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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 7, 1918

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

Aug. 7, 1918


At a meeting of the highway commission Tuesday it was decided that the state would proceed at once to complete the Ashland hill work and to use concrete for the hard surface. This will be welcomed news by everybody in Jackson county. When R. A. Booth and S. Benson, members of the commission were here recently they promised to find some way to secure funds to complete this work, altho the bond issue permitted by the government had already been provided for, and have made good their promise.

It will take from $16,000 to $20,000 to complete the road.

The commission also awarded contracts to the county court of Union county for grading the Elgin-Minam road and the Union-Telocasset section of the old Oregon Trail.

Both roads are post road projects and are to be constructed in cooperation with the federal government.

The commission instructed the state highway engineer to make a survey of a proposed road in Crook county up Crooked river for which the county has bonded itself in the sum of $95,000.

Owing to the growing complaint regarding the absence of sign boards at cross roads the highway commission decided to ask the attorney general for an opinion as to what steps can be taken to enforce the law requiring county courts to mark roads. If it is found that there is no method of enforcement, new legislation will be sought.

The secretary of the commission was instructed to notify all county courts that the speed laws of the state should be enforced. To clear up some right of way disputes in Union county the commission decided to request the attorney general to proceed with condemnation suits.


Twelve more Jackson county drafted boys left today for Camp Fremont, Calif., to begin their military service, eleven of whom departed this morning on a special military train from Medford, and one from Eureka, Calif.

Relatives and friends of the boys were at the depot to bid them farewell, and as the special train which was loaded with Oregon drafted men from towns all the way between Portland and Medford, pulled out the home boys, aided by their comrades on board were given cheer after cheer.

The Jackson county men sprung a new one in car labeling when just before the train departed the wrote in large chalk on their car: “This car contains Dutch Cleanser.”

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