r ------------------------------------------------- 1 IN T H E L A N D 'W HERE THE. ^ G U E RIVER FLOWS CENTRAL POINT r T H E C EN TR A L P O IN T O F B U S Y [JACKSON C O U N TY AMERICAN • Orv P a c ific HicjIf>vdi.'Y & S P T?a.il>-oaJ. L U M B E R J N G -F T C U IT -D A IR ,V IN G - M I N I N G - F A R M I N G - S T O C K RAISING F IS H IN G -H U N T IN G VOLUM E 2 C E N T R A L POINT, HISTORY OF COUNTY SEAT CITIZENS AP PEAR BEFORE COUNTY COURT W ant New House Medford and Aihland Chamber» and Council» Work Hard For Re- Moval of County Seat. Some time early in the year of 1925 the county court worried by the lack o f fire protection fo r the valuable records o f the county, and by the large expense to wich the tax payers o f the county were being put, such as jurors, witnesses, county officials, etc., in order to transact county business, announced through the press that they contemplated re pairs to the present structure. Citiaen» Take Action. This notice caused considerable discussion all over the county and a large number o f the people expressed the idea that the proposed repairs would not ony cost between $30,- 000 and $40,000 but when completed would not furnish proper protection fo r the county records and would not provide adequate quarters fo r the growing business of the countv. in a few years it would be imperative to erect a new courthouse, in which case the proposed expenses fo r addi tions, although admittedly impera tive, would necessarily result in a complete loss o f that much money. Ashland Take» Action. The individual directors o f the Ashland chamber o fcommerce at a regular meeting Monday, April 6, 1926, and the Ashland city council at a regular meeting Tuesday, April 7, adopted resolutions urging the coun ty court to defer action it) regard to expending additional money, either for improvements or additions on the present courthouse in Jacksonville and that matters remain as they now are until such time as the people o f Jackson county shall have been given an opportunity to vote upon the question as to whether it would not be advisable to move the county seat to Medford and to erect a modern courthouse there. Medford Take» Action. A committee appointed by the Medford chamber o f commerce also unanimously adopted a resolution asking that the proposed additions to the court house be postponed until the people o f the county had a chance to express their wishes at election. Lawyers Get Busy. The Jackson County Bar commit tee, composed o f attorneys from different parts o f the county, includ ing Ashland, after thoroughly con sidering all sides o f the question from the standpoint o fthe actual needs o f the county, recently passed a resolution asking the county court not to expend money fo r further improvements to the present struc ture or erecting other buildings, call ing attention to the fact that a large majority of the people o f the county, when visiting the court house pass through Medfor dand travel about ten miles further in order to transact necessary business at the court house thereby incurring a loss o f time and considerable expense. The resolution also stated that Medford is more centrally located and more conven ient to the people o f the county, and ♦he removal o f the county seat to Medford would not only greatly bene fit all the people, but would be an actual saving of approximately enough money in a few years to pay fo r the erection o f a permanent courthouse. Medford Council Take» Action. E. D. Briggs o f Ashland, fo r the Ashland committees, and has com mittee and committee members from the Medford chamber o f commerce went before the Medford city council Tuesday evening, stating what had been done by the directors o f the chamber o f commerce and city coun cil at Ashland, also the committee o f the Medford chamber o f commerce and County Bar association, making that the Mpdford council take some action r*'"v.rd'ng the matter, and submitted a elan which thev claimed had bee- ♦horoughlv considered and wh:ch t* - believed aa busineas like and sens ' V. A fte r '*>'*'■ I rb consideration the mayor " " I mnneil unanimoualv de cided ♦ -'-d r® on behalf o f the citv ar' to a rote o f the people, to fiirr '-'- '- * * o f charge o t. the rountv *» rsnent site fo r the fourth —r- *—*»eu needed hv the coun ty e«>—* !f the neople o f »he eountv should •»«•Me to rote the county w «t Vr-dofrd •ml«'' to fnmi*h free c a rt~ f» aeonrthouse nntil such es the w i e * v court has auffi- Has* fnwd« raised to erect the new courthouse. REV. SH AW JACK|ON, COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY. OCTOBER 22, 1926 RESIGNES. Minister of Christian Church Will Go to Stayton. Last Sunday the congregation at the Christian church were surprised and disappointed to hear the words from the lips o f their ministed that asked his resignation to take effect at once. Rev. Shaw intends goim o the church at Stayton, Oregon, w „ i s in the Willamette valley between Albany and Portland. Rev. Shaw is an able talker, a man e;ith vast knowledge and with qualifications for a larger field than this affords. He is the organizer and the po.wer behind the Men’s Bible class, herald ed far and wide as “ the biggest thng in the Rogue river valley.