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Mail Tribune 100, April 27, 1922

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

April 27, 1922

URGES MEDFORD

TO GET CLOSER TO THE COUNTRY PEOPLE

A very small audience greeted Earl Kilpatrick, director of the extension division of the University of Oregon, at the public library last night. Mr. Kilpatrick talked on “When the Farmer Comes to Town.”

He explained that the mental attitude of the city man and the farmer are different; the city man considering himself a consumer and the farmer considering himself a producer in a certain sense. His theme was “cooperation through the entire countryside between the farmer and the townspeople.” This he believes is to be arrived at by the development of a common viewpoint to a certain extent; by getting the city man and the farmer to look at each others’ problems in the light and from the viewpoint that the other would take.

He believes that the correct solution of the problem is to make the farmer a citizen of the community surrounding the city. The farmer at present is a man without a legal community and he advocates the establishment of a zone around the city. People living in this zone will be citizens and as their privileges in the city are greater when they are closer to it he believes that their payment for the privileges should also be greater. The speaker states also that the union or consolidated school which will eventually come will also be a great factor in bringing the people of the city and country closer together.

He deplored the attitude of superiority taken by city people toward the country people and urged that it be eliminated. He stated that the cooperation problem in Medford was less difficult than in other parts of the state for the reason that many of the farmers surrounding the city had formerly been city men and although it had not made them better farmers it made it easier for theme to see things from the city man’s viewpoint. For this reason, he stated, Medford and Hood River and such communities where the development of cooperation will take less time and where it can be done with less difficulty than in other parts of the state, should lead the way.

LOCAL BRIEFS

Prizes amounting to $10 have been subscribed by local business houses for the men on either team in Sunday’s baseball game between Grants Pass and Medford who make the first home run, the first safe hit, the first two-base hit, the first stolen base, the first sacrifice hit, the first walk, the first hit that brings in a run, the first run and the first three-base hit.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com