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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 28, 1921

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

Dec. 28, 1921


At the forum luncheon of the Medford Chamber of Commerce, which was held at the Hotel Medford this noon, George Collins read a report of general conditions which have prevailed in the valley during the past year. The report was satirical and outlined all of the improvements which have been wrought in this community during the past year and the favorable things which have occurred in a very sarcastic and pessimistic vein. The report was prepared by a fictitious committee and deplored all the progressive improvements such as the fair ground levy and the completion of the irrigation system, as having been inflicted upon the community.

Rev. J. L. Hershner, a guest at the luncheon, from the Hood River Valley, who is visiting his son-in-law, C. C. Lemmon, addressed the body and expressed his appreciation of the advantages which we have here. He told of the improvement Medford has made since his first visit here 28 years ago and said that he was favorably impressed.

Several other guests gave short addresses and Secretary Frobach announced that until further notice all Chamber of Commerce luncheons would be held at the Hotel Medford.

William Isaacs, Miss Ruth Warner and Everett Brayton accompanied by Mrs. George Andrews sang several pleasing numbers which were much appreciated. Contrary to reports recently printed, Mr. Isaacs was up to his usual high standard in spite of recent solos rendered by him which consisted largely of “Hosannas.” Mr. Isaacs sang two number which were enthusiastically received.

Gus Newbury acted as chairman, and in accord with his line of work won an argument which Harry Walther started with him.

Several songs were sung under the direction of song leader Millard and although the attendance was not large, the songs were very well rendered.

Dr. Rickert made the suggestion that a committee from the chamber be appointed to petition local banks to stay open Saturday afternoons or evenings for a short time in order to save merchants the trouble of cashing pay checks.


A large delegation of boys under the direct leadership of Cash Wood departed early this forenoon on the Y. M. C. A. hike to the hills beyond Jacksonville. The crowd was a happy one even though the weather outlook was not propitious, and each carried his lunch. A wiener feed was enjoyed at noon. The round trip to Jacksonville was made on the street car, and they were to return late this afternoon.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com