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Mail Tribune 100, June 30, 1921

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

June 30, 1921


With the catching of a monster Royal Chinook salmon, weighing 42 pounds and a steelhead weighing 6 1/4 pounds, both in the Rogue river yesterday afternoon, the fishing season may be said to have begun. Local anglers are much interested in the two catches.

The salmon, which is the largest caught in the river in this section of Southern Oregon, was landed by Peter Toskin, Medford show blacking stand proprietor, below the bridge at Ray Gold, with a spinner attached to a new 38-strand line which he had purchased yesterday before starting for the river. It took him an hour and a half to land the big fish, which attracted much attention in the city this forenoon.

Gaston Domergue, the life insurance man and expert angler, has the distinction of landing the 6 1/4 pound steelhead, which beauty is said to be the largest and first of any considerable size caught so far this season in this section. The beauty was taken on a No. 8 Governor fly in the river above the Bybee bridge.

Mr. Domergue says the steelhead are beginning to bite, as he also hooked another fairly large one late yesterday afternoon, which he lost thru the leader breaking and in addition had several other strikes.

District Game Warden Dailey said this morning, however, that it will be another week or 10 days before the fishing gets to be good, as the river and Big Butte Creek are still roily, although fast clearing up and falling in depth.


The children are invited to this free matinée again Saturday, given by the Geo. A. Hunt Co. and the Mail Tribune, Saturday, July 2, at 10:30 a.m. All that is necessary is to clip a coupon from this paper.

The children in the surrounding towns and country are especially invited.

The romance, the joys and sorrows of a small town basket social form an interesting incident in the Charles Ray Paramount picture, “The Busher,” which will be seen at this free matinée Saturday.

There is decided novelty in this basket social, however in the method adopted of disposing of the lunches to bidders. On the stage of the town hall a big white sheet is stretched with a string light behind it. As each basket is offered for sale, the owner steps between the light and the sheet and the bidders get a silhouette of the young lady.

Charles Ray, as Ben Harding, sets out to buy the basket of Maggie Palmer, and she has told him in advance she will wear a ribbon in her hair. The old maid of the community, smitten with Ben, gets an inkling of the design and arranges her hair ribbon in the same way. Ben bids his last nickel good-bye, all the money has had saved for a new baseball mitt and wins the lemon instead of his sweetheart. Maggie is then carried off by Ben’s bitter rival.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com