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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Jackson County News: 1878


    The Jacksonville Sentinel, bragging of the healthfulness of that locality, cites the fact that out of over 300 actual children in that school district, between five and eighteen, not a single death has occurred in the past three years.
"News Items," The New Northwest, Portland, January 18, 1878, page 3


    Captain O. C. Applegate has retired from the Ashland Tidings, J. M. Sutton, who established the paper, returns to editorial charge.
"News Items," The New Northwest, Portland, June 21, 1878, page 2


    J. M. Sutton again greets the readers of the Ashland Tidings as its editor. He returns to the post after a year and a half of painful illness, fully restored in health. The Tidings is regarded as a local necessity by the people of Southern Oregon, and we trust a prosperous future is before it.

The New Northwest, Portland, June 28, 1878, page 2


    Old Schonchin, chief of the Modocs, was among the Indians that came into Ashland from the Klamath reservation after supplies a short time since. He was during the early Modoc war a terror to the whites, but since he made his "mark" to the treaty of 1864, has been their unswerving friend.
"News Items," The New Northwest, Portland, June 28, 1878, page 2


    Captain O. C. Applegate, late of the Ashland Tidings, has gone to Lake County to treat with the Indians.
    The heaviest wagonload of freight ever brought into Jackson County was brought from Redding to Ashland last week. It weighed 10,864 pounds.
"News Items," The New Northwest, Portland, July 5, 1878, page 2


Death of White Prince.
    A letter from W. C. Myer, dated Ashland, Aug. 17th, says: White Prince died this morning. A post mortem examination of his stomach showed near two-thirds of the inner coating gone, plainly indicating that he had been poisoned while in the valley by a slow and subtle poison. I had thought until the past day or two that he might recover, but the condition of his stomach upon examination showed that no course of treatment could have saved him. He did not rally from his last attack at Salem, as he did from the attacks in Albany and Corvallis in July and August. Notwithstanding his loss to the stock interest of the state, it is now being demonstrated that his stock or produce are the most uniform of any ever bred in Oregon, as will be shown in the next several years when his colts arrive at maturity and are set to work upon the farms of the Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon. I shall bury him with due honors, put a picket fence around his resting place and erect a suitable monument, recording his age, together with his pedigree and the fact of his being the first princely representative of his race ever in Oregon.
The Independent, Roseburg, August 24, 1878, page 3  White Prince was a Percheron.


    Mrs. Colonel Maury, one of the earliest residents of Jackson County, died at Jacksonville last week.
"News Items," The New Northwest, Portland, September 5, 1878, page 2


Narrow Gauge Railroad.
    As will be seen by the following which we take from the Jacksonville Sentinel the good people of that section of Oregon have got tired of waiting for the completion of the Cal. & Ogn. Railroad and have taken the initiatory steps to have one of their own. The gentlemen mentioned as incorporators are all "heavy" men of Southern Ogn. and we believe will carry the project to a successful conclusion: "Articles of incorporation were yesterday signed for the purpose of building a narrow gauge railroad from this valley to the coast, with the following named gentlemen as incorporators: C. C. Beekman, Alex. Martin, E. D. Foudray, John E. Ross, Jacob Ish, M. Hanley, J. M. McCall, R. D. Hume, J. N. T. Miller, John Orth, and N. Langell. The capital stock of the company is $2,000,000, divided into shares of $200 each, and it is proposed to build the road from this place to Ellensburg, at the mouth of Rogue River, a distance of 95 miles. The road, when once completed, would open out to the world's market one of the most fertile valleys to be found anywhere--the garden spot of the coast--and every property owner and business man in the counties of Jackson, Josephine and Lake is interested in its construction. Substantial aid can be received from the citizens of San Francisco, and R. D. Hume and other capitalists of Curry County would lend material assistance for building the same. A line of railroad from this valley to the coast would do more for the substantial development of our resources than anything else, and even after the completion of the O.&C.R.R. through this place, a narrow gauge to the coast would form a competing line, and thus prevent our farmers and merchants from being charged extortionate rates for transportation. We hope that every resident of this locality will take an interest in this new enterprise, and we refer them to the names of the incorporators as a guarantee that the movement is made in good faith."
The Sentinel, Red Bluff, California, September 21, 1878, page 1


    SHOOTING AFFRAY.--A young Kearneyite arrived here from California last week, and getting into a row with a Chinaman, while perambulating through Chinatown drew a pistol and fired at one of the Mongolians, but without taking effect. Marshal Helms and Deputy Sheriff Seybert arrested him and entered a charge of an assault with a dangerous weapon. Recorder Hayden fined him $10 and costs, and not having the bullion with which to liquidate is now boarding it out at the calaboose.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, October 23, 1878, page 4


    INDIAN COUNCIL.--Our city has been overrun for a week past with delegates from the different Indian tribes in this locality, who have gathered here for the purpose of holding a grand religious powwow. The occasion of their meeting here at this time is the arrival of two special agents--George Harney and John Adams--sent by Indian Agent Wm. Bagley, of the Siletz Reservation, to induce them to go on the reserve at that place. Representatives of the tribes at Cottonwood, Yreka, Sacramento, Shasta and Klamath are present, including Allen David, Chief of the Klamaths, Humbug John and Tyee Jim of the Shastas and Chief Frank of the Sacramentos. The "big talk" occurred on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, when Messrs. Harney and Adams both urged them to abandon their present mode of life, and instead of running wild, as they now do, to come on the reservation, take up farms and become civilized. A number of the Indians signified their willingness to do so, and as soon as provision for their transportation is made they will start for their new home. Harney and Adams returned to Siletz Reservation on last Friday's stage.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, October 23, 1878, page 4



     J. M. Sutton, of the Ashland Tidings, Oregon, died at that place last Monday. He was an early settler in Rogue River Valley, having arrived there in 1852.
"Pacific Coast Items," Sacramento Daily Record-Union, October 31, 1878, page 2


    A number of boys ranging in age from 10 to 16 years were in a state of helpless intoxication on the streets of Jacksonville on Sunday. Yet we have a law against furnishing minors with liquor.
"News Items," The New Northwest, Portland, December 5, 1878, page 3



    The city fathers of Ashland are about to prohibit the appearance of boys on the streets after 7 o'clock.
"News Items," The New Northwest, Portland, December 26, 1878, page 2





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