eastern Oregon.
The grasshoppers are damaging the corn crop very much, in many places entirely destroying it.
F. W. Mitchell and Miss Mamie Wood went to the soda springs Friday, Mr. M. returning Saturday.
Rev. L. L. Grover and Mr. and Mrs. Howlett were in Jacksonville Thursday, attending to business.
A. McNeil fell in a fit Sunday morning. He was seen by his niece and carried to the house. At last accounts he was resting easy.
Miss Mattie Taylor returned from Central Point the first of the week. She has been visiting with friends in Woodville and the latter place since the 4th.
Miss Cora Brown and her sister Lottie returned from Ashland Saturday, where they have been attending the Chautauqua. They report having had a very pleasant time.
A heavy hail storm visited the Big Butte country about two weeks ago, and I understand that it damaged the grass so much that it is necessary to drive the stock out for pasture. The storm entirely destroyed the crop of Arthur Nichols.
There is a constant stream of people going and coming from the soda springs on the forks of Little Butte. Wilbur Ashpole returned last week from there and reports about seventy-five people camped at the Dead Indian Soda Springs, and a crowd on the way. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, July 25, 1895, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Eaglets.Geo Morine went Friday to visit friends near Brownsboro.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Alice Watkins is stopping with Mrs. J. E. Stickel at present.
Mr. and Mrs. Pletcher, of Medford, are sojourning at the Pioneer Hotel.
Miss Mattie Taylor returned from Central Point the first of last week.
Boyd Tucker went to Ashland Thursday of last week to remain indefinitely.
Volney Stickel and wife have gone to keep house for the Ish brothers on Rogue River.
Miss Sophia Simon and Mrs. Pletcher made a flying trip to Jacksonville Saturday afternoon.
Mrs. Peter Simon and her daughter, Mrs. Geo Daley, were doing business in Medford Wednesday.
F. W. Mitchell and Miss Mamie Wood went to the McAllister Soda Springs Friday, and Mr. M. returning Saturday.
Rev. L. L. Groves and your correspondent and wife were in Jacksonville on Thursday on last week attending to business.
Miss Cora Brown and her sister, Lottie, returned from Ashland Friday of last week, where they have been attending Chautauqua. They report having had a very pleasant time.
John Baker and wife stopped with us on their way to Eastern Oregon Saturday noon. They have been living on Big Butte. Mr. Baker informs us that several of the settlers of Big Butte have moved to Klamath and Lake counties.
A. McNeil, one of the oldest settlers of the valley, was taken Sunday with an attack of something like apoplexy. He was in the cow yard alone, but his niece happened to see him and gave the alarm. At last accounts he was resting easy.
About two weeks ago there was a big heavy hail storm in the Big Butte country, and I am informed that it literally pounded the grass and grain into the ground so that the stock will have to be drove out to find pasture. The storm completely destroyed the Artie Nichols crop.
Wig Ashpole, Merritt Brown and the company that went with them to the Dead Indian Soda Springs returned Friday. They report that there were about 75 persons camped there at the time they left and they met quite a number on the way. Among the campers is Col. R. H. Maury, one of the old pioneers of the country. He expects to remain about six weeks.
Medford Mail, July 26, 1895, page 2
Big Butte Nuggets.Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Simon were the guests of Mrs. Obenchain and family last Sunday.
W. W. French, of Rogue River, was shaking hands with his many friends on Rogue River, last Thursday.
Mrs. May Dunlap, formerly of this place, is spending the summer with Miss C. Wooley, near Eagle Point.
Mrs. A. J. Stanley and her sister, Maggie Wright, were the guests of Misses Enetta and Adella Perry Friday last.
Fred Edsall, of Phoenix, was one of our surprising callers this week. He reports that Tom Edsall was doing quite nicely.
Mrs. S. M. Perry, accompanied by her daughter, Lottie, has gone to the valley to spend several weeks, putting up fruit.
Misses Viola Simpson and Arvilla Stanley were visiting friends and relatives in this neighborhood last week. While down they attended the funeral of little Margie Stanley.
It is with a feeling of deep regret that we chronicle the death of Margie E. Stanley which occurred on July 11, 1895. Little Margie departed this life at her grandparents' home, on Big Butte, Ore. Deceased was eight weeks of age, and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Stanley, of this place.
A precious one from us has gone;Medford Mail, July 26, 1895, page 2
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
That can never more be filled.
Butte Creek News,The Nichols brothers started their thresher last Saturday.
Chas. Morine of Medford was visiting his brother George Sunday.
Born, in Eagle Point, July 24th, to Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Stickel, a son.
Born, in Eagle Point, July 25th,to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Coy, a son.
Joseph Rader and Wilbur Ashpole took a bunch of beef cattle to Ashland one day last week to Pelton & Neil.
George W. Apger has sold his place to S. A. Carter, consideration $600, and expects to start for the Willamette Valley in a few days.
Miss Ida Naylor of Griffin Creek and Miss Millie Howlett of Medford spent Sunday calling on friends in this section and took dinner with A. C. Howlett's family, returning home the same day.
Miss Etta Griffith, who has been living in Sisson for a few years past, returned home to Eagle Point last Thursday. She and her sister, Mrs. M. S. Wood, are going to Dead Indian Soda Springs today, Monday.
George Heckathorn and wife and daughter, Mrs. Frank Lewis, returned Sunday from a trip to Woodville where they had been to visit their daughters and sisters, Mrs. Magerle and Mrs. Simpkins. They report the crop outlook very good and business in a healthy condition.
E. H. Lewis and son launched a new boat they had made for Mr. Critland, to be used in his business as a fisherman. They have taken a contract to build another on a larger scale and Mr. Critland intends to put in an engine and run it on Rogue River as a pleasure boat for the benefit of parties of pleasure seekers. He expects to run it on the river near Bybee's bridge.
Sunday afternoon as Miss Charlotte Williscroft and Mr. Betz were riding along in the Mathews' lane. Miss W.'s horse shied from under her, she landing on the ground but fortunately on her feet. The horse tried to get away but the plucky lady held on to the reins until her beau came to her relief. She was soon seated on her horse's back again and went on her way rejoicing.
Last Saturday evening Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Howlett took a trip to Central Point to hear Hon. John Jeffrey speak, and attend the ice cream festival. After some fine music by the Central Point choir the honorable gentleman was introduced by the president of the Populist Club of Central Point and Mr. J. gave us an address of fifty-five minutes duration--I heard a lady remark that she did not think that he spoke over thirty minutes. One beauty of his speech was that he did not follow the old political ruts of the two old parties in using vile slanders and personal abuse but dwelt in facts and figures, with telling effect on his audience. If he proves as good at the bar in his legal profession as he does on the rostrum he will make his mark among the legal fraternity.
There was a fire on Canadian Gulch about two weeks ago that came near being more serious than an ordinary fire. From what I can learn Mrs. Burnett and the children were in the habit of sleeping at the barn and on the morning of the fire the lady had got up and gone to the house to build a fire and found that the matches had been left at the barn [and] sent her little girl to bring them. But instead of bringing the matches she lit a piece of pitch wood and started to the house with it. The fire spreading on the pitch so as to burn the child's hand, whereupon she dropped the fire in the hay. Mrs. B., seeing the fire, ran to the barn to save the remaining children that were still asleep in the barn and in saving them she burned her hands and arms very badly. It was by strenuous efforts that she saved the children. The barn and contents was a total loss. DICK.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 1, 1895, page 3 "Dick" was A. C. Howlett.
Eagle Point Eaglets.Born--in Eagle Point, July 25th, to Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Stickel, a son.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Born--in Eagle Point, July 25th, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Coy, a son.
[illegible] Nichols and cousin, Arthur [illegible], started their thresher last [illegible].
Charles Morine, of Medford, was visiting his brother, George, at this place, on Sunday.
Joseph Rader and Wilbur Ashpole took a bunch of beef cattle to Ashland the first of last week.
Mrs. C. W. Taylor and family and Miss Cora Brown started Monday morning for Dead Indian Springs.
Misses Ida Naylor and Millie Howlett, of Medford, were out this way Sunday visiting their numerous friends.
Geo. H. Apger has sold out his place and contemplates moving to the Willamette Valley in the near future. S. A. Carlton is the purchaser--consideration, $600.
Miss Etta Griffiths, who has been staying at Sisson for a few years past, returned home last Thursday. She and her sister, Mrs. N. S. Wood, left for the Dead Indian Springs Monday.
There is a trial going on today, Monday. J. H. Caton and his son, Freeland, have been charged with assault by Bird Johnson and Neil Gage and son. Will have a jury trial this afternoon. Full particulars next week.
George Heckathorn, wife and daughter and Mrs. Frank Lewis took a trip to Woodville the middle of last week, to visit their daughters and sisters, Mrs. Magerle and Mrs. Simpkins. They report the crop prospect good and everything encouraging.
As Miss Charlotte Williscroft and one of the young Betz boys were riding on horseback along in the Mathews lane Sunday afternoon her horse shied off and Miss Charlotte was precipitated to the ground, but fortunately she lit on her feet still holding to her horse, which tried to get away, but the plucky lady held on until Mr. Betz came to her relief. No injuries sustained.
A couple of weeks ago there was a fire at the Burnett place which together with destroying the barn and its contents came near burning some children which were sleeping in the barn. The fire caught from a piece of burning pitch thrown into the hay by one of the children. Had it not been for the presence of mind of Mrs. Burnett some of the children would surely have been cremated.
Last Saturday evening Mrs. Howlett and myself took a trip to Central Point to hear that noted, silver-tongued orator, Hon. John Jeffrey, speak--the first time we have heard him--and attend the ice cream festival. There was a houseful to greet him. He spoke for fifty-five minutes and if he is as good an attorney as he is an orator he will make his mark in the courts of our state.
On Tuesday of last week E. H. Lewis and son launched a boat they had made for Mr. Strickland to be used in his business as fisherman. They have contracted to build another, a larger one, and Strickland intends to put an engine in it and have it for a pleasure boat for parties that wish to indulge in that kind of diversion. The boat is to run on Rogue River near the Bybee bridge.
Medford Mail, August 2, 1895, page 2
Hay harvest is over in this vicinity.
Wild blackberries are quite plentiful in the mountains near here.
George Lynch is hauling lumber from Welch's mill for fencing purposes.
O. Holtan, the Medford tailor, was up here last week looking after the hay crop on his mountain ranch.
Dan Foellers is preparing to build himself a new residence. L. J. Marks is hauling the lumber for it from Welch's mill.
Mr. Gentry, recently from North Carolina, is here for his health. He is stopping at the Holtan farm, and under the invigorating influence of good spring water and fresh mountain air, his health is rapidly improving.
Medford Mail, August 2, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Mrs. Willmoth has gone to Klamath County on a business trip.
Walter H. Stickel and family are up from Lake County, Cal., to visit his brothers, J. E. and Volney Stickel.
Timmy Dugan while crossing Butte Creek let his horse get the advantage of him and the result was that he was thrown on his back into the water.
Last Saturday night a company of young folks met at J. M. Lewis' and spent a few hours in dancing. They report having had a very pleasant time.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas, who has been in Klamath County for some months past, returned last Saturday. She was accompanied by Miss Ella Pool.
Elmer Higinbotham returned, a short time ago, from Klamath County where he has been in quest of work. He reports hard times and no work to be had.
As A. J. Daley and wife were returning from a visit to his brother, W. C. Daley, on the north fork of Little Butte, the king bolt gave way, throwing them both to the ground and bruising Mrs. Daley quite badly.
W. H. Schmerker, of the Jacksonville roller mills, was in our neighborhood last week interviewing our farmers on the subject of wheat. Brad Dean was also in this community buying wheat for the Ashland mills.
Yesterday, Sunday, afternoon a number of our young folks met at a place where they are in the habit of running horses--it is not a regular race track--and had a few saddle horse races. There were several dollars changed hands.
Mr. Sherman of Talent and a friend of his passed through our town on their way from Elk Creek, where they had been to look at the country and take an outing in the mountains. They report having had a very pleasant time and speak well of Elk Creek Valley.
There was a trial in Justice of the Peace Haselton's court last week, Deputy Dist. Atty. W. W. Stanfield representing the state. Freeland Caton was being tried for assault and battery on Gillam Gage. Freeland and his father, J. H. Caton, were both charged with the offense, and demanded separate trials. Both parties swore to opposite statements and the jury hitched and disagreed. The next day both cases were dismissed, the costs footing up $78.83, not including the district attorney's fees. This is a protracted fight between neighbors and is the second time they have been in court. County Commissioner Bradshaw remarked to me during the trial that just such cases as this costs the county thousands of dollars every year and it is about time that something was done to stay the tide of extravagance in that line.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 8, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Born--July 12, 1895, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mintel, a son.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. Willmoth has gone to Klamath County on a business trip.
Walter H. Stickel and family came from Lake County, California, to visit his brothers, J. E. and Volney Stickel, last Thursday.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas, who has been in Klamath County for a few months past, returned Saturday. She was accompanied by Miss Ella Pool.
Elmer Higinbotham, who went to Klamath County some time ago, in quest of employment, returned last week. He reports hard times and no work in that section.
Last Saturday night a company of young people assembled at the residence of James Lewis and spent a few hours dancing. They report having had a pleasant time.
Mr. Sherman, of Talent, and a friend of his passed through our town on their way from Elk Creek where they have been to look at the country and take an outing in the mountains.
W. H. Schmerker, of Jacksonville flouring mill, was through this section of the country last week, interviewing the farmers on the wheat outlook. He spent the night with your correspondent.
Tim Dugan, while crossing the lower ford on Little Butte, let his horse get the advantage of him, and the result was that Timmie lit on his back in the middle of the creek. He was not badly injured, however.
Last Sunday a number of our young men met at the place where they are in the habit of running horses--although it is not a race track--and had a few races with saddle horses. A few dollars changed hands on the result of the races.
In my Eaglets of last week I spoke of a trial that was in progress at that time. That afternoon court met and the trial of Freeland Caton was had. He and his father, J. H. Caton, had been arrested on complaint of Bird Johnson on the charge of assault and battery, on Gillam Gage. They had a jury trial and they, the jury, disagreed after being out for about five hours. The next morning both cases were dismissed. The case is an old grudge and the taxpayers have to foot the bill--only $78.80--on account of the justice of the peace, Hon. A. L. Haselton, not requiring the complainant to give bonds for the costs. I asked him why he did not and he said that he did not know the law allowed him to demand bonds. The above bill of cost does not include the district attorney's fee. How long are the taxpayers to stand thus being bled?
Medford Mail, August 9, 1895, page 2
A. L. HASELTON, justice of the peace at Eagle Point, does not read the Mail and did not know that justice could demand costs to be deposited by complainant before warrants of arrest are issued in criminal actions--and the county paid $78.80 because that the gentleman was not familiar with the law on this point. The Mail printed the law in such cases a couple of weeks ago, and had Mr. Haselton been a subscriber the county would, perhaps, have saved the above amount.
Medford Mail, August 9, 1895, page 4
Butte Creek News.Miss Charlotte Williscroft is on the sick list.
Mr. Willmoth has returned from Klamath County.
The Woodford sisters gave a dance Friday night.
Ben Abeloose is hauling his wheat to the Ashland mills.
Miss Anna Young is reported on the sick list but is convalescing.
Miss Alice Morine spent several days last week visiting John Nichols' family.
Claud White has returned from Siskiyou County, where he has been working the past summer.
Frank Brown acted as assistant postmaster during Miss Amy Safford's vacation at soda springs.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas and Miss Ella Pool, of Klamath County, went to Ashland last week after blackberries.
Boyd Tucker and Miss Lelah Fryer are taking an outing on the Homes ranch in the Dead Indian country, with Charles Homes' family.
Rev. Robt. Ennis preached here twice Sunday. His family are at Mrs. Simon's while he and Mr. Smith of Jacksonville go to the soda springs.
Mrs. A. Pool and Mrs. Geo. Brown started yesterday for the Dead Indian Soda Springs and Thomas Nichols and family start today for the same place.
Mrs. C. W. Taylor and family, Miss Cora Brown and her sister Bessie, Miss Amy Safford and her brother, Jessie, last week went to the Dead Indian Soda Springs.
Miss Sophia Simon has returned from a visit with her brother Ed., on Round Top. Her mother, Mrs. E. Simon, is with a party blackberrying on the headwaters of Big Butte.
On Monday of last week the sojourners at Dead Indian Soda Springs had an entertainment, with John Olwell as manager, and Mrs. Taylor, Miss Sallie Murray, James Blackford and Robt. Vining as committee of arrangements, and H. T. Severance was orator. The evening was spent pleasantly. Another night a dance was indulged in and the candy pulling was the event of the week.
I was told yesterday by a man of good character of a diabolical plot to blow up a threshing machine, but fortunately was discovered in time to prevent it. James Savage had just set his threshing machine by a stack of wheat owned by a Mr. Thompson, on the old James Birdsey place 2½ miles below Rock Point, and just as they were ready to start someone passed between the separator and the stack and discovered a large stick of dynamite sticking in the stack and on looking around found several small pieces, and upon tearing the stack to pieces several sticks were found, enough to blow up all the threshing machines in the country. The result was that Mr. T. did not have the grain threshed and Mr. S. lost the job of threshing, but saved his machine and probably the lives of several men.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 15, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mitchel has come home.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Ben Abeloose is hauling his wheat to the Ashland mills.
Mr. Willmoth returned from Klamath County last Wednesday.
Miss Alice Morine was visiting the family of John Nichols last week.
Miss Anna Young was reported on the sick list, but is now convalescing.
Miss Sopha Simon, who has been visiting her brother, Ed. F. Simon, on Round Top, returned Tuesday.
Mrs. Elizabeth Simon is taking an outing in the blackberry patches on the headwaters of Big Butte Creek.
Mrs. A. Thomas and Ella Pool went to Ashland last week on a foraging expedition--searching for blackberries.
Boyd Tucker and Miss Lelah Fryer have gone to the Dead Indian country with the former's brother-in-law, Charles Homes, and family for an outing.
Mrs. A. Pool and Mrs. Geo. Brown started yesterday, Sunday, for the Dead Indian Soda Springs. Thomas Nicholson and family started Monday for the same place.
Claud White had returned from Siskiyou County, where he has been at work. He kept posted on what was going on in this county, as he is a careful reader of the Mail.
A dance was given by the Woodruff sisters at this place last Friday evening. Those attending report an enjoyable time and speak in high terms of the music executed by their hostesses.
Mrs. C. W. Taylor and family, Miss Cora Brown and her sister, Bessie, and our accommodating postmaster, Miss Amy Safford, started for Dead Indian Soda Springs last Tuesday for a week.
Rev. Robert Ennis preached for us twice on Sunday. He brought his family out with him and he will leave them at Mrs. Simon', while he and a Mr. Brown, from Jacksonville, go to the soda springs on Butte Creek.
During temporary absence of our very efficient deputy postmaster Frank Brown is trying to fill the position. He is doing as well as was expected, yet he can hardly expect to fill the place of an accomplished young lady.
Last Saturday while over at Medford, in addition to the usual number of Butte Creekers, I saw Henry Meyers, of Salt Creek, Geo. Hoyt, Mrs. Geo. Morine, Mr. and Mrs. John Daily, Dr. Stanfield and others. As the Medford Mail extends in circulation, just in proportion does the throng that goes to Medford to trade increase. But conspicuous among those who were not at their post was the editor of the Mail. Inquiry as to his whereabouts brought forth the information that he had gone to the Ashland circus. Gee whiz! Doctors don't always take their own medicine.
Medford Mail, August 16, 1895, page 2
For a distance of twelve miles we passed many fine ranches and gardens, all well irrigated. This brought us to the north and east forks and Sam Geary's ranch. This is rather celebrated at the "hunter's home," but we found no one at home. In the evening an old war veteran, Graham, came along and informed us that a party of eight had left that morning for the berry patches several miles above and had left him to keep house. A noticeable lack of dogs and guns also reminded us that as the closed game season ended the next day, berries were not the only attraction. Winningham and Geary are hunters of the Elk Creek woods, and married sisters, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Pence, who live five miles from the bridge.
The morning of the third day out I left my friend Cabler with our mutual friend, Graham, and went with the ponies to the Willits ranch, up the east branch. Mr. Willits is a college graduate, and a son of Amos Willits, of Ashland, who, with his wife, a daughter of J. B. Wrisley, of Medford, and their children have resided here for ten years with the nearest neighbors six miles away. They own thirty acres of well-watered glade and all outside range. Asked if they were lonesome, they said they were "not at all" as work and good health made up for all disadvantages. The Willits have a garden containing as fine vegetables and berries as can be found anywhere in the Rogue River Valley. Mr. Willits is a state game overseer for this locality.
But notwithstanding the fact that they said they were not lonesome, these people are very anxious to have settlers nearer, as they are the only settlers in township 32 south, range 2 east. And there is no reason why they should expect them, as there is all here that a young man might desire (next to a wife) to make him a home. The soil is rich, a dark loam, not very rocky, but well timbered and watered. Every acre can be irrigated. The outlet is Elk Creek Valley by easy grades, passing only one low divide, and then a good state and county road to the Southern Pacific railroad company at Medford or Central Point, about thirty-five miles from the junction of Elk Creek and the Rogue River. A county road has been graded part of the way along Elk Creek for ten miles, and has been extended by county appropriations along the east branch six miles further up. The heads of the branches abound in open glades and springs; fishing and hunting is the best on the coast, while frost does not hurt fruit, grain or vegetables. A young man that cannot make a home here in a few years is no good.
William Willits knows the corners and lines and holds himself in readiness to, for a small fee, show home-seekers over this vast area of half a county on vacant domain. His address is Prospect, Jackson County, Oregon.
Butte Creek News.A. L. Haselton has completed a commodious dry house and J. A. Jonas a new hen house.
Geo. Schneider of Medford spent Sunday with Geo. Morine.
Mrs. A. J. Florey has gone to Prospect to spend a while with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Nye.
John Watkins is building a new residence about four miles north of Eagle Point. Mr. Mitchell visited him Sunday.
Mrs. Thomas was taken violently sick last week. Dr. Danielson of Medford was summoned and now she is convalescing.
Claud White killed a rattlesnake one day last week, on the Simon farm, that measured four feet in length and had twelve rattles on him.
Perry Ellis of Prospect passed through our village Saturday. Horace Ish, Wm. Chambers, John Obenchain, Mr. Betz and Geo. Givan were also in town last Saturday.
Last Friday as Miss Daisy Stanfield was riding out horseback, the horse became frightened throwing her off and kicked her twice in the chest. Her father Dr. S. fears that she has internal injuries. She is confined to her bed.
Geo. Brown and family, A. Pool and family, Thos. E. Nichols and family, H. T. Severance and wife, Rev. Kennedy and family, Rev. Robt. Ennis and others returned from the Dead Indian Soda Springs Friday and Saturday.
A. C. Howlett and family picnicked up on Rogue River Sunday, and found S. A. Carlton and family, Mr. Vestal and family, Mrs. M. S. Perry and daughter Lottie, who were doing the same. Wm. French's orchard was sampled and found not wanting.
Mrs. Morine and Mrs. Howlett were in Medford Thursday and started home about 7 o'clock in the evening. One of their horses gave out and Walter Simpson loaned them a horse. It became so dark they lost the road and did not reach home until midnight.
On the 14th inst. Harry Worlow went into the stable to saddle his horse. The horse was perfectly gentle. He walked up behind him without speaking, threw his saddle blanket on his back and as quick as a flash the horse kicked him back against the wall and kept on kicking him until he was unconscious. He is said to be very badly hurt as the horse kicked him in the stomach and bowels, also bruising his legs and arms quite badly.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 22, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Last Friday and Saturday a number of the Dead Indian Springs visitors returned to their homes.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
While Mesdames Morine and Howlett were returning from Medford last week one of their horses became fatigued, night overtook them, road got lost, and they had a real nice time.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas was taken violently ill the forepart of last week. Dr. Danielson, of Medford, was summoned and remained all night with her. I am glad to state that she is convalescent.
Mrs. A. J. Florey has left Jack's bed and board, and poor Jack looks forlorn as though he had lost his last friend. She and the children are taking an outing at her father's, Hon. Chauncey Nye, at Prospect.
Last Friday while Miss Daisy Stanfield was riding out on horseback the animal became frightened, throwing her to the ground and kicking her twice in the chest. She is still confined to her bed. Her father, Dr. Stanfield, fears there are internal injuries.
There is some little improvement going on in this part of the country. A. L. Haselton has just finished a commodious dry house, J. A. Jones a new hen house, and John Watkins a new residence. The residence is about four miles north of this place, on a tract of land on which he has a location.
Last week Joe Stickel and his brother, Walter, narrowly escaped a runaway, occasioned by some tire iron slipping forward and pushing against one of their horses as they were watering their team in Butte Creek. The lines were jerked from them, but Walter jumped astride one of the horses and stopped the team.
Last Saturday was quite a lively day in Eagle Point. Perry Ellis, of Prospect, stopped while on his way to the "Hub"; Harry Ish was interviewing some of our business men; Wm. Chambers, of Round Top, was smiling on the people; John Obenchain was feeling the political pulse; Mr. Betz was quietly viewing our town; George Givan was seeking an opportunity to make a good bargain; S. A. Carlton and Messrs. von der Hellen and Smith were attending to legal business and your correspondent was taking items for the Mail.
Last Sunday I took my family and started out for a little recreation and a picnic dinner and after driving about six miles we halted at the camp grounds in Wm. French's orchard, on the banks of Rogue River, and--talk about your fruit; you ought to see those pears, peaches, apricots, apples, prunes, plums, almonds and--Oh, gosh! everything you can think of that's good to eat. Mr. Vestal and family, S. A. Carlton and family, Mrs. M. S. Perry and her daughter, Miss Lottie, were there to help make up the happy crowd and have a good time. We ate some of the most delicious watermelons that a reporter's tooth ever punctured. I would like right well to be able to write of Mr. French's most beautiful and productive farm in language which it so richly deserves; however, this gentleman of wealth and prominence will be a careful reader of the Mail from a date even with now.
Medford Mail, August 23, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Mrs. John Nichols was the guest of Mrs. Geo. Morine last week.
John Watkins gave a dance at his new residence last Friday night.
Miss Bernetta Williscroft was the guest of Octavia Howlett last week.
Our school will commence on the ninth of Sept., Mr. Daily to act as teacher.
Charley Thomas came in from Klamath County last Saturday after a load of fruit.
Miss Mollie Riley was reported on the sick list last week, Dr. Stanfield in attendance.
Mr. Willmoth has been putting on the finishing touches on John Williscroft's house.
Miss Lottie Brown has been visiting the family of Geo. Nichols of Lake Creek for the past two weeks.
Mr. Martin of Trail Creek is on the sick list--an old complaint; he is said to be in a critical condition.
Miss Edna Heart is visiting her father John Heart at the residence of his mother, Mrs. James Wooley.
Miss Millie Howlett came home from Medford Saturday to spend two weeks visiting her parents and friends.
Mrs. J. K. Bell, postmistress of Brownsboro, and her brother James Culbertson were in Eagle Point Friday on business.
John Young, our efficient road supervisor, has been beautifying his residence; it looks as white as the houses in the Arctic regions.
Charles Taylor of Ashland has been visiting his brother Frank and settling up his business here. He seems to have poor health.
Joe Rader, his mother and sister, Clara, Geo. Morine and family and Miss Grace Stanfield started for the McAllister Soda Springs last Wednesday.
W. C. Daley is getting out timbers to build an addition to his feed barn which will greatly add to the convenience of feeding and sheltering stock for the winter.
Lake Creek Dist. on Butte Creek is taking considerable interest in the roads in way of improvement. W. C. Daley, road commissioner, has worked the men to an advantage and has improved the grade very much at the Lake Creek school house.
A company composed of John Daley and wife, her brother and sister Bertha and John Wyland of Antelope, Mr. Milligan and family, Frank Smith and family, Mr. Turpin of Antelope and Charles Turpin of Lake Creek started for Crater Lake last Wednesday.
Valley Record, Ashland, August 29, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. John Nichols was visiting Mrs. Geo. Morine, last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
John Rader and family returned from Dead Indian Springs last week.
Miss Bertha Williscroft was the guest of Miss Octavia Howlett last week.
Our school will open on the 9th of September--Mr. Daily to be teacher.
On Friday of last week John Watkins gave a social dance in his new house.
Charley Thomas came in from Klamath County last Saturday after a load of fruit.
A Christian minister by name of Adams preached here Monday night of last week.
Miss Edna Heart is visiting her father, John Heart, at his mother's, Mrs. James Wooley.
Mr. Williscroft has been having his house finished. Mr. Willmoth is the boss mechanic.
Our daughter, Millie, came out home from Medford to take an outing for a couple of weeks.
Mrs. J. K. Bell, of Brownsboro, and her brother, James Culbertson, were in Eagle Point last Friday.
Mr. Martin, of Trail Creek, sent for Dr. Officer about a week ago. He is troubled with an old complaint and is in a rather critical condition.
Charles Taylor, of Ashland, was in our town on business last Wednesday. He is winding up his stock business here--his health is very poor.
John Young, our efficient road supervisor, has been beautifying his residence. At a distance it looks as though it was imported from the Arctic region--all the same snow.
On Tuesday of last week a party composed of John Daily and family, Mrs. Daily's sister and brother, Bertha and John Wyland, Mr. Milligan and family, Mr. Turpin, of Antelope, and Charles Turpin, of Lake Creek, started for Crater Lake.
Joe Rader, mother and sister, Clara, Geo. Morine and family and Miss Grace Stanfield started for the McAllister Soda Springs last Wednesday. Joe took along three or four young men for company. Joe and the young men are to do the fishing and George the hunting. They anticipate a pleasant time.
There was a large crowd assembled at Grandpa French's orchard and melon patch Sunday, among whom were Ed. Hoyt, Miss Cora Brown, Frank Lewis and family, Geo. Heckathorn, Wm. Perry, Miss Lulu Obenchain, James Grieve, Miss Deli Perry, Geo. Hoyt, Nettie Perry, Miss Anna Schmidt, Dean Gray and wife and your correspondent and family, besides a number of young men whose names I did not learn. They read in the Mail about Mr. French's orchard and you see the result.
In addition to the long list of citizens of this part of the country that go to Medford to trade, we notice Joe and Walter Stickel, M. S. Wood, A. Turrel and quite a number from different parts of the county that have not been noticed on the streets of the Hub for some time. They are nearly all readers of the Mail--consequently the change. Speaking of the change, last Saturday I started to hitch my team to one of the racks and lo! every one of them was full and I drove until I finally found an oak tree unoccupied just in front of D. H. Miller's beautiful residence, where I could tie up. Would it not be a good idea for the city dads to arrange some more hitching racks for the accommodation of the increasing throng that is making Medford their trading center?
I find this in the Lakeview Examiner.
"Rev. Fysh, wife and child, Mrs. Fysh's mother, and Mrs. Fuller departed yesterday for Central Point. They will stop at Klamath Agency, and assist Rev. Thos. Starns at the regular quarterly meeting there next Saturday and Sunday. From there they will go to Crater Lake and the huckleberry patch remaining there about ten days, and then proceed to Central Point. They will attend camp meeting at the Rogue River camp ground, near the latter place, which will be in session ten days, beginning September 4th. Mr. Fysh then goes to Portland to attend conference. They expect to be back about October 6."
Medford Mail, August 30, 1895, page 2
Butte Creek News.Q. M. Simons is reported on the sick list as is also Mrs. John Ashpole.
Mrs. N. P. Hately of Brownsboro is very ill. Dr. Officer is in attendance.
Rev. Mr. Ennis of Jacksonville preached here Sunday, morning and evening.
Dr. Officer reports the infant child of F. Morgan quite ill with whooping cough.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Pool were over to Central Point, attending camp meeting, Sunday.
Mrs. Geo. Morine returned Sunday from a visit to her brother's, Geo. Clifts of Phoenix.
The infant child of Geo. W. Daley, Jr., is quite ill with the whooping cough, as is also a child of Eli Dahack.
School commenced Monday with P. H. Daily of Medford as teacher. He reports 28 scholars in attendance.
The mill is kept very busy with the large quantity of wheat that is coming in. They are running night and day.
A. Hoyt, wife and mother, of Big Butte, were visiting the family of A. C. Howlett from Saturday until Monday.
There has been an enormous run of salmon up Butte Creek for the past two weeks. They prove to be most excellent fish.
Mrs. A. J. Florey and children returned home Saturday from Prospect, where she has been visiting at her parents, the Hon. Chauncey Nyes.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Love, of Jacksonville, and John Bilger and sister, Mrs. Moore, of Portland, were the guests of Mrs. M. A. Taylor and Geo. Brown's family Sunday.
A party consisting of J. J. Fryer and daughters Gladius and Lelah, Mrs. Maud Stickel, Miss Sophia Simons and Claud White and Boyd Tucker started for Crater Lake Monday morning.
G. V. and W. H. Stickel went over to Medford Friday to commence work for Childers. They will remain for sometime and during their absence their families will occupy the Pelling residence.
Miss Lottie Brown is over to Central Point for a few days, visiting her sister, Mrs. Wm. Holmes. Miss Brown will go to Portland the last of the month to spend the winter with her sister, Mrs. Jas. Guerin.
Mrs. Mary Long and little son of Lakeview were here visiting Mrs. L.'s sister, Mrs. J. H. Daley, the latter part of the week. They also visited Mrs. Long's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Wyland, of Climax. They will return home by private conveyance.
The dance given here Friday night was a most enjoyable affair. The crowd was not large but those that were there report enough to make it an enjoyable event. Ed Hutchens, of Shake Creek, was engaged to furnish the music, but for some reason failed to get here and Geo. Brown, John Nichols and wife rendered some very excellent music, with which all were satisfied.
Mrs. Clara Rader was severely injured in being thrown from a wagon one day last week. She was assisting a hired hand in loading the wagon with stove wood, when pile of stacked wood they were loading from fell down, scaring the horses so badly that they ran away, throwing Mrs. Rader out on her head and shoulders. Her face was badly scratched and she is suffering intensely from injuries in her back. Dr. Officer has been in attendance.
Valley Record, Ashland, September 12, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. Hoyt, of Solano County, California, who has been visiting her son, A. Hoyt, started yesterday for her home.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Henrietta Morine, while riding on horseback one day last week, was dragged from her horse by a clothesline and considerably bruised and scratched.
Hon. Chauncey Nye, of Prospect, came over last Saturday, bringing his daughter Mrs. A. J. Florey and children and his younger daughter, Miss Elsie. The latter expect to remain and attend school here this winter.
Last Thursday Mrs. Rader was thrown from a wagon and badly hurt. She had with her Monday morning Dr. Officer, of Eagle Point, and Dr. E. B. Pickel, of Medford. Fears are entertained as to the result of the fall.
Last Thursday Merchant Geo. Brown, his two daughters, Misses Cora and Lottie, and Mrs. M. A. Taylor, went to Jacksonville to attend the funeral of Lewis Bilger, who was drowned at Astoria some weeks ago and whose remains were brought to Jacksonville for interment.
The body of a child was found buried in the sand at the head of Reese Creek last week, and upon being notified, Justice Haselton held an inquest over it. The child proved to be one born last Wednesday, to a woman of unquestionable [sic] character, and at last accounts the jury had not fully decided as to the cause of death.
On Thursday of last week I took a business trip on the outskirts of our village. Calling upon Mrs. Elizabeth Simon I learned that her son, Daniel M., was quite ill, but gradually improving. Next I called upon John Williscroft and discovered that he had made some considerable improvement in putting the finishing touches on his dwelling but was sorry to find him quite indisposed. Next I called at the beautiful farm of Mrs. M. A. Taylor but found she was not at home, but her accomplished daughter, Miss Mattie, presided with all the grace and ease of an aged matron. Here I found Mrs. Frank Lewis and her brother-in-law, Mr. Oscar Simpkins, and wife, of Woodville, who were upon a visit to Mrs. S.'s parents--this Mr. Simpkins is a brother of the Chief Justice of Woodville. While there the conversation naturally drifted to the Mail and Mrs. Lewis remarked that she could not keep house without it and the result was that Mr. Simpkins ordered the Mail for a year. I next called on Mr. D. T. Erwin and interviewed him upon the subject of the newspaper business and he assured me that he wanted the Mail as soon as he could go to ------- and stop the ------- he intended to subscribe to it. I saw several others that told me the same thing. The Mail is away in the lead of all the papers in the county in the estimation of the reading public. Speaking of the papers, I picked up one of our county papers last week and on looking it over discovered that there was not a single communication from a correspondent in it and in turning to the Mail find that considerable more than one page of the paper is taken up with letters from regular contributors, and that is one reason why the Mail is so popular. During the trip I fell in company with Mr. Swinning, recently from Iowa, and Mr. Cooper, of Phoenix, with three pack horses going out on a hunting tour on the headwaters of Trail and Elk creeks and the headwaters of Rogue River. They expect to be gone several weeks.
Medford Mail, September 13, 1895, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Thos. E. Nichols has been repairing his house, rearranging the floors, etc.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
A. Turrel and his brother-in-law from California were in our town Saturday.
Walter and Volney Stickel are at Medford working on Wilkinson's brick building.
Joseph Wilson, our pharmacist, went to Medford last Saturday on a trading expedition.
Miss Temple commenced her school in the Antelope district on Monday of last week.
