Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 11, 1919
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Sept. 11, 1919
PRESIDENT TO BE IN MEDFORD NEXT TUESDAY
President Wilson will surely be in Medford next Tuesday. He may merely whirl thru the city on his special train or he may stop here, address us and look us over for from ten minutes to two hours. The train will reach here about 11 a.m.
The duration of the president’s stop here, if he makes one, will probably be made known in a telegram which had not arrived up to the hour of going to press this afternoon. In local democratic circles there is much excitement and rivalry over the president’s possible visit.
Medford’s two federal nephews, Bill Campbell, explosives director for Oregon and who happens to be the democratic county chairman, and Colonel Jawrge Mims, postmaster and our only southern colonel, are leaders among the local patriots in urging the president to grace Medford with his presence. Bill is keeping the wires hot between the presidential train and the capital of the Rogue River valley, in modestly urging a stop here of from only ten to fifteen minutes. Colonel Jawrge with his Tennessee and Texas breeding, is not so modest in his request. He is also keeping the telegraphers busy urging that the president stop here two whole hours. President Wilson who has had to face many dilemmas and make quick decisions in his time now has to decide which of Uncle Sam’s two office holding nephews to favor, Bill or Gawrge.
One thing is sure, tho, and that is that everyone is hoping that President Wilson stops here and speaks if only for a few moments, and that if he does stop the whole of Jackson county will be here, irrespective of politics, to do him honor.
The presidential special train passes thru Medford that day en route with the distinguished guest and party to San Francisco from Portland. The train is scheduled to leave Portland at 11 p.m. Monday night and could easily make the run to Medford in 12 hours. The president is not due in San Francisco until Wednesday morning, and has no dates between Portland and San Francisco.
Colonel Mims yesterday afternoon sent a 200 word telegram embodying the above information completely and urging the two hours stop here, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to break up the long journey between Portland and San Francisco.