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April 14, 1917, continued

Editor’s note: There was no April 15, 1917, paper.


Mrs. Martha B. Howard, wife of James S. Howard, the "father of Medford," and pioneer engineer of southern Oregon, and herself a pioneer of Oregon, died Saturday, April 14, 1917, aged 86 years, 1 month and 7 days, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. E. Roberts, of Crater Lake avenue. She was born in London, England, March 7, 1831, coming to America in 1850. She was married to Mr. Howard December 21, 1854, and a few years later the couple left for Oregon, crossing the plains by ox team, arriving at Jacksonville in October 1860, where they engaged in the merchandise business. After a fire destroyed their store in 1883, they moved to Medford, being the pioneer settlers, and the first merchants.

Mrs. Howard was prominent in the social and religious life of the early days. Her home was the meeting place of all the ministers and they always kept a spare room for their use, before there were hotels and school houses in Medford. She was the the mother of six children, three of whom are living, Charles J. Howard of Kerby, Or.; Mrs. Nettie L. Webb of Hollywood, Cal.; and Mrs. J. E. Roberts of Medford.

The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from Perl's chapel. Interment at Jacksonville cemetery.


"The Medford high school is an institution we can well feel proud of," said State School Superintendent J. A. Churchill just before departing for Rogue River on Saturday morning. "Nowhere in Oregon have I found conditions better than here, and I have visited many of the high schools."

Superintendent Churchill inspected the high school Friday and delivered addresses before the student body at the Parent-Teachers' association in the afternoon.

"Your high school has a splendid corps of able teachers, and its equipment is good," continued Superintendent Churchill. "It also has a fine student body. I was particularly struck by the attentiveness of the students in class rooms and the general interest displayed by them."

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