Medford in 1893

The Leading City of the Rogue River Valley.
Its Progressive Businessmen and Public Institutions
Have Made it the Hub of the Great Rogue.
    A resume of the rise and development of Medford is an unanswerable argument in support of the fertility of the surrounding country; the facilities placed at the command of the people whose foresight led them to build a town and the enterprise of the citizens through whose energy we have arrived at the point of commercial enterprise; where a decade ago the farms of I. J. Phipps and C. Broback stood, there is now a flourishing city of 2,500 inhabitants of whom there is not one who is not the gainer financially and physically for living here. Medford is situated in the almost geographical center of the Rogue River Valley on the line of the Oregon and California Railroad. It is a progressive, prosperous, growing city, with a bright future ahead of it. It is so situated that it will always be the metropolis of this glorious valley. In a few years there has concentrated here 2,500 souls. Equal with the growth of population has been the development of those ever-present accompaniments of people of high moral and social turn; and the town today bears all the marks of a more than ordinary intelligent administration of its affairs civil and commercial. There is no lacking of the essentials or luxuries of the older cities of the East. The city is fast assuming a place in the commercial world as the manufacturing center of Southern Oregon. In the last few years a large distillery, a brewery and cold storage, built on the most modern plan, two pork packing houses, planing and sawmill, and flouring mill have been erected, and these industries are all thriving. There is a good opening in this city for a fruit and vegetable cannery which would pay good dividends; there is also room for a large hotel, which could be easily rented, as the hotel accommodations at present are cramped. Another and much-felt want is an electric light plant. The city is supplied with water for all purposes, with waterworks, and hydrants are placed on most corners for protection against fire.
    To say that Medford is one of the best towns in Southern Oregon is putting it mildly, but it is a fact that it is situated in one of the best deciduous fruit growing and farming countries in the world. The history of this town covers only a little over ten years, yet here we find all the advantages of long-established cities. No vacant buildings are to be found, and the businessmen are all prosperous.
    There are a goodly number of secret and benevolent organizations represented in Medford, and a list of them with their days of meeting will be found in another part of this paper.
    The present officers of the city of Medford are: Mayor, W. I. Vawter; councilmen, F. M. Plymale, D. H. Miller, J. R. Wilson, W. B. Roberts; recorder, B. S. Webb.

    The most desirable thing in a town that professes to hold our inducements to the people who have families to bring up is an educational system that contains all the advantages of the modern plans of education, and in this respect Medford does particularly shine.
    The history of the growth of Medford would be a facsimile of the same progress in any town, except that [of] the transition from the little district schoolhouse of 1883 to the present, handsome building which was erected in 1891 at a cost of $9,500, including furniture. Medford prides herself on her schools, which is considered one of the best in Southern Oregon. Graduates of the school are fitted to enter the State University or any of the higher educational institutions of the state without examination. The school is divided into eight grades, and runs from primary to high school. There are special classes in penmanship, commercial law, and bookkeeping, and these branches are taught as far as can be theoretically. The pupils are also taught vocal music. The school band consists of eighteen instruments, and is a credit alike to the school and their instructor. The present enrollment of pupils is four hundred. N. L. Narregan, the principal, is a gentleman who has made a life study of the best systems of educating the young, and is assisted in his duties by N. A. Jacobs, vice-principal, and the Misses Della Pickle, Kate Robb, Ellen Bursell, Abby Sinclair and Anna Nichols, all experienced teachers, who devote their energies to making the Medford school second to none in the state.

    Whilst attending to business and building up of the town of Medford, the people have not neglected to make provisions for saving the souls and our religious tabernacles have been looked after in the same spirit that prompted other undertakings of the people--with a view to their welfare as a cultured, right-living, God-fearing community. A brief resume of the churches of the city may not be amiss in showing the developments of the city.
    The Christian Church is under the charge of Rev. S. P. Grant, and services are held every Sunday in their church. Rev. R. S. Craven holds services every Sunday morning and evening in the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Rev. A. S. Foster is in charge of the Presbyterian Church, and services are held every Sunday at the usual hours. T. H. Stevens is pastor of the Baptist Church. The Methodist Episcopal Church South hold services the first and fourth Sundays of each month; the Rev. W. J. Fenton is the pastor.

    The present term of this institution commenced on the first Monday of last September, under the most unfavorable of circumstances. Things looked blue. As Mark Twain would say, "not sky blue, but indigo blue." Any other than Prof. Rigby would have been intimidated by the obstacles. Tenacity will accomplish wonderful things, especially when its possessor has the consciousness of having done right.
    The first day there were but 4 students, and the school met in a rented room in a store building. Now there are thirty-six students enrolled, and they have the honor of occupying one of the neatest and most substantial modern school buildings in this part of the state. The building belongs to the college and is the third college on the coast that owns a building of its own.
    The course of study is extensive and thorough, embracing everything usually taught in advanced normal and business colleges. Prof. Rigby is unquestionably an expert teacher in all things pertaining to business forms, and the methods for normal training are entirely satisfactory. New students are arriving weekly, and the prospects bid fair to enroll a goodly number by the opening of the next term.
    The clouds of adversity have passed away and the sunlight of congeniality is pouring forth on the Medford Business College.

    Following is a brief mention of some of the principal businessmen of Medford and the trades and businesses they represent.

    Among the most important elements of industrial activity in this city is the grocery trade, and one of the leading houses in this line is the above establishment. The business has been in active operation for over three years, and about six months ago Messrs. Fawcett & Morris purchased the interests of Davis & Pottenger, who formerly conducted it. Since these gentlemen have had possession, the business has increased and is still growing. They carry none but the very best class of goods. The stock in trade consists of fancy and staple groceries, teas, coffees, spices, crockery, glassware, etc., and are of superior quality, and being procured in large quantities, from the best wholesale houses, the advantages offered customers are considerable. This firm makes a specialty of pure teas and coffees, which are of the best brands and blends. All goods are delivered free to any part of the city. Messrs. Fawcett & Morris transact all business on a basis of strict integrity and honor, and they command the respect of their customers and the community at large.

    A leading exponent of the above trade is the gentleman heading this item. Mr. Wilson established this business several years go, and success has come to him. Here you can get your horses shod in the most scientific manner by an expert mechanic. Mr. Wilson makes a specialty of repairing machinery, and the making of wagons and buggies and any work leaving his shop is sure to give satisfaction. He has built up a large business and had made many friends in Medford and surrounding country.

    There is no branch of business which requires a higher degree of enterprise and business capacity than the boot and shoe trade; and in this connection we desire to call attention to the excellent establishment of A. C. Tayler, the shoe fitter. He carries a choice and select stock of boots, shoes and slippers for men's, women's and children's wear, of all styles and grades, from the costly handmade goods to the coarser qualities, and at prices that are world-beaters. Mr. Tayler makes a specialty of custom-made goods, and being an expert mechanic he has gained an enviable and wide reputation for this class of goods. All kinds of repairing is promptly attended to at moderate prices. The business was established two years ago, by Mr. Tayler, and he has built a good business by steady adherence to work coupled with the class of goods sold.

    Prominent among the many thriving enterprises conducted in this city will be found the reliable harness house of J. W. Lawton. This business was established one year ago, and the best evidence of its prosperity is the large stock of double and single harness, all being well made and finished, also lap robes, blankets, whips, fly nets and everything necessary for accoutrement of a horse. Mr. Lawton employs none but skilled labor, and the goods turned out from this establishment maintain a high reputation for general excellence, and in consequence are in steady demand throughout the country. The trade of this house is large, and constantly increasing. Mr. Lawton gives his whole attention to the business, and its success is due to his enterprise. He is highly popular among the many who know him; both in and out of the trade [he] enjoys the respect and confidence of the whole community.

    One of the most enterprising establishments we feel called upon to mention is Wolters, the grocer; he is one of the oldtimers in Medford, and carries a stock of groceries and gents' furnishing goods hard to beat in quality and prices.

    After making mention of the resources of Medford, we must turn our attention to the accommodations which are offered the traveling public. Comfortable quarters and generous fare are conducive of good humor, liberality and fair dealing; a good hotel well kept and comfortably furnished actually amounts to many thousands of dollars to the citizens of the town in which it is situated. Such a hotel is The Medford, as conducted by mine host Purdin. The Medford  has 24 bedrooms, well furnished, light, airy and scrupulously clean. The table, which is one of the main features of this house, is supplied with all the delicacies of the season, and is served by polite and attentive waiters. The traveling public and commercial men will here find all the comforts desired. Large sample rooms are always at the disposal of traveling men. Mr. Purdin is a gentleman thoroughly conversant with the management of a hotel in all its branches. He is ever courteous and attentive to the wants of his guests, and very popular with the traveling public.

    In considering the various commercial enterprises of Medford, the general merchant assumes an importance to the general prosperity of the community that commands him to the most careful attention of any work bearing on the resources of the country. One of the latest advents in the commercial arena of Medford is the general merchandise business of Cranfill & Hutchison, who commenced business two months ago. From the very beginning this firm did a good business and through energy and determination coupled with honorable, liberal policy of doing business their success is assured. Their stock is new and complete, embracing fancy and staple groceries, canned goods, etc., dry goods, boots and shoes, furnishing goods, etc., all at the lowest possible prices. Mr. Cranfill was formerly manager of the business of the late Henry Smith, a position in which he gave every satisfaction. Mr. Hutchison was connected with the same firm for several years. More thoroughgoing, liberal-minded businessmen than Cranfill & Hutchison cannot be found, and their establishment is a decided acquisition to Medford.

    This popular establishment ranks as one of the leading and reliable enterprises of the kind in Southern Oregon, and merits liberal mention in this paper. No house in any line of trade offers such superior inducements to the purchaser. Its popularity is due to the liberal policy and prompt business habits of the proprietors, and the courteous and cordial manner with which everyone visiting their store is treated, and the choice and complete assortment of goods that is at all times displayed as well as the low and liberal prices at which their goods are sold. These gentlemen have been in business here for the past nine years and are well known. They are merchants of industry, energy and ability, and are upright and honorable gentlemen. Mr. Plymale came here in 1852, and settled three miles north of Medford.

