The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


    The Mackey Photo Co. have pitched their tent opposite the opera house.
"Additional Locals," Heppner Gazette Supplement, June 12, 1890, page 5

    Mackey, the photographer of the Pacific Northwest, will photograph from June 5 to June 20, and will guarantee the very best work. Extra work done over each picture. Cloudy weather just as good and favorable as fair weather. Avail yourselves of the opportunity to come early so your work can be finished. Prices from $3.50 to $4.00 per dozen. In front of Matlock's store near the bank. H. C. Mackey, manager.
"Additional Locals," Heppner Gazette Supplement, June 12, 1890, page 5

Get Your Picture Taken.
    Mackey, the celebrated photographer, from Portland, has pitched his tent at the Cove and will take cabinet photos at reduced rates--$3.50 and $4.00 per dozen. He will remain till Nov. 1st. All wishing photographs taken will do well to give him a call. He finishes all work at the photo tent, which ensures that the very best of work will be done.--H. C. MACKEY, Manager.
Oregon Scout, Union, Oregon, October 16, 1890, page 3

    Mackey, one of the traveling artists, took a view of the Fairview school house. He is taking views of all the schools in the valley.
"Sandridge Items,"
Oregon Scout, Union, Oregon, November 13, 1890, page 7

Wait for Him.
    G. W. Mackey has rented Jones Bros.' photograph gallery and will open up the same on
    All view and portrait work by the lightning process. Will be at La Grande till after the Fourth.
Oregon Scout, Union, Oregon, June 25 through July 30, 1891, page 1

    The feed barn of Henry Royse, together with a large stack containing 200 or 300 tons of hay, was burned last Monday at Hardman, Gilliam County, also the private barn of D. M. Hardman. The barns were situated some distance from other buildings and about forty yards apart. Three horses in Royse's barn were burned to death. Mackey, the photographer, who is a brother of G. W. Mackey, now in Fossil, succeeded in saving his tent and apparatus, which were in Royse's yard when the fire broke out.
"From Monday's Daily," The Dalles Times-Mountaineer, September 17, 1892, page 1

    The ad of Mackey, the photographer, appears in another column of today's Mail. The gentleman is here for a couple of months' stay, during which time he will give our people a chance to procure some of his excellent work. He comes well recommended, both as an artist and a gentleman of strict, honorable business principles. See the tent, near the Clarendon Hotel.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, May 10, 1895, page 5

    Mackey, the photographer, expects to turn out at least 800 views of the fruit farms and packing houses in this locality. The work is very fine, and buyers are plentiful.

"News of the City," Medford Mail, September 13, 1895, page 5

    Yes, sir; I am Mackey, the red-headed photographer, and this is my tent. . . . Remember the tent, west side of S.P. track--and Mackey, the red-headed photographer.
"A Red Headed Picture Man," Medford Mail, September 20, 1895, page 1

    Photographer Mackey has leased the gallery now occupied by Tyler & Miser, and as soon as these gentlemen can make it convenient to shift their place of business he will move in.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, September 27, 1895, page 8

