April 12, 1918
OREGON FIRST TO REACH QUOTA LIBERTY BONDS
State Receives Credit and Stands at Head of Nation’s Honor Roll — Portland Leads Cities of America — Medford Still Lags Behind Balance of County.
Oregon is the first state to report officially an over-subscription of its Liberty loan quota, and consequently, will stand at the head of the nation’s honor roll by states. Iowa claims the honor flag for over-subscriptions, but has not filed reports to substantiate the claim. Oregon reports $19,044,600, with a minimum allotment of $18,495,000.
The Medford district is slowly approaching the top; the known subscriptions at the banks up to this noon totaling $141,150. However, it was known that this figure should be much higher, as the various men’s and women’s teams at work today will not report in to headquarters until this afternoon at 3 o’clock.
C. M. Kidd, chairman of the Medford committee, called attention this noon to the fact that out of 2,220 adult citizens of the city and immediate vicinity card indexed by the committee, only 740 up to this morning had subscribed for Liberty loan bonds. The average subscription of the 740 was $180.
The largest subscription of today was that of $3,000 received from W. C. Earhart. L. Niedermyer made a subscription of $1,000 at the Farmers’ & Fruitgrowers bank. The Liberty loan committee received a subscription of $500, wired from Niagara, N. D., by C. M. English, vice president of the First National bank.
Among today’s subscriptions was one of $50 from the Medford lodge of the Woodmen of the World.
Most of the twenty-one teams of women and twelve to sixteen teams of men are still hard at work soliciting subscriptions, but a number of the teams have covered their districts and rounded up the slackers therein and have stopped work.
The Medford Liberty loan committee, consisting of C. M. Kidd, Arthur L. Hill, George T. Collins, H. L. Walther and F. C. Kenly, has begun the work of going over the reports of the teams and checking up the slackers. The committee is also considering what steps to take relative to the slackers who are financially well able to do their full duty.
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