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Agric Commission House
Marshfield Sun ( Sun 22a) March 1, 1906.
The Farmers’ Cooperative Commission Company fm Portland, dealers in all kinds of
produce, feed, and grain. Office 125 Front St. [M. Marshfield? Or Portland? ].
Commission 2 ½ percent for handling produce which is 50 % less than charged by
commission merchants. At end of every 6 mo dividend will be declared which will return to
members all money accumulating above economical running expenses. Co. will act as
purchasing agent for members free of cost thus securing all goods desired by them at
reasonable prices. Not direct quote.
Interest Sun 22a Mar 1, 1906
Item fm Chicago Journal. The best way to rise in the world. Young men are always being
advised to “rise in the world.” Which may or may not be good advice. A lot depends upon:
how the young man rises. What he rises upon. What he rises to. What he takes up with him.
If your idea is to rise in the world by making money and having people look up to you on that
account, it is easy enough.
If you want to go up like a man, however, put some foundation besides dollars under you.
What will you rise to? To something worth while. Ideals are worth while, and one way to
define ideals is to say that they are what your mother wants you to be. When men go up to
ideals they are the light of the world. +
Srh other coal Sun 22a Mar 1, 1906 The steamer Homer sailed yesterday for San Francisco
with a cargo of coal from the Maxwell mine.
Utility name health Sun 22a Mar 1, 1906
Allen Beileu, lineman for Pacific states telephone co. fall and was picked up for dead, taken
to Horsfall hospital where soon regained consciousness and is out of danger. Not direct
Mill lbr locale RR-spur Srh-indir Sun 22a Mar 1, 1906
The Dean Lumber Company received a large scraper on the Alliance that will be used in
grading the Cunningham Creek spur to the railroad. It will be operated by steam. The scraper
was taken to Bay city, yesterday, and will be given its first trial in dredging the mill boom at
that place. +
Paper Tot Sun 22a Mar 1, 1906
The Coast Mail is moving to a larger place on ground floor of the Armory Building.
Novelty-Woolen Sun 22a Mar 1, 1906
Superintendent Smith, of the Bandon Woolen Mills, and a number of weavers came over from
the Coquille, Monday, and are removing a portion of the unfinished work from the machines
in the North Bend. plant. [as in print.] It will be taken to Bandon and finished. +
Srh Sun 22a Mar 1 1906 Arrivals by Breakwater.
Srh jetty-RR health? Tot-Bandon-pride Sun 22a Mar 1, 1906
The Schooner San Buenaventura and steamer Favorite had a mix-up at Bandon one day last
week. Whereas the Favorite come out second best necessitating her laying up for repairs.
[whole sent. As in print.] / There was also a general smash-up on the railroad at Bandon.
The different conductors got confusing orders from the train dispatcher. Nobody hurt but
operations have been suspended for a day to clear up the wreckage and repair the track. Your
[print] old friend, Chas. Rogers, [continued]
manipulates one of the engines, but with all of his portly corporation, Charley got nary a
scratch. Skip Thus you can see that the city by the sea, is not slumbering but is up and
doing. We do not see them on the different street corners talking about when something is
going to turn up to improve their condition, depending on flaming headlines and free
advertisements to foster their cause. Vapor and cheap bubbles disappear when the true lime
light shines upon it. Verily, I say, Bandon’s watchword is enterprise, progression and
success, and this she has attained. +
Bennett RR Sun 22a Mar 1, 1906
J.W. Bennett, the banker, has returned from a business visit to Portland. Mr. Bennett came
in via Drain and had an excellent opportunity to size up the railroad situation and was
fortunate enough to meet the Southern Pacific right-of-way agent, Nair, who has transferred
his headquarters for the present to Scottsburg. The railroad is paying out money for right-of-
way and have secured a good start. SKIP. Notwithstanding the good faith shown by
Southern Pacific, there are many property holders along the line who have their doubts
whether the railroad will be built or not. This is probably due to the fact that they have
heretofore been faked along these lines. [lengthy, more. ] [punctuation unverified. Skipped around.]
[M. 2009. Added below, new item from loose notes.]
