The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Fullerton, Nebraska:
Isaac A. Webb, 26, laborer, born Indiana, father born Kansas, mother Indiana
Kate Webb, 22, born Indiana, father born North Carolina, mother Indiana
Benny S. Webb, 22, brother, born Indiana, father born Kansas, mother Indiana
Blanche Fawcett, 12, niece, born Indiana, parents born Indiana
U.S. Census, enumerated June 1, 1880

    G. L. Webb, Medford, Oregon, asking for a loan of $400 to help finish a new house, says: "Ours is the first and only building within one hundred miles or more than is owned by our brethren. Many small congregations have been organized, but are not going much because they have no houses."
    Dear brethren, as you regard the success of infant churches in every part of the land, and as you value the souls of men, please prepare for a liberal contribution the second Lord's day in January.
"The January Collection," Missionary Weekly, Richmond, Virginia, December 26, 1889, page 1. Webb was treasurer of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

    Merchant I. A. Webb has been in bed several days this week and the family physician has been giving him a goodly amount of attention--all of which was required; and court plaster, bandages and splints have been the predominating household commodities for a time equal to the days of illness. Mr. Webb is really not sick but he is a badly disfigured community and it came about like this: Last week one day Dr. Pickel and himself were "jogging" their wheels on the new bicycle track--and "jogging" rather swiftly, when Mr. Webb's wheel struck a stone--and the rider struck the ground very forcibly and for nearly one full turn of the track he continued to plow mother earth with his proboscis and other parts of his anatomy. He was gathered up and brought home and is improving all right, but he was a badly broke up man--his face, hands and limbs all being badly bruised and the cuticle removed. Since the mishap the gentleman is wont to awaken during the night and sermonize. During one of these spells of lonesomeness he is reported by Mrs. Webb to have sent forth a little sermon something after this style: "We hereby warn our brothers, yes, and sisters, whether bloomered or not, that these wind-blowed-up bicycle wheels are devices of the demon of the river Styx. They are contrivances to entrap the feet of the unwary and skin the nose of the innocent. They are full of guile and deceit. When you think you have broken one to ride and have subdued his satanic nature, behold it bucketh you off in the road and teareth a great hole in your bloomerloons, and the cuticle from your nose. Look not upon the bicycle when it bloweth up its wheels, for at last--sometimes at first--it bucketh like a bronco, and hurteth like thunder, by jingo. Who has court plastered legs, nose and face? Who has ripped pantaloons? They that dally with a diabolical bicycle."
"News of the City," Medford Mail, July 5, 1895, page 5

    I. A. Webb of Medford, Oregon, formerly one of the Mitchell boys and son-in-law of Maj. A. H. Burton, has been seriously ill for some time, but we are glad to say word was received yesterday saying he was thought to be better.
"Local Events," The Mitchell Commercial, Mitchell, Indiana, December 9, 1897, page 1

    MEDFORD, Or., July 8.--Mrs. Isaac Alaska Webb, one of Medford's most charming entertainers, is well known as a leader in social circles. Throughout the season two or more receptions are given each month at her home, to which the best people of Medford and surrounding towns are welcome guests. She is the life of the Entre Nous Club. In her many social functions she is ably assisted by her daughter, Miss Pearl. Mrs. Webb was married to I. A. Webb in 1880. They have lived in Medford since 1884.
Engraving caption, Sunday Oregonian, Portland, July 9, 1899, page 13

    Last Saturday's Oregonian, a paper published in Medford [sic], Oregon, contained a handsome picture of Mrs. I. A. Webb, daughter of our A. H. Burton and wife. She is a life member of the Entre Nous Club, of Medford, and is a charming entertainer.
"Mitchell News," The Democrat, Bedford, Indiana, July 25, 1899, page 8

    Miss Pearl Webb left today for her home in Medford, Oregon. Miss Webb has been a guest of L. H. Webb and family and Mr. and Mrs. Camburn L. Webb for the past three months and has won many friends during her visit here.
"University Place," Des Moines Daily News, Des Moines, Iowa, October 31, 1899, page 2

    B. S. Webb of Los Angeles has purchased S. R. Headley's hardware business.
"Covina Brevities," Los Angeles Times, November 26, 1899, page 19

