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Medford neighborhood marks 40 years as historic district

"The people that lived up and down the street at the time in the early years of the 1900s were the wheeler and dealer's, movers and shakers of the community," Bryden said.

Posted: May 24, 2019 7:24 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- May marks National Historic Preservation Month, and the South Oakdale Historic District is celebrating 40 years as a historic district.

Vicki Bryden lives in the district, and helped it earn that distinction. 

"The people that lived up and down the street at the time in the early years of the 1900s were the wheeler and dealer's, movers and shakers of the community," Bryden said.

Bryden grew up in this community, and has lived in her current home for 49 years.

She said renowned Edison Marshall lived in her house in the 1920s. According to the Medford Historic Commission, other local celebrities lived in these homes, including: Judge Earl Fehl, known for the "Good Government Congress" scandals; O.O. Alendorfoer, an early Medford mayor; Maurice Spatz, founder of the Crystal Springs Packing Company; Dr. Elias Porter, who built Medford's first non-church hospital; F.K. Duell, president of The First National Bank in early Medford; J. H. Steweart, who established the area's first commercial fruit orchards; and E. H. Hedrick, the Medford School Superintendent from 1925 - 1955. 

Bryden wants to continue to pass on the history of this neighborhood.

"Being able to pass on that property or information down to the next generation, to me, is very important," she said. 

Bryden works as a volunteer at the Southern Oregon Historical Society, which keeps records of these homes, and the stories behind them. 

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