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Mail Tribune 100, March 21, 1919

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

March 21, 1919


James Macanna, a sheep herder employed by J. D Welch, the well known Portland stock buyer, to care for a flock of sheep in a Ross lane pasturage, was bound over in Justice Taylor’s court Thursday to the grand jury under bond of $500, on the charge of larceny by stealing sheep. The defense of Macanna, who is an old man, was that it is customary for all sheep herders, when they needed fresh meat to kill a sheep out of their employer’s flock, and claims that that was all he did.

Welch, who caused his arrest, on the other hand, claims that Macanna must have had an inordinate appetite and fondness for mutton as five sheep were missed from the flock in a few weeks. The evidence at the hearing showed that Welch had established a line of credit for Macanna at a local grocery for all necessary food supplies. If convicted Macanna is liable to a maximum penitentiary sentence of three years.


School children of Jackson county are asked to cooperate with teachers by County Superintendent Ager in a state wide drive to secure accurate information regarding local soldiers and sailors.

The head of the school in each district is asked to take charge of the drive to secure names and other information regarding the Jackson county men who served in any capacity in our army, navy and marine corps. To the head of each school is being sent personal military service blanks. Photographs or cuts of soldiers also are desired.

Miss Cornelia Marvin, librarian of the Oregon state library, has been appointed state historian by the state council of defense, and has asked assistance in gathering information through the county superintendent and teachers of the state, concerning all service in the army and navy from the respective districts of the state. There is now available no such record.

No more valuable work in local history has ever been attempted through the schools of the state. These questionnaires will become a permanent record in the archives of the state, and become more valuable as the years go by.


The Medford office of the federal employment service will unless a financial miracle happens in the next 24 hours be closed for at least two months and perhaps permanently if the next congress does not make an appropriation to carry on the federal employment work of the country.

Superintendent Janes said this afternoon that there was not a chance of the office being continued in operation after tomorrow. He offered to donate his services free until the congressional appropriation was available, if the county court or city would pay the actual running expenses of the office. He offered to run the office at $105 a month.

But the county court has only offered to donate $60 and Mr. Janes says he will not assume the risk of keeping the office in operation on this sum, with the danger or incurring debts which he may be called on to make good, especially as it is not sure but that the next congress may decide to kill off the federal employment service for good.

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