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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 13, 1921

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

Dec. 13, 1921


Welcome news to Medford people who contemplate making train trips after the first of the year, and to the traveling public generally, is that on January 1st the government war tax on passenger tickets, Pullman berths and freight will no longer be required. The above information has just been received by Agent Montgomery from the Southern Pacific railroad headquarters.

The taking off of this war tax will result in lowering the cost of living and traveling and means that Uncle Sam’s income from this source from Medford alone will be approximately $2,500 less a month after January 1st, as the Southern Pacific has been collecting that sum every 30 days in tax on tickets, berths and freight. After the first of the year it will cost $1.25 less for a one-way trip to Portland from Medford or $2.50 less on the round trip, as the tax on a ticket is 95 cents and on a berth 29 cents, each way.


The Y. M. C. A. Holiday Hike for the boys of Medford and nearby territory will be taken Wednesday, Dec. 28. Boys of ten years and over are invited. The party will assemble at the city park promptly at 9 a.m., each boy leaving ten cents for car fare and five cents for “wienies.” Enough men leaders will accompany too insure safety to all.

Effort will be made to include every Medford, Central Point, Phoenix and Jacksonville boy who wishes.


Incidental to the fruit packing season closing at the Guy Conner packing establishment yesterday the many employees of the concern enjoyed a feast and social time yesterday noon, each one contributing certain articles of food for the occasion. Addresses were made by Guy Conner and Pug Isaacs, the manager of the packing department. Mr. Isaacs congratulated the employees on their faithful and excellent work during the past season, and said he hoped to have the same personnel next season. He then dwelt on the peace conference, discussed the Einstein theory, the 1925 exposition and the price of eggs. When through talking he discovered that he has been standing on one of his feet all this time.


The holiday vacation for the public schools of Medford will begin net week Wednesday or Thursday, the time to be fixed at tonight’s meeting of the school board, and will last until Tuesday, January 3rd. According to the state school law when Christmas and New Year’s come on a Sunday, the following day shall be a legal holiday.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com