The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
June 1, 1918
SENTENCE DAY IN CIRCUIT COURT
Saturday was sentence day in circuit court and three men found guilty of various charges at their trials this week had sentence imposed on them by Judge Calkins.
The heaviest penalty was dealt out to Fred Burr, a degenerate who was convicted of a nameless charge, who was sentenced to from one to 15 years in the penitentiary. The case was revolting in nature and Burr’s young children were the chief witnesses against him.
W. A. Thompson of Central Point drew a fine of $200 and costs for assault and battery on a neighbor.
A sentence of six months in jail was imposed on J. B. Wood, the former Medford real estate dealer, who was arrested in Montana and brought here and convicted on the charge of non-support.
COCKERELS TO GET THE AXE DURING WEEK
Next week is known as “can the cockerel” week, when at the government’s request farmers and poultry raisers all over the United States are expected to kill off all their roosters. This movement is in the interest of a better egg supply for the summer.
The contention of the department of agriculture is that unfertile eggs in the summer keep better than fertile eggs. It is estimated that $15,000,000 is lost annually thru allowing roosters with the hens during the summer season. The absence of the roosters insures a better quality of eggs.
Then, too, the killing off of the roosters helps out the country’s meat supply. County Agricultural Agent Cate visited local poultry dealers today and requested that they pay just a little higher price for roosters than hens during this rooster-killing-off campaign.
SPRING DRYEST COLDEST IN YEARS WITH BAD FROSTS
If any argument for irrigation were needed the monthly weather reports would furnish it. April was the driest April in 30 years, and May, according to the monthly report of the local weather office was little better. During the last 31 days only slightly over half an inch of rain fell while the average for the month is 1.77— a sixty percent deficiency. The season deficiency rainfall is now 9.20 inches. The average rainfall for June is 1.09.
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