The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Fifteen Years Ago This Week

    "Fifteen Years Ago This Week" ran in the Mail Tribune in the Sunday edition and reported the news for the week following that Sunday. The Mail Tribune for 1909 through 1916 is digitized and online on the Historic Oregon Newspapers site. 1911 through 1963 is found on newspapers.com. To find the original article in the earlier newspaper (which didn't print a Sunday edition), add the days to the day of publication, starting with Monday. For example, if the article you're looking for was printed November 16, 1930 under the heading "Monday," look in the November 17, 1915 newspaper.
    The article will not always be found in the newspaper found by that calculation; the formula seems not to have been followed consistently. But that's where to start looking.
    Sometimes it won't be possible to find the original article at all. I can only deduce that the compiler of the column was reading 15-year-old first editions of the Mail Tribune. The microfilmed Mail Tribune, however, consists of the second edition, and some articles were removed to make room for breaking news.
Fifteen Years Ago This Week
(From the Files of The Mail Tribune)

Monday [January 4, 1915]
    Ten "hard-working, thrifty, successful and practical farmers" of the valley endorse sugar beets.
    Last week a man and woman passed through the city and left trail of bad checks behind them, merchants report to the police.
    The report for December by Police Judge Charles Gay shows that $1.30 was expended for meals to transients.
    The city recorder is busy preparing the ballots for the city election to be held January 12. V. J. Emerick is running against C. E. Gates, the hustling auto dealer, for mayor.
    Capt. A. J. Vance of Co. 7 promoted Corporal Horace L. Bromley to fourth duty sergeant, vice, Seldon Hill. Private Carl Y. Tengwald was promoted to be corporal.
Tuesday [January 5, 1915]
    W. R. Coleman reports to the sugar beet committee that when he was a boy near Phoenix sugar beets were raised for cow feed, and declares that sugar beets can be raised here.
    Contract let for the construction of a federal building in Medford.
    Commercial Club for the first time in its history has money in the bank, the annual report shows.
    Jim Dell of the Nash Hotel offers $200 for the first sack of sugar made from home-grown beets.
Wednesday [January 6, 1915]
    Land Owners' committee reports that irrigation would be highly beneficial to the valley, and will file petitions for the establishment of a district.
    Dr. E. B. Pickel and W.C.T.U. chapter endorse adoption of new city charter. Mayor Purdin reviews history of the new charter, in a four-column letter.
    George Walters, while driving a buggy on North Oakdale Thursday night, was struck by an unknown autoist running without lights. Walters was thrown from the buggy, which is a total loss. The reckless motorist escaped under cover of darkness.
    The alumni team of the Medford high school, during the New Year's game at Grants Pass, contracted a taxicab bill, and the taxi man threatens suit. No one will assume responsibility for the bill.
Thursday [January 7, 1915]
    The Oregonian prints an interview with Miss Marion Towne of Phoenix, first woman to be sent to the legislature in this state.
    Ben Sheldon denies that his support of the new city charter is in the hopes he will be named city manager. "I am fully unqualified to be city manager, and would not have it, under any circumstances," says Mr. Sheldon in an article headlined: "Another Lie Nailed."
    Southern Pacific announces special rates to the World's Fair at San Francisco.
    Local Belgian aid fund leaps to $200.
Friday [January 8, 1915]
    "Progressive Citizens Unite to Advocate Passage of New Charter," says a front page headline. Councilman George Porter "nails another campaign lie."
    The streets of the city were a glare of ice this morning, and horses had difficulty in keeping their feet.
    Jacksonville gets thrill from reported discovery of gold near the old Channel mine.
    W. H. Gore addresses Commercial Club on the need of a sugar beet factory.
Saturday [January 9, 1915]
    Medford High School defeats Grants Pass at basketball 47 to 5, before a small crowd.
    Largest vote in history of city predicted at city election to vote on new city charter. Dr. J. M. Keene, of Oregon system fame, is hourly labeling the new charter the "New Thought Movement." Attorney B. F. Mulkey addresses the Parent-Teachers Association of the Washington School on "Shakespeare and Counterparts in Modern Tendencies."
    W. H. Gore and George B. Carpenter of the beet sugar committee were arrested by the Talent policeman for speeding while en route to a beet meeting at Ashland, and fined $5.00.
    Dr. J. J. Emmens is preparing to move his offices from Main Street to the second floor of the M.F.&H. building.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 5, 1930, page 10

Fifteen Years Ago This Week
(From the Files of The Mail Tribune)