    Owing to the many business enterprises contributing to the credit of Southern Oregon as a manufacturing center, there undoubtedly has, beyond question, no one single establishment of any kind contributed by its capable management, practical skill, and business ability, to bring this about more than the management of the Medford Roller Mills. The many improvements that have been made in the last ten years in the manufacture of flour have nowhere been so pronounced as in this country, and the fact has been fully established that Medford produces flour, not only of superior quality, but of marked excellence and fineness. The leading brand manufactured is "Davis' Best," a flour unsurpassed for fitness and freedom from mixture, and is a prime favorite wherever used. This mill, with its 100-barrel capacity per day, was built four years ago and is fitted up with the most improved roller machinery procurable. Mr. Davis is an active, reliable and enterprising businessman. He and his establishment is deserving of all the commendation we can give.

        Popularly, the term hardware is understood to embrace all the unclassified manufacture of iron and steel including all the appendages of the mechanic's arts, from a file to a mill saw, and all kinds of house furnishing goods. Of firms in this and neighboring counties dealing in hardware, none are more prominent or on a firmer basis than the firm of Beek, Whiteside & Co. This business was established years ago by Adkins & Webb. Their establishment is admirably fitted up for the conduct of their large business. They deal in general hardware for all purposes, builders', mechanics', agricultural and blacksmiths' tools, miners' supplies, fine cutlery and sporting goods, and also sell Bridge-Beach stoves, which are universally used in this country. They also do all kinds of plumbing and steam fitting and keep on hands the necessary stock. Thoroughly acquainted with their business and its requirements, and with facilities of the highest order, ample capital and an untarnished career, they have acquired an enviable position in the community.

    In detailing the various pursuits which are carried on here it would be an error to omit mention of the establishment conducted by W. H. Simmons, the new and second-hand furniture dealer, who last August purchased the business of D. S. Young. There can be found at all times a nice assortment of new and second-hand furniture, crockery, glassware, stoves both new and second-hand, guns, rifles and all kinds of house furnishing goods at very reasonable prices. Mr. Simmons is ready at all times to purchase all kinds of second-hand goods at the very best prices. Since coming here Mr. Simmons has worked up a good and growing business and his establishment is appreciated by the whole community for miles around. In the near future Mr. Simmons intends to put in a stock of pianos, organs, etc.

    As one of the leading houses in this line of business which has been foremost in promoting the standard of elegant dress in the Rogue River Valley, A. Fetsch has obtained an enviable reputation. He has been established one year, and by strict attention to customers' interests, coupled with a straightforward system of honorable dealing, he has built up a large and growing patronage. This place of business is on Front Street. The stock carried embraces a full assortment of fine imported and domestic goods, in all the latest fashionable designs. His prices are very moderate, and all orders well executed in a prompt and satisfactory manner. All kinds of repairing and cleaning is promptly attended to.

    One of the best representatives of the watchmaker's and jeweler's trade is D. T. Pritchard, whose tastily arranged store is on C Street opposite the Mail office. It is attractively fitted up reflecting much credit on the proprietor. Fine gold watches of American and European make, gold and silver jewelry of every description [are] all to be found in the showcases, while a nice stock of plated ware is constantly kept on hand. Mr. Pritchard makes a specialty of repairing watches, jewelry and clocks, and doing all work with integrity and honesty that characterizes him throughout his dealings. He has had a prosperous career since his embarkation in business in this city four years ago, and enjoys the esteem and regard of a large class of the community.

    To get a clean, neat shave or stylish haircut are things that the fashion of the day demands. Mr. R. G. Bunch conducts the Medford tonsorial parlor, where the very best tonsorial artists are in attendance. These gentlemen perform their work with such ease that it is a pleasure to recline in one of their chairs while they carefully shave one to sleep, or clip the hair in the most approved fashion. Mr. Bunch has made his parlors the fashion. They are nicely fitted up. His professional skill and personal popularity has brought him success.

    There are few establishments in a city of more importance than those dealing in fresh, fine confections, cigars and tobaccos. Mr. Maxcy carries a fine line of choice confectionery, always fresh and pure, also imported and domestic cigars and tobaccos of standard brands, also smoking supplies of all kinds. All these goods are sold at the most moderate prices. Mr. Maxcy is a manufacturer of candies which is a guarantee that they are pure and free from poisonous ingredients. He is a man of experience in this business, and is held in the highest esteem for the liberal system in which the business is conducted.

    For several years the firm of Hamilton & Palm has been identified with the interests of Medford and Jackson County; and are thoroughly conversant with the values of realty, both present and prospective. This firm makes a specialty of handling Medford property and also have a complete list of almost all the lands in the county for sale. These lands are suitable for fruit and cereals, and can be purchased on very easy terms. In city lots and additions they have some very choice bargains. Property at present is at its very lowest on account of the late stringency of the money market, and now is the time to buy. They look after property for non-residents, pay taxes, etc., and also loan money for eastern and non-resident capitalists at reasonable rates. Anyone having business transactions with them will find them thoroughly reliable and gentlemen who conduct all business on a basis of strict integrity and honor. Another branch of their business is insurance, and they represent some very strong companies. Anyone wishing information concerning lands in this and neighboring counties will receive good returns by corresponding with them. Mr. Hamilton formerly held the office of assessor, which undoubtedly gives him a first-class idea of values not possessed by others in the same business.

    The leading fruitpacking establishment of Southern Oregon is the one conducted by the above gentleman. This business has been of incalculable value to Medford and the fruitgrowers of Jackson County. Mr. Whitman buys all kinds of fruit at the very best market prices, in this way saving the grower much worry, trouble and loss by shipping to commission houses. The business has been in active operation for several years, and from the beginning has proven a success. Mr. Whitman conducts all business in an honest way. He is an enterprising, go-ahead young businessman, well deserving of the success that is coming to him. No one establishment does more towards advertising Medford and Southern Oregon, for to every town that his apples go they carry with them the name of the town from whence they came, thus "casting bread upon the waters." Mr. Whitman takes a deep interest in all matters pertaining to the advancement of his adopted home.

    It is only within the present century that dentistry has been made one of the leading and most comprehensive professions; and to succeed a dentist must possess a thorough education in that part of the human anatomy he is called upon to operate on, as well as to have a good understanding of mechanism. He must be a man of refinement, of kindly disposition, not a "crank," pleasant to all and thoroughly trustworthy. These qualities are possessed to an eminent degree by Dr. J. W. Odgers, of Medford. He is an old resident of Oregon, and sixteen years have passed since he commenced the practice of dentistry. Prior to coming to Medford one year ago he had been in practice in Portland and Albany. From the first day of his labor here he has had a very lucrative practice; being well known as a gentleman of good habits, moral conduct, [and] good attainments in his profession, he seems to have found a most cordial welcome. His office is situated over Parker's drug store, and is equipped with all the latest and most improved appliances for the systematic conduct of the business, and a tooth once filled in by him is as good as new and will last a lifetime. Dr. Odgers has come to stay and has built himself a handsome residence.

    Among the various industries of a growing and prosperous country, that of the florist assumes an important position. Many new homes are daily springing up, and all nature-loving people are anxious to beautify their homes. The Medford Nursery is situated at the head of D Street, and here may be found a choice and select stock of flowers, roses, shrubs and greenhouse plants of all kinds, which are sold at the very lowest possible prices. All orders by mail are promptly and accurately attended to. Mr. and Mrs. Sutton came here five years ago, and in that time have done wonders. From a barren spot which they purchased for a home and nursery has sprung one of the prettiest and coziest places in Medford, a neat residence surrounded by flowers, fruit trees and shrubs, indeed pleasant to look upon. Those wishing to adorn their homes and gardens with flowers and shrubs will do well to inspect the stock of the Medford Nursery. Much of the success of this establishment is attaining is due to Mrs. Sutter, who is a lover of flowers, and an estimable lady. Anyone doing business with Mr. Sutter will find him an agreeable gentleman, conducting all business in a straightforward manner.

    There is no livery stable proprietor more generally or more favorably known in Jackson County than Ed. Worman, the pioneer liveryman of Medford. His establishment is so well known that extensive reference to it must appear unnecessary. Mr. Worman does a prosperous livery and feed business. Indeed if you want a stylish and fine-appearing rig this is the place to secure it, and at most reasonable prices. He makes a specialty of catering to commercial men, and they will here find just what they require. Mr. Worman is an enterprising, go-ahead businessman, well known and highly esteemed. His honorable, straightforward business methods have gained for him the confidence and regard of all.

    In a careful and accurate review of Medford's leading business interests, that of the contractor and builder attracts prominent attention, for to his taste and genius we have to look for the beauty and strength of our buildings. Representative among the number is the firm of Shawver & Nicholson, who are ready at all times to give estimates for any class of buildings, no matter how extensive or small it may be. They are practical mechanics who thoroughly understand their business in detail, and any work they undertake will be well and faithfully fulfilled. Parties intending building will do well to see them. The members of the firm are W. T. Shawver and A. C. Nicholson, who are held in the highest esteem in the community for their many sterling qualities.

    Within the last decade, the manufacture of furniture has greatly advanced in Oregon, both in extent of production and improved facilities. The demand for Oregon furniture is ever increasing. In this line Weeks Bros., who have their factory at Phoenix, four miles from Medford, are becoming well and favorably known throughout Southern Oregon for the class of goods manufactured as well as the prices at which they are sold. They manufacture all kinds of styles and qualities of parlor, bedroom, dining room, library and kitchen furniture. They employ several skilled mechanics at their factory; the machinery, which is of the latest and most improved kind, is driven by water power. They shortly intend erecting a large store in Medford, where all kinds of furniture will be for sale; undertaking will also be part of their business. At present their stock in this city is not [as] complete as it will be found in their new building. They make a specialty of bar, office, store and bank fixtures. This business was established three years ago, the Weeks Bros. having formerly been engaged in the same business in Woodstock, Canada. They are go-ahead, enterprising gentlemen, who are doing much towards building up the manufacturing interests of the Rogue River Valley.