RR-phy Sun 22 Mar 1, 1906 [Drain - CB railroad progress.]
Marshfield Sun 23
dairy name Sun 23 Thursday March 8, 1906. Geo. E. Peoples, the Coquille Creamery
Politic name Sun 23 Mar 8, 1896
J.W. Bennett was in attendance at the Republican conference at Coquille City yesterday. +
Srh Sun23 Mar 8, 1906 Capt. Donaldson of Homer
Dairy Tot Sun 23 Mar 8, 1906
John Keating, of Portland, is making arrangements to start the North Bend Condensary. Mr.
Keating comes recommended as a practical and thorough operator of condensaries. After he
once gets the plant in operation it is his intention of keeping things going the year around.
Mr. Keating has the very best of financial backing and will spare no expense in developing
this new industry on Coos bay. +
RR-spur locale name mill
Sun 23 Mar 8, 1906
Work will commence next week on the 1000 [not verified whether it spelled or numerical]
foot trestle for the spur railroad up Cunningham creek under the supervision of A.W. Neal.
Manager Squires, of the Dean Lumber Company expects to have all right-of-way matters
settled up in a few days. +
Lhc [categories] Climate Coq-valley trees RR Sun 23 Mar 8, 1906
Coquille Items. Spring is at our door. Over here trees are all on the verge of blooming.
Everything is indicative of an early spring. +
The recent raise in the river has subsided and the water has resumed its normal stage.
However, it enabled the loggers to get their logs all out or in close proximity to tidewater. +
The railroad up Cunningham creek to intersect with the CBR&E RR is a foregone
conclusion. The necessary price has been paid to obtain the right of way and all other
arrangements are consummated. +
The sawmills are all in operation running to their full capacity. +
In the river at the present time are the steamers Elizabeth and Sotyome; schooners Ruby,
San Buenaventura, Advance, C.T. Hill and Oregon. Bandon presented a picturesque scene
Saturday, four schooners and two steamers occupied the waterfront, with sails unfurled, and
presented a good enough picture for any artist. +
Fish Hume utility? Locale Sun 23 Mar 8, 1906
R.D. Hume, king of the Rogue River and one of the founders of the salmon industry on the
Pacific coast came in on the Plant. [boat.] skip It was learned that he will put up a large cold
storage plant at Wedderburn shortly to prepare salmon for foreign shipment. [more to article,
but not in notes.]
== Sun 24 March 8, 1906.
Srh locale? Sun 24 Mar 8, 1906
K.V. Kruse the master builder has returned from San Francisco. He brought with him a
contract to build a large steam schooner for Swayne & Hoyt, the keel for which will be laid at
Ferndale yard as soon as the schooner on the stocks is launched. +
Utility Srh climate [categories] Sun 24 March 15, 1906.
Coquille Items. Our city is now shrouded in darkness. The electric light plant collapsed a
few days ago and will not resume operations for two weeks. The pedestrian can now be seen
groping his way in darkness and asking for more light, but his requests are of no avail. + /
Coquille Items. The river is now down to its normal stage and the mills are fast emptying
their booms. + /
Coquille Items. The air is rife with all kinds of steamboat news. Boats coming from all parts
of the hemisphere – all sizes and colors, but at the present time there are two or three tied up
for lack of business. Like a good many other businesses, an over-production. +
The Myers Bros have sold the steamer Welcome to the James Bros. Coquille loses two good
boys. [ M. 2001: This doesn’t say Coquille Items, but is sandwiched between two entries that
do say so. In the sense of the Coq valley.]
Novelty-Woolen Srh condit outlook misc-word? Sun 24 Mar 15, 1906
Coquille Items. The paraphernalia for the woolen mill at Bandon arrived a few days ago and
the incoming steamer brings the wool. Then the woolen mill at Bandon commences operation
and an enterprise that is commendable to the citizens of that wide awake and stirring city,
destined to be one of the foremost cities of Southern Oregon, starts up. Already its shrill siren
can be heard at noonday. This together with the sirens of the different enterprises,
summoning its employees from labor to refreshments, reminds one of a metropolis. (signed)
Lop Ear. +
Health prices Sun 24 Mar 15, 1906 Mercy Hospital N.B. now open for reception of
patients. Terms $10 week and upwards. For particulars apply to Sisters of Mercy N.B. +
Utility health Sun 24 Mar 15, 1906 L.R. Robertson division manager of the telephone co.