A Red Headed Picture Man.
    Mail Reporter.--"Is this Mr. Mackey?"
    Mr. Mackey.--"Yes, sir; I am Mackey, the redheaded photographer, and this is my tent. There are no white horses in here, but if there isn't a pair of them coming down the street it is no fault of those auburn locks of mine, which some people insult by calling crimson hued."
    Mail Reporter.--"I understand you have been taking views of some of our fruit orchards hereabouts."
    Mr. Mackey.--"You see that wagonload of pictures standing in front of the tent? Those are pictures of Hon. J. H. Stewart's orchards and his packing house. The pictures are all sold to Mr. Stewart and his help. Yes, they are all sold for four bits each. No, not a wagonload for four bits, but that price for each picture. I want to incidentally remark that there is but one photographer in Oregon who can cut as clear a view as yours truly--Mackey, the crimson-headed photographer--and that photographer lives at Albany. Making photographs is just like any other business--many undertake to do the work, but only about one out of every hundred succeeds in reaching the perfection line--I hold the one-hundredth number. You think that is egotism? That's where you are mistaken. It is a plain statement of facts. If you have an article to sell, you point out its superior points. I have pictures to sell. I point out the redeeming features and tell you why there are such features. These features occur there because Mackey knows how to put them there. That is not egotism. It is business. I guarantee that every picture I turn out is better than any other man in the valley could turn out under like circumstances."
    Reporter.--"What are these pictures here?"
    Mr. Mackey.--"These are views of Weeks & Orr's orchards and the Orchard Home property. There will be three wagonloads of them when completed. Half of the Orchard Home views will be shipped to Portland and from there scattered throughout the eastern states. Those are most excellent views--every one of them clear-cut and superior in finish. Do I do other work? Well, you step in here and see the amount of photo work I now have on hand. You see it everywhere in here, on all sides and hanging on the top. I am doing a splendid business in all lines--especially photographing babies. I have made that work a special study, and it is quite a trick, I want to tell you, to focus a baby just natural. Anything else you want to know? I am wound up for forty-eight hours and my movement is Waterbury, but my photographs are full jeweled, of the latest patterns and superior in every point. 'Raise your chin a trifle. That's right, now look pleasant. That will make a nice picture. Next.' Anything else, MR. Reporter? Come again. Remember the tent, west side of S.P. track--and Mackey, the red-headed photographer."
Medford Mail, September 30, 1895, page 1

    If Mackey, the photographer, did good work when in his tent--and everybody says he did--the same people say he is doing better now that he is quartered in his nicely appointed and well-lighted studio.
"News of the City,"
Medford Mail, October 18, 1895, page 5

    Misses Ollie and Lou Butler have taken positions in the photograph gallery of H. C. Mackey. Neither of the young ladies are adepts at the business, but it will not be long ere they have acquired a proficiency in the art--under so eminent an instructor as is Mr. Mackey. The fact that Miss Ollie has taken this position does not interfere in the least with her music class.
Medford Mail, October 25, 1895, page 5

    H. C. Mackey is one of our city photographers and is popular with the young people--as was proven upon Thursday evening of last week when about thirty-five of them assembled at his studio parlors, in [the] Hamlin block, and gave him a rousing surprise. The parlors were rearranged and thrown into large, pleasant reception rooms where the happy crowd had one of the best times possible--and it is possible for young people to have a pretty good time, especially when the host is of so genial a turn as is Mr. Mackey. Delicious refreshments of cakes, pies and lemonade were served, and the amusements were pleasant parlor games and lots of mirth, laughter and pleasant talk.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, February 14, 1896, page 5

    H. C. Mackey, the photographer, was in Gold Hill Monday taking views of the Rogue River Water & Mining Company's ditch and the groups of men at work thereon. Mr. Mackey has a contract to take views of the work at different stages of its progress, the views to be taken each week as long as the work continues. The views taken Monday are very fine ones--such as Mackey always puts up.

"News of the City," Medford Mail, September 25, 1896, page 7

    The fidelity with which portraits are drawn by that great artist "Sol," when he is under proper control of the photographer, is truly wonderful. By continued experiments, and close and patient observation, success has been justly earned by those who have given the art their time and thought and have patiently awaited the consummation of their hopes.
    Mr. Mackey may truly be called a progressive photographer. All work leaving his establishment is strictly first-class. He has only been in the business in this city two years, but during that time, through his genial manner and courteous treatment to all patrons, his success has been phenomenal.
"Our Business and Professional People Briefly Mentioned," Medford Mail, May 28, 1897, page 3

    H. C. Mackey, the Medford photographer, one day last week had a new $45 overcoat stolen from the office of the Ashland House. Al. Helms, one of the lessees of the house, lost a similar garment a few days since in the same way.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 6, 1898, page 3

