The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Eagle Point Eaglets 1912-1916

News from Eagle Point, Oregon and the Upper Rogue, mostly from the pen of A. C. Howlett. Transcribed by Janet Monti.

Eagle Point--Rebuilt and Progressive, Grows Rapidly
    Eagle Point and the country tributary to the town are the first beneficiaries of the Hill system of railroads in Oregon, the town having been selected as the helper station, the location for the railroad shops and round houses, etc, and ultimately will be the division town, when the Pacific & Eastern road is extended to a connection with the Oregon Trunk Line, now terminating at Bend, Ore. By a little more than a 2 percent grade the Cascade Mountains will be passed from Eagle Point, and with the wonderful development in timber industries and fruit growing in the district, there can be no question that the tonnage tributary to Eagle Point will one day be equal to that of any town on the Hill system in Oregon.
Town Well Located.
    Eagle Point is particularly well situated for residence purposes on the banks of the beautiful Little Butte Creek, one of the finest streams in the West, and in an ideal location for traffic, some of the best fruit lands in the Rogue River Valley being within a few miles. The fruit world well remembers the winning of the sweepstakes prize by Messrs. Tronson and Guthrie at the Spokane apple show of 1909. Well-informed fruit men know that the same orchard which produced this car had produced equally good fruit each year for five years previously, had the owners seen fit to place it in competition. That fine orchard in located within two miles of the depot at Eagle Point, and at any time in the future either this or the noted Dr. Coghlan orchard alongside can be counted on to win a sweepstakes prize in red apples, while the equally famous Bradshaw orchard, about as far away to the south, can be counted on for a winning car of Newtowns, for which it has for so many years been famous. Equally good young orchards of both apples and pears are to be found on every side of Eagle Point, approaching maturity. This will be one of the greatest fruit shipping stations in Oregon.
Many Small Fruits.
    Not alone in apples and pears, but also in peaches, apricots and cherries is the section to the front. There is a quality about peaches produced here which induces many to be set in apple pear orchards as fillers.
    There is something in the alluvial soil deposited along Little Butte Creek especially adapted to the growing of garden truck in a commercial way. The onions produced here are in a class by themselves in Southern Oregon. The larger towns to the west look to the Eagle Point district for their supplies of berries and green stuff during the season from start to finish. The district is particularly well adapted to poultry farming as well, and for many years the mining camps and timber districts of Northern California have looked to Eagle Point for their supplies of fresh ranch eggs. Back on the government reserves at the head of Rogue River and the two Butte creeks, thousands of cattle range and are brought down to the Eagle Point district to get the finishing touches of grain and alfalfa hay to fit them for market.
Manufacturing Sites.
    Eagle Point is destined to play no small part in the manufacturing future of the Rogue River Valley, owing to the water power available and to be transmitted or used direct from the channels of Rogue River and the tributaries above Eagle Point. The marvelous timber belt at the head of these streams, as yet untouched by the logger, is one of the main factors in tonnage producing, and is one of the many reasons why the Hill system has invaded the valley. Box factories, paper and pulp mills and woodenware shops are among the early results to be expected, and after the timber is logged off, thousands of acres of the best fruit lands on earth will be available to perpetuate the transcontinental tonnage which will distinguish this section.
    Not the least of the attractions of Eagle Point is the convenience of this location for outfitting for the summer trip to the mountains, and the close proximity to the best hunting and fishing in the state of Oregon. The traveler to Crater Lake in his machine will find here the best accommodations in the valley, and already many make it a point to stop at the excellent hotels in Eagle Point, and make the rush to the lake in the exhilarating morning air. Those coming from the lake will find it well to time their trips to make Eagle Point their stopping place for the night, as less than one hour's time will place the traveler in the heart of the valley after an early breakfast at the Eagle Point hotels.
Bank Statement Good.
    The prosperity of this section is shown conclusively in the growth of the Eagle Point Bank, in business but little more than one year. Watch its next statement. Its resources have almost doubled since its last published showing. It is all local money, and it will [omission] every dollar be used in developing the Eagle Point district. That's why Eagle Point wins out; her people pull together and assist in every progressive, worthy move. Eagle Point shed her chrysalis more than one year ago, when the town was incorporated, and during the year just closed 36 nice residences and business houses have been built, and many new ones are planned for 1912. Streets have been graded and graveled, more than 15,000 feet of cement sidewalk have been laid, and preparations are now in order for paving and sewer and water systems. Partial water systems have already been installed in the residence districts, and the beauty of residences, lawns and shrubbery arrangement is noted by all. All the conditions are right for the best success in landscape gardening, growing shrubs and roses.
    Eagle Point is rapidly winning recognition as a resort for those who are troubled with pulmonary complaints, asthma or hay fever. The altitude is just right for sensible treatment of all such troubles, and many are living in this section today for no other reason than that they are free from the inconvenience and danger lurking elsewhere. Attention is called to the "sweet summertime air" about the loungers on the hotel veranda. And yet this photo was secured on "just one of our ordinary December days," and it could be duplicated a month later in the season. Ask any man who has been in the  valley a few years, and he will tell you "this Christmas is just like the first year I came to the valley." They all tell the same story, because the first year it impresses them the more. The fact of the matter is that each Christmas in the Rogue River Valley is like a day in June elsewhere. You will come to Eagle Point ultimately; why not enjoy our fine climate right away, and make a break for liberty of enjoyment at once?
    Write to the secretary of the Eagle Point Commercial Club for full information on any topic which interests you. People who have lived at Eagle Point are its best advertisement. All will assure you that for social enjoyment, kind and courteous treatment, it has any other town in the West "skinned a mile." You want to enjoy life, fine climate and the companionship of the right kind of people. Get busy, and come to Eagle Point.
Suburban Tracts.
    It takes people to make a city, and with the idea of making it an inducement to settle in the vicinity and help in the work of building up Eagle Point THE MOUNTAIN VIEW LAND COMPANY have platted and are now offering for sale on ground floor basis a number of five- and ten-acre tracts in this subdivision, on the high ground adjacent to Eagle Point, at prices ranging from FIFTY DOLLARS per acre and up. Of course, this offer will have its limits, but for the next few months our policy will be, "First Come, First Served." We don't ask anyone to gamble on the future, but where in the West does such an opportunity exist, adjacent to a live burg like Eagle Point?
    These tracts will soon be under pipe line, and for general attractiveness are not surpassed anywhere. Get in touch with us at once, and share in the advance in prices impending.
Eagle Point, Oregon.
    At Eagle Point, in the state of Oregon, at the close of business December 5, 1911.
Loans and discounts $14,363.70
Overdrafts, secured and unsecured 54.67
Bonds and warrants 15.477.16
Banking house 4,042.67
Furniture and fixtures 2,539.74
Due from banks (not reserve banks) 100.00
Due from approved reserve banks 6,712.53
Checks and other cash items 34.00
Cash on hand 2,291.53
Expenses     1,552.48
    Total $47,168.38
Capital stock paid in $  9,850.00
Undivided profits, less expenses and taxes paid 1,137.60
Due to banks and bankers 250.16
Individual deposits subject to check 34,541.24
Demand certificates of deposit 623.24
Certified checks 200.00
Time certificates of deposit 553.29
Cash over          12.85
    Total $47,168.38
    State of Oregon, county of Jackson, ss.:
    I, J. V. McIntyre, cashier of the above-named bank, do solemnly swear that the above statement is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.
J. V. McINTYRE, Cashier
    Subscribed and sworn to before me this 8th day of December, 1911.
    Notary Public.
    The system of highways converging at Eagle Point insures extensive commercial business for the town all the time, and more or less jobbing trade, as much of the tonnage in consignments to Eagle Point is distributed to other supply stations even now. No less than four highways leading from as many bridges across Rogue River and one highway from the free ferry across that stream enter Eagle Point from the west, with a never-ending stream of traffic, to say nothing of tourist travel; and make the town easy of access from the great Sams Valley section, the important Table Rock fruit district, the stock and timber districts on Trail and Elk creeks, north of the river, and the great timber plateau at the head of the river. Everything in the line of stock, timber, fruit and farm products produced in the Little Butte Valley, the Big Butte Valley, the Antelope Valley and the great section lying east of Mount Roxy Ann, and shut off by that butte from the Bear Creek section, naturally gravitates into Eagle Point, and the Roguelands reclamation proposition will add greatly to the lands tributary to Eagle Point.
    The amount of tonnage shown in 11 months' statistics at this date on the P. & E. Railroad's books is very gratifying to the management of the new railroad, there having been consigned to Eagle Point merchants alone during that time more than 7,500,000 pounds of freight; and in addition, for residents of Eagle Point and distribution through Eagle Point to merchants of tributary towns, no less than 17,437,835 pounds of freight. When it is stated that within five years there will be shipped out from Eagle Point annually at least ten times that amount of fruit and other products, the other side of the picture looks equally good.
    The stream on which the town is situated deserves more than passing notice. It is the most picturesque stream in this section, affords the opportunity to develop power in almost every mile of its course, and not the least of its attractiveness is owing to the fact that along the stream are found so many fine building sites on the many fruit farms located there. The apple king of the world holds his court now in a beautiful bungalow on the stream and several kings of finance have secured locations close to Eagle Point, and will build beautiful homes when their young orchards come into bearing. As the highways improve hundreds of these fine home locations will be utilized.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 1, 1912, page B8

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Mrs. W. E. VanVactor and her son, B. G. VanVactor, returned recently to their home at Ashland, after failing to secure rooms in which to keep house here. Mr. VanVactor is acting as night watchman on the Pacific & Eastern Railway.
    Thursday morning when we awoke from our slumbers we found the ground covered with a beautiful white mantle of snow.
    Dr. Wm. W. P. Holt, our townsman, has gone to Portland to visit his parents.
    Professor P. H. Daily has been spending the Christmas holidays in Portland and his wife and family are spending their vacation in Medford.
    Heath & Diamond, the only ones who are carrying a line of general merchandise in the old part of the town, seem to be doing a thriving business, constantly adding to their general stock. They thought that they could do without the Mail Tribune, but advised me to send for the daily for them.
    Professor Charles Johnson was among the guests at the Sunnyside Wednesday night, also Fred Warner of Trail.
    G. H. Wamsley and Len Smith are engaged putting down crosswalks on the streets and intend to put down sidewalks on the main thoroughfares of the town. And as soon as material can be procured they will put a heavy floor on the new footbridge. They have already put up several street lamps in the places where they were most needed, one at the south end of the new footbridge and one in front of the church building on the south side of the creek.
    Jud Edsall and John Lester started Thursday morning for the P. C. Company's plant via Derby, where they are to load their teams for the company. They report the roads in a very bad condition in the hills, and Roy Willits reported Thursday night when he came in that the snow was about 16 inches deep at Prospect. Parties coming in from the Lake Creek country report snow some three feet deep on the Little Butte Creek hills, and the end is not yet.
    Joe Pool returned from a trip to Portland a few days ago, where he had been to see his sister, Mrs. Cole, and his father, W. C. Pool, and reported having had the time of his life. Joe has been raised in Jackson County and was never out of the county before, so the reader can imagine what a sight it would be for a boy, or rather young man, to be dropped down at the Union Depot in Portland and be surrounded by an almost solid mass of towering buildings and hear the constant noise of the hotel runners, see the street cars--"no horsie pullie, no horsie pushie"--and to be surrounded by a sea of strangers. I tell you it was somewhat bewildering to your Eagle Point correspondent seven years ago, and he had seen cities before, but not on so grand a scale.
    The Brownsboro new merchant is having lumber hauled from here to put up a store building and get ready for the spring trade.
    Marian Trusty came in Wednesday night, spent the night with us and the next night visited his nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Childreth.
    Two of the Trusty boys, Rufus and Henry, came out from their home on Elk Creek and spent the night with their brother-in-law, Henry Childreth, the first of the week.
    Mrs. Wm. Smith, formerly of this place but now of Medford, who owns a lot in the Ulrich addition to Eagle Point, sent money to have a sidewalk put down across the lot. She is looking ahead to the time when property will be worth much more than it is now.
    Carl Cably, Clay Corum and Phillip Stadro, all of Phoenix, came in last Thursday night on their way to the Big Butte country.
    Mrs. Fred Porter of Eugene and Miss Addie Herdman of Iowa came in Friday morning, procured a rig at the new livery barn and went on up to look at a tract of timber land on Butte Creek.
    Prof. W. G. Russell of Aztec, N.M., came in on the train Monday night and took a room at the Sunnyside. He is canvassing the country to sell school supplies.
    Mrs. W. E. VanVactor and her son B. G. VanVactor came up from Ashland Saturday to spend a part of the holidays with her husband who is night watchman on the P.&E. Railway at this place. Monday and Tuesday he had charge of the engine, and they both accompanied him to Butte Falls Tuesday.
    Jud Edsall and John Foster came out from the Prospect Consolidated Company's plant Monday and report the work progressing very well.
    Miss Hattie Weiss expects to start for her home tomorrow (Wednesday). She has been helping her sister and brother-in-law in the Model Variety Store through their rush of business before the holidays.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 3, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Irvin Tyrrell of Lake Creek came out Thursday night for the box in which the casket came in which the late Mrs. Herman Myers, who died December 26, 1911, was buried, the hearse having taken the casket up already. The remains were interred in the Brownsboro cemetery Friday afternoon. I have not the particulars of her death, but know that she had been in very poor health for several years. The family have the sympathy of their many friends in these parts.
    Our Christmas festivities are all over and we have settled down to the regular routine duties of life again. The public Christmas tree and entertainment was a grand success. It was participated in by not only the school but by many of the older ones, such as Professor N. L. Narregan and his son Carl, Mrs. R. G. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Salter, our new hardware merchants, Mr. Bryant, etc., with Prof. P. H. Daily as master of ceremonies, assisted by his estimable wife, teacher of our primary department, and Miss Nellie Morris, teacher of the intermediate department. The exercises were simply superb, every one of the children, and there were about a hundred of them, had their part about as perfect as possible for children to have them, and on two occasions they were encored. The first was Charles Wright, aged 7, who represented an aged man with his staff, all wrapped up in his mitts and furs. The little fellow hesitated at first, but finally came back on the stage and repeated a part of his piece. The others were Mr. McDonough's little son and daughter. They gave us another, entirely new, song. I might mention many more that rendered their parts extra well but must forbear as it would take too much space in the Mail Tribune. After the exercises were over Santa Claus put in an appearance and then the crowd of little folk were beyond control. As the names of the recipients of presents were called the excitement ran high and twice Prof. Daily had to call on the children to take their seats and keep quiet. There was not so many presents given out as there has been on former occasions, in proportion to the crowd, for it was estimated that there were about 400 in assemblage. In addition to the public Christmas tree there were a few private trees in our town and perhaps as noted and [as] interesting one as any was one at the beautiful home of F. M. Stewart. Mrs. Stewart's children were invited in to take supper Sunday night with their children and the tree was all arranged without the knowledge of the little folk and the first intimation they had was the ringing of the bells in the adjoining room and when the door was opened their surprise was beyond bounds when they saw a genuine Christmas tree loaded with all kinds of little notions for them. Among the remarkable incidents of that occasion was the eating of a nice ripe watermelon! Only think of eating watermelons on the 25th day of December, and the melons were raised in Eagle Point at that. Mr. Stewart said that he had one he wanted to send to the Medford Mail Tribune force and have them sample our December watermelons. Christmas night there was a select party and dance given by L. C. Narregan and J. B. Jackson in Spiker's hall. There were only just enough to have a real pleasant time. They dance until about midnight and all went to their homes voting that they had a lovely time and wishing the promoters of the move a happy New Year.
    There has been another deal in land here, Wm. von der Hellen having purchased the tract of land, about two and a half acres, from the Hamilton place, formerly owned by Wm. Ulrich, where the buildings stand. Consideration $10. I understand that he and his brother-in-law, Mr. E. Evans, have bought ten acres of land on the west side of the railroad track, and intend to lay it off in small tracts and put it on the market.
    Chauncey Florey came out Christmas to see the old folks.
    H. A. Sprague went to Roseburg Saturday to visit his brother and look after business there.
    Mrs. M. Srachart (Grandma) came out from her son's near Derby, Tuesday to visit her daughter, Mrs. A. B. Zimmerman.
    A. B. Zimmerman came near being seriously hurt Tuesday morning. He was working on a shed for the Sprague Lumber Company and the ladder on which he was standing slipped and he fell some ten or twelve feet, but fortunately he was not hurt.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 4, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Since my last the old worn-out year 1911 has passed into the things of the past and will soon be almost forgotten by the most of us in our rush of business affairs, having our minds absorbed with the prospects of the future. And as we review the past year we can see many mistakes that we have made, opportunities neglected, but we can also see the many blessings we have enjoyed and can see great cause for thankfulness for these blessings, and now I trust that we will each of us strive to improve on our past experience and try to make our lives a blessing to others more than ever.
    Among the new arrivals at the Sunnyside since my last are Fred McClure, who owns a farm southeast of Jacksonville and also a tract of land in the town of Eagle Point. He came over to look over his interests here and to enjoy our beautiful climate, for upon his farm there is considerable snow while here at this writing (January 2) there is scarcely enough to cover the ground. He is one of our boarders and comes home every once in a while. Also F. M. Lindsey of Medford was among us. He is interested in a large contract for cutting wood on a tract of land recently purchased by the P.&E. Railroad Company, with Mr. McIntyre of Derby.
    Mr. Ditsworth, his daughter Ora, one of his small boys and a son-in-law passed through here Saturday on their way to his mountain home.
    The men who have been employed to move the old store building of von der Hellen Bros. have succeeded in getting it out into the middle of the street and left it there. I understand that Mr. von der Hellen intends to get a house-moving crew from Medford to come out and try their hands at it.
    In a former article I alluded to a deal that was on and promised to tell more in the future, as I was requested to say nothing on the subject at that time. It was a deal whereby William von der Hellen sold his residence to Thomas Farlow; consideration, $3000; a fine bargain for Mr. Farlow, as the house cost more than that amount. In the deal Mr. Farlow turned in two lots he had purchased prior to that and on which he intended to build, but liked the other location better.
    Last Saturday night Mrs. Howlett and our daughter Hattie gave a birthday party at the Sunnyside, it being the birthday of each of them, as Hattie was born on her mother's 40th birthday. I would be glad to be able to give the names of the guests who were present. There were 76 invitations sent out, just around town, and there were 63 present and all of them young people, that is, unmarried except eight and they had not been married very long. I confess that I was surprised to see such a crowd of boys and girls ranging in age from 14 to 25, but most of them between 14 and 18. They played games, had music and at 10:30 p.m. light refreshments were served with coffee and then the fun commenced with the beginning of the candy pulling. They remained until about midnight and then most of them started for their homes. Among the most interesting incidents of the evening was "pinning the tail on the donkey." One of the party would be blindfolded and given a piece of paper with a pin in it and after being turned around three times would be told to pin the tail on the donkey. It looked quite simple and they would start for the donkey and perhaps put the tail on the other side of the room.
    New Year's Day Mrs. A. N. Thomas gave a dinner and invited the following; at least there may have been more invited, but the following persons were present: Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fryer, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Pierce of Forest Creek and their two children, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Jonas and his mother, Mrs. Jonas, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas and three children and your Eagle Point correspondent and wife. Mrs. Thomas had planned to have her son, Baxter Grigsby and family of Klamath County, with them, but he was unexpectedly called home on business, so they, we and his mother were disappointed. But we had a very enjoyable time and after partaking of dinner--as good a one as anyone could wish--we spent the afternoon socially, just as old-time acquaintances should do.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 5, 1912, page 6

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Eugene O. Seeley, representing the Toppenish Nursery Company of Toppenish, Wash., was here this week making engagements for fruit trees, etc.
    Floyd Pearce, wife and two children came over during the holidays to visit her parents, J. J. Fryer, and wife.
    Peter Young, one of our energetic young farmers, was in town Wednesday last buying hardware to finish his new barn.
    Benj. Fredenburg, wife and son B.F., came out the first of the week to consult Dr. Holt and have an operation performed on the son's mouth, and also to have Mrs. Fredenburg treated. Dr. Holt just came home from San Francisco the same day, Wednesday. Mrs. F. and her son are guests at the Sunnyside at present writing, Saturday.
    On the arrival of the mammoth edition of the Mail Tribune of January 1, 1912, there was a general rush for a copy and the next day there was a large number of them went through the Eagle Point post office on the way to Derby, Peyton, Butte Falls, Trail, Persist, Prospect, Brownsboro, Lake Creek and Wellen, besides scores of that number was sent east through this post office by the business men of the town. The edition is highly spoken of by the people of our town, who unhesitatingly pronounce the Mail Tribune the best of the newsiest paper in Southern Oregon or Northern California.
    Prof. Charles Johnson of Derby has been a guest at the Sunnyside for the last few days, looking after his interests in the line of school matters. He started for his home Saturday morning.
    Miss Rose Ayres has been visiting at the Sunnyside during the past week.
    The Ladies' Aid Society met in the parlor of the Sunnyside last Wednesday and laid plans for future work. Among other things they did they authorized one of their members to correspond with Mr. Hamilton, the owner of a tract of land lying between the old county road, now Main Street, and the creek just above the wagon bridge, and reaching to Owings' store, to see what terms he would give them and the price of the tract, so that they could clear it up and have it set apart for a town park. They plan to have bazaars every few months and thus earn money to pay for the land and beautify it.
    Scott Bruce and Mr. Hess, two of the carpenters who have been working on the new buildings in our town this summer, and have been taking an outing in the hills, came in Thursday and went on to Jacksonville, returning to the S.S. the same night.
    I omitted to state in my last that Miss Maggie Daley had been to Ashland to visit the Peachey family and that Bert Peachey has been, since that time visiting the Daley family of Eagle Point.
    J. T. Meyers, recently from Wisconsin, spent the night with us on his way to go to work on the Corbit orchard, the old Bradshaw.
    There was quite an excitement in our town Thursday afternoon on account of the flue in the Eagle Hotel burning out, after the fire had subsided the smoke began to come out from under the shingles and then the excitement began to run high, but there was no damage done of any consequence.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 8, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Mr. Salter, our new hardware merchant, is quite a genius in the way of attracting the attention of the public. This time he has taken two heating stoves, placed them together endwise, taken a joint of stovepipe for the neck and two elbows to make the framework of a horse, used two wire dishcloths for the ears and put a set of single harness on and placed the horse and harness in his show windows.
    Prof. P. H. Daily and his brother, M. L. Daily, went to Medford last Saturday.
    W. J. Phillips, one of the conductors on the P.&E. Railroad, has moved his family from the old Ulrich house into the upper part of Brown Bros.' store, and Mr. Stowell has moved onto his ranch from the same building, and William von der Hellen has taken possession and moved his family into the building. I understand that he intends to have the house entirely remodeled and use it as a family residence. It will be the home of our new town mayor.
    As already reported in the Mail Tribune, Governor West passed through our town last Saturday, in his special car, which consisted of the noted "One-Spot" locomotive, en route to Westville to visit the camp of men he is trusting on the highways, known as West's honor men. He was accompanied by Engineer Harmon, Commissioner Owens, Westville Commissary Agent Charles Gay and George Putnam, editor and publisher of the Mail Tribune. The company only stopped long enough for the engineer, Mr. VanVactor, to take on a supply of water and then hurried on to Derby, where five saddled horses were waiting for them on which to ride to their destination. While they waited for water they all got out of the car and the governor shook hands with the few who had assembled to meet him. It was not generally known that the party was coming out at that time, so there were only about 25 men and two ladies to meet them. One lady, Mrs. Phillips, said that she came to see the governor as he was a Canadian and that was her native home. The next day, however, there was a large concourse of both men and women who met them at the depot, where they had the pleasure of their company for about an hour. The governor made a fine impression on the minds of some who had never seen him before, and I think that some who have been reading only the Oregonian changed their opinion of the man and his motives.
    Rev. Father O'Farrell of Medford came out Sunday morning and conducted religious services in the Catholic church, and after services he, with Mike Sidley, Jr., and his sister Helen drove to the Sunnyside and took dinner. He tells me that he intends to hold services in Eagle Point the first Sunday in each month.
    Dr. Holt and his brother-in-law, Mr. L. D. Purdy, came in Sunday for a dinner also.
    Larkin Runnels and Donner Marsh came out with the intention of building a section house here for the section men of the P.&E. Railroad. Mr. James Gillespie, on the railroad men, is also making headquarters at the Sunnyside.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 12, 1912, page 4

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Since I wrote last Deputy Sheriff G. H. Shearer and Mr. Schuknicht came out from Medford and engaged a buggy. They had their own team, and started for the Prospect country. They proceeded about five miles on the way, then began to realize what it meant to pull sticky. They would go a few rods and then the horses would have to stop and rest, so they finally concluded to retrace their steps, and arrived at the Sunnyside at dark well satisfied with their experience with sticky.
    The night of the 9th inst. our new town officers were sworn in and assumed the duties of their respective offices. Among the new officers were William von der Hellen, mayor; S. H. Harnish and Frank Nichols as aldermen and Ed Cingcade as marshal. The old marshal asked me to say to the readers of the Mail Tribune that he would not have the office again under any circumstances. There was nothing of especial interest done at the council meeting except the regular routine of business.
    Lawton & Heard seem to have quite a time trying to get von der Hellen's old store building moved, as the mud and rain keep them from making much headway.
    Since the late rains the railroad men have been quite busy keeping the drift[wood] from banking up against the piers of the railroad bridge just below town, and Friday night they had to take the locomotive from the station to draw the drift away. While working at the bridge, Mr. Stout, the foreman of the gang of bridge men, met with two mishaps. The first one was to have a heavy timber fall on his foot and damage his great toe considerably, and the next thing was to fall and strike his hip on the end of a railroad tie, hurting him quite severely.
    I see that Heath & Diamond have some as fine-looking apples in their store as I have seen this season, but no one seemed to know the variety.
    Marian Trusty, who has been up at Trail visiting his brother, started for Texas last Wednesday.
    J. E. Reed of Wellen, living on his homestead on Yankee Creek, has just returned from Seattle, Wash., where he has been to visit his sick mother. He spent the night with us at Eagle Point and the next morning gave me his subscription for the Weekly Mail Tribune. He said by taking that paper he would get about all of the foreign news and all of the local news.
    Mr. Newport, a son-in-law of F. J. Ayres, came out Saturday to have Dr. Holt open a felon on one of his fingers.
    W. M. Wadleigh of Chicago, Ill., came in from Newport, Ore., where he had been seeking for some of the valuable stones that are so abundant in our state. He is here now looking over our prairie lands for agates and other kinds of curios. He expects to gather and ship a lot to a firm in California near Los Angeles.
    Your Eagle Point correspondent took a trip to Medford Friday and on the car with him from Eagle Point were Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Grover, Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Holmes, Mrs. J. B. Jackson and daughter, Miss Gernell, who is attending the business college in Medford, and Wm. Knighton, besides several whose names I didn't know--for our town is filling up so fast that I meet lots of strangers. Thomas Nichols Jr. was also with us. He has been attending the business college in Medford but was compelled to stop on account of his being afflicted with his eyes, he having lost one of them and his having to use the other so much causes inflammation, and he said that he was going to see an eye specialist in Medford. Robert Pelouze, another of our bright youths, starts to school in the high school department the 17th of this month. Thus we have several of our bright youths going to Medford to attend school on account of there being not enough in that grade to form a class, but we expect next year to have a school here that will compare favorably with any of the schools in the valley.
    Mrs. Larkin Reynolds and her son came out from Medford last Friday afternoon to be with her husband at the Sunnyside. He is one of the railroad carpenters and is here building a house for the section men on the P.&E. Railway. She expects to return to Medford Sunday so her son can go to school.
    Last Friday night there were two of the street lamps taken from their stands and this (Saturday) morning the new marshal authorized me to say that if they were returned there would be no questions asked, but if not the guilty parties would be arrested and punished according to law.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 16, 1912, page 4

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Mayor William von der Hellen, having purchased the house and lots standing on the site on Hamlinton Avenue, known as the Ulrich house, and moved his family into it, has had the workmen tear away the old fence and some of the outbuildings and is preparing to make the place one of the ideal places in Southern Oregon. He is having plans drawn to have the house remodeled so as to make it an up-to-date residence. He is one of our thoroughgoing citizens and if we had a dozen more such men things would pop in our town.
    I omitted to state in my last that Mrs. William Percy gave a quilting party at her home near Edsall station last Friday and some of the young people of our neighborhood went up and took part in the quilting bee. They report having had a fine time, if it did rain all day.
    Miss Maud Miller, who is engaged in teaching school in Laurel district, came into the Sunnyside Sunday night and took the Prospect stage Monday morning for her school. She is one of the fortunate ones in the late examination for certificates.
    Henry Conn of Douglas County came in the last of the week and spent the night with his mother-in-law, Mrs. A. N. Thomas.
    George West and wife came out from Medford to their old boarding house, the Sunnyside, Sunday morning and spent the night with us, taking the train Monday afternoon for their home in Medford. They have purchased a home in the city and gone to housekeeping.
    Mrs. James Gillespie, wife of one of the firemen on the P.&E. Railroad, came out Saturday afternoon from Medford and spent the night with her husband at the Sunnyside, returning Sunday morning.
    Rev. Lamar, the pastor of the Baptist church at this place, preached for us Sunday morning and then went to Brownsboro to continue a protracted meeting being held by Rev. Haynes, Rev. Holmes and Rev. Lamar.
    Uriah Gordon of Medford spent Sunday night with us and took the Prospect stage Monday morning for Trail.
    Mrs. Larkin Reynolds and son of Medford, who have been spending a few days with her husband at the Sunnyside, returned Sunday afternoon, so as to have her son attend school Monday morning.
    Mrs. McKelvy, who went to Medford last Friday, returned Monday morning.
    Mike Sidley and a lady who has been teaching school in the Lake Creek district whose name I have forgotten, stopped here for dinner Monday. The lady was on her way to Nebraska.
    M. A. Williams of Forest Grove, one of the candidates for congress from the First Judicial District, was a pleasant caller Tuesday noon.
    Messrs. Rex H. Lampman and O. U. Newell of the Gold Hill News were pleasant callers Tuesday noon. Later they were closeted with our new mayor, William von der Hellen.
    Mr. Haley, one of our progressive farmers, had the cylinder to his bean threshing machine at W. L. Childreth's blacksmith shop for repairs Tuesday afternoon.
    Charles A. Brown and wife of the Talent Drug Company of Talent spent Sunday with their old friends, A. H. Weber and wife of the Eagle Point Drug Store.
    Charles Daily, a brother of the principal of our school, and M. L. Daily of the Model Variety Store is visiting his brothers in our town.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 19, 1912, page 12

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Oscar Wright, agent for the Pacific & Eastern Railroad Company here, and Mrs. Wright left for Fresno, Cal., last Tuesday. Mr. Brown, brother-in-law of Mr. Bacon, the conductor, has taken Mr. Wright's place. They expect to be absent about a month, having gone to visit Mrs. Wright's mother.
    Mr. Washburn, the Table Rock orchardist, was visiting Eagle Point last Wednesday. He was here on business with H. B. Tronson, the "apple king," but Mr. Tronson had gone to Medford that day and he had to wait until the afternoon train for him.
    It is understood that while Mr. Lampman, editor of the Gold Hill News, was here he prospected the outlook for the installation of a printing plant, but leading business men thought the move premature so there was nothing done in that line.
    F. Salter, the new hardware merchant, visited Medford last Tuesday.
    E. D. Rose, of Yankee Creek, was a guest among us Wednesday, also Mr. Heiff, formerly of Lake Creek but now of Medford, was a pleasant caller. The same day Miss Maggie Tyrrell of Lake Creek was a guest at the Sunnyside. She was on her way to catch the train for Medford.
    Mr. Newport, a carpenter on the Pacific & Eastern force, is having a time with a felon on his thumb. He is stopping at the Sunnyside, but went up to his father-in-law's, F. J. Ayres', last Thursday, and Friday morning telephoned down that his thumb was as bad as it could be and he was afraid he would lose it to the first joint.
    E. O. Zimmerman and J. F. Burch of Portland are in the valley working in the interest of the Anti-Saloon League, and they are to be at Eagle Point next Thursday night, the 25th, with a stereopticon and a large number of fine views to exhibit, all free, in Spikers Hall at 7:30 p.m. Everybody is invited.
    Died, at the residence of her son, Andrew Clarno, January 17, 1912, Mrs. Mary F. Clarno, aged 57 years and 16 days. The deceased was born in Yreka, Cal., and after living in California with her husband, G. W. Clarno, for several years and raising a family they came to Jackson County and settled about six miles north of Eagle Point, where they remained until death separated them, he having died August 2, 1911. She leaves four children, three boys and one girl, and three grandchildren. They were all with her at the time of her death. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and lived a consistent Christian life. The remains were interred in the Central Point cemetery on the 19th. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. C. Howlett at the grave.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 23, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Just as I went to the post office last Friday I found our town all astir over the advent of three convicts who had betrayed their trust and attempted to escape from the honor camp at Westville. They had been captured by Superintendent Bolts and our town marshal, Ed Cingcade, as they were coming into town, hungry, tired and disheartened, but not so bad off but their advent caused quite a commotion among us--but as this has been already sifted, not only by each individual in our town but by all the leading papers in the state, I will not take time or space for further comment on the subject.
    Mr. Shaffer and a friend of his from Medford were among us last Saturday.
    I. C. Moor and his son William of Ashland spent the night here Saturday on their way to the farm on Elk Creek.
    Mrs. VanVactor of Ashland came in from Ashland to visit her husband, who is stopping at the Sunnyside. He is the night watchman for the P.&E. Railway Company of this place. She returned to her home Monday morning.
    Thomas Cingcade and wife were doing business with our merchants last Saturday.
    Miss Rosa Ayres was a pleasant caller at the Sunnyside Saturday afternoon and attended the dance here that night. Speaking of the dance it appears that an arrangement is made to have an ordinary dance every two weeks in Spiker's Hall and an occasional dance for invited guests on Tuesday evenings. There is to be one tonight (Tuesday), and the musicians are to come from Medford.
    Gus Rosenberg is drilling a well on his place with a hand drill.
    H. A. Sprague of Sprague Lumber Company has moved into the Thomas Farlow house, recently purchased of William von der Hellen by Mr. Farlow.
    William von der Hellen has put in a gasoline pump and air pressure reservoir in his yard to carry water into the tavern and to supply that part of the town with water for domestic use, as the well water in that part of town is so strongly impregnated with sulfur, salt, etc., that it cannot be used for drinking purposes.
    Mr. and Mrs. Fred Salter and Mr. and Mrs. John W. Smith and Miss Dottie Stowell were guests at the Sunnyside Sunday for dinner.
    Chalmers Ringer, who is working for Mr. Natwick in Medford, came out Saturday to attend the dance and visit his father at the Sunnyside Hotel, returning Sunday afternoon.
    Since the rain has ceased Messrs. Lawton and Head are getting along very well with moving von der Hellen's old store building.
    There is some real estate changing hands in these parts. H. F. Brown has sold 20 acres off his place for $2,000 to Mr. Tobin, who expects to put out 15 acres in fruit this spring.
    I understand that A. L. Haselton has sold one acre to R. C. Lawton off of the east end of his place for a consideration of $400.
    James W. Penn of Ashland came up Monday to visit some of his old-time friends, among whom are David Cingcade and your Eagle Point correspondent.
    Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Newport came out Monday to have Dr. Holt dress his thumb, he being afflicted with a felon and having had a serious time with it.
    There was quite an excitement in the new part of our town Monday on account of Mr. Peters having a fine mare take sick. It was feared she would die, but Tuesday morning she was able to be taken home.
    M. L. Daily of the Model Variety Store wants to say to the readers of the Mail Tribune that they have on hand a variety of valentine and birthday cards.--(Adv.)
    Heath & Diamond shipped out on the P.&E. a load of 80 goods boxes last Tuesday.
    I omitted to report that Mr. McKelvy has gone back east to be a witness in a railroad suit, and Mrs. McKelvy was in Eagle Point Tuesday trading with Heath & DeArmond.
    H. W. Brooks of Medford was out Tuesday soliciting for the Oregon Journal.
Medford Mail Tribune, Jan 25, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Mrs. Grover Cook and her two children of Butte Falls spent the night with us last Tuesday.
    W. E. Hammel, one of our progressive farmers of Reese Creek, came out to enjoy the dance Tuesday night and was a guest at the Sunnyside.
    Mr. Swihart, the Derby merchant, came out Monday, went to Medford and Tuesday afternoon came as far as Eagle Point and spent the night with us, taking the train the next day for home. He reports business lively in his section, considering the season of the year.
    Mrs. Howlett started last Wednesday for Klamath Falls to visit our daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Hoyt. She expects to remain in Klamath Falls for about two weeks and on her return trip stop off and visit friends in California and Ashland, Ore.
    The friends of Austin Green and wife are glad to greet them among us once more. Mr. Green has been confined to his bed, in and out of the hospital in Medford, for about six weeks and now he has [to] go on crutches, as one of his legs is paralyzed so that he cannot walk without them. They were accompanied to the home of his grandfather, J. J. Fryer, by a sister of Mrs. Green, Miss Mabel Maltby.
    Mr. Ager, one of the county school superintendents, came out Thursday, procured a saddle horse at the Sunnyside stable and went on up to Brownsboro to visit the school there and the one just above known as the Lone Charley school. He don't seem to stop for rain, mud or shine.
    Some time ago a move was started to secure the tract of land lying between the county road and the creek between Owings' store and the wagon bridge by the Ladies' Improvement Club of Eagle Point, and word has been received by the secretary of the club that the tract of land will be donated to the town of Eagle Point by the owner, Mr. Hamilton, for a town park if the town will have it surveyed and deed made out, and also Mr. Hamilton proposes to let the Baptist Church have the lot that one-half of the church stands on for $50, and the cash will soon be raised for the purpose.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 29, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    William Knighton and wife returned from Talent a few days ago, where they had been to attend the funeral of Mr. Goddard, one of their old neighbors.
    Miss Lois Smith, musical director and lecturer of Oregon W.C.T.U. and state secretary of the L.T.L., gave us a song and story entertainment in Spiker's opera hall Thursday night. She had a good-sized audience and entertained them for over an hour. Sometimes she would have them on the verge of shedding tears and then they would be clapping their hands with glee, interspersing her lecture with songs suited to the occasion. While she was ostensibly working in the interest of the W.C.T.U., she also impressed on our minds the advisability of giving the women the right to vote and illustrated the thought by telling an incident in her childhood days. She said that herself and mother went away from home once and left her father and brother to keep house and when they returned they found things all topsy-turvy and that since then she has had an idea that men were never designed to keep house. She then said that Uncle Sam was an old bachelor and didn't know how to keep house and that he needed a helpmeet, as he had attempted to legislate on the liquor question and the more the men legislated on the subject the more mess they made of it. She thought the best way was to give the women a chance to clean up the disordered and unsanitary establishment. She is a very fluent and pleasant speaker and at the close of her remarks asked how many men there were who would vote for the women to try their hand at assisting in the governmental affairs, and almost every man in the house rose to his feet. She seems to be very sanguine that the women of Oregon will join with the women of California, Washington and Idaho in helping to straighten out the tangle in the country in general next November. So might it be.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 30, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    I omitted to mention that A. W. Bradshaw, superintendent of the R. R. Commercial Orchard Company's orchard on Dry and Yankee creeks, was in our town looking at some of the property with a view to buying and locating among us and thereby take advantage of our excellent schools.
    G. W. Wamsley and the Smith brothers have put in a fine heavy plank floor in our footbridge and now it is considered perfectly safe, as all the old broken boards are taken out and a new floor complete is put in the place.
    There was a man here Saturday representing the Remington Arms Company, who was showing some of the old marksmen how to shoot. He would shoot at a marble or anything thrown up in the air and before it could reach the ground he would hit it with his bullet or shot as the case might be.
    Mrs. Charles Cingcade and her mother, Mrs. Gresham, of Chimney Rock precinct were doing business in our town last Saturday.
    Mrs. Lottie Van Scoy was a guest of the Misses Hattie and Agnes Howlett last Sunday.
    Quite a number of Odd Fellows met in the new hardware store on the night of the 25th and took steps to effect the organization of a lodge here. They think that they will be able to organize by the 15th of February. They are having the upper story of the bank building fitted up for a lodge room, but think that they will build a lodge room of their own in the near future.
    William von der Hellen is having a house built on Hamilton Avenue on the tract of land he recently purchased of Mr. Hamilton.
    Last Monday as the car pulled in from Medford Deputy Sheriff Roy Ashpole arrested John McKee of Big Butte and then went to Medford in the afternoon and arrested Ed Andrew Coffman. They are charged with killing cattle not their own. They were taken before Judge Watkins and waived an examination and were placed under bonds of $500 each. John Higinbotham and Mr. Swihart of Derby went on the bonds. The deputy sheriff is out after another man who is said to be implicated with them and is expected to be in with him tonight or tomorrow.
    Chas. Terrill and wife of Brownsboro were here last Monday looking over some property that is for sale, with an eye to locating among us, as he thinks that the prospect for Eagle Point is very bright.
    Omer Murphy came out from Medford last Monday, bringing with him Carl Beeson, a brother of Mrs. H. C. Cole of this place, in his auto. He found considerable mud along the route.
    Herman Meyers of Lake Creek was doing business with our merchants Monday.
    E. F. A. Bittner, one of Medford's live boosters, and a man by the name of Young, formerly of Kansas but now of Medford, were out Monday looking over a tract of land lying just north of our town belonging to H. F. Brown.
    G. W. Wamsley and William Louis were putting down a board walk along the side of the bank building last Monday.
    Mrs. G. Allder, who bought the old Pat Ryan place, joining the Young and Dugan places; E. O. Seeley, who is soliciting for a Washington nursery; E. W. Gibbard and L. H. Pickel engaged rooms at the Sunnyside last Monday. They are engaged in putting the aforesaid tract of land out to fruit.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 31, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    W. W. Willits and wife of Persist were guests at the Sunnyside the night of the 30th of January. They had been to Medford on a business trip and were on their way home. The next morning Mrs. Willits took the Eagle Point-Prospect stage for Trail with her son Roy, while Mr. Willits took a slower gait with his rig. Mr. Willits reports that the company has a small force at work in the Elk Creek mine and are getting ready to open up in earnest in the spring.
    Deputy Sheriff Roy Ashpole went to Butte Falls on Wednesday and arrested William Coffman, the third one of the cattle rustlers, and he was taken before Judge Watkins and waived examination, and Thursday, after he had tried in vain to give bail for his appearance in court, he was committed to the custody of the sheriff and taken to Jacksonville to jail. Wednesday afternoon four men came to our town to appear as witnesses against the accused man, but that expense was avoided by the accused all waiving examination here.
    C. S. Hays of Cape Town, Wash., arrived at his father's in Central Point last Tuesday.
    Miss Hattie Cingcade, a daughter of David Cingcade and wife of this place, arrived the first of the week at the parental home. She has been spending several years in California, Mexico and Arizona.
    Mr. and Mrs. Grissom of Chimney Rock precinct have been visiting their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cingcade.
    Mr. Hoefft, Sr., called for dinner last Thursday on his way from Medford to his farm in Lake Creek country.
    Mr. Baldwin of Round Top, who sold his timber and homestead right to the P.&E. Railroad Company, came out and spent the night with us Wednesday. Also the superintendent of the schools, Mr. Ayres, spent Wednesday night with us.
    H. F. Brown was doing business with our merchants Thursday.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 3, 1912, page 7