Monday [January 11, 1915]
    V. J. Emerick was elected mayor, defeating C. E. Gates by 62 votes in a hotly contested election. J. C. Barnes, socialist candidate for mayor, received 66 votes.
    The proposed new city charter was defeated by 91 votes. J. C. Mann was elected councilman from the first ward by a majority of 139.
    A reported influx of undesirables and parasites from California as the result of a "moral wave over that state."
    Lou "Cack" Pheister reported killed at Happy Camp, Calif, returned home "alive, happy, and far from dead."
    Kansas City--The top buggy is just as popular as ever despite the rapid increase in automobiles.
Tuesday [January 12, 1915]
    Berlin--Emperor Wilhelm viewed the taking of Vregny Plains by the Prussian Guards, and thanks them in a long proclamation.
    Ike Davis, watchman at Ament dam, was shot at and missed Tuesday night by an unknown wretch.
    The stores of the city were closed so the merchants could assist in securing signers for beet sugar acreage.
    A heavy wind and rain sweeps the valley, with snow in the hills, causing farmers and miners to rejoice.
Wednesday [January 13, 1915]
    Contract let to Sound Construction Company for building federal building and Sen. Chamberlain writes it will be ready for occupancy in 16 months.
    The body of Charles Thomason, shot for a deer by an unknown hunter, was found on Anderson Creek.
    Mail Tribune prints a poem on its front page entitled "It's Not the Town--It's You!"
    Autoists traveling through Talent should keep an eye out for the speed cop, as the town has declared war on speeders and, incidentally, to inflate a deflated treasury.
    Nick Olman, Charles Ray, and Jay Gore win a debate in the high school on the subject: "Should the United States Retain the Philippines.
    Mayor-Elect Emerick says that "Ole Arnspiger, as city engineer, is right where he belongs, and he will fight to the last ditch for him. If they get a new city engineer, they can get a new mayor. It would be a crime to dismiss him."
    The Farmers' and Fruitgrowers' Bank has contracted for a modern burglar alarm. The wonderful device will be installed in 60 days.
Thursday [January 14, 1915]
    T. E. Daniels named grand deputy district Exalted Ruler of the Elks. Commercial Club holds annual banquet and election of officers at Hotel Medford. Irrigation needs, and the establishment of sugar beet factory were the main topics. W. H. Gore delivered the main address and brought the audience to its feet with a stirring appeal for sugar beet acreage.
    County Attorney E. E. Kelly declares war on slot machines.
    Dr. E. B. Pickel delivered an interesting talk on "Adolescence" at the library. Fifteen were present, but what the audience lacked in numbers they made up with enthusiasm.
Friday [January 15, 1915]
    In the sugar beet campaign, Hubbard Brothers store is named as the base of operation, and "the industrial future of the Rogue River Valley is in the scales for acceptance or rejection." Ed Binns offers $200 for the first beef fattened on sugar beets.
    Tom Fuson passed out the cigars today, in honor of a pair of twins at his house, January 18.
    The slot machines of the city and county were turned to the wall today, in accordance with a recent edict of County Attorney Kelly.
    At a meeting of the landowners of the Agate district, irrigation was defeated, unanimously. Members of the Chamber of Commerce were allowed one hour and a half to explain the irrigation plan.
    Mail Tribune editorial declares "valley farmers, in opposing the sugar beet campaign, are biting off their own noses."
Saturday [January 16, 1915]
    Jackson County fishermen to hold a mass meeting to protect against the legislature changing the present methods of handling the Rogue River fish situation. Feeling is running high among the fishers and hunters. County Attorney Kelly declares, "I never heard of such a diabolical plot to throw the interests of sportsmen into the cauldron of politics."
    The Dramatic Expression division of the Greater Medford Club is holding a regular meeting today at the public library.
    Mayor M. Purdin delivers his final message to the city council, part of which reads: "To those who are holding over in the council, I extend my sympathy as well as to my successor, and to the new councilmen. Do not think you will receive any reward for duty well done, either in financial remuneration or in appreciation, for we have the knocker with his little hammer even with us, and he will find you out."
    Commercial Club elects C. E. Gates president of the organization.
    The sheriff reports that miscreants on Galls Creek are using their neighbor's hogs as rifle targets.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 12, 1930, page 10