“ His presence, leadership and advice will be greatly missed. We hear that the Bible class will endeavor to raise a budgt for th church, which is bad- lyneeded. , Stayton citizens are indeed fort unate to secure Rev. Shaw, minister and lecturer. C. P. BOYS IN O. A. C. Five Local Boy» Attending Oregon Are Favorably Mentioned. Forrest M. Pickett o f this citv, whd is a freshman in commerce at the Oregon Agricultural college, has been appointed to a committee for decorations for the first freshman dance o f the year. Mr. Pickett has also been chosen as freshman pledge of the Beaver Knights, an organiza tion whose function it is to enforce rules and traditions o f the college. Formal initiation to this organization is one o f the features o f the annual OHmpus week end held each spring. He is pledged to Phi Kappa Tau, national social fraternity. Others from Central Point attend ing O. A. C. are Moore Hamilton, junior in commerce, active in campus publications and a member o f the O. I A. 0. daily Barometer sta ff; Clifford Boswell, junior in forestry, Charles Cunningham, sophomore in electri cal engineering; Malcolm (Bust.tr) Brown, freshman in mechanical en gineering and pledged to Beta Kappa national social fraternity, and John nie Bohnert, freshman in agriculture, majoring in landscape gardening. FIRE DESTROYS BUILDING HERE BUILDING USED FOR DANCES T O T A L Y DESTROYED Has Some Insurance Building and Content» Lost in $3500 Blsxe; Origin Unknown: Partially Insured: Owned by Medfrod Man Fire of undetermined origin com pletely destroyed the F. & E. theatre building here shortly before 2:3(1 o’clock Saturday morning, causing a loss estimated to exceed $3500. The large structure, well known to motor ists, passing through Central Point on the Pacific highway, was the property of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Se- brean and was rebuilt three years ago from a larger building known as the Central Point opera house. The fire is said to have started in the rear o f the building which was a lurid mass o f leaping flames, when discovered by a passing motor ist. Volunteer firemen answered the fire alarm bell in surprising num- ers and due to the stillness o f the early morning, had little trouble in preventing any spread. Two 'lines o f hose with good water pressure were put in play, but the blaze had gained such headway that even walls could not be saved from utter des truction. Every piece o f equipment the building contained was destroyed, including two moving picture ma chines and attachments, two pianos, 250 seats a new screen and curtain. In addition a $350 collection of carpenters’ and mechanic’s tools, property o f Mr. Eebrean and several sets o f valuable dishes, owned by Mss. Sebrvan, were also destroyed. The dishes had been used during the summer past at fhc Jackson Hot Springs resort, where she had been operating an eating estaolishment in connection with the resort and only had been placed in the theatre a short time ago fo r winter storage. The theatre, running moving pictures every night, was opened to the public in March o f 1933 and for a year ran under the management o f Mr. and Mrs. Sebrean, who leased the establishment to other parties shortly before leaving Central Point fo r Klamath Falls and California. They returned last summer and since have been giving hl-weekly dances one o f which, an ldtime dance was held the night before. Picture shows had been discontinued fo r some time. When the building was locked that night. an inspectino showed no danger o f the fire, which broke out three hours later. The loss was partly covered by insurance. The site is regarded as one o f the best business comers in Central Point, being at the com er c f Mai nstreet and the Pacific highway. A delegation of citizens, with E. D. Briggs o f Ashland as their chair man, appeared before the county court and presented the several reso lutions, and a thorough discussion followed by the members o f the court and the citizens. The court ex plained the fact that the countys’ business could no longer adequately be transacted in the present struc ture and that some relief would have to be given within the near future, but that they were entirely willing if prompt action were taken, to await the will o f the people, if the citizens present actually intended to proceed with the submission o f all angles o f the matter to a vote of the people o f the county without unnec- cessary delay. Court Refer» Action Pending Vote. The court adopted the following j resolution: E N T E R T A IN A T EAGLE PO IN T “ Whereas, resolutions have been presented to the county court by the | city council and directors o f the j Protrdei to Pay For Piaao; Student» Elecet Cla»» Officers. chamber o f commerce o f the city o f Eagle Point,— The Presbyterian Ashland, also by the city counil and chamber o f commerce o f the city o f , Sunday school will give an entertain Medford, and also a large committee ment at the Grange hall Friday night of the J a c k in County Bar, urging o f this week, October 22. The Copco the removal o f the county seat of pictures will be the feature attrac Jackson county to a more central lo tion with live current events and cation, and pledging an early ex interesting local pictures as well as pression by the people o f Jackson scenic views o f the Oregon Caves and redwoods and others. The champion „•minty on such removal: “ It is the opinion o f the county ship baseball game o f the Southern court that further expenditure for Oregon league and a football game repairs and improvements to the will be shown in part and shoudl be interesting to a good many. Some present courthouse be deferred.” fin® musical number* will be rend Medford Offers Free Building. ered during the program o f the mov Following the action o f the Jack- son County Bar association, the ing pictures, which will make an en chambers o f commerce o f Ashalnd joyable evening’s program. The pro and Medford, and the city councils ceeds will he used to pay fo r the o f both cities, the city council o f piano recently purchased by the Medford, on the 8th day o f October church This is a worthy cause and o f last year submitted the question everyone in the community should of building a concrete city half, twice be glad o f an opportunity to help the size o f the present court house pay for the piano. Ticket* will be and donate same free to the county on sale at the hank and Brown’s for court house purposes fo r a period store and the Sunday school children Buy o f i v e years. This measure carried will have ticket* to sell also. on the ballot almost unanimously ticket* and help the Sunday school. and the city council stands ready to The admission will be 10 cent* for build a court house for Jackson coun school children and 25 cents for ty without any eost to the taxpayers adults. The high school student body or and give them free uae o f it for as ganized last week, selecting John long as they desire. IIen*hsw, president, and Fern Jack*, The Question Up lo People. The question o f moving the county secretary. The organization will hold seat to a central location at M®dford regular meeting* in parliamentary :» on the ballot at the coming Novem style and much ran be accomplished ber 2nd election and it is generally in a practical wav that will he very conceded that inn »much as the coun nstrurtiv* as well as interesting to We have a full ty court will have to expend thous the student body. and* o f dollars if the court house re four year hidi school now with an enrollment o f 20. With something mains in Jacksonville, while it will t>e furnished vunmodiou* quarters over 80 in the grade*, the total school without anv carat if moved to Med ¡enrollment now exceeds 100. ford. that the taxnayer* srith the ex S. S. Poague is among the many ception o f some in Jacksonville -,nd the Applegate, will be almost unani good home town paner readers vho mous in voting to make the change. stopred in thia week to mark it I ahead a year. W R IT E US FROM W A Y BACK KAN Congratulate» Us and Hears From Central Point. La Crosse, Kan. Oct. 14, 1926 Central Point American, Dear Sir: ' Just finished looking over the Central Point American. Want to congratulate you on the paper. It’s a splendid appearing newspaper and has lots in it. There is a scarcity of advertisements in the paper, however. Even if your country is as good as you say it is, you can bank on it that it will not grow in business and population unless your business firms advertise better. This is an adver tising age. I note you say Florida has not the advantages o f your country. Maybe so— but Florida is sold to advertising and people flock there by the thousands. Advertising does it. Here is Kansas, we tell the world that "Kansas grows the best .wheat in the world.” W e advertise the fact— probably you have heard o f it. As the result Kansas wheat brings a premium on the eastern markets. Bakers in the East hang signs on their doors saying “ We use Kansas wheat, the best in the world” LE LA N D L. CAND ID ATES V IS IT HERE Democrats Making Visit Throughout Byways and Highways. J. R. Bowen, o f Rogue River is a candidate fo r state representative from Jacqson county on the demo cratic ticket. J. O. Rigg. o f Ashland, is a demo cratic candidate fo r state senator. These two gentlemen with Mr. Hall called on various business men of Central Point Tuesday. We were in deed glad to meet them and was favorably impressed with their sin cerity and Jackson county loyalty. Mr. Bowen is a well known grange member of the Rogue river communi ty and he has a strong following. There is no question about him mak ing god if elected. Mr. Rigg is a well and favorable known citizen of Ashland who knows the wants and desires of Jackson county and south ern Oregon. oBth gentlemen have many friends who will support them. FRIENDS HOLD CHURCH P A R T Y Meeting Held for Good Time and Offering Taken for New Church The beautiful country home of Mr. ¡ um I Mr»* George l„ Treichler, a mile west ot Central Point was the scene o f a joyful party Tuesday evening. About two dozen guests were present and the time was great ly enjoyed in conversation, music, games and refreshments. During the evening a large, dish pan was passed around the rooms and all present threw silver in the pan, the donation being made for benefit of the new $50,000 Presbyterian church that 1* now under construction in Medford. C E N T R A L PO IN T AM ERICAN UNDER NEW M AN AG E M E N T The Central Ponit American came to our desk with a brand new dress on this week. The cause for the change i* due undoubtedly to the change o f management. Paul Robin son, formerly o f Vernonia, Oregon, is at the helm and the paper has taken an almost instant change for the better. The front page is dressed up with n new leading and the head letter used on tne front pages. The editorial page will also he a live feature now. One thing about Paul he is a booster and a live wire. He is interested in mining at Gold Hill and with his other interest* in Cen tral Point he will be a first cla*» asset to the county.