was at North Bend the first of the week arranging a telephone system in the hospital at that
place. + [except possible commas.] /
Names RR? Sun 24 Mar 15, 1906 Senator Coke [M. prob. same as attorney Coke of rr,
formerly; but Coke & Coke were lawyers ]
Utility farmers Sun 24 Mar 15, 1906
Apropo of the telephone line into the Ten Mile country to connect with the bay system:
Manager Robertson informed a Sun reporter yesterday that the line can be built for a cost of
approximately $30 to each of the farmers on the line and be maintained at an annual cost to
each subscriber that will not exceed $12. The farmers under this plan own the line after it is
completed and in operation. Prospects for its early construction are very flattering. + [except
whether numbers are spelled or numerical.]
Name mill Tot-NB Sun 24 Mar 15, 1906 L.J. Simpson after a vacation of 6 mo. has
resumed as head of affairs at NB mill. Henceforth direct extensive Simpson interests this
section. [only partly quote.]
Paper county name Sun 24 March 22, 1906. Sheriff Gallier. Editor Dodge of Coquille
Sentinel. / Attorneys Coke and Upton have gone to the Supreme Court.
Tot health Mill Sun 24 Mar 22, 1906
[M. By this date Johnson’s mill was a “community,” or settlement.] Born: at Johnson’s mill
on the Coquille, a son…
RR spur pilings Srh Sun 24 Mar 22, 1906 The pilings for the trestle for the Cunningham
Creek spur to the railroad [continued ]
== Marshfield Sun (24a) March 22, 1906.
[continued.] was brought down from the headwaters of the Coquille this week and work is to
start on the new line shortly. + [cp]
RR spur/haul climate name Sun 24a Mar 22, 1906 The engines to be used in driving the
1900 foot trestle in the Cunningham Creek spur are being loaded onto the cars and will go to
the front at once. Work will be going at full blast under the supervision of A.J. Neal, when
the weather moderates. + [cp]
Lbr novelty-wood condit Sun 24a Mar 22, 1906
Good prices are being obtained for all qualities of lumber in San Francisco said a prominent
mill man today and particularly railroad ties, which are bringing the highest figure in the
history of lumbering on the coast, in consequence of which he predicted very lively times
Coos bay in the lumber business this season. + [except punctuation.] [cp]
Srh Spreckels health Sun 24a Mar 22, 1906
With the arrival of the Breakwater today from San Francisco we learn that the condition of
John D. Spreckel's health is not so serious as the first intelligence given out conveyed. +
[ M. apparently these four para are all part of the same (and longer) article]
paper politic temperance Sun 24a March 29, 1906.
Coquille Items. Last week I was somewhat indisposed -- suffering from shock. The
Democratic pow-wow terminated with an amalgamation of prohibitionists and to see an old
bourbon Democrat in alliance with prohibition has driven me to the woods to collect my
Lhc condit progress Sun 24a Mar 29, 1906
The sawmill is running on the full time and the creameries have all resumed operations again
for the season. The logging camps are all in operation or are preparing to resume operation.
The bar has been in good condition for some time. The woolen mills at Bandon is [print] now
in operation and employs a large number of persons. This, together with the other factories
and industries, places the city by the sea foremost in the march of progression. With a united
effort they have succeeded. No blanks to announce what they are going to do; no large
houses and nobody to live in them. Bandon's stride forward is bonafide; built upon a
substantial basis, she has passed her sister towns up the road of advancement and
improvement and she can now rest on her well-earned laurels. A united spirit, supported by
nerve and energy has accomplished results, where glowing headlines to herald their resources
have failed. [Signed] Lop Ear. +
[M. note: all these were listed as Coquille items by a correspondent. refers not necessarily to
town of Coq but to whole Coq. valley.]
Tot-Bandon-name Sun 24a Mar 29, 1906 Col. Rosa, Bandon's sterling citizen, was seen in
Marshfield today. +
Tot-NB dairy Sun 24a Mar 29, 1906 The North Bend condensary is to start up Monday.
