The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Forest Creek News
News from the Forest Creek area of Jackson County, Oregon, transcribed by Annice Black. Thanks!

Forest Creek News.

    James Armpriest recently sold twenty head of fine hogs for $4.80 per hundred.
    John Winningham and Fred Armpriest are supplying Jacksonville with wood.
    Our full term of school commenced Monday, September 10th, with Miss Nellie Towne, of Phoenix, teacher.
    The Sunset mine owners are working steadily on their quartz proposition, and we understand that they are taking out a good bit of gold.
    Mr. Caton is building a new house at his mine. He will also improve his mine by adding a hydraulic plant and a good bit of flume.
    We understand that the lawsuit for water right between A. W. Sturgis and Lee Caton, at the present term of the circuit court, has been compromised.
    Messrs. Stansell & Smith, capitalists from the East, who purchased a mine across the divide, have contracted with workmen to operate their hydraulic plant this winter.
    The measles have broken out in the family of Mark Winningham. The disease may interfere somewhat with our school, as the child was sick while in attendance there.
    W. A. Knapp, of San Francisco, is expected here soon to commence operations at the Dugan hydraulic mine. He has several men already employed and will doubtless make a big run this winter.
    James Armpriest would like to buy 100 bushels of old corn. Will pay 43 cents per bushel and do the hauling. He also has three fine young milk cows, with young calves, for sale at $40 each. They are Red Durham stock and very gentle.
    The attendance at our Sunday school has been small for some time, on account of being away to the mountains and other places of resort, but as they have all returned home now we expect revival of the work. All are invited to attend.
Medford Mail, September 21, 1900, page 3

Forest Creek News.
    George Smith, of Big Butte, is working for A. W. Sturgis.
    Frank Log, a miner on the right fork, is in very poor health at present.
    A. W. Sturgis has a force of men ready to commence operating his plant in a few days.
    Our school has been closed on account of the storm, and may not be opened again this winter.
    S. R. Coffman, of Bishop Creek, has leased his father's farm, near this place, and has moved thereto.
    Walter Armpriest was up to the Davies mine last week. He reported the snow three feet deep at that place.
    James Armpriest was compelled to break a trail through five feet of snow last week to get some of his cattle home.
    Grandma Winningham has been quite ill with heart trouble but is now convalescent. Dr. DeBar was in attendance.
    The road below the school house is almost impassable, the brush alongside it having fallen under the weight of the snow.
    The snow on upper Forest Creek is two feet deep, and more falling at this writing. However, stock is not suffering much yet.
    We learn from a reliable source that Pence Bros. have sold their interest in the Sunset quartz mine. The mine will be run by Mark Winningham and M. Vangorder.
    Wm. Bostwick and Ed. Smith have leased the Vickroy hydraulic mine and are operating the same. This is a good-paying proposition, and they will undoubtedly do well.
    Pearce & Sons are operating their hydraulic plant at present. As they have plenty of water, they will doubtless move a large amount of gravel and make a good cleanup in the spring.
    John Winningham has leased the Dugan mine, and with a new plant, ditches and flumes is now operating the same. This mine has heretofore paid well, and we see no reason why it should not continue to do so.
    Caton & Sons are piping with a good head of water at their mine at the junction of Forest and Poorman's creeks. There will be an abundance of water when the snow melts, and the outlook for miners is the best it has been for years.
    E. P. Vickroy, of upper Forest Creek, had a narrow escape from death one day last week. He was under a hay shed, when the weight of the snow caused the shed to collapse, completely covering him up, and a large beam falling across his body. If it had not been for the timely assistance of a couple of men who heard his cries, he would undoubtedly have lost his life.
Medford Mail, January 11, 1901, page 5

Forest Creek News.
    Caton & Sons have resumed operations at their mine.
    Arthur Cook, of Big Butte, is working at the Pearce mine.
    Wm. Bostwick and Ed. Smith are operating the Vickroy hydraulic mine this winter.
    Fred Armpriest spent several days in Medford recently looking after business interests.
    There has been considerable sickness on Forest Creek during the past two or three weeks.
    A. W. Sturgis is working a night shift at his mine and is moving a large amount of gravel.
    John Winningham has so far recovered from a severe attack of tonsillitis as to be able to resume work.
    Mrs. Lottie McKee, of Big Applegate, was visiting her mother, Mrs. Wm. Pence, of Forest Creek, one day last week.
    John Atteberry and his two sons, George and David, have returned to this section in search of employment. The rest of the family is in California.
    James Armpriest, of Forest Creek, was over to his Griffin Creek ranch recently. He is having seventy-five cords of wood cut on his timber land there.
    Drs. Reuter and DeBar, of Jacksonville, performed a surgical operation on Mrs. Mark Winningham last Sunday. The patient is in a very critical condition.
    J. D. Pearce & Sons have their large giant set and have had a steady run since the snow fell. They expect to make a larger cleanup this spring than ever before.
    Grandma Coffman had the misfortune to fall while going from the house to the cellar recently, breaking her arm near the shoulder. Dr. DeBar was called and reduced the fracture and at last accounts the patient was doing well.
    Mark Winningham and M. Vangorder are now sole owners of the Sunset mine, but owing to sickness are unable to operate it at present. We understand that they have purchased a five-stamp mill and will place it in position as soon as they can haul the engine to the mine.
    W. R. Stansell, president of the Mining, Milling & Lumber Company across the divide, reports his giant in active operation and moving a large amount of dirt. This is an eastern company, and we believe the enterprise will prove of benefit to the business interests of this section.
Medford Mail, February 1, 1901, page 5

