“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Central Point in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)

The Rostel Building


The Rostel Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, April 26, 2020
1. The Rostel Building Marker
The oldest 2-story brick building in Central Point, the Rostel building was initially built in 1889 by John C. Kurth, cornetist and music teacher and J.W. Miller, a Medford wagon builder. The failure of an anticipated railroad-associated economic boom, exacerbated by a national depression 1893-97, led to insolvency for Kurth and Miller, and the property was re-acquired by the lender, C.B. Rostel, in 1899. Carl Berthold Rostel, a first generation German immigrant, who according to newspaper ads from the 1880s, had been an “Asst. Surgeon of the General Army,” chose to be a “Professional Hair Cutter.” He was a Jacksonville barber, Medford saloon owner and successful properties investor. Rostel doubled the building in size between 1906 and 1909, renaming the building after himself in 1909. The building has been home to a myriad of businesses and uses over its many decades, including dry goods, furniture sales, farm seed and implements, a meat market, and hardware stores. Prior building owners include W.E. Alexander, who opened the building's first hardware store in 1937, Tom Vella, founder of Rogue Creamery in 1939,
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and the building is lovingly maintained by its current owners, the McElroy family of Central Point.

Erected 2019 by Umpqua Joe Chapter 1859 E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
Location. 42° 22.519′ N, 122° 54.923′ W. Marker is in Central Point, Oregon, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of East Pine Street and North 3rd Street, on the left when traveling north on East Pine Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 311 East Pine Street, Central Point OR 97502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Story of LaRue and Earl Morris (a few steps from this marker); Beall Black Walnut (approx. 0.9 miles away); Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); Applegate Trail - A Fine Prairie (approx. 1.7 miles away); Applegate Trail - We Took Breakfast (approx. 1.9 miles away); Applegate Trail - Jacksonville (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Old Stage Road (approx. 2.1 miles away); Hanley Farm Willow (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Central Point.
More about this marker. The marker
The Rostel Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, April 26, 2020
2. The Rostel Building
hangs on the southwest corner of the Rostel building.
Also see . . .  Carl B. Rostel bio. (Submitted on April 26, 2020, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2020, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2020, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 25, 2024