West Medford:
Geo. L. Webb, 38, dry goods merchant, born July 1861 Indiana, father born Kentucky, mother Indiana
Martha Webb, 30, dry goods saleslady, born December 1869 Oregon, father born Missouri, mother Oregon
Guy Webb, 9, born March 1891 Oregon
Vera Webb, 7, born December 1892 Oregon
Aldis Webb, 5, born October 1894 Oregon
Edith Webb, 85, born May 1850 Indiana, father born North Carolina, mother Pennsylvania
Laura L. Webb, 42, born July 1857 Indiana
U.S. Census, enumerated June 11, 1900

Rowland Township, Los Angeles:
Benjamin S. Webb, 41, hardware dealer, born December 1858 Indiana, father born Kentucky, mother Indiana
Nettie L. Webb, 39, born December 1860 Illinois, father born New Hampshire, mother England
George H. Webb, 8, born June 1888 Oregon
Edith M. Webb, 5, born June 1891 Oregon
Ora Webb, 5, born December 1890 Oregon
U.S. Census, enumerated June 14, 1900

East Medford:
Isaac A. Webb, 46, furniture merchant, born October 1853 Indiana, father born Kentucky, mother Indiana
Katherine Webb, 41, born December 1858 Indiana, father born North Carolina, mother Ohio
Josie Pearl Webb, 18, born July 1881 Nebrasks
Karl B. Webb, 17, born February 1883 Nebraska
Edith Webb, 15, born November 1884 Oregon
Minnie E. Neusbaum, 21, servant, born June 1879 Oregon, parents born Germany
U.S. Census, enumerated June 19, 1900

    W. F. Williamson and family, formerly of Medford, later of Clinton, Mo., are now in Covina, Calif., visiting B. S. Webb and family, and will probably remain on the coast, either in California or Oregon. The extreme heat of Missouri was more than they could endure with any degree of comfort, and they sold out everything they had and hit only the high places between there and the Pacific Coast.
"Additional Local Items," Medford Mail, September 14, 1900, page 6

    N. B. Nye, father of H. B. Nye, the Galls Creek mining man, has purchased merchant G. L. Webb's residence, corner West Sixth and G streets, paying $1500 therefor. Mr. Webb expects to move with his family to Covina, Calif., at which place B. S. Webb is in business. He has not as yet sold his stock of goods, save his stationery and holiday goods, which has been purchased by Whitman & Harrison. He expects to dispose of the remainder of his stock in a few days. The above-mentioned real estate deal was made by W. T. York, of the York & Wortman real estate agency.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, November 2, 1900, page 7

    G. L. Webb has sold his stock of Racket goods to N. B. Nye and Harley Stoner. An invoice of the stock was taken this week, and the new proprietors are now in possession. Mr. Nye is one of the principal stockholders in the Bill Nye Mining Company, and Mr. Stoner is a friend of the Nyes, who came here quite recently from Kalispell, Mont. Mr. Stoner is a young man but has had considerable mercantile experience and will be in charge of the store. The stock will at once be replenished with new goods, and the store will be conducted upon the same plan as when owned by Mr. Webb, and the probabilities are that new lines will be added. The Mail wishes the new firm success--and hopes it will be as marked as was that of Mr. Webb, for surely his was nothing short of phenomenal success. This gives Mr. Webb and his most estimable family a clear right-of-way for California, and they are expected to be ready to start on the 26th of this month. They will go to Covina, Calif., where B. S. Webb is engaged in the hardware business. We understand George does not intend engaging in business of any kind for a year after leaving Medford, but after that time--and himself and wife are thoroughly rested--he will open up in some mercantile pursuit in that town. These are [some] of Medford's best people, and there is not a person in Medford but that will regret their departure. The Mail's opinion is that their going is a dinged mean trick, and we feel like we want to thrash the whole family for having perpetrated it. However, we're wishing them all kinds of success in their new home.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, December 7, 1900, page 11

    Mrs. I. A. Webb and daughter, Miss Pearl, left Tuesday morning on a visit to relatives in Indiana. They expect to be away some two months and will return by way of Los Angeles.