Forest Creek News.
    Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Pence have moved from here to Elk Creek.
    Mrs. Anna Davies has returned to her home on Forest Creek, after a two months' stay in the Rogue River Valley.
    Mrs. Ray, of Applegate, is working for Wm. Bostwick on the farm.
    Mrs. Caton was a visitor at the Armpriest farm one day last week.
    Grandma Coffman, who had her arm broken some time ago, is improving nicely.
    Frank Log has been confined to his room for some time, the effects of lifting too much.
    Our school opened April 1st, with twenty-seven scholars enrolled, and Miss Thora Smith, of Phoenix, as teacher.
    Jas. Armpriest is putting in twelve acres more of alfalfa. This product seems to be growing in favor in this locality.
    Mr. Pence was caught in a caving bank recently while working in the Sturgis mine, and received several injuries but nothing serious.
    John Winningham is operating the Dugan mine and has uncovered a lot of bedrock. We have every reason to believe that John will do well.
    Caton & Sons are running their giant on full time and moving a large amount of dirt. They are on the main creek below the junction where in early days barrels of gold were taken out. They have the water of both creeks and ought to take out plenty of money when they clean up.
    The Sunset mine owners have purchased a five-stamp mill and placed it on their lead. They have a large amount of quartz on the dump which they will commence to grind shortly. This mine has been worked under difficulties heretofore, the quartz having to be hauled eight miles to be crushed. We wish the proprietor all the prosperity and good luck possible.
    A trip to the W. R. Stansell & Co.'s mine, across the Foots Creek divide, revealed the fact that they have a rich claim. They have piped off a large amount of ground and expect to move nearly as much more before the season closes. Mr. Stansell showed us a cup full of nuggets that had been picked up there, one of which he says weighs over $40. This company has a large timber tract in connection with the mine, which they intend to operate during the coming summer. They will put a mill there with a cutting capacity of 50,000 feet per day and will build a railroad to Woodville and establish a lumber yard at that place. They will pull their logs to the mill with a stationary engine. Mr. Stansell is an experienced mill man, and we believe the enterprise will prove a great benefit to this section of the country.
Medford Mail, April 5, 1901, page 5

Forest Creek News.

    James Armpriest has some good milch cows for sale. Will take a good second-hand bicycle as part payment for a cow.
    Uncle John McKee, a former resident of this place, but now of Big Butte, was a visitor in this neighborhood last week.
    H. D. Russell has moved with his family to Jacksonville from Forest Creek, having sold his place to Wm. Smith, of Applegate.
    Mrs. Polly Knighten, who lives on the Bontrager farm, near Central Point, has been visiting her mother, Grandma Winningham, of Forest Creek.
    Rev. Hoxie, of Williams Creek, will preach at the Forest Creek school house on the first Sunday in May, at 11 o'clock a.m. All are cordially invited.
    M. Pearce has returned from Jump-Off Joe Creek, in Josephine County, where he as been engaged in mining. He reports plenty of water and some snow in that vicinity.
    Chas. Snow, of Jacksonville, was on Forest Creek last Sunday. He has a mining proposition on Jackson Creek which he thinks will materialize into something handsome in the near future.
    Frank Logg, an old and respected citizen of Forest Creek, died at his home on April 12th. Deceased was seventy-three years of age and was a native of Germany. He was buried in the Jacksonville Cemetery.
    A visit to the Caton mine a few days ago revealed the fact that they have done far better with their giant this winter than they expected. They have piped off a good lot of ground and the gravel shows up gold all through. This is one of the best mines in this section.
    W. R. Stansell, of the Rogue River Mining and Milling Company, has returned from his visit to Portland. The company has two giants at work at their mine across the Foots Creek divide, and a large amount of bedrock has been uncovered. They will operate a large sawmill there this summer and establish a lumber yard at Woodville.
    Ed. Pence and family and his brother, Minnis, have moved to Elk Creek to engage in farming and stockraising, having sold their interest in the Sunset mine to Mark Winningham and M. Vangorder. This mine has been a paying proposition, notwithstanding the inconvenience of working it, and now that they have a mill on the property it will pay much better.
    The Forest Creek Sunday school was reorganized Sunday, April 14th, and the following officers were elected: J. Winningham, superintendent; Miss Thora Smith, assistant superintendent; M. Winningham, secretary; James Armpriest, corresponding secretary; Miss Grace Pearce, treasurer; M. Vangorder, librarian. The Sunday school will meet next Sunday at 10 o'clock. All are invited to attend.
    Last Friday night, at about 9 o'clock, the quiet home of Mr. and Mrs. James Armpriest was invaded by a crowd of young people on pleasure bent. The hours were very pleasantly spent with vocal and instrumental music and various games, the evening's enjoyment being completed by a candy pulling. Those present were Misses Thora Smith, Grace Pearce, Phoebe Caton and Sarah Law, Messrs. M. Pearce, Chas. Snow, E. Pearce, A. Cook, Lewis Caton, D. Pearce, Fred Armpriest and Walter Armpriest.
Medford Mail, April 19, 1901, page 3