    H. C. Mackey, the Medford photographer, has enlisted in a volunteer company to go to Cuba to fight the Spaniards.

Gold Hill News, April 30, 1898

    H. C. Mackey and Ed. Weston, the expert photographers, left last week for Klamath and Lake counties, and will combine business with pleasure. G. W. Mackey, who lately arrived from the Willamette Valley and is a clever artist, will have charge of the Medford studio during their absence.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 20, 1898, page 3

    Mackey Bros. are now conducting Medford's photograph gallery and doing up-to-date work. They cannot be beaten anywhere in southern Oregon.
    Messrs. Mackey and Weston, the popular photographers, have returned from their trip to Lake and Klamath counties. They took many photographs and enjoyed themselves thoroughly while gone.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 14, 1898, page 3

    Geo. Mackey is sole proprietor of the Medford photograph gallery, situated opposite the post office, and is doing lots of good work.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 4, 1899, page 2

    Mr. Magers, who has spent a lifetime in photography, and is an expert, is employed at Mackey's gallery, where the best work is done.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 19, 1898, page 3

    Mackey, the Medford photographer, has leased the gallery at Gold Hill, and will take charge Nov. 10th, to remain 15 days.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 7, 1898, page 3

    H. C. Mackey has opened a photograph gallery in Gold Hill.  His brother, G. W. Mackey, will conduct the Medford studio.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, November 18, 1898, page 7

    H. C. Mackey was on Applegate last week, taking mining views. He did a lot of excellent work.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 10, 1899, page 2

    Mackey, the photographer, is building a new darkroom in his fine studio. He is making arrangements to finish his own crayon portraits in as good style as it can be done abroad. He will soon have two darkrooms in which to practice his art.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, May 19, 1899, page 7

    H. C. Mackey of Medford, the popular photographer, and Miss M. L. Walker, a handsome and worthy young lady, have been granted license to marry. They have the congratulations and best wishes of a wide circle of friends.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 17, 1899, page 3

G. W. Mackey ad, September 16, 1899 Gold Hill News
September 16, 1899 Gold Hill News

    Cabinet photos $1.50 per doz. at the Medford studio, opposite post office (known as the Van Exxe studio), Geo. W. Mackey, prop.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 23, 1899, page 3

    Only first-class, up-to-date work done at the Medford Photograph Gallery, opposite post office. Prices reasonable, nevertheless.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 22, 1900, page 3

    H. C. Mackey, Medford's leading photographer, in Hamlin's block, Seventh Street, has arranged with a crayon portrait company of Portland, by which means he is enabled to give free with each half-dozen cabinet photos a 16x20-inch crayon portrait. This offer will hold good for sixty days.
"Additional Local Items,"
Medford Mail, April 6, 1900, page 6

    H. C. Mackey's studio, in the Hamlin Block, is a thing of beauty these days--since Mr. Mackey has removed all the old pictures and decorations from the walls, and replaced them with his new and up-to-date photos. One cannot spend an hour more pleasantly than in looking over the grand display in this studio. In every picture put out by Mr. Mackey there is plainly seen the careful touch of the true artist's hand. There is not a better artist in all Oregon than is Mr. Mackey, and we question there being his equal south of Portland.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, May 11, 1900, page 7

    H. C. Mackey, the Hamlin block photographer, reports that during the past few weeks he has taken the pictures of five different graduating classes. Two of these were from Central Point and one each from Jacksonville, Medford and Phoenix. Mr. Mackey makes a specialty of group posing—and in this respect, as in all other first-class work—he is truly an artist.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, July 6, 1900, page 7

Unidentified Sisters, by H. C. Mackey
Unidentified sisters.

