The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


    Charlie and Jesse Enyart, who bought the grocery store from Smith and Grable, are building up a good trade.
"Northside Jottings," Logansport Pharos, Logansport, Indiana, December 4, 1884, page 4

    Jesse Enyart and Florence Ludewig were married last Wednesday. In the evening a reception was given them at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Enyart. Long life and happiness to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Enyart.
"Local Brevities," Logansport Chronicle, Logansport, Indiana, February 25, 1888, page 1

    Enyart Bros. of the North Side grocery have sold their grocery store to Mr. Dan'l. Zook, and Mr. Jess Enyart will start with his family in a couple of weeks to Medford, Oregon, where he will locate permanently.

Daily Journal,
Logansport, Indiana, July 9, 1889, page 8

    D. L. Metsker, of Clay township, sends the Chronicle to Jesse Enyart, Medford, Oregon.

"Local Brevities," Logansport Chronicle, Logansport, Indiana, August 3, 1889, page 8

    Jesse Enyart, a former resident of this city, but at present of Medford, Ore., distinguished himself in a recent contest of the Medford Gun Club. He won nearly everything offered, getting thirty-two birds out of thirty-three sent up.
"Additional Items," Logansport Pharos, Logansport, Indiana, January 4, 1890, page 3

    Jesse Enyart, formerly of this city, is now a resident of Medford, Oregon. Jesse has not forgotten how to shoot, for in a recent contest there he killed 32 out of 33 birds, beating the crack shots of that section.
Logansport Chronicle, Logansport, Indiana, January 4, 1890, page 4

    Jesse Enyart, formerly of this city, is prospering in the West. He is at present holding down the position of bookkeeper in a bank at Medford, Oregon.
"City News," Logansport Pharos, Logansport, Indiana, April 14, 1890, page 4

    Mr. and Mrs. Enyart left Monday for Medford, Oregon, to visit their son.

"Personal Mention," Logansport Chronicle, Logansport, Indiana, November 22, 1890, page 1

    J. E. Enyart of Medford visited our town during the week, on business connected with the formation of a gun club.
"Personal Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 16, 1892, page 3

    The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Jackson County Bank was held at Medford last Saturday, and W. I. Vawter was elected president, Wm. Slinger, vice-president and J. E. Enyart, cashier. The directors for the ensuing year are W. I. Vawter, J. E. Enyart, Wm. Slinger, A. A. Davis and C. H. Pierce. Satisfactory dividend was declared besides passing a creditable sum to surplus account. The small amount of stock yet on standing was entirely taken up by the present leading stockholders and resolutions passed to increase the capital stock as fast as the growth of the valley would justify.

Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 10, 1893, page 3

    Jesse E. Enyart, of Medford, Oregon, formerly of this city, has been elected cashier of the Medford Bank.

"City News," Logansport Pharos, Logansport, Indiana, February 20, 1893, page 3

    Messrs. J. E. Enyart, M. W. Skeel, J. A. Whitman, M. L. Alford, G. W. Merriman and J. H. Redfield of Medford attended the shoot of the Ashland gun club at the granite city one day last week.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 24, 1893, page 3

    Mrs. J. E. Enyart and daughter Hazel of Medford, Oregon have arrived in this city and will spend several months visiting among relatives and friends.
"Your Name in Print,"
Logansport Journal, Logansport, Indiana, May 5, 1893, page 8

A Sad Death.
    Mrs. Florence Enyart, wife of Jesse E. Enyart, of Medford, Oregon, died at the residence of her uncle David L. Metzger, 1412 High Street, last evening at 8:30 after a few days illness, of congestion of the stomach, in the 30th year of her age.
    This is a peculiarly sad death. Mrs. Enyart arrived here about ten days ago to visit with friends and relatives, the first time she had been here since she and her husband moved to Oregon four years ago. Some days ago she went to the World's Fair, where she caught cold from exposure. Her trouble, which at first was not thought to be of a serious nature, took a sudden turn for the worse, and last evening she died after an illness of but three days. Up to within a few hours of her death her condition was not considered dangerous, and her sad and sudden death falls with striking force upon her family and many friends here. Her husband is the cashier of the bank at Medford, Oregon, and it will take him a week to arrive here, hence an announcement of the date of the funeral will be deferred until such a time.
    Mrs. Enyart was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Mitchell, of Adamsboro, and sister of Miss Nellie Mitchell, who graduated from the Logansport High School last year with the highest honors of her class, and who is at present at the state university at Bloomington. She was married to Jesse Enyart five years ago and leaves one child, a daughter four years of age. Her family has the united sympathy of the community in their sad and sudden bereavement.
Logansport Journal, Logansport, Indiana, May 16, 1893, page 5

