Mail Tribune 100, July 12, 1918

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

    July 12, 1918


    Did you notice how extra polite and unusually cheerful all the post office attaches appeared today, and how the carriers walked with springy step and whistled gay tunes over their routes? Well, here’s the secret of it.

    Notices was received this morning from the post office department that every mother’s son of them, except Postmaster Mims, beginning with July 1st, had been granted a $200 per year increase in pay. This is in accordance with the law passed by congress months ago that all employees of the first and second class post offices throughout the country except those who receive a salary of over $2,200, should have their pay increased by $200. The Medford office is one of the second class.

    The reason postmasters do not share in this raise is because of the law passed long ago that during the length of the war their salaries should not be increased. Colonel Mims was so disgruntled that he left early today for his ranch to eat worms.


    W. A. Gates returned from Salem yesterday after having made arrangements for the sale of Fordson tractors in Jackson county. This is the long-expected tractor promised by Henry Ford but has been delayed because of supplying them in large numbers to France and England to aid in war work.

    Mr. Ford has requested all dealers to handle the tractor thruout the duration of the war for the bare cost of handling and the C. E. Gates Auto company will follow this policy on all tractors sold in Medford thruout the war.

    Tractors will be delivered to the ranchers at a price which will just about pay the selling expense. A number of the first delivery have already been spoken for and the allotment of 50 tractors to Jackson county within the next ten months will hardly supply the demand.

    The patriotic motive which has prompted Mr. Ford and his dealers to deliver these tractors without material profit will doubtless prompt the tractor owners to make his tractor serve as many people as possible.

    The first tractor will arrive in Medford in about two weeks.

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