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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 30, 1918

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

Aug. 30, 1918


A captured German steel helmet which arrived recently from France is at the post office awaiting an owner. If F. W. St. Clair lived in Medford or vicinity he can appear at the post office and walk away with the trophy which was evidently captured by a soldier relative.

The helmet, which weighs two pounds and ten ounces, arrived at the post office several days ago addressed in lead pencil to St. Clair, with the name of the town or city to which it was addressed rubbed off. Efforts made by the post office attaches so far to learn the identity of F. W. St. Clair have proved fruitless.

It is presumed at the post office that the helmet, which was wrapped in a piece of burlap, arrived with a crush of mail from France in New York and was thrown into a mail sack for a western state, and that en route the address was obliterated. Anyhow the relic reached Medford in the mails, and now awaits an owner.

Inside the helmet, written with a lead pencil, appears the following: “This helmet was captured by Leo St. Clair on the Aisne front on the morning of the big drive, July 18th, 1918.”


Corvallis, Ore., Aug. 30 — Boys and girls of Oregon are again being called upon by government to enlist in patriotic service. They have responded well to the request for digitalis, and now are asked to collect plum, prune, peach and cherry pits, and all kinds of nut shells for use in making carbon for gas masks.

Letters are being sent out to nearly 15,000 members of boys and girls clubs in the state by H. C. Seymour, state leader at O. A. C. asking them to join in this campaign and to ask all their friends to help. County agricultural agents and county superintendents of schools will have charge of the work, and will designate places where the young people will take their contributions for the government. The latter will furnish sacks and will attend to the collection of the pits and shells, according to a telegraph received from O. H. Benson, in charge of boys and girls club work in 33 northern and western states.

School children and others are requested by Dean Adolph Ziefle of the school of pharmacy to continue the collection of digitalis as the government uses great quantities of the tincture of digitalis in the army. Directions for collection will be sent upon request.

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