Fifteen Years Ago This Week
(From the Files of The Mail Tribune)
Monday [January 18, 1915]
    A sign of spring--the first of the year--cropped out in the business district with a wholesale washing of windows.
    John C. Mann, councilman from the first ward, and Frank Amy, councilman from the second ward, will be sworn in at first meeting of new council. Rumpus over market-master looms.
    Ben Hur Lampman, editor of the Gold Hill News, has his poem, "Lo! She Is Everywhere," published in the New York Sun.
    The police are chasing all vagrants out of town as fast as they arrive, as they fear I.W.W. agitators will launch a street speaking campaign here.
Tuesday [January 19, 1915]
    Beet acreage necessary for the building of a sugar factory here secured, and Utah capitalists headed by C. W. Nibley agree to finance plan.
    Ashland city council votes for the Billings cut instead of the Farnham hill route for the Pacific Highway, and an overhead crossing will be built. The negotiations lasted over a year.
    Owing to the agitatory confab on the streets Tuesday afternoon regarding the respective merits of irrigation projects, it was necessary for the police to clear the sidewalks on a couple of occasions. Some of the main agitators have been on the job all week, and are fanatically bitter against water.
    Mayor V. J. Emerick assumes reins of office and announces his policy will be ''Do much, and say little."
    The Rogue River Fish Protective Association calls a meeting to consider the legislature.
Wednesday [January 20, 1915]
    W. H. Gore issues a proclamation "that all must hustle, or the sugar beet factory will go by the boards, and everything else."
    Two or three clotheslines were visited last night and stripped of underwear and socks, the police reported.
    Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany reported hit in jaw by a stray bullet, while visiting on the Western Front.
    Friends of H. E. Marsh tender him a surprise party. Music, games and conversation made up the evening.
    It requires five carloads of gravel to fill up a "bottomless pit" near the Espee water tank.
Thursday [January 21, 1915]
    Three boys were before the juvenile court charged with the malicious killing of pigeons.
    "September Morn" was presented at the Page Theater last night to a large crowd. It was not as startling as many anticipated.
    Driver for Nurmi Bakery hits a phone pole, and is seriously injured.
    A Chinook wind sweeps the valley, and the snow in the Siskiyous is melting rapidly, causing fears of a flood.
Friday [January 22, 1915]
    Sugar beet committee renews campaign for acreage and implores all good citizens to give their time and automobiles to a "successful consummation of the endeavor."
    Born to county treasurer Fred Colvig, a nine-pound son at Jacksonville. The genial county official is stepping high and smiling broadly.
    Col. J. F. Mundy, who has been floored with a severe cold, is on the mend.
    The police curbed a number of motorcyclists, who have started their spring speed tests on the main street.
    Water Superintendent Ole Arnspiger has returned from the city intake, where he removed a fallen tree from valve No. 4.
    Annual report shows 4804 books in the city library, an increase of 1204.
    Considerable satisfaction was expressed locally that the Allies had finally captured LaBassee on the Western Front.
Saturday [January 23, 1915]
    The Colony Club holds an informal reception in honor of Mrs. George H. Daggett.
    Miss Ina Cochran will return to the University of Oregon at the beginning of the second semester in February.
    Sportsmen Call to Arms issued by the Rogue River Fish Protective society to "thwart dumbness of the legislature."
    A team belonging to C. A. Adams ran away on the Main street this morning and as a result the police will enforce the city ordinance requiring all horses to be hitched.
    The Jackson County Republican Central Committee showed the first signs of life since the drubbing administered last November and decided to hold a Lincoln Day banquet The committee announced this will be the opening of the 1916 campaign, which is nine months ahead of themselves.
    "The Clutching Hand," presented at the Star Theater, thrills scores of city and country people.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 19, 1930, page 10

Fifteen Years Ago This Week
(From the Files of The Mail Tribune)
Monday [January 25, 1915]
    London--German warship sunk in the North Sea, and the event stirs the enthusiasm of the British people at home, and in the valley.
    Local sportsmen aroused over report legislature will abolish license funds for hunting and fishing, and call upon Jackson County delegation at Salem "to be firm and uphold the unrivaled fishing to the point of death."
    A number of the younger matrons walked to Talent Sunday on a pleasant jaunt.
    The sugar beet campaign for acreage in full swing, with many encouraging reports from the country districts. Messrs. Bramwell and Nibley of the sugar beet interests are still in the city.
Tuesday [January 26, 1915]
    The warm weather of the past ten days has caused many of the housewives of the city to start planting sweet peas. There is just a faint hint of spring in the air and the snow is melting fast in the foothills.
    The boy, age 12 years, accused of shooting a valuable hunting dog belonging to Sprague Riegel of Gold Hill allowed to go by the juvenile court upon the promise of his mother he would not be allowed to have a gun until old enough to vote. Mrs. J. F. Reddy and Mrs. Ed Hanley attended the hearing and used their influence to secure leniency. It developed that the dog was shot while chasing a pet rabbit belonging to the boy.
    Salem--Jackson County ranks third in the state in the number of autos, Secretary of State Olcott reports.
    N. C. Westerfield of Portland in a letter calls attention to the neglect of cheese-making in this valley.
    The enrollment in the high school has increased to over 400, Superintendent U. S. Collins reports.
Wednesday [January 27, 1915]
    First pictures of the European war shown at the Page Theater to a capacity house.
    Medford merchants agree to stand part of transportation costs if Applegate farmers will raise sugar beets.
    Farmers and Fruitgrowers League approve plan for the use of fruit for byproducts.
    A couple of short-change artists, who have been skinning the merchants of the Willamette Valley, are headed this way, the police report.
    The boys and girls basketball team of the high school left this morning on a tour of Northern California.
Thursday [January 28, 1915]
    Attorney Gus Newbury returns Salem, and reports "unless the fish and game commission bill is defeated in the legislature, fishing on Rogue River is doomed and damned."
    Work on the new federal building at Sixth and Holly streets will start in ten days, Supt. Crowley reports.
    A mass meeting of farmers was held in the Willow Springs district, "was an eye-opener on the value of irrigation."
    Complaint has been made that autoists are speeding across the Jackson Street bridge, menacing people in buggies.
    Washington--President Wilson vetoes bill abolishing restrictions to all European emigrants.
Friday [January 29, 1915]
    District plan for irrigation is abandoned, and a mass meeting is called to discuss other ways and means.
    Unless all the acreage is signed up by February 1, the valley will lose the sugar beet factory, William H. Gore said this noon.
    The police responded to a call last night from a house near the end of Ninth Street saying that a man was beating his wife. A jitney bus was requisitioned and a swift run made to the place. When the law arrived it was found that the wife was beating the husband, and that the latter in the height of the battle had fled. No arrests were made.
    New York--Dr. Eliot, president of Harvard University, declares that John D. Rockefeller's wealth is "his own misfortune."
    Ed White of the Antelope was a business visitor in the city today. He reports the coyotes are plentiful, and eating up his angoras.
Saturday [January 30, 1915]
    Foes of the district irrigation plan in the Central Point area held a joyride, consisting of 17 autos and the Central Point band, which executed several selections.
    Today is the final day for the purchase of auto licenses. Most of the local car owners have complied with the law, but a few are still trying to evade the issue.
    Friday evening twenty patients of Dr. W. W. Howard gave him a pleasant surprise.
    Bert Anderson calls upon all "good Republicans to assemble at the Hotel Medford, Lincoln's birthday, February 12, to take initial steps towards breaking the shackles of Democracy, now gnawing at our vitals."
    Table Rock Tablets--Ross Kline was in these parts Monday after carrots. He says he will plant ten acres of sugar beets.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 26, 1930, page 10

