February 19, 1914
William R. Buckner was arrested Monday at Grants Pass on charges preferred by Portland authorities after he had ingratiated himself in the good graces of citizens of that city by posing as being sent by the state highway commission to map out a route for the Pacific Highway "down the Applegate via Jacksonville to Medford," instead of down the Rogue as originally planned. Other concessions were to be given the Josephine county metropolis.
Buckner posed as "Lieutenant Marshall," and being a civil engineer by profession, talked intelligently of road construction. This appealed to the good road enthusiasts of that city, and they mothered him and his plans until an officer came from Portland with warrants and pictures of the imposter in prison stripes.
Pursuant to the call of the pastors of the local churches in Ashland, the ministers of Jackson County met in the Presbyterian church at 12 o'clock yesterday. A very fine luncheon was served by a committee of ladies from the Presbyterian, Methodist, Congregational and Christian churches, the piece de resistance being the ministers' favorite — the "yellow legged."
After luncheon, Rev. Douglass of Ashland stated the purpose of the gathering — to organize a non-partisan organization to promote the "Oregon dry" campaign. The following resolution was adopted: "That we, as pastors of several churches of Jackson County, Oregon, in conference assembled, do hereby pledge ourselves as heartily in favor of but one issue in the temperance campaign now on in Oregon.
"That we adopt as the slogan of a non-partisan campaign, 'Oregon Dry, 1914.'
"That we, as a unit, do hereby memorialize the Portland General Ministerial association to issue a call to the churches and ministers of the state to unite in this non-partisan campaign."
The call was also issued to all temperance workers of Jackson County to meet in Medford, March 2 at 11 o'clock in the public library for the purpose of getting together in an organization to fight for the constitutional amendment for Oregon Dry in 1914.