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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 21, 1922

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

Feb. 21, 1922


The exhibition billiards match between Schaefer and Conti was one of the most successful sporting events ever pulled off in Medford. Six hundred people witnessed both games including a large attendance of ladies in the afternoon. Four hundred and fifty people attended the evening game and every one had a good view while the game was in progress. The billiard committee are to be congratulated fro the success of the entertainment.

The afternoon game was finished in five innings of an average of sixty, Young Jake winning the three hundred point game with an unfinished run of 151. Conti, the European champion’s high run was 79. Total, Schaefer 300, Conti 85.

The ivories broke badly for both players in the evening game, which took ten innings to finish. Both players got out of many difficult shots by making some wonderful plays. While the evening game took double the number of innings to complete, it really was the finest exhibition of account of the many difficult shots that came up.

Schaefer’s high run in the evening was 151. During this run Schaefer gave the finest exhibition of skill ever seen by our oldest billiard players. Conti’s high run in the evening was 85. Conti satisfied the crowd that he was a dangerous opponent even for Jake when once he got to going. The records show that Conti holds some high runs, his highest being 540. Total score for the evening game: Schaefer 300, Conti 185.

Conti is only twenty-one years old, is not as steady nor has he had the experience of Young Jake. A couple of years more practice should make Conti one of the leading contenders for the championship.

In the Chicago tournament, Conti won third prize, only Schaefer and Hoppe outplaying him. He was the only player that defeated Schaefer in the Chicago tournament.

Schaefer has a peculiar side stroke that is a style all his own, that no other player has ever been able to learn.


Fred Williams, public service commissioner, will be at the office of Miss Homes, county school superintendent tomorrow, Wednesday morning, to explain the new law regarding liability bond on buses which transport school children. There are now 10 to 12 buses carrying children in the rural and city school districts.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com