Forest Creek News.
    Arthur Smith is working at the Sturgis mine.
    Grain and fruit in this section of the country is all right.
    Miss Anna Matney, of Medford, visited her folks here last week.
    Our school here has organized a literary society which meets every Friday.
    J. D. Pearce & Sons have finished cleaning up their bedrock on Poorman's Creek with very satisfactory results.
    Jas. Armpriest has placed a neat tombstone at the grave of his little daughter, Blanch. The work was done by Frank Wait, of Medford.
    Rev. Hoxie, of Williams, will preach at the Forest Creek school house Sunday, May 5th. All are invited to attend. Sunday school at 10 a.m.
    Jas. Armpriest is looking after his interests on Griffin Creek this week. He is thinking of moving to Medford sometime before the year is out.
    W. H. Bostwick has purchased a twenty-acre tract of mining land of the K. K. Kubli estate and will use it for a water right to take the water to his lower mine on Bishop Creek.
    Mrs. A. McKee, who has been in Jacksonville undergoing a surgical operation for a tumor by Drs. DeBar and Reuter, has returned to her home on Applegate. At last accounts she was improving.
    The Sunset mine owners started their quartz mill again last week, and we presume they will have a steady run for several months, as they have a large amount of rock on the dump, some of which will pay $75 to the ton.
Medford Mail, May 3, 1901, page 5

Forest Creek News
    Miss Hattie Armpriest is expected home from Portland about the first of August.
    Evan Pearce has returned home from Woodville, where he has been for some time.
    Jas. Armpriest is looking after his business interests on Griffin Creek this week.
    Lewis Caton left for Klamath County a few days ago, to remain during the haying season.
    L. D. Minear and family, living near Jacksonville, were visiting Mr. and Mrs. Armpriest last Sunday.
    Quite a number of our people attended the celebration at Jacksonville on the Fourth, and all report having a good time.
    Mrs. Anna Davies has been visiting for several days with home folk on Forest Creek. Her husband, James Davies, who owns a rich placer mine on Forest Creek, is in England upon a visit to his parents.
    Rev. Hoxie, of Williams Creek, preached at the school house here last Sunday. Rev. Eby, of Jacksonville, will preach here on Sunday, July 21st, at eleven o'clock. Sunday school every Sunday at ten o'clock. All are invited to attend.
    In a recent interview with J. B. Griffin, of Josephine County, we learned that he and his brother, Richard, a former resident and miner of Idaho, are now mining on the headwaters of the north fork of Smith River, forty miles west of Grants Pass. He says they have a good placer proposition. They are now engaged in digging a ditch to get water onto it.
Medford Mail, July 12, 1901, page 5

Forest Creek News.
    Miss Hattie Armpriest returned home from Portland this week.
    Evan Pearce is working for the Broad & Reed Mining Company at present.
    Isaac Coffman has bonded his farm and mine to eastern parties for $4000.
    Mrs. I. E. Sayre, of Utah, is here looking after her mining interests on Forest Creek.
    Bert Coffman, who has been employed at the Sturgis mine, has gone to California.
   Wm. Bostwick has sold his hogs to Medford parties. The price paid was $4.60 per hundred.
    S. R. Coffman will move in a short time from his father's farm to his own place, on Bishop Creek, to reside permanently.
    James Armpriest has milch cows for sale. He also wants to lease some good stubble pasture, with water. Address him at Jacksonville, Ore.
    The owners of the Sunset mine, on Forest Creek, are driving a crosscut to tap the main ledge about seventy-five feet lower than where they have been working. They expect to strike it rich when that point is reached, which will be in a short time.
    Rev. Hoxie, of Williams, Josephine County, will preach at Forest Creek the first Sunday in each month at 11 o'clock a.m. Sunday school every Sunday at 10 o'clock. All are invited to attend.
    John Broad has struck a rich vain of quartz over on Humbug Creek, and has a force of men at work constructing a wagon road to that place. He will haul the quartz to his mill, a distance of two miles, to crush it.
Medford Mail, August 2, 1901, page 3

Forest Creek News.
    Mrs. Anna Davies was visiting with home folks last week.
    John Winningham made a business trip to Roseburg last week.
    James Davies is expected home from England about the 1st of September.
    Dan'l. Pearce has returned from Klamath County, where he has been working.
    James Armpriest was looking after his business interests on Griffin Creek last week.
    Mel Pearce has gone to San Francisco to take a course of study in civil engineering.
    Lewis Caton has returned home from Fort Klamath, where he went to work during haying.
    John Winningham expects to leave next week for Crater Lake with a party of pleasure seekers.
    We had a refreshing rain on Forest Creek on the 8th inst., which proved quite beneficial in clearing away the smoke.
    Fred and Walter Armpriest have been hauling lumber from Williams Creek to Medford, to be used in making improvements on their father's property at that place.
   James Armpriest has two or three good milch cows for sale, at from $35 to $40. Will take in exchange good wheat or two or three tons of alfalfa hay, delivered in Medford.
    The Sunset mine owners are still blasting in hard bedrock, expecting to tap their ledge from seventy-five to on hundred feet lower down than it has ever been worked before. As this ledge gave a great many tons of rock near the surface ranging from $30 to $40 to the ton, the owners think by tapping it lower down they will strike it very rich.
Medford Mail, August 16, 1901, page 5

