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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 18, 1921

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

Jan. 18, 1921


“Attention, all you freckle-faced youngsters! Here’s a chance to commercialize those freckles. Tomorrow night every Medford boy or girl who has 100 freckles or more will be admitted free to the Page theater to see Wesley Barry, the boy star, in “Dinty,” his first starring vehicle. Get your mother or father or big sister to count ‘em for you. And if you happen to have only 99, don’t be afraid to drop around to the Page anyway. You’ll get in. Count ‘em.”


About 100 Medford and Ashland citizens attended an oil forum meeting held at the Hotel Austin in Ashland this noon, at which Judge E. S. Kelly in charge of operations at the Trigonia property was the principal speaker. Mayor C. E. Gates of this city sang the second verso of the parody on the Battle Hymn of the Republic, furnishing the second feature.

Judge Kelly explained the oil situation in the Rogue River valley, and reiterated his previous declaration that the most hopeful thing was the fact that geologists and all oil experts had declared there was no oil here.

“You can bet that when a geologist says there is no oil prospects, that there is,” said the judge. “They become so conservative that they doubt if there is oil in a gasoline tank of a Ford.”

He also explained the workings of the oil wells in Texas, and repeated that if the Trigonia diggings were in Texas there would be plenty of excitement.

“Oil rainbows show up on the water we are bailing out of the Trigonia,” said the speaker, “And that is a pretty good sign we are in the neighborhood of oil sands. I don’t want to arouse you people to false hopes, but the showing is worth taking a chance on.”

Chris Gottlieb and Dr. F. C. Page made short remarks in response to questions, and several of those present pledged $10 per month for six months to see the proposition through.

Mayor C. B. Lamkin explained to the Medfordites present that “Ashland was a trifle slow like Portland,” but when her people became interested they opened up.

Mayor C. E. Gates spoke and explained to the audience that the drilling for oil was a gamble pure and simple, but worth giving a thorough trial. He also invited inspection of the company’s books at any time by anybody interested.

The singing was in charge of Rev. Milliard, assisted by a quartet that interested the crowd. There were a large number of ladies present.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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