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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 20, 1919

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

Dec. 20, 1919


The people of Medford and the valley were surprised on awakening this morning to find the heavy snow, which had burdened this vicinity since a week ago Thursday, all gone, and the first thought of many was that Mayor Gates is quite some proclamationer.

However, a Chinook wind, which blew heavily at times thruout the night did the work of clearing away the snow and slush, and it did it neatly. Best of all is the fact that the melted snow nearly all passed into the ground, hence there is not a semblance of a flood condition. Bear creek this forenoon was very little higher than yesterday.

The Chinook wind was still blowing at noon Saturday at about a 30-mile gait at times, and Saturday seemed more like a spring day. Conditions certainly presage another storm period, but it is hoped that it will only be a fall of rain. The prediction is for rain tonight and Sunday. The minimum temperature of this morning and last night was only 35, and Friday’s maximum was 56.


Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 20. — Harvard gridiron warriors carried with them the confidence of all New England today when they started the trans-continental trip to meet the University of Oregon football team at Pasadena, Cal., New Year’s day. Each of the 23 members of the Crimson squad was pronounced fit and it was believed that only climatic changes could temper their fighting spirit.

Fearing that the six days of Pullman car riding and numerous elevations, shift and climatic changes might soften the players, Trainer Pooch Donovan outlined a program of special exercises for the journey. Besides the indoor exercises, nineteen stops will be available for brief outdoor runs. In addition to the stop-overs at Chicago and San Francisco, breathing spells will be afforded at various cities.


With the slush and snow gone thus bringing comfortable walking into vogue again and making the roads much more passable the outlook this morning was that the merchants would enjoy an immense Christmas trade today from the hundreds of town and country shoppers who had remained home the past week and a half because of the storm conditions. It seemed good to the auto owners to have good going again about the streets of the city, but many autos which were disabled during the freeze and storm period have not yet been repaired.


Those Medford men who in accordance with Mayor Gates proclamation worked for hours last night clearing the sidewalks in front of their homes, totally in ignorance that a Chinook wind was coming which would do the same thing, are still peeved and grow rabid at the mere mention of “his honor’s” name.


Another beneficial result of the disappearance of the snow and slush last night was the ability of the Jacksonville street car to run on West Main street today to its usual Medford terminal.

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