    If there is one business more than another necessary in an agricultural community, it is that of the blacksmith. He is the farmer's doctor, and his services are daily called into use. Not only does his work require strength of arm, but careful study and a thorough knowledge of the business to carry it on successfully. Such a man have we in G. F. Merriman, who has made quite a reputation for his scientific horseshoeing. General blacksmithing, and especially plow work, receive prompt and careful attention. Mr. Merriman has been engaged in business here for the past eight years, and during that time has made may friends by his strict attention to business.

    In making a review of the commercial and productive resources of Medford and surrounding country, we would not be fulfilling our duty were we to omit the professions. Especially is this the fact when we talk of the medical fraternity. The duties of a physician in this country are varied, and many times the doctor has to undergo many hardships in fulfilling them. In this connection we would make mention of Dr. Emil Kirchgessner. This gentleman came to Medford eight months ago, and by strict attention to his duties, coupled with undoubted skill, has made a reputation which has set him on the high road to success. He has won and maintained a position, both as a private gentleman and physician, entitling him to the confidence and consideration of all the community. Doctor Kirchgessner is a graduate and member of the following institutions [and] makes a specialty of nose and throat diseases: Grosse Lyceum, Carlsruhe, Baden, Germany; Bennett College of Eclectic Medicine and Surgery, Chicago, Ill., 1891; postgraduate, Polyclinic of Eclectic Medical and Surgery, Chicago Dept. Eye and Ear Diseases; member West Side Medical Society, New York City; late resident physician and surgeon, Cook Co. Hospital, Chicago, Ill.

    There are few industries of so much importance as that of making brick in a prosperous city. Mr. G. W. Priddy, proprietor of the above yards, has shipped from his yard all the brick used in the building of the principal business blocks in Medford. He now has on hand 140,000 brick, which are of first quality. Large and small orders promptly filled. He also does all kinds of brick work and satisfaction guaranteed. Mr. Priddy has been engaged in the business for several years, and during his long and busy career has sustained an excellent reputation for sterling integrity and honorable dealing.

    The rapid growth of Southern Oregon has caused many businessmen of energy and enterprise to locate in our midst. Two years ago E. L. Brown located here. He carries a well-selected stock of watches, clocks and jewelry at very moderate prices. By devoting all his time and attention to watchmaking, he has mastered the art of watch repairing and can refer to his past work as a guarantee [that] all orders entrusted to his care will give satisfaction. Those who have favored Mr. Brown with their work only speak of the result with the highest praise. During his two years' career here he has gained an enviable reputation for the class of work done.

    With many years' experience in the merchant tailoring business, Mr. Holtan possesses many advantages which cannot fail to commend his establishment to favorable notice. He started business here in 1885, and has with the aid of a thorough knowledge of the business, backed up with energy, push and enterprise, largely increased his resources and secured a good and prosperous trade. He is prepared to turn out work at most reasonable prices. Mr. Holtan has a judiciously selected assortment of foreign and domestic fabrics, from which customers may choose to suit their different tastes. He is highly esteemed by his fellow citizens for his honorable dealings and sterling integrity.

    A neat resort where all the best of imported and domestic wines, liquors and cigars are displayed by polite and attentive bartenders, is the Exchange Saloon as conducted by M. H. Hanley. He handles none but the very best of wines, liquors and cigars procurable, and anyone patronizing this establishment will find him a courteous, obliging gentleman who conducts his business on a basis of strict integrity, never taking advantage of anyone in regards to prices. All mail orders receive the promptest attention. Mr. Hanley has been identified with the business interests of Medford for several years.

    The proprietors of this establishment have carried on this business in Medford for over a year. Being thoroughly practical mechanics, it cannot be wondered at that their trade has steadily increased. Those who have occasion to deal with them will always be treated with courtesy and dealt with in the most upright manner. They fill all orders entrusted to them promptly and carefully. This is the only place outside of the eastern factories where sporting rifles are made to order, weight, size or caliber, and gun barrels reblued on short notice. They keep in stock all kinds of breech-loading buns, revolvers, ammunition, fishing tackle, cutlery, etc. With undoubted skill and experience, and unequaled facilities, Redfield Bros. can offer inducements to the trade that cannot be surpassed.

    The medical profession is finely represented here by Drs. G. B. Cole and W. S. Jones, honored members of the medical fraternity. Dr. Cole came here in 1891, from La Salle, Ill., and practiced through this summer, and then removed to Arizona, where he resided until November of this year, when he again returned to Medford and became a member of the above firm. Dr. Cole graduated from the medical department of the Worcester University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1868; after practicing six years in La Salle, he took a postgraduate course in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, of New York; from thence returned to La Salle and practiced there until coming to Oregon. While in La Salle he was a member of the staff of physicians of St. Vincent's Hospital, of that city.
    Dr. Jones came here from Iowa in 1888. He is a graduate of the American Medical College, of St. Louis, Mo., and had much valuable experience and practice in the city hospital for two years prior to graduating.
    These gentlemen are building up a large and honorable practice since their settlement here. They are bright, cultured, clearsighted, ambitious men of the  world, and gentlemen who hold an enviable position in the profession and community. In addition to their general practice, the Drs. make a specialty of all chronic diseases, surgery and diseases of women.
Medford Mail, December 1, 1893, page 1


