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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 14, 1918

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

Oct. 14, 1918


There were no indications today as to how long the ban on public gatherings would be in force but it was thought that it would not be lifted for a week yet. Mayor Gates states the closing order will be in force until it is certain that all danger of the Spanish Influenza getting a foothold in Medford is past.

The mayor said this forenoon that one physician had informed him that he had six patients ill with the disease, only one of which could be regarded as serious. The closing orders of the mayor and City Health Officer Pickel were just a day ahead of orders issued by the national board of health. The following telegram was received Sunday afternoon by Mayor Gates from the state board of health:

“By order of the surgeon general of the United States Public Health service you are directed to discontinue all public meetings and places of public amusement on the appearance of the present world wide epidemic of Spanish Influenza in your city. You are directed to urge upon everyone the necessity of avoiding crowds, unnecessary street car traffic and shopping until the present epidemic has subsided.”

The mayor’s prohibiting of public gatherings does not include the public library, he stated today, as patrons only walk in, get what books they want and then depart. Therefore there would be no crowd congregating there at any time. Many church, society and lodge meetings set for the early part of the week have been called off.

Altho there are a number of cases or suspected cases of influenza in the city the disease may be said to have gained no foothold here as yet.


Owing to the closing of schools because of Spanish Influenza epidemic the entertainment which was to have been given by the Medford high school next Wednesday night will be postponed until further notice, according to announcement today by H. G. Gore, student manager of football, Medford high school.


Will G. Steele and daughter Gene and Mr. and Mrs. Schenck arrived home Sunday night from a two days visit at Crater Lake. Mr. Steele states that perfect weather prevails at the lake. He calls the attention of motor tourists to the fact that the rim road is not yet connected up, as was announced by Portland newspapers, and advises motor visitors to drive west past the hotel as this will bring them down the sandy portions of the road and down the road’s longest grade. Mr, Steele and party found the drive around the rim a wonderful treat.

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