     Only first-class, up-to-date work done at the Medford Photograph Gallery, in Adkins' building. Prices reasonable, nevertheless.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 26, 1900, page 2

     G. W. Dunlap has purchased an interest in the H. C. Mackey photograph gallery. Mr. Dunlap is a relative of the Dunlaps at ‘Talent, and is well known hereabouts. We are informed that these gentlemen have rented another gallery in Medford and will operate them both. Ed. Weston, formerly in partnership with Mr. Mackey, has retired from the business and we are told will engage in mining.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, September 21, 1900, page 7

    Ed. Weston, who has been conducting the Medford photograph gallery with G. W. Mackey, has retired and is succeeded by Geo. Dunlap of Phoenix.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 27, 1900, page 3

    H. C. Mackey:--"Yes, sir, I've taken a partner, Mr. Boyd, of Lebanon. I've known him for twelve years. He's all right. The firm will be H. C. Mackey & Boyd—and the red-headed photographer will still do business at the old stand."

"Echoes from the Street," Medford Mail, October 5, 1900, page 7

    H. C. Mackey, the Medford photographer, was in the city Wednesday visiting his sister, Mrs. J. L. Moores.

Gold Hill News, November 10, 1900

    See F. H. Hull's ad in this issue of The Mail. He is making a big proposition to those wishing photographs. Work on all orders taken by him is guaranteed by H. C. Mackey & Boyd, of this city.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, November 16, 1900, page 7

    Frank Hull:--"Last week I told the Mail readers in an advertisement that I was going to take orders for Christmas photos for H. C. Mackey & Boyd, and that I was going to give away a present. I've made different arrangements--that is, Messrs. Mackey & Boyd have. When I went to them to close up the agreement we couldn't come to a satisfactory understanding of affairs as I had remembered had previously been talked--and it was all off. I simply offer this in explanation of the why I will not be able to live up to the promises made in the advertisement. I hope, however, to soon commence taking orders for G. W. Mackey & Dunlap."
"Echoes from the Street," Medford Mail, November 23, 1900, page 7

    G. W. Mackey has purchased G. A. Dunlap's interest in the G. W. Mackey & Dunlap photograph gallery, and will conduct the business singlehanded hereafter. We are not informed as to what Mr. Dunlap will do, but he probably will not quit photography.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, December 7, 1900, page 7

    H. C Mackey:--"We have been having a great amount of trouble of late with young girls of the town who seem to have a mania for confiscating pictures from the walls of our studio. We have been missing pictures for some time, but not until Sunday morning did I catch anyone in the act. My wife and I were in the back room of the studio when we heard light footsteps in the front room. I began an immediate investigation, and upon entering discovered a girl about sixteen years of age there with her arms full of sample pictures which she had taken from the walls, and was reaching for more. She dropped the pictures upon being discovered and made a hasty retreat. No, I don't know who she is--but I shall try and remember the face, and I'll know it when I see it again."

"Echoes from the Street," Medford Mail, December 7, 1900, page 2

Medford Mail, January 25, 1901.
Medford Mail, January 25, 1901.

    H. C. Mackey & Boyd have established a new studio at Jacksonville, Mr. Boyd being in charge.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, February 8, 1901, page 7

    H. C. Mackey & Boyd's photo tent will remain in Jacksonville but a short time. Have your photos made now.
    Bring the little folks while the photo tent is in town. They never feel good after a six- or eight-mile drive.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 28, 1901, page 5

    J. W. Hunter and F. S. Sherer, of Oklahoma, who arrived in Medford a couple of weeks ago, have leased the photograph gallery in the Hamlin block, which has been occupied by Mr. Mackey for several years, and will open up a studio therein in the near future. H. C. Mackey & Boyd, the present occupants of the building, will remove their studio to some other building in the city, but the exact location has not yet been decided upon.
    H. C. Mackey has taken up his residence in the Bateman house, south of A. A. Davis' mill.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, March 15, 1901, page 6

    Petition of H. C. Mackey & Boyd for the privilege to erect a tent on the vacant lot on the corner of C and Seventh streets to be used as a photograph gallery for a term of ninety days was granted.

"City Council Proceedings," Medford Mail, March 22, 1901, page 2

    The H. C. Mackey & Boyd photo studio will be moved next week to the vacant lot at the rear of Karnes & Ritter's place of business, on North C Street, where they will be temporarily located.

