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Mail Tribune 100

Sept. 15, 1917


Of the many thousands of soldiers who will pass through Medford next week en route from San Francisco to Camp Lewis at American Lake, Wash., none will stop here for breakfast or any other meal, but Ashland and Grants Pass and other Oregon cities will reap some financial benefit by feeding large detachments of the soldiers.

Medford had a chance to get a portion of this business when on Thursday the quartermaster's department of the army wrote here and asked if the city could arrange to feed 1030 soldiers on the morning of September 23, the department to allow 60 cents each for the military diners. the letter also stated that any profit accruing from providing breakfasts for the soldiers could be given to the Red Cross.

Commercial club officials held a conference Thursday afternoon and decided to ask for further details before giving an answer. The quartermaster's department, evidently deeming Medford too inquisitive, immediately after receiving the request for more detailed information, wired back to Southern Pacific Agent Van Waning that they had changed the feeding schedule and no soldiers would be fed at Medford. In the meantime, Secretary Latta of the Commercial club wired to San Francisco that Medford could feed the soldiers, but no answer had been received up to this afternoon.


In view of the fact that the plans considered for a fair to be given in the fall for the benefit of the Sacred Heart hospital had to be abandoned, and the funds for the winter's supply of fuel for the institution must be raised immediately, Mrs. Alan Brackinreed, as a contribution toward that end, has arranged with the management of the Rialto theater for an evening's entertainment on Sept. 26th, the net proceeds of which will be devoted to the hospital fuel fund. An attractive program has been planned, consisting of a selection of patriotic songs and music by professional talent, a lecture by Dr. George Rebee of the University of Oregon, entitled "A Rational Map of Europe After the War," and a stirring photo-play, depicting scenes in the world-war, the title of which will be announced later.