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Mail Tribune 100, May 20, 1921

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

May 20, 1921

MANUAL TRAINING EXHIBIT AT HIGH SCHOOL TODAY

The manual training department of the high school will have its exhibit in the basement of the building this afternoon from two to five and on Saturday. This exhibit will be moved to the Chamber of Commerce building, where it can be seen by the public.

... Much interest has been taken in the carpentry work. It is very new but the boys feel that they are getting practical work that will be of use when they get out of the school shop.

Through the courtesy of the Medford planing mill the boys were able to do veneer work. Several table tops were veneered on their large press. A small table leg press was built in the shop and with the use of these machines oak tables, such as you see in the furniture stores were made at an average cost of $14.50.

The merchants have offered prizes for the best work exhibited. The Medford Furniture and Hardware company have offered a prize of $10.00 value in tools, to include an Adkins silver steel saw, a good Pratt combination square, hammer and screw driver for the best piece of cabinet work. Two other prizes of $5.00 value in tools are offered, one by the Medford Planing Mill for the second best piece of cabinet work. The other by the Big Pines Lumber company for the best piece of furniture made of Oregon fir.

Another prize of $2.50 will be offered by Mr. Mentzer, instructor, for the best piece of wood turning exhibited. Besides making many useful articles such as nut bowls, candle sticks, table lamps, card trays and vases, the boys made mallets, chisel handles, file handles and vice handles to replace broken or worn out equipment.

The lathe work though new is very interesting and every boy wants to use the lathe.

TRUANTS KEEP EYES ON CARS

Ask any kid in Seattle who has a tendency to play hookey once in a while and he will tell you that he always keeps a sharp lookout for Dodge Brothers touring cars and roadsters.

Reason — this is the type of car used by the eight attendance officers of the Seattle school board.

More than once one of these cars has pulled alongside the curb or glided up to the swimmin’ hole to the great dismay of the youngster who had remained out of school to attend his granmother’s funeral. Out popped the truant officer and before Johnny could move he was under cross-examination.

Now the Seattle school board has made it a little easier for Johnny by giving him a reasonable chance to “duck.” The board has ordered that cars used by attendance officers be plainly lettered in conformity with the style of lettering on all other cars owned by the school district. When this action was proposed it brought forth a sharp and insistent protest by one of the school officials. The objection was reported by a Seattle paper as follows:

“Mr. Flemming said in his communication of protest that as Dodge Brothers cars are used exclusively by the department, any Dodge Brothers car is instantly the object of suspicion on the part of the juvenile population of a community. To make them more conspicuous by lettering would be merely adding to the troubles of an overburdened and unappreciative public servant. But the protest was overruled.

The Seattle police department also uses 10 Dodge Brothers touring cars. The various departments of the city and county together operate 37.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com