Brief Mention of Our City's Beautiful Homes--
Where Located and by Whom Owned--
Fruit Orchards, Berries and Vegetables in Abundance
and Flowers Galore.
A Pen Picture of the Most Beautiful and Thriving City
in Southern Oregon--Surrounded by Rich Mineral
and Agricultural Land and Unsurpassed Fruit Farms.
    There is, without a doubt, not another city in Oregon possessed of more beautiful homes than is the city of Medford. Their owners, with scarcely an exception, pride themselves in keeping in the very finest shape their lawns and flower gardens while the vegetable gardens are made wondrous productive by careful attention, and the berry patches and fruit trees are bowed low under the weight of ripening fruit.
    In view of the fact that these things exist it is no more than fair that we make an impartial and separate mention of each and every one of them. To do this we must visit every place of residence--a task which will require weeks to accomplish. We will therefore prepare a column or thereabouts of this write-up for each week. We follow the example of Uncle Sam in numbering his land and begin at the northeast corner.
    The first stopping place for a few minutes' chat which we make is at the fine house of Mr. Wm. Edwards. His place is situated on the extension of A Street, or more proper, on the old county road. There is probably not a more beautiful spot in all Medford than is this street from Seventh Street north. On each side of the street are growing huge oak trees whose branches not only give delightful shade to the several residences but the traveler is as well made glad by the cool, refreshing shade 'neath their outspreading boughs. But to return to our subject--your reporter will be excused if he diverges from the line of work mapped out, as the fact exists that in many localities in beautiful Medford even a cold-hearted, unscrupulous reporter is liable to enchantment as he wanders amid the grandeur of so lovely a city. Mr. Edwards has a fine plat of land of eight acres upon which he grows all varieties of fruits, berries and vegetables. He has a fine, large residence and surrounding it is a most beautiful flower garden where roses of different varieties bloom in profusion the year round. Mr. E. came to Jackson County from East Tennessee in 1875 and has since been a resident of this county. His vocation is that of gardening and fruit growing and the vocation is very cleverly suited to the gentleman.
    A short walk to the south and we arrive at Mr. C. F. Lewis' neat, cozy residence. This gentleman has one acre of ground which is so densely planted to fruit, berries and vegetables as to make it a source of much profit to its owner. Mr. Lewis is a machinist by trade and is now engaged in operating the mining machinery of the Comstock of Oregon mine. He is a miner of experience, having operated extensively in that line in Central America.
    Another fine tract of land with buildings to correspond is the three-acre home of G. W. Crystal. Mr. Crystal is a blacksmith by trade but finds fruit and berry culture a more desirable and profitable vocation, hence his undivided attention is given to marketing the fruits of his well cared-for plat. These people claim the distinction of being one of the very first families to locate in Medford--nine years ago--and their son Ray is entitled to the honors of being the first [male] child born in the city. They have lived in Jackson County 21 years.
    Situated in this same locality is the residence of Mr. T. G. Spangler. The gentleman owns one acre of ground which about two months ago he purchased from Mr. S. P. Conger. Mr. S. is a gauger at the Medford distillery, a vocation which he has followed with credit to himself in various eastern states for several years. He has been a resident of Medford for two years and was this last March appointed, under the democratic administration, to the position he now holds. His recent home purchase is finely located, and when Mr. Spangler shall have fitted it up to his liking it will be a place to be proud of. Peru, Illinois, is their former home.
    One of the several quite extensive farm owners who reside in Medford is Mr. J. L. Wigle. He has two acres of land surrounding a fine, large dwelling which is put out to fruits, berries and vegetables, while his front yard abounds in flowers. The gentleman follows farming as a vocation. About three-fourths of a mile west of Medford he has a thirty-six-acre tract of land and one mile to the east of the city is another farm of twenty-six acres. Mr. W. moved from Halsey, Oregon to Medford last August. Mr. S. L. Jessup has several acres of the above lands planted this year to tomatoes, watermelons and sweet potatoes.
    The next place we visit is that of Mr. Henry Ells. These people came to Medford last October from Martinez, California. Their place of residence is owned by I. J. Phipps. Mr. E. gains a livelihood for himself and family by farm work.
    Adjoining Mr. Ells' place on A Street is that of Mr. A. W. Bish. Mr. B. is a carpenter and brick mason by trade, formerly from California; has resided in Jackson County twenty years. The property whereon these people reside belongs to Mr. West. Mr. Bish has steady employment at his trade and is an able workman.
    Formerly of North Platte, Neb., also resides on A Street. As is well known, all North Platte boys are familiar with the lariat, and Mr. Jones is no exception. He can wield this implement with an aptness which would give the blush to Apache George. The gentleman is a carpenter by trade and now plies that vocation.
    There is probably no more extensive farm owner who lives in Medford than is the above gentleman. The city residence of Mr. I. J. Phipps is situated between Fifth and Sixth and A and B streets and comprises three-fourths of a block. Five hundred acres of land about Medford is marked with his ownership. He has sixty acres [ad]joining Medford on the north and east, 320 acres a short distance east and 160 acres near Central Point. The property has fine, commodious buildings, and a general appearance of prosperity prevails. Mr. Phipps has lived in Oregon twenty years and came to the coast from Indiana. Aside from farm property he owns a goodly number of business buildings in Medford.
    There is not a better or more favorably known man in this part of the valley than is Dr. B. F. Adkins. His residence and surroundings on A Street are a picture of a quiet, pleasant and happy home. There are but three acres of land, but it is so nicely arranged as to make it a place of beauty and so cheerful as to be inviting to all who pass. Several large oaks add to the beauty of the place and 'neath the shade of these are a tennis court and croquet grounds where many of our townspeople while away hours in pleasant sports. Fruit and berries abound hereabouts. The doctor has 172 acres of land three-fourths of a mile south of Medford, sixty acres three miles north and east, two and one-half acres of town property and two or three business blocks on Main Street. Mr. Adkins has resided in Medford nine years and came to this place from Indianapolis, Indiana.
    One of the prettiest residences in architectural design on this street is the one occupied by Mr. F. G. Medynski and owned by Mrs. Typton, of California. Mr. M. is one of Medford's most prominent businessmen, being one of the members of the Medford Distillery and Refining Company, an incorporate company doing business on North C Street. The cost of this plant, including stock on hand, is about $50,000. Mr. M. was formerly a resident of LaSalle, Illinois, and has resided in Medford about three years.
    On A Street and facing the north on Sixth are three fine lots owned by Mr. J. E. Enyart and upon which are built two small but neat cottages. One of these will be occupied by Mr. Enyart's parents when they shall arrive in Medford from Indiana. Mr. Enyart has been a resident of Medford for four years and is now cashier in the Jackson County Bank. He is formerly from Logansport, Indiana, where for several years he was successfully engaged in the mercantile business.
    Occupies one of Mr. Enyart's pleasant little cottages. The gentleman is formerly from Peru, Indiana, is a member of the new mercantile firm of Cranfill & Hutchison, of this city, and is now in Chicago buying goods for the firm.
    On the corner of Sixth and A street is quite a nice dwelling house and is owned by Mrs. Anderson, of the Willamette Valley, and is kept for rent.
    On the corner of Seventh and A streets is the very pleasant residence owned by Mr. John Barnum, of Ashland, but occupied by Mr. Taylor Payne.
    Adjoining the above property on the east is the very comfortable home of Mr. Spencer Childers. The gentleman owns three lots and has the same well-planted to fruit and berries, while in the front yard are growing flowers in great quantities and varieties. Mr. C. returned last February from two years' stay in California. He owns a ten-acre tract of very rich and valuable land just across Bear Creek, also thirty acres three-fourths of a mile east of Medford. He was formerly from Clarksburg, Virginia.
(The above write-up covers all residences on North A Street. Next week we will endeavor to catch all of those on South A. The week following, North B and so on from week to week until the entire town's populace shall have been mentioned. Extra copies of The Mail may be had at this office at five cents each.)
    As your reporter wends his way out to a point of starting he finds that a good portion of South A and B streets is about as pleasant a locality as one would care to live in. Fruit trees abound out this way, and while there is an absence of the large oak shade trees found on North A Street there are many trees put out and doing nicely which will in a few years fill the shade want provided elsewhere by nature. A walk of a few blocks brings us up to the residence of
    This gentleman is the most extensive land owner on this street. His place is very pleasantly situated, fronting as it does on one of our most prominent thoroughfares and at the back is Bear Creek. In Mr. Roberts' original plat were 170 acres, seventy of which have been platted into village property and most of it sold. The remaining 100 acres lies sloping towards the creek and near the house is a fine garden, well cared for and filled up to its capacity with vegetables and berries. A fine vineyard of 200 plants is also found here. Several acres of a very healthy and productive orchard of all varieties of fruit is growing just north of the house. In front of the house is a fine lawn and flower beds finely laid out and full of beautiful blooming flowers. The buildings are large and substantially built. The dwelling house is a wooden structure and was built thirty-five years ago and every piece was hewn or shaved out of the tree by hand. It is in a fine state of preservation. The cost of the building was between six and seven thousand dollars. Mr. Roberts is from Napa County, California, and has lived in Jackson County sixteen years. He expects to pick 500 gallons of blackberries this year. Taking the place from all sides it is a model of neatness throughout.
    A quarter of a mile south of the homestead is the pleasant little home of Mr. J. E. Roberts. This gentleman has a two-acre tract of land which is fitted up in very nice shape and is truly the right style of a home. Mr. Roberts assists in conducting his father's farm and has an interest in the same.
    Only a short distance to the north of the old homestead is where the above gentleman is cozily domiciled. The place has been under cultivation but a short time but bears marks of careful attention. This gentleman, as well as his brother, also has an interest in the homestead and assists in the farm work. To both these brothers we are indebted for many courtesies extended.
    Across the street is a fine fruit orchard owned by
    There are about two acres of the very finest of fruit trees of all varieties which are loaded as heavily as they can possibly bear up, with the very choicest of fruit.
    On the corner of A and Ninth streets is the brick residence owned by Mr. E. Davis and occupied by Mr. Hogan. There are about four acres of land surrounding this fine residence and fruit, berries and vegetables reign supreme. Mr. H. is from Arkansas and has lived in Medford only since last April. He is a tinsmith by trade and expects to soon open a shop on Front Street. The good ladies of this household turn many an honest dollar by keeping a limited number of boarders.
    Adjoining Mr. Davis' property on the west and facing Ninth Street is the neat little home of Dr. O. F. Demorest, who in company with his brother Henry has dental parlors in the opera house block on Seventh Street. Mr. Demorest owns the property where he lives--two lots--and he has the same planted to fruits and berries. Both O. F. and Henry are from Toronto, Canada, and have lived in Medford about five years. They enjoy a good practice in their profession, which is gradually building up to quite a lucrative one.
    One lot further west is found the residence occupied by Dr. E. Kirchgessner. The property is owned by G. W. Howard, formerly of this place. The property comprises several lots, and fruit trees well loaded with ripening fruit abounds. The doctor before coming to Medford--last March--was a practicing surgeon in the Cook County Hospital, Chicago, which fact carries with it one of the best possible endorsements which could well be procured by this class of professional men. The doctor has formed a partnership with Dr. W. S. Jones and the two have office rooms in [the] opera house block.
    The place of residence of the above-named gentleman is on the corner of B and Ninth streets where he conducts a wood yard. Mr. Chandler is a recent arrival in Medford. His native state is Illinois, but more recently he is from the Coos Bay country. The property which he leases belongs to Col. Jacob Johnson (colored) who unlike the majority of his race has acquired a goodly amount of this world's goods.
    Just north of the above property and fronting on B Street is the residence owned by Rasmus Rasmusson, and occupied by Mr. Armstrong. This gentleman is a native Oregonian, has resided in Medford four years and is a blacksmith by trade. His former residence was Jacksonville and Ashland.
    On the corner of B and Eighth streets is where the above-named gentleman is pleasantly located. Mr. S. has been making a general overhauling about his property this summer and now has a good solid foundation laid for as fine a home as any in Medford. Walks are being laid, flower beds and fruit trees planted and all well attended to. At the front gate stands a mammoth oak tree which shades nearly the entire front lawn. Mr. S. is a carpenter by trade and is successfully plying that vocation in our city, and is at present the senior member of the firm of Shawver & Nicholson, contractors and builders. He is formerly from San Diego County, California, and has resided in Medford five years.
    On the opposite corner from Mr. Shawver is the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. J. W. Dowell. He is now having dirt hauled for grading purposes about his place, and with a little work and attention his [home] will be as cozily fixed as any of his neighbors. Mr. D. is a wagonmaker by trade and has a shop on Eighth Street; has resided in Medford nearly four years and is formerly from Ohio.
    This lady owns a fine piece of property on the corner of B and Eighth streets. The residence is vacant at present--during Mrs. S.'s absence in California. The lady also owns other real estate in different places about Medford.
    Is located on the corner of A and Seventh streets and occupies the Wm. Barnum residence. Mr. S. is a painter by trade--and a right clever manipulator of the brush is he. His shop is located on Seventh Street, between A and B. He came to Medford from Coos Bay, but has only resided in our city since last spring.
    Has a pleasant place of residence on the north and east corner of Eighth and B streets. Mr. W. operates an extensive livery stable on the corner of B and Seventh and from which are sent out fine rigs and at prices that doesn't go too deep into the purse. He has lived in Medford nine years and come from Nebraska.
    That is a very pleasant resident house on B Street between Seventh and Eighth, owned and occupied by Dr. Pickel. Aside from this property the doctor owns an one-fourth block on the corner of Seventh and F streets which is a most beautiful building spot and upon which we opine he will erect a structure someday in the future for his permanent residence. Another piece of property belonging to this gentleman is located on South C Street and upon which he will erect a five-room dwelling house sometime next month. Mr. Pickel has resided in Medford five years and came here from East Tennessee.
    Resides on the corner of Eighth and A streets and is very pleasantly settled. The gentleman has resided in Medford nine years, is formerly from Central New York and was sheriff of the county in which he resided for several years. He is a carpenter and builder and together with his son, M. W. Skeel, conducts an extensive planing mill where a specialty is made of the manufacture of sash, doors and blinds. They also operate extensively in the manufacture of boxes. The mill is located on East A Street [sic], and covers about one and one-half acres of ground.
(The above mention covers all residents of South A and B streets. Next week we will write up North B Street.)
    One of the prettiest streets in Medford and upon which there are many fine residences and well-kept lawns and gardens is North B Street. The street entire seems particularly adapted for lawn improvements, and the good people who reside thereon are not slow to improve the natural advantages given them. Were your reporter called upon to decide the most cozy and home-like place on the street he would be in duty and conscience bound to exclaim--"all of them." The first place we stop at to pencil a few notes is that owned by