    The entire community was shocked this week to learn of the sudden death at Chicago of Mrs. J. E. Enyart of this city, who departed in company with a friend two weeks ago to visit in the East and to attend the world's fair. Mrs. Enyart died suddenly on Monday last, and the first reports which reached Medford were to the effect that her death resulted from attack of the cholera. It has, however, been learned since that she died at the home of her mother in Indiana of inflammation of the stomach and bowels. Her grief-stricken husband has the heartfelt sympathy of everyone in this sad bereavement.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 19, 1893, page 3

    ENYART.--May 15 at 8:35 p.m. at the residence of her uncle, David L. Metzger of 1412 High Street, Mrs. Florence Enyart, wife of Jesse E. Enyart, cashier of the bank at Medford, Oregon. Death was caused by congestion of the stomach. Her age was 30 years. Mrs. Enyart had come here to visit only ten days before her death. It was her first visit to Logansport since moving to Oregon 4 years ago. She visited the World's Fair and caught cold from exposure, and died after an illness of three days. It will require her husband at least five days to reach here. He is now on the way, and will probably arrive Saturday night or Sunday forenoon. It will be a very sad trip for Mr. Enyart. The deceased was a daughter of Mrs. Harrison Mitchell of Adamsboro. She was married five years ago, and besides her husband leaves a 4-year-old daughter.
"Deaths," Logansport Times, Logansport, Indiana, May 19, 1893, page 4

    Much sympathy is expressed for Mr. Enyart over the death of his wife at Logansport, Ind. last week. He had but read a letter from Mrs. E. when the telegram arrived announcing her death. Mr. E. immediately started east.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 26, 1893, page 2

    Jesse Enyart, who was called here from Medford, Oregon recently by his wife's death, returned today. His four-year-old daughter will be left in the care of his father and mother at Chicago.
"Reporter Points,"
Logansport Daily Reporter, Logansport, Indiana, June 3, 1893, page 4

    On A Street and facing the north on Sixth are three fine lots owned by Mr. J. E. Enyart and upon which are built two small but neat cottages. One of these will be occupied by Mr. Enyart's parents when they shall arrive in Medford from Indiana. Mr. Enyart has been a resident of Medford for four years and is now cashier in the Jackson County Bank. He is formerly from Logansport, Indiana, where for several years he was successfully engaged in the mercantile business.
"A Write-Up--Medford in Sections," Medford Mail, July 14, 1893, page 1

    J. E. Enyart and J. A. Whitman have returned from Portland. They did some good shooting at the state sportsmen's tournament and returned with several prizes.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 14, 1893, page 3

    The recent tournament of the Ashland gun club was a success. J. E. Enyart of Medford won the gold medal, and J. H. Redfield of the same place captured the silver trophy.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 4, 1893, page 3

    P. S. Enyart and wife are en route to Medford, Oregon, to locate.

"Additional Items," Logansport Pharos, Logansport, Indiana, November 11, 1893, page 4

    That cashier Enyart is becoming an adept at "snap shooting" with his Kodak, and that he is getting together a fine collection of pictures. The one wherein he caught four bicycle riders--Ike Muller, Pete Henderson, Day Parker and Mort Fisher--is a fine one and a first-class photo of all the boys. It was caught while they were passing the bank while flying up Seventh Street on their wheels.
"We Hear It Said," Medford Mail, June 15, 1894, page 2

Logansport Boy Wins in Fast Company.

    Jesse Enyart, an old Logansport boy, residing in Medford, Oregon, has gained for himself a reputation as one of the best shots in the Northwest. At a recent tournament of the Northwest Sportsmen's Association, held at Portland, Oregon, he captured second prize in the chief event, and during the entire shoot won over $100 in prizes, besides more than enough in cash for all expenses. He has been elected vice president of the association for the ensuing year.
Logansport Daily Reporter, Logansport, Indiana, July 5, 1895, page 5