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Mrs. M. L. Daily started for Portland last Thursday to visit her mother. She expects to be gone two weeks. Her sister, Miss Hattie Weiss, is helping in the Model Variety Store and the telephone office during her absence, and this morning Mr. Daily asked me to say to the readers of the Mail Tribune that he had an assortment of men's working gloves at the Model Variety Store.--Adv.
    P. W. Haely, who owns a fine tract of land just below town, is planning to put in a pumping plant so as to be able to irrigate the land from Butte Creek.
    Henry Simon Daley came near getting seriously hurt last week by having a heavy crosscut saw fall on him, striking him on the head and wrist. Fortunately, it struck straight and simply made a smooth cut, the teeth going in without tearing the flesh.
    E. M. Ward and Frank Murphy were out last week soliciting for a farm journal and offering a number of premiums with it. They also took photos of the most of the buildings separately and of the entire town.
    Isaac Smith, wife and sister-in-law Miss Mae Skeen, of Siskiyou County, California, were pleasant callers one day last week on their way to visit his brother Aaron.
    Since I last wrote I have learned that Prof. P. H. Daily entertained his Bible class of 27 in Sunday school on Sunday evening, the 28th ult., at his house.
    Heath & Diamond recently purchased the products of one-eighth of an acre of onions from Ralph Tucker of Brownsboro, amounting to the neat little sum of about $100, and they are some of the finest specimens of onions I have seen for a long time, but the general reader knows that the Butte Creek country is noted for the production of onions.
    D. S. Clark of Medford spent the night with us last Friday. He is a real estate dealer and still boosts Medford and Rogue River Valley. He has great hopes for the future of the county.
    Mrs. R. C. Lawton and her mother, Mrs. V. Rowe, have returned from Oklahoma, where Mrs. Lawton has been visiting her sister and grandmother and superintending the publication of a new book she has been putting out and will soon have in the market.
    Steve Smith has returned from Eastern Oregon and is now visiting his brothers here.
    James Ringer has been doing some painting for Dr. W. W. P. Holt on outside buildings.
    Von der Hellen Brothers have had a store room put up back of their store.
    Mr. St. James of Medford was out last week putting the roof on a new house that Wm. von der Hellen is building on Hamlinton Avenue.
    H. A. Sprague, our lumber merchant, is having a new house put up for a family residence near Hamlinton Avenue.
    Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank Brown of the firm of George Brown & Sons took dinner at the Sunnyside Sunday. Also George W. Wamsley and daughter, Miss Mabel, and Mr. Mike Sidley of Lost Creek took dinner with us.
    Miss Mae Lawrence of Gold Hill came in on the Pacific & Eastern on Sunday afternoon on her way to McLeod school district, but learned here that they were not to have any school there just now, so returned Monday morning to her home.
    George West and wife came to the Sunnyside Sunday night. He was on his way to the government reserve to cruise some of the timber, and Mrs. West will return to Medford Tuesday.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 6, 1912, page 7

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Since my last T. Harvey has sold his property on Main Street in our town to Mr. N. Wolory, father-in-law of Grant Matthews, consideration $1400. There are two acres in the tract with a water right, as well as a good dwelling house and outbuildings.
    Mrs. V. Rowe has decided to locate among us, having purchased a lot on the corner of North Main and Hamlinton Avenue, and expects to build in the near future.
    E. B. Edwards, who has been stopping above Brownsboro this winter and been engaged building a stone building in Brownsboro for Messrs. Morey & Hefter, spent the night with us Monday on his way to Ashland.
    Eugene Scrable is building a new house in Eagle Heights. Eagle Heights is situated on the hill just above and southeast of Eagle Point.
    Von der Hellen brothers have finally located their old store building on a lot just opposite the town hall.
    Wm. von der Hellen has had his yard, on the old Ulrich place, plowed and leveled and is having a neat wire fence put around it. He is also having the old barn that stands on the place torn down to make room for neat family residences.
    G. W. Wamsley is reroofing the Catholic church.
    The members of the Baptist church have raised the money, $50, to pay for the extra lot the church building stands on.
    Mrs. Joseph Moomaw wishes me to say to the readers of the Mail Tribune that she is opening a fine assortment of millinery goods and that she will announce the opening day in the near future.--Adv.
    Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Callahan, who are interested in the Blue Ledge mine, were visiting Mr. and Mrs. George von der Hellen last Sunday.
    Freeman T. Newport, who has been afflicted with a felon on his thumb, has so far recovered the use of his hand so as to be able to go to work again. He is finishing up a building for the Pacific & Eastern Railroad Company near the depot. He has taken a room at the Sunnyside.
    Mike Sidley Jr. and Ivan Tyrrell of Lake Creek spent the night at the Sunnyside Tuesday night.
    Grover Cook and family of the Rancheria country, east of Butte Falls, came out last Tuesday and spent the night with us. They were on their way to Medford.
    The I.O.O.F. has arranged to organize a lodge here and has leased the upper story of the bank building for a lodge room for three years. Workmen are arranging the rooms for that purpose. They expect to organize about the first of March.
    John Newstrom of Lake Creek came out Monday on the Lake Creek stage, went to Medford, returning Tuesday evening, spent the night with us and Wednesday took the stage for home.
    W. W. Willits and daughter, Miss Inez, came out from their home, at Persist Monday, spent the night here and Tuesday morning went on to Medford. Miss Inez was on her way to Ashland.
    Our J.P. Hon. John Watkins is rounding [up] all voters he can to register.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 8, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Carl Hoefft and Henry Fry of Lake Creek were callers Wednesday for dinner and in the run of conversation Mr. Hoefft remarked that the Seventh Day Adventists represented by Elder Bruch and the missionary Baptists represented by Rev. Holmes of Medford were to have a debate on the points of difference between the two church organizations, but the main point of difference would be the question of which day to observe as the Christian Sabbath. The debate is to be had at Brownsboro in the course of the next three weeks. During the course of the meeting that has just closed the two ministers had some exchanges of opinion on the subject.
    Mr. Hoefft also told me of having a large steer attacked in his neighborhood by two large gray wolves and almost killing him, but he received help from other cattle and thus made his escape.
    There was a company of surveyors out Wednesday and Thursday surveying off the tract of land to be donated to the town for a park by Mr. Hamlinton of San Jose, Cal., the owner of a large tract of land adjacent to Eagle Point.
    Mr. Swihart of Derby came out Wednesday evening on the train, spent the night here, went on to Medford the next morning. He speaks very encouragingly of the prospect of this part of the country and predicts lively times this summer.
    Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Timmie C. Dugan, February 8, 1912, a ten-pound daughter.
    Senator H. von der Hellen and his son-in-law, Mr. Evanston, were doing business among us Thursday.
    Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien, nee Cora Brown, of Medford, and her sister, Miss Sarah Griesen and son Frank of Portland came out Thursday to visit their brothers and sisters, Frank, Will, Royal and Merritt Brown and Mrs. S. B. Holmes and Mrs. Van Scoy.
    Carl Jackson, the meat market man of Butte Falls, Ira Tungate and Mr. Boughton came out from Butte Falls Thursday evening and the first two went on to Medford to play basketball with the Medford team Thursday night.
    J. F. Ditsworth and wife, Miss Hazel and Master Stewart Ditsworth and Mrs. D. F., son and daughter Lester and Ida Lee Lyell came in from Medford about 8 p.m. Thursday on their way to the Cascade Gorge. The Cascade Gorge is situated at the top of the old Flounce Rock grade, commonly known as the Hole in the Ground, a place where the water from a small mountain stream rushes over the precipice a distance of about 200 feet. Mr. Ditsworth has built a home on his place and is moving his family from Medford to their future home. Mr. Ditsworth has been living in Medford for the past year or more, so as to take advantage of the good schools there. He firmly believes in educating his children and as an evidence of that he has now five daughters who are or have been school teachers
    O. N. Nelson, one of the Jacksonville live insurance men, came out Thursday and spent two nights with us. He is looking after the interests of his companies in this section.
    Wm. Perry passed through town Friday morning on his way to his home near Butte Falls.
    It has been suggested to me to say that a man might do well here by opening a bakery here, as there is considerable money sent from here to Medford for breadstuffs.
    Mr. Kirshow, one of Medford's business men, was here for dinner Friday looking after the tombstone and monument business.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 12, 1912, page 4

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Last Saturday was a lively day in our town, and among the arrivals were Thomas Riley, Jr., Alex Betz, Nick Young, Timmie Dugan, Mr. Hitchcock, Frank Johnson, Mrs. Conover and son Fred, John Rader, Henry French, Grant Mathews and wife and Mrs. Mathews' mother, Mrs. N. Wolory. I met all of the above named persons in the course of about half an hour at Heath & Diamond's store, and if the other stores were doing business in the same ratio I feel that I am justified in saying that Saturday was a lively day among us.
    Since my last, Mr. T. Harvey has given possession of the property he sold last week and Mr. Wolory has moved into the place. Mrs. Barr has taken rooms with Mr. Jordan. Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Lawton have engaged and moved into a room over Brown & Son's store and other things are changing around quite lively.
    Last Saturday Mrs. Belle Smith and her daughter, Miss Ethel, accompanied by Prof. R. H. Swank, principal of the Gold Hill school, called at the Sunnyside for dinner and to visit our two daughters. Mrs. Howlett is still in Klamath Falls.
    E. M. Ward of Medford was a pleasant caller with his son. He had been here a week or so ago and had taken photos of our town in general and also views of the principal business and dwelling houses, "and has placed them on sale in the Model Variety Store." (Adv.)
    Died, February 9, 1912, at the residence of his son, Mr. Joseph Singleton, aged 64 years and some months. I have not been able to hear the particulars, but understand that he died very suddenly. He has been afflicted with Bright's disease.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 14, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Mr. Porcel, one of the leading mechanics who has been working on the Prospect power plant, came out on the Prospect-Eagle Point stage Saturday evening and went on to Medford Sunday morning.
    Among the old souvenirs that James Ringer has is a letter written by his grandfather to his father, dated April 3, 1843, and a tax receipt dated 1845. The writing is just as plain now as though it had been done but a short time ago.
    Last Thursday Herbert Grissom, living near Climax, undertook to ride a cow and in the windup he came out second best, as when he got off the cow he landed against the side of a barn and received a severe cut on the forehead, besides having his face badly scratched. He was about three miles from home at the time with a brother feeding the sheep when the accident occurred, and was unconscious for nearly an hour. His brother started for home and phoned for Dr. Holt to dress the wound. On Sunday he and his brother, William, came out to see the doctor and Herbert reported he was all right, but the next time he wants to ride he will try something else besides a cow.
    A week ago last Sunday Dr. Holt and his brother-in-law, Mr. Purdy, who are "batching" now while Mrs. Dr. Holt is away on a visit, gave a dinner and entertained Mr. and Mrs. Heath and Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre, and they report having had a very fine dinner and an enjoyable time.
    Rev. F. C. Parker, general missionary of the state for the Missionary Baptists, was with us last Sunday, both morning and evening, and in the afternoon preached in Brownsboro. The two sermons he preached here were of the old Bible kind and some of his hearers thought that he was a Methodist, and I am glad to note that the preachers of the different denominations are dropping some of their old sectarian ideas and preaching straight gospel. He had a good-sized audience in the forenoon and in the evening he had the church house full. It will be some time before all of the people forget all that he said in those two sermons.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 15, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    W. E. Van Vactor, sometimes engineer on the Pacific & Eastern railroad, and sometimes night watchman, returned the first of the week from San Francisco, Cal., where he had been to attend the funeral of his brother, who died in Michigan a short time ago, and to visit his mother and sister. He brought with him some fine photos of the scenes on the fairgrounds for the Panama Pacific Exposition to be held in 1915. He also brought considerable literature setting forth the advantage of the dollar-by-dollar plan for visiting the city at that time. He is very enthusiastic over the prospect.
    Mr. and Mrs. I. C. Moore of Ashland came in on the car Monday evening, on his way to his farm on Elk Creek, expecting to meet the Eagle Point-Prospect stage here Tuesday morning, but when he reached here learned that the stage leaves on here on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so they had to stop over Tuesday, but they seemed to pass away the time nicely looking over our town and noting the marked changes for the better, he taking the stage Wednesday morning and Mrs. Moore returning to Ashland, as they only expected to come as far as Eagle Point with him.
    Jud Edsall and Charley Thomas, who have been to Nevada to look up a contract to do heavy hauling, as they each have heavy teams and wagon, returned Tuesday night, coming out from Medford in a livery rig. Mr. Edsall reports times remarkably dull there as the mining business is shut down on account of the extreme cold weather, as the power plant, furnishing the electric power, is blocked with ice.
    S. B. Spiker, one of our progressive citizens, informs me that he has drawn the plans for a two-story brick to be erected by our meat market man, Artie Nichols, and his uncle, Thomas E. Nichols, the building to be used for a meat market, cold storage plant, etc. It is to be located near the town hall opposite the new blacksmith shop.
    Benj. Fredenburg, Carl Jackson and Howard Boughton of Butte Falls were passengers on the cars for their homes Tuesday morning. And Mr. Tungate and wife of Jacksonville also came out to visit Mrs. Tungate's brother-in-law, John Watkins, and family. John M. Allen of Derby came out on the evening train Tuesday evening and went on up home that night on horseback.
    Dr. Wm. W. P. Holt, our local M.D., informs me that Mrs. Lee Bradshaw of Brownsboro has had to have a surgical operation performed, Dr. Holt doing the work assisted by two professional nurses; one of them was Miss Earhart and the other the doctor had forgotten her name, and reports that Mrs. Bradshaw is getting along nicely.
    George Nichols Jr. spent the night with us Tuesday. He was on business with L. E. Smith.
    G. W. Ager, one of our county school superintendents, came out Monday night, and on Tuesday spent the day visiting our school. He reported confidentially that our school was in a fine condition considering the manner the teachers were handicapped, that the principal, P. H. Daily, had his room packed full and had more to do than any one man can do and do it right, that in the intermediate department, Miss Morris' room, she had her hands full but was getting along as well as could be expected under such crowded conditions, and that in the primary department, Mrs. P. H. Daily's room, every one of the little folk were as busy as little ants, that she had the faculty of keeping everything moving, but that we need another good teacher. On Wednesday he visited the Reese Creek school and reports that Mrs. Edwards, the teacher, has her hands full with a good-sized school, but that she labors under some difficulty on account of her surroundings, but she is full of energy and keeps everything moving.
    Yesterday, the 14th inst., I was called upon to attend the funeral of Joseph Singleton, who passed away on the 9th inst. The deceased was born in Woodplumpton, Lancashire, England, August 9, 1848. He leaves a wife, three sons and one daughter. He was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church. The funeral services were conducted at the family residence and the remains interred in the Central Point Cemetery. The remains were kept awaiting the arrival of a son from Los Angeles, Cal.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 17, 1912, page 6

    While the Middle West is in the grip of winter, the farmers of Table Rock are plowing for corn in their shirt sleeves.
    S. C. Collins contemplates planting 10 acres to onions.
    Emmett Nealon and Frank DeFord are making may substantial improvements on the Ray place.
    Lee Vincent and son Ed are driving a well for J. H. Lydiard.
    E. W. Carlton is returning home from the East by way of the Isthmus and incidentally will see the big canal.
    C. O. Dickey brought out a large incubator of standard make yesterday, and will get two or three more if the one he has proves satisfactory.
    Mr. Connor is having some unique stonework done on his place.
    Professor Henry, supervisor of public schools for this district, gave an interesting and instructive lecture at Table Rock school on Wednesday evening.
    Rev. R. B. Schoun of Central Point conducted services at Table Rock Sunday afternoon.
    Miss Mae Nealon, who has been at Corvallis attending school, has returned to her home at Table Rock.
    Miss Eva Hall, who is teaching near Trail, spent Saturday and Sunday with her parents at Table Rock.
    A good deal of merchandise and farm machinery is coming into this country from the big mail order houses. It is up to our local merchants.
    The truth about that "diamond" picked up on the desert will be announced later.
    The people of the north side are watching the game being pulled off by way of resignations and appointments. It is easy to guess which shell the pea is under. There will be open season for candidates about the 11th of next November.
    Our general and enterprising merchant, Mr. Hauptman, reports business good.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 19, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Miss Mamie Wright, daughter of Mrs. Ringer of this place, is engaged in teaching school on Elk Creek.
    T. F. Hutchason of Medford, one of our live insurance men and a regular booster for our valley, was out and spent Friday night with us. He is working in the interest of the dollar-by-dollar plan to have people attend the Pacific-Panama Exposition in San Francisco, Cal., in 1915.
    The masque ball given by Mr. Spiker in his new hall on the 14th was quite a success and those who attended report that they had a fine time and good music.
    There is some excitement among some of the leading ones in our town over the question of moving the county seat. As has been stated in the Mail Tribune, the sheriff's office is entirely too small for the transaction of business and that room has had to be provided in the court room on the second floor for collection of taxes. It is generally understood all over the county that we will have to have a new court house in the very near future. Some of us believe that Eagle Point is the coming business center of Rogue River Valley, and the fact that Eagle Point will be the division point on the railroad when the P.&E. and Oregon Trunk become united, and with our immense farming country around us, as well as the mining interests; the fact that the town of Eagle Point is only about two miles from the geographical center of the country; with our constantly increasing population, for we are now planning to build another school house to meet the demand, and everything taken into account, we think that we have a good prospect to get the county seat located here. We already have two county commissioners in our precinct and the county judge is largely interested in the building of Eagle Point. We think that our prospect is very good for the change.
    Mr. Stought, the foreman of the bridge gang for the Pacific & Eastern Railroad Company, came in from Butte Falls and conditionally engaged a room Friday, but on account of the heavy rains and the rise in the waters of the creek he was compelled to spend the night at the railroad bridge to keep the drift[wood] from lodging against it and carrying it away. The company had the engine go from here and they used it drawing the drift away from the bridge. The water was higher than it has been for several years.
    Oscar Wright, son of our railroad agent, accompanied by his wife, returned from a visit in California last Tuesday.
    Cephno [sic] Moorman and wife came up from Josephine County to visit her people and his sisters and their families.
    Mrs. M. L. Daily of the Model Variety Store, who has been visiting relatives in the Willamette Valley, returned Wednesday and they wish me to say to the readers of the Mail Tribune that they have "just received a new line of ladies' spring underwear, also misses' and ladies plain and fancy hose at the Model Variety Store." (Adv.)
    Speaking of the Model Variety Store, I see that they have Mrs. R. C. Lawton's new and latest book, The Maid of the Whispering Hills, by Virgie E. Roe. The authoress is one of our town's women and there has been such a demand for the book that Mr. Daily had to wait until the second edition was published. Mrs. Lawton is one of those fascinating writers that get the reader interested at once and anxious to see what is coming next.
    Bert W. Reed, Elmer Spencer and John Winningham came in Friday night about 7:30 o'clock, wet, tired and hungry, but finding a good fire at the Sunnyside they soon were in their normal condition and we spent the rest of the evening very pleasantly.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 20, 1912, page 4

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    G. H. Tranna, the man who is superintending the water system of Medford, called Monday afternoon at the Sunnyside for dinner. He had just returned from the intake of the Medford water pipes and reported that everything was all right again; that some drift had lodged so as to endanger the intake and that the man in charge had shut off the water until the debris could be removed but that everything was all right at that time.
    It is now definitely understood that Artie Nichols and his uncle, Thomas E. Nichols, will build a two-story brick on the lots south of the town hall near the old county road, 60x47 feet, and that Heath & Diamond have contracted for one of the rooms, 20x60, with an addition of sixteen feet on their part of the building for a storehouse, thus making their part of building 20x76 feet. The other part of the lower story will be used as a meat market and cold storage room, while the upper part will be used as a tenement house for roomers. They expect to begin work on the building in a few days and have it ready for use by June 1. The store building now occupied by Heath & Diamond is entirely too small for their business, and the present meat shop used by Nichols, Jackson & Co. being altogether too small for their business.
    Miss Hattie Weiss, sister of Mrs. M. L. Daily, who has been stopping at the Model Variety Store during her sister's absence, started home today (Wednesday).
    G. M. Fountain of Klamath Falls is here visiting his cousins, M. L. and P. H. Daily.
    The workmen have about completed the room over the First State Bank, and the I.O.O.F. expect to organize their lodge here next Tuesday, February 27. They expect to organize a good strong lodge, as there is quite a number of old members who will go into the organization and several have expressed a desire to take the degrees. They are expecting to have with them members from all of the surrounding towns and Grand Master Bowersox of the state lodge with them, and of course are looking for a large crowd of people here that night.
    Mrs. Roe tells me that she has changed her mind about building on the north side of the creek and thinks of building on a lot near the wagon bridge and turn her attention to raising fancy poultry.
    The city dads have had Lawyer Neff of Medford draw up a charter for our town, and it was read Tuesday night in the town hall and will be read again tonight, and then it will be submitted to the people for approval.
    When I was in Medford Tuesday I learned that the railroad bridge across Butte Creek was washed out and I wish to say that I rode over it twice Tuesday and found it all intact. We have to go away from home to learn the news.
    John Singleton of Los Angeles, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Singleton, of Eagle Point, were passengers on the train Tuesday for Medford.
    Miss Hattie Cingcade, who has been visiting friends in Ashland, returned to the home of her parents in Eagle Point Tuesday, and George Nichols, Jr., was also a passenger out from Medford.
    T. Harvey, who sold out a short time ago, started for California the first of the week.
    A. H. Vitzthrom and D. M. Reed came out from the Prospect plant Tuesday and spent the night at the Sunnyside on their way to Medford. They have been engaged at carpenter work on the plant. They report that everything is working nicely up there.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 24, 1912, page 6

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    R. A. Newland and his son Wilbur came out from the Edsall place, where Mr. Newlands has been spending the winter, being on his way to Medford, the rest of his family having gone on the train. He brought his car along with him, for he says that he don't know how a family of six can live without a car.
    Prof. Charles E. Johnson came out Friday afternoon to do some trading with our merchants, returning to his homestead. He has a contract to teach school in the Dardanelles district for nine months.
    The dance given by the ladies of Eagle Point last Thursday night is said to have been quite good, but the ladies complain that there were too many there for comfort, although Spikers hall is about 40x80 feet.
    Mr. John Edsall of Phoenix came over last week and spent a part of his time visiting Wm. Taylor and a part of the time at the Sunnyside. He is thinking of coming here to live.
    Mrs. Howlett returned last Saturday morning from her visit to Klamath Falls, having spent three weeks in Klamath Falls and one week visiting friends in Ashland.
    Harry Carlton and wife came out from their farm north of Medford, to attend the dance and spent a day or two with Mrs. Carlton's brothers and sisters, the Brown brothers, Mrs. S. B. Holmes and Mrs. Lottie Van Scoy.
    Ed Wolfer tells me that he has the job of plumbing the new house that Mr. Sprague, our lumberman, is having built. At this writing they are putting on the roof.
    Mr. Croff, who has been teaming on the road between here and Prospect on the river road, had the misfortune to have one of his horses drowned in Rogue River last Saturday. He was overtaken by the Eagle Point-Prospect stage and had to pull out of their road a little to let the stage pass and just after the stage passed he got into a mud hole with his horses and had to unhitch them and as one of them attempted to get up in his struggling he fell over the bank and rolled into the river and drowned in spite of all that could be done. It works quite a hardship on Mr. Croff, as he depends on that kind of work to make a living.
    Mrs. George West came out from Medford last Saturday with Mrs. Howlett and spent the night, returning Sunday evening.
    Roy Willits is laying off now for a while and Mr. Ommell is driving the stage in his place.
    Messrs. Newport and Larkin Reynolds, who have been doing carpenter work for the P.&E. Railroad at Butte Falls, returned last week to the Sunnyside for a few days and have been working on the railroad bridge.
    Mr. and Mrs. Stought, their son Fletcher Stought and Miss Ora, of Jacksonville, came out and took dinner at the Sunnyside last Sunday. Mr. Stought, Sr., is the boss of the bridge gang for the P.&E. Railroad Company, while his son is a druggist in Jacksonville. They were accompanied by Mr. Wood, the timekeeper for the P.&E. Railroad.
    Our Sunday school is growing in size and interest. Last Sunday there were 93 in attendance and at the close of the school Rev. Lamar gave the children an interesting talk on the subject of the traps set for the young, and dwelt particularly on the subject of drinking and card playing. After Sunday school he preached a sermon on the text "Neverless," rather a novel subject.
    Next Sunday Rev. Lee will preach here at 11 o'clock a.m.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 1, 1912, page 6

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    C. L. Carlton and wife of Jamestown, N.J., is visiting E. L. Warnitorff for a short time, intending to locate among us. Mr. Warnitorff came among us a few months ago and bought property, built on the land and is now trying to get his friend to follow his example. He is interested in the advancement of Eagle Point and vicinity.
    John Owens of Dry Creek and Jerry Bishop of Phoenix called for dinner last Tuesday on business with Jud E. Edsall.
    Jud Edsall has been moving a house for Gus Rosenberg, the later putting it on the lots he purchased of A. J. Daley.
    Dr. W. H. Nowdring came out Tuesday morning intending to take the train for Medford but was just one minute too late so spent the day with your correspondent taking the afternoon train. He was going out east of Medford to plant a lot of trees on his farm there.
    Mayor Wm. von der Hellen has had a beautiful fence put around his yard on the old Ulrich place and is planning to have a fine lawn. He is a stayer.
    Tuesday evening was quite a busy time around here. Mr. J. C. Moore and Mr. Lake of Eugene drove in just at night. Mr. Lake is an old timber cruiser and has been up in the Elk Creek region cruising timber and Mr. Moore was on his way from his farm on Elk Creek to his home in Ashland, and Mr. Lake was on his way to Medford. A. D. Moore of Upper Elk Creek was also a guest. A. few minutes later the Prospect-Eagle Point stage drove up with Miss Enyart and Mrs. Colwell. They have been stopping up on Rogue River, Mrs. Enyart at her father's farm, and Mrs. Colwell has been in the neighborhood of Prospect during the winter. They both took the P.&E. car for Medford Wednesday morning. About the time that Mrs. Howlett was ready to announce supper the visiting Oddfellows began to come in and in the first bunch were twenty-nine, then seven, then three, then they came single and double until I heard Mrs. Howlett say as the stage driver sat down to the table that he was the sixty-sixth that had eaten supper. Why, they were as thick as flies around a molasses barrel.
    It is not necessary for me to try to give a write-up of what was done, as that has already gone to the public, but I must add there there were at least three hundred visitors here that night. At midnight, after the lodge of I.O.O.F. was organized and the officers installed, supper was announced to be given in Spikers hall. The Ladies' Improvement Club gave the supper, the victuals being donated by the families, and when they wanted a place to serve supper Mr. Spiker just threw the doors open and told the ladies to take possession and they did, to the entire satisfaction of all who partook of the repast. One man remarked that he had attended a great many banquets in his life but that he had never attended any that would compare with that one. Medford please take notice! The lodge as it now stands numbers thirty-six members. A good strong lodge for a small place like Eagle Point. There were members from all over the county in attendance here that night.
    The workmen have commenced work on the new brick building for Artie and Thomas E. Nichols. Mr. S. B. Spiker has the contract for putting up the building and the Medford Brick Building Company have a subcontract for the brick work.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 2, 1912, page 6

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Ray Ashpole has been hauling gravel from where the builders of Nichols & Nichols' new brick block is going up, in front of his billiard room, filing up an ugly mud hole and making the place more attractive.
    Mrs. Lon Moomaw wishes me to say "that she will have her grand opening of her new millinery goods on Thursday, the 7th inst." (Ad.)
    Mrs. Barrett of Butte Falls, one of the teachers of the Butte Falls school, came out Friday with her little baby girl to have Dr. Holt treat her little arm. The child fell and struck on the elbow and the bruise seems to have injured it so that she is unable to use it.
    Mrs. R. G. Brown, Mrs. Wm. Brown, Mrs. Van Scoy, Mrs. F. Pelouze, Mrs. J. Moomaw, Mr. Wm. von der Hellen and wife went to Medford on the evening of the 29th to see and hear the noted Madame Schumann-Heink, and of course they returned sounding her praise.
    Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meyers of Lake Creek, Feb. 27, a seven-pound girl, so Dr. Holt reports.
    Mrs. Roe, mother of our townswoman, the authoress, is building her a residence on a lot she purchased of S. B. Holmes, as she could not get word from Mr. Hamilton with regard to the lot she wanted on the south side of the creek. The house is 20x22 feet, bungalow style.
    I started out from home this Saturday afternoon, in search of items for the Eaglets and about the first man I met was J. A. Howard, who lives on the road from here to the ferry. He had been to Medford and was on his way home, then crossing the street. I saw Prof. and H. Daily and Wm. Knighton going with G. W. Owings into his, Owings', store so I followed them and found Mr. Daily with his books ready to assess the property in our town, he having been appointed deputy assessor for this neighborhood. Passing from there I met at West Childreth's blacksmith shop with A. H. Peachey of Ashland, having his horses shod and he told me that his daughter, Miss Maud, who is teaching school in Brownsboro, had come down, that he and his wife and Maud were guests of Mr. and Mrs. George Daley, that they were going Sunday afternoon to Brownsboro with their daughter, and would visit her school there Monday, and while in that region would look after his stock and ranch on Yankee Creek.
    While there I also met W. W Taylor, Henry French, Jimmie Dugan, J. A. Hovey, Charles Thomas, H. B. Tronson, the apple king, and George Fisher and Mr. Childreth was trying to wait on all of them. Just as I was leaving there Mrs. Mayhorn passed. She had been to Brown & Sons' store and had her hands full of goods. Passing on down the street I found that Mr. Spiker, the contractor for Nichols' new building had a gang of men at work laying foundation for the building with concrete and just pushing the work right along. From there on down I met in one bunch four men whom I didn't know--in fact we are getting a number in our town now that I don't know Then I passed two of the Stowell men passing on down to Brown & Sons' store, found quite a number there buying goods and loading into their rigs. Went on across the street to von der Hellen Bros.' and found them all as busy as ants. There I met county commissioner Frank Brown and he told me that he had been up on the road to Hole-in-the-Ground at head of the grade to look over the roads and found them better than he had expected; said that the new part of the road was very soft yet on account of it being new but the most of the road was very good considering.
    While I was there at von der Hellen Bros.' store Messrs. Halstrom & Berquist's team drove up and put on a part of a load of wire fencing.
    Mrs. Chauncey Florey came out Saturday from Jacksonville to visit her husband's parents. She expects her husband tonight or Saturday.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 6, 1912, page 6

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    R. C. Lawton and E. Hurt have completed the job of moving two houses for Fred Pelouze, on his farm about three miles above town and are now working on Mrs. Lawton's house on Eagle Heights. Mr. Hurt has decided to have the Daily Mail Tribune sent to him so that he can keep posted on the current events of the day.
    George W. Allen, one of the carpenters who worked on the buildings here last summer, has come out and has taken charge of the work of building the big brick store building for Nichols & Nichols during the absence of Mr. Spiker who has the contract for the building. Mr. Spiker is at this writing engaged on a cottage building in Medford that he has a contract to build.
    A. T. Pool, one of the rangers, has just come in from the Trail Creek country in company with George West. Mr. West went on to Medford to his home while Mr. Pool stopped at the Sunnyside.
    Sunday morning your correspondent drove to the Antioch school house to attend church, where he met Rev. M. C. Davis, and after a few minutes consultation it was decided I was to preach, which I did to a good and attentive congregation after Sunday school. The Sunday school there is well attended and the superintendent, Mr. E. H. Thombrue, proves to be the right man in the right place as he is a fine singer and knows just how to interest the young folks. After preaching we went to Agate, where Rev. Davis preached to a congregation of about forty or more; then to Table Rock. He preached again at night, spending the night with the family of Mr. W. T. Deford. They are both regular Oregonians, having been born in this state and know just how to entertain strangers and make them feel at home. The next day we went to Sams Valley, where Rev. Davis had an appointment to preach at the residence of Mr. Holtz. There was a nice little interested audience, and at the close of the services Mr. Cooper, a citizen of Moonville, kindly offered the use of his hall for a meeting place which offer was gratefully accepted and the next time, the Monday after the first Sunday in April, Rev. Davis will hold services in the hall. Leaving there Monday morning we took across the valley to Eagle Point via the Dodge-French bridge. During my rounds I was always on the lookout for items of interest for the readers of the Mail Tribune.
    I noticed as I was jogging along that there had been quite a large tract of land on the desert that has been plowed and set to fruit; also a large tract that was in the course of preparation for fruit; also along the route that I traveled that there had been a large amount of land put to fruit since my last trip over there. I also noticed that there is considerable substantial improvement in the line of building and especially in the line of fencing and the general appearance of things would indicate that the farmers in that section were on the progressive order.
    When I reached home I found Mr. J. F. Cole and George W. Gelwicks, who were at the Sunnyside gathering data to write the Centennial History of Oregon and taking subscriptions for the new work. They were meeting with good success in their undertaking.
    I also found J. W. Meyers, the fruit tree inspector who was looking out for the microbes, etc., in his line. Also Mike Sidley, who was here looking after the interests of the Catholic Church in this section. I also learned that there were three young men who came out Sunday morning to exhibit their ability to ride outlaw horses, and I understand that one of the young men got his face somewhat cut in the performance while trying to hold one of the horses. Just as the rider attempted to get into the saddle the horse gave a lunge and dragged him, and Dr. Holt said he was either kicked or fell on something sharp so as to cut his lip and chin, so that he was unconscious for some minutes. Some say that the man that tried to ride was thrown off and some say that he did not get into the saddle and jumped off, but at any rate he did not ride any more as his ankle was badly hurt. This ended the sport for that day.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 8, 1912, page 6

