Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 24, 1920
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Feb. 24, 1920
‘FLU’ REPORTS IN CITY EXAGGERATED DECLARES MAYOR
Mayor Gates, after an investigation Monday and today of the flu situation, declared this afternoon that the situation, according to representations made to him recently and as commonly talked about town, had been greatly exaggerated.
He said that the situation was not nearly half as bad as was reported, and therefore he did not feel justified in taking drastic steps to close or partially close the city and prohibit public gatherings of any kind, but would keep a close watch to see whether the physicians reported every new case.
On investigating the situation in the public schools today the mayor said that many pupils were out of school, but were kept out by their parents more because of fright at the prevalence of flu than because of flu illness.
OREGON GROWERS GET OVER 5,000 ACRES
M. O. Evans, of Salem, field agent of the Oregon Cooperative Growers association, arrived back in the city last night from visits at Roseburg, Eugene and Salem. He reports that the number of members and acreage signed up in several sections of western Oregon is fast increasing.
The total acreage signed up here so far, Mr. Evans says, now is a little over 5,000 and the number of local members has increased to 154. He will be here several days with headquarters at the Holland and will then go to Grants Pass to look after the association’s interest in that vicinity.
Again comes the rather monotonous prediction of fair weather for tonight and Wednesday, when lots of rain is longed for. The temperature is still chilly especially in the mornings, and following yesterday’s maximum of 54 degrees this morning’s minimum was 18 1/2 degrees.
Most every city and town on well traveled main highways thruout the state are improving their auto camp grounds as an attraction to the many tourists expected next summer and fall. The Grants Pass chamber of commerce, city council and Ladies’ Auxiliary has about completed the purchase of the tract of land adjoining the city park which has been used as a camping place for tourists the past four years and are raising money for their improvement.
The fire department was called to a dwelling at the corner of West Eleventh and Laurel street this noon to extinguish a flue fire, which caused but little damage. (We are even having flu fires.)