View of Rogue Valley from Wagner Butte

Talent Businesses

Talent Ave on the right- "I" Street (now Market St.) on the left

6 Apr 1884 a beutiful day, I walked to Talent Heard that, James Hurd and young Thurber were arrested for burglarizing Talents Store of 200.00 and are to be tried in Ashland tomorrow [Welborn Beeson Diary]
18 Apr 1884.....Talent & Co have purchased Jeptha Davidsons Mill property [Welborn Beeson Diary]
19 April 1884 I did some writing for the Wagner Creek Steam Saw Mill Co. A P Talent, S. S. Smith, J L Truitt John Painter being the Company....  [Welborn Beeson Diary]
7 July 1884.... I went to Talent in evening to justify Cary as route agent to carry mail. [Welborn Beeson Diary]
15 July 1884 ....I went to help Talent put roof on New Store. [Welborn Beeson Diary]
16 July 1884....I helped Talent on shingleing store house.[Welborn Beeson Diary]
19 July 1884...We finished Roofing the store to day. Been nice day.  Talent & Fountain   Dr  to 5 days work 2.00   10.00 [Welborn Beeson Diary]
23 July 1884.... Mr Lovelady hauled for me 761 feet of lumber from Talent & Co. Mill to the Ashland planing Mill and then hauled brick from Gwins Brick Kill [Kiln] on Wrights Creek home [Welborn Beeson Diary]
15 Aug 1884 .... Mr Powell & Briner are digging a well for Talent near the new store, have struck good water in twenty feet. [Welborn Beeson Diary]
7 Nov 1884 ...Talent has imported the Mitchel wagon for Sale. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

24 Jan 1888 .... Mr Talent with a lot of Mechanics is building a new store near to Klums. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

7 Feb 1888 ... I went to Talent, the new store going up very fast [Welborn Beeson Diary]
Sherman's Block possibly at the Grand Opening in Talent

20 Feb 1888 Mr. Sherman’s block is to be when completed handsome and convenient in many respects. It will have a square front and ornamented. It is 36 feet square on the ground, will have three offices in front and be finished otherwise as a restaurant. The center office will be his real estate office, 12 x 18 feet. The one next to the railroad will be Dr. Stanfield’s office 10 x 14, and the other will be occupied by John Briner as a barber and Jimmy Powell as a cobbler. The cooking and pantry room 10 x 24, on the side next the railroad porch 8 x 14 feet. He will make a fountain in the barber shop, also one on the porch, and three bedrooms on the second floor. [Ashland Tidings]

19 June 1888 We Come up on the train and still Surveyed Town lots We are laying the 24 acres on north end of Joe Robisons feild that Helms & Talent & others bought of Joe Robison It will make over 150 lots 30 by 125 feet with streets & alleys Main Street comes up the Corner of County Road near the Wiltshire house [Welborn Beeson Diary]

20 June 1888 I again went to Survey, we fixed up the 24 acre plot west of Rail Road. I take dinner at the Sherman Sisters restaurant they have Considerable Customers.
[Welborn Beeson Diary]

21 June 1888 We finished surveying the East Side of the track being the Jacob's track belonging to Helms & Co. It made 40 or 43 lots 30 x 125, and Main street is Continued N. E. to County road near the Baptist Church lot. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

24 June 1888 ...Wellie is at the Store playing ball with a crowd of boys. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

28 June 1888 Sam Morgan the blacksmith got a sliver in his eye and had to go to Town
to have it taken out. Henry Ammerman is having lumber hauled to build a barn in Tallent
between Wiltshire house & Shermans restaurant. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

30 June 1888...The Section men are laying track for the Side Switch. Mr Talent & Packard are each building new homes [Welborn Beeson Diary]

1 July 1888 ...Wellie was playing ball at Talent, the Phoenix nine was up there was over a hundred people watching the game. Lulu Sherman had quite a run of Customers. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