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    The finishers are at work on Wm. von der Hellen's new building getting it ready for our druggist, Mr. A. H. Weber, to move into.
    Last Tuesday evening the 5th inst. Mr. Spiker, the contractor, came rushing into town on a spanking brand new motorcycle and either he or his motor attracted as much attention as a band of monkeys, but he has to have it so that he can visit the different places where he has work going on. Mr. Allen, his foreman here, had to lay off Saturday afternoon on account of being disappointed in getting lumber, but expects to have it on hand by Monday morning. At this writing the men are unloading a car of brick and the work will be pushed along as fast as possible.
    The last time I wrote for the Mail Tribune was Tuesday evening just as I arrived from Sams Valley. On Wednesday morning Rev. M. C. Davis and myself started for Elk Creek to conduct religious services, going via the Dodge-French bridge on account of the condition of the roads between here and the ferry, and while Mr. Davis was driving along I was taking items for the Mail Tribune. We found the roads on the west side of the river anything but good, although I have seen them much worse, but I noticed that the people are changing the road in a great many places and by that means straightening the roads. Also tearing away the old rail and brush fences and replacing them with woven wire fence; also taking in large tracts of land that heretofore have been lying out in the commons. While on the way we met Messrs. Jack Hustin and Austin Green. Coming out to Eagle Point, Mr. Green is the man, a grandson of J. J. Frazer, who accidentally shot off the most of the toes of one of his feet, and later had to go to the Medford hospital for treatment and while there had a stroke of paralysis in one of his legs so that for a long time he was unable to walk but he has so far recovered as to be able to walk around a little. He is at present stopping with his grandparents. As we passed through Trail I noticed that Mrs. Middlebusher has been making some substantial improvements around her hotel and store. I also learned that there is a joint stock company being formed in that neighborhood to open up a new store. There are eight shares of twenty-five dollars each, making a total of two hundred dollars to be invested in the concern. They have rented the old dance hall of Mr. Allen and expect to open up on the 11th inst. Mr. Dennis will be the business manager. They expect in the near future to have the capital increased so as to be able to handle all kinds of goods.
    Passing on up Elk Creek we found Mr. McCalahan, the owner of the saw mill, at work putting in rollers in his mill and had the engine painted. He has men cutting logs and getting everything ready to have a good summer's run. Passing on we stopped with Mr. Ed Pence and after partaking of a good supper we went to the school house where we found everyone in a radius of three miles except three, and they had not heard that there was to be preaching. The next day we visited some of the families and at night I preached to about the same audience.
    Friday morning we started for home, but were held up by Dave Pence. He had put in a three-mile stretch of wire so as to have a phone in his house and had attached his wire to the Prospect line instead of the Trail and could not talk with Trail, but Mr. Davis soon discovered the trouble and Mr. Pence went down to the connection and changed the wire, but put it on the other Prospect wire and did not discover his mistake until he came home. After dinner he had to take Miss Thomas of Medford up to McLeod where she is to commence to teach school Monday, the 11th, and on the way stopped to put his wire on the right line, and now he can talk to his friends along the line.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 12, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    There is another dwelling house in course of construction in our little town. James Ringer is putting up a neat little bungalow on his lots in the Ulrich addition.
    I omitted to state in my last that among the many farmers who were in our town Saturday were Charles Siefield and wife of Lake Creek, Mrs. Singleton and daughter, F. J. Ayres and daughter, Miss Rosa, the latter at present assisting at the Sunnyside.
    Grandma Heckathorn started last Saturday for Woodville to visit her daughters, Mrs. Meagley and Mrs. Simpkins.
    Sunday was quite a day at the Sunnyside, as there seemed to be a kind of concerted movement on the part of some of our townspeople, as there were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Salter, one of our hardware merchants; Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Weber, our pharmacist; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Brown, one of our merchants; G. H. Wamsley and daughter Miss Mabel; Mr. and Mrs. Bolt, general manager of the Pacific & Eastern Railway; Dr. Wm. W. P. Holt and brother-in-law, Mr. Purdy; Mr. Wood, timekeeper for the P.&E. Railway, besides quite a number of strangers who just came in for a good dinner, and they all seemed to enjoy themselves very much and all threatened to come back again in the near future. I tell you Mr. Editor it makes one feel that life is worth living to see such cheerfulness and brotherly love among neighbors as was manifested here last Sunday.
    There was a young man came out last Sunday to try his fortune riding bucking horses, but there didn't seem to be anyone who had unruly horses that cared to have them ridden that way, so he had to take his saddle back to Medford again without using it.
    George West and Wm. Fruit, two forest rangers, came out from Medford Sunday evening on the P.&E. cars, spent the night at the Sunnyside and took the Trail stage Monday morning for the big timber.
    Wm. Spencer came out Monday evening to look after a job of carpenter work on some one of the new buildings, but found that he was most too early in the season, as there will be but little doing in the line of carpenter work until the first story of the big brick that is going up is completed and then the carpenters will be ready to go to work. Mr. Spencer said that by that time he could get quite a number of jobs, and it is apparent that there will be considerable work in all branches of mechanical work here this summer.
    Everett Culbertson of Lake Creek took a room at the Sunnyside Sunday evening. He is working for Mr. Heak, one of our prosperous farmers just above town.
    Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Allen surprised the people of the Sunnyside last Sunday evening by putting in an appearance, although Mr. Allen has been a regular boarder here for some time, but he excused himself Saturday and went to Medford on the ground that he did not have the lumber to do the work that was to be done, so went to Medford and was married to Eveline Stone of Ashland in Medford by the justice of the peace Mr. Taylor, and they are now planning to live in this section for the summer at least. Their many friends are tendering their congratulations.
    F. M. Findley, an insurance agent of Medford, is here with us for a few days looking over the situation with an eye to business. Also Mr. Paul Opitz, a timber specialist of Medford, was a guest among us Tuesday.
    Elmer Spencer and B. Reed of Dudley spent the night with us on their way to their home in the hills.
    Our school board met Monday night and among other things in the line of business entered into contracts with W. L. Suddarth and wife to act as principal and intermediate, and Miss Mamie Wright as primary teacher in our school. Mr. and Mrs. Suddarth are from Josephine County, but Miss Mamie Wright has been a resident of this neighborhood for several years, and while I was on Elk Creek I had the pleasure of visiting her school there, where she has a nice little school and a host of warm friends not only in the school room but among the patrons.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 14, 1912, page 6

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    G. W. Nickell of Seattle, Wash., has a carload of household goods, horses, wagons, etc., come in on the P.&E. Railway the first of the week and has the goods stored until he can haul them to his future home on Salt Creek, near Lake Creek. Mr. Nickell is a cousin of the Walsh boys, who have been raised in this country. He has bought off the homestead right of a man by the name of Grigsby.
    Miss Emma Stewart and Mrs. N. R. Wiley of Seattle were among us Wednesday of the last week soliciting subscriptions. They visited every family in our town, but found some of the housewives away from home, as that was the day the aid society meets and they were away on that account.
    C. E. Reed of Seattle has had a lot of household goods shipped out here on the P.&E. and stored them in the Sunnyside warerooms until he can get them hauled to his homestead on Osborne Creek. He has to reroof his house before he takes his family into it. They are now in Medford.
    The Pacific & Eastern Railroad Company is unloading a large steel bridge at our depot onto another car and it is supposed that it is designed for the new crossing of Butte Creek, as it is thought that the company intends to make a change in the route and cut out the big curve they have to make north of the present crossing of Butte Creek and save quite a distance in travel, as well as do away with the old wooden structure that they have in use at this time.
    Mr. and Mrs. J. V. McIntyre, our banker, came over and took supper at the Sunnyside last Thursday evening. He reports his bank in a flourishing condition and business quite lively.
    M. L. Daily, proprietor of the Model Variety Store and our phone man, tells me that there is to be a new line connected with our central office from up on Rogue River, on the east side, and that there will be eighteen phones connected, which will enable us to talk all along the line up the river.
    Mrs. Newport, wife of one of the bridge carpenters on the P.&E., came into the Sunnyside Friday afternoon to meet her husband, who is boarding there.
    Miss Dottie Harnish, one of our promising young misses, was purchasing some jewelry at the Model Variety Store Friday last.
    I see that M. L. Daily and wife have a new cash register in their store and Mert says that business is quite lively and constantly looking up.
    County commissioner James Owens came over to our town last Friday to bring his father so he could register as a voter.
    Jud E. Edsall made a trip to Central Point Thursday and Friday went to Medford.
    There is a quantity of fruit trees being taken out from here and loads of spray dope.
    Brown brothers are having the show windows in their new store building rearranged, greatly improving their appearance.
    The most of the material is on the ground for the big brick building that is going up and the masons will commence laying brick Monday.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 19, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    One of the remarkable incidents that I heard of while on my recent trip to the Trail and Elk Creek country that I had overlooked in making my report was that a lady teacher who had passed the necessary examination and secured her certificate applied for a position as teacher in the Trail school district and on receipt of her application one of the directors notified her that before the board would act on her application she would have to appear in person and be examined by him, which she did, at an additional expense of not less than $5 or $6, but she got the school all right.
    Mrs. George Forg and her little daughter Velma came down from Grants Pass last Friday evening, where they had been to see Dr. Findley and have the little girl treated for deafness. They were met here the following day by her husband and went to their home on Rogue River below Trail.
    George Wehman, a recent arrival from Portland, has opened a harness repair shop in the rear of the Eagle Point hardware store and taken a room at the Sunnyside. He expects to have a new stock in a few days and will do all kinds of harness work.
    F. L. Putman of Ashland came in Saturday evening with a load of household goods for Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Allen. They have gone to housekeeping in a tent adjoining the Sunnyside. The same evening Miss Evans, a daughter of Mrs. Allen, came in and is visiting them for a few days.
    Last Saturday, March 16, being my 80th birthday, was quite a noted day at the Sunnyside. For a few days prior invitations had been sent out to the following persons to come in and take dinner and help to celebrate that day: Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fryer and grandson, Austin Green, Mr.. and Mrs. John Ashpole, Mr. and Mrs. D. Cingcade, Mr. and Mrs. James Jordan, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Knighton, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Florey, our postmaster; G. H. Wamsley, Mrs. A. W. Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. John Nichols, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Daley and Mrs. E. Jonas. They all came except Mr. and Mrs. Daley, Mr. Nichols and Mr. and Mrs. Florey. The first were detained on account of sickness and Mr. and Mrs. Florey on account of the post office business. Those who were invited were all old neighbors of advanced age except one and he was visiting his grandparents and a special friend and so the rule to invite none except the older ones was excepted in that one instance. Mrs. Howlett had prepared dinner expressly for the occasion and we all ate to our hearts' content. The average ages of the men present, not counting our regular boarders, was 71 years, and the average age of the women was 62 years, so you see that we had a regular old people's party. The old ladies could not entertain the thought of sitting and holding their hands, no sir, they must be doing something, so they rustled a set of quilting frames, hunted around and found the necessary material to put in a quilt and went to work, at least some of them did. They could not find thimbles enough for all nine of them but the rest amused themselves looking at the pictures, etc., and all voted that they had had a fine time and wished me many returns of the 16th day of March. Quite a number of the ladies remembered me with nice little tokens of friendship and two of them actually took hold of me--my wife said that they put their arms around my neck--and pinned a beautiful stickpin in my necktie. And when we parted we all expressed the hope that we may all meet again on the 16th of March, 1913.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 22, 1913, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Jud Edsall and Charley Thomas returned from a trip to Eugene the middle of the week.
    A. G. Bishop and wife were doing business with our merchants the first of the week and, by the way of a change, came over and took dinner at the Sunnyside. Mr. Bishop is the owner of the Greenwood orchard, on Rogue River, near the mouth of Butte Creek. He has recently finished a beautiful bungalow on his farm.
    Mrs. Jess Spencer, the postmaster of Dudley, came out last Monday on the P.&E., spent the night with us, went to Medford the next day and there met her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Martin Spencer, who was in her return trip from a visit to her old home in Pennsylvania. While in the East she had a fine son born, and Grandma assured me that it being their first grandchild that they were extra fond of it. It is a fine specimen of a baby.
    Since my last report there has been some more real estate changing hands. S. B. Holmes tells me that he has sold three lots on Cameron Avenue to a man by the name of DeWolfe, consideration $900, and F. L. Heath, of the firm of Heath and Diamond, two of our merchants, has sold a lot joining the Eagle Point hardware store to Fred Salter.
    J. W. Hancock and wife, grandparents of our banker's wife, Mrs. J. V. McIntyre, is here from Illinois, visiting their grandchildren. Mr. Hancock seems to be very much pleased with the appearance of our little town.
    Mrs. J. L. Gardner of Prospect came in Tuesday afternoon on the P.&E. and spent the night with us. She was accompanied by her little nephew. She had been summoned to Idaho on account of the death of her sister, and at her request brought her little nephew home with her. They took the stage for Prospect Wednesday morning.
    Last Saturday Miss Maud Peachey of Ashland, who has been teaching school at Brownsboro, came out on the Eagle Point-Lake Creek stage and spent Saturday and Sunday nights with George W. Daley and Mrs. Howlett. She closed her school last Friday, March 15.
    Among other things our town council did last Saturday night was to pass an ordinance that all kinds of stock and fowls must be kept off the streets and alleys of our town, and it was also decided that it would be unlawful for anyone to ride a bucking horse inside of the corporate limits. There was quite a crowd came in from the neighborhood north of here last Sunday with their horses, but there was no riding done, and I hope that the time is not far distant when our merchants will either voluntarily or by law close their places of business on Sunday.
    Professor Charles E. Johnson and Miss Mary Good, both of Derby, came in late in the evening Tuesday. They had been up to the Black Oat school district to try to secure a school for the latter and found the roads in rather a bad condition.
    A. H. Weber, our pharmacist, has moved into a new house William von der Hellen built on Cameron Avenue.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 23, 1912, page 8

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Mr. and Mrs. Wm. von der Hellen in commemoration of the birthdays of their two children, Joyce and Hugo, aged five and six, gave a party Sunday. There were invitations sent out and between forty and forty-five responded to the call. Light refreshments were served and the most of the afternoon was spent in having a good time all around, and it will be a long time before the little tots of Eagle Point forget the fun they had on March 24, 1912.
    Mrs. David Cingcade had a partial family reunion last Sunday to commemorate the birthday of her husband David Cingcade and an old-time friend Mr. James W. Pew, Mr. Cingcade being sixty-seven on the 24th and Mr. Pew sixty-seven on the 25th of March. There were only the members of the family invited except Rev. La Mar, your Eagle Point correspondent and wife. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cingcade and son Thomas, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cingcade, Ed Cingcade, our marshal, Rev. La Mar and A. C. Howlett. Mrs. Howlett fully expected to be on hand, but just as she thought that she was about ready to start the company began to come in, among whom were attorney Briggs and family from Ashland. They take a run up from Ashland two or three times every summer. Mrs. J. F. Brown and Miss Morris, one of our teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Knighton, Mr. H. L. Heath and family. Mr. Heath is one of our merchants. Mr. O. N. Nelson and wife of Jacksonville, besides quite a number of strangers. Mr. Nelson is manager of the Silas J. Day Abstract Company of Jacksonville, and he remained while his wife drove back to their home in Jacksonville. After partaking of an excellent dinner, Rev. La Mar started for his appointment in Brownsboro and the remainder spent the afternoon in a good old-fashioned social visit and about 4 p.m. we bade the good people adieu and went to our homes feeling that we had not spent the day in vain. In conclusion will say that for the past twenty years David Cingcade and Mr. Pew have celebrated their birthdays together with the exception of one year and that year Mr. Pew was away on business and could not be with the Cingcade family. Mr. Pew is a bachelor.
    Mrs. Van Vactor of Ashland came up Friday evening to visit her husband, who is night watchman for the P.&E. locomotive here and has a room at the Sunnyside, returning Monday morning.
    Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Stinson and son Willie and Miss Bertha Daily were guests of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Daily of the Model Variety Store Sunday.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 28, 1912, page 5

    To the editor: Dear Sir--In your issue of the 22nd inst, your Eagle Point correspondent records among his list of "remarkable incidents" one which never occurred.
    We are made to appear as an oppressor of innocent maids and as setting ourselves up as a dictator in educational matters.
    The facts are: A lady came here to apply for our school, having sent word she was coming. We met her, took her home with us, entertained her overnight and took her back the next day.
    We questioned her as to her training and experience and ability to teach.
    She was a stranger in the state, never having taught or taken an examination in the state and had no certificate valid in this state. We called up Superintendent Wells by phone and he said he would grant her a permit, till next examination.
    We found she had both a university and normal training. The school board had left the hiring of a teacher entirely with me, with the instructions to engage a competent teacher. We pay wages above the average, to secure what we want.
    Why remarkable that we should desire to see, and talk with, a person to whose care we are to entrust the training of the minds of our children? We are through engaging teachers who have nothing to recommend them.
    Because a person can pass the required examination he is not necessarily fitted to teach. We have no schools to properly train teachers for this work. We supposed we were doing our duty carefully and guarding the interests of the people whom we serve. Should this be held up as remarkable? Better try again.
Very truly,
    M. H. CUSICK
Medford Mail Tribune, March 30, 1912, page 4

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Coming back again, Eagle Point Opera House Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, the popular Milburn Kenworthy company supporting Miss Helen Duffy, in the rural comedy drama "Betsy of Clover Farm." More fun than a circus. New songs. Saturday, the great four-act play, "St. Elmo." Better than the book. All special scenery. Popular prices. Children 25¢, adults 50¢.--Adv.
    There has been quite a run here the past few days and among the new arrivals there have been E. C. Van Harden of Seattle, Wash. He is representing Bowser & Co. of San Francisco.
    Fred J. Cummings, manager of the Rogue River Valley Canal Company, states that business is opening up nicely this spring and that they are just getting started again but expect to rush business from now on. He further said that when he got off the train at the local depot he hardly knew which way to turn as the town had improved so much since he was here last he hardly recognized the place. The last time he was here was to attend the good roads meeting last fall, and since then great changes have taken place.
    George G. Augustin, representing the Fisher Flouring Mills Company of Seattle, has been taking orders from about all of our merchants for millstuff as well as from Messrs. Morey and Helfner of Brownsboro. I took Mr. Augustin up to Brownsboro and he seemed to be greatly pleased when I pointed out to him so many farms hid away in the hills of Little Butte, and when I told him of the number of school districts there were above us along Little Butte and its tributaries he was still more astonished.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 2, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Mr. Reed of Auburn Creek, who had his household goods stored in the Sunnyside wareroom, had them taken to his home last week by Drake Walch of Wellen.
    S. B. Spiker has bought a lot of Wm. Ulrich on North Main Street and had his residence moved from back of his opera house to said lot.
    Art Allder and Wm. Beveridge, two young men who are attending school in Medford, took advantage of the spring vacation and came out, they said, to do some grubbing and tree planting on Mr. Allder's place, just below town, but they were always on hand in time for supper at the Sunnyside. When they left Saturday afternoon they said they had had a fine time, and they surely enjoyed the vacation.
    The select dancing club had a dance last Friday night and there seemed to be rather an overplus of ladies, for one of the young men came out and invited the above named young men to take part in the pleasures of the evening.
    Almost everybody seems to be busy gardening and getting ready to do garden work.
    The Nichols brick building is being rushed to completion so far as the brick work is concerned, for by the time this article is in print the masons will have their part of the work done, and Mr. Spiker, the contractor, is pushing the rest of the work along as fast as he can.
    Mrs. Daisy Evans, who has been here visiting her mother, Mrs. G. W. Allen, started for Ashland Sunday afternoon.
    August Edler was among the callers Monday. He came out to register as a voter before our justice of the peace, Judge Watkins.
    George Phillips has put a neat wire fence around the lot he purchased from J. J. Fryer and is planting it to garden. He expects to build on it this summer.
    Prof. C. E. Johnson and Miss Mary Good, of Derby, came in Saturday evening and Sunday morning he procured a rig and took her to Wellen, where she is engaged to teach school this summer.
    Miss Mamie Wright, who is teaching school on Elk Creek, came out last week to visit her mother and brothers. Speaking about Elk Creek, Rev. Mark E. Davis and your Eagle Point correspondent expect to commence a protracted meeting in what is known as the Pence school house on Elk Creek on the evening of April 8 to continue over the next Sunday, at which time there will be a picnic dinner and in the afternoon the ordnance of baptism will be administered.
    Last Saturday night some of the young folk of our live little town met at the residence of Mrs. Sarah Coy and had a candy pulling party, and in addition to that the mischievous ones did not forget that the first day of April was close at hand. They had lots of fun.
    Messrs. Wood and Murphy, photographers of Medford, were callers Sunday about noon. They had been to Brownsboro and had done some work and brought their pay to Eagle Point to dispose of it, which consisted of chickens and eggs. Mrs. Howlett secured the chickens and one of our merchants received the eggs. Anything to keep up business.
    Rev. Paddock, D.D., of Portland, state superintendent of the work of the Congregational Church of Oregon, came out to visit your Eagle Point correspondent last Sunday, and preached in the Baptist Church by special invitation of Rev. Lee. Rev. Lee preached in the evening, and Rev. Paddock took the train for Medford the same day.
    F. Salter has had a neat sidewalk put down along the side of his store so that people can get into the new harness shop just opened by George Wehman.
    Miss Abbie Watson, recently from Michigan, came in Sunday evening on the Pacific & Eastern and after spending the night with us started Monday morning for Asbestos, where she is engaged to teach school.
    Mrs. Loar of Medford spent the night Sunday with us and took the 7:45 a.m. train Monday morning.
    Lee Steers, of Portland, a nephew of R. R. Minter by marriage, came down and is looking over our country with a view to locating among us, for he likes our climate.
    Elmer Spencer of Butte Falls came out the evening of the 25th on his way to Medford, returning Tuesday on the P.&E.
    Our school closed Tuesday, the 26th, owing to the death of a niece of the principal, P. H. Daily, who was drowned in Bear Creek.
    William Beveridge and Art Allder are stopping at the Sunnyside while they are grubbing out some land belonging to the latter's father, known as the Pat Ryan place, west of here.
    Bert Scranton of Medford spent the night with us the night of the 25th on his way to Trail.
    The Ladies' Aid Society of Eagle Point is having a good solid stone foundation put under the Baptist church of this place.
    Mr. Hutchason, living near the country road from here to the free ferry, was a pleasant caller Tuesday last. He is one of the old veterans of the Civil War and said he had to come out to see what changes had taken place in Eagle Point.
    Aaron Smith and family were out from their home last week on a trading expedition with our merchants.
    Chris Wooley was in our town last week exhibiting a fine young colt.
    Sam Harnish & Son have had a shed put up in addition to their livery stable and an enclosure arranged for the use of our town marshal to be used as a town pound. The marshal was gathering up the town cows this Friday morning, but only succeeded in locking one up as the owners were on the lookout and took possession before they were locked up.
    Miss Hattie Weiser, a sister of Mrs. M. L. Daily, came over to assist in the Model Variety Store and telephone office while Mr. and Mrs. Daily attended the funeral of their niece in Medford.
    F. M. Stewart, our town treasurer, was in Jacksonville on Tuesday of last week on business with the sheriff's office.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 5, 1912, page 2

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Since my last Gus Nichols has moved from our town onto his farm on Rogue River, just below the French bridge, and Mr. Vogeli has moved into the Nichols house.
    Our daughter Hattie and Agnes have returned from their trip to Ashland where they spent a few days visiting friends.
    Miss Bell Findley has returned from the Eastern Oregon country, where she has spent the winter with her parents.
    Mr. Fryrear, who has been carrying the United States mail from the depot to the post office, has resigned his position in favor of the Haselton brothers, and has moved his family to Medford. They will be missed by their neighbors and the children's schoolmates.
    The brick masons finished the brick work on the Nichols building last Wednesday and by next Wednesday the plasterers will be ready to begin their work, as the lathers are rushing the work right along, and by Saturday the roof will be laid so as to rush the finishing work along. William Spencer and G. W. Allen are pushing the work along and contractor S. B. Spiker says that he will have it ready for occupancy by the last of May. A. de Wilde has started another house. This is the second one he has started, the first a dwelling house and the next one is to be a bakery. He says that he intends to have a regular baker's oven and keep a first-class bakery. The building is being erected near the Model Variety Store.
    Mr. and Mrs. Reed of Dudley came out the first of the week and Mr. Reed returned to his home in a day or two, Mrs. Reed remaining at the Sunnyside until Friday morning, when she also took the train for her home. They are getting ready to start for their old home in Pennsylvania in a few days on a visit.
    Elmer Spencer made a hurried call Wednesday morning, transacted business with Mrs. Howlett and took the train for Butte Falls the same morning.
    Coming back again, Eagle Point Opera House Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, the popular Milburn Kenworthy Company supporting Miss Helen Duffy, in the rural comedy drama "Betsy of Clover Farm." More fun than a circus. New songs. Saturday, the great four-act play, "St. Elmo." Better than the book. All special scenery. Popular prices. Children 25¢, adults 50¢--Adv.
    W. W. Willits of Persist came out the first of the week and was met here by his son Amos and daughter Inez. Miss Inez has been attending the O.A.C. at Corvallis, but her health became so poor that she thought it best for her to come home. They started on their way home Wednesday afternoon.
    S. S. Akin of Prospect came in on the P.&E. Tuesday evening on his way from the Fresno country, California, where he has spent the winter visiting with his brother. He remained here until Friday morning, taking the stage for Prospect.
    Mrs. George West came out Thursday from her home in Medford, and Friday morning took the stage for Trail to meet her husband.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 11, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    W. A. Koch, an agent for the Western States Insurance Company, has taken a room at the Sunnyside and is doing business in our town.
    The evening of the 4th I. V. McIntyre, Eagle Point banker, and wife, and George A. Butz, manager of the Hotel Holland, Medford, called for supper at the Sunnyside and to enjoy a short visit with your correspondent and family. At the same time Dr. W. W. P. Holt and his brother-in-law, Mr. Purdy, and Mr. Koch were guests at the same hostelry.
    Water Longwell, a young man from Medford, came out to visit his sister, Mrs. Howard, and she bring ill asked him to try to get her some fish to eat, so he started out, having his license with him. He met a deputy warden, Mr. Hayse, who loaned him his fishing hook and line and then watched him, and after he had caught a few fish went to him and asked to see the fish that he had in his bag, and on searching it found a fish that was a fraction of an inch short of the standard, so placed him under arrest, took him before Judge Watkins. He pleaded guilty but said he thought the fish was six inches long, and the judge was compelled by law to place a fine of $25 on him. Later, on hearing the facts of the case, the judge remitted the fine and let him go, and the people thought that the justice did exactly right. This statement I received directly from the justice of the peace himself and know what I am writing.
    We are having another new building going up at Eagle Point. Mr. de Wilde is putting up a house near the Model Variety Store, where he expects to keep a bakery. He says he intends to have a first-class bakery in every respect.
    Jud Edsall returned to his home, the Sunnyside, last Friday from a wild goose chase out in Eastern Oregon. He doesn't seem to be very favorably impressed with some parts of that country.
    The Pacific & Eastern Railroad Company has unloaded a large steel bridge bridge near the depot and the question is what are they going to do with it?
    George A. Gardner, one of the candidates for the nomination for county clerk, was among us Thursday, the 4th, and seemed to make a favorable impression. Judge Dunn, E. S. Briggs and son Billie Briggs, L. L. Mulit and B. R. Greer, editor of the Ashland Tidings, all of Ashland, were guests among us Friday, the 5th.
    Fred Findley has been putting an addition on his house recently.
    There is a movement on foot to organize a baseball club and purchase four acres of land on the south side of the creek for a permanent baseball ground. It is estimated that it will cost about $2000 to buy the land and fence and prepare everything for a first-class ball ground, and quite a number of citizens have subscribed for stock. It will be a joint stock company, divided into shares.
    If it will not be telling tales out of school I will say that there is a movement on foot to establish a Masonic lodge here, as there are quite a number of Masons among us.
    On Friday the 5th, Mrs. Ed Foster closed her school at Reese and the patrons and friends came in and had a picnic dinner. She had arranged to have a program which was well rendered and those who were there report having had a fine time.
    I am writing now from Elk Creek and next time will have something to say about our trip, etc.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 18, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    When I last wrote for the Mail Tribune I was in my home in Eagle Point, but today (Tuesday, April 16) I am in Grants Pass, and so have not much to write about Eagle Point, but before I left there on Sunday morning I discovered that the ladies of Eagle Point had made extensive preparations for the Easter festivities on Sunday evening and I have no doubt but that they had a fine entertainment, as we have some of the best talent there is in the county.
    Taking the P.&E. car at Eagle Point for Table Rock station at 7:25 Sunday morning I was met at the station by Rev. M. C. Davis and taken to Table Rock schoolhouse, where the young folk had made every preparation for a grand entertainment in commemoration of Easter Sunday. They had the schoolhouse decorated with various kinds of flowers, evergreens, etc., and had all the arrangement to have a joyful time and make the hearts of the parents glad. The program was well rendered and everything went off in first-class style. After the exercises were over a picnic dinner was served and it takes more of an expert in the culinary department than I am to describe it. There seemed to be nothing lacking that was calculated to tempt a man to do violence to his stomach, for everything that this bountiful land of ours produces was there, even colored eggs for the benefit of the little folk. After the entertainment was over Rev. M. C. Davis had the people assemble on the front part of the schoolhouse and took a photo of the whole crowd, then took one of the class of little girls that were among the prominent actors in the exercises, and then took a photo of the inside of the building as it was decorated. There were representatives from the Agate, Chaparral, Sams Valley, Antioch Sunday schools and many of them took part in the exercises. At 2:30 p.m. Rev. M. C. Davis preached to a large and seemingly appreciative congregation and your correspondent preached at night. Taking the day altogether it was a day that will be remembered for a long time by many who were present.
    The next morning we started for the Elk Creek country, stopping on the way for dinner with our old-time friends, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hannah. After dinner we continued our journey, stopping at the Central schoolhouse long enough to greet the teacher, John Newland, and the children and have a photo taken of the school. This is Mr. Newland's first school and he seems to be the right man in the right place, for it seems as though the Newland family are particularly fitted for school teaching. Passing on we stopped and paid our compliments to mine hostess Mrs. Middlebusher and family, then went on up Elk Creek to the Pence schoolhouse, where Rev. Davis preached to about all that there were in the neighborhood, and he and I went to George Lynch's to spend the night. And the next day was spent visiting in the neighborhood and I preached that (Tuesday) night. But I must stop for this time and go to see Dr. Findley, who is treating my eyes. The next time will tell more about the trip.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 20, 1912, page 6

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    When we arrived on Elk Creek we found that McCalahan & Son had their saw mill all rigged up and ready for business and already had a large quantity of logs in the yard ready for the summer's run. They anticipate a big run this summer. Going on up the creek a little further we came to the residence of Dave Pence. He has built for himself a neat residence and is clearing more land and getting his farm in good shape. He was just getting ready to go to work on the county roads, he having been appointed supervisor for this year. We next stopped for a few moments to call on Ed Pence who is one of the prosperous farmers of that section but he was away from home working on a new house that Mr. Reynolds was putting up. Mr. Reynolds is the man who was burned out a few weeks ago, and during the fire Dave Pence came in such close contact with the fire as to singe one side of his mustache off, so had to shave off the other side and that makes him look as sad as a preacher in the pulpit without a coat.
    From there Rev. Davis went up to Mr. Miller's where we could get horse feed, for at this season of the year hay is very scare in the Elk Creek country, and I went to Mr. George Lynch's for headquarters. They have a fine school in this neighborhood. Miss Mamie Wright is training the young people how to develop their ideas and make useful men and women. During our stay there Prof. D. E. Henry, one of the school supervisors spent the day in the school and was trying to plan to have a central school established at Trail and have all the children of the five or six districts attend one school and have that school embrace the high school branches and thereby save the expense of about three teachers, but the trouble of that move is the children going from home to the school house and in order to obviate that difficulty his plan was to have someone go in the morning and take them to school and then in the afternoon take them home again, but in that case the team from that district would have to travel thirty-six miles each day and would have to start from home by 6:30 a.m. to reach the school house by 9 o'clock a.m. and then would have to start promptly at 4 p.m. to enable them to reach home by 6:30 p.m., so the idea did not take well with the Elk Creek people.
    Owing to Rev. M. C. Davis' name being drawn as a juror in Grants Pass we did not continue the meeting as we anticipated but closed on Wednesday night and bade farewell to the good people of that section. In looking around in my rounds I find that nearly all of the people in the mountain regions are readers of the Mail Tribune, and seem to be satisfied with the paper. There is considerable work done in the line of improvement on the farms. Mr. Miller is extending his alfalfa field by clearing more land. Mr. Cal. Pence has a fine tract of alfalfa and is clearing more land. He has already built a neat residence and has things up in shape so as to live comfortably.
    Mr. M. Pence has the lumber on the ground to build a new house.
    George Lynch has one of the nicest little homes and is planning to build in the near future, so it seems from appearances that the people on Elk Creek are among the progressives in the way of improving at any rate. Leaving Elk Creek Thursday morning we went to Trail where Rev. Davis had an appointment to preach that night, and during the time between our arrival at Trail and preaching time we spent with the family of Mr. John Warner. Mr. Warner had the misfortune to get his leg broken some months ago while planting the electric light poles from the Prospect works to Gold Ray and is just getting around so that he can do light work. He has made great improvements in the way of clearing land and fencing since I was there last.
    Thursday night we had a full house the preaching being in the school house, now occupied by a lady by the name of Nash who has a very interesting school of about twenty pupils. We spent the night at the Middlebusher hotel, and the next morning we started for Sams Valley where we had an appointment for preaching Friday night. But I am making this letter too long. The next time will tell of our trip through Debenger Gap, through sticky, what I saw in Sams Valley, Gold Hill, Dardanelles, Grants Pass, etc.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 23, 1912, page 2

