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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Conrad Mingus

    Conrad Mingus was appointed Road Supervisor; vice Jacob Ish deceased.
"County Commissioners' Court," Oregon Sentinel, March 12, 1881, page 3


    THE R.R. SURVEY.--Howard's surveying party reached Conrad Mingus' farm on the stage road 3¼ miles southeast of Jacksonville. From here they took a northern course, which led them through Heber Grove, Mrs. Chambers' and Leever's farms, on toward Willow Springs. From the main line of survey at Mingus' field a line was run to Jacksonville. This line was brought through by Bellinger's and Ficke's land and Mrs. Bilger's orchard to the courthouse. The distance from the main line at Mingus' field to the courthouse is three miles and 660 feet, with a fall of 50 feet to the mile. This survey established the altitude of Jacksonville in front of the U.S. Hotel at 1640 feet. As we go to press the main line of survey is running via Willow Springs toward the Chavner bridge.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, August 13, 1881, page 3


    THE O.&C.R.R. EXTENSION.--J. S. Howard's surveying party finished running one line this week, says the Jacksonville Times, and commenced another yesterday. The first named was continued from A. Davidson's place through the farms of C. Mingus, Jacob Ish, J. E. Ross, Mrs. Chambers, G. Sears, T. Wright and Jas. McDonough, penetrating Blackwell Gap and ending near Chavner's bridge. The new line was commenced at Hon. J. S. Herrin's place near town and will be run toward the mouth of Bear Creek, in the vicinity of Fort Lane, and from there down Rogue River, connecting with the other line at the bridge. Another of Hurlburt's parties is now coming up the river and will connect with Howard's survey, but where is not definitely known as yet.
Willamette Farmer, August 26, 1881, page 5



    The hogs taken up by the marshal last week belonged to C. Mingus, who redeemed them before the sale took place.

"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, December 15, 1883, page 3



    Conrad Mingus of this precinct and W. W. Cardwell of this place were both kicked by horses this week, but neither received serious injuries.
"Local Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, July 24, 1886, page 3


    The sale of personal property at the C. Mingus farm near Medford brought very good prices.
"Medford Doings," Valley Record, Ashland, August 29, 1889, page 3


    Of Conrad Mingus it is not necessary to say more than he is entitled to especial consideration at the hands of the people, irrespective of party, at this time. It is men of just such sterling worth, broad views and progressive ideas who are wanted in public life at present, when such determined assaults are being made upon the public treasury and upon the rights of the people. During the score or more years that Mr. Mingus has resided in Southern Oregon no man can bring aught against his character. Closely identified with our best interests, we may rely upon it that he will look after our welfare with the success which has characterized him in every walk of life.

"Our County Ticket," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 9, 1890, page 2


    C. Mingus, the great fruit man of Ashland, called Monday on business.
"Local and General," Medford Mail, September 23, 1892, page 3


    CONRAD MINGUS, the heavyweight real estate dealer at Ashland, was down from that city a few days this week transacting legal business with Hamilton & Palm and looking after the putting down of a considerable sidewalk about his Medford property--of which he owns not a little.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, March 31, 1893, page 3


    C. Mingus, of Ashland, was in Medford Monday, and before returning he was a part owner in his son's livery business in this city. The firm name will be C. Mingus & Son. Frank is the son and will continue in charge of affairs. The new firm propose putting a number of new rigs--light ones, both double and single--something the townspeople will like to have for an afternoon's or evening's spin about the city. May success be with the new firm.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, April 12, 1895, page 5


    There was a right smart skirmishing of people off of the streets last Saturday when C. Mingus & Son's team came prancing around the corner of W. H. Meeker's store, hitched to a gravel wagon. Frank Mingus and Will Ferguson were hauling gravel with the team when a fool notion happened to catch them just right (the horses), and they started to run. They rounded Meeker's brick store very nicely and removed the underpinning from that gentleman's street display stands. When in front of I. A. Webb's furniture store they collided with an awning post and there left the hind wheels of the wagon and Will Ferguson. The latter was thrown about a rod and struck on his head and shoulder in the street, but fortunately received no serious injuries. The team took the fore wheels of the wagon out on Seventh Street at a very swift pace, and when they arrived at the M.E. Church, South, they began gyrating about that edifice like they were bent on corralling all possible of that which is good, as a standoff for the evil doin's they had been a-doin'. The team was uninjured.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, May 17, 1895, page 5


    Things have shifted about again in the arena of livery business in this city. W. P. H. Legate has purchased Messrs. Davis & Shearer's livery stock and has joined issues with C. Mingus & Son, the business to be conducted in the Mingus barn. The purchase made by Mr. Legate comprised ten head of horses, nine carriages and wagons, harness, robes and all the smaller things pertaining thereto--price paid, $1150. When added to the Mingus stock it makes a grand aggregate of thirty head of horses, twenty-four carriages and wagons, and other equipments to fit each rig out ready for the road, and doggoned good rigs they are, too. The barn formerly occupied by Davis & Shearer will be occupied by the new firm, but only as a feed stable. The new firm, which will travel under the firm name of Mingus & Legate, is a strong one and as well a good one. Frank Mingus is always alert to catch every nickel's worth of business there is to be caught, while Mr. Legate is getting into a business with which he is very familiar and in which he cannot fail to prove himself a success. The Mail wishes them all the business their thirty horses can handle--and more.

