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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 17, 1920

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

Dec. 17, 1920

MEDFORD ELKS XMAS TREE IS THE BEST EVER

The Elks lodge annual Christmas tree affair last night was the greatest in the history of the lodge both in point of attendance and amount raised by which Christmas charity and cheer is dispensed among the poor of the city. The total amount will come close to $1,400.

The big feature of the night, aside from raising the big fund, was the presentation by the lodge of a new Ford runabout with deliver body of the latest model, equipped with self starter, speedometer and the like, to N. S. Bennett, chairman of the lodge sick and relief committee, who during his years in that work has worn out a car or so of his own in addition to giving not only his spare time but many hours from his business in the faithful performance of this duty.

The gift was a complete surprise to Mr. Bennett, who characteristically said afterwards, “I do not deserve it, but how I do appreciate the spirit in which it was given.”

The care was parked in the club room when the lodge came down stairs, bearing the following inscription; “Merry Christmas for N. S. Bennett, from Medford lodge, No. 1168, B. P. O. E.” The gift was all the more appreciated because his old car is all in. Mr. Bennett has been performing his sick and relief work since returning from the east, by the bicycle riding route.

The Christmas tree affair of last night consisted of disposing of hundreds of turkeys and chickens, and boxes of apples, groceries, provisions and knickknacks of all kinds by the well known Elks auction route to members of the lodge. Among the livestock auctioned off was a calf, and a typewriter was bid in early.

The bidding was lively and the plan of disposing of tickets and taking in cash was so systematized that everything had been disposed by 10:30 p.m., the earliest by several hours in the history of the lodge. The fund was also increased by several hundred dollars in checks from members of the lodge all over the United States.

CHRISTMAS DAY FOOTBALL GAME DECLARED OFF

The proposed football game between Medford high and Everett, Wa. high on Christmas day is off. Last night the local high school authorities wired to Long Beach, Calif., where the Everett team plays tomorrow, in response to Everett’s telegraphic proposal for a game here on Thursday, December 23, for a $500 guarantee, with a counter proposal for Everett to play here December 25, Christmas forenoon, for a guarantee of $350.

The Everett team wired back this morning that they would not play here on any day but the 23rd. Inasmuch as the local authorities think that on account of its close proximity to Christmas day a game that day would not have sufficient drawing power they decided to stand pat on their Christmas forenoon proposition wired last night.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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