Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 15, 1919

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    Jan. 15, 1919


    No more school for several weeks on Saturdays while the board of education makes sure that there is no recurrence of the flu epidemic that may force another vacation. Then if the way seems clear a new plan to partially make up the 10 weeks’ work list in the flu vacations, the chief feature of which is a continuation of the sessions until June 27, will probably be adopted by the board.

    This action was taken last night on recommendation of Superintendent Davenport, who sent a long communication to the board from his sick room, pointing out that it was a practical physical impossibility to make up the 10 weeks’ lost work fully within the time limit of the scheduled school year without crowding the teachers and pupils and endangering their health. He outlined his plan for the extension of the school year until June 27th, which by the abolishment of teaching non-essentials, sessions of a few Saturday, and intensive training, teaching and studying would enable all grades to practically make up the missed work required.

    The hearing from Superintendent Davenport on this important question was a surprise. A small delegation of school patrons was present last night to discuss the matter with the board. When the subject was reached Dr. Riddell announced that the night before he had a long talk with Mr. Davenport, who outlined his ideas. Typewritten copies of the superintendent’s recommendations and plan were then handed to each member. The board at once rescinded its previous action requiring Saturday sessions during January and February, passed a vote of thanks to the teachers for volunteering to teach on Saturdays and holidays, and voted to accept the plan outlined by Acting Superintendent Baker, the principals and teachers and hold it in abeyance subject to Superintendent Davenport’s plan.


    Medford housewives will be glad to know that the high egg market has broken, and that from now on cheaper eggs, much cheaper, can be looked for altho the price of butter continues to soar. There was a decline of from four to seven cents in the Portland market and from 10 to 12 cents at San Francisco and other coast centers in the past 24 hours. It is the annual break in the high market which comes about this time of the year.

    In Medford most of the groceries were still selling at 65 cents today, while one or two sold at 60 cents a dozen. Those who sold at 65, however, admitted that a break of at least five cents was coming within a few days.

    The sudden raise in the price of feed has caused the price of butter to rise also.

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