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Mail Tribune 100, April 28, 1919

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

April 28, 1919


Ashland, Ore., April 28 — The Pacific highway from Ashland across the Siskiyou range to the California line is open for travel. Road Supervisor True with a crew of men, inspected the road last week and found snow gone from the highway. The heavy gravel slides have been removed and the roads are driving fast.


Medford has many causes to rejoice. Her boys are home from the battle scarred fields of France, she has been spared the rigors of a hard winter such as harassed the cities of the middle west, business is good and merchants are gleefully rubbing their hands together as they see the coffers of their firm take on the old prosperous look.

So it would seem that we, having been bounteously blessed, might take time during our daily hustle to stop and present ourselves with an evening of diversion. Further argument being useless and superfluous and casting about for a good and sufficient opportunity to put our theory into practice we find “Victory Week” at our door, an occasion in which to vent our feelings.

Monday night, May 5th, as the clock strikes the hour of 8, Medford will be transformed from a city of brilliance to one of deepest gloom. For a while minute the streets and city will be shrouded in dreary blackness, then the lights will be flashed on again and there before your eyes and eyes of your wondering neighbors will be displayed Medford’s show windows at their best. Prizes are to be awarded the best dressed Victory window in every line of business and every merchant is trying to outdo his neighbor.

Then will start the Victory fun. The gasps of astonishment and delight as each bit of the program is put on. You are expected to let go of yourself, make all the noise you can and make this event a real Victory carnival.

The entire week will be taken up with Victory sales — Victory showing by the merchants and attractions presented should attract shoppers for miles away.

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