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Mail Tribune 100

August 11, 1917, continued

Editor's note: There was no August 12, 1917, paper.


Auto tourist travel to and thru Medford is fast breaking all records and is increasing daily. This morning visiting autos were parked outside the city's restaurants for hours while their owners and guests were getting breakfast. Nearly all the garages have more business than they can handle in the way of repairs, and the sale of gasoline and auto accessories has long since assumed immense proportions.

"I have never seen the likes of the auto tourist travel of the past week," said C. E. Gates today. "They are just simply rushing us. It is a great business asset to Medford, for these visitors spend much money in the city for supplies of all kinds, and at least half of the patronize the hotels and restaurants."

Crater lake is the greatest single drawing attraction of the tourists to Medford, but not all the auto tourists come here to visit the lake. In fact, the most of them who make stops in the city are en route over the Pacific highway in both directions on general touring trips. They come from all parts of the United States.

Neither do all the tourists to the city come in autos, as there is an unusually heavily travel to the city by train. The Crater lake stages had a busy week of its taking toursts up to that famous scenic wonder and back.

This morning a party of seven women from Richmond, Va., stepped off the southbound train and at once departed for Crater lake by stage. An extra card had to be added to the stage route this morning to take ten tourists to the lake, for whom there were no accommodations in the regular stages.


Sergeant Brooks, in charge of the Medford marine corps recruiting office, received telegraphic orders this morning to close up the office at noon today and to keep it closed until noon August 23. Sergeant Brooks will remain in Medford and vicinity with his family during the 10 days furlough.