"Purely Personal,"
Medford Mail, March 22, 1901, page 6

    H. C. Mackey & Boyd received their large tent Tuesday, which will do service for their photograph gallery for a few weeks.

"Additional Local," Medford Mail, March 29, 1901, page 6

A Branch Gallery.
    H. C. Mackey & Boyd have started a branch gallery in Jacksonville, in the Aiken building, California Street, opposite Ryan's store. All work will be finished at Medford, and satisfaction assured. Work guaranteed to be the best.
Democratic Times, 
Jacksonville, April 4, 1901, page 7

    Mackey & Boyd now occupy a large, new tent on C Street, south of the Crater, where they do superior work.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 4, 1901, page 7

    H. C. Mackey & Boyd have not left town, and we are not going to leave. We are now in a big brown duck tent on C Street and are fitted up for the very best of work. We have always led in photography in Medford, and we will still lead.
H. C. MACKEY & BOYD.       
Medford Mail, May 3, 1901, page 2

    Mackey & Boyd, photographers of Medford, will be here until the 20th. All wishing first-class photographs will be treated right by these gentlemen.

"Central Point Items,"
Medford Mail, July 12, 1901, page 3

    Say! Did you see the latest in photos? You can see them at the Medford Studio, over Beck's hardware store. Geo. W. Mackey proprietor.

"Local Notes,"
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 1, 1901, page 5

    Mrs. Mattie Moore, of Gold Hill, was in Medford this week upon a visit to her brother, photographer H. C. Mackey, and family.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, August 9, 1901, page 6

    H. C. Mackey and wife of Medford have been visiting relatives here the past week.
"Gold Hill Items," Medford Mail, September 20, 1901, page 3

    G. W. Mackey and J. W. Hunter, the photographers, have consolidated their business and are now occupying the Elite Studio in [the] Hamlin Block.
    Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Mackey returned Monday evening from quite an extended visit to friends in various parts of the Willamette Valley. They were out for a good time--and had it, according to Mr. Mackey's story--shooting China pheasants and taking pictures.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, October 25, 1901, page 6

    G. W. Mackey and J. Hunter have consolidated their photograph galleries, and will have their headquarters in the Hamlin block.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 31, 1901, page 2

    G. F. Owings has sold his photo tent in Glendale to Mr. Weston and gone to Medford to take charge of the Geo. Mackey gallery.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 5

Mackey's Tent.
    See H. C. Mackey at the Big Brown Photo Tent on C Street, for the finest class of Photos.
H. C. MACKEY, Proprietor.       
Medford Enquirer, December 7, 1901

    A rush now for fine photos at H. C. Mackey's photo tent. I am giving special bargains until after Christmas. H. C. Mackey is your best workman.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, December 13, 1901, page 6

    G. W. Mackey has reopened the Medford Photo Gallery in Adkins' building, C Street, opposite Jackson County Bank. Up-to-date work and reasonable prices.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 19, 1901, page 5

    Mrs. G. W. Mackey and the children left Friday of last week for their old home at Crawfordsville, Oregon. Mrs. Mackey received a telegram a few hours before her departure to the effect that her brother had accidentally shot and killed himself while out hunting on Christmas day.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, January 2, 1902, page 6

    G. W. Owings is in Medford assisting his nephew in the Elite Studio.
"Woodville Items," Medford Mail, January 10, 1902, page 3

    H. C. Mackey was at Ashland Monday upon business--the same being the dissolving of his partnership with H. J. Boyd, of that place. Mr. Mackey will continue the photography business in Medford.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, January 17, 1902, page 6

    G. W. Owings, of Gold Hill, has been stopping in Medford the past week assisting his nephew, G. F. Owings, in operating the Elite Studio, which he purchased a few weeks ago from Mr. Hunter. Mr. Owings is doing a splendid business at his gallery, and as he is a very honorable young man, fair in his dealings and an artist of ability, there is every reason for predicting his success.

