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Western Miner, J.F. Reddy, Becomes Mayor of Medford


Patriotism and boosterism were terms applied to the life of J. F. Reddy of Medford, Ore. A Spokane pioneer, he came to Medford in 1903 to sell the Blue Ledge Mine, and stayed.

By 1907 Reddy was Mayor of Medford and got the streets paved.  As a promoter of the Pacific and Eastern Railroad, he knew all the important railroad people in the West.

In 1911, he and his wife toured Europe for several months—always insisting on buying Rogue Valley apples. He paid as much as 20 cents apiece for them. He even ate Medford apples on his trip home aboard the Lusitania.

His real passion was mining.  He owned mines all over the West.  He even mined unprofitable chrome during World War I to support the war effort. Later one of Reddy’s daughters mined chrome in Alaska for the government just before World War II.

Reddy helped out miners whenever he could with money and advice. He knew them all, from the big time operators to individual prospectors.

The Reddy’s built their home in the Queen Anne addition to Medford, where a street is named for him.

Sources: "Death of Dr. Reddy Inflicts Great Loss on Jackson County." Medford News 10 Nov. 1933: 1. Print;  "Youthful Businesswoman Becomes 'Chromium Queen'." Eugene Register-Guard 20 June 1940: 2. Print.

Alice Mullaly is a graduate of Oregon State and Stanford University, and taught mathematics for 42 years in high schools in Nyack, New York; Mill Valley, California; and Hedrick Junior High School in Medford. Alice has been an Southern Oregon Historical Society volunteer for nearly 30 years, the source of many of her “As It Was” stories.