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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 8, 1919

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

Jan. 8, 1919


An echo of the flu mask controversy protest that came up at the last council meeting of the old year, and which was unheeded, came up at last night’s council meeting whereby the local chapter of the Red Cross is enriched by $65.

The action arose following the reading of the December report of Police Judge Taylor, which showed 16 persons were fined that month for violating the flu mask ordinance. At the conclusion of the reading of the report, Councilman Keene, who was a leader in the flu mask protest called attention to the arrests and fines of flu law violators and made a motion that the fine money instead of going into the city treasury be turned over to the local chapter of the Red Cross.

There was no debate on this motion and inasmuch as the flu epidemic and its controversies was thing of the past, the motion was adopted unanimously by the councilmen.

The annual report of Judge Taylor also submitted to the council last night showed Medford to be a very orderly city during 1918. The total number of defendants appearing in the police court during the year was 116, the majority in minor cases, and the total number of fines and cash bail collected amounted to $508.45.

The commonest offenses of those before the court were as follows: Drunk on the streets, 13; violators of the traffic and vehicle ordinance, 18; disorderly conduct, 11; violators of the flu mask ordinance, 16. The fines imposed far exceeded the salary of the police judge, which is only $25 a month.

In addition there were many minor offenses of various natures, only a part of which were docketed, although all were investigated in open court.


Each industrial concern of the city this year will have to pay 5 cents for each 1,000 gallons of city water consumed at its plant except in the case of a new concern which has not been in operation a year, which will get free water. This rule does not apply to the ponds of the lumber mills, which will get free water, using the surplus overflow from the city reservoir between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. The council adopted this policy last night, the question being brought up by the application of S. S. Bullis and C. M. Kidd for the continuation of free water for the Applegate Lumber company’s new plant being erected at the Crater Lake Junction of the Southern Pacific and Pacific & Eastern railroads.

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