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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 28, 1921

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

Nov. 28, 1921


The post office department in addition to its other multifarious duties has now added a humanitarian and sentimental feature — That of having its many thousands of employees aid in locating missing people. Postmaster Warner has just received the following order from Will H. Hays, postmaster general, which has been sent to all postmasters:

“It is my wish that the machinery of the postal service be placed at the disposal of those searching for loved ones who have dropped from sight. Every year thousands in the country are reported missing: children, young men, young women, husbands, and wives, some never to be heard of again by their distressed families and friends. The post office department with its organized facilities reaching into every corner of the land may be of practical service to the distressed. Therefore, they are willingly offered for this purpose.

“There is no intention of interference with private affairs or to act as a collection agency. Postmasters will scrutinize and investigate carefully each case reported to them, and when convinced of its genuineness will make such inquiries of other postmasters as the circumstances may warrant and advise the interested relative or friend.”


The details are about complete for the “Christmas Opening Day” which the retail merchants of Medford have planned to take place next Saturday. There has been a splendid co-operation among the merchants in getting them to decorate their windows with holiday suggestions next Friday and these show windows will be thrown open to the public gaze at one and the same time which will be at 7:30 next Friday evening.

As a reminder to the general public that the show windows will be unveiled next Friday, arrangements have been made with the California-Oregon Power company to shut off the electric light all over the city for two periods of ten seconds each at the hour of 7:30.

Some of the stores are arranging to give prizes to the one guessing the number of articles on display in their window, whereas others will give a prize to the one guessing the nearest amount to the value of all the articles shown.

The merchants are endeavoring to solve that the problem of what gifts to make to the various members of the family. Many articles will be shown which may be purchased at attractive prices.

Next Friday evening will undoubtedly see the largest number of residents from both city and country on the streets of Medford doing their window shopping.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com