The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Jackson County News: 1873

    SHOOTING AFFRAY.--About three o'clock yesterday a serious shooting affray occurred in front of White & Martin's store. James D. Fay shot Horace Ish through the side of the head, and the latter is supposed to be mortally wounded. We abstain from attempting to give any particulars until the facts in the case can be reliably learned.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 8, 1873, page 3

    Jim Fay's pocketbook is an eminent life preserver. The Times tells us that an affray occurred in Jacksonville last Friday, between James D. Fay and Wm. K. Ish and Horace Ish, which resulted in the shooting of Horace Ish in the cheek by Fay, and the narrow escape of Fay from a bullet fired by Wm. K. Ish, which lodged in Fay's pocketbook, breaking the force of and diverting the ball, which would probably otherwise have pierced his heart. Ish is seriously, if not mortally, wounded.
Albany Democrat, March 14, 1873, page 2

    W.B.K., Jacksonville: There is a mistake, either with our books or your daughter. If the books are correct, she subscribed through a traveling agent who received the percent as a premium fur his work. Two premiums would more than cover the subscription price. It would be amusing to us if it were not so annoying to see the tenacity with which some people cling to the idea that they must be paid for taking a paper. The only inducement a publisher has for offering premiums is the expectation that people will try to extend their circulation, yet we find that those who are most eager for premiums are those who work least for the paper. Go pay your own subscription one year and then order the paper sent to some other name that you may thereby secure a premium on two subscriptions without benefiting the publisher may be fun for subscribers but it is death to the paper if acquiesced in. We want all women to understand that they are quite as much interested in the New Northwest as we are, and while we can and do pay premiums to canvassers, or those who renew and send one or more new subscribers, we cannot give premiums for the payment of old debts.
The New Northwest, Portland, March 14, 1873, page 2

    SHOOTING SCRAPE IN OREGON.--A shooting affray took place in Jacksonville, Oregon, on March 8th, between James D. Fay, William K. Ish and Horace Ish, resulting in the latter being dangerously wounded. Fay and Horace Ish had some trouble over a lawsuit, and, meeting in the street, the latter spit in the former's face, whereupon Fay drew his pistol and shot Ish twice, one ball taking effect in his head. William K. Ish then shot at Fay, the ball passing through a pocketbook in the latter' pocket, but doing him no injury.
Idaho World, Idaho City, March 20, 1873, page 2

Destructive Fire at Jacksonville.
    JACKSONVILLE (Oregon), April 3rd.
    The most destructive fire that ever occurred in this place broke out this evening at half-past 5 o'clock, in the United States Hotel, and spread with fearful rapidity towards the eastern portion of the town. In less than fifteen minutes it was completely beyond control. Very fortunately there was little wind blowing, and that in an opposite direction to the main business or center of the place. Having no fire engine, the main reliance was in tearing down buildings, which was done as rapidly as possible. The express and banking house of C. C. Beekman was badly scorched. The fire was got under control at 7 o'clock p.m. Losses, as near as can be ascertained, are as follows: Horne, proprietor of United States Hotel, $10,000; Mrs. Brentano's millinery, $700; Dr. Aiken, books and instruments, $400; Miss Kent, accounts and household furniture, $800; Democratic Times office, $1,500; Kubli & Wilson, livery stable building and hay and grain, $4,000; David Cronemiller & Bro., blacksmith shop, $1,100; Jacob Meyer, wagon shop and tools, $1,000; Pat Donegan, blacksmith, $1,500; James T. Glenn, dwelling occupied by Mrs. T'Vault, $1,000; Mrs. Ganung's dwelling, $800; P. J. Ryan, store and stock, $30,000; James Casey's building, $1,000. There was not a dollar of insurance, and the whole loss is total. Little property was saved from any of the buildings. Very fortunately the wind changed when the first buildings were nearly burned down, and saved the eastern part of town and city buildings.
Marysville Daily Appeal, California, April 4, 1873, page 3

    The men enlisting in the company of mounted militia to be raised by Gen. Ross, of Jackson County, under an order from our State Executive, are requested to furnish their own animals, saddles, etc.
    The proceeds of the concert held at Jacksonville last week for the benefit of those who suffered by the late fire at that place amounted on the first night to $181.50. The programme was for three nights.
    The Jacksonville Sentinel says: "Just now the sound of the hammer is heard in the burnt district, building and repairing. From present appearances it will not be long until most of the burnt district will be covered with houses again."
    A mass meeting of the citizens of Jackson County is called to meet at Jacksonville this Tuesday evening for the purpose, among other things, of adopting some method for the protection of the settlements on the frontier. The Sentinel of the 19th says some action is necessary, as the murderous Modocs have escaped from the Lava Beds and are loose among the settlements.
    George Black, of Jacksonville, does not mince words in dunning his creditors. He claims that something is due him on the Oregon war claims, and sends the following to B. F. Dowell, who has the claim for collection: "Now, see here--I want you to get my money for me. I need it and want it, and you have promised to get it for me time and time again, and yet I do not get the money. This is not fair or honorable in you, or in the Department. I earned this money. It belongs to me, and I must have it. Here I go around like a beggar. My diggings do not pay, and the ball in my hip gives me trouble every winter, and you fine fellows in the city live on the fat of the land and have good, bully times. This won't do. Get me my money. Send the money to the care of P. J. Ryan. Send it to me right off."
Oregonian, Portland, April 22, 1873, page 3

    The Jacksonville Times, which was burned out last spring, has made its reappearance.

The New Northwest, Portland, July 25, 1878, page 1

    The telegraph office is to be removed to Caton's boot and shoe shop.
"Local Brevities," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 6, 1873, page 3

Carrying the News Over the Mountains.
    The Associated Press courier who carried the news of the Modoc execution from Fort Klamath to the telegraph station at Jacksonville, Oregon rode ninety-two miles in six hours and fifty-five minutes, over a mountain road of more than usual roughness, employing only three well-selected horses for the journey. The last forty-two miles he accomplished in exactly two hours, defeating his principal competitor by thirty minutes, and getting control of the wire, which was necessarily occupied in transmitting the Associated Press report until it was too late to forward any other.
Marshall Weekly Messenger, Marshall, Illinois, November 1, 1873, page 6

    The proposition of D. H. and Carrie Sexton to submit the facts of the controversy between said parties and Jackson County, in regard to the Rock Point bridge, to the Circuit Court at its next session without suit was rejected.
"County Court Proceedings," Democratic Times,
Jacksonville, November 29, 1873, page 3

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