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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 24, 1921 continued

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

Dec. 24, 1921 continued


The city council at its special session last night handed the people of Medford a left-handed Christmas present by passing an ordinance raising the water rates 25 cents a month, or $3 a year. This applies only to the dwellings and apartment houses, and goes into effect Jan. 1st. Later the council will take up the rates for commercial water uses, and put each such user under the meter system.

The reason for the increase in water rates is that the number of water users has been increasing yearly and the cost of operating the water works system is much increased. It is figured roughly that the ordinance passed last night will add $5000 to $6000 to the water works department receipts annually. The increase in water rates was recommended recently by the city budget committee of citizens when making up the budget for next year.

The council also passed an ordinance increasing the licenses of motor bus and jitney cars, and that body declared its intention to see that only reputable owners and drivers of jitneys were given licenses hereafter. The present jitney and motor bus licenses expire the last day of this year, and new licenses must be taken out January 1st.

In the connection the case of James (Shine) Edwards came up for discussion. Edwards who is running a for-hire jitney in northern California could not be served with the councilmanic summons of two weeks ago to appear before the council last Tuesday night and show cause why his license should not be revoked, as he was out of the state. Therefore the council, inasmuch as his license expires the first of the year anyhow, and he will not be given a new one, dismissed the matter.

The new jitney license fees are $50 a year for each motor bus carrying up to 10 passengers; $60 a year for each motor bus carrying over 10 passengers, and $50 a year for motor buses and jitneys hauling passengers and running on calls.


Maybe the farmer isn’t worried as much as he should be. He stays at home and wears his old clothes. It’s the business man snow who’s worried. The farmer hasn’t had the price for so long that he has forgotten how to buy things.—Oregon State Farm Bureau News.


A beautiful Christmas tree has been set up in the lobby of the Hotel Medford and the lobby and tree have both been tastefully trimmed in Christmas fashion for the gathering of guests around the tree this evening.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com