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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 7, 1921

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

Nov. 7, 1921


Thomas Meighan, motion picture star, will head a company of film people who will come to Medford early in 1922 to take scenes near here for use in the picturization of “The Man From the North.” With Mr. Meighn will come several other prominent players and Director Joe Ryan, who had made several other very successful pictures. The company will be sent north by the Famous Players-Lasky Motion Picture Corporation. These fact became known with the arrival here of several of the Lasky company. They are stopping at the Hotel Medford, but would not permit their names to be used.

The scenes will be filmed on a 1400-acre ranch near Prospect, Ore., and active work will commence as soon as the snow falls, it was learned.

Most of the actors and actresses to be used in the scenes here will be brought up from California. It was said the 50 “extras,” already at work on the picture in the California studios, would make the trip north to Medford. It is expected that about a month will be consumed in work near Prospect.

The work at Prospect may be a forerunner of other motion picture activity in Southern Oregon, the men already here intimated to friends. A special company may be formed and several complete photodramas snapped around Prospect and the Crater Lake district. Crater Lake, it was said, had never been used as a background for a motion picture play and that it would have big appeal to the public and especially to those of the east, was forecast. — Portland Journal.


Ashland, Ore., Nov. 7 — The Winter Fair in December will be a “progressive” affair, after the custom in vogue of social functions in flitting from place to place. This will have its advantages, inasmuch as exercise will be afforded, and the stranger within our gates will also have an opportunity of viewing the town at long range. With the plaza as a radiating center, side tours can easily be made over the scenic drives, the elk reserve in the parks, also the bear pits in that domain. The livestock exhibit having been banished from Chautauqua auditorium walls, it is thought yet that it may perhaps house a stuffed animal display, subject to ratification, through referendum methods, by the 350 signers of a protest against desecrating the big joss house with the presence of a representative audience of hogs, horses and Jersey bessies. The armory has been secured, as last year, also the Nat will be available this season. There is abundant space on Nat grounds and sheds will be erected for the time being, the temporary construction to be made permanent if deemed necessary. In fact, a permanent location is a chief factor if the winter show is to be stabilized as a community enterprise annually.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com