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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 4, 1920

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

Oct. 4, 1920


Although the Jackson county exhibit only won third place at the state fair in its section, County Agriculturist Agent C. C. Cate arrived home this morning from Salem with a bad cold but happy over the splendid showing made by this county’s exhibit. While Jackson did not win first place in the estimation of the judges, it proved the most popular with many thousands who visited the fair, according to all reports and outside newspapers.

“We did not go to Salem with the idea of trying for first place,” said Mr. Cate, but solely to make a good showing for the Jackson county crops. Our showing of all the crops was good in comparison with that of the other counties, but we did, as we expected to, make a great showing of pears, and other fruits. Had the industries of Jackson county only aided with displays we might have stood a good chance for first place. As it was, we scored 83 out of 100 points, and through the lack of an industries display such as lumber, canning, brooms and other home made products, failed to score higher.”

In awarding prizes the state was divided into sections known as the Willamette valley, coast Blue Mountain and central Oregon sections. Jackson and the other southern Oregon counties were classed in the Willamette valley section. Benton county was awarded first place in this section, Lane county second place and Jackson county third place. Mr. Cate has much praise for the display of Lane county.


To the Medford Chamber of Commerce, Medford, Oregon.

Gentlemen: Having received reliable information that Porter J. Neff has refused to accept Colonel Sargent’s challenge to debate publicly the question of moving the court house from Jacksonville to Medford, the Jacksonville County Seat club, having received the consent of Col. Sargent, does hereby challenge the Medford Chamber of Commerce to select some one to take the place of Mr. Neff for a debate in Medford and Ashland and in other towns of the valley on the questions proposed and on substantially the terms and conditions as they were set forth in Col. Sargent’s challenge to Mr. Neff.

An early reply is requested.

(Signed) LEWIS ULRICH, Chairman, Jacksonville County Seat Club.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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