Forest Creek News.
    Fruit is fairly good on Forest Creek though vegetables are rather scarce.
    Mrs. Clara Stewart, of Fossil, Or. is visiting her sister, Mrs. Armpriest, here.
    We learn that J. Broad will commence soon to crush ore from his Oregon Bell mine.
    Fred and Walter Armpriest are hauling wood from their father's timber land on Griffin Creek to Medford.
    J. D. Pearce and family and Rev. and Mrs. Hoxie will start in a few days for the huckleberry patch on Rogue River.
    Fred and Walter Armpriest moved sixty head of hogs from Forest Creek to a pasture near Central Point last week.
    In an interview with Jacob Parks, a farmer of Little Applegate, we learn that the potato crop is very short in that section.
    We believe there would be an opening for a good teacher to secure a school on Forest Creek by applying to the directors soon.
    Lee Caton and family will leave for the huckleberry patch on Rogue River this week. He will be accompanied by his father.
    The Sunset mine owners are still blasting in hard bedrock to tap their lead lower down, though they had not succeeded at last accounts.
    Miss Hattie Armpriest has been visiting with her sister, Mrs. Anna Davies. She is now with her parents on Forest Creek and will return to Portland on Saturday's train.
    The company that bonded the Isaac Coffman farm and mine for $4000 failed to materialize. This is a good opening for some enterprising business man to invest in a paying proposition.
    W. R. Stansell, the milling and mining man across the divide, tells me he has purchased the Lucky Queen mine and that he is running a tunnel to tap the ledge lower down and is expecting to strike it any day. He has a force of men at work on his mill site.
    John Atterberry, a former resident of Forest Creek, but now of Siskiyou County, Calif., is back on business. He reports that business is booming near there in the mines and also in dairying, there being at the present time about 500 cows being milked in and around Fort Jones.
Medford Mail, August 30, 1901, page 5

Forest Creek News.
    Jas. Armpriest has milch cows with young calves for sale.
    Lee Caton and family and others of Forest Creek have returned from the huckleberry patch.
    Jas. Davies, the Forest Creek mining man who has been sojourning in England, is expected home soon.
    John Winningham, one of our most respected citizens, has taken up a homestead on Elk Creek and will soon move there.
    Miss Hattie Armpriest, who has been visiting friends and relatives in Southern Oregon, has returned to her home in Portland.
    Several capitalists have been looking at mining property in this section of the country during the past few weeks, with a view to locating.
    Jas. Armpriest has purchased a field of corn of J. H. Bellinger and is engaged in gathering the same to be used in feeding hogs for the market.
    Our school has commenced, with Miss Lelah Anderson for teacher. The attendance is smaller than usual, owing to the fact that quite a number of the pupils are yet away rusticating, and a great many will be retained at home until the fall work is completed.
   The Sunset mine owners are still engaged in blasting. They have struck a spur of the main ledge seventy-five feet below the old works, which they think will develop into a much larger lead than they have ever had before, and the seam appears to be very rich.
Medford Mail, September 27, 1901, page 3

Forest Creek News.

    A. W. Sturgis and family are attending the carnival in Portland.
    Lee Caton was purchasing winter supplies in Jacksonville one day last week.
    Mrs. Wm. Bostwick is visiting relatives and friends at Talent this week.
    James Armpriest sold twenty head of fine hogs to Medford buyers last week.
    Born--On Forest Creek, September 26, 1901, to Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Smith, a son.
    Charles Bond and Mark Winningham have gone on a hunting trip to the headwaters of Elk Creek.
    Grandma Dunlap has returned to her home on Bishop Creek after a two weeks' stay in our neighborhood.
    James Davies, the mining man, has returned from his visit to England, and is now preparing for the winter's work at his mine.
    John Winningham has resigned his office as school clerk of this district, and Fred Sturgis has been appointed to fill the vacancy.
    Our school is progressing nicely under the management of Miss Lelah Anderson, of Phoenix. The average attendance is about sixteen.
    Rev. Hoxie will not be here again until the first Sunday in November. He is now at Salem, where he went to attend the German Baptist Conference.
Medford Mail, October 11, 1901, page 5

Forest Creek News.
    John Horn, of Galls Creek, was visiting relatives here recently.
    J. Pearce & Son are making a number of improvements on their mine.
    Newt. Lewis, of Star Gulch, will be foreman of the Sturgis mine this winter.
    John Winningham has purchased a sawmill on Elk Creek and has moved thereto.
    Mark Winningham and Robert Bond are working at the Kubli mine, on Galls Creek.
    Road Supervisor Bostwick has been doing some good work on the roads in this section.
    Jas. Armpriest has purchased 3500 pounds of potatoes of Jas. Buckley, paying $1.25 per hundred for them.
    Jas. Davies is putting his hydraulic mine on the right-hand fork in good shape, preparatory to the winter's run.
    J. W. McIntyre and Alex. Orme have located a quartz claim in this section and will commence development work soon.
    Jas. Armpriest has good milch cows with young calves for sale, price $40. Inquire at residence in Medford, or ranch on Forest Creek.
    Mr. Womic, a former resident and miner on this creek, who has been in California for several years, has returned, and will mine here this winter.
    Mrs. T. Knighten was taken to the county hospital last week for treatment for an abscess in her side. She was in critical condition at last accounts.
    Wm. Bostwick and Ed. Smith, who have the Vickroy mine rented, have been getting wood and arranging for their winter's run. They had a fine cleanup last spring, and if there is plenty of water this winter they will undoubtedly have a much larger cleanup next spring.
    Miss Hattie Armpriest writes from Portland that she was never quite so delighted as when she received a box of large Spitzenberg apples from her parents, who reside on Forest Creek. She says they were much nicer than any she saw at the exposition in Portland this fall.
Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 5