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

    The firm of Mackey & Boyd was dissolved last month. H. C. still holds forth at the big tent, while his quondam partner is operating at Ashland.
    The photograph gallery now occupied by Mr. Owings will be conducted by G. W. Mackey after April 1st, he having secured the lease.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 27, 1902, page 4

    Reduced rates on photos at the Elite Studio in Medford. In order to thoroughly introduce our work to the public, we will for a time make cabinets for $1.50 per dozen. Satisfaction guaranteed or no pay. Yours for fine work, Elite Photo Company.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, May 9, 1902, page 7

    The Jacksonville photograph gallery is in charge of G. W. Mackey and A. L. Bailey, both of whom are excellent workmen. Mr. M. will have charge of the operating department during the whole of July 4th. The best work done at reasonable prices.

"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 19, 1902, page 5

    W. F. Mackey, of Cottage Grove, was in Medford this week upon a visit to his brothers, H. C. and G. W. Mackey.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, July 4, 1902, page 6

    For Rent--The Elite photo studio, best location in the city. Inquire at the Mail office.

Medford Mail, July 11, 1902, page 3

    Mrs. H. C. Mackey left last Friday for Cottage Grove, where she will spend a month with relatives.

    W. F. Mackey, who has been in Medford for the previous two weeks on a visit with his brothers, left last Friday for his home at Cottage Grove.

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

    G. W. Mackey is enjoying a two weeks' outing at Crater Lake. His photo gallery is being operated during his absence by Lee Van Berkleo, of Yreka.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, August 8, 1902, page 6

    Geo. W. Mackey, the expert photographer, has rented the gallery in the Hamlin block, and will take possession at once.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 18, 1902, page 1

    Mrs. M. Walker, of Ashland, spent Sunday in Medford visiting her son-in-law, H. C. Mackey, and family.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, September 19, 1902, page 6

    G. W. Mackey has leased the Elite Studio, in the Hamlin block, and expects to at once open a photograph gallery there. He will continue to operate the gallery in the Adkins block. Ed. Chappel, a photographer from Kansas, will have charge of Mr. Mackey's new gallery.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, October 10, 1902, page 7

    Mrs. H. C. Mackey was visited by her mother, Mrs. Walker of Ashland, the forepart of the week.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 12, 1902, page 2

    Boarding house, opposite post office. Mrs. G. W. Mackey, proprietor.
    For fine and up-to-date photos come to the photo tent on C Street.--H. C. Mackey.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, December 5, 1902, page 7

    Little Miss Novilla Mackey, daughter of Mrs. G. W. Mackey, has a pet quail, which flies to her at a call and eats from her lips or hand. A short time ago the bird was as wild as any of its mates in the brush, but under the loving care of Novilla has become the gentlest of household pets.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, December 12, 1902, page 6

    Photographer H. C. Mackey went to Gold Hill last Sunday on business, returning Monday. During his absence quite an accident happened to his photo tent. Sunday night the snow accumulated on the tent and broke the ridgepole. The wind Monday morning helped matters along, and the tent was completely ruined. Some of Mr. Mackey's friends removed his outfit to shelter and thus saved it a great deal, but he estimates his loss at upwards of two hundred dollars. Tuesday Mr. Mackey reopened his gallery in the room on the second floor of the Adkins block and is now fitting up one of the finest galleries in Southern Oregon. To add to his already very complete outfit he has ordered a lens from Portland that has been tested by the leading photographers of that city and found to be absolutely perfect.

