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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 25, 1921

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

Feb. 25, 1921

SCENERY SOCIETY MEETS ASHLAND ON MARCH 18TH

With the adoption of a constitution and by-laws, and the naming of the directors, the Scenic Preservation Society of Jackson County closed its first convention yesterday, adjourning to meet in Ashland, March 18, when a president and vice president and other officers will be elected.

... Prof. I. E. Vining of Ashland delivered an address before the newly formed Scenic Preservation Association of Jackson County yesterday afternoon, and as usual, held his large and appreciative audience spellbound as he narrated the numberless scenic assets of southern Oregon and Jackson county.

“I know of no more appropriate shrub and flower to line the highways of Jackson County than the old fashioned sweet brier which grows so profusely winter and summer in this section. It would give individuality, it blooms alike in winter and summer, is a heritage of the pioneer — and, though some of our friends of the Portland Chamber of Commerce would prefer the Japanese tea rose — I believe this organization should adopt it as the official flower.”

Prof. Vining made a plea for the exploitation of Jacksonville spots and legends, and told his audience that early data of that pioneer city was considered by world famous authorities “as the most interesting and instructive in the hands of the white man,” showing the development of the mining laws, and the progress from the days of the vigilantes to the organized legal processes.

Prof. Vining also made a plea for the bypaths of the country, and suggested that the aid of the Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls be enlisted, and combined with the forest service in the mapping out of trail trips to wonder spots now little known and seldom visited, but possessed of marvelous beauty. He said the side trips were luring to the cooped men and women of the east on a vacation, and that the impressions gained, lasted for years.

“The people of this section look with the eyes of the commonplace upon the marvelous scenery, but to the people of the crowded sections, they are wonderful beyond words,” said Professor Vining, “and the object of this association should be to awaken and keep burning in tourists love for this section.

“Table Rock is rich in pioneer and geologic history, yet no writer or poet has ever told its glories,” said the speaker, intimating that the Rogue River valley needed a regular poet as much as anything else.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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