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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 8, 1918

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

Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 8, 1918

MEDFORD AGAIN WITHOUT A CITY HEALTH OFFICER

Medford is again without a city health officer, as Dr. Clara Dunn, who has held the office for several months and who had reluctantly taken it, has resigned. The resignation according to Dr. Dunn was brought about by the duties of the office interfering with her regular practice and a number of embarrassing features.

Inasmuch as no Medford physician wants the office and refuses to take it even with an increase over the salary of $25 a month attached, Mayor Gates said today that he would have to draft one of the medical fraternity to serve on the plea of civic and national patriotism. There is a national angle to the situation because of the recent disease regulating ordinance passed by the council for the protection of soldiers at the cantonments.

The office went begging for a while before Dr. Dunn was persuaded to accept it, and now it is begging again. One of the councilmen suggested facetiously last night the appointment of Dr. Helms, the veterinary.

According to Dr. Dunn’s report just submitted to the council, the general health of Medford is good. Since the close of the schools the measles and mumps have become much less prevalent. In June there were 7 deaths, including one suicide and two deaths due to accident and injuries. One case of scarlet fever and one of typhoid were reported. Since the disease ordinance for the protection of the soldiers was passed, nine suspect cases were examined by Dr. Dunn, and three persons were found infected.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

In Justice Taylor’s court today the case against J. T. Payne, arrested on complaint of George T. Collins on the charge of obstructing a road, was again continued for a week or two in order to get important witnesses. This case has been hanging fire in the court for several weeks. Collins claims that on Sunday, July 7th, Payne who was driving a motor truck loaded with forest fire fighters and equipment on the Crater Lake road refused to turn to the right after Collins who was with several friends, had blown his auto horn a number of times. Payne contends that on account of his heavy load and the narrowness of the road he could not with safety turn out until he reached a wider place. The trial will be before a jury.

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