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Mail Tribune 100, April 8, 1921

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

April 8, 1921


Medford’s newest bakery, the only one of the kind in Southern Oregon, though the type has won great popularity in the east and middle west, will make its formal bow to the local public tomorrow morning.

This is the bakery department of the Economy Groceteria, and is located on the main floor of that large establishment. Messrs. Gates and Lydiard have installed at great expense the electric type, open style bakery, where the mixing of the ingredients and other baking operations are all done in sight of the store patrons, and where any one passing on the street can watch the operation.

The baking is done in a big electric traveling oven, which revolves during the baking process. The claim is made that baking by this method has the effect of making the bread, pastries, etc., much better than by the usual processes.

The specialty of the Economy Groceteria will be home-baked bread, although cookies, cakes, pastries and pies will also be baked to meet the demands of the trade. A feature of this bakery is that all Medford folks who like hot bread for luncheon and dinner can obtain it daily at the Groceteria store, as such bread will be turned out at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily except Sunday.

L. F. Bland of Kansas City is the experienced baker, whom Messrs. Gates and Lydiard chose after carefully looking over the field. Mr. Bland was formerly with the Harvey dining car service bakery department, and also the Holland Dutch Bakery company of Los Angeles before coming to Medford.


Tomorrow will be observed as Arbor Day in the public schools of Jackson County and at the suggestion of the Scenic Preservation Association the creation of public sentiment against the marring of the natural scenery and promote the scenic development of the county will be carried on with more zeal than ever before.

The children of Jackson County are being led by the teachers under direction of the county superintendent of school against the destruction of trees and shrubbery along the highways and to work for the preservation and adding to the natural beauties.

A report of the Arbor Day activity will be made at the regular monthly meeting of the Scenic Preservation Association which will be held at Central Point on Friday, April 15. Final arrangements as to the time and meeting place at Central Point have not been made but will be announced in the very near future.


The local weather office crew and the orchardists enjoyed a good sleep last night for the first time this week, as the heavy frost that was predicted by the San Francisco weather bureau Thursday forenoon for this morning did not materialize and it generally became known that it would not when Floyd Young, the frost expert, after carefully making his deductions announced at 6:30 p.m. yesterday that there would be no frost. Then Mr. Young and County Agent Cate knocked off work and attended the big doings of the Elks lodge.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com