    Mr. Jones' beautiful home is on First Street between A and B. It is the property formerly owned by Ex-Councilman J. W. Short and is a true picture of the ideal home. There are four acres in the plat, a good portion of which is well set out to fruit and berries. Facing First Street is the fine two-story residence around which is a fine lawn and flower garden and several beautiful shade trees. Mr. Jones has been a resident of Medford only since last May, but ample time has been given him to arrive at the conclusion that it is without a doubt the best city to live in in Southern Oregon. He was formerly from Corvallis, Montana, at which place he was engaged in stock raising and civil engineering. He was at one time a member of the state legislative assembly--elected on the Republican ticket. The gentleman is making many improvements about his home by way of re-arrangement of buildings and grounds.
    Adjoining Mr. Jones on the west and at the head of B Street is the nicely laid out and conveniently arranged home of
    Mr. Lawton has an acre and a half of ground, but it is so thickly planted to all varieties of fruits, vegetables and berries that one would almost believe the plat to contain double that amount of land. Mr. L. has a finely arranged and very attractive residence, the porches of which are covered with vines of the passion flower and full of blooms. The premises throughout show careful attention--due to the careful hand of Mr. B. Rice, Mr. Lawton's father-in-law. The vegetable garden is amply filled with all that heart could wish for in that line--watermelons, almost ripe enough for "plugging," pumpkins half the size of washtubs, potatoes, corn, well, everything immense. In the flower garden is a treat for the eyes of all who have a fondness for the beautiful. Mrs. Lawton has seventy-five different varieties of ever-blooming roses which she cares for with a tenderness akin to the devotion usually bestowed upon our pets of real life. Mr. Lawton is formerly from Rock County, Wisconsin, and has resided in Medford six years. He is the Medford manager for the well-known implement house of Mitchell-Lewis & Staver Company.
    From this place we cross to the corner of B and Second Street where resides
    The property is owned by I. J. Phipps. Mr. McGee is from Eastern Oregon where he was extensively engaged in stock raising. His vocation is, at present, that of a teamster and [he] is now out in the hills with Mr. Leadbetter's railroad party. He will be engaged this coming season in operating Mr. Bybee's threshing outfit. He has resided in Medford only about a year.
    Between Second and Third streets and fronting on B is where the good-natured S. H. Murray has anchored a base. The property occupied by this gentleman is owned by John Dyar, of Jacksonville. Mr. Murray is formerly from Illinois but has resided in California and Oregon twenty-two years. He is one of the early-day miners of California and to him belongs the honor of having picked up the largest nugget of gold ever found in the famous Illinois Valley--$817 in clear gold. Mr. M. is now engaged in gathering up farm produce of almost all nature and does such an extensive a business as to make it quite remunerative.
    One notch nearer the city center and on the corner of Third and B streets is where the above gentleman resides. Mr. F. is formerly from Oakland, California. He has resided in Medford since last fall and during that time he has built up a good, paying business in his line, which is that of merchant tailoring. He is a thorough, practical cutter and fitter and deserves the good run of work which he is receiving. A recent purchase of his is a four-acre tract of land in the Mingus addition to Medford.
    On the corner of B and Third streets is the very pleasant residence of the above lady. She has two lots and a very neat, cozy residence about which is planted flowers in great profusion, while the berry and vegetable gardens are productive to a degree of great worth, and all well cared for by Mrs. Dennison's brother, Mr. T. F. West, who resides with her. Mr. West is quite an extensive landowner in and about Medford. He owns several town lots upon which are residences, kept for rent. Another fine piece of property owned by him is the tract of nineteen lots of from one-fourth to two and one-half acres each, and near the center of which is situated the new business college. Mr. West has as a memento of the late rebellion, which he prizes very highly, a portion of Gen. Slocum's flag which was so badly shattered and torn in the battle of Bull's Run.
    The southwest corner of Fourth and B street is owned and occupied by Mr. F. Hubbard. There is one-fourth of a block contained in this gentleman's plat, near the center of which is a large two-story resident house, the general appearance of which has but recently been improved by a coat of paint, both inside and out. Mr. H. was at one time an agricultural implement dealer in Medford, but late years his two sons Asahel and Otis conduct the business, on the southwest corner of A and Seventh streets. Mr. H. is formerly from Dallas County, Iowa, and has been a resident of Medford for nine years.
    On the southwest corner of B and Fourth streets is the finely arranged premises and home of
    His lot embraces one-quarter of a block and is well planted to shrubbery, flowers, fruit, berries and vegetables. His house is a neat, cozy structure a good portion of which, together with a well-kept lawn, is nicely shaded from the sun's scorching rays by a grand, out-spreading and beautiful oak tree. Flowers, especially roses, fill the yard with a great labyrinth of variegated beauty. Aside from this property Mr. H. owns a quarter of a block on the corner of Sixth and F streets which is a most desirable building spot. There are also a couple of good resident lots on North C Street, in the Beatty addition, which are branded with his ownership. This gentleman is formerly from Fullerton, Neb., and has resided in Medford nine years. He was one of the pioneers of the city and when he first cast anchor here there was not a finished building on what is now our principal business street. His business is that of druggist and he has conducted very successfully, and profitably, a well-stocked drug store on Seventh Street for a number of years.
    Between Third and Fourth streets and on the east side of B is where W. W. Cardwell resides. The property is owned by T. F. West, is nicely located and well kept. Mr. Cardwell's vocation, right at the present time, is that of shying both eyes in the direction of the expected good-sized gold brick which the Comstock of Oregon mine will clean up about the first of August. Mr. C. is the locator of this famous mining property and is at present part owner.
    On the northwest corner of Fourth and B streets is a very pleasantly situated residence owned by S. Rosenthal, the Seventh Street clothier, and occupied by Mrs. L. M. Culp, who gains a good competency for herself and family by keeping boarders, and those who partake of the necessities of life at her table are not backward in recommending her hostelry to their friends. The lady has resided in Medford seven years, and is a native-born Rogue River Valleyian.
    One of the several fine pieces of property on B Street is that owned by Mr. Lutkemeier. The grounds are nicely arranged and fruit, berries and flowers abound. Several fine shade trees give ample shelter from the sun's rays and add beauty to the surroundings. Mr. Lutkemeier has resided in Medford about one year; came here from Portland, but formerly from Germany. He has been connected with the Southern Oregon Brewing Company since coming to Medford.
    The one-fourth block situated at the southwest corner of B and Fourth is owned by
    There is on this property a neat cottage residence which is occupied by Dr. W. H. Grant and family, and Mrs. West. Dr. Grant came to Medford a few months ago for the practice of his profession. He has office rooms at the residence. Mr. West resides at Loyalton, Calif., where he has large stock interests. Mrs. W. makes Medford her home because of enjoying better health here than in California. The lady will have charge of the art department in the Medford Business College at the commencement of the fall term. The place where these people reside is a very pleasant one and well taken [care] of.
    Has as well-arranged residence and grounds on the southwest corner of B and Fifth streets as you often find. He has a fourth of a block, near the center of which is a good, substantial two-story dwelling, surrounded by fruit trees and berries. Mr. W. has resided in Medford only about a year but sufficiently long to convince him that our city is the acme of earthly existence, and he is as happy as a clam when the tide is in. Aside from this piece of property the gentleman owns eighty acres of land three miles east of Medford and the same is mostly planted to a young orchard. He is formerly from Jasper County, Iowa.
    Adjoining Mr. Woody's place on the south and situated on the corner of Sixth and B streets is one of the most beautiful pieces of residence property in Medford and is owned by
    This property comprises a quarter of a block and upon which stands a very decidedly pleasant, homelike dwelling. On the east and south sides is a veranda over a good portion of which grows rose bushes and climbing vines. At the south of the house is a fine lawn, in the center of which is a large oak tree and the afternoon sun disturbs not the house occupants. At the north and east is as fine a fruit and vegetable garden as has yet been found in our pilgrimage. There are berries aplenty, and as Bill Nye says, they are red, rasp, black and straw. Mr. Galloway is formerly from Corvallis, Montana, and has been a resident of Medford two years.
(We are obliged to continue the mention of some of the residences on this street until next week.)
    We begin again this week our brief write-up of Medford. A week's rest has left us not one particle less appreciative of the beauties of the residence portion of the fairest, most enthusiastic, and best businesslike city in the valley--and whose roofs cover the most charitable, sociable and best-educated people, collectively speaking, of any city in the world--a broad assertion, but a true one.
    This week we will finish our write-up of North B Street and commence on North C.
    Across the street from Mr. Galloway's place which we spoke of two weeks ago--and which we said was shaded by a large oak tree, but as said oak grows pears we have decided to allow residents to diagnose their own trees hereafter. But to return to our subject: On the southwest corner of Sixth and B streets is the pleasant residence of
    The house, Mr. Angle boastfully asserts, is the first residence ever built in Medford. Aside from this place, the gentleman owns a beautiful three-acre tract on the east side of Bear Creek and upon which he has erected a very fine, large dwelling house. The place is in the infancy of its improvements but when it is fitted up in the style which its owner contemplates there will be none finer in Medford. Mr. Angle is the senior member of the firm of Angle & Plymale general mercantile dealers, which firm has conducted a very prosperous business for the past nine years. Mr. Angle is a native of Pennsylvania and has resided on the Pacific coast for twenty-seven years.
    On the northeast corner of Sixth and B is nicely ensconced our popular furniture dealer, Mr. I. A. Webb. He owns a quarter of a block of land, in the center of which is a fine, large two-story house, and this surrounded with a beautiful lawn interspersed at intervals with beds of rare flowers. Fruit trees of many different varieties are plentiful while the berry and vegetable garden is well loaded with delicacies for the sustenance of mankind. Everything about the place presents the appearance of thrift and careful attention. Aside from this property Mr. Webb owns a fine two-story brick building on Seventh Street in which the gentleman conducts a good business in the furniture line. Mr. Webb also owns five acres of residence property in the Barr addition to Medford. He has resided in Medford nine years and is from Fullerton, Nebraska.
    On B Street between Sixth and Seventh is where the good-natured and hard-working gentleman who bears the above name resides. He has resided in Medford two years and is from Colorado Springs, Col. He gains a livelihood for himself and family by day labor, and being a handy man at all kinds of work he wants not for a job.
    On the corner of B and Seventh streets is where the above gentleman conducts a grocery store and also has his residence at the rear. At the rear of the store building is a fine garden in which stands a peach tree of wondrous growth and in symmetry of shape it is a beauty to look upon. Mr. Elder's other real estate interests are 140 acres of choice farming land in Josephine County, eighty acres of which are now under cultivation. Mr. Elder is formerly from Pennsylvania and has lived in Medford eight years.
    There are without a doubt more residences on C Street than any other in Medford. The majority of those are of a kind modeled closely after the true American home. Some are more elaborate than others yet all are well kept and their occupants as happy and contented as this world's trials will admit. It is quite a walk to the extreme north dwelling house on this street, but this fact don't affect the pleasant surroundings a particle.
    residence is the first place of abode on this street, coming into Medford from the north. We tried to effect an entrance to the yard but we found a lock and chain between us and the inside, consequently did not enter. It is a nice place, however, and contains about seven acres of land, nearly all of which is set out to fruit, berries and vegetables. Mr. Scott has been a resident of Medford five years and came here from Nebraska. Mr. Scott and his good lady are now stopping with their daughter, Mrs. J. H. Faris--hence the lock and chain on the gate.
    A short distance toward Medford from Mr. Scott's residence is the home-like residence of
    The gentleman has a two-acre tract of land which is being well tilled and which presents a general appearance of thrift. He has set out about sixty fruit trees, forty grape vines, and all varieties of small fruits. Their flower garden is one of beauty and plenty of flowers. Mr. H. is from Council Bluffs, Iowa, and has been a resident of Medford for four years. He is a contractor and builder by trade and is at present employed upon Dr. Odgers' residence. His son, Harry, conducts a bake shop on Seventh Street.
    A little nearer toward town is where
    is located. Mr. O'Conder has a two-acre tract of land which he is improving as rapidly as possible. It is a fine place for the culture of fruit and with that point in view he is everlastingly keeping at it--when his time not otherwise occupied will permit. He is from Omaha, Nebraska; has lived in Medford three years. He is a carpenter by trade but is not averse to turning his hand to any job of work that happens his way.
    A few rods off from C Street and on the road leading toward the business college is where
    is domiciled. Mr. Ferguson is from Baker City, Oregon, and has lived in Medford nearly two years. He is a good, honest, hard-working man and gains a comfortable livelihood for his family by doing section work on the Southern Pacific. Stopping with him is Mr. Geo. Moenkhouse, a laborer, also from Baker City.
    This gentleman has a home in this locality--North C Street--which while it has been but a short time under cultivation shows many improvements brought about by the industrial hand of its owner. Mr. B. owns about two acres of land, and has planted 150 fruit trees, all doing finely--many of them bearing fruit this season and only between two and three years old. He as well has nearly all the different varieties of berries grown and all are bearing fruit in large quantities this season. The gentleman is a carpenter by trade and has steady employment, by yearly contract, with the Messrs. Skeel & Son planing mill. He is from Neligh, Nebraska, and has lived in Medford four years.
    Just around the corner and on a spur street leading off from C is where we find
    This gentleman has an acre of ground and it is so densely planted to different varieties of fruit and shade trees, berries, flowers and all manner of shrubbery as to carry the impression to one making a detour of the grounds that at least ten acres of ground has been traversed. He has about 150 fruit trees planted, many of which are bearing fruit this year, and of wondrous size and flavor. He is making a specialty of growing as many different and choice varieties of fruit as are obtainable. We saw here, for the first time, growing figs. His berry patch has many varieties of berries, including the Japanese wine berry. His shade trees are oak and English walnut. In front of his house are growing roses in profusion, the blossoms of some of them measuring six inches across. A large bunch of pampas grass is also found close by, also almond trees, and the whole enclosed by a young Monterey cypress hedge. Mr. H. is from Kansas and has called Medford his home for five years. He is a schoolteacher by profession and holds the highest grade certificate granted to any man in the above state. He has also studied and practiced both law and medicine. We have dwelt more at length upon Mr. Hammond's place than upon some others because of the fact that, before closing, we wanted to so shape this brief sketch that we could point an index finger at this one paragraph: From this acre of ground, a few chickens and a cow, a family of two people are given a good comfortable living, and in the language of Mr. Hammond, "we live like kings." Comment is unnecessary to convince those of our readers who are home seeking of the fertility of the Rogue River Valley.

