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CENTRAL POINT AMERICAN THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1926
C R ATE R LA K E ROAD O ILIN G IS
LARG E CROWD ENJOYS ( ? ) 4TH
ONE DEAD; FIVE
A T CRESCENT C IT Y
HURT IN AUTO
As the oiling operations on the
The best part o f the celebration
| Crater Lake highway were discontin
1 at Crescent City was the cool
THIS WEEK ued
GRANTS PASS j weather, according to many local
Thursday, valley motorists mak
A steady stream o f miners and
men interested in mining develop-
ment called at the o ffice
o f the
Southwestern Oregon Mining Bureau
last Friday afternoon to feast their
eyes on one o f the richest specimens
o f ore ever brought out o f Josephine
The ore on display was a fifteen
pound piece taken from the surface
outcropping o f a pay shoot in a six
foot ledge o f gold bearing quartz
which was found accidently by W.
C. Barker a few days ago. Mr. Bar
ker, who is developing a claim in Gor
dan Gulch near the rGeenback
property, had gone
up above his
workings to cut some timber fo r his
tunnel when he spied a large piece
o f quartz within fift y feet o f the
top o f the ridge.
A close investi
gation o f the quartz showed it to
be completely impregnated with gold
that was plainly visible to the naked
eye. A further search disclosed the
original vein from which the float
had broken and here a well defined
pay shoot was found that measures
over six inches in width in a six foot
Judging from the direction
which the pay shoot lays, according
to Mr. Barker, he will cut the vein at
a depth o f 120 feet with the tunnel
he is now driving along the seam.
He believes that the seam which he
is follow ing will undoubtedly lead
to the rich vein that has cropped out
on the surface.
Mr. Barker states that he is get
ting an average o f $3.00 to the pan
in the ore which comes from the
seam which he is following. He has
drifted to a depth o f 65 feet to
reach these values.
The ore which was on display will
easily run $1200 per ton according
to conservative estimates by men who
know ore values.
This new discovery was made on
the John Hall group o f claims in
Grave Creek which is just across the
creek from the Greenback mine from
which several millions o f dollars were
mined some years ago. It is also at
the head o f the Browning placer
mining property which was in its day
one o f the richest placers in the dis
It is remarkable that this rich vein
had not been discovered before as
the whole district in which it is lo
cated has long been known to be
rich in gold.
Work will be rushed on the tunnel
to intercept the vein at depth to as
certain the full extent o f the pay
This is the third rich discovery to
be reported within a week, the other j
two beings from entirely differen t j
districts within the county.
The first to be reported was the
discovery made in the “ Happy
Thought” mine which is owned by
John Bailey, the second was the
Brittany mine located near Kerby
and owned by Tom Watson,
Gall ¡gar. A. Walker and others.
mining fever that began to get warm
with the release o f the information
regarding the Robertson mine
reached a white heat since these oth
er discoveries have been made
authenticated. — Southern
H U C K LE B E R R Y CROP SAID
BE F A ILU R E
ing Fourth o f July trips to Crater
and Diamond lakes, Prospect, and
other resorts reported the roads to
be in good condition. The oiled sec
tion o f about three or four miles this
side o f Trail creek is in fine condi
tion fo r travel. The news that the
oiling program had been discontin
ued fo r the year was received with
much satisfaction and joy, by local
and valley motorists as well as the
It was feared that the oiling oper
ations would be detrimental to tour
ist traffic and through the efforts of
the Medford chamber o f commerce
they were haulted fo r this year.
V IE W S OF J. A. C H U R C H ILL
Thinking that our readers may be
interested in knowing some o f the
views o f J. A. Churchill, for a num
ber o f years our State Superintend
ent o f Public Instruction and now
president o f the Normal School in
Ashland, we shall attempt to give a
few o f his thoughts as expressed re
cently in the general assembly o f
teachers at the Normal.
Mr. Churchill had planned a de
votional service to be held on Friday
o f that week. He said he did not
wish to force his views on the teach
ers, yet he wished very much that
all would be present on this occasion.
