Thomas J. Fuson, who has been associated with Robert Gordon in the management of the Page Theater, announces his retirement from the firm. The managers have met with success in their efforts to provide Medford with first-class attractions, but as Mr. Fuson states, the volume of business is not sufficient at present to justify two managers. Mr. Fuson will continue with the telegraph department of the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co.
Editorial: The chief industry of the Rogue River valley is fruit raising.
The Rogue River valley is famous all over the world for its fancy fruit.
Pears, apples and peaches from the Rogue River valley have won first prizes wherever exhibited. In the various markets of the east and Europe it commands top prices.
In the highest priced hotels of New York and eastern cities and the large tourist resorts of the south, in hostelries of Great Britain and the continent, apples and pears from this section can usually be found on the bill of fare.
Yet it is impossible to secure fancy Rogue River fruit at any of the local hotels in the valley, and whenever such fruit is offered it is of the cull variety.
A tourist would never know, save from literature, or from personal inquiry, or from visiting orchards, that the Rogue River valley produced fine fruit. He would never see it, except by visiting exhibits at the Commercial Club rooms or inquiry at packing houses or stores.
Numerous efforts have been made in the past to induce the hotels to serve fancy fruit, without success. Associations have agreed to supply it as needed, but the offer was not accepted. Individuals have even gone so far as to present the hotels with boxes of fancy frut free with the request that it be placed upon the tables — but the donors were politely informed that it was against the hotel rules.
No one wants to hamper the hotels or to dictate to their management. They are better than the support given them. But it does seem that such splendid advertisements of the enterprise of the community as the hotels are should further advertise it by serving Rogue River fruit.
Efferts being made by the Commercial Club to secure this result will meet hearty co-operation from the community — even if it is necessary to raise a special fund for this purpose.