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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 20, 1920 Continued

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

Nov. 20, 1920, continued


There is a decided sentiment in the city for the erection of bleachers at the Jackson Field, and this sentiment needs by crystallizing to make the needed accommodation a reality. Superintendent Aubrey Smith of the city schools has appointed a committee of boys from the football team to call on the business men and citizens to boost the plan with their moral and financial support.

The school board will consider the matter at their next regular meeting in December, and unofficially they are in favor of the move, and will probably take steps to secure bids for the construction and material necessary for the erection of the bleachers.

One of the plans advanced is to have the manual training department of the high school build the bleachers, under the direction of a carpenter, thus giving the students practical experience, and saving money on labor hire. It is hoped to have the bleachers completed in time for the spring track meets.

“Bleachers is what we need,” said Mayor Gates Friday afternoon. “It is a shame to make spectators stand up during a game, and this keeps people away. I think this matter should be brought to a head without delay, so we can be comfortable next fall, during the football season. Put me down for $25.”

W. F. Isaacs (Toggery Bill) when approached on the subject said: “My opinion is best expressed by a check for $25, which they can have any time they come after it. Anything that helps the schools helps the public.”

Attorney O. C. Poggs was also in favor of the bleacher building, and also thought lockers should be built for the boys, where they could keep their athletic clothes.

Some citizens interviews felt that the games should be held at the county fair grounds, and others that a delay should be taken until the visionary new high school is built.


With the opening of the Page theater as a moving picture house, probably next Tuesday night, the people of Medford and vicinity will, for the first time, enjoy moving pictures with a proper musical accompaniment, which will be furnished by the wonderful new Wurlitzer Hopedones organ or unit orchestra, the intricate and delicate process of installing which has been on for the past three weeks.

Then the moving picture patrons will be grateful for the enterprise, which moved the Geo. A. Hunt & Co. Theaters to go to so much expense in affording Medford the same advantages that are enjoyed by the picture patrons in the large cities, which included not only the organ, but the remodeling of the Page theater interior to make room for it and its extensive attachments, which spread around the house from cellar to roof as well as the splendid decorative effects which hide the organ and attachments.

Another good and pleasing thing to the local people will be that Henry Barcke, that accomplished musician, will preside at the organ. Only recently he returned from taking a thorough course in studying and playing a similar instrument at San Francisco, and he has put much hard practice for a week past in playing.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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