    J. E. Enyart returned from Portland last week weighted down with glory, medals and the coin of the realm--the same being trophies won at the shooting tournament of the Sportsmen's Association of the Northwest. There were forty contestants, from all the cities of the Northwest states and British Columbia. In the several contests Mr. Enyart won eight first prizes, five seconds, seven thirds and one fourth, aggregating in all $75. He shot second for the $350 globe trophy, and in the team shoot for the championship of the Northwest his team won the first prize and Mr. Enyart shot the greatest number of birds in the team. Considering almost any condition of affairs Mr. Enyart did himself proud, but considering that he has had no practice during the past eight or ten months he did himself proud several times. The next shoot will be at Spokane Falls, next June, at which double this year's attendance is expected. At the election of officers Mr. Enyart was made vice president.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, July 5, 1895, page 5

    Jesse Enyart, a former resident of this city, has gained an enviable record as a marksman in the Northwest. He recently won the second prize in the biggest event of the tourney, and clear of expenses carried away over $100 in prize money. He is living at Medford, Oregon, and is president of the Northwest Sportsman's Association.

Logansport Daily Pharos, Logansport, Indiana, July 6, 1895, page 3

Pierce Enyart Injured.
    Pierce Enyart, a former well-known citizen of this city, now living at Medford, Oregon, met with an accident last week that may cause him to lose the use of his left hand. While loading some shells to go hunting one of them exploded, tearing his hand in a frightful manner. His friends here will regret to learn of his misfortune.
Logansport Daily Pharos, Logansport, Indiana, October 21, 1895, page 4

A Former Resident of Logansport Badly Injured.

    Pierce Enyart, of Medford, Ore., a former well-known resident of this city, met with a serious accident last week. He was reloading cartridges for a shotgun and in extracting a cap from a shell which he thought was empty it exploded, stripping his hand of flesh and laying it bare to the bones and tendons. It is thought that amputation will not be necessary, although he will be permanently crippled.
Logansport Reporter, Logansport, Indiana, October 21, 1895, page 8

Still Winning.
    Jesse Enyart, of Medford, Oregon, in a letter to his brother Charley, the mail carrier, states that he had just returned from the annual shooting tournament of the Northwestern Sportsmen's Association at Anaconda, Montana. Mr. Enyart is vice president of the club, and at this meeting added much to his fame as a good marksman and captured nearly two hundred dollars in cash prizes. He would have done much better had it not been for the inclement weather. Snow covered the ground the first two days of the shoot.
Logansport Reporter, Logansport, Indiana, July 6, 1897, page 8

    Bert Whitman and wife, nee Nellie Mitchell, are the guests of Charles Enyart and wife, of the North Side. Mr. and Mrs. Whitman proposed making a visit of several days in Logansport, but a telegram apprising Mr. Whitman of the serious illness of his father at Medford, Oregon makes it necessary for them to return home at once.
"Items from Tuesday," Logansport Daily Reporter, Logansport, Indiana, March 4, 1898, page 3

    Jesse Enyart, a former resident of Logansport, has returned from Medford, Oregon for a visit with relatives.

Logansport Reporter, Logansport, Indiana, June 13, 1898, page 5

    A pleasant party was given at Spencer Park yesterday evening in honor of Jesse Enyart and J. D. Hurd, of Medford, Oregon, and Job McLaughlin. An elegant supper was served in the cool shade. The guests spent a very enjoyable hour or two in the pretty park.

"The Social World,"
Logansport Daily Reporter, Logansport, Indiana, July 2, 1898, page 6

    Mrs. E. M. Lumsden, of Medford, Oregon, is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Enyart. She will visit several weeks at her former home in Peru before returning to the Pacific Coast.

Logansport Journal, Logansport, Indiana, July 10, 1898, page 1

    Mrs. E. M. Lumsden, of Medford, Oregon, is visiting Charles Enyart and family, of the Northside. She will also visit several weeks at her former home in Peru before returning to the Pacific Coast.

"Additional Items," Logansport Pharos, Logansport, Indiana, July 11, 1898, page 3

    Cards announcing the marriage of Mr. Jesse Enyart and Miss Inez Cannon have been received in this city by friends and relatives of Mr. Enyart, who formerly lived here. He has been located at Medford, Oregon for a number of years, at which place he and his bride will reside. The ceremony was performed Wednesday, March 15th at Albany, Oregon. Mr. Enyart is a brother of Charles Enyart, the mail carrier, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pearce Enyart, former residents of the North Side, but now of Oregon.
"Additional Local," Logansport Reporter, Logansport, Indiana, March 21, 1899, page 3

