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Roseburg Plaindealer Roseburg, OR.
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July 2, 1894
Novelty-wood match trusts Rpa 52 July 2, 1894.
And now the match makers have combined, an international trust company
having been recently formed by S. C. Barber, the millionaire match maker of
Chicago. The trust has a capital of $l0,000,000 and will erect in Liverpool
the largest factory in the world. not full quote.
Novelty woolen mill Srh Rpa 52 July 2, 1894
The boiler and machinery for the Bandon Woolen Mills came down on the
Bandorille from Portland and it will not be many days now before the factory
is set in operation. --Marshfield Sun. +
road fish pursuit-sports locale RR-indir Rpa 52 July 5, 1894
It is impossible to gets a wagon over the road to Brewster valley, and parties
desiring to visit that section have to go on horseback or around by Myrtle
Point. The road is washed out in several places, while slides and fallen trees
make it impassable at numerous other places. It is possible to take a light
wagon down the mountain about five miles to where a bridge has been
washed out. The fishing is excellent, however, and well repays one for the
hardships endured in getting there -- that is, if they enjoy fishing. + [M.
note: one more reason the region needed a RR.]
Ad item food health Rpa 52 July 5, 1894.
Good things to eat are still better when made with Cottolene, for they are
free from grease and are easily digested. For frying, shortening, and all
cooking purposes Cottolene is better and purer than lard. Refuse all
substitutes. Genuine made only by N. K. Fairbank & Co. St. Louis, Chicago,
New York, Boston. +
Other-mining road Rpa 52 July 5, 1894 [still talking abt Bohemia rd.
Evidently it's partly in.]
interest utility? Srh? Rpa 52 July 5, 1894.
The laying of the new Atlantic cable is not an event of the same importance as
the laying of the first cable of this kind, but the fact that it is expected to raise
the speed to 30 words a minute in the transmission of messages indicates that
it will revolutionize the sending of submarine messages and draw Europe in to
much closer relations with America than existed before. This will quicken the
two continents in their thinking and feelings as well as in the commercial
relations. + [part of an article fm Boston Herald.]
road Srh?? Rpa53 July 5, 1894.
The Coos Bay Stage Co. during the past week has been selling through tickets
from Roseburg to San Francisco via Marshfield. The fare is $16.50. + [M.
2006. This would have to be stage ride to Marshfield, thence by ship to SF.]
Outside-RR condit Rpa 53 July 5, 1894.
The great railroad strike is still continuing. Many other companies in
sympathy to it. Nq. [national RR news]
Mushrooms food booklet Rpa53 July 5, 1894
The United States Department of Agriculture has just reprinted in pamphlet
form [as I typed it] a paper on “Twelve Edible Mushrooms of the United
States,” which was published several years ago as part of the report of Dr.
Thomas Taylor, microscopist [as typed] of the department. It contains much
useful information in regard to this valuable class of products, which are
furnished by nature without any labor, and which are not only a heart felt and
nutritious article of food, but a genuine delicacy. In addition to details as to
the structure, habits, taste, color, etc., the pamphlet also contains
accurately colored drawings of twelve species of edible mushrooms, which
will enable any one to distinguish the edible from the poison species. ...One
species, the meadow mushroom, is used in this state, but occasionally the
morel is seen in the markets. Most if not all of the other ten edible species are
found in this state, but the greatest number of them, from their appearance or
coloring, would be rejected by the majority of people as poisonous. It will
surprise many to know that the giant puffball, so generally neglected, is one of
the most valuable of the edible mushrooms. To those who are ignorant of the
value of mushrooms, the pamphlet will be of little interest, but to those who
understand what a delicacy they are, it will be welcome as enabling them to
use and enjoy many species heretofore rejected. Such persons can send to the
Department of Agriculture for the pamphlet, which in an appendix, gives
directions how to grow mushrooms and some interesting facts in regard to the
extent and value of the mushroom industry in the United States. +
organization Rpa 53 July 5, 1894
[M. this paper obviously regards Tent of the Maccabees as being just another
.lodge, like the 0ddfellows.] [M. 2005 it's a branch of the Masons.]
Srh "first" other-RR Rpa 53 July 9, 1894
The first steel sailing vessel ever built in the United States recently made her
maiden trip from Bath, Maine where she was built to Philadelphia. She is
named the Dirigo and is in command of Capt. George W. Goodwin, who
commanded the ship Sterling for eighteen years and is owned by Arthur
Sewall, the well known railroad man. not quote.
clzimate Cascade Locks Srh Rpa 53 July 9, 1894
The late flood has caused the "early" completion of the Cascade locks to be
postponed one year. The people of Eastern 0regon have now waited their
completion a quarter of a century, more or less, and a year or so more will
certainly cut no figure with them. The works will be built 10 feet higher than
was formerly intended, so as to be above the high water mark of this season.
The present canal and locks were constructed so that the upper ernbankment
would be 139.7 feet above sea level, and this will be increased to something
over 159 feet. +
Enterttain circus misc-word-aggregation Rpa 53, 53a July 9, 1894
It is quite likely that the "only big circus that will visit Oregon this season"
will be in Roseburg some time in August. The mammoth aggregation etc., will
be in Pendleton Friday next. It is one of the five principal shows of the
country which have formed an agreement not to enter the same territory the
same year. It sends out two bill posting cars and has 40 persons employed to
Willie Sells, the great acrobat, is one of the attractions, whi1e a procession
a mile long, in close order, will give people some idea of the immensity of the
aggregation. + [M. note. doesn’t say what company.]
Road RP (Rpa 54) July 9, 1894.
The Coos Bay Stage Co. are now running their fine concord [sic]
coaches between Roseburg and Myrtle Point. +
Eugene-Debs RR-natl. condit RP (Rpa 54) July 9, 1894.
[RR strike evidently supported by Eugene Debs. Article on who Debs is.]
Strike: American Railway Union.
AHB transport interest (Rpa 54) July 9, 1894
Mrs. M. Josephson recently purchased from R.F. Hollis a fine “Perfection”
surrey. It is without doubt the handsomest rig ever brought to Southern
Oregon and attracts much attention. It has a jump-seat attachment and is hung
on elliptic and auxilliary springs. It has full curtains complete and fine lamps.
The top is of the latest style, being an oval canopy. It is easy of entrance and
exit and elegant in appearance. The “Perfection” is the most conspicuous
surrey in the market, and is all the rage in larger cities, being easily changed
from a double seated to a single-seated rig. +
Fruit drying paper climate Rpa 54 July 12, 1894
The Rural Northwest says it has found it impossible to learn the exact cost of
drying prunes in an evaporator in Oregon. The cost varies [sic], of course,
with the character of the evaporator, the kind and condition of the fruit, etc.,
but it has not been found practicable to determine the exact cost in any case
for the reason that exact records have not been kept. A number of prune
growers have promised to keep an expense record this year and we can then
know what the cost of drying by evaporators is. In California the cost of
drying in the sun has been determined with much accuracy. The West Side
Fruit Growers’ Association of Santa Clara county find from two years’
experience that the cost of drying French prunes is three-fourths of a cent per
dried pound. On the other hand these prunes were dried in the most
advantageous possible but on the other the cost of drying includes interest on
the investment and a proper allowance for depreciation of the plant. [as I typed it.]