Fifteen Years Ago This Week
(From the Files of The Mail Tribune)
Monday [February 1, 1915]
    John Wilkinson, while hunting near Central Point, with a party of friends, received a number of shots intended for a yellowhammer. Wilkinson came over a knoll in time to receive the pellets. Outside of a black eye, he suffers no injury. One of the shot hit near the right optic.
    Salem--Rogue River fish bills are postponed for a week, so fishermen can outline offensive.
    European war pictures shown at the Page Theater draw large crowds.
    University of Oregon [students] in geology to study the flora at Crater Lake coming summer.
    Something definite is expected to materialize in regard to the sugar beet factory within the next two days, and the campaigners for same are hopeful.
Tuesday [February 2, 1915]
    Storm conditions prevail throughout Southern Oregon, due to warm rains and melting snows. The Rogue and tributaries rise rapidly.
    J. C. Barnes offers plans for the securing of irrigation in the valley, and declares he would not be manager of any irrigation system "for love or money or the privilege to sit on the right hand of Woodrow Wilson."
    This is Groundhog Day, and the prospects are bright the varmint will see his shadow.
    Two auto smashes occurred on the main street last night. Jack Kestor of Foots Creek, carrying an umbrella, was knocked down by the F. W. Shapleigh machine, and Dr. E. G. Riddell skidded at Main and Grape into a buggy belonging to F. W. Powell and smashed it up badly.
Wednesday [February 3, 1915]
    Senator George E. Chamberlain has secured a frost survey of the Rogue River Valley.
    Attorney B. F. Mulkey, A. F. Rosenbaum and Homer Billings spent yesterday in the Ashland district campaigning for sugar beets.
    The high school glee club appeared at the Page Theater last night and scored a hit. One of the most popular numbers was "It's a Long Way to Tipperary."
    Plans for irrigation in this section now in the hands of a committee of farmers and orchardists.
Thursday [February 4, 1915]
    Dr. J. M. Keene declares, in an interview, that the Lincoln Day banquet "will be a community of thought and glorification of the infamous Oregon system." Every Progressive with a taint of Republican blood in his system is urged to attend the banquet.
    Eggs are 20 cents per dozen, and the hens of the valley are very busy. Last fall when eggs were 40 cents a dozen they were inactive.
    A dog poisoner is active in the city, according to Dr. A. J. Helms.
    Dr. J. Lawrence Hill declares "prohibition is a farce in Oregon, as long as liquor can be shipped in from California."
    Fate of sugar beet factory now depends on soil survey, under way. Sufficient best acreage has been signed after a hard struggle.
Friday [February 5, 1915]
    J. C. Barnes tells the valley how to raise coin to establish irrigation system and writes: "How long, O! Lord! are we going to fool around the way we have been doing?"
    New life and ginger has been injected in Co. 7, through the efforts of Lieut. Carl Y. Tengwald. Last night all the members were present except two, and they telephoned their regrets.
    Legislature takes action to pave road across Siskiyous.
    Dr. W. W. Howard, secretary of the Iowa Club of Southern Oregon, calls upon all members to pay their dues at once.
    Work will start on the new federal building and post office February 15, it is now announced.
    The police found a woman's hat on East Main Street this morning. They believe it was lost during a joy ride, as there was yelling in that end of town about 3 a.m.
Saturday [February 6, 1915]
    The 1915 Cadillac is being displayed by the Hall Auto Company, and half a dozen sales are hanging fire.
    Dr. J. J. Emmens moves into his new suite of offices in the M.F.&H. building.
    Circular letters appealing for aid to the war sufferers of Armenia, Poland, Belgium, Persia, Syria, Italy, France, Morocco and Finland have been received in this city.
    Residents on South Riverside complained to the police last night that a number of young men were parading up and down, yelling and yowling, and making a general nuisance out of themselves. They fled ere the police arrived, and it is feared they were intoxicated.
    Medford man is bilked out of $3000 betting on a horse race at San Francisco.
    The Roseburg basketball team claims the state championship, and will play the locals here Friday night and may get their tail feathers plucked, as the Medford team shoots exceptionally well and play together splendidly. A hot game is expected.
    Beet sugar project takes a darker tinge, according to W. H. Gore, a sugar beet enthusiast.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 2, 1930, page 10

