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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 20, 1920

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

Oct. 20, 1920

CITY COUNCIL PLEDGES FREE SITE C. HOUSE

City Council Without Dissenting Vote Favors Donating Site for New County Court House in Case Measure Passes — May Aid Legion Boys.

The striking feature of the city council meeting last night was the unanimous voting by that body, guaranteeing to the voters of Jackson county that in the event the court house removal measure wins at the November election the city council will purchase a suitable site for the new courthouse and donate it to the county.

The council, altho it took no formal action regarding the proposal, favored the city aiding the Medford Post of the American Legion to furnish their new club rooms in the M. F. & H. building, if the city can find money available for this purpose, and also voted to have the council finance committee invest $35,000 or $40,000 of the city’s surplus funds in Liberty bonds.

SPOONING COUPLES ON HIGHWAY ARE A PUBLIC MENACE

To the Editor:

Returning from Ashland with a party of friends late last Saturday night, we ran into a couple of badly wrecked autos. The front wheel of one of the cars had been torn off and both cars had been too badly wrecked to be used. The occupants of these cars were standing in the pouring rain, while one of the party had gone to town for help.

The accident was due to the fact that a spooning couple had stopped their car near the roadside and had turned out all the lights. It was a pitch black night and the driver of one of the wrecked cars almost smashed into the dark car before he saw it. In order to avoid it, he swung his car to one side and the driver of the other wrecked car, who was coming in the opposite direction did exactly the same thing in trying to avoid the dark car in which was the spooning couple.

That no one was killed was simply a miracle. The guilty parties in the dark car sped away and it was not possible to get the number of their car. This is not the first instance which has come to my knowledge of parties parking cars by the roadside, the darkened car tells its own story and this business is becoming a menace to the traveling public. It seems to me to be a matter which should be taken up by the authorities. There should be a law with a heavy penalty attached prohibiting parties from parking cars along the public highway. Such a law would probably prevent loss of life, besides doing away with the use of the public highways for immoral purposes.

— CITIZEN.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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