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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 14, 1919

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

Nov. 14, 1919


An overflow meeting was held at the Commercial club rooms this morning when the oil day gathering was called. The rooms were much too small to accommodate the crowd, many being forced to listen to the speeches from the sidewalk.

Mayor C. E. Gates presided at the meeting, the program being opened by a talk by Attorney P. J. Neff, attorney for the local oil company. Mr. Neff explained how the laws of Oregon made any stock jobbing scheme impossible and said that the authorization by Corporation Commissioner Schulderman of the issuance of $80,000 worth of stock meant that the company was formed so as to justify the confidence of the business interests of Oregon. It was also explained how for each dollar share a bonus share of stock would be issued to the original subscribers.

E. N. Liliegram, secretary of the company and well known as an authority on mineralogywas the next speaker. He explained in detail what he had found in the valley to justify his belief that oil existed. In addition to outcropping of oil sand and shale, Parrifine and small oil deposits have been found, and in many ways the geological formation is similar to that of oil fields of California.

Mayor Gates gave one of the best talks of his career and raised the crowd to great enthusiasm. He said he had heard talk of oil ever since he came here and now there was an opportunity to test this talk and see what there is to it. He explained that he for one was willing to put up his share to have a thorough investigation which the local company promised to carry out. Many citizens had volunteered to aid in this work he said it being regarded not so much a private business enterprise as a community movement to discover the truth about an important local resource.

There were two of the companydirectors from Ashland who said they would guarantee to match every subscription in this city with a similar one in the city to the south. The meeting showed conclusively the people of the valley are intensely interested in oil prospects and are determined to back the local company in its work.


About fifty girls of the high school met in the high school auditorium last evening for the purpose of organizing a Girls’ Discussion club. A constitution was adopted, and officers were elected. Miss Thelma Fannaway was chosen president of the organization which will meet every two weeks on Thursday night.

The main object of the club is to create, among the girls, interest in topics which they consider worth while. It is the plan to have someone present a topic at each meeting, to be followed by a discussion in which every girl will take part. A short program will be given at the close of the business meeting.It is hoped by means of such an organization a closer fellowship may be established among the girls themselves and between the group of girls and the faculty. The plan is largely experimental but the interest which was shown last night promises a successful and live organization.

One week ago this evening the boys of the high school met in the high school assembly to organize a boys’ discussion club. There were over fifty boys present. B. Coleman was elected president of the club. The boys will meet every two weeks. It will be the plan to have someone address the boys upon some of the many vital subjects of the day. Then time will be given for the boys to enter into the discussion themselves. Much interest was manifested by the lads in the organization meeting.

Already plans are under way for the next meeting which will be held one week from this evening. All the boys of the high school are urged to come out to this meeting.

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