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Mail Tribune 100, May 1, 1920

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

May 1, 1920


National bicycle week begins today and lasts for one week and will be observed in the United States and Canada. It is conceded by physicians that there is no better exercise for men, women and children than riding a wheel. Not only is it splendid for physical development, but bicycles are very convenient for business as well as for pleasure.

More bicycles will be used throughout the United States and Canada in 1920 than were used in 1899. This statement, startling when it is considered what a boom there was operative in the ’90s.

Notice the ad in this paper of the live-wire dealers in bicycles in Medford who are co-operating in national bicycle week.


C. A. Stebbins, regional director of the U. S. School Garden Army, with headquarters at Chico, Calif., is in Medford conferring with local school officials. Mr. Stebbins works under the bureau of education, Washington D. C., and is making a tour of the northwest. The aims of his work are enumerated as follows:

To set to work at home under the direction and supervision of the school, 10,000,000 boys and girls will grow plants and animals.

The average child takes it for granted that the next meal, the next dress or suit of clothes, the next movie ticket is coming from father. In other words he believes that his homes owes him a living.

Every boy and girl physically and mentally able should produce a part of that which he or she consumes. The children should help to sustain the home, should feel obligated to the home for food, clothing, shelter.

It is not a healthy national condition when 24,000,000 boys and girls consume one-seventh of the foodstuff and produce practically nothing. The boy trained in habits of work of production makes a good citizen. The dissatisfied, dangerous man was a non-producer as a boy.

To give each boy and girl that biological, spiritual, moral, mental and physical background which comes from working with and knowing living things. Other things being equal the country boy makes the superior man because of this background of experience.

The school and home garden division has no program to foster. It desires to stimulate and to strengthen resident possibilities for productive education of this nature. In order to do this it offers free to teachers on application to the bureau of education: (1) Insignia for boys and girls who have animal and plant projects under way at school or at home; (2) diplomas to be awarded to children who complete their projects; (3) Instructive manuals for teachers; (4) Large colored posters for the schools; (5) Enlistment blanks.

The high cost of living would be materially reduced if the homes became more self-sustaining. On the one hand are 10,000,000 boys and girls physically and mentally fit, on the other are thousands of backyards. The limiting factor for production and educational values is an effective organization such as the school.

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