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Mail Tribune 100

Sept. 8, 1917


Horace Bromley has returned from a vacation trip through Southern California.

When in San Diego, Mr. Bromley visited North Island to see the Medford aviators. He found the boys all in good health and spirits and growing more husky every day. They get plenty to eat, have iron beds to sleep in and are allowed no little personal liberty. They are through with work every day before 5 p.m. and are then free to spend the evenings at San Diego, Coronado or Ocean Beach. The people in San Diego and surrounding country treat the boys well. Even the Y.W.C.A. stages a party and entertainment for them semi-occasionally.

The Medford recruits seem well satisfied with their lot and affirm that the aviation corps is the best branch of the service. Naturally they are getting very anxious to fly, but realize that it will be some time before their chance will come.

The boys are still the same old fun-loving crowd, ready for anything in the line of work or play. Most of them seem a little older in their ways, but outside of a brand-new mustache on Newell Barber's upper lip, they would all be readily recognized by their friends at home.

Del Jones and "Mig" Watson are regular Siamese twins, always fighting or playing together. Tom Scantlin is as huge as ever, while "Kelly" seems to have lost a few ounces. Jay Olmstead is still smashing hearts at Coronado, and friend "Mutt" is also a heavy batter in the ladies' league. Semon is doing some fine work in his department, and recently repaired a propeller that the older men were inclined to think hopeless. The Ling boys are right on the Job. Houston seems to have access to the sub-treasury, making all kinds of money, the boys say. Torney has left for the officers' training camp. Seely Hall is back, none the worse for his furlough.

Ken Baker seemed to be having a hot time on the ice truck, and Childers was acting on guard duty when "Brom" was over. Frank McKee is a regular "Beau Brummell" in his uniform. However, he is not the only one, as all the boys present a fine front in their soldier "rags".

Each and every one of the Medford crowd sent their best regards to all their friends and relatives at home.