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Medford News: 1907

Medford-related news items from 1907. Also see descriptions of Medford and Jackson County for this year.

    Messrs. Horace and Tom Howard purchased a beautiful black French coach horse last week from Dunham & Fletcher of Wayne, Illinois. The price paid for this fine blooded animal was $1100. It is their purpose to ship him to Medford, Oregon, where they, in connection with their father, Col. S. T. Howard, will engage in the stock farm business.
The Hereford Brand, Hereford, Texas, February 1, 1907, page 12

    To Medford, Oregon, belongs the honor of having received the highest price ever paid for a carload of pears. The fruit was raised by J. W. Perkins in the Rogue River Valley, and were of the Comice variety. For the carload he received $3450 gross and $2707 net. They were packed out in half boxes containing from thirty-five to forty pears. For a full box of fifty pounds Mr. Perkins received $5.00 a box net.
"Fruit Profits in Nineteen Six Outlook for Nineteen Seven," Better Fruit magazine, May 1907, page 30

    Tom and Horace Howard left Saturday with their immigration car to join their father, S. T. Howard, at Medford, Oregon, who has been at that place for several months. It is their purpose to enter into the stock business, raising fine horses and mules.
The Hereford Brand, Hereford, Texas, February 1, 1907, page 12

Examinations in the eighth grade were held throughout the country this week.
    Mrs. M. Austin, nee Linda Edwards of Medford, has resigned her position as postmaster at Austin, Grant County.
    H. O. Wilkinson of Roseburg will open a saloon in Medford, on what is popularly known as whisky row, in July. It will be a handsome one.
    J. Y. Eccleston, the pioneer miner, has returned from Portland, where he has been for some time, under treatment for paralysis. The doctors gave him no relief.
    The Vienna Bakery's telephone number is 496. Ring if you want first-class bread or pastry. Delivery made as usual.
    L. D. Harris, superintendent of the Bear Creek Orchard, wants 30 men to thin out the surplus fruit. Experience is not necessary. The wages will be $1.25 and board.
    The Palace Hotel, under the management of George Lindley, will close Thursday, May 23rd. He will dispose of everything in the place belonging to him at low prices.
    Judge Robt. L. Mattingly, who recently formed a partnership with W. E. Phipps, has been admitted to practice law in this state by the Oregon Supreme Court, upon a certificate from Ohio.
    Geo. L. Davis has sold his opera house property, including the vacant lot adjoining, to J. F. Reddy and his associates for $6,000. He has sold his interests in Portland also and may return to Medford before long.
    The Southern Oregonian will be located in the row of buildings on  C Street, opposite the Halley block. One of the most complete printing offices in the state will be found there after June 1st.
    E. N. Warner has bought the stock of groceries belonging to the estate of Clare Morey, an insolvent debtor, paying $1400 therefor. Assignee Hamilton thinks that the creditors will do well to get 50 percent of their claims. Mr. Morey fell heir to a lot of indebtedness when he assumed the business, that finally swamped him.
"Local Briefs," Southern Oregonian, Medford, May 18, 1907, page 5

    ROGUE RIVER PEARS--The fresh fruit car record of the world is held by J. W. Perkins of Medford, who obtained at auction in New York City in the summer of 1905 $3429.00 for a carload of his Comice pears, and he alone could break that record in 1906, when his best carload sold for $3450.00 in the same market.
    SOME RECENT YIELDS--C. R. Heimroth sold from one and three-fourths acres of Spitzenbergs, 587 boxes for $1174; from three acres Newtown Pippins 780 boxes for $1365; total, $2539. This in addition to sales of culls. All in 1906. M. L. Pellett sold from eight acres of Bartlett pears in 1906, 3000 boxes for $4500 net on cars at shipping station, aside from sales of culls. W. H. Norcross sold from two acres of Newtown Pippins, not yet in full bearing, 1906, 657 boxes for $1346.85. The same year, from four acres of Spitzenbergs, $2113.10. This orchard has borne eight good crops in nine years, and the carload of Newtowns sent to London from this orchard in 1906 was pronounced by the dealers to be the best car of the year in that market. Twenty-two acres of pears on the Burrell Investment Company's orchard in 1906 produced 6441 boxes of fruit, which sold for $8884, f.o.b. cars. F. H. Hopkins received in 1906, from fifteen and one-half acres of Winter Nelis pears, $9000, f.o.b. Medford. The Bradshaw & Stevens orchard contains three and one-half acres, 250 acres, Yellow Newtown apples, which annually bring returns of $2500 to $3000.

