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Mail Tribune 100, May 20, 1919

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

May 20, 1919


There was a fair attendance at a profitable meeting of the Jackson County Business Men’s association Monday evening in St. Mark’s hall. A bounteous supper was served by the ladies of St. Mark’s Guild, consisting of Medford and Oregon made products.

After a general discussion it was decided that the merchants should have a big dollar day or bargain day in June and a committee of five to look after the same and to be known as the stunts committee was authorized and will be appointed at once.

The use of home products was discussed and on motion the secretary was instructed to notify those who served the banquets to use Vilmo, the home flour, hereafter, instead of Portland made flour and to use Rogue River Canning company products, also home made butter, etc. It was decided to urge everybody to use Medford and Jackson county products first, then Oregon and Pacific coast products.

The question of the location of a fair grounds was discussed and it was the opinion that something be done at once provided suitable grounds could be secured. Mr. Williams, who owns a tract near Phoenix, was presented and made a proposition to sell the same and B. Dodge was also present in the interests of the same tract.

E. A. Welch reported the rate case hearing in which Medford is deeply interested, had been postponed.

Mrs. Humphrey, representing Portland manufacturers and jobbers, made a short talk in the interests of home products.


A wedding of unusual sentimental interest in that the bride was ill in bed with typhoid fever took place at the Medford sanitarium at 2 p.m. Monday, when Miss Pearl Watkins, 19 years old, and Verni F. Stephenson, 21 years of age, of the Applegate district were made husband and wife by Rev. D. E. Millard. Shortly after the ceremony the groom returned to his ranch. When Mrs. Stephenson is sufficiently recovered to be out of bed and is able to be moved, which will be in two or three weeks, the couple will make a honeymoon trip to some resort in California where she will remain until the convalescence stage is passed.

Mrs. Stephenson has been ill with typhoid fever for the past six weeks and was brought to the sanitarium from her home in the upper Applegate section last week. Long before she was taken ill they had planned their wedding for May 21st and each was determined that there should be no postponement. Only the parents of the bride and the members of the hospital staff were guests at the wedding. The nurses had the bride’s room beautifully decorated for the occasion.

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