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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Jackson County News: 1861


    A man in Jackson County named Henry Shook shot himself in the breast with a yager. Cause, unrequited love.
"Domestic Items," Oregon Statesman, Salem, April 1, 1861, page 2


Crescent City Road.
New Bridge over Applegate.
    THE undersigned respectfully informs the traveling public, teamsters, packers, &c. that he has completed the new bridge across Applegate, on the main road between Jacksonville and Crescent City, and the structure is now open for the accommodation of all who may choose to favor the enterprise.
    The work has been an expensive and protracted undertaking, yet the toll rates will be placed at the lowest living figures, to suit present hard times.
    The bridge is most substantially built.
    The patronage of the public is respectfully solicited.
R. JACKSON.
    Applegate, April 3rd, 1861.
"New Advertisements," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, April 6, 1861, page 2


    LATE FROM OREGON.--A dispatch to the Marysville Appeal, dated June 22nd, from Yreka, has the following:
    "Advices from Oregon state that a terrible accident occurred on Tuesday night, at the house of Mrs. Mary Hinkle, situated between Crescent City and Jacksonville. The residence was burned to the ground, and Mrs. Hinkle and two daughters perished in the flames. The fire was discovered about midnight by persons being near, who did all in their power to save the inmates, but without success. Nothing was left them to do but to stand by, and with aching hearts witness the building crumble to ashes over the unfortunate victims. From the position of the bodies after the building fell, it would appear that the mother had awakened, and with her little daughter attempted to make her escape, but fell before reaching the door. The older daughter was doubtless suffocated, and never awoke to a sense of her danger. Mrs. Hinkle was forty-two years of age. Her eldest daughter, who was soon to have been married, was sixteen, and the youngest six years. The emigrated from Missouri in 1853.
    "Clugage & Drum had six valuable horses stolen from a ranch on Butte Creek.
    "A shooting affair occurred at Sailor Diggings, June 18th, between James Little and Matthew Graham. Little was shot in the hip."
Sacramento Daily Union, June 24, 1861, page 2


Publisher's Notice--Extras.
    To meet the increased demand for the very latest intelligence from the Atlantic States, the publisher of the SENTINEL have determined to issue Extras immediately on receipt of the Pony [Express] dispatches, and forward them to subscribers by first conveyance, in advance of the regular weekly issue. The Pony now arrives twice a week, the news from which usually reach us on Sunday and Wednesday evenings, by telegraph from Sacramento to Yreka, and thence by stage to this place. The northern stage lying over for twelve hours gives ample time for printing and mailing the extras north, while we will be equally fortunate in hitting Monday's mail for Crescent City.
    To meet attendant expenses, we shall issue to subscribers of the SENTINEL twenty-five numbers of the Extra for the trifling sum of One Dollar in advance.
    Orders, with the cash, left with any one of the agents named above will receive prompt attention.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, August 17, 1861, page 2


    The first number of the Southern Oregon Gazette, published at this place by O'Meara & Pomeroy, made its appearance on Thursday morning last. It presents a fair typographical appearances, publishes and endorses the late speech of John C. Breckinridge, and professes to be Democratic in politics.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, August 17, 1861, page 3



    APPREHENDED INDIAN DIFFICULTIES.--Fifty or more Rogue River Indians have returned to their old hunting grounds on Sams Creek, about fifteen miles from this place, and assert that it is their country and that they propose to occupy it, and to make their society still more interesting, they tell the settlers there that three or four hundred more will join them in a few days. As an evidence of what they intend to do, they have turned some of their horses into a pasture and told the owner, at his peril, not to take them out. Unless the authorities give immediate attention tot his matter, trouble may be expected.--Jacksonville Sentinel.

Oregon Argus, Oregon City, September 7, 1861, page 2


    MAN KILLED.--At a shooting match, near the residence of Columbus Gall, on Sams Creek, in this county, held on Saturday last, Robert Wilson shot and killed Peter Scott. The particulars of this unfortunate affair as they have reached us are these: There had been a feud of some weeks standing between the parties when they met at the above place. Wilson had his rifle with him for the purpose of contending for the prize. Scott approached him in an insulting manner; Wilson requested him to keep away and stepped behind a third person to avoid him. Scott followed him up a few steps, and put his right hand up to his left breast, as if in the act of drawing a weapon; at this demonstration, Wilson fired, the ball taking effect in the left breast, killing Scott instantly. Wilson immediately gave himself up to Justice Nye. On an examination of the body of Scott by the Coroner, a Navy revolver fully charged was found in the left breast of his overshirt.
    An examination was had before Justices Nye and Lee on Monday, when Wilson was discharged, it being clearly shown that he had acted in self-defense.
    Orville P. Scott was the name of the deceased. His parents reside in Lafayette, Yamhill County.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, November 2, 1861, page 3


    FIRE AT KERBYVILLE.--A fire broke out at Kerbyville, on the 23rd ult., in Morris & Taylor's new building. The fire soon extended to John Steers' saloon, on the opposite corner, which was totally destroyed. The Union Hotel was saved by great exertion. There was nothing saved from Steers' building but one billiard table. Morris & Taylor, and J. L. Steele, contractor, lost about $4,000; John Steers, $4,000; Union Hotel, damaged $500; other parties small amounts. We take the above from a correspondent of the Jacksonville Sentinel.
Weekly Oregonian,
Portland, October 12, 1861, page 1




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