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Remember When — November 2009

From past files of The Star News


January 7, 2010

Only time will tell if the town made famous as the birthplace of Tombstone Pizza will see benefits from the sale of pizza operations by Kraft Foods announced Tuesday. Company executives are optimistic about the future of the business and its impact on the community. “I think it is a very good thing for Medford,” said Dan Alford, chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. Nestlé USA based in Glendale, Calif. is the American branch of the multi-national corporation based in Vevey, Switzerland.

Nestlé has agreed to acquire Kraft Food’s frozen pizza business in the US and Canada for $3.7 billion in cash. The business includes brands such as Di-Giorno, Tombstone, California Pizza Kitchen, Jack’s and Delissio.


January 11, 1995

A recent snap of cold weather uncovered heating system problems at both Medford Area Middle School and High School. It is a setback for the Energy Conservation Project instituted by the school district and Johnson Controls over last summer.

The problem at the high school involves the pipes that carry hot water for heating the classrooms. The inside rooms have two univent coils that are stacked in the ceiling next to a vent bringing in fresh air (state law requires at least 15 percent fresh air in classrooms. A fan blows the fresh air over the water pipes to warm and then into the classroom. With the recent cold weather, the top coils in six of the univents froze and burst, causing minor water damage.


January 8, 1970

A car theft and chase by officers from three counties late Tuesday night, Dec. 30, resulted in the apprehensive of two Medford area youths, 16 and 18 years old. The suspects were being held at the county jail in Medford this week.

The car, owned by Mrs. Arthur Fritsche, town of Little Black, was stolen Monday night, Dec. 29, while it was parked near Zion Lutheran Church, Stetsonville. An alert had been sent out on the stolen car and a Spencer police offi cer spotted it and gave chase. The car ran off the road south of Unity and the two youth were tracked in the snow to a nearby abandoned barn.


January 4, 1945

The barn on the Wm. Wilhelms farm north of the Greenwood town hall was completely by fire early Christmas morning. Friends and neighbors who gathered to give what assistance they could were unable to save anything but the family car, one cow, and a bull. About 30 head of cattle, hay, a team of horses and a considerable amount of machinery as well as the entire building were lost in the fire, an estimated total of $6000 which was only partially covered by insurance. The barn was a comparatively new structure, having been built to replace another barn which burned several years ago.


January 7, 1920

Two men entered the depot at Curtiss Friday night about nine or ten o’clock, evidently bent on robbing the place.

It is reported that the young man who was in charge refused to surrender and was shot twice, but whether seriously or not we have been unable to learn.

The highwaymen made their escape and as yet have not been captured.

The Medford Harmony Jazz Orchestra played at Spencer New Years for a big dance. The boys making the trip were: Ted Hartwig, Lin Suits, Alvin Newburg, Frank Graff, and L. W. Stimm.


January 5, 1895

The first stage coach between the two capitals, London and Edinburg, appears to have been started in 1658. It ran once a fortnight, and the fare was £4. The time taken to the journey is not accurately known, but between York and London it was four days. This lavish system of communication was not, however, kept up, as in 1763, the coach ran between London and Edinburg once a month only, taking a fortnight, if the weather was favorable, to the journey.