Short News Items from 1893

Andrew Briner and family left yesterday for their future home at Ashland. He has been the blacksmith at Perrydale for several years. (Oregon Statesman, January 13, 1893)

G.A. Briner, the late blacksmith at Perrydale, is now located with his family at Talent, in Jackson county. (Oregon Statesman, February 17, 1893)

Clifford Ball, a postal clerk on the Northern Pacific, has been visiting his mother at Monmouth this week. (Oregon Statesman, June 16, 1893)


Business & Professional Notices from 1888

Newton, N.Y. [sic], Feb. 3 — The case of Robert Westbrook, charged with the murder of Dennis J. Morris, was given to the jury at 4 o’clock today. Mr. Kallisch summed up for the defendant in an argument of three hours to his client’s innocence, and Capt. Van Blarcom, in a speech of two hours, insisted on a verdict of murder in the first degree. Judge Magie reviewed the evidence at great length, the charge being thought unfavorable to the prisoner. Several exceptions were taken by the defense. After five hours the jury rendered a verdict of not guilty. Westbrook rose, threw up his hat, and, with a shout “I am free,” fell weeping on the neck of his sobbing wife. (New York Times, February 4, 1888)

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Wagon Creek Items (Excerpt)

G.A. Briner received a painful injury Friday, while logging near his mill. He was in the act of barking a log when a glancing blow from the ax caused a small knot to strike him in the right eye.  Dr. Hart was called. He gave Mr. Briner every hope that he will not lose the sight of it.

Source:  Ashland Tidings, October 13, 1913.

Longer Stems

Continuing the mythical contest for the longest-stemmed flowers, Mrs. G.A. Briner of Wagner creek, sent to the Mail Tribune office 11 narcissis [sic] blooms with stems all measuring more than 28½ inches. The longest was 31¾ inches. Also on display were several variegated tulips with the longest stem measuring 37½ inches.

Source: Medford Mail Tribune, May 2, 1941.

Talent Native, 83, Passes on Saturday

Talent—George Andrew Briner, 83, who was born July 14, 1868 in Talent, died Saturday at a local hospital.  He had lived in Oregon his entire life.

Mr. Briner was a blacksmith for 60 years until his health forced him to retire.  His wife died only a few weeks before he did, on Nov. 22, 1951.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Elfa Long, Talent, a son, Lyle Briner, Prospect, a brother, Marion Briner, Coquille, Ore., a granddaughter, Mrs. Rose Ditsworth, Talent, and three grandchildren.

Services will be conducted from Litwiller Funeral home, Ashland, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Source:  Medford Mail Tribune, December 31, 1951.

Phoebe McGrew

McGREW—At the residence, 988 Union avenue north, September 13, Phoebe McGrew, age 74 years; beloved mother of Miss Jessie E. Ball and Miss Florence McGrew, both of this city; Mrs. Mable Briner, Mrs. Curtis McGrew, both of Talent, Or. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 18, at 3 p.m., at the chapel of Miller & Tracey.

Source: Oregon Daily Journal, September 16, 1919.

Florence J. McGrew

McGREW—At Vancouver, Wash., Feb. 26, Florence J. McGrew, aged 43 years; sister of Mrs. Jennie E. Ball of this city, Miss Mabel Briner and C.A. McGrew, residing at Talent, Or.; member of Rose City Eastern Star. The funeral services will take place at the conservatory chapel of the East Side Funeral Directors, 414 East Alder st., at 2:30 P.M., Thursday, March 2. Friends invited. Concluding services at the Portland Crematorium.

Source: Portland Oregonian, February 28, 1922.

60th Anniversary Of County Couple To Be Celebrated

Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Briner of Wagner Creek will be honored on their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, March 7, with an open house at the home of Mr. Briner’s nephew, Melvin McGrew, and Mrs. McGrew, 995 South Oakdale avenue, Medford.  Friends and relatives are invited to call between 1 and 5 o’clock.

The Briners, who have lived in the county for many years, were married in the Willamette valley.

Relatives who will gather for the affair will include Mr. Briner’s brother, Marion Briner of Bandon, Ore., and a niece and nephew of the couple, Mr. and Mrs. Arley Libbey of Portland.

Source:  Medford Mail Tribune, March 5, 1948.