    Across the street from Mr. Hammond's place is where we find
MR. F. M. POE.
    The gentleman owns an acre of land, and considering the fact that it has only been under cultivation a short time it shows wondrous productiveness and a whole heap of care. He has a goodly number of fruit trees growing, as well as smaller fruits. There are a great many flowers found in both the front and rear yards and all most beautiful. This place is very pleasantly located, being surrounded by several large oak shade trees and is peculiarly suited to the ideal home which Mr. Poe intends making it. Mr. Poe is a mason by trade, but when work in his line ebbs low he turns a hand to carpentering. He came from Iowa to Medford and has lived here nine years.
    It is in this immediate locality that
    has a very pleasant and beautiful home. He has a three-acre tract of land, a considerable part being set out to fruit trees and all of which are growing finely. Situated at the north end of his lot is his beautiful resident house which is surrounded by tall and very fine shade trees. The house is situated in a veritable grove as it were, and presents so beautiful an appearance that many are the favorable comments made by passersby. It is as fine a house as is anywhere found. Mr. Theiss is one of the incorporators of the Medford distillery and is at present on the road as traveling salesman for the goods which they manufacture. He is from Illinois and has been in Medford four years.
    On the north side [sic] of C Street and nearly opposite Mr. Poe's place is where Mr. Perdue resides. The gentleman owns a two-acre tract of land which is put out to fruit and vegetables. He is a shoemaker by trade but is now following the vocation of teaming. He is from Douglas County and has been a resident of the blooming city of Medford for eight years.
    As we pursue our way one notch nearer town we find the nicely laid out plat of land owned by Mr. I. L. Hamilton. The gentleman has about three acres of land in this chunk upon a portion of which is built a very neat two-story residence, surrounding which are grounds that can be made as attractive and productive of beauty as any in our city. The place is one which has only been occupied for a short time by Mr. H. hence the improvements are as yet in their primitive state. Aside from this property the gentleman owns the Hamilton addition to Medford, consisting of eighteen acres, lying south and west of the city proper. He also owns several city lots at different places about town. Mr. Hamilton is the senior member of the firm of Hamilton & Palm, real estate dealers. These gentlemen enjoy a very prosperous business and within the last few days have made some very extensive real estate sales. The subject of this sketch is one of the pioneers of Medford, he having come here from California nine years ago.
    On the corner of C and First streets is where we find the hale, hearty and good-natured gentleman who bears the name of
    He is domiciled in these quarters only for a brief stay, he being a permanent resident of Wallowa County, this state, and is here for his health. He has extensive farm interests in that county and is also a stockholder in one of the country's leading banks. The property belongs to Mrs. Whitney.
    Situated very cozily in a decidedly neat little cottage, built this season, between First and Second streets and fronting on C is the home of the above gentleman. The place having been so recently purchased is ample reason for the absence of the usual fruit trees and berry patches, but as the improvements Mr. Lawton has mapped out are of a nature most substantial it is safe to guess his resident lot will equal any of them. Those few large oak shade trees add materially these hot days to the comfort of the place.
    Between Third and Fourth and fronting on C is the home of Mr. S. B. McGee. The gentleman owns his place and is getting it fixed up in a very tasty manner. Mr. McGee is a carpenter by trade but at present finds mining a more lucrative business. He is now doing hydraulic placer mining over on Applegate Creek in company with John Brantner. They expect to clean up about $1000 this fall. Mr. McGee is from Ida Grove, Iowa, and has lived in Medford eight years.
    The adjoining residence is owned by the above-named gentleman. He also is a carpenter by trade but finds remunerative employment at farm work. His place is very pleasantly situated and commands a fine view of C Street, both north and south. He has lived in Medford four years; formerly from California.
    On the corner of Fourth and C streets is the small, but comfortable, residence of the above-named lady. Mrs. Caldwell owns this property and being a widow lady she has the exclusive care of the place, as well as the support of herself and two small children--which she provides amply for by days' labor. The lady came from California and has lived in Medford nine years.
    The next place is where
    has anchored a good, solid and substantial base. He has a very neat cottage which is surrounded with fruit trees, berry bushes and vegetables. He is making quite a crow on his new variety of tree tomato which are very productive and grow astonishingly thrifty. The seed was imported and these are the only ones of the kind grown in Medford. Mr. C. is the manipulator of the reins which guide aright one of A. P. Strobridge's dray teams. Has always been a resident of Jackson County.
    This gentleman lives on the corner of Fourth and C streets and occupies a very pleasantly located residence owned by Mr. P. Chartrand. Mr. Baker owns fifty acres of unimproved ranch land northwest of Medford and upon which he soon contemplates the erection of a residence, preparatory to moving thereto. He also owns a number of resident lots in Medford.
    On the corner of Fourth and C streets is where we find the very beautiful residence of the genial Frank, whose full name is
    This is one of the several nicely laid out and well-kept places which C Street can justly lay claim to. Mr. Galloway owns two lots on this corner, has a fine commodious two-story house with all modern architectural designs. A lawn in front as well as a large oak (no pear tree, but a genuine oak) tree add to the beauty and the comfort of the surroundings while several dozen fruit trees at the side and rear afford luscious fruit for the table. Several varieties of berries as well as a number of grape vines are also found growing with great thrift. It is a most delightful home and the household know well how to enjoy it. Mr. G. is formerly from La Grange County, Indiana, and has lived in Medford for years. He holds the governmental position of storekeeper at the Medford distillery--an appointment under the Republican administration.
    On the opposite corner is the very neat and attractive residence occupied by
    The property is owned by Wm. Ulrich, and as the residence, fence and other buildings were erected only last spring a new brightness is noticeable. The Messrs. Goldstone are from Eugene, Oregon, and have resided in Medford nearly 2 years. They conduct a general store on the corner of B and Seventh streets; the place being styled the New York Cash Store, where they are doing a good business. Mr. Joe Goldstone is now in the East buying goods.
    The adjoining property to this on the south is owned by
    The place is a recent purchase of Mr. Legate's, and the improvements since made are quite noticeable. The place contains two lots and is very nicely located. From the progress already made in improvements we opine that the hot suns of not a great many summers will be necessary for the place to command an important niche in Medford's general beauty. Mr. Legate is a blacksmith and machinist by trade and is at present the junior member of the firm of Merriman & Legate, which firm is hammering iron and repairing machinery to the entire satisfaction of a large number of patronizing farmers. He has resided on the coast near thirty years and in Medford nearly four years.
    A very desirable piece of property and so well planted to fruit, berries, grapes and all manner of shrubbery as to elicit many deserved comments of a pleasing nature by passersby, is that on the corner of C and Sixth streets and owned by the above-named lady. It is decidedly a place of beauty, and none can see but to admire. The house, a two-story structure, is nearly hidden from view by a dense foliage of climbing vines while on all sides of the house are trees loaded to their fullest capacity with ripening fruit. Grapes growing in great quantity are also found as are as well many varieties of choice flowers. Considering the fact that the good lady has the whole care of the grounds they are a model of neatness and reflect credit upon her efforts. She has been a resident of Jackson County since '52 and for thirty years on the Harbaugh place west of Medford which her husband owned.
    From Mrs. Tice's place we cross diagonally across the street to where
    resides. The property is owned by Mr. McAndrews and is quite a comfortably situated little cottage, but its present occupants' attention and interests are not centered here. There is a very snug, beautiful new Baptist parsonage now being built almost directly across the street and for their their use and to which much attention and with pardonable pride is riveted. Rev. Stephens is from Wheatland, Calif., and has been pastor of the Baptist Church of Medford for a few weeks more than one year. The progress made by the church under Mr. Stephens' pastorship is printed elsewhere in this paper and is a very creditable showing.
    Between Fifth and Sixth streets we find the residence of Mr. A. C. Squires. It is a pleasant little home but the gentleman is figuring on building a more extensive residence on his twenty-acre tract of land, a short distance to the east of Bear Creek. About ten acres of this piece of land is now planted to fruit trees and all doing nicely--just as everything does which is put out in that soil. He has recently erected a large barn on the property. He has lived in Medford about a year and a half and is from Hollenburg, Kansas. His vocation is farming.
    Between Fifth and Sixth streets is where the courteous and always good-natured gentleman who bears the above name resides and as well conducts a store. A visit to this place discloses to us many features and freaks we were unfamiliar with. He has nineteen fruit trees growing in his yard and on these are growing the grafts of eight different kinds of apples, and all growing finely. He has peach trees, four years old, and are loaded so heavily with fruit that the limbs nearly reach the ground--and plum trees, same age, in about the same condition. Grape vines of a choice variety are also found growing in this small, but very fertile spot of land. A cherry tree, four years old, has attained the remarkable height of twenty feet. There are also found many varieties of berries. A fine Monterey cypress is one of the principal attractions in the front yard, but even this fades into insignificance when the eye reaches those large rose trees laden with the most beautiful roses we have ever seen. Some of these are ten and twelve feet high and have blossoms nearly the size of the crown of your hat. As a whole the place is a beauty and only five years have been required to make it what it is, but the care and attention given is plainly marked. Mr. Youngs conducts a second hand store and carries a good line of wares. He owns resident property near Mr. A. A. Davis' place and upon which he is soon to build a small cottage. He is from Saginaw, Michigan, and has lived in Medford five years.
    There is probably not a more valuable piece of property on all of North C Street than is that owned by Mr. Woolf, on the northwest corner of Sixth and C streets. Mr. W. has some choice fruit trees put out on his lot, and it was here where grew those cherries that occasioned so many remarks, as to their size and the quantity growing on one tree, of passersby. The gentleman has a residence and grocery store building upon this lot, but is going to enlarge his store this fall. He now has lumber on the ground for a store building 24x42 feet and two stories high. The first floor will be used by himself for the sale of groceries and the second floor will be used for public hall purposes. Aside from this property Mr. W. owns a resident lot on North D Street. He is a practical horticulturist and does considerable work in the pruning line. He is from Santa Cruz, Calif., and has lived in Medford nine years.
    place of residence, and business as well, is situated on North C Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. Mention was made of this place two weeks ago when owned by Mr. Youngs. Mr. Simmons has since purchased the property and is now conducting a second hand store therein. Mr. S. is from East Saginaw, Michigan, and has been a resident of Medford about a year. The gentleman has mining interests near Medford which look very promising for a good reward for time and money expended in development.
    On the northeast corner of Sixth and C is a valuable piece of property owned by Mr. Jason Kellogg. There are three lots in this chunk and it will in a very few years be a most desirous business location. The residence is at present occupied by Mrs. Kellogg, her good husband being employed in Portland as engineer on the steamer Northwest, which plies between Portland and Kalama. The gentleman also owns five good resident lots on North B Street.
    has a snug little home between Fifth and Sixth streets and fronting on C. The residence is nicely located, the grounds well put out to fruits, berries and vegetables, and well kept all 'round. The gentleman is a miner and owns some quite extensive and promising rich mines near this place. He has lived in Medford nine years.
    We have nearly finished our pencil pictures of North C Street and to keep the little ball a-rolling we will "pack our freight" to the extreme South C and camp on the lawns and beautiful flower beds, of which there are not a few, in this locality. The same spirit of improvement is noticeable here as in other parts of the city.
    Almost everybody knows Horace. if they don't they are surely not residents of the Rogue River Valley. His pleasant home is situated on the corner of C and Thirteenth streets and is the last one on the street. He has a fine new two-story house surrounded by a fine lawn and a goodly number of shade trees with flowers in abundance blooming everywhere. Mr. Nicholson has multifarious improvements mapped out and if he don't slip his foothold before all these are completed he will have a little paradise of his own. His vocation is that of salesman in Beek, Whiteside & Co.'s hardware establishment; is from Grinnell, Iowa, and has resided in Medford six years. Upon the adjoining lot to the above is where Dr. Pickel is now engaged in building a dwelling house.
    The next place to the north on the west side of C Street between Fourth and Thirteenth streets is where we find the good-natured gentleman whose name appears at the head of this paragraph. He is sitting on the porch reading an evening paper and enjoying the beauty of the surroundings and the cool zephyrs of a Southern Oregon summer evening. Mr. Merriman owns three lots, two fronting C Street and one across the alley and fronting on D Street. He has a nicely arranged house to which he has this summer built an addition, but one forgets all else when they cast an eye over the amount of vegetation growing on these two lots. It is a "ringer" for Prof. Hammond's place. There is scarcely a foot of the ground that is not taken up by fruit trees or vegetables. He has peach trees two years old that have borne fruit this season and are in a very thrifty condition, as are all his other trees embracing plums, prunes, cherries and pears. His berries are simply great--strawberry vines sufficient to supply an army, and vegetables of wondrous growth and lots of 'em. Every inch of ground that isn't taken up with vegetables and fruit is blooming in profusion with flowers. The place as a whole is a beauty, but George tells us he paid out $900 for rent before he discovered that it was cheaper--and much better--to have a home of his own. Mr. Merriman is the senior member of the firm of Merriman & Legate, blacksmiths and machinists. He was born in Douglas County, this state, but as Bill Nye would say, when six months old he moved his family to Jackson County and has since resided here.
    On the southeast corner of Tenth and C streets is the residence of
    This is a beautiful place and located in such a manner as to command a fine view on all sides. We found Mr. Johnson engaged in sprinkling his lawn and the surrounding flower beds and seemingly happy in the satisfaction that of this world's pleasures there are none equal to that of quenching the thirst of nature's plant life. The gentleman has four lots in this plat near the center of which is a good-sized two-story house conveniently arranged and pleasing to the eye. Mr. Johnson has some fifty-odd fruit trees growing about his place, and many of them are bearing fruit this season. In variety he has all of those commonly grown in the valley. His berries are plentiful and of a choice variety while the vegetables are no small part of this plat's abundance. He has apple trees only three years old that are bearing fruit--great large apples and blackberries only one year old and loaded with fruit. His prune trees are loaded very heavily with fruit and upon one branch we noticed a cluster which in number must have exceeded fifty and only covering about a foot of the branch. Many of his trees which were only set out last year are also bearing fruit. This place is a model of neatness and in which its owner takes great pride. Mr. Johnson is a miller by trade and is engaged in the A. A. Davis mill. He is from Fresno, California, and has lived here four years. He owns considerable real estate in the above city as well as a five-acre tract of land near the Medford ice plant which he expects to put out to prunes.
    On the east side of C Street and between Twelfth and Thirteenth is where the above gentleman is snugly domiciled. Although Mr. O'Hara has owned this place but two years there are many traces of his industrious hand. The house is a neat little two-story structure; the lawn, although small, is a beauty; he has quite a number of fruit trees growing very thrifty and his berries are most productive and plentiful. He has recently erected a large, convenient barn at the rear of his lots, which lots by the way extends the full length of the block east and west. Aside from this property Mr. O'Hara owns 300 acres of fine farm land in Umatilla County, this state, which he now has rented for five years at $700 per year. The gentleman is not of necessity required to buckle into hard work, but he however tackles any kind of a job which happens hs way. He has resided in Medford two years and although his interests are greater elsewhere he prefers Southern Oregon as a place of residence.
    On the southeast corner of C and Twelfth streets is where the home of
    stands towering heavenward in all the grandeur of the fine home we all have doubtless dreamed of. The place is most beautifully situated and surrounding this fine large house is a beautiful lawn, flower beds, fruit trees and at the side and rear is found an immense array of growing vegetables. Mr. W. owns six lots and the gentleman prides himself in keeping the house and grounds in wondrous state of beauty. He has about sixty very choice fruit trees which are bearing fruit this season. There are several young shade trees growing in front of the house which will in a few years afford a splendid shade. Mr. W. is from Umatilla County, this state, and has lived in Medford three years. He has traveled the entire length and breadth of the Pacific coast country and like many more has decided that Medford surpasses them all for beauty and a healthy locality. The gentleman's vocation would be hard to arrive at as he is a man of leisure--the result of early ambition and the accumulation of a nice snug lump of wealth.
    The northwest corner of C and Twelfth streets is occupied by the above gentleman, but is owned by his mother, Mrs. Mary A. Robison. The place is a very comfortable one and about fifty fine fruit trees are growing thriftily and bearing plentifully. There are three lots in this tract and all is well cared for as the surroundings bear evidence. Mr. Robison is from Des Moines, Iowa, and has lived in Medford nine years. His vocation is that of laborer and being a handy man at almost any kind of work finds employment when there is any to be had.
    Across the street from Mr. Robison's place is the residence of the above lady. She has two lots, and a neat little cottage residence. The lady maintains a good livelihood from the products of her garden, which she cares for herself, and the interest on a sum of money which she has loaned out. She has resided in Medford five years and came from Illinois.
    Situated between Twelfth and Thirteenth streets is the very pleasant and cozy home of the above-named gentleman. The house is a structure which presents a fine appearance and is surrounded by all varieties of fruit trees and flowers in great quantities and colors. Altogether Mr. Strang's place is as finely arranged and as pleasantly located as any on the street, and there are some pretty god ones scattered hereabouts. The gentleman is a druggist by occupation and since his first coming to Medford, nine years ago, he has been engaged in that business. He carries a fine line of goods, and is enjoying a good trade. The date of his druggist business dates back to '73 and was first entered upon in Walla Walla, Wash. We almost forgot to make especial mention of the great number and very rare varieties of flowers which are here found and which are tenderly cared for by the good housewife--they are simply grand.
    Adjoining Mr. Strang's place is the property of Mr. M. S. Damon. This is on the corner of Eleventh and C streets and is a very pretty piece of resident property. There is a fine lawn, a good, substantial two-story dwelling house, several fruit trees and a garden with some weeds in it. This is where A. S. Bliton lives--hence the weeds. Bliton is from North Dakota, and if the same disposition which now had hold of him continues, he will always be a great many miles from that country.
    On the east side of C Street, and in this immediate locality is where
    resides. The property is owned by Mrs. Mims and is quite nicely located. There is a good-sized plat of land and a goodly number of fruit trees. Mrs. Sayers is a widow lady and gains a livelihood for herself and children by teaching music. She has quite a number of pupils and is said to be a very competent instructor. She has resided in Medford about a year and came from California.

