Got Medford history? Share it for book

A Medford City Council member and historian is asking Medford residents to hunt attic corners, dig through basements and reopen bags marked for the landfill to find documents or photos that would help him tell the story of the city's history.

Ben Truwe is collecting material for an upcoming book on Medford's history. People with documents or photos can bring them to the Southern Oregon Photographic Association annual show and sale between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St.

The book is one of several projects the Medford City Council is planning this year to commemorate the city's 125th anniversary. The town was incorporated on Feb. 24, 1885.

The council hired Butte Falls High School history teacher and author Kevin Keating to write the book. Truwe, a longtime history buff, was asked by other council members to help Keating create a complete, accurate history of Medford, said Truwe.

Truwe said Medford started taking shape when the railroad began snaking across the Rogue Valley in 1883. Only two editions of Medford newspapers published before 1892 survive.

While thousands of photographs, documents and anecdotes have been collected and are with the Southern Oregon Historical Society, there is little representation of the town between 1950 and today, said Truwe.

The book is due to be published in spring of 2011.

— Becky Gilmer, for the Mail Tribune

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