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Mail Tribune 100, May 19, 1919

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

May 19, 1919


To the People of Medford: As spring is approaching we should endeavor to make our annual clean-up of the city. I hereby request that everybody clean up all the rubbish and place it in boxes, barrels or bags on the front sidewalk next Thursday, May 22, and teams will call for the same. Please be sure and cooperate with the city and make this a general clean-up day. You will be to no expense other than your own labor in cleaning up your property.

Weed and Grass

On account of the danger of grass fires there is an ordinance compelling everyone to keep the grass and weeds cut on the vacant lots and parkings and I hereby request that everybody cut the weeds and grass at once. If it is not done by next Monday one week from today, the city will employ sufficient help to cut the weeds and grass and same will be charged to property owners and if not paid will become a lien against the property. This must be attended to at once and I kindly request the cooperation of the citizens of Medford in making this the cleanest and best city on the Pacific coast.

(Signed) C. E. GATES, Mayor.


Ashland, May 19.—(Special)—The city has purchased from the Spindler heirs an acre of the Goble estate, needed by virtue of highway development on Walker avenue, and is in the market wanting a purchaser for a steam roller which the municipality invested in some years ago when paving, instead of knighthood, was in flower. This equipment is in good order and various parties have been inspecting it with a view of purchasing.


A phenomenon was observed on High street Sunday morning, the milky way being easily discernible until after the noon hour, upsetting all astronomical theories as to impacts, solar and lunal cycles. Instead of the cow jumping over the moon, Morton’s auto dairy rig ran amuck in that locality. Technically, a neighboring barn was in apogee, the motive power being in perihelion, and as a result the transit was impeded. The hour of total “separation” is supposed to have occurred about 9 o’clock Saturday night.

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