Miss Eugene Stowell, Miss Martha Black and Miss Laura Nichols are reported on the sick list this week.
Rev. Richard Fysh will preach at the Antelope church next Sunday at 11 a.m. and at Eagle Point at 7:30 p.m.
Mrs. Karewski, of Jacksonville, was out last Wednesday to see Mr. D. M. Simon, who was sick at his mother's at the time.
Mrs. A. Pool was stung on the lip one day last week by a yellowjacket and came near choking to death before she could get relief.
Our school opened on Monday of last week with Prof. P. H. Daily, of Medford, as teacher. There are over thirty pupils in attendance.
Messrs. Adams and Robertson, of Talent, were here on a fishing excursion. They brought their families along with them and had a very pleasant time.
A young man by the name of H. H. Hoyt, of Eastern Oregon, came in to visit his relatives, A. Hoyt and family. While there they gave a dance for his benefit.
Alexander Davis, who has been in Alaska, British Columbia and California for the past six or seven years, returned to his old home on Butte Creek last week.
On Tuesday Messrs. Knighton and Willard, of Trail Creek, passed through the village on their way to the Hub. Mr. K. reports that his wife is in poor health.
The many friends of Mrs. C. Rader will be pleased to learn that she is gradually improving. Dr. Geary, of Medford, their family physician, is in attendance.
Our youngest child, Agnes, was stung on the tongue by one of the yellowjackets last Thursday and her mother applied mud and extracted the poison in a few minutes.
Last Saturday night the Perry family, Hoyt family and the Obenchain family, of Big Butte, visited Rogue River on a fishing excursion. They toiled all night and caught four fish.
The young folks, including Dr. Stanfield and wife, had a ball at this place last Friday night; those who were there report having had a very pleasant time and a fine supper at the Eagle Hotel.
On Monday of last week J. J. Fryer and his two daughters, Gladius and Lelah, Boyd Tucker, Miss Sophia Simon, Claud White, Mrs. Maud Stickel and Mrs. Pearce, of Sterling, started for Crater Lake recently.
Dr. B. W. Officer was called last week to see John McAllister, who cut his leg just below the knee. He has a bad leg and the doctor was compelled to scrape the bone. With proper care he may be able to save his leg.
Harris Ish has procured a seine six hundred feet in length and last Friday he made his first haul, catching in the neighborhood of 250 fish. He sent three wagonloads of them to the different towns in the valley.
On Monday of last week the von der Hellen boys and Waltz boys, who were reported as having gone to Crater Lake, have returned. They report having had a most enjoyable time, and on Friday and Saturday nights they spent their time fishing in our beautiful Butte Creek. The result was that the two nights they caught about 100 fine fish. Fishing has been quite a source of amusement, and to some, profit, for the last week, as there have been several hundred taken in during that time.
I am sorry to have to chronicle the death of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Dailey's infant child, their only babe, which died of whooping cough on the 12th inst. Aged 6 months and 14 days. The remains were interred on Friday in the Mathews cemetery. Religious services were conducted by Rev. A. C. Howlett. A large concourse of people followed the remains to the grave. Just as the little darling was entwining herself around the hearts of the parents and friends, she was taken from them, and another home is left desolate.
Gone, our morning light,
Gone, our evening star.
Gone, beyond our sight,
To the land afar.
Gone, our garden flower,
Gone, our daily joy,
Gone, as in an hour.
Gone, our Daisy dear.
Great, Oh! great her gain
On the blessed shore,
Free from every pain,
Rest, then, child of ours
With the cherub throng,
Charm the Eden bowers
With thy sweetest song.
--A. C. H.Medford Mail, September 20, 1895, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.John Young has been reroofing his residence.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Katie Faith, of Klamath County, is the guest of Mrs. A. M. Thomas.
Mrs. Lou Chappell, of Marshfield, is here visiting her mother, Mrs. Thomas.
Jeff Bell and wife, who took their stock to Klamath Falls last spring, have returned.
Last Thursday Joseph Rader had another runaway, this time injuring both horses and smashed a wheel to atoms.
J. J. Fryer and party returned from their trip to Crater Lake Saturday evening. They report having had a very pleasant time.
Joseph Wilson made a trip to Medford Saturday bringing with him Walter and Volney Stickel, who are working on the Wilkinson building.
Henry Hornby and family have moved into the Everyclayton house, Mr. H. having arrived on Monday, of last week, from Lewis County, Washington.
Saturday night Rev. Fysh gave us an entertainment with his stereopticon. He has some of as fine views of Yellowstone Park as one could wish to see.
J. E. Loosley and family, of Ft. Klamath, passed through town Monday morning. They are camped at the old Jackson place putting up fruit for next winter.
Wednesday of last week Mr. Newman's little boy about eight years old was thrown from a wagon and two wheels of the wagon ran over his body, but fortunately no injuries resulted.
While in Medford last Wednesday I had the pleasure of meeting with Mrs. Berry, formerly Mrs. Simpson, and her son Walter, of Big Butte. They were in Medford laying in their fall supplies.
On Saturday night we had for company Mr. and Mrs. Fysh, Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Fuller, Levi Murphy and his son, Otie, the latter two just returning from a trip to Prospect where they have been looking for a location.
On Friday Rev. Wood, of Little Butte, brought Mr. and Mrs. John McAllister to Eagle Point to have an operation performed on his leg. Dr. Officer, of our city, and Dr. Patterson, of Central Point, performed the operation.
Saturday last A. Pool, A. J. Daley and Dr. W. W. Stanfield went to Central Point to attend a trial wherein an attachment was levied on the personal property on Indian Joe Brown, who is now on the Indian reservation. The suit was commenced by Mrs. John Williams, of Central Point.
John Obenchain, of Big Butte, while out in the woods looking for his cows Sunday ran across a brown bear which attacked him, but he climbed a tree about five o'clock p.m. and remained there all night. John says the next time he goes he wants some dynamite shells for self-protection.
Medford Mail, September 27, 1895, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Miss Ida Watkins went to Medford to remain, the first of last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Herman Meyer, of Salt Creek, came down last Tuesday and had an operation on his ear for the otitis media, by Dr. W. B. Officer. At last accounts the patient was doing well.
Ben Abeloose is hauling lumber from Mr. Charley's mill to make more fencing.
John Obenchain brought out a bunch of beef cattle for the Medford market last Monday.
Monday night of last week the young folks had a very pleasant dance at this place.
Mr. Sidler, of Lake Creek, was in town Monday. He reports that there has been a change in postmasters at that office.
John Obenchain and wife spent Friday night at Wm. French's, and on Saturday they were doing business in Eagle Point.
During the past week there has been several parties from Ashland here, fishing, although the run is about over for this time.
Mr. Legate and family, of Medford, were out Saturday and Sunday visiting the families of J. J. Fryer and Mrs. M. A. Taylor.
J. E. Stickels' little daughter, Varian, came near being severely injured Sunday; she was going down stairs and by some means fell backward.
Misses Elsie Pool and Kathie Faith, of Klamath County, who are stopping in Eagle Point putting up fruit for winter use, visited Central Point Sunday.
Mr. Daily, our teacher, reports 36 pupils on the roll and more coming. He seems to be the right man in our school. The children like him very much.
Ed. Hoyt, of Big Butte, stopped overnight with your correspondent Saturday night on his way to the Hub. He reports that the cattle are looking badly in the mountains on account of the dry summer.
Mrs. Lou Chappell left yesterday for her home in Marshfield. She was accompanied by her mother, Mrs. A. M. Thomas, as far as Douglas County, where they expect to visit Mrs. Henry Conn, daughter of Mrs. T.
Almost every time I come to Medford I see more of my acquaintances on the streets. Last Saturday in addition to the regular visitors were Miss Etha Griffith, Miss Lizzie Wilson, Mr. Pool and Frank Brown, one of our merchants, his sister Celea and Miss Mattie Taylor.
I have the occasion several times to call the attention of our business men of Medford to be necessity of having a road from the desert direct to Medford. Last Saturday I fell in company with Mr. Phipps, of Big Sticky, and he assures me that such a move would meet with the approbation of the most of the people living along the proposed route. I understand that Angle & Plymale, of Medford, Mr. Phipps and Hon. John Haymond, of Rock Point, own land along the proposed route and that they are willing to give the right-of-way along the line, and I repeat it, that something must be done to hold this trade for Medford.
Last week as I passed J. J. Fryer's place he stopped me and asked me to take a look at his garden and orchard. Talk about vegetables, there were potatoes of the finest quality, tomatoes by the bushel, cabbage as large as a water pail, cauliflower of a surprising size and squashes as large as a washtub and lots of them, besides beans, parsnips, and then his fruit, peaches that would measure 12 to 14 inches in circumference, and apples that would make the old Missourian doubt the correctness of their own eyes, and berries in abundance, all growing on a town lot--the result of plenty of water and good management.
Medford Mail, October 4, 1895, page 2
A FOUL ASSASSINATION.One of the most dastardly and cold-blooded murders ever perpetrated in Jackson County was perpetrated last Thursday afternoon in the stock-raising section of the county commonly called Butte Creek, the scene being near Hermann Myers' farm on Salt Creek, near Lake Creek post office, and 11 miles east of Eagle Point up Little Butte Creek, and 6 miles above Brownsboro. Frank Marlow was returning home to his father's place from a visit at Wm. Daley's farm two miles away. He was alone and walked the entire distance. He passed through the field of Hermann Myers' farm a few hundred yards from his home. Frank Wade, who was at Myers' place with his saddle horse and a 44 Winchester rifle, saw Marlow passing through the field and asked Myers if that was Frank Marlow. Myers said yes, and Wade got his gun, mounted his horse and riding through the gate to the highway turned and started after Marlow, and swooped down on the poor footman and shot him down like a fiend. No other motive than a desire to see his victim fall could have actuated the young rascal. Wade soon made himself scarce in the neighborhood. Nothing was known of his whereabouts by the entire neighborhood of pursuers until he gave himself up to Sheriff Patterson early Saturday morning. Sheriff Patterson was off up Rogue River levying on property, and Deputy Sheriff A. L. Parker went to the scene of the murder late Thursday night with handcuffs. Saturday morning about 4:30 Sheriff Patterson, as he was about leaving Jacksonville for Butte Creek to assist Deputy Sheriff Parker, was met by J. W. Sevedge and B. F. Wade, accompanied by the son and murderer Frank Wade, who gave himself up and Sheriff Patterson locked up young Wade in the county jail. Frank Wade had gone to the home of Mr. Sevedge and made a great "bad man" talk as to how he was going to kill the whole county before he was taken. Mr. Sevedge and his father after hearing of the death of Marlow and knowing the sentiment that would naturally be engendered, advised the boy to go to Jacksonville and give himself up. As a precaution against probable accidents in running across people not in the habit of going about wearing chest protectors, they waited until 1 o'clock Saturday morning, when the father and friend started in a hack for the county seat with the boy murderer.
Frank Wade, the Boy Terror of Butte Creek,
Fatally Kills His Neighbor, Frank Marlow, Just to See Him Fall.
Wm. Daley came to Medford Thursday evening and swore out a warrant for the arrest of Frank Wade for the shooting of Marlow and another against his brother, Lawrence Wade, for threatening Daley's life, and that of the deceased Frank Marlow. Constable Isaac Wolf arrested Lawrence Wade at his home and brought him to the jail at the county seat. Lawrence Wade was arraigned before Justice of the Peace M. Purdin at Medford Saturday charged with being an accessory before the fact in the death of Marlow, the testimony of A. N. Farley being to the effect that some weeks ago Lawrence Wade got a new Winchester rifle and declared that he intended killing Frank Marlow and Wm. Daley before the holidays. He was remanded to the county jail to await the action of the grand jury. Frank Wade's examination on the charge of murder was postponed to Monday, and upon the advice of his attorneys, Representative John A. Jeffrey and W. G. White, he made no defense and was bound over to appear before the grand jury.
Coroner Dr. D. M. Brower of Ashland was sent for and upon arriving at the scene summoned a jury--Delbert Terrill, foreman, W. C. Stockam, C. E. Terrill, L. C. Charley, Antonio Olsen, August Esller--who held an inquest at the home of the parents of Frank Marlow Saturday morning, at which the evidence of Mrs. Louise Marlow, mother of deceased, and Miss Lula Marlow, a sister, Dr. W. B. Officer and Hermann Myers told the story of his death. Miss Marlow heard the shot and soon afterward heard someone hallowing. She went in the direction and found her brother lying on the roadside a quarter of a mile from her home. Frank said to her: "Lu, I am shot, my back is broken. Run down and get Henry Myers as quick as you can." He said "Frank Wade came up behind me and shot me in the back."
Dr. Officer, who made the post mortem examination, gave the expert medical evidence, and introduced the antemortem statement made by Frank Marlow as follows:
October 7 (midnight) 1895.I was passing through Myers' field and Frank Wade rode up on me horseback--horse was trotting, and said "Throw up your hands, Marlow" and I said "No, I don't have to throw up my hands. What do you want?" Then he fired, then jumped down off of his horse and pulled the pistol out of my pocket and throwed it down beside me. I let on as though I was dead to keep from getting the second shot. I took it to be a 14 Winchester rifle that he shot me with. He was about ten or twelve steps behind me. I did not shoot at him or try to shoot. The revolver contained four cartridges as I always carry it with the hammer upon an empty shell.
FRANCIS MARLOW.Witnesses, Alex. Patterson, C. E Terrill, Robt. A. Neil, Lemon Charley.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 4th day of October, 1895. W. B. Officer, Notary public.
Hermann Myers testified: I am a resident of Chimney Rock precinct, Jackson County, Oregon, aged 35 years, occupation, farmer. I was well acquainted with Frank Marlow, now deceased. That on the third day of October, 1895, between the hours of 12 and 1 p.m., Frank Wade came to me at my residence and said "My brother Lawrence Wade has 160 posts and would sell them for $4 per hundred." And I said, "Tell your brother I will take the posts." He got off his horse and put down his gun and said "I guess I will go along with you and help you put on a load of corn." As I was hitching up my team Frank Wade looked up and saw Frank Marlow crossing the field. He picked up his gun, mounted his horse and rode off towards the gate to get into the road, and then followed him (Frank Marlow), who by this time had got into the road. In about 10 or 15 minutes Frank Wade came running to me on horseback and said "Did you see it, did you see it?" and I said to him "See what?" and he said, "I have shot Frank Marlow in self-defense and I guess I will go and give myself up" and turned and rode off in the direction of his home. Before leaving, he said "I want you to go down and see him, you will find him laying beside the road and his gun in the road." I went and got Edward Esmond and we went down and found him as Frank Wade had stated. Mrs. Marlow and his sister, Lu Marlow, were with him when we got there and I and my father, August Myers, and Edward Esmond carried Frank Marlow to his home.
The jury found that the deceased, "Francis Marlow, was 21 years old, a native of California, and that he came to his death from a gunshot wound inflicted by a Winchester in the hands of Frank Wade, and we believe the said Frank Wade guilty of deliberate and premeditated murder."
Valley Record, Ashland, October 10, 1895, page 1
The Butte Creek Murderer.Frank Wade's criminal career in the circuit court of Jackson County commenced in 1889, he having been placed in jail at Jacksonville May 4th for stealing a horse. He was examined for insanity, pronounced insane and taken to the asylum at Salem. There he filed himself out and made his escape, but after some time was recaptured and returned and after a time was discharged and returned to Jackson County.
On Feb. 11, 1893, he found himself again in the county jail charged with breaking into John W. Robinson's store at Wimer and burglarizing it. He was indicted at the April term of circuit court of that year, pled guilty to the charge and was sentenced to the penitentiary for one year.
Young Marlow was shot in the back, the bullet fracturing the backbone injured the spinal cord, paralyzed the kidneys and bladder and lodged in the hip. He died 20 hours after receiving the wound. Dr. Officer was on the scene early and afterward Dr. Patterson and Dr. Geary were in consultation.
Some flippant people with more mouth than information have been referring to Wade as one of "Pennoyer's pets" and then proceed to hold the ex-governor guilty of this murder for turning loose the ex-convict to prey on society. Young Wade was convicted of burglary at the April (1893) term of court and sentenced to and served one year in the penitentiary. Jackass philosophy is shallow-plated enough to hold the ex-governor responsible for everything including the sins of our first parents. It is really too bad the record cannot be changed.
Valley Record, Ashland, October 10, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Dr. W. B. Officer was in Medford Tuesday.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Rev. R. Ennis will preach here next Sunday, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Hon. Gus Newbury, our county superintendent, visited our school last Tuesday.
Rev. Wood had an operation performed by Dr. Officer for otitis media last Friday.
A. L. Haselton commenced threshing his beans today, with Harvey Richardson's machine.
Dr. W. W. Stanfield, our deputy district attorney, went to Grants Pass last Tuesday on official business.
I am sorry to state that Mrs. John Ashpole has been quite indisposed, but is gradually improving.
Rev. Bower, of Ashland, and some friends were here last week looking at our country and visiting friends.
John Daley and his wife have moved into the tract of land formerly owned by his father, where he expects to make a permanent home. They expect to turn their attention to the poultry business, especially that of raising turkeys.
Chas. Morine, of Medford, is here visiting his brother George. They are going to the mountains for a few days this week.
Miss Katie Faith, who has been stopping with Mrs. A. M. Thomas for a few weeks past, returned to her sister Saturday.
A petition has been circulated requesting the county court to change the location of the free ferry so as to avoid about a mile of sticky road.
A gentleman from Texas has traded for a tract of land near here, a part of the Shaw tract on the south side of Butte Creek, and is going to live in one of J. Fryer's houses this winter.
The alarm of fire was sounded last Wednesday, and several of our citizens rushed to M. S. Wood's farm thinking that it was his barn, but it proved to be a fire that was set out to burn some rubbish.
There is on exhibition at A. J. Florey's store some specimens of the vegetables that are raised in this neighborhood. There is squash, raised by John Lewis, that weighs 102 pounds and is six feet and two inches in circumference, there are onions that weigh 5 pounds and fifteen ounces, one of them measures 18½ inches and weighs 2 pounds 6 ounces and another measures 17 inches in circumference. The onions were raised by A. L. Haselton.
W. M. Stanley, of Brownsboro, called on me last Saturday, and in an interview with him he remarked that he had been in the canvassing business from Crescent City to Bandon, all along the coast, and that we don't know anything about hard times here, that there is more business done in Medford in one day that is done is any town along the coast in one week., and he said that he didn't know but he would be safe in saying a month.
The Medford Mail, October 11, 1895, page 2
A Visit to Antelope Creek.Your correspondent started from Medford a couple of weeks ago to spend a few days in the mountains. After riding all day I found myself at the home of Mrs. Mary Warlow, an estimable lady, who lives and owns a sawmill at the head of Antelope Creek. Mr. Warlow took up his abode on Antelope twenty years ago and erected the mill about that time, and operated it until his death, five years ago. Mrs. Warlow, with the help of her two sons, Harry and James, has operated the mill and farm since the death of her husband and by industry and economy has gained a competency to be proud of. The following day I called on L. F. Taylor. Mr. Taylor came to Jackson County about a year ago and bought the Wilson farm, near Climax. On this gentleman's farm I saw some apples that were very fine, without worms or scale. Mr. Taylor showed me a specimen of his North Carolina oats which he claims will yield over 150 bushels per acre. I gathered some specimens of the Twenty Ounce Pippins from the Warlow orchard that were immense, but not having a goods box with me I could only bring away two or three of them. A mile up the creek from Climax I found another sawmill owned and operated by C. C. and N. N. Charley. These gentlemen have about 250,000 feet of lumber on the yard and saw timber enough to last them years. Messrs. Charley are thrifty fellows and are very pleasant gentlemen. The night of the second day out I was royally entertained by Mr. William Charley, who has a nice little mountain home with bearing fruit trees thereon and an abundance of good things growing upon his farm to live upon. Mr. Rummel also has a fine farm and an abundance of fine fruit of all kinds. A few miles down the Antelope Creek lives Mr. Frank Centers, who is opening up a new farm and has bought a fine lot of fruit trees which he will plant this fall. After being on the Antelope Creek for a few days the writer came away convinced that it is a good place to make a home.
XXX.Medford Mail, October 11, 1895, page 7
Eagle Point Eaglets.Dr. W. W. Stanfield was in Medford Monday.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Nettie Chase started for California last Tuesday--to visit her sister Emma.
The farmer are busy gathering their corn and putting away the fodder for winter use.
Born--to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Willmoth, near Eagle Point, October 15, 1895, a daughter.
Mr. Richter, of Lake Creek, was doing business in our town Monday--interviewing our merchants.
Wm. Perry and Miss Lulu Obenchain, of Big Butte, were visiting friends in Eagle Point Sunday.
Ed Hoyt, of Big Butte, stopped a part of Friday night with us on his return from the fair at Central Point.
Miss Benson, who has been teaching the Derby school the past summer, accompanied by Miss Sophia Simon, visited our school one day last week.
Chris. Pearson, of Big Butte, had the misfortune to have his finger caught between two sticks and badly smashed.
Mike Mayfield, one of the leading stockmen on the Meadows, has been in this part of the country gathering up his stock that he has on this range.
John McAllister, who was reported some time ago as having his leg cut, is still in a very bad condition and fears are entertained that he will lose his leg if not his life.
D. M. Simon has been delivering corn to A. J. Florey, and Mr. Hinerqardt is delivering to J. J. Fryer. The early frost damaged corn considerable and the yield is not up to the average.
I am glad to be able to chronicle that Mrs. Clara Rader, who was thrown out of a wagon and badly injured, is able to be about again. She was out riding Sunday for the first time since she was hurt.
C. Johnson, of Lakeview, camped here with his family Sunday night, on their way to the Hub, to buy their supplies. He is very favorably impressed with the appearance of our country and from what I can learn from them they would like to locate among us.
In my last I spoke of A. L. Haselton threshing beans with a threshing machine, but the project proved to be a failure as the cylinder teeth cracked them so that Mr. H. has had to resort to the old way--flailing them out. He has about ten acres to clean in that way.
Charley Thomas has returned from his trip to Klamath County, where he is hauling supplies for the winter. Himself and mother accompanied by Miss Elsie Pool expect to start out there again in the course of a week. They have taken advantage of the abundant supply of fruit this season and laid in a large quantity for future use.
The conditions of Captain M. Caton are somewhat improved at this time. He is very weak from the loss of blood caused by the rupture of a blood vessel in his neck.
J. F. White drove to Grants Pass Tuesday to finish stringing the telephone wires. The line will be completed this week and all the principal towns in the valley are in speaking distance.
Mrs. J. T. Kenny and babe left Sunday for Klamath Falls to visit Mrs. L. L. Savage, who is a sister of Mrs. K. They accompanied Geo. Chase, who has made his second trip to Jacksonville this month for a winter's supply of groceries.
W. G. Sinclair, who has been ailing for several years, died at his home Thursday, and was buried in the Jacksonville cemetery Friday. He was a member of the G.A.R. He leaves a wife and a large number of relatives to mourn his departure.
Medford Mail, October 18, 1895, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.A. L. Haselton has moved into the old Dr. Whitney place.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Fred Downing of Butte Creek, was here on a business trip.
S. A. Carlton, of Antelope, was interviewing our business men last Friday.
Born--In Eagle Point, October 19, 1895, to Mr. and Mrs. John McAllister, a daughter.
T. M. Howard has moved onto a place near Round Top, formerly owned by A. J. Daley.
Wm. French, our boss orchardist, and his son Will, were in town last week on a business trip.
Hugh and Claud Clopton, of Bonanza, were here visiting some of their old friends last week.
We have had an old-fashioned lawsuit here. No attorneys. Perhaps full particulars next week.
Mell Pearce, of Forest Creek, was here combining business with pleasure while visiting friends in Eagle Point.
J. A. Jonas, one of our leading educators, closed a successful term of school on the 11th, in the Lane district.
Mrs. Stevens, of California, mother of John McAllister, is here on a visit, accompanied by her married daughter.
J. P. Moomaw, of Texas, has settled in our village, having moved into one of the houses belonging to J. J. Fryer.
B. Grigsby and family, of Klamath County, were here visiting his mother, Mrs. A. M. Thomas, the first of last week.
Mrs. George W. Daley, Jr., wife of the boss miller of the B.C.R.F. mill, has gone to Applegate to visit relatives and friends.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas went to the county seat Saturday and brought her sister, Mrs. St. Clair, out with her. They returned Monday.
We understand that Frank Wade and family, of Big Butte, passed through this neighborhood on their way to Sams Valley last Friday.
Dr. W. W. Stanfield has gone on a business trip to Klamath Falls. His family expect to move in to Medford on Wednesday of this week.
Frank Manning, of Prospect, came in today on the stage on his way from a trip to Montana, where he has been to visit his relatives.
A gentleman and family by the name of Armistead, of Phoenix, are preparing to move into the house formerly occupied by A. L. Haselton.
P. H. Daily, our teacher, reports his school in a flourishing condition with thirty-eight enrolled. He was visiting friends in Medford Sunday.
Miss Grace Stanfield went to Medford on Tuesday of last week to attend to the wants of her sister, Mrs. Minnie Dauvaul, who is ill in that city.
W. F. Wilkinson and family, of Big Butte, passed through our valley last Friday on their way to the valley. They expect to remain several days.
George and Charley Morine returned from their hunt last Wednesday. They were quite successful as they brought home considerable meat--the result of their trip.
The Lewis brothers took a trip to Flounce Rock country last week and report that parties between here and there are killing a large number of deer. They speak well of that locality.
Miss Ella Pool, who has been stopping for some several weeks with Mrs. Thomas, putting up fruit for winter use at her home in Klamath County, has gone to the valley to visit relatives before her departure for home.
Word reached us that Thomas Whelpley, an old resident of Flounce Rock precinct, died last Friday of pneumonia, aged 54 years. He leaves a wife and nine children, and has been a prominent man in that community for a number of years.
Rev. Robert Ennis preached his last sermon for the year, here Sunday, to a large and attentive audience. He announces a meeting for Tuesday, October 29th, at 7 p.m. and requests all members of the Presbyterian church in this neighborhood to be present.
Medford Mail, October 25, 1895, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mr. Hubbs has moved into the John Daley house.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Geo. Morine has gone to Applegate on a mining trip.
G. L. Schermerhorn and wife were here the first of the week.
Mrs. A. Pool is reported on the sick list by Dr. Officer.
Sunday evening last Dr. Officer was called to see S. A. Carlton's child.
Geo. Morine has moved into the house formerly occupied by Dr. Stanfield.
Rev. John Wood has moved into the house formerly occupied by Geo. Morine.
John Daley and family were visiting some of their many friends here last week.
Miss Lillie Temple closed her school in the Antelope district on Friday of last week.
James Wiley, of Ashland, was in this neighborhood last week looking after his father's interests.
Rev. L. L. Grover, who has been engaged in mining near Steamboat, returned the first of last week.
Mr. Martin and married sister and brother-in-law passed through town Saturday on their way to the old Ratrie place to visit their father.
Before [the] Dr. Stanfields moved from here a social party was given them at Geo. Morine's residence, the same being given on Tuesday of last week.
On Thursday of last week Geo. Brown, A. J. Daley and Mrs. M. A. Taylor went to Round Top to look up a tract of land belonging to the late H. C. Taylor.
On Tuesday of this week Roscoe and George Potter, Mr. Frost and Mr. Alstron, of Ashland, were here on a fishing excursion. They secured one hundred fine trout.
Miss Daisy Stanfield, who was seriously injured some time ago by falling from her horse, met with a similar accident last Thursday, but did not receive any serious injury this time.
Syman Adams and family came in from Klamath County on Tuesday of last week, accompanied by Mrs. Adam's father. They will go to Medford, while here, to secure their winter's supplies.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas and Miss Ella Pool started for their home in Klamath County on Wednesday of last week, and before they started Miss Ella, who was a constant reader of the Mail while here, subscribed for the paper, as she wanted to watch the Eagle Point Eaglets fly, and she said that she knew that they would fly from the office of the Mail every Friday morning and that she would learn all the news from this part of the country and have the best paper in Southern Oregon besides.
On Tuesday of last week the writer had business in Ashland, and while on the way there met Thomas Culbertson and wife, nee Mary Wiley, on their way to the Butte Creek country to visit relatives. They have been putting up fruit at Ashland, and on their return to Medford to lay in their supplies of dry goods and groceries. They had the Ashland prices and the Medford prices, which explains why they came to Medford to trade. On the back trip several trains were met, all drawing loads and driven by Indians. They had been to Medford for supplies and were returning to Klamath County.
Medford Mail, Fri. November 1, 1895, page 2
J. R. Morrison burned a coal pit recently.
Grandpa and Grandma Lynch were visiting Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Marks last Monday.
Grandpa and Grandma Houston are visiting with Mr. Briscoe's family on Trail Creek.
W. Houston is through making sorghum for this season. He made nearly one thousand gallons.
Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Ramsay, who have been stopping on J. A. Houston's ranch this summer, have moved back to their place near Beagle.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Lynch made a trip to Medford last week. Mrs. Lynch has accepted a position as teacher of the preparatory department of the Medford Business College.
Mrs. Holtan and her two daughters, Helen and Olena, have moved to Medford in order that the girls may attend the public school there. Henry will stay on the ranch and "batch" this winter.
Our postmaster, L. J. Marck, is laid up with a broken arm. He and Dan Foellers were unloading squashes. Dan threw a large one which accidentally hit Mr. Mark's right arm and broke it.
Medford Mail, November 1, 1895, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Henry French and family, from Des Chutes, are stopping with Mrs. French's father this fall.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
The appointment to preach at this place next Sunday at 7 p.m. is called in, owing to scarlet fever.
Uncle Jimmie Mills, of Brownsboro, was greeting his many friends in Eagle Point on Monday of last week.
John Young, our efficient road overseer, has been busy repairing roads, putting in bridges etc.
Mr. Parker, of Grants Pass, was here the first of last week interviewing our business men on some private enterprises.
Mr. Hornby, who is living on the Everyclayton place, has rented a farm on Applegate and expects to move there in a short time.
Mr. Givan, living near the mouth of Butte Creek, is building a new residence on his farm. Mr. Wilcox, of Talent, is doing the work.
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Gates, of Chehalis, Washington, arrived Sunday and are visiting with Mrs. Gates' sister, Mrs. Henry Hornby.
F. Morgan, who has been living on the old P. W. Stow place, now owned by O. Harbaugh, has moved into the house formerly occupied by Mrs. A. M. Thomas.
It is said that the contract for building the new school house in Rogue River district was awarded to Frank Brown and that the carpenters are at work erecting it.
The Lewis brothers returned from their trip to the headwaters of Elk Creek, where they have located claims on land. They speak in high terms of their part of the county.
On Tuesday night of last week Rev. Robert Ennis held a special meeting of the Presbyterian church, of this place, and elected an elder and made arrangements for religious services here in the future. He was accompanied by Mr. Boozy of Jacksonville.
Last Saturday Mr. Sproul, of Montana, and Arthur Foster, of Clackamas County, Oregon, came to our place and remained over Sunday; the latter is a nephew of your correspondent. They are on their way to Redding, California, where Mr. F. expects to secure a contract on a new road that is being built in that locality.
Mr. and Mrs. Willits, of Elk Creek, Flounce Rock precinct, were on their way to Medford last week when Mrs.W. was taken sick and had to stop on the way with Mr. J. M. Lewis and family, where everything that could be done was done to relieve her and the next morning, greatly improved, she went on her way to Medford.
Our little grandson, Eddie Lewis, came near being killed one day last week. He was in the orchard with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Lewis, when a two-year-old colt came up behind him and attempted to paw him, and in raising his foot to strike he knocked the child down, and when the attention of his grandparents was attracted by his cries the colt was standing over him striking first with one foot and then with the other, but fortunately did not strike it. Mrs. L. ran and snatched him away and thus saved the child from being killed.
The following is too mean and little to be allowed to pass without a little airing. On Monday of last week the word was brought out by interested parties that there had been four deaths in Medford, the day before, Sunday, October 27, and that the disease could not be controlled by any of the physicians--that it was something like the Asiatic cholera and that it was an epidemic. During the week E. H. Lewis started for Medford to trade but on the way was told that the disease was spreading very rapidly and that it was not safe for anyone to go into town. In spite of interested parties to draw the trade from Medford, three days after this I was in town and discovered that the streets were thronged as usual, and I noticed quite a number from the more remote parts of the county.
Medford Mail, November 8, 1895, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. Geo. Morine and a child of J. E. Stickels are reported sick by Dr. Officer.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. Hinerqardt, who has been living on the J. S. Fryer farm, has moved to Tolo.
G. W. Berton, of Ashland precinct, has been the guest of the Simon family for the past week.
John Sisemore, one of our pioneers, is reported back from his visit to his old Kentucky home.
Rev. L. L. Grover and Joseph Riley, who have been mining on Steamboat, returned to Eagle Point Saturday.
A. C. Howlett will preach at the Betz school house, on Reese Creek, the fourth Sunday of November, at 11 a.m.
Our school directors have engaged the services of our present teacher, P. H. Daily, for two months longer.
Mrs. J. B. Saltmarsh, accompanied by her grandson, was visiting her father, A. Pool, at this place Friday of last week.
The school house, in Rogue River district, has been completed. The young folks intended to christen it last Saturday night with a social dance.
Mr. Whelpley, of Prospect, a son of the late Thomas Whelpley, was in town on Thursday of last week, on business with A. J. Florey, notary public.
On account of the scarlet fever our school has been slimly attended during the past week. Every precaution is taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
There are two cases of scarlet fever reported in our town, two of Rev. Wood's children, and they are in a fair way to recovery. Dr. Officer reports the cases in S. A. Carlton's family doing well.
The report that Mrs. Gordon, living in Flounce Rock precinct, was very low with congestive chill is a mistake--it proves to be a nervous chill only and she is getting along as well as her advanced age will permit.
Miss Cecelia Brown, daughter of one of our merchants, Geo. Brown, returned home from Portland Saturday, where she has been stopping for several months past. She was accompanied by Mr. Eddy, one of the railroad commissioners, and wife.
Prof. Rigby, of Medford Business College, lectured here Saturday night on the subject of astronomy. His audience was small on account of failure to make the announcement. It should have been put in the Mail, and then it would have been generally known.
The Lewis brothers, living near the mouth of Little Butte, lost three head of cattle last week with a disease called the mad itch, supposed to have been caused the the cattle eating the leavings of the fattening hogs--eating the ends of the ears of corn that the hogs had slobbered on. The cattle were taken with an eruption of the skin about the head and neck, and commence scratching with the hind feet and then rubbing against trees or fences until they tear the flesh off the bone. They are said to be very dangerous while in that condition, as they will attack anyone they can reach.
Died--Mrs. Mary A. Williscroft, the beloved wife of John Williscroft, at her home near Eagle Point, on Sunday, November 10, at 11 o'clock p.m. Mrs. Williscroft, nee Miss Mary A. McLaughlin, was born in Wallace township, province of Ontario, Canada, in 1855. she was married to John Williscroft in 1875, and moved from Paisley, Canada, where her parents then resided, with her husband to St. Paul, Nebraska. They lived there about six years, and from there removed to Watertown, S.D., and then in the fall of '89 they came to Eagle Point where they have since resided. Mrs. Williscroft was a respected member of the Presbyterian church of Eagle Point. She was greatly devoted to her family and leaves for them the memory of a faithful life. She leaves seven children and the youngest a babe but a few days old. The husband and family have the sympathy of the entire community.
Medford Mail, November 15, 1895, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Jeff. Bell and wife, of Talent, are visiting Mrs. B.'s parents and relatives.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
There will be preaching at the Betz school house next Sunday at 11 o'clock a.m.
Mrs. George W. Heckathorn has been spending some time past visiting her daughters, Mrs. Magerle and O. Simpkins, of Woodville.
Last Saturday Sheriff Patterson passed through our town on a return trip from Brownsboro, where he had been on official business.
Frank Lewis, one of the leading rustlers of this neighborhood, has erected a new barn on the place he purchased from Mrs. M. A. Taylor.
Ben Edmondson and Wm. Perry, of Big Butte, passed through Eagle Point the first of the week on their way to Medford to trade for their winter's supplies.
John Young, our efficient road supervisor, has about completed his road work for this year and consequently our roads are in very excellent condition.
Mr. Goodall and son have rented the J. J. Fryer farm and Mr. Goodall is batching there while he puts in a crop. They expect to farm that place and the Peterson place on Sticky this year.
Charley Carney, one of our hustling farmers and stock raisers, returned from a successful hunt on the headwaters of Elk Creek one day last week. He was accompanied by James W. Pew.
I am sorry to have to chronicle the fact that Miss Charlotte Williscroft is confined to her room on account of sickness, having taken cold on Tuesday of last week while attending the funeral of her mother.
I expect that your city will be crowded with fresh pork, ribs, backbones, etc., for the hog killing season has come and a number of the farmers are killing their hogs instead of selling on foot at present prices.
Geo. Heckathorn stayed overnight at the free ferry, a short time ago, and reports that on the afternoon while he was there sixty deer were brought across the river by different parties who had been out hunting.
Mrs. Flake, sister of John McAllister, the man who has been confined to his bed here for several months, but is now convalescing, returned to her home in California the first of the week. Her mother, Mrs. Stevens, preceded her a few days,
The remains of Mrs. Williscroft were taken to Medford cemetery last Tuesday, followed by a large number of friends. Rev. Robert Ennis, of Jacksonville, delivered a very impressive discourse at the family residence before the departure for Medford.
