The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Medford in 1929

    From population maps just completed by the city school office, the center of the elementary school population of the city has moved 850 feet northeast in the last three years. During the same time the senior high school population has moved about 400 feet south and west. In 1925-26 the elementary school center was 500 feet southwest of the high school center, while in 1929 it had moved to a point over 700 feet northeast of the high school center, showing that these two centers moving in almost opposite directions have met and passed each other in that time.
    The center of the city's elementary school population for 1925-26 was on Sixth Street between Oakdale and Ivy streets. In 1929 it had shifted to Grape Street between Fourth and Fifth.
    The center of the senior high school population for 1925-26 was on Holly Street near Fifth, but in 1929 had moved to Ivy Street between Fifth and Sixth streets.
    The junior high school center remained nearly stationary during the three-year period, moving only from a point on Fifth Street between Grape and Holly to a point on Holly between Fourth and Fifth, probably less than 100 feet.
    According to E. H. Hedrick, city school superintendent, "There has been no strong single direction trend in the movement of the city's population, taken as a whole. The spread has been outward to the southwest, west, north and east."
    The reason why the elementary population has moved northeast, while that of the high school has moved southwest, according to Mr. Hedrick, is due to the fact that a smaller percentage of the children in the north end, or mill district, are entering high school than is the case of the more settled residence districts farther south. Many families, more or less transient, live in the auto camps and the small houses on the north side. These contribute quite a number of children to the elementary schools, but fewer to the high school in proportion to the number of their elementary children. The compulsory education law in Oregon compels all elementary children, even of transient families, to be in school while they are here, but it does not apply to high school pupils.
    The population maps with the computations on them are chiefly the work of Roland Humphreys of the high school mathematics department, who has completed them by working evenings in the superintendent's office the past few weeks. City maps 50x32, scale 100 feet to the inch, compiled by F. C. Dillard, engineer, were used by Mr. Humphreys for the work. On these the population distribution is shown by placing a clean heavy dot to indicate the exact place of residence of each child in the city. There are six maps in all, and may be seen by anyone interested at the city school office in the Medford Building.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 24, 1929, page 8

S. S. Smith Quoted by Portland Journal on Medford Prosperity and Plans for Port Dedication
    That the prosperity and growth of Medford and Jackson County have not been more pronounced in 20 years than now was declared by S. Sumpter Smith of the Medford Mail Tribune while a Portland visitor.
    A substantial increase in real and personal property values is reported by the assessor, he said. The lumber mills and box factories have all been running six days a week. The Owen-Oregon mill, one of the largest in the state, has operated with two shifts of eight hours each.
    The Medford district is now harvesting one of the largest fruit crops in history and receiving good prices.
    About 2000 cars of pears have been shipped and an equal or larger number are yet to go to market. Cannery prices in Oregon and California for years run as high as $85 a ton for Bartletts and $110 for fall pears. Twenty cars of the famous Bosc pears are leaving for Detroit and, beginning October 7, Medford will put on a campaign to show the Detroiters that the famous Rogue River Bosc is the best fruit in the world. Professor Harriman of Oregon State College will assist in this campaign.
    This year a half million dollars was spent in Medford in the erection of new pre-cooling, cold storage and fruit packing plants and in repairs and enlargements to other plants.
    Nearing completion is the new Class A airport, three miles north of Medford, one of the largest and most modern plants on the coast. It is over a mile long and a half mile wide, with a hangar 110 by 140 feet that will accommodate 16 large planes. There is also a new administration building, pilots' quarters, waiting room, first aid station, restaurant, machine shop and other conveniences.
    The first flight from the new field by the Pacific Air Transport will occur October 2, but the official dedication will not take place until July 3, 4 and 5 of next year, when Medford will stage the biggest event so far programmed for Oregon.
    There will be air races day and night from Portland and Oakland to Medford. There will be also all kinds of air stunts in which many noted aviators will take part.
    Governor Patterson will ask that the aviation congress of the 17 western states will be held at Medford during this celebration.
    A feature will be a pageant depicting the evolution of transportation from the Grecian age to the present, including a vision of aviation now and hereafter. This will be in charge of Dorris Smith, noted for her work in Portland and Eugene pageants.
    The Ford Motor Company was so impressed with Medford's people's air-mindedness that they ran a page ad in 10 of the leading magazines telling of Medford's issue of $120,000 in bonds voted by a margin of 13 to 1 to build the airport, and citing the Medford instance to other cities as an example to follow. No other city in the country has received such recognition.
    Medford is on the through airway of the coast.
    The government has constructed one of its airways super-radio stations in Medford that will be put in operation soon on a 24-hour basis. This, with the new government aerological weather bureau station, will broadcast reports for all ships on the air.--Oregon Journal.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 27, 1929, page B2