Medford Commercial Club ad, Better Fruit magazine, June 1907, page 36

    Captain Nash is up from Berkeley on a business trip. He will be in Medford for several days.
    There will be second degree work in the Masonic lodge tonight, June 5, 1907. By order of G. M. McGowan, W.M.
    Southern Oregon on a postal card at the Medford Pharmacy. You can give your friends far away an idea of the beauties of this valley on a postal card for a nickel or less. Come in to look them over.
    The Elite Cafe--now open--home cooking. C Street, two doors from post office.
    Joe Murphy has installed a new barber pole. He intended having a bonfire and a general blowout on the date of the installation, but will combine his enthusiasm with that of the Commercial Club in the ratification of the election tonight.
    An engine and several cars for the P.&E. are en route from Portland to Medford and are expected to arrive here by the 10th inst. The opening of traffic on the line between Medford and Eagle Point will date from their arrival.
    By a recent ruling from S.P. headquarters the Jacksonville train will no longer block the Seventh Street crossing and the passage to the exhibit building when passenger trains are due. The Jack. train will pick up freight in the afternoon instead of the morning as heretofore.
"Social and Personal," Medford Daily Tribune, June 5, 1907, page 4

Goes to Oregon.
    YREKA, June 14.--Frank A. Grisez, a native of Yreka, has been appointed by the board of superintendents of Jackson County, Oregon, as surveyor for that county. Mr. Grisez is considered one of the best surveyors in Siskiyou County, and his friends regret to see him leave although glad of his success.
Sacramento Daily Union, June 15, 1907, page 9

Sisters' School of Medford.
    MEDFORD, Or., July 12.--(Special.)--The Sisters of the Holy Name have purchased six acres of land within the city limits of Medford and will erect a $25,000 school building thereon. The location is one of the most sightly in the city.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, July 13, 1907, page 10

    The hitching rack problem is one of those constantly recurring questions that are never satisfactorily solved, and yet must be handled in some way in a community constituted as ours is. It became necessary some time ago to prohibit the hitching of horses upon the main business streets, owing to the constantly increasing danger of runaways. This has worked as an inconvenience to many people from outside of town, who are obliged to tie up their teams at a distance and after their trading is done drive after the goods. The two or three hitching places near the business part of the city are always crowded and the need for more room is evident. If convenient places could be found for the building of hitching racks, where the objectionable features attending such places would not discommode any one it would be a good thing for the city council to have them built, for the convenience of out of town patrons of our merchants.
    J. W. Cox is erecting a 40x60-foot warehouse on his property, on South D Street. He will put in machinery for rolling barley and other grain, but expects to devote the greater part of the time of the mill to rolling grain which he will produce from his own land. He will, however, do custom grinding if there is a demand for it.
“City Happenings,” Medford Mail, July 19, 1907, page 5

    I. B. Armstrong of Forest Grove, accompanied by his son, E. J. Armstrong, of the same place, called on us while here on business. Mr. Armstrong is the father of Prof. I. A. Armstrong, who was principal of the city public schools for four years and of the Petersburg [schools] for one year, but left here about seven years ago, going first to Washington and afterwards to Medford, Oregon, where he now lives. Mr. Armstrong paid us a year's subscription to The Democrat-Gazette to
be sent his son at the latter address.
Weekly Democrat-Gazette, McKinney, Texas, August 29, 1907, page 12

Enrollment Shows Medford's Growth
    MEDFORD, Or., Sept. 11.--(Sept.)--Medford's public schools opened yesterday and enrollment today reached the highest in history, the total being 625. The first term's enrollment is ordinarily about two-thirds the total for the year, and on this basis the population of Medford may be estimated at about 4000. In addition to the high school, which has an enrollment of 83, there is a complete business course which is likely to prove very popular. A truant officer has been appointed, and all children not lawfully employed must attend school. It is the intention to have this law rigidly enforced.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, September 12, 1907, page 7

    YREKA, Sept. 20.--News comes to this city that the city of Medford, Oregon, will be supplied this winter with coal from the Roxy Ann mine near that place. Preparations are being made to take out coal and put it on the market within thirty days. Robert A. Towne, owners of the famous Blue Ledge copper mine in this state and county, had a bond on this mine, but allowed it to expire last week. This bond called for $28,125 purchase price. During the past year he spent about $20,000 in developing the mine. He drove 1000 feet of tunnel and proved the size of the vein, but for some reasons allowed his option to lapse. After his option had expired he offered to buy the mine at the figure agreed on in the bond, but the owners refused to sell. The mine will be equipped at once and operations will commence as soon as the machinery is in running order. It is owned by the Medford Coal and Mining Company, composed of Medford people, and they purchased another coal tract of 200 acres last week for $10,000.
Sacramento Daily Union, September 21, 1907, page 8

