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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 1, 1921

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

Dec. 1, 1921

FOCH COMING HERALDED BY FIRE WHISTLE

Short Blasts 20 Minutes Before Arrival — School Children to See Military Leader — Legion to Help Police Handle Crowd.

Medford will doubtless turn out one of the greatest gathering in her history to welcome Marshal Foch and party who are scheduled to stop for a few minutes tomorrow morning, as their special train passes through en route to San Francisco.

Arrangements have been made for words reaching the city about 20 minutes prior to the arrival of the train and the fire department’s whistle will announce such word by a series of short toots.

The school children of the city will be given an opportunity to see and hear the great leader, Superintendent Smith having arranged for their marching to the station in a body. The space immediately north and east of the Chamber of Commerce’s exhibit building will be reserved for them.

The train will stop so that the rear platform will be about abreast of the north end of the exhibit building. Commander Farrell has asked that as many of the legion boys as conveniently can, help the police department in handling the crowd. Captain Canafay will have as many of the members of the local militia company as can be reached on so short a notice, out for the same purpose.

The local committee having charge of arrangements for the visit expect to send a delegation to Grants Pass to board the train there so that there will be no delay in presenting the distinguished visitors to the citizens when the train arrives.

The special train bearing the Foch party which will include Hanford MacNider, national commander of the American Legion, will leave Portland about 10:30 Thursday evening and is scheduled to pass through Medford a little before nine o’clock Friday morning. The local post of the legion will invite the legion men of Ashland, Grants Pass and Gold Hill posts to assist it as host for the occasion. Commander Frank Farrell, George Codding, vice-commander of the state legion and Ben Sheldon, president of the local chamber of commerce will go to Grants Pass and come to the city with the party.

Owing to the fear of delays, the officials having the marshal’s tour in charge ask that nothing further in the way of a meeting be arranged than an informal gathering at the railroad, which will be addressed from the rear platform of the train by the marshal and probably Commander MacNider.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com