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Mail Tribune 100, July 19, 1918

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

July 19, 1918

PICNIC AT ASHLAND WAS BIG SUCCESS

The Jackson County Merchants’ association picnic held at the grove at Ashland yesterday was well attended and a pleasant afternoon and evening was enjoyed by all. Business men representing all parts of the county were present, and many topics of interest to the commercial world were discussed.

The address of welcome was delivered by J. C. McCoy, a banker of Ashland, after a spirited concert by the Medford boys band. Will Gates, of this city, delivered an eloquent talk on the trade acceptance plan, and explained its virtues, both to the business men and the public. Mr. McCoy also spoke in favor of the plan and declared its adaptability to the individual’s conduct of business as well as commercial institutions was established.

Lively games in which men, women and children participated followed the speeches. Three-legged races, sack races and ball games were played, and the winners of the contests will be announced soon. Medford and Ashland pitted wits in a ball game, and altho the merchants formerly were knights of the bat, the score was not announced at the close of the game.

At 5 o’clock the Ashland band struck up stirring tunes which filtered thru the trees of the grove. A copious dinner, supplied from the many baskets brought to the scene of the festivities, was enjoyed at 6 o’clock.

FOREST FIRE BURNS ROGUE RIVER HOME

Valuable fir timber on an area approximately two miles wide and four miles long, the residence of J. C. Williams, in Rogue River, in the western part of Jackson county, and many buildings owned by farmers in the district badly burned, is the toll of a forest fire one mile south of Rogue River Wednesday night according to word reaching this city tonight.

The fire has been burning in this district for several days, but fanned by a stiff breeze from the north, it spread to alarming proportion Wednesday and every available man in the vicinity of Rogue River was called out to combat the flames. The fire was reported under control this afternoon, tho it was still burning menacingly.

Mr. Williams lost all his belongings when this home was destroyed. It was declared the house was fired by flaming brands from the timber blazes a mile away.

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