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Mail Tribune 100, May 16, 1918

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

May 16, 1918

HOME GUARDS MUSTERED INTO STATE MILITIA

Acting Adjutant General J. M. Williams of the state of Oregon mustered in Medford’s Home Guard, 100 strong at the Cuthbert building last night, and followed the formal taking of the oath of allegiance with a rousing patriotic speech.

“Whilhelm Hohenzollern of Germany,” said he, “had put secret agents all over the country not only to spread propaganda but to destroy property and the Medford company with the other companies of the state will be called upon to check any such activities in Oregon and aid in establishing a record of no serious disturbances, or losses during the war.”

Wilhelm, he said, was well named, for “Hohen” stands in German for “high” or biggest and zollern means “robber,” and there was no doubt that the kaiser was the biggest robber in Christendom. He said Wilhelm is going to get the biggest thrashing in his life and the Oregon militia would help in the great task of doing it. The guard, he added, would be called upon to guard railroads and bridges, protect lumber mills and factories and particularly look after the I. W. W.’s who were willing tools of the German war lord. He also called upon the men to aid in sustaining the war enthusiasm of the people and assisting in all worthy war movements.

The acting adjutant general was given close attention and his remarks were frequently interrupted by applause. Before the meeting the members of the company voted unanimously to take part in the Red Cross parade Monday.

The following officers were elected; H. A. Canaday, captain; F. S. Stripp, first lieutenant, and F. E. Redden, second lieutenant.

Officers of the Ashland state militia units were present, and delivered short speeches depicting the purposes of the organization, and discussed the unity of the two companies in suppressing anti-American movements.

A battalion including the Medford and Ashland companies was formed, and J. Edward Thornton, captain of the Ashland company, was placed at its head as commander. It is the purpose of Acting Adjutant General Williams to organize a company at Grants Pass, and to incorporate it in the battalion.

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