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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 14, 1920

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

Aug. 14, 1920


The board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce have decided to have the Medford aviation landing field known officially as the “Barber Field” in honor of Newell Barber, a Medford boy, who lost his life in the air service in France.

The Medford field is one of the best north of Sacramento and is closer to the center of the business district than any field on the coast, it being one mile from Main street. It is approximately seven hundred feet to the east of the Pacific Highway and at present four hangars for the four planes now stationed there are directly east of the take-off section.

The dedication of the Barber Field and the ceremony of giving it its official name will take place on Labor Day, September 6th, at which time the citizens of Medford will be called upon to participate in a patriotic parade, which will end at the field where the ceremony will take place. The Medford post of the American Legion are cooperating and during the evening they will furnish a part of the entertainment of the occasion.

Col. Arnold, department air service officer of San Francisco, and Captain Smith of Eugene have been extended invitations to participate and assurances are given that the department will cooperate in making the dedication a notable success.


Washington, Aug. 14. — Plans are in active preparation for the first “Round the World” aerial derby, it became known today. A special commission appointed by the Aero club of America and the Aerial league of America, after covering most of the tentative route, has completed an organization.

A test flight of the entire route is in preparation, the start to be made from London in an improved Handley Page airplane carrying ten passengers.

The tentative route for the derby itself follows:

New York to Seattle, 2,929 miles; to Yokohama via Aleutian islands, 5,418 miles; Shanghai, 1,266 miles; Bangkok, Siam, 2,095 miles; Karachi, India, via Rangoon an Delhi, 2,563 miles; Baghdad, 1,536 miles; Rome via Greece, 1,876 miles; Ireland (coast) via London and Paris, 1,528 miles; Newfoundland, 18,75 miles, to New York, 1,125 miles. Total distance traversed 22,201 miles.


The name Europe has been in use more than 2,360 years.

A million miles of barbed wire was used in the war.

Statistics show that more widowers than widows marry.

The lily gives off its finest perfume at midnight.

Benjamin Franklin was an expert swimmer.

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