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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 19, 1921

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

Feb. 19, 1921

CHAMPIONSHIP BASKET B. GAME AT NAT TONIGHT

In order to accommodate the business men of the city, Coach Klum this afternoon decided to postpone the calling of the basketball game till 9 o’clock.

Tonight the Medford high basketball quintet will clash again with the Roseburg squad on the Natatorium floor in what promises to be one of the hardest fought games of the Southern Oregon conference series. The scores of recent inter-conference games have been running so close and the contending teams seem to be so evenly matched that the interest in this season’s series has been unparalleled by those of former years.

The Ashland hoop-squad defeated the Orange and black men in two games Thursday and last night, the score of the first being 18 to 17 and the latter 29 to 26, though local witnesses of the dames maintain that the Granite City five was outplayed practically throughout both games by the Roseburg five, which was handicapped by Ashland’s small floor.

However it is an undisputed fact that Roseburg has a formidable line-up and the result of tonight’s battle will decide whether of not she will return to Roseburg with a victory to her credit. If Medford succeeds in winning tonight the fight for the southern Oregon title and the privilege of representing this section in the Salem inter-scholastic tournament will be centered on Medford and Ashland and will be decided by the Medford-Ashland series next week.

Realizing the importance of tonight the Red and Black five may be depended upon to put up a stiff scrap and Medford supporters are strong in the belief that the M. H. S. men will win this evening although they will have to do some to do it. As a preliminary the Medford high girls team will mix with the Roseburg sextet for the third game of the Medford-Roseburg series.

MOTOR CARS NECESSITY, NOT A LUXURY

The man who regards the automobile as a luxury cannot consistently ride in a Pullman car.

People used to live without trains, doctors, telephones, electric lights or automobiles. Who says they are luxuries today. If by some trick of fate we were deprived of any one of those things the entire order of our lives would have to be changed. Business would be in a chaotic condition for years before people could become accustomed again to the old order.

The automobile insures delivery of fresh food, free from harm by broiling sun and poisonous flies.

The nation’s three great interdependent industries — steel, railroads and automobiles.

Fifty million people are made happier, healthier and better by the automobile.

The automobile does not promote waste, it reduces it.

Without automobiles city rents would quickly double.

Without automobiles many would have to abandon their suburban homes.

The automobile ceased to be a luxury and became a necessity fifteen years ago.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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