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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 9, 1920

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

Dec. 9, 1920


Medford and vicinity has had spring-like sun-shiney weather, heavy rain, a touch of snow and a gale of wind all within the past 24 hours and now comes the prediction from San Francisco that heavy snow will fall in Oregon this afternoon or tonight with the possible outlook that the record-breaking snow storm and freeze of just one year ago may be repeated. The air is simply full of weather.

Early last night only .01 of an inch of rain fell, but there was wind, which developed into an average of 25 miles an hour gale, and at times reached a velocity of 26 miles an hour, starting at midnight at a 15-mile gait. At 3 a.m., the wind was going at 30 miles an hour and at 4 a.m., it stuck up for a few minutes at 36 miles. This wind played havoc with porch chairs, tree limbs, awnings, and everything portable and of light weight around the yards and in the business district.


A fine display of school and community spirit was shown at the banquet to the Medford high school football team at the Medford Hotel last night, attended by about 100. Mayor C. E. Gates acted as chairman, and after the food came on there was an hour of oratory and songs. All the speakers emphasized that they were proud of the team. The banquet was given under the auspices of the Commercial club largely thru the efforts of J. W. Mitchell, an ardent football fan.

Fletcher Fish opened the program by singing “When the Moon Shines on the Moonshine,” parodying the song to the Ashland defeat for an encore. He was followed by George A. Mansfield, who told of a fight he had with Jim Tucker when he was a boy, that he won because he did not know when he was licked, and said the same thing had showed up in the team. Mr. Mansfield also said that he hoped to establish a union high school in Medford, and that the school board was back of athletics.

Otto Klum, coach of the team made a short talk, in which he complimented the business men for their whole-souled support, and Superintendent Smith of public schools praised Coach Klum for his ability as a coach and a teacher.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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