The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Jackson County News: 1873

    It has generally cost Jackson County $20 per ton to Crescent City, and $3 a ton lighterage at the same place; then from three to four cents a pound from there to Jacksonville, and in some instances as high as fifty cents per pound, and all prices between three and fifty cents from Crescent City to Jacksonville, a distance of only 110 miles.
    The Jacksonville Sentinel takes this view of the Modoc sensation: The Indians should be compelled to surrender unconditionally, then we will have peace. Nothing else will give us a lasting peace. There should be no patchwork with Captain Jack. He has been rebellious for the last four years. Now is the time to make an example of him and his followers, which will deter others from doing likewise.
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, January 23, 1873, page 6

    According to the census report there were in 1870, in Oregon, 4,427 persons, over ten years old, who were unable to read, 3,003 being natives of the United States and 1,424 foreigners.
    The grand jury of Jackson County declare the jail at Jacksonville "a perfect nuisance--unfit to keep the meanest Chinaman on the coast in. The building is so small and close that all the jailers in America could not keep it in anything like decent order if it contains one prisoner."
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, March 4, 1873, page 1

    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

    Jacksonville hoodlums parade the streets at night tossing brickbats on roofs to see it there is anybody at home.
    Oliver Johnson, who was working in a mine on Coyote Creek, Jackson County, was "caved in on" last Friday and had his leg broken.
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, March 20, 1873, page 1

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 Sheriff of Jackson County has collected $40,000 of a county tax and reports only a few hundred dollars delinquent.
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, August 15, 1873, page 3

    The Jackson County Times says: T. O. Lance found a fossil head on Jackson Creek, which is quite a curiosity. It possesses many of the features of a grizzly bear's head, but its prodigious size dispels all doubts of its belonging to this race of animals. The head and teeth are larger than those of a common horse, and doubtless belong to a class of animals that inhabited this country long ago. Although the lower jaw and part of the snout are missing, yet enough remains to indicate that the animal owning this head was of gigantic proportions and great strength.
"Interior Items," Daily Alta California, San Francisco, August 20, 1873, 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

    A great number of teams are constantly arriving at Roseburg from Jackson County, bringing a large quantity of grain to the railroad and returning with full loaded wagons of freight for merchants.
    There is a point on the Cascade Range, a little east of Mount McLoughlin and northeast of Jacksonville, where, on a clear day, any person can see, at one glance, thirteen lakes in the Klamath Basin and vicinity. Would not that be a good place for some artist to steer for next summer?
    On Saturday, October 4th, news reached Jacksonville, which has since proven correct, that Henry Billenbrook, residing about six miles north of that place, was killed while freighting on the Crescent City road on the 30th of September. It appears that while driving down a narrow grade a few miles this side of Red Mountain the brake to his wagon gave way, throwing him between the wagon and bank, where he was forced under the wheels and instantly killed.
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, October 17, 1873, page 1

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

    Mr. M. A. Elder, an old and well-known citizen of Jackson County, died on the 19th instant, in the 60th year of his age.
    Efforts are being made by his friends in Jackson County to secure the pardon of Thomas J. Allen, who was sent to the penitentiary for five years, by Judge Prim, in 1872.
    Isaac Sachs, Major T. Glenn sad Major John E. Ross, of Jacksonville, have gone east to visit friends and relatives, after an absence of many years from boyhood's scenes.
    Mr. Jaquette, of Jacksonville, has at last succeeded in convincing skeptics that chestnuts can be successfully grown in this state. He has a large grove of them, and has this fall gathered some well-matured nuts therefrom.
"Oregon Briefs," Daily Alta California, San Francisco, November 4, 1873, page 1

    Skunks are as thick in Jacksonville as locusts were in Egypt in the good old days of old.
    The Klamath Indians are on their annual raid to Jacksonville to buy and steal their winter's supply of luxuries.
    Thirty-one cases appear on the docket for disposition in the Circuit Court for Jackson County, which convened on the 10th instant. Two murder cases against white men and nine against Scar-Faced Charley and other Indians are pending.
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, November 15, 1873, page 1

    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

    A writer from Grants Pass, Jackson [sic] County, to the Advocate, says of the earthquake: "The first indication we had of it was the clattering of the windows; then followed a few violent upheavals; then a very severe oscillating movement. We think it lasted from fifteen to twenty seconds. We have heard of no serious damage being done beyond the knocking down of some chimneytops, cracking some cellar walls, and displacing some buildings."
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, December 13, 1873, page 8

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