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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 19, 1919

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

Sept. 19, 1919


There is one striking thing about big men — they all have big teeth. The people of Medford had abundant opportunity to notice President Wilson’s set of molars and they were splendid ones. The late President Roosevelt’s dental display had an international reputation. And there was — and is — Charles E. Hughes, who unfortunately concealed his teeth behind a disconcerting ambuscade of whiskers. If Mr. Hughes ever shaves it will be discovered that his bicuspids rank well with those of his more successful, but only slightly more distinguished contemporaries.

A fine set of teeth is not an open sesame to greatness perhaps, but it is certain that no American in recent years has attained prominence in public life, with the handicap of either poor teeth of false ones. Which calls attention to an article in the current Saturday Evening Post on “What is the Matter with American Young Men.” Bad teeth, it seems, played an important part in keeping young men out of the army and plays an important part today in lowering the efficiency of young and middle aged men in business life.

Lest someone think this an advertisement for the dentists we hasten to remark, that on the contrary we are boosting for the tooth brush. If the rising generation will manipulate the tooth brush as vigorously as the present one manipulates the throttle on the motor car, or the beauty stick, there will be no business for the dentists, whatever.

Good teeth promote good digestion, good digestion promotes good health, good health promotes physical energy, and physical energy coupled with brains, forms the one infallible receipt for success in life.

So keep your eye on your teeth children. You may never have a Roosevelt, Wilson or Hughes pair, but the better pair you have the better your chances for being heard from.


Sept. 19, 1909

From the Mail Tribune

New York, Sept. 19 — Dr. Frederick A. Cook arrived this morning at 4:20 a.m. on the Oscar. Even at that hour Dr. Cook was on deck surrounded by passengers. Speaking of Peary, Dr. Cook said: “I deeply deplore the controversy with Commander Peary, but shall say nothing. My mother raised me to be a gentleman. There is glory enough for all. I shall let the public decide whether I reached the pole, for they shall have all the facts.”


Ideal weather is prevailing at Crater Lake and returning tourists this week pronounce it the most wonderful time of the year at that resort. During the storm period last week and part of the week before when so much rain fell here much fell during the nights and mornings at Crater lake, since then there has been perfect weather. The usual number of tourist visitors are going to the lake daily as well as many Medford and southern Oregon folk.

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