We believe that when the prune growers of this section have thoroughly
learned how to evaporate prunes to the best advantage, there will be no
practical difference in the cost of drying in an evaporator here, or drying in the
sun in California. +
Interest paper-name science-wonder Rpa 54 July 16, 1894.
A frozen soap bubble broken in two and floating like an irridescent
transparent egg shell on the surface of a vessel of liquid air was one of the
marvellous sights shown by Professor Dewar in a recent lecture at the Royal
Institution on the effects of intense cold. The investigation of this new field of
science is developing many wonderful bits of knowledge,
The pretty experiment spoken of which delighted the audience was quite
simple. The professor poured a few spoonfuls of liquid air into a glass vessel.
The intense cold caused by evaporation produced a miniature snow storm in
the atmosphere above the liquid. The operator lowered the soap bubble on the
end of a rod into the freezing atmosphere. The bubble became darker. The
movements of the rainbow colored film grew slower. It contracted somewhat
in size and a moment later froze. A slight movement broke it from the rod in
two pieces, which floated for an hour, gradually accumulating a tiny snow
drift within, precipitated from the freezing air above. --London Standard. +
RR trusts conditions natl war-govt-indir RP (Rpa55) July 19, 1894.
[A telegram sent by Mayor Adolph Sutro of San Francisco.]
History will record you as the greatest benefactor of the American people
if you will recommend by special message to congress the foreclosure of the
mortgages of the Pacific railroad, paying off existing encumbrances,
purchasing the roads at foreclosure sale, and falling back on the personal
liability of stockholders for deficiency. The government must not operate
these roads but hold them as a great national highway for the benefit of the
American people, a war measure, as they were intended to be for the
transportation of troops, ammunition, supply and mails. Then permit all
American railroads to run their locomotives and cars on this great highway
under payment of tolls to be regulated by the Treasury department. [some
skips; punctuation may be incorrect. If it said who it was to, I didn't copy it.]
Dairy condit "first" Rpa 55 July 19, 1894
condensed milk plant is to be established at Portland. Heretofore all
condensed milk and evaporated cream consumed on the Pacific coast has been
brought from the east.
Fruit racism prices Rpa 55 July 19, 1894
Scottsburg. Wild blackberries are being brought in by the Indians and find
sale at $l.00 per bucket. +
Fruit Tot Rpa55 July 19, 1894
The Bender Bros. of Elkton brought in a fine lot of cherries from the old
Stearns farm, a few days since. They found a ready sale. +
AHB other town farm-supplies sewing-machine
RP (RP55) July 19, 1894.
Hollis, Black & Co. going to make a specialty of collecting old accounts.
Mr. Hollis has been engaged in business Roseburg several years and has gained
an enviable reputation in commercial circles by his straightforward business
methods. Mr. Black is well known throughout this portion of the state, having
traveled considerable and had large business relations with farmers and
businessmen as representative for Mitchell, Lewis Staver. Mr. Black entered
the employ of Mitchell and Lewis in March 1893 [ or 1883?; illegible] and continued
in their employ until his company absorbed Staver & Walker’s extensive business
since which time he has been in charge of the company’s extensive business in
Southern Oregon. The new firm will put in a large stock of agricultural implements,
wagons, carriages, and carts; will be in charge of Mitchell Lewis Staver business
in southern Oregon. Both are pleasant gentlemen personally and will doubtless
secure a liberal share of public patronage. They will make a specialty of
collections in Coos and Douglas counties as well as being agents for Singer
Sewing Machine. Nfq
AHB (RPa55) July 19, 1894.
R.F. Hollis and A.H. Black have this day formed a partnership under the
name Hollis, Black & Co. Mr. Hollis is well known to the citizens of
Roseburg and Douglas county, having been in business here for the past three
years and has spent over sixteen years in the implement business. Eight years
he was with the C. Altman & Co. of Canton, Ohio. Mr. Black is also well
known, having been with the Mitchell & Lewis Co. and Mitchell, Lewis &
Staver Co. since March, 1883. For the past three years he has been their
traveling representative for Southern Oregon.
We speak for the new firm success, as both are well known implement men.
They will be the general agents for the Mitchell, Lewis & Staver Co., and
agents for the Singer sewing machine for Douglas county.
In addition to these well known lines, they will add a collection department,
giving special attention to old collections. All collections entrusted to them
will receive prompt attention. +
misc saying Rpa 56 July 23, 1894
origin of the word cocktail.
Elizabeth Flanagan, wife of Irish soldier who died during Revolution,
followed troops and provided them with a drink that made them feel "fresh as
cock's tail", In time the compound received the name by which now known.
Church OT- character Rpa56 July 26, 1894.
The first Methodist camp meeting in Camas valley is now an event of the past,
yet during its session many of the young men conducted themselves in a
manner for which they deserve great credit, and they will receive the
approbation of every law and order loving citizen of this valley. A goodly
number of our young people showed quite an interest Saturday and Sunday in
the pleadings of our preachers for moral and religious reformation. +
Health saying Rpa 56 July 26, 1894
Gloria Water positively removes all diseases of the skin, such as Tan,
Freckles, Blackheads, Pimples, Sunburn, Sallowness, etc., giving the face a
pearly whiteness. Buy of your druggist today. +
CBR Graham Tot-Roseburg (Rpa56) July 26, 1894
R.A. Graham of the Coos Bay R.R. came up from Marshfield yesterday and is
stopping at the Van Houten. + [M. note: a hotel in Roseburg]
animal interest transport Rpa56 July 26, 1894
The burro and cart of Masters Harold and Stanely [as I typed it] Carpy [as I
typed it] is quite a novelty in Roseburg and attracts considerable attention as well as
excites the envy of the small fry. +
AHB wagon Rpa 56 July 26, 1894
Hollis, Black & Co. keep the celebrated Mitchell wagon. When in need of a
wagon buy the Mitchell and you will get the best. +
AHB novelty-brick (Rpa56) July 26, 1894
[Hollis & Black have brickmaking machine advertised for sale.] . [M. note:
does this mean people could make their own bricks?]
Blacksand-mining Locale-Yaquina Rpa 56 July 30, 1894
black sand mining near Yaquina.