15 July 1888... I have been around home all day save a little time that I was looking on the base ball game at Talent, a big crowed was out, also Sunday School at Church. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

20 July 1888 I took 7 boxes apples to Talent to ship with Edwards to H. E. Batin, Portland, the first of the Season, to ship from Talent. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

22 Sep 1888 I went and Surveyed of 50 acres for James Helms that He has sold to S M Rhoads of Ashland He paid me two dollars ...The Ware house at Talent is nearing Completion also Helms new dwelling House. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

8 Oct 1888 We hauled the apples to the ware house with both teams we had six loads each hauled 60 boxes at each trip Total 360 boxes weight of Apples 16303 lbs Cash 163.03 Edwards paid the Coin He is buying all the apples in the neighborhood and storing in the ware house, at Talent. It is convenient for us to haul so near. We now have our Crops about all gathered, except the grapes which are Ripening
very fine. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

15 Oct 1888 Auction sale, at Talent a big Crowd, and lots of stock wagons buggies Harness reapers plows and Town lots sold also Talent has sold his store to a man named Goodpasture. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

24 Dec 1888 Christmas Eve, a big Shooting Match at Talent everybody at it Wellie had some chickens John & George some turkeys in evening a grand tree and exhibition by the Children at the Hall also at the Church, both places were Crowded too full extent, a dance at Hall after the performances, there is now a Saloon at Talent Kept by Al Helm’s and a number were drunk. C. C. Dickson of Medford got so drunk and sick He fell down in front of our house and I took him in put him to bed. [Welborn Beeson Diary]
5 Jan 1889 ...  I wrote out a Petition to have the [Eden] Precinct divided and make a voting place at Talent, took It down to store... [Welborn Beeson Diary]

3 Feb 1889 ... As we came home by Talent, Helms Saloon was full of [bummers] and the street was full of young folks boys & girls riding horseback, among them Wellie Johnnie and Jessie. Emmett on foot with a lot of girls, and Grand Pa all out enjoying the beautiful Sun Shine. [Welborn Beeson Diary].

7 Feb 1889 ....Just as we were thinking of going to bed, 22 boys and girls of Talent came in on a surprise to spend the evening.  We had a social time and splendid music by Rosa on the organ and Will Morland on the violin, they all Seemed to enjoy themselves, and am I sure I like them to come. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

16 Mar 1889 ...  The young folks have gone to the restaurant at Talent to have a social.  I hear Al Helms has Closed out the Saloon at Talent which is a good thing I think. It is a Shame to have a Saloon in Talent [Welborn Beeson Diary]
23 Aug 1889 .... Jeff Davis & Ren Sleppy are going to put Steam Saw in up at Jeff's, and some one else, is going to put one in. There is a big business in Rail Road wood at Talent now  [Welborn Beeson Diary]

Mr. and Mrs. Helms 
14 Jan 1890 ….Al Helms is putting up an addition to his saloon building in Talent and is going to turn it into a public Hall. Mr Wilcox J Briner and McClosky is doing the work … [Welborn Beeson Diary]

14 Feb 1890 … Stella and Winnie have gone to a Valentine party at the Helms Hall Talent. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

22 Mar 1890 Saturday.… got Jane shod at Ben Dyars who as started to blacksmith in shop at Talent. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

13 Jun 1890 Precinct Officers , Justices of the Peace, & Constables elected in Jackson Co. 2 June 1890 ….Talent, James B. Dyer, JP; Constable, a tie between Geo. Renfrow and M.S. Pellet. [Ashland Tidings]

2 Jul 1890 ... The S. F. Bridge Contractors are building abridge a cross Bear Creek, on our road over. they are driving piling this time so they think the flood will not wash it away. But I think it will wash around it eventually as the whole bottom is loose soil and where the Creek runs now was solid ground 37 years ago when I first come here, and the channel was on this side of the bottom, where Penebeckes garden now is. [Welborn Beeson Diary]

