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Mail Tribune 100, July 5, 1921

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

July 5, 1921


Best One-Day Celebration Ever Seen Put on Yesterday by Granite City — Affair Wonderfully Managed — Parade Proves the Best Ever.

Ashland’s Fourth of July celebration yesterday broke all records for the Rogue River valley, and was generally voted the best thing of the kind ever put on in southern Oregon. With perfect weather, and not only a large, but a representative crowd from all parts of the county, the program started off at ten in the morning, and continued without a hitch, to the climax of all — a thrilling and gigantic fireworks display in the evening.

Of course there have been parades before, and good ones, but never one that could approach the parade yesterday, in beauty, variety, originality and comedy. The judges consisting of Mrs. Delbert Fehl of Medford, Judge Gilmore of Rogue River, Judge Watson of Gold Hill, Tom Fulton of Jacksonville and R. W. Ruhl, had difficult work in choosing the winners, but with the instructions of the management that originality should come first, attractiveness second with particular attention to the “heart and head appeal;” Jacksonville with the float representing the early mining days of the pioneer town secured a unanimous first. The same considerations gave second and third place to Talent and Phoenix. There was some discussion in favor of honorable mention, but when an attempt was made to open up this field, those deserving honorable mention crowded in so fast that it was decided to abandon the attempt.

The Jacksonville float led the procession and was truly a masterpiece of striking display, sincere and effective symbolism. Colonel and Mrs. Sargent, Messers. Bishop and Bailey represented Poole and Cluggage, the first discoverers of gold in Jacksonville and King John and Princess Mary, the leaders of the early Indians in the county seat. Every detail was carried out splendidly and the bright red shirts of the men and the brown tones of the Indian costumes made a delightful color scheme.

There was a close race between Talent and Phoenix, the first representing the cream of the valley, with a ranch complete, from silo through butter churns to an alfalfa field, all true to life, with representatives of the younger generation in Talent, busy with their chores. The Phoenix float was decidedly original, if slightly less typical, with a tableau representing Phoenix rising from the ashes, an oil well in action symbolizing the transformation most effectively.

Every feature of the parade was worthy of mention, the Ashland Elks had a fine display, as did the Ashland D. A. R. with a huge float of flowers and representation of the statue of liberty — from the standpoint of beauty alone probably the best feature of the morning, while the Ashland playground float was a gem, and Medford’s float most creditable.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com