Mr. Churchill said that inasmuch
as the aim o f education is the devel
opment o f good citizenship, teachers
should stress not only the general
principle o f education but the spirit
ual and moral as well. He stated
that the German system o f education
had been one worthy o f copy in some
respects, but now the German nation
was not flourishing, because her sys
tem had been so largely based on
materialism and individualism, prob
ably to the neglect o f the moral and
spiritual. He spoke o f the laxity in
moral ideals now seemingly preval
ent in America and urged that the
teachers give the subject more ser
ious thought and present higher
ideals to the pupils both in practice
Mr. Churchill’s words were well
received and seemingly endorsed by
V. K. A L L IS O N SPEAKS
V. K. Allison was asked to hold
the first devotional exercises at the
State Normal, last Friday.
Mr. Allison is quite well known
here because o f his service in this
community last winter.
He spoke briefly from Isaiah 42:
1-4. emphasizing the word.s “ Behold
my servant, whom I uphold.”
thought o f the great opportunity of
teachers to serve was mentioned, in
behalf o f which he said that the
greatest men and women in America
are those who can serve; that no man
or woman can walk alone and expect
to succeed; that we are dependent
one on the other and on God.
Mr. Allison said further that no
teacher should feel that she just hap
pened to be a teacher; that she
should feel that she had been chosen
fo r this work with iu> wonderful op
portunities fo r service; that all
teachers should meet the universal
need by showing love in all their
The talk was brief because o f lack
o f time but was helpful, inspira
tional. and well worth hearing.
A N EG G -EATING N A T IO N
The news o f the failure o f the
huckieberry crop on Huckleberry
mountain is received with much re
gret among the old timers here, as
they must go without or seek other
sources o f supply this year.
The total failure was due to the
premature bloom caused by a warm
winter. The early blooms were then
swept by a killing frost and as a
result there will be no berries. This
is the second failure in the last 36
years at that famed berry patch, ac
cording to Mrs. Alice Hamilton o f
Klamath Falls, who has made that
many trips there consecutively.
The increase ih eggs anad poultry
in this country is amazing, compared
with other animals and population.
Population lias a little more than
doubled since 1880, during
time sheep have declined in number,
hogs hove remained about the same,
milk cows have increased about 25
per cent, while poultry and eggs have
ir.cresswd more than four times.
Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Duncan gave
a dinner July S with W. E. Duncan
and family and Mrs. Elizabeth Scott
What would have otherwise been
a celebration devoid o f accidents was
spoiled at the last minute last night
as the crowds were leaving the
bleachers at the fairgrounds follow
ing the fireworks display.
The bleachers were crowded to
children who had taken this position
to view the magnificent fireworks
display in the race track arena at
the Josephine county fair grounds.
The display had just been completed
and while the “ good night”
niece was still flickering, a crash
was heard and the front and lower
part o f the bleachers sagged and
broke under the weight o f the de
parting crowd. Men, women and
children were hurled into a tangled
mass, screams and cries arose from
the darkness that hid the injured
A fte r quieting the crowd, several
men in the stand who had not been
injured, began to disentangle the in
jured from the wreckage. Families
who had been separated in the ex
citement were brought together, tear
fully thankful that none o f their
loved ones had been injured while
those who were injured were careful
ly and gently carried from the wreck
age and rushed to their home or to
O f those injured, Mrs. T. C. Booth
was the most seriously hurt, she hav
ing suffered a severely broken and
crushed ankle. She was rushed to
the hospital by Mr. Booth and her
son, where after considerable delay
on account o f the inadequate hos
pital facilities, she was taken care
o f by Dr. Ogle. Her ankle was se
verely crushed and it is possible that
it might need to be amputated. Mrs.
Dungey, received a fractured limb
arid is being cared fo r at her home.
Several others were injured, includ
ing Mrs. Jack Allison, who suffered
a severely sprained ankle and her
husband who received a wrenched
shoulder. Others received scratches
Many mothers whose children had
been in the grandstand to see the
fireworks were frantic until they
found that their children were safe.
