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.

Curtis M’Grew Taken By Death

Curtis A. McGrew, 69, born of Oregon pioneer parents in Polk county April 4, 1872, passed away in Central Point at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Mr. McGrew has spent practically all his life in Oregon and has resided in Jackson county for the last 31 years.  The last two years was spent at Prospect. For many years prior to that he resided at Talent.

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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.

Briners Have Golden Wedding Anniversary Monday

Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Briner, pioneer residents of the Wagner Creek district, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary tomorrow at their home at Wagner Creek. An open house party from 2 o’clock until 5 o’clock will mark the occasion.

Mrs. Jessie Ball of Portland, sister of Mrs. Briner, and Mr. and Mrs. William Mohle of Crescent City, sister and brother-in-law of Mr. Briner, are expected to arrive here for the party.

The Briners are widely known throughout southern Oregon and have a host of friends in this valley who will wish them congratulations on their fiftieth anniversary.

Source: Medford Mail Tribune, March 6, 1938.

Mabel McGrew & Andrew Briner

Married, at the residence of H.B. Tingle, Esq., March 7, 1888, at 2 o’clock p.m., Andrew Briner and Miss Mabel McGrew, Rev. Craven officiating. Briner is a young man of exemplary character and sterling qualities of heart and mind, and well calculated to plan a bright future for his bride, who is one of Perrydale’s fairest daughters. We commend Miss Mabel on her choice of a fine and noble husband, and to say that he could not have done better but expresses the sentiment of their many friends. They young couple went to housekeeping soon after the marriage in the house formerly occupied by J. Likens. Thus our daughters leave us, just as they have learned to love. A stranger comes through the village and carries off its fairest daughters.—Perrydale, March 20.

Source: Salem Statesman Journal, March 22, 1888.

Lifelong Oregonian Dies at Wagner Home

Ashland, 24—Funeral services for Mrs. Mabel Briner, 81, who died Thursday at her home on Wagner creek, will be held here Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Litwiller funeral home.  The Rev. Earl Downing will be in charge of services and interment will be in Stearns cemetery, Talent.

Mrs. Briner was born Feb. 10, 1870, at Lincoln, Polk county, Oregon, and was married March 7, 1888, to George H. Briner, who survives.  She had been a resident of the Wagner creek area for most of the past 57 years.

Other survivors include a daughter, Elfa Long, Talent; a son, Lyle, Prospect; a sister, Mrs. C.A. Bell, Portland, one grandchild and three great-grandchildren.

Source:  Medford Mail Tribune, November 25, 1951.

John Briner

John Lyle Briner, 72, died Saturday at his home, 784 A st., Ashland.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m. at Litwiller’s Mountain View chapel, with the Rev. Wendell Herbison officiating.

The body will lie in state until the time of the funeral and interment will be in Stearns cemetery in Talent.

Mr. Briner was born July 7, 1890, in Perrydale, Ore. He lived in the Rogue valley for 70 years.

He was married to Alta Scott in Yreka, Calif., in August 1918. Survivors include Mrs. Briner, a daughter, Mrs. Richard Ditsworth, Talent; a sister, Mrs. Elfa Long, Talent; and three grandchildren, Norman and Wayne Ditsworth, both with the U.S. Navy; and Glenda Ditsworth, Talent.

Source: Medford Mail Tribune, July 30, 1962.