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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 1, 1919

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

Aug. 1, 1919


Ashland, Aug. 1.— Three days of great sport are in store for local people, Aug. 1, 2 and 3. Airplane flights cover two days, and they were to have begun this morning on schedule. The scene is on Waite field, across Bear creek, under auspices of the Medford Aircraft company, several residents having secured reservations for initial trips in the passenger series. An Ashland woman is said to have been booked ahead of any other applicant. Another Ashland woman was the first local individual to sail aloft, but this tour was made in southern California some time ago, the mention of which refers to Miss Frances McWilliams, who went up 3,000 feet and circulated about Los Angeles at the speed of 85 miles per hour. The attraction of terra firma will be the ball game Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, between the Grants Pass and local teams, on high school grounds. Hub Vernoll will pitch for the visitors. The grand stand will be covered if material is found available, and parking space for cars will be reserved inside the grounds. With the present comfortable weather prevailing conditions will be ideal for a spirited contest.


August 1, 1909, from The Mail Tribune

The proposed secession of southern Oregon and northern California and the creation of a new state to be known as Siskiyou, is meeting with a cordial reception from public and press of the district affected. In commenting upon it the Portland Oregonian says it can’t be done, and begins to hunt up reason why it can’t. The Portland Oregonian is a charter member of the Can’t Do It club.


R. L. Darling and W. R. Walker made a flying trip to Gold Ray Tuesday, having been called thither by a telephone message that Col. Ray’s cow had swallowed a pumpkin and was choking to death. A mop handle duly greased with oil and cloth wrapped was forced down the cow’s throat and the pumpkin started on the way to its original destination.


Grasshoppers are threatening to tie up traffic on the Rogue River Valley railroad. President Barnum is looking for a remedy, and will probably give a pass for life to the person who solves the problem of keeping the pests off the rails. For some time past the grasshoppers have been bothering the progress of the Valley Limited. They flock upon the rails in such number that the rail become slippery, and it is next to impossible to get up any headway on a grade, and it becomes a problem President Barnum would like to solve.

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