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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 9, 1921

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

Nov. 9, 1921

BEAUTIFICATION OF MEDFORD IS TOPIC AT FORUM

The Chamber of Commerce Forum meeting at the Hotel Holland this noon was an open meeting and many questions of importance to the community were discussed briefly. Justice Glenn O. Taylor filled the place of chairman and due to his legal experience and skill kept the meeting in order during the hottest of discussions. Among some of the problems which were brought to the attention of the meeting were: The condition of refuse in the city thoroughfares, the construction of unsightly shacks in the midst of residence districts, the clearing of weeds from the sidewalks where they adjoin vacant lots, the improvement of the appearance of vacant lots and the organization of a city planning commission to formulate building restrictions and otherwise assist in the city improvement.

... Rev. Millard proposed that the chamber take a vote of thanks in order to show its appreciation of the effort made by John A. Westerlund in taking his apple exhibit to Portland. The motion carried unanimously.

Several songs were enjoyed during the meeting and it was closed with a song.

LOCAL APPLES WIN PORTLAND SHOW

John A. Westerlund arrived in Medford this morning with four prizes which were won by his apple exhibit at the Pacific International Livestock Exposition. Mr. Westerlund placed 50 boxes of apples of ten different varieties on exhibition and scored a coup for Jackson County by capturing two first and two second prizes on single box entries, for Jackson County.

Hood River and The Dalles received first honors on the 25 box entries.

Mr. Westerlund is of the opinion that the exposition, which began Saturday, November 5th, and will terminate Saturday, Nov. 12th, is the finest livestock and agricultural exhibit which has been seen in the state for some time.

1921 SEASON HITS LOW RECORD FOR FOREST FIRE LOSS

As to small number of fires and unimportant ones at that, the past season for the Crater National Forest district was record breaking. There was only 77 fires inside of the vast forest and two outside in immediately adjoining state territory which is protected by the federal forest service.

Of these fires, 19 were caused by lightning, and 49 as the result of carelessness on the part of pipe, cigar or cigarette smoking or of camp fires left by campers or travelers through the forest. Seven fires were of incendiary origin and one fire was set by a blasting fuse.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com