July 1, 1914
July 1, 1914
The regular quarterly issue of the telephone directory has just been turned out by the job department of the Medford Printing company and is being delivered today in the business district of the city. The entire delivery will be completed by the last of the week. A total of over 5,000 names are contained in the book, which includes all exchanges in the Rogue River valley.
The Medford section of the directory shows an increase of about 100 names over the preceding issue, which can only be construed as an indication of an improvement in business conditions generally in the city. The telephone company have designated the present issue the "Blue Book" of Medford, following a campaign of newspaper advertising which resulted in many additions in subscribers. The adjustment in telephone rates ordered by the railroad commission of the state has had practically no effect in the number of subscribers, according to Manager Vance, as a steady increase has not been experienced in the past few months, notwithstanding the rate adjustment being up before the commission, and the generally accepted belief that an increase would be ordered. In fact, there was a decided falling off in the number of subscribers about a year ago, since which time the rate matter has been before the commission and the increase has come in the past few months while the question of rates was up for adjustment.
Contrary to general belief, all rates have not been increased, according to the telephone company, but rather a readjustment effected by the commission, based on the value and class of service furnished. Many rates remain as before, about 15 percent of the total were reduced and a maximum of only 25 cents per month added to any residence rate and 50 cents on business rates.