Name mill Sun 24a Mar 29, 1906 P.L. Phelan the sawmill man [cp]
Srh Lbr mill RR-wharf Sun 24a Mar 29, 1906
The steamer Marshfield sailed Tuesday for San Francisco. She loaded 450,000 feet of lumber
from Johnson's mill at the Railroad wharf. Her decks were awash when she passed down the
bay and the cabins hidden from view by the immense quantity of lumber she carried. + [cp]
Piling RR spur locale? Sun 24a Mar 29, 1906 The pile driver engines have been taken to the
front, and work driving the 1600 [or 1000; hard to read] foot trestle on the Cunningham spur
commences Monday next. + [cp]
Srh locale RR-spur Sun 24a Mar 29, 1906
The schooner Ivy arrived this week from San Francisco, bringing with her the gas engine for
the new boat on the stocks at Kruse's shipyard, also several tons of rails for the Cunningham
Creek spur to the railroad. K.V. Kruse will lay the keel at once for a large steam schooner to
be 170 feet at his Ferndale yard. + [cp]
==Sun 25 March 29, 1906.
Name Srh SP-coast RR
Sun 25 Mar 29, 1906
James H. Flanagan returned on the Plant [ship]. Spoke w/Mr. Hood chief engineer of the
coast and S.P. in charge Drain-CB branch to Harriman system. [nq]. The S.P. official is a
very busy man and an audience with him can only be arranged by appointment and the going
through of considerable red tape. Jim made good to all of these requirements and with the
matter of his errand finished he took time by the forelock to propound a few interrogations
relative to the Drain—Coos Bay road. Mr. Hood answered the questions put cheerfully and in
a frank manner. His thorough knowledge of the situation was no surprise to Mr. Flanagan,
who realized the necessity of the master mind of the construction forces must be acquainted
with all these conditions. Engineer Hood reiterated that work would start on the construction
of this line in the very near future and that, it would be pushed to completion at a faster pace
than has ever been heard of in railroad building on the coast. When asked about starting
construction at both ends Mr. Hood said that it was their intention to work from the Drain end
and from a point on the Umpqua, and that supplies and materials for construction would soon
be arriving at the latter place. +
Locale R.E. Sun 25 Mar 29,1906 Railroad addition has been the strong center for real estate
transactions the past fortnight. + [M. note. A lot of property has been sold.]
CBR Chandler haul mill lumber Srh condit progress
Sun 25 Mar 29, 1906
The Coos Bay and Eastern railroad yards are very busy these days. Manager Chandler is
pushed to the limit handling the large influx of lumber. New rolling stock consisting of a
locomotive and 40 flat cars have been ordered in the East and the road will be taxed night and
day for the balance of the year moving the freight offered. The steam schooner Noyo and
Marshfield will run here steadily carrying out lumber for Alfred Johnson while four or five
windjammers will run regularly, so things will certainly be busy with the Railroad Co. this
Tot Coq-Valley Lhc Sun 25 April 19, 1906.
Coquille Items. Geo. Pike has started up a new camp on Fat Elk creek. Seely & Thomas are
at Beaver Slough preparing to operate on an extensive scale. /
(Coq. Items??) Last month there was over 5,000,000 feet of lumber taken across the railroad
and found its way to market besides an enormous amount of matchwood, shingles, and other
miscellaneous freight. /
Riverton sawmill has resumed op.
Tot-Coq Valley Lhc? [categories] Health Sun 25 Apr 19, 1906
Coquille Items. I have noticed a great many from Marshfield over this way the last week.
Some have a rather despondent and sallow countenance. Come over, boys, and work some of
that malaria contracted from those marshes out of your system. /
Coq. Items. All the arrangements for the shingle mill at Coquille City are consummated.
The location is fronting on the river and C. Collier’s farm and will prove an important factor
to our industries. [all these entries again signed Lop-Ear)
health Sun 25 Apr 19, 1906 [article saying nearly everything worth eating has been under
ban. ] /
Bh surrounds logging name Sun 25 Apr 19, 1906 Several logging engines arrived on the
Alliance and will be used in the logging camp to be opened up near Beaver Hill by Frank
Boutin owner of the Chadwick tract.