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    After being away from home since April 14, I am once more seated at my stand in my own room and starting to take up the work of reporting the doings of Eagle Point and vicinity. Since I left home there has been several important changes taken place in our town. Among them two new buildings have gone up, although one of them, the new bakery, was started, but when I reached home Tuesday evening I found that Mr. de Wilde had the roof on, the partitions in and was nailing on the laths as fast as he could, and from present appearances we will soon have a bakery in full blast in our thriving little town. Another building is H. O. Childreth's blacksmith shop that has been erected about opposite the new livery barn of S. H. Harnish & Son. Another progressive movement is the way S. B. Spiker has improved his little home, he having put rustic and made a square front with a neat door that shows good taste. Another thing that I notice is that Mr. Spiker, the contractor on the Nichol brick, is [illegible] the work right along and expects to have the room ready by the first of May for Heath & Diamond, two of our leading merchants, to move into by the first of May instead of the first of June, as per contract. Mr. Heath has moved into the old William von der Hellen house now owned by Thomas Farlow. Mr. Sprague has moved into his own house he has finished since I was away. Mr. Bryant has moved from the old Robinett house into the old Coy house now owned by Mrs. James Owens, and Scott Bruce is moving out of the mountains near Dudley and is going into the house formerly occupied by Mr. Heath, so the reader will see that we are changing around considerably.
    And now to cap the climax S. B. Spiker is going to give a dance on the first of May and has prevailed on Mrs. Howlett to give the supper for the dancers, and he says that he intends to make it the grandest ball of the season. The supper will be served at the Sunnyside Hotel. The best of music will be secured and a rousing good time is expected. Tickets, including supper, $2.00.--Adv.
    Dr. Holt reports the arrival of a nine-pound boy in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Kelso of Derby, on the 13th inst.
    When I reached home last night (Tuesday) I found the house full, as every bed was occupied. Among them was Mr. Frank A. Grisez, our county surveyor, and H. M. Coss, Mr. Grisez is out platting a tract of land for Mr. Coss, north of our town. Mr. J. E. Hutchinson, who has a homestead on the road from here to the free ferry; M. Y. Estes, who has charge of Mr. Bonny's horse; Scott Bruce and wife, beside several strangers whose names I did not learn. I also found a number of mechanics who are working in town on the different buildings that are in the course of construction.
    Revs. Lamar and Holmes of Medford came out Wednesday morning on the car and I understand went to Brownsboro to assist in the organization of a Baptist church there.
    The Baptist association will meet in our town on April 30 to continue four days. It is expected that there will be about thirty delegates and ministers present and they are anticipating a good time.
    After leaving Trail on our trip to the hills we turned our course from the Rogue River route and went through the Debenger Gap. The road supervisor had just dragged the road and that pulverized the stick mud. The rain softened it up just enough to make it stick a little to the wheels, but we succeeded in getting through without much trouble.
    This is the first time I have been through the Debenger Gap for a number of years and I was greatly surprised to see so many fine farms along the route, for the country has been fenced up and several fine farms made and the houses along the route show that the farmers are in a prosperous condition, as they all seem to have good houses and fences.
    We went on the Simsville, where I preached to a good congregation at night, and the next day went to Gold Hill, where Rev. Davis preached for the pastor of the M.E. church at that place and in the afternoon I went on and took dinner with the family of Mr. Volney Stickel, and in the afternoon held a meeting at the Dardwell schoolhouse, and the next morning we took the train for Grants Pass, where I remained for over a week under the care of Dr. M. C. Findley and had my eyes treated. While there I took the train for Three Pines, a little town on the S.P. about fourteen miles north of Grants Pass, and Rev. Davis preached in the forenoon and I preached at night. So while I was gone I saw quite a number of people and had a very pleasant time.
    Thomas Vestal and L. A. Williams, who are working for the Oregon Improvement Company, called for dinner Wednesday and Bobbie Petty, son of Mr. Petty, who is working on the Corbin place, is boarding here.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 25, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Senator Hugo von der Hellen started the first of the week to meet the board of regents of the O.A.C. in Corvallis.
    During my absence the interested parties have put down a cement sidewalk from the county road to connect with the sidewalk in front of the town hall, so as to enable the people to reach the new meat market and Heath & Diamond's store in the Nichols block. The plasterers finished up their job Friday and it is the calculation that the part to be occupied by Heath & Diamond will be ready to be turned over to them by Tuesday evening, the 30th instant. S. B. Spiker is receiving all kinds of compliments for the manner in which he has pushed the work along during the construction of the building.
    Mr. S. B. Spiker wishes me to say to the readers of the Mail Tribune that from the present appearances they are going to have one of the finest dances May 1st that has ever been had in Eagle Point and that Mrs. Howlett has planned to accommodate eighty at a time at the supper table and that both time nor labor will be spent to make it a grand success.--Adv.
    While I was away from home recently, G. E. Wehman, our harness maker, has put up two signs to show where to go to for work done in that line.
    One of our next county commissioners, W. C. Daley, was doing business in our town last Wednesday.
    Ed. S. Wolfer, our plumber, is plumbing Mr. Sprague's new house.
    Our city dads have bargained for a chemical fire engine for our town.
    Brown Bros. have been putting in more shelving in their store, making room for more goods.
    Mr. Natwick has a force of men at work on the new road from the Dodge-French bridge across Rogue River.
    Parties are at work opening up the country road over the hill, from here to Rogue River near the old Newman place.
    During my absence Mrs. Dr. Holt returned from San Francisco where she has been visiting her mother for several weeks. On my return as I was walking past the Model Variety Store I was amused to see several ladies inspecting some new mirrors that Mrs. Daily had placed in the show window, but such is life.
    Heath & Diamond have bought a lot nearly opposite their new store and have also bought the store building they now occupy and intend to move it onto the lot for a general warehouse as their new store building, although it is 27x76 ft., will not be large enough for their business.
    H. O. Childreth moved into his new blacksmith shop last Wednesday.
    I understand that Mr. Veatch has leased what is known as the Ryan tract of land north of our town and is fencing in about 1600 acres for pasture.
    Jud Edsall and Charley Thomas are fixing up their wagons to go to Scotts Valley, Cal., to haul quartz this summer for a quartz mill.
    A. D. Walters, wife and little daughter came into the Sunnyside Thursday night about 9:30 from Elk Creek, where he is working on the county road.
    Quite a number of members of the I.O.O.F. went from here to attend the meeting at Ashland on the anniversary of the order.
    Rev. Wm. R. Winans of Medford Missionary District American Sunday School Union was a pleasant caller last Friday.
    E. L. Warnstoff has moved his real estate office into the rear end of the bank building. It is also the headquarters of Eagle Point Commercial Club.
    E. R. and L. F. Robinson, two young men who have been doing the plastering in the Nichols building, and A. H. Roberts and J. H. Robinson, the two helpers, got through with their job Friday and left Saturday morning for Medford.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 30, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Since I last wrote, Mr. Watson, of Butte Falls, secretary of the Eagle Point and Butte Falls Telephone Company, spent the night with us on his way to Medford. C. A. Newstrom, wife and son, and Mrs. M. B. Bowles of Lake Creek took dinner last Saturday, and on Sunday T. B. Turner of Medford called for dinner and stated that he was on a deal for a part of the barber business in our town.
    Last Sunday Mrs. Howlett had quite a number of townspeople take dinner with her. There were 35 besides our own family. Among the visitors were Mr. and Mrs. F. Salter, of one of our hardware firms; Mr. and Mrs. Royal G. Brown and daughter, Miss Hazel; Mr. Brown is a member of the firm of George Brown & Sons; Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Weber, the pharmacist of the firm of von der Hellen Brothers; Mrs. Charles A. Brown, wife of the Talent pharmacist, of Talent; Mr. and Mrs. William Brown, another member of the firm of George Brown & Sons; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Narregan, one of our thrifty farmers; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Moomaw, the mail contractor on the Eagle Point-Peyton route; Miss Lulu Martin, Carl and Chalmers Ringer, Ray Harnish, Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre, the banker; S. B. Spiker, the building contractor; Mr. and Mrs. Scott Bruce, carpenter and contractor; G. W. Foss of Kansas; Miss Emma Holt, besides a number of strangers whose names I did not learn. Mr. Foss remarked after dinner was over and the crowd had partly retired that he never saw a company assembled at a hotel before that seemed to enjoy themselves as they did.
    It is understood that T. B. Turner succeeded in making the deal for the barber shop in the Ashpole building and is to open up tomorrow, Wednesday, May 1. A good barber that can devote his time to the profession, I think, will do a good business here in that line. We have had a good barber here, Mr. McDonough, but he has had to divide his time between painting, paper hanging and barbering so that he could not always be found.
    Scott Bruce and wife have gone to housekeeping in the house recently vacated by Mr. Heath. Mr. Bruce has taken the contract to put in an ice plant in the part of the new brick building erected by Thomas and Artie Nichols, where they intend to manufacture ice. They will be able to turn out a ton a day and be able to enlarge the plant as circumstances require.
    A company of surveyors came in last Monday to grade another one of our streets. C. Frank Rhodes, civil and mining engineer, had charge of the work.
    Mr. St. James of Medford came out Sunday evening on the train to finish the house James Ringer is building.
    The Rogue River Baptist Association met at the First Baptist church of Eagle Point Tuesday morning and organized by the election of John Cornell as moderator, Rev. F. C. Lovett secretary and Mrs. J. W. Grover as treasurer. Rev. F. C. Lovett preached in the church on Monday night before the meeting of the association on "Petering," a very interesting discourse. Quite a number of delegates and pastors were in attendance. The ladies serve dinner in the house formerly occupied by Mr. Kelso and citizens entertained them the rest of the time.
    Mrs. A. N. Thomas reports the arrival of her son, Baxter Grogsby, and family. Mrs. L. Harvey, a relative of Mr. Thomas, of Douglas, is expected to arrive Wednesday, also H. Conn and family of Klamath and Mrs. Grimes of Douglas County.
    Last Sunday was the birthday anniversary of Chalmers Ringer and he invited a number of his young friends to dinner at the Sunnyside Hotel.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 3, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Since my last, George Phillips has started to build a new house on the lot he recently purchased from J. J. Fryer.
    E. R. Salter and wife of Milaca, Minn., arrived on Wednesday last and are visiting Mr. Salter's brother Fred, one of the Eagle Point hardware merchants.
    E. C. Piper and son Charles, and A. J. Hand of Portland arrived May 2 and have moved into R. C. Lawton's house on Eagle Heights. Mr. Piper expects his wife to join him today (Saturday). He intends to build a dwelling house on his tract of land on Eagle Heights.
    i understand that Mr. Purdy is taking orders for electric lights in our town. This item of news has just come to me as I go to writing so cannot give the particulars.
    Mrs. Argalee Green arrived at the home of her parents J. J. Fryer and wife last Wednesday from her trip to Europe, and her son Austin came out from his home on Long Branch to see her and to receive medical treatment from Dr. Holt.
    Mr. Ditsworth and his two stepchildren, and Leslie Lytle and his sister, Miss Emma Lytle, were in town Friday morning on the way to Medford.
    Ray Harnish started with a load of tools, etc., to the intake of the Fish Lake ditch last Friday morning. The company is to build a bridge to support its pipe line across Little Butte Creek.
    Emerson Wheeler and E. H. Watson of Butte Falls spent Friday night with us. They have been repairing the telephone line between Butte Falls and Medford.
    This week has been rather a remarkable week in Eagle Point, not only on account of the delightful rain we have had but on account of there being a meeting of the Rogue River Baptist Association, which convened on Tuesday, April 30, and continued for four days, but also on account of there being two grand balls or dances here on the night of May 1st. S. B. Spiker had announced for several weeks that he would give a dance in his opera house on May 1st and a few days before that time Mr. Vogeli, who owns the tavern and saloon connected with it, and one or two others took a notion that they would have a dance and supper at the same time, so they rented Brown's hall over their store, posted bills around town, sent word to the country announcing the dance and the result was that a few of the select ones met in Brown's hall and had a very nice time and the general public met at Spiker's opera house and they also report having had a very pleasant time. One notable feature of the dance at Spiker's was that there was no smell of liquor on any of the dancers, so I heard several of the ladies say. At the close of the dance Mr. Spiker announced that he would give a free dance on the evening of May 24 and that the arrangement was made for Mrs. Howlett to serve the support at $1 a couple.
    But the most interesting feature of the week's doings was the meeting of the association and the religious exercises connected with it.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 7, 1912, page 4

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    I unintentionally omitted to mention the names of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. DeArmond, Mrs. J. Loder, Miss Emma Wallace, Ossomedley Berch Daily, Miss Elgent Bratney, Earl Kiser and Maud Reed. These names were written in a little book by one of the party and the rest of the names I had transcribed from the minutes of the association. The above named persons came out in a rig from Medford to take part in the program on Friday afternoon and Lewis Bennett led the young people's exercises during the afternoon session of the association.
    O. S. Nelson, the Jacksonville insurance man, came out Sunday and has been a guest at the Sunnyside up to the present time, Tuesday afternoon. He has come in contact with poison oak and the result was he has been unable to attend properly to business.
    Rev. Wm. R. Winans preached last Sunday at Roosevelt and the Reese Creek school houses and organized a Sunday school in each place.
    Rev. Campbell of Wyoming preached here last Sunday both morning and evening, and at Brownsboro in the afternoon.
    The Catholic chapel car arrived last Saturday and they conducted services in the car Saturday night and Sunday, and will remain for the week.
    Your correspondent went to Antioch and there met Rev. M. C. Davis and held a meeting there and at Agate, but he was called on urgent business to go north so had to call in his appointment for Table Rock. During my rounds I noticed that the prospect was fine for an abundant crop of everything in the crop line and that the farmers were cheerful over their prospect.
    Mrs. E. C. Piper joined her husband here last Sunday evening from Portland, and on Monday they moved to their home on Eagle Heights.
    Scott Bruce is pushing to completion the rooms in the Nichols building for the ice plant, and men are digging the well to furnish water. By this time next week contractor S. B. Spiker will be ready to turn the building over to the owners, all completed. Heath & Diamond have already moved their stock of goods into the space designed for their store and are stocking up with a full line of general merchandise.
    The bakery building is so far completed that George Riley, formerly of Medford, has taken possession and Monday turned out his first batch of bread. He tells me that he intends to keep a full line of goods in his class.
    William von der Hellen's two children were playing together Monday and the little girl was holding a nail for her little brother to drive into a small board. Just as he was ready to strike the nail slipped so as to penetrate her finger and he drove the nail through her finger fast to the board. It was necessary to get a claw hammer and her Uncle Carl had some difficulty drawing it out of the board.
    George W. Owings, proprietor of the Eagle Hotel, has gone to Klamath County to look at a farm he is talking of trading for.
    W. A. Clark spent the night with us Monday. He is traveling for Fairbanks & Co. of San Francisco, selling Cottolene.
    Robbie Jonas, of Wallowa, came in Saturday evening to visit his mother and brother Jake.
    Mr. Buster, while working in an orchard on Antelope, had his leg broken Monday. Dr. Holt was called and set the bone.
    Everett Culbertson of Lake Creek has organized a farmers' telephone company and is putting up a line from Eagle Point to McAllister's saw mill on the north fork of Little Butte.
    The shares are about all taken. The new line will leave Little Butte about one mile above here and bear to the north, leaving Brownsboro a mile to the right. The line will accommodate 20 families.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 9, 1912, page 2

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    E. R. Salter and wife who have been visiting his brother Fred and wife, returned to Milaca, Minn., last Wednesday. Mr. Salter is auditor for the N.P. Railroad, and his time was limited. They expect to visit Los Angeles on their return trip. Mr. Salter seemed to be well pleased with our country and promised to return in the future.
    Mrs. A. J. Florey and her son Jack have installed a water plant in her yard. Her husband, A. J. Florey, our genial postmaster, says that he has enough to do in the post office to keep him busy, so he has nothing to do with it except to eat the lettuce and radishes. She has had a tower built, a reservoir put up, pipes laid, a sprinkler installed and a gasoline engine in the working order and she feels well satisfied that they will have garden truck this summer.
    Speaking about water systems, Mrs. Howlett has had pipes laid all through her garden and eight hydrants placed in her garden. Berry bushes, lawn, etc., are all arranged so as to be sure of something good to eat this summer. Many of the people of Eagle Point are arranging to have water on their ground this summer; although the soil will produce very well without water, still it does better with it.
    Wm. Sears of Butte Falls was a pleasant caller Tuesday night and so was a lady and gentleman whose names I did not learn. They were from California.
    Mrs. Mills and Mrs. James of Butte Falls came out and were guests of Mrs. J. B. Jackson and family.
    J. B. Jackson while shearing his sheep had the misfortune to have a fine lamb in trying to get to its mother butt its head so hard against a fence as to cause its death, either breaking its skull or neck.
    E. L. Cooley has been engaged the past week as supervisor, attending the eighth grade examination in our school. There is a class of twenty taking the examination and Mr. Cooley speaks very favorably of the class. Their names will be given later.
    Mr. Purdy reports that he is getting along nicely with his organization of the electric light and power company and thinks that they will be ready to go to work on the plant soon.
    Friday noon Messrs. P. J. O'Gara, our county horticulturist, J. W. Myers, fruit tree inspector, Mr. S. B. Hall and J. B. Aiken called for dinner and said that they were hunting "bugs." They had been to the old Bradshaw orchard and report that the orchard is simply loaded with fruit, and that the outlook for fruit this season means the income of one million dollars for this valley this season. While they were here Mr. Myers stated that King George of England had placed an order for forty-five boxes of Bosc pears with the Hanley orchard on Little Butte Creek about twelve miles above here. All our Butte Creek country is noted for its famous pears, peaches and apples; in fact our foothills are the natural localities for that kind of fruit.
    Heath and Diamond, since they moved into their new store building, have bought a fine new delivery wagon and the driver seems to be kept busy.
    Since I last wrote I made a trip to Grants Pass to visit Dr. M. C. Findley to have my eyes treated and while I was there I met one of our old pioneer neighbors, Mr. Gregory, who is afflicted with his eyes so that he can hardly see, and Miss Lee Middlebusher of Trail who was also visiting the doctor on the same business.
    Since my last letter Mrs. Sophia Robinett has moved from her brother-in-law's, G. W. Dale, to Central Point.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 15, 1912, page 6

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Mrs. Klingle of Lake Creek, who has been a guest at the Sunnyside for a week, returned to her home last Monday. She has been here attending meetings in the Catholic church during the stay of the missionary car.
    S. B. Spiker has had his residence painted and is fixing things up in good shape.
    William Spencer, a carpenter who has been at work on the Nichols building, went to his home near Dudley last last week.
    James Ringer, town marshal, has commenced to "keep batch" in his own house, and says he wants the Mail Tribune to read.
    Ralph Salisbury and Granville Van Vactor came up from Ashland on their wheels Saturday morning to visit Granville's father, who is night watchman for the P.&E. Railroad Company at that place.
    S. S. Akin of Prospect came in Saturday afternoon, remaining until Sunday afternoon, when he went across Rogue River via the new bridge to help to assess that part of Jackson County, he being one of the deputy assessors.
    E. D. Watson, a Medford photographer, and his wife came out last Sunday to try one of Mrs. Howlett's Sunday dinners.
    Nineteen members of the Eagle Point lodge of I.O.O.F. went to Jacksonville last Saturday night to take part in the work in that lodge.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 18, 1912, page 6

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Henry Meyers and his family came out from their home near Lake Creek to attend services in the Catholic church, remaining over Sunday. Mike Sidley and his two sisters, Misses Helen and Julia, also came out Sunday morning, remaining until after services Sunday night. They were all guests at the Sunnyside. Miss Marguerite Florey, deputy postmistress, and Miss Marguerite Betty were guests with us last Sunday, also Mr. and Mrs. Weber, the pharmacist; Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre, Mr. and Mrs. Sprague, Dr. and Mrs. W. W. P. Holt, Mr. Purdy who is working up the plan for an electric plant here; Mr. and Mrs. Bolt, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Wright, G. W. Wamsley, H. C. Barney and brother, P. A. Barney, a farmer and stockman of Lake Creek, and Dr. W. E. Harrison, veterinary surgeon, of Medford. There was quite a company and all hands seemed to have enough to eat and a good time generally.
    The Misses Ethel and Gay Webb came in from Tolo Monday evening on the Pacific & Eastern, spent the night with us, and took the train Tuesday morning for Derby, to meet their brother, H. O. Webb, who lives on Rogue River about nine miles from the Derby station.
    Monday night Mrs. Jackson Silbaugh of Seattle, national lecturer and organizer for the W.C.T.U., delivered a lecture here. She had a fine audience, considering that it was Monday night, and such a busy time. She spoke for considerably over an hour and at the close took quite a number into the organization, the local union. She is a forceful speaker and one noticeably good trait in her lecture was that she had no hard words for the saloon keeper or its product, but spoke as a true Christian lady would speak. She wound up her lecture by speaking very encouragingly of the prospect for prohibition in 1914 and woman suffrage next November.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 20, 1912, page 4

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    The evening after I last wrote parties phoned out from Medford requesting Mrs. Howlett to have supper for a party of nine ready by 7 o'clock and about 6:45 an auto came up with one of the jolliest crowds I have seen for some time. It was composed of Mr. and Mrs. Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Harmon, ex-county civil engineer, Mrs. Helen Gale and her two children, Rowena and Winsor Gale, Peter Watson and George Roberts. After enjoying the fine scenery around the Sunnyside they filed into the dining room and spent a---- I was going to say an hour, but perhaps not quite so long, at the supper table, and after they were through with the repast they voted that they would come out some Sunday and partake of one of Mrs. Howlett's chicken dinners.
    George Phillips has finished his house sufficiently to live in, and moved into it Thursday. He says it beats paying rent, if it is not completed.
    George Fisher has gone to work in the blacksmith shop belonging to W. L. Childreth. Mr. Childreth is afflicted with sciatic rheumatism and is unable to do the work himself, but George does very well as a substitute. He worked last summer for Mr. Childreth in the shop.
    T. L. Balcom spent Wednesday night with us on his way home from the Riverside ranch, where he had been to put up 200 rods of Page wire fence.
    In the contest among the schools in this county, in spelling and arithmetic, Professor P. H. Daley states that the Eagle Point school is one of three that came out at the top of the list, and these three schools will now compete with each other for the prize. Mr. Daley says the children are working hard to try to win out. The contest is between the fourth and eighth grades, and our boys and girls propose to have some of the Jackson County schools take notice that we are still on the map.
    Mayor William von der Hellen is having his residence reroofed, and intends to have several changes made in the interior. He is also having the old barn torn down. This barn has stood as a monument of the progressiveness of some of our old settlers. It was one of the largest barns in this section of the county, but as about all the land nearby is being put to fruit and the building stands in what will be the heart of our thriving little town, it had to give way to the still more progressive element.
    The project to purchase four acres of land off the Jones tract for a baseball ground is still on tap. The company has taken an option on it and made a sufficient payment to cover the value of the growing crop. The ground is being prepared for a big game about the first of next week. In case the company buys the land, it is understood, the payment already made is to be applied on the purchase price. The company has $1000 worth of shares sold and those interested are confident of raising the balance needed.
    George W. Owings, proprietor of the Eagle Point Hotel, returned last week from a trip to Eastern Oregon. He states that prospects are good for a bountiful crop, and that near Merrill hundreds of acres are being planted to potatoes.
    A party of surveyors passed through here last week, going on up the creek. They kept their business to themselves.
    Machinery for the ice plant came last Wednesday and Nichols & Nichols are going to rush the work right along.
    Mr. McClanahan of Elk [Creek] and Rev. E. A. Lee, head sawyer in the Elk Creek saw mill, came out the middle of last week to have a part of one of the heavy castings mended that had broken. Henry Childreth did the job.
    R. H. Bullock of Medford was here Friday. He is traveling in the interests of an eastern correspondence school.
    C. A. Hough of Medford was with us Friday and Saturday, working in the interest of the Oregon Life Insurance Company.
    Chauncey Florey, son of postmaster A. J. Florey and office deputy in the assessor's office, came out Thursday night to visit his parents and shake hands with his many friends in these parts.
    William Ulrich and three young men called for dinner Saturday on their way up the country.
    S. B. Spiker has had a sign painted on the front of his building letting the people know that he is still contracting. He says that he has sent out 172 invitations to his free dance on the 24th inst. and Ma Howlett is preparing to feed 250 persons.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 21, 1912, page 4

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    There seems to be but little going on in our little town since the ground has got dry enough for farmers to plow and plant corn, and still there is considerable travel on the road, judging by the number of transients stopping with us.
    In a former letter promise was made to give the names of the pupils who were taking examination for eighth grade certificates, and herewith is sent a list of names of those who passed: Charles L. Givan, Walter Williams, Edward Williams, Earl Zimmerman, Ralph Owings, Clinton McDonough, Floyd Charley, George Wolf, Doris Coy, Glenn Haley, Mabel Taylor, Neva Taylor, and Lenore Walker. Dottie Stowell, Frances Greb and Ragnar Bergquist were conditioned, having passed in all but two branches. There were no flat failures from here. Not a bad showing to have a class of 14 out of 20 pass with an average of 82⅔ percent and to pass conditionally. There were those who took the examination for the educational advantage to be gained, not expecting to pass. A noticeable feature is the fact that of the 14 who passed, 11 were boys, making a good showing for the boys.
    Last Sunday the baseball boys had a practice game on the new ball ground, and are getting ready to have a big game in the near future.
    Last Sunday we had quite a crowd of visitors at the Sunnyside. Among them were Mr. Shepard and Louis Smith of Ashland, who came in Saturday with a piano. They represent the Shepard Piano House of Ashland, and remained here until Tuesday morning. Mrs. George West of Medford and J. Hall of Prospect were here. They took the stage for Trail. Mr. Hall going to his home and Mrs. West to meet her husband at Trail. T. Shattuck of Missouri Flat on Applegate, Ed Higinbotham, road supervisor of this district, and a stranger with him were also here Sunday. Mr. Higinbotham is working on the new road between here and the French-Dodge bridge. Wallace Bishop, Thomas Carlton, J. E. Reed of Yankee Creek, and 15 townspeople and four strangers also called for chicken dinner that day.
    E. J. Dillon, who has been working on the Nichols brick building, finished a week ago, and left Monday morning to take up work elsewhere.
    Monday afternoon, while looking after the interests of the Mail Tribune, I dropped into the Model Variety Store to look at some fine ivory granite ware, and Mrs. Daily, proprietress of the store, took a receipt for $2.50 on subscription to the Daily Mail Tribune. Mr. Daily's brother and wife of Trail, Mr. and Mrs. Tim W. Daily, are visiting here.
    W. W. Willits and his son Amos and wife came out from Elk Creek, Persist, Monday. Mr. Willits Sr. went on to Medford, while Amos and wife remained here, taking the early train the following morning for Medford. They are on their way to Michigan, combining business with pleasure.
    Mr. Shepard, Sr., came out Monday morning in his auto from Ashland, puncturing a tire and stopping here for repairs.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 22, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    John Simon, who has been stopping during the winter with his sister, Mrs. C. W. Daley, has gone to Central Point for a short stay.
    In a former letter I stated that W. L. Childreth was so badly crippled up with sciatic rheumatism that he had given up work in his blacksmith shop but in a day or two I was at his shop and found him hammering away as though nothing was the matter, and I am glad to be able to state that he is still at work.
    Miss Lillian C. Mullen of Medford came out Tuesday and spent a part of the day with us at the Sunnyside. She was canvassing for the George W. Glover Co. of Philadelphia.
    John Forester of San Francisco came out Tuesday to put up the machinery for the Nichols & Nichols ice plant they are putting up in the new Nichols brick.
    W. W. Willits of Persist and Frank Therton were guests at the Sunnyside Tuesday night.
    We had quite an exciting time in our quiet little village Tuesday afternoon. Ray Harnish was hauling a load of lumber from Sprague & Co.'s lumber yard and just as he was passing Henry Childreth's blacksmith shop the horse took fright and both jumped at once, breaking the whiffletree and jerking the driver off of the wagon. For a moment they kept the wagon going by the neck yoke hanging to the end of the tongue and Ray saw that he was in danger of being run over by the wagon, so turned the horses loose, each one having a singletree hanging to him. They started to run in a northeasterly direction when they soon ran into a barbed wire fence, one horse falling and here they parted by breaking the lines and one ring off the neck yoke and one horse ran across the railroad track and the other across the creek, heading for the desert between here and Medford, but fortunately he turned into a lane between the Knight place--the old Page place--and Joe Riley place--and was captured by some of the men on the ranch. The horses were both cut considerably but not seriously and Ray complained that night of his head being sore, but not so sore that he was [not] able to go to the dance that night.
    Speaking about the dance; it was a special entertainment and dance given for the benefit of the Catholic church, at which time they had lunch served in the hall. The dance was given in Brown's hall over George Brown & Sons' store, and those present reported that they had a fine time. Quite a number of people from the country were in attendance, among whom were Mike Sidley and his two sisters, Misses Julia and Helen, Wert Pool and wife, Mr. Herrin and wife, Timmie Dugan and his sister-in-law, Miss Maggie Sidley and others whose names I did not learn.
    Henry Tann of Lake Creek was in town Tuesday and when he went home he rode in a new Spaulding hack that he bought from a traveling agent that has been canvassing this part of the country.
    Heath & Diamond have had a neat new sign placed over their new store door. They are taking time by the forelock and have a carload of stove wood brought from the Butte Falls country.
    A young man by the name of J. H. Aten of Gold Hill came in Tuesday evening on the train, took supper with us and went on over to the Corbin orchard--the old Bradshaw--to work in the fruit. I understand that they will require a number of hands to thin the fruit this year for the crop is truly immense. Mr. Corbin passed through our town Thursday morning on his way to his farm and Mr. Frank Poyser of Medford brought out a load of groceries, etc., for him from Medford.
    Roy Willits, the main contractor for the Eagle Point-Prospect route, came out Monday with the mail and is having his rigs fixed up by Henry Childreth for the summer's run.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 27, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Among the visitors coming in last week not mentioned in my last was Mrs. Ditsworth of Peyton.
    Mrs. Herron of Illinois is visiting [her sis]ter, Mrs. Ruben Peyton.
    Born--To Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Peyton, May 16, a daughter.
    Mrs. Davis of Jacksonville has moved onto the old Jacks place, joining the Tronson place.
    There was a lot of furniture brought out for George McDonald recently from Chicago and taken to the Hitchcock place.
    Everett Culbertson came in Wednesday to go to work on his telephone line again, leaving this Monday morning to complete the line to the McAllister sawmill.
    Fred Salter, delegate to the grand lodge of the I.O.O.F., went to Pendleton last week and attended the meeting of the grand lodge, returning Saturday morning. He reports that they had a fine time while there, but had quite a fight with the Roseburg delegation to get the next meeting of the grand lodge to meet in Medford.
    Mrs. Harvey Smith, who is teaching in the Mt. Pitt school district, came out last Wednesday, met her husband at the Sunnyside and they went out to Medford to see the show. There was quite a few from here to Medford to the 23rd inst. to see the show, but not near to so many as one would expect.
    Our school closed last Thursday and the children had a picnic dinner at the school house and report having had a lovely time. The school children in the primary department, Mrs. P. H. Daily's room, presented their teacher with a beautiful purse and in the principal's room presented Prof. P. H. Daily with a beautiful oak rocking chair.
    Fred Findley has bought out the draying business of Haselton Bros. and put on a good substantial covered delivery wagon with a good team and is now doing the delivering of goods, etc., for the town.
    The two county commissioners, Frank Brown and James Owens, went up to the honor camp and expected to examine the roads between here and Prospect while on the trip.
    Mrs. W. J. Phillips started last Friday for an extensive visit to her old home in Canada.
    Henry Meyers and wife of Lake Creek were among the visitors in Eagle Point Thursday.
    Your Eagle Point correspondent started Friday morning for Grants Pass to have Dr. Findley treat his eyes again and while there met Mrs. Fry of Debenger Gap with her little girl who is receiving treatment from the doctor for her hearing. While I was gone S. B. Spiker gave a free dance in his opera house and Mrs. Howlett gave the supper. Those in attendance reported that they had a very pleasant time and the most of them took supper at the Sunnyside. Mrs. H. arranged so as to feed one hundred at a time. There were seventy-four couples took supper.
    The ball team has been putting their ground in good shape and Sunday had a game among the home folks and I understand that they had a fine time.
    Rev. Lamar, our Baptist minister, preached here yesterday both morning and evening.
    Word came here last week that one of the McClanahan boys of Elk Creek had one of his hands cut off by the cutoff saw in the sawmill but it proved that he had a part of one of his fingers cut off. Dr. Holt was called and dressed the wound and at last accounts he was doing all right.
    Mrs. Hoagland and Mrs. Ingram spent Monday in Tolo.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 28, 1912, page 2

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Mrs. Grant Mathews and Miss Henderson were shopping in our town a few days ago.
    Mrs. Charley Thomas and her mother-in-law, Mrs. A. N. Thomas, were in Heath and Diamond's store the last of the week getting things ready for Mrs. Charley Thomas to start for Scott's Bar, Cal. to meet her husband who is engaged hauling quartz from the mine to the mill.
    Marion Charley, who has been in Nevada for several years, has returned and has been visiting his relatives above Brownsboro.
    Mrs. Rhodes, whose husband is foreman on the Pelouze farm, made a business trip to Medford the last of the week.
    Mr. Mathews of Butte Falls, who has been back East visiting relatives and looking after his business interests, returned to Butte Falls Monday, stopping over Sunday in Eagle Point. He speaks in high terms of the soil of Illinois, but, Oh! the climate.
    Robbie Jones, who is in business in Medford, came out Saturday evening [omission] are stopping at the present with his mother to spend Sunday with his family, who are stopping at present with his mother, brother and family.
    Mr. and Mrs. Pool of the Forest Service, now located on Trail Creek, came out from Medford Sunday evening and took the Eagle Point and Prospect stage Monday morning for their home. Mr. Pool has been in Medford having some work done on this teeth.
    Mrs. John Ashpole made a hurried trip to Medford and back Saturday afternoon.
    The many friends of Mr. H. Corbin, the man who bought the old Bradshaw orchard, are glad to see him among us again. He has been in New York during the past winter.
    Henry Childreth, one of our blacksmiths, has had another forge put in his shop. G. H. Wamsley did the work.
    The people in the neighborhood of the Antelope school will give a basket social on Saturday evening, June 8th, the proceeds to go toward buying an organ for the Sunday school.
    Mr. McLeod and one of Mr. Natwick's men, from upper Rogue River, and F. B. Higinbotham came in Monday night and Tuesday morning Mr. Higinbotham went to Medford to look after his water rights on Rogue River. He thinks that there is a lot of "red tape" connected with the management of the water system in these parts.
    Prof. Charles Johnson was among us Monday and Tuesday on business.
    Dr. Goble's wife and Mrs. Ward of Medford took supper with us Sunday evening.
    Mr. Charles H. Reed of Lake Creek came out the first of the week and bought a lot of wire fencing of one of our merchants and a lot of general merchandise from the other merchants and then gave me his subscription for the Mail Tribune. He says that he wants all the news, so subscribes for the Mail Tribune.
    Our Eagle Point ball team are getting their new ball ground in good shape and expect of have a big game here next Sunday with the Phoenix ball team.
    A mass meeting was held here last Monday evening to take steps to have a grand celebration here and $147.50 was subscribed on the spot to get it started. More about it in my next.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 30, 1912, page 4

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    The last time I wrote I simply mentioned the fact that a meeting was held here on Monday night and the preliminary steps were taken to have a grand old-fashioned celebration of the Fourth of July, and that a purse of $147.50 was subscribed. The next day S. B. Holmes, Dr. Holt and Mr. Vogeli started to canvass the town and that night another meeting was held in the town hall and they reported that the amount had been swelled to $340. The money to be applied toward clearing out the tract of land that Mr. W. Hart Hamilton had donated to the town for park purposes, and to prepared the necessary stand, seats, etc., for the accommodation of those who wished to join with us in celebrating our great national holiday. The following committee was appointed to have charge of the arrangements and disbursement of the funds: Artie Nichols, J. Frank Brown and Mr. Vogeli, and Mr. F. M. Stewart was appointed secretary and Mr. J. V. McIntyre treasurer, and these five were empowered to appoint the subcommittees and to have full control of the management of the affairs of the celebration. That we will have a fine time is self-evident, as we think that we will have an ideal place, along the banks of our beautiful Little Butte Creek, where we will have lovely shade, green grass and pure cold water. The committee proposes to spare no pains to make the first celebration since we were incorporated a grand success. There will be further notice of the plans given in the Eaglets, and by posting bills on the telephone poles.
    There was a company of twelve surveyors passed through here the first week for Butte Falls under the direction of the officers of the Pacific & Eastern Railway Co., but their destination and plans are as usual under their hats.
    W. C. Daley of Lake Creek, candidate for county commissioner, was in town Tuesday, but he was not electioneering any, but says that if the people want him to serve that he will do his best for them.
    Mrs. Burke, a sister of Mrs. Chauncey Nye, of Prospect, and a niece of Mrs. Nye's, Miss Brown, came in Tuesday evening to visit their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Florey.
    Among the guests at the Sunnyside since I last wrote are I. C. Moore and Henry Thornton of Elk Creek, S. S. Aiken of Prospect, T. B. Higinbotham of Upper Rogue, Mr. and Mrs. Pelouze and son Bobbie, Mr. and Mrs. Gardner and daughter Clara of Lake Creek, Mr. Coss of Butte Falls, besides several strangers.
    Mrs. M. L. Daily, Mrs. Fred Salter, Mrs. A. F. Florey and Mrs. Norman McQuoid took it into their wise heads to have memorial exercises here on Wednesday evening, and S. B. Spiker kindly tendered them the use of his opera house to be used for the occasion. With the assistance of a number of the youths and lasses to assist in securing flowers, ferns, etc., to decorate the stage, they had it all artistically arranged most beautifully with flags, trees, shrubbery, etc., and in addition to all that they secured the assistance of the following persons who took an active part on the program. The exercises opened by the audience singing "America;" prayer by Dr. W. W. T. Holt, recitation, "Bay Billie," by Cora Owings, address by Prof. P. H. Daily (the ladies had, as they supposed, secured Prof. B. F. Mulkey for the address, but just at the last moment he phoned that he could not come, so Prof. Daily was pressed in as a substitute). Song, "Battle Hymn of the Republic," by the children; recitation, "Bereft," by Miss Fern Daily; pantomime, "Star Spangled Banner," by Miss Lula Martin, Miss Mabel Taylor, Miss Marguerite Florey, Misses Lena and Maud Lewis, Miss Hazel Brown, and Miss Lenore Walker; recitation, "The Veterans," by Isaac Childreth; Lincoln's Gettysburg Address by Carl Ringer; reading, "The Power of Prayer," by Mrs. Norman McQuoid; recitation, "Our Dead Heroes," by Florence Lake; song, "Little Boy in Blue," by Miss Marguerite Betty; recitation, "The Little Green Tents," by Thelma Nichols; reading, "Music of Rappahannock," by Mrs. M. L. Daily; recitation, "The Tribute Bearer," by Miss Ina Borden; quartet, "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground," which was beautifully illustrated on the stage by the literal fore. The opera house was filled and everyone felt that they had been well repaid for their trouble and the audience was highly pleased. Our old townsman, J. J. Fryer, declared that we had just as good talent in Eagle Point as there was anywhere.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 1, 1912, page 6

    The Liberty school, Wellen, Oregon, C. D. Schell, teacher, closed Saturday, May 20th, with a program and community day. The people assembled about 11 o'clock and enjoyed some lively games with beanbags and basketball. A contest in the chinning exercise was held before dinner. A substantial picnic luncheon was provided by the ladies of the neighborhood.
    The programme for the afternoon began with an exciting race in arithmetic by Hubert and Jeff Bradshaw. This was enjoyed so thoroughly by both contestants and visitors that it was repeated later. The next number was a reading, "The Little Red Hen" by Jeff Bradshaw. The question, "Resolved, That women have done more good in the world than men," was debated by the pupils. Golda and Alta Bradshaw defended the affirmative and Harold von der Hellen, Ben Oswald and Baxter Bradshaw the negative. The speeches showed a great deal of research in preparation and were delivered with much spirit. After the debate the discussion became general. The program closed with a speech by J. P. Wells, county school superintendent. After his address the company went outdoors and watched the pillow fights, paper fights, apple-eating contests and other games.
    Among those present with their families were Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Wells, of Jacksonville, Mr. and Mrs. Harry von der Hellen, Mr. and Mrs. Bradshaw, Mr. and Mrs. John Owens, Mr. and Mrs. James Owens, Mr. and Mrs. Dolph Kent, Mrs. Oswald, Mrs. Kate Walch and daughters, Mrs. Tou Velle and daughter, Henry Owens, Mr. Bishop, Mr. Luy, Mr. Oswald.
    The pupils were anxious to continue the meetings of their literary society through the summer and voted to meet Saturday evenings twice a month. This society is part of their industrial club in which they all take much interest. Several of them are planning to take prizes at the state fair on sewing, cooking and corn raising.
    During the fall term Mr. Pitman of the state normal school visited Liberty school with Supervisor Chase and the pupils cooked a dinner at school. They have had a cold frame near the school house and raised a variety of vegetables.
    In the winter they gave an entertainment and box supper. With the money so raised they bought a basketball, a map of the United States, paid the freight on a set of books from the state library, bought an encyclopedia and a set of reading books selected by the individual pupils. As a result of having this reading material the grammar grade pupils have read on an average twenty books during the year besides their school books.
    The Liberty school won second place in the field and track meet at Eagle Point, April 27. They were first in girls' basket throwing, class C; boys' standing broad jump; running broad jump and shot put, and won second place in boys' chinning, unlimited class and class A, the dash, and tied with Reese Creek for second place in basket throwing, class B.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 1, 1916, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    W. B. Roberts and wife, who are living on the old Joe Rader place, were doing business in our town last Saturday evening.
    Mrs. Bryant and Mr. and Mrs. Norman McQuoid returned from Roseburg, where they had been to attend the convention of the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs the last of the week.
    The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs gave Miss Mabel Wamsley, one of their number, who is in poor health, a surprise party last Saturday night. Each visitor brought in some memento to try to cheer her up and also brought in light refreshments, and they had one of those joyful times that are so characteristic of this community.
    The Eagle Point Amusement Company had their movie picture show and a midnight dance and report having had a fine time.
    Sunday morning broke on us bright and clear and the ladies had previously decorated the church with flags and flowers and had everything in readiness for the memorial services to be held at 11 o'clock. There was an unusually large attendance and Rev. L. L. Simmons delivered the address. About all of the old veterans were in attendance and were reminded of the scene in their younger days.
    At the same time Sunday there was quite a number of our citizens autoed out to different parts of the country. Some went upon the Siskiyous, while others went on to Hornbrook, and quite a number went to visit the Ashland park and drink from the world-renowned springs, and a few of the citizens of Medford came out here to get dinner and while away the time fishing in our beautiful Little Butte and Rogue River, among whom were our County Judge Tou Velle and wife, and Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Oatman and wife. Mr. Oatman is the fruit tree inspector of the Medford district, and Mrs. Jud Kennedy and daughter, Miss Marcella, of Medford.
    In the afternoon there was a select party autoed, or rather Forded, over to the Table Rock district and ascended the lower rock. They were Henry Trusty, Miss Claire Zimmerman, [and] Miss Ethel Roosevelt. Miss Roosevelt is a near relative of ex-President Roosevelt, and also a friend of Miss Claire Zimmerman, George Wehman and Carl Ringer. They climbed to the plateau, where they had a fine view of the entire valley.
    Miss Edith Oliver from Seattle, Wash., and Miss Rummage, of Grants Pass, have been here visiting Mrs. Lottie Van Scoy the past week.
    A party of our citizens consisting largely of the Brown family, Frank and Will. Royal, Mrs. Holmes, Mrs. Van Scoy and a few others autoed to the Wagner Springs Sunday p.m. and Mr. and Mrs. John Rader and their two daughters, Mrs. Harvey Stanley and Mrs. Ray Ashpole and Harvey Stanley visited Ashland park. Some of them had never been there before, and they were perfectly captivated with the beauties of the city, park and surroundings.
    Miss Vera Kershaw of Climax, Mrs. Owner Grigsby and her two children, Charles Manning, and a stranger by the name of Tanna, were here for dinner Monday.
    Mr. Cox, the milk goat man, was doing business here Tuesday.
    C. E. Johnson, who has been teaching in Laurel Hill district, is now engaged in canvassing for scenes around the world, Billy Sunday's sermons, etc.
    Floyd Overholt, of Lodi, California, is here the guest of Prof. W. G. Wheeler, who came in Tuesday from Talent.
    Tuesday night we were left in darkness as the electric station on the main line from Prospect went out of commission about ten o'clock and just afterward the alarm of fire was sounded and there was a general stampede among the housewives to find the old coal oil lamps, but the fire was only the burning out of the chimney (they have a fireplace) of the F. L. Heath residence. There was no damage done, but some of the neighbors were almost wild over the incident. The next morning Mr. Stimson and his helper started out and located the trouble at the station where the E.P. line connects with the main line. They followed up the line to here and after dinner started to go up by the French-Dodge bridge to follow the line through to Gold Ray.
    J. L. Bradshaw, wife and son were at the S.S. for dinner Wednesday.
    George E. Brandon moved into the old von der Hellen building they used to use as a warehouse before they moved into the store building, now the post office, away [sic]. They fixed it up for some railroad men to live in before George E. Johnson moved them to Medford. Mr. Brandon is at work tearing [out] some of the old machinery and getting ready for the coming crop. When George W. Daley Jr. was running this mill the flour commanded a good price, five cents higher on a sack than any other flour in the valley, and with the putting in of the new modern machinery we expect to have as good flour as can be made anywhere. The starting of that mill, the old Snowy Butte, will revive business and can be an incentive for the farmers to pull up their orchards, that have to be sprayed during the warm weather, and heated, smudged in cold, and cut and trimmed, pruned--and then cut out the blight and after all not receive enough off of their orchard to pay the expense of the upkeep, etc.
    There was a moving outfit passed through here Wednesday morning on the way to B. H. Brophy's farm, the old T. E. Nichols place, to move one of the large barns.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 3, 1916, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    James Ringer has been engaged papering and fixing up the old Robinett house getting it ready for someone to occupy.
    Miss Lula Martin, one of our promising young ladies, is visiting her mother, Mrs. Saintjames, of Medford.
    Miss Hattie Weiss of Medford is here visiting her sister, Mrs. M. L. Daily, and helping her to attend to the business of the telephone.
    Many of the traveling community are glad to hear that Mr. Jo Moomaw has put his hack on the road again, as there is considerable travel over the route between here and Peyton.
    There was quite a number of our citizens went to Central Point on last Thursday, Memorial Day, to decorate the graves of departed loved ones.
    Our Eagle Point ball team went to Phoenix on Thursday to play against the Phoenix team, and the game ended in favor of Phoenix, the score standing 9 to 11.
    Our two daughters, Hattie and Agnes, started for Klamath Falls last Wednesday to visit their sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Hart.
    S. A. Carlton and family of Ashland, and Mrs. Jane Plymale of Medford were out visiting Mrs. Carlton's and Mrs. Plymale's brothers, Thomas and John Nichols, Memorial Day. They have a family burying ground on the old Nichols farm, and while here visited the family graves.
    Mr. C. E. Hutchison and his mother came out on Thursday last and the next morning took the Prospect stage for Trail, where she expected to meet her niece, Mrs. George Tool.
    Mrs. Ed Bond of Lakeview, a daughter of Mrs. Art Thomas, came in a few days ago to spend the summer here. She had been so afflicted with rheumatism that she came to Eagle Point thinking that this is good enough for her. She brought with her her little daughter.
    The two Walch twins, Misses Clara and Clarada, were visiting their sister, Mrs. Charles Thomas last Friday.
    John Daley, formerly of this place, but now of Medford, came out from the Buzzard mine Thursday and brought some specimens from the good.
    Mr. A. B. Zimmerman has leased the Vatch farm on Rogue River and is thinking of moving his family there in the near future.
    I am requested to say that the Ladies' Aid Society will have a sale of the many articles that they have made during the latter part of the winter and spring on Wednesday, June 5, and that they will also serve lunch at noon for the accommodation of the hungry. The proceeds to go to improve the town park.
    Last Friday morning several of our townspeople met and began to clear out the underbrush on the park ground and get it ready for the grand celebration on the Fourth of July.
    I see by this evening's Mail Tribune that there is a mistake made in the report of the actors on the program during the memorial exercises. It should read, "Bay Billie," by Theodore Florey, instead of by Clara Owings, and "Decoration Day," by Clara Owings. I wish you to make the correction on account of the children and the truth of the statement. They both did remarkably well and should be credited.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 4, 1912, page 3

