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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 20, 1920

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

Sept. 20, 1920


Ashland, Sept. 20. — The special election, held last Saturday over the water problem, resulted in a vote of about four to one in favor of further development of the supply from the canyon source. The specific wording on the ballot was as follows:

“Shall the Common Council of the City of Ashland issue bonds of said city in such an amount as may be necessary, and not exceeding $100,000.00 for the purpose of bettering the water supply by building a reservoir or reservoirs in Ashland Creek Canyon?”

The vote on this proposition stood approximated 520 for to 150 against.

On Thursday of this week, September 23, the second special election on the water question will be held, the source of supply figuring in the case being Buck Lake.

In the meantime the rival propositions as to alleged merits and demerits are being lively agitated.


The annual outing and barbecue of the Elks yesterday was a happy affair enjoyed by about 1,000 persons, men, women and children, comprising the member of the lodge and their families, at the B. P. O. E. picnic grounds along the band of the Rogue river north of the city. The picnickers came from all parts of Jackson county, and the Grants Pass membership of the lodge and their “folks” were in force.

Of course the big event of the day was the venison barbecue and fish bake dinner early in the afternoon and two other big features were the first appearance and music of the recently organized Elks lodge band with Wilson Waite as conductor, which won popularity at once, and the baseball game between nines made up from the Grants Pass and Medford membership of the lodge.

The game was splendidly played and was close from the start. The Grants Pass team despite their handicap of wearing women’s garb, won by the score of 9 to 7.

Those fellows from the “it’s the climate” town could play ball wearing smoked spectacles and with each player with one hand tied behind him. A number of Grants Pass Elks confided that because of their brotherly feeling for the Medford players they were holding their good playing back.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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