F. Walker, living on the north side of Rogue River near the free ferry, passed through our town on Friday of last week on his return trip from Klamath County. He crossed the mountains on the north side on Mt. Pitt on his way out, returning by the way of Ashland. He reports the weather very cold in Klamath, the ice being thick enough to hold up a small horse.
Last Saturday must have been a very busy day in the Mail office. I judge from the fact that everybody else seemed to be as busy as nailers, and I met in addition to the usual number of citizens from this part of the country James M. and Robert Lewis, N. A. Young, Mrs. M. S. Wood, Frank Brown--one of our merchants after goods--Claud White, and Mr. Newman, besides quite a number from other parts of the valley--all intent on trading. On inquiry why they came to Medford instead of remaining at their old trading places, they told me they can save from 10 to 30 percent by going to Medford to trade. I remarked I had found that out a long time ago.
Medford Mail, November 22, 1895, page 2
Brownsboro Items.Miss Donna Bell is visiting relatives near Lake Creek.
Mr. J. D. Culbertson, of Lake Creek, was doing business in town on Monday.
Mrs. A. Olson is quite ill, but is recovering under the efficient medical skill of Dr. Officer, of Eagle Point.
J. W. McFarland and family moved from this place last week. They will locate in the mining districts near Roseburg.
J. A. Miller was out on a trip Monday morning in time to awaken the chickens along the road. He was on his way to Medford.
C. Charley, of Climax, is bringing over heavy loads of lumber and posts. He is improving his farm situated just above town.
Medford Mail, November 22, 1895, page 8
Eagle Point Eaglets.Three loads of hogs came to the Snowy Butte pens on Thanksgiving day.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Cal Pence, on Rogue River, November 25, 1895, a ten-pound boy.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, near Eagle Point, November 26, 1895, a son.
There will be preaching at the Eagle Point school house next Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Ben Abeloose and Wilbur Ashpole started Sunday for Klamath County to look at the country.
Hon. Chauncey Nye, of Prospect, has been at the home of his son-in-law, A. J. Florey, for the past week, unable to return home on account of a stitch in his back.
A number of persons from this neighborhood visited Medford on Wednesday of last week, among whom were John Pelling, C. Wooley and wife, Miss Lizzie Wilson and Mr. Hart.
J. E. Stickel and one of the young Ormsteads, who have been out on a hunt for some time, returned on Wednesday of last week. They killed but two deer, and report that the deer are very scarce in the region where they hunted.
Lee Caton, living on Rogue River, came down on Wednesday of last week and had a grain of wild oats extracted from his ear that had been there since the 18th of last January. The grain was perfectly sound at the time, and had caused him considerable trouble and no little anxiety.
A short time ago Mrs. J. E. Stickel and Miss Gladius Fryer took a trip to Applegate to visit relatives--Mrs. Stickel visiting Mr. Pearce's family and Miss Fryer visiting her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Newton Lewis. They report that everywhere they went they found the Mail and that everybody on Applegate seemed to like it very much.
There was a Thanksgiving ball given Thursday night. The Misses Woodruff furnished the music. Some of the unthinking ones brought whiskey and consequently there was more noise than was becoming. I heard a young lady remark is was a pity that they could not have a dance at Eagle Point without someone bringing whiskey.
While F. Morgan and Miss Hart were driving to Medford last week they came near having a fearful conflagration. They had placed some brick foot warmers in the buggy. A [illegible] drove up behind them [and noticed] smoke emitting from the bottom of the buggy, and investigation proved that it was the cloths wrapped about the bricks that were burning.
Medford Mail, December 6, 1895, page 2
Brownsboro Items.Mrs. J. Caton, who has been quite sick, is now convalescent.
Our pleasant friend, Mrs. J. A. Obenchain, of Big Butte, called on us last Friday.
Tyrrell Brothers drove out a band of twenty hogs to Wm. Ulrich, of Medford, on December 2nd.
J. R. Bell is absent this week. He is improving his farm situated three miles west from Brownsboro.
Charles Seefield is again carrying the mail sack on the Lake Creek and Brownsboro route.
R. McDonald and son delivered two loads of fine hogs to Klum & Christer, at Ashland, this week.
J. W. McFarland, who left this place a few days since, has located in Olalla, Douglas County, Oregon.
D. L. McCabe has removed his family to Medford. His sons expect to attend school at that place.
N. P. Hately returned home on the 30th ult. He has been on a trip to Josephine County, where he was looking for a location.
Mrs. A. Olson is improving in health, as is also the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Olson, which has been quite dangerously ill.
Mr. Irvin Daley, of Lake Creek, is preparing to spend the winter in the mining district near Sterlingville, and will start for that part of the country in a few days.
Messrs. Webber and S. S. Strayer, of Medford, accompanied by a friend, spent last Friday night in town. They had been on a hunting expedition up in the Big Butte country.
Medford Mail, December 6, 1895, page 1
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. Gigray, of Table Rock, was here last Sunday visiting the family of Mr. Hubbs.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
D. T. Evans, one of our prominent farmers, was doing a business in Medford on Monday.
Mrs. Klingle, of Chimney Rock precinct, was visiting the family of Geo. Morine last week.
Rev. Moomaw is building on the tract of land he purchased near Eagle Point and is getting ready to move there.
Mr. and Mrs. Eddy (R.R. commissioner) who have been visiting friends here for some time, returned to Portland Saturday.
Miss Cecelia Brown, who returned from Portland a short time ago, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Wm. Holmes, of Central Point.
Mr. Spooner, of British Columbia, who has been the guest of Mrs. M. A. Taylor, for some time past, returned to his home last Monday.
James Hart started for Medford on Tuesday of last week when his horse was taken sick on the road, and he was unable to make the trip.
On Monday of last week Miss Sophia Simonds, of this place, was in Medford interviewing the merchants. She was accompanied by Miss Ella Benson, who has been her guest for some time past.
A short time ago Mrs. Griffith and her two daughters, Miss Etha and Mrs. M. S. Wood, and five others were riding in a hack on the Rogue River road and as they were passing over a rough piece of road Miss Etha was thrown out and rendered senseless for a short time. While her mother and sister were working to revive her she gasped out, "Don't tell Howlett."
Owing to that long sticky lane between here and Medford the travel now has to go by the way of the Ish pasture through a series of gates, and there is one that leads into the county road to Medford that is not in good condition. One of most enterprising farmers on Sticky suggested the other day that a subscription be raised to put in a new gate. If the parties to whom the place belongs will kindly let us pass through his premises we might afford to contribute toward so laudable an enterprise. Someone put the ball in motion.
Medford Mail, December 13, 1895, page 2
Dr. W. W. Stanfield, formerly practicing medicine at Eagle Point, who had to retire because of the passage by the recent legislature of stringent laws against his school of physicians, has been practicing law at Dunsmuir for several months. He returned to Medford Tuesday to remain all winter. Doc is a staunch Republican and was president of the Eagle Point Republican Club. However, he doesn't take kindly to the dose of medicine given him by the G.O.P.s last winter and denounces it as "class legislation" with as much invective as a farmer does whose home and possessions have been taken away from him by per centum and per cinchum [sic].
Valley Record, Ashland, December 19, 1895, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. F. Willmoth was visiting friends in Medford last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. E. Y. Gray was the guest of F. S. Robinett Saturday and Sunday.
Rev. L. L. Grover is building on the lower part of the Wm. B. Dailey place.
This morning, Monday, we are having a slight skift of snow for a change.
D. M. Simon started to Portland on Thursday to be gone indefinitely.
Miss Elsie Nichols, of Lake Creek, was the guest of T. H. Stevens and family last Saturday night.
Rev. Smalley, of the free Methodist church, has been holding meetings here during the past week.
The farmers have been improving the time during the past ten days putting in their fall wheat.
The cattlemen are starting out to look up their cattle, as the snow is driving them out of the hills.
The young and old folks are anticipating a grand time here Christmas Day, as they expect to have a general shooting match then.
Rev. Moomaw will preach at Eagle Point next Sunday at 11 a.m., and Rev. A. C. Howlett will preach at the Betz school house at the same hour.
There is a move on foot to vacate and open up a county road from Eagle Point to Mr. Gordon's, on Rogue River, by way of Big Butte, thus shortening the road from Prospect to Eagle Point about fifteen miles.
William Ashpole and Arthur Nichols, who have been out to Klamath County, returned on Thursday of last week. Ben Abeloose, who went to Klamath County with them, remained for a few weeks. He is talking of going into the creamery business out there.
Porter Robinett returned from Siskiyou County, California, to the parental roof Saturday night, after an absence of several months. On the way from Central Point darkness came on and he and the liverymen got lost on the desert. The team became frightened, ran away, and there was a general breakup.
Levi Murphy and family, of Prospect, stopped overnight, Tuesday of last week, with your Eagle Point correspondent on their way to their new home. Mr. Murphy reports that that part of the country is filling up very rapidly and that Mr. Wall, the owner of the new sawmill in that region, is putting in considerable new machinery (it is not the old Deskins mill but a new plant from Central Point) and expects to be able to turn out anything that can be made into lumber. Mr. Honeyman, of the R.R.V.R.R., has been spending, some time in that section, and those interested are confident that a project is on foot to extend the Rogue River railroad from Medford to that part of the country.
Medford Mail, December 20, 1895, page 2 Deskins' sawmill was in the Flounce Rock area, "55 miles north of Jacksonville and about 30 miles from Crater Lake."
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mr. Strickland of Sacramento, California, son of Mrs. H. T. Severance, is here visiting his mother.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. Amanda Griffith is living with her daughter Mrs. M. S. Wood since the death of her daughter, Etha.
On Monday of last week Prof. P. H. Daily closed his school on account of scarlet fever being in the neighborhood.
Wm. Perry and wife spent the night at the Pioneer on Tuesday of last week and the boys gave them an old-fashioned charivari.
Miss Eddy of Portland, daughter of Railroad Commissioner Eddy, is here visiting with Miss Mattie Taylor and George Brown's family.
On New Year's Eve the young folks gave a basket dance. There were twenty numbers sold at fifty cents each and all had a pleasant time.
John Nichols was in town Thursday of last week and reports that his stock is doing very well, but that the stock generally looks badly.
The football club met on their grounds several times last week to practice and on Saturday went to Central Point to play a game against the Central Point club. I understand that they had a very exciting time and a closely contested game but our side beat.
Mrs. F. A. Gigray and Mr. Hubbs, of Table Rock, came over on Tuesday to visit Mr. Hubbs' parents, and while here Mrs. G. was taken violently ill with heart failure. For a short time her life was despaired of but she recovered so as to be able to attend church here Sunday and returned home in the afternoon.
The old year was watched out and the new year watched in by the young folks at Frank Morgan's and by the older ones at the residence of H. T. Severance. The first named spent the time in amusements and the other had a religious service. Both parties report having had a very pleasant time.
It becomes my duty to chronicle another death in our immediate neighborhood--Hellen Daley, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Daley, Sr., who died on the 5th inst, of membranous croup, aged five years and seven days. She was taken with scarlet fever in a malignant form about a week before and a few hours before her death she was taken with membranous croup and died from suffocation. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. L. Grover and the body was interred in the Central Point Cemetery.
Our stockmen are having considerable trouble in gathering in their stock. When the first snow came in the high hills it drove the cattle out but they found no grass on the foothills and as the snow disappeared they worked their way back and the heavy snows came and caught them. Joseph Rader, Carl Stanley and Geo. Morine have just returned from a hunting tour and they report having found cattle in the snow two feet deep and had great difficulty in getting them out as the crust on the snow was so hard that it was almost impossible to ride through it. Joe says that he has not yet found about forty head of his cattle.
Medford Mail, January 10, 1896, page 2
J. A. Houston is building a large, comfortable, commodious barn.
Mrs. Hodges has returned home from Antioch, where she has been visiting with relatives and friends for some time.
Mrs. Morrison has recently returned home from her visit with her sister, Mrs. Pankey, of Sams Valley, who has been quite ill.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Houston are all smiles over the arrival of an eight-pound boy baby, which came to their home last Thursday, January 2nd.
Sleigh riding has been all the rage here for a while, but the recent rains and last three or four days of warm sunshine has about spoiled our fun in that line.
A few evenings ago the young folks of our neighborhood gathered at Mr. Jas. Hannah's place and indulged in a real, good, old-fashioned candy pull. The evening was fine, candy good and everyone present enjoyed themselves immensely.
Christmas and New Year passed quietly and pleasantly with us. Mr. and Mrs. George Lynch invited a few friends to eat Christmas dinner with them, the date being also Grandpa Lynch's seventy-fifth birthday and he seemed to feel as young as anyone present. All did justice to the dinner and expressed themselves as having spent a very enjoyable Christmas.
Medford Mail, January 10, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.A. J. Daley visited Medford Tuesday on business.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. M. S. Perry of Big Butte has moved into the Griffith house.
Rev. L. L. Grover will preach next Sunday morning and evening.
Mrs. Geo. Morine went to Medford last Saturday on a trading expedition.
During the past week there have been quite a number of strangers in our town.
Geo. Morine went to Applegate last Tuesday to look after his mining interests.
F. B. Inlow of Talent came over the last of the week looking after his interests here.
On Monday of last week Prof. P. H. Daily dismissed school for two weeks on account of the scarlet fever in the neighborhood.
I understand that the scarlet fever has broken out in Frank Johnson's family and that one of his children is quite low with it.
Mrs. Sarah Ratrie Martin of Little Butte was in town Thursday interviewing our M.D., W. B. Officer. One of her children is on the sick list.
Miss Carrie Brown, one of the most prominent and accomplished young ladies of our town, has gone to Portland to reside. Her presence among us is greatly missed.
What will your readers in the old states think when they read in the Mail that we are plowing right along near the middle of January. Nevertheless it is the case and the ground plows fine.
One of our Belgian neighbors is taking steps to have some of our farmers try to raise flax for the purpose of feeding the seed to milch cows as he thinks that it will pay on account of the increase of butter and cheese properties in the milk.
There has been some excitement in our town on account of a warrant being sworn out in Judge Haselton's court for the arrest of John Doe for killing a hog that was not his own. Geo. W. Daley, Jr., was appointed constable but failed to find his man.
Last week while Fred Downing, Jr., living on Little Butte, was cutting wood his foot got caught between two limbs and his ax glanced, striking the foot and inflicting a severe wound. Dr. W. B. Officer was summoned and dressed it and at last accounts he was getting along very well.
The report in Medford, that the Eagle Point correspondent has been visiting in Medford and scattered the scarlet fever there, is an evident error. The Eagle Point correspondent has not been in Medford for several weeks and then did not visit the parties whom rumor names, and is not even acquainted with them.
J. P. Moomaw has moved into his new house and is improving his place--getting ready to put in a crop this season. He came here from Texas last fall on account of his own and his wife's health and now he wants this country advertised, for he thinks that this is one of the greatest countries in the world. If there are any more invalids in Texas of the same stripe, we would like to have them come and we will give them a hearty welcome.
Medford Mail, January 17, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Geo. Givan of lower Butte was also in town the first of last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
W. H. Bradshaw, county commissioner, was in town Monday of last week.
Rev. J. P. Moomaw will preach in Eagle Point next Sunday morning and evening.
Uncle Jack Compton of Brownsboro was smiling on his many friends here last Friday.
John Sevedge of Salt Creek, another of our Butte Creek cattlemen, was in town last Friday.
Rev. L. L. Grover has moved his quarters from the Pioneer and is keeping "batch" with W. B. Dailey.
Elder A. J. Daley filled the pulpit Sunday evening in the place of L. L. Grover. The latter preached in the morning.
Thomas E. Nichols, one of our leading stockmen, was in town the first of last week. He reports the stock not doing well.
Lee Black, one of our rising young men living on Rogue River, was in town last week interviewing one of our notaries public.
G. W. Smith, our Yankee Creek horticulturist and one of the most successful bee masters in this part of the country, was in town last week.
Mrs. Runnels, an aged lady of Little Butte, is reported on the sick list. Dr. Officer is in attendance. One of the Betz boys is also reported on the sick list.
J. E. Stickel, our leading blacksmith, was called to the free ferry on Rogue River the first of last week to do some work on the boat and rigging.
Some of our enterprising citizens have been making some decided improvements in the way of graveling the sidewalks between the post office and Brown's store.
Henry and Peter Barneburg, Jr., living east of Medford, have been here and in the neighborhood on Little Butte Creek buying cattle. It is said that they bought about sixty head one day last week.
Our young and middle-aged people are having a great time playing football. There are only three ponds of water on the ball ground and the players get the full benefit of them. They played a game last Saturday but on Sunday afternoon they had one of the hottest games of the season and now they think of challenging any team in the county.
Last week mention was made of the issue of a warrant for the arrest of John Doe for killing a hog. While making an unsuccessful search for him they found evidences which prompted the issuing of another warrant for the arrest of his brother for killing deer. Constable A. Pool and posse went out to where the two young men were keeping "batch," but while they were watching the doors the inmates removed a board in the rear, made their exit and departed. The next time the officers went there they found a notice posted on the door warning them to keep away or they might get hurt. Nevertheless Constable Pool succeeded in capturing Irwin Dahack on the charge of killing deer. He called for a jury trial and it was set for Tuesday. Your correspondent went to Medford Monday and brought Judge Stanfield out to prosecute the case. There are more cases on the docket that he will probably handle for the state before he returns.
Medford Mail, January 24, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mr. Dahack was in town Monday.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Rev. Wood will preach next Sunday morning and evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Nichols were trading with our merchants Monday.
Mr. von der Hellen of Wellen was doing business in Eagle Point Monday.
Joe Rader, one of our enterprising stockmen, was doing business in Eagle Point Monday.
Miss Anna Schneider of Rogue River was smiling on her many friends in Eagle Point last Saturday.
Last Saturday Wm. C. Daley of upper Little Butte was in town. His many friends gave him a hearty welcome.
Mike Mayfield, one of the leading stockmen of the Meadows, was in this part of the country last week looking after his stock interests.
Miss Lottie Perry of Big Butte came out the first of last week to stay with her mother who is here under the care of our own Dr. W. B. Officer.
The Leap Year dance, given by the ladies of this place last Friday night, is reported as having been a very pleasant affair; the basket supper was excellent.
Last Sunday about noon a messenger from Mr. Gordon's, on Rogue River, came dashing into town for a doctor for one of the young Gordons who through mistake had taken a dose of carbolic acid for a dose of cough medicine.
Last Thursday Mrs. John Daley was thrown from her horse and badly injured. She had her children with her on the horse, which was being led by her husband. In passing a tree the horse shied and all were brushed from the horse. She was carried to Geo. Morine's house, which was near the place of the accident, where every attention possible is bestowed. One of the children received a few bruises, but nothing serious.
In my last I spoke of the arrest of Irvin Dahack for violation of the game law and the sending for Judge Stanfield to prosecute the case. The case was called at one o'clock Tuesday--Judge Stanfield for the prosecution and Mr. Dahack acted as his own counsel. The jury after hearing all the evidence came to the conclusion Irvin Dahack had nothing to do with the killing of the deer, but that his brother had killed it, and as his brother has not been found at yet we are not prepared to tell the finale of the case.
On Thursday of last week we had another case in Judge Haselton's court. One Joe Brown, a half-breed Indian, was arrested on complaint of A. J. Daley charged with larceny of a cow and the attempted larceny of some other property. When Constable Pool went to arrest him he was grubbing for Joe Rader, and he informed the constable that if he came in reach he would kill him with the grubbing hoe. Mr. Pool retreated, secured help and made the arrest. Brown was examined on Friday, Judge Stanfield conducting the prosecution and bound over to await the action of the grand jury, in the sum of $600. He is now boarding with Sheriff Patterson in Jacksonville.
Died--January 19, 1896 at her home in Clackamas, of pneumonia, Mrs. Mary Fannie Foster, nee Mary F. Cook, aged 46 years 4 months and 13 days. The subject of the above notice was born in Lafayette County, Missouri, September 6, 1849. In early childhood she came with her parents to Clackamas County, Oregon and in 1859 she came to Jacksonville with her aunt, the late Mary A. Chambers, then Mrs. M. A. Harris of the '55 Indian war fame. She attended school there for some time and then returned to the home of her parents where she remained until her marriage in 1868 to Frank W. Foster, one of the pioneers of '47. Her husband died in August 1890. She leaves ten children, five brothers and one sister--Mrs. A. C. Howlett--besides a number of relatives in this county to feel the sad bereavement. She united with the M.E. Church shortly after her marriage and lived a constant Christian life and in her last hours gave unmistakable evidence of her preparation for the change.
"Dear is the spot where Fannie sleeps,Medford Mail, January 31, 1896, page 2
And sweet the strains that angels pour,
O, why should we in anguish weep?
She is not dead but gone before.
We call her dead, and mourn her loss,
Because her dear face we see no more.
Remember, and light will be the cross--
She is not dead, but gone before."
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mr. Marlow, of Salt Creek, was in town the first of last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
A. C. Howlett will preach at Eagle Point next Sunday at 7 p.m.
Miss Lelah Fryer has been visiting Miss Gladius Heckathorn for the past week.
Last Thursday Mrs. Walter Stickel was thrown from her horse and badly bruised.
Mr. Grimsley was over from his farm on Monday of last week looking after his business in the city drug store.
P. H. Daily will close his school next Saturday. Pat is very popular with the children and is not at all unpopular with the patrons.
Geo. Morine returned from his mines on Applegate last Thursday. He reports the prospect good and is considerably encouraged.
Miss Henrietta Morine, who has been visiting her uncle and family, Frank Morine, near Medford, for the past two weeks, returned home last Saturday.
It was the calculation that the Central Point football club would come over and play a match game with the Eagle Point club, and was accordingly announced, but they failed to come.
That young Mr. Gordon who took carbolic acid through mistake is getting along very well. Dr. Officer rode down three horses in reaching him, but got there in time to save him.
Our enterprising neighbor, Ben Abeloose, has been buying up a lot of fine dairy cows with a view of taking them to Klamath County next summer and turning his attention to that of making cheese and butter.
A short time ago I reported that the house occupied by John Smith, belonging to D. P. Mathews, was burned. Since then Mr. Mathews has rebuilt and on Tuesday of last week the new house was christened by having a dance in it.
One of your constant readers, living near Woodville, Oscar Simpkins, is so happy he cannot find words to express his joy. His wife, nee Jennie Heckathorn, presented him with a fine son on the 25th ult., and that was the cause of his exultation.
Mr. Newman, living near the mouth of Butte Creek, had a very severe attack of neuralgia of the stomach last Friday night, and for about four minutes was thought dead. This is the third attack he has had in the past two weeks and on account of his extreme age little hopes are entertained for his recovery.
Dr. R. L. Parker, of Upper Rogue River, passed through town the first of last week on his way from Forest Grove, Washington County, where he has been to visit his son, Montie, to his ranch on Rogue River. He reports harder times in Washington County than we have here, that there is nothing doing and that the people are discouraged.
There was a very exciting game of football on the Eagle Point ball ground last Sunday, between the Eagle Point club and the Antelope club. Those who were present report a very closely contested match. During the game there was a collision which resulted in a scratched face or two and a bruised nose. An informant thought Eagle Point came out second best.
One of your subscribers in Nebraska writes to his father-in-law that he likes the Mail very much, but wants this country advertised more for he thinks from what his relatives write that it must be the greatest country in the world. One of your subscribers here says that he has lived in several different states but this beats anything he ever saw, and he says that a number of his relatives are coming here during next spring and summer.
A few nights ago, during the temporary absence of Mrs. George Morine, some miscreant, too mean to live and not prepared to die, in the dead hours of the night went into her yard and took the hoops off of her soap barrel, carried them off and left nine gallons of soap to run on the ground. He also took three pieces of pork from the meat house. He is shadowed and I expect ere long to have report the arrest of the suspected party.
Medford Mail, February 7, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Born--In Brownsboro, to Mr. and Mrs. Caton, on the 6th inst a son.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Sheriff Patterson passed through our town on official business on Wednesday of last week.
Miss Beach of Medford was out last week visiting our school and looking for a situation to teach.
Robert Potter went to Ashland last week to consult a specialist in regard to his little son, Ralph.
Frank Lewis returned from the Applegate mines last Sunday, where he has been working for some time past.
Mr. Friese, of Central Point, passed through our town last week on the way to his ranch on Big Butte.
Grandma Griffith is reported very low with typhoid pneumonia at the residence of her son-in-law, M. S. Wood.
J. A. Jones has been putting up quite a string of picket and wire fences, weaving the pickets in as he makes the fence.
Nelson Nye, of Prospect, came down the latter part of last week to visit his sisters, Miss Elsie and Mrs. A. J. Florey.
Miss Davidson, of Medford, was interviewing our school directors in regard to our school, also visiting the school Tuesday of last week.
Cass Higinbotham, who has been living on the Will Higinbotham place, moved last week to Evans Creek, where he expects to engage in mining.
Young Mr. Gordon, of Siskiyou County, Calif., who has been over to visit his brother who took the wrong kind of medicine, returned to his home in California last week.
Fort Hubbard, of the firm of Hubbard Bros., of Medford, passed through town last Friday on the way to his ranch on Clarks Creek, on the north side of Big Butte. His family is stopping there this winter on account of his wife's health.
I am sorry to say that our efficient road supervisor, John Young, is partly laid up with a lame wrist. In attempting to climb over a fence he slipped and caught on his hand, doubling it back so that fears were entertained of its being thrown out of place, but I understand that he is improving.
S. F. Robinett is not only an expert in hammering and shaping iron but proves himself to be an expert as a soft soap maker. He reports to having made at one time in one kettle, seventy-five gallons of excellent soft soap in an incredibly short time. Mr. Robinett is also a reader of the Mail.
P. H. Daily has just closed a five month's term of school and it seems to be a universal wish of the patrons that the directors secure his services again, as he proves to be the right man in the right place, and it is said a petition is being circulated requesting the board of directors to employ him while they can get him.
In the game of football between the Eagle Point and the Antelope club, referred to last week, there were two young men seriously hurt. Porter Robinett had his knee badly sprained, and fears are entertained that his hip is dislocated. He has been confined to his bed ever since. One of the von der Hellen boys had his ankle so badly sprained that he, at last accounts, was confined to his bed.
Medford Mail, February 14, 1896, page 2
Brownsboro Items.Mrs. Mary Sevedge, of Lake Creek, was in town on Saturday.
Wm. Stanley and D. Terrill are engaged in buying up young cattle.
Carl Stanley is prostrated with quite a severe attack of pneumonia.
Jas. Bell, from Talent, was visiting relatives in town a few days since.
Mr. and Mrs. John Caton are the happy parents of a bouncing boy baby, born on the 7th.
Justice of the Peace A. L. Haselton, of Eagle Point, was doing official business in town on the 31st inst.
Misses Mary and Annie Davidson, of Medford, were the guests of Mrs. J. K. Bell and family on the 6th and 7th.
Our county commissioner, Wm. H. Bradshaw, has just returned from another of his monthly visits to the county seat.
O. Meeks, from the Willamette Valley, spent several days recently as a guest of Mr. and Mrs. James Mills, of this place.
Sheriff Patterson passed through town on the 7th. He had been up in the Big Butte country transacting official business.
Medford Mail, February 14, 1896, page 1
Eagle Point Eaglets.Prof. P. H. Daily is reported on the sick list.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
There have been quite a number of strangers in our town during the past week.
Rev. Moomaw, our Dunkard preacher, will preach next Sunday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Miss Della Perry of Big Butte came out on Wednesday of last week to remain and attend school this spring.
The farmers have been taking advantage of the pleasant weather the last few days for plowing and seeding. The fall-sown wheat looks fine.
Porter Robinett is so that he is able to be around again on crutches. He thinks that it will be some time before he will be able to play another game of football.
Mrs. Goodell and son have given up the idea of trying to farm the Peterson place in connection with the Fryer place and have moved their effects on the latter farm.
An invitation has been extended to the Ashland football team to meet the Eagle Point team on their grounds on Saturday 29th inst. and play a game. The Eagle Point boys propose to give the Ashland boys a dance on the evening of the 29th. A pleasant time is anticipated.
Last Sunday the Antelope and Eagle Point football clubs met on the Eagle Point ball grounds and played one of the most hotly contested games of the season. For quite a while it was difficult to form any correct idea how the game would terminate, but finally the Eagle Point boys gained the day.
J. P. Moomaw, our Texas invalid, is doing more work than some of our robust young men. He has started on a new place, built a new house, made a lot of posts and is making his fence and expects to put in a crop this spring. He thinks this is the greatest country in the world, as he and his wife are regaining their health and he looks ten years younger than when he first came here.
Ed. Manning, of Yaquina Bay, who has been spending some time visiting his nephew, Frank Manning of Prospect, took the stage for his home on Wednesday of last week, but he told your correspondent that he expected to return this summer as his health is much better here than it is there. Verily our paradise is all right and persons in search of health are coming from all directions.
Mr. McKinnie of Central Point came out Saturday night, bringing Mrs. Vol Stickel to see Miss Gladius Fryer, who was quite ill with a disease prevailing in the neighborhood called sore throat, but which has the symptoms of scarlet fever. Mr. Ormstead's family, Mrs. J. E. Stickel and Misses Gladius and Lelah Fryer have had a very serious time with it and our M.D. has been kept busy looking after the cases. Miss Gladius' throat became so bad that an operation became necessary which came near ending seriously. Mrs. John Ashpole had a siege of the same malady.
Medford Mail, February 21, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Miss Alice Morine is visiting the family of John Nichols this week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Oscar Goodell was interviewing the business men of Medford Saturday last.
Miss Ada Perkins of Brownsboro has been the guest of Mr. George Morine during the past week.
L. L. Grover has been putting up a string of post and board fence on a part of the old Wm. Daley place.
Miss Della Perry took the stage for Central Point last Saturday, where she expects to remain a few days visiting friends.
Some time ago the high water in Butte Creek took out the lower footbridge and last Friday some of our enterprising citizens placed it in position again.
T. N. Newman and wife of lower Little Butte took a load of fine fruit to Medford last Saturday. The old gentleman's health is greatly improved.
Mr. Wilcox of Talent was over to Mr. Givan's on Saturday of last week on a business trip. He has been engaged in erecting a neat residence for Mr. Givan.
Rev. John Wood, pastor of the Free Methodist Church at this place, went to Medford last Saturday remaining over Sunday. He preaches at this place next Sunday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
A number of our stockmen are turning their cattle out and driving them off to the hills to rustle for themselves. The losses of our stockmen this winter have been very light and most of the stock looks very well considering the way cattle are kept in this Eden of ours.
Mr. Millhays of Klamath County, one of the four brothers who are interested in the stock business there and also in the Klamath County creamery, has been interviewing the stockmen in this neighborhood. He was the guest of Benj. Abeloose while remaining here.
There are a few copies of the Medford Mail going to different parts of Nebraska and parties are writing to their friends in this neighborhood making inquiries with regard to this country and stating that a number of them are going to leave there this spring and that many have their faces set toward Oregon and are writing for advertised descriptions of our country and its resources.
The Eagle Point football team has been busily engaged during the past week preparing a new ball ground in the Simon field for their contemplated match game with the Ashland team and they are playing every night by moonlight so that they will be in practice for Saturday. It is said the team has secured the service of Dr. W. B. Officer to patch up the scratches and bruises. There were only five cases reported last Sunday requiring his assistance.
Medford Mail, February 28, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Rev. L. L. Grover will preach here next Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. A. Hill, of Rogue River, was also in town securing supplies.
Geo. Morine started for his mines on Applegate on Tuesday of last week.
Ben Abeloose started on a business trip to Klamath County last week.
Mr. McGinnis, of Central Point, was the guest of J. E. Stickel last week.
The raise in Butte Creek Saturday night took away our lower footbridge.
Miss Temple commences her school in the Antelope district next Monday.
W. H. Bradshaw, S. A. Carlton, Harris Ish and Mr. Vestel were in Eagle Point Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Knighton, of Trail, were also doing business in Medford Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mrs. Susie Perry moved Saturday from the Griffith house to the J. J. Fryer house near the ford.
Fred Downing, of Little Butte Creek, is in a very critical condition. Dr. Officer was summoned last Sunday.
Mrs. Amanda Griffith, who has been confined to her bed for nearly two months, was able to sit up a little while on the 3rd inst., the first time in six weeks.
Archie Fries, of Central Point, arrived at the Pioneer Hotel where he expects to remain and attend school. There is talk already that we will have to enlarge our school house.
Last Saturday Captain John Watkins, of the free ferry, was in town, and reports everything flourishing in his section. His brother, James, of Reese Creek, was also in town securing building material.
The stockmen are rejoicing to see this beautiful, warm weather, as quite a number of them are out of feed. The majority of the stock is quite thin and the cold winds of the last two weeks have been very hard on them.
Mrs. Rachel Allen, who has been living with her daughters in Clackamas and Multnomah counties for the past two years, has returned to Southern Oregon, and will make her home with her son, John Allen, on Big Butte for a short time.
At the annual school meeting a petition was circulated to admit David Cingcade into the Eagle Point district and signed by more than forty voters. This will give this district an addition of some six children, making in all ninety in this district.
The Little Butte Creek Water Ditch Company met at the Pioneer Hotel on Tuesday of last week, and elected A. McNeil president, and D. P. Mathews secretary. They also held a special meeting on Saturday last, at which eleven members were present, and A. McNeil was chosen as superintendent, and authorized to commence work on the ditch on Tuesday--repairing the ditch, flumes, etc.
Mrs. Mary A. Taylor came near being burned out last Sunday. The fire caught in the back part of the fireplace in one of the sills and evidently had been burning several hours when discovered by her daughter, Miss Mattie. Some boards were removed and the fire extinguished.
F. Willmoth was repairing the school house during the last week, getting it ready for our school, which opens this Monday morning. From present appearances Prof. P. H. Daily will have about all the children he can handle this term, as there is quite a number of pupils attending that have never gone to school here before. Forty-eight pupils was the enrollment of the first day.
Tuesday of last week I had business in Medford and was surprised to see so many from our part of the country in town all bent on buying themselves rich. There were James Kent and wife, Mr. von der Hellen, of Wellen, Walter and Miss Lulu Robinett, Mrs. Thomas Coy and son, Miss Myrtle Irwin, Peter Simon, Miss Ella Benson, Oscar Goodell and a number of lesser lights, and upon inquiring find that every one of them are readers of the Mail--and that accounts for their being there.
Medford Mail, March 13, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. J. E. Stickel is confined to the house with inflammatory rheumatism.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Bennie Little, of Central Point, was the guest of D. Cingcade last week.
R. A. Potter made a trip to Ashland last week to visit his mother and brothers.
Rev. J. P. Moomaw will preach here next Sunday at 11 o'clock a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
A. C. Howlett will preach at the Betz school house one week from next Sunday, at 11 a.m.
Last week Mr. A. Roberts and his two sisters, Nellie and Lulu, were the guests of F. Morgan.
E. H. Lewis and his son, Walker, start this week to make more improvements on their ranches on Elk Creek.
Married at the residence of John Smith, March 10, 1896, by Rev. J. P. Moomaw, Orlando Winkle and Miss Bell .
Oscar Goodell made a flying trip to Ashland last week. Charley Taylor came up here to visit his brother, Frank Goodell, who is living on Rogue River.
Mrs. R. A. Potter (Rosa) while using an inhaler made a mistake and blew instead of drawing. The result was the liquid compound was thrown into her eyes--quite a painful accident.
Mrs. Frank Lewis, in handling some clothing, accidentally ran a needle into her hand and in attempting to extract it broke it off leaving about one-half of it in her hand. Dr. Officer removed it for her.
Our school is so large, fifty-three pupils, and our school house so small that there is some talk of trying to bond the district to build a new one. Some are in favor of dividing the district and putting up with the old one, but a few are in favor of building a new one and having a graded school.
Last Friday Rev. L. L. Grover was called on to attend the funeral of Fred F. Downing, who departed this life at his home on Lake Flat, on the 10th inst. at the advanced age of seventy-two years and four months. Deceased leaves a wife, son and two daughters. Rev. Grover reports that a very large concourse of friends and neighbors attended the obsequies.
One night last week as J. E. Stickel returned from a neighbor's where he and his family had been to spend the evening, he discovered someone in his woodshed, evidently for the purpose of stealing, and as soon as the would-be thief discovered that he was seen, started to run, with Joe right after him. At one time he was close enough to have laid his hand on him but eluded his grasp and made good his escape after a lively chase of nearly half a mile. He knows the man and has him spotted. Mr. Morgan also reports that his home has been opened in his absence and eatables taken.
A family by the name of McAlister has, for some time, been supplied with eatables by the county, Mr. McAlister having for months been laid up with a cut on his leg. No provision had been made for clothing, so some of our enterprising ladies agitated a subscription for the purpose and Mrs. W. H. Stickel volunteered her services to make garments, while many of the mothers in the neighborhood remodeled clothing for the children. Mr. McAlister, the old gentleman, who has been afflicted with asthma and dropsy, started last Saturday for Redding, Calif., accompanied by Rev. John Wood, where Mr. McAlister has a daughter living.
