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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 21, 1921

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

Jan. 21, 1921


In a basketball game, which was a cross between a football contest and a prize fight at Talent last night, a team composed of Medford high school alumni lost to the Talent Huskies by a 11 to 23 score. The credit for the victory over the invaders belongs, according to Medford reports, largely to the enthusiasm of the supporters at the side-rails since at times the zeal of the spectators reached such a pitch they surged out upon the floor to aid their tossers. Yells of “kill that bird” and the hostile actions of the audience kept the local tossers in constant fear of their lives. The Talent men “won their 11 to 23 decision largely by landing more straight hits, uppercuts and south-paw jabs,” is the way one witness expressed it.

If a return game can be arranged in this city there should be no excuse for defeat since, in team play and basket tossing, both fives have an even break for honors and it will be a fight to the finish. The Medford line up was composed of Willamson, Narregan, Fish, Brown, Sherwood, Gentry and Coleman. “Mutt” Willamson, former Medford high school basketball star, is completing arrangement for an American Legion quintet which will play with other valley teams.


According to rumors there will be much building of new homes and alterations and improvements on old ones in Medford next spring and summer. A building permit has just been issued for the construction of a $8,000 modern dwelling at 1004 West Eleventh Street by E. G. Trowbridge. Geo. Iverson is the contractor and work on the new structure will be begun next Monday. It is expected that the work of constructing the new dining room addition to the Elks lodge building will be begun early in the spring.


Toggery Bill Isaacs, premier steelhead fisherman of Medford and furnisher of sartorial splendor to the youth of southern Oregon, tarried to say a few words on his favorite topic — Rogue river fishing. “The Rogue is a sportsman’s stream,” said Mr. Isaacs, “and it has always grieved me to see it made the province of the commercial fisherman. As a sportsman’s stream, where the stout steelhead takes the fly, it is known all over the world. I contend that commercial fishing is but a minor item when contrasted with the immense values of such a river to the state of Oregon — as an angling asset. And unless salmon fishing is discontinued in the Rogue by the commercial interests its glory will depart. It is true that a large run of steelhead swarmed up the Rogue this summer — but nothing like the runs of other years.” — The Oregonian.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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