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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 11, 1921 continued

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

Nov. 11, 1921, continued

RECORD CROWD HERE TO HONOR HEROES OF WAR (continued)

Bugles Sound “Taps”

Promptly on the hour of noon, in compliance with the proclamation of Mayor C. E. Gates, the city fire whistle sounded and as buglers stationed upon the tops of the taller buildings took up the mournful notes of “taps” the throngs upon the streets halted in their tracks and some with bowed heads and others with eyes gazing straight ahead, as though envisioning scenes of the days preceding the armistice, gave their thoughts to those unidentified soldiers who sleep in nameless graves in France.

Armistice Day was a peculiar significance for Medford, for it is doubtful if in all the country there was a city of the same size which provided a greater number for war service, and the return of those in the service to their homes being contingent upon the ending of the war. Armistice Day meant the speedy return of those who were so badly missed at home.

Big Crowd at Game

According to school officials, no gridiron battle of past years has drawn as large a crowd as that which witnessed the game between Medford and Albany high schools on the new Holly street grounds. Medford’s school turned out en masse and alumni and out of town visitors joined in the rooting which could be heard for blocks.

At the time of going to press, the parade committee announced that everything was in readiness for the great pageant and Chief of Police Timothy who with his full force had been busy since early morning keeping the street traffic from blocking the business district drafted legionaries to help police the main thoroughfares. The chief declared he had never seen a larger or better natured crowd in the city or one easier to handle.

Boxers on Tiptoe

Under the direction of the smoker committee all was in readiness at the Natatorium for the entertainment which was scheduled for three o’clock. The boxers were all on tiptoe for the gong which would send them away in the contests for which they have trained so hard the past weeks, and the other entertainers were ready for the cues.

The Salvation Army, reminiscent of their service overseas, were in evidence during the day with refreshments for the throng and other organizations likewise catered to that taste for knickknacks which is always present with those enjoying a holiday.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com