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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 10, 1921

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

Nov. 10, 1921


As the hour draws near for the big smoker to be given by the American Legion at 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon in the Natatorium, the largest crowd ever attending an entertainment of this nature in Medford is assured. Hundreds of tickets have been ordered by out of town legioners and others and the capacity of the house will be taxed to the full.

So many requests have been made by ladies to be permitted to attend that the smoker committee has decided to revoke its previous intention to permit men only, and will welcome the fair sex with assurance that nothing of an objectionable nature will be staged.


Training activities were brought to a minimum yesterday by the boxers who will provide the thrills for the smoker at the Natatorium Friday afternoon. Frankie O’Brien, of Portland who goes the ten round route with Ben Dixon confined his work to a long road-grind and says he feels fine and able to make the battle of his career. Dixon worked out more strenuously than O’Brien but says he feels so good he needs the exercise.

Billy Ryan, the peppery lad from Portland who meets Johnny Carlson, is as hard as flint and with his speed and ability to take punishment looks like something near a match for “Fighting” Johnny. This match has all the earmarks of a sensation and one man’s guess is as good as another’s as to the outcome, which is expected in less than six rounds.

Joe Blackburn, the iron-jawed youngster who never knows when he is licked, looks forward to victory over Kid Richie of Grants Pass, as he knows he has improved right along and with his stamina and hitting strength feels able to take on a man even as good as Richie is rated.

As a curtain raiser at the smoker some lively little prelims have been matched up and between the main events vaudeville will be put on in small doses.

The smoker begins at 3 p.m. and in order to avoid the last minute rush it is hoped by the committee in charge that as many patrons as possible secure their tickets at Brown’s cigar storer where they are now on sale.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com