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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 13, 1918

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

Dec. 13, 1918


According to the daily reports of Medford doctors to City Health Officer E. B. Pickel, the flu epidemic in the city is steadily declining. On Wednesday last 52 new cases were reported, on Thursday, 26, and Friday at noon only 10 new cases.

No deaths from the disease were reported Friday although C. B. Watkins, the local cobbler was reported very low and little hope for his recovery was entertained. Mr Watkins has been critically ill with pneumonia for several days aggravated by serious complications.

The flu mask regulation is now being scrupulously observed by the people of the city there being no arrests today, although a few business men neglecting to observe the regulation in their stores were warned by the police.

Local authorities call attention to the fact that the flu mask is a certain protection and citizens thus provided can do their Christmas shopping without fear of infection. One local physician said yesterday that it was foolish to wear a mask and not benefit from it, by going freely thru the business districts as usual.


From the window of the second troop train which passed thru Medford this morning en route south a paper pellet was thrown which was picked up by J. M. Lofland. Inside was the copper tip of a rifle bullet badly dented and on the paper was written in pencil “Private Clarence Swisher, Company I, 44th infantry, Presidio, California. This bullet came from France. Please answer.” Mr. Lofland will keep the bullet and the note as a souvenir of the war and will write acknowledging receipt of same.


By Wanda Lyon

(Pretty American War-Worker Who Has Suggested a “Marry-a-Yank Club” in Every Town.)

The boys who have won the war didn’t get many dances while they served their country. And everyone of them likes to dance. They’ll like to dance with us girls when they return. And we ought to make up for them the dances they lost while winning the war. I suggest that every girl give preference on her dance program to the boys who were in army or navy. Let those who stayed at home be wall flowers for a while. They danced with us while their brothers fought for us.

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