"City Briefs," Medford Success, January 27, 1903, page 1

    The wind on Monday blew down H. C. Mackey's big tent, damaging photographic goods and unfinished work to the extent of several hundred dollars. He has already ordered a new tent and will soon be on deck again.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 28, 1903, page 1

    H. C. Mackey has had his full share of trouble during the past few days. On Saturday night someone broke into his photo tent on C Street and took therefrom quite a number of valuable articles. Mr. Mackey went to Gold Hill Sunday, looking for traces of the thieves, and on Monday morning the snow which had fallen on the tent the night before, together with the high wind, caused the structure to collapse, resulting in considerable damage to articles inside. Mr. Mackey's loss is between $250 and $300; but with characteristic grit he gathered his paraphernalia together and located himself in the Adkins block, where he is now ready to do business with his friends both old and new--and you are expected to look pleasant while the erstwhile redheaded photographer presses the button.
Medford Mail, January 30, 1903

Pictures One of the Most Effective Ways—A Fine Selection
Recently Prepared by a Medford Artist—Grand Fog Effect

    Frank Hull, of Mackey & Hull, the photographers, has been doing some fine view work of late of Medford and vicinity. He has taken several views from the top of the water tower that show up well and from them a stranger could get a good idea as to the appearance of Medford. He has two views of this valley, taken with a very powerful telescopic lens, that are gems in the photographer’s art. They are taken from the high butte back of Jacksonville. One was taken on a day when there was a heavy fog in the valley. The fog made the valley appear like a great lake, the surface of which was broken by long, sweeping swells, or possibly more like a great snowfield. The fog was only about 300 feet deep and the surrounding hills and the mountains, with their covering of snow, stood out clear and bold in the bright sunshine that prevailed above the fog. Ashland, Medford, Jacksonville, Central Point and the places in the valley were completely hidden and only by the topography of the surrounding country could their locations be fixed. As a companion piece to this fog scene Mr. Hull took another view from the same butte of the valley when it was filled with sunshine instead of with fog. The broad, level expanse of the valley, on which Medford and the other nearby towns can be plainly seen, with Mt. Pitt, Wagner Butte and historic old Table Rock for a background, makes a view hard to equal by any of the grand scenery of the Coast. In addition to these scenes Mr. Hull has many others of pretty and interesting views of various places and points about the valley. A collection of his pictures would make an appreciated present to friends in the East as well as to be a good advertisement of this country.
Medford Success, January 30, 1903, page 1

    Mrs. M. Walker returned to Medford last week from McCloud, Calif. She will remain in Medford with her daughter, Mrs. H. C. Mackey, for a few months, when she will take up her residence in Ashland, where her son has employment.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, June 5, 1903, page 6

    Frank Hull has sold out his interest in the Elite Gallery in Medford to his partner, George Mackey, and will devote his time to view work. Mr. Hull has recently bought a large lens, making his outfit complete in every respect. He will visit all sections of the Rogue River Valley and take views of its many scenic attractions, as well as to take views of buildings and other places of interest.
“Local Notes,” Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, June 19, 1903

    F. W. Lesmeister has bought out the Mackey studio. He recently came from California and invites everyone to visit the studio, where his work will speak for itself.
"Social and Personal," Medford Daily Tribune, January 11, 1908, page 4

    I have sold my photograph gallery to Mr. F. W. Lesmeister. I have not made public announcement of this before, for the reason that I wished to assure myself of his competence to give my customers the class of work to which they have been accustomed. I can now say that he is a first-class, all-round photographer, and that I can recommend him to all my customers and friends.
Medford Mail, January 17, 1908, page 1                                                H. C. Mackey.

    H. C. Mackey, the pioneer photographer, has sold his gallery to F. W. Lesmeister and will retire from the business for a year or more at least. That is what he says anyway, but people who know Mackey are predicting that about three months will be the limit for idleness for him.