ONE CAR OF PEARS, $4,622.80.
Auction Sale of Oregon Fruit in New York Monday.
    Medford, Ore., Oct. 5.--A car of Comice pears was sold at the Brown & Seccomb auction Monday which made the sensational total of $4,622.80. The car contained 1045 half boxes and 84 boxes. It was packed and shipped by C. H. Lewis of the Bear Creek orchard, Medford, Ore., to Rae & Hatfield.
    These are the highest prices for pears sold at auction in the history of the business, and it may be that no prices will equal these for some time to come. The range for the half boxes was from $3.80 to $4.10, averaging $4 per half box. Eight boxes of the lot sold at $8.20, but this was a very small percentage compared with the total.
    While prices on western pears are very high, yet these exceptionally sensational prices were due to the fine work of George Rae, of Rae & Hatfield.
    A car was sold before the Rae & Hatfield car by Sgobel & Day. This came from J. W. Perkins, Medford, Ore., but the Sgobel & Day car did not bring within 25 percent of the Rae & Hatfield car, although there was not one-tenth of 1 percent difference in the quality of the fruit.   
    Mr. Rae was in the auction room at the time of the sale, and when his car was offered he did a great deal of good-natured but determined boosting, not on the quiet, but out on the floor.
    Rae & Hatfield make a specialty of handling fine fruit, and they are in touch with all the high-class buyers in the market, consequently anything that goes in the auction room with their name on it attracts a great deal of attention, and it gives buyers considerable confidence.
The Chicago Packer, October 5, 1907, page 9

Prices Were Never So High Before and Many Outsiders Are Buying.
    ASHLAND, Or., Oct. 13.--(Special.)--Things have been doing in Rogue River Valley orchard lands recently as never before and numerous sales have been made in every portion of the valley at prices that a few years ago would have been counted fabulous, but which in reality are demonstrated to be only fair values when the returns from them and the possibilities of the future are taken into consideration. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of outside capital are being poured into the orchard industry in the Rogue River Valley, in the purchase of bearing orchards, as well as in the planting of new orchards. Inquiries for larger or smaller tracts of the highly prized real estate of this valley are coming in from many states. Those who thought prices of orchard lands had reached the top notch a year or two ago are still wondering where it is going to stop, and people who sold too soon are sorry.
    An apple orchard adjoining Ashland sold the other day for $14,000 (40 acres in fruit) that a year or two ago went begging at half the price, and it is generally conceded that the recent purchaser secured a big bargain. Six thousand five hundred dollars was offered a few days ago for a five-acre peach tract in the suburbs of Ashland, but was declined. E. E. Foss recently sold a 25-acre peach and apple orchard in the Wagner Creek Valley, near Talent, four miles northwest of Ashland, for $10,000 and is sorry of the bargain he made with the Californian who made the purchase. But he has more orchard left. M. L. Pellett recently sold 30 acres of apple orchard in the same vicinity for $12,000 to W. G. Estep, of Spokane.
    It is reported that $15,000 has been offered Emmett Beeson for his 13-acre home place, located in the same vicinity as the two sales last reported, in the beautiful Wagner Creek Valley, which is one of the most attractive fruit and garden regions in the vicinity of Ashland.
    It was reported a few days ago that T. D. Austin has sold ten acres of his orchard, the McCarthy place, located between Ashland and Talent, for $10,000.
    S. G. Simon has sold his ranch near Phoenix to W. C. Kiser, Jr., of Redfield, S.D., for $45,000.
    Sam G. Van Dyke, it is reported, has sold his place, 160 acres on the main county thoroughfare between Medford and Phoenix, to J. F. Wortman and J. S. Kiel, of Twin Falls, Idaho, for $24,000. Fifty acres is planted to apples and pears, and the remainder is to be set out by the new owners, it is said.

    Last week Honore Palmer, the millionaire son of Mrs. Potter Palmer, of Chicago, who paid a visit to the Rogue River Valley with his distinguished mother, made the purchase of the Alfred Weeks orchard property near Medford. The price was $36,730 for the 102 acres of young apples and pears.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, October 14, 1907, page 12

    Archbishop Christie returned Wednesday from Medford, where he completed the purchase of a lot on which the erection of a church will be begun immediately.
"Three New Churches,"
Morning Oregonian, Portland, October 18, 1907, page 11

Medford's New Record.
    Medford--The first carload of Beurre Bosc pears ever shipped to New York from Oregon has sold there at auction, grossing $2,335, or an average on all sizes of $4.10 per box. [Bartlett pears were shipped to New York as early as 1893.] J. W. Perkins is the grower. This is the record price for fruit of this variety. Nearly every car shipped from Medford this year has broken existing records, all pear records of all varieties now held by Medford growers having been wrested away from California within the past two years, up to which time California had taken and held all pear records. Five hundred acres of Beurre Bosc pears will come into bearing here next year.
Hillsboro Independent, October 18, 1907, page 6

