The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Medford News: 1917

Medford-related news items from 1917. Also see descriptions of Medford and Jackson County for this year.

    Friends and relatives from Colton, San Bernardino, Redlands and Riverside gathered at the parlors of Ward, Amstutz and Glenn this morning to pay their last respects to the late Coral Linn Hensley. The casket was banked high with floral offerings that attested to the popularity of the young man and the esteem with which he was held in the various towns and cities, where he was known. Dr. R. I. McKee and Dr. B. S. Haywood had charge of the services.
    Mr. Hensley, who died in Redlands on the evening of January 12, of pneumonia, was born at Pine River, La Plata County, Colorado, November 27, 1891, the son of R. C. and Mary Effie Hensley. He moved with his parents to Jackson County, Oregon, when three years of age. With his father and sister he moved to this city in 1912 and made his home on Colton Avenue at Grand Terrace. He was married on May 12, 1915 to Miss Louise M. Goodhart.
    Besides a wife he leaves a father, R. C. Hensley of Los Angeles, and two sisters, Mrs. W. D. Drew of Riverside and Mrs. J. R. Large of Santa Ana.
Riverside Enterprise, Riverside, California, January 15, 1917, page 5

    William Angle, brother of L. L. Angle of Ashland, died at his home in Medford on Thursday, February 15. He was born in Bradbury County, Pennsylvania, on March 11, 1840. He came west when a young man and located near Jacksonville. Was married to Mary S. Walker, December 23, 1878. Located in Medford when the town was new and was one of Medford's first business men, being a member of the firm of Angle & Plymale general merchandise. He built the block where the Medford Pharmacy and Economy Meat Market now stand. Mr. Angle has not been well all winter, but was only confined to his bed a day. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Mary S. Angle, four children, Prudence Pliatt, Katherine Gaddis, Bernice Howard and Charles Angle, all of Medford, and one brother, L. L. Angle of Ashland, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the residence Saturday, Rev. Hamilton officiating. Burial in I.O.O.F. cemetery.
Ashland Tidings, February 19, 1917, page 5

    Thomas.--I. W. Thomas passed away at his home January 27, 1917 in Medford, Oregon. His death was caused by Bright's disease. He was seriously ill but four days. Mr. Thomas was a native of Wales and came to Chattanooga, Tennessee when a small boy and from there to Southern Oregon in 1877. He bought a ranch two miles from Medford and lived there until a few years ago, when he moved to Medford. He was married to Abby Kendall, formerly of Mitchell County [Kansas] in 1907. The son of an earlier marriage, Joe A. Thomas, and a grandson, Eugene Thomas, are left with the wife to mourn the death of Mr. Thomas. Mr. Thomas was a highly respected citizen and a successful and upright business man.
"Deaths," Beloit Gazette, Beloit, Kansas, February 28, 1917, page 1

Jackson Association of 280 Members Keeps Watch on 1,000,000 Acres.
Special to the Union.
    YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), March 17.--W. T. Grieve, president of the Jackson County, Oregon, Fire Patrol Association, was in Yreka and had a long conference with Forest Supervisor W. E. Rider of the Klamath National Forest on the attitude of Northern California's small and large timber holders toward fire patrol of timber.
    The Jackson County association is a strong organization of 280 members and maintains an efficient patrol of one million acres of timber lands in Southern Oregon. They work in cooperation with the state forestry bureau of Oregon and the United States Forest Service, with their working plans modeled on those of the Forest Service with its system of telephones, lookouts and patrol men.
    Grieve expressed himself as well paid for his California visit to find that District Forester DuBois, San Francisco, had initiated a summer plan of establishing a flat rate per acreage for a working basis of cooperation with the small and large timber owners of California as the equality of the small holder with the large holder was the keynote of the Jackson organization, which by its by-laws gives the man with 160 acres equal voting power in the affairs of the association with the large companies holding thousands of acres.
    The great fire in 1910 on the middle fork of the Rogue River, where the small holders lost everything while the large companies lost only a small percentage of their timber wealth, awakened Southern Oregon to organize and wage war against forest fires.
    With the Forest Service constructing two great auto truck trunk roads from Happy Camp to Orleans and from Forks of Salmon to Orleans, thereby making the great timber resources of Siskiyou County accessible to the world's markets, the timber owners, both large and small, are urged by their immediate Oregon neighbors to organize a Siskiyou fire patrol association and to use their influence in getting a compulsory fire patrol state law.
Sacramento Daily Union, March 18, 1917, page 9

    Attorney B. R. McCabe will leave Thursday for Globe, Arizona, where he will engage in the practice of law. The case against the Hanson plan now pending will be assumed by attorney F. J. Newman.
"Local and Personal," Medford Sun, April 4, 1917, page 2

    A. N. Hulbert has leased his ranch to his son, Ira Hulbert, and will go back to Jackson County, Oregon, where he has property interests, for a time. Mrs. Hulbert will visit relatives in Modoc County before joining her husband in Oregon.
Placer Herald, Auburn, California, April 14, 1917, page 3

Ashland Preparing for Big Carnival.
    Agent George N. Kramer of Ashland, Oregon, reports that plans for the annual Hiyu Hehe (Big Time) call for a spectacular celebration this year on a greater scale than ever. The carnival will run July 3rd, 4th and 5th, and will feature the Rogue River Roundup and many spectacular attractions. The Southern Oregon Chautauqua session is scheduled for July 10th to 20th, and will convene in the new $20,000 Chautauqua building.
    The Southern Pacific Company handled over 30,000 people at last year's celebration, and, according to Committee Chairman H. O. Frobach, more visitors are expected this year.
Southern Pacific Western Pacific Bulletin, Southern Pacific Co., San Francisco, April 15, 1917, page 1

