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Mail Tribune 100

Dec. 28, 1916


The creation of the proposed Medford irrigation district was defeated in yesterday's election by ten votes, according to figures compiled from the unofficial counts inside the five divisions. The vote stood 187 for and 142 against, the votes being lacking to bring the majority to 60 per cent necessary for the creation of the district. The light vote is due to stormy weather and overconfidence on the part of the district supporters.

Three pro-irrigation directors were elected — Leonard Carpenter, in division 1, where he defeated J. T. Sullivan and G. L. Schermerhorn; William Budge in division 3, where he defeated E. E. Morrison, whose name was written on the ballots by the opposition; and Tom Osgood, who defeated J. Neidermeyer in division 4. W. H. Gore was elected treasurer over A. W. Stone.

The two opposition directors who were elected were James Owens , who defeated C. V. Cummings in division 1, and H. C. Maury, who defeated George B. Dean in the fifth division.

The official canvass of the ballots will be made by the county court next Tuesday, when the result of the election may be changed.

To Contest Election.

The pro-irrigationists have announced their intention of contesting a number of ballots, alleging that some who voted were not holders of land in the distrct, that others who reside in the district and who voted were not entitled to a vote, and that others legally entitled to a vote were refused votes by the election judges. The contest will be brought to settle the question of voters qualifications before another election.


The board of directors of the Phoenix Farm Loan association held its first meeting at the town hall, Phoenix, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and elected the following committee of appeasement: T. E. Scantlin, Medford , chairman; John A. Gammel and M. J. Norris of Phoenix. It is the desire of this committee to get into communication with similar committees of the various farm loan associations throughout the country with the view of establishing uniform land valuations so essential to the success of the individual associations and of the system itself. There should be some sort of co-operation, either organized or informal.