Paine Page Prim: Lawyer, Judge, Supreme Court Justice – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – December 2016/January 2017

With a Supreme Court position and numerous judgeships around the country sitting vacant waiting for U.S. Senate approval of Presidential appointees, this month’s profile focuses on local lawyer, District Judge, […]

Josephine Martin Plymale: Pioneer Feminist and Suffragette – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – October 2016

Where many states seem to be making voting as difficult as possible, Oregon keeps making it easier. Residents who are U.S. citizens can register to vote by mail or online. If […]

Silas Johnson Day: A “First Comer” to Southern Oregon – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – September 2016

With the move of Jacksonville’s City offices into Jackson County’s historic courthouse building on North 5th Street, it seems appropriate to focus this month’s Pioneer Profile on Silas J. Day, the […]

The McCullys Part 2: The Next Chapter… – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – August 2016

When John McCully took the stage out of Jacksonville in the winter of 1861, he closed the door on the town, his home, his marriage, and his family. He left his […]

The McCullys Part 1: When Opposites Attract… – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – July 2016

The story of Jane and John McCully appears to have been one of opposites attracting. Jane has been described as “courageous, valiant, dauntless, adventuresome, and plucky”—worthy virtues for a pioneer lady […]

Benjamin Franklin Dowell Part 2: Attorney, Packer, Claims Collector, Lobbyist, and Newspaper Publisher – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – June 2016

Last month we looked at the early years of Benjamin Franklin Dowell, great, great nephew of Benjamin Franklin and a pioneer Jacksonville resident, in his role as attorney, packer, and claims […]

Benjamin Franklin Dowell Part 1: Attorney, Packer, and Claims Collector – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – May 2016

With the 1861 B.F. Dowell house being a featured home on the Jacksonville Boosters Club’s Historic Home and Garden Tour this month, it seems appropriate to focus our Pioneer Profile series […]

George Francis Schumpf – Jacksonville Town Barber – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – April 2016

Jacksonville Pioneer George Francis Schumpf was the most successful and longest established barber, operating his barber shop at 157 West California Street from the time he purchased the original building in […]

Judge Frank LeBlond TouVelle: Orchardist, Politician, Philanthropist – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – March 2016

The Judge Frank TouVelle House, located at 435 North Oregon Street in Jacksonville, is considered one of the best examples of Craftsman-style homes in the Rogue Valley. A special January 1, […]

William Hoffman: Merchant and Public Servant – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – February 2016

When William Hoffman arrived in Jacksonville in the fall of 1853, he brought his own gold—six marriageable daughters, a treasure indeed to the many bachelors who had been lured to the […]