Tot-name Sun 25 Apr 19, 1906 P.L. Phelan and wife of MP were visiting in Marshfield.
==Sun 26 April 19, 1906.
Utility SF-earthquake Sun 26 Apr 19, 1906
Yesterday afternoon the Western Union telegraph office in this city received word from
Chicago that a terrible earthquake had visited San Francisco at 5 o’clock a.m., tearing down
buildings, twisting the water mains, and severing all telegraphic communications. Fire broke
out soon after and with no water in the mains it was fast consuming the city. +
Music entertain SF-earthquake Sun 26 Apr 19, 1906 [proceeds from a ]concert Saturday
will be turned over to the relief committee for the benefit of the sufferers of the late
earthquake in San Francisco.
Srh SF-earthquake Sun 26 Apr 19, 1906 Breakwater, offshore of Point Arena, felt shock
of earthquake. Fairly long article. Not q. [another long article on the earthquake.]
Name other coal Srh lbr
Sun 26 Apr 19, 1906 Al Smith is building a 200 ton bunker at his coal mine on Coos R. A
scow load of lumber went up the river for the structure last week and Al is rushing work to
completion as he has a number of local orders on hand and more in sight, which promise to
keep the mine going steadily.
Crop& health? Srh SF-earthquake Sun 26 April 26, 1906
Coos County has responded nobly to the call for aid to the California sufferers. A careful
estimate of the donations of this commonwealth is placed at $10,000. [considerably more in
article about carrying of supplies.] The steamer Breakwater 1800 sacks of potatoes, 5500
loaves of bread and butter and cheese by the tons… /
[Earthquake items fm Apr 19 on for quite a while tell abt the earthquake.]
name RR-spur locale? Sun 26 Apr 26, 1906 A.W. Neal, who is superintending the
construction of the Cunningham Creek spur to the railroad, was in town yesterday and reports
work progressing favorably.
Srh SF-earthquake BH other coal outlook
Sun 26 Apr 26, 1906
The steamer Homer arrived last evening from San Francisco, the first boat since the terrible
disaster which befell the Empire City. [was in SF and damaged?? All the rest of the column
is abt S.F.] Captain Donaldson reports the Fillmore street cars running when he left. The
docks are not so badly damaged as reported. Shipping will proceed at once and business will
soon be restored. The Simpson Lumber Co.’s yard at Meiggs wharf was burned a [as in print]
the Beaver Hill and O.C.&N.Co’s bunkers were intact and uninjured by the fire. Martial law
is soon to be abolished. A glorious spirit pervades the people of San Francisco and she will
be rebuilt, rising from her ashes to a grand and beautiful city. Fortunately Captain
Donaldon’s wife and family were visiting in Berkeley when the tremblor occurred. His home
was untouched by the fire.
SF history Sun 26 May 3, 1906. [more on fire. History of S.F. City has had strange history.
SF conditions-Coq Valley climate Srh
Sun 26 May 3, 1906
Coquille Items. At the present time we are basking in the sunshine of summer and vegetation
is making rapid strides toward maturity. Our [continued]
==Sun 27 May 3, 1906 [cont.,]
commercial intercourse is somewhat demoralized owing to the calamity that befell San
Francisco, but in due course of time the stagnation will be relieved for that great
commonwealth will resume business again. San Francisco will arise from her ashes and
become a greater city than before her misfortune. There are in the river loading the schooners
Ruby, C.T. Hill, and Albion, the steamers Elizabeth, Sotyome, and Chico are all due. But at
the present it is hard to get authentic information from the city relative to their sailings. +
[except some punct.]
name RR spur Sun 27 May 3, 1906
John Yoakam is crowding the Cunningham Creek railroad to completion as fast as men and
material can. +
Tot-Bandon condit progress Sun 27 May 3, 1906 [article about Bandon and how busy it
is. Prosperous and thriving.]