Health OT-Roseburg RR-indir Rpa56 July 30, 1894
J. P. Easter, M. D. Physiomedical [as I typed it] Physician and Surgeon. Special
attention to diseases of women and children. On Short street below Mill street
below railroad track. [+ except punctuation]
Owen crime stage-express So Co paper-attitude Tot- saying?
Rpa56 July 30, 1894
Chas. Owen, the Marshfield-Sumner express man is missing. Last
Wednesday he made his usual trip but did not return. Tuesday his boat was
found adrift near Catching Slough, the rudder afoul and one oar gone. The
Mail hints that Owen knew who were the robbers of the Southern 0regon
Co.’s store at Sumner and that they might have made way with him, and says:
"There is a nest of rottenness involved in the Sumner matter that should be
unearthed at all hazards, and when everything comes to light people will be
astonished at the criminals in our midst. [as I typed it.] +
Hermann fruit misc promo-town OT- Rpa56 July 30, 1894
From the Medford Mail we learn that Congressman Hermann has sold his
3,640 acre tract of land, on the Little Butte in Jackson county, to a Chicago
colony who will cut the property into town lots and 10 to 40 acre tracts, the
acre property to be devoted exclusively to fruit raising. R .S. Combs, the
prime mover in the enterprise is now in Medford supervising the surveying,
etc. The colonists will make their appearance next spring in a town or city of
from 1500 to 2000 people in a very short time is the anticipated result. There
is probably no better location in Oregon for a colony of fruit growers, and
from the details given by the Mail it is evident that the projectors of the new
town which will be called Eldrianna, know what they are doing and have the
means and ability to carry out their plans to a successful conclusion. +
fair agric boomer misc-word Rpa 57 July 30, 1894
Now is the time to get ready for the District Fair. The fruit and vegetable
display last year was a very fine one, but there is no good reason why it
should not be better this year. The managers are doing all they can to make
the affair a success, and everyone should stand in and assist. Boom the fair
from now on. +
Pursuit-baseball Locale OT- misc-word Rpa 57 July 30, 1894
The Roseburg baseball club will start for Coos Bay country tomorrow
morning via the new road, prepared to take in and scientifically do up all base
ballists [as I typed it] they may chance to meet in that section of’ the country.
Other-mining locale- saying Rpa 57 July 30, 1894
There are about 300 men at work in the Bohemia mine district, 2 stamp mills
running and a 10-stamp mill. Some ore recent1y sent to S.F. from the mines
assayed over $7,000 per ton which has had the effect of increasing the mining
fever. not full quote.
Aug 2, 1894
Sugar tax agric conditions prices? Rpa 57 Aug 2, 1894
The proposed sugar tax, says the Telegram, represents a cost of about a cent a
meal to each person, or three cents a day. This is a considerable item of
expense where their [sic] is a family, say of seven persons, making a total
additional expense of 21 cents a day, or about $75 a year. [more.]
Climate crop interest science Rpa 57 Aug 2, 1894
Yankton, S. D., July 31. -- Ten days ago, rain-making experiments were
begun in this county under the direction of two citizens who visited a Kansas
rainmaker , obtained his chemical formula and received instructions in its use.
One ton of chemicals was consumed and last night one of the most
voluminous rainstorms of the summer was ushered in. It extended over an
area of 20 miles square in all directions from the experiment station near this
city, and in localities as much as two and a half inches of water fell. The rain
saves late corn and insures a half crop of hay.
School outside-Tot Rpa 57 Aug 2, 1894
The Normal School of Southern Oregon at Drain.
School arts religion Rpa57 Aug 2, 1894
University. Board in West Hall, club houses or private families is $100 - $200
per year for board and tuition. Best instruction in college, preparatory, normal,
and business courses, theology, music and art, state diplomas to graduates of
normal, diplomas for all courses. not direct quote. [M. note; I didn't copy
name of school; believe it would have to be Willamette.]
Sugar beets Spreckels? Agric? Rpa 57 Aug 6, 1894.
The Chino sugar factory started up. Largest and most complete factory and
refinery in U.S. [for beet sugar] Season's additions to the plant made a cost of
quarter of million dollars. Factory will use 100 tons beets per day and daily
output of fine refined sugar 140 tons. not quote. [M 2004. Stat. can't
Road locale Rpa57 Aug 6, 1894
The Coos bay wagon road is again open, and it is now possible to go to
Brewster valley by wagon. A number of men are working on it and it will be
in good condition in a few days. +
Srh disaster Rpa 57 Aug 6, 1894
It is now rumored that the lately discovered "wreck of the Brother Jonathon,”
is only the remains of an ill-fated fishing schooner. However, this will not
prevent the Brother Johnathon from being "discovered" again. [as I typed it.]
[M. note: this shipwreck was often searched for.]
condit misc-money outside-RR (Rpa 58) Aug 6, 1894.
New York, July 28th. –R.G. Dunn & Co’s Weekly Review of Trade says:
“The heavy outgo of gold, the fall of the treasury reserve and the price of
wheat to the lowest point on record and the increasing uncertainty about the
tariff have entirely overshadowed other industries. Business delayed for
months by the two great strikes now crowds the railways and swells the
returns and gives an impression of a revival in business. But it is not clear
how far there is an increase in new traffic distinguished from that which has
been merely blockaded or deferred. [M. is there a quote-mark here?] +
War misc-word RP (Rpa 58) Aug 6, 1894
China and Japan; the war goes bravely on. Right now Japs on top. Not quote.
coal OT- Rpa58 Aug 6, 1894
J. Tolman and Thomas James of Ashland have located a coal vein about six
miles north east of Medford and now are on the ground developing it. [skip.]
This part of the state is greatly in need of a good quality of coal and should
this prove as good as expected the benefit to Medford and Southern Oregon
towns will be considerable. not direct quote
Agric conditions prices (Rpa 58) Aug 6, 1894.
Is wheat a profitable crop at 30 c a bushel? 2 yrs ago somebody said
Washington farmers would lose money if they failed to receive 50 c per bushel
for wheat. Now even at 30 c business profitable. Wheat raisers now have
more labor and have learned art of economizing and know how to prepare crops
most cheaply. [Said by a banker and wheat grower in Spokane county and
was quote fm Spokane Chronicle.] [Not quote at all.]
Condit (Rpa 58) Aug 9, 1894.
The.London Statist declares that the immense withdrawals of English capital
from the United States are no longer due to either domestic or Australian
money difficulties, but solely caused by distrust of the financial future in
America. + [adds that there was nothing new in this declaration. It was
Hermann politic election Rpa 58, 58a Aug 9, 1894
In a speech on the election of United States senators by the people delivered in
congress July 28th Representative Hermann said:
"I wish to say at the outset that I am earnestly in favor of amending the
constitution of the United States so as to permit the people of the several
states the right by direct vote to elect the senators to which each state is
entitled in the United States senate.
