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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 26, 1919

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

Nov. 26, 1919


Ashland, Nov. 26. — Thanksgiving here will be a full holiday, with post officeclosed as to main schedules, also banks and business houses. The union service will be held at the Christian church. Rev. C. F. Koehler, Presbyterian pastor, to preside. A union choir, reinforced by the Woods family orchestra, will supply the musical accompaniments, some of the good old familiar hymns to be sung by the congregation. Mayor Lamkin will read the president’s proclamation, the scripture lesson to be read by Rev. W. E. Bean, Christian pastor; prayer by Rev. C. A. Edwards, Methodist pastor; address, Rev. W. N. Ferris, Baptist pastor; benediction, Rev. D. D. Edwards, Nazarene pastor. Otherwise the day will be observed in keeping with traditions of the great national observance, family reunions being the order of the hour. A number of other social gatherings will occur. Local football players will go to Medford to participate in the championship game which marks the close of the season.


About 300 years ago a group of somber-faced, straight-laced, God-fearing pilgrim fathers and mothers, celebrated America’s first Thanksgiving Day, on the bleak, unlovely shores of Massachusetts Bay. According to present standards they had precious little for which to be thankful. But they were thankful, and very happy because a meager crop had been gathered and they were reasonably certain of surviving the winter.

No one wants to return to the discomforts and deprivations of 1620, but the spirit of that day is a spirit that might well be treasured and retained for its is fundamentally the spirit of fortitude, industry, simplicity and honest gratitude — a spirit that is not conspicuously abundant today.

It would be well, therefore, to allow no Thanksgiving to go by, without calling the attention of the contemporary generation to the setting and atmosphere of that first Thanksgiving. The picture calls into sharp relief the lesson that all human values are relative, that happiness and thankfulness are not so much a condition, as a state of mind.


The city council last night passed an ordinance authorizing the purchase of an L-shaped tract of 26 acres of land southeast of the city one end of which adjoins the I. O. O. F. cemetery, as city dumping grounds on which will be established the new city garbage disposal works, at $160 an acre from J. M. and Mollie Keene.

According to the ordinance this tract is to be purchased on the following terms: $500 down on May 1, 1920, and the balance in three equal annual installments. Interest on deferred payments is payable at 6 percent per annum.

At next Tuesday’s meeting of the council the garbage disposal contract will be let to the best bidder. The city will probably build, according to the terms of the proposed contract, incinerators, boiling vats and pens, and run water on the tract; and the person obtaining the garbage collection and disposal contract must keep up the disposal system. The contract will safeguard the city in all ways.

For months the council has been working on this new garbage collection and disposal system which necessitates the abandonment of the old dumping grounds north of the city.

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