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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 11, 1921

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

Nov. 11, 1921

RECORD CROWD HERE TO HONOR HEROES OF WAR

Thousands Gather in Medford for Armistice Day Celebration — Downtown Decorations a Feature — Comedy Stunts Prove a Scream.

Indications at noon today were that Medford’s Armistice Day celebration had attracted the greatest number of visitors ever entertained in the city. Since early in the morning every road leading into town has been crowded with automobiles all headed for the celebration. NO one could attempt to estimate the number of guests as the very nature of the program kept everyone on the move from one feature to another.

Ex-service men were on hand in large numbers some spick and span in uniforms, which though reeking of moth balls were as natty as when they were donned for the last “inspection.” The patriotic decorations throughout the business district were of an unusually high order.

General Chairman Floyd Hart, “master mind” of the Armistice Day committees, was as cool as though he had known the celebration was to be a success from the minute of its inception. Hart’s training as an aviator during the war perhaps aided him in maintaining his equilibrium.

Comedy Students a Scream

Under the stage management of Paul McDonald, who should be helping Mack Sennett make comic films, the mirth provoking stunts of the morning went over big and put the crowds who witnessed them in high good humor for the day’s program to follow.

Hundreds thronged the Chamber of Commerce building to view the exhibit of Rogue River apples of display there and Secretary H. O. Frobach’s face was wreathed in smiles at the interest displayed in the exhibit he had worked so hard to perfect.

Eleven o’clock found a re-occurrence of the joyous hysteria, though in a much milder form, which prevailed three years ago today at the signing of the armistice with the enemy. Time has dulled in a measure, the overpowering sense of relief and elation which marked the ending of the war. Three years ago doughboy and gob looked forward to but one thing — the successful ending of the war. Those at home were equally intent upon the same object and when news came of the achievement of that purpose the jubilation knew no bounds.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com