September 5, 1913

Medford paid its last earthly tribute to the memory of the late Mayor W.W. Eifert this afternoon at one of the largest attended funeral services in the history of this city. Business houses generally and city offices were closed out of respect to the dead executive. There were many beautiful floral pieces, including a piece from the members of the city council, one each from the fraternal orders and the city departments, besides a wealth of flowers from friends in this city and Southern Oregon.

Elks Temple Packed

The Elks Temple was packed with people come to pay final tribute. The services at 2:30 o'clock were conducted by the Elks, the ritual of the order to departed brothers being read by Exalted Ruler A.C. Burgess. Attorney B.F. Mulkey delivered the eulogy upon the stricken official, referring him to his labors in behalf of fraternalism, and his loyalty and faithfulness to their precepts. The Rev. W.F. Shields of the Presbyterian Church delivered the sermon telling of the traits, works and kindliness of his life. Songs were given by Mr. and Mrs. George Andrews, and Mr. an Mrs. E.E. Gore.

Funeral Procession Long

The funeral procession marched down Holly Street to Main Street, thence cast to the grave, headed by the Medford Band, and followed by the police and fire departments, the Elks, the Knights of Pythias and carriages containing the Rev. W.F. Shields, immediate family and relatives, and a long line of citizens in the order named. Members of the city council marched in front.

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The state railroad commission will hold two sessions as the public utilities commission at the Medford City Hall Monday, Sept. 15, to hear arguments for and against the applications of local telephone companies to increase their monthly phone charges to subscribers. In the morning, the application of the Eagle Point and Butte Falls company will be discussed, and in the afternoon the application of the Home Telephone and Telegraph Company to increase Medford and Jacksonville rentals will be under fire.

All those who object to the proposed increase in rentals are requested to be present and state their reasons why the application should not be granted.


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