Medford Mail, March 20, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. Elizabeth Simon is visiting her son, Edward, on Round Top.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
S. A. Carlton and Mr. Owen, Sr., of Dry Creek, were in town Monday.
Mr. Arnold, of Sams Valley, has moved into the Bybee house on the desert.
A. C. Howlett will preach at the Betz school house next Sunday, March 26, '96.
Thos. E. Nichols and wife were doing business in Medford on Tuesday of last week.
Mrs. Susie Perry visited Medford on last Saturday and made a number of purchases.
Mrs. F. A. Gigray, of Table Rock, was the guest of her friends in Eagle Point last week.
Mr. Birch, of Medford, was out interviewing our teacher, P. H. Daily, on Wednesday of last week.
Mrs. F. Morgan and Mrs. A. Pool were visiting the family of Jack Montgomery one day last week.
Miss Alice Watkins and Miss Callie Tungate have been visiting friends in Eagle Point during the last week.
Herman Myer, of Salt Creek, passed through our town last week on his way to Medford on a trading expedition.
Mr. von der Hellen, of Wellen, one of the aspirants for political favors, was interviewing the dear people Monday.
Miss Nora Ormiston is stopping, temporarily, with Miss Sophia Simon, at the Pioneer, during the absence of her mother.
Last Saturday, being the day for the Democratic primaries, the faithful met at this place and elected T. E. Nichols as chairman and James Kent as secretary. Thomas E. Nichols and George Heckathorn were elected as delegates to attend the county convention.
Mrs. S. F. Robinett and her two daughters, Miss Lula and Mrs. Thomas Coy, were visiting friends on the north side of Rogue River last week.
Geo. Morine returned from the Applegate mines the last of the week but expects to return in a short time. He seems to feel encouraged with his prospect.
Rev. John Wood returned from his trip to Redding, where he has been with Mr. McAlister, Sr. He reports that the old gentleman stood the trip quite well.
Mrs. Levi Murphy and son, Otis, of Prospect, stopped with your correspondent over Sunday night, on their return from Medford, where they had been on a business trip.
There was a little surprise party at J. J. Fryer's on Monday night of last week, and as the ball was put in motion two more small parties were had in the upper end of town.
Rev. L. L. Grover went to Medford Saturday expecting to meet his brother, who was to start from Elmira, N.Y. on the 9th inst, but up to the present writing (Monday 1:30 p.m.) has not put in his appearance.
It is expected that the Ashland team of football players will meet the Eagle Point team next Saturday on the Eagle Point ball ground. The Eagle Point boys have organized a boss ball team and are practicing on that line.
Dr. W. B. Officer was called to Central Point to assist Dr. Patterson in performing a surgical operation. Dr. Officer also reports the arrival at the home of Mr. Bieberstedt, near Brownsboro, [of] a twelve-pound daughter.
Rev. S. Shuck and Joseph Root, of Talent, were the guests of Rev. Moomaw last Saturday and Sunday. The reverend gentleman filled the pulpit for Rev. Moomaw Sunday morning and evening. Mr. Shuck is recently from Illinois and is here "viewing the land." He is highly pleased with the appearance of our country and seems to think that several hundreds of the citizens of Illinois could better their condition by coming to our highly favored land.
Speaking about the rapid growth of Medford, the writer and wife were recently riding along on the highway approaching Medford. They were accompanied by a lady friend who had not been to the Hub for several months, but as we came in sight of the city and she began to realize the wonderful improvements made in the last few months, she remarked that at the present rate of growth it would not be long before all the territory on the east side of Bear Creek would be built up, and two or three surrounding towns absorbed.
Medford Mail, March 27, 1896, page 1
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mr. McDaniel, who lives near Brownsboro, was visiting friends in Eagle Point last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. George Morine gave a quilting on Tuesday of last week. They quilted a quilt that was forty years old.
On account of Prof. Daley's illness our school is closed for the present and every day there are forty or fifty children crying, "How is the teacher."
J. Stickel's little baby was badly burned last week. It was just learning to crawl and in the absence of its mother it crawled to the stove. Both hands were burned--the back of one and the palm of the other.
Last Saturday the Republican [Party] met at the school house and held their primary. Geo. Brown was chosen chairman and A. J. Florey sec. They elected A. J. Florey, J. J. Fryer and Lemon Charley as delegates to attend the county convention.
On Tuesday evening of last week Jay W. Grover arrived at his brother's residence in this place. He is from New York state and expects to remain, and his brother, L. L. Grover, will return to his home in Pennsylvania.
A. J. Daley received word of the attempted assassination of his brother, W. J. Daley, of Kansas City, O. His skull was broken and fears are entertained that he will not recover. Mr. D. has the sympathy of the entire community.
There is much talk among the business men of our town about making an effort to have a county road laid out and opened from here to Klamath County via Big Butte, Four Bit Creek, Pelican Bay, etc., thus shortening the distance about twenty miles from the valley to Fort Klamath.
There is considerable talk about the advisability of voting a tax to raise a thousand or fifteen hundred dollars for the purpose of erecting a new school house and furnishing it with modern conveniences, but some of the taxpayers draw a long breath and sigh "hard times."
Last Saturday Ted Howard, of Round Top, brought a robe to town that he had made of forty-two squirrel skins, nicely dressed and so arranged that the forepart of the skin hangs down and the tail of each one falls over and covers a seam. It is a thing of beauty, and was purchased by F. Morgan
I am sorry to have to chronicle the fact that our popular school teacher, P. H. Daily, is confined to his bed with pleurisy and strong symptoms of pneumonia. His physicians allow no one to see him except his nurse and attendants. I am also sorry to state that John Williscroft's family are down with that dreaded disease, scarlet fever. At last account five of the children were sick with it.
Died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Flake, near Redding, Mr. McAlister, Sr. (the same gentleman who was taken from here about the middle of March, and after whom the soda springs on the north fork of Little Butte was named), on the 18th inst.; age 64 years. His remains were interred in the G.A.R. cemetery in Redding. He leaves quite a large family, some of whom are in this county.
According the previous arrangements the Ashland team of football players put in their appearance on Friday evening, and early in the day Saturday the crowd began to gather. By one o'clock p.m., the town was crowded with people who were anxious to see the game and hear the result. As the meeting of the Republican primary was set for two o'clock p.m., the ball players waited until the primary was over before they commenced and the result was the game was not begun until 2:45. The two teams were arranged in the following order:
Ashland Team--C, Sydney Foster; RG, John Foster; LG, L. Bish; LT, W. Klum; RT, B. Klum; RE, R. Lange; LE, John McIntosh; R, Ed Miller; RH, F. Robley and Cap; LH, F. Herrin; FB, P. Grub.
Eagle Point Team--Cap and RH, Wm. Brown; C, Jack Nichols; RG, Benton Pool; RT, Jesse Safford; RE, W. B. Officer; LG, W. Ashpole; LT, N. Waltz; LE, T. A. Strickland; LB, Joe Moomaw; LH, F. Nichols; FB, H. Carlton.
P. H. Daily is captain of the team, but owing to his sickness Wm. Brown was chosen to fill the vacancy, and although he had but two days to learn his new part of the play, he conducted it like an old veteran. Everything passed off very pleasantly. Both teams deserve great credit for the manner in which they played. It was one of the most hotly contested games of the season, resulting in ten points for the Eagle Point team to a 0 for the Ashland team. Just two hours from the time the game commenced the referee, Mr. Van Scoy, announced "time up." Frank Brown acted as umpire and S. B. Holmes timekeeper and linesman. After the game was over and the boys had rested and changed their clothes, everything being in readiness, they gathered at Pool's hall and enjoyed themselves in dancing until quite late. Boys, hereafter, have your dances on some other night than Saturday. Elder A. J. Daley was disappointed in not having a congregation to preach to Sunday night, and if you want to have meeting Sunday nights you must encourage the preacher by your presence.
Medford Mail, April 3, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Born, to the wife of Aaron Beck, on Antelope, April 2, '96, a daughter.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
M. S. Mayfield, of the Meadows, has been out looking after his cattle interests in this section.
Miss Birch, of Medford, has been here, at the bedside of Prof. P. H. Daily, for the past few days.
Prof. Clayton, one of the old teachers of this district, was here last week looking for a school.
A. L. Haselton has been employed to teach the spring term of school, on account of P. H. Daily's illness.
Mrs. G. W. Daley, Jr., was visiting her father-in-law's family, W. C. Daley, on the north fork of Little Butte, last week.
Wm. Chambers and son, Wm. Chambers Jr., were in town on Monday of last week on their return trip from the Hub.
Last week Rev. L. L. Grover, his brother, Jay, Mrs. Howlett and your correspondent made a business trip to Jacksonville.
Quite a number of our prominent business men went to Jacksonville last Saturday to attend the meeting of the Republican county convention.
Mrs. Westcott, of Hanford, Calif., is the guest of J. J. Fryer. She is here looking after some land interests that she has in Big Butte precinct.
Levi Murphy, who has been living near Prospect the past winter, passed through town last week on his way back to his farm on Griffin Creek.
Rev. L. L. Grover will preach here next Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Ennis, of Jacksonville, preached for us last Sunday morning and evening.
Archie Fries, who has been attending school here, had the misfortune to run a nail into his foot a few days ago and is hobbling on crutches in consequence.
Rev. John Wood, of the Methodist church, has gone to Portland to be absent a few weeks. He expects to attend the annual conference of his church while absent.
The Woodruff sisters gave a dance at the hall last Saturday night, but the friends of P. H. Daily didn't feel like dancing while he was so low. Consequently, it was slimly attended, and at midnight the dancing ceased.
J. C. Barnard, one of the late teachers of the Central Point school, accompanied by his wife, passed through town on Monday of last week on their way to upper Rogue River, where Mr. B. is engaged to teach school this summer.
Mrs. A. F. Thomas and Miss Katie Faith came in from Klamath County last week to remain for a few weeks, visiting relatives and attending to business. Her daughter, Mrs. J. E. Stickel, is still confined to her bed with rheumatism.
Mr. and Mrs. Stinson, of Roxy Ann, brother-in-law and sister to P. H. Daily, came over to help nurse Mr. Daley during his sickness. Dr. E. P. Geary, of Medford, is also in attendance, assisting Dr. W. B. Officer. At last accounts Mr. D. was in a very critical condition.
Medford Mail, April 10, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Rev. L. L. Grover will preach next Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Cattle buyers are getting to be almost as thick as office seekers in this neighborhood.
On Thursday of last week Drs. Officer and Patterson performed a surgical operation on the son of Dan'l. Gray.
Harry Carlton and Charles Jones, who have been to the coast looking after cattle interests, returned home Wednesday,
Miss Daisy Stanfield, formerly of this place, is here visiting friends. She came out on Tuesday of last week with your correspondent and wife.
Mrs. M. S. Wood started for Ashland last Saturday to spend a week among friends and look after the interests of her sister, the late Miss Etta Griffith.
A man by the name of Mitchel came in from Klamath County with Mr. Abeloose for the purpose of buying up a band of cattle. He has bought several head in this neighborhood.
One of the Ormiston boys, who has been assisting in nursing Prof. P. H. Daily, had a business call to California last week, whither he has gone. Prof. Daley, whose case is pronounced somewhat improved, was quite loath to part with him.
John Irwin, of The Dalles, has been here a few days visiting the Hoyt brothers, and looking up cattle. He and Ed. Hoyt came near getting into trouble in Butte Creek. They drove into what proved to be quite deep water, and as a result they had to ride some three miles in wet clothes.
Lorenzo (Bud) Obenchain, of Klamath County, came in on Monday of last week to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Obenchain, and to help Benj. Abeloose drive his band of cattle out to his Klamath County ranch. Benj. Abeloose also came in about the middle of last week, and expects to start out as soon as the weather permits.
Last Saturday, notwithstanding the heavy rain storm, our town was crowded with men, women and children. It had been announced the Populists were going to hold their primary, and the result was that they came from every quarter and reminded one of a swarm of bees in May. By a little after 1 o'clock p.m. the hall was thronged with anxious and interested voters. The meeting was called to order and W. H. Bradshaw was chosen chairman and James Kent secretary. After a few appropriate remarks by the chair they proceeded to elect nine delegates to attend the county convention in Medford. One good move, in the right direction, was a resolution doing away with the proxy business--every man was expected to attend in person. The meeting resulted in the election of nine delegates as follows: A. Hoyt, W. W. French, S. A. Carlton, R. R. Minter, J. W. Smith, M. F. Hurst, G. W. Stevens, Wert Pool and James Kent, and Messrs. S. A. Carlton, F. W. Mitchel, W. W. Smith and R. R. Minter as precinct committee and F. W. Mitchel, who is also a member of the county committee, as chairman of the precinct committee.
Medford Mail, April 17, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Deputy Assessor Grieve has been around attending to his official duties.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. Huger, of Phoenix, was the guest of Mr. Newman, of Lower Butte recently.
Rev. J. P. Moomaw will preach here next Sunday at 11 o'clock a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Mrs. Wm. Holmes, of Central Point, was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Brown, last week.
Mr. Cranston's little child was badly burned on Wednesday of last week, from playing with the fire.
Ben Abeloose and Mr. Mitchel, of Langell Valley, started last Friday morning with their cattle, for Klamath County.
At last accounts, Prof. P. H. Daily was making a marked improvement, and the prospects are that he will recover.
J. J. Fryer and daughter, Lelah, went to Ashland on Wednesday of last week. Miss Lelah remained with her aunt, Mrs. Wm. Miller.
Mr. Hubbs, who has been living in the John Daley house, moved last Monday to live with his son, Frank, on the desert, near the Bybee sheep ranch.
Mrs. Little, of Central Point, passed through town on her way to Big Butte, on Monday of last week, where she is engaged to teach the summer term of school.
Mr. Marlow, formerly of Salt Creek, but now of Medford, passed through town Saturday with his last load. While we lose a good citizen, Medford is the gainer.
Miss Bell Cochran, of Medford, has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Chas. Carney, and the two paid a visit to your correspondent and family on Thursday of last week.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas and Mrs. Fryer visited Mrs. Martha Brown and daughter, Mrs. Lemon Charley, on Butte Creek last week. They report having had a very pleasant time.
F. Morgan has moved out of the Thomas house and gone to Klamath County on a trading expedition, and Mr. Volney Stickel has rented a part of the house and moved into it.
Mrs. Thomas, of Klamath, says she received a letter from her son, Charles, in which he says if she don't return soon he will have to come back to his old home in Eagle Point, for it is quite lonesome out in that country.
Lee Parsons, formerly of Medford, but recently of San Jose, Calif., put in an appearance last Saturday. He reports that times are harder than ever there, that young men are glad to work for $20 per month and board themselves, and scores of men are offering to work for their board and clothes.
Mr. Ditsworth, of Prospect, was in town last Saturday interviewing our business men in regard to the new road from here to his part of the country. He reports that they are setting the grade stakes and pushing the work right along. He thinks that a road can be made so that, with a light vehicle, a man can drive on a trot most of the way.
The members of the good, old Democratic Party met at this place last Saturday and held their primary. They had a very quiet and harmonious meeting. Brother John Ashpole was named as chairman and S. B. Holmes as secretary. Adelbert Terrill and S. B. Holmes were chosen as delegates to attend the county convention. James Bell, of Brownsboro, was in attendance and took an active part in the proceedings of the meeting.
Medford Mail, April 24, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.On Monday of last week Alfred Colman started to Idaho.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Rev. L. L. Grover will preach at this place next Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Joe Moomaw started last week for Davisville, California, to spend the summer.
Mrs. Ella Saltmarsh, of Sterling, was over last week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pool.
Mrs. Haskins and daughter, of Medford, were here on a business trip on Wednesday of last week.
E. H. Lewis and his son, Walker, and Lee Parsons started Wednesday of last week for their ranch on Elk Creek.
Rev. John Wood returned home last week from attending the annual conference of the Free Methodists. He expects to move to Medford in a short time.
Drs. Geary & Pickel, of Medford, were called out to hold a consultation with Dr. Officer over the case of Prof. P. H. Daily--as he seems to have taken a turn for the worse.
In my report of the Populist primary I reported Mr. Mitchel as the chairman of the primary committee and it should have been R. R. Minter and S. A. Carlton secretary.
Miss Luta Birch commenced her school on Monday of last week at the Betz school house, but was so indisposed that on Tuesday was compelled to remain indoors all day, but she is again able to resume her duties in the school room.
I am sorry to have to announce that one of the most accomplished and fascinating young ladies of Eagle Point has decided to leave our town and try her future in some other locality, but we are in hopes that she will change her mind and remain.
Last Sunday the Antelope team and the Eagle Point team of baseball players met at the Eagle Point ball grounds and played an exciting game, the Eagle Point team coming out second best--by ten points. While this was going on several of the small boys were playing a game of football and I learned Monday that Frank Hurst had one bone of his arm broken while playing.
On last Friday Miss Lillie Temple, who is teaching the school in the Antelope District, gave an entertainment at the residence of M. R. Hurst. It was gotten up to raise money for the school district, and was greatly assisted by the young ladies and gentlemen of the neighborhood. In connection with the entertainment the ladies gave a basket supper and after supper a dance. The entertainment consisted of recitation, speeches, songs, tableaux, vocal and instrumental music and was pronounced a complete success. Following this came the supper--you can't get up such a supper in your cities; you must go to the country to get everything in the eatable line that is good, and in this case it seems that each one tried to outdo the other in providing something good. Seventy-five ate supper and Mrs. Hurst says there was enough left to feed two hundred more after the tables had been spread the third time. While there I learned that Mr. Thomas Riley had a runaway at Medford last Thursday. When passing near the packing company's slaughterhouse the king bolt was drawn out of his hack, and Mr. Riley thrown over the dashboard. The team strung the front part of the vehicle down Bear Creek. It entered the creek and Mr. Riley followed them on a small pony. The creek was high and the pony could not swim, but all got out all right and the runaway horses were uninjured.
Medford Mail, May 1, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.A. C. Howlett will preach at Eagle Point next Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
I am glad to be able to announce that Prof. P. H. Daily is gradually improving.
Frank Tungate, of Mt. Pitt precinct, came out Saturday to see his mother.
Ben Edmondson and John Obenchain were in town on Wednesday of last week.
Henry French, of Rogue River, was interviewing our business men the first of last week.
Born, at their home on Round Top, to Mr. and Mrs. Ed. F. Simon, on May 1, 1896, a son.
L. Bassett, of upper Rogue River, passed through town last week on his way to Klamath County.
Last week as Grandma Tungate was returning from Medford with Lou Ayres, she was thrown from the wagon, had her collar bone broken and was otherwise bruised by the fall.
Carl Stanley, while riding an unbroken horse last week, was thrown from the saddle, and had one of his eyes badly hurt.
Thomas Riley had one of his fine horses caught in barbed wire one day last week, and so badly cut as to cause its death. Thus his fine team is broken up.
Wat Hurst, who has been in eastern Oregon for some time, returned last week on a visit to his parents.
Frank Lewis, one of our hustlers, returned from the Forest Creek mines last week, to put in his spring crop. He intends to return to the mines again, as his prospect is good.
Miss Lutie Burch, who is teaching in Lane district, states that the boys--all ages and sizes--are showing interest in the school by spending all their leisure in improving the school grounds, for which they deserve much credit.
Charles Jones, of Harney County, who has been in this neighborhood for the past few weeks buying cattle, branded something over two hundred head last Saturday and expects to start with them this week for his stock ranch in the above-named county.
On May 1st our community was shocked by the announcement that Mr. D.T. Ewen had died of heart failure. He was riding after some cattle that he was gathering for Mr. Jones and without a moment's warning began to fall from his horse. He was caught by young Mr. Billows, but expired in a few minutes. Mr. Ewen was a native of England, came to this country a few years ago, purchased a farm about four miles north of Eagle Point, married a daughter of A. Betz, and proved himself to be an excellent gentleman and a man whose loss will be felt in this community. He leaves a wife, two children and a large circle of friends to regret his demise. The remains were interred in the Medford Cemetery Sunday. He was about 37 years old.
Medford Mail, May 8, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mr. Warner, of Medford, was in town last week
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
There were quite a number of strangers in town during the week.
Rev. John Wood and family moved from here to Medford last week.
There was a genuine surprise party at J. J. Fryer's last Saturday night.
Dr. E. P. Geary has been out several times recently to see Prof. P. H. Daily.
Mrs. A. Griffith has recovered from her illness and moved back to her home in Eagle Point.
Jerry Heckathorn returned from the mines at Sterling last week and expects to start for California in the near future.
D. P. Mathews has been putting a string of new board fence along the road between the Butte Creek Mill and his residence.
Mrs. Geo. Heckathorn gave a quilting on Wednesday. Six motherly old ladies met and reported having had a most enjoyable time.
H. Turpin, of Wellen, was in town about the middle of last week. He reports the outlook for grain rather discouraging on account of the continuous rain.
Married, at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Simon, May 10, 1896, by Rev. L. L. Grover, Mr. Porter Robinett and Miss Sophia Simon.
John Sevedge, of Salt Creek, was in town on business last Wednesday. He says that the continued rain and heavy frost have damaged the crops very much in his locality.
We were pained to hear, last week, of the death of Mrs. Mary Grover, Steuben County, N.Y., mother of Rev. L. L. and Jay W. Grover of this place--aged 62 years.
Mrs. Devens, formerly of Jacksonville, but more recently of Douglas County, sister of Mrs. Geo. Brown, arrived here last Friday and expects to remain, occupying the old Haselton house.
On Monday night of last week, the tenth anniversary of their wedding some of the friends of Volney Stickel and wife gave them a surprise party and a number of presents of tinware were presented.
Mrs. Eicher, while seating herself in a buggy a few Sundays ago, had the misfortune to fall backwards from the seat, sustaining severe injuries, from which she has now, she thinks, fully recovered.
J. P. Moomaw, the hustling farmer, has been putting up a long string of board and wire fence around his land and getting ready to put in a considerable area of corn as soon as the ground gets so that he can plow again.
Geo. Heckathorn, wife and daughter and Mrs. Frank Lewis passed through town Saturday afternoon on their return from the Hub, where they had been trading. Fred Downing also passed through town the same day on his way from the Metropolis.
For some time past the coyotes have been troubling Mr. Jack Montgomery, so he set a trap for them and succeeded in catching one. He cut off both ears and its tail (his coyote mark) and put a small bell on it, and turned it loose. The result was that the coyotes hunted other quarters, and his chickens and pigs have had a rest.
Medford Mail, May 15, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Born--To Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Riley, May 2, 1896, a daughter.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. Beal, of Big Butte, was the guest of the Hoyt brothers last week.
Peter Simon, of the Pioneer Hotel, was doing business in Medford last Saturday.
Rev. J. P. Moomaw will preach here next Sunday at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Mrs. M. S. Wood and her daughter, Ora, started for Colestin to try the climate for Miss Ora's health.
J. S. Howard and one of the officers of the Rogue River Ditch Company were here the first of last week.
Misses Mattie Taylor and Millie Howlett visited Mr. Hoyt's family, on Big Butte, the first of the week.
Miss Mamie Wood was in Medford last Saturday attending to business for her mother, who is at Colestin.
Mrs. Geo. Morine and her daughter, Alice, started last Saturday to visit Mrs. M's father, Mr. Cliff, near Phoenix.
Prof. J. C. Barnard, who is teaching school on upper Rogue River, passed through town with his family last Friday on their way to Central Point to visit Mrs. B.'s parents.
Walker Lewis came down from his ranch on Elk Creek after supplies. He reports having killed an enormous grey wolf which was a terror to the stockmen in that locality.
Walker Lewis returned to his ranch on Elk Creek last Monday. He and his father have taken claims adjoining and are building a house. As soon as it is completed they expect to move the family there too. Mr. L. thinks that he has one of the finest locations in that part of the country.
In looking over the long list of new subscribers to the Mail I was surprised to see so many names of persons in the old states, among whom I recognized the name of B. B. Hubbard, of Pekin, N.Y. He used to be one of our townsmen, and his many friends here will be glad to know that he hears from his old home regularly every week.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Hoyt, of Big Butte, were visiting their sons and also friends in this community the first of last week. Their son Ed and A.V. Barnum started last Thursday for Klamath to join John Irvine, where they expect to be engaged in the dairy business. If the prospect seems favorable they expect to take their band of cattle to that range for the summer.
Medford Mail, May 22, 1896 page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Born--To Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Haselton, May 20th, a son.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. Hately and John Caton started last week for Montana.
Miss Allie Watkins has gone to Medford to remain during the summer.
Miss Bessie Brown of this place is visiting her sister in Central Point.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl, of Dry Creek, were here attending church last Sunday.
Rev. L. L. Grover will preach at this place next Sunday at 7:30 p.m, sharp.
Last week Mr. McKee, of Big Butte, was in town looking after his lumber interests.
Mrs. M. F. Hurst has gone to Round Top to visit her daughter, Mrs. T. J. Howard.
Mr. Newman had another very severe attack and his friends are fearful of the consequences.
J. E. Stickel, one of our leading blacksmiths, has gone to Klamath County to look for a situation.
Mr. Ratlift, of Big Butte, formerly of Nebraska, was in town last week interviewing our business men.
Wat Hurst, who has been here visiting his parents for the past few weeks, started for Montana last week.
Grandma Lewis, in attempting to catch a chicken, struck her forehead against a nail, making a deep wound.
Scott Pool, who has been working in the mines at Sterling, returned last week and expects to remain here in his father's shop.
J. J. Fryer had the misfortune to fall in attempting to get on a horse. The block slipped and he fell across a log, sustaining severe bruises.
I am glad to be able to announce that Prof. P. H. Daily has so far recovered that his friends have taken him to Medford, where he can be near his physician.
W. F. Hyde, secretary of the Big Butte Ditch Company, and J. S. Howard, chief engineer, were in town last week employing men to work on their ditch.
Porter Robinett and wife, our newly married couple, have moved to the Big Butte country, where Mr. Robinett expects to be engaged on the Big Butte ditch.
The many friends of Miss Lelah Fryer were glad to meet with her again last Sunday evening. She has been visiting friends in Ashland for the past six weeks.
Mr. Fuller started last Monday morning for Klamath County with a load of supplies for Ben Abeloose, who is located on a part of the Langell place, where he proposes to run a dairy farm.
I understand that Samuel Gary, of Trail, came down and gave himself up to the authorities last Saturday, but was released as the prosecuting witness--a Mr. Dunn--had disappeared. They had had a row and both parties had sworn out arrests for the other.
Last Sunday John Rader and family, J. M. Lewis, family and mother, Geo. Morine and family, Geo. Hoyt and Fred Mitchell were the guests of your correspondent. After dinner a few hours were spent in vocal and instrumental music, chatting, etc., and all hands seemed to enjoy themselves finely. The latch string is always on the outside for all such visitors. Come again.
Medford Mail, May 29, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Misses Ella Benson and Katie Fries, of Central Point, were guests at the Pioneer Hotel last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
A. C. Howlett will preach at the Betz school house on the second Sunday in this month at 11 a.m.
Mr. Mosier, one of our old pioneers, is lying quite low and fears are entertained for his recovery.
Jerry Heckathorn started last week for Humboldt County, where he expects to remain during the summer.
Mrs. Martha Brown and her daughter, of Brownsboro, were the guests of Mrs. M. F. Hurst last week.
Archie Fries, while playing at school one day last week, sprained his foot so badly that he is unable to walk without his crutches.
Claud White, who has been engaged on a water ditch on upper Little Butte Creek, returned to our town last Saturday to remain over today (election day).
I understand that J. A. Stickel, one of our blacksmiths, has decided to locate in Bly, Klamath County, and expects to move his family there in the near future.
Chas. Seefield, the subcontractor for carrying the mail from Brownsboro to Lake Creek, was in town last Saturday on a business trip. He is one of our wide-awake young men.
Royal Brown, son of Geo. Brown, is here on a visit to his parents and family. Many of the old settlers remember him, although he has been absent for a number of years, and were glad to meet him. He is in business in Yreka, Calif.
News are as scarce as twenty-dollar pieces unless it is political news, and that has become quite monotonous, for our town has been flooded for the past week with politicians of every school, each urging the claims of his respective party.
On Tuesday of last week the school children in a body visited Prof. P. H. Daily in his room prior to his being carried to Medford. I am glad to announce that the directors of this district have secured his services for the fall and winter school.
We had a meeting last Thursday a little out of the regular order of things. Hon. Thos. V. Cator, of California, addressed a large audience. The hall was packed and he held us for two hours spellbound. People came from all the surrounding country and seemed to appreciate the address.
Today, June 1st, quite a number of men (thanks to our supreme court there are no women included but your correspondent from Eagle Point in the procession) are making arrangements to march with solemn tread through our town to Salt Creek--situated about eight miles from here--and then the excitement of the election will be over and we will resume business again.
Medford Mail, June 5, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Chas. Thomas was visiting relatives on Applegate last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Geo. Ferrin, of Portland, formerly of this place, is visiting friends here.
J. J. Fryer and wife were the guests of Geo. Heckathorn last Sunday.
There were parties here from Applegate last week looking after a situation.
Mrs. Charlie Morine is visiting the family of her brother-in-law, Geo. Morine.
Chas. and Frank Morine were out last week visiting their brother Geo. and family.
Mesdames Geo. and Chas. Morine were the guests of Mrs. Ormiston last Sunday.
Jeff Bell and wife, of Talent, are here visiting Mrs. B.'s parents, Uncle John Lewis and wife.
Our election passed off very quietly. There was no carousing, as there was no liquor on the ground.
Last Sunday Mrs. Taylor, Royal, Frank, Cora and Celia Brown and Miss Amy Safford took a trip to Rogue River.
The Rader brothers have been gathering up their cattle and taking them to the high hills near Fish Lake.
Geo. W. Daley and Thomas Coy made a trip to Gold Hill last Sunday on their wheels, returning the same day.
Oscar Simpkins and wife, of Woodville, came up to visit Mrs. S.'s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Heckathorn, last Sunday.
Misses Gladius and Lelah Fryer, two of our most accomplished young ladies, have left us, temporarily I hope, to sojourn in Ashland.
Mrs. Buchanan, a relative of Cap. John Watkins, who has been visiting his family for some time, returned to her home near Gold Hill, on June 1st.
Miss Temple closed another successful school in the Antelope District last Saturday. She contemplates going to Washington state in the near future.
Mrs. St. Clair, of Jacksonville, is here visiting her sister. She expects to move here in the near future and take the house now occupied by Mrs. J. E. Stickel.
Jesse Safford while catching a ball last Sunday got one of his fingers broken. Dr. Officer reduced the fracture and he is now all right--except a hand in a sling.
For the past few days two men, Mr. Smith and Rev. Pratt, of Portland, have been working in the interest of the United Artisans. They lectured Saturday night and Rev. Pratt preached Sunday night.
Mrs. Thomas and son, Charley, returned from Klamath County last week. They report the roads in a bad condition. They expect to return in a few days, taking Mrs. J. E. Stickel to Bly, where her husband is engaged in blacksmithing.
Week before last O. Harbaugh had the misfortune to have another one of his big horses get into his wire fence and badly cut. This is the third horse he has had cut on the same fence, and one of them was so badly cut as to cause his death.
Last Sunday Mesdames Thomas, St. Clair and Stickel, Miss Mattie Taylor, Geo. Hoyt, Jay Grover and Mr. Fuller were the guests of your Eagle Point correspondent, and if you don't think that we have good times on these occasions, Mr. Ed., just get on your wheel and come out some Sunday and see for yourself.
The match game of baseball between the Central Point nine and the Antelope nine, that came off last Sunday near M. F. Hurst's place, resulted in a victory for the Central Point nine, and the contest between the "kid" nine of Eagle Point and the "kid" nine of Antelope resulted in favor of the Eagle Point "kids."
Last Thursday Rev. L. L. Grover, who has been among us for the past year, started for his home in Pennsylvania. It is with a feeling of deep regret that we, as a community, told him farewell, for he has endeared himself to us all. While he leaves a host of friends behind, we don't think he has left anyone who does not wish him well.
A few nights before election Chas. Carney and family, J. W. Pew, Mr. Phipps and others were attending a meeting at the Mound school house, and on their way home they got bewildered on the desert. When they got their bearings they were lost, but thanks to the clear head of Mrs. Carney they managed to reach home in time to get a little sleep before breakfast.
A little over a week ago as Eli Dahack, wife and little boy were crossing Butte Creek in a small boat, the boat became unmanageable on account of high water and went over the rapids. In the excitement of the moment Mr. D. lost one of his oars, and the result was that the boat dashed out from under them leaving them in the deep water. Mrs. D. had hold of the child's wrist and just as they went into the water Mr. D. grabbed the other arm and he managed to swim with one hand and take them all out to land safely. Mrs. D. had one of her limbs badly hurt by being dashed against the rocks by the force of the current. Fortunately they landed on the same side from which they started so they could reach their home without much trouble. Had it not been for Mr. D's presence of mind together with his being a good swimmer there is no doubt but that the end would have been fatal.
Medford Mail, June 12, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Frank Tungate, of Mt. Pitt, came out last Saturday.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Last Friday Mr. Vestal, of Reese Creek, took a trip to Foots Creek.
Born, on the 4th inst., to Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Howard, near Round Top, a girl.
Mrs. Geo. Morine and Mrs. Maud Stickel are the guests of A. Hoyt and John Obenchain this week.
Mrs. Thomas and son, Chas., Mrs. J. E. Stickel, Volney and Mr. Goodell started for Klamath County this week.
On Tuesday of last week Mrs. Mary Taylor, Royal, Cora and Celia Brown and Miss Amy Safford went to the Hub.
J. P. Moomaw had some friends from the Dunkard Church, at Talent, visit him last Sunday night, remaining over Sunday.
On Thursday of last week E. F. Simon, Chris Beale and F. J. Ayres started for Klamath County to look after their cattle interests.
Scott Pool and wife, our newly married couple, and his mother and father are spending this week on Applegate, visiting relatives.
Walker Lewis came down from his Elk Creek ranch last Friday. He reports the stock in fine condition, the grass good, the roads improving and room for more improvement yet.
We had a quiet wedding in Eagle Point last Sunday, on which occasion Mr. Scott Pool and Miss Lulu Robinett were joined in wedlock by Rev. J. P. Moomaw. A charivari that night stirred up the whole neighborhood for miles around.
J. J. Fryer's two daughters, Gladius and Lelah, returned home from Ashland last Friday. While bringing his daughters home Mr. F. had the misfortune to break one of the axles of his hack. All reached home safely and were welcomed by their many friends.
Last Sunday we had the pleasure of the company of D. H. Miller and wife and her father, Mr. Brous, and G. L. Schermerhorn and wife, of Medford, besides just an even dozen of our own immediate surroundings. After dinner we had some fine music by James Lewis on his violin, seconded on the organ by Mrs. Stickel. Dave and Schermerhorn said they had not had such a treat--don't know which it was, the dinner or the music--for a long time.
Last Friday, the 12th inst., your correspondent was called to attend the funeral of David Moshier, who died on the 10th. Mr. Moshier was born in Indiana and came to this country in '54, in company with the late Lewis Reese [originally spelled "Rees"], and settled on Reese Creek, where he remained to the day of his death. He was a man who was respected by all who knew him, and his remains were interred in the Mathew Cemetery in the presence of a large number of friends. He was 72 years and 9 months old.
Messrs. Smith and Pratt organized an assembly of the United Artisans here the first of last week of 14 members, two of whom took our policies. The others merely enjoy the social features of the institution. While the initiatory services were being carried on one of our curiously inclined citizens thought he would eavesdrop and secure the secrets of the order without paying for it and stationed himself in the stable loft, adjoining the hall, so that he could look through a crack. Dr. Officer happened to discover him and commanded him to get out. While making a hasty retreat he fell through some loose boards in the loft, and came down astride of a horse. He probably had a more severe jolt than those who rode the goat. At least his trip was said to be a very rough one. The organization was not fully completed, but the gentlemen expect to return in a week or two and finish the job.
Medford Mail, June 19, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.About the middle of the week Royal Brown returned to Yreka.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Wm. Gregory and wife were the guests of Mrs. Thomas one day this week.
Rev. J. P. Moomaw will preach at this place next Sunday at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Mrs. Sinclair, of Jacksonville, has moved into the house formerly occupied by J. F. Stickel.
Married on the 19th inst. by A. L. Haselton, J.P., Mr. F. W. Mitchel and Miss Susie Wooley.
The many friends of Rev. L. L. Grover will be glad to learn that he arrived safely at his home in Pennsylvania all O.K.
Elder A. Buchanan and his brother-in-law, N. See, and wife from Missouri Flat were here last week trying to trade for property.
Miss Anna Carney, who has been attending school in Medford, returned home last week. Her many friends gave her a warm reception.
Rev. Pratt and Mr. Smith were here the first of last week and perfected the organization of the assembly of United Artisans with twenty members.
Mrs. Susie Perry was doing business in Medford on Wednesday of last week. J. J. Fryer was also interviewing Medford merchants last week.
On Monday night of last week there was a meeting of the citizens this place and the necessary committees were appointed to arrange for a celebration for the Fourth of July at Eagle Point.
S. A. Carlton and family have been taking advantage of the lull in farm work and are enjoying the mountain air and scenery around that healthful summer resort, the McCallister Soda Springs, on Little Butte.
Notwithstanding the busy season I found the streets of Medford last Saturday thronged with people from all parts of the country all appearing to be in a hurry to do their trading and get back to their homes.