27 Jul 1890 … The Planing Mill Talents Store and Helms Hall all caught fire and burned up on Thursday night It also burned about 10000 feet of Rustic up for us. It is a blow to the business of Talent. [Welborn Beeson diary]

1 Aug 1890 Talent had its first experience with the fire demon last Thurs. nite… abt. 11 P. M. fire was discovered in Renfrow and Pellet’s planning mill, it having obtained good headway before being noticed. The people worked hard to subdue the flames with a bucket brigade supplied with plenty of water from a ditch running through the little town, and succeeded in confining the fire to the planing mill, the old skating rink hall belonging to James Helms, the store building formerly occupied by Talent’s store and the butcher shop, both of which were also owned by Mr. Helms. Favorable wind and hard work saved the general merchandise store of C. K. Klum. The total loss is in the neighborhood of $6,000, $3,400, Renfrow & Pellett place their loss at $3500, with insurance of 2800; Helms and Morris were just getting in readiness for working some barley and grain chopping apparatus in the planning mill, valued at about $1,500, and this was burned; Leabo & Smith had about $250 worth of boots and shoes in the store building that they had not yet removed to Ashland, and had no insurance; J.S. Herring also had some boot and shoe stock in the store valued at about $900, uninsured; and a Portland house had some $150 worth of fixtures and small trinkets which they lost in the store building; Welborn Beeson also lost several thousand feet of lumber that was stacked up in range of the fire; the three buildings belonging to James Helms will make up the balance of the loss, Mr. Helms having $600 insurance on them. The fire is supposed to have started from the engine room of the planing mill from the fire box. It is understood that the planing mill proprietors will replace their property as they were doing a good business and had orders ahead for a large number of fruit boxes. It is thought that their engine was only slightly damaged. [Ashland Tidings]

8 Aug 1890 The Talent Planing Mill of Renfrow & Pellet was doing a good business, and will be rebuilt as soon as possible. It s new location will be near the railroad track, further down than where the old mill stood, so as to be away from other buildings.[Ashland Tidings]

18 Aug 1890 …Renfro & Pellet are Rebuilding their Planer at Talent. Rush Willits and Pennington are helping them, also Oscar Stearnes Brooks is buildng a box House in Talent [Welborn Beeson Diary]

2 Jan 1891 TALENT ITEMS - … A contractor from Minnesota by the name of Erickson is closing a contract to fill up under the long Wagner Creek trestle bridge and perhaps all the bridges from here to Ashland. He has rented several dwelling houses in Talent to occupy them next week. In the meantime he is stopping at the Sherman house. [Ashland Tidings]

9 Jan 1891 The Wagner Creek trestle being about 1400 ft long is to be filled up except two or three rock arches to permit overflows to escape and one large arch bridge over the main channel. The contractor buys the dirt for 100 feet each side, to be taken four or five feet deep only and then afterwards it can be fenced back in the field. He has bought a three-cornered 2 ½ acre lot of Mr. Breese west of the railroad and intends to take that to the bottom I suppose.
We look for the beginning of a new era here in Talent, as the railroad contractor expects to employ 100 men and teams while work on the fill lasts. This will require lots of provisions and provender and make money plenty. He will board the hands and horses in tents.
The planing mill is waiting for seasoned lumber and then it will start its humming and the proprietors will rake in the money
Our sawmills are both running, not having shut down for winter yet, nor do they expect to. They are piling up lots of good fir lumber.
The miners are busy prospecting with large hopes, if not prospects. – T.A. Lentor
[Ashland Tidings]

1892 S. Sherman Dealer in Central Point Flour and Feed – Talent, OR [ad clipped out of a newspaper of 1892 in business file THS]

17 Jan 1901 A. Anderton and wife who have been at Talent since last April, left yesterday for San Francisco where Mr. A. becomes manager of the California Bone, Coal and Fertilizing Co. He has sold his glove manufactory at Talent to his brother, Dan Anderton. [Ashland Tidings]

