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Mail Tribune 100, April 10, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

April 10, 1919

THE CRATER LAKE ROAD IS A PROJECT OF THE STATE

Jackson county people insist that they have a just claim to aid from the state highway commission.

Improvement of Prospect-to-Crater Lake road jointly by the state and federal government was approved two years ago, but no money has been spent, tho bids have been called for.

In two years Jackson county people spent $850,000 on roads. They have a paved highway from Ashland to Central Point, 17 miles. They graded 13 miles of mountain on the Pacific highway, one of the most difficult and costly stretches of mountain grading on the route. They have built macadam roads all over the country.

They now insist, and with much reason, that it is time for the state highway commission to further recognize Jackson’s self help and past activity in road building by granting liberal state aid. One demand is for the 50-mile stretch of road from Medford to Prospect to be improved. The route is up the Rogue river and is a part of the line between Ashland, Medford and Klamath Falls. It is also the connecting link between Medford and the Crater Lake road at Prospect. It traverses a section more or less settled, and at the same time renders more accessible one of the wonder spots of the world — Crater Lake.

The project is not local merely to Jackson county. It is, in its wider sense, a state project, or even a country wide project. All the world wants to see Crater Lake, and the more accessible it is made, the larger will be the part of the world that will get a chance to see it. — Portland Journal.

FLU EPIDEMIC IN OREGON BOON TO INSURANCE MEN

Salem, April 10 — Epidemic influenza which raged throughout the state during the winter months caused an unprecedented boom in the sale of life insurance, according to Harvey Wells, state insurance commissioner, who reported today that the life insurance business done in the state during the first three months of this year is double that of the same three months of 1918.

“This increase is due mostly to the epidemic of influenza, which has drawn the thoughts of all serious minded persons toward life insurance,” he said. “It is also due in a measure to the increased number of agents who were formerly in the service and who have now returned to their former occupation.”

A total of $44,000,000 in life insurance policies was written in this state during 1918, this being a $2,000,000 increase over the preceding year. The entire amount of insurance carried by Oregon people is $180,000,000, he reports.

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