"I favor this amendment because it accords with my idea of a republican
form of government, and with the full measure of inherent right belonging to
an American citizen.
"I favor it further, because it is in line with the declared wish and expressed
desire of the people of my state. In every official act the representative should
heed the pubic wish. My own opinion is formed on a due reflection as to the
nature of our gubernatorial fabric, its representative character, and the
fundamental recognition of all power being primarily vested in the people themselves.
"If we say that the legal voters of a country can be trusted to vote for
members 6f the state legislature to vote for senators, what is to render them
less trusted themselves to vote direct for the senators? The member of the
legislature whom they elect is but one of their own number. He is presumed to
represent their own wishes in the end. But why deny the people the right to
express their wishes in the first instance? There can be no misrepresentation or
failure of the public wish when expressed by the people themselves.
"Take the people at large in a state who vote for the governor of a State. It
is not contended that a United States senator should or does possess higher
qualifications, or higher integrity, or greater statesmanship, or superior
wisdom to one qualified for governor. Then if it is admitted that the people
themselves can be trusted in the selecting this high officer in the state, why
can they not be trusted to select the senators in the United States congress?” +
locale Srh? Fruit outing Rpa59 Aug 9, 1894
A very pleasant place to camp for a few days is at Geo. H. Prior’s place in the
Camas valley on the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Coquille. [quantities
of blackberries to be obtained and Mr. Prior a pleasant gentleman and did
much for the enjoyment of the party and his place easily accessible and only
22 mi. fm Roseburg.]
Agric locale Novelty-flouring-mill Rpa59 Aug 9, 1894
A new flouring mill at the lower end of Carnas valley nearing completion and
will be ready for grinding in short time. not full quote
AHB OT- Rpa59 Aug 9, 1894
A.H. Black went to Yreka, Cal., yesterday on a business trip. +
Tot-Marshfield OT-Roseburg Rpa59 Aug 9, 1894
T.S. Minot of Marshfield registered at the Van Houten. [M. note: hotel in Rsbg ]
Tariff condit prices agric other-mining Rpa59 Aug 9, 1894
he tariff conferees come to their senses. Basis of the agreement. 40 cents ad
valorum duty placed on sugar. Iron ore put on free list. Not q.
Other-mining road locale Rpa 59 Aug 9, 1894
still working on Bohemia Road.
Blacksand-mining other-mining locale-Bandon Rpa59 Aug 9, 1894
There are two different parties at Bandon, says the Recorder, looking after
black sand mining interests, but nothing of importance has taken place yet. +
misc-word outing (Rpa 59) Aug 9, 1894.
[The term “rusticating” used for townspeople going on rural or mountain vacation,
entertain Circus OT-Drain OT-Eugene Rpa59 Aug 9, 1894
The circus was at Eugene yesterday and is at Drain today. +
Other-mining locale Rpa59 Aug 13, 1894
rich new strikes in Bohemia mining district.
bicycle item cond-signs-times saying Rpa59 Aug 13, 1894
The bloomer costume is being adopted by lady cyclists throughout the state.
On learning of that fact, a well known admirer of the ladies remarked: “god
speed the day when the style strikes Roseburg." +
road stage locale Rpa59 Aug 13, 1894
Travel over the Coos bay state route is increasing, and the proprietors are
doing every thing possible to make the line popular. +
Health-indir Tot-Coquille mail crime Rpa59 Aug 13, 1894
The post office at Coquille City was burglarized last Tuesday night, and about
$200 in money, besides stamps were taken. The burglars pried open the back
door of Knowlton's drug store, where the postoffice was located. The safe was
found with the door open uninjured, and Postmaster Harlocker is not certain
whether he left the safe unlocked or whether the burglars succeeded in
unlocking it some way. +
other-mining coal Lhc-coal-stat? Rpa 59 Aug 16, 1894
Leigh Harnett listed as the mining correspondent who has done so much for
the development of the great mining resources of Southern Oregon. Nfq
interest? OT -character-anti Rpa59 Aug 16. 1894
The muscle dance provided too much for the morals of Portland, and
consequently the authorities caused the arrest of the dancers and announced
that no further performances would be allowed in that great and good city. +
Pursuit-baseball locale-CoosBay OT-Roseburg town-pride-rivalry
Rpa59 Aug 16, 1894
[very lengthy article on ] ball game between Coos Bay and Rsbg. On the
Cory battlefield Roseburg's pride defeated by the Coquille boys. Defeated by
world OT condit-progress Rpa59 Aug 16, 1894
Jerusalem is outgrowing its boundaries on the west side. The city growing
rapidly and already the name of modern Jerusalem has been given to this new
quarter. [vy long article.]
Tariff (Rpa 59) Aug 16, 1894 No definite conclusion yet on the tariff.
War Rpa 59 Aug 16, 1894
It is now China’s turn and Japanese forces being repulsed in attack. Not quote
Srh animal interest RP3-6 August 16, 1894
Tried out homing pigeons on Monongahela, U.S. practice ship, and
demonstrated their value as messengers. not quote.
Srh OT Tot-Gardiner RP3-6 Aug 16, 1894
Scottsburg Items. The Eva is now running daily from Gardiner and the
traveling public is made much more comfortable than before. +
AHB Tot-(Rsbg?) RP3-6 Aug 16, 1894
A. H. Black Tuesday night returned from his trip to Yreka, Cal. +
Agric crop Tot-MP RP3-6 Aug 16, 1894.
The man who has Mr. Easter’s farm rented near Myrtle Point cut 80 ton of
clover and orchard grass off of 20 acres. The doctor wants some Douglas
county farmer to beat it. +
Pioneer-Reunion Pursuit Excursion Srh entertain RP3-6 Aug 16, 1894
The Pioneer Reunion, which is in session at Marshfield, will be quite a gala
affair. The townspeople have subscribed liberally for entertainment. There
will be, in addition to the parade and literary exercises, including addresses, a
clam bake and an excursion to the jetty and life-saving station. +
Novelty-woolen Tot-Bandon RP3-6 Aug 16, 1894.
The whistle of the woolen mills reverberates over this vicinity now, says the
Bandon Recorder. The buildings have been nicely painted up and "Bandon
Woolen Mills" is painted on the roof in large letters which can be read for a
mile or two out at sea. This week the company has been making buggy robes
and have some fine samples on hand. Next week they will commence making
Invention Interest entertain ferris-wheel England RP3-6 Aug 20, 1894
The English are to build a wheel that will surpass the Ferris wheel. Being
built at Earle’s Court according to the plans of a Lieutenant Graden. Larger
than Ferris wheel shown at world’s fair in Chicago. Still just in planning
stage. not quote.
