The following news items were taken from the Mail Tribune archives 100 years ago
January 6, 1922
VALLEY VISITED BY THE FIRST REAL SNOW OF THE YEAR
One of those rare beauties in the Rogue River Valley, a snowfall from a certain depth, which fills with pleasure to see Medford and the valley transformed into a picturesque costume of white and the weird, wonderful, fantastic and almost unbelievable formations on trees, messages and objects, delighted everyone when they got up this morning.
There was three inches of snow on the ground, which fell between midnight and early this morning – soft snow – which threatened to melt soon. Much melted that morning, but a lot was left this afternoon with the likelihood of further snowfall. The forecast indicates unstable weather with rain or snow likely. This snowfall is something like “million dollar rain: in good, it does orchards and crops good, because enough precipitation has seeped into the ground where it is sorely needed.”
The average citizen, who, seeing snow from their bedroom window this morning, vividly remembered “It’s snowing, screaming schoolboy, Hurray, etc.” turned into slush, the beauty of the scene began to diminish. Additionally, motorists’ enthusiasm waned as their cars began to slip and slide, necessitating careful driving.
But the enthusiasm of the schoolchildren increased as their feet and clothes got wet, snowballed, rolled huge balls or shaped strange snow figures.
The snow was too soft and wet to sweep away, and life was too short to shovel it, the average man soon realized, as he left home for the day’s chores.
GEORGE MADDOX IS CHAMPION OF THE CHECKER
Wisenant Barber Shop Clippers now have a topic of conversation that can be discussed with equal enthusiasm to that used in the Tate-Wills fiasco re-fight staged in the Milwaukee Arena last Monday.
The Capital Checkers tournament, which has been on hold for months at this store, was called off Wednesday night and the store’s little black boy George Maddox took top honors. The shop’s title contenders included George Maddox, G. O’Brien, Ned Slusher and Ernest Womack, but the first-named’s decisive victory left no room for doubt or argument.
Shop customers can now enjoy a leisurely discussion of the weapons conference or the latest combat ‘dope’ without being drawn into an argument over whether a ‘king’ in the third red square from the side. left of the table should be moved forward or backward. However, the Auditor’s “bug” bit deep and venomously, and a title contender for little George should pop up at any time.
– Alissa Corman; [email protected]