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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 23, 1920

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

Oct. 23, 1920


A large and appreciative audience of music lovers attended the recital at the Page theater last night given by Miss Alice Verlet, the Belgian soprano, assisted by Robert Velten, violinist and Victor Young, pianist, and marveled at the genius of Thomas A. Edison, and the art of the singer and her assistants.

Miss Verlet sang selections in conjunction with Edison records, and marvelously demonstrated the wonderful recreative abilities of the Edison phonographs. The machine used was from the home of Mayor C. E. Gates. It was impossible to distinguish between the voice of the great singer, and the reproduced voice of the machine.

Robert Velten rendered a violin solo in conjunction with the phonograph, as did Victor Young on the piano, and both were masterpieces of the musician’s art.

The artists were tendered storms of applause after each number, and by their skill and personalities won their way into the hearts of the local music lovers.

The concert, which is becoming an annual feast, was given under the auspices of the Palmer Piano Place, 234 East Main Street.


One of the best arguments for removing the court house has been presented by Colonel Sargent. This was the Colonel’s vision:

The Colonel stormed the Reservoir hill and saw a sea of buildings, houses and smoke stacks extending to the western foothills. He saw Jacksonville as a suburb of a Greater Medford, and he said why move the court house to Medford, when Medford is going to move to the court house.

The answer is because when the population of Medford has so increased, the center of population will be farther away from Jacksonville than it is today. Medford’s growth now is north and east, and there is no reason to believe this tendency will change. Before Medford reaches Jacksonville, it will have touched Central Point and probably Roxy Anne.

A good many people laughed at the Colonel’s vision. It sounded to them like old stuff. And yet we believe the Colonel was essentially correct. There will probably not be the precise transformation he anticipates, the extension will certainly not be in the direction he predicts, but in all likelihood, there will be a consistent and steady growth in Medford, in the immediate future.

What does this mean? It means that a court house that is now overcrowded, will not only be completely outgrown, but will be an impractical proposition for enlargement. In other words, a new court house, adequate for county needs, will have to be built, and the only question will be, whether the county should put its money into a new court house at Jacksonville or Medford, in the center of population or on the edge of it, in the center of business, or four miles away from it.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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