Fifteen Years Ago This Week
(From the Files of The Mail Tribune)
Monday [February 8, 1915]
    Salem--According to all signs, both the Rogue River fish bills will be knocked when the legislature resumes its deliberations of the vital subject.
    Associated Charities of Medford need $101.75 to pay for food, etc., advanced to indigents.
    Surface indications point to the passage of the beet sugar factory in this valley.
    Attorney Gus Newbury has returned from Salem, where he talked to the supreme court.
    Attorney E. E. Kelly, enraptured on the occasion of his first ride in a Cadillac, driven by Seely V. Hall, writes a column to the editor about it. "I will never forget my first ride in a Cadillac," concludes attorney Kelly.
Tuesday [February 9, 1915]
    Topeka, Kansas, legislature passes a law making it a misdemeanor for a woman under 45 years of age "to use cosmetics or wear earrings."
    Bogus nickels, that only an expert can tell from the genuine, are in circulation in this city, the police report.
    Tavern Hotel at Eagle Point destroyed by a fire, causing $6000 loss. Lack of wind saved greater loss to adjacent property. Bucket brigade did yeoman service.
    Medford resident returning from San Francisco denies report he was hornswoggled out of $3000 by bunco artists, although the latter have his $3000, "but promised to return."
    Ashland chief of police declares war on stray dogs, after he is bitten by one at a prominent corner.

Wednesday [February 10, 1915]
    Fish in Rogue River face extermination through failure of the legislature to take any constructive action towards protection of game fish.
    The Medford volunteer fire department took a final gasp at a meeting last night. A banquet preceded the demise. Death was due to a fit of economy by the city council, who refused to pay for telephones for members.
    The irrigation committee finds that sentiment for irrigation is growing in the valley.
    Lincoln Day banquet is expected to bring back into the Republican fold all the erring party brothers who became infatuated with Bull Moosism in 1912.
    Farmers of the Applegate organized a war against the coyotes, who are very annoying in that section.
Thursday [February 11, 1915]
    The grand jury will sit in Jacksonville all next week.
    The police have served notice on farmers that they are subject to arrest if they stop their teams in the middle of the street to hold a conversation. This occurred this morning in front of the Nash Hotel, when an auto to avoid a smash was forced into the curb.
    The Roseburg High School basketball team defeated the Medford team last night 23 to 18 in a hair-raising game before the largest crowd that ever saw a basketball game in Southern Oregon. Williamson starred for the home guards with three hair-lifting shots. The locals were outclassed from start to finish.
    Republicans of Jackson County held a turkey dinner at the Hotel Medford last night, and an address by B. F. Mulkey on "Lincoln" was the main feature. Every precinct in the county was represented, and the campaign is opened.
Friday [February 12, 1915]
    The Home Economics division of the Greater Medford Club will meet at the library this afternoon. The topic will be "Interior Decorations."
    Andrews Opera Company plans a national tour, and will open in this city March 8 in "Martha."
    Contract let for the installation of pipes at the Ashland lithia springs.
    Pinkerton detective agencies issue warning to people to be cautious about betting on horse races with strangers at the San Francisco world fair.
    The fruitgrowers of the valley met at the Medford hotel and organized to "fight pests of all descriptions."
    Wolves invade the Willow Springs district and kill a hound named "Bugle" belonging to Ed Pennington.
    The beet sugar committee headed by W. H. Gore starts drive for a factory here in 1916. Only 2100 acres more needed.
    Salem--Bill passed by the house today allows aliens to hunt coyotes.
Saturday [February 13, 1915]
    City council defeats proposition for the appointment of a police matron.
    Page Theater installs a $10,000 Wurlitzer pipe organ.
    Wesley Judy performed a stupendous gastronomical feat by eating one dozen raw eggs and surviving. He became engaged in an argument with Ralph McKay on his prowess, and bet--and won.
    Masonic lodge moves to new quarters in the M.F.&H. building.
    Grand jury is investigating county affairs and county offices, and a number [of] indictments are expected.
    Rev. J. Lawrence Hill praises vampire films shown at the Page Theater.
    Women on skis visit Crater Lake.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 9, 1930, page 10