Medford Enquirer, May 11, 1901, page 5

    I. A. Webb, who for seventeen years has conducted a furniture store and undertaking parlors in this city, has sold his stock of goods and good will to Messrs. F. W. Hollis, C. R. and E. M. Welch, who were formerly engaged in a like business in Salem. The work of invoicing stock has been in progress nearly all this week and as soon as completed possession will be given. The name which will be given the new institution will be the Medford Furniture Company. Messrs. Hollis and E. M. Welch are here and during their brief stay have impressed all whom they have met with the opinion that they are fine gentlemen and will prove themselves good citizens in both a social and business sense. The Mail believes they are gentlemen who will be found worthy of the patronage which they will receive, and that they will enjoy the good trade which Mr. Webb has been fortunate in building up in days agone. The one thing regretted by the sale of this stock of goods is the possibility of our city losing Mr. Webb and his most estimable family from our roster of good citizens. We will venture the assertion that, should they decide to move elsewhere, no family would be missed more than this one. Mr. Webb has always been one of our most solid business men, and no enterprise was ever inaugurated wherein the best interests of the city were concerned that his name did not appear at the head of the contribution list, and he has always been a worker and a talker for everything that's been good for us as a town. While the head of the household has been doing so much for the town in a business way, Mrs. Webb, and their daughters and son, now grown, have been keeping a constant eye on the social realm, and many there are of our townspeople who have enjoyed the pleasures of afternoons and evenings amid the beauties and congeniality of their lovely and always hospitable home.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, September 13, 1901, page 7

    I. A. Webb and son, Carl, started, with team and hack, Thursday morning for California. They have a fine outfit, fitted especially for the occasion, and they will camp out during the entire trip. They will go direct to Covina, Calif., where Ben and George Webb are living, and after a visit there they may scatter to other parts of the state, or possibly return to Medford. Mrs. Webb, Pearl and Edith will remain in Medford.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, November 1, 1901, page 6

    I. A. Webb, who, with his son, Carl, left Medford a couple of weeks ago with team for Southern California, was taken suddenly ill at Baird's Spur, a small station below Dunsmuir, Monday night with hemorrhage of the bowels. Tuesday morning a telephone message was sent to Mrs. Webb in this city, advising her of her husband's illness, and she left on the noon train that day for the above-named place, accompanied by Dr. Pickel. When they reached Dunsmuir they received a message to the effect that Mr. Webb had been put on the northbound passenger train, bound for home, and would meet them at Dunsmuir. The party reached here Wednesday morning, since which time Mr. Webb has had several more hemorrhages, but as we go to press we learn that he is resting easy and seems very much improved. This is his third spell of sickness of like nature, and strange to relate they have all occurred during the month of November.
"Additional Local," Medford Mail, November 15, 1901, page 6

    S. Bradbury left yesterday for Baird's Spur, California, whither he went to bring back I. A. Webb's team and hack, which were left there when Mr. Webb was taken sick.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, November 22, 1901, page 6

    Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Howard left Sunday for Covina, Calif., where they will spend two or three months with their son-in-law, B. S. Webb, and family.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, December 27, 1901, page 4

    Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Webb left yesterday for Los Angeles and other California points, where they will remain for a couple or three months. Mr. Webb has not fully recovered from his severe illness of last fall, and the trip is made in hopes that a change of climate and scenes may prove beneficial. His many Medford friends are all hoping that the expected improvements may be realized and that both himself and his good wife will return to our city and remain permanently.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail,February 7, 1902, page 6

    Word received from Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Webb is in effect that they arrived at Los Angeles in due time and that Mr. Webb's health seems improved but that Mrs. Webb was not well. They are stopping with [George?] Lewis Webb, a brother of I. A., who with his family are now residing in Los Angeles.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, February 14, 1902, page 7

