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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 9, 1920

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

Oct. 9, 1920


The Medford high school football eleven will meet the Klamath high gridsters for the first game that has been played between the two schools for several years at Klamath Falls this afternoon. The local players left Friday morning and a group of about 25 supporters left in a truck yesterday evening for Klamath Falls. The high school students and other local sport enthusiasts are awaiting with keen interest the results of today’s contest. In view of the fact that Ashland walloped the eastern team last Saturday 16 to 6, Medford supporters are confident of success.

The red and black players who went to Klamath Falls are Payne, Sherwood, Vance, Watson, Gentry, and Irvine as backfield men; Coleman and Young, ends; and Prescott, Brown, Rawlings, Stockam, Merriman, Mansfield, and Terrill as line men.

The Klamath Falls squad will have the advantage of playing on their own field but Klum’s men have rounded into fine condition since the alumni game and should bring home the bacon.


Today is Fire Prevention day. Every time the clock ticked last year, $8.50 went up in smoke. The total loss by fire was $269,000,000. The property destroyed equaled in value the entire states of Nevada and New Mexico and $23,000,000 besides.

The annual fire loss is of such magnitude that the president and the governors of various states have issued proclamations, setting aside October 9 as Fire Prevention day, hoping that public attention directed to the subject will result in fewer fires.

Education along the lines of fire prevention will reduce our fires, but unfortunately we continue to build houses that burn like tinder when once a fire gets started. It would seem that parallel with the educational measures to prevent buildings from catching fire, there should also be educational measures to teach people to build so that the greater part of their houses will not burn.

Home builders should insist on fireproof roofs, chimneys and walls. Fireproof construction has the added advantages of being permanent, and insurance premiums are merely a fraction of what they are on houses that insurance companies consider a greater risk.

The doctrines of fire prevention should be talked in every school, factory and home. But, after all, people will be careless in spite of all that is said and done and if we are to get rid of our national fire menace, the only way is to build our buildings so they cannot burn.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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