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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 13, 1921

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

Sept. 13, 1921


Injunction Against Principal Stultz Followed By Exodus of Scholars—Directors May Call in Truant Officer—County Seat Boiling Over.

An injunction prohibiting E. G. Stultz from acting as principal and Miss Vida Bradshaw from acting as teacher of the eighth grade of the Jacksonville school was granted by Circuit Judge F. M. Calkins this morning, and their places assumed by Prof. Ben W. Hosmer as superintendent and B. R. Finch as eighth grade teacher. Most of the high school students and eighth grade pupils walked out with the ousted teachers. The injunction was filed by Directors Fleming and Smith of the school, through their attorney, Evan Reames.

Further legal action will follow the granting of the injunction when Prof. Stultz and Miss Bradshaw, through Attorney Gus Newbury, will ask to have the order vacated. It was also said that the directors would take steps to have the truant officer bring the “strikers” back to school. No date has yet been set of the hearing.

The row, which has been raging in the county seat for two weeks, centers about which of two principals shall be in charge, and which of two teachers shall be in charge of the eighth grade. Each side of the argument stoutly maintains that the other side is not legal. The school opened Monday with Prof. Stultz and Miss Bradshaw in charge, and Prof. Hosmer and B. R. Finch occupying places in the background.

In the morning Director Fleming called with an order for Prof. Stultz to vacate. The latter advised, according to reports, for the director to throw his order in the waste basket.

Stultz has a contract calling for $2,200 per year, but is said to be willing to accept $2,000. Prof. Hosmer’s contract calls for $1,575 a year.

Jacksonville is divided into two factions over the dispute and the fuss is the sole topic of conversation in the county seat.


With tonight’s shipments of pears from Medford the 500 mark will probably be reached or overtopped in the sending of car loads of the valley pear crop east. The number of cars that had been shipped last night was 487, and the cars going out the rest of this week are expected to reach 15 daily. The total pear crop shipment for the season is estimated at around 775 cars.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com