The Dynamite Was Loaded.
    The following is from the Covina, Calif. Argus. It tells of a narrow escape from a frightful accident of B. S. Webb, a former resident of Medford:
    "The Bemis building and adjoining block had a narrow escape from total destruction shortly after noon on Saturday last by an explosion of dynamite caps in B. S. Webb's hardware store.
    "B. S. Webb had just received a shipment of giant powder, and after unpacking the goods a carpenter, named Charles Tate, who often spends a few minutes in the store during the noon hour, put the excelsior in which the goods were wrapped into the stove, not knowing that it contained a box of 100 dynamite caps, with an explosive power of 60 pounds each, which had been overlooked in the unpacking.
    "In a few moments a terrific explosion occurred, blowing the large cast iron stove into a thousand fragments, hurling them through woodwork and plaster. The report shook every building in the block, and in a few minutes more than a hundred men were on the scene. Charles Tate was found on the floor stunned and bleeding, but by a miracle the other occupants of the store, B. S. Webb, the proprietor, and a man named William Goodrich, escaped with only a few cuts and bruises. On examination it was found that Tate was severely cut and bruised about the legs by fragments of the stove, and he has since been confined to his room under the doctor's care. How any of the occupants of the store escaped with their lives is a wonder, as they were all standing within a foot of the stove at the time of the explosion. In addition to the woodwork and plaster of the building about $25 worth of stock was injured by the flying fragments of the stove.
    "On a counter, four feet from the stove, was ten pounds of giant powder, and had this exploded by the concussion the entire building would have been made a total wreck and much damage would have resulted to adjacent property."

Medford Mail, March 7, 1902, page 2

    Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Webb are expected home from California in about two weeks. Mr. Webb's health has greatly improved since leaving here a few weeks.

"Additional Local," Medford Mail, March 7, 1902, page 6

    Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Howard returned to Medford Thursday evening after a several months' visit with their daughter, Mrs. B. S. Webb, and family, of Covina, California.
    Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Webb and Mr. and Mrs. C. I. Hutchison returned yesterday from their quiet lengthy visit in Los Angeles. Mr. Webb's health is very much improved.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, April 4, 1902, page 6

    Mr. and Mrs. Howard returned Thursday after a visit with their daughter, Mrs. B. S. Webb, and family at Covina, Cal.

"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, April 6, 1902, page 21

    I. A. Webb and family returned last Thursday from Big Butte Creek, where they have been rusticating for the past three weeks upon a homestead, which they are holding in that settlement. All the members of the family report an enjoyable time, and Mr. Webb, who has not been in the best of health this spring, looks as rugged and brown as a miner. Mr. Webb states that there is a great rush of homeseekers to that locality to take up the fine farm, range and timber claims that are to be had up that way.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, June 20, 1902, page 6

    Carl Webb, employed in the Heywood Bros. & Co.'s furniture establishment, of Portland, is here upon a brief visit to relatives and friends.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, August 15, 1902, page 6

    I. A. Webb, who was formerly engaged in the furniture and undertaking business in Medford, has invested in a like business in Goldendale, Wash., he having purchased an established business there. The purchase was made more especially for his son, Carl, who will have charge of the affairs, but will be assisted by Mr. Webb until such time as the young man has become fully conversant with all business details. Miss Pearl Webb will soon join her father and brother and will keep house for them. Mrs. Webb and Miss Edith will remain in Medford, for some months at least. Mr. Webb intends spending the winters in Goldendale and summers in the hills and mountains of Southern Oregon. These people have been residents of Medford ever since the town was a yearling--during which time they have made a great many friends, all of whom will regret that even a part of the family has decided to locate elsewhere.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, November 7, 1902, page 7

    G. L. Webb returned Monday night from Chicago, where he has taken a postgraduate optical course.
"Local Events," Covina Argus, Covina, California, November 8, 1902, page 5

    I. A. Webb has embarked in the furniture and undertaking business at Goldendale, Wash.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 12, 1902, page 2

    I. A. Webb left Sunday night for Goldendale, Was., where he will remain for the next six months with his son, Carl, who is in business there. His daughter, Miss Pearl, is also at Goldendale.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, December 26, 1902, page 6

    B. S. Webb, the hardware man, has purchased a stock of hardware at Santa Monica. He will run the business as a branch.

"Local Events," Covina Argus, Covina, California, January 3, 1903, page 5

    For builders' supplies the place to trade is Potter's Hardware, succeeding B. S. Webb.

