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Mail Tribune 100, May 4, 1921

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

May 4, 1921


Much gratification is being expressed by farmers from various parts of the county because of the action of the executive committee of the Farm Bureau in making the building and improvement program of the county fair a project of the Farm Bureau. By this action the farmers have begun to realize that the county fair is for their exclusive benefit and unless they back it themselves, that no other interest in the county can be depended upon to build a county fair such as they would like to have.

With proper facilities at the fair ground there is every possibility to make the annual fair profitable. Such profits will be used each year for the construction of additional buildings until Jackson County has a better equipped grounds than are to be found between Salem and Sacramento.

The livestock industry is becoming one of the most important in this section of the state, therefore the building program for the first year includes three barns each one of which will be one hundred feet long to house horses, cattle, sheep and hogs.

In arranging the location of buildings on the fair grounds a space has been set aside for a stock judging pavilion which it is the hope of the stock men may be built within a few years. This pavilion together with the stock barns will make Jackson county the center of a livestock industry for all of southern Oregon and northern California the same as Portland now is on account of the Pacific International facilities which they have, and which has grown, within a very short space of time, beyond all expectations of the originators.


A clever street vendor selling patent collar buttons entertained hundreds of men today both before and after the parade by his entertaining line of talk from his stand beside the Chamber of Commerce building. He was not only a good salesman but a witty one, and his lingo and methods were somewhat new here. “Remember,” he said in closing one of his demonstrations, “that full directions go with each package, printed in three languages, Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul, which any one that reads Oregon can understand. Please don’t go away gentlemen. The parade is not due yet. Here is the best place to see it. It always stops in front of my stand, salutes me and then orders me away.”


For the past few days fishermen have not had great success, only about four salmon having been landed on Monday. It is currently reported that poachers are netting salmon at the Golden Drift during the night, thus spoiling the sport fishing for the following day. Efforts are being made to put a stop to illegal fishing. ­— Grant Pass Courier.


The state lime plant at Gold Hill will be reopened as soon as arrangements for its operation can be completed, according to members of the board in session at Salem last Monday. The plant has been closed for more than a year, its suspension following the exhaustion of funds appropriated for operation of the plant. The last legislature appropriated $10,000 with which to pay off outstanding claims against the plant and to resume operations.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com