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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 29, 1919

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

Sept. 29, 1919

ONLY ONE BOY IN SCHOOL MAY UNITE DISTRICTS

Harry Webber, a small boy once lived in that historic mining settlement known as Sterling, Jackson county, Oregon, and early in life moved to the county seat where he lived for more than a year and became well known especially among the school children.

Harry has again changed his residence, and now lives in the Black Oak district out near Wellen where he attends the school there. In the Black Oak school there are five girls in attendance with two more to enter soon, while Harry is the only boy in the school. Harry says he has no one to play with.

The matter of consolidating the Black Oak district and the Liberty district is receiving some consideration. There isn’t much question about Harry favoring the consolidation.

At one time there were five girls in the Black Oak school and no boys while in the Liberty district there were five boys and no girls. It has been proposed that the matter of consolidating the two districts be left to a vote of the pupils.

MOTOR TOURISTS NATIONAL PARKS SPENT $9,000,000

Spokane, Wash., Sept. 29. — More than $9,000,000 was spent by motor tourists in cities and towns along the national parks highway this year, the greatest touring year in the history of the country, according to Fred A. Adams, field secretary of the National Parks Highway association.

“Tourists from every state in the union, with travel almost equally divided between east and west bound cars, have toured the 3,000 miles of highway from Chicago to the Pacific coast and from Puget Sound to Lake Michigan,” he said.

Mr. Adams bases the value of motor travel on an estimate of 36,000 cars; that occupants of each car spent at least $15 a day while on the road; and that each of the 30,000 cars was on the highway a minimum of 20 days.

“I consider the estimate a very conservative one,” he said. “This traffic was interstate and does not take into consideration the greatly increased volume of intrastate travel.”

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