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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 5, 1921

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

Sept. 5, 1921

SOLDIERS, SAILORS ENCAMPMENT AT ASHLAND TODAY

Ashland, Sept. 5.— The monster flag which has been draped in the Chautauqua auditorium for months past, is being flung to the breeze in the great outdoors in honor of the annual reunion encampment of Southern Oregon Soldiers and Sailors, being held here five days this week, beginning on Monday. At 7:30 o’clock Monday evening the Women’s Relief corps will give a reception for the Grand Army veterans at Odd Fellows hall, to which all members of the organization are invited, an informal program being the order of ceremonies, refreshments to be served. Tenting on the old camp ground will include the area familiarly known as Chautauqua Park in former days, where forage such as tents, fuel and straw will be available free of charge to visitors. Coffee will also be on the free list for the time being, these privileges without charge to veterans and their families. As to hardtack, the supplying of this requisite to army camp life will be left to individual choice. The daily menu, however, will vary according to caprices of the relay of camp cooks selected from the ranks of veterans participating in all the wars of American history including and since the “civil” period. Confederate veterans are cordially invited to fraternize with unionists around the mess tables and camp fires.

On Tuesday the veterans will be honored guests at a chamber of commerce forum luncheon, participating with citizens in general at the banquet and accompanying talkfests. Legionnaires will have a part in one day’s proceedings. In the meantime, at suggestion of the chamber of commerce, business houses are decorating in keeping with the observance of the reunion event.

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After the summer vacation the chamber of commerce is going to take up the routine with a vim, the campaign to begin Tuesday noon, Sept. 6, with a forum luncheon at Hotel Austin, thus affording, first of all, an opportunity to bring before the public the greatly improved character of our hotel accommodations and to encourage the management of the same. It naturally follows that, under the spell of an ideal repast, a forensic feast will follow the material luncheon, and initially on the program will be a review of the work of the chamber for the first six months of 1921, to be followed by plans for outlining the scope of endeavor for the latter portion of the year. Neither will the opportunity be overlooked for not only welcoming but also inviting newcomers to our city, and the greeting will not be merely formal but spontaneous and hearty. In a publicity way steps have already been taken to suppress a lot of boiler plate matter respecting Ashland which narrowly escaped insertion in the forthcoming county booklet. This was a rehash of ancient history and will be suppressed, giving place to some descriptive portrayal of Ashland’s current status both scenically, industrially, and in a business way, also revealing the social atmosphere of our home town.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com