Must Report Sale of Revolvers
    All Jackson County dealers in revolvers and sidearms must comply with the state law governing sales of such weapons and make daily reports to Sheriff Jennings of any such sales. The state authorities plan to strictly enforce the carrying concealed weapons law from now on.
    Sheriff Ralph Jennings received on Thursday a communication from A. W. Lawrence, state printer, calling attention to the law and stating that "every dealer in the business of selling or displaying of revolvers, pistols or other small arms that can be concealed on the person shall obtain a legal register from the state printer in which to enter the name and description of all persons purchasing such weapons." The communication asks the sheriff for a list of all dealers in Jackson County who intend handling small weapons for sale after May 21, and states that daily reports of sales must be made to the sheriff in compliance with the law.
Ashland Tidings, May 7, 1917, page 7

    M. E. Briggs, secretary of the Rogue River Round-Up, which will be held this season on July 3, 4 and 5 at Ashland, Ore., writes: "Although Ashland is a town of only 6,000, we are planning to take care of 100,000 people at our celebration this season, and are sure there will be no visitors go away and say they did not get their money's worth, as we are arranging to secure the best talent in the frontier game. Ashland is located twenty-two miles from the California line and we are trying to impress on the folks that this is the place to spend their vacation, as we consider we have the playgrounds of the Pacific Coast. We have expended in the last two years $200,000 in the development and piping our famous lithia sulfur soda and gas springs. We have the finest parks on the coast outside of the large cities. In addition to the immediate attractions there is the world-famous Crater Lake, The Marble Halls of Josephine County and the Rogue River, which furnishes the finest fishing at that time of the year (round-up dates)."
The Billboard, May 12, 1917, page 46

    The old exhibit building at the
[Ashland] depot will soon be a thing of the past, bids having been advertised for it by the Commercial Club.
"Ashland and Vicinity," Medford Mail Tribune, June 13, 1917, page 5

    Mrs. Minnie B. Mauerhan has filed suit for damages against W. T. Reed, managing director of the Rogue River Orchard Company, alleging that the company had misrepresented orchard lands in the Rogue River Country in Oregon and by fraud induced her to invest $1,692.50 in orchard lands which she says are not worth $100, and will not grow fruit of any kind.
Oakland Tribune, August 21, 1917, page 7

Petition State Commission to Improve Ashland-Lakeview Road.
Special to the Union.
    KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), Oct. 15.--With the idea of getting a better road from Ashland, through Klamath Falls, to Lakeview, petitions are being extensively signed in Jackson County, and will be circulated in Klamath and Lake counties, asking the state highway commission to take up the matter.
    Although it is too late to start construction this fall, it is believed arrangements can be made for early work next year. Delegates from the three counties will endeavor to impress on the highway commission the necessity of the road when the petitions are presented.
    It is indicated in the petition that the road between Klamath and Jackson counties, which has been the exclusive artery of commerce between Eastern Oregon and the Rogue River Valley since 1874, has been maintained by the counties and private subscription at a heavy expense, but that it is inadequate to handle heavy commerce, and by reason of this much of the traffic that naturally would go back and forth between the two eastern counties has been diverted from Oregon to California points. It recites that a heavy loss has been caused to Western Oregon as a result.
    Jackson County produces fruit and other products greatly needed in Klamath and Lake, while these counties are rich in many things not produced west of the Cascades. With suitable highway facilities a splendid revolution in commercial relations would be brought about, to the immense advantage of the whole state, and especially to the southern portion of it.
    A new grade has been viewed over the Green Spring mountain, in which much of the heavy climb has been eliminated.

Sacramento Daily Union, October 16, 1917, page 6

    A chicken crusade is the latest thing on in Medford police circles, and poultry owners of the city who have been allowing their chickens to run at large around the neighborhood had better discontinue the practice else they will be called before Police Judge Taylor to pay a fine.
    Chief of Police Hittson announced this morning that from today on the ordinance which prohibits chickens from running at large will be vigorously enforced, because within the past two weeks not leas than a hundred complaints have been received at police headquarters from as many angry persons whose neighbors' chickens have wandered all over their yards and in many  cases scratched up bulbs and seeds from flower beds.
    "In these hard times I don't like to enforce this ordinance," said Chief Hittson today, "but the complaints have been so many that we are forced to take action. Many owners of chickens think that because the gardening season is over no harm can be done by letting their chickens run around the neighborhood. But chickens at large do much harm and make the neighbors angry even if they do not complain."
    The fine for permitting chickens at large is from $5 to $20.
Medford Mail Tribune, November 26, 1917, page 2

To Hold Funeral of Arrasmith Saturday
F.&A.M. to Take Charge of Funeral of Former Teacher and Justice of Peace.
Special to the Union.
    PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), Dec. 6.--The funeral of Vernon Arrasmith, former teacher and justice of the peace of El Dorado township, who died in this city at the age of 66 years, will take place Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home at El Dorado under the auspices of Hiram lodge, No. 143, F.&A.M. The services will be conducted by the Rev. E. E. Clark.
    Mr. Arrasmith was born in Iowa and in 1872, at the age of 21 years, removed to Jackson County, Oregon, where he taught school. He came to California in 1873 and followed teaching in Sacramento and El Dorado counties. He taught several years at El Dorado and in 1909 was elected justice of the peace, which office he held until illness forced him to give up its duties. At the time of his death Mr. Arrasmith was the oldest living member of Franklin lodge, F.&A.M., of Courtland, Sacramento County.
    He leaves a son, Vernon Arrasmith, of Los Angeles, three brothers, Colonel J. Arrasmith of Berkeley, William Arrasmith of Courtland and Sylvester Arrasmith of Watkins, Oregon, and one sister, Mrs. J. Cane of Middletown, Idaho.
Sacramento Daily Union, December 7, 1917, page 5

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