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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 11, 1920

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

Dec. 11, 1920

CHRISTMAS PLAY AT ST. MARY’S ON DECEMBER 20TH

The pupils of St. Mary’s Academy will welcome their friends on Monday evening, December 26, and will entertain them with a real Christmas frolic. The “Minims” will present an attractive operetta “Toyland” in which many pretty remembrances of childhood’s fairest days will be pictured. A playlet called “Why Santa Stayed in the Chimney” is being cleverly staged for the evening by members of the third and fourth grades. The musical numbers are particularly beautiful and these especially will fill the audience with the “Christmas spirit,” of joy and pace. A novel feature is a boy’s quartet “Silent Night” which is well rendered by select voices.

Counting on the generous appreciation of friends, the pupils are looking forward to making this program a remarkable success.

Mayor C. E. Gates has kindly accepted an invitation to be present and to close the bicycle contest at the end of the evening’s performance. This contest has been in progress for more than a month, and the winner is to receive a splendid bicycle donated by Mayor Gates and Mr. Lamport. The proceeds of the evening will be devoted to the equipment of a much-needed playground for the children of the academy.

PHOENIX DEFEATS JACKSONVILLE IN BASKET B. GAME

Phoenix, Ore., Dec. 11. — Phoenix won last night from Jacksonville in the opening game of the county high school basketball league, score 55 to 2, in spite of the one-sided score the game was fast and cleanly played, both teams traveling the entire distance at top speed with only three penalties being called.

Jacksonville, though much the larger team, was up against superior team play and Coach Raymond Fish’s boys never let them get started. The Phoenix line-up follows:

Forwards, Pratt, (Hunter), Watkins; center, Wilder; guards, Rice and Stevens.

LOCAL BRIEFS

Medford lay in an amphitheater of Christmas-like beauty this morning with the surrounding fringe of foothills and mountains covered with heavy snow. No snow fell in the city during the night but there was a heavy rainfall. A heavy blow was a feature of the early night. The rain of yesterday and last night was .50 inches making the total fall of rain since Sept. 1st, 8.06 inches, and from January 1st last 14 1/2 inches. The average annual rain fall for years past has been from 15 to 16 inches. Of this year’s precipitation so far 8 inches have fallen the past three and a half months.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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