Forest Creek News.
    Mrs. Ida Sturgis has entirely recovered from her recent illness.
    Fred Armpriest made a business trip to Medford one day last week.
    Stock is doing well on the range in this section of the country this winter.
    Bert Coffman has returned from California and is working for A. W. Sturgis.
    A. W. Sturgis has the finest field of wheat on the old McKee place that has ever been grown there.
    Grandma Coffman has been quite poorly this winter, having been confined to her bed most of the time.
    J. H. Herriford and others are cutting 100 cords of wood for Jas. Armpriest, on his Griffin Creek timber land.
    John Broad, of the Oregon Belle mine, reports that they are taking out a large amount of the yellow metal this winter.
    James Davies has been moving some dirt at his mine on the right-hand fork of Forest Creek, although he has a limited supply of water.
    Miss Hattie Armpriest writes to her parents from Portland that she is well and will probably visit Southern Oregon again this summer.
    No work is being done at the Smith & Stansell mine this winter, the operator having moved to Foots Creek to work in the Black Channel mine.
    Charles Snow and D. J. Pearce and sons have two giants ready to run, but their water supply is limited. This mine paid well last winter and will undoubtedly do so again if they can get plenty of water.
    The Sunset mine owners are still successfully working their lead. Mr. Winningham stated some time ago that they had struck an immensely rich deposit of quartz, but whether it was a spur or the main ledge they were then unable to determine.
    Ira Coffman, who discovered the rich quartz ledge now known as the Oregon Belle and who sold it for a nominal sum, says he made a mistake in selling it. He thinks he is now on the track of another rich lead near where Mel Horn took out a rich pocket last spring.
Medford Mail, February 7, 1902, page 5

Forest Creek News.
    Mr. Copple, of Ruch, expects to go to Iowa on a visit soon.
    F. Caton, recently from Idaho, is working for A. W. Sturgis.
    We are sorry to chronicle that Grandma Coffman is still quite ill.
    Walter Armpriest has a full-blooded rat terrier dog imported from the East.
    A. W. Sturgis has been working a force of men at his mine day and night since the late rains.
    Mr. Armpriest, the capitalist, has been over on Griffin Creek surveying his timber land recently.
    Mrs. Polly Knighten has been having a serious time with rheumatism for several months, we are sorry to learn.
    Fred and Walter Armpriest are running their father's farm while Mr. and Mrs. Armpriest are temporarily residing in Medford.
    Messrs. Bostwick & Smith, of the Vickroy mine, are having a steady run and are removing a vast amount of dirt and gravel.
    Lost--On Forest Creek, a five-month-old calf; color, red; no mark. Finder please return to same to owner, Jas. Armpriest, and receive pay for his trouble.
    Lee Caton, of the right-hand fork, with the new facilities and advantages of more pressure through larger ditches, will undoubtedly make a fine cleanup in the spring.
    Ira Coffman, the Forest Creek pocket hunter, has dislodged twenty ounces of fine gold in a pocket on Dumpy Gulch. Ira says there is plenty more of it there which he expects to get in a short time.
    The Sunset mine owners have struck a rich deposit of free-milling quartz which goes $40 to the ton. This is on the main ledge and 125 feet from the surface. they are blasting out the quartz from the solid rock.
    Mr. McDonald, a miner on the right-hand fork, met with quite an accident recently by a bank caving in and covering up both his legs. He was extricated from the heap by a man who happened to be passing, and escaped with nothing more serious than several bruises.
Medford Mail, March 7, 1902, page 5

Forest Creek News.
(Received too late for last week.)
    Mr. and Mrs. Cal. Pence, of Elk Creek, were visiting relatives on Forest Creek recently.
    Lee Caton is making a good run in his mine this season and has fair prospects for a good cleanup.
    Mr. Breeding, of Ruch, has been prospecting for quartz in these parts and reports finding some good ore.
    Mr. Comstock is making some improvement on the old Kitchen place, preparing it for his future home.
    Isaac Coffman has a brother here from Portland visiting him. He expects to remain several months for the benefit of his health.
    Freeland Caton left recently for Stockton, Los Angeles and other California points. He may go to New Mexico before returning.
    S. R. Coffman is the Republican nominee for road supervisor in this precinct, and let us all vote for him regardless of party, for he certainly is the right man in the right place.
    Joshua Caton and family are making preparations to move to Idaho, where they expect to remain permanently. The best wishes of this entire community go with these good people.
    Our district school is progressing nicely under the efficient management of Miss Thora Smith, of Phoenix. The district is to be congratulated for having secured the services of so able and accomplished an instructor.
    Wm. Bostwick is making satisfactory progress at his mine and expects to clean up about half an acre of bedrock, which will undoubtedly pay well. Himself and partner, Ed. Smith, have been doing all the work.
    E. Pearce informs us that they have been doing some very progressive work in their mine this winter and spring owing to the two large giants they have had in operation. They will perhaps clean up more of the yellow metal than in former times.
    Jas. Armpriest:--"Yes, I have fine prospects for lots of fruit this year. My peach and prune trees are loaded with blooms, and if Jack Frost keeps shy I will have an abundant crop. Say, I wish you would tell your readers that I have a good, heavy work horse that I would like to trade for a brood mare. Would prefer one not very old."
    Grandma and Grandpa Caton gave a good old-fashioned dance at their home on the night of April 22nd. The majority of the neighborhood were present, and to say they enjoyed themselves does not half express it. Young and old alike danced until a late hour, when all departed, voting it the jolliest time of the season. The music was furnished by Messrs. Danl. Pearce, Ira Coffman and Fred Armpriest.
    A Sunday school was organized here April 20th, and the following officers were selected: Superintendent, J. D. Pearce; assistant superintendent, Miss Thora Smith; secretary, Miss Grace Pearce; librarian, Miss Smith; treasurer, Mrs. J. R. Armpriest; intermediate, Mrs. Armpriest; junior, Miss Smith. The school meets every Sunday at 10 o'clock. Everybody cordially invited to attend.
Medford Mail, May 9, 1902, page 5

