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Mail Tribune 100, May 9, 1919

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

May 9, 1919


The close of Victory Week with “all fools night” is the talk of the whole county, as well as Medford, and everybody is going to be here, from the babies to grandpa and grandma themselves. And say, if you thing there was a big crowd Monday night, and there were sure some force out, then what do you expect the crowd to be Saturday night. The old time Medford and Rogue River valley spirit will prevail, so be on hand early, come masked for the street dance and you may win a prize. Come with something to make a noise and confetti to throw and all that is asked of everyone is to leave your grouch at home and observe the law and if you don’t have a good time it will be your own fault.

The festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the rural school contest, for the largest attendance, most comical make up and the most noise. Parade forms on North Front street. See this big event in charge of Superintendent Ager.

The band concert begins at the park at 8 p.m., after which they will march down the street and play in the center of each block, then march back to the park to lead the all fools’ parade down Main street at 9 p.m. All masked characters should be at the park at 9 p.m. In the parade will be Uncle Sam, John Bull, Charley Chaplin, clowns and other characters. All are asked to mask, and there will be a prize for the most unique costume and best representation of a national or international character.

The Mysterious Miss Raffles will appear somewhere in the throng at 9:30 p.m. and the one who meets her first and uses the Medford slogan, “With Medford Trade is Medford Made,” will receive $5 in gold and have the honor of the first dance with the distinguished lady. She may be next to you so if you want to win the prize salute every woman you meet, whether you know her or not, and use the above slogan. Miss Raffles may be your wife or sweetheart, who knows, so get busy and win the coin.

After the all fools parade the streets from Central to Bartlett and Central for a half block each way from Main, will be roped off for the free street dance. The music will be located at the intersection of Main and Central.

Each merchant, as well as everyone else is asked to mask, so you can enter into the spirit of the occasion.

If you don’t dance, the theaters all have specially attractive programs, so don’t be afraid to stay up a little late and enjoy yourself.

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