Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 23, 1920
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Feb. 23, 1920
FRENCH WAR CERTIFICATES ARE PRESENTED TO NEXT OF KIN BY MEDFORD LEGION
With impressive ceremony at the Page theatre Sunday afternoon the French government certificates of war service were presented to the relatives or next of kin of the about 35 Jackson county soldiers north of Ashland who lost their lives in battle in France or in camp. Not all of the certificates have arrived yet but as fast as they arrive they will be mailed out to the relatives.
The program was in charge of the Medford post of the American Legion, and a conspicuous feature was the return of the flag given to the ladies of the Greater Medford and Wednesday Study clubs, which they had presented to the Seventh company when it left Medford to enter war service three years ago; and the presentation of the flag in turn into the permanent custody of the local legion post. Company Seven no longer exists, as the majority of the company were merged into the 65th and 66th artillery regiments in which they served in France.
The exercises of the afternoon began with a musical selection followed by brief introductory remarks by Ralph Cowgill, commander of the Medford legion post, prayer by Rev. L. Myron Boozer, and the recitation of “France in Battle Aflame” by Mrs. E. M. McKeany.
Then followed the chief address of the day by Prof. Irving Vining of Ashland whose well known eloquence has often delighted Medford audiences, and who was never heard to better advantage locally. His tribute to the hundreds of young men of Jackson county who went into war service and especially to the 35 young men who made the supreme sacrifice, was most inspiring.
Mayor Gates is today investigating the flu illness situation, especially in regard to whether all the physicians have been reporting new flu patients with a view to causing the prosecution of any who might be found offending in this respect, and also as to whether the situation warrants the clapping of the lid on public gatherings and closing or partially closing up the city for a time. There has been some talk of prohibiting the public dances. It is said that many families where there are flu cases do not call in a physician for fear they will be quarantined. Health Officer Pickel said today that the flu situation is looking good in that there are not nearly so many cases as there were some time ago.
Edgar Wight during his week’s illness with the flu lost so much weight that when he came to his place of business this morning he carried a flat iron so that in case of a sudden gust of wind he might remain anchored in Medford.