"City Happenings,"
Medford Mail, January 17, 1908, page 5

    H. C. Mackey, the well-known photographer of Grants Pass, came up on No. 13 yesterday and will visit in the city for a short time.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail, January 22, 1909, page 5

Suit for a divorce.
Henry C. Mackey
Mary L. Mackey
    Now comes the plaintiff above named, and for cause of suit against the defendant, alleges:
    That plaintiff and defendant were married one to the other, in Jackson County, Oregon on the 20th day of August 1899, and that ever since said time they have been, and now are husband and wife.   
    That plaintiff now is, and for more than one year prior to the filing of this complaint has been, an actual resident and an inhabitant of the state of Oregon.
    That on or about the 31st day of January 1908, the defendant, in utter disregard of her marriage vows, willfully, and without cause, deserted and abandoned the plaintiff, and ever since said time has willfully and without cause continued to desert and abandon him, and has lived apart and separate from him, against his wishes and without his consent.
    That no children are living as the issue of said marriage.
    WHEREFORE, the plaintiff prays for a decree forever dissolving the marriage contract now existing between plaintiff and defendant and for such other, further and different relief as the court may deem just and suitable.
Colvig & Reames, attorneys for plaintiff       
The decree was granted February 12, 1909.

    H. C. Mackey, the photographer, has purchased from Mr. Lesmeister the photograph gallery which he sold to him a couple or three years ago. The gallery is over Allen & Reagan's store, and Mr. Mackey will be "at home" to his old-time friends within a very short time, and the slogan "look pleasant and see Mackey for photos" will be hung on the wall.

"Local and Personal," Medford Mail, April 16, 1909, page 5

J. C. Pendleton Family
A Mackey photo of the J. C. Pendleton family from Table Rock district. Clockwise from upper left: Emma, Cora, Ora, Verne and Edna.

    "If you have beauty, come, I'll take it. If you have none, come, I'll make it." This is the incentive offered by a certain leading portrait studio in Medford. And it goes without saying that his threshold is crossed by hundreds of the the "smart set" and other sets as the days go by. This studio is conducted by an artist who has had 25 years' experience, 15 of that period in Medford. The class of work turned out here is of a very high grade. Portraits are the specialty, and they are produced in the highest style known to the art. All styles and sizes. While the grade of work is high, the prices are very low.
    H. C. Mackey, Seventh and Central Ave.

"What Do You Know About This?"
Medford Mail, December 9, 1909, page 6

    There is a photographer in your town. H. C. Mackey, Main and Central, Medford, Ore.

"Local and Personal," Medford Mail, September 19, 1913, page 2

    Incidental to cleanup week last week and the nice appearance of the city it is noticeable that Henry Mackey is resplendent on the streets with his sylph-like form encased in a charming new Prince Albert coat and topped with his almost omnipresent silk hat.
    For 34 years past this style of outfit has been his daily regalia until within the past two or three years the veteran well-known photographer grew careless or forgetful at times and for very short periods donned a fedora lid and another style coat until lifelong friends began to coldly pass him by, thinking that another stranger had come to town.
    Now everybody kowtows and speaks to the man, a few of whose fine photographs taken in Medford were found recently in King Tut's tomb in Egypt, and greetings of "Hello, Hank," or "How goes it, Henry?" greet him every few feet on Main Street.

Medford Mail Tribune, May 22, 1923


    Henry Clinton Mackey, a resident of Medford for the past 42 years, passed away in a local hospital late Wednesday afternoon at the age of 69 years. Mr. Mackey was very well known throughout Southern Oregon, where for a number of years he followed photography. Later he has been in the insurance business.
    He is survived by three brothers and one sister, Johnnie Mackey of Portland; Thomas A. and J. A. Mackey of Cottage Grove, Ore., and Mrs. Nettie Moore of Gold Hill.
    Funeral services will be held from the Conger funeral parlors Sunday at 2 p.m.  Rev. Joseph Knotts will have charge of the services at the chapel, and the Medford I.O.O.F. lodge of which he was a long-time member will have charge of the services in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Medford Mail Tribune, October 10, 1935

    In August 1903 a group of four traversed [Dead Indian] road . . . on the circle drive via Crater Lake. . . . The group accurately recorded their journey with numerous photographs which were printed by George Mackey, brother to Henry "Stovepipe" Mackey, famous Medford photographer, according to [Chet] Parker.
"Two Roads Played Vital Part in Early Jackson County Travel; Now Less Used," Medford Mail Tribune, December 20, 1953, page 14

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