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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 19, 1918

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

Nov. 19, 1918

WANTS SOLDIERS PUT UPON IDLE LAND IN COUNTRY

W. J. Scott has written Governor Withycombe calling his attention to the possibility of placing returned soldiers upon Jackson county land as follows:

My Dear Governor: I was much interested in you plan to take over unused land in the state of Oregon for the use of returning soldiers. I believe it is a step in the way of progress, and I wish to call your attention to the possibilities in Jackson county. We have here about 25,000 acres on the west side of Rogue River not to exceed one-half of which is at present in cultivation. This land can be acquired at a very small cost. There is water aplenty going down the river for irrigation purposes which can be applied at an infinitesimal cost in comparison to the benefits secured. A very convenient power site on the river that would develop 3,000 horsepower, one-half of which would be sufficient to do the pumping by running the wires upriver six miles to a convenient pumping site would furnish water for irrigation, also light and power for the whole community and to spare as the power is only limited by the flow of water in the river and could be doubled when the river made a raise of 12 to 20 inches. I take this opportunity of calling the proposition to your notice for investigation.

WM. J. SCOTT.

JACKSON COUNTY OVER THE TOP IN WAR DRIVE

Medford and Jackson county went over the top in the United War Work campaign this morning with a total of $13,900 — the exact quota. When all the subscriptions from outside districts were received this amount may be increased somewhat, but no effort has been made to secure an over-subscription, and with the goal successfully reached, the drive is declared formally closed.

Altho the exact number of subscribers to this war fund is not known as yet, there is reason to believe it will exceed that of any drive since the declaration of war. The local committee headed by Wm. G. Tait did excellent work, solicitors, men and women were tireless in their service for the cause, and the public responded generously and spontaneously.

Because of the large number of subscribers and the tremendous amount of clerical work involved in listing them with their amounts, it has been found impossible to continue the publication of a list, until all the names are in. This procedure has also been found necessary in order to avoid repetition and mistakes. As soon as the official list is completed it will be given to the local press and published in its entirety, probably the first of next week.

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