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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 10, 1920

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

Dec. 10, 1920


In view of the predicted snow recently it is interesting to relate a chronological history of the big snow and freeze of a year ago which did so much damage and practically paralyzed business for days. It snowed all night of Dec. 10th and on the 11th Medford awakened to find from 11 to 13 inches of snow on the ground. On the 10th the lowest temperature was 35 degrees above and the maximum was 43 degrees. On the 11th it was a little colder with a minimum of 30 degrees and a maximum of 40. There was a decided drop in the mercury on the 12th with a minimum of 9.5 above and a maximum of 25.

Still no one suspected on retiring that night of the big drop coming. Medford awakened on the 13th shivering in the record breaking temperature of 9.7 degrees below zero to find the water pipes in the home frozen, and at once started to fire up heavily the heaters, cooking ranges and anything else that would furnish any kind of warmth. Then the stoves began to blow up. Those were cussing old days!

... Then came probably the most astounding feature of this strange spell of weather. During the night of the 20th a Chinook wind melted away every vestige of snow, and the residents looked out next morning to find the erstwhile white landscape entirely gone. The six or more inches of snow had melted away and been absorbed in the ground, so that there were no flooded conditions as had been feared when the thaw came.

Now another snow may come? Everyone hopes it won’t amount to much and will not be followed by another spell of North Dakota weather.


Ashland, Dec. 10. — The care of next season’s tourist and vacation travel is already receiving attention of the chamber of commerce, which organization has already outgrown its old quarters in the city building, and now meets at the Monday hour semi-occasionally in Chautauqua Pioneer Hall, where utensils are handy in the kitchen annex, wherewith the forum luncheon is wont to be prepared. Thus it is that important business matters are transacted, also projects broached, amidst a social environment that materially assists in developing important measures.

The subject mentioned is considered too extensive in scope to be decided by the directors of the chamber, individually. However, they will shape the outlines of various projects to extend resort facilities in our midst, leaving it to the membership of the commercial organization in general to adopt specific plans.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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