Misc interest RP3-6 Aug 20, 1894
Grants Pass Courier. An exhibitor said a figure a had been found in Mexico
but features were not Mexican or Indian but Caucasian. Nude woman created
by casting from a mold produced by moist clay in which a living woman had
remained long enough to have a perfect mold made of her body. The anatomy
was perfectly formed of sand and cement and weighed 540 lb. Owner was
traveling by team from town to town and his figure will probably net him a
good living at l0 c a head. not quote.
coal mineral Other-coal. Misc. RP3-6. Aug 20, 1894
J.C. Aiken of Roseburg who had been out in woods in mtns of Douglas county
found crystalized coal and thinks there are large deposits in that locality. Finest
anthracite. Also found a paint mine [M. what is this?] and a veritable soap
mine, the latter of which is large deposit of white substance consistancy of
putty which will lather and remove dirt equal to the best soap. They have
christened the mine the Sapolio. not full quote.
wagon road locale- RP3-6 Aug 20, 1894.
Man arrived in Roseburg via the new Coos Bay road and says the Douglas Coos
county road, particularly Douglas end in very bad state and sadly in need of
substantial repairs. Something should be done to make the connection less
hazardous. not direct quote.
Name health locale RP3-6 Aug 20, 1894.
Dr. Strange had gone to Elkton to take care of people there but now back in
Roseburg. not quote.
Entertain Circus paper RP3-6 Aug 20, 1894
[M. note. Paper kept talking abt the circus coming but they never told a thing
about it afterwards.]
Fruit RP3-6 Aug 20, 1894 [Lengthy article on how to dry prunes.]
England attitude Tariff US conditions RP3-6 Aug 23, 1894
The new Tariff bill of the United States, which has now passed its third
reading will remove a great burden from many sections of industry in this
country. We may have the pleasure of observing a revival of an American
trade [ie, trade w/America] but not much in tt respect will accomplished in
that respect in the coming year. London item. [as I typed it.]
fruit OT temperance item-liquor condit people-attitude RP7 August 23,1894
Riddle Items. Who is it that dares to sell Oregon prunes to a distillery? We
don't raise prunes for any such purpose up this way. Such a person deserves a
very light crop next year or no crop at all. not quote.
School RP7 Aug 23, 1894.
There were ladies elected school supt. at June election. 2 of those married,
others single. Not quote.
Other-mining locale- RP7 Aug 23, 1894
The Hungry Hill quartz ledge on Know Nothing Creek, in the Salmon river
section, is the most valuabl7 min—property [sic] on this coast. The mine was
bonded lately for $100,000, and the owners were delighted when the holders
of the bond failed to close their bargain. The quartz from this ledge pays
several hundred dollars per ton, and the property could not be purchased at
present for $500,000.... The quartz mines on Humbug are now yielding
handsomely, since the men are able to get down in the shafts without so much
trouble from water, by reason of the claims drying out under the influence of
hot weather. The Fernandez claim on Cherry creek is reported as paying
exceedingly rich, as high as 100 ounces a week being realized. ——Yreka
road fish animal pursuit-sports condit-signs-of-times
RP7 Aug 23,1894
Some people went over to N. Fork of Coq. and had most enjoyable time.
Caught 1600 trout and killed several deer. Not quote. [M note: this must
have just been sport kill. Without refrigeration they couldn’t poss. transport
back to Roseburg.] [M 2004 unless they smoked and jerked the meat?]
Fair animal pursuit-racing RP7 Aug 23, 1894
There are now 14 horses at the fair grounds in training for the races next
SP RR novelty-wood OT RP7 Aug 23,1894
[article abt Southern Pacific Company’s creosoting plant at Latham,Or. RR
ties, pilings, bridge timbers treated with chemicals to preserve the wood fm
decay. SP has just build an extensive plant costing $40 -$50,000 dollars.
lengthy descr. of how they do this process. none of this is quote.]
Misc Manning-Owen crime locale travel RP7 Aug 23, 1894
Marshfield, Or., [<All caps] August 23. --John C. Manning and Chas. B. Owen
were arrested near the mouth of the Umpqua making their way up the coast,
on charges of arson and robbery. They are suspected of being the parties who
burned and robbed the S.0. Co.’s store on the morning of July 14th. Sheriff
Gage was informed that two men answering the description of Owen and
Manning had been seen in the vicinity of Jarvis landing Sunday evening and
that one of them, supposed to be Owen, had come to the stage station and
filled several bottles with water and informed Mrs. Bay that he had just come
from Ten mile. But as he acted rather queerly and thinking that she
recognized him as Owen, she informed Sheriff Cage, who procurred a warrant
and started up the beach on the stage Monday morning and in company with
Henry Bay and Charles Volger succeeded in capturing both Owen and
Manning near the mouth of the Umpqua river. The examination commenced
yesterday before Justice Cousins, but was postponed until 1 o’clock today, by
which time important evidence will arrive from Astoria. [M. note: were they
also wanted there? or were there crime investigators there?] +
interest saying (flowery-obit) literary-indir character health
RP 7, 8-10 Aug 23, 1894
He died for his mother. [Headline.] This should be the inscription placed upon
the monument above the grave of D. D. Levens. For in all his grand life there
is no act that stands out so transcendently beautiful as his self abnegation in
yielding his will at the request of his aged mother when she asked him to
resign the office of Sheriff. How keenly he must have felt would be the
disappointment of the devoted friends who had worked so faithfully to help
him win the position he would have honored had he filled it. And his friends
without exception commended the courage required to consummate this act of
filial duty. Upon the sacred shrine of this duty he has lain the priceless jewel
of a spotless life. As he witnessed the disappointment of his friends at his
resignation, like a shaken reed he bowed his head and his great heart broke
and the mystery of eternal silence has claimed him. Yet before the white
throne of divine justice he will stand glorified by his obedience to the
command of "Honor thy father and mother." The "Searcher of All Hearts"
will regard with infinite love the filial affection that made such a sacrifice
possible. To the aged mother and heart broken wife, our hearts go out in
measureless sympathy. May the magnitude of their loss be the divine measure
of their consolation, for over the funeral pall the sunlight of God’s eternal love
shines on. Look upward in faith, find consolation in hope and in the sweetest
peace of charity -- the beautiful principles that were his guides in life -- await
the angel hands that will draw aside the vail [in print] when the shadows of
earthly sorrows shall flee away and you will meet him again in that "Home of
the soul" where parting is not known. Dutiful son, tender husband, kind
brother and friend, a tearful farewell. "Mollie" Miller. [signed by]. +
health misc RP8-10 Aug 27, 1894
The necessity of absolute cleanliness in surgery. [tells what kinds of things
used for sterilization. Surgeon’s hands, instruments, and patient’s body
School book RP8-10 Aug 27, 1894
The time for selecting the school text books for the next six years is at a hand.