Forest Creek News.
    Grandma Coffman is still confined to her bed most of the time.
    Miss Thora Smith was visiting Mrs. Armpriest one day last week.
    Mrs. Snider, of Talent, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Bostwick, of Forest Creek.
    Mr. Bleecher recently sold to M. F. Hanley fifty head of cattle, ranging from yearlings up, for $23 per head.
    Wm. Ray, an old and highly respected citizen of Applegate, has been confined to his room by ill health for some time.
    George Smith, who has been working at the Sturgis mine, will leave soon for his home at Big Butte, to remain permanently.
    Mrs. Nettie Adams, who has been visiting her uncle, James Armpriest, and family, has returned to her home at Portland.
    Jas. Armpriest and Fred Sturgis have been rounding up and vaccinating their cattle to protect them against blackleg, there having been a few cases of that disease in this section.
    Miss Hattie Armpriest is still in Portland, where she is clerking in a store. She likes that city quite well, but says she has a longing for Southern Oregon and the big red apples.
    There will be no Sunday school or preaching here next Sunday, on account of the Dunkard love feast at Talent, as quite a number of people from here wish to attend the services at that place.
    Mr. Meier, a partner in the McIntyre & Orme quartz mine, reports that they are down about 100 feet and are taking out some very rich ore. They are now running a tunnel and will put in a track.
    Jas. Davies made a very satisfactory cleanup at his mine this spring. He is now assisting Mr. McDonald with his cleanup.
    J. D. Pearce & Sons have been piping steadily with their two large giants ever since the water came last fall, and have moved a large amount of dirt. They expect to make a good cleanup.
    The Sunset mine owners have had quite an amount of ore crushed at the Orme mill, the result being $17 to the ton; besides there is enough gold in the sulphurets to pay for shipping it to the smelter. They have a well-defined ledge of this ore.
    Wm. Bostwick and Ed Smith, who are working the Vickroy mine, have been piping steadily and have made a large clearance, notwithstanding they have had many large boulders to contend with, which necessitated the use of giant powder. They estimate their cleanup at $2000.
Medford Mail, May 16, 1902, page 5

Forest Creek News.
    Fred Armpriest was trading in Medford last week.
    Cool weather and crops growing nicely at this writing.
    Floyd Pearce and family are expected home from Idaho soon.
    Evan Pearce is working for Miles Cantrall, on the Devlin farm.
    A brother of Mark Winningham is here from Douglas County on a visit.
    James Davies visited the hydraulic mine on Jump-off Joe Creek recently.
    James Armpriest has for sale some good cows, with young calves, for $35 and\up.
    W. H. Bostwick, our road supervisor, has been doing some excellent work on the roads lately.
    Rev. Hoxie, of Williams, Josephine County, preached at the school house here last Sunday.
    There will be Sunday school at the usual hour next Sunday. All are cordially invited to attend.
    The Oregon Belle mine is running a force of men day and night and is milling a large amount of ore.
    Mrs. Jennie Elliott, of Central Point, Mrs. J. D. Pearce and Miss Grace Pearce were visiting Mrs. Armpriest last Sunday.
    We understand that A. W. Sturgis has laid bare more bedrock than he will be able to clean up during the entire summer.
    Wm. Bostwick and Ed Smith, who are operating the Vickroy mine, report that it will take them another month to clean up. They have a large amount of gold in sight.
    As a farming and fruit-growing district Forest Creek is in the front rank. Wm. Bostwick has barley that is falling down, while James Armpriest's fruit will have to be thinned one-half on account of the excessive growth.
Medford Mail, June 20, 1902, page 3

