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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 19, 1921

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

Sept. 19, 1921


Sheriff Terrill reports the discovery of a still last Friday that for crudity of construction and deadliness of contents is a record. It was found in a heavily wooded gulch in the (deleted by censor) district, and was sought by Prohibition Enforcement Officer Sandifer and aides on their visit here a month ago. A warrant is one of the owner who disappeared during the recent raids.

According to the sheriff, the still consisted of a number of coal oil cans, with a hole punched in them, and coils attached. Three washtubs full of prunes and corn meal were also found, in a high state of decomposition.


They’re coming to town — the clowns, the lumbering elephants, the spangled folk, the bands, the hooting tooting calliopes, the white dappled horses and the many wonders that are Sells-Floto’s, “second largest show on earth,” which carries, among its four hundred performers, “Poodles” Hanneford, greatest clown rider of all time and the highest paid circus artist in all white top history.

A large statement, but true, for “Poodles” and the riding Hanneford family constitute the only big, outstanding feature in the white top world. Getting the Hannefords away from New York Hippodrome was no slight task, and beating out circus competitors in the bidding stained even millionaires’ purses. The “big thing” comes to Medford on Saturday, Sept. 24.

You who have seen Sells-Floto — for the last eight years a first rank circus — during the last three seasons, when it has raced to the front as did Man O’ War, will understand when it is asserted that the 1921 performance tops those of ’19 and ’20. You will also understand what is meant when it is said that the show given at the annual spring opening stand in the Chicago Coliseum comes to you intact.


From the present indications, Medford will not have a good-sized delegation going to Klamath Falls next Wednesday, as but very few residents have reported their willingness to make the trip.

There are a number of citizens who are taking their cars who are willing to have the seats occupied, and unless there are more who are willing to go, Medford will not make a good showing like Klamath Falls did when they were invited here.

A rain has been reported on the Green Springs mountain so that the dust has been settled and road conditions have been improved. This will make the trip far more of a pleasure than was anticipated.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com