ENYART-CANNON.--On Wednesday evening, March 15, 1899, at the residence of Mr. Anderson Cannon, in Albany, by Rev. H. L. Reed, Mr. J. E. Enyart, of Medford, and Miss Lissie I. Cannon, of Albany.
    The ceremony was performed in the presence of a few relatives and invited friends and was nicely carried out in very pretty surroundings, the rooms being handsomely decorated for the occasion. After the ceremony a delicious wedding repast was served and the happy couple left on the overland for Medford, taking with them the best wishes of many.
State Rights Democrat, Albany, Oregon, March 24, 1899, page 4

    J. E. Enyart, formerly of this city, has organized a banking company in Medford, Oregon, under the Medford Bank. Mr. Enyart is the cashier and practically has control of the institution. He has issued a neat book intended for the information and guidance of those not familiar with the banking system. It contains much data in a condensed form and so clearly put that it will undoubtedly be greatly appreciated by those by whom it is perused.
"Latest Local News,"
Logansport Reporter, Logansport, Indiana, June 26, 1899, page 8

    Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Enyart, Chas. Strang and his sister, Miss Helen Strang, and Dr. W. S. Jones left last Thursday evening for San Francisco. Their mission in the city is that of securing treatment at a hospital for Mrs. Enyart and Miss Strang. A surgical operation was performed Tuesday upon Mrs. Enyart, the operation lasting three hours, and was very serious. A letter from Mr. Strang, written Tuesday, stated that the physicians had not decided what was best to do in Miss Strang's case. The lady has been ill for three or four years, part of the time almost helpless with spinal trouble. Information received from Mr. Enyart Wednesday evening was to the effect that Mrs. Enyart was in a very precarious condition but that she was rallying some from the effects of the operation. No further news had been received up to noon yesterday. The operation performed was for the removal of an ovarian tumor, which was said by physicians to have been an unusually large one. Mr. Strang telephoned Wednesday evening that he would return Friday evening, and that he would leave his sister there for treatment for a couple or three weeks.\
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, September 14, 1900, page 6

    The wife of Jesse Enyart, of Medford, Oregon, is dead. A telegram to that effect was received last evening by Charles Enyart, the letter carrier, who is a brother of the bereaved husband. The telegram stated that Mrs. Enyart died at San Francs co, Cal., where she had gone for surgical treatment. She was Mr. Enyart's second wife. They had been married but eighteen months.
Logansport Pharos, Logansport, Indiana, September 15, 1900, page 5

    Mail carrier Charles E. Enyart received a telegram from his brother Jesse Enyart yesterday morning stating that Mrs. Jesse Enyart had died at San Francisco. Jesse Enyart is a son of Pierce Enyart and formerly lived here. He is now a resident of Medford, Oregon, where he is engaged in the banking business. His wife who died yesterday was formerly Miss Inez Cannon, of Albany, Oregon. Their married life extended over a period of less than two years.
"Local News," Logansport Reporter, Logansport, Indiana, September 18, 1900, page 8

Death of Mrs. Enyart.
    Last week these columns told of a surgical operation which was performed upon Mrs. J. E. Enyart, of this city, in San Francisco, on Tuesday. The operation was a very serious one, but had it not been performed life could not have been hoped for beyond a period of a few months, and the chances were taken, which as we all sorely regret proved fatal, and the good lady died the following Friday.
    The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Enyart in this city waited with anxiety, and a degree of foreboding, news of the operation, and after this was performed still more anxious were they for daily news as to the lady’s condition, and when Friday morning news of her death came, a cloud of sorrow spread over the entire community.
    The remains, accompanied by the bereaved husband, were taken to Albany, Oregon, passing through Medford Sunday evening, for interment. The funeral services were held at the residence of the deceased’s sister, Mrs. Maston, in that city, on Monday afternoon; interment in Masonic cemetery. The funeral was attended by only relatives of the family and a few intimate friends.
    At Medford Mr. Enyart was joined by Mrs. J. Merley and Mrs. J. H. Stewart, who accompanied him to Albany, and remained until after the funeral.
    Deceased was formerly Miss Lissie I. Cannon. She was thirty-five years of age, and was married to Mr. J. E. Enyart, of this city, cashier in the Medford Bank, in March 1899. She was a woman of high accomplishments and during her short residence in our city made a great many friends, all of whom grieve with the sorrowing husband and relatives.
    Deceased leaves to mourn her death, besides a husband, a sister, Mrs. Maston, and a brother, attorney A. N. Cannon, of Albany, and another sister, Mrs. Marvin, at Waitsburg, Wash.
    Mr. Enyart returned to Medford Tuesday evening, accompanied by Mrs. Marvin, who will remain here a few days.
Medford Mail, September 21, 1900, page 6

