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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 2, 1921

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

Dec. 2, 1921


Military Genius Makes Short Speech — Hundreds of Children Present — Commander MacNider Talks — Supreme Leader of Allied Cause in Cheerful Mood.

Medford and vicinity contributed its share of tribute this afternoon to General Ferdinand Foch, marshal of France and commander of the allied armies in the great world war, in the series of ovations which have greeted him everywhere on his trip throughout the country.

Almost the entire population of the city and immediate vicinity and many from other parts of the county were in the immense gathering.

The special train pulled slowly in from the north at 1:20 p.m., and crawled through the crowd with the famous Frenchman on the rear platform of the last coach, which when the train came to a stop was situated just on the south side of Main street.

When General Foch caught sight of the great assemblage he threw up his hands with surprise and delight. In the crowd were all the school children of the city, which especially pleased him. Little time was lost in starting the brief speaking program. The general was introduced by Frank P. Farrell, commander of the American Legion post of Medford and the only other speaker, Hanford MacNider, national commander of the American Legion was briefly introduced by George Codding of Medford, vice-commander of the American Legion. Messrs. Farrell and Codding and President Ben Sheldon of the local Chamber of Commerce had joined the train at Grants Pass.

Prior to the speaking Miss Oseline Schmidt presented a bunch of chrysanthemums to General Foch on behalf of St. Mary’s Academy. Conspicuous in the crowd was another glad sight to the general, that of a French flag borne by one of the classes of Washington school.

Foch’s Happy Speech

General Foch in his brief address, spoke in French. His remarks were immediately interpreted by Colonel Frank Parker of the United States army, the official interpreter for the general on the trip.

The remarks of the kindly looking, 70-year-old military hero of the world was were listened to with rapt attention, but unfortunately could not be heard by many because the crowd was so large and they were some distance away.

He began by stating that he had known the splendid American soldiers in France and now he was very glad to come to this country and see the American people in their own homes. He said he felt sure that the American people would drive ahead with peace victories the same as they did in war, and hoped that peace and prosperity would continue to be our lot. He expressed gratitude to the American people and the people of Medford especially for their cordial receptions to him.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com