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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 22, 1920

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

Nov. 22, 1920


That big community banquet of Jacksonville held in the Masonic hall Saturday night was one of the largest and most enjoyable social affairs ever held in the county seat town. It was given to celebrate the defeat on November 2 of the plan to remove the court house to Medford, and guests from all parts of the county, including Medford, were there.

That feast will be long remembered — it was so luscious and plentiful and the good women of Jacksonville, always known as splendid cooks, added new laurels to their culinary reputation. The banquet began at 9 o’clock and from then on until midnight fully 600 persons had been served. There were loads of roasted chicken, cake, pie, salads and all the good things that go with them.

There was also a feast of intellectuality, music and merriment. Mayor Emil Britt presided as chairman at the opening of the program, later giving way to Lewis Ulrich as toastmaster, who read a number of fake telegrams from various national, state and local dignitaries, including one from President Wilson congratulating Jacksonville on having retained the courthouse. Some mirthful pokes were given Medford in the telegrams purporting to come from John A. Westerlund, Porter J. Neff, Ben Sheldon, George A. Mansfield and E. W. Phipps of this city and E. V. Carter of Ashland.

One of the features of the night, which aroused great applause was the presentation of a fine watch charm in the shape of a locket to Colonel H. H. Sargent, by the citizens of Jacksonville in appreciation of the valiant and successful fight he put up to prevent the proposed court house removal. The colonel acknowledged the honor in a brief address in which he modestly declared that his lieutenant in that campaign, Lewis Ulrich, and others, should be given as much credit as himself.


All of the boys who are on the boxing card for the 26th of November are working hard for their fights. The main event will be between the old vets of the rope arena Toby Miller and George Leheighi, alone worth the price of admission.

The Ingram-Edwards bout will be equally as good or better than the main event. Carlson, that fast kid from Spokane will be seen again and the curtain raiser will be some main event itself.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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