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Mail Tribune 100, May 30, 1921

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

May 30, 1921

MEMORIAL DAY MESSAGE

By F. W. Galbralth, Jr., National Commander, the American Legion

“Today a mighty nation bows its head in memory of the men who have died that the nation might live — men of Bunker Hill, of Gettysburg, of Santiago and of the Argonne.

“The American Legion joins the nation in its reverence for the dead; but the Legion also claims a deeper kinship for those who gloriously fell in the World war. For these men were our comrades-in-arms, linked to us by the strongest of ties.

“We shall visit every grave today, at home and abroad, and shall speak words of comfort to the dear onces who mourn. But we shall not only give, we shall receive. For, as we stand at their graves today our comrades will speak to us. They will remind us of the dangers that beset our beloved land, of the enemies, within and without; of the long fight that must be waged. The voice of our comrades comes to us, like a call to arms. ‘Fight on, fight on,’ it urges us.”

LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY FORMED JACKSON COUNTY

A meeting for the organization of the Southern Oregon Historical Society was held at the library, Monday evening, May 23.

After the reading and adoption of the constitution ... officers were elected. ...

Col. Robert Miller of Portland was present and gave a very interesting talk about early beginnings in the Rogue River valley. He emphasized the fact that the early pioneers will be gone soon and what is gleaned of the early history must be done as soon as possible.

Where gold was first discovered is now only a conjecture and has given rise to many differences of opinion.

Col. Miller dwelt at length upon the output of gold in the mining days of Jacksonville and said the fact of the great amount of gold taken out had never been given enough prominence and that if eastern capital could be induced to invest no doubt great quantities of gold would yet be taken out as only the surface had as yet been touched.

The figures given out by Mr. C. C. Beekman of gold bought over his counter was about 28 million, the merchants and others took in about an equal amount. The Chinese miners of whom there were thousands took out of the mines gold to the amount equal to the bank and the stores which gives an amount in round numbers of about 120 million.

He also spoke of some of his Indian experiences east of the mountains.

The Historical Society hopes to get its organization at work and begin the preservation of early history this summer.

DID YOU KNOW

Fossil sharks of earliest ages, are virtually the same as those found today.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com