Fifteen Years Ago This Week
(From the Files of The Mail Tribune)
Monday [February 15, 1915]
    An epidemic of "hog latin" has attacked the boys and girls of the city, much to the disgust of their parents and teachers. The boys and girls talk in a peculiar jargon which no one but themselves can understand. A ban upon the practice has been declared in many homes, and some of the schools.
    Warnings issued to fruit growers to beware of fire blight.
    A swarm of California beggars swooped down upon the city late Sunday, and were ordered to "make themselves scarce."
    Ashland autos smash together going around dangerous corner near Plaza.
Tuesday [February 16, 1915]
    Residents of South Riverside Avenue report they were kept awake last night by the yelling of two young men. It was not learned what the smart alecks were yelling about.
    Conditions at poor farm placed under farm by grand jury report.
    Fifteen full-blooded Blackfoot Indians passed through the city this morning en route to the San Francisco world's fair.
    Slogan sought to usher in new era at Ashland.
    Mail Tribune editorial brands the legislature "as full of expensive parasites."
Wednesday [February 17, 1915]
    San Francisco--Panama-Pacific exposition officially opened with huge attendance.
    The police last night rounded up four horses that have been wandering for two months over lawns on East Main Street.
    Warren Butler, a high school student, while racing out of the Nat last night, was knocked senseless by running into a door. The young man was resuscitated by Dr. Pickel, who reported no damage was done to the boy, aside from a temporary shortage of wind.
    The new $10,000 Wurlitzer pipe organ was played at the Page Theater last night for the first time at the presentation of the film "A Fool There Was."
Thursday [February 18, 1915]
    Rose culture lectures by Rev. George Schoerner of Brooks, Ore., started.
    "Hang It On Ashland" is the slogan of the high school for the coming four-game series with the ancient foe. The city is being plastered with the battle cry. Interest in the games is intense.
    Lee L. Jacobs, cashier of the Farmers & Fruitgrowers Bank, has accepted the position of secretary of the Elks club. R. F. Antle, assistant cashier, will be promoted.
    Economy wave hits Jacksonville, and at the city election on next Tuesday the voters will be asked to eradicate the street commissioner and the city attorney and cut the marshal's salary. Chauncey Florey nominated for councilman on the economy ticket.
    Statistics show most Medford High students fail in higher mathematics.
Friday [February 19, 1915]
    A team belonging to a Griffin Creek farmer ran away this morning when frightened by an auto driven by Seely Hall.
    At the last meeting of the Greater Medford Club, a letter of appreciation was read from Mr. Foyes of the Foyes Grocery for the work of the club members in the fly swatting campaign last summer.
    Hegira to world fair at San Francisco begun by Ashland residents.
    H. Chandler Egan is spending the week in Jacksonville as a member of the petit jury.
    At Wolgast, who entered some sort of an agreement with Mose Barkdull, in operating a hog ranch in the Eagle Point district, served notice this week on Mr. Barkdull that he would have nothing further to do with the hogs. Mr. Barkdull is therefore holding the sack.
    Tickets for the Ashland-Medford basketball series are a premium, and the Natatorium will be packed to the roof with wild-eyed partisan. "Mutt" Williamson, the backbone of the Medford team, has recovered from a sore ankle.
Saturday [February 20, 1915]
    Editorial: "Thank God for Wilson, and also thank God that Roosevelt is not President."
    While attending the annual dance at the University Club, a Ford belonging to M. M. Root was stolen by joy riders.
    William Aitken, a plumber of this city, has received a number of papers from his old home in England, and [they] are devoted almost entirely to a discussion of the submarine blockade.
    The basement of the new federal building at Sixth and Holly streets has been completed, and the contracts for the lumber will be let next week.
    W. A. Gates, who recently came here from Peoria, Ill., will be the main speaker at the next regular meeting of the Merchants Association. Mr. Gates is a speaker of no mean ability, and no merchant should miss hearing his address. Give the newcomer a hearty welcome, with a large attendance.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 16, 1930, page 10