    J. E. Enyart returned last week from attendance at the shooting tournament at Walla Walla. He took an active part in the tournament and won a number of prizes, as well as a reputation of being one of the best marksmen in the Northwest. He also visited Spokane and other Washington towns during his absence.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, July 12, 1901, page 6
Willoughby Arrested for Forgery.
    On Friday of last week Constable T. W. Johnson left Medford for Coquille City, Oregon, with a warrant in his pocket for the arrest of G. H. Willoughby, who had been located at that place. The warrant was sworn out by J. E. Enyart, cashier of the Medford Bank, and charged Willoughby with forgery.
    Upon information being received by Mr. Enyart, who has been tracking Willoughby for nearly two years, that he was at the above-named place, he at once swore out a warrant and the officers there were notified to arrest and hold him until an officer from Jackson County could reach there. The arrest was made according to instructions, despite the fact that Willoughby insisted that he had never been in Jackson County. Upon the arrival of Constable Johnson in Coquille the identity of the prisoner was established beyond the question of a doubt and he was taken in charge by the constable and the trip to Medford was at once commenced, arriving here on Wednesday of this week.
    There are few Medford or Jackson County people who do not remember Willoughby, who was selling school supplies to the school directors of the different districts of the county a couple of years ago. He did a good business in his line; in fact he did too much business, and trouble he piled up then for himself is now, like the feathered biped, coming home to roost. He was in the habit of selling school supplies to the directors and taking in pay school warrants issued by these directors. These warrants he would afterwards sell to banks or men of means who were looking for money investments. He is now under arrest, charged with forging the names of school clerks and directors to some of these warrants, which, after the signatures had been forged, were sold to various parties in this locality, among them being the Medford Bank and G. H. Haskins. The aggregate amount of the forgeries was something over $200.
    The forgeries were committed in September, 1899. Willoughby left here about holiday time following and since then has occupied various positions in Coos County. He was bartender in Empire City for thirteen months, and at the time of his arrest was training race horses on the track at Coquille City. He is said to have conducted himself in an honest, square way while in that locality, and Constable Johnson says has seemingly made many friends among men of means, who, after the arrest, expressed a willingness to render any assistance which might be necessary. However, the charges preferred against him are of a serious nature, and it is not improbable that a penalty not small in magnitude will needs be paid before the laws of the state are satisfied.
    The prisoner was brought before Judge James Stewart Thursday at 11 o'clock for preliminary examination. He waived examination, and bonds for his appearance at the September term of circuit court were placed at $2000, which he had not secured at the time our paper is put to press. He has hopes of securing bondmen in Coquille and Empire, but it was not expected the amount would be placed at more than $500. If bonds are not secured he will be held by Sheriff Orme until court meets.
Medford Mail, July 19, 1901, page 2

    Mr. and Mrs. L. Barnett, of Logansport, Ind., arrived in Medford Sunday and will visit for a few weeks with friends. They are old-time friends of cashier Enyart, of the Medford Bank. They may decide to locate here.

"Purely Personal,"
Medford Mail, July 26, 1901, page 6

    Messrs. Ling & Boardman have but recently finished repapering the interior of the Medford Bank. Aside from this work the woodwork was varnished anew, new linoleum was put on the floors and divers other beautifying touches were made about the place. The general partition arrangement of the establishment has been changed somewhat, and by this cashier Enyart is given an office by himself in which he can transact the business of the bank and not interfere with the assistant cashier's work. The new arrangement adds materially to the convenience of the establishment and at the same time gives the place an appearance that's decidedly metropolitan.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, February 21, 1902, page 7

    Cashier J. E. Enyart was in Albany last week in attendance at the funeral of Mrs. A. M. Cannon, who died in that city last Thursday while undergoing a surgical operation. Mr. Cannon is a brother to the late Mrs. Enyart.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, March 7, 1902, page 6

    The shooting tournament of the Northwest Sportsmen's Association was held at Portland last week, lasting for three days. Cashier Enyart of the Medford Bank participated in the shoot and was among the winners. He was also elected vice-president of the association. The next shoot will be held at Dayton, Wash. in June 1903. Mr. Enyart was made captain of one of the squads, of which there were thirteen, of six men each. There were crack shots from all over the Northwest present, and Mr. Enyart ranked among the first on the list.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, July 4, 1902, page 7

