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Mail Tribune 100, March 16, 1920

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

March 16, 1920


Preparations are complete for the big community conference to be held at the Page theater this evening. Officials in charge of the chamber of commerce campaign promise a delightful program, and every man and woman in the city interested in its welfare and betterment is urgently requested to be present. The conference will be preceded by a program of community signing beginning at 7:30 o’clock from especially prepared song sheets, led by Director James E. Gheen. Music will be furnished by the Imperial orchestra.

Mayor C. E. Gates will open the meeting at 8 o’clock with a brief address, and will be followed by Chaplain Hake Allen, formerly managing director of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce. Chaplain Allen during the Great War was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross for extreme valor under fire. He is reputed to be a talker of exceptional merit, and those who come out to hear him will be well repaid for their time and trouble.

Director Gheen will close the meeting with a brief talk on the progress of the campaign up to this time, and announcements of future meetings.

There will be no solicitation of memberships or subscriptions asked of the audience, it being the intention of those in charge merely to provide a program of entertainment to be featured by talks on community service and the upbuilding of Medford.

Plans are also rapidly maturing for the civic dinner to be held at the Hotel Medford next Monday evening at which time Henry Gaines Hawn of New York City will be the speaker of the evening. Mr. Hawn is an orator of exceptional merit, and his lectures in the east are invariably heard by large audiences.

Harry L. Walther will act as toastmaster at the civic dinner. Other speakers on the program will be Mrs. F. E. Merrick, Mrs. C. L. Schieffelin and Gus Newbury.

The price per plate will be $1.50. Unfortunately the dining room at the hotel will not accommodate all the men and women of Medford and vicinity who may care to attend. Therefore, reservations will be accepted in the order of their receipt.

Invitations to this dinner will be mailed out to more than 1,100 people today, altho the reservations are not restricted to invited guests.


The public schools controversy is about in the same condition that it was in last Saturday when the Parent-Teacher council submitted its arbitration plan to the school board with a request that the board’s acceptance or rejection be made known on or before Monday. This afternoon the officers of the council said that the board’s reply had not been received.

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