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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 15, 1918

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

Oct. 15, 1918


Following the example of Medford and in accordance with the request of the surgeon general of the United States, Ashland this morning ordered all the churches, schools and theaters closed and prohibited public gatherings until the danger of Spanish Influenza gaining a foothold is past. The proclamation was issued by Mayor Lamkin and the board of health and went into effect this morning.

As is the case in Medford there are but few if any real cases of the dread disease in the sister city, and the closing and prohibitory order was issued as a matter of precaution. The general health of both Medford and Ashland is good, although there are an unusual number of grippe and pneumonia cases in each city.

The state medical authorities have announced that all physicians are required to report contagious cases and any one who fails to report all Spanish Influenza cases will be prosecuted.


Indications this noon were that one of the lightest votes in the history of Medford would be cast in today’s special election to make the city charter conform to the state election law. Only about twenty votes had been cast at the three precincts by noon, including those of the judges. The polls close at 7 p.m.


Subscribers of the Mail Tribune are requested by Circulation Manager Owen Patton to exercise patience for a while if their papers do not come on time or are wrongly delivered as three of his carriers are sick in bed and the other carriers have had to double up to cover the sick ones routes, with which they are unfamiliar, as well as their own. The situation will be straightened out as soon as possible.


The deer hunting season comes to a close at 6 p.m. today, after which all hunters in the hills will be allowed 72 hours in which to bring home the game they have killed.

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