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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 31, 1922

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

Jan. 31, 1922

MEDFORD FEELS EARTHQUAKE IN EARLY MORNING

A distinct earthquake shock was felt in the Rogue River valley this morning between 5:20 and 5:30 o’clock, and was of about one minute duration. It did no damage except to furnish a directory of citizens who get up before breakfast. It was felt in all sections of the Pacific coast.

Prof. F. C. Reimer of the Southern Oregon Experiment Station at Talent felt the trembling of the earth while in his kitchen, and with scientific forethought looked at his watch. It was just 5:30 a.m. Prof. Reimer says he remarked to his womenfolks: “They’re blowing up the bank again.” Later he decided it was a seismic disturbance, due to nature shaking an angular shoulder off the coast of South America.

Thomas Merriman was also up when the misbehavior started and was under the impression his car had broken out of the garage. He felt a trembling and was concerned lest Frisco be no more, as in 1906.

David Wood was also up, his little girl having the earache. The mirrors shook and the dishes rattled in the Woods home, and the little girl called the attention of her father to the caperings of the furniture.

Miss Dolly Stowell of the Medford hotel dining room, was awakened by the trembler and thought the house was falling down, as the sills and rafters creaked.

H. O. Frobach of the chamber of commerce was asleep when quiverings awoke him, and was astounded to see a rocking chair in motion.

Scores of people called up The Mail Tribune office to verify their impressions, and the trembler was also felt in the rural districts.

Mrs. Lottie Van Scoy was awakened from her sleep by the shock, and was frightened, as the building shook and rattled. Mrs. Van Scoy says that she heard that the shock was quite heavy at Prospect.

Fed Cummings’ alarm clock went off this morning with a loud jangle and woke him up about 5:18. Mr. Cummings declares that he had not set his clock and that the earthquake shock must have caused its unseemly conduct.

In October, 1912 there was an earthquake felt in this section, one evening about 6:30 o’clock, and there was also a jolt from the disturbance that destroyed San Francisco in 1906.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com