"Local Events," Covina Argus, Covina, California, January 17, 1903, page 5

    Dr. G. L. Webb of Ocean Park was in Covina the first of this week visiting his brother, B. S. Webb, and family.
"Local Events," Covina Argus, Covina, California, March 12, 1903, page 5

Wedding Announcement.
    Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Webb announce the engagement of their daughters, Pearl to Mr. Albert W. Nelson; Edith to Mr. Ernest M. Welch. The weddings will take place August 12th.
Medford Mail, July 10, 1903, page 6

CARL BURTON WEBB, an enterprising young business man of the city of Goldendale, and a partner in the firm of I. A. Webb & Co., which handles a large stock of furniture, carpets, etc., was born in Fullerton, the county seat of Nance County, Nebraska, on the 17th of February, 1883. He is the son of Isaac A. and Kittie L. (Burton) Webb. His father, a large property owner in the town of Medford, Oregon, was born in Nebraska, on the 30th of October, 1853, but settled in Medford in 1884. At that time there were but five or six houses in the town; at present it is a well-built and growing city of 3,000 inhabitants. He invested extensively in real estate; and opened a furniture store a number of years ago, which he sold in 1901. He is now a man of means, being the owner of considerable property in Portland, Oregon, and various other places, besides his holdings in Medford and Goldendale. He is of English and German descent, and his wife of English and Irish. The latter is a native of Indiana, born December 12, 1862. Our subject was but twelve months old when his parents removed to Medford, and he grew up and was educated in that town, attending the high school, and later taking a business course. He worked in his father's store for some time, then entered the employ of the Heywood Brothers & Wakefield Company, a Portland firm, doing a large furniture and willow-ware business. He started at the bottom, but, being apt and quick to learn, was shortly made a salesman. Leaving their employ in October, 1902, he, with his father, at once purchased the present business in Goldendale, of which he has had charge from the start. His father travels most of the time looking after his various interests. The firm owns its own building, and keeps always on hand a large stock of up-to-date goods; also has an upholstering and repair department connected with the store.
    On February 17, 1904, Mr. Webb married Miss Ethel Elliott, in Portland, Oregon. She is the daughter of Hugh and Adelia Elliott, her father foreman of the O.R.&N. car shops, at Albina, Oregon. She was born in Canada. Mr. Webb has two sisters living--Pearl Nelson Webb and Mrs. Edith M. Welch, the latter a resident of Baker City, Oregon. He adheres to the Christian church, and his wife to the Methodist Episcopal. In politics he is a Republican. A few years ago he was assistant city recorder in Medford. By strict attention to business, he has worked up a large and lucrative trade, and the prospects for further development of his business are bright.

An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties, Interstate Publishing Co., Chicago, IL., 1904

    I. A. Webb.--"Where is Ben, my brother? Why, he's in Los Angeles, Calif., and from the information I get I conclude he is making all kinds of money. He is a member of the Green-Marshall Company, wholesale manufacturers of paints and oils. They also have a plant at Pasadena and Long Beach. Ben writes that their monthly sales have averaged over $8000, and that of late they have been increasing. What am I doing? Oh, just doing nothing. That keeps me busy most of the time, but it gets sort o' monotonous sometimes. If I could hire some really and truly ambitious gentleman to work with me, at a reasonable remuneration, I would engage him. You see, it's like this: I'm afraid one of these days that I'll get more hay down than I can bunch up."

"Street Echoes," Medford Mail, July 29, 1904, page 5

    Mrs. Edith Webb, the aged mother of G. L. Webb of Pier Avenue, died this evening at the family home on Tenth Street. She was stricken with apoplexy several days ago and never rallied from the affliction.
"Santa Monica," Los Angeles Times, October 23, 1904, page 36

    I. A. Webb.--"Wife and I will stay only about ten days. We have rented our home to George F. King for one year--now, mind you, only one year. By that time the lease on my business block shall have expired and we then expect to again take up our residence in Medford. I have had splendid health in Goldendale--never felt better in my life, but I still think Southern Oregon is a little the best country there is on the Pacific Coast. I can't sort o' get weaned away from it and our good friends here--in fact I don't want to."
"Street Echoes," Medford Mail, May 12, 1905, page 1