Fifteen Years Ago This Week
(From the Files of The Mail Tribune)
Monday [February 22, 1915]
    C. C. Beekman, pioneer banker and one of the striking early-day figures of Southern Oregon, called by death at the age of 87 years. Entire state press pays tribute to his merit.
    Ashland council decided to put lid on pugilists and fortune tellers.
    Rogue River apple juice made by the Bagley Canning Company has made a hit in San Francisco, and orders have been received for all that can be produced.
    Chamber of Commerce votes to give a dinner once a month for members as proposed by William Isaacs
Tuesday [February 23, 1915]
    Medford High School defeats Ashland 31 to 10, before the largest crowd that ever saw a game in Southern Oregon. Mutt Williamson did himself noble, and had a close second in Bobby Pelouze. These two young heroes played gallantly, and their names are written in soap on the window of every business house in Ashland.
    A number of the young friends of Miss Georgia Williams put over a surprise on her on her birthday. Games were played to a seasonable hour, when a light repast was served.
    Epworth League of Methodist Church holds annual banquet.
To the Editor:
    If you were a camping tourist where would you camp in the vicinity of Medford? There will be tens of thousands of such tourists pass through Medford this summer, and the familiar greeting up and down the line will be "Where is a good place to camp?"
    Other cities will be prepared for just such an emergency, and Medford may be missing something.
Wednesday [February 24, 1915]
    Police to arrest all wanderers and make them work cleaning alleys and vacant lots.
    Ashland fans to come to this city in special train to see basketball game.
    Judge E. E. Kelly writes to the paper, "There is no more sense in providing free space for auto tourists in auto camps than there is in furnishing free meals and board for traveling salesmen."
    San Francisco--Oregon building at the Panama-Pacific Exposition is dedicated.
    Jacksonville city election warms up and promises to be a red-hot contest, with every citizen voting.
Thursday [February 25, 1915]
    Jackson County citizens urged "to forswear luxuries and help the starving Armenians."
    C. E. Gates advertises that owing "to the situation abroad, I have only nine Fords on the floor, and no more in sight."
    A Ford auto, a motorcycle, two dozen Plymouth Rock roosters and a sack of corn were stolen in a sudden crime wave that swept the city last night.
    At a regular meeting of the last city council the matter of the appointment of a police matron was again broached, and laid on the table indefinitely.
    Medford basketball team protests playing championship games in "Ashland cigar box."
Friday [February 26, 1915]
    Girls of North Medford have organized a roller skating club, and use the Pacific Highway for their jaunts.
    Scores of residents of the city have started spading spring gardens.
    Banks of the city were crowded with people from the country paying their taxes.
    Signor Alfonso Giordiana, Italian tenor, visiting Ed. Andrews, declares the Rogue River Valley reminds him of Sicily.
    Ashland police at council meeting stage roughhouse. Chief of police knocks policeman down, and another policeman resigns rather than arrest him.
    If it does rain tomorrow, P. E. Wynkoop & Co. will hold a public auction at Main and Fir streets.
Saturday [February 27, 1915]
    Residents of the Willow Springs district ask the county court to divert the Pacific Highway to the road through their section in the interests of economy and scenic effect.
    Chamber of Commerce after a chicken dinner at St. Mark's Guild hall vote to give moral support to a proposition to form a brass band here.
    Forty lovers of outdoor life met at the public library last night and organized a hiking club. Cole Holmes was elected president, and will map out the hikes, of which there are many in this vicinity.
    Insurance rate on city fire truck is held to be too high to the city council, and insurance agents are so advised by the mayor.
    Ashland High School won the Southern Oregon championship by defeating Medford, 23 to 17. Grisez of Ashland tossed the ball the entire length of the Natatorium to score a basket, which caused three fights among spectators. The lineup of the Medford team was: Pelouze and Williamson, forwards; Thomas and Brown, center; Cowgill and Beacom, guards; Torney, substitute.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 23, 1930, page 10

Fifteen Years Ago This Week
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Monday [March 1, 1915]
    The Southern Oregon exhibit at the San Francisco fair is pronounced poor by Leonard Carpenter, who states in a letter that the apples are wormy. "The Willamette Valley, both in fruit and citizenship, outstrips the valley," declares Mr. Carpenter.
    The Dollarhide toll road over the Siskiyous is purchased by the county court.
    The Farmers and Fruitgrowers League declares war on squirrels, gophers and blue jays.
    The opera "Martha," presented by the Andrews Opera Company at the Page Theater under the auspices of the Elks Lodge, was a "social and musical success."
Tuesday [March 2, 1915]
    Seely Hall returns from San Francisco and pronounces the Southern Oregon exhibit at the 1915 fair "worse than pitiful, and no better than nothing."
    Councilman Medynski urges that citizens plant vacant lots to crops, "to keep busy and provide food."
    Six alarms were turned in between Saturday night and Monday night, and the fire department was kept on the jump.
    Tolo and Willow Springs citizens appeared before the county court and presented their arguments and claims for routing the Pacific Highway through their communities.
    Medford students at the University of Oregon gain high marks.
Wednesday [March 3, 1915]
    Fruit shippers of the Northwest unite to solve shipping problems.
    Barnum and Bailey's circus will appear in this city next August, it was announced.
    The police activity for the past week has consisted of the arrest of one man for drunkenness in public.
    Residents of South Riverside report that they are kept awake by loud yelling of youths.
    The annual spring opening at Mann's will start tonight and close Saturday.
    Baseball players of the city are planning on forming a team.
Thursday [March 4, 1915]
    Attorney W. E. Phipps issues warning to public not to pay sewer assessments until pending suit is settled.
    People are paying taxes faster than ever, the sheriff reported.
    The Grizzly club hiked to the Opp mine near Jacksonville yesterday, and report a pleasant time.
    City council for [the] third time rejects proposal for appointment of a police matron.
    Fruit conditions in the Rogue River Valley for this season of the year are reported excellent.
Friday [March 5, 1915]
    H. O. Frobach of Ashland reports that the Southern Oregon exhibit at the San Francisco fair is a "credit to the district, despite reports to the contrary."
    A tramp stole Moses Barkdull's overcoat from his auto, and the same culprit ate a meal in a Front Street restaurant and left without paying. Barkdull and the police caught the tramp on the way to Ashland, and was brought to the city. At the city jail, Barkdull refused to prosecute the unfortunate man and paid for his meal and sent him on his way rejoicing.
    Work on constructing phone lines from Prospect to Crater Lake starts.
    County court takes necessary action to secure a better exhibit at the San Francisco fair.
    Unknown reader sends letter to Mail Tribune, declaring that "Medford is slated for the fate that overtook Babylon."
Saturday [March 6, 1915]
    Local boy and girl elope, and the sheriff can find no trace of them.
    The most unfortunate dog in the world is running loose in Medford. He is an Airedale and blind. He cannot see to chase cats or get out of the way of men and vehicles. He is all the time running into something. The police are looking for him, so they can tie him up or find his owner. He is a fine, healthy-looking canine, with nothing the matter except his eyes.
    The driver of a taxicab collided with a Hall taxicab this morning in front of the Nash hotel. The accident occurred when the driver lost control of his machine while throwing an apple tree at Ralph McKay.
    The Union Oil Company plans to erect a $25,000 plant at Crater Lake junction.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 2, 1930, page 10

