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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 13, 1920

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

Sept. 13, 1920

TRAVEL TO CRATER LAKES THIS YEAR BREAKS RECORDS

The attendance at Crater Lake this year will break all records at the resort, and will far exceed that of last year, which was the greatest in the lake’s history. The increase shown is 22 percent.

Figures just received in the city from Alex Sparrow, superintendent of Crater National park, show that up to September 9, there had been 18,802 visitors at the park this season, and that 4,878 automobiles had passed through the park entrances in that time. The season closes October 1, and by that time these figures will be much enlarged.

The wild bears have been making their annual fall visit to the lake and immediate vicinity in search of food, several of which have become quite tame. One of these bears, a big fellow, in particular has been breaking into the meat house of the government camp during the night, which in the morning causes an unusual flow of appropriate language from the mouths of Mr. Sparrow and Mr. Lawrence the head chef. The other night this bear carried away 60 pounds of meat from the meat house.

SCHOOLS OPEN BIG ATTENDANCE IS PREDICTED

Boys and girls of Medford, ranging from six to 21 years, launched an offensive for an education this morning, and the clang of the school bell is again heard in the valley.

In the rush of the first day, no figures on the attendance were available up to noon, but the school authorities announced that it will be in excess of last year. The attendance in the high school will be heavy.

The “first timers” were highly enthusiastic, and in accordance with custom, blossomed out in best bib and tacker. Some of the young men piled out of bed at five o’clock this morning. The bookstores if the city were jammed with purchasers of books and equipment, all jabbering excitedly.

The pupils will report to the various schools this afternoon, with their books, and lessons will be assigned for tomorrow, and the regular work of the year begun.

All the county schools will be in operation this week, some of the country schools beginning last week.

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