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 Iredell Judson Phipps

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Iredell Judson Phipps

Birth
Owen County, Indiana, USA
Death
22 Aug 1913 (aged 75)
Medford, Jackson County, Oregon, USA
Burial
Medford, Jackson County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID
13500427 View Source

The Phipps-Howard War & Other Matters

In 1913, a verbal squabble took place via the pages of the Medford Mail Tribune in Medford, Oregon. That disagreement had to do with identifying who was the founder of the city of Medford in Jackson County in 1883.

The distinction had generally gone to Iredell Judson (“I.J.”) Phipps, but then a local merchant named James Sullivan (“J.S.”) Howard decided that, no, HE was first. You can read their journalistic skirmish in a web page titled “The Phipps-Howard War” in the Southern Oregon History Revised site.

Today, the Medford Visitors Convention Bureau refers in its “History of Medford, Oregon” web page to Iredell Judson Phipps in connection with the founding of the city, and does not even mention Howard. In fact, the page suggests that the city came close to having been named “Phippstown.”

Iredell Judson Phipps was born in 1838 in Indiana. He died in 1929 in Medford. His parents were David Phipps and his wife Nancy E. Randleman. David was born about 1816 in Virginia and died in 1877 in Jacksonville, Jackson Co., Oregon.

In the 1850 census, Iredell appears with his parents in Owen County, Indiana. Then, in the 1860 census, he is listed with his father and a stepmother in Putnam County, Missouri, where his grandfather Jesse Phipps had moved. In the 1870 census he was married and living in Jackson County, Oregon, with post office at Jacksonville. He was still in Jackson County in the 1880 census, but listed in Manzanita Precinct.

The 1900 census shows him in “Medford Town” in East Medford Precinct, Jackson County, and in the 1910 census he was in “Medford City” in the North Medford Precinct.

He moved with his parents to Unionville, Missouri (in Putnam County) when he was a young man, and married Calista P. Downing 21 Apr 1861. (Her name is represented with varying spelling in records, but generally spelled Calistia.)

In 1862 he moved west to Oregon and settled at La Grande in Baker County, Oregon. Iredell moved to the site of present-day Medford in Jackson County in 1865. The biography refers to later health issues which necessitated his spending “several” winters in Redlands, California. Redlands is in San Bernardino County, in Southern California.

Iredell died on 22 Aug 1913 at his residence in Medford, at 328 North Riverside. He was buried in the IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) Cemetery in Medford.

The Phipps-Howard War & Other Matters

In 1913, a verbal squabble took place via the pages of the Medford Mail Tribune in Medford, Oregon. That disagreement had to do with identifying who was the founder of the city of Medford in Jackson County in 1883.

The distinction had generally gone to Iredell Judson (“I.J.”) Phipps, but then a local merchant named James Sullivan (“J.S.”) Howard decided that, no, HE was first. You can read their journalistic skirmish in a web page titled “The Phipps-Howard War” in the Southern Oregon History Revised site.

Today, the Medford Visitors Convention Bureau refers in its “History of Medford, Oregon” web page to Iredell Judson Phipps in connection with the founding of the city, and does not even mention Howard. In fact, the page suggests that the city came close to having been named “Phippstown.”

Iredell Judson Phipps was born in 1838 in Indiana. He died in 1929 in Medford. His parents were David Phipps and his wife Nancy E. Randleman. David was born about 1816 in Virginia and died in 1877 in Jacksonville, Jackson Co., Oregon.

In the 1850 census, Iredell appears with his parents in Owen County, Indiana. Then, in the 1860 census, he is listed with his father and a stepmother in Putnam County, Missouri, where his grandfather Jesse Phipps had moved. In the 1870 census he was married and living in Jackson County, Oregon, with post office at Jacksonville. He was still in Jackson County in the 1880 census, but listed in Manzanita Precinct.

The 1900 census shows him in “Medford Town” in East Medford Precinct, Jackson County, and in the 1910 census he was in “Medford City” in the North Medford Precinct.

He moved with his parents to Unionville, Missouri (in Putnam County) when he was a young man, and married Calista P. Downing 21 Apr 1861. (Her name is represented with varying spelling in records, but generally spelled Calistia.)

In 1862 he moved west to Oregon and settled at La Grande in Baker County, Oregon. Iredell moved to the site of present-day Medford in Jackson County in 1865. The biography refers to later health issues which necessitated his spending “several” winters in Redlands, California. Redlands is in San Bernardino County, in Southern California.

Iredell died on 22 Aug 1913 at his residence in Medford, at 328 North Riverside. He was buried in the IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) Cemetery in Medford.


Inscription

IREDELL JUDSON (PHIPPS)
MAR. 1, 1838---AUG. 22, 1913

A DEVOTED HUSBAND, LOVING FATHER
AND CONSISTENT FOLLOWER OF CHRIST.
PIONEER OF 1862. FOUNDER OF MEDFORD.


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