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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 19, 1922

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

Jan. 19, 1922

COLDER YET, IS PREDICTION FOR MEDFORD TONIGHT

The cold record of the winter was broken last night with a minimum temperature of 9 degrees above, which was just 8 1/2 degrees colder than Tuesday night, the winter record up to that time.

Cheer up, the worst is yet to come, for the prediction is for colder weather tonight, which means that those of us whose water pipes did not freeze up last night will sit up all of tonight keeping fires going to prevent the home water systems from freezing up ­­­­— mebbe!

Despite the outlook published yesterday afternoon that a hard freeze might be expected, many citizens did not take unusual precautions to protect water pipes, and decided to take a chance. Hence at many homes this morning water pipes were found frozen up or bursted, and there was a frantic call for plumbers all day with the plumbers unable to respond to the emergency calls. One plumber alone had 25 such calls up to this noon.

All day Wednesday the temperature did not rise above the freezing point and most of the time it was below that figure. It was the same today, only colder. The only ray of hope in sight for tonight and Friday is that the K. of P. minstrel show will prove such a hot affair that it will warm things up generally.

The unusual cold of last night and today knocked a number of heating plants out in business buildings or homes; or crippled them from getting even a half way comfortable service.

The city administration is taking extra precautions to keep the ice moving at the water works intake so as to prevent a blockade there and consequent knocking out of the city water system. Extra men were put on this work today.

In many homes all last night the cold and hot water faucets were left running, in an effort to prevent freeze ups.

This cold spell is tough on autos, and the wise car owner keeps his radiator well blanketed both while standing still and running. At the C. E. Gates auto garage this morning every one of the many cars in the establishment was found frozen up, and it took several hours to thaw them out.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com