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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 3, 1921

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

Nov. 3, 1921


Frankie O’Brien, Portland boxer who will meet Ben Dixon in a ten round go here at the Armistice Day smoker, has wired the committee he will arrive within a few days and local fight fans are anxious to have a look at the man who is to meet Medford’s whirlwind 135-pounder.

Dixon has been working hard for several weeks for the match which is to be the headline feature of the smoker and is rapidly rounding into top notch form. His footwork is marvelous and he steps through ten or twelve rounds with his husky sparring partners without apparent effort.

Billy Ryan will arrive Saturday from Portland and wind up his training here for his six round match with Johnny Carlson. Ryan is rated as a very clever lad and this bout is expected to prove a great drawing card as Carlson has a big following here who believe him superior to anyone in his class in the northwest.

A committee of five judges to pass upon the entries in the Armistice Day parade has been appointed by the American Legion. The judges will meet at the chamber of commerce at 1:30 and it is expected their decision will be made known shortly after the parade has disbanded.

... Entries for the parade are divided into four classifications, a first and second prize of $10 and $5 respectively being awarded the winners in each class.

Patriotic, mercantile, comic floats and decorated autos comprise the division of the parade participating in the prize contest.

Over forty floats have been promised for entry in the parade many of them from outlying towns.


“Buckshot” Simmons, prominent local fisherman caught two trout in the Rogue river near Bybee bridge Monday which have been causing considerable discussion among local sportsmen. One of the specimens was seen hanging in front of the Medford Harness Co. store yesterday morning and was recognized by experts as a hybrid, presumably a cross between a steelhead and a cutthroat trout. Several similar specimens were caught earlier in the season by Grants Pass fishermen.


The lights in the front of the Rialto theatre were out for some time last evening, and Mrs. Blanche Miles, the cashier, had to resort to a candle in order to see that she returned prospective members of the audience the correct amount of change. The cause of the lights going out was a blown out fuse which had no connection with the inside lights or the projector.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com