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Mail Tribune 100, July 2, 1918

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

July 2, 1918

COAST PIONEER OF 1850 DEAD AT AGE OF 88

Died, at his late residence, 137 North Oakdale, Tuesday, July 2, 1918, D. B. Soliss, a pioneer of the Pacific coast region and for 30 years a respected resident of Jackson county, aged 88 years. He was born in New York, Jan. 24, 1830. When quite young he, with his parents, moved to Clinton county, Iowa, where they were engaged in farming for a number of years. In the spring of 1850 he left Iowa by ox team for the California gold fields, arriving at Placerville,Cal., in the fall of that year. He was married to Miss Margaret S. Newman, May 4, 1863, at Sacramento, Cal. In 1887 with his family he left California for Oregon, arriving at Jacksonville in September of that year and purchased a farm on Griffin creek, where he and family resided until coming to Medford in 1902 where they have since made their home. He leaves a wife and eight children to morn his loss: Mrs. J. W. McCoy, Klamath Falls, Ore.; Mrs. W. F. Griffin, Berkeley, Calif.; Mrs. J. H. Clark, Bellingham, Wash.; Mrs. R. L. Cooper, Crescent City, Cal.; Mrs. G. E. Lemaux, Portland, Ore.; A. N. Soliss, Los Angeles, Cal., and Don B. Soliss, Los Angeles, Cal.

Funeral services will be held at the Weeks & McGowan chapel Friday, July 5, 1918, at 10 a.m. Services at grave under auspices of Warren lodge No. 10; A. F. and A. M. Interment in Jacksonville cemetery.

PLANS ARE PERFECTED FOR DRAFTED MEN

Preparations for the reception to the drafted men at Ashland Friday morning at eleven o’clock are practically completed. In addition to addresses by Professor Vining of Ashland and Attorney P. J. Neff of Medford, there will be musical numbers by the Andrews quartet and Ashland vocalists and after the celebration the drafted men, forty in number, will be guests of the committee at an informal buffet luncheon.

The local draft board has sent out notices to all the men, and instead of having their preliminary gathering at Jacksonville as originally planned, they will meet in Ashland after the luncheon, the draft board going to Ashland for that purpose.

In the evening “The Mikado” will be presented in the Ashland park, with a most beautiful setting, comfortable seats, splendid orchestra and with the experience of the Phoenix presentation to profit from, one of the best amateur performances ever seen in Southern Oregon is certain. In addition to the regular humor and melody of this classic comic opera, there will be some new topical songs by Fletcher Fish, in themselves worth the price of admission.

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