"News of the City," Medford Mail, May 31, 1895, page 5


    There is another change in the proprietorship of the Union Livery Stables. C. Mingus last Saturday purchased the interest of W. P. H. Legate, and again the business will be carried on by C. Mingus & Son. Mr. Legate has not yet decided as to what business he will engage in.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, August 2, 1895, page 5


    The Union Livery Stables changed hands this week, C. Mingus & Son having sold their horses, carriages and harness, etc., to Williams Brothers, of Central Point. The deal was made Wednesday and the new proprietors have swung into line. The business will be conducted by Isaac Williams, who for four years has been engaged in like business in Central Point. He is acquainted with nearly every traveling man on the road, and as these gentlemen do considerable driving he is catering to their trade. He will bring considerable of his Central Point stock to this place. In all he expects to work about twenty head of horses. Tuesday he moved his family to Medford, and they are now nicely situated in the Russ house, on South C Street. Mr. Williams will give the business his personal attention and hopes to make a decided increase. What Mr. Mingus will do is not given out as yet. The business will also continue at Central Point.

Medford Mail, March 13, 1896, page 4


    C. Mingus, of Ashland, who has been quite ill at the home of his son, F. M. Mingus, of this place, is rapidly improving, we are pleased to learn.

Medford Mail, November 27, 1896, page 6


    C. MINGUS, who bas been ill at the home of his son, F. M. Mingus, of this place. for some time, has so far recovered as to be able to return to his home at Ashland.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, January 8, 1897, page 2


    W. H. McGowan this week purchased of C. Mingus the lot adjoining the blacksmith shop on West Seventh Street and will likely build a store building on same in the near future.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, April 8, 1898, page 7


    Conrad Mingus and son, Frank, left last Thursday for Wilbur, Washington, where they will try and dispose of their threshing outfit which Frank took up last fall. If they do not succeed in this they will put the machine to work. They do not expect to remain but a few weeks.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, April 15, 1898, page 6


    C. Mingus stopped off in Medford Sunday on his way to his home in Ashland from a stay of three weeks in Eastern Washington. He reports crops considerable later up there than here, yet they are looking fine and farmers feel certain of good returns.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, April 29, 1898, page 6


    F. M. Eby, a gentleman who arrived in the valley but a short time ago from Missouri, has purchased the Conrad Mingus farm, west of Medford. There are 320 acres in the tract, and $12,000 was the price paid. This is a cracking good piece of land, some of the very best in Jackson County, and Mr. Eby is to be congratulated upon having become the possessor of it. M. Bellinger is the gentleman who brought about the sale, and while he is not a real estate agent he is entitled to credit for having induced a good family to locate among us.

"Additional Local," Medford Mail, September 22, 1899, page 6


Conrad Mingus, of Ashland.
    ASHLAND, Or., May 25.--Conrad Mingus, an old and prominent resident of the Rogue River Valley, died at his home in this city this morning at 10:30 o'clock, aged 78 years.
    Deceased was born in North Carolina, came to the Pacific Coast in 1851, and to this locality in 1868. He left a wife and four children--Dr. Everett Mingus, of Marshfield; Frank Mingus, of Idaho, and Misses Clara and Daisy Mingus, of this city.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, May 26, 1900, page 4


    Conrad Mingus,one of the best-known citizens of the county, and formerly a resident of Medford, died at his home in Ashland, on Friday of last week, aged seventy-eight years. He was born in the state of North Carolina, May 6, 1822, and crossed the plains to the Pacific Coast, settled in California in 1850. He moved to Oregon and established his home in the Rogue River Valley in 1868, and lived on a large and fertile farm near Medford, until taking up his residence in Ashland about twelve years ago. He was married September 13, 1862, to Lavina Dollarhide, who, together with four children, Dr. Everett Mingus, of Marshfield, Frank Mingus, of Idaho, and the Misses Clara and Daisy Mingus, of Ashland, survive him. Deceased was an honest, upright man, and there are friends in all
parts of the valley who deeply mourn his loss.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, June 1, 1900, page 7


    F. M. Stewart, the real estate dealer, reports the sale to G. H. Howland of an eighty-acre tract of land from the old Mingus place, on the road from Medford to Jacksonville. The Mingus place is owned by Mr. Eby, and it was from him that Mr. Howland made the purchase. The price paid was $45 per acre. Mr. Howland is a brother-in-law of Recorder J. W. Lawton, and arrived in Medford last fall with his family, from Minnesota. Soon after his arrival here he purchased the E. A. Johnson residence property on South C Street, where he now resides. The land he has recently purchased is every foot tillable and is considered some of the best agricultural land in the valley. Mr. H. is a gentleman possessed with an unusual amount of hustle, and there is no doubt but that he will make a success of his farming venture. Any man who can make a living and lay up a few dollars on a Minnesota farm can get rich in the great Rogue River Valley.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, December 21, 1900, page 7


    Mrs. L. Mingus, of Ashland, was in Jacksonville Saturday attending to the final settlement of the estate of her husband, the late Conrad Mingus.

"Jacksonville News," Medford Mail, November 14, 1902, page 3



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