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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 2, 1919

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

Aug. 2, 1919


There is much dissatisfaction over the fact that under the raise in telephone rates authorized by Postmaster General Burleson the Home Telephone company established a toll rate charge for all calls between Medford and Jacksonville, whereas heretofore there has been no charge for calls from Medford to the county seat town, all these calls going through the Medford exchange and the names of all Jacksonville county offices being listed in the Medford telephone book. The rate between Medford and Jacksonville varies with the length of conversation, and the charge for three minutes conversation is three cents.

It is said that the Medford attorneys, who have to use the phone frequently to get information of various kinds from the county offices will hold a mass meeting soon the formulate a formal protest about the toll rate, and to adopt plans for an effort to have the toll order rescinded. The attorneys are very indignant as under the new rule it costs them 10 to 15 cents of more for every call.

A report spread around town today that the county officials were so incensed at the toll rate that they threatened to have the phones in the court house disconnected from the Medford exchange is without verification. Manager Vance of the Home Telephone company said this noon that he had heard of no trouble or prospective trouble over the toll, and that the entire matter had been gone over with the county court and the county prosecuting attorney and that these officials were satisfied with the change, at least as much as could be expected under the circumstances.


July was an unusually hot month according to the regular report of the local weather bureau, but the precipitation of .03 was more than the last two years when there was not even a trace. In 1913, however, the precipitation was 2.74 — a freak month as far as the local weather records are concerned for the average is only .28. July placed the rain shortage for the climatic year at 9.76 inches. The hottest day was on July 14th with 105 and the coldest day was on July 26th, when the mercury got down to 41.


E. G. Trowbridge and family left this afternoon for a few days camp at the Lake of the Woods and will probably while there select a site for a bungalow or cottage location on the shore of the lake.

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