Interest is being taken. Sentiment is hostile to any radical changes because of
expense and general set back schools receive from a general change. A writer to
Salem Statesman says any school supt who will vote a change will be
criticized. There is nothing wrong with our present books. Oregon made an
unexcelled educational display at the World’s Fair and this should be
sufficient evidence that our textbooks are the best. The American Book
Company has the contract and criticism of this company as a monopoly or
trust and agitation for a change are made in the interest of other publishing
houses no matter under what guise they come. But this fight between
publishing houses is of little interest to the taxpayer except as it might result in
a change that would add to his expense. not direct quote.
Other-mining locale RP8-10 Aug 27, 1894 [more on the Bohemia mines.]
Animal pursuit-hunting law RP8-10 Aug 27, 1894
The close season for ducks, geese and the like ends next Saturday night. It is
said that there are more ducks on Coos bay at this time than there ever has
been before this early in the season. +
RR CBR-RR RR-local Lhc RR-extension RR-dreams
RP8-10, 11 Aug 27, 1894.
Portland, Oregon. The Marshfield & Penninsula [as typed] Railroad
Company has been incorporated in this city, with a capital stock of $100,000,
for the purpose of building a railroad and telegraph line from the western
terminus of the Coos Bay, Roseburg & Eastern railroad in a northerly
direction to North Bend and Coos Bay. The promoters of the scheme and
incorporators of the company are Captain Thomas W. Simond of the United
States engineers; Mr. Lee Hoffman, a well-known contractor and Mr.
Sanderson Reed, the lawyer, all of Portland. Everything is in readiness to
comence the work and put it to completion at an early date, just as soon as the
right of way can be secured through Marshfield. In speaking of the project,
Captain Simons [as I typed it] said last night:
“Our idea is to build a sort of belt line from Marshfield and around the
peninsula, so as to enable certain new industries to be established there.
These industries can not be established just now because there is no way to
bring in the necessary materials. The materials can be obtained from along
the line of the Coos Bay, Roseburg & Eastern railroad, which terminates at
Marshfield. Just now we contemplate building but four miles of track, but
may build more at a later date. Eventually we hope to see the C.B.R.&E. road
built into Roseburg, a distance of 60 miles from its present eastern terminus at
Coquille. [M. note: 1894? Terminus was in MP by Sept 1893.] That would open
up direct rail communication between Portland and the beautiful deep-water
port at Coos bay, and a country rich in resources, which is practically tributary
to California at the present time, would become tributary to Portland. This is
a country of which people here are comparatively ignorant. It has extensive
forests of lumber famous the world over, coal mines upon which
California is dependent for a portion of its supply, and dairy products
unsurpassed. The C.B.R.& E. road, which is but 56 miles [sic] in
length, always has been a paying proposition, and three steamers ply between
Marshfield and San Francisco the year round. The ship building yard at
Marshfield has turned out many substantial vessels since its establishment,
and has the right sort of timber on hand to turn out more and better ones.
Some new coal mines are to be opened up in the near future, and the
shipments of coal largely increased. The settlers in that portion of the state
are still a little scattered, but they are thrifty and progressive.
“We have not yet secured our right of way through Marshfield, but it has
been promised and we do not anticipate any trouble in securing it. The town
will be greatly benefitted by the road.
“The extension of the C.B.R.&E. road eastward is not necessarily a difficult
task. The country is rough in some places, but good passes may be found and
there are really no insurmountable difficulties. “ [sic] +
early-BH RR-spur Srh RP 11 Aug 27, 1894.
Within two weeks’ more work the branch railroad to the Norman coal
property will be completed, says the Sun. Progress on this line has been
delayed, awaiting the arrival of a schooner with more iron. +
book school RP 11 Aug 27, 1894
state board of education is calling for bids on new text books. They must be lower
in price than any of them are at this point not quote.
Other-RR CBR-RR Graham conditions-problems crime RP 11 Aug 27, 1894
There is evidence that the spirit of the train wreckers is indulged in here in
Coos county, says the Mail. Some miscreants have placed nuts and pieces of
steel in the boxes of cars at the depot. One car was found in this condition and
a close examination revealed the fact that several had been treated after the
same fashion. The nuts being of steel and the car axles of soft iron it would
not take very long for the steel to saw the axles off when in motion and the
result might be a general smash up. In order to protect the property Manager
Graham has been compelled to post notice that the yards of the company will
be fenced and all travel through them prohibited. +
[M. There had just been a train wreck, or attempted train wreck, on SP
before that. Evidently they now thought there was a psychological
interest? cosmic? end of world prophecy floods and tidal waves paper
RP12 Aug 27, 1894
The Portland papers devoted considerable space to and aroused a lot of
apprehension because of the prophecy of Professor Falb the astronomer and
scientist of Vienna. He says that earthquakes are caused by planetary influences
acting upon the liquid matter of the earth’s interior much as they do upon the
water on its surface. And when the molten matter is drawn into a high tide at
some point the result is an earthquake, convulsion or a volcanic upheaval. There
is at present a greater conjunction of planets -- all in a line and pulling one way --
than has occured since the great flood that landed Noah’s ark on the summit of
Ararat, and upon this fact Falb is said to base his direful prophecy. Between
August 17th and 30th there are to be earthquake shocks pretty generally over the
entire globe, resulting in great upheavals of new land in the ocean and sinking of
the land already out of the water similar to the sinking of the great Atlantis beneath
the Atlantic ocean. California is to become an island and Florida is to be cut off from
the mainland. Upheavals in the ocean are to cause great tidal waves, one of which
will go up the Hudson river and swamp New York, while another sixty feet
high will sweep along the Oregon coast and cause great destruction of life and
[The paper is complaining about this and debunking it. article much
interest Srh-indir locale geology? Misc-word RP 12 August 30, 1894
[not quote.] Scientists believe Nebraska, Kansas and part of the Indian territory
are located over an immense underground lake or sea. In some places in
Kansas whole sections of lend have suddenly disappeared, leaving only a
phathomless [as I typed it] lakelet to mark the spot where they were. Somebody
says the Platte Valley will be sucked in to the cavernous depths of the wells
one of these days. (reprint fm St Louis Republic)
Sept 3, 1894
Binger-Hermann govt law home-seekers RP12 Sept. 3, 1894.
Representative Hermann's bill which has now become a law, providing
limitations for proofs in donation land claims in Oregon, Washington, and
Idaho provides that claimants to such lands have until Jan. 1, 1895, the right to
make final proofs, in default of which the claims are held to be abandoned.
Notices are to be published in the proper land districts requiring claimants,
their heirs or grantees, to make final proof within the time prescribed, and,
failing to do so, the lands will be restored to the public domain. If the lands
have been in the quiet, adverse possession for 20 years of any person claiming
the same by descent, devise [as typed], judicial sale, grant or conveyance from
the original claimant, such possessors shall be entitled to patent upon proof of
such facts. +
Graham Spreckels RR-CBR R-P 12 Sept 3, 1894.
