Mail Tribune 100, March 17, 1920
The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
March 17, 1920
INSPIRING TALK GIVEN, PAGE BY FIGHTING PARSON
The building of foundations for the cities of tomorrow, and bridges over which the coming generations are to pass, was the theme on which an eloquent address was based by Jake Allen, until recently managing director of the Visalia board of trade who was the principal speaker at the Community Conference held last evening at the Page theatre. That the real task now confronting the people of America in these days of industrial unrest incident to the reconstruction period following the world war lies in the possibilities offered thru community service, was the declaration of the speaker.
The Community Conference, which was a part of the scheduled program of the Medford Chamber of Commerce in its expansion and reorganization campaign, attracted a large crowd of the representative men and women of the city. The occasion was thoroly enjoyable and entertaining and those who braved the elements, disregarding rain and cold, were well repaid for their time and trouble, and — incidentally, heard three splendid addresses, and some rousing enthusiastic community singing with orchestral accompaniment. If any came to the meeting with doubt in their minds as to the success of the big membership drive that is to be launched by the Chamber of Commerce next week, that doubt was soon dispelled and gave place to added interest and enthusiasm over prospects of signal success. President Vernon Vawter, of the Chamber of Commerce, acted as master of ceremonies and presented the speakers, Mayor C. E. Gates, Jake Allen and James E. Gheen, in the order named.
Mr. Allen, who was a chaplain during the Great War, and known among his men as a two-fisted fighting parson, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extreme valor under fire, and during his boyhood days obtained his early education in the state of Oregon. During the course of his remarks he expressed his gratification at being offered the opportunity to visit here at this time, and indulged in reminiscent remarks during the old school days of the hazy past.
This is St. Patrick’s Day, and the anniversary is being celebrated in Medford by the wearing of green neckties and imitation shamrocks by a number of residents, and a number of social affairs which will be held tonight.
The drill at the Trigonia Oil company well has been pounding away steadily every day since drilling began last Sunday afternoon. The well was only 40 feet last night, however, because on Monday forenoon a hard rock formation was unexpectedly encountered which was penetrated thru slowly. Late yesterday afternoon the drill broke thru this hard strata and is now going easily thru shale formation.