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Mail Tribune 100, April 5, 1922

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

April 5, 1922

WHISKEY FUMES ASHLAND PLAZA EXCITE POPULACE

Ashland, April 5.— There was a great outpouring of the spirit, without accompanying benefit of clergy, on the Plaza, at 2 o’clock sharp, Tuesday afternoon, when several gallons of booze were dumped into the sewers. The ceremonies were witnessed by quite a number of uninvited guests. Members of the local unit of the W. C. T. U. poured, that function having been delegated to them by the chief of police. The contraband was the accumulation of various seizures made recently from bootleggers, who were not only heavily fined, but cash penalties were supplemented by jail sentences covering periods to the limit. While the liquors were being spilled, there was a heavy downpour of April showers also, and as a consequence the whiskey was considerably diluted, the atmosphere about the Plaza, however, containing about the limit of alcoholic content, which the law allows under the voltage clause of the Volstead enactment.

SUPPORT LACKING BASEBALL TEAM IDEA ABANDONED

After investigating the feasibility of financing a city baseball team for Medford this season, the matter has been dropped by the American Legion committee and representatives of other organizations working with them. While there was found considerable baseball talk and enthusiasm, the matter of equipping the team and providing a guarantee for a visiting nine took money and very few were willing to help to an extent which would make it possible to put the sport on its feet.

There will be considerable “sand lot” baseball played here this year as most of the churches will have teams as they did last season, the California-Oregon Power company has two teams, the Medford Printing company will have a team and one or two more teams will probably compete for “twilight league” honors.

Considerable disappointment was felt among the men who had hoped to see Medford compete this year with Weed, Hornbrook, Yreka, Grants Pass and other teams in this vicinity which have good city teams, but it was felt that if there was not sufficient backing to start a team, there would not be sufficient interest taken in the games to warrant any few individuals shouldering the expense of equipping the players.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com