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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 6, 1921

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

Jan. 6, 1921


At a meeting at the library last evening the advantages and possibilities of a community service program for Medford was outline by H. W. Arbury, representing Community Service Inc., an organization for the promotion of wider recreational activities, with headquarters at New York City.

While the group in attendance at the meeting was not large, much interest was manifested and it was determined by those present that Medford can not afford to pass up the opportunity to secure the services of the national organization in its desire to inaugurate a community-wide, year ’round recreational program.

An old fashioned neighborly get-together program was thoroly enjoyed by all present. Community singing, get acquainted stunts and a discussion of the possibilities of community activities were indulged into a late hour.

By unanimous vote it was decided to hold another meeting at the library at eight o’clock, Friday evening, Jan. 7th, and it is confidently expected that a capacity crowd will be present to enjoy a program of fun and frolic.

In order to secure the services of the national organization it will be necessary that a large representative group extend a formal invitation to Community Service Inc., and Friday night will offer the last opportunity to Medford for this service. A snappy program of community singing and stunts of various kinds is in preparation and those attending are assured of a happy, interesting and instructive evening.


New York, Jan. — Medical advice by radio, designated to save life in event of sickness or accident at sea by applying proper treatment until personal service of a physician or surgeon can be obtained, is now possible.

A new emergency radio call — the letters “KDKF” has been established — planned to take its place with the international S. O. S. call of vessels in distress.

This call is intended to take precedence in the ever-increasing radio service over all other business except the distress signal — for it means that individual life is in danger and that assistance is being asked for.

A recent agreement between the Seamans’ Church Institute of New York and the Navy department established here a school of medical instruction for officers and seamen/ Mariners trained in this school if called upon to treat a serious illness or accident case at sea can communicate by radio to the physician at the Seamans’ Institute and receive for him instructions to be followed until the ship reached a harbor or obtains assistance from another vessel.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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