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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 21, 1920

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Sept. 21, 1920


The county seat measure is in real danger of defeat in that the filing of the petitions must be made very much earlier than was anticipated. It was originally intended to file the petitions at an adjourned meeting of the county commissioners on the 29th of this month, but upon making arrangements for the meeting it was found that the members of the county court would not be in the county on that day.

The last day upon which the petitions can be filed with the county clerk is Friday, September 24th. This will give him until 1:30 the following day to check the names, at which time the county authorities have an adjourned meeting for the purpose of accepting the call for the measure to be placed on the ballot.

The loss of four days places a real danger in the way in that there will be that much less time to secure the required number of signatures. Solicitors have been requested to have the petitions in the hands of Paul Janney, chairman of the county seat measure committee on the 25th of this month, but due to the necessary change these petitions must be returned by the 23rd of September. This is important and unless these instructions are followed, there is danger of not having the county measure appear upon the ballot at this election.

Residents of the county who favor the movement to change the location of the county seat to Medford should immediately sign one of the petitions which is a request of the county authorities to give the people of the county an opportunity to vote upon the question.

Voters of the county who have not as yet signed the petition are urged to do so before next Thursday.


The first accident of the air forest service patrol on the Medford aviation field occurred this noon when the four planes and men from the Eugene base arrived at Barber field to depart at 2 o’clock this afternoon for Mather Field, Sacramento, this being the last day of the forest patrol service in Oregon.

The third of the planes to arrive from the Eugene base was a big De Haviland with Cadet DeGorma as pilot and mechanic Luddy, which in making the landing because DeGorma was flying too low struck the trees at the east end of the field, took a nose dive and completely overturned badly wrecking the plane. Fortunately neither man was hurt beyond a few minor bruises.

It is a matter of congratulation that the only accident happened on the last day, which not being a serious one, makes a clean record here for the season.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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