Srh other coal Spreckels [categories] Sun 27 May 3, 1906
Stmr Redondo [M. is this Klebingat? I think he said Relando] due this morning fm S.F. to
load coal fm Maxwell mine. /
About 2000 sacks of potatoes were shipped, to San Francisco, on steamer Homer. /
No. 1 Japan tea; regular 50 cents value for 30 cents a pound. The cut price Bazaar. /
After carrying John D. Spreckels and family to San Diego the steamer Breakwater sailed
yesterday from San Francisco for Portland, direct. She will touch at this port on her way
RR-spur lbr mill locale? Sun 27 May 3, 1906
Work is going merrily along in building the Cunningham Creek spur to the railroad. John
Yoakam has all of the grading completed, and A.W. Neal will have the trestle finished in
about three weeks. Manager Squires, of the Dean Lumber Company, says if there is no delay
in the arrival of the steel that they will be bringing logs out over this line by June 10th. +
CBR logs haul Chandler Sun27, May 3, 1906 All locomotives on the railroad have been
pressed into service to handle the traffic. The demand for logs in the bay was more than the
trains could handle and this week Manager Chandler sent out another train with a complete
new crew. +
SF affects-Coos Sun 27, May 3, 1906 Article saying the great disaster will have an
important effect in Coos county but tt S.F.’s always been the place where they had the great
marketplace and will continue to be. Nq
SF BH Chandler Sun 27 May 3, 1906
Notwithstanding the San Francisco disaster that has brought general paralysis to all lines of
trade, the Beaver Hill coal mine is to continue operations and every employe [print] kept at
Saturday last was payday at Beaver Hill and there was some apprehension among the coal
diggers that their “Mazama” would not be forthcoming. They were agreeably surprised.
Manager Chandler went down to his individual sack and “dug up.” He has a good crew of
men, whom the does not care to lose and during the temporary lull in the coal market he will
put his miners to work developing the mine, repairing slopes, tracks, etc. +
SP-RR SF Sun 27 May 3, 1906 Maps and field notes of survey Drain-CB railroad in SP
office in SF destroyed in great conflagration. Engineers going over work again. This
notwithstanding all reports to the contrary indicates the S.P.’s determination to build to Coos
==Sun 28 May 10, 1906
SF Sun 28 May 10, 1906 [more abt S.F.]
Racism interest? Road? RR Sun 28 May 10, 1906
The Indian and the Railroad. C.M. Harvey in Atlantic. The Indians’ knowledge of the
location and direction of rivers and lakes and of the position of portages and his readiness
under the right sort of persuasion to put this knowledge at the service of the explorers,
missionaries, and settlers “stood off”… [Indians made trails and showed people where to get
best route, otherwise there couldn’t have been railroads.]
Srh wool animal Sun 28, May 10, 1906 Myrtle Point Enterprise. Cooper & Co. shipped a
ton of mohair to the Portland market on the Alliance this week. This is one of the largest
shipments the firm has yet made and they take it as an indication of an increase in the goat
raising industry. [more.] +
Other mining Sun 28 May 10, 1906 Discovery of gold-bearing porphyry between slate walls
on Lobster Cr. Believes in a few months will be able to show up one of world’s great mines.
Practical quartz miner of many yrs experience. Not q
SF RR Sun 28 May 10, 1906
The Southern Pacific engineers have secured the greater part of the field notes necessary to
produce the maps which were destroyed in the San Francisco fire, and are now moving their
camp into the Ten Mile country. Rails are also arriving and are being unloaded at Drain for
the Coos Bay road. An estimate of the number of rails at Drain for this branch is given at 125
miles, and since but 50 miles is all that will be necessary to build to Coos bay, it is taken as
indication that the plans and intentions of the Harriman system for a coast road are to be
carried out. Mr. Nair, right-of-way agent is located at Scottsburg and has his work well up
with the advancing march of the surveyors. He is expected in this county shortly. +
Elijah Smith otherRR Sun 28, May 10. 1906 [also an article by Elijah Smith which says no
immediate prospect of rr being constructed along Pacific coast. Santa Fe and SP would have
to come to agreement. [M. presume this means all along the coast to S. Cal.]
