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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 15, 1920

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

Dec. 15, 1920

BEWARE OF FIRE CHRISTMAS WEEK

A word of warning to the public:

The holiday season will soon be with us and with it comes the danger in decorations — window displays, public gatherings in churches and school houses, and private trees in the home.

Not a year passes that we do not have to record fires and loss of lives caused by carelessness in decorations. Do not use candles, cotton, tissue paper or anything of a flammable nature. If you desire the snow effect powdered mica or asbestos fiber will give the desired result and be absolutely safe. If electric lights are unavailable it is better to have no lights in the tree than to use candles.

Medford has only had one fire this year worth mentioning. Let’s try and not have any holiday fires.

Yours for safety,

J. W. LAWTON, Fire Chief

ASHLAND SCHOOL WINS PRIZE IN C. SEAL CONTEST

Ashland, Ore., Dec. 15. — Hawthorne school again wins out in a contest over the sale of Christmas seals, thus securing the silver loving cup as a trophy awarded by local civic associations. The school has the privilege of retaining the emblem a year, preliminary to such disposition of it as may hereafter be decided upon. In addition to trophies and honorable mentions meritoriously won, the schools in general promise to be the recipients of a number of fine pictures during this holiday season at the hands of prominent citizens to the number of a score or more whose pledges are being sought with this end in view. Donors are to have their names “indelibly written” on the picture panels in order that those who gaze may be reminded of the thoughtful donors. Miss Florence Allen is the teacher of the fifth grade of Hawthorne, the class which won the loving cup, the sales of the Christmas seals by these pupils having amounted to nearly thirty dollars.

LOCAL BRIEFS

The Pacific highway over the Siskiyous is open for travel as usual and clear of snow, and the state highway department confidently expects to keep it open for travel all winter by the use of a snow plow daily whenever necessary. Tourists and local travelers are going over the mountain daily. The road has been closed by snow only one day this season, and that last Thursday when 18 inches of snow fell in one night which was all cleared away by the following afternoon. The state department is also aiding northbound travel over the Pacific highway by keeping Smith Hill in as good shape as possible, and when the mud gets too deep by furnishing men and teams to pull cars over.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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