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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 27, 1921

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

Jan. 27, 1921


The most remarkable disclosures of the growth and importance of the Medford public library since the inception of county service were made by the librarian, Miss Clara Van Sant at the forum of the Medford Chamber of Commerce yesterday noon.

With the establishment of county units in the smaller incorporated towns and by furnishing books to the various school districts, the library has been the means of serving the residents of the county the same as residents of the city have enjoyed. Thru the county service the library board has found it possible to purchase 1,700 new books during 1920 against some 300 new ones purchased in 1919 and every department has shown a remarkable percentage of increase in the service to the people.

An index of the various publications is on file and should any citizen desire to get information on any subject, the service of the librarian is solicited.


Another splendid example of the Mail Tribune as an advertising medium, together with the unsuspected fact that there may be a scarcity of dogs in Medford and the valley is shown by the fact that about fifty Jackson County people want to adopt a Collie male dog, notwithstanding that the city and country seems to be full of all kinds of canine pets from the blooded variety to the lowly mongrels and scrutes — mostly the latter.

The following small advertisement, which was left by an unknown man in this office last Saturday evening appeared in the Mail Tribune on Monday and Tuesday: “Wanted — A good home for a fine large collie male dog. Box 81.”

Hardly had the paper been off the press five minutes Monday when answers to the ad began to come in ever since. That dog’s owner when he appears to claim the answers will be surprised to find that he has so much reading matter to peruse, and undoubtedly from all the mass of applicants he will be able to choose a good home for his dog.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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