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Mail Tribune 100, May 15, 1919

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May 15, 1919


The Medford Elks lodge has purchased a tract of 12 acres fronting on Rogue river and will there establish a summer resort and camp grounds for the use of the local Elks and their families only. The matter of establishing such a resort has been under consideration by the lodge for years but only came to a head recently. The possession of this beautifully located tract, which will eventually be greatly improved, gives the Elks of Medford something which no other Elks lodge in the state has, a private picnic, outing and camping resort.

The location is an ideal one, one of the prettiest places along the entire length of the river, and only twenty-five minutes auto ride from the city. The twelve acres just purchased was a part of the George Givens ranch and has a half mile frontage on the river. It is reached by the Crater Lake highway and is located three miles up the river from the Agate railroad crossing. Beautiful shade trees and a comparatively level sandy beach are among its advantages.

It will be next summer before the elaborate improvements on the grounds will be ready, but the Elks park will be put into use in a month. Camp and picnic grounds will be established at once, a baseball diamond laid out, dance floor built, electric lights installed and a water system established. The construction of a suitable club house and pavilion and other permanent buildings are being talked of to be ready for use by next spring. The Elks park will have a private entrance and the entire park will be closed to the general public.

A number of Elks are already planning to camp in the park this summer as its accessibility from the city makes it practicable for a business man to go there at the end of the day and come back in time for business the next morning.


Chauncey De Auremuat and wife enroute from their home in Boston to Los Angeles where they will enter a series of dancing stunts in connection with one of the largest moving picture concerns on the Pacific coast, will stop over in Medford and attend the Elks shirt waist dance. They will introduce the latest dance which has taken Atlantic City by storm this season and known as the Spanish Jazz Polka One-step. Mr. De Auremuat is known all over the east as a dancer of merit and teacher of novelty dancing as taught in Paris, France, where he was a student for the past four years, also as one of the highest priced entertainers on the French war circuit, entertaining the soldier boys at the front.

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