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 […]

Westward, Ho! – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – Dec 2015/Jan 2016

From 1843 to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, some 500,000 emigrants traveled the Oregon Trail to the “promised land” of the Oregon Territory and California in search […]

The Journey West… – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – November 2015

California and the Oregon Territory seemed like the “promised land” to individuals in the eastern half of the United States dreaming of riches, adventure, or better lives. But first they had […]

J.C. Whipp – Artist in Stone – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – October 2015

As you tour Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery during “Meet the Pioneers” on October 9th or 10th, or wander among the tombstones on other occasions, you can’t help but notice the elaborate markers […]

Cornelius C. Beekman, Part 4 – Pariah to Patriarch – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – September 2015

Although Cornelius Beekman may have been the wealthiest and most prominent man in pioneer Jacksonville, wealth and prominence did not guarantee popularity. In fact, when the railroad by-passed Jacksonville in favor […]

Cornelius C. Beekman, Part 3 – A Man in His Prime – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profile – August 2015

Cornelius C. Beekman was arguably the wealthiest and most prominent of the pioneers who settled Jacksonville. Although most closely associated today with banking and the bank that bears his name, banking […]