The task o f taking the injured out
o f the wreckage was severely handi
capped on account o f the darkness
and this same darkness made it d iffi
cult fo r the families to be re-united.
The part o f the bleachers which
crashed was that part which is used
as the entrance and exit. The extra
weight caused by the crowd leaving
the stand was too great for the tim
bers that support the lower part of
Before the stand will be used
again it will have to be re-built and
more satisfactory exits arranged to
accomodate the crowds.— Southern
there. Two United States de-
! stroyers, the Kidder 3-15 and the
Shirk 3-18 were in port and in ad
dition to their maneuvers and search
light drill in the evening the sailors
added much merriment to the cele
As the clam bake and barbecue
occurred Monday night several val-
lep people missed that feature be
cause o f their early departure.
Crescent City was a mecca for
Kogue River valley vacationists and
walking down the street was equal
to your home town in meeting
Among the local reside•'♦«i there
were Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Richardson,
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Tex and daugh
ter, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Vincent, Mr.
end Mrs. L. F. Pickett, Thomas Hod-
bon, Miss Rose Niel, Frank Adams
and family, Mr. and Mrs.
Bowman and son, Mr. and Mrs. Don
ald Boss, Mrs. George Ross, Earl
Weaver, Donald Faber, Mrs. M. M.
Kindle, Mr. Hover and family,
Claude Grigsby, Jack Lynch, Mr. and
Mrs. I. R. Hurley, Mr. and Mrs.
Armstrong, Charley Genzel and son
Glenn, Lester Cash and wife.
Three thousand acres o f land in
depends upon Anna creek fo r
supply o f irrigation water, will be
seriously hit by drouth this season,
according to Joseph Jenson, county
road engineer and Klamath repre
sentative o f the state water master,
who made a comprehensive survey o f
the Fort Klamath situation yester
day. “ There are about 7000 acres in
the valley up there, irrigated
water from Anna creek,” Mr. Jenson
explained. “ Four thousand acres of
the total is amply provided for, ow
ing to priority o f their water rights,
but these 4000 acres will use up the
entire supply available from now on,
leaving practically no water fo r the
ranchers handicapped by later fil
ings— Klamath Falls Herald.
W EEK-END O U TIN G
Phillip Hamrick and Lester Scott
spent the week end in the Applegate
country, camping about three miles
below Rueh. Many things were en
joyed, including good swimming, wit
nessing the killing o f a large ratt'e-
snake and admiring monstrous trout
that had congregated in a pool fed
by a spring. On account o f warm
weather and the time o f year they
showed little inclination to bite.
B A N K PUBLISH ES
N A N C IA L REPORT
One person received fatal injuries
and five more were injured Sunday
afternoon when a light touring car,
loaded with nine people on a picnic
party, overturned on a county road
east o f Central Point near the I. O.
O. F. cemetery on a high banked
curye, which the car was unable to
make because o f a collapsed rear
The dead: Mrs. W. A. Smeed, 50,
o f Klamath Falls, fractured skull.
The injured: Wallace Root, 19,
injuries about the head.
Mrs. D. A. Root o f this city,
fractured collar bone.
Byron Smeed o f Klamath Falls,
Lionel Root, o f this city, contu
sions about the head.
Infant Portwood, Mt. Shasta City,
Calif., 9 months, undetermined in
Mrs. Smeed, a former well-known
local resident, died this morning at
the Community hospital shortly be
fo re 7 o’clock. The infant, Mrs.
Smeed's grand daughter, is very crit
ical, however the others are reported
to be in a satisfactory condition.
Lionel Root and Byron Smeed were
removed from the Community hospi
tal today to the Root home on West
second street, apparently well upon
the way to recovery. Mrs. D. A.
Root and son Wallace are in the
Sacred Heart hospital slightly
Up until 1 o’clock today (M onday)
the three survivors had made no re
port to authorities to explain
circumstances o f the accident, leav
ing Deputy Coroner
Walker in a
quandry whether to hold an inquest.
