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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 19, 1921

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

Jan. 19, 1921

FAIR GROUNDS DEAL CLOSED, BY COUNTY C’T

Representatives of the county court, the city council, the Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson County Fair Association, reached an agreement today for the purchase of the Edgar Hafer tract and the consolidation of it with the Adkins tract adjoining, for use as fair grounds. The city will take over the Adkins tract, an ordinance for that purpose being passed some time ago. The county court today signed the order authorizing the purchase. Victor E. (Slim) Warren was the owner of the Hafer tract, and was represented by Attorney Evan Reamos.

The purchase of the Hafer tract will give the Fair Association plenty of ground for an aviation field of the size required by government regulations, room for fair and exhibit buildings, parking space for autos, and a one and one-eighth mile auto speedway. It will comprise approximately 137 acres.

The Fair Association will hold a fair this fall, and have money on hand and in sight for the premiums, some coming from the state. The main problem is to secure funds for the erection of necessary buildings for exhibits, fruit, stock, minerals, etc. The estimated cost of these structures is $20,000.

Designer Prince, who designed the Beverly Speedway at Los Angeles and at other California points will design a speedway at the grounds, on which autos can travel 80 miles an hour, and has promised his support in making an auto meet a success. Trotting, pacing, and running races by horses are no longer the drawing card at fairs, etc., and the patrons want the thrills of auto races.

WM. WARNER IS APPOINTED POSTMASTER

Medford’s new postmaster is Wm. J. Warner, who has been acting postmaster ever since the death of Colonel J. P. Mims last June. This pleasing news to Medford was flashed over the wires from Washington, D. C. this morning in the following announcement:

“President Wilson’s nominations to the senate today of postmasters included William J. Warner, Medford, Ore.”

The appointment of Mr. Warner was generally expected as he was regarded as the leading candidate among the four well know citizens who sought the position, because of his 18 years’ connection with the post office, the fact that since 1912 he has been Assist. Postmaster and since the death of Postmaster Mims, acting postmaster, and because of his general popularity and recognized efficiency.

His promotion comes through the civil service examination process and not because of politics, as he is a republican and the appointment comes from a democratic administration. The office pays a salary of about $3,000 a year.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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