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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 25, 1921

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

Jan. 25, 1921


Work was begun this morning in preparing the foundation for the big addition to the city hall building, which will parallel the height, width and length of the present city hall and which will rise on the city’s vacant lot immediately adjoining at a cost not to exceed $6,000.

The new structure was decided upon by the city council some time ago and will house the city treasurer and city recorder’s offices on the ground floor, a feature which will be gladly accepted by all citizens having business with these offices. Another welcome feature will be the construction in this addition of a commodious new safety vault department for the keeping of the many precious city records.

The need of this vault to replace the present meager vault was one of the reasons which necessitated the new building. The main other reason was the crowded office condition of the present building. The present quarters of the city treasurer and recorder will, when the addition is completed, be occupied by the city water superintendent, city electrician, street commissioner, city engineer and all the other offices which Chas. Davis, the city poobah, fills so acceptably.

When the addition is completed the city hall will have a fifty-foot frontage on Front street, and as now a 100-foot length back to the alley. While the addition will be the same height as the present structure, its second floor will not be finished until such time as the council has more funds at its disposal. No walls will have to constructed for the addition as the wall of the present structure and that of the brick building on the south will be used. The front and rear ends of the addition will be built of concrete, and the lower front will be enclosed with plate glass windows.

The work of construction is being done by day labor with R. I. Stewart, the well-known contractor in charge as the city’s foreman. The new structure will be completed and occupied by spring.


Mining interest hereabouts is fast picking up with rumors of a number of new developments. The fact that there is plenty of water and will be for months to come has induced many miners and prospectors already to take to the hills to work on their claims, and more are going daily.


The cofferdam at the Savage Rapids dam which was submerged during the late high water was above water Sunday for the first time, and showed that the main cofferdam was in place its full length. Only a little water was flowing over it in one place, and it was only a few inches deep there. Practically all of the material of the temporary structure remained in place during the period of high water. — Grants Pass Courier.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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