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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 4, 1920

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

Nov. 4, 1920


Removal of Court House Defeated by 157 Vote in Unofficial Count and Only Two Small Precincts Missing — Ashland’s Overwhelming Negative Vote Responsible — Strong Resentment Felt in Medford — Ashland’s Cause Strongly Supported.

With only two small precincts out which can’t possibly change the result in Medford’s favor, the removal of the county court house is definitely lost unless there should be an unexpected reversal in the official figures. The vote without only Antioch and Meadows stands, for removal 2,571, against removal 3,463 — a majority of 892. This is 157 votes short of 3,600 or the sixty percent necessary.

Local interest in the court house result overshadowed practically every other contest and the Mail Tribune was besieged last night with calls when the final totals were being computed. A report that the measure had passed spread all over town last evening, due it was found out, to an unofficial computation without the Ashland figures. There was much disappointment when the report was not confirmed.

“Ashland did it!” That is the burden of Medford’s song and resentment against the Ashland city runs high today. With anything like an even break in the Granite city the court house removal would have won overwhelmingly.

The total vote in Ashland was, for removal 363, against 787, a majority of 424 votes against, or over two to one. Ashland could have defeated the measure by nearly 300 majority and it would still have carried.

On the other hand Medford people naturally point to the way in which Medford supported Ashland’s cause by its big vote for E. V. Carter. Carter was given 1,239 votes in Medford, only 12 votes less than the 1,251 given Sheldon. Mansfield was given 977 votes in Medford and Phipps, a Medford man, only 723.

There are wild threats of what Medford will do to Ashland’s Normal the next time it comes to a vote. Medford has very loyally supported Ashland in recent years in every conceivable way from the Chautauqua to the Ashland camp grounds. Judging by talk on the streets today, Medford will adopt a different course in the future. However as one well know resident said today; “Wait till the election feeling dies down. Medford has never played the soreheads game and never will. We will do our duty whether our neighbors do theirs or not.”

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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