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Mail Tribune 100, May 5, 1921

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

May 5, 1921


The public sentiment against the destruction of trees and shrubs which the Scenic Preservation Association of Jackson County has endeavored to create has evidently not reached West Tenth street for there is a citizen of Medford who has been purchasing lots in that vicinity and has been cutting down the trees to use for firewood.

No less than four or five big oak trees and several large pine trees have been cut down within the past few weeks. It has taken several hundred years for these trees to obtain their growth and the residents of that neighborhood looked with pride upon the majestic monsters as they swayed in the soft breezes.

It is unfortunate that there are people in this world who cannot see the beauties of nature, but look upon everything commercially. West Tenth street has been seriously injured by the ruthless destruction of these trees and the lots from which they have been removed have depreciated more than fifty percent in their value.

Jacksonville had a similar case a few weeks ago where a man purchased a lot upon which a former resident some fifty years ago planted trees. The residents there pleaded with the new owner not to cut down the trees but of no avail and within twenty-four hours he destroyed what it had taken fifty years to grow and for no other reason than the trees had a commercial value for firewood.

The Scenic Preservation Association has a most noble object and the saving of but just a few trees is worth the effort of those who have interested themselves in the organization. At the last meeting which was held at Central Point, the hall in which it was held was filled to capacity. Jacksonville has been selected as the next meeting place of the association and this will be held on May 20th.


When the “big top” for Al. G. Barnes circus was out up in Medford only about three-fourths of the seating capacity was arranged, but shortly after the doors were opened the seats were all taken, the other seats were placed and soon filled. It was a capacity crowd estimated from 5,000 to 6,000. Another crowd attended last night’s performance.

This superb wild animal show has come and gone again but memories of the glare and blare of the circus, ring of the excellent music, wonderfully trained animals, 25 educated horses with splendid riders, the spectacular presentation of “Alice in Wonderland,” and even the “capers” of the clowns will be long remembered by young and old.

It was truly a clean show from the street parade through the main show and even to the “after-show.” The performers, horses, animals, wagons, tents, costumes all presented a neat, clean appearance, while the people connected with the show were pleasant and obliging.

Dr. Bulgin and Mr. Lewis, the song leader, both paid a high compliment to the cleanliness and educational features of the show at their tabernacle meeting last night.

The big crowds that attended is due to a great extent to their liberal advertising for which they have always been noted. Mr. Dawson, the press agent with the show, is truly a live-wire and says “advertising sows the seed and the excellency of the show is the cultivation that produce a good crop.”

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com