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Mail Tribune 100: Dec. 9, 1918

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

Dec. 9, 1918


With four deaths in as many days, 150 cases of influenza reported Sunday, with 57 patients at the hospital, the city council restored the influenza ban in Medford Monday, closed schools, theaters, churches, pool-rooms, and billiard halls, and ordered the wearing of influenza masks. The prohibitions are more stringent than during the first epidemic and it is hoped by prompt action, to eradicate the flu.

The following proclamation has been issued:

To the Public:

On account of the existing epidemic of influenza the following order is to go into effect at once.

The closing of all places of amusements, theaters, lodges, schools, churches, card rooms, billiard and pool rooms, whether connected with clubs or otherwise, and all public meetings of every description, shall be prohibited.

Children out of school should stay on their own premises, unless employed or sent on an errand by their parents.

We are facing a serious condition and the public are requested to cooperate in every way to assist in stamping out this dreaded disease.

(Signed) C. E. GATES, Mayor; DR. E.B. PICKLE, Health Officer.

The city council, after a stormy session, adopted the following ordinance, which was vehemently opposed by Councilmen Keen and Dressler, ordering the wearing of the masks under $10 penalty for failure.


Chief of Police Timothy wishes to warn boys against shooting within the city limits. There has been considerable disturbance occasioned by offenders during the past week. The city ordinance against such action provides for a heavy fine in case of its violation.


A large crowd watched Jack Williams, “the Human Fly,” scale the Hotel Medford Saturday, going up from window to window, and thence climb the flag pole. As a result of the collection taken up, the Mail Tribune has $8.50 to enrich the coffers of the Red Cross.


Word has been received that the good ship “Medford” was launched by the Grant Smith Porter company and returned Saturday from her trial trip. The vessel has been delivered to the government.

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