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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 2, 1920

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

Sept. 2, 1920


The opening gun for the removal of the county seat from Jacksonville to Medford was fired at the forum luncheon of the Chamber of Commerce yesterday by Mayor C. B. Lamkin of Ashland, who with a number of Ashland citizens came to Medford for that purpose.

It is evident that Jackson county needs a new court house and the question now resolves itself as to where the same should be built. The present quarters are entirely inadequate as shown by the necessity of storing records effecting the title of every piece of land in the county in a woodshed. To permit this condition to exist is criminal negligence on the part of the people of Jackson county and in case of a fire it would necessitate the expenditure of much more money by citizens of the county, than what a new court house would cost, to clear the titles to the property they own. This was the sentiment which has caused the action to be taken by citizens of the various parts of the county to remove the county seat to Medford and eventually provide quarters to safely harbor the records which every citizen has an interest in.

In view of the above facts, the forum adopted a recommendation to the board of directors to appoint a committee to prepare the petitions to place the removal question on the ballot for the November election.

The board of directors will then unquestionably appoint committees to circulate these petitions for signatures, after which the general campaign committee will consist of citizens of Jackson county and will include representations from every locality. The sentiment at the present time is very strong for Medford being the county seat, yet with the mass of measures to be voted upon this fall may have a tendency for voters to vote no on every question, therefore a strong campaign must be made to insure the success of the removal.

The forum yesterday was the most successful in attendance of any held since the vacation period began. There were 56 members and 14 guests.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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