    One of the most spacious and beautiful structures on South C Street is the one owned by the above gentleman. He has about an acre of land, near the center of which is his fine residence. The grounds are being well cultivated and cared for, [and] fruit has been most plentiful while the flower garden, so carefully attended to by Mrs. Plymale, is one of great beauty.
    Mr. Craven is from Portland and has but very recently taken charge of the Methodist Episcopal Church at this place. He is a very pleasant gentleman to meet and will doubtless prove himself capable of doing much good church work. The property is owned by Mrs. White.
    resides just north of Rev. Craven's place. There are about three lots in this plat, and the same is quite nicely laid out and a quite cozy residence is located upon it. Mr. Hanley has lived in Jackson County for a number of years and is at present one of Medford's businessmen. The residence property occupied by Mr. H. belongs to Dr. Pryce.
    A little nearer the business center of Medford, and in fact so close as to make the property very valuable, is where we find the good natured and clever C. W. Wolters.
Medford Mail, July 14, 1893 et seq., page 1
The microfilm for the October 13, 1893 issue, representing the last paragraphs above, is of a damaged issue of the Mail, and no original copy is known to survive. Much of that installment is lost.

A Letter from Oregon.
MEDFORD, OREGON, Sept. 19, '93.
    Editor REPUBLICAN: Doubtless there are many readers of your paper in Emmet County and elsewhere who will be glad to hear of the old-time residents of that neighborhood who are enjoying life in Southern Oregon. My wife, two youngest children and myself have been among them the past week and have enjoyed ourselves immensely.
    Medford is situated in the center of Rogue River Valley, which is a delightful region in every sense. It lies between the wet and dry extremes of the Pacific Coast; it's sufficiently elevated to have a healthy atmosphere--the railroad elevation here is 1309 feet; vegetables and fruits of the temperate and semi-tropical varieties grow to perfection; clover is not the most successful, but alfalfa and many other nutritious grasses are raised in abundance; corn does well and oats are excellent and wheat does reasonably well; fruit and shade trees grow rapidly and it is the chosen repository of flowers. Medford has a population of 2,000, all prosperous and wide awake; no failures here and not a vacant house in the place. Several of the Christian denominations have nice church,edifices; there is a first-class high school, a large business college, built  n ground donated by Mrs. R. T. Lawton's brother, Mr. West. An opera house and all accommodations which enterprise and intelligence would suggest. The town is beautifully laid out, has diversified industries, a rich country around it and a prosperous future.
    Here reside Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Lawton, who lived in Emmet township 15 years. Mr. Lawton is seventy-three years old and his wife a few years less, but both are hale and hearty and look just as natural as though it were only last year I had seen them riding into Estherville. Mr. L. and his son West are conducting a harness business. The old couple have just moved into a nice new cottage across the street from Denison's residence. Their son D. T., or Denison at he is called here as well as there, is the resident manager of a branch machinery house for one of the largest houses on the coast. He is prominent in church and social circles and enjoys universal respect and confidence. He has a beautiful residence property embracing nearly two acres, where fruit and flowers abound in glorious profusion. His wife is an enthusiast with plants and flowers and you may form some idea of her collection when 1 tell you it embraces seventy-five different varieties of choicest roses. They have two children, the oldest being a tall young lady of fifteen years and the youngest a sweet girl of nearly seven years. Denison has three fine driving horses and some choice pieces of real estate. J. West is with his father in business here, but he and his family reside on a fine farm a few miles south of the city and makes the trip morning and evening by buggy. He and Mrs. L. (nee Eugenia Palmer) are well and prosperous and have five handsome, intelligent children--four boys and one girl. George H. Haskins and wife (nee Helen F. Lawton) are also here. They have two children--Fanny, past 18 years old, a native of Estherville, and Leon, a bright boy of 11. Mr. and Mrs. H. have prospered well. They have a beautiful home, among its other charms being innumerable flowers of rarest varieties. They own  another choice residence corner upon which they will probably build a large dwelling in a year or two. George Henry owns his own store and business lot, carries a big stock and enjoys the leading drug trade of the city. He has the material now purchased for a new business block to go up next spring, the body of the building to be of brick with a stone and plate glass front. I need not assure you of the complete pleasure of our visit here, or of the fact that any person from Emmet County can find a royal welcome and a mighty good chance for a home here. These people are all popular and influential.
    In addition to these Estherville people, there is resident here Mrs. Sears, formerly Mrs. Foster of Milford. She and her husband and family are highly respected. She keeps a millinery establishment.
    At Ashland, a town a dozen miles southward, two attorneys who were once prominent in Jackson County, Minnesota, make their home: J. T. Bowditch, judge advocate general on the state military board with the rank of colonel on the governor's staff, and E. D. Briggs.
    At Grants Pass, 30 miles northwest, lives John Flynn, at one time a prominent
hardware merchant at Ft. Dodge and known to all the old settlers. He is now known as the "Grants Pass boomer" and has made some money at it,
    At Grants Pass and Roseburg are stationed two young Methodist ministers named Thompson who formerly lived in that region. One of them married near Spencer. It was a pleasure to be shown by one of them a Conference picture with the familiar faces of such old standbys as Seymour Snyder, Bennett Mitchell, Yetter, Woollery, et al., in it.
    Perhaps this letter is too long now, but to me it is a great pleasure to run
across old Iowa neighbors and I like to tell about them. I posted them all I could on affairs back there, as per information gleaned from the interesting columns of the 
REPUBLICAN, and they haven't lost any of their love for the old scenes back there.
Emmet County Republican, Estherville, Iowa, September 28, 1893, page 4

