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Mail Tribune 100

Nov. 1, 1914

That the women of Medford are alive to the importance of efficient common schools and that they realize that such efficiency is largely a matter of providing trained, competent teachers, was evidenced at a splendid rally held last evening at the Public Library under the joint auspices of the Greater Medford club, the Colony club, the College Women's club and the two Parent-Teacher associations.

The purpose of the gathering was to crystalize the interest very generally felt not only in Jackson County, but throughout southern Oregon on behalf of the efforts made to reopen southern Oregon's normal school at Ashland. A good program of rousing talks was given. It was pointed out that the common schools of Oregon employ about 6,000 teachers and that about 1,000 are new teachers each year. The one normal school at Monmouth graduates less than 100 per year. Where are the schools to obtain qualified teachers?

One normal school will not attract students from the entire state and will not be successful in furnishing the entire state a body of well trained teachers. A study of the situation throughout the United States shows that all normal school, college and university attendance is largely a local matter. For instance, the undergraduate attendance at such a university even as Harvard comes from within 50 miles of Cambridge to the extent of more than 50 percent of the total undergraduate attendance. Eighty-five percent of the undergraduate attendance at Columbia University is from within 50 miles of Riverside Park. A study of the situation for a large number of small colleges and normal schools will show 50 to 75 percent of the attendance from within 30 or 40 miles of the institution. If Oregon maintains its present policy, it's simply denying to the portions of the state that are 100 miles or more from the one normal school any consideration in the matter of preparing well-qualified teachers for the public schools.

The F.W. Shapleigh Hardware store on East Main street was entered some time Thursday night and robbed of two watches, twelve pearl-handled pocket knives and numerous other articles. Entrance was made possible by breaking through a rear door. The police have a good line on the thief, and expect to make the arrest today. 

This is the first case of burglary in the city in months. It is not known just when the robbery occurred, but is believed to have been between ten and twelve o'clock. The loss was discovered Friday.