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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 5, 1918

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Dec. 5, 1918

WAR’S GREATEST INVENTION IS PHONE TO AVIATORS

The wireless telephone set used on the western front by allies aviators during the last six months of the war is proclaimed by the war department, “the greatest invention of the war.”

Col. Clarence C. Culver of Washington is the inventor.

By this new invention it was possible to communicate with aviators after they had soared thousands of feet aloft, and to direct their movements. Thus beginners were sent up without instructors, and were directed by the flight commanders.

The invention followed eight years of experiment engaged in by Col. Culver and other wireless wizards, military and civilian, and was completed at San Diego, Cal., last February.

HUMAN FLY TO CLIMB HOTEL MEDFORD BUILDING AT 2:30 O’CLOCK SATURDAY

Jack Williams, the original human fly, is coming to Medford. This young man who makes his living by climbing up and down the sides of tall buildings much like the well known suction footed fly will climb the Hotel Medford building next Saturday at 2:30 p.m., rain or shine.

Mr. Williams is the man who on May 11, 1911, climbed to the top of the Woolworth building in New York City, which is 55 stories and over 700 feet high, using nothing but his hands and feet to help him. This peer of all dare devils climbed the entire distance in two hours and forty-five minutes. Last September he climbed the L. C. Smith building in Seattle, climbing the entire 42 stories in 43 minutes while blindfolded.

Mr. Williams has been climbing skyscrapers in different parts of the country for the past eight years, and some of the things that are accredited to him border on the supernatural. He has developed his finger grip till he can hold a raw potato in his hand and squeeze it to a pulp in his long wirey fingers. He can catch a baseball as easily with his foot as some people can with their hands and the slightest indentation furnishes him with plenty of hand hold to climb on.

His climb here will be under the auspices of the Mail Tribune and he will take on a collection from those witnessing the exhibition and 25 percent of the gross receipts turned over to local charities.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

A small boy was overheard bragging today as to how he got out of going to school by taking a can of pepper and throwing a handful in the air in the school room resulting in a sneezing epidemic that caused the discharge of five pupils, under suspicion of flu.

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