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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 9, 1920

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

Sept. 9, 1920


If there is a man in the community who does not believe that the spirit of the people of Medford has not been improved one hundred percent in the past six months, he should have attended the forum luncheon of the Chamber of Commerce which was held yesterday at the Holland Hotel. There was every evidence of a splendid atmosphere of loyalty to Medford and belief in its future greatness. One of the speakers remarked that the fame of the Medford Chamber of Commerce was spreading over the entire state and that it is being set up as an example for other communities to follow.

There were two speakers billed for the occasion and even with the adjournment hour passed the members were anxious to remain and hear more of the messages brought to them from men whose business affairs brought them in contact with the big possibilities of our state.

President P. L. Campbell of the University of Oregon was the first speaker and his subject being the university, he spoke of the future activities of that institution which since the passage of the higher educational bill includes the employment of the best teaching staff as well as making possible the purchase of equipment and the building of buildings whereby the young manhood and womanhood of this commonwealth can obtain the best educational advantages to be found in any institution of its kind. He outlined the various educational trainings to be obtained and in particular detailed the advantages of the research work of the institution as being the most important of them all.

Frank Branch Riley, who during the past two or three years, has had the privilege of audiences of the Chambers of Commerce of New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago, as well as before Rotary and Ad clubs in hundreds of communities, telling them of the scenery of the Pacific northwest, was the second speaker of the forum. The fact is he has been selling the scenery of our state to the wealthy of the eastern states who are well able to pay to see and enjoy what there is in their own country instead of going to Europe, or spend their vacation in the same eastern resort which they patronize year after year.

The people of Oregon do not realize the value their scenery really is to them. They have not been sold the idea that it is one of the greatest assets they have. The peculiar thing about selling of this scenery is that it never diminishes in size or beauty and can be sold again and again, year after year without diminishing of one bit of its grandeur or magnificence. When Oregon realizes that her scenery is the means of millions of dollars income then the people will be sold the idea and not until then will the people of this state have the opportunity for profit or the building up of the state in population.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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