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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 23, 1918

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

Aug. 23, 1918

NATIONAL GUARD COMPANY SOUGHT FOR MEDFORD

Efforts are now being made to organize a national guard military company in the city, Captain H. A. Canady, the commander of the local state militia company having been authorized to raise this company which is to be one of twelve authorized in the state.

A majority of members of the state militia company will form the nucleus of the new company, as already 36 of its members have signed up for membership. It is said that about 20 other members of the state militia company will enlist in the new organization whose authorized strength is 110 men between the ages of 18 and 45. This company and the eleven other Oregon national guard companies to be raised will be merged into the federal service.

The organization of the new company does not mean that the state militia company is to go out of existence. The vacancies caused by members leaving to join the national guard company will be filled by recruits. Because of removal from the city and drafts having taken away so many members the state militia company now numbers only about 85 men. Its full authorized strength is 150 men.

Now that volunteer enlistments are no longer taken by the army, navy and marine corps, the only chance for a man of draft age to voluntarily enlist for war service is by way of the national guard companies, unless the government makes changes in its plans already announced.

MEN OF 21 MUST REGISTER SATURDAY

Every young man of Jackson county in common with those all over the nation, who has reached the age of 21 years since July 5th, last, or who will be 21 tomorrow, must register for military service tomorrow. The hours of registration will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The following are the registrars in the various county districts: F. W. Mears and T. W. Miles for Medford; Nellie Dickey for Ashland; A. E. Kellog for Gold Hill; John Pernell for Applegate; G. W. Barker for Butte Falls; E. E. Ash for Trail; W. C. Clements for Eagle Point, and the county draft board at Jacksonville.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

The Jackson county draft board has received notification from the war department that hereafter men are not to be deferred after their call into the service. Heretofore in a number of cases men have been deferred to a later date on account of crops to be taken care of but the new order does away entirely with this. The ruling, however, does not affect those men who have already had their induction into military service deferred to a later date.

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