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As It Was: Newspaper Poetry Touts Wonders of Jackson County

Southern Oregon’s Central Point Herald lent support to community promotional schemes in the 1910s.  Nearly every weekly issue offered local verse touting area’s wonders.  Here’s one by regular contributor Charley L. Gant:

It's hazy, dreamy summer time

In Jackson County's ardent clime,

And smoke clouds drift upon the breeze

From off the blazing forest trees,

While in the vale there comes a calm

As sweet as Gilead's soothing balm.

Around us singing wild and free,

We catch the notes of industry

And see contentment written where

The pioneer once wrote despair.


Cool rivers wend through mead and field,

The corn ears, prodigal of yield,

Shoot forth their gift to Plenty's horn,

While sweet delicious fruits adorn

The endless miles, where peach and pear

And apple greets us everywhere.


In future years, no distant time,

A million souls will seek our clime,

Where summer's sun is always kind,

And temperate the winter's wind.

Where canyons spread and creeks descend,

And laughing, cooling rivers wend,

Where apple blooms embalm the breeze

And clover blossoms kissed by bees

From Nature's flower garden grand,

In this, our Jackson County land.

Source: Gant, Charley L. "Jackson County." Central Point Herald, 18 Aug. 1910, p. 2.

Alice Mullaly is a graduate of Oregon State and Stanford University, and taught mathematics for 42 years in high schools in Nyack, New York; Mill Valley, California; and Hedrick Junior High School in Medford. Alice has been an Southern Oregon Historical Society volunteer for nearly 30 years, the source of many of her “As It Was” stories.