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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 25, 1920

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

Sept. 25, 1920

J’VILLE CT. HOUSE PETITIONS SIGNED BY 3681 VOTERS

The campaign for 300 signatures of qualified voters of the county to have the question of removing the court house from Jacksonville to Medford put on the November election ballot was very successful, 3,681 signatures having been obtained when the campaign closed late yesterday afternoon, with the signatures from Talent not yet received. The majority of signatures were obtained from Medford, and the Ashland signatures came next in number, but the signatures came from all parts of the county.

Considerable consternation was caused, however, the forenoon when it was reported that already the county election board had thrown out something like 800 signatures on the ground that many voters who had signed were not registered.

This means that there will be a hard fight put up on the interpretation of the law, which says that to put such a measure on the ballot, three-fifths of all the qualified voters who voted at the last general election where county officers were voted upon, must sign the petition.

The fight will come up on the interpretation of the term “qualified voters.” Paul Janney, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce committee in charge of the campaign for signatures, maintains that qualified voters does not mean only those who have registered, but all legal voters and says that he has good legal advice to that end. Many unregistered voters who signed the petitions, voted at the last two elections, being sworn in at the election booth. It is maintained that they are qualified voters.

LOCAL BRIEFS

The reception at the high school last night for the new teachers and new superintendent, under the auspices of the parent-teachers circles was a very pleasant affair attended by about 300 persons. Rev. J. R. Sasnett made the address of welcome and Superintendent Aubrey Smith responded for the teachers. A vocal solo was given by George Maddox, two vocal solos by Mrs. H. B. Clark, and selections were played by a four-piece orchestra. A social hour and refreshments of cake and coffee followed.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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