The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Jan. 7, 1919
10 WEEKS LOST BY FLU VACATIONS IN CITY SCHOOLS
What plan to pursue to have the schools make up work in the course which the students lost during the enforced flu vacations of 10 weeks altogether, is puzzling the school board. Acting Superintendent Baker, and even Superintendent Davenport whose recovery from the flu, followed by a nervous breakdown, would be much hastened could the way be seen clearly without making too much hardship on the students. This year’s graduating class must make up ten weeks of work in order to graduate this year.
Following the first fly vacation of six weeks Superintendent Davenport and Principal Baker solved the issue by recommending that the high school be in session every other Saturday, which was adopted by the school board. Then two weeks later came the second flu epidemic followed by another enforced four weeks vacation. The rule adopted by the board six weeks ago still stands and the high school will be in session every other Saturday. But this course was only adopted to make up six weeks lost work, and there are now ten weeks’ work to be made up.
Acting Superintendent Baker has evolved a plan which will be submitted to the school board at its next meeting next week. It is also face to say that Superintendent Davenport on his sick bed is giving much thought to the problem and may present one or more plans. In the meantime the high school will be in session every other Saturday.
MONSTROUS LEMON IS ON EXHIBITION
A monster ripe lemon on exhibition at the Commercial club is attracting much attention. It was grown by Mrs. S. X. Kenlein of Grant’s Pass in that city from a tree which at the same time also bore two other huge lemons of similar size, and is already in bloom for another crop. The immense citrus fruit was brought to Medford yesterday to be placed on exhibition.
The lemon is 18 inches by 17 1/2 inches in circumference, and a more healthy, fine looking lemon one would not care to see. The same tree last year bore a similar crop of large lemons of fine appearance, tartness and flavor. One of these lemons cut up made as many pies as would four or five ordinary lemons.
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