— Gold Hill New*. Thanks, Brother Shorb. Rain. We received a letter from the East this week in which the writer spoke o f our enormous rain. Such opinions probably get a lending place with people back there, but we o f the Rogue river valley complain that we don’t get enough rain. Here is proven true statistics. We received an an nual average rainfall o f 27.21 inches We have on an annual average be tween 270 and 280 days o f sunshine during the year. Seldom get* to zero in the winter.and a “ sunstroke” was never known. Our elevation is 1290 fe e t Sk-b? Enter» Real E»tat* Busin#«* John B. Sheley, aa will be seen by his adv. in this issue, has launched in the real estate, loan and insurance bp«ine«* Mr Sheley is w#ll k n o w here and he is well acquainted with land valuea in the valley And will do a good business. NUMBER 27 SCHOOL HERE IS DEDICATED MAIN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY GEORGE A. BRISCOE Many Are Present Speeches and Musical Program Mark Dedication of New Central Point High School. With importance o f education the keynote, George A. Brisco, superin tendent o f city schools at Ashland, delivered the main address o f the evening at the dedication exercise* of the new Central Point high school building last Friday i^ght before an exceptional large audience. Musi cal numbers by Medford musician* and singers were other features of the evening, followed by an inspec tion «of the new structure by the crowds in attendance. “ Education,” declared Superinten dent Briscoe, in part, “ is the key to opportunity and a very important part o f the key is procurable in the high school, making that institution essential in the lives o f young men and women. Through education minds are trained, character^ are molded and bodies trained for more serious duties o f life. Fine ideals of the community or city are expressed by the school buildings, and I am only glad to say that Central Point has a building of which it can be justly proud. Setting here next to the Pacific highway, it advertises to the world a good community in which to live, for schools play the most important part in civic life.” Mrs. Louis Dodge o f As^lund, vice president of the Oregon Parent- Teachers’ association, told o f work hef oi^anization has been anomplish ing and its importance to the juvanile population o f the nation, declaring it lias acted as a deterrent to juven ile delinquency. Unuble to be present, a message from Mrs. Susanne Homes Carter, county school superintendent, was read, expressing best wisher and carrying a congratulatory sentiment. .Selections were rendered by the Medford male quartet, Mis* Margaret Huntoon, Miss Polly Parott and others. following the dedicatory speech and a presentation o f an American flag to the school by the Central P o i n t Women's R elief Corps, and a speech o f acceptance by Superintendent H. P. Jewett. Inspection o f the building showed it to no splendidly equipper and well nlnnm d to take care o f need* Teeth ing for a number o f years into the future. Present facilities are capable o f caring for 153 students, with 102 attending at the present time, mark in g a record enrollment for that insti tution. Turkey Dinner. Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Grim enter tained at their pretty Central Point homo last Wednesday with a turkey dinner. Those at the table were Mrs. E. E. Wilcox o f Corvallis, Mrs. W. P. Grisham o f Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Grim o f Ashland, Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Grisham. Mrs. W il cox and Mr*. W. P. Grisham are daughters o f Mrs. Grim. Dasperadies Are Caught. The bank robbers who recently looted the Crescent City bank of $14,000 were caught Wednesday by Sheriff Arthur Rosa o f Eureka. The sheriff got all three men un aided. They were found in a farm house 12 miles from Crescent and had all the money on them. Burglars Visit Jacksonville. Wednesday night burglars jimmed the doors or six different business houses in Jacksonville. The loot was not great and at this report no in dications or signs were left that would throw any suspicion on the parties. Hall Has Minor Damage. The I. O. f>. F. hull sufefred minor damage in Baturdav mornings fire, when the dance hall burned down. The windows in the hall, next to the burned structure, were broken, the roof damaged and aotne interior damage done by smoke and water. J. M. Cummin«*«, citv marshal o f Central Point wished the American well this week in term* that count He pay* fo r a year to the nanrr and orders It sent to his sister in Port land every week. The Jarkaon Coontv Ministerial Robert H. Holmes, traveling association will meet in Centml Point freight and passenger ar®nt for the at the Christian eh«>rrh n »»t Mo»», Southern Pacific »nent Simiis» here day. It will be an all day session. with his mothor, Mrs. M. P. Holmes and liis brother, Hartsoll. 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