S. F. Robinett and family took a pleasure trip to Grants Pass last week. Mr. R. reports that the grain crop outlook is encouraging, but the fruit crop almost a failure, although the more he sees of Rogue River Valley the better he likes it.
Miss Gladius Fryer hastily concluded to accompany Mrs. Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Stickel and others on their trip over the mountains to Klamath County. She considered it a great treat to go over that road on a camping excursion.
During the past week our town has presented the appearance of a deserted village, on account of so many being off on different matters of business and on last Sunday a large number of our good citizens attended camp meeting, near Central Point.
Medford Mail, June 26, 1896, page 2
Eagle Point Eaglets.Geo. Newell of Brownsboro moved to Medford last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Porter Robinett and wife came down from Big Butte last week to visit relatives.
Scott Pool and wife expect to move onto the Pool ranch on Big Sticky in a short time.
Misses Lizzie Wilson and Dora Dahack were visiting friends in Central Point last Sunday.
Prof. P. H. Daily came out from Medford last week to visit his host of friends in this neighborhood.
Misses Alice and Henrietta Morine were visiting the family of T. J. Howard on Round Top last week.
E. H. Lewis, who has been living with his son, James, for some time past, has moved his family to their ranch on Elk Creek.
Mr. and Mrs. Tungate, who have been living on the Pool ranch on Big Sticky, have moved to John Daley's house in Eagle Point.
Mrs. M. S. Wood and daughter, Ora, who have been traveling in California for the latter's health, returned to their home on last Wednesday.
Benj. Abeloose, one of our old neighbors, but now of Langell Valley, came in Wednesday of last week on a business trip. He returned on Sunday.
Frank Willmoth has sold his growing crop to John Ashpole and thinks of going to Klamath County to spend the summer--on account of his wife's health.
There will be a basket meeting at the Betz school house on the second Sunday in July, commencing at 11 a.m. All are invited to come and bring their dinner with them.
John Obenchain of Big Butte Creek was interviewing one of our leading merchants last Monday and the result was he went home with quite a load of supplies and a lighter pocket.
Hon. Chauncey Nye and his daughter, Miss Elsie, came from their mountain home in Flounce Rock Valley on Monday to visit his [omission] Mrs. A. J. Florey, who is also a daughter of Mr. Nye. Their many friends gave them a cordial welcome.
S. F. Robinett and family took a trip to the mountains of Big Butte the first of last week. While there Mr. R. visited the celebrated Clark Creek and reported having had a most enjoyable time fishing. He reports the scenery at the falls truly sublime.
There was a fair supply of camp meetings, picnic meetings, etc. last Sunday in this end of the valley. Camp meeting at Central Point, one on Butte Creek and a bicycle picnic on Rogue River. All were attended by representatives from here who report having had a good time.
Mr. and Mrs. Middlebusher, who are living on a part of the Table Rock Ranch, the guests of H. T. Severance last week. While there they were combining business with pleasure by looking for a situation in this locality. They have leased the farm of John Williscroft and expect to take possession by Oct. 1.
Medford Mail, July 3, 1896, page 5
The Oregonian of July 1st has this on the Marck post office case:
"The trial of L. J. Marck, postmaster at Etna, Jackson County, on a charge of abstracting a registered package from the mails, was concluded in the United States court yesterday forenoon, and the jury, after being out about half an hour, returned a verdict of not guilty. The registered package in question reached Etna safely, and according to Postmaster Marck, was receipted for at that place and checked into the pouch to go on to Trail by pony rider. The Trail postmaster claims he did not receive it, and Marck as strongly avers that the package was placed in the pouch.
"The evidence showed that Marck's office was carefully looked after and kept in good shape, while at Trail the mail was handled by Postmaster Knighton, who is nearsighted, and by three young men, one of them Mr. Knighton's son, and that the registered mail pouch key was allowed to be about in reach of anybody and everybody. Counsel for the defense claimed that it would have been easy for any of the men in Knighton's office to have abstracted the package, and showed that young Knighton had brought up a tax title about the time of the robbery. Postmaster Marck made a good witness for himself, and so did his wife. The evidence caused the jury to have a reasonable doubt of the guilt of Mr. Marck, and probably to imagine that someone else was guilty; so it did not take long in finding a verdict of not guilty."
Medford Mail, July 3, 1896, page 6
Eagle Point Eaglets.Born on the 8th, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Winkle.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. Lottie Taylor is visiting Mrs. Hoyt on Big Butte this week.
Mr. Pech of Prospect was the guest of Geo. Morine one night last week.
Mr. Russ of Medford was out last week looking at property in our town.
Mr. Riddles, formerly of Big Butte, has moved into the Wm. Miller house.
Captain John Watkins of the free ferry was in town last Saturday on business.
The grasshoppers are playing havoc with the gardens and late-sown grain this year.
Miss Clara Brown went to Central Point last week to remain with her sister, Mrs. Wm. Holmes, for a while.
Frank Willmoth expects his mother here in a short time, where she is coming in hopes of improving her health.
Mrs. Vol Stickel spent several days last week visiting the family of John Obenchain, returning home on Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. "Dick" Slinger of Butte Creek were made happy on the 9th inst. by the arrival of a bouncing baby girl.
J. W. Howard, living on Dry Creek, had a valuable shepherd dog stolen from him. He was riding all of last week looking for him.
Harvesting has just commenced in this neighborhood. The grain prospect is not encouraging, and the general hay crop falls considerably below the average.
Born July 7, in Eagle Point to the wife of Robert Potter, a daughter. Born the same day on the Obenchain farm on Big Butte, to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Chambers, Jr., a girl baby.
Last week David Lane and wife, Miss Callie and George Evens and Mamie Lewis, of Hamburg, Calif., were visiting their aunt, Mrs. A. Pool, of Eagle Point, and their grandmother, Mrs. Evens, of Big Sticky. They returned home on the 7th inst.
Miss Susie Applegate, of Central Point, passed through our town last week on her way to Big Butte to visit Mrs. Little, who has been engaged teaching school in that district and who closed her school last Friday. The ladies returned to Central Point together on Saturday.
Mrs. Galliher and her daughters, Miss Maggie and Mrs. Blackford, of Pittsburgh, and Mr. and Mrs. Schatt are the guests of John Scheider. Mr. and Mrs. Schatt expect to remain for a few days and then go to Portland, thence to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and arrive at their home in New York City about the first of September. They were all the guests of Mrs. M. A. Taylor last Sunday.
Just as I had finished my letter to the Mail and was about to start it on its journey to be read by the Mail's thousands of readers, Mrs. Howlett discovered the fact that a neighbor's house was on fire, which caused me to drop my pencil and rush to the scene of conflagration. The house was that of Vermeren's on the Sam Potter place, and was burned to the ground, and none of the contents were saved. Mr. V. is living in Baltimore, Md., and had leased the place to Ben Abeloose and Leo de Nickle. Mr. Abeloose is now in Langell Valley with a band of cattle, and de Nickle was stopping on the place alone. A man by the name of Fuller also made it his headquarters. All of these gentlemen lost most of their clothing, watches, etc., and the loss is quite serious to them. As nearly as can be learned the fire started from a stick of wood left on the cook stove. By the time we had reached the fire, it had begun spreading in the weeds and grass, and had it not been for the timely arrival of many neighbors, the barn would have been burned. Whether there was any insurance or not has not been learned.
Medford Mail, July 17, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Wm. Chambers and daughter of Big Butte were the guests of Mrs. Sinclair one day last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Ella Williams of Medford has been the guest of Miss Anna Carney during the past week.
Miss Alice Morine has gone to Medford to spend a short time with her grandfather, Mr. Cliff.
Rev. Brower, of Talent, is expected to preach at Eagle Point next Sunday at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Mrs. Carter, daughter of Mr. Givan, who has been visiting her parents for a few days, returned to her home in Ashland Thursday.
F. J. Ayres and two of his daughters were in Medford one day last week, as also were Mrs. Geo. Morine, Mrs. Taylor and Miss Celia Brown.
G. B. Mathews thinks he is the luckiest man in Oregon--he has now a full team--a span of boys. The last one was born on the 18th inst.
Miss Lutie Birch closed a successful term of school at the Betz school house last Friday. She is very popular among the children as well as the parents.
Geo. Givan and family have gone to Crater Lake and expect to return via Klamath Falls. They have gone on account of Mrs. Givan' health.
Frank Lewis is having considerable trouble with his binder this year. With his breakdowns and the grasshoppers combined he has a hard struggle, but if anybody gets there Frank will.
Harnish Ish made two draws with his seine last Sunday and a large crowd went from here to witness it. He was not very successful, however, as he caught only nine fish in two hauls.
Geo. Morine has patterned after the wheel erected below the bridge in Medford and constructed one in Butte Creek, raising the water so as to irrigate his garden. It attracted much attention Sunday.
Walker Lewis and his cousin, Miss Virgie Parsons, came out from Medford last Saturday and went to Mr. L.'s ranch on Elk Creek last Tuesday. They were accompanied by Miss Frankie Newman.
Joseph Riley, living on the Linksweiler place, has taken a daughter to Medford for treatment by Dr. Kirchgessner. She is reported as greatly improved, and her father thinks the doctor will cure her permanently.
Fishing is all the rage in this community now, but there are few who can come up with Mrs. John Rader. One day she caught 55 fish that averaged seven inches in length in just two hours and she complained that the grasshoppers were so thick on the water that the fish would not bite readily.
Walker Lewis had quite an experience with a couple of coyotes a few days ago--one of them on which Mr. Montgomery had placed a bell. Mr. L. was attracted by the bell and taking his gun he soon discovered the bell coyote trailing a hog. He fired a shot at it, and another hove in sight to question the regularity of the proceedings. A shot or two at each of them, a lively chase after one of them, and the lively use of a good-sized club soon terminated the career of each of them and leaves the coyote tribe of that vicinity bell-less.
Medford Mail, July 24, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.John W. Smith and Geo. Stevens were in town on Wednesday of last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Claud White came in from the mountains last Saturday on a business trip.
Wm. Perry, of Big Butte, came out of the mountains Friday to visit his mother.
Miss Lottie Perry, who has been visiting friends in Phoenix, returned home last week.
Scott Pool and wife moved onto the Pool farm, on Big Sticky, on Thursday of last week.
A. C. Howlett will preach at the Betz school house, on Reese Creek, next Sunday at 11 a.m.
Mr. Baker, of Rogue River, was interviewing your correspondent on Wednesday of last week.
Frank Willmoth and John Williscroft went to the Dead Indian Soda Springs the first of the week.
John Williscroft and family were visiting the family of Capt. Watkins of the free ferry the first of the week.
Mr. and Mrs. Sisemore, of Sams Valley, brother of John Sisemore, were here attending church last Sunday.
Mrs. A. J. Florey and her family started Sunday for their summer outing at her father's on his Flounce Rock farm.
Mrs. M. A. Taylor went to Central Point the first of last week to spend a while with the family of Wm. Holmes.
Miss Henrietta Morine has gone to spend a few weeks with Mrs. Scott Pool while Scott is off at work with a threshing machine.
A. Betz, one of the leading citizens of Rogue River, was interviewing one of our leading merchants, A. J. Florey, on Wednesday of last week.
I am sorry to have to chronicle the fact that Mr. Ormiston is sick at the Pioneer Hotel. Mrs. O. and her son, Jessie, are stopping with him.
Mr. Fries and his two sons of Central Point passed through our village the middle of last week returning from the mountains where they had been rusticating for a while.
William Miller and family, of Ashland, came down last Sunday to visit Mrs. M's parents, Uncle John Lewis and wife, and her sister, Mrs. J. J. Fryer, and a host of friends which they have here.
Rev. D. Bower and F. M. Hulso, of Talent, were here last Sunday and filled the pulpit for J. P. Moomaw. Rev. Hulso is recently from Iowa, and is favorably impressed with our valley but is disappointed in the fruit crop.
Dr. Kirchgessner and family passed through our town last Sunday on their way to Dead Indian Soda Springs, where the doctor expects to establish a summer resort for invalids. They were accompanied by Miss Anna Carney.
Last Saturday James W. Pew, Charletta and Viola Williscroft and some of the little folks were the guests of your correspondent. Mr. P. started the same day for Klamath County by the way of Dead Indian Springs--to be gone until about the first of September.
Last Sunday morning Rev. J. P. Moomaw united in marriage Prof. P. H. Daily and Miss Luta Birch, at the Pioneer Hotel. The bride's parents came out from Medford early Sunday morning to be present at the ceremony. We now have united in one two of the most prominent educators in the county. After an early breakfast they started for Prospect, where Mr. D. is engaged in teaching. Their many friends here extend their hearty congratulations.
Last Saturday Prof. J. E. Potter, of Sams Valley, called on your correspondent and we spent a few hours very pleasantly talking over things that have transpired in years gone by when he was the pupil and I a teacher. He came over to apply for a school in an adjoining district. He has been teaching for the past twelve or fourteen years in his immediate neighborhood, and the children where he has taught think there is no one like Mr. Potter.
Medford Mail, July 31, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.H. F. Severance is reported on the sick list.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
J. M. Nichols and wife were visiting friends in Eagle Point one day last week.
Mrs. Geo. Morine went to Ashland last week to visit her sister, Mrs. Patterson.
Claud White, Benton Pool, Jessie Safford and Peter Simon started for Crater Lake Tuesday.
Misses Mattie and Lottie Taylor and Geo. Hoyt were the guests of your correspondent last Sunday.
A. Pool's brother arrived here last Sunday from Cleveland, Ohio. They have not met before for fifty years.
Mr. Warner, the Mail representative, passed through our town on Tuesday of last week returning Saturday.
Charley Morine, who has been stopping for some time with his brother, George, returned home the last of the week.
Miss Lottie Brown returned from Portland last Sunday. She was accompanied by Miss Gertie Eddy, the latter being the guest of Miss Mattie Naylor.
Mrs. J. C. Barnard and Mr. Fries, of upper Rogue River, where Prof. B. is engaged in teaching school, were guests at the Pioneer Hotel last Sunday.
John Allen and wife and mother, of Derby, came out to attend church at the Betz school house last Sunday. There was a large congregation in attendance.
Misses Millie Howlett and Jennie Woodford, of Medford, came out Saturday evening and remained over Sunday. While here Miss Jennie took her first lesson in equestrianism.
I am sorry to have to state that one of merchant Frank Brown's eyes is seriously afflicted, something having stung him on his eye and the swelling having gone down the side of his neck. At last accounts he was improving.
Two or three hackloads of young folks took a trip up Rogue River last Sunday and while on the road they got to running races. One of the mules fell, the hackload rolling onto him, and a buggy just behind ran into the hack. Fortunately no one was hurt.
Dr. Kirchgessner and his load of friends--and family--are reported to have had a very pleasant time upon a recent trip to Dead Indian. Their wagon pole collapsed--and it was a ride uphill and a walk down and--just more fun and adventures than I have time to write about.
Last year I had to chronicle an account of Mrs. M. A. Taylor having a combat with a rattlesnake, and now her daughter, Miss Mattie, has commenced a war upon them and one day last week succeeded in killing one near the house. It is not a healthy place for rattlers when Miss Mattie is around.
John Williscroft returned from the Dead Indian Soda Springs about the middle of the past week and reports about 150 persons at the springs, and Russ Moore reports that they are having a lively time there as they have a doctor to attend to their physical maladies and a minister to look after their spiritual wants. They have preaching every Sunday at 11 a.m., Sabbath school at 3 p.m., and song service at 8 p.m. Russ says that they have one of the finest choirs he ever heard.
Medford Mail, August 7, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Ed. Simon and wife, of Round Top, were visiting Mr. S.'s mother last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Rev. J. P. Moomaw will preach at the Betz School house next Sunday at 11 a.m.
Mr. Graham, of Elk Creek, is stopping at Hotel de Linksweiler for the present.
Ben Tungate, of Mt. Pitt precinct, was visiting his parents at Eagle Point last week.
Hon. von der Hellen, of Wellen, was in town the first of last week on a political mission.
Mr. Goodall, who has been in Klamath County for a short time, returned home last Friday.
Mr. Ditsworth, of Prospect, passed through our town on his way to Medford on Tuesday of last week.
Lee Caton and wife passed through our town on their return trip from the Hub the first of the week.
Misses Mattie Taylor, and Gertie, Eddie and Lottie Brown made a trip to Medford on Wednesday of last week.
Mrs. Susie Perry went to Big Butte last Thursday, returning Saturday. She was visiting her son, William, and family.
Mrs. McKee, of Big Butte, has been stopping at the Eagle Hotel for a week or more. She returned to her home last Sunday.
Master Walter Wood passed through town on Thursday of last week with a load of people who had been sojourning at the Dead Indian Soda Springs.
Mrs. Stickel visited Medford last Saturday and Mrs. Randles, of Medford, came out with her to spend a few days visiting friends in and near Eagle Point.
Miss Charlotte Williscroft took a trip to Medford on horseback last Thursday. The same day Walter Robinett went to Talent to inform James Helms of the sickness of his wife, at Flounce Rock.
The first of last week Jay W. Grover and W. B. Dailey went to the mines on Applegate but returned the same week. Mr. Dailey thinks he is getting most too old to rough it in the mines, he being 80 years of age.
Mrs. Sarah Martin, living on Little Butte, about 12 miles above Brownsboro, while arranging the bedclothes on her bed, dislocated her right shoulder, and after suffering for three days came to our town for surgical treatment last Saturday.
Owing to some derangement in plans the company spoken of in my last as going to Crater Lake, etc., did not start as soon as anticipated, but on Friday last J. W. Grover, Jessie Safford and Peter Simon started expecting to take in Crater Lake, Ft. Klamath, Klamath Falls and the adjacent country.
Last Friday Mrs. A. Pool gave an old ladies' quilting and rag tacking party. There were present Mesdames Maud Stickel, Geo. Brown, Alice Devens, Sinclair, McKee, of Big Butte, Howlett and Mr. and Mrs. Moomaw. Mrs. McKee superintended the culinary department, and my special reporter says that they had one of the best dinners of the season. It was one of those old-fashioned quilting parties, and each tried to outdo the other in trying to be sociable.
Medford Mail, August 14, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.The farmers are bringing in considerable wheat to the Snowy Butte Mills.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. Hockenjos, of Bear Creek, is the guest of Mrs. A. Hoyt, of Big Butte.
Claud White took a load of supplies from the Snowy Butte Mill to Ashland last Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Stinson were guests of Mrs. E. Simon, of the Pioneer Hotel, the first of the week.
There have been an unusually large number of our citizens going to Medford the past week.
W. B. Officer, M. D., went to Medford last Saturday evening, remaining until Sunday morning.
Joe Riley, of Antelope, is hauling fish from Ish's ranch, on Rogue River, to Ashland and reports success.
John Williscroft and a portion of his family and a part of M. S. Wood's family started Monday for Crater Lake.
Wm. Perry, of Big Butte, came out last Thursday and went to Medford. On his return he took his two sisters, Della and Lottie, with him.
Miss Garden, of Rogue River, passed through our town on her way home last Thursday. She has been stopping in Central Point for some time.
Lee Black and Wm. Betz, of Rogue River, started on a trip to Eastern Oregon the first of this week, taking in the sights at Crater Lake on their way.
Mr. Ormiston and family started last week for Crater Lake and the huckleberry patch with a load of supplies for the crowd of sightseers. Frank Brown and Frank Willmoth started later on the same mission.
Mrs. D. J. Pearce and Mrs. Wm. Matney, of Forest Creek, and Jacob Rogers and son, Flenn, of Central Point, and Mr. and Mrs. McQumney of Jacksonville were the guests of Mr. Sinclair the first of the week.
While threshing his grain last week A. J. Daley killed the largest rattlesnake of the season. It measured nearly four feet in length and about eight inches in circumference and had eight rattles and a button.
Mrs. Taylor, who has been stopping for a few weeks with Wm. Holmes' family in Central Point, returned home last Thursday. Her daughter, Miss Mattie, and Miss Gertie Eddy were visiting friends in Medford last week.
A. J. Daley, our enterprising sawmill man, farmer and stock-raiser, has been furnishing the lumber for the floor of the Brownsboro bridge, and those who have seen it pronounce it of an extra fine quality; in fact, the Round Top timber is hard to beat in any country.
Last Sunday Mrs. Sinclair, J. J. Fryer, wife and daughter, Lelah, and Boyd Tucker went fishing and picnicking. They had a fine time and saw some of the finest lot of fish they have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. One of the young ladies in her excitement declared that some of them jumped out of the water the length of the fish pole, about 18 feet.
Medford Mail, August 21, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.F. B. Inlow, of Trail, was in town last Saturday attending to business.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
W. C. Daley, of North Fork of Little Butte, was in town last Saturday.
J. P. Moomaw has been hauling lumber from A. J. Daley's mill the past week.
Geo. W. Daley, Sr. started for Crater Lake last Monday morning on his wheel.
Thomas E. Nichols and wife were in our town Saturday attending to important business.
Hank Beer and wife left here the first of last week for Yreka and other points in Calif.
Miss Ella Benson has closed her school near Flounce Rock and is now the guest of Mrs. Simon.
Newt. Lewis, of Applegate, was over last week visiting his brother, Frank, and father and mother.
Oscar Simpkins and family came up from Woodville last Saturday to visit Mrs. S.'s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Heckathorn.
Ralph Newman and family and Misses Minnie and Frank Newman went up to Elk Creek last week to visit E. H. Lewis and family.
John Williscroft returned from Crater Lake last Sunday bringing someone's wheel with him. He reports that the dust is [so] deep that it is impossible to run a wheel.
Harvey Richardson, of Trail, has been in this neighborhood with his threshing machine, but had the misfortune to break his horsepower so as to detain him for some time.
Mrs. A. J. Florey and children, who have been enjoying the pure air and fine scenery that surrounds the home of her youth, near Flounce Rock, returned to Eagle Point Sunday last.
Mrs. Geo. Morine gave a quilting last Thursday and I heard one of the boss quilters remark that she regretted that she had the threshers that day and could not go. Those who were there had a remarkably fine time.
Joe Rader, Marsh Garret and W. Brown started last week for Dead Indian Soda Springs, Fish Lake, etc. to remain for some time. Joe will look after his cattle around Fish Lake and all three will have a jolly good time.
Last week I unintentionally omitted to state that Mrs. R. L. Parker and daughter, Mrs. Heryford of Lakeview, and a young lady from the same place, passed through our town on their way to the Parker stock ranch near Twin Buttes.
Walker Lewis, our Elk Creek stockman and hunter, came down last week to his brother's, J. M. Lewis, and brought a large panther skin, taken from a panther that he killed a few days before. He was accompanied by his cousin, Miss Virgie Parsons, of San Jose, Calif. She expects to return to her home in the near future.
Last week the Rogers & Morris threshing machine was working in the neighborhood, and a series of narrow escapes were experienced by Pat Marrow. While working on the derrick he got his foot caught in one of the guy ropes which happened to give way, nearly breaking it; the next day one of the forks struck him on the side of the neck entering a half an inch below the jugular vein, and striking with such force as to nearly break his neck; next day a Winchester cartridge which had been dropped in the grain was put through the machine and Mr. Morrow found it on the screens, mashed all out of shape. The cylinder teeth did not happen to strike the cap, and so no damage was done. (It is quite remarkable that the man is alive.--Ed.)
Medford Mail, August 28, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.W. W. Miller, of Ashland, was the guest of J. J. Fryer last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
David Cingcade has completed a commodious granary on his farm.
A. C. Howlett will preach at the Betz school house next Sunday at 11 a.m.
Chas. White, of Rock Point, was in our town last Friday on private business.
F. M. Plymale, one of the Medford merchants, honored our town by his presence last Friday.
Miss Alice Morine, who has been stopping with her grandfather for some time, returned home last week.
Timmie Dugan, Peter Young and Thos. McAndrew, Jr., started for Crater Lake on Wednesday of last week.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas and son, Chas., accompanied by Miss Gladius Fryer returned from Klamath County the first of the week.
Geo. Heckathorn and daughter, Gladius, O. Simpkins, wife and brother and Willie Lewis started last Sunday for the huckleberry patch.
Mr. Watkins reports that the house and barn on the old Canby place, near the free ferry, were burned to the ground on the night of the 15th ult.
The rain Sunday and up to the present time Monday, 11 a.m., makes it a little hard on the crowds that are out in the mountains at the present time.
There were quite a number of townsmen and women in Medford last Saturday in addition to our regular number that go there every Saturday to trade.
Peter Simon and Claud White are hauling flour from our Snowy Butte mills to Josephine County. Mr. White expects to resume work on the Big Butte ditch soon.
Real estate agent Ulman, and family, of Gold Hill, accompanied by Miss Messner and Misses Williams and Cole, were guests at the Pioneer Hotel the first of last week.
Ralph Newman and family and two sisters, Misses Minnie and Frank, returned from their visit to Elk Creek Tuesday of last week. While there Ralph killed four fine deer.
The last of last week we had another real estate transaction. T. E. Nichols sold the old F. B. Inlow home place and store building to Dr. W. B. Officer, consideration $600.50.
Mr. Chartraw and Mr. Derby, of Derby, were doing business in our town last Thursday. J. M. Howard, John Watkins and Joe Delk were also in our midst the same day.
Mrs. Peter Simon, nee Ella Benson, expects to visit friends in Ashland in the near future. She expects to make a trip to Leeds, where she taught this summer, in the course of a few days.
There is a little stir in real estate matters, but the parties are very reticent as to what they are doing--I have learned that some of our bachelor citizens were in Medford buying furniture last Saturday.
Mr. Straws, the miller from Portland, stopped at our Snowy Butte mills on Tuesday of last week. He had been to Crater Lake on his wheel and was on his return trip; he was favorably impressed with the appearance of the mill.
Al. Sturgis and family, of Steamboat, have been taking their annual outing upon Rogue River near the free ferry. They caught some fine fish while they were out and report having had a rattling good time. They stopped at our camp ground last Thursday.
John Watkins, of the free ferry, reports that on Tuesday of last week he took across the river fifty-six persons who were on their way to Crater Lake and that during the day there were about fifty teams passed by the ferry, some on one side and some on the other side of the river.
Peter K. Simon has just gone and done it--yes, the lucky fellow has secured the heart and hand of one of our most popular young school teachers, Miss Ella Benson, and went to Rev. M. A. Williams, just south of Medford, on Tuesday, the 25th ult. and had the nuptial knot tied so tightly that all the rest of the young men in this neighborhood have given up the chase. He has secured the hand of a first-class teacher, she being a graduate of the Ashland Normal and was once a student at the state university at Eugene. The cunning fox was so sly about it that the boys did not know of it in time to have the regular charivari, but Peter placed the cigars in Jack Florey's store for the use of his friends. We extend our hearty congratulations. Mrs. E. Simon, Mrs. Williams, Miss Katie Fries and Miss Shideler were present at the ceremony.
We had a rather novel experience with some ducks Monday morning shortly after we got up. Mrs. H. missed some of her half-grown ducks and so started your correspondent to look for them in the rain. We located them by the noise but could see nothing of them but on close search found three of them in the cracks in the sticky utterly helpless, they having fallen into the cracks and the sticky mud having accumulated so that they could not walk. After carrying them to the water and washing their feet they were all right. It is not safe for young ducks or pigs to run in "sticky" just after the first rains.
Medford Mail, September 4, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Robt. Wright was in our town last Friday.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Perry Foster, of Beagle, was in town the first of last week.
Adelbert Terrill was smiling on his friends here last Friday.
Miss Alice Morine is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. A. Hoyt, of Big Butte.
Chas. Terrill, of Lake Flats, was in town the latter part of last week.
Miss Ida Perkins, of Brownsboro, was the guest of Mrs. Geo. Morine last week.
J. M. Riddle has bought two lots of A. J. Daley and is erecting a house on one of them.
There was quite a rush of business in your correspondent's justice court last Monday--particulars later on.
D. J. S. Pearce and family, of Forest Creek, were over visiting his sister, Mrs. A. M. Thomas, the latter part of last week.
Messrs. Thomas E. Nichols, Henry French and A. J. Florey, appraisers of the Reese property, were appraising the land last week.
There was quite a run of fish in the creek last week, and a number of fishermen from various parts of the country were trying their fortunes with varied success.
A. Pool, wife, son, Irvin and Emanuel Pool, A. Pool's brother, recently from Ohio, started for Eastern Oregon via Ashland and Klamath Falls and intend returning via Crater Lake.
W. B. Officer made a trip to Medford Saturday on his wheel, and Sunday, in company with a number of Medfordites, went to the Sterling mines. He reports having had a very pleasant time.
Rev. J. W. Bryant, formerly of Medford, but now of Klamath County, who is traveling in the interest of the Congregational Sunday school, spent Monday night with your correspondent. Frank Morgan and wife were also here on a visit.
Mrs. Wm. Wiley, formerly of this place, had the misfortune of falling into the icy waters of Seven Mile Creek while fishing there last week. The water was but about two feet deep, fortunately, and she was not long in getting out.
Prof. P. H. Daily and Nelson Nye, of Prospect, came down the first of last week and went to Medford, the former to secure the services of a teacher to finish his school in district No. 80, and the other to lay in supplies. Prof. D. secured the services of Miss Cora Koontz.
Prof. Daley commenced his school here Monday morning with thirty-nine pupils and a very good prospect for about twenty more. The directors have secured his services for eight months. There will be quite a number of young men in attendance this winter. Mrs. Daley, who remained in district No. 80 to teach her husband's school while he was looking for another teacher, joined her husband at Eagle Point last Saturday. They expect to go to housekeeping in the Geo. Daley house soon.
As an evidence of the extent of the Mail's circulation and the necessity of keeping everything from the writer of this article, I wish to state that people in Nebraska, Nevada and the Dakotas are writing here concerning things that they see in the Eagle Point Eaglets, and away off in that far-off land of Guatemala a woman writes to her aunt making fun of her for catching her finger instead of a fish on a fishhook. Men and women all over the country tell me that they can't get along without the Medford Mail, as it contains more news than all the rest of the papers in the county. * * * Talking about papers--a few days ago I wanted the initials of a lawyer and real estate agent in one of our towns and, taking up a paper published there, found there was not a single advertisement of a lawyer or real estate agent in the paper. Then taking up the Mail I saw a long list of such ads--that is one reason that so many want the Mail. They find everything they want in it.
Medford Mail, September 11, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Frank Lewis is hauling his wheat to Ashland.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. Martin, of Little Butte, was in town Monday.
Jas. Mills and wife passed through town Monday morning.
Mr. Schmidtling, of Woodville, was the guest of Mrs. M. A. Taylor Tuesday of last week.
A civil case in the justice court for this district was settled by mutual consent Monday morning.
W. I. Vawter, J. C. Whipp and Theo. Cameron were out Friday night to organize a McKinley club.
Miss Bertha Obenchain, of Big Butte, was in town one day last week on her way to Central Point.
A. Pool and family returned from their trip to Eastern Oregon Saturday evening and report having had a fine time.
Mrs. Bilger, of Portland, widow of the late John Bilger of Jacksonville, was visiting old friends in this neighborhood last week.
Mr. Hubbs, who has been in Klamath County during the past summer, has returned to this neighborhood to spend the winter.
On Tuesday evening of last week a number of the Birch family, relatives of Mrs. P. H. Daily, arrived from the huckleberry patch and spent the night with Mr. and Mrs. Daley.
Frank Brown and Frank Willmoth are cleaning and repairing the old Haselton house. If reports be true, the house will be occupied by a newly married couple in the near future.
Rev. R. Fysh, of Lakeview, was the guest of J. J. Fryer Thursday night of last week. He was on his [way] to Ashland to meet his wife, who has been in a hospital at Portland for the past three months.
John Pelling and Al. Hall were arrested last week on the charge of assault with a deadly weapon. The cases were dismissed on motion of the district attorney, as it was thought that the evidence was not sufficient to convict.
Miss Lizzie Willson, who went out to the huckleberry patch, near Mount Pitt, was taken violently ill while there and sent for Dr. Officer. There has been no word from there at this writing. She was ten miles below where a wagon can be taken.
Rev. J. W. Bryan, who is traveling in the interest of the Congregational Sunday school, organized a Sunday school at this place on Tuesday night of last week. Mrs. P. H. Daily was elected superintendent; Mrs. M. A. Taylor, assistant superintendent; Miss Lottie Brown, chorister; Prof. P. H. Daily, secretary. The Sunday school met Sunday morning at 10 o'clock and elected A. C. Howlett teacher of the Bible class, Mrs. J. A. Jonas teacher of senior class, Mrs. A. C. Howlett, teacher of junior class. Twenty-four were in attendance.
Medford Mail, September 18, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Harry Carlton, who has been in Eastern Oregon during the summer, returned last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
J. M. Riddles has moved into his new house and Frank Willmoth will occupy the house he has just vacated.
Miss Edna Gibson, one of the prominent instructors of Jackson County, visited our school last Thursday.
Mr. Birch, of Griffin Creek, was over Sunday night to visit his daughter, Mrs. P. H. Daily.
Mr. Van Hardenburg, of Sams Valley, was in Eagle Point the first of last week looking at some of the fine farms in this neighborhood.
J. P. Moomaw has just completed a new barn on his farm near Eagle Point. He will preach at this place next Sunday at 11 a.m. and 7:30.
Ed. Hoyt, who has been working in Siskiyou County, California, returned to the parental roof the first of last week. He was accompanied by Mr. Barnum.
Our school is finely under the management of Prof. Daley, and the roll has increased to between fifty and sixty--and still they come. There is some talk of the director's employing an assistant teacher.
Mrs. Martin, of Upper Little Butte and Uncle Jas. Mills and wife, of Brownsboro, who have been visiting friends in Grants Pass, Woodville and the intervening country, returned home last Saturday. They report having had a rattling good time.
There has been considerable activity among the cattlemen during the last week, gathering beef cattle for the Medford market. Lee Black and Charley Betz took in a small lot of dry cows and L. E. Nichols and son, John, took in a lot last Saturday. There is room for the price of beef to come up, as it is now quoted at 1¼ cents.
Prof. P. H. Daily, he who is training our children in the way they should go, together with his estimable wife, paid Mrs. Daley's parents on Griffin Creek a visit last Friday afternoon, returning Sunday morning in time for Mrs. D. to meet her Sunday school at Eagle Point. She is proving herself the right person in the right place.
There has been quite a contest among the young folks of Eagle Point as to who could catch the greatest number of fish. This seems to be a favorite resort for persons of that profession, but so far as I can learn Miss Lelah Fryer takes the lead, as she caught and brought home, on Thursday of last week no less than fifty-two fish, all caught with one hook and line in one day. If any of our young ladies can come up with that or surpass it, just let us know through the Mail, and Miss F. will try and go one better at least. Charlie Thomas didn't succeed quite so well. He caught one trout about ten inches long, and while engaged in the hopeless task of snaring another, a neighbor's hogs appropriated the one already caught--though it was recaptured after some sprinting.
We have had quite a change in our community during the past week by the solemnization of the marriage of S. B. Holmes and Miss Cecelia Brown on the 16th inst. Mr. H. is the business manager of the Butte Creek Flouring Mill company and one of our most thoroughgoing young men, while his estimable wife is one of the accomplished daughters of Mr. Brown, the Eagle Point merchant. The wedding was a private affair, none being present except the members of the family, Dr. Officer, Mr. White, of Jacksonville, Miss A. Safford, and Mrs. M. A. Taylor and family. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Robt. Ennis, of Jacksonville, at 8 o'clock p.m. at the residence of the bride's parents. The bride was dressed in light brocade trimmed in silk and velvet, and the groom was dressed in the conventional black. They received quite a number of nice presents, mostly of silverware. Having the home ready prepared, they went to housekeeping immediately. Their many friends join with us in wishing them a prosperous journey through life.
Medford Mail, September 25, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.A. C. Howlett will preach at the Betz school house next Sunday at 11 a.m.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Stearns were the guests of J. J. Fryer the first of last week.
Joe Rader and Jack Nichols took a business trip to Klamath County last week, returning on Friday.
Mrs. M. A. Taylor and daughter, Mattie, and Miss Cora Brown, were in Medford on Monday of last week.
Boyd Tucker, of Gold Hill, was the guest of J. J. Fryer last Saturday and Sunday. He is a noted fisherman.
I learned last Friday night that the Trail Creek school house was, at noon the day before, burned to the ground.
Benj. and Charlie Edmondson, of Big Butte, were in town last Monday morning selling bear meat, venison--and shakes.
I learned last Sunday that Al. Strickland was laying very low at his stepfather's, H. T. Severance's, with typhoid fever.
A Mr. Crane living on the Matthews place, Misses Lizzie Wilson and Dora Dahack were in Medford last Saturday buying goods.
Every house in town is full and still people are inquiring for houses. Some of our capitalists are talking of building more houses to rent.
Last Friday night a Bryan Silver Club was organized here, starting off with 49 members. Hon. John A. Jeffrey delivered an address to a large audience.
During the past week there have been several parties here looking for a location, but the property holders hold it so high that there were no purchases.
James W. Pew, who has been in Klamath County for some time, has returned to his old "stamping ground." His many friends gave him a cordial welcome.
Mr. Rollins and Surveyor J. S. Howard were in town the first of the week. They had been out on the ditch survey looking after the interests of the ditch company.
