June 12, 1913

Orlie B. Rush, aged 25, of Ashland, an employee of the Bonton Bowers Ranch, was drowned in Rogue River in a riffle oposite the Bowers Ranch about two miles above the Gold Ray Dam yesterday afternoon. His body had not been found today, although six men were searching for it.

Rush and his father, C.G. Rush, were fishing from a boat. In attempting to assist two other fishermen whose boat had caught in a submerged snag, the boat capsized. Young Rush, who was unable to swim, sank at once and was not seen again. He had on heavy hip boots, which evidently drew him down. Search for the body continued until midnight and was resumed at daylight.

The downed man was formerly a car repairer in the Southern Pacific shops at Ashland, a brother of Virgil Rush and popular among a wide circle of friends.


Circuit Judge F.M. Calkins has decided the suit brought by the city of Ashland to keep from paying county road taxes in favor of Ashland.

Ashland, alone of the cities of Jackson County, refused co-operation in county road building by refusing to pay the road tax levied, although for many years the tax was paid without protest.

The county court will appeal from Judge Calkins' decision to the supreme court. News of the decision came in a letter to Neff and Mealey, the county's attorneys in the case.


Over 5,000,000 Chinook salmon fry were hatched and liberated at the Elk Creek hatchery this spring, nearly as many steelhead trout have been hatched and liberated at the Elk Creek and Applegate stations, and over a million are being held until they attain flagerling stage, according to Henry O'Malley, superintendent of the United States Bureau of Fisheries, who has returned from an inspection trip to both stations.

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