Fifteen Years Ago This Week
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Monday [March 8, 1915]
    St. Patrick's Day is celebrated throughout the valley without turmoil, but with every buttonhole showing a shamrock. The Teacup Club of Ashland trim spring hats for their wives. The organization is composed of men belonging to the Methodist Church.
    The Hoke cooperative cannery announces that its capacity for the coming year will be quadrupled.
    Tributary streams of Rogue River to be stocked with trout fry by the state fish commission.
    Vice President Tom Marshall will pass through Medford this summer in his special car.
Tuesday [March 9, 1915]
    There were several near-accidents on the main street this morning, due to reckless driving, and the police announce a war on speeders.
    Southern Oregon sportsmen demand that the governor name a Southern Oregon man on the fish commission.
    Ellsworth Kelly of Grants Pass, arrested in this city the first of the week for alleged burglary of three homes in the Josephine County city, was sentenced to go to Sunday school for six months. The court thought the young man would be better off from religious training than from the same period in the county jail. (Kelly two years ago died on the gallows at the state prison for his part in a desperate prison break.)
    Owing to a lack of funds, and a general retrenchment policy, the plan to plant trees along the Pacific Highway has been abandoned by the county court.
Wednesday [March 10, 1915]
    The Elks club rooms on North Central were opened today with Lee Jacobs in charge. The dedication of the temple will take place in the summer.
    Insect life the past few days has flourished and has been characterized by the birth of myriads of white-winged butterflies. Yesterday was as balmy as a day in June, and houseflies made their appearance.
    The hikers' club plans to hike to the top of Table Rock next Sunday, if the weather permits.
    A number of boys climbed to the top of Roxy Ann last night and set off red fire, in mockery of the prediction of an evangelist that the hill would erupt as a preliminary to the end of the world.
    There will be no spring cleanup day this year, as far as the city is officially concerned. The city council has been attacked with penuriousness, and as a result the citizens will have to pay for having their garbage hauled away, instead of having the city do it for nothing.
Thursday [March 11, 1915]
    The federal building will be completed and officially opened May 11, 1916, it was announced by the Treasury Department.
    Willie Painter, age 3, living at Central Point, boards a Southern Pacific train, and unbeknownst to his parents came to this city yesterday. The tot told agent Rosenbaum that he came to Medford to see the circus. Some days ago the Mail Tribune mentioned that the advance agent for a circus was in town, and Willie heard of it in some way. He is about three months ahead of the arrival of the circus.
    Orchardists faced with the prospects of another dry year have formulated plans for the formation of an irrigation district to cover 1000 acres.
    A woman riding on the rear seat of a motorcycle fell off this morning when the driver drove too close to a Southern Pacific switching engine.
Friday [March 12, 1915]
    The tramp arrested last week for stealing Mose Barkdull's overcoat from his auto was arrested again last night for trying to steal a cane belonging to Judge Canon, and the authorities will not fool with him anymore. Barkdull, after an exciting chase, gave the tramp his overcoat and was repaid by the tramp trying to steal a cane belonging to his best friend.
    City council considers appointing a speed cop to control speeders on the residential streets.
    C. E. Gates this morning received the first carload of new-style Fords, and they are going like hotcakes.
Saturday [March 13, 1915]
    Only a week remains for the payment of the first half of the taxes.
    Contributions aggregating $1000 have been made for the buying of machinery for the Hoke cannery.
    The first orchard heating of the year came this morning, with a heavy frost last night.
    Lester Adams, for the past eighteen months a reporter on the Medford Sun, left today for Wallace, Idaho, where he will continue in journalism. (Adams is now managing editor of the Portland Telegram, and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Adams of this city.)
Medford Mail Tribune, March 9, 1930, page 10

Fifteen Years Ago This Week
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Monday [March 1, 1915]
Medford Mail Tribune, March 2, 1930, page 10

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