Another family, by the name of Dunn, moved here from California. Mr. D. is going to work in the blacksmith shop. He has moved into the house formerly occupied as a billiard room.
We have had another addition to our community. Mrs. Stickel, mother of the Stickel boys, arrived last week, accompanied by another son and daughter, from Lakeport, California.
Last Friday afternoon during recess at school, Harry Cingcade was climbing a tree. A limb broke and he fell several feet, striking on the small of his back. Fears were entertained that he was permanently injured, but his injuries are not so serious as was feared at first.
Miss Burnetta Williscroft had a narrow escape last Friday. She was riding on horseback without a saddle. By some means she fell backwards off the horse, which was galloping over the stones. When she was picked up by George Hoyt she was bleeding and unconscious. He carried her to the creek and bathed her face in cold water, thus reviving her, but her face is badly scratched and bruised though not seriously.
Last Sunday we had another one of those long-to-be-remembered times at our home. Our daughter Millie came out on Friday and on Sunday Bert Childers and wife and Miss Flora Harrold, of Medford, came and George Hoyt, Miss Mattie Taylor, Ed Hoyt and mother, Mrs. Geo. Morine, Mrs. Frank Willmoth, besides a host of the little folks, congregated in our home and yard and spent the day, until the shadows began to elongate, in talking, singing, instrumental music and having a good time generally--politics were not discussed. I heard some of the ladies remark that they wished Mr. Batterson was out so he could enjoy the occasion and write it up for the Medford Mail and we--Mrs. H. and yours truly--said, "so mote it be." (Kindly remind the ladies that we'll try to be on hand the first time we catch an advance rumor of a repetition of the above-mentioned event--coming if we have to walk the whole blessed way.)
Medford Mail, October 2, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mr. Aidler is moving to the Best place above Eagle Point.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
George Brown, one of our merchants, went to Portland last week.
Mrs. Tungate and Charles Thomas are reported on the sick list.
J. J. Fryer and daughter, Lelah, paid friends in Gold Hill a visit last week.
Frank Brown and Frank Willmoth are putting some new desks in the school house.
Hon. Chauncey Nye and wife came down from their home in the Flounce Rock Valley, last Sunday.
Miss Effie Birch, sister of Mrs. P. H. Daily, is stopping with the Professor and family at present.
Mr. Van Hardenburg, from Sams Valley, has leased the Harbaugh (the old Stow) place and moved thereto.
There were some cattle buyers in this neighborhood last week from Surprise Valley--trying to buy cattle. Results not learned.
There was an aged lady here last week looking for a location to open a store. Her name was not learned but she came from Central Point here, and is recently from the old states.
George Magerle and his three brothers came up from Woodville last Friday and his mother-in-law, Mrs. George Heckathorn, returned with them. They came up with wheat for the Snowy Butte mills.
A few weeks ago the remains of the late Joseph Swingle, of Langell Valley, were brought to the Antelope Cemetery for interment beside his wife, and last week a beautiful monument was erected over their remains and a handsome railing placed around the graves.
Mr. Middlebusher has moved onto the Williscroft place and Mr. Williscroft has moved on the Phil Parliament place. While Mr. W. was moving he had a runaway in which a wagonload of stuff was capsized, though nothing was injured except a lot of glass fruit jars.
Our school is progressing finely under the management of Prof. P. H. Daily. Last Monday he opened school with sixty names on the roll--had an average attendance last month of forty-five. The general average on examination was ninety-two. There is a move on foot to secure the services of an assistant teacher, as it requires all his time to hear recitations.
The fall fights have begun in the neighborhood north of Eagle Point. Two women met on the desert and after some words came to blows. One took a picket and began to use it rather freely, when the other took it away from her and dealt some severe blows, cutting several severe gashes on the head and arm. There have been no arrests as yet, but may be in the near future.
Four young ladies, of Medford, came out and camped on the bank of Butte Creek last Sunday night and about ten o'clock they serenaded the lower part of town. One lady, in speaking of it, remarked that it was the loveliest music she ever heard. One of them played an instrument and the other three sang. After they were through singing at one of the houses, the lady of the house remarked, "Hurrah for Bryan," and the young ladies said, "thank you." Who were they?
It is getting about time in the year when we, as a community, are thinking seriously of a road to Medford without having to go four or five miles out of our way through the mud during the winter--or will the business men and women of Medford still trust in our good nature and love for Medford and force us to go via Central Point? Who will make a start in this matter? Remember we can have a road just as short and have only a little over a mile of sticky instead of two and one half miles. The trade of Sams Valley, Upper Rogue River, Big and Little Buttes, Yankee Creek, Antelope and Dry Creek is worth looking after, and Central Point and Jacksonville would like to have it.
(A description of a trip up Elk Creek by our Eagle Point correspondent was received too late for publication this week--will appear next week.)
Medford Mail, October 9, 1896, page 5
Mills Changed Hands.The Butte Creek Roller Flour Mills Co., heretofore conducting the mills at Eagle Point, have separated, Wm. H. and S. B. Holmes taking the mills at Central Point and Welch Bros., Dr. Bar [DeBar?] and Max Muller the Central Point mill. Max Muller is general manager of the Central Point mill, Frank Hawk miller and M. S. Welch home manager. Holmes Bros. took charge of their mill Monday. This still further divides the ownership of the mills in the county and the farmers expect to see the millers get so diversified that the price of wheat will go up to the top notch.
Valley Record, Ashland, October 15, 1896, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Royal Brown, of Yreka, arrived last Sunday under the parental roof.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
I see that preparations are being made to move the old Inlow store house.
A man by the name of Forbes has moved onto the old William Wiley place.
Miss Lelah Fryer expects to go to California with her sister when she returns.
I understand that Mrs. John K. Green, nee Argile Florey, arrived Sunday night at her father's from California.
Mr. Ormiston informs us that he is going to move into the Whelpley place, three miles above the mouth of Elk Creek, on Rogue River.
We are having our full quota of political speaking, and the average voter is so bewildered that he hardly knows "where he is at."
We have had another change in the management of the Snowy Butte Mill. Wm. and S. B. Holmes have purchased it from the B.C.R.F.M. Co.
J. E. Stickel and family and his brother, Volney, came in from Klamath County the first of the week to purchase supplies for winter.
Eagle Point has organized an athletic club and elected Wm. Brown, pres.; Dr. W. B. Officer, vice pres.; Harry Carlton, sec.; P. H. Daily, treas.
Benj. Abeloose, of Langell Valley, came in last Saturday to get supplies for the winter. He is highly pleased with the prospects in that county, for young men.
Last week Lee Mitchell, while fishing, came in contact with a large salmon which bit him on the leg just below the knee, causing a painful, but not serious, wound.
We have had another change in the management of our post office business, Miss Amy Safford retiring and Miss Mattie Taylor assuming the duties of the office.
I understand that Frank Brown is about to let a contract to Frank Willmoth for the erection of a dwelling house on a vacant lot between the Ashpole place and George Daley's residence.
Last week T. E. Nichols went to Medford accompanied by his sister, Mrs. F M. Plymale, and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. G. F. Plymale, who have been visiting relatives hereabouts for the past couple of weeks.
Last week Frank Lewis had a runaway, his team taking a spin around for quite a while, doing but little damage, however, except breaking up his harness some. Speaking of Frank Lewis reminds me--he is now the constable of Eagle Point district.
Last week a coyote attempted to take some of Mrs. John Daley's chickens but she soon put her faithful dog on the trail and soon brought the coyote to a standstill, when Mrs. D. came to the rescue and by the liberal use of a club soon dispatched him.
Butte Creek against the world for big peaches and pretty girls. Of the latter there is not the least possible doubt, and when it comes to the peaches--well there is one on exhibition at the Mail office that was given to your correspondent by that noted orchardist and florist, J. J. Fryer, that shows for itself. They are of the Salway variety and measure from eleven to twelve inches in circumference.
The church sexton is hardening his hands and getting everything in readiness to ring the wedding bells in this neighborhood, and by the time this is in type the sounds will have gone forth and the nuptial knot will have been tied, and a widow lady of this locality and a citizen of Yreka will have been made one, and if report be true there will be another occasion of a similar character in our town next month.
Last Sunday your correspondent went to the Lone (Betz) school house and assisted in perfecting the organization of a Sunday school. Mrs. D. Y. Gray was elected superintendent; Miss Anna Schneider, secretary; D. Y. Gray, teacher of Bible class; Mrs. J. H. Caton, teacher of senior class, and Mrs. D. Y. Gray took charge of the infant class. There were twenty-six in attendance and the outlook is favorable for an interesting Sunday school in that neighborhood. Rev. J. P. Moomaw will preach there next Sunday at 11 a.m.
Medford Mail, October 16, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mr. Ormiston, of Elk Creek, was in town last Monday.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Frank Brown is building a beautiful dwelling on the old Drynam lot.
Thomas E. Nichols made a business trip to Klamath County last week.
Jas. Grieve, of Central Point, was visiting friends in Eagle Point last Sunday.
John Obenchain was out last Monday for flour from the Snowy Butte Mills.
Miss Gibson and Mr. Robinett, of Central Point, were the guests of P. H. Daily last Sunday.
Mr. Stanley, living on the Fosset place, on Big Sticky, was over the first of the week buying hogs.
John Young, our efficient road supervisor, has been doing some fine work on the roads north of Eagle Point.
Jeff Bell and wife, of Talent, were here last week visiting Mrs. B.'s parents. They returned home last Sunday.
Prof. P. H. Daily informs us that he has had six applications for a position as assistant teacher in our school
Ernest Stickel and family, of Douglas County, came down last week to visit his mother, who has recently arrived from Lakeport, California.
Attorney Jenkins, of Medford, was here last Monday looking at the land of A. G. Johnston with a view of trading property in Colorado for it.
Ben Abeloose, of Langell Valley, who has been looking after his interests here and laying in his supplies in Medford, returned home last Monday.
Benj. Moomaw, son of J. P. Moomaw, arrived from California last Saturday. His father, mother and brother met him at the train Saturday evening, in Medford.
Sunday evening last as George Hoyt and Misses Mattie Taylor, Alice Morine and Lottie Brown were returning from Central Point they found a good coat belonging to a gentleman and brought it to the Eagle Point post office.
The first of last week our stage driver and our assessor-elect, Grieve, came near having an accident in Butte Creek. While crossing the creek at the ford two large salmon ran between the spokes of one of the wheels, frightening the team so that the driver had difficulty in controlling them.
There was a reunion of old friends at J. J. Fryer's Thursday night of last week. Without any previous understanding there met at Mr. Fryer's on the occasion sixteen of the old neighbors and friends to welcome his daughter, Mrs. J. K. Green, of Los Angeles, who has come home on a visit. The evening was spent in a most enjoyable manner with vocal and instrumental music, talking over old times and having a good time generally. While there it was arranged to have a "fish fry" and on Saturday night by seven o'clock twenty-five of us had met on the banks of Rogue River, and, arrangements having been made to have Nick Young, Jim and Geo. Grieve be on hand with their seines, the pleasure commenced in dead earnest. Having a good boat the party was taken to the opposite side of the river where they were to draw the net. And in addition to the social pleasure we had one of the most lovely moonlit scenes, as we looked down the river--the rolling rapids, the gurgling sound, the deep shadows of the massive trees and the occasional splash of a monster fish on the one hand and by turning and looking up the stream, could see three men fishing by torchlight, the light reflecting on the water displaying the white foam as the water would dash over the boulders, and then to add to the pleasure of the occasion there were sixteen of us joined in singing "Nearer My God to Thee," "There Were Ninety and Nine," etc., and as the sound would reverberate it was grand in the extreme. After spending a while on the rock we returned to the opposite shore and then preparations were made for the "fish fry." Two medium-sized fish were cleaned, salted and rolled in flour and then the frying commenced, and it was a novel sight to some of the party that had never seen anything of camp life. Don't think that we had nothing else to eat but fried fish, for we had plenty of everything else that's good.
Married--At the residence of the officiating minister, Rev. M. A. Williams, near Medford, October 14, 1896, Royal G. Brown, of Yreka, eldest son of Geo. Brown, one of our leading merchants, and Mrs. M. A. Taylor, of Eagle Point. Mr. Brown has been in business in Yreka for several years and in an early day was interested in the publication of the Journal. The bride has been a resident of Eagle Point for a number of years and has friends innumerable who are now extending congratulations to the groom--and to the bride as well. After the ceremony was performed dinner was announced--and such a dinner--well, we all know that a dinner gotten up under the supervision of those two old pioneers, M. A. Williams and wife, would be good enough for a king and queen. After spending a few hours very pleasantly with these old friends they returned to Eagle Point to the home of the groom's parents where an elegant supper had been prepared for the occasion, but for me to undertake to do justice to such an occasion is useless, for we all know that a supper prepared by Mrs. B. is par excellence. The groom was dressed in the conventional black and the bride was dressed in elegant brown cashmere with silk and iridescent trimming. There were a number of beautiful presents given to the newly married couple, mostly silverware, some from Portland, others from La Grande and from friends and relatives nearer home. Their many friends here extend to them the warmest congratulations. The happy couple have taken up their residence on the Taylor farm, which place Mr. Brown will operate.
Medford Mail, October 23, 1896, page 5
Drug Store and Residence Burned.Dr. W. B. Officer's residence and drug store at Eagle Point, together with all its contents, including his instruments, stock of drugs, books, notes and accounts, was destroyed by fire Saturday night about midnight. The origin of the fire was supposed to be from the explosion of some of the chemicals in the drug store. Dr. Officer was at Medford attending the barbecue and torchlight parade. The loss is about $3000, covered by a small insurance.
Valley Record, Ashland, October 29, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.John Pelling has moved to Gold Hill.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. Little, of Central Point, was here Sunday.
Miss Fries, of Central Point, was visiting friends in Eagle Point last Sunday.
A. C. Howlett will preach at the Betz school house next Sunday at 11 a.m.
W. W. Miller, of Ashland, was here on a business trip the first of the week.
Charlie Thomas went to Forest Creek with his cousin, Floyd Pearce, last week
Geo. Stevens and family have moved to Medford, where his wife will receive medical treatment.
Mrs. Sarah Martin, nee Sarah Swingle, of Little Butte, has been visiting Mrs. A. Pool for the past week.
I understand that Mr. Bradley, who has been living on Strawberry Flat, on Big Butte, has moved to the valley.
The Misses Dollie, Lottie, Perry and Valina Williscroft went to Big Butte last Friday afternoon, returning Sunday.
Ed. Hitch, of Gold Hill, accompanied by his mother, passed through town Monday on his way to Brownsboro.
Rev. Brower, of Talent, was over last Sunday and occupied the pulpit, in the place of Rev. Moomaw, morning and evening.
A. J. Florey, one of our leading merchants, took a trip to Medford on Wednesday of last week, the first time for years.
Prof. P. H. Daily and family went, last Friday, to visit his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Stinson, of Roxy Ann.
Our cattle men are busy gathering beef cattle to drive to Medford for shipment to San Francisco by J. W. Wiley, of Phoenix.
Dr. W. B. Officer has succeeded in moving the old Inlow storehouse to the opposite corner of the lot, near the post office building.
There was a dance given by the ladies of this place last Friday night and I understand that those present had a very pleasant time. The supper was pronounced excellent, and financially it was a success.
Prof. Newbury made a call on our school last Friday afternoon, spending a few minutes with the children. I understand that he was very favorably impressed with the manner in which the school is conducted, although about thirty of the children had been dismissed before he entered the school room.
During the past week we have had quite an excitement here on account of the numerous political speakers--each party trying to get advantage, and each confidently claiming the state of Oregon for his party. The most of us will be glad when the election is over and we can settle down to our regular business again.
In the last Mail I noticed an account of the improvements made in Medford during the past year--and this brings to my mind a conversation that passed between a traveling salesman, of San Francisco, and one of our citizens here. He remarked that he had been on the road between San Francisco and Portland for the past year and there were more improvements and more business done in Medford than any place between the above named points, and he is firmly of the opinion that Medford in the near future will be the leading city of Southern Oregon and Northern California.
(See here, Brother Howlett, did that fellow say "will be"? If so, why did you not ask him to point out the present "leading city" of Southern Oregon. ED.)
On Saturday night last the residence and office rooms of Dr. W. B. Officer took fire about midnight and before it was discovered the building was completely enveloped in flames. The cause of the fire is a mystery. Some think it was caused by the combustion of some of his chemicals, others, by carelessly leaving matches lying around where mice could get at them, and some seem to think that it was the work of incendiaries, but the cause will probably remain a mystery. I understand that the doctor claims that the loss will amount to about twenty-five hundred dollars. The property was partially insured. I learned Sunday night that he had saved the most of his notes and account books but his library and instruments were all destroyed.
Medford Mail, October 30, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Al. Slinger, of Lake Flats, was in town on business last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. F. W. Mitchell was reported on the sick list, but is improving now.
Miss Frank Newman has been visiting the Lewis family on Elk Creek.
John Simon and Miss Alice Klippel were visiting Mr. Simon' mother last week.
Frank Tungate, of Mt. Pitt precinct, has moved onto the John Watkins place near Eagle Point.
Prof. A. L. Haselton was reported on the sick list last week, but glad to say, he is convalescent.
Our church sexton is hardening his hands again, getting ready to ring the marriage bells once more.
Mrs. Randle, of Big Butte, has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. McNeil, during the past week.
R. R. Minter, the chairman of the Populist precinct committee, was in town last week looking after the interest of his party.
John Sevedge and Mr. Baldwin have been hauling squashes from Rogue River to their farms on Little Butte, during the past week.
An insurance agent was here last week to adjust the claim of Dr. W. B. Officer, on account of the burning of his house mentioned recently.
Merritt Brown and his sisters, Miss Lottie and Mrs. S. B. Holmes, Mrs. F. Willmoth, and Miss Amy Safford paid Medford a visit last Friday.
We had another change in real estate here last week, Mrs. Cathrine Wooley having purchased the W. W. Miller property--consideration $150.
A. Hoyt and sons started last Monday with a band of beef cattle for the San Francisco market. They were purchased by J. W. Wiley, the Phoenix cattle buyer.
Miss Nettie Perry, who has been working in Siskiyou County, California, for some time, returned home last Thursday. She is in very poor health and fears are entertained with regard to her recovery.
Rev. J. P. Moomaw was made glad last week by the arrival of his son Joseph, from California. Benj. arrived a short time ago. The boys have saved up their earnings and are now making the home of their parents comfortable and convenient.
George Magerle and wife, of Woodville, came up with Mrs. M.'s mother Mrs. George Heckathorn, the latter part of the week. George Lewis returned with them to spend a while with his aunts, Mrs. M. and Mrs. O. Simpkins.
Mrs. Sarah Martin, of Little Butte, who has been the guest of Mrs. A. Pool for some time, returned to her mountain home last week. She was accompanied by Emanuel Pool, who contemplates taking a hunt in that region.
Royal Brown came near having a serious accident last week. While coming down a steep hill with a load of wood the brake gave away, precipitating wagon, team, wood and driver to the foot of the hill in double-quick time. No special damage was done except breaking the wagon.
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the garden of N. A. Young, and there can be seen what "sticky" can do when it is properly cultivated and watered. He has a large spring which he uses for irrigation purposes. There he had tomatoes, squashes, beans, and in fact, almost anything you might call for, growing side by side, on the 28th day of October, and showing no signs of frost as yet. But the most remarkable thing in connection with his garden are his squash. He has five squashes that will average sixty pounds apiece or three hundred pounds of squashes all growing on one vine and--that on "sticky." Who can beat it?
Medford Mail, November 6, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Born--On November 4th to Mrs. E. Dahack, an eight-pound boy.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Alice Watkins was visiting friends in Eagle Point last Sunday.
Vol and George Stickel, of Central Point, have gone to Klamath County to work at their trade, that of masonry.
John Williscroft has gone into the chicken business on quite an extensive scale, hatching the chickens in an incubator.
Last Saturday Reed Obenchain, who has been spending the summer in the Sprague River country, returned home to visit his parents.
Robert Potter has been at work putting up a new fence on a line between Mrs. Sinclair's property and that owned by Mrs. Earl, now occupied by Mrs. A. M. Thomas.
Walker Lewis, of Elk Creek, came out last week and spent Saturday night with your correspondent. He reports everything in that locality progressing finely.
Mrs. Sarah Martin and her daughter, Miss Ida Batery, were in Eagle Point Tuesday and Wednesday of last week on business, Miss Ida remaining with her friends for several days.
Mr. Lewis, of Elk Creek, reports that deer are very scarce in that range on account of the wholesale slaughter of them in that vicinity this fall--2000 having been killed in the last few months.
I have it from good authority that a bill has already been drawn up, to be presented to the next legislature, forbidding the killing of deer, selling or giving away any venison, dried or fresh, or deer skins, under a heavy penalty.
George Hoyt started to San Francisco Tuesday of last week, assisting J. W. Wiley with his beef cattle. They expect to make another shipment next Tuesday. Ed Hoyt and his father are gathering beeves now out near Mt. Pitt.
There is an effort being made to have the county road, running up Elk Creek ten miles, extended to intersect the old Ft. Klamath road, near Prospect, shortening the distance considerable and avoiding the two Elk Creek Hills and the Gordon Hill.
Our election passed off very quietly. There seemed to be little enthusiasm, and the night was spent by the lovers of that kind of pastime in a social dance, said to be one of the quietest dances they have had for a long time. This was owing, in part, to the fact that Mrs. A. J. Florey was thought to be at the point of death in a house not a great distance from the room where they had the dance.
About six o'clock Tuesday evening of last week Mrs. A. J. Florey was so low that Peter Simon was sent to Flounce Rock for her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nye, and Walter Robinett to Medford for Dr. W. W. Stanfield, the doctor arriving about ten o'clock p.m. and Mr. and Mrs. Nye arriving about noon Wednesday. The doctor remained until Friday, at which time she was considerably better.
Medford Mail, November 13, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Geo. Hoyt went to Medford Monday on important business.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Ed. Higinbotham went to Applegate last week to work in the mines.
W. C. Daily, of Upper Little Butte, was in town the first of last week.
Thos. and Jack Nichols took a bunch of cattle to Medford last Monday.
Oscar Goodell and his father, L.G., have rented the J. J. Fryer farm for another year.
Born--To the wife of Robt. Cummings, Nov. 11, 1896, on the old Apger place, a daughter.
S. M. Dunn, son of one of our blacksmiths, expects to return to California in the near future.
A. Hoyt and sons took in a lot cattle to the Southern Oregon Pork Packing Company, of Medford, last week.
George Hoyt returned from San Francisco on Tuesday of last week where he has been with a band of cattle.
I am sorry to have to state that Auntie Devens is lying quite low at the home of her brother, Geo. Brown.
Uncle John Lewis was taken violently ill on Tuesday night of last week, and for a while his life was despaired of.
Mrs. Henry Brown, of Brownsboro, and L. Charley, her son-in-law, were in Medford last Saturday on a trading expedition.
Millie Howlett came out from Medford Saturday with her parents. Ed Hoyt and Miss Millie returned to Medford Monday morning.
Mr. Alder has moved onto the Reid place with his sons and they are putting in a crop. The family will move thereto in a short time.
On Tuesday of last week a large band of sheep passed through our town going to the Reese Creek Ranch, supposed to belong to Mr. VanDyke of Medford.
Mrs. E. Simon, who has been stopping with Mrs. Mat Williams for some time, returned home last week, but returned to Mr. W.'s again Monday.
Miss Lottie Brown went to Central Point last Sunday to assist in caring for her sister, Mrs. Wm. Holmes, who is ill at her home in the above-named place.
Thomas Collins and a cattle buyer, of Sprague River, spent Saturday night in Eagle Point. They are trying to buy a band of young cattle to take home with them.
Miss Mattie Taylor, while riding from her home to her place of business, the post office, had a narrow escape recently, the horse taking fright and running away, but fortunately no injuries were sustained.
We had another case illustrating the danger of playing what the children call "whip cracker." John Smith's little son was thrown in the play and his collar bone was broken. Dr. Officer reduced the fracture and the boy is doing well.
The twelve-year-old daughter of John Riley, who lives on the Linksweiler place, has been quite ill for some time with chronic disease, but is now considerably improved; in fact, she is nearly well. Dr. Kirchgessner of Medford was the attending physician.
The young men of this place had a game of football last Sunday and Wm. Brown, son of merchant Brown, had his leg broken between the knee and the ankle, and his leg otherwise injured. Dr. Officer, being on hand, soon made him as comfortable as the circumstances of the case would permit.
I recently heard of an election wager, which was a peculiar one. It was between a Mr. B., of Medford, and a young lady of the same place. In the event of McKinley's election the lady was to build a pie for the gentleman--and she built it, all right. Here are the ingredients: Three large sour apples--cores, peelings and all,--one teaspoonful each of salt, pepper and cinnamon, one half cup of wheat bran. Bake one half hour in a slow oven and serve warm with vinegar sauce. Mr. B. ate the pie, but his bachelor friends were called in to assist.
Medford Mail, November 20, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Newton Lewis, of Elk Creek, is visiting his parents at this place.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. Susie Perry made a business trip to Central Point on last Thursday.
Fred Fuller is erecting a house on the place belonging to Mr. Vermeren.
Mr. Robinett has been making some substantial improvements on his place.
Geo. Dailey, Jr. has had a new picket fence erected around his front yard.
There have been a great number of cattle sold out of this part of the country this fall.
Mrs. Maud Stickel has been visiting friends in Central Point during the past week.
Bud Obenchain, who is in from Langell Valley visiting his parents and friends, was in town the first of last week.
Notwithstanding the hard times, there is considerable business going on in the justice court of Eagle Point district.
Last week Dr. Officer was called on by a Mrs. Cleveland to remove an extra thumb from the hand of her infant child.
Miss Lottie Taylor-Brown and Miss Henrietta Morine were the guests of Miss Octavia Grace Howlett last Sunday.
A Mr. Young, of Oakland, Calif., was out here last Friday and Saturday, buying beef cattle for the San Francisco market.
The recent wind storm blew down the fence on Mrs. Griffith's place and she has been putting up a new one in the place of it.
Royal Brown and Mr. Middlebusher have made a gravel walk between the Haselton place and the Taylor place so that the children will not have to pull sticky.
There was a candy pulling at the Eagle Point Hotel on Wednesday evening of last week--and those in attendance just had an out-and-out jolly good time. While the candy was being gotten ready for the pullers' deft fingers a social dance was indulged in--and in every respect the evening was just all right for a good time.
Prof. P. H. Daily was taken down with pneumonia fever on Tuesday evening of last week, necessitating the closing of the school until Monday, the 30th inst., [at] which time he will reopen the school. The directors have secured the service of his wife as an assistant. There are now sixty-two names on the roll and a probability of six more entering when the school reopens.
Last Monday was a busy day with your correspondent, both socially and from a legal standpoint. During the day Mr. Earl, recently from Guatemala, George Hoyt, one of our leading stockmen, Wm. Perry, of Big Butte, Eddie Briscoe, of Trail Creek, and Constable Frank Lewis were pleasant callers and the next day--it neither snowed nor rained, but the visitors were not so plentiful. These gentlemen are always welcome.
On Tuesday evening of last week a candy pulling party was had at the residence of Rev. and Mrs. A. C. Howlett. Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fryer and their daughters, Mrs. M. A. Thomas, son and daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Sinclair and G. W. Grove were present. After lunch had been served Miss Lelah Fryer favored us with some fine music--Miss Tavia presiding at the organ. At nine o'clock the candy was made ready for a "haul" and the pulling commenced--and with it lots of fun.
Medford Mail, November 27, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Walker Lewis, of Elk Creek, came out on a business trip to his brother's last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Boyd Tucker, now of Ashland, formerly of this place, was the guest of J. J. Fryer Thanksgiving.
Last week Mr. Earl, Jay Grover and Chas. Thomas went up to Big Butte for a several days' hunt.
Mrs. Ernest Stickel, of Central Point, with her children were visiting relatives in Eagle Point the latter part of last week.
Mr. Devens, of Douglas County, arrived here Sunday night to be at the bedside of his wife, who is very low at her brother's, Geo. Brown.
George Heckathorn celebrated his Thanksgiving last Sunday. J. J. Fryer and family were the guests of the occasion.
Nick. Young, Jr., has been taking an outing on the headwaters of Elk Creek. He returned last week highly pleased with the outlook for that country.
Mrs. George Morine and her daughter, Miss Alice, went to the former's father, Mr. Cleft, near Medford, last week, the latter to remain for an indefinite time.
At the Thanksgiving dance one of the young ladies danced so hard that the next morning she had blisters on her feet as big as a nickel--so her grandmother reports.
I unintentionally omitted to state in my last that Lin. Clemens, of Medford, has made his annual visit to the Rader family. Also that J. B. Welch, of the Meadows sawmill, spent Friday night of last week with your correspondent.
On Wednesday of last week there was a grand raffle at A. J. Florey's and the result was that a number of families celebrated Thanksgiving so far as the turkeys were concerned. At night there was a dance given in honor of the occasion.
There was considerable consternation among the housewives and marriageable ladies of this neighborhood last Friday morning, when they got up and found that Jack Frost had nipped about all of their flowers--since which time nearly every home is a "flower hospital."
Last Wednesday Mr. and Mrs. Martin, of Brownsboro, passed through our town on their return from Phoenix, where they had been to see two of their sons off to California. On their return trip they came through Medford and did their trading. They had their hack loaded down with goods and were in fine spirits.
Rev. Fysh, formerly of Eagle Point, is doing some good work over at Lakeview. Last Sunday week at a revival, wherein he assisted, six persons were received in full membership and seven were taken on probation. "The church has been purchased and paid for, all within a year," says the Lakeview Examiner.
There was an old ladies' party at J. J. Fryer's on Tuesday of last week. Those present were Grandpa and Grandma Lewis, Mesdames A. Pool, Frank Lewis, Sinclair, Thomas, Earl and Geo. Morine. Mrs. H. was invited but had business in Medford that day. Each one brought their sewing and all had a fine time.
Royal Brown came near being seriously hurt last Saturday. He was picking up stones on the Taylor farm, and Miss Lottie, who was with him, threw a stone on the wagon just as Mr. B. stooped down on the opposite side to pick up another, when the stone dropped off, striking him on the head near the ear, dazing him so as to render him unconscious for a short time.
Talking about outlook brings to my mind the fact that the outlook for your correspondent getting subscribers for the Mail is getting beautifully less, for I make it a rule to never allow a case to pass where I don't know that the parties take the Mail, without asking them to subscribe for it, and of late about 98 percent of them I ask, reply, "Why, I am taking the Mail now, in fact, we can't get along without it, as it contains all the news from every part of the county"--and that is the reason I don't send in any more new subscribers.
Medford Mail, December 4, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. Sinclair has gone to be the guests of Wm. Gregory for a few days.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gregory were visiting friends in Eagle Point last week.
Mr. Ormiston was the guest of Mr. Morine Wednesday night of last week.
August Myer and wife were in town Monday attending to some legal business.
There is considerable activity among the stockmen gathering their cattle to feed.
Mr. VanDyke has moved his sheep on to the Reese Creek range. Jas. Watkins has charge of them.
Tuesday of last week Doc Parker, of Upper Rogue River, passed through town on his way to the county seat.
On Monday of last week W. C. Daley, of Upper Little Butte, was smiling on his many friends in Eagle Point.
Mrs. Geo. Clift, living near Medford, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. VanHardenburg, on the Harbaugh place.
Walker Lewis informs me that Mr. Herriott, of Evans Creek, intends to move his sawmill to the timber on the head of Elk Creek in the spring.
George Hoyt, who has been buying cattle for a company in Oakland, Calif., took a band to Siskiyou County last week, returning Wednesday. He reports considerable snow on the mountains and lots of mud.
Last Sunday there was a game of football between four young ladies and four young gentlemen on the Eagle Point ball ground. The boys had to throw up the sponge and admit that they came out second best.
There was considerable of a stir in town on Tuesday of last week on account of a lawsuit that was on docket, but the case was settled before coming to trial. John Obenchain, Ora Hayes, Wm. Chambers, Jr., Wm. Perry and H. L. Ish were in town on account of it as witnesses and plaintiff and defendant.
On Tuesday of last week Mrs. Howlett gave a quilting, and of course a dinner. Those present on the occasion were J. J. Fryer, wife and three daughters, Mesdames Sinclair, Thomas, Geo. Morine, and Martin, of Upper Little Butte. Those who could not quilt sewed carpet rags, and it is needless to say that we had a way-up time.
Wednesday of last week, there was a surprise party and candy pulling at J. J. Fryer's. About forty of the neighbors met and pulled candy, danced, etc., until after midnight. Those present report having had a jolly good time. And on Saturday night a crown of our young folks met at the residence of Geo. Morine (this was a genuine surprise) and brought the sugar, musicians, etc., and you can guess the result. Candy, music, dancing, playing and in fact everything that goes to make life a pleasure.
J. P. Moomaw is digging a well on his place. His sons, Benj. and Joseph, have it down about twenty-five feet, most of which distance required blasting. Recently Benj. was at work at the bottom of the well when a rock came loose from the side and in falling struck him on the side of the head with such force as to render him unconscious. When he regained consciousness he called for help and was drawn to the surface where an examination revealed no broken bones. After the blood had been removed from his face he returned to his work at the well. A young man with the nerve and ambition of this one will never die in the poor house. (And not very easily anyplace else; eh, Uncle Dick?--Ed.)
Geo. W. Heckathorn and wife were the guests of your correspondent last Sunday, and as usual the subject of the Mail came up, and Mr. H. remarked that he did not take it because he could not shake off the county he had been taking although he had paid for it and ordered it discontinued more than once, and I read to him the law on the subject, see Hill's Code, page 1829, and the result is his family will read the Mail for the next year, and the wife went home happy for she says she would rather have the Mail than all the other papers in the county, because it has such a host of correspondents, in fact if people want to know anything they go to the Mail to look for it. To show the advantage of a little notice I put in the Eaglets that Geo. Hoyt had found a coat on the road. The paper was published on Friday and the next day I met a man and he asked where he could find the coat, and today I sent an ad of a farm to trade from J. P. Moomaw, and the result will be in a very short time the trade will be made.
Medford Mail, December 11, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Grandma Allen, of Big Butte, is the guest of A. McNeil.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Jos. Rader has returned from the head of the valley, where he has been stock hunting.
Rev. Marlin, of Woodville, and Rev. Briggs, of Medford, held services here Saturday night.
Royal Brown is making some decided improvements in the way of fencing on the old Taylor farm.
Vol. and Ernest Stickel, who have been in Klamath County for some time past, returned home last week.
John Young, our efficient road supervisor, has been making some substantial improvements on our county roads in this district.
Miss Mattie Taylor, our deputy postmaster, took a three days' vacation last week. Miss Amy Safford attended to the duties of the office during her absence.
Born December 7, 1896, to Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Daley, Jr., a son. The happy parents are rejoiced over the new arrival and are hoping that it will prove a blessing to them, as their first-born was taken from them by death just when the little one's tender embrace had become a part of and a pronounced factor in their daily life.
Last Thursday the sheriff had some papers to serve on Mr. Homes, who resides south of Ashland, and not noticing the name and location particularly came out and attempted to serve them on S. B. Holmes of this place. He now thinks that the next time he will look more carefully before he rides sixteen miles to discover his mistake.
I hear considerable complaint about irregularities in the distribution of the mail in our post office above here. Sometimes the Big Butte mail is sent to Lake Creek, and vice versa, and the result is that the county papers are lost. There is strong talk of entering complaint to the authorities if there is not a change for the better.
There was a candy pulling at M. S. Wood's last week, and while on their way home Miss Benetta Williscroft's horse fell, precipitating her to the ground with more force than was agreeable. Her escort, Oscar Goodell, alighted from his horse to assist her, and in so doing his horse ran away, leaving him afoot in the pitchy darkness. Miss Benetta was not seriously hurt. Mr. G. found his horse and a part of his rigging the next day.
On Wednesday your correspondent and family took a trip to the old Obenchain place to participate in the infare exercises of our newly married daughter, Millie, and her husband and we found the road--by going deep enough--in fair condition. The people in that part of the country think the Medford Mail positively the best newspaper in the county. I have the promise of several new subscribers for your paper as soon as they could stop some others that were coming to them--without their orders.
THE HOYT-HOWLETT WEDDINGEditor Medford Mail:--As we have had rather an unusual affair in our community, and your regular correspondent being directly interested in it, I thought that perhaps a note from me giving an account of it might be acceptable.
Married at high noon, December 9, Miss Millie Howlett and Mr. C. E. Hoyt, at the residence of the bride's parents, by her father. The bridesmaid and groomsman were Miss Mattie Taylor and Mr. G. Hoyt. Those present were the groom's parents, Jas. Lewis and family, George Morine and family and Walker Lewis. The bride was dressed in tan covert cloth, trimmed in silk and velvet, and the groom was dressed in the conventional black. The two presented a fine appearance. They received a number of presents of silverware, glassware, etc. Dinner was served immediately afterwards, which consisted of everything good to eat. Immediately after dinner the bride and groom repaired to their home on the old Obenchain place, accompanied by his parents, brother, Mrs. Morine and your correspondent. The next day, Mr. Howlett and family, Jas. Lewis and family and Mr. Morine put in [an] appearance, Mr. Barnum already being present. Dinner was served by Mrs. Hoyt, consisting of everything in the eatable line that was good. After dinner the evening was spent in music, a little dancing and playing. The next morning we all bid the newly married couple farewell and returned to our homes, having enjoyed a couple of days pleasure that will be bright spots in our memories for years to come.
