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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 23, 1921

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

Nov. 23, 1921

COMMUNITY DUTY TO NEW PROJECTS TOLD TO CRATERS

Senator C. M. Thomas was speaker of the evening at the regular meeting of the Craters club last night. The principal part of Mr. Thomas’ address was given to the subject of “Community Responsibility,” which he handled in a most interesting way.

The speaker pointed out that every man owed a duty of community service and utterly failed as a citizen if he refused to give service, because he absorbed the benefits which do come to each community and each individual member because of the efforts of his fellows.

The man who fails to accept and give community service is a community liability.

Discussing one of the vital problems now facing the community, viz; The necessity of aiding the rancher to work out his difficulties after the completion of the construction work on the irrigation districts, now building, Senator Thomas said:

“Gold Hill district has been completed more than a year; Grants Pass district is just finishing; Medford district is building; Talent district has finished its west side unit and is about ready to build its immense dam and reservoir; Eagle Point district is ready to build. The successful completion of these projects will bring an immense amount of fertile soil under permanent water and spell prosperity for this community. Each land owner will have his distinct problems.

“Clubs like the Crater and Chamber of Commerce can aid bringing the prospective settler to the owner who may desire to sell either all or a portion of his lands; by aiding the assembling and use of a revolving fund to provide finance in channels out of the ordinary, and by assisting in getting industries located here that will provide a profitable market for the products of the ranch.”

Mr. Thomas referred to a California district that was aided by one citizen who individually aided many of the ranchers to purchase dairy cows by purchasing the cows, retaining the title, and permitting the rancher to pay out a portion of the cream checks. Thus one man with a comparatively small amount of money was of great help to his neighbors.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com