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    When I last wrote, Saturday evening, I omitted to mention that Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Gode, formerly of Medford but now of Maddeal [sic], Cal., were out and took dinner with us on that day. They were out to look at a tract of land lying southeast of Eagle Point that he had traded for in a deal. They were accompanied by Mrs. Mary Swinden of Wilson Springs and Mrs. Anna Higinbotham of Kanes Creek. Mrs. Higinbotham was telling me some of her experiences in the newspaper work, and what a job it was gathering up items to write, and to write a readable article for the papers, but how she enjoyed that kind of work. We spent a few hours together very pleasantly taking over the work, trials and perplexities of the correspondent's life.
    O. L. Irvin, one of the electricians of the Prospect plant, spent the night with us Saturday and reports that everything is working satisfactorily at the Prospect plant and that they can make quite a lot more electricity than they are using, and seemed to think that we stand a good show to become attached to the main line and got our light and power from that source.
    On Sunday morning the people began to gather at the Sunnyside quite early and by 10 o'clock or sooner Mrs. Charles Stacy of Medford and her two children, Miss Opal and Master Obed, accompanied by Mrs. Salter, a lady who is teaching school near their home on the old John Norton farm. Mr. Stack has charge of the orchard on the tract of land, I have forgotten the name of the orchard. They came in to witness the ball game between the Phoenix and Eagle Point teams, young Master Stacy being one of the Phoenix team. Shortly after that George King and Mr. Furry of Phoenix came and engaged dinner for the Phoenix team and said that they thought that there would be about 30 others from Phoenix that would want dinner and there was, for in all there were just 85 took dinner but they were not all from Phoenix, for among them were John Uuesbaum [Nussbaum?], wife, son and mother of Lake Creek, and Mr. and Mrs. H. U. Lumsden of the firm of Hutchison & Lumsden, and son Treve Lumsden, who is engaged in the Fruitgrowers' Bank of Medford, E. Watt and wife, one of the directors of the First National Bank, D. W. Luke and wife, one of the Medford orchardists, and Miss Ethel Graham, a niece of Mrs. H. U. Lumsden, all of Medford, and Mrs. Larmus of Pittsburgh, Penn. Also Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Benson of the firm of Geo. Brown & Son, and daughter Miss Hazel Brown, and they were accompanied by Mr. Engel, a traveling salesman who is interested with Mr. Brown in some land in this section of the country. Mr. and Mrs. F. Salter, one of our hardware merchants, Dr. W. W. P. Holt, wife and daughter, Miss Helen, and brother-in-law, Mr. Purdy, Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre, our banker and wife, Oscar Wright and wife, besides a large lot whose names I did not learn.
    After dinner was over the most of the crowd, except the party of 10 from Medford, and they went out up to Brownsboro, repaired to the ball grounds, where the team had already prepared a grandstand for the accommodation of the visitors, and the game commenced and I understand that the game was hotly contested until the sixth inning, when the Eagle Point boys began to take to the lead and the result was the game was decided in favor of Eagle Point by 8 to 1. But if the Phoenix boys were defeated they had a fine time and expect in the future to contest again for the honors. I understand that the arrangement is made for the Medford team to come out next Sunday and try their hand at the bat with Eagle Point, and those who don't wish to attend a Sunday ball game can come out and picnic under the shade of our trees along the bank of our beautiful Little Butte Creek.
    A company of surveyors came out this Monday morning to survey off the ball grounds, four acres, and it is the intention of the committee to enclose it and have a good covered grandstand and arrange so as to make the place attractive and pleasant. I tell you Eagle Point is coming to the front quite rapidly.
    I understand that our mayor and marshal have arranged with R. R. Minter and he has brought in a band of 2500 sheep and is herding them in that part of our town where the foxtail is the thickest to try to destroy it to lessen the danger of fire this summer, but whether it will or not remains to be seen, for they pack it down so that it will burn the better. But, O, the scent. More anon.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 5, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    C. L. McPherson of Grants Pass is here trying to work up a revival for the old lodge of the A.O.U.W. He seems to think that he will succeed as the lodge is starting out on a different system.
    Mr. Henderson of Reese Creek is tearing down the old Simon Ulrich barn, one of the old landmarks of the past in our thriving little town, to make room for dwelling houses as this is one of the most desirable places to live--out of sticky.
    Verna Mathews and George Fisher have bought out the blacksmith shop and business of W. L. Childreth and are carrying on the business as usual, consideration $1600. We trust that they will succeed in their undertaking, but regret that Mr. Childreth was forced to close out his business on account of something like appendicitis, but hope that he will not leave our town, for he is one of our best citizens and an active member of our town council.
    While I was trolling around town Monday and Tuesday afternoon looking for Eaglets, I had the pleasure of meeting with Miss Donnie Rader and Mrs. Elmer Keys, who are living on the Hitchcock place and they report that they have a flourishing Sunday school in their neighborhood, in the Antelope school district and that everything in the crop line looks fine. While I was on my rounds I found that our merchants were so busily engaged that they did not have time to talk politics or religion, but business I did talk to Mr. Heath of the firm of Heath & Diamond, but he had to talk to two ladies at the same time and Mr. Diamond was so busy selling shoes to another so I went on to Henry Childreth's blacksmith shop and found that he had his new forge in operation and was trying to hold a horse's hind foot still so as to put on a shoe, repair one of Roy Willits' hacks and get it ready to go to Prospect the next day, and so went to Mr. Salter's hardware store and found him talking to S. B. Spiker about filling a bill for him to build a large packing house 50 by 96 feet and two stories high on an entirely new plan for Mr. Corbin, as he had taken the contract to not only build the packing house but also a two-story addition to the dwelling house on the orchard now owned by Mr. H. Corbin--the old Bradshaw orchard. Mr. Spiker having secured the contract to build both houses and had the teams go right to work hauling the lumber which is furnished by the Sprague Lumber Company of Eagle Point and while talking to Mr. Sprague about the lumber for those two houses learned that the same company was furnishing the lumber for the home that Mr. Piper is building on Eagle Heights, a suburb of Eagle Point. I dropped into the new bakery conducted by George Riley, recently of Medford, and per force of habit asked him for news for the Mail Tribune and while I was there discovered that he had a fine lot of bread, cakes, pies, etc., and he assured me that business was fully as good as he could have expected and while there I wrote out a receipt for his subscription to the Mail Tribune, and as I was passing Brown's store saw that they were too busy to talk as they have to keep adding to their clerical force and they are kept busy most of the time. I was going into the Model Variety Store but saw they were busy so I passed on by and on my return trip home found that Frank Lewis had quite a number taking refreshments and Sam Harnish seemed to be doing a good business in his livery stable. Found at Ashpole's billiard room quite a number interested in the pleasures of that house. I also discovered that G. W. Owings has had a new sign painted across the front of his store "groceries, confectionery and cold drinks." Stopping at the post office, I got my Mail Tribune and went home.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 7, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Curtis Nichols has moved his family into one-half of the upper story of the new brick that he and his uncle Thomas Nichols have just completed, and Thomas Nichols expects to move into the other half of the same building soon after haying.
    Mr. Forester, the machinist who has charge of putting in the machinery for the ice plant for Messrs. Nichols, says that he thinks that he will have the machinery ready to test by next Tuesday the 11th, and in a few days more they will be making ice for sale.
    B. U. Cambers and Bert Peachey, two of the forest rangers, left here Thursday morning to go to work on the government telephone line between Butte Falls and Prospect. Bert's sister Miss Bertha Peachy and Miss Maggie Daley accompanied them on their trip for an outing.
    The Sunnyside has a new sign painted on the side of the water tower next to the creek so that it can be seen by people passing along the street from the depot.
    I am requested to say that on Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m. sharp the Gold Hill team will play here on the new ball grounds and by that time they will have the grandstand covered so as to make the visitors more comfortable than they were the last time they played.
    There is a big lot of lumber being hauled out from here to different parts of the country, a carload of it going to the fish hatchery and several different lots going to the farmers around here and quite a lot goes to Eagle Heights. Mr. Sprague, our lumber man, tells me that he is kept busy most of the time as he furnishes about all of the lumber that is used in this section.
    Mrs. A. H. Weber, our pharmacist's wife, has gone to Ashland to visit relatives.
    The Ladies' Aid Society had a sale and gave a dinner last Wednesday in Spears' Opera House and the net proceeds was from the sale of articles "made in Eagle Point," by the ladies amounted to $30, and the receipts for dinner was $30.50 and per agreement one-half of the money goes toward improving the park and the rest toward improving and beautifying the church. The provisions were all donated by the citizens and Mr. Spiker gave the use of his opera house, and the ladies seemed to appreciate his act of kindness. It is not necessary for me to add one word as to the quality or quantity of the dinner, for whenever the Eagle Point ladies undertake to do anything they do it right.
    Married in Jacksonville on Wednesday, June 5, by Hon. Judge Neil, Mr. J. B. McNichol of San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. Harriet E. Davis of Milwaukee, Wis. Mr. McNichol is an expert miner, having spent some years mining on the Colorado and Mahor [Mohave?] deserts and Mrs. Davis was an attractive widow of about 35. They expect to move from the Jacks place where they are now living to San Diego during the summer.
    This is Friday afternoon and today has been a high day in Eagle Point for we have had two different birthday parties today. The first was at the residence of C. S. Pointer and the dinner and party was a joint affair, it being Mrs. A. N. Thomas' 72nd birthday and Mrs. J. A. Curtin's 83rd birthday. There were present Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fryer, Mrs. May Bond, of Lakeview; Mrs. James Jordan, Mrs. Rebecka Jonas, Mr. and Mrs. William Knighton, Mr. M. S. Woods and his sister, Miss Cecelia Woods, Mrs. A. N. Thomas and your Eagle Point correspondent. But Oh, the dinners for old dyspeptics! We all had a fine time and about three o'clock I started home and on my way ran into another birthday party. This time it was the birthday of little Miss Garnett Nichols, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nichols. As I come opposite the beautiful family residence I discovered a number of ladies on the veranda and a group of little girls in the yard and my curiosity led me to inquire what was going on and I was told that it was another birthday party, and [was] invited in, but business, well I'll tell what, I had to come home and write for the Mail Tribune so that the letter will go out tomorrow morning. Will tell about the W.C.T.U. social and reception next time.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 11, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Mr. Howard, our accommodating brakeman on the P.&E. Ry., has been giving his residence a new coat of paint and fixing it up in grand style.
    In my last I promised to give an account of the W.C.T.U. social and reception for the new members. The reception was held at the residence of Prof. P. H. Daily on Thursday evening, June 6th, and special invitations were sent to the members and especially to the new members, your correspondent being among them, but owing to the constant strain on his mind to keep the Eaglets always ready for the printer and perhaps a little carelessness on his part, it slipped his mind so he had to depend on others for the necessary information to enable him to write it up, but owing to the kindness of some of his lady friends, he was able to find the following acts: There were about twenty of the members attended the reception and among them was Robert Harnish, Walter Painter, Joseph Moomaw, H. B. Bryant, Dr. Holt, Mrs. J. W. Grover, Mrs. Joseph Moomaw, Mrs. G. W. Owings, Mrs. W. L. Childreth, Mrs. M. L. Daily, Mrs. P. H. Daily, Miss Louise Blass, Miss Loretta Childreth, Miss Carrie Owney, Miss Verta Grover and Miss Fern Daily. Cake and ice cream was served, a few short speeches made and the younger members engaged in some of the innocent games and about 10:30 p.m. the company bade the host and hostess good night and repaired to their respective homes, realizing that they had spent another evening profitably.
    By the time this reaches the reader, Mrs. Argie Green and her mother, Mrs. J. J. Fryer, will have started for Seattle to visit Mrs. Green's sister, and her mother to visit her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jones.
    Mr. J. Edsall, who is engaged hauling quartz at Scott's Bar, California, made a flying trip to Eagle Point last Friday, stopping only one night.
    Mrs. Charley Thomas started last Saturday to join her husband at Scott's Bar, where he is engaged hauling quartz with J. Edsall.
    Haying is getting well under way in these parts and everybody is busy.
    Benj. Edmondson and his little son Benjamin spent the night here Friday.
    Our city dads have ordered the old wagon bridge refloored and some new timbers placed under the approach on the north end.
    Miss Bulah Burleson of Lake Creek, had the misfortune to fall off her horse a short time ago and hurt her arm quite badly. It was not a break, but Dr. Holt, who dressed the wound, says that the bones in the lower part of the arm were bent so that he had to straighten them.
    Dr. Holt was called on to go out and see Everett Dahack, and upon examination found that he was troubled with appendicitis so he had to be taken to the hospital in Medford and there the appendix was removed and the young man seems to be getting along nicely.
    F. J. Ayres was doing business with our merchants last Saturday.
    The Eagle Point ball team went to Gold Hill last Sunday and played against the Gold Hill team. The result was the game stood Eagle Point 5, Gold Hill 7. The Gold Hill boys are expected to play the Eagle Point team next Sunday at Eagle Point and then we will see how it comes off.
    The Sunday school picnic Sunday was fine and I will give the account of it next time I write.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 12, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    In my last I promised to give an account of our Sunday school picnic at Table Rock, it being an annual meeting of the different Congregational Sunday schools in the neighborhood of Table Rock.
    The picnic was held on the north bank of Rogue River about a mile south of Table Rock schoolhouse and the following Sunday schools were represented: Agate, Antioch, Chaparral, Trail, Table Rock and Dardanelles, although there were representatives from Sams Valley, Debenger Gap; in fact there were people from all the surrounding country. When I arrived at the place selected, I found Rev. M. C. Davis, the Sunday school missionary, and Rev. Howard N. Smith, the state superintendent of the Congregational Sunday schools and a large number of the citizens of that vicinity and just after my arrival, in came the Antioch-Debenger Gap stage. It consisted of a heavy four-horse wagon with a flat hayrack on it with four fine dapple gray horses hitched to it and the hay rack was filled with boys, girls, young men and a few of the more elderly ladies to chaperone the younger ones. As jolly a company as one would want, and among them was the Debenger Gap Orchestra with their musical instruments, to assist in the festivities of the occasion, for although we had religious services, it was designed for a time of joy and pleasure. It was estimated that there were about 300 or 350 persons present. The services were opened by Rev. M. C. Davis and after singing a couple of appropriate songs, prayer was offered by your Eagle Point correspondent and then Rev. Howard N. Smith was introduced and delivered an address from the text, "Suffer the little children to come unto me," and in the course of his address he read a poem entitled "The First Children's Day," that was based on the scene in India calling forth the language in the text. At the close of his address we had a number of songs and recitations by the Sunday school scholars and then we adjourned for dinner. Well, we had a dinner, a big dinner, and lots of it. After dinner we had the exercises of the program resumed and the first on the program was the rendering of some fine music by the Debenger Gap Orchestra, which is composed of the Misses Gage and their mother, and when they left the platform they were encored and then have us another beautiful selection, then a quartet by Misses Eva Hall, Hazel Byrum and Misses Vincents, and they were also called back to the stand, then a song by Mrs. Chase's class of Antioch Sunday school consisting of 41 pupils, and they showed talent and training, then the Agate school came in for their part and Chaparral school, etc., but the best part of the whole program was to hear the smaller members of the schools perform their part. It was a time long to be remembered by both young and old and we all hoped that the most of us may live to celebrate Children's Day again on the second Sunday in June, 1913.
    Robert Neil of Lake Creek, and his brother, Edward, recently from New York City, were pleasant caller Monday. Edward Neil is on his way back to his New York home.
    Miss Alice Nygren of Lake Creek, came out Tuesday, went to Medford to have some dental work done.
    Mrs. A. J. Florey, who has been up to her mother's, Mrs. Chauncey Nye, to attend the wedding of her sister, Miss Elsie Nye, and Joe Phipps, has returned but I have not been able to secure the particulars of the wedding.
    Our two daughters have reached home again, and I am glad, for it is so lonesome at home without them. That means that the boys--well, I was a boy myself once.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 13, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Austin Green and wife of Trail have moved out and are now stopping with Mr. Green's grandfather, J. J. Fryer, while Mrs. Fryer has gone to Washington to visit her daughter, Mrs. Charles Jones.
    Artie Nichols has the machinery in place and by next Monday will be turning out Eagle Point-made ice.
    Mrs. Floyd Pearce of Forest Creek came over to Eagle Point the first of the week to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fryer.
    C. D. Stout, the foreman of the bridge carpenters on the P. and E. Railroad, brought his wife and daughter, Miss Ora, out to spend a few days at the Sunnyside the first of the week. They remained until Friday morning. While here they made a trip to Butte Falls and spent one day roving through the woods near the bridge on the P. and E. R.R.
    Last Saturday evening the Antelope Sunday school gave a basket social in the Antelope school house and on account of my not being able to attend in person, and being anxious to get the details of the occasion I secured a promise of a written report of the affair by Miss Donnie Rader, but when the time came to write it up for me to send to the Mail Tribune her heart failed her, so she sent the Sunday school superintendent, Mr. Cooley, over to give the main points, but he being like myself somewhat advanced in age could not see the funny points, like having the boys try to bribe the girls to designate in some way the name of the owner of the basket that was offered for sale, and how much fun the boys had in running the basket up on some young fellow who was almost dying to get to eat with his best girl, or how the hearts of the girls would flutter when they saw that some young man, or perhaps older man, whom they didn't want to get their basket, was persisting in bidding on their basket, or how disappointed some boy would be when he saw some other fellow eating out of his girl's basket. Oh, I tell you, us old folks sometimes omit to see these little things that go to make up some of the pleasures or disappointments of life. But to the report. There were about thirty or forty in attendance, but there seemed to be quite a scarcity of baskets, and the result was there was considerable sharp bidding and quite an amount of excitement over the question as to who would come out second best in the race for the best girls basket.
    The social was gotten up to raise funds to purchase an organ for the Sunday school and the receipts of the evening amounted to $21.05. The committee has already procured an organ, second hand, for $15.00, leaving a balance of $6.05 in the treasury. It is not necessary for me to add that they had a joyful time, for they have the material in that neighborhood to make everything pleasant that they undertake.
    P. H. Daily is engaged assessing in the county out east of here.
    Sheriff W. A. Jones, wife, daughter and a young lady friend came out Tuesday. His business was to serve papers on Commissioners Frank Brown and James Owens in the Medford bridge injunction suit, and some of the old hayseeds out here are wondering if that suit won't result in the people of the county repudiating the $504,000 illegal indebtedness. Who can tell.
    Henry French and wife were doing business with our merchants the first of the week.
    On my return from Grants Pass last Thursday I found everything lively around town as usual. I had been to Grants Pass to have Dr. Findley treat my eyes and while there met Mrs. Jack Hustin of Trail, who was also there to consult the doctor. I also had the pleasure of meeting Miss Hazel Cox, a daughter of one of our old settlers, Mr. True Cox. She was consulting the doctor with regard to her hearing, and another one of the descendants of one of our old acquaintances of Siskiyou County, Cal., Miss Daisy Hight. She was also in to see the doctor with regard to her throat. Grants Pass is quite a lively little place, not so large as Medford, but larger than Eagle Point. They are hustlers in that town and have some beautiful residence buildings and their school houses will compare with either Medford or Ashland.
    O. L. Irwin and bride of Prospect spent the night with us last Tuesday, taking the Prospect stage Wednesday morning. Mr. Irwin spent the night with us about two weeks ago on his way to Seattle where he was married, and has taken his wife to their home near Prospect. He is one of the electricians who has charge of the electric plant in that region.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 15, 1912, page 6

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    S. S. Aikin of Prospect was a pleasant caller Thursday night.
    Larkin Reynolds, F. T. Newport and James Gillespie were among the guests Thursday night. The first two named are of the carpenters crew of the P.&E.R.R. and Mr. Gillespie is one of the brakeman of the same company.
    Mr. J. Cadzow, E. Wheeler and Ed Watson were with us Thursday night. They were here working in the interest of the Eagle Point-Butte Falls Telephone Company. They were starting in to place another line on the poles between here and Derby, as there are so many phones already on the line that it does not do good service and there are five more applications for new phones between here and Butte Falls.
    H. H. Miller and O. S. Lawrence of Medford came out Thursday to lath William von der Hellen's house that he has been having remodeled.
    E. L. Wainstaff has been putting an addition to his residence.
    Fred Pelouze, wife and son Robbie were pleasant callers Thursday night for supper. The whole family seem to be enthusiastic over baseball and Robbie is one of the main players in the Eagle Point team.
    Speaking about the ball team reminds me that the committee have roofed the grandstand and made everything comfortable for the spectators.
    Our new bakery is proving quite a success as well as a great convenience for those who wish to procure victuals in that line and we predict a good business for him in the future.
    Mrs. J. B. McNichol has an ad in the classified list today.
    Rev. George S. Paddock, the state superintendent of the International Sunday School Society, of Portland, will preach at Antioch Sunday, June 23 at 11 a.m., Agate 3 p.m. and Table Rock in the evening. Mr. Paddock is the state superintendent of the Congregational Churches of Oregon and one of the leading preachers of the state. He is making a tour of this part of the state and will during the week preach at Dardanelles S.H. 17, Sams Valley 18, Trail 19, Elk 20, Peyton 21.
    Wilbur Ashpole was out Friday to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Ashpole. While here he inspected our park ground, and remarked that it could be made one of the most beautiful parks in the country.
    The committee have been to work on the ground clearing away some of the underbrush leveling the ground and getting it ready for the grand celebration of the Fourth of July. The committee intends to spare no pains, but will do everything in their power to make it as pleasant as possible for all that come.
    Heath and Diamond are having a cooler attached to their new store where they can keep eatables cool and fresh.
    A lady friend of mine who has been sick for some time met me Friday and gave me a good scolding for not putting in the Mail Tribune that she was sick and on another occasion a man found fault with me because I inquired of him every time we met how his wife was, when she was sick, and I told him the same reason, that is that I thought it would make their friends uneasy to read that they were sick, and for that reason I have refrained from mentioning cases of sickness in the neighborhood, and I am glad to be able to truthfully say that there is generally very little sickness in this neighborhood--for I don't like to report hospital news.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 17, 1912, page 7

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Thomas E. Nichols has moved his family into the new brick store, meat market and residence building. He and his nephew Artie who built the house had it so arranged that they each have rooms upstairs so that everything is as handy as a pocket in a shirt.
    Our enterprising citizens who live on First Street in the Ulrich addition have had a part of the street graded and it is now ready for the gravel to be placed on it. The property owners did the grading and the town is to do the rest, according to reports from headquarters.
    Miss A. C. Murphy, daughter of one of our old boarders, and for some time section boss on the part of the P.&E.R.R. in this section, and Mr. Wene Pashek of The Dalles, were pleasant callers Saturday morning on their way up to "Dick" Slinger's, where Miss Murphy taught school for some time.
    John Daley, one of our old citizens who has been interested in the Buzzard mine, came in Saturday to visit his parents and brother.
    W. L. Childreth in conversation with your correspondent remarked, "If I have sold out my blacksmith shop I don't know where I could go to find a more desirable place than Eagle Point for a home, although I would like to have my boys on a farm." Mr. Childreth has been in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Dakota, etc., and says that Eagle Point, Jackson County, Oregon, is good enough for him, and his head is level on that point.
    W. F. Hoffman of Lake Creek was here for dinner Saturday and reports the death of his infant son, aged six weeks, on the 14th of this month. Interment was made Sunday in the Brownsboro Cemetery, religious services were conducted by a Seventh Day Baptist whose name I didn't learn.
    Word came to me Saturday that the daughter of Len Jones of Dudley fell and broke her arm last Friday.
    Last Saturday morning the family was aroused at the Sunnyside by the arrival of Mr. Murphy of Medford with Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Allen. Mrs. Allen's father had died in Ashland that morning and Mr. Murphy came out with his auto to the Corbin orchard for them and they came here, as all of her things were here and took the train for Medford. Her father, Mr. H. E. Stone, has been a resident of Ashland for a number of years and was the owner of considerable property there. He was aged 74 years.
    Last Sunday was quite a day in Eagle Point as the Gold Hill ball team came up and played against the Eagle Point team. The score stood Eagle Point 11, Gold Hill 15, but the boys had lots of fun and all passed off pleasantly. We had the usual crowd here for dinner and just as Mrs. Howlett was preparing to put dinner on the table she was called to the phone by Mr. Bert Harmon of Medford and asked if she could serve a chicken supper at six o'clock, in the screened porch, for a company of fifteen, to which she responded that she could. Promptly at 12 noon dinner was announced and the Gold Hill party were invited to the table on the screened porch and that table was soon filled and the rest of the Gold Hill company were invited to the dining room proper and they entered on the duties of the hour as though they enjoyed it. There were not so many as there were two weeks ago but enough to have a good time, and they had it. Among those who came in addition to the people who came to see the ball game were Dr. Martin C. Barber, wife and children, Mrs. Osborne and Dr. Grant, recently from the East. After dinner they went on up to Brownsboro.
    About 5:50 p.m. three autos came in and the following persons marched to the supper table: Mr. and Mrs. L. Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Grey, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Bert Harmon, Mrs. LaClaire, Mrs. George Roberts, Mr. P. W. Watson, Master Windsor Gale, Mrs. L. W. Remi of North Bend, Wash., and Master Jos. Hackins, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After supper they took a walk around town, came back and visited for an hour or so and went on their way rejoicing, vowing that they would come back occasionally and have another good time. Mrs. Grey and Mrs. Harmon were the hostesses of the occasion, superintending the company and settling the bills.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 19, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    The Eagle Point Sunday School celebrated their annual anniversary last Sunday evening, and although I did not have the pleasure of attending, the report comes to me that there was an immense crowd for a small place like Eagle Point, the church building was simply packed, seats brought in, was filled and quite a number had to stand. The exercises were conducted entirely by the small children. I understand that there was one girl took a part that is about fourteen years old, and all of the rest of the entire program was carried out by the smaller children and in some instances they brought down the house. I would send a copy of the program but it was destroyed before I could or either did see Mrs. P. H Daily, as she was on the committee who had charge of the arrangement, and here I wish to say that the friends of the Sunday school seem to feel a great degree of gratitude to Mrs. P. H. Daily, Mrs. Bryant, Mrs. Moomaw and Mrs. Grover for the unceasing efforts they put forth to make the entertainment the grand success it was.
    During the time the boys were playing ball last Sunday Mrs. Charles Brewett spent the time visiting Mrs. Howlett, she said that it would not look well, or she would not feel right for her to go in the forenoon and teach a Sunday school class and in the afternoon go and spend the time watching a ball game.
    Mr. and Mrs. Walters, who are spending the summer upon Rogue River, spent the night with us Sunday taking the E.P.-Prospect stage Monday morning.
    Our school meeting passed off quietly last Monday, there seemed to be an unusual interest taken in the meeting as almost every merchant and business man in town was there. The result was Fred Pelouze was elected director for three years and J. V. McIntyre, our banker, as clerk. The report of the outgoing clerk showed that there had been paid out during the past year thirty-four hundred dollars.
    The annual school meeting for the Antelope district elected Mr. Frank Derrick as director and Miss Bonnie Rader as clerk.
    Ed Cornell, U.S. guard for the timber, and George West came in Tuesday afternoon and spent the night with us, starting for the Prospect country Wednesday morning.
    For fear I get another scolding for not reporting bad news, I will have to report the news that our old and highly respected townsman, J. J Fryer, had the misfortune to fall into an irrigating ditch last Monday and had considerable difficulty in getting out as he is quite advanced in age, being 84, and the result is that he is in rather a serious condition. Dr. Holt, who is in attendance, phoned for his daughter, Mrs. Floyd Pearce of Forest Creek, and she came over Tuesday. Mrs. Fryer having gone to Seattle to visit her daughter Mrs. Charles Jones.
    Wm. Gregory, one of our oldest pioneers, was over from Central Point Tuesday visiting Mrs. A. N. Thomas and while here visited his old friend J. J. Fryer.
    Wm. Daley, the man who is to be our next county commissioner, and was assaulted some time ago by an Italian up near his home on the north fork of Little Butte Creek, came riding into town Tuesday forenoon on horseback on his way to Medford, he says that he is a great deal better but not well by a considerable [omission]. His many friends here gave him a cordial greeting.
    I am requested to say to the readers of the Eaglets that the Medford baseball team will come out Sunday the 23rd, and play against the Eagle Point ball team.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 20, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    There is a whole lot of kicking on the part of some of our taxpayers in these parts on account of there being notices sent to them after they had paid, as they supposed, their taxes and taken a receipt for the same, that there was still the taxes due on their personal property and the interest, penalty, etc. The question is asked and reiterated, when will the tangle about our taxes be unraveled? In many instances people have sacrificed in order to raise the money to pay their taxes, and then after they supposed that they were all clear for another year, to have a dun come for more, it is provoking. It looks as though after a man has gone to the sheriff's office and offered to pay his taxes and pays what is due and demanded, takes his receipt, and then months afterward have another bill, with interest and penalty attached, presented that there is a great deal of carelessness somewhere.
    Fred Frideger, his nephew, J. R. Frideger, and F. J. Rippy, who have been out here plastering Wm. von der Hellen's home, have got through their job and Fred has been putting in his time clearing out his orchard just northeast of town, while the other two returned to Medford.
    The traveling salesmen are coming in to do business with our merchants and occasionally one of them drops in for a meal and a night's lodging. Among them since I wrote last were S. G. London of San Francisco, selling dry goods and notions, and W. C. Thurland of San Francisco. They seem to think that Eagle Point is a good field to operate in.
    I unintentionally omitted to state in my last that Ed Cowden of Butte Falls was among us on Monday night.
    In my last I mentioned that William Gregory of Central Point was visiting among us, but omitted to state that his wife and Mrs. Susan Miller (nee Susan March), a cousin of Mrs. Gregory's, were with him.
    It becomes my duty to chronicle another accident. This time it is old Mr. N. Woolery, father of Mrs. Grant Mathews, living on the old John Black place. He has been almost helpless for some time and during the pleasant spell of weather we had a few days ago he walked out in the yard and in trying to step up into the house fell and broke two of his ribs loose from the spine. Dr. Holt was called and he seems to be resting easy, but it will be a long time before he is able to go around again.
    Mrs. Ed Bond of Lakeview and her little daughter are at this writing visiting Mrs. Howlett and the girls. She came in from Lakeview to be treated for rheumatism, and I am glad to be able to say that she has so far recovered that she can go around without any trouble.
    Mr. Van Vactor, one of the old engineers on the S.P. railroad and more recently on the P.&E. Railroad, and has been acting watchman for the P.&E. at this place, has had his wife move from Ashland and they have gone to housekeeping in the von der Hellen brick. He has been boarding at the Sunnyside for several months.
    Mrs. Claudius Pearce of Forest Creek came over last Wednesday to help take care of her father, J. J. Fryer, and I am glad to be able to say that he seems to be improving some, but it will be some time before he fully recovers.
    Born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Singleton of this neighborhood, in the city of Los Angeles, June 14, a daughter. Mr. Singleton informs that his wife and the babe are doing fine.
    Orvil Tarbell of Ashland was with us Thursday night on his way to Trail.
    Brooks Spencer phoned out to Mrs. Howlett to have her prepare a lunch for a company of ten to be sent up to the Antelope orchard on Friday, as there was to be a company consisting of that number come out there for a picnic dinner that day.
    W. Hart Hamilton, the man who bought the old Ulrich place, took dinner at the Sunnyside Friday. He is here looking after his interests in these parts. He owns quite a large tract of land close to Eagle Point.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 25, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    County Commissioner James Owens was among us last Saturday.
    Mrs. Middlebusher and her son Clarence of Trail were business visitors among us Saturday.
    Gus Nichols had a runaway last Saturday; his horse took fright and went dashing down the street toward the depot, breaking the shafts and harness considerable.
    Frank Johnson and his son were also among us last Saturday.
    Nichols & Co. have completed their ice plant and are turning out about 1600 pounds a day. They have built a wood building on the rear of their brick to cover their gasoline engine and a part of the machinery and have things fixed up fine.
    O. C. Davis reports that he butchered a 10 months old calf that dressed 424 pounds. That is some calf for its age.
    The dance given by the Eagle Point ball team last Friday night was a grand success. I heard one man say that there were so many there that they could hardly find room to dance. There were about ninety tickets sold, I understand, although I have not been able to learn definitely the number.
    W. E. Hammel attended the dance and the next morning went to Medford.
    Merrill and Marvin Goode, twin brothers, were pleasant callers last Saturday.
    Mr. (I understand that his initials are J. R.) Henderson, who has a homestead on Reese Creek, was badly hurt last Saturday morning. He was helping Mr. Ed Conley raise a barn, the two men were working together, and Mr. Conley was on top of the framework about twenty feet high and let an eight-pound hammer fall, it striking Mr. Henderson in the back about half way between the neck and the hips, and he, Mr. Conley, rushed to town for medical aid but I have not been able to learn the particulars as to the result, as I have been away to Agate and Table Rock Sunday afternoon and Monday forenoon, but if I can learn more will give it next time.
    Henry Meyers and son of Lake Creek were pleasant callers Saturday.
    T. F. Ayres, wife and daughter, Mrs. Newport were visiting their daughter and sister Rosa Saturday while in town.
    T. L. Cromwell of Grants Pass called Saturday evening to make arrangements to have his wife stop at the Sunnyside for a week so that she can recuperate her health.
    Rev. Lamar preached his farewell sermon Sunday; he has been pastor of the Baptist Church here for the last three and a quarter years and in making his closing remarks Sunday morning, spoke of the strong ties existing between himself and his charge, and how with regrets he was leaving them, and also paid his church a compliment by stating that they had contributed more toward the maintenance of the church, in proportion to their ability than any other church in the bounds of the Rogue River Baptist Association. Mr. Lamar, while not what would be called a fluent preacher, is looked upon in these parts as a good devoted Christian gentleman and is a good pastor, and leaves many warm friends behind him. He goes from here to take charge of the Central Point-Merlin work. He will be succeeded by a man by the name of Simmons.
    Thomas and Lyle Carlton of Ashland were pleasant callers Sunday.
    Owing to the rain the ball boys did not play last Sunday.
    The next time I will tell of the Table Rock meeting.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 26, 1912, page 5