Mattie V. TaylorMedford Mail, December 18, 1896, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.R. R. Minter was interviewing our business men last Saturday.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. Geo. Cliff is the guest of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Geo. Morine, of this place.
There are prospects of having another game of football here between the Ashland team and Eagle Point boys.
I am glad to be able to state that Wm. Brown, who had his ankle broken playing football, is able to be around on his crutches.
A Mr. Smith, Eddie and Bert Higinbotham, of Big Butte, passed through our town Saturday on their way to the Hub for supplies for Christmas.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Owen, December 16, 1896, a son. Mrs. O. is the eldest daughter of N. A. Young, of this neighborhood, and I will add that although Mrs. O. has been in a very critical condition she is gradually improving.
There was a white owl seen on the desert, north of Eagle Point, and Walter Wood was the lucky boy that succeed in breaking its wing and thus securing it. He has it now on exhibition at his father's. It is said to be very large and powerful.
Since the change in the time of leaving Central Point with the mail, shortening the time at Big Butte one hour and thirty minutes, Wm. Chambers, Jr., has thrown up the job of carrying the mail from Eagle Point to Big Butte, and Ernest Stickel is now making his regular trips as mail carrier.
In comparing notes last week among the deer hunters, it was decided that Emanuel Pool, recently from Ohio, had killed the largest buck of the season. I did not learn its weight but its skin and horns tell the story. It was killed the latter part of November. (Figures make good news items, Uncle Dick. Ed.)
One day last week Miss Mamie Wood was visiting the school and at recess took Miss Valina Williscroft on behind her on her horse and by some means they both lost their balance and fell backward in a mud hole about six inches deep, Miss Valina falling on her back. There was no serious damage done except they were somewhat mud splashed.
C. R. Rider, of Central Point, brought out J. M. Scroggs last Thursday, recently of Alabama, to look at our beautiful country. He was favorably impressed with our valley and assured us that the condition of our roads made no unfavorable impression on his mind. He expects to rent a house in Central Point until spring, when he will try to secure for himself and family a home among us.
Nick Young had quite an experience with a hawk of huge dimensions one day last week. The hawk had swooped down in the yard and caught a duck, and on hearing the noise Mr. Young ran out, and the duck being so heavy the hawk could not fly with it and in his effort to keep his prey did not notice the approach of Nick, who gave the bird a swift kick--and there was a dead hawk almost immediately.
Married by Rev. J. P. Moomaw, December 16, 1896, J. Frank Brown and Miss Amy H. Safford, at the residence of the bride's parents--the Eagle Hotel--Eagle Point. The groom is one of our most promising young business men and his bride has held the position of deputy postmaster at this place for about two years. The happy couple are receiving the congratulations of their many friends. They repaired to their home, a neat, new house which Frank has just completed and furnished, the same night they were married. The groom was dressed in black and the bride in navy blue. There were a number of presents given of silver, glass, etc. In honor of the above-named occasion, Mrs. A. Pool, the bride's mother, gave a fine dinner on Thursday and invited in a number of her particular friends.
Medford Mail, December 25, 1896, page 4
Eagle Point Eaglets.Frank Manning, of Leeds, was in town last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Hattie Eaton is visiting Mrs. O. K. Simon at Eagle Point.
There is considerable business in the justice court in this district just now.
Charles Klingle, of Little Butte, was in town on Wednesday of last week.
The billiard saloon at this place seems to be running in full blast again.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Clift, living south of Medford, spent Saturday with his sister, Mrs. Geo. Morine.
Christmas Day Boyd Tucker, living south of Ashland, arrived and is the guest of J. J. Fryer.
Miss Emma Perry arrived from Siskiyou County, Calif., Christmas to spend the holidays with her mother.
I understand that Merritt Brown had the misfortune to run a nail into his knee last Friday--and an ugly wound results therefrom.
John Young, our efficient road supervisor, has finished the road work for the season and has the name of having the best roads in the county, all things considered.
I see the Mail has had a merry Christmas and your correspondent from Eagle Point joins with the thousands of readers of the Mail in wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year.
Mrs. Arglee Green, nee Fryer, who has been visiting her parents for the past three months, says she has gained thirteen pounds since she came here. That speaks well for our climate.
On Monday of last week Miss Gladys Heckathorn went out on the stage on her way to Woodville to spend the holidays with her sisters, Mesdames Simpkins and Magerle, and Miss Elsie Nichols, of Lake Flats, went to Medford.
Sheriff Barnes was out last week and Dr. W. B. Officer accompanied him to the county seat, returning the next day. The time he came out before, mentioned in my Eaglets, he had business with Dr. Officer and Homes, of Ashland, so your reporter was a little mistaken, as well as one of his deputies.
There seems to be a visitation of birds of a rare species here, the Arctic owl and the bald eagle. Last week Jake Riley killed an eagle that measured seven feet and six inches from tip to tip, and Newt. Lewis, brother of Constable Frank Lewis, who resides on Elk Creek, reports having killed one that measured seven feet and eight inches.
During the last foggy spell Mr. Riddle was returning home with a load of hay, and while crossing the desert north of Eagle Point, lost the road. He got off his wagon to hunt it and while doing so he lost his team. While wandering around found a fence, which he followed and found D. Y. Gray's house. The two took a lantern, followed the wagon tracks and found the team about a quarter of a mile off the road headed for Mathews fence. They got back as far as Gray's and stopped for the rest of the night.
THE MASQUERADE BALL.There was one of the grandest times at Eagle Point, Christmas night, the occasion of the grandest masque ball that has ever been witnessed here--one of the largest crowds that has ever assembled here to attend a ball or anything else in that line. There were sixty-four masked persons and about 175 or 200 all told present. There were representatives of almost every family in the entire neighborhood besides parties from Medford and Central Point. By eight o'clock the dancing commenced and by 9:30 the characters were all in and then the fun was at its height, each vying with the other to see who could have the most fun. Parents looking for their children, husbands and wives looking for each other; but of all the crowd, the most grotesque were Mr. and Mrs. Arglee Green and Miss Lol Nichols in their bloomer costumes made of burlap sacks and patched with every color of the rainbow. And among the sterner sex were S. B. Holmes--little girl in blue--and Frank Brown, the Indian chief. But if I should particularize I would occupy too much space; suffice to say that it was a time long to be remembered. The music rendered by Boyd Tucker, violinist, Miss Lelah Fryer, organist, and George Brown with his bass viol, was excellent. There were forty-one tickets sold and 130 persons took supper at the Eagle Hotel. The supper was as fine as anyone could wish. I secures the names and characters of the maskers at the supper table, which are as follows:
Benton Pool, Irish Biddy.
Mrs. Arglee Green, Topsy.
Miss Lou Nichols, Topsy.
Charley Terrill, Uncle Sam.
Miss Alice Morine, Snowflake.
Wilbur Ashpole, Right Supporter.
George Hoyt, Sailor Boy.
Miss Mattie Taylor, Popcorn Girl.
Benj. Moomaw, Santa Claus.
W. A. Stewart, Japanese.
W. B. Officer, Left Supporter.
S. B. Holmes, Little Girl in Blue
Miss Cora Brown, School Girl.
Mrs. S. B. Holmes, Lace Peddler.
Miss Lottie Brown, Darkey Chloe.
W. Grieve, Soldier.
Miss Elsie Nichols, Merry Christmas.
Harry Carlton, Gold Standard.
John Nichols, Turkish Zouave.
Peter Garrett, Clown.
C. M. Phillips, Black Joe.
Miss Emma Perry, Oregon Poppy.
Jesse Safford, Right End.
Miss Lottie Perry, Red, White, and Blue.
Fred Downing, Turkish Chief.
Claud White, Left End.
Miss Hattie Eaton, School Girl.
Miss Bessie Brown, Folly.
Mrs. A. Pool, Old Cook.
Miss Effie Bradshaw, Morning and Night.
Mrs. George Morine, Winter.
T. E. Nichols, Cow Boy.
Geo. Garrett, African Chief.
Miss Katie Fries, Night.
Mrs. Rachel Rader, Old Maid.
Dee Bradshaw, Football Player.
Royal Brown, Football Player.
Mrs. Royal Brown, Little Girl in Blue.
John Sevedge, Grover Cleveland.
C. A. Edler, Ball Catcher.
Miss Maud Stickel, Little Girl in Blue.
Miss Henrietta Morine, Little Girl in Blue.
Mrs. Frank Brown, Darkey Chloe.
Vol Stickel, Crazy Patchwork.
Miss Gladius Fryer, Crazy Patchwork.
Nick Young, Cow Boy.
Miss Anna Snider, Flower Girl.
Dick Slinger, Captain Football.
A. D. McDonnell, Assistant Clown.
Miss Anna McDonnell, Grandma in Winter.
Thos. Farlow, Fireman.
Walter Wood, Chinaman.
Frank Brown, Indian Chief.
Miss Lottie Taylor, Little Red Riding Hood.
Miss Myrtle Hurst, Flour Girl.
Marsh Garrett, Clown.
Miss Lucinda Nichols, Butterfly.
Archie Fries, Jack Tar.
Mrs. F. Willmoth, Little Boo Peep.
Georgia Nichols, Sailor Boy.
Miss Delia Perry, Snow Flake.
Frank Nichols, Clown.
Charley Seefield, Umpire Ball Game.
Medford Mail, January 1, 1897, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Miss Birch is here this week, the guest of her sister, Mrs. P. H. Daily.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Charley Thomas went to Talent last week to visit his father, returning Monday.
Mrs. Cochran, who has been out to the ranch visiting her daughter, Mrs. Carney, returned Monday.
John Watkins and Charley Carney assisted your correspondent last Monday in drawing a jury list for the year 1897.
Mr. and Mrs. Porter Robinett, who have been living on Big Butte, where he has been working on a ditch for some time, came out of the mountains last week to visit his parents.
On Tuesday night there was a party at the residence of Geo. Morine, where they pulled taffy, played, danced, ate and talked. It was one of the pleasant little socials on the list.
Social parties and dances seem to be all the go in this part of the country just now. There was a candy pulling at the Pioneer Hotel on Monday night of last week--a large crowd being present, who report having a very pleasant time.
Mrs. Arglee Green, who has been visiting her parents for a few months, returned to her home in Los Angeles, Calif., Monday. Last Sunday afternoon she had a host of callers to say goodbye to their old neighbor and schoolmate. Her father, J. J. Fryer, is in poor health at present.
On Wednesday night of last week an old gentleman, wife and son stopped at the Eagle Hotel on their way to the county seat for the purpose of having the old lady [Anna Hart] examined for lunacy. I am informed that she has been the subject to fits for some time past and has become quite dangerous, having suicidal propensities. The family presents a distressed appearance.
Now, Mr. Editor, is it will not be out of order I will add a word with regard to writing to a newspaper over a real name and a nom do plume. The question is often asked one how it happens that I get so many items of news, and the answer is--everybody knows me and knows that I am a correspondent for the Mail and if there is anything going that I cannot get otherwise my numerous friends give it to me either by letter or in person. Whereas if I wrote over a nom de plume they would probably never think of saying anything on the subject. Now, I will suggest that some of your correspondents try it and see if they don't find it an improvement. And then people would rather read an article if they know the identity of the author.
New Year's Day was duly celebrated by having a match game of football between the Eagle Point team and the Wellen "Fencible," which was one of the most hotly contested games we have ever had. Each party tried their best to win the game--hence they all played their very best. The scores stood fourteen to sixteen in favor of Eagle Point. In the evening the football players gave a grand ball to raise money to pay expenses of the team, which was well attended and dancing continued all night. During the night there was a prize entered for the best lady dancer and handsomest lady, and the tickets were sold at five cents each. Three ballots were taken, the last resulting at 173 votes for Miss Myrtle Hurst and 33 for Mrs. Walter Stickel and the prize, a handsome dress pattern, was awarded to Miss Hurst. Then the vote was to be taken for the best ball player by the ladies and by a decisive vote Benton Pool carried off the honors. (Why was he not given a dress pattern, Uncle Dick, as well as the lady? Ed.)
Medford Mail, January 8, 1897, page 5
The weather is fine.
Stock is doing fine in this section.
Mrs. Emma Sherman is suffering from a severe accident. One day last week while making some syrup candy she scalded her arm and one side of her face severely.
There was a very pleasant time enjoyed at the residence of Mr. Robt. Trimble on Christmas night. The neighbors all met and enjoyed themselves in dancing and playing games until the wee sma' hours of the day. A delicious basket supper was served at midnight.
Medford Mail, January 8, 1897, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.H. L. Ish went to Medford last Friday on business.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. Devens returned to his home in Douglas County last week.
P. K. Simon is putting some new fence on the east side of the Simon place.
John Cook, Benj. Edmondson and Mr. Peyton were in town last week on their way to the Hub.
Mrs. A. Griffith is rearranging her fence and making other improvements on her place.
Messrs. Brophy, McAndrews and F. Manning, of Leeds, were guests at the Eagle Hotel last week.
Miss Nettie Perry accompanies her sister, Emma, as far as Medford on her return to California.
Charley Thomas has concluded to remain among us for a while and is now in attendance at our school.
Mr. and Mrs. McDonnell, of Little Butte, were in town last Monday on business with the mill company and our merchants.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas went to Medford last Monday to have an operation performed on her finger, which was broken some time ago.
A. Hoyt, of Big Butte, tarried one night last week with your correspondent and the next day went to Medford on a trading expedition.
There is but very little plowing done in this part of the country, owing to the continuous rain, and the farmers are beginning to feel blue over the prospect.
Our new postmaster, Miss Mattie Taylor, improves her leisure hours in the post office making fancy work out of paper. Some of her work is truly beautiful. She shows remarkable taste in that line.
Porter Robinett, who has been living on Big Butte for some time past, has rented rooms in the lower part of town and on Monday last went to Medford to purchase an outfit for housekeeping.
A game of football will be played on the 23rd, between Gold Hill and Eagle Point teams. The Eagle Point team is figuring on going to Ashland soon and playing a game with the members of the athletic club of that city.
As regards that dress pattern for Benton Pool, of which you made inquiry in your last week's Mail, will say I ascertained that the ladies thought as Benton had a new pair of football clothes there was nothing else needed at present.
Prof. A. L. Haselton has been under the necessity of closing his school at the Betz school house on account of the grippe--first among the pupils and since then the professor and his family have been ill, but are now improving.
Dr. W. B. Officer started last week for California to visit relatives, so our community is left without a doctor, and the condition of the roads are such that if a person should be taken seriously ill before he could get medical aid from Medford he would be liable to have passed beyond the necessity for it.
There was a large number of people in Eagle Point last week owing to the justice court being in session for three days, two civil cases being on the docket. The first one was fought from the commencement to finish--every inch being vigorously contested. The plaintiff was represented by C. C. Watkins and the defendant by John Ashpole and A. J. Florey--all local talent.
Talking about roads; wouldn't it be a good idea to ventilate the road question in the Mail? What do you say, Brother "Bill Nye's Brother," and J. C. Pendleton, of Table Rock? We are all interested in the road question and we have no reason to believe the owners of the land will allow us to go through the pastures for time without end, and if that route is shut up we will have no way to get to the Hub, except by the way of Central Point, and then the Olwell lane is so bad that it is almost impassable.
Medford Mail, January 15, 1897, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.J. J. Fryer made a business trip to Jacksonville last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Misses Mamie and Gertie Smith, of Sisson, Calif., were guests of Mrs. Grieve last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Perry, of Big Butte, came out on Wednesday to visit Mrs. P.'s mother and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Tungate, grandparents of Mrs. I. L. Hamilton, of Medford, have been quite ill with the la grippe. Miss Callie Tungate, another granddaughter, is stopping with them at present. Mrs. Hamilton came out last Friday to visit them.
In last week's Mail I announced that there would be a game of football played here between the Gold Hill nine and the Eagle Point nine, but the date is changed to the 30th inst., when the Eagle Point boys expect to beat them so badly that their mothers won't know them.
There is to be a pound party at the hall next Saturday night for the benefit of Rev. J. P. Moomaw. Everyone is requested to bring a pound of something--from a pound sterling to a pound of potatoes. A very pleasant time is anticipated. Rev. Moomaw will preach at this place next Sunday, morning and evening.
Last Thursday night the young folks of Eagle Point had the grandest social of the season--an apron party--at George Morine's. There were thirty-two present, and each lady wore an apron that was not hemmed. The plan was for each gentleman present to draw the name of a lady and hem the apron she wore. The credit for the best sewing was awarded to Geo. Hoyt, and the premium was a package of candy and nuts.
This foggy weather brings mind the importance of someone agitating the necessity of enforcing the law with regard to the road supervisors keeping up signboards at crossroads. A short time ago Mrs. Dahack, an aged lady, in crossing the desert north of Eagle Point got lost and was some time in finding the right road, and Constable Frank Lewis in crossing the same desert also got lost and had to "hug" a fence line to find his way out.
On Tuesday of last week Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Heckathorn gave a quilting and wood chopping, but on account of the very disagreeable weather there were but few present, Mesdames T. E. and John Nichols, Mr. and Mrs. Ashpole and your correspondent and wife. The principal wood choppers failed to put in an appearance, and it was unanimously decided that Attorney General Ashpole and Chief Justice Howlett were exempt from that kind of service so that the wood chopping was dispensed with, but we had a royal time and did justice to the sumptuous dinner prepared for the occasion. The four ladies quilted the quilt out in due time and we all repaired to our respective home in fine spirits, anticipated the time when Grandmother Heckathorn will have another quilting.
Medford Mail, January 22, 1897, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. E. Simon has been visiting her son, Ed., on Round Top.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Ernest Stickel, of Central Point, is here on a visit with her [sic] relatives.
Elder A. J. Daley will preach at Eagle Point next Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Mrs. S. F. Robinett and son, Walter, paid Medford a visit last week.
Henry Gordon, of Flounce Rock, was the guest of Mrs. Susie Perry and family last week.
Mrs. Howlett has gone to the Obenchain ranch to visit her daughter, Mrs. C. E. Hoyt.
Mrs. J. M. Riddle was quite ill last week, but is some improved. Dr. Wait is the attending physician.
Mrs. Wm. Holmes, who has been visiting her relatives here for some time, has returned to Central Point.
Miss Nettie Perry, who has been sick at Central Point, has so far recovered as to be able to return home again.
F.J. Ayres swore out a warrant for the arrest of Frederick Schneider for disturbing a school meeting last week, in district No. 47.
There was a surprise party at F. J. Ayres' last Saturday night--and they danced until midnight. Those present report a very enjoyable affair.
Joe Riley and son, Jake, were called to the bedside of Mr. R.'s father-in-law, Mr. Beck, on Evans Creek, last week, as he was reported in a very critical condition.
Lase week F. J. Ayres and R. R. Minter were interviewing your correspondent on legal business. It seems that the tighter the times, the more lawing is being done.
A. J. Daley and son George have ordered a new sawmill, to be placed on their timber claim on Round Top in place of the old one they have been running. They have also ordered an improved planer for their new mill.
Prof. P. H. Daily was so indisposed last Friday that he was unable to meet his school, but his assistant and helpmate, Mrs. Daily, was fully competent to do the work, and so continued the school without interruption.
Mrs. McDonnell, who went to Montana to visit her son a short time ago, returned last week, bringing her little motherless grandchild with her. She was accompanied from Eagle Point to her house near Brownsboro by Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Morine.
The pound social last Saturday night proved to be very pleasant affair. There was a good attendance, and quite a number of presents brought in for Rev. Moomaw, and he wishes to tender his thanks to the good people of Eagle Point and vicinity for their kindness.
Last Sunday afternoon while the Eagle Point football team was practicing football, preparatory to meeting the Gold Hill team, Porter Robinett hurt his knee so badly that he had to be carried off the grounds. Sunday night he was suffering very much. As we have no physician here, the extent to which he is hurt is not known.
Last week we had an unusual amount of company at our house. Among those on Tuesday were Mr. Baker, Geo. Hoyt, S. C. Higinbotham, Walker Lewis and Bessie Brown. That evening we had some of the finest music of the season, Walker Lewis playing the violin, our daughter Octavia and Miss Brown at the organ, and all hands that could using their vocal organs. We spent the evening very pleasantly. On Friday, Geo. Hoyt, Miss Alice Morine and S. C. Higinbotham spent the evening and Mr. H. favored us with some comic songs as an addition to the regular routine.
Medford Mail, January 29, 1897, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Miss Mamie Isaacs, of Medford, was visiting friends in Eagle Point last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Boyd Tucker came up from Ashland last Saturday to see the game of football and play for the dance.
In spite of the mud, horrid roads and inclement weather, the drummers make their regular trips to see our merchants.
Miss Nora Ormiston was the guest of the Misses Fryer last week. She took the stage Friday for Talent, her old home.
The farmers are getting considerably uneasy on account of the long continued rain, as they cannot plow or sow grain and very few have any grain in yet.
S. F. Robinett is taking advantage of the dull times, while there is but little to do in the shop, and is putting up a neat picket fence on the west side of his lot.
Joe and Jake Riley returned from Evans Creek last Friday, where they had been to visit Joe's father-in-law, Mr. Beck, who was reported in critical condition.
J. W. Smith, road supervisor of district No. 47, was before your correspondent on Monday of last week, on official business. Chas. Carney, of this district, No. 16, was here on the same business Wednesday of last week.
S. B. Holmes, of the Butte Creek Roller Flour Mill Company, met with quite a mishap one night last week. He saw a flue burning out, and thinking it was a house fire, started in the darkness for the conflagration and struck his nose against a board that had been put in the wrong place, and the result--he now carries an ugly gash on that member of his body.
During the bad weather there seems to be a disposition on the part of our people to enjoy themselves, and so they have their little socials around at their different homes. On Wednesday night there was one at George Morine's. Mrs. Morine happened to have a quilt, and so the ladies present quilted it out in a short time, and then the rest of the evening was spent in games and music.
Rev. Brower, of Ashland, came out last Saturday to look after business interests, the nature of which I am not at liberty to state at this writing. While here he preached for us at 11 a.m., lectured on the authenticity of the Bible at 3 p.m. and preached again at 7 p.m. Elder Daley kindly gave way for him to occupy the hour allotted to him. Elder Daley will preach the second Sunday in February at 7 p.m.
Last Friday, as per announcement, Rev. Moomaw met quite a number of the parents and the children of our school and had a very pleasant time, the reverend gentleman giving them a lecture suited to the occasion. He illustrated his lecture by drawings on the blackboard, and those who were present pronounce it a grand success. Elder A. J. Daley also gave the children a good sensible talk, and all seemed to feel that they had been repaid for their trouble of attending our school.
While the game of football was being played last Saturday and the immense crowd that had gathered, standing in the mud and rain watching them play, some of the cooler heads were discussing the question as to which was the worst, to have 22 men meet in a hollow square and test their strength and power of endurance by pushing and pulling and throwing each other in the mud or to have two of the best of them go into the ring and decide the contest the way Corbett and Sullivan did, and the verdict seemed to be that the latter was preferable as there was less risk to run.
Last Saturday, as announced in the Mail, the Gold Hill Miners and the Eagle Point Cow Boys played a game of football on the Eagle Point ball grounds.After a parley of over an hour, they began playing, but the M.'s refused to be weighed, but those who claim to know say that they weighed an average of ten pounds over the C. Boys. I do not know whether it was that notice I gave last week that the Eagle Point boys would beat them so badly that their mothers wouldn't know them or not, but they were evidently a "LEETLE SCARED." After the first half hour our boys only tried to keep them from making a point as they already had 20 to 0, and they said they did not want to discourage them too much, so when time was called, the game stood--Eagle Point 20, Gold Hill 0. Arrangements were partially made to have the Ashland team meet the Eagle Point boys at the Central Point fair grounds in about two weeks and play a game.
Medford Mail, February 5, 1897, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. C. Rader was reported on the sick list last week, but at last accounts she was improving.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. Johnson, of Climax, formerly of Medford, was a pleasant guest of ours on Monday night last week.
Rev. Moomaw's little boy was quite sick last week and Dr. Officer was called. At last accounts he was improving.
The many friends of Dr. W. B. Officer were glad to see his smiling face on Monday of last week, he having returned from a visit in Grass Valley, Calif. He is delighted with the surroundings here.
Last week as Marsh Garrett was cutting wood on the Rader farm, by some means he sent the ax into his foot, cutting a severe gash on the instep. His brother Peter will take his place until his foot gets well.
Quite a number of the Eagle Point Cow Boys went to Central Point last Saturday to witness the play between the Central Point team and the Gold Hill Miners. A friend reports that it was a very closely contested game, as neither team made a touchdown.
Last week Walter Stickel's little girl fell into the fire and came near being burned to death. She caught her foot in a mat, falling onto the andiron, turning on her back between the andiron and the jamb and threw her hand into a bed of coals. Fortunately her father saw and extricated her before the burns were very serious, although she is quite badly burned.
The school board met last Saturday, and at the request of the legal number of votes, decided to call a special meeting of this district to be held on the 27th of Feb., to vote the question of bonding the district for $1000 to raise funds for the purpose of building a new school house in Eagle Point. As near as we can count "noses" the question will be very closely contested, and each party will try to see that no one votes except those who have a right to.
Last Week I inadvertently omitted to mention a birthday party and rag tacking given by Mrs. J. M. Lewis on the 29th and 30th of last month, the birthdays of her two children. There were thirty people present. They sewed rags until 11 p.m., when supper was announced. After partaking of these refreshments, some of the guests danced while others resumed sewing rags, and your correspondent, like a sensible man that he is, went to bed. The result of the party was 25 pounds of rags sewed, a sumptuous feast devoured and a jolly good time. On the morning of the 30th they all repaired to their homes, feeling that they had been well repaid for the trouble of going to a birthday party through the mud and rain.
Medford Mail, February 12, 1897, page 5
M. L. PELLETT was in from Trail Creek this week for a few days' stay with his family. He states that there are many anxious people up that way in regard to the construction of a bridge across Trail Creek at Mr. Inlow's place. Seventy-five names, he states, were on a petition sent to the county court asking for a bridge, the cost of which would probably reach $500. The Mail has made it a point to interview one of the commissioners in regard to this particular bridge, and from him we learned that no action had been taken with regard to the matter by the commissioners. He stated that there were petitions for bridges from many parts of the country and that the board could not possibly entertain a proposition to build them all, but as to the bridge in question he would not commit himself because that he had not talked with the other members regarding it.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, February 12, 1897, page 6
Eagle Point Eaglets.Miss Henrietta Morine was the guest of Mr. Rader's people the latter part of last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
David Cingcade has been putting up a string of new fence along the county road which runs through his place.
Royal Brown has also been putting up a new board fence in the place of the old rail fence, on the Taylor farm.
Mr. Beck, Sr., who was reported in a critical condition at his brother's on Evans Creek, has been removed to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joe Riley, on the Linksweiler place, but is still reported as being quite ill.
Mr. Middlebusher, living on the Williscroft place, came very near having a fire in their residence the first of last week. The soot caught fire in the stovepipe and by some means caught the ceiling of the house, but help was secured and the fire was extinguished before it did much damage.
Last week four of the pupils of our schools went to Jacksonville to take the teachers' examination. They were Robert Jonas, Jesse O. Safford, Misses Elsie Nye and Charlotte Williscroft. What the result will be is not known as yet, but we hope that they will all succeed in their undertaking.
Walker Lewis, the nimrod of the Elk Creek country, who has been stopping with his brother, James, for some time, reports that he has a letter from his father stating that they have had ten snow storms and the snow fell from one to ten inches deep and only laid on a short time, and that they have been grubbing and clearing land all winter. He also writes that game of all kinds, especially bear and panther, are numerous. A panther came to the house while they were all away except Mrs. Lewis and prowled around, finally stretched himself out on a log about one hundred yards from the house and laid there for an hour and a half, but before the men returned he left his resting place for safer quarters. Walker says he is going up and try his hand with the vermin.
During this wet weather the young folks have but little to do, so they put in their time in playing football. There was a game played between the Eagle Point Cow Boys and the Wellen team a few days ago. The Cow Boys did not have their regular team, for that is invincible, but picked up a team of anything they could get for the occasion; the result was that the Cow Boys were defeated, but the reader must remember that the Wellen team are not to be laughed at. On last Friday there were twenty-one of our citizens went to Gold Hill to play a game, and to witness the result with the Gold Hill Miners. On this occasion two of their best players were necessarily absent as Joe Moomaw was ill and Jesse Safford was taking the teachers' examination, so that they had to pick up some others to fill their places, and Jack Nichols was so unwell that he had to quit at the end of the first half hour. The game stood Eagle Point 12 and Gold Hill 2. The boys report having had a fine time.
Medford Mail, February 19, 1897, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Givan, a daughter.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. von der Hellen, of Wellen, was in town on business last week.
James Howard, of Round Top, was in town last week on important business.
Boyd Tucker, of Sams Valley, was in town the last of last week on professional business.
Charlie Thomas started for Klamath County last week to look after this mother's interests there.
Wm. Tungate, of Redding, who has been visiting his parents, returned to California last week.
Ed. Hoyt and our daughter, Millie, have been visiting us for the last few days, but returned home Friday.
Frank Brown, H. L. Ish and Constable Frank Lewis were callers at the office of the justice of the peace on Monday on professional business.
E. Pool and Geo. Morine returned last week from a prospecting tour, Mr. P. claims that he has a nugget of considerable value, but they are both very reticent as to where they have been.
There was an elderly lady and her son passed through our town last week on the way to her brother's. J. F. W. Howe, on Big Butte Creek. I did not learn her name, but I understand that she expects to remain with her brother for some time.
While in the Round Top country we noticed that the majority of the stock in that locality looked quite well--having passed through the winter in fine shape. Stockmen up there are quite jubilant over the prospects for an increase in price of stock.
A short time ago George Hoyt, in going out of the door of his father's residence on the Obenchain farm, came near getting his neck broken by stumbling over a dog and falling down a set of high stairs but fortunately he got off with some bruises.
The marriage of Mr. James M. Howard and Miss Waittie Chambers took place at the home of Miss Chambers' parents, at Round Top, on Wednesday, February 17. The wedding ceremony was pronounced by your correspondent and was witnessed by the family and invited friends. A splendid dinner had been prepared and as soon as the "joining words were spoken" all were invited into the spacious dining room and there partook of the good things which lay before them. The bride was very prettily dressed in a suit of brown silk and green trimmed in green silk, while the groom wore a navy blue suit. Now if any of you folks think it's a nice trip up to Round Top this time of the year--only twelve miles in summer--we hereby invite you to tackle it. The road is "out of sight."
Medford Mail, February 26, 1897, page 5
Farmers in this locality are anxious to see some plow weather.
The Johnson brothers are now at work on their irrigating ditch, which they have nearly completed. The water is taken from Elk Creek.
Mr. Gray, our energetic mill man, passed one day last week on his way to Medford. He says they are sawing and have about 100,000 feet of lumber now in the yards at the mill.
One day last week Mr. Carr and Mr. Helms, of Jacksonville, passed on their way above to Gray's sawmill. The latter is the government timber and land inspector. They report the roads good--I mean the lower road.
The dance at Robert Trimble's has passed and gone and everyone seemed to have had an enjoyable time. The dance closed with a waltz by the young folks as well as by a man on horseback who rode in, and then the curtain fell and he bade them all adieu and left the ball for "home, sweet home."
Medford Mail, February 26, 1897, page 5
Farmers are busily engaged in plowing and sowing.
J. G. Briscoe, our road supervisor, expects to commence repairing the road soon.
Mr. DeCarlow and Albert Gordon passed this way while returning from Jacksonville.
How nice it would be to have a bridge across Trail Creek, because it is a dangerous stream when swollen.
J. L. Ragsdale, one of Trail Creek's busy farmers, is engaged in building him a hewed log house down on the creek.
J. G. Briscoe's brother arrived one day last week from California, on a few months' visit. It has been several years since they last met.
Through the energetic exertion of Mrs. Inlow and Arthur Morrison, assisted by H. Richardson, Levi Dawson, Warren Ramey, J. L. Ragsdale and a few others, we have a good and substantial footbridge across the creek near its mouth. The footbridge is comprised of one huge log 76 feet long, with good strong railing, but it does not answer for the bridge that we have a petition for.
Medford Mail, March 5, 1897, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Oscar Stearns, of Central Point, was visiting relatives in our town last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
W. R. Potter is putting up a very neat, new fence in front of his home in Eagle Point.
Mrs. Hubbs, formerly of this place, but now living in the Jack Montgomery house on the west side of the desert, was in town last week spending a few days among her many friends here.
At a special school meeting held on the 27 ult., Thos. Coy took quite an active part and upon inquiring as to the cause learned that he had four boys to educate--the last one was born that morning.
James Matney, of Applegate, formerly of this neighborhood, was smiling on his friends in our town the first of last week. He contemplates taking a trip to Washington, D.C., in the near future.
Dr. Kirchgessner passed through our town en route to Mr. Farlow's on upper Little Butte on Tuesday of last week. On his return he was called in to see Mary Riley, who has been under his treatment some time.
A. C. Radcliffe, of Mt. Pitt precinct, was in our midst last week looking for a valuable cow that had strayed from him. This identical cow having spent her childhood hereabouts is the why of his quest being made here.
Mrs. Geo. Morine went to visit her father and brother, the Messrs. Clift, living near Phoenix, on Wednesday, returning on Sunday. She reports that her father has had the misfortune to lose one of his work horses and a Jersey cow.
Chas. Edmondson, of upper Rogue River, passed through our town on Monday of last week on his way to the Hub. He reports a light snow of about seven inches in his locality about the middle of February, but that it laid on only a short time. He also says the stock is doing well in his section of the country.
Just before our school meeting there was a stir in real estate business as it was understood that none but parents of children of school age and taxpayers would be allowed to vote, but all the young men and women claimed that they had taxable property. The assessor will do well to call on the clerk of the school district and procure a list of the new taxpayers.
Walker Lewis, the nimrod, who went up to his ranch on Elk Creek last week, returned Friday last, and when I asked him what luck he had capturing panthers, he indignantly replied that I had published in the Mail that he was going up to settle accounts with them for their impudence, and by the time he reached the neighborhood they had changed their boarding place and he could not find anything of them, but that several of them had been killed in that vicinity during the winter.
The special meeting called to vote the question of bonding the district for $1000 was called to order by A. J. Daley, and Geo. Brown, Frank Willmoth, J. M. Nichols, D. Cingcade and A. C. Howlett were put on nomination for judges, and Nichols, Howlett and Cingcade were elected. A. L. Haselton was chosen as clerk. The board ruled that we would adhere to the old rule of voting, paying no attention to the newspaper report with regard to the ruling of state superintendent. The result was 41 for bonds and 41 against the bonds. An attempt will be made Monday to raise money by subscription, as there was over $100 promised by those who were opposed to bonding the district. The result will be reported next week.
Medford Mail, March 5, 1897, page 5
March comes with its winds and sunny showers.
J. Potter, of Beagle, recently made this vicinity a call.
M. J. Hanley, of Little Butte, is buying some cattle in this neighborhood.
J. R. Morrison and family are visiting with Mrs. S. E. Inlow at Trail.
A. Hunter is up from Talent and expects to spend a few days on his place here.
Wm. Heckathorn and Dave Pence of Elk Creek passed through the other day while on their way to Jacksonville.
Miss Mattie Briscoe returned home on Thursday of last week. She has been staying with her sister, Mrs. John Rogers.
Trail district, No. 45, elected its regular school officers as follows: Clerk, Mrs. S. E. Inlow; director, Simp. Wilson.
Loris Martin and Sam'l. Geary, while hunting one day last week, killed two very large panthers, measuring 9½ feet from point of nose to tip of tail.
S. Wilson is preparing to build a new house this spring.
Jas. Briscoe, of Calif., is visiting his brother, J. G. Briscoe.
Arthur Morrison made a business trip to Medford last week.
Thos. Martin has been on Elk Creek for some time, where he was digging a ditch for Mr. DeCarlow, to be used for irrigating purposes.
The dance at Robert Trimble's on the 12th of February was a most successful one. Another will be given on March 19, and nothing will be left undone to ensure a pleasant time. Everybody is invited to attend. Music is the best to be had. Good floor and lots of room.
Eagle Point Eaglets.Born, Saturday, Feb, 27, 1897, to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Waltz, a son.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Born, March 8, 1897, to Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Robinett, a boy--9 pounds.
Mr. Severance, of Trail Creek, was in our town last week looking for a situation.
Mr. and Mrs. Parker of Jacksonville were the guests of Mrs. Simon and Mrs. Brown last week.
Mrs. P. K. Simon, nee Ella Benson, has been engaged to teach the school in Rogue River district.
In District No. 51, Wellen post office, Hugo von der Hellen, Sr., was elected director and Hugo von der Hellen, Jr., clerk.
After the adjournment of the school meeting on March 1st the Butte Creek Ditch Company held their annual meeting to elect their officers and transact the regular business.
In the Rogue River school district Geo. Stowell was re-elected director for the full term and J. M. Lewis for the short term, he to take the place of Wm. French, Jr., who has left the district. Geo Givan was re-elected clerk.