Robbers Board Train and Attempt Holdup with Fatal Result Near Ashland.
    One man is dead and two wounded as the result of a murderous attack and attempted holdup last night on a Southern Pacific freight at Steinman, nine miles south of Ashland, by three young desperadoes. The dead man is Charles Fink, aged 26. The wounded are William Hemerick and Fred Mason, who were stealing a ride on a box car, which was boarded by three men. After lighting a candle, the desperadoes ordered the men to hold up their hands, enforcing the demand by placing a revolver at Hemerick's breast. Fink reached for the highwayman's gun and a fight followed. In a fusillade of shots which followed Fink dropped mortally wounded. He lived several hours. The others were hit in the leg. The robbers jumped from the train and were not apparently injured, None of the Fink party were armed.
    The wounded men were railroad laborers who were beating their way south. They passed through Medford on the 5:20 train last night.
    Sheriff Jackson was at Jacksonville and was called up by phone at midnight and left in an auto for the scene of the murder. The assailants fled into the brush and have not been seen since. It is impossible for them to escape, for the railroad officials are assisting the officers in the search, Chief of Police Simons of Ashland is leading the search for the fugitives, who are supposed to have doubled back towards Medford. He is in Medford today watching for the murderers, who are supposed to be mingling with the circus crowd.
Medford Daily Tribune, October 18, 1907, page 1

Fatal Duel Between Three Farm Hands and Boxcar Thieves Aboard Moving Train in Southern Oregon--One Killed and Three Injured--Thieves Escape.
(Special to The Appeal.)
    ASHLAND, Ore., Oct. 18.--One man was killed and two probably fatally injured this morning in a desperate battle between train thieves and three farm hands who were riding in a freight car near Steinman, ten miles from this city.
    The officers of Jackson County are out en masse and a big posse of deputies is scouring the county in an effort to find the murderous robbers.
    Charles Fink, William Homerick and Frederick Mason, the farm hands, saw three thieves going through a couple of box cars in the train on which they were riding. They attempted to capture the thieves and Fink was immediately shot dead.
    Both sides then began fighting and there was a heavy fusillade of bullets. The thieves finally jumped from the train and escaped in the woods.
    Homerick was shot in the knee and in the chest and Mason received a bullet through the thigh.
    When the train reached Siskiyou station the sheriff was notified and he at once sent down a posse of deputies and went himself to the scene of the trouble.
    The farm hands were en route to the Sacramento Valley, where they expected to get work. All had money and watches. On Fink's body was found a bank book showing a deposit of $685 in Hennepin County Savings Bank of Minneapolis, Minn. Fink's parents are believed to be living in Downs, Kansas.
    The train crew did not hear the shooting and were unaware of the trouble until the train reached Siskiyou.

Marysville Daily Appeal, Marysville, California, October 19, 1907, page 1

Killed by Tramps.
    One man is dead and two wounded as the result of a murderous attack and attempted hold up last night on a Southern Pacific freight at Steinman, nine miles south of Ashland, by three young desperadoes. The dead man is Charles Fink, aged 26. The wounded are William Hemerick and Fred Mason, who were stealing a ride on a box car, which was boarded by three men. After lighting a candle, the desperadoes ordered the men to hold up their hands, enforcing the demand by placing a revolver at Hemerick's breast. Fink reached for the highwayman's gun and a fight followed. In a fusillade of shots which followed Fink dropped mortally wounded. He lived several hours. The others were hit in the leg. The robbers jumped from the train and were not apparently injured. None of the Fink party were armed.--Tidings.
Central Point Herald, October 24, 1907, page 3

    William Angle of the East Side is building a beautiful cottage on his lot in the Willeke addition to the city.
    A. J. Stewart, who has been visiting with relatives in Medford for the past two or three days, returned to his home at Cottage Grove Tuesday.
    Swanson Brothers, whose farm is two miles east of Medford, have on exhibition at the Exhibit Building a 25-pound beet and a large rutabaga grown by them. This beet, had it not been broken in getting it out of the ground, would have been more than three feet in length.
"Social and Personal," Medford Daily Tribune, November 19, 1907, page 4

President of Ashland Normal to Enter Real Estate Business.
    SALEM, Or., Nov. 16.--(Special.)--It is learned here on what is known to be reliable authority that B. F. Mulkey intends to resign the presidency of Ashland Normal School about the first of the year and enter the real estate business in Medford. Several men are preparing to seek his position at Ashland. President Mulkey has made his plans known to his friends in this part of the state.
Sunday Oregonian, Portland, November 17, 1907, page 2

One Man Dead and Two Wounded in Rifle and Shotgun Battle.
    Jacksonville, Ore., Dec. 30--One man is dead and two seriously wounded as the result of a pitched battle with shotguns and rifles at Mankin Ranch, two miles south of the city last night. The dead man is James Mankin, a prosperous rancher; the wounded are C. H. Watsworth and his 19-year-old-son.
Arizona Republican, Phoenix, Arizona, December 30, 1907

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