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Mail Tribune 100, April 7, 1921

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

April 7, 1921


At last Medford is to have a city auto camp grounds with nice surroundings and comforts, which will prove inviting for tourists for the coming season, and next year will undoubtedly have new and commodious city auto camp grounds. This was decided at this week’s meeting of the city council.

The matter was brought to a head by the determined attitude shown by Mayor Gates, who stated that something must be done at once to get ready as quick as possible to welcome the hosts of auto tourists that will pass through and stop in the city this summer and fall. The councilmen had been unable to agree on the question of purchasing new auto camp grounds, which subject has been under consideration for a year past.

Therefore it was agreed to continue the lease of the present grounds for this year, and Mayor Gates and City Superintendent Chas. Davis were authorized to go ahead, have the present grounds cleaned up, graded and improved at whatever expense was justified in their judgment.

This work will begin within a day or two, when carpenters will commence the erection of a pergola 100 feet long, 12 feet high and with bungalow roof, and lattice work, to serve as a shelter, recreation and dining room quarters. Quick growing 30-day vines will be planted at once to cover this pergola.

Electric lights will be installed throughout the grounds, and a row of small furnaces to furnish warmth nights and mornings will be built, as will a septic tank and lavatories. Painted garbage and refuse cans will be scattered throughout the grounds, and if the auto camp is named “Keene Retreat” in honor of Councilman Keene as is contemplated, these cans will be artistically hand painted.

These are only a few of the many improvements contemplated.


An evidence of growth in Medford’s population the past year is shown in the fact that the gross receipts of the Medford post office from Jan. 1st to March 31st show a gain of 26 percent over those of the same period a year ago.

While much of this increase is due to the city filling up with people, another contributing factor is the growing use of the parcel post since the freight and express rates have become so high. So heavy has become the incoming parcel post mail that the postal department has just granted to the Medford post office a large motorcycle with commercial body carrying attachment to aid in delivering the packages throughout the city, and to reinforce the bicycle and two-wheeled pushcart heretofore in use for this purpose.

Another indication shown in the local post office of the increase in population is that the carriers’ routes the past few months have never been so heavy, and it takes hard and fast work on the past of the carriers to enable them to cover their routes on schedule time.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com