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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 3, 1920

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

Feb. 3, 1920


Engraved memorial certificates, significant of France’s gratitude to America, will be presented to the nearest relatives of all Oregon boys who died during the world war in the uniform of their country. Ceremonies throughout the state will be under the auspices of local posts of the American Legion on February 22.

France selected the American Legion as the representative of this country’s fighters and the agency through which the delivery of the memorials should be made. The certificates are delivered to the war department and distributed to all parts of the country throughout the recruiting offices.

The army recruiting office at Portland is receiving the memorials for this district. As soon as complete lists of soldier dead have been complied and checked over, the certificates will be turned over to state headquarters of the American Legion at Portland and from there sent directly to local posts.

Relatives of boys who made the great sacrifice have been requested to turn in their names to the nearest post of the American Legion, with their address or place they can be found on February 22. Local lists will be submitted in duplicate to state headquarters. Every effort is being made to have the lists complete and correct as possible that no one will be overlooked.

Memorial programs being prepared in honor of the young men are under local post directions, committees having been appointed to arrange the details.

The memorial certificates are the work of Franklin Booth, an American artist, and are commemorative of the service of the American doughboy, gob and leatherneck in the greatest of wars. Each is inscribed with the name of the dead fighter whose nearest of kin receives it.

An effort will be made to have the presentation program at the Page theater Washington’s birthday, February 22.


Because applications are coming in at the county clerk’s office at the rate of 50 daily from owners for state licenses and there are only a few hundred dogs yet to be licensed, it is understood that the sheriff and other peace officers will hold off a few days yet before starting to kill all dogs without licenses. So far 1,200 of the county’s 1,600 dogs have been licensed and it is figured that licenses will not be taken out for at least 100 stray and other dogs.


The last car of last season’s apple crop to be shipped from here left the local Oregon Growers’ association plant late yesterday, making a total of 114 cars for the season. — Roseburg Review

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