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Mail Tribune 100, April 1, 1921

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

April 1, 1921


A fair sized but very appreciative audience enjoyed the concert given at the high school auditorium last night by the University of Oregon orchestra of 25 members. The splendid program was a varied one to meet all tastes from jazz to classical. The latter numbers were particularly pleasing, as were the solo numbers of Miss Alberta Potter, talented violinist, Frank Jue, the sweet voiced Chinese tenor, and the selections by the jazz portion of the orchestra.

The concert was given under the auspices of the high school girls’ glee club, and the visiting players were entertained at the homes of U. of O. alumni and friends during their stay in the city. The high school expresses appreciation for the courteous entertaining. The orchestra goes to Roseburg for a concert there Saturday night.


The usual April Fool stunts and hoes were sprung in the city today from early morning until night. Probably the biggest joke of all was that of the prediction of the San Francisco weather bureau of probable showers for today, which was an ideal one — the day was —with balmy temperature, clear sky and sunshine. A joke that aroused much laughter and fooled many persons was the laying of an old envelope with a small piece of a dollar bill sticking outside on the sidewalk near the entrance of the California-Oregon Power company office. Nine out of ten persons walking along bit hard.


A bit of pioneer history of Jackson county not generally known is that in the southwest cornerstone of the county courthouse, all the legal data relative to the building of the courthouse, a copy of the Jacksonville Times and pieces of money in denominations $1 to $5 is buried. There is some doubt whether a $5 gold piece was entombed but those present are positive up to a dollar. The cornerstone was laid under the auspices of the Masonic lodge and was an outstanding event in pioneer times.


Here’s an item of interest to the fishermen of the Rogue River valley, which was published in the Grants Pass Courier yesterday: “A few Chinook salmon are being caught now by local fishermen. There are not many being taken and no extra large ones have yet been hooked. Fishermen are looking for a good year, on account of the fact that nets are not to be placed in the mouth until late May. This will give some of the early ones a chance to get through the first few miles before commercial fishing season commences.”


The ground having begun to fry out fast the past week the much delayed spring plowing is on generally throughout the valley.


The local smallpox situation has cleared so much that no new cases have been reported for some time past and there now seems to be no danger of any appearing. The last cases will be discharged as cured within a day or two. There were only 12 cases altogether in the city.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com