Forest Creek News.
    Robert Bond is working at the Oregon Belle mine.
    Fred Armpriest is in Medford hauling wood on his father's contracts.
    Floyd Pearce and family are again residents of Forest Creek after a year's absence in Idaho.
    Fred Sturgis recently sold six head of beef cattle, ranging from yearlings up, to a Jacksonville buyer, at $36 per head.
    As quite a number of our people are away on an outing, it has been decided to postpone our Sunday school for an indefinite period.
    James Davies and family have gone on an outing to Klamath Falls. They may go as far as Lakeview before returning home.
    Rev. Hoxie will not fill his appointment here on the third Sunday of this month, as he desires to attend the meetings on Elk Creek.
    James Armpriest has seven head of fine steers for sale, also a number of hogs for fattening. Address him at Jacksonville or call at ranch on Forest Creek.
    Wm. Bostwick, on the Vickroy place, has about twenty-five acres of wheat and barley, mostly wheat, that he thinks will easily yield 700 or 800 bushels.
    Harvest is over in this section except threshing. The grain crop promises a good yield. Alfalfa has made two good crops and with irrigation will make another.
    John Winningham was down from Elk Creek recently visiting his brother, Mark. He reports that the Dunkards will begin a series of meetings at that place on August 10th.
    Last Sunday the always hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. James Armpriest was visited by several of the good neighbors. A fine dinner was served, and the day was very pleasantly spent in social chat.
Medford Mail, August 8, 1902, page 3

Forest Creek Items.
    D. Winningham has returned to Roseburg, his former home.
    The Orme quartz mill has been moved from Forest Creek to lower Applegate.
    Wm. Bostwick has leased the Vickroy farm and mine, and will do farming and mining as usual.
    Messrs. Broad and Reed, the Forest Creek miners, have gone on an outing to Crater Lake and Pelican Bay.
    A. W. Sturgis and family have returned from their short outing on Applegate.
    The families of D. J. and Floyd Pearce will go on an outing to the huckleberry patch on Rogue River.
    Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Kirk, of Cottage Grove, are expected here soon upon a visit to James Armpriest and family.
    We understand that Dugan & Co., of San Francisco, will fit up and operate their placer mine the coming winter.
    We are informed that Miles Cantrall and Offenbacher Bros. have purchased a new thresher to run on Applegate this season.
Medford Mail, August 29, 1902, page 3

Forest Creek News.
    Hop picking is finished on Applegate. The crop was a fairly good one.
    The people who went from here to the huckleberry patch have all returned home, loaded down with that luscious fruit.
    J. Broad and family have returned from their outing at Pelican Bay. They report many sightseers in that section.
    D. J. S. Pearce and sons will operate their two large giants this winter. They anticipate a good cleanup in the spring.
    Mr. and Mrs. Ed Russell have returned from Siskiyou County, California, and will again become residents of Forest Creek.
    Church services were held here on the second Sunday of this month. The appointment will be filled regularly each month.
    Lee Caton expects to operate his hydraulic plant on the right-hand fork this winter. Lee is a steady worker and deserves success.
    James Davies and family have returned from their quite extended visit to Lakeview. They came home by the Rogue River route.
    E. P. Vickroy has returned from a visit to Yreka, Calif. He has leased his farm and mine on Forest Creek to Wm. Bostwick for another year.
    James Armpriest has forty-six head of hogs in pasture on the Herron place, two miles south of Medford, which he will sell. Address him at Jacksonville.
    The quartz mill at the Oregon Belle mine has been undergoing repairs for the past month. Previous to this work they took out a large amount of very rich ore.
Medford Mail, September 19, 1902, page 5

Forest Creek News.
    Mr. Bowles has rented the Mushett place for another year.
    J. D. Pearce and son, Evan, have gone up on Elk Creek to prospect.
    Lee Caton and family have returned from their trip up Rogue River.
    Mrs. Floyd Pearce has been quite ill at her father's home, near Eagle Point.
    Mark Winningham has gone to Gold Hill to work for the light and power co.
    Mr. and Mrs. Minear, of Griffin Creek, drove over to church at this place last Sunday.
    James Armpriest has removed his beef cattle from the Mushett place on Applegate to the Ish farm, near Medford.
    J. A. Kirk and wife have returned to their home at Cottage Grove, after a week's visit with Mr. and Mrs. Armpriest.
    Our district school commenced on the 13th. There has been a delay in securing a teacher. Our fall term usually begins six weeks earlier.
    Ray Nininger, of Ashland, conducted services at our school house last Sunday. Rev. Hoxie, of Williams, was also present and gave us a short talk.
    We are in receipt of a letter from attorney J. A. Jeffrey, of Salem, stating that he would like to trade property that he owns on Applegate for city property in Medford.
Medford Mail, October 17, 1902, page 5

Forest Creek News.
    Miss Eva Cook, of Butte Creek, is attending school on Forest Creek.
    County Superintendent Daily visited our school one day last week.
    Fred Sturgis and party have returned from their hunting trip on Applegate.
    Mark Winningham is now in the employ of the smelting company at Keswick, Calif.
    Mrs. Polly Knighten has gone to Tacoma, Washington, to visit her sister, Mrs. Houghton.
    James Davies, who has been on a hunting trip up in the Elk Creek country, has returned home.
    We understand that a Mr. Taylor, of Galls Creek, will move onto the Carter place in the near future.
    A. W. Sturgis is moving pipe and making preparations for mining in a different place the coming winter.
    Broad & Reed, the owners of the Oregon Belle mine, have been taking out some very rich ore of late.
    Our fall term of school is progressing nicely under the efficient management of Miss Tillie Hooks, of Jacksonville.
    Mr. Crippen is here in the interest of a Tacoma company prospecting for quartz. We understand he has struck a rich lead across the divide, on Humbug Creek.
    Dugan & Co., of San Francisco, will work their mine again this winter. They will put on a force of men and operate the plant with more zeal than ever before.
    Chris Martin, of Grants Pass, has been moving pipe from the hydraulic co.'s plant, on Forest Creek, to their mine on Jump-off Joe, to use during the coming winter.
    James Armpriest recently sold thirty-five head of hogs to W. H. Gore for five cents per pound, gross weight. He also sold nine head of two-year-old steers to Medford buyers for $289.
Medford Mail, November 14, 1902, page 5

