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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 24, 1921 continued

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

Aug. 25, 1921 continued

STATE IDLE WATER TALK HURTS CITY

Local Councilmen Resent Reports City Hasn’t Sufficient Water — Trouble Caused by Spreading Misinformation — Plenty to Keep Lawns Green if People Use is Properly.

The city council held an adjourned meeting last evening, and discussed the water situation for two hours, without taking any definite action.

Attorney W. E. Phipps appeared before the city fathers, and stated that he had been appointed chairman of a committee appointed by a “mass meeting of citizens” to request the city council to discontinue water privileges to commercial orchards. Attorney Phipps delivered the message by word of mouth, and Councilman Keene informed the speaker, that it should be written so the council could have a record, and something to act on, and that the council could take no action on words so that matter was disposed of.

After this there was a lengthy interchange of opinions on the water supply, which finally resulted in Councilman Miles delivering a short and snappy speech, in which he charged that “all the trouble had been caused by spreading of misinformation,” and wound up by declaring, “is it good business to play the dog in the manger act, and refuse to sell water that is going to waste.”

Councilman Antle declared that the city was being injured by the reports “that were going through Eastern Oregon that Medford has no drinking water,” and Councilman Dressler said that “if the true facts were secured there would be no agitation.”

“Goose in Moonlight”

Councilman Keene characterized the entire hubbub, as similar “to a goose running around in the moonlight.”

“The water committee is acting in the best interests of all the people, and has made a close study of the water question,” said the doctor. It has not taken hearsay evidence, but has investigated, and honestly believes it is taking the only course. “The city is now giving water to the people of southwest Medford, who heretofore have been paying for something they did not get.”

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com