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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 4, 1919

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

Oct. 4, 1919


The Older Boys’ conference of Southern Oregon convened in the Presbyterian church last night and this session as well as those of today were very instructive and enthusiastic. Over 75 delegates, boys of 15 or over from Medford, Grants Pass, Roseburg, Ashland, Marshfield, Ruch, Jacksonville, Phoenix and Central Point are in attendance.

At last night’s meeting the signing, which was led by D. E. Millard, was full of “pep” and gave the conference a whirlwind start. Several of the out of town delegates responded to the address of welcome. A nominating committee was elected to suggest candidates for conference officers.

Paul L. Newmyer of Portland, the conference director, spoke to the boys for a short time, and he was followed by Wm. E. Case of Eugene whose topic was “The Four Square Fellow.”

At 8:30 today the fellows met again. Owing to the absence of Mr. Case, Mr. Newmyer spoke briefly on the subject “Starting to Train.” This talk gave the fellows several valuable ideas. A business session followed in which officers were chosen as follows: A. C. Merrifield, representing Marshfield, president; Jack Brady, representing Ashland, vice president; Leslie Butner, representing Roseburg, secretary, and Harold Potts, representing Grants Pass, sergeant at arms. Herb Grey of Medford was appointed official reporter.

Mrs. Jean Morris Ellis of Portland gave an interesting talk on “Building Essential Manhood.” Prof. N. F. Coleman then addressed the delegates on the subject of “Getting and Keeping Fit.”

Prof. Coleman is a member of the faculty of Reed college, Portland, and represents the Oregon Social Hygiene society. He spent several months in France as a Y. M. C. A. secretary in the educational overseas work and later served in the same capacity with the army corps, when the government assumed charge of the work after the active war period, when more men became available.

After a sectional talk on high school and Sunday school activities under the respective leadership of Roy Veath of the University of Oregon and O. F. Carsons the Saturday forenoon session adjourned with the boys more than enthusiastic over the “Older Boys’ Conference” plans.

This afternoon’s session was given over to conferences and routine business and an address by Rev. L. Myron Boozer on “The Training Table.” At 6 p.m. a banquet will be enjoyed at the Christian church with addresses, toasts, yells, songs and stunts.

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