Wm. Bybee was in our town last Thursday on business with the cattlemen. It is reported that he is buying up a band of cattle. Speaking of cattle, there seems to be quite a stir this spring as there are already a number of buyers here and more coming, with a prospect of cattle bringing a good price. I understand that our leading cattlemen have lost a good many this winter and still they are dying on account of continuous rains. Quite a number of young calves are dying because of the severity of the weather.
Last Saturday quite a number of our citizens went to the Central Point fair grounds to witness the football game between the Ashland Athletic Normal-Red Bluff team and the Eagle Point Cow Boys. There seemed to be some misunderstanding as to who should compose the team from Ashland, as they appeared to have selected men from any place they could find good players, even Red Bluff, California, and at first there was a good prospect that they would not play at all, but the captain of the Eagle Point Cow Boys, Joe Moomaw, thought it best to play and so they did, and the result was that the Ashland Athletic Normal-Red Bluff team won the game, it standing 18 to 0. That is the way it is told here.
Monday of last week was a lively day in the affairs if the Eagle Point school district. Nearly every man and woman in the district who could participate was there, prepared to record his or her convictions. A. J. Daley was named as chairman and after the usual preliminary matters had been disposed of, A. J. Daley and J. A. Jones were placed in nomination for school director. The issue drawn was bonds or no bonds, with the former candidate alleged to represent the cause of "bonds," and the latter candidate that of "no bonds." The chair decided that all parents of children of school age were entitled to vote, and so nearly everybody voted. Eighty-two votes were cast, of which A. J. Daley received 42 votes and J. A. Jones 40. A. J. Florey and S. B. Holmes were candidates for school clerk, which resulted in the election of A. J. Florey by a strict party vote.
Medford Mail, March 12, 1897, page 5
Sunshine and showers prevail.
The Rogue River pottery is running in full blast.
Jasper Hannah made Trail Creek a pleasant call last Sunday.
Edward Briscoe, of Trail, made a flying trip to the valley this week.
A. Hall has had serious trouble with his work horses, having lost three out of four.
The Trail Creek school will commence the middle of April. Mrs. Lynch is teacher.
J. R. Morrison and family have moved to Sams Valley, where Mr. M. has rented a farm.
L. J. Marck, a Rogue River farmer, expects to deal extensively in sorghum the coming year.
An item in the last issue spoke of Mrs. Inlow as clerk and Simp. Wilson as director in district No. 45. The facts are just the opposite.
H. French of Reese Creek has completed his new mansion, and the other evening a number of his nearest neighbors gathered in and enjoyed a social dance.
Medford Mail, March 19, 1897, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.A man by the name of Cook--a railroad man--was out visiting S. Wood's family last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mrs. Culbertson, mother of J. R. Bell of Brownsboro, was visiting friends in Eagle Point last week.
J. Hartman, a new arrival, from Ohio, and his uncle, A. Pool, went to Applegate on a prospecting tour last week.
Last Thursday Geo. Heckathorn, one of our prominent farmers and stockmen, called at your correspondent's on official business.
Archie Fries and his sister, Miss Kate, were visiting friends in Eagle Point Saturday and Sunday. Miss Panyar of Tolo accompanied them.
Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Robinett seem to have their hands full attending to their new grandchildren, as the third one in thirteen days was born to Mr. and Mrs. W. Scott Pool on the 13th inst.
Last Saturday F. J. Ayres' little girl, about three years old, fell backwards into a tub of hot water, scalding her very badly from the shoulders to the knees. At last accounts she was in a very precarious condition.
S. B. Homes has torn down that old fence east of the post office that looked like a prison wall and obstructed the view from the post office window, and replaced it with a neat board fence, the boards being horizontal instead of perpendicular.
Mrs. Amanda Griffith and her grandson, Walter Woods, have completed the erection of a new board fence in front of her lot in our town, and if it is not out of order will say that Walter deserves a deal of credit for the manner on which he has performed the work. He is a boy of only fourteen years of age and it would reflect credit on older heads.
I understand that the new sawmill plane of A. J. Daley and Son arrived last Saturday at Central Point, and as soon as it can be placed in position on their timber land on Round Top they expect to commence operation; and we venture that they will turn out a fine lot of first-class lumber, as they have some of the finest timber in the country from which to saw the lumber.
Charlie Thomas, who has been in Klamath County for a few weeks, returned to the parental roof last Sunday. He reports the weather in that region beyond endurance. Snow and mud--and that frozen--is so bad that in the streets of Klamath Falls it became necessary to have a heavy team go through the streets to break the way so that lighter vehicles can travel in the streets of the county seat.
There was a genuine surprise party and rag tacking at Mrs. A. M. Thomas' last Thursday night. The first that she knew of it was the arrival of some of the crowd. Soon some more came until a goodly number had arrived when Mrs. H. called for the rags and lo! there were none ready so Mrs. T. found something to make rags--we men now sleep with our clothes on--and Mrs. Mrs. Willmoth and Mrs. Morine were put to cutting up the cloth that was not in use and the rest of the female portion of the crowd went to sewing--but we had a royal time and at about 10 p.m. all repaired to their respective homes.
Medford Mail, March 19, 1897, page 5
MEDFORD MURDER MYSTERY.The San Francisco Call, March 23, 1897, page 4
Son of a San Jose Couple Arrested for the Alleged Killing of a Trapper.
MEDFORD, Or., March 22.--The coroner's inquest over the body of Gustav A. Hall, the trapper found dead near his cabin at Elk Creek, has resulted in the arrest of Lee Parsons, a young man living in that locality, on the charge of murder.
Parsons is about 20 years old, and lived with his uncle a few miles from the scene of the shooting. He had visited Hall the day the latter was supposed to have been shot, and had taken dinner with him.
It is supposed--and the supposition is supported by circumstantial evidence--that after eating dinner the two started out to set some traps, as Hall had a number of traps by him when found.
Two tracks were found, as though the men had walked side by side until near the scene of the shooting. There the tracks indicated that Hall had gone ahead about fifty feet, when he was shot in the back of the head. One track was then traced back to the cabin, and thence to the Lewis farm. The boots that Parson claimed to have worn that day fit these tracks.
Parsons is well known here. His parents lived in this city for a number of years, but moved to San Jose, Cal. three years ago, leaving him here with his uncle. No cause other than robbery can be ascribed to the shooting, and it is claimed Parsons knew that there was money in Hall's cabin. A thorough search failed to disclose anything of value in the cabin, but it was plain that the place had been entered and rifled after the shooting.
We all live in hopes of some nice weather by and by.
Warren Ramey recently made friends a visit on Trail Creek.
Harvey Richardson was over Medford way one day this week.
Wm. Houston has rented J. R. Morrison's farm on Long Branch.
L. J. Marck, of Etna, made J. G. Briscoe and family a visit a few days back.
Wm. Cushman, of Trail, made a trip to Eagle Point one day last week.
Simpson Wilson and Levi Dawson spent a day in Sams Valley this week.
"O, for a thousand tongues to tell" when shall we have nice weather once more?
The dance at Robert Trimble's on the 19th inst. was a grand success and a large attendance. Everyone had a "skookum" time.
Mr. Swallow, of Trail, made a flying trip to Central Point one day last week. He had the misfortune to bruise his hand and blood poison resulted therefrom.
Medford Mail, March 26, 1897, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Frank Willmoth informs me that he expects to move to Medford on the 24th inst.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Our school closed Thursday and Prof. P. H. Daily will move to his new quarters to commence another school, near Medford, next Monday.
Harvey Richardson and R. R. Minter were in town last Saturday on a business trip. Mr. R. came for a load of flour from the Snowy Butte mills.
A new blacksmith by the name of F. D. Akin, from northeastern Oregon, has gone to work in A. Pool's shop. We now have four blacksmith shops in our town.
Benj. Moomaw started for California to work during the summer. He and his brother, Joe, have been digging a well on their father's place sixty-five feet deep through solid rock and have at last succeeded in getting about a foot of water. They deserve great credit in their perseverance in the undertaking.
Our completed school election on the bond question, on the 3rd day of next month, is creating considerable interest. There is talk of the grand jury having some work on account of alleged illegal voting at the last two school meetings we have had, and the result is that there is considerable gratuitous legal advice by the knowing ones in these parts.
On Tuesday of last week the following ladies met at Mr. Williscroft's, a widower, and had an old-fashioned sewing bee, making clothes for his children: Mesdames Heckathorn, Middlebusher, Ashpole, G. W. Daley, Sr., Perry, Howlett, Stickel and Willmoth and Miss Gladius Fryer, and they each tried to outdo the other. They were preparing clothing for the children to go to Dakota to Mr. W.'s daughter, Mrs. Parliament. They report having a lively time and accomplished a vast amount of work.
Medford Mail, March 26, 1897, page 5
Coroner Kirchgessner and District Attorney J. A. Jeffery returned Sunday from Upper Elk Creek where they had been called to hold an inquest over the body of Gustav A. Hall, who had been shot near his cabin on Tuesday of last week. The scene of the tragedy was fully fifty miles northeast from Medford, and the last sixteen miles had to be made on horseback, over a very rough mountain trail and through two feet of snow. Arriving at the scene they empaneled a jury composed of W. R. Johnson, F. L. Johnson, David Pence, Douglas Winningham, James Winningham and George Heckathorn, and held an inquest over the remains. Several witnesses were examined and the jury found from the evidence that the man came to his death by a gunshot wound and that the gun was fired by the hand of one Lee Parsons. Parsons was placed under arrest and given a preliminary examination before Justice O. J. Willard, which resulted in his being held without bail.
The evidence against Parsons, though purely circumstantial, is strong, and places the young man in a very bad light in the eyes of the people as well as the law.
The body of Hall was found by Scott Morris and Marion Bailey on Tuesday of last week, and after notifying the neighbors an effort was made to locate the murderer, and in so doing they came across the tracks of two men leading from Hall's cabin to a point about half a mile distant, and about fifty or sixty feet from the body the tracks came together, indicating that one man had stepped behind the other, and it was from this point that the fatal shot was fired, the ball entered the head and came out above the eyes, tearing away almost the whole of the skull above the eyes. From the body one track was traced back to the cabin and from there to within half a mile of the farm of Edwin Lewis, who is an uncle to young Parsons. The track was easily followed as the snow was fully two feet deep and had not melted nor none had fallen since they were made. Suspicion at once fell upon young Parsons, and he was taken in charge by Deputy Constable G. W. Weeks and L. Martin, and at once acknowledged that he had visited Hall's cabin on the Sunday previous, but that Hall was not at home. He went up there to take a jar of pickles and said that as the man was not at home he had set the jar outside and returned by another route, giving an accurate description of his return trip. Search was then made for tracks upon the route named, but none could be found. Mr. Morris stated that the jar of pickles was found in the cabin and had been opened, also that the dishes upon the table indicated that two persons had eaten a meal there. It is supposed that the two men had eaten dinner after which they started out together to set some traps of game, and that while walking together, Parsons had conceived the idea of shooting his companion, and acting upon this fiendish idea he stepped behind him and fired the fatal shot.
It is supposed that after shooting Hall the murderer went back to the cabin and after taking what money could be found had gone away, the tracks leading as before stated to within half a mile of Parsons' home.
The tracks in the snow fit the boots which Parsons claimed he had worn on the day he went to Hall's cabin, with exception of a number of nails in the heel, which experts claim they were driven in the boots after they had been worn in the snow.
Hall was a Swede about thirty-five years of age and had no relatives on this coast, at least so far as known. He came here from Minnesota about two years ago and located a homestead on upper Trail Creek, where he lived until his death.
Lee Parsons is a young man about twenty-one years of age and lived with his parents in this city up to about three years ago when his parents moved to San Jose, Calif., and he went over to live with his uncle, Edward Lewis. The only object he could have had for shooting Hall was to get possession of his money. Hall was supposed to have had about $25 in his cabin, but no money could be found after the shooting. Parsons was taken to Jacksonville Sunday and lodged in jail and will have his trial at the April term of court.
Hall's remains were buried near his cabin by friends soon after the inquest.
Medford Mail, March 26, 1897, page 7
H. Manning, of Prospect, was here Monday on his way to Eagle Point.
William Bramlet made friends on Trail Creek a pleasant call recently.
Dry Creek school commenced last Monday with Miss Zorah Bliss as teacher.
Benj. Ragsdale, of Asbestos, made Trail a pleasant call one day last week.
M. Hanley passed through here on his way to Mr. Gordon's one day last week.
E. Ramey and Jasper Hannah of Beagle are busily engaged hunting cattle in this vicinity.
A grand ball will be given at Robert Trimble's on April 30th. All are cordially invited to attend.
J. K. Lebo made a flying trip to Central Point one day last week. On his return he was accompanied by his two daughters.
Many farmers' faces of this vicinity are growing long, but the cause we have not yet learned, "O when will the harvest be?"
On May 7th a grand ball will be given at Levi Dawson's, and all are invited to attend. Fifty cents a number. There will be a basket supper and the music will be of the best.
Medford Mail, April 2, 1897, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Miss Nellie Perry is installed as chief caterer in the family of Royal Brown.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
M. Wooley called on your correspondent on Monday of last week on official business.
Nelson Nye, of Prospect, came down Wednesday of last week to take his sister, Elsie, home. They returned Friday.
Frank Manning, of Leeds, was in town on Monday of last week to meet an uncle from Yaquina Bay, who arrived Tuesday.
C. A. Gray, of Talent, and N. L. Robinson, of San Francisco, Calif., were in this neighborhood last week buying hides, furs, etc.
Miss Gladius Heckathorn, who has been visiting her sisters, Mesdames Simpkins and Magerle, of Woodville, returned home last week.
Emanuel Pool and his nephew, J. Hartman, returned to Applegate last week, where they have bought an interest in a mining claim on Squaw Gulch.
Joe Wilson, our pharmacist, has been off duty, attending to the wants of his mother, Mrs. Grimsley, who has been ill for some time but is now convalescent.
The reports come from the mountain stock farms that the severe weather is the cause of great loss among the cattle and sheep, especially cows with young calves. Notwithstanding the fact that they have plenty of feed the continuous rains are too much for them.
A. Hoyt, of Mt. Pitt precinct, was the guest of your correspondent last Friday and Saturday. He reports that stock in the hills is in a precarious situation, a great many of the young calves dying and in many cases the cows also die. Dee Bradshaw was in town Saturday and makes the same report.
On Tuesday of last week invitations were sent out to about twenty of us to meet at the residence of Geo. Morine, to have a candy pulling and a social party on the occasion of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmarth's removal from here to Medford. There were present just nineteen besides the Morine family. We had some fine music, both vocal and instrumental, pulled taffy, etc., until a late hour and then repaired to our homes, wondering where we would have the next social party.
Our school closed last Friday and quite a number of visitors attended the closing exercises, At the conclusion Prof. Daley called on the visitors to talk to the children and Rev. Moomaw and your correspondent, each giving a short talk. Mr. Daley moved from here Saturday to the suburbs of East Medford, and on Monday commenced a school in the Lone Pine district. Mr. D. is quite popular here and we wish him success in his new field of labor, and congratulate the patrons of the Lone Pine school on their good fortune in securing the services of so able a teacher.
Mrs. E. Simon met with a very serious accident last Thursday night. She was sleeping upstairs at the residence of her son-in-law, Porter Robinett, and he thought that the new arrival needed attention so called Mrs. S., and she started to go downstairs in the dark, missed the way and walked off the side of the stairway, falling about six feet, striking the steps and from there falling onto her head and shoulders on the floor, breaking the shoulder bone. When Porter reached her she was unconscious. Dr. Officer was summoned and reduced the fracture. Her hip and head are badly bruised.
Medford Mail, April 2, 1897, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Charles DeCarlow, of Elk Creek, was here the first of last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Quite a number of our taxpayers went to the county seat last week.
Mr. Ditsworth, of Leeds, was in our town last week upon business.
J. P. Moomaw's youngest son is reported ill, being troubled with inflammation of the bowels.
J. W. Smith, of Big Sticky, was a pleasant caller on your correspondent on official business last Friday.
Mrs. Ernest Stickel, of Central Point, spent several days last week visiting friends and relatives in Eagle Point.
W. B. Dailey, who has been batching with J. W. Grover for the past year, has broke camp and is now a member of J. M. Riddle's household.
A number of the stockmen of upper Little Butte have been out in the valley buying hay and hauling it up to feed on while they put in their spring crops.
The Messrs. Tonn, of upper Little Butte, were in town last week on business. Augusta Downing, on the north fork of Little Butte, and Mr. Heif, of Lake Flat, were also here.
Thos. McAndrew, Jr., of Rogue River, passed through town last Thursday on his way to his father's near Medford. He reports that some of the stock is suffering on account of the continuous rains.
Walker Lewis went up to his Elk Creek ranch on Monday of last week and his father came out on Wednesday. He reports that they have had but little snow there this winter, the deepest being only fourteen inches, and that stock has done well.
There was quite a number of persons in town on Monday of last week, among whom were David Cingcade, Chris. Pearson, D. Y. Gray and James Watkins. The latter has been taking care of Mr. Van Dyke's sheep, on Reese Creek, during the winter and reports them in good condition. On Tuesday he drove them to the valley.
I see by a recent number of the Mail of the "High Climbers" and in looking over that list failed to see the names of several persons who have ascended Mt. Pitt, among whom are Geo. W. Daley, Sr., S. C. Higinbotham, Beall and others. Mr. Daley has ascended the mountain twice and he stated that when he arrived--he had company both times--they had neither paper nor pencil. That the first time, 1879, he ascended it he found a pyramid erected on the top about three feet high with a small yeast powder can in the top of it, but it was so rusty that it crumbled to pieces when handled, but no sign of writing.
Our second election on the bond question (the first being a tie) was held Saturday last and the excitement ran high and a very large crowd assembled, many from the adjoining districts. John Nichols called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. and after reading the call by the clerk, the chairman announced that, although he believed that the decision of Mr. A. J. Daley at the annual meeting was not in accordance with the law, that is, that everyone should be allowed to vote who had children to educate--both men and women--that he would not rule otherwise, and then nomination of judges were called for and A. Pool, A. J. Daley, Geo. Brown, John Nichols, J. J. Fryer and A. C. Howlett were placed in nomination and Dr. W. B. Officer and T. E. Nichols appointed tellers. There were but two challenges, they being Mr. Tungate on the ground that he was not a taxpayer and had no children of school age, and the other was Royal Brown on the grounds that he has not been in the state six months; they were both ruled out by the chairman. The vote stood as follows: A. Pool, 32; A. J. Daley, 35; Geo. Brown, 32; J. J. Fryer, 43; John Nichols, 43; A. C. Howlett, 42. Then J. A. Jonas and Frank Brown were nominated to act as clerk of the election and the vote stood J. A. Jonas, 43, and Frank Brown, 26. The vote on the subject of bonding the school district to $1000 was as follows: Bonds "Yes," 84; bonds "No," 45. Now the "bond party" are talking of trying to levy a tax of $1000 to build a school house while the "no bond party" are advocating the plan of putting an addition to the one we already have and letting that do until times are easier.
Medford Mail, April 9, 1897, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Miss Kate Fries commenced her school at Lake Creek last Monday.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Miss Henrietta Morine was visiting friends in Central Point last week.
Dr. W. B. Officer, who was at the county seat last week, returned Saturday.
Miss Mattie Taylor and her mother were visiting the family of Mrs. Erwin last Saturday.
Wilbur Ashpole went to Talent Monday to commence gathering cattle for the Pelton Bros.
Miss Fannie Haskins, of Medford, went up to Big Butte Sunday and commenced a school Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Randles came out from their ranch home last week to visit Mrs. R.'s parents and go to the "Hub" for supplies.
The farmers have been very busy during the past week, plowing and sowing grain, and in some instances they did not stop for Sunday.
James Matney, one of our pioneers, took dinner with your correspondent last Thursday. He is very well pleased with the Eastern Oregon country.
We expect to have a whole corps of Corbetts and Fitzsimmons here soon, as the young men have organized a boxing club. Merritt Brown is the acknowledged champion up to date.
G. W. Daley, Sr., has moved into his own house again but expects to go to Round Top as soon as the roads will permit moving their new sawmill from Central Point to the timber in that locality.
Mrs. P. K. Simon commenced school in district No. 37, on the 5th inst. She has 13 pupils enrolled, three from Eagle Point district, Miss Lottie Taylor, Tavia and Hattie Howlett, and five more were expected Monday.
During the past week there has been a great deal of travel through our town on account of circuit court being in session, as there has been a number of witnesses in the Hall murder case from the Elk Creek country and they nearly all pass through our village.
The Medford Mail failed to put in an appearance at this post office last Saturday, and there was disappointment marked on almost every face I met, for that is our principal source of news, as that paper is always considered reliable. (Don't know why they did not reach there, Uncle Dick, they were mailed from this office on Friday, as usual.--ED.)
John Williscroft came near having a complete burnout last Friday. It is supposed that a spark caught on the roof and before it was discovered, a hole was burned through the roof when one of the children, seeing it, gave the alarm, and John Ashpole, who happened to be nearby, came to the assistance of the children, as Mr. W. was away from home. Misses Lelah Fryer, Lottie and Netty Perry also lent a helping hand, and by a powerful effort the building was saved, although the fire made quite a hole in the roof before the flames were extinguished.
Medford Mail, April 16, 1897, page 5
Brownsboro Items.Mrs. J. Terrill, of Talent, is visiting relatives in this vicinity.
Charles Klingle and Mike Sidley, of Lake Creek, were in town Sunday.
Fred Downing, of Lake Creek, was having blacksmithing done in town on the 6th.
We reorganized our Sunday school last Sunday, appointing James Martin superintendent.
The young people of this vicinity met for a pleasant little party in the hall on the evening of the 9th.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Culbertson, of Lake Creek, are happy over the arrival of another boy, born April 9th.
Our teacher and pupils observed Arbor Day by an appropriate program of songs, recitations and essays, and the planting of trees. A fir tree was planted in memory of Harriet Beecher Stowe, and a cedar in memory of John G. Whittier.
Miss Emma Perry, of Eagle Point, accompanied by her sisters, Lottie and Della, and Miss Lela Fryer, paid a tribute on Arbor Day to the memory of their deceased father, who reposes in the Brownsboro cemetery, by planting flowers upon his grave.
Medford Mail, April 16, 1897, page 2
J. M. Black made Trail a call one day last week.
Charley Hammond is reported on the sick list this week.
Upper Trail district has engaged Bert Potter as teacher for the spring term.
S. Wilson made a trip to the valley for seed wheat one day last week.
Roe Gordon, who lived near Medford, is moving his family to the Dean ranch, near Prospect, which he has rented.
Dr. Parker passed through Trail on his way to Elk Creek one day last week to subpoena witnesses for the Parsons and Geary case.
The dance at William Smith's of Rogue River was attended by a large crowd and everything went like clockwork.
Mr. Oliver and daughter, Ada, of upper Trail, passed through on their way to Medford where Miss Ada intends to remain.
Harvey Inlow, of Trail Creek, met with a bad mishap this week. While climbing a log fence he reached the topmost log and it rolled off and caught his hand so as to mash his fingers severely.
Medford Mail, April 16, 1897, page 5
YOUNG PARSONS ACQUITTED.The San Francisco Call, April 22, 1897, page 3
Tried at Medford, Or., for the Murder of a Trapper.
SAN JOSE, Cal., April 21.--John W. Parsons of this city today received a telegram from the authorities of Medford, Or. announcing that his son, Lee Parsons, had been acquitted of the charge of murdering Gustav A. Hall, a trapper, near that place.
Young Parsons, who formerly resided in this city with his parents in the Richmond Building, on Second Street, and who is about 21 years of age, was arrested on the charge of murder on March 21.
At the coroner's inquest which was held upon the dead man it was claimed that Parsons had visited him on the day he was supposed to have been shot, and that the tracks leading to the woods where the dead body had been found corresponded to his. Robbery was alleged to have been the cause of the crime. Parsons was arrested and held for trial. His friends in this city could not believe that the young man, who bore an excellent reputation, had been guilty of such a crime, and the telegram announcing his acquittal was warmly received. No particulars of the trial were given.
Range cattle are kicking up--I mean grass.
Edward Briscoe made Trail post office a call last Sunday.
In Trail district, No. 45, school will commence the first Monday in May.
Mr. Oliver, of Trail, made a trip to the valley recently. On his return he was accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. Short.
The county ferry has not been crossed lately owing to high water caused by snow melting on the divides the last few warm days.
J. G. Briscoe made a trip to Jacksonville a few days back. He resigned the office of road supervisor and L. J. Marck was appointed in his stead.
Medford Mail, April 23, 1897, page 3
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mrs. J. A. Smith, of Yankee Creek, was in town last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
John Thomas, of Ashland, was here last Sunday visiting his son, Charles.
Boyd Tucker, of Sams Valley, was smiling on his friends here last Sunday.
John Sevedge and wife passed through our town last Friday on their way to Medford.
John Young and Tim. Dugan were called to Jacksonville as witnesses in the Hall murder case last Friday.
Misses Augusta Downing and Kate Fries, the little school teacher at Lake Creek, were visiting friends here Sunday.
A. J. Daley, D. P. Mathews, John Ashpole and G. W. Daley, Jr., have brought water from the main ditch so as to water their gardens.
In speaking of the fire at Mr. Williscroft's last week, I omitted to insert the name of Miss Della Perry, who rendered valuable assistance.
Wm. Churchman, of Trail, was caught on this side of Rogue River last Saturday and had to go by the way of Rogue River bridge to cross on account of high water so that the free ferry could not run, a distance of about 30 miles out of his way.
Mrs. Simon had fifteen names enrolled in her school on Monday. Miss Henrietta Morine of Eagle Point will be one of her pupils. The children are well pleased with their new teacher. She seems to have found the key to success in the school room, gaining the affection and confidence of the children. The directors will have to enlarge the seating capacity of the school house if the attendance increases.
Your correspondent and wife were in Medford last Saturday and we saw so many people it almost bewildered us. The city was full of anxious purchasers and amid the talking with friends and trying to buy a few articles--for the stores were so crowded we had to wait a while before we were waited on--we did not get out of the city until 6 p.m. The next morning,Sunday, by 10 o'clock we had no less than five callers to learn the result of our trip to town.
Last week we failed to receive the Mail at the office, and the people seemed so disappointed that on Saturday when I was in town and reported the case to the business manager he promptly had a package prepared and I brought them out, but the object of this item is to apologize to the readers for the typographical appearance of the second package. They were papers that had been poorly printed and had been sorted from the regular issue and kept for emergencies, but they were the best the shop had--and half a Mail is better than no Mail at all.
I see that the farmers in the valley are taking a great interest in the matter of sugar beet culture--and while I do not wish to flatter the Mail I must say that if the culture of sugar beets is ever a success in the Rogue River Valley that the Medford Mail will undoubtedly be awarded the credit of being instrumental in bringing it about, for anyone can see that the Mail is working in the interest of the farmers and we feel like reciprocating the favor because that it is right that we should, for when we think of the amount of free advertising the Mail has given we don't wonder that the farmers are dropping old "49" papers and subscribing for a live paper that works in their interests. I, in conversation with different persons on the subject, have found but one man who speaks discouragingly on the project and his excuse was that is was so much work to attend them. There are thousands of acres of as fine land for sugar beets culture in this valley as can be found in California or any other country, and if the old "49" papers were alive like the Medford Mail we would soon have our sugar made at home and thereby save the enormous profit that is reaped by the railroad companies and the middlemen.
This week I have a small chapter of accidents to relate by way of digression. First, Geo. Hoyt had a tussle with a wild cow, which caught him up with one horn, throwing him into the air, but fortunately he fell into a bunch of willows and the result was a pretty badly bruised man. A lady in our town--who wishes her name withheld--also had an adventure with a cow last week. She attempted to put a rope over a cow's head, but the cow didn't seem to think that way, and just as soon as the rope was on her neck she started on the run, and the rope, which was coiled around the lady's wrist, became fastened and she was dragged about 30 feet. The cow was stopped by a man who was grubbing nearby, just in time to save the lady from being jerked into a picket and wire fence. She sustained several bruises, but was not seriously injured. The third accident I have to chronicle this week is that of Mrs. P. K. Simon. She was going to her school one morning in company with little Lottie Taylor, and in trying to guide the horse in order to miss a rut, one wheel of the cart struck a grub. This frightened the horse, and in his attempt to get away Lottie jumped out. The result--one wheel of the cart was in the air, and Mrs. Simon disengaged from the cart. Fortunately, neither were hurt, although Miss Lottie was somewhat frightened. Accident No. 4. Another Corbett came to grief last Sunday. While some of the small boys were practicing the art of boxing Earl Taylor and Lee Mitchell were trying their hand, which resulted in a broken arm for Earl. Only a short time before this he had a leg broken.
Medford Mail, April 23, 1897, page 5
Nice weather has come at last.
J. Rogers made friends a flying call on Sunday.
Dr. Parker stopped overnight at the Trail Creek house on his return from Elk Creek.
Upper Trail Creek school commences next Monday with Miss Potter as teacher.
Mr. Bailey made a trip from Jacksonville to Elk Creek and back one day last week.
You can almost see the grass grow in the mountains now, owing to the few warm days.
J. Winningham and family expect to move to Douglas County as soon as the roads will permit.
Henry Gordon called recently on his way to Medford. He was driving a fine bunch of beef cattle for E. Wilkinson.
J. R. Lebo has purchased the farm of Mr. Winningham and has moved his family thereto so as to be near school.
Ted Whelpley and Mr. Walters passed through here recently on their way to the valley for seed wheat. They expect to do extensive farming, having bought out G. L. Cristling on the Whelpley ranch.
Medford Mail, April 23, 1897, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.A. Betz, of Rogue River, is afflicted with chills and fever.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Prof. A. L. Haselton commenced his school in the Betz district on the 19th.
Miss Alice Morine went to Phoenix last week to visit her uncle Geo. Clift.
Mrs. Sarah Martin, on Upper Little Butte Creek, spent Friday night with Mrs. C. Rader.
Miss Altha McDowell was in our town last Sunday visiting her mother Mrs. A. Pool.
Wilbur Ashpole, who has been gathering cattle for the Pelton Bros., returned home last Friday.
An Episcopal minister passed through our town last Wednesday on his way to visit Mrs. Ewen.
Peter K. Simon has been having a tussle with the ague, but seems to be holding his own thus far.
Mr. and Mrs Edler, of Lake Creek, passed through our town last Friday on their way to Medford.
Sams Valley boys are coming over next Saturday to play a game of base ball with the Eagle Point nine.
The farmers are improving the time planting corn and plowing, but in some places the ground is yet too wet to plow.
Geo. W. Daley, Sr., took a trip to Round Top last week to examine the road, preparatory to moving their new sawmill there.
Walker Lewis, the nimrod of Elk Creek, had the misfortune to have one of his fingers cut off with a crosscut saw, one day last week.
Geo. W. Daley, Sr., and his cousin Geo. W. Daley, Jr., made Jacksonville and Medford a visit one day last week on their wheels.
Mrs. Parsons, of San Jose, Calif., formerly of Medford, visited her relatives on Butte Creek last Thursday. She was accompanied by Mr. Ryder, of Medford.
Mrs. E. Simon is getting along nicely with her broken shoulder. She was visiting John Williscroft and family last week. Mrs. Susan Perry also visited Mr. Williscroft last week.
We had a heavy frost last week that damaged the growing grain considerable and the fruit a little, although there will be a good crop of fruit left, if we have no more heavy frosts.
F. E. Fuller, of Langell Valley, returned to our neighborhood last week. He reports that stock is doing well in that section. He was a pleasant caller on your correspondent last Sunday, as was also Mr. Stotler. The latter says they expect to start for Los Angeles, California in a few days. Mr. Fuller returned to Langell Valley last Tuesday.
Another Corbett knocked out. There is what is termed a boxing club here and a young man (he told me if I gave it to the Mail he would black my eye) was given a black eye by coming in contact with the elbow of his adversary. For a time it was thought it was a broken nose but 'twas only an eye injured and moss-agate painted--and a smashed elbow.
I am called upon this week to chronicle another almost fatal fire at Mr. Williscroft's place. This second fire caught from the same stovepipe as did the first one and in precisely the same place, a spark struck the roof and ignited it. John Ashpole was near at hand--as he was at the former conflagration and with the assistance of Mr. W. soon extinguished the flames on the roof but some brands had dropped through the roof and caught in a roll of carpet and before it was discovered it was pretty badly scorched. Mr.W. is of the opinion that the sparks must have caught in cleats nailed to the roof.--Moral, remove the cleats.
Medford Mail, April 30, 1897, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mr Beall went to Medford one day last week.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Newman went to their mountain home last week.
Miss Gladys Heckathorn was visiting friends in Eagle Point last week.
Miss Lelah Fryer went to Sams Valley last week to visit friends, returning Saturday.
Quite a number of the young folks from Lake Creek attended the dance here last Saturday night.
Mesdames A. Pool and George Morine went to visit Mrs. P.'s mother, Mrs. Evans, last Sunday.
We had a fine shower of rain last Friday night that done a great deal of good, but we would like to have more.
R. A. Potter went to Ashland last week to be at the bedside of his aged mother, who is reported to be quite low.
J. M. Lewis and family visited their parents last Sunday. James reports that his ground is needing rain very much.
Miss Edna Gibson and Mr. Robinett and Gus Morris and Mrs. Little of Central Point passed through town last week.
Peter K. Simon started last Sunday for Klamath County on a business trip. He was accompanied by one of Johnny Beall's sons.
Mrs. Elizabeth Simon went to Medford on Tuesday of last week with J. A. Jones. Her broken shoulder is improving very rapidly.
We have a genuine professional tramp in our community, He goes from house to house, asks for something to eat, and when told where he can probably get work, always goes some other way.
John Williscroft started his children last Friday for South Dakota to live with their sister, Mrs. Phillip Parliament, and he expects to go to California to seek for a location better adapted to his condition than this place, as this climate does not seem to suit him.
Frank Wade was in our town last Monday circulating a petition to have his younger son, Lawrence, pardoned out of the penitentiary. He has quite a long list of names of prominent business men of Jacksonville, Medford and Central Point and the surrounding country.
A. J. Daley & Son went to Central Point on Wednesday of last week and brought out their new sawmill and planer and took it to Round Top, where they will soon begin to turn out as fine lumber as can be found in the valley. George Daley moved his family to that place last week.
Our daughter Millie, of Big Butte, writes: "Eddie and I went to the Mt. Pitt ranch last Monday, and there saw a part of the carcass of a huge grizzly bear that was killed by Albert Beall and Arthur Nichols. Its foot measured eight by four inches, and it weighed about one thousand pounds."
Our pugilistic boxing club is attracting considerable attention. Last week George Hoyt was going around with his ear in a sling from the effects of Benton Pool's elbow coming in contact with it, and Benton had his nose and mouth also in a sling from the effects of Hoyt's glove coming in contact with that part of his anatomy.
Floyd Pearce, of Forest Creek, was over last Saturday night on a visit to his aunt, Mrs. Thomas, returning Sunday night. He reports that they have had a fine run of sluicing in his mines and expects to commence to clean up this week, and he will have about two months work at that, expecting to realize a liberal supply of the yellow metal.
On Friday of last week Mrs. P. K. Simon closed the first month of her school in district number 37, and in the afternoon had appropriate exercises, which reflects credit on the teacher and pupils. A number of visitors were present, among whom were Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Newman and Miss Minnie, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Stowell, Mrs. George Givan and Mrs. J. M. Lewis and children. Those with whom I have talked speak in high terms of the entertainment.
Medford Mail, May 7, 1897, page 5
Charles Skyrman and Jos. Miller made a business trip to Medford recently.
C. W. Knighton, of upper Rogue River, made a flying trip to Jacksonville recently.
Miss Sarah Ragsdale, of Beagle, is stopping a while with Mrs. S. E. Inlow, of Trail.
John Rogers and family of Beagle are visiting with J. G. Briscoe and family in upper Trail.
School in upper Trail district is moving along nicely with Miss Bettie Potter as teacher.
Edward Briscoe and Uncle James Briscoe expect to start soon on an all summer's prospecting tour.
The Hanley brothers will soon commence gathering cattle in this locality. They expect to make a drive of twelve hundred head to Harney Valley.
H. J. Colby, of Gray's mill, passed on his way to Medford. He says the mill will soon be grinding out lots of lumber under the management of Colby & Gray.
Medford Mail, May 7, 1897, page 5
Eagle Point Eaglets.Mr and Mrs. H. T. Severance have been visiting friends on Griffin Creek.
BY A. C. HOWLETT.
Hugo von der Hellen and wife were visiting friends in Eagle Point Sunday.
Miss Frank Newman was the guest of Mrs. P. K. Simon one day this week.
Joe Moomaw started on Tuesday of last week for California to work during the summer.
Mrs. Maud Stickel commenced carrying the mail from here to Big Butte the first of last week.
Mr. Devens, of Douglas County, arrived the first of last week to visit his wife and other relatives.
Walker Lewis and Lee Parsons started for their mountain home, on Elk Creek, the first of last week.
Miss Lol Nichols was visiting the Misses Fryer Sunday. She came down from home on her wheel.
Miss Henrietta Morine was visiting Miss Tavia Howlett at her sister's, Mrs. J. M. Lewis, last Saturday.
Mesdames W. Pool and John Rader paid Medford a visit last Saturday. J. J. Fryer also interviewed some of your business men in Medford last week.