Mail Tribune 100, May 16, 1919
The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
May 16, 1919
PREPARE TOURIST CAMPING GROUND ON BEAR CREEK
Workmen are busy getting ready the new free auto camp ground for tourists passing thru the city that is being established by the Jackson County Business Men’s association in the rear and at the north side of the Natatorium. The establishment of this resort will, it is estimated, result in motor tourists spending at least $1,000 a month with Medford merchants this summer and fall. Heretofore thru lack of suitable camping accommodations the tourists have passed by the city in both directions to go to the Ashland park camp ground or similar places north of the city. The new grounds will be ready for tourists by the first of next week.
The grounds surrounding the Natatorium are being thoroly cleaned up, the grass has been cut, the old hitching racks torn out and lunch tables and benches are being placed. Gas cooking plates, a water system and a telephone booth are among the other improvements, while the camp ground has been fenced off from the rear yards of the South Riverside homes. The toilet arrangements of the Natatorium have been obtained for use in connection with the camp ground.
Altogether the commodious camp ground with its plentiful shade, close proximity to the stores and locations along Bear creek will prove a very inviting place for the tourists and represents a long felt want in the city. For a week past motor tourists passing thru the city have used the location for a stopping place despite its hitherto somewhat uninviting appearance. A large tourist patronage is predicted thruout the season.
Y. M. C. A. WORKER WOUNDED IN WAR TO SPEAK SUNDAY
Sunday night at 8 o’clock in the First Presbyterian church, W. W. Dillon, Y. M. C. A. secretary returned from France, is to speak on the war experiences over there. The growing feeling of distrust and criticism in the community that has grown out of reports of returned soldiers and letters written from the front makes this an opportune time for men who are disturbed and those who have real grievances to get together and talk the matter over. Mr. Dillon speaks out of active and varied experience for he was first camp secretary at Vancouver, Wash., thence to France where he served in the 42nd division and the 77th. While with the latter he was severely wounded during the operations in the Chateau Thierry sector when the Germans bombed and destroyed the hut in which he was serving.
After a period spent in the hospitals as the result of this wound he went into the Argonne fight and was in the front from October until November.
Mr. Dillon invites all who are interested either as men who contributed at home or those who returned from service abroad to hear him Sunday night and at that time he will cheerfully answer and explain the tide of criticism that surges just now about the Y. M. C. A. Mr. Dillon gave an interesting talk this noon at the Commercial club luncheon at the Hotel Holland.