R.A. Graham came over from Marshfield yesterday to meet A.B.
Spreckels and F.S. Samuels of San Francisco, who arrived on last night’s
overland. They departed early this morning by private conveyance for the
seat of opperations [sic] on the C.B.R.& E.R.R. It is presumed that Messrs.
Spreckles [sic] and Samuels came up on business concerning the road, and
important developments may be looked for at an early date. +
animal-duck law pursuit-hunting R-P 12 Sept 3, 1894
It is lawful to kill ducks; but it is unlawful to sell them except during the
months of November and December. +
Climate road sidewalk OT? saying Interest RP12-12a Sept 3, 1894
The recent hot weather seems to have affected even the nails in the sidewalks,
as a great many of them have turned their heads, if not their thoughts,
heavenward; anyway they are sticking up above the general surface in many
places from a quarter to one inch -- just enough to cause one to get tripped up
nicely, thereby creating, in a sudden and profuse flow of profanity. The
spiritual welfare as well as the toes of a great many people would be
benefitted, by having these nails driven down. +
road RR-extension RR-dreams locale- Tot-MyrtlePoint OT-Roseburg
people-attitude RP 13 Sept 3, 1894.
The main road from Roseburg to Myrtle Point through this valley is
continually lined with teams going to and from the coast. Imagine what the
travel will be like when the railroad is completed next year. We will be able
to go to the coast a great deal cheaper then than we can now. Hurry up the
Politics RP 13 Sept 3, 1894.
[these newspapers have a complete directory of all the officials in State of
Interest utility-indir RP 13 September 6, 1894.
[not quote.] Telegraph operator in Boston office who fell in love with a woman
at the other end of the Western Union wires. She could say sweet little
nothings when there was a lull in the business. So he went to see her; he
wasn't very pleased. She was 48 years old, had lone corkscrew curls of the
past era like twists of molasses candy and a smile loomed up under the eaves
of her sunbonnet that would have done credit to a fissure in the side of
Vesuvius. She was glad to see him. And he with the instinct of a true
gentleman tried to appear that he was glad to see her. He entertained her and
the next day sent her home. Was careful not to allow himself to converse with
anyone on the wire except on business. Donahoe’s Magazine. +
Graham Spreckels RR-CBR RP13 Sept 6, 1894.
A.B. Spreckels and F.S. Samuels, the well known San Francisco capitalists,
together with R.A. Graham, returned from the bay last night where they had
been on a tour of inspection relative to the financial prospects of the
C.B.R.&E.R.R. in case it should be extended to Roseburg. From authoritative
sources it is learned that they are well pleased with the country between here
and Myrtle Point, and the outlook for the road. They left for San Francisco on
this morning’s overland, and the result of their visit wills probably be made
public at an early date. +
RR-name visiting RP13 Sept. 6, 1894.
Mr. and Mrs. T.R. Sheridan this week returned from their visit to relatives and
friends in Coos county. +
Health RP 13 Sept 6, 1894.
Dr. Strange will extract your teeth without pain, using no cocaine, thereby
avoiding sickness and soreness and swelling of gums. +
Fair RP13 Sept 6, 1894.
Rules for entry and various displays to be had at district fair.
Misc Stat-presidents RP13 September 10,1894.
[not quote] Abraham Lincoln the tallest president, 6’4’; shortest Benjamin
Harrison, although Van Buren and John Adams were both very short. The
oldest president was William Henry Harrison, who was 68 years and 1 mo.
old when inaugurated; the youngest was Grant, who was not quite 47 yrs old.
Interest RP 13 Sept 10, 1894
J.M. Repart, the man who is tramping from New York city to San Francisco,
has arrived at St. Joe, Mo. Rapart [sic] started from New York May 10th; due
in San Francisco December l on a wager of $5000 and a side bet of a large
amount. The conditions were that he was to leave New York without a cent
and beat his way through to the coast. He is not allowed to ride. He is allowed
to earn money along the way and use it as he sees fit as long as it's not for
transportation. Route is going to be through Portland and San Francisco, so
will be coming through Roseburg. Walks 25 mi. day and has worn out 5 pr. of
shoes since he started and has lost 17 lbs but is in good condition. [fm start
of article thru to the coast, is +. The rest is nfq]
Interest Transport other-mining RP13 Sept 6, 1894
A unicycle which takes the place of a pack horse was seen on our street
Monday. It is simply a single wheel upon which is mounted a framework to
carry flour, bacon, blankets and mining tools. One man on each end of the
frame furnishes power for locomotion. The maker, who was wheeling it
through town said two men could carry 500 pounds any where a mule could
go, and they would not have to hunt pasture or carry stake ropes to keep the
thing from running away. --Courier. +
AHB RP14 Sept 10, 1894.
R.F. Hollis, who has been local agent for the Mitchell, Lewis & Staver Co. for
names Buck Chapman, M.C. Tipton and several years past, has skipped out
for parts unknown. Last spring he forged the F.M. Tipton Jas. McCulloch to
notes aggregating in amount to $530, with which he settled with the house.
Some of the notes are now due, hence the discovery of the forgery. It is
reported that Mr. Hollis was seen Saturday morning by some campers near
Belieu's station. It is scarcely possible for him to escape arrest. + [article: sic.
M. note: Doesn’t say a word about Black even knowing about it, or his
investment. But see issue later for that. ]
RR-Name-Bennett Tot-Marshfield health misc-word RP14 Sept 10, 1894
Mrs. J.W. Bennett of Marshfield died on the 30th ult. She had been ailing for
some time, but for the past several weeks and up to within a few moments of
her death she seemed to be improving. +
Fruit prices RP14 Sept 10, 1894.
Strawberries selling for 20 c a box during past week; not too plentiful although
some can be obtained here and there.
Crop Condit RP14 Sept 10, 1894
Hop growing. Success of it and how market conditions make difficult.
Market is demoralized.
Binger-Hermann Srh racism/ethnic war RP14 Sept 10, 1894
Washington, Sept. 6. -- Representative Hermann is employing his time until
he starts for Oregon in looking out for Oregon matters before the department.
+ has been notified tt there will be new site for jetty Yaquina Bay. below S.
jetty. other things having to do with harbors. Nq
Mr. Hermann urged that further efforts be made to select another site in the
vicinity of Port Orford. The president has signed Representative Hermann’s
bill pensioning Jesse Davenport of Roseburg, a survivor of the Indian wars.
[not full quote.]
Name-Endicott RP14 Sept 10, 1894.
Walter Endicott left last week for Roseburg, where he expects to stop for a
short time. He also expects to extend his trip to his former home in Missouri.
