Mail Tribune 100: Dec. 10, 1918

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

    Dec. 10, 1918


    Medford donned flu masks today, in accordance with the ordinance passed yesterday, the downtown streets looking like a fancy dress ball with a highwayman atmosphere.

    Great varieties of masks were in evidence, ranging all the way from women’s veils to handkerchiefs. One courageous citizen waltzed down the main stem at noon with what appeared to be a white bridal veil strung around his derby hat. There were no arrests for violations, the city regarding the first day as preliminary but all people not properly adorned today will be promptly arrested and tried.

    No deaths from the disease were reported today but there was one death late yesterday afternoon, that of Frank J. Buckmaster, 20 years old, former member of the Seventh company who had been ill only a short time. This makes a total of five deaths in the past week. Among the new cases today was that of George Putnam, editor of the Mail Tribune, who was reported to be suffering from a typical case but without any serious complications.

    Supporters of the mask ordinance were much pleased with the result and predicted a prompt check of the epidemic.


    A very important and successful meeting of what has been heretofore known as the “Jackson County Agricultural Council” was held yesterday at the public library, when it was decided to adopt the form of organization for the farmers of the county which has been urged by the federal department of agriculture, known as the Farmer Bureau system. The majority of the eastern states have already adopted such county organization but Jackson County is the first county in Oregon to do so.

    The purpose of the Farmers Bureau as stated in the bylaws is “to promote the development of the most profitable and permanent system of agriculture; the most wholesome and satisfactory living conditions; the highest ideals in home and community life; and a genuine interest in the farm business and rural life on the part of the boys and girls and young people.”

    The Farm Bureau proposes to do its work through departments or projects. Each of these will be directed by a project leader.

    It will be the work of the Farm Bureau during the winter to interest every farmer in Jackson County in the organization of farm activities and make him a member of the Farm Bureau.

    The county home economics committee, which is the women’s department of the Farm Bureau, met jointly with the Farm Bureau and outlined work for the coming year.

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