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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 17, 1921

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

Sept. 17, 1921


Internationally Known Military Writer, Friend of Roosevelt and General Wood, Stricken at Jacksonville This Afternoon.

Colonel H. H. Sargent, a nationally known figure in military circles, and a pioneer of southern Oregon dropped dead in the yard of his home at Jacksonville at three o’clock this afternoon, while fighting a grass fire. Heart failure was presumable the cause of death. Colonel Sargent was in excellent health, and attended the Southern Oregon Pioneers Reunion at Ashland yesterday taking an active part, and was elected president of that organization.

The news of his death comes as a shock to the state and nation. He was a personal friend of Theodore Roosevelt and General Leonard Wood. He was an author of high reputation, a recent book of his on the late war being off the press but a few months. His books on the Napoleonic wars were considered classic.

As soon as the fatal illness overtook Colonel Sargent medical aid was called. Citizens of the county seat, headed by F. L. Tou Velle rushed to the scene and applied first aid and emergency measures. Relatives were phoned for.

Colonel Sargent was an active worker in civic affairs, and was a councilman of this city for one term. During the Great War he had charge of the Quartermaster Department with headquarters at San Francisco.

In the death of Colonel Sargent, southern Oregon loses one of its sterling citizens, and the nation one of its leading military figures. He was well and widely known, and leaves a host of friends in all walks of life to mourn his passing.


The deer hunting season so far this year has been rather a poor one for the average hunter of Medford and the valley, although deer are plentiful in the hills and mountains. The so-called poor luck of most of the hunters is due to the dryness in the forests and the sportsmen, amateur and experts, are earnestly hoping for a good hard rain. As it is now the ground is so dry that it is almost impossible to walk through the deer infested districts without making noise enough to scare the bucks away. However, it is noticeable this year as usual that the skilled hunters nearly always return home with their limit of deer.


The weather is beginning to warm up a little. Thursday’s maximum temperature was 79 degrees, and this morning’s minimum was 33 1/2.


There is nothing so healthful and invigorating these days as a drink of lithia water sold by the Jackson County Creamery. Order a case today.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com