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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 22, 1921

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

Feb. 22, 1921


A solid wrestling exhibition will be held in the Gold Hill pavilion next Saturday evening, Feb. 26, with a headlining bout between Ralph Hand, the “pride of Gold Hill,” and O. Gustafson of Portland, best two falls in three to a finish.

Hand is well known as a wrestler thruout southern Oregon, and Gustafson is recommended by Ted Thye, the middleweight champion of the world now in Portland.

The preliminaries will be bouts between Farrell Horton and Aubrey Goff, 150 pounds, one-half hour to a decision. Horton hails from Riddle, Ore., and Goff from Grants Pass.

The first bout of the evening will be between Arthur McIntosh of Riddle, Ore., at 135 pounds, and Bud Shults of Rogue River at 130 pounds.

The main event will start at 10 o’clock, and the preliminaries at 8:30. Ringside seats $2. Main floor $1.50, balcony $1.50, children 50c. Seats are on sale at Irwin cigar store, Ashland, Brown and Brown, Medford, Ross and Ross, Central Point, and M. D. Bowers, Gold Hill. The following messages will be of interest to local fans:

Portland, Ore., Feb. 2, 1920,

Promoter Bowers, Gold Hill, Ore.

I have a wrestler here by name Carl Gustafson whom I would like to match against Mr. Hand for a finish match. Wire me at Multnomah club. TED THYE.

Mr. M. D. Bowers, Gold Hill, Ore.

Dear M. D. Bowers; Your wire and letter at hand, and we note you have changed the date to the 26th or Saturday night. The date and terms satisfactory.

As to the record of the party I am sending will state that he has won over Eddie O’Connell, Pete Buzkos, Marks Martin and many other noted wrestlers. He is now working out daily with Ted Thye and I hope to show the fans of southern Oregon some real speed when he starts.

Hoping this dope will assist you in your boosting your show, I am, very truly yours,

CHAS. S. O’REILLY, Manager of O. Gustafson.


The Hub Coat and Suit Co. will give a free style show at the Nat Wednesday evening 7:30 to 9 o’clock. Showing on living models dresses, coats, blouses, skirts and suits.


There was no session of the grand jury today owing to it being a legal holiday. The session will be resumed again in the morning. Witnesses were examined Monday in criminal cases, several from this city being called to testify in the case of Arnold R. Carol, a salesman charged with defrauding the Medford Auto Co. out of a Buick automobile.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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