The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Medford Business Directory 1905-06

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. Population 3,000. Jackson County. Settled in 1884, incorporated as a city in [1885], in the Rogue River Valley, on Bear Creek and the Southern Pacific railway, 328 miles south of Portland, 443 north of San Francisco, and 5 east of Jacksonville, the county seat. 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, two newspapers--Medford Mail (Republican, weekly),  Southern Oregonian (Independent, semi-weekly), two banks, the Medford roller mill, capacity 100 bbls.; the Hotel Nash is a prominent institution; a distillery, brewery and two planing mills. The Iowa Lumber Co. have their mills and factories here, and give employment to a large number of men. Annual rainfall 20 to 30 inches, averaging about 25 inches. Among the leading placer mines in the vicinity is the Sterling mine, which yields from $60,000 to $100,000 annually. A water canal ten feet on the bottom and sixteen feet on top is now being constructed from Butte Creek and Fish Lake, which is about half completed and 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 is extensively carried on. Telegraph Pacific Post and Western Union. Express Wells Fargo & Co. Mail daily. Alonzo M. Woodford, postmaster.

Robert F. Anderson, restaurant.
Angle Opera House, William Angle, proprietor.
William Angle, proprietor, Angle Opera House.
Frederick Barneburg, stock breeder.
Barneburg & CO. (John Barneburg), meats.

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

John Beek, hardware.
Albert S. Bliton, publisher, Medford Mail and U.S. commissioner.
John E. Bodge, tailor.
Henry E. Boyden, hardware.
Noah B. Bradbury, planing mill.
Mrs. Martha Brookes, tinsmith.
Brown & Crystal (Lewis Brown, Carl J. Crystal), grocers.
Henry S. Brumble, drayman.
Louis Bundy, dentist.
Basil N. Butler, jeweler.
Harry M. Butler, osteopath.
Warren L. Cameron, physician.
Mack C. Campbell, baker and confectioner.
J. H. Chambers, lumber.
Childers Bros. (Albert and Eugene), brick manufacturers.
Church Bros. (Howard B., Milton and George H.), bakers.
Colvig & Cannon (William M. Colvig, Anderson M. Cannon), lawyers.
Howard M. Coss, pianos.
George Coulter, janitor.
Frank L. Cranfill, general merchandise.
A. A. Davis, proprietor, Medford Roller Mills.
D. L. Day, painter.
F. K. Deuel & Co. (Fred K. Deuel), general merchandise.
Eads & Son (John T. and George H.), second-hand goods.
William W. Eifert, tailor
Eisenhart & McCown (Albert Eisenhart, Malcolm McCown), restaurant.
Elmer D. Elwood, jeweler.
William Forsythe, bill poster.
Gault & Cook (Milton M. Gault,William Cook), proprietors, Medford Iron Works.
Gilbert & Sackett (Mrs. O. Gilbert, Lila Sackett), notions.
Thomas J. Goodwyn, grocer.
Emerson E. Gore, fruit grower.
EDWIN L. GORSLINE, Planing Mill and Lumber.
Local Manager, Iowa Lumber & Box Co.
Isaiah L. Hamilton, livery.
Percival H. Hargrave, physician.
EDWARD C. HART, Manager, Hotel Hart.

G. H. Haskins & Son (George H. and Leon B.), drugs.
Albert M. Helms, saloon.
Walter C. Hoag, barber.
Martin G. Hogue, lawyer.
HOTEL HART, Edward C. Hart, Manager.
HOTEL NASH, Ragsdale & Elwood, Proprietors.

