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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 18, 1920

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

Dec. 18, 1920


Oregon’s famous grove of myrtle low in the state is destined to serve Oregon as an advertisement even more effectively than the redwood has served California. The peculiarly beautiful grain of myrtle, together with its fine texture, suggested its use many years ago for wood novelties. Many Oregon homes possess cubies and sideboards of myrtlewood, and some are paneled with the same material; while many a nutbowl and tray has found its way to the home of some art lover in the east.

Through the process of natural selection the ideal uses of myrtle have been determined and by years of practice the polishing process has been perfected. Manufacturers are now undertaking a campaign of boosting Oregon by means of the slogan, “Send you eastern friends myrtlewood gifts. Boost Oregon.”

The fact that in not another state in the union can myrtle be found in merchantable quantities makes it use as an advertisement of the state especially effective. — Oregonian.

These goods are on sale by the Medford merchants.


Since the price advances made by other makers have brought their trucks up to and beyond the price of White trucks which have not advanced the local demand seems to be largely for Whites. For lumber, freight and fruit hauling, and for logging they have proven themselves far more durable and economical than any competitors. The new combination logging and lumber hauling truck is especially popular with the mill owners as it opens a way to log daytime and haul the cut at night.


There has been a remarkable pickup in the automobile selling the past week. People are again buying freely but with more regard to getting their money’s worth. The new Buick Six seems to be much more in demand owing to its long record for strength and stability in past models and the considerable improvements made in the new ones. Opinion generally seems to be that they are the best value for the money.


A beautiful and appropriate Christmas card is being sent out by Alexander Sparrow, superintendent of Crater National Park, to his friends. It bears a photographic scene of Crater Lake during the heavy snow storm in that vicinity last November.


The outgoing Christmas mail at the post office is fast increasing and a rush is expected this afternoon with Monday the biggest day in the receipt of outgoing mail. The incoming Christmas mail receipts from points in the east and middle west is also fast increasing.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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