Richard D. Jewett

Richard D. Jewett, Medford Sports Hall of FameDick played football, basketball, and was on the track team at Central Point High School. He also participated in track at Willamette University.

He became Medford Mail Tribune Sports Editor in August of 1950. Those were the days when all local high school sports made the paper, and many a cherished scrapbook carries articles written up by Dick. (Editor’s note: I recall many excited phone calls to Dick after ball games giving him the score and whatever else I saw of importance during the game. The report never failed to make the next issue).

Dick toured Japan as correspondent for the 1966 Oregon High School Wrestling/Cultural Exchange Team.  He covered and wrote about Medford golf for more than 30 years and conducted Mail Tribune Southern Oregon Confer­ence All-Star polls for football, basketball, and baseball.

Retiring as Medford Mail Tribune Sports Editor in March of 1978 wasn’t a final departure from writing. Stories in the Medford Centennial section of the Mail Tribune was researched and written by Dick. He also wrote the stories about the Centennial that appeared in the Feb. 28,1985, edition of the Mail Tribune as one of the sections of Our Valley. Those stories covered historical data about Medford’s early mayors, public schools, the move of the county seat from Jacksonville to Medford, dawning of football, Medford’s water supply, early-architect Frank Clark, power facilities and music.