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    In my last letter I promised to tell something of the meeting at Table Rock. I started from home at 1:30 p.m. to go to Agate school house where I was to meet Rev. M. C. Davis and George E. Paddock, D.D., of Portland, the state superintendent of the Congregation of Churches of Oregon and also state superintendent of the International Sunday School Society. When we reached the school house I was a little ahead of time and found no one there; in a few minutes, however, the two ministers arrived and then we spent a few minutes together, still no one came and we began to think that our preacher would have but two to preach to, but in a few minutes they began to come in sight and before long we had a good-sized audience and Rev. Paddock preached. I may be permitted to mention in this connection that we had some very fine singing in connection with the service.
    At 7:30 p.m. the bell in the Table Rock school house rang to notify the people that it was time to assemble for services and at 8 o'clock the house was called to order by Rev. Davis. About this time the people from Agate began to come in, and by the time thirty-seven had come in a hay wagon and they were seated, the crowd amounted to about one hundred and twenty and then the services began by having a quartet by two young men and Miss Hazel Byrum and Miss Effie Hall, followed by two songs by the congregation, with Miss Byrum at the organ. By way of digression I will say that when you get the singers of Agate and the singers of Table Rock together and Miss Hazel Hyrum at the organ you will always have good singing. Dr. Paddock announced his text from Ps. 84 and in less than a minute had the attention of the entire audience, and in the course of the sermon told how God was shaping the affairs of this world for its evangelizing, referring to the general uprising in the political affairs of the United States, the awakening of the Orient, and the establishing of a great republic among the Chinese, the general unrest that exists throughout the world on the subject of Christianity, the efforts being put forth by the Roman Catholics to colonize the Willamette Valley, etc., and wound up by urging on Christians to redouble their efforts for the evangelizing of this coast.
    Dr. Paddock is one of the recognized leaders in the work on the Pacific Coast. He has just finished a tour of the field in Southern Oregon and says that we have truly a wonderful country in Southern Oregon and promises to try to put more laborers in the church work in the near future.
    While at Table Rock it was announced that the young people will have a basket social next Saturday night in the school house to raise funds to pay for a hundred chairs they have bought for use when they have public gatherings. They have a fine program prepared for the occasion.
    While in Table Rock I had the pleasure of meeting a brother of your Table Rock correspondent, Mr. Hail [sic].
    Senator H. von der Hellen was smiling on his friends in Eagle Point last Tuesday.
    F. B. Higinbotham of Prospect and his daughter Mrs. J. W. Fallis of Alberta, B.C., were pleasant callers Monday night. She came out to interview Dr. Holt.
    W. P. Whitman has reopened the basket [barber] shop in Eagle Point.
    Miss Mamie Wright, who has been teaching school on Elk Creek has finished her school and returned to her home in Eagle Point.
    The rain stopped the ball game last Sunday but the Eagle Point boys expect to have a game next Sunday with the Woodville team.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 27, 1912, page 4

(By A. C. Howlett.)
    Mr. and Mrs. John Rader were doing business with our merchants about the middle of the week, and so were Mr. and Mrs. Keese of Antelope Valley.
    Miss Mamie Wright, the young lady who is to take charge of the primary department in our school this fall and has taught a term on Elk Creek this summer, returned home last Saturday. When I was up in the Elk Creek country where she was teaching I had the pleasure of visiting her school, and from what I saw of her ability as a teacher feel proud that she is to have charge of the little folks of our school.
    Rev. Holmes, pastor of the Baptist church in Medford, left Eagle Point on the car for Medford Wednesday morning.
    W. T. Hoffman, wife and little daughter, spent the night with us on Tuesday last.
    Arthur Moeller of Portland came out Wednesday evening on the P.&E. to help our Eagle Point boys play ball. He is a professional pitcher and is to pitch for the boys next Sunday and also on the Fourth of July.
    Next Sunday's game is to be between the Woodville and Eagle Point boys and they expect to have in addition to their own team three new basemen and two new fielders. They are expecting to have a big crowd here on the Fourth and the people are making big preparations. F. M. Stewart, who has charge of arranging the park, will have it in fine shape--a beauty. A large platform is already established and seats arranged for the accommodation of all that come, and the committee is building a large platform for the dancers to use who do not want to go to Spiker's opera house, where there will be dancing both day and night, and Lou Jones has opened a shooting gallery and baby knocking establishment, where the young folks will have a chance to enjoy themselves. And the hotels will set up the best meals they can and picnickers can have lovely shade in the park, where they can eat their lunch, and Mrs. Howlett is preparing to feed all that come between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and I understand that arrangements have been made for a minister by the name of Eldridge to come out and deliver the oration so we are looking for a high old time and expect to have a large crowd here. One of the interesting features will be the ball game in the morning and afternoon between the Eagle Point and Talent teams. The Talent team is No. 1 and the Eagle Point team, with the accession of the pitcher, three base men and two outfielders, expect to let the world know they can play ball.
    M. R. Koontz and wife (nee Ollie Smith), of Butte Falls, who have been visiting friends in Ashland, returned and spent the night at the Sunnyside Wednesday, taking the train Thursday morning for their home. Mr. Koontz is one of the U.S. guards to watch the timber to keep it from burning.
    The electric storm that passed over the Rogue River Valley Wednesday was unusually severe in this section and the Reese Creek and Rogue River country. When I reached home from Medford, word was sent to me over the phone by Mr. A. B. Zimmerman that the lightning had struck the team that he was driving on the Vatch ranch on Rogue River and killed them both instantly and shocked himself and his two sons and one of the Berdsman boys so that it was some time before they all recovered. They were hauling hay and were all four on the load going to the barn. The team belonged to Mr. Vatch. The lightning also struck an oak tree that was standing near Joe Moomaw's home and tore it all to pieces, striking three telephone poles near his home. It also struck in the street near the old Daley blacksmith shop but did no damage.
    The next time I will tell about the organization of the Rebecca lodge of I.O.O.F. etc.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 29, 1912, page 6

By A. C. Howlett
    The last time I wrote I promised the readers of the Mail Tribune an account of the organization of the Rebecca Lodge of Eagle Point, Oregon, on June 27. On the arrival of the train about 10 o'clock a.m. the following ladies came marching into the Sunnyside and called for dinner, announcing that they were here for the purpose of organizing a Rebecca lodge; that they were a kind of advance guard: Mrs. Helen Haskins, Miss Phoebe Vinson, Mrs. Ada B. Beach, Mrs. Josephine F. Clark, Mrs. Ava L. Miller, Mrs. Nannie Woolf, and Mrs. Nellie King. They were accompanied by Mrs. M. L. Daily and Mrs. Minnie Bryant, and soon after their arrival Mrs. Blanche Slater arrived. A part of the ladies were closeted with her until dinner was announced. After dinner they repaired to the lodge room of the I.O.O.F., where they organized the lodge, getting everything ready for the initiation of the new members. When the afternoon train arrived there was another company arrived, and a part of them went to the Eagle Point Hotel and the following named persons came to the Sunnyside: Mr. and Mrs. Lin O. Howard, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Howard, Mrs. C. P. True, Mrs. J. A. Pew, Mrs. C. Noe, Mrs. J. L. Damnes and Mrs. C. Hitzler, to take part in the work of organizing. While waiting for supper we had some fine music on the organ and talking machine. After supper the company repaired to the hall and perfected the organization by electing the following officers: Blanche Slater, N.G.; Effie Daily, V.G.; Minnie Bryant, Fin. Sec.; Lottie McQuoid, Rec. Sec.; May Painter, Treas.; Catherine Nichols, I.G.; Hattie Howlett, O.G. The following are the charter members: Blanche Slater, Minnie Bryant, Lottie McQuoid, Lutia Daily, May Painter, Frank Salter, Charles Painter, Norman McQuoid, P. H. Daily and M. L. Daily. The following members were initiated into the new lodge: Nettie Grover, Margaret Daily, Hattie Howlett, Annie Bacon, Charles Bacon, Fannie Cole, Clay Cole, Rosa Ayres, Louis Smith, Manty Minter, Robert Minter, Catherine Nichols, Art Nichols, Mabel Pruett, James Binger, Harrison Hess, Louisa Blass, Mamie Wright, Mary Ringer, Varian Jones, Jacob Jones, Ed Cingcade, Grace Childreth, N. L. Childreth, Mary Zimmerman, Letta McDonough, Burton Bryant, Minnie Bryant, Mabel Wamsley and G. W. Wamsley.
    After the initiatory ceremony was completed and all the lodge work finished lunch was served, and I heard one of the members remark that there was enough left after to feed a small army. They served cake, sandwiches and ice cream, and about midnight they adjourned and the people from Medford returned on a special train. Some of the young folks seemed to think that they had spent one of the pleasantest evenings of their lives. They have started off with a membership of forty and there will be several more likely join before long.
    I failed to mention in my last that Mrs. Abe Weiss, mother of Mrs. M. L. Daily, and her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Boussum, came out last Wednesday, and after visiting their daughter and sister, were visiting the family of William Taylor.
    Ed Cingcade, who has been over to Scott's Bar, Calif., helping Charley Thomas to haul quartz, returned home the past week. He says that Charley and Jud Edsall are doing good work, but, oh! the road. It is so steep that it takes three hours for six horses to draw the empty wagon up one and a quarter miles, and Mrs. Thomas wrote her mother that she could not find a spot of level ground big enough to whip a dog on. So it must be somewhat hilly over there.
    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Farlow and Thomas Kenny called for dinner Friday on their way to Medford.
    Mrs. Henry Myers and her mother, Mrs. Sam Klingle, were guests with us Friday.
    Friday night Ed Cowden of Butte Falls and Ed Higinbotham, the road supervisor of this road district, stopped with us. Mr. Higinbotham, in speaking of the recent rain, said that it didn't rain at his place on Big Butte but simply poured; that the water on nearly level land was about one foot deep, but he admits that he was scared.
    Last Friday P. H. Daily's little son Orris, about eight years old, fell off a horse onto his head and shoulders, and at this writing, Saturday noon, is in a serious condition.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 2, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    Last Saturday after I got through writing for the Mail Tribune I took a stroll around town for the same reason that dogs go to church, to see and to be seen, and while on my stroll, although it was rather a dull day and there seemed to be but few people in town, I noticed that there were six teams tied at the rack back of Geo. Brown & Son's store, so I went in there and found Mrs. Wilfred Jack and Mrs. Gorman and while there Mr. Wood and wife. They have a homestead on the foothills northwest of Eagle Point and in a short time there were four lassies (that is a class of children between the girls and young ladies), so I decided that they were doing a fair business. I then went to Heath & Diamond's and there both were busy waiting on customers as fast as they could and there I found Mr. Gorman and Mrs. Quackenbush, and shortly Mrs. Jack and Mrs. Walter Henderson came in and I concluded that if I wanted to do any business with them I would have to come early in the morning or late at night.
    Wilbur Jack came in later in the evening and while he was away from his team for a few moments they took fright and started to run. A man by the name of Fisher, I understand, was in the covered hack and when the horses started to run threw him out but did not hurt him seriously but turned the hack over and the top caused it to upright itself again. They did considerable damage to the hack and harness. Mr. Jack was bringing some hens to the Sunnyside to use on the Fourth.
    Miss M. A. Kaiser of Ashland, a sister of Ed Kaiser, formerly editor and publisher of the Valley Record, accompanied by Mrs. Van Vactor, were callers on Mrs. Howlett and the girls Saturday afternoon.
    John McDonough, who is working up above Lake Creek, came down on business last Friday, remaining at the Sunnyside until Sunday morning.
    Sunday morning S. S. Aikin of Prospect came in to the Sunnyside and in the evening was joined by his daughter, Miss Frances, and she was accompanied by Miss Mae Nealon, of Table Rock. The next morning Mr. and Miss Aikin took the Prospect stage for their home near Prospect. Mr. Aikin has been engaged assessing the Sams Valley country and after he got through took a trip to California to visit relatives. His daughter Miss Frances has been attending the Oregon Agricultural College and is on her way to her old home.
    While Miss Nealon was here she gave me some points with regard to the basket social at Table Rock which I mentioned in the Eaglets last week. There was a fine turnout and they had a fine program. They always do at Table Rock. Among the most attractive things was the singing--they had quartets, solos and miscellaneous singing and recitations, and they have some of the best talent there is to be found outside of Eagle Point. There were thirty boxes sold and there was a surplus of girls and young ladies. The boys are a little bashful but there were enough boys and men to buy the boxes and they brought the nice little sum of $54.50, lacking only about two dollars of having enough to pay for the chairs they had bought for the school house. I tell you whenever the ladies of Table Rock take a notion to do something for the general good of the community they just go ahead and do it. That is the kind of folk that planned and built that fine school house they have to hold school in and for their social meetings. When they were building a school house they made it large enough for all purposes.
    The Eagle Point ball team went to Gold Hill Sunday and played against the Woodville team as they could not get rigs to come up here. Result, Eagle Point 7, Woodville 5.
    The next time will tell who and what was here Sunday.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 3, 1912, page 6

By A. C. Howlett
    Henry Daily and Harry Stinson of Medford came out Sunday on their wheels to visit their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Daily, and later in the day Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stinson, his brother-in-law and wife, and another one of his brother-in-laws, Mr. James Bearch. While I have Mr. Daily in mind I will add that his son who fell off his horse is able to go around again.
    Saturday evening looked gloomy and Sunday morning broke with the weather still foreboding and the Woodville baseball team had telephoned that they could not come up to Eagle Point as had been announced, and the Eagle Point ball team had gone to Gold Hill to meet them and have a game there and Mrs. Howlett concluded that she and the girls would have an easy time Thursday, and when dinner was announced there was not quite enough to fill one table of fourteen and I was just in the act of going to the table when I heard an auto come up to the gate, and on going out met Attorney E. D. Briggs and wife, Miss Nellie Briggs, and Montie Briggs and wife from Ashland and before they had got fairly in the house two more autos came rushing up and Messrs. W. M. Offin, Nick Kime, Mrs. Nick Kime, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Heimroth, Mr. P. Heimroth, and Mr. C. E. Estar of Medford called for dinner, and in less time than it takes to write it another auto came in and Mr. Bert R. Greer, editor and owner of the Ashland Tidings, and wife, and W. E. Barnes, the business manager of the Tidings, called for dinner, besides five young men whose names I failed to learn, so the reader can see that the life of a hotelkeeper is very uncertain when it comes to counting noses in advance. In addition to the above named persons Mr. and Mrs. Frank Salter and Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Weber and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Wright were guests at the Sunnyside that Sunday.
    I omitted to state in my last letter that Mrs. W. H. Bradshaw and Mrs. Rosie Phipps of Medford were guests of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Stewart last Sunday.
    Geo. Riley, our baker, made a business trip to Medford last Saturday.
    Irwin Pool, who has formerly lived in our town but has resided in Jacksonville for the past several months, came out to visit his sister, Mrs. Frank Brown.
    Mr. and Mrs. Gorman and Mrs. Quackenbush were doing business with our merchants the last of last week.
    Mrs. Julia Vernon, a sister of our town baggageman, Fred Findley, is here visiting her brother.
    Edward M. Koenig and Reuben Hill of Derby; Ray N. Vaughn of Peyton and F. H. Sweat and his sister Miss Millie S. Sweat of Brownsboro, and C. E. Johnson of Derby entered their names on the Sunnyside register last Monday.
    Robert Lewis and wife of Persist were doing business in our town last Monday.
    A call was made by someone to all who felt an interest in cleaning up the park to come Tuesday morning with their hoes, rakes, etc., to go to work and by the time that some of the ordinary city ladies get dressed, there was a company of women collected and were just making the debris fly and by 3 o'clock p.m. had the park looking as though it never was a wet, swampy tract of land that was considered by some of the old hayseeds as being fit for nothing but a duck pond or a pig pasture. I tell you the ladies have made it a beauty spot, although Mr. F. M. Stewart, who has had charge of the work, deserves a great deal of credit for his persistence in arranging and planning the work. The ladies, you know, always put on the finishing touch.
    In a former article I wrote that Mr. Whitman had reopened the barber shop and the printer made me say that Mr. Whitman had reopened the basket shop and several inquiries have come to me over the phone and orally to know where it is and from the interest manifested it might be well for someone to engage in that kind of business in our town.
    Our town is decorated all over this afternoon, July 3, and I will try to tell about the 4th in my next.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 5, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    Last Wednesday afternoon when I last wrote for the Mail Tribune I promised the readers that the next time I wrote I would give an account of some of the happenings in Eagle Point at the Fourth of July, but before I begin on that subject will mention some of the things that happened that day. One important incident being the increase in the family of Mr. and Mrs. von der Hellen. Dr. Holt reports that a new baby girl came into the family and that the new arrival is fine and healthy and that the mother is doing finely, and we all know that Grandpa von der Hellen is just as proud as he can be.
    That same evening a man giving his name as M. W. Pratt, a traveling lecturer, representing himself as a Free Methodist minister, lectured to a few of our citizens, taking for his subject "From the Home to the Gutter and from the Gutter to the Pulpit." In his lecture he gave a sketch of his life, telling how he fell into the habit of drinking, gambling and other forms of vice, and blamed our system of family government for it to a great extent, for his fall. After which he told us that we ought all of us vote the prohibition ticket and incidentally remarked that he paid his own way, paid full fare on the railroads, etc., and suggested that if any of us had a mind to we could hand him what we saw fit to help him along in his work, and although he gave a plain talk and said some good things, some of us thought that it would have looked better for him to have come with properly accredited credentials and then we would have been guarded against being imposed upon by a stranger
    Mr. and Mrs. Hildreth Sr., of Butte Falls, and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Nelles and daughter, Miss Alma, spent the night of the third with us and on the morning of the third started for their home on Flounce Rock Mr. Nelles now owns what is known as the Flounce Rock ranch, one of the lovely spots in Southern Oregon.
    Prof. Charles E. Johnson and Miss Mary Goode also spent Wednesday night at the Sunnyside.
    Rev. Simmons, our new Baptist minister, arrived on Wednesday to take charge of the church here. He has a wife and three children and expects to fill the pulpit here every [omission] charge of the work at Brownsboro in connection with this station.
    Now, here I am with my letter half completed and not a word written about what happened on the Fourth. Well, the morning broke on us as an ideal morning and by the time the cocks were notifying the people of Eagle Point that another day was breaking some of our progressive young men had climbed the high point after which Eagle Point was named, with a bountiful supply of dynamite and the necessary tools to cause it to make a noise and the first thing we knew the echo was ringing in the distant hills that the glorious Fourth of July had arrived again, and calling us to be stirring and getting ready for that great events of the day. In a very short time all was bustle and hurry and in the wee morning hours the keen whistle of the P.&E.was heard in the distance notifying us that the people of Butte Falls were on their way to join with us in our celebration, and then in a short time more the farmers began to arrive and before I could get shaved and fixed up--you know that we have to fix up on such an occasion--the teams began to come into the Sunnyside stable, and by 10 o'clock every available space was taken for teams and I inquired if there was not room at the livery stable and was told that everything was "chockablock." By the time I had all the horses cared for the man that generally attends to the barn was ill so I had to take his place. By the time mentioned the crowd began to gather for dinner, for Mrs. Howlett had announced that she would commence to serve dinner at 11:30 a.m. and I was kept busy entertaining the guests and answering the question, how long until dinner. Well, by the time 225 guests had eaten and I had eaten my dinner it was time to go to the ball grounds, where Eagle Point team and the Talent team were to play their second game for they had played one game in the forenoon, which resulted in the Eagle Point team winning out 7 to 5. Well, when I reached the ball grounds the crowd was simply immense, the grandstand was well filled and a large crowd were standing around waiting the commencement of the game. Everything passed off very pleasantly, and the boys strove hard and for some time the game stood 1 to 1, but, as one of the boys expressed it, when the Eagle Point boys get wound up then they began to play in earnest and the result was Eagle Point by 4 to 1, but they acknowledged that they had to work for it for the Talent boys are game to the backbone, but the Eagle Point boys could, apparently, excel them on the bases. It is estimated that there were over 2,000 people here and they all seemed to enjoy themselves hugely. I have not been able to procure a copy of the program but they had some exercises by the children and Carl Riger spoke a piece that was highly spoken of. The oration was delivered by Rev. Eldredge of Medford, and is generally highly spoken of, but some thought it was rather lengthy for an oration on the Fourth. They had all kinds of amusements. Harvey Smith caught the greased pig, and Dave Smith, his brother, hit the man in the face four times with eggs that looked through a hole in the canvas. The driving was a very tame affair, and the horse racing was not much of an attraction. The barbecued meat seemed to go a-begging; not many liked it and the free meats did not take, for most of the people who did not go to the hotels brought their lunches with them or went to private families to eat. The celebration has been a grand advertisement for Eagle Point, as hundreds of people were here for the first time. The different places were well patronized and the Spikers opera house was simply packed most of the day and night both, while at night the platform was well patronized at night. More anon.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 8, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    On the Fourth there was quite a number of people come in from the different parts of the country to join in the festivities of the occasion. Several of the Pence family and Mrs. Lynch and her family of Elk Creek, and several from Trail, quite a number from Butte Falls, among them being Charles Edmondson and family, Bill Hildreth and wife, William Perry and family, Howard Dowden and a number from Medford; among them was Shorty Garnett and Mr. Kidd, the shoe man, they had an eye to business.
    Among the arrivals was enough of the Trusty family to have an unexpected reunion when they were collected enough to form a group of nine, and Henry Childreth hunted around to find someone with a camera to take a photo of the group and finally he found our daughter Agnes and she took a picture of the group and they are anxious to learn the results but at this writing Monday, she has not had them developed. It was a very agreeable surprise to have them all come in on Henry Childreth and wife, the first time they had all been together for several years.
    I forgot to mention that Jud Edsall came over from Scott's Bar on the third to celebrate the Fourth with us.
    Chauncey Florey and family also came over on the evening of the third to join in the pleasures of the Fourth. Chauncey is one of our town boys that we may well feel proud of; he has been deputy assessor for the last term.
    George Davis, president of the Fruit Growers Bank at Medford and one of the principal officers of the Eagle Point State Bank, came out the evening of the fifth.
    Frank Brown, one of our merchants, went to Portland Saturday and his brother Merritt went to Medford and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Frank Brown, told me that he and Miss Morris, who taught the intermediate department of our school, were to be married that afternoon in Medford and that they were going to Southern Illinois and that he was going onto her farm. If it is the case the congratulations of their friends follow them.
    S. B. Holmes and wife started last Saturday to visit relatives in British Columbia.
    Extra trains were run from here to Medford to accommodate those who wanted to go, and could, to see the races last week. There was quite a number went over Saturday evening and among them were Roy Smith and Miss Rosa Ayres, L. E. Smith, Mrs. Frank Brown, Jud Edsall and Miss Hattie Howlett and Mrs. Howlett. They returned on Sunday morning at 12:30.
    T. C. Moore and a man by the name of Lindsey of Ashland were guests at the Sunnyside Sunday night taking the E.P.-Prospect stage Monday morning for Elk Creek.
    Mr. Walters and his little boy of Elk Creek walked in Saturday evening from Elk Creek and the next morning went on to Medford.
    Just about the time Mrs. Howlett had her dinner dishes washed and put away who should come up and ask for dinner for four but Mike Hanley. His party comprised Mrs. C. J. Riley and her daughter Miss Lane and Mr. Joseph Reynolds and Mike himself. He had been up to his place with Mrs. Riley and her daughter and when I asked her how she liked the Butte Creek country she said, "I have always lived in a level country and those mountains are so high that one has to look right straight up to see out," and we speak of them as the foothills. Mr. Joseph Reynolds is one of the old pioneers of Butte Creek, he said that he was the first one that ever took a ditch out of Little Butte Creek. He has lived there long enough to raise a family and now has his grandchildren around him.
    I have a lot more to write but will keep till tomorrow.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 10, 1912, page 4

By A. C. Howlett
    Among the items I had left over from my last are the following: Mrs. May Bond of Lakeview, who has been here for some time taking advantage of our healthful climate to try to be cured of rheumatism, and she has so far recovered as to be able to return last Sunday.
    George Hacker and wife of Medford called for dinner last Monday. Mr. Hacker was soliciting for the Valley Employment Office business and his wife for their rooming house in Medford.
    Mr. Eiker of Agate has been supplying our neighborhood with a fine lot of loganberries the past week and he seems to find a ready market.
    Mr. and Mrs. Suddath, the lady and gentleman who are engaged to teach our school, were here the last of last week looking over the ground and making arrangement with Professor P. H. Daily to move into their home. They expect to be here by the last of this or the first of next week. Mr. Suddath is employed as principal and his wife is to have charge of the intermediate department, and Miss Mamie Wright will have charge of the primary department. It is not decided as yet whether the school board will elect a teacher for the high school department or not, but as there will be considerable many children who have passed to the high school grade it is thought that perhaps it will be necessary to open up the fourth room.
    P. H. Daily, our former principal, moved to Medford on Tuesday. He has been elected to take charge of the Washington School in Medford. While perhaps it may be for the best that we change teachers, still Mr. Daily has during the two years he has taught proved himself to be not only a good school teacher, but a good citizen and a faithful worker in the church and Sunday school, and it is with regrets that we have to tell him farewell, but we have hopes that he may return and live among us again.
    B. W. Reed of Dudley, who, with his wife, has been on a trip back to the eastern and middle states visiting friends and relatives, returned last Monday, leaving his wife among her people. She expects to return in September or October. He says that they had a very pleasant trip and found things cheerful, that he missed the most of the extreme hot weather on his return trip.
    J. C. Hain of Medford called Tuesday for dinner. He is in the advertising business.
    Last Saturday night, the 7th, the Eagle Point Lodge of I.O.O.F. installed their new officers as follows: C. S. Painter, N.G.; B. H. Bryant, V.C.; C. A. Bacon, secretary; W. L. Childreth, treasurer; Homer Hass, R.S.N.G.; Norman McQuoid, L.S.N.G.; Clay Cole, R.S.V.G.; W. J. Phillips, L.S.V.N.; G. H. Wamsley, W.; R. G. Brown, C.; Scott Bruce, R.S.S.; Jake Jonas, L.S.S.; Dr. W. P. Holt, chaplain; James Ringer, I.S.G.; R. R. Minter, O.S.G. They were installed by Frank Salter, D.D.G.M., assisted by T. B. Diamond, D.G.M. The lodge is in a flourishing condition and they have a fine set of officers.
    Rev. Mr. Simmons has gone to housekeeping in one of the James Owens houses and will preach here next Sunday morning and evening. He expects to preach at Brownsboro and I am authorized to announce an appointment for him next Sunday, July 14, at 3 o'clock p.m.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 11, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    Miss Manty Minter came out from her home north of town to attend the meeting of the Rebekahs Tuesday night.
    John McIntyre and wife of Derby went to Medford Wednesday morning.
    J. S. Quackenbush was in town early Wednesday morning.
    In my last items I spoke of S. B. Holmes and wife going to British Columbia and Frank Brown going to Portland, etc. It proves that Mrs. Holmes was to [go] no further than Portland and Mr. Holmes and Mr. Brown were to go to British Columbia to be gone about a month. S. B. Holmes, Frank and William Brown having bought a two-thirds interest in a large tract of land in that country, they have to gone to look after [it], they having shipped a carload of wire fence there for the purpose of fencing the entire place.
    Mrs. Frank Brown and her sister-in-law Mrs. William Holmes went together to Ashland last Wednesday to attend the Chautauqua.
    Last Wednesday morning your correspondent started from home for Grants Pass to visit Dr. Findley and have his eyes treated again but it seemed as though fate was against me, for when I reached the depot I found that the train was marked ten minutes late, and then thirty-nine minutes late and so on and at noon we started and everything went along nicely until we reached Woodville, called Rogue River, and then we came to a halt and stayed an hour or more and then the wrecking engine gave the signal to come on, for the wrecking crew were clearing away the debris where No. 11 had been wrecked on Monday morning and there we came to another halt and we all without dinner, and finally we started and reached Grants Pass at three p.m. and I started at once for Dr. Findley's office and there learned that he was in Ashland attending the Chautauqua, so was doomed to another disappointment, but was told that the doctor would be at his office at 9 o'clock in the morning so I hurried down from my boarding house early next morning so as to register among the first, as there is always a crowd there, registered and waited until eleven o'clock and then we were told, we, for there was quite a number had collected, that the doctor had started from Ashland in the morning, punctured a tire in his auto and would not be there until after dinner. After dinner I was on hand and the first one to register and about 1:45 he came but by the time he got through with me the 2:21 train was gone and me left, but it was all right for I have a fine place to board and this time good company. Here I met Miss Etta Johnson of Los Angeles who is one of the doctor's patients, she is at present stopping with her parents in Ashland, although she is, or rather has been, teaching in Los Angeles, Cal., for the past several years and while together she told me her experience in an electric storm while she and a party of friends were on top of Mt. McLoughlin. She said that they could look down on the heavy black clouds and see the lightning flash and hear the thunder roar, while the storm was raging and the torrents of rain were descending below them but no rain where they were but finally they began to hear a kind of sizzling noise and first one would inquire what it was and then another, when finally a young man who was wearing spectacles remarked that the air was full of electricity and just then he jerked his spectacles off claiming that it had burned his ear and just then the ladies who had steel hair pins in their hair began to pull them out and try to get away from there, they having an experience never to be forgotten. There also I met a Mrs. Thompson of Central Point, who was waiting to have her throat treated, but the most remarkable case was a gentleman by the name of Williams from Weed; he had got cinders in his eyes from a traction engine and came there almost blind, after the local doctors of Weed had done their best to relieve him. I noticed along the route between Medford and Grants Pass that the grain was looking fine and the hay crop was extremely heavy although there was a considerable amount of the wheat had fallen down but think that the most of it can be saved.
    While at the doctor's I also met Rev. Sweet recently of Kansas, he was contrasting the hills of this country with the scenes of his old surroundings on the prairies and although there was a great change he could not but admire our lovely hills, valleys and mountains.
    H. E. McNichol has a tract of land advertised in this paper among the assorted ads.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 16, 1912, page 3

By A. C. Howlett
    Mrs. Joseph Moomaw, Mrs. Fred Findley and Miss Carrie Owings were passengers on the P.&E. last Friday. They had been to Medford on business.
    Neal Willits of Persist came out from Medford last Friday evening and Sunday he and his brother, Roy, took a trip to Ashland.
    The following incident will illustrate the advantage of advertising in a live paper. Some time ago Mrs. Moomaw lost her watch and her husband suggested to put an ad in the Mail Tribune, but she thought that would be a useless expense, so two weeks after the aforesaid Mrs. Moomaw was talking to one of the young ladies of our town and in the run of conversation remarked that she had lost her watch, whereupon the young lady asked what kind of a watch it was, and on describing it discovered that the young lady had found the watch soon after it was lost and had been watching the papers for the ad for the watch. See?
    W. E. Hammel's father and brother came out Friday and were met at the depot by their son and brother.
    Mr. Natwick has a force of men and teams making a road for A. Corbin, the man who bought the old Bradshaw place, from the creek up to the house. Mr. Corbin is one of the newcomers in this section and shows his good judgment in fixing up his place in modern style. He is making a good road across the sticky land between the house and creek.
    Thomas Lewis and Wes Childreth have each of them had severe cases of blood poisoning in the hand.
    C. K. Carey and wife of Talent have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. W. Knighton of this place.
    A. P. Barron of Medford called for dinner Saturday. He has several hundred cords of wood along the P.&E. railway and was here trying to dispose of a carload.
    Misses Anna and Gertrude Ulrich of Medford came out Saturday to visit friends, and among them were Mrs. John Ashpole, Mrs. William von der Hellen and our two daughters Hattie and Agnes.
    J. B. Edsall and John Foster came in last Saturday with a part of Jud Edsall's teams from the quartz mines near Scott's Bar, Cal.
    I herewith send an account of the ball game that was played here last Sunday between the Eagle Point team and one of the Medford teams, the score standing 1 to 11 in favor of Eagle Point.
AB. R. PO. E.
Ashpole, 2b. 5 2 0 0
Simpson, c. 5 2 14 0
Carlton, cf. 5 2 0 0
H. Smith, 1b 5 0 10 0
Harnish, ss. 4 0 1 2
Aiken, lf. 4 1 0 0
Jonas, 3b. 4 1 0 0
Pelouze, rf. 4 1 0 0
Moeller, p. 4 2 0 0
__ __ __ __

AB. R. PO. E.
Coffeen, 3b. 3 0 1 1
White, ss. 4 0 0 1
Diday, c. 4 1 6 1
Roseberry, 1b. 4 1 11 0
R. Keiser, lf. 4 0 2 1
Nick, 2b 3 0 2 1
Waldron, cf. 3 0 0 0
C. Keiser, rf. 2 0 0 0
C. Martin, p. 3 0 0 0
__ __ __ __
Totals 30 1** 28 5
  *C. Keiser out, hit by batted ball.
**Aiken out, hit by batted ball. Ashpole out for interference.
    Saturday evening Mr. Nicholson of Medford phoned over to Mrs. Howlett to know if she could have breakfast ready by 6 o'clock a.m. Sunday for a company of nine or ten, and of course she answered yes. So Sunday morning about six a car came up with four persons and they announced that the rest would be along in a few minutes, but she had to wait breakfast and still she waited then finally the second car arrived. They had tire trouble on the road and had the wheel wrapped with rope. The company consisted of S. T. and H. D. Howard, J. H. Butler, W. C. Courtwright, H. G. Helwig, C. F. May, M. A. Rader and C. W. Conklin. The man who wrote the names forgot to write his. They were on their way up to Rogue River to fish. These all took breakfast and the following persons went on without stopping, H. Butler, George Dow, F. W. Hollis, L. F. Kirkpatrick, H. G. Dick, F. W. Payne, H. Starr, E. E. Wilson, W. H. Brown, Charles Brown and Sailor Wright. They were a jolly crowd and started out to have a good time.
    Among the guests at the Sunnyside last Sunday were Rev. and Mrs. L. L. Simmons, their three children, Miss Bernice, Miss Melva and Master Redford, that constitutes our new Baptist minister and his family. After dinner your correspondent hitched up a team and took the minister and family to Brownsboro where he preached to a small-sized congregation. He will preach next Sunday morning and evening in Eagle Point and at three p.m. in Antelope school house.
    In addition to our usual company for Sunday dinner we had G. H. Wamsley, Miss Mabel Wamsley, Carl von der Hellen, Thomas Abbott, Thomas Riley, Jr., Thomas and Herbert Carlton besides a few strangers whose names I failed to learn.
    Baseball benefit dance in Spiker's Hall Saturday night, July 20, at Eagle Point. Come help make this a big success.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 18, 1912, page 3

By A. C. Howlett
    Louis E. Smith and Mrs Daisy Evans went to Ashland the first of the week to visit her mother.
    Miss Christiana Hoefft of Medford called last Monday. She is canvassing for a book, "Past, Present and Future."
    Mrs. Owings is having the interior of the Eagle Point hotel changed. Messrs. Cole and Bryant are doing the work.
    Mr. Jewel, of Elk Creek hatchery, was in our town Tuesday.
    Mr. Eiker of Agate has been selling loganberries in our town the past week.
    Mrs. Ollie McPherson, nee Ollie Nichols of Portland, is here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Nichols.
    Jack McQuoid is to start Thursday for San Francisco.
    The committee of arrangements for the G.A.R. met here Tuesday and made the arrangements for the reunion of the four division of the order to meet here September 23, Commander V. S. Grant of Grants Pass, Lieutenant Colonel Morris of Rock Point, and quartermaster John Watkins were the principal officers present, and Isaac Wolf of Medford, were among the visitors that I know of, besides quite a number of our local members. A general committee of arrangements was appointed consisting of John Watkins, A. J. Florey and G. H. Wamsley and they are empowered to appoint subcommittees. There was also a committee of five ladies appointed to have general supervision of the culinary department--that is to see that everybody has aplenty to eat--and take general supervision of and management of the entire affair such as appointing committees to bring in victuals for dinner [and] look after the musical program. The committee is composed of Mrs. R. G. Brown, Mrs. Frank Salter, Mrs. G. W. Owings, Mrs. Frank Brown and Mrs. M. L. Daily and now if these five ladies can't attend to the affairs of a little thing like having eight hundred or a thousand old soldiers on our hands for about a week, why it's not worthwhile for any set of ladies to undertake the job, for I tell you they will do it and do it right.
    The visiting committee when they came to look over the ground for the encampment decided that our park was just the proper place to meet. They expect to have a program for every day and among the most interesting attractions will be the speeches by the commanding officer and our town mayor.
    The P.&E.R.R. company have put another force of met at work on their road and are going to place it in good condition.
    Mr. Ovenmel, one of the stage drivers on the Eagle Point-Prospect route, came out Tuesday evening so as to drive the trip Wednesday and Thursday while Roy Willits, the contractor and driver, went to Medford on business.
    Miss Anna Purucker and Miss Zelda V. Clifford of Medford came out, spent the night at the Sunnyside and took passage on the Eagle Point-Prospect stage for the Enyart ranch to take an outing. Miss Purucker came from Pennsylvania about a year ago and is engaged as one of the teachers in the Medford schools, and Miss Clifford is also from the same state but has been here for two years. They both talk as though they may go back but seem to like this country quite well.
    J. D. McArdle and H. M. Goss stopped Tuesday evening for supper, Mr. Goss is circulating a petition to have a new road opened up through or near his land north of Eagle Point.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 19, 1912, page 3

By A. C. Howlett
    Gus Peterson, a recent arrival from New York, has taken a position with Fred Pelouze on his farm.
    Fred Edsall returned to the Sunnyside Tuesday evening and Chas. Thomas and family returned at the same time to their home in Eagle Point. They have been enjoying themselves at Scott's Bar, California.
    Mrs. Wm. Knighton has been visiting her granddaughter, Mrs. Jones of Talent.
    Henry French, Robert R. Minter and W. E. Hammel were among us Wednesday. I noticed quite a number of rigs, wagons, etc. hitched to the public rack Wednesday evening as I was strolling around town.
    O. J. Tarbel of Talent was among the guests Wednesday night.
    Wednesday afternoon about [omission] the members of the Eagle Point Aid Society began to come in to the Sunnyside and station themselves along the shady side of the large screened porch, but too late to get into the last Eaglets, so will mention it today. As they began to file in they took seats and began to work as though the fate of Eagle Point depended on their effort. They were Mrs. A. J. Florey, Mrs. Bryant, Mrs. Owings., Mrs. Lottie McQuoid, Mrs. Demmy, Mrs. Warmstorff, Mrs. R. G. Brown, Mrs. Frank Nichols, Mrs. McNichol, Mrs. F. M. Stewart, Mrs. James Jordan, Mrs. L. L. Simmons, Mrs. J. W. Grover, Mrs. Amy Brown and Mrs. Lottie VanScoy. And to see these ladies work one would think that everything depended on their individual effort. They are making things to sell for the benefit of the town and when they get a lot ready they pick a time when they know there is likely to be a large crowd in town and then they sell them to the highest bidder and one-half goes toward fixing up the church and the other half toward improving the town. I tell you they mean business.
    Charley Howard, one of our railroad men, was made happy on the 16th by the arrival of a fine son. The child was born in Medford, but this is his home.
    A man by the name of C. H. Martin, recently from California, has gone to work in Fisher & Mathews blacksmith shop, and W. L. Childreth is helping his brother, Henry O. Childreth, in his shop.
    Thursday afternoon the following named ladies, Mrs. J. F. Reddy, Mrs. Charles Schieffelin, Mrs. J. D. Heard, Miss Gladys Heard and Mrs. Jane Smyth called at the Sunnyside and inquired for me, and Mrs. Howlett called me and said that there were some ladies in the parlor who wanted to talk with me on the subject of woman's suffrage. As I entered the parlor Mrs. Heard introduced herself and the other ladies and they remarked that they had been reading the Eaglets for some time and had a curiosity to see the man who wrote them, and one of them remarked that she had drawn an idea that the writer of the Eaglets was a tall slim gaunt-looking fellow and here she was confronted with a short, stout old man. I didn't get mad because she added "old man," although I am still among the boys--well the business they had with me was to try to make arrangements here to hold a meeting Monday night in the church for the purpose of organizing a woman suffrage club in our town. Results in my next.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 23, 1912, page 6