    J. E. Enyart and A. M. Cannon will leave the first of next week for Prospect, where they will join Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Enyart and Miss Hazel Enyart, who have been there for some time, and spend a few weeks upon their homesteads.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, July 18, 1902, page 6

    Anderson M. Cannon, from Albany, and who is a brother-in-law of J. E. Enyart, has decided to become a resident of Medford and will engage in his profession, that of law, with an office probably over the Medford Bank. Mr. Cannon is a bright, energetic-appearing young man and bears a good name at Albany. The Herald, of that city, of July 16, has the following compliment for Mr. Cannon: "Anderson M. Cannon left yesterday for Medford, where he goes to locate for the practice of law. Mr. Cannon is a bright young lawyer and should make a success in his new location.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, July 25, 1902, page 7

    Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Enyart and daughter, of Logansport, Ind., arrived in Medford Wednesday evening, and on Thursday morning, in company with cashier J. E. Enyart, brother of C. A., started for Prospect, near where their parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Enyart, are holding down a homestead. The family has not been together for a number of years--hence this meeting in the tall timber of a Southern Oregon mountain homestead can be aught else than a glad one. H. W. Jackson accompanied the party with a pack of hounds, and while out he will give the Indiana gentleman a chase after bear, deer and cougar. Mr. Enyart has been a government employee in the Logansport post office for the past twenty years.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, August 15, 1902, page 6

    C. A. Enyart and family left last Friday for their home at Logansport, Indiana. Mr. Enyart is a son of Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Enyart and a brother of cashier Enyart of this city.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, September 26, 1902, page 6

    E. D. Elwood:--"No, Enyart and I didn't carry off all the purses at the Roseburg shoot, though we managed to be along near the front row most of the time. Enyart captured one first money, and I got third in another match. We were in pretty fast company, and I consider we did very well. We were treated fine and had a royal good time."

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, October 17, 1902, page 7

    On Monday also articles of incorporation of the Southern Oregon Cider Vinegar Co. were filed with the secretary of state, the incorporators being H. B. Miller, John D. Olwell and Jos. Olwell. At a meeting held the same day, John D. Olwell was elected president, Jos. Olwell vice-president and J. E. Enyart secretary and treasurer. The capital stock of the company was placed at $5,000.
"Vinegar Plant in Operation,"
Medford Mail, October 24, 1902, page 2

    Tuesday evening C. W. Palm and J. E. Enyart had a pugilistic encounter upon the street near the Rialto cigar store, the outgrowth of a feud of long standing. After mixing [it] up a little, without particular damage to either, the belligerents were separated and agreed to bury the hatchet--for the time being. Wednesday afternoon they appeared before Recorder Toft, pled guilty and were assessed $10 each as a contribution to the city's exchequer.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, August 26, 1904, page 5

J. E. Enyart and Miss Lucretia Elliff Quietly Wedded
Without Notifying Their Friends
    The home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Parson was the scene of a quiet little wedding yesterday afternoon, the contracting parties being Mr. Jesse E. Enyart and Miss Lucretia E. Elliff.
    Only the very intimate friends of the couple knew anything about the event until the ceremony was over; the first intimation that others had was when the cab containing the wedding party drove to the station to take the train for the north.
    The groom has been a resident of Medford for seventeen years and has always been prominently identified with every movement for the advancement of Medford's interests. In 1899 he organized the Medford Bank, which has steadily increased its business until it recently outgrew its capitalization, and is now about to be merged into a national bank with a greatly increased capital.
    The bride is the younger daughter of the late Hardy Elliff, a pioneer of Douglas County. Her home is at Glendale, but she has resided in Medford for the past six months, and has made hosts of friends in that short time by her charming personality.
    Those present at the wedding ceremony were: The Misses Irene Potter and Lucille Hamilton, nieces of the bride; Miss Hazel Enyart, daughter of the groom; Dr. J. F. Reddy and Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Parsons. The latter couple stood up with the bridal pair.
    Rev. W. F. Shields of the First Presbyterian church performed the ceremony.
    Mr. and Mrs. Enyart left on No. 16 last evening for Portland, and will visit Seattle and Victoria, B.C., before returning to their home in this city.
Medford Daily Tribune, March 26, 1906, page 1

