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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 31, 1921 continued

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

Dec. 31, 1921, continued

TO 1922

Greetings! You are a likely looking infant, fresh and clean and smiling. So was your old Dad, just a year ago today. And now he is weak and soiled and tottering, with a call in for the undertaker — his journey done. But don’t be too cocky. If you do as well by us as your old Dad, there will be no complaint in this quarter.

For the Old Man; as you call him, did good work in this section of the planet. He gave us irrigation for one thing, safe and sane development for another, a general spirit of optimism and general sense of well being thrown in as a good bargain. He gave us oil, at least a sprinkling, just how much it is up to you to determine. He revived the lumber industry, he extended our good roads, he launched a record-breaking fruit crop, and he bequeathed a self-confidence which accounts largely for our confidence in you.

So don’t forget him. Don’t be too proud in your hey-day of youth. You have a reputation to live up to, a record to sustain.

We all expect you to do better than the Old Man. You should with your youth and the opportunity of profiting by his mistakes. But we repeat, if everything considered, you do as well, we will give to you just as big and bounteous a banquet a year hence, as we are giving 1921 today.

And that’s worth striving for. There is a tremendous gap between youth and old age. We are all future presidents on our natal day. When the final summons comes we are grateful for flowers and a few kind words.

So enter on your life in that spirit, young man. Work hard and don’t scorn the methods of your progenitor. And with these few words we wish you God Speed, a happy life and a useful one.


The Valley Fuel company, having completed its second year of business in Medford takes this opportunity to convey to one and all its cordial wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year. This firm has built up a successful business, based upon high quality service and fair and courteous treatment and are better prepared now than at any previous time to serve its patrons. Its management takes this opportunity to thank the people of Medford for their patronage which has made possible this success and assure them that, during the new year, they will make an effort of be of even greater service to them.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com