From "An Old Timer."
POMONA, CAL., July 18, 1905.
Messrs. Kimbley & Busick,
    Editors Progress-Examiner,
        Orleans, Ind.
    GENTLEMEN:--By chance one of your papers of May 25, 1905 fell into our hands, and it seemed like hearing from all our old friends, and we decided to enclose you a $1 bill for subscription. My name is L. H. Webb, Pomona, Cal., Box No. 881.
    I am the oldest son of the late G. W. Webb, who died on the hill 10 miles west of Orleans. My oldest daughter is married and lives at Fullerton, Neb. The boys, C. I. and C. W., are in business in St. Louis, Mo. Our other daughter is cashier in the Pomona department store.
    My next brother, I. A. Webb, is in business in Goldendale, Wash. Brother B. S. Webb is in business in Los Angeles, Cal., and brother G. L. is a doctor, residing in Santa Monica, Cal. Sister Hattie is married and lives in Santa Monica, Cal. Laura lives with the doctor. Sister Maud Faucett lives in Missouri, and sister Mary Bedster in your town, I think.
    I have been in California four years and like the climate. We have a fine town of 7,000, and located in a fine orange and lemon country.
        Yours truly,
                L. H. WEBB.
    Many of our older readers will remember Louis H. Webb, and be pleased to learn of his whereabouts, and that he is well and prosperous. We take pleasure in sending the Progress-Examiner weekly to his western home.
Progress-Examiner, Orleans, Indiana, July 27, 1905, page 4

$3000; HARDWARE STORE in a good beach town, doing a good business; no snap; might trade. Address G. L. WEBB, Ocean Park.
Los Angeles Times, January 21, 1906, page 45

    Mrs. G. L. Webb and Miss M. G. Rice, two well-known local women, have formed a business partnership, and as the Conservative Realty Company will maintain conveniently located and attractive offices at 225 Utah Avenue. The ladies, in addition to handling rentals, will make a specialty of high-class residence and acreage property.
"Ocean Park," Los Angeles Herald, April 1, 1906, page 26

    I. A. Webb arrived in Medford Thursday and will remain for a few days with his old-time Medford friends. He is engaged in the real estate business in Portland and is doing well.
"Additional Personal," Medford Mail, August 17, 1906, page 5

763 Commercial Street, Portland:
Isac A. Webb, 54, retired, born Indiana, father born Kentucky, mother Indiana
Katheryn Webb, 52, born Indiana, father born North Carolina, mother Indiana
U.S. Census, enumerated April 19, 1910

1278 Elysium Park Avenue, Los Angeles
George L. Webb, 48, optician, born Indiana, father Kentucky, mother Indiana
Marthia Webb, 40, born Oregon, father Missouri, mother Oregon
Guy Webb, 19, born Oreogn
Vera Webb, 17, born Oregon
Aldis Webb, 15, born Oregon
Eitha Webb, 7, born California
Laura Webb, 53, born Indiana
U.S. Census, enumerated April 28, 1910

    Edith Audrey Nelson, who died of diphtheria December 12 and was buried December 14, was four years, four months and 21 days old at the time of her death. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Nelson. The child died at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Webb, 763 Commercial Street. Mr. and Mrs. Webb were early pioneers [sic] of Oregon, and formerly resided at Medford.
Photo caption, Sunday Oregonian, December 18, 1910, page 10

PERSONAL--DR. G. L. WEBB, THE OPTICIAN, at Bailey's Jewelry Store for the past 6 years and known to many as "Dr. Bailey," is now located at 218 STORY BLDG., corner Sixth and Broadway.
Los Angeles Times, October 13, 1912, page D1

Rowland Township, Los Angeles:
Benjamin S. Webb, 61, salesman, born Indiana, father born Kentucky, mother Indiana
Nettie L. Webb, 60, born Illinois, father born Massachusetts, mother England
Dr. Ora L. Webb, 25, physician, born Oregon
Robert L. Ford, 28, telegraph operator, son-in-law, born Illinois, father born Ohio, mother Michigan
Edith M. Ford, 27, born Oregon
Jean Lois Ford, 19/12, born California
U.S. Census, enumerated January 16, 1920

