January 1, 1914
Statistical 1913 brought forth several unusual features, but no devastating calamity as far as the Rogue River valley was concerned. One fire of consequence occurred in Medford — the burning of the Union livery stable and seven head of horses.
There were 50 deaths, and 123 births in the county, 188 marriages and 53 divorces filed, 37 being granted. The mortality list includes a number of pioneers, including Edwin C. Root of beloved memory. Two public officials passed — Sheriff August Singler killed by the bullets of a young outlaw, and Mayor W.W. Eifert, who died of a sudden attack of heart failure.
The public improvements number the finishing of the Page Theater and the Bear Creek Bridge, and the preliminary ceremonies on the Pacific Highway construction.
There were two murders, and three deaths by accident — two by hunters being mistaken for deer in the woods and one by auto racing at the fair grounds.
The fruit crop was the largest in the valley's history and the prices the best. The bank deposits show a heavy increase. A gain of 12 percent in the school attendance was recorded.
A political storm centered the entire year over the council, and broke the last month of the year in a campaign being waged for economy in city affairs, depriving councilmen and mayor of salary, and two recall petitions being filed.
Indicative of the prosperity of Medford and adjacent country is the quarterly reports of the four financial insititutions of the city filed October 21, 1913 showing an increase of $204,496.14 for August, September and October over the same months in 1912 and a gain in deposits of $337,482.65 since August 9, 1913. October 21, 1913, $1,893,852.39 on deposits in Medford banks, and this does not include receipts from the heaviest fruit shipments of the year.
Bankers of the city report a healthy tone in valley money circles with the prediction that the deposits for 1914, from present indications, will pass the $3,000,000 mark.