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Mail Tribune 100, May 2, 1921

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

May 2, 1921


Special Election to be Called for Voting Half Mill Levy for Improvements — Farmers Back Movement — Ask That Officials Donate Services.

The Jackson County Farm Bureau has assumed the responsibility of making the county fair grounds as one of the best in the state of Oregon by adopting the building and improvement plan as a Farm Bureau project.

The plan contemplates the expenditure of some thirty thousand dollars for seven permanent buildings and other improvements such as fencing, roadways, walks, sewer and water system.

To cover the cost of these improvements a committee has been appointed to place a measure on the ballot whereby the money will be raised by a half mill tax for a two year period. There will be a special election necessary and the judges and tellers of the various election boards are to be asked to donate their services in order that the expense of an election may be saved to the county.

A half mill tax will produce $13,750 or a total of $27,500 which together with some $4,000 now in the possession of the Fair Association will provide sufficient funds to cover the cost of the building and improvement program.

The executive board of the Farm Bureau have taken this action, because in their opinion the county fair is a purely farmers proposition and exclusively for the farmers’ benefit.

In adopting this project, the Farm Bureau did so knowing that the grounds had been landscaped and locations for buildings selected by Prof. A. L. Peck of the O. A. C. and that committees have given the building and financial plan thorough consideration.

If the voters adopt the plan, the buildings will be constructed this summer and be ready for the fair for which the dates of September 14th to 17th have been selected.


To aid those seeking suitable stopping places during their summer vacations a booklet containing in condensed form descriptions of various Oregon and California resorts has been issued by the Southern Pacific Company. The particulars include the name and location of resort; hotel, cottage or camp; how reached from stations, auto or stage, fare; name of manager, accommodation provided, rates for rooms and meals; facilities for sports and amusements, and points of interest in vicinity. Over 200 resorts are listed.


Just a year ago today Mr. H. C. Williamson and Arthur W. Tyo, proprietors of The Modern Plumbing & Heating Co. started doing business in the Sparta Bldg., and in one year through honest endeavor and fair treatment have built up a really creditable business. They recently had to secure more space for storage. The boys say they like Medford, and to prove it, have purchased homes and are staunch boosters for a bigger and better Medford.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com