27 Aug 1906 Talent is proud of its season’s building record which includes Geo. Chamberlain’s hotel, J.D. Beeson’s meat market, Hanscom Bros.’ Hall, Talent Opera House, John Conway, proprietor, Talent Livery & Feed Stable, M. Spitzer, proprietor, besides considerable other building in and around Talent. [Ashland Tidings]

19ll Polk’s Directory lists the following businesses in Talent:
State Bank of Talent
Talent Meat Market – Fred J. Erwin, Prop.
J.C. Mason Real Estate and Notary Public
J.S. Spitzer & Son – Livery and Feed Stable
Works Hotel – Opposite the S. P. Station
Talent Drug Co.
Talent Furniture Co.
Wagner Creek Nursery and Orchard Co. Beeson & Lester, Prop. One mile south of Talent
Luman N. Judd Real Estate Agent midway between Ashland & Medford
E. LaBell Fresh Bread and Cakes every day
Mrs. Lloyd’s for millinery
D. A. Forbes, M..D.
Hardward – Marion Tryer the hardware man
Talent Mercantile Co. – P. Vandersluis and Louis Brown [Ames building?]
White Wyandottes eggs for hatching – John H. Fuller
Cyester the Jeweler
J.F. Norman Tonsorial Artist
G. A. Gardner – Recipe for old age – get a town lot [to] make you happy – insurance and notary work as well
1911 - Mt. Wagner Cookbook compiled by the Ladies Aid Society
-1st Methodist Episcopal Church advertising
- Burdic’s Store – most complete line of General Merchandize ever shown in Talent
Wolter's Store front along "I" Street (now Market Street)
30 Jan 1911 E. J. McCloud, from Missouri, has bought the 18 acres of Eugene V. Foster, in the newly incorporated town of Talent. The price was $10,000. [Ashland Tidings]

31 Jan 1911 C.W. Wolters Store, M Tryer hardware Store, Barber shop, Shoe Store burned up [ James Briner diary]
Businesses along Wagner Street, Talent, OR

