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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 12, 1920

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

Nov. 12, 1920


The second anniversary of Armistice Day was quietly observed in Medford yesterday as a general holiday with the business and home sections decorated with flags and bunting, a general gathering of the folks from the rural districts here in large numbers, a parade and the big legion ball.

The celebration proper began with the parade in the afternoon, after which followed the largely attended open house reception to the public by the ex-service men at their club rooms, and wound up with the American Legion ball in the local post’s hall.

The patriotic parade was, of course, the spectacular feature of the day. It started at 2 p.m., from in front of the Hotel Medford, and the marchers proceeded in a drizzling rain to the intersection of Riverside and Main, countermarched back to Grape street, and disbanded. Of course, the ex-service men were the big feature of the parade, dividing honors with the handful of grizzled and aged G. A. R. men. The veterans of the Spanish American war had a good turn out and came in for a share of the honors. The ex-service men made a good showing, having about 200 men in line. The Red Cross float was also a most commendable feature ...

Following the disbanding of the parade the band escorted the ex-service men to their club rooms in the M. F. & H. building, where the post assisted by the women’s axillary, kept open house until 5:30 p.m., with the general public calling in generous numbers. The auxiliary served tea and wafers to all comers, and there was informal dancing.

The American Legion ball was very largely attended and the hall and club rooms were crowded with dancers from 9 until 12 o’clock, concluding promptly at the later hour. A feature of the reception and ball was the canteen established by the post, and during the ball the auxiliary served food, sandwiches, ice cream, coffee and other refreshments.


Up to last night 787 car loads of pears had been shipped to the eastern market from the Medford district, which is already 20 more cars than were shipped last year, and there are one or two more cars yet to go. So far 123 cars of apples have been shipped. This season’s apple shipping (is) estimated at something over 300 cars as against 475 cars shipped from here last year. There are plenty of refrigerator cars coming daily now to take care of fruit shipments which are going out at the rate of 8 to 10 daily.


The Chevrolet car of Ed Hamlin of Rural Route 1 was either stolen or borrowed by joy riders last night between the hours of 7 and 11 p.m. from its place of parking on East Main street between Front and Central.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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