State traffic oflicers, however, are
investigating the situation.
The accident, according to a story
told by a motorist who came on the
tragic scene shortly a fter it occur
red, was apparently unavoidable, as
a hind wheel, unable to stand the
strain o f the heavy weight o f the nine
people, broke while the car was mak
ing the high banked turn. The car
rolled over an embankment o f sev
eral feet with the entire occupants.
One o f the boys o f the party is said
to have been driving.
Mrs. Smeed's body is at Conger's
When the Root home was visited
this afternoon, all the injured mem
bers o f the picnic party had been
removed from the hospital with the
exception of Marian, the Portwood
infant who is still in a very critical
The quarterly financial report of
the Central Point State Bank appears
in this issue. This bank is one o f
the best banking institutions in
Southern Oregon under the manage
ment o f conservative business men.
The bank enjoys a steady growth
from year to year and is a bank the
Claude Bardon, local fisherman, patrons o f this community should be
states that he has found the rest proud of.
ing place fo r the steelheads. These
TO LO ITEMS
fish, he declares, are loafing along
in the lower river by the thousands
The club will meet again on July
and are showing little inclination to
14 and at that time the ladies are
ascend the river, due to the warmth
planning on entertaining the Table
o f the water encountered. He was
Rock club. We hope it will be con
at Rum creek, sever, miles below
Almeda and took nine o f the steel- venient fo r them at that time.
Among those who attended the
heads on a spinner. They rose read
celebration at Lake Creek were Mr.
The fish are congregating in
the pools, but have not yet appeared and Mrs. John Higinbotham and sons
in the upper river in any numbers.— Lester and Bert Higinbotham, Mr.
and Mrs. H. F. Whetstone and son
Grants Pass Courier.
Alton, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Crawford
TRUCK GARDENRS FIND T O M A and daughter I .aura, and son Billy,
Mr. John Anderson and family, also
TOES P R O F IT A B L E
Mr. and Mrs. Labarge picnicked
The truck gardens o f this vicinity along the Rogue Sunday.
are in fine shape, according to Lee
Oscar Higinbotham and
Potter and Otto Bohnert, among our celebrated at Crescent City.
foremost truck gardners. The tomato
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. McKay o f Agate
crop is early and the prices are high.
spent Sunday with their daughter
The up-state and California toma
Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Payton o f Ray
to crcpa are said to be blighted ex
tensively. This is expected to keep
the Rogue River tomatoes at a sub-
Jack Southwell and fam ily went
sta mal price.
to Crescent City fo r the Fourth. Jack
Harold Milendy, Toby Holland and had five tires blow out and we hare
I Sonny Gleason spent the Fourth at not heard o f his return to Central
Point as we go to press.
' Lake Creek.
The car was driven by David
Driskell, who was accompanied by
his wife and 19-month old baby. The
baby received few
the mother sustained a broken nose
and the father
A fte r the ear had completely rolled
over, Driskell was still under the
The other members o f the party
following names were given out by
the fam ily; Claude Root, 16, re
ceived injured shoulder, black eye;
David Root, 14, many bruises; Byron
Smeed, 16, broken arm; Ronald Root
5, bruises; Mrs. D. A. Root, three
fractures o f the collar bone and
Mrs. Smeed's initials are officia l
ly given out as M. W. and age, 63
The picnic party was traveling in
three cars homeward bound from
Hybee bridge, where the day had
The Driskell car was
the last in line and, according to
the story told, was not traveling fast,
but had a defective l i f t , which blew
out, causing the wheel to collapse.
— Medford Msil Tribune.
Among those on the Applegate
Monday were the Webster family,
Martins, Boswells, Burgers, Patter
sons, Swartz’, and Lawrence Collins,
Gladys Bond, Gertrude Shaw, Vera
and Lola Davis. Good swimming was
enjoyed, in spite o f several cases o f