Interesting Information About Medford
MEDFORD is situated in the center of the Rogue River Valley, famous the world over for pears. A variety of products is grown on farms surrounding Medford.
MEDFORD is on the Pacific Highway, the longest stretch of paved road in the world, reaching from Canada to Mexico.
MEDFORD is the gateway to Crater Lake National Park, an excellent road extending from this city to the famous scenic attraction.
MEDFORD is the center of Jackson County and the location of the Owen-Oregon Lumber Company, a mill having an annual capacity of 100,000,000 board feet.
MEDFORD is on the main line of the Southern Pacific railroad. A 40-mile standard-gauge line extends from this city to the Butte Falls timber section, and Medford owns a railroad from this city to the forests of the Jacksonville country.
MEDFORD has a population of 13,400, increased 1,240 since 1920.
MEDFORD's elevation is 1368 feet.
MEDFORD now has the district offices of the Standard Oil Company, with that company using this city as the center of activities for a vast territory.
MEDFORD has completed a Class A airport at a cost in excess of $120,000.
MEDFORD's building permits during 1929 were $656,430.
MEDFORD has one of the largest cold storage plants in the West.
MEDFORD's fruit crop brought over $6,000,000 to the Rogue River Valley during 1929.
MEDFORD is the gateway to Crater Lake National Park. Nearly 130,000 people visited the park during the past tourist season.
MEDFORD 's broadcasting station, KMED, gives more sports broadcasts each year than any other Coast station.
MEDFORD has new homes, erected during 1929, in excess of a half-million dollars valuation.
MEDFORD has a successfully operating Community Chest.
MEDFORD has 3340 telephones.
MEDFORD bank deposits exceed $6,000,000 annually.
MEDFORD has 3674 school students, 810 in the high school and 500 in junior high school.
MEDFORD has a civic center council.
MEDFORD has a water system costing $975,000 for piping ice-cold water from giant mountain springs to this city.
MEDFORD's postal receipts gained 5% during 1929, reaching a total of approximately $92,000.
MEDFORD's efficient fire department has a record of reducing fire losses to $12,173 for 1929.
MEDFORD has a new packing plant costing $200,000 and another costing $25,000 erected during 1929.
MEDFORD shipped $12,250,000 worth of products during the past year.
MEDFORD shipped 4,000 carloads of lumber last year.
MEDFORD is the county seat of Jackson County.

's first mayor was J. S. Howard; A. W. Pipes now holds that office.

MEDFORD has an armory building with a National Guard company and headquarters company.
MEDFORD has a large, modern iron foundry.
MEDFORD is the location of the Jackson County library.
MEDFORD is the location of the home offices of the California Oregon Power Company, affiliated with the Byllesby Corporation.
MEDFORD is but 45 miles distant from Oregon's largest hydroelectric power plant, Copco No. 2.
MEDFORD has a new aviation school in operation.
MEDFORD has an airways radio station which broadcasts weather data to airplanes. KCX are the call letters.
MEDFORD has four grammar schools, a junior high school, an academy, a new high school, a business college and a kindergarten.
MEDFORD is the music center of Southern Oregon and boasts of several studios.
MEDFORD and Rogue River Valley pears may be found in the principal markets of the world.
MEDFORD has a modern vegetable, fruit and meat canning plant.
MEDFORD is the location of the Jackson County fair grounds.
MEDFORD's branch factory of the Knight Packing Company manufactures Rogue River catsup, famous the country over.
MEDFORD has 1800 acres within the city limits.
MEDFORD has an active Chamber of Commerce, assisted by service clubs.
MEDFORD is one of the best-paved cities for its size in the United States, having 22 miles of pavement and 40 miles of cement sidewalks.
MEDFORD has, during the summer months, approximately 5000 tourist visitors daily.
MEDFORD has an aggressive Realty Board, affiliated with the National Board of Realtors.
MEDFORD has within its city limits four of the finest privately owned auto camps in the West.
MEDFORD has two strictly modern hospitals and is the medical center of Southern Oregon.
MEDFORD has 18 churches and 16 fraternal organizations.
MEDFORD is the home of a modern granite works and a large concern specializing in sand, gravel, tile, brick and building materials.
MEDFORD has the distinction of being one of Oregon's best lighted cities.
MEDFORD is the headquarters for seven wholesale oil companies.
MEDFORD has many clubs, including a Rotary, Kiwanis, Crater and Lions club.
MEDFORD has two daily and one weekly newspapers.
MEDFORD has two sash and door plants and a cabinet works with substantial payrolls.
MEDFORD is a city in which very few foreigners live.
MEDFORD is near the Jackson County fair grounds, representing an investment of $110,000.
MEDFORD is the headquarters of the Crater Lake National Park; $150,000 is spent annually in the Crater Lake National Forest for general maintenance and fire control.
MEDFORD is a distributing center of the Southern Oregon country and is the home of numerous wholesale concerns.
MEDFORD has an excellent system of highways radiating in every direction.
MEDFORD is the center of Jackson County, is surrounded by 772,000 acres of virgin forests, or approximately 22,000,000,000 feet of merchantable timber.
MEDFORD has five modern hotels, and many rooming houses.
MEDFORD is surrounded by 2142 farms with 477,826 acres.
MEDFORD has a modern dehydrating plant.
MEDFORD has a free employment bureau.
MEDFORD's annual rainfall is 17.52 inches.
MEDFORD has, surrounding her, 55,000 acres of land suitable for irrigation, 40,000 acres of which are already under ditch.
MEDFORD has a trading area with a population of 45,000.
MEDFORD has a box factory and mill which employs many men throughout the year.
MEDFORD has modern candy factories.
MEDFORD has one of Oregon's finest 18-hole golf courses on which the country's best golfers have played.
MEDFORD has four modern theaters, three with talking-picture equipment, and another fine theater is now under construction.
MEDFORD will soon have a fine county courthouse building.
has several modern hotels, one six stories in height.
MEDFORD is now the district headquarters for Procter & Gamble.
MEDFORD's post office has a staff of 34 people.
MEDFORD shipped over 300,000 boxes of apples bringing over $611,000 during 1929.
MEDFORD will have a Copco substation which will cost $200,000 to be erected during 1930.
MEDFORD has a farmers' exchange cooperative, operating for the benefit of farmers and orchardists.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 27, 1930, page 8

Last revised June 26, 2023