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Mail Tribune 100

Jan. 4, 1916


The manual training class of the Medford high school is making commendable progress, under the direction of Professor E. Ed Hull. One of the most inspiring features of its work is found in the fact that its members are deeply interested in everything they undertake to do in the study of the manual arts. It may be said, greatly to the credit of Mr. Hull, their instructor, that they love their task. When a teacher shall have reached this measure of success in the management of the interest of his pupils, his ultimate triumph is certain.

An attractive collection of rustic furniture is displayed in front of the high school building as an evidence of the progress made in the initial work of the manual training class. This work was done on the request of the Greater Medford club. It proposes to use these rustic benches, settees and double chairs in various places selected by it for public improvement. They will soon be applied to that purpose.

There are twelve or fourteen pieces in this set of rustic settees, made of laurel and alder, both soft wood of fine fiber and easily worked when green. When worked in that condition, however, the finished product in those woods season-cracks. The hurry to respond to the club's request prompted these youthful cabinet makers to use some of the wood when it was green. Hence the evidence of the natural process of seasoning.

The work of this class shows in every detail, however, the skill of the young mechanics and the care with which it was applied is evidence of those who did it. This fact alone commends Professor Hull's system of instruction most faithfully.


J. P. Wells, of Portland, who is visiting this valley says he believes that the Rogue river country will have a large influx both of people and money when the irrigation question shall have been settled favorably. People who know are afraid of semi-arid districts without irrigation.