Politic Gage Graham Sun 28 May 31, 1906 [M 2004 how could this be so late a time
Republican nominee for co judge L. Harlocker, Sheriff Stephen Gallier. Democratic-
prohibition sheriff W.W. Gage. Lists several things Gage has done in county including open
But swallow, if you can, Mr. Gage’s past political career; and overlook, if you will, his
failure to enforce the laws; we come now to the consideration of a matter which we regard as
much more serious, and which we believe wholly disqualifies Mr. Gage to occu0py the
responsible position of Sheriff of Coos County. While Mr. Gage was Sheriff of this county,
he received from R.A. Graham, as manager of the Beaver Hill Coal company, something like
$1400, at the monthly salary of $50, when the law of this state provides as follows: “Sheriffs
of several counties in the state of Oregon shall receive an annual salary as follows: …Coos
$2000 … and no one of such officials shall be entitled to receive any fees or other
compensation for his services than as above provided.”
Although Mr. Gage testified that this monthly salary was paid him for his service as the
corporation’s “guard”, it is too plain that this money as were received by him for something
other than legitimate services. [M. this is as in my news notes, but doesn’t say “as in print.”
In order to dispell any doubt that there may be + [continued.]
==Sun 29 May 31, 1906 [cont]
in relation to the truthfulness of this statement, we quote from the deposition of Mr. Gage
while under oath as a witness in the case of R.A. Graham vs Oregon Railroad and Navigation
Company, and in which he testified as follows:
[M 2001 I’ve put x in front to stop “outliner”, but that wasn’t in notes.]
xQ. Are you acquainted with the general reputation of R.A. Graham in Marshfield for truth
Answer: I am.
XQ. Please state what the reputation was.
XQ. Were you ever in Mr. Graham’s employ?
Answer: I was.
XQ. During what time and in what capacity?
Answer: It was during the time I was sheriff, I was guard for him. I guarded at Beaver Hill
paydays and the like of that is all.
XQ. You received a regular salary from Mr. Graham, of the Beaver Hill Coal Company, of
which he was manager, as service for guard?
Answer. Yes, sir.
XQ. How much?
Answer. Fifty dollars a month.
XQ. It is not a fact that while you were an officer of this county and receiving a salary as
such, you received salary from the Beaver Hill Coal Company, of which Mr. Graham was
manager, a sum approximately of fourteen hundred dollars for service as such guard?
Answer. I do not know exactly how much I received.
XQ. Was it not somewhere near fourteen hundred dollars?
Answer. I could not tell you.
XQ. How long did you continue to work for fifty dollars a month?
Answer. I do not remember, I could not say.
XQ. Two years?
Answer: I could not tell you.
XQ. More than a year?
Answer. Perhaps it was. I do not know.
XQ. It was a least a year was it not?
Answer: Well, I suppose so.
XQ. Your employment by Mr. Graham as such guard continued up to the time that Mr.
Chandler took charge of the property from Mr. Graham?
Answer: Yes, sir.
Although Mr. Gage testifies that he guarded at Beaver Hill on pay days, since “pay-days”
only occurred on one day of the month the compensation seems to us to be a little out of
proportion to the services rendered by him, and in any event he was accepting pay for
services, with the law strictly forbids.
The above statements are made with the view that the voters of this county may vote upon
the office of sheriff with a knowledge of facts which we think ought to be given them, and
this letter is published at this time so that Mr. Gage may answer or deny the same.
Respectfully, Republican County Central Committee. +
We believe the people want a man for Sheriff who will give them a square deal, by
attending directly to his duties and not favoring special corporations with his services at $50 a
day. Ta-ta, Gage. + [M. Note. Even though Gage was Demo, I am sure Graham was
criticized for being a henchman of the Republican big business corporations.]
BH Srh Sun 30 May 31, 1906.
The Breakwater sails Tuesday next for Portland. She carries 300 tons of coal from the Beaver
Hill bunkers. +
Climate fruit Sun 30 May 31, 1906 With the present fine weather continuing for several
days strawberries should be plentiful in the market. +
SF other coal Sun 30 May 31, 1906 The Libby coal mine started up Monday after a
fortnight shutdown, due to the shakeup in California. [earthquake.]