2 Feb 1911 Talent’s biggest conflagration occurred early last Tuesday morning, resulting in the total loss of several business blocks with practically all of their contents. The buildings destroyed were lined up on the Wagner Creek Road, beginning with the Wolters block on the corner. All of this property is located adjacent to the Bell Hotel, and boarders at this house were among the first ones who discovered the fire, which broke out about 1:30 o’clock Tuesday morning. Included in the list of buildings totally destroyed were: Wolter’s store and warehouse, including the State Bank of Talent. Tryer’s hardware store. J.F. Norman’s barber shop. Conway’s shoe store. The building occupied by Brown & Gooley, under the firm name of Talent Drug and Furniture Company, was somewhat damaged., but the flames were gotten under control at this point. The loss to stock, however, was extensive owing to its hurried removal quite a lot of it having been taken in a rush to a blacksmith shop near by. C.A. Brown, of this firm, is a pharmacist well-known here, having formerly been employed by McNair Bros.
C.W. Wolters owned several of these buildings , and conducted a general merchandise store on the corner. The bank was also in building. His loss is extensive, estimated at from $12,000 to $14,000. with $4000 insurance. Conway owed the building he occupied, and his loss is nearly $3000, with $1000. insurance. Some fixtures were saved from Norman’s barber shop, but his loss was considerable, and it is understood he had insurance. Some fixtures were saved from Norman’s barber shop, but his loss was considerable, and it is understood he had insurance to the extent of $250. The drug and furniture stock was also insured, the loss to be determined later on after returns are in regarding salvage.
Origin of the fire is unknown, being a matter of conjecture whether it was occasioned by electric lighting wires or was the result of incendiarism. The flames were first noticed in the rear of Tryer’s hardware store. Mr. Wolters states that he woke up about 1 a.m. , and noted the customary light near the bank vault. What he took to be a bank of fog in the street fronting these properties, was probably a pall of smoke issuing from the burning buildings. At all events, everything was soon ablaze and the destruction was complete. There were no cellars under the buildings. The bank vault stands in the midst of the wreckage awaiting the cooling off process. The outer shell of this vault is built of cement blocks, the material having been furnished by Potter & Son of this city, and as the walls are of double thickness, it is anticipated that vault contents are intact. G. A. Gardner states that the town was all lit up when he first noticed the fire.
Although aid was summoned from both Ashland and Medford, destruction was complete before any outsiders arrived on the scene. Local residents formed a bucket brigade and worked like Trojans, a limited water supply being fortunately at hand in a nearby ditch. About 20 went over from Ashland, but they couldn’t get away until about 2:15 a.m., and by that time the fire was practically over. In the meantime the Medford call was cancelled. The people of Talent, however are thankful for the outside aid so freely proffered, as the response would have been forthcoming earlier if there had been a speedier way of getting to the spot. Direct losers by the calamity are also grateful to their fellow townsmen for heroic work accomplished. Bad as the disaster was, it might have been worse.
This blaze was the largest that ever happened in Talent’s history, involving a loss of fully $30,000. But the losers are alert, and undoubtedly the burned district will soon be rebuilt better than ever. Wolters, the principals loser, took the situation very philosophically, and his remarks conveyed the impression that Talent would rise from her ashes more substantial than ever. Improvement is in the air down that way, and a town that demonstrates its enterprise by erecting a school property worth $30,000. is not to be deterred from replacing a loss to its business section in a like amount.
There are but two suggestions to make regarding this loss, one of them being to replace the burned-over area with brick or cement structures, and the other is to devise some sort of a city water supply for Talent, both of which improvements will undoubtedly come in due season, especially in view of the severe losses so recently experienced.
Word from C. W. Wolters, received to-day, announces that both vault and safe of the Talent State Bank have been opened and contents found all right. A temporary building is already going up in front of the one recently destroyed, and it is only a question of a short time when the bank will be resuming operations pending the erection of a permanent business block. [Ashland Tidings]
     C.W. Wolters was down but not out when fired destroyed many of the buildings he owned in Talent.

1 Apr 1911 J.F. Norman is making plans to erect a barber shop on I Street, across from the Bell house. It will be a frame building. [The Medford Sun]

27 July 1911 The fire alarm was rung here about 1 o’clock yesterday morning. The fire was at Talent, where the Garvin & Thurber two-story building and the Talent Hotel, also a two-story structure, were burned. Both buildings were located in the very center of the business section and it was only by the strenuous efforts of a bucket brigade that the flames were kept from spreading to adjacent buildings. The fire loss is estimated at $6,500.
The fire broke out about 12:30 in the Garvin & Thurber building, known as the old Valley Hotel. The blaze originated on the second floor, which is used as a dance hall. So far as known no one had been upstairs during the evening, which makes the origin of the blaze difficult to account for. The lower floor is used as a billiard and pool parlor, conducted by Garvin & Thurber. Players there had left the place only a short time before the discovery of the blaze.
The heat from the burning building ignited the Talent Hotel at a distance of thirty yards. This is a residence property, owned by John Budgeon and conducted as a hotel.
Most of the furniture of both properties was saved. The loss on the Garvin & Thurber building is placed at $5,000; on the Talent Hotel, $1,500.
As soon as the fire was discovered a general alarm was sounded in the little town and a bucket brigade was formed. By hard work the barber shop of J.F. Norman, which was within the path of the flames, was saved. The business block across the street from the burning buildings threatened to burst into flames from the intense heat, but was saved through the application of water. Several windows in R. L. Burdic’s general store were broken, but no further damage was done in this business block.
When the alarm was sounded in Ashland several parties who have property in Talent drove to that town in automobiles, remaining until the fire was extinguished.
It is the general belief that the fire must have been started by defective electric wiring. [Ashland Tidings]

