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Mail Tribune 100, July 9, 1921

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

July 9, 1921


DeHaviland Plane No. 25 is Totally Destroyed at Barber Field This Morning — Engine Trouble Forces Landing — Gas Tank Explodes.

Within fifteen minutes after DeHaviland plane No. 25 had started up this morning on its daily mission of searching out forest fires it was on the ground in the field adjoining the local aviation field totally destroyed by fire.

This is the second accident at the aviation field within 10 days, which leaves only two DeHaviland planes at the local base. The first accident was the result of a landing, which put the other plane out of commission.

With Lieutenant Carter as pilot and Sergeant Burman as observer No. 25 was just starting on the Eugene trip shortly before 9 a.m. and had only risen to a height of about 75 feet when because of engine trouble Carter decided to land at once, and succeeded in doing so in the field about 200 yards south of the aviation field. He and Burman got out of the plane and discovered that it had caught fire in some way, probably from the exhaust tank.

A few minutes later the small tank exploded and the plane was enveloped in flames. The Medford fire department was summoned by phone but all the apparatus was out at the time except the chemical engine, and the informant had simply phoned that there was a fire at the aviation field. Had he phoned that a plane was on fire, D. T. Lawton, who was alone at the engine house, could probably have rushed there in time with the chemical apparatus to have extinguished the flames before the plane was totally destroyed.


It has just become known that Deputy Sheriff Jack Schrader, whose home is at Ashland, resigned his position this week. Of this advent the Ashland Tidings of Friday says: “Deputy Sheriff Jack Schrader, who has been connected with the sheriff’s office in Jackson County since 1919, operating from the police office of this city, resigned from office Wednesday of this week. He gave as a reason that he “didn’t like the way some things were being run.”


Why wear yourself out, women, when you can get your washing done 20 lbs., for 60c. Square Deal Wet Wash. All work called for and delivered. Phone 674.


The Jacksonville public library is now open each Thursday night from 7 to 8 o’clock, under the direction of Miss Ruth Fleming, to accommodate the young people who work in the orchards.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com