The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Jackson County News: 1872

    The Jacksonville (Oregon) Democrat says: We learn from John Sisemore that Mr. Wagoner and wife, emigrants into our valley from Wilkes County, North Carolina, last season, aged respectively seventy and sixty-five years, went to work and put in a crop on his place, from which they harvested sixteen bushels of wheat, nine hundred bushels of oats and seven hundred bushels of corn. This the two old people accomplished within themselves, except in harvesting the grain, which aid they paid back in their own labor. These two are truly a self-sustaining couple, and a few more North Carolinians of the same sort will be welcome among us.
"State News," Weekly Pioneer, Asheville, North Carolina, February 15, 1872, page 2

    Boats do not reach Roseburg; but down the rocky Umpqua, at Scottsburg, was once a lively trade, and many steamers decked the river--a river rich in scenery, deep and dark from rugged cliffs in many places, and then overshadowed by the spicy myrtle. Two hours' ride from this little town, through rolling hills of oak, and we touch the advance of Holladay's railroad army. Farther on, we pass a town of tents. Thousands of men, it seems--and mostly Chinamen--are at work, like beavers, sweeping away the great fir forest that shuts out the sun the whole year through. Two hundred miles from Portland, and three hundred miles from the sea, by the line of travel, we take the cars. At present, the gap between the California and Oregon sections, that the traveler has to cross by coach, is three days' hard travel; but it is safe to say that, in another year, somewhere up about the Siskiyou Mountains, the last spike will be driven. The Oregon section has the heavier force employed, is displaying the greater energy, and will probably first reach the junction.
Joaquin Miller, "A Ride Through Oregon," Overland Monthly, April 1872, page 305

    A company of seventy emigrants destined for Jackson County has reached Red Bluff and are expected to arrive in Oregon next week.
    S. Plymale is organizing a stock company for the purpose of sinking an artesian well for the benefit of the citizens of Jacksonville.
    Cummings, a blind man, was thrown from his horse, in Jacksonville, last Saturday, and received severe injuries.
    Nichols and family, while on their way from Sams Valley (where they live) to this place, on Saturday last, met with quite a severe accident by having their team run away--throwing Nichols out of the wagon and bruising him up quite severely.
    The Jacksonville Sentinel says: "The people of Southern Oregon, without respect to party, feel that they have a warm friend in the person of Attorney-General Williams, and know that he has done more for that part of the state than any other man."
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, May 28, 1872, page 3

    THE ROCK POINT BRIDGE.--The Sentinel, in its last issue, exposes its ignorance in reference to the law regulating the leasing of county roads, and tenders some gratuitous advice to the public, which, if followed, would prove disastrous to those who accepted it. The Sentinel man recklessly assails the legality of the lease made of this bridge. The lease was executed, and the transfer of the bridge to the agent of Ella Niday was in exact conformity with the provisions of Title 111 [sic--III?], Chap. 47, General Laws of Oregon, page 873 of the Code. If the asinine editor of the Sentinel had ever read the law of which he prates, and had the honesty to tell the truth about it, he would warn the public against the litigation which would be sure to follow a violation of the lease, instead of counseling them to rush headlong into the expensive trouble and annoyance of a lawsuit.
    The Sentinel man asserts that the county court had no right to protect the bridge after it had entered into a solemn lease of it. For the information of the exceedingly ignorant editor of the Sentinel, we copy the section of the Code under which the right is given, and recommend him to study it attentively, as it may save him the mortification of making a fool of himself, and of misleading the public in the future:
    SEC. 61. The rates of toll that the lessee may collect and receive shall be the above in the lease, and none other can be charged; and any person who shall pass through a gate upon such road, without paying the toll legally charged thereat, or when traveling on such road shall go round such gate, with intent to avoid the payment of such toll, shall be liable to the lessee of such road for three times the amount of such toll. (Code, 874.)
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 1, 1872, page 2

    The Jacksonville brass band was presented with a handsome American flag and staff last week by the citizens of Jacksonville.
    The Sentinel says: Last Monday, as Miss Pheley of Jacksonville was crossing a deep cut, over which a broad plank had been thrown for a crossing, the plank broke, precipitating her among the rocks below, breaking her leg in two places.
    A decision by Judge Prim of the First Judicial District is announced, which virtually settles the question that where lands have been surveyed and returned as agricultural lands, mere possession by the miners gives them no legal or equitable rights sufficient to resist a patent.
    It is reported that a small schooner, owned by Brown and plying on Big Klamath Lake, between Linkville and the Klamath Agency, was struck by lightning a couple of weeks ago in a thunderstorm. Brown was on board alone and was stricken senseless, in which condition he remained for several hours. A cat, which was at his side, was killed. The schooner sprang a leak during the storm.
    The Jacksonville Times of last Saturday has the following: On the 14th instant as C. Cummings was on his way from Umpqua Valley to Harney Lake, in Jackson County, he had the misfortune to upset his wagon near Harkness' Station, on Grave Creek, which resulted in serious injury to some of its occupants. His little three-year-old daughter, falling beneath the heavy freight, was the principal sufferer, having had her left thigh broken in two places and her right leg fractured below the knee.
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, July 2, 1872, page 3

