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Mail Tribune 100

Aug. 24, 1916


There is a marked contrast between the way Mr. Strahorn projects a railroad and the Medford method.

Mr. Strahorn, as an expert, first studies the country thoroughly and ascertains just what tonnage can be developed — whether or not a railroad would pay. Then he spends a year or two surveying routes to secure the best location and ascertain the cost to a dollar. Then he secures what subsidies he can and other local assistance, none of which is payable until the railroad is actually constructed. 

With the route selected, the cost ascertained, the local aid provided and rights of way secured, Mr. Strahorn presents his proposition to capital.

Medford, on the other hand, does not ascertain tonnage, does not survey a route, does not bother about rights of way, does not waste time in estimates of cost or receiving local assistance, but blindly votes $300,000 for a railroad to go somewhere, not even the mileage known.

The proposition is put up to capitalists in the shape of bonds to buy, without being hampered by any details.


  • Rev. L. L. Simmons, pastor of the First Baptist church of Eagle Point, announced last Sunday that he would preach his last sermons here next Sunday, morning and evening, as he expects to start for Valley Forge the first of the week.
  • D. E. Clay and Clay Gray came out from the soda springs, where they had been hunting for the last few days with Ilerman Meyer, Sr., the mail carrier, last Monday, and reported that they saw but few deer, except does and fawns, and that the woods was so full of hunters that it was dangerous for one to be outside of a good, solid house.
  • William Packard of Talent has been here taking steps to organize a lodge of the Modern Woodmen. He seems to be very sanguine of his success and tells me that he expects to send up a million members next month. He took a room at the Sunnyside hotel.