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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 31, 1920 Continued

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

Dec. 31, 1920, continued

EX-MEDFORD SCHOOL TEACHER FIGURES IN A RAILROAD ROBBERY

John W. Kerns, superintendent of Lakeview schools, believes the old adage to the effect that the longest way round is the shortest way through. To reach the convention at Portland he came via Nevada and California. When he left Lakeview there was from three to four feet of snow in the mountains and all the stages towards the railroads leading west were prevented from getting through, so he routed himself via Reno and Sacramento.

Near Reno the train he was on was held up and one passenger was relieved of $175 and his gold watch. Mr. Kerns, who advocates an increased schedule of salaries for teachers, emphasizes the point that the passenger who lost $175 and a gold watch was not a school teacher. The “super’s” friends are still speculating as to what incident may have happened at Reno, but they say they have it on good authority that the Lake county pedagogue stopped off at Sacramento and picked oranges a couple of days in order to help balance the extended railroad fare necessary for the trip. — Portland Oregonian.

Mr. Kerns was formerly principal of the Jackson school.

MEDFORD’S BANK DEPOSITS, 1920 SHOW BIG GAIN

Medford banks show an increase of $312,558.82 over 1919, for the period ending November 15, 1920. This is an increase of approximately a third of a million dollars. As bank deposits are the unfailing barometers of a community prosperity, this is a bright star despite pessimistic outbreaks, a presidential year, the H. C. of L., and the readjustment period.

The total deposits of the four local banks on November 15, 1920, were $2,829,748.78. On November 17, 1919, they were $2,517,189.96. According to the state bank examiner’s board report Medford is eighth among thirty Oregon cities having bank deposits of over a million dollars.

The three banks of Ashland show a total deposit of $1,873,334.15, and Ashland is twenty-first among the banks of the state with over a million dollar deposits.

The banks at Klamath Falls, Ashland, Grants Pass, Roseburg and Medford all show an increase in deposits, and indicates that southern Oregon is the most conservatively prosperous section of the state.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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