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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 1, 1920

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

Sept. 1, 1920

REMOVAL COURT HOUSE TO CITY RECOMMENDED

The attendance at the Chamber of Commerce forum at the Holland today was the largest for many weeks, representatives being present from different parts of the county, and all were enthusiastic for the removal of the county seat to Medford, except the representatives from Jacksonville. The principal reasons advocated for removal were that the present court house is unsafe for business or the keeping of the county records, that the location is inconvenient for a major portion of the people of the county, that the county is more prosperous than at any time for years and that Medford is the logical and convenient place for the county seat, that the city will furnish a site and now is the opportune time for the removal.

...It was decided by motion that President Walther of the Chamber of Commerce appoint a committee to act in conjunction with a committee from the County Bar association to draft a petition to place the removal of the county seat to Medford on the ballot this fall. This committee will consist of citizens from Ashland, Central Point, Gold Hill and other parts of the county.

NEW PAVING IS ORDERED BY CITY COUNCIL ASHLAND

Ashland, Sept. 1. — About 21 parties have been assessed for the sewer improvement on upper Granite street, a branch utility which leads to the extensive addition to the auto camp grounds. The cost of the improvement is about $1,500. The maximum amount as applied to any individual property owner was $333.24 and the minimum, $22.47. A dozen abutting property owners on the paving extension recently completed, which links up the Boulevard with the Pacific Highway in the vicinity of Walker avenue, were assessed $12,677.27 for the improvement of which sum the city assumes $2,535.87 for grading and paving. One single individual will be called upon to assume one-third of the total expense, or $4,707.52, a sum well nigh confiscatory. Another levy is nearly $3,000. The minimum levy is $169.90 while eight assessments are uniformly $219.80 each. This paving unit closes the gap which extended from city paving to the Pacific Highway as re-surveyed, and leads to the overhead crossing on the Southern Pacific. It also has been voted to pave from Mill street to the Lithia domain but it is doubtful if this job is finished this season.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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