    Jesse Enyart, brother of Charles Enyart and cousin to Sheriff W. B. Enyart, left the city early this morning after visiting local relatives and former friends. Enyart, whose home is now in Medford, Oregon, where he has struck it rich since leaving Logansport eight years ago, is in the East to interest eastern capitalists in building a railroad into the Oregon forests. He has interested some local stock but is chiefly working among Chicago and Grand Rapids capitalists.
    Enyart left Logansport with but a few hundred dollars eight years ago and located in the West. Now he is well-to-do and can be considered wealthy. He is cashier of the leading bank in Medford, Ore., and is president of another bank at Gold Hill nearby. He is interested, also, in a number of valuable timber claims.
    The former local man is promoting a lumber railroad to run up to the Rogue River Valley [sic] from Medford. It will be of sixty miles' length only, but its construction will be through mountainous territory. The purpose of its construction is to be an outlet for the timber in the valley through which it passes. Fifteen miles of the line have been graded and constructed to date.
    It is estimated that there are 4,000,000,000 feet of high-grade timber in the forests to be tapped by the Rogue River Valley road. Enyart estimates that it will require 100 years to get all this timber out to the market by taking out one trainload per day. As an example of what the timber is worth, Enyart mentions a particular tree in the valley which, delivered in New York City, would be worth $3,000. Enyart himself has four claims in this valuable territory.
Logansport Journal, Logansport, Indiana, February 5, 1907, page 5

He Has Lived in the Same House Ever Since That Day to the Day of His Death
    Lewis Enyart, age 91 years, one of the first pioneers of Cass County, died Sunday morning at 7:00 o'clock at the old farm home which he has inhabited since 1834 located in Clay township four miles north of the city and one-half mile east of the Michigan pike.
    He was the son of Benjamin and Sarah Miller Enyart, and came with them to the home in Clay township when he was ten years of age, and this farm and this house was his home from those days [when] Indians roamed the woods and hills to the day of his death. This farm was transferred to Benjamin Enyart by the United States government, and the deed bears the autograph of Andrew Jackson. Upon the death of the father, Lewis Enyart continued in charge of the home place and remained there to the day of his death.
    He is survived by one brother, Pierce Enyart of Medford, Oregon, and the following nephews and nieces: Chas. A. Enyart and W. B. Enyart of this city; Jesse E. Enyart of Medford, Oregon; B. F. Barnett of Logansport; Mrs. Sarah Davidson of Clay township, Mrs. Sallie Williamson of Chicago.
    The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 24, from the Bethel M.E. church, conducted by Rev. Burke. Interment will be made in the adjacent cemetery.
Logansport Pharos-Reporter, Logansport, Indiana, February 23, 1914, page 3

(Glendale News)
    "The Grants Pass Courier recently asked if there was anyone who could give any light regarding how Grants Pass received its name. The News has made some inquiries regarding this, and Mrs. M. Elliff, a settler of '52, tells us her version, which is no doubt the correct one. Mrs. Elliff, a young lady, then lived at which was then known as Ben Halstead's Ferry, across Rogue River, during 1853, living at the ferry, which was located about two miles from the present site of Grants Pass. This ferry was used for a number of years. She states that an Englishman by the name of Croxton bought the ferry and business from Ben Halstead and settled down there about the time of the Civil War. He was a Republican, as the new party was then called, and as the war progressed became greatly interested in the career of U. S. Grant, who was in command of the union armies near the close of the war. To show his patriotism, he named the post office and settlement Grants Pass, and as such it became one of the important posts in Southern Oregon. Mrs. Elliff also said that when she lived there there was no knowledge of the existence of such a man as Grant, though she had understood since that Grant was once on the coast, but she thinks it may have only been a rumor. The facts are as stated above, however."
    Mrs. Elliff is the mother of Mrs. J. E. Enyart of Medford.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 28, 1914, page 6

    Four-hundred-acre stock ranch for sale. The old Enyart place on Rogue River, the Crater Lake Highway. Stone house, 11 rooms and bath, some furniture, 160 acres bottom land, 120 acres irrigated, 70 acres alfalfa, 10 cattle, 6 horses, 6 hogs, chickens and turkeys. Write or see owner, Gordon C. Giffen, Trail, Oregon.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, August 23, 1917, page 2

