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.

    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, 1907, page 1

    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

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

    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

Last revised November 3, 2020