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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 24, 1921

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

Feb. 24, 1921

FIRST SCENERY CONVENTION ON PACIFIC COAST LAUNCHED BY MEDFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The convention for the Preservation of Jackson County’s Scenery opened in the federal court room in the post office building this morning, with B. F. Lindas as chairman, and a good attendance.

Preliminary steps were taken in the appointment by Chairman Lindas as a committee on constitution and by-laws with F. H. Walker of Ashland, chairman, J. C. Williams of Rogue River, and Mrs. J. A. Hanby of this city the other members ... The committee will make their report this afternoon.

The address of welcome was made by Mayor Gates, and the response by Colonel Sargent. Chairman B. F. Lindas urged upon the meeting the importance and value of scenery, and suggested that signboards be installed along the highways setting out points of interest to tourists. Col. Sargent spoke of the great sequoia before the Britt home in Jacksonville and urged its preservation.

He was followed by Secretary Frobach of the Chamber of Commerce, who read telegrams from Governor Ben Olcott, the state highway commission, George C. Cecil, district forester, and Stephen T. Mather, national park supervisor, all pledging national and state support in carrying on the work.

Dr. Kaufman of this city, a student of bird life, gave an interesting talk on birds, their habits and their value, and urged their preservation as an adjunct to the scenery, both from an economic and a sentimental standpoint. Dr. Kaufman proved by statistics that a hawk was of more value to a farmer than a cow, and refuted the allegation that birds are carriers of blight to fruit trees. Dr. Kaufman said by planting wild fruit trees the orchardists would have no trouble with birds, as they preferred the wild fruit to domestic. He also said the common English sparrow was a nuisance and a killer of insect killing birds.

The convention was called at the behest of Governor Olcott, who has launched a statewide movement for the saving of Oregon scenery from destruction.

The movement in Jackson County has received recognition not alone in the state of Oregon but also in our neighboring states as shown by the telegrams and communications received at the Chamber of Commerce.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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