Aug. 25, 1913
The state highway commission will at its next meeting officially go on record promising financial co-operation by the state of Oregon in the construction of the proposed Jackson County highway, provided the bond issue carries.
All engineering expenses will be defrayed by the state, and a large portion of the $250,000 of state funds available next year will be expended in Jackson County. Such was the promise made by State Treasurer T.B. Kay and Secretary of State Ben W. Olcott, while in Medford Sunday (Aug. 24, 1913) on their way to Salem from eastern Oregon. In substance they said:
"Inasmuch as the highway is to be built under the direction of the state highway engineer, and the board is desirous of encouraging highway construction, those counties that are the first to build highways will be the first helped by the board. As Jackson County leads the state, the board will do all in its power to assist Jackson County."
Twenty of the world's most noted botanists will arrive in Medford on the morning of September 3rd, and will be the guests of the commercial club, University Club and College Women's Club.
The commercial club through its committee, Professor P.J. O'Gara, C.E. Gates and S.S. Smith, are making arrangements to take the visitors to Crater Lake starting about 7:00 a.m. September 3rd and returning on the afternoon of September 5th.