By A. C. Howlett
    Miss Grace Colby of Brownsboro, who has been teaching at Beagle, spent the night with us last week on her way to Trail. She reported that her brother Roy had fallen and broke his arm.
    Rev. George E. Paddock D.D., of Portland, came out last Friday to visit your correspondent. Dr. Paddock is state superintendent of the Congregational churches in Oregon and president of the International S.S. Society; he was out in this part of the state looking after the interests of his church.
    Miss Mamie Chatman, recently of Glendale, spent the night with us on her way to Lake Creek.
    J. V. McIntyre and wife, accompanied by Mrs. P. J. Neff of Medford, called for supper at the Sunnyside Saturday evening.
    Mrs. J. Frank Brown, accompanied by Mrs. W. A. Robbins of Medford, called for dinner last Saturday. Mrs. Robbins said that she had been reading the Eaglets for some time and had a curiosity to meet with the author, said that she had pictured him as an elderly, tall, slim man with a long flowing beard and lo, when she found him he proved to be a man past 80 years of age with no beard and about 5 feet, 1½ inches tall and wearing pants 42 inches waist measure.
    Word came to me Monday that Mr. Bradshaw, who has charge of the Commercial Orchard, has had two serious accidents in his family. First one of his children by some means got hold of a bottle of carbolic acid and had his face badly burned, and the next day or two his little girl aged three years was lost. Last Saturday the little girl went to her mother about eleven o'clock and asked for something to eat, but was told to wait until dinner, whereupon she went out and when dinner was ready she failed to come in and the parents thought that perhaps she had gone to sleep, but later when she failed to put in an appearance, search was begun by all hands. There are several men working there and the first place to look was the irrigating ditch that runs hear the house, they dragged that and finally turned the water out; not finding her there they went to another ditch lower down from the home, fished out the well, all without any success; by that time it was getting late in the afternoon and the alarm was given in the neighborhood when about thirty persons, men and women, with lanterns and searched all night, still with no clue, then men started out on horseback and about eleven o'clock a.m. she was found I think by Mrs. von der Hellen, near the Walch place. She had torn all her clothes off crawling through the brush, and was taken to Mrs. von der Hellen's and taken care of. She had slept under a tree Saturday night. She did not seem to be frightened and now the wonder is how she kept from chilling that cold rainy night. The parents of the child were almost wild over her disappearance. I omitted to state that they had been hauling hay that afternoon and had filled a shed with hay and the thought occurred to them that perhaps she had gone into the shed and gone to sleep and been covered with hay, so they went to work and moved all the hay out of the shed in their search.
    Well here I am at the close of my ninth sheet and have hardly commenced but the next time will tell something about what was done and who was here Sunday and about the suffrage meeting to be held tonight.
    Our daughter Hattie was called Saturday over the phone to go to Klamath Falls to care for her sister, Mrs. Millie Hoyt, starting Sunday morning. A letter just received states that she is better.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 25, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    Last Sunday morning about ten o'clock there were seven motorcycles came dashing up and stopped under the boughs of a silver poplar tree between the Sunnyside and the Sunnyside barn and the following person filed into the Sunnyside and informed Mrs. Howlett that they would be on hand for dinner: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Plymire, O. G. Vroman, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fichtner, W. T. Wilson, O. P. Vroman and F. P. Hicks, all of Medford. After they had made sure that they had secured an interest in the three large turkeys that were in the oven, they took in the town, seeing the various places of interest and spending some time in fishing in our beautiful Little Butte Creek. After dinner was over they reassembled in the large screened porch and one of the party took a picture of the company. In addition to the foregoing, there was also at the same time the following persons took dinner with us, A. H. Weber and wife. Mr. Weber is our druggist in von der Hellen's store. He had just returned from Portland the Friday before, where he had been to attend the Elks' convention and reports having had one of the times of his life. Mrs. Wm. von der Hellen and her two children, Miss Marguerite [omission] two children, Miss Margaret Florey, Mr. Frank Salter and wife, one of our hardware merchants, Mrs. Geo. von der Hellen and child, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Moomaw, Chalmer Ringer, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pelouze and son Robert. Robert is one of the leading players in the Eagle Point baseball team and his father is one of the leading promoters of the game while Mrs. Pelouze is very enthusiastic over the game. Dr. and Mrs. J. M. Keene and Mr. and Mrs. Mathews, auditor of the Medford National Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Harmon of Medford also called and spent the latter part of the [afternoon] with us, taking an early supper. Frank Morine of Washington called for the night. He is one of the young men who has been raised in our town but is now an engineer on the Great Northern. He was on his way to Klamath Falls to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Morine. Prof. C. E. Johnson of Derby also spent the night with us.
    On Monday there was nothing of special note occurred, as there were very few persons came into our town until late in the evening, when Senator H. von der Hellen and his son, Carl, came in company with Mrs. J. D. Heard, Miss Gladys Heard and Mrs. Charles Schieffelin and two more ladies and a gentleman, whose names I failed to learn. They all came to attend the woman's suffrage meeting that night. There was but a small attendance as there was all told only about thirty-five persons present. Mr. von der Hellen opened the meeting by reading a paper setting forth a few of the reasons why the woman should have the vote--the paper was published in the Mail Tribune of the 23. Then Mrs. Schieffelin explained the importance of thorough organization in the effort to secure the object of their move, and the meeting adjourned to meet in the park this Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock.
    One of the ladies remarked in conversation with me that every time Mr. Whistler spoke or published an article against woman suffrage that it helped the cause along just that much. Thus it is, and thus it will be.
    O. N. Nelson of Jacksonville, the insurance man, came out Tuesday evening on his wheel and spent the night at the Sunnyside. Also Miss Mabel Pruett came up Friday evening to attend the lodge of Rebeccas and so did Miss Manty Minter.
    Miss Doll Parker of Butte Falls was a pleasant caller Tuesday evening. She is visiting Mrs. George Daley.
    Mrs. T. L. Trunnell of Grants Pass came down Tuesday evening and engaged a room at Sunnyside for a while. She is trying to recuperate.
    Mrs. H. O. Childreth and children have gone to Elk Creek and spend a month or so with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Trusty.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 26, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    Mr. Whitman, our barber, has bought the barber business here and has erected a tent and moved his family into it to spend the rest of the summer.
    John Fisher and wife came out from their home on Indian Creek Wednesday to visit Mr. Woolery, who is confined to his bed with paralysis.
    Occasionally we see parties passing through here on their way to Crater Lake. Last Wednesday afternoon William von der Hellen and family, Miss Marguerite Florey, Mr. and Mrs. McPherson started in an auto for the Crater.
    Mr. High, formerly of Ashland or rather of Vancouver, Wash., has gone to work in Fisher and Mathews blacksmith shop.
    Mrs. A. J. Florey made a trip to Jacksonville the early part of the week to visit her son Chauncey, who is office deputy in the assessor's office.
    Mrs. Schermerhorn and her sister, Miss Minerva Naylor of Medford, were out last Wednesday visiting friends and among them was Mrs. A. C. Howlett.
    Mr. von der Hellen reports having cut fifty loads of hay off the 3½ acres of land. It was sown to wheat and vetch, a big yield, but this is Oregon.
    Born July 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Winkle, a daughter. Mother and child are doing well.
    James Ringer, our town marshal, is putting an addition to his home to cover his well.
    George N. Smith, our Yankee Creek bee man, was in town Thursday with a fine lot of honey.
    John Rader, F. J. Ayres and wife and William Winkle were in town Thursday.
    Mrs. Charles Lewis and his sister-in-law Mrs. Lewis were in from their place for a load of supplies of Heath and Diamond.
    Mrs. Howlett and Mrs. T. L. Trunnell of Grants Pass drove to Medford Thursday afternoon.
    Miss Catherine Crawford from Chicago and Mrs. Evon Brown and her daughter, Miss Lucile Crandall and Miss Marion Brown from Cheyenne, Wyoming, are visiting Mrs. Nora Horn and W. H. Chandler for a few weeks. They are simply delighted with our country and climate and are having one of the most enjoyable times of their lives. Mr. Chandler says that Judge Carpenter, who owns a farm joining his about four miles north of here, expects to start from Chicago about the first of August for this place.
    Roy Ashpole and Miss Dornie Rader, while coming from the Rader farm Thursday afternoon to attend the shower party given in honor of the prospective marriage of a prominent young couple in our town, had the misfortune to have their team run away throwing them both out and tearing the buggy and harness up considerably. Mr. Ashpole had his ankle badly sprained and Miss Dornie had her hip and shoulder blade severely bruised, but no bones broken.
    George Trusty, who has been working north of Glendale, took the stage for Elk Creek Friday morning.
    S. B. Spiker has taken a contract to build a water tower and enlarge a house for T. B. Noyes of Tolo.
    Well here I am on my eleventh sheet and not a word about the woman's suffrage meeting Wednesday or the show party Thursday evening. An account will be given next week, also about the wedding.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 29, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    The last time I wrote I promised to tell about the shower party that was given in honor of the approaching wedding of Mr. E. S. Hock and Miss Mamie Wright. Last week there were invitations sent out to almost every one of the citizens of Eagle Point to attend a shower party at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Grover on Thursday evening and with the invitation a request to bring something that would be useful to the couple who were to be married and the result was that there was simply an immense crowd gathered and each one brought something that would be useful--this was all done without the knowledge or consent of the bride to be and one can well imagine Miss Mamie Wright's surprise when she was marched out on the porch in the presence of that vast crowd to be called on to make a short speech tendering her thanks etc. The arrangement was all made to keep her at Miss Mabel Wamsley's until the crowd had collected with the presents and they were safely "corked" then the arrangement was to have two little girls take a little express wagon and deliver the goods to her. When the first load came Miss Mamie started to tender her thanks when someone checked her by saying "hold on, that ain't all" and then another load came and then she started to speak again when she was stopped again and another load was brought and finally she broke down and womanlike wept but soon recovered herself and made a nice little speech expressing her thanks. Then Mr. Hock was called on for a speech and he said, "Oh, let my wife do it." Well to make a long matter short they had one of the little enjoyable times that are so common in Eagle Point, and the following Sunday, July 28, Mr. Ed. S. Hock and Miss Mamie Wright were joined in wedlock by Rev. L. L. Simmons at the home of her mother in the presence of the following witnesses: Mrs. Joseph Moomaw, Carl Ringer, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Florey, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Jones, Henry Daley, Miss Loretta Childreth, Miss Louise Blass, Miss Matwin, Miss Lord, Miss Wood, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Grover and two children, Verda and Ruth, Grandma Heckathorn and Grandma Thomas, and several others whose names I was unable to learn as I was in Medford at the time.
    Well the next thing is the woman's suffrage meeting in the park on Wednesday, July 24. The women's aid met that day in the park and the Medford ladies had a good opportunity to meet a number of the leading ladies of the town. They talked the matter over but did not organize a W.S. club, but I understand made a very favorable impression and this coming November we expect to poll a goodly number of votes in favor of the ladies' movement.
    I unintentionally omitted to report in my last that Senator von der Hellen was made extremely happy on account of the arrival of a new granddaughter in the family of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. A. Evanson, on July 22 in Medford, Oregon.
    Miss Mabel Thomas spent the night with us last Friday on her way to the Ed Higinbotham neighborhood to teach a three months' school.
    Mr. M. S. Coss and our county surveyor Mr. Frank A. Grisez called for supper Friday evening. They are surveying off a tract of land for Mr. Coss.
    R. H. Dopp, who has been working in the Buzzard mine, came out and reports that the company is having a lot of ore hauled out to have a thorough test of it made.
    Mr. McClanahan and Dave Pence came out last Saturday to bring Mrs. Alfred Reed, Master Bachard Reed, and Miss Macina Orana of Pittsburgh, Pa. They took the evening train for their home.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 31, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    In a former epistle I omitted to mention that Mr. and Mrs. Kincaid, their daughter Miss Kay and son Howard spent the night with us on Friday of last week on their way from Medford to their home near Peyton. Also that Mr. Louis Alt and Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Stowell spent the night with us on their way to Butte Falls. They were looking over the country. Mr. Alt is in business in Klamath Falls and Mr. Stowell is from California although he started from Klamath Falls to look over the country. Mr. Alt is very favorably impressed with our town and talks of buying property here and going into merchant tailoring business.
    On Monday last Rev. Conrad Wilker of the Lutheran Church of Medford and Mr. D. W. Frey of Lake Creek called for dinner. Rev. Wilker had been up in the Lake Creek country to hold services, and they were on their way to the train for Medford. He has charge of the congregation up in that neighborhood.
    M. S. Centers of Medford came out Monday morning on the P.&E. to talk business with Mr. Tronson, our apple man, and took dinner at the Sunnyside.
    W. T. Hoffman and wife of Lake Creek came out Monday night so as to have Mrs. Hoffman interview our M.D., Dr. Holt. She seemed to be troubled with neuralgia. They returned home the next day.
    Thomas Grigsby came out from the Butte Falls Cemetery Tuesday with a load of shakes for parties in Central Point.
    L. E. Whiting and wife of Portland were here for dinner last Monday on their way to their home. They own a tract of land northwest of Eagle Point and had been spending his vacation on it. He was formerly an employee in the Medford Mail Tribune office but is now working in the Oregonian office.
    Mr. and Mrs. John Grant and their little girl called for supper late last Saturday evening. They started in their auto from Woodland, Cal., and traveled to Redding, from there to Klamath Falls then to Crater Lake, down Rogue River to Eagle Point without a mishap and while the auto was standing still and he was getting some gasoline one of the tires blew out and Mr. Grant spent some three or four hours before he could find and remedy the defect, but he finally succeeded and went on the Medford that night. They are satisfied that Crater Lake is among the wonders of the world.
    Mr. and Mrs. McPherson, nee Ollie Nichols, returned to Portland Sunday evening. They returned from Crater Lake Saturday night.
    Your correspondent spent last Sunday in Medford so is unable to tell who was here that day but I learned when I got home that there was quite a crowd here for dinner from different parts of the valley. I went to Medford to join in a meeting to take steps toward organizing a Congregational church there, but as about all that was done has been published already, I will not take the time and space to repeat it, but I may say that the prospect looks quite favorable for an organization.
    The following persons went from here to Butte Falls last Sunday on the excursion train: Mr. Sam Coy, Miss Ethel Taylor, Fred Dutton, Miss Dottie Harnish and Mrs. Trunnel of Grants Pass. She was stopping at the Sunnyside and went up to see the town and timber. Miss Rosa Ayres and her sister Mrs. Freeland Newport also went to Butte Falls from Ayres station.
    Mrs. Charles Bacon, who has been visiting her relatives in Golden, returned home last week accompanied by her sister Miss Meda McIntosh.
    J. B. Jackson and George von der Hellen started for the Mt. McLoughlin country last Monday on a hunting expedition.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 2, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    In my last I omitted to mention that Prof. Suddarth and wife accompanied Rev. L. L. Simmons to Brownsboro on Sunday the 28th. Prof. Suddarth and wife are the principal and teacher of the intermediate department of our school who have recently arrived from Josephine County.
    S. B. Holmes and wife and Frank Brown, the two gentlemen have been up into British Columbia to look after their land interests there and Mrs. Holmes have been visiting relatives in Portland.
    Jake Jonas and J. W. Grover have gone out in Blue Canyon country on a hunting expedition.
    W. W. Willits and W. H. Morgan of Elk Creek spent the night with us Tuesday last. They had been to Medford to attend the funeral of Mr. Morgan's father, who died in Medford on Sunday, July 28.
    Mr. Ormel of Elk Creek spent the night with us, taking the Prospect stage Wednesday morning.
    We came very near having a first-class fire in our town one day this week. I heard of it last Wednesday, the day I last wrote. It appears that James Ringer had been doing some painting and staining in his house and had been using a compound of kerosene, benzene and alcohol and had been using a cloth to wipe off the stain so as to make the wood have the appearance of the grain of the wood and had laid the cloth, all crumpled up, down by the gasoline can and had gone off on a trip up Rogue River. Mr. Wamsley, having been to work there, had left some of his tools in the house and when he opened the door he saw the cloth smoking and soon discovered the cause. He stepped to the door and called Mr. Bryant and when he came Mrs. J. W. Smith and her sister came to see the strange sight, so Mr. Wamsley attempted to pick the cloth up and found that it was too hot so took two pieces of a shingle and picked it up, intending to take it out and show it to others when lo, it burst into a flame. Mr. W. says that if he had been thirty minutes later the house would have been burned and there would have been another mystery to solve to tell how.
    Mrs. Vivian Jones and her cousin, Mrs. W. A. Marvin of Gold Hill, spent the day visiting Mrs. Howlett and family Thursday.
    Mr. F. Salter, one of our hardware merchants, has gone to Seattle on a business trip.
    Talking about fruit, well last Thursday your correspondent took a trip over in the valley on the east side of Bear Creek after some fruit and it looked like a willful waste to see the bushels of fruit lying on the ground that had to be picked off to save the trees and make the fruit grow larger, for there was hundreds of pears absolutely going to waste, and talk about peaches, why there is just thousands of them.
    Mrs. Vogeli, mother of the owner of The Tavern, came up from California to visit relatives this week.
    Mrs. C. W. Wright of Los Angeles has been up to Lake Creek visiting her sister-in-law Mrs. Hosler. Mrs. Wright is a sister-in-law of Mr. Horton, owner of one of our fine orchards. She came up on a visit but is so taken up with this country that she intends to return and make her home among us. She says that all of her interests are in Los Angeles but she intends to draw some of her money out and invest it here. She thinks that the country is ahead of anything in California and says that she has traveled all over the state but found nothing to compare with this country. She was on her way home when I met her Friday morning going to the train.
    The next time I will tell about the grand social Thursday night.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 5, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
     The last time I wrote I believe I promised to tell this time about the grand social we had last Thursday night at the parsonage of the Baptist minister. There had been some special invitations given out to almost everyone in our valley with the instruction to be sure to keep it a secret, to a pound social at the parsonage, with the understanding that the people were to meet at Mrs. Owens' and march in a body, each one being requested to bring something that would be useful to the family. About the time for the people to begin to gather Mrs. Suddarth, one of our new teachers, took the notion to invite the minister and his family to take a walk up the hill near town and by that means keep them from seeing the crowd collecting at the Eagle Point Hotel as per agreement, and also give them a chance to get in and take possession of the parsonage. The plan worked like a charm and about 8 o'clock the company that had formed on that side of the creek began to march across the bridge and your correspondent joined them just as they were entering the yard gate, and I began to wonder if I was going to be in an old H.W. ladies' party all alone but at the rear of the procession I began to see a few men and felt quite relieved. But when we reached the house the door was unlocked and the company marched in and deposited the goods in the kitchen, lit up the house and began to look around for some of the inmates, for they have three children and we naturally supposed that they would be at home but lo there was no one there and then some of them began to feel as though they had been sold and would have no fun in the line expected but soon someone was seated at the organ and Frank Nichols had his violin and Harold Simpson had his horn so the music commenced and we were being entertained in that way when here came the minister Rev. L. L. Simmons and family, and Mrs. Suddarth as innocent as a little lamb. Well now talk about anyone being surprised, they hardly knew what to say or what to think and when they went into the kitchen and saw the stack of things on the table and floor they came to the conclusion that the preacher was being pounded sure enough. Well after the first excitement was over we then had some fine singing interspersed with instrumental music which was kept up until late bedtime when we quietly retired hoping that we may all live to enjoy another such a time.
    The following persons were present and each tried with the other to see who could make the occasion one of real pleasure and solid enjoyment. Mrs. A. J. Florey, her daughter Miss Marguerite and little boys, Judd and Theodore, Mrs. J. W. Grover and daughter, Mrs. Painter, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Stewart, Grandma Heckathorn, Mrs. Suddarth, Mrs. S. H. Harnish, Mrs. Frank Brown, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Daley, Mrs. M. L. Daily, Mrs. F. Salter, Mr. and Mrs. Warnstorff, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nichols and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Bryant, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wolfer, Mrs. A. N. Thomas, Mrs. James Ringer, Mrs. W. L. Childreth, Mrs. D. C. Cuisade, Harold Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Owens, Mrs. Lottie Van Scoy, Miss Louise Blass, Miss Genett Haselton, Miss Bermuda Lewis, Mrs. Wm. Knighton, Mrs. J. Moomaw, Mrs. Jessie Vernon and Mrs. Lottie McQuoid.
    I have written the above names from memory and may have omitted some but think that I have given all of them and let me tell you when you get all of them folks together with the minister and his family, and your correspondent to report, you may rest assured that there will be something doing.
    Well here I am at the bottom of my 11th page and still have a batch of Eaglets long enough to make another letter as long as this, but the next time [I] will tell who was here Sunday and what was done and who is to present the Catholic church with a new hall.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 8, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    Last Wednesday after I finished writing for the Mail Tribune I took a stroll around town and while on my rounds dropped into Heath & Diamond's store and among the first things I noticed was that Mrs L. A. Diamond, wife of the brakeman on the P.&E., had accepted a position in the store as a saleslady and also that Mr. Diamond, one of the proprietors, had been out on Rogue River fishing and brought back eight fine fish, three of them being steelheads, weighing from three to nine pounds each. Also learned that arrangement had been made for Rev. L. L. Simmons, our Baptist minister, to surrender the pulpit next Sunday morning the 11th to our Episcopal minister, who will conduct service at 11:00 o'clock a.m. I also noticed that there was quite a number of persons were in; among them was Old Uncle Dave Smith and his son Aaron, Mrs. Clay, wife of one of the engineers on the P.&E., Mr. White, foreman on the Cooley orchard just above town, Miss Marguerite Florey and Miss Hazel Brown, daughter of one of our merchants of the firm of George Brown & Sons, Mr. Strong and wife, foreman on the old Moomaw place, Mr. Hitchcock, owner of the old Harry Carlton place, Mr. and Mrs. Suddarth, James Watkins, beside a number of others that I passed on the street. I noticed as I was passing along by the park that there were a number of ladies assembled there and afterwards learned that it was the Ladies' Aid Society, and Mrs. H. and our daughter, Mrs. C. E. Hoyt, joined them. Mrs. Hoyt said that they were sewing as though the future destiny of the town depended on their efforts.
    Born to Mr. and Mrs. Loran Gregory, August 8th, a daughter.
    Married at the residence of John N. Hayes, by Rev. A. C. Howlett, August 8th, Mr. Hugh Hayes and Miss Jessie Bailey. After the marriage was performed and the congratulations were extended ice cream and cake was served and an hour or so was spent socially. In the run of conversation the subject of raising apples on the "Desert" soil was brought up and one of the family went out and brought in an apple that was raised on desert ground that measured 10½ inches in circumference, also brought in a peach that would come up to the standard in size and quality.
    This Friday morning I took a trip up to Ed Wolfer's garden. Well, talk about a truck patch--he has corn that will measure some seven or eight feet in height, pie plant, the leaves as large as half the page of the Mail Tribune, but his tomatoes they are simply immense. He has something like an acre and a half and has them so arranged with sticks so as to keep the vines up off the ground so that the tomatoes are exposed to the sun and air, and talk about bearing the vines are simply loaded and he has had ripe tomatoes now for the last two weeks.
    We have had another transaction in real estate, E. L. Wainstaff having traded his place in the lower end of town to Rev. L. L. Simmons for property in the state of Washington, consideration $1,631.75. There is 2½ acres in the tract.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 12, 1912, page 4

By A. C. Howlett
    Carl and Henry von der Hellen were callers at the Sunnyside last Friday.
    Mrs. Thomas Blair and her son Teddie, wife and son of one of the railroad builders, came in from Albany to the Sunnyside and took a room with her husband. Mr. Blair is one of the mechanics who are working on the new bridge that the P.&E. Railroad is putting up in place of the old one across Butte Creek. They are replacing the old one with a steel bridge and raising it some four feet higher than the old one was.
    J. C. Moore, wife, daughter and son spent the night with us last Thursday night on their way to their farm on Elk Creek. Mr. Moore has been living in Ashland and was burned out August 2nd while the family was away from home. Everything was destroyed. He carried $1,500 insurance but the loss amounted to over $3,000. He has no idea of how the fire originated but fears that it was the work of an incendiary.
    Mrs. C. D. Stout of Jacksonville came out Saturday to be with her husband. He is the superintendent of the bridge work on the P.&E. Railroad and is superintending the construction of the new bridge on Butte Creek, just below town.
    Mr. Piper, who owns twenty acres of orchard land near here, has gone to Portland to remain for a while.
    Mrs. Howlett took a business trip up on Salt Creek near Lake Creek last week and on her return brought back a load of nice Red Astrachan apples.
    O. O. Alenderfer and H. N. Coss were with us last Friday night. They were working up a business in the electric line, taking orders for lights. They represent the California-Oregon Power Company and agree to have the electricity in here within ninety days from the date of the contract. They have take a great many orders for lights and power
    G. W. Ager, school supervisor for this school district, spent the night with us last Thursday and I omitted to mention it in my last.
    Rev. M. C. Davis came in Friday evening and spent the night with us, then went to Sams Valley and preached Saturday night, and Sunday preached at Agate and Table Rock, and while on the subject of Table Rock will remind the readers of the Mail Tribune that there will be an ice cream social in the Table Rock schoolhouse next Saturday evening. The object is to raise money to pay the balance on the chairs they have bought and to buy a stove to put in the spare room in the schoolhouse so they can have a suitable room to hold religious services and also to have their socials during the time that they have school in progress. Every assurance is given that they will have a good time.
    Dr. W. W. P. Holt reports that there has been a new arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Edmondson of Butte Falls--a ten-pound boy last Friday, Aug. 9, '12.
    Bert Higinbotham spent the night with us last Friday.
    Next time will tell what I saw and heard on my trip to Agate and Table Rock Sunday.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 14, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    The last time I wrote I promised to tell the readers of the Mail Tribune something of what I saw and heard on my trip to Agate and Table Rock. I started for Antioch school house, expecting to meet Rev. M. C. Davis there according to previous arrangements, and just as I was coming out of the gate near the Bybee bridge I saw him running full speed to intercept me to inform me that there was another appointment ahead of his at Antioch and that he had phoned over [to] the neighborhood that he would preach at Agate. But before I go any further on my story I wish to tell what I saw on my way across the desert, for I confess that I was greatly surprised. There were just acres and acres of as fine looking corn growing as anyone could wish, although there were occasionally spots that the corn looked less healthy than the rest and in addition to the corn were vines that looked like squash vines, beans and other vines of a smaller variety and I learned later that they were cantaloupes, but talk about that desert ground bringing garden truck, why, it done my eyes good to see such a growth on land that has always been considered worthless. Well after I was met by brother Davis, I turned my course and went to Agate and there we had a very interesting Sunday school after which Davis preached, and he and I went to Mr. Beebe's for dinner, well it is not best to say much about the dinner but Mrs. Beebe said that the chickens were all ready before she knew that we were coming. Well while dinner was being prepared Mr. Beebe invited us to walk out into his orchard and garden, well, talk about garden truck he had almost everything that the soil of Jackson County can raise and that means almost anything that will grow in our latitude, but his fruit, apples, pears, berries, etc. of all kinds and in abundance, when we went back to the house the freezer was about ready for business and Mr. Beebe and Davis worked the freezer and your correspondent bossed the job, well to make a short story of it we had a feast of as nice ice cream as anyone could wish. After the feast was over Rev. Davis started for Table Rock to meet the Sunday school there and your correspondent went by a slower mode of traveling, in a buggy, but Rev. Davis has one of the latest improved motorcycles and he now can travel at the rate of--well he goes so fast that I can't keep in sight, however I arrived at Mr. DePort's, the place agreed on, when we separated in due time and he preached again to a good-sized audience. While in the neighborhood of Table Rock, I noticed that the young orchards were looking fine and the older ones were just loaded with fruit; in fact, if they don't thin the trees more they are likely to break all to pieces. I also noticed that there was a quantity of grain being stacked ready for the thresher and everything looked prosperous.
    Well ,Monday afternoon after I was through with writing for the Mail Tribune I took a stroll over town to see what I could find that would be of interest to the readers of the Mail Tribune and I soon discovered that there was quite a number of our farmers had come to town, and as I entered Brown's store there I met Gus Edmondson of Derby and he informed me that he and his father Leo Edmondson were running their sawmill near Derby and with him were Ray and Fred Shatrean also of Derby, Mrs. K. Quackenbush and Mrs. Gorman beside two others that were strangers to me, and at Heath & Diamond's I met Mr. Quackenbush and his sister-in-law Mrs. McKaffery. The Quackenbushes, Gormans and McKafferys all live on Mr. Corbin's orchard and as I understand it the three ladies are all sisters, they were all getting supplies from the two general merchandise stores of our town, although we have several other stores in our town besides them. While in Brown's store I learned that Frank Brown, one of the firm, also one of the county commissioners had gone out on the Crater Lake road with the other county commissioner, James Owens, in company with Wm. von der Hellen to inspect the work.
    Our new baker tells me that he used to run the Model Bakery in Medford and that he had to ship Tuesday morning one hundred and fifty loaves of bread to Medford and that it just keeps him jumping to keep any stock on hand. That speaks well for Eagle Point to have to ship bread to the great city of Medford.
    George von der Hellen has gone to Prospect to take a hunt.
    Gus Rosenburg lost one of his horses Monday evening with pneumonia.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 17, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    Ray Smith, Rosa Ayres, John Smith and wife, and Roy Ashpole and Miss Donnie Rader started last Monday, August 12, for Crater Lake and Klamath Falls to be gone about two weeks.
    Mrs. Engle and Mrs. J. F. Brown took dinner at the Sunnyside on Monday last week.
    C. J. Howard of San Francisco, representing the J. A. Folger & Co., was among us last week doing business with our merchants.
    Mrs. Henry Childreth, who has been visiting her parents on Elk Creek, returned to her home in Eagle Point last week.
    Fred Findley, who has been to Roseburg to visit his sick father, returned last week bringing his father with him. He has so far recovered as to be able to go around the home and yard.
    Last Tuesday Rev. M. C. Davis came in from Yankee Creek where he held services on Monday night and organized a Sunday school of forty members. He left an appointment to preach there again the first Sunday in September at 2:30 p.m. He will preach at Antioch at 11 o'clock a.m. and go from there to Yankee Creek--the Black Oak school house--and at night at Table Rock. E. Frey is the superintendent and Bessie Wenn is secretary of the new Sunday school.
    George Childreth of Medford and J. W. Ferren of Oakland, Cal., representing Perkins Horseshoe Company of Valley Falls, R.I., called for dinner last Wednesday.
    Next Thursday afternoon, August 21, the Ladies Aid will give a social when refreshments will be served in the town park, the proceeds to go towards raising the minister's salary.
    Since I last wrote I have visited Ed Wolfer's truck patch again and he laughed at the idea of my saying that he had corn eight feet high, when he had it standing eleven and twelve feet high. He was picking ripe strawberries off of his vines for Mrs. Howlett and he told me the reason he had such success with his tomatoes was that he sticked them and kept the vines trimmed the same as an apple tree, so that the sun could reach them.
    There has been considerable complaint to me, although I am not the road supervisor, county judge or commissioner, about the condition of the county road as you come up the hill from the old Linksweiler lane just north of the Antelope bridge. It is washed out so deep that it is difficult for two wagons to pass and especially hard on automobiles. It should be fixed if we expect to have travel go through our town.
    We had a very serious accident happen near here Thursday. While a gang of men were working on the new bridge Wm. Vinson was acting as foreman and had a gang of men driving piles and Mr. Vinson was on the old bridge holding against the timber, while it was being raised to its place, with his hand and knee and he signaled to one of the men to swing it around, thinking that he would be quick enough to get out of the way, when the piling caught him on the back part of the knee, throwing him off among the piling and some say that the timber fell on him and others said no, but the timber had to be lifted off of him. He was taken immediately on the handcar and carried to the tavern in Eagle Point and as soon as the train came in he was placed on the baggage car and taken to Medford, our local doctor having done all that he could to relieve his suffering. On his arrival at Medford he was met by his wife and talked with her for a few minutes and quietly breathed his last. Mr. Vinson was raised in Jackson County--Sams Valley--where I understand that his mother still lives. He was raised an orphan, his father having been killed while coming down one of the hills with a lead of poles, having been thrown off the wagon, the wheel running over him. He was a quiet, sober, industrious man and was quite popular with his men. I understand that he leaves in addition to his wife and mother a son, about 12 years old.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 19, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    Last Thursday morning I started from home for Grants Pass to visit Dr. M. C. Findley, the Grants Pass eye specialist. On my arrival in Medford about the first place I found myself was the Mail Tribune office to get a new list of the Eagle Point subscribers to that paper and to secure a copy of the latest. Then I repaired to the S.P. depot and sat down and read the Mail Tribune until train time. I boarded the motor car and started and was soon absorbed with what I was seeing along the route. What few bearing orchards there were along the route were simply loaded with fruit of all kinds, and one would judge by the appearance of the stubble and the stacks that the crop had been fully up to date. There was considerable alfalfa hay being cut and stacked and one unfamiliar with this country would wonder what is to become of all the hay that is stacked along the line.
    I also noted that there is a vast acreage of young fruit trees all along the route and some that looked as though they were about four years old that looked as though they had been simply molded all in the same mold, they were so even. As I passed the Ray dam I noticed that there were quite a number of men fishing just below the dam, notwithstanding the law says that they shall not fish nearer than 600 feet of the dam, but such is life in the far West.
    When I reached the doctor's office I found that there were only two persons ahead of me, as I came in and registered as No. 13 on the register. While there I had the pleasure of meeting with G. A. Tebbe of Yreka who was there receiving treatment for his hearing, and Harry McGee, son of O. P. McGee, formerly of this place and later of Medford, but for now near Dallas, Oregon. He was there being treated for his throat.
    As I did not remain in Grants Pass but a short time, returning the same day, did not see much of interest to write.
    R. C. Lawton, our electrician, who has been out in the Crater Lake country for the past week or ten days, returned last Saturday. He reported having had a fine time but had some stormy weather to contend with.
    The Butte Falls and Eagle Point Telephone Company have had another line of wire stretched from Butte Falls and to this place and will probably extend it on to Medford so as to give us a metallic circuit all the way. There are now so many phones on the line that a ground wire does not give satisfaction.
    Our city council at its last meeting ordered the owners of the property along Main Street to put down sidewalks from one end of the town to the other. From the wagon bridge up the the sidewalk is to be five feet four inches wide and one and one-fourth inches in thickness and from the bridge down one inch thick. That will be a big improvement, as in the winter the walking is quite bad on account of the sloppy mud.
    Last Saturday forenoon Dr. Brower and family of Ashland passed through here on their way to Rogue River; I mean the stream called Rogue River, not the little city that the S.P. calls out as a station along the line from Medford to Grants Pass. They went to the river to fish. They had been up the country visiting friends.
    Mrs. J. B. Jackson started last week for the state of Washington to visit relatives, to be gone several weeks.
    Last Saturday I took a trip up to Trail and in the meantime took Miss Louisa Blass up to visit her parents at the free ferry. Rev. M. C. Davis had arranged to have a basket meeting at the Trail school house on Sunday and administered the ordinance of baptism by immersion and the result was that there was quite a crowd assembled. Rev. Davis preached at 11 o'clock and then we all went down to Trail Creek and he here baptized John and Katie Warner, and at the close of the services we all partook of the basket dinner. There was quite a number who came from Elk Creek and some from the neighborhood of Central school house, and after partaking of as fine a dinner as anyone could wish I preached to a house full of attentive listeners.
    As I was away from home on Sunday I cannot tell of all that transpired that day as Mrs. Howlett seldom asks anyone their name, but among the visitors were Mr. and Mrs. George Garrett and her mother, Mrs. Clara Rader. Mrs. Rader is one of our old neighbors with whom we have been acquainted for almost fifty years, and her daughter, Mrs. Garrett, and our girls were associated together in their childhood days, they having lived within a half of a mile of each other for about twenty years.
    But I see that I am making my letter entirely too long, so will stop right here and will try next Wednesday to tell the readers something else that will be of interest to them.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 21, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    The last time I wrote for the Mail Tribune I had so much to write that I had to postpone writing some of my items until today, Wednesday, and now will start off just where I finished Monday.
    About the most notable incident that has come to my knowledge is so much out of the ordinary that I hesitated about writing it up, but on the advice of two of our prominent citizens have concluded to give it to the public. On Thursday of last week there was a man by the name of R. N. Cote put in his appearance and commenced to deliver pictures that he had taken to enlarge and it appears that he had taken one of our mayor's wife, Mrs. Wm. von der Hellen, and the charge is that he R. N. Cote, went to the store of von der Hellen Bros. and collected his pay and then went to the residence of the mayor and collected the amount of Mrs. von der Hellen, whereupon the aforesaid mayor learned of the act, went to the home of Mr. Henry O. Childreth, Mrs. Childreth being there alone except her small children, to find the said R. N. Cote, and finding him there asked Mrs. Childreth to retire to the kitchen as he had some business with the man, and then made a demand on Mr. Cote for the money, using language that is not fit to put in print, but informed Mr. Cote that he was the mayor and that if he did not deliver the money he would beat him to death and with the threat grabbed him by the throat, with the result that some of the neighbors hearing an unusual noise ran to the house and found the two men in a regular knock-down and drag-out fight. The marshal was among them but he made no arrests, for the reasons best known to himself. When Mr. Childreth heard of the affair he went to the recorder to have the mayor arrested, but he, for reasons best known to himself, declined to interfere. He then went to Judge Watkins and secured a warrant for the arrest of the mayor charged with assault on one R. N. Cote and the mayor was duly arrested by the marshal, pleaded guilty and was fined five dollars and costs. This was Monday morning.
    Mrs. C. D. Stout and daughter, Miss Ora, came out last Sunday to spend a while at the Sunnyside with her husband, who has charge of the construction of the new steel bridge across the Little Butte.
    Last Monday Mr. J. T Summerville, wife and son Lee, W. V. Tower and wife, and F. D. Tower, all of Medford, came in from Crater Lake for dinner. They report having quite a time on account of the snow and rain, but felt that they had been repaid for all their troubles and hardships they underwent. They report that there are just hundreds of people going to the lake this season in automobiles.
    Albert Anderson of Grants Pass, a member of the firm of Albert Anderson Co., who are in the concrete paving business, called for dinner Monday. He has a young orchard in the edge of our town and came out to look after it.
    At a meeting of the school board they employed Mrs. George von der Hellen to teach the primary department at a salary of seventy-five dollars a month.
    Last Monday evening Mr. T. L. Benson, wife and two children, and Mrs. Benson's brother, Victor Burrett, and wife called for supper. Mr. Benson is living on the old France Plymale place and Mr. Burrett is living on the old Chambers place.
    Monday afternoon Mrs. Howlett received a message over the phone ordering a chicken dinner for a company of eight at one o'clock Tuesday and promptly at the hour designated two autos came dashing up to the Sunnyside and Mrs. J. A. Westerlund, Mrs. Julia Perl, Mrs. A. A. Davis, Miss Aileen Perl, Miss Dorothy Wicks, Miss Marjorie Westerlund and Miss Lillian Westerlund, all of Medford except Miss Marjorie Westerlund, who is from Chicago visiting her aunt and uncle. They were accompanied by Budman Taylor, who was driving the auto for Mr. Perl. Talk about a time, they surely had it and [it] was with great reluctance that they finally tore themselves loose from the table and began to get ready for the return trip. Of course, they all had to be introduced to the writer of the Eaglets and it almost made me blush to hear the compliments they paid me.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 23, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    Last Thursday Mr. J. C. Moore of Elk Creek and W. B. Dennis of Ashland drove up to the Sunnyside and called for dinner. Mr. Moore, who was recently burned out in Ashland, has moved out on his farm on Elk Creek and Mr. Dennis is one of the Ashland butchers. They were just from Elk Creek, where Mr. Dennis had been attending to business in his line.
    I omitted to state in my last that Mr. W. E. Hammel, who owns a large tract of land about four miles north of here, was in town last Wednesday, also Henry French, who has a fine farm at the new bridge across Rogue River about five miles north of here. He reports that he has a fine lot of peaches this year.
    Uncle Dave Smith and his son, Isaac, have been doing business with our merchants within the last few days. Also Fred Pettegrew, who has a farm at Reese Creek.
    Mr. A. C. Allen and family of Medford, who were on the return trip from Crater Lake, called for dinner Wednesday. Mr. Allen is the man who owns the park on the road between Medford and Jacksonville, and he tells me that he has at present three elk as he has a young one this season added to his number. He had a kangaroo among his list of animals but the hot spell just after its arrival and the flies were too much for it and it died. While here he was talking about the condition of the country and remarked that he had run his car from here to San Francisco, from there to Humboldt County and back 900 miles and from home to Crater Lake and around to Eagle Point and that during the whole trip in California he had not found as much bad road as there is between the Bybee Bridge and Trail, that the road is simply a fright and that after he passed Trail he found that the people let the water from the irrigation ditches run over the road and in many places it is with great difficulty that one can get along with a car. In addition to the above he told of a company at Klamath Falls that was running seven or eight cars, taking passengers from the boat landing on Klamath Lake to the Crater and back, and that if we expect to hold the travel we must fix our roads so that people can ride over them with some ease and degree of safety.
    A. B. Zimmerman and his son are moving the old store building formerly occupied by Heath & Diamond down in the vicinity of their new store to be used for a warehouse.
    T. E. Blackburn of Central Point and Irving Worthington of Medford called for dinner last Thursday. Mr. Blackburn owns an orchard near Central Point and Mr. Worthington is the chief engineer for the Rogue River Irrigation Company. He was here looking after the interests of the company. They are putting in a fish ladder in the Little Butte Creek so that the fish can go up the creek over the old mill dam.
    J. R. Simmons and family came out down Washington to visit his brother, Rev. L. L. Simmons, last Wednesday and started Friday morning for Oklahoma.
    Last Thursday night the ladies of the Baptist Church gave an ice cream social for the purpose of raising funds to meet the minister's salary. The social was given in the park, and judging by the amount of money raised there must have been quite a nice assemblage. They raised $16 dollars, and all hands had a good time. They had vocal and instrumental music, ice cream and cake besides other good things that made the hours pass off pleasantly.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 26, 1912, page 3

