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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 6, 1921

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

Sept. 6, 1921


G. T. Harshberger, a rancher and miner from the Willow Springs district, was a caller at this office today. Mr. Harshberger was here before there was any city of Medford, having resided in the county 44 years 10 years of that time on the present farm that he homesteaded. He notes many changes in Medford from year to year and is proud of living in such a growing community.

“A few years ago we used to drive up in front of a place of business, tie our nags, go in and get a drink, visit around awhile, do our trading and go home. Now we drive our lizzie up to the filling station, give it a drink, then “shop” and go home. People don’t have time to visit.”

Mr. Harshberger has a pioneer hunting and fishing license that was issued free.


Diamond Lake records are falling thick and fast these days. Yesterday Miss Jean Steel, daughter of Will G. Steel, achieved the honor of being the first woman to drive a car to this scenic relative of Crater Lake, while her father who accompanied her made a record of the distances traversed. Miss Steel was accompanied by Miss Humphrey of Eugene.

The distance from the Crater Lake rim road to the John Day road which runs to Diamond Lake from the rim is 22.6 miles. This trip was negotiated in two hours and 15 minutes. The distance back to the Crater Lake highway is 50.6 miles and the distance from Diamond Lake to Medford 115 miles. Mr. Steel is enthusiastic over the trip and the great tourist possibilities of Diamond Lake if developed in conjunction with Crater Lake.


We print this evening the first of a series of ads for Citrus Washing Powder, manufactured by the Citrus Soap Co. of San Diego and made from coast products. This powdered soap is used for all purposes that any other bar soap or flakes accomplish in the laundry and about the home and their motto is “Use Citrus for Every Soap Need.” The lemon content of Citrus contributes to the whitening quality of clothes, serving as a harmless bleach. Citrus is mild, though exceptionally effective and is especially good for delicate laces, lingerie, silk stockings and other dainty things as well as general purposes.

The Mail Tribune in one of the five papers in the state selected to carry these ads, not only for the reason that it covers southern Oregon and northern California as no other paper in the territory does, but because it is the only paper having leased wire Associated Press news.

The grocers in Medford and surrounding towns are requested to tie up with this advertising and secure the benefit therefrom by making window displays of the same.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com