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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 22, 1922

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Feb. 22, 1922


Long Discussed Regulation of Medford Youth Passes City Council—17 Years Fixed As Limit—Parents of Violators Open to Fines From $2 to $25

The long talked of curfew ordinance became a fact last night when the city council unanimously passed the measure outlined and urged by the Parent-Teacher council, prohibiting all persons under the age of 17 years from being in the streets, alleys, parks and other public places after certain hours at night — 9:30 in the summer months and 10 in the winter months, unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or other proper adult person.

An exception is made to permit persons within the age of 15 to 17 years actually attending social affairs or public functions, an extension of an hour longer to be home. The ordinance goes into effect in 10 days. Parents of violators are subject to punishment of a fine of from $2 to $25, on conviction in police court, after the first offense.

This measure has been urged by the various parent-teacher associations of Medford for months past, and although laid before the council some time ago, had laid in abeyance until Monday the Parent-Teacher council, which is the executive committee of the parent-teacher associations, met with Chairman J. M. Keene of the city council committee on the subject, when the details of the measure to be introduced last night were gone over and agreed on. The councilmen and Mayor Gates discussed the measure with Aubrey Smith, superintendent of schools, and C. M. Thomas, a special committee to further its passage for the Parent-Teacher council and made a number of minor changes. Then Dr. Keene moved that the rules be suspended and the ordinance passes, and T. W. Miles seconded the motion. Councilmen Gaddis, Dressler, Miles and Keene voted for it. R. W. Antle, the other councilman, could not be present last night, but he favored whatever the council majority voted.

The ordinance reads in part as follows:

“It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of seventeen years of age to be upon, loiter, wander or stroll about the streets, alleys, avenues, parks or public places of the city of Medford, Oregon, after the hour of 9:30 p.m., from and including October 1, in any year to and including March 31st of the following year, and after 10 p.m., from and including April 1st until and including September 30th in any year unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other such adult person lawfully and properly accompanying such person, excepting and in case of any person withing the ago of 15 to 17 years of age who is attending any social affair, or public function of similar nature, in the evening, such time limit as provided in this section for being upon the streets, alleys, avenues, parks, or other public places shall for such persons within the age of 15 to 17 years actually attending such functions be extended to one hour later and no more.”

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com