    "Two dollars a ticket, including horse feed," the dance posters read when belles and beaux of Jackson County started out for Rose hall on the Applegate River during the gay nineties. Behind a span of foxy trotters, in the latest trappings, they traveled to dance the night away at the annual May Day ball, according to Jess Enyart, organizer and former president of the Medford National Bank, who still gets "the tickle in his toes" as he recalls the old square dance and the fiddling that inspired them.
    "As the old man says, 'I've never heard a violin but a lot of fiddlin',' Mr. Enyart added while drawing a mental picture of the gala events of the early days in the Rogue River Valley when interviewed yesterday. Although he has lived in Los Angeles with his daughter, Hazel, for years past, Mr. Enyart still calls Medford home. He is spending the week here visiting friends and attending to business matters.
    Rose hall was not the scene of all the festivities when Medford was young, according to Mr. Enyart. The big parties of the year were divided between Medford, Ashland, Jacksonville and Applegate. New Year's, Christmas, Thanksgiving and May Day were the chief holidays celebrated.
    "We didn't have parties often, and when we did the whole country was represented," Mr. Enyart explained. "We could sling a pretty good foot in those days," he added. (And he can today if appearances may be relied upon. For, though he is 65 years old, he could easily pass for 40 except for the stories he tells.)
    "We started for Ashland at 2 o'clock in the afternoon to reach the party at 8 o'clock and danced until daylight. John Barneburg and C. I. Hutchison will remember these parties."
    Fishing and hunting were as different as dances when Medford's population totaled 600, Mr. Enyart recalls. "One morning when coming to work," he said, "I picked up a five-pound steelhead in the gutter in front of what is now the Liberty building. It was a good fish and I took it home and ate it. Anyone doubting this story can get it verified by Ed Wilkinson. If we needed fish for consumption during the winter months when Bear Creek was rather high, all we had to do was take a rake or pitchfork over to the Barneburg pasture and rake them out of the little sloughs and ditches."
    Speaking of Toggery Bill Isaacs' ability as a fisherman, Mr. Enyart said, ''he got all of his early training going out with Judge Purdin and me. We used to keep him busy taking them off our hooks."
    Mr. Enyart started many of Medford's best-known sportsmen on their way to successful angling and was known as a champion trap shooter when he lived in this city. He is still fond of fishing and hunting and plans to remain in the Rogue River Valley until the pheasant season opens.
    Mr. Enyart started in banking business in Medford in 1890 with William Vawter, Sr., A. A. Davis, William Slinger and C. H. Pierce in the Jackson County Bank. He is the only member of the group still living. He has watched the city of Medford progress from a town of 600 to its present population of more than 11,000. He has traveled through many cities and still describes Medford as the best inland town on the Pacific Coast.
    "Medford has more diversified resources than any other city. If the people will pay more attention to the development of those resources, especially the mines that have just been scratched, Medford will take care of herself," he continued.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 12, 1930, page 3

ENYART, Jess E. Enyart, 5814 Atlantic Boulevard, real estate broker and resident of Maywood for 18 years, father of Mrs. Hazel Loud of  Bell.
    Services Saturday 2 p.m. at J. A. Coleman's Mortuary & Crematory, 4440 Whittier Boulevard.
"Deaths," Los Angeles Times, November 1, 1940, page 18

    Jess E. "Dad" Enyart, pioneer Medford banker, organizer and president of the Medford National Bank, died October 31 at his home in Maywood, Cal., according to word received here today.
    Mr. Enyart, 76, had been ill for an extended time. He resided in Maywood for the past 18 years and was one of that city's best known and beloved citizens.
    The former local resident was a native of Logansport, Ind., where he was born May 14, 1864. He came to Medford in 1889, where he lived for 22 years and was actively engaged in banking for 21 of those years. He had watched the local bank's rapid growth since its inception July 1, 1899, with a capitalization of $25,000 until when he left its presidency, its capital and surplus aggregated $125,000.
    After his retirement, Mr. Enyart devoted most of his time to the development of fine ranches in the Rogue River Valley. He returned to business life, however, to become associated with the Bankers Mortgage Company and the Portland Cattle Loan Company of Portland.
    He was a member of Masonic lodge, No. 103, A.F. and A.M., Medford. Later he joined the Al Kader Shrine temple of Portland, the Malta Commanders, No. 4, Knights Templar at Ashland. He was charter member of the Hillah lodge of Ashland. Later he transferred his membership to Al Malaikhah of Los Angeles. He was also a member of Elks lodge, Medford.
    Funeral services were held Saturday. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Hazel Loud, 6935 Mayflower Avenue, Bell, Calif.
Medford Mail Tribune, November 7, 1940, page 15

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