James S. Howard, civil engineer.
Hubbard Bros. (Asahel C. and Fortunatus), agricultural implements.
Ivan Humason, drugs.
Hutchison & Lumsden (Clarence I. Hutchison, Harold U. Lumsden), general store.
IOWA LUMBER & BOX CO., Calvin Hafer (Council Bluffs, Iowa), President; Ernest E. Hart (Council Bluffs, Iowa), Treasurer; Edgar Hafer, Local Manager; Lumber and Box Manufacturers.
William F. Isaacs, men's furnishings.
Jackson County Bank (capital $50,000), William I. Vawter, president; G. R. Lindley, cashier.
Eugene M. Jenkins, wagonmaker.
Carl Jeschke, jeweler.
Garl T. Jones, county surveyor.
Jones & Shearer (Walter S. Jones, Jacob Shearer), physicians.
Karnes & Ritter (Duff G. Karnes, James F. Ritter), cigars.
James M. Keene, dentist.
Manager, Medford Pharmacy.
George F. King, stationery.
E. Kirchgessner, physician.
Denison T. Lawton, notary.
Robert T. Lawton, real estate
Benjamin A. Leak, veterinary surgeon.
Frederick Luy, barber.
William McCauley, restaurant.
M. McCown, timber locator.
William H. McGowan, crockery.
George W. Mackey, photographer.
Henry C. Mackey, photographer.
Bicycles and Repairing.
The Medford Bank (capital $50,000), H. E. Ankeny, president; Jesse E. Enyart, vice-president; M. L. Alford, cashier.
Medford Distillery & Refining Co. (Mrs. M. G. and B. Paul Theiss).
Medford Electric Light & Water Plant, Frank Loder, superintendent.
Medford Furniture Co. (Frank W. Hollis, David S. Busey, John H. Butler), furniture and undertakers.
Medford Mail, Albert S. Bliton, publisher.
MEDFORD PHARMACY, Ted E. Kelso, Manager.
Medford Roller Mills, A. A. Davis, proprietor.
THE MEDFORD, Young & Hall, Proprietors.
Medford Transfer Co. (Henry G. Shearer, James W. Smythe, Alonzo Slover), drayage.
H. A. Medynski & Co. (Henrietta A. and Mrs. Ella Medynski), milliners.
W. H. Meeker & Co. (William H. and Julius Meeker), dry goods.
George F. Merriman, blacksmith.
George Messner, blacksmith.
David H. Miller, hardware.
Mitchell, Lewis & Staver Co. (Portland), D. T. Lawton, manager, agricultural implements.
William M. Mitchell, blacksmith.
Mitchell & Boeck (William H. Mitchell, Ulrich Boeck), blacksmiths.
T. H. Moore, grocer.
Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York, J. H. Cochran, manager.
Lynden C. Narregan, lawyer and abstracts.
NASH LIVERY STABLE, Scott & Cockerline Bros., Proprietors.
Arthur C. Nicholson, carpenter.
Horace G. Nicholson, hardware.
Thomas Norris, second-hand goods.
Hal B. Nye, men's furnishings.
Oregon Granite Co. (Elmer A. Hicks, Arthur H. Walker, Charles Carney).
Wilbur L. Orr, harnessmaker.
Fred Osenbrugge, carriages.
Oscar D. Owen, grocer.
Pacific Postal Telegraph & Cable Co., Carrie E. George, manager.
Pacific States Telegraph and Telephone Co., Charles Strang, manager.
Charles W. Palm, real estate.
Mrs. C. W. Palm, milliner.
Palm, Whitman & Co., George F. Palm, president; J. Albert Whitman, secretary and treasurer; cigar manufacturers.
Samuel S. Pentz, lawyer.
James A. Peoples, business college.
James A. Perry, warehouse.
Ira D. Phipps, dentist.
E. Barton Pickel, physician.
Charles C. Pletcher, dentist.
Pottenger & Cox (Thomas E. Pottenger, John W. Cox), meats.
Mahlon Purdin, lawyer.
RAGSDALE & ELWOOD (C. C. Ragsdale, Elmer Elwood), Proprietors, Hotel Nash
Rogue River Fruit Growers Union, J. A. Perry, manager.
Rogue River Valley Railroad Co., William Barnum, manager and agent.
Mae Ross, artist.
Edwin Russ, grist mill.
Darius B. Russell, confectioner.
SCOTT & COCKERLINE BROS. (John A. Scott, Frank E. and Clark L. Cockerline), Proprietors, Nash Livery Stable.
Sears & Corwin (Mrs. L. J. Sears, Mrs. C. L. Corwin), milliners.
Selsby & Magill (Otto L. Selsby, Archie A. Magill), saloon.
William H. Simmons, second-hand goods.
Charles W. Skeel, notions.
Alonzo Slover, drayman.
John W. Smith, fruit grower.
Tennessee Smith, fruit grower.
Southern Oregon Cider & Vinegar Co., John Olwell, president; Joseph Olwell, secretary; J. E. Enyart, treasurer.
Southern Oregon Development Co., T. C. Norris, trustee, real estate.
Southern Oregonian, Southern Oregonian Printing Co., publishers.
Southern Oregonian Printing Co., Charles Nickell, manager.
Standard Oil Co., Henry G. Shearer, agent.
Sterling Mine.
Francis M. Stewart, real estate.
James Stewart, insurance agent.
Charles Strang, drugs.
Albert C. Tayler, shoes.
B. Paul Theiss, saloon.
J. E. Thomas & Co. (J. E. Thomas), feather renovators.
Joseph E. Toft, painter.
R. H. Toft, wood yard.

John G. Van Dyke & Co. (John G. and Sarah S. Van Dyke), dry goods.
William I. Vawter, lawyer.
Gordon Voorhies, fruit grower.
Frank W. Wait, marble works.
Warner & Davis (Edward N. Warner, George S. Davis), grocers.
Arthur Weeks, fruit grower.
Weeks & Baker (Frederick W. Weeks, Mark Baker), furniture and undertakers.
H. WEINHARD, Beer and Ice Depot.
James H. Wheeler, upholsterer.
White & Trowbridge (John F. White, Benjamin J. Trowbridge), real estate.
J. Albert Whitman, fruit grower.
J. D. Whitman, fruit grower.
Frank M. Wilson, cigars.
John R. Wilson, blacksmith.
Maud E. Wilson & Co. (Maud E. and Anna C. Wilson), milliners and dressmakers.
Wilson Opera House, John W. Wilson, proprietor.
Ernest F. Winkler, shoemaker.
Holbrook Withington, lawyer.
Edwin S. Wolfer, tinsmith.
Alonzo M. Woodford, postmaster.
Wallace Woods, lumber.
Wortman & Gore (Harry G. Wortman, Edward E. Gore), meats.
William T. York, real estate.
YOUNG & HALL (Charles F. Young, J. Court Hall), Proprietors, The Medford Saloon.
R. L. Polk & Co.'s Oregon and Washington Gazetteer and Business Directory 1905-06,
page 293     Names inverted and abbreviations spelled out to facilitate searching.

Last revised June 29, 2013