    James Barkley was arrested at Jacksonville last week for selling liquor to soldiers.
    Jackson County has an empty jail. Our country exchanges often publish the fact that there are no criminals in their county jails.
    William Krischner, a Jacksonville saloon keeper, fell dead with apoplexy on Saturday, the 7th instant, while conversing with a friend.
    John Blattner's house on Rich Gulch, Jackson County, was burned to the ground Saturday, July 6th, and everything therein consumed, while he was at work in his claim. The origin of the fire is unknown.
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, July 19, 1872, page 2

    A number of immigrants, direct from Germany, have lately arrived in Jackson County, and will settle there.
    Hale of Jackson County had a fight with a bear last week, in which the bear was killed and Hale seriously wounded.
    The Jacksonville Times intimates that most of the rogues in Jackson County hail from Portland, though we didn't know that the editor of the Times had ever lived here.
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, August 2, 1872, page 1

    John Meyer was drowned while bathing in Butte Creek, Jackson County, on Saturday, August 10th. He was alone and is supposed to have been seized with cramps.
    The Jacksonville Times has the following: "Indians belonging to Camp Harney have been raiding on settlers on Crooked River, stealing horses and butchering cattle. A party of soldiers followed them from Camp Harney, and after a jaunt of fifteen days overhauled them near Camp Warner, 200 miles distant. Eight valuable mares were recovered. The Indians are in irons."
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, August 23, 1872, page 1

    The house of W. W. Hale of Antelope, Jackson County, was burned to the ground last Thursday, 29th ult., and everything therein consumed. Loss, $2,000.
    The artesian well which was begun in Jacksonville some time ago has reached the depth of 170 feet, but the water won't come to the surface. Some fine specimens of copper, however, have been taken from the hole.
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Record-Union, September 6, 1872, page 1

    Fishing with giant powder is becoming common in Jackson County.
    The Jacksonville Times has again changed proprietors. T. B. Kent is now sole owner.
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, September 7, 1872, page 4

    H. T. Phillips, who took a band ot 96 head of horses from Jackson County, Oregon, to Boise County, Idaho Territory, in July last, has disposed of all of them to the farmers of that section at a fair profit to himself.
"The Territories," Sacramento Daily Union, September 17, 1872, page 6

    The dwelling house of A. H. Boothby, on Rogue River, caught fire last week, and burned to the ground, consuming its contents.
"Pacific Coast News," Albany Register, Albany, Oregon, September 27, 1872, page 3

    Threshing is pretty well finished in Jackson County, and the crops are much poorer than they have been for many years. The wheat crop turns out pretty well, but oats and barley not so good. Wheat is selling at $1 per bushel; oats 75 cents, and barley two cents per pound. The fruit crop is good, grapes particularly, and there will no doubt be a large quantity of wine manufactured this year.
"The Territories," Sacramento Daily Union, September 28, 1872, page 5

    A Jackson County farmer has raised 10,000 pounds of onions on one-half acre of ground the present season.
"Oregon Items," Pacific Rural Press, San Francisco, November 16, 1872, page 316

    The grand jury of Jackson County recommend the people to build a new jail, courthouse and sheriff and clerk's office.
    The line of hacks heretofore running between Jacksonville and Linkville has been discontinued, owing to bad roads.
"Home News," The New Northwest, Portland, November 22, 1872, page 2

    The grand jury of Jackson County recommend the people to build a new jail, courthouse and sheriff and clerk's office.
    Tenbrook, who traveled from Goose Lake to Jacksonville last week, found snow about ten inches deep on the Cascade Range when he crossed it, but rapidly melting.
    Beautiful snow covereth the mountains round about Jacksonville, and the stately elk seeketh food and shelter in the valleys, where the fleet-footed hounds and the deadly rifle-ball layeth him low.
    A correspondent of the Jacksonville Sentinel writing from Goose Lake Valley says: "The weather has been very stormy for several weeks, but was more pleasant when he left, and bid fair to be a mild, open winter. The cattle are fatter than ever before known at this season of the year, the milch cows being in good killing condition. Throughout the country the farmers have a good supply of hay put up for the winter, in case any should be required."
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, November 25, 1872, page 2

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