By A. C. Howlett
    As an illustration of the advantage of advertising in a live paper, will remark that A. J. Daley put an ad in another paper for a week for a lost auto tire, with no results, and finally he was talking to me about it and in the run of conversation asked me to put it in the Mail Tribune for a week; and the result was that he soon found his tire. The ad had been read and reported and he was notified to call at one of the garages in Medford and take his property.
    Last Friday J. S. Howard and his grandson, Bernard Roberts of Medford, took a spin out to look at some property he had sold near our town, and called at the Sunnyside for dinner. The old gentleman has many friends in this section of the country.
    One of Herman Myer's sons and a young Mr. Frey of Lake Creek were pleasant callers last Friday after I had written for the Mail Tribune.
    George Childreth is here at present helping his brother Henry in his blacksmith shop, and his wife came out from Medford to visit her husband and brother-in-law's family.
    Miss Ruth Holmes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Holmes of Medford, who has been visiting Miss Hazel Brown, returned home last week.
    Parties have been at work putting up another wire on the line from here to Brownsboro, and another company is putting up another line from here to intersect the line running from Medford to Upper Little Butte.
    G. H. Wamsley has finished putting in a fish ladder in the dam just above the grist mill.
    Last Friday was rather a warm day and while I was striding around town in search of Eaglets for the Mail Tribune I fell in company with Ed Wolfer, our tomato and strawberry man, and in speaking about the temperature he remarked that he had been picking tomatoes that day and had been picking them green for shipment and that the sun was so hot that it turned them red before he could get them to the house, but that he has some that are so yellow that they can't turn red. (adv.)
    Judge Carpenter and Mr. Chandler, who have orchards about four miles north of Eagle Point, were in town last Saturday. Mr. Chandler brought in some as fine looking clingstone peaches as I ever saw. Judge Carpenter of Laramie, Wyoming, is taking his vacation on his orchard.
    W. W. Taylor, who owns a part of the old J. J. Fryer place, was smiling on his friends in our town last Saturday.
    M. S. Woods has been supplying the people of Eagle Point with a fine variety of peaches this season.
    Mrs. Eva Ahans, nee Eva Pool, of Portland, is here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Pool.
    Rev. Sheerin, rector of the Episcopal church of Medford, is camped on the banks of our beautiful Little Butte Creek and conducted services here last Sunday afternoon in the Baptist Church.
    Messrs. Bryant and Stonny and their families returned from a trip to Klamath County last Friday. They report having had considerable bad weather on the trip. Also the three Smith brothers, Lon, Roy and John and wife and Roy Ashpole and Misses Rosa Ayres and Donnie Rader returned the same time. They encountered considerable snow on the trip and one of those mountain rain storms such as we never have in the Rogue River Valley.
    The next time will tell about the change in the lumber yard, etc., and who was here Sunday.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 29, 1912, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    Among the callers last Sunday were Dr. Harry Hart and wife, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Ellis of Medford and Miss Cora E. Clannon of Quincy, Ill. The two named gentlemen own orchards near Medford, in Eden Valley, and Miss Clannon is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Ellis. When they first arrived at the Sunnyside the ladies walked through the sitting room into the parlor and Dr. Hart and your correspondent stopped and were in conversation in the sitting room when Mr. Ellis came in and said that the ladies wished to meet the author of the Eaglets, so as a matter of course I had to march in and when they told me of having read my Eaglets for the last three years and how interested they were, I felt quite elated. Well, we had a very pleasant visit and they all seemed to enjoy their dinner as well as the visit to the Sunnyside.
    There were also two other parties stopped for dinner. One was composed of Mr. and Mrs. Chinnock, Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Taillandier and Mrs. Catherine Mears, all of Medford, and after I had secured the names of the party one of the ladies looked into my face so beseechingly and asked me not to forget her dog, Ene. They were just on their way to Crater Lake, going with team and one on horseback. They were a lively crowd and bent on having a good time on the trip. There was also another company here but I did not meet them in time to find out who they were or where they were going.
    Mr. H. Wiener, a young man who came out from Medford to take charge of the lumber business here in the lumber yard formerly owned by Sprague Lumber Company, but now known as the Eagle Point Lumber Company. The Sprague Lumber Company sold out their business to the same company that bought out the Big Pines Lumber Company, the Central Point Lumber Company and the lumber business in Talent. I understand that they are negotiating now to secure all the timber in the Butte Falls and Mt. Pitt country.
    Mrs. Argalee Green has gone to Seattle and her father, J. J. Fryer, who went to Forest Creek last week on business, returned home. He says that he has greatly improved in health and feels better than he has felt for some time.
    The Smith brothers, at least a part of them, have sold the old John W. Smith place on the edge of the desert, on the sticky. John Leroy, Lewis and Arthur sold their parts but their brother Roland kept his ten acres. They sold the seventy acres for $1,100 to J. W. Torrey.
    I see there is published in the Mail Tribune several pages of what Sheriff Jones advertises as delinquent taxes and among the list there is so many glaring mistakes that I think that if Sheriff Jones and Assessor Grieves expect to be re-elected they had better explain in the public press how so many mistakes were made. For instance, Mrs. Sophia Emery is charged with some twelve or fifteen lots in Eagle Point when in fact she has not owned any land in Eagle Point for the last twelve years, and they have me charged with three lots that I do not and never did own. And I for one don't like to have my name paraded before the public as a delinquent taxpayer, for I never in all my life allowed my taxes to become delinquent.
    Our school will commence on Monday, September 9th, Mr. Suddarth, principal; Mrs. Suddarth, intermediate department and Mrs. George von der Hellen having charge of the primary department.
    Mrs. George W. Daley, living just across the street from the Sunnyside, has a fine watermelon patch and last Tuesday night she found two bicycles in her yard where they had been "cached" and placed them in safe keeping and says that the owners can have them by proving property.
    Mr. Lawton, our electrician, is engaged at this writing, wiring the Sunnyside. He is engaged to wire about all the homes in our town. The town council will meet Tuesday, September 2, and at that time the subject of granting the company a franchise will probably be settled and I understand that the company expects to go right to work and put up the line connecting us with the main line from Prospect.
    There will be services in the Baptist Church Sunday, September 1st, at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Rev Sheerin will preach in the afternoon.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 30, 1912, page 5

Property on Which Pugilist Fell Down Brings Higher Price.
    MEDFORD, Or., Dec. 13.--(Special.)--The F. L. Heath ranch of 136 acres near Eagle Point, for the purchase of which Ad Wolgast paid $1000 and then stopped payment on his checks for further amounts, was sold to W. V. Barnett, of Los Angeles, today for $18,000.
    Mose Barkdull and "Shorty" Miles, who made both deals, declare this sale will not interfere with their action against Wolgast for the recovery of money expended on the ranch, nor will F. L. Heath withdraw his claim for injury to the property due to the neglect of Wolgast's manager. Prosecuting Attorney Kelly has these cases in hand and declares Wolgast has started to refund to some of the local people who were out of pocket due to his manipulations.
    The price paid by Mr. Barnett is $1000 more than Wolgast's price.
Sunday Oregonian, Portland, December 14, 1913, page 10

    In the corn contest for 1913, Francis Winn of Wellen, Jackson County, won first prize. As a result of his winnings at the fairs, he was enabled to attend high school during the entire year of 1914. The prize won at the State Fair, a full-blooded Poland China pig, under good care, came to maturity and produced ten young pigs, which sold for a good price. The money earned enabled Francis to pay his way in school the past year.
    This year the first prize again went to Jackson County, Claus Charley of Brownsboro being the successful contestant at the State Fair. We give herewith his own story and his figures, showing the cost and returns:
Claus Charley's Own Story
    "After manuring the ground I plowed it as soon as it was in good shape, which was March 17, letting it lay up rough for about three weeks. This was after a rain, and I worked it down with a spike tooth harrow. In about ten days I repeated the example with a disc harrow, and about four days before planting I ran over it with a pulverizer, which left the soil in fine shape for a seed bed.
    "I planted the corn April 25, with a two-row horse corn planter, planting it about three inches deep with about three grains to the hill.
    "I again used the harrow about a week after planting to loosen up the packed places made by the planter, and also to hold the weeds in check until the corn was large enough to cultivate. After this I used a two-horse hoe cultivator, cultivating it May 18, and June 1, each time a few days after a rain, so as to prevent capillary evaporation. Then I put the final finish and touch on it with the old hoe June 19, cutting the weeds and now and then breaking off a sucker."
Rent of land, at $5.00 per acre $ .63
Two loads of manure at $2.00 4.00
Seed .10
Plowing and harrowing, 4 hours .90
Planting, 1 hour .20
Hoeing, 1 hour .10
Cultivating, ½ hour .10
Harvesting, 5 hours    .50
    Total $ 6.53
5.87 bushels common corn, at 90¢ $ 5.26
8 bushels seed corn, at $3.50 28.00
    Total receipts $ 33.26
Cost   6.53
    Profit $ 26.73
Profit per acre $ 212.14
    Audley Meyer also won a corn prize, being one of the few boys who carried two projects through to completion. His eighth of an acre of potatoes, however, won him the trip to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition at San Francisco. He raised his potatoes on land that had been cultivated for thirty years, proving beyond all question that new land is not required to produce good potatoes. Audley attended school and lost no time on account of his work--taking care of his corn and potatoes on Saturdays and evenings after school. He plowed his ground May 1, and double disked and harrowed it well. His ground was plowed deep, about 12 inches, and his potatoes were planted deep. He planted one piece with two eyes in a hill and eighteen inches apart in the row. The rows were three feet apart. One hundred and twenty-five pounds of seed were used, which Audley bought of his father at 50 cents per hundredweight. The ground was hoed twice, cultivated twice and irrigated three times.
    The yield from this eighth of an acre amounted to 4,136 pounds, which, at the market price at the time, brought him $62.94. The cost of production was $14.00, which included wages to himself for all work done, leaving a net profit of $47.98 on one-eighth of an acre, or at the rate of $383.84 per acre, not including the small potatoes, which were of considerable value. How many farmers beat Audley Meyer the past year, and how many Oregon boys will be able to get into his class the coming year? How many will try, not only to do as well, but to excel Audley Meyer in the production of potatoes for the 1915 State Fair?
Industrial Club Work of Oregon Boys and Girls, 1915, pages 12-13  Photos of the prize winners are in the original.

By A. C. Howlett
    Last Saturday night there was quite an interesting basketball game played in the opera house between the Talent and Eagle Point school teams, and the Talent team proved to be too heavy for the E.P. children, and the game stood 4 to 34 in favor of the Talent school. I am requested to say that the Jacksonville and Eagle Point school teams will play on the evening of February 5 in the Engle Point opera house.
    I am informed that F. E. Jordan of Brownsboro has sold his farm in that section to two Michigan men.
    Mrs. Charles Pruett and her daughter, Miss Mabel, were doing business among us last Saturday.
    Mr. McFarland of Vermont, who owns an interest in the Altavista orchard, was in our town last week.
    H. Hoogerhyde has moved out of the Daley house into the house owned by Mrs. E. O. Nichols.
    J. B. Anderson and E. S. Tumy of Medford came out on the P.&E. and spent the night at the Sunnyside, procured a team at the Harnish livery stable and went up to their farm in the Lake Creek country, returning the same day, spent Sunday night with us, taking the early Monday morning car for Medford.
    Sunday was rather quiet at the Sunnyside, as there was only about twelve or fourteen here for dinner besides our regular boarders.
    Rev. L. L. Simmons, the pastor of the Baptist church here, preached two fine sermons to two rather small congregations.
    W. L. Childreth, our blacksmith, went to Medford last Monday, and so did Mrs. Etta Florey.
    Thomas Hampton was doing business with our merchants last Monday.
    On account of the continuous rain and snow, the roads have become so bad that two of our star route mail carriers have put their rigs under shelter and are using pack animals to carry the mail, and the other two are talking of leaving their hacks and using pack horses. The roads are simply awful.
    Steve Smith, who is farming near Debenger Gap, was a pleasant caller last Tuesday and when he returned John Foster went up with him to visit his father, Perry Foster.
    Guy Bishop, who has been here visiting a friend who is boarding here, returned to his home again Monday.
    Mrs. J. T. Zimmerlee, the hostess of the Farmers' Hotel, was called to Talent Tuesday on account of the sickness of her father-in-law.
    Al Roberts was doing business with us Tuesday.
    F. S. Brandon of Medford came out on the P.&E. Tuesday and in an interview I learned that he and his brother had bought the old grist mill here and he had come out to take measurements to put in new machinery and fix it up for the harvest of 1916. I learned later from "a reliable source" that they intend to put in machinery to steam and roll barley and oats, keep all kinds of grain and feed as well as make a first-class grade of flour. They have made arrangements with the F.L.D. Co., of whom they bought it to use the water power during the season when the water will not be needed for irrigation purposes and during the dry season use electricity. If their plans materialize it will be one of the best things for Eagle Point that we have had for years, for when the old mill was being run by the late A. J. Daley I have seen the street so blocked with wheat teams that it was difficult for a team to get through, and the farmers would arrive here from Sams Valley and the surrounding country by 6 a.m. so as to get unloaded in time to go home and load up again. That was before the people went crazy over the fruit business.
    Von der Hellen Bros. report that they have sold quite a lot of the fence posts they had advertised in the Mail Tribune a short time ago to the F.L.D. Co., who are fencing up their desert land.
    Obie Natwick came out from Butte Falls Tuesday evening on the P.&E.
    Dr. Kirchgessner came out Tuesday from his farm home and took the P.&E. for Medford.
    R. A. Whitman, who was foreman on the W. Hart Hamilton farm and left here last summer, had his household goods shipped to Sacramento City, Cal. Tuesday.
    Mrs. Thomas Carlton was a passenger on the P.&E. for Medford Tuesday.
    D. S. Litts, who has a sale stable in Medford, and Anthony Andrews, also of Medford, came in about 1:30 p.m. to the Sunnyside for dinner.
    Lewis E. Smith and wife, the newlyweds, have moved into the Wright building, just outside of the corporate limits of Eagle Point.
    Since my last report Henry Trusty, the mail contractor on the route between here and Persist, has given me his subscription for the Daily Mail Tribune.
Medford Mail Tribune,
January 31, 1916, page 2

By A. C. Howlett
    A. W. Walker, a prominent candidate for the office of sheriff, was out here shaking hands with his many friends last Wednesday. He seems very sanguine of success in his efforts. He was accompanied by David Cingcade, Harry Cingcade and Mr. C.'s son-in-law, George Singewalt, the superintendent of the engraving department in the San Francisco Call and Examiner building, San Francisco. They all took dinner at the Sunnyside before going back to Medford, where the Cingcade family are watching the developments of an operation that was performed on Mrs. Cingcade about the first of the month.
    Wm. Nickel of Lake Creek was also here for dinner the same day.
    The word came over the wire Wednesday that Perry Farlow of Lake Creek had passed off on Tuesday night. Mr. Farlow was one of our highly respected pioneer citizens and has been prominent in the business world in Jackson County. He lived to be about 80 years of age and leaves a wife and several children, among whom are his sons Thomas, Frank and Lee, all of whom live in the neighborhood in which he died; besides a large circle of relatives and friends. His remains were interred in the Brownsboro cemetery on Thursday.
    Wert C. Pool was among the business callers Thursday.
    Messrs. Dunnington and Ulrich took a band of sheep through town Thursday on their way to range north of here.
    J. H. Terrill and Mr. Martin of Lake Creek were among the guests at the Sunnyside Wednesday. They came out to procure a casket for the [omission] Perry Farlow of F. L. Heath, one of our merchants.
    Mr. and Mrs. C. Parker of Clinton, Iowa, Mrs. H. C. Behling and her mother, Mrs. F. L. Sherman, of Medford, were with us for dinner Thursday.
    Lee Bradshaw, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Charley and Miss Ethel Meyer motored into our town Thursday evening from their farms just above Brownsboro.
    Walter Charley of Climax was a guest at the Sunnyside Thursday night. Mr. C. is perfecting an invention of his own that he expects to patent soon and put on the market to be used on trolley cars. He was accompanied by N. P. Hensen, also of
    G. W. McPherson of Portland stopped off to visit his son and family, F. Y. McPherson. He was on his way to the Hawaiian islands.
    J. C. Turnbull of Grants Pass was here working in the interest of the Oregon Journal. He secured the services of Miss Clare Zimmerman to act as agent for the paper.
    There was quite an interesting spelling match in the Reese Creek school district between that school last Friday and the Eagle Point school. There were thirty-two of the pupils who went from here to spell against eleven in the Reese Creek school. They went out on wagons, autos, carriages and the rest went on a hayrack jammed in like sardines. The two schools--that is all above the fifth grade--were lined up and when one missed a word he or she sat down and after spelling one thousand words there were left standing on the floor Miss Freda Leabo, Miss Fay Perry, Miss Fern Lewis, Miss Nellie Coy, Miss Helen Holt, Miss Mae Greb, Master Adin Haselton and Master Theo Florey out of the thirty-two Eagle Point pupils and of those left standing in the Reese Creek school were Miss Mae French, Miss Ellen  McCabe, Master Earl Mathews, Master Paul Robinson and Charles Pettegrew. They all did very well and deserve credit for the interest they seemed to have taken in that important branch in our studies. As there were so many more of the Eagle Point pupils than there were in the Reese Creek school, the committee decided to call it a tie. Little Miss Joyce von der Hellen had made a cake to be presented to the winner in the contest but as there were eight on one side and five on the other it was decided to have the thirteen cut the cake together. After devouring the cake the two basketball teams enjoyed a contest in that branch of their studies, but as the Reese Creek team came out second best. But they all had a good time and no doubt the children learned something that may be useful in after life.
    While we were at dinner Saturday word came over the phone wire that Mrs. Everett Abbott of Butte Falls had died suddenly. When her husband left her in the morning she was in her usual health and during the forenoon someone happened to go in and found her on the floor and help was summoned. She was placed on the bed and upon examination she was found to be dead. No cause of her death was stated, if known.
    Among the guests Saturday for dinner were Miss Norma A. Smith of Ashland. She was on her way to Lost Creek to take charge of the school.
    Mr. and Mrs. Raphael Gardner while here gave me an ad to be put in both the dally and weekly Mail Tribune offering a horse for sale.
    Mrs. E. C. Bellows came in today, Saturday, with a lot of cream for shipment.
    W. P. Holbrook was among the business callers Saturday, and so was Rudolph Pech of L.C.
    G. W. Ager, a very prominent candidate for county school superintendent, accompanied by Prof. B. F. Nibert of Agate and Prof. G. H. Grover were among us Saturday. Prof. Ager seemed to have received a very cordial greeting among his old friends whom he met while here acting as one of the school supervisors.
    James Owens, wife and son, motored into town Saturday afternoon.
    Since my last report M. S. Wood of E.P. has renewed his sub. to the D.M.T.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 15, 1916, page 4

By A. C. Howlett
    Green Mathews, one of our leading farmers and stock raisers, was in town Wednesday on his way to consult an eye specialist. He was trimming the knots off a fish pole and one struck him and came near putting his eye out. While here the subject of blight came up and he remarked that he had got rid of all the fruit pests by pulling up all of his fruit trees and putting the land out to corn, hay and small grain. Said that he [would] rather feed the product of the farm to cattle, hogs and other kinds of stock than to be fighting the fruit pests, smudging and watching for the frost to take the fruit after waiting for years for the trees to grow. And the result of his action is that he is adding more farms to his list and lending money to the people who are clinging to the fruit trees.
    Mrs. Benjamin Brophy motored into town last Wednesday to transact business while her husband was looking after the stock on the farm.
    Prof. E. N. Deardorff, who has been teaching in the Reese Creek school district, passed through here last Thursday morning on his way from his home in Ashland to be present during the examination of his eighth grade pupils. For some reason, the children of the examiner, Mr. Pettegrew, were not ready to have the examination during the school term. If I can procure the list of the applicants for eighth grade certificates and their grades, I would be glad to publish as I did the Eagle Point list.
    J. S. Quackenbush and wife were in town Thursday looking for men to work in the Corbin orchard thinning the fruit, and at the same time Mr. Cummings, the foreman on the Altavista orchard, was inquiring for hands to work in that orchard thinning the fruit. A few weeks ago the cry was that all or all except on the upland, of the fruit had been killed and that there would not be any fruit left in the valley, but now the cry is for help to thin out the fruit as the trees will simply be ruined and the fruit will be too small if left on the trees. I have lived in the Rogue River Valley continuously for the past forty-nine years and have been taking note on the weather, crops, etc., and have never known of a failure in the crop, either fruit or grain.
    Olive Adams of Butte Falls was here on business Wednesday and Thursday, going home on the P.&E. Thursday.
    Since my last report Geo. Brown & Sons have bought wool from George B. Brown of Brownsboro, B. H. Brophy and Ed Conley, E.P.
    Lee Edmondson, the sawmill man of Derby, was on the P.&E. en route for his home Thursday. He has his sawmill on the banks of Big Butte Creek now and tells me that he has a fine lot of lumber on hand and has a big run before him for the summer. D. L. Swihart, also of Derby, and Mrs. George Richardson and her four children, of Butte Falls, were also passengers, beside quite a number that I did not know.
    H. D. Cox, local organizer and representative of the Modern School of Correspondence, San Francesco, was with us Thursday night.
    Prof. F. A. Haight, a music teacher of Medford, came out Thursday evening and spent the night at the Sunnyside. He was making up a class in instrumental music and seemed to be progressing fairly well.
    F. W. Walt and wife and daughter were here for dinner Friday. Mr. Wait is of the firm of F. W. Wait & Co., of Medford, their business being making monuments and other work for cemeteries.
    J. V. McIntyre and family and Miss Orbia Natwick, N. W. Slossen, our barber, Mr. Brown, our meat man, S. F. Smith and Ed Foster were here for dinner Friday and before he left town, S. F. Smith renewed his subscription for the W.M.T.
    C. A. Harth, who came in last fall and traded for what is known as the Harry Carlton place, has traded the place off again to a man by the name of Randolph Hissling for a farm near The Dalles. Mr. Harth says that he does understand raising wheat but he does not understand working in sticky.
    Mrs. John Holtz and son of Sams Valley motored through here Saturday morning on her way to Butte Falls, where she will be met by her husband, one of the forest rangers.
    Those who are interested in having good schools and an economic administration and a curtailment of expenses and a reduction of taxes and a judicious distribution of the school funds are requested to be on hand at the annual school meeting on Monday, June 19th. If you want to see the fun be on hand at the time stated in the notice to be sent in later.
    Mrs. Kent, the hostess of the Kent rooming house of Medford, motored out here Friday eve, and her son Dolph and wife motored in from the ranch Saturday morning.
    Mrs. J. B. Baker and Miss Bessie Chambers of Butte Falls were on the train going home Saturday morning.
    Jud Edsall came out from his farm near Butte Falls Saturday and while here paid up his sub to the D.M.T.
Medford Mail Tribune,
June 5, 1916, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    Since my last report George Brown & Sons have bought wool of Joe Mayham and Adolph Oleson, the latter of Elk Creek.
    John and Charles Blass were in town last Saturday afternoon for supplies. They are just finishing a contract for building a large barn for Green Mathews on his home place, 100x100 feet square, with the posts twenty-eight feet long and the roof to run down to within seven feet of the ground, having a double row of mangers all around, so that he can shelter and feed a large lot of cattle at a time.
    Lucius Kincaid the panther hunter of Prospect, spent Saturday and Sunday nights with us, and Clyde Rodgers was with us Saturday, and so was Mr. Reter of Jacksonville and John Foster of Butte Falls.
    Sunday was another busy day at the Sunnyside. About 11 o'clock Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Boyce, Mr. and Mrs. W. McKay, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rose, Miss Jane Rose and Mr. and a Mrs. Joseph Rader, all of Phoenix, autoed up to the Sunnyside and called for dinner. And they had been there but a short time before Mr. and Mrs. Frank Abbott and two children, Lester Abbott, N. Gorman, William von der Hellen and family, Dr. W. W. P. Holt and daughter Miss Helen, Mrs. F. L. Heath and son Fred, Mr. and Mrs. Royal Brown and daughter Miss Hazel, A. C. Edler and brother, Andrew, besides a number whose names I failed to learn, were here for dinner.
    George von der Hellen and wife started in their car to Corvallis Sunday morning to attend the commencement exercises of the O.A.C. They both graduated in that college some eight years ago, and they feel an interest in the institution, although they do not expect to meet many of their old associates there. They were accompanied by Mrs. von der Hellen's sister-in-law, Mrs. Huff, and after spending a few days in Corvallis they expect to proceed to Portland and visit friends in that section.
    The new free ferry across Rogue River was completed last week and everything placed in readiness to accommodate the travel, and now the Eagle Point-Persist auto stage crosses there again, but there has been a change made in the mail route or either in the plan of carrying the mail, and now instead of the auto stage going from here to Trail by the ferry, as has been the rule, now it goes by the Dodge-French bridge, crossing there, and goes up on the north side of the river to Trail, etc., and on the return trip crosses at the ferry. The change will make a difference in the time of those along the route receiving their mail, as instead of getting their mail on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, they will not get the mail until the following days. Instead of Monday they will get their mail from Trail Tuesday, etc. If any of the readers of the Mail Tribune or Medford Sun along the route want the address of their papers changed from Eagle Point to Trail, if they will drop me a card I will make the arrangement to have the change made. I met this (Tuesday) morning Chris Bergman and J. A. Howard and suggested to them the idea of having the change made, but they both said they did not want the address changed, as then part of their mail would be in Eagle Point and a part in Trail. The change was made, no doubt, for the reason that the mail carrier going out from here nearly always has a heavy load of mail and parcels besides generally passengers, and the road for about four miles this side of the ferry is generally bad, and in the winter always bad and very sticky, and the change will make it much easier on the team by making the change and having the light load come the downhill grade.
    W. R. Holman of Climax called on me and had me send him the W.M.T., as he says that he cannot get along without a county paper. And since my last report A. C. Edler of Lake Creek has renewed his subscription to the W.M.T.
    Adolph Oleson and a friend of his, both from the Buzzard mine, and John Minter were at the Sunnyside for dinner Monday.
    Miss Lillian Findley went up to the farm of J. L. Zimmerlee, near the free ferry, Monday with Mr. Z. He is the owner of the Farmers' Hotel, and Mrs. Zimmerlee conducts the business of the hotel and Mr. Z. runs the farm when he is not on the road or here.
    Professor P. H. Daily of Medford was smiling on his friends in Eagle Point Tuesday morning. He was on his way up the country.
    Mrs. Caroline Thomason of Jacksonville, her son Manuel and daughter Bessie Pool, were on the P.&E. Tuesday on their way to visit their aunts and uncles, Chris Wooley and F. J. Ayres and wife. They expect to stop off here on their return and visit relatives here.
    Rev. Gammon, the pastor of the Presbyterian church of Butte Falls, was also on the car on his way home. Also a lady by the name of Anderson was on her way to her home beyond Butte Falls.
    Jud Edsall and John Foster went to the Edsall ranch with Dr. Holt on Monday morning.
    C. D. Moody of Fullerton, Cal., was here Tuesday to look at a farm, but when he arrived said that no one seemed to know where the orchard or Applegate farm was, so returned to Medford after taking dinner at the Sunnyside.
    A widow lady by the name of Poole and her two little girls stopped at the Sunnyside for dinner Tuesday.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 8, 1916, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    Marsh Geppert and wife came dashing into town in their auto last Saturday evening with a trail attachment, it being the fore wheels of his wagon, and he had the tire tied on with wire, and I heard him tell Mr. Childreth, our blacksmith, that the tire kept coming off so that he had to wire them on all around, and he wanted them put on so tight that they would stay for a while at least; that they were going to Medford and wanted to take the wheels back in the the morning, and it was then after 5 o'clock p.m., but the work was done that night. Mr. Geppert is one of our hustling ranchers and stockmen that makes things move. Shortly after he and his wife were married they bought a farm, stock ranch and a band of cattle on credit and they both went to work and took care of the stock, lived within their means, subscribed for the Mail Tribune and by that means kept posted on the markets, and soon invested in an auto so as to facilitate business, kept paying on his investment and now is on easy street, with a good ranch, well stocked and out of debt. If more of our young men would live within their means and make good investments there would not be so many tramping over the country and cursing "the hard times," and President Wilson would not get so many severe censures for imaginary troubles.
    Charles Baker of Medford spent Saturday night with us.
    Professor C. E. Johnson and Rev. L. L. Simmons and wife went to Ashland Saturday to attend the Chautauqua, Rev. S. and wife remaining during the most of the week.
    Sunday afternoon Frank Smith and an Indian woman who gave her name as Arnita Engle, and a little boy whose name I did not learn, called for dinner. They were of the bronco busters who came, Smith from Pendleton and Miss Engle from near Dunsmuir, Cal., and had started for Klamath Falls via Crater Lake with some more of their company, but when they reached camp seven miles above McLeod, Miss Engle got word calling her home, so they retraced their steps and stopped for dinner again Monday, going on to Medford that evening.
    Later in the day Samuel Bruce, formerly a homesteader on the unsurveyed country lying beyond Big Butte, a timber cruiser for the S.P. Co., stopped in to renew old acquaintance and spend the night with us. He is still in the employ of the S.P. Co. and has his headquarters in San Francisco, Cal., and his family in Los Angeles. He, with about ten or twelve others, came and took up homesteads in the unsurveyed, lived there, cleared enough of the land to satisfy the government requirements, established a post office, Dudley post office, and two school houses, planted orchard, potatoes, etc., made their final proof, procured their patents to their land and now are scattered from Florida to Washington and Pennsylvania to California, They still hold the title to the land--as fine a body of timber as can be found anywhere in this country. They were a company of highly refined, educated men and women as can be found anywhere, and when they left here and began to scatter they left behind them many warm friends.
    Albert McCabe and Everett Dahack were also callers Sunday evening.
    Mrs. Chris Bergman and Mrs. Bert Clarno, who live between Eagle Point and the free ferry, were in town trading last Monday.
    I learned Monday that the father of W. E. Hammel, one of our prominent citizens, died at his residence in St. Louis, Mo., the day that his son and wife started from here to go to be with his parents.
    C. M. Allen, one of Uncle Sam's telephone engineers, took the stage Monday to go to Prospect to look after the telephone lines between there and Fort Klamath.
    Miss Enid Middlebusher of  Trail took the auto stage for her home on Monday morning.
    Hamilton Watkins and wife were doing business in Eagle Point the first of the week, and he and Messrs. Irible [Isabel?] and Graham took dinner at the Sunnyside. Mr. Graham is the man who bought the Fred Pettegrew place, on the free ferry road.
    Charles Manning, who lives near Peyton, called for late dinner Monday on his way home from the Antelope country.
    Mrs. Joseph Geppert and her two youngest children were on the P.&E. Tuesday on their way home. They had been visiting in Medford.
    Miss Willeska Roberts was a business visitor in Eagle Point Tuesday.
    Mrs. Frank Carson of Butte Falls returned to her home after a three weeks' visit with friends in Central Point.
    Born--To Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Wolfer, July 7, 1916, in Anita, Ia., a daughter. Mr. Wolfer and family were formerly residents of Eagle Point but are now living in Anita, Ia. They still own property in this section.
    Grandma Clements of Medford, but formerly of this place, came out Tuesday to W. D. Knighton's and today (Wednesday) is visiting Grandma Heckathorn.
    J. W. Fraser of San Francisco, Cal., representing the Eilers Music Co., dined with us Tuesday.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 14, 1916, page 5

By A. C. Howlett
    Last Saturday evening Henry Gordon of Fort Klamath called for supper on his way home. He had started once before but found there was something wrong with his auto, so left his family with John Allen, near Derby, and went back to Medford to have it fixed and was that far on his way when he stopped for supper, but he went on up to Mr. Allen's that night and it was a good thing that he did for the heavy rain Saturday night would have made it very difficult for him to have gone through with his car. Mr. Gordon is one of the leading farmers and stock raisers in Wood River Valley. He has been turning his attention to raising timothy seed for the S.F. market. He shipped a carload of timothy seed last year and said that he realized $45 an acre off his land besides having the hay left. He cuts the seed as close to the top of the stalk as he could and then mowed the rest for hay, realizing about a ton an acre. He planned to have five cars of seed this year but the continuous rains damaged it so that he will not realize so much. Why can't some of the readers of the Mail Tribune who have timothy land in this valley turn their attention to something of that kind and break the monotony of the old grind.
    Sunday morning about 9:45 there was the following named young men crawled out of bed at the Sunnyside and one of them entered the kitchen and entreatingly asked Mrs. Howlett if she couldn't set breakfast for the bunch. They were Clifford Hayfield, John Cowley, James Rosas, Floyd Ross, Frank Frost and Frank Hayfield of Central Point, and Raymond Reter of Jacksonville, and of course Mrs. H. complied with the request. There was a little apology for the young men getting up so for they had attended the Saturday night dance here and did not get to bed until the wee hours in the morning.
    Mrs. C. M. Koenig of Ashland stopped off Saturday evening to visit her two cousins, Miss Gladys Holmes and Miss Claire Zimmerman, who were stopping at the Sunnyside at that time, taking the E.P.-Derby stage Monday morning for her parents' home near Derby.
    Tuesday Miss Gladys Holmes took the P.&E. for her home on Big Butte Creek.
    Sam Coy took out a load of lumber to build a granary to put his grain in this harvest.
    There seems to be considerable travel through this section of the country now. The P.&E. seems to be doing a lively business as the train every other day brings out a lot of freight for our merchants and the farmers in the surrounding country and generally has its full quota of passengers and the stages are quite often loaded and men are here inquiring for homes to rent or buy.
    R. W. Ager, one of the Central Point blacksmiths, came in for dinner Monday, and he had with him Mr. O. Niggs, a hardware salesman from Portland.
    J. W. Stout of Portland called to spend the night Monday. He is engaged in selling school supplies to the different school districts.
    W. W. Crittenden Jr. was here Tuesday for dinner. He represents a Michigan shoe firm.
    Irving Frey of Lake Creek, who lives above the intake on the north fork of Little Butte, was here Tuesday for dinner, and in speaking of the rain we had Saturday night and Sunday says that it did not simply rain up there but it came down in torrents all day Sunday, and talking about rain and the damage it did, it does not compare with the amount of good it has done. I heard one man who is looking over the fruit business remark that the rain would increase the volume of fruit at least twenty-five percent, to say nothing about the good it does to the corn, potatoes, beans and other kinds of garden truck.
    W. J. Conner of Raymond, Cal., and J. C. Hayworth, of L.C., were here for dinner Tuesday. They were looking for a small farm they could buy.
    W. A. Coffey, representing a Portland firm, was here Tuesday for dinner and was interviewing our merchants who deal in oils, varnishes, etc.
    Miss Winifred Hawk, who has been spending the past month visiting relatives in Portland, returned home on Tuesday.
    Miss Marguerite Florey visited Medford Tuesday. Miss F. is the daughter of our ex-postmaster, and is now an assistant in the P.O. and also one of the operators in the tel. office.
    Alvin Conover and his three sisters were in town on business and visiting friends Tuesday.
    Since my last report W. D. Roberts has given me his subscription for the Daily Mail Tribune.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 20, 1916, page 3


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