21 August 1911 Talent is to have a cannery for fruit and vegetables and work on the plant, which will cost about $10,000, is now in progress. The cannery is being built in the center of the Wagner Creek fruit district about a mile and a half from town. Messrs. Bagley and Randall, the proprietors, state that they expect to start on a small scale but believe that they can make additions and handle more goods as they get established. [Ashland Tidings]
Bagley Cannery employed Talent citizens 

1912 : “Sometime during that year a family of the name of Ames made their appearance in Talent. There was M/M Ames and their family of four daughters. Lucille, the oldest, was an invalid. She was confined to a wheelchair. Then there was Margaret, Constance, and Eleanor. The Ames family lived in the house now occupied by Ed Lundsford.
Evidently Mr. Ames was quite wealthy. One of the first things that he did was to have a very large two-story brick building built on the corner of West Main St. and John St. In the east side of the round floor Charlie Brown had the Talent Drug Company. And on the west side Louie Brown owned and operated the Talent Mercantile Comp. There was stairway between the two buildings up to the second floor. The north half of the second floor was used as a dance hall. Carl Loveland, one of the local musicians, and his orchestra of three or four pieces, promoted the Saturday evening dances in the Ames Building for quite a long time. It was a very popular place- well patronized. The south half of the second floor Mr. Ames had it built into a real nice apartment and he moved his family into the apartment. On the south wall of the building was a long ramp from the second floor down to the ground to accommodate Lucille and her wheelchair. [from Ellis e. Right across the street from the Ames Building was a frame single-story dwelling. That’s where Mr. McMann and his wife lived. In the front room of the dwelling was wher Mac performed his duties as a local barber. His shaves were 15 cents and haircuts 45 cents , and if a customer so desired, for an additional 15 cents Mac would hand him a towel, a washcloth and a bar of soap and he could step into the bathroom and have a bath if he wished to.
Mr. Ames was quite an interesting fellow. He organized a fifteen piece band for Talent and he bought the uniforms for the members of the band. I don’t remember much about the band but I do remember that my brother, Everett, played a coronet and Orley Powers also played a coronet, and Delbert Goddard played a trombone
Mr. Ames organized a Talent baseball team too. It was quite some team. Mr. Ames thought enough of Talent baseball team that he hired a professional pitcher,Collie Druitt from one of the coast league teams. Talent had its own pitcher, (Weyland Smith) but he was relief pitcher for Colly.
I remember the baseball team pretty well. Joe Barrett, one of the Talent Boys a few years older than I was, was the bat boy for the Talent baseball team. Harold Simpson was the catcher; Chauncey Vance, first base; Mose Crawford, second base; Doug Estes was third base; Scott Brad played short. My older brother, Earl, played right field, and Bill Gleim, center field. I don’t remember the left fielder.
Talent’s baseball team took on all comers. I don’t remember how they won or lost but I rather think that Talent won its share of the games. They played Medford, Ashland, Yreka, Grants Pass, Central Point – there was a game someplace every Sunday afternoon. [Recollections and Reflections- Ellis Beeson]
This cement store was built after the 1911 fire. It stood on the corner of Wagner and I Streets and was torn down in 1973 to make a parking lot for what is now Tarks Market

4 Mar 1912 The Jackson County Light & Power Comp. 95% of which is owned by A. W. Silsby of this city, and which has been operating in Talent and Phoenix for several years, have practically closed a deal with the Oregon & California Power Company for the transfer of their property to that corporation. Negotiations have been pending for several months and papers in the matter are now passing. The price is not given but is said to be well up in the five figure mark. [Ashland Tidings]

