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Mail Tribune 100, May 23, 1921

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

May 23, 1921

AIRPLANE CIRCUS THRILLS MEDFORD

The people of Medford and the valley enjoyed a feast of airplane sights Sunday when 13 ships passed over the city and valley en route from Mather Field to Eugene. The big sight was the formation of nine ships led by Captain Lowell H. Smith, which flew through here at 3:45 p.m. in V or battle shape formation.

Another formation of four ships came through about an hour later, led by Lieutenant R. N. Worthington. At 1:30 p.m. three ships arrived at the Medford field led by Staff Sergeant Arndt, with Cadet Fisher and Sergeant Rause as the other pilots, and with Staff Sergeant Burman and Corporal Russell as observer.

There are now stationed at the Medford field Lieutenant Samuel O. Carter, who will command the Medford base, four DeHaviland ships with Liberty motors, and 20 men. All efforts are now being centered in getting the camp at the aviation field throughly established for the patrol season which is expected to begin June 15.

ASHLAND IS WELL LIT UP, HAS BIG SURPLUS OF JUICE

Ashland, May 23.— “The great white way” is resplendent with electric lighting effects municipally, even this early in the season, streets being in a blaze of glory from the Plaza to Endersville and beyond. Street lighting problems present an anomaly here. The question is, not how to conserve the current, but how to consume it, there being an excess of juice from month to month over normal requirements. The city pays, as a minimum, six hundred dollars per month — $7,200 per year — to the California-Oregon Power company, for current on a light and power basis. By virtue of this agreement the corporation actually withdrew from the local field insofar as asking for any further franchise privileges, its relation to this municipality solely remaining as a wholesaler of juice, but it established a minimum, or price rather, which the city is to pay monthly. The municipal plant is humming away also, actually booming during the present high water stage. The result is that the city plant supplies light and power to such an extent that the California-Oregon minimum is not more than half used up. In other words, we are paying $600 per month to the corporation, and using about half the amount to which the city is entitled, owing to the activities of the auxiliary plant. The remedy for this existing state of affairs appears plausible enough, and that is simply to shut down the city system, using it to supplement the supply in emergencies. This could have been done under the old plan when it was operated upon the monthly wage system; but sometime ago several employees entered into a contract with the city to operate the plant, the time not yet expiring. The object in entering into such a contract is not generally understood, but is supposed to have been in order to harmonize certain complications regarding the employment of labor on a skilled technical basis.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com