Forest Creek News.
    Mark Winningham has returned from Keswick, Calif.
    Mr. and Mrs. Armpriest were in Medford last week upon business.
    Sadie Sturgis is attending school in Medford during the winter months.
    John Horn is back again on Forest Creek, and is stopping with his brother.
    George Smith, of Big Butte, is working at the A. W. Sturgis mine this winter.
    W. R. Stansell, of Jacksonville, was here one day last week looking after his mining interests.
    Ed. Russell and family have moved to the Dugan mine, where he will work during the winter.
    Joseph Coffman is expected to arrive here daily to take charge of his father's affairs, that gentleman being in quite poor health.
    Dugan & Son, of San Francisco, are operating their hydraulic mine on upper Forest Creek. They have a force of men now at work.
    Our school is continue until about the first of the year. The teacher, Miss Tilla Hooks, drives from Jacksonville to her school each day in spite of the inclement weather and muddy roads.
    Jas. Armpriest has several head of cattle missing from the range. They are marked with a crop in left ear and split in right, also branded "J.A." on hip. Anyone knowing their whereabouts will please write him at Jacksonville.
Medford Mail, December 19, 1902, page 5

Forest Creek News.

    Stock of all kinds are doing well on the range.
    Claud Comstock is working at the Dugan mine.
    Fall wheat is coming up with prospects for a good crop.
    Buckley Bros. are feeding 75 head of beef for the winter market.
    A. W. Sturgis will operate two large giants on his placer mine during the winter.
    The New York and Western Mining Company are doing development work on the Oregon Belle.
    Lee Caton was cleaning up at last accounts. We presume he will be through before snow flies again.
    D. J. Pearce and sons will operate their plant on the north fork of Poorman's Creek this winter.
    James Armpriest sent two barrels of sauerkraut and a load of fat hogs to the Medford market last week.
    Robert McGill is here from San Francisco to superintend the Dugan mine on the upper creek. They will commence operations soon.
    Fred Sturgis and Bert Coffman have a contract widening the ditch and cleaning out the reservoir for the Tacoma Company.
    Fred Armpriest has been helping James Davies on the right-hand fork of Forest Creek, to set pipe and otherwise fix up his mine, preparatory to the winter run.
    E. J. Spalding, manager of the Tacoma mine, has moved one of his large pipes, a giant, to a point down the creek, and will operate on the high bank on the north side during the coming winter.
    Wm. Bostwick and Ira Coffman are moving pipe and setting flume lower down the creek. They will move a large amount of dirt this winter, as they will have a great deal more pressure in the new place. The ground prospects fully as well as before.
    The miners of this section are all busy fixing up their plants, preparing for a long winter's run. Snow fell on the 14th of November six inches deep, followed by ten days steady rain. Streams were swollen almost like midwinter, and miners could have been piping, had they been ready.
Medford Mail, December 4, 1903, page 7

Forest Creek News.

    Fred Sturgis is working at the Olmstead mine.
    E. J. Spalding is operating two giants at the hydraulic mine.
    Walter Armpriest was riding after cattle in the Kanes Creek section last week.
    John Winningham, of Elk Creek, has been visiting on Forest Creek quite frequently of late.
    The New York & Western Mining Company was doing development work at last accounts.
    We understand that H. D. Kubli and Buckley Bros. are each feeding about two hundred head of stock cattle.
    W. H. Johnson, a stock man of Humbug, was in these parts during the snow storm. He was looking after his cattle.
    Stock in these parts is looking fairly well; but it has been necessary to do some feeding during the recent cold spell.
    McIntire & Vangorder are busily engaged taking out ore at their quartz proposition near the junction of Poorman and Forest creeks.
    James Davis has purchased 320 acres of land on Elk Creek, joining DeCarlow’s place. We understand he intends to move there to reside.
    McGill and Comstock are operating the Dugan mine on the upper creek with one pipe. We presume the water is quite limited up there.
    Wm. Bostwick and Ira Coffman are operating the Vickroy mine. Although we have not been at the mine for some time, we believe they are doing good work.
    Lee Caton is working his plant with a limited supply of water, but getting off some ground just the same. Lee deserves great credit for his untiring energy and perseverance.
    John Nelson and family, of Jacksonville, have moved to the Coffman place. This is another move toward the prosperity of the neighborhood school, as they have several children.
    D. J. S. Pearce and sons are operating their plant on a tributary of the main creek. This gulch abounds with nuggets ranging from two to forty dollars. Mr. Pearce stated to your correspondent some weeks ago that they had already picked up about $40 in small nuggets.
    Olmstead & Company, on the lower creek, is running day and night. They are operating two giants. They also use steam power to operate the large derrick, and have electric lights for night work. This seems to be a progressive company, and we wish them success in their enterprise.
Medford Mail, January 29, 1904, page 7

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