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  • August 6, 1913

  • Sylvester B. Hall, who was teacher of science and coach of the athletic teams at Medford High School from 1908-11, was a lecturer on agriculture at the University of California summer school, just concluded.
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  • Sylvester B. Hall, who was teacher of science and coach of the athletic teams at Medford High School from 1908-11, was a lecturer on agriculture at the University of California summer school, just concluded.
    Mr. Hall is head of the agricultural department of one of the Los Angeles high schools. He left Medford in the summer of 1911 to accept the position of assistant professor in the department which he now heads.
    While at Medford High School, Mr. Hall installed courses in horticulture and agriculture.
    These were the first practical farming courses to be added to the curricula of a high school in Oregon, although at present all the up-to-date preparatory schools in the state have followed Medford's lead.
    At the close of his lecture course at Berkeley, S.B. Hall was offered an instructorship in the University of California. However, as his high school position was more lucrative, no change was made.
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    TILLAMOOK, Ore., Aug. 6 — Fishermen along Tillamook bay are today jubilant at the success of the first experiment made by the master fish warden of Oregon in blowing up the marauding seals that for years have been gobbling up the choice salmon before they could get to the waiting nets.
    W.J. Stillwell, under instructions from Master Fish Warden R.E. Clanton, has just pulled off the first explosion, blowing at least 150 seals into eternity.
    Stillwell put 150 pounds of powder in glass fruit jars and connected these by wires. The jars were buried in the sand where the seals were accustomed to sun themselves. When a great number of the seals gathered over the mine Stillwell pushed the button.
    "Hardly half a dozen escaped," said Stillwell today. "If any did, they are abreast of Alaska by this time and still going. You couldn't get one back unless you blindfolded him and dragged him in backwards."
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