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Mail Tribune 100, June 9, 1921

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

June 9, 1921


Speech By Mayor Gates Brings Unanimous Support Charitable Organization — Future of Medford Bright Declares Speaker.

Because of the efficient manner in which the Medford Chapter of the Red Cross had dispensed charity in the past and because of there being no other organization in southern Oregon which has as its object the welfare of humanity, the local chapter was given unanimous endorsement by the forum of the Medford Chamber of Commerce at the Medford Hotel yesterday noon.

The resolution adopted approved of the work of the Red Cross which it has been doing and endorsed any campaign which may be made to properly finance this institution to continue its efforts in the future. There was a general feeling that the Red Cross was of such benefit to the community that it would be folly to permit it to discontinue or in any way curtail its activities.

This action taken, in behalf of the Red Cross, was the result of the optimistic address of Mayor Gates. His analysis of conditions here in 1911 and the succeeding ten years, which includes the war period, was such that he clearly showed that Medford today is not suffering from the effects of the war as are many other communities. Medford never did haven any war prosperity for there were no institutions here that benefited financially nor paid unheard of wages which brought about the reckless expenditure of money and high rents and therefore no readjustment was necessary as the people in the Rogue River valley were forced to save during the war and the bank deposits today show that this is being continued at the present time.

In his address on “Medford — this year and the years to follow” he told of the dream of the people that is now to become a reality — that of irrigation. He pointed to the development of the lumber industry, which has long been realized as being an asset, yet did not contribute to the prosperity as it will within a very few months.

There was one other point brought out in which this valley may never fear for adverse condition even though lumber mills may shut down and fruit destroyed by frost, because diversified farming had strongly entrenched itself here, therefore there was every reason why an optimistic view could be taken for the future of this valley.

Mayor Gates quoted a stranger, who came to him, by saying that this man admitted to him that he had spoken to no less than twenty citizens of Medford and not one of them had anything to say but what gave the newcomer an impression that the people here believe in their town and country. Whenever a citizen gives the stranger an impression that Medford is no good it does the community an injustice, but it is a far greater reflection on the man who makes such a statement and the stranger has nothing but the utmost contempt for the man who will knock his own town.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com