26 Sep 1912 New Cannery is a fine one. The Bagley Canning Company plant, which is located at Talent, is just getting fairly started, and although it will be able to make but a short run this season because of various delays, it has already demonstrated that it can produce a high grade class of goods.
The plane which cost nearly 10,000 in addition to the site, which was donated by the citizens of Talent, is situated on the east side of the Southern Pacific tracks a short distance north or the village. The fine plant is the outgrowth of a small plant started last year by Dr. W. R. Bagley, at his ranch northwest of Talent. Dr. Bagley , who was formerly one of the leading surgeons of Duluth, MN was compelled to give up the practice of his profession because of ill health and settled on a fruit ranch near Talent. His attention was attracted to the need of some method of properly marketing the products of his won and his neighbor’s ranches, besides that of shipping the fresh fruit. He installed a small plant and the 1911 product commanded such a ready sale an such a high price that he decided to enlarge the scope of the work, and the Bagley Canning Comp. is the result.
The buildings are principally of corrugated steel upon a timber frame and include, besides the main work room, a dryer and an engine room. The storage will mostly be done in the main building, but Dr. Bagley states that it will undoubtedly be necessary to erect a large warehouse before next season… [Ashland Tidings & Bagley file at THS]

26 Sep 1912 Frank Rose has completed the contract on the town well and bids are soon to be let on the trenching for the system. The pipe has been contracted for and the standpipe is en route and to be up and completed by Oct. 20. [Ashland Tidings]

13 Feb 1913 TALENT NEWS ITEMS J. H. Lacy has opened his hotel near the depot. [Ashland Tidings]

17 Feb 1913 TALENT NEWS ITEMS The Talent Hotel, which opened its doors to the public a few days ago, is proving successful. Mrs. Lacy is an excellent cook and the traveling public seem to appreciate the fact that the hotel is newly refitted and refurnished. Mr. Lacy is fitting up commercial sample rooms for the use of the traveling men, the first ever fitted up in Talent. [Ashland Tidings]
24 Sep 1930 Talent Service Station is sold – A sale of considerable interest which has been pending for some time, was made public recently, in announcement that the Talent Service Station, owned and operated by Mrs. G. L. Bullen, was sold to M/M B.C. Dixon of Oakland, CA. M/M Dixon have taken possession of the station and are endeavoring to still give the public the same cordial service which has made the Talent Service Station so popular in the past. M/M Dixon come well recommended and are experienced in this line of work, and it is felt their success in Talent is assured. [ note by anonymus person – This station is the one razed recently on the corner of Main and old 99]
28 Feb 1940 . The most serious flood since 1927 struck the Rogue River Valley today,… the house of Zeppke Fox Farm on Bear Creek about a half- mile from Jackson Hot Springs, was carried 200 feet downstream. …. [Medford Mail Tribune “60 year s ago”- Business file at THS]
23 Nov 1940 Snowline Silver Fox Farm, located 4 miles southwest of Talent on Wagner Creek Road, will hold a special display of silver fox pelts at the farm beginning today, according to owners M/M W.E. Martin. Prime pelts may be selected from the stock of either finished or unfinished furs and be made into any garment desired. [Medford Mail Tribune “60 years ago” business file THS]
11 April 1941 The Chateau has been leased from Ashland Realty Co. By Tut and Whitely Halaas, who operated the Redwood Gardens near Grants Pass for the past 15 months. The brothers will assume management of the popular South Pacific Highway resort immediately. In charge of the kitchen will be Toni DeAmicis, former chef at Lucca’s in San Francisco. The dance floor has been refinished, according to Tut Halaas, whose three-piece dance band will be heard every night. [Medford Mail Tribune “60 years ago article” also a note by Rosemary Bevel that the Restaurant and Lounge was near Jackson Hot Springs]
1979 Fabricated Glass founded by Harvey and Charlene Holtz [see file in Talent Businesses THS]
17 Oct 1990 Evidence of Talent’s growth is everywhere. The first of 180 units at the D’Anjou Apartments are nearing completion, roads have been completed for the Louis J. Subdivision north of Rapp Road and work on the subdivision;s 77 new homes could begin by the end of the year, Candlewood Mobile Home Park is preparing 24 new spaces, Sawyer Wood products’ oar and paddle factory building is nearly completed and Kadee Manufacturing a model train manufacturer that plans to move from Medford, could begin construction on the first of two buildings next spring. [Medford Mail Tribune “10 years ago” business file at THS]