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Mail Tribune 100, March 6, 1920

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

March 6, 1920


At sunrise this morning a charge of 8,500 pounds of powder was exploded on the new road between Ashland and Klamath Falls and according to La Von Rex of Portland, representing the Giant Powder company, the heart breaking, engine heating and generally diabolical grade on the Green Spring mountain road is no more.

A. Giebish is the contractor in charge of the state highway work in that section, who engineered the explosion. La Von Rex, the well known representative of the Giant Powder company, is very proud of the result which his product has achieved, but when congratulated by his many friends, blushed and said, “But how did you know about it?”

This strange interrogation was explained at the Crater Lake Hardware Co., the Giant Powder headquarters, by the announcement that La Von’s engagement to Miss Lillian Powell, a charming musician of Berkeley, California, was recently announced. Rex is, himself, a violinist of distinction and the engagement culminates a romance of three years, when the powder king was a quartermaster in the navy. The wedding will be an interesting social event of the season at the college city.


Renewed activity in all lines of business and especially in real property, is the information brought from Medford and the Rogue River valley, by J. W. Dressler, member of the city council, from the southern metropolis. Dressler says:

“During the year 1919 everybody seemed to take new life in our district. During the war period many of our people left the city to take advantage of high wages offered in the shipyards. As a community we were not producing any of the products demanded by the war and hence did not receive any direct benefits for the large amounts subscribed for Liberty bonds.

“Through the sale of a $700,000 bond issue in 1918, which was purchased by Clark, Kendall company of Portland, for the purpose of taking up outstanding bonds, followed by efficient management of the city’s financial affairs, Medford has never been in as good financial condition as she is today.

“Business in all lines for 1919 was good. The orchard and fruit payroll was over $500,000. The payrolls on the road construction ran into several hundred thousand dollars, and the farm crop returns were larger than ever before. A large area of land will be brought under irrigation this year.”

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