The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Medford Business Directory 1901-02

The many discontinuities from year to year suggest that listing in this directory was by subscription; don't assume that a business' absence from this listing is necessarily evidence of its absence from Medford.

MEDFORD. Jackson County, incorporated as a city in [1885], in the Rogue River Valley, on Bear Creek, 328 miles south of Portland, 443 north of San Francisco, and 5 east of Jacksonville, the county seat, on the Southern Pacific railway, settled in 1884. Contains Christian, Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist Episcopal and Methodist Episcopal South, Presbyterian and Catholic churches, public school, opera house seating 600, water works, fire department, electric light plant, three newspapers--Enquirer (Democrat, weekly), Medford Mail (Republican, weekly) and Pacific Rural World (semi-monthly), two banks and the Medford roller mill, capacity 100 bbls. The Hotel Nash is a prominent institution. A distillery, brewery, two planing mills and a saw mill are located here. Annual rainfall 20 to 40 inches, averaging about 26 inches. Among the leading placer mines in the vicinity is the Sterling mine, which yields from $60,000 to $100,000 annually. Another industry of Medford is the Sugar Pine Company, which at present is hauling 100,000 feet of sugar pine lumber per week 35 miles with a large traction engine, averaging 24,000 feet each trip. Water canal ten feet on the bottom and sixteen feet on top is now being surveyed from Butte Creek and Fish Lake; when finished will be about 45 miles long, to furnish power and water for Medford. The land is fertile, suited to grain and fruit. Shipments, flour, fruit and livestock; quartz and placer mining extensively carried on. Population 2,500. Telegraph Pacific Post and Western Union. Express Wells Fargo & Co. Mail daily. George F. Merriman, postmaster.

Robert F. Anderson, restaurant.
Angle & Plymale Opera House, Angle & Plymale, proprietors.
Ira L. Arnold, dentist.
Frederick Barneburg, cattle breeder.
William Barnum, manager and agent, RRVRR Co.

Bates Bros. (James W. and William), barbers.

