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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 23, 1922

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

Feb. 23, 1922

MOVE FIRE CHIEF LAWTON TO GET A CLOCK IS FOILED

Fire Chief Lawton and the firemen have long ardently wanted a clock for the fire department, but always a hard boiled city council refused to authorize such an expenditure.

Therefore when the chief believed the councilmen and mayor in such an amiable mood last Tuesday night in discussing and passing the curfew ordinance he was seized with what he thought was a bright idea, and when he realized that Dr. J. M. Keene himself had smilingly made the motion for the passage of this ordinance under suspension of the rules, the always heretofore unusually cautious fire department head waded out boldly with the following:

“Now, gentlemen, this ordinance says that the fire whistle or signal must be sounded 15 minutes before the curfew hour, and therefore it is important that we must have an accurate clock, and I respectfully ask the council to —”

Chief Lawton went no further as he saw the faces of the mayor and every councilman freeze up and eyes glare boldly with amazement at his audacity at this proposal to waste the taxpayers money.

“No, no, positively no!” thundered Keene, chairman of the council fire committee, and who makes a specialty of canine guardianship of the city’s money. “From this time on I am determined to see that not one cent of city funds is spent except as an absolute necessity. You boys continue to keep time in the fire house by your watches.”

Mayor Gates and Councilmen Gaddis, Miles and Dressler nodded their heads approvingly.

As a psychologist Chief Lawton proved himself one of the biggest frosts in the valley. At that he was only going to ask for an alarm clock.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

Experiments with the different types of smudge pots and fuel oils are being performed nightly in the valley now by Prof. Reimer of the Southern Oregon Experiment station to determine which is the best pot and best kind of oil. When these experiments are finished the professor will publish the result in the Mail Tribune.

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The weather was the coldest this morning with a minimum temperature of 21 degrees that it has been for some time past. Cold weather is welcomed now as it will tend to hold back the early fruit buds which are ready to burst out with a short spell of warm weather.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com