CBR SP Spreckels Sun 30 May 31, 1906 [Headline:] Road Reported Sold. The Portland
Journal arriving this morning announces that the Harriman system of railroads has purchased
the Coos Bay & Eastern line from the Spreckels at the cost of $1,000,000. The report is based
upon what the Journal terms “reliable information from parties on Coos Bay.”
The red head lines in the Journal introducing the above article caused no small hub bub in
Marshfield, and in discussing the matter on the streets it was no effort to find numbers of our
townsmen, who had been possession for weeks of the information exploded by the Portland
Journal. [M. is something left out?]
It is a well known fact that parties have been here looking over the Coos Bay road and they
were presumed to be in the interest of some transcontinental line. However we are unable to
locate anyone here in a position to know that will corroborate the Journal’s report. +
SP RR extension Sun 30 May 31, 1906 The best piece of railroad news that has been given
out yet was received last Thursday, when E.H. Harriman gave orders by wire to his
representatives in Portland and San Francisco to begin the immediate construction of the
Drain – Coos Bay branch of the Southern Pacific. +
Gage politic Graham BH misc-words in last para (31) Sun 30 May 31, 1906
Head: Gage Squirms Under the Lash of his Own Records. W.W. Gage comes to the front in
the News and Herald with a letter in which he artfully tries to dodge the issue raised against
him in our last issue of working the Beaver Hill Coal company, a private corporation, for
$1400 at the same time he was serving this county and accepting a salary from the taxpayers,
in the capacity of sheriff. He does not deny accepting this tainted money, but replies: “I have
never taken any funds that rightfully belong to the county.”? We did not accuse Mr. Gage of
taking any county funds, but we did charge him with accepting, during his term of office as
sheriff, $1400 at the rate of $50 per month from the Beaver Hill Coal Company for which no
tangible service was rendered.
Gage would have it appear that R.A. Graham, who was reared on the frontier in railroad and
mining camps, was timid and chicken-hearted. That his services were for guarding the pay
car that went to Beaver Hill once a month. This is his only explanation. Fifty dollars a day is
pretty high pay for a guard. He would also have you know that everything was open and
above board, but the fact that Gage was on the coal company payroll was a secret for 28
months, until there was a change in the management. Graham was deeply interested in
litigation when he was paying Gage $50 per month. Did Graham have an ax [as in print] to
grind and did Gage turn the grind stone?
Beaver “Hill was the hotbed of vice and crime, gambling was in [continued]
==Sun 31.May 31, 1906 cont.
full blast, day and night, but did the apostle of law and order cause any arrests in his many
trips to the mine? He accepted his $50.00 [as in print] per month and winked the other eye.
Beaver Hill is running today and the money goes into the camp, but there is no salaried
county official on the payroll. R.A. Graham certainly had a purpose in handing out this
enormous sum of money. Why does Gage squirm so under the lash of his own record? He
prates of the Sun’s antipathy for him. Let we here state we care little who is elected sheriff.
We are giving to the public Mr. Gage’s record. We believe in majority rule. The voters
should weigh well the issue and if they want a man for sheriff who will deliberately accept
monies from the tax-payers and private corporations at the same time, Gage is their man.
Elect Gage Sheriff and you have a man who work for the corporations, not part of the time,
but all of the time if they pay him. Elect Gage Sheriff and he will work the tax-payers for a
salary, and Standard Oil, the beef trust, the steel trust and Wall Street besides, to a finish if
they will let him. He is the boss when it comes to getting easy money from corporations.
We are just fortunate enough to have the facts that Mr. Gage was working the county and
Beaver Hill Coal, at the same time. It was 28 months of time before this was found out. Was
he serving any of the other corporations as well as Beaver Hill?
In conclusion let us add that W.W. Gage is totally incompetent to fill the position of sheriff.
He is not even qualified to fill out a tax receipt, and during his three terms in the sherivality
[as in print] he studiously kept out of the office, -- leaving the clerical duties for his deputies
to perform. He was probably hobnobing [print] at Beaver Hill. Gage’s principal
recommendation for the office is his immaculate gall, to go before the people, with his past
record in sight, and ask for the office. +
[ready for June 7, 1906; not copied]
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