–Myrtle Point West Oregonian. + [M: Is this W.W., or W.E. Endicott?]
Fair RP14 Sept 10, 1894
District Fair is to be tomorrow. [combining Douglas, Coos, Curry counties.
Having races, agricultural displays, etc.]
Fruit RP 14 Sept 13, 1894
[a lot in these papers about prune drying. One man estimates his dried crop
will be 120,000 lb. of prunes.]
AHB Paper RP15-20 Sept 13, 1894
It is said that mistakes will happen in the best regulated families. And the
PLAINDEALER is no exception to the rule, although a number of people who
read an item in Monday's paper concerning R.F. Hollis seem to have been of a
different opinion. +
AHB crime RP15-20 Sept 13, 1894
C.A. Chandler, the general manager of the Singer Sewing Machine
Company's business in Oregon, is in town, and endeavoring to ascertain in
what condition R.F. Hollis left the affairs of his agency. So far there seems to
be a shortage of about $85, although it may be greater or less. +
Novelty-wool town-pride? Tot-Bandon RP15-20 Sept 13, 1894
Recorder: The Bandon Woolen Mills Co. are adding to their working force
every few days and it is expected that seven looms will be put in operation
shortly. The mill turns out the finest grades of blankets and they are in no
sense inferior to the best output of any mill on the Pacific coast. An assuring
fact to buyers is that there is not an ounce of shoddy material in the mill.
Every piece turned out is literally all wool, while the finish is not to be
surpassed anywhere. +
AHB RP15-20 Sept 13, 1894
To whom it may concern: This is to certify that the firm of Hollis, Black, &
Co. is this day dissolved by mutual consent. R.F. Hollis will continue
business at the old stand. (Signed.)
R.F. Hollis. A.H. Black. (Aug 27)
Sept 17, 1894.
RR-extension RR-CBR RR-phy locale Tot-MyrtlePoint RP15-20 Sept 17, 1894
Work on the railroad started up again Monday, a force of 70 men went to the
front with supplies and grading outfit and the line will be extended to a point
several miles beyond Myrtle Point this winter. -- Marshfield Sun. +
Graham RR-CBR fair RP15-20 Sept 17, 1894
R. A. Graham, the Coos bay railroad magnate, was taking in the fair
Thursday. + [District Fair at Roseburg: Coos, Douglas and other counties.]
Mail OT RP15-20 Sept 17, 1894
Lemati P.O. closed. Now Cottage Grove just has one P.O.
Other-mining locale RP15-20 Sept 20, 1894 Bohemia mining district
Health ONG? RP15-20 Sept 20, 1894 Death of General Varney
Graham novelty-wood locale RP15-20 Sept 20, 1894
R. A. Graham has contracted for the requisite number of piles to be used
between Myrtle Point and Sugarloaf. +
Hermann politic RP 21 Sept. 24, 1894
Congressman Hermann and family are expected to arrive home in a few days.
School state RP21 Sept 24, 1894
The deaf-mute school opened at Salem last week, with thirty students in
RR-extension RR-CBR RR-phy Srh RP21 Sept 24, 1894
Two hundred tons of railroad iron came up on the Argo last week for the
railroad company. +
Tot-MyrtlePoint RR-extension RR-CBR condit RP 21 Sept 24, 1894
It is said that business at Myrtle Point is very lively since the resumption of
work on the railroad. +
Tot-Marshfield bicycle RP21 Sept 24, 1894
A bicycle tournament and races to take place at the Marshfield race track
Sunday is being talked of. +
Tot-Marshfield Spreckels RR-CBR RR-extension RR-dreams Lhc OT
RP 21 Sept. 27, 1894
Oregonian: Mr. Solomon Abraham, the well-known merchant of Roseburg,
was in Portland Thursday, having arrived on the morning overland. He says
Roseburg is reasonably prosperous, and that the chief enterprise of interest in
that part of the country is the Roseburg, Coos Bay & Eastern railroad, upon
which work has again been resumed.
"Work has been begun at Myrtle Point," said Mr. Abraham, "but in just what
manner or to what extent I do not know. It is said, however, that the
contractors expect to put 1000 men and a sufficient number of teams at work.
The backer of the enterprise is evidently John D. Spreckels, of San Francisco,
who recently made two trips over the proposed route and who appears to have
provided funds sufficient to resume work and, perhaps, to guarantee
The Roseburg, Coos Bay & Eastern road is to run from Marshfield to
Roseburg, a distance of about 90 miles. It is already constructed and in
operation from Marshfield to Myrtle Point, 37 miles, and from that place to
Roseburg the route is mainly along the middle fork of the Coquille. The
enterprise has encountered some difficulties, and overcome some of them. It
has been a cherished project on Coos Bay for many years, but it did not
materialize until l891, when actual construction was begun. It was then hoped
that by this time the road would be completed and in operation; but lack of
funds seems to have been the main cause of the delay.
In an air line from Roseburg to Marshfield the distance is only about 40
miles; but to cross the coast range at available grades, a wide detour to the
south is necessary, more than double the distance. The road will probably not
be more expensive than other lines over the foothills -- as for instance, the
Oregon Pacific. It is not probable that any great progress will be made this
season, for the closing in of winter will necessarily delay operations till
The Coquille valley is fertile and well populated. Other country tributary to
the line is very rich in timber and coal. Indeed, it is said that there are very
ample coal deposits along the route which await only communication with
Coos bay and the ocean to justify extensive development. One expected result
of the completion of the line is that it will make Coos bay country actually, as
well as geographically, an important part of Oregon. As it is now, the
merchants of Coos bay have trade relations established with San Francisco.
With direct rail communications to Roseburg and Portland there is likely to be
a change. +
Tot Srh utility RP 21 Sept. 27, 1894
Scottsburg. The steamer Eva is laid up for alterations, and we hear it is to be
lighted with electric lights. +
Disaster fire coal crop agric Srh utility RP 21 Sept. 27, 1894
A fire at Portland destroyed Pacific coast wheat elevator and its wheat, coal
bunkers and coal, warehouse, freight cars, wheat in cars, stevedores plant, and
disaster fire fruit-dryer locale condit RP 22 Sept 27, 1894
O.F. Godfrey's fruit dryer on the west-side was destroyed by fire Tuesday
forenoon, causing a direct loss of about $500. Besides tje building and drying
apparatus about 140 bushels of prunes were destroyed, 80 of which were
about ready to be taken from the dryer. The dryer was a Carson of about 5000
pounds capacity. The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is supposed to have
been... by a defective pipe. The dryer had been in operation about ten days,
and was being run to its full capacity. Mr. Godfrey is now compelled to
dispose of his fruit in a green state, and hence his loss will be much greater
than the cost of his dryer.
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