Kind Words for Medford.
    Mr. Frank Davey was in Medford a few weeks ago in the interests of the order of A.O.U.W., of which he is the Grand Official Instructor for the state of Oregon. While here he met many of his old-time Iowa friends, among them being the three Mr. Lawtons and their families, Mr. G. H. Haskins and family and Mrs. D. T. Sears. He writes very entertainingly to the Estherville, Iowa, Republican of these people, their homes and their business, which is, of course, pleasant news to their Iowa friends, but too well known to be of particular interest to Medford people.
    He speaks of the city of Medford and the Rogue River Valley thusly:
    "Medford is situated in the center of the Rogue River Valley, which is a delightful region in every sense. It lies between the wet and dry extremes of the Pacific Coast, is sufficiently elevated to have a healthy atmosphere--the railroad elevation is 1399 feet; vegetables of the temperate and semitropical varieties grow to perfection; clover is not the most successful, but alfalfa and many other nutritious grasses are raised in abundance; corn does well and oats are excellent and wheat does reasonably well; fruit and shade trees grow rapidly and it is the chosen repository of flowers. Medford has a population of 2,000, all prosperous and wide awake; no failures here and not a vacant house in the place. Several of the Christian denominations have nice church edifices; there is a first-class high school, a large business college, built on ground donated by Mrs. R. T. Lawton's brother, Mr. West. An opera house and all accommodations which enterprise and intelligence would suggest. The town is beautifully laid out, has diversified industries, a rich country around it and a prosperous future."

Southern Oregon Mail, Medford, October 13, 1893, page 3

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