Beek & Co. (John Beek, John H. Norris), hardware.
ALBERT S. BLITON, Publisher, The Medford Mail.
JOHN E. BODGE, Merchant Tailor.
Boyden & Nicholson (Henry E. Boyden, Horace G. Nicholson), hardware.
Thomas Brooks, tinsmith.
Robert T. Burnett, dentist.
Basil N. Butler, watchmaker.
ALVIN H. CHESSMORE, Publisher, Pacific Rural World.
Childers Bros. (Albert and Eugene), brick manufacturers.
Howard M. Coss, pianos.
George Coulter, painter.
Cox & Perry (D. True Cox, James A. Perry), warehouse.
Franklin L. Cranfill, general merchandise.
William S. Crowell, lawyer.
Major S. Damon, bill poster.
ANSIL A. DAVIS, President, Sugar Pine Co.
(Ansil A. Davis, William J. Virgin) Proprietors, Medford Roller Mills.
George L. Davis, grocer.
D. L. Day, painter.
F. K. Deuel & Co. (Fred K. Deuel, Wilton B. Stevens), dry goods.
Erick C. Doeck, wagonmaker.
Elmer D. Elwood, jeweler.
Jacob R. Erford, notary.
George T. Faucett, agent, Wells Fargo & Co.
Joseph C. Ferguson, grocer.
Jesse L. Fischer, restaurant.
FRANCIS FITCH, Attorney at Law.
Lewellyn C. Fleming, restaurant.
Milton M. Gault, machinist.
Herbert L. Gilkey, cashier, Jackson County Bank.
Emerson E. Gore, fruit grower.
Gray & Bradbury (Robert W. Gray, Noah B. Bradbury), planing mill.
George A. Gurnea, notions.
ISAIAH L. HAMILTON, Proprietor, Hotel Nash.
HAMMOND, & NARREGAN (Austin S. Hammond, Lynden C. Narregan), Lawyers and Abstracters.
Hammond & Narregan ad, 1901 Polk's
John R. Hardin, barber.
George H. Haskins, druggist.
Albert M. Helms, saloon.
Hicks & Walker (Elmer A. Hicks, Arthur H. Walker), marble works.
HOTEL NASH, Isaiah L. Hamilton, Proprietor.
Hotel Nash, 1901 Polk's
H. H. Howard & Co. (Harry H. Howard, Mrs. E. D. Fellows), grocers.
James S. Howard, surveyor.
Hubbard Bros. (Asahel C. and Fortunatus), farm implements.
Hutchison & Lumsden (Clarence I. Hutchison, Harold U. Lumsden), general merchandise.
William F. Isaacs, cigars.
JACKSON COUNTY BANK (Capital $50,000), William I. Vawter, President; Herbert L. Gilkey, Cashier.
Proprietor, Union Livery Stables.
Garl T. Jones, county surveyor.
Jones & Shearer (Walter S. Jones, Jacob E. Shearer), physicians.
William T. Kame, notions and shoes.
Karnes & Ritter (Duff G. Karnes, James F. Ritter), cigars.
James M. Keene, dentist.
Jacob Keets, feed stables.
William J. King, saloon.
George Kurtz, cigar manufacturer.
Denison T. Lawton, notary.
William V. Lippincott, agent, Southern Pacific Co. and Western Union Telegraph Co.
Frederick Luy, barber.
William McCauley, restaurant.
William H. McGowan, crockery.
George W. Mackey, photographer.
Henry C. Mackey, photographer.
Horace Mann, publisher, Medford Enquirer.
Medford Bank (capital $50,000), Joseph H. Stewart, president; Jesse E. Enyart, cashier.
Medford Brewing Co., Elias Merc, president and manager, brewers and ice manufacturers.
MEDFORD COMMERCIAL CLUB, William T. York, President; J. W. Lawton, Sec.
Medford Distillery & Refining Co. (Mrs. M. G. and B. Paul Theiss).
Medford Electric Light Plant, Jacob R. Erford, superintendent.
Medford Enquirer, Horace Mann, publisher.
MEDFORD MAIL WEEKLY (Republican), Albert S. Bliton, Publisher.
MEDFORD ROLLER MILLS, A. A. Davis & Co., Proprietors.
Medford Roller Mills, 1901 Polk's
Miss H. A. Medynski, millinery.
W. H. Meeker & Co. (William H. and Julius Meeker, Edwin Brown), dry goods.
George F. Merriman, blacksmith.
David H. Miller, hardware.
Mitchell, Lewis & Staver Co. (Portland), D. T. Lawton, manager, farm implements.
Thomas H. Moore, grocer.
Harry B. Myers, jeweler.
LYNDEN C. NARREGAN (Hammond & Narregan), Attorney at Law and Notary Public.
Arthur C. Nicholson, carpenter.
John W. Odgers, dentist.
J. Edward Olson, saw mill.
Wilbur L. Orr, planing mill.
Fred Osenbrugge, carriages.
Pacific Postal Telegraph & Cable Co., Miss Carrie George, manager, Hotel Nash.
PACIFIC RURAL WORLD, Alvin H. Chessmore, Publisher.
Pacific Rural World ad, 1901 Polk's
Charles W. Palm, real estate.
Mrs. C. W. Palm, millinery.
Palm-Whitman-Palm Co. (Charles W. and George F. Palm, J. Albert Whitman), cigar manufacturers.
William H. Parker, lawyer
Samuel S. Pentz, lawyer.
W. Estill Phipps, lawyer
E. Barton Pickel, physician.
Mahlon Purdin, notary.
Ray & Long (Joseph H. Ray, Clark R. Long), wall paper.
Ray & Marcy (Archy D. Ray, Milton H. Marcy), blacksmiths.
Rogue River Valley Railroad Co., William Barnum, manager and agent.
Simeon Rosenthal, clothing.
CARL B. ROSTEL, Dealer in Imported and Domestic Wines, Liquors and Cigars.
Edwin Russ, nursery.
William H. Simmons, second-hand goods.
Robert T. Simpson, carpenter.
FREDERICK S. SLAGLE, Merchant Tailor.
Alonzo Slover, drayman.
John W. Smith, fruit grower.
Tennessee Smith, fruit grower.
CHARLES P. SNELL, Attorney at Law and Notary.
C. P. Snell ad, 1901 Polk's
Southern Oregon Pork Packing Co. William H. Bradshaw, president; William Ulrich, secretary and manager; meats.
George W. Stephenson, physician.
Francis M. Stewart, real estate.
JAMES STEWART, Justice of the Peace, Insurance Agent and Collections.
Charles Strang, druggist.
SUGAR PINE CO., A. A. Davis, President and Manager, Lumber Manufacturers.
Albert C. Tayler, shoes.
John G. Taylor, harnessmaker.
Charles E. Tull, livery.
UNION LIVERY STABLES, Edward B. Jennings, Proprietor.
Union Livery Stables ad, 1901 Polk's
U.S. Board Pension Examiners, J. B. Wait, president; W. S. Jones, secretary.
John G. Van Dyke, dry goods and shoes.
WILLIAM I. VAWTER, Lawyer and President, Jackson County Bank.
Gordon Voorhies, fruit grower.
Frank W. Wait, marble works.
John B. Wait, physician.
Warner & Wortman (Edward N. Warner, Harry G. Wortman), grocers.
George L. Webb, notions.
Isaac A. Webb, furniture.
Arthur Weeks, fruit grower.
Weeks Bros. (John and Frederick), furniture.
Wells Fargo & Co., George T. Faucett, agent.
Wells & Shearer (Arthur Wells, H. G. Shearer), draymen.
Western Union Telegraph Co., W. V. Lippincott, manager.
J. Albert Whitman, fruit shipper.
J. D. Whitman, fruit grower.
Orin W. Whitman, books.
John T. Wiley, second-hand goods.
Edward Wilkinson, meats.
Frank M. Wilson, baker.
John R. Wilson, blacksmith.
Alonzo M. Woodford, flour and feed.
Wallace Woods, lumber.
YORK & WORTMAN (William T. York, Harry G. Wortman), Real Estate, Mining, Loans and Insurance.
York & Worman ad, 1901 Polk's
R. L. Polk & Co.'s Oregon, Washington and Alaska Gazetteer and Business Directory 1901-02,
page 225     Names inverted and abbreviations spelled out to facilitate searching.

Last revised November 25, 2011