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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 1, 1920

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

Dec. 1, 1920


There seems to be little possibility of the undefeated Medford high school football eleven scheduling a post-season contest with any Portland league teams this year. It would be difficult to predict what the outcome of such a game would be as no southern Oregon teams have played with representatives from the northern schools, but all football dope would indicate a fairly even break for honors between the two sections. The local high school had offers from Benson Polytechnic, Lincoln High School, and Albany College for Thanksgiving day contests but her previous schedule made it impossible to arrange for these games.

The curtain was officially lowered on the gridiron sport here Monday when the high school student body assembled to celebrate the victory over Ashland last Thursday. At this meeting the members of the team were awarded letters, and speeches were given by Coach Klum, school officials and members of the school board. The list of letter men are Captain Coleman, Sherwood, Vance, Irvine, Mansfield, Prescott, Franklin, Young, Rawlings, Payne, Watson, Baughman, Stockam, and Merriman. These men formed what is one of the most powerful football combinations that ever represented Medford and their remarkable record for the past season will be one of the bright spots in the school’s history. Basketball practice will begin in the near future and the student body is confident that Coach Klum will develop a winning quintet from the fine material available in the school this year.


Coach Klum of the high school will begin the work of organizing a basket ball team at once, and expects to have the best team in the history of the local school, better than when Mutt Williamson and Wilbur Jones were the stars. Most of the football team have basketball talent, and it is also possible that teams will be organized in the grammar grades.


An ideal Christmas present for the wife, mother or daughter, a 1921 “Singer.” Ask us about our special inducements. Singer Sewing Machine Co., 10 S. Fir. Phone 215-R.


The freight car shortage in Oregon is a thing of the past, according to figures compiled in the office of the state public service commission which show a surplus of 2,294 cars in this state on November 22. Of these 62 were on the Southern Pacific.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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