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Mail Tribune 100

Sept. 16, 1916

Editor's note: There was no Sept. 17, 1916, paper.


The man who is known far and wide as the "sporting encyclopedia" is in the city. His name is Jack Curley and he rejoices in the reputation of being one of the world's greatest promoters of big events and with a brain crammed full of wider knowledge of sport than any other man in the business.

Jack comes here as an advance courier for the Sells-Floto circus, which shows at Medford, September 28, the most interesting portion of which, as far as the sporting page is concerned being the presence with that organization of Jess Williard, world's champion boxer, supported by the greatest aggregation of athletes that money could assemble.

Curley says that the circus fever has been linked with most of the great gladiators of the ring and mat.

Jack's first actual experience with Gotch came at a time when Fred Beel of Marshfield, Wis., then coming into much repute as a "great little man," sought a match for the title with Gotch. Curley promoted the affair and it gave Gotch his first claim to championship honors. Curley afterwards promoted the Roller-Gama, the Gotch-Ronen, Gotch-Mahmout, Gotch-Zbyszko and Gotch-Hackenschmidt matches, the Johnson-Williard contest and Johnson-Flynn bouts.

Few top-liners in the boxing game have not at one time or another fought under Curley's management. He has personally handled such men as Benny Yanger, Frankie Noel, Harry Forbes, Dave Barry "Syracuse Tommy" Ryan, the Sullivan Twins, Jimmy and George Gardner, Marvin Hart, John Willie, Jim Flynn, the Pueblo war horse, whom he still has, and with Tom Jones is a partner in the management of Jess Williard, world's greatest champion.


  • Rev. and Mrs. Johnson of Scappoose are visiting the home of their daughter, Mrs. Dave Duncan.
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Wells have returned from a trip to eastern Oregon.
  • Miss Marie Obenchain of Bly is visiting at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Wendt.