    I. A. Webb died at his residence in Portland July 17 at the age of 71 years. He is survived by his widow, Katherline L. Webb, two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Nelson and Mrs. E. M. Welch of Portland; one son, C. B. Webb of Salem. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. from the Portland crematorium, Rev. Pence officiating.
"Obituary," Oregon Statesman, Salem, July 18, 1925, page 5

1466 North Mansfield Avenue, Los Angeles:
Benjamin S. Webb, 71, born Indiana, father born Kentucky, mother Indiana
Nettie L. Webb, 70, born Illinois, father born New Hampshire, mother England
U.S. Census, enumerated April 15, 1930

    Another pioneer of Jackson County, Mrs. Nettie L Howard Webb, wife of B. S. Webb, of 1466 North Mansfield Avenue, Hollywood, Cal., died at her home Monday evening, August 8, 1932, of heart disease. She was born in Kewanee, Ill., December 3, 1859, [omission] days of age at the time of her death.
    She crossed the plains by ox team with her parents, J. S. and M. B. Howard, and two brothers in 1860, and arrived in Jacksonville in October of the same year.
    She grew to womanhood in Jacksonville, where she lived until 1884, when the family moved to the new town of Medford. She was well known to the older pioneers of the valley.
    November 10, 1886, she was married to B. S. Webb of Medford, later moving to Hollywood, Cal. She was an early member of the Christian church of Medford, her husband being a charter member. After going to Hollywood she became a member of the Christian church there, and was active in the church work until her health failed her in recent years.
    Funeral services were held in Hollywood with interment there.
    Surviving her are the husband, B. S. Webb; three children--George Webb, of San Diego, Cal.; Dr. Edith Ford and Dr. Ora Elerath of Hollywood; one brother, Charles J. Howard of Kerby, Ore.; one sister, Mrs. J. E. Roberts of 40 Crater Lake Avenue, Medford; also five grandchildren.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 11, 1932, page 2

Former Furniture Merchant Passes
    Carl B. Webb, Yakima real estate man who died in Yakima last week, is remembered by older Goldendale residents as a former merchant in this city.
    In the early 1900s Webb and his father operated a furniture store in the building now occupied by Herman Roloff. Webb also operated the funeral home in Yakima purchased three years ago by M. W. Chapman and now known as Chapman & Poulin. Webb was 55 when he died following two major operations in a Yakima hospital.
Goldendale Sentinel, Goldendale, Washington, August 18, 1938, page 5

    In 1884 a woman and her five children moved to a small community in Southern Oregon. Immediately the mother, Mrs. Edith Webb, inquired about a Christian church in the Medford area and found only a Sunday school, meeting in a little schoolhouse on [135] South Central Ave.
[at number 135].
    Mrs. Webb and her five children were later to be among the 14 persons who met to organize the First Christian church on Nov. 22, 1884.
    Organizer of the union Sunday school was William F. Williamson, first public school teacher in Medford. Second superintendent, and last for Sunday school, was George L. Webb. His sister, Hattie, later married Williamson.
    During this time church services were conducted on alternate Sundays in a public hall by Moses Allen Williams, Presbyterian missionary, and the Rev. Martin Peterson, Christian minister.
    In November, 1884, before Medford was incorporated as a town on Feb. 24, 1885, 13 persons and Mr. Peterson met to organize the First Christian church. They met in a hall over Charley Waters' grocery store, owned by J. S. Howard, whose name appears on the church roster. . . .
    Attending that meeting Nov. 22, 1884, in addition to Mr. Peterson, were Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Walton, Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Miller [sic--D. H. Miller?] a Mr. and Mrs. Higinbotham, a Mrs. Taylor, and Mrs. Webb and her five children, Benjamin S., Isaac A., George L., Hattie and Laura.
    By 1896 a total of 175 names appeared on the church register including 11 with the name of Webb. A son of George L. Webb is the Rev. Aldis Webb, minister of the First Christian church, Tillamook, and speaker at the 75th anniversary next Sunday.
"Christian Church Observes 75th Anniversary," Medford Mail Tribune, November 15, 1959, page 14

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