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Mail Tribune 100, April 5, 1921

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

April 5, 1921


The local National Guard organization, which has had most of the letters of the alphabet west of N as its official designation has finally been definitely lettered as Co. A, 1st Separate company, and a spirit of thankfulness permeates the atmosphere at headquarters at the Nat. A marked spirit of hustle and activity is also noticeable thereabouts, the company having started a four weeks recruiting drive with the hopes of going to Camp Lewis 100 men strong this summer.

Company A has been divided into two platoons and each platoon under the command of its platoon sergeant will endeavor to secure the most recruits, the losing platoon will put up a feed to the winners at the end of the drive.

To start things off the company is holding open house Wednesday evening, April 6th, the same date by the way that in 1917, our country declared war on the Germans, and the members of the organization have hopes that all men of military age who are interested in the National Guard will attend. Eats will be eaten, cigars will be smoked and a good time is assured.

The National Guard has much more to offer young men that it ever had before. In place of obsolete and often insufficient equipment the guard is now completely equipped with the most modern material, and good pay is provided for the members who attend drill. The days when “tin soldiers” was a fitting name for the state troops have gone never to return, the companies drill under rigid prescribed training schedules and the officers are no longer political appointees of the ward boss but must come up to required standards.

The taking of the federal oath of reenlistment in federal service in event of war is no longer necessary as the National Guard is at any time subject to the call of the president for duty anywhere. The summer encampments for training is not a two week parade and poker game as of yore, officers and men are given real intensive training and after a day of such training all hands are ready to sleep nights.

It is hoped that the business men of this vicinity will get behind Company A in its drive for recruits, encourage their employees to enlist, if practicable allow them time off to attend camp. With 100 men on its rolls the company will distribute about $10,000 all “new” money here each year and its well worth support as a business proposition if for nothing else.


“J. T. Gagnon — the well-known sawmill man and head of the Rogue River Valley Railway, has a crew of men at work repairing the road-bed track, trolley line, etc., preparatory to putting a street car on the route between this city and Medford,” says the Jacksonville Post.

“Mr. Gagnon is of the opinion that given unlimited opportunity to travel to and from their places of business, Medford men who are aware of the many advantages of Jacksonville as a place of residence, will remove their families to this city. That this belief is well founded is proven by the number of newcomers who have made their homes here in recent months. Believing as he does that first-class service will result in increased population for Jacksonville and consequently heavier traffic over his line, Mr. Gagnon it is said, is contemplating an hourly passenger service between the two towns as soon as necessary repairs can be made.

“Passenger service on the local line was discontinued more than a year ago and rolling stock as well as roundway will require thorough overhauling before a schedule can be put in effect.”

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com